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Two Earth Science Research Stories Grab Spots among NSF’s Top 10 Most Read of 2017

First responders from across the U.S. came to the rescue during floods from Harvey's rains.

First responders from across the U.S. came to the rescue during floods from Harvey's rains.

January 25, 2018

During 2017, NSF announced new research in everything from large-scale disasters to the food-energy-water nexus, and celebrated new discoveries, such as the detection of two neutron stars colliding. Division of Earth Sciences research grabbed two of the spots among NSF’s Top 10 most read stories on

NSF awards $36.6 million in new food-energy-water system grants 

Today, the number of people on our planet is 7.5 billion. By 2087, that number is projected to grow to 11 billion people. How will we continue to have a sustainable supply of food, energy and water, and protect the ecosystems that provide essential services?

To help answer these questions, NSF partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture to award $46.6 million in new grants through the jointly funded Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems program.

NSF awards $5.3 million in 59 grants to study effects of recent hurricanes

Hurricane season hit the United States hard in 2017. First, Hurricane Harvey drowned Houston in torrential rain. Shortly after, Hurricane Irma did the same in many parts of Florida. Round three came when Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. In the wake of extensive hurricane damage, NSF awarded more than 50 grants to study hurricane effects.


The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2023 budget of $9.5 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

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