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Dear Colleague Letter: Update on Science Support and Infrastructure in Antarctica

April 29, 2022

This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) from the NSF Office of Polar Programs provides an update on the status and future of science support and infrastructure recapitalization in Antarctica as affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and projected information about the availability of field assets for future seasons.



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 2023 budget of $9.5 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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