Antarctic Research Solicitation (NSF 12-539)
FULL PROPOSAL DEADLINE: 31 May 2012
The Office of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation (NSF), has released the 2012 Antarctic Solicitation (NSF 12-539) for support of projects in the Antarctica during the 2013-2014 field season or projects in the United States beginning in early 2013.
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Scientific research and operational support of that research are the principal activities supported by the United States Government in Antarctica. The goals are to expand fundamental knowledge of the region, to foster research on global and regional problems of current scientific importance, and to use Antarctica as a platform from which to support research. The U.S. Antarctic Program provides support for field work only when a compelling justification exists for doing the work in Antarctica (i.e., the work can only be done or is best done in Antarctica). The program also supports Antarctic-related analytical research performed at home organizations.
This year's deadline is 31 May 2012.
In response to recommendations by the recent Antarctic Science Committee of Visitors regarding the need to assess field support requirements in an accurate and timely way, and with the goal of streamlining decisions for award or decline, changes have been made to the way that field support information is gathered and the way that some items are budgeted. See the field support section of this solicitation for important information about requesting support. Planners at the support contractor are available to assist investigators with questions about field or logistical support.
Some support information, previously included in the solicitation has been moved to a page on the Antarctic Sciences Division's web site. This information is available at http://www.nsf.gov/od/opp/ant/solicitation_resources/prop_prep_info.jsp . Other important support information can be found on the U.S. Antarctic Program portal the Information for Proposers page at http://www.usap.gov/usapgov/proposalInformation/ .