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Polar Programs (PLR)

PLR Special Announcement, May 2015

Facts about the NSF and the United States Antarctic Program

The following information clarifies facts regarding the United States Antarctic Program and which are relevant to a prominent article in the May 4 edition of The New York Times.

Per Presidential Memorandum 6646, signed by president Reagan in 1982, the National Science Foundation coordinates the U.S. Antarctic Program on behalf of the U.S. government.    

To meet this Presidential mandate, NSF, through the Division of Polar Programs and others, supports investigators nationwide to pursue research that is best done or can only be done in Antarctica.  The research support is awarded through a competitive merit review process.

In addition to this direct science support, the Division of Polar Programs is responsible for managing infrastructure and logistics to support that research as well as that of other government agencies, including NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  This includes operations of three year-round stations in Antarctica—McMurdo, Amundsen-Scott South Pole and Palmer—and two research vessels, the Laurence M. Gould and the Nathaniel B. Palmer, that operate in the Southern Ocean.  

The Division also manages a prime contract for logistics support, currently awarded to Antarctic Support Contract (ASC), a division of Lockheed Martin, and coordinates with the U.S. military and other agencies to provide support such as airlift and icebreaking.

PLR Special Announcement

Section Head for PLR's Polar Environment, Safety and Head Section Appointed.

(30 March 2015)

PLR Special Announcements

Division of Polar Programs Special Announcements Archive

(11 February 2015)

USAP Special Announcement (2014)

Dear Colleague Letter:  Recompetition of the Management of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory(NSF 14-037) (PDF format; Text format)

(24 February 2014)

Automatic Compliance Checking in Fastlane

On March 15, 2013, FastLane will begin automatic compliance checking of all submitted proposals.

Programs and Funding Opportunities

Key: Crosscutting Crosscutting | NSF Wide Flag NSF-wide

Antarctic Research
bullet Antarctic Astrophysics and Geospace Sciences
bullet Antarctic Earth Sciences Program
bullet Antarctic Glaciology Program
bullet Antarctic Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
bullet Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems
Antarctic Artists and Writers Program
Arctic Research Opportunities
bullet Arctic Natural Sciences Program
bullet Arctic Observing Network  (AON)
bullet Arctic Research Support and Logistics Program
bullet Arctic Social Sciences Program
bullet Arctic System Science (ARCSS) Program
Arctic SEES (ArcSEES)
Cyberinfrastructure Training, Education, Advancement, and Mentoring for Our 21st Century Workforce NSF Wide Flag
Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL)
Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Crosscutting
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) NSF Wide Flag
Science of Learning Centers (SLC) NSF Wide Flag
Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability NSF-Wide Investment (SEES) NSF Wide Flag Crosscutting
bullet Ocean Acidification  (OA)
bullet Decadal and Regional Climate Prediction using Earth System Models  (EaSM) NSF Wide Flag Crosscutting
bullet Dimensions of Biodiversity FY2015
bullet Research Coordination Networks
bullet Water Sustainability and Climate  (WSC) Crosscutting
Academic Research Infrastructure Program: Recovery and Reinvestment (ARI-Rē) Crosscutting
Archiving and Discovering of Data and Metadata Generated through Projects Funded by the NSF Arctic Sciences Section
EarthCube: Crosscutting
Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE: GEOPATHS)
Long Term Ecological Research (LTER-NCO)
Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (P2C2)
Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation - S2I2 (SI2-S2I2) Crosscutting

Featured NSF-wide Programs

NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows NSF Wide Flag

Sustainability Research Networks Competition NSF Wide Flag

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Recently Announced Funding Opportunities See All

Documenting Endangered Languages
(NSF  15-567) Posted May 5, 2015

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1:
(NSF  15-566) Posted May 5, 2015

Faculty Early Career Development Program
(NSF  15-555) Posted March 10, 2015

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation - S2I2
(NSF  15-553) Posted March 6, 2015

Archiving and Discovering of Data and Metadata Generated through Projects Funded by the NSF Arctic Sciences Section
(NSF  15-543) Posted February 11, 2015


Upcoming Due Dates See All

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1:
(NSF  15-566) Letter of Intent: July 7, 2015

Faculty Early Career Development Program
(NSF  15-555) Full Proposal: July 21, 2015, BIO, CISE, EHR

Faculty Early Career Development Program
(NSF  15-555) Full Proposal: July 22, 2015, ENG

Faculty Early Career Development Program
(NSF  15-555) Full Proposal: July 23, 2015, GEO, MPS, SBE

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1:
(NSF  15-566) Full Proposal: August 4, 2015


News See All

An ice core from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide (WAIS Divide) project. Antarctic ice core reveals how sudden climate changes in North Atlantic moved south
Released April 29, 2015
Press Release
researcher in Antarctica Video: Research team discovers plant fossils previously unknown to Antarctica
Released April 29, 2015
Press Release
A helicopter flies the AEM sensor over Lake Frxyell in the McMurdo Dry Valleys. Discovered deep under Antarctic surface: Extensive, salty aquifer and potentially vast microbial habitat
Released April 28, 2015
Press Release
The South Pole Telescope Planet-sized 'virtual telescope' expands to the South Pole to observe black holes in detail
Released April 21, 2015
Press Release
A. David McGuire, right, and Tom Sinclair, left Scientists predict gradual, prolonged permafrost greenhouse gas emissions
Released April 8, 2015
News From the Field
the USS Scranton surfaced through four feet of ice Combined Arctic ice observations show decades of loss
Released March 3, 2015
News From the Field
BICEP Telescope at the South Pole BICEP2 and Planck joint study: Gravitational waves remain elusive
Released January 30, 2015
Press Release
a crater left behind and a deep crack in the ice Two lakes beneath the ice in Greenland, gone within weeks
Released January 21, 2015
News From the Field

Events Calendar See All

August 28, 2015
NSF Day at the University of Alaska Anchorage (POSTPONED)
Training

November 2, 2015  - November 3, 2015
NSF Grants Conference - Arlington, VA
Conference




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