A recent “dear colleague” letter from the heads of all eleven directorates and offices at the National Science Foundation (NSF) outlines the agency’s plans for supporting the “science and engineering research needed to understand and overcome the barriers to sustainable human well-being.” The Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES) program is an NSF-wide investment that “will include the conceptual, theoretical, empirical, and computational research needed to further develop the basic science, engineering, education, and policy knowledge base relevant to sustainability. Additionally, it will support projects at multiple scales, from the individual to the system level, and will stimulate innovations in education and learning research and practice.”

The program began in 2010 with a solicitation for proposals that addressed the intersection of climate and environment. In fiscal year 2011, SEES will focus on energy sustainability, such as the development of sustainable energy technologies, development of techniques for effective and efficient use of water resources, and research in transportation technology.

For more information on the SEES program, including upcoming activities, visit http://www.nsf.gov/sees. To read the dear colleague letter, visit http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11022/nsf11022.jsp?WT.mcid=USNSF25&WT.mc_ev=click.


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