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Division of Ocean Sciences

RIDGE 2000

Name Email Phone Room
David  Garrison (703) 292-7588   
Richard  Carlson (703) 292-7978   
Barbara  Ransom (703) 292-7792   


Solicitation  09-527

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after June 1, 2020. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 20-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.




Ridge 2000 is a science initiative focused on integrated geological, biological, and geochemical studies of the Earth-encircling mid-ocean ridge system. Central to the Ridge 2000 program is the recognition that the origin and evolution of life in deep-sea hydrothermal ecosystems are inextricably linked to, and perhaps an inevitable consequence of, the flow of energy and material from Earth's deep mantle to the seafloor and ocean via magmatic and hydrothermal systems. To sharpen our knowledge of mid-ocean ridge systems, the first phase of the Ridge 2000 program involved integrated field, laboratory, and modeling studies of three representative, but geographically limited study sites.  Research activities spanned a broad range of disciplines: from geophysics to geochemistry and from geology to biology to hydrothermal vent fluid dynamics.

With this solicitation, Ridge 2000 moves into its integration and synthesis phase where results from previous and on-going interdisciplinary field expeditions and laboratory studies are to be brought to bear on advancing our conceptual and quantitative understanding of mid-ocean ridge systems and the processes that link geological, geophysical, geochemical, hydrothermal, and biological processes.  As such, the program now shifts its focus from field data acquisition to integration and synthesis to help the program achieve its science goals.

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program