DOE, USDA, and NSF Launch Joint Climate Change Prediction Research Program

Washington, DC (March 22, 2010)- The Department of Energy (DOE), in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF), announced the launch of a joint research program to produce high-resolution models for predicting climate change and its resulting impacts.


The program, called Decadal and Regional Climate Prediction Using Earth System Models (EaSM), is designed to generate models that are significantly more powerful than existing ones, and thereby helping decisionmakers develop better adaptation strategies to address climate change.
“The impacts of energy production and use on climate and the impacts of a changing climate on our future energy infrastructure are among the most critical challenges facing the Department of Energy,” said Dr. William F. Brinkman, Director of DOE’s Office of Science. “This research will help us better understand how much our climate is changing and what that will mean at both a global and regional level over the next few decades.”
The joint solicitation for EaSM proposals enables the three partner agencies to combine resources and fund the highest impact projects without duplicating efforts. The President has requested approximately $50 million in his FY 2011 budget for the EaSM project.
Program Funding
The joint solicitation for EaSM proposals enables the three partner agencies to combine resources and fund the highest-impact projects without duplicating efforts. The FY 2010 EaSM solicitation will be supported by the following funding levels: 1) about $30 million from NSF; 2) about $10 million from DOE; and 3) about $9 million from USDA. This project represents an historic augmentation of support for interdisciplinary climate change research by NSF and its partner agencies.
This solicitation is the first solicitation for the five-year EaSM program, which will run from FY 2010 to FY 2014. Submitted proposals will be reviewed through NSF’s peer review process, and awards will be funded by all three partner agencies. About 20 NSF grants under EaSM are expected to be awarded.
Types of Proposals
Two types of interdisciplinary proposals will be considered for EaSM funding: Type 1 proposals should be capacity/community building activities, address one or more goals, and last up to three years; these proposals may receive up to $300,000 in annual funding. Type 2 proposals should describe large, ambitious, collaborative, interdisciplinary efforts that advance Earth system modeling on regional and decadal scales, and last three to five years; these proposals may receive $300,000 to $1 million in annual funding.
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