Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 7/31/2023

Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems (DISES)

The DISES Program supports research projects that advance basic scientific understanding of integrated socio-environmental systems and the complex interactions (dynamics, processes, and feedbacks) within and among the environmental (biological, physical and chemical) and human ("socio") (economic, social, political, or behavioral) components of such a system.  The program seeks proposals that emphasize the truly integrated nature of a socio-environmental system versus two discrete systems (a natural one and a human one) that are coupled.  DISES projects must explore a connected and integrated socio-environmental system that includes explicit analysis of the processes and dynamics between the environmental and human components of the system.

PIs are encouraged to develop proposals that push conceptual boundaries and build new theoretical framing of the understanding of socio-environmental systems.  Additionally, we encourage the exploration of multi-scalar dynamics, processes and feedbacks between and within the socio-environmental system.

Full Proposal Deadline Date: November 17, 2023

Eligibility Requirements

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

  • Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) - Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members. Special Instructions for International Branch Campuses of US IHEs: If the proposal includes funding to be provided to an international branch campus of a US institution of higher education (including through use of subawards and consultant arrangements), the proposer must explain the benefit(s) to the project of performance at the international branch campus, and justify why the project activities cannot be performed at the US campus.
  • Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research laboratories, professional societies and similar organizations located in the U.S. that are directly associated with educational or research activities.
Amount Description

Estimated Number of Awards: 12 to 20

DISES will support research projects, exploratory projects, and Research Coordination Networks (RCN).

  1. DISES Track 1 research awards will be up to five years in duration with a budget up to $1,800,000.
  2. DISES-EX Track 2 exploratory awards will be up to three years in duration with a budget up to $750,000.
  3. DISES-RCN Track 3 research coordination network awards will be four or five years in duration with a budget up to $500,000.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $15,000,000 to $18,000,000

The amount of funding is approximate, pending availability of funds.

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