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Funding Opportunities Roundup, August 5

Federal Opportunities

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

NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Phase I

The NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate has recently published a solicitation entitled NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Phase I.  NIAC seeks “early studies of visionary concepts…but that also offer radically different approaches or leapfrog innovations to enable new missions or greatly enhance previous ones. A concept typically includes new technology and “must be framed in a mission context.”  NIAC is particularly interested in the technology areas listed below.  Brief summaries of previously funded projects may be found here.  Note that NASA plans to host a Q&A Forum for this solicitation, tentatively scheduled for August 18th.

  • TA01: Launch Propulsion Systems
  • TA02: In-Space Propulsion Technologies
  • TA03: Space Power & Energy Storage
  • TA04: Robotics, Tele-Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • TA05: Communication & Navigation
  • TA06: Human Health, Life Support & Habitation Systems
  • TA07: Human Exploration Destination Systems
  • TA08: Science Instruments, Observatories and Sensor Systems
  • TA09: Entry, Descent and Landing Systems
  • TA10: Nanotechnology
  • TA11: Modeling, Simulation, IT & Processing
  • TA12: Materials, Structures, Mechanical Systems & Manufacturing
  • TA13: Ground & Launch Systems Processing
  • TA14: Thermal Management Systems
  • TA15: Aeronautics

NASA expects to make 12-16 awards worth up to $125K each for up to 9 months.  Note that Phase II awards, via a future solicitation, are typically worth up to $500K each for 2 years.


Pre Proposal and Quad Chart due: September 15
3 page pre proposal, 1 page quad chart
Proposal due: November 17
if invited

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.


ARPA- E: Innovative Development in Energy-related Applied Science (IDEAS)

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) has published a solicitation entitled Innovative Development in Energy-related Applied Science (IDEAS) . (See DE-FOA-0001428.) This program seeks “early-stage applied research to explore innovative new concepts with the potential for transformational and disruptive changes in energy technology.”  Proposed projects may include “…analyses or exploratory research that provides the agency with information useful for the subsequent development of focused technology programs [or] proof-of-concept research to develop a unique technology concept, either in an area not currently supported by the agency or as a potential enhancement to an ongoing focused technology program.”

ARPA-E is interested in ideas that address any of its mission areas as well as one or more of the six forms of energy listed below and described on p. 6 of the solicitation.  However, proposed projects must not be covered by open ARPA-E funding announcements and must not represent incremental improvements over existing technology.

ARPA-E may fund proposed projects up to $500K for up to 1 year.

Concept Paper due: 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on September 30
4 page concept paper
A proposal may be invited based on review of the concept paper.


DOE: FY17 Early Career Research Program

DOE has recently published its FY 17 Early Career Research Program solicitation. Program areas and topics of interest are listed below and are described beginning on p. 4 of the solicitation.  For your reference, presentations from the DOD Young Investigator Program Workshop the Office of Research & Engagement hosted can be found here.

This program is for single investigators who are untenured assistant or associate professors on a tenure track and who have received a PhD no earlier than 2006.  There is no U.S. citizenship requirement.

DOE anticipates making 32 awards, each worth $750,000 total and having a performance period of 5 years.


Pre Proposal due: 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on September 8
Proposal due: 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on November 14, if invited
Note: A PI may submit only one pre-proposal and it must be submitted electronically via the DOE Office of Science Portfolio Analysis and Management System (PAMS) website. See p. 51 of the solicitation for instructions.


DRTA: FY 17 Chemical-Biological Technologies Solicitation

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has published the FY 17 Chemical-Biological Technologies solicitation. DTRA is seeking proposals that “combine Basic Research with Applied Research, Applied Research, and/or Advanced Technology Development as specified in each topic” listed below and projects between Technology Readiness Levels 3-6.  (See attachment for TRL definitions.)  Descriptions of each topic are on pp. 25-51 of the solicitation.  Note that DTRA encourages proposers to collaborate with other organizations.


Quad Chart and White Paper due: 2 p.m. EST on September 30
Proposal due: December 23, if invited


DHS: Exploratory Research in Preventing Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism

DHS has published a solicitation entitled Exploratory Research in Preventing Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism. This solicitation seeks “innovative, high risk, early-stage applied research” on the topics listed below, which are described on pp. 9-19 of the solicitation.  Note that proposers should “emphasize the extent to which their proposal provides transformational capability in support of the DNDO mission and compares to current solutions, as applicable.”

DHS anticipates making multiple awards with a duration of 1-5 years.

White Paper (strongly encouraged) due: 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on September 14, 2016
Proposal due: 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time January 27, 2017


Limited Submission Opportunities

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

NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) – Instrument Acquisition or Development: NSF 15-504

The MRI Program is intended to assist with the acquisition or development of a single research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. An instrument provided through the MRI program is expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period.

Proposals must be for either acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2), and must be for only a single instrument or for equipment that when combined serves as an integrated research instrument.

Please see the full RFP for complete information.

This is a limited submission opportunity. The NSF only allows The University of Tennessee – Knoxville to submit three applications. Per the solicitation, the program requires that if an organization submits or is included as a significantly funded subawardee in three MRI proposals, at least one of the three proposals must be for (Track 2) instrument development.

Interested individuals should submit a notification of interest to limitsub@utk.edu by 12 PM 8/1/2016.  When submitting your Notification of Interest, please send from a UT address and copy your department head and associate dean for research.  Notifications of interest received past this deadline will not be considered.

The subject heading of your email should state your name, your department and the name of the limited submission opportunity (ex. PIERCE, Benjamin Franklin / Microbiology /NSF MRI). In your email include:

  • Name and contact information of PI
  • Whether the proposal is for Track 1 (acquisition) or Track 2 (development)
  • Name and description of the instrumentation
  • Brief rationale statement for the instrumentation (2 paragraphs MAX in PDF format)
  • Proposed location of the instrumentation and whether NEW space will need to be allocated

Only individuals who have e-mailed their intent to propose by 12 PM 8/1/2016 may be allowed to participate if an internal competition is necessary.

NOI applicants will be notified no later than 8/5/16 if an internal competition will be required, in which case additional information regarding the proposed project will be due on 9/23/16.

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.

Notification of Interest to ORE: August 1, 2016
Application to Agency: January 11, 2017
Estimated Program Funding: $75 million total
Anticipated Number of Awards: 160

Limit on number of applications from UT: 3
Cost Share: Yes


NIH Opportunities

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  • NIEHS Revolutionizing Innovative, Visionary Environmental Health Research (RIVER) (R35) (RFA-ES-16-008)
  • NCCIH Center of Excellence for Research on Complementary and Integrative Health (P01) (PAR-16-379)
  • NCI Fundamental Mechanisms of Affective and Decisional Processes in Cancer Control (R01) (PAR-16-380)
  • NHLBI Data and Modeling Coordination Center for the NHLBI’s Precision Interventions for Severe and/or Exacerbation-Prone Asthma (PrecISE) Network (U24)  (RFA-HL-17-010)

NSF Opportunities

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

Wireless Innovation Between Finland an US (WiFiUS) NSF 16-587

NSF and the Academy of Finland have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on research cooperation in the area of wireless networking. With this solicitation, NSF’s Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering and the Academy of Finland continue a joint program in the area of wireless networking that provides for an international collaboration arrangement whereby US researchers may receive funding from NSF and Finnish collaborators may receive funding from the Academy of Finland to pursue joint projects. This solicitation encourages new and closer research collaborations, and addressing compelling research challenges on novel frameworks, architectures, protocols, theories, methodologies, and tools for the design and analysis of robust and highly dependable wireless communication systems and networks, particularly in light of the emerging Internet of Things (IoT). Proposals submitted pursuant to this solicitation must describe joint research with Finnish counterparts who are requesting funding separately under the Academy of Finland solicitation.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 7-9
Anticipated Funding Amount: up to $300,000 for two years

Full Proposal due: October 17, 2016


NSF/Intel Partnership on Information-Centric Networking in Wireless Edge Networks (ICN-WEN) NSF 16-586

Next-generation wireless networks, utilizing a wide swath of wireless spectrum and an array of novel technologies in the wired and wireless domains, are on the cusp of unleashing a broadband revolution with promised peak bit rates of tens of gigabits per second and latencies of less than a millisecond. Such innovations will make possible a new set of applications such as autonomous vehicles, industrial robotics, tactile Internet applications, virtual and augmented reality, and dense Internet of Things (IoT) deployments. A key requirement of these applications is fast information response time that is invariant as a function of the bandwidth demanded, users/devices supported, and data generated, of which low-latency wireless access time is only one component. Intrinsic security, seamless mobility, scalable content caching, and discovery/distribution services are also essential for such applications. This solicitation seeks unique data network architectures featuring an information plane using an Information-Centric Networking (ICN) approach and addressing discovery, movement, delivery, management, and protection of information within a network, along with the abstraction of an underlying communication plane creating opportunities for new efficiencies and optimizations across communications technologies that could also address latency and scale requirements.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant or Intel Agreement (i.e., Contract, Grant or Gift)
Estimated Number of Awards: 2 to 3
Anticipated Funding Amount: Up to $3 million for 3 years

Letter of Intent due (required): September 16, 2016
Full Proposal due: Nov. 21, 2016


Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) NSF 16-588

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply.

Anticipated Type of Award: Fellowship
Estimated Number of Awards: 2,000
Anticipated Funding Amount: Fellowship consists of three years of support during a five-year fellowship period. Provides annual stipend of $34,000 and cost-of-education allowance of $12,000

Full Proposal due: Oct. 23 – 28, 2016, depending on discipline (see solicitation)


Alan T. Waterman Award Call for Nominations

The Alan T. Waterman Award is the highest honor awarded by the National Science Foundation. Since 1975, when Congress established the award to honor the agency’s first director, the annual award has been bestowed upon individuals who have demonstrated exceptional individual achievement in scientific or engineering research of sufficient quality to place them at the forefront of their peers. The annual award recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by the National Science Foundation. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, 35 years of age or younger, or not more than seven years beyond receipt of their Ph.D. degree by December 31 of the year in which they are nominated.

Candidates should have demonstrated exceptional individual achievements in scientific or engineering research of sufficient quality to place them at the forefront of their peers. Criteria include Criteria include originality, innovation, and significant impact on their field.

Anticipated Type of Award: Medal and Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 1
Anticipated Funding Amount: $1 million

Full Proposal Due: October 21, 2016

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