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Funding Opportunities Roundup, Oct. 9

Air Force Energy Resilience Challenge

U.S. military operations rely on extensive and networked energy infrastructure on domestic installations more than ever. Every military Service has identified resilient energy infrastructure as a key component of its broad energy strategy. Achieving resilient energy will require collaborations between emerging technology companies, financial institutions, and project developers. Government customers increasingly seek holistic solutions with multiple technologies integrated through open-architecture systems.

The Air Force has published a call for “resilient energy infrastructure solutions” in the topic areas below.  These solutions may include such items as technologies/developing technologies, best practices, financial models, and collaboration/teaming models.

PIs with selected proposals will be invited to give a presentation to a panel of Air Force  energy experts at the Defense Energy Innovation Summit in Austin, TX on December 2.  Please share this opportunity with your colleagues who may be interested (e.g., CURENT, SEERC, etc.), and let me know if anyone plans to submit.  Some ORE travel assistance may be available to help invited faculty attend.  

  • Power Generation
  • Grid & Power Management
  • Buildings & Efficiency
  • Disaster Prep & Relief
  • Energy Solutions/Integration
  • Incentive Programs
  • Project Finance

A brief description of proposed solutions is due by Oct. 21, 2015.
Find more information and a link to submit here.

Call for Papers: Kasmera Journal

“The new English-Spanish edition of Kasmera journal covers a wide range of experimental, theoretical and general life sciences. All papers sent to the journal are double blind peer reviewed to ensure a high quality of scientific standards. Authors of accepted papers are required to pay a minimum publication charge based upon their paper length and number of the color pages. Only top ranked peer reviewed accepted papers in the field of Medicine and Public Health are sponsored by the publisher to be included free of charge. The decision to elect the top ranked research articles are made upon the editorial votes for each issue.”

Papers sent to Kasmera are considered for peer review only if the submission is completed online. Kasmera does not accept papers submitted by mail or email.

Dimensions of Biodiversity FY2016 15-611

The goal of the Dimensions of Biodiversity campaign is to transform, by 2020, how we describe and understand the scope and role of life on Earth. This campaign promotes novel integrative approaches to fill the most substantial gaps in our understanding of the diversity of life on Earth. It takes a broad view of biodiversity, and focuses on the intersection of genetic, phylogenetic, and functional dimensions of biodiversity. Successful proposals must integrate these three dimensions to understand interactions and feedbacks among them. While this focus complements several core programs in BIO and GEO, it differs by requiring that multiple dimensions of biodiversity be addressed simultaneously, in novel ways, to understand their synergistic roles in critical ecological and evolutionary processes. The Dimensions of Biodiversity program again includes partnerships with the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) of Brazil in fiscal year 2016. Investigators wishing to inquire about the suitability of potential projects for Dimensions of Biodiversity are encouraged to email a brief summary and contact information to

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 8 to 12
Anticipated Funding Amount: Up to $2 million for up to five years
Pre-Proposal Deadline: Mar. 17, 2016

Focused Research Hubs in Theoretical Physics (FRHTP) 16-501

Focused Research Hubs in Theoretical Physics are designed to enhance significant breakthroughs at an intellectual frontier of physics by providing resources beyond those available to individual investigators, so as to promote a collaborative approach to a focused topic while promoting the preparation of scientists at the beginning of their independent scientific careers. Although interdisciplinary aspects may be included, the bulk of the effort must fall within the purview of the Division of Physics. The successful hub will demonstrate: (1) the potential to advance science; (2) the enhancement of the development of early career scientists; (3) a synergy or value-added rationale that justifies a group approach. The FRHTP awards are intended to support postdoctoral researchers and enable collaborative interactions via support for travel, collaboration meetings and workshops.

Topics for the FY16 competition:
Proposals may only be submitted in the specific topic(s) listed in this solicitation:

  1. Quantum Information Science (QIS) – A QIS-focused research hub will support theoretical work to explore quantum applications that will push the frontiers of quantum-based information, transmission, and manipulation within the purview of the Division of Physics.
  2. Theoretical Nuclear Physics (TNP) A TNP-focused research hub will support theoretical work in the area of Fundamental Symmetries, Neutrinos, and their applications to Nuclear Astrophysics relevant to research within the purview of the Division of Physics.

Anticipated Type of Award: Cooperative Agreement
Estimated Number of Awards: 2
Anticipated Funding Amount: $250,000 – $500,000 per year over five years
Pre-Proposal Deadline: Jan. 22, 2016

Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) 16-500

This program supports the generation of extended time series of data to address important questions in evolutionary biology, ecology, and ecosystem science. Research areas include, but are not limited to, the effects of natural selection or other evolutionary processes on populations, communities, or ecosystems; the effects of interspecific interactions that vary over time and space; population or community dynamics for organisms that have extended life spans and long turnover times; feedbacks between ecological and evolutionary processes; pools of materials such as nutrients in soils that turn over at intermediate to longer time scales; and external forcing functions such as climatic cycles that operate over long return intervals. The program intends to support decadal projects.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 6 to 8
Anticipated Funding Amount: $750,000 to $1.5 million per year
Pre-Proposal Deadline: Jan. 25, 2016

Request for Information: Teaming Partner List for Upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT)

To facilitate forming new project teams for DE-FOA-0001383 BENEFIT, DOE EERE has published the following RFI:

The United States (U.S.) Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) strongly encourages outstanding scientists and engineers from different organizations, scientific disciplines, and technology sectors to form new project teams. … Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is compiling a Teaming Partner List to facilitate the formation of new project teams for the anticipated Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) … The Teaming Partner List will be available as an attachment to this RFI on EERE Exchange at, and moved to FOA DE-FOA-0001383 when available.

Responses to the RFI should be submitted no later than 5:00pm (ET) on December 15, 2015.

For further information, please download this document from the EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange and see additional information at this link.

NSF Dear Colleague Letters 

Optics and Photonics (OP) NSF 16-004 (Oct. 5, 2015)

NIH Opportunities

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  • NIH Standard Deadlines for Investigator-Initiated Research Projects
  • NIH Household Air Pollution (HAP) Health Outcomes Trial (UM1) (RFA-HL-16-012)
  • NIAID Characterization of Mycobacterial Induced Immunity in HIV-infected and Uninfected Individuals (R21) (PAR-15-360)
  • NICHD Population Dynamics Centers Research Infrastructure Program FY 2016 (P2C) (RFA-HD-16-017)
  • NINDS Institutional Center Core Grants to Support Neuroscience Research (P30) (RFA-NS-16-004)

Limited Submissions

Find information about limited submissions on the Limited Submissions Opportunities page

Brain Research Foundation 2016 Seed Grant Program

The objective of the BRF Seed Grant Program is to support new and innovative projects, especially those of junior faculty, who are working in new research directions. Funding is to be directed at pilot research projects that are both innovative and will likely lead to successful grant applications to NIH and other public and private funding entities. To be eligible, the PI must be a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor working in the area of studies of brain function. This includes molecular and clinical neuroscience as well as studies of neural, sensory, motor, cognitive, behavioral and emotional functioning in health and disease. The grant proposal must detail a new research project that is not funded by other sources.

Please see the full RFP for complete information.

Notification of Interest to ORE: 10/14/2015 12 PM
Application to Agency: 1/7/2016
Estimated Program Funding: $80K per award
Anticipated No. of Awards: 8-10

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