Signals in the Soil

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Signals in the Soil: In 1935, Franklin D. Roosevelt stated, “A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself." This statement remains true to this day. Soil forms over thousands of years and can be destroyed in a single event. It is a natural asset, alongside water and air, but is often overlooked, despite being the foundation of terrestrial ecosystems that support food production, economic prosperity, and services that are essential for humanity.Soils are complex living ecosystems containing billions of organisms that mediate a myriad of biological, chemical, and physical processes, interacting to cycle carbon and nutrients essential for plant growth, food and fiber production, and to remove contaminants from water. Soil is also the foundation material for all structures not supported on rock, and, by orders of magnitude, is the most widely-used construction material in the world. Soil ecosystems supply most of the antibiotics used to fight human diseases, control the movement of water and chemical substances between the Earth and atmosphere, and act as source and storage media for gases important to life, such as oxygen, carbon dioxide, and methane. Thus, as the Earth's population grows, we need a better understanding of soil ecosystems that will continue to play a critical role in feeding the world. The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorates for Engineering (ENG) andGeosciences (GEO), theDivision of Integrative Organismal Systems in the Directoratefor Biological Sciences(BIO/IOS), and the Division of Computer and Network Systems in the DirectorateComputer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE/CNS), in collaboration with the US Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)of United KingdomResearch and Innovation (UKRI) encourage convergent research that transforms existing capabilities in understanding dynamic, near-surface soilprocesses through advances in sensor systems and modeling. To accomplish this research, multiple disciplines must converge to produce novel sensors and/or sensing systemsof multiple modalities that are adaptable to different environments and collect data and report on a wide range of chemical, biological and physical parameters. This type of approach will also be necessary to develop next generation soil models, wireless communication and cyber systems capabilities, and to growa scientific community that is able to address complex problems through education and outreach. This program fosters collaboration among the partner agencies and the researchers they support by combining resources and funding for the most innovative and high-impact projects that address their respective missions.
Federal Grant Title: Signals in the Soil
Federal Agency Name: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Grant Categories: Science and Technology
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: 19-556
Type of Funding: Grant
CFDA Numbers: 10.310, 47.041, 47.050, 47.070, 47.074
CFDA Descriptions: Information not provided
Current Application Deadline: May 15th, 2019
Original Application Deadline: May 15th, 2019
Posted Date: February 13th, 2019
Creation Date: February 13th, 2019
Archive Date: June 14th, 2019
Total Program Funding: $5,600,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award:
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $800,000
Expected Number of Awards: 10
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Last Updated: February 13th, 2019
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification.)
Additional Information on Eligibility
*Who May Serve as PI: Each proposalmust have at leastone eligiblecollaborator from the US and one eligible collaborator from the UK. The Lead PI MUST be a US-eligible collaborator. Only US collaborators can be listed as a PI or a co-PI. The UK collaborator(s) MUST be listed as non-funded Senior Personnel. Normal UKRI (NERC) eligibility rules apply for UK-based team members. These can be found in Section C of the NERC Research Grant and Fellowship handbook (<a href=""></a>).
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