Division of Polar Programs
Arctic Natural Sciences
10-597 Program Solicitation
The Arctic Natural Sciences (ANS) Program provides support for disciplinary and interdisciplinary research on arctic processes and coordinates its support of arctic research with the Directorates for Geosciences; Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences; and Biological Sciences.
Areas of special interest include marine and terrestrial ecosystems, arctic atmospheric and oceanic dynamics and climatology, arctic geological and glaciological processes, and their connectivity to lower latitudes. The Program particularly encourages proposals that treat arctic processes and that test hypotheses leading to new understanding and the development of predictive tools. Proposals to perform monitoring per se are discouraged. Similarly, proposals that treat generic processes that could be adequately studied outside the Arctic are more appropriate to other programs within the Foundation.
ANS supports projects that emphasize understanding the adaptative responses of organisms to arctic environments. Terrestrial and marine geology and geophysics projects of greatest interest are those that will improve interpretations of the geologic record of environmental change in the Arctic, particularly during the Quaternary. Understanding the processes responsible for the evolution of permafrost and consequences of changing permafrost remains a priority, as well. Projects that focus on all naturally occurring forms of arctic snow and ice, including seasonal snow, glaciers, and the Greenland ice sheet, are supported. The Program supports ocean science projects that advance knowledge of the processes of the Arctic Ocean and adjacent seas and their interactions with their boundaries. The development of sensors necessary to observe these processes is also supported by ANS.
THIS PROGRAM IS PART OF
Arctic Research Opportunities
What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)
Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program