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SEES Portfolio

Updated:1 February 2011

NSF established the Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES) portfolio in FY 2010 in order to enable research and education activities that will build the foundation for decision capabilities and technologies aimed at mitigating and adapting to environmental change that threatens sustainability.

Initial efforts focused on coordinating a suite of research and education programs at the intersection of climate and environment, including specific attention to incorporating human dimensions. As a result, five new multidisciplinary, cross-directorate solicitations were issued as part of the Climate Research Investment in FY 2010 (see SEES FY 2010 Activities). This was a natural extension of NSF’s involvement in the U. S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), which foreshadowed the further development of a broader SEES portfolio in FY 2011 (see SEES FY 2011 Activities).

Major drivers for establishing and expanding the NSF SEES portfolio, include the August 2009 National Science Board Report Building a Sustainable Energy Future and the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report: Climate Change 2007. NSF is working across directorates and offices to coordinate and grow its portfolio of research and education efforts associated with climate, energy, and sustainability.

In FY 2011, NSF is highlighting the connections among elements of the SEES portfolio and the development of human capital for SEES-related research by funding projects on sustainability themes that integrate the social, natural, and engineering sciences. As an investment portfolio, SEES supports research and education that spans ten NSF Directorates and Offices.

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