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Funding Opportunities, May 5

Federal Opportunities

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

DARPA: Ground Truth

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has published a solicitation entitled Ground Truth (see Related Documents tab), and I understand that you have expressed interest in this opportunity based on the Proposers’ Day webcast.

The program seeks to “create artificial but socially plausible simulations that have known causal ground truth to validate the accuracy and robustness of social science modeling methods” and is organized into two technical areas:

  • TA1: Simulations – leverage and advance complex social simulation capabilities to provide “minimally-viable” test beds for a wide range of social science modeling methods.
  • TA2: Methods – quantify the accuracy and robustness of social science modeling methods for causal inference and prediction under conditions of different kinds of social complexity, and demonstrate innovative approaches to forming agile, multidisciplinary, “solution-oriented” modeling teams.

These technical areas are explained on pages 8-16 of the solicitation.  Proposers may submit to only one TA.

Submission of a four-page abstract is “strongly encouraged” (but not required) by 4 p.m. on May 15, and a proposal is due by 4 p.m. on June 29.  DARPA anticipates making multiple awards for each TA.

Please notify Diana Moyer and Paul Montgomery if you plan to submit.

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.

Limited Submission Opportunities

Find information about limited submissions on the Limited Submissions Opportunities page.

NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards (DP5)

The NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards provide an opportunity for exceptional junior scientists to accelerate their entry into an independent research career by forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period. Though most newly graduated doctoral-level researchers would benefit by post-doctoral training, a small number of outstanding junior investigators would benefit instead by launching directly into an independent research career. By the end of the award period, the Early Independence investigator is expected to be competitive for continued funding of his/her research program and for a permanent research-oriented position.

Institutions may actively recruit eligible junior scientists to apply for support through this program. The Institution will be expected to provide substantial support for the junior scientist (see solicitation under “Facilities and Other Resources”). To foster independence, it may behoove PDs/PIs to be hosted by institutions other than the ones at which they trained.

Time window for eligibility: Given the focus on early research independence, the date of receipt of the terminal doctoral degree or completion of clinical residency of the PD/PI must be between June 1, 2016 and September 30, 2018.

Level of effort: Individuals must commit at least 9.6 person-months (i.e., 80% effort of a 12 month appointment) during the first two years of the project period to research supported by the Early Independence Award. In the final three years of the project period, awardees may reduce effort toward the Early Independence Award, but the total effort towards independent research must remain at least 9.6 person-months (i.e., 80% effort of a 12 month appointment).

Research independence at time of application: Individuals are eligible only if they, at the time of application submission, do not have research independence. Lack of research independence is defined functionally rather than by position title.

Please see the full RFP for complete information.

DEADLINES:
Notification of Interest to ORE: 5/15/2017 12 NOON
Application to Agency: 9/22/2017
Limit on Number of Applications: 2
Estimated Program Funding: $4M total
Anticipated No. of Awards: 10

NIH Opportunities

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  • NIH Standard Deadlines for Investigator-Initiated Research Projects
  • NIH Revision Applications for Regenerative Medicine Innovation Projects (RMIP) (R43/R44) (RFA-HL-17-023)
  • NIH Revision Applications for Regenerative Medicine Innovation Projects (RMIP) (R41/R42) (RFA-HL-17-024)
  • NIH Revision Applications for Regenerative Medicine Innovation Projects (RMIP) (U54) (RFA-HL-17-025)
  • NIH Revision Applications for Regenerative Medicine Innovation Projects (RMIP) (UM1) (RFA-HL-17-026)
  • NIH Revision Applications for Regenerative Medicine Innovation Projects (RMIP) (UC4) (RFA-HL-17-027)
  • NIH Revision Applications for Regenerative Medicine Innovation Projects (RMIP) (U24) (RFA-HL-17-028)
  • NIH Revision Applications for Regenerative Medicine Innovation Projects (RMIP) (R01) (RFA-HL-17-029)
  • NIH Revision Applications for Regenerative Medicine Innovation Projects (RMIP) (R24) (RFA-HL-17-030)
  • NIH Revision Applications for Regenerative Medicine Innovation Projects (RMIP) (UM2) (RFA-HL-17-031)
  • NIH Revision Applications for Regenerative Medicine Innovation Projects (RMIP) (P50) (RFA-HL-17-032)
  • NIH Revision Applications for Regenerative Medicine Innovation Projects (RMIP) (P41) (RFA-HL-17-033)
  • NIH Revision Applications for Regenerative Medicine Innovation Projects (RMIP) (U01) (RFA-HL-17-034)
  • NIA Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging (K76) (RFA-AG-18-006)
  • NIA Coordinating Center for Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (U24) (RFA-AG-18-008)
  • NIA Novel Cell Non-autonomous Mechanisms of Aging (R01) (RFA-AG-18-009)
  • NIAID Innovation for HIV Vaccine Discovery (R01) (PAR-17-263)
  • NICHD Promoting NICHD Areas of Research for HIV/AIDS in Maternal and Child Health (R01) (PA-17-262)
  • NIDA Nasal Delivery of CNS Therapeutics (R43/R44) (RFA-DA-18-006)
  • NIDA Nasal Delivery of CNS Therapeutics (R41/R42) (RFA-DA-18-007)
  • NIDDK / NIAID Limited Competition: Follow-up on Subjects and Immunological Assessments in The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes In The Young Study (TEDDY) (UC4) (RFA-DK-17-508)
  • NIMH Innovative Mental Health Services Research Not Involving Clinical Trials (R01) (PAR-17-264)
  • NINDS Translational Outcomes Project in Neurotrauma (TOP-NT) (UG3/UH3) (RFA-NS-17-023)

NSF Opportunities

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

NSF Dear Colleague Letters

  • MPS-AST Facility Divestment Activity NSF 17-079  Apr. 27, 2017
  • Management and Operation of a National Ocean Bottom Seismometer Instrument Pool NSF 17-080 May 1, 2017

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