Environmental System Science

Award Amount
$1,000,000.00
Maximum Amount
$1,000,000.00
Assistance Type
Funding Source
Implementing Entity
Due Date
Where the Opportunity is Offered
All of California
Eligible Applicant
Additional Eligibility Information
All types of applicants are eligible to apply, except nonprofit organizations described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that engaged in lobbying activities after December 31, 1995. Federally-affiliated entities must adhere to the eligibility standards below: 1. DOE/NNSA National Laboratories DOE/NNSA National Laboratories are not eligible to submit applications under this FOA but may be proposed as subawards under another organization’s application. If recommended for funding as a proposed subawardee, the value of the proposed subaward will be removed from the prime applicant’s award and will be provided to the laboratory through the DOE Field-Work Proposal System. Additional instructions for securing authorization from the cognizant Contracting Officer are found in Section VIII of this FOA. 2. Non-DOE/NNSA FFRDCs Non-DOE/NNSA FFRDCs are eligible to submit applications under this FOA but are not eligible to be proposed as subawards under another organization’s application. Instead, they must submit their own application as a team member in a multi-institutional team. If recommended for funding, either as the sole applicant or in a multi-institutional team, funding may be provided through an Inter-Agency Award to the FFRDC’s sponsoring Federal Agency. Additional instructions for securing authorization from the cognizant Contracting Officer are found in Section VIII of this FOA. 3. Other Federal Agencies Other Federal Agencies are eligible to submit applications under this FOA but are not eligible to be proposed as subawards under another organization’s application. Instead, they must submit their own application as a team member in a multi-institutional team. If recommended for funding, either as the sole applicant or in a multi-institutional team, funding may be provided through an Inter-Agency Award. Additional instructions for providing statutory authorization are found in Section VIII of this FOA.
Contact
Jennifer.arrigo@science.doe.gov
Description

The DOE SC program in Biological and Environmental Research (BER) hereby announces its interest in receiving applications for research in Environmental System Science (ESS). The goal of the ESS program in BER is to advance an integrated, robust, and scale-aware predictive understanding of terrestrial systems and their interdependent biological, chemical, ecological, hydrological and physical processes. The program seeks to develop an integrated framework using a systems approach to unravel the complex processes and controls on the structure, function, feedbacks, and dynamics of terrestrial ecosystems, spanning from the bedrock through the rhizosphere and vegetation to the atmospheric surface layer. The scope includes watersheds and coastal zones, terrestrial-aquatic interfaces, and understudied ecosystems that represent a significant knowledge gap in local and regional process models and predictive Earth system models. This FOA will consider applications that focus on measurements, experiments, field data, and modeling to provide improved understanding and representation of ecosystems and watersheds in ways that advance the sophistication and capabilities of models that span from individual processes to Earth system scales. This FOA will encompass three Science Research Areas: 1) Terrestrial-Aquatic Interfaces (TAI), specifically seeking research exploring ecological and environmental dynamics that in turn influence hydro-biogeochemical processes in zones with wide-ranging cyclic soil saturation states; 2) Perturbations and Disturbances, specifically studying watershed and ecosystem responses, feedbacks, and recovery from extremes events and chronic compounding perturbations and environmental shifts; and 3) Novel Methods for Capturing "Hot Spots" and "Hot Moments" of Biogeochemical Activity, to develop and demonstrate methodologies suitable for precisely measuring the occurrence and quantifying the magnitude of "hot spots" and/or "hot moments" in ways that are extensible to different types of watersheds, ecosystems or regions.

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