Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems

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Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems: <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">Humanity is reliant upon the physical resources and natural systems of the Earth for the provision of food, energy, and water.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"> </span>It is becoming imperative that we determine how society can best integrate across the natural and built environments to provide for a growing demand for food, water and energy while maintaining appropriate ecosystem services.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"> </span>Factors contributing to stresses in the food, energy, and water (FEW) systems include increasing regional and social pressures and governance issues as result of land use change, climate variability, and heterogeneous resource distribution.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"> </span>These interconnections and interdependencies associated with the food, energy and water nexus create research grand challenges in understanding how the complex, coupled processes of society and the environment function now, and in the future.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"> </span>There is a critical need for research that enables new means of adapting to future challenges.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"> </span>The FEW systems must be defined broadly, incorporating physical processes (such as built infrastructure and new technologies for more efficient resource utilization), natural processes (such as biogeochemical and hydrologic cycles), biological processes (such as agroecosystem structure and productivity), social/behavioral processes (such as decision making and governance), and cyber elements.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"> </span>Investigations of these complex systems may produce discoveries that cannot emerge from research on food or energy or water systems alone.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"> </span>It is the synergy among these components in the context of sustainability that will open innovative science and engineering pathways to produce new knowledge and novel technologies to solve the challenges of scarcity and variability. </span>

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<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">The overarching goal of INFEWS is to catalyze the well-integrated interdisciplinary research efforts to transform scientific understanding of the FEW nexus in order to improve system function and management, address system stress, increase resilience, and ensure sustainability. The NSF INFEWS initiative is designed specifically to attain the following goals:</span>

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<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">This activity enables interagency cooperation on one of the most pressing problems of the millennium - understanding interactions across the food, energy and water nexus - how it is likely to affect our world, and how we can proactively plan for its consequences. It allows the partner agencies - National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA) and others - to combine resources to identify and fund the most meritorious and highest-impact projects that support their respective missions, while eliminating duplication of effort and fostering collaboration between agencies and the investigators they support. </span>

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<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">NSF and USDA/NIFA are interested in promoting international cooperation that links scientists and engineers from a range of disciplines and organizations to solve the significant global challenges at the nexus of food, energy and water systems. Proposals including international collaboration are encouraged when those efforts enhance the merit of the proposed work by incorporating unique resources, expertise, facilities or sites of international partners. The U.S. team&rsquo;s international counterparts generally should have support or obtain funding through other non-NSF sources. </span>

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<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">Below are the members of the INFEWS Working Group responsible for internal oversight of this solicitation. All questions regarding proposal submissions should be directed to <a href="mailto:INFEWSquestions@NSF.GOV">INFEWSquestions@NSF.GOV</a> orthe program officers on the track teams responsible for the different tracks. See program description for descriptions of the different tracks. A complete list of the program officers on these track teams can be found on the program website <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/geo/ere/ereweb/infews-contacts.jsp">www.nsf.gov/geo/ere/ereweb/infews-contacts.jsp</a>.</span>
Federal Grant Title: Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems
Federal Agency Name: National Science Foundation
Grant Categories: Science and Technology
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: 16-524
Type of Funding: Grant
CFDA Numbers: 10.310, 47.041, 47.049, 47.050, 47.070, 47.074, 47.075, 47.076, 47.079, 47.083
CFDA Descriptions: Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI); Engineering Grants; Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Geosciences; Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Biological Sciences; Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences; Education and Human Resources; Office of International Science and Engineering; Office of Integrative Activities
Current Application Deadline: Mar 22, 2016
Original Application Deadline: Mar 22, 2016
Posted Date: Dec 22, 2015
Creation Date: Dec 22, 2015
Archive Date: Apr 21, 2016
Total Program Funding: $50,000,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $3,000,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $1,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 40
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility
*Who May Submit Proposals: Proposals may only be submitted by the following:
-Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.
-Universities and Colleges - Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the US acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations also are referred to as academic in
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For proposals to be considered for funding under USDA/NIFA : Eligible applicants for the grant program implemented under INFEWS include: (1) State agricultural experiment stations;(2) colleges and universities (including junior colleges offering associate degrees or higher); (3) university research foundations; (4) other research institutions and organizations; (5) Federal agencies, (6) national laboratories; (7) private organizations or corporations; (8) individuals who are U.S. citizens, nations, or permanent residents; and (9) any group consisting of 2 or more entities identified in (1) through (8). Eligible institutions do not include foreign and international organizations.Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply provided such organizations are necessary for the conduct of the project.

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<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">There are no restrictions or limits for the allowable organizations listed above. Federal agencies and federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) can only participate as subawardees.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"> </span>FFRDCs and federal agency scientists cannot serve as lead PI.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"> </span>Non-NSF sponsored FFRDCs are required to provide a letter of support from their agency.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"> </span></span>
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