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Funding Opportunities Roundup: Nov. 14, 2014

Algorithms in the Field (AitF)
Algorithms in the Field encourages closer collaboration between two groups of researchers: (i) theoretical computer science researchers, who focus on the design and analysis of provably efficient and provably accurate algorithms for various computational models; and (ii) applied researchers including a combination of systems and domain experts (very broadly construed – including but not limited to researchers in computer architecture, programming languages and systems, computer networks, cyber-physical systems, cyber-human systems, machine learning, database and data analytics, etc.) who focus on the particular design constraints of applications and/or computing devices. Each proposal must have at least one co-PI interested in theoretical computer science and one interested in any of the other areas typically supported by CISE. Proposals are expected to address the dissemination of the algorithmic contributions and resulting applications, tools, languages, compilers, libraries, architectures, systems, data, etc. More details.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 13 to 16. Approximately 3-6 EXPLORATORY awards of up to $400,000 per award and 9-12 FULL-SIZE awards of up to $800,000 per award are anticipated, subject to availability of funds.
Anticipated Funding Amount: $9,000,000 subject to availability of funds.
Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time): February 09, 2015; second Monday in February, and annually thereafter.


Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program
2015 Request for Proposals announced November 5, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USDA Forest Service (USFS), the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Corporation for National and Community Service, FedEx, Southern Company, Bank of America and PG&E are pleased to solicit applications for the 2015 Five Star/Urban Waters Restoration Program which is managed by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). The grant program is offered in conjunction with the Urban Waters Federal Partnership which gives priority to projects located in underserved, environmentally overburdened communities.

NFWF anticipates that approximately $2,000,000 in combined total funding will be available for projects such as: wetlands creation and restoration; green infrastructure and stormwater management; citizen’s science and volunteer water monitoring; projects that reduce or eliminate trash from entering waterways; coastal habitat, riparian, urban forest restoration and other water quality protection and restoration projects in local communities. NFWF will host a webinar for potential applicants on November 18, 2014.
Deadline: February 2, 2015.
Details: http://www.nfwf.org/fivestar/Pages/2015RFP.aspx


Science of Science and Innovation Policy Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (SciSIP-DDRIG)
The Science of Science & Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program supports research designed to advance the scientific basis of science and innovation policy. Research funded by the program thus develops, improves and expands models, analytical tools, data and metrics that can be applied in the science policy decision making process. For example, research proposals may develop behavioral and analytical conceptualizations, frameworks or models that have applications across a broad array of SciSIP challenges, including the relationship between broader participation and innovation or creativity. Proposals may also develop methodologies to analyze science and technology data, and to convey the information to a variety of audiences. Researchers are also encouraged to create or improve science and engineering data, metrics and indicators reflecting current discovery, particularly proposals that demonstrate the viability of collecting and analyzing data on knowledge generation and innovation in organizations. More details.
Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: During a fiscal year, Science of Science and Innovation Policy expects to recommend up to 3 doctoral dissertation research improvement (DDRIG) awards. This estimate reflects the recent history of applications for DDRIG awards and the overall level of funding for the program.
Anticipated Funding Amount: $60,000 pending availability of funds.
Full Proposal Target Date(s):

  • February 09, 2015
  • September 09, 2015
  • September 9, Annually Thereafter

Transportation Optimization Funding Opportunity
ARPA-E announces it is making funding available for a new program. The Traveler Response Architecture using Novel Signaling for Network Efficiency in Transportation (TRANSNET) program aims to optimize energy efficiency in multi-modal, urban transportation networks (e.g. personal vehicles, buses, light rail, etc.). Transportation systems are responsible for over 25% of domestic energy use, but currently no one is exploring holistic solutions to optimizing energy use throughout the entire network. Project teams funded through TRANSNETS will initially focus on designing simulations to demonstrate the potential impact of network optimization for energy efficiency and on designing appropriate network control architectures.
Deadline: Interested parties must submit a Concept Paper for TRANSNET by 5 p.m. ET on Monday, December 22, 2014.
Details: ARPA-E eXCHANGE


Ebola Grand Challenge
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced a funding opportunity titled Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development. This opportunity will provide funding to test and fund Personal Protective Equipment and infection treatment and control. This opportunity will develop new practical and cost-effective solutions to improve infection treatment and control that can be rapidly deployed (1) to help health care workers provide better care and (2) transform ability to combat Ebola.

USAID and its partners (White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Department of Defense) seek both innovators with novel solutions and resource partners with the ability to test and scale up innovations. We are particularly interested in resource partners with, but not limited to, the following capabilities:

  • Ability to rapidly prototype and produce manufacture-ready products
  • Ability to deploy solutions in contexts worldwide, particularly West Africa
  • Ability to produce or improve any existing technologies currently in use
  • Capacity and willingness to partner to test identified solutions

Generally we are looking for expressions of interest that clearly demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Innovation, including creativity of the given approach and clear differentiation from existing approaches.
  • Low-cost and ability to be scaled rapidly.
  • Strong likelihood of achieving a substantial impact.

Awards are planned to be in the range of $100,000 to $1M.

Application Deadline: November 7, 2014 for first round of review, December 1, 2014 for second round of review
For more information about the application process and guidelines, please visit http://ebolagrandchallenge.net/.


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