Date Due: 10/20/17
Summary: The goal of the Environmental Sustainability program is to promote sustainable engineered systems that support human well-being and that are also compatible with sustaining natural (environmental) systems. These systems provide ecological services vital for human survival. Research efforts supported by the program typically consider long time horizons and may incorporate contributions from the social sciences and ethics. The program supports engineering research that seeks to balance society’s need to provide ecological protection and maintain stable economic conditions. The four principle research areas that are supported are: 1) Industrial Ecology, 2) Green Engineering, 3) Ecological Engineering, and 4) Earth Systems Engineering.
Keywords: sustainability, biodiversity, climate change
Solicitation number: 17-7643
URL: URL: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505338
Date Due: 10/20/17
Summary: The goal of the Environmental Engineering program is to support transformative research which applies scientific and engineering principles to avoid or minimize solid, liquid, and gaseous discharges, resulting from human activities on land, inland and coastal waters, and air, while promoting resource and energy conservation and recovery. The program also fosters cutting-edge scientific research for identifying, evaluating, and monitoring the waste assimilative capacity of the natural environment and for removing or reducing contaminants from polluted air, water, and soils. Major areas of interest include: 1) enhancing the availability of high quality water supplies and 2) fate and transport of contaminants of emerging concern in air, water, solid waste, and soils.
Keywords: sustainability, engineering, water
Solicitation number: 17-1440
URL: URL: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505332
Date Due: 10/25/17
Amount: $87,000 per year, including $62,000 salary, $25,000 costs
Summary: The EAR Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to propose a strong, coherent research program in or across any area of Earth Science within the scope of the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) programs. The Division of Earth Sciences supports proposals for research geared toward improving the understanding of the structure, composition, and evolution of the Earth, the life it supports, and the processes that govern the formation and behavior of Earth materials. The theme of this solicitation is “issues relating to scale.” Earth Science research addresses processes that operate at different scales (e.g. spatial, temporal, numerical), but many communities are just now starting to study processes across different scales, or how processes operating at one scale translate to another. In addition, fellowship applicants are expected to include a coherent program of professional development activities as part of their proposal.
Keywords: career, student, education, geography, postdoc
Limitations: Individuals may submit only one fellowship proposal to EAR per fiscal year
Solicitation number: 16-588
URL: URL: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16583/nsf16583.htm
Date Due: 10/09/17, 2nd Monday in October annually thereafter
Amount: $69,000 max per year for two years for the Fellow
Summary: The National Science Foundation offers postdoctoral research fellowships to provide opportunities for recent doctoral graduates to obtain additional training, to gain research experience under the sponsorship of established scientists, and to broaden their scientific horizons beyond their undergraduate and graduate training. Postdoctoral fellowships are further designed to assist new scientists to direct their research efforts across traditional disciplinary lines and to avail themselves of unique research resources, sites, and facilities, including at foreign locations. NSF seeks to promote the participation of scientists from all segments of the scientific community, including those from under-represented groups, in its research programs and activities; the postdoctoral period is considered to be an important level of professional development in attaining this goal. The goal of the SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (SPRF) program is to enhance the participation of under-represented groups in science and engineering; promote interdisciplinary research; and encourage doctoral-level scientists (who are not yet in full-time positions) to take advantage of the two-year fellowships to prepare for scientific careers in academia, industry or private sector, and government.
Keywords: career, student, economics, postdoc
Solicitation number: 17-588
URL: URL: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17588/nsf17588.htm
Date Due: 10/23/17 – life sciences, geosciences; 10/24/17 – Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Materials Research; 10/26/17 – psychology, social sciences, STEM education and learning; 10/27/17 – chemistry, mathematical sciences, physics and astronomy — reference letters for all are due 11/2/17
Amount: $34,000 per year for 3 years with $12,000 cost of education allowance to institution
Summary: The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) awards Fellowships for graduate study leading to research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in STEM or in STEM education. GRFP supports individuals proposing a comprehensive holistic plan for graduate education that takes into account individual interests and competencies. A holistic plan describes the experiences, attributes, and academic achievements that, when considered in combination, show how the applicant has demonstrated potential for significant research achievements in STEM or in STEM education. Thus, an applicant must provide a detailed profile of her or his relevant educational and research experiences and plans for graduate education in such a way as to demonstrate this potential for significant achievements.
Notes: may apply a second time if not awarded the first
Keywords: student, education
Limitations: students may submit only one application in the 1st or 2nd year of graduate school, applicant must hold US citizenship, national, or permanent resident status by application deadline; applicant must be enrolled in graduate degree-granting institution on a campus in the US, territories, possessions, or Puerto Rico
Solicitation number: 16-588
URL: URL: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16588/nsf16588.htm
Date Due: 10/15/17, annually thereafter; 02/02/18, annually thereafter, (invited resubmission)
Summary: The Sociology Program supports basic research on all forms of human social organization — societies, institutions, groups and demography — and processes of individual and institutional change. The Program encourages theoretically focused empirical investigations aimed at improving the explanation of fundamental social processes. Included is research on organizations and organizational behavior, population dynamics, social movements, social groups, labor force participation, stratification and mobility, family, social networks, socialization, gender roles, and the sociology of science and technology. The Program supports both original data collections and secondary data analysis that use the full range of quantitative and qualitative methodological tools. Theoretically grounded projects that offer methodological innovations and improvements for data collection and analysis are also welcomed.
Keywords: sociology, humans, organizations, population, social, labor
Solicitation number: PD 14-604
~10/15/17, annually thereafter; 02/02/18, annually thereafter, (invited resubmission)
Date Due: 10/20/17, annually thereafter
Amount: Not Specified
Summary: The goal of research funded under the interdisciplinary P2C2 solicitation is to utilize key geological, chemical, atmospheric (gas in ice cores), and biological records of climate system variability to provide insights into the mechanisms and rate of change that characterized Earth’s past climate variability, the sensitivity of Earth’s climate system to changes in forcing, and the response of key components of the Earth system to these changes. Important scientific objectives of P2C2 are to: 1) provide comprehensive paleoclimate data sets that can serve as model test data sets analogous to instrumental observations; and 2) enable transformative syntheses of paleoclimate data and modeling outcomes to understand the response of the longer-term and higher magnitude variability of the climate system that is observed in the geological and cryospheric records.
Keywords: climate change, environment
Solicitation number: PD 17-582
~10/20/2017, annually thereafter
Date Due: 10/16/17, annually thereafter
Amount: $300,000 over 2 years
Summary: The MacroSystems Biology and Early NEON Science program will support quantitative, interdisciplinary, systems-oriented research on biosphere processes and their complex interactions with climate, land use, and invasive species and regional to continental scales as well as planning, training, and development activities to enable groups to conduct MacroSystems Biology and Early NEON Science research.
- Category 1: Early Career Awards (ECA). Awards to early career scientists employing innovative and creative approaches to advance understanding of regional to continental scale processes and cross-scale interactions. Limited to $300,000 over two years.
- Category 2: Full Research Awards (FRA). Awards to support MacroSystems Biology Research or Innovative Training to conduct MacroSystems research. Up to 5 years duration.
- Category 3: Early NEON Science Awards (ENSA). Grants that 1) use or leverage NEON data and/or NEON samples/specimens to address innovative ecological and other biological questions, and/or 2) develop analytic or computational tools that enhance the use and value of NEON data. Up to 5 years.
Notes: Two new proposal categories were added this year: Early Career Awards (MSB-ECA) and Early NEON Science Awards (MSB-ENSA)
Keywords: biology, climate change, land use
Limitations: Early Career Awards: Individuals must be Assistant Professor at time of proposal submission; must hold a doctorate by the deadline date and be untenured until 10/1 following the deadline.
Solicitation number: 16-521
~Due date is 10/16/17, 3rd Monday in October annually thereafter
Date Due: 10/31/17, annually thereafter
Amount: Not Specified
Summary: The Chemistry of Life Processes (CLP) Program supports investigations at the interface of Chemistry and Biology in which the primary knowledge contributions and innovations are in the chemistry aspects of the project; for example, in the study of molecular structure and reaction mechanism of biologically important systems.
The research supported by CLP addresses the fundamental chemistry involved in the function of biomolecules and that of molecules used in probing biological systems. Projects typically employ experimental and/or theoretical approaches to study the chemistry of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates or lipids. The scope of the research and the methods used to conduct the research are intrinsically interdisciplinary.
Keywords: biology, chemistry
Notes: CLP is interested in understanding function rather than malfunction or dysfunction.
Solicitation number: PD 09-6833
Date Due: 10/31/17
Amount: Not Specified
Summary: The Environmental Chemical Sciences (ECS) Program supports basic research in chemistry that promotes the understanding of natural and anthropogenic chemical processes in our environment. Projects supported by this program enable fundamentally new avenues of basic research and transformative technologies. The program is particularly interested in studying molecular phenomena on surfaces and interfaces in order to understand the inherently complex and heterogeneous environment.
Projects utilize advanced experimental, modeling and computational approaches, as well as developing new approaches. Topics include studies of environmental surfaces and interfaces under laboratory conditions, the fundamental properties of water and water solutions important in environmental processes, dissolution, composition, origin and behavior of molecular scale systems under a variety of naturally occurring environmental conditions, chemical reactivity of synthetic nanoparticles and their molecular level interactions with the environment, and application of theoretical models and computational approaches to discover and predict environmental phenomena at the molecular scale.
Keywords: environment, chemistry, water
Solicitation number: PD 09-6882
~Due date is 10/31/17, annually thereafter