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Final Agenda
Revised, 17 August 2004

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2002 workshop presentations

April 21, 2004
Subject: Proposal Workshop for New Investigators in the Antarctic

Dear Colleague:

A workshop will be held 23-24 August 2004 at the National Science Foundation (NSF) for scientists who never have been a Principal Investigator or a Co-Principal Investigator on an award in the U.S. Antarctic Program. Staff of the Foundation's Office of Polar Programs (OPP) will discuss:

  • Opportunities for NSF support of Antarctic research and education

  • NSF's field program for operational support of Antarctic research

  • Proposal preparation and proposal review criteria

  • NSF policies and other funding programs

The workshop will include presentations and opportunities to meet with NSF program officers who are responsible for science and logistical operations in the Antarctic. Application information, eligibility criteria, and a tentative workshop agenda are shown below.

Attendance will be by invitation only, and limited to researchers who have not been a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on an NSF/OPP Antarctic research grant and who are, or will be, eligible to apply for an NSF Antarctic research grant by the 2 June 2005 proposal deadline for NSF Antarctic Research. Ph.D. candidates within 1 year of graduation, postdoctoral fellows, and new faculty are particularly encouraged to apply. Airline tickets for attendance at the workshop will be provided to a limited number of applicants who meet the requirements described below. All participants will assume the cost of meals and housing.

To apply:

Carefully review the description of the NSF Antarctic Research Program (NSF 04-559) at

If you are interested in pursuing scientific research in the Antarctic, e-mail a letter of intent to, by midnight, EDT, June 15, 2004. In one page or less, list your name, contact information, and your current academic status, including your graduation date. Also summarize your general research interests, and your research plans. State whether or not you are requesting an airline ticket, your airport of origin, and your requested destination (Baltimore-Washington, Reagan National or Washington-Dulles).


Scott Borg
OPP Antarctic Sciences Section

Application deadline, terms of travel support, and workshop attendance:

An e-mail letter of intent of one page or less must be received at by midnight, EDT, 15 June 2004.

As many as 50 applicants that meet the selection criteria will be provided with airline tickets for travel to and from the workshop. NSF will invite up to 50 additional eligible applicants to attend, provided they cover all of their travel and other expenses. Selection of recipients will be made after a review of the eligible applicants by OPP Program Officers.

The goal of creating a diverse group that represents a wide demographic and professional distribution of attendees will guide the selection process, and invitations to attend the workshop will be based primarily on this goal.

Round-trip economy-class airline tickets (domestic United States only) will be provided if you are selected and commit to attend. Your round-trip travel must begin and end at the same U.S. airport, and your arrival airport must be Baltimore-Washington (BWI), Reagan National (DCA), or Dulles International (IAD). Airline tickets are to be used for attendance at the workshop only, although early arrival or a later departure is allowed if the cost does not increase. Tickets will be issued for flights only between your point of origin and one of the Washington-area airports. Tickets are not transferable and may be cancelled before the workshop. You may change itineraries only if you pay for any associated cost increase. NSF is not able to arrange or pay for your meals, lodging, or local transportation while you attend the workshop. By accepting an invitation and an airline ticket, you agree that those items will be your responsibility.

Grant funds from NSF or other Federal sources may not be used for purposes of proposal development or preparation, such as this workshop. Airline tickets provided to applicants to travel to this workshop are not considered "grant funds from NSF or other Federal sources." All applicants will be expected to attend all sessions of the workshop.

15 June 2004 Deadline for e-mail submission of letters of intent by participants
6 July 2004 Travel awards are announced
23-24 August 2004 Workshop

FINAL WORKSHOP AGENDA (Revised, 17 August 2004)

United States Antarctic Program
Proposal Workshop for New Investigators in the Antarctic
23-24 August 2004

Stafford II; Room 555
National Science Foundation
Arlington, Viriginia


Familiarize potential new investigators with the U. S. Antarctic Program research and education opportunities and the logistics of operational support in the Antarctic. Provide information about procedures for requesting NSF funding.

Monday, 23 August 2004
8:00 Continental breakfast (provided)
8:30 Welcoming remarks and participant introductions (Scott Borg)
9:00 Introduction to NSF and Antarctic research opportunities (Scott Borg)
9:15 Antarctic disciplinary programs (15 minutes each with break at 10 am)
  • Biology and Medicine (Polly Penhale/Marie Bundy)—9:15 am
  • Oceans and Climate (Bernhard Lettau)—9:30 am
9:45 Welcoming Remarks (Dr. Karl Erb, Director, OPP)
10:00 Break
  • Geology and Geophysics (Thomas Wagner)—10:15 am
  • Glaciology (Julie Palais)—10:30 am
  • Aeronomy and Astrophysics (Vladimir Papitashvili)—10:45 am
11: 00

Proposal preparation and review:

  • Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts (Guy Guthridge)
  Q & A with NSF representatives

Lunch (on your own/get something at Ballston Food Court)
(depending on interest – possible screening of Norb Wu video “Under Antarctic Ice”)

1:30 Health and Safety Issues (Gwen Adams)
2:00 Environmental Topics (Pam Toschik)

Operational support (infrastructure, facilities):

  • Land (Brian Stone)
  • Sea (Al Sutherland)
3:30 Break

Contractor support
Raytheon Polar Services Company (Rob Edwards)

4:30 Breakout groups: Questions and Answers with your Program Manager
5:30 End day. Group dinner at a local restaurant for those who wish
Tuesday, 24 August 2004
8:00 Continental breakfast (provided)
8:30 E-business at NSF (Bev Sherman)
9:00 Crosscutting programs (Julie Palais)
9:30 Experimental Program to Stimulate COmpetitive Research (Martha James)
10:00 Q & A with NSF representatives
10:30 Continue break-out groups by program (Time for individual discussions with Program Managers)
11:30 Regroup; Q and A with OPP representatives
12:00 End workshop*
*Program managers will be available for individual appointments on Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning. Feel free to contact them by e-mail (see Antarctic Sciences Section staff directory) to schedule an appointment if you would like to have additional time to discuss potential projects.
Last modified: 17 August 2004; Office of Polar Programs
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