Arctic Research Opportunities

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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.

Arctic Natural Sciences; Arctic Social Sciences; Arctic System Science; Arctic Observing Network; Polar Cyberinfrastructure; Arctic Research Coordination and Policy Support


The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites investigators at U.S. organizations to submit proposals to the Arctic Sciences Section, Office of Polar Programs (OPP), to conduct research about the Arctic region.

The goal of this solicitation is to attract research proposals that advance a fundamental, process, and/or systems-level understanding of the Arctic's rapidly changing natural environment, social and cultural systems, and, where appropriate, to improve our capacity to project future change. The Arctic Sciences Section supports research focused on the Arctic region and its connectivity with lower latitudes. The scientific scope is aligned with, but not limited to, research priorities outlined in the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) five-year plan.

The Arctic Sciences Section coordinates with programs across NSF and with other federal and international partners to co-review and co-fund Arctic-related proposals as appropriate. The Arctic Sciences Section also maintains Arctic logistical infrastructure and field support capabilities that are available to enable research.

Program Contacts



Rainer Amon
Program Director, Arctic Natural Sciences (703) 292-7979 GEO/OPP
Gregory J. Anderson
Program Director, Arctic System Sciences (703) 292-4693 GEO/OPP
Renee D. Crain
Research Support & Logistics Manager (703) 292-4482 GEO/OPP
Roberto Delgado
Program Director, Arctic Observing Network (703) 292-2397 GEO/OPP
Colene M. Haffke
Program Director, Arctic Natural Sciences (703) 292-8030 GEO/OPP
Patrick R. Haggerty
Research Support & Logistics Program Manager (703) 292-8577 GEO/OPP
Erica Hill
Program Director, Arctic Social Sciences (703) 292-4521 GEO/OPP
Olivia Lee
Program Director, Arctic Observing Network (703) 292-2611 GEO/OPP
Allen Pope
Program Director, Polar Cyberinfrastructure (703) 292-2858 GEO/OPP
Frank R. Rack
Research Support and Logistics Manager (703) 292-2684 GEO/OPP
Elizabeth L. Rom
OPP Education Liaison (703) 292-7709 GEO/OCE
Marc Stieglitz
Program Director, Arctic Natural Sciences (703) 292-4354 GEO/OPP
Colleen Strawhacker
Program Director, Arctic System Science (703) 292-7432 GEO/OPP

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