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Funding Opportunities Roundup, December 9

Limited Submission Opportunities

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

Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure

The objective of the Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI) program is to develop, deploy and integrate security solutions that benefit the scientific community by ensuring the integrity, resilience and reliability of the end-to-end scientific workflow. This solicitation seeks unique ways to protect scientific instruments, resources, cyberinfrastructure and data that extend beyond building better perimeters and point solutions. CICI comprises two Program Areas: Resilient Security Architecture for Research Cyberinfrastructure and Cybersecurity Enhancement.

Funded activities under CICI should identify opportunities for student engagement as well as cybersecurity education and training. Proposals that demonstrate opportunities to engage students directly in the deployment, operation, and advancement of the CICI-funded activities are welcome.

The CICI program is not the appropriate mechanism to provide support for basic cybersecurity research. Such projects would be better served as submissions to the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program.

Please see the full RFP for complete information.

Estimated Program Funding: $8.5 million total
Anticipated No. of Awards: 709
Limit on Number of Applications: 2

Notification of Interest to ORE due: December 13, 2016; 12:00 p.m.
Application to Agency due: March 1, 2017

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Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation: Scientific Software Innovation Institutes (S212)

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2) is a bold and long-term investment that maintains a sustained focus on realizing the Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering. The SI2 program focuses on supporting robust, reliable and sustainable software that will support and advance sustained scientific innovation and discovery.

S2I2 awards are intended to establish long-term hubs of excellence in software infrastructure and technologies, which will serve a research community of substantial size and disciplinary breadth. Only Conceptualization proposals, which are planning awards aimed at organizing an interdisciplinary community and understanding their software requirements and challenges, will be accepted for this solicitation cycle

Please see the full RFP for complete information.

Estimated Program Funding: $1.5 million total
Anticipated No. of Awards: 3
Limit on Number of Applications: 1

Notification of Interest to ORE due: December 13, 2016; 12:00 p.m.
Application to Agency: April 11, 2017

NIH Opportunities

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

  • UT CORNET Awards: Collaborative Research Network Proposals in Cancer Research (link)
  • NIH Roadmap Initiatives: Discovery of the Genetic Basis of Childhood Cancers and of Structural Birth Defects: Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Research Program (X01) (PAR-17-063)
  • NIH BRAIN Initiative: Targeted BRAIN Circuits Projects – TargetedBCP (R01) (RFA-NS-17-014)
  • NIH BRAIN Initiative: Exploratory Targeted BRAIN Circuits Projects – eTargetedBCP (R21) (RFA-NS-17-015)
  • NIH BRAIN Initiative: Team-Research BRAIN Circuit Programs – TeamBCP (U19) (RFA-NS-17-018)
  • NIH BRAIN Initiative: Research Opportunities Using Invasive Neural Recording and Stimulating Technologies in the Human Brain (U01) (RFA-NS-17-019)
  • NCI National Cancer Institute Youth Enjoy Science Research Education Program (R25) (PAR-17-059)
  • NINR Promoting Caregiver Health Using Self-Management (R01) (PA-17-062)

NSF Opportunities

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

Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) NSF 17-529

The goal of this program is to develop the core system science needed to engineer complex cyber-physical systems that people can use or interact with and depend upon. Some of these may require high-confidence or provable behaviors. The program aims to foster a research community committed to advancing research and education in CPS and to transitioning CPS science and technology into engineering practice. By abstracting from the particulars of specific systems and application domains, the CPS program seeks to reveal cross-cutting fundamental scientific and engineering principles that underpin the integration of cyber and physical elements across all application sectors. To expedite and accelerate the realization of cyber-physical systems in a wide range of applications, the CPS program also supports the development of methods, tools, and hardware and software components based upon these cross-cutting principles, along with validation of the principles via prototypes and testbeds. We have also seen a convergence of CPS technologies and research thrusts that underpin Smart & Connected Communities (S&CC) and the Internet of Things (IoT). These domains offer new and exciting challenges for foundational research and provide opportunities for maturation at multiple time horizons.  In 2017, NSF is working closely with multiple agencies of the federal to identify basic CPS research directions that are common across multiple application domains, along with opportunities for accelerated transition to practice.

Three classes of research and education projects will be considered through this solicitation:

  • Small projects are well suited to emerging new and innovative ideas that will have high impact on the field of cyber-physical systems.
  • Medium projects are well suited to multi-disciplinary projects that accomplish clear goals requiring integrated perspectives spanning the disciplines.
  • Frontier projects must address clearly identified critical CPS challenges that cannot be achieved by a set of smaller projects.

Anticipated Funding Amount:

  • Small: $500,000 for up to three years
  • Medium: $500,001 to $1 million for up to four years
  • Frontier: $1,000,001 to $7 million for up to five years

Submisison window: February 20-March 6, 2017


Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS) NSF 17-530

The overarching goal of INFEWS is to catalyze well-integrated interdisciplinary and convergent research to transform scientific understanding of the FEW nexus (integrating all three components rather than addressing them separately), to improve system function and management, address system stress, increase resilience, and ensure sustainability. The NSF INFEWS initiative is designed specifically to attain the following goals:

  1. Significantly advance our understanding of the food-energy-water system through quantitative, predictive and computational modeling, including support for relevant cyberinfrastructure;
  2. Develop real-time, cyber-enabled interfaces that improve understanding of the behavior of FEW systems and increase decision support capability;
  3. Enable research that will lead to innovative solutions to critical FEW systems problems; and
  4. Grow the scientific workforce capable of studying and managing the FEW system, through education and other professional development opportunities.

This initiative enables interagency cooperation on one of the most pressing problems of the millennium – understanding interactions across the FEW nexus – how it is likely to affect our world, and how we can proactively plan for its consequences.

  • Track 1: FEW System Modeling
  • Track 2: Visualization and Decision Support for Cyber-Human-Physical Systems at the FEW
  • Track 3: Research to Enable Innovative System Solutions

Anticipated Funding Amount: $2.5 million for three to five years

Full Proposal due: March 6, 2017

Other Opportunities

SunShot Initiative

The Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative has four funding opportunities with approaching deadlines:

  • The SunShot Technology to Market 3 funding opportunity has $30 million available for projects that accelerate the commercialization of products and solutions that can help to drive down the cost of solar energy. Concept papers are due December 12.
  • The Photovoltaic Research and Development 2: Modules and Systems funding opportunity has $25 million available to improve PV module and system design, including hardware and software solutions that facilitate the rapid installation and interconnection of PV systems. Concept papers are due December 14.
  • The Solar Forecasting 2 funding opportunity has $10 million available for projects focused on improving solar irradiance and power forecasts used by utilities. Concept papers are due December 30.
  • The Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer funding opportunity has four new solar energy topics that encourage small businesses to conduct research and technology development with the potential for future commercialization. The 2017 Phase 1, Release 2 solar topics include concentrating solar power, photovoltaic performance, and energy storage. Applications are due February 17.

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