Land Grant institutions must take a leading role in preparing all global citizens for the food, energy, and water (FEW) challenges of today and tomorrow. The Food-Energy-Water-Nexus concept has emerged as a unique opportunity to pursue a sustained, systemic, and interdisciplinary education and outreach initiative, including program evaluation and education research, focused on FEW issues. This effort spans a wide array of contexts, including K-12 and postsecondary classrooms, informal and non-formal learning environments, and in public spaces. In this session, we present the National Collaborative for Research on Food, Energy, and Water Education (NC-FEW; http://ncfew.org), a new transdisciplinary community of educators and education researchers engaged in FEW-Nexus-focused educational programming and research/evaluation. Over the next 3 years, this Research Coordination Network (RCN; ECR-EHR Core Research #1856040), in conjunction with a Multistate Research Committee (NC1207), will continue to engage a diverse array of educators and education researchers with STEM and FANH backgrounds by affording a novel and innovative space for discourse, networking, and collaboration-building around FEW-Nexus-focused education and education research/evaluation. In this session, we discuss novel theoretical and analytical perspectives the FEW-Nexus concept affords by emphasizing coupled human-natural systems as core elements of postsecondary teaching and learning within the FEW-Nexus. Participants will use virtual collaboration tools to identify shared needs, priorities, and goals of NACTA and NC-FEW communities, explore and map research themes and grand challenges onto those of the broader community, and identify new potential collaborators.