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Advisory Committee for Polar Programs

The Advisory Committee for Polar Programs provides advice and recommendations to the National Science Foundation concerning support for polar research, education, infrastructure and logistics, and related activities.

The Advisory Committee operated from 1998 - 2013, and then functioned as a subcommittee of the Advisory Committee for Geosciences from 2013 - 2017. The Advisory Committee for Polar Programs has been re-established as of 2017.

The Office of Polar Programs (OPP) Advisory Committee drafted a succinct and broad synthesis of recommended priorities for OPP research investments in the document: An Advisory Overview for the Office of Polar Programs. This document is based on reports developed by the science and science support communities over the past five years. The synthesized priorities will help inform science funding leadership, other NSF Advisory Committees and additional stakeholders.

The OPP Advisory Committee invites the broader science and support communities to review and comment on this document. When providing your comments, please reference the corresponding line number in the document. The deadline for comments is February 12, 2019. Please submit comments to:

The next OPP Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for May 1-2, 2019.

Previous meeting information:

Inquiries or recommendations regarding the Advisory Committee for Polar Programs may be directed to Dr. Andrew Backe (, Management & Program Analyst, Office of Polar Programs.

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