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CEREO Faculty Opportunities

Dear Colleague Letter: Signals in the Soil (SitS)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Engineering (ENG) in collaboration with its Directorates for Biological Sciences (BIO), Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), and Geosciences (GEO), aims to encourage convergent research that transforms existing capabilities in understanding dynamic near-surface processes through advances in sensor systems and dynamic models. The goal of this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is to encourage submission of Early-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals for early-stage, high-risk, high-reward research on technologies, models, and methods to better understand dynamic soil processes, including interactions of the macro- and microbiomes with soil nutrients, the rhizosphere, and various abiotic and biotic processes within the soil. In addition, for proposals that include topics relevant to both this DCL and the NSF “Rules of Life” Big Idea, submissions of Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (RAISE) proposals are encouraged. Researchers who are interested in submitting a SitS EAGER or RAISE proposal must first submit a SitS Research Concept Outline. Selected submitters of these Outlines will be invited to submit full EAGER or RAISE proposals for funding consideration.

Questions about this DCL should be directed to: SitSquestions@nsf.gov.
Research Concept Outlines should be no longer than 2 pages and must be submitted by April 13, 2018
For more information and to apply.

Dear Colleague Letter: Stimulating Research Related to Navigating the New Arctic (NNA), One of NSF’s 10 Big Ideas

Submit proposals by May 1, 2018, to be considered for FY 2018 funding.
This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) invites proposals in FY 2018 that will advance NNA research through convergent approaches to emerging scientific, engineering, societal, and education challenges, and builds upon the NNA awards resulting from the FY 2017 DCL on Growing Convergence Research at NSF. A systems-based approach is strongly encouraged, including research that both contributes to, and leverages, large data sets from enhanced observational technology and networks. Knowledge co-production with local and indigenous communities, advancing public participation in research, and international partnerships are also strongly encouraged as possible means to achieve NNA objectives.
For more information and to apply

Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) – New Frontiers Data Analysis Program

Closing Deadline: 23 Aug 2018
The objective of the New Frontiers Data Analysis Program (NFDAP) is to enhance the scientific return from New Frontiers missions by broadening scientific participation in the analysis and interpretation of data returned by these missions. Other mission and non-mission data sets may be used to supplement these data in a supporting role, but all proposals require the use of data from at least one New Frontiers mission.
This program solicits research proposals to conduct scientific investigations utilizing or enhancing the utilization of data obtained by the New Frontiers missions. For the purposes of this solicitation, “data” is understood to include both uncalibrated and calibrated data as well as higher-order data products produced from the mission data.
https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary!init.do?solId={E8105664-4EB8-70E8-FEFB-A23972670A58}&path=open

ROSES 2018: Earth Science Applications: Water Resources

Closing Deadline: 17 Aug 2018
Within the NASA Earth Science Division, the Applied Sciences Program solicits proposals that develop and demonstrate the integration of NASA Earth science data and models into water resource management applications and decision support tools that can be sustained by operational partners or stakeholders. Remote sensing data, in combination with hydrologic models, can provide important information to assist water resource managers working with a wide range of partners and stakeholders. In order to make the best decisions possible and develop strategies that enhance the security and sustainability of water supplies, water resource managers and their stakeholders need timely information on water quality, supply, and demand.
https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary!init.do?solId={BE264B80-D499-0B71-8257-7E602C370A97}&path=open

ROSES 2018: Atmospheric Composition: Modeling and Analysis

Closing Deadline: 24 Aug 2018
coupled effects of changes in ozone depleting substance emissions and climate variations on ozone recovery and future atmospheric composition; enabling more accurate climate forecasts based on improved understanding of the forcings of global environmental change; and developing and refining better air quality forecasts that take into account the feedbacks between regional air quality and global climate variations. Achievements in these areas via advances in observations, data assimilation, and modeling enable improved descriptions and predictions of how changes in atmospheric composition affect ozone, climate, and air quality.
https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary!init.do?solId={E81E419F-870E-F33B-BD1E-9D1C4AC3430C}&path=open

ROSES 2018: Physical Oceanography

Closing Deadline: 29 Jun 2018
The primary scientific thrust for physical oceanography at NASA is toward understanding the ocean’s role in climate variability and its prediction. Since the general ocean circulation plays a critical role in the global heat balance and materially changes atmospheric properties through air-sea exchange, understanding and modeling the state of the coupled ocean-atmosphere system are fundamental to climate studies. NASA utilizes the unique vantage point of space to enable rapid collection of global ocean data sets and intends to contribute significantly to the World Climate Research Program’s Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) Program (http://www.usclivar.org).
https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary!init.do?solId={78EFB6F9-B943-22D1-CA1E-576473D3E354}&path=open

Idaho Water Research Symposium

Featuring 2016 & 2017 projects sponsored by the USGS 104b Program
March 7, 2018 • 2-4:30 p.m. • IRIC 305 at UI
Learn about the leading-edge projects our Water Resources faculty are working on!
Drought Planning • Water Quality • Outreach Efforts
Introduction by Special guest, Janet Nelson, Vice President of Research
Presenters include Alycia Bean (College of Science), Jeff Langman (College of Science), Brant Miller (College of Education, Health & Human Sciences), Erin Brooks (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences), Mark Solomon (Idaho Water Resources Research Institute), Frank Wilhelm (College of Natural Resources), and Evan Williamson (UI Library).
An added bonus includes four 5-minute lightning round presentations by
U of I’s newest Water Resources faculty: Alan Kolok, Chloe Wardropper, Zachary Kayler, and Alex Maas.

NASA WR ROSES18 Solicitation

The specific goal of this solicitation is to advance the use of satellite observations and hydrologic modeling to monitor and assess local and regional water quality and quantity for improving water resource risk assessment, economic planning, investment planning, and policy making. Innovative solutions are sought that support an integrated approach by synergistically combining Earth observations, modeling, and existing in situ/partner data sets to address specific, well-defined information needs for water resources management.
Proposals to this program will be taken by a “binding” two-step process in which the Notice of Intent is replaced by a required five-page Step-1 proposal submitted by an organization Authorized Organizational Representative. Only proposers who submit a Step-1 proposal (Due date: April 17, 2018) and are invited to proceed may submit a Step-2 (full) proposal. (Due date: August 17, 2018)
NASA WRP – for more information

Call for Abstracts: Waste Recycling, Upcycling, and Sustainable Transportation

This year’s workshop will be held in Spokane, WA, July 15-17, 2018, hosted by the Washington State University.
This annual event is focused on resource conservation and recovery issues affecting transportation and associated infrastructure, including but not limited to: (1) Recycling, reuse and repurposing of waste and byproducts; (2) Upcycling and beneficial uses of waste and byproducts; (3) Life-cycle sustainability of transportation infrastructures/systems (including considerations at design, construction, preservation, operations, rehabilitation, and recycling stages); (4) Contamination risk management; (5) Water quality (e.g., stormwater BMPs); (6) multimodal transportation and sustainability practices; (7) Renewable energy and alternative use of right-of-way; (8) Resiliency and climate change adaptation; and other sustainability and environmental management topics.
Please submit your abstract for presentation or poster no later than April 9, 2018. For a preliminary list of sessions and abstract submittal, go to: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2gmjaZKQ7S7NuWV.
If you need assistance in the process, please contact Dr. Xianming Shi at Xianming.Shi@wsu.edu or Dr. Andy Alden at aalden@vtti.vt.edu.

Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship

The Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship seeks to encourage individuals who have the potential to make a significant positive difference in wilderness protection in the United States.
The Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship is available to qualified graduate students. It is created in honor of Gloria Barron, dedicated educator and tireless advocate for wilderness protection, and administered by The Wilderness Society, a leading conservation organization based in Washington, D.C.
The scholarship amount varies from year to year. Historically, awards of $10,000 have been given to graduate students to support their research and preparation of a paper on an aspect of wilderness. We strongly encourage proposals relating to climate change, as well as other topics regarding wilderness conservation. Additional funding will be provided to pay travel expenses for the recipient to work with staff members of The Wilderness Society on this project.
For more information on the Scholarship and how to apply, click here. The deadline to apply for 2018 is April 20.