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. 

Learn more in Dear Colleague Letter: NSF/NSFC Joint Research on Environmental Sustainability Challenges (NSF 20-019)

The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2020 budget of $8.3 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

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