Carbon Cycle Science (ROSES 2016)

Funding Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

This announcement offers opportunities for Carbon Cycle Science investigations within the NASA Earth Science Program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program (AFRI), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Terrestrial Ecosystem Science Program, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ocean Acidification Program. NASA, USDA, DOE, and NOAA seek proposals to improve understanding of changes in the distribution and cycling of carbon among the active land, ocean, coastal, and atmospheric reservoirs and how that understanding can be used to establish a scientific foundation for societal responses to global environmental change.

Priorities for new carbon cycle science research continue to derive from the research agenda of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) (, and, specifically, its U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program (, as well as the goals and objectives of the individual agencies supporting the research.

The USDA-NIFA mission is to advance knowledge for agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being, and communities. The purpose of the AFRI is to support research, education, and extension grants that address key problems of national, regional, and multistate importance in sustaining all components of agriculture. USDA research seeks to determine the significance of agricultural systems (including farm, crop, forest, and range lands) in the global carbon cycle, including carbon consequences of adaptation strategies within these systems, and to identify agricultural and forestry activities that can contribute toward reducing atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases. This carbon cycle science program falls within the USDANIFA’S Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change program which seeks both fundamental and applied interdisciplinary research on impacts and feedbacks to global change and potential adaptation and mitigation strategies, as well as discovery and demonstration of decision support tools for land, ecosystem and water resource managers to mitigate carbon and greenhouse gas emissions (i.e., increase carbon uptake and sequestration and/or reduce emissions) while maintaining or enhancing productivity and associated ecosystem products, services, and structure; identify vulnerable ecosystems (including production and management systems) and their thresholds; and adapt to global change and its drivers. USDA carbon cycle research contributes toward the goals of major USGCRP activities, including the Carbon Cycle Science Program’s U.S. NACP. In addition, USDA-NIFA encourages international coordination in the area of agricultural greenhouse gases via the Global Research Alliance (


  • NOIs: April 1, 2016
  • Proposals: June 15, 2016

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Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

June 15, 2016