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Funding Opportunities Roundup, Nov. 6

National Science Foundation Opportunities

Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications (BD Spokes) NSF 16-510

This solicitation extends the BD Hubs network by establishing multi-institutional and multi-sector collaborations (i.e., across academia, industry, government, non-profits, etc.) focused on topics of specific interest to a given region, which build upon the capabilities and strengths of said region. Working in concert with the corresponding regional BD Hub, a BD Spoke would work on a particular topic that requires Big Data approaches and solutions. Each BD Spoke would function similar to a BD Hub—in that it will take on a convening and coordinating roll as opposed to primarily carrying out research—but with a narrower and goal-driven scope. The Big Data activities of a BD Spoke will be guided by the following broad themes:

  • Accelerating progress towards addressing societal grand challenges relevant to regional and national priority areas;
  • Helping automate the Big Data lifecycle; and
  • Enabling access to and increasing use of important and valuable available data assets, also including international data sets, where relevant.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 19
Anticipated Funding Amount: Each BD Spoke will be funded up to a maximum of $1,000,000 total for up to 3 years; each planning grant will be funded up to a maximum of $100,000 total for up to 1 year.

Letter of Intent Deadline (required): Jan. 12, 2016
Full Proposal Deadline: Feb. 25, 2016


Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) NSF 16-509

Through this solicitation, NSF invites proposals to establish three (3) new LTER sites. Research proposals should address questions in one of two broad ecosystems:

  • Arid/semi-arid ecosystems: The Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) anticipates support and management of one (1) new site with a focus on arid or semi-arid ecosystems. The location of the research site for proposals submitted to develop a new arid/semi-arid ecosystem LTER must be within the United States, including its territories and protectorates.
  • Ocean/coastal ocean ecosystems: The Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) anticipates support and management of two (2) new sites that focus on ocean or coastal ocean ecosystems; defined as ecological systems from the shoreline outward on continental shelves and including the Laurentian Great Lakes, Congressionally defined as interior oceans. Preference will be given to proposals developing a new ocean/coastal ocean ecosystem LTER site located within the United States, including its territories and protectorates, but other locations are not precluded.

Anticipated Type of Award: Continuing Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 3
Anticipated Funding Amount: Budgets for a new arid or semi-arid site should not exceed $900,000 per year. New marine sites can request up to $1,127,000 annually. The expectation is that marine sites will be funded at a higher level than the terrestrial site due to increased costs associated with oceanic field research. Successful projects will be funded for six years.

Preliminary Proposal Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016
Full Proposal Deadline: Aug. 2, 2016

NSF Dear Colleague Letters

  • Supplements to Connect CISE, EHR, and ENG Projects to Neural and Cognitive Systems NSF 16-020 (Oct. 29, 2015)
  • Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under the US NSF/GEO/EAR – US-Israel BSF International Opportunity NSF 16-014 (Oct. 29, 2015)
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Supplemental Funding NSF 16-018 (Oct. 27, 2015)
  • Concepts for Future Operation of the Arecibo Observatory NSF 16-005 (Oct. 26, 2015)
  • Submission of Proposals to NSF Programs that Address the Interdisciplinary Topic of Theoretical Physics Approaches to Cancer Biology NSF 16-016 (Oct. 26, 2015)

NIH Opportunities

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  • NINR Innovative Questions in Symptom Science and Genomics (R15) (PA-16-022)
  • NINR Innovative Questions in Symptom Science and Genomics (R21) (PA-16-023)
  • NINR Innovative Questions in Symptom Science and Genomics (R01) (PA-16-024)
  • NIEHS Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01) (RFA-ES-15-020)
  • NIDA HIV/AIDS High Priority Drug Abuse Research (R01) (PAS-16-018)
  • NHLBI TOPMed: Omics Phenotypes of Heart, Lung, and Blood Disorders (X01) (PAR-16-021)
  • NIH Roadmap Initiatives: Metabolomics Data Analysis (R03) (RFA-RM-15-021)

Limited Submissions

Find information about limited submissions on the Limited Submissions Opportunities page

Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01)

The ONES program is designed to identify outstanding scientists at the formative stages of their career and assist them in launching an innovative research program with a defined impact in the environmental health sciences. These R01 research grants are targeted for researchers who are defined by the NIH as Early Stage Investigators.

A variety of scientific disciplines, including basic, mechanistic, clinical, epidemiological, computational, engineering, and/or health risk communication approaches, can be used to advance the NIEHS Strategic Plan. Applicants should consult the strategic plan and to ensure that the research proposed in their application addresses the goals and priority areas of the NIEHS. Environmental agents which are considered of primary interest for NIEHS include: industrial chemicals or manufacturing byproducts, metals, pesticides, herbicides, air pollutants and other inhaled toxicants, particulates or fibers, fungal, and bacterial or biologically derived toxins.

Please see the full RFP for complete information.

Notification of Interest to ORE: 11/12/2015 12 PM
Application to Agency: 2/26/2016
Estimated Program Funding: $3M total
Anticipated No. of Awards: 5-6


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