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Arctic Social Sciences

Status: Archived

Important Information for Proposers

Any proposal submitted in response to this funding opportunity should be submitted in accordance with the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. The NSF PAPPG is regularly revised and it is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets the requirements specified in this solicitation and the applicable version of the PAPPG. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.

This program has been archived and replaced by PD 23-572.

Supports research on Arctic social, cultural, social, cultural, economic and political systems in all areas supported by NSF's Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences.


The Arctic Social Sciences Program (ASSP) supports research on Arctic social, cultural, economic, and political systems, present and past, and research relevant to understanding these systems. ASSP welcomes research proposals in all social science disciplines that are funded by the NSF Directorate of Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences. Topics of particular interest are outlined in the final report for the Arctic Horizons process and the federal Arctic Research Plan 2022–2026. Research priorities include:

  • Past and present drivers of socio-economic change in the Arctic
  • Convergent research on socioecological systems
  • Migration and demography
  • Community health and well-being
  • Food, water, and energy security
  • Youth and gender studies
  • Sustainable development
  • Globalization
  • International relations
  • Data curation, management, and access

The Arctic Social Sciences Program encourages projects that are circumpolar and/or comparative; involve collaborations between researchers and those living in the Arctic; or form partnerships among disciplines, regions, researchers, communities, and/or students. Proposals for doctoral dissertation improvement grants are accepted. The program is interested in Indigenous scholarship and Indigenous knowledge systems, community-based participatory research, and knowledge co-production. 

Proposers are encouraged to include letters of collaboration from Indigenous organizations or communities where the work will take place, as appropriate. These letters should be submitted as supplementary documents.

Proposals that include archaeological excavation must discuss plans for the long-term curation of samples and artifacts in the Data Management Plan. A letter of collaboration from a museum or repository may be included to document such plans. Repository or curation fees may be included in the project budget.

Program contacts

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

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