Reminder: NSF Dear Colleague Letter regarding recompetition of GAGE and SAGE facilities

Donna Charlevoix donnac at unavco.org
Tue Apr 28 14:00:00 UTC 2020


UNAVCO Community:

The UNAVCO Board of Directors draws your attention to the Dear
Colleague Letter (DCL) on the “Competition of Operations of an
NSF-supported Geophysical Facility to Succeed the GAGE and SAGE
Facilities” issued by NSF
(https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2020/nsf20037/nsf20037.jsp).

This DCL outlines NSF’s plans for an open recompetition of the
management of the GAGE and SAGE facilities and its expectation that
this process will result in a single, integrated facility managed by a
single entity at the end of the current cooperative agreements on
September 30, 2023. NSF plans to issue a solicitation for this new
facility in the second quarter of calendar year 2021 with a due date
for full proposals in the first quarter of 2022.

As you will recall, the UNAVCO and IRIS boards have formed a joint
Negotiating Committee. This committee is working together to advise
the two Boards on best strategies towards integrating our two
consortia and communities in an effective and timely manner so that we
may respond to the 2021 solicitation with a community-led proposal.

NSF is encouraging comments from the community on desired
capabilities, and associated rationales, for this future facility.
Comments should be submitted as a pdf document not to exceed 3 pages
in length and sent to Maggie Benoit at earfacilities at nsf.gov.
<https://postal.unavco.org/mailman/listinfo/unav_all>

We strongly encourage you, as stakeholders of the facility, to provide
input to NSF. *The deadline for submission of these white papers is
June 1, 2020. *

Best,
Lucy Flesch, UNAVCO Board of Directors
Becks Bendick, UNAVCO President
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