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NCSA Awarded NSF Grant to Expand Computational Science Education in Food, Energy, and Water

Researchers at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been awarded a 4-year, $1M grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to address grand challenges at the nexus of food, energy, and water (FEW). The project, titled “The INFEWS-ER: a Virtual Resource Center Enabling Graduate Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems,” will provide a “virtual environment for completing the Food, Energy, and Water (FEW) graduate student experience, thereby facilitating the generation of human capital who can address grand challenges at the nexus of food, energy, and water.” The INFEWS-ER will provide “educational resources (ER) targeting innovations at the nexus of FEW by combining the fundamental sciences… with the skills and knowledge of interdisciplinary problem solving and the latest computational modeling and analysis tools and data.” “Broadly, The INFEWS-ER aims to create a virtual resource center to foster the growth of students who are focusing on the nexus of food, energy, and water but may not be computationally strong, or vice-versa: computationally strong graduates who need a fundamental understanding of the disciplines of food, energy, and water,” said Principal Investigator Luis Rodriguez from Illinois. Additional partners on the project include: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Iowa State University, University of California, Davis, North Carolina State University, West Texas A&M University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Michigan State University, South Dakota State University and Learn more at

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