NSF funding opportunity for atmospheric sciences and meteorology

Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences
4 pm on Thursday, February 10, 2022
Available via zoom
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Chungu Lu
Program Director, Physical and Dynamical Meteorology Program, National Science Foundation


Dr. Chungu Lu is the director of the Physical and Dynamic Meteorology Program, National Science Foundation (NSF). He will share his insights on what is deemed to be a successful proposal, give a description of the funding structure in Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology at NSF, and explain funding opportunities and the decision-making processes. A Question and Answer section will follow the talk.

With proper understanding, proposal writing is arguably one of the most important skills that a successful scientist should procure and master. In this talk, Dr. Lu will share some perspectives from a public funding manager as to what is deemed to be a successful proposal.

The talk will consist of the following parts: 1) A brief introduction of U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and its Atmospheric Science related units. 2) What are the requirements for an NSF proposal? 3) What funding opportunities and proposal vehicles exist at NSF? 4) How does a program manager make his/her funding decisions?


Dr. Chungu Lu received his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences in 1993 from Colorado State University. From 1994-2009, he worked as a research scientist at the NOAA Earth Systems Research Laboratory. He has published more than 60 journal articles and 5 books on atmospheric science-related topics. From 2010 to the present, he has been Program Director of the NSF Physical and Dynamic Meteorological program.