OSP FO# 11-225

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

PROGRAM: Arctic Research Opportunities

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding for scientific research in the arctic region and related research and operational support. Science programs are suitable for disciplinary, multidisciplinary and broad, interdisciplinary investigations directed toward both the Arctic as a region of special scientific interest and a region important to the global system. The OPP supports arctic research and education in the following program areas:

Environmental Research in Arctic Natural Sciences, Arctic System Science, and Arctic Social SciencesThe Arctic Environmental Research area joins the efforts of the Arctic Natural Sciences, Arctic System Science, and components of the Arctic Social Sciences programs. The Arctic Sciences Division encourages proposals that advance understanding of the Arctic environment, in its broadest sense; from projects that seek to advance fundamental disciplinary understanding to complex interdisciplinary work needed to understand the arctic system as a whole. Areas of special interest include marine and terrestrial ecosystems, arctic atmospheric (tropospheric and stratospheric) and oceanic dynamics, arctic geological, glaciological or palaeoecological processes and hydrology, as well as studies of permafrost, environmental-human interactions and environmental modeling.

Arctic Social Sciences Program – The OPP Arctic Social Sciences Program (ASSP) encompasses all social, behavioral, and economic sciences supported by NSF. These include, but are not limited to anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, the science of endangered languages, law and social science, political science, linguistics, science technology and society, social psychology, sociology, traditional knowledge systems, and related subjects. Although proposals in any of the social sciences mentioned above are welcome, areas of particular interest include culture and environment, resources and economic change, development of social and political institutions, ethnic and regional identities, and knowledge systems.

Long-term Environmental System Observing: the Arctic Observing Network (AON) - The goal of AON is to enhance the environmental observing infrastructure required for the scientific investigation of arctic environmental system change and its global connections. AON encompasses physical, biological, social, cultural, and economic observations, including indigenous knowledge, of the land, ocean, and atmosphere (troposphere and stratosphere). Proposals should include a scientific rationale and an explanation as to why the proposed activity, data (including frequency and duration of observations) and geographic location are essential to research that will advance the understanding of arctic environmental system change. The AON Program will also consider proposals for: 1) the development of sensors and measurement systems that are critical to AON, and 2) observing network design.

CyberinfrastructureThe Arctic Sciences Division will consider proposals that promote effective use of high-performance computing (HPC), for direct and sustainable advances in current arctic research. Priority will be given to proposals that provide significant benefit to the arctic research community with respect to data, including (1) cost-effective transfer from remote field locations, (2) long-term sustainable curatorship and management, (3) visualization, manipulation, and analysis, particularly for understanding complexity, and (4) access and interoperability across scientific disciplines. Proposals that establish or enhance virtual organizations’ resources for arctic research, and its broader impacts, will also be considered.

Please see the program announcement for further program details.

DEADLINE: October 18, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: The OPP expects to make approximately 75 awards per year, with a combination of standard and continuing grants, contracts and cooperative agreements. Award sizes will vary widely depending on the type of work proposed. Funding for the Arctic research programs will total approximately $25 million per year, pending availability of funds.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Renee D. Crain
Arctic Research Support and Logistics Program Director
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 755 S
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-4482
Fax: (703) 292-9082
Email: rcrain@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10597/nsf10597.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 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 10-597 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.