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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

New! Honda Marine Science Foundation is now accepting Letters of Intent for the next round of grant funding for projects that advance the understanding and/or implementation of living shorelines. Living shorelines include natural approaches to protecting coastal habitats and communities (“community” is interpreted broadly beyond strictly geographical parameters). Living shorelines provide habitat value, enhance coastal resilience, and boost ecosystem services. Please visit https://www.honda.com/marine-science-foundation for more information on how to submit a Letter of Intent. Deadline is October 1, 2018

Piedmont South Atlantic Coast CESU — Investigate effects of oil and gas extraction activities. Deadline: Sep. 14, 2018

Competition for a Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration Due September 18, 2018

Cooperative Research Program (CRP): The Cooperative Research Program (CRP) provides opportunity to compete for financial assistance for projects seeking to improve and strengthen the relationship between fisheries researchers from NMFS, state fishery agencies, and universities and the U.S. fishing industry (recreational and commercial) in the Gulf of Mexico (FL, AL, MS, LA, TX), South Atlantic (FL, NC, SC, GA) and Caribbean (USVI and Puerto Rico). The program bolsters partnerships by providing a way for involving commercial and recreational fishermen in the collection of fundamental fisheries information in support of management and regulatory options. Due September 21, 2018

Thriving Communities Grants 5 – Gulf Research  The Gulf Research Program (covering the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas) seeks to help bridge the gap between the knowledge and practice of community resilience.  An LOI is required for this funding opportunity.
July 25, 2018: Online LOI submission opens, LOI Due Sept 19, 2018, 5:00pm ET
Full Proposal: September 20, 2018: Online full proposal submission opens (ONLY open to applicants who submitted an LOI) Full proposal due November 28, 2018, 5:00pm ET

North Carolina Sea Grant: NC Sea Grant-Space Grant Graduate Fellowship North Carolina Sea Grant and North Carolina Space Grant are inviting applications for their third joint Graduate Research Fellowship Program. The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.

The Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation Endowment Fund Due Sept. 28, 2018

National Geographic Society program personally encourages all Nicholas School faculty and students to apply for early career and explorer grants. Their next deadline is October 3. Their specific request is for research projects that fall within the context of the “human element of sustainability” in the areas of water, food, energy, waste management and green areas within urban areas. Within these areas they do have a quite a bit funded within energy and waste management but do have more capacity to fund water, food and green space. They view projects favorably when they are cross-cutting with other major areas of emphasis such as pristine seas, species recovery, etc.. They are specifically looking for research that focuses on the human journey and takes a sociology approach – research that defines the human-environment interaction. They will fund US-based studies but also prioritize Latin America, S & SE Asia, India and Africa. Global projects must include capacity building. The budget for explorer grants is 30K but can go higher if the project is compelling. If you have students please encourage them to apply for the early career grants (10K budget).

TriCEM Funding – Applications Due by Oct. 5. Tringle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM) is inviting proposals in the following areas:  Seed Grants, Graduate Awards, and Working Groups.

John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program (Prescott Grant Program. NOAA NMFS’ Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program is directed under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) to facilitate the collection and dissemination of reference data on stranded marine mammals and health trends of marine mammal populations in the wild. Deadline: Oct. 17, 2018

Migratory Bird Joint Ventures (Black Duck Joint Venture) Due October 19, 2018

NSF Alan T. Waterman Award (Nominations Requested) The annual award recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by the National Science Foundation. In addition to a medal, the awardee receives a grant of $1,000,000 over a five year period for scientific research or advanced study in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, social, or other sciences at the institution of the recipient’s choice. Deadline for Nominations: Oct. 22, 2018

Marine Fisheries Initiative (MARFIN). Due October 23, 2018

Community-Based Marine Debris Removal Due October 29, 2018

Shenandoah National Park Trust Research Grant. Funding Agency: National Park Service. Applications for the Shenandoah National Park Trust research fellowship program to facilitate and encourage scientific research in Shenandoah National Park will be accepted from September 15 to October 31, 2018.

Sasakawa Program Fund– Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF). Offers grants in three program areas: Toward New Ocean Governance, Realization of World Peace and Security, and Solving Diverse Problems of the Planet. Due Date: October 31, 2018

Jefferson Science Fellows Program Funding Agency: National Academies. Open to tenured faculty. Due October 31, 2018

Wiley Visiting Scientists: Due October 31.

NSF call for Research Coordination Networks (RCNs) for Driving Convergent Science in the Critical Zone. Due November 1, 2018

Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Due November 6, 2018

Research Network on Telomeres as Sentinels of Environmental Exposures, Psychosocial Stress, and Disease Susceptibility. Letter of Intent Due Date(s): November 3, 2018, Application Due Date(s): December 3, 2018

Opportunities for Promoting Understanding Through Synthesis (OPUS) Due November 19, 2018.

$500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize. The Lemelson-MIT Prize for invention seeks to highlight the pivotal role inventive activity plays in the achievement of positive social, cultural and economic goals. Deadline for Nominations: Nov. 30, 2018

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory — Linus Pauling Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is known for delivering transformational science and technology and accelerating the rate of innovation in energy, environment, and national security Deadline: Dec. 1, 2018

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

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching: The Duke University Graduate School created the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching to celebrate and honor exemplary teaching by currently enrolled PhD students who are engaged in teaching Duke undergraduate or graduate students. Each spring, The Graduate School recognizes up to three graduate students who best exemplify the characteristics of effective college teaching as they prepare for lives of service, leadership, and teaching. LOI due Wednesday, November 22, 2018.

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

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

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

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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