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Division of Polar Programs

Arctic Research Opportunities


Name Email Phone Room
William  Ambrose wambrose@nsf.gov (703) 292-8029   
Renee  D. Crain rcrain@nsf.gov (703) 292-4482  755 S  
Henrietta  Edmonds hedmonds@nsf.gov (703) 292-7427  755 S  
Patrick  R. Haggerty phaggert@nsf.gov (703) 292-8577  755 S  
Anna  M. Kerttula de Echave akerttul@nsf.gov (703) 292-7432  755 S  
Diane  McKnight dmcknigh@nsf.gov (703) 292-4897   
Neil  R. Swanberg nswanber@nsf.gov (703) 292-8029  740 S  
William  J. Wiseman wwiseman@nsf.gov (703) 292-4750  755 S  
Marc  Stieglitz mstiegli@nsf.gov (703) 292-2461   

Note:  The Arctic Social Sciences Program will not have a deadline in 2015 and will resume in 2016.  Please consult the NSF Dear Colleague Letter regarding the Arctic Social Sciences Program (NSF 15-109) (August 18, 2015).


Solicitation  14-584

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.


Full Proposal Deadline Date:  October 18, 2016

October 18, Annually Thereafter


The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites investigators at U.S. organizations to submit proposals to conduct research about the Arctic. Arctic research includes field and modeling studies, data analysis, and synthesis about the arctic region.

The goal of the NSF Section for Arctic Sciences, Division of Polar Programs (PLR), is to gain a better understanding of the Arctic's physical, biological, geological, chemical, social and cultural processes; the interactions of oceanic, terrestrial, atmospheric, biological, social, cultural, and economic systems; and the connections that define the Arctic. The Arctic Sciences and other NSF programs support projects that contribute to the development of the next generation of researchers and scientific literacy for all ages through education, outreach, and broadening participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Program representatives from polar and other non-polar NSF programs that support arctic research coordinate across NSF, including joint review and funding of arctic proposals and mutual support of special projects with high logistical costs.


Arctic Natural Sciences Program

Arctic Observing Network

Arctic Research Support and Logistics Program

Arctic Social Sciences Program

Arctic System Science (ARCSS) Program


This program provides educational opportunities for  Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Fellows, K-12 Educators . Individuals interested in applying for funding should see the program guidelines above.


Dear Colleague Letter: Directorate of Geosciences, Division of Polar Programs, Arctic Science Section - Amending the Current Solicitation, Arctic Research Opportunities, in Regards to the Arctic Social Sciences Program (ASSP) (NSF 15-109)

Dear Colleague Letter: BEST synthesis proposals (NSF 10-067)


Travel activities in remote parts of Greenland


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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program


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