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NSF and China encourage joint research on sustainability challenges

August 1, 2017

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) are partnering to encourage collaborations by U.S. - China teams on fundamental research that addresses critical environmental sustainability challenges.

Among nations, the U.S. and China have the two largest economies on Earth and also have important engineering, technology, business and trade relationships with each other. Both nations face significant environmental sustainability challenges, for example in the food-energy-water (FEW) nexus, urban sustainability, global change, and manufacturing. Fundamental research is needed to provide the foundational knowledge for addressing these challenges.

Please read NSF Dear Colleague Letter: NSF/NSFC Joint Research on Environmental Sustainability Challenges (NSF 17-099) for information on proposal submission and sustainability research themes in "Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS: U.S.-China)."

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2017, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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