September 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
Building on the success of its 2017 Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science ( TRIPODS) awards, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is awarding $8.5 million in  TRIPODS+X grants to expand the scope of the cross-disciplinary TRIPODS institutes into broader areas of science, engineering and mathematics.

The NSF 2026 Idea Machine is a competition to help set the U.S. agenda for fundamental research in science and engineering. Participants can earn prizes and receive public recognition by suggesting the pressing research questions that need to be answered in the coming decade, the next set of " Big Ideas" for future investment by the NSF. Enter your "Big Idea" by October 26, 2018!

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently announced a multi-year investment of more than $2 billion in new and existing programs to develop the next wave of Artificial Intelligence technologies. Over the next 12 months, DARPA plans to issue multiple Broad Agency Announcements for new programs that advance the state of the art in AI.

Funding Opportunities for Big Data

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Social Science
 (Computer) Science and Engineering
Biomedical Science
Education and Training

Social 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.
AIandtheNews
AI and the News: An Open Challenge
Sponsor Deadline for Pre-Proposals: October 12, 2018
OSP Deadline: review not required at pre-proposal stage
Award Information:  $75,000-$200,000 for 1 year.  A total of $750,000 will be awarded to a range of projects. This Initiative does not fund universities' overhead costs or administrative fees. Since this amount falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy, please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application.

This open challenge is seeking fresh and experimental approaches to four specific problems at the intersection of AI and the news:
  • Governing the Platforms: Ensuring that AI serves the public good requires the public to know how the platforms are deploying these technologies and how they shape the flow of information through the web today. However, as many others have pointed out, the level of transparency and accountability around these decisions has been limited, and this initiative is seeking ideas that help to raise it. This might be new policies in the form of draft legislation, or technical tools that help keep an eye on the information ecosystem. 
  • Stopping Bad Actors: AI might be applied by a variety of actors to spread disinformation. This exacerbates a range of existing problems in news and information. The initiative is seeking approaches to detect and counter this next generation of propaganda. 
  • Empowering Journalism: Journalists play a major role in shaping public understanding of AI, its impact on the information ecosystem, and what we should do to ensure the technology is used ethically. But it can be hard to keep up with the latest developments in the technical research and communicate them effectively to society at large. The initiative is seeking ideas that will help bolster this community in this important work, and give them the tools they need to effectively communicate about AI and its impact. 
  • Reimagining AI and News: It is easy to find a lot of things to critique about the influence that automation and AI have on the news and information space. More challenging is articulating plausible alternatives for how these platforms should be designed and how they should deploy these technologies. The initiative is interested in ideas that paint a picture of the future: How might platforms be redesigned in part or entirely to better serve the public good? 
The AI Initiative envisions funding a range of projects, from interesting technological prototypes and research reports to draft legislation and compelling depictions of the future. While it is interested in hearing about proposals at many different levels of development, it is most focused on pilot testing new approaches and projects that would otherwise not occur, rather than simply supporting existing programs. 
MCCPartnerships2018
Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Annual Program Statement (APS): Partnerships with MCC Program
Sponsor Deadline: November 8, 2018
OSP Deadline: November 1, 2018
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.
NSFSTS
Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE)
Science, Technology and Society (STS)
Sponsor Deadlines: February 4, 2019
OSP Deadline: January 28, 2019
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.
SageOcean
Concept Grants
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: February 15, 2019
OSP Deadline: February 8, 2019
Award Information: Up to $35,000  (or £25,000)

SAGE's Concept Grants program has been developed as part of the  SAGE Ocean initiative to fund innovative software ideas that support social science researchers to work with big data and new technologies. SAGE Ocean is seeking innovative proposals for software solutions that will tackle some of the challenges currently facing social scientists and enable more researchers to engage with computational methods and big data research.

Through the Concept Grants program, SAGE is looking to support early stage software ideas, particularly those that include a plan for sustainability and/or that have future commercial potential within the academic market. It will look favorably on ideas that have wide-scale applicability within the social sciences and that will help further SAGE Ocean's mission to equip social scientists with the skills, tools, and resources to work with big data and new technology. 
SSRCSocMediaDemocracy
Social Media and Democracy Research Grants
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
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.
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 for Abstracts (strongly encouraged): Rolling through July 18, 2019 
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals:  Rolling through August 30, 2019
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, technology, 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.
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.
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. 
DoDNEECBAAFY18
Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (IHEODTD)
Naval Engineering Education Consortium (NEEC) Broad Agency Announcement for FY18
Sponsor Deadline:  October 31, 2018
OSP Deadline: October 24, 2018
Award Information: Approximately $150,000, though 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 amount of resources made available to this BAA will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds.
 
On behalf of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Warfare Centers, NSWC IHEODTD is soliciting research of interest in support of the NEEC. The topics of interest include:  
  • CO-01: Quantum computing as it relates to efficient/effective encryption of large data sets (in transit or at rest)
  • CO-02: Innovative concepts for big data collection/ingestion, automatic integration, and querying from potentially sensitive sources
  • CR-03: Techniques to understand the effects of adversarial learning through artificial intelligence (AI) by using information visualization (IV)
  • DD-02: Boundary extension of 'big data' analysis tools used for data classification, clustering, dimensionality reduction, predictive analysis, visualization, and forensic analysis of streaming data
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 December 31, 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.
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.
DigitalSciCatalystGrants
Digital Science
Catalyst Grants
Sponsor Deadline: December 31, 2018
OSP Deadline: December 17, 2018 
Award Information:  U p to £25,000 for 6 months
 
Digital Science invites applications which propose innovative early stage research software ideas that will benefit scientific research. Funds can be used for any purpose that serves the project, including equipment purchases, software licensing, travel and reasonable living expenses.
GoogleFacResAwards
Google
Faculty Research Awards
Sponsor Deadline: September 30, 2018
OSP Deadline: review not required for gifts 
Award Information:  Faculty Research Awards will typically cover the amount necessary to support one graduate student for one year (salary, tuition, plus $1,500 for conference travel). See below for more information.
 
This program supports academic research in computer science, engineering, and related fields. Each funded project will be assigned a Google sponsor by the review committee. The role of the sponsor is to support the project by discussing research directions, engaging with professors and students, and enabling interactions between the project team and Google. 
 
Google Faculty Research Awards are one-year seed funding awards structured as current-use gifts (subject to a gift assessment at the individual School rate) to support the research of world-class permanent faculty members at top universities around the world. While Google's website states that Faculty Research Awards do not cover indirect costs, administrative costs, or overhead, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Google's University Relations group have reached an agreement that Harvard's schools are authorized to assess gifts in line with university and school policies, at a rate not to exceed 20% of costs. For FAS and SEAS, the gift assessment fee on unrestricted current-use gift funds is 15%. Any questions about the acceptance of Google Faculty Research Awards can be directed to Alumni & Development Services at ADS@harvard.edu or Jen Chow, Director of Foundation and Corporate Development, OVPR, at jennifer_chow@harvard.edu .  
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.
NASAPSIAppendixE
Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System - Appendix E: Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System for Combustion Science, Complex Fluids, Fluid Physics, Fundamental Physics, and Materials Science
Sponsor Deadline for Notices of Intent (strongly encouraged): October 23, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: December 14, 2018
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information : Up to $100,000/year in total costs for up to 2 years. 
It is expected that approximately five investigations will be selected from this Appendix, including both established researcher and graduate student proposals, depending upon available funding and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.    
 
This Appendix to the Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System solicits ground-based research proposals to utilize NASA's Physical Sciences Informatics (PSI) system to develop new analyses and scientific insights. The PSI system is designed to be a resource for researchers to data mine information generated from completed reduced-gravity physical sciences experiments performed on the International Space Station (ISS), Space Shuttle flights, Free Flyers, commercial cargo flights to and from the ISS, or from related ground-based studies. Specifically, this call is for the utilization of data from investigations that are currently available in the PSI system (see the Appendix for a full list). The experiments were conducted as part of NASA's Physical Sciences Research Program in support of NASA's Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications (SLPSRA) Division. The PSI System is designed to include experimental data from the following six research areas: 1) Biophysics, 2) Combustion Science, 3) Complex Fluids, 4) Fluid Physics, 5) Fundamental Physics, and 6) Materials Science. This Appendix solicits proposals in all of the research areas except Biophysics. This Appendix is soliciting proposals from established researchers (including postdoctoral scholars) and graduate students.
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
NSFAMPS
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS)
Algorithms for Modern Power Systems (AMPS)
Sponsor Deadline: February 11, 2019
OSP Deadline: February 4, 2019
Award Information The estimated number of awards and funding amounts are subject to the availability of funds. The total anticipated funding amount for AMPS is $1.2M for approximately 4-10 awards.  
 
The Algorithms for Modern Power Systems (AMPS) program will support research projects to develop the next generation of mathematical and statistical algorithms for improvement of the security, reliability, and efficiency of the modern power grid. The program is a partnership between the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability (OE) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
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).
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, with potentially $15-$20M annually, depending on the quality of proposals and availability of funds. 
 
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), Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), and the State Research Agency (Agencia Estatal de Investigación, AEI) and National Institute of Health Carlos III (Instituto de Salud Carlos III, ISCIII), both of Spain, 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, US-Spanish Research Proposals, US-Spanish Data Sharing Proposals, and multilateral proposals involving the United States and two or more CRCNS partner countries (please see Section VIII of the solicitation for country-specific instructions, areas of interest and limitations). 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.
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.
NSFCNS
Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)
Computer and Network Systems (CNS): Core Programs
Sponsor Full Proposal Windows: September 24-October 2, 2018 for Medium and Large Projects; November 1-15, 2018 for Small Projects
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: Small Project awards will be made up to $500,000 for up to 3 years. Medium Projects between $500,001 and $1.2M will be awarded for up to 4 years.  Large Projects between $1,200,001 and $3M will be awarded for up to 5 years. Up to $100M each year will support up to 250 awards, depending on the availability of funds.

CISE's Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS) supports research and education projects that take a system-oriented approach to the development of novel computing and networking technologies, or to the enhancement of existing systems in any of several dimensions, or that explore new ways to make use of existing technologies.

Small Projects are well suited to one or two investigators (PI and one co-PI or other Senior Personnel) and at least one student and/or postdoc. Medium Projects are well suited to one or more investigators (PI, co-PI and/or other Senior Personnel) and several students and/or postdocs. Large Projects are well suited to two or more investigators (PI, co-PI(s), or other Senior Personnel), and a team of students and/or postdocs. Medium and large project descriptions must be comprehensive and well-integrated, and should make a convincing case that the collaborative contributions of the project team will be greater than the sum of each of their individual contributions.
NSFCCFCorePrograms
Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)
Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF): Core Programs
Sponsor Full Proposal Windows: September 24-October 2, 2018 for Medium Projects; November 1-15, 2018 for Small Projects
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information Small Project awards will be made up to $500,000 for up to 3 years.  Medium Projects between $500,001 and $1.2M will be awarded for up to 4 years.  Up to $100M each year will support up to 250 awards, depending on the availability of funds.
 
CISE's Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in four core programs:
  • The Algorithmic Foundations (AF) program;
  • The Communications and Information Foundations (CIF) program;
  • The Foundations of Emerging Technologies (FET) program; and
  • The Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF) program.
Small Projects are well suited to one or two investigators (PI and one co-PI or other Senior Personnel) and at least one student and/or postdoc. Medium Projects are well suited to one or more investigators (PI, co-PI and/or other Senior Personnel) and several students and/or postdocs. Medium project descriptions must be comprehensive and well-integrated, and should make a convincing case that the collaborative contributions of the project team will be greater than the sum of each of their individual contributions.
NSFCIforBioResearch
Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)
Cyberinfrastructure for Biological Research (CIBR)
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: The size and duration of any individual request should be justified by the amount and complexity of the work to be accomplished. As a rule, the larger the budget, the greater the expected impact on the biological research community.
 
Biological processes at all scales from molecules to ecosystems are determined through the encoding, exchange, and interpretation of information. Advances in the biological sciences are enabled by our capacity to acquire, manage, represent, and analyze biological information through the use of modern instrumentation and computational tools. Proposals are invited that offer potentially transformative outcomes through the development of informatics tools and resources that (1) offer novel and significant advances in the use of biological data and/or (2) will enable and stimulate advances through their impact on a significant segment of the biological research community supported by the NSF BIO Directorate.

Awards in CIBR should produce, or substantially expand a finished product that will have demonstrable impact in advancing biological research. Proposals should convey their likelihood of success through greater attention to user engagement, design quality, engineering practices, management plan, and dissemination. Budgets and award durations should accommodate the iterative process of bringing a proof of concept into a robust, broadly-adopted cyberinfrastructure. Development proposals are more outcome-driven than Innovation awards and are typically assessed on their perceived contribution to a broad portfolio of cyberinfrastructure resources. Synergies with, and leveraging of, other existing and ongoing resources are taken into consideration. Full proposals may be submitted anytime through the  Infrastructure Capacity for Biology Core Program (ICB).
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.
NSFFMitF
Directorate of Computer & Information Science & Engineering
Formal Methods in the Field (FMitF)
Sponsor Deadlines for Full Proposals: January 15, 2019  
OSP Deadline: January 8, 2019
Award Information:  Track I Research Proposals are limited to $750,000 in total budget, with durations of up to 4 years. Track II TTP Proposals  are limited to $100,000 in total budget, with durations of up to 18 months.
 
The Formal Methods in the Field (FMitF) program aims to bring together researchers in formal methods with researchers in other areas of computer and information science and engineering to jointly develop rigorous and reproducible methodologies for designing and implementing correct-by-construction systems and applications with provable guarantees.

The FMitF program solicits two classes of proposals:
  • Track I: Research proposals: Each proposal must have at least one Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI with expertise in formal methods and at least one with expertise in one or more of these fields: computer networks, cyber-human systems, distributed/operating systems, hybrid/dynamical systems, and machine learning. Proposals are expected to address the fundamental contributions to both formal methods and the respective field(s) and should include a proof of concept in the field along with a detailed evaluation plan that discusses intended scope of applicability, trade-offs, and limitations. 
  • Track II: Transition to Practice (TTP) proposals: The objective of this track is to support the ongoing development of extensible and robust formal methods research prototypes/tools to facilitate usability and accessibility to a larger and more diverse community of users. These proposals are expected to support the development, implementation, and deployment of later-stage successful formal methods research and tools into operational environments in order to bridge the gap between research and practice. A TTP proposal must include a project plan that addresses major tasks and system development milestones as well as an evaluation plan for the working system. Collaborations with industry are strongly encouraged. 
NSFIIS
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)
Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS): Core Programs
Sponsor Full Proposal Windows: September 24-October 2, 2018 for Medium and Large Projects; November 1-15, 2018 for Small Projects
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information:  Small Project awards will be made up to $500,000 with durations up to 3 years.  Medium Projects will be funded between $500,001 and $1.2M with durations up to 4 years. Large Projects will be funded between $1,200,001 and $3M with durations up to 5 years. Up to $100M each year will support up to 200 awards.
 
CISE's Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in three core programs:
  • The Cyber-Human Systems (CHS) program;
  • The Information Integration and Informatics (III) program; and
  • The Robust Intelligence (RI) program.
Proposals in the area of computer graphics and visualization may be submitted to any of the three core programs described above.

Small Projects are well suited to one or two investigators (PI and one co-PI or other Senior Personnel) and at least one student and/or postdoc. Medium Projects are well suited to one or more investigators (PI, co-PI and/or other Senior Personnel) and several students and/or postdocs. Large Projects are well suited to two or more investigators (PI, co-PI(s), or other Senior Personnel), and a team of students and/or postdocs. Medium and large project descriptions must be comprehensive and well-integrated, and should make a convincing case that the collaborative contributions of the project team will be greater than the sum of each of their individual contributions.
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.
NSFOACCoreResearch
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)
Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC): Research Core Program
Sponsor Full Proposal Windows:  November 1-15, 2018
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information:  Small projects with budgets of  up to $500,000 for up to 3 years will be funded.  Up to $7.5M each year will support up to 15 awards, pending the availability of funds.
 
The Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) supports translational research and education activities in all aspects of advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) that lead to deployable, scalable, and sustainable systems capable of transforming science and engineering research. Advanced CI includes the spectrum of computational, data, software, networking, and security resources, tools, and services, along with the computational and data skills and expertise, that individually and collectively can transform science and engineering. OAC supports advanced CI research to address new CI frontiers for discovery leading to major innovations, and supports the development and deployment processes, as well as expert services, necessary for realizing the research CI that is critical to the advancement of all areas of science and engineering research and education.

OAC research investments are characterized by their translational nature, i.e., building on basic research results and spanning the design to practice stages. They are further characterized by one or more of the following key attributes: multi-disciplinary, extreme-scale, driven by science and engineering research, end-to-end, and deployable as robust research CI. This year, proposals are invited for small projects which are well suited to one or two investigators (PI and one co-PI or other Senior Personnel) and at least one student and/or postdoc.
NSFSaTC
Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)
Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: See below for details. In FY 2019, NSF anticipates approximately 10 EDU awards, 55 Small awards, and 28 Medium awards.
 
The SaTC program welcomes proposals that address cybersecurity and privacy, and draw on expertise in one or more of these areas: computing, communication and information sciences; engineering; economics; education; mathematics; statistics; and social and behavioral sciences. Proposals that advance the field of cybersecurity and privacy within a single discipline or interdisciplinary efforts that span multiple disciplines are both encouraged.

Proposals must be submitted pursuant to one of the following designations, each of which may have additional restrictions and administrative obligations as specified in this program solicitation.
  • CORE: This designation is the main focus of the SaTC research program, spanning the interests of NSF's Directorates for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Engineering (ENG), Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), and Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE).
  • EDU: The Education (EDU) designation will be used to label proposals focusing entirely on cybersecurity education. 
  • TTP: The Transition to Practice (TTP) designation will be used to label proposals that are focused exclusively on transitioning existing research results to practice.

CORE and TTP proposals may be submitted in one of the following project size classes:

  • Small projects: up to $500,000 in total budget, with durations of up to three years;
  • Medium projects: $500,001 to $1,200,000 in total budget, with durations of up to four years.

EDU proposals are limited to $500,000 in total budget, with durations of up to three years.


An individual can participate as a PI, co-PI or senior personnel on no more than three SaTC proposals (one designated as CORE, one designated as TTP, one designated as EDU).
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.
NIHBRAINDataArchiveR24
BRAIN Initiative: Data Archives for the BRAIN Initiative (R24 Clinical Trial Optional)
Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Intent (requested):  30 days prior to the proposal deadline
Sponsor Deadlines for Full Proposals: September 27, 2018; September 6, 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. NIH intends to commit an estimated total of $3M to fund 3-5 new awards at each receipt date. It is expected that costs will be substantially higher after the first year of these awards.

This FOA solicits applications to develop web-accessible data archives to capture, store, and curate data related to BRAIN Initiative activities. The data archives will work with the research community to incorporate tools that allow users to analyze and visualize the data, but the creation of such tools is not part of this FOA. The data archives will use appropriate standards to describe the data, but the creation of such standards is not part of this FOA. A goal of this program is to advance research by creating a community resource data archive with appropriate standards and summary information that is broadly available and accessible to the research community for furthering research.
NIHBRAINDataAnalysisR01
BRAIN Initiative: Integration and Analysis of BRAIN Initiative Data (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Intent (requested):  30 days prior to the proposal deadline
Sponsor Deadlines for Full Proposals: September 27, 2018; March 7, 2019; September 6, 2019; March 6, 2020; September 9, 2020; March 4, 2021
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 3 years. NIH intends to commit an estimated total of $4M to fund 10 awards.

This FOA solicits applications to develop informatics tools for analyzing, visualizing, and integrating data related to the BRAIN Initiative or to enhance our understanding of the brain. Tools that integrate different types of data may link data across multiple scales or across different species. The focus for integration tools in this FOA is mainly in finding the data and applying metrics for data alignment, standardization and normalization for further analysis. The tools must be user-friendly in accessing and analyzing data from appropriate data archives. Ultimately, it is expected that much of the BRAIN Initiative data will be stored in a cloud environment, although that may not be initially true. In general, the tools supported under this FOA should analyze/visualize data without the need to download them. The tools should allow data to be combined for analysis/visualization from multiple locations.
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):  August 3, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: September 3, 2019
OSP Deadline: August 26, 2019
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.
NIHDIRCChronicPainU54
Data Integration and Resource Center (DIRC) for Common Fund Acute to Chronic Pain Signatures Program (U54 Clinical Trial Optional)
Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Intent (requested):  September 24, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: October 24, 2018
OSP Deadline: October 17, 2018
Award Information: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. Projects cannot exceed 4 years including the FY19 planning year. NIH's Office of Strategic Coordination (Common Fund) intends to commit $0.3M in FY19 (planning year), and $2.6M in each of FY20, FY21, and FY22 to fund 1 award.

The purpose of this FOA is to identify and support a Data Integration and Resource Center (DIRC) for the Common Fund Acute to Chronic Pain Signatures (A2CPS) Program. The overall programmatic goal of the DIRC is to integrate the efforts of all funded components of the A2CPS and serve as a community-wide nexus for protocols, data, assay and data standards, and other resources generated by the A2CPS Program.
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 proposal 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  are limited to $500,000 in direct costs per year . The maximum project period for an R01 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 R21 budget year.

The purpose of these funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) is 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.
NIHNIAIDHIVPreventionR01
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Modeling and Simulation to Optimize HIV Prevention Research (MS OPR) (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Intent (requested): November 13, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: December 13, 2018  
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission 
Award Information: Application budgets are limited to $400,000 per year in direct costs. The maximum project period is 4 years. NIAID intends to commit $2.4M in FY19 to fund 2-4 awards. 
  
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support the development and validation of modeling and simulation methods and related tools to examine HIV transmission dynamics, make epidemic projections, and estimate the impact of HIV treatment and prevention. Investigators are expected to share these resources with other researchers. Funding for the final fourth year is dependent upon achieving applicant-proposed and pre-award negotiated "Go/No-Go criteria". 

Examples of research projects that are responsive to this FOA include those that use multiple, large data sources to develop and validate synthetic populations for major risk groups (MSM in North America or Europe, general populations in SSA, and others) to optimize regional prevention strategies.
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: January 7, 2019; May 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: 5 business days prior to submission
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.
NIHHHEARU2C
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Human Health Exposure Analysis Resource (HHEAR): Data Repository, Analysis and Science Center (U2C Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Intent (requested): September 29, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: October 29, 2018
OSP Deadline: October 22, 2018
Award Information:  Application budgets are limited to $1.7M in direct costs per year.  The maximum project period is 5 years.  NIEHS intends to fund 1 award.

The NIEHS is establishing an infrastructure, the Human Health Exposure Analysis Resource (HHEAR) as a continuation of the Children's Health Exposure Analysis Resource (CHEAR). The goal of this consortium is to provide the research community access to laboratory and statistical analyses to add or expand the inclusion of environmental exposures in their research and to make that data publicly available as a means to improve our knowledge of the comprehensive effects of environmental exposures on human health throughout the life course.

This FOA solicits the Data Center. The Data Center will provide intellectual and logistical support for the maintenance, integration, analysis, interpretation, curation, and reuse of data generated by HHEAR in support of extramural research projects. The Data Center will build and manage an exposure data repository and associated data science resources, including a public access Data Portal, a Data Submission and Review Portal, and an ontology and associated standardized data structure. In addition, the Data Center will provide statistical, analytical, and informatic support for HHEAR components and studies using the HHEAR infrastructure. The ultimate goal is maximizing potential use and impact of exposure data in human health studies. 
NIHNIMHCompMethodsMentalDisordersR01
National Institutes of Health (NIH)*
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
New Computational Methods for Understanding the Functional Role of DNA Variants that are Associated with Mental Disorders (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed and R01 (Collab) Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Intent (requested): 30 days prior to full proposal deadline
Sponsor Deadlines for Full Proposals: February 5, 2019; June 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 these FOAs is to support the development of advanced computational, bioinformatic and statistical tools to determine the functional relevance of genetic variants associated with mental disorders of complex etiologies identified through genome-wide association or sequencing studies. The overarching goal of this initiative is to support the development of innovative computational methods that facilitate the elucidation of the functionality of genetic variants associated with mental illness, taking into account the added complexities and nuances of brain diseases, and to ultimately inform novel treatment development based on human biology.

The Collaborative FOA should be used when two or more sites are needed to complete the study. For a linked set of collaborative R01s, each site must have its own Program Director/Principal Investigator and the set of linked applications provide a mechanism for cross-site coordination, quality control, database management, statistical analysis, and reporting.
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: 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.
NIHNLMInformaticsDSR01
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
NLM Research Grants in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Sponsor Deadlines: October 5, 2018; February 5, 2019
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information:  Application budgets are limited to $250,000 per year in direct costs.  The maximum project period is 4 years.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) supports innovative research and development in biomedical informatics and data science. The scope of NLM's interest in these research domains is broad, with emphasis on new methods and approaches to foster data driven discovery in the biomedical and clinical health sciences as well as domain-independent, reusable approaches to discovery, curation, analysis, organization and management of health-related digital objects. Biomedical informatics and data science draw upon many fields, including mathematics, statistics, information science, computer science and engineering, and social/behavioral sciences. Application domains include 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. NIH defines data science as the interdisciplinary field of inquiry in which quantitative and analytical approaches, processes, and systems are developed and used to extract knowledge and insights from increasingly large and/or complex sets of data.
NIHMobileTechAnalyticsK18
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Short-term Mentored Career Enhancement Awards in Mobile and Wireless Health Technology and Data Analytics: Cross-Training at the Intersection of Behavioral and Social Sciences and STEM Disciplines (K18 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed and K18 Independent Clinical Trial Required)
Sponsor Deadlines:  July 12, 2019; July 12, 2020
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information:  Award budgets are composed of salary and other program-related expenses. Participating NIH Institutes and Centers will contribute up to $80,000 per year toward the salary of the career award recipient and $25,000 per year toward the research development costs of the award recipient . The total project period may not exceed 2 years.

The goal of this program is to support the development of research capability in mobile and wireless health technology (e.g., wearable devices, mobile applications, electronic health records, data analytics). Special emphasis will be given to independent behavioral and social sciences investigators who seek to train in a STEM discipline (e.g., big data analysis, computational modeling, engineering, computer science, and mathematics) or to STEM scientists who wish to train in a behavioral and social science discipline. Before submitting the application, the candidate must identify a mentor who will supervise the proposed career development and research experience.

By the time of award, the individual must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., possess a currently valid Permanent Resident Card USCIS Form I-551, or other legal verification of such status). Candidates for the K18 award must have a research or health-professional doctoral degree. This award is intended for well-established investigators who have established records of independent, peer-reviewed Federal or private research grant funding. Applicants are not required to have active research grant support at the time of application for this award. Candidates are required to commit a minimum of 75% of full-time professional effort (i.e., a minimum of 9 person-months) to their program of career development during the mentored phase. 
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: February 11, 2019
OSP Deadline: February 4, 2019
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.
Education and Training
AERA
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
AERA Research Grants
Sponsor Deadline: October 17, 2018
OSP Deadline: October 10, 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.
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.
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.
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.
NSFNRT2018
NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: October 1, 2018
Sponsor Letter of Intent Window (if nominated, LOI is required): November 26-December 6, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals (if nominated): February 6, 2019
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: U p to $3M for up to 5 years

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master's and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The program is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary research areas, through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs.

Proposals are requested in any interdisciplinary research theme of national priority, with special emphasis on one of six high priority areas ( NSF Research Big Ideas).  Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) is one of the six priority areas.

An individual may serve as Lead Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI on only one proposal submitted to the NRT program per annual competition. The PI must be on the faculty of the submitting institution.

Please note that organizations are limited to participating in no more than two proposals in consideration for this opportunity. Participation includes serving as the lead organization, non-lead organization, or subawardee on any proposal. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is facilitating the internal application process to identify proposals, which can be submitted online  here. A link to the NRT program website can be found  here.
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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