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Division of Polar Programs

Antarctic Integrated System Science


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Paul  Cutler pcutler@nsf.gov (703) 292-4961   


16-541  Program Solicitation

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 16-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


The discoveries of disciplinary science increasingly highlight the need for integrative approaches to forge new understanding of the complex interactions that govern Antarctica and its past, present and future roles in the earth system. To respond to this need and foster progress on some of societies’ most pressing issues on a planet subject to potentially accelerated change, the Antarctic Integrated System Science (AISS) program was established in 2007.  An initial vision for the AISS program is outlined in the executive committee synthesis of a June 2007 community-based workshop that is available at: http://www.nsf.gov/geo/plr/antarct/science/workshop_rpt/aiss_2007_workshop.pdf.  The synthesis includes examples of cross-cutting integrated system science questions that are not meant to be exhaustive.  Initial activities funded under the IPY call can be found on the IPY award list (http://www.nsf.gov/geo/plr/ipy/ipy_awards_list.jsp).

In general terms, the AISS program administers projects that transcend disciplinary boundaries, are highly integrated and address questions broader in scope than those typically supported by the disciplinary programs described above.  AISS projects must have compelling intellectual merit, broad impact and expand the frontiers of our knowledge.  AISS does not fund programs that recast disciplinary questions into a form requiring minimal expertise from other disciplines when progress is possible within a discipline.  Projects must not be so broad in scope that tractable research strategies are not practical.  It is recognized that integrated system proposals can be challenging to review.  At this juncture in accordance with existing NSF guidelines, proposers may choose to submit single collaborative proposals or multiple related proposals that share some common text.  Proposals will be reviewed by both ad-hoc mail reviews and a combination of panelists from the disciplinary panels as appropriate.  Those considering submission to AISS are encouraged to contact the program director in advance.                


Setting a Course for Antarctic Integrated System Science (NSF-supported workshop held 13-15 June 2007)

A Research Program for Projecting Sea‐Level Rise from Land‐ice Loss

Long Term Ecological Research Network

McMurdo Dry Valleys Long Term Ecological Research

Palmer Station Antarctica Long Term Ecological Research


What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program


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