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December Funding Focus Newsletter #2
What is a Limited Submission?
A limited submission solicitation (RFA, RFP, etc.) places a cap on the number of proposals that Auburn may submit to a sponsor. Auburn coordinates limited submissions by sending out a notification via this newsletter and creating competitions in the Auburn University Competition Space (also known as InfoReady).To apply to any limited submission posted below, click on the above link and search for your competition reflected on the page. Please refer to the Limited Submission Procedures page for a list of requirements.
Limited Submission Announcements

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained in the early years of their appointment (see below), and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching. The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $100,000.

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program is open to academic institutions in the States, Districts, and Territories of the United States of America that grant a bachelor’s or higher degree in the chemical sciences, including biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering. Nominees must hold a full-time tenure-track academic appointment, and are normally expected to have been appointed no earlier than mid-year 2015. Awardees are from Ph.D. granting departments in which scholarly research is a principal activity. Undergraduate education is an important component. Institutions may submit only one Camille Dreyfus nomination annually. Renominations are accepted.

The Foundation seeks Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars who demonstrate leadership in research and education. Nominations must provide compelling evidence of the advance of important knowledge in the chemical sciences by the nominee. Further, the nomination should describe dedication and contributions to education in the chemical sciences, particularly with respect to undergraduates.

The nominee’s scholarly research achievements are assessed by a panel of distinguished faculty in the chemical sciences. The letters of recommendation should address the nominee’s research accomplishments as an independent faculty member. Other considered factors are: awards and honors, publication of research achievements in leading journals, and success in attracting research funding.

Institutional Limit: 1 Proposal
Internal Deadline: Friday, January 8, 2021 4:45 pm
Full Proposal Due February 4, 2021

The Macy Faculty Scholars Program is designed to identify and nurture the careers of promising educational innovators in medicine and nursing. They select up to five faculty leaders each year. Macy Faculty Scholars are mid-career nursing and medical school faculty who are committed to careers in health professional education, are innovators, and have shown promise as future leaders.

Candidates must be nominated by the dean of their school of medicine or nursing, which must commit to protecting at least 50 percent of the candidate’s time to pursue an educational change project at their institution. Candidates must be doctorally prepared, have served for five or more years as a full-time faculty member, and be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or its territories. Candidates must also identify a senior faculty member who will serve as the candidate’s mentor and provide advice on their project and career development. A nursing or medical school with a first-year Macy Faculty Scholar is precluded from nominating a candidate the subsequent year.

Macy Faculty Scholars receive salary support up to $100,000 per year over two years to implement an educational change project in their institution and to participate in a program of career development activities. Scholars also receive mentoring and career advice from their National Advisory Committee.

Institutional Limit: 1 Proposal
Internal Deadline: Friday, January 8, 2021 4:45 pm
Full Proposal Due February 10, 2021 3:00 pm EST
Update to NSF Field of Science Codes

There are some minor changes in the discipline subfields within the NSF Field of Science Codes:
  • Agricultural Economics moved from Life Sciences & Veterinary Medicine/Agricultural Sciences (LS1/VM1) to Social Sciences/Economics (SS1).
  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies moved from Other Non-S&E Fields (ONSE) to Life Sciences & Veterinary Medicine/Biological and Biomedical Sciences (LS2/VM2).
  • History and Philosophy of Science and Technology moved from Non-SE Fields/Humanities (AH1) to Social Sciences/Other Social Sciences (SS4).
  • Natural Resources Economics moved from Life Sciences & Veterinary Medicine/Natural Resources and Conservation (LS5) to Social Sciences/Economics (SS1).
  • Veterinary Biomedical and Clinical Sciences and Veterinary Medicine moved from Life Sciences & Veterinary Medicine/Health Sciences (LS3)to Life Sciences & Veterinary Medicine/Agricultural Sciences (LS1/VM1).
The updated PDF is available on the OSP website and the “full list of Field of Science Information” will be updated within the e-CF system (the drop-down selection does not change). The color scheme for the codes that have been moved (as reflected in the PDF) did not change to allow people to see where a code was before it was moved to its location in the updated version. 
Important Update for Sponsored Programs Agreements

Effective December 1, 2020 all Sponsored Programs Agreements (including industry contracts) will be negotiated and handled by the Office of Sponsored Programs. As such, all award documents (grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, etc.) received electronically should be sent to and they will be distributed to the appropriate Contract Administrator for processing. Note that the template agreements on the OSP Website have been updated to reflect the address change - please ensure that the new versions of these agreements are utilized moving forward. The AU Principal Investigator Handbook has also been updated.

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January 15, 2021 12-1 pm Online

Please note that this is only a draft document and the full CAN has not yet been announced. This information is provided to start the idea process in preparation for the CAN announcement that will be shared within this newsletter when available.
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ODRD is a research and development program that supports collaborations between ORAU and member universities. This investment program provides a path for funding innovative research-based approaches/solutions that fall within the intersection of core capabilities of ORAU and our member universities research interests. Successful ODRD funded projects may result in proposals that can generate new sponsored research jointly performed by ORAU and partner universities. ODRD funding, distributed through a competitive process, serves as seed money for exploratory research and collaboration opportunities among ORAU subject matter experts and university partners. This seed money and exploratory research provides greater potential for significant funding from external sources.

Led by ORAU subject matter experts, ODRD projects will strengthen and expand the scientific and technical capabilities of ORAU programs and enhance ORAU’s ability to address current and future customer needs. By leveraging the talents and strengths of member universities, ODRD supports university-engaged, applied research while increasing the potential for significant external research funding.

The FY21 ODRD Call for Proposals seeks high quality proposals in the following three priority focus areas:
  1. Public Health
  2. Data Science and Analytics
  3. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Studies

University faculty interested in collaborating on a research idea may submit a brief collaboration interest statement here:

These statements are due no later than 11:59 pm on December 20th, and will be shared with ORAU researchers who may reach out to initiate collaborations and begin the proposal development process. 

Interest Statements Due: December 20, 2020 11:59 pm

This call seeks to fund pilot studies that investigate the biological effect of traditional locally fermented foods on key microbiome, gut, and health biomarkers in local populations. The goal is to provide investigators in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia with the resources to build local capacity to investigate fermented foods as novel maternal nutrition interventions. In particular, sequencing technology – a transformative tool that has enabled in-depth investigation of microbial communities – will be provided to all investigators to democratize the ability to investigate foods and health effects, and build local capacity. Ultimately, the goal is to empower local communities to develop geography and culture specific interventions powered by fermentation, in country.

Proposals Due: January 6, 2021 11:30 am PST

Mid-scale RI-1 emphasizes strong scientific merit, a response to an identified need of the research community or fulfillment of a national need to enable U.S. researchers to be competitive in a global research environment. Well-conceived technical and management plans are required for both design and implementation projects, as are well-developed plans for student training and the involvement of a diverse workforce in all aspects of mid-scale activities.

Within Mid-scale RI-1, proposers may submit two types of projects, “Implementation” (e.g., acquisition/construction) and “Design”. The “Design” track is intended to facilitate progress toward readiness for a mid-scale range implementation project. Both Implementation and Design projects may involve new or upgraded research infrastructure. Mid-scale RI-1 "Implementation" projects may have a total project cost ranging from $6 million up to but not including $20 million. Only Mid-scale RI-1 "Design" projects may request less than $6 million, with a minimum request of $600,000 and a maximum request up to but not including $20 million, as appropriate, to prepare for a future mid-scale range implementation project. (Note: Successful award of a Mid-scale RI-1 design project does not imply NSF commitment to the future implementation of the project being designed, nor is a Mid-scale RI-1 design award required for the submission of an implementation project.)

The Mid-scale RI-1 Program seeks broad representation of PIs and institutions in its award portfolio, including a geographically diverse set of institutions (including those in EPSCoR jurisdictions) and PIs who are women, early-career researchers, members of underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities. For the latter group, Mid-scale RI-1 encourages PIs to consider Facilitation Awards for Scientists and Engineers with Disabilities (FASED) requests as part of an Mid-scale RI-1 proposal submission (see the current PAPPG). The total amount requested, including the base Mid-scale RI-1 budget and any FASED request must not exceed the Mid-scale RI-1 program’s budget limit.

Please consult NSF's Major Facilities Guide (available at for definitions of terms used in this solicitation, such as the Project Execution Plan (PEP). Section 5 of the MFG provides guidance specific to Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure Projects. Note that PEP should be appropriately scaled for the complexity of the project, and may not require all of the elements described elsewhere in the MFG.

Mid-scale research infrastructure projects beyond the Mid-scale RI-1 program limit are separately solicited through the Mid-scale RI-2 program.

Preliminary Proposals Due: January 7, 2021 5:00 pm

The William T. Grant Foundation’s mission is to support research to improve the lives of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. One way that they pursue this mission is by investing in high-quality field-initiated studies on reducing inequality in youth outcomes.

They seek studies that aim to build, test, or increase understanding of programs, policies, or practices to reduce inequality in the academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes of young people. They prioritize studies about reducing inequality on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins.

Letters of Inquiry Due: January 13, 2021 3:00 pm EST

The objective of the Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences (HEGS) Program is to support basic scientific research about the nature, causes, and/or consequences of the spatial distribution of human activity and/or environmental processes across a range of 1 scales. Projects about a broad range of topics may be appropriate for support if they enhance fundamental geographical knowledge, concepts, theories, methods, and their application to societal problems and concerns. Recognizing the breadth of the field’s contributions to science, the HEGS Program welcomes proposals for empirically grounded, theoretically engaged, and methodologically sophisticated geographical research. National Science Foundation's mandate is to support basic scientific research. Support is provided for projects that are most effective in grounding research in relevant theoretical frameworks relevant to HEGS, that focus on questions that emanate from the theoretical discussions, and that use scientific methods to answer those questions. HEGS supported projects are expected to yield results that will enhance, expand, and transform fundamental geographical theory and methods, and that will have positive broader impacts that benefit society.

The HEGS Program recognizes that geography is a broad discipline that includes the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. However, HEGS does not fund research that is solely humanistic, non-science. A proposal to the HEGS Program must explain how the research will contribute to geographic and spatial scientific theory and/or methods development, and how the results are generalizable beyond the case study. It should be noted that HEGS is situated in the Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Division of the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate at NSF. Therefore, it is critical that research projects submitted to the Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences Program illustrate how the proposed research is relevant and important to people and societies. A proposal that fails to be responsive to these program expectations will be returned without review.

Proposals Due: January 19, 2021 5:00 pm

This program seeks to prepare, nurture, and grow the national scientific research workforce for creating, utilizing, and supporting advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) to enable and potentially transform fundamental science and engineering research and contribute to the Nation's overall economic competitiveness and security. The goals of this solicitation are to (i) ensure broad adoption of CI tools, methods, and resources by the research community in order to catalyze major research advances and to enhance researchers’ abilities to lead the development of new CI; and (ii) integrate core literacy and discipline-appropriate advanced skills in advanced CI as well as computational and data-driven science and engineering into the Nation’s educational curriculum/instructional material fabric spanning undergraduate and graduate courses for advancing fundamental research. Pilot and Implementation projects may target one or both of the solicitation goals, while Large-scale Project Conceptualization projects must address both goals. For the purpose of this solicitation, advanced CI is broadly defined as the set of resources, tools, methods, and services for advanced computation, large-scale data handling and analytics, and networking and security for large-scale systems that collectively enable potentially transformative fundamental research.

This solicitation calls for innovative, scalable training, education, and curriculum/instructional materials—targeting one or both of the solicitation goals—to address the emerging needs and unresolved bottlenecks in scientific and engineering research workforce development, from the postsecondary level to active researchers. The funded activities, spanning targeted, multidisciplinary communities, will lead to transformative changes in the state of research workforce preparedness for advanced CI-enabled research in the short- and long-terms. As part of this investment, this solicitation also seeks to broaden CI access and adoption by (i) increasing or deepening accessibility of methods and resources of advanced CI and of computational and data-driven science and engineering by a wide range of scientific disciplines and institutions with lower levels of CI adoption to date; and (ii) harnessing the capabilities of larger segments of diverse underrepresented groups. Proposals from, and in partnership with, the aforementioned communities are especially encouraged.

There are three project classes as defined below:
  • Pilot Projects: up to $300,000 total budget with durations up to two years;
  • Implementation Projects: Small (with total budgets of up to $500,000) or Medium (with total budgets of up to $1,000,000) for durations of up to four years; and
  • Large-scale Project Conceptualization Projects: up to $500,000 total budgets with durations up to 2 years.

Proposals Due: January 20, 2021 5:00 pm

The Stephen I. Katz Early Stage Investigator Research Project Grant supports an innovative project that represents a change in research direction for an early stage investigator (ESI) and for which no preliminary data exist. Applications submitted to this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) must not include preliminary data. Applications must include a separate attachment describing the change in research direction.

The proposed project must be related to the programmatic interests of one or more of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) based on their scientific missions. This Funding Opportunity Announcement does not accept applications proposing clinical trials. All types of non-AIDS applications are allowed for this funding opportunity announcement.

Applicant organizations may submit more than one application, provided that each application is scientifically distinct.

Proposals Due: January 26, 2021 5:00 pm

The goal of the RCN program is to advance a field or create new directions in research or education by supporting groups of investigators to communicate and coordinate their research, training, and educational activities across disciplinary, organizational, geographic, and international boundaries. The RCN-UBE program originated as a unique RCN track to “catalyze positive changes in biology undergraduate education” (NSF 08-035) and is now supported by the collaborative efforts of the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) and the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). It has been responsive to the national movement to revolutionize undergraduate learning and teaching in the biological sciences as described in the “Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education” report. The RCN-UBE program seeks to improve undergraduate biology in different areas by leveraging the power of a collaborative network. The theme or focus of an RCN-UBE proposal can be on any topic likely to advance the goal of enhancing undergraduate biology education. Collectively, the program has contributed to developing and disseminating educational research resources and modules, to forging of new collaborations, and to sharing of best practices and ideas for scalability and sustainability of activities. These efforts have involved a large cadre of faculty, students, and other stakeholders. Proposed networking activities directed to the RCN-UBE program should focus on a theme to give coherence to the collaboration. In accord with other RCNs, the RCN-UBE provides opportunities to foster new collaborations (including international partnerships), to address interdisciplinary topics, to explore innovative ideas for implementing novel networking strategies, to explore collaborative technologies, and to develop community standards. RCN-UBE awards do not support existing networks or the activities of established collaborations. RCN awards do not support primary research.
Proposals Due: January 29, 2021 5:00 pm
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