ESIP provides opportunities for Testbed Projects twice a year: April and October. We've had some fantastic projects coming out of the testbed in the past, and are looking forward to this next round!
The ESIP Products and Services Committee with the ESIP Testbed Configuration Board are seeking proposals to carry out recently funded work to expand the ESIP Testbed. The Testbed is intended to foster innovative collaboration across all sectors of the ESIP Federation by enabling Federation committees and clusters to develop, test, and improve availability and accessibility of member products and services.
Some ideas for this October funding round could include, but are not limited to, offering solutions that do one or more of the following:
- Further goals of committees, clusters and working groups by implementation of demonstration technologies using the ESIP Testbed resources and infrastructure
- Build upon the initial research and work of a previous Testbed project
- Investigate ideas related to other initiatives such as President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and app challenges, or the AGU Thriving Earth Exchange
- Organizations that sponsor a student to investigate an interesting problem
Please see the 2014 October Testbed RFP document for more specifics and instructions for how to propose.
Proposals may be submitted by any ESIP organization, an individual within such an organization, or a team of such individuals. Civil servants are restricted from receiving ESIP funds. Proposals may be submitted during and up to the consideration deadline - for this RFP, the deadline is on or before October 31st, 2014. Proposals are reviewed on a first-come basis; there is no guarantee that a project will be funded but one's chances are better if submitted early. Another call for projects is planned for April 2015.
There will be a Products & Services call on October 21st, 11 AM Pacific / 2 PM Eastern for proposer questions; also, you are always free to send questions to the Testbed Configuration Board at firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to some great projects from you all!