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Funding Opportunities Roundup, August 26

Federal Opportunities

Please notify Paul Montgomery (paul.montgomery@utk.edu)  of your interest in the following opportunities.

ONR: FY 17 Young Investigator Program (YIP)

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has published the attached FY 17 Young Investigator Program (YIP) solicitation on Grants.gov.  The YIP is an excellent opportunity to engage with the Navy research community and may facilitate future ONR funding.  You may review the Technology Locator and Fact Sheet Archive sections of the ONR web site to identify topics of interest.  You may find additional information on topics in the 2015 Naval Future Force Expo and Focus Area Forum sections of the ONR Events page.

The YIP supports PIs who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents, in their first or second full time tenure track (or equivalent) appointment, and have begun their first full time appointment after Nov 4, 2011.

Awards are up to $170K annually for 3 years, with additional funds possible to purchase equipment.  ONR issued 47 awards in 2016, about 18% of total proposals received.

Contact the program manager for your topic well in advance of the November 4 deadline to discuss your research ideas. You may wish to use the following outline to submit a short abstract of less than one page:

  • Explain succinctly what you are proposing to do and why.
  • Highlight what is novel or unique about your research idea.
  • Describe what impact your proposed project could have and/or how it could advance the current state-of-the-art.
  • Identify how your proposed project could meet an ONR program’s goals or benefit the Navy.

In addition, here are some key points from an ONR program manager on applying for a YIP award:

  • YIP is focused on basic science.
  • PIs should e-mail program managers with their ideas before submitting a proposal so that the PMs can offer feedback and possibly guide PIs toward key interests for a particular topic.
  • PIs need a strong record of accomplishments to be competitive, such as awards, publications, patents, etc.  A letter of support from a senior university official (e.g., department head or college dean) is also important.  This letter should include evidence of commitment to support the PI, such as lab space provided or reduced teaching load, to facilitate the proposed research project.
  • If a program manager likes a proposal, s/he may choose to fund it outside of the YIP.  You should indicate your interest in being considered for non-YIP funding to the PM.

Proposal due: November 4th
Abstract of less than a page suggested; contact topic program manager in advance.

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.

NSF Research Experiences for Teachers in Engineering and Computer Science – Sites (RET): NSF 15-536

This program supports active long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, Computer and Information Science, and Mathematics (STEM) teachers and community college and university faculty and students to bring knowledge of engineering or computer and information science and engineering as well as technological innovation to pre-college/community college classrooms. The goal of these partnerships is to enable K-12 STEM teachers and community college faculty to translate their research experiences and new knowledge gained in university settings into their classroom activities.

Three Site proposals may be submitted per competition by a U.S. academic institution, including a College/Department of Engineering, Engineering Technology, or Computer and/or Information Science as the lead institution. Please note that two proposals may have an engineering focus and one proposal may have a computer and/or information science focus.

Please see the full RFP for complete information.

Notification of Interest to the Office of Research and Engagement due: 12:00 p.m. August 29, 2016
Application to Agency due: November 1, 2016
Limit on Number of Applications: 3
Estimated Program Funding: $5.8 million total
Anticipated Number of Awards: 9
Cost Share: No
Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics
The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics supports research that goes beyond current work in bioethics to help resolve pressing ethical issues in clinical care, biomedical research, and public policy. The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research.  Each year about three Greenwall Faculty Scholars are selected to receive 50 percent salary support for three years to enable them to develop their research program.  Applicants must be junior faculty members holding at least a 60% appointment in a tenure series or its equivalent at a university or non-profit research institute that has tax-exempt status in the United States.  Priority will be given to applicants who have not yet been considered for tenure, who have not received a comparable career development award, and whose work will have an impact on public policy, biomedical research, or clinical practice.

Approximately 12 applicants submitting letters of intent will be invited to submit full applications, which will be due Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Approximately six applicants will be invited to in-person interviews in April, 2017.

Please see the full RFP for complete information.

Notification of Interest to the Office of Research and Engagement due: 12:00 p.m. August 29, 2016
Application to Agency due: November 1, 2016

For more information regarding UT limited submission guidelines, please see here. To receive announcements about limited submission opportunities subscribe to the limited submissions listserv here. To view current and past limited submission opportunities please see here.

NIH Opportunities

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

  • NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Community-based Data and Metadata Standards Efforts (R24) (RFA-ES-16-010)
  • NIH BRAIN Initiative: Foundations of Non-Invasive Functional Human Brain Imaging and Recording – Bridging Scales and Modalities (R01) (RFA-MH-17-235)
  • NCI Outstanding Investigator Award (R35) (PAR-16-411)
  • NIAAA Wearable Alcohol Biosensors (R43/R44) (PAR-16-410)
  • NIDCR Small Grant Program for New Investigators (R03) (PAR-16-409)
  • NIGMS Maximizing Investigator’s Research Award for New and Early Stage Investigators (R35) (RFA-GM-17-004)
  • NLM Express Research Grants in Biomedical Informatics (R01) (PAR-16-404)

NSF Opportunities

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

Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID) NSF 16-592

This program supports research on the ecological, evolutionary, and socio-ecological principles and processes that influence the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. The central theme of submitted projects must be quantitative or computational understanding of pathogen transmission dynamics. The intent is discovery of principles of infectious disease transmission and testing mathematical or computational models that elucidate infectious disease systems. Projects should be broad, interdisciplinary efforts that go beyond the scope of typical studies. They should focus on the determinants and interactions of transmission among humans, non-human animals, and/or plants. This includes, for example, the spread of pathogens; the influence of environmental factors such as climate; the population dynamics and genetics of reservoir species or hosts; the cultural, social, behavioral, and economic dimensions of disease transmission. Research may be on zoonotic, environmentally-borne, vector-borne, or enteric diseases of either terrestrial or freshwater systems and organisms, including diseases of animals and plants, at any scale from specific pathogens to inclusive environmental systems. Proposals for research on disease systems of public health concern to developing countries are strongly encouraged, as are disease systems of concern in agricultural systems.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $1 million for up to 5 yrs.

Full Proposal due: November 16, 2016

Dear Colleague Letters

MPS AGEP-GRS NSF 16-125 (Aug. 24, 2016)


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