Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS)

Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS) – INFEWS is a federal research partnership between NIFA and the National Science Foundation. The overarching goal of INFEWS is to catalyze well-integrated interdisciplinary and convergent research to transform scientific understanding of the FEW nexus (integrating all three components rather than addressing them separately), in order to improve system function and management, address system stress, increase resilience, and ensure sustainability.

This initiative enables interagency cooperation on one of the most pressing problems of the millennium - understanding interactions across the FEW nexus - how it is likely to affect our world, and how we can proactively plan for its consequences. It allows the partner agencies - National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA) - to combine resources to identify and fund the most meritorious and highest-impact projects that support their respective missions, while eliminating duplication of effort and fostering collaboration between agencies and the investigators they support. 

The INFEWS solicitation is a joint solicitation between NSF and USDA NIFA. The solicitation has been released through NSF and all applications should be submitted to NSF following the guidelines in the solicitation. All questions regarding proposal submissions should be directed to INFEWSquestions@NSF.GOV(link sends e-mail) or the program officers on the track teams responsible for the different tracks. A complete list of the program officers on these track teams can be found on the program website(link is external). For more information about this program and to view the RFA, please visit the NIFA webpage.
Although there are no specific international collaboration opportunities available under the INFEWS solicitation at this time, proposals that include international collaboration are welcomed by the INFEWS solicitation. Support for international partners should not generally be requested from NSF. Instead, the international partners should seek support from their own domestic or regional sources of funding.