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Awardee:UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS SYSTEM
Doing Business As Name:University of Arkansas
PD/PI:
  • Ruben M Ceballos
  • (479) 575-3251
  • ceballos@uark.edu
Co-PD(s)/co-PI(s):
  • Michelle A Evans-White
  • Alvaro Durand-Morat
  • Leandro A Mozzoni
Award Date:08/30/2019
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 749,993
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 450,000
  • FY 2019=$450,000
Start Date:09/01/2019
End Date:08/31/2023
Transaction Type:Grant
Agency:NSF
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.079
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:INFEWS/T3 RCN: Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and United States Energy-Food Biotech Innovations Network (BACUS)
Federal Award ID Number:1856091
DUNS ID:191429745
Parent DUNS ID:055600001
Program:Track 3 INFEWS

Awardee Location

Street:210 Administration Building
City:FAYETTEVILLE
State:AR
ZIP:72701-1201
County:Fayetteville
Country:US
Awardee Cong. District:03

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:University of Arkansas
Street:601 Science Engineering
City:Fayetteville
State:AR
ZIP:72701-1201
County:Fayetteville
Country:US
Cong. District:03

Abstract at Time of Award

The Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems Track 3 Research Coordination Network (INFEWS/T3 RCN): Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, and the United States (BACCUS) Energy-Food Biotech Innovations project is focused on facilitating and coordinating research between: (a) U.S. faculty-scientists affiliated with the Minority Institution Research Collaborative (MIRC); and, (b) MIRC affiliates and collaborating scientists from partner institutions in South America (and beyond). The project supports the integration of research and technologies related to feedstock/crop sciences (food), biofuels (energy) as well as bioremediation and availability of water for food-energy systems. The overarching goal of the BACUS INFEWS RCN project is to develop long-lasting and impactful collaborations in FEWS research between faculty at U.S. minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and those at international partner institutions. The BACUS network is based on emerging collaborations between U.S. scientists and scientists at key research institutions, government labs, and private corporations in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, and Chile. The network also includes U.S. corporate partners and collaborations with the World Trade Center Arkansas/Arkansas Economic Development Commission. Project activities are guided by input from the U.S. Department of State to ensure that research objectives, technology transfer, and data sharing activities are aligned with federal policies and initiatives regarding international exchange and science diplomacy. Four NSF INFEWS BACUS network project themes are identified: (1) Food vs. Energy Feedstocks; (2) Emergent Biofuels Technologies; (3) Food and Energy Models and FEWS Model Coupling; and, (4) Energy Impacts on Water Systems. Coordination of collaborative projects under these themes will be pursued with the goal of determining whether select prototype FEWS technologies can be implemented in a manner that yields significant impact on local, national, and regional economies. Small and medium scale systems will be studied as part of the scope of this work and data emanating from these efforts will be used to develop mathematical models that estimate FEWS technology impact on larger scale markets. Fundamental methods in natural sciences and engineering will be employed and complemented by economic forecasting methods, modeling, and other analytical approaches. This project addresses a critical need to determine the potential impact of emerging technologies on food, energy, and water systems from a national and international perspective. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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