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Sustainability Research Networks Competition (SRN) 2014 Focus: Urban Sustainability

Date Posted: February 14, 2014
Deadline for Internal Competition:
March 3, 2014
Agency Deadline for Full Proposal April 29, 2014
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Limit on Number of Proposals:
Three- KU-L and KUMC: Considered one organization.
Sponsor Website:
Pivot Link
Abstract: 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.

SRN awards are expected to be 4 to 5 years in duration. The total budget for an SRN may not exceed $12,000,000.
Limited Submission Proposals Procedure:
Pre-Proposal Procedure:
If you plan to submit a pre-proposal, please send notice to rgslimitedsubs@ku.edu one week prior to the internal deadline. This information will assist KU Research in organizing the review committee.
The pre-proposal should include:
  • A three-page narrative: 
    • describing the proposed research including 
      • key personnel and partnerships
    • addressing any special components requested in the agency's solicitation​
    • a generalized yearly budget and 
  • A two-page CV for the PI and all co-investigators including 
    • funding history, current, and pending support

Investigators may include suggestions of faculty members whom they believe are especially well qualified to evaluate pre-proposals for this initiative. Please submit this material electronically to rgslimitedsubs@ku.edu at KU Research by 5:00 p.m. on 3/3/2014.

If the number of interested parties exceeds the mandated limit, an internal review committee will be formed to review all preliminary proposals. KU Research's intent is to select the proposers by Monday, March 10, 2014. This will give the candidates 7 weeks to prepare for the proposal submission.

If you have any questions about the solicitation or the process described above, please contact Nancy at rgslimitedsubs@ku.edu or 864-7434.

 Nancy Biles 785-864-7434