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Dear Colleague Letter: support for engaging students and the public in polar research


October 13, 2017

NSF’s Geosciences and Education and Human Resources directorates have issued a “Dear Colleague Letter” (DCL) to encourage the submission of proposals that “will leverage the extensive [NSF] investment in polar sciences and infrastructure, and [Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics] education research and development, to promote an informed citizenry and the next generation of polar scientists.”

OPP, the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) and the Division of Research on Learning (DRL) will accept and review proposals for research-and-development projects that facilitate access to polar-research efforts in undergraduate education, informal science education or formal PK-12 science or math education.

Proposals in response to the DCL must be submitted to either the Improving Undergraduate Science Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR) solicitation, the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) solicitation, or the Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12) solicitation.

For more information, please see the DCL here: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17129/nsf17129.jsp

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