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Upcoming Funding Deadlines

April

Directed Energy Profesional Society (DEPS)

Graduate-Directed Energy Scholarships in High Energy Laser (HEL) & High Power Microwave (HPM) Technologies

Full Proposal: 4/1/17

Project Description: The Directed Energy Professional Society (DEPS) is the premier organization for the exchange of information on the development and application of directed energy (DE), which includes both high energy lasers (HEL) and high power RF (HPRF). DEPS fosters research and development of DE technology for national defense and civil applications through professional communication and education. The traditional academic disciplines involved in DE research include, but are not limited to, physics, electrical engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering, materials sciences, optical sciences, optical engineering, and aerospace engineering.This program offered partial scholarships up to $10,000 for the 2016-2017 school year. The number and amount of 2017-2018 scholarship awards will depend on available funding, which is provided by grants from the High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office and the Office of Naval Research and by DEPS.


NIH: U54
RFA-MD-17-005: NIMHD Specialized Centers of Excellence on Minority Health and Health Disparities

    Campus Pre-Proposal Deadline: 4/7/17

    Sponsor Letter of Intent Deadline: 4/14/17

    Application Deadline: 5/15/17

Program Description: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications to establish NIMHD Centers of Excellence in eligible institutions of higher education. The purpose of this initiative is to advance the science of minority health and health disparities by conducting transdisciplinary, multi-level research in a defined thematic area and by providing research opportunities and support for post-doctoral fellows, junior faculty, and other investigators.


NSF: SI2: SSE & SSI

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation

    Campus Pre-Proposal, S2I2 Conceptualization (deadline past): 2/07/17

    Full Proposal, SSE: 3/07/17

    Full Proposal, S2I2 Conceptualization: 4/11/17

    Full Proposal, SSI: 9/19/17

Program Description:Software is an integral enabler of computation, experiment and theory and a primary modality for realizing the Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) vision, as described in http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10015/nsf10015.jsp. Scientific discovery and innovation are advancing along fundamentally new pathways opened by development of increasingly sophisticated software. Software is also directly responsible for increased scientific productivity and significant enhancement of researchers' capabilities. In order to nurture, accelerate and sustain this critical mode of scientific progress, NSF has established the Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2) program, with the overarching goal of transforming innovations in research and education into sustained software resources that are an integral part of the cyberinfrastructure.

SI2 has been a long-term investment focused on catalyzing new thinking, paradigms, and practices in developing and using software to understand natural, human, and engineered systems. The intent of SI2 has been to foster a pervasive cyberinfrastructure to help researchers address problems of unprecedented scale, complexity, resolution, and accuracy by integrating computation, data, networking, observations and experiments in novel ways. NSF expects that its SI2 investment will result in trustworthy, robust, reliable, usable and sustainable software infrastructure that is critical to achieving the CIF21 vision and will transform science and engineering while contributing to the education of next-generation researchers and creators of future cyberinfrastructure. Indeed, education at all levels will play an important role in integrating such a dynamic cyberinfrastructure into the fabric of how science and engineering is performed.

As in previous rounds of this program, SI2 includes three classes of awards:

  1. Scientific Software Elements (SSE): SSE awards target small groups that will create and deploy robust software elements for which there is a demonstrated need that will advance one or more significant areas of science and engineering.
  2. Scientific Software Integration (SSI): SSI awards target larger, interdisciplinary teams organized around the development and application of common software infrastructure aimed at solving common research problems faced by NSF researchers in one or more areas of science and engineering. SSI awards will result in a sustainable community software framework serving a diverse community or communities.
  3. Scientific Software Innovation Institutes (S2I2): S2I2 awards are intended to establish long-term hubs of excellence in software infrastructure and technologies, which will serve a research community of substantial size and disciplinary breadth. S2I2 includes two subclasses of awards: Conceptualization Awards, which are planning awards aimed at organizing an interdisciplinary community and understanding their software requirements and challenges; and Implementation Awards, which will be made to implement community activities that support software infrastructure, for example, such as those developed by the conceptualization awards. Only Conceptualization proposals will be accepted for this solicitation cycle. However, successful Conceptualization proposals must reflect the quality, commitment, and planning that will be needed to lead to full Implementation awards. Conceptualization proposals submitted to NSF in response to this solicitation must exhibit clear relevance to the overall SI2 program and should be responsive to this solicitation and its review criteria. Proposals that are not relevant or not responsive to the solicitation will not be considered for funding and will be returned without review. Conceptualization proposals must also be in areas not covered by current Conceptualization and Implementation awards. For a list of awards, see Implementation of NSF Software Vision.

NSF: ADVANCE

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers

    Partnerships LOI: 12/12/18

    Partnerships Full Proposal: 1/11/17

    ADVANCE Resource and Coordination Network Full Proposal: 3/15/17

    Institutional Transformation Preliminary Proposal: 4/12/17

    Adaptation Letter of Intent: 8/9/17

    Adaptation full proposal: 9/13/17

    Institutional Transformation Full Proposal: 1/17/18

Project Description: The goals of the ADVANCE program are

  1. to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic STEM careers;
  2. to develop innovative and sustainable ways to promote gender equity in the STEM academic workforce; and
  3. to contribute to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce. ADVANCE also has as its goal to contribute to and inform the general knowledge base on gender equity in the academic STEM disciplines.

William T. Grant Foundation
William T. Grant Scholars Grants

    Campus Pre-Proposal Deadline: 4/13/17

    Sponsor LOI Deadline: 6/29/17

    Application Deadline: 7/6/17

    Sponsor Proposal Deadline: 9/26/17

Project Description: The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising earlycareer researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand junior researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas. We recognize that early-career researchers are rarely given incentives or support to take such risks, so this award includes a mentoring component, as well as an emphasis on community and collaboration. Scholars Program applicants should have a track record of conducting high-quality research and an interest in pursuing a significant shift in their trajectories as researchers. Proposed research plans must address questions of policy and practice that are relevant to the Foundation’s focus areas.


NSF: CSBR

Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR)

Project Description: The Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) Program provides funds: 1) for improvements to secure, improve, and organize collections that are significant to the NSF BIO-funded research community; 2) to secure collections-related data for sustained, accurate, and efficient accessibility of the collection to the biological research community; and 3) to transfer collection ownership responsibilities. The CSBR program provides for enhancements that secure and improve existing collections, result in accessible digitized specimen-related data, and develop better methods for specimen curation and collection management. Requests should demonstrate a clear and urgent need to secure the collection, and the proposed activities should address that need. Biological collections supported include established living stock/culture collections, vouchered non-living natural history collections, and jointly-curated ancillary collections such as preserved tissues and DNA libraries.

Education Component:Education and outreach contributions of the collection's activities should be clearly identified in the proposal. Include descriptions of plans and activities demonstrating how the collection contributes to the public understanding and appreciation of science and the diversity of life.

For additional information, see the program webpage.


Brain Research Foundation

Scientific Innovations Award

Project Description: Brain Research Foundation has invited eligible US academic institutions to nominate one senior faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent for the Scientific Innovations Award (SIA). Brain Research Foundation’s Scientific Innovations Award Program provides funding for innovative science in both basic and clinical neuroscience. This funding mechanism is designed to support creative, exploratory, cutting edge research in well-established research laboratories, under the direction of established investigators.
Brain Research Foundation’s Scientific Review Committee will review the SIA proposals and make recommendations for funding to the Foundation. The Committee consists of senior scientists broadly representing the various neuroscience-related programs. Two or more representatives of Brain Research Foundation are also present when the Committee meets.


NSF: TCUP

Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP)

    Partnerships in Geoscience Education: 4/14/17

    Instructional Capacity Excellence in TCUP Institutions: 9/02/17

    Targeted STEM Infusion Projects: 9/16/17

    SEA-PHAGES in TCUs: 10/03/17

    Small Grants for Research: 12/04/17

Project Description: A new funding track, Partnerships for Documentary Linguistics Education (PADLE), is offered collaboratively by this program and the Documenting Endangered Languages program (DEL) in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE). The strand provides support for collaborations that will improve TCUP institutions' instructional capacity in documentary linguistics (descriptive linguistics, computational methodology, archiving and preservation); attract, retain and support TCUP students in internships and research endeavors deemed to be necessary for a complete curriculum offering; and engage partner universities to provide an academic grounding and a successful transition for students who wish to study or attain degrees in documentary linguistics.


NSF IUCRC
Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program (IUCRC)

    Sponsor pre-proposal deadline: 10/18/17, 4/18/18, 10/17/18

    Sponsor full proposal deadline: 12/20/17, 6/20/18, 12/19/18

Project Description: The Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) program develops long-term partnerships among industry, academe, and government. The Centers are catalyzed by an investment from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and are primarily supported by industry Center members, with NSF taking a supporting role in the development and evolution of the Center. Each Center is established to conduct research that is of interest to both the industry members and the Center faculty. An IUCRC contributes to the nation's research infrastructure base and enhances the intellectual capacity of the engineering and science workforce through the integration of research and education. As appropriate, an IUCRC uses international collaborations to advance these goals within the global context.


Ono Pharma Foundation
Ono Pharma Breakthrough Science Initiative Awards Program

    Internal Pre-Proposal Deadline: 4/21/17

    LOI Submission Deadline: 5/15/17

    Proposal Deadline: 6/31/17

Project Description: Annually, the Ono Pharma Foundation will consider proposals from PIs for research that could ultimately transform human health. Although additional areas of research may be addressed in later years, in 2017-18 the Ono Pharma Foundation will only consider proposals for scientific research projects addressing one of the following two fields of science:

  • Chemical Biology Research
  • Oligonucleotide Medicine Research


NSF: PIRE

Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)

Pre-Proposal Deadline (past): 9/14/16

Full Proposal Deadline (by invitation only): 4/24/17

Project Description: Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) is an NSF-wide program that supports international activities across all NSF-supported disciplines. The primary goal of PIRE is to support high-quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. PIRE seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community.

International partnerships are essential to addressing critical science and engineering problems. In the global context, U.S. researchers and educators must be able to operate effectively in teams with partners from different national environments and cultural backgrounds. PIRE promotes excellence in science and engineering through international collaboration and facilitates development of a diverse, globally-engaged, U.S. science and engineering workforce.

This PIRE competition will be open to all areas of science and engineering research which are supported by the NSF. 


NIH: R25
PAR-16-108: Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education

    Campus Pre-Proposal Deadline (past): 3/10/17

    Letter of Intent Due Date: 4/28/17

    Application Due Date: 5/31/17

Project Description: The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this NIBIB-NICHD R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skills Development. This FOAencourages applications from institutions that propose to establish new or to enhance existing team-based design courses or programs in undergraduate Biomedical Engineering departments or other degree-granting programs with Biomedical Engineering tracks/minors. This FOA mainly targets undergraduate students but may also include first-year graduate students. Courses and programs that address innovative and/or ground-breaking development, multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary education, the regulatory pathway and other issues related to the commercialization of medical devices, and clinical immersion are especially encouraged.