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Funding Opportunities Roundup, February 10

Limited Submission Opportunities

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

Tomorrow’s Internet Project Office (TIPOFF)

In order to leverage, advance and strengthen its investments in mid-scale computing research infrastructure, the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) will support the work of Tomorrow’s Internet Project Office (TIPOFF).

Proposers responding to this solicitation will seek to serve as TIPOFF and

1) lead the community in re-envisioning the current platform in light of new research community needs and emerging national priorities
2) continue to centrally operate, administer and maintain the current platform, including overseeing all design, development, and deployment activities
3) identify and engage appropriate partners with experience in planning, developing, and supporting research infrastructure development projects to implement and sustain the envisioned platform

Please see the full RFP for complete information.

Estimated Program Funding: $10 million total
Anticipated Number of Awards: 1

Notification of Interest to ORE due: February 15, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.
Application to Agency due: May 2, 2017

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.

Federal Opportunities

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

DoD plans to release its annual Minerva Research Initiative (MRI) solicitation next week and has published the research topics. These topics are identified within the following broad interest areas:

  • Sociality, Security, and Interconnectivity
  • Understanding the Social Impact of Autonomy
  • Societal Resilience and Sociopolitical (In)stability
  • Power and Deterrence
  • Military Cyber Defense

MRI funds single investigator as well as multidisciplinary and multi-institutional teams, and awards in the past have ranged from $150K – $1M annually for 3-5 years.

White Paper (four pages, maximum) due: 3 p.m. Eastern Time on March 7, 2017

NIH Opportunities

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

  • NIH Standard Deadlines for Investigator-Initiated Research Projects
  • NIH Development of Highly Innovative Tools and Technology for Analysis of Single Cells (SBIR) (R43/R44) (PA-17-147)
  • NIH Development of Highly Innovative Tools and Technology for Analysis of Single Cells (STTR) (R41/R42) (PA-17-148)
  • NCI Multilevel Interventions in Cancer Care Delivery: Building from the Problem of Follow-up to Abnormal Screening Tests (U01) (PAR-17-146)
  • NIAID Omnibus Broad Agency Announcement for Biodefense and Radiation Exposure Countermeasures (HHS-NIH-NIAID-BAA2017-1)
  • NIDCR Prospective Observational or Biomarker Clinical Validation Study Cooperative Agreement (U01) (PAR-17-154)
  • NIMH Advancing Our Understanding of the Brain Epitranscriptome (R21) (PAR-17-152)
  • NIMH Advancing our Understanding of the Brain Epitranscriptomics (R01) (PAR-17-153)
  • NIMH Limited Competition: Continuation of the Center for Genomic Studies on Mental Disorders (U24) (RFA-MH-18-100)
  • NIMHD / NCI / NIAAA Mechanisms of Disparities in Chronic Liver Diseases and Cancer (R21) (PAR-17-150)
  • NIMHD / NCI / NIAAA Mechanisms of Disparities in Chronic Liver Diseases and Cancer (R01) (PAR-17-151)
  • NINDS Postdoctoral Mentored Career Development Award (K01) (PAR-17-145)

NSF Opportunities

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

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SSE, SSI, S2I2)
Software Elements, Frameworks and Institute Conceptualizations NSF 17-526

For 2017, and in addition to regular SI2 proposals, this solicitation welcomes proposals that advance objectives of the National Strategic Computing Initiative, an effort aimed at sustaining and enhancing U.S. scientific, technological, and economic leadership in high-performance computing research, development, and deployment. SI2 includes three classes of awards:

1.Scientific Software Elements (SSE): SSE awards target small groups that will create and deploy robust software elements for which there is a demonstrated need that will advance one or more significant areas of science and engineering.

2.Scientific Software Integration (SSI): SSI awards target larger, interdisciplinary teams organized around the development and application of common software infrastructure aimed at solving common research problems faced by NSF researchers in one or more areas of science and engineering. SSI awards will result in a sustainable community software framework serving a diverse community or communities.

3.Scientific Software Innovation Institutes (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. S2I2 includes two subclasses of awards: Conceptualization Awards, planning awards aimed at organizing an interdisciplinary community and understanding their software requirements and challenges; and Implementation Awards, which implement community activities that support software infrastructure. Only Conceptualization proposals will be accepted for this solicitation, and they must reflect the quality, commitment, and planning needed to lead to full Implementation awards. Conceptualization proposals must also be in areas not covered by current Conceptualization and Implementation awards.

Anticipated Funding Amount:

  • SSE: up to $500,000 for 3 yrs
  • SSI: up to $1 million per year for 5 yrs
  • S2I2 Conceptualization: up to $500,000

Full Proposals due:

  • SSE: Mar. 7, 2017
  • S2I2 Conceptualization: Apr. 11, 2017
  • SSI: Sept. 19, 2017


Energy-Efficient Computing: from Devices to Architectures (E2CDA): A Joint Initiative between NSF and SRC NSF 17-531

There is a consensus across the many industries touched by our ubiquitous computing infrastructure that future performance improvements across the board are now severely limited by the amount of energy it takes to manipulate, store, and critically, transport data. While the limits and tradeoffs for this performance-energy crisis vary across the full range of application platforms, they have all reached a point at which evolutionary approaches to addressing this challenge are no longer adequate. Truly disruptive breakthroughs are now required, and not just from any one segment of the technology stack. Rather, due to the complexity of the challenges, revolutionary new approaches are needed at each level in the hierarchy. Furthermore, simultaneous co-optimization across all levels is essential for the creation of new, sustainable computing platforms. These simultaneous technical and organizational challenges have never been as complex or as critically important as they are now. The urgency of solving the multi-disciplinary technical challenges will require new methods of collaboration and organization among researchers. Therefore, a comprehensive and collaborative approach must be undertaken to maximize the potential for successfully identifying and implementing revolutionary solutions to break through the bottleneck of energy-constrained computational performance. Programmers, system architects, circuit designers, chip processing engineers, material scientists, and computational chemists must all explore these new paths together to co-design an optimal solution path. The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) recognize this need, and agree to embark on a new collaborative research program to support compelling research that is of paramount importance to industry, academia and society at large. This partnership will specifically support new research to minimize the energy impacts of processing, storing, and moving data within future computing systems, and will be synergistic with other research activities that address other aspects of this overarching energy-constrained computing performance challenge. The jointly supported research effort aligns with interagency initiatives and priorities, including the National Strategic Computing Initiative and the nanotechnology-inspired Grand Challenge for Future Computing.

Anticipated Funding Amount:

  • Type I (multidisciplinary collaborative projects): up to $1.6 million per year for 3 yrs.
  • Type II (individual or small projects): up to $200,000 per yer for 3 yrs.

Full Proposal due: Mar. 7, 2017


NSF/CASIS Collaboration on Combustion and Thermal Transport Processes Research on the International Space Station to Benefit Life on Earth NSF 17-517

The Division of Chemical, Bioengineering and Environmental Transport (CBET) in the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) is partnering with The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to solicit research projects in the general field of combustion and thermal transport processes that can utilize the International Space Station (ISS) National Lab to conduct research that will benefit life on Earth. U.S

Anticipated Funding Amount: up to $300,000 for 3 yrs.

Submission Window: Feb. 20,– Mar. 10, 2017


Dear Colleague Letters

  • Request for Input on Federal Datasets with Potential to Advance Data Science NSF 17-049 Feb. 2, 2017
  • Announcing Realignment of the Service, Manufacturing, and Operations Research (SMOR) Program and Name Change to the Operations Engineering (OE) Program NSF 17-051 Feb. 6, 2017
  • Programmatic Changes to the Systematics and Biodiversity Science Cluster in the Division of Environmental Biology, Directorate for Biological Sciences NSF 17-052 Feb. 6, 2017
  • Funding Opportunity – A “Quantum Leap” Demonstration of Topological Quantum Computing NSF 17-053 Feb. 6, 2017


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