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Funding Opportunity: Facilitator for Polar Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)

A male and a female lean over whte tent-like equipment on the ground; Mountains are seen in the background

Melissa Lau and Matthew Simon take measurements at Imnaviat Creek, Alaska.


September 14, 2021

NSF’s Office of Polar Programs (OPP) in the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) and the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) seek proposals for a Facilitator to manage the Polar Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (Polar STEAM) initiative.  

Polar STEAM is a new initiative that encompasses and enriches two longstanding efforts: 

  • Support for writing and artistic projects specifically designed to increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of the Antarctic and the human endeavors on the southernmost continent, known as the Antarctic Artists and Writers (AAW) program.
  • Support for educators, both formal and informal, to travel to the Antarctic and Arctic to work collaboratively with researchers, referred to as the Polar Educators program 

For decades, these efforts have provided unique professional development opportunities that have benefited not only the individual artists, writers, and educators, but also the diverse communities they serve.

To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit the solicitation page on NSF.gov. The deadline for proposals is February 25, 2022.

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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