Resources for Newly Funded Investigators


Welcome to the Atmospheric System Research (ASR) program. Here you will find a list of resources to help familiarize yourself with ASR.

Describe Your Science Project

Project Pages

Building a home for your project on the ASR website is a priority to ASR program managers. These pages display your publications and highlights, connecting the reader to your body of work.

To build a project page, please make sure that your abstract is entered in the DOE Office of Science Portfolio Analysis and Management System (PAMS) database. Once this step has been completed, ASR will use PAMS to build your project page. The below information is also required:

  • Project title and abstract (PAMS will also provide)
  • Principal investigators and institutions
  • Co-investigators and institutions
  • Collaborators and institutions
  • Project website and URL (if available)
  • Images or figures (optional and if appropriate)

If you need to make updates to an existing project page, let us know.

Share Your Science


It is important that ASR is able to capture and document your DOE-funded science, and it is a requirement that your journal articles be included in DOE’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI). To that end, ASR has created a simple form to share each journal article published with both the ASR website and with OSTI. It not only meets OSTI requirements, but also alerts ASR program managers to your success.

Research Highlights

It is expected that ASR researchers write highlights for each of their journal articles. This is a very important opportunity to summarize your DOE-funded work and describe its impact. Moreover, submitting a research highlight provides more information about your work in a format that can be shared with your colleagues and with DOE management. This form is designed to collect your research highlight and submit your publication information in one step. Highlights are also amplified in ASR News to increase your work’s visibility.

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Stay up to date on the latest news from ASR by creating an account and subscribing to ASR News and ASR working groups of interest (Aerosol Processes, Warm Boundary Layer Processes, Convective Processes, and High-Latitude Processes).

ASR also distributes important funding announcement information, as well as upcoming deadlines and updates for major conferences, such as the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting and the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting. If after subscribing, you do not receive a newsletter at the end of the month, please reach out to the ASR News editor and let us know.

ASR Newsletter

ASR News is a monthly email newsletter with news and features about the people and science of the ASR program. Read past issues of ASR News here. Your ASR News account can also be connected to the ARM data archive for easy access to ARM data.

ASR Working Groups

ASR’s four working groups (Aerosol Processes, Warm Boundary Layer Processes, Convective Processes, and High-Latitude Processes) correspond with ASR priority research areas. Principal investigators (PIs)—researchers funded by ASR—participate in at least one working group. Contact the working group leaders if you are new to ASR and would like to join a working group.

Submitting Effective Reports

Progress Reports

Progress reports will be requested by PAMS 120 days before the budget period end date for all but the final year of your project. You will not be able to submit a progress report until PAMS asks for it.

In the final year of your project, the final report ordinarily takes the place of a progress report.

If you have been granted a no-cost extension, you are not required to submit a progress report. Some PIs choose to highlight their progress by e-mailing a brief, informal report to the ASR program managers.

Final Reports

A guiding principle when writing your final report is that it is the public record of what was accomplished through your ASR award. When you submit final reports through DOE’s OSTI E-Link website, include a detailed summary of project activities and accomplishments.

The most effective final reports:

  • Provide identifying information: Your report should include the DOE award number, sponsoring program office, name of the recipient, project title, name of project director/principal investigator, and consortium/team members. Identifying information is usually provided on a cover page.
  • Include an abstract or executive summary: This should be written in terms understandable by an educated layperson. The abstract is valuable because the entire final report is a public, searchable document.
  • Review project activities: Include hypotheses, approaches used, and findings. Include, if applicable, facts, figures, analyses, and assumptions to support the results in a manner that conveys to the scientific community the scientific and technical information created.
  • Include publications: It is important to document all publications that have resulted from your DOE-supported research, such as journal articles, software, conference proceedings, and student theses/dissertations.

Other considerations to keep in mind when preparing final reports:

  • You may want to discuss the support of graduate students or participation of undergraduate students, especially if there is not a final product (e.g., journal article or thesis) resulting from that support.
  • We ask that you not attach journal article manuscripts or published papers to the report. Published manuscripts should be submitted on the ASR website separately from the final report.
  • A report should not include any protected, personally identifiable information (PII).

A more detailed summary about best practices for final reports can be found in a ‘From the Program Manager’ article published in ASR News.

Participate in the ASR Community

Each year, ASR PIs are invited to participate in the ARM/ASR Joint Meeting. This annual meeting brings together ASR researchers, ARM users, and ARM infrastructure members to review progress and plan future directions for ASR research and ARM. The three- to four-day meeting includes plenaries, tutorials, and breakout and poster sessions.

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Proposal Declinations

If you submitted a proposal that was declined, the default DOE Portfolio Analysis and Management System (PAMS) declination email includes instructions for accessing the reviews in PAMS, but they are often not clear.  If your institution submitted your proposal through, it will not appear in your PAMS account until you connect it.

To do this in PAMS, go to the “Access Previously Submitted Proposal” and follow the instructions below (from the attached instruction PDF) to move it to your “My Proposals” page. If you already have a PAMS account, follow these instructions:

  1. Log in to PAMS at using your previously established user name and password.
  2. Click the “Proposals” tab and click “Access Previously Submitted Proposal.”
  3. Enter the following information:
    • Proposal ID: Enter the ten-digit PAMS proposal ID, including the leading zeros (e.g., 00002xxxxx). Do not use the proposal number. Use the PAMS number previously sent to you in the email with the subject line, “Receipt of Proposal …”.
    • Email (as entered in the proposal): Enter your email address as it appears on the SF424(R&R) Cover Page.
    • Choose Role: Select the radio button in front of the role corresponding to the SF-424 (R&R) cover page. If your name appears in block 19 of the SF-424 (R&R) cover page as the authorizing representative, select “SRO/BO/AO (Sponsored Research Officer/Business Officer/Administrative Officer).” If your name appears in block 14 of the SF424 R&R cover page as the PI, select “Principal Investigator (PI).” If your name appears in block 5 of the SF424 R&R as the point of contact, select “Other (POC).”
  4. Click the “Save and Continue” button. You will be taken to your “My Proposals” page. The proposal will now appear in your list of proposals. Click the “Actions/Views” link in the options column next to this proposal to obtain a dropdown list. Select “Proposal” from the dropdown to see the proposal.