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Funding Opportunities, August 18

Federal Opportunities

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

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will host a Proposers’ Day Webcast to discuss its upcoming Young Faculty Award (YFA) solicitation on August 29, 2-5 pm.  The purpose of the YFA program is to fund “elite researchers early in their careers to develop innovative new research directions in the context of enabling transformative DoD capabilities.”  YFA topics cover the following areas:

  • biology
  • computing
  • engineering
  • informatics
  • manufacturing
  • materials
  • mathematics
  • neuroscience
  • physical sciences
  • robotics
  • social science

Eligibility: The YFA program is open to tenure track assistant and associate professors as well as to tenured faculty within 3 years of their tenure date.

To view the webcast, please register by 12pm, August 24, at this link.  Note that there is a “capacity limitation”.  Additional information about the webcast is at this link.

DARPA expects to publish the YFA solicitation in early September.


The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has published a special solicitation entitled Fundamental Design (FUN DESIGN).  This program seeks to “investigate new fundamental computational and mathematical building blocks to represent conceptual designs of mechanical systems and enable the generation of novel configurations through the exploration of various combinations of these design building blocks.”  FUN DESIGN is an 18-month basic research effort, with a 3-month feasibility study (Phase 1) and a 15-month proof of concept (Phase 2) described on pp. 2-3 of the solicitation.

A proposal is due by September 11, 4 pm.  Proposal instructions are contained in BAA HR001117S0040.  DARPA expects to make multiple awards.


The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has published a special solicitation entitled Imaging Through Almost Anything, Anywhere (ITA3). This program will “investigate imaging through structures and complex media by exploiting background signals of very low frequencies” and seeks to “determine the 3D resolution/range trade space based on the use of all pervasive low-frequency, electromagnetic waves, combined with simple computational methods to consider the general problem of imaging through metal containers, walls, ground, fog, water, and other complex media.”  ITA3 is an 18-month basic and/or applied research effort with 2 phases.

A proposal is due by September 11, 4pm.  Proposal instructions are contained in BAA HR001117S0040.  DARPA expects to make multiple awards.

NSF Opportunities

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

  • Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI)  Phase I Awards and Phase II Center Renewal NSF 17-564

NIH Opportunities

Join the UT NIH Research Community by contacting Jennifer Webster (jwebster@utk.edu) and start receiving the weekly NIH Digest.

  • NIH Standard Deadlines for Investigator-Initiated Research Projects
  • NIH Roadmap Initiatives National Metabolomics Data Repository (NMDR) (U2C) (RFA-RM-17-011)
  • NIH Roadmap Initiatives Metabolomic Data Analysis and Interpretation Tools (U01) (RFA-RM-17-012)
  • NIH Roadmap Initiatives Compound Identification Development Cores (U2C)(RFA-RM-17-013)
  • NIH Roadmap Initiatives Stakeholder Engagement and Program Coordination Center (SEPCC) (U2C)(RFA-RM-17-014)
  • NIH Roadmap Initiatives Innovative Adaptations to Simplify Existing Technologies for Manipulation and Analysis of Glycans (U01) (RFA-RM-17-029)
  • NIH Roadmap Initiatives Novel and Innovative Tools to Facilitate Identification, Tracking, Manipulation, and Analysis of Glycans and their Functions (U01) (RFA-RM-17-030)
  • NIH Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomics Research Project Grant Program (R01)(PA-17-444)
  • NIH Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomics Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (R21)(PA-17-446)
  • NIH Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomics Small Research Grant Program (R03)(PA-17-445)
  • NIH Point of Care Technologies Research Network: Point of Care Centers (U54) (PAR-17-453)
  • NIH Administrative supplements for validation studies of analytical methods for dietary supplements and natural products (Admin. Suppl.)(PA-17-447)
  • NCI Precompetitive Collaboration on Liquid Biopsy for Early Cancer Assessment (U01)(RFA-CA-17-029)
  • NCI Collaborative Research Network for Fusion Oncoproteins in Childhood Cancers (U54)(RFA-CA-17-049)
  • NCI The Interplay of Cell Death Pathways in Cancer Cell Survival and Resistance to Therapy (R01) (PA-17-440)
  • NCI The Interplay of Cell Death Pathways in Cancer Cell Survival and Resistance to Therapy (R21) (PA-17-449)
  • NHLBI / NCI Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research on E-Cigarettes (R01)(RFA-HL-18-024)
  • NIBIB Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (R21) (PAR-17-441)
  • NICHD Pregnancy in Women with Disabilities (R03)(PA-17-451)
  • NICHD Pregnancy in Women with Disabilities (R01)(PA-17-452)
  • NIDA Pharmacogenomics of Anti-retroviral Therapy in People Who Inject Drugs (R01)(RFA-DA-18-014)
  • NIDA HIV-associated neuropathic pain and opioid interaction (R01)(RFA-DA-18-015)
  • NIDCD / NICHD Typical and Atypical Patterns of Language and Literacy in Dual Language Learners (R01) (PA-17-443)
  • NIDCD / NICHD Typical and Atypical Patterns of Language and Literacy in Dual Language Learners (R21) (PA-17-448)
  • NINR Exploratory Center (P20) (RFA-NR-17-002)
  • NINR Center of Excellence (P30) (RFA-NR-17-003)

NSF Opportunities

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

  • Advances in Biological Informatics (ABI) NSF 15-582

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