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Webinar on January 9 for new Frontier Research in the Earth Sciences (FRES) program


December 21, 2018

A solicitation was posted for a new program from the Division of Earth Sciences: Frontier Research in the Earth Sciences (FRES). FRES supersedes the former Integrated Earth Systems (IES) program. In addition to substantive changes in the goals of the program and eligible projects, the proposed budget for the new program is larger. The target date for submission of proposals is February 20, 2019.

The announcement of the program and link to the solicitation may be found at:

https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504833

A webinar will be held on Wednesday, January 9 at 3 pm, with a brief overview of the program and the opportunity to ask questions. Please email dgeist@nsf.gov by 5 pm on January 7 to enroll in the webinar.

SYNOPSIS

The FRES program will support research in Earth systems from its core through the critical zone. The project may focus on all or part of the surface, continental lithospheric, and deeper Earth systems over the entire range of temporal and spatial scales. FRES projects will typically have a larger scientific scope and budget than those considered for funding by core programs in the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR). FRES projects may be interdisciplinary studies that do not fit well within the core programs or cannot be routinely managed by sharing between core programs. Innovative proposals within a single area with results that will have broad relevance to Earth Science research are also encouraged. Investigations may employ any combination of field, laboratory, and computational studies with observational, theoretical, or experimental approaches. Projects should be focused on topics that meet the guidelines for research funded by the Division of Earth Sciences.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2019, its budget is $8.1 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 50,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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