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CSES Proposal/Submittal Process

High quality, cutting-edge science in the areas of astrophysics, space physics, solid planetary geoscience and Earth systems


  • Director
  • Reiner Friedel
  • (505) 665-1936
  • Email
  • Professional Staff Assistant
  • Sarah Balkey
  • (505) 667-8777
  • Email

The Center for Space and Earth Science (CSES) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) annually solicits proposals in the disciplines of geoscience, Earth systems, planetary physics and astrophysics, with an emphasis on the science of signatures.

Collaborative projects must include a participating lead Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist who will be formally responsible for all formal communications with the CSES office.

Proposal preparation

Student Fellow Program

Cover Sheet: Please use the CSES Proposal Cover Sheet fillable form (pdf).

Main Body: Use the following formatting outline for the main body. Limit to five total pages of text and figures (for Sections I through VIII), plus one budget page and biographical sketches.

Chick Keller Postdoctoral Fellow Program

The Chick Keller Fellowship application will be administered through the Los Alamos Postdoc Program in an analogous manner to the already existing named Postdoctoral Fellow programs (Director’s, Agnew, Metropolis).

Prepare a normal Postdoctoral Named Fellows package as outlined by LANL’s Postdoc program.

Note: As part of your submission, you are required to submit a one-page justification memo on how the proposed research contributes to the focused science topics of CSES.

Rapid Response Program

Cover Sheet: Please use the CSES Proposal Cover Sheet fillable form (pdf).

Main Body: Use the following formatting suggestions for the main body. Limit to two total pages of text and figures (for Sections I through V), plus one page for biographical sketches.

Large University Program

Since this program element consist of essentially three bundled Student Fellow Programs, the proposal guidelines are the same as for the Student Fellow Program, with the following changes/additions:

  • The main body of the proposal can be up to 10 pages.
  • Budget justification can be up to 2 pages.
  • The project should have a LANL and University Lead PI but can include up to two additional LANL and two additional university Co-Is.
  • The LANL lead PI takes responsibility for the overall execution of the program and submits the proposal.

General instructions

While CSES supports publication page charges, such charges are NOT to be included in the proposed budget. PI’s are asked to send an email to the CSES director requesting funds on an as-needed basis to cover publication page charges.

Submission process

Proposals (one PDF for cover page, one PDF for main body including budget) must be submitted by email to CSES, to be received by the proposal’s program element deadline.

Progam Deadline
Student Fellow Progam See proposal
Chick Keller Postdoctoral Fellow Program Follows the quarterly postdoc meeting schedule
Rapid Response Program See proposal
Large University Program Not offered

Note: All Student Fellow, Rapid Response and Large University proposals must be submitted to CSES through the Los Alamos Principal Investigator from their LANL email account. Chick Keller Postdoc packages are submitted to the LANL postdoc office.

Mark the subject line of your email with the program element and science discipline area. For example:

Subject: CSES Student Fellow/Astro Proposal Submission

Send to: cses@lanl.gov with copies to the appropriate discipline leader

Astrophysics and Cosmology Chris Fryer: fryer@lanl.gov
Earth Systems Sanna Sevanto: sanna@lanl.gov
Geophysics Charlotte Rowe (Char): char@lanl.gov
Space Science Vania Jordanova: vania@lanl.gov
Planetary Science Lisa Danielson: ldanielson@lanl.gov

A confirmation of receipt will be sent by email to the Principal Investigators of each proposal.