Opportunities

US Department of Energy Announces FY-13 Early Career Awards

Announcement Number: 
DE-FOA-0000751 and LAB 12-751
Summary: 

Please note two climate and environmental science focus areas:

Environmental System Science - Research that combines measurements, experiments, and modeling that provide improved quantitative and predictive understanding of the coupled biological, chemical and physical interactions of the belowground carbon cycle processes that in turn influence the directions of terrestrial ecology and global climate change. The goal should be to provide a refined understanding of critical belowground processes (e.g., soil carbon turnover, root dynamics, rhizo deposition, mycorrhizal interactions) in non-managed terrestrial ecosystems which mediate carbon cycling and feedbacks in a changing climate. Research should be posed in the context of representing terrestrial carbon cycle processes in Earth system models.

Uncertainty Characterization for Integrated Earth System Modeling - Development of methodologies that characterize uncertainties in integrated global earth system models, by examining the components that contribute significantly to climate system and projection uncertainties. It is expected that proposed research will include novel approaches that examine nonlinear relationships between different component level uncertainties due to, e.g., data limitations associated with initial and boundary conditions, simplifications of parameterizations and submodel codes, resolution

See http://science.energy.gov/early-career/ for more information.

The schedule is listed below.
Due date for Pre-applications: 6-Sep-12, 5 pm eastern time
Encourage/Discourage Decisions: 4-Oct-12
Due date for Proposals: 26-Nov-12, 5 pm eastern time

Note that pre-applications from everyone and lab proposals from DOE national laboratories must be submitted directly in PAMS this year. That means all Principal Investigators MUST register and create accounts in PAMS. Please encourage interested PIs to register right away. Registration information is in the solicitations and FAQs. Due times are 5 pm this year (instead of the usual 11:59 pm) to take advantage of the PAMS help desk hours.

Announcement Date: 
Friday, July 20, 2012
Due Date: 
Thursday, September 6, 2012

Terrestrial Ecosystem Science seeks research funding applications

Announcement Number: 
DE-FOA-0000749
Summary: 

The Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) hereby announces its interest in receiving research applications for terrestrial ecosystem science. The goal of the Terrestrial Ecosystem Science (TES) program is to improve the representation of terrestrial ecosystem processes in Earth system models thereby improving the quality of climate model projections and providing the scientific foundation needed to inform DOE’s energy decisions. The TES program will consider applications on measurements, experiments, modeling and synthesis that provide improved quantitative and predictive understanding of the terrestrial ecosystem that, in turn, can affect atmospheric greenhouse gas concentration changes and thereby affect the greenhouse gas forcing of climate. In addition, the Earth System Modeling (ESM) Program, which funds development of the Community Earth System Model (CESM) will consider applications focused on development and coupling of the CESM land model component. The emphasis of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to understand non-managed terrestrial ecosystems in the context of a changing climate. Applicants should pose their research applications in the context of representing terrestrial ecosystem processes in Earth system models.

Please note that the pre-application deadline is August 17.

Announcement Date: 
Friday, July 20, 2012
Due Date: 
Friday, August 17, 2012

Understanding of the Role of Terrestrial Ecosystems in Climate Forcing Related to a Changing Climate

Announcement Number: 
DE-FOA-0000536
Summary: 

The Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), hereby announces its interest in receiving applications for terrestrial ecosystem science that will improve the understanding of the role of terrestrial ecosystems in climate forcing related to a changing climate.

BER’s Terrestrial Ecosystem Science (TES) program is the result of the consolidation of its former Terrestrial Carbon Processes (TCP) program and Program in Ecological Research (PER). The TES program will consider applications on measurements, experiments, modeling and synthesis that provide improved quantitative and predictive understanding of the terrestrial ecosystem that can affect atmospheric greenhouse gas concentration changes and thereby affect the anthropogenic gas forcing of climate. The emphasis of this FOA is to understand the impacts of, and feedbacks from a changing climate on non-managed terrestrial ecosystems. Authors should pose their research applications in the context of representing terrestrial ecosystem processes in earth system models.

Both single investigator projects and multi-investigator projects are encouraged. Multi-investigator projects are expected to integrate the efforts of a multi-disciplinary team to tackle problems that cannot be effectively addressed by a single investigator. All projects should clearly delineate an integrative, hypothesis-driven research approach or synthesis activity and describe how the results of the research would ultimately improve our ability to understand and predict the role of the terrestrial ecosystems in a changing climate.

Announcement Date: 
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Due Date: 
Monday, September 12, 2011

Terrestrial Carbon Cycle Research

Announcement Number: 
DE-FOA-0000287
Summary: 

The Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), hereby announces its interest in receiving applications for terrestrial carbon cycle research that will improve the understanding of the role of terrestrial biomes in the global carbon cycle and aid carbon cycle predictions related to climate change.

BER's carbon cycle science program will consider applications on measurements, experiments, and modeling that provide improved quantitative and predictive understanding of the terrestrial carbon cycle processes that can affect atmospheric CO2 concentration changes and thereby affect the CO2 forcing of climate. The emphasis of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to understand the impacts of, and feed backs from a changing climate on non-managed terrestrial ecosystems. Authors should pose their research applications in the context of representing terrestrial carbon cycle processes in earth system models.

Both single investigator projects and multi-investigator projects are encouraged. Multi-investigator projects are expected to integrate the efforts of a multi-disciplinary team to tackle problems that cannot be effectively addressed by a single investigator. All projects should clearly delineate an integrative, hypothesis-driven research approach and describe how the results of the research would ultimately improve our ability to understand and predict the role of the terrestrial biosphere in the global carbon cycle.

Proposed research is intended to fill critical knowledge gaps, including the exploration of some high-risk approaches. BER also encourages the submission of innovative "high-risk" applications with potential for future high impact on terrestrial carbon cycle science. The probability of success and the risk-reward balance will be considered when making funding decisions.

Announcement Date: 
Friday, February 26, 2010
Due Date: 
Monday, May 3, 2010