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Division of Earth Sciences

Earth Sciences Research at the National Science Foundation  (EAR)

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Name Email Phone Room
Michael  Ellis (703) 292-8551  785 S  
Lina  Patino (703) 292-5047  785 S  
James  H. Whitcomb (703) 292-8553  785 S  
Arthur  Goldstein (703) 292-8553  785 S  
Enriqueta  C. Barrera (703) 292-8551  785 S  
Sonia  Esperanca (703) 292-8554  785 S  
William  Leeman (703) 292-7411  785 S  
David  M. Fountain (703) 292-4751  785 S  
Stephen  Harlan (703) 292-8552  785 S  
L.  D. James (703) 292-8549  785 S  
Christopher  Cirmo (703) 292-4739  785 S  
Leonard  E. Johnson (703) 292-8559  785 S  
Russell  C. Kelz (703) 292-4747  785 S  
David  Lambert (703) 292-8558  785 S  
H.  R. Lane (703) 292-8551  785 S  
Robin  Reichlin (703) 292-8556  785 S  
Eva  Zanzerkia (703) 292-8556  785 S  
Kaye  Shedlock (703) 292-4693  785 S  


Solicitation  04-613

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.




The Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) supports research and education related to the Earth's terrestrial regions, interior, and freshwater systems. Projects may employ any combination of field, laboratory, and computational studies with observational, theoretical, or experimental approaches. Support is available for research and research infrastructure through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements awarded in response to investigator-initiated proposals from U.S. universities and other eligible institutions. Human resource development and education are expected to be an integral part of most research proposals, but are also eligible for direct support. Multidisciplinary work is strongly encouraged. Projects involving disciplines outside the earth sciences will be recommended for joint support with other programs within the Foundation. EAR will consider co-funding of projects with other agencies and supports international work and collaborations.

This program solicitation is a compilation of information about EAR's various programs. Prospective proposers should contact the cognizant program officer for more information. Some of these programs also have separate program announcements or solicitations that prospective proposers should read for specific requirements.


Geobiology and Low-Temperature Geochemistry

Geomorphology and Land Use Dynamics


Hydrologic Sciences

Petrology and Geochemistry

Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology



Genealogy of Life

Continental Dynamics

Collaboration in Mathematical Geosciences

Cooperative Studies Of The Earth's Deep Interior

Earth Sciences: Instrumentation and Facilities (IF)

EarthScope National Office

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program

Marine Geology and Geophysics

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers

Biocomplexity in the Environment (BE): Integrated Research and Education in Environmental Systems

Catalyzing New International Collaborations

Deep Underground Science and Engineering Program Planning and Technical Requirements

Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions:

Geoscience Education

Geoscience Teacher Training

Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment

Information Technology Research for National Priorities

Integrated Carbon Cycle Research Program

International Research Experiences for Students


National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN)

Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences (OEDG)

Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change

Planetary Biodiversity Inventories

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Research in Biogeosciences

Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships

U.S. Science Support Program associated with the International Ocean Discovery Program

Water Cycle Research

U.S. Global Change Research Program (homepage)

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program