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Navigating the New Arctic Community Office (NNA-CO)
Solicitation: NSF 20-549
Institutional Limit: 1
LOI Due to Research Office: May 25, 2020 - Deadline extended
Agency Due Date: July 10, 2020

II. PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONThe NNA-CO is intended to foster coordination and collaboration among all NNA-funded projects and share outcomes with the broad scientific community and the public in an open, transparent, and inclusive manner. The NNA-CO will provide infrastructure to NNA projects to enable the facilitation and synthesis of NNA-funded research, education, and outreach activities. Coordinating activities may evolve based on dialogue with the community. NSF will select a highly qualified organization having the requisite skills and experience to effectively facilitate the next five years of NNA community activities.

We envision two overlapping primary thrusts for the community office:

Internal coordination among NNA projects:

  • Foster coordination, collaboration, and communication among all NNA projects.
  • Coordinate an annual NNA PI Community Meeting and assist with other NNA and broader community-initiated relevant workshops and short courses.
  • Provide communication tools, including developing and maintaining an NNA community website and communication list(s), providing networking opportunities, and facilitating active social media presence.
  • Distribute information to NNA-funded investigators and the broader community regarding best practices for work involving local and Indigenous residents and organizations.
  • Assist with other NNA-funded and broader community-initiated relevant workshops and short courses.
  • Work with the NNA community to identify opportunities for synthesis and future research opportunities.

Provide information to external (non-NNA project) stakeholders:

  • Ensure that NNA data, outcomes, and discoveries and their implications reach a broad spectrum of local, regional, national and international audiences, including scientists, educators, students, landowners, policymakers, and the general public.
  • Work with NNA projects to ensure strong engagement plans that coordinate support for the broader NNA community at appropriate research and educational conferences and public outreach events. These efforts may include outreach to local, regional, national and international audiences of scientists, educators, students, and others.
  • Develop resources to broaden participation in NNA-related activities.

NSF anticipates that the above activities would be funded with a budget of approximately $500,000 per year.

The general guidance for the preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office:

COVER SHEET (1 page)

  • Solicitation Name and Descriptive Title
  • Project Summary:  3 or 4 sentences or bullet points that provide an overview of the objective of your proposed research, how you plan to do it, and the expected outcome.
  • Unique Aspects:  3 or 4 sentences or bullet points that highlight how your research/approach is different/better.
  • Key PI/co-PIs:  5 or 6 sentences or bullet points that highlight team expertise as it relates to the project.
  • Budget:  Example:  The total cost of the project is anticipated to be $ X, with $ Y being requested from the NSF.  NSF funds will be used for: $ A for personnel; $ B for operations, and $ C for broader impacts/subcontracts etc. 
  • Justification for NSF support: One paragraph explaining why this research fits with the RFP and strategic goals of NSF. 


  • Problem statement: Clear and concise statement of 1) research question(s) and how the project will address the research question(s); 2) what technical barriers need to be overcome to perform the research, and 3) how the proposed research can lead to the advancement of research/knowledge in this area.
  • Conceptual framework: Conceptual framework describing, for example, how the synthesis of various project components, approaches, and participant expertise are linked together to address the problem of interest.  Graphics may be used.
  • Proposed activities: Describe the project to be undertaken and provide the technical specifications of the research activities and timelines that will be undertaken.
  • Expected results: Describe the outcome you anticipate from the research.

Additional Solicitation Specific Review Criteria

  • In addition to the NSB-approved merit review criteria, reviewers will be asked to consider the following questions for all NNA-CO proposals:
  • How well would the proposed plan foster innovative and robust ideas for community coordination and the development of a broad NNA community?
  • Do the proposal PI, team, and institution have demonstrated expertise and experience in the coordination of large, diverse projects?

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