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Funding Opportunities Roundup: November 21, 2014

NSF Seeks Input for Topic Ideas for Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) sent a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) inviting the research community to submit suggestions for topic ideas that will be considered for the 2016 Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) Program Solicitation.

Suggestions for EFRI Topic Ideas are currently solicited and vetted every two years. Selected Topics become the foci of EFRI-supported research. Solicitations are announced annually for research proposals that fall under the specified Topic areas.

Deadline: December 19, 2014
Details: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15018/nsf15018.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Battlefield Preservation Fund

In 2005, the National Trust received a generous bequest from the estate of Dorothy McGee for the preservation of battlefields in the United States. Grants from the Battlefield Preservation Fund will serve as a catalyst to stimulate efforts to preserve battlefields, viewsheds, and related historic structures and to leverage fund-raising activities. While efforts involving battlefields associated with the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the French and Indian Wars, and other battles fought in the United States are eligible for funding, priority will be given to those that have limited access to other specialized battlefield funding programs.

Typical uses of grants from the fund include legal and research fees to mitigate development threats, fund-raising and media plans, feasibility studies for endangered buildings and sites, archeological studies, landscape research and planning, viewshed protection, easement planning, and interpretation and heritage education activities.
Grants from the Battlefield Preservation Fund require a one-to-one cash match. Beyond these special requirements, the Battelfield Preservation Fund will follow the same guidelines and use the same application as the National Trust Preservation Fund.

Deadlines: Application deadlines are February 1, June 1, and October 1. If the first of the month falls on a weekend, applications will be due on the following Monday.
Details: http://www.preservationnation.org/resources/find-funding/preservation-funds-guidelines-eligibility.html


National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)

NSF is now moving forward with the new National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) as the successor to the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN). This solicitation establishes a competition for individual university user facility sites positioned across the nation. A Coordinating Office will then be selected competitively at a later stage from among the selected sites to enhance their impact as a national infrastructure of user facility sites. The ultimate selection of user facility sites will include capabilities and instrumentation addressing current and anticipated future user needs across the broad areas of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology.

Programs in Support of Land Rights in Cambodia and Vietnam

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) Request for Statements of Interest (RSOI) from organizations interested in submitting Statements of Interest (SOI) outlining program concepts and capacity to manage projects that will to promote accountability and address land tenure issues and forcible displacement in Cambodia and Vietnam. DRL will invite select organizations that submit SOIs to expand their ideas in full proposals at a later date.

More details on these and other limited submission opportunities here.

NSF/Intel Partnership on Visual and Experiential Computing (NSF 15-518)

This NSF/Intel Partnership on Visual and Experiential Computing (VEC) joint solicitation from NSF and Intel seeks proposals to be considered for both NSF Grants and Intel Agreements (i.e., Contracts, Grants or Gifts). Intel Agreements contain provisions for possible direct, on-site participation in research by Intel researchers-in-residence (RinRs). The goal of this solicitation is to foster novel, transformative, multidisciplinary approaches that promote research in VEC technologies, taking into consideration the various challenges present in this field. This solicitation aims to foster a research community committed to advancing research and education at the confluence of VEC technologies, and to transitioning its findings into practice.

Estimated Number of Awards: 10 to 15
Anticipated Funding Amount: NSF and Intel will support three types of projects, each three years in duration: Small projects with funding from $500,000 to $1,000,000 per project; Medium projects with funding from $1,000,001 to $2,000,000 per project; and Large projects with funding from $2,000,001 to $3,000,000. It is intended that NSF and Intel will co-fund each project in equal amounts.

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time): Feb. 20, 2015
Details: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?WT.z_pims_id=505085&ods_key=nsf15518

NSF Instrument Funding for Midscale Level Instrumentation in Physics Division (NSF 14-116 Dear Colleague Letter)

One of the most critical needs of research projects funded through the Physics Division (PHY) is that of having cutting-edge instrumentation that enables Principal Investigators to remain competitive in a rapidly changing scientific environment. Because this instrumentation can often cost significantly beyond what an individual investigator award can provide, the Physics Division has established a special Midscale Instrumentation Fund that enables Program Officers to include an instrumentation allotment in awards beyond the level that might be feasible otherwise.

This Fund does not constitute a separate program to which PIs can apply directly. Rather, anyone needing specialized equipment should request funding for that equipment as part of a regular proposal to a disciplinary program in the Division. Proposals should be submitted via the division-wide solicitation: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf14576.

The Midscale Instrumentation Fund is not designed to be used for all instrumentation purchases needed by the awardee. Rather, the Fund can only be accessed when the level needed exceeds the $4M limit of the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program. Resources from the Fund can only be used for the instrumentation portion of the overall activity. For any award utilizing resources from the Fund, all R&D and operating expenses for the instrumentation must be provided by disciplinary program funds or other sources.

Next Full Proposal Deadline: Feb. 4, 2015 (Accelerator Science – other research areas have different deadlines – see NSF 14-576 solicitation for details.)
Details: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf14116