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Antarctic Research

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

This document has been archived. See NSF 23-509 and NSF 23-508 for the latest documents.

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.

Supports collaborative polar and cyberinfrastructure research on the interactions between the Antarctic region and global systems, and on Antarctic systems, biota and processes. Workshops, conferences and research coordination networks are also supported.


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; and
  • Utilizes the unique characteristics of the Antarctic region as a science observing platform.

The U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) supports scientific research in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean with logistics provided by OPP’s Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section (AIL). Antarctic fieldwork is supported only for research that must be performed, or is best performed, in Antarctica. ANT encourages research, using existing samples, data, and models, that do not require fieldwork.

ANT encourages and supports research that crosses and combines disciplinary perspectives and approaches. ANT also supports proposals that promote effective collaborations between Polar and cyberinfrastructure researchers.

When making investments, ANT seeks broad representation of PIs and institutions in its award portfolio, including a geographically diverse set of institutions (including those in EPSCoR jurisdictions) and PIs who are women, early-career researchers, members of underrepresented minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

Program contacts

Kelly Brunt
Program Director, Antarctic Glaciology
kbrunt@nsf.gov (703) 292-8457 GEO/OPP
Paul M. Cutler
Program Director, Glaciology, Ice Core Science, and Geomorphology
pcutler@nsf.gov (703) 292-4961 GEO/EAR
Michael E. Jackson
Program Director, Earth Science, Geodesy, Geophysics, and Antarctic Instrumentation
mejackso@nsf.gov (703) 292-7120 GEO/OPP
Robert Moore
Program Director, Aeronomy & Astrophysics
rmoore@nsf.gov (703) 292-7990
Vladimir Papitashvili
Program Director, Astrophysics and Geospace Sciences
vpapita@nsf.gov (703) 292-7425 GEO/OPP
Allen Pope
Program Director, Polar Cyberinfrastructure
apope@nsf.gov (702) 292-2858 OD/OISE
David A. Sutherland
Program Director, Oceans and Atmospheric Sciences
dasuther@nsf.gov (703) 292-8030
Maria Vernet
Program Director, Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems
mvernet@nsf.gov (703) 292-5308
Elizabeth L. Rom
Program Director, Polar Education
elrom@nsf.gov (703) 292-7709 GEO/RISE
Jessie L. Crain
Antarctic Research Support Manager
jlcrain@nsf.gov (703) 292-7457 GEO/OPP
Timothy M. McGovern
Oceans Project Manager
tmcgover@nsf.gov (703) 292-4248 GEO/OCE

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