Vice President for Research & Economic Development
Proposal Services & Faculty Support
August Funding Focus Newsletter #1
What is a Limited Submission?
A limited submission solicitation (RFA, RFP, etc.) places a cap on the number of submissions that Auburn may submit to a sponsor. Auburn handles limited submissions by sending out a notification via this newsletter and creating competitions in the Auburn University Competition Space (also known as InfoReady ).To apply to any limited submission posted below, click on the above link and search for your competition reflected on the page. Please refer to the Limited Submission Procedures page for a list of requirements.
Limited Submission Announcements

The Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative approaches to STEM graduate education training. The program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master's and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. 

IGE focuses on projects aimed at piloting, testing, and validating innovative and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education. IGE projects are intended to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption. The program supports testing of novel models or activities with high potential to enrich and extend the knowledge base on effective graduate education approaches. 

The program addresses both workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacity building needs in graduate education. Strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academic partners are encouraged. 

IGE Awards (6 to 10 anticipated in FY 2018) are expected to be up to three (3) years in duration with a total budget between $300,000 and $500,000.  

Institutional Limit: 2 Proposals
Internal Deadline: August 23, 2019, 4:45pm

There are three types of grants offered: 

1. Career Development 
May include salary support for promising young melanoma investigators. 

2. Basic Science 
To gain new biological insights in to melanoma development or progression. 

3. Translational Research 
To fund clinically important melanoma research. 

Special consideration will be given in three areas: 
1) emerging novel concepts that constitute significant innovation, 
2) new investigators in the field of melanoma, and 
3) prevention and early detection. 

With a special focus on screening and prevention, most individual grants do not exceed $125,000 per year.

Institutional Limit: 1 Proposal per grant category
Internal Deadline: August 23, 2019, 4:45pm

The two categories of the AAAS Mentor Awards (Lifetime Mentor Award and Mentor Award) both honor individuals who during their careers demonstrate extraordinary leadership to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in science and engineering fields and careers. These groups include: women of all racial or ethnic groups; African American, Native American, and Hispanic men; and people with disabilities.
Both awards recognize an individual who has mentored and guided significant numbers of students from underrepresented groups to the completion of doctoral studies or who has impacted the climate of a department, college, or institution to significantly increase the diversity of students pursuing and completing doctoral studies. It is important to indicate in the nomination materials how the nominee’s work resulted in departmental and/or institutional change in terms of the granting of PhDs to underrepresented students. This can be documented not only with quantitative data, but may also be demonstrated through the student and colleague letters of support.

Such commitment and extraordinary effort may be demonstrated by:
  • the number and diversity of students mentored;
  • assisting students to present and publish their work, to find financial aid, and to provide career guidance;
  • providing psychological support, encouragement, and essential strategies for life in the scholarly community;
  • continued interest in the individual’s professional advancement.

Lifetime Mentor Award:  A prize of $5,000 will be awarded. This individual will have served in the role of mentor for 25 or more years.

Mentor Award:  A prize of $5,000 will be awarded. This individual will have served in the role of mentor for less than 25 years.

Both award category recipients receive: A monetary prize, a commemorative plaque, complimentary registration, and reimbursement for reasonable travel and hotel expenses to attend the AAAS Annual Meeting.

Nomination Deadline: August 15, 2019
Calling all faculty/staff/students working in the areas of biological, chemical, biotechnology, engineering, animal health, human health, pharmaceutical, pharmacological or biomedical sciences:
Save the Date!

What : The 2019 NanoBio Summit
Where : Embassy Suites by Hilton, Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park.
When Sept 5 & 6 th , 2019   (arrival on 4 th , planning meeting on 4 th )

The NanoBio Summit aims to provide an opportunity for leading nanotechnology and nanomedicine researchers, scientists, engineers and students to participate and showcase their research findings. There will be an ample opportunity to network with scientists working in the nanomedicine field to form long-term research collaborations. The ultimate goal is to form long lasting collaborations with research institutions and R&D collaborations and commercialization with private industries. Several scientific companies will also participate as exhibitors.

If you have any questions, need additional information or would like to be contacted when material is finalized please contact Rusty Arnold at [email protected] .

ALDOT is seeking competitive proposals from qualified organizations who are interested in providing consultant service assistance for the Disadvantage Business Enterprise Supportive Service (DBE/SS) Program. The services provided by the selected consultant will assist ALDOT in recruitment, technical and managerial training  to firms enrolled in its DBE Program.

The purpose of this solicitation and resulting contract allows the ALDOT to provide DBEs with supportive services residing in five (5) regions (North Region, East Central Region, West Central Region, Southeast Region, and Southwest Region) within its state boundaries.

ALDOT is committed to providing regions with a DBE/SS Program through usage of three selected consultants with coverage encompassing  designated counties within the Northern, Central and Southern  areas of this state. DBE/SS Program will contribute to the growth and self – sufficiency of DBE firm residing in each county. The Department’s goal for this program through adherence to 49 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) Part 26 is to continue assistance  in areas identified as “Tasks” within the FY 2019 DBE/SS Statement of Work (SOW) educating and mentoring DBE firms so they can successfully compete in the highway industry for work within federally funded projects. Only eligible firms which have met the requirements of 49 CFR Part 26 and are ALDOT DBE certified will participate in the ALDOT DBE/SS Program. Particpating firms will receive an initial assessement to identify their training needs. A goal will be to designate firms completing this training and their final assessments as recommendations for placement into ALDOT‘s tiered Business Development Program (BDP). ALDOT has been allocated $750,000.00 in state funds to implement a DBE/SS Program. The program will be implemented during the calendar year of 2019 – 2020.

Full Proposal Due – September 6, 2019 (5pm Central)
The multi-agency Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases program supports research on the ecological, evolutionary, and social drivers that influence the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. The central theme of submitted projects must be the quantitative or computational understanding of pathogen transmission dynamics. The intent is discovery of principles of infectious disease transmission and testing mathematical or computational models that elucidate infectious disease systems. Projects should be broad, interdisciplinary efforts that go beyond the scope of typical studies. Ten grants of roughly $2.4 million each will be awarded.

Full Proposal Due – November 20, 2019 (5pm Eastern)
This program seeks to accelerate fundamental, broad-based research on wireless-specific machine learning techniques, towards a new wireless system and architecture design, which can dynamically access shared spectrum, efficiently operate with limited radio and network resources, and scale to address the diverse and stringent quality-of-service requirements of future wireless applications. In parallel, this program also targets research on reliable distributed ML by addressing the challenge of computation over wireless edge networks to enable ML for wireless and future applications. Model-based approaches for designing the wireless network stack have proven quite efficient in delivering the networks in wide use today; research enabled by this program is expected to identify realistic problems that can be best solved by ML and to address fundamental questions about expected improvements from using ML over model-based methods.

It is anticipated that 10 to 15 awards will be made, with an award size of $300,000-$1,500,000, for periods of up to 3 years. The budget should be commensurate with the complexity of the proposed research. Projects will be funded across this range.

Smaller-scale projects are well-suited to one or two investigators (PI and one co-PI or other Senior Personnel) and a small number of students and/or postdocs. Larger-scale projects are well-suited to a small number of investigators (PI, co-PI and/or other Senior Personnel) and several students and/or postdocs. Larger-scale projects are encouraged to be inclusive of a prototyping effort for the researched solutions.

Full Proposal Due – October 29, 2019 (5pm Eastern)
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