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Technological and methodological aspects of an archaeological research project need to be established early in the project’s planning. The experimental design, equipment, staff, field and processing time requirements, and data management plan are essential components of a project proposal when applying for funding. SPARC can help you to prepare these aspects of your project proposal by providing individual advice on technical and methodological aspects geospatial and geophysical applications, sources of equipment and software, and data management strategies for large, multi-instrument datasets. Project Proposal Consultations are intended to help researchers already developing a specific project proposal for submission to a program other than SPARC.

Eligibility Requirements

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.

When to get in touch

SPARC accepts requests for consultation on project proposals on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Normal response time is two weeks from the receipt of the consultation request.

We recommend contacting us at least 6 weeks before the submission date for your project proposal if submitting to an external funding agency.

What information to provide

When contacting us to consult on a project proposal, please provide the following information:

Principal Investigators Name

Projects institutional affiliation

Email address of the key contact for this project

Is this project in preparation for submission to a funding agency?

Summary of the Project

Description of the research question or object/area to which geospatial or geophysical methods will be applied, and (where known) the properties which are to be measured.

How consultations work

Initial consultations will be carried out remotely, usually via videoconference. The first step in a consultation is a discussion with a member of CAST staff about your project. This is an opportunity to ask further questions, or resolve any issues raised on the basis of the materials submitted. Depending on the nature of the project, an application for fieldwork or analytical support may be recommended, a collaborative project proposal may be suggested, or CAST staff will provide information or guidance at appropriate points in the process of the proposals development via continued videoconferences and written materials.

How many projects are supported each year:

SPARC does not limit the number of projects supported through consultation.