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Proposal Estimating Support

The NSF Arctic Research Support and Logistics (RSL) Program supports the fieldwork of research projects funded through science programs in the Arctic Sciences Section. The RSL program may co-fund logistics for proposals funded elsewhere at NSF or at other agencies as a result of co-review and co-funding discussions involving the Arctic Sciences Section program officers. The RSL program was created to make Arctic fieldwork safer, more efficient, and more cost-effective. The NSF encourages researchers to make use of services provided through the RSL program by working with Battelle ARO.

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Principles for Conducting Research in the Arctic

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Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG)

The PAPPG is comprised of documents relating to the Foundation's proposal and award process for the assistance programs of NSF. The PAPPG, in conjunction with the applicable standard award conditions incorporated by reference in the award, serve as the Foundation’s implementation of 2 CFR § 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.

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Before You Go

The NSF emphasizes its strong commitment to preventing harassment and to ensuring working environments, including field settings, are free from discrimination, harassment, and sexual harassment for all researchers. Please see the NSF statement on this issue.

Principal Investigators planning to work in the Arctic under an NSF grant should ensure that all field team members consider the following information BEFORE leaving for the field.

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Arctic Observing Viewer (AOV)

AOV helps with visualization, strategic assessment, and decision support for initiatives tied to Arctic Observing.  View the “who,” “what,” “where,” and “when” of Arctic environmental monitoring activities.

ARCTIC RESEARCH MAPPING APPLICATION (ARMAP)

The ARMAP is designed for funding agencies, logistics planners, research investigators, students, and others to explore information about science being conducted across the Arctic. Hundreds of project locations and ship tracks are shown on the interactive web map, with easy access to details on funding agency, funding program, scientific discipline, principal investigator, project title, and much more.