NSF: ISRN - Sustainability Research Networks Competition

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.

Number of Applications
Two to Four
Amount of Funding



Applicants are encouraged to consult with their Associate Deans for Research prior to internal submission to assure they meet eligibility criteria and their projects meet stated program objectives.

For complete eligibility requirements, see the opportunity announcement: here

Submission Process

Step 1

Internal deadline for one-page LOI submission is no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 3, 2014. Please attach NSF-style biosketch for the PI. Materials should be submitted to Dr. Suzanne Rivera at suzanne.rivera@case.edu

Step 2

Final nominees will be notified of their selection by March 14, 2014.

Step 3

Final proposal due in the Office of Research Administration by April 22, 2014.

Step 4

Funding agency deadline is April 29, 2014.


Abstract or LOI to ORA Chosen Proposal Announced ORA Final Proposal Due Date Sponsor Submission Deadline Days Until Due
03/03/2014 03/14/2014 04/22/2014 04/29/2014 CLOSED