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Funding Opportunities Roundup: December 12, 2014

ARPA-E: Micro-scale Photovoltaics Funding Opportunities

ARPA-E has issued two new Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) through its Micro-scale Optimized Solar-cell Arrays with Integrated Concentration (MOSAIC) program. Both FOAs aim to develop micro-scale high-performance concentrated photovoltaics (CPV) technologies that enable significant geographic and demographic expansion of solar electricity generation.

ARPA-E is allocating up to $25 million for both MOSAIC FOAs, with $10 million available to small businesses under ARPA-E’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program and $15 million available to all applicants. Project teams funded through MOSAIC will demonstrate CPV technologies in a low-profile module similar to traditional non-concentrated “flat-plate” PV in order to provide low-cost solar electricity for the roof-top, commercial, and utility-scale markets.
Deadline: Submit a concept paper for MOSAIC by 5 p.m. ET on January 22, 2015.
Details: Additional information, including the full FOAs and how to find project teaming partners, is available on ARPA-E’s online application portal, ARPA-E eXCHANGE.

Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

CLIR Postdoctoral Fellows work on projects that forge and strengthen connections among library collections, educational technologies, and current research. The program offers recent PhD graduates the chance to help develop research tools, resources, and services while exploring new career opportunities. Host institutions benefit from fellows’ field-specific expertise by gaining insights into their collections’ potential uses and users, scholarly information behaviors, and current teaching and learning practices within particular disciplines.
Types of fellowships offered:
CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowships in Academic Libraries
CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellowships in Data Curation for the Sciences and Social Sciences
CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellowships in Data Curation for Visual Studies
Deadline: December 29, 2014

Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives
Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives is a national competition administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) for digitizing collections of rare and unique content in cultural memory institutions. The program is generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is built upon the model of CLIR’s Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives program, which awarded its final round of grants in December 2014.

CLIR will post complete competition guidelines on its website and issue a request for proposals in January 2015. Webinars for potential applicants will be scheduled early in the new year.

Details: http://www.clir.org/fellowships/hiddencollections

RFP: Advanced Collaborative Support for the HathiTrust Research Center

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) is a collaborative research center launched jointly by Indiana University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, along with the HathiTrust Digital Library (HT) to help meet the technical challenges that researchers face when dealing with massive amounts of digital text.

The HTRC Advanced Collaboration Support Group (ACS) engages with users directly on a one-on-one basis over extended period of time lasting from weeks to months. The ACS Group, selected from the membership of the HTRC user community, pairs the ACS awardee with expert staff members to work collaboratively on challenging problems.
Details: http://www.hathitrust.org/htrc/acs-rfp
Deadline: Proposals due 5 p.m. January 8, 2015
Contact: Respondents are urged to contact htrc.acs.awards@gmail.com


More information about each of these limited submissions may be found on the Limited Submissions Opportunities page.

2015 Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award
Due to concerns from the invited institutions regarding the submission deadline, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation has made the decision to allow an extended timeline for submission.
The purpose of the Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award is to initiate and support post-Ph.D. postdoctoral fellows at research institutions across the United States, who have the highest potential for success in an independent academic career in chemistry and the life sciences, thus leading to the development of new tools and methods while providing assistance during their transition from “mentored yet independent” postdoctoral to an independent, tenure-track position. On the basis of the experience gained during the term of fellowship, the Fellow should be prepared to compete very effectively for academic openings in research universities throughout the nation. These individuals are expected to become the next generation of leaders and innovators in science, engineering, and technology. More >>
Deadline(s): Notification of Interest to ORE by noon on December 17, 2014. Application to Agency by February 2, 2015.

TN Arts Commission – Arts Project Support (APS) and Rural Arts Project Support (RAPS)
The Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC) is soliciting applications for arts projects in urban (APS) and rural (RAPS) counties. Proposed arts projects must involve one or more TAC recognized art forms, including: visual arts, craft, media, design, music, theater, dance, folk and ethnic, or literary arts. Example activities can be found in the full RFP. More >>
Deadline(s): Notification of Interest to ORE by noon on December 17, 2014. Application to Agency by January 20, 2015.

Democracy and Human Rights for North Koreans
The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces a Request for Statements of Interest (SOIs) from organizations interested in submitting proposals for projects that support the bureau’s policy priorities of laying the foundation for democracy and human rights for North Koreans. Projects may also engage on nontraditional human rights issues that are of broad concern to North Korean citizens.
This solicitation does not constitute a formal Request for Proposals: DRL will invite select organizations that submit SOIs to expand their ideas in full proposals at a later date. More >>
Deadline(s): Notification of Interest to ORE by noon on December 17, 2014. Application to Agency by January 8, 2015.

Advanced Nursing Education Program
The Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Workforce is accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2015 Advanced Nursing Education (ANE) Program. ANE anticipates supporting projects that develop and test innovative academic-practice partnership models for clinical training within graduate nursing education programs that prepare graduate nursing students to provide safe, quality care within the complex practice-based environment of the nation’s evolving healthcare system. More >>

A technical assistance webinar has been scheduled to help applicants understand, prepare and submit an application. The webinar is scheduled for: Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET

Deadline(s): Notification of Interest to ORE by noon on December 17, 2014. Application to Agency by February 13, 2015.