United States
Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: leveraging investments in education and polar science

National Science Foundation Dear Colleague Letter: leveraging investments in education and polar science The Research on Learning (DRL) and Undergraduate Education (DUE) divisions of NSF’s Education and Human Resources Directorate and the Office of Polar Programs have jointly issued a Dear Colleague Letter to encourage proposals that will leverage NSF’s investment in polar sciences and infrastructure and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education research and development.

In order to advance polar science educational opportunities, DRL, DUE and OPP will accept and review proposals for projects that facilitate access to polar research efforts in (1) undergraduate education, (2) informal science education or (3) formal PK-12 science or math education. Proposals in response to the Dear Colleague Letter must be submitted to either the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) solicitation, the Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12) solicitation, or the Improving Undergraduate Science Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR) solicitation.

Read the letter in full here: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18103/nsf18103.pdf. Dear Colleague Letter: Support for Engaging Students and <https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18103/nsf18103.pdf>.

Proposals that engage audiences with long-term investments in polar research and logistics (e.g., the Arctic or Antarctic science stations), with databases that have extended lifespans, (e.g., data from the Arctic Observing Network), or with public participation in scientific research, such as crowdsourcing or citizen science related to the Arctic or Antarctic, are particularly encouraged. Proposals that engage students who are under-represented in STEM fields or that respond to the Navigating the New Arctic focus are also encouraged.