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Antarctic Research Not Requiring U.S. Antarctic Program Field Support

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Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.


The Antarctic Sciences Section (ANT) of the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) supports cutting-edge research that:

  • Improves understanding of interactions among the Antarctic region and global systems;
  • Expands fundamental knowledge of Antarctic systems, biota, and processes;
  • Utilizes previously collected samples or focuses on non-field-supported themes;
  • Utilizes the unique characteristics of the Antarctic region as a science observing platform; and
  • Builds capacity and enhances diversity in the US workforce for polar-related science.

ANT encourages and supports non-fieldwork research that crosses and combines disciplinary perspectives and approaches from other fields. ANT encourages and supports research that uses existing data and samples and other research not requiring a presence in Antarctica. Proposals that require USAP support for field work must use solicitation NSF 23-509, Antarctic Research Requiring U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) Support for Fieldwork.

Diversifying and broadening participation is a priority for the Antarctic Sciences Section. ANT encourages the leadership, partnership, and contributions of individuals who are members of groups underrepresented and/or underserved in all opportunities in STEM education programs and careers. ANT promotes and expects that all individuals, including those from groups that are underrepresented and/or underserved in STEM are treated equitably and inclusively throughout the Foundation’s proposal and award process.

The Antarctic Sciences Section coordinates with programs across NSF and with other federal and international partners to co-review and co-fund Antarctic-related proposals as appropriate.

Program contacts

William G. Ambrose
Program Director, Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems
wambrose@nsf.gov (703) 292-8048 GEO/OPP
Kelly M. Brunt
Program Director, Antarctic Glaciology & Oceans and Atmospheric Sciences
kbrunt@nsf.gov (703) 292-8457 GEO/OPP
Paul M. Cutler
Program Director, Glaciology, Ice Core Science & Geomorphology
pcutler@nsf.gov (703) 292-4961 GEO/EAR
Rebecca Gast
Program Director, Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems
rgast@nsf.gov (703) 292-2356 GEO/OPP
Michael E. Jackson
Program Director, Earth Science, Geodesy & Geophysics
mejackso@nsf.gov (703) 292-8033 GEO/OPP
Vladimir O. Papitashvili
Program Director, Astrophysics and Geospace Sciences & Antarctic Instrumentation
vpapita@nsf.gov (703) 292-7425 GEO/OPP
David F. Porter
Program Director, Antarctic Oceans and Atmosphere
dporter@nsf.gov (703) 292-2930 GEO/OPP
Elizabeth L. Rom
Program Director, Polar Education
elrom@nsf.gov (703) 292-7709 GEO/RISE
Jessie L. Crain
Antarctic Research Logistics Support Manager
jlcrain@nsf.gov (703) 292-7457 GEO/OPP
Timothy M. McGovern
Oceans Project Manager
tmcgover@nsf.gov (703) 292-4248 GEO/OPP

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