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Funding Opportunities Roundup: June 26

Google Faculty Research Awards

Google Research Awards are one-year awards structured as unrestricted gifts to universities to support the work of world-class full-time faculty members at top universities around the world. Faculty members can apply for Research Awards by submitting a proposal to one of our two 2015 funding rounds. Our 2015 deadlines are April 15 and October 15. Please note that after the October 2015 funding round, the Google Research Awards will follow an annual proposal cycle, with a single deadline of October 15 of each year.

Recipients are selected through a comprehensive internal review process and notified of their awards within 4 months of the initial submission. Faculty members can apply for up to 150,000 USD in eligible expenses, but actual award amounts are frequently less than the full amount requested. Most awards are funded at the amount needed to support basic expenses for one graduate student for one year. Please see ourFAQs for more details on eligibility and budgets.

The intent of the Google Research Awards is to support cutting-edge research in Computer Science, Engineering, and related fields. We ask applicants to categorize their proposals into one of the following broad research areas of interest to Google.

See full RFP for details.

Deadline: October 15
Award amount: Up to $150,000 


This Earth science program explores the four-dimensional structure of the North American continent. It provides a framework for broad, integrated studies across the Earth sciences, including research on fault properties and the earthquake process, strain transfer, magmatic and hydrous fluids in the crust and mantle, plate boundary processes, large-scale continental deformation, continental structure and evolution, and composition and structure of the deep Earth. In addition, EarthScope offers a centralized forum for Earth science education at all levels and an excellent opportunity to develop cyberinfrastructure to integrate, distribute, and analyze diverse data sets.

See the full RFP for details.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant or Cooperative Agreement
Estimated Number of Awards: 115-25
Anticipated Funding Amount: Total of $6 million anticipated in FY 2016
Full Proposal Deadline Nov. 13, 2015

NIH Opportunities

For more NIH Opportunities, join the UT NIH Research Community by contacting Jennifer Webster (jwebster@utk.edu) and start receiving the weekly NIH Digest.

  • NIA Short Courses in High Priority Domains of Behavioral and Social Research on Aging (R25) (RFA-AG-16-010)
  • NIAID/NCI/NIMH Ethical Issues in Research on HIV/AIDS and its Co-Morbidities (R01) (PAR-15-274)
  • NIAID/NCI/NIMH Ethical Issues in Research on HIV/AIDS and its Co-Morbidities (R21) (PAR-15-275)
  • NIDCD Open Design Tools for Speech Signal Processing (R01) (RFA-DC-16-001)
  • NIDCD Open Design Tools for Speech Signal Processing (R43/R44) (RFA-DC-16-002)
  • NCI/NIBIB Turkey-US Collaborative Program for Affordable Medical Technologies (R01) (PAR-15-276)
  • NHLBI Strategies to Increase Delivery of Guideline-Based Care to Populations with Health Disparities (R01) (PAR-15-279)
  • NIDDK A Community Research Resource of Microbiome-Derived Factors Modulating Host Physiology in Obesity, Digestive and Liver Diseases, and Nutrition (R24) (RFA-DK-15-012)
  • NIDDK Exploratory Studies for Delineating Microbiome: Host Interactions in Obesity, Digestive and Liver Diseases and Nutrition (R21) (RFA-DK-15-013)
  • NIEHS Superfund Research Program Occupational and Safety Education Programs on Emerging Technologies (R25) (RFA-ES-15-014)

Limited Submissions

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

Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) – Thematic Collections Networks (TCNs)

Thematic Collections Network (TCN) proposals will be submissions for two-to-four year awards to digitize existing specimens based on a particular research theme. This research theme may be a grand challenge for biodiversity, a part of a grand challenge, or another important research theme requiring information from existing collections. Specimens to be digitized should be of critical importance to the research theme and the criteria for the specimen assessment should be indicated in the proposal. The collaborating institutions will conduct the actual digitization of the specimens (including imaging and mobilization of the data). The length of award and size of award will depend upon the number and size of the collections to be digitized.

Priority is given to proposals that approach the digitization problem in innovative ways, through integration of collections, application of techniques that are innovative, cost effective, and drive down the financial and personnel costs of digitization of specimens and/or speed up the process of digitization.

Please see the full RFP for complete information.

Notification of Interest to ORE: 7/1/2015 12 PM
Application to Agency: 10/9/2015
Estimated Program Funding: $10M total


Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR)

The CSBR program provides for enhancements that secure and improve existing collections, improves the accessibility of digitized specimen-related data, and develop better methods for specimen curation and collection management. Requests should demonstrate a clear and urgent need to secure the collection, and the proposed activities should address that need. Biological collections supported include established living stock/culture collections, vouchered non-living natural history collections, and jointly-curated ancillary collections such as preserved tissues and DNA libraries.

Please see the full RFP for complete information.

Notification of Interest to ORE: 7/1/2015 12 PM
Application to Agency: 9/10/2015
Estimated Program Funding: $4.5M total


Mid-Scale Innovations Program (MSIP) – Astronomical Sciences
The Mid-Scale Innovations Program (MSIP) is designed to fill the need for a well-defined budgetary and competitive selection process to support astronomical projects of intermediate to large cost. Mid-scale projects are recognized as ideal incubators for the next generation of leaders in astronomical technology and creators of cutting edge new capabilities. Solving the most pressing problems of the day — such as those called out in recent decadal surveys — using new technologies, techniques, and concepts is encouraged in this competition.

Please see the full RFP for complete information.

Notification of Interest to ORE: 7/8/2015 12 PM
Application to Agency: 9/16/2015
Estimated Program Funding: $40M total


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