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Funding Opportunities Roundup, Jan. 8

DARPA: Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation and Characterization Systems (RADICS)

DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals to develop technologies for detecting and recovering from cyber-attacks on US critical infrastructure. DARPA is interested specifically in early attack detection, network isolation and threat characterization in response to a widespread and persistent cyber-attack on the power grid and its dependent systems.

DARPA is seeking proposals in the following technical areas, described in detail on pp. 6-14 of the solicitation:

  • Situation Awareness (TA-1)
  • Network Isolation (TA-2)
  • Threat Analysis (TA-3)
  • Testbed and Sandbox Provider (TA-4)
  • System Evaluator and Exercise Coordinator (TA-5)

DARPA anticipates multiple awards in TAs 1-3, with single awards for TA-4 and TA-5, and a performance period of 4 years. Proposals should address only one technical area.

Note that transitioning RADICS technologies into commercial use is a “priority,” so partnering with DoD or private sector cyber security entities is important. In addition, proposers wishing to submit to Technical Areas 1, 3, and 5 must have personnel with a Top Secret clearance who are eligible for SCI and who have access to SCI facilities. Security clearances are not required for proposers submitting to TA-2 and TA-4.

If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, please notify Paul Montgomery (paul.montgomery@utk.edu). Note that ORNL would like to explore partnering with UT to submit a proposal.

The deadline to submit a proposal is February 11, 2016 at noon.


DoD Funding Opportunity on Infectious Diseases — Applied Research

The Department of Defense has recently published this solicitation for applied research on infectious diseases, stipulating that proposed projects should “inform and identify which potential health products, approaches, or technologies are best positioned for human testing.”  DoD is interested in combat-related or trauma-induced wound infections in the following 3 areas:

  1. Development of new methods for rapid multi-pathogen/multi-phenotype detection of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs), nosocomial pathogens, and/or rapid multipathogen/multi-phenotype characterization of antimicrobial resistance patterns. 
  2. Development of assays for host immune response biomarkers for diagnosis or prognosis (with associated outcomes) of infection to inform clinical infection management decisions (e.g., optimal wound closure time, optimal duration of antibiotic administration for osteomyelitis). 
  3. Development and preclinical testing of novel chemotypes (chemical classes/materials), biologics as potential therapeutics or prophylactics for wound infection, and/or biofilm formation, maintenance, or propagation. Innovative treatment approaches (e.g., chelators, antibody, phage, antimicrobial peptides, quorum-sensing inhibitors, and host immunoaugmentation, etc.) are encouraged.

DoD is especially interested in the following, which are applicable to all focus areas:

  • Studies involving carbapenem-resistant organisms are particularly sought. 
  • Preference will be given to approaches that address infections with one or more MDROs, particularly, Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, extendedspectrum beta-lactamase producing Enterobacteriaceae (including Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae), and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and/or invasive fungal (mold) pathogens. 
  • Preference will be given to studies leading toward topical treatments for prevention and management of wound infection.

DEADLINES:

A 3-page white paper along with certain supporting documents (listed on pp. 11-12 of the solicitation) are due by Jan. 25, 2016. 

A full proposal, if invited, is due by May 9, 2016.  Anticipated awards are up to a total of $2M for a period of up to 3 years.


NSF Opportunities

Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) NSF 16-530

The NSF vision for a Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) considers an integrated, scalable, and sustainable cyberinfrastructure to be crucial for innovation in science and engineering (see www.nsf.gov/cif21). This program is an integral part of CIF21 and encourages development of robust and shared data-centric cyberinfrastructure capabilities, to accelerate interdisciplinary and collaborative research in areas of inquiry stimulated by data. Effective solutions will bring together cyberinfrastructure expertise and domain researchers, to ensure that the resulting cyberinfrastructure address researchers’ data needs. The activities should address the data challenges arising in a disciplinary or cross-disciplinary context. Prospective PIs should be aware that DIBBs is a multi-directorate activity, and are encouraged to submit proposals that have broad, interdisciplinary interest. The projects should stimulate data-driven scientific discoveries and innovations, and address broad community needs. This solicitation includes two classes of science data pilot awards:

  1. Early Implementations are large “at scale” evaluations, building upon cyberinfrastructure capabilities of existing research communities or recognized community data collections, and extending those data-focused cyberinfrastructure capabilities to additional research communities and domains with broad community engagement.
  2. Pilot Demonstrations address advanced cyberinfrastructure challenges across emerging research communities, building upon recognized community data collections and disciplinary research interests, to address specific challenges in science and engineering research.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 12

Anticipated Funding Amount: The award size for Early Implementation Awards is anticipated to be up to $4,000,000 total per award for up to 5 years. The award size for Pilot Demonstration Awards is anticipated to be up to $500,000 total per award for up to 3 years.

Full Proposal Deadline:  Apr. 4, 2016


Energy-Efficient Computing: from Devices to Architectures (E2CDA) NSF 16-526
A Joint Initiative between NSF and SRC

There is a consensus across the many industries touched by our ubiquitous computing infrastructure that future performance improvements 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.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards:  4 to 8

Anticipated Funding Amount: It is anticipated that approximately 2-4 multidisciplinary collaborative (Type I) projects, each ranging from $800,000 to $1,600,000 per year for 3 years, and 2-4 individual or small (Type II) projects, each ranging from $100,000 to $200,000 per year for 1 to 3 years, will be supported.

Full Proposal Deadline:  Mar. 28, 2016


Genealogy of Life FY 2016 (GoLife) NSF 16-522

The ultimate vision of this program is an open access, comprehensive Genealogy of Life that will enable the comparative framework necessary for testing questions in systematics, evolutionary biology, ecology, paleontology, and other fields. Strategic integration of this genealogy with data layers from genomic, phenotypic, spatial, ecological, geological, and temporal data will produce an extensive synthesis of biodiversity and evolutionary sciences. The resulting knowledge infrastructure will enable synthetic research on biological dynamics throughout the history of life on Earth, within current ecosystems, and for predictive modeling of the future evolution of life. Proposals should emphasize increased efficiency in contributing to a complete Genealogy of Life and strategic integration of various types of organismal and environmental data with phylogenies. This program also seeks to broadly train the next generation of integrative phylogenetic biologists, creating the human resource infrastructure and workforce needed to tackle emerging research questions in comparative biology. Projects should train students for diverse careers by exposing them to the multidisciplinary areas of research within the proposal.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 4 to 6

Anticipated Funding Amount: Maximum budget per award is $2.5 million

Full Proposal Deadline: Mar. 23, 2016


International Research Network Connections (IRNC) 16-523

This program supports high-performance network connectivity required by international science and engineering research and education collaborations involving the NSF research community. NSF expects to make 1-2 awards to link U.S. research networks with peer networks in Europe and Africa and leverage existing international network connectivity. High-performance network connections funded by this program are intended to support science and engineering research and education applications, and preference will be given to solutions that provide the best economy of scale and demonstrate the ability to support the largest communities of interest with the broadest services. Funded projects will assist the U.S. research and education community by enabling state-of-the-art international network services and access to increased collaboration and data services. Through extended international network connections, additional research and production network services will be enabled, complementing those currently offered or planned by domestic research networks.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant or Cooperative Agreement

Estimated Number of Awards: 1 to 2

Anticipated Funding Amount: Up to $900,000 total per year for a maximum of 4 years.

Full Proposal Deadline: Mar. 17, 2016


International Research Network Connections (IRNC) Europe and Asia NSF 16-523

This program supports high-performance network connectivity required by international science and engineering research and education collaborations involving the NSF research community. NSF expects to make 1-2 awards to link U.S. research networks with peer networks in Europe and Africa and leverage existing international network connectivity. High-performance network connections funded by this program are intended to support science and engineering research and education applications, and preference will be given to solutions that provide the best economy of scale and demonstrate the ability to support the largest communities of interest with the broadest services. Funded projects will assist the U.S. research and education community by enabling state-of-the-art international network services and access to increased collaboration and data services. Through extended international network connections, additional research and production network services will be enabled, complementing those currently offered or planned by domestic research networks.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant or Cooperative Agreement

Estimated Number of Awards: 1 to 2

Anticipated Funding Amount: Up to $900,000 total per year for a maximum of 4 years.

Full Proposal Deadline: Mar. 17, 2016


Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS) NSF 16-524

The overarching goal of INFEWS is to catalyze the well-integrated interdisciplinary research efforts to transform scientific understanding of the FEW nexus in order 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 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 system and technological solutions to critical FEW problems; and
4. Grow the scientific workforce capable of studying and managing the FEW system, through education and other professional development opportunities.

This activity enables interagency cooperation on one of the most pressing problems of the millennium – understanding interactions across the food, energy and water nexus – how it is likely to affect our world, and how we can proactively plan for its consequences. It allows the partner agencies – National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA) and others – to combine resources to identify and fund the most meritorious and highest-impact projects that support their respective missions, while eliminating duplication of effort and fostering collaboration between agencies and the investigators they support.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 22 to 40

Anticipated Funding Amount: Projects may be submitted to Tracks 1, 2 or 3 as Category 1 projects (greater than $1,000,000 to no more than $3,000,000) or Category 2 projects (less than or equal to $1,000,000). Track 4 project submissions will only be considered as Category 2 effort.

Full Proposal Deadline: Mar. 22, 2016


MacroSystems Biology and Early NEON Science: Research on Biological Systems at Regional to Continental Scales NSF 16-521

This program will support quantitative, interdisciplinary, systems-oriented research on biosphere processes and their complex interactions with climate, land use, and invasive species at regional to continental scales as well as planning, training, and development activities to enable groups to conduct MacroSystems Biology and Early NEON Science research.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 10 to 15

Anticipated Funding Amount: $10- 15 million, total; Category 1: Early Career Awards – a maximum of $300,000 over two years; Category 2: Full Research Awards – up to 5 years; Category 3: Early NEON Science Awards – up to 5 years

Full Proposal Deadline: Mar. 15, 2016, and Oct. 17, 2016


Petascale Computing Resource Allocations (PRAC) NSF 16-529

In 2013, a new NSF-funded petascale computing system, Blue Waters, was deployed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The goal of this project and system is to open up new possibilities in science and engineering by providing computational capability that makes it possible for investigators to tackle much larger and more complex research challenges across a wide spectrum of domains. The purpose of this solicitation is to invite research groups to submit requests for allocations of resources on the Blue Waters system. Proposers must show compelling science or engineering challenges that require petascale computing resources. Proposers must also be prepared to demonstrate that they have science or engineering research problems that require and can effectively exploit the petascale computing capabilities offered by Blue Waters. Proposals from or including junior researchers are encouraged, as one of the goals of this solicitation is to build a community capable of using petascale computing.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 12 to 15

Anticipated Funding Amount: $400,000 to $500,000 total annually across all funded projects, pending availability of funds.

Full Proposal Deadline: Apr. 4, 2016


Science of Learning: Collaborative Networks (SL-CN) NSF 16-528

This program seeks to support integrative, interdisciplinary research projects that investigate learning in humans, other animals, and machines. The SL Program follows on the Science of Learning Centers (SLC) Program that held its final competition in 2005; no future SLC competitions are planned. This solicitation is active for one year, but future SL solicitations are anticipated.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 13

Anticipated Funding Amount: Awards are expected to be up to three years in duration with a maximum award size of $750,000 total costs over the full duration of the project.

Letter of Intent (required) Deadline: Mar. 1, 2016

Full Proposal Deadline: Apr. 4, 2016


STEM + Computing Partnerships (STEM+C) NSF 16-527

This program seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and computing by K-12 students and teachers through research on, and development of, courses, curriculum, course materials, pedagogies, instructional strategies, models, or pedagogical environments that innovatively integrate computing into one or more other STEM disciplines, or integrate STEM content into the teaching and learning of computing. In addition, STEM+C seeks to build capacity in K-12 computing education with foundational research and focused teacher preparation. Projects in the STEM+C program should build on research in STEM education and prior research and development efforts that provide theoretical and empirical justification for proposed projects. Pre-service and in-service teachers who participate in STEM+C projects are expected to enhance their understanding and teaching of STEM and computing content, practices, and skills. STEM+C invites creative and innovative proposals that address emerging challenges in the learning and teaching of STEM and computing. The program offers proposers two tracks: (1) Integration of Computing in STEM Education and (2) Computing Education Knowledge and Capacity Building. The second track is discipline-specific and may be expanded to include additional disciplines in future releases of the solicitation.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 30 to 37 (For FY2016, NSF expects to make 20-25 awards in Track 1 and 10-12 awards in Track 2, subject to the availability of funds.)

Anticipated Funding Amount: Track 1 maximum budget – $2.5 million for Design and Development awards, $1.25 million for Exploratory Integration awards, and $250,000 for Field-Building Conferences and Workshops. Track 2 maximum budget – $600,000 for Research on Education and Broadening Participation awards and $1.0 million for CS 10K awards.

Full Proposal Deadline: Mar. 28, 2016


NSF Dear Colleague Letters

  • Leveraging GLOBE to Increase Student Engagement and Diversity NSF 16-031 Dec. 31, 2015
  • Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program, Masater Teaching Fellowship track NSF 16-032 Dec. 31, 2015

NIH Opportunities

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  • NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) (RFA-CA-16-005)
  • NIA Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging (K76) (RFA-AG-16-023)
  • NIDDK Small Grants for New Investigators to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (R21) (PAR-16-064)

Limited Submissions

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