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Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after October 4, 2021. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 22-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

Synopsis

The Antarctic Sciences Section (ANT) of the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) supports cutting-edge research that:

  • Improves understanding of interactions among the Antarctic region and global systems;
  • Expands fundamental knowledge of Antarctic systems, biota, and processes; and
  • Utilizes the unique characteristics of the Antarctic region as a science observing platform.

The U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) supports scientific research in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean with logistics provided by OPP’s Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section (AIL). Antarctic fieldwork is supported only for research that must be performed, or is best performed, in Antarctica. ANT encourages research, using existing samples, data, and models, that do not require fieldwork.

ANT encourages and supports research that crosses and combines disciplinary perspectives and approaches. ANT also supports proposals that promote effective collaborations between Polar and cyberinfrastructure researchers.

When making investments, ANT seeks broad representation of PIs and institutions in its award portfolio, including a geographically diverse set of institutions (including those in EPSCoR jurisdictions) and PIs who are women, early-career researchers, members of underrepresented minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

Program Contacts

Paul M. Cutler
Program Director, Glaciology, Ice Core Science, and Geomorphology
pcutler@nsf.gov (703) 292-4961 GEO/OPP
Karla Heidelberg
Program Directory, Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems
kheidelb@nsf.gov (703) 292-2586 GEO/OPP
Michael E. Jackson
Program Director, Earth Science, Geodesy, Geophysics, and Antarctic Instrumentation
mejackso@nsf.gov (703) 292-7120 GEO/OPP
Peter Milne
Program Director, Physical Oceanography, Meteorology, and Atmospheric Sciences
pmilne@nsf.gov (703) 292-4714 GEO/OPP
Robert Moore
Program Director, Aeronomy & Astrophysics
rmoore@nsf.gov (703) 292-7990 GEO/OPP
Vladimir Papitashvili
Program Director, Astrophysics and Geospace Sciences
vpapita@nsf.gov (703) 292-7425 GEO/OPP
Allen Pope
Program Director, Polar Cyberinfrastructure
apope@nsf.gov (702) 292-2858 GEO/OPP
David A. Sutherland
dasuther@nsf.gov (703) 292-8030 GEO/OPP
Maria Vernet
mvernet@nsf.gov (703) 292-8030 GEO/OPP
Elizabeth L. Rom
Program Director, Polar Education
elrom@nsf.gov (703) 292-7709 GEO/OCE
Jessie L. Crain
Antarctic Research Support Manager
jlcrain@nsf.gov (703) 292-7457 GEO/OPP
Timothy M. McGovern
Oceans Project Manager
tmcgover@nsf.gov (703) 292-4248 GEO/OPP

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