The Clean Air Monitoring and Solutions Network (CAMS-Net) is an international network of networks that provides a forum for exchange of knowledge, ideas, and data among scientists, decision-makers, citizen groups, the private sector, and other stakeholders towards the goal of improved usage and application of low-cost sensor (LCS) data for air quality. Details about CAMS-Net including goals, network membership, working groups, and information about getting involved can be found on our website: https://camsnet.org/
We are pleased to announce that we will fund a limited number of collaborative air quality seed funding grants that align with and promote our goals. These pilot projects should be focused on some aspect of air quality including monitoring, modeling, remote sensing, public health, policy, management, outreach, data science, etc. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- Integration of LCS with air quality models and/or remote sensing
- New deployments of networks of LCS
- Exploration of LCS as a tool for source information or attribution
- Sensor intercomparison, performance evaluation, and calibration
- Impact of open data and data sharing on air quality public awareness
- Use of LCS data for estimating health impacts of air pollution
- Environmental education using LCS
- Gauge risk perception and awareness of the cost of air pollution through public surveys
- Pilot interventions using economic incentives to reduce air pollution and evaluation
- Regional workshops that connect scientists with governments, the public, and NGOs
We anticipate funding up to 4 collaborative projects at a maximum level of $10,000 each. Applicant networks must be members of CAMS-Net. We strongly encourage multi-disciplinary projects consisting of new collaborations with CAMS-Net member networks, a list of which can be found on our website. There is no limit to project size, but there must be at least two CAMS-Net partner networks involved. Partner networks may participate on multiple proposals, but may only lead one as primary PI. All career levels are eligible to serve as project PI. Projects should have a 1 year timeline with a start date of January 1, 2022. Projects should be focused on air quality in low-and-middle income countries (LMICs), such as those in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. If there’s a network you are interested in working with but do not have their contact information, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or see our slack.
Project teams should submit a 1 page document (11 point font, 1 inch margins, single spaced) describing their project objectives, methods, expected outcomes, collaborative nature, and potential for future funding from outside sources. Proposers should also explain how their project further one or more goals of CAMS-Net. In addition, please provide a short budget and budget narrative (1 page max). Proposals will be judged on several merit criteria including innovation, feasibility, alignment with CAMS-Net objectives, potential for future outside funding, and collaborative and networking impact. Please submit the two pages as one PDF document to email@example.com by November 19, 2021, 11:59pm EST (US/Eastern, GMT -5). Any questions can be addressed to the email above.