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Centers for Research and Innovation in Science, the Environment and Society Varies

The U.S. National Science Foundation seeks to build research capacity and infrastructure to address complex and compounding national and global crises whose solutions require a human-centered approach. To help generate effective and long-lasting solutions that benefit the entire U.S. public, NSF is providing this funding opportunity to inform possible future Centers for Research and Innovation in Science, the Environment and Society (CRISES). The envisioned centers will catalyze new research and research-based innovations to address seemingly intractable problems that confront our society. They will develop evidence-based solutions that address fundamental quality-of-life issues, such as those involving the environment, extreme weather and sustainability; workforce and the economy; equity and access to opportunities; and well-being. CRISES supports planning, conference and EAGER proposals to catalyze ideas that will potentially inform or serve as the basis for a larger, center-scale program. This opportunity supports researchers in the social, behavioral and economic sciences who use empirical methods to grapple with crises that impact individuals, families, organizations, regions, nations or our entire planet. The Centers for Research in Science, the Environment and Society initiative invites proposals to take the first steps toward developing large-scale interdisciplinary research activities that will address today’s crises and ultimately enhance people’s quality of life. NSF's Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate supports research to understand the social and behavioral aspects of our rapidly changing world and how these issues are affected by our social, economic and natural environments. Fundamental and use-inspired research supported by the directorate advances our understanding of people, organizations and society, while revealing emerging opportunities to address challenges affecting our ability to live healthy and productive lives.

Women’s Risk and Need Assessment (WRNA) $100,000.00

Over a period of 10 years, the Women’s Risk and Need Assessment (WRNA) was developed based on Canadian research that stressed the importance of assessing and addressing dynamic risk factors and gender-responsive research and theory, including research suggesting that women’s pathways to criminal legal involvement is different from men’s [ChesneyLind, 1997; Daly, 1992]. The research also summarizes the gender-responsive tools that are available for managing and supervising women in various correctional settings [Bloom, Owen, & Covington, 2003; Buell, Modley, & Van Voorhis, 2011; Covington, 1998, 2000]. The premise for the development of the WRNA was that tools currently in use generally over-classified (and on some occasions under-classified) women, and therefore inappropriately assigned them to institutional placement or housing and did not match services and programs to their actual risk and need. Further, services and programs were often not available, as there had been no accurate determination for their need, an outcome based on tools that often overlooked issues more salient to women. Therefore, the mandated completion of assessment and classification tools often became a “paperwork” exercise, and ultimately the assessments were filed away and not used to guide decision-making. Today, the WRNA, a tool that appropriately accounts for women’s risk and need, has been applied nationally and internationally for assessment and case planning with women who are at various points of involvement with the correctional system, from pretrial to community supervision.

Dosage Capacity Building and Toolkit Development $150,000.00

THIS IS NOT A REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS. This announcement is to provide notice of NIC to make an award without full competition.

Cultural Affairs Small Grants Program $15,000.00

The U.S. Embassy Tashkent Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce a request for Statements of Interest (SOI) for projects that strengthen people-to-people ties between the United States and Uzbekistan through art, culture, sport, and women’s empowerment programs. This is a two-part process. Applicants should first submit a SOI to Tashkent-Program@state.gov. This is not a full proposal, but a concise statement designed to clearly communicate the program idea, its objectives, and budget outline, before the development of a full proposal application. SOIs must include an American cultural element, or connection with American expert(s), organization(s), or institution(s) to promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives. Competitive SOIs will promote continued/sustainable cooperation between the people of the United States and Uzbekistan even after the project concludes through one or more priority area. Priority program areas:Arts, culture, and sportsWomen’s empowermentAll Statements of Interest should address the following areas:1. Explain the problem your project will address and why this project is needed.2. Give a short summary that outlines your proposed project.3. List your project goal and objectives. The “goal” describes what the project is intended to achieve. The “objectives” refer to the intermediate accomplishments on the way to the goals. These should be achievable and measurable.4. Describe a sample project activity and how it will help achieve the objectives.5. Describe the expected results of the program.6. Provide a short, but clear overview of expected costs/expenses associated with the project activities. PDS will review SOIs and invite selected applicants to expand their ideas into full proposal applications in the second round. Additional details can be found in Related Documents.

FY 2023 U.S. Speaker Program $3,809,000.00

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announces an open competition to support the Office of U.S. Speaker Program. U.S. public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 U.S.C. 501 (c)(3) may submit proposals to provide administrative and programmatic support for the U.S. Speaker Program. Through this cooperative agreement, ECA plans to support approximately 700 programs annually engaging all regions of the world.For over 40 years, the Office of the U.S. Speaker Program has built lasting and sustained relations with U.S. citizen experts and foreign interlocutors that serve the American people. To accomplish this goal, the U.S. Speaker Program recruits dynamic American experts for in-person and/or virtual exchanges. All U.S. speakers are U.S. citizens. Through the Program, diverse American professionals establish and sustain linkages with foreign audiences and institutions, which directly contribute to economic and educational opportunities in the United States and around the world. The U.S. Speaker Program works with U.S. embassies and consulates to produce impactful traveling programs ranging from three days to three weeks in length and virtual programs, which can take place on a single specified date and time and may be part of a continuing series. Programmatic formats include lectures, workshops, seminars, and training series. Only one proposal will be considered by ECA from each applicant organization. In cases where more than one submission from an applicant appears in grants.gov, ECA will only consider the submission made closest in time to the NOFO deadline; that submission would constitute the one and only proposal ECA would review from that applicant. Please see the full announcement for additional information.

FY 2023 Community Engagement Exchange Program $6,000,000.00

The Office of Citizen Exchanges in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs invites proposal submissions for the FY 2023 Community Engagement Exchange Program (CEE) in Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, and the Western Hemisphere. U.S. public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3) may submit proposals to conduct this international civic leadership exchange program. Initiated in 2020, the CEE Program is a bold new global initiative to support approximately 115-120 passionate emerging leaders, ages 21-27, from over 100 countries around the world working at the nexus of public, private, and non-profit sectors to address public concerns and improve the quality of community. These CEE Fellows undertake a professional practicum with placements in public institutions, government offices, social incubators, businesses, or non-profit organizations. At their practicums, Fellows work with professional American counterparts and seasoned civil society and community leaders, called CEE Host Supervisors, on pre-defined substantive issues of mutual interest. In addition to the professional practicum, Fellows engage in robust leadership training, service-learning, and opportunities to transform ideas into actionable community projects in their home countries. The program also supports overseas travel for approximately 25-30 American participants from U.S. host organizations and approximately 20 global leadership professionals known as CEE Specialists, including alumni of U.S. government programs, to work with CEE Fellows on community engagement projects of mutual interest in the United States and overseas. In particular, the CEE Specialists provide mentorship and guidance to Fellows related to their program theme, geographic region, and acclimation to USG programming. CEE promotes a global civil society eco-system by building a network of emerging and seasoned civil society and community leaders in the United States and around the world through international exchanges, civic leadership education, innovative community initiatives, and civil society projects that maximize the program’s reach and amplify local, regional, and global impact. Only one proposal will be considered by ECA from each applicant organization. In cases where more than one submission from an applicant appears in grants.gov, ECA will only consider the submission made closest in time to the NOFO deadline; that submission would constitute the one and only proposal ECA would review from that applicant. Please see the full announcement for additional information.

Evaluating Physical, Chemical, and Biological Impacts from the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project $151,000.00

As part of the SHEP, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) prepared a Monitoring and Adaptive Management Plan (MAMP) that outlines numerous projects and processes that will be carried out to assess project-induced impacts on the environment. One project, or component of the MAMP, included creating a baseline data bank. This data collection, integration, and analysis was initiated in September 2013 and drew upon prior research, readily available data, and new research in the Savannah River Basin and Estuary, located in Georgia and South Carolina, to develop and implement a web-based geographic information system (GIS), which is accessible to the public (http://www.shep.uga.edu/#&panel1-1). This information includes data on the resources of concern such as water quality, fisheries, groundwater, wetlands, etc. Monitoring data and the data integration/analysis conducted as part of the work will be used to evaluate the physical, chemical and biological impacts of the SHEP as discussed in the MAMP. Data will be used to assess the effectiveness of the mitigation features that will be constructed as part of the SHEP to ensure the levels of environmental effects predicted in the Environmental Impact Statement are not exceeded. A. Program Description/Objective: (brief description of the anticipated work) To evaluate the effectiveness of the mitigation features constructed for the SHEP, data must be collected to establish a baseline databank. In addition to the data that will be generated from various pre-construction monitoring studies, existing data on resources in Savannah Harbor must be collected. A literature search would be conducted to identify previous applicable surveys and projects. In addition to locating existing data, resources such as, but not limited to, USACE published reports and surveys that would contain data useful in establishing the SHEP post-construction impacts will be reviewed. Data for resources of concern such as water quality, fisheries, groundwater, wetlands, etc. would be collected. The data will be combined with SHEP monitoring data and integrated into an existing online GIS and web portal.

Cooperative Agreement for affiliated Partner with Southern Appalachian Mountains Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) $490,000.00

The US Geological Survey (USGS) is offering a funding opportunity to a CESU partner for research on submarine and sublacustrine slope stability that will make use of newly collected sediment cores and high-resolution multibeam bathymetry and geophysical data from subduction zones. Specifically, seek to understand how the mechanical strength properties and source characteristics of marine and lake sediment influences slope stability along earthquake prone active margins through a cross-disciplinary collaboration. The USGS is interested in investigating the response of submarine and sublacustrine sediment to earthquake shaking by measuring the geomechanical properties of sediment samples collected along subduction zone margins and applying these parameters to numerical simulations of submarine/sublacustrine slope stability. Systematic characterization of seafloor/lakefloor sediments and comparison with submarine/sublacustrine landslide distribution will allow improved assessment of earthquake shaking proxies and ground motion hazard predictions. The goals of this study are part of the Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program (CMHRP) mission to identify and characterize coastal and marine geohazards (earthquakes, tsunamis, and landslides) and to develop probabilistic hazard assessments for the nation. In addition, results from this study will provide information and data valuable to the offshore wind energy industry as some of the study area falls within newly released lease areas.

Machine Learning (ML) of Forest Stand Metrics to Quantify Carbon Storage $150,000.00

This research project focuses on quantifying basic forest stand metrics through the application of ML to remotely sensed data. The project will leverage global data to develop understanding of forest growth and successional conditions at a local level. Numerous environmental variables and forest inventory data must be incorporated to train ML algorithms on high performance computing systems (HPCs) to achieve resolutions that lead to understanding of carbon stores at a local level (e.g., a single DOD installation). Knowing that understanding dominant forest habitat type and forest volume (as calculated from tree height, diameter, and density) will yield significant understanding to forest carbon storage, the purpose of this work is to demonstrate that basic forest inventory metrics (e.g., tree diameter and density) may be effectively quantified from ML. The Government is not expecting the periods of performances to overlap. Objectives: The objectives of the project for the initial year are as follows:1. Develop technical team and identify initial study area(s) of interest.2. Develop and test a proof of concept outlining novel methods to quantify basic forest stand metrics.3. Compile a repository of forest inventory data from national and international partners. 4. Validate accuracy of resulting, prototype forest stand metrics. The objectives of the project for Optional Year 1 are as follows:1. Expand the study area(s) and refine the prototype novel methods (developed during initial year) to quantify basic forest stand metrics.2. If required, expand the repository of forest inventory data from national and international partners to cover the second year’s study area.3. Validate accuracy of resulting, large area forest stand metrics by prioritized areas of interest. 4. Generate peer-reviewed journal article with ERDC researchers to describe the application of novel methodologies to quantify basic forest stand metrics developed during initial year of the project. The objectives of the project for Optional Year 2 are as follows:1. Conduct a final accuracy assessment and if required, refine the established methods to increase basic forest stand metric accuracy.2. Generate a peer-reviewed journal article(s) in conjunction with ERDC researchers integrating all study conclusions.3. Develop and present public seminars based on study findings. Successful applicants should have expert knowledge of: 1) forestry, natural resources, and carbon storage; 2) field data collection capabilities; 3) compiling national and global forest inventory databases; 4) experience developing novel approaches to machine learning of forest characteristics. Areas of expertise that may be required in combination to perform this study include:1) Capacity to collect and/or compile forest inventory data at up to global scales.2) Advanced computing capabilities for ML applications to characterize forest metrics.3) Development of novel ML approaches to improve forest inventory, forest characterization, and/or forest carbon storage research with local and global applications.

International Science and Engineering Online Training. $10,000.00

U.S. Embassy Tokyo’s Public Affairs Section announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program to address International Science and Engineering Online Training. Please follow all instructions below. 1. Priority Region: Japan 2. Program Objectives: U.S. and Japanese economic competitiveness are strengthened through technological advances. Cooperation on science, technology, and engineering benefits both the United States and Japan by spurring innovation and promoting high standard economic growth. This program targets the next generation of leaders in Japan-U.S. technology cooperation. Strong English language communication skills are essential for young people to pursue global careers in STEM fields. Particularly in Japan, however, there are great challenges meeting this goal. This project will support Japanese student participation in the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), a leading international science fair organized yearly by the Washington, D.C. based Society for Science. Each May, more than 1800 students from around the world compete for numerous awards during ISEF, the world’s largest international pre-college STEM competition and a magnet for the next generation of innovators. To bolster Japanese student participation, this project will hold a series of the virtual laboratory counselling sessions over three months for 20 high school STEM students and their coaches from all over the country. This training will strengthen the students’ English communication skills to enhance their participation in then ISEF. Each counselling/training will be held monthly and lead by an ISEF alumnus who can share their experiences and advice regarding the competition. 3. Participants and Audiences: The Embassy will only consider proposals that are geared toward Japanese audiences, in this case high school and university students. If applying from outside of Japan, we highly recommend potential applicants to collaborate and coordinate with project partners in Japan to implement the requested program successfully.