Vice President for Research & Economic Development
Proposal Services & Faculty Support
February 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.

The U.S. Embassy Cotonou Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) of the U.S. Department of State announces a Request for Statements of Interest (RSOI) from organizations interested in applying for funding for program proposals that strengthen cultural ties between the United States and Benin through cultural and exchange programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation. All programs must include an American cultural element, or connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives.

Institutional Limit: 1 Proposal
Internal Deadline: February 19, 2021 4:45 pm
Proposal Deadline: March 7, 2021 11:59 pm

The current grant level is $300,000; $75,000 per year for a four-year period. For the 2022 award, one nomination will be invited from each of the participating institutions listed at the funder's website.

Candidates must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
  • Hold a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine, or a related field.
  • As of Sept. 1, 2021, hold a full-time appointment at the rank of assistant professor. (Appointments such as research assistant professor, adjunct assistant professor, assistant professor research track, visiting professor, or instructor are not eligible).
  • Must not have been appointed as an assistant professor at any institution prior to June 14, 2017, whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, in work toward board certification, or on parental leave does not count as part of this four-year limit. Candidates who took parental leave should contact Pew’s program office to ensure that application reviewers are aware of their circumstances.
  • Please note that eligibility criteria have been temporarily expanded to account for COVID-related lab shutdowns and research disruptions. Please direct any questions to the program office at
  • May apply to the program a maximum of two times. All applicants must be nominated by their institution and must complete the 2022 online application.
  • If applicants have appointments at more than one eligible nominating institution or affiliate, they may not reapply in a subsequent year from a different nominating entity.
May not be nominated for the Pew Scholars Program and the Pew-Stewart Scholars Program for Cancer Research in the same year.

Institutional Limit: 1 Nomination
Internal Deadline: February 26, 2021 4:45 pm

This solicitation calls for proposals focused on interdisciplinary research that enhances the development of quantum interconnects (QuIC) that would allow the transfer of quantum states between different physical states and/or different physical systems. Proposals must articulate how the project leverages and/or promotes advances in quantum interconnects. Proposals should be innovative and must focus on quantum functionality and must result in experimental demonstrations and/or transformative advances towards quantum systems and/or proof-of-concept validations. Competitive proposals will come from an interdisciplinary research team led by at least three investigators who collectively contribute synergistic expertise from expertise from a subset of the following domains: engineering, mathematics, computational science, computer/information science, physical, chemical, biological, material science. Proposals will be judged on how likely the integrated effort is to lead to transformative advances in quantum interconnection.

Institutional Limit: 1 Proposal
Internal Deadline: February 26, 2021 4:45 pm
Proposal Deadline: April 12, 2021 5:00 pm

The spring 2021 virtual Faculty Research Symposium opened on Friday, January 29, with four synchronous roundtable sessions offered via Zoom, and asynchronous opportunities to view research posters and watch pre-recorded panels focused on four key areas for high-impact interdisciplinary work.
The Auburn Research Faculty Symposium website includes descriptions of the roundtable sessions and Moderated Auburn Talks Panels, as well as a program for the virtual poster session.
Posters and recorded sessions will remain available throughout the spring semester. The event is hosted in Canvas Catalog available at this site, and participants need to enroll in the Canvas course. New users will need to follow the prompts to create a login for Auburn University Catalog.
Federal Agency Coronavirus Resource Hubs

The call for proposals is open for the Creative Work and Social Impact Scholarship Funding Program (CWSIS) and the Research Support Program (RSP) Internal Awards Programs. Workshops were held in early February that provided information on the programs, the funding levels, application and review processes, and key dates. All information is available on the program webpages that can be accessed by clicking the names below.

If you have questions about either program, please contact Dr. Robert Holm at or x4-5877.

Proposals Due: March 24, 2021 4:45 pm

NSF's goal is to promote transformative use and management of the electromagnetic spectrum, resulting in profound benefits for science and engineering, industry, and other national interests. The focus of a spectrum research SII-Center must chart out a trajectory to ensure United States leadership in future wireless technologies, systems, and applications in science and engineering through the efficient use and sharing of the radio spectrum. The SII-Center should also seek to foster scientific and technical collaboration. The establishment of an SII-Center will have a transformational impact on wireless spectrum research by serving as a connecting point for the biggest and most challenging questions in spectrum management that the nation is facing. The SII-Center is expected to educate and develop an agile workforce needed to support industries of the future which will rely heavily on wireless technologies.

Letters of Intent Due; March 1, 2021 5 pm
Proposals Due: April 30, 2021 5 pm

NNA National Science Foundation seeks innovations in fundamental convergence research across the social, natural, environmental, computing and information sciences, and engineering that address the interactions or connections among natural and built environments and social systems, and how these connections inform our understanding of Arctic change and its local and global effects.

This solicitation requests proposals that fall within one of three tracks:
  • NNA Planning Grants, dedicated to developing convergence research questions and teams to tackle projects of larger scope in the future;
  • NNA Research Grants, aimed to support creative projects on fundamental research that address convergent scientific and engineering challenges related to the rapidly changing Arctic; and
  • NNA Collaboratory Grants, designed to support collaborative teams undertaking research and training initiatives on critical themes of a broad scope related to the New Arctic. This solicitation is the third of what is envisioned to be at least a five-year agency-wide program to support the research and dissemination of new knowledge needed to inform the economy, security, and resilience of the Nation, the larger Arctic region, and the globe with respect to Arctic change.

Proposals Due: March 5, 2021 5:00 pm

The National Science Foundation's Directorates for Engineering (ENG), Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS), and Geosciences (GEO) are coordinating efforts to identify new concepts and ideas on Spectrum and Wireless Innovation enabled by Future Technologies (SWIFT). A key aspect of the SWIFT program, now in its second year, is its focus on effective spectrum utilization and/or coexistence techniques, especially with passive uses, which have received less attention from researchers. Coexistence is when two or more applications use the same frequency band at the same time and/or at the same location, yet do not adversely affect one another. Coexistence is especially difficult when at least one of the spectrum users is passive, i.e., not transmitting any radio frequency (RF) energy. Examples of coexisting systems may include passive and active systems (e.g., radio astronomy and wireless broadband communication systems) or two active systems (e.g., weather radar and Wi-Fi). Breakthrough innovations are sought on both the wireless communication hardware and the algorithmic/protocol fronts through synergistic teamwork. The goal of these research projects may be the creation of new technology or significant enhancements to existing wireless infrastructure, with an aim to benefit society by improving spectrum utilization, beyond mere spectrum efficiency. The SWIFT program seeks to fund collaborative team research that transcends the traditional boundaries of individual disciplines.

Proposals Due: March 5, 2021 5:00 pm
Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Programs:

The purpose of the Fulbright-Hays GPA Program is to promote, improve, and develop the study of modern foreign languages and area studies in the United States. The program provides opportunities for faculty, teachers, and undergraduate and graduate students to conduct individual and group projects overseas. Projects may include either (1) short-term seminars, curriculum development, group research or study, or (2) long-term advanced intensive language programs.
This competition invites applicants to submit an application to request support for either a Fulbright-Hays GPA short-term project (GPA short-term projects 84.021A) or a Fulbright-Hays GPA long-term project (GPA long-term projects 84.021B). Applicants must clearly indicate on the SF 424, the Application for Federal Assistance cover sheet, whether they are applying for a GPA short-term project (84.021A) or a GPA long-term project (84.021B). Additional submission requirements are included in the application package.
There are three types of GPA short-term projects: (1) short-term seminar projects of four to six weeks in length designed to help participants integrate international studies into an institution’s or school system’s general curriculum by focusing on a particular aspect of area study, such as the culture of an area or country of study (34 CFR 664.11); (2) curriculum development projects of four to eight weeks in length that provide participants the opportunity to acquire resource materials for curriculum development in modern foreign language and area studies for use and dissemination in the United States (34 CFR 664.12); and (3) group research or study projects of three to twelve months in duration designed to give participants the opportunity to undertake research or study in a foreign country (34 CFR 664.13).

GPA long-term projects are advanced overseas intensive language projects designed by the applicant that may be carried out during a full year, an academic year, a semester, a trimester, a quarter, or a summer. GPA long-term projects provide participants an opportunity for intensive advanced language training overseas and for using the language while experiencing the culture in the foreign country. Participants should have successfully completed at least two academic years of training in the language to be studied to be eligible to participate in a GPA intensive advanced language training program. In addition, the language to be studied must be indigenous to the host country and maximum use must be made of local institutions and personnel (34 CFR 664.14). 

Proposals Due: March 15, 2021

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting applications from eligible applicants to (1) assist in the development and use of innovative activities relating to water workforce development and career opportunities in the drinking water and wastewater utility sector, and (2) expand public awareness about drinking water and wastewater utilities and to connect individuals to careers in the drinking water and wastewater utility sector.

The proposed activities support progress toward the Agency’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 – 2022 Strategic Plan for the following goal and objective:
  • Goal 1 - A Cleaner, Healthier Environment: Deliver a cleaner, safer, and healthier environment for all Americans and future generations by carrying out the Agency’s Core Mission.
  • Objective 1.2 - Provide for Clean and Safe Water: Ensure waters are clean through improved water infrastructure and, in partnership with states and tribes, sustainably manage programs to support drinking water, aquatic ecosystems, and recreational, economic, and subsistence activities.

Please note, under this competition, only one application can be submitted per applicant.

Proposals Due: March 26, 2021 11:59 pm EST

The RHSE program proposals in the individual and family health education area are expected to be health education projects that provide individuals and families living in rural areas with:
  • Information as to the value of good health at any age;
  • Information to increase individual or families’ motivation to take more responsibility for their own health, including in the context of the COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2 pandemic;
  • Information about and access to health promotion activities;
  • Information to support the utilization of telehealth, telemedicine, and distance learning strategies for opioid education and training in minority rural communities.
  • Training for volunteers and health services providers concerning health promotion and health care services for individuals and families in cooperation with state, local and community partners.

Proposals submitted to the RHSE program in FY 2021 may focus on the prevention and/or reduction of opioid misuse and abuse per Congressional guidance for this program. Proposals may also focus on helping prevent spread of SARS-CoV-2 and in mitigating infection and transmission of SARS-CoV-2. 

Please note: This is not a traditional limited opportunity submission. You do not have to go through the InfoReady system. The funder limits the submissions to one application per PI in the funding cycle.

Proposal Deadline: April 29, 2021 5:00 pm EST
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