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Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology (SGP)

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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.


Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology supports innovative research that advances understanding of the deep-time sedimentary crust and investigates environmental change and evolution of the biosphere through the pre-Holocene geologic record. The program seeks to fund projects that focus on: (1) the evolution of life, ecology, environments, and biogeography based on the study of fossils, sediments and/or geochemical proxies; (2) geological processes forming and shaping the Earth's sedimentary lithosphere – including the study of mechanisms leading to rich organic and inorganic resources locked in rock sequences; (3) new geochronological projects aiming to measure the rate and sequence of events of pre-Holocene sedimentary and biological (fossil) processes; and (4) the production, transportation, and deposition of physical, bioclastic and chemical sediments of the geologic recordProjects that are focused on the study of modern and/or Holocene sedimentary, geochemical and/or biological samples should clearly address how the project will lead to understanding of deep-time (pre-Holocene) geological, environmental, and biological (fossil) processes.  

Program contacts

Yurena Yanes
earsgp@nsf.gov (703) 292-8551 GEO/EAR
Alberto Perez-Huerta
earsgp@nsf.gov 7032928551 GEO/EAR
Margaret Fraiser
earsgp@nsf.gov (703) 292-4660 GEO/EAR

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