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Division of Polar Programs

Ship-based Technical Support in the Arctic  (STARC)

This program has been archived.


Name Email Phone Room
Renee  D. Crain rcrain@nsf.gov (703) 292-4482   
Additional information regarding science support onboard USCG Healy is available from Dave Forcucci, Science Liaison for Healy, at dforcucci@pacnorwest.uscg.mil.


Solicitation  10-594

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.




This solicitation is for proposals to enhance marine science and technical services provided to NSF-supported research cruises on U.S. Coast Guard cutters Healy and Polar Sea. U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) provides basic services that will be augmented by the awardee to the level provided by the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) for supporting academic research. This solicitation is for an awardee to perform two primary functions: 1) to plan, coordinate and deliver science technical support onboard Healy and Polar Sea, augmenting the role of the USCG marine science technicians and 2) to coordinate with NSF, USCG and the academic community to provide for the operation, maintenance and upgrade of science equipment installed or used on Healy and Polar Sea. The awardee is expected to coordinate support among qualified providers as appropriate for specific cruises, utilizing the capabilities and equipment available through the UNOLS system. Ship-based science support will be planned and provided in close coordination with the research teams and USCG personnel with input and approval from NSF.

Display additional information


Arctic Icebreaker Coordinating Committee (AICC)

Arctic Mapping Application (ARMAP) database of Arctic Research Projects

Principles for Conduct of Research in the Arctic

University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS)

USCG Science Planning Website, Ice Floe



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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program

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