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Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS)


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National Science Foundation

Humanity depends upon the Earth’s physical resources and natural systems for food, energy, and water (FEW).  However, both the physical resources and the FEW systems are under increasing stress. It is becoming imperative that we determine how society can best integrate social, ecological, physical and built environments to provide for growing demand for food, energy and water in the short term while also maintaining appropriate ecosystem services for the future.  Known stressors in FEW systems include governance challenges, population growth and migration, land use change, climate variability, and uneven resource distribution. The interconnections and interdependencies associated with the FEW Nexus pose research grand challenges. To meet these grand challenges, there is a critical need for research that enables new means of adapting societal use of FEW systems.  

The INFEWS program seeks to support research that conceptualizes FEW systems broadly and inclusively, incorporating social and behavioral processes (such as decision making and governance), 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), and cyber-components (such as sensing, networking, computation and visualization for decision-making and assessment).  Investigations of these complex systems may produce discoveries that cannot emerge from research on food or energy or water systems alone.  It is the synergy among these components in the context of sustainability that will open innovative science and engineering pathways to produce new knowledge, novel technologies, and innovative predictive capabilities.

The overarching goal of the INFEWS program is to catalyze well-integrated, convergent research to transform understanding of the FEW Nexus as integrated social, engineering, physical, and natural systems in order to improve system function and management, address system stress, increase resilience, and ensure sustainability. The NSF INFEWS activity is designed specifically to attain the following goals:

1.     Significantly advance our understanding of the food-energy-water system of systems through quantitative, predictive and computational modeling, including support for relevant cyberinfrastructure;

2.     Develop real-time, cyber-enabled interfaces that improve understanding of the behavior of FEW systems and increase decision support capability;

3.     Enable research that will lead to innovative and integrated social, engineering, physical, and natural systems solutions to critical FEW systems problems;

4.     Grow the scientific workforce capable of studying and managing the FEW system of systems, through education and other professional development opportunities.

This initiative enables interagency cooperation on one of the most pressing problems of the millennium – understanding interactions across the FEW nexus – how dynamics of the FEW Nexus are likely to affect our world, and how we can proactively plan for consequences. This solicitation allows the partner agencies – National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA) – 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.

In addition, NSF and USDA/NIFA promote international cooperation that links scientists and engineers from a range of disciplines and organizations to solve the significant global challenges at the nexus of FEW 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’s international counterparts generally should have support or obtain funding through non-NSF sources. To facilitate coordinating research activities between US and international partners, specific collaborative funding opportunities have been developed involving some international partners:   list of international opportunities .

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  September 26, 2018

Agency Website

https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505241

Areas of Interest

This solicitation outlines three tracks of research (numbering differs from previous years): Track 1: Social-Physical Modelling of FEW Systems; Track 2: Research to Enable Innovative Solutions; and Track 3: INFEWS Research Coordination Networks (INFEWS-RCN). A proposal may be submitted to ONLY ONE track per competition. Proposals submitted to more than one track or proposals that fail to specify a track in the title will be returned without review.

Eligibility Requirements

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

  • Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) – Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members. Special Instructions for International Branch Campuses of US IHEs: If the proposal includes funding to be provided to an international branch campus of a US institution of higher education (including through use of subawards and consultant arrangements), the proposer must explain the benefit(s) to the project of performance at the international branch campus, and justify why the project activities cannot be performed at the US campus.
  • 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.
  • For proposals to be considered for funding under USDA/NIFA: (1) State agricultural experiment stations; (2) colleges and universities (including junior colleges offering associate degrees or higher); (3) university research foundations; (4) other research organizations; (5) Federal agencies, (6) national laboratories; (7) private organizations or corporations; (8) individuals who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents; and (9) any group consisting of 2 or more entities identified in (1) through (8). Eligible organizations 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.

There are no restrictions or limits for the allowable organizations listed above. To be considered as an NSF proposal, federal agencies and federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) can participate only as subawardees or unpaid collaborators. FFRDC and federal agency scientists cannot serve as lead PI to be eligible for NSF funding. Non-NSF sponsored FFRDCs are required to provide a letter of support from their agency.

An individual may be lead PI, co-PI, Senior Personnel, or Consultant on: Any individual currently leading an INFEWS ( 16-524  and/or  17-530 ) award (the lead PI) may not be the lead PI on a Track 3 INFEWS-RCN proposal.

  • Any individual currently leading an INFEWS ( 16-524  and/or  17-530 ) award (the lead PI) may not be the lead PI on a Track 3 INFEWS-RCN proposal.
  • For any individual who is a lead-PI, co-PI or Senior Personnel on an active/funded INFEWS award ( 16-524  and/or  17-530 ), s/he may be involved in only one proposal associated with this solicitation (NSF 18-xyz) in any capacity other than an external advisory committee member.
  • No more than two INFEWS proposals and
  • No more than one proposal per track.
  • If an individual is on 2 proposals in any of these positions, s/he may be a lead PI on ONLY ONE of the two proposals.

These limitations include PIs, Co-PIs, and Senior Personnel listed on the lead organization or any subaward submitted as part of the proposal.

Amount

$2,500,000

Amount Description

Estimated Number of Awards: 15 to 30

Projects submitted to Tracks 1-2 (Track 1, modelling; Track 2, solutions) will request three to five years of support with a total budget less than or equal to $2,500,000 per project.

Projects submitted to Track 3 (Track 3, RCN) will request four or five years of support with a total budget less than or equal to $750,000 per project.

Estimated Number of Awards:

Track 1: 5 to 10 awards; Track 2: 5 to 10 awards; Track 3: 5 to 10 awards

Both NSF and USDA/NIFA funds will be used to support Tracks 1-3. NSF will share all submitted materials with USDA/NIFA. Some projects and/or subawards may be funded directly by USDA/NIFA as determined by a joint NSF/USDA decision. If a submitted proposal is determined by NSF and USDA/NIFA to be funded by USDA-NIFA, the lead PI/institution or subawardee will be instructed to update those portions of the proposal that must conform to differing USDA/NIFA guidelines. Subsequent grant administration procedures will be in accordance with the individual policies of the awarding agency.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $34,000,000

The total amount available for this solicitation is $34,000,000. Of this amount, NSF anticipates contributing approximately $29,000,000 and USDA/NIFA anticipates contributing approximately $5,000,000. This plan is subject to the availability of funds. This program solicitation is being released prior to the passage of the relevant appropriations. Enactment of additional continuing resolutions or an appropriations act may affect the availability of funds or level of funding for this program.

Projects submitted to Tracks 1 and 2 will request three to five years of support with a total budget less than or equal to $2,500,000. If any Track 1 or 2 proposal exceeds $2,500,000, it will result in “Return Without Review.”

Projects submitted to Track 3 will request four to five years of support with a total budget less than or equal to $750,000. If any Track 3 proposal exceeds $750,000 it will result in “Return Without Review.”

Funding requests from international partners on this solicitation are independent of and not included in the total request (Link to  Budget requirements for international partners).

This is an interagency partnership between NSF and USDA/NIFA; therefore meritorious proposals may be funded by one or more agencies at the option of the agencies, not the proposer. Both agencies will contribute to and participate in a common review process. All proposals MUST conform to NSF budgetary and proposal submission guidelines by the due dates.

Funding Type

Grant

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Interdisciplinary
International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

September 26, 2018


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INFEWS International Opportunities

General Opportunities for support of international research partners

Below is a list of general funding opportunities that are SEPARATE from the INFEWS solicitation ( NSF 18-545 ), which may provide opportunities to support international partners collaborating with US researchers on an INFEWS proposal. The list below also includes some links to identify researchers in other countries already working on food/energy/water nexus topics. This list of opportunities is not intended to be comprehensive, but does include many countries and funding agencies with whom NSF-supported researchers and NSF have a history of collaboration. This information is intended to assist U.S. researchers in developing international partnerships relevant to research on the food/energy/water nexus. Additional information may be added in the future.

Belmont Forum is a partnership of funding organizations, international science councils, and regional consortia committed to the advancement of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary science. Forum operations are guided by the Belmont Challenge, a vision document that encourages: International transdisciplinary research providing knowledge for understanding, mitigating and adapting to global environmental change. In 2017 the Belmont Forum members supported a call on Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI)/ Food-Water-Energy Nexus . Future calls may include the food/energy/water nexus. Please visit the Belmont Forum opportunities page to learn more. The NSF regularly participates in the Belmont Forum and funding can be available for US investigators.

European Commission Joint Programming Initiatives (JPI) – Water , also known as the Water JPI, has a 2018 Joint Call, Closing the Water Cycle Gap – Sustainable Management of Water Resources in which a number of European, Middle Eastern and African countries are participating . Pre-proposals are anticipated to be due mid-April 2018. NSF is not currently part of the JPI framework and this opportunity does not currently provide funding support for US investigators.

European Commission Joint Programming Initiative – Agriculture, food Security and Climate Change (FACCE), also known as the FACCE JPI, has a current call called ERA-Net SusCrop that includes 18 countries in Europe, as well as Canada and Turkey. SusCrop pre-proposals are anticipated to be due early April 2018. NSF is not currently part of the JPI framework and this opportunity does not currently provide funding support for US investigators.

The Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) with 15 participating states around the Mediterranean, anticipates the launch in Feb. 2018 of several calls related to water management, farming systems, and agro-food value chain . NSF is not part of PRIMA and this opportunity does not provide funding support for US investigators.

USAID Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) provides support to researchers in developing countries who partner with US-based researchers who have active, current awards from NSF or eight other USG funders. Country-specific and region-specific calls often focus on water and food topics. USAID-PEER is NOT a source of funding for US-based researchers.

Country-specific, independent funding opportunities

The funding opportunities listed below are SEPARATE from the INFEWS solicitation ( NSF 18-545 ), but may provide opportunities to support international partners collaborating with US researchers on an INFEWS proposal.

A US NSF / NSF-China Dear Colleague Letter for joint US-China research proposals in 2017 supported teams conducting research on environmental sustainability themes related to Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS: U.S.-China). An anticipated 2018 DCL may also focus on food/energy/water nexus topics.

US-Egypt Joint Fund provides support to teams of US and Egyptian scientists working together on a range of research topics. Agriculture, energy and water are often among the research areas supported by this competitive fund.

The German Research Foundation, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), supports research in all branches of science and the humanities. Eligible researchers, based in Germany, interested in investigating the food, energy, water nexus are welcome to apply as part of the DFG’s competitive research funding process . DFG is not a source of funding for US-based investigators.

Researchers based in Germany working on topics relevant to the food, energy, water may be identified via keyword searches of the GEPRIS database, which lists research projects funded by the DFG.

The Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Taiwan will consider requests for supplemental support made by existing Taiwanese grantees who partner with NSF applicants. If an NSF proposal that includes cooperation with a Taiwanese researcher is funded by NSF, the Taiwanese researcher’s request will be considered based on review results. MOST, Taiwan provides information on supplemental funding to Taiwanese researchers . MOST, Taiwan is not a source of funding for US-based investigators.

INFEWS International Co-Funding Partnerships

There are no international collaborative co-funding opportunities available under the INFEWS solicitation at this time.

 

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The INFEWS program seeks investigations of food, energy, and water (FEW) systems that may produce discoveries that cannot emerge from research on a single system. It is the synergy among these components in the context of sustainability that will open innovative science and engineering pathways to produce new knowledge, novel technologies, and innovative predictive capabilities.


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There will be a presentation and Q&A session with INFEWS program officers from USDA/NIFA and NSF. There will also be time to identify collaborators and begin initial proposal development. Lunch will be provided.


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If you are unavailable to participate in person on this date, please contact Strategic Initiatives Manager Ana Lucia Cordova-Kreylos, [email protected] for Zoom teleconference details.

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