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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

The Office of Research Development works closely with Communications and ODAR to promote Nicholas School research – check out our latest summary of  research in Coastal and Marine Systems

The March 2019 Faculty Funding blast and archived opportunities can be found here

Planning to use Nicki Cagle’s Environmental Science Summer Program (ESSP) as a Broader Impact in your NSF grant? Download a template describing the program here.

Duke Internal Opportunities

Planning Grants available to support Collaborative Proposals for External FundingThe Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) is pleased to announce a planning-grant program to support planning and development of competitive, large-scale collaborative proposals for significant external funding. OVPR Planning Grants aim to enhance interactions between faculty and lower the barriers to planning and creating large research proposals by providing funds to bring colleagues together. Funds can be requested/used to host planning meetings, design workshops, defray collaborator travel costs, or similar activities. Grants are provided with the expectation that an application to an external funding opportunity will result within 18 months from the time the OVPR Planning Grant is awarded. Planning grant proposals are accepted on a rolling basis via email to cfreel@duke.edu and are reviewed by the Vice Provost for Research and school leaders.


Convergence Opportunities

To learn more about research convergence the following resources are available: Examples of ConvergenceNSF Characteristics of Convergence, What is Convergence?

Growing Convergence Research (GCR), National Science Foundation, Due May 8, 2019: In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) unveiled a set of “Big Ideas”, 10 bold, long-term research and process ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering. The Big Ideas represent unique opportunities to position our Nation at the cutting edge of global science and engineering leadership by bringing together diverse disciplinary perspectives to support convergence research. As such, when responding to this solicitation, even though proposals must be submitted to the Office of Integrative Activities, once received, the proposals will be managed by a cross-disciplinary team of NSF Program Directors.

Addressing the Etiology of Health Disparities and Health Advantages Among Immigrant Populations. R01 Due Dates: Feb. 5, Jun. 5, Oct. 5. R21 Due Dates: Feb. 16, Jun. 16, Oct. 16

Call for Proposals: Integrating Biology and Social Science Knowledge (BioSS) Russell Sage Foundation Due May 23, 2019

United Nations (UN) Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)
Powering the Future We Want” (See Supporting Poverty Eradication and Promoting Prosperity in RFA) offers a grant in the amount of one million US dollars to fund future capacity development activities in energy for sustainable development. Each grant cycle year, the one million US dollar grant is awarded to an individual, institution or partnership, based on their past and current achievements. Deadline to be announced soon.

Propose a Pursuit: The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) invites proposals for collaborative team-based synthesis research (Pursuits) under the following three Themes:
– Water, People, and Ecosystems
– Social and Environmental Dimensions of the Food-Energy-Water Nexus
– Sudden or Unexpected Events: Environmental Recovery, Reorganization or Restoration.
Due May 15, 2019

NSF CNH2: Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems

Synopsis: The CNH2 Program supports research projects that advance basic scientific understanding of integrated socio-environmental systems and the complex interactions (dynamics, processes, and feedbacks) within and among the environmental (biological, physical and chemical) and human (“socio”) (economic, social, political, or behavioral) components of such a system.  The program seeks proposals that emphasize the truly integrated nature of a socio-environmental system versus two discrete systems (a natural one and a human one) that are coupled.

Amount: CNH2 Large Research Projects: 2-5 yrs of funding at $750K-$1.6M; CNH2 Small Research Projects: 2-5 yrs of support at $150K-750K; Research Coordination Networks (CNH2-RCNs): may receive support for 4 or 5 yrs, not to exceed $500K for the total budget over the duration, including direct and indirect costs

Deadlines: LOI (required) due 9/17/19; full proposal due 11/15/19

Research Experiences for Undergraduates  (REU): The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects. Due May 24, 2019

The Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) supports genome-scale research that addresses challenging questions of biological, societal and economic importance. Deadline: Full Proposal Accepted Anytime

Do you have NSF funding through EHR, ENG, OAC/CISE? NSF has identified improvement of graduate student preparedness for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce as one of its priorities. As part of this effort, a supplemental funding opportunity (Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN) Supplemental Funding) is available to provide support for non-academic research internships for graduate students to support career opportunities in any sector of the U.S. economy. NSF will provide support for supplements to current NSF grants awarded by the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR), Directorate for Engineering (ENG), and Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) within the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), to enhance professional development opportunities for graduate students. Due June 2019.

“Never too early to plan” opportunities

Improvements in Facilities, Communications, and Equipment at Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSML) Continuous submissions

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships Anticipated to open August 2019

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

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program July 17-19, 2019

Environmental Engineering Due August 15, 2019

Resources for Grant Writing

March 2018 Broader Impacts Workshop slides

National Alliance of Broader Impacts Guiding Principles

Duke SMIF for Broader Impacts and Outreach

NSF Proposal Writing Tips

F GRANT Writing Tips

2018 NSF CAREER Workshop Carmel Lee

NSF CAREER toolkit 7-1-18 Duke OVPR, Office of Campus Research Development

Making Sense of Evaluation Handbook

Evaluation and Monitoring Overview 3.28.2018

Writing Competitive AISL Proposals

Data Management Best Practices ORNL

Highlighted Research


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