Recording available: Navigating NSF & the Office of Polar Programs


On July 13, 2023, PSECCO hosted a workshop entitled ‘Navigating NSF & the Office of Polar Programs (OPP)’. The full recording for the event can be found on the CIRES Education and Outreach YouTube channel, and here: 




Allen Pope, a Program Officer at the National Science Foundation (NSF) with a focus on Polar Cyberinfrastructure, and a team of other program officers named below, spoke about the NSF’s Office of Polar Programs (also known as OPP) and how to make your polar science proposal as NSF-savvy as possible. They explained how to best describe your broader impacts, what is cutting edge in data management, how to identify the best program for application, how to access available education and outreach funds, and how to start finding funding opportunities. 


This workshop included a 45-minute presentation about NSF and the Office of Polar Programs and 45 minutes of breakout rooms for small group discussions with different OPP program officers. The workshop was aimed at early-career to mid-career participants, especially graduate students, post-docs, researchers, and tenure-track faculty thinking about applying for NSF/OPP funding for the first time. 


NSF Program Officers: 


  • Allen Pope – Polar Cyberinfrastructure 

  • Erica Hill – Arctic Social Sciences & OPP Postdoc Research Fellowships 

  • Colleen Strawhacker - Arctic Sciences Section, Office of Polar Programs  

  • Mike Jackson - Antarctic Earth Science, Geodesy & Geophysics  

  • Kate Ruck - Arctic Research Support and Logistics Manager 

  • Rebecca Gast - Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems 

  • Will Ambrose - Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems, also worked in the Arctic 


There were multiple fantastic notes, resources and links shared in the chat during the event including:  


Thank you to the NSF Program Officers for sharing their time and expertise and thank you to those who attended. We encourage you to share this workshop with anyone you think may find it useful!   


Finally, we welcome you to join the PSECCO Community, if you aren't connected with it already! You can connect with us by subscribing to monthly newsletters sharing opportunities, engage with the community Slack space, or join the PSECCO listserv—all specifically created for polar early career scientists: 


Check out our upcoming events as well, and have a great rest of your summer! 


-The PSECCO Team