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Environmental & Climate-Related Funding Opportunities

NSF and NIST Release Disaster Resilience Research Grants (DRRG) program
Letters of Intent (Required) due August 14, 2020
National Science Foundation (NSF) released a new solicitation for a joint program with the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) to advance research on resilience to natural disasters.  This Disaster Resilience Research Grants (DRRG) program looks to support “research to advance fundamental understanding of disaster resilience in support of improved, science-based planning, policy, decisions, design, codes, and standards.”  Of note, this competition solicits research that spans the spectrum from fundamental to applied.  Hazards of interest include, but are not limited to, windstorm events, including hurricanes and tornadoes; water events, including hurricanes; fires; and earthquakes. Full Proposals ude September 15, 2020.

NOAA Releases FY2021 Competitions
Letter of Intent (Required) due August 17, 2020
NOAA's Climate Program Office(CPO) released six FY 2021 competitions:
1. AC4: Emissions, Air Quality, and Heat in Urban Areas
2. AC4 and COM: Atmospheric impacts due to changes in anthropogenci activity durin gthe COVID-19 pandemic
3. MAPP: New Climate Monitoring Approaches and Products for Areas of Climate Risk
4. MAPP: Process-Oriented Diagnostics for Climate Model Improvement and Applications
5. COM, CVP, and GOMO: Innovative Ocean Dataset/Product Analysis and Development for support of the NOAA Observing and CLimate Modeling Communities
6. Adaptation Sciences (AdSci): Advancing Climate Adaptation and Coastal Community Resilience 

NSF Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems
Letters of Intent (Required) due September 17, 2020
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. Full proposals due November 15, 2020.

National Oceanographic Partnership Program Seeks Hurricane Coastal Impact Prediction Proposals
Proposals due September 30, 2020
The Office of Naval Research (ONR), on behalf of the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP), is soliciting proposals on Predicting Hurricane Coastal Impacts.  The goal of this program is to enable forecasts of hurricane coastal impacts “beginning five days prior to landfall, for three named hurricanes per season” in calendar years 2022-2024 and quantifiably evaluate these forecasts. Optional Planning Letters are due July 24, 2020.

Rolling Deadline:

NOSI: NIEHS seeks to understand the impact of Environmental Exposures on 2019 Coronavirus
Applications accepted on a monthly basis through May 2021
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) seeks to understand the potential contributions of current and past exposure to environmental agents that may exacerbate COVID-19 susceptibility, disease severity, and progression. Environmental exposures include: toxic chemicals, air pollutants, second hand tobacco smoke, e-cigarette vapors, and metals that may impact health outcomes. In addition, some health outcomes that are linked to environmental exposures (asthma, diabetes, and other pulmonary, cardiovascular, and metabolic diseases) are also risk factors for COVID-19. Funding through Supplements or Time-Sensitive Research (R21).


DOE Atmospheric Systems Research (ASR) Funding Opportunity Likely for FY 2021
This funding solicitation will likely follow the FY 2020 ASR FOA (linked above) that use observations, including DOE’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement user facilities, to advance fundamental understanding of the cloud, aerosol, precipitation, and radiation processes across a range of scales to improve the predictability of the Earth’s radiative balance and hydrologic cycle.  Research topics are likely to include aerosol, warm boundary-layer atmospheric, convective cloud, and Southern Ocean cloud and aerosol processes.  

DOE Earth System Modeling (ESM) Funding Opportunity Likely for FY 2021
This funding call will likely follow the FY 2020 ESM FOA (linked above) and support the development, coupling and testing of global climate model systems. The focus is on developing and applying a computationally advanced climate and Earth system model to investigate the challenges posed by the interactions of climate change with energy and related sectors.  This includes atmospheric dynamics, clouds and chemistry; ocean dynamics and biogeochemistry; sea-ice and dynamic land-ice systems; land hydrology and biogeochemistry; and representations of human activities that have important interactions with climate.

DOE Early Career Research Program Likely for FY 2021
Anticipated November 2020
This is an annual solicitation usually released by January, supports all six programs including biological, earth and environmental science and the topics change each year.  In FY 2020, the topic area for biological sciences was “fundamental systems biology-driven research on the roles of microbiomes in biogeochemical cycling processes.”  For earth and environmental sciences, the topic area was “earth and environmental systems modeling focused on coastal systems.”

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DOE Highlights Future Research and Funding Opportunities for Biological and Environmental Research (BER)
For informational purposes – Expires August 2020
From the virtual BER Advisory Committee (BERAC) meeting, the future research and funding directions include expanding secure biosystems design research to understand model plant and microbial systems; start new efforts in translating biodesign rules to functional properties of novel biomaterials; and continue supporting 1) earth and environmental systems science, 2) Energy Exascale Earth System Model, 3) bioimaging, measurement, and characterization approaches to in situ sensing, and 4) operation of the BER scientific user facilities. 

DOE Releases 2020 Lawrence Award Call for Nominations 
Nominations due October 1, 2020
The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science invites nominations for the 2020 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Awards, which recognizes mid-career U.S. scientists and engineers for exceptional contributions and achievements in research and development supporting the broad missions of the U.S. Department of Energy and its programs to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States. Awards will be considered in nine categories: Atomic, Molecular, and Chemical Sciences; Biological and Environmental Sciences; Computer, Information, and Knowledge Sciences; Condensed Matter and Materials Sciences; Energy Science and Innovation; Fusion and Plasma Sciences; High Energy Physics; National Security and Nonproliferation; and Nuclear Physics.

DOE  Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) Program accepting 2021 Spring applications 
Student applications due October 7, 2020
SULI encourages undergraduate students and recent graduates to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.