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Webinar on Jan. 30, 2019 for New Frontier Research in the Earth Sciences (FRES) Program

Matukituki River on Rob Roy glacier trail near Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand

The Matukituki River in New Zealand

January 31, 2019

Owing to the shutdown of the federal government, the webinar scheduled for Jan. 9, 2019 to address the Frontier Research in the Earth Sciences (FRES) program was not held. Therefore, we are scheduling another one for Jan. 30. No new information that does not appear in the solicitation will be provided, but this will be an opportunity to ask clarifying questions. Also, the presentation will be the same as the one held on Dec. 5, 2018.

The webinar will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 at 4 p.m. EST, with a brief overview of the program and the opportunity to ask questions. Please email by noon on January 30 to enroll in the webinar. Those who enrolled for the Jan. 9 presentation do not need to respond again.

About FRES

A solicitation was recently posted for a new program from the Division of Earth Sciences: Frontier Research in the Earth Sciences (FRES). FRES supersedes the former Integrated Earth Systems (IES) program. In addition to substantive changes in the goals of the program and eligible projects, the proposed budget for the new program is larger. The target date for submission of proposals is Feb. 21, 2019.

The FRES program will support research in Earth systems from its core through the critical zone. The project may focus on all or part of the surface, continental lithospheric, and deeper Earth systems over the entire range of temporal and spatial scales. FRES projects will typically have a larger scientific scope and budget than those considered for funding by core programs in the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR). FRES projects may be interdisciplinary studies that do not fit well within the core programs or cannot be routinely managed by sharing between core programs. Innovative proposals within a single area with results that will have broad relevance to Earth Science research are also encouraged. Investigations may employ any combination of field, laboratory, and computational studies with observational, theoretical, or experimental approaches. Projects should be focused on topics that meet the guidelines for research funded by the Division of Earth Sciences.


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