NSF opportunity for fundamental research by US-China teams on environmental sustainability
November 19, 2019
The NSF Engineering Directorate (ENG) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Department of Engineering and Material Sciences and Department of Geosciences are partnering to encourage joint research by U.S.-China teams collaborating 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.
In FY 2020, NSF seeks research proposals from joint U.S.-China teams in the environmental sustainability themes of Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS: U.S.-China):
- quantitative and computational modeling of a FEW system, and
- innovative human and technological solutions to critical FEW systems problems.
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) 2020, its budget is $8.3 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 50,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.
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