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Grants to USA Individuals and Nonprofits for Research Related to Earth Sciences

Environmental System Science (ESS)


GrantWatch ID# 206570
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - Office of Science (SC) - Biological and Environmental Research (BER)
CFDA Number: 81.049
Funding or PIN Number: DE-FOA-0002849

Geographic Focus
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 12/01/22
Deadline: 02/23/23 11:59 PM ET

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories individuals and nonprofit organizations for research related to earth sciences. Applicants must register in the online systems to submit the required pre-application and full application; this may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended to support applications that focus on measurements, experiments, field data, modeling, and synthesis to provide improved understanding and representation of ecosystems and watersheds in ways that advance the sophistication and capabilities of models that span from individual processes to Earth-system scales.

The DOE SC program in Biological and Environmental Research (BER) hereby announces its interest in receiving applications for research in Environmental System Science (ESS). The goal of the ESS program in BER is to advance an integrated, robust, and scale-aware predictive understanding of terrestrial systems and their interdependent microbial, biogeochemical, ecological, hydrological, and physical processes. To support this goal, the program uses a systems approach to develop an integrative framework to elucidate the complex processes and controls on the structure, function, feedbacks, and dynamics of terrestrial systems, that span from molecular to global scales, and extend from the bedrock through the soil, rhizosphere, and vegetation to the atmosphere. The ESS program scope advances foundational process knowledge with an emphasis on understudied ecosystems. This FOA will encompass three Science Research Areas:

  1. Improved understanding of hot spots and hot moments of biogeochemical cycling in terrestrial-aquatic interfaces;
  2. Investigations of cold-region ecosystem and watershed process responses to changing cold-season climate drivers; and
  3. Synthesis studies using existing data that address testing of ESS-relevant hypotheses and development of transferable insights across ecosystems, watersheds, and regions.

The BER ESS program goal is to advance an integrated, robust, and scale-aware predictive understanding of terrestrial systems and their interdependent microbial, biogeochemical, ecological, hydrological, and physical processes. To support this goal, the program uses a systems approach to develop an integrative framework to elucidate the complex processes and controls on the structure, function, feedbacks, and dynamics of terrestrial systems, that span from molecular to global scales and extend from the bedrock through the soil, rhizosphere, and vegetation to the atmosphere. The ESS program scope advances foundational process knowledge with an emphasis on understudied ecosystems. Supported research emphasizes ecological and hydro-biogeochemical linkages among system components and characterization of processes across interfaces (e.g., terrestrial-aquatic, coastal, urban) to address key knowledge gaps and uncertainties across a range of spatial and temporal scales. Incorporation of scientific findings into process and system models is an important aspect of the ESS strategy, both to improve predictive understanding as well as to enable the identification of new research questions and directions.

Two types of research applications are solicited as part of this FOA. See https://science.osti.gov/ber/-/media/grants/pdf/foas/2023/SC_FOA_0002849.pdf#page=12 for more information.

More information about the three Science Research Areas can be found starting at https://science.osti.gov/ber/-/media/grants/pdf/foas/2023/SC_FOA_0002849.pdf#page=13.



Recipient

Eligibility
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
All types of domestic applicants are eligible to apply, except nonprofit organizations described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that engaged in lobbying activities after December 31, 1995.

Notes for applicants of all types:
- Individual applicants are unlikely to possess the skills, abilities, and resources to successfully accomplish the objectives of this FOA. Individual applicants are encouraged to address this concern in their applications and to demonstrate how they will accomplish the objectives of this FOA.
- Non-domestic applicants are advised that successful applications from non-domestic applicants include a detailed demonstration of how the applicant possesses skills, resources, and abilities that do not exist among potential domestic applicants.

Applicant institutions are limited to no more than one pre-application or application for each PI at the applicant institution. DOE will consider the latest received submissions to be the institution’s intended submissions.
- Pre-applications in excess of the limited number of submissions may be discouraged.
- Applications in excess of the limited number of submissions may be declined without review

Federally affiliated entities must adhere to the eligibility standards at https://science.osti.gov/ber/-/media/grants/pdf/foas/2023/SC_FOA_0002849.pdf#page=24.

Pre-Application Information
Timeline:
- FOA Issue Date: November 1, 2022
- Submission Deadline for Pre-Applications: December 1, 2022 at 5:00 PM ET. A Pre-Application is required
- Pre-Application Response Date: December 22, 2022 at 6:00 PM ET
- Submission Deadline for Applications: February 23, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET

Pre-applications are created in the software system of your choice and must be submitted electronically through the DOE SC Portfolio Analysis and Management System (PAMS) website https://pamspublic.science.energy.gov/. You cannot draft or edit a pre-application in PAMS. You are encouraged to register for an account in PAMS at least a week in advance of the LOI submission deadline so that there will be no delays with your submission.

Application forms and instructions are available at Grants.gov. To access these materials, go to https://www.Grants.gov, select “Search Grants”, and then enter the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number (81.049) and/or the FOA number shown on the cover of this FOA. Select the “Apply” button to access the application package. Applications submitted through www.FedConnect.net will not be accepted. Applications may not be submitted through PAMS at https://pamspublic.science.energy.gov.

SC requires applicants to submit their applications online through Grants.gov.
- Organizations must have an active System for Award Management (SAM) registration which provides a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI), and Grants.gov account to apply for grants. If individual applicants (those submitting on their own behalf) are eligible to apply for this funding opportunity, they need only refer to steps 2 and 3 on https://science.osti.gov/ber/-/media/grants/pdf/foas/2023/SC_FOA_0002849.pdf#page=61.

- Creating a Grants.gov account can be completed online in minutes, but SAM registration may take several weeks. Therefore, an organization's registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact the entity's ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=344302

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$10,000,000

Number of Grants
Approximately 10 to 14 awards are expected for the entire FOA.

Estimated Size of Grant
A multi-institutional team, whether applied for as a prime applicant with subawards or as collaborative applications, is limited to a request of a total award of no more than $1,000,000.

Ceiling
- Science Research Area 1 and 2: $1,000,000 total award
- Science Research Area 3: $400,000 total award

Floor
- $100,000 total award for all Science Research Areas.

Term of Contract
Research Grant Awards and Interagency Agreements are expected to be made for a period of one to three years at a funding level appropriate for the proposed scope, with out-year support
contingent on the availability of funds and satisfactory progress.

Contact Information
Direct questions to:
Technical/Scientific Program Contact:
Dr. Daniel Stover
Daniel.Stover@science.doe.gov

Mr. Paul Bayer
Paul.Bayer@science.doe.gov

Dr. Brian Benscoter
Brian.Benscoter@science.doe.gov

Dr. Jennifer Arrigo
Jennifer.Arrigo@science.doe.gov

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