Joint US-China Research in Environmental Sustainability Challenges

Due Date: 10/20/2017

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Directorate (ENG) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Department of Engineering and Material Sciences (DEMS) are partnering to encourage joint research by U.S. - China teams collaborating on fundamental research that addresses critical environmental sustainability challenges.

The U.S. and China have the two largest economies on Earth and also have important engineering, technology, business and trade relationships with each other. Both nations face significant environmental sustainability challenges, for example in water and energy, urban sustainability, and manufacturing. Fundamental research is needed to provide the foundational knowledge for addressing these challenges.

This call is for research proposals from joint U.S. - China teams in two environmental sustainability topic areas:

  1. Quantitative and computational modeling of a food-energy-water (FEW) system
  2. Innovative human and technological solutions to critical FEW system problems.

Every proposal must include the participation of researchers from at least one U.S. institution and at least one institution in China.

NSF will fund the U.S. researchers of winning teams (up to a total of $500,000 for 4 years for each winning proposal), while NSFC will fund the China researchers of winning teams (up to a total of 3 million yuan for 4 years for each winning proposal). In total, no more than 3 joint NSF-NSFC project grants are expected to be funded.

Proposals are accepted between October 1 and October 20, 2017.

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