Frontier Research in Earth Sciences (FRES)

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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 research on Earth systems, from the core to the critical zone, with a focus on surface, continental lithospheric and deeper Earth systems over the entire range of temporal and spatial scales.


The FRES program will support research in Earth systems from the core through the critical zone. The project may focus on all or part of the surface, continental lithospheric, and deeper Earth systems over the entire range of temporal and spatial scales. FRES projects should have a larger scientific scope and budget than those considered for funding by disciplinary programs in the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR). FRES projects may be interdisciplinary studies that do not fit well within EAR's disciplinary programs or cannot be routinely managed by sharing between disciplinary programs. Innovative proposals within a single disciplinary area with outcomes of potential broad relevance to Earth Science research are also encouraged. Investigations may employ any combination of field, laboratory, and computational studies with observational, theoretical, or experimental approaches. Projects should be focused on topics that meet the guidelines for research funded by the Division of Earth Sciences.

Program contacts

Dennis Geist (703) 292-4361
Richard F. Yuretich (703) 292-4744 GEO/EAR
Margaret Benoit (703) 292-7233 GEO/EAR
Michal Kowalewski (703) 292-8451
Amanda Keen-Zebert (703) 292-8548 GEO/EAR

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