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A recent award from the US National Science Foundation to faculty and scientists at the University of Tennessee (UT) and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will support the development of a Research Coordination Network (RCN), designed to identify transdisciplinary research opportunities for scientists in the US and China focusing on the nexus of food, energy and water systems (FEWS). This grant, termed “Food-Energy-Water Systems Transdisciplinary Environmental Research Network (FEWSTERN),” will partner with three NSF-China awards to three teams of Chinese institutions, led by Nanjing University, South China University of Science and Technology, and Remin University of China, respectively, to develop research priorities transcending US and Chinese grand challenges.

The effort will be directed by Frank Löffler, a UT-ORNL Governor's Chair Professor for UT's Departments of Microbiology and Civil and Environmental Engineering and ORNL's Biosciences Division with an adjunct appointment in the UTIA Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science.


orange bullet NSF has just posted a US–China FEW research funding opportunity in partnership with NSFC. Please let your collaborators know. Deadline for submission is October 20, 2017.

orange bullet Read the article on the new FEWS project on UTIA's News and Announcements page.

Upcoming Meetings

orange bullet The 2017 FEWSTERN Research Challenge Meeting will be held December 7-9, 2017 at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, Franklin, TN USA. You can use the links below for quick access to meeting information: