The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Corporation

2018 Enabling Science Call for Proposals

LSSTCorp 2018 Call for Proposals

The 2018 Call for Proposals is closed -- proposal deadline was Midnight (PST) Monday, December 18, 2017

2018 Enabling Science Call for Proposals
Information and Guidelines

Five (5) pages maximum, plus a separate page for the itemized budget table (total of six [6]).
Submit as PDF to
2018 Enabling Science Proposal  (mailto: )
no later than midnight Monday, December 18, 2017 (PST).

The LSST Corporation’s (LSSTCorp) Enabling Science Committee is soliciting proposals for LSSTCorp funding to support programs to help prepare for LSST science. Information about the Committee’s activities in support of LSSTCorp’s mission of Investing in Discovery with the LSST can be found at For examples of past activities and funding levels see


As in previous years, this Call is open to proposals to fund workshops, schools, and other programs to prepare for research, education, and outreach opportunities with the LSST data. We are accepting proposals to fund activities planned through early summer 2019. We anticipate issuing another call approximately a year from now, which will also cover summer 2019. Proposals should itemize the anticipated expenses, including support for travel for participants. Proposals for workshops, conferences, and similar activities are encouraged to use LSSTCorp funding to enable broader community and junior scientist participation and as leverage for cost-sharing for local expenses such as catering where possible or appropriate. Up to $150,000 is available for this component of the Call.


This Call is also open to proposals to support undergraduate research. Support through this Call is open to undergraduate or post-baccalaureate students of any citizenship and is not restricted to summer. Proposals can be small or ambitious. Small programs might be as simple as requests for travel support for a student already supported by an existing internship program to attend a relevant conference or workshop. Ambitious programs might involve multiple students, setting up a more formal program, or a full-year research project. Proposals should describe each student project, how the internship program will be organized, and plans for mentoring the students. Funding to help bring additional support for students in an existing summer-student program like an REU is acceptable. Cost-sharing with other sources of student support is encouraged.

In this part of the Call, we also welcome requests for support of students to attend the 2018 LSST Project & Community Workshop (LSST2018) in mid-August for two days of student-oriented programming (e.g., student poster session, breakfast with LSST scientists and engineers, student-oriented breakouts, mirror lab tour [TBC], etc.). Proposals should describe how the LSST2018 experience would relate to their research internship. It is not necessary that the student(s) stipends be supported by LSSTCorp – only that their research is related to LSST. If you propose to send students to LSST2018, include an explicit statement on the number of students you propose sending, but do not include the travel costs in your budget. For successful proposals, housing and registration will be invoiced directly to LSSTCorp and the Corporation will reimburse transportation costs.

This component of the Call also has up to $150,000 available, with the level depending on proposal demand consistent with LSSTCorp Enabling Science priorities.


The primary criterion by which all proposals will be evaluated is the potential impact of the activity on the preparation of any part of the user community for science with LSST data. This preparation can take any form, from preparatory analysis and simulations to the development of techniques and student education. Proposals that are aligned with the science-preparation tasks of the LSST Science Collaborations are particularly encouraged, as are proposals that include participation of members of the LSST Project. Preference will also be given to proposals that include significant participation by LSSTCorp member institutions.

Investigators proposing programs that require more resources than are available through this call are encouraged to apply for LSSTCorp seed funding to develop their ideas. Such proposals should provide a vision for the full program, the near-term goals to be accomplished with the seed funding, and a plan for additional fund-raising.

Proposals of all sizes are accepted under this one call and no letter of intent is required. All proposals are due by midnight PST, Monday, December 18, 2017. Proposals should be no more than five pages, and should follow the prescribed template linked here. Proposals should be submitted as pdf attachments in an email to

No indirect fees may be charged to this award. The host institution's normal fund administration fee may be charged in order to cover a portion of the costs involved in actual expenses administering the grant. It is expected that this rate will not exceed 10% of the grant award. Questions about this policy should be addressed with LSSTCorp ( prior to submitting a proposal.

All proposals should describe the program or project, its goals and motivation, and a plan for how it will be carried out. Proposed projects will be evaluated on their potential for impact on the LSSTCorp goals of science preparation and community engagement as well as on the feasibility of the proposed project and plan for execution.

Proposals should follow the template linked here and address the following items, as appropriate:

  • How the program will engage the LSSTCorp institutions, the science collaborations, the scientific community, and/or the general public.
  • The specific LSST science preparation goal(s) to be addressed; examples include, but are not at all limited to, cadence optimization, level-3 data products, transient classification, or activities identified in the Science Collaboration roadmap plans.
  • The personnel and resources required, including an estimated budget, the plan and prospects for obtaining the necessary resources, and how the LSSTCorp funding will be used.
  • Concrete deliverables that will result from the program.

Proposals will be reviewed by a panel appointed by the LSSTCorp Board. Information about the expectations for awardees can be found at this link.

2018 Enabling Science Call for Proposals Instructions and Guidelines

Review the instructions and guidelines carefully to ensure compliance with the 2018 Call for Proposal

2018 Enabling Science Proposal Template

Please follow the format outlined in this document to structure your proposal submission

Submit your proposal to 2018 Enabling Science Proposalmailto: in the requested format.

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