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Generation Nano Challenge

7 hours 18 min ago

NSF and NNI aim to promote an understanding and appreciation of nanotechnology and STEM careers in middle and high school students by inviting them to design an original superhero with nanotechnology-enabled gear.
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NSF funds 30 faculty research fellowships through new EPSCoR initiative

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:00

New awards from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) will provide 30 non-tenured researchers with fellowships, partnering them with premier research centers and enhancing their ability to work at the frontiers of science and engineering.

The NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-4 fellowship awards total roughly $5.6 million and are ...
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NSF awards $36.6 million in new food-energy-water system grants

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 12:15

The number of humans alive on our planet today is some 7.5 billion. By 2087, projections show, 11 billion people will be living on Earth.

How will we continue to have a sustainable supply of food, energy and water, and protect the ecosystems that provide essential "services" for humans?

To help answer these questions, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to award ...
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NSF issues new EPSCoR awards, investing in science and engineering across nation

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:00

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded five jurisdictions nearly $20 million each through the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), which builds research and development capacity in states that demonstrate a commitment to research but have thus far lacked the levels of investment seen in other parts of the country.

The new EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-1 awards will bolster science and engineering academic research ...
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Changes in non-extreme precipitation may have not-so-subtle consequences

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 05:00

Find related stories on NSF's Critical Zone Observatories site.

Extreme floods and droughts receive a lot of attention. But what happens when precipitation -- or lack thereof -- occurs in a more measured way?

Researchers have analyzed more than five decades of data from across North America to find that changes in non-extreme precipitation are more significant than previously realized. ...
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NSF awards $14.7 million for research to deepen understanding of Earth’s biodiversity

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 10:25

Symbiotic bacteria -- microbes that have close and long-term relationships with their "hosts" -- are everywhere on Earth: in soil, in coral reefs, in humans.

Through a new National Science Foundation (NSF) Dimensions of Biodiversity grant, scientist Joel Sachs of the University of California, Riverside, will look at native California legume plants and their symbiotic nitrogen-providing bacteria, as well as at the soil in which the plants are rooted, to determine the magnitude of the ...
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Frequently Asked Questions FAQs for (NSF 17-546) BD Spokes

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 21:46

Available Formats:
HTML: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17130/nsf17130.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_179
PDF: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17130/nsf17130.pdf?WT.mc_id=USNSF_179

Document Number: nsf17130
Public Comment: These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) refer to program solicitation NSF 17-546.


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Business R&D performed in US reached $356 billion in 2015

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 11:25

Businesses spent $356 billion on research and development (R&D) performed in the United States in 2015, a 4.4 percent increase over the $341 billion spent in 2014.

Of the total R&D expenditures in 2015, companies spent $22 billion (6 percent) on basic research, $56 billion (16 percent) on applied research, and $278 billion (78 percent) on development. The spending shares did not change from 2014. Those data points come from the Business R&D and Innovation Survey (BRDIS), ...
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NSF awards $13 million for research on how humans, environment interact

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 17:05

Delta: A place where sediment carried downstream by a river enters the sea, forming a fan of sand or mud.

Although deltas make up just 1 percent of the world's land, they're home to more than half a billion people -- and to fertile ecosystems such as mangroves and marshes. Deltas also serve as economic hotspots. They support much of the world's fisheries and forest products, and are major food production areas for many nations.

Scientists have found that deltas are ...
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In wake of hurricanes, floods and wildfires, NSF awards $18.7 million in natural hazards research grants

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 16:20

Hurricane Harvey: It dropped a record-breaking 50-plus inches of rain across parts of Texas and left behind widespread, devastating floods. Following in Harvey's wake, Hurricane Irma has spun another path of destruction.

Beyond the Harvey and Irma disasters, wildfires raged in California this summer, forcing thousands to flee their homes. Now, dozens have perished in Mexico's strongest earthquake in a century.

In the decade from 2003 to 2013, natural disasters around the ...
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