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Earth Sciences Research at the National Science Foundation (EAR)

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

This document has been archived.

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 Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) supports research and education related to the Earth's terrestrial regions, interior, and freshwater systems. Projects may employ any combination of field, laboratory, and computational studies with observational, theoretical, or experimental approaches. Support is available for research and research infrastructure through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements awarded in response to investigator-initiated proposals from U.S. universities and other eligible institutions. Human resource development and education are expected to be an integral part of most research proposals, but are also eligible for direct support. Multidisciplinary work is strongly encouraged. Projects involving disciplines outside the earth sciences will be recommended for joint support with other programs within the Foundation. EAR will consider co-funding of projects with other agencies and supports international work and collaborations.

This program solicitation is a compilation of information about EAR's various programs. Prospective proposers should contact the cognizant program officer for more information. Some of these programs also have separate program announcements or solicitations that prospective proposers should read for specific requirements.

Program contacts

Michael Ellis
Program Director
mellis@nsf.gov (703) 292-8551
Lina Patino
Assistant Program Director
lpatino@nsf.gov (703) 292-5047 GEO/RISE
James H. Whitcomb
Section Head, Deep Earth Processes
jwhitcom@nsf.gov (703) 292-8553
Arthur Goldstein
Section Head
agoldste@nsf.gov (703) 292-8553
Enriqueta C. Barrera
Program Director, Geobiology and Environmental Geochemistry
ebarrera@nsf.gov (703) 292-8551
Sonia Esperanca
Program Director, Petrology and Geochemistry
sesperan@nsf.gov (703) 292-8554
William Leeman
Program Director
wleeman@nsf.gov (703) 292-7411
David M. Fountain
Program Director, Tectonics
dfountai@nsf.gov (703) 292-4751
Stephen Harlan
Program Director, Tectonics
sharlan@nsf.gov (703) 292-8552
L. D. James
Program Director, Hydrologic Sciences
ldjames@nsf.gov (703) 292-8549
Christopher Cirmo
Program Director
ccirmo@nsf.gov (703) 292-4739
Leonard E. Johnson
Program Director, Continental Dynamics
lejohnso@nsf.gov (703) 292-8559
Russell C. Kelz
Associate Program Director, Instrumentation and Facilities
rkelz@nsf.gov (703) 292-4747
David Lambert
Program Director, Instrumentation and Facilities
dlambert@nsf.gov (703) 292-8558
H. R. Lane
Program Director, Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology
hlane@nsf.gov (703) 292-8551
Robin Reichlin
Program Director, Geophysics
rreichli@nsf.gov (703) 292-8556
Eva Zanzerkia
Presidential Management Fellow
ezanzerk@nsf.gov (703) 292-8556 GEO/EAR
Kaye Shedlock
Program Director, EarthScope
kshedloc@nsf.gov (703) 292-4693

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