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Environmental Sustainability

 
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    CFDA#

    47.041
     

    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award

    Authority

    National Science Foundation (NSF)

    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.

    There are four principal general research areas that are supported:

    • Industrial ecology: Topics of interest include advancements in modeling such as life cycle assessment, materials flow analysis, input/output economic models, and novel metrics for measuring sustainable systems. Innovations in industrial ecology are encouraged.
    • Green engineering: Research is encouraged to advance the sustainability of manufacturing processes, green buildings, and infrastructure. Many programs in the Engineering Directorate support research in environmentally benign manufacturing or chemical processes. The Environmental Sustainability program supports research that would affect more than one chemical or manufacturing process or that takes a systems or holistic approach to green engineering for infrastructure or green buildings. Improvements in distribution and collection systems that will advance smart growth strategies and ameliorate effects of growth are research areas that are supported by Environmental Sustainability. Innovations in management of storm water, recycling and reuse of drinking water, and other green engineering techniques to support sustainability may also be fruitful areas for research.
    • Ecological engineering: Proposals should focus on the engineering aspects of restoring ecological function to natural systems. Engineering research in the enhancement of natural capital to foster sustainable development is encouraged.
    • Earth systems engineering: Earth systems engineering considers aspects of large-scale engineering research that involve mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, adaptation to climate change, and other global concerns.

    All proposed research should be driven by engineering principles, and be presented explicitly in an environmental sustainability context. Proposals should include involvement in engineering research of at least one graduate student, as well as undergraduates. The incorporation of aspects of social, behavioral, and economic sciences is welcomed.

    Innovative proposals outside the scope of the four core areas mentioned above may be considered. However, prior to submission, it is recommended that the PI contact the program director to avoid the possibility of the proposal being returned without review. For proposals that call for research to be done outside of the United States, an explanation must be presented of the potential benefit of the research for the United States.

     

    History of Funding

    Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts may be found here: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/advancedSearchResult?ProgEleCode=7643&BooleanElement=Any&BooleanRef=Any&ActiveAwards=true&#results

    Additional Information

    Water treatment, air pollution (both outdoor and indoor), soil remediation, and solid waste treatment proposals are to be submitted to the Environmental Engineering program (CBET 1440).

    Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program proposals are strongly encouraged. The award duration is five years. The submission deadline for Engineering CAREER proposals is in July every year.

    Proposals for Conferences, Workshops, and Supplements: PIs are strongly encouraged to discuss their requests with the program director before submission of the proposal.

    Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID) and EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) are also considered when appropriate. Please note that proposals of these types must be discussed with the program director before submission. 

    Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) proposals that integrate fundamental research with translational results and are consistent with the application areas of interest to each program are also encouraged. Please note that RAPID, EAGER, and GOALI proposals can be submitted anytime during the year. 

    Contacts

    Bruce Hamilton

    Bruce Hamilton
    4201 Wilson Boulevard
    Arlington, VA 22230
    (703) 292-7066
    (703) 292-9054
     

  • Eligibility Details

    All capable entities are eligible to apply for funding under this program.

    Deadline Details

    No Deadline - Proposals for this program will be accepted throughout the year.

    Proposals submitted to other program announcements and solicitations, including the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program, must meet their respective deadlines; please refer to the deadline dates specified in the appropriate announcement or solicitation.

    Award Details

    The total estimated funding for this program is $7,066,000.

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