The National Science Foundation has issued a solicitation for Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems (DISES). This solicitation is an update of the program previously known as CNH and CNH2. Full proposals are due November 16, 2020.
In the last five years, the state of Arizona has received a total of seven CNH-L and CNH2 awards; two of those awards have been to ASU sustainability scientists.
The DISES program acknowledges a continuum of environments from those with very limited human populations (e.g. polar regions) to those in which human systems and processes fully dominate (e.g. densely populated megacities). There are integrated systems operating in all these spaces, and many can be considered as domains for DISES study.
For the purposes of this solicitation, NSF defines the “socio” or human component of the system as one predominantly governed by human decisions, actions, and behaviors, and we define the “environmental” component of the system as one predominantly governed by biological, physical, and chemical processes. DISES projects can include research that investigates integrated socio-environmental systems in agricultural as well as in urban settings.