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New 2021 solicitation: Navigating the New Arctic (NNA)

November 16, 2020

The National Science Foundation has issued a new solicitation for research proposals under the rubric of Navigating the New Arctic (NNA), one of the agency’s 10 Big Ideas. Proposals for the next round of NNA award funding are due on March 5, 2021. The full solicitation is at

This solicitation requests proposals that fall within one of three tracks:

  • NNA Planning Grants, dedicated to developing convergence research questions and teams to tackle projects of larger scope in the future;
  • NNA Research Grants, aimed to support creative projects on fundamental research that address convergent scientific and engineering challenges related to the rapidly changing Arctic;
  • and NNA Collaboratory Grants, designed to support collaborative teams undertaking research and training initiatives on critical themes of a broad scope related to the New Arctic.

This solicitation is the third of what is envisioned to be at least a five-year agency-wide program to support the research and dissemination of new knowledge needed to inform the economy, security, and resilience of the Nation, the larger Arctic region, and the globe with respect to Arctic change.

Additional revisions notes around this solicitation:

  • This solicitation adds a third track seeking proposals for NNA Collaboratory Grants.
  • NNA no longer limits the number of submissions per PI.
  • The maximum budget for NNA Planning Grants has been increased to $300,000.
  • The page limit for the Management and Integration Plan has been increased to 6 pages.

Proposals submitted in response to this program solicitation must be prepared and submitted through or Proposals may not be prepared and submitted through FastLane.

More information about NNA:

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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