December 2020 

A Note from the Research Development Team

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our team will be working remotely. We are available to provide assistance via email, phone, or Zoom conferencing. Please also refer to our FAS RAS website and the OSP website for information about submitting proposals and managing your awards.

Please Note: Due to the upcoming Winter Recess, if a proposal submission deadline falls during the week of January 4, 2021 through January 8, 2021, please email the OSP Proposal Submission Team to let them know that a proposal will need to be quickly turned around upon return from the break.

For assistance, please contact:
Erin Hale, Senior Research Development Officer

Jennifer Corby, Research Development Officer | 617-495-1590

News, Announcements, and Special Features

The FAS Research Development team has compiled the following resources for those seeking funding for COVID-19 Research:
  • For an aggregated list of COVID-19 research funding opportunities, visit the SPIN website while on a Harvard network and click on Search in the menu bar and then click on COVID-19/Coronavirus Funding Opportunities in the drop down menu. This list is updated daily and can be exported to Excel.
  • Harvard Link: Alternatively, you may add the key word COVID to your Harvard Link account to receive updated COVID-19 funding recommendations.
  • Other Funding Search Databases Available to Harvard Affiliates: All Harvard affiliates have access to the funding databases PIVOT, SPIN and FDO here.
  • ¬≠Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Funding List: Johns Hopkins University has compiled and continues to maintain a list of funding opportunities available for COVID-19 research.
We also encourage you to visit the division of science and SEAS Coronavirus FAQs website.

Feature: COVID-19 Funding Opportunities Spotlight 
This section of the newsletter will highlight opportunities relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Feature: New Investigator Opportunity Spotlight
Quick links to early career opportunities in this month's newsletter.
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News: NSF Seeks Proposals from Mid-Career Researchers

Through the Mid-Career Advancement (MCA) program, the NSF is seeking proposals from mid-career scientists at the Associate Professor rank (or equivalent) who wish to substantively advance their research program and career trajectory. The MCA provides protected time and resources to enable advancements in creativity and productivity. Scientists at the Associate Professor rank (or equivalent) are freer than their more junior colleagues to pursue bold and innovative research ideas, but at the same time are often more constrained due to increased service and teaching responsibilities that can hamper scientific productivity. MCA support is expected to help lift these constraints and reduce workload inequities.
Funding Opportunities
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Foundation Opportunities 
Internal Opportunities
Industry/Corporate Opportunities
U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA)

National Science Foundation: Directorate for Computer & Information Science and Engineering (NSF: CISE)
National Science Foundation: Directorate for Engineering (NSF: ENG)

Foundation Opportunities
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: Review by Harvard OSP not required
Nomination Deadline: December 31, 2020 
Prize Amount: $250,000
The Franklin lnstitute seeks nominations for the 2021 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science of individuals who have made significant contributions to the scientific understanding of decision-making. The interdisciplinary field of decision-making integrates theory and methods from economics, psychology, neuroscience, computer science, and related areas to understand the mechanisms through which individuals and groups choose among competing possibilities and how these mechanisms guide behavior.
Nominations from any individual or organization will be accepted, including self-nominations. Nominations are encouraged in, but not limited to, the following subtopics and their intersections:
  • Psychological insights: mechanisms, development, context-dependence, individual differences, cultural variation, evolution
  • Modeling of individual or group choice behavior: valuation, social preferences, impulsivity, strategy, network models
  • Neurobiological mechanisms: human neuroscience, model organisms, behavioral neuroscience, genetic approaches, comparative approaches
  • Clinical approaches: pharmacology, psychiatric disorders, neuropsychological conditions
  • Development of interventions to improve individual and/or group decision-making outcomes
  • Broad applications: artificial intelligence, courts/law, education, finance, health/medicine, government/public policy, intelligence, labor, technology
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 6, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: January 13, 2021
Award Amount: $76,000 over two years
Target Applicants: Early-career scientists who have received their final degree within the past 10 years (on or after September 1, 2011) and who hold fully independent positions as investigators.
The Gulf Research Program's Early-Career Research Fellowship supports emerging scientific leaders as they take risks on research ideas not yet tested, pursue unique collaborations, and build a network of colleagues who share their interest in improving offshore energy system safety and the well-being of coastal communities and ecosystems. Funding is available for the fellow to use for research-related expenses, including equipment purchases, professional travel, professional development courses, trainee support, salary, or any other costs directly related to the fellow's research.
The Human Health and Community Resilience track goal focuses on contributing to the advancement of health equity in the Gulf of Mexico region or Alaska by considering the social determinants of health. Research Fellows can be based at any institution, as long as their work is relevant to the charge of the Gulf Research Program to focus on "human health and environmental protection including issues relating to offshore oil drilling and hydrocarbon production and transportation in the Gulf of Mexico and on the United States' outer continental shelf." Up to seven fellows will be chosen for the Human Health and Community Resilience Track in 2021.
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: January 18, 2021 by 12:00 PM
Sponsor LOI Deadline (if nominated): February 18, 2021
Award Amount: $300,000/year for up to 3 years and a maximum of an additional 15% ($45,000) per year for indirect costs
The Breakthrough Science Initiative Awards Program accepts proposals from Principal Investigators involved in original research of Chemical Biology. Chemical Biology is defined as research that deals with the interface between chemistry and biology. The criteria for this field are deliberately broad so as not to disqualify potentially innovative and groundbreaking projects.
To be eligible, the PI must be a junior or mid-career scientist (within 15 years of starting an independent academic position). Parental leave will be considered in calculating eligibility. The PI may not already be engaged in other sponsored research with Ono Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. and/or other grant programs with the Ono Pharma Foundation. The PI may not apply for funding to amplify current work. However, PIs may research a new idea based on a prior finding.
Recent recipients include Brian Liau (2019, CCB) and Christina Woo (2018, CCB).
This is a limited submission opportunity and Harvard University may put forward only two proposals. Applicants for the Harvard nomination must submit a pre-proposal to an internal competition administered by the Office of the Vice Provost of Research (OVPR) at the link above.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 21, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: January 28, 2021
Award Amount: $8,400 per year for five years ($6,000 per year for collaboration, travel and research expenses; $1,000 per year in discretionary funds for the awardee's department; and $1,400 per year in indirect costs to the awardee's institution)
The goal of the program is to substantially increase collaborative contacts between accomplished, active mathematicians in the United States, who do not otherwise have access to funding that allows support for travel and visitors. To be eligible to apply, an individual must have a Ph.D. degree and hold a tenure-track or tenured position within a mathematics department with a Ph.D. degree granting program. The five-year grant will commence September 1, 2021. Collaboration grant awardees may not hold any other external PI or PI equivalent grants with an end date after September 1, 2021.
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: January 21, 2021
Award Amount: $875,000 over five years
Eligible Disciplines: physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering
The Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering program provides the nation's most promising early-career scientists and engineers with flexible funding and the freedom to take risks and explore new frontiers in their fields of study. Packard Fellows are encouraged to think big and look at complex issues with a fresh perspective. Fellows may use their funds in whatever way would best advance their research. The following disciplines are eligible for support: chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering. Initial faculty appointments should have begun no earlier than May 31, 2018 and no later than May 31, 2021. The Foundation allows exceptions to the eligibility window for time taken for family/medical leave. If a nominee is outside the eligibility window this should be briefly acknowledged in the nomination letter.
Recent recipients include Julia Mundy (Physics, 2020), Marine Denolle (EPS, 2017), Kang-Kuen Ni (CCB, 2016), Karin Oberg (Astronomy, 2014), Emily Balskus (CCB, 2013), Charlie Conroy (Astronomy, 2013), Karinne Gibbs (MCB, 2012), and John Johnson (Astronomy, 2012).
Please Note: This is a limited submission opportunity and Harvard University may put forward only two nominations. Applicants for the Harvard nomination must be nominated by a department chair or area chair and must submit a pre-proposal to an internal competition administered by the Office of the Vice Provost of Research (OVPR) at the link above.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 9, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: February 17, 2021
Award Amount: Because hardware, software, and protocol development projects that may be supported by this RFA likely require different resourcing levels, a budget limit has not been set on a per project basis.
The ability to view protein molecules in cells and monitor changes in their structure, quantity, distribution, and interactions is key to understanding what causes diseases and finding treatments and cures. This grant program will advance technology development for the field of visual proteomics and aim to obtain near-atomic resolution readouts inside the cell. The long-term goal of this RFA, part of CZI's Frontiers of Imaging effort, is to drive technology development aimed at visualizing proteins and their interactions inside the cell. This funding opportunity is not intended to support question-driven basic or translational research, clinical trials, or drug development. Preliminary data is encouraged but not required. Awards will be 2.5 years (30 months) in duration with a start date of no earlier than August 1, 2021. Each application should have a minimum of one PI, but may designate up to three total PIs (one Coordinating PI and up to two Co-PIs).
Applications are particularly encouraged from:
  • Researchers in disciplines outside of biomedicine who bring new technology, resources, or frameworks to studying proteins and their interactions inside of cells;
  • Women, underrepresented minorities, and members of underserved populations; and
  • Early-career investigators, defined as principal investigators who have been in an independent faculty role for less than six years at the time of application, i.e. starting after their first position after February 2015.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 19, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: February 28, 2021
Award Amount: $5,000 - $25,000. Overhead is not allowed. This falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application. 
The Engineering Information Foundation supports developmental projects, instructional projects, and training programs in engineering education and research that fit their fields of interest. These currently include the availability and use of published information, women in engineering, and information access in developing countries. The Foundation is interested in innovative projects with measurable results that promote significant and lasting change, that can be successfully replicated elsewhere, and methodologies that are specific, well-defined, and cost-effective.

Internal Opportunities
Deadline: January 4, 2021
Award Amount: $2,500
The Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative (HMUI) invites applications for grants to support research projects with an urban focus, ideally with an interdisciplinary approach. Projects might include but are not limited to such issues as inequality, diversity, and climate change. HMUI is particularly interested in linking humanistic approaches to cities with spatial investigations of the built and natural environments. HMUI seeks proposals in three broad areas:
  1. development of course-related materials
  2. research in archives and online data sets that will lead to publication
  3. innovative strategies for disseminating knowledge (e.g.: data visualization, maps, multimedia history, etc.).

All Harvard affiliates are eligible to apply. Faculty and instructors can only apply to hire student research assistants. Currently-enrolled students, both undergraduate and graduate, may apply to undertake their own independent or collaborative projects. Students can indicate a faculty sponsor or request the HMUI's help in finding one. Collaborative projects that bring together faculty and students from across the university to develop new cross-disciplinary approaches to the study of urban environments, societies, and cultures are welcome. Projects can be conducted in Spring and/or Summer of 2021. 
Deadline: January 25, 2021
Award Amount: up to $150,000 payable over one or two years. It is anticipated that 5 - 10 grants will be awarded each year.
The Lemann Brazil Research Fund is intended to foster collaboration between scholars and to support research projects focused on current issues facing Brazil. Proposals are sought for research projects that address education management and administration; social science and its applications; public administration and policy; technological advances in education; and evidence-based research. Consideration will also be given to projects that propose collaboration between Harvard faculty and Brazilian academics in the life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, and basic and applied sciences. Given the challenges of this year, special consideration will be given to applicants in any field proposing work related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are invited from individuals who hold a faculty appointment at a Harvard school and who have principal investigator rights at that school.
Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of academic merit, feasibility, and their anticipated advancement of the objectives of the Fund and must meet at least one of the following three criteria:
  1. Include collaboration with Brazilian academics
  2. Be undertaken in Brazil in whole or in part
  3. Focus on Brazil
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.

Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: Varies by award type 

In addition to supporting post-doctoral and pre-doctoral fellows directly through its Fellowship program, SGRP invites faculty and researchers throughout Harvard to apply for grants supporting their own research. 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
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadlines: January 4, 2021; April 5, 2021; July 5, 2021; October 4, 2021
Award Information: Azure compute credits worth $5,000, $10,000, or $15,000
AI for Earth awards grants to support projects that use AI to change the way people and organizations monitor, model, and manage Earth's natural systems. The program's areas of focus are: climate; agriculture; biodiversity; and water. Applicants can be affiliated with an academic institution, nonprofit organization, government entity, environmental startup, or an innovative project within a company. Microsoft recommends that the main applicant has a demonstrated background in environmental science and/or technology, and that at least one member of the team has strong enough technical skills to complete the project successfully. Applicants should be close to or done with their data collection and ready to start with computation and model building.
Applicants who have access to a labeled dataset and are ready to start using Azure AI tools and cloud computing may request Azure compute credits through this program. Members of the AI for Earth grantee community also have access to additional resources - technical advice and support, online Azure training materials, and invitations to the AI for Earth Summit for networking and education opportunities. In addition, Esri will consider AI for Earth grant recipients who are affiliated with academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and startups for a sponsored subscription to Esri ArcGIS Pro, a leading geospatial software for creating maps, performing spatial analysis, and managing data.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: March 12, 2021; July 30, 2021
Award Information: Azure compute credits worth $10,000, $15,000, or $20,000 plus grant funds to cover costs related to collecting or labeling data, developing models, or other engineering-related work. These are one-year grants.
AI for Accessibility amplifies human capability through grants, investments of technology, and expertise. Microsoft is looking for individuals or teams who are not only passionate about making the world more inclusive, but also firmly rooted in the communities they intend to benefit. Microsoft wants to invest in ideas that are developed by or with people with disabilities. This program currently focuses on three main challenges: Employment; Daily Life; and Communication and Connection.
Applications are accepted in specific areas of interest for each deadline:
  • March 12, 2021 - Education
  • July 30, 2021 - Open Call

FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: December 18, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: January 8, 2021
Award Amount: Each award will include a 24-month base period (each 12-month interval of the base period shall not exceed $250,000 for a maximum of $500,000) and a 12-month option period (a maximum of $500,000 awarded as the "Director's Fellowship," reserved for a limited number of awardees who demonstrate exceptional YFA project performance over the 24-month base period).
DARPA's Young Faculty Award (YFA) program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions and expose them to DoD and National Security challenges and needs. In particular, YFA will provide high-impact funding to elite researchers early in their careers to develop innovative new research directions in the context of enabling transformative DoD capabilities. Participation is open to individuals who are U.S. Citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents, and Foreign Nationals who are current Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professors; or current Tenured faculty within 3 years of their Tenure date. DARPA is particularly interested in identifying outstanding researchers who have previously not been performers on DARPA programs, but the program is open to all qualified applicants with innovative research ideas. Once awards are made, each YFA performer will be assigned a DARPA Program Manager with interests closely related to their research topic. The Program Manager will act as project manager and mentor to the YFA award recipients.
DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the areas of interest to DARPA's six technical offices: Biological Technologies Office (BTO), Defense Sciences Office (DSO), Information Innovation Office (I2O), Microsystems Technology Office (MTO), Strategic Technology Office (STO), and Tactical Technology Office (TTO). This RA solicits single PI proposals for research and development in the following specific Topic Areas (TAs) of interest:
  1. Cutting the Cold Chain (C3)
  2. Infectious Disease Detection of Individuals at Facility Ingress
  3. Musculoskeletal Injury-associated Microbiomes
  4. Spike Plus: Innovative Models of Neural Computation and Control
  5. Developing a Molecular Strategy to Control Invasive Plant Species that Impede Logistics
  6. Broadband, Efficient Upconversion with 2D Material Platforms
  7. Analogical Decision Planning
  8. Multifunctional Molecular Networks
  9. Extreme Photon Sensing
  10. Lessons in Asymmetric Adversarial Reasoning (LiAAR)
  11. Analysis of Corporate Access, Ownership, and Control
  12. A Unified Theoretical and Computational Framework for Narratives in Information Operations
  13. Analyzing Differential Privacy Misuse
  14. Effective Hardware Supported Monitoring of Software
  15. Robot Adaptation as Living Creatures
  16. Ferroelectric Material for FerroElectronic Devices
  17. Ultra-Wide Bandgap Material and RF Device Technology
  18. Electroluminescent-Based Coolers Approaching Carnot Limit
  19. Topologically-enhanced Reconfigurable Optoelectronics
  20. Materials and Interconnect Approaches for 3D Heterogeneous Integration for Millimeter Wave Arrays
  21. Acoustic Sensing with Electro-momentum Coupling
  22. Access to Networks with Machine Learning (ANML)
  23. Lithography-free Integrated Photonics
  24. Extension of Hypersonic Sonic Boom Theory to Include Lift Components
  25. Unique Robotics Using Flexible Films with Embedded Actuators
  26. Energy Web Dominance
  27. Novel Methods for High-Rate, Short-Duration Force Measurement
At the executive summary phase, proposing PIs are limited to one executive summary per TA; at the full proposal phase, proposing PIs are limited to submitting only one full proposal to only one topic under this RA. The YFA Proposers Day was held on September 25, 2020 via webcast. DARPA will post the presentation at:

FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: December 18, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: January 8, 2021
Award Amount: The level of funding for individual awards made under this solicitation has not been predetermined and will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. INCAS is divided into three phases, totaling 48 months. The first two phases will be 18 months each, and the third phase will be 12 months.
DARPA's Information Innovation Office (I2O) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of computational techniques and tools that aid analysts in detection and sensemaking of geopolitical online influence campaigns. INCAS is an applied research and development effort and is thus expected to result in portable, modular tools and technologies that operational users can assess. Towards this end, program performance will be rigorously evaluated on program-wide and technology-specific metrics for current and historical scenarios developed in consultation with operational stakeholders. Scenarios will be built around specific combinations of non-U.S. populations, topics of geopolitical interest, and online media platforms and sources.
INCAS has five technical areas (TAs):
  • TA1, Influence Indicator Detection, will develop techniques to identify influence indicators in online messaging.
  • TA2, Population Response Characterization, will develop techniques to segment the responding population to a set of influence messages, characterize each segment using psychographic and demographic attributes, and identify correlations among these attributes, influence indicators, and response.
  • TA3, Influence Campaign Modeling, will develop techniques for analyst-machine sensemaking of influence campaigns including aiding analysts in assessing confidence in campaign models.
  • TA4, Data and Testbed Development, will develop the infrastructure to provide social media messaging and other data feeds from online sources to all TAs. TA4 will collect and persist social media and other online data and implement low-level data analytics. TA4 will also develop application programming interfaces (APIs) so performers in other TAs can access data and post the output of their algorithms in TA4's infrastructure. In addition, TA4 will develop the testbed infrastructure for program use.
  • TA5, Program Evaluation, will design and conduct technology evaluations (including metrics and scenario definition), develop ground truth evaluation data for program scenarios, manage a Program Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) group, coordinate with an Operational Stakeholders Group, and coordinate PI meeting events. TA5 will not be competed as part of this BAA, but is included here for informational purposes as all TAs are expected to interact with and support TA5 for program evaluation. 
Each proposal may only address one TA. DARPA anticipates multiple awards for Technical Areas (TAs) 1 and 2 and a single award for TAs 3 and 4 (no award for TA5, which is listed for information purposes only).
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (required): December 21, 2020
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals (if invited): TBA
Award Amount: Projects are anticipated to fall in the $100,000 to $500,000 range. The Government anticipates 12-18 month periods of performance for each award, but may negotiate for a longer duration (up to 36 months), as appropriate.
Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Data and Analysis Center (DAC) on behalf of the Army Futures Command Futures and Concepts Center, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence (MSCoE) solicits white papers related to Human Systems Integration (HSI) applied research proposals in support of MSCoE's Desired Enabling Capabilities for Fiscal Year 2021.
Applied research proposals of particular interest to CCDC DAC include HSI related research in support of Maneuver Support and Protection functional areas. Overarching HSI research efforts of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Non-medical research on reduction in Soldier's physical and cognitive demands, improved situational awareness, and heightened individual readiness.
  • Application of human factors engineering to warfighting functions and enabling capabilities.
  • Research development of tools and methods to address emerging challenges to improve the capabilities of Soldiers by optimizing user performance involving tradeoffs, e.g., between physical space and system weight, crew size, and workload.
  • Research to maximize lethality, survivability, effectiveness, and integrated performance of Soldiers, their equipment, and systems.
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (required): January 3, 2021
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals (if invited): May 2, 2021
Award Amount: It is anticipated that $3M in annual funding will be available for a single Center award. The Center award will contain a base period of thirty-six months followed by a single option period of twenty-four months. It is anticipated that the Seedling awards will range from $60,000-$250,000 per year, with typical awards in the range of $120,000-$180,000 per year. Seedling awards will contain a base period of twelve months with up to two option periods, each for twelve months.
The Energetics Basic Research Center (EBRC) is a basic research program initiated by the Combat Capabilities Development Command/Army Research Laboratory/ARO. It focuses on areas of strategic importance to U.S. national security. It seeks to increase the Army's intellectual capital in energetic materials (EM) and improve its ability to address future challenges. EBRC brings together universities, research institutions, companies, and individual scholars and supports multidisciplinary and cross-institutional projects addressing specific topic areas determined by the Department of the Army. The EBRC aims to promote research in specific areas of EMs and to promote a candid and constructive relationship between DA and the energetics research community.
This year's Technical Thrust areas are:
  • Novel materials and synthesis methods
  • Microstructure and geometry influence on energetic release
  • Advanced diagnostics and modeling
There are two funding areas in this announcement which are referred as Center and Seedling. A Center award is a single award to a large, team-oriented center. Seedling awards will be made to multiple single investigators. The Center and Seedling awardees will collaborate and cooperate among themselves and with CCDC-ARL. Proposals submitted to the Center funding area must address all of the Technical Thrust areas. Proposals submitted to the Seedling funding area must address at least one of the Technical Thrust areas.
Sponsor Deadline for Abstracts (strongly encouraged): January 4, 2021
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: February 3, 2021
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 online discussion culminates in an opportunity to submit an abstract and subsequently a proposal describing a proposed research project. The focus of this topic is to discuss the possibility to create a new manufacturing capability that grows freeform solid objects without the need for a computer (CAD) model of the target object, specialized hardware (e.g., fluid handling devices) and other tooling typically required in additive manufacturing. The topic will be refined as the incubator conversation evolves. The updated topic can be found in the "Chemistry Directed Manufacturing (Topic 24)" incubator located on the website.
The process, evaluation criteria, abstract submission instructions, and proposal submission instructions are described in the most recent amendment of the BAA for Polyplexus Pilot 3 (HR001119S0075).
At least one award is anticipated.
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (highly encouraged): January 7, 2021
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: March 24, 2021
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: March 31, 2021
Award Amount: Up to $1M per year for a maximum of five years. The anticipated period of performance is a three-year base period, with one two-year option to continue performance.
This is a special FOA in support of the research objectives of the Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL) university Center of Excellence (COE) in Radiation Effect in Electronic Materials, Circuits, Devices, and Systems. This COE addresses research objectives of the United States Space Force (USSF) and the United States Air Force (USAF). A university COE is defined as a joint effort among Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Air Force Research Laboratory Technology Directorates (AFRL TDs), and an outstanding university or team of universities to perform high-priority collaborative research. This center is a joint project between the AFRL's AFOSR and the Space Vehicles Directorate (AFRL/RV), the Directed Energy Directorate (AFRL/RD), the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate (AFRL/RX), and the Sensors Directorate (AFRL/RY).
This COE will focus on the interactions between several technical elements that form the foundations of radiation damage of electronics and how to mitigate the effects of that damage. Studies of single-event effects and mitigation strategies must be part of any proposal. The center will pursue insertion of the new knowledge base into the next generation of modelling and simulation tools, including verification and validation of the resulting models. This FOA also calls for the education of students within the US in vital technology areas with opportunities for potential recruitment of US nationals for employment at AFRL.
AFOSR anticipates making one award under this announcement.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 12, 2021
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: January 20, 2021 for CE proposals
Award Amount: The level of funding for individual awards made under this BAA will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. The program will consist of three Phases and a total of 42 months for TA1/TA2: Phase 1 (Base period, 24 months), Phase 2 (Option 1, 12 months), Phase 3 (Option 2, 6 months). CE will begin roughly 12 months into Phase 1 and will run the duration of the rest of the program (30 months).
The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals to use traditional methods of accessing local knowledge to aid operational decision making to enable a comparative evaluation (CE) of efficacy and efficiency against experimental methods developed under TA1(Model Development)/TA2 (Engagement Mechanism) of the Habitus program. Work solicited under this announcement is expressly for the Comparative Evaluation (CE) portion of the Habitus Program. DARPA is not accepting proposals for the TA1/TA2 portion of the program at this time. All information about TA1 and TA2 included in this amended solicitation is for the purposes of informing CE proposers only. In order to evaluate the efficacy of the Habitus experimental TA1/TA2 approaches to predict outcomes, DARPA will compare the performance of the computational cognitive models developed under TA1/TA2 against more traditional methods such as market research and polling applied by the Comparative Evaluation (CE) team (the subject of this announcement). In contrast to TA1/TA2, the CE team will apply traditional methods in innovative ways to provide comparison data for each question posed by the TA1/TA2 teams; the accuracy of TA1/TA2 and CE methods will both be compared to verifiable, real-world outcomes to determine whether experimental methods provide tangible advantages over traditional methods applied in innovative ways.
DARPA anticipates a single award for the CE team.

Sponsor Deadline for Abstracts (strongly encouraged): January 14, 2021
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: February 25, 2021
Award Amount: The amount of resources made available under this special notice will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. Keystone projects will have a 12-month period of performance.
This announcement describes a research thrust, entitled "Keystone," that will focus on the early events associated with brain injury. This special notice is designed to solicit proposals to identify the first "biological responder(s)" within milliseconds to seconds after the brain sustains a militarily relevant brain injury. The resulting studies will evaluate the first biological responder(s) (i.e., molecular or cellular responses) following traumatic brain injury (TBI) from blasts as well as unconventionally acquired brain injury (UBI) from ultrasound and electromagnetic sources.
This solicitation is released under the current DARPA BTO Office Wide Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), HR001120S0044. The requirements for the abstract and full proposal submission, evaluation, and award of any resulting awards will ultimately be subject to the terms described in HR001120S0044.   
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (required): February 1, 2021 (Funding Area One: Team); February 1, 2021, February 1, 2022, February 1, 2023, February 1, 2024 (Funding Area Two: Seedling)
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals (if invited): May 24, 2021 (Funding Area One: Team); May 24, 2021, May 24, 2022, May 24, 2023, May 24, 2024 (Funding Area Two: Seedling)
Award Amount: It is anticipated that approximately $1.5M in annual funding will be available for award to each of the two proposals funded under Funding Area One (Team). Awards up to a maximum of $2M annually may be considered only for extremely meritorious proposals. It is also anticipated that up to $1M in annual aggregate funding will be available for all awards under Funding Area Two (Seedling). It is anticipated that the Seedling awards will range from $60k-$250k per year, with typical awards in the range of $120k-$180k per year. Awards in the upper end of the range will
be made only for extremely meritorious proposals. Under Funding Area One (Team), the awards for full proposals will contain a base period for thirty-six months followed by a single option period of twenty-four months. Under Funding Area Two (Seedling), the awards for full proposals will contain a base period for twelve months with up to two option periods, each for twelve months.
The Army Center for Synthetic Biology is a basic research program initiated by the Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM)/Army Research Laboratory (ARL)/Army Research Office (ARO). It focuses on areas of strategic importance to U.S. national security. It seeks to increase the Army's intellectual capital in synthetic biology and improve its ability to address future challenges. The Army Center for Synthetic Biology brings together universities, research institutions, companies, and individual scholars and supports multidisciplinary and cross-institutional projects addressing specific topic areas determined by the Department of the Army (DA). The Army Center for Synthetic Biology aims to promote research in specific areas of synthetic biology and to promote a candid and constructive relationship between the Army Science and Technology (S&T) enterprise and the synthetic biology research community. The technical scope of the initiative is defined along the following thrust areas: 1) Predictive
Design of Engineered Biological Materials; and 2) Predictive Design of Engineered Cellular Systems in Defined Environments.
Proposals will be considered under one of two funding areas. The first funding area will support two awards to large, team-oriented efforts (Team), with one award in support of each Technical Thrust Area. It is anticipated the Team awards may include several sub-awards to multiple institutions or organizations because the necessary expertise in addressing the numerous facets of the topics may reside within different organizations. The second funding area is for multiple single investigator awards (Seedling). It is anticipated that there will be five to ten awards under Funding Area Two (Seedling). A submitted proposal may only apply to one funding area. A proposer may submit to both areas but not with the same proposal.
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (required): February 15, 2021
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals (if invited): June 1, 2021
Award Amount: It is anticipated that approximately $4.5M in total of annual funding will be available for award for all the teams/components of the Center. Depending on the scope of a proposal, whether addressing only a single sub-topic at one extreme, to potentially covering the full scope of the Center at the other extreme, it can request funds in the range from ~$150K all the way to the full $4.5M. The award for a full proposal will contain a base period for thirty-six months, followed by an additional option period of twenty-four months to be determined by the results of the three-year program review.
The U.S. Army Research Office (ARO) is soliciting proposals for establishing a multidisciplinary research center for extreme-radio-frequency electronics (x-RF electronics) based on ultra-wide bandgap (UWBG) semiconductors and related emerging materials. The UWBG RF Electronics Center to be created will facilitate collaboration between extramural academic researchers and the Army in pursuit of a mutual goal: generating the foundational knowledge in solid-state physics, device structures, integrated circuit design, materials discovery and development, and physics-based machine learning needed to enable the next generation of RF electronics with unprecedented power, bandwidth, frequency agility, and size-weight-and-power (SWaP) requirements. This necessitates novel research that moves beyond the frequency, power and noise constraints imposed by current approaches to modeling, materials, and established device structures. The Center will provide the Army with a new ability to create advanced RF
technologies across its modernization priorities for robust multi-domain operations in highly contested electromagnetic (EM) environments.
This BAA consists of three main topics: Ultra-wide Bandgap (UWBG) Semiconductor Physics and Devices, UWBG Materials, and Physics-Driven Machine Learning for UWBG Materials and RF Device Development. Some topics are further divided into sub-topics. Teams are encouraged to self-organize at any scale to create a proposal to address one, several, or all of these areas as they see fit. The full Center will be selected from a set of these Teams (as separate Team awards) that together appropriately cover the full scope of the BAA. Team awards can themselves include sub-awards to one or more institutions or organizations, because the necessary expertise in addressing the numerous facets of the topics may reside within different organizations. All Team awards will collaborate and cooperate among themselves and with the Army S&T enterprise in accomplishing the research objectives.
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers: Rolling through March 2, 2025
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: Rolling through March 2, 2025
Award Amount: DTRA SI-STT estimates the total program budget divided among multiple awardees at approximately $1,950,000 per year. The preferred period of performance for studies is 6-9 months to maximize opportunities for operational relevance. Given the need for timely research, in most but not all cases, the period of performance shall not exceed 12 months from the effective date of award.
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Strategic Integration Directorate, Strategic Trends and Effects Department, Strategic Trends Division (SI-STT) is announcing to industry and academia the intent to solicit white papers and proposals for research studies, strategic dialogues, and tabletop exercises (TTXs) through this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). This strategy provides an acquisition tool to support SI-STT's Strategic Trends Research Initiative (STRI) with the flexibility to solicit white papers and proposals from the external expert community and make awards for expert-driven research efforts that meet present, emerging, and future needs.
Per priorities identified by the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS), SI-STT seeks proposals and white papers for research studies, strategic dialogues, and TTXs addressing the following five focus areas:
  • Identify the utility of deeper, more meaningful relationships with existing allies, partners, and establish new relationships with non-traditional partners as a mechanism to compete against key strategic competitors;
  • Understand the implications of key strategic competitors' emerging capabilities on the United States' ability to maintain operational advantage and project power;
  • Identify emerging WMD-related threats of concern for the future battlespace;
  • Consider the role and application of WMD risk reduction tools and approaches (e.g. arms control) in an era of Great Power competition; and/or
  • Explore the utility and applicability of applying a Counter Threat Network (CTN) approach to better characterize and address cross-domain threats posed by priority threat actors.
Within these five broad focus areas, DTRA SI-STT is specifically interested in credible, timely, operationally relevant and actionable research products (studies, strategic dialogues, and TTXs) that are aligned with seven thrust areas outlined below in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020:
  • Thrust Area 1: Competition with Revisionist Powers
  • Thrust Area 2: Emerging Threats
  • Thrust Area 3: Counter Threat Networks (CTN)
  • Thrust Area 4: Strategic Security and Risk Reduction
Track 1.5 and Track 2 Strategic Dialogues with:
  • Thrust Area 5: Allies, partners, and non-traditional partners
  • Thrust Area 6: Key strategic competitors
Tabletop Exercises (TTXs) that are focused on:
  • Thrust Area 7: Competition with Revisionist Powers (with a focus on WMD-related issues)
The funding will be provided for study projects, strategic dialogues (Track 1.5 and Track 2 meetings), and TTXs. Applicants are encouraged to propose projects in all categories, which are aligned with distinct thrust areas.

If 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. 
Sponsor Pre-Application Deadline (required): December 17, 2020
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 25, 2021
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: March 4, 2021
Award Amount: Varies by research area
The DOE SC program in Biological and Environmental Research (BER) hereby announces its interest in receiving applications for research in Environmental System Science (ESS). The goal of the ESS program in BER is to advance an integrated, robust, and scale-aware predictive understanding of terrestrial systems and their interdependent biological, chemical, ecological, hydrological and physical processes. The program seeks to develop an integrated framework using a systems approach to unravel the complex processes and controls on the structure, function, feedbacks, and dynamics of terrestrial ecosystems, spanning from the bedrock through the rhizosphere and vegetation to the atmospheric surface layer. The scope includes watersheds and coastal zones, terrestrial-aquatic interfaces, and understudied ecosystems that represent a significant knowledge gap in local and regional process models and predictive Earth system models.
Sponsor Letter of Intent Deadline (required): December 20, 2020
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 10, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: February 18, 2021
Award Amount: Up to $250,000 per year for single PI and up to $350,000 per year for collaborative proposals for 2-3 years.
The DOE SC program in Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) and the NNSA Defense Programs (DP) Office of Experimental Sciences jointly announce their interests in receiving applications for new and renewal awards for research in the SC-NNSA Joint Program in High-Energy-Density (HED) laboratory plasmas. All individuals or groups planning to submit applications for new or renewal funding in Fiscal Year 2021 should submit applications in response to this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).
Generally, HEDLP research is directed at exploring the behavior of matter at extreme conditions of temperature, density, and pressure, including laboratory astrophysics and planetary science, structure and dynamic of matter at the atomic scale, laser-plasma interactions and relativistic optics, magneto hydrodynamics (MHD) and magnetized plasmas, and plasma atomic physics and radiation transport.
The specific areas of interest are:
  1. HED Hydrodynamics
  2. Radiation-Dominated Dynamics and Material Properties
  3. Magnetized HED Plasma Physics
  4. Nonlinear Optics of Plasmas and Laser-Plasma Interactions
  5. Relativistic HED Plasmas and Intense Beam Physics
  6. Warm Dense Matter
  7. High-Z, Multiply Ionized HED Atomic Physics
  8. Diagnostics for HED Laboratory Plasmas
FAS/SEAS/OSP Pre-Application Deadline: January 11, 2021
Sponsor Pre-Application Deadline (required): January 19, 2021
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: March 30, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: April 6, 2021
Award Amount: Up to $2,000,000 per year for 4 years
The DOE SC programs in Basic Energy Sciences (BES) and Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) announce their interest in receiving applications from interdisciplinary teams to establish Partnerships under the SC-wide Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program in specific targeted topic areas that relate to the BES and ASCR missions.
This Announcement invites new research proposals for the SciDAC-5 Partnerships in BES that enable or accelerate scientific discovery employing DOE High-End/High-Performance Computing (HPC) facilities, e.g., see SciDAC will support interdisciplinary teams to establish partnerships between domain scientists - in the fields of materials science, condensed matter physics, chemical sciences, geosciences, and energy-related biosciences - and applied mathematicians and/or computer scientists to overcome barriers between these disciplines. The integrated teams will engage with the SciDAC Institutes and allow full use of DOE HPC computing capabilities.
Two topical areas of interest will be targeted:
  1. Quantum Phenomena of many-particle systems driven far from equilibrium. Applications are sought that drive and manipulate quantum effects such as coherence, entanglement, and novel states of matter by going beyond the use of existing quantum-based methods in their traditional regimes.
  2. Predictive Control of Reaction Pathways for chemical mechanisms in complex non-equilibrium and field-driven environments important in synthesis of materials and chemicals, and deconstruction of macromolecular structures such as plastics for polymer upcycling.
Efforts aimed at extending currently attainable length/time scales or increasing complexity and that algorithmically match efficiency enhancements offered by next generation computers will receive priority.
This is a limited submission opportunity and institutions are limited to no more than 2 pre-applications and applications as the lead institution. Those interested in securing the Harvard nomination should contact Erin Hale at An individual is limited to be named as the Lead PI on no more than 1 submission. Individual senior investigators are strongly encouraged not to participate on more than 2 submissions.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 19, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: January 26, 2021
Award Amount: Up to $5,000,000/year for an average of 3 years
The mission of the HEP program is to understand how the universe works at its most
fundamental level, which is done by discovering the elementary constituents of matter and
energy, probing the interactions between them, and exploring the basic nature of space and time.
The HEP program focuses on three (3) experimental scientific frontiers:
  • The Energy Frontier - where powerful accelerators are used to create new particles, reveal their interactions, and investigate fundamental forces;
  • The Intensity Frontier - where intense particle beams and highly sensitive detectors are used to pursue alternate pathways to investigate fundamental forces and particle interactions by studying events that occur rarely in nature, and to provide precision measurements of these phenomena; and
  • The Cosmic Frontier - where non-accelerator-based experiments observe the cosmos and detect cosmic particles, making measurements of natural phenomena that can provide information about the nature of cosmic acceleration, including dark energy and the cosmic microwave background; searching for dark matter particles; and studying properties of the universe that impact our understanding of matter and energy. 
Also integral to the mission of HEP are crosscutting research areas that enable new scientific opportunities by developing the necessary tools and methods for discoveries:
  • Theoretical High Energy Physics, where the vision and mathematical framework for understanding and extending the knowledge of particles, forces, space-time, and the universe are developed;
  • Accelerator Science and Technology Research and Development, where the technologies and basic science needed to design, build, and operate the accelerator facilities essential for making new discoveries are developed; and
  • Detector Research and Development, where the basic science and technologies needed to design and build the High Energy Physics detectors essential for making new discoveries are developed.
The three frontiers and the three crosscutting research areas are collectively the six core research subprograms supported by HEP. All applications should address specific research goals in one or more of the six research subprograms, explain how the proposed research or technology development supports the broad scientific objectives and mission of the HEP program, and aligns with its priorities.

FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 25, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: February 1, 2021
Award Amount: Up to $800,000 over 3 years. Cost sharing of at least 20% is required.
The University Turbine Systems Research (UTSR) Program encompasses a portfolio of gas turbine-focused university projects, which address a wide variety of technical topics (including combustion, aerodynamics/heat transfer, and advanced materials topics) by conducting cutting edge R&D. Technical topics are relevant to research goals of the US DOE and the gas turbine industry and support advanced technologies that can increase energy efficiency, reduce emissions, and provide additional performance benefits.
Sponsor Pre-Application Deadline (required): January 7, 2021
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline:  March 18, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: March 25, 2021
Award Amount: $500,000-$750,000/year for 3 years
The DOE SC Biological and Environmental Research (BER) Bioimaging Research program seeks to create a versatile "tool box" for imaging biological processes occurring within and among cells in living plants and microorganisms that may advance understanding in DOE's energy and environmental missions. The program hereby announces its interest in receiving applications to support fundamental research towards enabling new bioimaging instrumentation capabilities for the study of plant and microbial systems which may be used in bioenergy research or other disciplines supported by BER.
DOE is soliciting ideas about how DOE and the National Labs might contribute resources to help address COVID-19 through science and technology efforts and collaborations. Through its user facilities, computational power, and enabling infrastructure, DOE has unique capabilities that the scientific community may leverage for the COVID-19 response and recovery. DOE does not provide medical and clinical work; instead, the Department's mission complements the efforts of the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and other Federal partners by helping to understand the scientific phenomena contributing to COVID-19, from the structure of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes the disease, to models that can mimic its spread. DOE supports significant biologically focused facilities and resources, including the Joint Genome Institute (JGI), National Microbiome Data Collaborative (NMDC), Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory (EMSL), and DOE Systems Biology Knowledgebase (KBase). These and other DOE resources may be used for many studies, such as:

  • Developing high-throughput multiplex technologies to characterize virus-host interactions, determine phage resistance mechanisms in nature, identify the degree of specificity for each bacterial resistance mechanism across diverse phage types, and understand the coevolution of hosts and their phages, which can ultimately be used to design better phage therapeutic treatments and tools for precision microbiome engineering;
  • Improved modeling for understanding natural viral populations and persistence in the environment, as well as predictive modeling for viral stability and evolution in changing environmental conditions;
  • Understanding virus-microbiome community composition, function, and evolution;
  • Synthetic biology of key target viral proteins to rapidly develop improved vaccines or therapeutics; and
  • Synthetic biology to construct viral genome variants and test viral stability, persistence, and resilience in the environment.
The Department encourages submission of scientific questions that underpin COVID-19 response and that the research community may answer using DOE user facilities, computational resources, and enabling infrastructure. Please send research questions that the scientific community may address with DOE resources by email to The Department is acting rapidly to leverage, and when appropriate provide prioritized access to, the full range of DOE user facilities and other facilities available at national laboratories to support the national and international effort to address COVID-19. 
Other DOE Opportunities

Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA)
Registration Deadline: December 18, 2020 by 2:00pm
Proposers' Day Meeting: December 22, 2020 from 12:00pm-4:00pm
IARPA will hold a virtual Proposers' Day meeting on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST to introduce the AGILE program to potential proposers, provide information on its objectives, and collect feedback on the AGILE draft Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) technical section to be posted on prior to the Proposers' Day, in anticipation of publication of a program BAA. The AGILE program aims to develop revolutionizing computer architectures and associated integrated circuits designs for a new class of high-performance, high efficiency, scalable computers that meet the needs of large-scale data analytic problems.
IARPA holds Proposers' Days to provide information to assist potential performers to evaluate whether and how they might respond to the Government's research and development solicitations and to increase efficiency in proposal preparation and evaluation. The AGILE Proposers' Day is open only to registered potential proposers, and not to the media or the general public. The meeting will be held entirely on the WebEx video conference platform, and a recorded video of the meeting will be made available to the public on the IARPA website at Pre-registration is required and closes on December 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm EST. To register, visit: Following registration acceptance, applicable will receive an agenda and instructions on how to participate in this virtual WebEx meeting.
The Proposers' Day meeting does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals. Meeting attendance is voluntary and is not required to propose to this, or any other solicitations (if any) associated with the AGILE program

Other IARPA Opportunities 

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Sponsor Deadline for Step-1 Proposals (required): December 21, 2020
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Step-2 Proposals (if invited): March 30, 2021
Award Information: The annual budget is capped at $500K per year for up to two years (direct plus indirect costs). TRISH awards require a cost-sharing arrangement with all non-government entities consisting of an augmentation of at least 10% of the total annual TRISH award. This requirement applies to each institution involved. The 10% cost-sharing minimum must be added on top of the maximum budget of $500K per year.
The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) at Baylor College of Medicine is seeking research proposals with emerging scientific and biomedical advances, disruptive technologies, and new therapies and engineering capabilities with the potential to protect health in deep space. As a partner to the NASA Human Research Program, TRISH helps solve the health challenges to human deep space exploration. The Institute is dedicated to connecting new researchers to collaborate with NASA. TRISH seeks and funds high-risk, high-reward and creative solutions that can be used to protect astronauts on long duration exploration missions. With this solicitation, TRISH is seeking novel research and multi-disciplinary approaches to reduce health risks through manipulation of human metabolism and homeostasis at the cellular or whole organism level.
All projects funded under this call for proposals will be composed of a single principal investigator and/or a team of co-investigators, collaborators, consultants, postdoctoral associates, other professionals, and graduate and/or undergraduate students.
Five to seven awards are anticipated.

FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: December 18, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: January 8, 2021
Award Information: Approximately $99M over 5 years
Studies and investigations under the Goddard Earth Sciences Technology and Research II (GESTAR II) Cooperative Agreement (CA) will carry out observational, experimental and theoretical research in support of NASA's strategic Earth Science mission objectives. GESTAR II is expected to strengthen the cooperative relationship between the recipient and Government scientists in the Goddard Sciences and Exploration Directorate (SED), and will provide a vehicle to increase the involvement of the external science community in the pursuit of NASA goals. The GESTAR II recipient will conduct research collaboratively with organizational elements within the Goddard SED. Research may involve analysis of data from operating and past missions, and modeling and design of missions planned or under development. Future research activities will evolve as a function of priorities, budgets, funding opportunities, and success of proposal submissions. Work performed under this Cooperative Agreement will be primarily but not exclusively being performed in Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) facilities. Participation in this program is limited to U.S. organizations, specifically educational and not-for-profit institutions.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 4, 2021
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: January 11, 2021
Award Information: Approximately $65M over 5 years
Through this CAN, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) will establish a Center for Research and Exploration in Physics (CREH), a science center of excellence for basic and applied research between NASA and higher education or not-for-profit science organizations in the area of heliophysics.
The primary goal under the resulting cooperative agreement is to establish a focused GSFC/research partnership that:
  1. Brings together scientists from the Center for Research and Exploration in Heliophysics and GSFC scientists to implement the NASA strategic goals in Heliophysics science;
  2. Enhances the capabilities and strengths of participating organizations in Heliophysics science;
  3. Provides organization and staffing flexibility to adapt to evolving research program needs;
  4. Attracts superior scientists necessary to carry out programs which would be outside the capabilities of either partner working alone;
  5. Promotes the involvement of minority and women scientists in space science research, for example, via focused programs recruiting undergraduate and graduate students;
  6. Facilitates access to student talent and provides opportunities for their participation in NASA programs;
  7. Facilitates interdisciplinary research with other Divisions, such as Astrophysics, Solar System Science, and Earth Science, using Heliophysics research results and models that have applicability to these other disciplines; and,
  8. Facilitate the public purpose of transferring results of federally funded research to the public.
Sponsor Deadline for Step-1 Proposals (required): January 11, 2021
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Step-2 Proposals (if invited): April 9, 2021
Award Information: See below for details
Proposals are solicited by NASA in the areas of:
  • Immune Countermeasures Against Stress Induced Changes in Humans During Isolation Consisting of Three 8-Month Winter-Over Stays at the Palmer Antarctic Station - A maximum of $550,000 ($50,000 6-month definition phase plus $125,000/year for 4 years) is available for this topic. The definition phase will involve an implementation feasibility testing period that will be conducted before final selection of the study is made. The definition phase will integrate all of the science that will be conducted at Palmer over the 3 winter overs. The initial grant will be awarded at 50K and the remainder of the funding, 500K, will added to the grant after definition phase is complete.
  • Adapting Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell or Similar Technology for Space Radiation Carcinogenesis, Shared Biology for CVD/CNS, and Individual Susceptibility - The funding period will be for $600,000 a year for two years, with a third year of funding contingent upon demonstrated results.
  • Space Radiobiology Tissue and Data Sharing: Research Proposing the Use of Data and/or Tissue Samples from Past or Current Experiments - The total budget for this solicitation is $200,000 with a funding period of two years. An additional $50,000 is available if additional samples procurement is required to strengthen scientific objectives or meet a required deliverable.
Sponsor Deadline for Step-1 Proposals (required): January 11, 2021
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Step-2 Proposals (if invited): April 9, 2021
Award Information: Up to $150,000 for one year
NASA is soliciting investigations lasting no more than one year that provide innovative approaches to any of the risks and gaps contained in the Integrated Research Plan of the Human Research Program (HRP). Proposals solicited through this Appendix will be designated as: 1) ground-based or 2) analog definition. In addition, proposers will identify which of the three types of research products best characterizes the proposed research: 1) quantification of a crew health and performance risk, 2) countermeasure development, or 3) technology development. 
NASA is also, through the New Investigator opportunity, soliciting novel research ideas that might not be directly aligned with HRP's identified risks from new investigators who have not received funding from NASA HRP, NASA Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI), or the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) in the last ten years. 
Additionally, this appendix introduces the new Early Career Investigator (ECI) opportunity for HERO to foster the next generation of space life science researchers. HRP has launched the ECI opportunity to address longstanding challenges faced by researchers trying to embark upon and sustain independent research careers, and to take steps to promote the growth, stability and diversity of the space life sciences research community. In order to foster the next generation of researchers, HRP will accept for consideration Omnibus proposals in the ECI category on any aspect of human adaptation to spaceflight. HRP defines an early career investigator as a Principal Investigator (PI) who has completed his/her terminal research degree or end of post-graduate clinical training, whichever date is later, within the past 10 years and who as a PI has not previously been selected for an independent HRP, NSBRI, NASA Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), or TRISH research award (this requirement does not apply to coinvestigators).
Sponsor Deadline for Notices of Intent (required): January 12, 2021
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 25, 2021
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: March 4, 2021
Award Information: The Cost Cap for an EVM-3 mission is $190M in NASA Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 dollars. NASA plans to select no more than one proposal to proceed into Phase A and subsequent mission phases.
NASA issues this Earth Venture Mission-3 (EVM-3) Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for the purpose of soliciting proposals for investigations to be implemented as part of the Earth Venture element of the Earth System Science Pathfinder (ESSP) program. All investigations proposed in response to this solicitation must support the goals and objectives of EVM-3, must be implemented by Principal Investigator (PI) led investigation teams, and must be implemented through the provision of complete spaceflight missions.
The following foci have been identified for the Earth Venture-class missions:
  • Measurement and observation innovations;
  • Demonstration of innovative ideas allowing the use of existing moderately higher-risk technologies or approaches;
  • Establishment of new research avenues; and
  • Demonstration of key application-oriented measurements. 
NASA Earth Science defines science to include research, applied research, and applications. For this EVM-3 solicitation, NASA places a strong emphasis on research and innovation for Earth system science issues, especially those observational objectives given high priority in the National Research Council (NRC) 2017 Earth Science Decadal Survey (DS), while expecting appropriate attention to applications-oriented aspects to further the overall value of the mission. The selected mission(s) must be ready for launch no later than February 2027, or five years after the contract is in place, whichever is later.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 21, 2021
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: January 28, 2021
Award Information: Stipends will be $60,000 and an additional allocation for health insurance and some travel will be provided. The award is for two years of funding with an optional, competitively awarded third year of funding that may be available. Indirect costs will not be awarded to the funded institution. Additionally, TRISH welcomes, but does not require, cost sharing of 10% of the funded award from institutions who receive awards for the training of TRISH postdoctoral fellows.
The Translational Research Institute for Space Health's (TRISH) mission is to provide funding for early as well as late stage cutting-edge research that can be translated into validated human health and performance solutions for deep space exploration missions. TRISH, led by Baylor College of Medicine's Center for Space Medicine, is a consortium that includes the California Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Membership in the consortium is NOT a prerequisite to apply for TRISH awards and investigators new to space life science research are particularly encouraged to apply to TRISH opportunities. This Request for Applications (RFA) is soliciting applications for the TRISH Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. Postdoctoral fellowships will be competitively awarded in any laboratory in the United States conducting biomedical/biotechnological research aligned with TRISH's mission and goals. Potential applicants should review NASA's Human Research Roadmap (HRR) and explain how their proposed projects could impact specific risks and help close discrete knowledge or technology gaps, as defined in the HRR. The proposed work must address at least one risk to the health and performance of humans living and working in space. TRISH invites retrospective data, ground-based and analog definition applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships.
Applicants must first select a mentor, and an authorized organizational representative from the mentor's institution will submit the proposal. All researchers, regardless of support by NASA or TRISH, can serve as mentors for this opportunity. Fellowship applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or persons with pre-existing visas obtained through their sponsoring academic institutions that permit postdoctoral training for the project's duration. To be eligible for this program, postdoctoral fellows may not have more than five years (cumulative) of previous postdoctoral training as of the deadline for this proposal submission. Those earning a terminal degree more than seven years before the deadline for this solicitation are ineligible for this opportunity. Selected postdoctoral fellows are required to commit 100% of their time to the fellowship, of which at least 90% must be research efforts towards the proposed project. The start date must be by August 2021.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: Rolling through February 4, 2021
Award Information: Up to $45,000 per year to fund the Future Investigator's research project, with a maximum award value of $135,000, for up to 36 months.
The Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) is a program element in Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES)-2020. Through FINESST, the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) solicits proposals from accredited U.S. universities and other eligible organizations for graduate student-designed and performed research projects that contribute to SMD's science, technology, and exploration goals. The Future Investigator (FI) i.e., the student participant, shall have the primary initiative to define the proposed FINESST research project and must be the primary author, with input or supervision from the proposal's Principal Investigator (PI), as appropriate. In cases when the PI already has an ongoing research award from NASA, the research proposed under FINESST may address a similar topic, but the proposal should make clear how the proposed research goes beyond what NASA has already agreed to support.
A key criterion for proposal evaluation and selection is the relevance of the proposed investigation to the Science Mission Directorate (SMD). Information on NASA's Strategic Goals and Objectives and SMD's high-level objectives is in the 2018 NASA Strategic Plan. Detailed plans/objectives that correspond to four of the five science divisions of SMD (Heliophysics, Earth Science, Planetary Science, and Astrophysics) appear in Chapter 4 of the 2014 NASA Science Plan. All FINESST proposals must address one or more goal(s) and objective(s) relevant to at least one participating SMD division.
This call solicits proposals for a research project conducted by an individual Future Investigator (FI) who is or will be pursuing a Masters or PhD degree in an Earth or space sciences-related discipline from an accredited U.S. university. By the proposal due date, the student, known as a future investigator (FI), must have applied to, been admitted to, or be enrolled as a graduate student at an eligible, accredited U.S. university. An FI may be a participant on only one submitted FINESST proposal for this solicitation.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadlines for Full Proposals: February 25, 2021 and June 24, 2021
Award Information: The Federal share of awards will not exceed $80,000 in total costs. Student teams are required to raise a minimum of $2,000 through crowdfunding or industry/organization support, though NASA reserves the right to fund a project even if cost sharing goals are not met. The NASA grants will have a one-year period of performance.
The University Student Research Challenge (USRC) seeks to challenge students to propose new aeronautics ideas/concepts that are relevant to NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD). The students also have the challenge of raising cost share funds through a crowdfunding platform. The process of creating and preparing a crowdfunding campaign acts as a teaching accelerator. Crowdfunding requires students to act like entrepreneurs, teaching skills such as how to understand the market, fundraise and execute a project. Crowdfunding also raises awareness in the general public about students' research and can excite and bring non-traditional communities into contact with ARMD.
The proposed project must be relevant to the ARMD Strategic Implementation Plan and address one of ARMD's six strategic thrusts as they affect aviation:
  1. Safe, Efficient Growth in Global Operations
  2. Innovation in Commercial Supersonic Aircraft
  3. Ultra-Efficient Subsonic Transports
  4. Safe, Quiet, and Affordable Vertical Lift Air Vehicles
  5. In-Time System-Wide Safety Assurance
  6. Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation 
NASA has no set expectations as to the team size. The number of students participating in the investigation is to be determined by the scope of the project and the student Team Leader. Faculty can serve as mentors and/or participants in the project team. A letter of support is required from a faculty mentor of the accredited U.S. University or College. NASA will make approximately 5 awards for all three cycles of this USRC solicitation.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: Rolling through September 30, 2021 (proposals should be submitted at least 6 months in advance of the desired starting date)
Award Information: 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.
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, 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.
Other NASA Opportunities
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH has compiled Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding at the link above. This includes guidance for proposal submission and award management, answers to frequently asked questions, and funding opportunities.
To get funding as quickly as possible to the research community, NIH is using Urgent and Emergency competing revisions and administrative supplements to existing grant awards. This approach allows NIH to leverage resident expertise, getting additional funding to those researchers who are already working with other organisms, models, or tools so that they can quickly shift focus to the novel coronavirus. These Urgent and Emergency competitive revision Funding Opportunity Announcements allow NIH to fund applications quickly, often in under three months, sometimes much quicker than that, because evaluation for scientific and technical merit is done by an internal review panel convened by staff of the NIH awarding institute or center rather than by its traditional peer review process. These opportunities require applications to be submitted in response to an Emergency or Urgent Notice of Special Interest (NOSI). In addition to the opportunities for revisions and supplements to existing awards, other notices of special interest seek full research project grant proposals to conduct research on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-2019 through an array of parent FOAs. NIH is maintaining a list of COVID-19 specific notices of special interest in the funding opportunities section at the link above. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 11, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: January 19, 2021
Award Amount: Up to $750,000 direct costs per year for five years
An NIGMS MIRA is intended to provide support for the NIGMS-related research program in an investigator's laboratory. In addition to research designed to answer scientific questions and generate new ideas and hypotheses, the development of technology and computational approaches are supported. Within the scope of the MIRA, investigators will have the freedom to explore new avenues of inquiry that arise during the course of their research, as long as they remain within the mission of NIGMS.
In comparison to R01 funding of NIGMS investigators, MIRA benefits include:
  • A longer grant period - five-year awards rather than the current NIGMS median of 4 years;
  • More flexibility to pursue new ideas and opportunities as they arise during the course of research because the award is not tied to specific aims or predicated on completing specific, pre-defined projects;
  • Increased stability of funding through longer-term commitments of support, improved success rates, and more graduated, rather than all-or-none, funding decisions for R35 renewals;
  • A reduction in administrative burden associated with managing multiple grants;
  • A reduction in required application writing.
PIs with a previously funded ESI or EI NIGMS R35 or at least one NIGMS single-PD/PI R01-equivalent award (defined here as R01, R37, DP1, DP2, and SC1 awards) are eligible to apply. The PI is required to devote at least 51% of his/her total research effort to this award. Only single PI applications are allowed.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 19, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: January 26, 2021
Award Amount: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The maximum project period is 5 years.
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to provide a new pathway for Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) who wish to propose research projects in a new direction for which preliminary data do not exist. Proposed projects must represent a change in research direction for the ESI and should be innovative and unique. A distinct feature for this FOA is that applications must not include preliminary data.
This FOA is appropriate for ESIs who wish to initiate a research project in an area different from their previous research focus and/or training experience, and therefore have not produced preliminary data. Proposed research projects can rely on the PD/PI's prior work and expertise as its foundation, but must not be an incremental advancement, expansion, or extension of a previous research effort. The change in research direction could involve, for example, a new approach, methodology, technique, discipline, therapeutic target, and/or new paradigm, different from the ESI's previous research efforts. Importantly, the proposed direction must represent a change in research direction for the PD/PI. Because a change in research direction is heavily dependent upon the area of investigation, potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact a program director to discuss their proposed project. If the application proposes multiple Principal Investigators (MPIs), all PD/PIs must be ESIs and the research direction must be a change in research direction for all MPIs. 
Additional deadlines for this opportunity are May 26, 2021; September 28, 2021; January 26, 2022; May 26, 2022; September 27, 2022; January 26, 2023; May 26, 2023; and September 26, 2023.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days in advance of sponsor deadline
Sponsor Deadline: February 16, June 16, and October 16, annually
Award Amount: $400,000 in direct costs over 3 years
This Trailblazer Award is an opportunity for NIH-defined New and Early Stage Investigators ( to pursue research programs of high interest to the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) that integrate engineering and the physical sciences with the life and/or biomedical sciences. A Trailblazer project may be exploratory, developmental, proof of concept, or high risk-high impact, and may be technology design-directed, discovery-driven, or hypothesis-driven. Importantly, applicants must propose research approaches for which there are minimal or no preliminary data. A distinct feature for this FOA is that no preliminary data are required, expected, or encouraged. However, if available, minimal preliminary data are allowed. Preliminary data are defined as material which the applicant has independently produced and not yet published in a peer-reviewed journal.
A Trailblazer project may be exploratory, developmental, proof of concept or have high risk-high impact goals. Importantly, the proposed research for this FOA may be technology design-directed and may or may not be hypothesis-driven. In the context of this FOA, innovation encompasses approaches to address well-defined, unmet biomedical research needs through the development of new methods, ideas, or technologies; early steps along the path toward delivery of a new capability or method; and the integration of existing components in a previously unproven format. High-impact projects should transform our understanding or practice by applying an innovative approach to an important biomedical challenge. For projects supported by a Trailblazer Award, successful results should provide a solid foundation for further research under other funding mechanisms, such as the R01. Applicants will be considered ineligible for this funding opportunity if they have submitted an R01, R15 or any other R21 application, with NIBIB as the primary IC within the same review cycle.
Other NIH Opportunities
National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation: Dear Colleague Letters
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 3, 2021 (CS for All)
Sponsor Deadline: February 10, 2021 (CS for All)
Award Amount: varies by program
The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is to encourage proposals to the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Computer Science for All (CSforAll: Research and RPPs) and Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) programs that specifically investigate promising educational approaches to motivate and prepare preK-12 learners for computationally-intensive industries of the future. The CSforAll program aims to provide all US preK-12 students with opportunities to participate in rigorous computer science and computational thinking education in their schools through funding both research and research-practitioner partnerships. The ITEST program is an applied research and development program designed to broaden participation in STEM and information and communication technology (ICT) careers and career pathways by providing preK-12 youth with technology-rich learning experiences in formal or informal settings. The ITEST program deadline has passed.
This DCL also encourages Conference proposals to convene stakeholders with a range of relevant expertise and experience. These conferences may respond to pressing questions that would advance knowledge or practice; identify leverage points for addressing core issues; or set an agenda for future research and practice. Proposers are encouraged to contact a program officer prior to submitting a Conference proposal, and to follow the preparation and content requirements specified in NSF's Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide Chapter II.E.7.

FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: April 23, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: April 30, 2021
Award Amount: up to $8,000 per student per year (REU supplements); up to $10,000 per K-12 STEM teacher per year (RET supplements)

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) invites grantees with active CISE awards to submit requests for 
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Supplements, following the guidelines in the REU Sites and Supplements solicitation. CISE also invites grantees with active CISE awards to submit requests for Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Supplements, following the guidelines in the RET in Engineering and Computer Science: Supplements and Sites solicitation. Requests will be considered as they are received. CISE strongly encourages the submission of requests before April 30, 2021; the potential for funding requests after this date may be limited.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount:
up to six months of salary support or stipend for a maximum of $30,000 in direct costs of salary compensation or stipend, but the duration of the salary or stipend support may not exceed the duration of the family leave. Fringe benefits and associated indirect costs, but not tuition, may be included in addition to the salary costs, and therefore, the total supplemental funding request may exceed $30,000.
With this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), NSF draws attention to the opportunity for supplemental funding to help researchers, who are confronted with a short-term increase in dependent care responsibilities, ensure that the research activities supported by an NSF award can continue. NSF recognizes that primary dependent care responsibilities and other family considerations pose unique challenges to the STEM workforce. The purpose of this DCL is to announce NSF's continued interest in CLB supplemental funding requests, with two key changes from CLB DCLs issued in FY 2013: 1) an increase in the amount and duration of salary support that may be requested; and 2) an extension of the opportunity to Principal Investigators (PIs) and co-PIs of all active NSF grant or cooperative agreements. Such requests for supplemental funding support must be signed and submitted by an Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) via use of NSF's electronic systems and must be adequately justified. It may take NSF up to two months or more to process such a request.

FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: As the Small project class within the CISE Core Programs has moved to a "no-deadline" format, the applicable deadlines from ANR will be honored.
Award Amount: up to $500,000 total budget with durations up to three years (NSF CISE Small Projects); full guidelines for French collaborators can be found here.
The National Science Foundation's Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Research Cooperation. The MOU provides an overarching framework to encourage collaboration between U.S. and French research communities and sets out the principles by which jointly supported activities might be developed. The MOU provides for an international collaboration arrangement whereby U.S. researchers may receive funding from the NSF and French researchers may receive funding from ANR. Proposals are expected to adhere to the areas of science, funding limits, and grant durations for the Small project class of the CISE Core Programs and ANR programs from which funding is sought. As the Small project class within the CISE Core Programs has moved to a "no-deadline" format, the applicable deadlines from ANR (see the Generic Call for Proposals) will be honored. In general, proposal review is completed within six months of submission. A proposer may wish to consult a program director in the relevant program about the timing of their submission. In all cases, the same proposal must be provided to ANR within one week of the NSF submission.

Sentinel Cells for Surveillance and Response to Emergent Infectious Diseases (Sentinels)
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: Budgets should be appropriate to the scope of the project.
With this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), NSF highlights the interest of existing programs in the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) and the Directorate for Engineering (ENG) in interdisciplinary research for the development of novel biological platforms that are capable of sensing and responding to emerging infectious agents. The mechanism of sensing should be adaptable and or evolvable such that the sentinel cells, or other appropriate biotechnology solutions, are robust to a range of emergent threats, and/or can easily be reprogrammed and deployed once a new threat is identified. The platform's response should be one or more of the following: alert the user, destroy the threat, protect the host, initiate an immune response or other strategies that would ensure mitigation of the threat. Sentinel cells and organisms that detect and respond to infectious agents with expanding footprints in a host population or expanding host ranges are of particular interest, as the early detection of these infectious agents might have value in preventing future pandemics. In addition, fundamental science and technology that would lead to the development of the envisioned sentinel cells and organisms are also of interest. Investigators are encouraged not to be limited in their approach, but to think broadly about innovations leveraging biology and engineering to advance adaptable detection of emerging biological threats. Proposals responsive to this DCL should be submitted to the program most closely related to the research:
The proposal title should be prefaced with "Sentinels:" Neither Division puts a limit on proposal budgets and expects budgets to be appropriate for the scope of the proposed project. The relevant programs in BIO/MCB and ENG/CBET all accept proposals without deadline. Proposals are reviewed as they are received. Investigators interested in submitting a proposal are strongly encouraged to contact one of the Program Directors listed in the full Dear Colleague Letter.

FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: unspecified/wide range
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. For researchers seeking to utilize AIM Photonics capabilities, the first step in engaging with AIM Photonics should start with filling out an Information Request Form that can be found here. AIM Photonics offers access to multi project wafer (MPW) runs. AIM Photonics MPW details are available through AIM Photonics here. AIM Photonics process development kits (PDK's) are also available for download from their website. The request for PDK's can be found here. AIM Photonics plans to offer several MPW runs per year on three different silicon photonics processes: Full (active), Passive, and Active Interposer. Schedules for all 3 of these MPW types are available at the AIM Photonics website here. Academic researchers who plan on utilizing the capabilities of AIM Photonics may submit unsolicited proposals to the ECCS Electronics, Photonics, and Magnetic Devices (EPMD) core program via FastLane, or at any time with no deadline. 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. All submitted proposals must adhere to the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG). Requests for supplemental funding to existing ECCS awards should first be discussed with the cognizant NSF program director and may be submitted at any time.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: N/A
Sponsor Deadline: N/A
Award Amount: This award is a supplement to existing NSF awards. Supplements under this DCL will be supported based on proposal quality, availability of funds, and the discretion of the managing Program Director for the award for which the supplemental funding is requested.
Through this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the National Science Foundation (NSF) is supporting alternate pathways to encourage veterans' engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) research and industry. NSF's commitment to broadening participation is embedded in its Strategic Plan and initiatives such as the Ten Big Ideas for Future NSF Investment which emphasize the need to pro-actively seek and effectively develop STEM talent from all sectors and groups in our society. NSF recognizes that veterans represent an underutilized workforce for U.S. STEM communities. Through this initiative, NSF hopes to provide additional support to some of the many veterans transitioning from active military service to civilian careers and exploring education options through the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

This Dear Colleague Letter continues the Veterans Research Supplement (VRS) program (NSF 14-124) to engage veterans in engineering research by providing supplements to active awards in the following Directorate for Engineering (ENG) Divisions/Offices:
The VRS affords veterans who are students, K-12 teachers, or community college faculty an opportunity to work with active ENG grantees to conduct basic and/or industrially relevant research to gain a deeper understanding of engineering. Veterans supported by VRS funding may participate in research activities with any active awardees or affiliated member companies supported by ENG programs. A request for a VRS may be submitted to one of the programs in the ENG Divisions listed above as a post-award supplement to an existing ENG award. Note: The grantee or PI may request VRS supplemental funds but cannot be the VRS participant.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: N/A
Sponsor Deadline: N/A
Award Amount: N/A
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) Program fosters long-term partnerships among academia, industry, and government in various technology sectors through multi-university, industry-focused research centers. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a great deal of uncertainty in the US economy, and across nearly all industry sectors. In recognition of the high level of industry engagement (within both existing and proposed future IUCRCs), the COVID-19 pandemic could present new challenges related to industry membership commitments at the current time and into the near future. Therefore, industry membership requirements could be more difficult to meet. Potential impacts may be in relation to confirming commitments related to both the retention of existing members and the recruitment of new members. To mitigate possible adverse effects of the COVID-19 hardship with respect to meeting Center/Site membership requirements, this Dear Colleague Letter offers guidance for IUCRCs with active NSF grants, applicable through September 30, 2021.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling; target deadline of April 15th for each fiscal year.
Award Amount: up to $55,000 per student per six-month period
NSF will consider supplemental funding requests for up to an additional six months of graduate student support on active NSF grants with the following goals:
  1. To provide graduate students with the opportunity to augment their research assistantships or NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) fellowships with non-academic research internship activities and training opportunities that will complement their academic research training;
  2. To allow graduate students to pursue new activities aimed at acquiring professional development experience that will enhance their preparation for multiple career pathways after graduation; and
  3. To encourage the participation of graduate students from underrepresented groups such as women, persons with disabilities, underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), veterans, and persons from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. 
The PI/co-PI of an active NSF award may request supplemental funding for one or more graduate students to gain knowledge, skills and experiences that will augment their preparation for a successful long-term career through an internship in a non-academic setting, including the following:
  • For-profit industry laboratories or industry research and development groups;
  • Start-up businesses, such as (but not limited to) those funded through the NSF's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program;
  • Government agencies (all levels) and National Laboratories;
  • Museums, science centers, and other informal learning settings;
  • Policy think-tanks; and
  • Non-profit organizations. 
PIs are encouraged to discuss with the cognizant NSF program director activities that are synergistic with the NSF project scope. It is expected that the graduate student and the PI on the NSF grant will work together to identify innovative experiences that add the most educational value for the graduate student through activities that are not already available at the student's academic institution. Further, it is expected that the internship will be research-focused in a STEM field or in STEM education research and will be on-site at the host organization unless a specific exception to this is granted due to extenuating circumstances by the cognizant program officer.

National Science Foundation: Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (NSF: CISE)
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 15, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: January 25, 2021
Award Amount: up to $1M per year for up to 5 years (Large Grants); up to $250,000 over up to 1 year (Planning Grants)

A key focus of the design of modern computing systems is performance and scalability, particularly in light of the limits of Moore's Law and Dennard scaling. To this end, systems are increasingly being implemented by composing heterogeneous computing components and continually changing memory systems as novel, performant hardware surfaces. Applications fueled by rapid strides in machine learning, data analysis, and extreme-scale simulation are becoming more domain-specific and highly distributed. In this scenario, traditional boundaries between hardware-oriented and software-oriented disciplines increasingly are blurred. Achieving scalability of systems and applications will therefore require coordinated progress in multiple disciplines such as computer architecture, high-performance computing (HPC), programming languages and compilers, security and privacy, systems, theory, and algorithms. Cross-cutting concerns such as performance (including, but not limited to, time, space, and communication resource usage and energy efficiency), correctness and accuracy (including, but not limited to, emerging techniques for program analysis, testing, debugging, probabilistic reasoning and inference, and verification), security and privacy, robustness and reliability, domain-specific design, and heterogeneity must be taken into account from the outset in all aspects of systems and application design and implementation. 

The aim of the Principles and Practice of Scalable Systems (PPoSS) program is to support a community of researchers who will work symbiotically across the multiple disciplines above to perform basic research on scalability of modern applications, systems, and toolchains. The intent is that these efforts will foster the development of principles that lead to rigorous and reproducible artifacts for the design and implementation of large-scale systems and applications across the full hardware/software stack. These principles and methodologies should simultaneously provide guarantees on correctness and accuracy, robustness, and security and privacy of systems, applications, and toolchains. Importantly, as described below, PPoSS specifically seeks to fund projects that span the entire hardware/software stack and will lay the groundwork for sustainable approaches for engineering highly performant, scalable, and robust computing applications.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 8, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: February 16, 2021
Award Amount: up to $750,000 over up to 4 years (Research Proposals); up to $100,000 over up to 18 months (Transition to Practice Proposals)

The Formal Methods in the Field (FMitF) program aims to bring together researchers in formal methods with researchers in other areas of computer and information science and engineering to jointly develop rigorous and reproducible methodologies for designing and implementing correct-by-construction systems and applications with provable guarantees. FMitF encourages close collaboration between two groups of researchers. The first group consists of researchers in the area of formal methods, which, for the purposes of this solicitation, is broadly defined as principled approaches based on mathematics and logic to system modeling, specification, design, analysis, verification, and synthesis. The second group consists of researchers in the "field," which, for the purposes of this solicitation, is defined as a subset of areas within computer and information science and engineering that currently do not benefit from having established communities already developing and applying formal methods in their research. This solicitation limits the field to the following areas that stand to directly benefit from a grounding in formal methods: computer networks, distributed/operating systems, embedded systems, human centered computing, and machine learning. A proposal pursuing a different field area must make a strong case for why the field area of interest is one that does not currently benefit from formal methods but would be a strong candidate for inclusion as a field area. The FMitF program solicits two classes of proposals:
  • Track I: Research proposals: Each proposal must have at least one Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI with expertise in formal methods and at least one with expertise in one or more of these fields: computer networks, distributed/operating systems, embedded systems, human centered computing, and machine learning. Proposals are expected to address fundamental contributions to both formal methods and the respective field(s) and should include a proof of concept in the field along with a detailed evaluation plan that discusses intended scope of applicability, trade-offs, and limitations. All proposals are expected to contain a detailed collaboration plan that clearly highlights and justifies the complementary expertise of the PIs/co-PIs in the designated areas and describes the mechanisms for continuous bi-directional interaction. Projects are limited to $750,000 in total budget, with durations of up to four years.
  • Track II: Transition to Practice (TTP) proposals: The objective of this track is to support the ongoing development of extensible and robust formal-methods research prototypes/tools to facilitate usability and accessibility to a larger and more diverse community of users. These proposals are expected to support the development, implementation, and deployment of later-stage successful formal methods research and tools into operational environments in order to bridge the gap between research and practice. A TTP proposal must include a project plan that addresses major tasks and system development milestones as well as an evaluation plan for the working system. Proposals are expected to identify a target user community or organization that will serve as an early adopter of the technology. Collaborations with industry are strongly encouraged. Projects are limited to $100,000 in total budget, with durations of up to 18 months.
Other NSF: CISE Opportunities

National Science Foundation: Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (NSF: MPS)
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 8, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2021
Award Amount: $250,000 - $850,000 per year. The FRHTP will be funded for an initial duration of five years. Three awards are expected in FY 2021.
Focused Research Hubs in Theoretical Physics (FRHTP) are designed to enhance significant breakthroughs at an intellectual frontier of physics by providing resources beyond those available to individual investigators, so as to promote a collaborative approach to a focused topic while promoting the preparation of scientists at the beginning of their independent scientific careers. Although interdisciplinary aspects may be included, the bulk of the effort must fall within the purview of the Division of Physics. The successful hub will demonstrate: (1) the potential to advance science; (2) the enhancement of the development of early career scientists; (3) creative, substantive activities aimed at enhancing education, diversity, and public outreach; (4) potential for broader impacts, e.g., impacts on other field(s) and benefits to society; (5) a synergy or value-added rationale that justifies a group approach. The proposal must present a compelling case that the FRHTP can achieve its scientific goals within a five-year time frame. The FRHTP is intended to support postdoctoral researchers and enable collaborative interactions via support for travel, collaboration meetings and workshops. The FRHTP are not intended to provide additional support for senior personnel (individual PIs), graduate or undergraduate students. Proposals may only be submitted in the specific topics listed in this solicitation, which define particular areas in theoretical physics in which the Division of Physics sees a need for a focused research hub. Future versions of this solicitation will allow response on different theoretical physics topics. It is expected that one award will be funded in each hub topic. The specific hub topics for this solicitation are:
  1. The Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (TAMOP) focused research hub will support theoretical work to advance theoretical AMO physics and lead in motivating and explaining new experimental work in AMO and other areas of science within the purview of the Division of Physics.
  2. The Quantum Information Science (QIS) focused research hub will support theoretical work to explore quantum applications that will push the frontiers of quantum-based information, transmission, and manipulation within the purview of the Division of Physics. This activity will advance the goals of the "Quantum Leap", one of the NSF 10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investment.
  3. The Theoretical Nuclear Physics (TNP) focused research hub will support theoretical work in the area of Models and Simulations for Nuclear Astrophysics relevant to research within the purview of the Division of Physics. This activity will advance the goals of the "Windows on the Universe", one of the NSF 10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investment.
Any one individual may be the PI or co-PI for only one proposal. It is strongly recommended that prospective PIs contact the FRHTP Program Officer(s) to ascertain that the focus and budget of their proposed FRHTP are appropriate for this solicitation.
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Intent (required): January 14, 2021
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: March 9, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: March 16, 2021
Award Amount: up to $1.5M over 3 years

This initiative calls for fundamentally new approaches in chemistry to drive new directions in biotechnology, an important Industry of the Future (IotF). Collaborative high risk/high reward projects are sought; the research must involve innovative chemistry. A multi-year campaign is envisioned (contingent on availability of funding), targeting broad annual themes. This year's solicitation calls for synergistic scientific partnerships grounded in the principles of synthetic, physical organic and molecular recognition chemistry creating novel chemical biology tools to drive innovations in biotechnology. The focus is on the development and deployment of fundamentally new techniques to modify the structure, function and/or fate of proteins interacting with small molecules for important applications in biotechnology.
Other NSF: MPS Opportunities

National Science Foundation: Directorate for Engineering (NSF: ENG)
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 3, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: February 10, 2021; The pre-proposal deadline for Research Partnerships Track has passed.
Award Amount: Up to $250,000 for 18-24 months for the Technology Translation Track; up to $550,000 for 36 months for the Research Partnership Track
The Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) offers researchers from all disciplines of science and engineering funded by NSF the opportunity to perform translational research and technology development, catalyze partnerships and accelerate the transition of discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace for societal benefit. This solicitation offers two broad tracks:
  • The Technology Translation (PFI-TT) track offers the opportunity to translate prior NSF-funded research results in any field of science or engineering into technological innovations with promising commercial potential and societal impact. Concurrently, students and postdoctoral researchers who participate in PFI-TT projects receive education and leadership training in innovation and entrepreneurship. Successful PFI-TT projects generate technology-driven commercialization outcomes that address societal needs.
  • The Research Partnerships (PFI-RP) track seeks to achieve the same goals as the PFI-TT track by supporting instead complex, multi-faceted technology development projects that are typically beyond the scope of a single researcher or institution and require a multi-organizational, interdisciplinary, synergistic collaboration. Harvard is limited to submitting only one application to the Research Partnerships Track. The pre-proposal deadline for Research Partnerships Track has passed.
The intended outcomes of both PFI-TT and PFI-RP tracks are: a) the commercialization of new intellectual property derived from NSF-funded research outputs; b) the creation of new or broader collaborations with industry (including increased corporate sponsored research); c) the licensing of NSF-funded research outputs to third party corporations or to start-up companies funded by a PFI team; and d) the training of future innovation and entrepreneurship leaders.
Eligibility: All proposals submitted to the PFI program must meet a lineage requirement under one of the following two paths:
  1. NSF-supported research results: The PI or a co-PI must have had an NSF award that ended no more than seven (7) years prior to the full proposal deadline date or be a current NSF award recipient. The proposed technology development project must be derived from the research results and/or discoveries from this underlying NSF award.
  1. NSF-supported customer discovery results through the NSF I-Corps Teams Program: The PI or a co-PI must have been a member of an award under the NSF I-Corps Teams Program. The PI or co-PI must have fully completed the training provided under the I-Corps Team award within the past four (4) years. The customer discovery activities performed under the NSF-funded I-Corps award must be based on the technology that is proposed to be translated within the PFI proposal.

FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Preliminary Proposal: January 15, 2021
Sponsor Deadline for Preliminary Proposal: January 25, 2021
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Full Proposal (if invited): April 26, 2021
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposal (if invited): May 3, 2021
Award Amount: $1M - $1.5M over 4 years

The Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) Division supports enabling and transformative research that fuels progress in engineering applications with high societal impacts. ECCS programs encompass novel electronic, photonic, and magnetic devices; communication systems, novel integrated circuits, antennas, sensors; machine learning, control, and networks, to name a few. The fundamental research supported by ECCS impacts a wide range of applications such as communications, energy and power, healthcare, environment, transportation, manufacturing, and other areas. ECCS strongly emphasizes the integration of education into its research programs to support the preparation of a diverse and professionally skilled workforce. ECCS also strengthens its programs through links to other areas of engineering, science, industry, government, and international collaborations.

The Addressing Systems Challenges through Engineering Teams (ASCENT) program is a strategic investment of ECCS that emphasizes new collaboration modalities among the various ECCS supported sub-disciplines. ASCENT encourages robust collaborations between the devices, circuits, algorithmic, and network research communities to develop innovative projects. ASCENT seeks proposals that are bold and ground-breaking transcending the perspectives and approaches typical of disciplinary research efforts. ASCENT projects are expected to lead to disruptive technologies or nucleate entirely new research fields motivated by the most pressing societal challenges the global community faces.

FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Preliminary Proposal: February 4, 2021
Sponsor Deadline for Preliminary Proposal: February 11, 2021
Award Amount: $1.5M - $1.7M over up to 4 years

The Environmental Convergence Opportunities in Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (ECO-CBET) solicitation will support fundamental research activities that confront vexing environmental engineering and sustainability problems by developing foundational knowledge underlying processes and mechanisms such that the design of innovative new materials, processes, and systems is possible. Projects should be compelling and reflect sustained, coordinated efforts from highly interdisciplinary research teams. A key objective of the solicitation is to encourage dialogue and tightly integrated collaborations wherein the chemical process systems, transport phenomena, and bioengineering communities engage with environmental engineering and sustainability experts to spark innovation and arrive at unanticipated solutions. Furthermore, training the future workforce to successfully engage in discipline-transcending research will support continued innovation toward surmounting the complex environmental and sustainability challenges facing our global community.

Teams should be constructed such that expertise is both complementary and distinct, drawing inspiration from the CBET-supported research communities (see above programmatic clusters). Creative collaborations between research communities that do not typically intersect are highly encouraged. At least three named investigators must be identified, each of whom must possess a unique perspective or skillset that motivates the proposed approach(es). Teams may also wish to consider, as appropriate, including individuals with expertise such as manufacturing, other sciences, especially social, behavioral, and economic sciences, or otherwise to extend the impact of the work. While this solicitation is not restricted to a specific environmental engineering and sustainability research topic, the current solicitation emphasizes research topics related to: 1) greenhouse gas mitigation, 2) managing the nitrogen cycle, and 3) sustainable water purification and resource recovery systems. 

FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 8, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: February 16, 2021
Award Amount: up to $100,000 over 1 year
The Engineering Research Centers (ERC) program is placing greater emphasis on high-risk/high-payoff research, larger societal impact, convergent research approaches, engagement of stakeholder communities, and adoption of team science in team formation, in response to the 2017 NASEM study recommendation. The ERC program intends to support planning activities leading to convergent research team formation and capacity-building within the engineering community. This planning grant solicitation is designed to foster and facilitate the engineering community's thinking about how to form convergent research collaborations. To participate in a forthcoming ERC competition, one is not required to submit a planning grant proposal nor to receive a planning grant.

FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Preliminary Proposal: February 10, 2021
Sponsor Deadline for Preliminary Proposal: February 18, 2021
Award Amount: up to $1.5M over up to 4 years
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Divisions of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (CBET), Integrative and Organismal Systems (IOS), Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB), and Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) seek proposals that elucidate mechanisms of, and develop strategies to, direct the differentiation of undifferentiated cells into mature, functional cells or organoids. Projects responsive to this solicitation must aim to establish a robustly validated and reproducible set of differentiation design rules, mechanistic models, real-time sensing, control, and quality assurance methods, and integrate them into a workable differentiation strategy. They must deepen our fundamental understanding of how cells develop and differentiate, providing insights into mechanisms, molecular machinery, dynamics, and cell-cell and cell-extracellular matrix (ECM) interactions, and use this understanding to manipulate cells purposefully. Investigators can choose any undifferentiated cell type from any animal species, including those that may be considered non-model organisms, as a starting point and choose any appropriate functional product (cell, organoid, etc.) with real-world relevance.

The convergence of many disciplines is necessary to answer the fundamental questions and devise the tools needed to realize truly deterministic cell induction and differentiation strategies. As such, investigators are encouraged to form interdisciplinary teams with expertise in engineering, computation, sensing, systems and synthetic biology, developmental biology, stem cell biology, mechanobiology, cell physiology, microbiology, immunology, and biophysics. Proposals will not be responsive to this solicitation if they address only one aspect of the differentiation process or aim to create a functional living product without improving our understanding and control of the mechanisms that underlie developmental processes. Proposed budgets must be justified by the project scope and need for complementary expertise. The solicitation will support teams of three or more PI/co-PIs and senior personnel with complementary expertise. Proposals with only one PI or one PI with one other senior personnel are not permitted and will be returned without review. Reflecting the need for thoughtful collaboration and planning required for these projects, Preliminary Proposals are required to be submitted prior to submission of a full proposal. Topics that reside clearly within the boundaries of a single NSF core program are outside of the scope of this solicitation. Specifically, projects centered around the exploration of individual stages/mechanisms of differentiation in isolation or production of engineered cells, tissues, organ-on-a-chip systems, or organoids without developing an understanding of differentiation rules are not responsive to this solicitation.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 22, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2021
Award Amount: up to $400,000 total, inclusive of direct and indirect costs, over up to 3 years

The purpose of this solicitation is to attract proposals that make use of the ISS National Lab for flight research projects in the field of biomedical engineering. Responsive proposals will describe how they will utilize the ISS National Lab to develop novel ideas into discovery-level and transformative projects that integrate engineering and life sciences. CASIS goals are to advance science research and technology development, expand human knowledge, inspire and educate the next generation, foster the commercial development of space, and demonstrate scientific capabilities in space for the benefit of life on Earth. Research at the interface of engineering and biomedical sciences in microgravity that advances both engineering and biomedical sciences for terrestrial benefit is solicited. The projects should focus on high impact transformative methods and technologies. Projects should include methods, models and enabling tools of understanding and controlling living systems; fundamental improvements in deriving information from cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems; or new approaches to the design of systems that include both living and non-living components. The long-term impact of the projects can be related to fundamental understanding of cell and tissue function in normal and pathological conditions, effective disease diagnosis and/or treatment, or improved health care delivery. Of particular interest to the NSF Engineering of Biomedical Systems (EBMS) program is fundamental and transformative research in the following areas of biomedical engineering:
  • Development of validated models (living or computational) of normal and pathological tissues and organ systems that can support development and testing of medical interventions;
  • Design of systems that integrate living and non-living components for improved diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of disease or injury; and
  • Advanced biomanufacturing of three-dimensional tissues and organs.
Of particular interest to the NSF Biomechanics and Mechanobiology (BMMB) program is fundamental research in biomechanics and mechanobiology, including:
  • Multiscale mechanics approaches that integrate across molecular, cell, tissue, and organ domains; and
  • The influence of in vivo mechanical forces on cell and matrix biology in histomorphogenesis, maintenance, regeneration, repair, and aging of tissues and organs.
Innovative proposals outside of these specific interest areas may be considered. However, prior to submission, it is strongly recommended that the PI contact the Program Directors to avoid the possibility of the proposal being returned without review.

FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 23, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: March 2, 2021
Award Amount:
up to $400,000 over up to 4 years

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

The collaboration seeks to exploit the complementary missions of (i) research and development for NSF, and (ii) stimulation, development and management of U.S. national uses of the ISS National Lab by U.S. government agencies, academic institutions, and private firms for CASIS. Proposals must seek to exploit the ISS National Lab for fluid dynamics, particulate and multiphase process, combustion and fire systems, thermal transport processes, and nanoscale interactions studies to support applications on Earth. The proposal must include a description of project benefits for life on Earth. Proposals focused on research and technology development supporting only space exploration-related goals do not fall within the scope of the NSF and CASIS mission and will be considered non-responsive to this solicitation.


FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission of a full proposal
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling; a Research Concept Outline (RCO) must be submitted to at least 60 days prior to the submission of a full proposal.
Award Amount: The overall funding for the program is established independently by each participating division. Budgets are not set aside separately but are, instead, parts of existing program budgets.

The Directorate for Engineering (ENG), Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET), the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI), and the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) of the National Science Foundation and the Engineering, ICT and Manufacturing the Future Themes of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are pleased to announce the ENG-EPSRC Lead Agency Opportunity. The goal of this opportunity is to reduce some of the barriers that researchers currently encounter when working internationally. The ENG-EPSRC Lead Agency Opportunity will allow US and UK researchers to submit a single collaborative proposal that will undergo a single review process.

Proposals will be accepted for collaborative research in areas at the intersection of CBET, CMMI, and/or ECCS with the EPSRC Engineering, ICT and/or Manufacturing the Future Themes. Proposers choose either NSF or EPSRC to serve as the "lead" agency to review their proposal. The non-lead agency will honor the rigor of the review process and the decision of the lead agency. For research teams that would like EPSRC to act as lead agency, please see the instructions here. Proposers should review the CBET, CMMI, and ECCS Program Descriptions for research supported through these divisions and the EPSRC website for further information on what areas of research are eligible for support through this activity. Proposals are expected to adhere to typical proposal budgets and durations for the relevant NSF programs and EPSRC Themes from which funding is sought.

Please Note: A Research Concept Outline (RCO) must be submitted to at least 60 days prior to the submission of a full proposal. A proposal that is submitted without a previously approved RCO will be returned without review (RWR).
Other NSF: ENG Opportunities
National Science Foundation: Crosscutting and Interdisciplinary
FAS/SEAS/OSP Preliminary Proposal Deadline: December 17, 2020 (Updated Deadline)
Sponsor Preliminary Proposal Deadline: January 7, 2021
FAS/SEAS/OSP Full Proposal Deadline (if invited): April 16, 2021
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline (if invited): April 23, 2021
Award Amount: "Implementation" projects may have a total project cost ranging from $6 million up to but not including $20 million. Only "Design" projects may request less than $6 million, with a minimum request of $600,000 and a maximum request up to but not including $20 million.

The Mid-scale Research Infrastructure Big Idea is intended to provide NSF with an agile, Foundation-wide process to fund experimental research capabilities in the mid-scale range between the MRI and Major Facilities thresholds. NSF defines Research Infrastructure (RI) as any combination of facilities, equipment, instrumentation, or computational hardware or software, and the necessary human capital in support of the same. Mid-scale RI-1 implementation projects may include any combination of equipment, instrumentation, cyberinfrastructure, broadly used large-scale datasets, and the commissioning and/or personnel needed to successfully complete the project, or the design efforts intended to lead to eventual implementation of a mid-scale class project. Mid-scale RI-1 projects should fill a research community-defined scientific need or enable a national research priority to be met. Within Mid-scale RI-1, proposers may submit two types of projects, "Implementation" (e.g., acquisition/construction) and "Design". The "Design" track is intended to facilitate progress toward readiness for a mid-scale range implementation project. Both Implementation and Design projects may involve new or upgraded research infrastructure.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 4, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: January 11, 2021
Award Amount: up to $15M over 5 years (Full Scale Awards); up to $150,000 over 1 year (Planning Grants)
Sustainable regional systems (SRS) are connected urban and rural systems that are transforming their structures and processes collaboratively with the goal of measurably and equitably advancing the well-being of people and the planet. The purpose of the SRS RNs competition is to develop and support interdisciplinary, multi-organizational teams of investigators and stakeholders working collaboratively to produce cutting-edge convergent research, education, and outreach that addresses grand challenges in sustainable regional systems. SRS RNs will study multiscale regional systems to further SRS science, engineering, and education. Key elements will include new data, methods, and models to understand interactions between natural, human-built, and social systems; improved understanding of interdependencies, mutual benefits, and trade-offs of different wellbeing outcomes for humans and the environment; new and generalizable theories of change relevant to SRS; the co-production of knowledge; and exploration of concepts of social equity in sustainable regional systems across spatial and temporal scales. SRS RN outcomes will have the potential to inform societal actions for sustainability across urban systems and the connected rural communities that make up regional systems. Subject to availability of funds and quality of proposals, this SRS RN solicitation will support projects in the following categories:
  • SRS RNs Full Scale Awards (Track 1): These awards will support fundamental convergent research, education, and outreach that addresses engineering, environmental (biology, chemistry - including sensing, chemical analytics, and recyclable plastics, atmospheric sciences, hydrology, geology), computer and data sciences, and social and behavioral sciences of sustainable regional systems in partnerships that may embrace universities, colleges, practitioners, non-profit organizations, local governments, industry, and community groups. The award size is up to $15 million total with a duration of 5 years.
  • SRS RNs Planning Grants (Track 2): These awards are for capacity building to prepare project teams to propose future well-developed SRS RN Full Scale (Track 1) proposals. Each of these Track 2 awards will provide support for a period of one year and may be requested at a level not to exceed $150,000 for the total budget.

Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: January 7, 2021
Award Amount: up to $3M over up to 5 years
The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) 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. The program is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary or convergent research areas, through a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs. For FY2021, 
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Quantum Information Science and Engineering (QISE) have been added to the national priority areas in which the NRT Program encourages proposals. We seek proposals on any interdisciplinary research theme of national priority, with special emphasis on AI and QISE and the six research areas within NSF's 10 Big Ideas. The NSF research Big Ideas are Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR), The Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier (FW-HTF), Navigating the New Arctic (NNA), Windows on the Universe: The Era of Multi-Messenger Astrophysics (WoU), The Quantum Leap: Leading the Next Quantum Revolution (QL), and Understanding the Rules of Life: Predicting Phenotype (URoL).
Please Note: This is a limited submission opportunity. Please submit an internal pre-proposal via the link above to be considered for the Harvard nomination.

FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Intent: January 27, 2021
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Intent: February 3, 2021
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Preliminary Proposal: February 26, 2021
Sponsor Deadline for Preliminary Proposal: March 5, 2021
Award Amount: Total cost ranges from $20M to below the threshold for a Major Facilities Project, currently $100 million.
The Mid-scale Research Infrastructure Big Idea is intended to provide NSF with an agile, Foundation-wide process to fund experimental research capabilities in the mid-scale range between the MRI and Major Facilities thresholds. NSF defines Research Infrastructure (RI) as any combination of facilities, equipment, instrumentation, or computational hardware or software, and the necessary human capital in support of the same. Major facilities and mid-scale projects are subsets of research infrastructure. The NSF Mid-scale Research Infrastructure-2 Program (Mid-scale RI-2) supports the implementation of unique and compelling RI projects. Mid-scale RI-2 projects may include any combination of equipment, instrumentation, cyberinfrastructure, broadly used large-scale data sets, and the commissioning and/or personnel needed to successfully complete the project. Mid-scale RI-2 projects should fill a research community-defined scientific need, or address an identified national research priority, that enables current and next-generation U.S. researchers and a diverse STEM workforce to remain competitive in a global research environment. 
Mid-scale RI-2 will consider only the implementation (typically construction or acquisition) stage of a project, including a limited degree of final development or necessary production design immediately preparatory to implementation. It is thus intended that Mid-scale RI-2 will support projects in high states of project and technical readiness for implementation, i.e., those that have already matured through previous developmental investments. Accordingly, Mid-scale RI-2 does not support pre-implementation (early-stage design or development) activities. Mid-scale RI-2 also does not support post-implementation research, operations or maintenance, the anticipated source(s) of which are expected to be discussed in the proposal.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 13, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: January 21, 2021
Award Amount: Award size is contingent upon the scope, scale, and complexity of the proposed project, with a minimum total budget of $10 million over 4-7 years

NSF's Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) Big Idea is a national-scale activity to enable new modes of data-driven discovery that will allow fundamental questions to be asked and answered at the frontiers of science and engineering. This solicitation will establish a group of HDR Institutes for data-intensive research in science and engineering that can accelerate discovery and innovation in a broad array of research domains. The HDR Institutes will lead innovation by harnessing diverse data sources and developing and applying new methodologies, technologies, and infrastructure for data management and analysis. The HDR Institutes will support convergence between science and engineering research communities as well as expertise in data science foundations, systems, applications, and cyberinfrastructure. In addition, the HDR Institutes will enable breakthroughs in science and engineering through collaborative, co-designed programs to formulate innovative data-intensive approaches to address critical national challenges.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 15, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: January 25, 2021
Award Amount: up to $850,000 over 3 years
The purpose of the Research on Emerging Technologies for Teaching and Learning (RETTL) program is to fund exploratory and synergistic research in emerging technologies (to include, but not limited to, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and immersive or augmenting technologies) for teaching and learning in the future. The program accepts proposals that focus on learning, teaching, or a combination of both. The scope of the program is broad, with special interest in diverse learner/educator populations, contexts, and content, including teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and in foundational areas that enable STEM (e.g., self-regulation, literacy, communication, collaboration, creativity, and socio-emotional skills). Research in this program should be informed by the convergence (synthesis) of multiple disciplines: e.g., learning sciences; discipline-based education research; computer and information science and engineering; design; and cognitive, behavioral, and social sciences. Within this broad scope, the program also encourages projects that investigate teaching and learning related to futuristic and highly technological work environments.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Full Proposal Window: January 11, 2021 - January 25, 2021
Award Amount: $1.2M - $1.8M for a duration of four years

DMREF is the primary program by which NSF participates in the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) for Global Competitiveness. MGI recognizes the importance of materials science and engineering to the well-being and advancement of society and aims to "deploy advanced materials at least twice as fast as possible today, at a fraction of the cost." MGI integrates materials discovery, development, property optimization, and systems design with a shared computational framework. This framework facilitates collaboration and coordination of research activities, analytical tools, experimental results, and critical evaluation in pursuit of the MGI goals. Consistent with the MGI Strategic Plan, DMREF highlights four sets of goals:
  • leading a culture shift in materials science and engineering research to encourage and facilitate an integrated team approach;
  • integrating experimentation, computation, data-intensive/-driven approaches, and theory, and equipping the materials science and engineering communities with advanced tools and techniques;
  • making digital data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable, and useful to the community; and
  • creating a world-class materials science and engineering workforce that is trained for careers in academia or industry.
DMREF will accordingly support activities that significantly accelerate materials discovery and development by building the fundamental knowledge base needed to advance the design and development of materials with desirable properties or functionality. This will be accomplished through forming interdisciplinary teams of researchers working synergistically in a "closed loop" fashion, building a vibrant research community, leveraging data science, providing ready access to materials data, and educating the future MGI workforce. Achieving this goal could involve some combination of:
  • strategies to advance materials design through testing methodology;
  • theory, modeling, and simulation to predict behavior or assist in analysis of multidimensional input data; and
  • validation through synthesis, growth, processing, characterization, and/or device demonstration. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 25, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: February 1, 2021
Award Amount: varies by discipline/wide range; full guidelines are described in the solicitation

An academic career often does not provide the uninterrupted stretches of time necessary for acquiring and building new skills to enhance and advance one's research program. Mid-career scientists in particular are at a critical career stage where they need to advance their research programs to ensure long-term productivity and creativity but are often constrained by service, teaching, or other activities that limit the amount of time devoted to research. The MCA offers an opportunity for scientists and engineers at the Associate Professor rank (or equivalent) to substantively enhance and advance their research program through synergistic and mutually beneficial partnerships, typically at an institution other than their home institution. Projects that envision new insights on existing problems or identify new but related problems previously inaccessible without new methodology or expertise from other fields are encouraged. Partners from outside the PI's own sub-discipline or discipline are encouraged, but not required, to enhance interdisciplinary networking and convergence across science and engineering fields.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 8, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: February 16, 2021
Award Amount: unspecified; the estimated program budget is $10M.
Number of awards and average award size and duration are subject to the availability of funds.

Because of recent technological advances in synthetic biology and bioengineering, researchers are now able to tailor cells and cell-like systems for a variety of basic and applied research purposes. The goal of this solicitation is to support research that (1) develops cell-like systems to identify the minimal requirements for the processes of life, (2) designs synthetically-modified cells to address fundamental questions in the evolution of life or to explore biological diversity beyond that which currently exists in nature, and (3) leverages basic research in cell design to build novel synthetic cell-like systems and cells for innovative biotechnology applications. Highest funding priority is given to proposals that have outstanding intellectual merit and broader impacts, while proposals with weaknesses in either category (or those that are perceived as likely to have an incremental impact) will not be competitive. Proposals submitted to this solicitation should address social, ethical, and safety issues associated with designing and building synthetically modified cells as an integrated component of the project.

FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 8, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: February 16, 2021
Award Amount: up to $1,200,000 over up to 4 years (up to $300,000 per year)
The purpose of this interagency program solicitation is to support the development of transformative high-risk, high-reward advances in computer and information science, engineering, mathematics, statistics, behavioral and/or cognitive research to address pressing questions in the biomedical and public health communities. Transformations hinge on scientific and engineering innovations by interdisciplinary teams that develop novel methods to intuitively and intelligently collect, sense, connect, analyze and interpret data from individuals, devices and systems to enable discovery and optimize health. Solutions to these complex biomedical or public health problems demand the formation of interdisciplinary teams that are ready to address these issues, while advancing fundamental science and engineering. Themes of interest include but are not limited to:
  • Information Infrastructure
  • Transformative Data Science
  • Novel Multimodal Sensor System Hardware
  • Effective Usability
  • Automating Health
  • Medical Image Interpretation
  • Unpacking Health Disparities
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: January 26, 2021 - February 12, 2021
Award Amount: $1.2M - $1.5M over 3 years

NSF's Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) Big Idea is a national-scale activity to enable new modes of data-driven discovery that will allow fundamental questions to be asked and answered at the frontiers of science and engineering. In 2019, the HDR Big Idea launched three parallel efforts in pursuit of these aims: Institutes for Data-Intensive Research in Science and Engineering (I-DIRSE), HDR: Transdisciplinary Research In Principles Of Data Science Phase I (HDR TRIPODS Phase I), and Data Science Corps (DSC).

The Data Science Corps is one of the components of the HDR ecosystem enabling education and workforce development by focusing on building capacity for harnessing the data revolution at the local, state, and national levels to help unleash the power of data in the service of science and society. The Data Science Corps will provide practical experiences, teach new skills, and offer learning opportunities in different settings. This solicitation prompts the community to envision creative educational pathways that will transform data science education and expand the data science talent pool by enabling the participation of undergraduate and Master's degree students with diverse backgrounds, experiences, skills, and technical maturity in the Data Science Corps. These activities are envisioned to be inherently collaborative, with a lead organization and one or more collaborating organizations.

Understanding the Rules of Life: Microbiome Interactions and Mechanisms (URoL: MIM)*
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 16, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: February 23, 2021
Award Amount: up to $3M over up to 5 years

The URoL:MIM program invites integrated, interdisciplinary proposals that create new knowledge in multiple disciplines to develop causal frameworks with well-designed scientific and/or computational approaches to test hypotheses about the relationships within the microbiome, and among the microbiome, the host, and the environment. Projects may develop new computational, mathematical, or experimental tools, and models, to: i) explain function and interactions in natural, experimental, and model microbiomes; ii) elucidate the chemical and molecular mechanisms that underlie communication between the host and the microbiome and among the members of the microbiome; and/or iii) comparatively analyze characteristics of microbiomes to discover emergent properties that provide insight into the behavior of living systems.

Successful projects will contribute to a portfolio of research that identifies general principles ("rules") that underlie a wide spectrum of biological phenomena across different spatial, complexity (e.g., molecular, cellular, organismal, population), and/or temporal scales (from sub-second to geologic). URoL:MIM projects must be novel and innovative in more than one discipline (e.g., biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics, physics, social and behavioral sciences). They must also incorporate best practices regarding protocol documentation, sample selection, data collection and analysis, as well as data sharing and accessibility. URoL:MIM projects must provide workforce development and/or innovative undergraduate or graduate education opportunities that increase the pipeline for MIM in higher education and train the next generation of microbiome scientists. Projects should benefit society through engagement of the public and/or enhancement of K-12 STEM education.
Smart and Connected Communities*
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: February 24, 2021
Award Amount: varies by award type; please see details below

The S&CC program encourages researchers to work with community stakeholders to identify and define challenges they are facing, enabling those challenges to motivate use-inspired research questions. For this solicitation, community stakeholders may include some or all of the following: residents, neighborhood or community groups, nonprofit or philanthropic organizations, businesses, as well as municipal organizations such as libraries, museums, educational institutions, public works departments, and health and social services agencies. 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. This S&CC solicitation will support research projects in the following categories:
  • S&CC Integrative Research Grants (SCC-IRG) 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. Track 1 proposals may request budgets ranging between $1,500,001 and $2,500,000, with durations of up to four years. Track 2 proposals may request budgets up to $1,500,000, with durations of up to three years. Note that NSF is working with the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) to support joint US-Japan IRG Track 2 proposals (SCC-IRG JST) that address topics related to recovery from COVID-19 and future resilience planning related to pandemics and disasters, including how the proposed research will enable community adjustment to life in the new normal of a post-COVID-19 society.
  • S&CC Planning Grants (SCC-PG). 
    Awards in this category are for capacity building to prepare project teams to propose future well-developed SCC-IRG proposals. Each of these awards will provide support for a period of one year and may be requested at a level not to exceed $150,000 for the total budget.
  • S&CC Virtual Organization (SCC-VO). 
    Proposals are being sought to establish a Virtual Organization that will: (i) facilitate and foster interaction and exchanges among S&CC PIs and their teams, including community partners; (ii) enable sharing of artifacts and knowledge generated by S&CC projects with the broader scientific and non-academic communities (e.g., local community stakeholders as described in this solicitation); and (iii) facilitate and foster collaboration and information exchange between S&CC researchers, community stakeholders, and others. No more than one S&CC-VO proposal will be funded. Funding of up to $250,000 per year for up to three years may be requested. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 23, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: March 2, 2021
Award Amount: Projects are expected to be a maximum of 36 months with budgets that are commensurate with the size and scope of the project and anticipated scientific impact.
EarthCube is a community-driven activity sponsored through a partnership between the NSF Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) and the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) within the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) to transform research in the academic geosciences community. EarthCube aims to create a well-connected and facile environment to share data and knowledge in an open, transparent, and inclusive manner, thus accelerating our ability to understand and predict the Earth system. Achieving EarthCube will require a long-term dialog between NSF and the interested scientific communities to develop cyberinfrastructure that is thoughtfully and systematically built to meet the current and future requirements of geoscientists. New avenues will be supported to gather community requirements and priorities for the elements of EarthCube, and to capture the best technologies to meet these current and future needs. The EarthCube portfolio will consist of interconnected projects and activities that engage the geosciences, cyberinfrastructure, computer science, and associated communities. The portfolio of activities and funding opportunities will evolve over time depending on the status of the EarthCube effort and the scientific and cultural needs of the geosciences community.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 26, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: March 5, 2021
Award Amount: up to $750,000 over up to 3 years
NSF's Directorates for Engineering (ENG), Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS), and Geosciences (GEO) are coordinating efforts to identify new concepts and ideas on Spectrum and Wireless Innovation enabled by Future Technologies (SWIFT). A key aspect of the SWIFT program, now in its second year, is its focus on effective spectrum utilization and/or coexistence techniques, especially with passive uses, which have received less attention from researchers. Coexistence is when two or more applications use the same frequency band at the same time and/or at the same location, yet do not adversely affect one another. Coexistence is especially difficult when at least one of the spectrum users is passive, i.e., not transmitting any radio frequency (RF) energy. Examples of coexisting systems may include passive and active systems (e.g., radio astronomy and wireless broadband communication systems) or two active systems (e.g., weather radar and Wi-Fi). Breakthrough innovations are sought on both the wireless communication hardware and the algorithmic/protocol fronts through synergistic teamwork. The goal of these research projects may be the creation of new technology or significant enhancements to existing wireless infrastructure, with an aim to benefit society by improving spectrum utilization, beyond mere spectrum efficiency. The SWIFT program seeks to fund collaborative team research that transcends the traditional boundaries of individual disciplines.

FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 26, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: March 5, 2021
Award Amount: up to $300,000 over up to 24 months (Planning Grants); up to $3M over up to 5 years (Research Grants); Collaboratory Grants have no budget restrictions/can be funded for up to 5 years

Arctic temperatures are warming faster than nearly everywhere else on Earth, with some models projecting that continued warming could produce an ice-free Arctic Ocean in a few decades. The rapid and wide-scale changes occurring in response to this warming portend new opportunities and unprecedented risks to natural environments; social and cultural systems; economic, political and legal systems; and built environments of the Arctic and across the globe. Gaps in scientific observations and the prevalence of interdependent social, natural, and built systems in the Arctic make it challenging to predict the region's future. Understanding and adapting to a changing Arctic requires creative new directions for Arctic-related research, education, workforce development, and leveraging of science, engineering, and technology advances from outside the Arctic. Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) embodies an important forward-looking response by the Foundation to these profound challenges. NNA seeks innovations in fundamental convergence research across the social, natural, environmental, computing and information sciences, and engineering that address the interactions or connections among natural and built environments and social systems, and how these connections inform our understanding of Arctic change and its local and global effects.

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

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