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Funding Opportunities Roundup, April 29

Fellowship Opportunity

Summer ORISE Fellowship Opportunity at the CDC

A Statistical/Mathematical Modeler fellowship opportunity is available within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), in Atlanta, Georgia. The research participant will support the health economics/ statistical modelling team to develop simulation models used for projecting health and economic burdens of diabetes and evaluating the cost-effectiveness of interventions/policies for the prevention and control of diabetes.


  • Master’s degree in operation research, biostatistics, or epidemiology within five years of the appointment starting date.
  • Knowledge of statistical theory and methods; ability to complete and interpret statistical analyses.
  • Knowledge of statistical programming languages and statistical analysis software packages (SAS required; SUDAAN, Stata).
  • Knowledge and skills using modeling software (e.g. Excel, TreeAge) is desirable.
  • Knowledge of and ability to learn programing languages such as C++ is desirable.

The appointment is through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Fellowship Program.  For a complete list of eligibility requirements and to apply, please go to:  https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/2118.

Please note that the following items are required: resume/CV, official transcript, two educational or professional references, and the completed application form.  Incomplete applications or submissions made after the application deadline will not be considered.  All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

For further information contact CDCrpp@orau.org. Please include the reference code: CDC-NCCDPHP-2016-0079 in your email.

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Future and Emerging Technologies Opportunities

FET Innovation Launchpad

The Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Open call for Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) includes a new topic under the Horizon 2020 WP2016-17: the Innovation Launchpad. What is it for and how can you participate in this call?

The FET Innovation Launchpad aims to take FET research closer to the society and the market. By their very nature – foundational, novel, high-risk, interdisciplinary – FET-funded projects have the potential to create many innovative social and economic opportunities. Not all of those promising ideas can however be taken-up under the original project.

Deadline: Sept. 29, 2016

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FET Open funding opportunities in 2016: next call deadline is 11 May

FET Open fosters early-stage research for radically new technological possibilities. It supports promising novel ideas from all technological areas without prescribing any theme. Funding is available for collaborative Research and Innovation Actions (RIA) research that satisfies the FET Open ‘gatekeepers’: long-term vision, ambition of the scientific and technological breakthrough, foundational character, novelty, high-risk and deep synergistic interdisciplinary approach.

Deadline: Nov. 5, 2016

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Limited Submissions

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

Arts Build Communities (ABC) Grants

The Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC) Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant program is designed to provide support for arts projects that broaden access to arts experiences, address community quality of life issues through the arts, or enhance the sustainability of asset-based cultural enterprises.

ABC funds may be used to:

  • Provide innovative arts experiences that are new or unfamiliar to community residents
  • Offer arts programs that are designed to help affect positive change in community social issues
  • Develop arts programming that strengthens social networks through community engagement
  • Undertake cultural arts initiatives that enhance a community’s identity and/or economic development
  • Offer training that helps experienced or emerging artists/arts administrators develop entrepreneurial skills or innovative strategies for building sustainability

Please read the full opportunity description for complete information.

Notification of Interest to ORE: 5/4/2016 12 PM
Letter of Intent: NA
Application to Agency: 7/1/2016
Limit on Number of Applications: 1
Estimated Program Funding; $2.5K per award
Anticipated No. of Awards: TBD

NIH Opportunities

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  • NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (Parent R15) (PA-16-200)
  • NIH Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (Parent K24) (PA-16-206)
  • NIH Mentored Quantitative Research Development Award (Parent K25) (PA-16-194)
  • NIH Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (Parent K01) (PA-16-190)
  • NIH Independent Scientist Award (Parent K02) (PA-16-192)
  • NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00) (PA-16-193)
  • NCI Improving Smoking Cessation in Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Populations via Scalable Interventions (R21) (PAR-16-201)
  • NCI Improving Smoking Cessation in Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Populations via Scalable Interventions (R01) (PAR-16-202)
  • NCI Leveraging Cognitive Neuroscience Research to Improve Assessment of Cancer Treatment Related Cognitive Impairment (R01) (PAR-16-212)
  • NCI Leveraging Cognitive Neuroscience to Improve Assessment of Cancer Treatment-Related Cognitive Impairment (R21) (PAR-16-213)
  • NIAAA Program for Extramural/Intramural Alcohol Research Collaborations (U01) (PAR-16-214)
  • NIDA Growing Great Ideas: Research Education Course in Product Development and Entrepreneurship for Life Science Researchers (R25) (RFA-DA-17-007)
  • NIDA Improved Technologies and Ligands for Non-invasive Brain Imaging (R41/R42) (RFA-DA-17-010)
  • NIDA Improved Technologies and Ligands for Non-invasive Brain Imaging (R43/R44) (RFA-DA-17-011)
  • NIDA / NCCIH Laboratory and Diagnostic Tools to Advance Microbiome-Brain Research (R41) (RFA-DA-17-016)
  • NIDA / NCCIH Laboratory and Diagnostic Tools to Advance Microbiome-Brain Research (R43/R44) (RFA-DA-17-017)
  • NIDDK Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) (PAR-16-211)
  • NIDDK Short-Term Research Experience Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) (R25) (RFA-DK-16-021)
  • NIMH Products to Support Applied Research Towards Zero Suicide Healthcare Systems (R43/R44) (PAR-16-185)
  • NLM Career Development Award in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science (K01) (PAR-16-204)
  • Related Sponsor: AHRQ Pediatric Quality Measures Program (PQMP): Dissemination and Implementation of Child Health Quality Measures Cooperative Research Grants (U18) (RFA-HS-16-002)

NSF Opportunities

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

Communications, Circuits and Sensing-Systems (CCSS) Apply to PD 16-7564:

This program is intended to spur visionary systems-oriented activities in collaborative, multidisciplinary, and integrative engineering research. CCSS supports systems research in hardware, signal processing techniques, and architectures to enable the next generation of cyber-physical systems (CPS) that leverage computation, communication, and algorithms integrated with physical domains. CCSS supports innovative research and integrated educational activities in micro- and nano- electromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS), communications and sensing systems, and cyber-physical systems. The goal is to design, develop, and implement new complex and hybrid systems at all scales, including nano and macro, that lead to innovative engineering principles and solutions for a variety of application domains including, but not limited to, healthcare, medicine, environmental and biological monitoring, communications, disaster mitigation, homeland security, intelligent transportation, manufacturing, energy, and smart buildings. CCSS also supports integration technologies at both intra- and inter- chip levels, new and advanced radio frequency (RF), millimeter wave and optical wireless and hybrid communications systems architectures, and sensing and imaging at terahertz (THz) frequencies.

WEBINAR: A webinar will be held within 6 weeks of the release date of this solicitation to answer any questions about this solicitation. Details will be posted on the IIP website (http://www.nsf.gov/eng/iip/pfi/air-tt.jsp) as they become available.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Full Proposal Window: Oct. 1 to Nov. 1, 2016


Electronics, Photonics and Magnetic Devices (EPMD) Apply to PD 16-1517

This program seeks to improve the fundamental understanding of devices and components based on the principles of micro- and nano-electronics, optics and photonics, optoelectronics, magnetics, electromechanics, electromagnetics, and related physical phenomena. The Electronics & Magnetic Devices component of EPMD enables discovery and innovation advancing the frontiers of nanoelectronics, spin electronics, molecular and organic electronics, bioelectronics, biomagnetics, non-silicon electronics, and flexible electronics. It also addresses advances in energy-efficient electronics, sensors, low-noise, power electronics, and mixed signal devices. The Optic & Photonic Devices component of EPMD supports research and engineering efforts leading to significant advances in novel optical sources and photodetectors, optical communication devices, photonic integrated circuits, single-photon quantum devices, and nanophotonics. It also addresses novel optical imaging and sensing applications and solar cell photovoltaics.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Full Proposal Window: Oct. 1 to Nov. 1, 2016


Energy, Power, Control, and Networks (EPCN) Apply to PD 16-7607

Recent advances in communications, computation, and sensing technologies offer unprecedented opportunities for the design of cyber-physical systems with increased responsiveness, interconnectivity and automation. To meet new challenges and societal needs, this program invests in systems and control methods for analysis and design of cyber-physical systems to ensure stability, performance, robustness, and security. Topics of interest include modeling, optimization, learning, and control of networked multi-agent systems, higher-level decision making, and dynamic resource allocation as well as risk management in the presence of uncertainty, sub-system failures and stochastic disturbances. EPCN also invests in adaptive dynamic programing, brain-like networked architectures performing real-time learning, and neuromorphic engineering. EPCN supports innovative proposals dealing with systems research in such areas as energy, transportation, and nanotechnology. EPCN places emphasis on electric power systems, including generation, transmission, storage, and integration of renewables; power electronics and drives; battery management systems; hybrid and electric vehicles; and understanding of the interplay of power systems with associated regulatory and economic structures and with consumer behavior. Also of interest are interdependencies of power and energy systems with other critical infrastructures. Topics of interest also include systems analysis and design for energy scavenging and alternate energy technologies such as solar, wind, and hydrokinetic. The program also supports innovative tools and test beds, as well as curriculum development integrating research and education. In addition to single investigator projects, EPCN encourages cross-disciplinary proposals that benefit from active collaboration of researchers with complementary skills.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Full Proposal Window: Oct. 1 to Nov. 1, 2016


Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (MSPRF) NSF 16-558

The purpose of this program is to support future leaders in mathematics and statistics by facilitating their participation in postdoctoral research environments that will have maximal impact on their future scientific development. There are two options for awardees: Research Fellowship and Research Instructorship. Awards will support research in areas of mathematics and statistics, including applications to other disciplines.

Anticipated Type of Award: Fellowship

Estimated Number of Awards: 30 to 33

Anticipated Funding Amount: $150,000 with a possible allowance of $20,000 for awards with international host institutions

Full Proposal Deadline: Oct. 19, 2016


Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program NSF 16-559

This program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 STEM teachers. The program invites creative and innovative proposals that address the critical need for recruiting and preparing highly effective K-12 STEM teachers, especially in high-need local educational agencies. The program offers four tracks: Track 1: The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarships and Stipends Track, Track 2: The NSF Teaching Fellowships Track, Track 3: The NSF Master Teaching Fellowships Track, and Track 4: Noyce Research Track. In addition, Capacity Building proposals are accepted from proposers intending to develop a future Track 1, 2, or 3 proposal.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 53 to 66 (including 27 – 31 Track 1: Scholarships & Stipends; 4 – 6 Track 2: Teaching Fellowships; 10 – 12 Track 3: Master Teaching Fellowships; 9 – 12 Capacity Building; and 3 – 5 Track 4: Noyce Research)

Anticipated Funding Amount:

  • Track 1: S & S – up to $1,200,000, with a project duration of up to 5 years;
  • Track 2: TF and Track 3: MTF – up to $3,000,000, with a project duration of up to 5 years for proposals supporting one cohort of NSF Teaching Fellows or NSF Master Teaching Fellows) or 6 years (for proposals supporting two cohorts of NSF Teaching Fellows or NSF Master Teaching Fellows);
  • Track 4: Noyce Research – up to $800,000, with a project duration of up to 5 years.
  • Capacity Building Awards -up to $75,000, with a project duration of up to 1 year

Collaboration Incentives: In Track 1 – S&S, Track 2 – TF, and Track 3 – MTF, projects that involve a collaboration between two-year institutions and four-year institutions, may request up to an additional $250,000 over 5 years (or 6, as appropriate). Capacity Building projects involving collaboration between two-year and four-year institutions may request up to an additional $50,000 for 1 year. In Track 4: Noyce Research, projects that involve a collaboration with current or past Noyce awardee projects may request up to an additional $100,000 for each Noyce project that is substantively engaged in the research endeavor, with a maximum overall request not to exceed $2,300,000 over 5 years.

Full Proposal Deadline: Sept. 6, 2016

Dear Colleague Letters

  • Innovative Computational Infrastructure for Understanding the Brain NSF 16-076 (Apr. 26, 2016)
  • NSF Special Guidelines for Submitting Proposals Under the SBE-RCUK Lead Agency Agreement NSF 16-066 (Apr. 20, 2016)

Dear Colleague Letter: Improving Graduate Student Preparedness for Entering the Workforce, Opportunities for Supplemental Support NSF 16-067 

Supplemental funding is available in FY 2016 and FY 2017 to support science and engineering doctoral students so that they can acquire the knowledge, experience, and skills needed for highly productive careers, inside and outside of academe. NSF currently invests in a number of graduate student preparedness activities, and has historically encouraged investigators to include such activities in proposals. This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) describes a variety of opportunities across the Foundation designed to explore approaches that will position NSF-funded graduate students for success in the 21st century Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. Participating organizations include: Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO), Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR), Directorate for Engineering (ENG), Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), and Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE). Interested investigators should contact the cognizant program officers listed.

Anticipated Type of Award: Supplements to Existing Research Awards

Anticipated Funding Amount: Varies by Directorate.

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