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Funding Opportunities Roundup, March 24

Federal Opportunities

Please contact Paul Montgomery (paul.montgomery@utk.edu) regarding your interest in Federal opportunities.

AFOSR Young Investigator Program Funding Opportunity

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) recently published its Young Investigator Program (YIP) solicitation.  (See the “Related Documents” tab.)

The AFOSR YIP seeks basic research in science and engineering and provides single investigator awards to support PIs who have received a PhD or equivalent degree no earlier than April 1, 2011, are employed full time in a regular position, and are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents. 

Proposal Deadline: Proposals are due by June 1, 2016.

Approximate Award Amount: $120K annually for 3 years

Estimated Number of Awards: 50

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

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  • NCATS Tissue Chip Testing Centers: Validating Microphysiological Systems (U24) (RFA-TR-16-006)
  • NCI The Early Detection Research Network: Biomarker Developmental Laboratories (U01) (RFA-CA-16-009)
  • NCI Cancer Research Education Grants Program to Promote Diversity – Research Experiences (R25) (PAR-16-138)
  • NCI Cancer Research Education Grants Program to Promote Diversity – Courses for Skills Development (R25) (PAR-16-139)
  • ORIP Development of Animal Models and Related Biological Materials for Research (R21) (PA-16-141)

NSF Opportunities

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

Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) NSF 156-552

This program seeks to advance knowledge about models to improve pathways to the professoriate and success for historically underrepresented minority doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty, particularly African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders, in specific STEM disciplines and/or STEM education research fields. New and innovative models are encouraged, as are models that reproduce and/or replicate existing evidence-based alliances in significantly different disciplines, institutions, and participant cohorts. The program goal is to increase the number of historically underrepresented minority faculty, in specific STEM disciplines and STEM education research fields, by advancing knowledge about pathways to career success. The program objectives include: To support the development, implementation and study of innovative models of doctoral education, postdoctoral training, and faculty advancement for historically underrepresented minorities in specific STEM disciplines and/or STEM education research fields; and to advance knowledge about the underlying issues, policies and practices that have an impact on the participation, transitions and advancement of historically underrepresented minorities in the STEM academy.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 20; 5-6 new AGEP Transformation Alliances per year, with about 3-4 awardee organizations collaborating in each Alliance, are anticipated pending the availability of funds

Anticipated Funding Amount:  A maximum of $2,000,000 for each of 5-6 new AGEP Transformation Alliances is anticipated, with about 3-4 awardee organizations collaborating in each Alliance.

Full Proposal Deadline: June 14, 2016, and Dec. 9, 2016


US Ignite: Networking Research and Application Prototypes Leading to Smart & Connected Communities NSF 16-553

US Ignite is an initiative that seeks to promote US leadership in the development and deployment of next-generation gigabit applications with the potential for significant societal impact. The primary goal of US Ignite is to break a fundamental deadlock: there is insufficient investment in gigabit applications that can take advantage of advanced network infrastructure because such end-to-end infrastructure is rare and geographically dispersed. And conversely, there is a lack of broad availability of advanced broadband infrastructure for open experimentation and innovation because there are few advanced applications and services to justify it. US Ignite aims to break this deadlock by providing incentives for imagining, prototyping, and developing gigabit applications that address national priorities, and by leveraging and extending this network testbed across US college/university campuses and cities. Focus Area 1 seeks proposals for innovative application ideas and prototypes that leverage or enhance advanced networking technologies and support progress toward Smart & Connected Communities. Focus Area 2 seeks proposals for fundamental research that will advance both the capabilities and our understanding of gigabit networking infrastructure to meet future application demands. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Office for Access to Justice (ATJ) is participating in the program.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: Up to 10 Focus Area 1 projects and up to 4 Focus Area 2 projects

Anticipated Funding Amount:  Focus Area 1 proposals may request up to $600,000 for up to three years. Focus Area 2 proposals may request up to $1,000,000 for up to three years with about 3-4 awardee organizations collaborating in each Alliance.

Full Proposal Deadline: June 14, 2016


NSF Dear Colleague Letters

Onshore-Offshore Seismological Studies of the Aleutian Arc NSF 16-061 (Mar. 15, 2016)


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