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Funding Opportunity Roundup, Feb. 26

Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies II – State Energy Strategies (DE-FOA-0001496)

The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has announced the Funding Opportunity Announcement Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies II – State Energy Strategies (DE-FOA-0001496):

“This Funding Opportunity announcement (FOA) aims to reduce the soft costs of solar deployment through two approaches, referred to as Topic 1 and Topic 2 in the FOA. The first topic, ‘Topic 1’ is targeted at increasing our foundational understanding of technology evolution, soft costs, and barriers to solar deployment in the US. By combining cutting edge research tools with the creation, analysis and functionalization of data and information, this second round of the Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies (SEEDS) program will examine how solar technologies, the electric grid system, and the institutions that create the solar business marketplace support or impede the evolution and diffusion of solar by partnering researchers with data and energy practitioners. ‘Topic 2’ will directly tackle soft costs and market barrier challenges at the state and regional level by maximizing the benefits of solar electricity through energy and economic strategic planning. This program targets partnerships between states and utilities/electricity sector entities that look to increase solar deployment in their region. This will be achieved through analytical support to develop and implement strategies to: determine or expand renewable energy and other goals, such as: maximizing emissions reductions; hedging against fuel price volatility; creating jobs; expanding access to electricity; and/or increasing grid resiliency, among others.”

The award ceiling is $1,500.000 with an estimated total program funding of $20,900,000. For more information, please see the EERE site: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/

Concept Papers: 
March 8, 2016 by 5:00pm ET
Full Applications: May 2, 2016 by 5:00pm ET

NOTE: Individuals interested in any solicitation that limits the number of submissions allowed by UT must submit a notification of interest to limitsub@utk.edu. See the ORE limited submission policy, View current and past opportunities, and sign up for the listserv.

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program

The goal of the Office of Science Graduate Student Research(SCGSR) program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories.

The program is now accepting applications, which are due May 11, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Find application requirements and instructions at the Office of Science website.

NSF Opportunities

Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies (Cyberlearning) NSF 14-526

The purpose of this program is to integrate opportunities offered by emerging technologies with advances in what is known about how people learn to advance three interconnected thrusts: (1) Innovation: inventing and improving next-generation genres (types) of learning technologies, identifying new means of using technology for fostering and assessing learning, and proposing new ways of integrating learning technologies with each other and into learning environments to foster and assess learning; (2) Advancing understanding of how people learn in technology-rich learning environments: enhancing understanding of how people learn and how to better foster and assess learning, especially in technology-rich learning environments that offer new opportunities for learning and through data collection and computational modeling of learners and groups of learners that can be done only in such environments; and (3) Promoting broad use and transferability of new genres: extracting lessons from experiences with these technologies that can inform design and use of new genres across disciplines, populations, and learning environments; advancing understanding of how to foster learning through effective use these new technologies and the environments they are integrated into.

Awards will be made in three research categories, each focusing on a different stage of research and development: Exploration (EXP), Design and Implementation (DIP), and Integration (INT). The program will also support small Capacity-Building Projects (CAP), e.g., conferences, workshops, and partnership-building activities, and will continue to participate in NSF’s Foundation-Wide programs: EAGER, RAPID, INSPIRE, and CAREER.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 21 to 34

Anticipated Funding Amount: $18 million, total

INT Letter of Intent:  May 9, 2016
INT Full Proposal: July 11, 2016
EXP Full Proposal: Dec. 16, 2016
DIP Full Proposal: Jan. 16, 2017
CAP Full Proposal Target Dates: Mar. 31, 2016; July 29, 2016; Dec. 5, 2016


EarthCube: Developing a Community-Driven Data and Knowledge Environment for the Geosciences NSF 16-514

 EarthCube is a community-driven activity sponsored through a partnership between the NSF Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) and the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) to transform research in the academic geosciences community. EarthCube aims to create a well-connected and facile environment to share data and knowledge in an open, transparent, and inclusive manner, thus accelerating our ability to understand and predict the Earth system.

This umbrella solicitation for EarthCube allows funding opportunities to be flexible and responsive to emerging needs and collaborative processes. The EarthCube vision and goals do not change over time, and this section of the solicitation will remain constant. Funding opportunities to develop elements of the EarthCube environment will be described in Amendments to this solicitation. This is the fifth Amendment to the EarthCube solicitation. The objective of Amendment V is to solicit proposals in three focus areas to further advance EarthCube 1) EarthCube Prototypes, 2) EarthCube Capabilities and 3) EarthCube Research Coordination Networks (RCNs).

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 17 to 19; Amendment V anticipates up to 2 awards for Prototypes, 3-5 awards for Research Coordination Networks (RCNs) and up to 12 for Capabilities

Anticipated Funding Amount: Expected to range from $100,000 to 400,000 per year with durations of 3-5 years

Full Proposal Deadline, EarthCube Prototypes and EarthCube Capabilities: Mar. 24, 2016

Full Proposal Deadline, EarthCube RCN: Proposals accepted anytime


Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences (DMS/NIGMS)  NSF 16-543

The Division of Mathematical Sciences in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the National Institutes of Health plan to support research in mathematics and statistics on questions in the biological and biomedical sciences. Both agencies recognize the need and urgency for promoting research at the interface between the mathematical sciences and the life sciences. This program is designed to encourage new collaborations, as well as to support existing ones.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 15 to 20

Anticipated Funding Amount: Expected to range from $100,000 to 400,000 per year with durations of 3-5 years

Full Proposal Deadline:  Sept. 14, 2016


NSF Dear Colleague Letters

  • NSF INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science NSF 16-048 (Feb. 22, 2016)
  • National Brain Observatory: A Phased Approach for Developing a National Research Infrastructure for Neuroscience NSF 16-047 (Feb. 19, 2016)

NIH Opportunities

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  • NIDA Services Planning Research in the Appalachian Region to Address Adverse Health Consequences Associated with Increased Opioid Injection Drug Use (R03) (RFA-DA-16-015)
  • NIGMS Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA) (K12) (PAR-16-103)
  • NLM / NIEHS Institutional Grants for Research Training in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science (T15) (RFA-LM-16-001)

Limited Submissions

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

Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES)

NSF Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) is a comprehensive initiative to enhance U.S. leadership in science and engineering discovery and innovation by proactively seeking and effectively developing STEM talent from all sectors and groups in our society. In FY 2016, the NSF INCLUDES initiative invites proposals for Design and Development Launch Pilots, which are pilot projects that represent bold, innovative ways for solving a broadening participation (BP) challenge in STEM. Key to a successful proposal will be the identification of a specific goal and measurable objectives, and an argument that the set of partners being assembled includes all who are needed to successfully address the objective. The plan must articulate its potential for scaling. These planning and start-up activities are aimed at engaging appropriate communities in testing the feasibility of developing a full-scale plan and process for change, including identifying other support mechanisms for sustaining the efforts.

The PI must have experience in leading distributed teams and organizations.


Please see the full solicitation for complete information.

Notification of Interest to ORE: 3/2/2016 12 PM
Application to Agency: 4/15/2016
Limit on Number of Applications: 1
Estimated Program Funding: $12.5M total
Anticipated No. of Awards: 30-40

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