Polar Programs (PLR)
ARC Special Announcement
Change of Leadership for NSF Arctic Sciences
Posted: 6 August 2014
Polar Fulbright grant opportunities
Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant opportunities in Arctic and Polar Science: For the academic year 2015-2016, competition for funding opened in February. The Fulbright Scholar Program is accepting applications for a range of awards
USAP Special Announcement (2014)
Dear Colleague Letter regarding proposals for the Antarctic Sciences Solicitation (NSF 13-527)
Despite recent challenges, we wish to reassure the research community that the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Antarctic Program continue to encourage the development and submission of proposals in response to the Antarctic Sciences Solicitation (NSF 13-527).
Learn more at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14035/nsf14035.jsp?org=PLR
(4 February 2014)
USAP Special Announcement (2014)
Dear Colleague Letter: Recompetition of the Management of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory(NSF 14-037) (PDF format; Text format)
(24 February 2014)
USAP Special Announcement
Fiscal Challenges Facing the U.S. Antarctic Program — A message to the U.S. Antarctic Program research community
National Strategy for the Arctic Region
On 10 May 2013, President Barack Obama signed the National Strategy for the Arctic Region. The United States joined our Arctic Council colleagues Canada, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Russia, and Sweden in articulating our strategic priorities for this critical region of the world.
The Administration solicited input from Alaska Natives, the State of Alaska and others as it was developing the National Strategy for the Arctic. Successful implementation of the National Strategy will depend upon active engagement with Alaska Natives, the State of Alaska and other key stakeholders. In particular, proceeding with the stewardship of Arctic resources under an Integrated Arctic Management approach requires meaningful, up-front input by the State, Alaska Natives, and others. As a further demonstration of its commitment to such input, Administration officials have hosted roundtable discussions in Alaska to determine how best to move forward with the implementation of the concepts laid out in this National Strategy.
A copy of the National Strategy for the Arctic Region can be found on the White House web site. In January 2014, the White House released the Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for the Arctic Region, which is designed to guide Federal Departments and Agencies in implementing the plan. The Implementation Plan will be reviewed annually to ensure that the United States is prepared to respond to changes, challenges, and opportunities in the Arctic.
The National Science Foundation is pleased to have participated in the development of the National Strategy for the Arctic Region. The release of the Arctic Strategy is timely and builds on collaborations underway across government to identify and address priorities associated with environmental changes in this important region and implications for Arctic residents, the U.S. as an Arctic nation, and the world. One such effort is the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee, which is chaired by the director of NSF. Read more about NSF Arctic activities.
Updated 24 July 2014
IARPC Arctic 5-year research plan
On February 19, 2013, the National Science and Technology Council released a five-year Arctic Research Plan that outlines key areas of study the Federal government will undertake to better understand and predict environmental changes in the Arctic. For more information, go to the Interagency Arctic Research and Policy Committee — Arctic Research Plan page at http://www.nsf.gov/geo/plr/arctic/iarpc/arc_res_plan_index.jsp
U.S. Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel
On March 21, 2013, the National Science Foundation issued a summary response to the recommendations of the U.S. Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel that was charged with advising NSF on how to improve and streamline its logistical capabilities to more efficiently support world-class Antarctic science. The response is available at
The U.S. Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel report was released by the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation on 23 July 2012 during a press conference at the National Academy of Sciences.
The report, More and Better Science in Antarctica through Increased Logistical Effectiveness, is available at
Updated: 17 May 2013
Automatic Compliance Checking in Fastlane
On March 15, 2013, FastLane will begin automatic compliance checking of all submitted proposals.
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