Internal Opportunities and Announcements

Open Access Author Fund at MSU - Pilot Project
MSU Library

The Open Access Author Fund

The MSU Library will run an author's fund on a two year pilot to judge if we can help remove the barrier between MSU authors and open access publishing. The Library will contribute $50,000 to the fund to be dispersed to authors who are being charged an APC. Authors will receive no more than $2,000 per fiscal year on a rolling basis.

Goals

  • To allow MSU created research to reach the greatest number of potential readers.
  • To remove some of the burden on authors as they work to make an impact in their field of expertise.


The Application Process

Eligible Publications and Data repositories

The publication venue must be an established journal or data repository, either, one that does not charge readers or their institutions for access to peer-reviewed articles or datasets, or an established hybrid journal.

Journals or Data repositories should fit at least one of the following criteria:

  • Be listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (unless the journal is too new for DOAJ eligibility) or similar list of data repositories, OR
  • Be a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association or adhere to its Code of Conduct, OR
  • Be a publicly available data repository, OR
  • Have a publicly available standard fee schedule.

Eligible Articles and Data

Articles/data should:

  • Be a peer-reviewed article submitted to an open access/hybrid journal or the associated data.
  • Have Publication Status of 'accepted-for-publication', funds are not available for articles still in process.
  • Not have been published prior to the authors' request for funds. Already-published articles are ineligible.
  • The library will not reimburse any author fees that have already been paid by an author.

Articles will be considered only if there is no other source of funding available. The fund is a limited resource intended to support open access publishing across the University. We expect researchers to request funding for open access publication from their funding agency if they can do so. For example, the National Institutes of Health will fund open access publications as part of their research grants. If such funds are not available, we welcome your application.

Eligible Authors

Funds are available for faculty, staff, professional and research positions, and students at MSU - Bozeman.

Eligible Fees

Article processing fees may include publication fees (charges levied on articles accepted for publication, including Open Access page charges). Eligible fees must be based on a publication's standard fee schedule that is independent of the author's institution. Reprint fees are not eligible. Reimbursement will cover only direct costs for open access publication (not the cost of reprints, color illustration fees, non-open access page charges, etc.). Requests for funding will be reviewed by the Library's Scholarly Communication Steering Group and a decision for funding support will be communicated to the author.

Fund Limits

The fund for FY15 is $50,000. Each author is limited to $2,000 per FY. Unused fund amounts do not roll over to future years. If the demand for funds exceeds expectations, publication charges will be paid to the publisher on behalf of an author on a first-come, first-served basis.

Institutional Repository

As an added service, the library will deposit a copy of funded articles in the institutional repository, and willingness to deposit here is a requirement of receiving funding. The placement of an article in the repository helps to build the collection of publications, supports the self-archiving arm of the open access movement, and provides institutional preservation and discoverability.

How do I apply?

Complete the online form.

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Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis - Research Fellows Program
MSU Initiative for Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis

Application due: May 15, 2020

Research fellowships are available for MSU faculty members to conduct research projects related to regulation and policy. Fellows produce publicly-accessible policy issues papers and other communications that provide objective, research-based information to lawmakers, policy advisers, and the general public on critical policy and regulatory issues, and participate in workshops and conferences organized by the research fellows. Appointments are for a two-year period, with the potential for renewal. Fellowships are awarded through an MSU-wide competitive process. Details are available at the link below.

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Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis - Research Grants Program
MSU Initiative for Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis

Application due: May 15, 2020 at 5 PM MT

One-year, renewable research grants are available to MSU faculty to conduct research projects related to our mission. Research grantees produce publicly-accessible policy issues papers and other communications that inform lawmakers, policy advisers, and the general public on critical policy and regulatory issues, and participate in workshops and conferences organized by the group.

Research Project Expectations

  • Conduct research on topics covered by the Initiative's mission and submit their resulting research papers to peer-reviewed academic journals.
  • Work with IRAEA research staff to produce policy briefs (condensed versions of published papers written in language accessible to non-specialists) to inform lawmakers, policy advisors, and the general public of the research findings.
  • Present a research seminar on the research project that is open to faculty, students and the general public.
  • Submit a brief end-of-project report in PDF format outlining how the work fulfills each of the project expectations described above. Reports should be 1,000 or fewer words and submitted to IRAEA co-directors as well as the communications specialist.
  • Provide co-directors and the communications specialist with research presentations and any/all other outreach materials developed and presented that pertains to the IRAEA-sponsored research project. Grantees are also asked to participate in the Initiative's outreach efforts including video interviews and news stories regarding research and outcomes.
  • Complete a brief survey (sent out via email) at the end of the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters detailing the status of any papers, presentations, etc. that are associated with their IRAEA research.
  • Follow all MSU and academic journal policies regarding conflicts of interest and acknowledgement of financial support for their research. Grantees are also strongly encouraged to acknowledge IRAEA support in presentations as well as in academic journals and other publications upon acceptance of their work for publication.

Full details are available at the link below.

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Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis - Undergraduate Research Scholarship
MSU Initiative for Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis

Application due: Apr. 15, 2020 at 5 PM MT

The Initiative provides funding for research scholarships for undergraduate students from a wide-range of disciplines who participate in faculty-led research projects that address issues relevant to our mission. Undergraduate Research Scholarships are awarded on a semester-by-semester or academic year basis for research to be carried out in the fall and spring semesters. A small number of awards are also available for students involved in research over the summer. Depending on funding availability, additional support may be provided to enable a student to attend a regional or national conference at which the student presents the results of the sponsored research project.
 
With IRAEA undergraduate research scholarships, faculty and students have the opportunity to explore academic interests beyond the classroom. Students get hands-on experience with research and acquire academic and professional skills and credentials, and faculty get help with their research projects. 

A member of the MSU Bozeman faculty must apply on the student's behalf. In addition to their research activity, Requests for proposals are typically announced in late-fall (for spring and summer scholarships) and mid-late spring/early fall (for fall and academic year scholarships). 

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Special Call for Proposals on COVID-19 Research
MSU VP for Research, Economic Development, and Graduate Education

Rolling Submission Deadline from May 15 - June 30, 2020

As a result of some philanthropic efforts, the Vice President of Research, Economic Development, and Graduate Education (VPREDGE) Office has been able to rapidly secure and implement funding for COVID-19 research.  Initial investments over the past 4-6 weeks went into some natural infrastructure and seed grants (e.g., transition of Biosafety Level 3 facility, faculty with history of infectious disease research, etc.).  However, from the beginning of these efforts, VPREDGE envisioned holding back at least half the available funds for a campus-wide call for COVID-19 research.  As such, we are announcing a short-term, special call for COIVD-19 research grants.  This program will support new preliminary data, or the development of new research methods or procedures, that will be used in subsequent proposals to external funding sources related to COVID-19 research. Full-time faculty (tenure, tenure-track, and research) at Montana State University who have earned terminal degrees are eligible to apply.

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Montana Water Center Faculty Seed Grant
Montana Water Center

Application due: Sept. 14, 2020

The Montana Water Center announces a new two-year grant opportunity through its Faculty Seed Grant Program, with $25,000-$35,000 in funding available for each project. Accepting proposals through September 14, 2020. Access the RFP on the Montana Water Center website.

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Montana Water Center 2021 Graduate Student Fellowships
Montana Water Center

Application due: Nov. 2, 2020

The Montana Water Center is now accepting proposals for the Graduate Student Fellowship program, offering one-year grants of up to $2,000 for water-related research. Accepting proposals through November 2, 2020. Access the RFP on the Montana Water Center website.

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Scholarship & Creativity Grants for the Advancement of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
MSU VP for Research, Economic Development, and Graduate Education

Rolling Submission Deadline beginning May 15, 2020

The Scholarship & Creativity Grant (S&C) program supports scholarship and creative activity in the arts, humanities and social sciences.  Full-time faculty at Montana State University who have earned terminal degrees are eligible to apply.

INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS

WebEx forums to assist potential applicants will be held the following days.  Please email Mai Allen (naon.allen@montana.edu) if you would like to sign up and receive a calendar invite.

  • Monday, May 4th at 11:00 am
  • Tuesday, May 5th at 12:00 pm

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Research Expansion Funds (REF)
MSU VP for Research, Economic Development, and Graduate Education

Rolling submission deadline beginning May 15, 2020

The Research Expansion Funds (REF) program will support new preliminary data or the development of new research methods or procedures that will be used in subsequent proposals to external funding sources. Full-time faculty at Montana State University who have earned terminal degrees are eligible to apply.

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Fellowships

Student Internship Research Participant Program
National Renewable Energy Laboratory/DOE

Applications accepted as positions become available

SYNOPSIS: 

The sponsor provides internships at its facilities for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled full-time in a U.S. college or university. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The applicant may be eligible for round-trip transportation.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Graduate and undergraduate students have the opportunity to participate in the laboratory\'s research and development programs, initiate new areas of research, and establish a base for ongoing collaborations through NREL\'s Research Participant Program. Students with new ideas and talents can contribute to research of mutual interest in NREL\'s research and deployment disciplines, while also contributing to the transfer of the technology resulting from that research.

Applications are accepted as positions become available.

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CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Cancer Research Institute (CRI)

Application due: Apr. 1, 2020

Young scientists are the lifeblood of cancer research. Rich with new ideas and energy, these bright and talented minds are eager to solve important scientific questions. The Cancer Research Institute (CRI) provides funding to ensure that the most promising postdoctoral scientists receive the critical financial support and continued career training needed to pursue their lifesaving work.

The Cancer Research Institute recognizes that getting to the next great breakthrough in cancer treatment will require continued investment in fundamental research and training. CRI therefore invites postdoctoral fellows working in both fundamental immunology and tumor immunology to apply for funding.

The CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is CRI's longest-standing continuous program. Postdoctoral fellowships provide support to fund and train young immunologists and cancer immunologists at top universities and research centers around the world.

Fellows work and continue their training under the guidance of a world-renowned immunologist, who mentors the fellow and prepares him or her for a productive and successful career in cancer immunology.

Fellows receive up to $175,500 over three years to cover the cost of salary, insurance, and other research-related expenses, such as travel to conferences and meetings.

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Postdoctoral Fellowships in Aging Research
Glenn Foundation for Medical Research / American Federation for Aging Research

Agency LOI due: Jan. 22, 2020
Full Application due (by invitation only): Mid-May 2020

The Glenn Foundation for Medical Research, in partnership with the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), created the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowships in Aging Research to encourage and further the careers of postdoctoral fellows who are conducting research in the basic biology of aging, as well as translating advances in basic research from the lab to the clinic.

Through the fellowship program, up to 10 researchers will be awarded grants of $60,000 to encourage and further the careers of postdoctoral fellows. The awards are intended to provide significant research and training support to permit postdoctoral fellows to become established in the field of aging. The program supports research projects concerned with understanding the basic mechanisms of aging, as well as projects with direct relevance to human aging that have potential to lead to clinically relevant strategies related to human aging and the health span.

Projects investigating age-related diseases will be considered but only if approached from the point of view of how basic aging processes may lead to these outcomes. Projects concerning mechanisms underlying common geriatric functional disorders such as frailty will also be considered. Projects that are strictly clinical in nature, such as the diagnosis and treatment of disease, health outcomes, or the social context of aging, are not eligible.

To be eligible, applicants must be a postdoctoral fellow (M.D. and/or Ph.D. degree or equivalent) at the start date of the award (July 1, 2020), and the proposed research must be conducted at a qualified not-for-profit setting in the United States.

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Limited Submissions

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 4: EPSCoR Research Fellows (RII Track-4)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Internal MSU LOI due: Mar. 20, 2020
Application due: May 12, 2020

The Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is designed to fulfill the mandate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote scientific progress nationwide. EPSCoR jurisdictions that are eligible for RII competitions are listed in the RII Eligibility table, which can be found here. Through this program, NSF establishes partnerships with government, higher education, and industry that are designed to effect sustainable improvements in a jurisdiction's research infrastructure, Research and Development (R&D) capacity, and hence, its R&D competitiveness. One of the strategic goals of the EPSCoR program is to establish sustainable Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) professional development pathways that advance STEM workforce development.

RII Track-4 provides awards to build research capacity in institutions and transform the career trajectories of non-tenured investigators and to further develop their individual research potential through extended collaborative visits to the nation's premier private, governmental, or academic research centers. Through collaborative research visits at the host site, fellowship awardees will be able to learn new techniques, develop new collaborations or advance existing partnerships, benefit from access to unique equipment and facilities, and/or shift their research toward potentially transformative new directions. The experiences gained through the fellowships are intended to have lasting impacts that will enhance the Fellows' research trajectories well beyond the award period. These benefits to the Fellows are also expected to in turn improve the research capacity of their institutions and jurisdictions more broadly. Those submitting proposals must either hold a non-tenured faculty appointment at an institution of higher education or an early-career career-track appointment at an eligible non-degree-granting institution.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Science Foundation (NSF) [F]," and the program, "EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 4: EPSCoR Research Fellows (RII Track-4)."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Thursday March 20, 2020.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by Tuesday, May 12, 2020.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu, or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Commercialization Initiation Grants
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

Internal MSU LOI due: Apr. 20, 2020
Application due: Jun. 1, 2020

This program is aimed at supporting projects that create an inflection point for commercialization, and it is not designed to enable investigators to generate data for their next major research grant application. Thus, funding is intended to support the commercialization of bench discoveries and translating those to the market. Only projects from the natural sciences, medicine and engineering will be considered. Requests for games and software applications will not be considered. 

The ideal time for submitting a proposal is when the science is solid and a feasible business plan is at hand. The goal of this program is to support the project early in the commercialization life cycle in order to enable the PI or inventor to reduce the science discovery into practice, secure IP and ownership, obtain proof of commercialization concept and position the development toward the next round of funding. The PI or inventor may request up to $60,000 from the Murdock Trust, and the university is required to match at least an equal amount. 

The Trust has no equity interest in the intellectual property or commercialization of the invention. Submission of a proposal to this program from the university, however, is predicated on the expectation that the university has thoroughly vetted the scientific, technical and commercialization merits of the proposal.

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NEA Challenge America, FY2021
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Internal MSU LOI due: Feb. 28, 2020
Application due: Apr. 9, 2020

The Challenge America category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations: those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present. Provide details about the underserved audience you select in your application using relevant statistics and anecdotal information. Proposals should detail the efforts made to reach the identified underserved population. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development.

The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and fostering mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all individuals and groups.

Challenge America grants:

  • Extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations.
  • Are limited to the specific types of projects outlined in complete announcement (use URL link, below).
  • Are for a fixed amount of $10,000 and require a minimum $10,000 cost share/match.

Partnerships can be valuable to the success of these projects. While not required, applicants are encouraged to consider partnerships among organizations, both in and outside of the arts, as an appropriate way to engage with the identified underserved audience.

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Nutrition Obesity Research Centers (NORCs) (P30 Clinical Trial Optional)
National Institutes of Health

Internal MSU LOI due: Apr. 13, 2020
Agency Letter of Intent (LOI) due: May 4, 2020
Application due: Jun. 2, 2020

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications for Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) grants to support research in nutrition and/or obesity. The mission of the NORC program is to serve as a key component of the NIDDK-supported research effort to advance nutrition and obesity research. The NORCs promote new discoveries and enhance scientific progress through support of cutting-edge basic, clinical, and translational research in nutrition science and obesity with the ultimate goal of improving public health.

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Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program (FASLP)
U.S. Department of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Internal MSU LOI due: May 1, 2020
Application due: Jun. 4, 2020

The Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program is intended to increase the knowledge of agriculture and improve the nutritional health of children and to bring together stakeholders from the distinct parts of the food system to increase the capacity for food, garden, and nutrition education within host organizations or entities, such as school cafeterias and classrooms, while fostering higher levels of community engagement between farms and school systems. The initiative is part of a broader effort to not only increase access to school meals for low-income children, but also to dramatically improve their quality.

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USDA Equipment Grant Program (EGP)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Internal deadline: June 1, 2020
Application due: June 23, 2020

The Equipment Grant Program (EGP) serves to increase access to shared-use special purpose equipment/instruments for fundamental and applied research for use in the food and agricultural sciences programs at institutions of higher education, including State Cooperative Extension Systems. The program seeks to strengthen the quality and expand the scope of fundamental and applied research at eligible institutions, by providing them with opportunities to acquire one major piece of equipment/instruments that support their research, training, and extension goals and may be too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NIFA grant programs. EGP grants are not intended to replace requests for equipment in individual project applications. The program emphasizes shared-use instrumentation that will enhance the capabilities of researchers, educators, and extension agents both within and outside the proposing organization.

Proposals to the EGP must involve acquisition of only a single, well-integrated piece of equipment/instrument. Well-integrated means that the ensemble of equipment that defines the instrument enables specific fundamental or applied research experiments in the food and agricultural sciences, including data science and data systems, programs to be undertaken; separating or removing an element or component of such an integrated instrument would preclude that research from occurring or succeeding. An instrument acquired with support from the EGP program is expected to be fully operational by the end of the award period.

The EGP does not support the acquisition of suites of equipment to outfit research laboratories /facilities or to conduct independent experiments simultaneously. Similarly, the EGP does not fund common, general purpose ancillary equipment that would normally be found in a laboratory and/or is relatively easily procured by the organization or through other NIFA grant programs. Rather, it is intended to help fund items of equipment that will upgrade infrastructure. Moreover, EGP does not fund research projects, including research that uses the equipment acquired with support from the program nor does it support the operation and maintenance of facilities.

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Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (G-RISE) (T32)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Internal MSU LOI due (new, shortened deadline): Jan. 28, 2020
Full Application due to Agency: May 21, 2020

The goal of the Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (G-RISE) program is to develop a diverse pool of scientists earning a Ph.D. who have the skills to successfully transition into careers in the biomedical research workforce.

This funding opportunity announcement provides support to eligible, domestic institutions to develop and implement effective, evidence-based approaches to biomedical training and mentoring that will keep pace with the rapid evolution of the research enterprise. The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) expects that the proposed research training programs will incorporate didactic, research, mentoring, and career development elements to prepare trainees for careers that will have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Institutes of Health (NIH) [F]," and the program, "Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (G-RISE) (T32)."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Tuesday, January 28, 2020.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by May 21, 2020.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Mid-Scale Innovations Program in Astronomical Sciences (MSIP)
National Science Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due: Nov. 15, 2019
Preliminary Proposal due: Dec. 19, 2019
Full Proposal due: May 6, 2020

A vigorous Mid-Scale Innovations Program (MSIP) was recommended by the 2010 Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey, citing "many highly promising projects for achieving diverse and timely science." As described in this solicitation, the Division of Astronomical Sciences conducts a mid-scale program to support a variety of astronomical activities within a cost range up to $30M.

This program is formally divided into four subcategories: 1) limited term, self-contained science projects; 2) longer term mid-scale facilities; 3) development investments for future mid-scale and large-scale projects; and 4) community open access capabilities. MSIP will emphasize both strong scientific merit and a well-developed plan for student training and involvement of a diverse workforce in instrumentation, facility development, or data management.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Science Foundation (NSF) [F]," and the program, "Mid-Scale Innovations Program in Astronomical Sciences (MSIP)."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Friday, November 15, 2019.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by May 6, 2020.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education (R25)
National Institutes of Health

Extended Deadline - Internal MSU LOI due: Feb. 28, 2020
Agency LOI due: Apr. 27, 2020
Full Application due: May 28, 2020

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The overarching goal of this NIBIB R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation's biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs.

To accomplish the stated overarching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skills Development. This FOA seeks to support programs that include innovative approaches to enhance biomedical engineering design education to ensure a future workforce that can meet the nation's needs in biomedical research and healthcare technologies.

Applications are encouraged from institutions that propose to establish new or to enhance existing team-based design courses or programs in undergraduate biomedical engineering departments or other degree-granting programs with biomedical engineering tracks/minors. This FOA targets the education of undergraduate biomedical engineering/bioengineering students in a team-based environment.

While current best practices such as multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary education, introduction to the regulatory pathway and other issues related to the commercialization of medical devices, and clinical immersion remain encouraged components of a strong BME program, this FOA also challenges institutions to propose other novel, innovative and/or ground-breaking activities that can form the basis of the next generation of biomedical engineering design education.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Institutes of Health (NIH) [F]," and the program, "Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education (R25)."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Friday, February 21, 2020.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by May 28, 2020.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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William T. Grant Scholars Program
William T. Grant Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due: Mar. 13, 2020
Mentor and reference letter due Jun. 19, 2020 @ 5 PM EST
Full application due: July 1, 2020 @ 3 PM EST

SYNOPSIS: The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand researchers' expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas. Applicants should have a track record of conducting high-quality research and an interest in pursuing a significant shift in their trajectories as researchers. We recognize that early-career researchers are rarely given incentives or support to take measured risks in their work, so this award includes a mentoring component, as well as a supportive academic community.

Internal MSU Procedure: 

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a Limited Submission Pre-Proposal and select the sponsor, William T. Grant Foundation (WTGFOU), and the program, William T. Grant Scholars Program.
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is March 13, 2020.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by July 1, 2020.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences
Pew Charitable Trusts

Internal MSU Pre-proposal materials due: May 4, 2020
Nomination due to sponsor: May 18, 2020
Full application due: Sept. 10, 2020

The Pew Scholars Program supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The award provides $300,000 in flexible support ($75,000 per year for a four-year period).

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 pioneering approaches. Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles, but who bring in concepts and theories from more diverse fields, are encouraged to apply. Ideas with the potential to produce an unusually high impact are 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 performance of the candidate, 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.

Applicants must not have been appointed as an assistant professor at any institution prior to June 15, 2017, whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. 

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a Limited Submission Pre-Proposal and select the sponsor, Pew Charitable Trusts (PEWCHA) [P], and the program, Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences.
  2. Include your pre-proposal materials (research project summary, curriculum vitae, and letters of support from your department head and dean) as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The research project summary can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Monday, May 4, 2020.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select one nominee to go forward to the Sponsor. The nomination will be due at the Sponsor by May 18, 2020.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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NEH Summer Stipends
National Endowment for the Humanities

Internal MSU LOI due: June 23, 2020
Webinar scheduled for Wed., May 20, 2020 from 2-3 PM ET
Application due: Sept. 23, 2020

The National Endowment for the Humanities' Summer Stipends program aims to stimulate new research in the humanities and its publication. The program works to accomplish this goal by:

  • Providing small awards to individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both
  • Supporting projects at any stage of development, but especially early-stage research and late-stage writing in which small awards are most effective
  • Furthering the NEH's commitment to diversity and inclusion in the humanities by encouraging applications from independent scholars and faculty at Hispanic Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and community colleges

Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months.  NEH funds may support recipients' compensation, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research.

NEH staff will host a webinar describing the program, including eligibility, the application and nomination processes, and suggestions for writing an effective application. The presentation will include a chance to ask questions. It will be Wednesday, May 20, 2-3 PM EDT. A record will also be available on this page several days after the presentation. To watch the presentation, click on this link

 

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Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Centers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Internal MSU LOI due: Mar. 30, 2020
LOI due to sponsor: Aug. 20, 2020
Full submission due: Oct. 22, 2020

SYNOPSIS: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), invites grant applications for funding Education and Research Centers (ERCs) that are focused on occupational safety and health training, research training, education and outreach. NIOSH is mandated to provide an adequate supply of qualified personnel to carry out the purposes of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the ERCs are one of the principal means for meeting this mandate. ERCs are academic institutions that provide high-quality interdisciplinary graduate training, research training, continuing education, and outreach in the core occupational safety and health disciplines of industrial hygiene (IH), occupational health nursing (OHN), occupational medicine residency (OMR), and occupational safety (OS), as well as closely related allied disciplines. Research and research training are integral components of ERCs, with ERC faculty and NIOSH trainees conducting research on issues related to the NIOSH National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). The ERCs also serve as regional resources for industry, labor, government, and the public.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this program is to support NIOSH ERCs to address the burden of OSH in the United States by providing state-of-the-art interdisciplinary training for the next generation of OSH practitioners and researchers. ERCs play a significant role in preparing the future OSH workforce to respond to new challenges posed by the changing nature of work. These changes are the result of technological advances, globalization, new and emerging risks, occupational health disparities associated with the changing demographics of the US workforce, and a myriad of other factors. The NIOSH network of ERCs across the United States helps address these challenges and provide the next generation of OSH leadership to protect workers and ensure a healthier national workforce. The ERCs provide well-trained graduates to meet the demand for a professional OSH workforce for federal, state, and local government agencies; not-for-profit agencies; industry; academia; business; healthcare; and labor organizations. ERCs help meet our national need for skilled, knowledgeable practitioners and researchers in OSH and enhance the diversity of the safety and health workforce.

Internal MSU Procedure: 

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a Limited Submission Pre-Proposal and select the sponsor, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CENDIS), and the program, Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Centers (42).
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is March 30, 2020.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by October 22, 2020.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist at ebrock@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Bridges to the Baccalaureate Research Training Program (T34)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Feb. 25, 2020
Full Application due to Agency: Sept. 25, 2020

The Overarching Objective of this Bridges to the Baccalaureate Research Training Program is to develop a diverse pool of research-oriented undergraduates who bridge from a community college or two-year institution and complete bachelor's degrees in STEM fields.

Concurrently with the bridging and bachelor's degree completion goals, the Bridges to the Baccalaureate Research Training Program aims to develop a diverse pool of well-trained biomedical scientists who have the following technical, operational, and professional skills:

  • A broad understanding across biomedical disciplines and the skills to independently acquire the knowledge needed to advance their chosen fields;
  • The ability to think critically and independently, and to identify important biomedical research questions and approaches that push forward the boundaries of their areas of study;
  • A strong foundation in scientific reasoning, rigorous research design, experimental methods, quantitative and computational approaches, and data analysis and interpretation;
  • A commitment to approaching and conducting biomedical research responsibly, ethically, and with integrity;
  • Experience initiating, conducting, interpreting, and presenting rigorous and reproducible biomedical research with increasing self-direction;
  • The ability to work effectively in teams with colleagues from a variety of cultural and scientific backgrounds, and to promote inclusive and supportive scientific research environments;
  • The skills to teach and communicate scientific research methodologies and findings to a wide variety of audiences (e.g., discipline-specific, across disciplines, and the public); and
  • The knowledge, professional skills and experiences required to identify and transition into careers in the biomedical research workforce (i.e., the breadth of careers that sustain biomedical research in areas that are relevant to the NIH mission).

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Institutes of Health (NIH) [F]," and the program, "Bridges to the Baccalaureate Research Training Program (T34)."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Tuesday, February 25, 2020.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by September 25, 2020.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Inclusive Excellence: 2020 Undergraduate Science Education Grants
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Internal MSU LOI due: Apr. 12, 2019 (extended deadline)
Intent to apply due: July 2019 (exact date TBD)
Full submission (by invitation only) due: Fall 2020 (exact date TBD)

SYNOPSIS: 

HHMI promotes leadership in science education through peer-reviewed grants competitions for four-year colleges and universities. The competitions enable HHMI to highlight important national issues in science education, support science faculty in addressing these challenges, and encourage institutions to become leaders in science education excellence.

Inclusive Excellence (IE) represents a new strategy for HHMI grants to institutions. Grants help institutions build their capacity to effectively engage all students in science throughout their undergraduate years, especially those who come to college via nontraditional pathways.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a Limited Submission Pre-Proposal and select the sponsor, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HOWHUG), and the program, Inclusive Excellence: 2020 Undergraduate Science Education Grants.
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is April 12, 2019.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by July 2019 (exact date TBD).
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu, Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist at ebrock@montana.edu, or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Application due: June 30, 2020

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging digital projects at different stages of their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this program, leading to work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities.

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants may involve:

  • Creating or enhancing experimental, computationally based methods, techniques, or infrastructure that contribute to the humanities;

  • Pursuing scholarship that examines the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture and its impact on society; or

  • Conducting evaluative studies that investigate the practices and the impact of digital scholarship on research, pedagogy, scholarly communication, and public engagement.

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Public Engagement with Historical Records
National Archives and Records Administration

Draft deadline (optional): Aug. 10, 2020
Application due: Oct. 8, 2020

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that encourage public engagement with historical records, including the development of new tools that enable people to engage online. The NHPRC is looking for projects that create models and technologies that other institutions can freely adopt. In general, collaborations between archivists, documentary editors, historians, educators, and/or community-based individuals are more likely to create a competitive proposal. Projects that focus on innovative methods to introduce primary source materials and how to use them in multiple locations also are more likely to create a competitive proposal.

Projects might create and develop programs to engage people in the study and use of historical records for institutional, educational or personal reasons. For example, an applicant can:

  • Enlist volunteer "citizen archivists" in projects to accelerate access to historical records, especially those online. This may include, but is not limited to, efforts to identify, tag, transcribe, annotate, or otherwise enhance digitized historical records.
  • Develop educational programs for K-12 students, undergraduate classes, or community members that encourage them to engage with historical records already in repositories or that are collected as part of the project.
  • Collect primary source material from people through public gatherings and sponsor discussions or websites about the results.
  • Use historical records in artistic endeavors. This could include K-12 students, undergraduate classes, or community members. Examples include projects that encourage researching and writing life stories for performance; using record facsimiles in painting, sculpture, or audiovisual collages; or using text as lyrics for music or as music.
  • Develop technologies that encourage the sharing of information about historical records.

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Department of Defense (DOD)

Invisible Headlights (IH)
U.S. Department of Defense - DARPA - Defense Sciences Office

Abstract due: May 8, 2020 at 4 PM ET
FAQ submission deadline: Jun. 3, 2020
Application due: Jun. 17, 2020 at 4 PM ET

The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of passive three-dimensional (3D) vision using ambient thermal emissions. 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 practice.

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Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)
Department of Defense - U.S. Army

Pre-proposal inquiries and questions (encouraged) deadline: Apr. 24, 2020
Full proposals must be VALIDATED by May 15, 2020 (validation could take up to 48 hours)

This announcement seeks proposals from universities to purchase equipment and instrumentation in support of research in areas of interest to the DoD. DoD interests include the areas of research supported by the Army Research Office (ARO), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), hereafter generally referred to collectively as "we," "our," "us," or "administering agency." We use "administering agency" to provide a generic reference to any of the administering agencies. A central purpose of the DURIP is to provide equipment and instrumentation to enhance research related education in areas of interest and priority to the DoD.

Therefore, your proposal must address the impact of the equipment or instrumentation on your institution's ability to educate students through research in disciplines important to DoD missions. Our areas of research interest are published at the following internet locations:

How to Find Research Interests by Administering Agency

Army Research Office http://www.aro.army.mil Select "Broad Agency Announcements" in the "For the Researcher" section to see the most recent ARL or ARO Core Broad Agency Announcement for Basic and Applied Scientific Research.

Office of Naval Research http://www.onr.navy.mil Select "Work With Us" and then "Funding Opportunities" to see the Long Range Broad Agency Announcement for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology, BAA N00014-20-S-B001.

Air Force Office of Scientific Research http://www.wpafb.af.mil/afrl/afosr Navigate to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/viewopportunity.html?oppId=314753 to view the "Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research," BAA FA9550-19-S-0003.

You must refer to the websites cited above for detailed technical information and our technical goals. We encourage you to contact the Program Managers listed in the cited announcements before submitting proposals to explore research areas of mutual interest to you and us. You may submit a single DURIP proposal to more than one administering agency; however, only one administering agency will fund it, if selected.

There is no limit on the total number of different proposals you can submit. There is no limit to the number of awards a single applicant organization can receive under this competition.

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FY 2021 Defense University Instrumentation Program (DURIP)
U.S. Department of Defense

Application due: May 15, 2020

This announcement seeks proposals from universities to purchase equipment and instrumentation in support of research in areas of interest to the DoD.

DoD interests include the areas of research supported by the Army Research Office (ARO), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), hereafter generally referred to collectively as "we," "our," "us," or "administering agency." We use "administering agency" to provide a generic reference to any of the administering agencies.

A central purpose of the DURIP is to provide equipment and instrumentation to enhance research related education in areas of interest and priority to the DoD. Therefore, your proposal must address the impact of the equipment or instrumentation on your institution's ability to educate students through research in disciplines important to DoD missions.

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Wideband Adaptive RF Protection (WARP)
U.S. Department of Defense - DARPA Microsystems Technology Office

Application due: May 21, 2020 at 2 PM (EST)

DARPA seeks innovative proposals to develop wideband, adaptive RF filters and cancellers that selectively attenuate interference and protect wideband digital radios from saturation. When exposed to interference/self-interference, the filters and cancellers will automatically sense and adapt to the electromagnetic environment through the intelligent control of its adaptive hardware. WARP will ultimately enable the use of wideband software defined radios in congested and contested environments.

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Office of Naval Research (ONR) Manufacturing Science Program
Office of Naval Research

White Papers due: Feb. 7, 2020
Proposals due: June 8, 2020

Background:

While the scientific foundations behind most present-day manufacturing technologies have long been established, potential advances in current technologies as well as the development of new manufacturing techniques often require a new scientific knowledge base to provide the foundation for those processes to develop into viable and reliable manufacturing technologies. The Manufacturing Science program addresses the need for fundamental research programs to support these new and novel manufacturing technologies for the Navy.

Recent advances in computational modeling capabilities have facilitated the intelligent design of new manufacturing capabilities, the models to predict their performance, and the experimental strategies to best achieve them. These new predictive models can provide powerful benefits for the development of new manufacturing technologies and the capabilities that can be achieved.

Program Objectives:

The objective of the Manufacturing Science program is to support fundamental scientific research that will help facilitate or enable the advancement/development of manufacturing technologies for Naval components. Research proposals are encouraged to include a modeling component to help direct the research. The focus of the Manufacturing Science program is on Naval manufacturing, preference will be given to Naval-unique or Naval-centric topics. This program has three primary potential focus areas:

& Fundamental research programs needed to support significant advances in current Naval manufacturing technologies,

& Fundamental research programs supporting new or developing Naval manufacturing technologies, or

& Fundamental research programs to design/optimize the materials used in Naval manufacturing technologies

Proposers are encouraged to submit research topics within these broad categories that satisfy the program descriptions listed. Some examples of manufacturing technologies and related topics which may have a Naval relevance are large-scale additive manufacturing, surface finishing of additively manufactured components, superior properties arising from additive manufacturing, Naval alloy development for additive manufacturing (i.e., 5083 equivalent), metamorphic manufacturing, and other new manufacturing techniques/technologies. This list is not comprehensive; novel ideas of other manufacturing processes and materials of interest to the Navy are encouraged.

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Global Research Opportunity: Global-X Challenge
U.S. Department of Defense - Office of Naval Research

White papers due: May 25, 2020
Full proposals (by invitation only) due: July 13, 2020

The purpose of this Global-X Challenge is to discover, disrupt, and ultimately provide a catalyst for later development and delivery of revolutionary capabilities to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, the commercial marketplace, and the public. The expected outcomes of this Global-X Challenge are promising revolutionary concepts whose technology maturity may be accelerated under separate agile follow-on technology development efforts.

Objective: ONR Global is interested in promising concepts to achieve revolutionary capability advances with both military and commercial value in the multidisciplinary technology challenge areas described below. Specifically excluded are approaches that primarily result in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice, or are already funded by existing research programs.

ONR Global recognizes that international scientists and engineers conduct creative and novel research. This Global-X Challenge provides an opportunity for these international researchers to collaborate, generate revolutionary ideas and demonstrate these ideas will succeed. ONR Global invites outstanding international researchers to form multi-national, multidisciplinary teams to address one or more of these capability challenges. ONR Global will use existing online collaboration tools to help researchers to connect, collaborate and form teams. ONR Global will provide more information about collaboration forums during the Kick-off Webinar. Individual researchers may participate on more than one team. Teams are responsible for establishing nondisclosure agreements among team members, if necessary. All ONR Global and U.S. Federal employees are already covered by Federal laws requiring the protection of trade secrets and proprietary information.  

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Ion Mobility Spectrometry Data Collection (IMSDC)
U.S. Department of Defense - DARPA - Defense Sciences Office

Application due: Jun. 15, 2020 at 4 PM ET

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is requesting information on ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) systems to support mobile vapor/gas sample collection and analysis from vehicular platforms in support of SIGMA program goals. These systems can be commercial off the shelf (COTS) or systems that could be modified with minor development activities (e.g., modifications to existing hardware and/or software vs. entirely new builds of components) to support mobile detection goals. 

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Habitus
Department of Defense - DARPA

Abstract due (strongly encouraged): Mar. 2, 2020 at 2 PM Mountain Time
Application due: Apr. 23, 2020 at 2 PM Mountain Time

The Habitus program will create a specific, generalizable/scalable, adaptive, and self-sustaining
methodology for capturing and making local knowledge available to operational decision makers
to support stability operations. This involves developing mechanisms of measurement and local engagement, identifying relevant factors, prioritizing and developing relationships among those factors, and testing and updating the model as systems change. Over the course of the program, performers will demonstrate, test, and validate the system by using the computational models generated by their systems to make predictions against real-world, externally verifiable
outcomes.

Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, methodologies, or systems to engage with and understand local populations to make their often implicit cognitive models of a local system explicit and available to operational decision-makers. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary
improvements to the existing state of practice.

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FY20 Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR)
U.S. Department of Defense - Air Force Office of Scientific Research

AcquTrak Registration required by Sept. 14, 2020
White papers and supporting documentation due: Sept. 21, 2020
Application due: Feb. 15, 2021 by invitation only

The Department of Defense (DoD) announces the fiscal year 2020 (FY20) Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR). The program is sponsored and managed by the Basic Research Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD [R&E]), awarded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), and administered through the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The DoD plans to award FY20 DEPSCoR appropriations through this announcement.

 

The aim of DEPSCoR is to improve the research capabilities at institutions of higher education (IHE) in eligible States/Territories to perform competitive basic research in science and engineering that is relevant to the DoD mission and reflect national security priorities. 

 

The Basic Research Office anticipates approximately $7.2 million in total funding will be made available for this program to fund approximately twelve (12) awards up to $600,000 (total cost) each. Each award will be funded up to $200,000 (total cost) per year for three (3) years in the form of a grant. 

The FY20 DEPSCoR competition seeks proposals addressing the following topic areas as detailed in the full announcement in the Related Documents folder

1.     Cognitive and Computational Neurosciences

2.     Space Science

3.     Agile Science of Test and Evaluation

4.     Materials with Extreme Properties

5.     Propulsion and Energetics

6.     Computational Architectures and Visualization

7.     Optoelectronics

8.     Probability and Statistics

9.     Molecular Structure and Dynamics

10.   Social and Behavioral Science

11.   Biotronics

12.   Aerospace Structures and Materials

13.   Ocean Acoustics

14.   Machine Learning, Reasoning, and Intelligence

15.   Power Electronics & Electromagnetism, Adaptive & Machinery Controls and Advanced Machinery Systems

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Department of Energy (DOE)

FAIR Data and Models for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
U.S. Department of Energy

Application due: May 15, 2020

The DOE SC program in Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) hereby announces its interest in making research data and artificial intelligence (AI) models findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR1) to facilitate the development of new AI applications in SC's congressionally authorized mission space, which includes the advancement of AI research and development. In particular, ASCR is interested in supporting FAIR benchmark data for AI; and FAIR frameworks for relating data and AI models.

For this FOA, AI is inclusive of, for example, machine learning (ML), deep learning (DL), neural networks (NN), computer vision, and natural language processing (NLP). Data, in this context, are the digital artifacts used to generate AI models and/or employed in combination with AI models during inference. An AI model is an inference method that can be used to perform a "task," such as prediction, diagnosis, or classification. The model is developed using training data or other knowledge. An AI task is the inference activity performed by an artificially intelligent system.

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Quantum Information Science Research for Fusion Energy Sciences
U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Science

Letter of Interest (LOI) due: May 15, 2020 at 5 PM ET
Application due: Jun. 12, 2020 at 5 PM ET

The DOE SC program in Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) hereby announces its interest in receiving new applications for fundamental research for public benefit in the area of Quantum Information Science (QIS). Responsive applications will propose research that could have a transformative impact on FES mission areas including fusion and discovery plasma science and / or advance QIS development enabled by FES-supported science. While fully recognizing the interdisciplinary and crosscutting nature of QIS, responsive applications will focus on areas consistent with the unique role of FES in this rapidly developing field. More specific information about responsive areas is included in the full announcement.

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Research to Enable Fuels from Sunlight
Department of Energy - Office of Science Research

Pre-application due: Mar. 24, 2020
Application due: May 27, 2020

This FOA solicits new applications for multi-investigator cross-disciplinary early-stage fundamental research to address emerging new directions as well as long-standing challenges in liquid solar fuels generation via artificial photosynthesis approaches. Artificial photosynthesis is typically viewed as the generation of fuels using only sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water as inputs. However, for the purpose of this FOA the concept of artificial photosynthesis approaches will be expanded to include other abundant feedstocks beyond carbon dioxide, such as nitrogen. Regardless of feedstock, the focus must remain on fundamental scientific concepts for solar-driven liquid fuel production. 

Applications should focus on the highest scientific priorities in solar fuels production as identified by the 2019 Liquid Solar Fuels Roundtable and will be required to address priority research opportunities (PROs) denoted in 2019 Liquid Solar Fuels Roundtable Report (Brochure). The research should capitalize on unique capabilities and accomplishments developed to date, including those from BES-funded efforts in the Fuels from Sunlight Hub, Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs), and BES core programs. Projects should also integrate experiment and theory to elucidate scientific principles for light energy capture and conversion into chemical bonds.

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Submarine Hydrokinetic And Riverine Kilo-megawatt Systems (SHARKS)
U.S. Department of Energy - Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy

Concept papers due: May 27, 2020; Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply 48 hours in advance

The SHARKS Program seeks to develop new designs for economically attractive Hydrokinetic Turbines (HKT) for tidal and riverine currents. Tidal and riverine energy resources are renewable, have the advantage of being highly reliable and predictable, and are often co-located with demand centers, while HKT devices can be designed with low visual profiles and minimal environmental impact. These energy-producing devices are also uniquely suited for micro-grid applications, supplying energy to remote communities and other "blue economy" or utility-scale applications. This Program is aimed at applying Control Co-Design (CCD), Co-Design (CD) and Designing-for-OpEx (DFO) methodologies to HKT design. These three design methodologies require the concurrent (rather than sequential) application of a wide range of disciplines, starting at the conceptual design stage. The technical challenges that inhibit the development of highly efficient HKT designs are mutually dependent, and require expertise from a range of scientific and engineering fields for optimization. These codependent technical challenges make HKT design a perfect candidate for CCD, CD and DFO, and will necessitate the formation of multi-disciplinary teams to resolve their inherently coupled design considerations.

This Program seeks to fund the development of new HKT designs that include, but are not limited to, hydrodynamics, mechanical structures, materials, hydro-structural interactions, electrical energy conversion systems, control systems, numerical simulations and experimental validations. Simultaneous consideration of the full problem can result in operational designs that are optimal, and suitable for deployment in a wide variety of tidal and riverine energy environments. The SHARKS Program seeks new HKT designs that are optimized within a Metric Space that quantifies the swept rotor area per unit of equivalent mass and the water-to-electron power generation efficiency, while navigating across LCOE (Levelized Cost of Energy) contours of constant value or isolines. Projects in this Program will develop radically new HKT designs that offer a significant reduction in LCOE (~60%) compared to the current state-of-the-art -see Table 9. These designs will need to reduce the LCOE through a multi-faceted approach that includes increasing generation efficiency, increasing rotor area per unit of equivalent system mass, lowering operating and maintenance costs, and minimizing potential negative impacts on the surrounding environment, among other considerations. It is expected that projects will include physical testing of the critical systems and sub-systems in the water to prove the assumptions underlying the device's design.

 

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Computational Tool Development for Integrative Systems Biology Data Analysis
Department of Energy (DOE)

Pre-Application due: Jan. 31, 2020
Full Application due: Apr. 9, 2020

The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science (SC) program in Biological and Environmental Research (BER), hereby announces its interest in receiving applications for research in developing computational approaches that can integrate large, disparate data types from multiple and heterogeneous sources, such as those used in the Genomic Science program (GSP) (http://genomicscience.energy.gov). Research supported by awards resulting from this FOA will promote human understanding of the natural world through analysis of high-throughput biological systems data. BER has an ongoing mission of improving translation from the molecular to cellular realm within scientific disciplines supported by DOE.

BER supports basic research to understand the fundamental nature of biological processes relevant to DOE-supported research in energy and environmental subjects. Within BER, the GSP supports systems biology research on microbial, plant, plant-microbe interactions, and environmental microbial communities. Understanding and harnessing the metabolic and regulatory networks of plants and microbes will enable their design and re-engineering for improved energy resilience and sustainability, including advanced biofuels and bio products.

Research topics appropriate for this FOA include, but are not limited to the development of novel computational, bioinformatics, statistical, algorithmic, or analytical approaches, tool kits, or software for:

  • Innovative computational strategies to enhance, scale, and optimize the management and processing throughput of large, complex, and heterogeneous systems biology data generated across scales for effective integration and interpretation;
  • The integration of omics data with biochemical and biophysical measurements to provide insights into fundamental biological processes and to identify novel biological paradigms;
  • The derivation of a systems-level understanding from orthogonal datasets of microbial cultures and communities, via the development of integrated networks and computational models;
  • Data integration approaches and new software frameworks for management and analysis of large-scale, multimodal and multiscale data that enhance the transparency of approach, effectiveness and efficiency of the data processing;
  • Data mining for the comparative analysis across large-scale data sets to infer microbial community composition and interactions or microbial community analysis to handle a wide range of functional genomics data types.

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Neuromorphic Computing for Accelerating Scientific Discovery
U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Science

Pre-applications (required) due: Jun. 3, 2020 at 5 PM ET
Application due: Jul. 1, 2020 at 5 PM ET

The DOE SC program in Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) hereby announces its interest in proposals for basic research that significantly advances Neuromorphic Computing as a brain-inspired, energy-efficient tool for scientific discovery. DOE has the responsibility to address the energy, environmental and nuclear security challenges that face our nation. SC's mission is the delivery of scientific discoveries and major scientific tools to transform our understanding of nature and to advance the energy, economic, and national security of the United States.  

In the post-exascale computing timeframe, scientific progress will be predicated on our ability to create, transfer, and process large complex datasets from extreme scale simulations, experiments, and/or observational facilities. Scientific computing is facing multiple challenges i.e. high energy usage, memory, concurrency, parallelism, heterogeneity, input/output, storage, retrieval, fault tolerance, etc. Currently, high performance computing systems consume in the order of megawatts of power, and energy consumptions levels have been kept manageable through the usage of heterogeneous architectures. On the other hand, the energy consumption of the human brain is in the order of watts, or about six orders of magnitude more energy efficient than current state-of-the-art HPC systems. 

This program call is focused on high-risk, high-reward basic research to explore how neuromorphic computing could address emerging scientific computational challenges in energy efficient computing primarily.

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Energy Storage for Fossil Power Generation
U.S. Department of Energy - National Energy Technology Laboratory

Concept papers due: June 16, 2020 at 8 PM ET
Application due: Aug. 13, 2020 at 8 PM ET

The objectives of this FOA are to accomplish the following:

(1) Advance near-term, fossil-fueled asset-integrated, energy storage solution toward commercial deployment.

(2) Mature promising mid-TRL, component-level, energy storage solutions toward eventual system integration with fossil-fueled assets.

(3) Develop innovative, low-TRL concepts and technologies that offer gamechanging benefits for fossil-fueled assets.

A variety of technology approaches are anticipated to integrate well with fossi-fueled assets including, but not limited to, thermal, chemical, and potential energy storage. As an example, hydrogen holds the potential to enable long-duration chemical energy storage and decarbonization pathways for the future. Hydrogen is also an essential feedstock and fuel that could unite the Nation's natural gas, coal, nuclear, and renewable energy resources. DOE's Office of Fossil Energy is looking to leverage the low-cost production of hydrogen from fossil fuels with zero or near zero emissions to facilitate energy storage that can support use of affordable domestic energy supplies, improve domestic energy production and use, and enhance the security, reliability, and resilience of energy infrastructure.

The scope of this FOA is focused on maturing energy storage technologies that have the potential to be integrated with large-scale fossil assets, both existing and new build, with and without carbon capture. For the purposes of this FOA, the intent of the phrase "integrate with a fossil asset" is to integrate energy storage technologies "within the fence" of a power plant or other fossil asset.

This FOA provides three specific opportunities (i.e., Areas of Interest) that span a broad range of the applied technology development continuum: engineering-scale, near-term prototypes; mid-term component development; and exploration of longer-term, advanced concepts. If warranted, future FOAs may sponsor work on additional fossil-related scope.

The Areas of Interest (AOIs) are as follows:

  • AOI 1 - Design Studies for Engineering Scale Prototypes*
  • AOI 2 - Component-level Research & Development
  • AOI 3 - Innovative Concepts & Technologies

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Joint FY20 Bioenergy and Advanced Manufacturing FOA BOTTLE: Bio-Optimized Technologies to keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment
Department of Energy

Application due: Jun. 18, 2020

In November 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the Plastics Innovation Challenge, a comprehensive program to accelerate innovations in energy-efficient plastics recycling technologies. This FOA will support high-impact R&D for plastics by developing new plastics that are capable of efficient recyclability and improving recycling strategies that can break existing plastics into chemical building blocks that can be used to make higher-value products.

DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) develops technologies that convert domestic biomass and waste resources into fuels, products, and power to enable affordable energy, economic growth, and innovation in renewable energy and chemicals production. DOE's Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) develops technologies that drive energy productivity improvements in the U.S. manufacturing sector, efficiently utilize abundant and available domestic energy resources, and support the manufacture of clean energy products with benefits extending across the economy. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will support high-impact technology research and development (R&D) to enable the development of technologies that overcome the challenges associated with plastic waste.

Topic Areas include:

  1. Highly Recyclable or Biodegradable Plastics
  2. Novel Methods for Deconstructing and Upcycling Existing Plastics: generate energy efficient recycling technologies (mechanical, chemical, or biological) that are capable of breaking plastic streams into intermediates which can be upgraded into higher value products.
  3. BOTTLE Consortium Collaborations to Tackle Challenges in Plastic Waste: create collaborations with the Bio-Optimized Technologies to Keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment (BOTTLE) Laboratory Consortium to further the long-term goals of the Consortium and the Plastics Innovation Challenge.

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AMO Critical Materials FOA: Next-Generation Technologies and Field Validation
U.S. Department of Energy - Golden Field Office

Concept paper due: June 25, 2020 at 5 PM ET
Application due: Aug. 11, 2020 at 5 PM ET

Through this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) seeks to address gaps in domestic supply chains for key critical materials for clean energy technologies to:

- Enable domestic manufacturing of high energy efficiency and high energy density clean energy technologies;

- Diversify the domestic supply of critical materials; and

- Validate and demonstrate domestic innovative technologies to support the transition to U.S. manufacturing.

This will be accomplished through development of alternative next-generation technologies and field validation and demonstration of technologies that improve extraction, separation and processing. Key critical materials for energy technologies as defined in this FOA include: rare earth elements: neodymium (Nd), praseodymium (Pr), dysprosium (Dy), terbium (Tb), and samarium (Sm) used in permanent magnets for electric vehicle motors, wind turbine generators and high temperature applications; cobalt (Co) used in batteries used in electric vehicles (EVs) and grid storage and high temperature permanent magnets; and lithium (Li), manganese (Mn) and natural graphite used in batteries. This FOA seeks to leverage the technology and capabilities developed at the Critical Materials Institute (CMI), an Energy Innovation Hub led by Ames Laboratory and managed by DOE.

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FY20 Advanced Manufacturing Office Multi-Topic FOA
U.S. Department of Energy - Golden Field Office

Concept paper due: June 25, 2020 at 5 PM ET
Application due: Aug. 26, 2020 at 5 PM ET

AMO supports innovative, advanced-manufacturing applied research and development (R&D) projects that focus on specific, high-impact manufacturing technology and process challenges. AMO invests in foundational, energy-related, advanced-manufacturing processes (where energy costs are a determinant of competitive manufacturing) and broadly applicable platform technologies (the enabling base upon which other systems and applications can be developed). The competitively selected projects from this FOA will focus on developing next-generation manufacturing material, information, and process technologies that improve energy efficiency in energy-intensive and energy-dependent processes, and facilitate the transition of emerging, cost-competitive energy technologies to domestic production.

AMO's vision and mission, as well as the strategic goals, targets, and metrics for key technology focus areas, are described in the Draft AMO Multi-Year Program Plan (MYPP) available at: https://www.energy.gov/eere/amo/downloads/advanced-manufacturing-office-amo-multi-year-program-plan-fiscal-years-2017. AMO's strategic goals supported by this FOA are to:

  • Improve the productivity and energy efficiency of U.S. manufacturing
  • Reduce lifecycle energy and resource impacts of manufactured goods
  • Leverage diverse domestic energy resources in U.S. manufacturing, while strengthening environmental stewardship
  • Transition DOE supported innovative technologies and practices into U.S. manufacturing capabilities
  • Strengthen and advance the U.S. manufacturing workforce

See the full announcement for details and subtopics that fall into one of the three main topics:

Topic 1: Efficiency Improvements in Advanced Manufacturing Processes

Topic 2: Efficiency Improvements in Chemical Manufacturing

Topic 3: Connected, Flexible, and Efficient Manufacturing Facilities, Products, and Energy Systems

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Coal-derived Materials for Building, Infrastructure, and Other Applications
U.S. Department of Energy - National Energy Technology Laboratory

Application due: Jul. 14, 2020

The overall objective of the FOA is to support the development of value-added products from coal. This will be accomplished through the research and development of coal-derived components for residential, commercial, and infrastructure applications. Another path to developing value-added products from coal is the production of high-value specialty products, as well as research and development of technologies capable of producing carbon-based building materials using a continuous, rather than batch, manufacturing process. The FOA will also support the design, R&D, and validation of a prototype carbon-based building.

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COVID-19 Rapid Research Response
Department of Energy

DOE is soliciting ideas about how the Department and the National Laboratories might contribute resources for science and technology efforts and collaborations. The Department is encouraging the scientific community and others to consider research questions that underpin COVID-19 response and is requesting input on strategic, priority research directions that may be undertaken using DOE user facilities, computational resources, and enabling infrastructure.

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Department of Health & Human Services

Exploring the use of Real-World Data to Generate Real-World Evidence in Regulatory Decision-Making (U01) Clinical Trials Optional
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Application due: May 11, 2020

Project Objectives: The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to address a diversity of topics related to FDA's RWE Program as described above and to enable FDA to assess and validate the potential utility of RWD and RWE. The primary objective of this announcement is to encourage a variety of projects exploring the utility of RWD and RWE in evidence generation.  The scope includes, but is not limited to, projects that focus on the following:

  • Exploring and conducting innovative clinical trials, or parts of clinical trials utilizing RWD, such as trials that incorporate "pragmatic" elements and utilize RWD to generate RWE. 
  • Exploring and elucidating ways and methods to address challenges to utilizing RWD in research studies, such as data processing, standardization, and analytics.
  • Exploring the use of innovative technologies, such as digital health tools, predictive algorithms, and sensors to provide reliable data.
  • Designing and conducting pilot projects and collaborations that further the development of a shared understanding and clarity on key components of trials utilizing RWD, including intervention selection, outcome measurement, feasibility of blinding, statistical techniques, and data integrity. 
  • Determining and evaluating endpoints (or composite endpoints) that can be captured reliably from RWD.
  • Evaluating reliability considerations around the use of RWD, such as methodologies to assist in the standardization and analyses of the typically fragmented and variable RWD sources.

A variety of project types are welcomed under this FOA, including clinical trials, ancillary studies in parallel to planned or ongoing clinical trials, and other clinical study types.  FDA is particularly interested in projects that compare use of RWD and generation of RWE with more traditional approaches methods for data collection and evidence generation.

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NARMS Cooperative Agreement Program to Strengthen Antibiotic Resistance Surveillance in Retail Food Specimens (U01) Clinical Trials Not Allowed
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

LOI due: Apr. 3, 2020
Application due: May 11, 2020

Problem Statement: Antimicrobial drugs have been widely used in human and veterinary medicine for more than 70 years, with tremendous benefits to both human and animal health. The development of resistance to these medicines poses a serious public health threat. Antimicrobial drug use creates selective evolutionary pressure that enables antimicrobial resistant bacteria to increase in numbers and thus increases the opportunity for individuals to become infected by resistant bacteria. When antimicrobial drugs are used in food-producing animals, they can enrich for populations of resistant strains that reach humans via the food supply.

Purpose: FDA announces the availability of fiscal year (FY) 2020 funds to enhance and strengthen antibiotic resistance surveillance in retail food specimens within the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS). This cooperative agreement with the NARMS retail food surveillance program will enable the research and investigations for the collection of critical data to help inform public health stakeholders. Data from investigations conducted by applicants will assist in developing pre-approval safety evaluation of new animal antibiotics, determining parameters for the antimicrobial use in veterinary medicine, and the ability of public health actors to provide information to promote interventions to reduce resistance among foodborne bacteria. This cooperative agreement will address NARMS programmatic needs to implement effective surveillance and response for antibiotic resistance as recommended in the National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (CARB). The chief goal of the NARMS food surveillance program is to improve the detection of and surveillance for antimicrobial resistance among enteric bacteria in raw retail meat commodities.

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Comprehensive Suicide Prevention
Department of Health and Human Services - Centers for Disease Control

Application due: May 26, 2020

CDC's Injury Center announces the availability of fiscal year 2020 funds to implement CDC-RFA-CE20-2001, Comprehensive Suicide Prevention.

This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) supports implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention. Such an approach includes strong leadership as the convener of multi-sectoral partnerships; prioritizes data to identify vulnerable populations and to better characterize risk (e.g., relationship, job/financial, mental health problems) and protective factors (e.g. connectedness, hope, resilience) impacting suicide; leverages current prevention practices and fills gaps by selecting multiple and complementary strategies with the best available evidence using CDC's Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices; rigorously evaluates the overall approach and individual activities; feeds data back into the system for quality improvement and sustainability; and effectively communicates results.

The purpose of this NOFO is to implement and evaluate this approach to suicide prevention, with attention to vulnerable populations (e.g., veterans, tribal populations, rural communities, LGBTQ, homeless, other) that account for a significant proportion of the suicide burden and have suicide rates greater than the general population in a jurisdiction(s) (e.g., state, city/county, tribe). Key outcomes include a 10% reduction in suicide morbidity and mortality in the jurisdiction(s).

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Division of Research, Innovation & Ventures (DRIVe) COVID-19 EZ Broad Agency Announcement
Health and Human Services - Assistant Secretary of Emergency Preparedness

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To support ongoing U.S. Government COVID-19 medical countermeasure development efforts, BARDA is pleased to open our EZ BAA program and seeks abstract submissions for select COVID-19 medical countermeasures only. Please see solicitation BAA-20-100-SOL-0002 for more information, and apply here.

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Fatherhood - Family-focused, Interconnected, Resilient, and Essential (FIRE)
Department of Health and Human Services

Estimated post date: Mar. 23, 2020
Forecasted due date: May 22, 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA) announces its plan to solicit applications for the competitive award of grants that support "activities to promote responsible fatherhood" under each of the three broad categories of promoting or sustaining marriage, responsible parenting, and economic stability activities authorized under Section 403(a)(2) of the Social Security Act. The Fatherhood Family-focused, Interconnected, Resilent, and Essential Grants (Fatherhood FIRE) will be targeted exclusively to projects designed for adult fathers, defined as fathers that are age 18 and older. Eligible fathers (or father figures) must have children who are age 24 or younger. Fathers will include those in the general population (or "community fathers"), as well as fathers who are currently incarcerated and are returning, or have returned, to their families and communities following incarceration.

Applicants will be strongly encouraged to submit a proposal to implement one specific program model designed for one specific service population - e.g., rural community fathers, reentering fathers, or urban community fathers- but not multiple models for multiple populations. ACF is interested in funding a diverse range of projects, from high impact projects, to moderate scope projects, to smaller scope projects. Applicants must provide evidence of organizational capacity to implement their proposed project.

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SPECIAL NOTICE: Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)
Health and Human Resources

Application due: Apr. 30, 2020

We appreciate your interest in partnering with BARDA. Due to the COVID-19 response, any white papers or full proposals submissions, other than those that are in support of COVID-19, will be put into a queue. Once the response to COVID-19 has subsided, we will resume normal review of submissions for other research areas of interests.  BARDA will not be able to meet the timelines highlighted in the Broad Agency Announcement. Thank you for understanding this unprecedented response and delays that will occur.

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Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS)
Centers for Disease Control - ERA

Letter of Intent (LOI) due: June 8, 2020
Application due: July15, 2020

The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), initiated in 1987 due to stagnant infant mortality rates, collects jurisdiction-specific, population-based data on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during, and shortly after pregnancy. The survey asks new mothers questions about their pregnancy and their new baby and the data are used to monitor the prevalence of maternal behaviors and experiences to inform programs and systems changes that influence maternal and infant health, as well as conduct research. PRAMS provides jurisdiction-specific and population-based data on the population of women recently delivering a live birth or stillborn infant. Because less than 5% of the general population is pregnant at any time, there is a need for data that purposely samples from this population to provide stable estimates that can be stratified by population subgroup, as well as to provide jurisdiction-specific estimates of maternal experiences and behaviors that occur before, during, and shortly after pregnancy. PRAMS data are used to examine the associations between risk factors and outcomes, explore disparities by subpopulations, and compare health indicators across jurisdictions. For example, PRAMS data have been used to monitor progress over time for safe infant sleep practices, unintended births, and patterns of health insurance coverage. PRAMS data are used to conduct research at the state and federal level and are used to investigate emerging issues in the field of reproductive health. This NOFO solicits applications to: 1) implement standardized surveillance of postpartum women with a recent live birth or stillbirth on selected maternal behaviors and experiences that occur prior to, during, and shortly after pregnancy; 2) implement surveillance on emerging issues related to maternal and child health that arise during the data collection cycle including post-disaster or emergency surveillance; and 3) ensure collection of timely, high quality data for ongoing monitoring of maternal and infant health to inform programs, research, and system changes.

The activities in the NOFO will be conducted under three separate Components of funding:

Component A: Core Surveillance - To implement population-based surveillance on selected maternal behaviors and experiences that occur prior to, during, and shortly after pregnancy, including emerging issues, among women with a recent live birth in up to 53 vital records jurisdictions.

Component B: Point-in-time Tribal Surveillance - To implement a point-in-time (one time, one birth year) surveillance on selected maternal behaviors and experiences that occur prior to, during, and shortly after pregnancy among women with a recent live birth in up to 2 federally recognized American Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Villages, or Urban Indian Organizations (UIOs) with at least 1,000 live births annually or tribal organizations that support American Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Villages or Urban Indian Organizations with a service area that covers at least 1,000 live births annually.

Component C: Stillbirth Surveillance - To implement population-based surveillance on selected maternal behaviors and experiences that occur prior to, during, and shortly after pregnancy among women who recently experienced a stillbirth in up to 2 vital records jurisdictions.

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Novel, High-Impact Studies Evaluating Health System and Healthcare Professional Responsiveness to COVID-19 (R01)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Agency for Health Care Research and Quality

Letter of Intent (LOI) due: June 1, 2020
Application due: June 15, 2020

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites R01 grant applications for funding to support novel, high-impact studies evaluating the responsiveness of healthcare delivery systems, healthcare professionals, and the overall U.S. healthcare system to the COVID-19 pandemic. AHRQ is interested in funding critical research focused on evaluating topics such as effects on quality, safety, and value of health system response to COVID-19; the role of primary care practices and professionals during the COVID-19 epidemic; understanding how the response to COVID-19 affected socially vulnerable populations and people with multiple chronic conditions; and digital healthcare including innovations and challenges encountered in the rapid expansion of telehealth response to COVID-19. AHRQ encourages multi-method, rapid-cycle research with the ability to: produce and disseminate initial findings (e.g. observations, lessons learned, or findings) within 6 months after award and then regularly throughout the remainder of the award period.

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Department of Justice (DOJ)

Research on Juvenile Reoffending, Fiscal Year 2020
U.S. Department of Justice - National Institute of Justice

Application due: May 18, 2020

This solicitation seeks proposals for rigorous research projects that improve measurement of juvenile reoffending. NIJ encourages applicants to submit proposals for studies that advance knowledge and understanding of juvenile reoffending and aid jurisdictions and juvenile justice agencies in measuring and using juvenile reoffending data appropriately in their efforts to identify priorities, develop responses, and monitor and assess policies and programs. This solicitation supports Department of Justice strategic objectives to combat violent crime, promote safe communities, and uphold the rights of victims of crime.

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Terrorism: Training and Technical Assistance Project
U.S. Department of Justice - Office for Victims of Crime

Application due: May 26, 2020

Overview:

This project will provide training, technical assistance, and support to enable communities to augment their existing emergency response plans to ensure that they include effective protocols and strategies to address the immediate and long-term needs of victims, families, first responders, and communities after criminal mass violence or domestic terrorism incidents. The project will target training and technical assistance for law enforcement and other first responders; state, local, or tribal units of government; and victim service providers who are central in coordinating responses to criminal mass violence incidents.

Program-Specific Information:

Incidents of criminal mass violence and domestic terrorism, such as bombings, mass shootings, hijackings, and bioterrorism attacks, present unique challenges to the communities in which they occur and are traumatizing to the victims and families impacted as well as to the responding law enforcement and other emergency personnel. Ideally, a community's response to a mass violence incident will include a carefully planned and coordinated mobilization of law enforcement, other first responders, health care and mental health professionals, victim service providers, and multiple levels of governmental agencies. Planning must focus on strategies that are timely, compassionate, evidence-based, and comprehensive (addressing the impact of trauma on both victims and first responders). Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables The overall goal of this program is to assist state, local, and tribal law enforcement; units of government; emergency managers; prosecutors; victim service providers; and other stakeholders in augmenting their community emergency management response plans to ensure that the needs of victims, families, and first responders are addressed after incidents of criminal mass violence or domestic terrorism.

Pre-Application Webinar OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., eastern time. Participation in the webinar is optional. OVC staff will review the solicitation requirements and conduct a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. You may register for the webinar at https://www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html

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Department of Transportation (DOT)

Support for Alcohol Law Enforcement to Prevent Impaired Driving
U.S. Department of Transportation - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Application due: May 13, 2020

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is responsible for reducing vehicle-related fatalities and injuries on our nation's highways. States are responsible for laws regulating individual conduct and behavior within their jurisdictions. This includes the regulation of impaired driving. 

In 2018, there were 36,550 motor vehicle fatalities and 29 percent of them involved an alcohol-impaired driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter or more[1]. Licensed drinking establishments have long been recognized as high risk locations for contributing to alcohol related problems, including impaired driving. Among adults who self-reported binge drinking, about 54 percent of binge drinking episodes took place in a bar, club, or restaurant, compared to 36 percent in homes and 10 percent elsewhere[2]. Recent research has found that binge drinkers are also more likely to drive after drinking on premise at licensed establishments[3].

NHTSA supports law enforcement to deter, detect, and arrest DWI offenders. Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) agencies oversee the issuance, regulation, compliance, and enforcement of liquor licenses and laws. These agencies, therefore, play a valuable role in preventing impaired driving. ALE Agencies enforce laws that impact impaired driving such as: underage drinking, sales to intoxicated persons (SIP), and over service laws. ALE Agencies also investigate establishments to ensure alcohol sales are adhering to state alcohol laws and conduct source investigations to determine where alcohol was purchased and/or consumed when an alcohol-impaired driving or underage drinking and driving crash has occurred. Lastly, in addition to alcohol, some ALE agencies are regulating cannabis, which may have similar impacts on the prevention of drug impaired driving.

The purpose of the Cooperative Agreement (CA) is to develop and measure the effectiveness of a demonstration program that improves training and technical assistance available to Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) Agencies[1]. ALE agencies oversee the issuance, regulation, compliance, and enforcement of liquor licenses and laws. These agencies play a role in enforcing alcohol laws and reducing impaired driving. NHTSA will provide assistance to support monitoring new and emerging issues among ALE agencies regarding the enforcement of alcohol laws as it pertains to preventing impaired driving. The Recipient will provide tools such as in-person and web-based education and training to ALE agencies to support reducing impaired driving. In addition, the Recipient may support the ALE community in the following areas: 

  • Collaboration with State and local law enforcement officials on the shared task of preventing impaired driving (e.g. underage drinking, over service);
  • Dissemination of empirically supported methods, tools, and products developed under the Agreement aimed at improving regulation, compliance, and enforcement of liquor licenses and laws; and
  • Alcohol and drug impaired driving related data collection (e.g. Place of last drink).

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

National Environmental Education and Training Program
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Application due: May 29, 2020

SUMMARY: The purpose of the National Environmental Education and Training Program is to deliver environmental education (EE) training and long-term support to education professionals across the U.S. in the development and delivery of environmental education and training programs and studies.

BACKGROUND: There have been six previous multi-year cooperative agreements awarded under this program. In 1992, the first award was made to a consortium headed by the University of Michigan entitled the "National Consortium for Environmental Education and Training (NCEET)." In 1995, the second award was made to a consortium headed by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) entitled the "Environmental Education and Training Partnership (EETAP 1)." In 2000, the third award was made to the University of WisconsinStevens Point (UWSP) also entitled the "Environment Education and Training Partnership (EETAP 2)." In 2005, the fourth award was made to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, also entitled the "Environmental Education and Training Partnership (EETAP 3)." In 2011, the fifth award was made to Cornell University entitled the "Expanding Capacity in Environmental Education (EECapacity) Project." In 2016, the sixth award was made to the North American Association for Environmental Education entitled "ee360".

FUNDING/AWARDS: Under this competition, one cooperative agreement is expected to be awarded to a U.S. institution of higher education, a not-for-profit institution or a consortium of such institutions. The total estimated funding for the first year of the award(FY 2020) is $2,175,500. For planning purposes, funding for years two and three should be estimated to be $2,175,500 per year, subject to the availability of funds and other applicable considerations.

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Assessment Tools for Biotechnology Products
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Application due: July 15, 2020

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research to support the development of improved science-based human health and environmental risk assessments of new biotechnology products, including those developed through synthetic biology, genome editing, and metabolic engineering.

The STAR Program's goal is to stimulate and support scientific and engineering research that advances EPA's mission to protect human health and the environment. It is a competitive, peerreviewed, extramural research program that provides access to the nation's best scientists and engineers in academic and other nonprofit research institutions. STAR funds research on the environmental and public health effects of air quality, environmental changes, water quality and quantity, hazardous waste, toxic substances, and pesticides. In addition to regular awards, this solicitation includes the opportunity for early career awards. The purpose of the early career award is to fund research projects smaller in scope and budget by early career PIs. It is expected that the majority of the research will be performed by early career investigators. Further, it is expected that significant resources will be allotted to early career investigators to perform the research. Please see Section III of this Request for Applications (RFA) for details on the early career eligibility criteria.

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Early Career: Assessment Tools for Biotechnology Products
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Application due: July 15, 2020

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research to support the development of improved science-based human health and environmental risk assessments of new biotechnology products, including those developed through synthetic biology, genome editing, and metabolic engineering.

The STAR Program's goal is to stimulate and support scientific and engineering research that advances EPA's mission to protect human health and the environment. It is a competitive, peerreviewed, extramural research program that provides access to the nation's best scientists and engineers in academic and other nonprofit research institutions. STAR funds research on the environmental and public health effects of air quality, environmental changes, water quality and quantity, hazardous waste, toxic substances, and pesticides. In addition to regular awards, this solicitation includes the opportunity for early career awards. The purpose of the early career award is to fund research projects smaller in scope and budget by early career PIs. It is expected that the majority of the research will be performed by early career investigators. Further, it is expected that significant resources will be allotted to early career investigators to perform the research. Please see Section III of this Request for Applications (RFA) for details on the early career eligibility criteria.

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Region 8 Wetland Program Development Grants
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Application due: Aug. 19, 2020 at 9:59 PM MDT

Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDGs) assist state, tribal, local government (S/T/LG) agencies and interstate/intertribal entities in developing or refining state/tribal/local programs which protect, manage, and restore wetlands. The primary focus of these grants is to develop/refine state and tribal wetland programs. A secondary focus is to develop/refine local (e.g. county or municipal) programs. Projects must be performed within one or more of the states or tribes of EPA Region 8 specifically Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and/or Wyoming  and tribal lands located within those states to be eligible to apply for funding. In the case of inter-jurisdictional watershed projects, they must be primarily implemented in EPA Region 8.

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Foundations

Breakthrough Prizes in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences, and Mathematics
The Breakthrough Prize Foundation

Application due: Apr. 1, 2020

The world's largest science prize, dubbed "The Oscars of Science," honors top scientists with a $3 million cash award and hosts a gala awards ceremony to celebrate the laureates' achievements, foster broad popular support for scientific endeavors, and inspire the next generation of scientists. To that end, the foundation awards the following:

Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics -- A single prize of $3 million will recognize an individual or group that has made profound contributions to human knowledge. It is open to all physicists, theoretical, mathematical and experimental, working on the deepest mysteries of the universe. The prize may be shared among any number of scientists. Nominations are also open for the New Horizons in Physics Prize, which will include up to three awards of $100,000 in support of early-career researchers who have already produced important work in their fields.

Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences -- Up to four prizes of $3 million each will be awarded to individuals who have made transformative advances in understanding living systems and extending human life.

Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics -- A single prize of $3 million will be awarded to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of mathematics. Nominations are also open for the New Horizons in Mathematics Prize, which will include up to three awards of $100,000 in support of early-career researchers who have already produced important work in their fields. In addition, for the first time, the Maryam Mirzakhani New Frontiers Prize will be awarded. The prize is an annual $50,000 award that will be presented to early-career women mathematicians who have completed their PhDs within the previous two years.

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Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) supports research, policy analysis and evaluation projects that provide policy leaders timely information on health care policy, financing and organization issues. Supported projects include:

  • examining significant issues and interventions related to health care financing and organization and their effects on health care costs, quality and access; and
  • exploring or testing major new ways to finance and organize health care that have the potential to improve access to more affordable and higher quality health services.

Researchers, as well as practitioners and public and private policy-makers working with researchers, are eligible to submit proposals through their organizations. Projects may be initiated from within many disciplines, including health services research, economics, sociology, political science, public policy, public health, public administration, law and business administration. RWJF encourages proposals from organizations on behalf of researchers who are just beginning their careers, who can serve either individually as principal investigators or as part of a project team comprising researchers or other collaborators with more experience.

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Education Reform - Shape Public Policy
Walton Family Foundation, Inc

LOI's accepted in an ongoing basis
Full submissions are by invitation only

SYNOPSIS:

The Walton Family Foundation seeks to build the capacity of organizations to help enact, strengthen and protect programs that empower parents to choose high-performing schools. The idea being that when all families are empowered to choose from among several quality school options, all schools will be fully motivated to provide the best possible education. Better school performance leads, in turn, to higher student achievement, lower dropout rates and greater numbers of students entering and completing college.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Foundation's Shape Public Policy initiative, focuses on advocacy groups promoting: Public charter school choice; Private school choice; District reforms, particularly open enrollment and district school choice; and, Cross-sector parental choice, parents are empowered to choose across school sectors. The need to continue improving the public policy environment is central to this education reform strategy.

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Environment Program
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

All organizations interested in applying for a grant from the Environment Program should read the Environment Program homepage. Depending on the nature of your organization's work, you may also want to read the Western Conservation page and the Western Conservation grant guidelines; the Energy and Climate page and Energy and Climate grant guidelines; and the Serving Bay Area Communities page before submitting a Letter of Inquiry. 

Our Approach

  • The vast majority of the grants we make are to organizations that work on policy development and advocacy because we think policy change provides the greatest opportunity to reach our goals.
  • We pursue our strategies with a focus on engaging the people and organizations most needed to achieve our goals. An important aspect of this approach is building a broad base of support among those not traditionally involved in environmental protection.
  • We are outcome focused and whenever possible use quantitative metrics to track progress toward goals.
  • Our Western Conservation grantmaking embraces the region west of the Rocky Mountains in the United States and Canada, and includes Alaska, but not Hawaii.
  • Our Energy and Climate grantmaking is global.
  • Our grants for clean transportation mainly support work in China, Mexico, Brazil, and the United States.
  • We fund the vast majority of our Energy and Climate grants though large grants to organizations like the ClimateWorks Foundation and the Energy Foundation, which in turn make smaller grants to a variety of organizations.
  • When there is a high degree of alignment between our goals and those of a grantee, we often will provide general operating support rather than project support.
  • In some cases, we provide support to develop the organizational health and efficiency of our grantees.
  • Our Serving Bay Area Communities grantmaking funds efforts to improve outdoor recreational opportunities, urban parks, and access to transit in the San Francisco Bay Area and to minimize environmental threats in the region's disadvantaged communities.

If you think your project or organization fits within our guidelines, you are invited to submit a Letter of Inquiry for our Western Conservation, Energy and Climate, or Serving Bay Area Communities grantmaking. Please use the online Letter of Inquiry. Letters of Inquiry are accepted at any time. Do not submit full proposals until invited to do so; uninvited proposals will not be read.

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Grants for Organizations
Ford Foundation

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

For grant-seeking organizations, the Ford Foundation grant making focuses on reducing poverty and injustice; promoting democratic values; and advancing human knowledge, creativity and achievement. If your project reflects these priorities, you may submit a grant inquiry using the online form. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The foundation funds projects under the following focal areas: 

  • Democratic and Accountable Government
  • Economic Fairness 
  • Educational Opportunity and Scholarship
  • Freedom of Expression 
  • Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Justice
  • Human Rights 
  • Metropolitan Opportunity 
  • Sustainable Development 

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Grants Program
Dell (Susan & Michael) Foundation

There is no deadline for grant applications.

SYNOPSIS: 

The Foundation provides grants focus on education, health and family economic stability -- the factors essential to ensuring that underprivileged children escape poverty to become healthy, productive adults.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The sponsor focuses on urban education, childhood health, and family economic stability.

Urban Education: Education-related grants make up about two-thirds of the sponsor's global giving. The sponsor focuses on improving student performance, ensuring consistent quality of education and increasing access to schools.

Childhood Health: The sponsor's global health portfolio improves access to quality healthcare services, promotes healthy nutrition and lifestyle behaviors among families and children, and fosters world-class applied research.

Family Economic Stability: The sponsor's economic stability portfolio gives families opportunities to improve their socioeconomic status and break the cycle of poverty so their children have a chance at stable, productive lives.

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Grants Program
Spencer (W.L.S.) Foundation

LOI's accepted on a rolling basis
Full submissions by invitation only

SYNOPSIS: 

The Foundation funds initiatives that embrace and encourage creativity and risk taking. The Foundation likes the leverage that arises from seed grants, challenge grants, and matching grants.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The program areas are:

ARTS - The Foundation funds educational activities, publications and outreach associated with innovative art and/or contemporary art exhibitions, especially those focusing on contemporary Asian Art. The Foundation is interested in projects that encourage knowledge about art and culture, foster international understanding, and are supported by academic scholarship.

EDUCATION - The Foundation funds programs that are innovative and that motivate children to stay in school, do well academically, and continue on in their education beyond high school (to college or other higher education opportunities). In this area, the Foundation may continue to fund programs that it believes in, and the Foundation may fund the replication of a successful program in a new site. The Foundation tends to fund programs that are national or regional in nature, but which have a chapter in San Francisco.

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Grants Program
RGK Foundation

LOI's accepted on a rolling basis
Full submissions by invitation only

SYNOPSIS: 

RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of Education, Community, and Health/Medicine. While RGK Foundation has no geographic restrictions, funding is limited to projects conducted within the United States.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Foundation's primary interests within Education include programs that focus on formal K-12 education (particularly mathematics, science and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education.

Within Community, the Foundation supports a broad range of human services, community improvement, abuse prevention, and youth development programs. Human service programs of particular interest to the Foundation include children and family services, early childhood development, and parenting education. The Foundation supports a variety of Community Improvement programs including those that enhance non-profit management and promote philanthropy and voluntarism. Youth development programs supported by the Foundation typically include after-school educational enrichment programs that supplement and enhance formal education systems to increase the chances for successful outcomes in school and life. The Foundation is also interested in programs that attract female and minority students into the fields of mathematics, science, and technology.

The Foundation's current interests in the area of Health/Medicine include programs that promote the health and well-being of children, programs that promote access to health services, and Foundation-initiated programs focusing on ALS.

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Grants Program
Hearst Foundations

Proposals are accepted year round

SYNOPSIS: 

The Hearst Foundations support well-established nonprofit organizations that address important issues within its major areas of interests - education, health, culture, and social service - and that primarily serve large demographic and/or geographic constituencies. In each area of funding, the Foundations look to identify those organizations achieving truly differentiated results relative to other organizations making similar efforts for similar populations. The Foundations also look for evidence of sustainability beyond their support.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

CULTURE - The Hearst Foundations fund cultural institutions that offer meaningful programs in the arts and sciences, prioritizing those which enable engagement by young people and create a lasting impression. The Foundations also fund select programs nurturing and developing artistic talent.

EDUCATION - The Hearst Foundations fund educational institutions demonstrating uncommon success in preparing students to thrive in a global society. The Foundations' focus is largely on higher education, but they also fund innovative models of early childhood and K-12 education, as well as professional development.

HEALTH - The Hearst Foundations assist leading regional hospitals, medical centers and specialized medical institutions providing access to high-quality healthcare for low-income populations. In response to the shortage of healthcare professionals necessary to meet the country's evolving needs, the Foundations also fund programs designed to enhance skills and increase the number of practitioners and educators across roles in healthcare. Because the Foundations seek to use their funds to create a broad and enduring impact on the nation's health, support for medical research and the development of young investigators is also considered.

SOCIAL SERVICE - The Hearst Foundations fund direct-service organizations that tackle the roots of chronic poverty by applying effective solutions to the most challenging social and economic problems. The Foundations prioritize supporting programs that have proven successful in facilitating economic independence and in strengthening families. Preference is also given to programs with the potential to scale productive practices in order to reach more people in need.

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Grants Program - Human Rights and Social Justice
Blaustein (Morton K and Jane) Foundation

Letters of intent and proposals are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

The goal of this program is to advance fundamental human rights both in the United States and abroad.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The goal of this program is to advance fundamental human rights both in the United States and abroad. Areas of interest include: Equal justice for US citizens, as well as immigrants and asylum seekers in the United States, through legal strategies, advocacy and policy reform; Responses to urgent human rights crises created by natural disasters, civil strife, or war; and Social justice initiatives particularly around impoverished women and children, and vulnerable youth.

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Media Grantmaking
MacArthur (John D. & Catherine T.) Foundation

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

MacArthur's goal in media grantmaking is to provide the public with high-quality, professionally-produced documentary films, deep and analytical journalism, and well-produced news and public affairs programming. In a media environment characterized by proliferating information sources of varying degrees of reliability, the Foundation seeks to support serious, fact-based journalism for television, radio and the web, the type of original reporting that is likely to be blogged about, linked to, tweeted, and otherwise circulated throughout the Internet. Programs supported by the Foundation inform and educate their viewers about important and under-reported topics, provide balance and accurate information, encourage global conversations, and use technology to tell stories in engaging and interactive ways.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

MacArthur supports the production of social-issue documentary films on important contemporary topics, intended for a broad audience, particularly in the U.S. Over the last 30 years, we have supported over 200 films by some of the most critically acclaimed filmmakers in the country. Their documentary work combines exceptional storytelling with in-depth journalism. Many of these films have had a long life beyond festivals and broadcast, and been used in educational, community, and policymaking settings over many years, sparking conversations and activities that contribute to social and policy change.

Through an open call process, the program seeks to fund documentary projects that address the significant social challenges of our time or explore important but under-reported topics. Domestic and international topics are welcome, and preference will be given to projects that align with one of MacArthur's grantmaking areas. Support will be provided primarily for production and post-production activities, and to experienced filmmakers based in the U.S. with track records of completing excellent feature-length films that have been broadcast nationally and internationally and received critical recognition.

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Program Area Funding
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Letters of inquiry are required and are accepted on a rolling basis
Full submissions are by invitation only

SYNOPSIS: 

The Foundation supports leaders and institutions working to achieve a biologically rich, sustainable world where all families can plan for their children and all children reach their potential. We work on the issues our founders cared about most. 

Program Areas: 

  • Conservation and Science
  • Population and Reproductive Health 
  • Children, Families, and Communities
  • Organizational Effectiveness and Philanthropy 

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Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The Foundation makes grants year-round.

SYNOPSIS: 

This program seeks to bridge the two cultures--the humanities and the sciences--through support of books, radio, film, television, theatre, and new media to reach a wide, non-specialized audience.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The program's primary aim is to build bridges between the two cultures of science and the humanities and to develop a common language so that they can better understand and speak to one another--and ultimately to grasp that they belong to a single common culture. The Foundation has established a nationwide initiative that works through programs in books, theater, film, television, radio, and new media to commission, develop, produce, and distribute new work and new initiatives that focus on science and technology for the lay public.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:

Interested grantseekers with a relevant project idea should e-mail a one page letter of inquiry to Program Director Doron Weber.

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COVID-19 and Emerging Respiratory Viruses Research Award
American Lung Association

Application due: May 30, 2020

There is an urgent need to better understand the pathobiology and clinical implications of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) viral infection that leads to the morbidity and mortality seen with COVID-19, as well as increase knowledge about the potential emerging threat of other novel respiratory viruses. We are looking for proposals to advance research against emerging respiratory pathogens like SARS-CoV-2. All research must directly be related to COVID-19 or other viral respiratory threats that may arise in the future. The Lung Association is interested in applications that address the following types of clinical, basic, translational, and population health questions:

  • A new understanding of the basic biology of respiratory viruses that could lead to better treatment and prevention
  • Development of novel therapeutics and vaccines
  • Understanding host factors that alter response to these infections
  • Understanding individual, regional, or social factors increasing or decreasing community spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses
  • Case tracking and epidemiological approaches to understanding COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses

The American Lung Association COVID-19 and Emerging Respiratory Viruses Research Award is for $100,000 per year, for up to two years. The award is intended to support independent investigators with a stellar track record of accomplishment, who have the potential to advance our knowledge of COVID-19 and other novel respiratory viruses with epidemic potential.

Successful applicants will be independent investigators with strong evidence of ongoing excellence and productivity in a related field.

Grants are subject to annual review and may be granted for up to two years. The second year of support is contingent on demonstration of satisfactory progress, as well as the availability of funding from the Lung Association.

No more than 25% of the requested budget may be used for an awardee's salary and/or fringe benefits and no more than 30% of the total award budget may be used to fund the purchase of permanent equipment. Grant funds may be used for the salary and fringe benefit costs of personnel other than the Applicant.

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Machine Learning in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering
The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation

Application due: Apr. 2, 2020

The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation announces the establishment of the Dreyfus Program for Machine Learning in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering. The goal of this program is to further the understanding and applications of machine learning throughout the chemical sciences, thereby providing new opportunities.

In view of the increasing attention to and expectations for the profound impacts that artificial intelligence and data science will have on physical science and engineering, the Dreyfus Foundation plans to make strategic investments in machine learning for the chemical sciences and engineering, both to advance the field in these areas, and to help position the chemical sciences field to best avail itself of the broad agency opportunities for research support that are emerging. The Foundation is enthusiastic about the potential for machine learning to produce useful fundamental and practical insights in chemical research.

Below are some examples of areas this program may support:

  • molecular synthesis, including mechanisms, techniques, and applications
  • theory, computation, or physical properties of molecules or materials
  • rates and mechanisms of new chemical processes
  • new or improved materials and materials applications
  • postdoctoral support for collaborations that combine chemical science research with machine learning expertise
  • collaborative sabbaticals, extended visits, and meetings
  • education, e.g., new courses, seminar series, massive open online courses (MOOC)
  • public libraries of chemistry and chemical engineering data for use in machine learning

Note that proposals are not restricted to the areas described above.

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The Lyle Spencer Research Awards Program
Spencer Foundation

Letter of Intent due: Feb. 27, 2020
Full application due: TBD

The Lyle Spencer Research Awards Program supports intellectually ambitious research projects that aspire to transform education with budgets between $525,000 and $1 million and project durations of up to five years. We accept applications for this signature program once per year.

A clearly articulated commitment to lasting improvement distinguishes the Lyle Spencer Awards from our other research award programs. We hope to engage the research community in thinking big: to do work that is thoughtful, critical of prevailing assumptions, self-critical about the work and its limitations, and relevant to the aim of building knowledge for the "lasting improvement in education" that our founder Lyle Spencer challenged his foundation to promote.

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Societal Responses to and Preparedness for Emerging Viral Infections - 2020
Novo Nordisk Foundation

Application due: June 4, 2020 at 2 PM Central European Summer Time Zone (7 hrs ahead of Mountain Time)

The current epidemic spread of a new corona virus (2019-nCoV) highlights the threat to the world of new infectious diseases. The current epidemic is not an isolated event. During the last decades, we have seen several incidences of the spread of new, deadly viruses, e.g. SARS, MERS and Ebola. These events are worsened by lack of communication both within and between countries, insufficient national preparedness, lack of efficient treatments and vaccines, monodisciplinary approaches, urbanization, and the high global mobility of humans. Due to the rapid spread of new viruses across the world, it is of vital importance that all countries are prepared for a possible occurrence of infections by a new virus. This require a well-coordinated national response by the health authorities. 

The purpose of this thematic call is to give excellent researchers the possibility, in a collaborative effort, to perform in-depth research addressing the interdisciplinary theme "Societal Responses to and Preparedness for Emerging Viral Infections", including:

- Surveillance and early detection of disease. Rapid diagnostics of novel viruses. New technologies to prevent or combat epidemic viral infections.

- Infectious epidemiology, including methods for epidemic modelling, to predict and understand spread of disease. IT based methods for early detection of epidemics.

- National preparedness to deal with emerging viral infections, including drafting of policies in advance, procedures for rapid testing and approval of new treatments, technologies, and vaccines.

The proposed research must be in-depth, but the subject can be cross-disciplinary, and should not be considered limited to any particular research methodology or discipline.

The programme supports excellent scientists from 1-3 research groups, in addition to the main applicant. It is expected that the main applicant and the co-applicants are employed at a research institution. It is encouraged that industry, and National or International Health Agencies and Organizations are included as collaborators. Based on a common mission and vision, the project must explore an important question or challenge within the interdisciplinary theme "Societal Responses to and Preparedness for Emerging Viral Infections".

The scientific disciplines and locations of the research groups are not restricted, except that the main applicant and host institution must be anchored in Denmark. The host institution could be any Danish public research institution.

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Academic Cross-Training Fellowship Program
Templeton Foundation

Letter of Intent (LOI) due: May 1, 2020
Application due: Jul. 13, 20 (by invitation only)

 

PURPOSE:

 

The John Templeton Foundation invites applications for its Academic Cross-Training (ACT) Fellowship program beginning December 1, 2019, with fellowships to begin Fall 2021. The ACT Fellowship program is intended to equip recently tenured (after September 2009) philosophers and theologians with the skills and knowledge needed to study Big Questions that require substantive and high-level engagement with empirical science.

 

Each ACT Fellowship will provide up to $220,000 (US dollars) for up to 33 months of contiguous support for a systematic and sustained course of study in an empirical science such as physics, psychology, biology, genetics, cognitive science, neuroscience, or sociology. Acceptable courses of study might include a plan to audit undergraduate and graduate-level courses, a plan to spend time in residence at a research lab, or a plan to earn a degree in an empirical science. This iteration of the program will also permit applicants to request that up to one year of the ACT Fellowship be used to support a small-scale pilot scientific research project that improves or enhances the capacity, skill, and talent of the fellow to investigate the above-described Big Questions. Fellows may undertake their study at their home institution or another institution. All fellows must have a faculty mentor in their cross-training discipline.

 

Please note that due to IRS limitations on the Foundation's grantmaking, the maximum term of the ACT Fellowship is now 33 months.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS:

 

The application process has two stages: a Letter of Intent (LOI) and for the most promising applications, invitation to submit Full Proposal. The LOI must include the following:

 

  • Applicant information - contact details, name of academic institution conveying tenure, and CV (10 MB limit);
  • Request information - proposed project dates (project may not begin before the beginning of AY 2021-2022 or exceed 33 months in duration), cross-training discipline, and name of cross-training mentor;
  • 400-word Project Statement describing - a) what topics or questions you believe cross-training will help you investigate, (b) how these topics or questions fit with JTF's donor intent, and (c) what the proposed course of cross-training might look like.

 

The LOI will be available as a web form from December 1, 2019-May 1, 2020.

 

EVALUATION CRITERIA:

 

LOIs for each applicant will be evaluated according to the following criteria listed in ascending order of importance: (i) the academic credentials of the proposed fellow, (ii) the publication record of the proposed fellow, (iii) the professional standing and professional accomplishment of the proposed fellow, (iv) the potential for the applicant to be an influential figure in their field in the future, (v) the appropriateness of the chosen means for the goal of cross-training, and (vi) the potential of the proposed fellow to undertake substantive, high-quality interdisciplinary research on Big Questions falling within the domain of JTF's mission to fund "Science and the Big Questions" if the proposed fellow were awarded the fellowship. Applicants will not be evaluated based on the race, religion, or gender of the proposed fellow.

 

ELIGIBILITY:

 

  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited university.
  • Employment by an accredited U.S. or non-U.S. university or college. The employer agrees to sponsor the applicant, be the ultimate recipient of fellowship funds, administer the distribution of funds, and make reports to JTF on the use of the funds.
  • Received tenure after September 1, 2009, or reasonably anticipates receiving tenure by the beginning of AY 2021, as defined by applicant's employing institution.
  • Primary faculty appointment within a philosophy, religious studies, religion, or theology department.

 

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Bioscience Research Projects
Whitehall Foundation

Agency LOI due: Jan. 15, 2020
Full Application (by invitation only): June 1, 2020

The Whitehall Foundation works to advance scholarly research in the life sciences through its research grants and grants-in-aid programs. It is the foundation's policy to support those dynamic areas of basic biological research that are not broadly supported by federal agencies or other foundations with specialized missions. The foundation emphasizes the support of young scientists at the beginning of their careers and productive senior scientists who wish to move into new fields of interest.

To that end, the foundation invites LOIs for two grant programs:

Research -- Grants of up to $225,000 over three years will be awarded to established scientists of all ages working at accredited institutions in the United States. Grants will not be awarded to investigators who have already received, or expect to receive, substantial support from other sources, even if it is for an unrelated purpose.

Grants-in-Aid -- One-year grants of up to $30,000 will be awarded to researchers at the assistant-professor level who have difficulty competing for research funds because they have not yet become firmly established. Grants-in-Aid can also be made to senior scientists.

The foundation is interested in basic research in neurobiology, defined as follows: invertebrate and vertebrate (excluding clinical) neurobiology, specifically investigations of neural mechanisms involved in sensory, motor, and other complex functions of the whole organism as these relate to behavior. The overall goal should be to better understand behavioral outputs or brain mechanisms of behavior.

To be eligible, applicants must hold the position of assistant professor or higher; have principal investigator status; and be considered an "independent investigator" with his/her own dedicated lab space or with lab space independent of another investigator.

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Pediatric Research: Children's Health and Nutrition
Gerber Foundation

Concept Paper due: Nov. 15, 2019
Full Proposal due (by invitation only): Aug. 15, 2020

The Gerber Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of infants and young children, with an emphasis on children under three years of age.

To that end, the foundation is accepting applications for research projects aimed at identifying solutions to common everyday issues and problems in the field of children's health and nutrition. The foundation is particularly interested in projects offering substantial promise of meaningful advances in prevention and treatment of diseases and those with broad and general applicability.

Research program focus areas identified by the foundation include:

Pediatric Health -- Projects that promote health and prevent or treat disease. The foundation is particularly interested in applied research projects focused on reducing the incidence of neonatal and early childhood illnesses, or those improving cognitive, social, and emotional aspects of development.

Pediatric Nutrition -- Projects that assure adequate nutrition to infants and young children, including applied research that evaluates the provision of specific nutrients and their related outcomes.

Environmental Hazards (Nutrient Competitors) -- Projects that document the impact of, or ameliorate the effects of, environmental hazards on the growth and development of infants and young children.

Major target areas for research include new diagnostic tools that may be more rapid, more specific, more sensitive, or less invasive; treatment regimens that are novel, less stressful or painful, more targeted, have fewer side effects, and/or provide optimal dosing; symptom relief; preventative measures; assessment of deficiencies or excesses (vitamins, minerals, drugs, etc.); and risk assessment tools or measures for environmental hazards, trauma, etc.

The foundation is interested in supporting projects that will result in "new" information, treatments, or tools that result in a change in practice; it rarely funds projects that are focused on sharing current information with parents or caregivers.

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Advanced Light-Sheet Microscopy and Data Science Program
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

Pre-proposals due: Mar. 6, 2020
Full application due: Sept. 18, 2020

Advanced microscopy, enabled by recent advances in physics, chemistry, engineering, computer science, and biology, is opening new windows into the anatomy and behavior of cells and tissues. While established modalities such as confocal, two-photon and super-resolution microscopies have contributed greatly to experimental investigations in many fields, the tradeoffs in speed, photo-damage, and resolution often limit our ability to capture complex cellular processes. Emerging light-sheet microscopy tools, however, are enabling rapid three-dimensional (3D) imaging of single molecules, living cells, organs, and even whole animals over time with minimal toxicity. The impact of technological breakthroughs using advanced light-sheet microscopy instrumentation and accompanying methods have the potential to create an unprecedented understanding of the intricate dynamics of cells and their components within living specimens.

Institutions that have made investments in advanced light sheet microscopy have observed that the size and complexity of the data obtained with these new 3D imaging capabilities have created a bottleneck to the advancement and wide-scale adoption of these technologies. There is a critical need for new strategies to address data collection, storage, image registration and organization, and subsequent image quantification and interpretation. This need will only be addressed through the close integration of data processing and analysis personnel together with imaging specialists and biologists to maximize the impact of these promising new technologies and will be central to future biological discoveries.

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation's mission is to provide funding for promising technologies, particularly in cutting edge instrumentation and interfaces between disciplines. In support of this mission, the Foundation is requesting proposals for a one-time grant opportunity for the procurement and potential further development of groundbreaking advanced light-sheet instrumentation capabilities, including establishment of robust multidisciplinary science/technology teams involving data scientist collaborations within the research group. The Foundation will provide support of up to $1.2 million per site, which can be used for instrumentation acquisition, development, and maintenance; support for data science collaborations within the research teams; and costs for the proposed research programs. Applicant institution(s) must demonstrate their commitment for additional funding beyond the $1.2 million support from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, if necessary to complete the objectives of the program described below. Additional information on the institutional support requirements can be found in the template in the online application portal.

The Foundation will use a two-stage submission process, starting with an open call for Pre-Proposals followed by a request for Full Proposals from invited institutions.

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W.M. Keck Foundation - Research Grant Programs
W.M. Keck Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due: Mar. 23, 2020
Pre-application counseling calls starting July 1, 2020
Phase I Application due: Nov. 2, 2020; Full proposal due (by invitation only): Feb. 15, 2021

SYNOPSIS: Supporting pioneering discoveries in science, engineering and medical research has been our mandate from the beginning. By funding the high-risk/high-impact work of leading researchers, we are laying the groundwork for new paradigms, technologies and discoveries that will save lives, provide innovative solutions, and add to our understanding of the world. Senior, Mid and Early Career investigators are encouraged to apply.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: The research program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects in two specific areas (1) medical research and (2) science and engineering, that are distinctive and novel in their approach, questioning the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field. Past grants have been awarded to major universities, independent research institutions, and medical schools to support pioneering biological and physical science research and engineering, including the development of promising new technologies, instrumentation or methodologies.

Internal MSU Procedure: 

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a Limited Submission Pre-Proposal and select the sponsor, W.M. Keck Foundation (WMKECK), and the program, Grants Programs.
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is March 23, 2020.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Phase I Applications will be due at the Sponsor by November 2, 2020. Full Proposals will be due at the Sponsor (by invitation only) by February 15, 2021.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist at ebrock@montana.edu, or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)

Early Stage Innovations (ESI)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters

Notice of Intent due: May 20, 2020
Application due: Jun. 17, 2020

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters has released a solicitation, titled Early Stage Innovations (ESI), as an appendix to the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) umbrella NASA Research Announcement (NRA) titled "Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2020 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2020), on June 17, 2020. The solicitation is available by opening the NSPIRES homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ by selecting "Solicitations," then selecting "Open Solicitations," and, finally, selecting "Early Stage Innovations (ESI)."

STMD, and the Space Technology Research Grants (STRG) Program in particular, seek proposals from accredited U.S. universities to develop unique, disruptive, or transformational space technologies that have the potential to lead to dramatic improvements at the system level -- performance, weight, cost, reliability, operational simplicity, or other figures of merit associated with space flight hardware or missions. Although progress under an award may be incremental, the projected impact at the system level must be substantial and clearly defined.

Our Nation's universities couple fundamental research with education, encouraging a culture of innovation based on the discovery of knowledge. Universities are, therefore, ideally positioned to both conduct fundamental space technology research and diffuse newly-found knowledge into society at large through graduate students and industrial, government, and other partnerships. STMD investments in space technology research at U.S. universities promote the continued leadership of our universities as an international symbol of the country's scientific innovation, engineering creativity, and technological skill. These investments also create, fortify, and nurture the talent base of highly skilled engineers, scientists, and technologists to improve America's technological and economic competitiveness.

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Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2020
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

NOTE: NASA released 106 funding opportunities on Feb. 14, 2020
Visit NASA website for details.

NASA posted the 2020 version of Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science (ROSES-20) on Feb. 14, 2020.

The 106 funding opportunities have various deadlines; use the hyperlink associated with this notice for details.

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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

NEA Grants for Arts Projects 2, FY2021
National Endowment for the Arts

Part 1 - Submit to Grants.gov: July 9, 2020
Part 2 - Submit to applicant portal: Jul. 14 - 21, 2020

Details can be found on website linked below. Opportunities vary and can be accessed by choosing a discipline from the following list:

NOTE: The sponsor recommends finalizing your Grants.gov/SAM registration by at least June 17, 2020 and submitting to Grants.gov by at least June 30, 2020 to allow time to resolve any problems you might encounter.

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NEA Our Town, FY2021
National Endowment for the Arts

Submit to Grants.gov by Aug. 6, 2020
Submit to applicant portal from Aug. 11-18, 2020

Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts' creative placemaking grants program. Through project-based funding, we support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Successful Our Town projects ultimately lay the groundwork for systemic changes that sustain the integration of arts, culture, and design into local strategies for strengthening communities. These projects require a partnership between a local government entity and nonprofit organization, one of which must be a cultural organization; and should engage in partnership with other sectors (such as agriculture and food, economic development, education and youth, environment and energy, health, housing, public safety, transportation, and workforce development). Cost share/matching grants range from $25,000 to $150,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount.

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Updates on National Endowment for the Arts' COVID-19 Response
National Endowment for the Arts

Thank you to everyone who continues to reach out and keep us updated on your organization and personal situations as we all address the new challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. There has been a lot of news and updates since the last time that we wrote you, all of which is now online at https://www.arts.gov/coronavirus and we would like to highlight a few of the updates to make sure you don't miss them.

First, you have probably heard that the National Endowment for the Arts was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and we will soon distribute $75 million in funding provided by the bill. The Arts Endowment will award funds to nonprofit arts organizations across the country to help these entities survive the forced closure of their operations in response to the spread of COVID-19. Details regarding timing and applications are being developed and will be announced as soon as they are available. All of the information we currently have available is located here and will be updated as new details are available.

Other Highlights of Important Updates: The full FAQ is here: https://www.arts.gov/COVID-19-FAQs but we've included a few highlights below.

If your Final Reports are due on March 31, 2020: Final reports deadlines are in the process of being automatically pushed back to May 30, 2020. You do not need to take any action, your deadline will be automatically extended.

If your project has been postponed, canceled, or ended early, and you have already incurred expenses that meet or exceed your award plus the required one-to-one cost share/match, you may be able to close out your award early. Please review the FAQ for full details.

If you would like more time to decide what to do, that's ok too! We understand these are challenging times and you may need to wait for more information to make final decisions. Know that we at the Arts Endowment are here for you, and happy to walk you through any and all potential scenarios. While we are teleworking, we are still available by email and phone during regular business hours, and here to serve you.

Greg Reiner
Director of Theater and Musical Theater

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

NEH CARES: Cultural Organizations
National Endowment for the Humanities

Application due: May 11, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recognizes that the nonprofit humanities sector is an essential component of America's economic and civic life. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has received supplemental funding to provide emergency relief to institutions and organizations working in the humanities that have been affected by the coronavirus. In keeping with Congress's intent in enacting the CARES Act, proposed short-term projects should emphasize retaining or hiring humanities staff. 

NEH invites applications from eligible organizations seeking support for at-risk humanities positions and projects that have been impacted by the coronavirus. Through this funding opportunity, NEH will award grants to museums, libraries and archives, historic sites, independent research institutions, professional organizations, colleges and universities, and other cultural organizations across the country to help these entities continue to advance their mission during the interruption of their operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Digital Projects for the Public
National Endowment for the Humanities

Optional draft due May 6, 2020
Application due: Jun. 10, 2020

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Public Programs is accepting applications for the Digital Projects for the Public program. The purpose of this program is to support projects that interpret and analyze humanities content in primarily digital platforms and formats, such as websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games, and virtual environments.

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New Directions for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions
National Endowment for the Humanities

Application due: Aug. 18, 2020

The overarching goal of the program is to advance digital scholarship in cultural institutions such as museums, libraries, galleries, and archives. This program will fund teams in the U.S. and U.K. working collaboratively to deliver transformational impact on digital methods and digital research in cultural institutions. 

Applications must be submitted by teams, composed of at least one organization from the U.S. and one from the U.K., in which each country is represented by at least one cultural institution.

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Advanced Neural Prosthetics Research and Development (U01)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent Deadline: One month prior to application due date
Full Proposal Deadline: Standard Dates apply, by 5 p.m. local time

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage applications to pursue translational and pilot clinical studies for neural prosthetics. The program will utilize the cooperative agreement mechanism to enable support for milestone-driven projects for the development and demonstration of clinically-useful neural prosthetic devices. Activities supported in this program include implementation of clinical prototype devices, preclinical safety and efficacy testing, design verification and validation activities, pursuit of regulatory approval for clinical study, and proof-of-concept or pilot clinical studies.

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AHRQ Health Services Research Projects (R01)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality/DHHS

Standard Due Dates

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) invites applications for discrete, specified health services research projects. The projects will be performed by the named investigator and study team. The R01 research plan proposed by the applicant institution/organization must be related to the mission and portfolio priority research interests of AHRQ. This FOA will use the AHRQ Research Project Grant (R01) award mechanism.

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Avenir Award Program for Research on Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS (DP2)
National Institute on Drug Abuse

Avenir means future in French, and this award looks toward the future by supporting early stage investigators proposing highly innovative studies. The award will support those in an early stage of their career who may lack the preliminary data required for an R01 grant, but who propose high impact research and who show promise of being tomorrow's leaders in the field. NIDA has developed two Avenir Award Programs, one for HIV/AIDS research and the other for genetics or epigenetics studies. The Avenir Award Program for Research on Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS will support creative individuals who wish to pursue innovative research at the nexus of substance abuse and HIV/AIDS. The Avenir Award Program for Research on Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS will support research approaches for substance using populations with or at risk for HIV/AIDS that may lead to improved preventive interventions, improved therapies and/or long term retention in care, and ultimately, eradication of HIV.

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NINDS Requirements for Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Development and Resource Sharing

The purpose of this Notice is to alert the research community to the current NINDS best practices guidelines for development and distribution of human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) through the NINDS Repository, also known as the NINDS Human Genetics Resource Center. The iPSC lines available through the NINDS Repository were primarily developed through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and collaborations with government (California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM)) and non-government organizations (the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association, the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, CHDI, the Hereditary Disease Foundation, the Huntington's Disease Society of America, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, and the Parkinson's Disease Foundation).

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Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Posted May 29, 2020

Click on the Program URL below for the latest in NIH funding opportunities and notices.

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Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1-Clinical Trial Optional)
National Institutes of Health

Agency Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Apr. 27, 2020
Full application due: May 27, 2020

Purpose

Many research questions in biomedical science can be pursued by single investigators and their close collaborators, and are adequately supported by individual and multiple PD/PI research grants. However, the scope of some scientific problems is beyond the capabilities of a small group of investigators. Such complex and challenging research questions benefit from the integrated efforts of teams of research laboratories employing complementary approaches and having multiple areas of intellectual and technical expertise, and the necessary resources to accomplish a unified scientific goal. Such team-based efforts can produce convergent, lasting scientific benefits with high impact, such as the creation of new disciplines of study, resolution of long standing or intractable problems, or definition of new areas that challenge current paradigms.

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages Collaborative Program Grant applications from institutions/organizations that propose to conduct research to address complex and challenging biomedical problems, important for the mission of NIGMS, through deeply integrated, multidisciplinary research teams. The Collaborative Program Grant is designed to support research in which funding a team of interdependent investigators offers significant advantages over support of individual research project grants. Applications should address critical issues and be sufficiently challenging, ambitious, and innovative that objectives could not be achieved by individual investigators.

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Partnerships for Countermeasures against Select Pathogens (R01 Clinical Trials Not Allowed)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Letter of Intent (LOI) due: May 29, 2020
Application due: Jun. 29, 2020

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit research applications for milestone-driven projects focused on preclinical development of lead candidate therapeutics, vaccines and related countermeasures against select NIAID Emerging Infectious Diseases/Pathogens. Applications must include a Product Development Strategy attachment and demonstrate substantive investment by at least one industrial participant.

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Notice of Special Interest: Availability of Administrative Supplements and Revision Supplements on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NHLBI is issuing this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to highlight the urgent need for research on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and on biological effects of its causative agent, the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Topics of specific interest to NHLBI include host response, associations with heart, lung, and blood (HLB) diseases, potential impacts on transfusion safety, and clinical outcomes of infected individuals.

Research Objectives: To better understand the host response, associated HLB disease, impact on transfusion safety, and short- and long-term clinical outcomes of individuals infected with SARS-CoV-2, the NHLBI encourages the submission of applications for Administrative Supplements and Competitive Revisions to active NHLBI grants to support research on SARS-CoV-2 and HLB COVID-19 disease. Of particular interest are studies that take advantage of human research or unique model systems to study the consequences of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Supported research is expected to inform future efforts to diagnose, prevent, mitigate, or treat this viral infection and associated HLB manifestations.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Updated Grant Application Instructions and Forms Coming in Spring 2020
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Effective for proposal submission due dates on or after May 25, 2020

NIH will require the use of updated application forms and instructions (FORMS-F) for due dates on or after May 25, 2020 (NOT-OD-20-026). A preview of form changes and clarification of how the changes impact research training grant, fellowship, and career development award applications (NOT-OD-20-033) are already available. Additional details will be posted early next year.

In the meantime, continue to use FORMS-E application packages for due dates on or before May 24, 2020 despite the expiration dates noted on each form. We are working with the Office of Management and Budget to renew our forms and new expiration dates will be reflected on our forms when the FORMS-F application packages are posted.

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Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) Grant Program (S10 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: Jun. 1, 2020

The Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) Grant Program encourages applications from groups of NIH-funded investigators to purchase or upgrade scientific instruments necessary to carry out animal experiments in all areas of biomedical research supported by the NIH. Applicants may request clusters of commercially available instruments configured as specialized integrated systems or as series of instruments to support a thematic well-defined area of research using animals or related materials. Priority will be given to uniquely configured systems to support innovative and potentially transformative investigations.

This FOA supports requests for state-of-the art commercially available technologies needed for NIH-funded research using any vertebrate and invertebrate animal species.

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) does not support requests for single instruments. At least one item of the requested instrumentation must cost at least $50,000, after all applicable discounts. No instrument in a cluster can cost less than $20,000, after all applicable discounts. There is no maximum price requirement; however, the maximum award is $750,000.

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Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) Program (S10 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: Jun. 1, 2020

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to continue the Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) Program administered by ORIP. The objective of the Program is to make available to institutions high-priced research instruments that can only be justified on a shared-use basis and that are needed for NIH-supported projects in basic, translational or clinical biomedical and bio-behavioral research. The SIG Program provides funds to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, state-of-the-art, specialized, commercially available instrument or an integrated instrumentation system. An integrated instrumentation system is one in which the components, when used in conjunction with one another, perform a function that no single component can provide. The components must be dedicated to the system and not used independently.

Types of supported instruments include, but are not limited to: X-ray diffractometers, mass spectrometers, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometers, DNA and protein sequencers, biosensors, electron and light microscopes, cell sorters, and biomedical imagers. Applications for standalone computer systems (supercomputers, computer clusters and data storage systems) will only be considered if the system is solely dedicated to biomedical research.

All instruments, integrated systems, and computer systems must be dedicated to research only.

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Focused Technology Research and Development (R01 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Application due: Jun. 5, 2020

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will support projects that focus solely on development of technologies with the potential to enable acquisition of basic biomedical knowledge. Projects should be justified in terms of technical innovation, and utility for future biomedical impact.

The products of this research will be functioning prototype instruments, methods, synthetic approaches, biological products, etc., characterized adequately to be ready for first application to the type of biomedical research questions that provide the rationale for their development, but application of the proposed technology to specific biomedical questions is considered beyond the scope of the program, should not be included, and would not be funded.

Proof of concept for the technology must have already been demonstrated, but there should still be significant technical challenges. Applications should include preliminary data. Projects that have significant remaining risk but are supported by early feasibility studies might be appropriate for a three-year R01 application with reduced budget to better manage risk and investment. Projects that are well supported by feasibility studies and propose to develop fully functional prototypes might require higher budgets and a four-year duration (five years for Early Stage Investigators). Projects that primarily focus on optimization, hardening, or obvious extrapolations of established technology might be less competitive.

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Research Projects to Improve the Predictive Value of Animal Models in Recapitulating Human Immunity to Influenza Infection and Vaccination (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: Jun. 10, 2020

Purpose: The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support research to improve existing animal models or develop novel animal models that more accurately represent influenza immunity in humans, with an emphasis on increasing the predictive value of models for evaluating novel universal influenza vaccines.

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Novel Assays to Address Translational Gaps in Treatment Development (UG3/UH3 Clinical Trial Optional)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Letter of Intent (LOI) due: May 19, 2020
Application due: Jun. 19, 2020

The overall goal of this initiative is to identify neurophysiological measures as potential assays for treatment development research. The funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will support efforts to optimize and evaluate measures of neurophysiological processes that are disrupted within or across mental disorders in both healthy humans and in another species relevant to the therapeutic development pipeline. The initiative will support initial proof of concept studies aimed at identifying measures for potential development as preclinical assays for evaluating potential new drug and device therapies and their targets. Data will also reveal assay measures where the performance between preclinical animal species and humans is dissimilar, thus establishing a firm basis for limiting speculative extrapolations of preclinical animal findings to humans. The ultimate practical goal of this FOA is to improve the efficiency of the therapeutic development process by identifying coherence of measures and inconsistencies between the preclinical screening pipeline and clinical evaluation of new treatment candidates and thereby hasten the development of more effective treatments for mental disorders.

The objectives of the FOA will be accomplished by supporting partnerships among basic and translational neuroscientists who are committed to advancing the discovery of in vivo physiological measures as tools for target validation and therapeutic development. Groups will be tasked with developing and optimizing in vivo assays of brain processes in both animals and in healthy humans. Groups will evaluate assay performance across both species in response to specific chemical, physiological, or behavioral manipulations. In this way, projects will reveal the potential of specific assays to translate from animals to humans, suggesting assays for further development as tools in the treatment development pipeline.

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Research Education Program Grants for CryoEM and CryoET Curriculum Development (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Jun. 25, 2020
Application due: Jul. 24, 2020

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The overarching goal of this Common Fund R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation's biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs.

To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Curriculum or Methods Development

To accomplish the stated overarching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Curriculum or Methods Development in cryoelectron microscopy (cryoEM) and cryoelectron tomography (cryoET) for structural and cell biology research.

Technical advances in cryoEM have resulted in its expanded use in generating reliable atomic models of complete and fully functional macromolecular complexes. An emerging related cryoEM method, cryoET, can image macromolecular assemblies in intact unstained frozen cells in three dimensions (3-D). Together, these methods enable high-resolution analysis of previously inaccessible levels of biological organization, ranging from below 100 kD to whole cells. Currently, demand for existing training opportunities exceeds capacity. Moreover, this demand is expected to rise as adoption of cryoEM and cryoET technology continues to increase.

To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on addressing instructional needs for new users of cryoEM and cryoET methods by supporting the development of online and computer-based instructional materials in these technologies.

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NIH Directors Early Independence Awards (DP5 Clinical Trial Optional)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Aug. 4, 2020
Application due: Sept. 4, 2020

The NIH Director's Early Independence Award provides an opportunity for exceptional junior scientists to accelerate their entry into an independent research career by forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period. Though most newly graduated doctoral-level researchers would benefit from post-doctoral training, a small number of outstanding junior investigators are capable of launching directly into an independent research career. For those select junior investigators who have already established a record of scientific innovation and research productivity and have demonstrated unusual scientific vision and maturity, typical post-doctoral training would unnecessarily delay their entry into independent research. The NIH Director's Early Independence Award also provides an opportunity for institutions to invigorate their research programs by bringing in fresh scientific perspectives of the awardees they host. Those wishing to apply for the NIH Director's Emergency Early Independence Award for SARS-CoV-2-related research must apply in response to RFA-RM-20-021.

To be eligible, investigators, at the time of application, must have received their most recent doctoral degree or completed clinical training within the previous fifteen months or expect to do so within the following twelve months. To be consistent with the updated NIH definition of Early Stage Investigators, eligible clinical training includes clinical residency and clinical fellowship. For full eligibility requirements, see Section III. Eligibility Information. By the end of the award period, Early Independence Award investigators are expected to be competitive for continued funding of their research program through other NIH funding activities and for permanent research-oriented positions.

In order to support the most innovative and impactful research, the NIH recognizes the need to foster a diverse research workforce across the nation. Applications to this award program should reflect the full diversity of potential PDs/PIs, applicant institutions, and research areas relevant to the broad mission of NIH. Talented researchers from diverse backgrounds, including those from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, and women are strongly encouraged to work with their institutions to develop applications for this Funding Opportunity Announcement. As outstanding research is conducted at a broad spectrum of institutions, it benefits the national scientific enterprise to support exceptionally innovative and impactful science that represents this breadth. Therefore, this Funding Opportunity Announcement encourages applications from the full range of eligible institutions, including those serving primarily underrepresented groups, those that may be less research-intensive, and from all domestic geographic locations. Applications are welcome in all research areas broadly relevant to the mission of NIH. These areas include, but are not limited to, the behavioral, medical, natural, social, applied, and formal sciences. Research may be basic, translational, or clinical. The primary requirements are that the research be highly innovative and have the potential for unusually broad impact.

The NIH Director's Early Independence Award is part of the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program funded through the NIH Common Fund, which supports cross-cutting programs that are expected to have exceptionally high impact. All Common Fund initiatives invite investigators to develop bold, innovative, and often risky approaches to address problems that may seem intractable or to seize new opportunities that offer the potential for rapid progress.

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NIH Directors Emergency Early Independence Awards (DP5 Clinical Trial Optional)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Aug. 4, 2020
Application due: Sept. 4, 2020

This FOA solicits applications responsive only to the COVID-19 public health emergency through support of the CARES Act. All other Early Independence Award applications must be submitted in response to RFA-RM-20-014.

The NIH Director's Early Independence Award (a component of the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program of the NIH Common Fund) provides an opportunity for exceptional junior scientists to accelerate their entry into an independent research career by forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period. Though most newly graduated doctoral-level researchers would benefit from post-doctoral training, a small number of outstanding junior investigators are capable of launching directly into an independent research career. For those select junior investigators who have already established a record of scientific innovation and research productivity and have demonstrated unusual scientific vision and maturity, typical post-doctoral training would unnecessarily delay their entry into independent research. The NIH Director's Early Independence Award also provides an opportunity for institutions to invigorate their research programs by bringing in fresh scientific perspectives of the awardees they host.

To be eligible, investigators, at the time of application, must have received their most recent doctoral degree or completed clinical training within the previous fifteen months or expect to do so within the following twelve months. To be consistent with the updated NIH definition of Early Stage Investigators, eligible clinical training includes clinical residency and clinical fellowship. For full eligibility requirements, see Section III. Eligibility Information. By the end of the award period, Early Independence Award investigators are expected to be competitive for continued funding of their research program through other NIH funding activities and for permanent research-oriented positions.

In order to support the most innovative and impactful research, the NIH recognizes the need to foster a diverse research workforce across the nation. Applications to this award program should reflect the full diversity of potential PDs/PIs, applicant institutions, and research areas relevant to the broad mission of NIH. Talented researchers from diverse backgrounds, including those from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, and women are strongly encouraged to work with their institutions to develop applications for this Funding Opportunity Announcement. As outstanding research is conducted at a broad spectrum of institutions, it benefits the national scientific enterprise to support exceptionally innovative and impactful science that represents this breadth. Therefore, this Funding Opportunity Announcement encourages applications from the full range of eligible institutions, including those serving primarily underrepresented groups, those that may be less research-intensive, and from all domestic geographic locations.

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Common Fund will dedicate funds provided by the CARES Act to support a total of 5-10 Early Independence Awards (through this FOA) or Transformative Research Awards (through RFA-RM-20-020) that bring new, innovative perspectives and approaches to the prevention of, preparation for, or response to coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, domestically or internationally. Any relevant area of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 research is welcome, including behavioral/social science research, research on health disparities, novel therapeutics, and other related topics. As with all High-Risk, High-Reward Research program applications, innovation may be technological or conceptual. Early Independence Award applications that are not intended to respond to the COVID-19 emergency must be submitted in response to RFA-RM-20-014.

The NIH Common Fund supports cross-cutting programs that are expected to have exceptionally high impact. All Common Fund initiatives invite investigators to develop bold, innovative, and often risky approaches to address problems that may seem intractable or to seize new opportunities that offer the potential for rapid progress.

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Reducing Stigma Related to Drug Use in Human Service Settings (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Application due: Aug. 11, 2020

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recognizes that stigma is pervasive in clinic, social service and other settings related to HIV prevention and care. Stigma contributes to a lack of attention to drug use screening, poor outreach to people who use drugs (PWUD) and insufficient uptake of services to treat, mitigate or prevent consequences of drug use such as HIV infection among PWUD. Stigmas of interest include: internalized stigma among drug users, stigma associated with providing services to PWUD, and stigma toward PWUD by providers or service settings. Policies and practices that create or augment stigma also are of interest here. Stigma reduction interventions for HIV service settings have been developed and, in some cases, implemented on a wide scale, but generally target sexual transmission as the primary behavioral risk. Still, knowledge from this work can inform stigma among PWUD. Large literatures on stigma also exist in a variety of other conditions (e.g., cancer, mental illness) which also can provide conceptual and programmatic bases to speed the development of new interventions addressing PWUD. Many of the circumstances that give rise to stigmatization of drug users occur in myriad other settings.

Outcomes should include services related to the HIV prevention continuum (e.g., uptake of HIV testing; uptake and persistence of PrEP or post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), needle exchange, and/or risk reduction) or the HIV care continuum (e.g., ARV adherence, viral suppression and treatment as prevention applications). Consideration should be given to also including outcomes related to consequences of drug use which may co-occur or contribute to HIV risk and HIV treatment outcomes (e.g., HCV screening and linkage to care). Stigma related to drug use should be the primary intervention target, although consideration of other, intersectional stigmas should be addressed, as appropriate. Interventions that are multi-level in scope (e.g., targeting individuals, provider-patient/client, and organizational factors) are encouraged.

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Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE)
National Institutes of Health

Application Deadline: Rolling admissions until positions are filled.

The Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) is an all-expense-paid Summer Institute, research education and mentoring initiative sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). This Summer Institute initiative addresses the difficulties experienced by junior investigators and transitioning postdoctoral scientists in establishing independent academic research careers and negotiating through the academic ranks. The primary outcome of this program is to increase the number of scientists and research-oriented faculty who are from backgrounds currently under-represented in the biomedical sciences and those with disabilities, by preparing them to successfully compete for external funding for scientific research in heart, lung, blood, and sleep (HLBS) disorders. 

The PRIDE summer institutes provide:

  • Summer training for up to 3 weeks during each of two consecutive summers
  • Mentor-mentee partnerships, with mentors who are experienced scientists from multiple disciplines and strong expertise in grant writing who offer long-term collaborations
  • Grantsmanship skills training, with mentors assisting mentees one-on-one to develop specific research projects and improve long-term fundability
  • Opportunity to compete for Small Research Project (SRPs) for pilot funds to generate preliminary data for developing NHLBI grant applications. Applications due shortly after first summer
  • Interaction with NHLBI scientific program staff in grants-focused technical assistance workshops and periodic one-on-one consults to assist in focusing projects and identifying appropriate funding pathways
  • Annual scientific and networking meeting where mentees, mentors, principal investigators, and the NHLBI staff gather to engage in hands-on research skill building activities and to form collaborations across the different PRIDE programs
  • Career tracking for up to ten years after training is completed

The PRIDE is a consortium of several NHLBI-funded Summer Institute Training Programs. While each program has a unique, specialized research focus (see Our Programs), each has the common goal of increasing the diversity among individuals who are engaged in health-related research.

Eligibility Criteria. Eligible participants must have a doctorate degree (e.g., MD or PhD), a junior-level faculty appointment, be a US Citizen or Permanent US resident, and have a background that is underrepresented in the biomedical sciences or have a disability.

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Long-Term Effects of Disasters on Health Care Systems Serving Health Disparity Populations (R01- Clinical Trial Optional)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Letter of Interest (LOI) due: Sept. 4, 2020
Standard deadlines apply; first deadline is Oct. 5, 2020

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support investigative and collaborative research focused on understanding the long-term effects of natural and/or human-made disasters on health care systems serving health disparity populations in communities in the U.S., including the U.S. territories. NIH-designated health disparity populations include racial and ethnic minorities (Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asians, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders), sexual and gender minorities, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, and underserved rural populations.

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NIDA Research Center of Excellence Grant Program (P50 Clinical Trial Optional)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Aug. 25, 2020
Application due: Sept. 25, 2020

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide support for research Centers that (1) conduct drug abuse and addiction research in any area of NIDA's mission, (2) have outstanding innovative science, (3) are multidisciplinary, thematically integrated, synergistic, and (4) serve as national resource(s) to provide educational and outreach activities to drug abuse research communities, educational organizations, the general public, and policy makers in the NIDA research fields. It is expected that a Center will transform knowledge in the sciences it is studying. Incremental work should not be the focus of Center activities; rather, new and creative directions are required. The P50 Center of Excellence is expected to foster the career development and mentoring of new investigators who would be given meaningful roles to play in the Center projects. A goal of this program is to create NIDA Centers that are national community resources for furthering drug abuse research by sharing their findings, their data, and their resources as appropriate for researchers to use and build upon and to advance research in this field.  

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NIH Directors Emergency Transformative Research Awards (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Application due: Sept. 30, 2020

This FOA solicits applications responsive only to the COVID-19 public health emergency through support of the CARES Act. All other Transformative Research Award applications must be submitted in response to RFA-RM-20-013.

The NIH Director's Transformative Research Award Program supports individual scientists or groups of scientists proposing groundbreaking, exceptionally innovative, original, and/or unconventional research with the potential to create new scientific paradigms, establish entirely new and improved clinical approaches, or develop transformative technologies. For the program to support the best possible researchers and research, applications are sought which reflect the full diversity of the nation's research workforce. Individuals from diverse backgrounds and from the full spectrum of eligible institutions in all geographic locations are strongly encouraged to apply to this Funding Opportunity Announcement. No preliminary data are required. Projects must clearly demonstrate, based on the strength of the logic, a compelling potential to produce a major impact on SARS-CoV-2 prevention, preparation, or response. The NIH Director's Transformative Research Award is a component of the High-Risk, High-Reward Research (HRHR) Program of the NIH Common Fund.

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Common Fund will dedicate funds provided by the CARES Act to support a total of 5-10 Transformative Research Awards (through this FOA) or Early Independence Awards (through RFA-RM-20-021) that bring new, innovative perspectives and approaches to the prevention of, preparation for, or response to coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, domestically or internationally. Any relevant area of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 research is welcome, including behavioral/social science research, research on health disparities, novel therapeutics, and other related topics. As with all High-Risk, High-Reward Research program applications, innovation may be technological or conceptual.

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New Informatics Tools and Methods to Enhance U.S. Cancer Surveillance Research (U01 Clinical Trial Optional)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Oct. 19, 2020
Application due: Nov. 18, 2020

The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to advance surveillance science by supporting the development of new and innovative tools and methods for more efficient, detailed, timely, and accurate data collection and consolidation by cancer registries. Specifically, the FOA solicits applications for projects to develop, adapt, apply, scale-up and validate tools and methods to improve the collection and integration of cancer registry data to expand the data items collected.

Applications proposed must be based on partnership with at a minimum of two U.S. population-based central cancer registries. Tools and methods proposed for development are expected to enhance the registry core infrastructure and, in so doing, expand the usefulness of registry-collected data to support high-quality cancer research.

The scope of this FOA includes but is not limited to:

  • Development, validation, evaluation of scalable tools/methods to facilitate automatic/unsupervised extraction and consolidation of specific data from various types of unstructured medical records as for example, pathology reports, diagnostic imaging, laboratory, discharge, and clinical visits; and
  • Supplementation of cancer registries with new or more detailed data items, from existing data sources or from linkages with novel data sources, e.g. electronic medical records (EMR).

Funds will be made available through the U01 cooperative agreement award mechanism. Investigators responding to this FOA must plan to pair up with a minimum of 2 population-based U.S. cancer registries funded by the National Cancer Institute's (NCI's) Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR).

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Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Deadlines vary based on institute or center

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention hereby notify Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) holding specific types of research grants (activity codes listed in RFA) that funds are available for administrative supplements to enhance the diversity of the research workforce by recruiting and supporting students, postdoctorates, and eligible investigators from underrepresented backgrounds, including those from groups that have been shown to be nationally underrepresented in health-related research. This supplement opportunity is also available to PD(s)/PI(s) of research grants who are or become disabled and need additional support to accommodate their disability in order to continue to work on the research project.  Administrative supplements must support work within the scope of the original project.

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NIH Web Page Dedicated to COVID-19 News
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Find the latest news from NIH related to COVID-19 and subscribe to updates.

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Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) regarding the Availability of Urgent Competitive Revisions for Research on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIAID and NIGMS are collaborating  to highlight the urgent need for research on the 2019 novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). NIAID is particularly interested in projects focusing on viral natural history, pathogenicity, transmission, as well as projects developing medical countermeasures and suitable animal models for pre-clinical testing of vaccines and therapeutics against 2019-nCoV.

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Academic-Industrial Partnerships (AIP) to Translate and Validate In Vivo Imaging Systems (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Standard due dates apply.
Application due: Jun. 5, 2020

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to stimulate translation of scientific discoveries and engineering developments in imaging, data science and/or spectroscopic technologies into methods or tools that address contemporary problems in understanding the fundamental biology, potential risk of development, diagnosis, treatment, and/or disease status for cancer or other disease.

A distinguishing feature of each application to this FOA will be formation of an academic-industrial partnership: a strategic alliance of academic and industrial investigators who work together as partners to identify and translate a technological solution for mitigation of a cancer (or other disease-related) problem. In this sense, the FOA acts more as funding mechanism for driving translational research in imaging more than for a specific scientific or clinical research area. These partnerships are expected to solidify pre-existing collaborations or new ones that would drive the field of imaging, as a whole, further than if they had not been formed.

This FOA defines innovation as likelihood to deliver a new capability to end users. This FOA will support clinical trials that test functionality, or validate performance in the chosen setting. This FOA is not intended to support commercial production, basic research projects, or clinical trials that lack translation as the primary motivation.

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Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00 Independent Basic Experimental Studies with Humans Required)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Standard deadlines apply; first deadline is June 12, 2020

The overall goal of the NIH Research Career Development program is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in appropriate scientific disciplines to address the Nation's biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs. NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) support a variety of mentored and non-mentored career development award programs designed to foster the transition of new investigators to research independence and to support established investigators in achieving specific objectives. Candidates should review the different career development (K) award programs to determine the best program to support their goals. More information about Career programs may be found at the NIH Extramural Training Mechanisms website.

The purpose of the NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) is to help outstanding postdoctoral researchers complete needed, mentored career development and transition in a timely manner to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions.  The K99/R00 award is intended to foster the development of a creative, independent research program that will be competitive for subsequent independent funding and that will help advance the mission of the NIH. Applicants must have no more than 4 years of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the initial (new) or the subsequent resubmission application. The K99/R00 award is intended for individuals who require at least 12 months of mentored career development (K99 phase) activities before transitioning to the R00 award phase of the program. Consequently, the strongest applicants will require, and will propose, a well-conceived plan for 1-2 years of substantive mentored career development activities that will help them become competitive candidates for tenure-track faculty positions and prepare them to launch robust, independent research programs. An individual who cannot provide a compelling rationale for at least one year of additional mentored career development at the time of award is not a strong candidate for this award.

Individuals must be in mentored, postdoctoral training positions to be eligible to apply to the K99/R00 program. If an applicant achieves independence (any faculty or non-mentored research position) before a K99 award is made, neither the K99, nor the R00 award, will be made.

The K99/R00 award will provide up to 5 years of support in two phases. The initial (K99) phase will provide support for up to 2 years of mentored postdoctoral career development. The second (R00) phase will provide up to 3 years of independent research support, which is contingent on satisfactory progress during the K99 phase and an approved, independent, tenure-track (or equivalent) faculty position. The two award phases are intended to be continuous in time. Therefore, although exceptions may be possible in limited circumstances, R00 awards will generally only be made to those K99 PDs/PIs who accept independent, tenure-track (or equivalent) faculty positions by the end of the K99 award period.

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Research Project Grant (Parent R01 Clinical Trial not Allowed)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Standard deadlines apply; first deadline is June 5, 2020

The NIH Research Project Grant 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 participating ICs based on receipt and referral guidelines and applications may be assigned to multiple participating ICs with related research interests. Applicants are encouraged to identify a participating IC that supports their area of research via the R01 IC-Specific Scientific Interests and Contact website and contact Scientific/Research staff from relevant ICs to inquire about their interest in supporting the proposed research project.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement does not accept applications proposing clinical trial(s).

For specific information about the mission of each NIH IC, visit the List of NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices website.?

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E)
National Science Foundation (multiple directorates)

Deadlines vary per directorate

SYNOPSIS: 

Advanced computational infrastructure and the ability to perform large-scale simulations and accumulate massive amounts of data have revolutionized scientific and engineering disciplines.  The goal of the CDS&E program is to identify and capitalize on opportunities for major scientific and engineering breakthroughs through new computational and data analysis approaches.  The intellectual drivers may be in an individual discipline or they may cut across more than one discipline in various Directorates.  The key identifying factor is that the outcome relies on the development, adaptation, and utilization of one or more of the capabilities offered by advancement of both research and infrastructure in computation and data, either through cross-cutting or disciplinary programs. 

The CDS&E program welcomes proposals in any area of research supported through the participating divisions that:

·         Promote the creation, development, and application of the next generation of mathematical, computational and statistical theories and tools that are essential for addressing the challenges presented to the scientific and engineering communities by the ever-expanding role of computational modeling and simulation and the explosion and production of digital experimental and observational data.

·         Promote and encourage integrated research projects that create, develop and apply novel computational, mathematical and statistical methods, algorithms, software, data curation, analysis, visualization and mining tools to address major, heretofore intractable questions in core science and engineering disciplines, including large-scale simulations and analysis of large and heterogeneous collections of data.

·         Encourage adventurous ideas that generate new paradigms and that create and apply novel techniques, generating and utilizing digital data in innovative ways to complement or dramatically enhance traditional computational, experimental, observational, and theoretical tools for scientific discovery and application.

·         Encourage ideas at the interface between scientific frameworks, computing capability, measurements and physical systems that enable advances well beyond the expected natural progression of individual activities, including development of science-driven algorithms to address pivotal problems in science and engineering and efficient methods to access, mine, and utilize large data sets.

Supplement requests to existing awards within a program that address one of the points above will also be considered. 

The CDS&E program in MPS explicitly addresses the distinct intellectual and technological discipline lying at the intersection of applied mathematics, statistics, computer science, and the core science disciplines of astronomy, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and materials research.  Proposals are expected to be relevant to mathematical and physical sciences.  The CDS&E program in ENG recognizes the importance of complex and heterogeneous data as well as high fidelity simulations over disparate scales that can be interrogated, analyzed, modeled, optimized or controlled, and even integrated with experiments or physical facilities representing engineering systems.  Proposals are expected to be relevant to engineering and to have cross-cutting and integrative themes.  The Engineering Directorate encourages the effective leveraging of NSF centers and public-private partnerships to realize CDS&E program objectives and accelerate innovation.  The CDS&E program in ACI encourages the development and use of new cyberinfrastructure capabilities that advance complex applications in science and engineering and further the integration of modeling, experiment and observation.  Proposals are expected to be relevant to ACI and are encouraged to leveraging existing or upcoming cyberinfrastructure investments.

Astronomy:  CDS&E encompasses those areas of inquiry where significant progress is critically dependent upon the application of new computational hardware, software, or algorithms, or upon the use of massive data sets. CDS&E encompasses fundamentally new approaches to large-scale simulation and to the analysis of large and heterogeneous collections of data, as well as research into the nature of algorithms and techniques that can be both enabled by data and enable more data-intensive research.

Chemistry: CDS&E encourages innovative and adventurous ideas that generate new paradigms at the algorithmic, software design and data acquisition levels in computational chemistry, simulations, chemical data analysis and cheminformatics, producing new approaches to gaining fundamental chemical knowledge and understanding. 

Materials Research:  CDS&E includes the creation, development, and application of computational tools, or the creation and application of novel techniques that utilize digital data in innovative ways to complement or dramatically enhance traditional computational, experimental, and theoretical methods to discover new materials, new materials-related phenomena, or advance fundamental understanding of materials.

Mathematical Sciences: CDS&E includes the creation, development, and application of the next generation of mathematical and statistical theories and tools that will be essential for addressing the challenges presented to the scientific and engineering communities by the ever expanding role of computational modeling and simulation on the one hand, and the explosion and production of digital and observational data on the other.

Physics:   CDS&E includes ideas at the interface between scientific frameworks and computing capability that enable advances well beyond the expected natural progress of either activity, including development of science-driven algorithms to address pivotal problems in physics and efficient methods to access and mine large data sets.

Directorate of Engineering: The CDS&E program in engineering recognizes the importance of engineering in CDS&E and vice-versa. Many natural and built engineering processes, devices and/or systems require high fidelity simulations over disparate scales that can be interrogated, analyzed, modeled, optimized or controlled, and even integrated with experiments or physical facilities. This program accepts proposals that confront and embrace the host of research challenges presented to the science and engineering communities by the ever-expanding role of computational modeling and simulation on the one hand, and experimental and/or observational data on the other.  The goal of the program is to promote the creation, development, and utilization of the next generation of theories, algorithms, methods, tools, and cyberinfrastructure in science and engineering applications.

Successful research supported by CDS&E in engineering will encompass all engineering and related disciplines that are potentially transformative and multidisciplinary and that address computational and/or data challenges.  Proposals submitted to this program should draw on productive intellectual partnerships that synergistically capitalize upon knowledge and expertise in multiple fields or sub-fields in science or engineering and/or in multiple types of organizations.  Proposals submitted to this program announcement should address the relevance of the proposed project to engineering.

Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport (CBET): CDS&E in CBET includes the use of high performance and emerging computational tools and environments in advancing mathematical modeling, simulation and analysis to describe and analyze with greater fidelity, complexity and scale, engineering processes in chemical, biochemical and biotechnology systems, bioengineering and living systems, sustainable energy and environmental systems, and transport and thermal-fluids systems.

Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI): CDS&E in CMMI encourages the submission of proposals that meet the expectations of the Directorate of Engineering and include advancing mathematic modeling and simulation to describe and analyze, with greater fidelity, complexity and scale, as well as create and apply novel techniques that utilize digital data in innovative ways to complement or dramatically enhance traditional computational, experimental, and theoretical methods. Proposals should advance the frontiers in advanced manufacturing, mechanics and materials, tools for dynamics, monitoring and control of complex systems, resilient and sustainable infrastructures and novel theories, or algorithms and methods in systems engineering and design.

Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI):  CDS&E in ACI addresses research in cyberinfrastructure with the clear potential to impact multiple research disciplines through the development of the paradigms, algorithms and processes needed to provide general CDS&E solutions as part of comprehensive, integrated, sustainable and secure cyberinfrastructure.

The CDS&E program is not intended to replace existing programs that make awards that involve computation and the analysis of large data sets.  Rather, the CDS&E program is meant to fund awards that have a significant component of cyber development or cyber science that goes well beyond what would normally be included in these programs.  PIs should ask for consideration and review as a CDS&E proposal only if the proposal addresses at least one of these additional cyber components.  Any proposal submitted to the CDS&E program that does not satisfy at least one of these additional criteria will be reviewed within the context of the individual program.  A proposal that is requesting consideration within the context of CDS&E should begin the title with the identifying acronym "CDS&E:". 

 

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Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies (Cyberlearning)

Deadline: Various, see program announcement

The purpose of the Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies program is to integrate opportunities offered by emerging technologies with advances in what is known about how people learn to advance three interconnected thrusts:

  • Innovation: inventing and improving next-generation genres (types) of learning technologies, identifying new means of using technology for fostering and assessing learning, and proposing new ways of integrating learning technologies with each other and into learning environments to foster and assess learning;

  • Advancing understanding of how people learn in technology-rich learning environments: enhancing understanding of how people learn and how to better foster and assess learning, especially in technology-rich learning environments that offer new opportunities for learning and through data collection and computational modeling of learners and groups of learners that can be done only in such environments; and

  • Promoting broad use and transferability of new genres: extracting lessons from experiences with these technologies that can inform design and use of new genres across disciplines, populations, and learning environments; advancing understanding of how to foster learning through effective use these new technologies and the environments they are integrated into. 

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Cybermanufacturing Systems (CM)
National Science Foundation

Proposals accepted anytime

The Cybermanufacturing Systems (CM) Program supports fundamental research to enable the evolution of a wide range of network-accessed manufacturing services that:

  • employ applications (or "apps") that reside in the "cloud" and plug into an expansible, interactive architecture;
  • are broadly accessible, guarantee reliable execution and have capabilities that are transparent to users; and
  • are accessible at low cost to innovators and entrepreneurs, including both users and providers.

Current manufacturing software applications are predominantly large, manufacturer-centric, general-purpose programs with the universal applicability needed to justify their development, marketing and acquisition costs.  They usually have broad capabilities, but are cumbersome to learn and often require expert intervention.

There is an opportunity for researchers to pursue research and educational efforts to accelerate the creation of an interoperating, cross-process manufacturing service layer that enables the rapid, bottom-up transformation of access to manufacturing services.  Such a service layer can allow creative entrepreneurs and companies to both furnish and access manufacturing apps that span the full spectrum from ideation to physical realization, giving rise to an era of "cybermanufacturing." 

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Earth Sciences: Instrumentation and Facilities (EAR/IF)
Directorate for Geosciences and Division of Earth Sciences (National Science Foundation)

Proposals accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

The Instrumentation and Facilities Program in the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR/IF) supports meritorious requests for infrastructure that promotes research and education in areas supported by the Division (see http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=EAR). EAR/IF will consider proposals for:

    1. Acquisition or Upgrade of Research Equipment that will advance laboratory and field investigations and student research training opportunities in the Earth sciences. The maximum request is $750,000. The maximum request for upgrade of research group computing facilities is $75,000.
    2. Development of New Instrumentation, Techniques or Software that will extend current research and research training capabilities in the Earth sciences. The maximum request is $750,000.
    3. Support of National or Regional Multi-User Facilities that will make complex and expensive instruments, systems of instruments or services broadly available to the Earth science research and student communities.
    4. Support for Early Career Investigators to facilitate expedient development and operation of new research infrastructure proposed by the next generation of leaders in the Earth Sciences. The Early Career opportunity specifically allows for submission of a proposal for Acquisition or Upgrade of Research Equipment or Development of New Instrumentation, Techniques or Software which may include additional budget line items associated with support of a new full-time technician who will be dedicated to manage, operate and maintain the instrument(s) being requested. Any request for technical support under this opportunity is limited to three years duration. The maximum total request is $1,000,000.

Planned research uses of requested instruments, software, and facilities must include basic research on Earth processes SUPPORTED BY CORE PROGRAMS OR SPECIAL PROGRAMS OF THE DIVISION OF EARTH SCIENCES (see http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=EAR for a current list of programs funded by the Division of Earth Sciences).

Support is available through grants or cooperative agreements awarded in response to investigator-initiated proposals.

Human resource development and education are expected to be an integral part of all proposals submitted to EAR/IF.

Efforts to support participation of underrepresented groups in laboratory and/or field instrument use and training are encouraged.

All proposers to EAR/IF are encouraged to consider Support of Outreach and/or Broadening Participation Activities. Proposals submitted to the EAR/IF Program may request up to $20,000 for such activities (please refer to Sections V.A Proposal Preparation Instructions and V.B Budgetary Information). Proposals for Support of National or Regional Multi-User Facilities are excluded from the $20,000 maximum for outreach and broadening participation activities.

Proposals requesting equipment, infrastructure or personnel that will also serve disciplines outside the Earth sciences may be jointly reviewed with other programs within the Foundation. EAR/IF will consider co-funding of projects with other NSF programs and other agencies. Potential applications who consider joint review a possibility for their proposal are encouraged to contact the relevant program officer to discuss this possibility.

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Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Proposals accepted anytime.

Synopsis:

The NSF Engineering (ENG) Directorate has launched a multi-year initiative, the Professional Formation of Engineers, to create and support an innovative and inclusive engineering profession for the 21st century. Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE) refers to the formal and informal processes and value systems by which people become engineers. It also includes the ethical responsibility of practicing engineers to sustain and grow the profession in order to improve quality of life for all peoples. The engineering profession must be responsive to national priorities, grand challenges, and dynamic workforce needs; it must be equally open and accessible to all.

Professional Formation of Engineers includes, but is not limited, to:

  • Introductions to the profession at any age;
  • Development of deep technical and professional skills, knowledge, and abilities in both formal and informal settings/domains;
  • Development of outlooks, perspectives, ways of thinking, knowing, and doing;
  • Development of identity as an engineer and its intersection with other identities; and
  • Acculturation to the profession, its standards, and norms.

The goal of the Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE) program is to advance our understanding of professional formation. It seeks both to deepen our fundamental understanding of the underlying processes and mechanisms that support professional formation and to demonstrate how professional formation is or can be accomplished. Ultimately RFE aims to transform the engineer-formation system, and thus the impact of proposed projects on this system must be described. Principal Investigators (PIs) should provide a roadmap detailing how they envision the proposed research will eventually broadly impact practice within the engineer-formation system, even if these activities are not within the scope of the submitted proposal.

In order to accomplish its goals, RFE welcomes proposals in two categories: Research Projects, and Design and Development Projects. Research Projects address fundamental questions of professional formation, while Design and Development Projects provide new approaches to achieving professional formation. Projects in both categories should address the iterative cycle in which research questions that advance understanding are informed by practice and the results of research are, in turn, translated into practice. In other words, proposals should explain how the research results will travel, translate, transfer, or scale. Successful projects identify specific target audiences, effective communication channels, and novel partnerships to ensure effective propagation and scaling. Refer to the request for applications for additional details.

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NSF Convergence Accelerator Phase I and II
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Phase I Preliminary Proposal due: May 11, 2020
Phase I Full Proposal by invitation only: July 10, 2020; Phase II Full Proposals (only Phase I awardees are eligible) due: May 17, 2021

Synopsis:

The goals of NSF's convergence accelerator effort are to support and accelerate use-inspired convergence research in areas of national importance within particular topics (tracks). NSF Convergence Accelerator tracks can be related to Industries of the Future (IotF), NSF's Big Ideas , or other topics, that may not relate directly to an IotF or Big Idea, however, they must have the potential for significant national impact.

The 2020 NSF Convergence Accelerator is a two-phase program. Both phases are described in this solicitation. Phase I awardees receive significant resources to further develop their convergence research ideas and identify crucial partnerships and resources to accelerate their projects, leading to deliverable research prototypes in Phase II. This solicitation invites proposals for the following Tracks:

Quantum Technology (Track C)

AI-Driven Innovation via Data and Model Sharing (Track D)

The NSF Convergence Accelerator leverages fundamental research leading to rapid advances that can deliver significant societal impact. Proposers must first submit a Phase i preliminary proposal in order to be invited to submit a full Phase I proposal. The information required in the preliminary proposal is described in section V. Phase I proposals must describe a team, or a process to build a team, that includes personnel with the appropriate mix of disciplinary and institutional expertise needed to build a Phase II convergence research effort.

Phase I proposals must describe one or more deliverables and how those research outputs could impact society by the end of Phase II. Phase I proposals should describe the deliverable and the research plan and team formation efforts that will refine it to a proof-of-concept. Phase I will include NSF-organized convenings for training and intra- and cross-cohort collaboration. Phase I awards are expected to be for up to 9 months and up to $1M each.

Only awardees of Phase I grants under this solicitation may submit a Phase II proposal. Phase II proposers must outline a two-year research and development plan in which research transitions to practice through collaboration with end-users. Phase II proposals must describe clear deliverables that will be produced in two years of effort and the metrics by which impacts will be assessed.

The Phase II teams must include appropriate stakeholders (e.g., industry, Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), nonprofits, government entities, and others), each with a specific role(s) in facilitating the transition of research outputs into practical uses. Successful proposals will be funded initially for one year. Each team's progress will be assessed during the year through approximately six virtual and in-person meetings with NSF program staff. The overall progress will be evaluated at the end of one year, based on a report and presentation that the team will make to a panel of reviewers. Teams that show significant progress during the first year, in accordance with the agreed timetable of milestones and deliverables, will receive funding for a second year. Teams should plan on completing the effort within two years; no-cost extensions will be authorized only in extraordinary circumstances.

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Dear Colleague Letter: Provisioning Advanced Cyberinfrastructure to Further Research on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadlines vary

This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) complements a separate National Science Foundation (NSF) DCL (NSF 20-052) that referred to the emergence of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and expressed NSF's interest in accepting proposals to conduct non-medical, non-clinical-care research that can be used immediately to better understand how to model and understand the spread of COVID-19; to inform and educate about the science of virus transmission and prevention; and to encourage the development of processes and actions to address this global challenge. 

In that DCL, NSF invited researchers to respond to this challenge through existing funding opportunities. In addition, NSF invited researchers to use the Rapid Response Research (RAPID) proposal type, which allows NSF to receive and review proposals having a severe urgency with regard to availability of, or access to, data, facilities or specialized equipment, as well as quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic disasters and similar unanticipated events.

Through this DCL, the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) within the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering is inviting RAPID proposals and supplemental funding requests to existing awards that address COVID-19 challenges through data and/or software infrastructure development activities. Such activities would be funded by the Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E) program or the Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI) program.

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Signals in the Soil (SitS)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: May 20, 2020

Synopsis:

In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated, "A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself." This statement remains true to this day. Soils form over hundreds of years, and yet can be destroyed in a single event. They are an often-overlooked natural asset despite being the foundation of terrestrial ecosystems that support food production, economic prosperity, and many other services that are essential for humanity. Soils are complex ecosystems composed of organic matter, minerals, water, air, and billions of organisms. Such ecosystems interact with the flora and fauna they support to mediate myriad biological, chemical, and physical processes essential for plant growth, food and fiber production, and contaminant removal. Soils are also the foundation material for all structures not supported on rock, and, by orders of magnitude, are the most widely-used construction material in the world. Soils are the source of most of the antibiotics used to fight human diseases, control the movement of water and chemical substances between the Earth and atmosphere, and act as source and storage media for gases such as oxygen, carbon dioxide, and methane. As a result of their essential importance, soils are also part of our cultural heritage. Thus, as the Earth's population grows, we need a better understanding of soil ecosystems that will continue to play a critical role in supporting societies around the world.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorates for Engineering (ENG) and Geosciences (GEO), the Divisions of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) and Environmental Biology (DEB), in the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO), the Division of Computer and Network Systems in the Directorate Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE/CNS), and the Division of Chemistry (CHE) in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, in collaboration with the US Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA) encourage convergent research that transforms existing capabilities in understanding dynamic soil processes, including soil formation, through advances in sensor systems and modeling. The Signals in the Soil (SitS) program fosters collaboration among the two partner agencies and the researchers they support by combining resources and funding for the most innovative and high-impact projects that address their respective missions. To make transformative advances in our understanding of soils, multiple disciplines must converge to produce environmentally-benign novel sensing systems with multiple modalities that can adapt to different environments and collect and transmit data for a wide range of biological, chemical, and physical parameters. Effective integration of sensor data will be key for achieving a better understanding of signaling interactions among plants, animals, microbes, the soil matrix, and aqueous and gaseous components. New sensor networks have the potential to inform models in novel ways, to radically change how data is obtained from various natural and managed (both urban and rural) ecosystems, and to better inform the communities that directly rely on soils for sustenance and livelihood.

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Collaborative Proposals Can Be Submitted in Research.gov
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Dear Colleagues:

We are excited to announce that effective March 30, 2020, the research community can prepare and submit separately submitted collaborative proposals from multiple organizations in Research.gov. Proposers can now prepare Full, Research proposals in Research.gov that are:

  • Single submissions from one organization (available since April 2018)
  • Single submission collaborative proposals with subawards (available since June 2019)
  • Separately submitted collaborative proposals from multiple organizations

What's New for Separately Submitted Collaborative Proposals?

  • Proposal Preparation: Proposers can select a separately submitted collaborative proposal as an option in the Proposal Creation Wizard and identify themselves as part of a lead or non-lead organization.
  • Linking: The lead organization can initiate a request to link proposals with non-lead organizations. However, all proposals in the collaboration must be prepared and submitted in Research.gov and cannot be a mix of Research.gov and FastLane proposals.
  • New "Submission Pending" Status: The Research.gov submission process for separately submitted collaborative proposals is different than the submission process in FastLane.
    • A new Research.gov "Submission Pending" status informs the organization that their proposal submission is pending in a queue until all linked lead and non-lead proposals in the collaboration attain "Submission Pending" status and can be submitted to NSF as a set. 
    • Separately submitted collaborative proposals with a "Submission Pending" status can be edited, but the Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) must resubmit the edited proposal to return it to a "Submission Pending" status.
    • A Proposal File Update (PFU) is not required to edit the proposal at the "Submission Pending" stage. However, a PFU could be utilized after the entire collaborative set is submitted to NSF and a proposal ID number for each separately submitted collaborative proposal is generated.
  • Submit Proposal Wizard: The AOR Submission Wizard screen will display the lead and non-lead organization information.
  • Other Related Changes:
    • Postdoctoral Mentoring Plan: A Postdoctoral Mentoring Plan is only required when funds for postdoctoral scholars are requested on the budget. A proposal compliance error will block proposal submission if there is a mentoring plan but no requested funds.
    • Print Concatenate: This functionality is available for lead and non-lead proposals.
    • New Automated Compliance Error/Warning Messages and Business Rules for Separately Submitted Collaborative Proposals: Compliance checks triggering an error will prohibit proposal submission to NSF, whereas checks triggering a warning will allow proposal submission to NSF.  
    • Delete In-progress Proposals: Proposers can delete their in-progress separately submitted collaborative proposals.
    • Redesigned Research.gov "About" Page with New and Updated FAQs: Check out our redesigned Research.gov About Proposal Preparation and Submission webpage with links to new and updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) organized by topic.

What's Ahead?

We are also happy to share that NSF is currently developing the following capabilities in Research.gov:

  • Other Authorized User (OAU) role changes (see Research.gov advisory currently posted)
  • Support for Single Copy Documents
  • Submission of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I and Phase II proposals
  • Submission of Rapid Response Research (RAPID), Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER), and Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (RAISE) proposals

Help NSF Build Research.gov

Research.gov is being developed incrementally, and features will expand with the goal of eventually transitioning all proposal preparation and submission functionality from FastLane to Research.gov. NSF strongly encourages the use of Research.gov where possible and wants feedback on your experience, so we can continue to offer a better user experience. Please submit your feedback on the Research.gov Feedback page (select "Proposal Preparation & Submission" under the Site Area dropdown menu).

We would appreciate you sharing this information with your colleagues. If you have IT system-related questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 (7:00 AM - 9:00 PM ET; Monday - Friday except federal holidays) or via rgov@nsf.gov. Policy-related questions should be directed to policy@nsf.gov.

We look forward to receiving your Research.gov proposals and your feedback about our new system!

Regards,

Jean

Jean Feldman
Head, Policy Office
Division of Institution and Award Support
Office of Budget, Finance & Award Management

National Science Foundation

email: policy@nsf.gov


Environmental Convergence Opportunities in Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (ECO-CBET)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Preliminary Proposal due: Feb. 12, 2020
Full Proposal due: Apr. 30, 2020

Creating solutions to pressing environmental and sustainability challenges will require input and imaginative approaches from various fields, perspectives, and disciplines. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), in their report Environmental Engineering for the Twenty-First Century: Addressing Grand Challenges, identified five critical challenges we must address as a society:

  • Sustainably supply food, water, and energy
  • Curb climate change and adapt to its impacts
  • Design a future without pollution and waste
  • Create efficient, healthy, and resilient cities
  • Foster informed decisions and actions

The report further states, "The challenges provide focal points for evolving environmental engineering education, research, and practice toward increased contributions and a greater impact. Implementing this new model will require modifications in educational curriculum and creative approaches to foster interdisciplinary research on complex social and environmental problems." This solicitation aims to address these grand challenges by supporting a collaborative research model that seamlessly integrates sustainability, environmental engineering, and process science and engineering.

Accordingly, the Environmental Convergence Opportunities in Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (ECO-CBET) solicitation will support activities that confront vexing environmental engineering and sustainability problems by uncovering and incorporating fundamental knowledge to design new processes, materials, and devices from a systems-level perspective. Projects should be compelling and reflect sustained, coordinated efforts from interdisciplinary research teams. A key objective of the solicitation is to encourage conversations and robust collaborations amongst the chemical process, transport phenomena, bioengineering, and environmental and sustainability research communities such that unanticipated solutions may arise. Furthermore, training the future workforce to actively engage and be successful in interdisciplinary research will be necessary to continually innovate given the scope of the environmental problems faced by our global community.

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Webinar about NSF-required formats for biographical sketch and current & pending support documents
National Science Foundation (NSF)

May 14, 2020 at 11 AM MDT

Dear Colleague:

You are invited to participate in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Electronic Research Administration (ERA) Forum Webinar on May 14, 2020 from 1:00 - 2:30 PM Eastern Time. To participate in this forum, please Register Now

The topics for this Forum webinar will cover the new requirement beginning June 1, 2020, to use an NSF-approved format for the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support sections of NSF proposals; the new Award Notice; and Research.gov Demo of Separately Submitted Collaborative Proposals from Multiple Organizations.

On April 1, 2020, NSF announced the availability of both NSF-approved formats for the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support sections of NSF proposals.  NSF conducted a Webinar to discuss the policy and system implications for this new requirement. As a reminder we encourage you to send questions ahead of the May 14, 2020 ERA Forum webinar to nsferaforum@nsf.gov

For more information about the NSF ERA Forum Webinar, please visit our website at https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/era_forum.jsp.

You may also subscribe to our ERA Forum listserv to receive future ERA Forum notifications by sending a blank email to NSF-ERA-FORUM-subscribe-request@listserv.nsf.gov to be automatically enrolled.

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Future Manufacturing
National Science Foundation (NSF)

LOI due to sponsor: Apr. 10, 2020
Application due: Jun. 5, 2020

Synopsis: As stated in the Strategy for American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing, worldwide competition in manufacturing has been dominated in recent decades by the maturation, commoditization, and widespread application of computation in production equipment and logistics, effectively leveling the global technological playing field and putting a premium on low wages and incremental technical improvements.[1] The next generation of technological competition in manufacturing will be dictated by inventions of new materials, chemicals, devices, systems, processes, machines, design and work methods, social structures and business practices. Fundamental research will be required in robotics, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, materials science, sustainability, education and public policy, and workforce development to take the lead in this global competition. The research supported under this solicitation will enhance U.S. leadership in manufacturing far into the future by providing new capabilities for established companies and entrepreneurs, improving our health and quality of life, and reducing the impact of manufacturing industries on the environment.

The goal of this solicitation is to support fundamental research and education of a future workforce that will enable Future Manufacturing: manufacturing that either does not exist today or exists only at such small scales that it is not viable. Future Manufacturing will require the design and deployment of diverse new technologies for synthesis and sensing, and new algorithms for manufacturing new materials, chemicals, devices, components and systems. It will require new advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning, new cyber infrastructure, new approaches for mathematical and computational modeling, new dynamics and control methodologies, new ways to integrate systems biology, synthetic biology and bioprocessing, and new ways to influence the economy, workforce, human behavior, and society.

Among this array of technologies and potential research subjects, three thrust areas have been identified for support in FY 2020 under this solicitation: Future Cyber Manufacturing ResearchFuture Eco Manufacturing Research, and Future Biomanufacturing Research.

This solicitation seeks proposals to perform fundamental research to enable new manufacturing capabilities in one or more of these thrust areas.

Refer to RFA for further details.

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Multimodal Sensor Systems for Precision Health Enabled by Data Harnessing, Artificial Intelligence, and Learning (SenSE)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Jun. 8, 2020

The National Science Foundation (NSF) through its Divisions of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS); Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (CBET); Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI); Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS); and Mathematical Sciences (DMS) announces a solicitation on Multimodal Sensor Systems for Precision Health enabled by Data Harnessing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Learning. Next-generation multimodal sensor systems for precision health integrated with AI, machine learning (ML), and mathematical and statistical (MS) methods for learning can be envisioned for harnessing a large volume of diverse data in real time with high accuracy, sensitivity and selectivity, and for building predictive models to enable more precise diagnosis and individualized treatments. It is expected that these multimodal sensor systems will have the potential to identify with high confidence combinations of biomarkers, including kinematic and kinetic indicators associated with specific disease and disability. This focused solicitation seeks high-risk/high-return interdisciplinary research on novel concepts, innovative methodologies, theory, algorith

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Expeditions in Computing
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Pre-application (REQUIRED) due: Jun. 16, 2020
Application due: Feb. 16, 2021

Synopsis:

The far-reaching impact and rate of innovation in the computer and information science and engineering fields has been remarkable, generating economic prosperity and enhancing the quality of life for people throughout the world.

More than a decade ago, the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) established the Expeditions in Computing (Expeditions) program to build on past successes and provide the CISE research and education community with the opportunity to pursue ambitious, fundamental research agendas that promise to define the future of computing and information.

In planning Expeditions projects, investigators are strongly encouraged to come together within or across departments or institutions to combine their creative talents in the identification of compelling, transformative research agendas that look ahead by at least a decade and promise disruptive innovations in computer and information science and engineering for many years to come.

Now funded at levels up to $15,000,000 for seven years, Expeditions projects represent some of the largest single investments currently made by the CISE directorate. Together with the Science and Technology Centers and the National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes that CISE supports, Expeditions projects form the centerpiece of the directorate's center-scale award portfolio. With awards funded at levels that promote the formation of large research teams, CISE recognizes that concurrent research advances in multiple fields or sub-fields are often necessary to stimulate deep and enduring outcomes. The awards made in this program will complement research areas supported by other CISE programs, which target particular computer and information science and engineering fields.

Additionally, CISE offers Innovation Transition (InTrans) awards for teams nearing the end of their Expeditions as well as Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) Frontier projects. The goal of InTrans is to continue the long-term vision and objectives of CISE's center-scale projects. Through InTrans awards, CISE will provide limited funds to match industry support.

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Civic Innovation Challenge
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application (Stage 1) due: Jul. 1, 2020

The Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC) is a research and action competition in the Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) domain designed to build a more cohesive research-to-innovation pipeline and foster a collaborative spirit. Building on the NSF S&CC program and the extensive S&CC ecosystem, CIVIC aims to accelerate the impact of S&CC research, and deepen cooperation and information sharing across sectors and regions. CIVIC will lay a foundation for a broader and more fluid exchange of research interests and civic priorities that will create new instances of collaboration and introduce new areas of technical and social scientific discovery. CIVIC will fund projects that can produce significant community impact within 12 months (following a four-month planning phase) — in contrast to many community-university partnerships that take years to provide tangible benefits to communities — and have the potential for lasting impact beyond the period of the CIVIC award.

CIVIC introduces several unique features that differentiate it from the NSF S&CC program: (1) CIVIC flips the community-university dynamic, asking communities to identify civic priorities ripe for innovation and then to partner with researchers to address those priorities; (2) CIVIC focuses on research that is ready for piloting in and with communities on a short timescale, where real-world impact can be evaluated within 12 months; (3) CIVIC requires the inclusion of civic partners in the core project team, to emphasize civic engagement; and (4) CIVIC organizes and fosters “communities of practice” around high-need problem areas that allow for meaningful knowledge sharing and cross-site collaboration during both pre-development and piloting. For purposes of clarity, civic partners may include local, state, or tribal government officials; non-profit representatives; community organizers or advocates; community service providers; and/or others working to improve their communities.

CIVIC is organized as a two-stage competition with two tracks centered around the following topic areas:

  • Track A. Communities and Mobility: Offering Better Mobility Options to Solve the Spatial Mismatch Between Housing Affordability and Jobs; and
  • Track B. Resilience to Natural Disasters: Equipping Communities for Greater Preparedness and Resilience to Natural Disasters.

In the first stage (Stage 1), up to 12 awards per track will be made for Planning Grants – each with a budget of up to $50,000 for four months to undertake pre-development activities, including solidifying the team, maturing the project plans, and preparing to submit a well-developed full proposal for Stage 2. Only awardees of Stage 1 will be eligible to submit proposals for Stage 2.

In the second stage (Stage 2), up to four teams per track will be selected from Stage 1 award recipients to receive a full award — each with a budget of up to $1,000,000 for up to 12 months to execute and evaluate their research-centered pilot projects.

Throughout both stages, NSF grantee (NSF award 1931690) MetroLab Network (metrolabnetwork.org) will foster “communities of practice” through in-person and web-based activities, aimed at enhancing the teams’ capacity-building, networking, impact, and ability to create methods and solutions transferable to other communities.

This research and action competition is jointly supported by NSF’s Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Track A is supported by NSF and DOE. Track B is supported by NSF/CISE and DHS. Additional support for CIVIC activities may be available from a set of philanthropic organizations working together with MetroLab Network. NSF will not share proposals or reviews with philanthropic organizations.

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Disrupting Operations of Illicit Supply Networks (D-ISN)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Jul. 1, 2020

Major goals of NSF's D-ISN include:

  • Improve understanding of the operations of illicit supply networks and strengthen the ability to detect, disrupt, and dismantle them.
  • Enhance research communities that effectively integrate operational, computational, social, cultural and economic expertise to provide methods and strategies to combat this complex and elusive global security challenge.
  • Catalyze game-changing technological innovations that can improve discovery and traceability of illicitly sourced products and illicitly sourced labor inputs to products.
  • Provide research outcomes that inform U.S. national security, law enforcement and economic development needs and policies.

This solicitation is the first of what is envisioned to be a three-year program, based on availability of funds, to support the research needed to inform the economy, security, and resilience of the Nation and the world in responding to the global threat posed by illicit supply networks. The solicitation calls for fundamental research across engineering, computer and information science, and social science with two proposal submission tracks. Track 1 research proposals should address at least one or more of the five focus domain areas listed below. Under Track 2, D-ISN calls for proposals for planning grants to support activities leading to convergence research team formation and capacity-building within the research communities interested in addressing larger-scope challenges in the future.

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Engineering Research Visioning Alliance (ERVA): Future Research Directions for the Engineering Research Community
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Jul. 8, 2020
Application due: Aug. 12, 2020

Synopsis: The National Science Foundation Directorate for Engineering (NSF/ENG) invites the engineering research community to establish an organization that will serve to identify and develop bold and societally impactful new engineering research directions and thereby catalyze the engineering research community's pursuit of innovative, high-impact research. Specifically, NSF/ENG calls on the engineering research community to establish an Engineering Research Visioning Alliance (ERVA) that ENG will support to facilitate the articulation of compelling research visions that align with national and global challenges. This organization will be charged with obtaining and integrating input from all stakeholders with interest in engineering research, including academia, industry, societies, government agencies and the public. A reciprocal goal of the organization will be to communicate coordinated information on nascent opportunities and priorities in engineering research to these stakeholders. It is anticipated that through its activities the ERVA will strengthen connectivity across these diverse stakeholders, and increase coordination among engineering disciplinary communities.

The ERVA should have membership/representation of academic, industrial and other stakeholders, and should be inclusive of all engineering disciplines. Through its proposed activities, the ERVA should provide the engineering community with a process for identifying future research challenges and enable the engineering research community to speak with a unified voice.

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Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Internal MSU LOI due: May 8, 2020
Application due: Jul. 8, 2020

The Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) has five broad goals, as set forth by the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act of 2017 ("the Act", S.3084 -- 114th CongressSec. 602. Translational Research Grants): (1) identifying and supporting NSF-sponsored research and technologies that have the potential for accelerated commercialization; (2) supporting prior or current NSF-sponsored investigators, institutions of higher education, and non-profit organizations that partner with an institution of higher education in undertaking proof-of-concept work, including the development of technology prototypes that are derived from NSF-sponsored research and have potential market value; (3) promoting sustainable partnerships between NSF-funded institutions, industry, and other organizations within academia and the private sector with the purpose of accelerating the transfer of technology; (4) developing multi-disciplinary innovation ecosystems which involve and are responsive to the specific needs of academia and industry; (5) providing professional development, mentoring, and advice in entrepreneurship, project management, and technology and business development to innovators.

In addition, PFI responds to the mandate set by Congress in Section 601(c)(3) of the Act (Follow-on Grants), to support prototype or proof-of-concept development work by participants, including I-Corps participants, with innovations that because of the early stage of development are not eligible to participate in a Small Business Innovation Research Program or a Small Business Technology Transfer Program.

Finally, PFI seeks to implement the mandate set by Congress in Section 102(c)(a) of the Act (Broader Impacts Review Criterion Update) by enhancing partnerships between academia and industry in the United States, and expanding the participation of women and individuals from underrepresented groups in innovation, technology translation, and entrepreneurship.

    1. AVAILABLE TRACKS FOR SUBMISSION OF PFI PROPOSALS

This solicitation offers two broad tracks for proposals in pursuit of the aforementioned goals:

The Technology Translation (PFI-TT) track offers an NSF-funded researcher the opportunity to translate her or his prior NSF-funded research results in any field of science or engineering into technological innovations with promising commercial potential and societal impact. PFI-TT supports commercial potential demonstration projects for academic research outputs in any NSF-funded science and engineering discipline. This demonstration is achieved through proof-of-concept, prototyping, technology development and/or scale-up work. Concurrently, students and postdoctoral researchers who participate in PFI-TT projects receive education and leadership training in innovation and entrepreneurship. Successful PFI-TT projects generate technology-driven commercialization outcomes that address societal needs.

The Research Partnerships (PFI-RP) track seeks to achieve the same goals as the PFI-TT track by supporting instead complex, multi-faceted technology development projects that are typically beyond the scope of a single researcher or institution and require a multi-organizational, interdisciplinary, synergistic collaboration. A PFI-RP project requires the creation of partnerships between academic researchers and third-party organizations such as industry, non-academic research organizations, federal laboratories, public or non-profit technology transfer organizations or other universities. Such partnerships are needed to conduct applied research on a stand-alone, larger project towards commercialization and societal impact. In the absence of such synergistic partnership the project's likelihood for success would be minimal.

The intended outcomes of both PFI-TT and PFI-RP tracks are: a) the development and commercialization of new intellectual property derived from NSF-funded research outputs; b) the creation of new or broader collaborations with industry (including increased corporate sponsored research); c) the licensing of NSF-funded research outputs to third party corporations or to start-up companies founded by a PFI team; and d) the training of future leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship.

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NSF Program on Fairness in Artificial Intelligence in Collaboration with Amazon
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Jul. 13, 2020

Synopsis:

NSF has long supported transformative research in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). The resulting innovations offer new levels of economic opportunity and growth, safety and security, and health and wellness, intended to be shared across all segments of society. Broad acceptance and adoption of large-scale deployments of AI systems rely critically on their trustworthiness which, in turn, depends on the ability to assess and demonstrate the fairness (including broad accessibility and utility), transparency, explainability, and accountability of such systems. For example, the behavior of algorithms for face recognition, speech, and language, especially when integrated into decision support systems applied across different segments of society, would benefit from new foundational research in fairness of AI systems.

NSF and Amazon are partnering to jointly support computational research focused on fairness in AI, with the goal of contributing to trustworthy AI systems that are readily accepted and deployed to tackle grand challenges facing society. Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to transparency, explainability, accountability, potential adverse biases and effects, mitigation strategies, algorithmic advances, fairness objectives, validation of fairness, and advances in broad accessibility and utility. Funded projects will enable broadened acceptance of AI systems, helping the U.S. further capitalize on the potential of AI technologies. Although Amazon provides partial funding for this program, it will not play a role in the selection of proposals for award.

Advancing AI is a highly interdisciplinary endeavor drawing on fields such as computer science, information science, engineering, statistics, mathematics, cognitive science, and psychology. As such, NSF and Amazon expect these varied perspectives to be critical for the study of fairness in AI. NSF's ability to bring together multiple scientific disciplines uniquely positions the agency in this collaboration, while building AI that is fair and unbiased is an important aspect of Amazon's AI initiatives. This program supports the conduct of fundamental computer science research into theories, techniques, and methodologies that go well beyond today's capabilities and are motivated by challenges and requirements in real systems.

NSF's mission calls for the broadening of opportunities and expanding participation of groups, institutions, and geographic regions that are underrepresented in STEM disciplines, which is essential to the health and vitality of science and engineering. Consistent with this principle of diversity and particularly suitable for the thrust of this program, NSF and Amazon encourage proposals (either independently or in multi-institution collaborations) from investigators at institutions that serve groups historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines.

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SPECIAL NOTICE: NSF Supporting Research to Address Coronavirus Disease
National Science Foundation (NSF)

The National Science Foundation is working closely with the research community to bolster our national response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).   

NSF is currently funding 20 research projects across the agency involving COVID-19.  With research programs at more than 2,000 academic institutions across the country, we are ready to mobilize the full force of the scientific community to better understand and develop measures to protect against this virus. 

More details are available in the full media release (linked below) and in subsequent links.

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Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences Program (HEGS)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Aug. 18, 2020

Synopsis:

The objective of the Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences (HEGS) Program is to support basic scientific research about the nature, causes, and/or consequences of the spatial distribution of human activity and/or environmental processes across a range of scales. Projects about a broad range of topics may be appropriate for support if they enhance fundamental geographical knowledge, concepts, theories, methods, and their application to societal problems and concerns. Recognizing the breadth of the field's contributions to science, the HEGS Program welcomes proposals for empirically grounded, theoretically engaged, and methodologically sophisticated geographical research. National Science Foundation's mandate is to support basic scientific research. Support is provided for projects that are most effective in grounding research in relevant theoretical frameworks relevant to HEGS, that focus on questions that emanate from the theoretical discussions, and that use scientific methods to answer those questions. HEGS supported projects are expected to yield results that will enhance, expand, and transform fundamental geographical theory and methods, and that will have positive broader impacts that benefit society.

The HEGS Program recognizes that geography is a broad discipline that includes the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. However, HEGS does not fund research that is solely humanistic, non-science. A proposal to the HEGS Program must explain how the research will contribute to geographic and spatial scientific theory and/or methods development, and how the results are generalizable beyond the case study. It should be noted that HEGS is situated in the Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Division of the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate at NSF. Therefore, it is critical that research projects submitted to the Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences Program illustrate how the proposed research is relevant and important to people and societiesA proposal that fails to be responsive to these program expectations will be returned without review.

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Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences Program (HEGS)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Aug. 18, 2020

Synopsis:

The objective of the Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences (HEGS) Program is to support basic scientific research about the nature, causes, and/or consequences of the spatial distribution of human activity and/or environmental processes across a range of scales. Projects about a broad range of topics may be appropriate for support if they enhance fundamental geographical knowledge, concepts, theories, methods, and their application to societal problems and concerns. Recognizing the breadth of the field's contributions to science, the HEGS Program welcomes proposals for empirically grounded, theoretically engaged, and methodologically sophisticated geographical research. National Science Foundation's mandate is to support basic scientific research. Support is provided for projects that are most effective in grounding research in relevant theoretical frameworks relevant to HEGS, that focus on questions that emanate from the theoretical discussions, and that use scientific methods to answer those questions. HEGS supported projects are expected to yield results that will enhance, expand, and transform fundamental geographical theory and methods, and that will have positive broader impacts that benefit society.

The HEGS Program recognizes that geography is a broad discipline that includes the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. However, HEGS does not fund research that is solely humanistic, non-science. A proposal to the HEGS Program must explain how the research will contribute to geographic and spatial scientific theory and/or methods development, and how the results are generalizable beyond the case study. It should be noted that HEGS is situated in the Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Division of the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate at NSF. Therefore, it is critical that research projects submitted to the Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences Program illustrate how the proposed research is relevant and important to people and societiesA proposal that fails to be responsive to these program expectations will be returned without review.

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Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) / Includes the description of NSF Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Proposal due: July 27, 2020

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 early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from early-career faculty 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 NSF, 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 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.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs) for the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program for Submission in Years 2020-2025
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Proposal due: July 27, 2020

The set of questions and answers found in NSF 20-025 (access via URL link, below) refer to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the CAREER Program Solicitation. They are not intended to be a modification of the Program Solicitation. If there are any inconsistencies between the CAREER Program Solicitation and these FAQs, the information in the Program Solicitation prevails.

The document is organized as follows:

  1. Eligibility
  2. Proposal preparation
  3. Budget preparation
  4. Proposal submission
  5. Announcement of Career Awards
  6. Award administration

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Gen-4 Engineering Research Centers
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Letter of Interest (LOI) due: Sept. 2, 2020
Preliminary proposal due: Oct. 2, 2020; Full proposal due: May 7, 2021

The ERC program supports convergent research that will lead to strong societal impact. Each ERC has interacting foundational components that go beyond the research project, including engineering workforce development at all participant stages, a culture of diversity and inclusion where all participants gain mutual benefit, and value creation within an innovation ecosystem that will outlast the lifetime of the ERC. The logical reasoning that links the proposed activities to the identified goals for each ERC should be clear.

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Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program (IUCRC)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Preliminary Proposals (required for Planning Grants) due: July 7, 2020
Application Target Deadline: Sept. 8, 2020

The IUCRC program provides a structure for academic researchers to conduct fundamental, pre-competitive research of shared interest to industry and government organizations. These organizations pay membership fees to a consortium so that they can collectively envision and fund research, with at least 90% of Member funds allocated to the direct costs of these shared research projects.

IUCRCs are formed around research areas of strategic interest to U.S. industry. Industry is defined very broadly to include companies (large and small), startups and non-profit organizations. Principal Investigators form a Center around emerging research topics of current research interest, in a pre-competitive space but with clear pathways to applied research and commercial development. Industry partners join at inception, as an existing Center grows or they inspire the creation of a new Center by recruiting university partners to leverage NSF support. Government agencies participate in IUCRCs as Members or by partnering directly with NSF at the strategic level.

Universities, academic researchers, and students benefit from IUCRC participation through the research funding, the establishment and growth of industry partnerships, and educational and career placement opportunities for students. Industry Members benefit by accessing knowledge, facilities, equipment, and intellectual property in a highly cost-efficient model; leveraging Center research outcomes in their future proprietary projects; interacting in an informal, collaborative way with other private sector and government entities with shared interests; and identifying and recruiting talent. NSF provides funding to support Center administrative costs and a governance framework to manage membership, operations, and evaluation.

Successful IUCRCs require:

  • A capable research/management team with an entrepreneurial mindset;
  • Universities, faculty, and students interested in engaging in research of interest to industry;
  • A community of industry partners seeking pre-competitive, use-inspired research projects.

Each IUCRC is expected to grow and become independently sustainable by the end of the NSF support.

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NSF-DFG Lead Agency Activity in Electrosynthesis and Electrocatalysis (NSF-DFG EChem)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Sept. 30, 2020

Recognizing the importance of international collaborations in promoting scientific discoveries, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on research cooperation. The MoU provides an overarching framework to enhance opportunities for collaborative activities between U.S. and German research communities and sets out the principles by which jointly-supported activities might be developed. To facilitate the support of collaborative work between U.S. researchers and their German counterparts under this MoU, the Division of Chemistry (CHE) and the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (CBET) at the NSF and the Divisions of Physics and Chemistry (PC) and Engineering Sciences (ING 1) at the DFG are pleased to announce a Lead Agency Activity in the areas of Electrosynthesis and Electrocatalysis.

We are particularly interested in novel and fundamental electrochemical reactions and studies addressing transformations in organic and polymer synthesis, water splitting (hydrogen/oxygen evolution), and nitrogen reduction (ammonia production). Relevant activities include, but are not limited to, mechanistic studies; catalyst design, synthesis, and characterization; computational modeling, theory, and simulation; and experimental tool development. For fundamental engineering science projects, we are interested in studies involving reaction engineering, reactor system design, and component or device scale studies as examples that provide fundamental knowledge supporting scale-up of systems. In addition, fundamental engineering science projects involving alternative (to thermal) activation mechanisms such as microwaves (e.g. microwave assisted catalysis) and low temperature plasmas (e.g. plasma-assisted catalysis) are welcomed.

The goal of this Lead Agency Activity is to reduce current barriers to working internationally by allowing U.S. and German researchers to submit a single collaborative proposal that will undergo a single review process while funding organizations maintain budgetary control over their awards. Proposals eligible for funding consideration through this Lead Agency Activity in FY 2021 will need to have a research focus relevant to the topic areas identified above, within the scope of research supported through these divisions. Proposers should review the CHE, CBET, PC, and ING 1 program descriptions for research supported through these divisions/organizations. Proposals are expected to adhere to typical proposal budgets and durations for the relevant CHE, CBET, PC, and ING 1 programs from which funding is sought. German researchers are invited to read: https://www.dfg.de/en/research_funding/announcements_proposals/index.jsp.

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Division of Chemistry: Disciplinary Research Programs
National Science Foundation (NSF)

A 30-day submission window depends on program and starts on Sept. 1, 2020 or Oct. 1, 2020

This solicitation applies to nine CHE Disciplinary Chemistry Research Programs: Chemical Catalysis (CAT); Chemical Measurement and Imaging (CMI); Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms-A (CSDM-A); Chemical Structure Dynamics and Mechanisms-B (CSDM-B); Chemical Synthesis (SYN); Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods (CTMC); Chemistry of Life Processes (CLP); Environmental Chemical Sciences (ECS); and Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry (MSN).

All proposals submitted to these nine CHE Disciplinary Research Programs (other than the following exceptions) must be submitted through this solicitation, otherwise they will be returned without review.

Exceptions:

  • Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) proposals should be submitted through the CAREER solicitation (https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503214) by the CAREER deadline date specified.
  • Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions: Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) and Research Opportunity Awards (ROA) proposals should be submitted through the RUI/ROA solicitation (https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5518) during the window for the appropriate CHE Disciplinary Research Program. In addition to the requirements of the RUI program, proposals should follow the guidance in this solicitation.
  • Proposals for Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER), Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID), Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (RAISE), and conferences can be submitted anytime after consultation with the cognizant NSF Program Officer.
  • Supplemental funding requests to existing grants can be submitted anytime after consultation with the cognizant NSF Program Officer.

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Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP)
National Science Foundation

Proposals accepted anytime.

Synopsis:

The Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) supports genome-scale research that addresses challenging questions of biological, societal and economic importance. PGRP encourages the development of innovative tools, technologies and resources that empower a broad plant research community to answer scientific questions on a genome-wide scale. Emphasis is placed on the scale and depth of the question being addressed and the creativity of the approach. Data produced by plant genomics should be usable, accessible, integrated across scales and of high impact across biology. Training, broadening participation, and career development are essential to scientific progress and should be integrated in all PGRP-funded projects.

Two funding tracks are currently available:

  1. RESEARCH-PGR TRACK: Genome-scale plant research to address fundamental biological questions in biology, including economically important processes of societal importance.
  2. TRTech-PGR TRACK: Tools, resources and technology breakthroughs that further enable functional plant genomics.

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ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Letter of Intent (LOI) Required for Adaptation and Partnership Tracks only: Aug. 3, 2020
Preliminary Proposals required for Institutional Track only: Apr. 22, 2021
Full proposal deadline varies by track

The NSF ADVANCE program contributes to the National Science Foundation's goal of a more diverse and capable science and engineering workforce.1 In this solicitation, the NSF ADVANCE program seeks to build on prior NSF ADVANCE work and other research and literature concerning gender, racial, and ethnic equity. The NSF ADVANCE program goal is to broaden the implementation of evidence-based systemic change strategies that promote equity for STEM2 faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession. The NSF ADVANCE program provides grants to enhance the systemic factors that support equity and inclusion and to mitigate the systemic factors that create inequities in the academic profession and workplaces. Systemic (or organizational) inequities may exist in areas such as policy and practice as well as in organizational culture and climate. For example, practices in academic departments that result in the inequitable allocation of service or teaching assignments may impede research productivity, delay advancement, and create a culture of differential treatment and rewards. Similarly, policies and procedures that do not mitigate implicit bias in hiring, tenure, and promotion decisions could lead to women and racial and ethnic minorities being evaluated less favorably, perpetuating historical under-participation in STEM academic careers and contributing to an academic climate that is not
inclusive.

All NSF ADVANCE proposals are expected to use intersectional approaches in the design of systemic change strategies in recognition that gender, race and ethnicity do not exist in isolation from each other and from other categories of social identity. The solicitation includes four funding tracks: Institutional Transformation (IT), Adaptation, Partnership, and Catalyst, in support of the NSF ADVANCE program goal to broaden the implementation of systemic strategies that promote equity for STEM faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession.

The Institutional Transformation (IT) track is designed to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative systemic change strategies that promote gender equity for STEM faculty within an institution of higher education.

The Adaptation track is designed to support the work to adapt, implement, and evaluate evidence-based systemic change strategies that have been shown to promote gender equity for STEM faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession. Adaptation projects can either: 1) support the adaptation of evidence-based systemic change strategies to promote equity for STEM faculty within an institution of higher education; or 2) facilitate national or regional STEM disciplinary transformation by adapting evidence-based systemic change strategies to non-profit, non-academic organizations.

The Partnership track is designed to support the work to facilitate the broader adaptation of gender equity and systemic change strategies. Partnership projects are expected to result in national or regional transformation in STEM academic workplaces and the academic profession and demonstrate significant reach. Partnership projects can focus on the transformation of institutions and organizations and/or the transformation within one or more STEM disciplines.

The Catalyst track is designed to broaden the types of IHEs that are able to undertake data collection and institutional selfassessment work to identify systemic gender inequities impacting their STEM faculty so that these can be addressed by the institution.

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Discovery Research PreK-12
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Oct. 7, 2020

The Discovery Research PreK-12 program (DRK-12) seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (STEM) by preK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of STEM education innovations and approaches. Projects in the DRK-12 program build on fundamental research in STEM education and prior research and development efforts that provide theoretical and empirical justification for proposed projects. Projects should result in research-informed and field-tested outcomes and products that inform teaching and learning. Teachers and students who participate in DRK-12 studies are expected to enhance their understanding and use of STEM content, practices and skills. The DRK-12 program invites proposals that address immediate challenges that are facing preK-12 STEM education as well as those that anticipate radically different structures and functions of preK-12 teaching and learning.

The DRK-12 program has three major research and development strands: (1) Assessment; (2) Learning; and (3) Teaching. The program recognizes the synergy among the three strands and that there is some overlap and interdependence among them. However, proposals should identify a clear focus of the proposed research efforts (i.e., assessment, learning, or teaching) consistent with the proposal's main objectives and research questions. The program supportssix types of projects: (1) Exploratory, (2) Design and Development, (3) Impact, (4) Implementation and Improvement, (5) Syntheses, and (6) Conferences. All six types of projects apply to each of the three DRK-12 program strands.

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NSF Resources for Current and Pending Support Forms
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Current and Pending Support Resources

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NSF-approved Formats for Biographical Sketches
National Science Foundation (NSF)

We are pleased to announce the availability of both NSF-approved formats for the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support sections of National Science Foundation (NSF) proposals that fall under the revised Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1) (see the February 6, 2020 webinar for complete details on all revisions to the PAPPG).

Although use of an NSF-approved format for submission of these proposal sections is not required until implementation of the revised PAPPG (NSF 20-1) on June 1, 2020, NSF is encouraging proposers to begin using the NSF-approved formats now. NSF values the feedback from the research community, and we would like to hear about your experience with the new NSF-approved formats. Information about how to provide feedback is included below.

Use of an NSF-approved format aims to reduce administrative burden and improve efficiencies by providing proposers with a compliant and reusable way to maintain this information for subsequent proposal submissions to NSF, while also ensuring that the information is submitted in a standard and searchable composition.

Biographical Sketch Resources 

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Webinar about NSF-required formats for biographical sketch and current & pending support documents
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Effective date: Jun. 1, 2020

Dear Colleagues:

NSF recently recorded a webinar about the requirement to use an NSF-approved format for both the biographical sketch and current & pending support documents as part of proposals submitted to NSF. The policy, outlined in the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), goes into effect for proposals submitted or due, on or after June 1, 2020. The two NSF-approved formats are SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae, and an NSF Fillable PDF.

Webinar topics include:

  • the policy guidance for preparation of the biographical sketch and current and pending support sections of the proposal; 
  • a walk-through of the user experience in accessing these formats in NSF systems;
  • detailed guidance from NIH on using SciENcv for preparing both documents; and
  • answers to a number of frequently asked questions.

For additional information, see the NSF pages for the biographical sketch and current and pending support. We would like your feedback on these formats prior to the June 1st requirement. Please provide your comments and questions to policy@nsf.gov.

Regards,
Jean Feldman
Head, Policy Office
Division of Institution and Award Support
Office of Budget, Finance & Award Management
National Science Foundation

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Enabling Discovery through GEnomic Tools (EDGE)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Proposals accepted anytime.

Synopsis:

The Enabling Discovery through GEnomic Tools (EDGE) program supports genomic research that addresses the mechanistic basis of complex traits in diverse organisms within the context (environmental, developmental, social, and/or genomic) in which they function. The EDGE program also continues to support the development of innovative tools, technologies, resources, and infrastructure that advance biological research focused on the identification of the causal mechanisms connecting genes and phenotypes. EDGE is designed to provide support for (1) the development of tools, approaches, and infrastructure aimed at testing cause and effect hypotheses between gene function and phenotypes in diverse plants, animals, microbes, viruses, or fungi for which these methods are presently unavailable, and (2) hypothesis-driven research that tests cause and effect relations between genotype(s) and phenotypes in non-model plants, animals, microbes, viruses, or fungi.

These goals are essential to uncovering the rules that underlie genomes-to-phenomes relationships, an area relevant to Understanding the Rules of Life: Predicting Phenotype, one of the 10 Big Ideas for future NSF investment.

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Transitions to Excellence in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences Research (Transitions)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Proposals accepted anytime.

Synopsis:

The Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB) has developed a new opportunity to enable researchers with a strong track record of prior accomplishment to pursue a new avenue of research or inquiry. This funding mechanism is designed to facilitate and promote a PI's ability to effectively adopt empowering technologies that might not be readily accessible in the PI's current research environment or collaboration network. Transformative research likely spans disciplines and minimizing the practical barriers to doing so will strengthen research programs poised to make significant contributions. The award is intended to allow mid-career or later-stage researchers (Associate or Full Professor, or equivalent) to expand or make a transition in their research programs via a sabbatical leave or similar mechanism of professional development and then develop that research program in their own lab. This award will also enable the PI to acquire new scientific or technical expertise, facilitate the investigator's competitiveness, and potentially lead to transformational impacts in molecular and cellular bioscience. The award would fund up to six months of PI salary during the first sabbatical or professional development year, followed by support for continued research for two subsequent years upon the PI's return to normal academic duties. Through this solicitation MCB and NSF hope to develop a novel mechanism that will encourage investigators to expand and/or transition to new research areas aligned with MCB priorities, to increase retention of investigators in science, and to ensure a diverse scientific workforce that remains engaged in active research.

Highest funding priority is given to proposals that have outstanding intellectual merit and broader impacts, while proposals with weaknesses in either category (or those that are perceived as likely to have an incremental impact) will not be competitive. Proposals should also demonstrate a strong record of prior accomplishment, a compelling plan for professional development that will enable the PI to forge a new direction in their scholarship, and a strong rationale for why this support is needed for the PI to become competitive in the new research area. Support for the proposed transition from the PI's department, described in a letter from the department chair or equivalent, will also be required. Proposals that do not describe a plan for a transition in research direction will be considered unresponsive. Proposals that are motivated to understand the molecular and cellular basis of disease and disease treatments are not appropriate for the Division and will be returned without review.

Proposals addressing major open questions at the intersections of biology with other disciplines, such as physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer sciences, and engineering are of particular interest to the program.

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Hydrologic Sciences (HS)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Applications accepted at any time

The Hydrologic Sciences Program supports basic research on the fluxes of water in the terrestrial environment that constitute the water cycle as well as the mass and energy transport function of the water cycle. The Program supports the study of processes including (but not limited to): rainfall, runoff, infiltration and streamflow; evaporation and transpiration; the flow of water in soils and aquifers; and the transport of suspended, dissolved, and colloidal components. The Program is interested in how water interacts with the landscape and the ecosystem as well as how the water cycle and its coupled processes are altered by land use and climate. Studies may address physical, chemical, and/or biological processes that are coupled directly to water transport. Observational, experimental, theoretical, modeling, synthesis and field approaches are supported. Projects submitted to Hydrologic Sciences commonly involve expertise from physical and ecosystem sciences, engineering and/or mathematics; and proposals may require joint review with related programs.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program - Foundational and Applied Science Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Agency LOI due: Varies by program area (March, April, and May 2020)
Full Application due: Varies by program area

The AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program supports grants in six AFRI priority areas to advance knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. The six priority areas are: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. Research-only, extension-only, and integrated research, education and/or extension projects are solicited in this Request for Applications (RFA). See Foundational and Applied Science RFA for specific details.

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is America’s flagship competitive grants program that provides funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences. In this RFA, NIFA requests applications for six AFRI priority areas through the Foundational and Applied Science Program for FY 2020. Applicants considering applying to the second year should check the AFRI RFA webpage and www.grants.gov.

The goal of this program is to invest in agricultural production research, education, and extension projects for more sustainable, productive and economically viable plant and animal production systems. The global agricultural output needs to be expanded significantly to meet the food needs of the population expected in 2050; thus, it is imperative to develop innovative, safe and sustainable management strategies for livestock, crops, and critical underlying resources.

In FY 2020, applications are sought in the following priority areas:

  • Plant health and production and plant products;

  • Animal health and production and animal products;

  • Food safety, nutrition, and health;

  • Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment;

  • Agriculture systems and technology; and

  • Agriculture economics and rural communities.

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Methyl Bromide Transition Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Application due: May 22, 2020

The Methyl Bromide Transition program (MBT) addresses the immediate needs and the costs of transition that have resulted from the phase-out of the pesticide methyl bromide. Methyl bromide has been a pest and disease control tactic critical to pest management systems for decades for soilborne and postharvest pests. The program focuses on integrated commercial-scale research on methyl bromide alternatives and associated extension activity that will foster the adoption of these solutions. Projects should cover a broad range of new methodologies, technologies, systems, and strategies for controlling economically important pests for which methyl bromide has been the only effective pest control option. Research projects must address commodities with critical issues and include a focused economic analysis of the cost of implementing the transition on a commercial scale.

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Western SARE - Research and Education Call for Pre-proposals
U.S. Department of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Application due: May 22, 2020

Research and Education Call for Pre- proposals - Opens March 17, 2020. Closes May 22, 2020. Notification of status of the 2020 Research and Education Call for Pre-proposals will be in late July 2020.

This grant program involves scientists, agricultural producers, and others using interdisciplinary approaches to advance sustainable agriculture at local and regional levels. With the collaboration of producers, projects must integrate rigorous research and education aiming to advance the three components of sustainable agriculture- environmental, economic, and social- and use innovative educational outreach to disseminate new knowledge to students, producers, and other agricultural stakeholders. It is expected that outcomes of funded projects will result in quantifiable benefits for producers, increase the preservation of the natural and social resources upon which agriculture relies, and be documented in scholarly journals and disseminated throughout teaching and educational outreach activities with students, producers, and other agricultural stakeholders. Research and Education projects are limited to $350,000 for up to three years. Submission of Research and Education proposals is limited to applicants who submitted a successful pre-Proposal. Research and Education pre-proposals will be reviewed according to the criteria included in the Call for Pre-proposals. Applicants of successful submissions will be notified prior to the full-proposal competition and be invited to submit a full proposal for this program.

For the ePCF Pre-proposal, PIs need to know the following:

  1. The Sponsor is Western SARE Host Institution (WESSAR).
  2. The Program ID is WS1RE

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Crop Protection and Pest Management
U.S. Department of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Application due: Jun. 8, 2020

The purpose of the Crop Protection and Pest Management program is to address high priority issues related to pests and their management using IPM approaches at the state, regional and national levels. The CPPM program supports projects that will ensure food security and respond effectively to other major societal pest management challenges with comprehensive IPM approaches that are economically viable, ecologically prudent, and safe for human health. The CPPM program addresses IPM challenges for emerging issues and existing priority pest concerns that can be addressed more effectively with new and emerging technologies. The outcomes of the CPPM program are effective, affordable, and environmentally sound IPM practices and strategies needed to maintain agricultural productivity and healthy communities.

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2020 Soil Science Collaborative Research Proposals
USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service

Application due: Jun. 11, 2020

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is announcing the potential availability of funding for agreements for the purposes of:

  • Promoting research collaboration between the NRCS Soil and Plant Science Division (SPSD) and university cooperators on significant national issues;
  • Providing technology transfer and training for NRCS staff;
  • Assisting in training of students in soil science and related fields.

Proposals must be for projects based in the United States and its territories and possessions and focus on the priorities described in Section A of this notice. Research proposals are sought. NRCS anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in FY 2020 will be up to $1,700,000.00. Eligibility is limited to institutions of higher education in the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) network (http://www.cesu.psu.edu/). Proposals are requested for competitive consideration of awards for projects 1-2 years in duration. 

This notice identifies the objectives, eligibility criteria, and application instructions for projects. Proposals will be screened for completeness and compliance with the provisions of this notice. Incomplete and/or noncompliant proposals will be eliminated from competition, and notification of elimination will be sent to the applicant.

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Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship (NNF) Grants Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: Jun. 22, 2020

The Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship Grants Program (NNF) is designated for graduate degree (masters and doctoral) programs and postgraduate training of the next generation of policy makers, researchers, and educators in the food and agricultural sciences. Functioning collaboratively with eligible higher education institutions, this competitive grants program develops intellectual capital to ensure the preeminence of U.S. food and agricultural systems.

NNF trains students for masters and/or doctoral degrees. It also provides additional post-doctoral training for National Needs Fellows who have completed their doctoral degrees at institutions that have demonstrable teaching and research competencies in the food and agricultural sciences. Fellowships and Special International Study or Thesis/Dissertation Research Travel Allowances (IRTA) are specifically intended to support traineeship programs that encourage outstanding students to pursue and complete their degrees or obtain post-doctoral training in areas where there is an identified national need for the development of scientific and professional. Funds from the fellowships and IRTA awards are invested in graduate training and relevant international experiential learning.

The NNF program provides funding to support graduate training through a student stipend and a cost-of-education allowance to the institution. Fellows matriculating from the NNF program are employed in academia and in USDA agencies such as the Agricultural Research Service, Forest Service, and the National Resources Conservation Service. They are also working in private sector entities such as CH2M HILL, ConAgra Foods, FMC FoodTech, Kraft Foods, National Dairy Council, Institute of Food Technologies, M&M Mars, Wal-Mart; and others.

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Renewable Resources Extension Act - National Focus Funds Projects
U.S. Department of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Application due: Jun. 28, 2020

The purpose of the grant program is to provide funds for pilot projects that: (1) Address emerging forest and rangeland resource issues, (2) Have national or regional relevancy, or (3) Develop new and innovative projects that can be replicated at other institutions.

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Rural Health and Safety Education
U.S. Department of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Application due: July 1, 2020 at 5 PM ET

NIFA requests applications for the Rural Health and Safety Education (RHSE) Competitive Grant Program for two funding cycles, Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 and 2021 to address the needs of rural Americans by providing individual and family health education programs. The anticipated amount for awards in FY 2020 is $4,000,000; $1,000,000 of which is for competitive external grants for eligible institutions to support the utilization of telehealth, telemedicine, and distance learning strategies for education and training in minority rural communities related to opioids or preventing spread of SARS-CoV-2 and in mitigating infection and transmission of SARS-CoV2. This RFA is being released prior to the passage of an appropriations act for FY 2021. Enactment of additional continuing resolutions or an appropriations act may affect the priorities, availability, and/or level of funding for this program.

The RHSE program proposals are expected to be community-based, outreach education programs, such as those conducted through Human Science extension outreach, that provides individuals and families with:

  • Information as to the value of good health at any age;
  • Information to increase individual or family's motivation to take more responsibility for their own health;
  • Information regarding rural environmental health issues that directly impact on human health; Information about and access to health promotion and educational activities;
  • and Training for volunteers and health services providers concerning health promotion and health care services for individuals and families in cooperation with state, local and community partners.

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Wetland Mitigation Banking Program for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2020
U.S. Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service

Application due: Jul. 6, 2020

U.S. Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS is announcing the availability of up to $5 million in Wetland Mitigation Banking Program (WMBP) grant funds for the development and establishment of mitigation banks and banking opportunities solely for agricultural producers with wetlands subject to the Wetland Conservation Compliance provisions of the 1985 Food Security Act (as amended). Priority will be given to banks located in geographic areas with the largest numbers of wetland compliance producer requests. Based on NRCS data, proposals from the following States will receive priority consideration: Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

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Western SARE - Professional Development Call for Proposals
U.S. Department of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Application due: Nov. 11, 2020

Professional Development Call for Proposals - Opens mid-April, 2020. Closes November 11, 2020

This grant program focuses on training agricultural professionals to help them spread knowledge about sustainable agriculture concepts and practices. PDP Grants are limited to $75,000. Grants can run for up to three years, with the final year to be focused on project evaluation.

For the epcf full proposal, PIs need to know the following:

  1. The Sponsor is Western SARE Host Institution (WESSAR).
  2. The Program ID is WS3PD

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Western SARE - Research to Grass Roots Grants Call for Proposals
U.S. Department of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Application due: Nov. 18, 2020

Research to Grassroots Call for Proposals - Opens mid-April 2020. Closes November 18, 2020.

These grants are built on the SARE concept that results of applied research are used to train agricultural professionals and producers in the latest principles of sustainable agriculture.  Successful R2GR projects will take the research results from previously funded SARE projects and bring those results into the field through education to ag professionals and producers. The maximum for each project's funding is $75,000.

For the epcf full proposal, PIs need to know the following:

  1. The Sponsor is Western SARE Host Institution (WESSAR).
  2. The Program ID is WS3RG

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Miscellaneous Programs and Announcements

Autism Speaks: Suzanne and Bob Wright Trailblazer Award

Letter of intent Deadline: accepted anytime

The Trailblazer Award mechanism supports highly novel "out of the box" autism-relevant research that open new avenues to understanding the causes, diagnosis, subtyping, prevention, treatments, and cure of autism spectrum disorders. The Trailblazer Award mechanism is designed to fund small investigator-initiated high risk/high impact projects that are potentially transformative, paradigm shifting, and/or will overcome significant roadblocks in autism research within a 12 month period.

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Charitable Giving Program
Community Works

Ongoing

The charitable programs are among the ways that NorthWestern Energy participates as an active participant in the communities where they do business. Donations will generally be made to those non-profit groups that have the greatest opportunity for positively affecting the communities served by NorthWestern Energy and are focused in one of the following categories: 

- Education: Education remains a primary focus of the company. Donations to education will primarily be made through university system foundations, scholarship programs, and employee matching gifts. Donations will also be made in support of local colleges, and special primary and secondary education programs in the fields of math, science and youth leadership. 

- Health and Human Services: Donations will be considered for organizations serving human needs such as the United Way, youth homes and special community health and safety needs. Donations will generally not be made to national health organizations or for medical equipment or research funds. 

- Civic & Community: Donations will be considered for civic improvment, special events, and youth and senior citizen organizations. 

- Culture & The Arts: Donations will be considered for local museums, libraries, cultural centers, and the performing arts. 

- Resource Conservation: Donations will be considered in the areas of habitat preservation, and fish and wildlife protection. 

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Conferences and Workshops in the Mathematical Sciences
National Science Foundation

Proposals accepted anytime

IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND REVISION NOTES

Proposals must be submitted to the appropriate DMS disciplinary program subject to the lead-time requirements specified by that program. For more information about the required lead time, refer to the particular disciplinary program web page listed on the DMS home page.

This revision clarifies the expectations for DMS support of international group travel.

Any proposal submitted in response to this solicitation should be submitted in accordance with the revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), which is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016.

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General Grants
MJ Murdock Charitable Trust

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

General Grants

The Trust awards grants for projects that are of strategic importance to the organization and consistent with its mission. Awards are made in the following four areas:

Arts and Culture:

Performance and visual arts projects that enrich the cultural environment of the region are of interest to the Trust. There is a high value placed on educational outreach efforts.

Education:

The Trust considers educational projects offered in both formal and informal settings. Special interest is afforded to private higher education.

Health and Human Services:

The Trust is interested in a diverse range of projects to enhance the quality of life in the region. Preventive efforts that address physical, spiritual, social, and psychological needs, especially those focused on youth, are preferred.

Research:

Most of the Trust's funding for scientific research is limited to specific organizations and projects. However, the Trust does consider other science-based initiatives.

The Trust makes grants for building the capacity of non-profit groups in these primary ways for the following three types of projects:

Capital:

The Trust regularly funds projects that involve construction, renovation, land purchase, and more. Requests for capital projects are preferred once a portion of the funds needed have been secured.

Program:

Both new programs and the expansion of existing programs are considered. Requests may be for start-up costs and/or related additional staff members. The Trust prefers to fund these grants on a declining basis over three years (100/67/33 percent).

Equipment:

Scientific research instrumentation, technology, and other essential equipment items are often funded. In every case, the Trust requires a cost share of 50 percent or more.

Before proceeding, interested parties should review the Guidelines for Grantseekers to learn more and determine the organization's eligibility and the appropriate nature of the project to the Trust.

 

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MCubed Diamond Program
University of Michigan

SYNOPSIS: 

The MCubed Diamond Program provides an unprecedented opportunity for donors to invest in research projects that align exactly with their interests, from global health to education, and sustainability to social justice.  Funders set the parameters for each project, interact with the University of Michigan to identify faculty experts to lead their project, and receive compelling updates about the work of the team through the MCubed website.

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Media Grantmaking
MacArthur Foundation

Deadline: No fixed deadlines

MacArthur's goal in media grantmaking is to provide the public with high-quality, professionally-produced documentary films, deep and analytical journalism, and well-produced news and public affairs programming. In a media environment characterized by proliferating information sources of varying degrees of reliability, the Foundation seeks to support serious, fact-based journalism for television, radio and the web, the type of original reporting that is likely to be blogged about, linked to, tweeted, and otherwise circulated throughout the Internet. Programs supported by the Foundation inform and educate their viewers about important and under-reported topics, provide balance and accurate information, encourage global conversations, and use technology to tell stories in engaging and interactive ways.

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Michelson Grants in Reproductive Biology
Found Animals Foundation

Deadline: Letters of intent are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis and, if approved, researchers are invited to submit grant proposals for a March, July, or November deadline

Funding for promising proposals in pursuit of non-surgical sterilization products or technologies for use in dogs and cats. The foundation encourages scientists from any and all fields to compete for the Michelson Grants, including but not limited to researchers in disciplines such as biology, biotechnology,cell biology, endocrinology, gene silencing, immunology, materials science, nanotechnology, neuroscience, pharmacology, reproductive biology, theriogenology, and more.

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Michelson Prize in Reproductive Biology

Deadline: none specific

The $25 million Michelson Prize will be offered to the first entity to provide Found Animals Foundation with a single dose, safe and effective non-surgical sterilant for male and female cats and dogs.

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Pioneering Ideas Unsolicited Proposals
Johnson (Robert Wood) Foundation

Deadline: There are no specific submission deadlines for unsolicited proposals

The Pioneer Portfolio is uniquely suited to invest in innovation at many different stages. The sponsor seeks to: Identify and explore new issues and approaches; Accelerate progress on issues and approaches that have significant potential to create breakthroughs in health and health care; and Support projects that use original, unconventional, or cross-sectoral approaches to create transformative change.

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Priority Grantmaking Program
United States Institute of Peace

Deadline is on a rolling basis

The Grant Initiative will focus on the following regions:

Afghanistan--Grantmaking in Afghanistan will support projects designed to promote public understanding of peaceful alternatives to the violent resolution of conflict, the rule of law, transitional justice, and to improve local capacities for dialogue and peacebuilding.

Pakistan--Grantmaking in Pakistan will strengthen civil society capacities for conflict prevention and promote greater understanding of issues related to identity, tolerance, diversity, and sectarian extremism in Pakistan through education, training, research, and the media.

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Promoting International Arts Engagement
Clark (Robert Sterling) Foundation

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Foundation's aim is to strengthen cultural organizations of the highest artistic quality by enabling them to participate in the global marketplace. The Foundation hopes that the Promoting International Arts Engagement program will help leverage new support in this area and introduce American culture to communities around the world, as well as bring diverse world cultures to American audiences.

While the Foundation considers support for projects that bring international artists to the U.S., preference is given to projects that send American arts abroad. While there are no restrictions on countries or regions, the Foundation is more inclined to support activities that involve underserved or underrepresented parts of the world. Favor is given to projects having lasting impact and value, including international tours that lead to new engagements, programs that broaden audiences and attract new sources of income, documentation of work that is disseminated widely, and arts engagement activities that benefit the community.

The objectives of Promoting International Arts Engagement are to: strengthen performing and visual arts organizations by helping to make possible international touring and collaborations that offer broad audience outreach and build lasting partnerships; provide presenting organizations with the opportunity to showcase important international artists from underrepresented regions, and introduce audiences to new artistic perspectives from world cultures; assist organizations that organize significant exchanges or forums bringing together U.S. artists and their international counterparts to inform the creative process; and sustain arts service organizations that advance global arts engagement, through new Internet technologies, program documentation and dissemination, translations, and technical assistance for artists, among other activities. 

Other Information: The Foundation receives and reviews proposals year-round.  The Board of Directors meets four times per year: January, April, July, and October to review submissions. 

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Proposal Deadline: Open

Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) supports investigator-initiated research, policy analysis and evaluation projects that provide policy leaders timely information on health care policy, financing and organization issues. Supported projects include: examining significant issues and interventions related to health care financing and organization and their effects on health care costs, quality and access; and exploring or testing major new ways to finance and organize health care that have the potential to improve access to more affordable and higher quality health services.

This call for proposals is intended to stimulate projects that: examine significant issues and interventions related to health care financing and organization and their effects on health care costs, quality and access; and explore or test major new ways to finance and organize health care that have the potential to improve access to more affordable and higher quality health services.

Grants will be awarded in two categories: Small grants for projects requiring $100,000 or less and projected to take up to 12 months or less; and Large grants for projects requiring more than $100,000 and/or projected to take longer than 12 months. 

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Sustainable Development Program
Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc.

Ongoing

SYNOPSIS: 

The Sustainable Development program advances global stewardship that is ecologically based, economically sound, socially just, culturally appropriate, and consistent with intergenerational equity. Human activity is causing global warming, rapid loss of biodiversity, and accelerating degradation of Earth's life support systems. With the recognition that the impact of unchecked climate change threatens all other conservation efforts, the program focuses its grantmaking on advancing solutions to climate change.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Human activity is causing climate change, rapid loss of biodiversity, and accelerating degradation of Earth's life support systems. These developments threaten the livelihoods, health, and security of people in all nations and cultures as well as the well-being of the greater community of life. The RBF's sustainable development grantmaking endeavors to address these challenges by supporting development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The program supports global stewardship that is ecologically based, economically sound, socially just, culturally appropriate, and consistent with intergenerational equity. The Fund encourages government, business, and civil society to work collaboratively on climate change, to acknowledge the moral and ethical consequences of inaction, and to make it an integral part of all development planning and activity. Recognizing the global nature of many environmental problems, the Fund also promotes international cooperation in addressing these challenges.

The Sustainable Development program maintains a significant focus on the United States in light of its disproportionate impact on the global economy, politics, and the environment. The program's work is also advanced in collaboration with the Fund's "pivotal place" programs--New York City, Southern China, and the Western Balkans--and with the Democratic Practice program's Global Governance portfolio. Pivotal place programs support work in specific countries or regions to build the knowledge, policies, organizational capacity, and leadership needed to advance sustainable development in locally appropriate ways. The Fund's Global Governance portfolio supports broad participation in forging the international agreements and institutional arrangements needed to encourage investment in sustainable development. Fund staff work to ensure that global developments inform work in specific places and that locally grounded efforts generate lessons and innovations needed for global impact.

With the recognition that the impact of unchecked climate change threatens all other conservation efforts, the Sustainable Development program focuses its U.S. grantmaking on building a green economy at the federal, state, and local levels.

Grant Inquiries are accepted throughout the year.

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Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMA)

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Nationally, Toyota focuses in three areas: environment, safety and education. National programs in these areas must have a broad reach by impacting several major U.S. cities, communities or groups.

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FY2020 BLM WO Wildlife Resources Management Program
Bureau of Land Management

Application due: May 4, 2020

The BLM will work with partners and maintain close collaboration with States, Tribes, other Federal agencies, and other organizations in conserving and restoring wildlife habitats to support wildlife and wildlife uses under a shared conservation stewardship approach on public lands across the state boundaries. The BLM uses the latest geospatial data technologies to share wildlife and wildlife data within BLM and with partners to work more efficiently. The Wildlife Program leverages funds with other BLM programs to address vegetation restoration that not only improves wildlife habitat, but also increases forage for livestock, improves water quality, removes invasive weed species, and reduces the threat of catastrophic wildfires.

NOTE: Prior to submitting an application, to contact the program expert at the BLM office in the district or field office where the work will take place to discuss your proposed project(s) to determine, if it meets the BLM priorities and criteria under this NOFO. This NOFO is only for national work and notspecific to individual state projects. Refer to state specific NOFOs.

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Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, Rocky Mountain CESU Research About Wild Horses in Native Predator-Prey Systems
U.S. Geological Survey

Application due: May 22, 2020

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is offering a funding opportunity to a CESU partner for research on the ecology of wild [equids], mountain lions, and other ungulates in the Western USA. Studies will be field- based and will be conducted across several states, primarily in Nevada.

The National Academies of Science (NAS) conducted a science review of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wild horse and burro program. An outcome of this NAS review was a number of recommendations for new research, identification of data gaps and knowledge needs. The aim is to fill some of those data needs with collaborative research conducted jointly by USGS and CESU partners. This funding opportunity is to investigate the interactions of mountain lions and wild horses across the Western USA. Specifically, will evaluate the role of wild horses in native predator-prey systems, in herds that span the Rocky Mountain region and Great Basin ecosystems.

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Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, Rocky Mountain CESU Invasive Species Distribution Research
U.S. Geological Survey

Application due: May 22, 2020

The US Geological Survey, Fort Collins Science Center, is offering a funding opportunity to a CESU partner for research on invasive species distributions. This work will center on evaluating new methods for predicting invasive species distributions.

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Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, Rocky Mountain CESU Research About Blister Rust in Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
U.S. Geological Survey

Application due: May 22, 2020

U.S. Geological Survey¿s (USGS) Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NoROCK) is offering a funding opportunity to improve model- and design-based inferences for the prevalence of blister rust in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). The proposed project will advance our understanding of approaches to model long-term monitoring data collected since 2004 in the GYE on whitebark pine trees.

Statisticians from NoROCK and cooperators will collaborate with the Greater Yellowstone Monitoring Network and Bureau of Land Management to understand resource management decision needs. In the first year of the project the cooperator will explore a Bayesian decision analysis, potential application of Bayesian multi-state model for estimating transition probabilities, or other statistical approaches that hold potential to improve the information to managers tasked with preserving this iconic species.

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Compilation of COVID-19 items
Aquisition in the Digital Age (AiDA)

MITRE, a program of AIDA, a non-profit descrbied below, is collecting information for purposes of informing federal, state, and local government officials of sources/suppliers for COVID-19 response. The link below this post provides access to items that fall into these categories:

  • Call to Action
  • Relevant Contracting Authorities
  • COVID-19 Contracting Strategies
  • COVID-19 Initiatives Addressing Supply and Equipment Shortfalls
  • Federal Authorities
  • Official Government Guidance
  • Webinars and Training
  • Additional Resources 

AiDA is a prototype developed as part of the MITRE Innovation Program (MIP) research initiative. AiDA aims to explore how the federal acquisition environment can be transformed using digital strategies and tools. The research builds on MITRE's project work across defense, civil, and intelligence agencies to implement innovative acquisition strategies, develop tailored acquisition models, and foster adoption of Agile development practices. AiDA was originally launched under the name ACQUIRE, but was changed in May 2017.

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Compilation of COVID-19 items
GrantForward

NOTE: Many opportunities have restrictive eligibility, mostly based on geography
Deadlines vary

NOTE: There were 407 items when the link below was posted.

As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, it's critically important that researchers, who are learning about the virus and pursuing science-based solutions to the global coronavirus pandemic, can find the funding they need. With this in mind, GrantForward is proud to provide free access to a list of funding opportunities in the area of COVID-19.

The list of available coronavirus-related funding calls and other support for researchers, non-profit organizations and commercial organizations, with all relevant information, will be updated on a daily basis.

COVID-19's impacts are reaching every corner of the world. We must stand together. By raising awareness of these funding sources, we are honored to do our part to help researchers expand their scholarly efforts to understand and contend with this global pandemic. If you are aware of other COVID-19 research grants, we would appreciate you sharing them with us. Click here to send us an email.

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Wyoming Fisheries and Aquatics Resources Management
U.S. Bureau of Land Management

Application due: May 29, 2020

The Wyoming BLM has opportunities to work with partner organizations to accomplish goals of the BLM Aquatic Habitat Management that include, but are not limited to, such things as:

  1. Development and/or implementation of watershed management plans.
  2. Increased local capacity to protect and enhance aquatic habitat, water quality, promote water conservation, and sustain the present health of the watershed.
  3. Improvements in the resiliency of ecosystems, communities, and economies in the watershed.
  4. Improvements in the hydraulic and geomorphic conditions of streams.
  5. Removal of invasive plants and animals to enhance fish habitat, water quality and the physical characteristics of the stream. 
  6. Inventory, modernize and/or develop infrastructure such as culverts and diversion structures in order to improve fish and other aquatic organism passage.
  7. Provide a forum for enhanced communication among diverse stakeholder groups along the watershed.
  8. Conserve and enhance aquatic and riparian habitats for native and desired non-native species.
  9. Provide resources for recreational and subsistence fishing opportunities including increasing public access and infrastructure, such as fishing piers, for public enjoyment and outreach, education and job mentoring activities for youth, families, and veterans.
  10. Protect and stabilize both lotic and lentic aquatic and riparian habitats.
  11. Implement projects to reduce erosion, salinity and sediments.
  12. Collect and analyze water resources data needed to maintain, protect and restore water resources effectively.
  13. Inventory, assess, monitor, and improve aquatic, riparian, and wetland habitat quality and quantity.
  14. Address the immediate threats from aquatic invasive species, including quagga and zebra mussels.
  15. Influencing water temperature or improving the timing or volume of available flows at particular locations to improve aquatic conditions.
  16. Monitor surface and groundwater quality.
  17. Manage geospatial and biometric data.
  18. Conduct baseline inventories and assessments critical to many public land uses and ongoing monitoring programs.
  19. Engage citizen-scientists and students in monitoring and directed research of various BLM dependent aquatic and riparian species and their habitats.
  20. Develop and assist with Bureau aquatic invasive programs including: mapping, control, prevention, education, data analysis, ecological modeling and risk assessments, biosecurity, eDNA surveillance, etc.

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Aligning Science Across Parkinson's (ASAP)
ASAP Collaborative Research Network

Informational Webinar: Nov. 14, 2019, 12:00 p.m. Eastern
Pre-Proposal due: Jan. 8, 2020
Full Proposal due (by invitation only): Apr. 15, 2020

Aligning Science Across Parkinson's (ASAP), a new global basic research funding initiative, is accepting applications to support international, multidisciplinary, and multi-institutional research teams to investigate the underlying causes of Parkinson's disease.

Teams may request up to $9 million for three-year grants for projects that focus on at least one of the following thematic areas:

  • Biology of PD-associated genes

  • Neuro-immune interactions

The request for applications is open to international organizations including public and private non-profit groups, agencies of the U.S. federal government, and for-profit entities. Applications must be submitted by multidisciplinary, multi-institutional research teams consisting of three to five investigators.

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Michael D. Netherland Graduate Student Research Grant
The Aquatic Plant Management Society (APMS)

Application due: Apr. 17, 2020

The Aquatic Plant Management Society is soliciting proposals for the 2020 Michael D. Netherland Graduate Student Research Grant (GSRG). This two-year, $40,000 grant is awarded biannually to provide for a full-time graduate student to conduct research in aquatic plant or algae management techniques, or in aquatic ecology related to the biology or management of regionally or nationally recognized nuisance aquatic vegetation (macrophytes, algae, or cyanobacteria).

Please visit the APMS web site at www.apms.org for details about the Michael D. Netherland GSRG and for the 2020 GSRG Announcement.

Please address all inquiries about the 2020 Grant to Dr. Ryan Thum, whose contact information is on the GSRG Announcement.

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Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology
Eppendorf and Science/AAAS

Application due: June 15, 2020

The Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology acknowledges the increasing importance of this research in advancing our understanding of how the brain and nervous system function - a quest that seems destined for dramatic expansion in the coming decades.

Eppendorf and Science/AAAS established this international prize in 2002. The Prize is intended to encourage and support the work of promising young neurobiologists who are not older than 35 years. It is awarded annually to one young scientist for the most outstanding neurobiological research based on methods of molecular and cell biology conducted by him/her during the past three years, as described in a 1,000-word entrance essay.

Rules of eligibility

  • The Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology is an international research prize.
  • Entrants must be a neurobiologist with an advanced degree received in the last 10 years and not older than 35 years of age.
  • The entrant's essay must describe contributions to neurobiological research based on methods of molecular and cell biology.
  • The entrant must have performed or directed the work described in the essay.
  • The research must have been performed during the previous three years.
  • Employees of Eppendorf AG, Science and AAAS and their relatives are not eligible for the prize.

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Vaccine Preventable Diseases-COVID-19
Pfizer, Inc.

Application due: June 17, 2020

The intent of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to support research to increase knowledge of COVID-19 epidemiology, infection, pathophysiology, and potential prevention measures. We are particularly interested in supporting research in the following areas:

  • Understand impact of COVID on communities, spectrum of disease in communities, and level of herd immunity
  • Postmortem Analysis of deceased persons with known or suspected COVID-19

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Cooperative Research in Housing Technologies
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Application due: Jun. 18, 2020

HUD is funding co-operative agreements for pre-competitive research in homebuilding technologies that provide the homebuilding industry with new, innovative construction products or practices that lead to more affordable, energy efficient, resilient (in this sense, durable, disaster resistant, adaptable for future requirements, and maintainable), and healthier housing. HUD is specifically interested in receiving applications that focus on aspects of residential construction related to factory-built housing and components and/or resilience.

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Health Security & Pandemics Challenge
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Solve

Application due: Jun. 18, 2020

Challenge Overview

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is the latest in a series of infectious disease emergencies, including cholera, Ebola, SARS, Chikungunya, HIV/AIDS, and influenza. While scientists and drug developers, with support from governments and multilateral organizations, have been rushing to produce, test, and deliver vaccines and treatments, tech innovators also have a crucial role to play, both in the near term and to prevent and mitigate future disease outbreaks.

In the near term, we need improved solutions for prevention, accurate detection, and rapid response. MIT Solve is seeking tech innovations that can slow and track the spread of an emerging outbreak, for example by improving individual hygiene, developing low-cost rapid diagnostics, analyzing data that informs decision making, and providing tools that support and protect health workers.

At the same time, we cannot solely treat disease outbreaks reactively. Climate change and globalization leave us ever more vulnerable to future epidemics and pandemics, and it's critical to be prepared. Solve is also seeking solutions that focus on preventative and mitigation measures that strengthen access to affordable primary healthcare systems, enhance disease surveillance systems, and improve healthcare supply chains.

We need your help:

  • If you have a solution, we want you to apply.

  • If you can help us fund a prize for the selected Solver teams, please get in touch with Hala Hanna at hala@solve.mit.edu.

  • You can also donate here--all amounts raised will support the Challenge.  

  • If you can partner with us in any other way, please let us know

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Estimating the Prevalence and Probability of Homeless Youth
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Application due: July 1, 2020

The objective of this research is to meet the requirements for youth research activities authorized under Section 345 of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, which calls for "using the best quantitative and qualitative social science research methods available to produce estimates of the incidence and prevalence of runaway and homeless individuals who are not less than 13 years of age but are less than 26 years of age; and ... that includes with such estimate an assessment of 

the characteristics of such individuals." In 2019, HUD published the Voices of Youth Count (VoYC) Study (https://www.huduser.gov/portal/publications/Voices-of-Youth-Report.html) that met the basic requirements of the Act. Using a broad definition of youth homelessness, the VoYC Study offered a nationally representative estimate of homeless youth using Gallup phone-based household surveys, as well as point-in-time estimates of homeless youth based on street and shelter counts. Patterns and subpopulations of homeless youth were identified using qualitative in-depth interviews. To date, however, methods for estimating and predicting the number of homeless youth by linking administrative data from multiple sources have not been fully developed. 

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Mine Drainage Technology Initiative (MDTI) Cooperative Agreement Program
U.S. Department of the Interior - Office of Surface Mining

Application due: July 15, 2020

Mine Drainage Technology Initiative (MDTI) (formally known as the Acid Mine Drainage Initiative) provides a forum for collaboration and information exchange with the following goals:  

Develop an understanding of acidic and toxic mine drainage (MD) so as to better predict, avoid, monitor, and remediate mine drainage; 

Develop innovative solutions to acidic and toxic MD water-quality problems; 

Identify, evaluate, and develop "best science" practices to predict acidic and toxic MD prior to mining; and 

Identify successful remediation practices for existing sources of acidic and toxic MD and describe the best technology for its prevention. 

OSMRE is looking for MDTI studies that address the goals listed above that have the potential for improving the effectiveness of both the coal industry and the regulatory authority to conducts surface coal mining and reclamation activities and regulate coal mining activities, respectively, by gaining a better understanding of acidic and toxic mine drainage effects on the environment.  

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2020 Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

2020 Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) released
Effective for proposals submitted on or after June 1, 2020

The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted or due, and awards made, on or after June 1, 2020. Significant changes include:

  • NSF will require use of an NSF-approved format in submission of the biographical sketch and current and pending support documents, once the PAPPG (NSF 20-1) becomes effective;
    • Use of an NSF-approved format will not be required until implementation of PAPPG 20-1 on June 1, 2020.
  • New requirement for proposing organizations to submit government-wide representations and certifications in the System for Award Management (SAM);
  • New requirement for providing e-mail documentation of Program Officer approval for the submission of RAPID and EAGER proposals; and
  • Clarifications to current and pending support coverage as well as other changes throughout the document.

You are encouraged to review the by-chapter summary of changes provided in the Introduction section of the PAPPG.

While this version of the PAPPG becomes effective on June 1, 2020, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 19-1) continue to apply.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the DIAS/Policy Office at policy@nsf.gov.

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