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Project - 60NANB22D199

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Original Description
PURPOSE:THIS AWARD WILL COMPLETE INITIATION OF THE SOIL CARBON SOLUTION CENTER (SCSC) AT COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY, THEREBY PROVIDING THE UNIVERSITY AND STAKEHOLDERS WITH MODELING AND DATA ACCESS CURRENT NOT AVAILABLE FROM THE UNIVERSITY. THE PROJECT WILL PROVIDE ACCESS TO SPECIALIZED TECHNOLOGIES, SERVICES, AND EXPERTISE TO SUPPORT THE SCIENTIFIC NEEDS AND ENHANCE THE SCIENTIFIC PRODUCTIV-ITY OF ITS STAFF MEMBERS WHILE SUPPORTING OUTREACH AND EDUCATION INITIATIVES. ACTIVITIES TO BE PERFORMED:THE RECIPIENT WILL CREATE A DIVERSE STAKEHOLDER ADVISORY BOARD COMPOSED OF MEMBER DRAWN FROM INDUSTRY, NGOS, BUSINESSES, INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES, GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, AND PRODUCERS WHO HAVE EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN ONE OR MULTIPLE ASPECTS OF SOIL SOLUTIONS DEVELOPMENT. SEVERAL STAFF POSITIONS WILL BE FILLED. FULL TIME STAFF WILL BE HIRED TO FOCUS ON COMMUNICATIONS, PROJECTMANAGEMENT, AND THE LAUNCH OF THE SCSC'S MODELING AND DATA CONSORTIUM. SUMMER SALARY SUPPORT WILL BE PROVIDED FOR SEVERAL CSU FACULTY ASSOCIATED WITH THE CENTER. THE SCSC DIRECTOR EXPECTS TO CONDUCT SEARCHES AND HIRE AN ASSOCIATE CENTER DIRECTOR, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, AND TWO DATA SCIENTISTS IN EARLY 2023. A COMPUTATIONAL CAPABILITY WILL BE ESTABLISHED WITH THE PURCHASE OF THE NECESSARY COMPUTING HARDWARE FOR USE BY 2 DATA SCIENTISTS. THIS WILL ALLOW THE CENTER TO BEGIN PROVIDING SOIL MODELING AND DATA SERVICES.EXPECTED OUTCOMES:THE SCSC WILL SUPPORT BREAKTHROUGH RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR PROMOTING SOIL CARBON SEQUESTRATION AND IMPROVING OVERALL SOIL HEALTH IN AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS. BY LEVERAGING THE UNIQUE EXPERTISE AND LEADERSHIP OF RESEARCHERS ACROSS CSU, TRANSDISCIPLINARY EXPERTISE WILL BE BROUGHT TO BEAR ADDRESSING IMPLEMENTATION BARRIERS AND BRINGING SOIL CARBON SOLUTIONS TO SCALE. THE SCSC AIMS TO CREATE NEW AND PRODUCTIVE COLLABORATIONS AMONG SCIENTISTS IN THE FIELD OF SOIL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOCHEMISTRY, ENERGY SECTOR ENGINEERING, CROP GENETICS, AGRO AND ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS, EXTENSION AND OUTREACH, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, HUMANITIES, AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, TOWARD A COMMON GOAL OF DEVELOPING APPLIED SOIL-BASED SOLUTIONS AND BRING THEM TO SCALE, GLOBALLY, AS A KEY CO2 REMOVAL TECHNOLOGY AND A MEANS TO IMPROVE SUSTAINABLE FOOD, FIBER AND BIOENERGY PRODUCTION, AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH.INTENDED BENEFICIARIES: THIS PROJECT WILL BENEFIT A BROAD RANGE OF STAKEHOLDER IN THE SOIL CARBON SEQUESTRATION COMMUNITY. ADVANCE TOOLS WILL BE CREATED THAT BENEFIT INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT AND EMPLOYMENT IN A NEW DOMESTIC AND GLOBAL INDUSTRY, SPURRING DEVELOPMENT AND EMPLOYMENT IN THE U.S. THE SCSC WILL PROVIDE TO THE PUBLIC CURATED, CERTIFIED SOIL MODELS, ACCESS TO CERTIFIED COMPILED MODEL VERSIONS AND SOURCE CODE, TESTING AND VALIDATION OF MODEL IMPROVEMENTS PROPOSED BY OTHER ACADEMIC CONSORTIUM MEMBERS, ACCESS TO FIELD MEASUREMENT DATABASES, FULL UP-TO-DATE DOCUMENTATION OF MODELS AND DATABASES, INTENSIVE TRAINING COURSES IN THE APPLICATION OF MODELS AND TOOLS, AND HOSTING OF INTERNS AND GUEST RESEARCHERS INTERESTED IN MORE EXTENSIVE TRAINING IN THE USE OF PROCESS-BASED BIOGEOCHEMICAL SIMULATION MODELS.SUBRECIPIENT ACTIVITIES: THE RECIPIENT DOES NOT INTEND TO SUBAWARD FUNDS.
Assistance Type
Project Grant (B)
Place of Performance
Fort Collins, Colorado 80525-2002 USA
Related Opportunity
None

STATUS

Period of Performance

11/1/22

Start Date

4/30/24

End Date
0% Complete

Funding Split

$1.0M

Federal Obligation

$0.0

Non-Federal Obligation

$1.0M

Total Obligated
100.0% Federal Funding
0.0% Non-Federal Funding

ACTIVITY TIMELINE

SUBGRANT AWARDS

TRANSACTION HISTORY

ADDITIONAL DETAIL

Award ID FAIN
60NANB22D199
SAI Number
60NANB22D199_0
Award ID URI
EXE
Awardee Classifications
Public/State Controlled Institution Of Higher Education
Awarding Office
1333ND DEPT OF COMMERCE NIST
Funding Office
1333ND DEPT OF COMMERCE NIST
Last Modified: 9/20/22