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NSF-20-549: Navigating the New Arctic Community Office (NNA-CO)

Slots:                                                     1

Internal Deadline:                           Friday, April 3, 2020, noon PT

LOI:                                                        N/A

External Deadline:                          June 10, 2020

Award Information:                        Type: Cooperative Agreement

Estimated Number of Awards: 1

Anticipated Amount: $2.5 – 5 million. NSF anticipates funding for 5 years, with the funding for each year of any award determined by the scope of the proposal selected and availability of funds

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:

Materials to submit:

Link to Award:                        

Who May Serve as PI:                    There are no restrictions or limits.


Navigating the New Arctic (NNA), one of NSF’s 10 Big Ideas, embodies the Foundation’s forward-looking response to profound challenges and opportunities caused by rapid changes in the Arctic. NNA addresses convergent scientific, engineering, and educational research in, and related to, the rapidly changing Arctic. Recognizing that Arctic change has local and global impacts, one of the key goals of NNA is to expand Arctic-related research and Arctic-related research communities to engage in more expansive ways in the Arctic and beyond. The solutions to these challenges are needed to understand and forecast environmental change; advance economic prosperity; promote human and ecological health; and preserve security for the United States, the circumpolar Arctic region, and the globe.


The NNA-CO is intended to foster coordination and collaboration among all NNA-funded projects and share outcomes with the broad scientific community and the public in an open, transparent, and inclusive manner. The NNA-CO will provide infrastructure to NNA projects to enable the facilitation and synthesis of NNA-funded research, education, and outreach activities. Coordinating activities may evolve based on dialogue with the community. NSF will select a highly qualified organization having the requisite skills and experience to effectively facilitate the next five years of NNA community activities.

We envision two overlapping primary thrusts for the community office:

Internal coordination among NNA projects:

Provide information to external (non-NNA project) stakeholders:

NSF anticipates that the above activities would be funded with a budget of approximately $500,000 per year.

Duties of the NNA Community Office are not necessarily limited to those listed above. Other creative ideas for community coordination activities are encouraged. The NNA-CO may pursue additional activities that are compatible with the major goals of the NNA Big Idea. Any additional activities proposed should provide substantial, innovative, and/or creative enhancements for the NNA and related communities. These activities should focus on service to the NNA and related communities. It is expected that any such proposed additional activities should be justified and may be included in a budget exceeding $500,000 per year.

NNA Community Office Structure

NSF anticipates that successful operations and management of the NNA Community Office will require at least one scientist (the proposal PI), who serves as the Office Director, and additional support staff who will perform the other functions of the office.

Budgetary Requirements: Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.

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