**Some programs are limited. Please read solicitations carefully and consult your Office of Research for specifics, such as limited applications through your university and internal application deadlines.**

Creating effective solutions to our most pressing environmental and sustainability challenges requires imaginative thinking - the kind that evolves when researchers from disparate fields, expertise, or perspectives fully immerse themselves in work toward a common goal. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), in their report "Environmental Engineering for the 21st Century: Addressing Grand Challenges," identified five critical challenges we must address as a society:

  • Sustainably supply food, water, and energy
  • Curb climate change and adapt to its impacts
  • Design a future without pollution and waste
  • Create efficient, healthy, and resilient cities
  • Foster informed decisions and actions

While this solicitation is not restricted to a specific environmental engineering and sustainability research topic, the current solicitation emphasizes research topics related to: 1) greenhouse gas mitigation, 2) managing the nitrogen cycle, and 3) sustainable water purification and resource recovery systems. Assuming sufficient funding is provided in the NSF budget, it is anticipated this competition will continue annually. Research topic priorities are subject to change in subsequent years.

Awards are expected to range from $1,500,000 to $1,700,000 over 4 years. Pending the availability of funds, awards have the potential to be renewed once for a total of 8 years of support. Renewal of awards will be subject to a competitive merit review process.

Anticipated Type of Award: Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 5 to 6

Anticipated Funding Amount: $8,500,000

Application Deadline: February 11, 2021 (Pre-proposals, required) and May 7, 2021 (Full Proposals)

Announcement: https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf21527