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SEES FY 2012 Activities

FY 12 Program Opportunities

  • Sustainability Energy Pathways (NSF 11-590)

    SEP calls for innovative, interdisciplinary basic research in SEES by teams of researchers for developing systems approaches to sustainable energy pathways based on a comprehensive understanding of the scientific, technical, environmental, economic, and societal issues. The SEP solicitation considers scalable approaches for sustainable energy conversion to useful forms, as well as its storage, transmission, distribution, and use.

    Deadline: February 1, 1012

  • Sustainability Research Networks (NSF 11-574)

    Sustainability Research Networks will engage and explore fundamental theoretical issues and empirical questions in sustainability science, engineering, and education that will increase our understanding of the ultimate sustainability challenge - maintaining and improving the quality of life for the nation within a healthy Earth system. The goal of the Sustainability Research Networks (SRN) competition is to support the development and coalescence of entities to advance collaborative research that addresses questions and challenges in sustainability science, engineering, and education.

    Preliminary Proposals: December 1, 2011
    Full Proposals: April 1, 2012

  • Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows (SEES Fellows) (NSF 11-575)

    Through SEES Fellows, NSF seeks to enable the discoveries needed to inform actions that lead to environmental, energy and societal sustainability while creating the necessary workforce to address these challenges. The program's emphasis is to facilitate investigations that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and address issues of sustainability through a systems approach, building bridges between academic inquiry, economic growth, and societal needs.

    Deadline: December 5, 2011

  • Water, Sustainability and Climate (NSF 11-551)

    This activity enables interagency cooperation on one of the most pressing problems of the millennium--water sustainability --how it is likely to affect our world, and how we can proactively plan for its consequences. It 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.

    Deadline: October 19, 2011
  • Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (NSF 11-612)

    The Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) Program promotes interdisciplinary analyses of relevant human and natural system processes and complex interactions among human and natural systems at diverse scales.

    Deadline: November 15, 2011

  • Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) (NSF 11-025)

    NSF’s Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program has released a Dear Colleague Letter announcing that the FY 2011-2012 PIRE competition will be focused exclusively on the NSF-wide investment area of Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES). For more information about this funding opportunity, please visit the PIRE homepage at:

  • Research Coordination Networks (RCN) (NSF 11-531)

    The goal of the RCN program is to advance a field or create new directions in research or education. Groups of investigators will be supported to communicate and coordinate their research, training and educational activities across disciplinary, organizational, geographic and international boundaries. RCN provides opportunities to foster new collaborations, including international partnerships, and address interdisciplinary topics.

    Deadlines (SEES Track): May 24, 2011; February 3, 2012

  • Ocean Acidification (NSF 12-500)

    The goal of this solicitation is to understand a) the geochemistry and biogeochemistry of ocean acidification; b) how ocean acidification interacts with biological and physical processes at the organismal level, and how such interactions impact the structure and function of ecosystems; and c) how the earth system history informs our understanding of the effects of ocean acidification on the present day and future ocean.

    Deadline: January 6, 2012
  • Decadal and Regional Climate Prediction Using Earth System Models (EaSM) (NSF 12-522)

    EaSM focuses on the prediction of future climates and their consequences for human systems on time scales of several decades and shorter and global to regional and finer spatial scales.

    Deadline: May 11, 2012
  • Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP) Program, Phase II (NSF 12-523)

    The Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP) program seeks to establish a coordinated national network of regionally- or thematically-based partnerships devoted to increasing the adoption of effective, high quality educational programs and resources related to the science of climate change and its impacts.

    Deadlines: Letters of Intent (Required) , January 24, 2012; Full Proposals, March 21, 2012

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