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To create knowledge through basic, applied, and multidisciplinary research in the relevant physical, life, and social sciences designed to expand our understanding of the Earth and its environment.

News & Updates

**In support of new Duke directives regarding NIH grants, please plan on submitting completed NIH proposals to your grants manager a minimum of 10 days in advance of institute deadlines**

New Grants Will Advance Collaborative Research by 11 Groups of Duke Faculty – Congratulations to all recipients who received funding this cycle!

The Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS) working group meet Tuesday, April 10. Three primary projects were discussed: 1) the state of energy access 2) microbial adaptation as indicators of contaminants  and 3) wastewater management. Details of the meeting can be found here. Our next meeting will be posted as soon as it is scheduled.

INFEWS Solicitation follow-up >

Resource Implementations for Data Intensive Research in the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences  (RIDIR) discussions are ongoing and it is not too late to join the proposal development group. Our grant focus is Energy Poverty. The next meeting is May 1 at 9:30AM – 10:30AM in 230L Gross Hall, SSRI.

Duke/NC State Translational Research Grant Due May 15th: emphasis on Epidemiology of environmental toxicant exposure. The Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), the academic home of the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) pilot funding program at Duke University, is partnering with NC State’s Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development (ORIED) to support new inter-institutional collaborative research teams.

The DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program has an upcoming deadline.  The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory/facility in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories/facilities Applications are due 5:00 pm ET on May 15, 2018.  Soil Microbiology, Environmental Systems Science, Atmospheric System Research, and Earth System Science are among the priority research areas. Please email Chris Erlien if you need help identifying and connecting with ORNL mentors.

Data Expeditions Call for Proposals: The Information Initiative at Duke (iiD), in partnership with the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), will support pairs of graduate students to prepare a data set for use in an undergraduate class and then assist the faculty instructor by supervising the data expedition within the class. Another useful approach is to prepare several data sets for use in illustrating the ideas behind a particular data analysis technique. Proposals are due June 1, 2018

Preparing Future Faculty June 1 deadline – open to Duke graduate students and postdocs

The RTI-Duke Global Development Initiative has convened two working groups, in energy and water, with others in development.

RTI is sponsoring a conference on global gender inequality in South Africa this October 8-9.  The abstract submission portal closes April 30. The conference offers presentation mentoring for less experienced researchers, and some travel support.   Please contact Wendee Wechsberg with any questions.

“Never too early to plan” opportunities

Rules of Life Large RFAs are expected in the near future. If you are interested, please consider an EAGER with a “Rules of Life” focus to get your research established.

Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program Limited submission, internal deadline August 1, 2018. NSF deadline November 7, 2018

Biological Oceanography Confirmed August 15, 2018

Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) Anticipated November 21 2018

DOE Environmental System Science Anticipated December 20, 2018

NSF Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) Anticipated March 5, 2019

Dimensions of Biodiversity Anticipated February 28, 2019

Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP 2.0) Anticipated March 7, 2019

Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program: Instrument Acquisition or Development Anticipated January 22, 2019

Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHSCC) Limited Submission, LOI due March 2019

Resources for Grant Writing

March 2018 Broader Impacts Workshop slides

National Alliance of Broader Impacts Guiding Principles

NSF Proposal Writing Tips

F GRANT Writing Tips

2018 NSF CAREER Workshop Carmel Lee

Making Sense of Evaluation Handbook

Evaluation and Monitoring Overview 3.28.2018

Writing Competitive AISL Proposals

Highlighted Research

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Oyster Maps

The oyster reefs dotting North Carolina’s outer banks provide tasty snacks for humans. But they are also key players in the coastal ecosystem, filtering out pollutants, providing homes for fish and stabilizing shorelines. Duke scientists are using drones to monitor the health of oyster reefs in Bird Shoal, a part of the Rachel Carson National Estuarine Research Reserve in Beaufort, NC. In this photo, researchers wade through the salty marshes of the shoal to plant targets that help orient drones flying overhead. Drone mapping software is able lock onto these targets, creating more precise maps of the oyster reefs below. Photo Credit: Duke Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab.




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