Selected Research Funding Opportunity Announcements

Winning Institutional Nomination System (WINS) Announcements

Sponsor: Searle Scholars Program
Title: Searle Scholars Program 2015
Program Summary:
 

The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding young scientists who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment. Grants are $300,000 for a three-year term with $100,000 payable each year of the grant, subject to the receipt of acceptable progress reports. Generally, the program makes 15 new grants annually.

 

Submissions are restricted to selected candidates from invited institutions only and are not open to individuals who have not been selected by their institution to participate in the competition.

 

Eligibility
 
Applicants for awards which will be activated on July 1, 2015 will be expected to be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences.
 
Candidates should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2013. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent) at an invited institution.
 
The Searle Scholars Program does not ordinarily support purely clinical research but has supported research programs that include both clinical and basic components. Potential applicants who are unsure if their research is appropriate for the Searle Program are encouraged to examine the research interests of present and former Searle Scholars.
 
Internal Due Date: March 11, 2014
Sponsor Due Date: September 26, 2014
WINS Link: https://research.uiowa.edu/grantTrack/preselection.php?get=uiwins&GrantID=17864&Type=2
Sponsor URL: http://www.searlescholars.net/go.php?id=5
 

 

Sponsor: The Pew Charitable Trusts
Title: Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences
Program Summary:
 

The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level.

 

Eligibility

 

  • Pew will accept one nomination (candidate information due July 14, 2014) from each of the invited participating institutions.
  • Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences or medicine.
  • As of November 1, 2014, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor.
  • On July 1, 2014, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before July 1, 2011), whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, or in work toward board certification does not count as part of this three-year limit.
  • Candidates may be nominated by their institution two times in total. ALL applicants must be nominated by their institution and must complete the 2015 online application.
  • If an applicant’s university has more than one eligible nominating institution or campus, that applicant may only apply from one institution; they may not reapply in a subsequent year from a different one.
  • Applicants with committed awards that overlap for the first two years of the Pew Scholars Program from the Searle Scholars Program, Rita Allen Foundation Scholars, Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Medical Scientists, Beckman Young Investigator Program, Ellison New Scholar Award, W.M. Keck Foundation, Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award, and the Kimmel Scholar Award are not eligible.

 

Based on their performance during their education and training, candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and innovative approaches.  Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles, but brings in concepts and theories from more diverse fields, are encouraged to apply.  Risk-taking is encouraged. Selection of the successful candidates will be based on a detailed description of the work that the applicant proposes to undertake, evaluations of the candidate’s performance, and notable past accomplishments, including honors, awards and publications. In evaluating the candidates, the National Advisory Committee gives considerable weight to evidence that the candidate is a successful independent investigator and has published significant work.

 
Internal Due Date: March 11, 2014
Sponsor Due Date: July 14, 2014
WINS Link: https://research.uiowa.edu/grantTrack/preselection.php?get=uiwins&GrantID=17863&Type=2
Sponsor URL: http://www.pewtrusts.org/our_work_category.aspx?id=194

 

Sponsor: Walmart Foundation
Title: Walmart: State Giving Program
Program Summary:
 
The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program plays an essential role in the Foundation’s mission to create opportunities so people can live better. The Program provides grants to 501(c)(3) organizations, ranging from $25,000 to $250,000. 
 
The Foundation has adopted four areas of focus: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Women's Economic Empowerment and Career Opportunity.  The Walmart Foundation encourages funding requests that align with at least one of its four areas of focus - programs that do not align with the four areas of focus will not be considered.
 
Internal Due Date: March 7, 2014
Sponsor Due Date: April 26, 2014
WINS Link: https://research.uiowa.edu/grantTrack/preselection.php?get=uiwins&GrantID=17866&Type=2
Sponsor URL: http://foundation.walmart.com/apply-for-grants/state-giving-guidelines
 

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Title: NSF: Sustainability Research Networks Competition (SRN) 2014 Focus: Urban Sustainability
Program Summary:
 
The goal of the Sustainability Research Networks (SRN) competition is to bring together multidisciplinary teams of researchers, educators, managers, policymakers and other stakeholders to conduct collaborative research that addresses fundamental challenges in sustainability. The 2014 SRN competition will fund research networks with a focus on urban sustainability. 
 
Proposals should identify an ambitious and nationally important theme in urban sustainability, present a creative and innovative research agenda that builds upon existing work in this area, and describe how a network of researchers and other stakeholders will be supported that integrates a variety of disciplines, sectors and backgrounds in order to create new perspectives and yield significant new understanding and knowledge.
 
The Sustainability Research Networks competition is part of the growing NSF investment in its Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) portfolio (www.nsf.gov/sees/). Challenges associated with broadly based SEES goals will be met by supporting fundamental science and engineering research and education needed to understand and overcome the barriers to sustainable human and environmental wellbeing and to forge reasoned pathways to a sustainable future. NSF aims to support members of the academic research community for projects which produce discoveries and knowledge that will inform decisions leading to environmental, energy, social and cultural sustainability. NSF support will advance the frontiers of conceptual, empirical and computational research in science, engineering and education so that the nation has the knowledge base to inform policies on sustainability.
 
 
Internal Due Date: March 4, 2014.
Sponsor Due Date: April 29, 2014
WINS Link: https://research.uiowa.edu/grantTrack/preselection.php?get=uiwins&GrantID=17867&Type=2
Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14534/nsf14534.htm
 

 

Sponsor: Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation
Title: Mallinckrodt Foundation Grant Program
Program Summary:
 
The Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation is a private foundation that funds basic biomedical research in St Louis and throughout the United States.  The mission of the Foundation is to support early stage investigators engaged in biomedical research that has the potential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis, or treatment of disease.
 
Internal Due Date: June 6, 2014.
Sponsor Due Date: August 1, 2014
WINS Link: https://research.uiowa.edu/grantTrack/preselection.php?get=uiwins&GrantID=17869&Type=2
Sponsor URL: http://emallinckrodtfoundation.org/Application.html
 

 

Sponsor: US Department of Health and Human Services: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Title: NIH: Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education (R25)
Announcement #: PAR-13-111
Program Summary:
 
This FOA, issued by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), encourages applications from institutions that propose to establish new or to enhance existing team-based design courses in undergraduate Biomedical Engineering departments or programs. This FOA targets undergraduate students at the senior level but may also include junior undergraduates and first-year graduate students. Courses that address innovative and/or ground-breaking development, multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary training and clinical immersion are especially encouraged.
 
Sponsor Due Date: May 13, 2014
WINS Link: https://research.uiowa.edu/grantTrack/preselection.php?get=uiwins&GrantID=17872&Type=2
Sponsor URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-111.html
 

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Title: NSF: Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science
Announcement #: N/A
Program Summary:
 
The Directorate for Engineering (ENG) and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science program supports the active involvement of K-12 science, technology, engineering, computer and information science, and mathematics (STEM) teachers and community college faculty in engineering and computer science research in order to bring knowledge of engineering, computer science, and technological innovation into their classrooms. The goal is to help build long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 STEM teachers, community college faculty, and the NSF university research community by involving the teachers and community college faculty in engineering and computer science research and helping them translate their research experiences and new knowledge into classroom activities. Partnerships with inner city schools or other high needs schools are especially encouraged, as is participation by underrepresented minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. This announcement features two mechanisms for support of in-service and pre-service K-12 STEM teachers and community college faculty: RET supplements to ongoing ENG or CISE awards and new RET Site awards. RET supplements may be included in proposals for new or renewed NSF Directorate for Engineering (ENG) or CISE grants or as supplements to ongoing NSF ENG or CISE funded projects. RET in Engineering and Computer Science Sites are based on independent proposals from engineering or computer and information science departments, schools or colleges to initiate and conduct research participation projects for a number of K-12 STEM teachers and/or community college faculty.
 
Internal Due Date: August 11, 2014
Sponsor Due Date: October 6, 2014
WINS Link: https://research.uiowa.edu/grantTrack/preselection.php?get=uiwins&GrantID=17891&Type=2
Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11509/nsf11509.htm
 

 

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health
Title: NIH: Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA) (K12)
Announcement #: N/A
Program Summary:
 
The purpose of the Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) Program is to develop a diverse group of highly trained biomedical and behavioral scientists to address the Nation’s biomedical workforce needs. The strategy is to promote effective partnerships between research-intensive institutions (RII) and institutions that have a historical mission or a demonstrated commitment to educating students from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral research enterprise of the nation. The IRACDA program provides support for a traditional mentored postdoctoral research experience at an RII combined with an opportunity for these fellows to develop critical academic skills, including teaching, through workshops and through mentored teaching assignments at a partner institution. The primary goals of the IRACDA program are to (1) develop a group of highly trained biomedical and behavioral scientists who have the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue independent research and teaching careers in academia; and (2) strengthen and modernize science educational offerings at partner institutions, and promote links between RII and the partner institution(s).
 
Internal Due Date: July 30, 2014
Sponsor Due Date: September 24, 2014
WINS Link: https://research.uiowa.edu/grantTrack/preselection.php?get=uiwins&GrantID=17890&Type=2
Sponsor URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-290.html
 

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Title: NSF 14-544: Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM
Program Summary:
 
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces a fourth year of a program on collaborative research and education in the area of scalable nanomanufacturing, including the long-term societal implications of the large-scale implementation of nanomanufacturing innovations. This program is in response to and is a component of the National Nanotechnology Initiative Signature Initiative: Sustainable Nanomanufacturing - Creating the Industries of the Future (http://www.nano.gov/node/611).  Although many nanofabrication techniques have demonstrated the ability to fabricate small quantities of nanomaterials, nanostructures and nanodevices for characterization and evaluation purposes, the emphasis of the scalable nanomanufacturing program is on research to overcome the key scientific and technological barriers that prevent the production of useful nanomaterials, nanostructures, devices and systems at an industrially relevant scale, reliably, and at low cost and within environmental, health and safety guidelines. Competitive proposals will incorporate three elements in their research plans:
 
  • A persuasive case that the nanomaterials, nanostructures, devices or systems to be produced have or are likely to have sufficient demand to justify eventual scale-up;
  • A clearly identified set of research issues for science and engineering solutions that must be addressed to enable the production of high quality nano-enabled products at low cost; and
  • A compelling research plan with clear research objectives and approaches to overcome the identified research issues.

The mode of support is Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Teams (NIRT).

Proposals submitted to this program should consider addressing aspects of the nanomanufacturing value chain:

  • Novel scalable processes and techniques for large-area or continuous manufacturing of nano-scale structures and their assembly/integration into higher order systems;
  • Fundamental scientific research in well-defined technical areas that are compellingly justified as approaches to overcome critical barriers to scale-up and integration; and
  • Design principles for production systems leading to nanomanufacturing platforms; identification of metrology, instrumentation, standards and control methodologies needed for process control and to assess quality and yield.
 
Internal Due Date: April 22, 2014
Sponsor Due Date: June 6, 2014
WINS Link: https://research.uiowa.edu/grantTrack/preselection.php?get=uiwins&GrantID=17894&Type=2
Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14544/nsf14544.htm#
 

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Title: NSF 14-546: Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM)
Program Summary:
 
In this solicitation, significant changes have been made to the long-standing Ethics Education and Science and Engineering (EESE) program. To better reflect the program's new focus, we have decided to change its title to Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM). Whereas EESE was centered on graduate education, this new solicitation is directed towards research that addresses the formation of ethical STEM students, faculty, and researchers at all levels, through a variety of means beyond conventional classroom instruction.
 
Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) funds research projects that identify factors that are efficacious in the formation of ethical STEM researchers in all the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports. CCE STEM solicits proposals for research that explores the following: ‘What constitutes ethical STEM research and practice? Which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?' Factors one might consider include: honor codes, professional ethics codes and licensing requirements, an ethic of service and/or service learning, life-long learning requirements, curricula or memberships in organizations (e.g. Engineers without Borders) that stress social responsibility and humanitarian goals, institutions that serve under-represented groups, institutions where academic and research integrity are cultivated at multiple levels, institutions that cultivate ethics across the curriculum, or programs that promote group work, or do not grade. Do certain labs have a ‘culture of academic integrity'? What practices contribute to the establishment and maintenance of ethical cultures and how can these practices be transferred, extended to, and integrated into other research and learning settings?
 
Internal Due Date: April 24, 2014
Sponsor Due Date: June 17, 2014
WINS Link: https://research.uiowa.edu/grantTrack/preselection.php?get=uiwins&GrantID=17897&Type=2
Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14546/nsf14546.htm
 

 

Sponsor: W.M. Keck Foundation 
Title: Keck Grant Programs
Program Summary:
 
The W.M. Keck Foundation was founded with the goal of generating far-reaching benefits for humanity. The Foundation supports outstanding science, engineering and medical research, undergraduate education.  The Foundation strives to fund endeavors that are distinctive and novel in their approach. It encourages projects that are high-risk with the potential for transformative impact. "High-risk" comprises a number of factors, including questions that push the edge of the field, present unconventional approaches to intractable problems, or challenge the prevailing paradigm.
 
To comply with the limitation of two applications per institution, please contact Dr. Milan Sonka (milan-sonka@uiowa.edu) for details on the internal submission process. 
 
Sponsor Due Date: November 1, 2014
WINS Link: https://research.uiowa.edu/grantTrack/preselection.php?get=uiwins&GrantID=17903&Type=2
Sponsor URL: http://www.wmkeck.org/grant-programs/grant-programs
Proposal Guideline: OVPRED_Concept-papers-guidelines-052014.pdf

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Title: NSF 14-541: Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) in Engineering
Program Summary:
 
This solicitation aims at introducing nanoscale science, engineering, and technology through a variety of interdisciplinary approaches into undergraduate engineering education. The focus of the FY 2014 competition is on nanoscale engineering education with relevance to devices and systems and/or on the societal, ethical, economic and/or environmental issues relevant to nanotechnology.
 
A well-prepared, innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce is crucial to the Nation's health and economy. Indeed, recent policy actions and reports have drawn attention to the opportunities and challenges inherent in increasing the number of highly qualified STEM graduates, including STEM teachers. Priorities include educating students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields as well as educating a scientifically literate populace; both of these priorities depend on the nature and quality of the undergraduate education experience. In addressing these STEM challenges and priorities, the National Science Foundation invests in research-based and research-generating approaches to understanding STEM learning; to designing, testing, and studying curricular change; to wide dissemination and implementation of best practices; and to broadening participation of individuals and institutions in STEM fields. The goals of these investments include: increasing student retention in STEM, to prepare students well to participate in science for tomorrow, and to improve students' STEM learning outcomes.
 
Recognizing disciplinary differences and priorities, NSF's investment in research and development in undergraduate STEM education encompasses a range of approaches. These approaches include: experiential learning, assessment/metrics of learning and practice, scholarships, foundational education research, professional development/institutional change, formal and informal learning environments, and undergraduate disciplinary research. Both individually and integrated in a range of combinations, these approaches can lead to outcomes including: developing the STEM and STEM-related workforce, advancing science, broadening participation in STEM, educating a STEM-literate populace, improving K-12 STEM education, encouraging life-long learning, and building capacity in higher education.
 
To comply with the limitation of one proposal per institution, please contact Dr. Milan Sonka (milan-sonka@uiowa.edu) in the College of Engineering if you are interested in proceeding with an application.
 
 
Sponsor Due Date: May 27, 2014
WINS Link: https://research.uiowa.edu/grantTrack/preselection.php?get=uiwins&GrantID=17893&Type=2
Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14541/nsf14541.htm#

 

 
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Title: NSF 14-547: Innovation Corps Sites Program (I-Corps Sites)
Program Summary:
 
The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem that builds upon research to guide the output of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society.
 
In order to contribute to a national innovation ecosystem, NSF established the NSF Innovation Corps Sites Program (NSF I-Corps Sites). Sites are funded at academic institutions, having already existing innovation or entrepreneurial units, to enable them to:
 
 • Nurture students and/or faculty who are engaged in projects having the potential to be transitioned into the marketplace. I-Corps Sites will provide infrastructure, advice, resources,     networking opportunities, training and modest funding to enable groups to transition their work into the marketplace or into becoming I-Corps Team applicants (see NSF Innovation Corps Program, NSF 12-602).
 
Develop formal, active, local innovation ecosystems that contribute to a larger, national network of mentors, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors.
 
The purpose of an I-Corps Site is to nurture and support multiple, local teams to transition their ideas, devices, processes or other intellectual activities into the marketplace.
 
WINS Due Date: May 1, 2014
Sponsor Due Date: June 27, 2014
WINS Link: https://research.uiowa.edu/grantTrack/preselection.php?get=uiwins&GrantID=17906&Type=2
Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14547/nsf14547.htm

 

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Title: RFA-NS-14-010: NIH Blueprint Program for Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (R25)
Program Summary:
 
The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research educational activities that complement other formal training programs in the mission areas of the NIH Institutes and Centers. The over-arching goals of the NIH R25 program are to: (1) complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs; (2) enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce; (3) help recruit individuals with specific specialty or disciplinary backgrounds to research careers in biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences; and (4) foster a better understanding of biomedical, behavioral and clinical research and its implications.
 
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Blueprint for Neuroscience Research is a collaborative and coordinated effort across 16 Institutes and Centers that support research, research education, and research training with the goal of accelerating the pace of discovery in neuroscience research. By pooling resources and expertise, the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research can take advantage of economies of scale, confront challenges too large for any specific Institute or Center, and develop research tools and infrastructure that will serve the entire neuroscience community.
 
The NIH recognizes a unique and compelling need to promote diversity in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences research workforce. The NIH expects efforts to diversify the research workforce to lead to the recruitment of the most talented researchers from all groups; to improve the quality of the educational and training environment; to broaden and balance the perspective in setting research priorities; to improve the ability to recruit subjects from diverse backgrounds into clinical research protocols; and to improve the Nation’s ability to address and eliminate health disparities. Therefore, in keeping with the above-mentioned NIH goal, the Neuroscience Blueprint participating Institutes and Centers created the Blueprint Program for Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (BP-ENDURE).
 
 
WINS Due Date: April 23, 2014
Sponsor Due Date: May 28, 2014
WINS Link: https://research.uiowa.edu/grantTrack/preselection.php?get=uiwins&GrantID=17905&Type=2
Sponsor URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-NS-14-010.html
 

 

Sponsor: Dr. Scholl Foundation
Title: Scholl Foundation Grants
Program Summary:
The Dr. Scholl Foundation was established by William M. Scholl, M.D., in 1947. It is a private, independent, grantmaking foundation created from the success of the business he founded, the Scholl Manufacturing Company.  The Dr. Scholl Foundation is dedicated to providing financial assistance to organizations committed to improving our world.
 
Applications for grants are considered in the following areas:
  • Education
  • Social Service
  • Healthcare
  • Civic and cultural
  • Environmental
The categories above are not intended to limit the interest of the Foundation from considering other worthwhile projects. In general the Foundation guidelines are broad to give flexibility in providing grants.
 
WINS Due Date: September 4, 2014
Sponsor Due Date: November 3, 2014
WINS Link: https://research.uiowa.edu/grantTrack/preselection.php?get=uiwins&GrantID=17910&Type=2
Sponsor URL: http://www.drschollfoundation.com/index.html
 

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Title: NSF 14-548: Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
Program Summary:
The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development of bold, new, potentially transformative, and scalable models for STEM graduate training that ensure that graduate students develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The NRT program initially has one priority research theme - Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (DESE); in addition, proposals are encouraged on any other crosscutting, interdisciplinary theme. In either case, proposals should identify the alignment of project research themes with national research priorities and the need for innovative approaches to train graduate students in those areas. NRT projects should develop evidence-based, sustainable approaches and practices that substantially improve STEM graduate education for NRT trainees and for STEM graduate students broadly at an institution. NRT emphasizes the development of competencies for both research and research-related careers. Strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, museums, and academic partners that enhance research quality and impacts and that facilitate development of technical and transferrable professional skills are encouraged. Creation of sustainable programmatic capacity at institutions is an expected outcome. Proposals accordingly are expected to describe how institutions will support the continuation and institutional-level scaling of effective training elements after award closure.
 
WINS Due Date: April 29, 2014
Sponsor Due Date: June 24, 2014
WINS Link: https://research.uiowa.edu/grantTrack/preselection.php?get=uiwins&GrantID=17911&Type=2
Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14548/nsf14548.htm
 

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Title: NSF: International Research Network Connections (IRNC) (Backbone)
Program Summary:
The International Research Network Connections (IRNC) program supports high performance network connectivity required by international science and engineering research and education collaborations involving the NSF research community.  NSF expects to make a set of awards to: (1) link U.S. research networks with peer networks in other parts of the world and leverage existing international network connectivity; (2) support U.S. infrastructure and innovation of open network exchange points; (3) drive innovation and state-of-the-art capabilities for Research and Education (R&E) Network Operation Centers (NOC); (4) stimulate the development, application and use of advanced network measurement capabilities and services across international network paths; and (5) support community engagement in training and human and network capacity building, and coordination in advanced network engineering. High performance network connections funded by this program are intended to support science and engineering research and education applications, and preference will be given to solutions which provide the best economy of scale and demonstrate the ability to support the largest communities of interest with the broadest services. Funded projects will assist the U.S. research and education community by enabling state-of-the-art international network services and access to increased collaboration and data services. Through extended international network connections, additional research and production network services will be enabled, complementing those currently offered or planned by domestic research networks.
 
WINS Due Date: May 19, 2014
Sponsor Due Date: July 7, 2014
WINS Link: https://research.uiowa.edu/grantTrack/preselection.php?get=uiwins&GrantID=17916&Type=2
Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14554/nsf14554.htm
 

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US Department of Defense Program Announcements

Sponsor: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Title:

Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) Office Wide Grant

Announcement #: DARPA-BAA-12-64
Program Summary:

The Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) supports DARPA’s mission of maintainin technological superiority and preventing technological surprise by investing in areas such as microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), electronics, system architecture, photonics, and biotechnology. In recent years, the proliferation of commercial components and manufacturing processes has allowed our adversaries to achieve capabilities that were previously not possible. In response, DARPA/MTO is dedicated to pursuing avenues that leverage, counter, and transcend these commercial-off-the-shelf approaches (COTS). MTO aims to leverage and multiply the power of COTS by aggregating, adapting, and integrating components into networks and systems for the benefit of the warfighter. We create methods for countering threats that emerge from sustained advancements in cheap and readily available technologies that our adversaries may employ. Lastly, MTO develops high-risk, high-reward technologies outside and beyond the scope of the commercial industry to secure the DoD’s technological superiority. By continuing to drive revolutionary capabilities, we seek to “un-level” the playing field.

MTO regularly publishes Broad Agency Announcements requesting responses to specific program topics. This announcement seeks revolutionary research ideas for topics not being addressed by ongoing MTO programs or other published BAA solicitations. This BAA is primarily, but not solely, intended for early stage research (studies) that may lead to larger, focused, MTO programs in the future. Studies are defined as single phase efforts of short duration (< 12 months) costing less than $1,000,000. Whereas proposers are strongly encouraged to submit studies to this BAA, multi-phase efforts will also be considered. Multiphase efforts are defined as efforts with more than one phase that may span longer than 12 months and that may cost more than $1,000,000. Multi-phase efforts must also cover clearly identifiable research topic areas with quantitative technical metrics. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice, or that commercial industry is likely to develop on its own.

Submission Window: September 2, 2012 – September 1, 2014
Announcement:

DARPA-BBA-12-64_Final_For_Posting_30Aug2012.pdf

Sponsor URL: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=8b538eccd259f65d6aa259 be3f667bbe&tab=core&cview=0

 

 

Sponsor: Air Force Research Laboratory, AFRL/RX, Materials & Manufacturing Directorate (AFRL)
Title:

AFRL Research Collaboration Program

Announcement #: BAA-RQKM-2013-0005
Program Summary:

The objective of the AFRL Research Collaboration program is to enable collaborative research partnerships between AFRL and Academia and Industry in areas including but not limited to Materials and Manufacturing and Aerospace Sensors that engage a diverse pool of domestic businesses that employ scientists and engineers in technical areas required to develop critical war-fighting technologies for the nation’s air, space and cyberspace forces through specific AFRL Core Technical Competencies (CTCs). This objective will be met by awarding contracts/assistance instruments that provide a broad range of highly unique evolutionary and revolutionary technology advances in nine competency areas: Structural Materials and Applications, Functional Materials and Applications, Support for Operations, Manufacturing Technology, Radio Frequency (RF) Sensing, Electro-Optical Sensing, Spectrum Warfare, Layered Sensing Exploitation and Enabling Sensor Devices/Components.

White Papers Due: Current through December 20, 2017
Proposal Due Date: TBD pending white paper acceptance
Announcement:

baa-rqkm-2013-0005.doc

Sponsor URL: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=212295

 

Sponsor: Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Title: Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Announcement #:

BAA-AFOSR-2014-0001

Program Summary: AFOSR plans, coordinates, and executes the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) basic research program in response to technical guidance from AFRL and requirements of the Air Force; fosters, supports, and conducts research within Air Force, university, and industry laboratories; and ensures transition of research results to support U.S. Air Force needs.
The focus of AFOSR is on research areas that offer significant and comprehensive benefits to our national warfighting and peacekeeping capabilities. These areas are organized and managed in five scientific Departments: Dynamical Systems and Control (RTA), Quantum and Non-Equilibrium Processes (RTB), Information, Decision and Complex Networks (RTC), Complex Materials and Devices (RTD), and Energy, Power and Propulsion (RTE).
Due Date: Open Announcement: White Papers & Proposals accepted until announcement superseded. See specific topic descriptions for applicable due dates.
Announcement: baa-afosr-2014-0001 amendment 01.pdf
Sponsor URL: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=252028

 

Sponsor: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Title:

Information Innovation Office (I2O) Office-wide BAA

Announcement #: DARPA-BAA-13-32
Program Summary:

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals of interest to the Information Innovation Office (I2O). Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of the art. I2O seeks unconventional approaches that are outside the mainstream, undertaking directions that challenge assumptions and have the potential to radically change established practice.

I2O collaborates with other DARPA program offices, in some cases acting as the recipient of significant emerging technologies and, in other cases, serving as a catalyst by identifying relevant new external technology trends. Novel methods are sought to build technical communities and tap into sources of innovation both inside and outside traditional Department of Defense (DoD) performer communities. I2O encourages efforts that are creative and agile both in terms of the technologies proposed and in the structure of the approach (e.g., shorter periods of performance).

I2O explores game-changing technologies in the fields of information science and software to anticipate and create rapid shifts in the complex national security landscape. Conflict can occur in traditional domains such as land, sea, air, and space, and in emerging domains such as cyber and other types of irregular warfare. I2O’s research portfolio is focused on anticipating new modes of warfare in these emerging areas and developing the concepts and tools necessary to provide decisive advantage for the U.S. and its allies.

Abstract Due Date: May 9, 2014
Solicitation Close: June 25, 2014
Announcement:

DARPA-BBA-12-64_Final_For_Posting_30Aug2012.pdf

Sponsor URL: http://www.darpa.mil/Opportunities/Solicitations/I2O_Solicitations.aspx

 

Sponsor: Office of Naval Research
Title: Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology
Announcement #: ONR BAA 14-001
Program Summary:
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving proposals for Long-Range Science and Technology (S&T) Projects which offer potential for advancement and improvement of Navy and Marine Corps operations. Readers should note that this is an announcement to declare ONR’s broad role in competitive funding of meritorious research across a spectrum of science and engineering disciplines. A brief description of the ONR Program Codes and the science and technology thrusts that ONR is pursuing is provided below. Additional information can be found at the ONR website at http://www.onr.navy.mil/Science-Technology/Departments.aspx.
 
Full Proposal Due: September 30, 2014
Announcement:

ONRBAA14-001.pdf

Grants.gov URL: http://www.onr.navy.mil/en/Contracts-Grants/Funding-Opportunities/Broad-Agency-Announcements.aspx
 

 

Sponsor: Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
Title: AFRL/RX Structural Materials Open/Open BAA
Announcement #: BAA-RQKM-2014-0003
Program Summary:

Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials & Manufacturing Directorate is soliciting white papers and potentially technical and cost proposals under this announcement that support the needs of its Structural Materials and Applications mission.  Structural Materials technologies that range from materials and scientific discovery through technology development and transition are of interest.  Descriptors of Materials and Manufacturing Directorate technology interests are in two contexts; that of structural materials science and engineering academic “competencies,” and that of Air Force application area needs.

White Papers Due: November 4, 2018
Full Proposal Due: By invitation pending white paper acceptance.
Announcement:

baa-rqkm-2014-0003.doc

Grants.gov URL: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=246533

 

Sponsor: Office of Naval Research
Title:

Funding Opportunity Announcement for Navy and Marine Corps Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Education, Outreach and Workforce Program

Announcement #: ONR FOA14-002
Program Summary:

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) seeks proposals for developing innovative solutions that directly support the development and maintenance of a robust Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. The goal of any proposed effort should be to provide "game changing" solutions that will establish and maintain a diverse pipeline of U.S. citizens who are interested in uniformed or civilian Naval STEM related workforce opportunities. While this announcement is relevant for any stage of the STEM pipeline, for FY14, funding efforts will be targeted primarily towards High School, Undergraduate, and Graduate STEM education and outreach designed to enhance the Navy and Marine Corps STEM workforce and its mission readiness. Emphasis will be given both to key engineering and scientific areas outlined in the Naval S&T Strategic Plan such as our National Naval Responsibilities (see ONR website), and to identified STEM –related workforce gaps and new strategic goals on the uniformed and civilian side. Currently, we are especially interested in efforts related to developing information technology/ computer science/ cyber security expertise, strengthening the engineering disciplines across all Naval activities, as well as improving our technician pipeline. While not a formal requirement or program focus of this FOA, applicants are strongly encouraged to consider under-represented populations including women and minorities in program plans.

Close Date: December 31, 2014
Announcement:

stem-foa-fy14-v10.pdf

Sponsor URL: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=249637

 

Sponsor: Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
Title:

Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III Silicon Carbide (Sic) Fiber Production for Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs) Project

Announcement #: FOA-RQKM-2014-0016
Program Summary:

This Defense Production Act Title III project shall establish and advance the domestic capability for producing silicon carbide (SiC) fiber capable of withstanding temperatures of 2400°F or higher to be used in the manufacturing of ceramic matrix composites (CMCs). Emphasis will be placed on developing affordable production processes and effectively utilizing industrial manufacturing capabilities to meet Department of Defense (DoD) requirements. The recipient will be a viable, world-class domestic manufacturer who is responsive to customer requirements with respect to quality, delivery and price. Attention will be paid to enhancing merchant supplier capabilities to effectively serve the broad DoD and commercial communities.

Close Date: June 12, 2014
Announcement:

foa-rqkm-2014-0016 sicfiber20140321.docx

Sponsor URL: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=252973

 

Sponsor: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Title:

Defense Sciences Research and Technology

Announcement #: DARPA-BAA-13-20
Program Summary:

DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals of interest to the Defense Sciences Office. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science and technology. Specifically excluded is research that results primarily in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of the art. See Attached DARPA-BAA-13-20.

Close Date: June 5, 2014
Announcement: DARPA_BAA_13_20.pdf
Sponsor URL: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=232795

 

Sponsor: Office of Naval Research
Title:

Funding Opportunity Announcement for Navy and Marine Corps Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Education, Outreach and Workforce Program

Announcement #: ONR FOA 14-002
Program Summary:

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) seeks proposals for developing innovative solutions that directly support the development and maintenance of a robust Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. The goal of any proposed effort should be to provide "game changing" solutions that will establish and maintain a diverse pipeline of U.S. citizens who are interested in uniformed or civilian Naval STEM related workforce opportunities. While this announcement is relevant for any stage of the STEM pipeline, for FY14, funding efforts will be targeted primarily towards High School, Undergraduate, and Graduate STEM education and outreach designed to enhance the Navy and Marine Corps STEM workforce and its mission readiness. Emphasis will be given both to key engineering and scientific areas outlined in the Naval S&T Strategic Plan such as our National Naval Responsibilities (see ONR website), and to identified STEM –related workforce gaps and new strategic goals on the uniformed and civilian side. Currently, we are especially interested in efforts related to developing information technology/ computer science/ cyber security expertise, strengthening the engineering disciplines across all Naval activities, as well as improving our technician pipeline. While not a formal requirement or program focus of this FOA, applicants are strongly encouraged to consider under-represented populations including women and minorities in program plans.

Close Date: June 5, 2014
Announcement: 14_002_FOA_STEM.pdf
Sponsor URL: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=249637

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US National Science Foundation Announcements

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Title: Control Systems (CS)
Announcement #: NSF Program Description (PD) 12-1632
Program Summary: The Control Systems (CS) program supports fundamental research on control theory and control technology driven by real life applications. The program emphasis is on paradigm-shifting ideas for control strategies that are inspired by nature, unconventional applications, and the combined roles of feedback, feedforward and uncertainty in systems. The program supports research that advances fundamental understanding, analysis and synthesis of control strategies and tools based on system formulation, assumptions and constraints that are motivated and derived from real-life applications and/or industry needs. Integration of novel sensing and actuation concepts that combine feedback, communication and signal processing and analysis to achieve a sensing or actuation objectives are also supported.
Proposal Window: September 1 - October 1, 2014 and annually thereafter
Proposal Window: January 15 - February 15, 2015 and annually thereafter
Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13575

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Title: Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)
Announcement #: NSF 14-542
Program Summary:

Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are engineered systems that are built from and depend upon the synergy of computational and physical components. Emerging CPS will be coordinated, distributed, and connected, and must be robust and responsive. The CPS of tomorrow will need to far exceed the systems of today in capability, adaptability, resiliency, safety, security, and usability. Examples of the many CPS application areas include the smart electric grid, smart transportation, smart buildings, smart medical technologies, next-generation air traffic management, and advanced manufacturing. CPS will transform the way people interact with engineered systems, just as the Internet transformed the way people interact with information. However, these goals cannot be achieved without rigorous systems engineering…

The goal of the CPS program is to develop the core system science needed to engineer complex cyber-physical systems upon which people can depend with high confidence. The program aims to foster a research community committed to advancing research and education in CPS and to transitioning CPS science and technology into engineering practice. By abstracting from the particulars of specific systems and application domains, the CPS program aims to reveal cross-cutting fundamental scientific and engineering principles that underpin the integration of cyber and physical elements across all application sectors. To expedite and accelerate the realization of cyber-physical systems in a wide range of applications, the CPS program also supports the development of methods, tools, and hardware and software components based upon these cross-cutting principles, along with validation of the principles via prototypes and test beds.

Due Date:

May 19 - June 2, 2014

December 1 - December 15, 2014 (and annually thereafter)

Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14542/nsf14542.htm

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Title: Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET)
Announcement #: Multiple Programs – See Sponsor URL
Proposal Due Date:: Multiple Programs – See Sponsor URL
Announcement: http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?org=CBET

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Title: Design of Engineering Material Systems (DEMS)
Announcement #: NSF 13-515
Program Summary:
The Design of Engineering Material Systems (DEMS) program supports fundamental research intended to lead to new paradigms of design, development, and insertion of advanced engineering material systems.  Fundamental research that develops and creatively integrates theory, processing/manufacturing, data/informatics, experimental, and/or computational approaches with rigorous engineering design principles, approaches, and tools to enable the accelerated design and development of materials is welcome.   
 
Research proposals are sought that strive to develop systematic scientific methodologies to tailor the behavior of material systems in ways that are driven by performance metrics and incorporate processing/manufacturing.  While an emphasis on a specific material system may be appropriate to provide the necessary project focus, techniques developed should transcend materials systems.  Ultimately it is expected that research outcomes will be methodologies to enable the discovery of materials systems with new properties and behavior, and enable their rapid insertion into engineering systems.
 
Proposals that focus on modeling, simulation, and prediction of material performance (even when research is coupled with experiments for validation or guidance) without an intellectual emphasis on design are not appropriate for this program and should be submitted to other disciplinary programs.
 
Due Date:
September 1 - October 1, 2014 and annually thereafter
January 15 - February 15, 2015 and annually thereafter
Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504809&org=CMMI&from=home

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Title: Hazard Mitigation and Structural Engineering (HMSE)
Announcement #: NSF Program Description (PD) 13-1637
Program Summary:

The Hazard Mitigation and Structural Engineering (HMSE) program supports fundamental research to mitigate impacts of natural and anthropogenic hazards on civil infrastructure and to advance the reliability, resiliency, and sustainability of buildings and other structures. Hazards considered within the program include earthquake, tsunami, hurricane, tornado and other loads, as well as explosive and impact loading. Resiliency of buildings and other structures include structural and non-structural systems that, in totality, permit continued occupation or operation in case of an impact by a hazard. Research is encouraged that integrates structural and architectural engineering advances with discoveries in other science and engineering fields, such as earth and atmospheric sciences, material science, mechanics of materials, sensor technology, high performance computational modeling and simulation, dynamic system and control, and economics. The program seeks to fund transformative and cost-effective innovations for hazard mitigation of both new and rehabilitated buildings and other structures. Research in structural and architectural engineering is encouraged that extends beyond mature or current construction materials into investigations of smart and sustainable materials and technologies, and considers the structures in their entirety. In addition, the program funds research on structural health monitoring that goes beyond data acquisition to include the holistic system, integrating condition assessment and decision making tools to improve structural performance.

Due Date: September 1 - October 1, 2014 and annually thereafter
January 15 - February 15, 2015 and annually thereafter
Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13358

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Title: Sensors and Sensing Systems (SSS)
Announcement #: PD-13-1639
Program Summary:

The Sensors and Sensing System (SSS) program funds fundamental research on sensors and sensing systems. Such fundamental research includes the discovery and characterization of new sensing modalities, fundamental theories for aggregation and analysis of sensed data, fundamentally new approaches for data transmission, and approaches for addressing uncertain and/or partial sensor data. Innovative research in nonlinear prediction, filtering and estimation in the context of sensing systems is also considered in this program.



The program does not fund developmental projects, such as sensor development or applications studies. Proposals offering fundamental research topics that are enabled by sensor development or sensor system development should be submitted to the relevant CMMI program in which the fundamental research contribution is being made. In such a case, the SSS program should be listed as a secondary program. Proposals that do not address CMMI relevant research should be submitted to programs in the appropriate division within NSF. Depending on the research objective of the work proposed, PIs submitting proposals in the areas of biosensing and biomedical sensors should consider sending their proposals to the Biosensing, Biophotonics or Biomedical Engineering program in the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (CBET), and also for areas of biosensing, sensors and actuators they should consider the Electronics, Photonics, and Magnetic Devices (EPMD) or the Communications, Circuits, and Sensing-systems (CCSS) program of the division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS).

Due Date: September 1 - October 1, 2014 and annually thereafter
January 15 - February 15, 2015 and annually thereafter
Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13349

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Title: Materials Engineering and Processing (MEP)
Announcement #: PD 13-8092
Program Summary:

The Materials Engineering and Processing (MEP) program supports fundamental research addressing the interrelationship of materials processing, structure, properties and/or life-cycle performance for targeted applications. Research proposals should be driven by the performance or output of the material system relative to the targeted application(s). Research plans driven by scientific hypotheses are encouraged when suitable. Materials in bulk form or focus on special zones such as surfaces or interfaces that are to be used in structural and/or functional applications are appropriate. All material systems are of interest including polymers, metals, ceramics, semiconductors, composites and hybrids thereof. Analytical, experimental, and numerical studies are supported and collaborative proposals with industry (GOALI) are encouraged.

Areas of interest include:

Functional Materials - materials that possess native properties and functions that can be controlled by external forces such as temperature, light, electric field, pH, etc. These include materials that exhibit properties such as electronic, magnetic, piezoelectric, ferroelectric, photovoltaic, chromogenic, shape memory, thermoelectric or self-healing, etc.

Structural Materials - materials that, in service, bear mechanical load. Length scales from nano to meso to macro are of interest as are materials in the bulk or in special configuration such as thin film. These include materials such as metals, polymers, composites, biomaterials, ceramics, hybrids, cement, etc.

Materials Processing - processes that convert material into useful form as either intermediate or final composition. These include processes such as extrusion, molding, casting, deposition, sintering, printing, etc. Proposed research should include the consideration of cost, performance, and feasibility of scale-up, as appropriate. Research that addresses multi-scale and/or multi-functional materials systems is encouraged as is research in support of environmentally-benign manufacturing. 

Due Date:

September 1 - October 1, 2014 and annually thereafter

January 15 - February 15, 2015 and annually thereafter

Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504950&WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT .mc_ev=click

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Title: Research in Engineering Education
Announcement #: PD 10-1340
Program Summary:

The Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC) supports creation of a more agile engineering education ecosystem, equally open and available to all members of society, that dynamically and rapidly adapts to meet the changing needs of society and the nation's economy. Research is sought that will inform systemic change across all parts of the ecosystem; areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

(1) Diversifying pathways to and through engineering degree programs. Research projects that align with this theme explore how engineering programs can create alternative pathways for students with a broad range of backgrounds, interests, and experiences; investigate how informal or real world experiences germane to engineering-such as military service or being a "maker" (i.e. tinkerer or hobbyist)-serve as pathways to engineering; or investigate how to fundamentally restructure courses, curricula, or programs to substantially boost student success, especially for under-represented populations and veterans. Research on approaches that lower barriers for students to transfer into or between engineering programs, from other majors or community colleges for example, is also sought.

(2) Exploring credentialing in engineering education. Research in this area explores how higher education institutions credential learning, i.e. certify student learning via externally accepted metrics. Topics include exploring the relation between credentialing and learning, developing new methods to assess and credential learning, and understanding how credentials are valued and interpreted both within and external to the university. Projects exploring novel credentialing methods that create more porous boundaries between formal and informal learning spaces are particularly sought.

(3) Understanding how to scale engineering education innovations. This topic includes studies on how to improve the translation of engineering education research to practice or scale educational innovations to have systemic impact. This topic also supports activities that inform engineering education efforts and investments or spawn new research. Such activities include modeling engineering education as a complex adaptive system, creating data systems that can inform future efforts, or clarifying the return on investments in engineering education.

(4) Advancing engineering learning in broader eco-systems such as innovation, globalization, or sustainability. Research projects that align with this theme include discovering key concepts and principles that enable engineering graduates to succeed in highly interdisciplinary environments or "eco-systems"; i.e. rigorously determining the effect of such programs on students or exploring factors such as teamwork, self efficacy, communication, or identity formation in such environments.

(5) Developing engineering-specific learning theories. Theories on development of engineering epistemologies and identities, and the effect of novel learning environments (such as maker-spaces) on learning are particularly sought.

Competitive proposals advance understanding in engineering education by grounding the proposed work in theory as well as relevant prior work in engineering education specifically and education generally. Proposals should clearly address why the proposed research fills gaps in existing knowledge and address how evaluation will inform the research effort and allow assessment of the project's impact and effectiveness.

Due Date:

September 18, 2014 and third Thursday in September annually thereafter

January 22, 2015 and fourth Thursday in January annually thereafter

Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503584

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Title: National Robotics Initiative (NRI)
Announcement #: NSF 12-607
Program Summary:

The goal of the National Robotics Initiative is to accelerate the development and use of robots in the United States that work beside, or cooperatively with, people. Innovative robotics research and applications emphasizing the realization of such co-robots acting in direct support of and in a symbiotic relationship with human partners is supported by multiple agencies of the federal government including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The purpose of this program is the development of this next generation of robotics, to advance the capability and usability of such systems and artifacts, and to encourage existing and new communities to focus on innovative application areas. It will address the entire life cycle from fundamental research and development to manufacturing and deployment. Methods for the establishment and infusion of robotics in educational curricula and research to gain a better understanding of the long term social, behavioral and economic implications of co-robots across all areas of human activity are important parts of this initiative. Collaboration between academic, industry, non-profit and other organizations is strongly encouraged to establish better linkages between fundamental science and technology development, deployment and use.

  • Two classes of proposals will be considered in response to this solicitation:
  • Small projects: One or more investigators spanning 1 to 5 years.
  • Large projects: Multi-disciplinary teams spanning 3 to 5 years.

As detailed in the solicitation, appropriate scientific areas of investigation may be related to any of the participating funding organizations. Questions concerning a particular project's focus, direction and relevance to a participating funding organization should be addressed to the appropriate person in the list of agency contacts found in section VIII of the solicitation.

Due Date: November 13, 2014, Second Thursday in November, Annually Thereafter
Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12607/nsf12607.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev =click

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Title: Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF): Core Programs
Announcement #: NSF 12-579
Program Summary: The Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) supports transformative research and education projects that explore the foundations of computing and communication. The Division seeks advances in computing and communication theory, algorithm design and analysis, and the architecture and design of computers and software. CCF-supported projects also investigate revolutionary computing models and technologies based on emerging scientific ideas and integrate research and education activities to prepare future generations of computer science and engineering workers.
Due Date: Small Proposals: January 2, 2014 – January 17, 2014, annually thereafter
Medium Proposals: September 24, 2013 – October 15, 2013
September 2, 2014 – September 19, 2014, annually thereafter
Large Proposals: November 4, 2013 – November 19, 2013, annually thereafter
Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13579/nsf13579.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev =click

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Title: Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS): Core Programs
Announcement #: NSF 13-580
Program Summary: The Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) studies the inter-related roles of people, computers, and information. IIS supports research and education activities that 1) develop new knowledge about the role of people in the design and use of information technology; 2) increase our capability to create, manage, and understand data and information in circumstances ranging from personal computers to globally-distributed systems; and 3) advance our understanding of how computational systems can exhibit the hallmarks of intelligence.
Due Date: Small Proposals: January 2, 2014 – January 17, 2014, annually thereafter
Medium Proposals: September 24, 2013 – October 15, 2013
September 2, 2014 – September 19, 2014, annually thereafter
Large Proposals: November 4, 2013 – November 19, 2013, annually thereafter
Announcement: nsf13580.pdf
Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf13580

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Title: Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research- Technology Translation (PFI: AIR-TT) 
Announcement #: NSF 13-575
Program Summary: The NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) is an umbrella for two complementary subprograms, Accelerating Innovation Research (AIR) and Building Innovation Capacity (BIC). In the final analysis, both programs are concerned with the movement of academic research discoveries into the marketplace although each focuses on different stages along the innovation spectrum. The subject of this solicitation is PFI: AIR Technology Translation (TT) only. The PFI: AIR-TT solicitation is intended to help bridge the funding gap between existing research discoveries that validate relevant science and engineering fundamentals and their translation through proof-of-concept, prototype, or scale-up along a path toward commercialization and engage faculty and students in entrepreneurial/innovative thinking.
LoI Due Dates: October 7, 2013 (Letter of Intent Required)
March 13, 2014
Full Proposal Due: November 13, 2013
May 1, 2014
Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13575/nsf13575.htm

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Title: Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS): Core Programs
Announcement #: NSF 13-580
Program Summary: The Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) studies the inter-related roles of people, computers, and information. IIS supports research and education activities that 1) develop new knowledge about the role of people in the design and use of information technology; 2) increase our capability to create, manage, and understand data and information in circumstances ranging from personal computers to globally-distributed systems; and 3) advance our understanding of how computational systems can exhibit the hallmarks of intelligence.
Due Date: Small Proposals: January 2, 2014 – January 17, 2014, annually thereafter
Medium Proposals: September 24, 2013 – October 15, 2013
September 2, 2014 – September 19, 2014, annually thereafter
Large Proposals: November 4, 2013 – November 19, 2013, annually thereafter
Announcement: nsf13580.pdf
Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf13580

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Title: Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET)
Announcement #:

Chemical, Biochemical, and Biotechnology Systems

Biomedical Engineering and Engineering Healthcare

Environmental Engineering and Sustainability

Transport and Thermal Fluids Phenomena

Broadening Participation Research Initiation Grants in Engineering 2013 (BRIGE)

Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E)

Dear Colleague Letter: Supplemental Opportunity for Translational Research in the Academic Community (TRAC) (NSF 10-044)

EPA/NSF Networks for Sustainable Molecular Design and Synthesis (NSMDS)

Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN)

NSF-NIST Interaction in Basic and Applied Scientific Research in BIO, ENG & MPS (NSF-NIST)

NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering

NSF/DOE Partnership on Advanced Combustion Engines

NSF/EPRI Collaboration on "Water for Energy"- Advanced Dry Cooling for Power Plants

NSF/FDA Scholar-in-Residence at FDA

Physical and Engineering Sciences in Oncology

Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM)

Program Summary: Multiple program announcements with multiple due dates. For details, see individual program description links above.
Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?org=CBET

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Title: Nano-Biosensing
Directorate: Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET)
Announcement #: PA-13-304
Program Summary: The Nano-Biosensing Program supports fundamental research in engineering areas related to:
  • Novel biorecognition elements
  • Multifunctional nanomaterials and interfaces for biosensing applications
  • Fundamental study of bio-macromolecules confinement and orientation at the micro- and nano-interfaces for biosensing applications
  • Nano-biosensors for basic biology applications  (protein-protein interactions, cellular signaling and cross talk, as well as other similar topics)
  • Integration of nano-biosensors into portable devices for medical applications.

Proposals outside of these specific topics may also be accepted.  Photonic nanosensors with medical applications should be submitted to the Biophotonics Program PE7236, while non-photonic nanosensors should be submitted to PE7909 (Nano-Biosensing).  Areas of interest for PE7909 include non-photonic biological and biomedical topics, food safety, energy, environment, distributed sensing, and security.

The Nano-Biosensing Program supports innovative, transformative, and insightful fundamental investigations of original technologies with broad long-term impact.  The program also supports fundamental development of applications that require novel use of nano-scale bio-inspired engineering principles and approaches that will meet the engineering and technology needs of the nation.  The program is targeting research in the area of the monitoring, identification and/or quantification of biological signals and is particularly interested in projects at the intersection of engineering, life sciences, and information technology.  Projects submitted to the Program must advance both engineering and life sciences.

Due Date: September 27 – October 29, 2013
August 15 – September 17, 2014
Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503353

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF) – Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation
Title: Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events  (IMEE)
Announcement #: NSF PD 10-1638
Program Summary:

The IMEE program focuses on the impact of large-scale hazards on civil infrastructure and society and on related issues of preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery.  The program supports research to integrate multiple issues from engineering, social, behavioral, political, and economic sciences.  It supports fundamental research on the interdependence of civil infrastructure and society, development of sustainable infrastructures, and civil infrastructure vulnerability and risk reduction.

Due Date:

September 1 - October 1, 2014 and annually thereafter

January 15 - February 15, 2015 and annually thereafter

Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13353
 

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF) 
Title: East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students  (EAPSI)
Announcement #: NSF 13-593
Program Summary:
NSF and selected foreign counterpart science and technology agencies sponsor international research institutes for U.S. graduate students in seven East Asia and Pacific locations at times set by the counterpart agencies between June and August each year. The Summer Institutes (EAPSI) operate similarly and the research visits to a particular location take place at the same time. Although applicants apply individually to participate in a Summer Institute, awardees become part of the cohort for each location. Applicants must propose a location, host scientist, and research project that is appropriate for the host site and duration of the international visit.
  An EAPSI award provides U.S. graduate students in science, engineering, and education: 1) first-hand research experiences in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, or Taiwan; 2) an introduction to the science, science policy, and scientific infrastructure of the respective location; and 3) an orientation to the society, culture, and language. It is expected that EAPSI awards will help students initiate professional relationships to enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts.
  The NSF award includes participation in the Pre-Departure Orientation, summer stipend of $5,000, and roundtrip airplane ticket to the host location. EAPSI partner agencies pay in-country living expenses during the Summer Institutes.
 
Due Date: November 13, 2014
Application Guide Apply_Guide_2014.pdf
Supporting Document Helpful Tips for EAPSI 2014 Applicants.pdf
Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5284
 

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF) 
Title: Manufacturing Machines and Equipment (MME)
Announcement #: PD 13-1468
Program Summary: The MME program supports fundamental research leading to improved manufacturing machines and equipment, and their application in manufacturing processes. Key goals of the program are to advance the transition of manufacturing from skill-based to knowledge-based activities, and to advance technologies that will enable the manufacturing sector to reduce its environmental impacts. A focus is on the advancement of manufacturing machines and related systems engineering that will enable energy manufacturing, namely the manufacture of facilities and equipment that will enable the conversion of renewable resources into energy products such as electricity and liquid fuels, on a large scale. The program also supports research on laser processing, joining processes and additive manufacturing machines and processes encompassing feature scales from microns to meters (nanometer scale additive manufacturing is supported under the Nanomanufacturing program).
Proposal Window: January 15 – February 15, 2014 and annually thereafter
September 1 – October 1, 2014 and annually thereafter
Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13346
 

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF) 
Title: Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS)
Announcement #: PD 12-1631
Program Summary:

The Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS) program supports research leading to the engineering of infrastructure systems for resilience and sustainability without excluding other key performance issues. Areas of interest include intra- and inter-physical, information and behavioral dependencies of infrastructure systems, infrastructure management, construction engineering, and transportation systems. Special emphasis is on the design, construction, operation, and improvement of infrastructure networks with a focus on systems engineering and design, performance management, risk analysis, life-cycle analysis, modeling and simulation, behavioral and social considerations not excluding other methodological areas or the integration of methods.

 

This program does not encourage research proposals primarily focused on structural engineering, materials or sensors that support infrastructure system design, extreme event modeling, hydrological engineering, and climate modeling, since they do not fall within the scope of the CIS program. Researchers focused in these areas are encouraged to contact the Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events (IMEE), Geotechnical Engineering (GTE), Hazard Mitigation and Structural Engineering (HSME), Structural Materials and Mechanics (SMM), or the Sensors and Sensing Systems (SSS) program within CMMI. Additionally, researchers may consider contacting the Hydrologic Sciences program in the Earth Sciences Division (EAR) or the Physical and Dynamic Meteorology (PDM) program in the Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Division (AGS) of the Directorate for Geosciences.

Proposal Window: January 15 – February 15, 2014 and annually thereafter
September 1 – October 1, 2014 and annually thereafter
Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13352
 

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF) 
Title: Hydrologic Sciences (HS)
Announcement #: NSF 13-531
Program Summary: The Hydrologic Sciences Program focuses on the fluxes of water in the environment that constitute the water cycle as well as the mass and energy transport function of the water cycle in the environment. The Program supports studying processes from rainfall to runoff to infiltration and streamflow; evaporation and transpiration; as well as the flow of water in soils and aquifers and the transport of suspended, dissolved and colloidal components. Water is seen as the mode of coupling among various components of the environment and emphasis is placed on how the coupling is enabled by the water cycle and how it functions as a process. The Hydrologic Sciences Program retains a strong focus on linking the fluxes of water and the components carried by water across the boundaries between various interacting components of the terrestrial system and the mechanisms by which these fluxes co-organize over a variety of timescales and/or alter the fundamentals of the interacting components. The Program is also interested in how water interacts with the solid phase, the landscape and the ecosystem as well as how such interactions and couplings are altered by land use and climate change. Studies may address aqueous geochemistry and solid phase interactions as well as physical, chemical, and biological processes as coupled to water transport. These studies commonly involve expertise from basic sciences and mathematics, and proposals may require joint review with related programs. The Hydrologic Sciences Program will also consider some synthesis activities.
Proposal Window: December 5, 2013 and annually thereafter
June 1, 2014 and annually thereafter
Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13531/nsf13531.htm
 

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF) 
Title: Engineering and Systems Design (ESD)
Announcement #: PD 12-1464
Program Summary:

The Engineering and Systems Design (ESD) program supports descriptive and normative research leading to a theory of engineering design and an understanding of systems engineering. The program is focused on gaining an understanding of the basic processes and phenomena underlying a view of design where the system life-cycle context informs the identification and definition of preferences, analysis of alternatives, effective accommodation of uncertainty in decision-making, and the relationship between data, information, and knowledge in a digitally-supported environment. The program funds advances in a descriptive understanding of design and basic design theory that span multiple domains, such as the relationship of systems to the environment, the significance of manufacturability, and the range of complexity from small designed artifacts to large engineered systems.

 

Fundamental research in system science and system engineering theory should be submitted to the System Science (SYS) program. Research in which the primary contribution is observation and description of systems engineering should be submitted to the ESD program, and should identify the System Science program as a secondary program.

Proposal Window: January 15 – February 15, 2014 and annually thereafter
September 1 – October 1, 2014 and annually thereafter
Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13340&org=CMMI
 

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF) 
Title: Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)
Announcement #: NSF 14-512
Program Summary:

The ITEST program through research and model-building activities seeks to build understandings of best practice factors, contexts and processes contributing to K-12 students' motivation and participation in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) core domains along with other STEM cognate domains (e.g., information and communications technology (ICT), computing, computer sciences, data analytics, among others) that inform education programs and workforce domains. The ITEST program funds foundational and applied research projects addressing the development, implementation, and dissemination of innovative strategies, tools, and models for engaging students to be aware of STEM and cognate careers, and to pursue formal school-based and informal out-of-school educational experiences to prepare for such careers. ITEST supports projects that: (1) increase students' awareness of STEM and cognate careers; (2) motivate students to pursue the appropriate education pathways for STEM and cognate careers; and/or (3) provide students with technology-rich experiences that develop disciplinary-based knowledge and practices, and non-cognitive skills (e.g., critical thinking and communication skills) needed for entering STEM workforce sectors. ITEST projects may adopt an interdisciplinary focus on one or more STEM domains or focus on sub discipline(s) within a domain. ITEST projects must involve students, and may also include teachers. ITEST is especially interested in broadening participation of student groups from traditionally underrepresented in STEM and cognate intensive education and workforce domains. Strongly encouraged are projects that actively engage business and industry to better ensure K-12 experiences are likely to foster the skill-sets of emerging STEM and cognate careers. ITEST supports two project types: Strategies and SPrEaD (Successful Project Expansion and Dissemination) projects. Strategies projects address the creation and implementation of innovative technology-related interventions that support ITEST's objectives. SPrEaD projects support the wider and broader dissemination and examination of innovative interventions to generate evidence and understanding regarding contextual factors that operate to enhance, moderate, or constrain the desired results. All ITEST projects include activities designed to inform judgments regarding the feasibility of implementing strategies in typical delivery settings such as classrooms and out-of-school settings.

Sponsor Due Dates:
February 11, 2014
November 6, 2014
Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14512/nsf14512.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev =click
 

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF) 
Title: Biomedical Engineering  (BME)
Announcement #: PD 14-5345
Program Summary:
The mission of the Biomedical Engineering (BME) program is to provide opportunities to develop novel ideas into discovery-level and transformative projects that integrate engineering and life science principles in solving biomedical problems that serve humanity in the long-term.  The Biomedical Engineering (BME) program supports fundamental research in the following BME themes:
  • Neural engineering (brain science, computational neuroscience, brain-computer interface, neurotech, cognitive engineering)
  • Cellular biomechanics (motion, deformation, and forces in biological systems; how mechanical forces alter cell growth, differentiation, movement, signal transduction, transport, cell adhesion, cell cytoskeleton dynamics, cell-cell and cell-ECM interactions; genetically engineered stem cell differentiation with long-term impact in tissue repair and regenerative medicine) 
The BME projects must be at the interface of engineering and life sciences, and advance both engineering and life sciences.  The projects should focus on high impact transforming methods and technologies. The project should include methods, models and tools of understanding and controlling of living systems; fundamental improvements in deriving information from cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems; new approaches to the design of structures and materials for eventual medical use in the long-term; and new novel methods of reducing health care costs through new technologies.
 
The projects should emphasize the advancement of fundamental engineering knowledge, possibly leading to the development of new methods and technologies in the long-term; and highlight multi-disciplinary nature, integrating engineering and the sciences. The long-term impact of the projects can be related to disease diagnosis and/or treatment, improved health care delivery, or product development. The BME program does not support clinical studies.
 
Proposal Window: August 15, 2014 – September 17, 2014
Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=501023
 

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF) 
Title: Nanomanufacturing (NM)
Announcement #: PD 14-1788
Program Summary:
Nanomanufacturing is the production of useful nano-scale materials, structures, devices and systems in an economically viable manner. The NSF Nanomanufacturing Program supports fundamental research in novel methods and techniques for batch and continuous processes, top-down (addition/subtraction) and bottom-up (directed self-assembly) processes leading to the formation of complex heterogeneous nanosystems. The program supports basic research in nanostructure and process design principles, integration across length-scales, and system-level integration. The Program leverages advances in the understanding of nano-scale phenomena and processes (physical, chemical, electrical, thermal, mechanical and biological), nanomaterials discovery, novel nanostructure architectures, and new nanodevice and nanosystem concepts. It seeks to address quality, efficiency, scalability, reliability, safety and affordability issues that are relevant to manufacturing. To address these issues, the Program encourages research on processes and production systems based on computation, modeling and simulation, use of process metrology, sensing, monitoring, and control, and assessment of product (nanomaterial, nanostructure, nanodevice or nanosystem) quality and performance.
 
The Program seeks to explore transformative approaches to nanomanufacturing, including but not limited to: micro-reactor and micro-fluidics enabled nanosynthesis, bio-inspired nanomanufacturing, manufacturing by nanomachines, additive nanomanufacturing, hierarchical nanostructure assembly, continuous high-rate nanofabrication such as roll-to-roll processing or massively-parallel large-area processing, and modular manufacturing platforms for nanosystems. The Program encourages the fabrication of nanomaterials by design, three-dimensional nanostructures, multi-layer nanodevices, and multi-material and multi-functional nanosystems. Also of interest is the manufacture of dynamic nanosystems such as nanomotors, nanorobots, and nanomachines, and enabling advances in transport and diffusion mechanisms at the nano-scale.
Proposal Window:
January 15, 2014 – February 15, 2014 and annually thereafter
September 1, 2014 – October 1, 2014 and annually thereafter
Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13347
 

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF) 
Title: Geomechanics & Geomaterials (GGS)
Announcement #: PD 12-1634
Program Summary:
The GEOMM program supports fundamental research on the mechanical and engineering properties of geologic materials including natural, mechanically stabilized, and biologically or chemically modified soil and rock.  The program also addresses hydraulic, biological, chemical and thermal processes that affect the behavior of geologic materials.  Research at the micro-scale on soil-structure interaction and liquefaction are included in the scope of this program.  Support is provided for theoretical studies, constitutive and numerical modeling, laboratory, centrifuge, and field testing.  Cross-disciplinary and international collaborations are encouraged.
 
 
Proposal Window:
January 15, 2014 – February 15, 2014 and annually thereafter
September 1, 2014 – October 1, 2014 and annually thereafter
Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13350&org=CMMI&from=home
 

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF) 
Title: Improving Undergraduate STEM Education
Announcement #: PD 14-7513
Program Summary:

A well-prepared, innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce is crucial to the Nation's health and economy. Indeed, recent policy actions and reports have drawn attention to the opportunities and challenges inherent in increasing the number of highly qualified STEM graduates, including STEM teachers. Priorities include educating students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields as well as educating a scientifically literate populace; both of these priorities depend on the nature and quality of the undergraduate education experience. In addressing these STEM challenges and priorities, the National Science Foundation invests in research-based and research-generating approaches to understanding STEM learning; to designing, testing, and studying curricular change; to wide dissemination and implementation of best practices; and to broadening participation of individuals and institutions in STEM fields. The goals of these investments include: increasing student retention in STEM, to prepare students well to participate in science for tomorrow, and to improve students' STEM learning outcomes.

Recognizing disciplinary differences and priorities, NSF's investment in research and development in undergraduate STEM education encompasses a range of approaches. These approaches include: experiential learning, assessment/metrics of learning and practice, scholarships, foundational education research, professional development/institutional change, formal and informal learning environments, and undergraduate disciplinary research. Both individually and integrated in a range of combinations, these approaches can lead to outcomes including: developing the STEM and STEM-related workforce, advancing science, broadening participation in STEM, educating a STEM-literate populace, improving K-12 STEM education, encouraging life-long learning, and building capacity in higher education…

NSF accepts unsolicited proposals to support projects that address immediate challenges and opportunities facing undergraduate STEM education, as well as those that anticipate new structures and functions of the undergraduate learning and teaching enterprise. In addition, NSF accepts unsolicited proposals for developing Ideas Labs in biology, engineering, and geosciences that will bring together relevant disciplinary and education research expertise to produce research agendas that address discipline-specific workforce development needs.

Sponsor Due Date: February 4, 2014
Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504976
 

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Title: Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering (CyberSEES)
Announcement #: NSF 14-531
Program Summary:

The Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering (CyberSEES) program aims to advance interdisciplinary research in which the science and engineering of sustainability are enabled by new advances in computing, and where computational innovation is grounded in the context of sustainability problems.

 

The CyberSEES program is one component of the National Science Foundation's Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES) activities, a Foundation-wide effort aimed at addressing the challenge of sustainability through support for interdisciplinary research and education. In the SEES context, a sustainable world is one where human needs are met equitably without harm to the environment or sacrificing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

 

Computational approaches play a central role in understanding and advancing sustainability. CyberSEES supports research on all sustainability topics that depend on advances in computational areas including optimization, modeling, simulation, prediction, and inference; large-scale data management and analytics; advanced sensing techniques; human computer interaction and social computing; infrastructure design, control and management; and intelligent systems and decision-making. Additionally, the widespread, intensive use of computing technologies also introduces sustainability challenges and motivates new approaches across the lifecycle of technology design and use.

 
Proposal Due Dates:

April 8, 2014

February 3, 2015

First Tuesday in February, annually thereafter

Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14531/nsf14531.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev =click

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Title: Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program
Announcement #: NSF 14-532
Program Summary:

CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from junior faculty members at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.

 

PECASE: Each year NSF selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious recent CAREER awardees. Selection for this award is based on two important criteria:  1) innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology that is relevant to the mission of the sponsoring organization or agency, and 2) community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, education or community outreach. These awards foster innovative developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of the participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and national goals, and highlight the importance of science and technology for the Nation’s future. Individuals cannot apply for PECASE. These awards are initiated by the participating federal agencies. At NSF, up to twenty nominees for this award are selected each year from among the PECASE-eligible CAREER awardees who are most likely to become the leaders of academic research and education in the twenty-first century. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy makes the final selection and announcement of the awardees.

 
Proposal Due Dates:

BIO, CISE, HER: July 21, 2014

ENG:                 July 22, 2014

GEO, MPS, SBE: July 23, 2014

Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503214

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Title: Critical Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Big Data Science & Engineering (BIGDATA)
Announcement #: NSF 14-543
Program Summary:

This year, the solicitation invites two types of proposals: "Foundations" (F): those developing or studying fundamental techniques, theories, methodologies, and technologies of broad applicability to Big Data problems; and "Innovative Applications" (IA): those developing techniques, methodologies and technologies of key importance to a Big Data problem directly impacting at least one specific application. All proposals must address critical challenges for big data management, big data analytics, or scientific discovery processes impacted by big data. These techniques, methodologies and technologies can be computational, statistical, or mathematical in nature, and proposals may focus on novel theoretical analysis or experimental evaluation of these techniques and methodologies. A high level of innovation is expected in all proposals. Proposals in all areas of science and engineering covered by participating directorates at NSF are welcome.

This solicitation is a part of a larger national "Big Data Initiative", which covers a wide range of topics: big data infrastructure; education and workforce development; and multi-disciplinary collaborative teams and communities that address complex scientific, biomedical and engineering grand challenges. Before preparing a proposal in response to this BIGDATA solicitation, applicants are strongly urged to consult the list of related solicitations available at: http://www.nsf.gov/cise/news/bigdata.jsp and consult the respective NSF program officers listed in them should those solicitations be more appropriate. In particular, applicants interested in deployable cyberinfrastructure pilots that would support a broader research community should see the Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBS) solicitation (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504776 ). Applicants should also consider the Computational and Data Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E, PD 12-8084) solicitations for potential fit (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504813&org=ENG&sel_org=ENG&from=fund ).

Due Date: June 9, 2014
Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14543/nsf14543.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev =click

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Title: Geomorphology and Land Use Dynamics
Announcement #: NSF 14-550
Program Summary: Geomorphology and Land-use Dynamics supports innovative research into processes that shape and modify landscapes over a variety of length and time scales. The program encourages research that investigates quantitatively the coupling and feedback among such processes, their rates, and their relative roles, especially in the contexts of variation in climatic, biologic, and tectonic influences and in light of changes due to human impact.
Due Date:

July 16, 2014 and annually thereafter

January 16, 2015 and annually thereafter

Sponsor URL: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14550/nsf14550.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev =click

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US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Program Announcements

Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Title: Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) - 2013
Announcement #: NNH13ZDA001N
Program Summary: This National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Research Announcement (NRA), entitled Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES)–2013, solicits basic and applied research in support of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD). This NRA covers all aspects of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences, including, but not limited to: theory, modeling, and analysis of SMD science data; aircraft, stratospheric balloon, suborbital rocket, International Space Station, and suborbital reusable launch vehicle investigations; development of experiment techniques suitable for future SMD space missions; development of concepts for future SMD space missions; development of advanced technologies relevant to SMD missions; development of techniques for and the laboratory analysis of both extraterrestrial samples returned by spacecraft, as well as terrestrial samples that support or otherwise help verify observations from SMD Earth system science missions; determination of atomic and composition parameters needed to analyze space data, as well as returned samples from the Earth or space; Earth surface observations and field campaigns that support SMD science missions; development of integrated Earth system models; development of systems for applying Earth science research data to societal needs; and development of applied information systems applicable to SMD objectives and data.
Due Date: April 30, 2014
Announcement: ROSES 2013.pdf
Sponsor URL: http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7B01BFD3EE-87EF-FC55-1F52-EB37A9F139F0%7D&path=open

 

Sponsor: Iowa NASA EPSCoR
Title: Research Infrastructure Development (RID) Program
Announcement #: N/A
Program Summary: The Iowa NASA EPSCoR Program (INE; Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) sponsors projects to build a cadre of principal investigators (PIs) who can submit competitive NASA research proposals that help statewide research competitiveness and economic development. As part of this effort, INE is soliciting proposals to the INE Research Infrastructure Development (RID) Program to support seed funding in three areas: 1) Travel Grants, 2) Research Grants, and 3) Partnership Development Grants. Please note: NASA EPSCoR monies cannot be used to fund general-purpose equipment, foreign organizations, foreign travel, or facility modifications.
Due Date: May 31, 2014
Announcement: INE-RID_2013-2014_RFP.doc
Sponsor URL: http://www.iaspacegrant.org/nasa-epscor-iowa

 

Sponsor: US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Title: Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) - 2014
Announcement #: NNH14ZDA001N
Program Summary:

 

This ROSES NRA covers all aspects of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences, including, but not limited to: theory, modeling, and analysis of SMD science data; aircraft, stratospheric balloon, suborbital rocket, and commercial reusable rocket investigations; development of experiment techniques suitable for future SMD space missions; development of concepts for future SMD space missions; development of advanced technologies relevant to SMD missions; development of techniques for and the laboratory analysis of both extraterrestrial samples returned by spacecraft, as well as terrestrial samples that support or otherwise help verify observations from SMD Earth system science missions; determination of atomic and composition parameters needed to analyze space data, as well as returned samples from the Earth or space; Earth surface observations and field campaigns that support SMD science missions; development of integrated Earth system models; development of systems for applying Earth science research data to societal needs; and development of applied information systems applicable to SMD objectives and data.

Proposal Window: May, 2014 – March, 2015
Announcement: ROSES14FutureNotice.pdf
Sponsor URL:

 

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US Environmental Protection Agency Program Announcements

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US Department of Transportation Program Announcements

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Private/Non-Profit Funding Agency Announcements

Sponsor: Surdna Foundation
Title: Sustainable Environments
Program Summary:

See details of funding opportunity and application procedures at Sponsor URL below.

Proposal Due Date: Open
Sponsor URL: http://www.surdna.org/what-we-fund/sustainable-environments.html

 

Sponsor: Google in Education
Title: Google Roots in Science & Engineering Awards (RISE) K-12
Program Summary:

See details of funding opportunity and application procedures at Sponsor URL below.

Proposal Due Date: Open
Sponsor URL: http://www.google.com/edu/programs/google-rise-awards/index.html#!overview

 

Sponsor: Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies
Title: Transportation Research, Cooperative Agreement – Multiple RFPs
Announcement #: Multiple Announcements – see Sponsor URL
Program Summary:
TRB typically has more than 200 active research projects and studies under way at any given time. 
 
The majority of these are contract research projects administered by TRB’s Cooperative Research Programs, which include the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP), the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP), the National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP), and the Hazardous Materials Cooperative Research Program (HMCRP).  Under all of these programs, TRB organizes panels of experts to provide guidance on technical aspects of the research. 
 
The second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) was established in 2006 as a short-term program of focused research projects designed to increase understanding of the underlying causes of highway crashes and congestion. To carry out that investigation, SHRP 2 manages contract research projects that target goals in four interrelated focus areas—Safety, Renewal, Reliability, and Capacity.
 
TRB also manages a set of smaller-scale projects that focus on synthesizing current practices in the NCHRP, TCRP, and ACRP programs, as well as a separately administered Commercial Truck and Bus Safety Synthesis Program (CTBSSP).  In addition, there are similarly managed programs of small studies focused on analyzing legal issues in the highway, transit, and airport fields.
 
TRB’s Studies and Special Programs Division conducts policy studies at the request of the U.S. Congress, the executive branch agencies, states, and other sponsors.  Policy studies generally examine complex, often controversial, issues of national importance in transportation.  Each study is carried out by a specially appointed, independent committee of experts.  Studies cover all modes of transportation and a variety of safety, economic, environmental, and research policy issues.
 
Information on individual Cooperative Research Projects and SHRP 2 projects is available online via TRB’s website.  The site includes access to information on current requests for proposals (RFPs) as well as information on potential upcoming projects that have not yet reached the RFP stage.  Information on TRB policy studies that are in progress is available on the National Academies’ website.
 
Proposal Due Date: Multiple Deadlines – see Sponsor URL
Sponsor URL: http://www.trb.org/Projects/RequestsforProposals.aspx
 

 

Sponsor: The David & Lucille Packard Foundation
Title: Conservation, Coastal Ecosystems, Agriculture, and Biofuel Policy
Announcement #: N/A
Program Summary:
The Conservation and Science Program invests in action and ideas that conserve and restore ecosystems while enhancing human well-being. We support public policy reforms, changes in private sector practices, and scientific activities to develop essential knowledge and tools for addressing current and future priorities.
 
Our grant-making supports actions and ideas that:
 
Harness market forces to drive changes in the management of the world’s fisheries.
 
  Pioneer new approaches to the conservation of coastal ecosystems in the U.S. West Coast, the Gulf of California, and the Western Pacific Ocean.
 
  Reverse the decline of marine bird populations.
 
  Enable the creative pursuit of scientific research.
 
  Reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.
 
  Improve the environmental performance of agriculture and biofuels production.
 
  Protect and restore biologically important and iconic regions of western North America.
 
Proposal Due Date: See Sponsor URL
Sponsor URL: http://www.packard.org/what-we-fund/conservation-and-science/science/how-to-get-support/
 

 

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Other Federal Government Program Announcements

Sponsor: US Department of Energy, Office of Science
Title: FY 2014 Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program
Announcement #: DE-FOA-0000995
Program Summary:
The Office of Science of the Department of Energy hereby announces its continuing interest in receiving grant applications for support of work in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics. On September 3, 1992, DOE published in the Federal Register the Office of Energy Research Financial Assistance Program (now called the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program), 10 CFR 605, as a Final Rule, which contained a solicitation for this program. Information about submission of applications, eligibility, limitations, evaluation and selection processes and other policies and procedures are specified in 10 CFR 605.
 
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), DE-FOA-0000995, is our annual, broad, open solicitation that covers all of the research areas in the Office of Science and is open throughout the Fiscal Year.
 
This FOA will remain open until September 30, 2014, 11:59 PM Eastern Time, or until it is succeeded by another issuance, whichever occurs first. This annual FOA DE-FOA-0000995 succeeds FOA DE-FOA-0000768, which was published September 30, 2012.
 
Close Date: September 30, 2014
Announcement: de-foa-0000995.pdf
Grants.gov URL: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=244053
 

 

Sponsor: US Department of Commerce – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Title: FY 2014 - 2015 Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)
Announcement #: NOAA-NFA-NFAPO-2014-2003949
Program Summary: The purpose of this notice is to request applications for special projects and programs associated with NOAA's strategic plan and mission goals, as well as to provide the general public with information and guidelines on how NOAA will select proposals and administer discretionary Federal assistance under this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). This BAA is a mechanism to encourage research, education and outreach, innovative projects, or sponsorships that are not addressed through our competitive discretionary programs. It is not a mechanism for awarding congressionally directed funds or existing funded awards. Funding for potential projects in this notice is contingent upon the availability of Fiscal Year 2014 and Fiscal Year 2015 appropriations. Applicants are hereby given notice that funds have not yet been appropriated for any potential activities in this notice. Publication of this announcement does not oblige NOAA to review an application, or to award any specific project, or to obligate any available funds.
Close Date: September 30, 2014
Information:

noaa-nfa-nfapo-2014-2003949-lr.mp.pdf

Grants.gov URL: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=249066

 

Sponsor: US Department of Energy
Title: Bioenergy Technologies Incubator
Announcement #: DE-FOA-0000974
Program Summary:

 

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) will issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Bioenergy Technologies Incubator”. BETO’s mission is to engage in research and development (R&D) and demonstration at increasing scale activities to transform renewable biomass resources into commercially viable, high-performance biofuels, and bioproducts and biopower that enable biofuel production. To accomplish this mission, BETO develops a strategic plan, or multi-year program plan, to identify the technical challenges and barriers that need to be overcome. However, BETO recognizes that there may be novel and potentially disruptive ideas that do not necessarily align well with BETO?s current multi-year program plan yet still meet the goals and mission of BETO. The Bioenergy Incubator Program is intended to identify these potentially impactful technologies and solutions that are not meaningfully addressed in BETO?s strategic plan or project portfolio. It is NOT intended to fund projects that are incremental improvements to current products or processes or for established work in BETO?s strategic plan or cur rent portfolio. The Bioenergy Technologies Incubator FOA will be `open? to any and all impactful proposals which significantly advance the mission of the BETO. It is expected that proposals will be at early Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) ranging from 2 (Technology concept and/or application formulated) to 4 (Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment). Successful incubator projects will reduce the risk associated with potentially breakthrough approaches and technologies so that they could be viable candidates in future program roadmaps. EERE envisions awarding multiple financial assistance awards in the form of cooperative agreements. The total amount of funding for the FOA is $10 million. The estimated period of performance for each award will be approximately 12-24 months, with an award size from $0.5 million to $2.0 million, with 20% cost-share. The Exchange system is currently designed to enforce hard deadlines for Concept Paper and Full Application submissions.

 
Concept Paper Due: March 31, 2014
Full Proposal Due: May 23, 2014
Grants.gov URL: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=251800

 

Sponsor: US Department of Commerce – National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Title: Measurement Science and Engineering (MSE) Research Grant Programs
Announcement #: 2014-NIST-MSE-01
Program Summary:

 

See announcement attachment. Multiple program descriptions for:

(1) the Material Measurement Laboratory (MML);
(2) the Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML);
(3) the Engineering Laboratory (EL);
(4) Fire Research (FR);
(5) the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL);
(6) the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR);
(7) the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST);
(8) the Office of Special Programs (OSP), and
(9) the Associate Director for Laboratory Programs (ADLP).

 

Due Date: June 2, 2014
Announcement: 2014-mse-ffo.pdf

 

Sponsor: US Department of Agriculture – National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
Title: Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Competitive Grants Program: Water for Agriculture Challenge Area
Announcement #: N/A
Program Summary:

The purpose of AFRI is to support research, education, and extension work by awarding grants that address key problems of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including farm efficiency and profitability, ranching, renewable energy, forestry (both urban and agroforestry), aquaculture, rural communities and entrepreneurship, human nutrition, food safety, physical and social sciences, home economics and rural human ecology, biotechnology, and conventional breeding. Through this support, AFRI advances knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences that is important to agriculture. It also allows AFRI to support education and extension activities that deliver science-based knowledge to people, allowing them to make informed practical decisions. This AFRI RFA is announcing funding opportunities for integrated research, education, and/or extension projects.

In FY 2014, NIFA initiated a new challenge area to address critical water resources issues such as drought, excess soil moisture, flooding, quality and others in an agricultural context. Current drought conditions in the west, as well as drought conditions across the country in recent years, make the initiation of this new challenge area particularly timely. Continued significant variations from the historical rate of water supply, demand and quality are projected to have major impacts on agricultural, forest, and rangeland production systems. This new program area within AFRI will be coordinated with and leverage efforts in the Agricultural Production and Climate Change and Sustainable Bioenergy challenge areas, and help solve critical water problems in agricultural, rural and urbanizing areas across the United States. The program will focus on developing solutions for water management that link food, water, climate, energy, and environmental issues. Funding will be used to develop management practices, technologies, and tools for farmers, ranchers, forest owners and managers, public decision-makers, public and private managers and citizens to improve water resource quantity and quality. NIFA’s approach will link social, economic, and behavioral sciences with traditional biophysical sciences and engineering to address regional scale issues with shared hydrological processes, and meteorological and basin characteristics.

 
LOI Due Date: April 17, 2014
Proposal Due Date: August 13, 2014
Announcement: 14_afri_final_water_feb_21.pdf

 

Sponsor: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Title: Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards Program 2014
Announcement #: N/A
Program Summary:

The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards promote the environmental and economic benefits of developing and using novel green chemistry. These prestigious annual awards recognize chemical technologies that incorporate the principles of green chemistry into chemical design, manufacture, and use.

Green chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances. Green chemistry applies across the lifecycle of a chemical product, including its design, manufacture, use, and ultimate disposal. Green chemistry is also known as sustainable chemistry.

Green chemistry reduces pollution at its source by minimizing or eliminating the hazards of chemical feedstocks, reagents, solvents, and products. This is unlike treating pollution after it is formed (also called remediation), which involves end-of-the-pipe treatment or cleaning up of environmental spills and other releases. Remediation may include separating hazardous chemicals from other materials, then treating them so they are no longer hazardous or concentrating them for safe disposal. Most remediation activities do not involve green chemistry. Remediation removes hazardous materials from the environment; on the other hand, green chemistry keeps the hazardous materials out of the environment in the first place.

However, if a technology reduces or eliminates the hazardous chemicals used to clean up environmental contaminants, this technology would qualify as a green chemistry technology. One example is replacing a hazardous sorbent [chemical] used to capture mercury from the air for safe disposal with an effective, but nonhazardous sorbent. Using the nonhazardous sorbent means that the hazardous sorbent is never manufactured so the remediation technology meets the definition of green chemistry.

 
Close Date: April 30, 2014
Announcement: nomination_package_for_2014_awards.pdf
Grants.gov URL: http://www2.epa.gov/green-chemistry/information-about-presidential-green-chemistry-challenge

 

Sponsor: US Department of Energy
Title: Analytical Modeling for Extreme-Scale Computing Environments
Announcement #: DE-FOA-0001088
Program Summary:

The Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), hereby invites applications that will significantly improve our understanding of scientific workflow performance over extreme-scale networks and distributed computing infrastructures.

Predicting how, and explaining why, scientific workflows achieve the observed end-to-end performance continues to be an outstanding problem for today’s scientists and network operators [WP-12]. Simple estimates that assume a file transfer speed equals local link speed fail to take multiple factors (e.g., network paths, protocol functions, storage system behavior) into account. These simple models will increasingly provide inaccurate information as link speeds increase beyond 10 Gbps and scientific discovery environments become more complex. In today’s distributed computing environment even knowledgeable network engineers and host system administrators have difficulty coming up with adequate explanations that describe changes in a workflows behavior (e.g., a file transfer took 3 times longer today than it did yesterday). Understanding how workflows perform in tomorrow’s world of 100 Gpbs networks, many-core/hybrid-core processors, data intensive instruments, and hierarchical storage systems requires a renewed effort to develop realistic models of this distributed computing environment.

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit applications that will significantly enhance our ability to predict how scientific workflows perform and to explain workflow behavior on distributed extreme-scale infrastructures built from computers, storage, instruments and multi-gigabit networks.

 
Proposal Due: April 18, 2014
Announcement: SC_FOA_0001088.pdf
Grants.gov URL: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=DE-FOA-0001088

 

Sponsor: US Department of Energy
Title: Technology Incubator for Wind Energy Innovations
Announcement #: DE-FOA-0000978
Program Summary: The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)?s Wind & Water Power Technologies Office (WWPTO) seeks to fund R&D in technology approaches and solutions that are not currently represented in the Office’s Multi-Year Program Plan and/or existing project portfolio in a meaningful or significant way. This Incubator Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) represents an opportunity to support novel and non-incremental technology approaches and to ultimately facilitate identification and future inclusion of highly promising, emerging technology approaches into the Office’s Multi-Year Program Plans and future program portfolios. The FOA will accept applications for any and all ideas that have a significant potential to advance the mission of the Wind Program. The full Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is posted on the EERE eXCHANGE website at https://eere-exchange.energy.gov. Applications must be submitted through the EERE eXCHANGE website to be considered for award. The applicant must first register and create an account on the EERE eXCHANGE website. A User Guide for the EERE eXCHANGE can be found on the EERE website https://eere- exchange.energy.gov/Manuals.aspx after logging in to the system. Information on where to submit questions regarding the content of the announcement and where to submit questions regarding submission of applications is found in the full FOA posted on the EERE eXCHANGE website.
 
Proposal Due: May 30, 2014
Grants.gov URL: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=253354

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US Department of Health and Human Services Program Announcements

Sponsor: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Title: Occupational Safety and Health Research (R01)
Announcement #: PAR-13-129
Program Summary:

Every day, millions of U.S. workers go to work expecting to return home healthy and safe. The workplace environment, however, can have a significant impact on a worker’s physical and psychological health. Depending on the job, a worker may be at risk for many different kinds of injuries and illnesses. Illness statistics are significantly underestimated due to the difficulty of recognizing or associating illness or disease with past occupational exposures; however, approximately 49,000 deaths per year are attributed to work-related illness. For 2010, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported a preliminary count of 4,547 fatal occupational injuries in the United States, about 12 per day.  In addition, 3.9 million U.S. workers sustained either a nonfatal occupational injury or illness. Work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths are very costly to American society. In 2009, employers spent nearly $74 billion on workers' compensation (http://www.nasi.org/sites/default/files/research/Workers_ Comp_Report_2009.pdf).

Research and intervention activities are needed to reduce the tremendous burden and cost associated with occupational injuries and illnesses occurring in the American workplace.

The purpose of this grant program is to develop an understanding of the risks and conditions associated with occupational diseases and injuries, to explore methods for reducing risks and for preventing or minimizing exposure to hazardous conditions in the workplace, and to translate significant scientific findings into prevention practices and products that will effectively reduce work-related illnesses and injuries.

Proposals should address the research objectives supported by NIOSH, which include, but are not limited to the following:

  • the identification and investigation of the relationships between hazardous working conditions and associated occupational diseases and injuries;
  • the development of more sensitive means of evaluating hazards at work sites;
  • the development of methods for measuring early markers of adverse health effects and injuries;
  • the development of new protective equipment and engineering control technology to reduce work-related illnesses and injuries;
  • the development of work practices that reduce the risks of occupational hazards; and
  • the evaluation of the technical feasibility or application of a new or improved occupational safety and health procedure, method, technique, or system, including assessment of economic and other factors that influence their diffusion and successful adoption in workplaces.

The Research (R01) grant is an award made to support a distinct, specific, defined project to be performed by the named investigator(s) in an area representing the investigator's specific interest and competencies, based on the mission of the NIOSH.

Open Date: Cycle I: February 5
Cycle II: June 5
Cycle III: October 5
Due Date: May 8, 2018
Sponsor URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-129.html

 

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Title: Research Project Grant (Parent R01)
Announcement #: PA-13-302
Program Summary:

The Research Project Grant (R01) supports a discrete, specified, circumscribed project in scientific areas that represent the investigators’ specific interests and competencies and that fall within the mission of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs). The R01 is the original, and historically the oldest, grant mechanism used by the NIH to support health-related research and development.

Research grant applications are assigned to an NIH IC based on receipt and referral guidelines and many applications are assigned to multiple ICs with related research interests.

Each IC maintains a web site with funding opportunities and areas of interest. Contacting an IC representative may help focus the proposed research based on an understanding of the mission of the IC. For specific information about the mission of each NIH IC, see http://www.nih.gov/icd, which provides a brief summary of the research interests in each IC and access to individual IC websites.

Open Date: August 7, 2013
Due Date: Standard NIH Due Dates
Sponsor URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-13-302.html#_Part_2._Full

 

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Title: Instrument Development for Biomedical Applications (R21)
Announcement #: PA-13-303
Program Summary:

The evolution and vitality of the biomedical sciences require a constant infusion of new ideas, techniques, and points of view. These may differ substantially from current thinking or practice and may not yet be supported by substantial preliminary data. By using the R21 activity code, the NIH seeks to foster the introduction of novel scientific ideas, model systems, tools, agents, targets, and technologies that have the potential to substantially advance biomedical research.

The R21 activity code is intended to encourage new exploratory and developmental research projects. For example, such projects could assess the feasibility of a novel area of investigation or a new experimental system that has the potential to enhance health-related research. Another example could include the unique and innovative use of an existing methodology to explore a new scientific area. These studies may involve considerable risk but may lead to a breakthrough in a particular area, or to the development of novel techniques, agents, methodologies, models, or applications that could have a major impact on a field of biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research.

Applications for R21 awards should describe projects distinct from those supported through the traditional R01 activity code. For example, long-term projects, or projects designed to increase knowledge in a well-established area, will not be considered for R21 awards. Applications submitted to this FOA should be exploratory and novel. These studies should break new ground or extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications. Projects of limited cost or scope that use widely accepted approaches and methods within well-established fields are better suited for the R03 small grant activity code. Information on the R03 program can be found at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/r03.htm.

Open Date: August 7, 2013
Due Date: Standard NIH Due Dates
Sponsor URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-13-303.html

 

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Title: NIH Small Research Grant Program (Parent R03)
Announcement #: PA-13-304
Program Summary:

The NIH R03 funding opportunity announcement (FOA) supports discrete, well-defined projects that realistically can be completed in two years and that require limited levels of funding.  Examples of the types of projects that participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) support with the R03 activity code include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Pilot or feasibility studies;
  • Secondary analysis of existing data;
  • Small, self-contained research projects;
  • Development of research methodology; and
  • Development of new research technology.

R03 grant applications are not expected to have the same level of detail or extensive discussion found in an R01 application. Accordingly, reviewers should evaluate the conceptual framework and general approach to the problem, placing less emphasis on methodological details and certain indicators traditionally used in evaluating the scientific merit of R01 applications including supportive preliminary data. Appropriate justification for the proposed work can be provided through literature citations, data from other sources, or from investigator-generated data. Preliminary data are not required, particularly in applications proposing pilot or feasibility studies.

Applicants are encouraged to consult the IC Contacts and Special Interests website to determine if an investigator-initiated R03 application is appropriate. Additionally, applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the Scientific/Research Contact at the appropriate IC about their proposed research project during the concept development stage of the application.

Open Date: August 7, 2013
Due Date: Standard NIH Due Dates
Sponsor URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-13-304.html

 

Sponsor: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Title: Advances in Patient Safety through Simulation Research (R18)
Announcement #: PA-14-004
Program Summary:

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is interested in funding a diverse set of projects that develop, test and evaluate various simulation approaches for the purpose of improving the safe delivery of health care.  Simulation in health care serves multiple purposes.  As a training technique, it exposes individuals and teams to realistic clinical challenges through the use of mannequins, task trainers, virtual reality, standardized patients or other forms, and allows participants to experience in real-time the consequences of their decisions and actions.  The principal advantage of simulation is that it provides a safe environment for health care practitioners to acquire valuable experience without putting patients at risk. Simulation also can be used as a test-bed to improve clinical processes and to identify failure modes or other areas of concern in new procedures and technologies that might otherwise be unanticipated and serve as threats to patient safety. Yet another application of simulation focuses on the establishment of valid and reliable measures of clinical performance competency and their potential use for credentialing and certification purposes.  Applications that address a variety of simulation techniques, clinical settings, provider groups, priority populations, patient conditions, and threats to safety are welcomed.

Open Date: December 25, 2013
Due Date: Standard NIH Due Dates
Sponsor URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-14-004.html

 

Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services – National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Title: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grant (Parent T32)
Announcement #: PA-14-015
Program Summary:

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will award Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grants (T32) to eligible, domestic institutions to enhance predoctoral and postdoctoral research training, including short-term research training, and help ensure that a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to meet the needs of the Nation’s biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research agenda. Research training programs will incorporate didactic, research, and career development components to prepare individuals for careers that will have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation. Programs proposing only short-term research training should not apply to this announcement, but rather to the Kirschstein-NRSA Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grant Program (T35) exclusively reserved for predoctoral, short-term research training (see PA-14-016.

Open Date: December 25, 2013
Due Date: Standard NIH Due Dates
Sponsor URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-14-015.html

 

Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services – National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Title: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grant (Parent T35)
Announcement #: PA-14-016
Program Summary:

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will award Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grants (T35) to eligible, domestic institutions to develop and/or enhance research training opportunities for predoctoral students interested in careers in biomedical, behavioral or clinical research. Many NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) use this NRSA program exclusively to support intensive, short-term research training experiences for health professional students (medical students, dental students, and/or students in other health-professional programs) during the summer. This program is also intended to encourage training of graduate students in the physical or quantitative sciences to pursue research careers by short-term exposure to, and involvement in, the health-related sciences. The training should be of sufficient depth to enable the trainees, upon completion of the program, to have a thorough exposure to the principles underlying the conduct of biomedical research.

Open Date: December 25, 2013
Due Date: Standard NIH Due Dates
Sponsor URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-14-016.html

 

Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services – National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Title: Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) Pilot Project Award (SC2)
Announcement #: PA-14-017
Program Summary:

The SCORE Program is a developmental program designed to increase the research competitiveness of faculty and research base of institutions with a historical mission and/or demonstrated track record of training and graduating students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research. In addition, eligible institutions must award science degrees to undergraduate (B.S. or B.A.) and/or graduate students (M.S. or Ph.D.) and have received on average less than 6 million dollars per year of NIH R01 support (total cost) in the last 2 fiscal years.

 

Pilot Project Award (SC2) is for those who are at the beginning stages of a research career and who are interested in testing a new idea, or generating preliminary data.

Open Date: December 25, 2013
Due Date: January 25, 2014
May 25, 2014
January 25, 2015
May 25, 2015
January 25, 2016
May 25, 2016
Sponsor URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-017.html

 

Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services – National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Title: Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) Research Continuance Award (SC3)
Announcement #: PA-14-018
Program Summary:

The SCORE Program is a developmental program designed to increase the research competitiveness of faculty and research base of institutions with a historical mission and/or demonstrated track record of training and graduating students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research. In addition, eligible institutions must award science degrees to undergraduate (B.S. or B.A.) and/or graduate students (M.S. or Ph.D.) and have received on average less than 6 million dollars per year of NIH R01 support (total cost) in the last 2 fiscal years.

 

Research Continuance Award (SC3) is for those investigators who have been engaged in scholarly research and published, and who seek to continue to conduct competitive research of limited scope increase their publications and eventually transition to non-SCORE support.

Open Date: December 25, 2013
Due Date: January 25, 2014
May 25, 2014
January 25, 2015
May 25, 2015
January 25, 2016
May 25, 2016
Sponsor URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-018.html

 

Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services – National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Title: Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) Research Advancement Award (SC1)
Announcement #: PA-14-019
Program Summary:

The SCORE Program is a developmental program designed to increase the research competitiveness of faculty and research base of institutions with a historical mission and/or demonstrated track record of training and graduating students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research. In addition, eligible institutions must award science degrees to undergraduate (B.S. or B.A.) and/or graduate students (M.S. or Ph.D.) and have received on average less than 6 million dollars per year of NIH R01 support (total cost) in the last 2 fiscal years.

 

Research Advancement Award (SC1), which is for investigators with a track record of research activity who are seeking to enhance their research productivity in order to transition to non-SCORE support in a limited period of time. The SC1 mechanism is for faculty at the most advanced formative stages of their research careers, i.e., those who are engaged in the state-of-the-art biomedical/behavioral research, productive as evidenced by a steady track record of peer-reviewed publications and planning to transition to non-SCORE sources of support in a maximum of eight years. Since SC1 is a developmental award for a PD/PI, multiple PD/PIs are not permitted.

Open Date: December 25, 2013
Due Date: January 25, 2014
May 25, 2014
January 25, 2015
May 25, 2015
January 25, 2016
May 25, 2016
Sponsor URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-019.html

 

Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services – National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Title: Biomedical Technology Research Resource (P41)
Announcement #: PA-14-021
Program Summary:

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages grant applications for national Biomedical Technology Research Resources. These Resources conduct research and development on new technologies and new/improved instruments driven by the needs of basic, translational, and clinical researchers. The Resources are charged to make their technologies available, to train members of the research community in the use of the technologies, and to disseminate these technologies and the Resource’s experimental results broadly. New applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a pre-application to PAR-14-023. The pre-application process provides feedback regarding the appropriateness for this program and competitiveness of a potential application.

Open Date: January 4, 2014
Due Date: February 4, 2014
May 25, 2014
September 25, 2014
January 25, 2015
May 25, 2015
September 25, 2015
January 25, 2016
May 25, 2016
Sponsor URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-021.html

 

Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services – National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Title: Pre-application for a Biomedical Technology Research Resource (X02)
Announcement #: PA-14-023
Program Summary:

This announcement encourages pre-applications for the creation of national Biomedical Technology Research Resources (BTRRs). These Resources develop new or improved technology driven by the needs of basic, translational, and clinical researchers. The BTRRs are charged to make their technologies available the biomedical research community, to train members of this community in the use of the technologies, and to disseminate both the technologies and the Resource’s experimental results broadly. A detailed description of the required components of a BTRR can be found in PAR-14-021. A pre-application is a helpful first step toward submitting a full BTRR application for a new Resource, because the Resources and corresponding full applications are very complex. A pre-application can help applicants focus and refine their ideas and determine whether a BTRR is the appropriate means to support the work they have in mind, but is not required. Existing Resources are not required to submit a pre-application prior to submitting a competitive renewal. No awards will be made under this announcement.

Open Date: January 3, 2014
Due Date: February 3, 2014
May 15, 2014
December 16, 2014
May 15, 2015
December 16, 2015
May 16, 2016
Sponsor URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-023.html

 

Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services – National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Title: Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) (P20)
Announcement #: PA-14-035
Program Summary:

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) invites applications for Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) from investigators at biomedical research institutions that award doctoral degrees in the health sciences or sciences related to health or at independent biomedical research institutes within Institutional Development Award (IDeA) eligible states. The objective of the COBRE initiative is to strengthen an institution's biomedical research infrastructure through the establishment of a thematic multi-disciplinary center and to enhance the ability of investigators to compete independently for complementary National Institutes of Health (NIH) individual research grant or other external peer-reviewed support. COBRE awards are supported through the IDeA Program, which aims to foster health-related research by increasing the competitiveness of investigators at institutions located in states with historically low aggregate success rates for grant awards from the NIH.

Open Date: January 26, 2014
Due Date: February 26, 2014
January 28, 2015
January 28, 2016
Sponsor URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-035.html

 

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Title: Bioengineering Research Partnerships (BRP) R01
Announcement #: PAR-14-092
Program Summary:
 
The goal for a Bioengineering Research Partnership (BRP) is to drive the development and speed the adoption of promising tools and technologies that can address important biomedical research problems for which there is a scarcity of solutions. The use of engineering principles is encouraged to establish these tools and technologies as robust, well-characterized solutions that fulfill an unmet need. A synergistic partnership between the engineering, life, physical, and computational sciences is also encouraged, where the unique skills of each discipline combine to enhance our understanding of life science processes or the practice of medicine.
 
The purpose of this FOA is to encourage BRP applications that: 1) will establish a robust bioengineering solution to a problem in biomedical research or the practice of medicine; 2) will develop a strategic alliance of multidisciplinary partners based on a well-defined leadership plan; and 3) can realize a specific end-point within 5-10 years based on a detailed plan of quantitative milestones.
 
Proposal Due Dates:
May 20, 2014
September 18, 2014
May 20, 2015
September 18, 2015
Sponsor URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-092.html

 

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Title: Early Stage Development of Technologies in Biomedical Computing, Informatics, and Big Data Science (R01)
Announcement #: PA-14-155
Program Summary:
 

The NIH is interested in promoting a broad base of research and development of technologies in biomedical computing, informatics, and Big Data Science that will support rapid progress in areas of scientific opportunity in biomedical research.  It is expected that this research and development is conducted in the context of important biomedical and behavioral research problems.  As such, applications are intended to develop enabling technologies that could apply to the interests of most NIH Institutes and Centers and range from basic biomedicine and including research to all relevant organ systems and diseases. Major themes of research include collaborative environments; data integration; analysis and modeling methodologies; and novel computer science and statistical approaches.  New opportunities are also emerging as large and complex data sets are becoming increasingly available to the research community.  This initiative aims to address biomedical research areas in biomedical computing, informatics, and Big Data science through the early stage development of new software, tools and related resources, as well as the fundamental research (e.g., methodologies and approaches) leading up to that development.

 
Proposal Due Dates:

June 5, 2014 (Cycle II)

October 5, 2014 (Cycle III)

February 5, 2015 (Cycle I)

Sponsor URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-14-155.html

 

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Title: Extended Development, Hardening and Dissemination of Technologies in Biomedical Computing, Informatics and Big Data Science (R01)
Announcement #: PA-14-156
Program Summary:
 

The goal of this program announcement is to support the extended development, maintenance, testing, evaluation, hardening and dissemination of existing biomedical software. The NIH is interested in promoting a broad base of research and development of technologies in biomedical computing, informatics, and Big Data Science that will support rapid progress in areas of scientific opportunity in biomedical research. It is expected that this research and development is conducted in the context of important biomedical and behavioral research problems and that domain researchers are consulted to make sure that the software is relevant to users. As such, applications are intended to develop enabling technologies that could apply to the interests of most NIH Institutes and Centers and range from basic biomedicine and including research to all relevant organ systems and diseases. Major themes of research include collaborative environments; data integration; analysis and modeling methodologies; and novel computer science and statistical approaches.  New opportunities are also emerging as large and complex data sets are becoming increasingly available to the research community.  The proposed work should apply best practices and proven methods for software design, construction, and implementation to extend the applicability of existing technologies in biomedical computing, informatics and big data science to a broader biomedical research community.

 
Proposal Due Dates:

June 5, 2014 (Cycle II)

October 5, 2014 (Cycle III)

February 5, 2015 (Cycle I)

Sponsor URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-14-156.html

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University of Iowa Internal Funding Announcements

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State and Local Government Funding Agency Announcements

Sponsor: Iowa Energy Center
Title: Planning Grants/Opportunity Grants/Matching Grants
Announcement #: N/A
Program Summary: The Iowa Energy Center is introducing three new competitive grant opportunities that aim to help Iowa organizations gain external funding to further the environmental, social, and economic well-being of Iowans through improved energy efficiency measures and alternate energy technology:
  • Planning Grants
  • Opportunity Grants
  • Matching Grants

Competitive grants are offered to Iowa-based nonprofit groups such as universities, colleges, energy organizations, and community-based groups. These grants can be used to support energy research, development, demonstration, deployment, education, and workforce development. They are awarded on a competitive basis based on requests for proposals (RFPs).

Due Date: See website for grant opportunity details.
Sponsor URL: http://www.iowaenergycenter.org/news/new-competitive-grant-opportunities/