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Funding Opportunities Roundup, July 8

Federal Opportunities

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

DARPA Funding Opportunity in Distributed Computing

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has published a solicitation on Dispersed Computing.  This solicitation seeks to “produce software instantiations of algorithms and protocol stacks that leverage pervasive, physically dispersed computing platforms to boost application and network performance by orders of magnitude.”  The program has two primary technical areas, described on pp. 6-11 of the solicitation, and a single proposal may address either but not both:

TA1 – Algorithms for Dispersed Mission-Aware Computation
TA2 – Programmable Nodes and Protocol Stacks

Note that this program wants “revolutionary approaches” and that proposals must explain the “major advance” over current state of the art.

DARPA anticipates multiple awards, each having a 4-year duration.

DEADLINE:
Proposals due: Noon on September 7, 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.

 

National Security Science & Engineering Faculty Fellowship – Solicitation Published

DoD recently published a solicitation for the National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship. (See “related documents” tab.) However, note that this program is being renamed as the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship. It is prestigious, highly competitive, and supports basic research as well as education of the next generation of scientists and engineers for the national security workforce.

Single investigator proposals are sought in the following categories, which are described on pp. 6-9 of the solicitation:

  1. Engineering Biology
  2. Quantum Information Science
  3. Cognitive Neuroscience
  4. Novel Engineered Materials
  5. Applied Mathematics (theory and experiments) and Statistics
  6. Manufacturing Science

Note that proposed projects should present “bold and ambitious ‘blue sky’ research that may lead to extraordinary outcomes such as revolutionizing entire disciplines, creating entirely new fields, or disrupting accepted theories and perspectives.”

Applicants must be tenured faculty or full time research staff members at a U.S. university, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who have “a record of substantial scientific contributions.”

DoD anticipates awards will total up to $3M over a period of 5 years.

DEADLINES:
White paper due: 
Submit a three-page white paper and supporting documents by August 17 (applicants must register to submit these materials by August 15–see solicitation instructions in Section IV, pp. 13-15).
Proposals due: If invited, proposals are due by January 9, 2017.

 

DHS Funding Opportunity on Countering Violent Extremism

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a solicitation on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE).  (See “related documents” tab.)  The CVE program seeks to “prevent recruitment or radicalization to violence by interrupting those efforts, building community-level resilience to them, and identifying the early signs of radicalization to violence and providing appropriate interventions….”  Additional program information may be found here.

DHS is interested in the following focus areas, which are described on pp. 20-23 of the solicitation, but note that universities are eligible to submit proposals only for areas 4 and 5:

  1. Developing Resilience;
  2. Training and Engagement with Community Members;
  3. Managing Intervention Activities;
  4. Challenging the Narrative;
  5. Building capacity of community-level non-profit organizations active in CVE.

DHS anticipates multiple awards, each worth up to $1.5M with a two year period of performance.

DEADLINES:
Proposals due:
September 6.

NIH Opportunities

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  • NIEHS The Preconception Exposure Window and Health of the Offspring (R01) (RFA-ES-16-007)
  • NIDA / NCI / NIAAA Target Assessment, Engagement and Data Replicability to Improve Substance Use Disorders Treatment Outcomes (R21/R33) (PAR-16-353)
  • NIDA / NCI / NIAAA Target Assessment, Engagement and Data Replicability to Improve Substance Use Disorders Treatment Outcomes (R33) (PAR-16-352)
  • NCI New Informatics Tools and Methods to Enhance US Cancer Surveillance and Research (UG3/UH3) (PAR-16-349)

NSF Opportunities

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

Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants (AAG) NSF 16-574

This program provides individual investigator and collaborative research grants for observational, theoretical, laboratory, and archival data studies in astronomy and astrophysics. Acceptable research areas include the following: stellar astronomy and astrophysics; the astronomy and astrophysics of our Galaxy; extragalactic astronomy and astrophysics; and cosmology. Proposals for projects and tools that enable and enhance research in those areas are also acceptable. Proposals that are solely or predominantly for the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of space-based data from NASA-supported missions will be returned without review. Importantly, proposals about the astronomy and astrophysics of our Sun, the rest of our Solar System, and/or Extrasolar Planets will be handled under a companion NSF solicitation, not under the AAG Program.

DEADLINES:
Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 85
Anticipated Funding Amount: $35 million total
Submission Window Date: Sept. 15 – Nov. 15, 2016

 

Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF): Core Programs NSF 16-578

The Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) supports transformative research and education projects that explore the foundations of computing and communication. The Division seeks advances in computing and communication theory, algorithm design and analysis, and the architecture and design of computers and software. CCF-supported projects also investigate revolutionary computing models and technologies based on emerging scientific ideas and integrate research and education activities to prepare future generations of computer science and engineering workers. CISE’s Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in three core programs: The Algorithmic Foundations (AF) program; The Communications and Information Foundations (CIF) program; and The Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF) program. Proposers are invited to submit proposals in three project classes: Small, Medium, and Large.

DEADLINES:
Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: Up 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

 

Computer and Network Systems (CNS): Core Programs NSF 16-579


The Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS) supports research and education activities that invent new computing and networking technologies and that explore new ways to make use of existing technologies. The Division seeks to develop a better understanding of the fundamental properties of computer and network systems and to create better abstractions and tools for designing, building, analyzing, and measuring future systems. CISE’s Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS) supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in two core programs: Computer Systems Research (CSR) program; and Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS) program. Proposers are invited to submit proposals in three project classes: Small, Medium, and Large.

DEADLINES:
Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: Up to 150
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

 

Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) NSF 16-576

This funding partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supports projects to develop and advance knowledge concerning endangered human languages. Made urgent by the imminent death of roughly half of the approximately 7,000 currently used languages, this effort aims to exploit advances in information technology to build computational infrastructure for endangered language research. The program supports projects that contribute to data management and archiving, and to the development of the next generation of researchers. Funding can support fieldwork and other activities relevant to the digital recording, documenting, and archiving of endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases. Funding will be available in the form of one- to three-year senior research grants as well as fellowships from six to twelve months.

DEADLINES:
Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant or Fellowship
Estimated Number of Awards: 26 to 30
Anticipated Funding Amount: Senior Research Projects – up to $150,000/yr. for up to 3 yrs.; Fellowships – up to $50,400 for 12-month tenure period
Full Proposal Deadline: Sept. 26, 2016

 

Focused Research Groups in the Mathematical Sciences (FRGMS) NSF 16-577

The purpose of the Focused Research Group activity is to support collaborative groups employing innovative methods to solve specific, major research challenges in the mathematical sciences. A major challenge is an outstanding problem of significant importance that requires the focused and synergistic efforts of a collaborative group to solve, and whose solution will have wide impacts in the mathematical sciences and potentially in other areas. Groups may include, in addition to statisticians and mathematicians, researchers from other science and engineering disciplines appropriate for the proposed research. Risky projects are welcome. Interdisciplinary projects are welcome. Projects should be timely, limited in duration to up to three years, and substantial in their scope and impact for the mathematical sciences. Funded projects that show substantial progress in their first two years may be recommended for a creativity extension for up to an additional two years.

DEADLINES:
Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 5 to 10
Anticipated Funding Amount: Up to $500,000/yr. for up to 3 yrs.
Full Proposal Deadline: Sept. 27, 2016

 

NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships (AAPF) NSF 16-576

These Fellowships provide an opportunity for highly qualified, recent doctoral scientists to carry out an integrated program of independent research and education. Fellows may engage in observational, instrumental, theoretical, laboratory or archival data research in any area of astronomy or astrophysics, in combination with a coherent educational plan for the duration of the fellowship. The program supports researchers for a period of up to three years with fellowships that may be taken to eligible host institution(s) of their choice. The program is intended to recognize early-career investigators of significant potential and to provide them with experience in research and education that will establish them in positions of distinction and leadership in the community.

DEADLINES:
Anticipated Type of Award: Fellowship
Estimated Number of Awards: 8 to 9
Anticipated Funding Amount: $100,000 annual fellowship
Submission Window Date: Oct. 12, 2016

 

Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) NSF 16-580

The goals of this program are aligned with the Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan (RDSP) and the National Privacy Research Strategy (NPRS) to protect and preserve the growing social and economic benefits of cyber systems while ensuring security and privacy. The RDSP identified six areas critical to successful cybersecurity R&D: (1) scientific foundations; (2) risk management; (3) human aspects; (4) transitioning successful research into practice; (5) workforce development; and (6) enhancing the research infrastructure. The NPRS, which complements the RDSP, identifies a framework for privacy research, anchored in characterizing privacy expectations, understanding privacy violations, engineering privacy-protecting systems, and recovering from privacy violations. In alignment with the objectives in both strategic plans, the SaTC program takes an interdisciplinary, comprehensive and holistic approach to cybersecurity research, development, and education, and encourages the transition of promising research ideas into practice. The SaTC program welcomes proposals that address cybersecurity and privacy, and draw on expertise in one or more of these areas: computing, communication and information sciences; engineering; economics; education; mathematics; statistics; and social and behavioral sciences. Proposals that advance the field of cybersecurity and privacy within a single discipline or interdisciplinary efforts that span multiple disciplines are both encouraged.

DEADLINES:
Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 88
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; Cybersecurity Education: Dec. 1 – 15, 2016

 

Dear Colleague Letters

  • Exploring Mechanisms to Enhance the Economic and Societal Impacts of Fundamental Advances in Information and Communications Technologies NSF 16-106 (July 1, 2016)
  • Seeking Community Input on NSF Polar Programs Realignment NSF 16-107 (July 1, 2016)
  • Exploratory Research on High-Efficiency, Monolithic, Two Dissimilar Materials (TDM) Photovoltaics NSF 16-108 (July 5, 2016)

Other Opportunities

2017 Sloan Research Fellowship Awards

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation deadline for the 2017 Sloan Research Fellowship Awards is September 15, 2016. The nomination will open July 15, 2016. These fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, and the next generation of scientific leaders. While the requirement is to be in the early stage of one’s research career, there should be strong evidence of independent accomplishments. The Fellowships are awarded in eight scientific and technical fields: chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, physics, or a related field.

Please see: http://www.sloan.org/sloan-research-fellowships/

The eligibility requirements are:

  • Candidates must hold a tenure track (or equivalent) position. Tenure track faculty positions must include a yearly teaching requirement.
  • Candidates must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in chemistry, computational or evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences, physics, or a related field.
  • Candidates most recent Ph.D. (or equivalent) must have been awarded on or after September 1, 2010. Exceptions may apply.
    • For more detailed information on these eligibility guidelines, please consult the Sloan Research Fellowships FAQ page.
    • While Fellows are expected to be at an early stage of their research careers, there should be strong evidence of independent research accomplishments. Candidates in all fields are normally below the rank of associate professor and do not hold tenure, but these are not strict requirements.
    • The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation welcomes nominations of all candidates who meet the traditional high standards of this program, and strongly encourages the participation of women and members of underrepresented minority groups.
    • **The Selection Committees may make exceptions for candidates who were awarded their Ph.D. prior to September 1, 2010 if their careers were disrupted due to military service, child-rearing, or a change of field. The Committees may also make exceptions for candidates who are currently serving in their first faculty position and who were appointed to that position on or after September 1, 2014.

Please contact Susan Ballentine (ballentine@tennessee.edu) if you are interested in applying for this opportunity.

 

Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life (SCOL)

Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life (SCOL) is now inviting applications for postdoctoral fellowships to support independent research on topics related to the origins of life at one or more laboratories or research institutions in any country. Candidates should have received their Ph.D. or equivalent degree within five years of the fellowship’s start date.

  • 3-year appointment with annual stipend of $55,000
  • Up to $10,000 allowance for health insurance
  • Up to $20,000 for supplies, publication costs, small equipment and other research-related expensesImportant Dates

DEADLINES:
First-stage proposals due: Friday September 9, 2016, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Finalists will be notified by Friday, October 28.
Second-stage proposal due: Thursday, December 1, 2016.

View the complete RFP.

Please contact Jill Passano (jpassano@utfi.org) if you are interested in applying for this opportunity.


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