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), Eastern North Atlantic (ENA), one of the ARM Mobile Facilities (AMF), and/or ARM Aerial Facility (AAF).

Proposed deployments should focus on research that addresses the ARM mission of improving the understanding and representation of clouds and aerosols in climate and Earth system models, as well as their interactions and coupling with the Earth’s surface. Priority will be given to proposals that make comprehensive use of the ARM facilities, focus on strategic goals of the DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER), and have the ability to improve regional or global Earth system models. Proposals that coordinate with other BER community capabilities (e.g., Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, AmeriFlux Network, Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments in the Arctic and Tropics) are encouraged.


21 November 2014
Now accepting proposals for use of an AMF, AAF, or augment observations at one of our fixed sites. A special call for use of the Aerial Facility G-1 in 2016 over the SGP or NSA is open for this proposal cycle.

Preproposals will be due 5 February 2015 for all campaign requests. Abbreviated full proposals will be due 1 April 2015 for the AAF special call. Smaller campaigns in FY2015 and FY2016 can also be proposed now; 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 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.

For successful proposals, ARM provides the operational and logistical resources to conduct the proposed campaign; however, ARM does not provide research funding associated with the campaign. 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 or BER science program is being contacted to support research associated with the campaign.

Available Facilities

ARM Mobile Facilities – Requests for use of an AMF should include a deployment time of at least 6 months. Preference will be given to AMF deployments in which the AMF is coordinated with a large U.S. or international field campaign or coordinated with other BER community capabilities.

  • AMF1 – Deployments are scheduled from 2015 to 2017; AMF1 instrumentation is available for deployments beginning October 2017.
  • AMF2 – Deployments are scheduled from 2015 to 2019. We are currently accepting proposals for AMF2 deployments between June 2017 and April 2018.
  • AMF3 – The third facility instrumentation is participating in an extended deployment at Oliktok Point, Alaska. It is available for guest instrumentation or intensive operational period proposals at this location through 2018.

Mobile Aerosol Observing System (MAOS) – MAOS instrumentation is currently available for deployments between August 2017 and April 2018. ARM will accept proposals for the MAOS to be deployed with an AMF, at an ARM fixed site, or as a stand-alone deployment.

ARM Aerial Facility – A special call for use of the G-1 in 2016 over the SGP or NSA is open for this proposal cycle. Preproposals will be due 5 February 2015, followed by an abbreviated full proposal request due one month earlier than the other full proposals with the review process beginning in May. Abbreviated full proposals will be due 1 April 2015. An open call for AAF deployments after January 2017 will also be conducted.

  • Deployment over SGP or NSA Megasite in 2016 – The DOE-supported G-1 aircraft is available for targeted campaigns at either the SGP megasite between January – October 2016 or the NSA megasite between May – October 2016. The deployment can include existing AAF instrumentation and guest instruments; however, payload may be limited at the NSA due to additional fuel requirements.
  • Deployments for 2017 – The AAF is available for deployments beginning January 2017. Preference will be given to requests that propose flights above ARM fixed sites or ARM mobile facilities or that coordinate with other BER community capabilities. Requested aircraft can include the DOE-supported G-1, Cessna 206, or aerial platforms operated outside the DOE and can be for routine or intensive flights. Campaigns requesting an aircraft other than the G-1 or Cessna 206 must indicate why these aircraft are not suitable for the proposed campaign. When proposing keep in mind, the Cessna 206 cannot be used for flights inside clouds. AAF deployments 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, ENA—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 FY2016 are now being accepted.

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


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 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 2 years out are published in journals in the fall of each year. Preproposals are due 5 February for these campaigns, with invited full proposals due 1 May—except AAF special call abbreviated proposals which are due 1 April.

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).