Request for Proposals: ESIP Climate Resilience

Posted by: CAKE Team
Post Date: 6/04/2024
Opportunity Type: Funding
Organization/Grantor: Earth Science Information Partners' (ESIP)
Position/Title/Fund: ESIP Climate Resilience
Deadline: June 17, 2024
Contact Info: Annie Burgess, [email protected]

Earth Science Information Partners' (ESIP) mission is to empower innovative use and stewardship of Earth science data to solve our planet’s greatest challenges. As part of that mission, this solicitation seeks proposals that improve the technical capacity of communities to support climate resilience efforts. We provide funding for Earth science data, technology, and computing projects that make time for learning technical skills. Additionally, we encourage technical skill-building for awardees as part of their funded projects. By promoting learning within project solicitations, the ESIP Lab seeks to increase the collective technical savvy of the Earth science community and promote transparency about the job skills required to understand our changing planet.

This solicitation seeks proposals that improve the technical capacity of communities to support climate resilience efforts. Given the proposal budget and timeframe, this solicitation is aimed at expanding existing software or data systems related to the priority area, including added functionality, improved interoperability, or other impactful contributions. ESIP’s three agency sponsors have activities directly in line with this RFP’s priority areas and proposals building off of any of their efforts are encouraged (e.g. NASA Cultivating Community Resilience, NOAA Climate Ready Coasts and Communities, USGS Climate Science Capabilities).

Specifically, we welcome proposals focused on:

  • Data management, analysis or visualization tools, or data-informed storytelling related to climate change and community resilience — following the principles of open science are strongly encouraged. 

Although this RFP will give priority to proposals addressing the bulleted topic above, other high-quality proposals related to the following will also be given consideration:

  • Extension of open source software critical to collecting, distributing, fusing, or analyzing Earth science data.

General selection criteria:

  1. Overall Impact: What is the likelihood that the project outcomes will lead to new knowledge, usable technology, or follow-on funding?
  2. Objectives: Does the proposal include both technical and learning objectives? 
  3. Significance: Does the project address an important problem or a critical barrier to addressing climate change and community resilience? 
  4. Approach: Are the overall methodology and analyses well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the specific aims of the project? Are potential problems, alternative strategies, and benchmarks for success presented?
  5. Innovation: Does the project use creative problem-solving or novel approaches?
  6. Collaboration: Is the project collaborative between institutions or agencies?
  7. Overall Research Plan: Is the project design and methodology reasonable?
  8. Budget: Does the budget reflect an appropriate use of resources to complete the project in a timeline consistent with the proposal outline?


  • Anyone funded through the project must be authorized to work in the U.S.
  • The individual responsible for carrying out the project should write the application and be listed as the Principal Investigator.
  • Project start dates should be a minimum of three months after the submission deadline.
  • The Principal Investigator is not part of ESIP’s elected leadership. 
  • The Principal Investigator has not been funded through ESIP in the past year.
  • Civil servants are eligible to serve as a PI or Co-I but are restricted from receiving ESIP funds.
How to Apply:
  • Please use this template to create your proposal then submit the PDF
  • Proposals may be submitted up to June 17, 2024
  • For questions regarding eligibility or proposal scope, please contact ESIP Lab Director Annie Burgess at [email protected]