Focus on Recruiting Emerging Climate and Adaptation Scientists and Transformers

Active
Yes
Status
Posted
Published Date
March 14th, 2024
Close Date
January 29th, 2025
Total Funding
$15,000,000.00
Opportunity No.
24-558

Agency

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Eligible Applicants

Others

Funding Category

Science and Technology and other Research and Development

Funding Instrument

Grant

Opportunity Category

Discretionary

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement

Yes

Summary

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has posted a grant opportunity titled "Focus on Recruiting Emerging Climate and Adaptation Scientists and Transformers". This grant aims to facilitate the transition from traditional graduate career preparation to a student-centered model, with a focus on building entrepreneurial and innovation capacity at emerging research institutions (ERIs). The goal is to train a new generation of scientists, known as Transformers, who are ready to address the challenges posed by climate change. The grant will adopt the recommendations of various directives, such as the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report on Earth System Science and the Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education report on Engaged Research. These directives emphasize the importance of the research community in supporting the development of a strong scientific workforce that can collaborate with communities to address societal challenges. Through convergence research approaches, the transdisciplinary researchers involved in this grant will promote community resilience and the translation of research outcomes for societal benefits. They will also gain a deeper understanding of the governmental context related to climate change issues. The program aims to build cohorts of innovative scholars from diverse backgrounds, including groups historically underrepresented in STEM fields, at emerging research institutions. The grant offers three categories of funding: Track 1, Track 2, and FORECAST Planning grants. Track 1 will support a Coordination Hub that will provide structured professional development opportunities for rising seniors from emerging research institutions or historically excluded and underserved groups. Track 2 projects will support cohorts of Master's degree students at emerging research institutions, with a focus on mentorship and capacity building. FORECAST Planning grants will help build capacity at emerging research institutions and their partners to establish future Track 2 cohorts. It is important to note that participants in the FORECAST program must be US citizens or permanent residents. The grant provides an estimated total program funding of $15,000,000. The closing date for submissions is January 29, 2025. For more information, interested parties can visit the NSF Publication 24-558 at http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf24558. For any issues or inquiries, contact NSF grants.gov support at grantsgovsupport@nsf.gov.

Description

Focus On Recruiting Emerging Climate and Adaptation Scientists and Transformers (FORECAST) seeks to facilitate the transition from status quo graduate career preparation to a student-centered model with a particular emphasis on building entrepreneurial and innovation capacity at emerging research institutions (ERIs). Transformers are scientists ready to tackle the challenges the nation and world are facing due to climate change. This opportunity will adopt the spirit of multiple directives for the research community; for example, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report on Earth System Scienceand the Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education report on Engaged Research. These directives call on the research enterprise to support the building of a robust scientific workforce ready to work with communities in addressing societal challenges. Through convergence research approaches to address societal challenges, the transdisciplinary researchers engaged in FORECAST will foster community resilience and the translation of research outcomes for societal benefits, as well as gain a broader understanding of the governmental context related to these issues. A new generation of scientists trained in "engaged research" will be expected to have a national impact in communities that may be disproportionately affected by climate change impacts. The program will build cohorts of innovative scholars from the full spectrum of diverse talent at emerging research institutions to include groups historically excluded in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Participants, who are senior students in undergraduate programs and students who are in master's degree programs, will be supported through intentional professional development activities. FORECAST participants must be US citizens or permanent residents. FORECAST proposals will fall into three categories: Track 1, Track 2, and FORECAST Planning grants. Track 1 will support one Coordination Hub, to coordinate support for rising seniors from emerging research institutions (ERIs) or historically excluded and underserved groups as part of a national cohort to participate in structured professional development opportunities. Track 2 projects will support cohorts of Master's degree students at ERIs. Mentorship and capacity building should be central to the cohort approach. FORECAST Planning grant proposals will build capacity at ERI institutions and with the appropriate partners to undertake the activities necessary to establish a future FORECAST track 2 cohort.

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