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Funding Opportunities, April 28

Federal Opportunities

Please contact Paul Montgomery (paul.montgomery@utk.edu) regarding your interest in federal opportunities.

ARFL: Foundations of Trusted Computational Information Systems

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has published a solicitation entitled Foundations of Trusted Computational Information Systems. AFRL, which is primarily an applied research and technology development sponsor, is particularly interested in

“technologies that support hardware and software foundations for high assurance, trusted/secure architectures, increased computational sophistication of general purpose and specialized processing, increased complex system functionality with improved resilience, embedded processing and quantum information processing. Also of interest are technologies that can reduce warfighter decision latencies/response time, decrease system costs and system development times, automate labor-intensive/error-prone and costly aspects of system software development, and improve reliability, longevity, upgradability, and usability of emerging and legacy military information systems.”


AFRL has identified the following technical areas for projects, each of which is described in the solicitation:

  1. Enhanced Processing Capabilities
  2. Trusted and Resilient Software-intensive Systems Engineering
  3. Quantum Information Processing
  4. Trusted, Secure, and Resilient Computational Systems
  5. Cyber Physical Systems
  6. Software Assurance

A 2-5 page white paper is due by 2 p.m. on May 31, 2017 to apply for FY17 funds. However, PIs are encouraged to contact the technical POC to discuss whether project ideas would be a good fit.

AFRL anticipates making multiple awards for $100K – $3M with a performance period of up to 3 years.

Please notify Paul Montgomery of your intention to submit a proposal.

NOTE: Individuals interested in any solicitation that limits the number of submissions allowed by UT must submit a notification of interest to limitsub@utk.edu. See the ORE limited submission policy, view current and past opportunities, and sign up for the listserv.

ONR: Communications and Networking Discovery and Invention

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has published a solicitation entitled Communications and Networking Discovery and Invention. (See “related documents” tab.) This program is seeking primarily applied research and technology development in the following interest areas, but note that ONR is also willing to consider innovative ideas outside these areas that could address C&N goals identified in the Naval S&T Strategy (see pp. 34-35 in particular) or the C&N Program fact sheet:

  1. Algorithms and techniques for digital beam forming and nulling with reduced computational complexity and improved side lobe and grating lobe suppression (both per-element digital as well as hybrid sub-array architectures should be considered);
  2. Novel approaches for low probability of detect/intercept communications against advanced electronic threats;
  3. Dynamic scheduling, routing and topology control to efficiently and reliably deliver critical/high priority data to multiple nodes over directional tactical wireless network;
  4. Machine learning and other techniques/concepts for autonomous network management by translating Commander’s Intent into network policies.

A six-page white paper is due by 4 p.m. on June 26, and a proposal, if invited, is due by September 25. Note that the white paper must be delivered in hard copy via postal service or commercial carrier. (See pp. 10-13 of the solicitation for instructions.)

ONR expects to fund multiple awards for $300-500K annually for a duration of one-three years.

Please notify Paul Montgomery of your intention to submit a proposal.

NIH Opportunities

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  • NIH Standard Deadlinesfor Investigator-Initiated Research Projects
  • NIH Roadmap Initiatives Director’s Pioneer Award Program (DP1) (RFA-RM-17-005)
  • NIH Roadmap Initiatives Director’s New Innovator Award Program (DP2) (RFA-RM-17-006)
  • NIH Roadmap Initiatives Director’s Early Independence Awards (DP5) (RFA-RM-17-008)
  • NIH Roadmap Initiatives Director’s Transformative Research Awards (R01) (RFA-RM-17-007)
  • NIAMS Rheumatic Diseases Research Resource-based Centers (P30) (RFA-AR-18-004)
  • NICHD Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant (R21) (PA-17-259)
  • NIDDK / NIAID Limited Competition: Data Coordinating Center for Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet (UC4) (RFA-DK-17-507)
  • NIMH PsychENCODE: Non-coding Functional Elements in the Human Brain and their Role in the Development of Psychiatric Disorders (U01) (PAR-17-257)
  • NIMH PsychENCODE: Non-coding Functional Elements in the Human Brain and their Role in the Development of Psychiatric Disorders (Collaborative U01) (PAR-17-258)
  • NIMH / NINDS Limited Competition: National NeuroAIDS Tissue Consortium (NNTC) Clinical Sites (U24) (RFA-MH-18-250)
  • NIMH / NINDS Limited Competition: National NeuroAIDS Tissue Consortium (NNTC) Data Coordinating Center (U24) (RFA-MH-18-251)
  • RELATED SPONSOR: AHRQ Scaling Established Clinical Decision Support to Facilitate the Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence-Based Research Findings (R18) (PA-17-260)
  • RELATED SPONSOR: AHRQ Developing New Clinical Decision Support to Disseminate and Implement Evidence-Based Research Findings (R18) (PA-17-261)

NSF Opportunities

Please contact Sharon Pound (spound@utk.edu) regarding your interest in NSF opportunities.

Geophysics (PH) NSF 17-554

This program supports basic research in the physics of the solid earth to explore its composition, structure, and processes from the Earth’s surface to its’ deepest interior. Laboratory, field, theoretical, and computational studies are supported. Topics include (but are not limited to) seismicity, seismic wave propagation, and the nature and occurrence of geophysical hazards; the Earth’s magnetic, gravity, and electrical fields; the Earth’s thermal structure; and geodynamics. Supported research also includes geophysical studies of active deformation, including geodesy, and theoretical and experimental studies of the properties and behavior of Earth materials.

Anticipated Funding Amount: Total of $14.8 million for 60-80 awards.

PROPOSALS ACCEPTED ANYTIME: After July 24, 2017

Tectonics NSF 17-555

This program supports a broad range of field, laboratory, computational, and theoretical investigations aimed at understanding the deformation of the terrestrial continental lithosphere (i.e. above the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary). The program focuses on deformation processes and their tectonic drivers that operate at any depth within the continental lithosphere, on time-scales of decades/centuries (e.g. active tectonics) and longer, and at micro- to plate boundary/orogenic belt length-scales.

Anticipated Funding Amount: Total of $9.25 million for 40-50 awards

PROPOSALS ACCEPTED ANYTIME: After July 24, 2017

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites and Supplements NSF 13-542

This program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects.

Anticipated Funding Amount: Approximately $70,000-120,000/yr.

FULL PROPOSAL DEADLINE: Aug. 16, 2017

NSF Dear Colleague Letters

National Science Foundation (NSF) – Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) Collaborative Research NSF 17-077 Apr. 24, 2017

Improving and Supporting the Transition to Graduate School in the Mathematical Sciences NSF 17-078 Apr. 19, 2017


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