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Biocomplexity in the Environment

Included in the ERE portfolio is Biocomplexity in the Environment (BE), one of NSF's Priority Areas. The BE program is a multi-year investment designed to promote new approaches to investigating the interactivity of biota and the environment.

BE includes activities designed to foster research and education on the complex inter-dependencies among the elements of specific environmental systems and interactions of different types of systems. All kinds of organisms-from microbes to humans-fall within the BE framework, as do environments that range from frozen polar regions and volcanic vents to temperate forests and agricultural lands as well as the neighborhoods and industries of urban centers. The key connector of BE activities is complexity-the idea that research on the individual components of environmental systems provides only limited information about the behavior of the systems themselves.



Current Competition    

FY 2008 COMPETITION

The Biocomplexity in the Environment program is no longer being run as one competition but as a number of separate competitions run by different organizations within NSF.

Awards Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems

FY 2007 COMPETITIONS



The Biocomplexity in the Environment program is no longer being run as one competition but as a number of separate competitions run by different organizations within NSF.

Awards Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems


FY 2006 COMPETITIONS

The Biocomplexity in the Environment program is no longer being run as one competition but as a number of separate competitions run by different organizations within NSF. To date, two competitions have been announced.

Awards Carbon and Water in the Earth System
Awards Materials Use: Science, Engineering, and Society

FY 2005 SPECIAL COMPETITION

Biocomplexity in the Environment

This competition continues NSF support of the Biocomplexity in the Environment Priority Area and promotes comprehensive, integrated investigations of environmental systems using advanced scientific and engineering methods. The concept of biocomplexity stresses the richness of biological systems and their capacity for adaptation and self-organizing behavior. By placing biocomplexity studies in an environmental context, this competition emphasizes research with the following characteristics: (a) a high degree of interdisciplinarity; (b) a focus on complex environmental systems that includes non-human biota or humans; and (c) a focus on systems with high potential for exhibiting non-linear behavior.

• Untargeted BE Grants
• Education Supplements
• Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems
• Materials Use: Science, Engineering, and Society

DEADLINE DATES:
* No IDEA Competition in FY 05
* No CBC Competition in FY 05
* No GENEN Competition in FY 05
Untargeted BE Grants: 01/01/2005
Education Supplements: 01/01/2005
Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems: 11/17/2004
Materials Use: Science, Engineering, and Society: 02/08/2005

Awards Untargeted BE Grants
Awards Education Supplements
Awards Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems
Awards Materials Use: Science, Engineering, and Society

NSF ODS Program Announcement



FY 2004 SPECIAL COMPETITION

Biocomplexity in the Environment

This competition continues NSF support of the Biocomplexity in the Environment Priority Area and promotes comprehensive, integrated investigations of environmental systems using advanced scientific and engineering methods. The concept of biocomplexity stresses the richness of biological systems and their capacity for adaptation and self-organizing behavior. By placing biocomplexity studies in an environmental context, this competition emphasizes research with the following characteristics: (a) a high degree of interdisciplinarity; (b) a focus on complex environmental systems that includes non-human biota or humans; and (c) a focus on systems with high potential for exhibiting non-linear behavior.

• Untargeted BE Grants
• Education Supplements
• Coupled Biogeochemical Cycles
• Genome-Enabled Science and Engineering
• Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems
• Materials Use: Science, Engineering, and Society
• Instrumentation Development for Environmental Activities

DEADLINE DATES:
Untargeted BE Grants: 01/01/2005
Education Supplements: 01/01/2005
Coupled Biogeochemical Cycles: 01/22/2004
Genome-Enabled Science and Engineering: 12/17/2003
Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems: 12/03/2003
Materials Use: Science, Engineering, and Society: 02/11/2004
Instrumentation Development for Environmental Activities: 12/03/2003

Awards Untargeted BE Grants
Awards Education Supplements
Awards Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems
Awards Coupled Biogeochemical Cycles
Awards Instrumentation Development for Environmental Activities
Awards Genome-Enabled Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Awards Materials Use: Science, Engineering, and Society

NSF ODS Program Announcement


Past Competitions    

 

FY 2003 SPECIAL COMPETITION

Biocomplexity in the Environment (BE)

This special competition promotes comprehensive, integrated investigations of environmental systems using advanced scientific and engineering methods.

Awards Untargeted BE Grants
Awards Education Supplements
Awards Coupled Biogeochemical Cycles
Awards Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems
Awards Materials Use: Science, Engineering, and Society
Awards Genome-Enabled Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Awards Instrumentation Development for Environmental Activities

NSF ODS Program Announcement


FY 2002 SPECIAL COMPETITION

Biocomplexity in the Environment (BE)

This special competition promotes comprehensive, integrated investigations of environmental systems using advanced scientific and engineering methods.

Awards Untargeted BE Grants
Awards Coupled Biogeochemical Cycles (CBC)
Awards Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH)
Awards Materials Use: Science, Engineering, and Society (MUSES)
Awards Genome-Enabled Environmental Science and Engineering (GEN-EN)
Awards Instrumentation Development for Environmental Activities (IDEA)

NSF ODS Program Announcement


FY 2001 SPECIAL COMPETITION

Biocomplexity in the Environment (BE): Integrated Research and Education in Environmental Systems

This special competition promotes comprehensive, integrated investigations of environmental systems using advanced scientific and engineering methods.

The concept of biocomplexity stresses the richness of biological systems and their capacity for adaptation and self-organizing behavior. By placing biocomplexity studies in an environmental context, this competition emphasizes research with the following characteristics: (a) a high degree of interdisciplinarity; (b) a focus on complex environmental systems that include interactions of non-human biota or humans; and (c) a focus on systems with high potential for exhibiting nonlinear behavior.

Awards Coupled Biogeochemical Cycles (CBC)
Awards Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH)
Awards Genome-Enabled Environmental Science and Engineering (GEN-EN)
Awards Instrumentation Development for Environmental Activities (IDEA)

NSF ODS Program Announcement


FY 2000 SPECIAL COMPETITION

Biocomplexity Phase II: Integrated Research to Understand and Model Complexity Among Biological, Physical, and Social Systems

This special competition was the second year of a multi-year effort to enhance our
understanding of the nature and dynamics of biocomplexity in the environment. Specifically, this special competition supported integrated research to better understand and model complexity that arises from the interaction of biological, physical, and social systems. Biocomplexity arises from dynamics spanning several levels within a system, between systems, and/or across multiple spatial (microns to thousands of kilometers) and temporal (nanoseconds to eons) scales.

Awards 

NSF ODS Program Announcement


FY 1999 SPECIAL COMPETITION

Phase 1 Research on the Functional Interrelationships Between Microorganisms and Biological, Chemical, Geological, Physical, and Social Systems

A special competition to support integrated research on the functional interrelationships between microorganisms, defined here as prokaryotes (archaea and eubacteria) and unicellular eukaryotes (algae, protozoa, fungi) and the biological, chemical, geological, physical, and/or social systems that jointly comprise complex environmental systems.

Awards 

NSF ODS Program Announcement

 

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