Updates and Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Skip to content Skip to main navigation Report an accessibility issue

Funding Opportunities Roundup, March 4

NSF Opportunities

Energy-Efficient Computing: from Devices to Architectures (E2CDA) NSF 16-526

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) recognize the need for a comprehensive and collaborative approach must be undertaken to maximize the potential for successfully identifying and implementing revolutionary solutions to break through the bottleneck of energy-constrained computational performance. Programmers, system architects, circuit designers, chip processing engineers, material scientists, and computational chemists must all explore these new paths together to co-design an optimal solution path. This new collaborative research program seeks to support compelling research that is of paramount importance to industry, academia and society at large. This partnership will specifically support new research to minimize the energy impacts of processing, storing, and moving data within future computing systems, and will be synergistic with other research activities that address other aspects of this overarching energy-constrained computing performance challenge.

Anticipated Type of Award:
Standard Grant or Continuing Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 4 to 8
Anticipated Funding Amount: 2-4 multidisciplinary collaborative (Type I) projects, each ranging from $800,000 to $1,600,000 per year for three 3 years, and 2-4 individual or small (Type II) projects, each ranging from $100,000 to $200,000 per year for 1 to 3 years
Full Proposal Deadline: Mar. 28, 2016

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.

Management and Operation of the National Geophysical Observatory for Geoscience (NGEO) NSF 16-546

NSF hereby solicits proposals to manage and operate one or more components of the National Geophysical Observatory for Geoscience (NGEO). NGEO would comprise a distributed, multi-user, national facility for the development, deployment, management, and operational support of modern geodetic, seismic, and related geophysical instrumentation and services to serve national goals in basic research and education in the Earth sciences. In addition, NGEO would support mission goals of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for global real-time earthquake, volcano, and tsunami observations, early warning and hazard mitigation efforts, nuclear test ban verification, precise positioning and timing, and other Earth observation needs. NGEO would also support commercial and international groups that depend on NGEO capabilities for an increasingly wide range of applications.

Proposals should describe how the proposing institution(s) would: (1) provide observing capabilities and scientific data; (2) support the needs of NSF-funded, peer-reviewed research and education projects; (3) foster an integrated program of education, workforce development, and outreach; (4) develop, manage, and maintain facility capabilities; (5) manage and develop a skilled and diverse workforce; and (6) establish appropriate partnerships with universities, industry, private organizations, other Federal agencies, and the international community to support the NGEO mission.

Anticipated Type of Award:
Cooperative Agreement or Master Cooperative Agreement with Cooperative Support Agreement(s)
Estimated Number of Awards: 1 to 5
Anticipated Funding Amount: Total budget $387 million, 10-year duration, starting Oct. 1, 2018
Letter of Intent Deadline: Aug. 1, 2016
Full Proposal Deadline: Dec. 30, 2016

Science Learning+ Partnership Grants NSF 16-548

Within the National Science Foundation (NSF) context, Science Learning+ is a strand within project type 3, Research in Service to Practice, of the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)program (NSF 15-593). This is an open call for proposals for Partnership Grants through an international partnership between the NSF and the Wellcome Trust with the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The aims are to strengthen the research and knowledge base; bridge the practice and research gap; and/or share knowledge and experience in informal science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) experiences. Furthermore, the initiative seeks to support practice-based research which falls within or across the following priority areas: understanding learning; engagement in STEM; skills development; equity; diversity; access to informal learning settings; and measurement of outcomes. Proposals must address at least one priority area and include: collaborations between at least one organization in the US and one in the UK/Republic of Ireland. In addition, the proposal should include a substantive research program, not solely a public engagement activity; genuine partnerships between researchers and practitioners of STEM engagement; experts from more than one STEM area; and more than one informal STEM learning location, platform, or environment.

Anticipated Type of Award:
Standard Grant or Continuing Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 5
Anticipated Funding Amount: Maximum award is $2.4 million for up to five years
Full Proposal Deadline: June 14, 2016

STEM + Computing Partnerships (STEM+C) NSF 16-527

This program seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and computing by K-12 students and teachers through research on and development of courses, curriculum, course materials, pedagogies, instructional strategies, models, or pedagogical environments. Successful proposals will innovatively integrate computing into one or more other STEM disciplines, or integrate STEM content into the teaching and learning of computing. In addition, STEM+C seeks to build capacity in K-12 computing education with foundational research and focused teacher preparation. STEM+C invites creative and innovative proposals in two tracks: (1) Integration of Computing in STEM Education and (2) Computing Education Knowledge and Capacity Building.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 20-25 awards in Track 1 and 10-12 awards in Track 2
Anticipated Funding Amount: Maximum budget Track 1 is $2.5 million; maximum budget for Track 2 is $1 million
Full Proposal Deadline: March 28, 2016; March 14, 2017

NSF Dear Colleague Letters

  • I-Corps L – Stimulating Innovation in STEM Education NSF 16-049 (Feb. 26, 2016)
  • Advanced Cellular Biomanufacturing NSF 16-053 (Mar. 2, 2016)

NIH Opportunities

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

  • NIH-NSF Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences (NSF-16-543)
  • NIH Roadmap Initiatives / NCATS Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC): Pre-clinical Development of Existing Market-approved Devices to Support New Market Indications (U18) (RFA-RM-16-009)
  • NIBIB / NICHD Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education (R25) (PAR-16-108)
  • NIGMS Modeling of Infectious Disease Agent Study Research Projects (R01) (PA-16-107)
  • NIMH Pragmatic Strategies for Assessing Psychotherapy Quality in Practice (R01) (RFA-MH-17-500)
  • RELATED SPONSOR: DOD-BARDA Public Health Consequence Modeling for the Biomedical Advanced Research & Development (16-100-SOL-00014 and more)
  • RELATED SPONSOR: EPA Integrating Human Health and Well-Being with Ecosystem Services (EPA-G2016-STAR-A1)

Limited Submissions

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

STEM Expert Facilitation of Family Learning in Libraries and Museums (STEMeX) – A National Leadership Grants Special Initiative

This joint NLG-Libraries and NLG-Museums special initiative invites proposals for research on informal educational approaches that leverage community Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) professionals in the broadest sense. Funded research projects will create a foundation for reaching children and families from diverse economic, geographic, social, and cultural backgrounds, with different levels of knowledge about STEM.

Proposals should describe how STEM experts can use objects–broadly defined and including specimens collected by researchers, collection materials and their representations, experts’ equipment, electronics, books, photographs, models and journals–to scaffold the development of STEM knowledge and skills and promote interest in, and affinity, with STEM among family members. An important consideration in funding proposals is the potential of projects to generate research findings that will serve as the basis for tools and resources that will support ongoing application across both museums and libraries.

Please see the full solicitation for complete information.

Notification of Interest to ORE: 3/10/2016 12 PM
Application to Agency: 5/1/2016
Limit on Number of Applications: 1
Estimated Program Funding: $2.5M total
Anticipated No. of Awards: 3

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.