Inter- and Multi-agency Research and Funding Opportunities

*For current and recent federal funding opportunities, see here.*

Interagency Research and Funding Solicitations constitute priorities of the Carbon Cycle Interagency Working Group (CCIWG) and the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program under USGCRP auspices. Examples of such CCIWG priorities are reflected in recent NASA-Research Opportunities in Science of Earth and Space (ROSES) Carbon Cycle Science Solicitations, produced in collaboration with CCIWG members. In recent years, research proposals to improve the understanding of changes in the distribution and cycling of carbon among the active land, ocean, and atmospheric reservoirs and how that understanding can be used to establish a scientific foundation for societal responses to global environmental change were sought in alignment with the research agenda of the USGCRP, and, specifically, its U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program, as well as the goals and objectives of the individual CCIWG agencies participating in the joint solicitations.

*Cross-posted from NASA.gov*

In 2016:

NASA solicited proposals for Carbon Cycle Science investigations within the NASA Earth Science Program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Terrestrial EcosystemScience Program, and the Ocean Acidification (OA) Program within NOAA. Proposals were requested for research and/or applied science investigations aimed at addressing five specific research themes. The five research themes solicited and the agencies participating in each them were:1.Carbon research in critical regions, specifically: tropical terrestrial ecosystems, Arctic-boreal terrestrial ecosystems, North American continental margins (NASA, DOE, USDA-NIFA); 2.Blue Carbon and Carbon in Associated Ecosystems (USDA-NIFA, NASA); 3.Carbon dynamics across managed landscapes, specifically: urban-rural, forested-agricultural and terrestrial-aquatic (USDA-NIFA, NASA); 4.The impact of rising CO2on ocean ecology (NASA, NOAA); and 5.Carbon cycle science synthesis research (NASA, USDA). NASA received a total of 135 compliant proposals in response to the 2016 NASA ROSES interagency carbon cycle research solicitation, of which 28 were selected by the four agencies. The full awards announcement contains further details.

In 2014:

NASA, USDA, DOE, and NOAA jointly invested $37 million in 41 new research projects through an interagency solicitation (NASA-ROSES Carbon Cycle Science. These projects will help to answer questions about carbon dynamics at the interface of water and land; in the Arctic, tropics, and high latitudes; in urban, suburban, forested, coastal, and agricultural landscapes; and below ground. Additionally, some projects will focus on synthesizing current research to identify knowledge gaps and provide a basis for future efforts. (Source: Our Changing Planet: The U.S. Global Change Research Program for Fiscal Year 2016)

In 2010:

NASA solicited proposals to conduct carbon cycle research within the NASA Earth Science Program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program (AFRI), and the USDA Forest Service Program (working through the USDA-NIFA-AFRI program). NASA and USDA-NIFA carbon cycle research contributes toward the goals of the USGCRP and the U.S. Ocean Action Plan by providing critical scientific information about the movement of carbon in the environment and potential near- and long-term changes in the carbon cycle, including the role of and implications for societal actions. A total of 139 proposals was received, and 34 were selected for funding. The total funding provided for these investigations was approximately $26.1 million over three years. See the full award announcement for details.

In 2007:

NASA solicited proposals for new and successor Carbon Cycle Science investigations within the NASA Earth Science Program and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Services (CSREES) National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program (NRI). NASA and USDA-CSREES sought proposals to improve understanding of changes in the distribution and cycling of carbon among the active land, ocean, and atmospheric reservoirs. Of special interest were the factors that affect changes in the sources and sinks for atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) and carbon management to slow increases of these greenhouse gases. In this solicitation, NASA requested proposals to use satellite observations effectively to address these questions within four research themes: 1. Global carbon cycle modeling and analysis; 2. Regional studies that provide critical understanding of and offer to reduce major uncertainties about the global carbon cycle; 3. Studies of the carbon cycle implications of ocean acidification; and 4. Decision-support systems for carbon management. The USDA-CSREES requested proposals to conduct regional carbon studies in North America under research themes 2 and 4. A total of 113 proposals were received, and 35 were selected for funding. The total funding provided for these investigations was approximately $25.9 million over three years. See the full awards announcement for details.

In 2004:

NASA, DOE, and USDA collaborated on a joint NASA Research Announcement (NRA). NASA, DOE, and USDA carbon cycle research contribute toward the goals of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) (or USGCRP) and of the U.S. Climate Change Technology Program (CCTP) by providing critical scientific information about the movement of carbon in the environment and potential near- and long-term changes in the carbon cycle, including the role of and implications for societal actions. U.S. carbon cycle research addresses two broad questions: How large and variable are the dynamic reservoirs and fluxes of carbon within the Earth system, and how might carbon cycling change and be managed in future years, decades, and centuries? lWhat are our options for managing carbon sources and sinks to achieve an appropriate balance of risk, cost, and benefit to society? The NRA solicited research proposals in four topical areas: (1) studies to be conducted as part of the North American Carbon Program (NACP), (2) global carbon cycle modeling and analysis focusing on use of remote sensing data, (3) regional studies outside of North America that provide critical understanding of and offer to reduce major uncertainties about the global carbon cycle, and (4) carbon management. NASA, USDA, and DOE participate in the North American Carbon Program, and in this solicitation, the agencies emphasized NACP goals to: Develop quantitative scientific knowledge, robust observations, and models to determine the emissions and uptake of CO2, CH4, and CO, changes in carbon stocks, and the factors regulating these processes for North America and adjacent ocean basins. Develop the scientific basis to implement full carbon accounting on regional and continental scales. This is the knowledge base needed to design monitoring programs for natural and managed CO2 sinks and emissions of CH4. Support long-term quantitative measurements of fluxes, sources, and sinks of atmospheric CO2 and CH4, and develop forecasts for future trends. The specific topics and questions addressed by NRA 04-OES-01 are available in the full research call. In partnership with DOE and USDA, NASA selected 59 of 301 proposals responding to this NRA. Approximately $36 millions was available over a three-year period for research in the carbon cycle science areas solicited above. For details, see the full list of awards.

 

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