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National Science Foundation
International Polar Year
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NSF IPY program information
NSF support of the International Polar Year
NSF IPY awards list
NSF IPY funding opportunities (Archived)
Dear Colleague Letter for the International Polar Year (NSF 07-008) (Archived)
International Polar Year solicitation, 2007 (NSF 07-536) (Archived)
Frequently Asked Questions — Submitting proposals to International Polar Year (IPY), 2007 solicitation (NSF 07-536) (Archived)
NSF IPY Budget Information
NSF-wide Investment: IPY 2008 budget request
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NSF-wide Investment: IPY 2007 budget request
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bullet Budget Tables

IPY Participating NSF Programs
Office of Polar Programs (OPP)
Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)
Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR)
Directorate for Geosciences (GEO)
Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE)
Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE)
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International Polar Year sites
U.S. Interagency International Polar Year
U.S. Committee to the International Polar Year, 2007-2008
International Scientific Council (ICSU) International Polar Year Planning Committee
NSF information
For the Research and Education Community
How to prepare proposals
How to manage awards
General information about NSF

Antarctic region (left) and Arctic region (right)

International Polar Year (IPY), 2007-2008,
Information for the Research and Education Communities

The International Polar Year, which extended from March 2007 through March 2009, was envisioned as an intense scientific campaign to explore new frontiers in polar science, improve our understanding of the critical role of the polar regions in global processes, and educate students, teachers, and the public about the polar regions and their importance to the global system. Projects had multi- and interdisciplinary scopes, left a legacy of infrastructure and data, expanded international cooperation, engaged the public in polar discovery, and helped attract the next generation of scientists and engineers.

The President's Office of Science and Technology Policy designated the National Science Foundation (NSF) as the lead Federal agency in organizing U.S.-IPY activities. In 2005 the U.S. National Committee for IPY, formed under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences, published International Polar Year 2007-2008: Report of the Implementation Workshop, which articulates a framework for the science ideas submitted by many individuals and research communities in the United States for the next IPY. A joint committee of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) published additional planning information and facilitated international cooperation through an international program office in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

This page and the associated pages provide background information on NSF-funded research, funding opportunities, and other related information. Information on the activities of other Federal agencies and for the public is available through the U.S. Interagency International Polar Year site.


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Last updated: 30 July 2012

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