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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FOA emails moving to Tuesdays

Beginning next Tuesday, January 25, the Office of Research Development will send the MSU Research Funding Opportunities email on Tuesdays.


CAIRHE Pilot Projects - 2022 Request for Proposals
MSU Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity (CAIRHE)

Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Feb. 1, 2022
Application due: Apr. 1, 2022

Pilot Projects. These include currently funded first-year Pilot Projects seeking a second and final year of funding. 

Pilot Projects

Typically funded at approximately $40,000 to $50,000 in direct costs per year, first-year Pilot Projects are designed for faculty who do not currently have a CAIRHE grant and do not currently have significant preliminary data or fully established community partnerships. (However, having preliminary data and/or community partnerships in place at the time of the application would be considered an advantage.)

We require that applicants consult with CAIRHE Director Alex Adams or Program Coordinator James Burroughs about community engagement plans before making new contacts. This rule is designed to ensure your success and safeguard preexisting MSU relationships in those communities. CAIRHE's Community Engagement Core will be able to assist you.

Existing first-year Pilot Projects may be competitively renewed for a second and final year.

Complete instructions for proposal applications can be found on the CAIRHE website at http://www.montana.edu/cairhe/rfp/instructions.html. The NIH application requirements are extensive, particularly if your project will involve human subjects research and IRB pre-approval, so please allow yourself plenty of time to assemble a strong application. You must adhere to NIH-imposed page limits and other guidelines given in the instructions.

Applications for Pilot Project proposals should include the following using PHS 398 forms (a federal forms package provided to you in template form by CAIRHE):

  • Face Page.
  • Project Summary (2-page form).
  • Specific Aims (1 page).
  • Research Strategy (Significance, Innovation, Approach—6 pages maximum) plus Bibliography.
  • Biographical Sketch ("Biosketch")
  • Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information Form.
  • IRB approval and CITI human subjects education certification for PI and key personnel (if applicable). These may be submitted at the time of the application, but we recommend waiting until later in the approval process. See Instructions (#6) for details.
  • One-year budget and budget justification.
  • Other Support form.
  • Letters of Support, as applicable, particularly from any community partners.

Again, we also require that applicants consult with CAIRHE Director Alex Adams or Program Coordinator James Burroughs about community engagement plans before making new contacts. This rule is designed to ensure your success and safeguard preexisting MSU relationships in those communities.

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

Spring deadline: Mar. 1, 2022

The Office of the Vice President of Research, Economic Development and Graduate Education (VP REDGE) 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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Scholarship & Creativity Grants for the Advancement of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
MSU VP for Research, Economic Development, and Graduate Education

Fall deadline: Oct. 1, 2021
Spring deadline: Mar. 1, 2022

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.

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

Fall deadline: Oct. 1, 2021
Spring deadline: Mar. 1, 2022

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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Office of Polar Programs Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Full proposal target date: Feb. 7, 2022

The Office of Polar Programs (OPP) offers postdoctoral research fellowships (PRF) to provide opportunities for early career scientists, including social scientists, to accomplish one or more of the following goals: expand their work across traditional disciplinary lines, develop new partnerships connecting the polar regions and/or non-polar research communities, and provide entry to researchers who have traditionally had limited access to polar research resources, sites and facilities. The fellowship program encourages the integration of new investigators who have not previously worked in polar regions and/or innovative techniques that have not previously been applied to polar science into polar research. Additionally, the OPP-PRF aims to support beginning investigators with experiences that will establish them in positions of leadership in the scientific community. During their tenure, Fellows will affiliate with a host research institution(s) and conduct research on topics supported by OPP. Successful applicants will participate in a professional development program that will promote mentoring skills and coordinate their involvement in activities that increase the engagement of groups that have previously had limited engagement in polar Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

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Idaho National Laboratory Graduate Fellowship

Application due: Feb. 13, 2022 at midnight MT

Mission: Discover, demonstrate, and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.

Vision: Idaho National Laboratory (INL) will change the world's energy future and secure our critical infrastructure.

Description: INL is seeking candidates for the INL Graduate Fellowship Appointment. This appointment is awarded to Ph.D. students with interest in advancing the fields of nuclear energy, and clean energy deployment. Ideal candidates have exceptional educational capabilities and the potential for significant achievements. This appointment may support candidates represented broadly in an area aligned with INL's core areas of interest listed below:

  • Advanced Computer Science, Visualization and Data
  • Biological and Bioprocess Engineering
  • Applied Materials Science and Engineering
  • Chemical and Molecular Science
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science
  • Decision Science and Analysis
  • Environmental Subsurface Science
  • Large-Scale User Facilities/Advanced Instrumentation
  • Mechanical Design and Engineering
  • Nuclear and Radio Chemistry
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Power Systems and Electrical Engineering
  • Systems Engineering and Electrical Engineering

The INL Graduate Fellowship Program is designed to be a triad relationship between the student, their university thesis advisor, and an INL technical mentor. The selected students will receive mentoring support from both the university and INL while pursuing their Ph.D. The student will conduct their dissertation research at INL the last two years of their Ph.D. program.

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Danone North America Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Grant
Danone North America

Application due: Feb. 14, 2022

Danone North America is awarding two graduate students a grant of $25,000 each. The successful candidates should excel in science and have an interest in studying the gut microbiome, probiotics and yogurt in human health and wellness (the "Field"). Applicants are encouraged to submit a proposal for a study that explores measures of human health and wellness. The grant is not designed for the investigation of disease treatment or clinical management and should focus on health and wellness, long-term health and longevity, growth and development, or performance. Such topics may include the role that probiotics or yogurt play on brain function, growth and development, digestive health, weight management or heart health; and factors, such as foods or nutrients, that influence the gut microbiome.

The award may be applied towards tuition or research-related projects or as otherwise allocated at Danone's sole discretion. It will be payable directly to the student's educational institution to support their continued education on related topics during 2022.

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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (STEM Ed PRF)-Track1-Individual Postdoctoral Fellowships
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Mar. 1, 2022

The Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) STEM Education Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (STEM Ed PRF) program funds individual and institutional postdoctoral awards designed to enhance the research knowledge, skills, and practices of recent doctoral graduates in STEM, STEM Education, Education, and related disciplines, with a goal of advancing their preparation to engage in fundamental and applied research in STEM education that advances knowledge within the field.

The STEM Ed PRF program offers two tracks: (1) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowships and (2) Institutional Cohort Postdoctoral Fellowships. Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship proposals must be submitted by Individuals. However, if an award is recommended, the proposal will be transferred to the host institution where the postdoctoral Fellow will be named as the PI. The award will be issued to the host institution as a regular research award, and the award will be administered by the host institution.

Track 1: Individual Postdoctoral Fellowships

Individual Postdoctoral Fellowships (Track 1) provide funds to support an individual working full-time as a postdoctoral fellow at a host institution for up to 24 months. The fellowship proposer must identify a sponsoring STEM education researcher who will provide mentoring and training proposed by the fellowship candidate and a host institution (with whom the sponsoring researcher is affiliated) at the time of proposal submission. The proposer is responsible for making prior arrangements with the sponsoring researcher and host institution. The fellowship proposal must include a mentoring plan and statement that attests to an environment prepared to support the fellowship activities. The history, resources, and potential of the sponsoring researcher and host institution for supporting the development of STEM education researchers will be considered in judging the merits of the proposal. To broaden their professional experiences and networks, proposers are encouraged to identify host institutions that differ from their doctorate-granting institution. If awarded a fellowship, the fellow is expected to remain affiliated with the host institution and sponsoring researcher for the entire tenure of their fellowship.

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Montana INBRE Native American Graduate Fellowship
Montana INBRE

Application review for funding beginning during a spring semester will begin Nov. 1
Application review for funding beginning during a fall semester will begin Feb. 15

Overview

The goal of the Montana INBRE Native American Graduate Fellowship is to provide an opportunity for highly motivated Native American students who have demonstrated leadership potential in the biomedical, social and behavioral health sciences, as well as in the development of STEM programs and research in tribal colleges, to pursue their doctoral degree. In some cases, applications for study at the master's degree level will be considered, though applicants are strongly encouraged to pursue the Ph.D. as their terminal degree.

Fellows will have the opportunity to work closely with a mentor or mentors in a program of study and to immerse themselves fully in their coursework and research. Montana INBRE will provide a year-round stipend so that fellows can devote 100-percent effort towards their degree as full-time graduate students. Through regularly scheduled meetings with program staff, fellows will learn about best practices in reporting and presentation. Fellows at the Ph.D. level will also be provided funds to attend one national meeting annually in their area of interest.  Master's level students who are presenting at a professional conference also are eligible to apply for graduate travel awards.

Award Amount and Details

Native American Graduate Fellowships cover tuition and provide up to $25,000 stipend depending on other funding and scholarships available to the student. Receipt of the fellowship is contingent upon admission by the Graduate School at either Montana State University or the University of Montana. Proof of graduate school enrollment is required prior to awarding of the fellowship. Students who receive a fellowship or scholarship of equal or greater value may not be eligible for funding through this Fellowship. Fellowships are renewable for up to three years if students are meeting the expectation of progress to degree completion as determined through regular meetings with INBRE staff.

Funding for this fellowship is contingent on continued federal support by the National Institutes of Health.

Deadlines

Applications are welcome at any time; priority review will take place at the following dates:

  • Application review for funding beginning during a spring semester will begin November 1.
  • Application review for funding beginning during a fall semester will begin February 15.

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TRIO Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement (McNair Scholars) Program
McNair Scholars Program

Applications accepted at any time
Priority deadline for funding beginning in summer 2022: Oct. 29, 2021 at 5 PM MT

Overview

The mission of McNair Scholars Program is to provide underrepresented undergraduate students for effective preparation for graduate school study by offering key sequence of services and components necessary for success in graduate school (e.g., undergraduate research/presentation experience, financial support, faculty mentorship, and academic advising). Interested undergraduates who are motivated, interested and committed to pursuing graduate school are encouraged to apply for this opportunity. This is the only program of its kind in Montana and there are over 175 federally funded National McNair Scholar Programs recognized across the United States that prepares undergraduate students for graduate school success.

Award Amount and Details

The McNair Scholars Program at MSU focuses on 3 key areas: 

1) Undergraduate research (paid summer stipend for two consecutive summers) under the guidance of a faculty mentor in any discipline.

2) Undergraduate academic advising and training in writing, public speaking, and graduate school application preparation (e.g. graduate school preparation seminars, GRE workshop, free graduate school application waivers, 3 credit summer tuition waiver, food and on-campus housing allowance).

3) Undergraduate financial support to attend conferences and visit graduate schools, and a plethora of educational and social events.

Funding for this fellowship is contingent on continued federal support by the Department of Education.

Deadlines

Applications are welcome at any time; priority review will take place at the following date:

  • October 29, 2021 application deadline for funding beginning during summer 2022.

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Limited Submissions

High-Energy-Density Plasma Laboratory Science
U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Science

MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Dec. 22, 2021
Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Dec. 28, 2022 at 5 PM ET
Application due: Feb. 7, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET

The DOE SC program in Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) and the NNSA Defense Program (DP) Office of Experimental Sciences jointly announce their interests in receiving applications for new and renewal awards for research in the SC-NNSA Joint Program in High-Energy-Density (HED) laboratory plasmas. All individuals or groups planning to submit applications for new or renewal funding in Fiscal Year 2022 should submit applications in response to this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

The High-Energy-Density Laboratory Plasmas (HEDLP) joint program was established following the 2007 report of the Interagency Task Force on High Energy Density Physics (2007): "The Office of Science and the NNSA within DOE will establish a joint program in high energy density laboratory plasmas (HED­LP) responsible for stewarding fundamental HED­LP science within the Department of Energy".

Generally, HEDLP research is directed at exploring the behavior of matter at extreme conditions of temperature, density, and pressure, including laboratory astrophysics and planetary science, structure and dynamic of matter at the atomic scale, laser-plasma interactions and relativistic optics, magneto hydrodynamics (MHD) and magnetized plasmas, and plasma atomic physics and radiation transport.

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Family-to-Family Health Information Centers
Health Resources and Services Administration

MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Dec. 1, 2021
Webinar: Wed., Oct. 27, 2021 at 3 p.m. EST.
Application due: Jan. 5, 2022

This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Family-to-Family Health Information Centers (F2F HICs) Program. The purpose of this program is to provide information, education, technical assistance, and peer support to families of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and the professionals who serve them. This program will fund one F2F HIC in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, 5 U.S. Territories (Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands); and up to 3 F2F HICs to serve American Indians/Alaska Natives.

Technical Assistance

HRSA has scheduled the following technical assistance:
Webinar
Day and Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at  3 p.m. ET
Call-In Number: 1 833 568 8864 US Toll-free
Participant Code: 54026854
Weblink: https://hrsa-gov.zoomgov.com/j/1614479271?pwd=V3BKNFdKNFo4WlhERS9FUDdGM3NvUT09
HRSA will record the webinar and make it available at: https://mchb.hrsa.gov/fundingopportunities/default.aspx

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, "Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)," and the program, "Family-to-Family Health Information Centers."

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

  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Wednesday, December 1, 2021.  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 January 5, 2022.

The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Tara Sadera, Pre-award Specialist/Fiscal Manager, at tara.sadera@montana.edu.

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AgrAbility - Assistive Technology Program for Farmers with Disabilities
U.S. Department of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture

MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Dec. 5, 2021
Application due: Jan.13, 2022

The AgrAbility program increases the likelihood that farmers, ranchers, farm workers and farm family members with disabilities will experience success in agricultural production. The program supports projects between State Cooperative Extension System and private, non-profit disability organizations who work in partnership to provide agricultural education and assistance directed at accommodating disability in farm operations for individuals with disabilities, and their families, who engage in farming and farm-related occupations.

NIFA requests applications for the Assistive Technology Program for Farmers with Disabilities through the AgrAbility program, for fiscal year (FY) 2022. The AgrAbility program works to increase the likelihood that farmers, farm workers and farm family members with disabilities, including veterans with disabilities, and their families who engage in farming, farm-related occupations, or are pursuing new farming opportunities, will experience success in agricultural production.

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, "USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture," and the program, "Assistive Technology Program for Farmers with Disabilities (AgrAbility), OSP ID 271."
  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) or PDF 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 December 5, 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 January 13, 2022.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Tara Sadera, Pre-award Specialist/Fiscal Manager, at tara.sadera@montana.edu.

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Building EPSCoR-State/DOE-National Laboratory Partnerships
U.S. Department of Energy

MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Dec. 20, 2021
Pre-application due: Jan. 13, 2022 at 5 PM ET (required)
Application due: Apr. 7, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET

DOE's Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program hereby announces its interest in receiving applications for Building EPSCoR-State/DOE-National Laboratory Partnerships. These partnerships advance understanding of the physical world by supporting fundamental, early-stage energy research collaborations with the DOE national laboratories. (Information on the DOE national laboratories including links to websites can be found at https://www.energy.gov/about-national-labs.) Participation by undergraduate students, graduate students or postdoctoral fellows is required. Early career faculty from EPSCoR jurisdictions are encouraged to apply. Utilization of DOE user facilities is encouraged. (Information on the SC User Facilities can be found at https://science.osti.gov/User-Facilities/User-Facilities-at-a-Glance, information on the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy user facilities can be found at https://nsuf.inl.gov.)

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, "US Department of Energy (USDOE) [F]," and the program, "Building EPSCoR-State/National Laboratory Partnerships."
  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) or PDF 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 Dec. 20, 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 Apr. 7, 2022.

The Office of Research Development is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu, or Tara Sadera, Pre-Award Specialist/Fiscal Manager, at tara.sadera@montana.edu. 

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

Internal Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Nov. 26, 2021
Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Dec. 27, 2021
Application due: Jan. 27, 2022

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is designed to support highly integrated research teams of three to six PDs/PIs to address ambitious and challenging research questions that are important for the mission of NIGMS and are beyond the scope of one or two investigators. Collaborative program teams are expected to accomplish goals that require considerable synergy and managed team interactions. Project goals should not be achievable with a collection of individual efforts or projects. Teams are encouraged to consider far-reaching objectives that will produce major advances in their fields.

Applications that are mainly focused on the creation, expansion, and/or maintenance of community resources, creation of new technologies, or infrastructure development are not appropriate for this FOA.

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, "Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1 - Clinical Trial Optional)."

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

  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Friday, November 26, 2021.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select nominations to go forward to the Sponsor. The external deadline for the letter of intent is Monday, December 27, 2021. Nominations will be due at the Sponsor by January 27, 2022.

The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Tara Sadera, Pre-award Specialist/Fiscal Manager, at tara.sadera@montana.edu.

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Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Nov. 29, 2021
Application due: Jan.27, 2022

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 November 29, 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 January 27, 2021.
  4. The Research Development office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Tara Sadera, Pre-award Specialist/Fiscal Manager, at tara.sadera@montana.edu.

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NEA Grants for Arts Projects, 2022
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Jan. 10, 2022
Part 1-Submit to Grants.gov due: Feb. 10, 2022
Part 2-Submit to NEA's online portal due: Feb. 22, 2022

Grants for Arts Projects is the NEA's principal grants program for organizations based in the United States. Through project-based funding, the program supports public engagement with, and access to, various forms of art across the nation, the creation of art, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life.

Applicants may request cost share/matching grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. Designated local arts agencies eligible to subgrant may request from $10,000 to $150,000 for subgranting programs in the Local Arts Agencies discipline. A minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount is required.

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 Endowment for the Arts (NEA)", and the program, "NEA Grants for Arts Projects, 2022."
  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) or PDF 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 10, 2022. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Applicants will be required to complete "Part 1-Submit to Grants.gov" by February 10, 2022 and "Part 2-Submit to NEA's online portal" by February 22, 2022.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-award Specialist at ebrock@montana.edu, or Tara Sadera, Pre-award Specialist/Fiscal Manager, at tara.sadera@montana.edu.

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Energy Frontier Research Centers
U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Science

MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Jan. 17, 2022
Pre-application (required) due: Feb. 15, 2022 at 5 PM ET
Full proposals due: May 3, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET

The DOE SC program in Basic Energy Sciences (BES) announces a re-competition of the Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) program and encourages both new and renewal applications. Applications from multi-disciplinary teams will be required to propose both discovery science and use-inspired basic research that addresses priority research directions and opportunities identified by a series of BES workshop and roundtable reports. DOE encourages applications that propose fundamental chemical sciences, materials sciences, geosciences, and biosciences research that will enable future clean energy technologies and advanced manufacturing. Coordination across programs is a high priority for DOE. EFRCs under this FOA will include awards for fundamental science that underpins the Energy Earthshots Initiative.

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, "U.S. Department of Energy" and the program, "Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs)."

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

  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Monday, January 17, 2022. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select nominations to go forward to the Sponsor. A pre-application will be due at the sponsor by February 15, 2022. Full proposals will be due May 3, 2022.

The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Tara Sadera, Pre-award Specialist/Fiscal Manager, at tara.sadera@montana.edu.

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NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Dec. 27, 2021
Application due: Feb. 22, 2022

The main goal of the S-STEM program is to enable low-income students with academic ability, talent or potential to pursue successful careers in promising STEM fields. Ultimately, the S-STEM program seeks to increase the number of low-income students who graduate with a S-STEM eligible degree and contribute to the American innovation economy with their STEM knowledge. Recognizing that financial aid alone cannot increase retention and graduation in STEM, the program provides awards to institutions of higher education (IHEs) not only to fund scholarships, but also to adapt, implement, and study evidence-based curricular and co-curricular1 activities that have been shown to be effective supporting recruitment, retention, transfer (if appropriate), student success, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM.

Social mobility for low-income students with academic potential is even more crucial than for students that enjoy other economic support structures. Hence, social mobility cannot be guaranteed unless the scholarship funds the pursuit of degrees in areas where rewarding jobs are available after graduation with an undergraduate or graduate degree.

The S-STEM program encourages collaborations, including but not limited to partnerships among different types of institutions; collaborations of S-STEM eligible faculty, researchers, and academic administrators focused on investigating the factors that affect low-income student success (e.g., institutional, educational, behavioral and social science researchers); and partnerships among institutions of higher education and business, industry, local community organizations, national labs, or other federal or state government organizations, as appropriate.

Scholars must be domestic low-income students, with academic ability, talent or potential and with demonstrated unmet financial need who are enrolled in an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degree program in an S-STEM eligible discipline. Proposers must provide an analysis that articulates the characteristics and academic needs of the population of students they are trying to serve. NSF is particularly interested in supporting the attainment of degrees in fields identified as critical needs for the Nation. Many of these fields have high demand for training professionals that can operate at the convergence of disciplines and include but are not limited to quantum computing and quantum science, robotics, artificial intelligence and machine learning, computer science, data science and computational science applied to other frontier STEM areas and other STEM or technology fields in urgent need of domestic professionals. It is up to the proposer to make a compelling case that a field is a critical need field in the United States.

S-STEM Eligible Degree Programs

  • Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Engineering, and Associate of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Engineering
  • Doctoral

S-STEM Eligible Disciplines

  1. Disciplinary fields in which research is funded by NSF, with the following exceptions:
    1. Clinical degree programs, including medical degrees, nursing, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, and others not funded by NSF, are ineligible degrees.
    2. Business school programs that lead to Bachelor of Arts or Science in Business Administration degrees (BABA/BSBA/BBA) are not eligible for S-STEM funding.
    3. Masters and Doctoral degrees in Business Administration are also excluded.
  2. Technology fields associated with the S-STEM-eligible disciplines (e.g., biotechnology, chemical technology, engineering technology, information technology).

Proposers are strongly encouraged to contact Program Officers before submitting a proposal if they have questions concerning degree or disciplinary eligibility.

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, "NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM)."
  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) or PDF 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 December 27, 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 February 22, 2022.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist at ebrock@montana.edu, or Tara Sadera, Pre-award Specialist/Fiscal Manager, at tara.sadera@montana.edu.

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Scientific Discovery Through Advanced Computing (SCiDAC): Partnership in Nuclear Physics
U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Science

MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Jan. 24, 2021
Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Feb. 24, 2022
Full proposals due: Apr. 26, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET

The DOE SC programs in Nuclear Physics (NP) (https://science.osti.gov/np) and Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) (https://science.osti.gov/ascr) hereby announce their interest in receiving five-year, multi-institutional applications for the Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) Partnerships program (https://www.scidac.gov/).

FOA invites new research applications for the SciDAC-5 Partnerships that enable or accelerate scientific discovery, aligned with the NP mission, through productive collaborations between nuclear physicists and applied mathematicians and/or computer scientists from the SciDAC Institutes to fully exploit the capabilities of DOE HPC.

For the purposes of this FOA, the term "DOE HPC" (i.e., DOE High-End/High-Performance Computing facilities, e.g., see https://science.osti.gov/ascr/Facilities) has been expanded to include the high performance production computational systems at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), as well as those existing, or planned to be available by 2022, at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), or similar DOE computing facilities. DOE HPC includes the exascale machines now planned for these Facilities (Perlmutter, Aurora, Frontier) within the period covered by this FOA, please consult the following websites for further information: https://www.nersc.gov/systems/perlmutter, https://alcf.anl.gov/aurora, https://www.olcf.ornl.gov/frontier, https://science.osti.gov/ascr/Facilities/User-Facilities/Upgrades, DOE High-End/High-Performance Computing (HPC) facilities, e.g., see https://science.osti.gov/ascr/Facilities

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, "US Department of Energy (USDOE)" and the program, "Scientific Discovery Through Advanced Computing (SCiDAC): Partnership in Nuclear Physics."

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

  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Monday, January 24, 2022. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select nominations to go forward to the Sponsor. Letters of Intent (LOIs) will be due at the Sponsor by February 24, 2022. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by April 26, 2022.

The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Tara Sadera, Pre-award Specialist/Fiscal Manager, at tara.sadera@montana.edu.

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Facilitator of Polar STEAM (Polar STEAM) Polar Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics
National Science Foundation (NSF)

MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Oct. 18, 2021
Application due: Feb. 25, 2022

NSF's Office of Polar Programs (OPP) and the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) seek proposals for a Facilitator to manage a Polar Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (Polar STEAM) initiative. The successful proposal for the Facilitator of Polar STEAM will be administered as a Cooperative Agreement (CA) over a five-year period of performance, with the option for a renewal for up to five years pending review.

Polar STEAM is a new initiative, which encompasses and enriches two longstanding efforts:

  • an Antarctic Artists and Writers (AAW) program to support writing and artistic projects specifically designed to increase the public's understanding and appreciation of the Antarctic and the human endeavors on the southernmost continent; and
  • support for educators, both formal and informal, to travel to the Antarctic and Arctic to work collaboratively with researchers (hereafter, the Polar Educators program).

These efforts have for decades provided a unique professional development opportunity that benefited not only the individual artists, writers, and educators but also the diverse communities they served. Both programs provided unique avenues for NSF-funded researchers to enhance the Broader Impact of their work. Incorporating Art into STEM learning experiences (commonly referred to as STEAM, e.g., Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) allows students of all ages to access science concepts from different vantage points, promotes creative thinking, speaks to a broader swath of learners, and enhances engagement and understanding. Polar STEAM will promote diversity, equity and inclusion in polar science programs and allow for participation by a broader range of educators.

The Facilitator of Polar STEAM will be responsible for managing the AAW and Polar Educator program(s) as parallel but synergistic programs that promote connections and innovative partnerships between their participants. To accomplish this, the Facilitator will need to demonstrate the ability to work with the two programs' diverse stakeholders and audiences.

The creation of a Cooperative Agreement (CA) for a new Facilitator for Polar STEAM will 1) resume the AAW program; 2) expand the reach of the educators' program to include faculty from community colleges and Minority Serving Institutions; 3) help integrate both programs with the work of the OPP and EHR programs; 4) foster collaboration and coordination between the participants, i.e., artists, writers, educators and researchers; and 5) broaden the public impact of Polar STEAM.

In response to this solicitation, NSF seeks proposals from a broad representation of PIs and institutions, including a geographically diverse set of institutions (including those in EPSCoR jurisdictions) and PIs who are women, early-career researchers, members of underrepresented groups, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

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, "Facilitator of Polar STEAM (Polar STEAM) Polar Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics."
  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) or PDF 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 Oct. 18, 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 February 25, 2022.

The Office of Research Development (ORD) Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Tara Sadera, Preaward Specialist/Fiscal Manager, at tara.sadera@montana.edu.

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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Postdoctoral Research Fellowships-Track 2-Institutional Cohort Postdoctoral Fellowships
National Science Foundation (NSF)

MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Jan. 24, 2022
Application due: Mar. 1, 2022

The Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) STEM Education Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (STEM Ed PRF) program funds individual and institutional postdoctoral awards designed to enhance the research knowledge, skills, and practices of recent doctoral graduates in STEM, STEM Education, Education, and related disciplines, with a goal of advancing their preparation to engage in fundamental and applied research in STEM education that advances knowledge within the field.

Track 2: Institutional Cohort Postdoctoral Fellowships

Proposers for Institutional Cohort Postdoctoral Fellowships (Track II) may be an individual institution of higher education or a collaborative of multiple institutions (up to three institutions, including the lead institution). The primary (lead) institution must be accredited and include an active STEM education research program and experts prepared to actively mentor postdoctoral fellows. For collaborations of multiple institutions, the secondary (collaborating) institutions must be accredited two-year, four-year, or graduate-level institutions of higher education (including community colleges) or can be non-profit, non-academic organizations engaged in STEM education and/or STEM education research activities. While not all collaborating institutions must host a fellow or fellows, all institutions should have a substantive role and contribute significant value to the proposed project.

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, "Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Postdoctoral Research Fellowships-Track 2-Institutional Cohort Postdoctoral Fellowships."
  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) or PDF 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 24, 2022. 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 March 1, 2022.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Tara Sadera, Pre-award Specialist/Fiscal Manager, at tara.sadera@montana.edu.

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Scholarships in STEM Network (S-STEM-Net): S-STEM Resource and Evaluation Center and S-STEM Research Hubs
National Science Foundation (NSF)

MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Jan. 17, 2021
Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Feb. 2, 2022-required for Resource and Evaluation Center
Application due: Mar. 22, 2022 for S-STEM Resource and Evaluation Center and S-STEM Research Hubs

Through this solicitation, NSF seeks to foster a network of S-STEM stakeholders and further develop the infrastructure needed to generate and disseminate new knowledge, successful practices and effective design principles arising from NSF S-STEM projects nationwide. The ultimate vision of the legislation governing the S-STEM parent program[1] (and of the current S-STEM-Net solicitation) is that all Americans, regardless of economic status, should be able to contribute to the American innovation economy if they so desire.

To support collaboration within the S-STEM network, NSF will fund two types of investments: An S-STEM Resource and Evaluation Center (S-STEM-REC) and several S-STEM Research Hubs (S-STEM-Hub). The S-STEM Network (S-STEM-Net) will collaborate to create synergies and sustain a robust national ecosystem consisting of multi-sector partners supporting domestic low-income STEM students in achieving their career goals, while also ensuring access, inclusion, and adaptability to changing learning needs. The infrastructure formed by the Hubs and the REC will also synthesize current achievements and investigate evolving barriers to the success of this student population. It will also disseminate the context and circumstances by which interventions and practices that support graduation of domestic low-income students pursuing careers in STEM are successful.

The target audience for this dissemination effort is the community of higher education institutions, faculty, scholars, researchers and evaluators, local and regional organizations, industry, and other nonprofit, federal, state, and local agencies concerned with the success of domestic low-income STEM students in the United States.

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 to which you want to apply. You can choose between "Scholarships in STEM Network (S-STEM-Net): S-STEM Resource and Evaluation Center (NSF 22-544 REC)" or "Scholarships in STEM Network (S-STEM-Net): S-STEM Research Hubs (NSF 22-544 Research Hubs)."
  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) or PDF 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 17, 2022. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. A letter of intent (LOI) is required for the Resource Evaluation Center program and due to the Sponsor by February 2, 2022. Full proposals for both programs will be due at the Sponsor by March 22, 2022.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist at ebrock@montana.edu, or Tara Sadera, Pre-award Specialist/Fiscal Manager, at tara.sadera@montana.edu.

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Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program
National Science Foundation (NSF)

MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Feb. 7, 2022
Application due: Mar. 25, 2022

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.

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, "Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) 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) or PDF 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 February 7, 2022. 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 March 25, 2022.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Tara Sadera, Pre-award Specialist/Fiscal Manager, at tara.sadera@montana.edu.

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Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - NIFA

MSU Letter of Intent (LOI): Jan. 24, 2022
Application due: Mar. 31, 2022 at 5 PM ET

NIFA requests applications for the Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields (WAMS) program for Fiscal Year 2022. The anticipated amount available for grants in both years is approximately $384,000. This RFA is being released prior to the passage of an appropriations act for FY2022. Enactment of additional continuing resolutions or an appropriations act may affect the availability or level of funding for this program.

This notice identifies the objectives for WAMS projects, deadlines, funding information, eligibility criteria for projects and applicants, and application forms and associated instructions. NIFA requests applications for WAMS to support research and extension activities that increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas who will pursue and complete a postsecondary degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

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, "USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture," and the program, "Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS)."
  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) or PDF 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 24, 2022. 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 March 31, 2022.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Tara Sadera, Pre-award Specialist/Fiscal Manager, at tara.sadera@montana.edu.

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

MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Feb. 21, 2022
Application due: Apr. 12, 2022

EPSCoR Mission and Goals

The mission of EPSCoR is to assist the National Science Foundation in its statutory function "to strengthen research and education in science and engineering throughout the United States and to avoid undue concentration of such research and education." EPSCoR goals are to:

  • Catalyze the development of research capabilities and the creation of new knowledge that expands jurisdictions' contributions to scientific discovery, innovation, learning, and knowledge-based prosperity;
  • Establish sustainable Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, training, and professional development pathways that advance jurisdiction-identified research areas and workforce development;
  • Broaden direct participation of demographically diverse individuals, institutions, and organizations in the project's science and engineering research and education initiatives;
  • Effect sustainable engagement of project participants and partners, the jurisdictions, the national research community, and the general public through data-sharing, communication, outreach, and dissemination; and
  • Impact research, education, and economic development beyond the project at academic, government, and private sector levels.

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 4: EPSCoR Research Fellows

Developing the full potential of their science and engineering research workforce is critical to the long-term competitiveness of EPSCoR jurisdictions and the nation overall. To realize this potential, it is often worthwhile for researchers to spend periods of time at other institutions, forming deep collaborative connections that can be sustained for many years throughout their careers. The benefits of such an experience may be particularly valuable to those researchers who are not yet firmly established in their careers. This EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 4: EPSCoR Research Fellows solicitation provides an opportunity for faculty to spend extended periods of time at the nation's premier research facilities. The fellowship period may be used to initiate new collaborative relationships, to expand existing partnerships in ambitious new directions, or to make use of unique equipment not available at the PI's home institution. Successful fellowships will positively impact and potentially transform the recipient's research career trajectory. This fellowship support is intended to provide opportunities for PIs to work at facilities of national prominence that would not otherwise be possible without the fellowship.

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 4: EPSCoR Research Fellows Tracks

This solicitation offers two tracks - RII Track-4:NSF and RII Track 4: Fellows Advancing Science and Technology (RII Track-4:FAST). While they are similar in achieving the same goals, RII Track-4:NSF is open to a broad community, and RII Track-4:FAST focuses on PIs from specific institutions of higher education with high enrollments of trainees from underrepresented populations in STEM (See Section "IV. Eligibility Information" for more details) to collaborate specifically with researchers at NASA's participating research centers. PIs that are eligible for both tracks may apply for only one track per competition cycle. The support should contribute to both the PI's research capacity and to the improvement of their institution's scientific competitiveness more broadly.

RII Track-4:NSF

RII Track-4:NSF provides support to further develop the individual research potential of non-tenured PIs through extended collaborative visits to the nation's premier private, governmental, or academic research centers. Any research topic that is supported by the NSF Directorates and Offices is eligible for consideration (see the NSF Directorates and Offices listed under the "Applicable Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s):" section, under the "Summary of Program Requirements" within this solicitation). The fellowship host site may be any academic, governmental, commercial, or non-profit research facility within the United States or its territories.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Science Foundation (NSF) [F]," and the program, "EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 4: EPSCoR Research Fellows (RII Track-4)."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF 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 February 21, 2022. 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 12, 2022, respectively.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Tara Sadera, Pre-award Specialist/Fiscal Manager, at tara.sadera@montana.edu.

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

MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Sept. 20, 2021
Pre-application counseling calls starting Jan. 3, 2022
Phase I Application due: May 2, 2022; Full proposal due (by invitation only): Aug. 15, 2022

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) or PDF 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 20, 2021. 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 May 2, 2022. Full Proposals will be due at the Sponsor (by invitation only) by August 15, 2022.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist at ebrock@montana.edu, or Tara Sadera, Pre-Award Specialist/Fiscal Manager at tara.sadera@montana.edu.

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Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

History of Art Grants
Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Mar. 1, 2022 at 5 PM ET
Application due: April 1, 2022 at 5 PM ET (by invitation only)

The History of Art Grants program supports scholarly projects that will enhance the appreciation and understanding of European works of art and architecture from antiquity to the early 19th century. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, museum exhibitions and publications, photographic campaigns, scholarly catalogues and publications, and technical and scientific studies.

Grants are also awarded for activities that permit art historians to share their expertise through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, and other professional events.

The Foundation has three award cycles in a year. Visit the website for details.

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Spring 2022 Artist Residencies
Ucross Foundation

Application due: Sept. 1, 2021 for residencies during the Spring Session (Feb. to early June) and March 1, 2022 for residencies during the Fall Session (Aug. to early Dec.)

Founded in 1981, the Ucross Foundation provides uninterrupted time, workspace, and living accommodations to competitively selected visual artists, writers, composers, choreographers, interdisciplinary artists, and performance artists, as well as collaborative teams. Applicants must exhibit professional standing in their field; both mature and emerging artists of promise are welcome to apply.

The foundation is accepting applications for its 2022 Spring Residency program, which runs from February to early June.

Artists, writers, and composers from around the United States and elsewhere, in any stage of their professional career, are invited to apply to work as an individual or as part of a team.

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Department of Defense (DOD)

Coded Visibility (CV)
U.S. Department of Defense - DARPA

Abstract due: Nov. 23, 2021 at 4 PM ET (strongly encouraged)
FAQ submission deadline: Dec.10, 2021 at 4 PM ET
Application due: Jan. 7, 2022 at 4 PM ET

The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of tailorable, tunable, and safe obscurants that provide U.S. and allied forces with an asymmetric advantage by degrading an adversary's visibility without concomitant degradation of our own vision. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.

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DARPA - Defense Sciences Office Young Faculty Award (YFA)
U.S. Department of Defense - DARPA - Defense Sciences Office

Executive Summary due: Nov. 4, 2021 at 4 p.m. EST./ Application Inquiries and Question allowed until Oct. 15, 2021 at 12 p.m. EST.
Application due: Jan 25, 2022 at 4 p.m. EST.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (YFA) program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior research positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions, particularly those without prior DARPA funding, to expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) needs and DARPA's mission to create and prevent technological surprise. YFA will provide high-impact funding to elite researchers early in their careers to develop innovative new research that enables transformative DoD capabilities. Ultimately, YFA is developing the next generations of researchers focused on national security issues.

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Advanced Graphic Intelligence Logical Computing Environment (AGILE)
U.S. Department of Defense - Dept of the Army - Materiel Command

Application due: Jan. 18, 2022

The U.S. Army Research Office (ARO) in partnership with IARPA seeks research and development of innovative, energy-efficient, reliable computer architectures for the DoD and the Intelligence Community (IC) to implement large-scale data-analytic applications, as well as other classes of large problems. The primary focus of this program, Advanced Graphic Intelligence Logical computing Environment (AGILE), is the development of new system-level intelligent mechanisms for processing, moving, accessing, and storing large, unfiltered, time-varying data streams and structures that allow for the scalable and efficient execution of dynamic graph analytic workflows.

The overarching goal for the AGILE program is to create novel computer architectures and designs that overcome the challenges specified below. The AGILE program will result in the delivery of Detailed Designs, whose performance has undergone rigorous and independent Testing and Evaluation. 

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Cornucopia
U.S. Department of Defense - DARPA - Defense Sciences Office (DSO)

Abstract due: Jan. 6, 2022 at 4 PM ET
FAQ submission deadline: Feb. 8, 2022 at 4 PM ET
Application due: Feb. 22, 2022 at 4 PM ET

The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals to develop capabilities for field-deployable, on demand production of a range of nutritious, palatable foodstuffs from engineered microbes, air, water, and electricity. Proposed research will investigate innovative approaches and drive revolutionary advances in science, devices, and/or systems to enable production of nutrition on demand, at the point of consumption within parameters associated with two DARPA-defined use cases. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.

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Engineer Research and Development Center - Broad Agency Announcement
U.S. Department of Defense - Engineer Research and Development Center

Applications accepted anytime through Feb. 28, 2022

The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for various research and development topic areas. The ERDC consists of the Coastal and Hydraulics Lab (CHL), the Geotechnical and Structures Lab (GSL), the Reachback Operations Center (UROC), the Environmental Lab (EL) and the Information Technology Lab (ITL) in Vicksburg, Mississippi, the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab (CRREL) in Hanover, New Hampshire, the Construction Engineering Research Lab (CERL) in Champaign, Illinois, and the Geospatial Research Laboratory (GRL) in Alexandria, Virginia. The ERDC is responsible for conducting research in the broad fields of hydraulics, dredging, coastal engineering, instrumentation, oceanography, remote sensing, geotechnical engineering, earthquake engineering, soil effects, vehicle mobility, self-contained munitions, military engineering, geophysics, pavements, protective structures, aquatic plants, water quality, dredged material, treatment of hazardous waste, wetlands, physical/mechanical/ chemical properties of snow and other frozen precipitation, infrastructure and environmental issues for installations, computer science, telecommunications management, energy, facilities maintenance, materials and structures, engineering processes, environmental processes, land and heritage conservation, and ecological processes. The BAA is available as an attachment to this posting and is also available at http://erdc.usace.army.mil. The BAA is open until superseded by another announcement. Proposals may be accepted at any time.

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Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program
U.S. Department of Defense - Dept of the Army - Materiel Command

Application inquiries and questions (deadline): Feb. 23, 2022
Application due: Mar. 7, 2022

SMART is a highly competitive STEM-focused scholarship-for-service program, empowered to make full-tuition awards during any phase of a scholar's education in a regionally accredited U.S. university or college. The program sponsors undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral study in 21 academic disciplines that the Department has identified as critical to national security and DoD's future. Established by Congress in 2006, the program has awarded more than 3,700 scholarships, and aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at Department of Defense (DoD) laboratories and facilities.

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Core Solicitation and SERDP Exploratory Development (SEED) Solicitation
U.S. Department of Defense - SERDP and ESTCP Joint Program

Webinar for SERDP Solicitations: Nov. 10, 2021 from 11:00-12:30 PM MT (Pre-registration is required)
Core Solicitation - application due: Jan. 6, 2022 at 12 PM MT
SERDP Exploratory Development (SEED) Solicitation - application due: Mar. 10, 2022 at 12 PM MT

The Core Solicitation provides funding opportunities for basic and applied research and advanced technology development. Core projects vary in cost and duration consistent with the scope of the work proposed. The Statements of Need referenced by this solicitation request proposals related to the SERDP program areas of Environmental Restoration, Munitions Response, Resource Conservation and Resiliency, and Weapons Systems and Platforms. All Core pre-proposals are due Jan. 6, 2022 by 2 PM ET.

The SERDP Exploratory Development (SEED) Solicitation provides funding opportunities for work that will investigate innovative environmental approaches that entail high technical risk or require supporting data to provide proof of concept. Funding is limited to not more than $250,000 and projects are approximately one year in duration. This year, SERDP is requesting SEED proposals for the Munitions Response program area. SEED proposals are due Mar. 10, 2022 by 2 PM ET.

Webinar for the SERDP Solicitations: SERDP Executive Director Dr. Herb Nelson, Deputy Director Dr. Andrea Leeson, and the SERDP Program Managers will conduct an online seminar "SERDP Funding Opportunities" on Nov. 10, 2021, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET. This briefing will offer valuable information for those interested in new SERDP funding opportunities. During the online seminar, participants may ask questions about the funding process, the current SERDP solicitations, and the proposal submission process.

Pre-registration for this webinar is required. If you have difficulty registering, please contact the SERDP Support Office at

serdp-estcp.webinars@noblis.org or by telephone at 571-372-6565

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FY22 Department of Navy (DON) Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), Education and Workforce Program administered by the Office of Naval Research (ONR)
U.S. Department of Defense - Office of Naval Research (ONR)

White paper inquiries and questions: Apr. 8, 2022
White papers due: Apr. 15, 2022 at 11:59 ET
Applications due: Sept. 2, 2022 at 11:59 ET (by invitation only)

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving a broad range of proposals for augmenting existing and/or developing innovative solutions that directly maintain, and/or cultivate a diverse, world-class Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce to maintain the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps' technological superiority. The goal of proposed efforts must provide solutions that establish, build, and/or maintain STEM educational pathways of U.S. citizens directly relevant to the needs of Department of Navy's (DON) current and future workforce. As the capacity of the DON Science and Technology (S&T) workforce is interconnected with the STEM education system, DON recognizes the need to support efforts that can jointly improve STEM student outcomes and align educational and outreach efforts with Naval S&T current and future workforce needs. This announcement explicitly encourages programs that improve the capacity of education systems and communities to create impactful STEM educational experiences for students of all ages and the naval related workforce. Programs must aim to increase engagement in naval relevant STEM, and enhance the corresponding skills, knowledge, and abilities of participants. ONR encourages applicants to utilize current STEM educational research for informing program design and advancing STEM careers and opportunities of naval relevance.

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Collaboration for Innovative Research on Aircraft Structure (CIRAS)
U.S. Department of Defense - Air Force - Research Lab

Step 1: White paper due date and time to be published at a later date (see description below)
Step 2: Proposal due date and time will be sent with invitation for full proposal

Collaboration for Innovative Research on Aircraft Structure (CIRAS) The Aerospace Vehicles Division (RQV), Aerospace Systems Directorate (RQ), Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), is soliciting research in aircraft structural design, analysis, and experimentation, specifically in the following areas:

  1. Innovative structural concepts for reducing weight and/or improving performance
  2. Generation of realistic load and environmental spectra
  3. Advanced structural design and analysis methods
  4. Advanced techniques for experimental validation of structural models and simulations

 

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Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Medical, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Medical Countermeasures
U.S. Department of Defense

Submission window for pre-proposals is open until June 2, 2022

The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) is organized into five Joint Project Management Offices (JPMO), each responsible for specific commodity areas. General information on the JPEO-CBD and subordinate JPMOs can be obtained from the JPEO-CBD website at http://www.jpeocbd.osd.mil/.

The medical CBRN countermeasures developed by the Joint Project Manager Medical Countermeasure Systems (JPM MCS) office directly support the current, near-term, and far-term challenges by providing the capability to prevent, diagnose and treat the effects of chemical, radiological and biological warfare agents.

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Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research
U.S. Department of Defense - Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Applications will be accepted until a new Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is released

AFOSR plans, coordinates, and executes the Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL) basic research program in response to technical guidance from AFRL and requirements of the Air Force. Additionally, the office fosters, supports, and conducts research within Air Force, university, and industry laboratories; and ensures transition of research results to support U.S. Air Force needs. The focus of AFOSR is on research areas that offer significant and comprehensive benefits to our national war fighting and peacekeeping capabilities. These areas are organized and managed in two scientific Departments: Engineering and Information Science (RTA), Physical and Biological Sciences (RTB), and our international offices (EAORD, SOARD, and AOARD). The research activities managed within each Department are summarized in the full announcement.

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FY21 Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Office-Wide Broad Agency Announcement
U.S. Department of Defense - NAVAIR

Application due: June 2, 2022

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:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) / Machine Learning (ML)
  • Data Science & Visualization
  • Cyber
  • Quantum
  • Hypersonic Systems
  • Test and Evaluation Engineering
  • Avionics, Sensors & Electronic Warfare
  • Secure Communications & Networks
  • Warfare Analysis
  • Readiness and Sustainment
  • Materials and Aircraft Structures
  • Aeromechanicsmechanics
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Power and Propulsion Systems
  • Human Systems
  • Support Equipment
  • Systems Engineering

NAWCAD may also consider submissions outside these areas if the white paper involves the development of novel-based capabilities with potential to enhance naval capabilities.


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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LPS Qubit Collaboratory (LQC)
U.S. Department of Defense - Dept of the Army -- Materiel Command

This Broad Agency Announcement is a continuously open announcement valid through April 30, 2026

The U.S. Army Research Office (ARO) in partnership with NSA's Laboratory for Physical Science (LPS) is soliciting Incubator, Collaboration, and Fellowship research proposals for participation in the LPS Qubit Collaboratory (LQC). The mission of the LQC can be captured in three broad goals: 1) pursue disruptive fundamental research and enabling technologies with a focus on qubit development for quantum computing and other applications (such as sensing); 2) grow deep, collaborative partnerships to tackle the most difficult and relevant long-term problems in quantum information science and technology; and 3) build a quantum workforce of tomorrow through research experiences in government at LPS and at LQC partners. The LQC will offer a mechanism for collaborative research between LPS and academia, industry, FFRDCs, and Government Laboratories to advance foundational and transformative research on challenging problems that have hindered progress in quantum information processing and associated technologies.

The goal of this BAA is to seek proposals that bring together expertise from the public and private sectors and their respective research infrastructures to advance solutions that may be best approached as a collaborative team. A Collaboratory is "a center without walls, in which the nation's researchers can perform their research without regard to physical location, interacting with colleagues, accessing instrumentation, sharing data and computational resources, [and] accessing information in digital libraries. This BAA introduces LQC Research Thrusts (A.1.1) which are the technical areas of interest--which will be updated periodically--where partners of the LQC will pursue joint research with LPS through Incubator (A.1.2) and Collaboration (A.1.3) collaborative agreements. The LQC BAA also fulfills the Government's overarching interest--through the proposed research and on-site research experiences--in creating and training a workforce in quantum science and technology, generating pathways of solutions that feed technology development, establishing partnerships, and creating transition opportunities. In further support of training through research, Section A.1.4 calls for Quantum Computing Research (QuaCR) Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellowships for US citizens working in areas of interest.

Substantial progress on solving the most difficult and long-term Quantum Information Science & Technology (QIST) research problems that unleash further rapid progress in the field will constitute LQC success. Examples of such research problems include (but are not limited to): limits of performance due to device design, material selection, and/or control, the exploration of alternative qubit physics (e.g., different approaches to qubit encoding or types of gates) and lowering of barriers to such approaches, advances in materials that improve qubit gate fidelity, reducing the overhead of classical components in quantum information technology and optimizing classical performance, and the exploration of applications of quantum technologies to new domains.

Three categories of proposals are sought for this BAA:

  1. Incubator
  2. Collaboratory
  3. QuaCR Research Fellowship

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Department of Education

Institute of Education Sciences (IES): Research Networks Focused on Critical Problems of Education Policy and Practice
U.S. Department of Education

Application due: Mar. 10, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET

Purpose of Program: Through the National Center for Education Research (NCER), the Institute of Education Sciences (Institute) provides support for programs of research in areas of demonstrated national need. The Institute's research grant programs are designed to provide interested individuals and the general public with reliable and valid information about education practices that support learning and improve academic achievement and access to education opportunities for all learners.

Through the Research Networks Focused on Critical Problems of Education Policy and Practice grant program, NCER focuses resources and attention on specific education problems or issues that are a high priority for the Nation. NCER also establishes both a structure and process for researchers who are working on these issues to share ideas, build new knowledge, and strengthen their research and dissemination capacity. Through this program, NCER seeks to establish the Leveraging Evidence to Accelerate Recovery Nationwide Network.

Through the Improving Pandemic Recovery Efforts in Education Agencies grant program, NCER seeks to establish two research networks, with one examining recovery activities in prekindergarten through grade 12 and the other examining recovery activities in community colleges.

Competitions in This Notice: The Institute's NCER is announcing two competitions--one focused on leveraging evidence to accelerate recovery and one on improving pandemic recovery activities in education agencies.

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Department of Energy (DOE)

SciDAC: Partnerships in Earth System Model Development
U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Science

Pre-application due: Jan. 13, 2022 at 5 PM ET (required)
Application due: Apr. 11, 2022 at 5 PM ET

The DOE SC programs in Biological and Environmental Research (BER) and Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) announce their interest in receiving applications from multi-disciplinary teams to establish collaborative projects under the SC-wide Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program in specific targeted topic areas that relate to the BER and ASCR missions. This FOA invites new research applications for the SciDAC-5 Partnerships in Earth System Model Development that enable or accelerate scientific discovery employing deep, necessary, and productive collaborations between earth-system scientists on the one hand and applied mathematicians and computer scientists on the other, that overcome the barriers between these disciplines and consequently fully exploit the capabilities of DOE high-performance computing (HPC) in order to accelerate and enhance the DOE's Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM) development, supported by the Earth System Model Development Program Area (ESMD) of the Earth and Environmental Systems Modeling Program (EESM) within the Earth and Environmental Systems Sciences Division (EESSD) under BER. This SciDAC opportunity targets current challenges of the E3SM to improve its representations and performance of the Atlantic Meridional Ocean Circulation (AMOC), the Antarctic ice sheet, marine biogeochemistry, and quasi-biennial oscillation (QBO), as well as improved physics and numerics to enhance coupling of the various components with high and variable resolutions of the E3SM.

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Quantum-Enabled Bioimaging and Sensing Approaches for Bioenergy
U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Science

Pre-application (required) due: Jan. 14, 2022 at 5 PM ET
Application due: Apr. 4, 2022

BER seeks to advance our understanding of bioimaging by using new quantum science-enabled areas that could resolve limitations of classical optics including resolution and detection limits, signal-to-noise ratio, limitations on temporal dynamics, long term signal stability, sample photodamage and limited penetration, or selective biomolecule sensing. Fundamental research concepts and use-inspired, early prototype research are needed to realize quantum-enabled bioimaging and sensing. Promising approaches could employ photon entanglement, tunneling, quantum correlation, or other quantum phenomena to production and detection of photons or electrons for bioimaging. Applications must enable in situ imaging of live or preserved plant and microbial systems relevant to bioenergy research supported by BER.

Current bioimaging techniques measure structure and dynamics to complement biomolecule identification and reactions in plant-microbe biosystems. This information is often crucial for validating hypotheses of cellular metabolism or synthetically engineered pathways. Biological macromolecules that catalyze metabolic and transport reactions exist in spatially defined or membrane-bound regions in the cell often deep within the living organism. Spatial and temporal information characterize the dynamic, sequential context for biochemical steps and substrates, metabolites, enzymes, and regulatory molecules within a biological process or metabolic pathway of interest.

A major challenge is to understand how metabolic pathways are organized within topological constraints at the subcellular scale deep within living systems. Techniques to understand the dynamic organismal function, and location of macromolecules involved in these pathways is key towards developing a better understanding of the spatiotemporal dependence of metabolic processes in biological systems at cellular and subcellular levels.

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Technology Innovation to Increase Hydropower Flexibility
Department of Energy - Golden Field Office

Concept paper due: Nov. 2, 2021 at 5 PM ET
Application due: Jan. 22, 2022 at 5 PM ET

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is issuing, on behalf of the Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) through its HydroWIRES Initiative, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) titled "Technology Innovation to Increase Hydropower Flexibility." The FOA seeks next-generation technologies from manufacturers, equipment vendors, and research organizations to improve the flexible capabilities of the U.S. hydropower fleet. The development of technical solutions to improve hydropower flexibility - either by improving performance across various dimensions of unit-level flexibility, or by reducing potential negative impacts of flexible operations - can improve hydropower's ability to integrate additional variable renewable resources and support power system decarbonization. To view the full FOA document, visit EERE Exchange at https://eere-Exchange.energy.go

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Biosystems Design to Enable Safe Production of Next-Generation Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biomaterials
U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Science

Pre-application due: Jan. 26, 2022 at 5 PM ET (required)
Application due: Apr. 6, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET

BER supports fundamental, interdisciplinary research to achieve a predictive systems-level understanding of Earth, environmental and biological systems. The overarching goals of the BER Program are to support transformative science to solve critical challenges in energy security and environmental stewardship. As part of its mission, BER invests in crosscutting technologies and programs to enable multiscale, systems-level research to achieve a predictive understanding of systems biology, biological community function, and environmental behavior. BSSD within BER aims to provide the necessary fundamental science to understand, predict, manipulate, and design biological processes that underpin innovations for bioenergy and bioproduct research and to enhance our understanding of natural environmental processes relevant to DOE. BSSD supports fundamental research to understand the systems biology of plants and microbes through the GSP. The GSP's portfolio includes systems biology research that builds on a foundation of multi-omics data and integrates multidisciplinary experimental and computational approaches. Within this framework, one of the objectives of the GSP is to develop the next generation of genome engineering technologies to unlock the potential of plants and microorganisms for the safe and efficient conversion of renewable biomass, captured CO2 from the atmosphere, and/or petroleum-derived polymers into fuels, valuable chemicals, and materials with novel properties, advancing towards a sustainable and secure bioeconomy. The iterative application and testing of those engineering technologies to design living organisms with new functional properties also leads to a deeper understanding of the fundamental principles governing those organisms. Therefore, this "design, build, test, learn" (DBTL) cycle not only results in improved biosystems design, but also leads to a more comprehensive knowledge of relevant biological systems.

During the last decade, the fields of systems and synthetic biology and artificial intelligence have seen momentous advances that have dramatically accelerated the DBTL cycle for engineering biology. More efficient approaches for genome-wide editing, analysis, and phenotyping become available, and new computational tools and modeling algorithms can handle increasingly large datasets while continuously improving their prediction accuracy. To bring these advances to the next level, integrative multidisciplinary applications are solicited for highly innovative, fundamental multi-omics and systems biology research and technology development for biosystems design. Applications should respond to one of the following two research topics:

  1. Microbial biosystems design for the production of biofuels, bioproducts, and biomaterials
  2. Plant biosystems design for bioenergy, bioproducts, and biomaterials

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Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research
U.S. Department of Energy - Golden Field Office

See full announcement for deadlines that precede full proposal deadline
Application due: Feb. 9, 2022

The Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Nuclear Energy's (DOE-NE) mission is to advance U.S. nuclear power in order to meet the nation's energy needs by:
1. Enhancing the long-term viability and competitiveness of the existing U.S. reactor fleet;
2. Developing an advanced reactor pipeline; and,
3. Implementing and maintaining the national strategic fuel cycle and supply chain infrastructure.
Collectively, all NE-sponsored activities support the Department's priorities to combat the climate crisis, create clean energy jobs with the free and fair chance to join a union and bargain collectively, and promote equity and environmental justice by delivering innovative clean energy technologies for nuclear energy systems.

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Opportunities in Frontier Plasma Science
U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Science

Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Mar. 1, 2022 at 5 PM ET (required)
Application due: Apr. 8, 2022 at 5 PM ET

The DOE SC program in Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) hereby announces its interest in receiving new applications from U.S. researchers to carry out frontier plasma science research on one or more of the collaborative research facilities (CRFs) and initiatives supported by FES General Plasma Science (GPS) program. These include the Big Red Ball (BRB) and Madison Symmetric Torus (MST) experiments at the Wisconsin Plasma Physics Laboratory (WiPPL) at the University of Wisconsin - Madison (UW-Madison), the Large Plasma Device (LAPD) in the Basic Plasma Science Facility (BaPSF) at the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA), the DIII-D Frontier Science Initiative at General Atomics (GA), the Magnetized Dusty Plasma Experiment (MDPX) at the Magnetized Plasma Research Laboratory (MPRL) at Auburn University, the low-temperature Plasma Research Facility (PRF) at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), and the Princeton Collaborative Research Facility (PCRF) at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). Interested principal investigators (PIs) must have already responded to the separate call for proposals from one or more of these facilities and been allocated experimental runtime to carry out their project.

The goal of this FOA is to increase participation and productivity of the GPS program supported CRFs and initiatives. U.S. PIs may seek travel funds and/or seed funding for short-term projects (1-2 years in duration) to carry out frontier plasma science research on these facilities. The funding may include travel support, small FTE support for the PI to supervise, as well as support for students or postdoctoral researchers involved in the experiment and/or validation work. Full-term research projects seeking three or more years of funding are outside the scope of this FOA and must be submitted in response to other announcements.

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Academic Visitors/Visiting Researchers Exchange Programs
U.S. Department of Energy - Idaho National Laboratory

No due date for applications is posted.

Academic Visitors/Visiting Researchers

INL's academic visitors program promotes collaboration and interaction between lab researchers - and research programs - and university staff.  This program allows university personnel, with no funding or contracts with INL, access to security plans and badging needed to access INL facilities.

Visiting researchers can participate in a variety of activities, including but not limited to:

  1. Guest lectures.
  2. Collaborations with INL researchers, funded jointly by INL and the university.
  3. Providing education to INL staff.
  4. Mentoring INL staff on new technology or academic research.
  5. Discussing topics of mutual interest.

Detailed contact information is available at link below.

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Department of Health & Human Services

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation
Health Resources and Services Administration

Application due: Jan.13, 2022

The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) is a multi-year initiative by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) aimed at reducing the morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), in high risk rural communities. This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under RCORP-Implementation. This funding opportunity, RCORP-Implementation, will advance RCORP's overall goal by strengthening and expanding SUD/OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery services to enhance rural residents' ability to access treatment and move towards recovery.

Given the complex and multifaceted nature of SUD/OUD, as well as the need to secure community buy-in and generate adequate patient volume to sustain services, HRSA requires that applicants be part of broad, multi-sectoral consortia. HRSA expects that consortia funded by RCORP-Implementation will sustain the SUD/OUD-related services in rural areas made possible by this funding opportunity both during and beyond the period of performance. The target population for the award is: 1) individuals who are at risk for, have been diagnosed with, and/or are in treatment and/or recovery for OUD; 2) their families and/or caregivers; and 3) other community members1 who reside in HRSA-designated rural areas, as defined by the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer. In addition to this target population, applicants are encouraged to give special consideration to rural populations that have historically suffered from poorer health outcomes or health disparities, as compared to the rest of the rural population.

The primary focus of the RCORP-Implementation award program is OUD. However, recognizing that many individuals with OUD use multiple substance and/or have other co-occurring conditions, consortia may also use RCORP-Implementation support to help address other SUD-related needs of the target population of individuals and families affected by OUD. Applicants should link any additional activities they propose to the needs of their target population and service area. Please note that no competitive advantage, funding priority, or preference is associated with proposing activities beyond the core/required activities outlined in the Program-Specific Instructions section of this NOFO.

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Large Health Services Research Demonstration and Dissemination Projects for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (CARB)(R18)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Standard due dates apply. The first deadline is Jan. 25, 2022

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits applications for grant funding to conduct Large Health Services Research Demonstration and Dissemination Projects (R18) focused on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (CARB) in the following ways: by promoting appropriate antibiotic use, reducing the transmission of resistant bacteria, and preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in the first place.

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Maternal and Child Health Secondary Data Analysis Research (MCH SDAR)
U.S. Department of Health & Human Resources - Health Resources and Services Administration

Application due: Jan. 26, 2022

This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Maternal and Child Health Secondary Data Analysis Research (MCH SDAR) Program. The purpose of the MCH SDAR Program is to support applied MCH research that utilizes the secondary analysis of existing national data sets and/or administrative records to improve the health and well-being of MCH populations. The MCH SDAR program provides the opportunity for researchers across the nation to build the MCH evidence base by using existing data sets, such as national data sets and/or administrative records, to identify emerging issues, study new research questions, test hypotheses, and determine pathways for intervention. Existing and emerging public health challenges affecting MCH populations including children with special health care needs require timely, evidence-based responses from MCH programs, policy, and practice. Without sufficient evidence or data, it is challenging to develop interventions addressing both existing and emerging MCH issues. This program will allow us to achieve timely, evidence-based responses to these challenges.

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Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Program
U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources - Health Resources and Services Administration

Application due: Feb. 1, 2022

This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Program. The purpose of the LEAH Program is to improve the quality of care and equitable access to appropriate health services for adolescents and young adults (AYA) by preparing leaders in AYA health through interdisciplinary training at the graduate and post-graduate levels. This is accomplished through five (5) overarching objectives to: (1) Prepare diverse AYA health professionals, through didactic, experiential, and research-based interdisciplinary education and training in core health disciplines of medicine, nursing, nutrition, psychology, and social work. (2) Expand diversity, equity, and inclusion related to race, ethnicity, geography, and special populations within all training program components, including but not limited to trainee/faculty recruitment, staffing plan, curricula, clinical and experiential activities, and research foci to address health disparities2 and increase health equity for AYA. (3) Develop curricula, training activities, and investigative research to produce evidence-based products and practices in primary care, AYA specialty service, and public health. (4) Improve access to behavioral, emotional, mental, developmental, and psychosocial health services, well-being, and support for AYA. (5) Develop, expand, and disseminate population-based strategies and effective practices through collaboration and coordination of telehealth, tele-education/distance learning, technical assistance (TA), and continuing education (CE).

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Rural Health and Economic Development Analysis
U.S. Department of Health & Human Resources - Health Resources and Services Administration

Webinar: Jan. 20, 2022 from 3-4 PM ET (See full description for participation details.)
Application due: Mar. 8, 2022

This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Rural Health and Economic Development Analysis Program (RHEDAP). The purpose of this program is to quantify and describe the economic impacts of local health care sectors on rural economies to provide information which will assist policy makers and other rural stakeholders to improve health care in rural areas.

Topic areas for this program may include sustainability of services and minimum population requirements as it relates to health care and the economic vitality of rural communities, including rural tribal communities, as well as other topics determined in coordination with HRSA. HRSA will work closely with the award recipient on areas of concern such as the impact of hospital and other health care facility closures on local economies, the impact of bypass of local rural health care services, the impact of new health care services and facilities, the economic impact of health care professionals working in rural communities, and other emerging issues at the intersection of rural health care improvement and rural economic analysis. The award recipient's work will help rural stakeholders and policy makers to better understand economic spillover effects of rural health care in order to improve health care in rural areas. The award recipient will disseminate their findings on the economic impact of health services in rural communities and the implications of those findings for improving health care in rural areas to rural stakeholders.

Research and analysis funded by RHEDAP will focus on quantifying the relationship between health care and economic factors in rural communities, particularly the economic impact of rural health care services, to provide information to improve health care in rural areas. HRSA funds rural health services research on a range of other topics through the Rural Health Research Center Program, and RHEDAP will not fund projects in those areas.

Webinar Day and Date: Thursday, January 20, 2022 Time: 3 – 4 p.m. ET Call-In Number: 1-833-568-8864 Participant Code: 09641376 Weblink:  https://hrsa-gov.zoomgov.com/j/1614095088?pwd=cnZYUWNIY3k0VkIzSE0zN0JCcXVndz09 Recording: Email jburges@hrsa.gov to access the webinar recording after January 20, 2022.

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Tracking the burden, distribution, and impact of Post COVID-19 conditions in diverse populations for children, adolescents, and adults (Track PCC)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Centers for Disease Control - NCIRD

Informational Conference Call: Jan. 12, 2022 from 2 to 3 PM ET
Application due: Mar. 8, 2022

The purpose of this notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) is to track and investigate the burden and impact of post-COVID-19 conditions (PCC) in diverse populations within the United States through surveillance and long-term follow-up of cohorts with PCC in collaboration with state, academic, or health networks. Post-COVID conditions include a wide range of health consequences that occur more than four weeks after initial SARS-CoV-2 infection. Studies will also explore risk factors and mitigating factors as they relate to the development, resolution, and prevention of PCC. NOFO will include two components: Component A- up to four surveillance sites and Component B -one coordinating center site.

Informational Conference Call:

January 12, 2022

CDC-RFA- IP22-2203 Tracking the burden, distribution, and impact of Post COVID-19 Conditions in diverse populations for children, adolescents, and adults (Track PCC) Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2022 Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Time Call information: Phone number 888.994.4478 (toll free) Conference ID: 958 630 203#

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Tribal Practices for Wellness in Indian Country
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Centers for Disease Control - NCCDPHP

Application due: Mar. 16, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET

CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) The purpose of this funding opportunity is to improve cultural connectedness among American Indians and Alaska Natives. This funding opportunity offers support for the implementation of tribal practices and cultural traditions to build resiliency and connections to community and culture to improve physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and wellbeing. This approach will include implementation of tribal wellness practices that were identified by tribal health leaders who were convened by CDC in 2016 and lessons learned from the previous cooperative agreement, Tribal Practices for Wellness in Indian Country (CDC-RFA-DP18-1812PPHF18). Those tribal wellness practices include the following:

  • Family and community activities that connect cultural teachings to health and wellness
  • Seasonal cultural and traditional practices that support health and wellness
  • Social and cultural activities that promote community wellness
  • Intergenerational learning opportunities that support wellbeing and resilience
  • Cultural teachings and practices about traditional healthy foods to promote health, sustenance and sustainability
  • Traditional and contemporary physical activities that strengthen wellbeing

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Research to support the development of alternatives to antimicrobials for use in food-producing animals
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Department of Health and Human Services - Food and Drug Administration

Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Mar. 1, 2022 (encouraged but not required)
Application due: Mar. 31, 2022

FDA announces the availability of fiscal year (FY) 2022 funds to support studies that identify the most common drivers for antimicrobial use in animal agriculture and identify potential alternatives to antimicrobials that may reduce the need for antimicrobial use. The funded studies are intended to 1) provide information about animal diseases that are the most significant drivers for antimicrobial use in various animal production settings for the four major food-producing species (i.e., cattle, swine, turkeys, and chickens), and 2) provide information about alternative practices that may help reduce the reliance on such drugs while addressing animal health needs. Such alternatives can include changes in husbandry, biosecurity, vaccination, and other practices.

This grant will support the continued advancement of FDA's initiatives related to supporting antimicrobial stewardship in veterinary settings and will support the National Action Plan objectives to engage the animal health community and relevant stakeholders to advance strategies intended to foster antimicrobial stewardship and to improve understanding of antimicrobial use practices in animal agriculture.

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Drug-Free Communities Support Program
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Centers for Disease Control

Application due: May 16, 2022

The purpose of the DFC Support Program is to establish and strengthen collaboration to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent youth substance use.  Goals include establishing and strengthening collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth.

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NIMH Instrumentation Program (S10 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Letter of Intent (LOI): Sept. 7, 2022
Application due: Oct. 7, 2022

The NIMH Instrumentation Program encourages applications from NIH funded investigators to purchase or upgrade a single commercially available instrument or to purchase a group of components to create an instrument that is not commercially available. The goal of the NIMH Instrumentation Program is to make such instruments available to either individual laboratories or core facilities that conduct mental health-related research. Examples of instruments that might be submitted under this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) include light microscopes, electron microscopes, spectrophotometers, and biomedical imagers.

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Department of Transportation (DOT)

Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) Center
U.S. Department of Transportation - Federal Highway Administration

Application due: Mar. 25, 2022

The FHWA is accepting applications from all interested, eligible parties to assist in the delivery of the TTAPThe TTAP is the Tribal component of the FHWA Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) managed by FHWA's Innovative Workforce Development (HIT) Team located in the Office of Innovation Management, Education and Partnerships. TheTTAP serves American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes (Tribes) with the establishment of regional TTAP Centers. 

"One TTAP, Seven TTAP Centers"

  • TTAP Vision: Through mutual respect and understanding, enhance the quality of life in Tribal communities by building capacity for Tribes to administer and manage their transportation programs and systems.
  • TTAP Center Mission: Serve as a go-to local resource for Tribal transportation training, technical assistance, and technology transfer needs and opportunities to effectively carry out the TTAP Vision.

Under the TTAP there will be seven TTAP Centers serving the associated Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) regions and associated Tribes, as listed below, and detailed on Table 1 on page 8 of the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFA).

  1. Eastern TTAP Center - includes all Tribes in the Eastern and Midwest BIA regions
  2. Southern TTAP Center - includes all Tribes in the Eastern Oklahoma and Southern Plains BIA regions
  3. Southwestern TTAP Center - includes all Tribes in the Southwest and Navajo BIA regions
  4. Northern TTAP Center - includes all Tribes in the Rocky Mountain and Great Plains BIA regions
  5. Western TTAP Center - includes all Tribes in the Pacific and Western BIA regions
  6. Northwestern TTAP Center - includes all Tribes in the Northwest BIA region
  7. Alaskan TTAP Center - includes all Tribes in the Alaska BIA region

Each TTAP Center will provide transportation services in coordination with the FHWA TTAP Program Manager. The TTAP Program Manager will provide program support including national scale services to supplement regional local TTAP Center services.

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Water Quality Benefits
US Environmental Protection Agency

Application due: Jan. 26, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research that will address how measurable attributes of water quality improvements can be valued, either directly or through indicators. Research under this Request for Applications (RFA) is intended to focus on national level studies and/or valuation for underrepresented water body types and regions, improvements to water quality indices, and environmental justice valuation.

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Research to Reduce Consumer Food Waste in the United States
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Application due: Feb. 9, 2022

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing cutting-edge transdisciplinary research (integrating diverse disciplines such as behavioral science, psychology, economics, public health, and sociology) to develop, apply, and test innovative and creative community-engaged approaches/methods to reduce household food waste through prevention (i.e., not redistribution) in the United States (U.S.) in real world settings. Prevention of household food waste means that the amount of food available for consumption in a household that is not ultimately eaten by the household is reduced.

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Foundations

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.

LOIs accepted on 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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RJE Sprout Fund
Russell J. Efros Foundation

Applications accepted anytime throughout 2021 with $50,000 awarded in June 2021

The RJE Sprout Fund was established by the Russell J. Efros Foundation in Roslyn, New York, in 2021 to support artists with the direct funds needed to complete projects in the next twelve months.

Russell Efros was a community builder and believed strongly in the importance of collaboration. The Sprout Fund, named in honor of "Russell Sprouts," as his close friends and family called him, seeks to continue his work and support fellow artists from across the nation.

All artists - whether formally trained, self-taught, or whose creative work falls outside traditional art forms - are encouraged to apply. Artists are also encouraged to apply for funds for projects that involve their communities (e.g., art classes, art therapy, outreach, and non-traditional projects).

A total of $50,000 will be awarded in June 2021, but awards will continue to be administered throughout the calendar year on an ongoing basis.

Funds will be prioritized for artists working with marginalized and underserved audiences, topics, or subject matter.

Artists seeking funding must apply though the online application form. Funds will be awarded to artists selected by the RJE Foundation board and leadership.

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McKnight Scholar Award
McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience

Application due: Jan. 10, 2022

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 2022 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.

Applicants may not:

  • Apply in more than two rounds of competition
  • Have already been granted tenure
  • Hold another award from the McKnight Endowment Fund

Amount and purpose of support. Each McKnight Scholar will receive $75,000 annually in 2022, 2023, and 2024. Funds may be used in any way that will facilitate development of the Scholar's research program, but not for indirect costs.

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MacDowell Fellowship
MacDowell

MSU Internal Deadline: Dec. 6, 2021
Application due: Jan 15, 2022 3 cycles each year

MacDowell Fellowship encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics. Emerging and established artists may apply in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. Applicants who are enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs as of the date of application are ineligible for a residency and therefore cannot apply. Doctoral candidates who have finished all coursework may apply. Artists may apply only once every 24 months. 

A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees. There are need-based stipends available to artists who would not otherwise be able to afford the time away that a Fellowship requires. Stipends may be used to cover rent, utilities, childcare, and other expenses that accrue during a residency. They may also be directed toward equipment costs and to replace lost income. The sponsor is able to offer travel reimbursement grants to defray the cost of domestic and international travel to and from New Hampshire. 

Internal MSU Procedure:
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, "MacDowell Fellowship"

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) or PDF format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.

The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Monday, December 6, 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 Saturday, January 15, 2022

The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu, Tara Sadera, Pre-Award Specialist, at tara.sadera@montana.edu, or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Research Grants on Education: Large
Spencer Foundation

Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Jan. 26, 2022 at 12 PM CT
Application due: Feb. 23, 2022 at 12 PM CT

The Large Research Grants on Education Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets ranging from $125,000 to $500,000 for projects ranging from one to five years. We anticipate awarding grants with budgets across each of the following funding tiers -- $125,000 to 250,000; $250,001 to $375,000; and $375,001 to $500,000. Within each of our funding tiers, we evaluate projects within tier and strongly encourage applicants to submit for funding that best fits their project rather than applying for the highest amount. We accept Intent to Apply forms twice a year.

This program is "field-initiated" in that proposal submissions are not in response to a specific request for a particular research topic, discipline, design, method, or location. Our goal for this program is to support rigorous, intellectually ambitious and technically sound research that is relevant to the most pressing questions and compelling opportunities in education.

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Targeted Grants in Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS)
The Simons Foundation

Letter of intent is required and accepted any time
Applications by invitation only

The Simons Foundation's Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for its Targeted Grants in MPS program.

The program is intended to support high-risk theoretical mathematics, physics and computer science projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis.

The Targeted Grant in MPS program provides funding for up to five years. The funding level and duration is flexible and should be appropriate based on the type of support requested in the proposal. There is no recommended or assumed funding level for this program.

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IBD Ventures
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation

Letter of intent is required and accepted anytime (See description for details.)
Applications accepted by invitation

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation seeks to accelerate the development of products that aim to improve the quality of life of patients with inflammatory bowel diseases. Toward that end, the Foundation has launched IBD Ventures, a new program and dedicated funding mechanism to support product-oriented research and development. Companies and academic investigators can apply. Funding up to $500,000 per project per year will be considered. In addition, funded programs will be offered accelerator resources and advising.

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National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)

Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences - 2021 (ROSES 2021)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Deadline and application process vary with program; some involve two steps
The earliest step-1 due date is Mar. 26, 2021
The earliest step-2 date is May 13, 2021

NASA has released 116 solicitations in this request for applications. The landing page for the ROSES 2021 funding opportunities may be accessed at the link at the bottom of this summary.

Most opportunities have two steps. The earliest step-1 due date is Mar. 26, 2021. The earliest step-2 date is May 13, 2021

You can access a summary table by full proposal due date at the following link:

https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/viewrepositorydocument/cmdocumentid=798020/solicitationId={7E892B3A-4F62-AEB4-6A08-9DCA1977F31A}/viewSolicitationDocument=1/Table 2 2021 dummy file for URL.html

You can download a PDF of the complete solicitation at the following link:

FULL ROSES 2021 - the complete solicitation as released February 18, 2021 (.PDF)

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NASA EPSCoR Rapid Response Research (R3)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) EPSCoR

Montana Letter of Intent (LOI): Feb. 4, 2022 at 5 PM MT
Application due: Mar. 15, 2022 (only 1 applicant will be selected for the State of Montana)

The R3 is a collaborative effort between NASA EPSCoR and many NASA Mission Directorate programs and offices . The goals of R3 are to provide a streamlined method to address research issues important to NASA, and to enable NASA EPSCoR researchers to work with NASA to solve research issues impacting the Agency's programs/missions.

Submission

Those interested in submitting a proposal for the NASA EPSCoR Rapid Response Research (R3) must provide a one-page notice of intent white paper (11 point font Calibri) that describes the intrinsic merit of the proposed research. Also provide a separate simple bulleted list of what will be included in the budget. Submit the white paper by no later than 5 PM February 4, 2022. In the project title, state which appendix and subtopic in the NASA EPSCoR Rapid Response Research (R3) solicitation the research addresses. We will send selection decisions to all groups by NLT February 11.

Submit to: Angela Des Jardins at angela.desjardins@montana.edu

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Call for abstracts from full-time U.S. graduate students - 73rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Abstracts due: Feb. 21, 2022

NASA announces its intent to participate in the 73rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and requests that full-time U.S. graduate students attending U.S. universities respond to this "Call for Abstracts." 

The IAC - organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) - is the largest space-related conference worldwide and selects an average of 1000 scientific papers every year. The upcoming IAC is scheduled September 18-22, 2022 in Paris, France. NASA's participation in this event is an on-going effort to continue to bridge NASA with the astronautical and space international community. 

This "Call for Abstracts" is a precursor to a subsequent submission of a final paper, which may be presented at the 73rd IAC. Student authors are invited to submit an abstract regarding an original, unpublished paper that has not been submitted in any other forum. A NASA technical review panel will select abstracts from those that have been accepted by the IAF. This opportunity is for graduate students majoring in fields related to the IAF research topics. Students may submit technical (oral) presentations and/or interactive posters. Students may submit abstracts that are co-authored with their Principal Investigators. However, the student must be the "lead author," and only the student will present at the IAC. Students must be available to travel to the conference to represent NASA and their universities, if the Congress is held face-to face. Students must be U.S. citizens, attending a U.S. university, who plan to enter a career in space science or aeronautics. Pending the availability of funding, graduate students selected by NASA to participate in the IAC will be considered for subsidy funding from NASA. Only abstracts selected by the IAF will be considered for NASA sponsorship.     

Many students and professors are currently involved in NASA related research that could be considered for this submission. Students submitting abstracts are strongly encouraged to seek advice from professors, who are conducting NASA research and/or from NASA scientists and engineers. Abstracts must be related to NASA's ongoing vision for space exploration and fit into one of the following IAC categories:

  • Science and Exploration - Systems sustaining missions, including life, microgravity, space exploration, space debris and Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI)
  • Applications and Operations - On-going and future operational applications, including earth observation, communication, navigation, human space endeavors and small satellites
  • Technology - Common technologies to space systems including astrodynamics, structures, power and propulsion
  • Infrastructure - Systems sustaining space missions including space system transportation, future systems and safety
  • Space and Society - Interaction of space with society including education, policy and economics, history and law

The criteria for the selection will be defined according to the following specifications:

  • Abstracts should specify: purpose, methodology, results, conclusions and areas for discussion.
  • Abstracts should indicate that substantive technical and/or programmatic content is included.
  • Abstracts should clearly indicate that the material is new and original; they should explain why and how.
  • Prospective author(s) should certify that the paper was not presented at a previous meeting.
  •  Abstracts must be written in English and the length should not exceed 400 words. Tables or drawings are not allowed in the abstract.

Submit your abstract to NASA at https://iac.nasaprs.com  no later than 11:59 PM EST on February 21, 2022.  Please submit proof of U.S. citizenship and current enrollment in U.S. University or college no later than February 28, 2022 to abstract@nasaprs.com.  Submit your abstract to the IAF at their website, https://iafastro.directory/iac/account/login/  by February 28, 2022.

IAC Paper Selection:

Submitted abstracts will be evaluated by the Session Chairs on the basis of technical quality and relevance to the session topics. Selected abstracts may be chosen for eventual oral or interactive poster presentation. Any such choice is not an indication of quality of the submitted abstract. Their evaluation will be submitted to the Symposium Coordinators, who will make acceptance recommendations to the International Programme Committee, which will make the final decision. Please note that any relevance to the Congress main theme will be considered as an advantage.

The following information must be included in the submission: paper title, name of contact author, name of co-author(s), organization(s), full postal address, phone, email of the author and co-author(s). Abstract should specify purpose, methodology, results and conclusions and should indicate that substantive technical and/or programmatic content, as well as clearly indicate that the material is new and original and explain why and how.

Please check the IAF website regularly to get the latest updates on the Technical Programme, as well as updates related to COVID-19 and any related restrictions.

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Montana NASA EPSCoR Research Initiation grants

Application due: Mar. 25, 2022 at 5 PM

The goal of the Montana NASA EPSCoR Research Initiation grant program is to help boost the research programs of Montana higher education faculty research in areas that match scientific and technical problems of importance to NASA, enabling them to compete successfully for regular NASA funding. Research Initiation awards are one year grants for up to $60,000 that can be used for supplies, faculty time, domestic collaboration travel, and student support. Budget requests must have 15% non-federal cost share.

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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

NEA Literature Fellowships: Poetry, FY2023
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Application due: Mar. 10, 2022

The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Applications are reviewed through an anonymous process in which the criteria for review are the artistic excellence and artistic merit of the submitted writing sample. Through this program, the NEA seeks to sustain and nurture a diverse range of creative writers at various stages of their careers and to continue to expand the portfolio of American art.

The NEA is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, and fostering mutual support for the diverse beliefs and values of all individuals and groups.

The program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. For FY 2023, which is covered by these guidelines, fellowships in poetry are available. Fellowships in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) will be offered in FY 2024 and guidelines will be available in January 2023. You may apply only once each year.

Competition for fellowships is extremely rigorous. We typically receive more than 1,600 applications each year in this category and award fellowships to fewer than 3% of applicants.

The Arts Endowment's support of a project may begin any time between January 1, 2023, and January 1, 2024 and extend for up to two years.

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Media Projects
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Optional draft due Dec. 8, 2021
Application due: Jan.12, 2022

The Media Projects program supports the development, production, and distribution of radio programs, podcasts,  long-form documentary films, and documentary film series  that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. Projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship and demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical. Media Projects offers two levels of funding: Development and Production.

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Digital Humanities Advancement Grants program (DHAG)
National Endowment for the Humanities

Optional draft due: Nov. 15, 2021
Application due: Jan. 14, 2022

The Digital Humanities Advancement Grants program (DHAG) supports innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging digital projects, leading to work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. The program also supports research that examines the history, criticism, ethics, and philosophy of digital culture or technology and its impact on society.

DHAG applicants must respond to one or more of these programmatic priorities:

  • research and refinement of innovative, experimental, or computationally challenging methods and techniques
  • enhancement or design of digital infrastructure, such as open-source code, tools, or platforms, that contribute to and support the humanities
  • research that examines the history, criticism, ethics, or philosophy of digital culture or technology and its impact on society, including racial, religious, and/or gender biases
  • evaluative studies that investigate the practices and the impact of digital scholarship on research, pedagogy, scholarly communication, and public engagement

DHAG is one of many grant programs at the NEH that funds digital humanities projects. Please consult these resources to help find the right program to support your work.

In support of its efforts to advance national information infrastructures in libraries and archives, and subject to the availability of funds and agency discretion, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) anticipates providing funding through this program. These funds may support DHAG projects that further the IMLS mission to advance, support, and empower America's libraries, archives, museums, and related organizations. IMLS funding supports innovative collaborations between library and archives professionals, humanities professionals, information scientists, and relevant public communities that advance the preservation of, access to, and public engagement with digital collections and services. IMLS encourages DHAG applicants to work in collaboration, and employ the expertise of, library and archives staff at your institution or across the country to strengthen knowledge networks, empower community learning, foster civic cohesion, advance research, and support the traditionally underserved.

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Institutes for Higher Education Faculty
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Pre-recorded webinar: available Dec. 8, 2021
Live Q&A session: Jan. 12, 2022 at 12 PM ET
Application due: Feb.22, 2022

NEH-funded institutes are professional development programs that convene higher education faculty from across the nation to deepen and enrich their understanding of significant topics in the humanities and enrich their capacity for effective scholarship and teaching.

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Institutes for K-12 Educators
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Pre-recorded webinar: available Dec. 8, 2021
Live Q&A session: Jan. 12, 2022 at 12 PM ET
Application due: Feb.22, 2022

NEH-funded institutes are professional development programs that convene K-12 educators from across the nation to deepen and enrich their understanding of significant topics in the humanities and enhance their capacity for effective teaching and scholarship.

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Landmarks of American History and Culture
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Pre-recorded webinar: available Dec. 7, 2021; Live Q&A session: Jan. 11, 2022 at 1 PM ET
Optional draft due: Jan. 19, 2022
Application due: Feb. 22, 2022

The Landmarks of American History and Culture program supports residential, virtual, and combined format projects that situate the study of topics and themes in K-12 humanities within sites, areas, or regions of historic and cultural significance. Projects aim to expand participants' knowledge of and approaches to teaching about diverse histories, cultures, traditions, languages, and perspectives in the United States and its jurisdictions.

Landmarks projects may support activities such as, but not limited to:

  • interpreting monuments, markers, and memorials erected across the country to consider how events, eras, individuals, and/or groups are commemorated, remembered, and engaged with at national, regional, and local levels
  • in-person and/or virtual exploration of physical, natural, and/or cultural landscapes while studying art history, literature, environmental humanities, anthropology, archaeology, architecture, and other related fields
  • engagement with materials and presenters at archives, museums, and historic sites when studying the events and legacies of America's conflicts
  • in-person and/or virtual site visits combined with presentations by invited speakers and work with interactive digital resources to study the places, perspectives, and legacies of American history and culture

Each Landmarks project includes two one-week sessions and accommodates thirty-six participants each time (for a total of seventy-two participants). The program of study may include time before, during, and/or after the summer.

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NEH Fellowships
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Webinar: Feb. 16, 2022 at 12:30 PM ET
Application due: Apr. 13, 2022

NEH Fellowships are competitive awards granted to individual scholars pursuing projects that embody exceptional research, rigorous analysis, and clear writing. Applications must clearly articulate a project's value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.

Fellowships provide recipients time to conduct research or to produce books, monographs, peer-reviewed articles, e-books, digital materials, translations with annotations or a critical apparatus, or critical editions resulting from previous research. Projects may be at any stage of development.

NEH invites research applications from scholars in all disciplines, and it encourages submissions from independent scholars and junior scholars.

Applicants interested in research projects that are either born digital or require mainly digital expression and digital publication are encouraged to apply instead for NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication.

2022 NEH Fellowships Webinar

A free online information session will be held on February 16, 2022, at 12:30 p.m. Eastern. Please click here for a link to the event. The webinar will introduce the program, describe the application process and eligibility criteria, and offer application writing suggestions. It will consist of a 35-minute presentation followed by a question-and-answer session. Live captions will be provided.

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NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Webinar: Jan. 31, 2022 at 1 PM ET (follow link on NEH website)
Optional draft due: Feb. 28, 2022
Application due: Apr. 20, 2022

Through NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication, the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation jointly support individual scholars pursuing interpretive research projects that require digital expression and digital publication. To be considered under this opportunity, an applicant's plans for digital publication must be integral to the project's research goals.  That is, the project must be conceived as digital because the research topics being addressed and methods applied demand presentation beyond traditional print publication.  Competitive submissions embody exceptional research, rigorous analysis, and clearly articulate a project's value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.

All projects must be interpretive. That is, projects must advance a scholarly argument through digital means and tools. Stand-alone databases, documentary films, podcasts, and other projects that lack an explicit interpretive argument are not eligible. Applicants interested in conducting research and writing leading to traditional print or e-book publications should apply to the NEH Fellowships program.

NEH - Mellon Fellowships provide recipients time to conduct research and prepare digital publications.  Successful projects will likely incorporate images, video, audio, and/or other multimedia materials or flexible reading pathways that could not be included in traditionally published books, as well as an active distribution plan.  

Anticipated products must be published in digital form and include, but are not limited to, monographs, peer-reviewed articles, websites, virtual exhibitions, translations with annotations or a critical apparatus, or critical editions.  Projects may be at any stage of development.

There will be a webinar on January 31, 2022 at 1:00 pm Eastern Time. Join the webinar from the program's web page at the following link.

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Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Online Information Session: Mar. 10, 2022 from 2 to 3 PM ET
Application due Apr. 27, 2022

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Research Programs is accepting applications for the Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan program. The goals of the program are to promote Japan studies in the United States, to encourage U.S.- Japanese scholarly exchange, and to support the next generation of Japan scholars in the U.S. These fellowships are for individual researchers with advanced Japanese language skills whose research will require using data, sources, documents, onsite interviews, or other direct contact in Japanese. Fellows may undertake their projects in Japan, the United States, or both, and may include work in other countries for comparative purposes. The program is a joint activity of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and NEH.

An online information session will be held from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Eastern on March 10, 2022. Access the link to the session from the web page linked below.

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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

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

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

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

Standard Due Dates

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

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

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

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NINDS Requirements for Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Development and Resource Sharing

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

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

Posted Jan. 21, 2022

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

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New NIH "FORMS-G" Grant Application Forms and Instructions Coming for Due Dates on or after Jan. 25, 2022
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

This notice informs the applicant and recipient communities of changes to grant application forms and application guide instructions for due dates on or after January 25, 2022.

In addition to revisions to nine (9) standard forms, the following key changes will be made:

  • As part of the federal-wide transition from the DUN and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number to the new government-owned Unique Entity Identifier (UEI), applicants will be required to have a UEI to apply for federal grants or cooperative agreements. The System for Award Management (SAM) will become the central repository for the new UEI that will be incorporated into an institution's SAM registration. Although agencies are not required to fully transition until April 2022, NIH, AHRQ, and FDA will transition for due dates on or after January 25, 2022 to align with standard application and review cycles. See NOT-OD-21-170 for more information.
  • NIH will require the use of the updated Biographical Sketch and Other Support format pages for submissions on or after January 25, 2022. See NOT-OD-21-073, NOT-OD-21-110, and NOT-OD-21-122 for more information.
  • Targeting due dates on or after January 25, 2022, all Senior/Key personnel listed on the R&R Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded) form will be required to have an eRA Commons username (Commons ID). Extension of the existing eRA Commons ID requirement to include all senior/key personnel will facilitate better data collection for individuals contributing to federally funded research as well as assist in disambiguating data on applications and facilitating the identification of conflicts of interest in peer review. See NOT-OD-21-109 for more information.

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Technology Access Grants | Montana INBRE 2022-23 FOA
Montana INBRE

Application Priority Review Deadline: Nov. 1, 2021; Rolling Deadline through: Jan. 15, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. EST. (or until available funds have been exhausted)

The Montana INBRE Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core is excited to announce a Technology Access program open to biomedical investigators for projects that utilize core facilities in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, and Wyoming. An array of biomedical research projects will be supported, including metabolomics, biomarker analysis, transcriptomics, genomics, social science surveys, and/or bioinformatic and biostatistics support. Successful applications will receive funding to cover core facility costs for data collection and analysis, consulting, or student training. Typical funding levels are $1,000 - 3,000 but can be more (or less) depending on the project needs and justification. 

Eligibility

  • Biomedical researchers with an appointment in a RAIN state (Idaho, Montana Nevada, New Mexico, or Wyoming)
  • Postdoctoral fellows and graduate students of eligible PI's are also eligible to apply but must include a brief letter of support from the PI/mentor
  • Projects must reflect overall biomedical research goals of the INBRE program
  • Proposals originating from a Montana-based investigator may propose to access an INBRE Core Facility across the RAIN network
  • Proposals submitted by researchers based in Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, or Wyoming must propose to use a Montana INBRE Core Facility

Notes and Deadlines

  • Biomedical researchers with an appointment in a RAIN state (Idaho, Montana Nevada, New Mexico, or Wyoming)
  • Postdoctoral fellows and graduate students of eligible PI's are also eligible to apply but must include a brief letter of support from the PI/mentor
  • Projects must reflect overall biomedical research goals of the INBRE program

  • Proposals originating from a Montana-based investigator may propose to access an INBRE Core Facility across the RAIN network

  • Proposals submitted by researchers based in Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, or Wyoming must propose to a Montana INBRE Core Facility

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Pilot Projects Enhancing Utility and Usage of Common Fund Data Sets (R03 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Letters of Intent (LOI) due: Jan. 18, 2022
Application due: Feb. 18, 2022

Several valuable and widely available data sets have been generated by multiple Common Fund programs. The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to announce the availability of funding to demonstrate and enhance the utility of selected Common Fund data sets, including generating hypotheses and catalyzing discoveries. Award recipients are also asked to provide feedback on the utility of the Common Fund data resources.

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Prodromal Synaptic and Circuit Changes that Contribute to AD/ADRD Onset and Progression (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Application due: Feb. 5, 2022

Goal 1 of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease is to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Alzheimer’s disease-related dementias (ADRD) by 2025. ADRD are defined as Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD), Vascular Contributions to Cognitive Impairment and Dementia (VCID), Lewy Body Dementias (LBD) and Multiple Etiology Dementias (MED). Starting in 2012 the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) have held research summits to assess the needs and set AD/ADRD research implementation milestones. The NINDS ADRD Summit in 2019 resulted in the current ADRD research priorities for advancing the state-of-the-science toward meeting Goal 1 of the National Plan. One priority is new mechanistic research to understand how ADRD risk factors and disease are related to early changes in neural circuits in gray matter and white matter. Because the translational potential of knowledge about the effects of ADRD disease processes on neural circuits, from synapses to networks, is dependent on direct relevance to circuit function in the intact living brain, understanding early neural circuit changes in vivo that lead to ADRD relevant outcomes is critically important. Therefore, this FOA invites basic disease-related molecular mechanisms applications that develop and/or use in vivo models to investigate and understand, from a mechanistic standpoint, the earliest synaptic, circuit and network changes that contribute to AD/ADRD disease onset and pathogenesis. Utilization of emerging technology that lend themselves to advanced studies of synapses and circuits, for example developed in NIH BRAIN initiative, is encouraged. For applications that, in addition to in vivo studies, also propose cell and/or organoid based experiments, consider using existing NIH research resources such as the NINDS Human Cell and Data Repository. Research under this FOA should identify critical synaptic, circuit and network targets for novel AD/ADRD therapeutic development in the future.

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The Role of Work in Health Disparities in the U.S. (R01 Clinical Trials Optional)
National Institutes of Health - DHHS

Application due: Feb. 5, 2022

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support innovative population-based research that can contribute to identifying and characterizing pathways and mechanisms through which work or occupation influences health outcomes and health status among populations with health and/or health care disparities, and how work functions as a social determinant of health.

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Identification and Characterization of Persistence Mechanisms of Select Protozoan Pathogens (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Letters of Intent (LOI) due: Jan. 10, 2022 (recommended but not required)
Application due: Feb. 8, 2022

Research Objectives

Parasitic protozoa, such as Plasmodium species that cause malaria, Toxoplasma gondii, kinetoplastid protozoa including Trypanosoma cruzi and Leishmania spp, and Trichomonas vaginalis, are responsible for substantial morbidity and mortality globally each year. These pathogens are known to establish long-lived infections, sometimes even in the face of seemingly appropriate therapy, and, in part due to the complex lifecycles of these pathogens, the mechanisms utilized by them to establish persistent states have proven quite difficult to identify and dissect. Of particular interest to this initiative are the following pathogens and lifecycle stages:

  • Hypnozoite stage of Plasmodium vivaxP. ovale, and P. cynomolgi: this parasitic stage is responsible for relapsing malaria infections but is difficult to study due the rarity of hypnozoites within host hepatocytes and a lack of appropriate rodent modeling or robust in vitro culture methodology.
  • Bradyzoite stage of Toxoplasma gondii: the signals and molecular pathways driving the transition from tachyzoite to bradyzoite, and back again, in toxoplasmosis are still poorly understood and remain an impediment in the development of appropriate treatment therapies.
  • Amastigote stages of Trypanosoma cruzi and Leishmania spp.: the spontaneously occurring intracellular-amastigote stage of T. cruzi allows the parasite to transiently evade multiple forms of drug treatment before returning to an actively replicating trypomastigote stage; similarly, Leishmania spp, are known to develop a semi-quiescent amastigote stage with reduced metabolic activity that provides a treatment avoidance capability.
  • Pseudocyst stage of Trichomonas vaginalis: the recent discovery of the pseudocyst form of T. vaginalis has highlighted yet another protozoan parasite with the ability to evade conventional antimicrobial treatment.

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NIA Career Transition Award (K22 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: Feb.12, 2022

The purpose of the NIA Career Transition Award (CTA) is to facilitate the transition of mentored researchers to tenure-track faculty positions conducting research that advances the mission of NIA. This award will provide three years of protected time through salary and research support to conduct biomedical research at an extramural sponsoring institution/organization to which the individual has been recruited, been offered, and has accepted a tenure-track full-time assistant professor position (or equivalent).

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is designed specifically for candidates proposing research that does not involve leading an independent clinical trial, a clinical trial feasibility study, or an ancillary clinical trial.

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Summer Research Education Experience Program (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Letter of Intent due: Feb. 17, 2022
Application due: Mar. 17, 2022

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 foster a better understanding of biomedical, behavioral and clinical research and its implications. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on research experiences for high school or undergraduate students or science teachers during the summer academic break. The proposed program needs to fit within the mission of the participating IC that the application is being submitted to and should not have a general STEM focus.

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Upcoming Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page now Requires PI's Signature
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

SPECIAL NOTICE
Effective for due dates on and after May 25, 2021

In an effort to support strong collaboration between Federal research agencies, NIH has made every effort to align the Biographical Sketch (Biosketch), Other Support format page and Application Form Instructions with the guidance issued by the Office of Science and Technology Policy Joint Committee on the Research Environment.

As a result, this Guide Notice informs the extramural community that NIH has updated its application forms and instructions to support the need for applicants and recipients to provide full transparency and disclosure of all research activities, foreign and domestic.

The updated forms and instructions will be required for use for applications and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR) submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2021.

The revisions serve as updates to the Biosketch and Other Support format page templates used as attachments in our current Forms-F application packages and RPPRs. The forms updates do not change the policies for Biosketch or Other Support.

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New Investigators to Promote Workforce Diversity in Genomics, Bioinformatics, or Bioengineering and Biomedical Imaging Research (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Jan. 22, 2022 (optional)
Application due: Feb. 22, 2022

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits R01 grant applications that propose independent research projects that are within the scientific mission areas of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), and All of Us Research Program (All of Us). This program is intended to support Early Stage Investigators and New Investigators   from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the health-related sciences.

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Research on Biopsychosocial Factors of Social Connectedness and Isolation on Health, Wellbeing, Illness, and Recovery (R01 Clinical Trials Not Allowed)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Application due: June 21, 2022

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) invites research projects that seek to model the underlying mechanisms, processes, and trajectories of social relationships and how these factors affect outcomes in health, illness, recovery, and overall wellbeing. Both animal model and human subjects research projects are welcome; however, clinical trials are not allowed. Researchers proposing Basic Experimental Studies with Humans (BESH) should consider the companion FOA, PAR-21-349, "Research on Biopsychosocial Factors of Social Connectedness and Isolation on Health, Wellbeing, Illness, and Recovery (R01 Basic Experimental Studies with Humans Required)".

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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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NSF releases System Update Dear Colleague letter - August 2021
National Science Foundation (NSF)

The National Science Foundation has issued a Dear Colleagues letter with the following introduction and subsections.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has enabled a number of enhancements for proposals submitted in Research.gov, FastLane, and Grants.gov. In addition, the updated NSF-approved biographical sketch and current and pending support SciENcv and fillable PDF formats that fall under the revised Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1) will be available to preview by September 17, 2021.

We are also excited to announce enhanced NSF Funding Opportunity Search functionality and revamped program pages on nsf.gov and beta.nsf.gov, the new version of the NSF website. As NSF builds its new nsf.gov website in small, iterative pieces using the beta.nsf.gov platform, we are not simply moving existing content from nsf.gov to the new site. Rather, the new website will improve how information is presented for use by various audiences including prospective proposers, grantees, and the general public.

  • Research.gov Proposal Submission System Enhancements
  • NSF-approved Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support Format Updates
  • Enhanced Funding Opportunity Search Functionality and Revamped Program Pages

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Facility and Instrumentation Request Process (FIRP)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Jan. 17, 2022 Track 3 (Field Campaign) Proposals

The Facility and Instrumentation Request Process (FIRP) solicitation describes the mechanism by which the research community can propose projects that require access to instrumentation and facilities sponsored by the Facilities for Atmospheric Research and Education (FARE) Program in the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS). FARE provides funding support to a variety of organizations to make specialized instrumentation and facilities available to the atmospheric science research community through the Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities (LAOF) and the Community Instruments and Facilities (CIF) programs. FIRP allows for parallel evaluation of intellectual merit and broader impacts along with the feasibility of the proposed project.

All research proposals and education and outreach proposals that require the use of FARE-sponsored assets must be submitted through this solicitation. PIs requesting the use of FARE-sponsored facilities for a scientific and/or educational project must follow the guidelines for submission in this solicitation.

The FIRP solicitation offers three proposal submission tracks based on the type and purpose of the request: 

  • Track 1 - Education and Outreach.
  • Track 2 - Single Facility Request.
  • Track 3 - Field Campaigns. 

Preference for funding will be given to proposals submitted to programs in the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences in the Geosciences Directorate. If you are planning to submit a proposal to a program outside AGS, including NSF-wide or Directorate-wide solicitations and solicitations released under the NSF 10 Big Ideas, please contact the FARE program director to discuss the timelines, review process, and budget request for the use of FARE assets.

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

Application due: Jan. 18, 2022

The objective of the Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences Program is to support basic scientific research about the nature, causes and/or consequences of the spatial distribution of human activity and/or environmental processes across a range of scales. Contemporary geographical research is an arena in which diverse research traditions and methodologies are valid. Recognizing the breadth of the field's contributions to science, the HEGS Program welcomes proposals for empirically grounded, theoretically engaged, and methodologically sophisticated, generalizable research in all sub-fields of geographical and spatial sciences.

Because the National Science Foundation's mandate is to support basic scientific research, the NSF Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences program does not fund research that takes as its primary goal humanistic understanding or applied research. HEGS welcomes proposals that creatively integrate scientific and critical approaches, and that engage rigorous quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods in novel ways. However, a proposal that applies geographical/spatial methods to a social problem but does not propose how that problem provides an opportunity to make a theory-testing and/or theory expanding contributions to geographical science will be returned without review. HEGS supported projects are expected to yield results that will enhance, expand, and transform fundamental geographical theory and methods, and that will have positive broader impacts that benefit society. A proposal to the HEGS Program must also articulate how the results are generalizable beyond the case study.

It should be noted that HEGS is situated in the Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Division of the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate at NSF. Therefore, it is critical that research projects submitted to the Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences Program illustrate how the proposed research questions engage human dimensions relevant and important to people and societies.

A proposal that fails to be responsive to these program expectations will be returned without review.

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Computer and Network Systems (CNS): Core Programs, Large
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Jan. 18, 2022

CISE's Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS) supports research and education projects that take a system-oriented approach to the development of novel computing and networking technologies, or to the enhancement of existing systems in any of several dimensions, or that explore new ways to make use of existing technologies. This solicitation invites proposals tackling ambitious problems in computing and networking that are well suited to an integrated systems-oriented approach. Teams should consist of two or more investigators (PI, co-PI(s), or other Senior Personnel) with complementary skillsets, and a team of students and/or postdoctoral researchers.

Proposals can have total budgets from $1,200,001 - $3,000,000 with durations up to five years.

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Research on the Science and Technology Enterprise: Indicators, Statistics, and Methods
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Jan. 18, 2022

The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) is one of the thirteen principal federal statistical agencies within the United States. It is responsible for the collection, acquisition, analysis, reporting and dissemination of objective, statistical data related to the science and technology (S&T) enterprise in the United States and other nations that is relevant and useful to practitioners, researchers, policymakers and the public. NCSES uses this information to prepare a number of statistical data reports including Women, Minorities and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering and the National Science Board's biennial report, Science and Engineering (S&E) Indicators.

The Center would like to enhance its efforts to support analytic and methodological research in support of its surveys as well as promote the education and training of researchers in the use of large-scale nationally representative datasets. NCSES welcomes efforts by the research community to use NCSES or other data to conduct research on the S&T enterprise, develop improved survey methodologies that could benefit NCSES surveys, explore alternate data sources that could supplement NCSES data, create and improve indicators of S&T activities and resources, strengthen methodologies to analyze S&T statistical data, and explore innovative ways to communicate S&T statistics. To that end, NCSES invites proposals for individual or multi-investigator research projects, doctoral dissertation improvement awards, conferences, experimental research, survey research and data collection, and dissemination projects under its program for Research on the Science and Technology Enterprise: Indicators, Statistics, and Methods (NCSES S&T).

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Antarctic Research
National Science Foundation

Proposal due: Accepted anytime (proposals requesting Antarctic fieldwork should be submitted no less than 18 months prior to the desired deployment)

The Antarctic Sciences Section (ANT) of the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) supports cutting-edge research that (1) expands fundamental knowledge of the Antarctic and the natural laboratory it represents across a range of disciplines, (2) improves understanding of interactions between the Antarctic and Southern Ocean region and Earth system, and (3) utilizes the unique characteristics of the Antarctic continent as an observing platform.

The U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) supports scientific research in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean with logistics provided by OPP's Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section (AIL). Antarctic fieldwork is supported only for research that must be performed, or is best performed, in Antarctica. ANT encourages research, using existing samples, data, and models, that does not require fieldwork. ANT also encourages research that crosses and combines, disciplinary perspectives and approaches.

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NSF/CASIS Collaboration on Transport Phenomena Research on the International Space Station (ISS) to Benefit Life on Earth
National Science Foundation (NSF) and Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)

Feasibility Review Form due to CASIS: Jan. 25, 2022 (required)
Application due: Mar. 21, 2022

The Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) in the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) is partnering with The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, Inc. (CASIS) to solicit research projects in the general field of fluid dynamics, particulate and multiphase processes, combustion and fire systems, thermal transport processes, and nanoscale interactions that can utilize the International Space Station (ISS) National Lab to conduct research that will benefit life on Earth. Only entities that qualify as "U.S. Persons" under 22 U.S. Code §6010, including academic investigators, non-profit independent research laboratories and academic-commercial teams are eligible to apply.

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Research Coordination Networks in Undergraduate Biology Education
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Jan. 25, 2022

The goal of the RCN-UBE program is to link biological research discoveries with innovations in biology education to improve the learning environment in undergraduate biology classrooms. The program seeks to improve undergraduate education by leveraging the power of a collaborative network recognizing that new educational materials and pedagogies can simultaneously teach biological concepts while creating a supportive and engaging learning environment for all. The RCN-UBE program supports groups of investigators to communicate and coordinate their research, training, and education. The theme or focus of an RCN-UBE proposal can be on any topic likely to advance this goal, and activities across disciplinary, organizational, geographic, and international boundaries are encouraged. Acknowledging thatstudents' educational pathways vary,networks that include under-resourced institutions as full, equitable partners are highly desired. Understanding that people from diverse backgrounds bring different experiences and viewpoints, the RCN-UBE program is interested inproposals that include individuals from traditionally underrepresented in biological research and education as members of the steering committee. Lastly, the RCN-UBE program is also interested in developing, testing, and sharing best practices that can transform the online learning environment.

These efforts supported by RCN-UBE are responsive to the national movement to revolutionize undergraduate learning and teaching in the biological sciences as described in the 2009 "Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education" report. Collectively, the RCN-UBE program has contributed to developing and disseminating educational research resources and modules, to forging new collaborations, and to sharing best practices and processes for scalability and sustainability of activities. These efforts have involved a large cadre of faculty, students, and other stakeholders.

In accord with other RCN awards, RCN-UBE awards provide opportunities to address interdisciplinary topics, to explore innovative ideas for implementing novel networking strategies, to explore collaborative technologies, and to develop community standards. RCN-UBE awards do not support existing networks or the activities of established collaborations.

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Competition for the Management of Operations and Maintenance of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)
National Science Foundation

Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Oct. 1, 2021
Application due: Jan. 31, 2021

NSF solicits proposals to manage the operations and maintenance of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), an NSF-funded major facility project. NEON comprises terrestrial, aquatic, atmospheric, and remote sensing measurement infrastructure and cyberinfrastructure that deliver standardized, calibrated data to the scientific community through an openly accessible data portal. NEON infrastructure is geographically distributed across the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, and will generate data for ecological research over a 30-year period. NEON is designed to enable the research community to ask and address their own questions on a regional to continental scale around the environmental challenges identified as relevant to understanding the drivers and impacts of climate change, land-use change and invasive species patterns on the biosphere. The NSF NEON program, which is part of the Centers, Facilities and Additional Research Infrastructure (CFARI) Cluster in the Division of Biological Infrastructure, manages the NEON award in collaboration with the NSF Large Facilities Office and the NSF Division of Acquisition and Cooperative Support.

The managing organization will work closely with NSF and the scientific community to ensure that NEON capabilities support and advance ecology and related sciences. In cooperation with NSF and within available resources, the managing organization will plan and execute a viable, coherent, and inclusive program to support multi-user research and education, consistent with advice of the scientific community and NSF oversight.

A single award will be made as a cooperative agreement with a duration of five years. NSF may renew the award for an additional five years, subject to availability of funds, the managing organization's satisfactory performance, and review of a cost proposal for the second 5-year period. NSF's decision will be informed by the National Science Board Statement on Recompetition of Major Facilities (NSB 2015-45 or successor).

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Designing Accountable Software Systems (DASS)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Jan. 28, 2022

Society is becoming highly dependent on software applications, systems, and platforms, as functionality in all aspects of business, government, and everyday life is increasingly implemented through software. At the same time, there has been an increase in the laws and regulations whose implementation and effectiveness depend on software. Whereas organizations and individuals throughout our history have been expected to comply with laws and regulations, now software systems also must be accountable and comply with them. Software systems need to be designed with legal and regulatory compliance in mind, and should be adaptable to changing laws and regulations, which themselves evolve with changing citizen expectations and social norms.

The Designing Accountable Software Systems (DASS) program solicits foundational research aimed towards a deeper understanding and formalization of the bi-directional relationship between software systems and the complex social and legal contexts within which software systems must be designed and operate. The DASS program aims to bring researchers in computer and information science and engineering together with researchers in law and social, behavioral, and economic sciences to jointly develop rigorous and reproducible methodologies for understanding the drivers of social goals for software and for designing, implementing, and validating accountable software systems. DASS will support well-conceived collaborations between these two groups of researchers. The first group consists of researchers in software design, which, for the purposes of this solicitation, is broadly defined as formal methods, programming languages, software engineering, requirements engineering, and human-centered computing. The second group consists of researchers in law and the social, behavioral, and economic sciences, who study social systems and networks, culture, social norms and beliefs, rules, canons, precedents, legal code, and routine procedures that govern the conduct of people, organizations, and countries.

Proposals for this program must create general advances in both (1) understanding the social, behavioral, economic and/or legal context of accountable software design; and (2) improving the methodology for designing accountable software beyond specific use cases. Each proposal must have at least one Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI with expertise in software design and at least one PI or co-PI with expertise in law or a social, behavioral, or economic science. All proposals must contain a detailed collaboration plan that leverages the complementary expertise of the PIs/co-PIs in the designated areas and describes the mechanisms for continuous bi-directional collaboration. Projects are limited to $750,000 in total budget, with durations of up to three years.

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Partnerships in Astronomy & Astrophysics Research and Education
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Feb.7, 2022

The objective of PAARE is to improve the quality and environment of astronomy and astrophysics research and education by stimulating the development of formal, long-term partnerships that provide authentic pathways into the research enterprise and broaden the participation of individuals from groups underrepresented in astronomy. Partnerships must substantially involve institutions seeking to create opportunities for student and faculty research that will increase the recruitment, retention, and success of these individuals. It is expected that the partnerships will build or strengthen research capacity, as well as foster a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment for astronomy and astrophysics research and education at the partnering institutions.

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Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE): Use-Inspired Research Challenges on Climate Change and Clean Energy
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Feb. 8, 2022
Application due: Mar. 25, 2022

This PIRE competition invites visionary, ambitious, interdisciplinary, use-inspired research proposals that address scientific challenges related to climate change and/or clean energy.

Many cutting-edge research questions require international collaboration to achieve important advances. They also require insights from diverse disciplines to address the full complexity of the research, as well as active participation of stakeholders outside of academia to ensure research findings connect to real-world solutions to societal challenges related to climate change and/or clean energy. Climate change and clean energy research teams that incorporate some of these characteristics are increasingly common, but many have not had the opportunity to fully integrate all elements into their research agenda. This PIRE program invites PIs to develop these partnerships to exploit their full potential in the future.

The projects will utilize multi-stakeholder and international partnerships that are essential to address these challenges of critical societal importance at a regional or global scale. The research areas may include any combination of the natural and physical sciences, engineering, and the social sciences. Proposals that advance understanding of the human and behavioral aspects of climate change and/or clean energy challenges are encouraged. Educational activities should be integral to the project. Only high caliber research proposals that require international collaborations and show a clear potential for rapid scale-up and growth will be considered. Proposals that could be submitted to regular disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs at NSF will be returned without review.

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Navigating the New Arctic
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Feb.16, 2022

To successfully address NNA goals, proposals are expected to be convergent in nature as defined by NSF. In traditional interdisciplinary research, researchers may come together with their own disciplinary expertise and skills to address questions of interest that cross disciplinary boundaries, but largely remain focused on their individual research approaches. Convergence science takes this approach further, in that researchers from traditionally distinct disciplines come together at the onset of project creation to jointly form research questions, novel methodologies, and innovative theoretical approaches.

At a broad scale, NNA considers three major elements that are critical to understanding the rapidly changing Arctic, as depicted in the Venn diagram in this solicitation. The natural environment comprises atmospheric, biological, cryospheric, ecological, geological, hydrospheric, and marine features and processes and their dynamics and interactions. The built environment encompasses human-built physical infrastructure, telecommunications, cyberinfrastructure, and data systems and their interactions. Finally, social systems focus on human culture, behavior and social organizations and how social, economic, political, cultural, and environmental forces affect the lives of people and how people in turn respond to and shape those forces. To fulfill a convergence approach, NNA proposals must clearly articulate the intellectual and scientific contributions from engineering, social, and/or natural science methods and theories and demonstrate how these approaches are being merged for a convergence approach.

In addition to the convergence approach described above, all NNA proposals must address at least one of the following NNA research focus areas, listed in alphabetical order (FAQs with more detailed guidance on each area will be posted on the NNA web page):

  • Arctic Residents
  • Data and Observation
  • Education
  • Forecasting
  • Global Impacts
  • Resilient Infrastructure

This NNA solicitation requests proposals that fall within three proposal submission tracks: Incubator Grants, Research Grants, and Collaboratory Grants.

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NSF has updated its pre-award disclosures table
National Science Foundation (NSF)

NSF has updated its pre-award disclosures table, which is related to the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support. Click the link below to download the PDF.

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Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Nov. 29, 2021
Application due: Feb. 22, 2022

NOTE: NSF updated its solicitation and lifted the limit of 1 application for each institution.

Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2) funds research projects that identify (1) factors that are effective in the formation of ethical STEM researchers and (2) approaches to developing those factors in all STEM fields that NSF supports. ER2 solicits proposals for research that explores the following: "What constitutes responsible conduct for research (RCR), and which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?" 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?" 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 responsible conduct for research, 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. Successful proposals typically have a comparative dimension, either between or within institutional settings that differ along these or among other factors, and they specify plans for developing interventions that promote the effectiveness of identified factors.

ER2 research projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes or promotes responsible or irresponsible conduct of research, and how to best instill this knowledge into researchers and educators at all career stages. In some cases, projects will include the development of interventions to ensure ethical and responsible research conduct.

Proposals for awards from minority-serving institutions (e.g., Tribal Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions), women's colleges, and organizations primarily serving persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged. Proposals including international collaborations are encouraged when those efforts enhance the merit of the proposed work by incorporating unique resources, expertise, facilities or sites of international partners. If possible, the U.S. team's international counterparts should obtain funding through other sources.

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Dark Dimensions of the RNA Regulome (D2R2) An Ideas Lab Activity
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Preliminary proposals due: Jan. 31, 2022 (required)
Application due: Aug. 31, 2022

This solicitation invites participation in an Ideas Lab whose focus will be the exploration of novel approaches to elucidate the evolutionary and functional significance of RNA transcripts that do not encode proteins as well as the technological innovations that may arise from the ability to harness the power of non-coding RNA to solve pressing societal problems. Ideas Labs are intensive, facilitated workshops to find innovative solutions to grand challenge problems. The overarching aim of this Ideas Lab is to bring together a diverse set of researchers from multiple disciplines spanning biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer and information sciences, and engineering, to stimulate generation and execution of innovative research that advances our understanding of the origin, diversity, and functions of non-coding RNAs. Outcomes from this Ideas lab should lead to new theories and models for understanding non-coding RNAs, new approaches to manipulate and control non-coding RNA activity, and biotechnological innovations based on the expected research results that spur the bioeconomy and enhance our ability to predict and mitigate the effects of changing environments on organisms and ecosystems.

Although our ability to sequence, analyze, and manipulate genomes has significantly advanced in the last two decades, we still have not solved the grand challenge of understanding how genomes produce phenotypic variation and give rise to taxonomic and functional diversity. Despite substantial investments and widespread implementation, genome-wide association studies have only succeeded in explaining a small fraction of the genetic variation in most organisms, and much of this variation maps onto poorly characterized non-protein-coding regions of genomes. Many of those "dark" regions of the genome are transcribed into RNAs that do not encode proteins but may show signatures of evolutionary conservation, unusual structural features, and/or non-random expression patterns that are suggestive of their functional roles.

There has been a surge of interest in uncovering the cellular, physiological, and developmental roles of non-coding RNAs in recent years, and it is now clear that non-coding RNAs affect a wide range of cellular processes, including regulation of gene expression, developmental processes, metabolism, physiology, and even interactions with other organisms. Understanding the role of non-coding RNA in these cellular processes will be essential to enable the rational design of biological systems for biotechnology applications. Nevertheless, the vast majority of non-coding RNAs remain uncharacterized, and our understanding of their functional roles remains in its infancy. It is likely that the underlying rules governing the evolution and function of non-coding RNAs are different from those of protein-coding ones; hence fresh perspectives and novel approaches are needed to unveil the syntax and semantics of this hidden language. A wealth of new biology awaits discovery, along with hitherto unimagined biotechnology innovations, powered by transformative technologies and approaches to illuminate the dark dimensions of the RNA regulome, and decipher the role of non-coding RNAs in shaping the form and function of living organisms through evolution.

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Organismal Response to Climate Change (ORCC) Expanding Understanding and Improving Predictions of Life on a Warming Planet
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Mar. 1, 2022

The world is currently undergoing unprecedented changes in global climates across all biomes, with effects on nearly every life-form. How organisms respond to these rapidly changing conditions will have large consequences for the distribution of species over space and time, the integrity and the composition of natural communities, the distribution and the yield of domesticated crops and animals, and the incidence and the severity of pathogen outbreaks. Consequences such as these are already having major impacts on the world's food security, the bioeconomy, and the ecosystem services provided by living systems to humans. Developing a comprehensive understanding of the mechanistic underpinnings of organismal response to climate change will improve our ability to predict and to mitigate maladaptive biological responses to rapidly changing environments and to facilitate organismal adaptation and persistence. Most climate change studies to date have lacked integration between the study of organismal mechanisms involved in the response to changing climates and eco-evolutionary approaches. This solicitation calls for proposals that integrate the study of genomic, physiological, structural, developmental, neural, or behavioral mechanisms of organismal response to climate change (ORCC) with eco-evolutionary approaches to better manage the effects of a rapidly changing climate on earth's living systems. Specific areas of emphasis include but are not limited to: integrating physiology and genomics into the next generation of species distribution models; mechanistic understanding of plastic responses to climate change; functional genomics of organismal response to climate change; the role biological interactions play in organismal responses to climate change; and improving our ability to predict how organisms will respond to climate change and the consequences these responses will have across biological scales.

Proposals to the ORCC Solicitation are encouraged that build on NSF's investment in growing convergence research by developing integrative, cross-disciplinary approaches that examine the organismal mechanisms that underlie adaptive and maladaptive responses to environmental factors associated with climate change, how these responses affect fitness in changing and/or novel climates, and the genetic and evolutionary processes through which these traits originate, persist, and are transmitted across generations. Further, this solicitation encourages creative approaches to translate results of these investigations to better predict and manage effects of climate change on organisms across spatial and temporal scales and biological hierarchies. Proposals that do not bridge disciplinary components, that lack a specific focus on organismal responses to climate change, that do not relate mechanistic insights to eco-evolutionary consequences above the level of the individual, and that could normally be submitted to the "core" or special programs in IOS or DEB are not appropriate for submission to this solicitation. Please contact a cognizant program officer if you have questions about where your planned proposal fits.

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Understanding the Rules of Life: Emergent Networks (URoL:EN) Predicting Transformation of Living Systems in Evolving Environments
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Mar.1, 2022

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 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 Division of Emerging Frontiers in the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO/EF), once received, the proposals will be managed by a cross-disciplinary team of NSF Program Directors.

The Understanding the Rules of Life: Predicting Phenotype "Big Idea" is based on developing a predictive understanding of how key properties of living systems emerge from interactions of factors such as genomes, phenotypes, and evolving environments. Ideally, the predictive capability of the Rules of Life explored by projects supported by the program will enable us to address some of the greatest challenges we currently face in understanding the living world. This Understanding the Rules of Life: Emergent Networks (URoL:EN) solicitation is a cross-directorate program of NSF that aims to develop a predictive understanding of how key properties of living systems emerge from interactions of factors such as genomes, phenotypes, and environments and how emerging networks of organismal, natural, social, and/or human-engineered systems respond to or influence evolving environments. Successful projects of the URoL:EN program are expected to use convergent approaches that explore emergent network properties of living systems across various levels of organizational scale and, ultimately, to contribute to understanding the rules of life through new theories and reliable predictions about the impact of specific environmental changes on behaviors of complex living systems, or engineerable interventions and technologies based on a rule of life to address associated outcomes for societal benefit. Projects that advance all of the different fields of science represented in the project and that represent different NSF Directorates are strongly encouraged.

Using such convergent approaches, proposals must:

  1. Identify a rule(s) of life around which the proposed research is oriented or to which the research is applied.
  2. Include a compelling convergent research plan with deep integration across disciplines.
  3. Involve a basic, or fundamental, research approach to investigate a new understanding of emergent networks of interactions between organisms and Earth, human, natural, and/or human-engineered systems in evolving environments.

The convergent scope of URoL:EN projects also provides unique STEM education and outreach possibilities to train the next generation of scientists in a diversity of approaches and to engage society more generally. Hence, the URoL:EN program encourages research projects that integrate training and outreach activities in their research plan, provide convergent training opportunities for researchers and students, develop novel teaching modules, and broaden participation of under-represented groups in science.

The URoL:EN Program will support projects with a total budget of up to $3,000,000 and an award duration of up to 5 years.

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Addressing Systems Challenges through Engineering Teams
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Preliminary proposals due: Mar. 2, 2022
Full proposals due: May 31, 2022 (by invitation only)

he Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) Division supports enabling and transformative research that fuels progress in engineering applications with high societal impacts. ECCS programs encompass novel electronic, photonic, and magnetic devices; communication systems, novel integrated circuits, antennas, sensors; machine learning, control, and networks, to name a few. The fundamental research supported by ECCS impacts a wide range of applications such as communications, energy and power, healthcare, environment, transportation, manufacturing, and other areas. ECCS strongly emphasizes the integration of education into its research programs to support the preparation of a diverse and professionally skilled workforce. ECCS also strengthens its programs through links to other areas of engineering, science, industry, government, and international collaborations.

The Addressing Systems Challenges through Engineering Teams (ASCENT) program is a strategic investment of ECCS that emphasizes new collaboration modalities among the various ECCS supported sub-disciplines. ASCENT encourages robust collaborations among the devices, circuits, algorithms, systems, and networks research communities to develop innovative projects. ASCENT seeks proposals that are bold and ground-breaking transcending the perspectives and approaches typical of disciplinary research efforts. ASCENT projects are expected to lead to disruptive technologies or nucleate entirely new research fields motivated by the most pressing societal challenges the global community faces.

In response to the national priority that calls for sustained scientific leadership and continued growth in semiconductor technology, this ASCENT solicitation will focus on two specific research themes: Future Semiconductor Technology (FST) and Sustainable Micro- and Nano-Electronics (SMN). Creation of new knowledge and disruptive innovations in microelectronics and their enabling semiconductor technology are critical challenges facing the engineering community. Targeting their bottleneck issues by ASCENT teams will help unlock their boundless potential and capture their incalculable benefits bestowed to 21st century society and beyond. The ASCENT will support innovative projects that address those themes through a deep-integrated or a convergent research approach driven by fundamental knowledge and cross-disciplinary expertise central to ECCS core programs, while potentially leveraging advanced materials, power electronics, novel computing architectures and emerging design, learning, and fabrication technologies.

Assuming sufficient funding is provided in the NSF budget, it is anticipated that the ASCENT competition will continue with research themes and priorities subject to changing in the subsequent years.

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Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Core Research
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Mar. 2, 2022

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 Directorate for Engineering (ENG) Office of Emerging Frontiers and Multidisciplinary Activities (ENG/EFMA),once received, the proposals will be managed by a cross-disciplinary team of NSF Program Directors.

The overarching vision of this program is to support multi-disciplinary research to sustain economic competitiveness, to promote worker well-being, lifelong and pervasive learning, and quality of life, and to illuminate the emerging social and economic context and drivers of innovations that are shaping the future of jobs and work.

For the purposes of this solicitation, work is defined as mental or physical activity to achieve tangible benefit such as income, profit, or community welfare. A proposal for a research grant in this program must focus on advancing fundamental understanding of future work and work outcomes for workers and society.

The specific objectives of the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier program are to (1) facilitate multi-disciplinary or convergent research that employs the joint perspectives, methods, and knowledge of behavioral science, computer science, economics, engineering, learning sciences, research on adult learning and workforce training, and the social sciences; (2) develop deeper understandings of how human needs can be met and values respected in regard to how new technologies, conditions, and work experiences are changing; (3) support deeper understanding of the societal infrastructure that accompanies and leads to new work technologies and new approaches to work and jobs, and that prepares people for the future world of work; (4) encourage the development of a research community dedicated to designing intelligent technologies and work organization and modes inspired by their positive impact on individual workers, the work at hand, the way people learn and adapt to technological change, creative and inclusive workplaces (including remote locations, homes, classrooms, or virtual spaces), and benefits for social, economic, educational, and environmental systems at different scales; (5) promote deeper basic understanding of the interdependent human-technology partnership to advance societal needs by advancing design of intelligent technologies that operate in harmony with human workers, including consideration of how adults learn the new skills needed to interact with these technologies in the workplace, and by enabling broad and diverse workforce participation, including improving accessibility for those challenged by physical or cognitive impairment; and (6) understand, anticipate, and explore ways of mitigating potential risks including inequity arising from future work at the human-technology frontier.

Proposals to this program should describe multi-disciplinary or convergent research that addresses technological, human, and societal dimensions of future work. Technological innovations should be integrated with advances in behavioral science, computer science, economic science, engineering, learning sciences, research on adult learning and workforce training, and the social sciences. Proposals that address the impact of large-scale disruptions such as the Covid-19 pandemic on the future of jobs and work are also of interest.

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Innovation Corps - National Innovation Network Teams Program (I-CorpsTM Teams)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Proposals accepted anytime with a cognizant NSF Program Officer's invitation

The goals of this program are to spur translation of fundamental research to the marketplace, to encourage collaboration between academia and industry, and to train NSF-funded faculty, students and other researchers in innovation and entrepreneurship skills.

The I-Corps Teams program provides NSF-funded faculty, students and other researchers with entrepreneurial education, mentoring, and funding to accelerate the translation of knowledge derived from fundamental research into emerging products and services that may attract subsequent third-party funding.

The selected I-Corps teams participate in the I-Corps Teams Program Curriculum. This curriculum, now delivered exclusively in an online format, typically includes a Kick-off meeting with Entrepreneurial Immersion Training, a weekly training meeting and a Lessons Learned Closing Presentation. An I-Corps team includes the Entrepreneurial Lead, Technical Lead, and the Industrial Mentor. During the training program, the team will be expected to spend significant time conducting active customer discovery, including interviewing potential customers and potential partners. More details on the I-Corps Teams Program may be found in the I-Corps Teams FAQs.

The outcomes of I-Corps Teams projects will be threefold: 1) a decision on a clear path forward based on an assessment of the business model, 2) substantial first-hand evidence for or against product-market fit, with the identification of customer segments and corresponding value propositions, and 3) a narrative of a compelling technology demonstration for potential partners.

The path forward plan will be made by each I-Corps team in consultation with instructors of the I-Corps Teams Program.

Monthly webinar: A webinar will be held monthly to answer questions about this program. Details will be posted on the I-Corps Teams website (see https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/i-corps/program.jsp) as they become available.

Eligibility: Proposers must have an active NSF award or a prior award that has been active within the past five years from the date of submission of the I-Corps Teams proposal in a science or engineering field relevant to the proposed innovation.

Before an I-Corps Teams proposal may be submitted, PIs must complete a series of steps that may lead to an invitation to submit a proposal.

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The Centers for Innovation and Community Engagement in Solid Earth Geohazards
National Science Foundation

Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Nov. 30, 2021
Application due: Mar. 15, 2022

The Centers for Innovation and Community Engagement in Solid Earth Geohazards program supports university-based centers to advance research on the fundamental solid Earth processes that underpin natural hazards. Centers will catalyze, coordinate, and produce transformative research, lead innovation, and enable convergent approaches for systems-level insights that require the collective efforts of a large group of individuals.

Centers focus on addressing major, fundamental science challenges for understanding solid Earth geohazards, primarily those related to faulting, volcanoes, mass movements, and other dynamic processes. In particular, the Centers will advance understanding in one or more of the priorities outlined in the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine decadal survey report The Earth in Time, including; What is an earthquake? What drives volcanism? What are the causes and consequences of topographic change? and How can Earth science research reduce the risk and toll of geohazards?

Centers will also foster different dimensions of community engagement to meaningfully improve the national welfare. Flagship community engagement activities will take bold and creative action to broaden participation of underrepresented groups in the geoscience workforce and expand the impact of fundamental research in solid Earth geohazards to inform and prepare a broader community. Centers will establish partnerships to enable public outreach, hazard mitigation and other community engagement activities.

The Program has two tracks, both of which are described in this solicitation. Track I - Center Catalyst awards are intended to provide resources to catalyze initiatives to develop future centers. These awards would support groups to develop the science, management, and broader impact concepts for of a major research center. Track II - Center Operation awards are intended to support the operation of a fully developed center.

In FY 2022 the competition will support Track I - Center Catalyst proposals to develop centers to address topics that focus on the fundamental processes that create solid Earth geohazards, such as earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, and/or other solid Earth or tectonic processes. Track II - Center Operation proposals will focus on the operation of centers that will support frontier research in fundamental earthquake processes. NSF intends to open future competitions for Track II- Center Operation support to proposals focused more broadly on solid Earth geohazards.

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Internet Measurement Research: Methodologies, Tools, and Infrastructure (IMR)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Track 1 - Application due: Jan. 20, 2022
Track 2 - Application due: Mar. 8, 2022
Track 3 - Application due: Mar. 22, 2022

With this solicitation, the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), in partnership with the Directorate of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), is launching a new, focused program to support methodologies, tools, and research infrastructure for Internet measurement spanning access (both wireless and fixed broadband) and core Internet. Currently, Internet measurement is conducted in a piecemeal and uncoordinated manner, and the infrastructure to collect, share, and process the data does not include data on all aspects of the network covering both wireless and wired Internet. The scope, complexity, and means of accessing the Internet have changed dramatically throughout its existence. Internet measurement work has mostly focused on the wired core networks for which existing Internet measurement repositories/infrastructure provides yeomen service. Methods, data collection, and data sharing have not kept up with the importance and proliferation of wireless and fixed broadband access networks. This leaves important aspects of the access network (both wireless and fixed broadband) in many geographic regions unmeasured or under-measured. With citizens now using cellular phones for accessing the Internet, more accurate and/or additional ways to measure and assess performance, connectivity, network topology, and service gap have also become necessary. The goal of the IMR program is to encourage, coordinate, and connect research in Internet measurement in a comprehensive manner. Such research is essential and timely to assess the health of the Internet more comprehensively, improve network technologies and systems, and develop new methods of networking, especially with the development of new methodologies and tools.

The IMR program will support three award tracks:

  • Track 1: Methodologies and Methods (MM)
  • Track 2: Measurement Tool Development and Demonstration (MT)
  • Track 3: Internet Measurement Related Infrastructure-Planning (RI-P)

The methodologies developed in Track 1 will help facilitate sharing or analysis of the data and will eventually be stored in the infrastructure sought through Track 3 in a privacy-preserving manner and will lead to innovative tools for data collections developed in Track 2. Tools developed in Track 2 may lead to curated data being added to the infrastructure identified through Track 3. Thus, the infrastructure sought through Track 3 will have multiple purposes. The integration of outcomes of the three tasks should help synthesize a more holistic or comprehensive approach to Internet measurement across different components of the Internet including core, access, wired, and wireless networks, considering security and privacy implications.

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Biodiversity on a Changing Planet (BoCP)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Mar. 25, 2022

The Biodiversity on a Changing Planet Program addresses the study of functional biodiversity within the context of a changing and dynamic environment. Functional biodiversity includes both the role and impacts of any traits that vary at any scale, amongst or within organisms, species, populations, communities, and ecosystems in the environment. The different components of function can also be thought of as addressing questions of pattern, analyses of functional traits across spatial scales, and questions of process, which explicitly consider functional trait change over time. The program emphasizes proposals that integrate pattern and process-based approaches in understanding functional biodiversity.

The study of functional biodiversity and response to a changing planet could integrate the study of complex feedbacks dynamics across temporal and spatial scales among climatic, geological, paleontological, and biological processes, which will ultimately determine organismal and ecosystem dynamics, resilience, speciation, radiation, and extinction processes. The program aims to develop a synthetic understanding of function in the context of the constant loss, gain, maintenance, and reorganization of biodiversity on a changing planet.

The Biodiversity on a Changing Planet program supports fundamental research projects that will significantly advance theory and the mechanistic understanding of functional axes of biodiversity in the context of past and current ecological and evolutionary processes. This program aims to allow predictions of functional consequences across temporal and spatial scales, considering the linkages between past, present, and future biological, climatic, and geological processes. Successful proposals may take advantage of phylogenetic and biogeographic frameworks by integrating insights from both neontology (extant biodiversity) and paleontology (extinct biodiversity), modern -omics approaches, fossil records, remote sensing, and/or the use of models and forecasting approaches.

See the full announcement for examples of research areas addressed by this program and details about tracks.

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EHR Core Research: Building Capacity in STEM Education Research (ECR: BCSER)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Mar. 29, 2022

ECR's Building Capacity in STEM Education Research (ECR: BCSER) supports projects that build investigators' capacity to carry out high-quality STEM education research that will enhance the nation's STEM education enterprise. In addition, ECR: BCSER seeks to broaden the pool of researchers who can advance knowledge regarding STEM learning and learning environments, broadening participation in STEM fields, and STEM workforce development. Researchers of races and ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and abilities who are currently underrepresented in their participation in STEM education research and the STEM workforce, as well as faculty at minority-serving and two-year institutions, are particularly encouraged to submit proposals.

Specifically, ECR: BCSER supports activities that enable researchers to expand their areas of expertise and acquire the requisite knowledge and skills to conduct rigorous research in STEM education. Career development may be accomplished through investigator-initiated professional development and research projects or through institutes that enable researchers to integrate methodological strategies with theoretical and practical issues in STEM education.

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Geospace Environment Modeling
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Mar. 30, 2022

Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM) is a broad-based research program investigating the physics of the Earth's magnetosphere and the coupling of the magnetosphere to the atmosphere and to the solar wind. The goal of the GEM program is to make accurate predictions of the geospace environment by developing physical understanding of the large-scale organization and dynamics through observations, theory, and increasingly realistic models.

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Accelerating Innovations in Biomanufacturing Approaches through Collaboration Between NSF and the DOE BETO funded Agile BioFoundry
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due Apr. 4, 2022

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office (DOE BETO) recognize the critical roles that synthetic and engineering biology play in advancing the U.S. Bioeconomy. To translate advances in synthetic and engineering biology into products and processes that will impact the U.S. bioeconomy, there is a need to accelerate innovation and adopt new biomanufacturing approaches. The integrated Design-Build-Test-Learn (DBTL) capabilities of the DOE BETO funded Agile BioFoundry (ABF) offer a unique resource to the academic community to develop and implement innovative biodesign and biomanufacturing technologies and practices.

To help advance the U.S. bioeconomy, these agencies invite proposals from researchers at institutions of higher education and non-profit organizations (eligible PIs). The proposals must leverage the unique DBTL capabilities available at the ABF to translate the latest advances in synthetic biology and engineering biology basic research into testable prototype processes and products that are potentially scalable and manufacturable and can be appropriately validated. Of particular interest are proposals that both leverage the DBTL capabilities of the ABF to translate basic science into bioeconomy-relevant innovation and also lead to the development of generalizable rules or theories of biological systems that enhance our understanding of basic science.

In order to facilitate the utilization of the integrated DBTL capabilities available at the ABF and ensure the readiness of basic research projects for their translation to ABF platforms, NSF would support efforts of eligible PIs and their students, postdoctoral fellows, and other lab personnel on projects that can leverage the unique capabilities of the ABF. NSF support would be for all activity at the institution of higher education or non-profit organization that occurs in parallel to, or prior to, the work at ABF that readies the project for translation to practice. In order to increase collaboration across sectors and workforce development, NSF, through this program, can also support short term faculty fellows, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students or undergraduate student interns that are hosted by national laboratories or ABF. DOE BETO will cover the costs for implementation of approved projects at ABF. Partnering with industry is encouraged for technologies both to facilitate eventual scale up and regulatory approval.

Investigators are advised to consult with ABF early in their proposal planning process. More information on the capabilities of the Agile BioFoundry can be found at https://agilebiofoundry.org/capabilities/. The required mechanism for collaboration with the Agile BioFoundry is to use the Agile BioFoundry Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA). For more information about the CRADA, including a template CRADA, please visit https://agilebiofoundry.org/work-with-us/.

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Findable Accessible Interoperable Reusable Open Science Research Coordination Networks
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Apr. 12, 2022

The FAIROS RCN program seeks to create three-year Research Coordination Networks (RCNs) which will foster catalytic improvements in scientific communities focusing on the FAIR (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reuse, see Program Description for more information) guiding principles and Open Science best practices (inclusively summarized by the combined phrase FAIROS for purposes of this program). This program will support a broad range of activities by these new RCNs to advance the means by which investigators can share information and ideas, coordinate ongoing or planned research activities, foster synthesis and new collaborations, develop community standards, and in other ways advance science and education through communication and sharing of research products through FAIROS strategies.

FAIROS RCN proposals must select one of two tracks to focus on, either: 1) Disciplinary Improvements to targeted scientific communities, or 2) Cross-Cutting Improvements that apply to many or most scientific disciplines. In the case of proposals focused on Disciplinary Improvements, it is strongly recommended that prospective PIs contact a program officer from the list of Cognizant Program Officers in the directorate closest to the major disciplinary impact of the proposed work to ascertain that the scientific focus and budget of the proposed work are appropriate for this solicitation. In the case of proposals focused on Cross-Cutting Improvements, it is strongly recommended that prospective PIs contact a program officer from the list of Cognizant Program Officers from the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure. For more on the NSF Public Access Initiative and Office of Integrative Activities, see the Program Description section below.

This program is undertaken in support of the NSF Public Access Initiative as described in the 2015 NSF Public Access Plan entitled "Today's Data, Tomorrow's Discoveries", an agency-wide response to the need for publicly funded research products to be made publicly accessible. This national priority was first broadly articulated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy in 2013, and is of ongoing importance to NSF as a whole. In addition, this program advances the priorities of NSF's Office of Integrative Activities, which supports work across disciplinary boundaries that: advances research excellence and innovation; develops human and infrastructure capacity critical to the U.S. science and engineering enterprise; and promotes engagement of scientists and engineers at all career stages.

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NSF Convergence Accelerator 2022 Joint NSF/DOD Phases 1 and 2 for Track G: Securely Operating Through 5G Infrastructure
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Informational webinar: Three options and link provided in description.
LOI due Feb. 16, 2022 (required for Phase I full proposals only)
Application due: Apr. 12, 2022

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Convergence Accelerator program addresses national-scale societal challenges through use-inspired convergence research. Using a convergence approach and innovation processes like human-centered design, user discovery, and team science and integration of multidisciplinary research, the Convergence Accelerator program seeks to transition basic research and discovery into practice — to solve high-impact societal challenges aligned with specific research themes (tracks).

NSF Convergence Accelerator tracks are chosen in concordance with the themes identified during the program's ideation process that have the potential for significant national impact. The NSF Convergence Accelerator implements a two-phase program. Both phases are described in this solicitation and are covered by this single solicitation and corresponding Broad Agency Announcement. The link to the Broad Agency Announcement can be found here. The purpose of this parallel activity is to provide increased opportunities for proposals that are led by non-academic entities. Proposals that are led by Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), non-profits, independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations should respond to this solicitation. Proposals led by for-profit or similar organizations should respond to the BAA. Phase 1 awardees receive resources to further develop their convergence research ideas and to identify important partnerships and resources to accelerate their projects. Phase 2 awardees receive significant resources leading to deliverable research prototypes and sustainability plans.

This solicitation is conducted in collaboration with the Department of Defense (DOD) Office of the Under Secretary of Defense – Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) 5G Initiative and the Army Research Laboratory (ARL). For this track, DOD OUSD(R&E) is partnering with NSF to develop joint strategic interests that simultaneously address convergence research and serve mission needs of the 5G to NextG Initiative. DOD OUSD(R&E) will participate in reviewing reports and deliverables, participate in Principal Investigator (PI) meetings and the innovation curriculum, and work with NSF on transitioning results into practice.

Refer to the full solicitation for details about the tracks and phases.

Webinar Dates & Registration

January 27, 2022 - 3:30 - 5 PM ET

February 1, 2022 - 1:30 - 3PM ET

February 3, 2022 - 3:30 - 5 PM ET

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2022 Signals in the Soil (SitS)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Apr. 14, 2022

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

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

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Research Coordination Networks: Fostering and Nurturing a Diverse Community of CI Professionals (RCN:CIP)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Informational webinar will be held in March 2022, date TBA
Application due: Apr. 25, 2022

The National Science Foundation (NSF), through its Divisions of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS), Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF), Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB), and Materials Research (DMR) announces a solicitation on the Semiconductor Synthetic Biology Circuits and Communications for Information Storage (SemiSynBio-III). Future computing systems with ultra-low energy storage can be built on principles derived from organic systems that are at the intersection of biology, physics, chemistry, materials science, computer science and engineering. Next-generation information storage technologies can be envisioned that are driven by biological principles with use of biomaterials in the fabrication of devices and systems that can store data for more than 100 years with storage capacity 1,000 times more than current storage technologies. Such a research effort can have a significant impact on the future of information storage technologies. This focused solicitation seeks high-risk/high- return interdisciplinary research on novel concepts and enabling technologies that will address the fundamental scientific issues and technological challenges associated with the underpinnings of synthetic biology integrated with semiconductor technology. This research will foster interactions among various disciplines including biology, physics, chemistry, materials science, computer science and engineering that will enable in heretofore-unanticipated breakthroughs.

INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR: The SemiSynBio-III program will host an informational webinar in March 2022 to discuss and answer questions about the solicitation. Details on how to join this webinar will be posted on the program web page.

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Geomorphology and Land-use Dynamics (GLD)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Applications accepted anytime

The GLD Program supports innovative fundamental research into processes that shape and modify earth's landscapes over a variety of length and time scales, with a focus on the Holocene. The program encourages research that quantitatively investigates the coupling and feedback among such processes, their rates, and their relative roles, especially in the contexts of variation in biologic, climatic, and tectonic influences and in light of changes due to human impacts. Such research may involve fieldwork, modeling, experimentation, theoretical development, or combinations thereof. GLD is particularly interested in increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in research and education such as women, persons with disabilities, and underrepresented minorities [1] [2], and those from geographically underrepresented areas in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Proposals submitted in response to this solicitation are strongly encouraged to involve PIs, co-PIs, postdoctoral researchers, students, and other personnel who are members of these groups. Proposers are also strongly encouraged to consider involving veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces as part of NSF's broader effort to promote veteran involvement in STEM research and education.

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Cooperative Studies of the Earth's Deep Interior (CSEDI)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Sept. 26, 2022

The Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) invites the submission of proposals for collaborative, interdisciplinary studies of the Earth's interior within the framework of the community-based initiative known as Cooperative Studies of the Earth's Deep Interior (CSEDI). Funding will support basic research on the character and dynamics of the Earth's mantle and core, their influence on the evolution of the Earth as a whole, and on processes operating within the deep interior that affect or are expressed on the Earth's surface. Projects may employ any combination of field, laboratory, and computational studies with observational, theoretical, or experimental approaches. Support is available for research and research infrastructure through grants and cooperative agreements awarded in response to investigator-initiated proposals from U.S. universities and other eligible institutions. Interdisciplinary projects are required.

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Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Letter of Intent (LOI) due (optional): Dec. 3, 2021 (tracks 3 and 4)
Application due: Jan. 28, 2022 (tracks 3 and 4)

Through the Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE) Program, NSF seeks to strengthen the future U.S. engineering workforce by enabling and encouraging the participation of all citizens in the engineering enterprise. The BPE Program seeks to support not only research in the science of broadening participation and equity in engineering, but also collaborative endeavors which foster the professional development of a diverse and well-prepared engineering workforce as well as innovative, if not revolutionary, approaches to building capacity through inclusivity and equity within the engineering academic experience.

To solicit the best ideas for these activities, both in formation and enactment, the BPE Program will support projects at various levels of readiness and complexity through the following four tracks: Planning and Conference Grants; Research in Broadening Participation in Engineering; Inclusive Mentoring Hubs (IMHubs); and Centers for Equity in Engineering (CEE). Specific details regarding these pathways can be found in the Program Description.

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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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Important Notice No. 147: Research.gov Implementation Update
National Science Foundation (NSF)

NSF is taking proactive steps to incrementally move the preparation and submission of all proposals from FastLane to Research.gov with a tentative target date for completion by 2022. Click on link for the full notice.

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Fluid Dynamics
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Proposals accepted anytime

The Fluid Dynamics program is part of the Transport Phenomena cluster, which also includes 1) the Combustion and Fire Systems program; 2) the Particulate and Multiphase Processes program; and 3) the Thermal Transport Processes program. The Fluid Dynamics program supports fundamental research toward gaining an understanding of the physics of various fluid dynamics phenomena. Proposed research should contribute to basic scientific understanding via experiments, theoretical developments, and computational discovery. Major areas of interest and activity in the program include:

  • Turbulence and transition: High Reynolds number experiments; large eddy simulation; direct numerical simulation; transition to turbulence; 3-D boundary layers; separated flows; multi-phase turbulent flows; flow control and drag reduction. A new area of emphasis is high speed boundary layer transition and turbulence; the focus would be for flows at Mach numbers greater than 5 to understand cross-mode interactions leading to boundary layer transition and the ensuing developing and fully developed turbulent boundary layer flows. Combined experiments and simulations are encouraged.
  • Bio-fluid physics: Bio-inspired flows; biological flows with emphasis on flow physics.
  • Non-Newtonian fluid mechanics: Viscoelastic flows; solutions of macro-molecules.
  • Microfluidics and nanofluidics: Micro-and nano-scale flow physics.
  • Wind and ocean energy harvesting: Focused on fundamental fluid dynamics associated with renewal energy.
  • Fluid-structure interactions: NSF interests are in general FSI applications across the low- to high-Reynolds number range. In addition an NSF-AFOSR (Air Force Office of Scientific Research) joint funding area is the theory, modeling and/or experiments for hypersonic applications. Proposals will be jointly reviewed by NSF and AFOSR using the NSF merit review process. Actual funding format and agency split for an award (depending on availability of funds) will be determined after the proposal selection process. The AFOSR program that participates in this initiative is the Aerothermodynamics program (program officer: Dr. Sarah Popkin).
  • Canonical configurations: Experimental research is encouraged to develop spatiotemporally resolved databases for canonical configurations to either confirm historical results or to provide data in an unexplored parameter region. Fidelity and completeness for theoretical/computational validation are key attributes of the proposed experimental data.
  • Artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning: Innovative AI ideas related to the use of machine learning and other AI approaches in fluid dynamics research to model and control the flows are encouraged. Verifying new models with canonical configurations, when appropriate, is encouraged for the Computational and Data-Enabled Science & Engineering(CDS&E) program.
  • Instrumentation and Flow Diagnostics: Instrument development for time-space resolved measurements; shear stress sensors; novel flow imaging; and velocimetry.

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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)

Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI)
U.S. Department of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Application due: Jan. 13, 2022

NIFA requests applications for the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) for fiscal year (FY) 2021 or 2022 to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education, and extension. Applicants considering applying to the second year should check the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative web page to access the Request for Applications and check for updates. OREI funds research, education, and extension programs that enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. The approximate amounts available annually for OREI in FY 2021 and FY 2022 are $25.0 million and $30.0 million, respectively. Enactment of additional continuing resolutions or a full appropriations act may affect the availability or level of funding for this program.

The OREI seeks to solve critical organic agricultural issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education and extension activities. The purpose of this program is to fund high priority integrated projects that will enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Priority concerns include biological, physical, and social sciences, including economics.

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Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI)
USDA: National Institute of Food and Agriculture/Department of Agriculture

Application due: Jan. 13, 2022

The Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) seeks to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education, and extension activities. The purpose of this program is to fund projects that will enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Priority concerns include biological, physical, and social sciences, including economics. The OREI is particularly interested in projects that emphasize research, education and outreach that assist farmers and ranchers with whole farm planning by delivering practical research-based information. Projects should plan to deliver applied production information to producers. Fieldwork must be done on certified organic land or on land in transition to organic certification, as appropriate to project goals and objectives. Refer to the USDA National Organic Program for organic production standards.

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Specialty Crop Research Initiative
U.S. Department of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Application due: Jan. 21, 2022

The purpose of the SCRI program is to address the critical needs of the specialty crop industry by awarding grants to support research and extension that address key challenges of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including conventional and organic food production systems. Projects must address at least one of five focus areas:

  • Research in plant breeding, genetics, genomics, and other methods to improve crop characteristics
  • Efforts to identify and address threats from pests and diseases, including threats to specialty crop pollinators
  • Efforts to improve production efficiency, handling and processing, productivity, and profitability over the long term (including specialty crop policy and marketing)
  • New innovations and technology, including improved mechanization and technologies that delay or inhibit ripening
  • Methods to prevent, detect, monitor, control, and respond to potential food safety hazards in the production efficiency, handling and processing of specialty crops

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Rural Innovation Stronger Economy Grant Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Rural Utilities Service

Application due: Apr. 19, 2022

The primary objective of the RISE program is to support jobs accelerator partnerships to improve the ability of distressed rural and energy communities to create high wage jobs, accelerate the formation of new businesses, and help rural communities identify and maximize local assets. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. The minimum award per grant is $500,000 and the maximum award amount per grant is $2,000,000. Grant funds may be used to pay for up to 80 percent of eligible project costs. Grant funds may be used to pay for costs directly related to the purchase or construction of an innovation center located in a rural area; costs directly related to operations of an innovation center including purchase of equipment, office supplies, and administrative costs including salaries directly related to the project; costs directly associated with support programs to be carried out at or in direct partnership with job accelerators; reasonable and customary travel expenses directly related to job accelerators and at rates in compliance with 2 CFR 200.474; utilities, operating expenses of the innovation center and job accelerator programs and associated programs; and administrative costs of the grantee not exceeding 10% of the grant amount for the duration of the project.

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Rural eConnectivity Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture - Rural Utilities Service

Application due: Feb. 22, 2022

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is issuing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to announce that it is accepting applications for fiscal year 2022 (FY 2022) for the ReConnect Program. In addition, the FOA defines requirements that are determined at the time a funding announcement is published, as outlined in the regulation. As part of this announcement, the Agency is also informing potential applicants and other interested parties about its intention to seek information on a topic that will help inform future funding announcements.

Beginning on November 24, 2021, applications can be submitted through the RUS on-line application portal until 11:59 a.m. Eastern on February 22, 2022. Applications will not be accepted after February 22, 2022 until a new application opportunity has been opened with the publication of an additional FOA in the Federal Register.

The Agency encourages applicants to consider projects that will advance the following key priorities:

  • Assisting Rural communities recover economically from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly disadvantaged communities.
  • Ensuring all rural residents have equitable access to Rural Development programs and benefits from Rural Development funded projects.
  • Reducing climate pollution and increasing resilience to the impacts of climate change through economic support to rural communities.

All applicants should carefully review and prepare their applications according to instructions in the FY 2022 ReConnect Program Application Guide and program resources. This Application Guide and program resources can be found at https://www.usda.gov/reconnect/forms-and-resources. Applications must be submitted through the RUS on-line application system available on the program web site at https://www.usda.gov/reconnect/

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

Application due: Feb. 28, 2022 at 5 PM ET

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

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Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Application due: Feb 28, 2022 by 4:30 PM MT

The purpose of the program is to promote economic development and job creation projects through the awarding of grant funds to eligible entities. Applications will compete in two separate categories, business opportunity grants and business enterprise grants, for use in funding various business and community projects that serve rural areas.

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Risk Management Education Partnership Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: Mar. 11, 2022 at 5:59 PM ET

The purpose of this competitive program is to deliver crop insurance education and risk management training to U.S. agricultural producers to assist them in identifying and managing production, marketing, legal, financial, and human risk. The program gives priority to: (1) educating producers of crops currently not insured under Federal crop insurance, specialty crops, and underserved commodities, including livestock and forage; and (2) providing collaborative partnerships to develop and deliver crop insurance education and other risk management training.

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Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Rural Development

Application due: June 30, 2022

The purpose of RMAP is to support the development and ongoing success of rural Microentrepreneurs and Microenterprises, each as defined in 7 CFR 4280.302. The regulation can be accessed online at https://www.ecfr.gov. To accomplish this purpose, RMAP provides direct loans and grants to Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDO). Grant funds are used by the MDO to provide technical assistance and entrepreneurship training to rural individuals and businesses.

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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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Immunology Innovations QuickFire Challenge: Precision Medicine in Immune-Mediated Disease
Johnson & Johnson

Application due: Jan.14, 2022

Nearly 4% of the world's population is affected by one of more than 80 different autoimmune diseases, according to the National Stem Cell Foundation, and incidence is rising.

However, of the 30 million patients diagnosed with moderate-to-severe forms of chronic immune diseases, only 5 million receive advanced therapies and only 2 million experience adequate responses.[1] A key barrier to the development of novel therapies and treatment paradigms has been the complexity and heterogeneity of these diseases, which consist of different disease states with distinct unmet medical need and biology. [2]

Through scientific advances in the understanding of disease pathophysiology in different tissues and organs and the identification of biomarkers for mechanistic stratification, we might be able to develop new medicines with mechanisms of action tailored to differentiated patient populations.

To inspire these precision medicine innovations, Johnson & Johnson Innovation LLC, together with Janssen Research & Development LLC, is launching the Immunology Innovations QuickFire Challenge. Innovators with transformative potential solutions to help or aim to advance precision medicine approaches in immune-mediated disease are invited to apply.

Specific disease areas of focus for this challenge include gastroenterology, rheumatology, dermatology, fetal-maternal diseases, autoantibody-mediated diseases, and other immune-mediated diseases where a stratified approach has the potential to be transformational for patients.

The innovator(s) with the best idea, therapy or technology, or novel approach will receive up to a total of $500,000 in grant funding, access to the global Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JLABS ('JLABS') network and mentorship from experts across the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies.

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NOSTER and Science Microbiome Prize
NOSTER, Inc.

Application due: Jan. 24, 2022

The NOSTER & Science Microbiome Prize is an international award that recognizes innovative research by investigators under the age of 35 who are working on the functional attributes of the microbiota. The research can include any organism that has potential to contribute to our understanding of human or veterinary health and disease, or to guide therapeutic interventions. The winner and finalists will be chosen by a committee of independent scientists, chaired by a senior editor at Science. The top prize includes a USD 25,000 cash award, an online subscription to Science -- and your winning essay published in Science!

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Proposed Cooperative Institute for Earth System Research and Data Science
U.S. Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Application due: Jan. 24, 2022

The NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) invites applications for the establishment of a Cooperative Institute (CI) to assist NOAA in fulfilling NOAA's Next Generation Strategic Plan vision of "Healthy ecosystems, communities, and economies that are resilient in the face of change." The CI's research will leverage its expertise in climate processing and modeling, atmospheric processes, geophysics, advanced information systems, earth system modeling, and space weather to expand our understanding of the entire earth system. The proposed CI supports NOAA mission science by developing and applying satellite systems, ships, buoys, aircraft, research facilities, high-performance computing, and information management and distribution systems. In addition, the proposed CI will partner with NOAA in the pursuit of innovative research-to-application capabilities that recognize and apply significant new understanding.

The proposed CI research themes are (1) Future Atmosphere; (2) Climate Science and Prediction; (3) Earth System Data Science, Stewardship, and Application; (4) Regional Science and Applications; (5) Scientific Outreach, Education and Diversity; (6) Space Weather Science and Prediction; (7) Weather Research and Forecasting; and (8) Ecosystem Science and Prediction.

The research described herein was carefully defined to complement, rather than duplicate research at other CIs.

The CI may consist of one or more (e.g., a consortium) academic or non-profit, degree-granting institutions that possess an outstanding research program in one or more areas related to NOAA's mission. In the case of a consortium applicant, NOAA will issue only one award to the lead academic institution that applied for the award and where the CI will be established and resident. The CI is strongly encouraged to work in conjunction with a range of supporting research affiliates, including, but not limited to other governmental agencies; private industry; non-traditional partners; Minority Serving Institutions (MSI); NOAA laboratories, science and data centers; other CIs; Cooperative Science Centers (CSCs); and Sea Grant Colleges.

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2022 Preservation Technology and Training Grants
U.S. Department of the Interior - National Park Service

Application due: Feb. 7, 2022 at 5 PM CST

2022 Preservation Technology and Training Grants (PTT Grants) are intended to create better tools, better materials, and better approaches to conserving buildings, landscapes, sites, and collections.

The PTT Grants are administered by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), the National Park Service's innovation center for the preservation community. The competitive grants program will provide funding to federal agencies, states, tribes, local governments, and non-profit organizations. PTT Grants will support the following activities:

  • Innovative research that develops new technologies or adapts existing technologies to preserve cultural resources (typically $20,000)
  • Specialized workshops or symposia that identify and address national preservation needs (typically $15,000 to $20,000)
  • How-to videos, mobile applications, podcasts, best practices publications, or webinars that disseminate practical preservation methods or provide better tools for preservation practice (typically $5,000 to $15,000)

The maximum grant award is $20,000. The actual grant award amount is dependent on the scope of the proposed activity. NCPTT does not fund "brick and mortar" grants.

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Cooperative Agreement for CESU-affiliated Partner with Rocky Mountains Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Application due: Feb. 7, 2022 at 5 PM ET

The US Geological Survey's National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers (NRCASC) is offering a funding opportunity to a CESU partner for research into the inclusion of tribal voices and traditional ecological knowledge in climate adaptation science that advances the inclusion of historically underrepresented voices in climate adaptation science.

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FY2022 NAGPRA Consultation/Documentation Grants
U.S. Department of the Interior - National Park Service

Application due: Mar.11, 2022

Grant funds must be used for CONSULTATION and/or DOCUMENTATION projects under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). Consultation projects support efforts related to revising a NAGPRA inventory and making or responding to requests for repatriation of items in a NAGPRA summary. Documentation projects support determining the geographical origin, cultural affiliation, and other basic facts surrounding the acquisition of Native American cultural items. Consultation and documentation projects should lead to determining control, treatment, repatriation, and disposition of NAGPRA cultural items.

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U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Grants Program
U.S. Department of State

Contact individual embassies for deadlines, which vary by country
Opportunity closes on June 30, 2022

The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation supports the preservation of historic buildings, archaeological and other cultural sites, museum objects and collections, and forms of traditional expression such as indigenous languages and music in less developed countries.

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