Antarctic Research

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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.

Supports collaborative polar and cyberinfrastructure research on the interactions between the Antarctic region and global systems, and on Antarctic systems, biota and processes. Workshops, conferences and research coordination networks are also supported.


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

Kelly Brunt
Program Director, Antarctic Glaciology (703) 292-8457 GEO/OPP
Paul M. Cutler
Program Director, Glaciology, Ice Core Science, and Geomorphology (703) 292-4961 GEO/OPP
Michael E. Jackson
Program Director, Earth Science, Geodesy, Geophysics, and Antarctic Instrumentation (703) 292-7120 GEO/OPP
Robert Moore
Program Director, Aeronomy & Astrophysics (703) 292-7990 GEO/OPP
Vladimir Papitashvili
Program Director, Astrophysics and Geospace Sciences (703) 292-7425 GEO/OPP
Allen Pope
Program Director, Polar Cyberinfrastructure (702) 292-2858 GEO/OPP
David A. Sutherland
Program Director, Oceans and Atmospheric Sciences (703) 292-8030 GEO/OPP
Maria Vernet
Program Director, Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems (703) 292-5308 GEO/OPP
Elizabeth L. Rom
Program Director, Polar Education (703) 292-7709 GEO/OCE
Jessie L. Crain
Antarctic Research Support Manager (703) 292-7457 GEO/OPP
Timothy M. McGovern
Oceans Project Manager (703) 292-4248 GEO/OPP

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