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Dear Colleague Letter: Opportunities to Participate in Construction & Operation of a new Antarctic Research Vessel

May 9, 2022

This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) from the NSF Office of Polar Programs announces the opportunity to participate in a developing project. This announcement invites participation in the development and operation of this prospective ARV, through the issue of two Requests for Information, or RFIs. Deadline for responses is June 6, 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 2022 budget of $8.8 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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