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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Grants to Support Programs in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
MSU VP for Research, Economic Development, and Graduate Education

Application due: Aug. 27, 2020

The Office of the Vice President of Research, Economic Development and Graduate Education (VPREDGE) is pleased to announce this request for proposals (RFP) for interdisciplinary, collaborative project ideas in the humanities, arts, and social sciences (HASS). The purpose of the HASS RFP is to create communities of scholarship across MSU's HASS faculty to catalyze a new era of collaborative and impactful interdisciplinary research that leads to fiscal sustainability after the end of internal funding.

As such, collaborative grants are intended to launch externally funded programs, initiatives or potential centers that will enhance the national and international reputation of Montana State University. To achieve this goal, the research team will design specific tasks that represent iterative steps toward sustainability within the granting period (e.g., key conference/activities in Year 1; competitive external grant submission(s) in Year 2).

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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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Project Development Mini-Grants

Application due: Sept. 30, 2020

Project Development Mini-Grants are intended primarily to support travel around the state to establish community connections and also the early formation of a Community Advisory Board (CAB). (Travel and in-person meetings may have to be restricted due to current COVID-19 conditions.) Funds may be used toward participation incentives for CAB members. Mini-Grants also are intended to help the junior faculty member submit a competitive Pilot Project application to CAIRHE's 2021 Request for Pilot Proposals. Mini-Grant applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for Pilot Project funding in April 2021 (with funding for awarded applications to begin September 1, 2021). Applicants who are awarded Mini-Grants will receive support from CAIRHE's Community Engagement Core at no cost. Project Development Mini-Grants cannot be used to fund actual research, which requires MSU Institutional Review Board (IRB) pre-approval and greater pre-award scrutiny from CAIRHE.

AMOUNT: Most Project Development Mini-Grants will total between $5,000 and $10,000 (maximum). 

TIMELINE: Funding will begin in early October 2020, and spending must be concluded by the end of MSU's fiscal year on June 30, 2021. There can be no carryover of funds past June 30.

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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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Rodney Nichols Science and Technology Innovation Fellowship
CRDF Global

Application due: Sept. 30, 2020

The Rodney Nichols Science and Technology Innovation Fellowship is a 6-month fellowship program supporting early-career U.S. scientists who are working to obtain or have obtained their PhD in the past 5 years, as they engage in innovative, international efforts to advance the field of science and technology in a meaningful and applicable manner. Each fellowship will:

  • Strengthen science diplomacy by pairing a U.S. scientist with an international host institution to collaborate on innovation advancement in the science and technology space;
  • Provide mentorship to early-career U.S. scientists through a formalized mentor pairing; and
  • Enable early-career U.S. scientists to develop professional skills in the scientific field through opportunities to professionally share and report on scientific findings. 

The focus area for the 2021 Fellowship is the Agricultural sciences: sciences dealing with food and fiber production and processing. They include the technologies of soil cultivation, crop cultivation and harvesting, animal production, and the processing of plant and animal products for human consumption. Sub-themes can include but are not limited to Drone Technology, Biotechnology, Mobile Application, Horticulture, and Aquaculture.

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Limited Submissions

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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Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Sept. 17, 2020

NSF's Directorate for Engineering (ENG) and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) have joined to support the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science program. This program supports active long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, Computer and Information Science, and Mathematics (STEM) in-service and pre-service teachers, full-time community college faculty, and university faculty and students to enhance the scientific disciplinary knowledge and capacity of the STEM teachers and/or community college faculty through participation in authentic summer research experiences with engineering and computer science faculty researchers. The research projects and experiences all revolve around a focused research area related to engineering and/or computer science that will provide a common cohort experience to the participating educators. The K-12 STEM teachers and/or full-time community college faculty also translate their research experiences and new scientific knowledge into their classroom activities and curricula. The university team will include faculty, graduate and undergraduate students as well as industrial advisors. Involvement of graduate students in support of academic-year classroom activities is particularly encouraged. Partnerships with inner city, rural or other high needs schools are especially encouraged, as is participation by underrepresented minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

As part of the long-term partnership arrangements, university undergraduate/graduate students will partner with pre-college/community college faculty in their classrooms during the academic year to support the integration of the RET curricular materials into classroom activities.

This announcement features two mechanisms for support of in-service and pre-service K-12 STEM teachers and full-time community college faculty: (1) RET supplements to ongoing ENG and CISE awards and (2) new RET Site awards. RET supplements may be included outside this solicitation in proposals for new or renewed ENG and CISE grants or as supplements to ongoing ENG- and CISE-funded projects. RET in Engineering and Computer Science Sites, through this solicitation, are based on independent proposals from engineering and/or computer and/or information science departments, schools or colleges to initiate and conduct research participation projects for K-12 STEM teachers and/or full-time community college faculty.

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NEH Summer Stipends
National Endowment for the Humanities

EXTENDED internal deadline for MSU LOI: Aug. 19, 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

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 Wednesday, August 19, 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 23, 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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Inclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Internal MSU LOI due: Aug. 7, 2020
Letter of Intent due: Oct. 5, 2020
Application due: Jan. 26, 2021

In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) unveiled a set of "Big Ideas," 10 bold, long-term research and process ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering (see https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/big_ideas/index.jsp). The Big Ideas represent unique opportunities to position our Nation at the cutting edge of global science and engineering leadership by bringing together diverse disciplinary perspectives to support convergence research. As such, when responding to this solicitation, even though proposals must be submitted to the Education and Human Resources (EHR) Directorate/Division of Human Resource Development (HRD), once received, the proposals will be managed by a cross-disciplinary team of NSF Program Directors.

The NSF INCLUDES Big Idea is a comprehensive national initiative to enhance U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) discoveries and innovations focused on NSF's commitment to diversity, inclusion, and broadening participation in these fields. The vision of NSF INCLUDES is to catalyze the STEM enterprise to work collaboratively for inclusive change, resulting in a STEM workforce that reflects the population of the Nation. More specifically, NSF INCLUDES seeks to improve collaborative efforts aimed at enhancing the preparation, increasing the participation, and ensuring the contributions of individuals from groups that have been historically underrepresented and underserved in the STEM enterprise such as African Americans, Alaska Natives, Hispanics, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, Native Pacific Islanders, persons with disabilities, persons from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and women and girls. Significant advancement in the inclusion of underrepresented groups in STEM will result in a new generation of STEM talent and leadership to secure our nation's future and long-term economic competitiveness.

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, "Inclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES): NSF INCLUDES Alliances."
  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 August 7, 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 January 26, 2021.

 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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Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections
National Science Foundation

MSU Letter of Intent due: Sept. 18, 2020
Application due: Oct. 9, 2020

This program seeks to enhance and expand the national resource of digital data documenting existing vouchered biological and paleontological collections and to advance scientific knowledge by improving access to digitized information (including images) residing in vouchered scientific collections across the United States. The information associated with various collections of organisms, such as geographic, paleogeographic and stratigraphic distribution, environmental habitat data, phenology, information about associated organisms, collector field notes, and tissues and molecular data extracted from the specimens, is a rich resource providing the baseline from which to further biodiversity research and provide critical information about existing gaps in our knowledge of life on earth. The national resource is structured at three levels: a central coordinating organization, a series of thematic networks based on an important research theme, and the physical collections. The national resource builds upon a sizable existing national investment in curation of the physical objects in scientific collections and contributes vitally to scientific research and technology interests in the United States. It will become an invaluable tool in understanding contemporary biological issues and challenges.

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)," and the program, "NSF Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections" with the Program ID "NSF 15-576."
  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 September 18, 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 9, 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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Harnessing the Data Revolution: Coordination Hub (HDR Central)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

MSU Letter of Intent: Sept. 14, 2020
Application due: Nov. 12, 2020

In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) unveiled a set of "Big Ideas," ten bold, long-term research and process ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering (see https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/big_ideas/index.jsp). The Big Ideas represent unique opportunities to position our Nation at the cutting edge of global science and engineering by bringing together diverse disciplinary perspectives to support convergence research. When responding to this solicitation, even though proposals must be submitted through the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, CISE/OAC, once received, the proposals will be managed by a cross-disciplinary team of NSF Program Directors.

NSF's Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) Big Idea is a national-scale activity to enable new modes of data-driven discovery that will allow fundamental questions to be asked and answered at the frontiers of science and engineering. In 2019, the HDR Big Idea launched three parallel efforts in pursuit of these aims: Institutes for Data-Intensive Research in Science and Engineering (I-DIRSE), HDR: Transdisciplinary Research In Principles Of Data Science Phase I (HDR TRIPODS Phase I), and Data Science Corps (DSC). To engage participants across these efforts and amplify their impacts, this program solicits proposals for a nationwide HDR Coordination Hub, called HDR Central. The overarching purpose of HDR Central will be to increase the impact of the HDR Big Idea by supporting coordination and communication among all HDR projects, and by sharing HDR efforts and outcomes with the public.

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)" and the program, "Harnessing the Data Revolution: Coordination Hub (HDR Central)" with the Program ID "NSF 20-600."
  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 September 14, 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 November 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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WiSTEM2D Scholars Award Program
Johnson & Johnson

MSU Letter of Intent due: Sept. 24, 2020
Application due: Oct. 15, 2020

The Johnson & Johnson Scholars Award Program aims to fuel development of female STEM2D leaders and feed the STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring women at critical points in their careers, in each of the STEM2D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design.

Applications will open September 14, 2020, and will close at 9AM HST (Honolulu Standard Time) on October 15, 2020.

The awards will fund one woman per STEM2D discipline who has completed her advanced degree, who is working as an assistant professor (or global equivalent faculty position) and who is not yet tenured at an accredited university, institution or design school. The goal is to fuel the research passion of the awarded women and inspire career paths in their respective STEM2D fields. Johnson & Johnson is looking to identify global women leading in both their research fields and leading as mentors, to be a vision for girls and other women in STEM2D.

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, "Johnson & Johnson," and the program, "WiSTEM2D (Women in STEM2D)" with the Program ID "WiSTEM2D"
  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 September 24, 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 15, 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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2021 Moore Inventor Fellows
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Oct. 5, 2020
Basic Nominee Information due: Nov. 16, 2020
Application due: Dec. 14, 2020

The Moore Inventor Fellowship supports scientist-inventors who create new tools and technologies with a high potential to accelerate progress in the foundation's areas of interest: scientific discovery, environmental conservation and patient care.

The foundation will allocate a total of nearly $34 million through 2026 to support 50 Moore Inventor Fellows - five fellows per year for ten years, beginning in 2016. The 2020 recipients mark our fifth cohort of fellows

Each fellow receives a total of $825,000 over three years to drive their invention forward, including $50,000 per year from their home institution as a commitment to these outstanding individuals.

Starting September 16, 2020, we will be soliciting nominations for the 2021 Moore Inventor Fellows competition from eligible institutions. Please email inventors@moore.org by October 1 with contact information for the person submitting nominations on behalf of your institution. Final applications are due December 14, 2020.

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, "Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation" and the program, "2021 Moore Inventor Fellows.
  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 October 5, 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 December 14, 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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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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2021 Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Computer Science
Simons Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due: Aug. 28, 2020
Confidential nominations due: Oct. 28, 2020

The Simons Foundation's Mathematics and Physical Sciences divisioninvites nominationsfor Simons Investigators in Mathematics, (Theoretical) Physics, (Theoretical)Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science.Within the Physics program, the foundation also invites nominations for Theoretical Physics in Life SciencesInvestigators.

In 2021, the foundation expects to appoint up to four Investigators in Mathematics, up to seven in Physics (including up to two in Theoretical Physics in Life Sciences), up to two in Astrophysics and up to three in Theoretical Computer Science.

Rationale: The Simons Investigators program aimstoprovide a stable base of supportfor outstanding theoretical midcareer scientists, enabling them to undertake long-term investigations of fundamental questionsin their fields. The intent of the program is to support these scientists in their most productive years, when they are establishing new research directions, providing leadership in the field and effectively mentoring junior scientists.

Level and Duration of Funding: A Simons Investigator is appointed for an initial period of five yearsfor up to $132,000 per year. Renewal for an additional five years may be considered, contingent upon the evaluation of scientific impact of the Investigator prior to the end of year five. Renewal beyond the 10-year period will not be considered. Appointments will begin August 1, 2021. An Investigator will receive research support in the amount of $100,000 per year. An additional $10,000 per year will be provided to the Investigator's department. The Investigator's institution will receive an additional 20 percent per year in indirect costs.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: 

If you are interested in being nominated for one of these programs, please complete the following steps: 

  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, "Simons Foundation (SIMFOU)", and the program, "Simons Investigator Program Nominations".
  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 August 28, 2020.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Nominations will be due at the Sponsor by October 28, 2020 and must be submitted by OSP.
  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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Innovations in Graduate Education
National Science Foundation (NSF)

MSU Letter of Intent: Sept. 14, 2020
Application due: Nov. 4, 2020

The Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative approaches to STEM graduate education training. The program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master's and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.

IGE focuses on projects aimed at piloting, testing, and validating innovative and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education. IGE projects are intended to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption. The program supports testing of novel models or activities with high potential to enrich and extend the knowledge base on effective graduate education approaches.

The program addresses both workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacity building needs in graduate education. Strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academic partners are encouraged.

As a special emphasis under this solicitation, IGE seeks proposals that will result in a single cooperative agreement for the development and implementation of an IGE Innovation Acceleration Hub. The Hub will facilitate IGE awardee communications about research activities and outcomes and provide a platform for external stakeholder engagement. Only Hub proposals submitted to the November 2020 deadline will be considered for funding.

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)," and the program, "Innovations in Graduate Education" with the Program ID "NSF 20-595."
  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 September 14, 2020. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. The full proposal will be due at the Sponsor by November 4, 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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Advanced Computing Systems & Services: Adapting to the Rapid Evolution of Science and Engineering Research
National Science Foundation (NSF)

MSU Letter of Intent due: Oct. 1, 2020
Application due: Dec. 3, 2020

The intent of this solicitation is to request proposals from organizations willing to serve as service providers (SPs) within the NSF Innovative High-Performance Computing (HPC) program to provide advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) capabilities and/or services in production operations to support the full range of computational- and data-intensive research across all of science and engineering (S&E). The Advanced Computing Systems & Services program is intended to complement previous NSF investments in advanced computational infrastructure by provisioning resources, broadly defined to include systems and/or services, in two categories:

  • Category I, Capacity Systems: production computational resources maximizing the capacity provided to support the broad range of computation and data analytics needs in S&E research; and
  • Category II, Innovative Prototypes/Testbeds: innovative forward-looking capabilities deploying novel technologies, architectures, usage modes, etc., and exploring new target applications, methods, and paradigms for S&E discoveries.

This solicitation welcomes only Category II proposals.

Resources supported through awards from this solicitation will be incorporated into and allocated as part of NSF's Innovative HPC program. This program complements investments in leadership-class computing and funds a federation of nationally-available HPC resources that are technically diverse and intended to enable discoveries at a computational scale beyond the research of individual or regional institutions of higher education. NSF anticipates that at least 90% of the provisioned system or services will be available to the S&E community through an open peer-reviewed national allocation process and be supported by community and other support services [such as those currently supported through eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) 2.0 project-managed allocations recommended by the XSEDE Resource Allocation Committee (XRAC), and other activities intended to foster efficient coordination across resources], or an NSF-approved alternative that may emerge. If this is not feasible for the proposed system/services, proposers must clearly explain in detail why this is the case and how they intend to make the proposed system/services available to the national S&E 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, "National Science Foundation," and the program, "Advanced Computing Systems & Services: Adapting to the Rapid Evolution of Science and Engineering Research" with the Program ID "NSF 20-606."
  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 October 1, 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 December 3, 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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National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes
National Science Foundation (NSF)

MSU Letter of Intent due: Oct. 2, 2020
Application due: Dec. 4, 2020

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has advanced tremendously and today promises personalized healthcare; enhanced national security; improved transportation; and more effective education, to name just a few benefits. Increased computing power, the availability of large datasets and streaming data, and algorithmic advances in machine learning (ML) have made it possible for AI research and development to create new sectors of the economy and revitalize industries. Continued advancement, enabled by sustained federal investment and channeled toward issues of national importance, holds the potential for further economic impact and quality-of-life improvements.

The 2019 update to the National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan, informed by visioning activities in the scientific community as well as interaction with the public, identifies as its first strategic objective the need to make long-term investments in AI research in areas with the potential for long-term payoffs in AI. The President's Council of Advisors for Science and Technology has published Recommendations for Strengthening American Leadership in Industries of the Future, including AI, and calls for new and sustained research in AI to drive science and technology progress. The National AI Research Institutes program enables longer-term research and U.S. leadership in AI through the creation of AI Research Institutes.

This program is a joint government effort between the National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T), and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). New to the program this year are contributions from partners in U.S. industry who share in the government's goal to advance national competitiveness through National AI Research Institutes. This year's industry partners are Accenture, Amazon, Google, and Intel Corporation. This program solicitation invites proposals for full institutes that have a principal focus in one or more of the following themes, detailed in the Program Description:

  • Theme 1: Human-AI Interaction and Collaboration
  • Theme 2: AI Institute for Advances in Optimization
  • Theme 3: AI and Advanced Cyberinfrastructure
  • Theme 4: Advances in AI and Computer and Network Systems
  • Theme 5: AI Institute in Dynamic Systems
  • Theme 6: AI-Augmented Learning
  • Theme 7: AI to Advance Biology
  • Theme 8: AI-Driven Innovation in Agriculture and the Food System

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)," and the program, "National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes" with the Program ID "NSF 20-604."
  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 October 2, 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 December 4, 2020.
  3. 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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Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Nov. 2, 2020
Application due: Jan. 13, 2021

The Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) offers researchers from all disciplines of science and engineering funded by NSF the opportunity to perform translational research and technology development, catalyze partnerships and accelerate the transition of discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace for societal benefit.

PFI has five broad goals: (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.

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

The Technology Translation (PFI-TT) track offers the opportunity to translate 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 toward 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 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 funded by a PFI team; and d) the training of future innovation and entrepreneurship leaders.

WEBINARS: Webinars will be held to answer questions about the solicitation. Registration will be available on the NSF Partnerships for Innovation website (https://www.nsf.gov/PFI). Potential proposers and their partners are encouraged to attend.

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Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program
National Institutes of Health

MSU Letter of Intent due: Oct. 30, 2020
Application due: Jan. 27, 2021

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH.  The over-arching goal of this R25 program is to support educational activities that encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, to pursue further studies or careers in research 

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

  • Courses for Skills Development
  • Research Experiences

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) provides support to eligible, domestic institutions to develop and implement effective, evidence-informed approaches to biomedical research education and mentoring that will keep pace with the rapid evolution of the research enterprise. NIGMS expects that the proposed research education programs will incorporate extensive research experiences and well-designed courses for skills development to prepare recent baccalaureates from diverse backgrounds to transition into and complete rigorous, research-focused doctoral degree programs (e.g., Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.) in biomedical fields. This program is limited to applications from doctoral degree-granting institutions that are research-intensive (i.e., those with NIH research project grant (RPG) funding averaging greater than or equal to $7.5 million in total costs per year over the last three fiscal years).

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) does not allow appointed participants to lead an independent clinical trial but does allow them to obtain research experience in a clinical trial led by a mentor or co-mentor.

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]", and the program, "NIH Postbaccalaureate Research Education 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 October 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 January 27, 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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Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Aug. 17, 2020
Due dates vary with project type, ranging from Nov. 6, 2020 to Jan. 29, 2021

The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program is an alliance-based program. The program's theory is based on the Tinto model for student retention1. The overall goal of the program is to assist universities and colleges in diversifying the nation's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce by increasing the number of STEM baccalaureate and graduate degrees awarded to populations historically underrepresented in these disciplines: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders.

The LSAMP program takes a comprehensive approach to student development and retention. Particular emphasis is placed on transforming undergraduate STEM education through innovative, evidence-based recruitment and retention strategies, and relevant educational experiences in support of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines.

The LSAMP program also supports knowledge generation, knowledge utilization, program impact and dissemination type activities. The program seeks new learning and immediate diffusion of scholarly research into the field. Under this program, funding for STEM educational and broadening participation research activities could include research to develop new models in STEM engagement, recruitment and retention practices for all critical pathways to STEM careers or research on interventions such as mentoring, successful learning practices and environments, STEM efficacy studies, and technology use.

Overall, the LSAMP program provides funding to alliances that implement comprehensive, evidence-based, innovative, and sustained strategies that ultimately result in the graduation of well-prepared, highly-qualified students from underrepresented minority groups who pursue graduate studies or careers in STEM.

Project types under this program include

  1. Alliances: Alliances are consortia of multiple degree-granting institutions. Organizations from other sectors, including informal science organizations, may be participants. Projects focus on pre-college and undergraduate recruitment and retention activities. Types of LSAMP alliances are described in the full RFA.
  2. Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Activity
  3. Louis Stokes Regional Centers of Excellence in Broadening Participation (LSRCE)
  4. Pre-Alliance Planning
  5. Conferences and other supplemental funding opportunities are supported for existing LSAMP alliances or LSAMP institutions.

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)", and the program, "Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP)".
  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 August 17, 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 to NSF according to the RFA, sometime between November 6, 2020 to January 29, 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 Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
National Science Foundation (NSF)

MSU Letter of Intent due: TBD (NSF is revising solicitation)
Letter of Intent due: TBD (NSF is revising solicitation)
Application due: TBD (NSF is revising solicitation, expected to be in early 2021)

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master's and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.

The program is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary or convergent research areas, through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs. Proposals are requested in any interdisciplinary or convergent research theme of national priority, with special emphasis on the research areas in NSF's 10 Big Ideas. The NSF research Big Ideas are Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR), The Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier (FW-HTF), Navigating the New Arctic (NNA), Windows on the Universe: The Era of Multi-Messenger Astrophysics (WoU), The Quantum Leap: Leading the Next Quantum Revolution (QL), and Understanding the Rules of Life: Predicting Phenotype (URoL).

The NRT program addresses workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacity building needs in graduate education. Strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academic partners are encouraged. NRT especially welcomes proposals that will pair well with the efforts of NSF Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES) to develop STEM talent from all sectors and groups in our society (https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/nsfincludes/index.jsp). Collaborations are encouraged between NRT proposals and existing NSF INCLUDES projects, provided the collaboration strengthens both projects.

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, "NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) 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 Friday, October 2, 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 February 8, 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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NSF Innovation Corps Hubs Program (I-CorpsTM Hubs)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

MSU Letter of Intent due: Jan. 25, 2021
Application due: Apr. 1, 2021

The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to further develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem that guides the output of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies, products, and services that benefit society. The goal of the NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Program, created in 2011 by NSF, has been and will continue to be to reduce the time and risk associated with translating promising ideas and technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace. The I-Corps Program utilizes experiential learning of customer and industry discovery, coupled with first-hand investigation of industrial processes, to quickly assess the translational potential of inventions. The I-Corps Program is designed to support the commercialization of so-called "deep technologies," or those revolving around fundamental discoveries in science and engineering. The I-Corps program addresses the skill and knowledge gap associated with the transformation of basic research into deep technology ventures (DTVs).

In the program's initial phase, I-Corps Nodes and Sites were funded separately to serve as the backbone of the National Innovation Network (NIN). Previous solicitations for NSF I-Corps Nodes and NSF I-Corps Sites have now been archived. This new solicitation for I-Corps Hubs has been informed by feedback received from the community and lessons learned over the first eight years of the program.

In 2017, the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA, Public Law 114-329, Sec. 601) formally authorized and directed the expansion of the NSF I-Corps Program. Through this solicitation, NSF seeks to evolve the current structure, in which NSF I-Corps Teams, Nodes, and Sites are funded through separate programs, toward a more integrated operational model capable of sustained operation at the scope and scale required to support the expansion of the NSF I-Corps Program as directed by AICA. In this more integrated model, I-Corps Hubs, comprising a Principal and at least two Partner institutions, form the backbone of the NIN, and each Hub has at least five Affiliates that extend the network to other institutions. Each Hub is funded through a single award. Throughout this solicitation, the term "Hub" refers to all associated organizations identified in a proposal responding to this solicitation, including the Principal, Partners, and Affiliates.

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)," and the program, "NSF Innovation Corps Hubs Program (I-CorpsTM Hubs)" with the Program ID "NSF 20-529."
  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 January 25, 2021.  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 April 1, 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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Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

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)

Thermal Engineering using Material Physics (TEMP)
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) - Defense Sciences Office

Application due: Sept. 1, 2020 at 4 PM ET

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is issuing a Disruption Opportunity (DO) inviting submissions of innovative basic or applied research concepts in the technical domain of radiative heat transfer. This DO is issued under the Program Announcement for Disruptioneering, DARPA-PA-20-01. All awards will be made in the form of an Other Transaction (OT) for prototype project. The total award value for the combined Phase 1 base and Phase 2 option is limited to $1,000,000. This total award value includes Government funding and performer cost share, if required or if proposed.

The TEMP DO is interested in approaches that leverage materials technologies, including, but not limited to, advances in metamaterials and thermal barrier coatings, to control the radiative heat transfer due to visible spectrum radiation in hot environments. The goal of TEMP is to identify and develop solutions to manage radiative heat transfer in high temperature, harsh environment systems. High temperature is defined with an objective of >1500°C and goal of >1700°C in oxidative environments. DARPA is specifically interested in solutions that result in at least ten percent improvement in radiative heat transfer performance over the state of the art

The TEMP DO seeks novel concepts that will leverage developments in materials and physics to control the direction and wavelength of thermal transport by radiation in the visible spectrum in extreme thermal environments.

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Science of Atomic Vapors for New Technologies (SAVaNT)
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Abstract due: Sept. 11, 2020 at 4 PM ET; FAQ Submission deadline: Oct. 13, 2020 at 4 PM ET
Full Proposal Due Date: Oct. 27, 2020 at 4 PM ET

The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals that significantly advance the performance of atomic vapors for electric field sensing and imaging, magnetic field sensing, and quantum information science (QIS). Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, systems, or novel applications of atomic vapors. 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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Moving Target Recognition (MTR)
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Deadline to Request Classified Addendum: July 29, 2020 by 4 PM ET
Questions Due Date and Time: Aug. 5, 2020 by 4 PM ET
Application due: Sept. 15, 2020 at 4 PM ET

Under the MTR program, performers will develop algorithms and collection techniques to enable SAR sensors to detect, geolocate, and image moving ground targets. Emphasis is on military vehicle targets, including slow moving vehicles whose SAR signatures are superimposed on clutter. If the goals of moving target detection, geolocation, and imaging are successfully achieved, the MTR program will proceed to develop ATR algorithms for the moving target images.

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SBIR Opportunity: AI-accelerated Biosensor Design
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) - Small Business Programs Office

Application due: Sept. 22, 2020 at 12 PM ET

This SBIR seeks to leverage AI technologies to accelerate the development of aptamer-based biosensors that specifically bind to biomolecular structures. Aptamers are short single-stranded nucleic acid sequences capable of binding three-dimensional biomolecular structures in a way similar to antibodies. This SBIR seeks to leverage emerging AI technologies to develop a desktop-based AI-assisted aptamer design capability that accelerates the identification of high-performance aptamers for detecting new biological antigens.

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SBIR Opportunity: Grid Redesign, Integration and Defense by Modeling and Analysis of Power Systems (GRIDMAPS)
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) - Small Business Programs Office

Application due: Sept. 22, 2020 at 12 PM ET

The goal of GRIDMAPS is to enable critical long-term resilience by developing a power flow and connectivity modeling program that can: i) integrate data in real-time with the dynamic and potentially re-infected grid landscape as it undergoes incremental cyber clean up; ii) provide real time operational feedback; iii) create relevant data that can rapidly inform decisions; and iv) assist in successful restoration to critical facilities.

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SBIR Opportunity: Replicating Human Tissue Complexity for High Throughput Testing
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) - Small Business Programs Office

Phase I proposals due: Sept. 22, 2020 at 12 PM ET

This SBIR would enhance detection of pathogens from complex samples by developing a high-throughput, low-cost, physiologically realistic model system that demonstrates human tissue hierarchy and cellular heterogeneity and, critically, is compatible with high-speed microfluidics.

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STTR Opportunity: High performing soft magnetic material demonstrator for high efficiency power electronics
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) - Small Business Programs Office

Application due: Sept. 22, 2020 at 12 PM ET

This STTR aims to investigate feasibility of new materials and manufacturing methods for soft magnet technology with improved thermal performance, lower losses at high switching frequencies, and higher power ratings for use in ultra-wide bandgap devices, and demonstrate feasibility of a prototype high-speed electric motors, or inductor and transformer leveraging these new materials and manufacturing methods.

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Disruptioneering
U.S. Department of Defense - DARPA

Application due: May 13, 2021 at 4 PM ET

The pace of discovery in both science and technology is accelerating worldwide, resulting in new fields of study and the identification of scientific areas ripe for disruption. In order to capitalize on these new opportunities, DARPA’s approach to investing must include faster responses with smaller, targeted investments. DARPA calls this approach Disruptioneering. Disruptioneering enables DARPA to initiate a new investment in less than 90 days from idea inception.

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NAVAIR
U.S. Department of Defense - Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Office-Wide

Applications accepted anytime before expiration date of June 3, 2021

The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) is interested in receiving proposals for research and development projects, which offer potential for advancement and improvement of NAWCAD operations. Readers should note that this is an announcement to declare NAWCAD's broad role in competitive funding of meritorious research across a spectrum of science and engineering disciplines.

NAWCAD has identified the research needed to address the challenges, problems, and future technology needs of the Warfighter. Research Opportunity Areas of Interest:

  • Systems Engineering
  • Cost Analysis
  • Air Vehicle
  • Power and Propulsion (P&P)
  • Avionics
  • Cyber

Details of the preceding categories are provided in the full announcement.

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Defense Sciences Office Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)
U.S. Department of Defense

Proposals accepted on a rolling basis until June 11, 2021, at 4 PM ET

DSO Office-wide BAA invites proposers to submit innovative basic or applied research concepts or studies and analysis proposals that address one or more of the following technical thrust areas: (1) Frontiers in Math, Computation and Design, (2) Limits of Sensing and Sensors, (3) Complex Social Systems, and (4) Anticipating Surprise. Each of these thrust areas is described in BAA and includes a list of example research topics that highlight several potential areas of interest.

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Boosting Innovative GEOINT Research Broad Agency Announcement (NGA BIG-R BAA)
U.S. Department of Defense - National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Deadlines to be announced by topic area

NGA welcomes all innovative ideas for path-breaking research that may advance the GEOINT mission. The mission of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Research Directorate is to deliver future Geospatial-Intelligence (GEOINT) capabilities to users for operational impact. NGA Research supports the National Security Strategy by solving hard defense and intelligence problems for the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense. GEOINT is the exploitation and analysis of imagery and geospatial information to describe, assess, and visually depict physical features and geographically referenced activities on the Earth. GEOINT consists of imagery, imagery intelligence, and geospatial information. NGA offers a variety of critical GEOINT products in support of U.S. national security objectives and Federal disaster relief, including aeronautical, geodesy, hydrographic, imagery, geospatial and topographical information. The Boosting Innovative GEOINT-Research Broad Agency Announcement (BIG-R BAA) invites proposers to submit innovative basic and applied research and development concepts that address one or more of the following technical domains: (1) Foundational GEOINT, (2) Advanced Phenomenologies, and (3) Analytic Technologies. It is NGA's intent to solicit basic and applied research under this BAA. NGA seeks proposals from qualified proposers for path-breaking GEOINT research in areas of potential interest to NGA.

Response Dates (Submissions): Amendments to this BAA will announce response dates for individual topic areas. NGA will post amendments to this BAA, including new topic announcements, to https://beta.sam.gov/ (beta SAM) and http://www.grants.gov. Interested parties should periodically check these websites for updates and amendments, and prepare abstracts and proposals for topic areas within the amendments to this BAA.

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Department of Education

Innovative Rehabilitation Training Program: Client Assistance Program (CAP)
U.S. Department of Education - Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) - Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS)

Application due: Sept. 3, 2020

The Innovative Rehabilitation Training program is designed to develop (a) new types of training programs for rehabilitation personnel and to demonstrate the effectiveness of these new types of training programs for rehabilitation personnel in providing rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities; (b) new and improved methods of training rehabilitation personnel so that there may be a more effective delivery of rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities by designated State rehabilitation agencies and designated State rehabilitation units or other public or non-profit rehabilitation service agencies or organizations; and (c) new innovative training programs for VR professionals and paraprofessionals to have a 21st-century understanding of the evolving labor force and the needs of individuals with disabilities so they can more effectively provide VR services to individuals with disabilities. Projects must be awarded and operated in a manner consistent with the nondiscrimination requirements contained in the U.S. Constitution and the Federal civil rights laws.

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Research, Studies, and Surveys; and Specialized Instructional Materials
U.S. Department of Education - Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)

Application due: Sept. 8, 2020

Purpose of Program: The IRS program provides grants to institutions, public and private agencies, organizations, and individuals to conduct research and studies to improve and strengthen instruction in modern foreign languages, area studies, and other international fields.

The Department will hold a preapplication meeting via webinar for prospective applicants. Detailed information regarding the webinar will be provided on the website for the IRS program at www.ed.gov/programs/iegpsirs/index.html.

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Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Program
U.S. Department of Education - Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)

Application due: Sept. 8, 2020

The CCAMPIS Program supports the participation of low-income parents in postsecondary education through the provision of campus-based childcare services. Background: Through the first competitive preference priority in this competition, the Secretary seeks to encourage applicants to offer parents a variety of childcare options. At a time when many campus facilities are closed across the country in response to the COVID-19 crisis, student parents are in need of a variety of childcare options now more than ever. For example, applicants may propose to provide student-parents with a greater range of options at which to direct their childcare funds. The grantee institution would still be responsible for fulfilling the requirements of the program, such as by limiting the use of childcare vouchers to student-parents who qualify for CCAMPIS support, and requiring those student-parents to use the vouchers to obtain childcare by a provider or facility licensed by the applicable State body. With access to a greater diversity of childcare settings, parents would have the opportunity to select an option that meets the unique developmental needs of their child and their own postsecondary educational needs, including with respect to transportation, work schedules, and obligations to other family members. Additionally, applicants may consider describing how their new or existing campus-based childcare centers would offer flexible and affordable childcare arrangements to low-income parents pursuing postsecondary education, such as part-time, drop-in, or evening childcare services. All applicants, including applicants that address this competitive preference priority, must, under section 419N(c)(9) of the HEA, limit the use of childcare vouchers issued using CCAMPIS funds to childcare provided by childcare providers or centers that are licensed by the applicable State or local agency to provide childcare services. The second competitive preference priority provides additional points to applicants proposing to provide services in Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZs).   The Department also encourages applicants to propose support for student-parents in identifying other Federal and State resources, in addition to CCAMPIS support, that are available to help low-income parents access appropriate and affordable childcare services. For example, the Child Care and Development Block Grant provides additional support to low-income student-parents who need childcare support. 

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Department of Energy (DOE)

Research and Development for Advanced Water Resource Recovery Systems
U.S. Department of Energy - Golden Field Office

Concept paper due: Aug. 4, 2020 at 5 PM ET
Application due: Oct. 6, 2020 at 5 PM ET

The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to conduct research, development, and deployment on technology innovations that enable advanced water resource recovery systems. Topic Area 1 of this FOA seeks to advance the development of transformative technologies beyond early stage research and development (R&D) to become pilot ready (TRL 4-6). Whereas, Topic Area 2 of this FOA seeks to test currently developed, pilot ready technologies (TRL 6-7) through design, build, and operations in industrially-relevant conditions to enable commercialization.

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Solar Energy Technologies Office Fiscal Year 2020 Perovskite Funding Program
U.S. Department of Energy - Golden Field Office

Concept Papers due: 9/23/2020 at 5 PM ET
Application due: Dec. 1, 2020 at 5 PM ET

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is being issued by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO). SETO supports solar energy research and development (R&D) with the goal of improving the affordability, reliability, and domestic benefit of solar technologies.

The SETO 2020 Perovskite Funding Program seeks to advance perovskite photovoltaic technology development and competitiveness through projects in economically viable device and manufacturing R&D and performance validation. The primary goals are to improve understanding of stability; establish methods to produce high-efficiency, stable devices using industry-relevant fabrication techniques; and develop test protocols that enable high confidence in long-duration field performance of perovskite-based photovoltaic technologies.

Informational Webinar

An informational webinar was held to provide information on the FOA to potential applicants on Friday, August 21, 2020. Access a recording of the webinar from the full announcement at the link included with this notice.

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Carbon Ore, Rare Earth and Critical Minerals (CORE-CM) Initiative for United States (U.S.) Basins
U.S. Department of Energy - National Energy Technology Laboratory

Pre-application Meeting: Oct. 10, 2020 at 1 PM ET
Application due: Jan. 5, 2021

DE-FOA-0002364 - The Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) titled "Carbon Ore, Rare Earth and Critical Minerals (CORE-CM) Initiative for United States (U.S.) Basins" seeks to solicit applications focused on the anticipated development and implementation of U.S. regional strategies through recipient-developed and coalition-led efforts for multiple U.S. basins that will enable the realization of the full economic potential of producing Rare Earth Elements (REEs), Critical Minerals (CMs), and high-value, nonfuel, Carbon-Based Products (CBP) from coal. Coalitions will be multi-faceted and include coal mining companies, regional private industries, universities, training and workforce development organizations, National Laboratories, state, local and federal agencies, and non-profit/non-governmental stakeholders, to facilitate the establishment of public-private innovation centers to incubate innovated mining, beneficiation, processing and purification technologies. Each project is anticipated to provide a foundation for educating the next generation of technicians, skilled workers and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) professionals needed to implement each basin's strategy.

*NOTE: The following link is the link attendees need to click in order to register for the Pre-Application Meeting listed above.
https://doe.webex.com/doe/onstage/g.php?MTID=ea2f2a006f05a0ae85a01c64234202bc2
Attendees will need to register at least 36 hours before the start date and time of the Pre-Application Meeting to participate.

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Department of Health & Human Services

Rural Health Network Development Planning Program
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Health Resources and Services Administration

Application due: Nov. 16, 2020

This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Rural Health Network Development Planning Program ("Network Planning Grants"). The purpose of the Network Planning Grants Program is to promote the development of integrated health care networks in order to: (i) achieve efficiencies; (ii) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of basic health care services; and (iii) strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. This program brings together key parts of a rural health care delivery system, particularly those entities that may not have collaborated in the past, to work together to establish or improve local capacity and coordination of care. The grant program supports one year of planning to develop and assist integrated health care networks in becoming operational.

For purposes of this program, an integrated health care network is defined as an organizational arrangement among at least three (3) regional or local health care organizations that come together to develop strategies for improving health services delivery systems in a community. An integrated health care network should be an independent organization with signed agreements, defined policies and, often by-laws based on a long-term vision for achieving systemic change. Decision-making is shared and distributed among members and the programmatic focus adapts to changing priorities. Integrated health care networks can be an effective strategy to help smaller rural health care providers and health care service organizations align resources, achieve economies of scale and efficiencies, share decision-making authority, collaboratively address community challenges, and create impactful, innovative solutions as a group rather than as single providers.

For example, a critical access hospital, a rural health clinic, and a public health department may collaborate to form a network around a shared purpose. These networks can include a wide range of community partners including social service agencies, State Rural Health Associations, Primary Care Associations, academic medical centers, mental health agencies, charitable organizations, educational institutions, employers, local government agencies or other entities with an interest in a community's health care system.

The Network Planning Grants Program offers rural health care organizations the opportunity to better address community needs and respond to challenges such as supporting providers in the transition from volume-based to value-based care through the formation of an integrated health care network. The intent is for health networks to expand access to care, increase the use of health information technology, explore alternative health care delivery models, and continue to achieve quality health care across the continuum of care.

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FORECAST: SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Program Activities
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health

Application deadline to be determined based on public health emergency needs

OASH/LDWG seeks proposals for projects that will further enable the coordination and development of testing and associated products that meet the current and future needs, and the effective transition of technology into broad use without impediments. The primary areas of focus should specifically include (1) Scaling and Networking of Technologies, and (2) Testing Demonstrations & Technical Assistance. Specifically, OASH is interested in submissions that will substantially increase our testing capacity and quality in the near term, and do not fall within the scope of other HHS programs.

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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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ITHS Pilot Award Program
Institute of Translational Health Sciences

Letter of Intent due: July 13, 2020
Application due: Aug. 31, 2020

The ITHS Pilot Award Program is designed to help investigators with one of the biggest challenges they face: where to get funding for new projects. ITHS is offering funding to support researchers in translational science--the area of health research that focuses on speeding discoveries from lab to patient--as they take the first steps along the path of discovery. Read on to learn about the specific funding mechanisms.

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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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2021 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists
Blavatnik Family Foundation

MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Oct. 7, 2020
Nominations due: Oct. 28, 2020

The Blavatnik National Awards honor America's most innovative young faculty-rank scientists and engineers.

These awards celebrate the past accomplishments and future potential of young faculty members working in the three disciplinary categories of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.

Every year, one Blavatnik National Awards Laureate in each disciplinary category will receive $250,000 in unrestricted funds, and additional nominees will be recognized as Finalists.

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, "Blavatnik Family Foundation (BLAFOU) [P]," and the program, "Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists."

  2. Include your nomination(s) as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format.

  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Wednesday, October 7, 2020.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select nominations to go forward to the Sponsor. Nominations will be due at the Sponsor by October 28, 2020.

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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Mignon-Waterman Award
Montana Healthcare Foundation

Nomination submissions are due by Nov. 1, 2020

The Mignon Waterman Award is an annual $10,000 award that recognizes an individual's innovation, leadership, and partnership development in the behavioral health field. Organizations must nominate individuals and will accept the award on their behalf. Nomination submissions are due by November 1, 2020 and nominees will be notified of the award decision by December 1, 2020.

We created this award in honor of the late Mignon Waterman's contributions to strengthening the system of care for people struggling with mental illness and substance use disorders. Nominees must show exceptional innovation, leadership, partnership development, and progress in improving behavioral health and health care in Montana. Previous awardees include Earl H.B. Sutherland, Ph.D., and The Montana Peer Network.

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Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences
The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation

Application due: Dec. 3, 2020

The Dreyfus Prize, awarded biennially, recognizes an individual for exceptional and original research in a selected area of chemistry that has advanced the field in a major way. The prize consists of a monetary award of $250,000, a medal, and a certificate.

"The chemistry of the Earth's environment affects every person on the planet in a profound manner," said Matthew Tirrell, chair of the Dreyfus Foundation Scientific Affairs Committee. "Understanding the genesis and the resultant effects of environmental chemical phenomena, and devising mitigations to undesired changes, are among the greatest contributions that chemistry is making to society. The Dreyfus Foundation therefore wishes to recognize Environmental Chemistry with its 2021 Prize in the Chemical Sciences."

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2021 McKnight Technology Awards
McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience

Letter of Intent due: Dec. 7, 2020
Application due: April 26, 2021

The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience supports innovative research designed to bring science closer to the day when diseases of the brain can be accurately diagnosed, prevented, and treated. To this end, the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience invites letters of intent for the 2021 McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience awards.

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McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience Scholar Award
McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience

Application due: Jan. 4, 2021

The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience supports innovative research designed to bring science closer to the day when diseases of the brain can be accurately diagnosed, prevented, and treated. To this end, the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience invites applications for the 2021 McKnight Scholar Awards.

Background. These awards were established to give promising young investigators in the early stages of an independent research career the opportunity to develop their work on critical problems in brain science. Applicants for the McKnight Scholar Awards must demonstrate interest in solving important problems in relevant areas of neuroscience, including the translation of basic research to clinical neuroscience. Awards are given to exceptional young scientists who hold the M.D. and/or Ph.D. degree and who are in the early stages of establishing an independent laboratory and research career. Traditionally, successful candidates have held faculty positions for at least one year.

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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)

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)

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)

Archaeological and Ethnographic Field Research
U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities

Optional draft due: Aug. 19, 2020
Application due: Sept. 30, 2020

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Research Programs is accepting applications for the Archaeological and Ethnographic Field Research program. The purpose of this program is to provide funding to conduct empirical research in the United States or abroad in order to answer questions of importance to the humanities. While the ultimate expectation of such awards is the dissemination of results through publications and other media, the program supports field costs such as travel, accommodation, field staff, field equipment, and salary replacement for the project director and collaborating scholars.

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Media Projects
U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities

Application due: Aug. 12, 2020 or Jan. 6, 2021

The Media Projects program supports the development, production, and distribution of radio, podcast, television, and long-form documentary film projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways.

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Public Humanities Projects
U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities

Optional draft due Aug. 20, 2020
Pre-application webinar: Aug. 11, 2020 at 1 PM ET
Application due: Sept. 8, 2020 and Jan. 6, 2021

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Public Programs is accepting applications for the Public Humanities Projects program. The purpose of this program is to support projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences through in-person programming. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art history.

Pre-application webinar

August 11, 2020, 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/646493454399552015

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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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Emergency Awards: RADx-rad Data Coordination Center (DCC) (U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Letter of Intent due: Aug. 31, 2020
Application due: Sept. 30, 2020

NIH is issuing this FOA in response to the declared public health emergency issued by the Secretary, HHS, for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This emergency FOA provides an expedited funding mechanism as part of the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics-Radical (RADx-rad) initiative. Specifically, this FOA seeks to fund a single cooperative agreement for a Data Coordination Center (DCC) to serve as a communication center and data hub for RADx-rad awardees. The funding for this award is provided from the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, 2020.

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Emergency Awards: RADx-rad Predicting Viral-Associated Inflammatory Disease Severity in Children with Laboratory Diagnostics and Artificial Intelligence (PreVAIL kIds) (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Optional)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Letter of Intent due: Aug. 31, 2020
Application due: Sept. 30, 2020

This FOA seeks to support innovative research to develop novel, new or unique and non-traditional approaches (e.g. diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers and/or biosignatures) to identify and characterize the spectrum of SARS CoV-2 associated illness, including the multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) and, through a prognostic algorithm, predict the longitudinal risk of disease severity after a child is exposed to and may be infected with SARS-CoV-2 to properly tailor his or her management and optimize health outcomes.

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

Posted September 25, 2020

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

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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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NIH Director's Pioneer Award Program (DP1 Clinical Trial Optional)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Application due: Sept. 11, 2020

The NIH Director's Pioneer Award Program supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose highly innovative research projects with the potential to produce a major impact on broad, important areas relevant to the mission of NIH. 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. In addition, applications in all topics relevant to the broad mission of NIH are welcome, including, but not limited to, topics in the behavioral, social, biomedical, applied, and formal sciences and topics that may involve basic, translational, or clinical research. To be considered pioneering, the proposed research must reflect substantially different scientific directions from those already being pursued in the investigator's research program or elsewhere. The NIH Director's Pioneer Award is a component of the High-Risk, High-Reward Research (HRHR) Program of the NIH Common Fund.

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Emergency Awards: Chemosensory Testing as a COVID-19 Screening Tool (U01 Clinical Trial Optional)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Application due: Sept. 15, 2020

NIH is issuing this FOA in response to the declared public health emergency issued by the Secretary, HHS, for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This emergency FOA from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides an expedited funding mechanism as part of the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics-Radical (RADx-rad) initiative. The goal of the RADx-rad initiative is to encourage the development of novel, non-traditional approaches to identify the current SARS-CoV-2 virus or other markers of the COVID-19 disease that can be used in future outbreaks of COVID-19 and that could be applicable to other, as yet unknown, viruses. Specifically, the goal of this FOA is to solicit applicationsto enhance the utility of chemosensory testing as a COVID-19 screening tool by using objective tests to examine the onset and prognostic value of chemosensory loss and to encourage the development and/or deployment of home-based and on-site chemosensory tests.

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NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities (G08 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Letter of Intent due: Sept. 23, 2020
Application due: Oct. 23, 2020

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits resource grant applications for projects that will bring useful, usable health information to health disparity populations and their health care providers. Access to useful, usable, understandable health information is an important factor when making health decisions. Proposed projects should exploit the capabilities of computer and information technology and health sciences libraries to bring health-related information to consumers and their health care providers.

Because this FOA focuses on providing health information to health disparity populations, institutions with demonstrated commitment to the needs of health disparity communities (including Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) and other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI)) are encouraged to apply.

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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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Regional Alliance of INBRE Networks (RAIN)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Pre-proposals due: Oct. 1, 2020

The Montana INBRE Program, in coordination with four other western INBRE Programs, are pleased to announce the Regional Alliance of INBRE Networks (RAIN) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) supporting interstate faculty research collaborations. 

The purpose of the RAIN FOA is to stimulate interstate biomedical research collaborations between at least two researchers across at least two different RAIN states, which include Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, and Wyoming. The goal of RAIN is to increase interdisciplinary research collaborations among faculty in RAIN states and broaden research and education opportunities for students․

Faculty research collaboration projects are intended to:

  1. Stimulate interstate collaborative research between Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, and Wyoming
  2. Stimulate research collaborations with outcomes that include competitive research approaches, scientific publications, and successful proposals for non-IDeA federal funding
  3. Investigators are encouraged to take advantage of INBRE Core resources and to include student researchers where appropriate

Pre-proposal link: https://idahoinbre.embark.com/apply/RAINFOA

  • Note: Applicants will need to create a login/password. Only one user (per collaboration) should enter information in the online application system.

Pre-proposals due: 10/1/2020 (300 word abstract and both investigators' contact information required for pre-proposal submission)

Earliest Start date: 5/1/2021

Award Budget: Up to $20,000 in direct costs, per investigator/project, per state․ 

Award Period: Projects will be approved for a two-year period. Award budget is limited to a max of $20,000 directs/investigator over the two year period.

Additional details are available in the online submission system.

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Promoting Research on Music and Health: Phased Innovation Award for Music Interventions (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Optional)
National Institutes of Health (NIH) - National Institute of Mental Health

Application due: Oct. 2, 2020

The purpose of this FOA is to promote innovative research on music and health with an emphasis on developing music interventions aimed at understanding their mechanisms of action and clinical applications for the treatment of many diseases, disorders, and conditions. Given the emphasis on innovation, little or no preliminary data are needed to apply under this FOA. with. Because of the need for a multidisciplinary approach, collaborations among basic researchers, translational science researchers, music intervention experts, other clinical researchers, music health professionals, and technology development researchers are encouraged.

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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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KL2 Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Career Development Program
Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS)

Application due: Oct. 30, 2020

The KL2 program, up to three years in length, offers rigorous training in clinical and translational research for junior faculty in an interdisciplinary cohort environment.

 Benefits include:

  • Significant salary support and protected research time
  • Funding to conduct research and develop career skills
  • Mentorship from established translational researchers
  • Intensive translational training with a multidisciplinary cohort in a supportive environment

The ITHS KL2 program gives scholars dedicated research time and helps them develop key skills to become self-sufficient translational scientists.

Eligibility

The KL2 program is open to investigators at the postdoctoral or early career faculty level who plan to conduct, or are conducting, translational research.

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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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Mechanistic Studies of the Interaction between SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 and Diseases and Organ Systems of Interest to NIDDK (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
National Institutes of Health (NIH) - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Letter of Intent due: Nov. 16, 2020
Application due: Dec. 16, 2020

NIDDK solicits new research in human subjects or model organisms, using isolated tissues, cells, or in vivo approaches to delineate and address mechanisms by which people with diseases in the mission of NIDDK have poor outcomes from SARS-CoV-2 infection, including variable susceptibility, altered course of disease, morbidity and mortality. Research focused on how SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 lead to acute or chronic damage to organs, contributing to development of the diseases of interest to NIDDK, is also responsive. The knowledge gained will contribute a new evidence base to accelerate advances in diagnostics, therapeutics, clinical management, and public health innovation, as related to diseases and outcomes of interest to NIDDK.

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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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NICHD Program Project Grants for HIV Research (P01 Clinical Trial Optional)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Letter of Intent due: Jan. 26, 2021
Application due: Feb. 26, 2021

Purpose: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites submission of Program Project (P01) applications to support integrated, multi-project research programs that address HIV scientific areas relevant to the NICHD mission as a well-defined, central research focus or objective.
Synergy in Multi-Project Applications

This FOA supports multi-project applications. In multi-project applications, synergy includes enhancement of scientific knowledge, ideas, and outcomes obtained through the interactions of the individual projects and cores. The proposed combination of skills, ideas, and resources will potentially yield greater outcomes that will exceed outcomes from conducting HIV research activities as single project applications. Examples of synergy could include sharing data and methods, technologies, samples, reagents, human subject population(s), mathematical modeling, new epidemiological methods, GPS modeling, and use of large data sets, complementary research approaches, data management/analytical tools, and model organisms, which may impact the direction of science and research outcomes in the Program.

Research Scope: NICHD is proposing this HIV/AIDS P01 FOA to strengthen existing and foster new collaborations in areas of HIV research which could benefit from enhanced multidisciplinary approaches. The work will include NICHD populations of interest including women (pregnant and non-pregnant) infants, children and adolescents.

The topics proposed should be in alignment with the new NICHD Strategic Plan and the NIH/OAR HIV/AIDS research priorities https://www.oar.nih.gov/hiv-policy-and-research/research-priorities.

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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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Practice-Based Suicide Prevention Research Centers (P50 Clinical Trial Optional)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Letter of Intent due 30 days prior to deadline
Application due: October 19, 2020, May 26, 2021 and January 26, 2022

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications for research centers to support integrated programs of high-impact, practice-based research with near-term potential to address NIMH suicide prevention priorities and help achieve the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention goals of reducing the rate of suicide in the US. The Centers are intended to support transdisciplinary teams of clinical and mental health services researchers, behavioral/social scientists, health information and communications technologists, health systems engineers, decision scientists, and mental health stakeholders (e.g., service users, family members, clinicians, payers) engaged in transdisciplinary programs of research that could not be achieved using standard research project grant mechanisms. Research Centers will support the rapid development, refinement, and testing of effective and scalable approaches for intervening at key intercepts in the chain of care: for identifying high-risk individuals, for promoting continuity across key care transitions (e.g., following identification in the emergency department or discharge from inpatient care), and for intervening (including prevention strategies and treatment for acute risk)

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Secondary Analysis and Integration of Existing Data to Elucidate the Genetic Architecture of Cancer Risk and Related Outcomes (R21 Clinical Trials Not Allowed)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Standard R21 due dates apply, with the first occurrence on October 16, 2020

Through this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), the National Cancer Institute (NCI) along with the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) encourages submission of applications proposing to conduct secondary data analysis and integration of existing datasets and database resources, with the ultimate aim to elucidate the genetic architecture of cancer risk and related outcomes (e.g., risk prediction or reduction, survival, or response to treatment, etc.). The goal of this initiative is to address key scientific questions relevant to cancer genomic and epidemiology by supporting the analysis of existing genetic or genomic datasets, in combination with other omics and environmental, clinical, behavioral, lifestyle, and molecular profiles data. Applicants are encouraged to leverage existing genetic data and perform innovative analyses of the existing data. Applications may include new research aims that are being addressed with existing data, new or advanced methods of analyses, or novel combinations and integration of datasets that allow the exploration of important scientific questions in genomic and epidemiology cancer research.

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Secondary Analysis and Integration of Existing Data to Elucidate the Genetic Architecture of Cancer Risk and Related Outcomes (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Standard R01 due dates apply, with the first occurrence on October 5, 2020

Through this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), the National Cancer Institute (NCI) along with the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) encourages submission of applications proposing to conduct secondary data analysis and integration of existing datasets and database resources, with the ultimate aim to elucidate the genetic architecture of cancer risk and related outcomes (e.g., risk prediction or reduction, survival, or response to treatment, etc.). The goal of this initiative is to address key scientific questions relevant to cancer genomic and epidemiology by supporting the analysis of existing genetic or genomic datasets, in combination with other omics and environmental, clinical, behavioral, lifestyle, and molecular profiles data. Applicants are encouraged to leverage existing genetic data and perform innovative analyses of the existing data. Applications may include new research aims that are being addressed with existing data, new or advanced methods of analyses, or novel combinations and integration of datasets that allow the exploration of important scientific questions in genomic and epidemiology cancer research.

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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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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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Disaster Resilience Research Grants
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Webcast on Aug. 3, 2020
Letter of Intent due: Aug. 14, 2020
Application due: Sept. 15, 2020

With this joint solicitation, the NSF and the U.S Department of Commerce (DOC) National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) call for proposals for research to advance fundamental understanding of disaster resilience in support of improved, science-based planning, policy, decisions, design, codes, and standards.

IMPORTANT WEBCAST: NSF and NIST will hold an informational webcast on August 3, 2020, to discuss the DRRG program and answer questions about this solicitation. More details about the webcast will be posted at https://www.nist.gov/el/disaster-resilience/disaster-resilience-federal-funding-opportunity-ffo as they become available. The webcast will be archived and available for viewing for at least 3 months following the event.

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Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences (DMS/NIGMS)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Sept. 18, 2020

The Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) plan to support fundamental research in mathematics and statistics necessary to answer questions in the biological and biomedical sciences. Both agencies recognize the need to promote research at the interface between mathematical and life sciences. This program is designed to encourage new collaborations, as well as to support innovative activities by existing teams.

The joint DMS/NIGMS initiative offers two submission tracks: Track 1 - for projects with a total budget of up to $600,000 and an award duration of 3 years, and Track 2 - for projects with a total budget of up to $1,200,000 and award duration of 3-4 years.

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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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Restricted-Access Research Data Centers
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Sept. 30, 2020

Since the 1990s, NSF and the Census Bureau have collaborated on the establishment of Research Data Centers (RDCs). RDCs are secure Census Bureau facilities within which external researchers are given access to confidential micro data in accordance with specific statutory requirements. Because of the nature of the data and statutory legal requirements, research conducted at RDCs takes place under a set of rules and limitations that are considerably more constrained than those prevailing in typical research environments. This solicitation invites proposals for the establishment of a limited number of new RDCs. RDCs are expected to engage researchers from across the social, behavioral, and economic sciences. NSF will provide start-up costs for new RDC facilities. Potential investigators first must contact Census regarding the feasibility of sponsoring an RDC prior to submitting a proposal to NSF.

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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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Community Instruments and Facilities (CIF)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Letter of Intent due: Oct. 21, 2020
Application due: Dec. 10, 2020

The intent of the Community Instruments and Facilities (CIF) solicitation is to provide the NSF-sponsored atmospheric sciences research community with access to specialized instrumentation for field and laboratory-based studies.The CIF solicitation requests proposals from instrument and facility providers who will make their equipment available for community use through an NSF-defined request process.Support will be provided for limited technician time, minor upgrades, and travel for outreach. The Community Instruments and Facilities (CIF) solicitation is intended to expand the suite of instruments and facilities available to the atmospheric science community supported by NSF. Proposals funded through this solicitation will promote research and education in areas currently supported by the Atmospheric Science programs. Detailed descriptions of research programs of the Atmosphere Section within AGS are available at -https://www.nsf.gov/funding/programs.jsp?org=AGS

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Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Oct. 28, 2020

The Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI) umbrella program seeks to enable funding opportunities that are flexible and responsive to the evolving and emerging needs in cyberinfrastructure (CI). This program continues the CSSI program by removing the distinction betweensoftwareanddataelements/framework implementations, and instead emphasizing integrated CIservices, quantitative metrics with targets for delivery and usage of these services, and community creation. The CSSI umbrella program anticipates two classes of awards:

  • Elements:These awards target small groups that will create and deploy robust services for which there is a demonstrated need, and that will advance one or more significant areas of science and engineering.
  • Framework Implementations:These awards target larger, interdisciplinary teams organized around the development and application of services aimed at solving common research problems faced by NSF researchers in one or more areas of science and engineering, and resulting in a sustainable community framework providing CI services to a diverse community or communities.

Prospective Principal Investigators (PIs) should be aware that this is a multi-directorate activity and that they are encouraged to submit proposals with broad, interdisciplinary interests. Further, not all divisions are participating at the same level and division-specific priorities differ. Prospective PIs should also refer to the directorate/division-specific descriptions contained in Section II of this solicitation. Finally, it is strongly recommended that prospective PIs contact program officer(s) from the list of Cognizant Program Officers in the division(s) that typically support the scientists and engineers who would make use of the proposed work, to gain insight into the priorities for the relevant areas of science and engineering to which their proposals should be responsive. As part of contacting Cognizant Program Officers, prospective PIs are also encouraged to ascertain that the focus and budget of their proposed work are appropriate for this solicitation.

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NSF/VMware Partnership on The Next Generation of Sustainable Digital Infrastructure
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Nov. 4, 2020

The goal of this joint solicitation between NSF and VMware is to foster novel, transformative research in fundamental and systematic approaches that bring dramatic increases in the environmental sustainability of the Digital Infrastructure leading to practical methodologies and tools. The Digital Infrastructure is broadly defined as the totality of software, hardware, and the methods for managing them for the purpose of efficient computation. This research includes, but is not limited to, computer software and systems; management of distributed software, the Digital Infrastructure, and data center power sourcing; and resource allocation and scheduling. Critical to initiating such research is to set its objectives through the definition of novel metrics and benchmarks that capture the sustainability challenges of all components in the entire computation chain.

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NSF/VMware Partnership on the Next Generation of Sustainable Digital Infrastructure (NGSDI)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Nov. 4, 2020

The goal of this joint solicitation between NSF and VMware is to foster novel, transformative research in fundamental and systematic approaches that bring dramatic increases in the environmental sustainability of the Digital Infrastructure leading to practical methodologies and tools. The Digital Infrastructure is broadly defined as the totality of software, hardware, and the methods for managing them for the purpose of efficient computation. This research includes, but is not limited to, computer software and systems; management of distributed software, the Digital Infrastructure, and data center power sourcing; and resource allocation and scheduling. Critical to initiating such research is to set its objectives through the definition of novel metrics and benchmarks that capture the sustainability challenges of all components in the entire computation chain.

The program also aims to support a research community committed to advancing research and education at the confluence of management technologies for software, hardware and power for Sustainable Digital Infrastructure, and to transition research findings into practice. A new generation of innovation would build on many recent advances such as passive and active measurements, statistical analysis and inference, learning for automated control and complex optimization, workload isolation and management, agile development, convergence of development and production environments, and architecture-optimized language translation.

In recent years, along with the rapid expansion of data centers and cloud computing, there has been an increased interest in making this expansion environmentally sustainable. According to a recent report, compute workload has grown six-fold between 2010 and 2018 [https://datacenters.lbl.gov/sites/default/files/Masanet_et_al_Science_2020.full_.pdf with tremendous consumer and societal benefits. While some cloud-based applications increased overall sustainability (such as reduced emissions from cloud-enabled telecommuting, including VMware's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, VDI [https://www.vmware.com/topics/glossary/content/virtual-desktop-infrastructure-vdi]), there has been a high interest and effort in increasing the sustainability of data center operations. The LBNL US Data Center Energy Report [https://eta.lbl.gov/publications/united-states-data-center-energy] finds that the annual growth of data center power consumption decreased from 90% in 2000-2005 to 4% in 2010-2014 and is forecasted to remain at 4% for 2015-2020. The report mainly attributes this reduction in growth rate to industry adoption of server virtualization and hardware improvements. For example, VMware's advances in virtualization and resource management technologies resulted in customer server consolidation, reducing power consumption by 120 million MWh and saving 67 million Metric Tons of CO2 in 2015 alone [https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/sustainability/vmware-greenit-virtualization-delivers-energy-carbon-emissions.pdf].

The next generation of innovation in sustainability of Digital Infrastructure will consider the full range of research areas, including 1) metrics, benchmarks and measurement methods to capture the wide variety of applications; 2) infrastructure architectures and approaches to incorporate sustainability concerns across the full Development and Operations (DevOps) lifecycle; and 3) methods to manage the aggregate Digital Infrastructure environment and workloads.

NSF and VMware will support multiple projects with funding of up to $3,000,000 each over three years, and it is intended that NSF and VMware will co-fund each project.

This NSF/VMware partnership combines CISE's experience in developing and managing successful large, diverse research portfolios with VMware's significant expertise in management of virtualized workloads, virtualization technology, distributed systems, cloud computing, and other aspects of large-scale software infrastructure and infrastructure management.

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International Research Experiences for Students
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application deadlines vary with track: Nov. 9, 2020 (Track II-Advanced Studies Institutes) or Nov. 12, 2020 (Track I-IRES Sites)

The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports international research and research-related activities for U.S. science and engineering students. The IRES program contributes to development of a diverse, globally engaged workforce with world-class skills. IRES focuses on active research participation by undergraduate and/or graduate students in high quality international research, education and professional development experiences in NSF-funded research areas. The overarching, long-term goal of the IRES program is to enhance U.S. leadership in science and engineering research and education and to strengthen economic competitiveness through training the next generation of research leaders. This solicitation features two mechanisms; proposers are required to select one of the following tracks to submit their proposal. Track I focuses on the development of world-class research skills in international cohort experiences. Track II is dedicated to targeted, intensive learning and training opportunities that leverage international knowledge at the frontiers of research.

Student participants supported by IRES funds must be citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States. Students do not apply directly to NSF to participate in IRES activities. Students apply to NSF-funded investigators who receive IRES awards. To identify appropriate IRES projects, students should consult the directory of active IRES awards. All PIs, co-PIs and Senior Personnel on IRES proposals must be from U.S. based organizations. International partners should be listed as "unfunded collaborators." 1.IRES - Track I: IRES Sites (IS) projects engage a group of undergraduate and/or graduate students in active high-quality collaborative research, in principle at an international site with mentorship from researchers at a host lab. IRES Sites must be organized around a coherent intellectual theme that may involve a single discipline or multiple disciplines funded by NSF. 2.IRES - Track II: Advanced Studies Institutes (ASI) are intensive short courses with related activities that engage advanced graduate students in active learning and research at the frontiers of knowledge. ASIs typically range in length from ten to twenty-one days and, in principle, must be held outside the United States. ASIs must have a compelling rationale for their international location and should involve distinguished active researchers in the target field from the U.S. and abroad. ASIs should enable students to develop skills and broaden professional networks, leveraging international participation and complementary resources (expertise, facilities, data, field site, etc.) for mutual benefit. For all IRES proposals, PIs are strongly encouraged to outline virtual, hybrid or other alternative approaches to strengthen and maintain international collaboration in the event travel is not undertaken, and/or in addition to travel. It is expected that these approaches will extend collaboration beyond the actual international trip and strengthen IRES proposals overall.

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Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Nov. 16, 2020

The DISES Program supports research projects that advance basic scientific understanding of integrated socio-environmental systems and the complex interactions (dynamics, processes, and feedbacks) within and among the environmental (biological, physical and chemical) and human ("socio") (economic, social, political, or behavioral) components of such a system. The program seeks proposals that emphasize the truly integrated nature of a socio-environmental system versus two discrete systems (a natural one and a human one) that are coupled. DISES projects must explore a connected and integrated socio-environmental system that includes explicit analysis of the processes and dynamics between the environmental and human components of the system. PIs are encouraged to develop proposals that push conceptual boundaries and build new theoretical framing of the understanding of socio-environmental systems. Additionally, we encourage the exploration of multi-scalar dynamics, processes and feedbacks between and within the socio-environmental system.

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Plasma Physics
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Nov. 16, 2020

Proposals in the area of plasma physics submitted to the Division of Physics that are not governed by another solicitation (such as CAREER), must be submitted either to the Division-wide solicitation: Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects or to the NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering solicitation.

Proposals addressing multi-disciplinary topics in plasma science appropriate for Physics-led partnerships with programs in the NSF Directorates for Geosciences and Engineering, or for joint consideration with the Department of Energy, Office of Science, Fusion Energy Sciences (DOE/SC/FES) should be submitted to the NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering solicitation.

Proposals in the area of plasma physics for consideration by NSF meta-programs such as WoU-MMA [NSF PD 18-5115] and CDS&E [NSF PD 12-8084], proposals for efforts to be considered jointly with agencies other than DOE/SC/FES, and/or proposals for long-duration efforts and midscale instrumentation investments should be submitted to the Division-wide solicitation: Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects.

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Plasma Physics is a study of matter and physical systems whose intrinsic properties are governed by collective interactions of large ensembles of free charged particles. 99.9% of the visible Universe is thought to consist of plasmas. The underlying physics of the collective behavior in plasmas has applications to space physics and astrophysics, materials science, applied mathematics, fusion science, accelerator science, and many branches of engineering.

The Plasma Physics program supports research that can be categorized by several broad, sometimes overlapping, sub-areas of the discipline, including: magnetized plasmas in the laboratory, space, and astrophysical environments; high energy density plasmas; low temperature plasmas; dusty, ultra-cold, and otherwise strongly coupled plasmas; non-neutral plasmas; and intense field-matter interaction in plasmas.  The focus of the Plasma Physics program is to generate an understanding of the fundamental principles governing the physical behavior of a plasma via collective interactions of large ensembles of free charged particles, as well as to improve the basic understanding of the plasma state as needed for other areas of science and engineering.

Principal Investigators (PIs) are encouraged to consider including specific efforts to increase diversity of the plasma physics community and broaden participation of under-represented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) as Broader Impacts of proposed work.  Development of new undergraduate and graduate plasma physics curricula, or curricula enhancement to include plasma physics topics in other courses, at institutions lacking such coursework is similarly encouraged.

NSF recognizes that some research projects within this Program may require more than three years to realize demonstrable research outcomes. For such projects, PIs are encouraged to consult the above Program Director to discuss the possibility of submitting a proposal of 4- or 5-year duration.

Some Plasma Physics-related activities are supported primarily by other NSF Programs. Proposals focused on the physical properties of individual or a small number of atoms or molecules, or optical physics, should be directed to the Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Program within the Division of Physics.  Proposals focused on understanding astrophysical systems should be directed to the Division of Astronomical Sciences.  Proposals focused on understanding the Geospace environment or the Sun-Earth interactions should be directed to an appropriate program within the Geospace Section of the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences.  Proposals focused on development of new materials using plasmas should be directed to an appropriate program in the Division of Materials Research.  Proposals focused on plasma-assisted manufacturing should be directed to the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation. Finally, proposals focused on use of plasmas for environmental and reaction engineering, environmental sustainability, combustion systems, or engineering of biomedical systems should be directed to an appropriate program within the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport systems.

The other NSF programs coordinate the plasma physics aspects of their proposal portfolio with the Plasma Physics program.

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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.

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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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Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience: Innovative Approaches to Science and Engineering Research on Brain Function
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy, and various international partners

Application due: Dec. 10, 2020

Computational neuroscience provides a theoretical foundation and a rich set of technical approaches for understanding complex neurobiological systems, building on the theory, methods, and findings of computer science, neuroscience, and numerous other disciplines.

Through the CRCNS program, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Department of Energy (DOE); the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF); the French National Research Agency (Agence Nationale de la Recherche, ANR); the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF); Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT); and Spain's State Research Agency (Agencia Estatal de Investigación, AEI) and National Institute of Health Carlos III (Instituto de Salud Carlos III, ISCIII) support collaborative activities that will advance the understanding of nervous system structure and function, mechanisms underlying nervous system disorders, and computational strategies used by the nervous system.

Two classes of proposals will be considered in response to this solicitation:

Research Proposals describing collaborative research projects, and

Data Sharing Proposals to enable sharing of data and other resources.

Domestic and international projects will be considered. As detailed in the solicitation, international components of collaborative projects may be funded in parallel by the participating agencies. Specific CRCNS opportunities for parallel funding are available for bilateral US-German Research Proposals, US-German Data Sharing Proposals, US-French Research Proposals, US-French Data Sharing Proposals, US-Israeli Research Proposals, US-Israeli Data Sharing Proposals, US-Japanese Research Proposals, US-Japanese Data Sharing Proposals, US-Spanish Research Proposals, US-Spanish Data Sharing Proposals, and multilateral proposals involving the United States and two or more CRCNS partner countries (see Section VIII of the solicitation for country-specific limitations). Collaborating PIs from outside of the United States are referred to Section VIII of the solicitation for further instructions about applying to the appropriate partner funding agency.

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

NSF will coordinate and manage the review of proposals jointly with participating domestic and foreign funding organizations, through a joint panel review process used by all participating funders. Additional information is available in Section VI of the solicitation.

Community-driven efforts such as workshops or synthesis papers are also encouraged, to map out new frontiers at the interface of neuroscience and other disciplines that could reshape brain research and its applications.

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Mathematical Sciences Infrastructure Program
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Dec. 15, 2020

The primary aim of the Mathematical Sciences Infrastructure Program is to foster the continuing health of the mathematical sciences research community as a whole. In addition, the program complements the Workforce Program in the Mathematical Sciences in its goal to increase the number of well-prepared U.S. based individuals who successfully pursue careers in the mathematical sciences and in other professions in which expertise in the mathematical sciences plays an increasingly important role. The DMS Infrastructure program invites projects that support core research in the mathematical sciences, including: 1) novel projects supporting research infrastructure across the mathematical sciences community; 2) training projects complementing the Workforce Program, and 3) conference, workshop, and travel support requests that include cross-disciplinary activities or have an impact at the national scale. See the solicitation for more information about each category.

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Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Jan. 12, 2021

The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments.

The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pilots and Feasibility Studies, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-Analyses, and (6) Conferences.

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Biology Integration Institutes (BII)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Jan. 13, 2021

Biology has transformed science over the last century through discoveries that cross subdisciplines from the molecular to the organismal to the ecosystem level. While making great progress, biology has also slowly fragmented into subdisciplines, creating a dynamic tension between unifying principles and increasingly reductionist pursuits. The aim of this solicitation is to bring researchers together around the common goal of understanding how the processes that sustain life and enable biological innovation operate and interact within and across different scales of organization, from molecules to cells, tissues to organisms, species, ecosystems, biomes and the entire Earth. The Biology Integration Institutes (BII) program supports collaborative teams of researchers investigating questions that span multiple disciplines within and beyond biology.

Integration across biological disciplines is essential if we hope to understand the diverse and ever-increasing data streams of modern biology and tackle emergent questions about living organisms and the environment. Of equal importance is the need for groundbreaking and sustainable training programs that prepare the next generations of scientists to navigate the breadth of biological sciences, training in multiple disciplines without sacrificing depth of learning or innovation. In addition, the biology community must continue to develop practices and adopt strategies that leverage rapid advances in cyberinfrastructure and other technologies to bridge and integrate across subdisciplines and make resources accessible, re-usable, and adaptable for unanticipated purposes. In these ways, Biology Integration Institutes will focus on biological themes that enable the discoveries of life's innovations. The outcomes from biological integration will inspire new biotechnologies and applications to drive our bioeconomy and provide solutions to societal challenges. While this solicitation focuses on the integration of biological subdisciplines, any field beyond biology may be included as needed to address the overarching biological theme.

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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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Clinical Translation of Activated Optical Fluorescence Methods and Technologies for Sensitive Cancer
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Letter of Intent due: Jan. 11, 2021
Application due: Feb. 10, 2021

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to bring a highly sensitive imaging technology capable of detecting very small (1-3 mm3) tumors in vivo to clinical utility. Through this FOA, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) solicits innovative concepts that propose a path to clinical validation for in vivo 'intelligent' or activated optical fluorescence agents or probes with previously demonstrated capabilities for the detection of small tumors.

Current imaging techniques are in use for non-invasive cancer detection, but clinical methods are limited to detecting masses several millimeters to centimeters in size. To image small primary or metastatic tumor sites composed of 106 -107 cells, imaging sensitivity must be improved. This can be achieved without significant hardware advances by improving the contrast between diseased and healthy tissue captured in the image. Thus, there is a clinical need for techniques that improve image contrast between tumors and surrounding normal tissue. There are several novel optical fluorescence methods that rely on the use of specialized agents that are activated when coupled to a tumor target. These activated agents dramatically increase the contrast between small tumor cell masses and surrounding tissue. Efforts to develop activated fluorescence imaging agents have been ongoing for over a decade. These developmental successes now need to be translated for clinical use.

This FOA thus supports translation of novel activated optical fluorescence agents for sensitive cancer detection in vivo. Clinical translation and validation should be the primary goals of the proposed research. The bulk of the proposed research must focus on translating improvements in imaging sensitivity to a clinical environment with the goal of demonstrating that tumor cell aggregates on the order of 1 mm 3 in volume can be visualized in vivo. However, minimal research toward development of the probe in preparation for clinical validation will be accepted under this FOA. This FOA thus supports translation of already developed technologies for small tumor detection in vivo. It is not intended to support continued development of novel agents or preclinical studies.

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Research Training Groups in the Mathematical Sciences (RTG)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: June 1, 2021

The long-range goal of the Research Training Groups in the Mathematical Sciences (RTG) program is to strengthen the nation's scientific competitiveness by increasing the number of well-prepared U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents who pursue careers in the mathematical sciences, be they in academia, government, or industry. A significant part of this goal is to directly increase the proportion and the absolute number of U.S. students at the RTG sites who pursue graduate studies and complete advanced degrees in the mathematical sciences.

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NOTICE: Extended Deadlines due to COVID-19
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Proposers are advised that NSF will be extending the deadline date for the solicitations or Dear Colleague Letters (DCLs) listed in the PDF linked below. Additional solicitations or DCLs may be added to the list, so proposers are strongly encouraged to check NSF's website regularly. Deadlines for published program descriptions, announcements, solicitations and DCLs that do not appear on the list remain unchanged.

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Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Project
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application deadlines, beginning Oct. 19, 2020, vary

The Division of Physics (PHY) supports physics research and the preparation of future scientists in the nation's colleges and universities across a broad range of physics disciplines that span scales of space and time from the largest to the smallest and the oldest to the youngest. The Division is comprised of disciplinary programs covering experimental and theoretical research in the following major subfields of physics: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics; Elementary Particle Physics; Gravitational Physics; Integrative Activities in Physics; Nuclear Physics; Particle Astrophysics; Physics at the Information Frontier; Physics of Living Systems; Plasma Physics; and Quantum Information Science.

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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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Re-entry to Active Research Program
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Proposals accepted at any time

The Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) and the Division of Chemistry (CHE) are conducting a Re-entry to Active Research (RARE) program to reengage, retrain, and broaden participation within the academic workforce. The primary objective of the RARE program is to catalyze the advancement along the academic tenure-track of highly meritorious individuals who are returning from a hiatus from active research. By providing re-entry points to active academic research, the RARE program will reinvest in the nation's most highly trained scientists and engineers, while broadening participation and increasing diversity of experience. A RARE research proposal must describe potentially transformative research that falls within the scope of participating CBET or CHE programs.

The RARE program includes two Tracks to catalyze the advancement of investigators along the academic tenure system after a research hiatus, either to a tenure-track position or to a higher-tenured academic rank. Track 1 of the RARE program reengages investigators in a competitive funding opportunity with accommodations for gap in record that are a result of the research hiatus. A Track 1 proposal will follow the budgetary guidelines of the relevant CBET program for an unsolicited research proposal or the relevant CHE Disciplinary Research program. Track 2 retrains investigators for whom the research hiatus has led to the need for new or updated techniques, such that retraining is required to return the investigator to competitive research activity. A description of how these new techniques will lead to competitive research in CBET or CHE programs is required. A Track 2 proposal budget will include only funds necessary for specific retraining activities, such as travel to a workshop or conference, workshop registration fees, a retraining sabbatical, or seed funding to support collection of preliminary data (including salary support, equipment usage fees, materials, and/or supplies).

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program 2020
U.S. Department of Agriculture - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

Application due: Sept. 14, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Veterinary Services (VS) is announcing the availability of up to $15 million in funds to be divided between the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program (NADPRP) and the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), with targets of $10 million in funds to NADPRP and $5 million in funds to NAHLN. In this funding opportunity, the NADPRP is seeking proposals for projects that will (1) advance capabilities and capacities related to rapid large-scale animal depopulation and carcass disposal in a high-consequence animal disease outbreak, or (2) enhance U.S. livestock biosecurity. APHIS invites eligible entities to submit application packages for this funding opportunity. Applications may be submitted by State departments of agriculture; offices of State chief animal health officials; land-grant universities and other entities eligible to receive funds under a capacity and infrastructure program (as defined in section 251(f)(1)(C) of the Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994 (7 U.S.C. 6971); colleges of veterinary medicine, including veterinary emergency teams at such colleges; State, regional, or national livestock producer organizations with direct and significant economic interest in livestock production; State emergency agencies; State, national, allied, or regional veterinary organizations or specialty boards recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association; Indian Tribes; or Federal agencies. Funds will be awarded to successful applicants through cooperative or interagency agreements.

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Regional Conservation Partnership Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service

Webinar: Aug. 27, 2020 at 3 PM ET
Application due: Nov. 4, 2020

The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) promotes coordination of NRCS conservation activities with partners that offer value-added contributions to expand our collective ability to address on-farm, watershed, and regional natural resource concerns. Through RCPP, NRCS seeks to co-invest with partners to implement projects that demonstrate innovative solutions to conservation challenges and provide measurable improvements and outcomes tied to the resource concerns they seek to address.

Using guidance contained in this notice, potential RCPP partners propose projects that generate conservation benefits by addressing specific natural resource objectives in a State/multistate area or address one or more priority resource concerns within an NRCS-designated critical conservation area (CCA). NRCS and partners collaborate to design, promote, and implement RCPP projects on agricultural and nonindustrial private forest land. Through RCPP, NRCS may provide both financial and technical assistance funds to project partners and agricultural producers to carry out projects. RCPP proposals are evaluated through a competitive proposal process based on four criteria: impact, partner contributions, innovation, and partnership and management.   

This funding announcement combines RCPP funding for FYs 2020 and 2021 and applies only to this competition. The forthcoming publication of the RCPP final rule may include program changes.

Up to $360 million is available for RCPP projects through this announcement. Proposals are accepted from all 50 States, the Caribbean Area (Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands), and U.S. territories in the Pacific Island Areas (Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands).

Interested applicants are encouraged to attend information sessions during the proposal open period. A webinar with general program information for RCPP applicants is scheduled for 3 p.m. Eastern Time on August 27, 2020. Information on how to participate in the webinar will be posted on the NRCS RCPP website at

https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/rcpp/.

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Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP)
U.S. Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service

See notes about webinars in description
Application due: Nov. 4, 2020

RCPP requires coordination between NRCS and its partners to deliver conservation assistance to producers, landowners, and communities. After announcing RCPP project selections, NRCS negotiates an RCPP programmatic partnership agreement (PPA) for each project with the lead partner before entering into program contracts, easements, or other awards with producers and landowners.

Interested applicants are encouraged to attend information sessions during the proposal open period. A webinar with general program information for RCPP applicants is scheduled for 3 p.m. Eastern Time on August 27, 2020. Information on how to participate in the webinar will be posted on the NRCS RCPP website at https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/rcpp/.

A second webinar that specifically addresses how to submit an RCPP proposal through the RCPP portal is scheduled for 3 p.m. Eastern Time on September 10, 2020. Details on this webinar will be posted on the NRCS RCPP website at https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/rcpp/.

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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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Spatial Tools to Inform BLM Decisions about Sage-Grouse Habitat Restoration and Recovery
U.S. Geological Survey - Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, Rocky Mountain CESU

Application due: Sept. 7, 2020

The USGS is offering a funding opportunity to a CESU partner for developing fire and fuel break assessment spatial tools that will directly inform BLM decisions regarding where and when to plant sagebrush, guide fuel break placement, and directly assist habitat restoration and sage-grouse recovery.

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Research to Assess the Vulnerability of Species to Environmental Change
U.S. Geological Survey - Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, Rocky Mountain CESU

Application due: Sep 11, 2020

The USGS is offering a funding opportunity to a CESU partner for developing research to assess the vulnerability of species to environmental change is an important management challenge, particularly for poorly studied species for which species status assessments are required. Agencies such as the Fish and Wildlife Service are tasked with assessing species sensitivities to environmental conditions, their exposure to, and ability to adapt to changing conditions. Yet, defensible assessments currently require detailed knowledge of species-specific traits and ecologies and this information is hard to come by. Vulnerability assessments for lesser-studied species can be extremely challenging. Most vulnerability assessment methods and frameworks are developed using well-studied species and their applicability to species with poorly understood traits and ecologies is questionable. Advances in machine learning and statistical clustering can provide new ways of simply and defensibly assessing sensitivity and adaptive capacity for priority species. A predictive model and associated classification tree can provide an accessible, transparent, and repeatable means of the vulnerability for lesser studied species, lessening the research burden of agencies and staff.

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Sony Focused Research Award
Sony

Application due: Sept. 15, 2020

As part of one of the world's most innovative and recognizable brands, Sony is committed to support university research and innovation in the U.S., Canada, and select European countries, while also fostering partnerships with university faculty and researchers. The Sony Research Award Program provides funding for cutting-edge academic research and helps build a collaborative relationship between faculty and Sony researchers. With awards up to $150,000 USD* per year for each accepted proposal, both the Faculty Innovation Award and Focused Research Award create new opportunities for university faculties to engage in pioneering research that could drive new technologies, industries and the future.

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HUD's FY 2020 and FY 2021 Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Program
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Application due: Sept. 21, 2020

As HUD's integrated technical assistance (TA) and capacity building initiative, Community Compass is designed to help HUD's customers navigate complex housing and community development challenges by equipping them with the knowledge, skills, tools, capacity, and systems to implement HUD programs and policies successfully and sustainably and provide effective administrative and managerial oversight of HUD funding.

We recognize that our customers often interact with a variety of HUD programs as they deliver housing or community development services. Community Compass brings together TA investments from across HUD program offices, including the offices of Community Planning and Development, Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Housing, and Public and Indian Housing. This cross-funding approach allows TA to address the needs of grantees and subgrantees across multiple HUD programs, often within the same engagement, as well as address cross-agency issues. You are encouraged to procure contractors and consultants that demonstrate experience across a wide variety of HUD programs, as well as in specific skill and policy areas. Community Compass is centrally managed by HUD Headquarters with the involvement of our Regional, Field, and Area Offices.

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Laura Bush 21st Century Library Program (2021)
Institute of Museum and Library Services

Webinar: Tues., July 21, 2020 3-4 PM ET
Preliminary proposal due: Oct. 2, 2020
Full proposal (by invitation only) due: Mar. 26, 2021

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21) supports developing a diverse workforce of librarians to better meet the changing learning and information needs of the American public by enhancing the training and professional development of library and archives professionals; developing faculty and library leaders; and recruiting educating, and retaining the next generation of library and archives professionals.

All applications must designate one of the following project categories:

  • Lifelong Learning
  • Community Catalysts
  • National Digital Infrastructures and Initiatives

The application process for the LB21 program has two phases. For Phase I, all applicants must submit two-page preliminary proposals by the deadline listed above. For Phase II, selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals (Invited Full Proposals). Only Invited Full Proposals will be considered for funding.

Invited Full Proposals will be due March 26, 2021.

Grant Amount: Planning Grants: up to $100,000. National Forum Grants: up to $150,000. Project Grants: up to $1,000,000. Research in Service to Practice Grants: up to $750,000.

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National Leadership Grants for Libraries (2021)
Institute of Museum and Library Services

Preliminary proposal due: Oct. 2, 2020
Full proposal (by invitation only) due: Mar. 26, 2021

National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program (NLG-L) support projects that enhance the quality of library and archive services nationwide by advancing theory and practice. Successful proposals will generate results such as new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or collaborative approaches that will be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment.

All applications must designate one of the following project categories:

  • Lifelong Learning
  • Community Catalysts
  • National Digital Infrastructures and Initiatives

The application process for the NLG-L program consists of two phases. For Phase I, all applicants must submit two-page preliminary proposals by the deadline listed above. For Phase II, selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals (Invited Full Proposals). Only Invited Full Proposals will be considered for funding.

Invited Full Proposals will be due March 26, 2021.

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Inspire! Grants for Small Museums (2021)
Institute of Museum and Library Services

Application due: Nov. 16, 2020

Program Overview:
Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is a special initiative of the Museums for America program. It is designed to help small museums implement projects that address priorities identified in their strategic plans. Inspire! has three project categories:

  • Lifelong Learning
  • Community Anchors
  • Collections Stewardship and Access

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Museums Empowered (2021)
Institute of Museum and Library Services

Application due: Nov. 16, 2020

Program Overview:
Museums Empowered: Professional Development Opportunities for Museum Staff is a special initiative of the Museums for America grant program with the goal of strengthening the ability of an individual museum to serve its public through professional development activities that cut across various departments to generate systemic change within the museum.

Museums Empowered has four project categories:

  • Digital Technology: To empower museum staff to fully explore, understand, adopt, and optimize the use of digital technology in museums
  • Diversity and Inclusion: To empower museum staff to develop cultural competency and support museum relevancy in their communities
  • Evaluation: To empower museum staff to use formative and summative evaluation of programs, practices, and products that can help the museum yield indicators and measurable outcomes
  • Organizational Management: To empower museum staff to learn best practices in organizational management, strategic thinking, innovation, and managing change

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National Leadership Grants for Museums (2021)
Institute of Museum and Library Services

Application due: Nov. 16, 2020

National Leadership Grants for Museums support projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession so that museums can improve services for the American public. This program has five project categories:

  • Collections Stewardship and Access
  • Data and Evaluation
  • Digital Platforms and Applications
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Professional Development

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Arctic Goose Joint Venture " Fiscal Year 2020
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Application due: Nov. 20, 2020

The Arctic Goose Joint Venture (AGJV) is a partnership-based program under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) that provides and improves scientific information to support and promote effective management, monitoring, and conservation of northern-nesting geese. The USFWS, a partner in the AGJV, administers financial assistance awards (grants and cooperative agreements), purchase orders, and contracts on a competitive basis for projects and studies that advance the general scientific community's understanding of goose ecology and management and is seeking proposals from interested parties.

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Climate Program Office FY2021
U.S. Department of Commerce

Applications for AC4 Competition due: Oct. 19, 2020 at 5 PM ET
Applications not for AC4 due: Nov. 30, 2020 at 5 PM ET

Climate variability and change present society with significant economic, health, safety, and security challenges. As part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) climate portfolio within the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), the Climate Program Office (CPO) addresses these climate challenges by managing competitive research programs through which high-priority climate science, assessments, decision support research, outreach, education, and capacity-building activities are funded to advance our understanding of the Earth's climate system, and to foster the application and use of this knowledge to improve the resilience of our Nation and its partners. Through this announcement, CPO is seeking applications for 6 individual competitions in FY21. Several of these competitions are relevant to high-priority climate risk areas CPO is organizing some of its activities around to improve science understanding and/or capabilities that result in user-driven outcomes in four initial risk areas: Coastal Inundation, Marine Ecosystems, Water Resources and Extreme Heat https://cpo.noaa.gov/News/ArtMID/7875/ArticleID/1945/NOAA’s-Climate-Program-Office-launches-Climate-Risk-Areas-Initiative.

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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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