The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced a competition for Sustainability Research Networks (SRNs) as part of the organization's broader focus on Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability, which aims to facilitate collaborative, multidisciplinary approaches for pursuing the fundamental science and engineering necessary to understand and overcome barriers to sustainable human well-being.
SRNs will engage and explore fundamental theoretical issues and empirical questions in sustainability science, engineering, and education that will increase our understanding of the ultimate sustainability challenge--maintaining and improving the quality of life for the nation within a healthy Earth system.
Additionally, the SRNs will lead to new knowledge and tools in a type of research that significantly crosses the boundaries of different fields, creating the integrated science and engineering disciplines of the future. The sustainability goals rely heavily on computing, which can play a key role in resolving many sustainability problems.
The NSF plans to use three or four SRNs, each of which will be awarded up to $12 million over four or five years to conduct computing sustainability research, based on their proposals.
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