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Dear Colleague Letter: Supporting Open Polar Research Software

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Dear Colleague Letter: Supporting Open Polar Research Software

February 9, 2023

Federal agencies are celebrating 2023 as a Year of Open Science. Open software tools, libraries, frameworks, and data are playing increasingly prominent and impactful roles in activities supported by the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) in the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), as they are across federally funded research

Complementing the disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and cyberinfrastructure goals articulated in the current Antarctic and Arctic solicitations, this Dear Colleague Letter (NSF DCL 23-053) is designed to encourage the sustainable development and use of open-source software, tools, libraries, and frameworks that are critical for OPP scientific objectives. OPP encourages the submission of new proposals and supplemental funding requests which support the opening, documenting, and sharing of open polar research software/code. 

Read the full solicitation at

Principal Investigators are encouraged to contact Allen Pope, Program Officer for Polar Cyberinfrastructure (, with any questions pertaining to this DCL and to discuss the scope and size of potential proposals. For full consideration in Fiscal Year 2023, full proposals should be submitted by May 1, 2023. Supplemental funding requests may be submitted at any time.

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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