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Arctic Research Opportunities

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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.

Arctic Natural Sciences; Arctic Social Sciences; Arctic System Science; Arctic Observing Network; Polar Cyberinfrastructure; Arctic Research Coordination and Policy Support


The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites investigators at U.S. organizations to submit proposals to the Arctic Sciences Section in the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) within the Geosciences Directorate, to conduct research about the Arctic region.

The goal of this solicitation is to attract research proposals that advance a fundamental, process, and/or systems-level understanding of the Arctic's rapidly changing natural environment, social and cultural systems, and, where appropriate, to improve our capacity to project future change. The Arctic Sciences Section supports research focused on the Arctic region and its connectivity with lower latitudes. The scientific scope is aligned with, but not limited to, research priorities outlined in the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) five-year plan.

The Arctic Sciences Section coordinates with programs across NSF and with other federal and international partners to co-review and co-fund Arctic-related proposals as appropriate. The Arctic Sciences Section also maintains Arctic logistical infrastructure and field support capabilities that are available to enable research.

Program contacts

Rainer Amon
Program Director, Arctic Natural Sciences
ramon@nsf.gov (703) 292-7979 GEO/OPP
Kelly M. Brunt
Program Director, Arctic Natural Sciences
kbrunt@nsf.gov (703) 292-8457 GEO/OPP
Renee D. Crain
Arctic Research Support and Logistics Manager
rcrain@nsf.gov (703) 292-4482 GEO/OPP
Roberto Delgado
Program Director, Arctic Observing Network
robdelga@nsf.gov (703) 292-2397 GEO/OPP
Liam Frink
Program Director, Arctic Social Sciences
lfrink@nsf.gov (703) 292-7584 GEO/OPP
Erica Hill
Program Director, Arctic Social Sciences
erhill@nsf.gov (703) 292-4521
Frank R. Rack
Arctic Research Support and Logistics Manager
frack@nsf.gov (703) 292-2684 GEO/OPP
Elizabeth L. Rom
Polar Education Liaison
elrom@nsf.gov (703) 292-7709 GEO/RISE
Kate E. Ruck
Arctic Research Support and Logistics Manager
kruck@nsf.gov (703) 292-8051 GEO/OPP
Marc Stieglitz
Program Director, Arctic Natural Sciences
mstiegli@nsf.gov (703) 292-4354 GEO/OPP
Colleen Strawhacker
Program Director, Arctic System Sciences and Arctic Research Coordination and Policy Support
colstraw@nsf.gov (703) 292-7432 GEO/OPP

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