Dear Water Institute community,


See funding opportunity from NSF & the National Center for Atmospheric Research that might be of interest for UF early career faculty engaged with the Water Institute on SBE or policy related research that intersects with earth system sciences. Please pass along to potential interested faculty in your networks.





The Early Career Faculty Innovator Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is pleased to announce that the application period for the third cohort of the Innovator Program has officially opened. We are accepting applications from faculty with social, behavioral, or policy sciences doctorates to collaborate on projects with NCAR scientists at the intersection of social science and STEM research.


NCAR is a world-class research center leading, promoting and facilitating innovation in the atmospheric and related Earth and Sun systems sciences. The Innovator Program, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), connects early career faculty in the social sciences to scientists at NCAR to collaborate on projects at the intersection of social science and STEM research. 


Award Details: Contingent upon funding from NSF, The Innovator Program will award two-year grants for selected faculty. Awards will be up to $400K over two years, starting in the Fall 2023. Funded projects will be co-developed between faculty awardees and NCAR scientists. Competitive proposals will demonstrate interdisciplinary and actionable research projects that respond to societal needs. More details can be found on our website


Letters of Intent are being accepted now through May 1st, 2022. We are only accepting applications from faculty with social, behavioral, or policy sciences doctorates. Faculty with doctorates in interdisciplinary fields will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will host 3 Virtual Q&A sessions to answer any questions faculty may have. Folks can sign up for our mailing list to get updates when these sessions are scheduled, and to get other relevant program updates.  


Please share this information with your colleagues that have expertise in human dimensions research. We’ve made a digital flyer that can be shared with those who may be interested. Eligibility and application instructions can be viewed on our Innovators website, along with these profiles of Cohort 1 and Cohort 2 faculty. We greatly appreciate your time and hope to connect with your University for this opportunity.


Please email us at  [log in to unmask] with any questions

All the best, 


Cassandra (Cassie) O'Lenick, PhD [she/her]

Project Scientist I

Research Applications Laboratory


Education and Outreach


National Center for Atmospheric Research

Boulder, CO

Cell phone: 703.981.7591

Office phone: 303.497.2821


Innovators Program Support Specialist: Auliya McCauley-Hartner, [log in to unmask], 303-497-8303


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