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Office of Polar Programs

Arctic Observing Network  (AON)

Name Email Phone Room
Roberto  Delgado (703) 292-2397  W7246  
Jennifer  L. Mercer (703) 292-7453  W 7159  
Frank  . Rack (703) 292-2684  W 7189  


16-595  Program Solicitation

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 19-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after February 25, 2019. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 19-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


The goal of AON is to support integrated long-term measurements of Arctic system characteristics to address hypotheses about mechanisms underlying Arctic environmental system change and its global connections through observation and analysis. AON supports physical, biological, social, cultural, and economic observations, including indigenous knowledge, of the land, ocean, atmosphere (troposphere and stratosphere), and social systems. The AON Program will also consider proposals for: (1) development of sensors and autonomous systems that directly enhance AON observations, (2) design and optimization of observing networks, and (3) management of AON data, data access, and data discovery. AON projects should contribute to Arctic system modeling and should leverage other existing national and international observing efforts. Proposals for continuation of existing AON projects must provide evidence that the data obtained so far: (i) have been archived at a nationally or internationally recognized repository, and (ii) contribute to the needs of the broader scientific community. Proposals that involve process study, model developments, or short-term deployments may be suited to other NSF Arctic programs. Prospective PIs should contact the Program Officer to discuss the project and determine if it is within AON Program scope.

Proposals that involve process study, model developments, or short-term deployments may be suited to other NSF Arctic programs. Prospective PIs should contact the relevant Program Officer to discuss the project to determine if it is within AON Program scope. All AON projects must conform to the Office of Polar Programs Data Policy. AON data are considered to be community data and not subject to any embargo period. Rapid release of data via a national data center is a requirement for AON projects. There are exceptions for social sciences data, data involving Indigenous or local knowledge, and cases where data release might cause harm. Proposals must include a data and information management plan that describes how free and rapid access to quality-controlled and fully-documented data and information by all researchers, and others, will be achieved during the course of the award, e.g., via a project website and/or a recognized data repository. Proposers should be aware that posting graphs on a website is not sufficient. The plan must include transfer of all data to a recognized data repository by the conclusion of the award.



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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program