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Awardee:NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
Doing Business As Name:North Carolina State University
PD/PI:
  • Mary H Schweitzer
  • (919) 515-7838
  • schweitzer@ncsu.edu
Co-PD(s)/co-PI(s):
  • Ethan G Hyland
  • Manuel Kleiner
  • John Scannella
  • Amy M Grunden
Award Date:09/16/2019
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 638,751
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 638,751
  • FY 2019=$638,751
Start Date:10/01/2019
End Date:09/30/2024
Transaction Type:Grant
Agency:NSF
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.083
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:GCR: Microbial Response to a Changing Planet: The Role of Microbes in Mineral Precipitation Resulting in Exceptional Fossil Preservation and CO2 Sequestration
Federal Award ID Number:1934844
DUNS ID:042092122
Parent DUNS ID:142363428
Program:GCR-Growing Convergence Resear
Program Officer:
  • Dragana Brzakovic
  • (703) 292-8040
  • dbrzakov@nsf.gov

Awardee Location

Street:2701 Sullivan DR STE 240
City:Raleigh
State:NC
ZIP:27695-0001
County:
Country:US
Awardee Cong. District:04

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:North Carolina State University
Street:Sullivan Dr
City:Raleigh
State:NC
ZIP:27695-7214
County:Raleigh
Country:US
Cong. District:04

Abstract at Time of Award

This Growing Convergence Research project will test the overarching hypotheses that exceptional preservation of organic material was influenced, in part, by microbially mediated, rapid deposition of carbonate minerals in response to elevated atmospheric pCO2, and that the mechanisms by which these microbes sequestered atmospheric CO2 as carbonate minerals can be discerned and harnessed to mitigate rising atmospheric concentrations of this greenhouse gas. To effectively study these hypotheses, a research team spanning microbiology, proteomics, paleoimmunology, sedimentology/geochemistry, paleontology, and engineering was assembled. The results of this project will enhance understanding of: (i) mechanisms of exceptional preservation and their potential application, (ii) the relationship between CO2 levels and microbial evolution, (iii) characterization of environments under greenhouse/high-pCO2 conditions, and iv) microbial participation in carbon sequestration. Microbial mechanisms investigated within this proposed work may provide a route for the development of economical and scalable methods to sequester CO2. 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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