Submitting Proposals : Guidelines

Proposals are welcome from all members of the scientific community for conducting field campaigns and scientific research using the ARM Climate Research Facility sites at the Southern Great Plains (SGP), North Slope of Alaska (NSA), Tropical Western Pacific (TWP), one of the ARM Mobile Facilities (AMF), and/or ARM Aerial Facility (AAF). Proposals should focus on research that improves understanding of the interactions between clouds and atmospheric radiative fluxes and that have the potential to lead to improved climate models. Priority will be given to proposals that make comprehensive use of the ARM facilities and focus on long-term goals of the DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research.


11 Mar 2014
Preproposals are no longer being accepted for the AMFs and/or AAF for this proposal cycle. Full proposals for invited preproposals are due May 1.

Smaller campaigns in FY2014 and FY2015 can still be proposed. Submit your preproposal today.

Process Overview

The first step in proposing a field campaign is to submit a preproposal, a short summary of the proposed campaign.  Preproposals can originate with any scientist proposing research directly related to the ARM Climate Research Facility Mission Statement. The preproposal should be submitted as soon as an idea is well enough developed to undergo a preliminary feasibility and science review.

After submission, the preproposal is reviewed by the Infrastructure Management Board (IMB) and/or the ARM Science Board.  Some preproposals are accepted without further requirements.  Researchers proposing more complex field campaigns, involving the AMF, AAF, or multiple funding sources, may be invited to submit a full proposal.

To be invited to submit a full proposal, the principal investigators should demonstrate in the preproposal that funding for research is secured already or that a research grant is being submitted. Please indicate which funding agency is being contacted.

Successful proposals will be supplied all operational and logistical resources (provided at no cost to the principal investigator).

Available Facilities

ARM Mobile Facilities – Requests for use of an AMF should include a deployment time of at least 6-10 months. Preference will be given to AMF deployments in which the AMF is embedded in a large field campaign. ARM may consider proposals to participate in a major international field campaign in 2017 or beyond, if the principal investigators can demonstrate the need for substantial preparation time (more than 18 months).

ARM Aerial Facility – The AAF is available beginning December 2015 and will consider intensive or routine flights above ARM fixed sites or mobile facilities. Requested aircraft can include the DOE-supported G-1 or aerial platforms operated outside the DOE. Instrumentation can include existing AAF instrumentation and guest instruments. See the AAF website, for possible instruments and configurations.

Fixed Sites – Campaign proposals to augment routine observations at our fixed sites—SGP, NSA, TWP—follow the same schedule for proposing as the AMF. Examples of these type campaigns include enhanced radiosonde launch schedules or significant augmentation of the instrument suite. Proposals for FY2014 are now being accepted.

Exceptions to these guidelines must be approved by the DOE Program Director.


As a general condition for use of ARM facilities, users are required to include their data in the ARM Data Archive. The data policy for the ARM Climate Research Facility is derived from the policies of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, which encourages "free and open" access to data and research results from government-sponsored research.

Proposal Schedule

Field campaign requests for any of the fixed ARM sites will be considered at any time. For field campaigns that are larger and more complex (such as those involving an AMF, AAF, or multiple funding organizations), request for preproposals for two years out are published in journals in the fall of each year. Preproposals are due 01 February for these campaigns, with invited full proposals due 01 May.

Proposals are reviewed by the ARM Science Board in the summer and ranked on scientific merit, feasibility, and costs associated with using the Facility. The IMB and ARM Science Board consider proposals in a timely manner.

Selections will be announced in the fall.

For more about the scientific review process and how you can propose a field campaign, please see the Field Campaign Guidelines (PDF).