Skip to content Skip to main navigation Report an accessibility issue

Funding Opportunities Roundup, March 11

Federal Opportunities

DoD Funding Opportunities in Environmental Technologies and Energy/Water

DoD recently published two opportunities under its Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP): Environmental Technologies and Installation Energy and Water.

ESTCP seeks demonstration and validation of technologies applicable to the following topics, with a description of each located at the link above:

  • Environmental Technologies
    • In situ management of contaminated aquatic sediments
    • Reduce source loading of munitions constituents
    • Detection, classification, and remediation of military munitions in underwater environments
    • Fugitive dust technologies, methodologies, and tools for Department of Defense installations
    • Ecosystem process model intercomparison
  • Installation Energy and Water
    • Energy Efficiency for Military Buildings
    • Improved Water Use for Military Industrial Operations

Deadline: A five-page (maximum) pre-proposal is due by 2 p.m. on April 5, 2016. A full proposal, if invited, will be due in August.

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.


NIH Opportunities

Join the UT NIH Research Community by contacting Jennifer Webster (jwebster@utk.edu) and start receiving the weekly NIH Digest.

  • NIH Standard Deadlines for Investigator-Initiated Research Projects
  • NIH Bioengineering Research Partnerships (U01) (PAR-16-116)
  • NIH Increased Knowledge and Innovative Strategies to Reduce HIV Incidence-iKnow Projects (R01) (PAR-16-117)
  • NICHD Learning Disabilities Innovation Hubs (P20) (RFA-HD-17-003)
  • NIGMS Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) (R25) (PAR-16-118)

NSF Opportunities

Conferences and Workshops in the Mathematical Sciences NSF 10-578

The Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) has long supported conferences, workshops, and related activities. Examples of related activities include longer-term or larger-scale events such as multi-institutional regional meetings, summer or winter schools, and international travel by groups of mathematical scientists. Proposals for conferences, workshops, or conference-like activities may request funding of any amount and for durations of up to three years. Proposals under this solicitation must be submitted to the appropriate DMS programs in accordance with the lead-time requirements specified on the program web page. DMS priorities for the support of conferences, workshops, and related activities include: 1) Breadth and diversity of participation, in order to help more mathematical scientists stay abreast of developments in the discipline; 2) Involvement of students and junior investigators and of individuals from groups under-represented in the mathematical sciences, in order to contribute to the development of the nation’s science personnel base; 3) Connection to frontiers in the mathematical sciences, to NSF research priorities, and to federal initiatives and strategic areas, in order to advance the mathematical sciences and to strengthen the interchanges between the mathematical sciences and other science and engineering disciplines; and 4) Overall impact on the US mathematical sciences community.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 10 to 100

Anticipated Funding Amount: Proposals for conferences normally request funding in the range of $5,000 to $25,000, though awards of up to $50,000 have been made on occasion. Proposals for other kinds of conference-like activities may request funding of any amount and for durations of up to three years; in past years, some such awards have fallen in the range of $50,000 to $150,000 per year.

Full Proposal Deadline: Proposals accepted anytime


Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) NSF 16-549

The goal of this program is to develop the core system science needed to engineer complex cyber-physical systems that people can use or interact with and depend upon. Some of these may require high-confidence or provable behaviors. The program aims to foster a research community committed to advancing research and education in CPS and to transitioning CPS science and technology into engineering practice. By abstracting from the particulars of specific systems and application domains, the CPS program seeks to reveal cross-cutting fundamental scientific and engineering principles that underpin the integration of cyber and physical elements across all application sectors. To expedite and accelerate the realization of cyber-physical systems in a wide range of applications, the CPS program also supports the development of methods, tools, and hardware and software components based upon these cross-cutting principles, along with validation of the principles via prototypes and testbeds. We have also seen a convergence of CPS technologies and research thrusts that underpin Smart & Connected Communities (S&CC) and the Internet of Things (IoT). These domains offer new and exciting challenges for foundational research and provide opportunities for maturation at multiple time horizons. In 2016, NSF is working closely with multiple agencies of the federal government to identify basic CPS research directions that are common across multiple application domains, along with opportunities for accelerated transition to practice. Three classes of research and education projects will be considered through this solicitation:

Breakthrough projects must offer a significant advance in fundamental CPS science, engineering and/or technology that has the potential to change the field. This category focuses on new approaches to bridge computing, communication, and control.

Synergy projects must demonstrate innovation at the intersection of multiple disciplines, to accomplish a clear goal that requires an integrated perspective spanning the disciplines.

Frontier projects must address clearly identified critical CPS challenges that cannot be achieved by a set of smaller projects.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant or Cooperative Agreement

Estimated Number of Awards: 20 to 32

Anticipated Funding Amount: Funding for Breakthrough projects may be requested for a total of up to $500,000 for a period of up to 3 years. Funding for Synergy projects may be requested for a total of $500,001 to $1,000,000 for a period of 3 to 4 years. Funding for Frontier projects may be requested for a total of $1,000,001 to $7,000,000 for a period of 4 to 5 years.

Submission Window Dates: May 24 – June 7, 2016


Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBS) NSF 16-530

This program is an integral part of Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21, and it encourages development of robust and shared data-centric cyberinfrastructure capabilities to accelerate interdisciplinary and collaborative research in areas of inquiry stimulated by data. DIBBs investments enable new data-focused services, capabilities, and resources to advance scientific discoveries, collaborations, and innovations. The investments are expected to build upon, integrate with, and contribute to existing community cyberinfrastructure, serving as evaluative resources while developments in national-scale access, policy, interoperability and sustainability continue to evolve. Effective solutions will bring together cyberinfrastructure expertise and domain researchers, to ensure that the resulting cyberinfrastructure address researchers’ data needs. The activities should address the data challenges arising in a disciplinary or cross-disciplinary context. This solicitation includes two classes of science data pilot awards: 1) Early Implementations, large “at scale” evaluations, that build upon cyberinfrastructure capabilities of existing research communities or recognized community data collections, and extend those data-focused cyberinfrastructure capabilities to additional research communities and domains with broad community engagement; and 2) Pilot Demonstrations, which address advanced cyberinfrastructure challenges across emerging research communities, building upon recognized community data collections and disciplinary research interests, to address specific challenges in science and engineering research. Prospective PIs should be aware that DIBBs is a multi-directorate activity, and are encouraged to submit proposals that have broad, interdisciplinary interest.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 12

Anticipated Funding Amount: Early Implementation Awards are anticipated to be up to $4,000,000 total per award for up to 5 years. Pilot Demonstration Awards are anticipated to be up to $500,000 total per award for up to 3 years.

Full Proposal Deadline: Apr. 4, 2016


Petascale Computing Resource Allocations (PRAC) NSF 16-529

In 2013, a new NSF-funded petascale computing system, Blue Waters, was deployed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The goal of this project and system is to open up new possibilities in science and engineering by providing computational capability that makes it possible for investigators to tackle much larger and more complex research challenges across a wide spectrum of domains. The purpose of this solicitation is to invite research groups to submit requests for allocations of resources on the Blue Waters system. Proposers must show compelling science or engineering challenges that require petascale computing resources. Proposers must also be prepared to demonstrate that they have science or engineering research problems that require and can effectively exploit the petascale computing capabilities offered by Blue Waters. Proposals from or including junior researchers are encouraged, as one of the goals of this solicitation is to build a community capable of using petascale computing.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 12 to 15

Anticipated Funding Amount: Up to $40,000/award

Full Proposal Deadline: Apr. 4, 2016; Nov. 9, 2016


Plant-Biotic Interactions NSF 16-551

This program supports research on the processes that mediate beneficial and antagonistic interactions between plants and their viral, bacterial, oomycete, fungal, plant, and invertebrate symbionts, pathogens and pests. This joint NSF-NIFA program supports projects focused on current and emerging model and non-model systems, and agriculturally relevant plants. The program’s scope extends from fundamental mechanisms to translational efforts, with the latter seeking to put into agricultural practice insights gained from basic research on the mechanisms that govern plant-biotic interactions. Projects must be strongly justified in terms of fundamental biological processes and/or relevance to agriculture and may be purely fundamental or applied, or include aspects of both perspectives. All types of symbiosis are appropriate, including commensalism, mutualism, parasitism, and host-pathogen interactions. Research may focus on the biology of the plant host, its pathogens, pests or symbionts, interactions among these, or on the function of plant-associated microbiomes. The program welcomes proposals on the dynamics of initiation, transmission, maintenance and outcome of these complex associations, including studies of metabolic interactions, immune recognition and signaling, host-symbiont regulation, reciprocal responses among interacting species and mechanisms associated with self/non-self recognition such as those in pollen-pistil interactions. Explanatory frameworks may include molecular, genomic, metabolic, cellular, network and organismal processes, with projects guided by hypothesis and/or discovery driven experimental approaches. Where appropriate, quantitative modeling in concert with experimental work is encouraged. Overall, the program seeks to support research that will deepen our understanding of the fundamental processes that mediate interactions between plants and the organisms with which they intimately associate and advance the application of that fundamental knowledge to benefit agriculture.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 20

Anticipated Funding Amount: Although there are no formal upper or lower limits to award amounts, they typically range from $50,000 to $300,000 per year, with durations of two to four years (and five years for CAREER awards).

Full Proposal Deadline: June 6, 2016; April 21, 2017


NSF Dear Colleague Letters

  • NSF/SBE Partnering in Round 4 of the Digging into Data Challenge NSF 16-056 (Mar. 4, 2016)
  • Research Opportunities in Europe for NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellows NSF 16-046 (Mar. 7, 2016)
  • Research Opportunities in Europe for NSF CAREER Awardees NSF 16-052 (Mar, 7, 2016)
  • Change in Eligibility to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) NSF 16-050 (Mar. 7, 2016)
  • Data Management and Data Reporting Requirements for Research Awards Supported by the Division of Polar Programs NSF 16-055 (Mar. 7, 2016)
  • Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing – Public Participation in Engineering Research NSF 16-059 (Mar. 9, 2016)
  • NSF-USDA Joint Funding Opportunity – Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGERs) to Develop and Enable Breakthrough Technologies for Animal and Plant Phenomics and Microbiomes NSF NSF 16-058 (Mar. 10, 2016)
  • Computer Science for All NSF 15-057 (Mar. 10, 2016)

Find new Engagement Opportunities and Funding at engagement.utk.edu. Use SciVal Funding to conduct a self-directed search for funding opportunities from 7,000 program sponsors around the world or the Foundation Directory Online to search a database of the 10,000 largest private, community, and corporate foundations in the U.S.