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New Investigator’s Workshop U.S.

Antarctic Program
Scott Borg Head, Antarctic Sciences Section NSF/Office of Polar Programs

Why this workshop?
• To enrich the USAP by attracting new minds to Antarctic science • To offer a glimpse of the research opportunities that can be found • To show that, while NSF funding is very competitive, many science opportunities exist and working in the Antarctic is not as forbidding as many people think
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For newcomers. . . . A word about NSF
• Independent Agency – since 1950 • Supports basic research and education through grants and related mechanisms • Vision – Enabling the nation’s future through discovery, learning, and innovation • Ensures a world-class science/engineering workforce & promotes public understanding of science
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For newcomers. . . . A word about NSF and OPP
• • • • National Science Board Broad range of basic science Many cross-directorate opportunities Office of Polar Programs
– Special responsibility as lead agency for US national investment in Antarctica – US Antarctic Program in OPP – A current emphasis is on the International Polar Year (IPY)
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NSF Recent Trends: FY 02 to 05
FY02 Funds Obligated (Millions of Dollars) Organizational Excellence FTE # of Proposals # of Competitive Awards Aver. Annual Res. Grant Size Aver. Grant Duration (years) FY03 FY04 FY05 Change FY02 to FY05

$4,95 4 $ 184 1,239 35,164 10,406

$5,579 $196 1,242 40,075 10,844

$5,871 $268 1,274 43,851 10,380

$5,654 $292 1,279 41,722 9,757

14% 59% 3% 19% -7% 24% -

$115,666$135,609 $139,637 $143,669 2.9 2.9 2.9 2.9

Average Reviewer Ratings – FY05
Distribution of Average Reviewer Ratings FY 2005
18,000 16,000 14,000 Number of Proposals 12,000 10,000 8,522 8,000 6,000 4,000 2,000 0 No Score 1,323 590 1,124 1 Poor to Fair 46 Fair to Good Awards Good to Very Good Declines Very Good to Excellent Excellent 1,798 1,174 3,564 3,060 15,415

5,141

Number of Proposals: 31,966 Declines, 9,792 Awards
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Taxpayer’s Investment
An average NSF research award in FY99 (about $70,000 annually) was equivalent to committing the revenues from 10.6 averagesized income tax return statements. (Based on FY99 estimates.) The average NSF research award in FY04 was about $139,000 annually – 23.9 income tax return statements.
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NSF and People: FY 2001 Estimate
Senior researchers Other professionals Postdoctoral associates Graduate students Undergraduate students K-12 students K-12 teachers Total 28,380 10,710 5,320 24,350 32,000 11,390 80,830 192,980

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Key Documents
• FY 2007 NSF Budget Request – http://www.nsf.gov/about/budget/fy2007 Grant Proposal Guide (NSF 04-23) – http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=GPG Science and Engineering Indicators – http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/srs/seind04/start.htm When in doubt – – http://www.nsf.gov/

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OPP/ANT Program Officers
• • • • • • • • Aeronomy & Astrophysics – vacant/search underway Biology & Medicine – Roberta Marinelli Ocean & Climate Systems – Bernhard Lettau Geology & Geophysics – Tom Wagner Glaciology – Julie Palais Artists and Writers – Kim Silverman OPP-IPY coordinator – Marie Bundy See: http://www.nsf.gov/dir/index.jsp?org=OPP
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U.S. Antarctic Program
o Antarctic Treaty o Research and Education – very broad range o Environmental Stewardship o Antarctic Conservation Act o International Cooperation and Collaboration o Ships, planes, labs, and specialized support o International Polar Year: Mar 07 – Mar 09
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Scope of Organization
Denver Los Angeles Washington, D.C.

Santiago Christchurch Palmer McMurdo South Pole Punta Arenas

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USAP Sites of Major Activities

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Questions?

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Antarctic Research Budget, 1996 to 2002 In Millions of Dollars

1996 AB&M AG&G AOCS AA&A AG Coord/Info S&T Centers Reserve TOTAL 6.9 5.08 4.42 6.92 4.06 0.67

1997 6.9 5.08 4.42 3 4.06 0.6 3.92 0.34 28.32

1998 7.06 5.16 4.36 3.06 4.46 0.4 3.95 0.1 28.55

1999 7.2 5.3 4.4 3.1 4.36 0.4 4.07 0.07 28.9

2000 7.7 5.7 4.73 3.57 4.45 0.4 3.32 0.24 30.11

2001 8.8 6.5 5.1 5.7 5.1 0.28 2.6 0 34.08

2002 9.4 7.3 5.7 9.5 6.1 0.3 0.2 0 38.5

2003 9.88 7.9 6.55 9.86 6.75 0.3 0 0 41.24

2004 10.44 8.4 6.85 10.3 7.18 0.765 0 [2.83] 43.93

0.03 28.08

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