February 2019
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In this Issue

EC Office & Project Solicitations
Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts
NSF Resuming Operations
Nominations for SC Co-Chair

Science Gateways Bootcamp 
EC In The News
Upcoming Events

Webinar for 2019 EarthCube Office Solicitation is this Monday and 2019 EC Project Solicitation Webinar is coming!

With the end of the partial government shutdown, the EarthCube Office Solicitation Webinar will take place at 2:00pm EST on Monday, February 4th.

The target date for submission has also been extended to Thursday, February 28th.

Here is how to attend the webinar: 

  • Webex meeting link:
  • Join by phone:
+1-510-210-8882 (Webex meeting number: 908 784 326, Webex meeting password: EarthCube2019!)

The EarthCube Project Solicitation Webinar will take place at 2:00pm EST on Tuesday, February 12th.

The due dates remain the same as originally posted (March 5 for Science-Enabling Data Capabilities and March 14 for RCNs).

The project solicitation represents two funding opportunities to advance geosciences research:

  1. Science-Enabling Data Capabilities: This opportunity builds capabilities to improve geosciences data use and reuse for observational, experimental, and computational research that is interoperable with emerging standards and resources.
  2. EarthCube Research Coordination Networks (RCNs): This opportunity supports the formation of RCNs closely tied to the science and data needs of core geosciences programs and domains supported by GEO.

Proposals will be evaluated on how successfully they meet the Specific Requirements:
a. Advancing geosciences research
b. Reuse of existing tools/infrastructure
c. Sustainability
d. Metrics and assessment

Potential bidders can access a wealth of guidance on the EarthCube site. 

Further detail can be found for both solicitations and webinars on the website here. This includes links to the NSF pages for each solicitation. 

Thank you for your patience over the past few weeks! 

Below are important dates regarding the solicitations. 

Office Proposal Target Date: 

  • February 28, 2019: Next EarthCube Office [link

Full Project Proposal Due Dates: 

  • March 05, 2019: EarthCube Science-Enabling Data Capabilities [link]
  • March 14, 2019: EarthCube RCN [link]

Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts


The 2019 EarthCube Annual Meeting will be held on June 12-14, 2019 in Denver, Colorado at the Hilton Denver City Center.

EarthCube welcomes project participants, new PIs, early career researchers and scientists, and all other interested parties to submit abstracts for oral presentations, breakout sessions and poster sessions. 
Abstracts are due March 15, 2019. Submit abstracts HERE.

For more details on the abstract submission process, visit the Call For Abstracts webpage.

NSF Resuming Operations

The NSF will be operating slightly differently in order to handle its tasks, including those that involve EarthCube, after the partial government shutdown. 

If you would like more information about this please visit their Resumption of Operations page.

Call for Nominations for Science Committee Co-Chair

The online election for Science Committee co-Chair will be held to fill Kristen Rasmussen's current position.

Term of service: One year (Feb, 2019-Dec 31, 2019).

All nominations should be submitted by February 15, 2019.

Please send nominations (including self-nominations) to Lynne Schreiber and include a brief biographical sketch, statement of intent, and photo.

The Chair (Emma Aronson, who also serves as the Committee's representative on EarthCube’s Leadership Council), and co-Chair (to be elected) have joint responsibility for operation of the Committee. In consultation with the Chair, the co-Chair will typically chair and develop the agenda for Committee meetings.

The Science Committee is tasked with maintaining the connection between the academic geoscience and technology communities in EarthCube, and ensuring that end-user requirements are identified and prioritized.

Eligible voters include EarthCube members who attend the Committee’s monthly meetings and are members of the listserv group. Voters will receive their ballots by email.

Science Gateways Bootcamp, May 13-17 in Indianapolis -- Apply Now!

Science Gateway Bootcamp will help you learn how to develop, operate, and sustain a gateway (also known as a portal, virtual research environment, or hub).


Why apply? You'll...

  • Leave behind day-to-day tasks to tackle big questions that will help your team articulate the value of their work to key stakeholders.
  • Create a strong development, operations, and sustainability plan.
  • Walk away with proven and effective strategies in everything from business and finance to cybersecurity and usability.
  • Network and establish relationships with others doing similar work.
  • Do it all at minimal cost (currently, participants only pay for travel, lodging, and a few meals).
Looking for more reasons to apply? Read blog posts featuring testimonials (on our FAQ page). You can also hear from colleagues who experienced a handful of Bootcamp sessions at EarthCube’s June 2018 All Hands Meeting in this post

The next Bootcamp is May 13-17 in Indianapolis. Apply by March 22!
“The Bootcamp experience was extremely valuable to me. I have always focused on the science and technical aspects of my gateway. The Bootcamp taught me that to reach financial sustainability I need to think of the gateway operations as a business, which was very foreign to me. Learning about value propositions, budgeting, and marketing were all new areas, but I see now that they are as important to the success of my gateway as a well-designed back end is.”
Mark Perri
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Sonoma State University


This opportunity is offered by the Science Gateways Community Institute. Learn more about SGCI at Questions? Please email

EarthCube in the News

The EarthCube Community has been working tirelessly in its endeavor to transform the way geoscience is performed - both as a social paradigm shift as well as developing the technological capabilities to support that. We've enjoyed a lot of great press lately, so check out our new EarthCube in the News page. 

Upcoming Events

EC Office Solicitation Webinar 2/4
EC Projects Solicitation Webinar 2/12


Distinguished Lecturer Program
Early Career Travel Grants

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