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Big Data & Geovisualization

Learn more about big spatial temporal data and geovisualization. This guide is a gateway to graduate research in geospatial informatics, earth observing, remote sensing, and geoinformation science

Grants & Funding

  • GMU Research Funding: Office of Research Development (RD) provides support to the Mason community in seeking funding to increase GM's funded research base.
  • NSF-Geoscience: see the categories of research areas for NSF funding in Geosciences. 
  • Grant Online: a fully operational end-to-end grants management software application implemented to increase efficiency as measured in reduced cycle times by:
    • Standardizing grant business processes
    • Enforcing grants business and data validation
    • Reducing repetitive and error prone data entry activities
    • Enforcing audit-ability and traceability of grant actions and data
  • Terra Viva Grants Directory: World Meteorological Organization is the United Nations’ principal authority on the state and behavior of the Earth’s weather, climate, and water cycle. WMO provides a framework for international cooperation in these areas.  WMO’s program areas include global weather research and monitoring; global atmospheric monitoring; world climate research and monitoring; hydrological monitoring; space observation technology in support of meteorology and hydrology; reduction of disaster risks; agricultural meteorology; marine meteorology; support for public weather services; and others.
  • find over 900 federal grant programs enabling organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies.
  • NSF: The National Science Foundation funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering. It does this through grants, and cooperative agreements to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, informal science organizations and other research organizations throughout the United States. The Foundation accounts for about one-fourth of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.

Open Access Publishing Fund

  • The University Libraries's OAP Fund: offers financial support to eligible members of the Mason community to off-set the costs of publishing in scholarly open access (OA) journals that charge author fees. Complete and submit the Open Access Publishing Fund (OAP Fund) application on the University Libraries’ website to apply for funds.  Please check eligibility requirements before applying.  Contact Wally Grotophorst ( with any questions.