July 2018

This monthly newsletter has been created to  assist FAS researchers across all domains who are looking for funding opportunities related to "Big Data". In response to the need for new conceptual and computational approaches for big data processing and storage, as well as the need for educational opportunities in this area for up and coming researchers, sponsors like NSF, DOD, DOE, NIH and private foundations are offering a growing number of funding opportunities for Big Data research and training programs.

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News and Resources
Speakers will present on topics such as integration of AI/ML into healthcare, using AI/ML in biomedical research in the future and in what capacities, the potential for AI/ML to enhance clinical care and scientific discovery, and ethical considerations.  This full day workshop will take place on July 23, and can be viewed online via live videocast.

NIH's Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) grantees developed a series of resources for the biomedical research and data science communities to use big data to answer biomedical research questions. The NIH Office of Strategic Coordination (OSC) has released a webpage with direct hyperlinks to these resources. 

The NSF 2026 Idea Machine is a competition to help set the U.S. agenda for fundamental research in science and engineering. NSF plans to launch the Idea Machine competition in late August 2018.

To address a worldwide need for data storage that far outstrips today's capabilities, federal agencies and a technology research consortium are investing $12 million in new research through the Semiconductor Synthetic Biology for Information Processing and Storage Technologies (SemiSynBio) program. The goal is to create storage systems that integrate synthetic biology with semiconductor technology.

DARPA's Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is seeking information on new capabilities that could be enabled by current and next generation quantum computers for understanding complex physical systems, improving artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), and enhancing distributed sensing.  Parties interested in participating in a potential DARPA workshop on QC applications with State of the Art (SOA) capabilities must submit a response to this RFI via DARPA-SN-18-68@darpa.mil by August 10, 2018.

Funding Opportunities for Big Data
Social Science
 (Computer) Science and Engineering
Biomedical Science
Education and Training

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Social Science
USDANIFAAFRI2018
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) - Foundational and Applied Science Program 
Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Intent (required): July 25, 2018 for the FACT program; not required for the Economic Implications program
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: August 30, 2018 for the Economic Implications program; October 31, 2018 for FACT program
Award Information: For both the FACT and Economic Implications programs, budgets for Standard Grants, Strengthening Standard Grants, and New Investigator Grants must not exceed $500,000 total per project (including indirect costs) for project periods of up to 4 years.  Conference and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement ( FASE) Grant proposals are also welcome. Budgets for Standard Grants and Strengthening Standard Grants addressing the FACT coordination innovation networks priority must not exceed $1M total per project (including indirect costs) for project periods of up to 5 years. 
 
The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is America's flagship competitive grants program that provides funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences. In this RFA, NIFA requests applications for six AFRI priority areas through the Foundational and Applied Science Program for FY 2018: 
  1. Plant health and production and plant products;
  2. Animal health and production and animal products;
  3. Food safety, nutrition, and health;
  4. Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment;
  5. Agriculture systems and technology; and
  6. Agriculture economics and rural communities.
Under the Agriculture Systems and Technology (AST) program area, NIFA calls for Food and Agriculture Cyberinformatics Tools (FACT) proposals. This program area priority focuses on data science to enable systems and communities to effectively utilize data, improve resource management, and integrate new technologies and approaches to further U.S. food and agriculture enterprises. The program encourages university-based research as well as public and private partnerships. NIFA also invites proposals for FACT coordination innovation networks to foster a cohesive, multi-disciplinary community that addresses bottlenecks in critical areas (e.g., high-throughput phenomics; systems modeling, access and integration of data from technologies like sensors and drones; smart cities).

The Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities (AERC) program area invites proposals on Economic Implications and Applications of Big Data in Food and Agriculture. This program area invites proposals that address issues surrounding how Big Data might influence markets, industry structure, and agricultural and food value chains. The program area priority is a joint effort between the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) and NIFA to support the FACT initiative. Invited projects include research only on development and applications of big data and integrated projects designed to train agricultural economists in the use of data science.
DoDARIFY2018to2023
Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences Broad Agency Announcement for Basic, Applied, and Advanced Research (Fiscal Years 2018-2023)
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling through April 29, 2023
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: Research grants and conference grants are available. 

The ARI is the Army's lead agency for the conduct of research, development, and analyses for the improvement of Army readiness and performance via research advances and applications of the behavioral and social sciences that address personnel, organization, and Soldier and leader development issues. Programs funded under this BAA include basic research, applied research, and advanced technology development that can improve human performance and Army readiness.

Applied Research and Advanced Technology Development areas of interest include Statistical Innovations in Talent Management. Related to big data, ARI is interested in receiving proposals to Improve Talent Management through Data Science. Proposals should address applications of Big Data analytics, predictive modeling, or new computational methods to support talent management and personnel management. Examples include testing and assessment, counter-productive work behaviors, recruitment, retention, career development, promotions, improving person-job fit, enhancing readiness and resilience, and decision-support systems for leaders.
DoDDARPASCORE
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Systematizing Confidence in Open Research and Evidence (SCORE)
Sponsor Deadline for Abstracts (strongly encouraged): November 1, 2018 for TA3; deadline has passed for TA1 and TA2
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals:  August 1, 2018 for TA1 and TA2; December 12, 2018 for TA3
Award Information:  The level of funding for individual awards made under this BAA will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. SCORE is a 36-month program, comprising two phases with durations of 18 months each.  DARPA anticipates multiple awards under each Technical Area (TA).

DARPA's Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is soliciting innovative research proposals for the development and deployment of automated tools to assign Confidence Scores (CSs) to different kinds of Social and Behavioral Science (SBS) research results and claims. CSs are quantitative measures that should enable  someone to understand the degree to which a particular claim or result is likely to be reproducible and/or replicable. These tools will assign explainable CSs with a reliability that is equal to, or better than, the best current human expert methods and will enable a consumer of SBS research to quickly calibrate the level of confidence in the Reproducibility and Replicability (R&R) of a given SBS result or claim.
 
To achieve its vision, the SCORE program will fund research in three Technical Areas (TAs), with an independent Test and Evaluation (T&E) team providing oversight. DARPA is soliciting proposals for TA1, TA2, or TA3 but is not soliciting proposals for participation on the T&E team. Each proposal should only address a single TA. The three TAs are:
  • TA1: Data
  • TA2: Experts
  • TA3: Algorithms
DoDMinerva
Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)
Minerva Research Initiative
Sponsor Deadline: August 14, 2018
OSP Deadline: August 7, 2018
Award Information:  $150,000 per year-$1M per year for 3-5 years. 10-12 awards are anticipated.

The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) is interested in receiving proposals for the Minerva Research Initiative, a university-led defense social science program seeking fundamental understanding of the social and cultural forces shaping U.S. strategic interests globally. The Minerva Research Initiative emphasizes questions of strategic importance to U.S. national security policy. It seeks to increase the Department's intellectual capital in the social sciences and improve its ability to address future challenges and build bridges between the Department and the social science community.
 
Minerva brings together universities and other research institutions around the world and supports multidisciplinary and cross-institutional projects addressing specific interest areas determined by the Department of Defense, including the Fundamental Dynamics of Scientific Discovery. The objective of this Minerva interest area is to explore the fundamental social dynamics underpinning scientific discovery in the S&T research enterprise in order to develop validated techniques to identify promising research, recognize potential scientific breakthroughs and measure their significance. This topic seeks innovative, multidisciplinary research embracing quantitative, predictive big data approaches and involving collaborations among natural, computational and social scientists to explore the patterns of scientific production with rich mathematical and computational models.
DOJBJAJAIPilotProjects
Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
FY18 Justice Accountability Initiative (JAI): Pilot Projects using Data-driven Systems to Reduce Crime and Recidivism
Sponsor Deadline: July 30, 2018
OSP Deadline: July 23, 2018
Award Information:  In Category 1,  BJA expects to make 5 awards of up to $2M each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $10M. The period of performance for Category 1 awards will be 24 months. BJA expects to make 3 Category 2 awards of up to $3.3M each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $10M. The period of performance for Category 2 awards will be 36 months.

To reduce recidivism and crime, BJA seeks to support innovative and comprehensive approaches to develop and implement improved, more scientifically rigorous, and automated risk prediction tools (based on a computer learning algorithm or comparable algorithm), needs assessments, and criminal justice capabilities to determine who may reoffend and to apply the appropriate supervisory supports for prevention (Category 1); and to build or improve integrated and data-sharing capacity and notification systems (e.g., between law enforcement agencies and corrections authorities) (Category 2).
MCCPartnerships2018
Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Annual Program Statement (APS): Partnerships with MCC Program
Sponsor Deadlines: July 31, 2018; November 8, 2018
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: Award amounts vary by technical area. The period of performance is up to 5 years. Partnership applications must provide cost share from 2-10%, or matching funding up to 10%, or leverage funding with a ratio of 1:1 or higher.

MCC is seeking partners to work towards achieving its mission of poverty reduction through growth. Partners may include academic and research institutions, businesses, non-governmental organizations, development-oriented investors, philanthropies and foundations, think tanks, other donors, or other public and private sector entities. Through the APS, MCC aims to foster proactive collaboration and engagement among MCC and the partner(s) around specific areas for collaboration, co-financing, catalytic investment, and innovation that advance MCC's mission. By partnering with other entities in the public, private, and civil sectors, MCC and its country counterparts can increase the scale, impact, and sustainability of MCC compact and threshold program investments.

Open partnership opportunities related to big data include: 
  • Data Collaboratives for Local Impact (DCLI) in Tanzania and Cote d'Ivoire
  • High Frequency Monitoring Data
NSFRIDIR2018
Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE)
Resource Implementations for Data Intensive Research in the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (RIDIR)
Sponsor Deadline: February 25, 2019
OSP Deadline: February 15, 2019
Award Information: Total maximum amount for all awards per year: $4.5M. 3-4 awards are anticipated per year.

As part of NSF's Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR), the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) seeks to develop user-friendly large-scale next-generation data resources and relevant analytic techniques to advance fundamental research in SBE areas of study. Successful proposals will, within the financial resources provided by the award, construct such databases and/or relevant analytic techniques and produce a finished product that will enable new types of data-intensive research. The databases or techniques should have significant impacts, either across multiple fields or within broad disciplinary areas, by enabling new types of data-intensive research in the SBE sciences.
NSFRDCs
Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE)
Restricted-Access Research Data Centers (RDCs)
Sponsor Deadline: September 30, 2018
OSP Deadline: September 23, 2018
Award Information: Up to $100,000/year over a 1-3 year period to cover start-up costs for new RDCs. 1-3 new awards are anticipated.

This solicitation invites proposals for the establishment of new Research Data Centers (RDCs).  RDCs are secure Census Bureau facilities within which external researchers are given access to confidential micro data in accordance with specific statutory requirements.  NSF will provide start-up costs for new RDC facilities.  Potential investigators first must contact Census regarding the feasibility of sponsoring an RDC prior to submitting a proposal to NSF.
NSFSTS
Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE)
Science, Technology and Society (STS)
Sponsor Deadlines: August 3, 2018; February 4, 2019
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: Standard research grants up to $400,000 over 2-3 years are available; STS also offers Conference and Workshop grants up to $25,000.

The Science, Technology, and Society (STS) program supports research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate the intellectual, material, and social facets of the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines. It encompasses a broad spectrum of STS topics including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues that are closely related to STEM disciplines, including medical science. 

Areas of particular interest to STS include ethical, policy, and cultural issues related to big data, surveillance and privacy in an increasingly networked world.
RSFCompSS
Computational Social Science
Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Inquiry (required): November 30, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals (if invited): March 4, 2019
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information:  Project awards up to $150,000 for up to 2 years are available, including 15% overhead. RSF also offers President's awards  with a maximum budget of $35,000 ($50,000 if new data collection/access costs are included). Overhead is not allowed on President's awards. Since this amount falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy, please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application.

The Russell Sage Foundation's initiative on Computational Social Science (CSS) supports innovative social science research that brings new data and methods to bear on questions of interest in its core programs in Behavioral Economics, Future of Work, Race, Ethnicity and Immigration, and Social Inequality. Limited consideration will be given to questions that pertain to core methodologies, such as causal inference and innovations in data collection. Funding is available for secondary analysis of data or for original data collection. RSF is especially interested in novel uses of new or under-utilized data and new methods for analyzing these data. Smaller projects might consist of a pilot study to demonstrate proof-of-concept. RSF encourages methodological variety and inter-disciplinary collaboration. Proposed projects must have well-developed conceptual frameworks and research designs. Analytical models must be specified and research questions and hypotheses (where applicable) must be clearly stated.
SSRCSocMediaDemocracy
Social Media and Democracy Research Grants
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling, with the first period of review beginning August 9, 2018
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: Grantees will receive r esearch funding up to $50,000 via the SSRC, access to Facebook data via  Social Science One, and peer pre-review services from Social Science One. The first dataset is a database of Facebook URL shares; details about these data, including the codebook, can be found at the Social Science One Dataverse repository. Awards provide support for up to 12 months.

Proposals for the Social Media and Democracy Research Grants should examine the impact of social media and related digital technologies on democracy and elections, generate insights to inform policy at the intersection of media, technology, and democracy, and advance new avenues for future research. This initiative seeks to study these processes in an independent, transparent, and ethical way according to the highest standards of data privacy and academic research, to improve the lives of all. Applicants must demonstrate the technical and methodological skill base to effectively work with large, complex data sets and a commitment to data privacy.
(Computer) Science & Engineering
CiscoIoThings
Secure and Private Internet of Things
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling 
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information:  Budgets depend on the institution and geography. 5% is allowed for overhead.  This amount falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application.

Connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices provide many new opportunities and benefits for manufacturers and consumers. The ubiquitous nature of IoT connectivity enables new use cases in connected manufacturing, connected cars, connected spaces, smart cities and other market verticals.  However, the security of IoT has not kept pace with the fast innovation and deployment of solutions creating significant safety and economic risks. The growing number of IoT devices, systems, and services increases the attack surface making the solutions more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Recent Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against Internet service providers and commercial entities were carried out by a diverse network of botnets made up of compromised set-top devices and other consumer products. Therefore, assuring the security of each component within an IoT solution is crucial in keeping malicious actors from using it in an unauthorized manner.  In addition, IoT devices enable massive data collection and analysis. The analysis of this data will allow previously unknown relationships between things to be discovered which causes a big concern for the privacy of individuals, businesses (including IP protection), groups, and governments. Since the analysis of data is essential for the value of IoT, strong consideration must be given to data privacy and data protection throughout its lifecycle.
DOCNIST
United States Department of Commerce (DOC)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Measurement Science and Engineering (MSE) Research Grant Program for the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) 
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling 
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: $10,000-$500,000 per year, with project periods of up to 5 years. In FY17, the ITL Grant Program funded 23 new awards totaling $3.6M.
 
The ITL Grant Program provides financial assistance to support the conduct of research or a recipient's portion of collaborative research in the broad areas of Advanced Network Technologies, Big Data, Biometrics, Cloud Computing, Cyber-Physical Systems, Forensic Science, Information Access, Information Processing and Understanding, Cybersecurity, Health Information Technology, Human Factors and Usability, Applied and Computational Mathematics, Mathematical Foundations of Measurement Science for Information Systems, Metrology Infrastructure for Modeling and Simulation, Privacy Engineering, Software Testing, Statistics for Metrology and Statistical Methods in Forensic Science. See http://www.nist.gov/itl/ for more information about ITL. Proposals on product development and commercialization are not considered responsive to this funding opportunity. Financial support may be provided for conferences, workshops, or other technical research meetings that are relevant to the mission of ITL.
DoDMURI2019
United States Department of Defense (DoD)
Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Army Research Office (ARO) & Office of Naval Research (ONR)
Fiscal Year 2019 Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI)
Sponsor Deadline: October 16, 2018
OSP Deadline: October 9, 2018 
Award Information:  Typical annual funding per grant is $1.25M-$1.5M for 5 years. The total amount of funding for the 5 years available for grants resulting from this MURI FOA is estimated to be approximately $170M pending out-year appropriations.

DoD's MURI program addresses high risk basic research that is of potential interest to DoD and attempts to understand or achieve something that has never been done before. The program is focused on multidisciplinary research efforts where more than one traditional discipline interacts to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD. The MURI program was initiated over 25 years ago and it has regularly produced significant scientific breakthroughs with far reaching consequences to the fields of science, economic growth, and revolutionary new military technologies. Key to the program's success is the close management of the MURI projects by Service program officers and their active role in providing research guidance.
 
Each MURI competition invites applications in a unique set of research areas of interest. Please see the Funding Opportunity Announcement for a complete list of this year's topic areas. Several that may be relevant in FY19 for the Big Data community are:  
  • Topic 3: (ONR) Identifying invariances for improved modeling and prediction of oceanographic phenomena
  • Topic 6: (ONR) Active Perception and Knowledge Exploitation in Navigation and Spatial Awareness
  • Topic 23: (AFOSR) Neuromorphic Networks for Multifunctional Intelligent Systems
DODASFOR
United States Department of Defense (DoD)
Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Broad Agency Announcements: Research Grants and Conference & Workshop Support
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling (current BAAs are active until superseded)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission 
Award Information: Research proposals budgeting between $200,000 and $400,000 per year are encouraged. Most awards are 3 years in duration, and may not exceed 5 years. Conference and workshop grants up to $100,000 are also available. AFOSR commits the bulk of its funding by the fall of each year.

AFOSR's focus is on research areas that offer significant and comprehensive benefits to our national warfighting and peacekeeping capabilities. These areas are organized and managed in two scientific Branches: Engineering and Information Sciences (RTA), and Physical and Biological Sciences (RTB). Of interest to the Big Data community, the Information and Networks Team within the Engineering and Information Science Branch is organized to support many U.S. Air Force priority areas including autonomy, space situational awareness, and cyber security. The research programs within this team lead the discovery and development of foundational issues in mathematical, information and network oriented sciences. They are organized along three themes: Information, Decision Making, and Networks. The information theme addresses the critical challenges faced by the U.S. Air Force which lie at the intersection of the ability to collect, mathematically analyze, and disseminate large quantities of information in a time critical fashion with assurances of operation and security. Closely aligned with the mathematical analysis of information is the need for autonomous decision making. Research in this theme focuses on the discovery of mathematical laws, foundational scientific principles, and new, reliable and robust algorithms, which underlie intelligent, mixed human-machine decision-making to achieve accurate real-time projection of expertise and knowledge into and out of the battle space. Information analysis and decision making rarely occur in the context of a single source. The networks theme addresses critical issues involving how the organization and interaction among large collections of information providers and consumers contributes to an understanding of the dynamics of complex information systems.

In addition, AFOSR invites proposals for other innovative research concepts in the following thrust areas: Fundamental Dynamics of Scientific Discovery; Artificial Intelligence (AI), Games, and Optimal Design; Constructive Mathematics; and Novel Approaches to Theoretical Quantum Information Science.

In addition to research grants, AFOSR also provides partial support for conferences and workshops in areas of science that bring experts together to discuss recent research or educational findings, or to expose other researchers or advanced graduate students to new research and educational techniques in its areas of research interest. Proposals must be submitted at least 6 months prior to the conference or workshop start date to be considered.
DODAFRLArmamentTech
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Munitions Directorate
Armament Technology Broad Agency Announcement
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling through March 12, 2022
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: Award amounts will vary.  It is anticipated that the cumulative amount for awards issued under this BAA will not exceed $500M.

AFRL/RW is the primary Air Force organization concerned with conventional munitions technology development. AFRL/RW plans and executes research, development, and test of conventional munitions, and supports conventional munitions Weapons Program Offices. There are three divisions within the Munitions Directorate that conduct research and development (R&D). They are the Ordnance Division, the Strategic Planning and Integration Division, and the Weapon Engagement Sciences Division.

The Ordnance Division's  Lethality, Vulnerability, and Survivability Branch (RWML) has several Research Areas, including Computational Mechanics.  Within this area, statistical and stochastic methods to generate special purpose fast running models from large-scale datasets produced with computational mechanics codes is an emerging need. 

This BAA is set up in two parts: (1) Basic Open BAA, in which white papers may be submitted at any time during the open period, and (2) CALL BAA, in which proposal CALL announcements may be issued. These subsequent CALLS will contain specific objectives and descriptions of the specific topic area to be addressed, anticipated period of performance, information peculiar to the specific topic area, and the expected dollar range for proposals received under a CALL.  This Basic Open BAA solicits white paper submissions. Those offerors whose white papers are found to be consistent with the intent of this BAA may later be invited to submit a technical and cost proposal.
DoDAFRLEAST
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Information Directorate
Enterprise Architecture Solutions Technology (EAST)
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers: Rolling through September 30, 2021
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: Individual awards will not normally exceed 36 months with dollar amounts normally ranging from $500,000-$3M. There is also the potential to make awards up to any dollar value. Total anticipated funding for this BAA is approximately $49.9M. 

The Air Force Research Laboratory is soliciting white papers under this Broad Agency Announcement for research, development, integration, test and evaluation of technologies/techniques to provide segments of the Intelligence Community (IC) with information sharing capabilities to enable access to data, knowledge-based information, and model-based reasoning to meet their operational needs in the satisfaction of their mission objectives.   The sub-disciplines of interest to this solicitation include: security; assured cloud computing use; system integration to achieve optimal operations; mobile cloud framework; application service technologies; mission service technologies (technologies in the area of Big Data visualization and virtual reality data modeling are necessary in support of field mission users); and organizational compliancy.
DoDAGCBAA
Army Geospatial Center (AGC)
Army Geospatial Center Broad Agency Announcement
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling (current BAA is active until June 6, 2019 or until superseded)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: The amount of resources made available under this BAA will depend on the quality of the submissions received and the availability of Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation (RDT&E) funds. Multiple awards are anticipated.

The AGC focus is entirely on the Army's Geospatial Enterprise function from policy to Warfighting, supporting the Army's Battle Command Systems by facilitating dissemination of relevant geospatial information to every level across the operational environment.

AGC's areas of interest with relevance to big data include:
  • Enterprise Support Branch/Geospatial Data Center Architectures
  • Enterprise Support Branch/Geospatial Content Management Methods
  • Imagery Systems Branch/Emerging Concepts and New Technologies
  • Systems Applications and Integration Branch/Artificial Intelligence Techniques
  • Systems Applications and Integration Branch/Civil Military Operations
DoDARLBAA2017to2022
Army Research Laboratory (ARL)
Broad Agency Announcement for Basic and Applied Scientific Research for Fiscal Years 2017 through 2022
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling (current BAA is active until March 31, 2022 or until superseded)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: There are no specific funding restrictions associated with this BAA (e.g. direct costs, indirect costs, etc.). 

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is the Department of the Army's corporate laboratory and sole fundamental research laboratory. The ARL BAA identifies topics of interest to the ARL Directorates (Computational and Information Sciences Directorate, Human Research and Engineering Directorate, Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate, Survivability/Lethality Analysis Directorate, Vehicle and Technology Directorate, and Weapons and Materials Research Directorate). The Directorates focus on executing in-house research programs, with a significant emphasis on collaborative research with other organizations in an Open Campus setting. The Directorates fund a modest amount of extramural research in certain specific areas, and those areas are described in this BAA.

The ARL BAA seeks proposals from institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, foreign organizations, foreign public entities, and for-profit organizations (i.e. large and small businesses) for research based on the following S&T campaigns: Computational Sciences, Materials Research, Sciences for Maneuver, Information Sciences, Sciences for Lethality and Protection, Human Sciences, and Assessment and Analysis. Please see the BAA for a more detailed description of these topic areas. Proposals are sought for cutting-edge innovative research that could produce discoveries with a significant impact to enable new and improved Army technologies and related operational capabilities and related technologies. The specific research areas and topics of interest should be viewed as suggestive, rather than limiting. 
DoDAROBAA2017to2022
Army Research Office (ARO)
Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Fundamental Research for Fiscal Years 2017 through 2022
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling (current BAA is active until March 31, 2022 or until superseded)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: There are no specific funding restrictions associated with this BAA (e.g. direct costs, indirect costs, etc.). ARO prefers proposals to cover a 3-year period. 

The purpose of this BAA is to solicit research proposals in the engineering, physical, life, and information sciences for submission to the Army Research Office (ARO) for consideration for possible funding. ARO is focused exclusively on extramural basic research, and is responsible for the vast majority of ARL's extramural research programs and funding.

Proposals are sought from institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, foreign organizations, foreign public entities, and for-profit organizations (i.e. large and small businesses) for scientific research in mechanical sciences, mathematical sciences, electronics, computing science, physics, chemistry, life sciences, materials science, network science, and environmental sciences.

In addition to standard research grants, the following funding mechanisms are also available: 
  1. Short-Term Innovative Research (STIR) Program: Grants of $60k or less to support rapid, short-term investigations to assess the merit of innovative new concepts in basic research. 
  2. Young Investigator Program: To attract outstanding young university faculty members to pursue fundamental research in areas relevant to the Army. This program is open to U.S. citizens, U.S. Nationals, and Permanent Resident Aliens holding tenure-track positions at U.S. institutions of higher education, who have held their graduate degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent) for fewer than five years at the time of application. Proposals may be submitted at any time. YIP awards will not exceed $120,000 per year for three years. 
  3. Research Instrumentation: To improve the capabilities of U.S. institutions of higher education to conduct research and educate scientists and engineers in areas important to national defense. Of the funds available to support ARO mission research described in this BAA, funds may be provided to purchase instrumentation in support of this research or in the development of new research capabilities.
  4. Conference and Symposia Grants: In areas of science that bring experts together to discuss recent research or educational findings or to expose other researchers or advanced graduate students to new research and educational techniques.
  5. High School Apprenticeship Program (HSAP)/Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP): The HSAP funds the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) apprenticeship of promising high school juniors and seniors to work in a university structured research environment under the direction of ARO sponsored PIs serving as mentors. The URAP provides similar opportunities for undergraduate students.
DoDArmyRCO
Army Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO)
Broad Agency Announcement for the Army Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO)
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling (current BAA is active until March 23, 2023 or until superseded)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: Awards will range from $500,000-$2M for 3-12 months. The RCO plans to award approximately $50M under this announcement. 

This Broad Agency Announcement seeks to fulfill requirements for scientific study and experimentation directed toward advancing state-of-the-art technologies and/or increasing knowledge and understanding as a means to identify and develop robust innovative concepts, stimulate technology innovation, and exploit breakthroughs in science. The RCO executes rapid prototyping and initial equipping of capabilities, particularly in the areas of cyber, electronic warfare, survivability and positioning, navigation and timing (PNT), as well as other priority projects that will enable Soldiers to operate and win in contested environments decisively. Beyond closing current capability gaps, the Office also aims to stimulate aggressive, proactive capability development and leverage disruptive technologies to meet Army strategic objectives. 

Under its Cyber area of interest, RCO is interested in software and algorithms, hardware/software systems, artificial intelligence, or other solutions, and enabling capabilities, which are proficient in identifying threats, cleaning up sorting and categorizing data in real time to provide reliable decision options to Army users, creating offensive cyber solutions, or other effects. The Army is particularly looking for novel solutions to collect and/or analyze vast amount of dynamic data, identify meaningful and bogus correlations, flag potential data gaps, identify false positives, remove human confirmation bias, and reduce the overall risk of creating damage by incorrect interpretations.
DARPAI2O
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Information Innovation Office (I2O) Broad Agency Announcement  
Sponsor Deadline:  Rolling through August 31, 2018
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information:  The level of funding for individual awards made available under this BAA has not been predetermined and will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. Multiple awards are anticipated. 
 
The Information Innovation Office (I2O) develops game-changing information science and technology to ensure information advantage for the U.S. and its allies. To accomplish this, I2O sponsors basic and applied research in three thrust areas: Cyber, Analytics and Symbiosis. I2O may also consider submissions outside these areas if the proposal involves the development of novel software-based capabilities having promise to provide decisive information advantage for the U.S. and its allies. I2O seeks unconventional approaches that are outside the mainstream, challenge accepted assumptions, and have the potential to radically change established practice. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of the art.

This BAA seeks revolutionary research ideas for topics not being addressed by ongoing I2O programs or other published solicitations. Potential proposers are highly encouraged to review the current I2O programs ( http://www.darpa.mil/about-us/offices/i2o) and solicitations ( http://www.darpa.mil/work-with-us/opportunities) to avoid proposing efforts that duplicate existing activities or that are responsive to other published I2O solicitations. Submission of abstracts in advance of full proposals is strongly encouraged to ascertain I2O interest in the proposed effort.
DODDARPASTO
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Strategic Technology Office (STO) Broad Agency Announcement  
Sponsor Deadline:  Rolling (current BAA is active until December 12, 2018)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: The amount of resources made available under this BAA will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds.  Multiple awards are anticipated.
 
DARPA is seeking innovative ideas and disruptive technologies that provide the U.S. military significant capability improvement to dominate across all scales of conflict intensity. These span highly contested force-on-force conflicts to ambiguous, complex "Gray Zone" conflicts. Technologies should support conflicts that may take place in a range of environments from austere, remote locations to dense megacities. The Strategic Technology Office (STO) focus areas within these broader objectives include: Situation Understanding, Multi-Domain Maneuver, Hybrid Effects, System of Systems (SoS), Maritime Systems, System of System Enhanced Small Units (SESU), and Foundational Strategic Technologies and Systems.

Topic areas of specific interest include Planning and Control. Within this area, DARPA is seeking innovative technology to support Gray Zone operational planning. This may include technology that will let operators develop and evaluate multi-domain courses of action (COAs) that employ a wide range of physical, infrastructure, electro-magnetic, cyber, and cognitive domain effects. Of particular interest are novel concepts merging cognitive science and big data analytics to provide planners quantitative tests of their intuition.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an Executive Summary and/or Abstract in advance of a full proposal.
DoDDIAICCAECriticalTech
Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
FY2018 Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence (IC CAE) Critical Technology Studies Program 
Sponsor Deadline:  August 3, 2018
OSP Deadline: July 27, 2018
Award Information: $2M over 3 years. 5 awards are anticipated.

The IC CAE program's purpose is to develop a diverse cadre of qualified intelligence professionals to carry out America's long-term national security initiatives by creating a competitive, knowledgeable and diverse workforce through the provision of multi-year grants to colleges and universities. The IC CAE Critical Technology Studies Program (CTSP) encourages eligible institutions of higher education to submit applications that expand capacity, capability, research and training in the data science of machine learning, artificial intelligence, computer vision and computationally efficient modeling techniques for U.S. students in areas of interest to the Intelligence Community.
 
While all accredited four-year colleges and universities in the United States are eligible to apply, the legislation that established the program emphasized increasing the gender and ethnic diversity of the IC workforce. Therefore, the IC CAE program is especially interested in institutions with diverse populations of talent and geographic diversity. Eligible institutions must demonstrate having current academic programs which serve as a foundation for a Critical Technology Studies Program. All PIs and Co-PIs of this award must be U.S. citizens.
NGIA2018
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Academic Research Program (NARP) 2018
Sponsor Deadline:  Rolling (current BAA is active until December 31, 2021)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information:  Varies by award type 
 
DoDNPS
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)
Research Initiatives at the Naval Postgraduate School
Sponsor Deadline:  Rolling through May 31, 2019
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information:  The funded amount and period of performance of each proposal selected for award will vary depending on the research area and the technical approach to be pursued by the applicant selected.
 
NRLBAA201819
Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)
NRL Long Range Broad Agency Announcement for Basic and Applied Research
Sponsor Deadline:  Rolling (current BAA is active until May 9, 2019)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information:  The funded amount and period of performance of each proposal selected for award may vary depending on the research area and the technical approach to be pursued by the offeror selected.
 
The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is the Navy's corporate laboratory. NRL conducts basic and applied research for the Navy in a variety of scientific and technical disciplines (click here for more information about the spectrum of science and engineering disciplines in which NRL is interested). The basic research program is driven by perceptions about future requirements of the Navy. NRL conducts most of its research program at its own facilities but also funds some related research such as anticipated by this announcement. NRL is interested in receiving proposals for Long-Range Science and Technology (S&T) Projects which offer potential for advancement and improvement of Navy and Marine Corps operations. 

NRL is organized into three research directorates ( Systems Directorate;  Materials Science and Component Technology Directorate; and  Ocean and Atmospheric Science and Technology Directorate) and the  Naval Center for Space Technology. Areas of interest relevant to big data include: Information Management and Decision Architectures; Mathematical Foundations of High Assurance Computing; Federated, Distributed Computing/Network Infrastructure; and Atmospheric Effects, Analysis and Prediction. 
DODONR
United States Department of Defense (DoD)
Office of Naval Research (ONR)
FY18 Long Range Broad Agency Announcement for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling (current BAA is active until September 28, 2018 or until superseded)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: The funded amount and period of performance of each proposal selected for award may vary depending on the research area and the technical approach to be pursued by the offeror selected. 

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving proposals for Long-Range Science and Technology (S&T) Projects which offer potential for advancement and improvement of Navy and Marine Corps operations. ONR's Division of Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance invests in areas of science and their applications such as data science, mathematical and computational science, computer and information sciences, quantum information sciences, cyber security, electronics, command and control and combat systems, communications, cyber operations, electronic warfare, sensing and surveillance, and precision timing and navigation. One of this Division's specific thrusts and focused research areas is mathematics, computers and information sciences. Under this area, the Division sponsors basic and applied research, and advanced technology development efforts, that address Navy and Department of Defense needs in computation, information processing, information operation, information assurance and cybersecurity, decision tools, and command and control with specific focus on enabling rapid, accurate decision making. Specific scientific and technical areas include: a) Applied and computational analysis; b) Command and control; c) Computational methods for decisionmaking; d) Cyber security and complex software systems; e) Machine learning, reasoning, and intelligence; f) Mathematical data science; g) Mathematical optimization and operations research; h) Quantum information sciences.
DoDONRVannevarBushFY19
United States Department of Defense (DoD)
Office of Naval Research (ONR)
FY 2019 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship
Sponsor Deadline for Acqutrak Registration: August 15, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (required): August 17, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals (if invited): January 28, 2019
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information:  Up to $3M over 5 years

DoDONRYIPFY2019
United States Department of Defense (DoD)
Office of Naval Research (ONR)
FY 2019 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program (YIP)
Sponsor Deadline: August 31, 2018
OSP Deadline: August 24, 2018
Award Information:  Up to $500,000 for 24-months with an option for up to $250,000 for an additional 12-months.  Multiple awards are anticipated. In 2018, 32 awards were made.

DOEOfficeofScienceFY17
Office of Science
FY 2018 Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program
Sponsor Deadline:  Rolling (current solicitation is active until September 30, 2018 or until superseded)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: Awards in FY17 ranged from $2,000/year to $4M/year. It is anticipated that approximately $250M will be available for DOE Office of Science new, renewal, and supplemental grants and cooperative agreement awards under this and other, more targeted FOAs in FY18. Approximately 200-350 new awards will be funded. Awards are expected to be made for a project period of 6 months to 5 years as befitting the project, with the most common project period being 3 years in duration. 

Through this FOA, the Department of Energy (DOE)'s Office of Science (SC) announces its continuing interest in receiving grant applications for support of work in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics. 

Most relevant to big data is the Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program. Its mission is to advance applied mathematics and computer science; deliver the most advanced computational scientific applications in partnership with disciplinary science; advance computing and networking capabilities; and develop future generations of computing hardware and software tools for science, in partnership with the research community, including U.S. industry. The strategy to accomplish this has two thrusts: developing and maintaining world-class computing and network facilities for science; and advancing research in applied mathematics, computer science and advanced networking.

The priority areas for ASCR include the following:
  1. Develop mathematical models, methods and algorithms to accurately describe and predict the behavior of complex systems involving processes that span vastly different time and/or length scales.
  2. Advance key areas of computer science that enable the design and development of extreme scale computing systems and their effective use in the path to scientific discoveries; and transform extreme scale data from experiments and simulations into scientific insight.
  3. Advance key areas of computational science and discovery that support the missions of the Office of Science through mutually beneficial partnerships.
  4. Develop and deliver forefront computational, networking and collaboration tools and facilities that enable scientists worldwide to work together to extend the frontiers of science.
IARPABETTER18
Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA)
Better Extraction from Text Towards Enhanced Retrieval (BETTER)
Sponsor Deadline: September 14, 2018
OSP Deadline: September 7, 2018 
Award Information: The amount of resources made available under this BAA shall depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. The BETTER Program is envisioned as a 42-month effort (Phase 1 of the Program will last 18 months, Phase 2 will last 12 months, and Phase 3 will last 12 months). Multiple awards are anticipated.
 
IARPABAA
Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA)
IARPA-Wide Research Broad Agency Announcement
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling (current solicitation is active until August 2, 2018 or until superseded)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission 
Award Information: Budgets should be commensurate with the scope of the project. Periods of performance generally will not exceed 12 months.

MicrosoftAIforEarth
AI for Earth
Sponsor Deadline: October 8, 2018
OSP Deadline: Any User Agreements between the Sponsor and the University require OSP review and approval.
Award Information : Grantees get access to Microsoft Azure cloud computing resources and a variety of data science and machine learning tools (see below for details) . Grantees will receive 12 months of free resources worth $5,000, $10,000, or $15,000, depending on project needs . 
 
AI for Earth awards Microsoft Azure cloud computing resources, including AI tools, to people and organizations that are working to transform the way we understand and manage our natural resources. Grantees receive access to and training on Microsoft's innovative data science, machine learning, and visualization tools to advance their work in addressing climate change, protecting biodiversity, improving agricultural yields, and lessening water scarcity.

Grantees will receive access to resources and tools including powerful assets in the the Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit and the GeoAI Data Science Virtual Machine (DSVM)Grantees affiliated with academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and start-up institutions also have the potential to access Esri ArcGIS Pro , a next-generation, 64-bit GIS desktop providing 2D and 3D mapping capabilities in an intuitive user interface.
NatGeoMicrosoftAIforEarth
AI for Earth Innovation Grants
Sponsor Deadline: October 8, 2018
OSP Deadline: September 28, 2018
Award Information : Typical proposal requests should be less than $100,000; however, applicants may request up to $200,000. In addition to financial support, successful proposals will receive free access to AI for Earth API's, applications, tools, and tutorials, and support for their computational work on Microsoft Azure. Successful applicants may use awarded funds over one year.  A total of $1M will support 5-15 novel projects. 
 
The National Geographic Society (NGS) and  Microsoft's AI for Earth  program are partnering to support the exploration of how AI can help us understand, engage, and protect the planet. This program will support projects that improve the way we monitor, model, and ultimately manage Earth's natural systems for a more sustainable future.  The grants will support the creation and deployment of open source trained models and algorithms that are available to other environmental researchers and innovators and thereby have the potential to provide exponential impact.

Applications should outline a proposal to use AI for conservation in at least one of the following core areas: 
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Climate change
  • Agriculture
  • Water
NetAppFacultyFellowship
Advanced Technology Group (ATG)
NetApp ATG Faculty Fellowship Program
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information : Award  amounts vary, however they usually cover a significant amount of the cost for a graduate student to work on the project for a year. FAS and SEAS applicants must request an indirect cost rate of 69% on sponsored research applications to industry.  
 
The NetApp Faculty Fellowship (NFF) program was established to encourage leading-edge research in storage and data management and to foster relationships between academic researchers and NetApp's technical community. The NFF program accepts research proposals from full-time faculty and post-graduate researchers employed by an accredited university that has a PhD program in the field of the proposal's principal investigators.

The NFF program is interested in proposals that describe an innovative project that a researcher desires to pursue over the next one to three years and the proposed research has some alignment with NetApp core technology and business interests (storage and data management). A sponsor from NetApp will be assigned to communicate and in some cases may collaborate with project's PI(s) and team. 

Topics of particular interest include:
  • Data security in next generation data centers
  • Data management and security in hybrid clouds
  • Data center and enterprise networking
  • Novel data systems, including NoSQL databases, big data systems, and data streaming systems
  • IoT and real time analytics
NSFAlgorithmsThreatDetect
Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS)
Algorithms for Threat Detection (ATD)
Sponsor Deadline: February 19, 2019
OSP Deadline: February 11, 2019
Award Information The estimated number of awards and funding amounts are subject to the availability of funds. The total anticipated funding amount for ATD is $3M annually.  
 
The Algorithms for Threat Detection (ATD) program will support research projects to develop the next generation of mathematical and statistical algorithms for analysis of large spatiotemporal datasets with application to quantitative models of human dynamics. The program is a partnership between the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA).
NSFCISEResearchInfrastructure
Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)
CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI)
Sponsor Deadline for Preliminary Proposals (required): November 7, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: January 10, 2019
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information : Institutional Infrastructure ( II) proposals may request up to $1M total for project durations not to exceed 3 years. Community Infrastructure Planning (CI-P) will fund grants of up to $100,000 for durations of up to 1.5 years. CI New (CI-NEW) and CI Enhancement (CI-EN) will fund grants of up to $2M for durations of up to 3 years. CI Sustainability (CI-SUSTAIN) will fund grants of up to $1M for durations of up to 3 years.  U p to 15 II awards and up to 15 CI awards will be made in each competition.  
 
The CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) program drives discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines of the three participating CISE divisions by supporting the creation and enhancement of world-class research infrastructure that will support focused research agendas in computer and information science and engineering. This infrastructure will enable CISE researchers to advance the frontiers of CISE research.

The CRI program supports two classes of awards:
  • Institutional Infrastructure (II) awards support the creation of new (II-NEW) CISE research infrastructure or the enhancement (II-EN) of existing CISE research infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities at the awardee and collaborating institutions.
  • Community Infrastructure (CI) awards support the planning (CI-P) for new CISE community research infrastructure, the creation of new (CI-NEW) CISE research infrastructure, the enhancement (CI-EN) of existing CISE infrastructure, or the  sustainment (CI-SUSTAIN) of existing CISE community infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities for broad-based communities of CISE researchers that extend well beyond the awardee institutions. Each CI award may support the operation of such infrastructure, ensuring that the awardee institution(s) is (are) well positioned to provide a high quality of service to CISE community researchers expected to use the infrastructure to realize their research goals.
CRI proposals that are based on Big Data as the underlying research driver for the infrastructure must clearly describe a more focused research agenda related to specific types of Big Data and detail the Big Data to which the researchers involved in the associated research projects have access or reasonably expect to have access if the infrastructure is developed, enhanced, or sustained.

Please note that organizations are limited to submitting three Institutional Infrastructure proposals in response to this Program Announcement (t here is no limit on Community Infrastructure proposals per competition). If you are interested in submitting an Institutional Infrastructure proposal, please contact Erin Hale in FAS Research Development at  erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu.
NSFCRII
Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)
CISE Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)
Sponsor Deadline: August 8, 2018
OSP Deadline: August 1, 2018
Award Information : Up to $175,000 for up to 24 months. CISE expects to make 55-60 awards each year.   
 
With the goal of encouraging research independence immediately upon obtaining one's first academic position after receipt of the PhD, the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) will award grants to initiate the course of one's independent research. Understanding the critical role of establishing that independence early in one's career, it is expected that funds will be used to support untenured faculty or research scientists (or equivalent) in their first three years in a primary academic position after the PhD, but not more than a total of five years after completion of their PhD. One may not yet have received any other grants or contracts in the Principal Investigator (PI) role from any department, agency, or institution of the federal government, including from the CAREER program or any other program, post-PhD, regardless of the size of the grant or contract, with certain exceptions (see full solicitation for more information). Serving as co-PI, Senior Personnel, Postdoctoral Fellow, or other Fellow does not count against this eligibility rule. Grants, contracts, or gifts from private companies or foundations; state, local, or tribal governments; or universities do not count against this eligibility rule.  A PI may not submit a CRII proposal in the same calendar year in which he/she submits a CAREER proposal. In addition, a Principal Investigator may not participate in more than two CRII competitions. 
  
It is expected that these funds will allow the new CISE Research Initiation Initiative PI to support one or more graduate students for up to two years. In addition, submissions from all institutions may use funds for postdoctoral scholars, travel, and/or research equipment.
NSFCIS
Directorate for Engineering (ENG)
Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS)
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling   
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information The Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation ( CMMI) is committed to supporting both single-investigator and team research, including larger-scale unsolicited proposals that are not feasible through a series of smaller projects and are not achievable by a single principal investigator (PI). These larger-scale proposals may request longer time frames (up to 5 years) and larger budgets (typically not exceeding $1.5M) that reflect the scope of work.  
 
The Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS) program supports fundamental and innovative research in the design, operation and management of civil infrastructure that contributes to creating smart, sustainable and resilient communities at local, national and international scales. This program focuses on civil infrastructure as a system in which interactions between spatially- and functionally-distributed components and intersystem connections exist. All critical civil infrastructure systems are of interest, including transportation, power, water, pipelines and others.

The CIS program encourages potentially disruptive ideas that will open new frontiers and significantly broaden and transform relevant research communities. CIS particularly welcomes research that addresses big data analytics. The CIS program values diverse theoretical, scientific, mathematical, or computational contributions from a broad set of disciplines.
NSFCRCNS
Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)
Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS)
Sponsor Deadlines: November 27, 2018; November 25, 2019    
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information Award sizes for Research Projects (both domestic and international) are expected to range from approximately $100,000-$250,000 per year in direct costs, with durations of 3-5 years.  Awards for Data Sharing Projects will be scaled according to the needs of the project; typically they will be smaller in size than research awards. It is anticipated that a minimum of $5M will be available each year for this competition. 
 
Computational neuroscience provides a theoretical foundation and a rich set of technical approaches for understanding complex neurobiological systems, building on the theory, methods, and findings of computer science, neuroscience, and numerous other disciplines. Through the CRCNS program, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF), the French National Research Agency (Agence Nationale de la Recherche, ANR), the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF), and Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) support collaborative activities that will advance the understanding of nervous system structure and function, mechanisms underlying nervous system disorders, and computational strategies used by the nervous system.

Two classes of proposals will be considered in response to this solicitation:
  • Research Proposals describing collaborative research projects, and
  • Data Sharing Proposals to enable sharing of data and other resources.
Domestic and international projects will be considered. As detailed in the solicitation, international components of collaborative projects may be funded in parallel by the participating agencies. Specific CRCNS opportunities for parallel funding are available for bilateral US-German Research Proposals, US-German Data Sharing Proposals, US-French Research Proposals, US-French Data Sharing Proposals, US-Israeli Research Proposals, US-Israeli Data Sharing Proposals, US-Japanese Research Proposals, US-Japanese Data Sharing Proposals, and multilateral proposals involving the United States and two or more partnering countries.  NSF will coordinate and manage the review of proposals jointly with participating domestic and foreign funding organizations, through a joint panel review process used by all participating funders.  
NSFCDSE
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E)
Sponsor Deadline: Varies by program  
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information Varies by program.  Supplement requests to existing awards will be considered in addition to proposals for new awards.
 
The goal of the CDS&E program is to identify and capitalize on opportunities for major scientific and engineering breakthroughs through new computational and data analysis approaches. The intellectual drivers may be in an individual discipline or they may cut across more than one discipline in various Directorates. The key identifying factor is that the outcome relies on the development, adaptation, and utilization of one or more of the capabilities offered by advancement of both research and infrastructure in computation and data, either through cross-cutting or disciplinary programs. The CDS&E program is not intended to replace existing programs that make awards that involve computation and the analysis of large data sets. Rather, the CDS&E program is meant to fund awards that have a significant component of cyber development or cyber science that goes well beyond what would normally be included in these programs. 

The CDS&E program welcomes proposals in any area of research supported through the participating divisions that address at least one of the following criteria:
  • Promote the creation, development, and application of the next generation of mathematical, computational and statistical theories and tools that are essential for addressing the challenges presented to the scientific and engineering communities by the ever-expanding role of computational modeling and simulation and the explosion and production of digital experimental and observational data.
  • Promote and encourage integrated research projects that create, develop and apply novel computational, mathematical and statistical methods, algorithms, software, data curation, analysis, visualization and mining tools to address major, heretofore intractable questions in core science and engineering disciplines, including large-scale simulations and analysis of large and heterogeneous collections of data.
  • Encourage adventurous ideas that generate new paradigms and that create and apply novel techniques, generating and utilizing digital data in innovative ways to complement or dramatically enhance traditional computational, experimental, observational, and theoretical tools for scientific discovery and application.
  • Encourage ideas at the interface between scientific frameworks, computing capability, measurements and physical systems that enable advances well beyond the expected natural progression of individual activities, including development of science-driven algorithms to address pivotal problems in science and engineering and efficient methods to access, mine, and utilize large data sets.
NSFCDSEMSS
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS)
Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences (CDS&E-MSS)
Sponsor Full Proposal Window: September 1-17, 2018 
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information Award size and duration will be commensurate with the scope of the proposed project. Recent awards have ranged from $30,000-$2.8M.
 
The CDS&E-MSS program accepts proposals that confront and embrace the host of mathematical and statistical challenges presented to the scientific and engineering communities by the ever-expanding role of computational modeling and simulation on the one hand, and the explosion in production of digital and observational data on the other. The goal of the program is to promote the creation and development of the next generation of mathematical and statistical theories and tools that will be essential for addressing such issues. To this end, the program will support fundamental research in mathematics and statistics whose primary emphasis will be on meeting the aforementioned computational and data-related challenges. This program is part of the wider  Computational and Data-enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E) enterprise in NSF that seeks to address this emerging discipline.

The research supported by the CDS&E-MSS program will aim to advance mathematics or statistics in a significant way and will address computational or big-data challenges. Proposals of interest to the program will include a Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator who is a researcher in the mathematical or statistical sciences in an area supported by the Division of Mathematical Sciences. The program encourages submission of proposals that include multidisciplinary collaborations or the training of mathematicians and statisticians in CDS&E.
NSFCompMath
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS)
Computational Mathematics
Sponsor Proposal Window: November 16-December 3, 2018
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information : Award size and duration will be commensurate with the scope of the proposed project.
 
Computational Mathematics s upports mathematical research in areas of science where computation plays a central and essential role, emphasizing analysis, development and implementation of numerical methods and algorithms, and symbolic methods. The prominence of computation with analysis and ultimate implementation efficiency of the computational methods in the research is a hallmark of the program. Proposals ranging from single investigator projects that develop and analyze innovative computational methods to interdisciplinary team projects that not only create and analyze new mathematical and computational techniques but also use/implement them to model, study, and solve important application problems are strongly encouraged.
NSFCompPhysics
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS)
Computational Physics
Sponsor Deadlines: Vary by program
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information : Award size and duration will be commensurate with the scope of the proposed project.
 
Computational Physics (CP) supports research for computational and data-enabled science. The program emphasizes novel methods for high-performance computing, such as algorithm development and efficient use of novel architectures, that require significant code development. Priority will be given to proposals that, in addition to compelling scientific goals, have a computational advance or new enabling capability.

Computational Physics is the program through which the Physics Division participates in the Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E) program. The Computational Physics program is focused on investigations relevant to disciplines supported by the Physics Division, while encouraging broader impacts on other disciplines. Disciplines within the purview of the Physics Division include: atomic, molecular, optical, plasma, elementary particle, nuclear, gravitational and biological physics, particle astrophysics, and accelerator science. Proposals with intellectual focus in areas supported by other NSF Divisions should be submitted to those divisions directly. Proposals that cross Divisional lines are welcome, but the Physics Division encourages PIs to request a co-review by naming other Divisional programs on the cover sheet. This facilitates the co-review and participation of other programs in the review process.
NSFCSForAll
Computer Science for All (CSforAll:RPP)
Sponsor Deadlines: February 12, 2019
OSP Deadline: February 5, 2019
Award Information Small  proposals can request up to $300,000 for up to 2 years.  Medium  proposals may request up to $1M for up to 3 years. Large proposals can request a maximum of $2M for up to 4 years. NSF anticipates making approximately 10 small, 11 medium, and 3 large awards, totaling $20M, under this program.
 
This program aims to provide all U.S. students the opportunity to participate in computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) education in their schools at the preK-12 levels. With this solicitation, the National Science Foundation (NSF) focuses on researcher-practitioner partnerships (RPPs) that foster the research and development needed to bring CS and CT to all schools. Specifically, this solicitation aims to provide high school teachers with the preparation, professional development (PD) and ongoing support that they need to teach rigorous computer science courses; preK-8 teachers with the instructional materials and preparation they need to integrate CS and CT into their teaching; and schools and districts the resources needed to define and evaluate multi-grade pathways in CS and CT.

CT refers to the thought processes involved in formulating problems and their solutions in such a way that the solutions can be effectively carried out by an information-processing agent (usually a computer). CT activities do not require the presence of a computing tool, but involve the requisite reasoning needed to capitalize on the use of computational tools. CS, as used in this solicitation, includes CT but also the broad range of understandings, competencies, and skills needed to apply computation in our digital world. It includes topics of problem specification and representation; algorithm development; software design, programming, and debugging; the Internet and networking; big data; cybersecurity; and application across a wide range of disciplines, including the associated societal impact and ethical considerations. This solicitation focuses on CS and CT instruction, as distinct from the mere use of computers or the use of common computational tools such as word processors or video editing or presentation software. The ability to use such tools is often referred to as computational literacy. This solicitation supports education beyond computational literacy.
NSFD3SC
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS)
Dear Colleague Letter: Data-Driven Discovery Science in Chemistry (D3SC)
Sponsor Deadline:  Varies by program; EAGER, RAISE, and supplemental funding requests can be submitted at any time but are encouraged by  April 15, 2019  to ensure timely consideration
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: Varies by program
 
NSF's Division of Chemistry, together with the Catalysis Program and the Process Systems, Reaction Engineering, and Molecular Thermodynamics Program of the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) through this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) invite research proposals that utilize modern data science in the context of chemical and chemical engineering research. Successful D3SC proposals will emphasize new information that can be obtained from better utilization of data (including data from multiple laboratories, techniques, and/or chemical systems), and how this can lead to new research directions. Proposals that foster and strengthen interactions among chemists and data scientists, and that jointly engage theory, modeling, and experimentation to advance research goals are strongly encouraged. The most competitive proposals will provide detailed discussion of specific data-enabled approaches to be used, the significant chemical problem to be studied, new fundamental chemical knowledge to be gained and the broader relevance of the proposed activities to other areas of chemical research. Proposal elements that consider error and uncertainty analysis, record and store appropriate metadata, and determine the robustness and reliability of data are encouraged. Examples of possible topics include (but are not limited to) using tools of data visualization, data mining, machine learning (including emerging approaches such as deep learning and active learning), or other data analysis approaches.

Proposals in response to this DCL should be submitted to the existing program of interest in CHE or selected programs in CBET during the regular submission windows (deadlines) of the corresponding programs. Submission of other types of proposals such as EAGER (EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research), RAISE (Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering) proposals, and requests for supplemental funding, may also be appropriate, but principal investigators are required to contact one of the cognizant D3SC Program Officers for additional guidance in advance of a potential submission.
NSFDCLGrowingConvergResearch
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Dear Colleague Letter: Growing Convergence Research
Sponsor Deadlines for Prospectuses (required): October 15, 2018  
OSP Deadline: October 8, 2018
Award Information:  Up to $1M for up to 3 years
 
Growing Convergence Research at the National Science Foundation (NSF) was identified in 2016 as one of  10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investment. Research relying on convergence is needed to solve complex scientific and engineering problems that require integrating knowledge, methods, and expertise from different disciplines and forming novel frameworks to catalyze scientific discovery and innovation. NSF identifies  Convergence Research as having two primary characteristics - r esearch driven by a specific and compelling problem, and d eep integration across disciplines.

This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) seeks to identify potential future research areas that go beyond NSF's Big Ideas, require a convergence approach, cross internal and/or external organizational and disciplinary boundaries, and advance the progress of science as articulated in NSF's mission. NSF encourages the submission of prospectuses to identify these new areas and specific projects within them. NSF may invite the teams submitting the most promising prospectuses to submit proposals to further explore their research strategies. Prospectuses must outline novel approaches and research strategies that are likely to result in a clear demonstration of the potential for transformative advances. The research areas and proposed projects must reflect the characteristics of convergence outlined here.
NSFDCLScalCIDDResearch
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)
Dear Colleague Letter: Scalable Cyberinfrastructure to Accelerate Data-Driven Science and Engineering Research
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling (proposals submitted after June 20, 2018 will be considered for FY19 funding)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information:  Up to $1.5M for up to 2 years.   NSF anticipates making up to 10 awards through CESER pursuant to this DCL.
 
Through this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) encourages submission of proposals to  Cyberinfrastructure for Emerging Science and Engineering Research (CESER) program for scalable data-driven cyberinfrastructure (CI) exemplars that will accelerate discovery for one or more science and engineering research communities, capitalizing on and enhancing existing NSF priority investments. NSF is particularly interested in data CI exemplars that will significantly enhance the scientific utility of data produced by NSF-supported major multi-user research facilities (MMURF). Specific relevance to one or more NSF Big Ideas is highly encouraged.

Prior to submitting a proposal in response to this DCL, prospective PIs should consult with one or more of the cognizant NSF Program Officers to ascertain that the focus and budget of the proposed work are appropriate.
NSFNCS
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems
Sponsor Deadlines for Letters of Intent (required):  January 8, 2019 and January 8, 2020 for FOUNDATIONS Awards; December 7, 2018 for FRONTIERS Awards; CORE+ SUPPLEMENTS proposals do not require an LOI
Sponsor Deadlines for Full Proposals:  February 26, 2019 and February 6, 2020 for FOUNDATIONS Awards and CORE+ SUPPLEMENTS Awards; February 26, 2019 for FRONTIERS Awards
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information:  Total budgets for FOUNDATIONS awards will typically range from a total of $500,000-$1M (including direct and indirect costs), with durations of 2-4 years. The NCS program also welcomes proposals for smaller FOUNDATIONS projects (typically requesting less than $250,000) that would lead to ambitious new research agendas. Hard limits have not been set on the budget range for individual FRONTIERS projects which may have a duration of up to 5 years. CORE+ SUPPLEMENTS funding may be requested up to 20% of the existing award, not to exceed $200,000.
 
This program calls for innovative, convergent, boundary-crossing proposals that can best capture new opportunities to understand complex aspects of neural and cognitive systems through integrative multidisciplinary approaches and map out new research frontiers. NSF seeks proposals that are bold and risky, and transcend the perspectives and approaches typical of disciplinary research efforts. The program focuses on four aspects of neural and cognitive systems including  Data-Intensive Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. Proposals must address both risk and reward: high-risk, high-payoff approaches are expected. Proposals must also be consistent with the missions of the participating directorates, while going beyond the scope of any NSF core program, or they will not be considered responsive to the solicitation.
 
NCS will consider three classes of proposals. FOUNDATIONS awards (CISE, EHR, ENG, and SBE Directorates; referred to as INTEGRATIVE FOUNDATIONS in earlier NCS solicitations) will support high-risk, high-payoff projects that advance the foundations of one or more NCS focus areas. FRONTIERS awards (CISE, EHR, ENG, and SBE Directorates; FY2019 competition only) will support ambitious, highly integrative, interdisciplinary projects that advance and connect multiple integrative research threads to tackle challenges that, without a high level of collaboration and coordination, would remain intractable. CORE+ SUPPLEMENTS (CISE, EHR, and ENG Directorates) will provide additional support to existing funded projects in the participating directorates, to enable activities that will connect those projects to significant new integrative opportunities in neural and cognitive systems.
NSFPREEVENTS
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Geosciences (GEO)
Prediction of and Resilience against Extreme Events (PREEVENTS)
Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Intent (required for Track 2 proposals): July 27, 2018
Sponsor Deadlines for Full Proposals: January 5, 2018-January 4, 2019 for Track 1 proposals; September 18, 2018 for Track 2 proposals
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information:  Budgets for Track 1 proposals are generally limited to less than $50,000,  but under exceptional circumstances may be up to $100,000. Track 2 budgets  must be commensurate with the scope of the work proposed, with a project duration of up to 5 years.
 
PREEVENTS is focused on natural hazards and extreme events, and not on technological or deliberately human-caused hazards. The PREEVENTS portfolio will include the potential for disciplinary and multidisciplinary research at all scales, particularly aimed at areas ripe for significant near- or medium-term advances.  PREEVENTS seeks projects that will (1) enhance understanding of the fundamental processes underlying natural hazards and extreme events on various spatial and temporal scales, as well as the variability inherent in such hazards and events, and (2) improve our capability to model and forecast such hazards and events.  All projects requesting PREEVENTS support must be primarily focused on these two targets.  In addition, PREEVENTS projects will improve our understanding of the effects of natural hazards and extreme events and will enable development, with support by other programs and organizations, of new tools to enhance societal preparedness and resilience against such impacts.

Two types of awards are available:
  • Track 1 proposals may be submitted for conferences that will foster development of interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary communities required to address complex questions surrounding natural hazards and extreme events.
  • Track 2 proposals must address both primary targets described above, but may extend beyond what is typically supported by GEO "core" programs due to the scope, scale, and/or complexity of the problem to be studied or approaches to be used; because the problem requires a multidisciplinary approach spanning multiple GEO programs or divisions; or for other similar programmatic reasons. Track 2 proposals may not request support for generation or collection of new data and/or measures (e.g., field instrument deployments or other similar experiments), but may request support for analysis, synthesis, and/or modeling efforts that use existing data and/or measures.  
NSFRETEngCompScience
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science
Sponsor Deadline: September 19, 2018 for RET Site proposals; RET Supplements may be requested at any time by holders of active ENG or CISE awards or in conjunction with the submission of a proposal for a new ENG or CISE award
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: The maximum total request for a Site is $600,000 for a duration of up to 3 years.  Supplements are limited to a maximum of $10,000 per teacher and/or community college faculty for a duration of 1 year.  
 
NSF's Directorate for Engineering (ENG) and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) have joined to support the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science program. This program supports active long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, Computer and Information Science, and Mathematics (STEM) in-service and pre-service teachers, full-time community college faculty, and university faculty and students to enhance the scientific disciplinary knowledge and capacity of the STEM teachers and/or community college faculty through participation in authentic summer research experiences with engineering and computer science faculty researchers. 

This announcement features two mechanisms for support of in-service and pre-service K-12 STEM teachers and full-time community college faculty: (1) RET supplements to ongoing ENG and CISE awards and (2) new RET Site awards. RET supplements may be included outside this solicitation in proposals for new or renewed ENG and CISE grants or as supplements to ongoing ENG- and CISE-funded projects. RET in Engineering and Computer Science Sites, through this solicitation, are based on independent proposals from engineering and/or computer and/or information science departments, schools or colleges to initiate and conduct research participation projects for K-12 STEM teachers and/or full-time community college faculty. 
Sloan
Digital Technology - Data and Computational Research
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling, requires Letter of Inquiry
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: Two types of applications, <$125,000 and >$125,000. Awards >$125,000 provide overhead up to 15%.  Overhead is not allowed on awards <$125,000. Since t his amount falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy, please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application.

This program seeks to support the efficient management and sharing of research data and code from acquisition through analysis; and grow the current and future scientific data work force. 

Grants in this program tend to fall into four broad types:
  • Software grants support technology development ranging from prototyping funds to substantial scaling resources;
  • Training grants aim at supporting work force training and curricular initiatives as well as targeted adoption of new technologies by specific communities;
  • Research grants bring historical, ethnographic, and economic research methods to bear on our understanding of scholarly activities in a changing technological context;
  • Community grants build networks for knowledge exchange across disciplines as well as institutions that serve to incubate sustainable research and software projects.
Grant requests can be made at any time. A brief letter of inquiry is the first step for an applicant.
SloanEnergyEnvironment
Energy & Environment
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling, requires Letter of Inquiry
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: Two types of applications, <$125,000 and >$125,000. Awards >$125,000 provide overhead up to 15%.  Overhead is not allowed on awards <$125,000. Since t his amount falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy, please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application.

This program seeks to advance understanding about the economic, environmental, security, and policy trade-offs associated with the increased deployment of low- and no-carbon resources and technologies across the energy system and the resulting impacts on the quality of American life.  Grants in this program focus on investigating underexplored research questions related to energy sources (supply), transmission and distribution, energy use (demand), new energy technologies, the economics of energy transmission and distribution, big data, energy efficiency, and transportation.

Grant requests can be made at any time. A brief letter of inquiry is the first step for an applicant.
Biomedical Science
DODUSAMRMC
United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC)
FY18-FY22 Broad Agency Announcement for Extramural Medical Research
Sponsor Deadline for Pre-Proposals (required): Rolling through September 30, 2022 
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: No budget limits; award duration for research projects is up to 4 or 5 years; for conference/symposium awards, duration is up to 2 years.

The USAMRMC mission is to provide solutions to medical problems of importance to the American Service member at home and abroad, as well as to the general public at large. Projects must be for scientific study and experimentation directed toward advancing the state of the art or increasing knowledge or understanding rather than focusing on a specific system or hardware solution. Research and development funded through this BAA are intended and expected to benefit and inform both military and civilian medical practice and knowledge. Support for conferences and symposia is also available, in addition to research funding. 

Under USAMRMC's Medical Simulation and Information Sciences Research Program, the Health Information Technology and Informatics (HITI) Portfolio solicits applications in the area of Health Information Technology Infrastructure and Data Management, specifically about improvements to data availability, management, storage, and operational use of Enterprise Health Data. Proposed objectives should ensure the unique identification of each patient, as well as aggregated data strategies for population health and big data.
DHHSLEAPHealthIT
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
Leading Edge Acceleration Projects (LEAP) in Health Information Technology
Sponsor Deadline: August 17, 2018 
OSP Deadline: August 10, 2018
Award Information: U p to $1M per award. These awards will have a 2-year project and budget period at initial award. However, applicants are encouraged to submit their responses based on a 5-year project and budget period. Additional funding for years 3-5 may be provided; contingent on availability of funds and meaningful progress. ONC anticipates issuing one award per area of interest (for a total of 2 recipients). 

This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) seeks Leading Edge Acceleration Projects (LEAP) in Health Information Technology (Health IT) to address well-documented and fast emerging challenges inhibiting the development, use, and/or advancement of well-designed, interoperable health IT, which is scalable across the health care industry. Solutions are expected to further a new generation of health IT research and inform the development, implementation, and refinement of standards, methods, and techniques for overcoming major barriers and challenges in an innovative fashion as they are identified. It is critical that the field of health care innovate and leverage the latest technological advancements and breakthroughs far quicker than it currently does to optimize real-time solutions, especially in areas which are ripe for acceleration.

This funding opportunity is specifically interested in innovative solutions and breakthrough advances in the following areas of interest:
  • Expanding the scope, scale, and utility of population-level data-focused application programming interfaces (APIs); and
  • Advancing clinical knowledge at the point of care.
NIHBRAINTheoriesMethModelsR01
BRAIN Initiative: Theories, Models and Methods for Analysis of Complex Data from the Brain (R01 Clinical Trials Not Allowed)
Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Intent (requested):  30 days prior to application deadline
Sponsor Deadlines for Full Proposals: September 4, 2018; September 3, 2019
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information:  Application budgets are not limited, but are expected to range between $150,000 to $250,000 in direct costs per year. Awards are for 3 years of support. The NIH BRAIN Initiative anticipates providing $6M per year to fund up to 15 awards each year.

This FOA solicits new theories, computational models, and statistical tools to derive understanding of brain function from complex neuroscience data. Proposed tools could include the creation of new theories, ideas, and conceptual frameworks to organize/unify data and infer general principles of brain function; new computational models to develop testable hypotheses and design/drive experiments; and new mathematical and statistical methods to support or refute a stated hypothesis about brain function, and/or assist in detecting dynamical features and patterns in complex brain data. It is expected that the tools developed under this FOA will be made widely available to the neuroscience research community for their use and modification. Investigative studies should be limited to validity testing of the tools being developed.
NIHNCIAdminSuppsIDA
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Administrative Supplements for Integrative Data Analysis to Extend Research in Cancer Control and Population Sciences (Admin Supp Clinical Trial - Optional)
Sponsor Deadline: August 17, 2018
OSP Deadline: August 10, 2018
Award Information: Up to $150,000 in total costs. The project and budget periods must be within the currently approved project period for the existing parent award.

This Notice informs current NCI awardees that NCI is interested in Administrative Supplement applications that seek to integrate/merge or link two or more independent datasets to answer novel cancer prevention and control questions.  NCI is interested in requests that seek to integrate or link multiple existing datasets to answer research questions that cannot be addressed with any single dataset. Collaborations are encouraged among multi-disciplinary investigators to examine cancer-related data at multiple contextual levels. NCI encourages data-sharing and integration of data resources to enable novel approaches to investigate cancer risk and disease outcomes across multilevel contexts (i.e., basic biobehavioral and individual health behavior factors; family, school, workplace, social, and community networks; and natural, built, economic, policy, institutional, and health care environments).
NIHNCI
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Development of Innovative Informatics Methods and Algorithms for Cancer Research and Management (R21)
Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Intent (requested): October 20, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: November 20, 2018
OSP Deadline: November 13, 2018
Award Information: Up to $275,000 in direct costs over a 2 year period

The purpose of this FOA is to invite exploratory/developmental research grant (R21) applications for the development of innovative methods and algorithms in biomedical computing, informatics, and data science addressing priority needs across the cancer research continuum, including cancer biology, cancer treatment and diagnosis, cancer prevention, cancer control and epidemiology, and/or cancer health disparities. As a component of the NCI's Informatics Technology for Cancer Research (ITCR) Initiative, this FOA encourages applications focused on the development of novel computational, mathematical, and statistical algorithms and methods that can considerably improve acquisition, management, analysis, and dissemination of relevant data and/or knowledge.
NIHNCIInformaticsUG3UH3
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
New Informatics Tools and Methods to Enhance U.S. Cancer Surveillance Research (UG3/UH3)
Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Intent (requested): 30 days prior to the deadline
Sponsor Deadlines for Full Proposals: November 30, 2018; April 16, 2019  
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: Budgets must not exceed $600,000 [i.e., no more than $300,000 per year for the first two years] in direct costs for the UG3 phase and $1.5M (direct costs) [i.e., no more than $500,000 per year for the last three years] during the UH3 phase. 

The goal of this FOA is to advance surveillance science by supporting the development of new and innovative tools and methods for more efficient, detailed, timely, and accurate data collection by cancer registries. Specifically, the FOA seeks applications for projects to develop, adapt, apply, scale-up, and validate tools and methods to improve the collection and integration of cancer registry data and to expand the data items collected. Applications must be built on partnership with U.S. population-based central cancer registries (a partnership must involve at least two different registries). Tools and methods proposed for development are expected to enhance the registry core infrastructure and, in so doing, expand the usefulness of registry-collected data to support high-quality cancer research. 

The scientific scope of this FOA includes but is not limited to: 
  • Development, validation, evaluation of scalable tools/methods to facilitate automatic/unsupervised extraction of specific data from various types of unstructured medical records as for example, pathology reports, diagnostic imaging, laboratory, discharge and clinical visits;
  • Supplementation of cancer registries with new or more detailed data items, from existing data sources or from linkages with novel data sources, e.g. electronic medical records (EMR).
Investigators applying to this FOA must apply for both the UG3 and UH3 phases together. The initial UG3 exploratory phase will be a feasibility study to demonstrate technical functionality and potential of the proposed tools/methods in a U.S. population-based central cancer registry by meeting specific performance milestones. UG3 projects that have met their milestones will be administratively considered by NCI and prioritized for transition to the UH3 validation phase. UH3 awards will support scalability, portability and implementation of the tools/methods in additional U.S. population-based central cancer registries (at least one more cancer registry).   
NIHNHGRICompGenomicsDS
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
Investigator Initiated Research in Computational Genomics and Data Science (R01 and R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Intent (requested): 30 days prior to the deadline
Sponsor Deadlines for Full Proposals: November 16, 2018; July 16, 2019; November 16, 2019; July 16, 2020; November 16, 2020; July 16, 2021  
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: R01 application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The maximum project period for R01s is 5 years. The combined budget for direct costs for a two year R21 project period may not exceed $275,000. No more than $200,000 may be requested in any single year.

The purpose of these funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) are to invite applications for a broad range of research efforts in computational genomics, data science, statistics, and bioinformatics relevant to one or both of basic or clinical genomic science, and broadly applicable to human health and disease. These FOAs support fundamental genomics research developing innovative analytical methodologies and approaches, early stage development of tools and software, and refinement or hardening of software and tools of high value to the biomedical genomics community. Work supported under these FOAs should be enabling for genomics and be generalizable or broadly applicable across diseases and biological systems. All applications should address how the methods would scale to address larger and larger data sets.
NIHGettingtoZeroR01
Getting to Zero: Understanding HIV Viral Suppression and Transmission in the United States (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Sponsor Deadlines: March 14, 2019; March 13, 2020
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information:  Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The maximum project period is 5 years. NIH  intends to commit an estimated total of $3.25M to fund 3-5 awards in fiscal year 2019. Future year amounts will depend on annual appropriations.

The purpose of this FOA is to support grants to improve measurement and understanding of viral suppression and HIV transmission in the United States using population-level epidemiology and novel tools from Big Data Science approaches and m/eHealth. The outcome of this research will uncover new knowledge from data to build more effective and context-specific HIV control strategies for the U.S. epidemic.   
NIHHIV
Harnessing Big Data to Halt HIV (R01)
Sponsor Deadlines: September 7, 2018; January 7, 2019
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The maximum project period is 5 years. 

The purpose of this FOA is to promote research that transforms understanding of HIV transmission, the HIV care continuum, and HIV comorbidities using Big Data Science (BDS). This FOA will support projects to assemble diverse big data sources, conduct robust and reproducible analyses, and create meaningful visualizations of big data, as well as, engage ethical experts where appropriate to ensure the development of this scientific area is guided by ethical principles.
NIHNIGMS
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of General Medicine (NIGMS)
Modeling of Infectious Disease Agent Study Research Projects (R01)
Sponsor Deadlines: October 5, 2018; February 5, 2019
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The maximum project period is 5 years.

The purpose of this FOA is to support innovative research that will develop and apply computational tools and methods for modeling interactions between infectious agents and their hosts, disease spread, prediction systems and response strategies. The models should be useful to researchers, policymakers, or public health workers who want to better understand and respond to infectious diseases. This research opportunity encourages applications from institutions/organizations that propose to provide the scientific and public health communities better resources, knowledge, and tools to improve their ability to prepare for, identify, detect, control, and prevent the spread of infectious diseases caused by naturally occurring or intentionally released pathogens, including those relevant to biodefense.

Areas of focus include c onceptual development of models, particularly analytical and statistical tools for interpreting and using large data sets or model results.
NIHU24
National Institutes of Health (NIH): (PAR-15-331)  (PAR 15-332)  (PAR 15-333)
National Cancer Institute (NCI) 
Informatics Resources/Technologies for Cancer Research and Management (U24 and U01)
Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Intent (requested): October 20, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: November 20, 2018
OSP Deadline: November 13, 2018
Award Information: Early-Stage Development b udgets are limited to $300,000 in direct costs (excluding consortium F&A costs) per year for up to 3 years.  Application budgets for Advanced Development may not exceed $600,000 in direct costs (excluding consortium F&A costs) per year for up to 5 years.  B udgets for Sustained Support applications are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project; duration may be up to 5 years.
 
NCI invites applications in response to three Program Announcements: PAR-15-331: Advanced Development of Informatics Technologies for Cancer Research and Management (U24); PAR-15-332: Early-Stage Development of Informatics Technologies for Cancer Research and Management (U01);  and PAR-15-333: Sustained Support for Informatics Resources for Cancer Research and Management (U24).   

The purpose of PAR-15-331, Advanced Development of Informatics Technologies for Cancer Research and Management (U24), is to invite Cooperative Agreement (U24) applications for advanced development and enhancement of emerging informatics technologies to improve the acquisition, management, analysis, and dissemination of data and knowledge across the cancer research continuum, including cancer biology, cancer treatment and diagnosis, cancer prevention, cancer control and epidemiology, and/or cancer health disparities. As a component of the NCI's Informatics Technology for Cancer Research (ITCR) Initiative, this FOA focuses on emerging informatics technology, defined as one that has passed the initial prototyping and pilot development stage, has demonstrated potential to have a significant and broader impact, has compelling reasons for further improvement and enhancement, and has not been widely adopted in the cancer research field. The central mission of ITCR is to promote research-driven informatics technology across the development lifecycle to address priority needs in cancer research. In order to be successful, proposed development plans must have a clear rationale on why the proposed technology is needed and how it will benefit the cancer research field. In addition, mechanisms to solicit feedback from users and collaborators throughout the development process should be included. 

The purpose of FOA PAR-15-332,  Early-Stage Development of Informatics Technologies for Cancer Research and Management (U01), is to invite Cooperative Agreement (U01) applications for the development of enabling informatics technologies to improve the acquisition, management, analysis, and dissemination of data and knowledge across the cancer research continuum including cancer biology, cancer treatment and diagnosis, cancer prevention, cancer control and epidemiology, and/or cancer health disparities. As a component of the NCI's Informatics Technology for Cancer Research (ITCR) Program, this FOA focuses on early-stage development from prototyping to hardening and adaptation. Early-stage development is defined for the purpose of this FOA as the initial development or the significant modification of existing tools for new applications. The central mission of ITCR is to promote research-driven informatics technology across the development lifecycle to address priority needs in cancer research. In order to be successful, proposed development plans must have a clear rationale on why the proposed technology is needed and how it will benefit the cancer research field. In addition, mechanisms to solicit feedback from users and collaborators throughout the development process should be included.

PAR-15-333, Sustained Support for Informatics Resources for Cancer Research and Management (U24), invites applications for the continued development and sustainment of high-value informatics research resources to serve current and emerging needs across the cancer research continuum. As a component of ITCR Program, this FOA focuses on supporting activities necessary for improved user experience and availability of existing, widely-adopted informatics tools and resources. This is in contrast to early-stage and advanced development efforts to generate these tools and resources that are supported by companion ITCR FOAs. In addition, mechanisms for assessing and maximizing the value of the resource to researchers and supporting collaboration and/or deep engagement between the resource and the targeted research community should be described.
NIHNIDA
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
The Application of Big Data Analytics to Drug Abuse Research (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Intent (requested): 30 days prior to the deadline
Sponsor Deadlines for Full Proposals: October 5, 2018; February 5, 2019
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The maximum project period is 5 years. 

The purpose of this FOA is to encourage the application of Big Data analytics to reveal deeper or novel insights into the biological and behavioral processes associated with substance abuse and addiction. NIDA recognizes that to accelerate progress toward understanding how the human brain and behavior is altered by chronic drug use and addiction, it is vital to develop more powerful analytical methods and visualization tools that can help capture the richness of data being generated from genetic, epigenetic, molecular, proteomic, metabolomic, brain-imaging, micro-electrode, behavioral, clinical, social, services, environmental studies as well as data generated from electronic health records. Applications for this FOA should develop and/or utilize computational approaches for analyzing large, complex datasets acquired from drug addiction research. The rapid increase of technologies to acquire unprecedented amounts of neurobiological and behavioral data, and an expanding capacity to store those data, results in a great opportunity to bring to bear the power of the computational methods of Big Data analytics on drug abuse and addiction.
NIHNLM
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
NLM Career Development Award in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science (K01)
Sponsor Deadlines: October 12, 2018; February 12, 2019
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: Award budgets are composed of salary (up to $100,000 plus fringe benefits) and other program-related expenses ($50,000 per year). The total project period may not exceed 3 years.

The purpose of the NLM Career Development Award (K01) in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science is to provide support and "protected time" (a minimum of 75% of full-time professional effort for up to three years) for an intensive career development experience in biomedical informatics and data science leading to research independence. NLM invites K01 applications from junior investigators, who have either a health professional or research doctorate and who are in the first three years of their initial faculty positions. Candidates who received their training at one of NLM's university-based biomedical informatics training programs are encouraged to apply.
NIHNLMCompCuration
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Computational Approaches to Curation at Scale for Biomedical Research Assets (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Intent (requested): 30 days prior to full proposal deadline
Sponsor Deadlines for Full Proposals: August 15, 2018; January 31, 2019; July 31, 2019; January 31, 2020
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information:  Application budgets are limited to $250,000 direct costs per year for up to 4 years.

NLM wishes to accelerate the availability of and access to secure, complete data sets and computational models that can serve as the basis of transformative biomedical discoveries by improving the speed and scope of the curation processes.
NIHNLM2
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
NLM Express Research Grants in Biomedical Informatics (R01)
Sponsor Deadlines: October 5, 2018; February 5, 2019
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: The NLM Express Research Grant has a limit of $250,000 per year in direct costs. The maximum project period is 4 years.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) offers support for innovative research in biomedical informatics and data science. The scope of NLM's interest in the research domain of informatics is broad and interdisciplinary, developing methods and approaches in biomedical computing, data science and related information fields for application domains of health and biomedicine, including health care delivery, basic biomedical research, clinical and translational research, precision medicine, public health, biosurveillance, health information management in disasters, and similar areas. NLM defines biomedical informatics as the science of optimal representation, organization, management, integration and presentation of information relevant to human health and biology, for purposes of learning, sharing and use.
NIHSimModelingHealthDispR01
Simulation Modeling and Systems Science to Address Health Disparities (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Intent (requested): 30 days prior to the deadline
Sponsor Deadlines for Full Proposals: January 8, 2019; June 7, 2019
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information:  Applications may request up to $250,000 in direct costs each year. The project period may not exceed 4 years.

The purpose of this FOA is to support investigative and collaborative research focused on developing and evaluating simulation modeling and systems science to understand and address minority health and health disparities.

Although no simulation models can replace real world settings or scenarios, many are becoming indispensable for decision making, such as national or local pandemic planning, and can have a profound impact on health policies relevant to minority health and health disparities. The field of SMSS may help to guide health disparities research, in identifying causal inference and what types of situations will be most amenable to research, policy, and practice interventions and in implicating where leverage may be best applied for any health disparity population. Electronic health records, mobile health technologies, smart devices, sensors, and high-end laboratory technologies have greatly expanded the availability of rich data for more accurate simulation and modeling under the systems perspective. Many innovative methods have been developed to help harmonize disparate data across diverse sources and guide informed decision making. Traditional study design and statistical methods need to be rethought in the context of big data and high-performance computing to tackle disparities among diverse populations including those with limited and small samples. Thus, it is important to advance SMSS using new big data technologies to understand the etiology of health disparities and guide intervention development and implementation.
NSFCogNeuro
Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE)
Cognitive Neuroscience (CogNeuro) 
Sponsor Deadlines: August 13, 2018; February 11, 2019
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: Average award size is ~$175,000 per year (including both direct and indirect costs) and the average duration is 3 years
 
The cognitive neuroscience program seeks to fund highly innovative proposals that employ brain-based measurements in order to advance our understanding of the neural systems that mediate cognitive processes.  New frontiers in cognitive neuroscience research have emerged from investigations that integrate data at different spatial and temporal scales.  Human cognitive science encompasses a wide range of topics, including attention, learning, memory, decision-making, language, social cognition, and emotions. Proposals will be considered that investigate a particular cognitive process using human brain data. 
NIHNSFJointDMSNIGMS
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences (DMS/NIGMS)
Sponsor Full Proposal Windows: October 1-18, 2018; September 1-18, 2019 
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: Awards for high-risk, high-reward exploratory projects, or those from new teams of collaborators, are expected to range from $100,000 to $200,000 (total costs) per year for 3 years. Awards for projects of larger scope from well-established teams are expected to range from $200,000 to $400,000 (total costs) per year with durations of 3-4 years. Approximately $5M per year will be made available for new applications (up to $2M from NSF and up to $3M from NIGMS), subject to availability of funds and receipt of meritorious proposals.
 
The Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) plan to support fundamental research in mathematics and statistics necessary to answer questions in the biological and biomedical sciences. Both agencies recognize the need to promote research at the interface between mathematical and life sciences. This program is designed to encourage new collaborations, as well as to support innovative activities by existing teams. Awards from this competition may be made by either NSF or NIH at the option of the agencies, not the grantee.
NSFSCH
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Smart and Connected Health (SCH): Connecting Data People and Systems
Sponsor Deadline: December 11, 2018 
OSP Deadline: December 4, 2018
Award Information: U p to $300,000 per year for up to 4 years. 8-16 awards per year are anticipated.  
 
The purpose of this interagency program solicitation is to support the development of technologies, analytics and models supporting next generation health and medical research through high-risk, high-reward advances in computer and information science, engineering and technology, behavior and cognition. Collaborations between academic, industry, and other organizations are strongly encouraged to establish better linkages between fundamental science, medicine and healthcare practice and technology development, deployment and use. This solicitation is aligned with national reports calling for new partnerships to facilitate major changes in health and medicine, as well as healthcare delivery and is aimed at the fundamental research to enable these changes. Realizing the promise of disruptive transformation in health, medicine and/or healthcare will require well-coordinated, multi-disciplinary approaches that draw from the computer and information sciences, engineering, social, behavioral, cognitive and economic sciences, biomedical and health research. 

The solicitation invites applications for Integrative projects (INT) which undertake research addressing key application areas by solving problems in multiple scientific domains. The work must make fundamental contributions to two or more disciplines. Projects are expected to include several students and postdocs. Scientists from all disciplines are encouraged to participate. Collaborations with researchers in the health application domains are required.
PhRMAInformatics
Grants and Fellowships in Informatics
Sponsor Deadline: September 1, 2018 
OSP Deadline: August 24, 2018
Award Information: Sabbatical Fellowships provide $40,000 for 6-12 months. Matching funds must be provided by the institution. Research Starter Grants are $100,000 for 1 year. Postdoctoral Fellowships provide $40,000 per year for up to 2 years. Predoctoral Fellowships provide $20,000 per year for up to 2 years.  PhRMA Foundation awards do not provide funding for overhead.  This amount falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application.   
 
The goal of the Informatics program is to promote development and use of novel informatics in an integrative approach toward understanding normal processes of human biology and disease processes. Informatics awards support career development of scientists engaged in research that significantly integrates state-of-the-art information technology developed with advanced biological, chemical, and pharmacological sciences in areas including n ovel approaches to the analysis of Big Data. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Four types of awards are available:
  • Sabbatical Fellowships provide support for individuals engaged in a multidisciplinary research training program that will extend their credentials in informatics and enables faculty with active research programs to work outside of their institutions for a period of six months to one year to learn new skills or develop collaborations that will enhance their research and research training capabilities. 
  • Research Starter Grants assist individuals beginning independent research careers in informatics at the faculty level. Those holding academic rank of assistant professor (or research assistant professor) within a tenure track (or research track) appointment are eligible to apply for a Research Starter Grant, providing their proposed research is neither directly nor indirectly subsidized to any significant degree by an extramural support mechanism.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships support the post doctoral career development of individuals preparing to engage in research that will bridge the gap between experimental and computational approaches in genomic and biomedical studies.
  • Predoctoral Fellowships support students in advanced stages of training and thesis research. Due to the high demand for this fellowship, the PhRMA Foundation will accept only two applications per academic institution. Please contact Erin Hale at erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu if you are interested in applying for this fellowship.
WorldAntiDopingAI
Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ)
Application and Impact of Artificial Intelligence in the Area of Anti-Doping
Sponsor Deadline: September 28, 2018 
OSP Deadline: September 21, 2018
Award Information: The maximum grant per project will be CAD $500,000.   
 
WADA and the FRQ wish to reflect jointly on the application and impact of artificial intelligence in the area of anti-doping, and the terms for applying this overarching model to other areas of society. Priority will be given to projects focusing on responsible management of big data, the good practices that need to be implemented to support the integration of digital innovation into the fight against doping, application to societal problems related to drug abuse, and application in the health and education sectors. The research team must include at least one member based in Quebec.
Education and Training
AERA
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
AERA Research Grants
Sponsor Deadline: TBA (Fall 2018)
OSP Deadline: TBA (Fall 2018)
Award Information: Awards for Research Grants are up to $20,000 for 1 year projects, or up to $35,000 for 2 year projects. Overhead is not allowed on AERA Resarch Grants.  This amount falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application.
 
This program seeks to stimulate research on U.S. education issues using data from the large-scale, national and international data sets supported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NSF, and other federal agencies, and to increase the number of education researchers using these data sets. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that:
  • develop or benefit from new quantitative measures or methodological approaches for addressing education issues;
  • include interdisciplinary teams with subject matter expertise, especially when studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning;
  • analyze TIMSS, PISA, or other international data resources; or
  • include the integration and analysis of more than one data set.
Research projects related to at least one of the strands above and to science and/or mathematics education are especially encouraged. Other topics of interest include policies and practices related to student achievement in STEM, contextual factors in education, educational participation and persistence (kindergarten through graduate school), early childhood education, and postsecondary education.
IESStatisticalResMethods
United States Department of Education (ED)
Institute of Education Sciences (IES)
Statistical and Research Methodology in Education
Sponsor Deadline: August 23, 2018
OSP Deadline: August 16, 2018
Award Information: Regular grants will be made up to $900,000 for a maximum of 3 years. Early career grants are available up to $225,000 for a maximum of 2 years. 
 
The goal of this research program is to provide a wide range of methodological and statistical products (the Institute defines "products" to include new or improved methods, guidelines or other methodological resources, and software) that will better enable applied education scientists to conduct rigorous education research. Regular Grants and Early Career Grants are available. For FY 2019, an Early Career PI must have received his/her doctorate on or after April 1, 2014.

For FY 2019, IES is especially interested in seeing applications that address several areas, including analyzing big data. The increasing availability of observational datasets (large both in number of participants and variables per participant) collected by multiple sources creates new opportunities to address applied education research questions once the appropriate techniques are developed to handle and analyze the data. Broadly, this will involve the application of data science to education research.
NSFAccelDiscovery
Directorate for Education & Human Resources (EHR)
Accelerating Discovery: Educating the Future STEM Workforce (AD)
Sponsor Submission Window: April 2, 2018-January 16, 2019; proposals received after July 2, 2018 will be considered for FY19 funding
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: Unspecified

NSF's Education and Human Resources Directorate seeks to invest in projects that can educate the STEM workforce to advance discovery in the six research Big Ideas: Harnessing the Data Revolution; The Future of Work; Navigating the New Arctic; Multi-messenger Astrophysics; The Quantum Leap; and Understanding the Rules of Life. In addition to developing and implementing novel educational and/or training programs, these projects should simultaneously generate new knowledge about effective STEM education, by studying such programs and exploring related issues. Specifically, NSF accepts proposals to support education research and development projects focused on re- or up-skilling the existing workforce; developing the skilled technical workforce; and/or preparing those at the undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral fellow/early career levels. NSF encourages projects to partner with industry, public, and private sectors to define the needs of tomorrow's workforce and develop educational and learning strategies to meet those needs. Proposals should address near-, mid-, and long-term challenges and opportunities facing the development of STEM professionals or anticipate new structures and functions of the STEM learning and teaching enterprise. Proposers are encouraged to include approaches that have the potential to increase and diversify participation in STEM. 

EHR is particularly interested in supporting innovative education research and development in two Big Ideas:  The Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier (FW-HTF) and  Harnessing the Data Revolution for 21st Century Science and Engineering (HDR). Projects of interest include: innovative uses of technology and big data to understand learning; educational approaches that prepare tomorrow's innovators to use technology and big data to understand the natural world; effects of advances in intelligent agents on STEM teaching and learning; and evaluation of disruptive educational interventions on long-term student outcomes.
NSFDCLSTEMEdFuture
Dear Colleague Letter: STEM Education for the Future
Sponsor Deadline: Varies by program
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: Varies by program

Through this STEM Education for the Future Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), existing NSF education and workforce development programs encourage innovative proposals to prepare scientists and engineers for work in new contexts created by technology and big data. Specifically, through this DCL, NSF aims to support STEM educational research and development projects whose results can enable our country to: better prepare its scientific and technical workforce for the future; use technological innovations effectively for education; advance the frontiers of science; and adapt to both new work environments and new education pathways needed to prepare students at all levels for those environments. This DCL encourages proposals that reflect a coordinated effort from interdisciplinary research teams of at least two PIs from different disciplines.    

This DCL will support three categories of proposals:
  1. Proposals focused on educational transformation: These proposals will leverage technology, computation and/or big data to develop, implement, and analyze educational interventions designed to prepare a diverse workforce, researchers, and innovators of the future. Proposals that explore how students learn to integrate knowledge across disciplines to solve complex problems fall into this category.
  2. Proposals focused on the science of teaching and learning: These proposals will leverage technology, computation and/or big data to develop, implement, and analyze new tools for assessing and evaluating convergent education strategies that aim to promote student learning at all levels.
  3. Planning grants, Research Coordination Networks, Conference Proposals: These proposals will create communities of STEM educators to address convergent curriculum and pedagogical challenges across disciplinary boundaries brought about by the human-technology frontier, the data revolution, or both.
NSFWorkforceSurveyData
Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE)
Research on the Science and Technology Enterprise: Statistics and Surveys - R&D, U.S. S&T Competitiveness, STEM Education, S&T Workforce
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2019
OSP Deadline: January 8, 2019
Award Information: The total maximum amount for all awards in FY18 is $750,000. 7-12 awards are anticipated.

The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) is one of the thirteen principal federal statistical agencies within the United States. It is responsible for the collection, acquisition, analysis, reporting and dissemination of objective, statistical data related to the science and engineering enterprise in the United States and other nations that is relevant and useful to practitioners, researchers, policymakers and the public. The Center would like to enhance its efforts to support analytic and methodological research in support of its surveys, and to engage in the education and training of researchers in the use of large-scale nationally representative datasets. NCSES welcomes efforts by the research community to use NCSES data for research on the science and technology enterprise, to develop improved survey methodologies for NCSES surveys, to create and improve indicators of S&T activities and resources, and strengthen methodologies to analyze and disseminate S&T statistical data. To that end, NCSES invites proposals for individual or multi-investigator research projects, doctoral dissertation improvement awards, workshops, experimental research, survey research and data collection and dissemination projects under its program for Research on the Science and Technology Enterprise: Statistics and Surveys.
NSFCyberTraining2018
Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)
Training-based Workforce Development for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (CyberTraining)
Sponsor Deadline: January 25, 2019
OSP Deadline: January 17, 2019
Award Information: $300,000-$500,000 for up to 3 years. 7-11 awards are anticipated.

The overarching goals of this program are to (i) prepare, nurture, and grow the national scientific research workforce for creating, utilizing, and supporting advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) that enables potentially transformative fundamental science and engineering research and contributes to the Nation's overall economic competitiveness and security; (ii) ensure broad adoption of CI tools, methods, and resources by the fundamental science and engineering research community to enable new modes of discovery; and (iii) integrate core literacy and discipline-appropriate advanced skills in advanced CI as well as computational and data science and engineering into the Nation's educational curriculum/instructional material fabric spanning undergraduate and graduate courses. For the purpose of this solicitation, advanced CI is broadly defined as the set of resources, tools, and services for advanced computation, data handling, networking, and security that collectively enable potentially transformative fundamental research. 

The CyberTraining program focuses on three scientific communities, and, correspondingly, offers three tracks for project submission (these should be aligned with the research and education priorities of the domain directorates and the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure):
  1. CI Professionals (CIP): This is the community of research CI and professional staff who explore, develop, deploy, manage, and support effective use of research CI. The CIP track is for technical and research CI professional skills development of future CI professionals, including undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and research scientists, and for skills refinement and career development of current CI professionals.
  2. CI Contributors (CIC): This is the community of computational and data scientists and engineers who research and develop new CI capabilities, approaches, and methods. The CIC track is for contributor-level CI skills and advanced domain skills development; the target population spans graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and researchers who are current and future CI Contributors.
  3. CI Users (CIU): This is the community of domain scientists and engineers who effectively exploit advanced CI capabilities and methods for research. The CIU track is for user-level core literacy in advanced CI as well as computational and data science and engineering skills; the target population spans undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and researchers who are the current and future CI Users.
The CyberTraining program is led by the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and has participation from several directorates and divisions, each of which have their won programmatic areas of interest. Of particular interest to the Big Data community, CISE's IIS division encourages data science-related proposals conducted in collaboration with the NSF-funded Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs and Spokes (BD Hubs and Spokes). ENG's Division of Electrical, Communications, and Cyber Systems (ECCS) has a special interest in proposals focused on machine learning and big data analytics to enable real-time, efficient data learning and feature extraction from massive noisy data.
Questions about this newsletter or proposal submission may be directed to:

Jennifer Corby
Research Development Officer
jcorby@fas.harvard.edu | 617-495-1590

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