NSF/Polar Antarctic Funding Opportunity: Deadline, April 15, 2015
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NSF/OPP Antarctic Funding Opportunity – Deadline April 15, 2015

Antarctic Research Solicitation (NSF 15-529)
Division of Polar Programs/Antarctic Science Section
Geosciences Directorate
National Science Foundation

FULL PROPOSAL DEADLINE: April 15, 2015 (Please note that this is a deadline, not a target date)

The Division of Polar Programs (PLR), National Science Foundation (NSF), has released the 2015 Antarctic Solicitation (NSF 15-529) for support of projects in Antarctica during the 2016-2017 field season or projects beginning in early 2016.

For additional information, please go to:
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5519&org=ANT&from=home External U.S. government site

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 and strongly encourages research using existing samples, models, and data as well as research at the intersection between disciplines.

This year's deadline is April 15, 2015. Deadlines for future solicitations will also be 15 April.

To assess field support requirements in an accurate and timely way and to streamline decisions for award or decline, PLR is continuing to improve 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.

Additional information related to logistical planning that should be considered when preparing your proposal. Assistance with logistical requirements can be found at the Information for Proposers section of the USAP portal.

Investigators unsure of the logistics requirements necessary to accomplish their research goals should contact their cognizant Program Director, the Antarctic Research and Logistics Integration Associate Program Director (Nature McGinn, nmcginn@nsf.gov), the Research Support Manager (Jessie Crain, jlcrain@nsf.gov), or the Oceans Project Manager (Tim McGovern, tmcgover@nsf.gov) in the Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section as ideas before submitting their proposals.