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Nov 18: Urban Food-Energy-Water Summit

Woodinville, Wash. – An interactive summit focusing on the future of the food system in the greater Seattle metropolitan area will be held on Friday, November 18, at the Brightwater Convention Center.

Hosted by Washington State University (WSU) Metro Food Energy Water Seed Grant Research Team, the Urban Food-Energy-Water Summit provides an opportunity for the public to gain a deeper understanding of food, energy and water (FEW) interdependence in the greater Seattle area. A morning keynote address and panel discussion will be held from 8:30-11 a.m. and is open to the public. This will include presentations about research and discussions addressing the need for integrated natural resource management approaches. The panel discussion will be a forum for diverse stakeholders to share their perspectives on local food and agriculture.

A by-invitation afternoon breakout session and luncheon will be held after the public portion of the Summit from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants will discuss the various characteristics of resilient regional food systems. They will also assist in identifying future research directions that will support local decision makers when developing policies. Please contact Liz Allen if you would like an invitation to the afternoon session.

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP at For more information about this summit, visit To learn more about the Urban Food, Energy and Water project, visit


Liz Allen,, 774-437-2819

FY 2017 WRC Small Grant Program Call for Proposals

The State of Washington Water Research Center (SWWRC) is soliciting research proposals for submission under Section 104(b) of the Water Resources Research Act. The objectives of this program are to sponsor research that fosters (a) exploration of new ideas to address water problems or expand understanding of water-related phenomena, (b) entry, education, and training of future scientists in water resource fields, (c) multidisciplinary research, and (d) dissemination of research results to academic and non-academic audiences.

The deadline for proposals is December 1, 2016.

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NRT Discussion- 20 Oct

CEREO will be hosting a brainstorming discussion around a stormwater-focused NSF NRT (grad student training program) that builds on existing WSU expertise and the Grand Challenges. 
This brainstorming discussion is open to any interested party.  Internal LOIs are due 31 October and it’s a competitive process.  WSU can only put forward 2 Traineeship Track proposals. 
Location: PACCAR (PETB) 305  | 1:00pm
If you are attending by phone, please call (509) 335-9445. When prompted, enter the meeting ID 09798. For technical assistance with your connection at the time of your event, call 509-335-6575.


INFEWS Discussion -13 October

The National Science Foundation is planning on announcing another INFEWS solicitation in 2017. WSU has already received it’s first award under this program, and we know many groups across WSU are gearing up to submit to this next RFP. CEREO would like to invite you to join us on Thursday, 13 October at 1:10pm to share a brief, informal description of the recently awarded NSF INFEWS proposal, hear about others’ proposed INFEWS work, and share new ideas that might be appropriate for this next call for proposals. Location: PACCAR (PETB) 305  | 1:10pm AMS: 5709753 If you are attending by phone, please call (509) 335-9445. When prompted, enter the meeting ID 09753. For technical assistance with your connection at the time of your event, call 509-335-6575.

NIFA Funding Opportunity: Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program

Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program

In FY 2017 NIFA’s CFP intends to solicit applications and fund two types of grants. The types are entitled (1) Community Food Projects (CFP) and (2) Planning Projects (PP). The primary goals of the CFP are to: Meet the food needs of low-income individuals through food distribution, community outreach to assist in participation in Federally assisted nutrition programs, or improving access to food as part of a comprehensive service; Increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for the food needs of the communities; Promote comprehensive responses to local food access, farm, and nutrition issues; and Meet specific state, local or neighborhood food and agricultural needs including needs relating to: Equipment necessary for the efficient operation of a project; Planning for long-term solutions; or The creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income consumers.

Closing Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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Seminar: Write Winning Grant Proposals

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, University Inn, Best Western, Moscow
Check-In 8:00 – 8:30 a.m., Seminar 8:30 am – 4:30 p.m.

Presented by Peg AtKisson, Ph.D.

This seminar is a prerequisite for the follow-up workshop, Mentored Proposal Writing Workshop Series: Write and Submit a Competitive Grant Application. At the conclusion of the Write Winning Grant Proposals Seminar, tenured or tenure-track faculty may apply to enter this workshop.

In the Mentored Proposal Writing Series, selected faculty work one-on-one with Dr. AtKisson on their proposal from first steps through submission. This interactive opportunity lasts 26 weeks, during which Dr. AtKisson works individually with participants as they develop their proposals. For more information and testimonials on the Mentored Proposal Writing Workshop Series contact Becky James.

Cost: $95 + workbooks, Required workbooks: $75

(includes lunch and handouts)

To Register: Go to Deadline: Oct 12, 2016


NIFA Announces up to $48.1 Million in Funding Available for Specialty Crop Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) released details on up to $48.1 million in available funding to support systems-based research and extension activities to accelerate science-based solutions and new technology for the specialty crop industry. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the grants yesterday at the New York Times Food for Tomorrow Conference in Pocantico Hills, N.Y. The grants are to be funded through NIFA’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI).



February 16-17, 2017, Gonzaga University Spokane, WA

The Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WAHESC) strives to create collective direction and solidarity in higher education for our region. As political, social and environmental issues become more complex, WAHESC convenes and empowers stakeholders who are driving leadership and generating solutions for a more sustainable future.

Registration is already open. Before January 5, 2017, early-bird registration fees are $160 for staff/faculty/community partners, and only $40 for students.

Integrated Earth Systems (IES)

The goal of the Integrated Earth Systems (IES) program is to investigate the interplay among the continental, terrestrial, and interior systems of the planet. The program provides an opportunity for collaborative, multidisciplinary research into the operation, dynamics, and complexity of Earth systems that encompass the core of the Earth through the surface. Innovative projects that explore new research directions beyond those typically considered by core programs of the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) are encouraged.

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