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Request For Information (RFI): Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) at the Poles


March 10, 2021

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Polar Programs (OPP) and the Education and Human Resources (EHR) Directorate request input from interested parties on the goals, values and approaches for managing the Antarctic Artist and Writers (AAW) Program and possibly expanding that program to include the Arctic.  In addition, OPP and EHR request input into whether the NSF program which selects and sends educators to the Arctic and Antarctic regions should be under a common management structure. This RFI will help inform NSF as it considers potential avenues for managing and enhancing education and outreach efforts related to polar science: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/03/08/2021-04697/request-for-information-science-technology-engineering-art-and-mathematics-at-the-poles.

Organizations representing artists, writers, scientists, educators (both formal and informal) and Arctic residents as well as individuals are encouraged to respond by the deadline, April 7, 2021.

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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