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Funding Opportunities Roundup, Sept. 11

EarthCube: Enterprise GovernanceScience Support Office for a Community-Driven Data and Knowledge Environment for the Geosciences NSF 15-603

EarthCube is a community-driven activity to transform the conduct of geosciences research and education, sponsored through a partnership between the NSF Directorate of Geosciences and Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering. This program aims to create a well-connected and facile environment to share data and knowledge in an open, transparent, and inclusive manner, thus accelerating the ability of the geosciences community to understand and predict the Earth system. This solicitation seeks the services of a qualified organization to provide a science support office for EarthCube governance. This organization will provide the services required to maintain and manage the community governance structures and support the activities articulated within the EarthCube Governance Framework documents. The award, to be administered as a Cooperative Agreement, is intended to cover an initial 3-year period.

See full RFP for details

Anticipated Type of Award: Cooperative Agreement
Estimated Number of Awards: 1
Anticipated Funding Amount: between $500,000 and $800,000 per year for 3 years
Full Proposal Deadline: Dec. 14, 2015


Small Business Technology Transfer Program Phase I (STTR) NSF 15-604

This program provides non-dilutive funds for early-stage research and development (R&D) at small businesses. This R&D should be based on innovative, transformational technology with potential for substantial commercial and/or societal benefits. The program invites proposals from small businesses across a broad range of science and engineering disciplines in collaboration with researchers at universities, Federally-Funded Research and Development Centers, and other non-profit institutions. The award duration of 6-12 months is new as of this solicitation. STTR Phase I awards previously had a duration of 12 months. Proposers will indicate their requested duration on the cover page of the proposal. NSF encourages proposals from a diversity of entrepreneurs — new and seasoned. What is most important is that you have a transformative idea or innovation and that your team’s primary goal is the commercialization of the technology. Having no commercialization track record will not count against you – for many companies, an NSF STTR award is their first attempt at commercializing an innovation. Several important differences between SBIR and STTR are outlined on the SBIR/STTR website.

See full RFP for details.

Anticipated Type of Award: Fixed Award Amount
Estimated Number of Awards: 50
Anticipated Funding Amount: If you are successful, you will receive a grant of up to $225,000 for a 6- to 12-month development/feasibility project. You can then compete for a second grant of up to $750,000 over a 2-year period, with the aim of advancing the technology toward commercial deployment.
Full Proposal Deadline: Dec. 11, 2015


Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I (SBIR) NSF 15-605

This program provides non-dilutive funds for early-stage research and development (R&D) at small businesses. This R&D should be based on innovative, transformational technology with potential for substantial commercial and/or societal benefits. The program invites proposals from small businesses across a broad range of science and engineering disciplines. The award amount of $225,000 is new as of this solicitation. The previous award amount for SBIR Phase I was $150,000. The award duration of 6-12 months is also new as of this solicitation. SBIR Phase I awards previously had a duration of 6 months. Proposers will indicate their requested duration on the cover page of the proposal. NSF encourages proposals from a diversity of entrepreneurs — new and seasoned. What is most important is that you have a transformative idea or innovation and that your team’s primary goal is the commercialization of the technology. Having no commercialization track record will not count against you – for many companies, an NSF SBIR award is their first attempt at commercializing an innovation. Several important differences between SBIR and STTR are outlined on the SBIR/STTR website.

See full RFP for details.

Anticipated Type of Award: Fixed Award Amount
Estimated Number of Awards: 200
Anticipated Funding Amount: If you are successful, you will receive a grant of up to $225,000 for a 6-12 month development/feasibility project. You can then compete for a second grant of up to $750,000 over a 2-year period, with the aim of advancing the technology toward commercial deployment.
Full Proposal Deadline: Dec. 8, 2015


NSF Dear Colleague Letters

  • NSF/AST Response to the NRC Report “Optimizing the U.S. Ground-Based Optical and Infrared Astronomy System” 15-115 (Sept. 1, 2015)
  • Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals in Renewable Energy under the NSF/CBET – U.S.-Israel BSF International Opportunity NSF 15-104 (Aug. 28, 2015)

NIH Opportunities

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  • NCI Research Centers for Cancer Systems Biology Consortium(U54) (RFA-CA-15-014)
  • NCI Coordinating Center for Cancer Systems Biology Consortium (U24) (RFA-CA-15-015)
  • NCI Outstanding Investigator Award (R35) (PAR-15-342)
  • NIMH Limited Competition: Multi-scale Molecular Profiling of Brains from Psychiatric Cohorts (Collaborative R01) (RFA-MH-16-230)
  • NIMH Limited Competition: Multi-scale Molecular Profiling of Brains from Psychiatric Cohorts (R01) (RFA-MH-16-235)
  • NINDS High Impact Neuroscience Research Resource Grants (R24) (RFA-NS-16-005)

Limited Submissions

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There are no limited submissions in this week’s roundup.


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