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Funding Opportunities Roundup: February 13, 2015

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates NSF 13-542
This program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the NSF. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant of Cooperative Agreement
Estimated Number of Awards: up to 1,800 (@180 new site awards and 1,600 new supplement awards)
Anticipated Funding Amount: Sites: $70,000-120,000/yr.; Supplements: $1,200/student/week

Full Proposal Deadline (due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time): Site – Aug. 28, 2015

Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities (SPARC)
The Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities (SPARC) funding opportunity will establish a national recognition and technical assistance program for local governments.  Once the program is established, communities that participate in SPARC will gain access to a network of nationally recognized leaders, receive expert assistance, and national distinction—supporting local efforts to spur solar market growth and deploy solar energy faster and cheaper.
 SPARC has two Topic Areas:

  • The Designation Program Administrator (Topic A), which will establish, name, and maintain the program; and
  • The Technical Assistance Provider (Topic B), which will provide technical assistance to help communities achieve ambitious goals that eliminate market barriers and reduce soft costs.

 The SPARC designation, coupled with robust and agile technical assistance, will spur communities across the country to earn recognition for achievements that distinguish them from their peers, and in doing so, ignite local solar markets while establishing consistency in solar practices across the country.

For more information, see full RFP.

Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 3/5/2015 5:00 PM ET
Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/27/2015 5:00 PM ET

U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) Cooperative Agreement
This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; proposals are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued.

The Government intends to award a cooperative agreement as defined at 31 U.S.C. 6305. This competition is not governed by the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), but rather by the DoD Directive 3210.06, dated 6 February 2014. The purpose of the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) cooperative agreement (COA) announcement is to solicit proposals for a single-award to a recipient, who will carry out the K-College STEM education and outreach programs on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of the Army to help address the nation’s need of a diverse, agile and highly competent science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) literate talent pool. Through the AEOP COA award, the Army envisions the government to work with a recipient with an established consortium of organizations to collaboratively advance Army-sponsored STEM education and outreach programs, conducted across the United States, Puerto Rico as well as DoD locations in Europe and the Pacific.

Army Single Face to Industry (AFSI)

More information on FedBizOpps.gov


  • BRAIN Initiative: Next-Generation Invasive Devices for Recording and Modulation in the Human Central Nervous System (UH2/UH3)(RFA-NS-15-006)
  • BRAIN Initiative: Clinical Studies to Advance Next-Generation Invasive Devices for Recording and Modulation in the Human Central Nervous System (UH3)(RFA-NS-15-008)
  • Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study – Coordinating Center (U24)(RFA-DA-15-014), Research Project Sites (U01) (RFA-DA-15-015), Data Analysis and Informatics Center (U24) (RFA-DA-15-016)
  • Lifespan Human Connectome Project: Aging (U01)(RFA-AG-16-004), Development (U01) (RFA-MH-16-150)
  • NIDA/NIAAA Gene-Environment Interplay in Substance Use Disorders (R01)(PA-15-110), (R03) (PA-15-111), (R21)(PA-15-112)
  • NIDA Developing Technologies and Tools to Monitor HIV Brain Reservoirs and How They May be Altered by Exposure to Substances of Abuse (R21/R33) (RFA-DA-15-018)


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

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program (NRT)
The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program seeks proposals that ensure that graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The NRT program includes two tracks: the Traineeship Track and the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track.

The Traineeship Track is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary research areas, through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, aligned with changing workforce and research needs, and scalable. If an institution submits two Traineeship Track proposals, at least one must be a Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (DESE) proposal. In either case (DESE or non-DESE), the traineeship theme of a Traineeship Track proposal must be interdisciplinary.

The IGE Track is dedicated solely to piloting, testing, and evaluating novel, innovative, and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption.

Please see the full RFP for complete information.

Notification of Interest to ORE: 2/20/2015 12 PM
Application to Agency: 5/6/2015
Estimated Program Funding: $37M total

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