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Funding Opportunities Roundup, January 6

Federal Opportunities

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

ONR Electronic Warfare Technology

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has published a solicitation entitled Electronic Warfare Technology. This program seeks to “develop and demonstrate technologies for the next generation systems in electronic warfare” in the areas listed below, which are described on pp. 3-6 of the solicitation.

  • Area 1 – Subsystem Demonstrator for EO/IR Beam Steering at Multiple Wavelengths
  • Area 2 – Intelligent EW Subsystem Demonstrator
  • Area 3 – Networked EW Concepts
  • Area 4 – Innovative Counter Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C-ISR) Concepts
  • Area 5 – Innovative EW Concepts

ONR anticipates $9 million annually in total funds available for this program, and the duration of awards will be up to 3 years. ONR will host Proposers’ Day on January 17 to explain the scope and objectives of the solicitation. Intended attendees must register by January 12 in order to attend.

Registration to submit due: February 6 (see p. 12 of the solicitation for details)
White Paper (maximum 6 pages) due: 3 p.m. February 21
Proposal (if invited) due: 3 p.m. June 5

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.

DTRA Fundamental Research to Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has recently published a solicitation entitled Fundamental Research to Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction (C-WMD) with the topics listed below that are eligible for a DTRA Young Investigator Award (YIA).

DTRA is the DoD agency charged with developing capabilities to protect the United States and its allies from chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosive weapons, and the YIA seeks high risk, innovative basic research.  While the topics below are available to all investigators, PIs applying as young investigators will compete only against other young investigators, not the entire pool of applicants. Topics include:

  • Early Time Signatures of a Nuclear Attack
  • Energy-Efficient Physical and Algorithmic Methods for Detection, Localization, and Isotope Identification
  • Robust Organic Scintillators and Algorithms to Advance Autonomous RN Search
  • Behavior Regime Analysis and model Order Reduction (MOR) for Nuclear Weapons Effects (NWE)
  • Formation, Evolution, and Conductivity of X-Ray Generated Warm Dense Plasma
  • Modeling INfectious Disease Kinetics and the Host Immune Response
  • Dynamic Characterization of Shock Induced Fragmentation and Reactions Involving Reactive Materials Upon Impact
  • Noble Gas Biodetection

The only YIA eligibility requirement is that a faculty member must have received a Ph.D. or equivalent degree after February 1, 2012. Awards will be $100,000 annually for up to five years.

White Paper (4 pages) due: February 1, 2017

NIH Opportunities

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  • UT CORNET Awards: Collaborative Research Network Proposals in Cancer Research (link)
  • NIH Jointly Sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Institutional Predoctoral Training Programs in the Neurosciences (T32) (PAR-17-096)
  • NIGMS Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (R35) (PAR-17-094)
  • NIMH Notice of Availability of Administrative Supplements for Advancing Computational Modeling and Data Analytics Relevant to Mental Health (NOT-MH-17-011)

NSF Opportunities

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

Building Community and Capacity in Data Intensive Research in Education (BCC-EHR) NSF 17-532

As part of NSF’s Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) activity, the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) seeks to enable research communities to develop visions, teams, and capabilities dedicated to creating new, large-scale, next-generation data resources and relevant analytic techniques to advance fundamental research for areas of research covered by EHR programs. Successful proposals will outline activities that will have significant impacts across multiple fields by enabling new types of data-intensive research. Investigators should think broadly and create a vision that extends intellectually across multiple disciplines and that includes—but is not necessarily limited to – areas of research funded by EHR.

Anticipated Funding Amount: Up to $$500,000 for 3 years

Full Proposal due: March 15, 2017


STEM + Computing Partnerships (STEM+C) NSF 17-535

This program seeks to address the urgent need to prepare students from the early grades through high school in the essential skills, competencies, and dispositions needed to succeed in a computationally-dependent world. Thus, STEM+C advances the integration of computational thinking and computing activities in early childhood education through high school (pre-K-12) to provide a strong and developmental foundation in computing and computational thinking through the integration of computing in STEM teaching and learning, and/or the applied integration of STEM content in pre-K-12 computer science education. Three categories exist: Exploratory Integration (EI), Design and Development (D&D), and Field-Building Conferences and Workshops (FC&W).

Anticipated Funding Amount: EI – up to $1.25 million over 3 yrs.; D&D – up to $2.5 million over 3 yrs.; FC&W: up to $250,000 over 2 yrs.

Full Proposal due: March 29, 2017


Critical Techniques, Technologies and Methodologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering (BIGDATA) NSF 17-534

This program seeks novel approaches in computer science, statistics, computational science, and mathematics, along with innovative applications in domain science, including social and behavioral sciences, education, biology, the physical sciences, and engineering that lead towards the further development of the interdisciplinary field of data science. The solicitation invites two categories of proposals:

  • Foundations: those developing or studying fundamental theories, techniques, methodologies, and technologies of broad applicability to big data problems, motivated by specific data challenges and requirements; and
  • Innovative Applications: those engaged in translational activities that employ new big data techniques, methodologies, and technologies to address and solve problems in specific application domains. Projects in this category must be collaborative, involving researchers from domain disciplines and one or more methodological disciplines, e.g., computer science, statistics, mathematics, simulation and modeling, etc.

Anticipated Funding Amount: up to $600,000 over 4 yrs.

Submission Window: March 15-22, 2017


Dear Colleague Letters

  • NSF Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship NSF 17-042 Jan. 3, 2017
  • Request for Information on Future Needs for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure to Support Science and Engineering Research NSF 17-031 Jan. 5, 2017
  • Improving Graduate Student Preparedness for the Chemistry Workforce NSF 17-045 Jan. 5, 2017
  • 2017 Division of Chemistry Supplemental Funding Proposals for International Collaboration NSF 17-043 Jan. 5, 2017


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