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DCL: Advancing Frontiers in Seafloor Science and Engineering Research (9/22/17)

May 28, 2019

A new NSF Dear Colleague Letter (DCL; NSF 17-140) has been released, and is entitled: Advancing Frontiers in Seafloor Science and Engineering Research.  

Enhanced partnerships between the Engineering and the Marine Geology and Geophysics (MG&G) research communities are needed to advance seafloor sensing capabilities. Existing sensors that work under normal terrestrial conditions need to be re-engineered or re-imagined for the deep-sea environment. To encourage these partnerships, NSF requests proposals to support workshops that focus on appropriate engineering and marine science challenges and stimulate debate, discussion, visioning, and collaboration between the two research communities. Workshop proposals must be submitted by November 15, 2017 for consideration.

The DCL provides more detailed information, including guidance regarding the submission of workshop proposals.  Please refer to the following site:”

 Questions concerning the DCL should be directed to

  • Kandace Binkley,
  • Deborah Smith, or
  • Jenshan Lin

Thank you for your interest in Ocean Sciences research at the NSF.



Rick Murray
Director, Division of Ocean Sciences

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