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Special Program Announcement

February 7, 2017

The Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) Program Description has been archived.  For individuals and groups interested in submitting proposals to the Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) Program for regular research project awards, the solicitation may be accessed via:  For doctoral students and advisors planning on submitting proposals for GSS Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards (GSS-DRI), the solicitation may be accessed via

Links to sample funded proposals are not available on either site because NSF no longer permits posting of specific proposals. Proposals that do result in NSF awards are available from NSF by contacting the NSF Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) officer at FOIA requests for proposals should include reference to specific awards for which specific proposals are sought. It may take up to 30 days for a FOIA request to result in the requested materials, and there may be costs incurred in providing such materials. Many individuals find it easier and faster to contact the PIs of funded projects to ask whether the PIs will provide a copy of a funded proposal.  PIs are not obligated to provide proposals but many will do so.

The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2021 budget of $8.5 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

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