NSF-USDA Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water – not yet announced for 2018

Date Due: 03/06/17

Amount: $2,500,000

Summary: The overarching goal of INFEWS is to catalyze well-integrated interdisciplinary and convergent research to transform scientific understanding of the FEW nexus (integrating all three components rather than addressing them separately), in order to improve system function and management, address system stress, increase resilience, and ensure sustainability. The NSF INFEWS initiative is designed to attain the following goals:

  • Significantly advance our understanding of the food-energy-water system through quantitative, predictive and computational modeling, including support for relevant cyberinfrastructure;
  • Develop real-time, cyber-enabled interfaces that improve understanding of the behavior of FEW systems and increase decision support capability;
  • Enable research that will lead to innovative solutions to critical FEW systems problems; and
  • Grow the scientific workforce capable of studying and managing the FEW system, through education and other professional development opportunities.

The INFEWS call has 3 tracks (the 4th track from last year has been cancelled) (see the RFP for additional information):

  1. FEW System Modeling
  2. Visualization and Decision Support for Cyber-Human-Physical Systems at the FEW Nexus, and
  3. Research to Enable Innovative Solutions

Keywords: food, energy, water, cyber

Limitations: An individual PI, co-PI, senior personnel or consultant cannot be on more than two proposals, cannot be on more than one proposal per track, can be a lead PI on only one proposal.

Solicitation Number: NSF 17-530

URL: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17530/nsf17530.htm  

NSF — Engineering and Systems Design (ESD)

Date Due: 09/15/17, annually thereafter; 01/24/18, annually thereafter

Amount: Not Specified

Summary: The Engineering and Systems Design (ESD) program supports fundamental research leading to new engineering and systems design methods and practices for specific global contexts.  In particular, ESD seeks intellectual advances in which the theoretical foundations underlying design and systems engineering are operationalized into rigorous and pragmatic methods for a specific context.

In addition, the program funds the rigorous theoretical and empirical characterization of new or existing methods for design and systems engineering, identifying in which global contexts and under which assumptions these methods are effective and efficient.  Such a global context includes both a domain (such as energy systems, consumer products, cyber-physical systems) and an economic, socio-political, environmental and technological context.

Research topics of interest include, but are not limited to: (1) Design for X, where X is either a specific domain or a specific concern; (2) Novel information and communication technologies; (3) Novel modeling formalisms and algorithms; (4) Novel integrated frameworks for design and systems engineering.

Keywords: engineering, energy, economics, technology, environment

Solicitation number: PD 17-1464

~Due date is 09/15/17, annually thereafter; 01/24/18, annually thereafter

URL: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13340