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JUNE 25: OPP virtual office hours for information regarding NSF’s current operations

The Antarctic Sciences (ANT) and Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics (AIL) Sections in the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) will be hosting virtual office hours this week on Thursday, June 25, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time, to share information with the academic community regarding NSF’s current operations. Continue Reading


UPDATE: U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) plans for the upcoming Antarctic season

The National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs (OPP) has released their plans for the upcoming USAP Antarctic season. Continue Reading


OPP virtual office hours for information regarding NSF’s current operations

On May 20 and 22, the Antarctic Sciences (ANT) and Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics (AIL) Sections in the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) will be hosting virtual office hours to share information with the academic community regarding NSF’s current operations. These office hours will also allow the community to ask questions, share concerns, and/or offer suggestions on how ANT/AIL can do more to address the impact of COVID-19 on researchers. Continue Reading


NSF Office of Polar Program seeks Arctic Physical Scientist (Program Director)

The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for a Physical Scientist (Program Director) position for the Arctic Sciences Section (ARCSS), in the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) within the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), Alexandria, VA. The ARCSS program director is involved in program management and planning, representing the program, communication, and leadership. Continue Reading


NSF: Request for Information on Earth System Predictability R&D

The National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC's) Fast Track Action Committee for Earth System Predictability (ESP-FTAC) requests public input on future Earth system predictability research and development (R&D) activities of Federal agencies as well as their partnerships with the external community. Continue Reading


EVENT: NSF Office of Polar Programs virtual office hours for information regarding NSF’s current operations

The Antarctic Sciences (ANT) and Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics (AIL) Sections in the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) will be hosting virtual office hours this week to share information with the academic community regarding NSF’s current operations. These office hours will also allow the community to ask questions, share concerns, and/or offer suggestions on how ANT/AIL can do more to address the impact of COVID-19 on researchers. Continue Reading


National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs seeking Executive Officer for senior management team

The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for an Executive Officer position in the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) within the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) in Alexandria, Va. The Executive Officer is a member of the OPP senior management team and participates with the OPP Office Director in providing overall leadership and direction to the staff. Continue Reading


National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs DEADLINE April 8: Science Analyst position

The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for a Science Analyst position in the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) within the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) in Alexandria, Va. The OPP science analyst contributes to the efforts of the OPP Front Office under the leadership of the office director and senior staff. Continue Reading


National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs science support and operational changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

NSF is committed to being supportive and as responsive as possible to the needs of the research community in the face of challenges posed by the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Office of Polar Programs (OPP) recognizes the particular challenges that COVID-19 poses for the polar research community and wishes to emphasize the following additional information. Continue Reading


NSF/OPP Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems program director vacancy

The National Science Foundation is seeking a qualified candidate for an Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems (AOE) program director’s position within its Office of Polar Programs’ (OPP) Antarctic Sciences Section at NSF’s Alexandria, Va. Headquarters. The application deadline is April 27. Continue Reading


SCAR Open Science Conference Session 4

SCAR Open Science Conference August 3-7, 2020, Hobart, Tasmania. Please consider submitting an abstract to the following session that is of interest to the Antarctic weather and climate community. Session 4 Polar meteorology: short term climate variability. Conveners: David Bromwich, Steve Colwell, and Adriana Gulisano. Continue Reading


NSF Solicitation for a Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) Community Office

NSF invites proposals to establish a Navigating the New Arctic Community Office (NNA-CO). Launched in 2016, NNA has been building a growing portfolio of research and planning grants at the intersection of the built, social, and natural environments to improve understanding of Arctic change and its local and global effects. Continue Reading


National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs Arctic Sciences - Open Meeting

Program Directors from NSF’s OPP Arctic Sciences Section will provide an overview of their programs, as well as upcoming opportunities at NSF of interest to Arctic scientists. Where: Ocean Sciences Meeting, San Diego, SDCC – 1B, UL. When: Tuesday, February 18, 2020. Continue Reading


Hill joins OPP as Program Director for Arctic Social Sciences

Dr. Erica Hill, from the University of Alaska Southeast, has joined OPP’s Section for Arctic Sciences as the Program Director for the Arctic Social Sciences Program. Dr. Hill is an archaeologist who has worked on projects throughout the US, in Mexico, Peru, and for the last fifteen years, in Alaska. Continue Reading


NSF Office of Polar Programs notice regarding novel coronavirus

The outbreak of 2019 novel coronavirus, 2019-nCoV (coronavirus), is of serious concern to the Office of Polar Programs, which supports thousands of researchers, operational personnel, and other visitors to remote stations in the Arctic and Antarctica. As an immediate response, OPP augmented medical screening questions for personnel deploying to Antarctica and Greenland. Medical program staff evaluate responses to a set of diagnostic questions and check for fever. These measures are intended to prevent anyone exposed to coronavirus, Ebola, or other serious respiratory infection from traveling to field stations in the polar regions. Continue Reading


Reminder - NSF Travel Grant Opportunity for 2020 SCAR Open Science Meeting

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Open Science Conference (OSC) is held every two years and will be in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia from 3-7 August 2020. The SCAR OSC is an excellent opportunity to present and discuss the most recent and important results of Antarctic research in all disciplines at an international venue. The deadline for Applications for the NSF TRAVEL GRANT OPPORTUNITY is 3 February 2020. Continue Reading


NSF Travel Grant Opportunity for 2020 SCAR Open Science Meeting

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Open Science Conference (OSC) is held every two years and will be in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia from 3-7 August 2020. The SCAR OSC is an excellent opportunity to present and discuss the most recent and important results of Antarctic research in all disciplines at an international venue. The deadline for Applications for the NSF TRAVEL GRANT OPPORTUNITY is 3 February 2020. Continue Reading


Polar Entomology Special Issue Information

This Special Issue invites submissions across all relevant discipines, and both polar regions (including comparative studies with other extreme environments such as desert and alpine regions). Recognising that polar entomologists have traditionally included studies of other "lower" arthropod groups such as Collembola and Acari, we are not restricting this call for papers to the insects "sensu stricto". Deadline extended to 31 January Continue Reading


National Science Foundation new Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) Solicitation

The new Fiscal Year 2020 solicitation for the Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) NSF Big Idea has been released and can be found here: NSF 20-514. The full proposal deadline date is: February 11, 2020. Continue Reading


Stieglitz joins NSF's Office of Polar Programs as Program Director for Arctic Natural Sciences

Dr. Marc Stieglitz returns to the Office of Polar Programs, where he will rejoin the Arctic Natural Sciences (ANS) team. He comes from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was an Associate Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Continue Reading