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Dear Colleague Letter: Understanding adaptations of Antarctic species

March 25, 2019

The National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs’ Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems Program has issued a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) to encourage the submission of research proposals that would advance scientific understanding of how Antarctic creatures evolve and adapt to unique and ever-changing Antarctic environments.

The DCL encourages submission of proposals that address the National Academy of Sciences' strategic direction to focus support research activities that address the genetic basis and adaptations for life in Antarctica, as well as NSF Big Ideas emphases on Understanding the Rules of Life, Harnessing the Data Revolution and Convergent Research.

Read the letter here:

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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