Antarctic Research Requiring U.S. Antarctic Program Support for Fieldwork

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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 field-based research in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean on the interactions between the Antarctic region and global systems, and on Antarctic systems, biota and processes.


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;
  • Utilizes the unique characteristics of the Antarctic region as a science observing platform; and
  • Builds capacity and enhances diversity in the US workforce for polar-related science.

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. Proposals that do not require USAP support for field work can be submitted anytime using solicitation NSF 23-XXX, Antarctic Research Not Requiring U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) Support for Fieldwork.

Diversifying and broadening participation is a priority for the Antarctic Sciences Section. ANT encourages the leadership, partnership, and contributions of individuals who are members of groups underrepresented and/or underserved in all opportunities in STEM education programs and careers. ANT promotes and expects that all individuals, including those from groups that are underrepresented and/or underserved in STEM are treated equitably and inclusively throughout the Foundation’s proposal and award process.

The Antarctic Sciences Section coordinates with programs across NSF and with other federal and international partners to co-review and co-fund Antarctic-related proposals as appropriate.

Program contacts

Kelly M. Brunt
Program Director, Antarctic Glaciology & Oceans and Atmospheric Sciences (703) 292-8457 GEO/OPP
Paul M. Cutler
Program Director, Glaciology, Ice Core Science & Geomorphology (703) 292-4961 GEO/OPP
Rebecca Gast
Program Director, Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems (703) 292-2356 GEO/OPP
Michael E. Jackson
Program Director, Earth Science, Geodesy & Geophysics (703) 292-8033 GEO/OPP
Vladimir O. Papitashvili
Program Director, Astrophysics and Geospace Sciences & Antarctic Instrumentation (703) 292-7425 GEO/OPP
Allen J. Pope
Program Director, Polar Cyberinfrastructure (703) 292-2858 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 Logistics Support Manager (703) 292-7457 GEO/OPP
Timothy M. McGovern
Oceans Logistics Project Manager (703) 292-4248 GEO/OPP

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