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Office of Polar Programs

Antarctic Research

Name Email Phone Room
Kelly  Brunt (703) 292-8457   
Paul  M. Cutler (703) 292-4961  W7217  
Michael  E. Jackson (703) 292-7120  W7239  
Robert  Moore (703) 292-7990  W7188  
Vladimir  Papitashvili (703) 292-7425  W7118  
Allen  Pope (702) 292-2858  W7100  
David  A. Sutherland (703) 292-8030   
Maria  Vernet (703) 292-5308   
Elizabeth  L. Rom (703) 292-7709  W8164  
Jessie  L. Crain (703) 292-7457  W7126  
Timothy  M. McGovern (703) 292-4248  W7124  


Solicitation  21-567

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.




The Antarctic Sciences Section (ANT) of the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) supports cutting-edge research that:

  • Improves understanding of interactions among the Antarctic region and global systems;
  • Expands fundamental knowledge of Antarctic systems, biota, and processes; and
  • Utilizes the unique characteristics of the Antarctic region as a science observing platform.

The U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) supports scientific research in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean with logistics provided by OPP’s Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section (AIL). Antarctic fieldwork is supported only for research that must be performed, or is best performed, in Antarctica. ANT encourages research, using existing samples, data, and models, that do not require fieldwork.

ANT encourages and supports research that crosses and combines disciplinary perspectives and approaches. ANT also supports proposals that promote effective collaborations between Polar and cyberinfrastructure researchers.

When making investments, ANT seeks broad representation of PIs and institutions in its award portfolio, including a geographically diverse set of institutions (including those in EPSCoR jurisdictions) and PIs who are women, early-career researchers, members of underrepresented minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities.



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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program