Sustainable Regional Systems Research Networks

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Where the Opportunity is Offered
All of California
Eligible Applicant
Additional Eligibility Information
*Who May Submit Proposals: Proposals may only be submitted by the following: -For-profit organizations: U.S. commercial organizations, especially small businesses with strong capabilities in scientific or engineering research or education. -Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities. -Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) - Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members.Special Instructions for International Branch Campuses of US IHEs: If the proposal includes funding to be provided to an international branch campus of a US institution of higher education (including through use of subawards and consultant arrangements), the proposer must explain the benefit(s) to the project of performance at the international branch campus, and justify why the project activities cannot be performed at the US campus. *Who May Serve as PI: There are no restrictions for the allowable organizations listed above. In addition to the organizations above, individuals from the following types of organizations can be listed on the Cover Sheet as co-PIs or Senior Personnel(but not the lead PI) as subawardees or unpaid collaborators: <ul> <li>FFRDCs: Researchers or participantsfrom federal agenciesor federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs)cannot serve as alead PI but may be supported bysubawards or participate asunpaid collaborators. Non-NSF sponsored FFRDCs are required to provide a letter of support from their agency.</li> <li>State and Local Governments:Individuals fromstate educational offices or organizations and local school districts cannot serve as a lead PIbutmay be supported bysubawards or participate asunpaid collaborators. A letter ofcollaboration from their organization is required.</li> <li>Unaffiliated Individuals: Scientists, engineers or educators in the U.S. who are U.S. citizenscannot serve as a lead PI,butmay be supported bysubawards or participate asunpaid collaborators.</li> <li>Foreign organizations: For cooperative projects involving U.S. and foreign organizations, support will only be provided for the U.S. portion. Researchers from a foreign organization cannot be PIs OR co-PIs, and must be listed as "non-funded Senior Personnel". A letter ofcollaboration from their organization is required.</li> </ul>
NSF support

The United States is made up of regional systems comprising interdependent urban and rural systems and every community category between urban and rural. Urban systems are dependent on rural systems for the provisioning of food, energy, water, and other materials and natural resources, while rural systems are dependent on urban systems for markets, manufactured goods, and medical resources. These systems are also connected by ecological processes that both influence and are influenced by human behavior. The vital interconnection of urban-rural systems underscores the critical need for the advancement of sustainable regional systems (SRS). The goal of this solicitation is to fund convergent research and education that will advance sustainable regional systems science, engineering, and education to facilitate the transformation of current regional systems to enhance sustainability. To further the advancement of SRS science, engineering, and education, NSF will support Full Scale proposals and Planning Grant proposals for Sustainable Regional Systems Research Networks (SRS RNs). Sustainable regional systems are connected urban and rural systems that are transforming their structures and processes collaboratively with the goal of measurably and equitably advancing the well-being of people and the planet. The purpose of the SRS RNs competition is to develop and support interdisciplinary, multi-organizational teams of investigators and stakeholders working collaboratively to produce cutting-edge convergent research, education, and outreach that addresses grand challenges in sustainable regional systems. SRS RNs will study multiscale regional systems to further SRS science, engineering, and education. Key elements will include new data, methods, and models to understand interactions between natural, human-built, and social systems; improved understanding of interdependencies, mutual benefits, and trade-offs of different wellbeing outcomes for humans and the environment; new and generalizable theories of change relevant to SRS;theco-production of knowledge; andexploration of conceptsof social equity in sustainable regional systems across spatial and temporal scales. SRS RN outcomes will have the potential to inform societal actions for sustainability across urban systems and the connected rural communities that make up regional systems. Subject to availability of funds and quality of proposals, this SRS RN solicitation will support projects in the following categories: SRS RNsFull Scale Awards (Track 1). These awards will supportfundamental convergent research, education, and outreach that addressesengineering, environmental (biology, chemistry - including sensing, chemical analytics, and recyclable plastics, atmospheric sciences, hydrology, geology), computer anddata sciences, and social and behavioral sciences ofsustainable regional systems in partnerships thatmay embrace universities, colleges, practitioners, non-profit organizations, local governments, industry, and community groups. The award size is up to $15 million totalwith a duration of 5 years. SRS RNs PlanningGrants (Track 2). These awards are for capacity building to prepareproject teams to propose future well-developed SRS RN Full Scale (Track 1) proposals. Each of these Track 2 awards will provide support fora period of one year and may be requested at a level not to exceed$150,000 for the total budget. SRS RNs will conduct innovative and pioneering fundamental research and education that is of a scale and complexity that would not be possible within a single organization, center, or through the normal collaborative modes of NSF research support in core programs.

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