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Upcoming Funding Deadlines

*Grants that Accept Proposals at Anytime

February

NSF: PFI

Partnerships for Innovation

Project Description: The NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) offers researchers the opportunity to transform new knowledge into societal benefits through translational research and technology development efforts which catalyze partnerships to accelerate innovations that address significant societal needs.

PFI has six broad goals: (1) identifying and supporting Foundation-sponsored research and technologies that have the potential for accelerated commercialization; (2) supporting prior or current Foundation-sponsored researchers, institutions of higher education, and non-profit organizations that partner with an institution of higher education to undertake proof-of-concept work, including the development of technology prototypes that are derived from NSF-funded research and have potential market value; (3) promoting sustainable partnerships between Foundation-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) catalyzing professional development activities, mentoring, and best practices in entrepreneurship and technology translation for faculty, students and researchers; and (6) expanding the participation of women and individuals from underrepresented groups in innovation, technology translation, and entrepreneurship.


Conservation, Food and Health Foundation

Conservation, Food and Health Foundation Grants Program

    Campus pre-proposal deadline: 06/07/18, email this form to limitedsubs@illinois.edu

    Concept Application Deadline: 7/01/18, 01/01/19

    RFP Issued: 08/01/18, 02/01/19

    Full Proposal: 09/03/18, 03/01/19

    Grant Award:12/01/18, 06/01/19

Project Description: Incorporated in 1985, the Conservation, Food and Health Foundation seeks to promote the conservation of natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and improve health in the developing world. The foundation helps build capacity within developing countries in its three areas of interest with grants that support research or projects that solve specific problems.

The foundation supports projects that demonstrate strong local leadership, promote professional development in the conservation, agricultural, and health sciences; develop the capacity of local organizations; and address a particular problem in the field. It prefers to support projects addressing under-funded issues and geographic areas.

See program description for full details.


L’Oréal USA For Women In Science

    Application Period: 12/4/17-2/2/18

Project Description: The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program awards five women postdoctoral scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each for their contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations. The program is the U.S. component of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Fellowships program. Celebrating its fourteenth year in the U.S., the For Women in Science program has awarded 70 postdoctoral women scientists over $3.5 million in grants. L’Oréal USA partners with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to manage the program’s application and peer-review process. Each year, the program attracts talented applicants from diverse STEM fields, representing some of the nation’s leading academic institutions and laboratories.


NSF: PREM

Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM)

    Full Proposal: 2/02/18

Project Description: The DMR Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials Research (PREM) program aims to enable, build, and grow partnerships between minority-serving institutions and DMR-supported centers and/or facilities to increase recruitment, retention and degree attainment (which defines the PREM pathway) by members of those groups most underrepresented in materials research, and at the same time support excellent research and education endeavors that strengthen such partnerships.


NSF: STS
Science, Technology, and Society

    Full Proposal: 8/03/18, 2/04/19

    Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant Proposals: 8/03/18

Program Description: supports scientific research that examines relationships between science (including engineering), technology, and society. Effective STS proposals go beyond simply describing the interaction between science, technology and society. They explain how the proposed research provides new and important scientific insights into the theory or practice of science (or engineering) or into the adoption, use, or diffusion of technology. They also explain how the proposed research would bring to light the underlying assumptions, practices, methods, values, or goals of science, engineering, or technology.

The program supports proposals on a broad range of topics related to science and society, and it especially welcomes proposals that focus on:

  1. How ethical issues and values interconnect with science and technology, and how norms and values institutionalized in science and technology engage with society.
  2. How policy choices affect scientific and technological knowledge production and innovation, and on how scientific and technical knowledge and innovation affect policy decisions.

NSF: BPE

Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE)

    Full Proposal Deadline: 2/05/18 (Note: It is strongly recommended that full proposals be submitted to the Broadening Participation in Engineering program prior to the Full Proposal Target Date to enable full consideration of the proposed project for the related fiscal year's funding)

Program Description: The Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE) Program is a Directorate-wide initiative dedicated to supporting the development of a diverse and well-prepared engineering workforce. Across every educational juncture (e.g., elementary, secondary, and postsecondary levels), efforts to improve engineering interests, preparation, connections, experiences, and opportunities among underrepresented groups is of major importance to BPE.

In FY 2016, aligned with NSF-wide INCLUDES, BPE is interested in funding projects that bring together multiple groups (e.g., school districts, community colleges, engineering schools, industry, philanthropy, government, etc.) and offer the greatest return on investment by producing outcomes that are scalable, sustainable, and applicable to various contexts, settings, and demographics within the engineering enterprise. For example, it is interested research projects that help us to analyze and understand the problem of insufficient interest and poorly sustained participation in engineering across underrepresented demographic groups; insignificant preparation and scarce opportunities for members of underrepresented demographic groups to learn meaningful, relevant engineering and other STEM-related content; insufficient access to support systems and social networks that raises career awareness about different engineering pathways among underrepresented groups; and structural inequalities and biases within educational and workforce systems that may influence engineering persistence.


NSF: NRI-2.0
National Robotics Initiative 2.0: Ubiquitous Collaborative Robots (NRI-2.0)

    Full Proposal: 2/05/19

Project Description: The NRI-2.0 program builds upon the original National Robotics Initiative (NRI) program to support fundamental research in the United States that will accelerate the development and use of collaborative robots (co-robots) that work beside or cooperatively with people. The focus of the NRI-2.0 program is on ubiquity, which in this context means seamless integration of co-robots to assist humans in every aspect of life.


NSF: NRT

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

Project Description: The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for 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 research areas, through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs. For FY2018, proposals are requested in any interdisciplinary research theme of national priority, with special emphasis on two high priority areas: (1) Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) and (2) Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS). HDR is expected to continue as a priority research area for FY2019 and FY2020 competitions, along with a new priority area to be announced in 2018.


NSF: EDGE

Enabling Discovery through GEnomic Tools (EDGE)

    Full Proposal: 2/07/19

Program Description: The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) continues to support the Enabling Discovery through GEnomic Tools (EDGE) program, previously a component of the IOS Core Programs solicitation (NSF 16-505). EDGE is designed to provide support for research addressing current impediments to research progress in organismal biology. In particular, the ability to directly test gene function is essential to improve understanding of the genomes-to-phenomes relationship, an area relevant to Understanding the Rules of Life, one of 10 Big Ideas for future NSF investment (www.nsf.gov/about/congress/reports/nsf_big_ideas.pdf). EDGE projects should focus on development of functional genomic tools, approaches, and associated infrastructure to enable direct tests of hypotheses about gene function in diverse organisms for which such tools and infrastructure are presently unavailable.


Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation

Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program

Project Description: The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained in the early years of their appointment, and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching. The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000.


NSF: SciSIP

Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP)

    Full Proposal: 9/10/18, 2/11/19

Project Description: The Science of Science & Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program supports research designed to advance the scientific basis of science and innovation policy. The program funds research to develop models, analytical tools, data and metrics that can be applied in the science policy decision making process and concern the use and allocation of scarce scientific resources. For example, research proposals may develop behavioral and analytical conceptualizations, frameworks or models that have applications across the broad array of science and innovation policy challenges. Proposals also may develop methodologies to analyze science, technology and innovation data, and to usefully convey that information to a variety of audiences. Proposals that create and improve science, engineering and innovation data, including the design of new metrics and indicators, particularly proposals that demonstrate the viability of collecting and analyzing data on knowledge generation and innovation in organizations, are encouraged.


NSF: CS for All: RPP

Computer Science for All (CS for All: RPP)

    Full Proposal: 5/09/18, 2/12/19

Program Description: This program aims to provide all U.S. students the opportunity to participate in computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) education in their schools at the K-12 levels. With this solicitation, the National Science Foundation (NSF) focuses on researcher-practitioner partnerships (RPPs) that foster the research and development needed to bring CS/CT to all schools. Specifically, this solicitation aims to provide high school teachers with the preparation, professional development (PD) and ongoing support that they need to teach rigorous computer science courses, and K-8 teachers with the instructional materials and preparation they need to integrate CS/CT into their teaching.


NSF: CREST & HBCU-RISE

Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) and HBCU Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (HBCU-RISE)
  • CREST Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Full Proposal: 1/30/18
  • HBCU-RISE:
    • Letter of Intent: 12/7/18

      Full Proposal: 2/14/19

  • Preliminary CREST Center:
    • Pre-Proposal: 2/15/18

      Letter of Intent: 12/1/17

  • SBIR/STTR Diversity Collaborative Supplements: Supplement Accepted Anytime
  • CREST Partnership Supplements: 2/14/19

Project Description: The Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program provides support to enhance the research capabilities of minority-serving institutions (MSI) through the establishment of centers that effectively integrate education and research. MSIs of higher education denote institutions that have undergraduate enrollments of 50% or more (based on total student enrollment) of members of minority groups underrepresented among those holding advanced degrees in science and engineering fields: African Americans, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders. CREST promotes the development of new knowledge, enhancements of the research productivity of individual faculty, and an expanded presence of students historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. CREST Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (PRF) awards provide research experience and training for early career scientists at active CREST Centers. HBCU-RISE awards specifically target HBCUs to support the expansion of institutional research capacity as well as the production of doctoral students, especially those from groups underrepresented in STEM, at those institutions.


NSF: EAR/LTS

Earth Sciences: Laboratory Technician Support (EAR/LTS)

    Full Proposal Deadline: 2/14/19

Program Description: 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). Under this solicitation EAR/IF will consider proposals for Laboratory Technician Support to provide for optimal and efficient operation of advanced instrumentation, analytical protocol development, and user training for Earth science research instrumentation. Support is available through grants in response to investigator-initiated proposals.Technician support duties that promote human resource development and education are expected to be an integral part of proposals.

Efforts to support participation of underrepresented groups in laboratory and/or field instrument use and training are encouraged as part of any described technician’s duties.. Proposals from early career (tenure track but untenured) lead investigators are also encouraged. Such proposals will be given due consideration as part of the Broader Impacts merit review criterion.


NSF: I-Corps Nodes
Innovation Corps - National Innovation Network Nodes Program

    Letter of Intent: 2/14/19

    Full Proposal: 3/12/19

Project Description: The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to further develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem that builds upon fundamental research to guide the output of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies, products, processes and services that benefit society. The goal of the program is to dramatically reduce the period of time necessary to bring a promising idea from its inception to widespread implementation. Through this solicitation, NSF is seeking to expand and sustain the network of Innovation Corps (I-CorpsTM) (hereinafter I-Corps) Nodes that work cooperatively to support the development of innovations that will benefit society. NSF plans to build upon the established National Innovation Network (consisting of I-Corps Nodes and Sites) to further support the needs for innovation research, education and training. The interconnected nodes of the network are expected to be diverse in research areas, resources, tools, programs, capabilities, and geographic locations - providing the network with the flexibility to grow or reconfigure as needs arise. I-Corps Nodes will foster understanding on how to: 1) identify, develop and support promising ideas that can generate value, 2) create and implement tools, resources and training activities that enhance our nation's innovation capacity, 3) gather, analyze, evaluate and utilize the data and insight resulting from the experiences of those participating in regional programs and 4) share and leverage effective innovation practices on a national scale - to improve the quality of life for the U.S. citizenry. In addition, Nodes must identify and are expected to implement plans for sustainable scaling of their efforts beyond the duration of NSF support.


NSF: I-Corps Sites
Innovation Corps: National Innovation Network Sites Program

Project Description: The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem that builds upon research to guide the output of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society. In order to contribute to a national innovation ecosystem, NSF is establishing the NSF Innovation Corps Sites Program (NSF I-Corps Sites). Sites are funded at academic institutions, having already existing innovation or entrepreneurial units, to enable them to:

  • Nurture students and/or faculty who are engaged in projects having the potential to be transitioned into the marketplace. I-Corps Sites will provide infrastructure, advice, resources, networking opportunities, training and modest funding to enable groups to transition their work into the marketplace or into becoming I-Corps Team applicants (see NSF Innovation Corps Program, NSF 11-560).
  • Develop formal, active, local innovation ecosystems that contribute to a larger, national network of mentors, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors.

The purpose of an I-Corps Site is to nurture and support multiple, local teams to transition their ideas, devices, processes or other intellectual activities into the marketplace.


NSF INCLUDES

Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES)

Design and Development Launch Pilots
NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hubs

    Sponsor full proposal deadline: 11/27/17

Project Description: Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) is a comprehensive national initiative designed 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. NSF INCLUDES supports efforts to create networked relationships among organizations whose goals include developing talent from all sectors of society to build the STEM workforce. This initiative seeks to improve collaborative efforts aimed at enhancing the preparation, increasing the participation, and ensuring the contributions of individuals from groups that have traditionally been underrepresented and underserved in the STEM enterprise: women, persons with disabilities, African Americans/Blacks, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Native Pacific Islanders, and persons from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Significant advancement in the inclusion of these groups will result in a new generation of STEM talent and leadership to secure our nation’s future and long-term economic competitiveness.


The David & Lucile Packard Foundation

The Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering

    Campus Pre-Proposal Deadline: 2/15/18, via this form

    Sponsor Nomination Deadline: 3/15/18

    Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: 4/20/18

Project Description: Candidates must be faculty members who are eligible to serve as principal investigators engaged in research in the natural and physical sciences or engineering and must be within the first three years of their faculty careers. Disciplines that will be considered include physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering. Candidates engaged in research in the social sciences will not be considered. The Fellowship Program provides support for highly creative researchers early in their careers; faculty members who are well established and well-funded are less likely to receive the award. Packard Fellows are inquisitive, passionate scientists and engineers who take a creative approach to their research, dare to think big, and follow new ideas wherever they lead. The Foundation emphasizes support for innovative individual research that involves the Fellows, their students, and junior colleagues, rather than extensions or components of large-scale, ongoing research programs.


Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR)

New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research

Program Description: The New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award is designed to provide the early investment needed to launch new faculty members into successful scientific careers in food and agriculture. Investing a substantial amount in faculty members within the first three years of their careers will allow them to pursue innovative and transformational ideas uninhibited by the pressure of identifying their next grant. The New Innovator Award seeks to promote career advancement of highly creative and promising new scientists who intend to make a long-term career commitment to research in food and agriculture and bring innovative, ground-breaking research initiatives and thinking to bear on problems facing food and agriculture.


Simons Foundation

Simons Investigators Programs in Mathematics, Physics, Theoretical Computer Science, Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems, and Math+X Investigators

Project Description: Basis for Awards: The intent of the Investigator in Mathematics, Physics, and Theoretical Computer Science programs is to support outstanding scientists in their most productive years, when they are establishing creative new research directions, providing leadership to the field and effectively mentoring junior scientists.

The intent of the Investigator in MMLS program is to help launch the research careers of outstanding junior scientists. Nominees to the program will normally be in the first few years of their first faculty appointment. Nominations will be evaluated on the basis of nominees’ potential for scientific accomplishment.


NSF: NCS

Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems (NSF-NCS)
  • FOUNDATIONS, FY2018 competition:
    • Letter of Intent: 2/20/18

      Full Proposal: 4/17/18

  • FRONTIERS, FY2019 competition:
    • Letter of Intent: 12/07/18

      Full Proposal: 2/26/19

  • FOUNDATIONS, FY2019 competition:
    • Letter of Intent: 1/08/19

      Full Proposal: 2/26/19

Project Description: The complexities of brain and behavior pose fundamental questions in many areas of science and engineering, drawing intense interest across a broad spectrum of disciplinary perspectives while eluding explanation by any one of them. Rapid advances within and across disciplines are leading to an increasingly interconnected fabric of theories, models, empirical methods and findings, and educational approaches, opening new opportunities to understand complex aspects of neural and cognitive systems through integrative multidisciplinary approaches.


NSF: CCE STEM

Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM)

    Full Proposal Deadline: 4/17/18, 2/22/19

Project Description: Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) funds research projects that identify factors that are efficacious in the formation of ethical STEM researchers in all the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports. CCE STEM solicits proposals for research that explores the following: ‘What constitutes ethical STEM research and practice? Which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?' Factors one might consider include: honor codes, professional ethics codes and licensing requirements, an ethic of service and/or service learning, life-long learning requirements, curricula or memberships in organizations (e.g. Engineers without Borders) that stress social responsibility and humanitarian goals, institutions that serve under-represented groups, institutions where academic and research integrity are cultivated at multiple levels, institutions that cultivate ethics across the curriculum, or programs that promote group work, or do not grade. Do certain labs have a ‘culture of academic integrity'? What practices contribute to the establishment and maintenance of ethical cultures and how can these practices be transferred, extended to, and integrated into other research and learning settings?


Project Innatam: Signal Processing

    Executive Summary Deadline: 1/27/17

    Full Proposal Deadline: 2/24/17

Project Description: The human body is covered with the approximately 2 m2 of skin; it keeps us safe and allows us to communicate with the outside world. This communciation is mediated in part by the densely packed, multifunctional, multidimensional, and dynamic mechanoreceptors in our skin. What if it were possible to use the skin as a medium for information transfer? What would happen to our ability to learn? What could we do for those with disabilities? Can we build a new communication platform? Can we optimize data transfer rates if we dynamically activate different mechanoreceptors? Various approaches to translating speech to tactile sensations have been attempted and studied in the past [1,2,3,4,5,6,7]. We are seeking proposals to develop algorithms and methods to translate speech and text into mechanoreceptor activations, enabling the passive understanding of language via the skin. The first goal is to code speech and text in a way that enables human identification of over 500 words after less than 5 hours of training, while minimizing the surface area of the actuator array on the skin to 10 cm by 10 cm. Once the structure of language is learned through the skin, we expect to be able to extend the vocabulary from 500 to 5000 words.


DoD: CarbonSAFE
Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE): Storage Complex Facility

    Closing Date for Applications: 02/28/2018, 8:00 PM Eastern Time

Project Description: The purpose of the FOA entitled Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE): Storage Complex Feasibility is to solicit and competitively seek research and development projects which will perform the initial characterization of a storage complex identified as having high potential, to establish its feasibility for commercial storage (50+ million metric tons CO2). The objectives of this phase include and extend the pre-feasibility work, focusing on one or multiple specific reservoirs within the defined storage complex, and comprising efforts in data collection; geologic analysis; identification of contractual and regulatory requirements and development of plans to satisfy them; subsurface modeling to support geologic characterization, risk assessment, and monitoring; and public outreach.


Ono Pharma Foundation
Ono Pharma Breakthrough Science Initiative Awards Program

    Campus Pre-Proposal Deadline: 1/25/18 at noon, via this form

    LOI Submission Deadline: 2/28/18

    Full Proposal Deadline: 5/31/18

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: PFE:RIEF

PFE: Research Initiation in Engineering Formation (PFE: RIEF)

    Full Proposal: 2/28/19

Project Description: The PFE: Research Initiation in Engineering Formation (PFE: RIEF) program has two goals: 1) Support research in the Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE), and 2) Increase the community of researchers conducting PFE research. PIs are expected to have little or no experience conducting social science research. PFE: RIEF is not intended for established researchers in engineering education or other social science fields to initiate new projects. Those researchers should consider the Research in the Formation of Engineers program (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503584).


NSF: S&CC

Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC)

    LOI: 1/30/18

    Full Proposal Deadline: 2/28/18

Project Description: Communities in the United States (US) and around the world are entering a new era of transformation in which residents and their surrounding environments are increasingly connected through rapidly-changing intelligent technologies. This transformation offers great promise for improved wellbeing and prosperity, but poses significant challenges at the complex intersection of technology and society. The goal of the NSF Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) program solicitation is to accelerate the creation of the scientific and engineering foundations that will enable smart and connected communities to bring about new levels of economic opportunity and growth, safety and security, health and wellness, and overall quality of life. This goal will be achieved through integrative research projects that pair advances in technological and social dimensions with meaningful community engagement.


*Grants that Accept Proposals at Anytime