October 2019  
 
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News, Announcements, & Special Features

Feature: N ew Investigator Opportunity Spotlight
Quick links to early career opportunities in this month's newsletter.

A F Explore is seeking transformational Capability Ideas from the nation's best and brightest innovators in industry, academia, government, non-profits and other nontraditional partners. The AF Explore Opportunity Call consists of a three-step process to identify, and potentially fund (at a level of approximately $1M-$2M for 6-18 months), the maturation of transformational Capability Ideas that address three AF Explore Functional Challenges (Functional Challenge 1: In-Flight Rearming and Refueling; Functional Challenge 2: Personnel Recovery Kit Delivery; and Functional Challenge 3: Vehicle Tracking Through Commercial Imagery) while advancing one, or more, of the five Air Force Strategic Capabilities: 1) Global Persistent Awareness; 2) Resilient Information Sharing; 3) Rapid, Effective Decision-Making; 4) Complexity, Unpredictability, and Mass; and 5) Speed and Reach of Disruption and Lethality.  As a first step, proposers may submit a White Paper through www.afexplore.com  by November 11, 2019.
News:  Priority Areas for Federal Funding in Artificial Intelligence: Eight Strategic Objectives

National AI R&D Strategic Plan: 2019 Update  defines the priority areas for Federal investments in AI R&D. This 2019 update builds upon the first  National AI R&D Strategic Plan  released in 2016, accounting for new research, technical innovations, and other considerations that have emerged over the past three years. For an executive summary, please see page iii.
News:  FY2020 Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program now accepting applications

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (SFFP) is now accepting applications for FY2020 from faculty members interested in conducting research at Air Force Research Labs/Centers. This opportunity offers hands-on exposure to faculty members at U.S. colleges and universities to perform high-quality and meaningful research in the science, technology, mathematics, and engineering fields at AFRL Directorates, Air Force Test Centers (AFTC), the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), or the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) during the summer months (May through September) for an 8- to 12-week period. Research Fellows are highly encouraged to bring a graduate student with them for the research period.  Graduate student applications must be completed and submitted to the faculty advisor to be uploaded as a part of their application proposal.  For eligibility requirements, please see http://afsffp.sysplus.com/SFFP/about/eligibility.aspx .
 
Qualified applicants may apply any time throughout the application process that will run from September 1 through November 29, 2019. Information on all aspects of the program can be found on the AFRL SFFP website.

News: Upcoming Deadline for DARPA Young Faculty Award

DARPA's Young Faculty Award (YFA) program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions and expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) and National Security challenges and needs. DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in specific areas of interest to DARPA's six technical offices: Biological Technologies Office (BTO), Defense Sciences Office (DSO), Information Innovation Office (I2O), Microsystems Technology Office (MTO), Strategic Technology Office (STO), and Tactical Technology Office (TTO). Learn more here.

Funding Opportunities

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Foundation Opportunities
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: October 21, 2019 by 12:00PM
Sponsor Deadline (if nominated): December 13, 2019 
Award Amount: $200,000/year for 3 years plus $25,000/year to the institution to cover costs associated with administering the grant award
 
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation's Moore Inventor Fellows program seeks to identify outstanding inventors and innovators who harness science and technology to enhance the conduct of scientific research, strengthen environmental conservation, or improve the experience and outcomes of patient care. The foundation aims to support inventions at an early stage that could lead to proof-of-concept work on an invention or advance an existing prototype that tackles an important problem.
 
To be eligible, applicants must have received their terminal degree on or after January 1, 2010. If awarded, fellows are expected to devote at least 25% of their own time to the pursuit of their invention.
 
Each institution will be required to contribute $50,000 in annual direct support of the inventor's work. This could include support for undergraduate or graduate students, equipment, supplies, and other needs that will enable the fellow to make progress on their work. Direct salary support is acceptable provided it includes a proportionate release of time from teaching or other duties. Funds that were designated for the fellow's use before the fellow was awarded a Moore Inventor Fellowship (such as start-up funds) do not qualify. A clear statement of the proposed institutional support is required as part of the nomination.
 
Please Note: Harvard University, as single institution, is limited to submitting two proposals to this opportunity. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is facilitating the internal application and review process for applicants. To be considered for one of the two Harvard nominations, potential applicants must first submit a pre-proposal online using the link above. More information on the award can be found  here .
Fdn_US-Israel
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: November 13, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: November 20, 2019
Award    Amount   : up to $250,000 for up to 4 years

The U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) promotes scientific relations between the U.S. and Israel by supporting collaborative research projects in a 
wide area of basic and applied scientific fields for peaceful and non-profit purposes. The BSF Research Grants program funds both U.S. and Israeli scientists who wish to work together. Applications must be submitted together by at least one scientist from each country. In 2019, the following areas of research are eligible for submission:
  • Biomedical Engineering: Biological Systems and Signals, Control Systems and Imaging; Biomechanics; and Tissue Engineering, Stem Cells and Biotechnology.
  • Life Sciences: Animal Sciences; Biochemistry; Cell and Developmental Biology; Ecology; Genetics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology; Immunology; Microbiology; Molecular Biology and Genomic Research; Neurobiology; and Plant Sciences.
  • Medicine: Aging, Social and Rehabilitative Medicine, Epidemiology; Cancer; Cardiology, Blood and Respiratory Systems; Child and Human Health, Human Development, Fertility; Cytoskeleton and Support Systems; Infectious & Immunological diseases; Metabolic and Endocrine Systems; and Neurological and Sensory Systems.
  • Psychobiology: Animal Learning and Behavior; Behavioral Genetics; Brain and Behavior; Evolutionary Psychology; Immunoneuropsychology; and Neuropsychology.
Fdn_cancer
Sponsor Letter of Intent Deadline (required): November 15, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: March 9, 2020
Full Proposal Deadline: March 16, 2020
Award Amount: up to $200,000
 
The Cancer Research Institute Technology Impact Award provides seed funding to be used over 12-24 months to address the gap between technology development and clinical application of cancer immunotherapies. These grants aim to encourage collaboration between technology developers and clinical cancer immunologists and to generate the proof-of-principle of a novel platform technology in bioinformatics, ex vivo or in silico modeling systems, immunological or tumor profiling instrumentation, methods, reagents and assays, or other relevant technologies that can enable clinician scientists to generate deeper insights into the mechanisms of action of effective or ineffective cancer immunotherapies.
 
The grant will be awarded to a scientist who describes an extraordinarily novel, yet practical research plan that is creative and technically sophisticated. Applicants must hold a faculty appointment as a tenure-track assistant professor (or higher rank) at the time of award activation.

CamilleDreyfus
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: November 25, 2019 by 11:30 PM
Award Amount: $100,000 over five years
 
The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides discretionary funding to support the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Applicants should describe their dedication and contributions to education in the chemical sciences, particularly with respect to undergraduates. Applicants must hold a full-time tenure-track academic appointment, and are normally expected to have been appointed no earlier than mid-year 2014. 
 
This is a limited submission opportunity and only one nomination may be put forward from Harvard University. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is facilitating the internal application process. To be considered for the Harvard nomination, potential applicants must submit an internal pre-proposal via the link above.
MassLifeScienceCenter
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: November 29, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: December 6, 2019
Award Amount: $2,000,000 maximum
 
The Open Capital Program is designed to provide grants for capital projects that support the life sciences ecosystem in Massachusetts by enabling and supporting life sciences research and development, workforce development and training, and/or manufacturing in the Commonwealth. This program is designed to help fund high potential economic development projects that promise to make a significant contribution to the state's life sciences ecosystem. Applicants must be requesting funding for life sciences "infrastructure" defined as: "advanced and applied sciences that expand the understanding of human physiology and have the potential to lead to medical advances or therapeutic applications." Allowable costs include equipment, research supplies and reagents, purchase of hardware and software, generation of data via core facilities, and purchase of analytical equipment. 
 
The MLSC envisions that recipients under the Program will receive a grant that leverages additional funds that have been identified and raised for the proposed project. Applicants that have succeeded in attracting significant additional funds will benefit during the review process.
McKnightFoundation
Sponsor LOI Deadline: December 2, 2019
SEAS/FAS/OSP Deadline: April 20, 2020
Full Proposal Deadline: April 27, 2020 
Award Amount: $100,000 per year for two years
 
This program seeks to advance and enlarge the range of technologies available to the neurosciences. It does not support research based primarily on existing techniques. The fund is especially interested in how technology may be used or adapted to monitor, manipulate, analyze, or model brain function at any level, from the molecular to the entire organism. Technology may take any form, from biochemical tools to instruments to software and mathematical approaches. Because the program seeks to advance and enlarge the range of technologies available to the neurosciences, research based primarily on existing techniques will not be considered. A goal of the Technological Innovations awards is to foster collaboration between the neurosciences and other disciplines; therefore, collaborative and cross-disciplinary applications are explicitly invited.
Fdn_HHMI
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: December 23, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: January 8, 2020 by 3 PM
Award Amount: Fellows may receive up to $1.4 million each and be supported for up to eight years.
Eligibility:  Applicants must hold a PhD and/or MD (or equivalent), which must be conferred by the start of the grant term. Applicants must have been accepted to join a laboratory as a postdoctoral researcher at the time of the application due date. Applicants can have no more than 16 months of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the application due date.
 
Through the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program, HHMI seeks to increase diversity in biomedical science by recruiting and retaining individuals from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences. The competition is open to early career scientists dedicated to basic research from both doctoral and/or medical training paths in the biomedical and life science disciplines, including plant biology, evolutionary biology, biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology. The program provides opportunities for career development, including mentoring and networking with others in the HHMI scientific community. The Institute will select and support up to 15 fellows in this competition. Awards can start as early as September 15, 2020, but no later than January 19, 2021.
 
Fellows will receive funding for postdoctoral training and may continue to receive funding during their early career years as independent faculty. Fellows in both the postdoctoral training and faculty phases are required to devote at least 75% of their total effort to research.
 
  • Postdoctoral Training Phase: Fellows will receive an annual salary of $70,000 for the initial year and a $20,000 expense allowance. It is anticipated that an annual 3% salary increase will be provided in each subsequent training year. This phase of the award is for a minimum of two and a maximum of four years.
  • Faculty Phase: To transition to the faculty phase of the program, fellows must obtain a tenure-track (or equivalent) faculty position at a U.S. research institution with a doctoral-level graduate program in their area of interest. Fellows will receive $250,000 in research funding and a $20,000 expense allowance per year. This phase of the award has a maximum length of four years.
Simons_mps
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: A typical Targeted Grant in MPS provides funding for up to five years. The funding provided is flexible and based on the type of support requested in the proposal. There is no recommended funding limit.
 
The Simons Foundation division for Mathematics and Physical Sciences seeks to extend the frontiers of basic research. The division's primary focus is on mathematics, theoretical physics and theoretical computer science. This program is intended to support high-risk projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis. Expenses for experiments, equipment, or computations, as well as for personnel and travel, are allowable. If invited to submit a full proposal, the deadline will be noted in the LOI notification and will be no sooner than three months from the date of the LOI approval.

Internal Opportunities
PhysicalScienceEngineering
Deadline: October 18, 2019 (pre-proposal)
Award Amount: $50,000 - $100,000 for 6-12 months
 
The Physical Sciences & Engineering Accelerator (PSE) is designed to support Harvard's innovative physical science research by extending preliminary observations, establishing a solid proof of concept, scaling up a product or process, and generating (or enhancing) intellectual property positions. The intent of the PSE Accelerator is to advance research projects towards one of the following value-creating inflection points:
  • Formation of a startup company
  • Licensing the technology to an established company
  • Securing follow-on industrial funding to support continued research and development
Internal_RadSem
Deadline: October 21, 2019
Award Amount: up to $18,000
 
The Academic Ventures Exploratory Seminar Program provides funding to scholars, practitioners, and artists for collaboration in an interdisciplinary exploration of early-stage ideas. The program encourages intellectual risk taking as participants gather in an intensive seminar setting to explore new fields of research and inquiry. The Radcliffe Institute welcomes proposals that:
  • Explore the viability of early-stage research ideas in any discipline or multiple disciplines
  • Invite the perspectives of diverse participants and stakeholders to the discussion
  • Integrate senior and junior scholars from institutions in the greater Boston area, across the United States, or around the world
  • Demonstrate risk taking and creativity

The following areas, while not exclusive, are of special interest:

  • Radcliffe supports engaged scholarship. The Institute welcomes proposals that connect research to law, policy, pressing social issues, and/or seek to actively engage audiences beyond academia.
  • Reflecting Radcliffe's unique history, proposals that focus on women, gender, and society or draw on the Schlesinger Library's rich collections.
The lead applicant must be either a Harvard ladder (tenured or tenure-track) faculty member (from any school) or a former or current Radcliffe fellow; co-applicants may apply with lead applicants who meet eligibility requirements. An exploratory seminar accommodates roughly 12-20 participants.
internal_CCSF
Deadline: October 21, 2019 
Award Amount: Up to $150,000 over one or two years
 
The Harvard University Climate Change Solutions Fund supports research and policy initiatives intended to reduce the risks of climate change, hasten the transition from fossil fuel-based energy systems to those that rely on renewable energy sources, to develop methods for diminishing the impact of existing fossil fuel-based energy systems on the climate, to understand and prepare for the impacts of climate change, and to propel scientific, technological, legal, behavioral, policy and artistic innovations needed to accelerate progress toward cleaner energy, improved human health, and a greener world. Applications should propose research that will advance solutions to climate change and its impact. Solutions may include both preparedness and mitigation and strong consideration will be given to projects that demonstrate a clear pathway to application, as well as riskier proposals with the potential to be transformative over time. Proposals that demonstrate imaginative and promising collaboration among faculty and students across different parts of the University will receive special consideration, as will projects that propose using the university campus as a "living laboratory."
Internal_PIFIE
Deadline: October 25, 2019
Award Amount: $5,000-$60,000
 
The President's Innovation Fund for International Experiences provides seed funding to faculty members at any Harvard school, to support the development of creative and significant academic experiences abroad for Harvard College students. These grants seek to foster the participation of faculty at all Harvard schools (including graduate and professional), departments, centers, and other academic units in expanding international opportunities for Harvard undergraduates. This may mean developing experience-based courses for students overseas, including courses prior to and/or following their international experience; involving undergraduates in an ongoing overseas project sponsored by a Harvard graduate or professional school, department, center, or other academic unit; or other innovative projects.
 
In the 2019-20 award cycle, the PIFIE will fund five to ten proposals. Applications will fall into three categories: 1) requests for funding to develop and implement a new international program, 2) requests for funding to make exploratory or planning site visits, or 3) requests from prior award recipients for renewal funding.
HarvardCultureLabInnovationFund
Deadline: December 6, 2019  
Award Amount: Up to $15,000. Exceptional proposals or those exhibiting strong potential for scale will be considered for $25,000 or more.  

The Culture Lab Innovation Fund awards grants to Harvard students, staff, faculty, and academic personnel to pursue ideas that seek to strengthen Harvard's capacity to advance a culture of belonging. Proposals should aim to focus on having a direct connection to the Harvard community and influence the University's trajectory towards sustainable inclusive excellence guided by the framework recommended by the  Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging.  Proposals should aim to address critical challenges around diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging by identifying innovative and creative solutions that have the potential to catalyze a culture shift at Harvard.

The priority theme for the 2019-2020 funding cycle of the Culture Lab Innovation Fund is "Advancing Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging through Technology Driven Solutions." These are innovative ideas that leverage technology and data to address challenges around diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging at Harvard. The Harvard Culture Lab encourages applicants to review  previously awarded projects  to see a range of examples and those within this theme.
Blavatnik
Pre-Proposal Deadlines: December 20, 2019 for Development and Pilot applications
Award Amount: $100,000 for 1 year for Pilot grants; $300,000 for 2 years for Development grants
 
The Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator at Harvard University provides essential gap funding, development support, and business expertise to help faculty investigators achieve the full potential of their work. The Accelerator seeks to support innovative, investigator-initiated research, and to develop preliminary observations into robust intellectual property positions. Its primary goal is to advance technologies to the point where an industry partnership can commence. Proposals are welcomed from Harvard principal investigators with early-stage research in a range of life science areas, including therapeutics, diagnostics, drug delivery technologies, medical devices/instruments, and enabling technologies for drug discovery.
 
Harvard Office of Technology Development (OTD) staff will work with applicants to develop a pre-proposal. Only one pre-proposal per applicant will be accepted per cycle. Based on recommendations from the Accelerator Advisory Committee and OTD, a subset of applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. Questions about this opportunity may be directed to Anu Natarajan ( anuradha_natarajan@harvard.edu ) or  blavatnik_accelerator@harvard.edu .

Internal_HDSI
Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: Up to $5,000
Target Applicants: Applications are invited from individuals who hold a faculty appointment at a Harvard school and who have principal investigator rights at that school.
 
The Faculty Special Projects Fund is intended to support one-time data science opportunities for which other funding is not readily available. Applicants may request funding of up to $5,000 to support research, community-building, outreach, and educational activities. Examples of projects that the Fund is intended to support include offsetting the cost of running workshops or seminars, data visualization or research dissemination, and video production. The HDSI welcomes applications from all fields of scholarship.  
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and funding will be awarded throughout the year until available funding is exhausted. The total annual budget is $50,000.

Internal_SolarGeo
Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: Varies by award type
 
Harvard's Solar Geoengineering Research Program (SGRP) aims to focus on advancing solar geoengineering science and technology; assessing efficiency and risks; and laying out governance options and social implications. The following funding mechanisms are currently available: 
 
Residency Program:  This program will accept a small number of researchers focused on solar geoengineering to spend between 1 and 3 weeks at Harvard University, working directly with researchers at SGRP and other members of the Harvard community. The main purpose of this program is to enable visitors to work in collaboration with Harvard researchers and each other on discrete research projects. SGRP will cover the cost of travel and accommodations as well as per diem for meals.
 
Harvard Faculty Research Grants:  SGRP will provide direct support for research activities that cannot be fulfilled by students or fellows. That could involve multi-investigator collaborations, field or laboratory work in the sciences, or field or survey work in the social sciences.

Industry/Corporate Opportunities
IndustryTakeda
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: October 23, 2019 by 9:00AM
Sponsor Deadline (if nominated): November 22, 2019
Award Amount: $200,000

The Innovators in Science Award, administered by the New York Academy of Sciences and sponsored by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, recognizes a promising early-career scientist's and an outstanding senior scientist's contributions to biomedical science and is intended to support their commitment to innovative research. The 2020 Innovators in Science Award area of focus is Rare Disease. Candidates will be required to select one primary  disease category  that best represents the focus area of their research.
 
Early career scientists must be engaged in active research for 10 years or less since gaining their doctorate degree or equivalent, currently hold a junior level post-doctoral or faculty position, and have a record of making impactful research contributions and showing exceptional promise for significant future achievement in their field. Early career nominees who have taken a leave of absence during this 10-year period can qualify for an extension of the eligibility timeframe. 
 
Senior scientists must be engaged in active research for 10 years or more since gaining their doctorate degree or equivalent, currently hold a senior level faculty position, and have a record of making multiple, extensive, and impactful research contributions to advance their field. 
 
Please Note: Harvard University, as a single institution, may submit up to two nominations, one in each category of early career scientist and senior scientist. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is facilitating the internal application and review process for applicants. To be considered for one the two Harvard nominations, potential applicants must first submit a pre-proposal online using the link above. Individuals in receipt of current or prior research support from Takeda Pharmaceuticals, or its affiliates, are not eligible for nomination.
ToyotaMaterialHandling
SEAS/FAS/OSP Deadline: November 20, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $500,000. Awards will carry SEAS/FAS standard industry overhead rate (currently 69%).
 
The Toyota Material Handling North America (TMHNA) University Research Program is a sponsored research program created to drive the next generation of technology for the material handling industry. The mission is to encourage professors and researchers to apply their knowledge of engineering and technical fields, drawing synergies and collaboration between collegiate research and Toyota Material Handling North America.
 
Proposal themes related to the following areas are encouraged but given the broad nature of material handling, other themes are welcome as well.
  • Material handling for last mile delivery
  • Material handling for urban environments
  • Material handling for piece picking
  • Material handling for reverse logistics
  • Material handling automation
  • Remote operation of material handling equipment
  • Warehousing Energy Infrastructure
  • VR/AR for material handling applications
  • Machine learning in material handling
  • ADAS systems for material handling equipment
  • Industry 4.0
Please Note: This award requires a sponsored research agreement that will grant to TMHNA and its affiliates a fully paid up, royalty-free, non-exclusive, nonsublicensable, non-transferable, irrevocable, worldwide license to make, have made on its behalf, use, offer to sell, sell, and import the technology and intellectual property developed under the sponsored research agreement. Applicants are encouraged to discuss this with their representative in the Office of Technology Development ( sam_liss@harvard.edu ). 
Corp_AmazonMLRA
SEAS/FAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: The amount awarded is at the discretion of the awards panel and may be based on the number of applicants and number of awards granted during an award cycle. Awards are structured as one-year unrestricted gifts to academic institutions and can include funding and AWS Promotional Credits. 69% overhead is required per FAS/SEAS policy.
 
The AWS Machine Learning Research Awards (MLRA) program funds eligible universities, faculty, PhD students and post-docs under the supervision of faculty, that are conducting novel research in machine learning (ML). The goal is to enable research that accelerates the development of innovative algorithms, publications, and source code across a wide variety of ML applications and focus areas. Selected applicants will receive awards that include unrestricted cash funding as well as AWS Promotional Credits. Award recipients will receive an invitation to attend an annual research seminar and may receive live one-on-one training sessions with Amazon scientists and engineers.
 
Full-time faculty members and university departments leading a team of students and postdocs at education institutions in North America and Europe which are conducting innovative research related to Machine Learning are eligible to apply. Awards provided to faculty or university institutions will support the researchers identified in the application conducting research under the guidance of this PI.
Cisco  
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: Budgets depend on the institution and geography. Overhead is limited to 5%. This falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application.

Cisco Research Center (CRC) connects researchers and developers from Cisco, academia, governments, customers, and industry partners with the goal of facilitating collaboration and exploration of new and promising technologies. Cisco is primarily interested in exploring issues, topics, and problems that are relevant to its core business of improving the Internet. It is also deeply interested in adjacent technologies that leverage the power of the network to change the world around us.
 
CRC supports a broad range of research interests and award types in engineering and applied sciences. For a complete list of Requests for Proposals (RFPs), please scroll to the bottom of this link. Please note that CRC also welcomes research proposals that do not fit cleanly into any of the RFPs listed.
  IBM_World
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: Please note that OSP review and approval is required for any User Agreements between the sponsor and Harvard University. 
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: up to 150,000 years of computing power through World Community Grid; weather data from The Weather Company, an IBM Business; and cloud storage from IBM Cloud.

IBM invites scientists studying climate change or ways to mitigate or adapt to its impacts to apply for free crowdsourced supercomputing power, weather data and cloud storage to support their climate or environmental research projects. In return, awardees are asked to publicly release the research data from their collaboration with IBM, enabling the global community to benefit from and build upon those findings.
 
Grantees will receive free, 24/7 access to computing power though World Community Grid, an award-winning IBM Citizenship initiative that enables anyone with a computer or Android device to support scientific research by carrying out computational research tasks on their devices. This allows researchers to conduct large-scale investigations, often magnitudes larger than they would have otherwise been able to conduct. Grantees may also request access to weather data and cloud storage.
DARPAFocusedPharma
Sponsor Deadline for Abstracts (strongly encouraged): October 15, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: November 12, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: November 19, 2019
Award Amount: The amount of resources made available under this BAA will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. The Focused Pharma research and development program is divided into two sequential phases over 48 months: Phase 1 (Base - 24 months); and Phase 2 (Option - 24 months).
 
Military service members and veterans face serious occupational trauma; one element in particular relates to the significantly increased risk of acute and chronic neuropsychiatric conditions. Neuropsychiatric conditions in the military are particularly impactful because options for treating them are limited. No therapy currently exists that can deliver rapid relief of neuropsychiatric symptoms and is reasonable for use in a broad spectrum of conditions. Neuropsychiatric conditions are complex, and presentation is highly subject to significant inter-individual variability. Focused Pharma aims to develop new drugs that target specific neurotransmitter receptor signaling modes to deliver near immediate relief that is generalizable across indications and individuals. DARPA's Biological Technologies Office (BTO) is soliciting innovative proposals that will integrate protein structure-based drug design, high-throughput and high-content screening, multi-omic profiling of drug effects, and mechanism of action characterization with well-established rodent behavioral models of neuropsychiatric conditions (e.g., depression, anxiety, addiction) to generate receptor subtype-selective and signaling pathway-specific drugs. 
 
Focused Pharma is composed of the following Technical Areas (TAs):
  • Technical Area 1 (TA1): Design and synthesis of novel drug chemotypes with receptor specificity and signaling pathway bias.
  • Technical Area 2 (TA2): Demonstrate drug effects and determine mechanisms of action. 
Proposals must address both TAs. Multiple awards are possible.
DoD_darpaFOCII
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: October 18, 2019; DARPA may consider proposals submitted between October 18 and November 1, 2019 contingent upon the availability of funds; however proposers are warned that the likelihood of available funding is greatly reduced for proposals submitted after the initial closing date
Award Amount: The amount of resources made available under this BAA will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. The FOCII program is a 48-month effort that will be executed in three phases: a base 12-month Phase 1 focused on mechanical structures, an optional 18-month Phase 2 focused on integrated FPAs, and an optional 18-month Phase 3 focused on imaging demonstrations.  
 
DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) is soliciting research and development proposals for the FOcal arrays for Curved Infrared Imagers (FOCII) program to 1) curve existing state of the art large area (≥ 55 mm diagonal), high resolution, state of the art cryogenically cooled mid- and/or longwave infrared focal plane arrays to a spherical radius of curvature of 70 mm without any change to the underlying FPA design process, and 2) curve smaller arrays (35 mm diagonal) to an extreme 12.5 mm spherical radius of curvature using structured designs.
 
FOCII will demonstrate curved FPAs in two Technical Areas (TA):
  • Technical Area 1 (TA1): Curving SOA FPAs
  • Technical Area 2 (TA2): Structured FPAs
A single organization may propose to both TA1 and TA2 but must submit separate proposals for each TA. A single organization may receive awards for both TA1 and TA2. Tasks that would be duplicated in the effort if both TAs were awarded must be called out explicitly.
 
Multiple awards are anticipated.
DoD_poly15
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: October 22, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: October 29, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $100,000 for 1 year.
 
The purpose of this Polyplexus Pilot Topic Opportunity Notice is to provide public notification of a research and development funding opportunity on the Polyplexus online platform. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) invites participation in Polyplexus, which is an online, professional, technical conversation between the research community and DARPA Program Managers that will lead to the opportunity to submit abstracts and full proposals for a research and development project. The shared task of this group is to rigorously explore the trends and possible applications of emerging science and technology in a specific technical area defined by a participating Program Manager. The initial technical area under consideration in this announcement is quantum bio-computing. The topic will be refined as the incubator conversation evolves. The updated topic can be found in the "Quantum Bio-Computing (Topic 15)" incubator located on the polyplexus.com website.
 
The process, evaluation criteria, abstract submission instructions, and proposal submission instructions are described in the most recent amendment of BAA for Polyplexus Pilot 3 (HR001119S0075) .
 
At least one award is anticipated. In addition, the information gathered in the incubator may serve as the basis for a future program.
DoD_cdmrp
Sponsor Deadline for Pre-Applications/Letters of Intent (required): October 23, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: November 5, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: November 13, 2019
Award Amount:  The anticipated direct costs budgeted for the entire period of performance for an FY19 CRRP RDTRA will not exceed $1,500,000. The maximum period of performance is 2 years.
 
This Funding Opportunity Announcement is a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) through the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Combat Readiness - Medical Research Program (CRRP) for the Rapid Development and Translational Research Award (RDTRA). The CRRP vision is to deliver high-impact medical solutions throughout the continuum of care to increase survivability and readiness of the Warfighter in diverse operational settings. Per the program's mission statement, the CRRP seeks to develop innovative solutions to increase medical readiness, mitigate fatalities, optimally treat life-threatening injuries, and promote positive long-term outcomes. Projects funded under this BAA must be for applied and clinical research (excluding clinical trials) not related to the development of a specific system or hardware procurement. This BAA may not be used to support fundamental basic research. Research and development funded through this BAA is intended and expected to benefit and inform both military and civilian medical practice and knowledge.
 
To meet the intent of the award mechanism, proposals/applications submitted to the FY19 CRRP RDTRA must address at least one of the FY19 CRRP RDTRA Focus Areas:
  • Scalable solutions for wound care that can address prevention of bleeding and infection, delivery of therapeutics, and promotion of healing;
  • Decision-support solutions, such as algorithms, artificial intelligence, deep learning, telemedicine, etc. for triage and management of severely injured Warfighters;
  • Solutions that address hemorrhage control; and
  • Wearable sensors with multiple capabilities to identify and monitor medical management of injuries and/or exposures. 
Additional concurrent research approaches that address mitigation of long-term physical and psychological complications that occur from management of trauma pain and trauma care, as well as treatments for sepsis and new therapies for multidrug-resistant pathogens, and injuries incurred outside the battlefield are encouraged, but not required.
 
The CDMRP expects to allot approximately $13M to fund approximately five to six RDTRA proposal/applications.
DoDNSWCNaval
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: October 25, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: November 1, 2019
Award Amount: Awards made from this BAA are expected to be approximately $150,000 total (base and two options years).
 
On behalf of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Warfare Centers, the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD) is soliciting research of interest in support of the Naval Engineering Education Consortium (NEEC). The topics of interest include (see solicitation for a complete list):
 
  • CA-01: Polymers, composites, smart materials, and intelligent coating systems (including adhesives) for improved performance require focus on multi-scale analysis approaches that may evolve into low-fidelity, high-reliability design tools.
  • CA-02: Techniques to aid in the prediction, quantification, and validation of ship motions and loads in conventional and/or extreme behaviors. 
  • CO-01: System, subsystem, and component identification utilizing Natural Language Processing (NLP). 
  • CO-02: Innovative concepts for automated data ingestion and combination for disparate Datasets.
  • CR-01: Development of foundational theories, methods, and techniques for advanced modeling and simulation of complex hypervelocity flight systems-of-systems at the component scale.
  • CR-02: Techniques and methodologies to automate the design and security assessment of field-programmable gate array (FPGA) bitstreams.
Interested proposers may submit proposals under more than one topic of interest and there is no limit to the number of technical proposals a single interested proposer may submit. However, interested proposers may not submit the same technical proposal to more than one warfare center or activity identified in this BAA. The Government may make multiple awards.

DoD_poly16
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: October 28, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: November 4, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $100,000 for 1 year.
 
The purpose of this Polyplexus Pilot Topic Opportunity Notice is to provide public notification of a research and development funding opportunity on the Polyplexus online platform. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) invites participation in Polyplexus, which is an online, professional, technical conversation between the research community and DARPA Program Managers that will lead to the opportunity to submit abstracts and full proposals for a research and development project. The shared task of this group is to rigorously explore the trends and possible applications of emerging science and technology in a specific technical area defined by a participating Program Manager. The initial technical area under consideration in this announcement is cognitive dissonance detection. The topic will be refined as the incubator conversation evolves. The updated topic can be found in the "Cognitive Dissonance Detection (Topic 16)" incubator located on the polyplexus.com website.
 
The process, evaluation criteria, abstract submission instructions, and proposal submission instructions are described in the most recent amendment of BAA for Polyplexus Pilot 3 (HR001119S0075) .
 
At least one award is anticipated. In addition, the information gathered in the incubator may serve as the basis for a future program.
DoD_reSource
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: October 29, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: November 5, 2019
Award Amount: The amount of resources made available under this BAA will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. The ReSource program will be accomplished over three sequential phases of 15, 15, and 18 months, respectively.
 
The goal of the DARPA Biological Technologies Office (BTO)'s ReSource program is to provide the military with an integrated system to convert plastics, and other energy-dense waste, into food and strategic chemicals. Developed technologies should function in austere environments to extend long-term missions by engaging single-use wastes and scavenged materials as feedstock, consequently decreasing the logistic burdens and risks associated with delivery of supplies.
 
There are three interconnected Technical Areas (TAs) which must be developed concurrently over the duration of the effort:
  • Technical Area 1: "Breakdown" - The objective of TA1 is to use prepared, pre-treated waste as a feedstock.
  • Technical Area 2: "Buildup" - The objective of TA2 is to utilize organic upgradeable intermediates to generate strategic materials and chemicals in unpurified forms at high efficiency and scale.
  • Technical Area 3: TA3A "Release" and TA3B "Recovery" - The objective of TA3 is to devise up- and down-stream processes that will enable the maximized functions of TA1 and TA2 technologies.
Proposals that do not address all three TAs will be considered non-responsive and not considered for review.
 
Multiple awards are anticipated.
DARPAAIEAIMEE
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: November 1, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: November 8, 2019
Award Amount: The award value for the Phase 1 base (9-month feasibility study) is $500,000 and Phase 2 option (9-month proof of concept) is $500,000, for a total award value of up to $1M.
 
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is issuing an Artificial Intelligence Exploration (AIE) Opportunity, inviting submissions of innovative basic research concepts in the technical domain of machine learning classifier diversity. The Artificial Intelligence Mitigation of Emergent Execution (AIMEE) program will address the problem of anticipating, at a system's design stage, the models of emergent execution inherent in its design, and thus mitigate its propensities for exploitability before they lead to actual vulnerabilities in complete deployed systems. The work proposed must include the development of:

 

a)  A theory and formal model of emergent execution and emergent programmability.

b)  Case studies of emergent execution and programming models that apply the theory in (a) to design-level prototypes of computing abstractions and demonstrate the use of AI methods and representations to anticipate emergent behaviors.

c)  An outline for a general algorithmic approach to constructing representations of computing system designs suitable for the application of AI methods to aid system designers and programmers in mitigating emergent execution at system design and prototyping time.

 
This AIE Opportunity is issued under the  Program Announcement for AIE, DARPA-PA-19-03.
DoD_darpaCRANE
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: November 1, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: November 8, 2019
Award Amount: The total budget for Phase 0 is $21M for 12 months. Phase 1 is expected to nominally take 9 months.
 
DARPA's Tactical Technology Office (TTO) is soliciting proposals for the Control of Revolutionary Aircraft with Novel Effectors (CRANE) program. CRANE will design, build, and flight test an X-Plane that incorporates Active Flow Control (AFC) as a primary design consideration. This BAA seeks full proposals for Phase 0 and a fully priced option for Phase 1. Phase 0 focuses on the aircraft design process and trade space development via the exploration of multiple configurations by each performer and concluding with a Conceptual Design Review (CoDR). Phase 1 continues the maturation of up to two concepts with the expectation of component level testing and demonstrations to inform a System Requirement Review (SRR), Preliminary Design Review (PDR), and through a limited competition, down to a single performer/single concept for Phase 2/3 funding. Only proposals addressing CRANE objectives will be eligible for funding under this BAA and only Phase 0 and Phase 1 performers will be eligible to participate in Phases 2 and 3. DARPA seeks proposals that present a credible path to demonstration of program objectives. The Government will request Phase 2/3 proposals during Phase 1 execution.
 
Multiple awards are anticipated.

DoD_RAP
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: Review not required for awards made directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadlines for Full Proposals: November 1, 2019; February 1, 2020; May 1, 2020; August 1, 2020
Award Amount: Awards include stipends ranging from $45,000 to $80,000, health insurance, professional travel, and relocation. Awards are for up to 12 months (Summer Faculty awards are for 8-14 weeks), with the possibility of extension through a second or third year.
 
The NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U.S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. In the NRC Research Associateship Programs, prospective applicants select a research project or projects from among a large group of  Research Opportunities . Prior to completing an application, prospective applicants should contact the Research Adviser listed with the selected Research Opportunity(ies) to assure that funding will be available if the application is recommended by NRC Research Associateship Programs panels.
 
Prospective applicants should carefully read the details and eligibility of the program to which they are applying. Some laboratories have citizenship restrictions (open only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents), and some laboratories have Research Opportunities that are not open to senior applicants (more than 5 years beyond the Ph.D.). When searching for Research Opportunities, applicants may limit their search to only those laboratories which match their eligibility criteria. In addition, applicants should note application deadlines, as not all laboratories participate in all reviews.
DARPAOFFSET
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: November 4, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: November 12, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $450,000 for a six-month base period, potentially followed by a 3-month option period.
 
DARPA's Tactical Technology Office (TTO) is soliciting innovative proposals to expand the operational effectiveness of combat forces utilizing unmanned swarm systems. The goal of OFFSET Swarm Sprints is to create focused breakthroughs in swarm technologies to be integrated into the  OFFSET Swarm Systems Architecture . The specific topics of interest for this amendment are (1) the prototyping and integration of innovative component technologies into physical swarm testbeds to create new swarm-focused capabilities; and (2) the innovation and integration of novel swarm tactics relevant to OFFSET Vignette 3, in which a heterogeneous swarm of 250 agents is employed to seize key urban terrain within an area of eight square city blocks over a mission duration of 4-6 hours.
 
This BAA amendment solicits proposals for a Core Sprint in Physical Testbed Enhancement, and also a third Core Sprint in Swarm Tactics. No Ad Hoc Swarm Sprints are being announced in this amendment. Proposers may respond to more than one Swarm Sprint topic area; however, a separate, standalone proposal is required for each Swarm Sprint topic area.
 
DARPA intends to award up to fifteen Swarm Sprinter awards in this Swarm Sprint call.
DoD_2019ONRatomic
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: November 7, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: November 15, 2019
Award Amount: The funded amount and period of performance of each proposal selected for award may vary. The period of performance for projects may be from one to three years.
 
This announcement describes a research thrust entitled "Atomic and Quantum Science and Technology" to be launched under Fiscal Year (FY) 19 Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology . ONR is interested in receiving white papers and proposals in support of advancing atomic, molecular and quantum science and technology for future naval applications.
 
Specific focus areas are as follows:
  • Protocols for efficient atom, ion or molecule cooling and trapping.
  • Techniques for robust and/or high performance optical atomic clocks.
  • Novel approaches to quantum inertial or electromagnetic field sensing and applications thereof that have the potential to significantly outperform the current state of the art.
  • Innovative protocols for the preparation, readout, characterization and utilization of quantum correlated states for improved sensing and quantum information processing.
  • Protocols for enhancing coherence in quantum systems by engineering the environment that are compatible with applications in quantum information processing.
  • Novel approaches to quantum simulation of complex, correlated quantum systems and quantum algorithms for finding approximate solutions to hard problems with Navy relevance that may outperform all known classical techniques.
  • Approaches to implementing quantum information processing tasks using phonons and phonon-based devices.
DoD_darpaYFA
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: November 12, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: November 19, 2019
Award Amount: Each award will include a 24-month base period (maximum of $500,000) and a possible 12-month option period called the "Director's Fellowship" (maximum of $500,000).
 
DARPA's Young Faculty Award (YFA) program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions and expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) and National Security challenges and needs. In particular, this YFA will provide high-impact funding to elite researchers early in their careers to develop innovative new research directions in the context of enabling transformative DoD capabilities. The long-term goal of the program is to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers in the research community who will focus a significant portion of their future careers on DoD and National Security issues. Once awards are made, each YFA performer will be assigned a DARPA Program Manager with interests closely related to their research topic. The Program Manager will act as project manager and mentor to the YFA award recipients. As part of the program, a number of visits/exercises at a variety of DoD sites and facilities will be scheduled.
 
Participation in the YFA program is limited to any current tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professors and to tenured Assistant or Associate Professors within three years of their tenure appointment at a U.S. institution of higher education or equivalent at a U.S. non-profit science and technology research institution. Previous YFA recipients are not eligible to apply to this or any future YFA program, though recipients of non-YFA DARPA awards are eligible to propose.
 
This Research Announcement (RA) solicits single principal investigator (PI) proposals for research and development in the following specific Technical Areas (TAs) of interest:
  1. Unlocking the Secrets of Roman Concrete
  2. In Vivo Biosensors
  3. Decision Making Algorithm for Medical Countermeasure (MCM) Development
  4. Microbial Community Modeling
  5. Biological Systems for Sensing, Reporting, and Mitigating Air Contamination
  6. Distributed Intelligence in Flexible Robots
  7. Bioinspired Soft-Matter Electrical Circuits
  8. Room-temperature Chip-scale Quantum Opto-mechanical Sensors
  9. AI System Engineering
  10. Advanced Corrosion Control
  11. Economics-driven Secure Multiparty Computation
  12. Cross-Cultural Extrapolation of Privacy-Oriented Human-Technology Interactions
  13. Scientific Model Aware Computing
  14. Push Science
  15. Visualization Innovations for Cyber Terrain Operations Representation (VICTOR)
  16. Reducing Errors in Quantum Systems
  17. Dielectrics for High-Temperature CMOS FETs
  18. A Physics-Based Re-exploration of Spectrum Allocation
  19. Detecting Cognitive Dissonance & Belief Shift Over Time
  20. Chip-scale Blind Sampled Wideband Periodogram and Time Transfer by Machine Learning
  21. Practical Antineutrino Detectors
  22. RF Power Harvesting for Remote Sensing
  23. Low Loop Latency Distributed Time Transfer
  24. High-Entropy Alloys Study
  25. Ocean Object Identification via Distributed Sensors
  26. Flame Stability and Ignition in Partially-Premixed High-Speed Flows
  27. On-Orbit Servicing Architectures for Proliferated Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Constellations

At the full proposal phase, proposing PIs are limited to submitting only one full proposal to only one topic under this RA.

DoD_minervaDECUR
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: November 12, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: November 19, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $400,000 distributed evenly over 2 years
 
The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) is interested in receiving proposals for the  Minerva Research Initiative's  (Minerva) Defense Education and Civilian University Research (DECUR) Partnership. The DECUR Partnership aims to develop collaborative basic research partnerships between Professional Military Education (PME) Institutions and Civilian Research Universities by supporting fundamental scientific research that improves the capacity of security-related basic social science research and education. Building upon the success of Minerva's university research awards, the DECUR Partnership aims to pair civilian university researchers with PME faculty to facilitate collaborative research in the fundamental understanding of the social and cultural forces shaping U.S. strategic interests globally. Proposals must include a civilian university Principal Investigator (PI) and a PME co-PI. Outside of the civilian university PI and the PME co-PI, the size of research teams is not limited. The research questions addressed should extend beyond standard disciplinary approaches to include innovative multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary methodological approaches.
 
The Minerva Research Initiative competition is for research related to the following nine topics:
  • Topic 1:            Peer/Near-peer Statecraft, Influence, and Regional Balance of Power
  • Topic 2:            Power, Deterrence, and Escalation Management
  • Topic 3:            Alliances and Burden Sharing
  • Topic 4:            Economic Interdependence and Security
  • Topic 5:            Economic Viability, Resilience, and Sustainability of Logistics Infrastructure
  • Topic 6:            Multi-Domain Behavioral Complexity and Computational Social Modeling
  • Topic 7:            Autonomy, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Ethics, and Social Interactions
  • Topic 8:            Models and Methods for Understanding Covert Online Influence
  • Topic 9:            Automated Cyber Vulnerability Analysis
5-6 awards are anticipated.
DoD_darpaSemaFor
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: November 14, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: November 21, 2019
Award Amount: The level of funding for individual awards made under this solicitation has not been predetermined and will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. The SemaFor program consists of three phases: Phase 1 (18 months), Phase 2 (18 months), and Phase 3 (12 months).
 
DARPA's Information Innovation Office (I2O) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of semantic technologies to automatically assess falsified media. The Semantic Forensics (SemaFor) program will develop technologies to automatically detect, attribute, and characterize falsified, multi-modal media assets (e.g., text, audio, image, video) to defend against large-scale, automated disinformation attacks. SemaFor will develop methods that exploit semantic inconsistencies in falsified media to perform these tasks across media modalities and at scale.
 
SemaFor has four technical areas (TAs):
  • TA1 is Detection, Attribution, and Characterization of multi-modal media assets.
  • TA2, Explanation and Integration, will combine results across TA1 performers, present explanations for system decisions, and prioritize assets for analyst review. TA2 will also develop the prototype SemaFor system.
  • TA3, Evaluation, will generate and curate multi-modal media for evaluation, design the program evaluations, establish human baseline performance, and develop additional program metrics.
  • TA4, Challenge Curation, will continually provide state-of-the-art (SOTA) challenges to the program to test the techniques developed by TA1 and TA2. TA4 will also develop forward-looking threat models, to anticipate future threats and ensure SemaFor defenses are focused in the right areas.
Proposers may submit proposals to all TAs. However, each proposal may only address one TA. DARPA will not make TA1 and TA2 awards to the same performer. The TA3 performer may not perform on TA1 or TA2 due to an inherent conflict of interest with the evaluation process. TA4 performers may be awarded contracts on other TAs of the program, but conflicts of interest plans will be required in the case of TA1 or TA2 due to potential conflicts of interest with the evaluation process.
 
DARPA anticipates multiple awards for Technical Areas 1 and 4, and single awards for Technical Areas 2 and 3.
DARPAAMP
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: November 13, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: November 20, 2019
Award Amount: The level of funding for individual awards made under this solicitation has not been predetermined. The AMP is a 48-month program organized into three phases; Phase I will be 18 months (base), followed by an 18-month Phase 2 (option), and then concluded with Phase 3 at 12 months (option).
 
DARPA's Information Innovation Office (I2O) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of creating targeted security binary patches (micropatches) to repair legacy binaries of mission-critical systems, with strong guarantees that the patch will not impact the functions of the system. The goal of the Assured Micropatching (AMP) program is to create the capability for rapid patching of legacy binaries in mission-critical systems, including the cases where the original source code version and/or build process is not available. AMP will create new capabilities to analyze, modify, and fix legacy software in binary form, to produce assured targeted micropatches for known security flaws in existing binaries. Micropatches change the fewest possible bytes to achieve their objective, which minimizes potential side effects, and should enable proofs that the patches will preserve the original baseline functionality of the system. With these proofs, the time to test and deploy the patched system will be reduced from months to days. 
 
The AMP program is divided into three Technical Areas (TAs): 
  • TA1: Goal-driven decompilation; 
  • TA2: Assured recompilation; and 
  • TA3: Evaluation.
Each proposal may only address one TA. Proposers may submit multiple proposals to any one TA, and they may propose to multiple TAs. In the case of submissions to multiple TAs, the Government reserves the right to decide which, if any, to select for award. A proposer submitting a proposal to TA1 and another to TA2 may be selected to perform on both TAs. However, TA3 performers cannot perform on any other TA. DARPA anticipates multiple awards in Technical Area 1 and Technical Area 2; and a single award for Technical Area 3. DARPA anticipates making multiple awards under this BAA, which has a total anticipated funding amount of approximately $50 million.
DoD_poly14
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: November 22, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: December 3, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $20,000 for up to 6 months
 
The purpose of this Polyplexus Pilot Topic Opportunity Notice is to provide public notification of a research and development funding opportunity on the Polyplexus online platform. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) invites participation in Polyplexus, which is an online, professional, technical conversation between the research community and DARPA Program Managers that will lead to the opportunity to submit abstracts and full proposals for a research and development project. The shared task of this group is to rigorously explore th e trends and possible applications of emerging science and technology in a specific technical area defined by a participating Program Manager. The initial technical area under consideration in this announcement is computational or information system hardware trojan identification. The goal is to explore the human immune system as a model for trojan detection. The topic will be refined as the incubator conversation evolves. The updated topic can be found in the "Hardware Trojan Identification (Topic 14)" incubator located on the polyplexus.com website.
 
The process, evaluation criteria, abstract submission instructions, and proposal submission instructions are described in the most recent amendment of BAA for Polyplexus Pilot 3 (HR001119S0075) .
 
Approximately five awards are anticipated. Activities of particular interest in the funded projects are (1) a literature review and (2) a future technical opportunity analysis congruent with the final topic generated on polyplexus.com in the Hardware Trojan Identification (14) incubator. In addition, the information gathered in the incubator may serve as the basis for a future program.
DoD_sffp
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: Review not required for awards made directly to individuals
Sponsor Proposal Submission Window: September 1-November 29, 2019
Award Amount: This Fellowship awards a stipend (level to be based upon the applicant's career status) and moving allowance (if applicable).
 
The U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (SFFP) offers hands-on exposure to Air Force research challenges through 8- to 12-week research residencies during the summer months at participating Air Force research facilities (i.e. AFRL Directorates, Air Force Test Centers (AFTC), the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), or the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)) for full-time science, mathematics, and engineering faculty at U.S. colleges and universities. Click here to learn more about the areas of interest to the various Air Force Research Facilities and for contact information for each facility. Before uploading a proposal, the applicant must get approval from a designated research advisor to apply to a program. To be eligible for an award, each application must be approved by the advisor for that research opportunity and must be endorsed by the appropriate Air Force research facility.
 
Research Fellows are highly encouraged to bring a graduate student with them for the research period. Graduate student applications must be completed and submitted to the faculty advisor to be uploaded as a part of their application proposal.
 
For eligibility requirements, please see http://afsffp.sysplus.com/SFFP/about/eligibility.aspx . Applicants should be aware that stipend payments from other federal funding sources including research grants and contracts may not be accepted during the tenure of a summer faculty appointment.
DoD_DarpaOFFSET
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: Proposals may be submitted through March 26, 2020; the likelihood of available funding is greatly reduced for proposals submitted after the initial deadline of May 1, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $450,000 for 6 months, with an additional three-month option period to facilitate integration activities.
 
The goal of OFFSET Swarm Sprints is to create focused breakthroughs in swarm technologies to be integrated into the OFFSET Swarm Systems Architecture. The specific topics of interest for this amendment are (1) the creation and implementation of potential future synthetic technologies in OFFSET virtual environments to enable exploration of novel swarm tactics; and (2) the application of artificial intelligence methods to accelerate and aid the design of advanced swarm tactics that are robust in realistic operational settings.
 
This BAA amendment solicits proposals for a Core Sprint in Virtual Environments, and also for an Ad Hoc Sprint in the topic area of Applications of Artificial Intelligence. Proposers may respond to more than one Swarm Sprint topic area; however, a separate, standalone proposal is required for each Swarm Sprint topic area.
 
DARPA intends to award up to fifteen Swarm Sprinter awards in this Swarm Sprint call.

DOD_ONRSab
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: Review not required for individual fellowships
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: Rolling (proposals must be submitted 6 months prior to the start of the proposed sabbatical)
Award Amount: Participants receive a monthly stipend making up the difference between salary and sabbatical leave pay from their home institution. Relocation and travel assistance are provided to qualifying participants. Appointments will last for a minimum of one semester to a maximum of one year in length.
 
The Sabbatical Leave Program provides an opportunity for faculty members to engage in scholarly, creative, professional, research, or other academic activities at a sponsoring U.S. Navy Laboratory that will enhance the faculty member's further contributions to their institution. This program is residential and all work must be completed on site.
 
Expected benefits of the Sabbatical Leave Program:
  • Broaden the scope and horizon of faculty member's research interests and provide a foundation for future research collaborations.
  • Provide an understanding of the Department of the Navy research interests and the technological implications thereof, thus enhancing the abilities of Fellows to pursue and obtain funding for research at their home institution.
  • Foster lasting relationships between Fellows and the researchers at the Navy laboratories.
Applicants are required to identify a mentor at a  Participating Laboratory that matches the applicant's research interests.
  DoD_other
Other DoD Opportunities
I f you are interested in DoD funding opportunities, please note:
The  Defense Innovation Marketplace  is a centralized source for Department of Defense science and technology (S&T) planning, acquisition resources, funding, and financial information. 
DOEARPAEPERFORM
Concept Paper Deadline (required): October 28, 2019
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: TBD
Award Amount: $250,000-$10M. At least 20% cost sharing is required. See solicitation for more details.
 
Optimal utilization of all grid assets requires a fundamental shift in grid management rooted in an understanding of asset risk and system risk. ARPA-E seeks innovative management systems that (i) represent the relative delivery risk of each asset and (ii) balance the collective risk of all assets across the grid. A risk-driven paradigm will allow operators to fully understand the true likelihood of maintaining a supply-demand balance and system reliability; this is critical for all power systems and is essential for grids with high levels of stochastic resources.
 
Through the Performance-based Energy Resource Feedback, Optimization, and Risk Management (PERFORM) program, Applicants will propose methods to quantify and manage risk at the asset level and at the system level. At the asset level, ARPA-E envisions the design of a risk score or measure that clearly communicates the physical delivery risk of an asset's offer, similar to the role a credit score plays in determining the creditworthiness of an individual. At the system level, ARPA-E envisions the design of grid management systems that endogenously capture uncertainty and evaluate and hedge the system risk position to meet or exceed a baseline system risk index. The anticipated outcome of PERFORM is a transformative and disruptive risk-driven grid management paradigm that optimally utilizes all assets (including emerging technologies) to reduce costs and improve reliability.
 
ARPA-E expects PERFORM awardees to build on existing practices and expertise from the finance, insurance, and actuarial science communities, which have a long history of defining, quantifying, and hedging risk. Applicants should pursue partnerships with these communities along with domain-specific experts (e.g., engineers, operations researchers, and market designers) to achieve technically relevant innovative solutions. PERFORM is targeting all power sectors: (i) bulk and distribution systems, (ii) centralized and decentralized paradigms, and (iii) vertically integrated utilities, markets, and peer-to-peer transactive energy systems.
DODARPAEGEMINI
Concept Paper Deadline (required): November 13, 2019
Full Proposal Deadline: TBD
Award Amount: $250,000-$10M. At least 20% cost sharing is required. See solicitation for more details.
 
The aim of this ARPA-E program is to make a transformational change to the current state-of-the-art and improve advanced reactor (AR) designs with operations and maintenance (O&M) in mind. Advances in autonomous, efficient, and low-cost systems O&M are occurring in many industrial sectors, largely powered by artificial intelligence (AI), advanced data analytics, distributed computing, powerful physics simulation tools, and other technical breakthroughs. To date, little of this advancement has been adopted by the nuclear energy industry. There is a crucial need to design and execute extremely robust and low-cost operations and maintenance procedures for ARs.
 
ARPA-E seeks interdisciplinary teams to develop digital twins (DTs), or a technology with similar capability, for an AR design as the foundation of the team's O&M strategy. The digital twins (or equivalent) and associated O&M approaches the teams will develop will include diverse technologies that are driving efficiencies in other industries, such as AI, advanced control systems, predictive maintenance, and model-based fault detection. Because ARs are still in design phases, with no physical units operating, teams working on core operations will also develop cyber-physical systems (CPS) that simulate advanced reactor plant operating dynamics using a combination of non-nuclear experimental facilities (e.g., flow loops) and software. Teams will use these systems as the "real asset," a surrogate upon which developers can test their DT platforms for operations and maintenance. CPS may also provide validation data for regimes for conditions with high uncertainty. Teams focusing on activities outside the reactor core are encouraged to identify appropriate test systems and data. ARPA-E will also support research for filling specific technical gaps to enable the O&M strategies. This program lays the basis for a future where ARs operate with a staffing plan and fixed O&M costs more akin to that of a combined cycle natural gas plant than that of the legacy LWR fleet.
DOE_Other
Other DOE Opportunities
IARPA_briar
OSP review not required for responses to RFI
Response Deadline: October 21, 2019 by 12:00PM
 
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is seeking information on research efforts and datasets that may be useful in planning a program focused on advancing the state-of-the-art of biometric recognition and identification at altitude and range. This request for information (RFI) is issued solely for planning purposes and does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals. 

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
NASADualMarshallCAN
Sponsor Deadlines for Step -1 White Papers (required): October 16, 2019; May 6, 2020
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadlines for Full Proposals (if invited): TBD (approximately 40 calendar days after Invitation to Propose is sent to invited Offerors)
Award Amount: MSFC awards will range from $10,000 to $250,000 (though the majority will range between $10,000 - $100,000) for up to 12 months, to be matched or exceeded by Offeror contributions. MSFC contributions to the Offeror can be cash, in-kind (non-cash) resources, or a combination of each. The participating partner is expected to contribute at least 50 percent of the total combined partner and NASA resources necessary to accomplish the project.

NASA seeks to award cooperative agreements for technology development partnerships with United States commercial businesses, colleges and universities with the goal of developing a technology that meets a specific NASA need at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), as well as a need of the partner. This goal will be accomplished by selecting Offerors that will cooperatively share in the development cost of the technology that meets the specified NASA need. NASA's MSFC, located in Huntsville, Alabama is one of NASA's largest and most diversified installations. The Marshall Center provides leadership in the complex engineering of space transportation and propulsion systems, large space structures and systems, and scientific research to make human space exploration a reality. For more information on the technology programs and capabilities at MSFC, please see the following:  http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/capabilities/index.html

MSFC has several technology development focus areas for this notice, including
  • Innovative/Advanced Propulsion Systems
  • Advanced Manufacturing; Structures and Materials
  • Technologies Supporting On-orbit and Surface Habitation Systems, including Environmental

Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS)

  • Technologies Supporting Spacecraft Systems
  • Technologies Enabling Science Research
Multiple awards are anticipated.
NASAUSEPhysicalSciF
S ponsor Deadlines for Notices of Intent (strongly encouraged): October 28, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: December 9, 2019
Sponsor Deadlines for Full Proposals: December 16, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $100,000/year in total costs for a maximum of 2 years
 
This Appendix to the Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics (PSI) System NASA Research Announcement (NNH17ZTT001N)  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 solicitation for a complete list). This Appendix solicits proposals in the following five research areas: 1) Combustion Science, 2) Complex Fluids, 3) Fluid Physics, 4) Fundamental Physics, and 5) Materials Science. Proposals in the Biophysics discipline will not be considered for this Appendix. 
 
This Appendix is soliciting proposals from established researchers, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students. Approximately 5 awards are anticipated.
NASA_nstgro20
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: October 29, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: November 5, 2019
Award Amount: The maximum amount of an NSTGRO grant issued as a result of this solicitation will be $80,000 per year (see solicitation for details). This program provides allowances for stipend, faculty advisors, visiting technologist experiences, conference attendance, laboratory supplies, tuition and fees, health insurance, etc. Four years is the maximum amount of time a student may receive support from NSTGRO/NSTRF.

NASA's Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities (NSTGRO) program is focused on graduate student research and development of advanced and innovative space technologies critical for our Nation to meet its goals to explore and understand the Earth, our solar system, and the universe. NASA Space Technology Graduate Researchers will perform research at their respective campuses and at NASA Centers. In addition to their faculty advisor, each recipient will be matched with a technically relevant and community-engaged NASA researcher who will serve as the research collaborator on the award. Through this collaboration, graduate students will be able to take advantage of broader and/or deeper space technology research opportunities directly related to their academic and career objectives, acquire a more detailed understanding of the potential end applications of their space technology efforts, and directly disseminate their research results within the NASA community. A NASA Space Technology Graduate Researcher is expected to engage in grant activities full-time.
 
Graduate students must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or permanent residents to be eligible to apply. NSTGRO20 requires university submission of proposals; this is an important change from previous years (please note, NSTGRO20 replaces the NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF) program). Applications now require coordination with both a faculty advisor (who will serve as Principal Investigator on the grant) and an Authorized Organizational Representative of the submitting university. Only one proposal may be submitted on behalf of a student in response to this solicitation. There is no limit on the number of proposals that may be submitted by an accredited U.S. university, and more than one proposal may be submitted to this solicitation with the same PI. If the individual seeking support (1) is currently an undergraduate and does not know which accredited U.S. university they will be attending in the fall of 2020 or (2) is currently not enrolled as either an undergraduate or graduate student and does not know which accredited U.S. university they will be attending in the fall of 2020, the NSTGRO Proposal Submission Office will submit the proposal on their behalf
 
Awards resulting from this solicitation are planned to coincide with the start of the 2020 academic year. NASA made 65, 56 and 64 new grant awards as a result of the last three solicitation cycles. NASA expects to make a similar number of new NSTGRO awards.
NASAJohnsonSpace
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to sponsor deadline
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: Rolling through December 31, 2019 (see solicitation for schedule of review cycles)
Award Amount: Details below
 
This announcement is for the development of experiment hardware with enhanced capabilities; modification of existing hardware to enable increased efficiencies (crew time, power, etc.); development of tools that allow analyses of samples and specimens on orbit; enhanced ISS infrastructure capabilities (eg, communications or data processing); and specific technology demonstration projects. Submission of a white paper is recommended in advance of a full proposal.
 
Within the NASA International Space Station (ISS) Research Integration Office, the Technology and Science Research Office (TSRO) and Commercial Space Utilization Office (CSUO) act as "gateways" to the ISS. The Technology and Science Research Office serves as the gateway for NASA-funded technology demonstrations. The Commercial Space Utilization Office serves as the gateway for non-NASA government-funded investigations, as well as non-profit or commercially-funded investigations.
 
Proposed technology demonstrations submitted to TSRO should address at least one of the technology areas mentioned in the ISS Technology Demonstration Plans .

NASA also seeks technological concepts via CSUO related to the National Lab Thrust Areas and to expand the onboard research and analytical capabilities. The general thrust areas are:
  • Innovative uses of the ISS or ISS hardware that leverage existing capabilities to stimulate both utilization of the ISS and economic development in the U.S.
  • Other improvements to existing ISS capabilities, including but not limited to infrastructure, in situ analytical tools, and communication/data transmittal, to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the technology demonstrations and science investigations performed on the ISS.
  • Unique partnering arrangements that leverage NASA's existing capabilities but increase the commercial participation in research and on board services. 
Funds are not currently available for awards under this NASA Research Announcement (NRA). The Government's ability to make award(s) is contingent upon the availability of appropriated funds from which payment can be made and the receipt of proposals that NASA determines acceptable for award under this NRA. Successful proposals will have launch and integration costs covered by NASA. 
NASAUnsolicited
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling through September 30, 2020
Award Amount: Proposed budget should be commensurate with the scope of the project.
 
NASA encourages the submission of unique and innovative proposals that will further the Agency's mission. While the vast majority of proposals are solicited, a small number of unsolicited proposals that cannot be submitted to those solicitations and yet are still relevant to NASA are reviewed and some are funded each year. Proposals should be submitted at least six months in advance of the desired starting date.
 
Before any effort is expended in preparing a proposal, potential proposers should:
  1. Review the current versions of the NASA Strategic Plan and documents from the specific directorate, office, or program for which the proposal is intended to determine if the work planned is sufficiently relevant to current goals to warrant a formal submission.
  2. Potential proposers must review current opportunities to determine if any solicitation already exists to which the potential project could be proposed. 
  3. Potential proposers should review current awards (e.g., by doing key word searches at Research.gov, or at the NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC) grant status page, and the NASA Life and Physical Sciences Task Book) to learn what, if any, related work is already funded by NASA. Such preparation reduces the risk of redundancy, improves implementation, and sometimes results in collaboration.
After those three things have been done, the proposer may contact an appropriate NASA person to determine whether NASA has any interest in the type of work being proposed and if any funding is currently available. Proposals should be submitted at least six months in advance of the desired starting date.
NASA_other
Other NASA Opportunities
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIHCollaborative
Harvard University Area - Statement of Intent Deadline: October 23, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: January 25, 2020
Award Amount: $1.5M maximum direct costs per year. It is anticipated that most awards will be between $700,000-$900,000 direct costs. An additional $250,000 direct costs per year may be requested for optional exploratory pilot studies for Early Stage Investigators (ESIs).
 
This funding opportunity is designed to support highly integrated research teams of three to six PD/PIs that propose to conduct research to address complex and challenging biomedical problems, important for the mission of NIGMS, through deeply integrated, multidisciplinary research teams. Collaborative program teams are expected to accomplish goals that require considerable synergy and managed team interactions. Project goals should not be achievable with a collection of individual efforts or projects. Teams are encouraged to consider far-reaching objectives that will produce major advances in their fields. Applications should address critical issues and be sufficiently challenging, ambitious, and innovative that objectives could not be achieved by individual investigators.
 
To be successful, programs of this level of complexity are expected to require significant effort from all PD/PIs involved. The contact PD/PI is required to devote at least 30% of his/her time available for research to this award, while other PD/PIs are required to devote at least 25% of his/her time available for research to this award. The time available for research should be expressed in person-months and should not include time expended toward teaching, administration, and/or clinical duties. 

NIGMS intends to fund a limited number of applications. Therefore, consultation with relevant staff is strongly encouraged. Once applicants have identified overall program objectives and PD/PI participants, NIGMS staff may be able to advise applicants whether the proposed research strategy meets the goals and mission of the Institute, whether it addresses one or more high priority research areas, and whether it is appropriate for a collaborative team program. 

This is a limited submission opportunity and only one application may be put forward from the Harvard University Area (Cambridge campus) per review cycle. To determine if an internal competition is necessary, potential applicants from the University Area who wish to apply for the January 25, 2020 NIH deadline must first submit a very brief statement of intent to Erin Hale at  erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu  no later than October 23, 2019. Emails should include the proposal title, names of the PIs, and a very brief description of the proposed project.
OtherNIHOpps
National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation: Dear Colleague Letters
NSFDCEngREMsupplement
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: October 25, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2019
Award Amount: up to $100,000 

Active EFRI and ERC awardees may apply for supplemental funding from the REM program via FastLane. REM funding will support costs associated with bringing Research Participants (RPs) into the research environment over the summer to participate in mentored activities and research aligned with the ERC- and EFRI-supported research goals. REM supplement recipients are encouraged to extend structured mentoring into the academic year. NSF encourages EFRI- and ERC-supported researchers to create carefully mentored research opportunities for high school students, STEM teachers, undergraduate STEM students, faculty, and veterans who may not otherwise become engaged in a research project, and to utilize the contributions and talents of these participants to make further progress toward research goals. The experience should be mutually beneficial. 
NSFDCTwoNameChanges
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: N/A
Sponsor Deadline: N/A
Award Amount: N/A

The Division of Chemical, Biological, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET), within the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Engineering (ENG), announces the name change of the Molecular Separations program and the Biological and Environmental Interactions of Nanoscale Materials program. The program names have changed to the Interfacial Engineering program and the Nanoscale Interactions program, respectively.

Interfacial Engineering Program: The scope of the Molecular Separations program, PD 19-1417, will be expanded to include fundamental research on atomic- and molecular-scale interfacial phenomena and engineering of interfacial properties, processes, and materials unrelated to a separation process. The program name will be changed to Interfacial Engineering, PD 20-1417. Proposals related to chemical and biological separation processes, phenomena, and materials will continue to be accepted within the Interfacial Engineering program, as described on the program webpage.

Nanoscale Interactions Program: The scope of the Biological and Environmental Interactions of Nanoscale Materials Program, PD 19-1179, will be expanded to include nanoscale interface and surface interactions with biological and environmental media. Nanoparticles and nanostructured materials have large surface areas, and thus for the materials, products and devices into which they are integrated there are large interfacial areas. Elucidation of the constructs of these interfaces and the resulting alteration of the material and its behavior is necessary to accurately understand and predict the fate and effects of nanomaterials in biological and environmental systems. This includes understanding interfacial chemistries, spatial-temporal properties, dynamic interplays and impacts of external forces. The program name will be changed to Nanoscale Interactions, PD 20-1179.

These changes are effective September 19, 2019. Principal Investigators are strongly encouraged to discuss proposal ideas with the cognizant Program Directors prior to submission.
DCL_studentDesign
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline:
Supplemental funding requests may be submitted at any time. However, sufficient time must be allowed (e.g. a minimum of 8 weeks) to permit review and recommendation in advance of the project's initiation.
Award Amount: up to $4,000 per supplement
 
A supplemental funding opportunity is being made available starting in FY 2019 to provide support for mentored, student-led design projects that are directly related to currently funded NSF awards from the Engineering Directorate. This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) describes a new opportunity for principal investigators to expand the Broader Impact of their awards through a Design Supplement.

The goals of these supplements are the following:
  1. To connect student design projects to innovative, NSF-supported research and the latest advances in engineering science.
  2. To expose students to the discovery process of research while preparing them for their roles in the engineering workforce.
  3. To provide a team of students with the funds necessary to pursue the design process, from need finding, industry and customer discovery, through prototyping and validation.
NSFDCL_mps
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: varies by opportunity
Award Amount:  Each agency has its own funding parameters and principles that will be followed when reviewing proposals. Proposals are expected to adhere to typical proposal sizes and durations for the DMS and EPSRC Themes from which funding is sought.
 
The NSF and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Research Cooperation. The MOU provides an overarching framework to encourage collaboration between US and UK research communities and sets out the principles by which jointly supported activities might be developed. The MOU allows for a lead agency opportunity whereby a single international collaborative proposal may be submitted to either NSF or UKRI.   Proposals will be accepted for collaborative research in areas at the intersection of the MPS/DMS and EPSRC missions. Proposers will be expected to review the relevant NSF-MPS/DMS Program Descriptions and the EPSRC website for information on which areas of research are eligible for support through this collaboration.  This collaboration principally covers unsolicited (NSF) or standard (EPSRC) proposals, with managed/solicited calls included on a case-by-case basis by prior agreement of MPS/DMS and EPSRC.  This collaboration covers a pilot phase from January 2020, with a review point after three years (January 2023).
 
Please Note:   At least two months in advance of the date the proposers expect to submit a formal proposal, an expression of interest/white paper must be submitted to their prospective lead agency. For the period September 1 - December 31, 2019, this stage may be waived. However, applicants are strongly advised to contact the prospective lead agency prior to application. 
NSFDCLPhotonics
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: varies by award
Award Amount: varies by award

With this Dear Colleague letter (DCL), the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) and the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) within the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation continue to encourage innovative exploratory and translational research by academic researchers and small businesses in all aspects of integrated photonics that utilize the current silicon photonics capabilities resident in AIM Photonics. Research projects utilizing the AIM Photonics fabrication process technologies via multi-project wafer runs should have an objective to bring a specific innovation to integrated photonics circuits and components or to demonstrate a new approach that uses integrated photonics as its differentiator. Examples of such challenges may include:
  • Research into new applications of PICs that have promise of breakthrough performance due to the use of an integrated photonic component;
  • New devices that are realizable within AIM Photonics standardized integrated silicon photonics processes;
  • PIC implementations that have innovative contributions to advancements of photonics circuits (i.e., low power, greater bandwidths and dynamic ranges, better tolerances, new topologies, etc.);
  • Innovative design approaches and new models of integrated photonics devices/circuits; and
  • Materials and attachment technologies for incorporating integrated photonics into novel packages.
Academic researchers   who plan on utilizing the capabilities of AIM Photonics may submit unsolicited proposals to the ECCS Electronic, Photonic, and Magnetic Devices (EPMD) core program via FastLane or Grants.gov at any time with no deadline
( https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=245720&org=ECCS ). Proposals responding to a specific solicitation must follow the solicitation's specified deadline date. Submission as CAREER proposals can be accepted by ECCS, with the solicitation deadline in July each year. 
NSFDCL_MODULUS
Models for Uncovering Rules and Unexpected Phenomena in Biological Systems (MODULUS)
OSP/FAS/SEAS Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission of full proposal
Sponsor Deadline: April 1, 2020 (for FY20 funding)
Award Amount: no specified limit; budgets to be appropriate for the scope of the project proposed

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS), in collaboration with the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB), seeks to promote interdisciplinary research that enables novel mathematical and computational approaches that capture and explore the full range of mechanisms and biological variability needed to better understand biological systems behavior across multiple scales. Funding opportunities are available in fiscal years FY2019 and FY2020 to provide support for proposals from interdisciplinary teams comprised of mathematical, computational, and biological scientists to develop  MOD els for  U ncovering Ru l es and  U nexpected Phenomena in Biological  S ystems ( MODULUS ). This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is to encourage researchers involved in the biosciences and the mathematical sciences to collaborate formatively in biological investigations using novel mechanistic mathematical models to guide biological exploration and discovery of new rules in living systems.
 
Proposals funded through this DCL are anticipated to cultivate innovative modes of collaboration among researchers working at the interface of mathematics and molecular and cellular biology, with an emphasis on systems-scale integration. Each proposal submitted in response to this DCL should address a current state-of-the-research challenge and describe a strategy for formative integration of mathematical and biological understanding to address the challenge. In addition, the proposal should describe the unique interdisciplinary training opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers working on the project. Proposals in response to this DCL should be submitted to either DMS via the  Mathematical Biology Program Description   or the MCB solicitation,  NSF 18-585 , directed to the Systems and Synthetic Biology program (8011). The proposal title should be prefaced with "MODULUS:". The MCB solicitation accepts proposals to core programs or to a Rules of Life (RoL) track. Submission to either track is permissible given that the guidance as detailed in the solicitation ( NSF 18-585 ) for each is followed. For proposals submitted to MCB and targeted for the RoL track, a second program in another BIO Division must  also be identified.

National Science Foundation: Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (NSF: CISE)
NSFCise_FoMR
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission of a full proposal
Sponsor Deadline: November 15, 2019 - November 20, 2019
Award Amount:
up to $500,000 over up to 3 years

The confluence of transistor scaling, increases in the number of architecture designs per process generation, the slowing of clock frequency growth, and recent success in research exploiting thread-level parallelism (TLP) and data-level parallelism (DLP) all point to an increasing opportunity for innovative microarchitecture techniques and methodologies in delivering performance growth in the future. The NSF/Intel Partnership on Foundational Microarchitecture Research will support transformative microarchitecture research targeting improvements in instructions per cycle (IPC). This solicitation seeks microarchitecture technique innovations beyond simplistic, incremental scaling of existing microarchitectural structures. Specifically, FoMR seeks to advance research that has the following characteristics: (1) high IPC techniques ranging from microarchitecture to code generation; (2) "microarchitecture turbo" techniques that marshal chip resources and system memory bandwidth to accelerate sequential or single-threaded programs; and (3) techniques to support efficient compiler code generation. Advances in these areas promise to provide significant performance improvements that continue the trends characterized by Moore's Law.
NSFCISEFMifF
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 14, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: January 22, 2020 
Award Amount: up to $750,000 for up to 4 years (Track I); up to $100,000 for up to 18 months (Track II)

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. FMitF encourages close collaboration between two groups of researchers. The first group consists of researchers in the area of formal methods, which, for the purposes of this solicitation, is broadly defined as principled approaches based on mathematics and logic, including modeling, specification, design, program analysis, verification, synthesis, and programming language-based approaches. The second group consists of researchers in the "field," which, for the purposes of this solicitation, is defined as a subset of areas within computer and information science and engineering that currently do not benefit from having established communities already developing and applying formal methods in their research. This solicitation limits the field to the following areas that stand to directly benefit from a grounding in formal methods: computer networks, cyber-human systems, distributed /operating systems, embedded systems, and machine learning. Other field(s) may emerge as priority areas for the program in future years, subject to the availability of funds. 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, embedded 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. All proposals are expected to contain a detailed collaboration plan that clearly highlights and justifies the complementary expertise of the PIs/co-PIs in the designated areas and describes the mechanisms for continuous bi-directional interaction. Projects are limited to $750,000 in total budget, with durations of up to four years.
  • 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. Proposals are expected to identify a target user community or organization that will serve as an early adopter of the technology. Collaborations with industry are strongly encouraged. Projects are limited to $100,000 in total budget, with durations of up to 18 months.
NSFcise_other 
Other NSF: CISE Opportunities 

National Science Foundation: Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (NSF: MPS)
  OtherNSFMPS 
NSF: MPS Opportunities 
National Science Foundation: Directorate for Engineering (NSF: ENG)
NSFeng_PFI
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline for Research Partnership Track: October 28, 2019 by 11:30 AM
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: December 23, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: January 8, 2020
Award Amount: up to $250,000 for 18-24 months for the Technology Translation Track; up to $550,000 for 36 months for the Research Partnership Track
 
The Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) offers researchers from all disciplines of science and engineering funded by NSF the opportunity to perform translational research and technology development, catalyze partnerships and accelerate the transition of discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace for societal benefit. This solicitation offers two broad tracks:
 
  1. The Technology Translation (PFI-TT) track offers the opportunity to translate prior NSF-funded research results in any field of science or engineering into technological innovations with promising commercial potential and societal impact. PFI-TT supports commercial potential demonstration projects for academic research outputs in any NSF-funded science and engineering discipline. This demonstration is achieved through proof-of-concept, prototyping, technology development and/or scale-up work.
  2. The Research Partnerships (PFI-RP) track seeks to achieve the same goals as the PFI-TT track by supporting instead complex, multi-faceted technology development projects that are typically beyond the scope of a single researcher or institution and require a multi-organizational, interdisciplinary, synergistic collaboration. A PFI-RP project requires the creation of partnerships between academic researchers and third-party organizations such as industry, non-academic research organizations, federal laboratories, public or non-profit technology transfer organizations or other universities.
 
The intended outcomes of both PFI-TT and PFI-RP tracks are: a) the commercialization of new intellectual property derived from NSF-funded research outputs; b) the creation of new or broader collaborations with industry (including increased corporate sponsored research); c) the licensing of NSF-funded research outputs to third party corporations or to start-up companies funded by a PFI team; and d) the training of future innovation and entrepreneurship leaders.
 
Eligibility:  All proposals submitted to the PFI program must meet a lineage requirement under one of the following two paths:
 
  1. NSF-supported research results: The PI or a co-PI must have had an NSF award that ended no more than seven (7) years prior to the full proposal deadline date or be a current NSF award recipient. The proposed technology development project must be derived from the research results and/or discoveries from this underlying NSF award; OR
  1. NSF-supported customer discovery results through the NSF I-Corps Teams Program: The PI or a co-PI must have been a member of an award under the NSF I-Corps Teams Program. The PI or co-PI must have fully completed the training provided under the I-Corps Team award within the past four (4) years. The customer discovery activities performed under the NSF-funded I-Corps award must be based on the technology that is proposed to be translated within the PFI proposal.
 
Please Note:  There is no limit to the number of applications to the Technology Translation Track but Harvard is limited to submitting only one application to the Research Partnerships Track. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research will conduct the internal competition to select the Harvard nominee for the Research Partnerships Track. To be considered for the Harvard nomination for the Research Partnerships Track, potential applicants must submit an internal pre-proposal via the link above. The NSF solicitation for the PFI program is available  here .
NSFENGCASISTISSUE
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission of a full proposal
Sponsor Deadline: December 7, 2019 - March 2, 2020
Award Amount: up to $400,000 for up to 3 years

The purpose of this solicitation is to attract proposals that make use of the ISS National Lab for flight research projects in the field of biomedical engineering. Responsive proposals will describe how they will utilize the ISS National Lab to develop novel ideas into discovery-level and transformative projects that integrate engineering and life sciences. CASIS goals are to advance science research and technology development, expand human knowledge, inspire and educate the next generation, foster the commercial development of space, and demonstrate scientific capabilities in space for the benefit of life on Earth. Research at the interface of engineering and biomedical sciences in microgravity that advances both engineering and biomedical sciences for terrestrial benefit is solicited. The projects should focus on high impact transformative methods and technologies. Projects should include methods, models and enabling tools of understanding and controlling living systems; fundamental improvements in deriving information from cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems; or new approaches to the design of systems that include both living and non-living components eventual medical use in the long-term. The long-term impact of the projects can be related to fundamental understanding of cell and tissue function in normal and pathological conditions, effective disease diagnosis and/or treatment, or improved health care delivery. 

Of particular interest to the NSF Engineering of Biomedical Systems (EBMS) program is fundamental and transformative research in the following areas of biomedical engineering:
  • Development of validated models (living or computational) of normal and pathological tissues and organ systems that can support development and testing of medical interventions;
  • Design of systems that integrate living and non-living components for improved diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of disease or injury; and
  • Advanced biomanufacturing of three-dimensional tissues and organs.
Of particular interest to the NSF Biomechanics and Mechanobiology (BMMB) program is fundamental research in biomechanics and mechanobiology, including:
  • Multiscale mechanics approaches that integrate across molecular, cell, tissue, and organ domains; and
  • The influence of in vivo mechanical forces on cell and matrix biology in histomorphogenesis, maintenance, regeneration, and aging of tissues.
Innovative proposals outside of these specific interest areas may be considered. However, prior to submission, it is strongly recommended that the PI contact the Program Directors to avoid the possibility of the proposal being returned without review.
NSFENGCASISTransport
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission of a full proposal
Sponsor Deadline: December 9, 2019 - March 2, 2020
Award Amount: up to $400,000 for up to 4 years

The purpose of this solicitation is to attract proposals that make use of the ISS National Lab for research projects in the fields related to the Transport Phenomena Cluster and Nanoscale Interactions programs. Responsive proposals will describe using the ISS National Lab for development and testing of fluid dynamics, particulate and multiphase processes, combustion and fire systems, thermal transport processes, and nanoscale interactions that will lead to Earth-based applications and increase the return on the U.S. investment in the ISS National Lab. CASIS goals are to advance science research and technology development, expand human knowledge, inspire and educate the next generation, foster the commercial development of space, and demonstrate scientific capabilities in space for Earth benefit. Fundamental research to study fluid dynamics, particulate and multiphase processes, combustion and fire systems, thermal transport processes, and nanoscale interactions where the results will have direct terrestrial benefit but will involve flight research utilizing the ISS, is solicited.

The collaboration seeks to exploit the complementary missions of (i) research and development for NSF, and (ii) stimulation, development and management of U.S. national uses of the ISS National Lab by U.S. government agencies, academic institutions, and private firms for CASIS. Proposals must seek to exploit the ISS National Lab for fluid dynamics, particulate and multiphase process, combustion and fire systems, thermal transport processes, and nanoscale interactions studies to support applications on Earth. The proposal must include a description of project benefits for life on Earth. Proposals focused on research and technology development supporting only space exploration-related goals do not fall within the scope of the NSF and CASIS mission and will be considered non-responsive to this solicitation. For example, this program does not support research strictly focused on space propulsion.
NSF:ENG
Other NSF: ENG Opportunities
National Science Foundation: Crosscutting and Interdisciplinary
NSFCross_Waterman
Nomination Deadline: October 21, 2019
Award Amount: $1,000,000
 
The Alan T. Waterman Award honors an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by the National Science Foundation. The awardee receives a grant of $1 million over five years for scientific research or advanced study in any field of science, plus a medal and other recognition.
 
Eligibility criteria include:
 
  1. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be 40 years old or younger, OR not more than ten years beyond the receipt of the Ph.D. degree by December 31, 2019.
  2. Candidates should have demonstrated exceptional individual achievements in scientific or engineering research of sufficient quality to place them in front of their peers. Criteria include originality, innovation, and significant impact on the field.
  3. Renominations may be submitted via an updated nomination form, or may be resubmitted the year following their original submission from the Alan T. Waterman homepage using the existing nomination and references.
  4. Candidates identified for final review by the selection Committee, and who remain eligible under selection criteria #1 above, will automatically be in considered in the next year's review cycle.
NSFCross_MLWiNS
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: October 22, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: October 29, 2019
Award Amount: $300,000 - $1.5M over up to 3 years

This program seeks to accelerate fundamental, broad-based research on wireless-specific machine learning (ML) techniques, towards a new wireless system and architecture design, which can dynamically access shared spectrum, efficiently operate with limited radio and network resources, and scale to address the diverse and stringent quality-of-service requirements of future wireless applications. In parallel, this program also targets research on reliable distributed ML by addressing the challenge of computation over wireless edge networks to enable ML for wireless and future applications. Model-based approaches for designing the wireless network stack have proven quite efficient in delivering the networks in wide use today; research enabled by this program is expected to identify realistic problems that can be best solved by ML and to address fundamental questions about expected improvements from using ML over model-based methods. Proposals may address one or more Research Vectors (RVs): ML for Wireless Networks; ML for Spectrum Management; and Distributed ML over Wireless Edge Networks.
 
NSFCross_CSSI
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: October 25, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2019
Award Amount:  Estimated program budget, number of awards, and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds. Up to 25 Elements awards, and up to 10 Framework Implementations awards are anticipated. Up to $15,000,000 is expected to be available for Elements awards, and up to $31,500,000 is expected to be available for Framework Implementations awards.
 
The Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI) umbrella program seeks to enable funding opportunities that are flexible and responsive to the evolving and emerging needs in cyberinfrastructure. This program continues the CSSI program by removing the distinction between software and data   elements/framework implementations, and instead emphasizing integrated cyberinfrastructure services, quantitative metrics with targets for delivery and usage of these services, and community creation. This particular CSSI solicitation requests only Elements and Framework Implementations classes of awards. 
  • Elements: These awards target small groups that will create and deploy robust services for which there is a demonstrated need that will advance one or more significant areas of science and engineering.
  • Framework Implementations: These awards target larger, interdisciplinary teams organized around the development and application of common services aimed at solving common research problems faced by NSF researchers in one or more areas of science and engineering, resulting in a sustainable community framework providing Cyberinfrastructure (CI) services to a diverse community or communities.

Prospective Principal Investigators (PIs) should be aware that this is a multi-directorate activity and that they are encouraged to submit proposals with broad, interdisciplinary interests. PIs interested in responding to this solicitation are encouraged to refer to core program descriptions, Dear Colleague Letters, and recently posted descriptions on directorate and divisional home pages to gain insight about the priorities for the relevant areas of science and engineering to which their proposals may be responsive. Finally, it is strongly recommended that prospective PIs contact program officer(s) from the list of Cognizant Program Officers in the division(s) that typically support the scientists and engineers who would make use of the proposed work, to gain insight into the priorities for the relevant areas of science and engineering to which their proposals should be responsive. As part of contacting Cognizant Program Officers, prospective PIs are also encouraged to ascertain that the focus and budget of their proposed work are appropriate for this solicitation.
NSFCross_EFRI
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Intent: November 4, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Preliminary Proposal: December 2, 2019
Award Amount: up to $2M over 4 years

The Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) program of the NSF Directorate for Engineering (ENG) serves a critical role in helping ENG focus on important emerging areas in a timely manner. This solicitation is a funding opportunity for interdisciplinary teams of researchers to embark on rapidly advancing frontiers of fundamental engineering research. For this solicitation, the NSF will consider proposals that aim to investigate emerging frontiers in one of the following two research areas:
  • Distributed Chemical Manufacturing (DCheM)
  • Engineering the Elimination of End-of-Life Plastics (E3P)

This solicitation will be coordinated with the Directorate for Biological Sciences, the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences and the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences. EFRI seeks proposals with transformative ideas that represent an opportunity for a significant shift in fundamental engineering knowledge with a strong potential for long term impact on national needs or a grand challenge. The proposals must also meet the detailed requirements delineated in this solicitation.
NSFCross_doe
NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: November 8, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: November 18, 2019
Award Amount:
$50,000 to $250,000 per year with a typical duration of 3 years

Plasma Physics is a study of matter and physical systems whose intrinsic properties are governed by collective interactions of large ensembles of free charged particles. 99.9% of the visible Universe is thought to consist of plasmas. The underlying physics of the collective behavior in plasmas has applications to space physics and astrophysics, materials science, applied mathematics, fusion science, accelerator science, and many branches of engineering. The National Science Foundation (NSF), with participation of the Directorates for Engineering, Geosciences, and Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and the Department of Energy, Office of Science, Fusion Energy Sciences are continuing the joint Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering begun in FY1997 and renewed several times since. As stated in the original solicitation (NSF 97-39), which is superseded by the present solicitation, the goal of the Partnership is to enhance basic plasma science research and education in this broad, multidisciplinary field by coordinating efforts and combining resources of the two agencies. The current solicitation also encourages submission of proposals to perform basic plasma experiments at NSF and/or DOE supported user facilities, including facilities located at DOE national laboratories, designed to serve the needs of the broader plasma science and engineering community.
NSFCross_inclusion
Inclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES): Planning Grants
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: November 22, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: December 3, 2019
Award Amount: up to $100,000 for 12-16 months
 
Through this solicitation, NSF Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) will support Planning Grants to build capacity for the development of collaborative infrastructure to: (a) facilitate innovative partnerships, networks, and theories of action for broadening participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at scale and (b) lead to the establishment of future centers, alliances, or other large-scale networks to address a broadening participation challenge. While this solicitation is open to all, NSF INCLUDES Design and Development Launch Pilots are especially encouraged to apply, as a Planning Grant could serve as an intermediate conduit for bringing their exploratory pilot work to scale.
NSFCrosscuttingAI
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 21, 2020 (Institute Proposals); January 23, 2020 (Planning Proposals) 
Sponsor Deadline: January 28, 2020 (Institute Proposals); January 30, 2020 (Planning Proposals) 
Award Amount:  $16,000,000 and $20,000,000 for 4-5 years (up to $4,000,000 per year) (Institute Proposals); up to $500,000 for up to 2 years (Planning Proposals)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has advanced tremendously and today promises personalized healthcare; enhanced national security; improved transportation; and more effective education, to name just a few benefits. Increased computing power, the availability of large datasets and streaming data, and algorithmic advances in machine learning (ML) have made it possible for AI development to create new sectors of the economy and revitalize industries. Continued advancement, enabled by sustained federal investment and channeled toward issues of national importance, holds the potential for further economic impact and quality-of-life improvements. The 2019 update to the  National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan , informed by visioning activities in the scientific community as well as interaction with the public, identifies as its first strategic objective the need to make long-term investments in AI research in areas with the potential for long-term payoffs in AI.
 
This program, a joint effort of the National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), seeks to enable such research through AI Research Institutes. The National AI Research Institutes program will fund Institutes comprising scientists, engineers, and educators united by a common focus on advancing the research frontiers in AI. AI Research Institutes will have as their primary focus the advancement of multidisciplinary, multi-stakeholder research on larger-scale, longer-time-horizon challenges in AI research than are supported in typical research grants. They will accelerate the development of transformational technologies by grounding that research in critical application sectors that can serve as motivation for foundational research advances and provide opportunities for the effective fielding of AI-powered innovation.
 
This program solicitation describes two tracks: Planning and Institute tracks. Submissions to the Planning track are encouraged in any areas of foundational and use-inspired research appropriate to NSF and its partner organizations. Proposals for the Institute track must have a principal focus in one or more of the following themes, detailed in the Program Description under "Institute Track":

  • Trustworthy AI;
  • Foundations of Machine Learning;
  • AI-Driven Innovation in Agriculture and the Food System;
  • AI-Augmented Learning;
  • AI for Accelerating Molecular Synthesis and Manufacturing; and
  • AI for Discovery in Physics.
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Other NSF: Crosscutting and Interdisciplinary Opportunities
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