The collection of data and acquisition of samples is only the starting point for the inclusion of geospatial and geophysical data in an archaeological research project. Advanced processing of these data will often continue after the field campaign has ended, or may become a project in its own right.
Data & Analytics awards provide support from SPARC staff in the preparation, processing and analysis of these geospatial datasets. Awards can support, for example, the preparation of aerial and satellite imagery or the creation of a regional GIS in advance of an archaeological survey. Awards can also support advanced processing of data including geophysics, terrestrial scanning, or photogrammetric images, in order to draw out details and subtleties in the dataset or to integrate them with other data.
The project must be affiliated with an institution and/or organization that would otherwise be eligible for NSF support.
Generally non-US institutions and organizations are not eligible unless partnering with a US entity.
The Principal Investigator or senior technical staff for the project must have previously engaged in an exploratory consultation with SPARC. This consultation consists of a video conference or phone call to ensure that the potential application is a good fit for the SPARC Program and to answer any immediate questions. You can contact us for this preliminary chat up to one week before the application deadline.
The SPARC program does not support projects where the type of activity is one routinely acquired through commercial providers.
Applications for Data & Analytics Awards will be accepted twice a year. Please see the detailed application cycle calendar, below.
|Event||Fall Semester||Spring Semester|
|pre-consultations open||15 October||1 March|
|applications open||15 November||15 May|
|application deadline||15 December||15 June|
|notification||15 February||15 August|
|target project period||May-October||November-April|
Every SPARC Award application starts with an initial consultation. Your first step should be to contact us directly at email@example.com to arrange an inital video-conference to chat about your project and potential proposal. After your initial consultation, you may choose to submit an application.
Your application should include:
A completed application. Application forms are available in the user area. Access your user area by registering for an account or logging into the site.
Documentation of your projects affiliation with a US-based Institution.
Contact information for two references.
To apply for Data & Analytics Awards please register for an account here.
SPARC will provide full support for up to ten Data & Analytics projects in each application cycle. Full support includes access to relevant software, ongoing remote consultation, training, and priority for SPARC residencies.
Projects are ranked on intellectual merit. The core criteria on which projects are evaluated for ranking are:
The potential of the project’s research to contribute to anthropologically significant archaeological knowledge
The impact of the availability of geophysical or geospatial software and expertise on the ability of the project to reach its research goals
The level of methodological innovation of the proposed research
Projects are awarded support on the basis of:
The project's evaluation ranking
Training opportunities provided to students and researchers
Projects are ranked in order of intellectual merit. In the case of two projects with equivalent rankings on intellectual merit, the projects' training and educational value will be considered. The project with the highest ranking is awarded and scheduled first. The next project is then awarded and scheduled. If a lower ranked project requests the same scheduling slot as an already awarded project, SPARC will contact that project's PI(s) to try to arrange alternative scheduling. If this is not possible, the next ranked project in the list is then awarded. Projects not awarded due to scheduling constraints can be resubmitted for the next round of awards.
If you are considering a project proposal to SPARC, and you have not already done so, you should immediately contact the SPARC staff via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org staff to set up a (video) conference call to discuss your project. They will be able to assist you in determining whether or not the Center can be of support or collaborate on your project– and what types of collaboration or support are possible. In addition you should also consider participating in a SPARC webinar, accessing the various resources the Center has on equipment and workflows at The GMV, or check SPARC’s FAQ.
There are a number of different types of awards and collaborations that are possible. Following from your initial contact you should be able to determine which type of effort is the most effective, these are listed below.
After your initial conversation with us, you can start your application process by registering for an account. You must register for an account to gain access to the application forms. You can apply in one or more of the following categories:
Calendars explaining the timeline and deadlines for each type of application are available on the pages under the APPLY tab.
Applications for Fieldwork Awards, Data & Analytics Awards, and Publication Awards are competitively funded based on a review and ranking process by the Center’s Advisory Committee. Applications for residency and collaborative proposal development are evaluated by SPARC staff.
After review applicants will be informed about the status of their application. Projects may be accepted directly, put on a wait list of projects which may be partially supported should the means become available, or declined. Applicants may request feedback on their applications by emailing email@example.com. Information on notification dates is available for each type of application, under the APPLY tab.