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SURA opportunity targets hydrology and agriculture

The Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) has announced plans to develop a Category 1 “incubation grant” that will build on the advances made through the IOOS Coastal Ocean Modeling Testbed to address the goals of the joint NSF-National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Water Sustainability and Climate (WSC) program.

Successful proposals will result in projects of one to two years in duration for up to $150,000.

According to SURA, "The intent of Category 1 awards is to hold workshops, develop teams and articulate plans for the establishment of a study site or modeling effort. The intent of a potential SURA-led Category 1 proposal would be to explore extending the IOOS Coastal Ocean Modeling Testbed to understand and predict the interactions between the water system and climate change, land use (including agriculture, managed forest and rangeland systems), the built environment, and ecosystem function and services through place-based research and integrative models in the Gulf of Mexico and on the US Atlantic Coast. We are especially interested in establishing linkages with colleagues in hydrology and agriculture to further advance predictive understanding of the whole water system."

A copy of the full program solicitation is available from the Mississippi State University Office of Research and Economic Development website at http://www.research.msstate.edu/limitedsubmissions.

If you are interested in participating in the development of an NSF-NIFA WSC Category 1 project, please contact Liz Smith (lsmith@sura.org), Don Wright (wright@sura.org) or Mary Ann Ottinger (maotting@umd.edu) by Monday, Sept. 12 and include a statement of your interests as they pertain to this opportunity.

Proposals are due Oct. 19, 2011.

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