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The Nicholas School of the Environment Research Mission:

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

NIH Directive: Duke has created a website with detailed instructions and FAQ for faculty and staff: http://grantsupport.duke.edu. Once completed (12-18 months), the policy changes will affect ALL research conducted at Duke and will not be limited to NIH. To remain in compliance with ORS, please plan on submitting completed NIH proposals to your grants manager a minimum of 10 days in advance of institute deadlines.  Duke intends to broadly address the challenges we face in three critical areas of research:

  1. Policy and Procedure
  2. Organizational Design
  3. Scientific Oversight (scientific integrity)

Research Quality: For those of you who missed the Rigor and Reproducibility panel discussion (now archived), please take a few minutes to consider how you personally address Research Quality in your environment, particularly in your training of students. Informal, day-to-day interactions are often the most powerful way to infuse a culture of research quality. Conversations as a lab or one-on-one, “Research in Progress” seminars and strong data management practices were discussed as tools for increasing research quality. Major barriers to research quality include the pressure to succeed, financial burden to reproduce/repeat experiments, lack of transparency, working in isolation and the complexity of experimental methodology.

Nature Volume 557 Issue 7705, 17 May 2018 “How to Grow Healthy Labs” Nature explores how the working environment shapes research quality and morale — and what can be done to strengthen the research enterprise.

Early Career Scientist grant funding for travel  to Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia. Due date June 17, 2018.

Wiley Visiting Scientists: The Wiley Visiting Scientist Program aims to recognize, reward and encourage distinguished scientists to come to the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) for extended periods of time and make significant contributions to the EMSL user program by providing input to and recommendations on the path forward for EMSL. These visits could be short term (up to 3 months) or long term (up to one year). Deadlines. Applications will be considered quarterly, with the following deadlines: January 31, April 30, July 31, and October 31 of each year. An applicant may propose a visit up to 1 year in advance. Read about past and current Wiley Visiting Scientists.

NFWF’s Seabird Initiative works to enhance the viability of seabird populations by increasing their survival and reproduction to levels that will allow for long-term sustainability. It focuses on two broad geographic areas: the Caribbean and the Pacific. Business plans for each of these regions emphasize specific species, strategies and geographies. Pre-Proposal Due Date:   June 7, 2018 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time  Full Proposal Due Date:   August 16, 2018 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Merck Family Fund  is currently funding 4 programs, Conserving Ecologically Valuable Land, Making Paper Production Sustainable, Reducing CO2 Emissions through Energy Efficiency and Carbon Pricing and Urban Farming and Youth Leadership. November 2018 decision deadlines: LOI by July 16, 2018 at 5 pm EST. Full proposal no later than July 30, 2018 at 5 pm EST.

“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.

MacroSystems Biology and Early NEON Science Anticipated October 15, 2018

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

Data Management Best Practices ORNL

Highlighted Research

Duke researchers find that algae could be used to combat climate change






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