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Funding Opportunities Roundup: August 21

Amelia Earhart Fellowship Open to Women Studying Aerospace and Engineering

The Zonta Club of Anchorage, a chartered club of Zonta International, invites women pursuing higher education in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering to apply for the Amelia Earhart Fellowship. The program helps talented women, pursuing advanced studies in the typically male-dominated fields of aerospace-related sciences and engineering, achieve their educational goals. Women of any nationality pursuing a Ph.D./doctoral degree in the above fields are eligible. The Fellowship enables these women to invest in state-of-the-art computers to conduct their research, purchase expensive books and resource materials, and participate in specialized studies around the globe.

More information: http://zonta-ak.org/scholarships/amelia-earhart-fellowship/
DEADLINE: November 15, 2015

Integrated Earth Systems (IES) 15-600

This program in the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) focuses on the continental, terrestrial and deep Earth subsystems of the whole Earth system. The overall goal of the program is to provide opportunity for collaborative, multidisciplinary research into the operation, dynamics and complexity of Earth systems at a budgetary scale between that of a typical project in the EAR Division’s disciplinary programs and larger scale initiatives at the Directorate or Foundation level. Specifically, IES will provide research opportunities for the study of Earth systems that operate across components of the Earth encompassing the core of the Earth to the top of the critical zone with a specific focus on subsystems that include all or part of the continental, terrestrial and deep Earth subsystems at all temporal and spatial scales (NROES, 2012). IES will provide opportunities to focus on Earth systems connected to topics which include (but are not limited to) the continents; the terrestrial, surficial Earth systems including physical, chemical and biotic dimensions; linkages among tectonics, climate, landscape change, topography and geochemical cycles including core and mantle processes.

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Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 4 to 10
Anticipated Funding Amount: The award size is expected to range between $1,000,000 and $3,000,000 for projects of three to five years duration, although smaller awards may be made.
Full Proposal Deadline: Nov. 16, 2015

NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering NSF 15-601

The NSF, with participation of the Directorates for Engineering, Geosciences, and Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and the Department of Energy, Office of Science, Fusion Energy Sciences are continuing the joint Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering. Plasma physics is a study of fundamental properties of physical systems exhibiting behavior governed by collective interactions of charged particles. The underlying physics of the collective behavior in plasmas has applications to space physics and astrophysics, material science, applied mathematics, fusion science, accelerator science, and many branches of engineering. As stated in the original solicitation (NSF 97-39), the goal of the initiative is to enhance basic plasma research and education in this broad, multidisciplinary field by coordinating efforts and combining resources of the two agencies. The current solicitation also encourages submission of proposals to perform basic plasma experiments at NSF and DOE supported user facilities, such as the Basic Plasma Science Facility at the University of California, Los Angeles, designed to serve the needs of the broader plasma community.

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Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 10 to 20
Anticipated Funding Amount: Award sizes are anticipated to range from $25,000 to $250,000 per year with a duration of up to three years, depending upon the nature of the research activity.
Full Proposal Deadline: Nov. 19, 2015

Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE) Apply to PD 15-1340

The NSF Engineering Directorate has launched a multi-year initiative, the Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE), to create and support an innovative and inclusive engineering profession for the 21st Century. PFE refers to the formal and informal processes and value systems by which people become engineers. It also includes the ethical responsibility of practicing engineers to sustain and grow the profession in order to improve quality of life for all peoples. The engineering profession must be responsive to national priorities, grand challenges, and dynamic workforce needs; it must be equally open and accessible to all.

As part of this initiative, the Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE) program welcomes proposals that consider the construction of engineering knowledge, engineering identity, and the engineering profession, as well as interventions that expand the boundaries of each of these.
Ultimately, RFE aims to transform the engineering formation system, and thus the impact of proposed projects on this system must be described. PIs should provide a roadmap detailing how they envision the proposed research will eventually broadly impact practice within the engineering formation system, even if these activities are not within the scope of the submitted proposal. The RFE program accepts a diverse range of project scales from small, exploratory projects to large scale investigations with a broad, systemic scope; project budgets should match the project scope. Small-scale, exploratory projects with high transformative potential are strongly encouraged. The estimated number of awarded proposals is based on a projected average funding level of approximately $100,000 per project per year. All PIs should discuss the budget of proposed projects with a cognizant program officer before submission.

Frequently asked questions were recently posted on the NSF site.

Full Proposal Deadline: Oct. 21, 2015

NSF Dear Colleague Letters

Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under the US NSF/BIO/MCB – US-Israel BSF International Opportunity NSF 15-105 (Aug. 19, 2015)

Special Guidelines for Submitting Proposals: NSF and US-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) Opportunity for Collaborations in Materials Research NSF 15-097 (Aug. 14, 2015)

Dear Colleague Letter: Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under the US NSF/BIO/IOS – US-Israel BSF International Collaborative Research Opportunity NSF 15-090 (Aug. 14, 2015)

FY 2016 Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS) Funding Opportunity on Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Water NSF 15-108 (Aug. 12, 2015)

NIH Opportunities

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  • NIAID/NIMH Ethical, Legal and Policy Issues in HIV Research with Key Populations (R21) (PAR-15-327)
  • NIAID/NIMH Ethical, Legal and Policy Issues in HIV Research with Key Populations (R01) (PAR-15-328)
  • NIAMS Centers of Research Translation (P50) (RFA-AR-16-001)
  • NIMH Improving Health and Reducing Cardiometabolic Risk in Youth with Serious Emotional Disturbance and Young Adults with Severe Mental Illness (R01) (RFA-MH-16-600)

Limited Submissions

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

Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation –Bridge to the Doctorate

Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program assists universities and colleges in their efforts to significantly increase the numbers of students matriculating into and successfully completing high quality degree programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines in order to diversify the STEM workforce. The Particular emphasis is placed on transforming undergraduate STEM education through innovative, evidence-based recruitment and retention strategies, and relevant educational experiences in support of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders.

The Bridge to the Doctorate award is for 2-year projects eligible only to existing alliances funded more than 10 consecutive years; these projects are focused on providing post-baccalaureate fellowship support to a cohort of 12 LSAMP students for the first two years of their STEM graduate studies and on providing the necessary academic and research skills that will enable them to successfully earn STEM doctoral degrees and transition into the professoriate and/or STEM workforce. The Principal Investigator for a Bridge to the Doctorate activity should be on the leadership team at the lead institution.

Please see the full RFP for complete information.

Notification of Interest to ORE: 8/24/2015 12 PM
Application to Agency: 11/4/2015
Estimated Program Funding: $1M per award
Anticipated No. of Awards: 10

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program (NRT)

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, potentially transformative, and scalable models for STEM graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that ensure that graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The NRT program includes two tracks: the Traineeship Track and the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track. The Traineeship Track is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary research areas, through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, aligned with changing workforce and research needs, and scalable.

For this solicitation the Traineeship Track has one priority interdisciplinary research theme — Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (DESE); proposals are encouraged also on any non-DESE interdisciplinary research theme that is a national priority. The IGE Track is dedicated solely to piloting, testing, and evaluating novel, innovative, and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption.

Please see the full RFP for complete information.

Notification of Interest to ORE: 8/24/2015 12 PM
Application to Agency: 2/22/2016
Estimated Program Funding: $37.8M total
Anticipated No. of Awards: 24-30


Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science: Sites

RET Sites support a cohort of at least 10 STEM teachers and/or community college faculty per year for a minimum of six weeks during the summer. The STEM teachers and/or community college faculty will participate in summer research activities with a common intellectual focus on a host university campus and will then participate in academic-year follow-up activities including integration of content and methods related to the summer research into their classroom practice and other related outreach activities involving teachers in their local school districts.

Please see the full RFP for complete information.

Notification of Interest to ORE: 8/24/2015 12 PM
Application to Agency: 11/2/2015
Estimated Program Funding: $5.8M total
Anticipated No. of Awards: 9

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