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Suspension of the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Polar Regions Research Program (Dear Colleague Letter, NSF 13-086)

(Virginia) C. Carter
vccarter@nsf.gov, (703) 292-4651

Solicitation 09-612

Important Notice to Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 13-1, was issued on October 4, 2012 and is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 14, 2013. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 13-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

Please be aware that significant changes have been made to the PAPPG to implement revised merit review criteria based on the National Science Board (NSB) report, National Science Foundation's Merit Review Criteria: Review and Revisions. While the two merit review criteria remain unchanged (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts), guidance has been provided to clarify and improve the function of the criteria. Changes will affect the project summary and project description sections of proposals. Annual and final reports also will be affected.

A by-chapter summary of this and other significant changes is provided at the beginning of both the Grant Proposal Guide and the Award & Administration Guide.

Full Proposal Accepted Anytime

Travel Grant Proposals -- Submission at least 3 months before the Fellowship deadline is encouraged

Allow ample time for processing, travel, and proposal preparation before the Fellowship deadline.

Travel grant proposal review and recommendation for award are expected to occur within two months of submission to enable timely travel. Earlier submission of travel grant proposals, with respect to the proposed travel dates and the fellowship proposal deadlines, is strongly recommended.

The Postdoctoral Fellowships in Polar Regions Research program supports training and research for recent doctoral degree recipients in any aspect of scientific study of the Antarctic and/or the Arctic within the Division of Polar Programs (POLAR) program areas (http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=plr ). The program also provides travel grants to those eligible for fellowships for the purpose of meeting prospective mentors and colleagues, presenting seminars, discussing mutual research and/or education interests, evaluating facilities and professional development opportunities, and initiating collaborative relationships.

The fellowship program develops and trains recent Ph.D.s (especially those new to polar research) with concomitant goals to

  • promote scientific research in polar regions;
  • support innovative research in emerging areas;
  • encourage interdisciplinary research;
  • foster activities that create broader impacts for science and society; and
  • increase the participation of under-represented groups in polar regions research.

This program provides educational opportunities for

Graduate Students,

Postdoctoral Fellows

. Individuals interested in applying for funding should see the program guidelines above.

Antarctic Research (NSF 10-543)
Arctic Research Opportunities Arctic Natural Sciences; Arctic Social Sciences; Arctic System Science; Arctic Observing Networks; and Cyberinfrastructure (NSF 10-503)

Antarctic Astrophysics and Geospace Sciences
Antarctic Earth Sciences Program
Antarctic Glaciology
Antarctic Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems
Arctic Natural Sciences
Arctic Social Sciences
Arctic System Science (ARCSS) Program
Arctic Observing Network

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Polar Regions Research -- General Information
Information Booklet for Polar Programs Postdoctoral Research Fellows, June 2009

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