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Funding Opportunities Roundup, May 6

Federal Opportunities

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

INTERfering and Co-Evolving Prevention and Therapy (INTERCEPT)

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has published a solicitation for the INTERfering and Co-Evolving Prevention and Therapy (INTERCEPT) program at this link.  The goal of INTERCEPT is to “explore and evaluate virus-based therapeutic interfering particles (TIPs) that parasitize, interfere, and co-evolve with viral targets as a means of adaptively preventing, controlling, and eliminating acute or chronic infection.”

The program’s research is structured along the following three Technical Areas (TAs), to be addressed concurrently:

  1. TIP development and in vitro screening
  2. TIP optimization and in vitro and in vivo assessment of long-term safety; efficacy, and co-evolution with parent wildtype virus; and
  3. Mathematical modeling of TIP-pathogen-host dynamics to support TIP optimal design and predict TIP long-term safety, efficacy, co-evolution and co-transmission.

Note that PIs may submit proposals only to all TAs, to TAs 2 and 3, or to TA 3.  A description of each TA is on pp. 6-12 in the solicitation.

DARPA expects to issue multiple awards, with a 4-year period of performance.

An 8-page (max) abstract is due by 4 pm on 19 May, and proposals are due by 4 pm on 7 July.

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.

DOE Notice of Intent

The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has published Notice of Intent No. DE-FOA-0001534 announcing its intent “to issue, on behalf of the Vehicle Technologies Office, a Funding Opportunity Announcement entitled ‘FY 2016 Vehicle Technologies Multi-Topic Funding Opportunity Announcement.’ ”

Three areas of interest are anticipated:

  1. Plug-in Electric Drive Vehicle Program
  2. Direct Injection Propane Engine
  3. Alternative Fuel Vehicle Community Partner Projects

Estimated Total Program Funding:  $22,300,000
Award Ceiling:  $5,000,000
Award Floor:  $1,000,000

Limited Submissions

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

Physics Frontiers Centers (PFC)

Note: the program represented by this solicitation is considered to be a strategic priority by the institution. The Principal Investigator/Project Director will be strongly encouraged to work with the Research Development Team in the Office of Research and Development in developing the institutional proposal.

The Physics Frontiers Centers (PFC) program supports university-based centers and institutes where the collective efforts of a larger group of individuals can enable transformational advances in the most promising research areas. The program is designed to foster major breakthroughs at the intellectual frontiers of physics by providing needed resources such as combinations of talents, skills, disciplines, and/or specialized infrastructure, not usually available to individual investigators or small groups, in an environment in which the collective efforts of the larger group can be shown to be seminal to promoting significant progress in the science and the education of students.

The successful PFC activity will demonstrate: (1) the potential for a profound advance in physics; (2) creative, substantive activities aimed at enhancing education, diversity, and public outreach; (3) potential for broader impacts, e.g., impacts on other field(s) and benefits to society; (4) a synergy or value-added rationale that justifies a center- or institute-like approach.

Please read the full opportunity description for complete information.

Notification of Interest to ORE: 5/12/2016 12 PM
Application to Agency: 8/1/2016
Limit on Number of Applications: 2
Estimated Program Funding: $10-13M total
Anticipated No. of Awards: 4-6

NIH Opportunities

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  • NINDS Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research (K01) (PAR-16-219)
  • NINDS Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research (K22) (PAR-16-220)

NSF Opportunities

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

Geophysics (PH) NSF 12-598

This program supports basic research in the physics of the solid earth to explore its composition, structure, and processes from the Earth’s surface to its’ deepest interior. Laboratory, field, theoretical, and computational studies are supported. Topics include seismicity, seismic wave propagation, and the nature and occurrence of geophysical hazards; the Earth’s magnetic, gravity, and electrical fields; the Earth’s thermal structure; and geodynamics. Supported research also includes geophysical studies of active deformation, including geodesy, and theoretical and experimental studies of the properties and behavior of Earth materials.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 70 to 80

Anticipated Funding Amount: Total – $15.9 million annually

Full Proposal Target Dates:  June 1, 2016 and Dec. 7, 2016

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