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Scientists in Parks, National Park Service

Every year, the Scientists in Parks work experience program places hundreds of aspiring professionals across the National Park System to work on natural resource management needs. Past projects have mapped sand dunes at Fire Island National Seashore, surveyed towering cacti at Saguaro National Park, and protected nesting sea turtles at Padre Island National Seashore. Others assessed pika populations at Rocky Mountain National Park, measured soils beneath the mangrove forests of Everglades National Park, and restored colorful corals beneath the waves at the National Park of American Samoa.

The program is committed to providing all aspiring professionals—especially those underrepresented in science—with a unique opportunity to work on important real-world projects while building professional experience and a life-long connection to America’s national parks.

Learn about the program, application process, and current projects here

The Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholars Program attracts high-achieving postdoctoral scholars from premier universities in the United States and Canada to do research at one of seven Israeli universities. Once they complete their research, many Zuckerman postdocs are expected to accept faculty positions at top North American universities, weaving a network of academic collaboration and goodwill that will greatly benefit US-Israeli scientific cooperation.

Funding Opportunities:

 
Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

Bioenergy Technologies Office

New Notices of Intent for Sustainable Transportation Technologies Funding Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced its intent to issue three sustainable transportation technologies funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) in Spring 2021. These potential funding opportunities seek innovative research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) in the pursuit of technologies that will help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the transportation sector, the highest source of emissions in the United States.[1]

Building a clean energy economy and addressing the climate crisis is a top priority of the Biden Administration. The Administration has laid out a bold plan to lead the world in building a clean energy economy, and to address climate change and achieve net-zero emissions no later than 2050 to the benefit of all Americans. The Department of Energy is committed to pushing the frontiers of science and engineering, catalyzing clean energy jobs through RDD&D, and ensuring environmental justice and inclusion of disadvantaged communities.

The three Notices of Intent (NOI) are for the following potential FOAs:

Notice of Intent - SuperTruck 3: Improving the vehicle efficiency and safety of freight transportation while minimizing environmental impact is critical to helping the country decrease its petroleum use and reduce emissions as the economy grows. The Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) and the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO) are interested in partnering to develop and demonstrate R&D concepts to enable higher efficiency, low-emission medium- and heavy-duty trucks and freight systems. This NOI aims to take advantage of the significant opportunities for the entire freight and truck transportation system to achieve higher efficiency and electrification (battery, hydrogen fuel cell, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell range extenders).

Notice of Intent - Low Greenhouse Gas Vehicle Technologies Research, Development, and Deployment: VTO funds a broad portfolio of RDD&D projects to develop affordable, efficient, and clean transportation options to tackle the climate crisis and accelerate the development and widespread use of a variety of innovative transportation technologies. This NOI will invite innovative solutions for on- and off-road vehicles to support the reduction of emissions and increased efficiencies in the transportation sector. To achieve this, areas that could be explored include community-level electric vehicle (EV) demonstrations, EV infrastructure and charging, and advanced engines and fuels that reduce emissions.

Notice of Intent - Bioenergy Technologies Office Scale-Up and Conversion: The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is focused on developing technologies that convert domestic biomass and other waste resources into low carbon biofuels and bioproducts. These bioenergy technologies can enable a transition to a clean energy economy, create high-quality jobs, support rural economies, and spur innovation in renewable energy and chemicals production—the bioeconomy. This NOI anticipates supporting high-impact technology research, development, and demonstration to bolster the body of scientific and engineering knowledge needed to produce low-carbon biofuels at lower cost. This will involve partnerships with industry to demonstrate these technologies at industrially-relevant scales.

DOE is working to mitigate the climate impact of light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles, and the scope of the RDD&D will not be exclusive to one fuel source or vehicle type. By improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions across the entire transportation sector, DOE can help ensure that the benefits of this work are equitably distributed to all Americans.

Learn more about Funding Opportunities at BETO, HFTO, and VTO

[1] https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/sources-greenhouse-gas-emissions 

 

Oldcastle Infrastructure

What we’re looking for: We are seeking technologies to remove nitrogen from urban stormwater runoff that can be used in combination with existing treatment methods, like bioretention, biofiltration or filtration.

Our must-have requirements are:

Capable of reliably removing at least 50% of total nitrogen from urban stormwater
Can be deployed in urban stormwater drainage systems
Does not export pollutants, including sediment, phosphorus, or metals

Our preferred requirements are:

A passive approach that does not require chemical or energy inputs
Accommodates treatment flow rates in the range of 1-2 gpm per square foot of treatment area
Capable of removing phosphorus as well as nitrogen

 Funding: Funding is proposal-dependent and typically ranges from $40,000 to $75,000 for a 6- to 9-month proof-of-concept project with the potential for follow-on funding.

 About Oldcastle: Oldcastle Infrastructure is part of CRH, the leading global diversified building materials business. We are the #1 manufacturer of concrete products in North America, offering a range of precast concrete and polymer-based products such as underground vaults, drainage pipe and structures, utility enclosures and modular precast structures, which are supplied to the water, energy, communications, transportation and building structures markets.

 

Foundation Funding Opportunities


Please contact the Office of Foundation Relations for additional information about these opportunities. Our team is also available to advise and assist with proposal development. 

PLEASE NOTE: Many foundations are extending application deadlines due to the COVID-19 situation. Please check the foundation’s website or email foundationrelations@northwestern.edu for more information.
 

Environmental Research & Education Foundation: Solid Waste Management Research Grants
Amount: up to $500,000
Deadline: 5/1/21 (pre-proposal)

This program supports research projects related to sustainable solid waste management practices. Solid waste is defined as municipal solid waste, construction and demolition debris, certain industrial wastes, and other wastes typically managed by the solid waste industry or generated by the public not included in the aforementioned items. Topics of interest include: waste minimization; recycling; waste conversion to energy, biofuels, chemicals, or other useful products; strategies to promote diversion to higher and better uses; and landfilling.

 

Corporate Funding Opportunities:

Collaboration Opportunities
Corporate Engagement facilitates any connections between Northwestern faculty, students, and staff seeking support from corporations for the purposes of research, scholarship, and strategic engagement. Contact Jim Bray, (j-bray@northwestern.edu), Director of Corporate Engagement, for more information.

Pepsico Open Innovation

PepsiCo External Innovation is an upstream, externally facing, department within PepsiCo R&D. We actively scout for, identify and develop strategic partnerships with external collaborators. Our goal is to locate key external insights, business models and technical unlocks and new capabilities that, when partnered with PepsiCo’s robust internal R&D expertise, will yield disruptive innovation in our core products and/or new and emerging products. We are currently exploring novel technology spaces that can dramatically impact our portfolio of foods and beverages. We are interested in improving all facets of our supply chain—from raw material inputs all the way to the consumer consumption—and identifying global efficiencies in areas including crop science, ingredients, processing, packaging, equipment, distribution/fleet, retail and e-commerce. We are also committed to sustainability for our planet and our communities.

 Cisco Research and Innovation

1) RFP-20-02: Global Conservation – Science and Technology Meet for Species Conservation

Brief Summary: The intersection between technology strategy and ecosystem conservation, referred to as techno-conservation, is an area of interest for Cisco. In this RFP, we are seeking multidisciplinary research teams to investigate and evaluate the intersection of science and technology to drive the advancement of biotelemetry; conservation of a variety of endangered or at-risk species (including terrestrial, aquatic, avian, et al.) and their environments and ecosystems; and the impacts of human activity on species and ecosystems (including chemical and acoustic pollution, deforestation, soil erosion, overfishing, etc.).

2) RFP-20-01: Global Conservation – Sustainable Economic Development
Brief Summary: The intersection between technology strategy and ecosystem conservation, referred to as techno-conservation, is an area of interest for Cisco. In this RFP, we are seeking systems researchers to investigate and evaluate new and evolving business strategies, economic models, and partnership models associated with technology evolution in the conservation industry.

PLEASE NOTE: Many corporations are extending application deadlines due to the COVID-19 situation. Please check the corporation’s website or email corporate@northwestern.edu for more information.

 

Fellowship and Award Opportunities:

 

Publication Opportunities:

A special issue of Interdisciplinary Climate Research for Urban Resiliency and Sustainability is accepting manuscripts:

This Special Issue provides a collection of scholarly articles that focus on improving climate-related urban sustainability and resiliency at scales for humans and ecosystems to thrive. Topics of interest to this Issue include but are not limited to:

Urban climate modeling using dynamical or statistical methods for adaptation and mitigation;

Evaluation of “what if” urban planning scenarios for urban climate impacts;

Role of green infrastructure in reducing climate vulnerabilities for urban communities;

Interdisciplinary urban research at the intersection of climate and environmental justice issues ranging from vulnerability to heat, air quality, crime, and public health;

Development of GIS-based toolkits and methodologies for interdisciplinary urban research;

Development of integrated methodologies across social, natural, and engineered systems to improve climate resiliency in urban communities.

Overall, this Special Issue crosscuts multiple urban sustainability and resiliency themes, with climate change as a driver of change and a key ingredient in the research and experimental design. The articles in this Special Issue will guide urban planners and stakeholders in the development of sustainable urban solutions for cities of all sizes, ranging from large cities to small towns.

Submissions due July 31, 2021.  Read the details here.

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