OSP FO# 11-149
AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Office of Polar Programs (OPP)/Division of Antarctic Sciences (ANT)
OBJECTIVES: The Antarctic Artists and Writers Program provides funding to support writing and artistic projects specifically designed to increase public understanding of the Antarctic continent, the surrounding oceans, and human activities there, as well as the region’s unique geopolitical and other characteristics.
This program supports opportunities for artists and writers-whether promising early career practitioners or those of longstanding professional reputation and accomplishment—to make the observations at U.S. Antarctic Program research stations and field camps or aboard ships necessary to completing their projects. Integral to achieving the goals of the Artists & Writers program is a requirement to broadly disseminate the works that are produced by program participants as a public benefit; therefore the Foundation expects well-developed plans for bringing the artistic or literary works before the widest possible cross-section of the public.
This program furnishes U.S. Antarctic Program operational support, and round-trip economy air tickets between the United States and the Southern Hemisphere, to artists and writers whose work requires them to be in the Antarctic to complete their proposed project. It does not provide funds for salary, materials, completion of the envisioned works, or any other purpose. U.S. Antarctic Program infrastructure consists of three year-round stations and numerous austral-summer research camps in Antarctica, research ships in the Southern Ocean, and surface and air transportation.
Projects across the range of the humanities are eligible for the program, though some projects, such as magazine journalism or films, for example, would be more appropriate for submission to another NSF program. The majority of proposals, and of supported projects, has been in photography, painting, and writing.
Please see the program announcement below for further program details.
ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: This program is primarily for U.S. citizens who have substantial record of achievement in the arts and letters or who are in early career and demonstrate exceptional promise. Individuals may apply directly or through their employing organization. Proposals may be accepted from citizens of other Antarctic Treaty nations provided the projects demonstrate that a significant audience will be reached in the United States or that the project is in the interest of the U.S. in some comparable way.
Travelers to Antarctica must receive medical and dental examinations within six months preceding the planned travel. Failure to meet U.S. Antarctic Program medical and dental criteria will result in disqualification for Antarctic travel.
DEADLINES: September 12, 2011
FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF expects to make 5 to 8 awards this year. The Antarctic Artists and Writers Program does not normally award funds. Through the infrastructure already established through NSF’s Antarctic Program, NSF will provide for the selected awardees polar clothing for use in the field, round-trip economy air travel to a port of Antarctic embarkation, travel between that port and the Antarctic, room, board, and travel in Antarctica and/or on the Southern Ocean as required by the project. In addition, selected artists and writers may be asked to attend a meeting in the United States before travel begins. The U.S. Antarctic Artists and Writers Program will cover the expense of attending this meeting.
Awardees are responsible for food and lodging during travel to the embarkation point, for incidental expenses in Antarctica (toiletries, etc.), and for all aspects and costs of completing and distributing the proposed work. Pre-travel medical and dental examinations are also the responsibility of the awardee.
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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 (email@example.com) or A. B. Effgen (firstname.lastname@example.org)in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365. Information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP web site 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.
Complete program guidelines and application material (NSF 11-549 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 email@example.com, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.