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FUNDING > Arctic Natural Sciences

Division of Polar Programs

Henrietta Edmonds, (703) 292-8029
Room 755

Ming-Yi Sun, (703) 292-7437
Room 755

William J. Wiseman, (703) 292-4750
Room 755

14-584  Program Solicitation

The Arctic Natural Sciences (ANS) Program supports disciplinary and interdisciplinary research on arctic processes and phenomena, with particular emphasis on understanding the changing arctic environment. The Program encourages proposals that test hypotheses leading to new understanding of the Arctic and the development of predictive tools. Although proposals to perform monitoring per se are discouraged, the program welcomes proposals that utilize the data generated by the Arctic Observing Network to advance scientific understanding of the Arctic.

Proposals submitted to the ANS program should focus on arctic processes; proposals to examine generic processes that could be studied outside the Arctic are more appropriate to other programs within the Foundation. ANS co-reviews proposals relevant to arctic processes that are submitted to many other programs in, among others, the Directorates for Geosciences; Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences; and Biological Sciences. ANS also formally participates in several cross-foundation competitions each year (recent examples include Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change, SEES Earth System Modeling, and SEES Ocean Acidification). Arctic proposals that are suitable for review within these special competitions must be submitted directly to these competitions rather than to ANS; prospective PIs are encouraged to contact the ANS program directors, prior to proposal submission, with questions about the appropriate “home” for their proposals. Proposals submitted to this solicitation, but which could have been submitted to a special competition, will be returned without review. Individual PIs may be listed as PI, co-PI, or senior personnel on no more than a total of two proposals submitted to the ANS annual competition. They may be lead PI on only one of these two proposals.

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. Within these areas, some clarification of ANS priorities follows. ANS supports projects that emphasize understanding of arctic ecology, especially in the context of a rapidly changing arctic environment. 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. Projects that focus on all naturally occurring forms of arctic snow and ice, including seasonal snow, glaciers, and the Greenland ice sheet, are supported. Understanding the processes responsible for the evolution of permafrost and consequences of changing permafrost remains a priority, as well. The Program supports ocean science projects that advance knowledge of the processes of the Arctic Ocean and adjacent seas and their interactions with and across their boundaries. The development of sensors necessary to observe these processes is also supported by ANS. Given the breadth of research that ANS considers and supports, successful proposals are those that resonate both with disciplinary experts and with a diverse group of panelists who are asked to consider the relevance of each proposal to understanding the Arctic.


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