John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis

Proposal Submission Instructions

Fiscal Year 2022 proposals are due January 31, 2021.
Working Group meetings for successful FY22 proposals can begin after October 1, 2021.

The Powell Center seeks projects that address development and testing of important Earth system science ideas and theories using existing data, cutting-edge analysis of Earth system information, and use of sound science in policy and management decisions. 

Powell Center Proposals

Proposals should be concise (fewer than 2000 words, excluding the cover sheet, citations, references, figures, tables, data management plan, curricula vitae, and budgets), yet must include enough information to allow accurate evaluation.

Your reviewers will not necessarily be subject matter experts.

Please number proposal pages and include the following, in the following order, in your proposal:


  • Date of Submission
  • Descriptive Title
  • Short Title – Two to three words for use as a project name (25 characters max)
  • Principal Investigator Name(s) and Complete Contact Information (4 PIs max). At least one PI must be a USGS employee.
  • Project Summary – A brief scientific abstract of your project
  • Proposed Start and End Dates - Proposed start and end date of project (month, year)
  • Number and duration (4 day minimum) of Working Group meetings at the Powell Center
  • Proposed Data Release Date - Date you expect to submit data set(s) to the Powell Center (month, year)
  • Total Requested Budget, and Budget by Year (example: Total $150,000; Year 1 $50,000; Year 2 $100,000)
  • Is this a resubmission? - Yes/No  (If yes, provide date(s) of original submission)
  • Conflicts of Interest with Reviewers - Check the list of Science Advisory Board members and note any potential conflicts of interest based on Powell Center Code of Ethics in the proposal
  • Keyword(s) – Please choose 1 or 2 keywords from the following to describe your project: 1) climate and land use change, 2) ecosystems, 3) energy and minerals, 4) environmental health, 5) natural hazards, 6) water.


  • Problem Statement – Clear and concise statement of what is to be done, why it is important, and how it will be accomplished
  • Proposed Activities – Brief description of methodology and why it is appropriate
  • Names of Participants: a) indicate whether participants are confirmed; b) define expertise and role of each participant; c) identify a technical liaison who will work with Powell Center computing staff (this participant should have considerable analytical expertise); d) identify the USGS participant responsible for ensuring the requirements of the Powell Center Data and Information Policy are met. If you are requesting support for a Powell Center fellow, identify that person and describe their expertise. The Powell Center will support up to, but no more than, 15 total participants. 
  • Description of how your Working Group contributes to strengthening the participation of less well-represented groups in the Earth and environmental sciences (women, underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, early career). We are looking for a team that reflects depth and breadth in expertise, career stage, gender, and ethnicity, not simply a count of under-represented populations. How will your group achieve the broader impacts of increasing diversity over time in STEM fields?
  • Data Management Plan describing datasets you plan to use and produce - Download data management plan template [doc]
  • Timetable of Activities
  • Anticipated Results and Benefits – In addition to manuscripts, proposals, and other written products, include description of data and software products and their proposed public release date
  • Literature Cited
  • Two page Curriculum Vitae for Each Principal Investigator (4 max) and Powell Center Fellow ONLY 
  • Budget sheet [xlsx] – See the financial page for more information about funding guidelines and budget template format


Proposals are accepted in digital format only as a single document in either Microsoft Word or PDF.

Format proposals to standard letter size (8.5” W by 11” L), with graphics embedded directly in the document. The body of the proposal should follow the cover sheet. Do not send compressed collections of files, such as .zip files. Proposals including the requested information (cover sheet, body, data management plan, CVs, budget) must be provided as one document; do not send separate files.

The submission of your proposal indicates you are in agreement with and will abide by the Powell Center Code of Ethics [pdf].

Send the proposal document as an email attachment to You will receive an email confirming proposal receipt within 1 business day of submission. If you do not receive a confirmation email, have difficulty submitting your proposal, or have extenuating circumstances that prevent you from submitting a digital version of your proposal by the deadline please contact us.


For answers to questions not addressed in these instructions, or elsewhere in the website, please email or, or call 970-491-1968.


Visit the Tips and Examples page to ensure successful proposal submission.

Use the Proposal Submission Checklist [pdf] to ensure proposal includes required information.


John Wesley Powell Center
Phone: 970-226-9103

Jill Baron, Ph.D.

Research Ecologist Senior Scientist (ST)
Fort Collins Science Center
Phone: 970-491-1968