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International Polar Year (IPY)

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

This document has been archived. See NSF 07-536 for the latest version.

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 "International Polar Year 2007-2008" (IPY) will extend from March 2007 through March 2009. IPY is envisioned as an intense scientific campaign to explore new frontiers in polar science, improve our understanding of the critical role of the polar regions in global processes, and educate the public about the polar regions. Projects are expected to involve a pulse of activity during the IPY period; have multi- and interdisciplinary scopes; leave a legacy of infrastructure and data; expand international cooperation; engage the public in polar discovery; and help attract the next generation of scientists and engineers.

A number of NSF programs will respond to proposals for support of IPY activities over the next several years. These are listed on an IPY web page maintained by NSF's Office of Polar Programs (http://www.nsf.gov/od/opp/ipy/ipyinfo.jsp). This list will be updated from time to time and should be consulted when considering proposal submissions.

In anticipation of IPY, the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) and the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) have identified special emphasis areas that will require preparation in advance of IPY. These are the subject of the present focused solicitation. The research emphasis areas are: ice sheet history and dynamics; biological adaptations at the cellular and genomic level to life in extreme cold and prolonged darkness; and the arctic observing network. Proposed research activities must be integrally related to one or more of these emphasis areas and adhere to the guidance of the National Research Council's report A Vision for the International Polar Year 2007-2008 (2005), including specific significant linkages to international activities.

The educational emphasis areas for this solicitation are: formal science education experiences for K-12 teachers and undergraduate or graduate students, informal science education for the broader public, and coordination and communication for IPY education projects. In addition to the educational activities normally integrated into research proposals, this solicitation will consider standalone proposals that specifically address one or more of these focus areas.

Proposals for IPY activities outside of these emphasis areas should be directed to other solicitations from OPP and NSF. Related programs are listed at the web site above (see also Section IX). Proposals submitted under this solicitation may be co-reviewed with other NSF programs.

Program contacts

Scientific inquiries can also be directed to the individual program officers in OPP. OPP staff in Antarctic Sciences Section can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/staff/sub_div.jsp?org=OPP&orgId=287, and OPP staff in Arctic Sciences Section can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/staff/sub_div.jsp?org=OPP&orgId=284. Additional EHR staff can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/staff/staff_list.jsp?org=EHR.

Marie H. Bundy
Biology & Medicine Associate Program Manager (IPY Life in the Cold and Dark)
mbundy@nsf.gov (703) 292-7418
Renee D. Crain
Assistant Program Officer (IPY Education)
rcrain@nsf.gov (703) 292-4482 GEO/OPP
Simon N. Stephenson
Research Support & Logistics Manager (IPY Arctic Observing Network and Data Management)
sstephen@nsf.gov (703) 292-7435
Thomas P. Wagner
Geology & Geophysics Program Director (IPY Ice Sheet Dynamics)
twagner@nsf.gov (703) 292-4746
David B. Campbell
Staff Associate for the Environment (IPY K-12 Education)
dcampbel@nsf.gov (703) 292-5093
Valentine H. Kass
Program Director (IPY Informal Science Education)
vkass@nsf.gov (703) 292-5095
Daniel Litynski
Program Director (IPY Undergraduate Education)
dlitynsk@nsf.gov (703) 292-8670
Sonia Ortega
Program Director (IPY Graduate Education)
sortega@nsf.gov (703) 292-5198

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