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Division of Ocean Sciences

Marine Geology and Geophysics

Name Email Phone Room
Candace  O. Major (703) 292-8580   
Barbara  Ransom (703) 292-7792  725 N  
Deborah  K. Smith (703) 292-7978   
Maurice  Tivey (703) 292-7710   
Andrea  Portier (703) 292-8474   


Apply to PD 98-1620 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via the NSF Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Guidelines applies. (Note: The NSF Application Guide is available on the website and on the NSF website at:

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 17-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Target Date

    August 15, 2017

    August 15, Annually Thereafter

    February 15, 2018

    February 15, Annually Thereafter

Please note a Regional Framework for marine seismic data acquisition on R/V Marcus Langseth is now in place.  See the UNOLS website for more information.


The Marine Geology and Geophysics program supports research on all aspects of geology and geophysics of the ocean basins and margins, as well as the Great Lakes.

The Program includes:

  • Structure, tectonic evolution and volcanic activity of the ocean basins, the continental margins, the mid-ocean ridges, and island arc systems
  • Processes controlling exchange of heat and chemical species between seawater and ocean rocks
  • Genesis, chemistry, and mineralogic evolution of marine sediments
  • Processes controlling deposition, erosion and transport of marine sediments
  • Past ocean circulation patterns and climates and
  • Interactions of continental and marine geologic processes


NSF 06-038: Support for Postdoctoral Appointees and Graduate Students

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program