Policies and Important Links

Privacy Policy

Please note that we collect no personal information about you when you visit our web site unless you choose to provide that information to us. All information submitted by visitors is voluntary.

If you are visiting the US-IPY home page to browse through our site, read pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store only the following information about your visit:

  1. The Internet domain (for example, "xcompany.com" if you use a private Internet access account, or "yourschool.edu" if you connect from a university's domain) and IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you access our web site;
  2. The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
  3. The date and time you access our site;
  4. The pages you visit; and
  5. If you linked to the US-IPY site from another web site, the address of that web site.

We use this information to help us make our site more useful to visitors—to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use. We do not track or record personal information about individuals and their visits.


The US-IPY is committed to making every document on its World Wide Web server accessible to the widest possible audience.

We work with accessibility specialists and with other federal agencies and federal web consortia to ensure that our documents are, to the maximum extent feasible, accessible to persons using special screen reading software and hardware.

US-IPY also encourages its participating agencies and organizations to use the web to disseminate information about their work, and to create World Wide Web pages that are generally accessible for persons using screen reading devices.


This is a National Science Foundation federal government computer system. Unauthorized attempts to modify any information stored on this system, to defeat or circumvent security features, or to use this system for other than its intended purposes are illegal and may result in disciplinary action, criminal prosecution, or both.

Copyright and Reuse of Text and Graphics

The US-IPY website uses externally-produced material (graphics, text, etc.) with permission of the copyright holder. If you believe material to which you have rights has been improperly included, please provide the URL to the webmaster.

Most text appearing on US-IPY web pages was either prepared by employees of the United States Government as part of their official duties and therefore not subject to copyright or prepared under contracts that gave US-IPY the right to place the text into the public domain.

With the exception of logos, permission to use graphics is granted on a case by case basis. Some are public domain, some are created by US-IPY contractors, and some are used by US-IPY with specific permission granted by the owner. Therefore, photos and illustrations found on the US-IPY web site should not be reused without permission.

e-Gov Initiatives

  • FedBizOpps is the single government point-of-entry (GPE) for Federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000.
  • Grants.gov allows organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies.
  • On regulations.gov, you can find, review, and submit comments on Federal documents that are open for comment and published in the Federal Register, the Government’s legal newspaper.
  • Science.gov is a gateway to authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. Government agencies, including research and development results.
  • USAJOBS.com is the Federal Government's official one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information.
  • ExpectMore.gov provides information about where government programs are successful and where they fall short, and in both situations, what the government is doing to improve performance next year.