May 2020  
 

A Note from the Research Development Team

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


For assistance, please contact:
Erin Hale, Senior Research Development Officer
erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu | 617-496-5252

Jennifer Corby, Research Development Officer
jcorby@fas.harvard.edu | 617-495-1590

News, Announcements, and Special Features

While research operations in the FAS Division of Science and SEAS have been suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak, a small number of exceptions may be justified for those who are working on research directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the potential for near-term impact (< 12 months). The FAS Research Development team has compiled the following resources for those seeking funding for COVID-19 Research:
 
  • For an aggregated list of COVID-19 research funding opportunities, visit the SPIN website while on a Harvard network and click on Search in the menu bar and then click on COVID-19/Coronavirus Funding Opportunities in the drop down menu. This list is updated daily and can be exported to Excel.
  • Harvard Link: Alternatively, you may add the key word COVID to your Harvard Link account to receive updated COVID-19 funding recommendations.
  • Other Funding Search Databases Available to Harvard Affiliates: All Harvard affiliates have access to the funding databases PIVOT, SPIN and FDO here.
  • ­Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Funding List: Johns Hopkins University has compiled and continues to maintain a list of funding opportunities available for COVID-19 research.
 
Please note that in order to conduct COVID-19 research, a  petition must be submitted to both Deans (Chris Stubbs and Frank Doyle) by e-mail and will be processed in a timely manner. The petitions will be reviewed by the relevant Chair(s), as well as a Committee in HMS that has been set up to review COVID-19 research. A final decision will be rendered by the Deans. We encourage you to visit the division of science and SEAS  Coronavirus FAQs website.

Feature:  COVID-19 Funding Opportunities Spotlight 

This section of the newsletter will highlight opportunities relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Internal Opportunities  

Feature: New Investigator Opportunity Spotlight
Quick links to early career opportunities in this month's newsletter.
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Event:  Strategies for Preparing a Successful NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award 

The Research Development team invites you to attend our NSF CAREER program on 
Tuesday, May 26th from 2:00pm - 3:30pm . The program will be held via Zoom and feature presentations from:
  • Karen Cone, Program Director in MCB, National Science Foundation
  • Robin Wordsworth, Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, Harvard University
  • Jenny Bergeron, Director of Educational Research and Evaluation, Harvard University
  • Susan Johnson, Assistant Director of Socially Engaged Learning, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University
  • Marty Samuels, Associate Director for Science, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University

Panelists will share key strategies for preparing both the research and education plan for the NSF CAREER award. Discussion will also focus on why the education plan is such an integral part of the proposal and resources which applicants may leverage to strengthen their education plan.  Register for the Zoom event here


News: NASA Currently Accepting Applications for STAR (Spaceflight Technologies, Application, and Research) Course

STAR is a space biosciences research course that will be implemented for the first time as a pilot program at NASA Ames Research Center during the week of August 10-14, 2020, to be expanded to multiple locations by Fiscal Year 2022 to support training in space-specific research paradigms. The STAR Course aims to provide training to PIs, senior research scientists, and postdoctoral scholars in the science and technology behind biological experiments in space. To qualify, applicants must have an advanced degree (MD, PhD, or equivalent) and must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. NASA will reimburse authorized travel expenses. Applications are due by May 29, 2020.


Event: Discover DSO Day (D3)

DARPA's Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring a Discover DSO Day (D3) event to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of the DSO Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement (anticipated release date: June 2020). DSO's mission is to identify and create the next generation of scientific discovery by pursuing high-risk, high-payoff research initiatives across a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines and transforming these initiatives into disruptive technologies for U.S. national security. The event will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 24-25, 2020, via webinar. Registration is required at https://events.sa-meetings.com/ehome/index.php?eventid=537330& and will close on June 17, 2020, or when capacity is reached, whichever comes first.


Funding Opportunities
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Foundation Opportunities
Internal Opportunities
Industry/Corporate Opportunities

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Environmental Protection Agency (APA)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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

National Science Foundation: Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (NSF: MPS)


Foundation Opportunities
Fdn_BAF
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: May 27, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: June 3, 2020 (Updated Deadline)
Award Amount: $10,000 to $50,000.  This award does not cover overhead costs. This falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application.
 
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation invites applications for basic scientific research directed at early detection, improved treatment modalities, and technological advances that will ultimately improve outcomes for patients with brain aneurysms. Projects that are focused on translational research, clinical outcome research, imaging, and aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage and its associated complications are also awarded funding. Any project with the potential to advance basic science, translational and clinical brain aneurysm research will be considered.
 
Grant awards will be presented at the Brain Aneurysm Foundation's Annual Research Grant Awards Dinner in Scottsdale, AZ on September 3, 2020. Grant awardees or an appropriate representative must be present to receive the award and present a poster of the research during the opening reception.

PITUN
Harvard Letter of Intent Deadline: May 29, 2020 at 12pm
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline (if nominated): July 9, 2020 
Sponsor Deadline (if nominated): July 16, 2020
Award Amount:  Application budgets, inclusive of an indirect rate of 20%, may be up to $45,000, up to $90,000, or up to $180,000, with a grant period of 12 months.
 
The Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) is a partnership that fosters collaboration between universities and colleges committed to building the nascent field of public interest technology and growing a new generation of civic-minded technologists. The goals of the network are to connect accredited nonprofit institutions of higher education in the US that seek to take the lead in establishing and defining the field of Public Interest Technology within academia; spur the development of a strong pipeline of students seeking to pursue careers in Public Interest Technology, broadly defined; and foster collaborations and connections across the network and to practitioners in the wider ecosystem.
 
The PIT-UN Challenge, which launched in 2019, will provide grants to support the development of new public interest technology initiatives and institutions in academia, and foster collaboration among network members. The PIT-UN Challenge will prioritize projects that center the needs of communities who have historically been denied access to new technologies, been systematically left out of conversations at the intersection of technology and policy, and who have been denied opportunities to join the technology workforce, in efforts to further the positive social impact of technology for all communities. Centering community needs may be demonstrated by incorporating community partners in the design and execution of proposed projects. Proposals will receive additional credit if they are scalable and shareable in a way that benefits other schools engaging in Public Interest Technology, and are backed by a demonstrated commitment of finances or resources by the applicant's own institution. 
 
In Year 2 (2020), proposals addressing any of the following priority areas are welcome. Projects are especially encouraged in the two priority areas in bold.
  1. Educational Offerings
  2. Career Pipeline/Placement
  3. Faculty & Institution Building
  4. Strengthening the PIT-UN
 
The Challenge will accept the following types of proposals:
  1. Proposals from new or founding network members who are proposing a new project for 2020
  2. Proposals from awarded Year 1 (2019) applicants who wish to continue and/or scale their projects
  3. Proposals from network members who were not awarded funding in Year 1 (2019) and have adjusted their previously proposed project
 
More information is available in the Request for Proposals and at the link above.
 
Please Note:  This is a limited submission opportunity and each university may submit up to three new Challenge applications; within those three, only one may fall in the $91,000 to $180,000 range. A "new Challenge application" is defined as an application for funding for a project that was not proposed for the Year 1 (2019) Challenge. An individual can only be listed as the principal investigator on one application but may be listed as a collaborator on multiple applicationsInterested applicants are asked to complete and submit the LOI form as a single document to  viceprovost_research@harvard.edu with a copy to Autumn Bennett (autumn_bennett@harvard.edu) by noon on Friday, May 29.
Booz
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: May 29, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: June 5, 2020
Award Amount: up to $100,000
 
The Booz Allen Foundation has established an Innovation Fund to help nonprofits, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, innovators at colleges and universities, and startups and small businesses harness the power of data, technology, and diverse intellectual capital to improve COVID-19 relief efforts and make a difference. The goal of the fund is to surface the best solutions for addressing the social issues created by COVID-19 and empower the people and organizations behind those solutions to drive their development and implementation. Applications for consideration should offer new ideas and solutions for addressing social issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Foundation is specifically interested in solutions and projects that will build lasting community resilience through protecting vulnerable populations and frontline workers or providing for the safe return to work. Consider if your proposed solution or project fits one or more of the following descriptions: a new system, new product, new approach, new technology, new way to deliver existing solutions, or new process.
 
Solutions and projects can address both U.S. and international issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and proposed solutions may be employed in both the U.S. and outside the U.S. If a proposer has more than one solution, they are welcome to submit more than one application; however, only one grant will be awarded for a single eligible individual or team of individuals, nonprofit organization, or for-profit business entity.
 
MooreEPiQS
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: Researchers should submit their project ideas individually through the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation application portal linked above; budgets, cover letters, or official endorsements from Harvard are not required at this time. Applicants whose ideas have been selected for the next stage will be contacted and invited, by June 30, to submit additional information.
Sponsor Deadline: May 31, 2020 at 5 PM
Award Amount: $300,000-$2M; Overhead on this award is limited to 12.5%. This falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application. 
 
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announces a call for ideas for flexible funding grants, as part of the Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems Initiative (EPiQS). Through EPiQS, the foundation strives to accelerate progress in the field of quantum materials - solids and engineered structures characterized by novel quantum phases of matter and exotic cooperative behaviors of electrons.
 
The goal of flexible funding grants is to drive scientific innovation by enhancing experimental capabilities at leading research institutions and supporting projects with significant potential to create breakthroughs in the field of quantum materials. Equipment grants support the development of sophisticated and sometimes one-of-a-kind instrumentation at institutions with active research programs in quantum materials. Rapid response grants support projects that are exceptionally timely and have very high potential impact. These projects may include experimental tests of novel important theoretical concepts and innovative, unconventional research endeavors that are unlikely to be supported through traditional funding channels due to their high-risk nature. Rapid response grant ideas may include experimental work, theoretical studies, or a combination of the two.
 
Candidates are invited to submit ideas in one of the two categories:
  1. Equipment grants support the development of sophisticated and sometimes one-of-a-kind instrumentation at institutions with active research programs in quantum materials.
  2. Rapid response grants support projects that are exceptionally timely and have very high potential impact. These projects may include experimental tests of novel important theoretical concepts and innovative, unconventional research endeavors that are unlikely to be supported through traditional funding channels due to their high-risk nature. Rapid response grant ideas may include experimental work, theoretical studies, or a combination of the two.
Fdn_Mallinckrodt
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: June 1, 2020 by 12 PM
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline (if nominated): July 24, 2020
Sponsor Deadline (if nominated): August 1, 2020
Award Amount: $60,000 per year for up to three years
 
The Mallinckrodt Foundation supports early stage investigators engaged in biomedical research that has the potential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis, or treatment of disease. The funds are designed to provide faculty members who hold M.D. and/or Ph.D. degrees, and who are in the first to fourth year of a tenure-track position (appointed on or after August 1, 2016), with support to move the project forward to the point where R01 or other independent funding can be obtained. Applicants with current R01 funding are not eligible to apply.
 
This is a limited submission opportunity and Harvard may put forward only one nominee to submit a proposal. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research will conduct the internal competition to select the Harvard nominee. To be considered for the Harvard nomination, potential applicants must submit an internal pre-proposal via the link above.
cottrell
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: The proposal target date is July 1, 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 emergency, the submission portal will remain open until August 15, 2020 midnight PDT. (Updated Deadline)
Award Amount: $100,000 over three years
Eligible Applicants: Early career faculty who started their first tenure-track appointment anytime in calendar year 2017 who hold an appointment in a chemistry, physics, or astronomy department. Accommodations are made for faculty who have taken maternity or paternity leave, or who have experienced medical conditions that prompted a tenure clock extension.
 
The Cottrell Scholar Award develops outstanding teacher-scholars who are recognized by their scientific communities for the quality and innovation of their research programs and their academic leadership skills. The Cottrell Scholar Award provides entry into a national community of outstanding scholar-educators who produce significant research and educational outcomes. Proposals must contain a research plan, an educational plan and a clear statement on how the Cottrell Scholar Award will help applicants become truly outstanding teacher-scholars and future academic leaders. The ability of applicants to mount a strong and innovative research program and achieve excellence in education and their academic citizenship skills are key criteria in the selection of the awards. The primary criterion for research funding in the Cottrell Scholar Award program is to add to fundamental scientific knowledge in one of the three core disciplines (Chemistry, Physics, and Astronomy) and hence, applied research without a significant fundamental component is not funded.
 

 parvet
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 24, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: July 1, 2020
Award Amount: Varies; see below. This award provides 8% in overhead costs, which falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application.

The mission of the Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation is to promote innovative research to find better treatments and cures for paralysis; support efforts to improve the quality of life of individuals with spinal cord dysfunction until treatments are found; and train post-doctoral fellow investigators and encourage them to specialize in the area of spinal cord research. 
 
The Foundation supports one or two-year grants in four areas of emphasis:
  1. Laboratory research in the basic sciences related to spinal cord injury or disease. Grants funded up to $75,000 for 1 year or up to $150,000 for 2 years.
  2. Clinical and functional studies of the medical, psychosocial, and economic effects of spinal cord injury or disease, and/or interventions proposed to alleviate these effects. Grants funded up to $75,000 for 1 year or up to $150,000 for 2 years.
  3. Design and development of new or improved rehabilitative and assistive devices to improve function for individuals with spinal cord injury or disease. Funding may be used to develop drawings, schematics, or prototypes, and for the testing necessary to further the design of assistive technology devices. Grants funded up to $75,000 for one year or up to $150,000 for 2 years.
  4. Fellowships for postdoctoral students in basic science, clinical applications, or design and development, intended to encourage training and specialization in the field of spinal cord research. Grants funded up to $50,000 for 1 year or up to $100,000 for 2 years.

Fdn_BBVA
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: Review by Harvard OSP not required
Sponsor Nomination Deadline: June 30, 2020
Award Amount: 400,000 euros, a diploma, and a commemorative artwork
 
The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards recognize fundamental contributions in a broad array of areas of scientific knowledge, technology, humanities, and artistic creation. The name of the award is intended to denote not only research work that substantially enlarges the scope of our current knowledge-pushing forward the frontiers of the known world-but also the meeting and overlap of different disciplinary areas and the emergence of new fields.  
 
The disciplines and domains of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards are:
  • Basic Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics)
  • Biology and Biomedicine
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Ecology and Conservation Biology
  • Climate Change
  • Economics, Finance and Management
  • Humanities
  • Music and Opera

Any scientific or cultural organization or institution may nominate more than one candidate, but no candidate may be nominated in more than one award category. The awards are also open to scientific or cultural organizations that can be collectively credited with exceptional contributions. Candidates may be of any nationality. Self-nomination is not permitted.
BIRD
FAS/SEAS/OSP Executive Summary Deadline: June 23, 2020
Sponsor Executive Summary Deadline: June 30, 2020
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 6, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: August 13, 2020
Award Amount: Up to $1M, but no more than 50% of the R&D costs associated with the joint project. This award provides 5% in overhead costs, which falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application.
 
"BIRD Energy" is the implementation of a cooperation agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), the Israel Ministry of Energy jointly with the Israel Innovation Authority, and the BIRD Foundation.
 
To be considered, a project proposal should include:
 
  • R&D cooperation between two companies or cooperation between a company and a university/research institution (one from the U.S. and one from Israel)
  • Innovation in all areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency, such as solar and wind power, advanced vehicle technologies and alternative fuels, smart grid, storage, water-energy nexus, advanced manufacturing, etc.
  • Innovation in natural gas and other associated technologies
  • Significant commercial potential; the project outcome should lead to commercialization
BeckmanYIP
SEAS Deadline to Request Institutional Endorsements: July 24, 2020
Sponsor LOI Deadline: August 3, 2020
Award Amount: $600,000 over four years
Eligible Faculty: Assistant professors within the first three years of a tenure-track position, or an equivalent independent research appointment. Tenure track dates for the 2021 program must start after August 6, 2017 AND before August 6, 2020. Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States at the time of application.
 
The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science. Projects proposed for the BYI program should be truly innovative, high-risk, and show promise for contributing to significant advances in chemistry and the life sciences. They should represent a departure from current research directions rather than an extension or expansion of existing programs. Proposed research that cuts across traditional boundaries of scientific disciplines is encouraged. Proposals that open up new avenues of research in chemistry and the life sciences by fostering the invention of methods, instruments and materials will be given additional consideration.  
 
Investigators can have no more than $225,000 in direct, annualized external funding grants during any BYI Program Year (Aug-July) at time of application. Start-up funds, department-wide instrumentation grants, and "Transition" grants (such as NIH K99/R00) are not counted toward this total. No individual may apply for a Beckman Young Investigator award more than two times.
 
Past award recipients from Harvard FAS/SEAS include Jarad Mason (CCB, 2019), Kang-Kuen Ni (CCB, 2015), Hopi Hoekstra (OEB, 2006), Xiaowei Zhuang (CCB, 2003), and David Liu (CCB, 2002).
 
This is not a limited submission opportunity but does require the electronic endorsement of Dean Frank Doyle and Colleen Shanahan ("Chief Academic Officer or authorized signatory"). The deadline to request the required endorsements is July 24, 2020.
 
The process to obtain the required endorsements is as follows:

  1. Prepare the LOI using the application instructions at the Beckman website. The LOI should be complete before requesting the required institutional endorsements.
  2. For the endorsement of the Chief Academic Officer or authorized signatory:
    • Send an email to Colleen Shanahan, Manager of Grants and Contracts Operations (colleen_shanahan@harvard.edu). This email should include a PDF of the LOI and a brief note alerting Colleen that an automated email will be forthcoming from the Beckman application portal.
    • The online portal will have a section to provide the email address for the Chief Academic Officer or authorized signatory, and applicants should provide colleen_shanahan@harvard.edu as the recipient address for this endorsement.
  1. To obtain endorsement from Dean Frank Doyle:
    • Send an email to dean@seas.harvard.edu with cc to Erin Hale (erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu), and Susan Gomes (sgomes@fas.harvard.edu). This email should include a PDF of the LOI and a brief note alerting the Dean's Office that an automated email will be forthcoming from the Beckman application portal.
    • The online portal will have a section to provide an email address for the dean, and applicants should provide dean@seas.harvard.edu as the recipient address for this endorsement.
Searle
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: July 27, 2020 by 11:30 PM
Sponsor Deadline: September 30, 2020
Award Amount: $100,000 per year for three years
Eligible Faculty: Applicants should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2019 but not later than September 29, 2020. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent).

The Searle Scholars Program is a limited submission award program which makes grants to selected academic and research institutions to support the independent research of outstanding early-career scientists who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment. Applicants for the competition are expected to be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences. This program does not ordinarily support purely clinical research but has supported research programs that include both clinical and basic components. The Searle Scholars Program Scientific Advisory Board is primarily interested in the potential of applicants to make innovative and high-impact contributions to research over an extended period of time.

This is a limited submission opportunity and Harvard may submit only three proposals to this program. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research will conduct the internal competition to select the Harvard nominees. To be considered for the Harvard nomination, eligible applicants must submit an internal pre-proposal via the link above.
Fdn_franklin
Nomination Deadline: December 31, 2020 (Updated Deadline)
Prize Amount: $250,000
 
The Franklin lnstitute seeks nominations for the 2021 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science of individuals who have made significant contributions to the scientific understanding of decision-making. The interdisciplinary field of decision-making integrates theory and methods from economics, psychology, neuroscience, computer science, and related areas to understand the mechanisms through which individuals and groups choose among competing possibilities and how these mechanisms guide behavior.
 
Nominations are encouraged in, but not limited to, the following subtopics and their intersections:
  • Psychological insights: mechanisms, development, context-dependence, individual differences, cultural variation, evolution
  • Modeling of individual or group choice behavior: valuation, social preferences, impulsivity, strategy, network models
  • Neurobiological mechanisms: human neuroscience, model organisms, behavioral neuroscience, genetic approaches, comparative approaches
  • Clinical approaches: pharmacology, psychiatric disorders, neuropsychological conditions
  • Development of interventions to improve individual and/or group decision-making outcomes
  • Broad applications: artificial intelligence, courts/law, education, finance, health/medicine, government/public policy, intelligence, labor, technology
Nominations from any individual or organization will be accepted, including self-nominations. The winner must be available to participate in The Franklin lnstitute Awards Week programs, to be held in April 2021 in Philadelphia.

Internal Opportunities
Star
Star-Friedman Challenge for Promising Scientific Research *
Deadline: May 20, 2020 by 5 PM
Award Amount: $150,000 maximum for single investigator projects; $300,000 maximum for multi-investigator projects
Eligible Applicants: Ladder faculty members in SEAS, FAS, HMS, and HSPH
 
The Star-Friedman Challenge will briefly reopen to accept proposals related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the magnitude of the global crisis which emerged shortly after the original deadline in February, the Challenge is interested in expanding its application pool to include high-risk and high-impact research projects in the life, physical, and social sciences with relevance to COVID-19.

Ladder faculty in FAS, SEAS, HMS and HSPH may submit an application following the guidelines in the  initial call for proposals The deadline for submitting COVID-19 related proposals is 5:00pm EST on May 20, 2020.

Award notifications are expected by mid-June 2020. The interdisciplinary Challenge event, originally scheduled for May 7, 2020, has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. Future plans will be announced on the Star-Friedman Challenge webpage as they are confirmed.


internal_hsph
Notice of Intent Deadline (required): May 20, 2020
Application Deadline: June 22, 2020
Award Amount: Up to $100,000 (direct costs) for a 12-month project period, with an automatic 6-month no-cost extension if needed.
Target Applicants: This award is open to faculty of any rank who have a primary appointment at the Harvard Chan School, but applications will require the substantial engagement of at least two Harvard Chan School Departments or Centers and must include collaboration from at least one other Harvard School.
 
The Dean's Fund for Scientific Advancement expands the School's internal research funding with the goal of creating a pipeline of support that facilitates the exploration of early ideas, the development of strong interdisciplinary team science and creation of transformative research collaborations that advance the frontiers of science. Acceleration Awards are intended to nurture collaborations in research, develop platforms, and support educational projects. Up to three awards will be distributed annually across three focal areas:
  1. Research Grants will be aligned with School priorities, and will overlap with at least one Incubation Award priority from the previous year. This year, the priority areas are:
    • Reimagining Aging
    • Overcoming Violence
    • Confronting Climate Change
    • Cultivating Well-Being and Nutrition
    • Conquering Epidemics
  2. Research Platforms are adaptable and dynamic resources that can be accessed by multiple faculty to support projects in a variety of disciplines. The goal of these awards is to provide one-time support for the development of research platforms that can be funded in the future by external support mechanisms.
  3. Public Health Pedagogy awards intend to produce scalable innovations that will improve the quality of teaching and learning at the Harvard Chan School. Special consideration will be given to applications that have the potential to be scaled up School-wide to benefit teaching and learning at all levels. The goal is to provide one-time support for the development of pedagogical innovations that can be integrated into educational programs or funded in the future by external support mechanisms.
HDSI_covid
Harvard Data Science Initiative Special COVID-19 Trust in Science RFP *
Deadline: May 25, 2020
Award Amount: up to $100,000 for a 12 to 18-month project period

The Harvard Data Science Initiative Research Fund for Trust in Science supports research that advances understandings of trust and mistrust in science by leveraging data science, toward the goal of creating actionable insights that will advance trust in science. In 2020, a portion of the fund will be used to support projects that employ data-driven approaches to advance our understanding of trust and mistrust in science in the context of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The HDSI welcomes data-science related proposals from all disciplines that seek to explore issues such as: the credibility of data and data models, the spread of information and misinformation, issues related to communication of scientific findings in a pandemic, data-driven indicators of consensus around scientific findings and recommendations, uptake of recommendations in different communities and national contexts, and the effect and impact of open data on public trust. These are examples only and applicants are encouraged to think broadly.
Aramont
SEAS Internal Deadline: June 10, 2020
Award Amount: $100,000 for junior faculty; $50,000 for postdoctoral fellows
The Aramont Fellowship Fund for Emerging Science Research provides critical funding to advance early-career, high-risk, high reward science and engineering conducted at Harvard Medical School, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.   

Funds will be awarded in two categories:
  • Junior Faculty ($100,000 per award): Two awards will be made to Junior Faculty members, one in each of the following categories, to support work over one to two years. Each of the four eligible schools (Harvard Medical School, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences) is invited to submit up to two nominations in each of two Junior Faculty categories:
    1. A "sustaining award" to a Junior Faculty member with a promising research portfolio/project who has only one active grant due to end in, or at the conclusion of FY21, or no active grants, excluding school-based support (e.g. start-up funds, Dean's discretionary, etc.)
    2. A "capacity building" award to a Junior Faculty member with a proposal for a promising new area of their research, seeking to build capacity to expand or initiate work in this area. Special preference will be given to those who intend to use these funds to hire an exceptional graduate student and/or post-doctoral fellow to support this new work.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow ($50,000 per award): Each of the four eligible schools (Harvard Medical School, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences) is invited to submit one nomination in the Postdoctoral Fellow's category to support work over one year. For the purposes of this competition, the affiliation (and therefore eligibility) of postdoctoral fellows is determined by the school in which they hold their appointment. Nominated postdoctoral fellows must have an identified faculty mentor who will provide a letter of recommendation in support of their independent research. Nominated postdoctoral fellows are expected to be those who may reasonably be expected to begin their faculty careers within academic year 2022, and have a strong, independent research project to propose in the Fund's priority area (high-risk, high reward science).

In order to be considered in the University-wide competition faculty and postdoctoral fellows with a primary appointment in SEAS must first apply for the SEAS nomination via the link above.   Those with a primary appointment in FAS should apply to the  FAS competition .
HDSI_special
Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: Up to $5,000
Target Applicants: Applications are invited from individuals who hold a faculty appointment at a Harvard school and who have principal investigator rights at that school.
 
The Faculty Special Projects Fund is intended to support one-time data science opportunities for which other funding is not readily available. Applicants may request funding of up to $5,000 to support research, community-building, outreach, and educational activities. Examples of projects that the Fund is intended to support include offsetting the cost of running workshops or seminars, data visualization or research dissemination, and video production. The HDSI welcomes applications from all fields of scholarship. 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and funding will be awarded throughout the year until available funding is exhausted. The total annual budget is $50,000.

HSGRP
Internal_SolarGeo
Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: Varies by award type  

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

Residency Program:  This program will accept a small number of researchers focused on solar geoengineering to spend between 1 and 3 weeks at Harvard University, working directly with researchers at SGRP and other members of the Harvard community. The main purpose of this program is to enable visitors to work in collaboration with Harvard researchers and each other on discrete research projects. SGRP will cover the cost of travel and accommodations as well as per diem for meals.

Harvard Faculty Research Grants:  SGRP will provide direct support for research activities that cannot be fulfilled by students or fellows. That could involve multi-investigator collaborations, field or laboratory work in the sciences, or field or survey work in the social sciences.

Industry/Corporate Opportunities
corp_FBarvr
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 5, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: June 12, 2020
Award Amount: Up to $75,000. Please discuss overhead requirements and options for shortfall recovery with your grants administrator prior to beginning an application.
 
Facebook invites university faculty to respond to this call for research proposals on exploring unique challenges, threats, attacks, mitigations, and other considerations in the burgeoning space of AR, VR, and smart devices. Facebook is soliciting proposals to help accelerate research in these fields with the hope of helping to foster a world of trustworthy mixed-reality and smart device products. There are fairly robust research fields in traditional computing paradigms from cloud to mobile, and Facebook hopes to drive similar progress in the fields of AR/VR.
 
Facebook is interested in a broad range of topics relating to applications like AR glasses, VR headsets, other AR or VR form-factors, smart home products, and more. Examples might include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Novel threats, attacks, mitigations, or features in the areas of silicon, hardware, supply-chain, or anti-tamper in this space
  • Privacy-preserving techniques and engineering in the context of unique sensors and use cases
  • Developments involving trust in voice assistants, smart devices, smart home cameras, biometrics, and so on
  • Proposed operating system, platform, or device system concepts that offer improvements in the technological space
  • Novel concepts in terms of identity, authentication, authorization, abuse-prevention, and more, as they pertain to said devices and technologies
  • Perspectives on unique ethical or societal considerations and challenges posed by this technology, and suggested mitigations
  • Any novel or new concepts in trust as applied to the AR/VR and smart devices space that warrant further exploration
Microsoft_AIcovid
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling through June 15, 2020 or until further notice
Award Amount: Awards are in the form of Azure cloud and High-Performance Computing capabilities
 
Given the urgency of the COVID-19 crisis, Microsoft is accepting requests in the AI for Health program for COVID-19 grant proposals from nonprofits, academia, and governments. This is a focused effort for COVID-19 grant requests only. This grant program provides Azure cloud and High-Performance Computing capabilities. Microsoft's team of AI for Health data science experts, whose mission is to improve the health of people and communities worldwide, is also open to collaborations with COVID-19 researchers as they tackle this critical challenge. More broadly, Microsoft's research scientists across the world, spanning computer science, biology, medicine, and public health, will also be available to provide advice and collaborate per mutual interest.
 
 Amazon_DDI
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 23, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: June 30, 2020
Award Amount: Awarded amounts will vary depending on the research proposal and usage requirements documented in the proposal and will be in the form of promotional credits applicable to AWS services. The credits can be used for up to one year.
 
The AWS Diagnostic Development Initiative (DDI) provides support for innovation in rapid and accurate patient testing for 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and other diagnostic solutions to mitigate future outbreaks. Although vaccine and treatment development research is generally funded by private foundations and government agencies, fast and reliable diagnostic techniques are slow to be developed. Accurate testing and diagnosis at point-of-care or regional locations for patients with COVID-19 is critical to early intervention and treatment. AWS is offering technical support and providing AWS promotional credits to support the use of AWS services to advance diagnostic research for selected institutions and companies.
Microsoft_AI
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadlines: July 6, 2020 and October 5, 2020
Award Information: Azure compute credits worth $5,000, $10,000, or $15,000, plus additional resources including technical advice and support, online Azure training materials, and invitations to the AI for Earth Summit for networking and education opportunities.

AI for Earth grants provide access to Microsoft resources to support projects that change the way people and organizations monitor, model, and manage Earth's natural systems. Researchers who already have access to a labeled dataset and are ready to start using Azure AI tools and cloud computing, may apply for Azure compute credits through this grant. Microsoft's areas of focus for AI for Earth are agriculture, food, biodiversity, and/or climate change. Microsoft recommends that the main applicant has a demonstrated background in environmental science and/or technology (such as a PhD degree), and that at least one member of the team has strong enough technical skills to complete the project successfully.
Pfizer_AIML
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: July 23, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: July 30, 2020
Award Amount: $350,000-$450,000
 
Pfizer Global Medical Grants support the global healthcare community's independent initiatives (e.g., research, quality improvement or education) to improve patient outcomes in areas of unmet medical need that are aligned with Pfizer's medical and/or scientific strategies. Projects that will be considered under this RFP will focus on Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning in the areas mentioned below. Projects with a focus on emerging potential one-time treatments such as genetic medicine/gene transfer will be preferentially considered.

  • Research studies that develop artificial intelligence/machine learning methods, tools and/or apps to use patient data on, for example, infusions, bleeds, laboratory factors and lifestyle to assist clinicians in treatment selection
    • a focus on emerging potential one-time treatments such as genetic medicine/gene transfer is strongly preferred
  • Research studies that develop AI/ML methods and tools to increase the ability to predict disease risk; identify disease severity and progression due to morbidity from joint disease or recurrent bleeding; and/or improve disease management for persons with hemophilia (PWH) including optimizing treatment for patients with high bleeding risk (e.g., severe hemophilia)
  • Research projects that develop AI/ML methods and tools to enhance patient engagement with the local hemophilia treatment center and maximize follow-up after potential one-time treatments such as gene therapy, including for patients living in remote or geographically distant areas
  • Research projects that develop intelligent educational tools and platforms, leveraging AI/ML to deliver innovative educational and training programs for patients, caregivers, clinicians, healthcare providers, researchers, regulatory agencies and policy makers to increase knowledge sharing, awareness and advocacy for hemophilia
    • a focus on emerging potential one-time treatments such as genetic medicine/gene transfer is strongly preferred
  • Research studies that leverage AI/ML to enhance data surveillance and increase collaboration among data partners and the ability to collect PWH-related data in real time and to link useful real world data from diverse sources (e.g., claims, EHR, registry, patient-reported outcomes, patient-level channels such as wearable devices, mobile apps, sensors) to advance the understanding of hemophilia disease progression, treatment outcomes, factors influencing prognosis and quality of life, evidence on resource utilization, etc.
  • Develop a recommendation system leveraging AI-NLP approach and published literature and scientific evidence to offer more personalized guidelines and algorithms to monitor adherence and outcomes
Merck
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 24, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: August 31, 2020
Award Amount: 100,000 EUR - 500,000 EUR per year for up to 3 years
 
In 2020, Merck is offering a series of research grants to stimulate innovative research in challenging areas of future importance. Grants are available in the following areas:

  • Drug discovery: Research grants for proposals that have the potential to advance the field of drug discovery within Oncology and Autoimmune Diseases. Proposals will be considered a) that help to identify and characterize the next game-changing molecule or technology to help cure cancer or autoimmune disease. b) innovative research on molecular targets or pathophysiological pathways with untapped potential to be the next big therapeutic breakthrough. c) new breakthrough enabling technologies for drug discovery. d) methods that improve translation from and predictivity of preclinical models to the clinical situation.
  • Bioreactor design for cultured meat: Proposals will be considered that help to develop the next generation, scalable bioreactors that can support industrial scale meat and seafood manufacturing. 
  • Next generation machine learning: Project proposals will be considered that seek to overcome current limitations in AI by a new generation of algorithms, inspired by today's neurosciences and by advances in brain research.
  • Pandemic preparedness/fighting new emerging viral infectious disease: Project proposals will be considered that leverage modern technologies to create new breakthrough solutions to be more prepared for pandemic outbreaks or work towards existing solutions that could help to fight emerging viral infections.
Amazon
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: The amount awarded is at the discretion of the awards panel and may be based on the number of applicants and number of awards granted during an award cycle. Awards can include funding and AWS Promotional Credits. 69% overhead is required per FAS/SEAS policy.
 
The AWS Machine Learning Research Awards (MLRA) program funds eligible universities, faculty, PhD students and post-docs under the supervision of faculty, that are conducting novel research in machine learning (ML). The goal is to enable research that accelerates the development of innovative algorithms, publications, and source code across a wide variety of ML applications and focus areas. Selected applicants will receive awards that include unrestricted cash funding as well as AWS Promotional Credits. Award recipients will receive an invitation to attend an annual research seminar and may receive live one-on-one training sessions with Amazon scientists and engineers.
 
Full-time faculty members and university departments leading a team of students and postdocs at education institutions in North America and Europe which are conducting innovative research related to Machine Learning are eligible to apply. Awards provided to faculty or university institutions will support the researchers identified in the application conducting research under the guidance of this PI.
  DoD_globalX
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (strongly encouraged): May 25, 2020
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: July 6, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: July 13, 2020
Award Amount: ONR Global expects to have up to $750,000 available for a nine-month initial period of performance for each grant awarded under the Global-X Challenge, with additional ONR Global funding possible for an additional nine-month optional research effort, following successful concept demonstration. Total grant award values, including the initial and additional optional research period, will not exceed $1,000,000.
 
The purpose of this Global-X Challenge is to discover, disrupt, and ultimately provide a catalyst for later development and delivery of revolutionary capabilities to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, the commercial marketplace, and the public. The expected outcomes of this Global-X Challenge are promising revolutionary concepts whose technology maturity may be accelerated under separate agile follow-on technology development efforts.
 
This Global-X Challenge is an opportunity specifically directed toward international researchers; therefore, ONR Global expects the majority of team members will be outside of the U.S. ONR Global expects, but does not require, that multi-national teams will consist of at least two research entities outside of the U.S., whether from academia, industry and/or the broad research community. Researchers from U.S. research entities may also participate, but are not required. Each team shall designate a lead Principal Investigator (PI) whose research organization outside of the U.S. will submit the white paper or proposal, and that will distribute funding to co-PIs and other subrecipients.
 
Teams must address one or more of the following capability challenge areas:
  • Tailored Material and Manufacturing
  • Multifunctional Maritime Films for Persistent and Survivable Platforms and Warfighters
  • Object Detection and Identification in any Medium (Air, Water, Sand/Earth) 
The submission of white papers, proposals, their evaluation and the placement of research grants will be carried out as described in ONR's Long Range Broad Agency Announcement for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology . ONR Global may award one grant or multiple grants, addressing a single challenge area or multiple grants addressing each of the three challenge areas.

DOD_darpaAIE
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: May 26, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: June 2, 2020
Award Amount: The total award value for the combined Phase 1 base and Phase 2 option is limited to $1M ($500,000 per phase).   The periods of performance for these phases are 9 months for the Phase 1 effort and 9 months for the Phase 2 effort.
 
DARPA is issuing an Artificial Intelligence Exploration (AIE) Opportunity, inviting submissions of innovative basic research concepts in the technical domain of maximizing cooperation within a community of data and model owners, with the aim of obtaining the best machine learning capabilities while minimizing the privacy impact to the community members and/or of the shared data and models. CSL will enable multiple parties to cooperate for the purpose of improving each other's ML models while assuring that each entity's individual, pre-existing datasets and models will remain private. Possible technical approaches can draw upon cryptographic methods (e.g., secure multiparty computation, homomorphic encryption, etc.), differential privacy, and other methodologies.
 
This AIE Opportunity is issued under the Program Announcement for AIE, DARPA-PA-19-03 .
DOD_cdmrpprmrp
CDMRP PRMRP Awards for Emerging Viral Diseases and Respiratory Health
Sponsor Deadline for Pre-Applications (required): May 28, 2020 for Investigator-Initiated Research Awards and Technology/Therapeutic Development Awards; June 8, 2020 for Clinical Trial Awards
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: June 12, 2020 for Investigator-Initiated Research Awards and Technology/Therapeutic Development Awards; June 22, 2020 for Clinical Trial Awards
Award Amount: Varies by award type (see below for details)
 
The PRMRP challenges the scientific and clinical communities to address at least one of the FY20 PRMRP Topic Areas of Emerging Viral Diseases and Respiratory Health (see the solicitation for a complete list of Focus Areas within these topics) with original ideas that foster new directions along the entire spectrum of research and clinical care.
 
Three award mechanisms are available for projects in this area:
  • The PRMRP Investigator-Initiated Research Award is intended to support studies that will make an important contribution toward research and/or patient care in one or more Focus Areas. Research projects may focus on any phase of research from basic laboratory research through translational research, including preclinical studies in animal models and human subjects, as well as correlative studies associated with an existing clinical trial. The anticipated direct costs budgeted for the entire period of performance for an FY20 PRMRP Investigator-Initiated Research Award will not exceed $1.6M for a single investigator project, or $2M for projects utilizing the Partnering PI Option. The maximum period of performance is 4 years.
  • The PRMRP Technology/Therapeutic Development Award is a product-driven award mechanism intended to provide support for the translation of promising preclinical findings into products for clinical applications in one or more Focus Areas. Products in development should be responsive to the healthcare needs of military Service members, Veterans, and/or beneficiaries. The anticipated direct costs budgeted for the entire period of performance for an FY20 PRMRP Technology/Therapeutic Development Award will not exceed $4M. The maximum period of performance is 4 years.
  • The PRMRP Clinical Trial Award supports the rapid implementation of clinical trials with the potential to have a significant impact in one or more of the Focus Areas. Applications are not restricted to a predetermined cost limit. The maximum period of performance is 4 years.
The CDMRP expects to allot up to $12M to fund approximately four Investigator-Initiated Research Award applications for Emerging Viral Diseases and/or Respiratory Health, up to $25M to fund approximately four Technology/Therapeutic Development Award applications, and up to $30M to fund approximately five Clinical Trial Awards.
DARPA_polyplex20
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: May 21, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: May 29, 2020
Award Amount: Up to $100,000 for 1 year
 
The purpose of this Polyplexus Pilot Topic Opportunity Notice is to provide public notification of a research and development funding opportunity on the Polyplexus online platform. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) invites participation in Polyplexus, which is an online, professional, technical conversation between the research community and DARPA Program Managers that will lead to the opportunity to submit abstracts and full proposals for a research and development project. The shared task of this group is to rigorously explore the trends and possible applications of emerging science and technology in a specific technical area defined by a participating Program Manager. The online discussion culminates in an opportunity to submit an abstract and subsequently a proposal describing a proposed research project. The initial technical area under consideration in this announcement is the acceleration of quantum dot device development. The topic will be refined as the incubator conversation evolves. The updated topic can be found in the "Acceleration of Quantum Dot Device Development (Topic 20)" incubator located on the polyplexus.com website.
 
The process, evaluation criteria, abstract submission instructions, and proposal submission instructions are described in the most recent amendment of the BAA for Polyplexus Pilot 3 (HR001119S0075) .
DoD_MURI
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (encouraged): June 1, 2020
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: September 4, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: September 14, 2020
Award Amount: Typical annual funding per grant is in the $1.25M to $1.5M range. The amount of the award and the number of supported researchers should generally not exceed the limit specified for the individual topics in the solicitation. Each individual award will be for a three-year base period with one two-year option period to bring the total maximum term of the award to five years.
 
The Department of Defense (DoD) Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI), one element of the University Research Initiative (URI), is sponsored by the DoD research offices, including the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Army Research Office (ARO), and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). The MURI program supports basic research in science and engineering at U.S. institutions of higher education that is of potential interest to DoD. The program is focused on multidisciplinary research efforts where more than one traditional discipline interacts to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD. DOD's MURI program addresses high-risk basic research and attempts to understand or achieve something that has never been done before. The program has regularly produced significant scientific breakthroughs with far reaching consequences to the fields of science, economic growth, and revolutionary new military technologies. Key to the program's success is the close management of the MURI projects by Service program officers and their active role in providing research guidance.
 
The FY 2021 MURI competition is for the topics listed below:
 
White papers and proposals addressing the following topics should be submitted to the Office of Naval Research (ONR):
  • Topic 1: Molecular Qubits for Synthetic Electronics
  • Topic 2: A Brain-based Compositional Framework for Robust Computer Vision
  • Topic 3: Littoral Ocean Dynamics off Rocky Coasts and Shorelines
  • Topic 4: Fog and Turbulence
  • Topic 5: Dynamic Tuning of Thermal Transport
  • Topic 6: Chemically and Thermally Insensitive Super/Ultra-Hard Materials
  • Topic 7: Narrative, Moral and Social Foundations of Social Cyber-Attack in Social Media
  • Topic 8: A Dynamics and Control Theory of Safe, Cognitive and Learning Systems
  • Topic 9: Understanding Turbulence-Chemistry Interactions in Non-Equilibrium, High-Speed Flows
  • Topic 10: Predicting Organic Molecular Decomposition 
White papers and proposals addressing the following topics should be submitted to the Army Research Office (ARO):
  • Topic 11: Anomalous Dipole Textures in Engineered Ferroelectric Materials
  • Topic 12: Cyber Autonomy through Robust Learning and Effective Human/Bot Teaming
  • Topic 13: Highly Heterogeneous Meta-macrostructures Created via Fine-particle Interactions
  • Topic 14: Non-Silica Inorganic Material Phases Synthesized from Genetically Modified Diatoms
  • Topic 15: Novel Mechanisms of Neuro-Glio Bio-Computation and Reinforcement Learning
  • Topic 16: Quantum Network Science
  • Topic 17: The Same is Different: Integrating Multiple Phenomena in Single Materials
  • Topic 18: Tunable Dilute Anion III-Nitride Nanostructures for Stable Photocatalysis
White papers and proposals addressing the following topics should be submitted to the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR):
  • Topic 19: Mechanisms of Novel Reactivity in Aqueous Microdroplets
  • Topic 20: Topological Plasma Electromagnetics
  • Topic 21: Interfacial Engineering of Superconductors
  • Topic 22: Targeted Optical Stimulation of Individual Retinal Photoreceptors
  • Topic 23: Quantum Random Access Memory
  • Topic 24: Metasurface Edge Sensing, Processing and Computing
  • Topic 25: Non-Hermitian Programmable Materials at Exceptional Points
  • Topic 26: Mathematical Foundations for Enabling Robust Optimal Design of Hypersonic Systems
White papers and proposals addressing the following OSD topic should be submitted to the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR):
  • Topic 27: Advanced Modeling of Evolutionary Cyber Eco-Systems with Autonomous Intelligence
darpa_DPRIVE
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: May 26, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: June 2, 2020
Award Amount: The level of funding for individual awards made under this BAA will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. The DPRIVE program will be a 42-month program composed of three phases, a base Phase 1 (15 months) and optional Phases 2 (15 months) and 3 (12 months).
 
DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) is soliciting innovative research and development to reduce the computation run time of fully homomorphic encrypted computation through hardware acceleration. The goal of the DPRIVE program is to enable fully homomorphic encrypted computation to within one order of magnitude of the compute time of current unencrypted computation. The outcome of DPRIVE will be a fabricated chip and supporting hardware/software that realizes the goals of the program. Given the anticipated challenges of the DPRIVE program, multidisciplinary teams with grounded experience in the mathematics of FHE, embedded software systems, and unconventional VLSI hardware design are encouraged to submit proposals.
 
DPRIVE will have a single Technical Area. Each DPRIVE team will need to address all required DPRIVE development activities (hardware + software + algorithms).
 
Multiple awards are anticipated. Total award funding is expected to be $33M.

DARPA_polyplex21
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: May 28, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: June 4, 2020
Award Amount: Up to $100,000 for 1 year
 
The purpose of this Polyplexus Pilot Topic Opportunity Notice is to provide public notification of a research and development funding opportunity on the Polyplexus online platform. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) invites participation in Polyplexus, which is an online, professional, technical conversation between the research community and DARPA Program Managers that will lead to the opportunity to submit abstracts and full proposals for a research and development project. The shared task of this group is to rigorously explore the trends and possible applications of emerging science and technology in a specific technical area defined by a participating Program Manager. The online discussion culminates in an opportunity to submit an abstract and subsequently a proposal describing a proposed research project. The initial technical area under consideration in this announcement is the fundamental understanding of detecting artificial intelligence. The topic will be refined as the incubator conversation evolves. The updated topic can found in the "Detecting the Presence of Artificially Intelligent Systems (Topic 21)" incubator located on the  polyplexus.com website.
 
The process, evaluation criteria, abstract submission instructions, and proposal submission instructions are described in the most recent amendment of the BAA for  Polyplexus Pilot 3 (HR001119S0075).
DoD_darpaWARP
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: May 28, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: June 4, 2020 (Updated Deadline)
Award Amount: It is anticipated that $40M of total funding will be awarded across both technical areas, approximately partitioned as follows: $20M for Technical Area 1 (TA1), 3 phases, 48 months, 6.2 funding; and $20M for Technical Area 2 (TA2), 3 phases, 48 months, 6.2 funding. The total program is expected to run 48 months, where Phase 1 and Phase 2 will each be 18 months long, while Phase 3 will last 12 months.

DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) seeks innovative proposals to develop wideband, adaptive RF filters and cancellers that selectively attenuate interference and protect wideband digital radios from saturation. When exposed to interference/self-interference, the filters and cancellers will automatically sense and adapt to the electromagnetic environment through the intelligent control of its adaptive hardware. WARP will ultimately enable the use of wideband software defined radios in congested and contested environments.
 
WARP will be executed across two technical areas (TAs): TA1 - Wideband Adaptive Filtering and TA2 - Wideband Signal Cancellation. Proposers should not propose to more than one Technical Area in a single proposal. Proposers who wish to propose to more than one Technical Area must submit a separate full proposal for each individual Technical Area. Proposals must include all phases for the associated Technical Area.

Multiple awards with a variety of technical approaches in each technical area are anticipated.
DARPA_polyplex22
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 1, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: June 8, 2020
Award Amount: Up to $50,000 for 1 month
 
The purpose of this Polyplexus Pilot Topic Opportunity Notice is to provide public notification of a research and development funding opportunity on the Polyplexus online platform. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) invites participation in Polyplexus, which is an online, professional, technical conversation between the research community and DARPA Program Managers that will lead to the opportunity to submit abstracts and full proposals for a research and development project. The shared task of this group is to rigorously explore the trends and possible applications of emerging science and technology in a specific technical area defined by a participating Program Manager. The online discussion culminates in an opportunity to submit an abstract and subsequently a proposal describing a proposed research project. The initial technical area under consideration in this announcement is simulation enablement at the printed circuit board (PCB) level. The topic will be refined as the incubator conversation evolves. The updated topic can found in the "Simulation Enablement through Auto-Generation of Surrogate Models (Topic 22)" incubator located on the polyplexus.com website.
 
The process, evaluation criteria, abstract submission instructions, and proposal submission instructions are described in the most recent amendment of the BAA for Polyplexus Pilot 3 (HR001119S0075) .
DoD_darpaheadlights
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 10, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: June 17, 2020
Award Amount: The level of funding for individual awards made under this BAA will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. The DARPA Embedded Entrepreneur Initiative (EEI) will provide additional funding, up to $250,000, to employ one entrepreneur-in-residence or one corporate business development lead. The entrepreneurial lead's ultimate goal is to develop a robust go-to-market strategy for entering into defense and commercial markets. The Invisible Headlights program is a 57-month research and development effort comprising three phases.
 
DARPA's Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of passive three-dimensional (3D) vision using ambient thermal emissions. The Invisible Headlights approach is fundamentally different than previous efforts aimed at target recognition using infrared emissions. Conventional infrared sensors fail, by design, to collect almost all available information from ambient thermal emissions. Under the Invisible Headlights approach, non-target artifacts in the scene which might previously have been considered "clutter" will instead provide the signal needed to enable 3D vision. Because the utility of this approach is limited to the information content available in real scenes, the Invisible Headlights program will quantify the available information in ambient thermal emissions, determine how much of that information is useful for building a 3D model of a scene, define the tradespace of sensor designs capable of gathering this information, develop new sensors capable of dramatically increased measurement diversity, and validate all of the above via testing in the field.
 
The Invisible Headlights Program's development efforts will be divided into four primary areas:
  • Technical Area 1: Near-Term Passive 3D Vision
  • Technical Area 2: Novel Sensors for Measurement Hyperdiversity
  • All Performers: Virtual Tradespace Exploration
  • Government Test and Evaluation (T&E) Team: Ground Truth Data Collection (not being solicited under this BAA)
Proposers wishing to propose to multiple Technical Areas must submit separate technical and cost proposals for each.
 
DARPA anticipates one or more awards in Technical Area 1 and one or more awards in Technical Area 2.
 
DoD_stemONR
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (required): June 12, 2020
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals (if invited): August 28, 2020
Award Amount: Maximum of $250,000 per year for up to 3 years. Applications for larger amounts will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will be dependent on availability of funds.
 
ONR seeks a broad range of applications for augmenting existing or developing innovative solutions that directly maintain, or cultivate a diverse, world-class STEM workforce in order to maintain the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps' technological superiority. The goal of any proposed effort must provide solutions that will establish and maintain pathways of diverse U.S. citizens who are interested in uniformed or civilian Department of Navy (DoN) STEM workforce opportunities. This announcement explicitly encourages projects that improve the capacity of education systems and communities to create impactful STEM educational experiences for students and workers. While this announcement is relevant for any stage of the STEM educational system, funding efforts will be targeted primarily toward projects addressing the following communities or any combination of these communities: secondary education communities; post-secondary communities; informal science communities; and current Naval STEM workforce communities.
 
The technical content of any idea must establish Naval relevance within the priority areas as outlined in the "Naval Research and Development Framework and Addendum", https://www.onr.navy.mil/our-research/naval-research-framework . Broad priority areas are:
  • Augmented Warfighter
  • Integrated & Distributed Forces
  • Operational Endurance
  • Sensing & Sense-Making
  • Scalable Lethality
DoD_iCorps
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: Rolling through June 15, 2020
Award Amount: $40,000-$70,000 in total costs for 12 months. Up to 10 awards are anticipated for FY 20.
 
The Department of Defense (DoD) is soliciting applications from current/recent DoD awardees on research topics (the award must either be current or completed after 15 February 2015) to receive mentoring and funding to accelerate the transition and commercialization of the funded research. The I-Corps @ DoD program is designed to support the acceleration of research innovations from qualifying institutions by providing Principal Investigators (PIs) and students with training and mentorship in customer discovery and the commercialization process. Successful applicants will receive a grant to attend a program that provides extensive training in product commercialization from industry experts and 'serial entrepreneurs' who have helped train over 1,000 I-Corps™ Teams in how to bring their innovations to market. The I-Corps @ DoD program is a pilot program modeled after the National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps™ program. The key component of the I-Corps @ DoD program is the I-Corps Team. The I-Corps Team is comprised of the Technical Lead, the Entrepreneurial Lead and the Mentor. The Entrepreneurial Lead is typically a postdoctoral researcher, graduate student, or other student, possesses relevant technical knowledge and a deep commitment to investigate the commercial landscape surrounding the innovation. The Mentor brings entrepreneurial experience and serves as the principal guide in determining the technology disposition. Technical Leads/PIs ideally locate their own mentor, but can also contact the I-Corps @ DoD Program Manager for assistance with locating a mentor.
 
There will be three outcomes of the I-Corps @ DoD program: 1) a clear go/no go decision regarding viability of products and services, 2) should the decision be to move the effort forward, a transition plan to do so, and 3) an understanding of what kind of minimum viable product demonstration would be required by key partners and customer segments.
DARPA_adapter
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 11, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: June 18, 2020
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 ADAPTER program spans 4.5 years and consists of a 24-month Phase I, 18-month Phase II Option, and 12-month Phase III Option.
 
The Biological Technologies Office (BTO) is soliciting innovative proposals to enable the development of hybrid technology (bioelectronics and synthetic biology) for warfighter-controlled, on-demand enhanced management of circadian rhythms and mitigation of gastrointestinal stress caused by pathogenic bacteria. While jet lag and traveler's diarrhea are inconveniences for an average traveler, they are critical challenges to operational readiness for a warfighter and can be the difference between mission success or failure. To maximize warfighter performance, the ADvanced Acclimation and Protection Tool  for Environmental Readiness (ADAPTER) program will develop systems to provide warfighters with control over their own physiology. This program will integrate therapeutic cellular factories and biomolecules into an internal, bioelectronics carrier that the warfighter can signal, as needed, to initiate the production and release of therapies that either eliminate the principal cause of traveler's diarrhea - pathogenic bacteria - or regulate disrupted circadian rhythms caused by jetlag or shift work schedules.

Developing the therapeutic systems will require two Technical Areas (TAs)-Accurate Therapies (TA1) and Carrier/Communication (TA2). Performers will choose one of two application tracks: (1) in vivo compound delivery to entrain circadian rhythm/restore sleep-cycles or (2) in vivo decontamination of food and water from bacterial causes of traveler's diarrhea. An individual proposal must address both TAs and must address only one application track. Proposers may propose to both tracks but must provide separate proposals; although allowed, this is highly discouraged.
 
Multiple awards are anticipated.
DOD_afosrYIP
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: July 7, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: July 14, 2020
Award Amount: Most YIP awards are funded up to $150,000 per year for three years, for a total of $450,000. Each budget year must not exceed $150,000; regardless if the total budget is $450,000. Exceptional proposals will be considered individually for higher funding levels and/or longer duration. Higher funding levels could take the form of more funding in one or more years of the basic award, and/or an option for continued performance for one or two additional years at a funding level recommended by an AFOSR Program Officer. PIs should only submit a supplemental proposal for an option for continued performance beyond the three-year basic period if a PO requests it.
 
The Fiscal Year 2021 Air Force Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) intends to support early in career scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees by 1 April 2013 or later showing exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. The program objective is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering; enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators; and increase opportunities for the young investigator to recognize the Air Force mission and related challenges in science and engineering. YIP PIs must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident.
 
AFOSR seeks unclassified proposals from qualified and responsible applicants in the research areas of interest identified in the most recent Broad Agency Announcement titled Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research . Please note, the AFOSR issued its most recent annual Open BAA update on March 24, 2020, so PIs should make sure they are reviewing the current Amendment for up-to-date topic areas of interest and coordination of topic ideas with the appropriate Program Officer. YIP proposals may be submitted for only one research portfolio area.
 
Approximately 36 traditionally funded YIPs are anticipated in this fiscal year.
DOD_cdmrpMED
Sponsor Deadline for Pre-Applications (required): July 29, 2020
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 6, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: August 13, 2020
Award Amount: Varies by award type (see below for details)
 
The vision of the FY20 Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) is to improve the health, care, and well-being of all military Service members, Veterans, and beneficiaries, and its mission is to encourage, identify, select, and manage medical research projects of clear scientific merit and direct relevance to military health. Thus, the proposed research must be relevant to active duty Service members, Veterans, military beneficiaries, and/or the American public. The PRMRP challenges the scientific and clinical communities to address at least one of the FY20 PRMRP Topic Areas (see the solicitation for complete list) with original ideas that foster new directions. The PRMRP Clinical Trial Award supports the rapid implementation of clinical trials with the potential to have a significant impact. Clinical trials may be designed to evaluate promising new products, pharmacologic agents (drugs or biologics), devices, clinical guidance, and/or emerging approaches and technologies. Proposed projects may range from small proof-of-concept trials (e.g., pilot, first in human, Phase 0), to demonstrate feasibility or inform the design of more advanced trials, through large-scale trials to determine efficacy in relevant patient populations.
 
Two different application categories, based on the phase of planning for the clinical trial, are available under this Program Announcement:
  • Planning Phase with Clinical Trial: This is intended to support the final phase of regulatory activities necessary to initiate the planned clinical trial. For the Planning Phase, anticipated direct costs will not exceed $500,000 and the maximum period of performance is 18 months. In addition to the Planning Phase, the proposed clinical trial work is not restricted to a predetermined cost and has a maximum period of performance of 4 years.
  • Clinical Trial Only: This is intended to support a clinical trial having either FDA (or other regulatory agency) approval or an exemption; the clinical trial is expected to begin no later than 9 months after the award date. Applications are not restricted to a predetermined cost limit and the maximum period of performance is 4 years.
The CDMRP expects to allot approximately $45M to fund approximately 11 Clinical Trial Award applications (5 Planning Phase with Clinical Trial and 6 Clinical Trial Only).
DoD_RAP
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: Review not required for awards made directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadlines for Full Proposals: August 1, 2020 and November 1, 2020
Award Amount: Awards include stipends ranging from $45,000 to $80,000, health insurance, professional travel, and relocation. Awards are for up to 12 months (Summer Faculty awards are for 8-14 weeks), with the possibility of extension through a second or third year.
 
The NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U.S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. In the NRC Research Associateship Programs, prospective applicants select a research project or projects from among a large group of  Research Opportunities . Prior to completing an application, prospective applicants should contact the Research Adviser listed with the selected Research Opportunity(ies) to assure that funding will be available if the application is recommended by NRC Research Associateship Programs panels.
 
Prospective applicants should carefully read the details and eligibility of the program to which they are applying. Some laboratories have citizenship restrictions (open only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents), and some laboratories have Research Opportunities that are not open to senior applicants (more than 5 years beyond the Ph.D.). When searching for Research Opportunities, applicants may limit their search to only those laboratories which match their eligibility criteria. In addition, applicants should note application deadlines, as not all laboratories participate in all reviews.
DTRA_stri
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers: Rolling through March 2, 2025
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: Rolling through March 2, 2025
Award Amount: DTRA SI-STT estimates the total program budget divided among multiple awardees at approximately $1,950,000 per year. The preferred period of performance for studies is 6-9 months to maximize opportunities for operational relevance. Given the need for timely research, in most but not all cases, the period of performance shall not exceed 12 months from the effective date of award.
 
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Strategic Integration Directorate, Strategic Trends and Effects Department, Strategic Trends Division (SI-STT) is announcing to industry and academia the intent to solicit white papers and proposals for research studies, strategic dialogues, and tabletop exercises (TTXs) through this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). This strategy provides an acquisition tool to support SI-STT's Strategic Trends Research Initiative (STRI) with the flexibility to solicit white papers and proposals from the external expert community and make awards for expert-driven research efforts that meet present, emerging, and future needs.
 
Per priorities identified by the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS), SI-STT seeks proposals and white papers for research studies, strategic dialogues, and TTXs addressing the following five focus areas:
  • Identify the utility of deeper, more meaningful relationships with existing allies, partners, and establish new relationships with non-traditional partners as a mechanism to compete against key strategic competitors;
  • Understand the implications of key strategic competitors' emerging capabilities on the United States' ability to maintain operational advantage and project power;
  • Identify emerging WMD-related threats of concern for the future battlespace;
  • Consider the role and application of WMD risk reduction tools and approaches (e.g. arms control) in an era of Great Power competition; and/or
  • Explore the utility and applicability of applying a Counter Threat Network (CTN) approach to better characterize and address cross-domain threats posed by priority threat actors.
Within these five broad focus areas, DTRA SI-STT is specifically interested in credible, timely, operationally relevant and actionable research products (studies, strategic dialogues, and TTXs) that are aligned with seven thrust areas outlined below in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020:
  • Thrust Area 1: Competition with Revisionist Powers
  • Thrust Area 2: Emerging Threats
  • Thrust Area 3: Counter Threat Networks (CTN)
  • Thrust Area 4: Strategic Security and Risk Reduction
Track 1.5 and Track 2 Strategic Dialogues with:
  • Thrust Area 5: Allies, partners, and non-traditional partners
  • Thrust Area 6: Key strategic competitors
Tabletop Exercises (TTXs) that are focused on:
  • Thrust Area 7: Competition with Revisionist Powers (with a focus on WMD-related issues)
The funding will be provided for study projects, strategic dialogues (Track 1.5 and Track 2 meetings), and TTXs. Applicants are encouraged to propose projects in all categories, which are aligned with distinct thrust areas.

I f you are interested in DoD funding opportunities, please note:
The  Defense Innovation Marketplace  is a centralized source for Department of Defense science and technology (S&T) planning, acquisition resources, funding, and financial information. 
DOE_covid
 
DOE is soliciting ideas about how DOE and the National Labs might contribute resources to help address COVID-19 through science and technology efforts and collaborations. Through its user facilities, computational power, and enabling infrastructure, DOE has unique capabilities that the scientific community may leverage for the COVID-19 response and recovery. DOE does not provide medical and clinical work; instead, the Department's mission complements the efforts of the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and other Federal partners by helping to understand the scientific phenomena contributing to COVID-19, from the structure of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes the disease, to models that can mimic its spread. DOE supports significant biologically focused facilities and resources, including the Joint Genome Institute (JGI), National Microbiome Data Collaborative (NMDC), Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory (EMSL), and DOE Systems Biology Knowledgebase (KBase). These and other DOE resources may be used for many studies, such as:

  • Developing high-throughput multiplex technologies to characterize virus-host interactions, determine phage resistance mechanisms in nature, identify the degree of specificity for each bacterial resistance mechanisms across diverse phage types, and understand the coevolution of hosts and their phages, which can ultimately be used to design better phage therapeutic treatments and tools for precision microbiome engineering;
  • Improved modeling for understanding natural viral populations and persistence in the environment, as well as predictive modeling for viral stability and evolution in changing environmental conditions;
  • Understanding virus-microbiome community composition, function, and evolution;
  • Synthetic biology of key target viral proteins to rapidly develop improved vaccines or therapeutics; and
  • Synthetic biology to construct viral genome variants and test viral stability, persistence, and resilience in the environment.
 
The Department encourages submission of scientific questions that underpin COVID-19 response and that the research community may answer using DOE user facilities, computational resources, and enabling infrastructure. Please send research questions that the scientific community may address with DOE resources by email to SC.DCL@science.doe.gov . The Department is acting rapidly to leverage, and when appropriate provide prioritized access to, the full range of DOE user facilities and other facilities available at national laboratories to support the national and international effort to address COVID-19. 
DOE_directcapture
SEAS/FAS/OSP Deadline: May 21, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: May 29, 2020
Award Amount: Up to $2.5M for up to 36 months. Cost sharing of at least 20% is required.
 
DOE-Fossil Energy's program in Carbon Capture has been developing carbon capture technologies since 2001 with the goal of decreasing the cost of carbon capture systems. Technologies developed to date have focused on the capture of Carbon Dioxide directly from fossil fuel power plant gases. The Carbon Capture program is aiming to leverage this past research in materials and systems development for application to the conditions and process requirements of Direct Air Capture (DAC). However, there are several significant differences between these applications that will require applied research and the development of alternative capture media. The primary difference is the concentration of Carbon Dioxide.
 
This FOA is comprised of two Areas of Interest (AOI):
  • AOI-1 - Development of Novel Materials for Direct Air Capture of CO2: AOI-1 aims to fund research to develop carbon capture materials specifically tailored for DAC processes. The objective of AOI-1 is to research and develop novel DAC materials, such as, but not limited to:
    • solvents
    • membranes
    • sorbents
  • AOI-2 - Field Testing of Direct Air Capture: AOI-2 seeks applied research and development (R&D) to decrease the cost of DAC through the testing of existing DAC materials in integrated field units that capture CO2 and produce a concentrated CO2 stream of at least 95% purity. 
DOE wishes to encourage team-oriented approaches as part of their response to this announcement. Involvement of various stakeholders is seen as an important facet to providing a fully integrated solution. It is considered critical that analyses related to environmental performance, safety, technical and economic assessment be conducted by individuals or organizations with professional capabilities in these areas.

 DOE_sharks
Concept Paper Deadline: May 27, 2020
SEAS/FAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days in advance of sponsor full proposal deadline
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: TBD
Award Amount: $250,000-$10M for up to 36 months. Cost sharing may be required depending on project participants.
 
The SHARKS Program seeks to develop new designs for economically attractive Hydrokinetic Turbines (HKT) for tidal and riverine currents. Tidal and riverine energy resources are renewable, have the advantage of being highly reliable and predictable, and are often co-located with demand centers, while HKT devices can be designed with low visual profiles and minimal environmental impact. These energy-producing devices are also uniquely suited for micro-grid applications, supplying energy to remote communities and other "blue economy" or utility-scale applications. This Program is aimed at applying Control Co-Design (CCD), Co-Design (CD) and Designing-for-OpEx (DFO) methodologies to HKT design. These three design methodologies require the concurrent (rather than sequential) application of a wide range of disciplines, starting at the conceptual design stage. The technical challenges that inhibit the development of highly efficient HKT designs are mutually dependent, and require expertise from a range of scientific and engineering fields for optimization. These codependent technical challenges make HKT design a perfect candidate for CCD, CD and DFO, and will necessitate the formation of multi-disciplinary teams to resolve their inherently coupled design considerations.
DOE_neuromorphic
Sponsor Pre-Application Deadline (required): June 3, 2020
SEAS/FAS/OSP Deadline: June 24, 2020
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: July 1, 2020
Award Amount: $200,000-$400,000 for two years
 
The DOE SC program in Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) hereby announces its interest in proposals for basic research that significantly advances Neuromorphic Computing as a brain-inspired, energy-efficient tool for scientific discovery. DOE has the responsibility to address the energy, environmental and nuclear security challenges that face our nation. SC's mission is the delivery of scientific discoveries and major scientific tools to transform our understanding of nature and to advance the energy, economic, and national security of the United States.
 
In the post-exascale computing timeframe, scientific progress will be predicated on our ability to create, transfer, and process large complex datasets from extreme scale simulations, experiments, and/or observational facilities. Scientific computing is facing multiple challenges i.e. high energy usage, memory, concurrency, parallelism, heterogeneity, input/output, storage, retrieval, fault tolerance, etc. Currently, high performance computing systems consume in the order of megawatts of power, and energy consumptions levels have been kept manageable through the usage of heterogeneous architectures. On the other hand, the energy consumption of the human brain is in the order of watts, or about six orders of magnitude more energy efficient than current state-of-the-art HPC systems.
 
This program call is focused on high-risk, high-reward basic research to explore how neuromorphic computing could address emerging scientific computational challenges in energy efficient computing primarily.

DOE_arpae 
Sponsor Concept Paper Deadline (required): June 5, 2020 by 9:30AM
SEAS/FAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to sponsor deadline
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: TBD
Award Amount: $250,000-$10M over a period of up to 42 months. Cost sharing may be required depending on project participants. See solicitation for more detail.
 
The ULTIMATE Program seeks to fund the development and demonstration of ultrahigh temperature materials that can operate continuously at 1300 ºC in a standalone material test environment (or with coatings, enabling gas turbine inlet temperatures of 1800 ºC) or higher, targeting gas turbine applications in the power generation and aviation industries. The successful materials must be able to withstand not only the highest temperature in a turbine but also the extreme stresses of a turbine blade. This program will concurrently fund the development of manufacturing processes for turbine components using these materials, enabling complex geometries that can be seamlessly integrated in the system design. Coatings including both environmental barrier coatings (EBC) and thermal barrier coatings (TBC) are also within the scope of this program. It is expected that the development of novel ultrahigh temperature materials in combination with compatible coatings and manufacturing technologies will enable the efficiency of gas turbines to be improved by up to 7%, which will result in significant reductions in wasted energy and carbon emissions.
 

DOE_fossilpower 
Sponsor Concept Paper Deadline (required): June 16, 2020
SEAS/FAS/OSP Deadline: August 6, 2020
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: August 13, 2020
Award Amount: Up to $800,000 depending on area of interest. Cost sharing of at least 20% of the total allowable costs is required.
 
This opportunity is focused on maturing energy storage technologies that have the potential to be integrated with large scale fossil assets, both existing and new build, with and without carbon capture. The objectives of this FOA are to accomplish the following
  1. Advance near-term, fossil-fueled asset-integrated, energy storage solutions toward commercial deployment.
  2. Mature promising mid-TRL, component-level, energy storage solutions toward eventual system integration with fossil-fueled assets.
  3. Develop innovative, low-TRL concepts and technologies that offer game-changing benefits for fossil-fueled assets.
This FOA provides three specific opportunities (i.e., Areas of Interest) that span a broad range of the applied technology development continuum: engineering-scale, near-term prototypes; mid-term component development; and exploration of longer-term, advanced concepts. If warranted, future FOAs may sponsor work on additional fossil-related scope. The Areas of Interest (AOIs) are as follows:
  • AOI 1 - Design Studies for Engineering Scale Prototypes
  • AOI 2 - Component-level Research & Development
  • AOI 3 - Innovative Concepts & Technologies
DOE_coal
SEAS/FAS/OSP Deadline: July 7, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: July 14, 2020
Award Amount: Up to $2M for up to 2 years depending on area of interest. Cost sharing of at least 20% is required.
 
The overall objective of the FOA is to support the development of value-added products from coal. This will be accomplished through the research and development of coal-derived components for residential, commercial, and infrastructure applications. Another path to developing value-added products from coal is the production of high-value specialty products, as well as research and development of technologies capable of producing carbon-based building materials using a continuous, rather than batch, manufacturing process. The FOA will also support the design, R&D, and validation of a prototype carbon-based building.
 
The FOA includes the following Areas of Interest (AOIs)
  • AOI 1:  Coal-Derived Components for Residential or Commercial Buildings
  • AOI 2:  Coal-Derived Components for Infrastructure Applications
  • AOI 3:  Coal-Derived High-Value Carbon Products
  • AOI 4:  Coal-Derived Carbon Foam Produced via a Continuous Process

DOEother
Other DOE Opportunities

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
EPA_biotech
SEAS/FAS/OSP Deadline: July 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: July 15, 2020
Award Amount:  Up to $760,000 for regular awards, and up to $453,333 for early career awards, including direct and indirect costs, with a maximum duration of 3 years.
 
The EPA, as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research to support the development of improved science-based human health and environmental risk assessments of new biotechnology products, including those developed through synthetic biology, genome editing, and metabolic engineering. For the purposes of this RFA, biotechnology products of interest include: industrial or consumer chemicals; pesticides (including pesticide intermediates); and new microbes used in biomass conversion for chemical production, microbial fuel cells, mining and resource extraction, building materials, waste remediation and pollution control, and nonpesticidal agriculture applications (e.g., biofertilizers, weather and climate modification). Robust and efficient evaluation and monitoring tools are needed to ensure these biotechnology products' safety and to assure public trust (Morton et al., 2019). Some examples of appropriate risk assessment tools include models, bioinformatic systems, and field-based and in vitro methods.
 
In addition to regular awards, this solicitation includes the opportunity for early career awards. The purpose of the early career award is to fund research projects smaller in scope and budget by early career PIs. To be eligible for the early career awards, principal investigators must be employed in a tenure-track position (or tenure-track-equivalent position) as an assistant professor at the award date. While a specific award date is not provided, awards are expected to made 9-12 months after the solicitation closing date of July 15, 2020.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  NASA_reddi2020
Sponsor Deadline for Notices of Intent (strongly encouraged): May 20, 2020
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 10, 2020
Sponsor Deadline Cycle 3 Proposals: June 17, 2020
Award Information: The total award value may not exceed $650,000, and the amount in any one year may not exceed $250,000. The maximum award duration will be three years.

Early Stage Innovations (ESI) is focused on innovative, early-stage space technology research of high priority to NASA's Mission Directorates. This Appendix seeks proposals on specific space technologies that are currently at low Technology Readiness Levels (TRL). The ESI Appendix challenges universities to examine the theoretical feasibility of new ideas and approaches that are critical to making science, space travel, and exploration more effective, affordable, and sustainable. It is the intent of the Space Technology Research Grants (STRG) Program and this Early Stage Innovations opportunity to foster interactions between NASA and the awarded university Principal Investigators (PIs)/teams. Therefore, collaboration/interaction with NASA researchers should be expected while conducting space technology research under these awards.

This Appendix exclusively seeks proposals that are responsive to one of the following six topics:
  • Topic 1 - Advanced High-Capacity Cryogenic Refrigeration Components
  • Topic 2 - Modeling of Lunar Dust Behavior and Mitigation Techniques
  • Topic 3 - Micromachining of Optical Structures for Remote Sensing Applications
  • Topic 4 - Modeling and Model Validation of Parachute Dynamics During Inflation and Descent
  • Topic 5 - Methodologies for Assessing Space Technology Portfolio Investments
  • Topic 6 - Advancement of Additive Manufacturing Techniques for High Temperature Materials
A PI or Co-I may participate in no more than two proposals in response to this Appendix. NASA plans to make approximately 10-12 awards.
NASA_usrc
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 17, 2020
Sponsor Deadline Cycle 3 Proposals: June 24, 2020
Award Information: NASA's share of the awards will not exceed $80,000 in total costs for one year. Applicants must also cost-share up to $2,000 through crowdfunding or industry/organization support.

NASA's University Student Research Challenge (USRC) seeks to challenge students to propose new aeronautics ideas/concepts that are relevant to its Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD). Apart from this, the students also have the challenge of raising cost share funds through a crowdfunding platform. The process of creating and preparing a crowdfunding campaign acts as a teaching accelerator - requiring students to act like entrepreneurs and take action. Student applicants must include a letter of support in their proposal from a discipline-relevant faculty mentor in their college or university.

Research projects must address one of ARMD's six strategic thrusts as they affect aviation:
  1. Safe, Efficient Growth in Global Operations
  2. Innovation in Commercial Supersonic Aircraft
  3. Ultra-Efficient Commercial Vehicles
  4. Transition to Low-Carbon Propulsion
  5. Real-Time System-Wide Safety Assurance
  6. Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation
NASA_can
Sponsor Deadline for Notices of Intent (required):  Rolling through July 31, 2020
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline:  5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals (if invited):  Rolling through September 30, 2020
Award Information:  SSC resource contribution awards will range from $10,000 to $300,000, and must be matched or exceeded by Offeror contributions. SSC contributions to the Offeror can be cash, in-kind (non-cash) resources or a combination of each. The Period of Performance is up to 12 months.
 
This Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) supports identification and implementation of cost-sharing partnerships with commercial firms, academic institutions, and nonprofit institutions to develop technology to meet a specific NASA need at the John C. Stennis Space Center (SSC). SSC is the primary NASA rocket propulsion testing center. SSC tests items ranging from multi-engine stages to individual components of rocket engines. Propulsion test customers include NASA, the Department of Defense and the commercial space launch industry. SSC manages a large federal city that is home to over forty federal, state, university and industry entities. SSC manages a restricted airspace that is available for development, testing and operation of unmanned aerial vehicles. SSC engineering laboratories design and test electronics, sensors, algorithms and mechanical components.
 
SSC technology interests, include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Propulsion system test technology
  • Autonomous & intelligent systems
  • Advanced sensors & instruments
  • Image & signal processing
  • Innovative components & materials
  • Big data processing & analysis
  • Systems engineering & optimization
  • Computational modeling & simulation
  • Airspace management
  • Science Mission Support
  • Decision support tools & systems
  • Academic Rocket Propulsion Testing
Please note that organizations are limited to submitting one NOI per project/technology area. If you are interested in submitting an NOI, please contact Erin Hale in FAS Research Development at  erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu .
NASAUnsolicited
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling through September 30, 2020
Award Amount: Proposed budget should be commensurate with the scope of the project.
 
NASA encourages the submission of unique and innovative proposals that will further the Agency's mission. While the vast majority of proposals are solicited, a small number of unsolicited proposals that cannot be submitted to those solicitations and yet are still relevant to NASA are reviewed and some are funded each year. Proposals should be submitted at least six months in advance of the desired starting date.
 
Before any effort is expended in preparing a proposal, potential proposers should:
  1. Review the current versions of the NASA Strategic Plan and documents from the specific directorate, office, or program for which the proposal is intended to determine if the work planned is sufficiently relevant to current goals to warrant a formal submission.
  2. Potential proposers must review current opportunities to determine if any solicitation already exists to which the potential project could be proposed. 
  3. Potential proposers should review current awards (e.g., by doing key word searches at Research.gov, or at the NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC) grant status page, and the NASA Life and Physical Sciences Task Book) to learn what, if any, related work is already funded by NASA. Such preparation reduces the risk of redundancy, improves implementation, and sometimes results in collaboration.
After those three things have been done, the proposer may contact an appropriate NASA person to determine whether NASA has any interest in the type of work being proposed and if any funding is currently available. Proposals should be submitted at least six months in advance of the desired starting date.
NASAother
Other NASA Opportunities
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH_covid
 
NIH has compiled Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):  Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding at the link above. This includes guidance for proposal submission and award management, answers to frequently asked questions, and funding opportunities.
 
To get funding as quickly as possible to the research community, NIH is using Urgent and Emergency competing revisions and administrative supplements to existing grant awards. This approach allows NIH to leverage resident expertise, getting additional funding to those researchers who are already working with other organisms, models, or tools so that they can quickly shift focus to the novel coronavirus. These Urgent and Emergency competitive revision Funding Opportunity Announcements allow NIH to fund applications quickly, often in under three months, sometimes much quicker than that, because evaluation for scientific and technical merit is done by an internal review panel convened by staff of the NIH awarding institute or center rather than by our traditional peer review process. These opportunities require applications to be submitted in response to an Emergency or Urgent Notice of Special Interest (NOSI). In addition to the opportunities for revisions and supplements to existing awards, other notices of special interest seek full research project grant proposals to conduct research on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-2019 through an array of parent FOAs. NIH is maintaining a list of COVID-19 specific notices of special interest in the funding opportunities section at the link above. 

NIH_niaidCOVID
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount for R01 Applications: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The total project period may not exceed 5 years.
Award Amount for R21 Applications: The combined budget for direct costs for the two-year project period may not exceed $275,000. No more than $200,000 may be requested in any single year. The total project period may not exceed 2 years.
 
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to provide an expedited funding mechanism for research on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). NIAID is issuing this FOA in response to the declared public health emergency issued by the Secretary, HHS, for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This program is designed to provide expedited funding for research projects focusing on obtaining time-sensitive data in light of this public health emergency (e.g., the research questions cannot be efficiently addressed in another context and the nature of the event and/or impacted populations are well suited for the proposed study). Information on specific areas of high priority can be found in the solicitation at the link above.
 
Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Scientific/Research staff listed in the solicitation (Diane Post, postd@niaid.nih.gov or Kentner Singleton, NIAID.DAIT.SARS2.PAR@nih.gov ) before submitting an application to determine whether or not the proposed work is within the intended scope of this program, whether requested expedite funding is likely to be available, and whether the idea should be considered for initial submission as a fully developed application. Inquiries not meeting the expedite guidelines will be guided to other grant mechanisms and to program contacts to discuss alternatives.
 
PAR-20-178 uses the R01 mechanism, PAR-20-177 uses the R21 grant mechanism. High-risk/high-payoff projects that lack preliminary data or utilize existing data may be most appropriate for the R21 mechanism. Applicants with preliminary data and/or planning to include longitudinal analysis may wish to apply using the R01 mechanism.
NIH_nibib
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days in advance of sponsor deadline
Sponsor Deadline: February 16, June 16, and October 16, annually
Award Amount: $400,000 in direct costs over 3 years
 
This Trailblazer Award is an opportunity for NIH-defined New and Early Stage Investigators ( https://grants.nih.gov/policy/early-investigators/index.htm ) to pursue research programs of high interest to the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) that integrate engineering and the physical sciences with the life and/or biomedical sciences. A Trailblazer project may be exploratory, developmental, proof of concept, or high risk-high impact, and may be technology design-directed, discovery-driven, or hypothesis-driven. Importantly, applicants must propose research approaches for which there are minimal or no preliminary data. A distinct feature for this FOA is that no preliminary data are required, expected, or encouraged. However, if available, minimal preliminary data are allowed. Preliminary data are defined as material which the applicant has independently produced and not yet published in a peer-reviewed journal.
 
A Trailblazer project may be exploratory, developmental, proof of concept or have high risk-high impact goals. Importantly, the proposed research for this FOA may be technology design-directed and may or may not be hypothesis-driven. In the context of this FOA, innovation encompasses approaches to address well-defined, unmet biomedical research needs through the development of new methods, ideas, or technologies; early steps along the path toward delivery of a new capability or method; and the integration of existing components in a previously unproven format. High-impact projects should transform our understanding or practice by applying an innovative approach to an important biomedical challenge. For projects supported by a Trailblazer Award, successful results should provide a solid foundation for further research under other funding mechanisms, such as the R01. Applicants will be considered ineligible for this funding opportunity if they have submitted an R01, R15 or any other R21 application, with NIBIB as the primary IC within the same review cycle.
OtherNIHOpps
Other NIH Opportunities
National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation: Dear Colleague Letters
NSFdcl_covid19
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: varies
Award Amount: varies
 
In light of the emergence and spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States and abroad, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting proposals to conduct non-medical, non-clinical-care research that can be used immediately to explore how to model and understand the spread of COVID-19, to inform and educate about the science of virus transmission and prevention, and to encourage the development of processes and actions to address this global challenge. NSF encourages the research community to respond to this challenge through  existing funding opportunities . In addition, researchers are invited to use the Rapid Response Research (RAPID) funding mechanism, which allows NSF to receive and review proposals having a severe urgency with regard to availability of or access to data, facilities or specialized equipment as well as quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic disasters and similar unanticipated events. Requests for RAPID proposals may be for up to $200K and up to one year in duration. Well-justified proposals that exceed these limits may be entertained. All questions should be directed either to a program officer managing an NSF program with which the research would be aligned or to  rapid-covid19@nsf.gov .

Proposals in response to this DCL may also request the use of NSF-funded advanced computing resources such as  Frontera Stampede2, Bridges, Comet, and JetStream . To ensure availability of thes e computing resources, investigators must contact the NSF Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) at  rapid-covid19-oac@nsf.gov  prior to submission of the proposal.
  NSFdcl_cyberAI
Cybersecurity Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for Research Concept Outline stage
Sponsor Deadline: May 15, 2020 (Round 1); August 31, 2020 (Round 2)
Award Amount: up to $300,000 over 2 years
 
NSF is announcing its intention to fund a small number of Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) to encourage advances in cybersecurity education, an area supported by the Foundation's Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace Education Designation (SaTC-EDU), CyberCorps®: Scholarships for Service, and Advanced Technological Education (ATE) programs. EAGER is a mechanism to support exploratory work, in its early stages, on untested but potentially transformative research ideas or approaches. This work 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. In particular, with this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), NSF announces its interest in using the EAGER mechanism to encourage new collaborations between the Artificial Intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, and education research communities. Responses to this DCL will be handled as a two-step process:
  • Step 1: Teams are required to send a research concept outline, including project title, team members, institutions involved, and a summary of the project concept (up to two pages) by email to satc-edu@nsf.gov. Two rounds of submissions are available with the deadline for the first round at midnight EDT on May 15, 2020, and for the second round at midnight EDT on August 31, 2020. To ensure proper processing, please begin the proposal title as well as the subject line of your initial email with: "EAGER: SaTC AI-Cybersecurity". NSF Program directors will review these research concept outlines and will invite the authors of those of most interest to submit full EAGER proposals.
  • Step 2: Those who have been invited will submit their EAGER proposal for review. Submissions received without an invitation from an NSF program director will be returned without review.
NSFdcl_midscale
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: May 15, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: May 22, 2020 for FY2020 consideration
Award Amount: generally limited to $50,000, but under exceptional circumstances up to $100,000
 
Through this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the NSF Directorate for Engineering (ENG) plans to fund workshops to identify critical needs for unique research infrastructure that can serve a research community at a national needs level, and have the potential to significantly advance engineering research. Members of the engineering research community are invited to propose conferences that identify gaps in existing mid-scale research infrastructure and define the infrastructure that would be needed to address grand-challenge-level engineering research questions. Conference outcomes may help define either design or implementation projects for future mid-scale research infrastructure.
 
With this DCL, NSF anticipates funding up to 10 engineering research conferences on mid-scale research infrastructure. Each conference proposal should have strong science and engineering drivers with the aim of identifying potential projects that will identify and address national research infrastructure gaps. The conference should support 20 to 80 attendees. In addition to academic researchers, conference participants may include relevant scientists, engineers, and practitioners from industry, federal agencies, and international organizations. Conferences are encouraged to include individuals with experience in the management of research infrastructure at this scale for the purpose of mentoring investigators in the development of Project Management and Project Execution Plans . Conference proposals should include the deliverable of a report with recommendations that address the identified gap in research infrastructure. The report should position the engineering research community to respond to future opportunities for mid-scale research infrastructure projects. Prior to submitting a conference proposal, the PI must contact one of the individuals listed in the Dear Colleague Letter to ensure that the proposal fits the goals of the program .
NSFdcl_NRDZ
Supplemental Funding Opportunity to Explore Feasibility of National Radio Dynamic Zones (NRDZ) *
Sponsor Deadline for White Paper: June 1, 2020
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Supplemental Funding Request (if invited): June 24, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Supplemental Funding Request (if invited): July 1, 2020
Award Amount: unspecified; if the supplemental funding request exceeds 20% of the original award amount, the proposer is asked to bring this to the attention of the cognizant program officer prior to submitting the supplemental request.
 
With this Dear Colleague Letter, NSF is offering an opportunity to explore the feasibility of establishing National Radio Dynamic Zones (NRDZ) and identify the underlying research and deployment challenges through supplements to existing NSF awards. Existing awardees of facilities and/or platforms owned/operated/funded by NSF are encouraged to submit supplemental funding requests, building on their expertise in national quiet zones, innovation zones, and coordination zones. The NRDZ-relevant questions that NSF seeks answers for through these supplements include:
 
  1. What geographic areas could act as potential NRDZ test zones?
  2. What frequency bands can be reasonably supported by a NRDZ?
  3. How can the radio frequency environment in the test zone be characterized to support real-time situational awareness, including baseline radio noise data?
  4. How can experiments designed to increase spectrum-use efficiency be supported?
  5. What is the necessary hardware and software infrastructure needed in a NRDZ?
 
Supplemental funding requests should be aligned with the statement of work in the original award. Potential applicants should propose a scope of work that has the potential to answer the above questions within an appropriate period that does not exceed the end date of the original award. Prior to submitting an NRDZ supplemental funding request, proposers are required to submit a white paper, not exceeding three pages, summarizing their request, via email to  sii@nsf.gov   for consideration. This DCL will expire on July 1, 2021. For consideration for funding in FY 2020, proposers should email their intent to submit a supplemental funding request with the information identified in the DCL by June 1, 2020. Invited supplemental funding requests must be received no later than July 1, 2020.
DCL_cyberinfrastructure
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: June 15, 2020
Award Amount:   up to $300,000 over up to 2 years (Concept Definition Studies); up to $1.5M over up to 2 years (Demonstration Pilots)
 
T his Dear Colleague Letter identifies focus areas of current interest for the Cyberinfrastructure Centers of Excellence (CI CoE) program. In FY 2020, NSF anticipates making awards for early-stage   concept definition studies   and   demonstration pilot   projects as preparatory precursor activities towards potential full-scale CI CoEs. The following topical areas are encouraged for such projects:
 
  • Architecting and operating research CI ecosystems at regional, national and international scales towards the strategic goal of enhancing and accelerating scientific collaboration, exchange and discovery, and comprising service activities such as developing and disseminating principles, approaches, and methods; building expertise and communities of practice; and addressing areas such as planning, design, analysis, integration, end-to-end performance measurement and utilization.
  • CI learning and workforce development, comprising service activities aimed at growing and nurturing the expertise base and interactions among CI contributors, professionals and users, towards strategic goals such as enabling broad adoption of CI tools, methods and resources by the research community to catalyze discovery; and enhancing the ability and skills of researchers and CI developers to collaboratively develop and operate new research CI.
  • Campus-centric networking and cyberinfrastructure, aimed at leveraging and sharing expertise across the campus CI community, through service activities such as exchange and dissemination of knowledge, best practices and solutions applied to scientific networking, CI facilitation for researchers and the research community, integrated solutions, federated scientific resource sharing and other campus-level CI challenges.
  • Software and data infrastructure practices and transition to production, encompassing service activities that promote establishment and use of best practices in scientific software and data engineering in areas such as CI robustness and production-level quality; delivery; engagement of and responsiveness to the user community; pathways toward sustainability; and metrics assessing performance and impact in all these aspects.
 
Concept definition study proposals on service-oriented cyberinfrastructure topics beyond those listed above are welcome; demonstration pilot proposals on other topics are also welcome but may be considered at a lower priority. However,   CI CoE proposals related in any way to cybersecurity are discouraged   as NSF already supports a CoE in this area. Individuals interested in submitting a proposal for a CI CoE project are strongly encouraged to discuss their project idea with the cognizant CI CoE Program Director(s) in the relevant areas prior to submission. To initiate discussion a project idea, prospective proposers are encouraged to send an email to  cicoe@nsf.gov .
NSFdcl_quantumcomp
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 11, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: June 18, 2020
Award Amount: up to $50,000

In light of the quantum-computing developments in the private sector as well as the opportunity for further innovation in the academic setting, the National Science Foundation and Amazon Web Services, IBM, and Microsoft Quantum are coordinating to make available cloud-based quantum-computing platforms to advance research and build capacity in the academic setting. More information about the platforms is available below.  
 
 
With this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), NSF's Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) wish to notify the community of their intention to support supplemental funding requests for active awards to enable use of these quantum-computing cloud platforms. NSF's supplemental funding will support graduate-student time to work on these platforms. In parallel, Amazon Web Services, IBM, and Microsoft Quantum intend to make platform use available to recipients of these supplemental awards at no financial cost, pending a mutually agreeable arrangement between the principal investigators (PIs) and a given company. Supplemental funding requests will be limited to research activities in one or more of the following research area(s):
 
  • Quantum algorithms and their experimental realization;
  • Quantum compiler and run-time infrastructure design;
  • Fault-tolerant computing and other methods to boost the performance of existing quantum-computing hardware; 
  • Benchmarking of architectures, systems, algorithms, and scalable error-correction techniques;
  • Quantum simulations, optimizations, cryptography, and machine learning; and
  • Demonstrations of feasibility for applications of quantum algorithms.
 
PIs are encouraged to contact one of the program officers listed in the Dear Colleague Letter prior to submitting a request for supplemental funding.
NSFdcl_manufacturing
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 23, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: June 30, 2020
Award Amount: up to $100,000 for up to 12 months
 
The National Science Foundation wishes to notify the community of its intention to support workshops for future manufacturing (FM) science and technology in support of the goals and vision of the report Strategy for American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing  by the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC). The conferences should identify areas and thrusts for fundamental research that will enable future manufacturing:  manufacturing that is either entirely new or that can be done today but not at a sufficient scale to make it viable . Conferences should explore new, potentially transformative, manufacturing capabilities rather than aiming to improve current manufacturing or make incremental improvements over existing Advanced Manufacturing technologies. Proposers are encouraged to contact one of the program directors listed in the Dear Colleague Letter to discuss their ideas before submitting a proposal.

NSFdcl_undergradsup
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 24, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: July 1, 2020
Award Amount:
$8,000 per REU student
 
NSF is aware of the disruption to undergraduate employment and education opportunities caused by the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) previously issued a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL;  NSF 20-016 ) expressing interest in funding  supplements to active CISE awards for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), consistent with NSF's REU Sites and Supplements solicitation ( NSF 19-582 ). In light of COVID-19, and to enable the CISE research community to provide additional opportunities to engage undergraduates who are US citizens and permanent residents in research pathways, CISE reiterates this interest via this DCL. CISE will prioritize REU supplemental funding requests most responsive to the mitigation of adverse undergraduate employment and education circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and such requests are anticipated to provide for undergraduate research experiences this Summer and/or Fall. Supplemental funding requests should explain how students will be mentored if the awardee organization is closed, for example, through virtual mentorship experiences.
 
CISE will consider requests for an additional number of students per active project beyond the limitations specified in NSF 20-016, at a funding level of $8,000 per REU student. For example, for single-investigator projects, CISE will consider requests in excess of two students per project for this summer. Proposers who received REU supplements earlier this year are also eligible to apply for additional supplements if they are able to identify opportunities to mentor additional REU students.
NSFdcl_MNP
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: varies
Award Amount: varies
 
This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) encourages the submission of proposals that tackle some of the fundamental scientific questions underlying micro- and nanoplastic characterization, behavior, and reactivity in the environment (including animal and human health), as well as their elimination from land and water systems. Sustainable solutions to the plastic waste problem require creative approaches from many scientific disciplines, to reduce the burden and harmful effects of micro- and nanoplastics and ensure our ability to track their fate in the environment. Several Directorates/Offices/Divisions participate in this DCL and welcome the submission of proposals on this topic, though each division will only accept proposals of a certain type, as described in detail within the DCL. All questions regarding proposals should be addressed to the cognizant Program Officers to whom submission is contemplated. Proposals involving international collaboration are welcome when the collaboration enhances the proposed research.

NSFdcl_spectrum
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: varies
Award Amount: varies
 
With this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the National Science Foundation (NSF) announces opportunities that fall under the purview of the Foundation's new  Spectrum Innovation Initiative (SSI)  and  calls attention to opportunities under this initiative for supplemental support to existing NSF-owned and operated facilities, NSF platforms, NSF-supported projects, and NSF educational programs directly related to spectrum innovation as well as support for conferences and workshops . NSF's Spectrum Innovation Initiative covers innovation in the following areas:
  1. National Radio Dynamic Zones (NRDZ) - establishing new pilot test ranges and enhancing existing test facilities to allow dynamic spectrum sharing research and development for passive and active users;
  2. National Center for Wireless Spectrum Research - connecting spectrum researchers with the nationwide challenges and growing the spectrum workforce in support of the IotF;
  3. Spectrum Research Integrative Activities - promoting and developing the means for increased and more effective use of the spectrum for passive and active applications, especially activities of a cross-disciplinary nature;
  4. Education and Workforce Development - increasing awareness and participation among the public and encouraging the development of a skilled and diverse workforce through education and training programs.
Supplemental funding is available for National Radio Dynamic Zones, Spectrum Use and Needs for Research Activities, Education and Workforce Development, and Conferences. Specific guidance for submitting to National Radio Dynamic Zones can be found in the separate Dear Colleague Letter here . For Spectrum Use and Needs for Research Activities and Education and Workforce Development, proposers are required to email the SII program team at  sii@nsf.gov  with a one paragraph summary of the request and a notification of which award they will be requesting a supplement. The SII program team will subsequently invite the supplemental funding submission. For Conferences, a cognizant program officer listed in the Dear Colleague Letter should be contacted for further instruction prior to submission.

NSFdcl_plant
Plant Synthetic Biology
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: varies by program
 
This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) highlights existing programs in the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) and the Directorate for Engineering (ENG) offering support for proposals that advance the growing field of plant synthetic biology, including support for basic research, tool development, and applications; and proposals that emphasize the potential outcomes with benefits to society. Proposal titles should be prefaced with "PlantSynBio:" and submitted to the program most closely related to the proposed research. The three relevant programs are:
 
  • The Plant Genome Research Program (NSF 18-579) in the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems.
  • The Systems and Synthetic Biology Cluster in the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (NSF18-585).
  • The Cellular and Biochemical Engineering Program in the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (NSF PD 20-1491).
 
This DCL is not intended to announce a special competition nor a new program, but simply highlight NSFs interest in an area of research that is funded through existing programs. The three relevant programs all accept proposals without deadline. Investigators interested in submitting a proposal are strongly encouraged to contact one of the program directors listed in the DCL.
NSFdcl_robotics
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling starting August 1, 2020
Award Amount: unspecified
 
The National Science Foundation announces the creation of the Foundational Research in Robotics (Robotics) program as a program jointly managed by the Directorates for Engineering (ENG) and Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). The Robotics program supports research on robotic systems that exhibit significant levels of both computational capability and physical complexity. For the purposes of this program, a robot is defined as intelligence embodied in an engineered construct, with the ability to process information, sense, and move within or substantially alter its working environment. Here intelligence includes a broad class of methods that enable a robot to solve problems or make contextually appropriate decisions. Research proposals are welcomed that consider inextricably interwoven questions of intelligence, computation, and embodiment. Projects may also focus on a distinct aspect of intelligence, computation, and/or embodiment, as long as the proposed research is clearly justified in the context of a class of robots. The goal of the Robotics program is to erase artificial disciplinary boundaries and provide a single home for foundational research in robotics. Robotics is a deeply interdisciplinary field, and proposals are encouraged across the full range of fundamental engineering and computer science research challenges arising in robotics. All proposals should convincingly explain how a successful outcome will enable transformative new robot functionality or substantially enhance existing robot functionality.

NSFdcl_pawr
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: June 1, 2023
Award Amount: $50,000 with higher amounts requiring additional justification (must be less than one-fifth of the original award); supplements will provide support for up to two years but cannot exceed the existing award period
 
With this Dear Colleague Letter, NSF's Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) wishes to notify the community of its intention to support  supplemental funding requests for active research awards to conduct experimental research on the NSF-funded Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) . NSF's PAWR program ( https://advancedwireless.org/ ) is currently supporting the deployment and initial operations of three advanced wireless research platforms conceived by the U.S. academic and industrial wireless research community. Active NSF-funded wireless researchers may propose, as part of their supplemental funding requests, experiments that utilize the PAWR platforms as these platforms become 'generally available' for experimenter use. PIs interested in submitting supplemental funding requests (or with other questions pertaining to this DCL) are strongly encouraged to contact one of the NSF/CISE program directors listed in the DCL.

National Science Foundation: Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (NSF: CISE)
NSFcise_expcomp
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Preliminary Proposal: June 9, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Preliminary Proposal: June 16, 2020
Award Amount:
up to $15,000,000 for durations of seven years
 
The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering has established the Expeditions in Computing (Expeditions) program to provide the CISE research and education community with the opportunity to pursue ambitious, fundamental research agendas that promise to define the future of computing and information. In planning Expeditions projects, investigators are encouraged to come together within or across departments or institutions to combine their creative talents in the identification of compelling, transformative research agendas that promise disruptive innovations in computer and information science and engineering for many years to come. Together with the Science and Technology Centers that CISE supports, Expeditions projects form the centerpiece of the directorate's center-scale award portfolio. With awards funded at levels that promote the formation of large research teams, CISE recognizes that concurrent research advances in multiple fields or sub-fields are often necessary to stimulate deep and enduring outcomes. The awards made in this program will complement research areas supported by other CISE programs, which target particular computer and information science and engineering fields. 

Additionally, CISE offers Innovation Transition (InTrans) awards for teams nearing the end of their Expeditions as well as Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) Frontier projects. The goal of InTrans is to continue the long-term vision and objectives of CISE's center-scale projects. Through InTrans awards, CISE will provide limited funds to match industry support. InTrans proposals can be submitted on a rolling basis beginning on April 25.
OtherNSFCISE
Other NSF: CISE Opportunities

National Science Foundation: Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (NSF: MPS)
National Science Foundation: Directorate for Engineering (NSF: ENG)

NSFeng_ERVA

FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Intent: June 30, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Intent: July 8, 2020
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Full Proposal: August 5, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposal: August 12, 2020
Award Amount:
NSF anticipates funding a single award for 5 years, subject to the availability of funds, with the funding for each year of the award in the range of $1,000,000 to $2,000,000, not to exceed $2,000,000 in any one year. Proposers are encouraged to take into consideration when developing their proposed budget that expenses necessary to effect and sustain the organization will likely increase from establishment through maintenance phases, consistent with an increasing scope of activities with time.
 
The National Science Foundation Directorate for Engineering (NSF/ENG) invites the engineering research community to establish an organization that will serve to identify and develop bold and societally impactful new engineering research directions and thereby catalyze the engineering research community's pursuit of innovative, high-impact research. Specifically, NSF/ENG calls on the engineering research community to establish an Engineering Research Visioning Alliance (ERVA) that ENG will support to facilitate the articulation of compelling research visions that align with national and global challenges. This organization will be charged with obtaining and integrating input from all stakeholders with interest in engineering research, including academia, industry, societies, government agencies and the public. A reciprocal goal of the organization will be to communicate coordinated information on nascent opportunities and priorities in engineering research to these stakeholders. It is anticipated that through its activities the ERVA will strengthen connectivity across these diverse stakeholders, and increase coordination among engineering disciplinary communities.

The ERVA should have membership/representation of academic, industrial and other stakeholders, and should be inclusive of all engineering disciplines. Through its proposed activities, the ERVA should provide the engineering community with a process for identifying future research challenges and enable the engineering research community to speak with a unified voice.

Please Note: This is a limited submission opportunity, and Harvard may submit only one proposal. Please contact Erin Hale at erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu if you are interested in applying.

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

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

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

Please Note:  A Research Concept Outline (RCO) must be submitted to  ENGUKRI@nsf.gov  at least 60 days prior to the submission of a full proposal. A proposal that is submitted without a previously approved RCO will be returned without review (RWR).
NSF:ENG
Other NSF: ENG Opportunities
National Science Foundation: Crosscutting and Interdisciplinary
NSFcross_sense
Multimodal Sensor Systems for Precision Health Enabled by Data Harnessing, Artificial Intelligence, and Learning (SenSE)
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 1, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: June 8, 2020
Award Amount:
up to $750,000 for three years
 
The National Science Foundation through its Divisions of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS); Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (CBET); Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI); Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS); and Mathematical Sciences (DMS) announces a solicitation on Multimodal Sensor Systems for Precision Health enabled by Data Harnessing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Learning. Next-generation multimodal sensor systems for precision health integrated with AI, machine learning (ML), and mathematical and statistical (MS) methods for learning can be envisioned for harnessing a large volume of diverse data in real time with high accuracy, sensitivity and selectivity, and for building predictive models to enable more precise diagnosis and individualized treatments. It is expected that these multimodal sensor systems will have the potential to identify with high confidence combinations of biomarkers, including kinematic and kinetic indicators associated with specific disease and disability. This focused solicitation seeks high-risk/high-return interdisciplinary research on novel concepts, innovative methodologies, theory, algorithms, and enabling technologies that will address the fundamental scientific issues and technological challenges associated with precision health.
 
NSFcross_siicenter
Spectrum Innovation Initiative: National Center for Wireless Spectrum Research (SII-Center)
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 5, 2020 (Planning Grant Proposals); not required for SII-Center Letters of Intent
Sponsor Deadline: June 12, 2020 (Planning Grant Proposals); February 1, 2021 (Letter of Intent: SII-Center Proposals)
Award Amount:
up to $300,000 for up to 12 months (Planning Grant Proposals); up to $5,000,000/year for 5 years (SII-Center Proposals)

The worldwide growth of wireless communication, navigation, and telemetry has provided immense societal benefits including mobile broadband data, Internet of Things (IoT), mobile healthcare, and intelligent transportation systems. These and other applications including 5G and beyond wireless systems call for innovations that can circumvent the challenges of radio spectrum scarcity and interference and foster the growth of ubiquitous, high speed, low latency connectivity. Commercial applications like the above must operate in harmony with scientific uses such as research on radio astronomy, Earth and atmospheric sciences, and must not inhibit weather prediction, polar research, and other nationally vital activities, all of which are dependent upon access to the radio spectrum. The National Science Foundation (NSF) continues to support wireless spectrum research and the scientific uses of the electromagnetic spectrum through multiple programs that enable fast, accurate, dynamic coordination and usage of our limited spectrum resource. These programs have created an opportune ground to build and create a large center-based ecosystem for spectrum research, which is the target of this SII-Center program.

Two types of proposals are solicited under this program:
  • SII-Center Planning Grant Proposals: 12-month Planning Grant proposals to develop networking and collaborations among potential partners to conduct research addressing spectrum-related open questions. Such proposals should foster partnerships across academia, industry, government, and non-profits, and describe the initial organizational structure of a future successful SII-Center; and
  • SII-Center Proposals: 5-year Center proposals that leverage partnerships across a wide-array of stakeholders to act as a national resource addressing far-reaching spectrum research, innovation, and workforce development challenges.
The focus of a spectrum research SII-Center must go beyond 5G, IoT, and other existing or forthcoming systems and technologies and chart out a trajectory to ensure United States leadership in future wireless technologies, systems, and applications in science and engineering through the efficient use and sharing of the radio spectrum. The SII-Center should also seek to foster scientific and technical collaboration and grow the spectrum workforce. The establishment of an SII-Center will have a transformational impact on wireless spectrum research by serving as a connecting point for the biggest and most challenging questions in spectrum management that the nation is facing.
NSFcross_civic
Civic Innovation Challenge: Planning Grants
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 24, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: July 1, 2020
Award Amount: up to $50,000 for 4 months

The Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC) is a research and action competition in the Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) domain designed to build a more cohesive research-to-innovation pipeline and foster a collaborative spirit. Building on the NSF S&CC program and the extensive S&CC ecosystem, CIVIC aims to accelerate the impact of S&CC research, and deepen cooperation and information sharing across sectors and regions. CIVIC will lay a foundation for a broader and more fluid exchange of research interests and civic priorities that will create new instances of collaboration and introduce new areas of technical and social scientific discovery. CIVIC will fund projects that can produce significant community impact within 12 months (following a four-month planning phase) - in contrast to many community-university partnerships that take years to provide tangible benefits to communities - and have the potential for lasting impact beyond the period of the CIVIC award.

CIVIC introduces several unique features that differentiate it from the NSF S&CC program: (1) CIVIC flips the community-university dynamic, asking  communities to identify civic priorities ripe for innovation and then to partner with researchers to address those priorities; (2) CIVIC focuses on research that is ready for piloting in and with communities on a short timescale, where real-world impact can be evaluated within 12 months; (3) CIVIC requires the inclusion of civic partners in the core project team, to emphasize civic engagement; and (4) CIVIC organizes and fosters "communities of practice" around high-need problem areas that allow for meaningful knowledge sharing and cross-site collaboration during both pre-development and piloting. For purposes of clarity, civic partners may include local, state, or tribal government officials; non-profit representatives; community organizers or advocates; community service providers; and/or others working to improve their communities. CIVIC is organized as a two-stage competition with two tracks centered around the following topic areas:
  • Track A. Communities and Mobility: Offering Better Mobility Options to Solve the Spatial Mismatch Between Housing Affordability and Jobs; and
  • Track B. Resilience to Natural Disasters: Equipping Communities for Greater Preparedness and Resilience to Natural Disasters.

In the first stage (Stage 1), up to 12 awards per track will be made for Planning Grants - each with a budget of up to $50,000 for four months to undertake pre-development activities, including solidifying the team, maturing the project plans, and preparing to submit a well-developed full proposal for Stage 2. Only awardees of Stage 1 will be eligible to submit proposals for Stage 2. In the second stage (Stage 2), up to four teams per track will be selected from Stage 1 award recipients to receive a full award- each with a budget of up to $1,000,000 for up to 12 months to execute and evaluate their research-centered pilot projects.

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Disrupting Operations of Illicit Supply Networks (D-ISN)
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 24, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: July 1, 2020
Award Amount: up to $1M over up to 5 years (Track I: Research Grants); up to $250,000 over up to 24 months (Track II: Planning Grants)

This solicitation supports fundamental research to enable transformative change in our ability to detect, disrupt and disable illicit supply networks that traffic in persons, and tangible and virtual goods. These transformations will require well-coordinated, multi-disciplinary approaches that complement long-standing law-enforcement, victim-centric and trafficking domain-focused research efforts with fundamental, innovative, and high-risk research that draws from multiple domains of engineering, computer and information science, and the social, behavioral and economic sciences. Trafficking networks comprise complex, interconnected collections of entities, sometimes under centralized control but with decentralized information sharing. Research proposals should take a holistic, system-focused approach to understanding the operations and dynamics of illicit supply networks, including such issues as mapping illicit supply chains, characterizing their elements and their use of communications, transportation, financial infrastructures; understanding geospatial data patterns and networks of transactions that provide actionable insight into their activity; understanding how illicit production co-mingles with legal production in commercial supply chains and the underlying value chain that creates wealth through illicit activities; and how individuals are incentivized and/or exploited to participate in these activities. Major goals of NSF's D-ISN include:
  • Improve understanding of the operations of illicit supply networks and strengthen the ability to detect, disrupt, and dismantle them. 
  • Enhance research communities that effectively integrate operational, computational, social, cultural and economic expertise to provide methods and strategies to combat this complex and elusive global security challenge.
  • Catalyze game-changing technological innovations that can improve discovery and traceability of illicitly sourced products and illicitly sourced labor inputs to products.
  • Provide research outcomes that inform U.S. national security, law enforcement and economic development needs and policies.

This solicitation is the first of what is envisioned to be a three-year program to support the research needed to inform the economy, security, and resilience of the Nation and the world in responding to the global threat posed by illicit supply networks. The solicitation calls for fundamental research across engineering, computer and information science, and social science with two proposal submission tracks. Track 1 research proposals should address at least one or more of the five focus domain areas listed below. 
  • Human trafficking, including sex and labor trafficking, and specific agricultural, manufacturing and other supply chains known to use labor exploitation.
  • Illicit drug trafficking, including natural and synthetic opioids.
  • Natural resources trafficking, including wildlife, minerals, fishing, logging.
  • Counterfeit and pirated goods trafficking, including falsified pharmaceuticals and safety-critical products.
  • Trafficking in virtual products, e.g. credit cards, online identities.
Under Track 2, D-ISN calls for proposals for planning grants to support activities leading to convergence research team formation and capacity-building within the research communities interested in addressing larger-scope challenges in the future.

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Navigating the New Arctic Community Office (NNA-CO)
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: July 2, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: July 10, 2020 (Updated Deadline)
Award Amount:  NSF anticipates funding for 5 years, with the funding for each year of any award determined by the scope of the proposal selected and availability of funds. A budget of approximately $500,000 per year is anticipated for the proposed community office to provide the suite of required duties described in this solicitation. Budgets above this amount may be considered if the additional duties proposed provide substantial, innovative, and/or creative enhancements for NNA coordination.
 
NSF invites proposals to establish a Navigating the New Arctic Community Office (NNA-CO). Launched in 2016, NNA has been building a growing portfolio of research and planning grants at the intersection of the built, social, and natural environments to improve understanding of Arctic change and its local and global effects. Each NNA-funded project is responsible for its own performance, including its core research and broader impacts. However, an NNA community office is required to coordinate the activities of funded NNA projects; engage new PIs; and promote research, education, and outreach activities. The NNA-CO will also provide centralized representation of ongoing NNA activities to the broader scientific community and the public. The lead PI of the successful NNA-CO proposal will serve as the Office Director and will work with the research community to develop and implement appropriate communication networks and support for investigators, stakeholders, and research teams pursuing NNA research. NNA research is inherently convergent, seeking new knowledge at the intersection of the natural, built, and social environments. NNA research also inherently involves diverse stakeholders, from local to international. The NNA-CO will need to demonstrate the ability to work with these types of research teams and audiences.
 
Please Note: This is a limited submission opportunity, and Harvard may submit only one proposal. Please contact Erin Hale at erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu if you are interested in applying.

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FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: July 6, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: July 13, 2020
Award Amount: $750,000 - $1.25M over up to 3 years
 
NSF and Amazon are partnering to jointly support computational research focused on fairness in AI, with the goal of contributing to trustworthy AI systems that are readily accepted and deployed to tackle grand challenges facing society. Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to transparency, explainability, accountability, potential adverse biases and effects, mitigation strategies, algorithmic advances, fairness objectives, validation of fairness, and advances in broad accessibility and utility. Funded projects will enable broadened acceptance of AI systems, helping the U.S. further capitalize on the potential of AI technologies. Although Amazon provides partial funding for this program, it will not play a role in the selection of proposals for award.
 
Advancing AI is a highly interdisciplinary endeavor drawing on fields such as computer science, information science, engineering, statistics, mathematics, cognitive science, and psychology. As such, NSF and Amazon expect these varied perspectives to be critical for the study of fairness in AI. NSF's ability to bring together multiple scientific disciplines uniquely positions the agency in this collaboration, while building AI that is fair and unbiased is an important aspect of Amazon's AI initiatives. This program supports the conduct of fundamental computer science research into theories, techniques, and methodologies that go well beyond today's capabilities and are motivated by challenges and requirements in real systems.

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FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 3, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: August 10, 2020
Award Amount:
up to $1M per year for 3-5 years (Focused Hubs); up to $2M-$4M per year for up to 5 years (Large-Scale Hubs)
 
Scientific research into complex coastal systems and the interplay with coastal hazards is vital for predicting, responding to and mitigating threats in these regions. Understanding the risks associated with coastal hazards requires a holistic Earth Systems approach that integrates improved understanding of and, where possible, predictions about natural, social, and technological processes with efforts to increase the resilience of coastal systems. The Coastlines and People program supports diverse, innovative, multi-institution awards that are focused on critically important coastlines and people research that is integrated with broadening participation goals. The objective of this solicitation is to support Coastal Research Hubs, structured using a convergent science approach, at the nexus between coastal sustainability, human dimensions, and coastal processes to transform understanding of interactions among natural, human-built, and social systems in coastal, populated environments.
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Other NSF: Crosscutting and Interdisciplinary Opportunities
 

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