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New Antarctic Research Vessel (ARV) Website

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Conceptual rendering of the new Antarctic Research Vessel

September 21, 2022

The National Science Foundation is currently developing the design for a new Antarctic Research Vessel (ARV). If fully funded, the ARV is expected to be delivered by mid-2031. The ARV project will produce a modern, world-class, ice-breaking research vessel coupled with modern scientific tools and enhanced capabilities compared to those of the RVIB Nathaniel B. Palmer (NBP). The ARV will ensure uninterrupted science operation in the Southern Ocean and the Antarctic for decades to come. The new research vessel will support the National Science Foundation's science mission goals by increasing access to ice protected hard-to-reach study sites, allowing for longer mission durations, and delivering more scientists and equipment to the Antarctic theatre.

The NSF Office of Polar Programs, in coordination with the Antarctic Support Contractor (ASC), have developed a series of webpages that provide a host of information concerning the structure of this project and the development of the new ship. The website will guide readers through frequently asked questions, the current preliminary vessel design, expected vessel capabilities, and much more. 

The voices of our community are valued! Also available at the website is an ARV Feedback Form where additional comments or questions regarding the new ARV project can be directed.

Note: This project is dependent on funding approvals from the NSF Director, and the National Science Board, and appropriations from Congress.

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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