NSF Sustainability Research Networks Competition (SRN) 2014

To: Chairs, Departments in the Biological, Physical, and Social Sciences
From: Dave Schuster, Graduate School
Date: February 6, 2014
Subject: NSF Sustainability Research Networks Competition (SRN)


{excerpt}Notification of intent to submit is due at the Graduate School on February 28, 2014
Deadline for Internal Competition: To Be Determined {/excerpt}

Link to NSF Website for complete application information:  Sustainability Research Networks Competition 

This contains additional information on the program and specific application instructions, etc.

Synopsis of Program:

The goal of the Sustainability Research Networks (SRN) competition is to bring together multidisciplinary teams of researchers, educators, managers, policymakers and other stakeholders to conduct collaborative research that addresses fundamental challenges in sustainability. The 2014 SRN competition will fund research networks with a focus on urban sustainability.

Proposals should identify an ambitious and nationally important theme in urban sustainability, present a creative and innovative research agenda that builds upon existing work in this area, and describe how a network of researchers and other stakeholders will be supported that integrates a variety of disciplines, sectors and backgrounds in order to create new perspectives and yield significant new understanding and knowledge.

The Sustainability Research Networks competition is part of the growing NSF investment in its Science,
Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) portfolio (www.nsf.gov/sees/). Challenges associated with broadly based SEES goals will be met by supporting fundamental science and engineering research and education needed to understand and overcome the barriers to sustainable human and environmental wellbeing and to forge reasoned pathways to a sustainable future. NSF aims to support members of the academic research community for projects which produce discoveries and knowledge that will inform decisions leading to environmental, energy, social and cultural sustainability. NSF support will advance the frontiers of conceptual, empirical and computational research in science, engineering and education so that the nation has the knowledge base to inform policies on sustainability.

The maximum SRN award amount is $12,000,000.  It is expected that SRN awards will be 4 - 5 years in duration.


UW–Madison may submit a maximum of three proposals as the lead institution. There is no limit to participation as a partner institution. It is not likely that the SRN program will provide support for more than one SRN from any one lead institution in this competition.

An individual may appear as a Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI in only one SRN proposal submitted in
response to this program solicitation.

Internal Competition Application Instructions:

Notice of intent: Send an email message to gsgrants@grad.wisc.edu with "NSF SRN" by February 28, 2014 to inform us of your intention to submit a proposal. Please include the following in your email message:

--PI Name and Contact Information
--Title of Proposal
--Partnering Organizations
--Short Description of Proposed Project

Applications for internal competition: Those submitting Notices of Intent will be notified if an internal competition is needed.

For the project selected, the proposal must be submitted using FastLane or grants.gov. Information about campus procedures for FastLane or grants.gov is posted on the RSP Web site. The full proposal is due on April 29, 2014 at 5 pm CDT.

Applicants should apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.

If you have any questions about this procedure, please contact Dave Schuster (608) 263-7274 or email gsgrants@grad.wisc.edu

Dave Schuster
Office of Research Services
Graduate School
317 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Dr
Madison, WI  53706
TEL: 608-263-7274
Email: dschuster@grad.wisc.edu