Vice President for Research & Economic Development
Proposal Services & Faculty Support
December Funding Focus Newsletter Special Edition #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.
December 2019 Important Funding Opportunities Release #2

The Alabama NASA EPSCoR Office has just released the submission process for the 2020 NASA EPSCOR Cooperative Agreement Notice.

The goal of NASA EPSCoR is to provide seed funding that will enable jurisdictions to develop an academic research enterprise directed toward long-term, self-sustaining, nationally-competitive capabilities in aerospace and aerospace-related research. This capability will, in turn, contribute to the jurisdiction's economic viability and expand the nation's base for aerospace research and development.
Based on the availability of funding, NASA will continue to help jurisdictions achieve these goals through NASA EPSCoR. Funded jurisdictions will be selected through a merit-based, peer-review competition.

The specific objectives of NASA EPSCoR are to:
- Contribute to and promote the development of research capability in NASA EPSCoR jurisdictions in areas of strategic importance to the NASA mission.
- Improve the capabilities of the NASA EPSCoR jurisdictions to gain support from sources outside the NASA EPSCoR program.
- Develop partnerships among NASA research assets, academic institutions, and industry.
- Contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities of higher education, and economic development of the jurisdiction.

Due to the tight turnaround, it may be advisable to create a skeleton of your full-length (15 page) Scientific/Technical/Management Plan section in the event you are selected.

Please note that the deadline for receipt of full proposals at the Alabama NASA EPSCoR office is January 24, 2020.

Step 1 : AU Internal submission and review:
January 9, 2020 , 4:45 PM : White papers due for university review and selection. All white papers must be submitted electronically through AU Competition Space .
January 15, 2020 :  Notification of decisions by AU committee will be disseminated.  One white paper will be selected. If selected, PSFS/David Beale will advise the State EPSCoR Director of the Title, Subject, Abstract and PI contact information. Alabama NASA EPSCoR Office will use this information to locate reviewers. PI will begin directly communicating with the Alabama NASA EPSCoR Office. PI begins writing full proposal according to CAN.  

Step 2 : External Submission to Alabama NASA EPSCoR Office at UAH
The selected PI prepares a full proposal for consideration by the Alabama NASA EPSCoR Office. Budgets should be for $675K over 3 years, with matching funds as described in the 2020 CAN. Budget and proposal must be approved by AU.
Deadline for receipt of full proposals at the Alabama NASA EPSCoR office: January 24, 2020.
Proposal review period by Alabama NASA EPSCoR Office: January 27 - February 10, 2020

Step 3 : Selection and submission to NASA National Competition:
Selection announcement: February 14, 2020.
Winner has time to make final adjustments with input from reviewers and Alabama NASA EPSCoR Office.
Final proposal to Alabama NASA EPSCoR office: February 21, 2020.
Submission to UAH OSP for preparation of package: February 28, 2020.
Submission from UAH to NASA: March 6, 2020.

Budget Amount
Budgets should be for $675K over 3 years, with matching funds as described in the solicitation.

Please note that the requirements differ from the standard limited s ubmission.

Applications Due – January 9, 2020 (4:45pm Central)


The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development (OVPRED) announces the 2020 call for proposals for the Auburn University Intramural Grants Program (IGP). Proposals undergo a thorough evaluation by a peer-review panel. Funding for all IGP grants is for a two year period.

There are four grant categories:
  • Interdisciplinary Team Research Grant: Provides support for research that will significantly advance multiple research fields. The research project must be conducted by at least two investigators from different disciplines. Up to $25,000 contribution from OVPRED.
  • Good to Great Grant: Provides support to enhance the competitiveness of a research proposal that has been favorably reviewed by an extramural grant review panel but not funded. The likelihood of funding on resubmission would increase with the acquisition of additional data or proof of concept. Up to $25,000 contribution from OVPRED.
  • Early Career Development Grant: provides support for faculty embarking on their research program(s). PI eligibility is limited to faculty that have been at Auburn for five years or less. For this grant, any individual who holds one of the following positions may be identified as a principal investigator for sponsored activities: Tenure track faculty (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Librarian and Archivist ), Non-tenure-track research faculty (Assistant Research Professor, Associate Research Professor, Principal Research Scientist/Engineer) Clinical Professors (Assistant Clinical Professor, Associate Clinical Professor) · Research Fellow, Research Engineer. The proposer must be employed in one of the above-referenced positions as of the date of proposal submission and be untenured as of October 1 following the proposal submission.Up to $10,000 contribution from OVPRED.
  • *Cyber Research Grant: The University’s Cyber Initiative integrates cutting-edge engineering technology with research to develop innovative methods for protecting our nation's cyber security. This includes work to advance Auburn University’s technical expertise and leadership in cyber education and training; open source intelligence and analysis; and cyber security and forensics to include information assurance, intrusion detection and critical infrastructure protection. Up to $50,000 from funding sources.

*Offered with additional funding in conjunction with the IGP. 

All grant categories require a minimum 1:1 match to your funding request.

For additional assistance, please contact Dr. Bob Holm (programmatic assistance; , 4-5877).  

Proposals Due – January 10, 2020 (4:45pm Central)
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