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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 November Faculty Funding blast and archived opportunities can be found here

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

Duke Internal Opportunities

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, 2018.2019

Faculty Teaching/Research Enhancement Grants Request for Proposals: This grant competition seeks to give Duke faculty members a chance to acquire additional skills, knowledge, or experiences outside/beyond their main discipline that will enhance their capacity to carry out original research and/or provide excellent learning experiences for Duke students. Supported activities include: a cognate training workshop; field work opportunity that includes specific training; short-term engagement with a community organization relevant to a new line of research; and travel to meet with a leading scholar or group of scholars working in an area highly relevant to the applicant’s scholarly growth or teaching trajectory.
Deadline: Nov. 19.

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.

2019 Collaboratories are open. Together Duke has targeted three challenges that reflect societal relevance, internal capacities for reflection and action, and alignment with Duke’s strategic priorities: 1) Energy and Water Resources 2) Race, Religion and Citizenship 3) Population Health.  Due date is February 15, 2019

Convergence Opportunities

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

Opportunities for Promoting Understanding Through Synthesis (OPUSDue November 19, 2018.

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

Understanding the Rules of Life: Epigenetics Due February 1, 2019

NSF Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) Due February 14, 2019

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

Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) Program Anticipated deadline Jan 23, 2019 
CNH supports interdisciplinary research that examines human and natural system processes and the complex interactions among human and natural systems at diverse scales. Research projects to be supported by CNH must include analyses of four different components: (1) the dynamics of a natural system; (2) the dynamics of a human system; (3) the processes through which the natural system affects the human system; and (4) the processes through which the human system affects the natural system.

NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity. Due Feb 28, 2019. This campaign promotes novel integrative approaches to fill the most substantial gaps in our understanding of the diversity of life on Earth. It takes a broad view of biodiversity, and focuses on the intersection of genetic, phylogenetic, and functional dimensions of biodiversity. Successful proposals must integrate these three dimensions to understand interactions and feedbacks among them.

Wildfire Risk Reduction / Wildfire Response Due December 21, 2018

Department of Commerce National Competitive Harmful Algal Bloom Programs Synopsis: The purpose of this document is to advise the public that NOAA/NOS/National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science/Competitive Research Program (CRP) is soliciting proposals for the Monitoring and Event Response for Harmful Algal Blooms (MERHAB) and the Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms (ECOHAB) Research Programs.

  • MERHAB: It is anticipated that up to approximately $2,500,000 may be available in Fiscal Year 2019 for the first year for all MERHAB projects combined. Approximately 7 to 9 projects are expected to be funded at the level of approximately $200,000 to $600,000 per year per proposal. Projects are expected to last 3 to 5 years.  Both Regional and Targeted projects are expected to be funded.
  • ECOHAB:  It is anticipated that up to approximately $3,000,000 may be available in Fiscal Year 2019 for the first year for all ECOHAB projects combined.  Approximately 1-4 Regional projects are expected to be funded at the level of $700,000 to $1,000,000 (including ship time) per year per proposal.  Projects are expected to last 5 years.  Only Regional projects are expected to be funded. Due: February 4, 2019

$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

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

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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