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There are multiple ways to engage with SGCI on proposals.

SGCI offers expert resources including web and middleware development, usability assessments, cybersecurity, and sustainability consultations.  Often it is difficult to afford these resources within the scope of a single award.  SGCI provides them at the fractional level you need without you having to commit to hiring full-time personnel to fill these roles.  SGCI resources have been documented to accomplish development milestones by a factor of over 7 times faster than teams struggling with difficult gateway issues on their own.

Pending successful review, expert consultants in SGCI's team can provide the help you requested. Consulting projects are very collaborative, and the team can expect to gain many of the skills needed to build and sustain the gateway.  For a sense of what we can offer, review this list of our clients and examples of previous engagements

PIs may also write SGCI staff directly into a proposal to get support beyond SGCI’s standard consultation limits. This is an opportunity to draw on our NSF-recognized expertise and get what you need for your project. In this case, SGCI institution(s) serve as collaborators on your proposal, are included as funded personnel, and help with proposal preparation.

Once you have requested a Letter of Collaboration, SGCI team members will be in contact to set-up an interview to discuss the needs of your project and the proposed engagement timeline.


Letter of Collaboration Examples

Although we are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), we can also provide letters of support for proposals to other federal scientific research agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense (DoD), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Department of Energy (DoE), and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Here is some sample text that could be modified for a proposal to the NSF:

SGCI assists research teams with sophisticated web development, speeding access to unique resources. Pending successful review, expert consultants in SGCI's team can provide 25% time for up to twelve months to help with gateway development. Consulting projects are very collaborative and the development team can expect to gain many of the skills needed to sustain the gateway. SGCI benefits by expanding its portfolio of successful projects, learning new techniques and technologies from each new project. Short-term consulting on specialty topics is also available.

NSF Letters of Collaboration are often required to say only the following:

If the proposal submitted by PI XX entitled "YY" is selected for funding by the NSF, it is my intent to collaborate as detailed in the Project Description or the Facilities, Equipment or Other Resources section of the proposal.

While we are most familiar with NSF requirements for letters of collaboration, we are happy to accommodate the process for other agencies.


Request a Letter of Collaboration