Sustainability Research Networks Competition (SRN)

Limited Submission Funding Opportunity for Texas A&M University
Sustainability Research Networks Competition (SRN)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

PI Eligibility
Texas A&M University faculty, including Agriculture, Engineering and TTI personnel.

Institutional Eligibility
Your proposal will need to be submitted in the name of Texas A&M University. The proposal will be prepared and submitted by the Office of Sponsored Research Services (OSRS).

The lead institution is expected to develop partnerships or arrangements with other universities/colleges, or other institutions such as national laboratories; research museums; private sector; state, local, and tribal governments; non-governmental organizations; and international collaborators, as appropriate, to enable the SRN to attain its strategic goals.

Number of Proposals: 3 preliminary proposals
A single organization may submit a maximum of three preliminary proposals as the lead institution. Full proposals are to be submitted only when invited by NSF. There is no limit to participation as a partner institution. It is not likely that the SRN program will provide support for more than one SRN from any one lead institution in this competition.

Sustainability Research Networks will engage and explore fundamental theoretical issues and empirical questions in sustainability science, engineering, and education that will increase our understanding of the ultimate sustainability challenge - maintaining and improving the quality of life for the nation within a healthy Earth system. The goal of the Sustainability Research Networks (SRN) competition is to support the development and coalescence of entities to advance collaborative research that addresses questions and challenges in sustainability science, engineering, and education. SRNs will link scientists, engineers, and educators, at existing institutions, centers, networks, and also develop new research efforts and collaborations.

Each SRN network will be built upon an ambitious and nationally important sustainability theme. Proposers will be tasked with choosing a specific theme for their network, identifying the research already being done in this area, proposing methods for linking existing research efforts, and then proposing research needed to advance their specific research theme. Examples of possible SRN themes are provided in the "Program Description" section of this solicitation (Section II.B.). SRNs will foster new knowledge and tools at a frontier of research that significantly crosses and melds the boundaries of diverse disciplines, and creates the integrated science and engineering disciplines of the future. SRNs will pursue new opportunities in science, engineering and educational research that truly require the scale, scope, and facilities enabled by such a network.

September 28, 2011, 5:00 p.m.:
Deadline for an email of intent. Include the names of the PI and co-PIs, title of internal proposal and a 1-3 sentence description of the project.

Send email of intent to

October 3, 2011, 5:00 p.m.: Deadline to submit an internal proposal. 
All proposals submitted for the Limited Submissions must be submitted electronically using the on-line application system, which is available at:

Be prepared to upload your internal proposal, the sections will include a 1-3 page Research Plan Summary, Bio-sketch, and a budget.

This site is password protected. Texas A&M University tenure or tenure track faculty may use their neo password to access the system. To change your password go to:, click on "Forget your password?" and enter the email account you used to setup your account.  If you need to setup a new account go to:, click on "Need an eProposal Account," fill in the pertinent information and an account will be created for you.

If you have any questions, please contact or 979.845.1811.

October 7, 2011: The Internal Selection Committee will notify PIs of the result of the internal competition.

December 1, 2011: Deadline for the Preliminary proposal, by 5:00 pm local time of applicant organization

April 1, 2012: Deadline for an Invited Full proposal, by 5:00 pm local time of applicant organization

Internal Selection Procedures
Texas A&M University has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.