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Funding Opportunities Roundup, Oct. 23

Division of Integrative Organismal Systems NSF 16-505

This solicitation includes two tracks. The newly-named Core track remains essentially unchanged from the description in the previous IOS Core Programs Solicitation (NSF 13-600), except that plant-microbial symbiosis proposals previously submitted to the Symbiosis, Defense, and Self-recognition (SDS) Program in the Physiological and Structural Systems Cluster of IOS are excluded from the Core track. The Core track continues to encompass a two-phase merit review process, with the submission of full proposals by invitation only, and following preliminary proposal merit review, which is required. Core track proposers will continue to submit preliminary proposals to one of the four IOS Core Program Clusters. The description of the SDS Program in the Physiological and Structural Systems Cluster of IOS has been substantially modified to accommodate changes in this solicitation about plant-microbial symbioses only. A new track, Enabling Discovery through Genomic Tools (EDGE), is being introduced in this solicitation.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 230 (Core-220, EDGE-10)
Anticipated Funding Amount: $72 million total

DEADLINES:
Letter of Intent Deadline for EDGE track (required): Apr. 29, 2016
Pre-Proposal Deadline for Core Track (required): Jan. 15, 2016
Full Proposal Deadline for EDGE Track : Jun. 1, 2016
Full Proposal Deadline for Core Track (by invitation only): Aug. 5, 2016


Exploiting Parallelism and Scalability (XPS) NSF 16-507

This program aims to support groundbreaking research leading to a new era of parallel computing. Achieving the needed breakthroughs will require a collaborative effort among researchers representing all areas — from services and applications down to the micro-architecture — and will be built on new concepts, theories, and foundational principles. New approaches to achieving scalable performance and usability need new abstract models and algorithms, new programming models and languages, and new hardware architectures, compilers, operating systems and run-time systems, and must exploit domain and application-specific knowledge. Research is also needed on energy efficiency, communication efficiency, and on enabling the division of effort between edge devices and clouds.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 16 to 21
Anticipated Funding Amount: Approximately 3-5 exploratory awards for up to 3 years and up to $300,000 per award, and 13-16 full-size awards for up to 4 years and up to $1,000,000 per award

DEADLINE:
Full Proposal Deadline: Jan. 19, 2016


Improvements in Facilities, Communications, and Equipment at Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSML) NSF 16-506

Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSMLs) are off-campus facilities for research and education conducted in the natural habitats of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. FSMLs support environmental and basic biological research and education by preserving access to study areas and organisms, by providing facilities and equipment in close proximity to those study areas, and by fostering an atmosphere of mutual scientific interest and collaboration in research and education. To fulfill these roles, FSMLs must offer modern research and educational facilities, equipment, communications and data management for a broad array of users. In recognition of the importance of FSMLs in modern biology, NSF invites proposals that address these general goals of FSML improvement.

Only one proposal may be submitted on behalf of any single facility per round of the FSML competition. This limitation does not prevent a single institution from submitting more than one proposal, as long as each proposal is submitted on behalf of a different eligible facility. This limitation is waived for one additional proposal in the event that a facility is also involved in a proposal that would improve multiple facilities.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 20 to 25
Anticipated Funding Amount: $4.2 million total; Planning grants up to $25,000; Vessel support up to $150,000

DEADLINE:
Full Proposal Deadline: Jan. 11, 2016 and Dec. 9, 2016


Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program (I/UCRC) NSF 16-504

This program develops long-term partnerships among industry, academe, and government. The Centers are catalyzed by an investment from the National Science Foundation and are primarily supported by industry Center members, with NSF taking a supporting role in the development and evolution of the Center. Each Center is established to conduct research that is of interest to both the industry members and the Center faculty. An I/UCRC contributes to the nation’s research infrastructure base and enhances the intellectual capacity of the engineering and science workforce through the integration of research and education. As appropriate, an I/UCRC uses international collaborations to advance these goals within the global context.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 2-8 full center awards and 4-6 planning grant awards
Anticipated Funding Amount: $20.5 million total; Planning Grant: $15,000 for 12 months; Phase 1 – First Five Year Center Award – $150,000 annually (base).

DEADLINES:
Letter of Intent Deadline (required): Nov. 16, 2016 and May 9, 2016
Full Proposal Deadline: Jan. 11, 2016 and Jul. 11, 2016


Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems (NSF-NCS) NSF 16-508

In this second phase of the program, Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems is open to proposals to advance the foundations of one or more of the integrative research themes described below. Two of the themes are continued from FY15: Neuroengineering and Brain-Inspired Concepts and Designs, and Individuality and Variation. Two additional themes for FY16 are Cognitive and Neural Processes in Realistic, Complex Environments; and Data-Intensive Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. Within each theme, advances in theory and methods, technological innovations, educational approaches, research infrastructure, and workforce development are all of significant interest. Proposals must be consistent with the missions of the participating directorates. High-risk, high-payoff approaches are expected. Proposals must directly address risks and how they will be managed, potentially transformative payoffs, and the relationship between the risks and rewards at stake.

The program will consider two classes of proposals. INTEGRATIVE FOUNDATIONS awards (CISE, EHR, ENG, SBE) will support projects that develop foundational advances that are deeply connected to a broad scope of important research questions in neural and cognitive systems, and have significant potential for transformative advances in one or more of the integrative thematic areas. CORE+ SUPPLEMENTS (CISE, EHR, ENG) will provide additional support to new or existing projects in the participating directorates, to enable additional activities that will connect those projects to significant new integrative opportunities in neural and cognitive systems. Contact your cognizant program officer or directorate contact (listed in Section VIII of this solicitation) prior to submitting a CORE+ SUPPLEMENT request.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 15 to 30
Anticipated Funding Amount: $12.5 to $16.5 million total

DEADLINES:
Letter of Intent Deadline for Integrative Foundations (required): Dec. 10, 2015
Full Proposal Deadline for Integrative Foundations: Jan. 26, 2016


Manufacturing Machines and Equipment (MME) Apply to PD 16-1468 as instructed

The MME program supports fundamental research that enables the development of new and/or improved manufacturing machines and equipment, and optimization of their use, with a particular focus on equipment appropriate for the manufacture of mechanical and electromechanical devices, products, and systems featuring scales from microns to meters (proposals relating to nanomanufacturing should be submitted to the CMMI NanoManufacturing program, and those relating to the manufacture of electronic devices such as IC products should be submitted to the ECCS Division). Proposals relating to a wide range of manufacturing operations are encouraged, including both subtractive and additive processes, forming, bonding/joining, and laser processing. Of particular interest are proposals that relate to the manufacture of equipment and facilities that enable the production of energy products. Both experimental and theoretical work are supported.

DEADLINE:
Full Proposal Window: Feb. 1-16, 2016; Sept. 1-15, 2016


NSF Dear Colleague Letters

  • Interagency and International Research on North Atlantic – Arctic Oceanographic Processes NSF 16-006 (Oct. 13, 2015)
  • Request for Information on science Drivers Requiring Capable Exascale High Performance Computing NSF 16-008 (Oct. 13, 2015)
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) – Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) NSF 16-012 (Oct. 21, 2015)

NIH Opportunities

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  • NINR Personalized Strategies to Manage Symptoms of Chronic Illness (R15) (PA-16-006)
  • NINR Personalized Strategies to Manage Symptoms of Chronic Illness (R01) (PA-16-007)
  • NINR Personalized Strategies to Manage Symptoms of Chronic Illness (R21) (PA-16-008)

Limited Submissions

Find information about limited submissions on the Limited Submissions Opportunities page

REVISED: National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program (NRT) NSF 16-502

The NSF recently revised its solicitation for the Research Traineeship (NRT) program by increasing the institutional limit on IGE proposals and adding new priority areas: Understanding the Brain (UtB) and Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS).

The NRT program includes two tracks: the Traineeship Track and the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track. The University of Tennessee can submit two more applications for this program: 1 in the Trainee Track and 1 in the IGE track.

Please see the full RFP for complete information.

DEADLINES:
Notification of Interest to ORE: 10/28/2015 12 PM
Application to Agency: 2/9/2016
Estimated Program Funding: $51.6M total
Anticipated No. of Awards: 28-35


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