John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis

Proposal Submission Instructions

Powell Center FY2023 proposals are due 1/31/2022
Working Group meetings for successful FY23 proposals can begin after 10/1/2022

Critical Zone proposals are due 1/31/2022

We seek projects that address development & testing of important Earth system science ideas & theories using existing data, cutting-edge analysis of Earth system information, & use of sound science in policy & management decisions

Powell Center and CZ 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.


Critical Zone Collaborative Synthesis Activities Proposals

Critical Zone Collaborative Synthesis Activities Proposals should follow Powell Center propoal submission guidelines. This competition is open to anyone with questions that advance important Critical Zone science. Data can come from any source, but note if data will be used from previous critical zone observatory (CZO) efforts. CZO data are available in the Hydroshare ( and EarthChem ( repositories. 

Proposal Deadline: January 31, 2022
Proposals will be reviewed by selected members of the CZ-Hub’s science advisory board, augmented if needed by ad hoc experts. Submissions will be evaluated on the following criteria: addresses an issue that has the potential to advance scientific understanding, well-articulated hypotheses, high likelihood for success, clear plan for data synthesis and data sharing, strong management plan, post-doc mentoring plan, and commitment to broadening participation for greater diversity.


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