National Science Foundation

NSF: Sustainability Research Networks Competition (SRN) 2014 Focus: Urban Sustainability

Program Summary

The goal of the Sustainability Research Networks (SRN) competition is to bring together multidisciplinary teams of researchers, educators, managers, policymakers and other stakeholders to conduct collaborative research that addresses fundamental challenges in sustainability. The 2014 SRN competition will fund research networks with a focus on urban sustainability

Proposals should identify an ambitious and nationally important theme in urban sustainability, present a creative and innovative research agenda that builds upon existing work in this area, and describe how a network of researchers and other stakeholders will be supported that integrates a variety of disciplines, sectors and backgrounds in order to create new perspectives and yield significant new understanding and knowledge.
 
The Sustainability Research Networks competition is part of the growing NSF investment in its Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) portfolio (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 and environmental wellbeing and to forge reasoned pathways to a sustainable future. NSF 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.
 
Eligibility
 
A single organization may submit a maximum of three 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.

An individual may appear as a Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI in only one SRN proposal submitted in response to this program solicitation.
 
Award Information
 
The maximum SRN award amount is $12,000,000.  It is expected that SRN awards will be 4 - 5 years in duration.
 
Internal Selection Process
 
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development has established an internal review procedure to select the UI nominees.  Applications will be reviewed according to the sponsor's selection criteria.  Consideration will also be given to UI institutional strengths and strategic directions.  Potential applicants must submit, using the preselection link below, the following information:
  1. A two page CV
  2. A description of the proposed project.  It should have the following elements:
The above materials must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.  The selected nominees are to complete a preliminary proposal in accordance wtih the sponsor's deadline of Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

Proposal due for preselection03/04/2014 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to Sponsor04/29/2014
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
Email:cheryl-a-ridgeway@uiowa.edu
Phone:319-384-3332
Sponsor URL:http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14534/nsf14534.htm

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