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Funding Opportunities Roundup, June 24

Federal Opportunities

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

DARPA Funding Opportunity on Integrated Magnetic Components

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has published a solicitation entitled Magnetic Miniaturized and Monolithically-Integrated Components (M3IC). (See “Related Documents” tab.) This solicitation seeks to “develop integrated magnetic components on semiconductor substrates to reduce size and enable new functionality for DoD electromagnetic EM systems.” The program focuses on three technical areas, which are described on pp. 7-13 of the solicitation, and a proposal may address one or more of these areas:

  1. integration of magnetic components on semiconductor substrates
  2. modeling the system-level impact of nonlinear, non-reciprocal, time-dependent magnetic phenomena
  3. optimization of miniaturized microwave magnetic components.

The proposal deadline is 1 pm on August 1, 2016. DARPA anticipates funding multiple awards, each for a duration of 4 years.

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.

DARPA Funding Opportunity on Predicting Infectious Disease Contagiousness

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has published a solicitation entitled Prometheus. (See “Related Documents” tab.) This solicitation seeks “to discover molecular biomarkers that predict a host’s potential to transmit and spread respiratory infectious pathogens.” The goal is to identify “a minimal set of early human host biomarkers that predict contagiousness within 24 hours of infection or exposure to pathogen.” The program focuses on 2 technical areas, which are described on pp. 5-8 of the solicitation: 1) Host molecular target discovery, and 2) Prognostic algorithm development. A proposal may address one or both technical areas.

The proposal deadline is 4 pm on August 2, 2016. DARPA anticipates funding multiple awards, each for a duration of 14 months.


DHS Funding Opportunity for Center of Excellence Partners

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a solicitation entitled Center of Excellence for Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis (CINA) – Partner. (See the “package” tab to download all documents.) This solicitation is a companion to a separate, limited submission opportunity for the Lead for the Center of Excellence, which will be circulated via the ORE limited submission process. The Partner solicitation seeks partner institutions for CINA, and these institutions will “become fully integrated into the [Center of Excellence].” Note that DHS plans to host an information webinar on June 21 at 3 pm EDT to discuss this opportunity.

The goal of the Center is to “develop methods, tools, knowledge-products, and technology-based solutions for agents, officers and investigators to better coordinate investigative strategies with on-the-ground activities to predict, thwart and prosecute” transnational criminal organization and homeland-security related crimes. DHS is interested in research and workforce development for the following topics, which are described on pp. 13-22 of the solicitation:

Criminal Network Analysis
Topic 1A: Characteristics of Criminal Networks
Topic 1B: Interdependencies and Linkages
Topic 1C: Influences and Other Impacts
Topic 1D: Illicit Supply and Value Chains
Dynamic Patterns of Criminal Activity
Topic 2A: Crime Trend Analysis
Topic 2B: Crime Mapping
Topic 3A: Traditional Forensics
Topic 3B: Digital Forensics
Criminal Investigative Processes
Topic 4A: Managing Data across Multiple Platforms/Analyzing Unstructured Data
Topic 4B: Measures of Effectiveness

The proposal submission deadline is September 1, 2016. DHS anticipates up to 3 awards, each totaling up to $500K for up to 2 years duration.


ARPA-E: Energy-Efficient Light-Wave Integrated Technology Enabling Networks That Enhance Datacenters (ENLITENED)

The ARPA-E ENLITENED (ENergy-efficient Light-wave Integrated Technology Enabling Networks that Enhance Datacenters) program seeks to provide a transformative change – to achieve an overall doubling in datacenter energy efficiency in 10 years through deployment of novel network topologies enabled by integrated photonics technologies. ARPA-E estimates that if the technical challenges posed by ENLITENED can be overcome, these alone would reduce projected US energy use by about 1% after 10 years and realize at least twice the number of datacenter transactions with the same amount of energy. Industry projections show that in order to achieve future datacenter performance requirements, metal interconnects must be increasingly replaced by photonic technologies, yet costs for deployment are often prohibitive and energy efficiency is not necessarily the highest priority in the commercial sector [11, 15, 16]. Though a broad industrial consensus pushes toward further photonic integration in switches and other datacenter components [11,16,18], in some cases, large companies will build another 80 MW datacenter to meet demand, rather than increase efficiency with photonics, due to a combination of reliability risks, cost and limited component supply. To overcome metal interconnect limitations on future datacenter energy-efficiency performance, ENLITENED will target the critical packaging and integration challenges needed to exploit the inherent performance advantages of dense photonic interconnects and switching technology at the chip-scale within datacenters. Specifically, ENLITENED will target packaging and integration of novel and efficient photonics-enabled hardware systems that can demonstrate at least a 2-fold increase in energy efficiency at the datacenter level. To validate hardware solutions, ENLITENED will also entail modeling and simulation of the new datacenter architectures and data traffic protocols under realistic workloads, to provide quantifiable measures to validate transformative design strategies for future datacenters and retrofits. To obtain a copy of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) please go to the ARPA-E website at https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov. ARPA-E will not review or consider concept papers submitted through other means.

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Issue Date: Friday, June 10, 2016
First Deadline for Questions to ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov5 PM ET, Friday July 15, 2016
Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: 5 PM ET, Monday July 25, 2016
Total Amount to Be Awarded: Approximately $25 million, subject to the availability of appropriated funds.
Anticipated Awards: ARPA-E may issue one, multiple, or no awards under this FOA. Awards may vary between $250,000 and $10 million.

Limited Submission Opportunities

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

Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)

Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) is an NSF-wide program that supports international activities across all NSF-supported disciplines. The primary goal of PIRE is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. PIRE seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community.

International partnerships are essential to addressing critical science and engineering problems. In the global context, U.S. researchers and educators must be able to operate effectively in teams with partners from different national environments and cultural backgrounds. PIRE promotes excellence in science and engineering through international collaboration and facilitates development of a diverse, globally-engaged, U.S. science and engineering workforce.

This PIRE competition will be open to all areas of science and engineering research which are supported by the NSF.

Please read the full opportunity description for complete information.

Notification of Interest to ORE: 6/27/2016 12 PM
Application to Agency: 10/14/2016
Limit on Number of Applications: 1
Estimated Program Funding: $8-12M total
Anticipated No. of Awards: 8-12

NIH Opportunities

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  • NIH Advancing Basic Behavioral and Social Research on Resilience: An Integrative Science Approach (UG3/UH3) (PAR-16-326)
  • NHLBI Bold New Bioengineering Methods and Approaches for Heart, Lung, Blood and Sleep Disorders and Diseases (R21) (RFA-HL-17-015)
  • NINDS Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT) Research Centers of Excellence (U54) (PAR-16-329)
  • NINDS Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT): Identification of Therapeutic Lead Compounds (U01) (PAR-16-330)
  • NINDS Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT): Optimization of Therapeutic Lead Compounds (U01) (PAR-16-331)
  • NCI Intervening with Cancer Caregivers to Improve Patient Health Outcomes and Optimize Health Care Utilization (R01) (PAR-16-317)
  • NCI Intervening with Cancer Caregivers to Improve Patient Health Outcomes and Optimize Health Care Utilization (R21) (PAR-16-318)
  • NIDCD Mentored Career Development Award for Postdoctorate Au.D./Ph.D. Audiologists (K01) (PAR-16-320)
  • NIDCR Biosensors in the Oral Cavity (R01) (RFA-DE-17-004)
  • NIDCR Biosensors in the Oral Cavity (R21) (RFA-DE-17-005)

NSF Opportunities

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

National Robotics Initiative (NRI) NSF 16-517

The goal this initiative is to accelerate the development and use of robots in the United States that work beside or cooperatively with people. Innovative robotics research and applications emphasizing the realization of such co-robots working in symbiotic relationships with human partners is supported by multiple agencies of the federal government including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). The purpose of this program is to support the development of this next generation of robotics, to advance the capability and usability of such systems and artifacts, and to encourage existing and new communities to focus on innovative application areas. It will address the entire lifecycle from fundamental research and development to manufacturing and deployment. Questions concerning a particular project’s focus, direction and relevance to a participating funding organization should be addressed to that agency’s point of contact listed in section VIII of this solicitation. Methods for the establishment and infusion of robotics in educational curricula and research to gain a better understanding of the long-term social, behavioral and economic implications of co-robots across all areas of human activity are important parts of this initiative. Collaboration between academic, industry, non-profit and other organizations is strongly encouraged to establish better linkages between fundamental science and technology development, deployment and use.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant, Continuing Grant, Cooperative Agreement or contract vehicles
Estimated Number of Awards: 25 to 70
Anticipated Funding Amount: Up to $250,000 per year, up to three years
Full Proposal Target Dates: Jan. 12, 2017


Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) NSF 16-567

The Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) program invests in coordinated campus-level cyberinfrastructure (CI) components of data, networking, and computing infrastructure, capabilities, and integrated services leading to higher levels of performance, reliability and predictability for science applications and distributed research projects. Learning and workforce development (LWD) in CI is explicitly addressed in the program. Science-driven requirements are the primary motivation for any proposed activity.

CC* awards will be supported in seven areas:

  1. Data Driven Multi-Campus/Multi-Institution Model Implementations awards will be supported at up to $3,000,000 total for up to 4 years.
  2. Cyber Team awards will be supported at up to $1,500,000 total for up to 3 years.
  3. Data Driven Networking Infrastructure for the Campus and Researcher awards will be supported at up to $500,000 total for up to 2 years.
  4. Network Design and Implementation for Small Institutions awards will be supported at up to $400,000 total for up to 2 years.
  5. Network Integration and Applied Innovation awards will be supported at up to $1,000,000 total for up to 2 years.
  6. Campus Computing awards will be supported at up to $500,000 for up to 3 years.
  7. Innovative Integrated Storage Resources awards will be supported at up to $200,000 for up to 2 years.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 21 to 33
Anticipated Funding Amount: see above
Full Proposal Target Dates: Aug. 23, 2016


Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI) Phase I Centers and Phase II Renewal NSF 16-568

This program supports research centers focused on major, long-term fundamental chemical research challenges. CCIs that address these challenges will produce transformative research, lead to innovation, and attract broad scientific and public interest. CCIs are agile structures that can respond rapidly to emerging opportunities and make full use of data infrastructure and other approaches to enhance collaborations. CCIs may partner with researchers from industry, government laboratories and international organizations. CCIs integrate research, innovation, education, broadening participation, and informal science communication.

The CCI Program is a two-phase program. Both phases are described in this solicitation. Phase I CCIs receive significant resources to develop the science, management and broader impacts of a major research center before requesting Phase II funding. Satisfactory progress in Phase I is required for Phase II applications; Phase I proposals funded in FY 2017 will seek Phase II funding in FY 2020. The FY 2017 Phase I CCI competition is open to projects in all fields supported by the Division of Chemistry, and must have focus and impact in chemistry. This solicitation also covers the renewal application of the Phase II CCI initiated in FY 2012: the Center for Selective C-H Functionalization (CCHF).

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant, Continuing Grant, or Cooperative Agreement
Estimated Number of Awards: 4
Anticipated Funding Amount: Phase 1 – $600,000/yr. for 3 yrs. Phase 2 – $4 million/yr. for 5 yrs.
Preliminary Proposal Due Dates: Phase 1 – Sept. 15, 2016
Full Proposal Deadlines: Phase 1 (invitation only) – Mar. 14, 2017. Phase II renewals – Oct. 11, 2016


Developing a National Research Infrastructure for Neuroscience (NeuroNex)

The goal of this solicitation is to foster the development and dissemination of (1) innovative research resources, instrumentation, and neurotechnologies, and (2) theoretical frameworks for understanding brain function across organizational levels, scales of analysis, and/or a wider range of species, including humans. This interdisciplinary program is one element of NSF’s broader effort directed at Understanding the Brain, a multi-year activity that includes NSF’s participation in the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative (http://www.nsf.gov/brain/) and the phased approach to develop a national research infrastructure for neuroscience as outlined in the Dear Colleague Letter NSF16-047. NSF envisions a connected portfolio of transformative, integrative projects that create synergistic links across investigators and communities, yielding novel ways of tackling the challenges of understanding the brain in action and in context. This program solicits proposals that will develop and disseminate innovative neurotechnologies and/or theoretical frameworks that will transform our understanding of the linkages between neural activity and cognition and behavior across different systems, environments, and species, while also providing an avenue for widespread dissemination of these technologies and theoretical frameworks as well as broad training opportunities.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant, Continuing Grant, or Cooperative Agreement
Estimated Number of Awards: 10 to 15
Anticipated Funding Amount: $16-30 million total
Letter of Intent Due Date (required): Sept. 2, 2016
Full Proposal Deadlines: Oct. 21, 2016
Joint NSF/NIH Initiative on Quantitative Approaches to Biomedical Big Data (QuBBD) NSF 16-573

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognize that fundamental questions in basic, clinical, and translational research could benefit greatly from multidisciplinary approaches that involve experts in quantitative disciplines such as mathematics, statistics, and computer science. The Quantitative Approaches to Biomedical Big Data Program is designed to support research that addresses important application areas at the intersection of the biomedical and data sciences by encouraging inter- and multi-disciplinary collaborations that focus on innovative and transformative approaches to address these challenges.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant, Continuing Grant, or Cooperative Agreement
Estimated Number of Awards: 10 to 20
Anticipated Funding Amount: Up to $300,000/yr. for up to 3 yrs.
Full Proposal Deadlines: Sept. 28, 2016


Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB) NSF 15-501

The Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) awards these fellowships to recent recipients of the doctoral degree for research and training in selected areas supported by BIO and with special goals for human resource development in biology. The fellowships encourage independence at an early stage of the research career to permit Fellows to pursue their research and training goals in the most appropriate research locations regardless of the availability of funding for the Fellows at that site. For FY 2015 and beyond, these BIO programs are (1) Broadening Participation of Groups Under-represented in Biology, (2) Research Using Biological Collections, and (3) National Plant Genome Initiative (NPGI) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships. The fellowships are designed to provide active mentoring of the Fellows by the sponsoring scientists who will benefit from having these talented young scientists in their research groups. The research and training plan of each fellowship must address important scientific questions within the scope of the BIO Directorate and the specific guidelines in this fellowship program solicitation. Because the fellowships are offered to postdoctoral scientists only early in their careers, NSF encourages doctoral advisors to discuss the availability of these postdoctoral fellowships in biology with their graduate students early in their doctoral programs to ensure potential applicants may take advantage of this funding opportunity. Fellowships are awards to individuals, not institutions, and are administered by the Fellows.

Anticipated Type of Award: Fellowship
Estimated Number of Awards: 40
Anticipated Funding Amount: Basic fellowship is $69,000 per year
Full Proposal Deadline: Nov. 1, 2016


Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships (EAR-PF) NSF 15-568

The Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) awards Postdoctoral Fellowships to recent recipients of doctoral degrees to carry out an integrated program of independent research and education. The research and education plans of each fellowship must address scientific questions within the scope of EAR disciplines. The program supports researchers for a period of up to two years with fellowships that can be taken to the institution of their choice (including facilities abroad). The program is intended to recognize beginning investigators of significant potential, and provide them with research experience, mentorship, and training that will establish them in leadership positions in the Earth Sciences community. Because the fellowships are offered only to postdoctoral scientists early in their career, doctoral advisors are encouraged to discuss the availability of EAR postdoctoral fellowships with their graduate students early in their doctoral programs. Fellowships are awards to individuals, not institutions, and are administered by the Fellows.

Anticipated Type of Award: Fellowship
Estimated Number of Awards: 10
Anticipated Funding Amount: Basic fellowship is $87,000 per year
Full Proposal Deadline: Jan. 10, 2017

NSF Dear Colleague Letters

  • Seeking Community Input on Advanced Cyberinfrastructure NSF 16-090 (May 23, 2016)
  • FY 2017 Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering, and Materials (SusChEM) Funding Opportunity NSF 16-093 (June 6, 2016)
  • Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) NSF 16-096 (June 9, 2016)
  • Advanced Wireless Research Platforms: Sustaining U.S. Leadership in Future Wireless Technologies NSF 16-094 (June 9, 2016)
  • Strengthening Transfer of Students from Two-year Hispanic-serving Institutions to Four-year STEM Programs NSF 16-094 (June 2, 2016)
  • Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems-Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council UK (CBET-EPSRC) Lead Agency Activity NSF 16-098 (June 10, 2016)

Other Opportunities

George Barley Water Prize, presented by the Everglades Foundation

The $10 million grand prize, slated for 2020, will be the largest science prize in history to focus on clean water. Here are the highlights:

  • The Barley Water Prize will award $10 million to the researcher or researchers capable of developing a cost-effective process for recovering phosphorus while yielding clean water from natural water bodies on a globally-applicable scale.
  • Pre-applications are being accepted at http://www.barleyprize.com/#/. User profiles may be created on the home page in order to stay up to date on the next steps in the competition. Official registration begins soon; earlier press releases suggest the first stage of the prize competition opens tomorrow.
  • Entries demonstrating the most promising early stage ideas will be eligible for funding totaling $35,000. Additional awards of up to $200,000 will be distributed throughout the course of the competition.
  • The Barley Water Prize is expected to attract more than 80 applicants from over 10 countries.

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