[Limited_submission_opps] Limited - Sustainability Research
Networks Competition (SRN) - NSF 11-574
Rathbun, Diane Christine
diane.rathbun at wsu.edu
Fri Aug 26 13:41:41 PDT 2011
This limited submission funding opportunity (detail below) is posted on the Informer at: http://informer.ogrd.wsu.edu/Opportunity.aspx?ID=8151 . All instructions for this limited submission pre-proposal can be found at this site. Please pass this opportunity on to interested faculty and encourage their participation.
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Sustainability Research Networks Competition (SRN) - NSF 11-574
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Agency Deadline Note:
A single organization may submit a maximum of three preliminary proposals as the lead institution. There is no limit to participation as a partner institution. It is not likely that the SRN program will provide support for more than one SRN from any one lead institution in this competition.
The estimated number of cooperative agreement awards is three to four SRNs, pending quality of proposals submitted and availability of funds. The anticipated funding amount is $36,000,000 pending availability of funds. SRN awards are expected to be four to five years in duration and budgets must not exceed $12,000,000 total per award. The budget request must be consistent with the scope of the SRN network proposed. Proposers are discouraged from asking for the maximum annual budget amount, unless the proposal outlines network activities that are consistent with this scope.
Preliminary proposals and invited full proposals may be submitted by U.S. academic institutions accredited in, and having a campus located in the USA, that have research and degree-granting education programs in any area of research supported by NSF.
The lead institution is expected to develop partnerships or arrangements with other universities/colleges, or other institutions such as national laboratories; research museums; private sector; state, local, and tribal governments; nongovernmental organizations; and international collaborators, as appropriate, to enable the SRN to attain its strategic goals.
An individual may appear as Lead Principal Investigator (PI) on only one SRN proposal submitted in response to this program solicitation. These restrictions apply to this SRN solicitation only and are not meant to inhibit submissions of proposals by investigators to other NSF activities or programs.
Sustainability Research Networks (SRNs) will engage and explore fundamental theoretical issues and empirical questions in sustainability science, engineering, and education that will increase our understanding of the ultimate sustainability challenge - maintaining and improving the quality of life for the nation within a healthy Earth system.
The goal of the Sustainability Research Networks (SRN) competition is to support the development and coalescence of entities to advance collaborative research that addresses questions and challenges in sustainability science, engineering, and education. SRNs will link scientists, engineers, and educators, at existing institutions, centers, networks, and also develop new research efforts and collaborations.
Each SRN network will be built upon an ambitious and nationally important sustainability theme. Proposers will be tasked with choosing a specific theme for their network, identifying the research already being done in this area, proposing methods for linking existing research efforts, and then proposing research needed to advance their specific research theme. Examples of possible SRN themes are provided in the "Program Description" section of this solicitation (Section II.B.). SRNs will foster new knowledge and tools at a frontier of research that significantly crosses and melds the boundaries of diverse disciplines, and creates the integrated science and engineering disciplines of the future. SRNs will pursue new opportunities in science, engineering and educational research that truly require the scale, scope, and facilities enabled by such a network. The SRN competition outlined here is one part of the growing NSF investment in its Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) portfolio (http://www.nsf.gov/sees/).
Challenges associated with broadly based SEES goals will be met by supporting fundamental science and engineering research and education needed to understand and overcome the barriers to sustainable human well-being and to forge reasoned pathways to a sustainable future. NSF, in partnership with other agencies, international efforts, and the private sector, aims to support members of the academic research community for projects which produce discoveries and knowledge that will inform decisions leading to environmental, energy, social and cultural sustainability.
NSF support will advance the frontiers of conceptual, empirical and computational research in science, engineering and education so that the nation has the knowledge base to inform policies on sustainability. Proposed SRNs are expected to be multi-dimensional with regard to "disciplines" and address fundamental issues that are likely to yield significant new understanding and knowledge.
Additional Contacts: The full list of contacts is available on the URL for More Information. CFDA 47.041, 47.049, 47.050, 47.070, 47.074, 47.075, 47.076, 47.078, 47.079, 47.080, 47.081
Agriculture and Food Sciences; Conservation Biology; Energy Sciences; Engineering; Environmental Conservation; Environmental Education; Environmental Engineering; Natural and Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Technology; Renewable Energy; Science Education
Collaboration or Cooperative Agreement; Research
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