NSF/POLAR Funding Opportunity - Deadline April 16, 2013
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A National Repository for Geological Cores Collected in the Polar Regions (NSF 13-532 External U.S. government site)
Division of Polar Programs/Antarctic Science Section
Geosciences Directorate
National Science Foundation


The Antarctic Earth Science Program in the Antarctic Sciences Section of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Division of Polar Programs supports curation and long-term storage of core material collected on the Antarctic continent and its margins. Currently, the Antarctic Marine Geology Research Facility (AMGRF) at Florida State University is fulfilling this role. AMGRF, established in 1963, is housed in a single-story, 10,000-sq.-ft. building on the Florida State University campus. The AMGRF houses approximately 21,000 meters of deep-sea sediment cores collected from over 90 United States Antarctic Program (USAP) research cruises and is also a repository for nearly 3,000 meters of core collected during NSF-supported drilling programs in the Antarctic. These projects include the Dry Valleys Drilling Project, Cape Roberts Project, SHALDRIL 1 and 2, and ANDRILL 1 and 2.

In accordance with NSF policy that all facility awards must be re-competed after an appropriate period of operation (NSB-08-12 and NSB-08-16), this solicitation seeks the services of a qualified organization to provide a core curation facility and services for geological cores collected in the polar regions. The award will be administered as a Cooperative Agreement and will cover a 5-year operating period beginning June 1, 2014. A programmatic review will be held prior to the completion of the initial period of support and the results will guide the decision whether to renew the Cooperative Agreement for another 5 years.

The full solicitation, A National Repository for Geological Cores Collected in the Polar Regions, is available on the NSF web site at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504880&org=OPP&from=home External U.S. government site.

Questions concerning this solicitation should be directed to Alexandra Isern, aisern@nsf.gov.

The deadline for full proposals is April 16, 2013.

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