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NSF awards $36.6 million in new food-energy-water system grants

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 ...

NSF issues new EPSCoR awards, investing in science and engineering across nation

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

Changes in non-extreme precipitation may have not-so-subtle consequences

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 ...

NSF awards $14.7 million for research to deepen understanding of Earth’s biodiversity

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 Dimensions of Biodiversity grant, scientist Joel Sachs of the University of California, Riverside, ...

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

Businesses spent $356 billion on research and development 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 on basic research, $56 billion on applied research, and ...

Four new NSF Engineering Research Centers will advance US health, energy sustainability

The National Science Foundation has invested nearly $80 million in four new Engineering Research Centers to create novel technology platforms to address national challenges in health and energy sustainability. Over the next five years, the centers will create new knowledge and high-tech ...

In wake of hurricanes, floods and wildfires, NSF awards $18.7 million in natural hazards research grants

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 ...

NSF awards $13 million for research on how humans, environment interact

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 ...

NSF announces 14 new PIRE awards to support scientific collaboration in 24 countries

The National Science Foundation is pleased to announce 14 new Partnerships for International Research and Education awards, totaling more than $66 million over the next five years. The awards will fund 14 lead U.S. institutions and U.S. partner institutions for collaborative projects involving ...

27 new NSF INCLUDES awards aim to enhance U.S. science and engineering enterprise

The National Science Foundation has issued 27 new awards through its NSF INCLUDES program, aimed at enhancing U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics discoveries and innovations through a commitment to diversity and inclusion. Today, U.S industries, universities and ...

New view of dispersants used after Deepwater Horizon oil spill

New research has uncovered an added dimension to the decision to inject large amounts of chemical dispersants above the crippled seafloor oil well during the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010. The dispersants, scientists have found, may have significantly reduced the amount of harmful gases in the ...