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Research Funding: Arctic Opportunities

Full Proposal Deadline: 19 October 2015

The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites investigators at U.S. organizations to submit proposals to conduct research about the Arctic. Arctic research includes field and modeling studies, data analysis, and synthesis about the arctic region.

The goal of the NSF Section for Arctic Sciences, Division of Polar Programs (PLR), is to gain a better understanding of the Arctic's physical, biological, geological, chemical, social and cultural processes; the interactions of oceanic, terrestrial, atmospheric, biological, social, cultural, and economic systems; and the connections that define the Arctic. The Arctic Sciences and other NSF programs support projects that contribute to the development of the next generation of researchers and scientific literacy for all ages through education, outreach, and broadening participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Program representatives from polar and other non-polar NSF programs that support arctic research coordinate across NSF, including joint review and funding of arctic proposals and mutual support of special projects with high logistical costs.

Topics funded under this opportunity for 2015 include:

* Arctic Natural Sciences Program (ANS)

* Arctic System Science Program (ARCSS)

* Arctic Observing Network (AON)

* Polar Cyberinfrastructure (ACI)

Areas of special interest under ANS include marine and terrestrial ecosystems, arctic atmospheric and oceanic dynamics and climatology, arctic geological and glaciological processes, and their connectivity to lower latitudes.

Areas of special interest under AON include ocean and coastal observing proposals.

Proposers are encouraged to contact a program director if they have questions about the fit of a given research topic to a program. This is important because normally a proposal submitted to one program will not be transferred to or considered by another. To read the full program descriptions, get a list of program director contacts, and find out how to submit a proposal for funding under this request, click here.

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