The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Corporation

2019 Enabling Science Call for Proposals

2019 Enabling Science Call for Proposals

The 2019 Enabling Science Call for Proposals is available to provide funding for workshops and other programs, including limited funding for undergraduate students to engage in research in preparation for LSST.
This Call also solicits Notices of Intent to request support for undergraduate researchers to attend a two-day student-specific program at the LSST Project & Community Workshop in August 2019.

Information and Guidelines

The submittal deadline has passed. All proposals have been received. The review cycle is complete. Thank you for your participation in this year's call.

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 summer 2020. 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.


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 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. Because of the limited funding available this year it is important for proposals to make the case that funding from the Enabling Science program is essential for supporting the student. Proposals should also clearly explain how the student research project is relevant to preparation for LSST.

In this part of the Call, we also solicit short Letters of Intent to gauge interest in and demand for support for undergraduate students to attend a two-day program of events for undergraduate students organized by LSSTCorp at the 2019 LSST Project & Community Workshop (LSST2019), August 12 and 13, 2019. We expect the two days of student-oriented programming to include a student poster session, breakfasts with LSST scientists and engineers, student-oriented breakouts, a mirror lab tour [TBC] and other activities, in a format very similar to the program at LSST2018. Please submit a one-paragraph letter to this Call stating: 1) the total number of undergraduate students you would want to send to the LSST2019 program, 2) how many of those students you would be able to support to attend LSST2019 without LSSTCorp funding, and 3) your intent to request funding from LSSTCorp for students to attend LSST2019 and the number of students you expect to include in that request. We will use these Letters of Intent to gauge demand for this program and will follow up with a request for definite proposals in the Spring 2019; proposals for student participation in this program will be given priority if the PI submits a Letter of Intent.

The total budget available for the 2019 Call for Proposals is up to $200,000. The level of funding allocated will depend on proposal demand consistent with LSST Corporation 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. All proposals are due by midnight PST, Wednesday, January 9, 2019. 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 to 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.

Supporting Document Links: 
2019 Enabling Science Call for Proposals
2019 Enabling Science Proposal Template

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

Submit your proposal to 2019 Enabling Science Proposal (mailto: in the requested format.

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