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Funding Opportunities Roundup: March 13, 2015

Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI) NSF 15-549

This program seeks to develop and deploy security solutions that benefit the scientific community by ensuring the integrity and reliability of the end-to-end scientific workflow. This solicitation seeks unique ways to protect scientific instruments, resources, cyberinfrastructure and data that extend beyond building better perimeters and point solutions. As funding agencies move toward providing openly accessible data, the possibilities for scientists and engineers to use data sources beyond those created by their own community grow. The scope of the workflow encompasses instruments, processing software, analysis tools, computing and storage resources as well as information repositories and archives of data. In order to produce accurate results, each data source must be identifiable and trustworthy. Systems must guarantee that data sets cannot be altered, which could potentially modify the analytic outcomes.

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

Estimated Number of Awards: 13

Anticipated Funding Amount: $11 million total; Secure Architecture Design – up to $500,000 total per award for up to three years; Data Provenance for Cybersecurity – up to $500,000 total per award for up to three years; Cybersecurity Center of Excellence – up to $5,000,000 total for up to three years.

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time): June 2, 2015

DARPA Young Faculty Funding Opportunity

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has recently issued the Young Faculty Award (YFA) announcement, which solicits typically single investigator research proposals focused on “innovations that will enable revolutionary advances” as well as “high-risk/high-payoff ideas that could potentially transform a field or technology.” Research topics of interest are listed below and are described on pp. 6-18 of the attachment. This program offers an excellent means for PIs to become known within the DoD research community and can facilitate future funding opportunities after the YFA concludes. Additional information is at this link.

The YFA supports untenured assistant or associate professors within 5 years of appointment to a tenure track position. There is no requirement for U.S. citizenship, but PIs are limited to a maximum of 3 applications to the YFA program during their term of eligibility. DARPA is particularly interested in eligible PIs who have not previously worked on DARPA programs, although the YFA is open to all qualified applicants.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is 13 April. Awards are up to $250K annually for 2 years. For exceptional performance, there is the possibility of up to $500K for 1 additional year.

As stated in the announcement, proposals should address the questions contained in the “Heilmeier Catechism.” In addition, note that YFA research topics are often designed to fill voids in existing DARPA programs, so you should review the program descriptions relevant to your selected topic via this link. Programs will usually fall under “DSO,” “MTO,” and “BTO.”

Please contact Jim Mazzouccolo or Paul Montgomery if you intend to apply and let us know whether you may need assistance to prepare your proposal. You are also welcome to contact us with questions.

Note to ARCHITECTURE Faculty: Please give special attention to technical area 10, The Neuroscience of Architecture.

Note to PERFORMING ARTS Faculty: Please give special attention to technical area 17, Mathematics of Art.

DARPA-BAA-15-29 Brandeis Program

DARPA has released BAA 15-39, which solicits research proposals in the area of data privacy:

The goal of the Brandeis program is to develop tools and techniques that enable systems to be built in which private data may be technologically protected so that it can only be used for its intended purpose and no other. It seeks to restructure our relationship with data by shifting the mechanisms for data protection to the data owner rather than the data user. The primary focus of the Brandeis program is to protect data that is knowingly provided to a third party, as opposed to data collected as a byproduct of interacting with the network or a system.

Multiple awards anticipated but no amount (for the program or for individual awards) is listed.

DEADLINE: Proposal Due April 29, 2015, 12:00 noon (ET)

DARPA Future Arctic Sensing Technologies DARPA-BAA-15-28

DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of novel Arctic sensor systems. In particular, DARPA is interested in concepts for low-cost, rapidly-deployable, environmentally friendly, unmanned sensor systems, including deployment and data reach-back from above the Arctic Circle that can detect, track and identify air, surface and subsurface targets. At 11 months in they want “Completion of analytical, laboratory, and or field experimentation tasks addressing technical risks”, so I’m not entirely sure if they want an operational widget.

Anticipated Type of Award: Procurement contracts, grants, or cooperative agreements

Estimated Number of Awards: multiple, TBD

Anticipated Funding Amount, total: $4 million

DEADLINE: April 14, 2015

DETAILS: Future Arctic Sensing Technologies

Department of Defense: Dept. of the Army – USAMRAA

FY15 DoD Joint En Route Care Training System of Systems Initiative: Hand-Offs, Patient Transfers, and Systems Interoperability Grant W81XWH-15-DMRDP-JPC1-JROUTE

This initiative aims to support research toward the analysis of alternatives for material development of a Joint En Route Care Training System of Systems. This includes research projects that will develop plans, designs, frameworks, or architecture that ultimately contribute toward the development of a Continuum of Care Joint En Route Care training System of Systems that allows for training across the expanded continuum and emphasizes training and educating the healthcare provider about effectively managing patient hand-offs and transfers and improving patient outcomes. Such a system should benefit both the military and public at large by reducing medical errors and adverse events before, during, and after hand-offs and patient transfer, leading to the overall improvement of patient safety and healthcare outcomes. Future technologies should be better integrated into a more fully comprehensive, interoperable System of Systems Continuum of Care Joint En Route Care trainer. Applications should provide a solid research-based design, plan, and/or framework; incorporate open-source architecture, if and where possible; and address potential future public uses. While the proposed plans/designs may include proprietary tools, appropriate justification for incorporating proprietary tools must be included. Proposed intellectual property components should be clearly and legibly marked in the application.

Anticipated Type of Award: Cooperative Agreement Gran

Estimated Number of Awards: 3

Anticipated Funding Amount, total: $3 million

DEADLINE: July 21, 2015

DETAILS: DoD Joint En Route Care Training System of Systems Initiative: Hand-Offs, Patient Transfers, and Systems Interoperability Grant

Department of Homeland Security Directorate of Science and Technology: Small Molecule Select Agent Toxin Detection Assays HSHQDC-14-R-B0009OBAA14003Call6

This program seeks proposals to support diagnostics and agent characterization for chemical and biological threats. The current project is for the creation and validation of small molecule toxin assays intended for future use in clinical and public health laboratories as well as point-of-care settings. First responders and public health officials require validated detection assays to analyze suspected biothreat samples and enable them to take appropriate actions in the interest of public safety and public health. This project will better enable the capabilities to rapidly screen and detect high consequence biological pathogens and toxins that can have a significant public health impact. Respondents should demonstrate skill, knowledge, experience, and commercialization successes in similar types of tasks, i.e., in the creation of small molecule monoclonal antibodies capable of detecting complex organic molecules of similar characteristics as the actual target agents, and the successful transition of viable, and cost effective commercial assays. –

Anticipated Type of Award: Cost Reimbursement type contract or firm-fixed price contract, cooperative agreements, or interagency agreements

Estimated Number of Awards: multiple, TBD

Anticipated Funding Amount, total: $332,000 in FY 2015

DEADLINE: 4:00 p.m., March 31,2015

DETAILS: Small Molecule Select Agent Toxin Detection Assays

HONORARY AWARDS PROGRAM: Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) NSF 15-551

PAESMEM recognizes individuals for their mentoring of persons from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, women, persons with disabilities, and persons from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. Historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields include African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Native Hawaiians, and Alaska Natives. Students, teachers, *early career scientists, engineers and/or other STEM/STEM-related professionals are eligible mentees. Former recipients of the “individual” PAESMEM award are not eligible for re-nomination. Former recipients of the “Organizational” PAESMEM award may be re-nominated 10 years or more after receiving an award. Both individuals and organizations may self-nominate. Organizational nominees must demonstrate rigorous evaluation and assessment over the course of the 5 year period of sustained mentoring activities.

Anticipated Type of Award: Cash Award (Individual) or Grant (Organizational)

Estimated Number of Awards: 16

Anticipated Funding Amount: $10,000 per awrd

Full Proposal Deadline(s): June 19, 2015

Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) NSF 15-548

This program is a continuation of the Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) that began in FY 1998 as part of the National Plant Genome Initiative (NPGI). Since the inception of the NPGI and the PGRP, there has been a tremendous increase in the availability of functional genomics tools and sequence resources for use in the study of key crop plants and their models. Proposals are welcomed that build on these resources to develop conceptually new and different ideas and strategies to address grand challenge questions in plants of economic importance on a genome-wide scale. There is also a critical need for the development of novel and creative tools to facilitate new experimental approaches or new ways of analyzing genomic data. Especially encouraged are proposals that provide strong and novel training opportunities integral to the research plan and particularly across disciplines that include, but are not limited to, plant physiology, plant breeding, quantitative genetics, biochemistry, bioinformatics and engineering.

Activities in four focus areas will be supported in FY 2015: (1) Genomics-empowered plant research (RESEARCH-PGR) to tackle fundamental questions in plant sciences on a genome-wide scale; (2) Development of tools and resources for plant genome research (TOOLS-PGR) including novel technologies and analysis tools to enable discovery; (3) Mid-Career Investigator Awards in Plant Genome Research (MCA-PGR) to increase participation of investigators trained primarily in fields other than plant genomics; and, (4) Early Career Investigator Awards in Plant Genome Research (ECA-PGR) to increase the participation of early-career scientists in plant genome research. Proposals addressing these opportunities are welcomed at all scales, from single-investigator projects through multi-investigator, multi-institution projects, commensurate with the scope and scale of the work proposed. The PGRP encourages proposals from investigators and institutions that have not participated in the program before.

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

Estimated Number of Awards: 10 to 20

Anticipated Funding Amount: $15 million total

DEADLINE: May 27, 2015

NIH Opportunities

  • NIH launches wearable alcohol biosensor challenge. More…
  • NIH Mobilizing Research: A Research Resource to Enhance mHealth Research (U2C) (RFA-OD-15-129)
  • NINR Functional Wellness in HIV: Maximizing the Treatment Cascade (R01) (PA-15-133) and (R21) (PA-15-134)
  • NIDCR Biological and Physiological Effects of E-cigarette Aerosol Mixtures (R01) (RFA-DE-16-004) and (R21) (RFA-DE-16-005)

Limited Submissions

More information about each of these limited submissions may be found on the Limited Submissions Opportunities page.

Sexual Assault Kit Initiative: National Training and Technical Assistance

The U.S. Department of Justice seeking applications for funding to support national training and technical assistance for jurisdictions engaged in comprehensive sexual assault response reform related to the issue of unsubmitted sexual assault kits. The Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI), administered by BJA, provides funding through a competitive grant program to support multidisciplinary community response teams engaged in the comprehensive reform of jurisdictions’ approaches to sexual assault cases resulting from evidence found in previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs).

Please see the full RFP for complete information.

Notification of Interest to ORE: 3/17/2015 12 PM
Application to Agency: 5/7/2015
Estimated Program Funding: $6M total

NRC Faculty Development Grant, Fiscal Year (FY) 2015

This Nuclear Regulatory Commission program provides funding to support nuclear science, engineering, and related disciplines to develop a workforce capable of supporting the design, construction, operation, and regulation of nuclear facilities and the safe handling of nuclear materials. This announcement is for faculty development grants.

The objectives of the Faculty Development Program are to attract and retain highly qualified individuals in academic teaching careers. The grants specifically target probationary, tenure-track faculty during the first 6 years of their career and new faculty hires in the following academic areas: Nuclear Engineering, Health Physics, Radiochemistry, Probability Risk Assessment (Levels 2 & 3) and related disciplines..

Please see the full RFP for complete information.

Notification of Interest to ORE: 3/17/2015 12 PM
Application to Agency: 4/20/2015
Estimated Program Funding: $450K per award

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