The NSF Office of Polar Programs has released an announcement of opportunity entitled "Ship-based Science Technical Support in the Arctic (STARC): Augmenting Science Support on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Healy and Polar Sea."

The STARC solicitation is for proposals to enhance marine science and technical services provided to NSF-supported research cruises on U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) cutters Healy and Polar Sea. This solicitation is for an awardee to perform two primary functions: 1) to plan, coordinate, and deliver science technical support onboard Healy and Polar Sea, 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 Healy and Polar Sea.

The full proposal deadline is Monday, 8 November 2010.

For more information, read the full proposal at: or contact Renée Crain; Research Support & Logistics Manager, Arctic Sciences Division (rcrain [at] or 703-292-4482.