Scientific research, along with operational support of that research, is the principal activity of the U. S. Antarctic Program in Antarctica.
The National Science Foundation's Antarctic Sciences Section fosters research on globally and regionally important scientific problems.
the Antarctic Sciences Section supports research that expands fundamental knowledge of the region as well as research that relies on the unique characteristics of the Antarctic continent as a platform from which to support research.
Antarctic fieldwork will only be supported for research that can only be performed or is best performed in Antarctica.
The Antarctic Sciences Section strongly encourages research using existing samples, models, and data as well as research at the intersection between disciplines.