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Funding Opportunities Roundup, July 22

Federal Opportunities

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

ONR: Fundamental Research in Atomic, Molecular and Quantum Physics

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has published a solicitation entitled Fundamental Research in Atomic, Molecular and Quantum Physics. (See “related documents” tab.) ONR is seeking both theoretical and experimental projects in the following categories, which are described on p. 4 of the solicitation:

  1. Cooling and Trapping Techniques
  2. Fundamental Developments in Atomic Clocks and Inertial Sensors
  3. Metrologically Relevant Quantum States

ONR anticipates making 10-15 awards, each worth $120,000-$250,000 annually for 3 years.


White paper due: by 3 p.m. on September 2, 2016.
A 4-5 page white paper is highly encouraged.
Proposals due: 3 p.m. on October 28, 2016.

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.


ARO: Qubits in Silicon

The Army Research Office (ARO) has published a solicitation entitled Qubits in Silicon. This solicitation seeks to “accelerate the development of multi-qubit systems in silicon, advance understanding of the multi-qubit environment that affects high-fidelity qubit operations, and development of optimal approaches to single and two-qubit control in a multi-qubit system.” Proposers may submit to either of the following technical interest areas, which are described on pp. 4-6 of the solicitation:

Option 1: Multi-qubit operations in silicon
Option 2: Contributions to high-fidelity silicon qubits

ARO anticipates multiple awards for both options, worth up to $4 million annually for 4 years (option 1) or up to $500,000 annually for up to 3 years (option 2).

Before submitting your white paper, I would recommend sending a short abstract of your proposed project, along with a brief introduction of yourself, to the ARO program manager, Dr. T. R. Govindan, to gauge his interest.

If desired, I can send you the most recent ARO Program Review presentation covering Dr. Govindan’s Quantum Information Science program to help prepare your abstract/white paper. 


White Paper due: by 4 p.m. on August 9, 2016
Maximum 7 pages in length
Proposals due: by 4 p.m. on October 21, 2016


AFRL: Quantum Computing Sciences

The Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) recently updated a solicitation entitled Quantum Computing Sciences. This solicitation focuses on quantum annealing techniques and lists 2 focus areas, although only one, Algorithmic Implementation and Problem Solving, appears eligible for funding at this time. This focus area seeks “basic research into quantum annealing, developing novel algorithms and problem sets, and demonstrating new capabilities to advance the state-of-the-art.”

AFRL anticipates making multiple awards, each worth $500,000-$2 million annually for up to two years


White paper due: by September 30, 2016 to be considered for FY17 funding.


DHS/DNDO: FY 16 Exploratory Research

The Department of Homeland Security, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DHS/DNDO) plans to publish a solicitation on 28 July entitled FY 16 Exploratory Research.  The solicitation will cover the 6 topics listed below, which are described in an attachment:

  1. Approaches for Advanced Continuous Monitoring of R/N Threats by Law Enforcement Vehicles
  2. Development of Accelerators with Applications to Homeland Security
  3. Plastic Scintillators: Low cost, Large Volume, Spectroscopic and Long-Term Stable, Plastic Scintillators for Gamma Detection
  4. Modeling to Improve Risk Assessment and Encounter Dynamics in Challenging (non-Port/Point of Entry) Pathways
  5. Development of Materials to Support Fundamental Nuclear Data Targets and Nuclear Forensics Reference Materials


EERE: HydroNEXT FOA: Innovative Technologies to Advance Non-Powered Dam and Pumped-Storage Hydropower Development

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has posted Notice of Intent No. DE-FOA-0001612 announcing its intent to issue “on behalf of the Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled ‘HydroNEXT FOA: Innovative Technologies to Advance Non-Powered Dam and Pumped-Storage Hydropower Development.’ This FOA supports, through the WWPTO Water Power Program’s HydroNEXT initiative, the development of innovative technologies that lower cost, improve performance, and promote environmental stewardship of hydropower development across two resource classes: existing non-powered dams (NPD), and pumped storage hydropower (PSH).”

Two topic areas are anticipated:

Topic Area 1: Efficient Low-Head Hydropower Turbine/Generator Technologies with Capability to Reduce Civil Works
Topic Area 2: Concept Feasibility of Innovative Technologies for Closed-Loop Pumped Storage Hydropower Systems

For details, please visit the EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange.


EERE: Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines

The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced its intent “to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technology Office (BETO) and Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled ‘Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines.’ This FOA will support the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) initiative, a collaborative initiative being pursued by BETO and VTO to accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable, and sustainable high-performance fuels for use in high-efficiency, low-emission engines. This first-of-its-kind effort brings together multiple DOE offices, national laboratories, and industry stakeholders to simultaneously conduct tandem fuel and engine R&D and deployment assessment in order to maximize energy savings and on-road vehicle performance, while dramatically reducing transportation-related petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.”

Anticipated sub-topic areas include:

  • Fuel characterization and fuel property prediction
  • Kinetic measurement and mechanism development
  • Emissions and environmental impact analysis
  • Impact of fuel chemistry and fuel properties on particulate emissions
  • Small volume, high-throughput fuel testingFor details, please visit the EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange.

Limited Submission Opportunities

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

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE: GEOPATHS)

IUSE: GEOPATHS invites proposals that specifically address the current needs and opportunities related to undergraduate education within the geosciences community. The primary goal of the IUSE: GEOPATHS funding opportunity is to increase the number of undergraduate students interested in pursuing undergraduate degrees and/or post-graduate degrees in geoscience through the design and testing of novel approaches for engaging students in authentic, career-relevant experiences in geoscience. In order to broaden participation in the geosciences, engaging undergraduate students from traditionally underrepresented groups or from non-geoscience degree programs is a priority. The IUSE: GEOPATHS solicitation features two funding Tracks: (1) Engaging students in the geosciences through extra-curricular experiences and training activities (GEOPATHS-EXTRA), and (2) Improving pathways into the geosciences through institutional collaborations and transfer (GEOPATHS-IMPACT).

Please read the full opportunity description for complete information.

The NSF only allows The University of Tennessee – Knoxville to submit one application  in response to this opportunity. Interested individuals should submit a notification of interest to limitsub@utk.edu by 12 PM 7/26/2016 (When submitting your Notification of Interest, please send from a UT address and copy your department head and associate dean for research). Notifications of interest received past this deadline will not be considered.

The subject heading of your email should state your name, your department and the name of the limited submission opportunity (ex. PIERCE, Benjamin Franklin / Microbiology /GEOPATHS). Please provide the following information in PDF format:

  • Name and contact information of PI
  • Name and contact information of potential collaborators (if applicable)
  • PDF Abstract – 200 words (max) providing a brief explanation of the proposed research

Only individuals who have e-mailed their intent to propose by 12 PM 7/26/2016 may be allowed to participate if an internal competition is necessary.

Notification of Interest to ORE: 12 p.m. July 26, 2016
Application to Agency: August 16, 2016
Limit on Number of Applications: 1
Estimated Program Funding: $6 million total
Anticipated Number of Awards: 20

NIH Opportunities

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  • NCI Cancer Target Discovery and Development Network (U01) (RFA-CA-16-014)
  • NIA Archiving and Sharing of Longitudinal Data Resources on Aging (U24) (RFA-AG-17-016)
  • NICHD Dual Purpose with Dual Benefit: Research in Biomedicine and Agriculture Using Agriculturally Important Domestic Animal Species (R01) (PAR-16-366)
  • NIDA $100,000 for Start a SUD Startup Challenge (NOT-DA-16-035)
  • NIEHS Transition to Independent Environmental Health Research (TIEHR) Career Transition Award (K01) (PAR-16-360)
  • NIGMS Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) (R25) (PAR-16-361)
  • NIMH Advanced Laboratories for Accelerating the Reach and Impact of Treatments for Youth and Adults with Mental Illness (ALACRITY) Research Centers (P50) (PAR-16-354)
  • NIMHD / NCI Social Epigenomics Research Focused on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01) (PAR-16-355)
  • NIMHD / NCI Social Epigenomics Research Focused on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R21) (PAR-16-356)

NSF Opportunities

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

Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research – Technology Translation (PFI: AIR-TT) NSF 16-583

The PFI program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) is an umbrella for two complementary subprograms, Accelerating Innovation Research (AIR) and Building Innovation Capacity (BIC). Overall, the PFI program offers opportunities to connect new knowledge to societal benefit through translational research efforts and/or partnerships that encourage, enhance, and accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship. The subject of this solicitation is PFI: AIR-Technology Translation (PFI: AIR-TT), which serves as an early opportunity to move previously NSF-funded research results with promising commercial potential along the path toward commercialization. Projects are supported to demonstrate proof-of-concept, prototype, or scale-up while engaging faculty and students in entrepreneurial/innovative thinking. A webinar will be held the end of July or early August, 2016 to answer any questions about this solicitation. Details will be posted on the IIP website as they become available.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 45 to 50
Anticipated Funding Amount: up to $200,000 for 18 months
Letter of Intent Due Date (required): Sept. 8, 2016
Full Proposal Deadline: Oct. 11, 2016


Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS): Core Programs NSF 16-581

CISE’s Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in three core programs: the Cyber-Human Systems (CHS) program; the Information Integration and Informatics (III) program; and the Robust Intelligence (RI) program. Proposals in the area of computer graphics and visualization may be submitted to any of the three core programs described above.

Proposers are invited to submit proposals in three project classes, small, medium and large.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 150 to 200
Anticipated Funding Amount: Small: up to $500,000 for up to 3 years; Medium: $500,001 to $1.2 million for up to 4 years; Large: $1,200,001 to $3 million for up to 5 years
Submission Window Dates: Medium and Large: Oct. 12 – 19, 2016; Small: Nov. 2 – 16, 2016

NSF Dear Colleague Letters

Other Opportunities

The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program is intended to provide research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of academic careers in the chemical and life sciences particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.

The 2017 Beckman Young Investigator Letter of Intent is now available. The Program Guidelines and Application Information page has moved. Please follow the Program Guidelines button below to access.


  • Projects proposed for the BYI program should be truly innovative, high-risk, and show promise for contributing to significant advances in chemistry and the life sciences. They should represent a departure from current research directions rather than an extension or expansion of existing programs. Proposed research that cuts across traditional boundaries of scientific disciplines is encouraged. Proposals that open up new avenues of research in chemistry and the life sciences by fostering the invention of methods, instruments and materials will be given additional consideration.
  • The BYI program funds promising young scientists early in their careers who have not yet received a major award from another organization. Proposals that already have substantial funding will not be considered for the BYI award.
  • Projects are normally funded for a period of four years. Grants are in the range of $750,000 over the term of the project, contingent upon demonstrated progress after the second year of the award.
  • The Foundation does not provide for overhead or for indirect costs.


  • The BYI program is open to those within the first three years of a tenure-track position, or an equivalent independent research appointment, in an academic or non-profit institution that conducts research in the chemical and life sciences.
  • Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States at the time of application. Persons who have applied for permanent residency but have not received their government documentation by the time of application are not eligible.
  • No individual may apply for a Beckman Young Investigator award more than two times.
  • Investigators can have no more than $225,000 in direct, annualized external funding grants during any BYI Program Year (Aug-July) at time of application. Start-up funds, department-wide instrumentation grants, and “Transition” grants (such as NIH K99/R00) are not counted toward this total.
  • Institutions are not limited in the number of applicants who apply at the Letter Of Intent stage.
  • Institutions with a currently funded BYI are eligible for award consideration.

Application Procedure:

To submit a Letter of Intent, set up an account with our Online Grant System to see the full list of required documents and terms of the award. Once you’ve created an account, complete the eligibility questionnaire on the online Grant System. If you are eligible, proceed to complete Letter of Intent.

The Foundation will request Full Proposals from the most compelling Letters of Intent. A 5-6 minute video that compliments your full proposal will be required with the Full Proposal. You will be notified if you are eligible to submit a Full Proposal.

The Foundation conducts in-person interviews to make a final selection decision for the BYI awards. You will be notified if you are invited to an interview.

Incomplete applications and/or materials received after any deadline during the application process will be eliminated from the competition.


Letter of intent due: online by August 15, 2016 at 5 p.m. Pacific/8 p.m. Eastern

If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Susan Ballentine (ballentine@utk.edu).


Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (CASI), Burroughs Wellcome Fund

  • Fosters early career development of researchers who have transitioned or are transitioning from undergraduate and/or graduate work in the physical/mathematical/computational sciences or engineering into postdoctoral work in the biological sciences, and who are dedicated to pursuing a career in academic research
  • BWF believes scientific advances such as genomics, quantitative structural biology, imaging techniques, and modeling of complex systems have created opportunities for exciting research careers at the interface between the physical/computational sciences and the biological sciences. Tackling key problems in biology will require scientists trained in areas such as chemistry, physics, applied mathematics, computer science, and engineering.

View past recipients of CASI funding.

Funding Amount
$500,000 over a period of five years to bridge advanced postdoc training and the first three years of faculty service. Awards open to U.S. and Canadian citizens or permanent residents as well as to U.S. temporary residents.

There are many detailed eligibility requirements, so it’s best to review the FAQ and full RFP.

Due Date
Pre-proposals due Sept. 6 by 4:00 P.M. EST.
Invited full proposals due Jan. 9, 2017.

If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Jill Passano (jpassano@utfi.org).

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