Signals in the Soil (SitS): Solicitation number NSF 19-556

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Monday, February 18, 2019 - 09:00 to Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 09:00

Signals in the Soil (SitS): Solicitation number NSF 19-556.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) in collaboration with the US Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) of United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) encourage convergent research that transforms existing capabilities in understanding dynamic, near-surface soil processes through advances in sensor systems and modeling. To accomplish this research, multiple disciplines must converge to produce novel sensors and/or sensing systems of multiple modalities that are adaptable to different environments and collect data and report on a wide range of chemical, biological and physical parameters. This type of approach will also be necessary to develop next generation soil models, wireless communication and cyber systems capabilities, and to grow a scientific community that is able to address complex problems through education and outreach. This program fosters collaboration among the partner agencies and the researchers they support by combining resources and funding for the most innovative and high-impact projects that address their respective missions.

Full Proposal Target Date(s): May 15, 2019

Anticipated Funding Amount: $5,600,000
The total amount available for this solicitation is $5,600,000 and £8,000,000. Of this amount, NSF anticipates contributing approximately $4,600,000 (for the US collaborators only), USDA NIFA anticipates contributing approximately $1,000,000 (for the US collaborators only), and UKRI anticipates contributing £8,000,000 (for the UK collaborators only).

Who May Serve as PI:
Each proposal must have at least one eligible collaborator from the US and one eligible collaborator from the UK. The Lead PI MUST be a US-eligible collaborator. Only US collaborators can be listed as a PI or a co-PI. The UK collaborator(s) MUST be listed as non-funded Senior Personnel.
Normal UKRI (NERC) eligibility rules apply for UK-based team members. These can be found in Section C of the NERC Research Grant and Fellowship handbook

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