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Polar Programs (PLR)

ARC Special Announcement

Change of Leadership for NSF Arctic Sciences

Posted: 6 August 2014

Polar Fulbright grant opportunities

Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant opportunities in Arctic and Polar Science: For the academic year 2015-2016, competition for funding opened in February. The Fulbright Scholar Program is accepting applications for a range of awards

Posted: 04/30/2014

USAP Special Announcement (2014)

Dear Colleague Letter regarding proposals for the Antarctic Sciences Solicitation (NSF 13-527)

Despite recent challenges, we wish to reassure the research community that the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Antarctic Program continue to encourage the development and submission of proposals in response to the Antarctic Sciences Solicitation (NSF 13-527).

Learn more at  http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14035/nsf14035.jsp?org=PLR

(4 February 2014)

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)

USAP Special Announcement

Fiscal Challenges Facing the U.S. Antarctic Program — A message to the U.S. Antarctic Program research community

National Strategy for the Arctic Region

On 10 May 2013, President Barack Obama signed the National Strategy for the Arctic Region.  The United States joined our Arctic Council colleagues Canada, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Russia, and Sweden in articulating our strategic priorities for this critical region of the world.

The Administration solicited input from Alaska Natives, the State of Alaska and others as it was developing the National Strategy for the Arctic. Successful implementation of the National Strategy will depend upon active engagement with Alaska Natives, the State of Alaska and other key stakeholders. In particular, proceeding with the stewardship of Arctic resources under an Integrated Arctic Management approach requires meaningful, up-front input by the State, Alaska Natives, and others. As a further demonstration of its commitment to such input, Administration officials have hosted roundtable discussions in Alaska to determine how best to move forward with the implementation of the concepts laid out in this National Strategy.

A copy of the National Strategy for the Arctic Region can be found on the White House web siteIn January 2014, the White House released the Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for the Arctic Region, which is designed to guide Federal Departments and Agencies in implementing the plan. The Implementation Plan will be reviewed annually to ensure that the United States is prepared to respond to changes, challenges, and opportunities in the Arctic.

The National Science Foundation is pleased to have participated in the development of the National Strategy for the Arctic Region.  The release of the Arctic Strategy is timely and builds on collaborations underway across government to identify and address priorities associated with environmental changes in this important region and implications for Arctic residents, the U.S. as an Arctic nation, and the world.  One such effort is the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee, which is chaired by the director of NSF.  Read more about NSF Arctic activities.

Updated 24 July 2014

IARPC Arctic 5-year research plan

On February 19, 2013, the National Science and Technology Council released a five-year Arctic Research Plan that outlines key areas of study the Federal government will undertake to better understand and predict environmental changes in the Arctic.  For more information, go to the Interagency Arctic Research and Policy Committee — Arctic Research Plan page at http://www.nsf.gov/geo/plr/arctic/iarpc/arc_res_plan_index.jsp

U.S. Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel

On March 21, 2013, the National Science Foundation issued a summary response to the recommendations of the U.S. Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel that was charged with advising NSF on how to improve and streamline its logistical capabilities to more efficiently support world-class Antarctic science.  The response is available at 


The U.S. Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel report was released by the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation on 23 July 2012 during a press conference at the National Academy of Sciences.

The report, More and Better Science in Antarctica through Increased Logistical Effectiveness, is available at


Updated:  17 May 2013

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 Integrated System Science
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) Crosscutting
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 FY2014
bullet NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows Crosscutting
bullet Research Coordination Networks Crosscutting
bullet Sustainability Research Networks Competition  (SRN) NSF Wide Flag
bullet Water Sustainability and Climate  (WSC) Crosscutting
Academic Research Infrastructure Program: Recovery and Reinvestment (ARI-Rē) Crosscutting
EarthCube: Crosscutting
Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (P2C2)

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

Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships
(NSF  14-600) Posted August 13, 2014

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  14-590) Posted August 1, 2014

Partnerships for International Research and Education
(NSF  14-587) Posted July 21, 2014

Arctic Research Opportunities
(NSF  14-584) Posted July 14, 2014

Documenting Endangered Languages
(NSF  14-580) Posted July 7, 2014

Upcoming Due Dates See All

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers
(NSF  14-573) Full Proposal: September 22, 2014, Partnerships for Learning and Adaptation Networks: Institutions of Higher Education (PLAN IHE)

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program
(NSF  13-594) Full Proposal: September 26, 2014, Planning Grant and Full Center Proposal

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers
(NSF  14-573) Full Proposal: October 3, 2014, Partnerships for Learning and Adaptation Networks: STEM Disciplines (PLAN D)

Documenting Endangered Languages
(NSF  14-580) Full Proposal: October 6, 2014

Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change
(NSF  13-576) Full Proposal: October 15, 2014

News See All

Brent C. Christner and Alex Michaud retrieve the first water sample from Lake Whillans. Confirmed: 800 meters beneath Antarctic ice sheet, subglacial lake holds viable microbial ecosystems
Released August 20, 2014
Press Release
Student standing at poster and talking to 3 other people NSF funds pilot project aimed at increasing the number of American Indians and Alaska Natives faculty members
Released August 18, 2014
Press Release
David Denlinger No excess baggage: Antarctic insect's genome, newly sequenced, is smallest to date
Released August 12, 2014
News From the Field
R/V Sikuliaq docked Ready for sea
Released August 5, 2014
Press Release
a shallow firn core Industrial lead pollution beat explorers to the South Pole by 22 years and persists today
Released July 28, 2014
News From the Field
A U.S. Antarctic Program helicopter NSF-managed U.S. Antarctic Program recognized for its search-and-rescue efforts
Released May 14, 2014
Press Release
Scott Borg, Section Head, Antarctic Sciences Scott Borg nominated for SAMMIE award
Updated May 5, 2014
illustration of the B-mode pattern observed with the BICEP2 telescope NSF-funded researchers say Antarctic telescope may have provided the first direct evidence of cosmic inflation and the origins of the universe
Released March 17, 2014
Press Release

Events Calendar See All

September 23, 2014  - September 24, 2014
Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education
Advisory Committee Meeting

September 23, 2014
Webinar on Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED)

October 6, 2014  - October 7, 2014
NSF Grants Conference - Arlington, VA

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