July 2019  
 
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Feature: N ew Investigator Opportunity Spotlight
Quick links to early career opportunities in this month's newsletter.
Upcoming Event:  DARPA Strategic Technology Office (STO) Industry Day

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Strategic Technology Office (STO) is sponsoring an Industry Day event to: (1) familiarize attendees with STO's vision, problem spaces, Program Managers (PMs), and technology interests; and (2) facilitate technical discussion between STO PMs and attendees that explore innovative and impactful solution ideas for strategic national security challenges. DARPA/STO is seeking innovative ideas and disruptive technologies that provide the U.S. military increased lethality in an era of eroding dominance. 

This event will take place on August 7-8, 2019 in Arlington, VA. The August 7 session will also be webcast for those who would like to participate remotely.  Advance registration (available at this  link ) is required for both the physical meeting and the webcast. Registration will close on July 19, 2019 at 5pm. Participants may also request sidebar meetings with STO Program Managers through the registration site.

Funding Opportunities

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Science Foundation: Directorate for Computer & Information Science and Engineering (NSF: CISE)

Foundation Opportunities
Fdn_MacArthur
Sponsor Registration Deadline: July 16, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: July 30, 2019
Sponsor Application Deadline: August 6, 2019
Award Amount: $100,000,000 over a five-year grant period
 
100&Change is a MacArthur Foundation competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal in any field that proposes a bold and lasting solution to an urgent, significant problem of our time. Applicants must identify both the problem they are trying to solve, as well as their proposed solution.   The MacArthur Foundation seeks projects that are   impactful, evidence-based, feasible, and durable. Interested applicants are encouraged to review   the last round's semi-finalists  to get a sense of these qualities. Applicants are also encouraged to review the   Trait Scoring Rubic   that will be used to assess all applications. The   organizational readiness tool   may be utilized to help potential applicants determine their readiness to compete in 100&Change. The program is not intended to support basic or clinical research, or fund tool/technology development, and does not support general operating expenses for established programs.
 
While the 100&Change opportunity does not limit the number of applications that may be submitted from Harvard University, given the scale of funding involved, it is recommended that applicants ensure that their cognizant dean is aware of their intent to apply. Applicants should work with their pre-award office to assemble and submit their proposal. If your team consists of two or more organizations, a fully-executed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) must be submitted in which one organization clearly has control and discretion over the use of the grant funds.
 
Questions regarding this opportunity may be directed to Jennifer Chow in the Office of the Vice Provost of Research ( Jennifer_chow@harvard.edu, 617-496-2170).
Fdn_BeckmanYIP
SEAS Deadline to Request Institutional Endorsements: July 19, 2019 by 12:00 PM EST
Sponsor LOI Deadline: August 9, 2019 by 8:00 PM EST
Award Amount: $600,000 over four years
Eligible Faculty: Assistant professors within the first three years of a tenure-track position, or an equivalent independent research appointment. Tenure track dates for the 2020 program must start after August 6, 2016 AND before August 6, 2019. Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States at the time of application.
 
The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science. Projects proposed for the BYI program should be truly innovative, high-risk, and show promise for contributing to significant advances in chemistry and the life sciences. They should represent a departure from current research directions rather than an extension or expansion of existing programs. Proposed research that cuts across traditional boundaries of scientific disciplines is encouraged. Proposals that open up new avenues of research in chemistry and the life sciences by fostering the invention of methods, instruments and materials will be given additional consideration.  

Investigators can have no more than $225,000 in direct, annualized external funding grants during any BYI Program Year (Aug-July) at time of application. Start-up funds, department-wide instrumentation grants, and "Transition" grants (such as NIH K99/R00) are not counted toward this total. No individual may apply for a Beckman Young Investigator award more than two times.

Please Note:   This is not a limited submission opportunity but does require signatures from Dean Frank Doyle ("Dean") and Colleen  Shanahan ("Chief Academic Officer").  The deadline to obtain the required endorsements is on Friday, July 19 by 12:00 PM.  The process to obtain the required endorsements is as follows:
  1. Prepare the LOI using the application instructions at the Beckman website. The LOI should be complete before requesting the required institutional endorsements.
  2. For the endorsement of the Chief Academic Officer:
    • Send an email to Colleen Shanahan, Manager of Grants and Contracts Operations (colleen_shanahan@harvard.edu). This email should include a PDF of the LOI and a brief note alerting Colleen that an automated email will be forthcoming from the Beckman application portal.
    • The online portal will have a section labeled "Request" where applicants should provide colleen_shanahan@harvard.edu as the recipient address for the Chief Academic Officer's endorsement.
  3. To obtain endorsement from Dean Frank Doyle:
    • The online portal will have a section labeled "Request" where applicants should provide dean@seas.harvard.edu as the recipient address to request the Dean's endorsement.

Past award recipients from Harvard FAS/SEAS include Kang-Kuen Ni (CCB, 2015), Hopi Hoekstra (OEB, 2006), Xiaowei Zhuang (CCB, 2003), and David Liu (CCB, 2002).
 
Questions may be directed to Jennifer Corby ( jcorby@fas.harvard.edu, 617-495-1590 ) or Susan Gomes ( sgomes@fas.harvard.edu ,  617-496-9448).
Fdn_Searle
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: July 29, 2019 by 11:30 PM
Sponsor Deadline: September 27, 2019
Award Amount: $100,000 per year for three years
Eligible Faculty: Applicants should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2018 but no later than September 26, 2019. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent).
 
The Searle Scholars Program is a limited submission award program which makes grants to selected academic and research institutions to support the independent research of outstanding early-career scientists who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment. Applicants for the 2020 competition are expected to be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences. The Searle Scholars Program Scientific Advisory Board is primarily interested in the potential of applicants to make innovative and high-impact contributions to research over an extended period of time.  This program does not ordinarily support purely clinical research but has supported research programs that include both clinical and basic components.
 
Please Note: This is a limited submission opportunity and Harvard may submit only three proposals to this program. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research will conduct the internal competition to select the Harvard nominees. To be considered for the Harvard nomination, eligible applicants must submit an internal pre-proposal via the link above.  Questions about this opportunity may be directed to Jennifer Corby ( jcorby@fas.harvard.edu , 617-495-1590).
Fdn_CZI
Sponsor Deadlines:  August 1, 2019; February 1, 2020; August 1, 2020
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline:  5 business days prior to submission
Award Information:  $50,000-$250,000 (inclusive of up to 15% for indirect/overhead costs) for one year
 
In a new effort to support open source software for science, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) seeks applications for software projects that are essential to biomedical research, have already demonstrated impact, and can show potential for continued improvement. Grants will be for a one-year period with the potential to apply for renewal in future cycles.   The goal of the program is to support software maintenance, growth, development, and community engagement for these critical tools. This RFA is the first of a series. CZI will invite applications during three distinct cycles, with rounds beginning June 18, 2019; mid-December 2019; and mid-June 2020.
 
Applications for two broad categories of open source projects will be considered in scope:
  • Domain-specific software for analyzing, visualizing, and otherwise working with the specific data types that arise in biomedical science (e.g., genomic sequences, microscopy images, molecular structures).
  • Foundational tools and infrastructure that enable a wide variety of downstream software across several domains of science and computational research (e.g., numerical computation, data structures, workflows, reproducibility). 
Fdn_AAAS
Sponsor Nomination Deadline: August 1, 2019
Award Amount: $5,000
 
The AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science recognizes early-career scientists and engineers who demonstrate excellence in their contribution to public engagement with science activities. For the purposes of this award, public engagement activities are defined as the individual's active participation in efforts to engage with the public on science- and technology-related issues and promote meaningful dialogue between science and society. Types of public engagement activities might include: informal science education, public outreach, public policy, and/or science communication activities, such as mass media, public dialogue, radio, TV and film, science cafés, science fairs, and social and online media.
 
Candidate must be an individual scientist or engineer who has completed their terminal degree within seven years of the deadline for nominations. Groups or institutions will not be considered for this award. One scientist or engineer will be chosen to receive the award each year. A monetary prize of $5,000, a commemorative plaque, complimentary registration to the AAAS Annual Meeting, and reimbursement for reasonable hotel and travel expenses to attend the meeting to receive the prize are given to the recipient.
 
Nominations may be made by individuals, universities, government agencies, media, research organizations, and AAAS affiliate organizations. One nominator can nominate multiple candidates. Self-nominations are allowed.
Fdn_SimonsSFARIbridge
Sponsor Letter of Intent Deadline: August 8, 2019
Award Amount: $495,000 over 3 years (including 20% for indirect costs)
Eligibility: Applicants must be currently in a non-independent, mentored, postdoctoral training position with fewer than 6 years of training. Applicants must not have accepted a formal offer for a tenure-track faculty position.

The Bridge to Independence (BTI) Award program promotes talented early-career scientists by facilitating their transition to research independence and providing grant funding at the start of their professorships at a U.S. or Canadian research institution.  The program's selection process is uniquely designed to enhance the BTI awardees' job prospects by providing a letter that specifies SFARI financial commitment to the research project once the BTI awardee has secured a suitable faculty position.  Awardees will receive a commitment of $495,000 over three years activated upon assumption of a tenure-track professorship. 
 
The BTI program welcomes applications that span the breadth of science that SFARI normally supports, including genetics, molecular mechanisms, circuits and systems, and clinical science. While applications are encouraged from postdoctoral fellows who are working on autism-related projects, this award is also open to researchers who are not currently working on autism but who are interested in starting research projects in this area and who have expertise that could be brought to bear on this complex disorder. Applicants are not eligible if they are recipients of other career development awards with similar budgetary scopes as the SFARI Bridge to Independence Award.
MooreFdn_symbiosis
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: Institutional endorsement or approval is not required at the pre-application stage.
Sponsor Pre-Application Deadline: August 8, 2019
Award Amount: Unspecified at this stage
 
The Symbiosis in Aquatic Systems Initiative will invest $140 million to support development of new tools, theory and concepts about aquatic symbioses and to bring different research communities together to learn how symbioses involving microorganisms function, evolve, and serve critical ecosystem roles in marine and freshwater environments. The Initiative is soliciting pre-applications for awards to develop freshwater and marine model systems where at least one symbiotic partner in the model system is a microbe (bacteria, archaea, and/or single-celled eukaryotes, including single-celled fungi). These awards will fund scientists (individuals or teams) to generate new tools, protocols, and resources to significantly improve the ability to observe and manipulate aquatic symbioses of interest. The initiative also aims to support development of visualization technologies for imaging symbiotic partnerships.
 
An essential component of this opportunity is a willingness of all grantees to form a collaborative community where methods and ideas are openly and actively shared to accelerate the pace of methods and technology development and avoid unnecessary redundancy in these pursuits. Grantees will convene periodically virtually and in person to and should expect to interface with other groups in the scientific community working on model systems.
 
Please note you will need to complete a model systems survey as part of the pre-application process. Applicants will be notified of application status by mid-October 2019.
Fdn_Templeton
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Online Funding Inquiry: August 9, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Online Funding Inquiry: August 16, 2019
Award Amount: up to $234,800 (Small Grants); over $234,800 (Large Grants)
 
The Templeton Foundation offers grants in support of research and public engagement in the following major funding areas:
  • The Science & the Big Questions Funding Area supports innovative efforts to address the deepest questions facing humankind. Why are we here? How can we flourish? What are the fundamental structures of reality? What can we know about the nature and purposes of the divine?
  • The Character Virtue Development Funding Area seeks to advance the science and practice of character, with a focus on moral, performance, civic, and intellectual virtues such as humility, gratitude, curiosity, diligence, and honesty.
  • The Individual Freedom & Free Markets Funding Area supports education, research, and grassroots efforts to promote individual freedom, free markets, free competition, and entrepreneurship. Grounded in the ideas of classical liberal political economy, we seek and develop projects that focus on individuals and their place in a free society.
  • The Exceptional Cognitive Talent & Genius Funding Area supports programs that aim to recognize and nurture exceptional cognitive talent, especially for those at an early stage of life. This Funding Area also supports research concerning the nature of cognitive genius, including extraordinary creativity, curiosity, and imagination.
  • The Genetics Funding Area seeks to advance genetics research by supporting novel approaches and contrarian projects, especially research that is undervalued by traditional funding sources. In addition to basic and translational research, this Funding Area supports educational programs that increase public awareness concerning the ways in which genetics-related research and its applications can advance human flourishing at the individual, familial, and societal levels.
  • The Voluntary Family Planning Funding Area supports programs that provide such resources for parents and families worldwide.
The Foundation generally funds specific projects and favors proposals where the applicant has sought or secured partial funding from other sources. Grant consideration begins with an initial Online Funding Inquiry and, if invited, a detailed Full Proposal.
Fdn_York
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 22, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: August 29, 2019 11:59PM BST
Award Amount: £50,000 - £250,000 for 12-18 months
 
The Assuring Autonomy International Programme at the University of York has announced a funding call for projects researching real-world safety of robotics and autonomous systems (RAS).  Each year the program expects to support up to ten real-world 'demonstrator' projects from which key safety lessons on the deployment of RAS will be drawn. T he outputs from these projects will contribute to the program's  Body of Knowledge by providing guidance on how to address specific assurance objectives. In terms of outcomes, they will influence practices in the development, assurance, and regulatory communities. The funding is for projects directly addressing the assurance and safety of RAS, rather than technology development.
 
Applications from all domains are welcome, though there is a particular interest in projects which will produce material for the Body of Knowledge which can be applied to RAS in maritime or aerospace, even if the research itself is undertaken in another domain.
BWF_casi
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 27, 2019
Sponsor Pre-Proposal Deadline: September 4, 2019 by 4:00 PM
Award Amount: $500,000 over five years
Target Applicants: The specific target group are researchers who have transitioned from graduate work in the physical/mathematical/computational sciences or engineering into postdoctoral work in the biological sciences. 
 
Recognizing the vital role cross-trained scientists will play in furthering biomedical science, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund developed the Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (CASI). CASI grants are intended to foster the early career development of researchers who are dedicated to pursuing a career in academic research. These grants provide $500,000 over five years to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of faculty service. Award recipients are required to devote at least 80 percent of their time to research-related activities. 

Candidates are expected to draw from their training in a scientific field other than biology to propose innovative approaches to answer important questions in the biological sciences. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree in one of the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistics, or engineering, and must have completed at least 12 months but not more than 60 months of postdoctoral research by the date of the full invited application deadline (January 8, 2020). Please review the Request for Proposals document for detailed eligibility requirements.
Fdn_USegypt
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 28, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: September 5, 2019 11:59 PM Cairo, Egypt time
Award Amount: Up to $200,000 for two to three years (Collaborative Research Grants); up to $30,000 for up to nine months (Junior Scientist Development Visit Grants)
 
The U.S.-Egypt Science and Technology Joint Fund was established to strengthen scientific and technological capabilities between Egypt and the United States. The objectives of this cooperation are to help Egypt and the U.S. expand relations between the two scientific and technological communities, utilize science and apply technology by providing opportunities to exchange ideas, information, skills, and techniques, and to collaborate on endeavors of mutual interest to promote economic development. 

Applications will be accepted for research in the four general areas of agriculture, health, energy, or water. In addition, applications will be accepted in machine learning/artificial intelligence in one of the above areas. Proposals at the nexus of two or more of the four general areas, will receive priority consideration during review.
 
Collaborative Research Grants foster research collaboration between Egyptian and U.S. scientists, with up to $200,000 USD available for each country's research team. Junior Scientist Development Visit Grants provide support for short term (up to 9 months) research training visits for Egyptian researchers to go to U.S. institutions. The objective is to provide high quality training and research opportunities resulting in knowledge and skills that will assist eligible Egyptian junior scientists in broadening their experience and training to advance their performance at their home institutions; strengthen and enhance mutually beneficial linkages between Egyptian and U.S. counterpart institutions; and provide opportunities to access expertise and study areas normally unavailable to the Egyptian junior researchers.
Fdn_BeckmanPostdoc
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 29, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: September 6, 2019
Award Amount: $180,000 over 2 years for salary, fringe benefits and research expenditures; instrumentation fellowships will receive an additional one-time amount of up to $100,000. Selected Fellows will receive a year 3 renewal award of an additional $90,000.
Eligibility: The applicant must be a current graduate student anticipated to complete a PhD in the chemical sciences by May 1, 2020 or a current postdoctoral researcher who has received a PhD in the chemical sciences within the last 3 years with no more than 12 months cumulative postdoctoral research experience (at the time of the application due date). U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required.
 
The Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemical Sciences or Chemical Instrumentation Award Program supports advanced research by postdoctoral scholars within the core areas of fundamental chemistry or the development and build of chemical instrumentation. The applicant's research must be innovative in method, speed or process, or represent new instrument technology. This fellowship will serve as a catalyst for "mentored yet independent" postdocs to become outstanding, independent researchers in academic or industry/governmental labs. Applicants must have identified a mentor in the chemical sciences with appropriate laboratory facilities to support their postdoctoral research proposal and m ust pursue postdoctoral training in an area of chemical sciences that would likely not be eligible for funding by traditional chemical biology, biochemical or biological science mechanisms (e.g., NIH-K awards).
 
Applicants may apply to one of the following two tracks:
  1. The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemical Sciences will allow chemists to pursue advanced research within the core areas of fundamental chemistry, such as chemical physics, chemical engineering, and chemistry of materials research. 
  2. The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemical Instrumentation will allow researchers in chemistry to conceptualize, develop and build instrumentation suitable to advanced research in chemistry, chemical physics, chemical engineering, and chemistry of materials science. Instrumentation projects must be suitable for the two-year fellowship timeframe, be driven by a need in the chemical sciences listed above, be innovative in method, speed or process or represent a wholly new instrument for technical advancement in chemistry, and may potentially be used for future research in the broader scientific community.
 
Please Note:   An   Institution's Letter of Support & Acknowledgement of Application is required and must be signed by the applicant's Department Chair.   Please review the   application guidelines   provided on the Beckman Foundation website for detailed guidance on the format of the Institution Support Letter.  
 
Questions may be directed to Jennifer Corby ( jcorby@fas.harvard.edu, 617-495-1590 ) or Susan Gomes ( sgomes@fas.harvard.edu 617-496-9448).
Fdn_SimonsPilot
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: September 6, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: September 13, 2019 by 5:00 PM
Award Amount: Up to $300,000, including 20% indirect costs, over a period of two years
Eligibility:  All applicants and key collaborators must hold a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent degree and have a faculty position or the equivalent at a college, university, medical school or other research facility. In addition, eligible applicants must have independent lab space at their institution. Investigators new to the field of autism are encouraged to apply.
 
The goal of the Pilot Award is to provide early support for exploratory ideas, particularly those with novel hypotheses for autism. Appropriate projects for this mechanism include those considered higher risk but with the potential for transformative results. In particular, applications that propose research to link genetic or other ASD risk factors to molecular, cellular, circuit or behavioral mechanisms of ASD are encouraged. Applicants are strongly advised to familiarize themselves with current projects and other resources that SFARI supports and to think about how their proposals might complement existing efforts.
 
When provided with a compelling justification, larger budgets for the Pilot Award may be considered.
Fdn_Eppley
Sponsor LOI Deadline: September 15, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline (if invited): October 7, 2019
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline (if invited): October 15, 2019
Award Amount: Unspecified; the foundation disburses up to $460,000 a year; recent past awards have ranged from $11K to $28K
 
The Eppley Foundation for Research was incorporated in 1947 for the purpose of "increasing knowledge in pure or applied science...in chemistry, physics and biology through study, research and publication." Particular areas of interest include innovative medical investigations, climate change, whole ecosystem studies, as well as research on single species if they are of particular significance in their environments, in the U.S. and abroad. The proposal is expected to be concise and incorporate clear statements of significance, objectives, novelty, methods, expectations of success, and why the researcher believes the work cannot reasonably expect federal support, or support from other conventional funding sources. It is important to the Foundation that the work proposed be novel in its insights and unlikely to be underway elsewhere. The Foundation is prepared to take risks.
 
The Eppley Foundation supports advanced, novel, scientific research by PhDs or MDs with an established record of publication in their specialties. The Foundation limits its contribution to overhead to 15 percent. Travel and fringe benefits do not qualify for overhead allocation.
Fdn_Banting
Deadline to Request Harvard Institutional Endorsement: September 16, 2019 by 12:00 PM
Sponsor Deadline: September 18, 2019 
Award Amount: $70,000 per year for two years (taxable)
 
The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program, offered by the Government of Canada, is to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, to develop Fellows' leadership potential and to position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow, positively contributing to Canada's economic, social and research-based growth through a research-intensive career. Applications are accepted from all fields in the humanities, social sciences, health research, natural sciences and engineering.
 
This program is open to Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and non-Canadian citizens. Candidates to be hosted by Harvard must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada who have obtained or will obtain their PhD or equivalent from a Canadian university. Applicants must fulfill or have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree between September 15, 2016 and September 30, 2020 (inclusively), and before the start date of their award. Applicants who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada may apply to hold a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at a Canadian institution. Applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and who obtained their PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree from a non-Canadian university may also apply to hold a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at a Canadian institution. The program's full eligibility criteria can be viewed  here.   
 
Please Note: There are no limits to the number of applicants that may apply to the Banting Fellowship opportunity, but those who wish to be hosted by Harvard University must include with their application an  Institutional Letter of Endorsement signed by the Vice Provost for Research. To request this endorsement letter, candidates must submit their contact information and a copy of their proposed supervisor's statement here no later than 12:00 PM on September 16, 2019. After selecting "Apply" applicants will be directed to an electronic dashboard where they will provide contact information and upload a copy of their proposed supervisor's statement. Questions about this opportunity may be directed to Jennifer Corby (jcorby@fas.harvard.edu, 617-495-1590).
Fdn_eukaryotic
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: September 23, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: September 30, 2019
Award Amount: Award sizes have not been pre-determined at this stage; the grant aims to match budgets to project needs. I ndividuals and/or teams will be supported for two- to three-year research efforts.
 
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Simons Foundation are partnering to support novel research on the origin of the eukaryotic cell, including understanding the processes that may have led to the emergence of the first eukaryotic common ancestor (FECA) and how FECA evolved into the last eukaryotic common ancestor (LECA). The goal is to support creative individuals and collaborative teams to take risks in developing novel theoretical, informatic and experimental approaches that deepen understanding of the creation of the eukaryotic domain of life.  Studies centered on the diversification of eukaryotes and other post-LECA events are outside the scope of this funding opportunity. Proposals without direct connection to eukaryogenesis and applied research are also ineligible.
 
S cientists and engineers from a wide range of disciplines are encouraged to submit a proposal, including those who have not previously worked on this topic. Numerous disciplines and approaches have important contributions to make, including but not limited to cell biology, evolution, ecology, earth and aquatic sciences, paleontology, genomics, bioinformatics, synthetic biology, biophysics and chemistry.
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
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
Corp_nCORE
Semiconductor Research Corporation: Research in Nanoelectronics COmputing REsearch (nCORE) *
OSP Deadline for White Papers: July 23, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers: July 30, 2019
Award Amount: Center white papers can target two different funding levels: a
larger center funded at a level of $2.0M per annum for 3 years (2020-2022) , or a smaller center funded at a level of $1.0M per annum for 3 years (2020-2022).

The nanoelectronics COmputing REsearch (nCORE) program solicits white papers from U.S. universities for collaborative, multidisciplinary, multi-university research in selected areas of principal interest. The objective of nCORE is to explore fundamental materials, devices, and interconnect solutions to enable future high-performance computing/storage paradigms beyond conventional CMOS technology, beyond von Neumann architecture, or beyond classical information processing/storage. This solicitation aims to establish a material research center in the nCORE program with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers (from one or multiple universities) to address one or a few research needs described in the "nCORE Research Needs" document.
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.
DoD_AFOSRmedphotonics
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: Rolling (proposals for FY19 funds must be submitted by June 30, 2019)
Award Amount: AFOSR anticipates no more than $1M may be made available to fund a  small number of proposals submitted under this announcement. The period of performance anticipated is up to 3 years duration.
 
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) seeks unclassified proposals for research and development aimed at using lasers and other light source technology to develop applications in medicine, photobiology, surgery, and closely related materials sciences, with applications to combat casualty care and other military medical problems. This announcement is for a small number of individual awards. It is complementary to ongoing and future planned broad based awards, primarily directed toward university-based medical institutions, conducted by teams of physicians, biomedical scientists, physical scientists, and engineers. The efforts proposed may be basic or applied research, and must have direct relevance to combat casualty care or other military medical priorities. They must offer unique capabilities, not substantially funded by other DOD or other agency programs. Applicants must demonstrate substantial experience working to further military medical priorities, including transitioning research into clinical practice and working products. Substantial experience collaborating with military medical centers is also a requirement to establish relevance to combat casualty care or other military medical priorities, and facilitate the transition of research results to meet military needs.
DoD_ace
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: July 22, 2019; however, proposals received after this deadline may be received and evaluated up to six months from date of the BAA's posting (June 5, 2019). Proposers are warned that the likelihood of available funding is greatly reduced for proposals submitted after the initial closing date deadline.
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. Phase 1 is the base period for TAs 2-4. The anticipated Period of Performance is 18 months. Phases 2 and 3 are Option Periods, each with an anticipated 16 month Period of Performance.
 
DARPA's Strategic Technologies Office's (STO's) Air Combat Evolution (ACE) program will increase trust in combat autonomy using human-machine collaborative dogfighting as its challenge problem, which also serves as a representation of an entry point into complex human-machine collaboration. ACE will apply existing AI technologies to the dogfight problem in experiments of increasing realism. In parallel, ACE will implement methods to measure, calibrate, increase, and predict human trust in combat autonomy performance. Finally, the program will scale the tactical application of automating a dogfight to more complex, heterogeneous, multi-aircraft, operational level simulated scenarios informed by live data, laying  the groundwork for future live, campaign-level Mosaic Warfare experimentation.
 
The ACE program is constructed to address four primary technical challenges:
  • Technical Area 1: Build combat autonomy for local (individual and team tactical) behaviors
  • Technical Area 2: Build and calibrate trust in air combat local behaviors
  • Technical Area 3: Scale performance/trust to global (heterogeneous multi-aircraft) behavior
  • Technical Area 4: Build full-scale air combat experimentation infrastructure 
Technical Area 1 (TA1) will be addressed under a separate BAA. Information regarding TA1 is provided in this BAA for informational and contextual purposes only. Under this BAA, DARPA is soliciting innovative proposals for Technical Areas 2-4 only. Performers may submit to any or all of the TAs 2-4 in response to this BAA. A proposal may only address a single TA; if a performer proposes to multiple TAs, each submission should be a separate proposal. While each of the TAs has independent goals and will be assessed independently, the success of the program requires that the TAs work together closely and collaboratively, as each TA is responsible for a critical element of the overall ACE technology demonstration.
 
The primary focus of Phase 1 is to develop and demonstrate key capabilities in Modeling & Simulation (M&S). Phases 2 and 3 will implement the same in sub-scale and full-scale environments, respectively. It is anticipated that a single performer may be used in both TA2 and TA4 and the government expects to carry multiple competing TA3 performers through Phase 2.
 
Multiple awards are possible. DARPA anticipates awarding up to $63.6 million for Phases 1, 2 and 3.
DoD_qedRML
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: July 23, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: July 30, 2019
Award Amount: The total award value for the combined Phase 1 base (12 months) and Phase 2 option (6 months) is limited to $1M. The Phase 1 (base) award value is limited to $667,000 and the Phase 2 (option) award value is limited to $333,000.
 
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.
 
This AIE opportunity is issued under the Program Announcement for AIE, DARPA-PA-18-02 . All  proposals in response to this funding opportunity announcement will be submitted to DARPA-PA-18-02-09 and, if selected, will result in an award of an Other Transaction (OT) for prototype project. DARPA's goal for AIE awards is to initiate a new investment in less than 90 days from the date that the opportunity is posted.
DoD_OPORP
CDMRP Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Program (OPORP): Clinical Research Award and Clinical Trial Award *
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Pre-Applications (required): July 24, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals (if invited): August 7, 2019
Award Amount: Clinical Research Awards will be funded at two levels: Funding Level 1 awards will support pilot research, with a budget not to exceed $350,000 for up to 2 years; and Funding Level 2 awards will support a full research study, with a budget not to exceed $1M for up to 4 years. Clinical Trial Awards will be funded at two levels: Funding Level 1 awards will support pilot clinical trials, with a budget not to exceed $350,000 for up to 2 years; and Funding Level 2 awards will support a full clinical trial, with a budget not to exceed $2M for up to 4 years.
 
The Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Program (OPORP) was established by Congress in FY14 to enhance the lives of Service members, Veterans, and others recovering from traumatic neuromusculoskeletal injury by means of improving the outcomes of orthotic and prosthetic device implementation. This includes improving the ability to carry out daily activities, enhancing work productivity, and increasing the possibility of returning to duty. Proposed research that involves developing or enhancing orthotic or prosthetic devices is not allowed under these mechanisms. To meet the intent of these award mechanisms, applications to the FY19 OPORP program must address at least one of the following Focus Areas:
  • Orthotic or Prosthetic Device Form
  • Orthotic or Prosthetic Device Fit
  • Orthotic or Prosthetic Device Function
The FY19 OPORP program is intended to evaluate orthotic and/or prosthetic devices using patient-centric outcomes relevant to Service members and Veterans with limb loss and/or limb impairment. The funding opportunity challenges the scientific community to address which orthotic and prosthetic devices, and which characteristics of those devices, generate the best patient outcomes. The FY19 OPORP program is focused on outcomes-based best practices through analysis of prosthetic and/or orthotic device options that are currently available, and not on the development of a new technology or the improvement of an existing technology. Two award mechanisms are available through the FY19 OPORP program: the Clinical Research Award (CRA) to support clinical research and the Clinical Trial Award (CTA) to support clinical trials.
 
OPORP's FY19 appropriation is $10M. The CDMRP expects to allot approximately $5.05M of the FY19 OPORP appropriation to fund approximately three CTA Funding Level 1 and two CTA Funding Level 2 Award applications. In addition, it is anticipated that other FY19-FY20 Defense Health Program (DHP) funds may be available to fund an additional one or two OPORP CTA applications selected as alternates. The CDMRP expects to allot approximately $4.05M of the FY19 OPORP appropriation to fund approximately three CRA Funding Level 1 and three CRA Funding Level 2 applications. In addition, it is anticipated that other FY19-FY20 DHP funds may be available to fund an additional one or two OPORP CRA applications selected as alternates.
DoD_DARPApoly10
Sponsor Deadline for Abstracts (strongly encouraged): July 24, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 26, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: September 3, 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 technical area under consideration in this announcement is chemical theory. Further information on the topic can be found in the "Microgravity Chemical Theory (10)" 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 2 (HR001118S0058) .
 
At least one award is anticipated. In addition, the information gathered in the incubator may serve as the basis for a future program.
DoD_darpaGRIT
Sponsor Deadline for Abstracts (strongly encouraged): July 24, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 29, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: September 6, 2019
Award Amount: The amount of funding will be commensurate with the quality of proposal submissions between TA1 and TA2 and availability of funding. The program will have a greater emphasis on TA1 proposals to address nearer term DoD objectives. The program will be executed as a four-and-a-half-year effort, with a 24-month Phase 1 and a 30-month Phase 2.
 
The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of intense, tunable, narrow-bandwidth, and transportable gamma-ray sources for varied national security applications. The Gamma Ray Inspection Technology (GRIT) program seeks transformational approaches to achieving high intensity, tunable, and narrow-bandwidth gamma-ray production, in a compact form factor suitable for transporting the source to where the capability is needed. Such sources have the potential to help discover smuggled nuclear materials in cargo, provide new nondestructive inspection techniques at various scales, and enable new medical diagnostics and therapies.
 
The GRIT program targets producing beam-like gamma-ray sources across three orders of magnitude of photon energy by segmenting this range into two technical areas that will facilitate addressing anticipated applications:
  • Technical Area 1 (TA1) aims to develop high intensity, high purity, tunable sources suitable for precision applications ranging from electron K-shell imaging and elemental analysis at energies below 100 keV to nuclear resonance fluorescence (NRF) for isotope detection and concentration measurements from 500 keV to 3 MeV.
  • Technical Area 2 (TA2) focuses on even higher energies, though at lower intensity, and is envisioned for penetrative radiography and photofission applications.
Proposers may propose to one or both technical areas, but separate proposals are required for each technical area. At this time, detailed Phase 1 proposals are solicited for TA1 and TA2. Proposals must also provide a plan to meet the final program goals and metrics over Phase 2 in response to this BAA.
 
DARPA anticipates multiple awards.
DoD_AROquantumalgo
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: July 25, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: August 1, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $750,000 over a three-year period. Exceptional proposals beyond this limit may be considered.
 
The U.S. Army Research Office (ARO) together with the National Security Agency (NSA) is soliciting proposals to develop new quantum computing algorithms for hard computational problems, develop insights into the power of quantum computation, and consider issues of quantum complexity and computability.
 
Investigators should presuppose the existence of a fully functional quantum computer and consider what algorithmic tasks are particularly well suited to such a machine. A necessary component of this research will be to compare the efficiency of the quantum algorithm to the best existing classical algorithm for the same problem. Although quantum algorithm proposals may consider general architectural constraints (e.g. nearest neighbor only gates) for implementing algorithms, they should otherwise concentrate on developing the algorithm. Quantum algorithm proposals may consider computational models other than the circuit model (e.g. the adiabatic model).
DoD_cdmrp
Sponsor Deadline for Pre-Applications (required): July 26, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: October 23, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals (if invited): October 30, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $350,000 for up to 18 months
 
The Accelerating Innovation in Military Medicine (AIMM) initiative was created to accelerate transformational biomedical research for our Armed Forces and Nation. The mission of the AIMM initiative is to encourage, identify, and enable innovative research that leads to crosscutting solutions to military health threats. Due to this award mechanism's emphasis on innovation, presentation of preliminary data is not required, though not prohibited. Funding for this award mechanism supports applied research.
 
To meet the intent of the award mechanism, applications submitted to the FY19 AIMM must address at least one of the Focus Areas listed below. Applications that will accelerate research toward innovations applicable to multi-domain operations and multi-domain operations in dense urban environments are encouraged but not required. The FY19 AIMM Focus Areas are as follows:
  • Algorithms/tools for decision support in a deployed or operational environment to: diagnose military-relevant disease, illness, or injury; prescribe mitigation and treatment strategies; and/or determine risk of Warfighter return to duty.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)/deep learning for integrating heterogeneous data streams and analyzing data from wearables to support making informed healthcare decisions.
  • AI/deep learning for analyzing and interrogating large medical data sets to: identify patterns/predictors of disease, illness, or injury; and/or identify treatment outcomes.
The FY19 appropriation for AIMM is $3M, to fund approximately six AIMM Research Award applications.

DoD_DARPApoly11
Sponsor Deadline for Abstracts (strongly encouraged): July 27, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 23, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: September 2, 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 technical areas under consideration in this announcement are those that emerge from the online Evidence and Conjecture micropublication feed within the Polyplexus platform. Further information on the topic can be found in the "Emergent Polyplexus Topics (11)" 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 2 (HR001118S0058) .
 
At least one award is anticipated. In addition, the information gathered in the incubator may serve as the basis for a future program.
DoD_USAFA9
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (required): July 29, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals (if invited): TBA
Award Amount: The anticipated period of performance for the award(s) resulting from  this CALL is approximately 18-36 months. Anticipated funding for multi-year awards resulting from this CALL is up to $2M. The Government anticipates awarding three to five cooperative agreements as a result of this CALL.
 
The Hypersonic Vehicle Simulation Institute (HVSI) funds and performs a range of hypersonic research tasks in support of the Department of Defense (DoD) High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP). HPCMP desires to improve computational simulations of hypersonic vehicles in support of DoD goals by accelerating the successful development of HPC software and hardware. Under this call, white papers are solicited for projects in the general topic area of hypersonic boundary layer transition modeling. Prospective offerors should keep in mind that performing transition analysis in an engineering environment presents different challenges than in a fundamental research environment; the white paper should demonstrate how those challenges might be overcome by the proposed approach. Ideally, proposed models will include multiple modes of transition.
 
Prospective offerors may respond to one of the following HVSI desired research areas or may propose  other research studies in these general topic areas:
  1. Critical evaluation of historical experimental data (flight test and/or ground test) that can lead to improvements in currently available transition models, or the development of methodologies that can be used to derive new transition models for certain classes of hypersonic vehicles.
  2. Design and execution of experiments that include accurate knowledge of the mean flow and detailed measurements that allow for the differentiation of results from multiple modes of transition.
  3. Development or improvement of transition models consistent with RANS CFD simulations for hypersonic flows with simple to moderate geometric complexity.
  4. Development of transition models that also include the impact of other important issues.
  5. Creation of a taxonomy of when different modes of transition are important based on vehicle geometry, freestream conditions, and vehicle attitude.
  6. Creation of a methodology to develop models for hypersonic boundary layer transition.
  7. Development of other transition prediction methodologies not specifically mentioned above that could be used directly in design, test, and evaluation of hypersonic vehicles.
DoD_LogX
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: July 30, 2019; however, proposals received after this deadline may be received and evaluated up to six months from date of the BAA's posting (June 6, 2019). Proposers are warned that the likelihood of available funding is greatly reduced for proposals submitted after the initial closing date deadline.
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. This BAA solicits proposals for only the 18-month base period (or Phase 1) of the program.
 
DARPA's Strategic Technologies Office (STO) is soliciting innovative proposals in logistics and supply chain automated reasoning and information fusion, real-time demand forecasting, and system resilience assessment. LogX will develop and demonstrate a new paradigm for achieving logistics information awareness across the enterprise to enable responsive and resilient operations. This enhanced situational awareness will not only be of value to logisticians but also to operational elements whose tempo and effectiveness are ultimately dependent on survivable logistics support, critically so in future operating concepts.
 
The LogX program will have two technical areas (TAs): the Mission-Centered Applications Service (TA1) and Cloud-Based Microservices (TA2), which will have two tracks: automated knowledge engineering and  dynamic/distributed state estimation. Proposers may submit responses that address TA1 only, TA2 only to include either or both tracks, or fully integrated teams including a TA1 with both TA2 tracks.
 
Prior to the end of the Phase 1 base period, DARPA may issue proposal instructions to facilitate integration of TA1 and TA2 teams as needed for potential follow on Phases 2 and 3 of the program. It is anticipated that Phases 2 and 3 will each have a 12 month period of performance.
 
Multiple awards are anticipated. Approximately $55M will be awarded for multiple phases over 42 months.
  DOD_DARPApoly9
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 7, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: August 14, 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 technical areas under consideration in this announcement are those that emerge from the online Evidence and Conjecture micropublication feed within the Polyplexus platform. Further information on the topic can be found in the "Emergent Polyplexus Topics (09)" 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 2 (HR001118S0058) .
 
At least one award is anticipated. In addition, the information gathered in the incubator may serve as the basis for a future program.

DoD_onrYIP
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 9, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: August 16, 2019
Award Amount: Applicants may request up to $170,000 per year for 3 years. Additional funding may be requested as an option (under the 36-month period) up to $250,000 to cover equipment costs, testing, ship time, etc.
 
The objectives of the Office of Naval Research's (ONR's) Young Investigator Program (YIP) are to attract outstanding faculty members of Institutions of Higher Education to the Department of the Navy's Science and Technology (S&T) research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. Proposals addressing research areas (as described in the ONR Science and Technology Department section of ONR's website at www.onr.navy.mil ) which are of interest to ONR program officers will be considered. Contact information for each division (a subgroup of an S&T Department) is also listed within the S&T section of the website. Applicants are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to contact the appropriate Program Officer who is the point of contact for a specific technical area to discuss their research ideas. A list of most Program Officers and their contact information can be found at: https://www.onr.navy.mil/our-research/technology-areas or at: https://www.onr.navy.mil/our-research/our-program-managers . Brief informal pre-proposals may be submitted to facilitate these discussions but are not required.
 
YIP seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment, who have received their PhD or equivalent degree on or after 01 January 2012, and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. The Principal Investigator of a proposal must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident (on the date proposals are due). The ONR YIP is a single principal investigator (PI) award. Co-principal investigators (Co-PIs) are not allowed. Upon completion of the award period, individuals may apply for continued support under ONR's Long Range BAA.

DoD_afirm3
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Pre-Applications (required): August 7, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals (if invited): November 20, 2019
Award Amount: The anticipated total costs budgeted for the entire period of performance for an FY19 JPC-8/CRMRP RMFRA award will not exceed $10M. The maximum project period is 5 years. The JPC-8/CRMRP expects to allot approximately $20M to fund up to approximately five JPC-8/CRMRP RMFRA applications.
 
This program focuses on innovations to reconstruct, rehabilitate, and provide definitive care for injured Service members. The ultimate goal is to return the Service members to duty and restore their quality of life. Innovations developed from JPC-8/CRMRP-supported research efforts are expected to improve restorative treatments and rehabilitative care to maximize function for return to duty (RTD) or civilian life. The goal is to advance medical technologies (drugs, biologics, and/or devices) and treatment/rehabilitation strategies (methods, guidelines, standards, and information) that will significantly improve the medical care provided to our wounded Service members within the Department of Defense  (DoD) healthcare system. Implementation of these technologies and strategies should improve the rate of RTD of Service members and the time to clinical workload (patient encounters, treatments, etc.), and reduce the initial and long-term costs associated with restorative and rehabilitative or acute care.
 
As part of the JPC-8/CRMRP, its regenerative medicine portfolio supports research aimed at providing solutions to repair, reconstruct, or regenerate tissue lost or damaged due to traumatic injury, particularly tissues of the extremities and craniomaxillofacial compartment. Regenerative medicine encompasses multiple approaches (engineered/synthetic, pharmacologic, biologic, and combinatorial) to the treatment of damaged tissues by using therapies that promote the self-regenerative capacity of the body. To address this effort, the JPC-8/CRMRP is offering the Regenerative Medicine Focused Research Award (RMFRA) as its next iteration of the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine, AFIRM III, in FY19 to continue its effort to support the development of regenerative medicine solutions.
 
To meet the intent of the award mechanism, all projects submitted under the FY19 JPC-8/CRMRP RMFRA must address one or both of the following Focus Areas:
  • Peripheral nerve regeneration
  • Skeletal muscle regeneration
DoD_BAAIonSys
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 9, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: August 16, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $1.5M per year for three years for Goals 1 and 2; and up to $500,000 per year for one- to three-years for Goal 3.
 
The U.S. Army Research Office (ARO) in partnership with the National Security Agency (NSA) is soliciting proposals for research in Trapped Ion Qubits. This BAA has three research goals:
  1. Substantially reduce noise levels detrimental to high fidelity gates in trapped ion systems and to improve the stability of these gates once achieved;
  2. Explore novel quantum information encoding schemes and/or entanglement generation schemes with trapped ion systems; and
  3. Development of critical supporting technology required for successful highly stable high fidelity trapped ion systems.
DoD_onrVBFF
Sponsor Registration Deadline (required):  August 14, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (required): August 16, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals (if invited): January 17, 2020
Award Amount: The maximum award will be $3M over 5 years.
 
The Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship (VBFF) program is sponsored by the Basic Research Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD (R&E)). VBFF supports innovative basic research within academia, as well as opportunities intended to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers for the defense workforce. This FOA seeks distinguished researchers for the purpose of conducting innovative basic research in areas of interest to the DoD and fostering long-term relationships between the VBFF Fellows and the DoD. VBFF is oriented towards bold and ambitious "blue sky" research that may lead to extraordinary outcomes such as revolutionizing entire disciplines, creating entirely new fields, or disrupting accepted theories and perspectives. Faculty with tenure and full-time research staff with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to conduct the proposed research as the principal investigator (PI) are invited to submit an application. Applicants should have a record of substantial scientific contributions. The PI must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
 
This FOA is for single investigator grant proposals for basic research in one or more of the following technical subject categories of interest to the DoD:
  • Engineering Biology
  • Quantum Information Science
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Novel Engineered Materials
  • Applied Mathematics and Computational Science
  • Other fields of research with high potential
DoD_DARPApoly12
Sponsor Deadline for Abstracts (strongly encouraged): August 14, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 26, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: September 3, 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 technical area under consideration in this announcement is Theory of Complexity. Further information on the topic can be found in the "Theory of Complexity (12)" 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 2 (HR001118S0058) .
 
At least one award is anticipated. In addition, the information gathered in the incubator may serve as the basis for a future program.
DoD_specialONR
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (strongly encouraged): August 15, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: October 15, 2019
Award Amount: The funded amount and period of performance of each proposal selected for award may vary depending on the technology area and the technical approach to be pursued by the offeror selected.  

This announcement describes a research thrust entitled "Science of Artificial Intelligence - Basic and Applied Research for the Naval Domain" to be launched under Fiscal Year (FY19) 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 artificial intelligence for future naval applications in the following Topic Areas:
  • Topic 1: AI for Predictive Maintenance (AI Applied Research)
  • Topic 2: Rapid Learning of Task Procedures (AI Applied Research)
  • Topic 3: Scalable Verification and Validation Tools for Artificial Intelligence in the Naval Domain (AI Fundamental and Applied Research)
  • Topic 4: Brain-Inspired Deep Learning with Spiking Neurons (AI Fundamental Research)
  • Topic 5: Brain-based computation (AI Fundamental Research)
  • Topic 6: Explainable AI Systems (AI Fundamental and Applied Research)
  • Topic 7: Mission-focused AI (AI fundamental and applied Research)
  • Topic 8: Predictive Adaptations to Support Human Performance and Injury Prevention (Applied Research)
DoD_SpecAI
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 29, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: September 6, 2019
Award Amount: Awards are expected to range between $1M-$3M per year for 2-4 years.
 
This Special Notice focuses attention on research areas of interest that fall under the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning technology area-this and all other of ONR's general technology areas are listed in ONR's Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology . These research areas of interest support the research and development needs of the Minerva Innovative Naval Prototype (INP) program already underway with ONR. Specifically, the context is the Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Enabled Capabilities research thrust of the Minerva INP & the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Task Force. ONR seeks new applied research and advanced development concepts that explore and exploit the capabilities of artificial intelligence to create warfighting capabilities related to mission planning and execution, and that will be applicable and training related to Naval command and control as described in NWP 5-01 (DEC 2013), NAVY PLANNING, (Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, December, 2013). ONR AI programs will pursue the development and application of novel AI methods to command and control (C2), ISR and training, and in accordance with the mission planning process described in NWP 5-01. Of particular interest are proposals that address Chapters 4 & 5 in NWP 5-01. It is strongly recommended that proposers be familiar with NWP 5-01 and reference appropriate sections from it when describing how the envisaged tools would be used.
 
This Special Notice draws attention to research areas of interest that include but are not limited to the following:
  • Analysis of Factors Affecting Possible Courses of Action
  • Enemy Courses of Action (ECOA) Development
  • Courses of Action (COA) Development
  • COA/ECOA Assessment & Comparison
  • Intelligence Estimation
  • Logistics Estimation
  • Communications / Deception
  • Planning & Tasking
  • Provide for Coordination
  • Underlying Support Services
  • AI Enablers
ONR plans to fund five to fifteen individual awards.
DoD_fy202devstudy  
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: August 30, 2019. Full Proposals received after this date will be considered as time and availability of funding permit.
Award Amount: ONR plans to allocate approximately a total of $3M for multiple efforts related to the Technical Areas in this Special Notice. The Period of Performance for this effort is expected to be 6-12 months.  
 
This announcement describes a research thrust, entitled Advanced Targeting Concepts Development Study, to be launched under the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) entitled " Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology ". The research opportunity described in this announcement specifically falls under the Electronics, Sensors, and Networks Research Division (Code 312) within the Information, Cyber, and Spectrum Superiority Department (Code 31) at ONR. The submission of proposals, their evaluation and the placement of research contracts will be carried out as described in the ONR BAA.
 
The proposed topic seeks studies, recommendations, and an architectural framework for ONR and the U.S. Navy on which future Research and Development (R&D) investments are needed to conduct advanced Over-the Horizon (OTH) targeting of multiple adversary at-sea and airborne contacts. These studies will inform ONR and US Navy on how to best overcome technology limitations and provide recommendations to fuse together information from various military and national sensors to fashion a network of systems for long-range targeting. The aspiration of this network of systems is to hold adversary assets continually at risk, providing persistent, fire-control quality data on multiple, emitting and non-emitting, airborne, and at-sea surface targets within contested and GPS-denied environments, all at ranges well beyond current capabilities. It is envisioned that the system will continually present a prioritized list of targeting solutions to the Task Force Commander to conduct a variety of kinetic and non-kinetic actions.  
DoD_MURI  
Fiscal Year 2020 Department of Defense Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI)
(Separate links for submissions to ARO, ONR, AFOSR)
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: September 6, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: September 13, 2019
Award Amount: The awards will be made at funding levels commensurate with the proposed research and in response to agency missions (see the BAA for the recommended funding profile for each topic area). Typical annual funding per grant is in the $1.25M to $1.5M range. Each individual award will be for a three-year base period with one two-year option period to bring the total maximum term of the award to five years.
 
The Department of Defense (DoD) Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI), one element of the University Research Initiative (URI), is sponsored by the DoD research offices: the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Army Research Office (ARO), and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). DOD's MURI program addresses high risk basic research and attempts to understand or achieve something that has never been done before. The MURI program supports basic research in science and engineering at U.S. institutions of higher education that is of potential interest to DoD. The program is focused on multidisciplinary research efforts where more than one traditional discipline interacts to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD. Key to the program's success is the close management of the MURI projects by Service program officers and their active role in providing research guidance.
 
The FY 2020 MURI competition is for the following topics:

ONR:
Topic 1: Stimuli-Responsive Materials based on Triggered Polymer Depolymerization
Topic 2: Quantum Benefits without Quantum Fragility: The Classical Entanglement of Light
Topic 3: Mathematical Methods for Deep Learning
Topic 4: Spin and Orbital Angular Momentum (SAM & OAM)
Topic 5: Photonic High-Order Topological Insulators (PHOTIs)
Topic 6: Active Topological Mechanical Metamaterials
Topic 7: Harvesting Oxygen from the Ocean
Topic 8: Exploring Oxidation and Surface Phenomena of Multi-Principal Element Alloys
Topic 9: The Physics of High-Speed Multiphase-flow / Material Interactions
Topic 10: Combining Disparate Environmental Data Into a Common Framework
 
ARO:
Topic 11: Adaptive and Adversarial Machine Learning
Topic 12: Axion Electrodynamics beyond Maxwell's Equations
Topic 13: Engineering Endosymbionts to Produce Novel Functional Materials
Topic 14: Information Exchange Network Dynamics
Topic 15: Mathematical Intelligence: Machines with More Fundamental Capabilities
Topic 16: Quantum State Engineering for Enhanced Metrology
Topic 17: Solution Electrochemistry without Electrodes
Topic 18: Stimuli-Responsive Mechanical Metamaterials
 
AFOSR:
Topic 19: Machine Learning and Physics-Based Modeling and Simulation
Topic 20: Fundamental Design Principles for Engineering Orthogonal Liquid-Liquid Phase Separations in Living Cells
Topic 21: Modeling, Prediction, and Mitigation of Rare and Extreme Events in Complex Physical Systems Topic 22: Fundamental Limits of Controllable Waveform Diversity at High Power
Topic 23: Full Quantum State Control at Single Molecule Levels
Topic 24: Constructive Mathematics and Its Synthetic Concepts from Type Theory
Topic 25: Weyl Fermion Optoelectronics
Topic 26: Mechanisms of Ice Nucleation and Anti-Icing Constructs
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. 
DOE_elecgrid
Sponsor Deadline for Concept Papers: July 17, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission of a full proposal
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: September 9, 2019
Award Amount: $937,000-$2.5M, including required cost sharing
 
The Department of Energy (DOE), National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), on behalf of the Office of Electricity (OE), is seeking applications under this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for university-led research (in partnership with industry, National Laboratories, or research consortia) to conceive and develop integration approaches of the vast sensing, intelligence and energy flexibility resources represented by the Internet of Things (IoT), the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and analogous emerging machine platforms growing at the grid edge. More specifically, this competitive solicitation aims to provide the energy infrastructure community with robust, scalable approaches to interfacing with advanced and rapidly developing technologies (typically found in industrial, commercial and residential settings) that will enhance their operational capability to maintain energy surety to transmission or distribution connected defense critical facilities and their surrounding communities. Applicants may suggest multiple use cases that support resilience and observability while adhering to the stated scenario boundaries. In addition, Applicants may submit proposals that extend their coverage to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) defined essential function infrastructures (energy, water, telecom) within the scenario boundaries.
 
DOE_arpaE
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: July 19, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: July 26, 2019
Award Amount: ARPA
- E may issue one, multiple, or no awards under this FOA.  Awards may vary between $100,000 and $3.61 million.
 
This announcement is purposely broad in scope, and will cover a wide range of topics to encourage the submission of the most innovative and unconventional ideas in energy technology. The objective of this solicitation is to support high-risk R&D leading to the development of potentially disruptive new technologies across the full spectrum of energy applications. Topics under this FOA will explore new areas of technology development that, if successful, could establish new program areas for ARPA-E, or complement the current portfolio of ARPA-E programs. This announcement describes a research thrust entitled "High Value Methane Pyrolysis". The purpose of this announcement is to (1) focus the attention of the scientific and technical community on specific areas of interest related to methane pyrolysis, (2) encourage dialogue amongst those interested in this area, and (3) provide a timetable for the submission of full applications.
DOE_Other
Other DOE Opportunities

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
NASA_CANTAP
Sponsor Deadline for Notices of Intent (First Round): July 19, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals (if invited): TBA
Award Amount: Each award is not to exceed $30K, with a period of performance of 12 months. The participating partner will also contribute resources to complement the NASA funding for the project. Under the terms of a Cooperative Agreement, the partner is required to contribute at least 50% of the total resources required to accomplish the Cooperative Agreement. However, special situations may arise in which NASA will allow for the partner contribution to be less than 50 percent.
 
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is releasing this Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) seeking responses that will enhance identified technology needs. This effort will seek a potential partner who will provide service in support of developing technology. The cooperative agreement award recipient is expected to cooperatively share in the development cost of the technology that meets the specified NASA interest, and interact with the appointed KSC contact on a regular basis. Focus areas of interest include: Ground Operations and Services; Plant Research and Production; In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU); and Materials: Polymer matrix composites processing to support KSC's center mission needs.
 
The number of awards granted under this solicitation is dependent on available funding and the alignment of project ideas to NASA Kennedy Space Center needs; NASA expects to award at least one cooperative agreement under this notice.
NASA_midex
Sponsor Deadline for Notices of Intent (required): August 2, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Step-1 Proposals: September 30, 2019
Award Amount: The AO Cost Cap for a Heliophysics Explorers Program 2019 Medium-Class Explorer (MIDEX) mission is $250M in NASA Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 dollars, not including the cost of AO-provided access to space or any contributions. Application of AO-specified incentives and/or charges may result in a proposal-specific Adjusted AO Cost Cap. The sum of contributions of any kind to the entirety of the investigation is not to exceed one-third of the proposed PI-Managed Mission Cost.
 
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is releasing this Announcement of Opportunity (AO) to solicit Principal Investigator (PI)-led space science investigations for the Heliophysics Explorers Program. The NASA Strategic Objective for Heliophysics Research is to understand the Sun, Earth, Solar System, and Universe. The goal of NASA's Heliophysics Explorers Program is to provide frequent flight opportunities for high quality, high value, focused Heliophysics science investigations that can be accomplished under a not-to-exceed cost cap and that can be developed relatively quickly, generally in 48 months or less.
 
NASA intends to select approximately three Step-1 proposals for the conduct of Phase A concept studies and submission of Concept Study Reports to NASA. NASA expects to down-select one MIDEX mission to proceed into Phase B and subsequent mission phases. The down-selected mission must be ready for launch no later than February 2026.
NASA_uli2
Sponsor Deadline for Step A Proposals (required): August 27, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Step B Proposals (if invited): TBA
Award Amount: Awards are expected to range between $1-2M per award per year. Proposals are invited for the 3-4 year range.
 
The University Leadership Initiative (ULI) provides the opportunity for university teams to exercise technical and organizational leadership in proposing unique technical challenges, defining interdisciplinary solutions, establishing peer review mechanisms, and applying innovative teaming strategies to strengthen the research impact. By addressing the most complex challenges associated with the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate's (ARMD) strategic thrusts, universities will accelerate progress toward achievement of high impact outcomes while leveraging their capability to bring together the best and brightest minds across many disciplines. In order to transition their research, Principal Investigators (PIs) are expected to actively explore transition opportunities and pursue follow-on funding from stakeholders and industrial partners during the course of the award.
 
In this solicitation, NASA's University Innovation (UI) Project is seeking proposals for work in the following eight topic areas:
  • Topic 1: Safe, Efficient Growth in Global Operations (Strategic Thrust 1)
  • Topic 2: Innovation in Commercial Supersonic Aircraft (Strategic Thrust 2)
  • Topic 3: Subsonic Transport (Strategic Thrust 3a)
  • Topic 4: Civil Aircraft that Incorporate Vertical Lift Capability (Strategic Thrust 3b)
  • Topic 5: Transition to Alternative Propulsion and Energy (Strategic Thrust 4)
  • Topic 6: Real-Time System-Wide Safety Assurance (Strategic Thrust 5)
  • Topic 7: Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation (Strategic Thrust 6)
  • Topic 8: Materials and Structures for Next-Generation Aerospace Systems
The UI Project anticipates investing in four awards: one award in Topic 7 (Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation), one award in Topic 8 (Materials and Structures for Next-Generation Aerospace Systems), and two other awards in any of the eight topics (1-8).
NASA_unsol
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling through September 30, 2019
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.
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. 
NASA_other
Other NASA Opportunities
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH_newinnovator
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 19, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: August 26, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $1,500,000 over five years
 
The NIH Director's New Innovator Award supports exceptionally creative Early Stage Investigators who propose highly innovative research projects with the potential for unusually high impact. The award is designed specifically to support unusually creative investigators with highly innovative research ideas at an early stage of their career when they may lack the preliminary data required for an R01 grant application. The emphasis is on innovation and creativity; preliminary data are not required, but may be included. No detailed, annual budget is requested in the application. The review process emphasizes the individual's creativity, the innovativeness of the research approaches, and the potential of the project, if successful, to have a significant impact on an important biomedical or behavioral research problem.
 
Applicants must meet the definition of an Early Stage Investigator (ESI) at the time of application. An ESI is a new investigator (defined as a PD/PI who has not competed successfully for a significant NIH independent research award) who is within 10 years of completing his/her terminal research degree or end of post-graduate clinical training.

NIH_pioneer
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 30, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: September 6, 2019
Award Amount: $700,000/year for 5 years
 
The NIH Director's Pioneer Award supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose highly innovative approaches to addressing major challenges in the biomedical or behavioral sciences towards the goal of enhancing human health. Applications proposing research on any topic within the broad mission of NIH are welcome. Emphases are on the qualities of the investigator and the innovativeness and potential impact of the proposed research. Preliminary data and detailed experimental plans are not requested. 
 
To be considered pioneering, the proposed research must reflect substantially different ideas from those being pursued in the investigator's current research program or elsewhere. The Pioneer Award is not intended to expand a current research program into the area of the proposed project. While the research direction may rely on the applicant's prior work and expertise as its foundation, it cannot be an obvious extension or scale-up of a current research enterprise which may be competitive as a new or renewal R01 application. Rather, the proposed project must reflect a fundamental new insight into the potential solution of a problem, which may develop from exceptionally innovative approaches and/or radically unconventional hypotheses.
NIH_dtra
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: September 13, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: September 20, 2019
Award Amount: Application budgets are not limited but should reflect the needs of the proposed project.
 
The NIH Director's Transformative Research Award supports individual scientists or groups of scientists proposing groundbreaking, exceptionally innovative, original, and/or unconventional research with the potential to create new scientific paradigms, establish entirely new and improved clinical approaches, or develop transformative technologies. Applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds and in any topic relevant to the broad mission of NIH are welcome. Little or no preliminary data are expected. Projects must clearly demonstrate the potential to produce a major impact in a broad area of biomedical or behavioral research.
OtherNIHOpps
Other NIH Opportunities
National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation: Dear Colleague Letters
DCL_jst
OSP Deadline: August 29, 2019
Sponsor Deadline (for S&CC Planning Grants): September 6, 2019
Award Amount: up to $150,000
 
The US National Science Foundation and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on Research Cooperation. The MOC provides an overarching framework to encourage collaboration between the US and Japanese research communities. NSF and JST are pleased to announce a collaborative research opportunity aligned with the goals of the NSF Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) Program. Complementary expertise and resources in the US and Japan enable research in areas which are fundamental to smart and connected community solutions. Specific areas include, but are not limited to, disaster response and emergency management, precision agriculture, cybersecurity of the electric grid and Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices, and wired and wireless networking. Proposals are expected to adhere to the solicitation guidelines for the NSF and JST programs from which the funding is sought and must represent an integrated, well-coordinated collaborative effort. Prior to submission, US researchers should contact NSF Program Officers, David Corman ( dcorman@nsf.gov ) or Sylvia Spengler ( sspengle@nsf.gov ).
NSFDCL_effectiveprac 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: N/A
Sponsor Deadline: N/A
Award Amount: N/A
 
Open science principles are increasingly being adopted by industry, government, and academia. Open science gives rise to public benefits by offering broader access to publication, data, and other research materials; broader access enables broader circulation of scientific knowledge, greater return on investments in research data, and more opportunities for replicating and building upon scientific findings. NSF's open science policy is articulated in the Foundation's Public Access Plan ( NSF 15-052 ) and formally implemented in the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide and in the Award Terms and Conditions that accompany each award that NSF makes. Implications of this policy are further clarified in an actively-maintained set of Frequently Asked Questions ( NSF 18-041 ). The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is to describe - and encourage - effective practices for managing research data, including the use of persistent identifiers (IDs) for data and machine-readable data management plans (DMPs). Through this DCL, NSF encourages researchers to learn about the practices described in the letter and to implement them in the proposals that they prepare for submission to NSF.
NSFDCL_jointeffort
OSP Deadline: varies by program
Sponsor Deadline: varies by program
Award Amount: varies by program
 
Building on NSF's history of investments in data and computational sciences and USDA/NIFA's history of investments in agricultural science, NSF and USDA/NIFA wish to notify the community of their intention to jointly fund convergent research that combines methods in agricultural, biological, and computer and information science and engineering to address pressing challenges and opportunities in digital agriculture. This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is aligned with NSF's Harnessing the Data Revolution Big Idea, and aims to build capacity across disciplinary boundaries, in preparation for larger scale investments at the intersection of computational, agricultural, and biological sciences. Motivated by the increasing volumes of data, faster computation, and algorithmic advances, there is an opportunity to apply transformative, data-driven research methods to the agriculture sector that are responsive to and will yield meaningful insights for farmers, other stakeholders, and society at large. Of interest for this DCL are applications focused on economically important plants, animals, and their environments---in particular food, fuel, feed, and health---and where research outcomes in a particular application area may be transferable to, or informative for, other agricultural application areas. Relevant stakeholders can be integrated into the proposed research activities, including as partners in the project, if appropriate for the project.
 
Proposals pursuant to this DCL may be submitted to one of the three programs listed below:
NSFDCL_BIGDATA
Sponsor Deadline: varies/see details below
Award Amount: varies/see details below
 
With data science now established as a discipline in its own right, NSF is transitioning investments in the BIGDATA program into (i) a new phase of larger and more targeted programs as part of the NSF-wide   Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) Big Idea , and (ii) increased investments in core programs related to BIGDATA. While NSF plans no further competitions under the BIGDATA program, NSF anticipates supporting many new and continuing programs that fund innovative, interdisciplinary research in data science. Principal investigators (PIs) who would have applied to BIGDATA are especially encouraged to consider the  Harnessing the Data Revolution: Institutes for Data-Intensive Research in Science and Engineering - Frameworks (HDR: DIRSE-FW)   program. This program is one of two conceptualization paths aimed at developing institutes to accelerate discovery and innovation in data-intensive science and engineering. The DIRSE-FW program encourages applications from teams of researchers proposing frameworks for integrated sets of science and engineering problems and data science solutions. PIs may also be interested in the other conceptualization path aimed at developing institutes, the  Harnessing the Data Revolution: Institutes for Data-Intensive Research in Science and Engineering - Ideas Labs   program, which aims to bring together scientists and engineers working on important data-intensive problems with data scientists and systems/ cyberinfrastructure specialists. Activities under the HDR Big Idea complement ongoing opportunities for advancing research and education in data-intensive science and engineering. PIs are encouraged to consider applying to the following core and crosscutting programs as well:

 
Finally, NSF anticipates additional relevant programs to be announced later in 2019 or in 2020.

NSF_fairness
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: N/A
Sponsor Deadline: N/A
Award Amount: N/A
 
With this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), CISE invites principal investigators (PIs) to submit proposals to its core programs [spanning the   Computer and Network Systems (CNS) Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) , and   Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS)   divisions and the   Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) ] that contribute to discovery in research and practice related to fairness, ethics, accountability, and transparency (FEAT) in computer and information science and engineering. Specifically, CISE is interested in receiving, through these programs:
 
  • Proposals pertaining to general topics in computer and information science and engineering while also integrating or applying approaches to advance FEAT; and
  • Proposals whose primary foci are on methods, techniques, tools, and evaluation practices as means to explore implications for FEAT.
 
In explorations and use of FEAT, PIs are strongly encouraged to select and articulate their own disciplinary or interdisciplinary definitions consistent or aligned with these concepts. This DCL is not a special competition or a new program. Proposals responsive to this DCL will be reviewed with other proposals submitted to CISE's core program solicitations and in accordance with NSF's merit review criteria as well as any additional solicitation-specific review criteria identified in the corresponding solicitations.
NSFDCL_stemworkforce
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission of proposal
Sponsor Deadline: varies; please see details
Award Amount: varies; please see details
 
NSF seeks proposals that will broadly inform development of personalized learning systems or generalize the research results generated during the deployment of online courses. This could be accomplished either by using the data generated by those systems or by studying the systems themselves. NSF encourages innovative educational research and development proposals that will help the nation educate the STEM workforce of the future. For example, proposals may address topics including but not limited to:
 
  • effective design of personalized learning systems for STEM education at any level;
  • factors that increase persistence, motivation, self-efficacy, and retention of learners;
  • the influence of public/private partnerships on workforce preparation;
  • the design of educational interventions that meet workplace expectations for knowledge and competencies; and
  • measuring the effectiveness of these interventions for different audiences.
 
Proposals responding to this DCL should be made through one of the existing NSF programs listed below. Supplemental funding requests responding to this DCL for existing awards in the programs listed below are also welcome. To determine whether a research topic is within the scope of this DCL, principal investigators are strongly encouraged to contact the managing NSF Program Officer(s) of the participating program(s) to which they plan to submit their proposal. These programs include:
 

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)
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OSP Deadline: August 7, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: August 14, 2019
Award Amount:
up to $175,000 for a period of 24 months

NSF CISE seeks to award grants intended to support research independence among early-career academicians who specifically lack access to adequate organizational or other resources. It is expected that funds obtained through this program will be used to support untenured faculty or research scientists (or equivalent) in their first three years in a primary academic position after the PhD, but not more than five years after completion of their PhD. Applicants for this program may not yet have received any other grants or contracts in the PI role from any department, agency, or institution of the federal government, including from the CAREER program or any other program, post-PhD, regardless of the size of the grant or contract, with certain exceptions. Serving as co-PI, Senior Personnel, Postdoctoral Fellow, or other Fellow does not count against this eligibility rule.

Importantly, the CRII program seeks to provide essential resources to enable early-career PIs to launch their research careers. For the purposes of this program, CISE defines "essential resources" as those that (a) the PI does not otherwise have, including through organizational or other funding and (b) are critical for the PI to conduct early-career research that will enable research independence. In particular, this program is not appropriate for PIs who already have access to resources to conduct any early-career research. It is expected that these funds will allow the new CRII PI to support one or more graduate students for up to two years.
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National Science Foundation: Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (NSF: MPS)
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Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI)
Sponsor Deadline for Phase I Preliminary Proposals: August 13, 2019
OSP/FAS/SEAS Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission of full proposal
Sponsor Deadline: October 16, 2019 (Phase II Full Proposals, New and Renewal); February 19, 2020 (Phase I Full Proposals, By Invitation Only)
Award Amount:
In FY 2020, NSF anticipates making three new Phase I awards (each up to $1,800,000 for 3 years) as standard or continuing grants. NSF also anticipates up to three new/renewal Phase II awards (up to $4,000,000 per year for 5 years) as a cooperative agreement.

The Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI) Program supports research centers focused on major, long-term fundamental chemical research challenges. CCIs that address these challenges will produce transformative research, lead to innovation, and attract broad scientific and public interest. CCIs are agile structures that can respond rapidly to emerging opportunities through enhanced collaborations. CCIs integrate research, innovation, education, broadening participation, and informal science communication.

The CCI Program is a two-phase program. Both phases are described in this solicitation. Phase I CCIs receive significant resources to develop the science, management and broader impacts of a major research center before requesting Phase II funding. Satisfactory progress in Phase I is required for Phase II applications; Phase I proposals funded in FY 2020 will seek Phase II funding in FY 2023. The FY 2020 Phase I CCI competition is open to projects in all fields supported by the Division of Chemistry, and must have scientific focus and the potential for transformative impact in chemistry. NSF Chemistry particularly encourages fundamental chemistry projects related to one or more of NSF's  10 Big Ideas . The FY 2020 Phase II CCI competition is open to projects funded as Phase I awards in FY 2017 and the renewal of the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology.
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National Science Foundation: Directorate for Engineering (NSF: ENG)
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National Science Foundation: Crosscutting and Interdisciplinary
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FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Intent: July 30, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Intent: August 6, 2019 
OSP Deadline for Full Proposal: August 29, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposal: September 6, 2019
Award Amount: up to $150,000 for one year (Planning Grants); up to $1.5M (Integrative Research Grants - Track 2); $1.5M+ (Integrative Research Grants - Track 1)

The S&CC program encourages researchers to work with communities and residents to identify and define challenges they are facing, enabling those challenges to motivate use-inspired research questions. The S&CC program supports integrative research that addresses fundamental technological and social science dimensions of smart and connected communities  and pilots solutions together with communities. Importantly, the program is interested in projects that consider the sustainability of the research outcomes beyond the life of the project, including the scalability and transferability of the proposed solutions.
T his S&CC solicitation will support research projects in the following categories:
  • S&CC Integrative Research Grants (SCC-IRGs) Tracks 1 and 2. Awards in this category will support fundamental integrative research that addresses technological and social science dimensions of smart and connected communities and pilots solutions together with communities.
  • S&CC Planning Grants (SCC-PGs). Awards in this category are for capacity building to prepare project teams to propose future well-developed SCC-IRG proposals.


Please Note:  Letter of Inquiry submission is required for  S&CC Integrative Research Grants (SCC-IRGs) Tracks 1 and 2.
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Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes (QLCI)
Letter of Intent Deadline (Required): August 3, 2020 (Round II QLCI Proposals); The LOI deadline for Round I QLCI Proposals has passed. 
Preliminary Proposal Deadline: August 1, 2019 (Round I QLCI Proposals); September 1, 2020 (Round II QLCI Proposals)
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: January 2, 2020 (Round I QLCI Proposals); February 1, 2021 (Round II QCLI Proposals)
Award Amount: Up to $5M per year for 5 years (Challenge Institute Awards)
 
Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes are large-scale interdisciplinary research projects that aim to advance the frontiers of quantum information science and engineering. Research at these Institutes will span the focus areas of quantum computation, quantum communication, quantum simulation and/or quantum sensing. The institutes are expected to foster multidisciplinary approaches to specific scientific, technological, educational workforce development goals in these fields.  Two types of awards will be supported under this program: 
  • 5-year Challenge Institute (CI) awards to establish and operate Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes. This activity is part of the Quantum Leap, one of the research Big Ideas promoted by the National Science Foundation (NSF). 
  • 12-month Conceptualization Grants (CGs) to support teams envisioning subsequent Institute proposals. Please note the deadline to submit CG proposals has passed. 
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Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: August 5, 2019 by 11:30 PM
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline (if nominated): September 20, 2019
Sponsor Deadline (if nominated): September 27, 2019
Award Amount: Up to three years in duration with a total budget between $300,000-$500,000

The Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative approaches to STEM graduate education training. The program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master's and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.

IGE focuses on projects aimed at piloting, testing, and validating innovative and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education. IGE projects are intended to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption. The program supports testing of novel models or activities with high potential to enrich and extend the knowledge base on effective graduate education approaches.

The program addresses both workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacity building needs in graduate education. Strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academic partners are encouraged.

Please Note: Harvard University, as a single institution, is limited to submitting two proposals to this opportunity. This includes serving as a lead organization, non-lead organization, or sub awardee on a collaborative proposal, or as a lead organization on a non-collaborative proposal. Organizations participating solely as evaluators on projects are excluded from this limitation. An individual may serve as Lead PI or Co-PI on only one proposal submitted to the IGE program per annual competition. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research will conduct the internal competition to select the Harvard nominees. To be considered for the Harvard nomination, potential applicants must submit an internal pre-proposal via the link above.
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OSP/FAS/SEAS Deadline: August 21, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: August 28, 2019
Award Amount:  For summer REU projects, the total budget request--including all direct costs and indirect costs--is generally expected not to exceed $1,200 per student per week. (The budget request for an academic-year REU project should be comparable on a pro rata basis.) However, projects that involve international activities, field work in remote locations, a Research Experience for Teachers (RET) component, or other exceptional circumstances may exceed this limit.
 
The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research:
  1. REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome.
  2. REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects.
Undergraduate student participants in either REU Sites or REU Supplements must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States. Students do not apply to NSF to participate in REU activities. Students apply directly to REU Sites or to NSF-funded investigators who receive REU Supplements. To identify appropriate REU Sites, students should consult the directory of active REU Sites here .
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International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) *
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days before sponsor deadline
Sponsor Deadline: September 10, 2019 (Track-I: IRES Sites); September 17, 2019 (Track-II: Advanced Studies Institutes); September 24, 2019 (Track-III: New Concepts in International Graduate Experience)
Award Amount: Up to $300,000 over 3 years (Track-I: IRES Sites); Up to $400,000 over up to 3 years (Track-II: Advanced Studies Institutes); Up to $1M over 3 years (Track-III: New Concepts in International Graduate Experience)
 
The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports international research and research-related activities for U.S. science and engineering students. The IRES program contributes to development of a diverse, globally-engaged workforce with world-class skills. IRES focuses on active research participation by undergraduate or graduate students in high quality international research, education and professional development experiences in NSF-funded research areas.
  1. IRES - Track I: IRES Sites (IS) projects engage a group of undergraduate and/or graduate students in active high-quality collaborative research at an international site with mentorship from researchers at a host lab. IRES Sites must be organized around a coherent intellectual theme that may involve a single discipline or multiple disciplines funded by NSF.
  2. IRES - Track II: Advanced Studies Institutes (ASI) are intensive short courses with related activities that engage advanced graduate students in active learning and research at the frontiers of knowledge. ASIs typically range in length from ten to twenty-one days and must be held outside the United States. ASIs must have a compelling rationale for their international location and should involve distinguished active researchers in the target field from the U.S. and abroad. ASIs should enable students to develop skills and broaden professional networks, leveraging international participation and complementary resources (expertise, facilities, data, field site, etc.) for mutual benefit.
  3. IRES - Track III: New Concepts in International Graduate Experience (IGE) The IGE IRES track invites teams of PIs to propose, implement, evaluate and disseminate innovative large-scale programs (models) for providing high-quality international research and research-related professional development experiences to U.S. graduate students. The PIs should explain how their innovative program (model) could potentially be adaptable beyond the immediate disciplinary fields involved in their proposal. The proposals should be designed from the viewpoint of graduate-level STEM research/training, and globally engaged STEM workforce development. The proposals should be grounded in relevant literature on graduate STEM research/training, education, and graduate level international experiences.
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Cyber-Physical Systems
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 days prior to submission of a full proposal
Sponsor Submission Window: September 12, 2019 - September 26, 2019 (Frontier); The deadline for Small and Medium grants has passed.  
Award Amount: $1.2M - $7M (Frontier)

The Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) program aims to develop the core research needed to engineer complex CPS, some of which may also require dependable, high-confidence, or provable behaviors. Core research areas of the program include control, data analytics, autonomy, design, information management, internet of things (IoT), mixed initiatives including human-in- or on-the-loop, networking, privacy, real-time systems, safety, security, and verification. By abstracting from the particulars of specific systems and application domains, the CPS program seeks to reveal cross-cutting, fundamental scientific and engineering principles that underpin the integration of cyber and physical elements across all application domains. The program additionally supports the development of methods, tools, and hardware and software components based upon these cross-cutting principles, along with validation of the principles via prototypes and testbeds. This program also fosters a research community that is committed to advancing education and outreach in CPS and accelerating the transition of CPS research into the real world.
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