Navigating the New Arctic

News – On 1 February 2021, NSF announced the new Navigating the New Arctic Community Office (NNA-CO), which is a collaborative effort of the University of Colorado Boulder, Alaska Pacific University, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. See the new NNA-CO website here. All updates and further information on NNA projects will be soon available at the NNA-CO website. The information compiled on these webpages hosted by ARCUS will not be updated, but will remain accessible here during this transition.

About Navigating the New Arctic

NSF LogoNavigating the New Arctic (NNA), one of NSF's 10 Big Ideas, supports fundamental convergence research across the social, natural, environmental, engineering, and computing and information sciences. Envisioned as at 5+ year agency-wide program, NNA will support the research and dissemination of new knowledge needed to inform the economy, security, and resilience of the Nation, the larger Arctic region, and the globe with respect to Arctic change.

NSF's Goals for the Navigating the New Arctic Program Include:

  • Improved understanding of Arctic change and its local and global effects that capitalize on innovative and optimized observation infrastructure, advances in understanding of fundamental processes, and new approaches to modeling interactions among the natural environment, built environment, and social systems.
  • New and enhanced research communities that are diverse, integrative, and well-positioned to carry out productive research on the interactions or connections between natural and built environments and social systems and how these connections inform our understanding of Arctic change and its local and global effects.
  • Research outcomes that inform national security, economic development, and societal well-being, and enable resilient and sustainable Arctic communities.
  • Enhanced efforts in formal and informal education that focus on the social, built, and natural impacts of Arctic change on multiple scales and broadly disseminate research outcomes.

For more information on the NNA program, please visit the NNA NSF website.

Navigating the New Arctic Investigators Meeting

The first Navigating the New Arctic Investigators meeting was held virtually on 16–17 April 2020. The meeting was a cooperative effort among the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Office of Polar Programs, the NNA Working group at NSF, the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS), experts on Indigenous/Traditional knowledge and working with Arctic communities, and NNA project investigators and team members. The meeting report provides an overview of discussions, recommendations, as well as descriptive information about the NNA projects that participated in the April meeting that may be useful for ongoing NNA project coordination efforts.

Navigating the New Arctic Projects Hub

In 2020, the Arctic Research Consortium of the US (ARCUS) was invited to create a hub of webpages featuring information about each of the projects that have been supported through the Navigating the New Arctic program to date. At present, this project hub includes information on both the Arctic research projects funded through NSF's Dear Colleague letter solicitations in 2017 and 2018 as well as the Track 1 and Track 2 projects funded through the 2019 and 2020 NNA program solicitation. Track 1 supports research activities, while Track 2 is dedicated to planning grants to develop convergence research teams to tackle projects of larger scope in the future.

To begin your exploration of the NNA research projects, we invite you visit the search page linked below where you can filter the NNA projects by funding track, award year, or keywords. Alternatively, projects may also be located using the map navigation found below, by visiting the NNA project timeline here, or by viewing projects associated with each contact in the NNA Project Member directory.

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