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New solicitation: Navigating the New Arctic


October 25, 2018

The National Science Foundation has issued a new solicitation for research proposals under the rubric of Navigating the New Arctic, one of the agency’s 10 Big Ideas. The solicitation estimates that--pending the availability of the anticipated funding amount of $30 million--25 awards will be made.

The deadline for proposals to this solicitation is 5PM (submitter’s local time) on Feb. 14, 2019. 

This solicitation is the first of what is envisioned to be at least a five-year agency-wide program to support the research needed to inform decisions about the economy, security, and resilience of the nation, the larger region, and the globe with respect to Arctic change. NSF anticipates that future calls will further define "larger scope," with the potential to include projects up to the scale of centers and/or consortia.

In 2016, unveiled its set of "Big Ideas", 10 bold, long-term research and process ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering. The Big Ideas represent unique opportunities to position the nation at the cutting-edge of global science and engineering leadership by bringing together diverse disciplinary perspectives to support convergence research. As such, even though proposals to this solicitation must be submitted to the Directorate for Geosciences, once received, they will be managed by a cross-disciplinary team of NSF program directors.

The solicitation is aimed at proposals that fall within two tracks.

  • Track 1 supports research activities,
  • Track 2 is dedicated to planning grants to develop convergence research teams to tackle projects of larger scope in the future.

For full details, see: https://nsf.gov/pubs/2019/nsf19511/nsf19511.htm.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2018, its budget is $7.8 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 50,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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