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Deadline: CNH2: Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems (NSF)

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Grants.gov Announcement

Program Title:

CNH2: Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems

Synopsis of Program:

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. CNH2 projects must explore a connected and integrated socio-environmental system that includes explicit analysis of the processes and dynamics between the environmental and human components of the system.

PIs are encouraged to develop proposals that push conceptual boundaries and build new theoretical framings of the understanding of socio-environmental systems. Additionally, we encourage the exploration of multi-scalar dynamics, processes and feedbacks between and within the socio-environmental system.

Cognizant Program Officer(s):

Please note that the following information is current at the time of publishing. See program website for any updates to the points of contact.

  • Elizabeth R. Blood – Lead PO, telephone: (703) 292-4349, email: CNH2@nsf.gov
  • Antoinette M. WinklerPrins – Lead PO, telephone: (703) 292-7266, email: CNH2@nsf.gov
  • Richard F. Yuretich – Lead PO, telephone: (703) 292-4744, email: CNH2@nsf.gov

Applicable Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s):

  • 47.050 — Geosciences
  • 47.074 — Biological Sciences
  • 47.075 — Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences

Award Information

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 9 to 15

CNH2 will support research projects in three different categories:

  1. CNH2 Large Research Projects. Awards in this category provide two to five years of support for projects ranging in size from $750,001 to $1,600,000.
  2. CNH2 Small Research Projects. Awards in this category provide two to five years of support for projects ranging in size from $150,000 to $750,000.
  3. Research Coordination Networks (CNH2-RCNs). A CNH2-RCN may receive support for four or five years of activity at a level not to exceed $500,000-for the total budget over the duration of the project, including both direct and indirect costs.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $15,000,000 to $18,000,000

The amount of funding is approximate, pending availability of funds.

Eligibility Information

Who May Submit Proposals:

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

  • Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) – Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members. Special Instructions for International Branch Campuses of US IHEs: If the proposal includes funding to be provided to an international branch campus of a US institution of higher education (including through use of subawards and consultant arrangements), the proposer must explain the benefit(s) to the project of performance at the international branch campus, and justify why the project activities cannot be performed at the US campus.
  • Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.

Who May Serve as PI:

There are no restrictions or limits.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:

There are no restrictions or limits.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI:

An individual may be listed as a PI or co-PI on no more than one proposal submitted in response to this solicitation per annual competition. Proposals exceeding the limit for any person will be returned without review in the reverse order received. There is no limit on the number of proposals on which an investigator may be listed as Lead of a Subaward or as Other Senior Personnel.

Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions

A. Proposal Preparation Instructions

  • Letters of Intent: Submission of Letters of Intent is required. Please see the full text of this solicitation for further information.
  • Preliminary Proposal Submission: Not required

B. Budgetary Information

  • Cost Sharing Requirements:Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.
  • Indirect Cost (F&A) Limitations:Not Applicable
  • Other Budgetary Limitations:Other budgetary limitations apply. Please see the full text of this solicitation for further information.

C. Due Dates

  • Letter of Intent Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time):December 17, 2018

    September 17, 2019

    September 17, Annually Thereafter

  • Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time):February 14, 2019

    November 15, 2019

    November 15, Annually Thereafter