Track 3: Tornado Ready Research Instrument and Data Publication

Submission Guidelines

For those submitting a Track 3 proposal for data and/or instrument publication, the following information and associated documents should be submitted through our online proposal submission form:

  • Project Title: Limit 12 words (please APA title case).

  • Investigator Name(s) and Affiliation(s).

  • Brief Abstract: Limit 100 words. To be posted on the Natural Hazards Center website. See examples of this brief format here.

  • Three to Five Keywords

  • Disciplinary Focus: All proposals, regardless of the track or the funding range, must be led by a researcher in the social, behavioral, or economic sciences. Collaborators from other disciplines are welcome. Applicants will identify the primary discipline of each collaborator via a close ended form at the time of submission.

  • Research Description: Limit 750 words. A description of the research project, methods used, preliminary results, and the data and/or instruments that you will be publishing in DesignSafe.

  • Track 3 Submissions: You may select one of the following options. If you have more than one project that you hope to receive funding to publish, you should submit a separate proposal. Researchers may submit a maximum of three Track 3 proposals as part of this call.

    • Research Protocol and/or Instrument Proposals Only ($1,250 award): Please add a description of the research protocol or instrument you plan to publish, including the intended audience for the research materials and any suggestions for future reuse (limit 500 words).
    • Data Publication and Protocol and/or Instrument Proposals ($2,500 award): Please add a description of the dataset and any associated research instruments or protocols you plan to publish, including the intended audience for the data and any suggestions for future data reuse (limit 750 words).

  • Project Type: Field research, experimental simulation, hybrid simulation, or other.

  • Tornado Event Name(s) and Date(s), if applicable.

  • Geographic Focus: Proposals must focus on projects conducted in the United States, U.S. territories, or tribal nations.

  • Topic Area(s): The instrument or data should focus on a tornado event(s) and at-risk settings or socially marginalized groups as described in the topic areas section of the main call webpage.

  • Budget and Budget Justification: Limit 500 words. The budget and budget justification should provide a breakdown of anticipated expenditures within the predetermined amounts of $1,250 or $2,500.

  • Human Subjects Approval Letter: If the research included human subjects, an official letter from the applicant’s institutional review board or ethics committee demonstrating prior approval of the research, or waiving the need for approval, will be required before instrument or data publication activities can commence. If you no longer have access to this documentation, you may provide an explanation in lieu of a letter.

The above information and associated documents must be submitted through the Natural Hazards Center online proposal submission form.

Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. MDT on Friday, August 9, 2024

Post-Award Deliverables

Data Publication Checklist and Template

Data Publication Documents

Award recipients should fill out and return a Data Publication Checklist and a Publication Template within three months of award activation.

All award recipients, including the research lead and any collaborators, are required to:

In addition to the above proposal requirements, it is recommended that all award recipients—including the lead investigator and any collaborators—do the following:

Submit a Track 3 Proposal


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The Weather Ready Research Award program is based on work supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Severe Storms Laboratory through supplemental funding to the National Science Foundation (NSF Award #1635593). Opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations produced by this program are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NOAA, NSF, or the Natural Hazards Center.