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OSP FO# 11-074

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Office of Polar Programs (OPP)/Division of Antarctic Sciences (ANT)

PROGRAM: Antarctic Research

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to expand fundamental knowledge of Antarctica, to foster research on global and regional problems of current scientific importance, and to utilize the region as a platform from which to support research. The U.S. Antarctic Program supports fieldwork only when a compelling justification exists for doing the work in Antarctica (i.e., the work can only be done or is best done, in Antarctica). The program also supports Antarctic-related analytical research performed at home organizations. The Foundation supports Antarctic research in these areas:

- Astrophysics and Geospace Science
- Organisms and Ecosystems
- Earth Sciences
- Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
- Glaciology
- Integrated System Science

Investigators that require time on an ice-capable research vessel should consult the operating schedules at http://usap.gov/calendarsAndSchedules/ or the relevant program director in Antarctic Sciences to determine availability of ship time. The NSF has an agreement in place to use the Swedish Ice Breaker Oden in Antarctica, through 2012. Proposals may request time on the Oden for the 2011–2012 or the 2012–2013 seasons to accommodate projects for which the unique capabilities of the Oden are essential. Whether research using Oden can occur after 2012 depends on the results of discussions between NSF and the Swedish government organization that are in progress. Investigators who feel that their science projects might take advantage of Oden should consult the report from the workshop Forum for Developing US-Swedish Research Cooperation on Oden in Antarctica (http://www.nsf.gov/od/opp/antarct/science/workshop_rpt/oden_workshop_report08.pdf) and contact the relevant program director before submitting a proposal that requests Oden ship time.

All activities within the U.S. Antarctic Program, including scientific research, science support, construction, operations, logistics, and facilities maintenance, are subjected to environmental impact assessment specific to the proposed action or governed by a program-wide environmental impact statement issued in 1980 and revised in 1991. NSF carefully reviews each research proposal and does not give approval unless the project (sometimes modified for this purpose) complies with Antarctic environmental standards.

DEADLINE: June 6, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF expects to fund approximately 50 new standard and continuing research awards with durations averaging 2 to 4 years. In exceptional cases, awards for longer than 4 years may be considered if the justification and promise are compelling. Approximately $50 million may be available over the duration of the awards in all programmatic areas. In addition, and separate from the award to the institution, field and laboratory support will be available in Antarctica for those projects for which fieldwork has been proposed and approved.

Lisa Clough, Program Director
Antarctic Integrated System Science
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-7450
Fax: (703) 292-9079
Email: lclough@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11532/nsf11532.htm

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using either the NSF FastLane system or Grants.gov. Collaborative proposals must be submitted via FastLane. For more information about FastLane, or to register as a FastLane user, please contact India Adams (adamsi@bu.edu) or A. B. Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu)in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365. Information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP website at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. In addition, for investigators interested in submitting proposals via Grants.gov, NSF has published the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide which may be found online at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/docs/grantsgovguide.pdf. Investigators should contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to their school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through either FastLane or Grants.gov.

Applicants must submit an Operational Requirements Worksheet (ORW) along with their application stating whether they will be doing “field work” or “no-field work.” Proposals submitted without the worksheet may be returned without review. Please see the complete program guidelines for detailed information regarding this worksheet.

Complete program guidelines and application material (NSF 11-532 and NSF GPG 11-1) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.