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Marine Geology and Geophysics  (MG&G)

Name Email Phone Room
Deborah  K. Smith (703) 292-7978  W8158  
Daniel  C. McCorkle (703) 292-4543   
Steven  A. Hovan (703) 292-2551   
Kevin  T. Johnson (703) 292-7442   
Suzannah  Richards (703) 292-8580   


Apply to PD 17-1620 as follows:

Full proposals submitted via FastLane or NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.

Full proposals submitted via NSF Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via guidelines apply.

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after October 4, 2021. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 22-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Accepted Anytime

The Marine Geology and Geophysics Core Program no longer has deadlines or target dates.  Investigators can submit proposals at any time, and mail reviews are solicited as proposals are received.  Proposals go through the normal two-stage review of ad hoc mail review and Panel. Panels are constituted as needed.  Additional information on the no-deadline submission process can be found on the FAQ webpage on removing deadlines (see link below).

Proposals for program solicitations such as GeoPRISMS and P2C2 should be submitted to their required deadlines.

For important information on OCE policies on Data Management, Ship Time Requests, Resubmission of Proposals, and Environmental Compliance please visit


The Marine Geology and Geophysics Core Program supports research on all aspects of the geology and geophysics of the present ocean basins and margins, as well as those of the Great Lakes.

The Program supports science that includes:

  • Structure, composition, tectonics, and evolution of the oceanic lithosphere
  • Paleoceanography, paleoclimate, and sea level change
  • Submarine volcanology, petrology and geochemistry of the oceanic crust and upper mantle
  • Marine hydrogeology, seeps and gas hydrates, water-rock interaction, and hydrothermal vent and fluid formation and geochemistry
  • Geochemical indicators of life operating below the seafloor
  • Marine sedimentology and coastal processes, stratigraphy, sediment transport, and diagenesis
  • Mid-ocean ridge spreading, back-arc rifting, transform processes, and ocean island/seamount formation and evolution
  • Submarine components of subduction zone systems and passive margins
  • Marine geohazards (e.g., earthquakes, faulting, mass wasting, geological aspects of tsunamis)

The Marine Geology and Geophysics Program is interested in supporting new ideas and cutting-edge research. It supports field, analytical, and laboratory experimental projects; methods development; modeling; and the re-analysis and/or synthesis of existing data.  The Program interfaces with NSF programs across the Geosciences and across the Agency. For proposals that cross between Programs, proposers should contact the relevant Programs to seek guidance on submission.



What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program