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Funding Opportunities Roundup: February 6, 2015

Call for Nominations: 2015 Pathway to Stop Diabetes Awards

Pathway is a bold initiative intended to radically transform diabetes research. The program seeks exceptional nominees from a broad range of disciplines, including medicine, biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics.

The Pathway program is highly competitive. Over the first two years of the program, the overall success rate for applications to the program has been approximately 5%. Success rates vary significantly depending on award mechanism, with Visionary (previously Accelerator New to Diabetes) being the most competitive with only a 2% success rate, Accelerator (previously Accelerator Early Investiagor) with a 5% success rate and Initiator with a 14% success rate.

DEADLINE: Application Deadline July 1, 2015.

For more information, see the full listing.

ARPA-E: Network Optimized Distributed Energy Systems (NODES)

Through the Network Optimized Distributed Energy Systems (NODES) program, ARPA-E will fund the development of innovative and disruptive technologies for real-time management of transmission and distribution networks by system-wide control and coordination of flexible load and Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) to improve the overall efficiency and reliability of the U.S. electric grid and enable renewables penetration at the 50% level or greater. The objective is to reliably manage, locally or globally, dynamic changes in the grid by leveraging these additional grid resources’ capability to provide ancillary services to the electric grid at different time scales. This will facilitate greater grid resiliency, security, and flexibility, while having minimal impact on customer quality of service (QoS).

DEADLINE: Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 3/20/2015 5:00 PM ET
Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) Comprehensive Grant Program

NIST is soliciting applications to support research involving neutron scattering and spectroscopy specifically aimed at developing new instrumentation for neutron research, conducting collaborative research with NIST and visiting scientists, and to conduct other outreach and educational activities that advance the use of neutrons by U.S. academia and industrial scientists. This will entail awardee(s) stationing scientific staff at the 2 NCNR to collaborate with NIST and other visiting scientists to advance these objectives.

DEADLINE: Electronic applications 11:59 p.m. EST, Friday, April 17, 2015. Paper applications 5:00 p.m. EST, Friday, April 17, 2015.
Applications received after the respective deadline will not be reviewed or considered.

For more information, see the full RFP.

NSF Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE: RIEF) NSF 15-539

The NSF Engineering (ENG) Directorate has launched a multi-year initiative, the Professional Formation of Engineers, to create and support an innovative and inclusive engineering profession for the 21st Century. Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE) refers to the formal and informal processes and value systems by which people become engineers. It also includes the ethical responsibility of practicing engineers to sustain and grow the profession. This program enables engineering faculty who are renowned for teaching, mentoring, or leading educational reform efforts on their campus to initiate collaborations with colleagues in the social and/or learning sciences to address difficult, boundary-spanning problems in the professional formation of engineers. This solicitation invites proposals for the creation of new research networks that will focus on: (1) advancing basic research through integrative, interdisciplinary perspectives and methodologies, through integration of theory and experiment, and across scales of analysis; and/or (2) translating findings from basic research on learning to applications to benefit society and further inform fundamental theories of learning. Each network is expected to engage in both of the following activities: (1) partnership-building activities among the network participants to optimize scientific exchange for the co-design and execution of network goals; and (2) collaborative, exploratory research to be conducted by the network participants.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 20

Anticipated Funding Amount: maximum funding of $150,000 per award

Full Proposal Deadline: Apr. 30, 2015 (due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time)

NSF Promoting Research and Innovation in Methodologies for Evaluation (PRIME) NSF 15-540

This program seeks to support research on evaluation with special emphasis on: (1) exploring innovative approaches for determining the impacts and usefulness of STEM education projects and programs; (2) building on and expanding the theoretical foundations for evaluating STEM education and workforce development initiatives, including translating and adapting approaches from other fields; and (3) growing the capacity and infrastructure of the evaluation field. Three types of proposals will be supported by the program: Exploratory Projects that include proof-of-concept and feasibility studies; more extensive Full-Scale Projects; and conferences.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 13 to 18 (7-10 full scale projects, approximately 6-8 exploratory projects, and the remainder of funds allocated to support conferences, RAPIDs and EAGERs.

Anticipated Funding Amount: Exploratory projects cannot exceed $250,000 total and a duration of two years. Full-scale projects cannot exceed $800,000 total and a duration of three years. Typical conference costs are around $100,000.

Full Proposal Deadline: Apr. 30, 2015 (due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time)

NSF SEES: Interactions of Food Systems with Water and Energy Systems (Dear Colleague Letter)

Through this Dear Colleague Letter, the NSF aims to accelerate fundamental understanding and stimulate basic research on systems that extend beyond the interests of the SEES Water Sustainability and Climate (WSC) program to include couplings to energy and food systems where the NSF already has established presence. The NSF requests innovative proposals in the form of (1) supplements, to build upon existing NSF-funded research activities; or (2) conferences of typically 30-80 attendees that stimulate debate, discussion, visioning and collaboration across research communities, and enable a higher appreciation, visualization and understanding of food systems and their couplings to energy and water systems. All NSF Directorates/Office listed below are interested in receiving inquiries. These proposals should address the coupled nature of the food, energy, and water system and the interdisciplinary dimensions of physical, natural, biological, cyber, and social/behavioral processes of relevance.

Anticipated Funding Amount: Workshop proposal budgets must be less than a total of $100,000

Full Proposal Deadline: Mar. 30, 2015 (due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time)

SAFE Energy Security Prize

Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) is pleased to announce the second installment of the SAFE Energy Security Prize. The Prize is designed to support the critical efforts of companies whose ingenuity, leadership, and perseverance are poised to advance American energy security by helping to end U.S. oil dependence. The winner of the 2015 SAFE Energy Security Prize will receive $125,000.

CNBC and Clemson University are official partners of the SAFE Energy Security Prize. To apply for the SAFE Energy Security Prize you can download the application form here.When you’ve completed the application in its entirety, please upload your completed document to the application process.

More information: http://secureenergy.org/projects/energy-security-prize
DEADLINE: All submissions are due by April 10, 2015. Semifinalists will be announced May 11, 2015 and the winners will be announced at an event on June 23, 2015.

Sigma Xi Student Science and Engineering Research Grants

The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program has provided undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences since 1922. By encouraging close working relationships between students and mentors, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.

For more information, please see the full RFP.

Application Deadlines: March 15 and October 15 annually.

Theatre Communications Group: International Collaboration Grants

Theatre Communications Group is accepting proposals from theater organizations and individual artists in support of collaborations between artists based in the United States and their colleagues around the world. US-based theatre organizations and individual artists may apply to one of the three initiatives of this program:

Global Connections—On the Road: This initiative will award 12 grants of up to $5,000 each to foster new relationships with international colleagues that will inspire each other’s work and aesthetics by creating opportunities for cultural exchange.

Global Connections—In the Lab: This initiative will award six grants of $10,000 each to further pre-existing international collaborations by supporting residencies that either advance the development of a piece or explore elements leading up to a full production.

Global Connections—On the Stage: This initiative will award up to five grants between $10,000 and $15,000 each to theatres located in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to tour a work internationally or to present international work on stages within these states, Bilateral tours are welcome in this initiative.

For more information, please see the full RFP.

POSTED: February 5, 2015

DEADLINE: March 11, 2015


  • Brain Initiative: New Concepts and Early-Stage Research for Large-Scale Recording and Modulation in the Nervous System (R21)(RFA-EY-15-001)
  • NINR: Maternal Nutrition and Pre-pregnancy Obesity: Effects on Mothers, Infants and Children (R01)(PA-15-100)
  • NIAID: Systems Biology and Antibacterial Resistance (U01)(RFA-AI-14-064)
  • NIGMS: Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (R35)(RFA-GM-16-002)


More information about each of these limited submissions may be found on the Limited Submissions Opportunities page.

Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative – Undergraduate Research Fellowships

NIFA requests applications for the AFRI’s Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative (ELI) for fiscal year (FY) 2015 to provide fellowships to undergraduate students in the agricultural sciences. Undergraduate Research and Extension Experiential Learning Fellowships promote research and extension experiential learning for undergraduates such that upon graduation they may enter the agriculture workforce with exceptional skills.

NIFA Undergraduate Research and Extension Experiential Learning Opportunity Fellowships will support Integrated Projects that address one or more of the following Challenge and Foundational Areas: Plant health and production and plant products; Animal health and production and animal products; Food Safety, nutrition, and health; Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment; Agriculture systems and technology; and Agriculture economics and rural communities, Agricultural and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change, Childhood Obesity Prevention.

Please see the full RFP for complete information.

Notification of Interest to ORE: 2/9/2015 12 PM
Application to Agency: 5/6/2015
Estimated Program Funding: $16.9M total

Iraq Programs

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces a 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 promote democracy, human rights, and rule of law in Iraq. After reviewing SOIs, selected organization will be invited to expand their ideas into full proposals at a later date. In light of the current situation in Iraq, a strong ability to implement programs in-country must be demonstrated. .

Please see the full RFP for complete information.

Notification of Interest to ORE: 2/11/2015 12 PM
Application to Agency: 3/4/2015
Estimated Program Funding: $2.5M total


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