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Funding Opportunities Roundup, Sept. 18

Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF) NSF 15-608

This is the primary program by which NSF participates in the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) for Global Competitiveness, which recognizes the importance of materials science to the well-being and advancement of society and aims to “deploy advanced materials at least twice as fast as possible today, at a fraction of the cost.” DMREF integrates materials discovery, development, property optimization, and systems design and optimization, with each employing a toolset to be developed within a materials innovation infrastructure. The toolset will synergistically integrate advanced computational methods and visual analytics with data-enabled scientific discovery and innovative experimental techniques to revolutionize our approach to materials science and engineering. Accordingly, DMREF will support activities that accelerate materials discovery and development by building the fundamental knowledge base needed to design and make materials with specific and desired functions or properties from first principles.
Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 20 to 25
Anticipated Funding Amount: Three- or four-year awrads toaling $750,000 to $1.6 million are anticipated.
Submission Window Dates: Jan. 4 – 19, 2016

Solar, Heliospheric, and Interplanetary Environment (SHINE) NSF 15-606

The solar and heliospheric research communities are dedicated to promoting enhanced understanding of, and predictive capabilities for, solar disturbances that propagate to the Earth. Broad-based, grass-roots associations such as SHINE have developed to focus community effort on these scientific questions. Proposals are solicited for research directly related to topics under consideration and discussion at community workshops organized by SHINE. Information on the current activities of SHINE may be found at the following web site: http://www.shinecon.org

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 10 to 12
Anticipated Funding Amount: $1,200,000 total
Full Proposal Deadline: Dec. 9, 2015

NSF Dear Colleague Letters

  • Prediction and Resilience against Extreme EVENTS (PREEVENTS) NSF 15-117
  • Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals Under the US NSF/CISE/CCF – US-Israel BSF International Opportunity NSF 15-118
  • Supporting Research Advances in Smart and Connected Communities NSF 15-120
  • EFRI Research Experience and Mentoring (REM) Program NSF 15-121

NIH Opportunities

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  • NHGRI Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Computational Analysis Research Projects (U01) (NOT-HG-15-036)
  • NHGRI Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for ENCODE Data Coordination and Analysis Center (U24) (NOT-HG-15-037)

Limited Submissions

Find information about limited submissions on the Limited Submissions Opportunities page.


IUSE/Professional Formation of Engineers: Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) NSF 15-607

The NSF Engineering (ENG) Directorate is accepting proposals for Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED). This funding opportunity enables engineering departments to lead the nation by successfully achieving significant sustainable changes necessary to overcome long-standing issues in their undergraduate programs and educate inclusive communities of engineering students prepared to solve 21st century challenges.

The Principal Investigator(s) must be a department chair/head (or equivalent) to establish institutional accountability. Additionally, there must be a RED team that includes (at a minimum) an expert in engineering education or computer science education research, who can ground the research plan in the literature, and a social science expert who can evaluate department dynamics and monitor change processes. The social scientist must have expertise to advise on strategies for developing a culture of change and on strategies for creating meaningful collective ownership of the effort among faculty, students, and staff.

Please see the full RFP for complete information.

Notification of Interest to ORE: 9/24/2015 12 PM
Application to Agency: 12/15/2015
Estimated Program Funding: $12M total


2016 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (Graduate Student Award)

ORAU is accepting nominations for the 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Interdisciplinary Meeting with Nobel Laureates from the field of physics.
Basic requirements are that nominees:
Are U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled at a university in the U.S. as full-time graduate students;
have completed by June 2016 at least two academic years of graduate studies toward a doctoral degree in the discipline of physics, but not be planning a dissertation/thesis defense before December 31, 2016
Are below the age of 35
Have a record of distinctly above-average academic achievements
Participating in a research project
The awards being made to final participants include, but are not limited to, airfare, lodging, meals, ground transportation, and student participation fee (registration fee) for the Lindau Meeting.

Please contact Susan Ballantine, Director of Research Initiatives, with any questions.

Notification of Interest to ORE: 9/23/2015 12 PM
Application to Agency: 10/16/2015
Estimated Program Funding: see opportunity

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