November 2017 
 
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News, Announcements, & Special Features

 
Feature: New Investigator Opportunity Spotlight
 
Internal Funding Opportunity: Harvard Solar Geoengineering Research Program
Harvard's Solar Geoengineering Research Program (SGRP) aims to focus on advancing solar geoengineering science and technology; assessing efficiency and risks; and laying out governance options and social implications. Current available funding mechanisms are a residency program and Harvard faculty research grants. Learn more about these opportunities here

Funding Opportunities

Click on the links below to read a program synopsis


U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
 
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 
Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA)

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

Internal Opportunities

HU_GlobalInstitute
Harvard Global Institute Grants
Letter of Interest Deadline: December 15, 2017
Full Proposal Deadline (if invited): March 30, 3017
Award Amount for Small Grants: $50,000-$100,000 annually for 1-2 years
Award Amount for Large Grants: $500,000-$1M annually for 1-2 years
Target Applicants: The principal investigator must be an active tenure-stream faculty member. Students and postdoctoral scholars may participate in a grant under the supervisory auspices of the faculty member who applies for an award.
 
In the 2018-19 academic year, HGI will fund research projects in China and India that have the potential for impact both locally and globally. Project activities are not limited to the Harvard campus but also include work that happens in China and/or India. Faculty conducting research in China have access to space at the  Harvard Center Shanghai, and HGI encourages project teams to make use of the Center as a convening site. Faculty from across the Schools who are already working on China and/or India-related topics, as well as those who wish to begin doing so, are invited to apply for funding by submitting preliminary expressions of interest (EOIs).
 
Funding will be provided at two levels:
 
  • Large grants will support multi-faculty, cross-School, cross-discipline, integrative projects on problems or issues of global relevance that build on existing research and include significant collaboration with scholars in China. The goal is to help innovative research "scale up" and "scale out." There should thus be a substantial track record of prior work upon which a more ambitious project would be developed. Ideally, such a project should represent not just quantitative enhancement of previous research, but qualitative transformation of that research through heightened collaboration with colleagues in other Schools, disciplines, and countries
  • Small grants will support innovative, interdisciplinary projects that, like the large grants, focus on issues of global significance that would be unlikely to find funding from other sources. Funding is available at this level for projects with a focus on China and/or on India, or for comparative work. The majority of the funding, however, is available for projects that are related to China.
Deadline: January 22, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $150,000 payable over one or two years
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.
 
Applications are invited from researchers across disciplines proposing research projects relating to Brazil. Proposals are sought for 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.
 
Proposed projects 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

InternalSolar
Residency Program and Harvard Faculty Research Grants 
Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: Varies by award type

Harvard's Solar Geoengineering Research Program (SGRP) aims to focus on advancing solar geoengineering science and technology; assessing efficiency and risks; and laying out governance options and social implications. The following funding mechanisms are currently available:  

Residency Program:  This program will accept a small number of researchers focused on solar geoengineering to spend between 1 and 3 weeks at Harvard University, working directly with researchers at SGRP and other members of the Harvard community. The main purpose of this program is to enable visitors to work in collaboration with Harvard researchers and each other on discrete research projects. SGRP will cover the cost of travel and accommodations as well as per diem for meals.
 
Harvard Faculty Research Grants:  SGRP will provide direct support for research activities that cannot be fulfilled by students or fellows. That could involve multi-investigator collaborations, field or laboratory work in the sciences, or field or survey work in the social sciences.
 
U.S. Department of Defense
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
OFFensive Swarm Enabled Tactics (OFFSET): Amendment 1
OSP Deadline: November 20, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: November 29, 2017
Award Amount: No individual award is anticipated to be above $750K (including all options proposed). The duration of each Swarm Sprint is generally expected to be 6 months, with an additional 3 month option period to facilitate integration activities.
 
The goal of OFFSET Swarm Sprints is to create focused breakthroughs in swarm technologies to be integrated into the OFFSET Swarm Systems Architecture. The specific topic of interest for this amendment is the design and development of Swarm Tactics relevant to OFFSET Vignette 1, in the thrust area of Swarm Autonomy (Development of systems enablers for enhanced swarm autonomy including both hardware and software along with associated tactics, primitives, and algorithms).
 
DARPA intends to award up to 15 Swarm Sprinter awards in this initial swarm sprint call.

DARPA_YFA
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Young Faculty Award (YFA)
OSP Deadline: November 27, 2017 
Sponsor Deadline: December 4, 2017
Award Amount: Each award will include a 24-month base period (a maximum of $500,000) and a 12-month option period (a maximum of $500,000). The 12-month option period, referred to as the "Director's Fellowship," will be reserved for a limited number of awardees who demonstrate exceptional YFA project performance over the 24-month base period.
 
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (YFA) program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions and expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) and National Security challenges and needs. In particular, this YFA will provide high-impact funding to elite researchers early in their careers to develop innovative new research directions in the context of enabling transformative DoD capabilities. The long-term goal of the program is to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers in the research community who will focus a significant portion of their future careers on DoD and National Security issues. 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.
 
Participation is open to individuals who are U.S. Citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents, and Foreign Nationals. Proposers must be one of the following (excluding any personal leaves of absence) at a U.S.-based institution by the full proposal deadline:
  • current Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professors;
  • current Tenured faculty within 3 years of their Tenure date; or
  • an equivalent at a non-profit research institution within 12 years of the receipt of their Ph.D.
This Research Announcement solicits single principal investigator (PI) proposals for research and development in the following specific Technical Areas of interest:
  • Designing Ungameably Complex Games
  • Topological Photonics
  • Artificial Intelligence for Materials Discovery
  • Transformative Radiation Sensing
  • Engineered Interactions with the Energy of the Vacuum
  • Novel Methods for Nonsurgical Brain Interfaces
  • Self-forming Chronic Central Nervous System (CNS) Neural Interfaces
  • The Minimal Plant: Engineering Plants for Easy Biosynthetic Pathway Design with High Modularity
  • Antifouling Solutions for Large, Nonplanar Optical Surfaces
  • Replicating Cell-Cell Information Transfer
  • Programmable DNA Repair for Improved Genome Editing Outcomes
  • Efficient Integrated Nanophotonics
  • Adversarial Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Developing Intelligent Sensors for Fentanyl and Related Toxins
  • High Quality Atomic Traps and Waveguides
  • Wideband Efficiency in Millimeter Wave Power Amplifiers
  • Materials and Actuator Innovation for Small Scale Mobility and Manipulation
  • Reducing Software Attack Surface through Compiler-Rewriter Cooperation
  • Computational Models of the Spread of False or Misleading Information
  • Big Data Summarization
  • Decentralized Control of Networked Unmanned Autonomous Systems
  • REsilience through COmposable Logistics (RECOiL)
  • Wide Area Sensing Using the Internet of Things
  • Tactical Terrain Analysis
  • Thermostructural Sensitivity to Uncertainties
  • Swarm Intent Understanding
Multiple awards are anticipated.

AirForce_SummerFaculty
Air Force Research Laboratory
Summer Faculty Fellowships
OSP Deadline: Not required for fellowships awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 5, 2017
Award Amount: The Fellowship provides a stipend and relocation allowance. Fellowships will range from 8 to 12 weeks.
 
The U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program offers hands-on exposure to Air Force research challenges through research residencies at participating Air Force research facilities for full-time science, mathematics, and engineering faculty at U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants' research interests must be in line with the interests and needs of the various Air Force Research Facilities. These include the nine Air Force Research Laboratory Directorates, Air Force Test Center, the United States Air Force Academy, and the Air Force Institute of Technology. Click here to learn more about the areas of interest to the various Air Force Research Facilities and for contact information for each facility. Each research opportunity offered through the U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program has a research advisor (in some cases two research advisors) who direct all work involved with the project. To be eligible for an award, each application must be approved by the designated research advisor for that research opportunity and must be endorsed by the appropriate Air Force research facility.
 
Applicants to the U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program must be citizens of the United States. All appointments are subject to the participant's successful security investigation and approved access to unclassified government information systems. U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program faculty participants have the opportunity to bring a graduate student with them.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Electronics Resurgence Initiative: Page 3 Investments Architectures Thrust
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: December 8, 2017 (DARPA will continue to accept proposals after the due date until January 31, 2018, but proposers are warned that the likelihood of available funding is greatly reduced for proposals submitted after the initial closing date deadline)
Award Amount: The amount of resources made available under this BAA will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds.
 
The goal of the Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) is to more constructively enmesh the technology needs and capabilities of the defense enterprise with the commercial and manufacturing realities of the electronics industry. A trio of simultaneously-released ERI BAAs-this one among them-parallel the research areas detailed on page three of Gordon Moore's seminal 1965 paper: materials and integration, architecture, and design. These new page-three-inspired investments, along with a series of related investments from the past year, comprise the overall Electronics Resurgence Initiative. The "ERI Page 3 Investments" are the next steps in creating an electronics capability that will provide a foundational contribution to U.S. national security.
 
The Page 3 Architectures thrust of the Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) seeks to demonstrate heterogeneous computing systems that provide the performance advantages of specialized processors, while maintaining the programmability of general purpose processors. The goal of the Software Defined Hardware (SDH) program is to build runtime-reconfigurable hardware and software that enables near ASIC performance without sacrificing programmability for data-intensive algorithms. The overall goal of the Domain-specific System on Chip (DSSoC) program is to develop a heterogeneous SoC comprised of many cores that mix general-purpose processors, special-purpose processors, hardware accelerators, memory, and input/output (I/O).
 
Multiple awards are anticipated.

Office of Naval Research (ONR)
FY18 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Navy and Marine Corps Department of Defense University Research-to-Adoption (DURA) Initiative
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (required): December 11, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals (if invited): January 31, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $2M for a period of performance up to 3 years
 
The Defense University Research-to-Adoption (DURA) initiative will address the following technical challenges for defense operations: 1) Lithium-Ion Battery Safety and 2) Electrical Grid Resiliency, Reliability and Security. In addition, the DURA initiative will promote advancing university research from the laboratory to adoption by the defense and commercial sectors.
 
ONR intends to award approximately 2-3 awards for an estimated total value of $5,000,000 in FY2018, subject to the availability of funds.

Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC)
Naval Engineering Education Consortium (NEEC) Broad Agency Announcement for FY17
OSP Deadline: December 5, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: December 12, 2017 
Award Amount: The funded amount and period of performance of each proposal selected for award may vary depending on the research area and the technical approach to be pursued by the offeror selected.
 
On behalf of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Warfare Centers, NSWC is soliciting research of interest in support of the NEEC. The topics of interest include:
  • Sensor fusion
  • Machine learning systems for wireless cyber environments
  • Emerging software development
  • Lasers as weapons in a marine environment
  • Analysis of mission engineering
  • Modeling and simulation research and development
  • Radar unitization in a marine environment
  • Railgun developmental research
  • Big Data analysis tool development
  • Artificial intelligence/autonomy research and development
  • Communications and processing for mobile distributed sensor and weapon networks
  • Multi-vehicle autonomy, sensing, and collaboration
  • Diving and life support systems
  • Personal protection systems
  • Cyber and cyber-warfare research and development
  • Robotics for Navy Shipyard applications
  • Wave impact load predictions
  • Scaling effects of hydrodynamic impulsive loads
  • Hull fouling
  • Power distribution systems and engineering for efficiency and high power needs
  • Statistical analysis of seaway hindcast data for new operating areas and existing areas that are impacted by changing climates
  • Numeric simulation methods for Naval Ship Maneuvering in waves
  • Balanced hull form design
  • Automated Decision Aids
  • Software Defined Infrastructure Research
  • Predictive Maintenance and Readiness Research for C4ISR Systems
 
The Government may make multiple awards.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Geospatial Cloud Analytics (GCA)
OSP Deadline: December 7, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: December 14, 2017 (proposals submitted after this deadline may be received and evaluated up to six months from date of posting on FedBizOpps (which was October 11, 2017) though the likelihood of available funding is greatly reduced for proposals submitted after the initial closing date deadline)
Award Amount: The amount of resources made available under this BAA will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. GCA is a 24-month, three-phase program. At present, DARPA seeks innovative proposals covering the tasks in Phase 1 (6 month base effort) and Phase 2 (12 month costed option) of the program. Proposals must address both Phase 1 and Phase 2.
 
The Geospatial Cloud Analytics (GCA) program will develop and demonstrate technology for accessing and analyzing global scale, multimodal geospatial data. It will also pilot an "analytics-as-a-service" business model. The program will develop the software infrastructure to curate and virtually aggregate vast amounts of geospatial information from commercial, satellite constellations. As a result, GCA technology will let data scientists concentrate on analyzing, rather than gathering and curating data from individual sources. GCA will demonstrate analytics capabilities for global indications and warnings through a set of competitive events that consist of a strategic competition (predicting food shortages), an operational competition (locating new fracking construction), and a tactical competition (locating and tracking illegal fishing vessels). In addition, the GCA program will include an open call for new problem areas that will allow investigation of additional capabilities.
 
For Phases 1 and 2, DARPA seeks proposals in two technical areas (TAs). TA-1 (Scalable Geospatial Data Platform) will provide access to geospatial data and an extensible computing platform on which TA-2 performers can efficiently access and process massive amounts of curated geospatial data. TA-2 (Analytical Applications and Competitions) will create software for use in one or more of the analytics competitions (predicting food shortages, locating fracking construction detection, illegal fishing detection, open call) using data and platforms provided by TA-1 proposers.
 
Multiple awards are anticipated. DARPA will award a total of $28.9 million (for Phases 1 and 2) under this program.
Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
Dynamically and Controllably Reconfigurable Antennas through Physical Deformation Processes
OSP Deadline: December 8, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: December 15, 2017
Award Amount: $4,800,000 over 5 years
 
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) seeks unclassified proposals from educational institutions in the United States for deployable, reconfigurable, multifunctional antennas research. DoD has a need for antennas that are versatile, mechanically sound, and have predictable and reproducible properties. Physical reconfigurability is an especially effective means to enable such antennas. A goal is for these antennas to achieve in each configuration properties and performance over time equivalent to those of static, single-function antennas. This topic requires multidisciplinary research in design, stimuli-response reconfiguration, mechanical and structural characterization, and electromagnetic measurement and optimization.
 
A single award is anticipated under this announcement.
Naval Supply Systems Command
Research Initiatives at The Naval Postgraduate School
OSP Deadline: December 15, 2017 
Sponsor Deadline: December 29, 2017
Award Amount: The funding amount and period of performance of each selected proposal will vary depending on the research area and the technical approach pursued by the selected prospective Grantee.
 
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) is interested in receiving proposals for research initiatives that offer potential for advancement and improvement in the NPS core mission of graduate education and research. Readers should note that this is an announcement to declare NPS's solicitation in competitive funding of meritorious research initiatives across a spectrum of science and engineering, business, politics and public/foreign policy, operational and information sciences, and interdisciplinary disciplines that are in-line with the NPS' graduate education and research mission.
 
Additional information on the Naval Postgraduate School's graduate education and research mission is available at:
 
 
Prior to preparing proposals, potential Offerors are strongly encouraged to contact an NPS point of contact (POC) whose program and research efforts best match the Offeror's field of interest. The academic and research programs links above can be used to locate an appropriate POC by exploring the information provided about the faculty members in NPS' schools, research institutes, and interdisciplinary centers and research groups.

Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Pre-Proposals (required): January 4, 2018 for the Core Solicitation; March 6, 2018 for the SEED Solicitation
Award Amount: Varies by program area
 
SERDP is DoD's environmental science and technology program, planned and executed in partnership with DOE and EPA, with participation by numerous other federal and non-federal organizations. SERDP invests across a broad spectrum of basic and applied research, as well as advanced development. Under the FY19 solicitation, the Department of Defense (DoD) is interested in receiving pre-proposals for research focusing in the areas of Environmental Restoration, Munitions Response, Resource Conservation and Resiliency, and Weapons Systems and Platforms technologies. DoD SERDP intends to competitively fund research and development for environmental research that addresses the Statements of Need set forth in the Announcement. SERDP supports environmental research relevant to the management and mission of the DoD and supports efforts that lead to the development and application of innovative environmental technologies or methods that improve the environmental performance of DoD by improving outcomes, managing environmental risks, and/or reducing costs or time required to resolve environmental problems. In addition to the Core Solicitation, SERDP invites proposals for innovative research in the Munitions Response area through the SERDP Exploratory Development (SEED) program.
 
It is expected that multiple awards totaling approximately $12.0 million will be made dependent on the quality of proposals received and availability of funds.
Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
CENTER OF EXCELLENCE: Efficient and Robust Machine Learning (ERML)
OSP Deadline: December 20, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: January 4, 2018
Award Amount: $5,000,000 over 5 years
 
The purpose of this ERML University Center of Excellence (UCoE) is to establish the foundational principles of design, development, and employment as well as critical technologies to support machine learning (ML) methods and procedures. The Air Force's autonomy vision includes intelligent machines that utilize data, leverage learning techniques, and deliver content for a variety of operations. Machine learning methods must be employed with efficiency and robustness for effective results given data challenges such as variety, volume, velocity, veracity, and value. Leveraging ML methods and techniques should incorporate contextual considerations, operational environments, and hardware implementation. To achieve the USAF vision, ML techniques must consider transferability, usability, efficiency and robustness for mission success. Foundational science and technology is needed to understand machine learning employment challenges including efficiency (data and computational), robustness (practical and adversarial), as well as relevancy (situational and contextual).
 
A single Cooperative Agreement is anticipated under this announcement.


Research Associateship Programs
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadlines: February 1, 2018; May 1, 2018; August 1, 2018
Award Amount: Awards include stipends (ranging from $42,000-$80,000), health insurance, professional travel and relocation. Award durations vary by program.
 
The National Research Council (NRC) administers competitive graduate, postdoctoral and senior research awards on behalf of 26 U.S. federal research agencies and affiliated institutions with facilities at over 100 locations throughout the U.S. and abroad. Awardees have the opportunity to conduct independent research in an area compatible with the interests of the sponsoring laboratory; devote full-time effort to research and publication; access the excellent and often unique facilities of the federal research enterprise; and collaborate with leading scientists and engineers at the sponsoring laboratories. Disciplines include Chemistry; Earth, Atmospheric and Space Sciences; Engineering, Applied Science, and Mathematics; Life Sciences; and Physics.
 
Find research opportunities that match your interests by exploring this website: www.nationalacademies.org/rap . Contact prospective Research Adviser(s) and host lab(s) to discuss your interests and then you may apply online using the WebRAP electronic application system. Prospective applicants should carefully read the details and eligibility of the program to which they are applying. Some laboratories have citizenship restrictions (open only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents), and some laboratories have Research Opportunities that are not open to senior applicants (more than 5 years beyond the Ph.D.). In addition, applicants should note application deadlines, as not all laboratories participate in all reviews.

DoDExtraDev
Department of the Army - USAMRAA
US Special Operations Command Broad Agency Announcement for Extramural Biomedical Research and Development
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Pre-Proposals (required): April 14, 2018.
Award Amount: A budget should be commensurate with the nature and complexity of the proposed research.    
 
Special Operations Forces (SOF) medical personnel place a premium on medical equipment that is small, lightweight, ruggedized, modular, multi-use, and designed for operation in extreme environments. The equipment should be easy to use, require minimum maintenance, and have low power consumption. Drugs and biologics should not require refrigeration or other special handling. All materiel and related techniques should be simple and effective. Research projects may apply existing scientific and technical knowledge for which concept and/or patient care efficacy have already been demonstrated to meet SOF requirements. The following are SOF's Research Areas of Interest (RAIs):
 

1.     Medical Simulation and Training Technologies;

2.     Damage Control Resuscitation;

3.     Prolonged Field Care (PFC);

4.     Portable Lab Assays and Diagnostics;

5.     Force Health Protection and Environmental Medicine;

6.     Canine Medicine; and

7.     Human Operational Performance.

 
Research and development funded through this BAA are intended and expected to benefit and inform both military and civilian medical practice and knowledge. It is estimated that approximately $3 million is available for this BAA.
 DoD_Other

Other DoD Opportunities:

I f you are interested in DoD funding opportunities, please note:
The  Defense Innovation Marketplace  is a centralized source for Department of Defense science and technology (S&T) planning, acquisition resources, funding, and financial information. 
 

EERE_Off-Road
U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Energy Efficiency Research and Development for Fluid-Power Systems in Off-Road Vehicles
Sponsor Concept Paper Deadline (required): November 20, 2017
OSP Deadline for Full Proposals: January 11, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: January 18, 2018
Award Amount: $1,000,000 and $1,500,000 for awards that will run up to 36 months. 20% non-federal cost share of the total allowable costs for research and development projects is required.
 
The objective of this FOA is to research technologies that can improve the energy efficiency of fluid power systems for commercial off-road vehicles. Construction, mining, and agriculture equipment represent the majority of fuel consumption in off-road vehicles, and this equipment relies heavily on fluid-power systems (i.e. hydraulics) to actuate most of their functions. They are preferred over electric motors because of their high specific power density and ability to tolerate shock and harsh environments. However, current fluid-power systems have poor efficiency. Research in this area can provide decreased operating costs for these key domestic industries. Technologies for efficiency improvement are anticipated to include, but are not limited to, new system architectures, energy storage, engineered fluid properties, advanced materials, engine technologies, and hybridization.

EERE_ExtremeFast
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
FY2017 Vehicle Technologies Office Batteries and Electrification to Enable Extreme Fast Charging
Sponsor Concept Paper Deadline (required): November 21, 2017
OSP Deadline for Full Proposals: January 10, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: January 18, 2018
Award Amount: $500,000-$5,000,000. Cost sharing is requires and varies depending on type of applicant and area of interest.
 
This FOA seeks projects to encourage the development of plug-in electric vehicle systems and batteries that can demonstrate the ability to recharge rapidly at high power levels. Developing these systems and batteries should allow plug-in electric vehicles to be charged much faster than current vehicle charging, enabling the greater use of electricity for transportation (which is 98%, domestic energy generation from diverse sources) and encouraging the widespread use of plug-in vehicles.
 
This FOA includes two (2) areas of interest:
  1. Area of Interest 1, Extreme Fast Charging (XFC) Systems for Electric Vehicles: The objective of this area of interest is to develop and verify vehicles equipped with extreme fast charging (XFC) technology, which can recharge a battery in half of the time compared to current fast charging rates. Projects should detail technical approaches to drive system and battery development that can enable XFC, charger installation and demonstration, infrastructure impact studies, and reduced vehicle charging time proposition analysis.
  2. Area of Interest 2, Batteries for Extreme Fast Charging: The objective of this area of interest is to research, develop, and gain a better fundamental understanding of next generation fast charge battery cells capable of achieving 500 cycles (with less than 20% fade in specific energy) consisting of a 10-minute fast charge protocol, while achieving or improving state-of-the-art cell specific energy and cost.

DOE_Other
Other DOE Opportunities


Foundation Opportunities

Lemelson
Lemelson-MIT Prize
OSP Deadline: Not required for prizes awarded directly to individuals
Nomination Deadline: November 30, 2017
Award Amount: $500,000
 
The Lemelson-MIT Prize is awarded to outstanding mid-career inventors, who have developed a patented product or process of significant value to society, which has been adopted for practical use, or has a high probability of being adopted. The Lemelson-MIT Prize seeks to highlight the pivotal role inventive activity plays in the achievement of positive social, cultural and economic goals. The objectives of the Lemelson-MIT Prize are to:
  • recognize and reward America's outstanding mid-career inventors
  • celebrate individuals who enhance economic opportunity and community well-being through their inventive work and who have global perspective
  • increase awareness and foster the work of inventors and the potential for commercialization and wider adoption of their inventions
  • promote role models who can inspire young people to pursue creative lives and careers
Candidates for the Lemelson-MIT Prize must:
  • be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • be mid-career, which is defined as having received their bachelor's degree no more than twenty-five years ago. A nominee for the 2018 Lemelson-MIT Prize must have received their bachelor's degree in 1993 or later.
  • be the primary inventor of two or more granted U.S. patents, one of which is a product or process that has been commercialized or has potential or realized adoption
  • serve as an inspiration to young people, through their creativity, outreach or mentoring activities
Candidates may be individuals or two collaborating inventors, and they must be nominated by one of their peers.
Technology Awards
OSP Deadline: Not required for Letters of Intent
Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Intent: December 4, 2017
Award Amount: $100,000 per year for 2 years

These awards encourage and support scientists working on the development of novel and creative approaches to understanding brain function. The Endowment Fund is interested in how a new technology may be used to monitor, manipulate, analyze, or model brain function at any level, from the molecular to the entire organism. Technology may take any form, from biochemical tools to instruments to software and mathematical approaches. Because the program seeks to advance and enlarge the range of technologies available to the neurosciences, research based primarily on existing techniques will not be considered. Applicants must be in tenured or tenure-track faculty positions.

Dana_Mahoney
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: January 8, 2018 at 8:00AM
Award Amount: $100,000-$200,000
Target applicants: Faculty at the Assistant Professor level or early in their Associate Professor career. Senior investigators will only be considered if they can convincingly demonstrate a new research direction.
 
The Dana Foundation supports research on imaging innovations that help reveal how the human brain functions normally, how disorders and injuries alter these functions, and how various therapies affect these conditions. Since immune cells are often integrally involved in the development of, protection against, or responses to brain diseases and injuries, funded research also can focus on immune cell interactions with brain cells. Scientists, using either conventional brain imaging techniques, cellular and molecular imaging technologies, or a combination of both, are supported to undertake pilot tests of novel hypotheses. Studies tend to focus on how imaging can enhance understanding of normal brain functioning; improve diagnosis; expand understanding of disease or injury processes; and assess treatment effects. Additionally, studies designed to refine existing imaging techniques, or to further develop new techniques to address specific clinical questions, are supported.
 
Harvard University, as one institution, is limited to nominating one proposal to this opportunity. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is facilitating an internal application process for eligible applicants across the university. Internal applications may be submitted here.
Grants Program
OSP Deadline: Not required for Letters of Intent
Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Intent: January 8, 2018
Award Amount: Previously awarded grants have ranged from $15,000 to $500,000+
 
EREF's research priorities align with it long-term strategic plan to address all areas of integrated solid waste management, with a strong focus towards research that increased sustainable solid waste management practices. Funded research projects must relate to sustainable solid waste management practices pertaining to the following topic areas:
  • Waste minimization
  • Recycling
  • Waste conversion to energy, biofuels, chemicals or other useful products
  • Strategies to promote diversion to higher and better uses
  • Landfilling
Desirable aspects of the above topics, in addition to or as part of hypothesis driven applied research, also include: economic or cost/benefit analyses, feasibility studies for untested technologies or management strategies, life cycle analysis or inventory, and analyses of policies that relate to the above. There are a number of topics that may require approval before consideration. Investigators should visit EREF's website to determine if their research project may require pre-approval.
Grace Murray Hopper Award
OSP Deadline: Not required for prizes awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2018
Award Amount: $35,000
Target Nominees: Candidate must have been 35 years of age or less at the time the qualifying contribution was made.
 
The Grace Murray Hopper Award recognizes the outstanding young computer professional of the year, selected on the basis of a single recent major technical or service contribution. The award is presented each June at the ACM Awards Banquet and is accompanied by a prize of $35,000 plus travel expenses to the banquet.
 
Nominations will be evaluated for the significance, depth, and originality of the technical contribution or - in the case of a service contribution - the scope of the effort involved and its impact on the computing community and/or society as a whole. When the contribution results from a joint effort, the candidate's role should be clearly identified.
Global Call for Ideas
OSP Deadline: Five days prior to full proposal deadline. OSP review not required for letters of intent.
Letter of Intent Deadline: January 21, 2018
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: TBD Fall 2018
Award Amount: Not specified. CIFAR determines the necessary funding for the given team, based on the size of the team and the planned interactions. 
Target Applicants: The proponents of an LOI should include at least one researcher currently living and working in Canada (with or without Canadian citizenship).
 
CIFAR invites research leaders from around the world to identify important global research challenges that would benefit from CIFAR's approach to sustained research interactions that include diverse perspectives. Submissions must address global, complex questions and identify an interdisciplinary research approach. Proposals will be accepted from all areas of research.
 
CIFAR supports research in two ways: (1) Two to three times per year, CIFAR brings researchers from across the world together for face-to-face interactions and to maintain active collaboration. (2) CIFAR Fellows receive support on an individual basis, which is intended to enable researchers to have more time and space to work on the goals of the research program. This can be used quite flexibly - for teaching load adjustments, student stipends and postdoctoral fellow support, amongst other uses.
 
Stage I of the application process requires a Letter of Intent (LOI) from researchers who would be key members of the program. This submission should identify the core elements of the research idea and the range of possible research questions for consideration. CIFAR will shortlist LOIs based on the recommendations from the International Review Body and CIFAR's Research Council. Stage II of the process will support the development of full proposals. Each LOI team that passes Stage I will work with CIFAR to convene up to two small workshops over a four-month period to prepare a full proposal.
Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians
OSP Deadline: January 24, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: January 31, 2018
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 support the "mathematical marketplace" by substantially increasing collaborative contacts between mathematicians. The foundation will make a large number of collaboration grants to accomplished, active researchers 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 hold a tenure-track or tenured position, or be a professor emeritus, within a mathematics department with a Ph.D. degree granting program. Collaboration grant awardees may not hold any other external PI or PI equivalent grants of over $3,000 per year that allow for support for travel or visitors during the award period.
Wireless Innovation Project
OSP Deadline: February 26, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: March 5, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $300,000 over three years
 
The Wireless Innovation Project seeks to identify and fund the best innovations using wireless related technology to address critical social issues. Project proposals must demonstrate significant advancement in the field of wireless-related technology applied to social benefit use. The project must be at a stage of research where an advanced prototype or field/market test can occur during the award period.
 
Projects should involve an established multi-disciplinary team that demonstrates the expertise needed for a comprehensive solution to the targeted problem. For example, a team may consist of members from two or more of the following disciplines: engineering, design, business, international development, or other relevant disciplines. A team may also consist of university-based researchers and non-profit organizations working such areas as international development, health or environment.

IARPA

SuperCables BAA Draft Funding Opportunity Description
Response Date: November 17, 2017
 
This Draft Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is NOT a formal request for proposals. A Final BAA will be released at a later date for which interested parties may submit proposals. IARPA is seeking interested parties to thoroughly review the Draft BAA Funding Opportunity Description and provide comments, questions, suggested changes, and feedback by November 17, 2017 in the format provided below. IARPA does not anticipate posting responses to any comments, questions, suggested changes, and/or feedback received; however, all input will be considered in developing the Final BAA. Additionally, the Draft BAA Funding Opportunity Description is subject to change in the development of the Final BAA as a result of IARPA's consideration of the input received from interested parties in response to the Draft BAA as well as other considerations.
 
The current draft BAA seeks development of technology and techniques for energy-efficient, high data rate transmission of digital signals between computing systems operating at room and cryogenic temperatures. The focus in the SuperCables program is demonstration of components to convert from low level electrical signals in circuits operating at a temperature of approximately 4 kelvins to conventional optical signals at room temperature. Pending results of this program, IARPA may support a follow-on program to develop the complete system for data transmission between room temperature and 4 kelvins.
Finding Engineering-Linked Indicators (FELIX)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: The deadline for the initial round of selections has passed. IARPA may evaluate proposals received after this date, but prior to the BAA Closing Date of January 15, 2018.
 
The Finding Engineering-Linked Indicators (FELIX) program seeks to develop new experimental and computational tools to detect engineered biological systems. The development of new biotechnologies is enabling the ability to engineer a diversity of biological systems, with potential benefits ranging from new vaccines and therapeutics to novel materials and improved agriculture. Of particular note are genome editing tools that are commonly used worldwide for a range of significant research and development efforts. These technologies have made biological engineering more accessible, more convenient, and less expensive. At the same time, these beneficial biotechnologies could result in the accidental or deliberate misuse of biological systems with unforeseen or uncontrolled consequences that may have adverse health, economic, or national security implications. The FELIX program aims to develop new tools and approaches to improve and augment detection capabilities to expedite appropriate responses to the presence of engineered organisms.

Proteos Program
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: The deadline for the initial round of selections has passed. IARPA may evaluate proposals received after this date, but prior to the BAA Closing Date of December 27, 2018.
 
The Proteos Program seeks to develop novel approaches to human identification and correlation with objects, events, and locations based on the observation of polymorphisms in amino acid sequences in proteins. The Proteos Program will also seek development of novel methodologies for the extraction of both protein and DNA in parallel from touch samples of forensic interest. The Proteos Program will focus on shed skin cells associated with trace forensic samples and will seek to exploit the relationship between polymorphisms in the skin proteome, or GVPs, and their underlying nonsynonymous single nucleotide polymorphisms (nsSNPs) to evaluate peptide mass fingerprinting as a reliable forensic analytic technique. The goal of this program is to provide additional objective forensic tools for human identification and individualization, which can provide novel options for forensic use cases and sample types beyond what is currently possible with DNA alone.
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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Research Opportunities in Space Biology (ROSBio) Appendix G: Solicitation of Proposals for Flight and Ground Space Biology Research
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Notices of Intent (strongly encouraged): December 4, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: February 2, 2018
Award Amount: Varies by program
 
This Appendix solicits proposals that will increase NASA's understanding of how living systems acclimate to spaceflight to support human space exploration. Proposals submitted in response to this Appendix may be for ground-based or for spaceflight research investigations. An applicant's specific aims must address one or more of the following research emphases:
  • Research Emphasis 1: Microbiomes of the Built Environment (MoBE) of Spacecraft Element
  • Research Emphasis 2: Plant Biology Element to support Human Space Exploration
  • Research Emphasis 3: Animal Biology Element in support of Human Space Exploration
  • Research Emphasis 4: Molecular and Cellular Biology Element
Topics and areas of special interest to Space Biology include Omics Research, and Centrifugation and Artificial Gravity.
 
This Appendix is soliciting proposals for four different types of research investigations: 1) Individual Principal Investigator Experiments or PI team Experiments Proposed for Spaceflight or Ground Laboratories; 2) New Space Biology Investigations; 3) Postdoctoral fellows who wish to develop a career in Space Biology research; 4) GeneLab Investigators who wish to develop new experimental hypotheses based on data in the GeneLab database.
Cooperative Agreement Notice: Dual Use Technology Development at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) - 2018
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadlines for Step-1 White Papers (required): May 2, 2018
Award Amount: MSFC resource contribution awards will range from $10,000 to $100,000, and must be matched or exceeded by Offeror contributions. Contributions can be cash, in-kind (non-cash) resources, or a combination of each. Project duration is up to 12 months.
 
NASA will award cooperative agreements for technology development partnerships with United States commercial businesses and/or colleges and universities with the goal of developing a technology to meet a specific NASA need at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), as well as those of the partner. This goal will be accomplished by selecting Offerors who will cooperatively share in the development cost of the technology that meets the specified NASA need.
 
MSFC has several technology development focus areas for this solicitation, including:
  • Innovative/Advanced Propulsion Systems
  • Advanced Manufacturing; Structures and Materials
  • Technologies Supporting Environmental Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS)
  • Technologies Supporting Spacecraft Systems
  • Technologies Enabling Science Research
  • Technologies Supporting Systems Engineering
For more information on the technology programs and capabilities at MSFC, please see the following link: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/capabilities/index.html.
 
NASA anticipates funding up to 10 pending acceptable proposals.
Unsolicited Proposals
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling through September 30, 2018
Award Amount: Proposed budget should be commensurate with the scope of the project.
 
NASA encourages the submission of unique and innovative proposals that will further the Agency's mission. While the vast majority of proposals are solicited, a small number of unsolicited proposals that cannot be submitted to those solicitations and yet are still relevant to NASA are reviewed and some are funded each year. Proposals should be submitted at least six months in advance of the desired starting date.

Before any effort is expended in preparing a proposal, potential proposers should:
  1. Review the current versions of the NASA Strategic Plan and documents from the specific directorate, office, or program for which the proposal is intended to determine if the work planned is sufficiently relevant to current goals to warrant a formal submission.
  2. Potential proposers must review current opportunities (e.g., at https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/solicitations.do?method=init&stack=push) to determine if any solicitation already exists to which the potential project could be proposed.
  3. Potential proposers should review current awards (e.g., by doing key word searches at Research.gov, or at the NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC) grant status page, and the NASA Life and Physical Sciences Task Book) to learn what, if any, related work is already funded by NASA. Such preparation reduces the risk of redundancy, improves implementation, and sometimes results in collaboration.
After those three things have been done, the proposer may contact an appropriate NASA person to determine whether NASA has any interest in the type of work being proposed and if any funding is currently available.

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Johnson Space Center:  Research Opportunities for ISS Utilization
Exploration Technology Demonstration and National Lab Utilization Enhancements
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to sponsor deadline
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (recommended): Rolling through October 31, 2019 (see solicitation for schedule of review cycles)
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: Rolling through December 31, 2019 (see solicitation for schedule of review cycles)
Award Amount: Details below
 
This announcement is for the development of experiment hardware with enhanced capabilities; modification of existing hardware to enable increased efficiencies (crew time, power, etc.);  development of tools that allow analyses of samples and specimens on orbit; enhanced ISS infrastructure capabilities (ex. communications or data processing); and specific technology demonstration projects. Submission of a white paper is recommended in advance of a full proposal.
 
Within the NASA International Space Station (ISS) Research Integration Office, the Technology and Science Research Office (TSRO) and Commercial Space Utilization Office (CSUO) act as "gateways" to the ISS. The Technology and Science Research Office serves as the gateway for NASA-funded technology demonstrations. The Commercial Space Utilization Office serves as the gateway for non-NASA government-funded investigations, as well as non-profit or commercially-funded investigations.
 
Proposed technology demonstrations submitted to TSRO should address at least one of the technology areas mentioned in the ISS Technology Demonstration Plans . In addition, NASA seeks technology demonstrations related to the following thrust areas: Space Suit CO2 Sensor anExperiment Housing for Space Biology Pathfinder Research on Orion EM-1 (please note that submissions for this second Thrust Area do not fit into a standard NRA Cycle.
 
NASA also seeks technological concepts via CSUO related to the National Lab Thrust Areas and to expand the onboard research and analytical capabilities. The general thrust areas are:
  • Innovative uses of the ISS or ISS hardware that leverage existing capabilities to stimulate both utilization of the ISS and economic development in the U.S.
  • Other improvements to existing ISS capabilities, including but not limited to infrastructure, in situ analytical tools, and communication/data transmittal, to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the technology demonstrations and science investigations performed on the ISS.
  • Unique partnering arrangements that leverage NASA's existing capabilities but increase the commercial participation in research and on board services. 
Funds are not currently available for awards under this NASA Research Announcement (NRA). The Government's ability to make award(s) is contingent upon the availability of appropriated funds from which payment can be made and the receipt of proposals that NASA determines acceptable for award under this NRA. Successful proposals will have launch and integration costs covered by NASA. 

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Other NASA Opportunities
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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NIH Opportunities
National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation: Dear Colleague Letters

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Improving and Supporting the Transition to Graduate School in the Mathematical Sciences
OSP Deadline: November 29, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: December 6, 2017
Award Amount: Varies by division
 
The National Science Foundation's Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) and Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) are collaborating to encourage proposals that would improve and support student transition to and subsequent success in doctoral programs in the mathematical sciences. Participating divisions within the two directorates are the Divisions of Mathematical Sciences (DMS), Graduate Education (DGE), Undergraduate Education (DUE), and Human Resource Development (HRD).  Projects that develop partnerships among faculty, departments, and graduate schools, as well as those that leverage technology are expected. To achieve the dual aims of (1) scalability and (2) sustainability, it is envisioned that most proposed strategies will also: (3) reach students predominantly at their home institutions, with limited student travel required, and (4) have the potential to create systemic change regarding how students are prepared for success in graduate school, particularly doctoral programs. All projects should contain a rigorous evaluation plan that includes assessment of impact on students and the institution.
 

Request for Information on Mid-scale Research Infrastructure
OSP Deadline: N/A
Sponsor Deadline: December 8, 2017
Award Amount: N/A


The purpose of this Request for Information is to assess the needs for mid-scale research infrastructure from the US-based NSF science and engineering community in order to develop a strategy in accordance with the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA). The AICA requires NSF to "evaluate the existing and future needs, across all disciplines supported by the Foundation, for mid-scale projects" and "develop a strategy to address the needs." Responders should be researchers, users, and leaders at US based colleges and universities as well as non-profits who are well positioned to advance and support a mid-scale project throughout its lifecycle.

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NSF: Dear Colleague Letter
Encouraging Participation of Cloud Computing Providers in Computer and Information Science and Engineering Research 
OSP Deadline: N/A 
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2018 
Award Amount: N/A
NSF CISE is announcing its intention to (1) enhance the CISE research and education community's access to cloud computing resources in order to advance discovery and innovation in the field, and (2) encourage participation by all cloud providers in this effort. The benefits of a partnership with cloud providers include (1) access by the CISE research and education community to a range of useful resources and services - from scalable storage to real-time analytics to streaming data services to state-of-the-art compute nodes; and (2) the ability to experiment with real datasets where scale and performance are key considerations and the significant storage, compute, and networking resources offered by the cloud providers are key enabling factors. Organizations interested in learning more about this evolving public-private partnership are encouraged to contact Chaitan Baru at   cbaru@nsf.gov and Meghan Houghton at   mehought@nsf.gov  by January 15, 2018.

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NSF: Dear Colleague Letter
Principles for the Design of Digital STEM Learning Environments 
OSP Deadline: January 12, 2018 
Sponsor Deadline: January 22, 2018 
Award Amount: up to $100,000 for one year of support

NSF intentions to fund research to support the design of the next generation of digital learning environments for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) content, and in support of STEM education research more broadly. As an important first step in this direction, this DCL encourages a series of synthesis, integration, and design workshops. NSF challenges interdisciplinary science and engineering teams to produce plans for developing forward-looking, highly adaptable, distributed digital environments that can personalize learning for individual, diverse learners in collaborative settings with potential applications across multiple and varying: (a) domains of knowledge, (b) learning contexts (including formal and informal education), and (c) time spans.
Announcing the Creation of the Engineering for Civil Infrastructure (ECI) Systems Program
OSP Deadline: January 17, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: January 24, 2018
Award Amount: Unspecified

The Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) within the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Engineering, announces creation of the Engineering for Civil Infrastructure (ECI) program. The ECI program represents a new and integrated vision for fundamental research to underpin transformative innovations for the built environment that are resilient, economical, and adaptable to enhance national prosperity and societal benefits. In support of this vision, the ECI program replaces the Engineering for Natural Hazard (ENH), Geotechnical Engineering and Materials (GEM), and Structural and Architectural Engineering and Materials (SAEM) programs. ECI will also support research in construction engineering that is compatible with this vision. The ENH and SAEM programs will no longer accept proposals. The GEM program will not accept proposals after 5:00 p.m. submitter's local time on December 29, 2017. Active awards in ENH, GEM and SAEM programs will be managed by the ECI Program Directors and will remain eligible for supplements and extensions.

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NSF: Dear Colleague Letter
Joint NSF/ENG and AFOSR Funding Opportunity: Supporting Fundamental Research in the Quantitative Representation of Microstructures (QRM) 
OSP Deadline: January 17, 2018 
Sponsor Deadline: January 24, 2018 
Award Amount: $300,000 - $450,000 over 3 to 4 years

This letter serves as a call for proposals to address fundamental scientific questions related to Materials microstructure, properties and performance through the development of tools for the Quantitative Representation of Microstructures. NSF's and AFOSR's interest lies in innovative research projects which bring together members of the Materials Science and Engineering community with experts in computation and visualization, to address the challenges associated with accurate quantification and representation of the microstructures of Engineering Materials.
Proposals should address:
  1. Fundamental scientific questions related to Materials Processing-Microstructure-Property relationships that can be addressed through experimental and computational approaches enabled by the Quantitative Representation of Microstructures;
  2. A multidisciplinary approach to developing the tools for accurate microstructure representation, to include (1) data collection tools (2) data processing and feature identification algorithms (3) morphological descriptive metrics (4) virtual structure generators or renderers and (5) structural and/or functional material performance metrics;
  3. Efforts to identify and quantify sources of uncertainty in the microstructure representations;
  4. Planned open access to the data and codes generated in the proposed work.
Announcing Realignment of the Civil Infrastructure Program
OSP Deadline: January 17, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: January 24, 2018
Award Amount: Unspecified
 
The Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI), within the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Engineering, announces a realigned focus for the Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS) program. The re-aligned Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS) program focuses on fundamental and innovative research in the design, operation and management of civil infrastructure that contributes to creating smart, sustainable and resilient communities at local, national and international scales. This program emphasizes civil infrastructure as a system in which interactions between spatially and functionally distributed components and inter-system connections exist. This DCL highlights three important program changes:
  • All critical civil infrastructure systems are of interest, including transportation, power, water, pipelines and others. The program requires that investigators clearly articulate the basic and fundamental contribution that will be generated.
  • The program particularly welcomes potentially disruptive ideas that will open new frontiers and transform relevant research communities. Topics of interest include novel system and service designs that are inspired by or in harmony with nature, that involve humans as part of the design, and that adapt to changing populations and technological advances; system integration that seeks to create seamless integration across physical, cyber and human systems; real-time control, adaptation and intervention requiring the development of a new generation of models and algorithms; big data analytics that challenge existing paradigms and generate methodological breakthroughs; and social-technological-infrastructure connections that create critical knowledge in understanding how people interact with civil infrastructures.
  • Proposals in construction engineering are no longer accepted by the CIS program. They should be submitted to the Engineering for Civil Infrastructure (EIC) program.

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Announcing Realignment of the Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events (IMEE) Program and Change in Program Name to Humans, Disasters and the Built Environment (HDBE) 
OSP Deadline: January 17, 2018 
Sponsor Deadline: January 24, 2018 
Award Amount: Unspecified
 
The Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI), within the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Engineering, announces a realignment of the Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events (IMEE) program. Consistent with realignment, the program name has changed to Humans, Disasters and the Built Environment (HDBE). IMEE will no longer accept proposals; active awards in IMEE will be managed by the HDBE Program Director and will remain eligible for supplements and extensions.

The HDBE program supports fundamental, multidisciplinary research on the interactions between humans and the built environment within and among communities exposed to natural, technological and other types of hazards and disasters. The program seeks proposals that enrich understanding and explore implications of these interactions, whether through theoretical, methodological or empirical advances, thereby contributing to society's capabilities to learn from, prepare for and respond to hazards and disasters.
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Supplemental Funding
OSP Deadline: March 23, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: March 30, 2018
Award Amount: $8,000 per student

NSF CISEinvites grantees with active CISE awards to submit requests for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Supplemental funding, following the guidelines in the NSF REU program solicitation. A student must be a US citizen or permanent resident of the US. The duration for new requests is typically one year.

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Announcement of an Effort to Expand the NSF INCLUDES National Network
OSP Deadline: April  9, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: April 16, 2018
Award Amount: $300,000 for two years (EAGER); $250,000 for up to two years (Conference) 
 
Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) is a comprehensive effort to enhance U.S. leadership in science and engineering discovery and innovation by proactively seeking and effectively developing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent from all sectors and groups in our society. As one element of its multi-faceted approach to NSF INCLUDES, NSF is currently focusing on and identifying novel ways in which new and currently-funded NSF projects from across all NSF directorates can engage with the NSF INCLUDES National Network. We have called this process building "on-ramps" to the NSF INCLUDES National Network. To do this, we encourage the submission of funding requests for i) Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER), ii) Conferences and Workshops, and iii) Supplements to existing NSF-funded grants.
NSF Accepting Proposals Related to Hurricane Irma
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: N/A
Award Amount: See details below
 
Through this Dear Colleague Letter, NSF encourages the submission of proposals that seek to address the challenges related to Hurricane Irma. NSF also will support fundamental science and engineering research projects whose results may enable our country to better prepare for, respond to, recover from, or mitigate future catastrophic events. Research proposals relating to a better fundamental understanding of the impacts of the storm (both physical, biological and societal), human aspects of natural disasters (including first responders and the general public), emergency response methods, and approaches that promise to reduce future damage also are welcome.

Multiple proposal mechanisms are available to conduct new research related to Hurricane Irma.
  • RAPID: Proposals focusing on projects with severe urgency with regard to availability of, or access to, data, facilities or specialized equipment, including quick-response research on natural disasters. RAPID proposal project descriptions are expected to be brief and may not exceed 5 pages, with a maximum request of $200K for one year, although many are much smaller.
  • EAGER: Proposals to conduct fundamental research representing exploratory work in its early stages on untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas or approaches. This research may be considered especially "high risk-high payoff" in the sense that it, for example, involves radically different approaches, applies new expertise, or engages novel disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives. EAGER proposal project descriptions are expected to be brief, and may not exceed 8 pages. Requests may be up to $300K and with a maximum award duration of two years.
  • Supplements to existing awards: Small amounts of supplemental funding to existing awards may be requested.
Proposals may be submitted at any time.

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NSF Accepting Proposals Related to Hurricane Harvey
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: Varies by mechanism; please see below

NSF and its staff are deeply concerned for the people and institutions affected by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. Now that the consequences of Hurricane Harvey are upon us, new science and engineering questions are being raised. Through this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), NSF encourages the submission of proposals that seek to address the challenges related to this storm. NSF also will support fundamental science and engineering research projects whose results may enable our country to better prepare for, respond to, recover from, or mitigate future catastrophic events. Research proposals relating to a better fundamental understanding of the impacts of the storm (physical, biological and societal), human aspects of natural disasters (including first responders and the general public), emergency response methods, and approaches that promise to reduce future damage also are welcome. Multiple types of proposals may be submitted to conduct new research related to Hurricane Harvey, as follows:
  • Rapid Response Research (RAPID): Proposals focusing on projects with severe urgency with regard to availability of, or access to, data, facilities or specialized equipment, including quick-response research on natural disasters. RAPID proposal project descriptions are expected to be brief and may not exceed five pages, with a maximum request of $200K for up to one year, although many are much smaller.
  • Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER): Proposals to conduct fundamental research representing exploratory work in its early stages on untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas or approaches. This research may be considered especially "high risk-high payoff" in the sense that it, for example, involves radically different approaches, applies new expertise, or engages novel disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives. EAGER proposal project descriptions are expected to be brief, and may not exceed eight pages. Requests may be up to $300K and with a maximum award duration of two years.
  • Supplemental funding requests to existing awards: Small amounts of supplemental funding and up to six months of additional support may be requested. 
 
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Removal of Deadlines for the Process Separations Program in the Division of Chemical, Biological, Environmental, and Transport Systems in the Directorate for Engineering
OSP Deadline: N/A
Sponsor Deadline: N/A
Award Amount: N/A

The Process Separations Program in the Division of Chemical, Biological, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) has, as of June 2017, eliminated target dates and will accept proposals for consideration at any time. To allow time to adapt to the "open submission - no deadline" guidelines, new proposals will be considered for review after July 20, 2017.

By accepting proposals at any time, investigators will have greater opportunities to prepare proposals, build strong collaborations, and think more creatively resulting in more complex, interdisciplinary projects that have the potential to dramatically advance science. We anticipate that the elimination of deadlines will increase proposal success rate and reduce the burden on institutions and the community by expanding the submission period over the course of the year, as opposed to the previous 20-day window in October.


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Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2) Program in Fall 2017
OSP Deadline: N/A
Sponsor Deadline: N/A
Award Amount: N/A 

In order to successfully complete an evaluation and incorporate findings into current and future Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) programs, new project proposals to the SI2 program will not be accepted during the remainder of calendar year 2017. This decision impacts only proposals pursuant to the SSI new proposal deadline of September 19, 2017. Any proposals already submitted to this deadline should be withdrawn (or may be returned without review.) Active awards are not impacted. PIs are encouraged to monitor the SI2   program web page for information about new software-related funding opportunities later this fall.
 
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Removal of Deadlines for the Combustion and Fire Systems Program in the Division of Chemical, Biological, Environmental, and Transport Systems in the Directorate for Engineering
OSP Deadline: N/A
Sponsor Deadline: N/A
Award Amount: N/A

The Combustion and Fire Systems Program in the Division of Chemical, Biological, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) will, as of June 2017, eliminate target dates and accept proposals for consideration at any time. To allow time to adapt to the "open submission - no deadline" guidelines, new proposals will be considered for review after August 20, 2017.

By accepting proposals at any time, investigators will have greater opportunities to prepare proposals, build strong collaborations, and think more creatively resulting in more complex, interdisciplinary projects that have the potential to dramatically advance science. We anticipate that the elimination of deadlines will increase proposal success rate and reduce the burden on institutions and the community by expanding the submission period over the course of the year, as opposed to the previous 20-day window in October.

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Pursuing Meaningful Actions in Support of Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC)
OSP Deadline: N/A
Sponsor Deadline: N/A
Award Amount: N/A 

With this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), CISE announces a pilot effort to enhance the community's awareness of and barriers to broadening participation in computing (BPC), as well as to provide information and resources to principal investigators (PIs) so that they can develop interest, skills, and activities in support of BPC at all levels (K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate).
 
Towards this end, CISE is pursuing a pilot BPC effort:
  • Beginning this fall, CISE will enhance support for the foundations of BPC through dedicated outreach to the community and support for PIs to learn about BPC. In addition, all CISE PIs will be strongly encouraged to include meaningful BPC plans in the Broader Impacts section of submitted proposals, starting with deadlines in fall 2017 (refer to program-specific solicitations for details), and/or to begin preparing to include such plans in future proposal submissions.
  • Building on NSF's experience with center-scale activities such as the Engineering Research Centers (ERC) and Science and Technology Centers (STC) programs, CISE will also pilot a requirement for meaningful BPC plans in all proposals submitted to the Expeditions in Computing program, and to the Frontier competitions of the Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) programs.
  • CISE will continue with outreach and education efforts throughout the community and will expand the BPC pilot requirement to additional CISE programs calling for multi-investigator, team-oriented science in fall 2018.
  • During this period, CISE will conduct an evaluation of the pilot to assess the effectiveness of the approach and determine appropriate next steps, including potential further expansion of this effort in 2019 and beyond.

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Successful D3SC proposals will emphasize new information that can be obtained from better utilization of data (including data from multiple laboratories, techniques, and/or chemical systems), and how this can lead to new research directions. Proposals that foster and strengthen interactions among chemists (especially experimental chemists) and data scientists to advance research goals are strongly encouraged. The most competitive proposals will provide detailed discussion of specific data-enabled approaches to be used, the significant chemical problem to be studied, new fundamental chemical knowledge to be gained, as well as the broader relevance of the proposed activities to other areas of chemical research. Proposal elements that consider error and uncertainty analysis, record and store appropriate metadata, and determine the robustness and reliability of data are encouraged. Examples of possible topics include (but are not limited to) using tools of data visualization, data mining, machine learning (including emerging approaches such as deep learning and active learning), or other data analysis approaches to: 
  • Accelerate the discovery of more efficient or selective catalysts; 
  • Advance the design of new chemical species and/or synthetic reactions, and forecast improved synthetic conditions; 
  • Map the mechanisms by which chemicals interact and transform, both covalently and noncovalently, and predict structure/property relations based on existing chemical datasets; 
  • Discover principles of multiscale organization underlying emergent chemical phenomena in macromolecular systems; 
  • Enable real-time feedback loops between chemical data collection and processing for rapid identification and correlation of key events during chemical measurements; 
  • Harness chemistry's rich, diverse but distributed datasets and identify novel ways of sharing and utilizing chemical data derived from multiple instruments, datatypes, and locations; 
  • Develop innovative approaches for integrating, correlating, and analyzing chemical simulation or measurement data to provide new chemical insights.

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Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under NSF and US-Israel Binational Science Foundation Collaborative Research Opportunities
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Varies by opportunity; see details below
Award Amount: Varies by opportunity; see details below
 
NSF and the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Research Cooperation. The MOU provides for an international collaboration arrangement whereby US researchers may receive funding from the NSF and Israeli researchers may receive funding from the BSF. Through a lead agency model, NSF and BSF will address these issues by allowing US and Israeli researchers to submit a single collaborative proposal that will undergo a single review process at NSF, which will be the lead agency. Collaborative research proposals will be accepted to the NSF programs listed on the  NSF and BSF Participating NSF Programs web page. Note that deadlines and application windows vary by program.

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  • Biophotonics: This program's scope remains unchanged.
  • Cellular and Biochemical Engineering (CBE): The name change for this program, formerly Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering (BBE), indicates the addition of the characterization and engineering of therapeutic live cells to the program. Another significant revision is that all proposals are required to include a section on the impact of proposed research on the associated biomanufacturing process.
  • Disability and Rehabilitation Engineering (DARE):This program has been refocused from the previous General and Age Related Disabilities Engineering (GARDE) program. The new scope retains the primary emphasis on engineering advancements that will positively impact the lives of individuals with disabilities while expanding the focus to include fundamental research in two areas: human movement and injury mechanisms. Fundamental research in these focus areas is linked directly to both minimizing disabilities and improving outcomes for individuals with disabilities.
  • Engineering of Biomedical Systems (EBMS)This program has been refocused from the previous Biomedical Engineering (BME) program. The primary shift in focus is to emphasize the engineering nature of research to be funded by EBMS, as compared to an application of existing technology. The targeted themes were removed to instead focus on the engineering process of studying biomedical systems, including the validation of hybrid system designs and models of physiological and pathophysiological systems.
  • Nano-BiosensingThis program was revised to emphasize the importance of incorporating reproducibility of measurements and sensor performance, while decreasing error rate in the developed nano-biosensing systems.

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

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Japan-US Network Opportunity (JUNO) R&D for Trustworthy Networking for Smart and Connected Communities
OSP Deadline: November 21, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: November 30, 2017
Award Amount: Up to $450,000 over three years will be made to US organizations, pending availability of funds

NSF and the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) of Japan have agreed to embark on a collaborative research program to address compelling research challenges associated with enabling trustworthy networks supporting the Internet of Things (IoT) and cyber-physical systems (CPS). This NSF solicitation parallels an equivalent NICT solicitation. Proposals submitted under this solicitation must describe joint research with counterpart Japanese investigators who are requesting funding separately under the NICT solicitation. 
 
This program seeks joint Japanese-US research projects that leverage each nation's expertise and address the following work areas:
  • Trustworthy IoT/CPS Networking: Developing the foundations for a future resilient edge cloud/network system to ensure trustworthy end-to-end networks, addressing such factors as the heterogeneity, characteristics, resource constraints and potential mobility of end devices/sensors, the diversity of access network technologies, the availability/placement of computing resources and Quality of Service (QoS) requirements.
  • Trustworthy Optical Communications and Networking: Addressing the need for trustworthy, high-availability, agile optical edge/access and integrated optical/wireless networks that are resilient against disasters, large traffic surges and other major disruptions.
Scalable Parallelism in the Extreme (SPX)
OSP Deadline: January 2, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: January 9, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $1,000,000 over two to four years

The Scalable Parallelism in the Extreme (SPX) program aims to support research addressing the challenges of increasing performance in this modern era of parallel computing. This will require a collaborative effort among researchers in multiple areas, from services and applications down to micro-architecture. SPX encompasses all five NSCI   Strategic Objectives , including supporting foundational research toward architecture and software approaches that drive performance improvements in the post-Moore's Law era; development and deployment of programmable, scalable, and reusable platforms in the national HPC and scientific cyberinfrastructure ecosystem; increased coherence of data analytic computing and modeling and simulation; and capable extreme-scale computing. Coordination with industrial efforts that pursue related goals are encouraged.
NSF/Intel Partnership on Foundational Microarchitecture (FoMR)
OSP Deadline: January 5, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: January 12, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $500,000 over up to 3 years

The confluence of transistor scaling, increases in the number of architecture designs per process generation, the slowing of clock frequency growth, and recent success in research exploiting Thread Level Parallelism (TLP) and Data Level Parallelism (DLP) all point to an increasing opportunity for innovative microarchitecture techniques and methodologies in delivering performance growth in the future.

The NSF/Intel Partnership on Foundational Microarchitecture Research will support transformative microarchitecture research targeting improvements in instructions per cycle (IPC). This solicitation seeks microarchitecture technique innovations beyond simplistic, incremental scaling of existing microarchitectural structures. Specifically, FoMR seeks to advance research that has the following characteristics: (1) high IPC techniques ranging from microarchitecture to code generation; (2) "microarchitecture turbo" techniques that marshal chip resources and system memory bandwidth to accelerate sequential or single-threaded programs; and (3) techniques to support efficient compiler code generation. Advances in these areas promise to provide significant performance improvements to continue the cadence promised by Moore's Law.

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NSF: CISE
Campus Cyberinfrastructure  
OSP Deadline: January 23, 2018 
Sponsor Deadline: January 30, 2018 
Award Amount: varies; see details below

The Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) program invests in coordinated campus-level networking improvements, innovation, integration, and engineering for science applications and distributed research projects. Learning and workforce development (LWD) in cyberinfrastructure is explicitly addressed in the program. Science-driven requirements are the primary motivation for any proposed activity.

CC awards will be supported in four program areas:
  1. Data Driven Networking Infrastructure for the Campus and Researcher awards will be supported at up to $500,000 total for up to 2 years;
  2. Network Design and Implementation for Small Institutions awards will be supported at up to $750,000 total for up to 2 years;
  3. Network Integration and Applied Innovation awards will be supported at up to $1,000,000 total for up to 2 years; and
  4. Network Performance Engineering and Outreach awards will be supported at up to $3,500,000 total for up to 4 years.

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Other NSF: CISE Opportunities  
National Science Foundation: Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (NSF: MPS)

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Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects  
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Varies by program; see below
Award Amount: Varies; see details 

The Division of Physics (PHY) supports physics research and the preparation of future scientists in the nation's colleges and universities across a broad range of physics disciplines that span scales of space and time from the largest to the smallest and the oldest to the youngest. The Division is comprised of disciplinary programs covering experimental and theoretical research in the following major subfields of physics: Accelerator Science; Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics; Computational Physics; Elementary Particle Physics; Gravitational Physics; Integrative Activities in Physics; Nuclear Physics; Particle Astrophysics; Physics of Living Systems; Plasma Physics (supported under a separate solicitation); and Quantum Information Science. The deadlines for this program are as follows:  
  • October 25, 2017 - Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics - Experiment & Theory; Elementary Particle Physics - Experiment; Gravitational Physics - Experiment & Theory; Integrative Activities in Physics; LIGO Research Support; Particle Astrophysics - Experiment; Physics of Living Systems
  • November 8, 2017 - Nuclear Physics - Experiment and Theory
  • December 7, 2017 - Elementary Particle Physics - Theory; Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology - Theory; Quantum Information Science
  • December 6, 2018 - Computational Physics
 
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Other NSF: MPS Opportunities 

National Science Foundation: Directorate for Engineering (NSF: ENG)
Leading Engineering for America's Prosperity, Health, and Infrastructure (LEAP HI)
OSP Deadline for Letters of Intent: December 8, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Intent: December 15, 2017
OSP Deadline for Full Proposals: February 12, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: February 20, 2018
Award Amount: $1,000,000 - $2,000,000 over up to 5 years

The LEAP HI program challenges the engineering research community to take a leadership role in addressing demanding, urgent, and consequential challenges for advancing America's prosperity, health and infrastructure. LEAP HI proposals confront engineering problems that are too complex to yield to the efforts of a single investigator - problems that require sustained and coordinated effort from interdisciplinary research teams, with goals that are not achievable through a series of smaller, short-term projects. LEAP HI projects perform fundamental research that may lead to disruptive technologies and methods, lay the foundation for new and strengthened industries, enable notable improvements in quality of life, or re-imagine and revitalize the built environment.
  • LEAP HI supports fundamental research projects involving collaborating investigators, of duration up to five years, with total budget between $1 million and $2 million.
  • LEAP HI proposals must articulate a fundamental research problem with compelling intellectual challenge and significant societal impact, particularly on economic competitiveness, quality of life, public health, or essential infrastructure. One or more CMMI core topics must lie at the heart of the proposal, and integration of disciplinary expertise not typically engaged in CMMI-funded projects is encouraged.
  • LEAP HI proposals must highlight engineering research in a leadership role.
  • LEAP HI proposals must demonstrate the need for a sustained research effort by an integrated, interdisciplinary team, and should include a research integration plan and timeline for research activities, with convincing mechanisms for frequent and effective communication.

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NSF: ENG
Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)
OSP Deadline: January 25, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: February 1, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $200,000 for 18 months (PFI-TT); up to $750,000 for 36 months (PFI-RP)

The NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) offers researchers the opportunity to transform new knowledge into societal benefits through translational research and technology development efforts which catalyze partnerships to accelerate innovations that address significant societal needs. PFI has six broad goals:
  1. Identifying and supporting Foundation-sponsored research and technologies that have the potential for accelerated commercialization;
  2. Supporting prior or current Foundation-sponsored researchers, institutions of higher education, and non-profit organizations that partner with an institution of higher education to undertake proof-of-concept work, including the development of technology prototypes that are derived from NSF-funded research and have potential market value;
  3. Promoting sustainable partnerships between Foundation-funded institutions, industry, and other organizations within academia and the private sector with the purpose of accelerating the transfer of technology;
  4. Developing multi-disciplinary innovation ecosystems which involve and are responsive to the specific needs of academia and industry;
  5. Catalyzing professional development activities, mentoring, and best practices in entrepreneurship and technology translation for faculty, students and researchers; and
  6. Expanding the participation of women and individuals from underrepresented groups in innovation, technology translation, and entrepreneurship.
This solicitation offers two broad tracks for proposals in pursuit of the six aforementioned goals. The Technology Translation (PFI-TT) track offers an NSF-funded researcher the opportunity to advance his or her prior NSF-funded research results towards developing technological innovations with promising commercial potential and societal impact.  The  Research Partnerships (PFI-RP) track  provides an opportunity to support technology development activities through a multi-organization collaboration. See https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18511/nsf18511.htm#elig for detailed information on eligibility.
 
This is a limited submission opportunity and Harvard may submit only two (2) proposals in response to this solicitation. Please contact Erin Hale ( erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu) if you are interested in applying.

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NSF: ENG
NSF/CASIS Collaboration on Tissue Engineering on the International Space Station to Benefit Life on Earth 
OSP Deadline: February 5, 2018 
Sponsor Deadline: February 12, 2018 
Award Amount: Up to $300,000 over up to 3 years
 
The Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, and Environmental Transport is partnering with The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to solicit research projects in the general field of tissue engineering that can utilize the International Space Station National Lab to conduct research that will benefit life on Earth. Research at the interface of engineering and biomedical sciences in microgravity that advances both engineering and biomedical sciences for terrestrial benefit is solicited. The projects should focus on high impact transformative methods and technologies. Projects should include methods, models and enabling tools of understanding and controlling living systems; fundamental improvements in deriving information from cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems; or new approaches to the design of systems that include both living and non-living components eventual medical use in the long-term. The long-term impact of the projects can be related to fundamental understanding of cell and tissue function in normal and pathological conditions, effective disease diagnosis and/or treatment, or improved health care delivery.
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Other NSF: ENG Opportunities
National Science Foundation: Crosscutting and Interdisciplinary

Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience 
OSP Deadline: December 22, 2017 
Sponsor Deadline: January 5, 2018 
Award Amount: Not specified; subject to availability of funds

Through the CRCNS program, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF), the French National Research Agency (Agence Nationale de la Recherche, ANR), the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF), and Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) support collaborative activities that will advance the understanding of nervous system structure and function, mechanisms underlying nervous system disorders, and computational strategies used by the nervous system.

Two classes of proposals will be considered in response to this solicitation: research proposals describing collaborative research projects; and data sharing proposals to enable sharing of data and other resources. Domestic and international projects will be considered.

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Cyberlearning for Work at the Human-Technology Frontier
OSP Deadline: December 22, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: January 8, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $750,000 over two to three years

The purpose of the Cyberlearning for Work at the Human-Technology Frontier program is to fund exploratory and synergistic research in learning technologies to prepare learners to excel in work at the human-technology frontier. This program responds to the pressing societal need to educate and re-educate learners of all ages (students, teachers and workers) in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) content areas to ultimately function in highly technological environments, including in collaboration with intelligent systems. Innovative technologies can reshape learning processes, which in turn can influence new technology design. Learning technology research in this program should be informed by the convergence of multiple disciplines: education and learning sciences, computer and information science and engineering, and cognitive, behavioral and social sciences. This program funds learning technology research in STEM and other foundational areas that enable STEM learning.
Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM)
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: January 8, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $600,000 for 5-year awards and up to $400,000 for 3-year awards
 
Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) funds research projects that identify factors that are efficacious in the formation of ethical STEM researchers in all the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports. CCE STEM solicits proposals for research that explore the following: What constitutes ethical STEM research and practice, and which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why? Do certain labs have a "culture of academic integrity"? What practices contribute to the establishment and maintenance of ethical cultures and how can these practices be transferred, extended to, and integrated into other research and learning settings?
 
Successful proposals typically have a comparative dimension, either between or within institutional settings that differ along these or other factors. Projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes responsible or irresponsible, just or unjust scientific practices and sociotechnical systems, and how to best instill students with this knowledge.
 
Harvard University, as one institution, is limited to nominating one proposal to this opportunity. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is facilitating an internal application process for interested applicants. Internal applications may be submitted here.
Spectrum Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, and Security (SpecEES): Enabling Spectrum for All
OSP Deadline: January 10, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: January 18, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $750,000 over up to 3 years

The National Science Foundation's Directorates for Engineering (ENG) and Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) are coordinating efforts to identify bold new concepts to significantly improve the efficiency of radio spectrum utilization while addressing new challenges in energy efficiency and security, thus enabling spectrum access for all users and devices, and allowing traditionally underserved Americans to benefit from wireless-enabled goods and services. The SpecEES program solicitation seeks to fund innovative collaborative research that transcends the traditional boundaries of existing programs.

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NSF: Crosscutting and Interdisciplinary
International Research Experiences for Students 
OSP Deadline: January 23, 2018 (Track-I); January 30, 2018 (Track-II) 
Sponsor Deadline: January 30, 2018 (Track-I); February 6, 2018 (Track-II)  
Award Amount: Up to $300,000 (Track-1); $150,000 (average; Track-II)

The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports international research and research-related activities for U.S. science and engineering students. IRES focuses on active research participation by undergraduate or graduate students in high quality international research, education, and professional development experiences in NSF-funded research areas.
  1. IRES - Track I: IRES Sites (IS) projects engage a group of undergraduate and/or graduate students in active high quality collaborative research at an international site with mentorship from researchers at a host lab. IRES Sites must be organized around a coherent intellectual theme that may involve a single discipline or multiple disciplines funded by NSF.
  2. IRES - Track II: Advanced Studies Institutes (ASI) are intensive short courses with related activities that engage advanced graduate students in active learning and research at the frontiers of knowledge. ASIs typically range in length from ten to twenty-one days and must be held outside the United States. ASIs must have a compelling rationale for their international location and should involve distinguished active researchers in the target field from the U.S. and abroad. ASIs should enable students to develop skills and broaden professional networks, leveraging international participation and complementary resources (expertise, facilities, data, field site, etc.) for mutual benefit.
 
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Other NSF: Crosscutting and Interdisciplinary Opportunities

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Erin Hale
Senior Research Development Officer
erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu | 617-496-5252

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Research Development Officer
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