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Funding Opportunities Roundup, Dec. 4

Call for Abstracts: DoD Conference on Human Systems

The National Defense Industry Association (NDIA) is hosting a Human Systems Conference on Feb.9-10, 2016 near Washington, DC.  NDIA has issued a call for abstracts in the five DoD interest areas below, which will be addressed at the conference.  In addition to these areas, panel presentations are invited on human-autonomy systems, medical modeling and simulation systems, and cyber systems.

  1. Systems Interface and Cognitive Processing:  natural human-technology interactions, human-machine teaming, cognitive & neurological models, Integration of Artificial Intelligence & Human Cognitive Models, and Trust in Automation/Transparency, Verifying and Validating (V&V) resultant technologies against standards or requirements
  2. Protection, Sustainment and Warfighter Performance:  research metrics for quantifying warfighter physical performance in operational environments, the interaction of physical and cognitive stressors on warfighter effectiveness, mitigation of physical performance decrements through advanced systems and techniques that enhance resiliency
  3. Personalized Assessment, Education, and Training:  science of learning, affective computing, content authoring tools, natural language dialogue, adaptive and interactive scenario-based training; persistent, affordable, integrated training; and leadership development
  4. Human Aspects of Operations in Military Environments:  methodologies to collect socio-cultural data in denied areas, validated socio-cultural models and synthetic entities to support training, simulation and mission rehearsal, and validated socio-cultural models and tools to support operational planning and intelligence analysis
  5. Human Systems Integration (HIS) Metrics:  measures that influence the system development cycle, and methods and metrics to manage and track HSI to support total “human + system” performance, as well as characterize its impact on life-cycle cost and mission success

More information about each of these topics is at the call for abstracts link above as well as at this link.

Abstracts may be up to 650 words and are due by Dec. 11, 2015.  Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to give a presentation or display a poster at the conference. 

For faculty members whose abstracts are chosen, ORE may be able to provide travel support to help you attend.

Call for Papers: Design Interface—Creating Spaces to Experience Learning

This conference features many leaders from the UT campus: Dave Matthews, professor and chair of Interior Design (leading a design thinking workshop); Dave Irvin associate vice chancellor for facilities, Associate Dean of Libraries; Teresa Walker; and others and is supported by the Provost’s office and Associate Provost Matthew Theriot, Hodges Library, and the Classroom Upgrade Committee, and other units.

The key note will by Dr. Julie K. Little, Vice President, Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development, EDUCAUSE.

For more information, see http://tenntlc.utk.edu/design-interface/

For the call, click on the proposal submission for information and submission, at http://tenntlc.utk.edu/registration-links/

This conference offers a good opportunity to engage DoD program officers as well as potential collaborators while exhibiting your research to a wide audience.  Please notify Taimi Olsen (tolsen@utk.edu) if you plan to submit an abstract. 

Attendance is free for UT faculty, graduate students, and staff. 

DTRA Young Investigator Funding Opportunity

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has recently published its Young Investigator Award (YIA) opportunity (see Amendment 5). DTRA is the DoD agency charged with developing capabilities to protect the United States and its allies from chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosive weapons.

The only YIA eligibility requirement is that a faculty member must have received a Ph.D. or equivalent degree after Feb. 1, 2011.

Please notify Paul Montgomery (paul.montgomery@utk.edu) you plan to apply and if you may need ORE assistance to prepare your white paper.

Before submitting a white paper, send a 1-paragraph abstract to the appropriate e-mail listed on p. 32 of the solicitation to seek feedback on your project idea. You should address the following points in your abstract:

  • 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 goals of a DTRA thrust area.

The YIA seeks high risk, innovative basic research in the topics below, descriptions of which are on pp. 34-48 of the solicitation at the link above. Note that while these topics are the same for all investigators, PIs applying as young investigators will compete only against other young investigators, not the entire pool of applicants.

DTRA Basic Research Topics

  1. Plasma Chemistry for Nuclear Forensics
  2. Basic Research on Prompt Diagnostic Signatures of Nuclear Detonations for Forensics
  3. Radiation Effects in Wide Bandgap Semiconductor Materials
  4. Radiation Effects in Non-Conventional Computing Approaches
  5. Bridging the Gap: From In Vitro to In Vivo Studies for Radiogenic Disease Risk Estimation
  6. Isotopic Discrimination using Biological Systems
  7. Dynamic Characterization of Post-Detonation Fireballs Involving Agent Defeat Additives and Agent Simulants
  8. Photochemistry of Organohalides and Agent Simulants
  9. Novel Signatures and Methodologies to Monitor Very Low Yield Explosions

White paper deadline: The deadline for submitting a 4-page white paper is Feb. 1, 2016.
Proposal deadline: A proposal, if invited, is due in May 2016.
Anticipated Funding Amount: Awards average $100K annually for up to 5 years.

Notice of Intent to issue FOA “Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstrations”

The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has published a Notice of Intent “to issue, on behalf of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled ‘Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstrations’ (NO. DE-FOA-0001412).”

Areas of interest (AOI) and topics include:

AOI 1 – Research and Development (R&D)

  • Topic 1: Hydrogen Production R&D: Advanced High‐Temperature Water Splitting ($1M‐$3M per award; 1‐3 awards; 2‐3 year duration; maximum $5M total federal funds; TRL 2‐4)
  • Topic 2: Advanced Compression ($1M‐$3M per award; 1‐3 awards; 2‐3 years; maximum $5M total federal funds; TRL 2‐4)
  • Topic 3: Advanced thermal insulation for automotive applications ($1M per award; 1‐2 awards; 2‐3 years; maximum$2M total federal funds; TRL 2‐4)

AOI 2 – Demonstration and Deployment

  • Topic 1: Component Manufacturing and Standardization for H2 Infrastructure (e.g., hose/piping, dispenser/station technologies) ($1M‐$2M per award; 2‐3 awards; 3‐4 years; maximum $6M total federal funds; TRL‐2‐5)
  • Topic 2: FCTO Crosscutting: America’s Climate Communities of Excellence ($250K per award; 1 award; 1‐3 years; maximum $250K total federal funds; TRL 7‐9)

AOI 3 – Consortium Topics

Topics under AOI 3 are specifically for projects that will work with existing lab‐led consortia.

  • Topic 1: Fuel Cell ‐ Performance and Durability (FC‐PAD) ($1M‐$3M per award; 2‐6 awards; 2‐4 years; maximum $6M total federal funds; TRL 2‐4)
  • Topic 2: Hydrogen Storage Materials – Advanced Research Consortium (HyMARC) ($250k‐$1M per award; 5‐12 awards; 1‐3 years; maximum $7M total federal funds; TRL 2‐4)

AOI 4 – Analysis

  • Topic 1: Cost and Performance Analysis for Fuel Cells ($1M‐$1.5M per award; 1 award; 3‐5 years; maximum; $1.5M total federal funds)
  • Topic 2: Cost and Performance Analysis for H2 Storage ($1M‐$1.5M per award; 1 award; 3‐5 years; maximum; $1.5M total federal funds)
  • Topic 3: Cost and Performance Analysis for H2 Production and Delivery ($1M‐$1.5M per award; 1 award; 3‐5 years; maximum; $1.5M total federal funds)

For details, please see the Notice of Intent.

Request for Information: DOE R&D Work Scope Development

DOE is seeking ideas in the areas of research, information, comments, feedback, and recommendations from interested parties for future work scopes for the major NE-funded research programs. This input may lead to a more robust R&D program that reflects the communities’ ideas and could identify new work scopes. Although the focus of this Request For Information (RFI) is to obtain input to and identify potential new work scopes for future Funding Opportunity Announcements in the areas listed below, DOE also seeks input on creative, innovative and transformative work that aligns with NE’s mission.

More details

NSF Dear Colleague Letters

Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) NSF 16-023 (Nov. 20, 2015)

Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under the US NSF/CISE/SaTC – US-Israel BSF International Opportunity NSF 16-019 (Nov. 16, 2015)

Enabling US-Netherlands Collaboration for Privacy Research NSF 16-027 (Nov. 23, 2015)

Germination of Research Ideas for Large Opportunities and Critical Societal Needs (GERMINATION) NSF 16-028 (Nov. 23, 2015)

NIH Opportunites

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

  • NIH BRAIN Initiative: Non-Invasive Neuromodulation – New Tools and Techniques for Spatiotemporal Precision (R01) (RFA-MH-16-810)
  • NIH BRAIN Initiative: Non-Invasive Neuromodulation – Mechanisms and Dose/Response Relationships for Targeted CNS Effects (R01) (RFA-MH-16-815)
  • NIH Revision Applications for Validation of Mobile/Wireless Health Tools for Measurement and Intervention (R01) (PA-16-043)
  • NCI / NIBIB Image-guided Drug Delivery (R01) (PAR-16-044)
  • NIH BRAIN Initiative: Development and Validation of Novel Tools to Analyze Cell-Specific and Circuit-Specific Processes in the Brain (R01) (RFA-MH-16-775)
  • NIH BRAIN Initiative: New Technologies and Novel Approaches for Large-Scale Recording and Modulation in the Nervous System (U01) (RFA-NS-16-006)
  • NIH BRAIN Initiative: Optimization of Transformative Technologies for Large Scale Recording and Modulation in the Nervous System (U01) (RFA-NS-16-007)
  • NIBIB Exploratory/Developmental Bioengineering Research Grants (EBRG) (R21) (PA-16-040)
  • NIDDK Development of New Technologies and Bioengineering Solutions for the Advancement of Cell Replacement Therapies for Type 1 Diabetes (R43/R44) (RFA-DK-16-004)

Limited Submissions

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

FY15 Internet Freedom Annual Program Statement

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces a Request for Statements of Interest (RSOI) from organizations interested in submitting Statements of Interest (SOI) outlining project concepts and capacity to manage projects that support Internet freedom.

SOIs must address one or more of the Internet Freedom funding themes: technology, digital safety, policy/advocacy, and research.

Please see the full RFP for complete information.

Notification of Interest to ORE: 12/8/2015 12 PM
Application to Agency: 2/1/2016
Estimated Program Funding: $2.5M total
Anticipated No. of Awards: TBD

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