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u.s. antarctic program logo Proposal Workshop for New Investigators in the Antarctic


30 June 2006

National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22230

Dear Colleague:

A workshop will be held 21-22 August 2006 at the National Science Foundation (NSF) for scientists who have never been a Principal Investigator or a Co-Principal Investigator on an award in the U.S. Antarctic Program.  Staff of NSF’s Office of Polar Programs (OPP) will discuss:

  • Opportunities for NSF support of Antarctic research and education, including opportunities for the International Polar Year (IPY)
  • NSF’s field program for operational support of Antarctic research
  • Proposal preparation and proposal review criteria
  • NSF policies and other funding programs

The workshop will include presentations and opportunities to meet with NSF program officers who are responsible for science and logistical operations in the Antarctic. Application information, eligibility criteria, and a tentative workshop agenda are shown below.

Attendance will be by invitation only and limited to researchers who have not been a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on an NSF/OPP Antarctic research grant and who are, or will be, eligible to apply for an NSF Antarctic research grant by the June 2007 proposal deadline for NSF Antarctic Research.  Ph.D. candidates within 1 year of graduation, postdoctoral fellows, and new faculty are particularly encouraged to apply. Airline tickets for attendance at the workshop will be provided to a limited number of applicants who meet the requirements described below.  All participants will assume the cost of meals and lodging.


Carefully review the description of the NSF Antarctic Research Program (NSF 06-549) at If you are interested in pursuing scientific research in the Antarctic, send a letter to, by midnight, EDT, July 14, 2006. In one page or less, list your name, contact information, and your current academic status, including your graduation date (if applicable). Also summarize your general research interests, and your research plans.  State whether or not you are requesting an airline ticket, your airport of origin, and your requested destination (Baltimore-Washington, Reagan National or Washington-Dulles).

Questions?  Contact Dr. Marie Bundy, Office of Polar Programs, (703) 292-7418 or  Requests for information about the workshop may also be sent to


Scott Borg
Antarctic Sciences Section
Office of Polar Programs



Application and workshop attendance information


Tentative Workshop Agenda

Related links
National Science Foundation program information
Office of Polar Programs Home Page Antarctic Research Opportunities (NSF 06-549)
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Antarctic Sciences Section Home Page Antarctic Artists and Writers Program (NSF 06-554)
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Polar Research Support Section Home Page NSF International Polar Year Information for Researchers and Educators
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Environment, Health Safety Section Home Page Postdoctoral Fellowships in Polar Regions Research (NSF 06-529)
U.S. Antarctic Program and related information
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U.S. Antarctic Program portal U.S. Antarctic Program, 2005-2006
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PolarIce support system Antarctic Conservation Act
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U.S. Antarctic Program Participants Guide U.S. Interagency International Polar Year portal