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Funding Opportunities Roundup: August 28

Air Force Young Investigator Funding Opportunity

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) has published this BAA for its Young Investigator Program (YIP). The YIP seeks to “foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities to recognize the Air Force mission and challenges in science and engineering.” It is an excellent opportunity for PIs to engage with the Air Force research community and often facilitates future AFOSR funding.

The YIP supports PIs who have received a PhD or equivalent degree no earlier than 1 Jan 2010, are employed full time in a permanent, tenure-track position, and are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents.

AFOSR research programs are listed below, and a description of each is in the attachment.

Before preparing a proposal, I strongly encourage you to send a short abstract (1-page max) to the appropriate program manager in order to gauge interest in your idea and obtain feedback. I would suggest that your abstract address the following points:

  • 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 would meet the program’s goals/needs or benefit the Air Force.

Please contact Paul Montgomery (paul.montgomery@utk.edu) if you plan to apply for the YIP and if you would like ORE assistance to prepare your proposal.

Anticipated Funding Amount: Awards are approximately $120K annually for 3 years. AFOSR anticipates making about 33 awards.

Deadline: Proposals are due by October 9, 2015.


AFRL Funding Opportunity in Data Analytics

The Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) has published this solicitation entitled Multi-Source Information Extraction and Network Analysis (MUSIENA) that seeks to “provide the Air Force the means to better conduct analytical operations in support of their Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance mission.” AFRL is interested in the 5 topics below, which are described in the solicitation.

  • Domain Customization – enable ready transition and adoption of this technology through the development of effective user-driven domain customization allowing subject matter experts to tailor capabilities to their environment rather than require specialized technical expertise to perform this customization.
  • Complex Event Extraction – extracting/associating event arguments with events, extracting relations between events (e.g., before, prerequisite-of, causal); within-document event co-reference; cross-document event co-reference; and developing algorithms that are capable of understanding how events fit together in a logical way.
  • Text Exploitation Platform for Multi-Source Analysis – The framework will support “end-to-end” functionality, including (but not limited to) data preparation and ingestion, including document zoning to enable separate processing of structured (header, footer, tables, lists, etc.) and unstructured portions of text;, textual data analysis and visualization; multi-source analysis; search/filtering of document collections; Information Extraction (IE) and content management.
  • Multi-Source Data Fusion – employ a flexible and adaptive framework through which layered multi-modal network analysis (LMMNA) can be achieved, to provide the analyst the ability to understand and interrogate the inter and intra source relationships that have and continue to evolve spatially and temporally within and across the spectrum of intelligence data.
  • Social Media Analytics – develop an improved method for noise reduction and analysis in order to extensively and effectively search the massive social media datasets.

Please contact Paul Montgomery (paul.montgomery@utk.edu) if you are interested in this opportunity.

Anticipated Funding amount: $100K – $900K annually for up to 3 years.

Deadline: A 3-7 page white paper is due by 18 Sep to be considered for funding in FY 16 or by 4 March 2016 to be considered for funding in FY 17. Note that white papers may not be submitted electronically but must be mailed.


NIH/DHHS Community-Based Asthma Care Implementation Programs

The community-based ACIPs are expected to address the needs of the U.S. community in which the study will be conducted and integrate interventions with demonstrated efficacy from four different sectors: medical care, family, home, and community. Up to four, multi-year grants to be awarded for up to $5.5million each. The purpose of this FOA is to support clinical trials to evaluate Asthma Care Implementation Programs (ACIP) that provide comprehensive care for children at high risk of poor asthma outcomes.

This is not a limited submission

NHLBI intends to commit up to $3,040,000 in FY 2017, up to $7,296,000 per year in FYs 2018, 2019, 2020, up to $2,432,000 in FY 2021, and up to $6,080,000 in FY 2022. NHLBI intends to fund up to four awards.

Application budgets may not exceed $500,000 in direct costs in year 1 (FY 2017), $1,200,000 direct costs per year in years 2-4 (FY 2018-FY 2020), $400,000 direct costs in year 5 (FY 2021), and $1M direct costs in year 6 (FY 2022). For each year, the budget must reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.

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DEADLINE: Letter of Intent due Oct 16, 2016.


Resource Implementations for Data Intensive Research in the Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences (RIDIR) 15-602

As part of NSF’s Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) activity, the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) seeks to develop user-friendly large-scale next-generation data resources and relevant analytic techniques to advance fundamental research in SBE areas of study. Successful proposals will, within the financial resources provided by the award, construct such databases and/or relevant analytic techniques and produce a finished product that will enable new types of data-intensive research. The databases or techniques should have significant impacts, either across multiple fields or within broad disciplinary areas, by enabling new types of data-intensive research in the SBE sciences.

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Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 3 to 4

Anticipated Funding Amount: Total maximum amount for all awards per year: $4.5 million

Full Proposal Deadline: Feb. 29, 2016


NSF Dear Colleague Letters

  • Support for Engaging Students and the Public in Polar Research NSF 15-114 (Aug. 25, 2015)
  • Self-Monitoring and Self-Assessing Intelligent Systems Research for the CISE/IIS Robust Intelligence Core Program 15-112 (Aug. 28, 2015)

NIH Opportunities

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  • NCI Advanced Development of Informatics Technologies for Cancer Research and Management (U24) (PAR-15-331)
  • NCI Early-Stage Development of Informatics Technologies for Cancer Research and Management (U01) (PAR-15-332)
  • NCI Sustained Support for Informatics Resources for Cancer Research and Management (U24) (PAR-15-333)
  • NCI Development of Innovative Informatics Methods and Algorithms for Cancer Research and Management (R21) (PAR-15-334)
  • NHGRI Novel Nucleic Acid Sequencing Technology Development (R21) (RFA-HG-15-031)
  • NHGRI Novel Nucleic Acid Sequencing Technology Development (R01) (RFA-HG-15-032)
  • NHGRI Novel Nucleic Acid Sequencing Technology Development (R43/R44) (RFA-HG-15-033)
  • NICHD CAPSTONE Centers for Multidisciplinary Research and Training in Child Abuse and Neglect (P50) (RFA-HD-16-002)
  • NIDCR/NIBIB Imaging Diagnostics of Dental Diseases and Conditions (Caries, Periodontal Disease, Cracked Teeth, and Pulp Vitality) (R43/R44) (PA-15-335)
  • NIDCR/NIBIB Imaging Diagnostics of Dental Diseases and Conditions (Caries, Periodontal Disease, Cracked Teeth, and Pulp Vitality) (R41/R42) (PA-15-336)
  • NINR Exploratory Multi-site Palliative Care Research in Diverse Populations Utilizing the Palliative Care Research Cooperative (PCRC) Group (R21) (PAR-15-337)

Limited Submissions

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

There are no limited submissions in this week’s roundup.


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