Ship-based Science Technical Support in the Arctic (STARC)

Funding Agency:
National Science Foundation

This solicitation is for proposals to enhance marine science and technical services provided to NSF-supported research cruises on U.S. Coast Guard cutter (USCGC) Healy. U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) provides basic services that will be augmented by the awardee to the level provided by the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) for supporting academic research. This solicitation is for an awardee to perform two primary functions: 1) to plan, coordinate, and deliver science technical support onboard the USCGC Healy, augmenting the role of the USCG marine science technicians and 2) to coordinate with NSF, USCG, and the academic community to provide for the operation, maintenance and upgrade of science equipment installed or used on the USCGC Healy. The awardee is expected to coordinate support among qualified providers as appropriate for specific cruises, utilizing the capabilities and equipment available through the UNOLS system. Ship-based science support will be planned and provided in close coordination with the research teams and USCG personnel with input and approval from NSF.

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time): March 01, 2022

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Amount Description

Estimated Number of Awards: 1

One award for 5 years as a continuing grant or cooperative agreement to a lead institution submitting a proposal that may include subawards to multiple institutions.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $500,000 to $1,500,000

per year, subject to availability of funds. The funding amount is given as a range because the annual funding amount will be based on support requirements of funded research projects for each annual period of performance and availability of funds. After the first year, the funding request will be proposed by the awardee and agreed to by NSF through an annual program plan.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

March 1, 2022