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Funding Opportunities Roundup, September 9

Limited Submission Opportunities

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

NSF Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC) NSF 16-591

The National Science Foundation invites requests for funding in the area of smart service systems under this Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC) solicitation. The hallmark of PFI:BIC is an academe-industry partnership crafted to collaborate on research to advance and adapt novel technology(ies) for integration into a specified human-centered smart service system. A “smart” service system is a system that amplifies or augments human capabilities to identify, learn, adapt, monitor and make decisions. The system utilizes data received, transmitted, or processed in a timely manner, thus improving its response to future situations.

Webinars will be held to answer questions about the solicitation. Register on the PFI:BIC website.

Please see the full RFP for complete information.

Notification of Interest to ORE: 9/2/2016 12 NOON
Application to Agency: 10/14/2016
Letter of Intent: Yes
Limit on Number of Applications: 2
Estimated Program Funding: $10 million total
Anticipated Number of Awards: 10
Cost Share: No

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Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN): NCN Nodes Programs NSF 16-593

This solicitation will support the next phase of NCN Nodes Programs. Content areas of the three new Nodes will be:

  • Engineered nanoBIO: Create integrated computational tools that support new understanding and simulation of biological phenomena from the nanoscale across length scales for the design of devices and systems;
  • Hierarchical nanoMFGComputation and simulation software to address the challenges of hierarchical nanomanufacturing processes from nanoscale components to devices and systems, and their scale up;
  • Nano-Engineered Electronic Device and Module Application Node (NEEDMA): Develop computation and simulation tools that can be employed for turning nanoscale science and engineering into applications through the discovery and development of nanoelectronic-based devices and modules with impact on circuit and systems responding to grand challenges.

Proposals will be accepted only for the above Node content areas.

Please see the full RFP for complete information.

Notification of Interest to ORE: 9/5/2016 12 NOON
Application to Agency: 11/3/2016
Letter of Intent: Yes
Limit on Number of Applications: 3
Estimated Program Funding: $2.5 million total
Anticipated Number of Awards: 3
Cost Share: No

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NIH Opportunities

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  • NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Enhancing the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Digital Curation for Biomedical Big Data (U01) (RFA-LM-17-001)
  • NCI Small Grants Program for Cancer Research (NCI Omnibus R03) (PAR-16-416)
  • NLM Grants for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health (G13) (PAR-16-417)

NSF Opportunities

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

Arctic Research Opportunities Arctic Natural Sciences; Arctic Social Sciences; Arctic System Science; Arctic Observing Network NSF 16-595

The goal of this solicitation is to attract research proposals that advance a fundamental, process, and systems-level understanding of the Arctic’s rapidly changing natural environment and social and cultural systems, and, where appropriate, to improve our capacity to project future change. The Arctic Sciences Section supports research focused on the Arctic region and its connectivity with lower latitudes. The scientific scope is aligned with, but not limited to, research challenges outlined in the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (https://www.nsf.gov/geo/plr/arctic/iarpc/start.jsp) five-year plans.

Anticipated Funding Amount: Total $40 million for approximately 75 awards

Full proposal: Accepted anytime


Condensed Matter and Materials Theory (CMMT) NSF 16-596

CMMT supports theoretical and computational materials research in the topical areas represented in DMR’s core or individual investigator programs, which include: Condensed Matter Physics (CMP), Biomaterials (BMAT), Ceramics (CER), Electronic and Photonic Materials (EPM), Metals and Metallic Nanostructures (MMN), Polymers (POL), and Solid State and Materials Chemistry (SSMC). The program supports fundamental research that advances the conceptual understanding of hard and soft materials, and materials-related phenomena; the development of associated analytical, computational, and data-centric techniques; as well as predictive materials-specific theory, simulation, and modeling for materials research. Anticipated Funding Amount: $1 million for up to 5 yrs. CMMT encourages potentially transformative theoretical and computational materials research, which includes but is not limited to: i) developing materials-specific prediction and advancing understanding of properties, phenomena, and emergent states of matter associated with either hard or soft materials, ii) developing and exploring new paradigms including cyber- and data-enabled approaches to advance fundamental understanding of materials and materials related phenomena, or iii) fostering research at interfaces among sub-disciplines represented in the Division of Materials Research.

Anticipated Funding Amount: up to $160,000/yr. for up to 4 years

Full Proposal: Accepted anytime


Geophysics (PH) NSF 16-598

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 $15.9 million for approximately 60-80 awards

Full Proposal Target Date: 12/9/2016


Ceramics (CER) NSF 16-597

This program supports fundamental scientific research in ceramics (e.g., oxides, carbides, nitrides and borides), glass-ceramics, inorganic glasses, ceramic-based composites and inorganic carbon-based materials. Projects should be centered on experiments; inclusion of computational and theory components are encouraged. The objective of the program is to increase fundamental understanding and to develop predictive capabilities for relating synthesis, processing, and microstructure of these materials to their properties and ultimate performance in various environments and applications. Research to enhance or enable the discovery or creation of new ceramic materials is welcome. Development of new experimental techniques or novel approaches to carry out projects is encouraged. Topics supported include basic processes and mechanisms associated with nucleation and growth of thin films; bulk crystal growth; phase transformations and equilibria; morphology; surface modification; corrosion, interfaces and grain boundary structure; and defects. Note: Eligibility rules apply.

Anticipated Funding Amount: Up to $160,000/yr. for 4 years

Full Proposal Target Date: 12/9/2016

Other Opportunities

Simons Early Career Investigator in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards

The Simons Foundation is now accepting applications for its Simons Early Career Investigator in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards, which fund researchers at $180,000 per year, including direct costs (20%), for a period of three years. The purpose of these awards is to help launch the careers of outstanding investigators who use quantitative approaches to advance our understanding of marine microbial ecology and evolution. Investigators with backgrounds in different fields or with an interest in modeling or theory are encouraged to apply.

Visit their website for complete information.

Letter of Intent due: 11/7/2016
Notice of further consideration will be sent by 2/1/2017
Full Application due: 2/22/2017
Notice of award will be sent by 3/15/2017
Funding begins 4/1/2017


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