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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

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.

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).

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.

The Children’s Health and Discovery Initiative (CHDI) and the Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM) announce a request for research proposals that investigate and positively impact child health and the trajectory of health into adulthood.  Proposed activities should focus on evolutionary medicine, broadly interpreted to involve research that uses evolutionary and ecological perspectives to understand and treat disease in humans.  Examples could include: developmental origins of health and disease; childhood asthma and other allergies; the microbiome and health; the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases of children; social determinants of child health and development; mental health; and origins and treatment of childhood cancers. Due Date September 12, 2018.

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

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

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.

“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

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

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






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