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Funding Opportunities Roundup, March 3

Federal Opportunities

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

DOD Minerva Research Initiative (MRI)

The Department of Defense has released its annual Minerva Research Initiative solicitation. The topics identified are within the following broad interest areas:

  • Sociality, Security, and Interconnectivity
  • Understanding the Social Impact of Autonomy
  • Societal Resilience and Sociopolitical (In)stability
  • Power and Deterrence
  • Military Cyber Defense

MRI primarily funds basic research in social sciences, single investigator as well as multidisciplinary and multi-institutional teams. Awards in the past have ranged from $150,000 to $1 million annually for three to five years.

White paper (4 pages maximum) due: March 7, 2017; 3:00 p.m. EST
Full Proposal (if invited) due: June 21, 2017

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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  • NIH Standard Deadlines for Investigator-Initiated Research Projects
  • NCI Cancer Tissue Engineering Collaborative: Enabling Biomimetic Tissue-Engineered Technologies for Cancer Research (R01) (PAR-17-171)
  • NIAAA Alcohol Research Resource Awards (R24) (PAR-17-170)
  • NICHD Interaction of HIV and Neurodevelopment of Children in Resource-Limited Settings: Improving Assessments (R01) (RFA-HD-18-019)
  • NICHD Interaction of HIV and Neurodevelopment of Children in Resource-Limited Settings: Improving Assessments (R21) (RFA-HD-18-020)
  • NICHD Biomarkers: Bridging Pediatric and Adult Therapeutics (R21) (PAR-17-169)
  • NIDA Request for Proposals (RFP) Notice: Purity Specifications, Storage and Distribution for Medications Development (NOT-DA-17-061)
  • NIDCR HIV Pathogenesis and the Oral Microbiota (R01) (RFA-DE-18-007)
  • NIGMS Regional Consortia for High Resolution Cryoelectron Microscopy (U24) (RFA-GM-17-005)

NSF Opportunities

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

Petascale Computing Resource Allocations (PRAC) NSF 17-542

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 Funding Amount: Up to $225,000 annually, total, for up to 15 awards

Full Proposal due: November 6, 2017


STEM + Computing Partnerships (STEM+C) NSF 17-535

As computing has become an integral part of the practice of modern science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the STEM + Computing Partnerships program seeks to address the urgent need to prepare students from the early grades through high school in the essential skills, competencies, and dispositions needed to succeed in a computationally-dependent world. Thus, STEM+C advances the integration of computational thinking and computing activities in early childhood education through high school (pre-K-12) to provide a strong and developmental foundation in computing and computational thinking through the integration of computing in STEM teaching and learning, and/or the applied integration of STEM content in pre-K-12 computer science education.

Anticipated Funding Amount:

Exploratory Integration – up to $1.25 million for up to three years

Design and Development – up to $2.5 million for up to three years

Field-Building Conferences and Workshops – up to $250,000 for up to two years

Full Proposal due: March 29, 2017


Antarctic Research NSF 17-543

The U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) supports scientific research in Antarctica and provides operational research support. The NSF Office of Polar Programs Antarctic Sciences Section (ANT) supports research to: 1) expand fundamental knowledge of the Antarctic region, 2) improve understanding of interactions between the Antarctic region and global earth systems, and 3) utilize the unique characteristics of the Antarctic continent as an observing platform. Antarctic fieldwork is supported for research that can only be performed or is best performed in Antarctica. ANT encourages research using existing samples, data, and models that do not require fieldwork. ANT encourages research that crosses and combines disciplinary perspectives and approaches.

Anticipated Funding Amount: Up to $55 million, total, for 50 awards with durations of 1-5 yrs.

Full Proposal Due: March 29, 2017


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