Goetz Instrument Program

The submission deadline for the 2017 Goetz Instrument Support Program is October 14, 2016.

Alexander Goetz Instrument Support Program logoAlexander F. H. Goetz, Ph.DIn recognition of the long-standing contribution of ASD co-founder to the field of remote sensing, and in honor of his 21 years with the University of Colorado, ASD has established this annual program designed to further encourage a creative research environment within the Remote Sensing and Field Spectroscopy world-wide community. The intent is to provide a simple mechanism for supporting small research efforts which can quickly establish concept viability, or rule out further consideration, by providing temporary use of a field spectroradiometer, which might otherwise be difficult to obtain.

Each recipient will also be eligible to receive up to a total of $500 (USD) to cover publication charges (if the resulting paper is published in an approved publication) and/or travel assistance for presentation of an accepted abstract at a relevant scientific conference. Proposal submissions for the tenth annual competition must be received by October 14, 2016. This deadline is firm so that the review committee can consider applications during the following month and select recipients. Winners will be announced in December 2016.


This program encourages novel, unconventional and/or fundamental research. Proposals should be inventive, might be opportunistic, and need not have an immediate practical application or guarantee of success. Additional consideration will be given to proposals that bridge boundaries between traditional disciplines. A minimum of five recipients will be selected for each calendar year.


Graduate students pursuing a Master’s or Ph.D. within an accredited college or university program within the United States or all countries where Carnet documentation for shipments is accepted, are eligible. Due to difficulties associated with exporting to India, we will be unable to consider any proposals that require an instrument to be taken into India. No more than one submission per researcher will be considered. Goetz Instrument Program proposals must be submitted by current students.


ASD is allocating one full-range FieldSpec® 4 (350-2500 nm) spectroradiometer system, one FieldSpec HandHeld 2 (325-1075 nm) spectroradiometer system and one QualitySpec® Trek (350-2500 nm) spectrometer for temporary use during the selected research projects. Requests must stipulate the time for which the instrument is requested, including start and completion dates where necessary for seasonal projects. Requests can range from one week to three month (maximum) projects. Proposals with a length of longer than three months will not be considered. Please note, the length of time an instrument is requested can have an impact in the decision process. A proposal requiring an instrument for a shorter amount of time, or for a more flexible date range, may have a higher probability of selection as long as the proposal meets all other criteria. An award involving split time (i.e. season vs. season collection where the instrument is used for a period of time, returned to ASD, and then shipped back for a second period of time), will be considered as long as the split times do not extend into the next calendar year, require more than two shipments and the time allocated does not exceed three months in total. This policy is established in order to allow a maximum number of awards when possible. Note: ASD covers shipping to and from the recipient's educational institution only. Recipient is responsible for any transportation in between, and if extra time is required for transport to a research site, this must be factored into your requested time.


Submissions should be no longer than two pages including a description of the objective, why it might be important, whom it includes, the instrument required, and how this might extend the frontiers of science. The best proposals will reach beyond an advance of understanding, to defining an hypothesis being tested, or a specific objective being sought. Please review official format guidelines for more specific information.


Recipients are required to provide ASD with a one-page summary of their research and results. Inclusion of supporting photos and visual data are encouraged as well, and are not included in the summary page count. ASD will contribute up to $500 towards publication (page and/or color) charges (paid directly to the publication) for recipients whose completed paper is published by an approved journal, and/or reimbursement (original receipts will be required) of travel costs to recipients with an accepted abstract for an oral or poster presentation at a relevant scientific conference.


A review committee will be convened with representation from various disciplines, and selection will be determined based upon an objective evaluation of the ideas, without weighting for discipline.

Please help us spread the word about our scholarship and download our 2017 Goetz Instrument Support Program info sheet.


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