September 2017 

The FAS Research Development group publishes this monthly Funding Newsletter for SEAS faculty and researchers. The newsletter includes notable Federal, private, and internal Harvard funding opportunities. To provide feedback, please complete our two-question survey .  
 
Questions? 
Erin Hale:  erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu |  617-496-5252 
Jennifer Corby:  jcorby@fas.harvard.edu |  617-495-1590  
 
 
For more information on our support services, please visit our  website .

Did you know?
 Harvard affiliates have access to Pivot, a funding opportunity database
 
You are receiving  this  newsletter because you are subscribed to our mailing list. All Harvard University faculty and administrators may subscribe  here , and you may unsubscribe at any time. Visit our  email archive  to see our past newsletters. 
 

News, Announcements, & Special Features

 
Feature: New Investigator Opportunity Spotlight

Internal Funding Opportunity: Dean's Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship
The Dean's Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship is a targeted program that provides funding for FAS and SEAS faculty members in the following categories: bridge funding, seed funding, and enabling subventions. Learn more about this opportunity here.  

Internal Funding Opportunity: Radcliffe Institute Exploratory Seminars
Exploratory seminars provide funding to bring together scholars, practitioners, and artists from Harvard University and around the world to develop ideas and research across the disciplines. Seminars are usually one or two days in length and are held at the Radcliffe Institute with all logistical arrangements handled by Radcliffe staff. Learn more about this opportunity here

Internal Funding Opportunity: Harvard Climate Change Solutions Fund
Applications should propose research that will advance solutions to climate change and its impact. Solutions may include both preparedness and mitigation and strong consideration will be given to projects that demonstrate a clear pathway to application, as well as riskier proposals with the potential to be transformative over time. Learn more about this opportunity here.
 
Internal Funding Opportunity: Harvard Solar Geoengineering Research Program
Harvard's Solar Geoengineering Research Program (SGRP) aims to focus on advancing solar geoengineering science and technology; assessing efficiency and risks; and laying out governance options and social implications. Current available funding mechanisms are a residency program and Harvard faculty research grants. Learn more about these opportunities here

Funding Opportunities

Click on the links below to read a program synopsis


U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
 
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
 
Foundation Opportunities
Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA)
 
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
 
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
 
National Science Foundation: Dear Colleague Letters

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

Internal Opportunities
DeansFund
Deadline: October 11, 2017 by 5:00PM
Award Amount: Up to $50,000
Target Applicants: FAS and SEAS assistant, associate and tenured faculty. Professors-in-residence and Professors of the Practice are also eligible. 
 
The Dean's Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship is a targeted program that provides funding in the following categories:
  • Bridge funding, to allow faculty to continue work on previously funded research that does not currently have external funding. Faculty who apply in this category should demonstrate that efforts have been made or will be made to obtain new external funding.
  • Seed funding, to encourage faculty to pursue exciting new research directions that might not yet be ready to compete in traditional funding programs.
  • Enabling subventions, to provide small funds to purchase (or upgrade) critical equipment. 
Please apply only if your funding needs fit into one of these categories. For all categories, applicants should clearly explain in non-specialist language the critical need, make a compelling case for large marginal gain, and justify the need for support from this fund rather than traditional sources.

Climate_Change
Deadline: October 16, 2017
Award Amount:  Up to $150,000 over one or two years
Target applicants: Full-time assistant, associate, or full professors from any Harvard School may apply for an award. Students and postdoctoral scholars with an identified faculty mentor who will supervise their research are also eligible to apply.
 
The Harvard University Climate Change Solutions Fund supports research and policy initiatives intended to reduce the risks of climate change, hasten the transition from fossil fuel-based energy systems to those that rely on renewable energy sources, to develop methods for diminishing the impact of existing fossil fuel-based energy systems on the climate, to understand and prepare for the impacts of climate change, and to propel scientific, technological, legal, behavioral, policy and artistic innovations needed to accelerate progress toward cleaner energy, improved human health, and a greener world. Applications should propose research that will advance solutions to climate change and its impact. Solutions may include both preparedness and mitigation and strong consideration will be given to projects that demonstrate a clear pathway to application, as well as riskier proposals with the potential to be transformative over time.
Deadline: October 23, 2017
Award Amount: Up to $18,000 
Eligible Applicants: Ladder faculty members or current or former Radcliffe Institute fellows
 
Exploratory seminars provide funding to bring together scholars, practitioners, and artists from Harvard University and around the world to develop ideas and research across the disciplines. Seminars are usually one or two days in length and are held at the Radcliffe Institute with all logistical arrangements handled by Radcliffe staff. Applications are welcome from all academic fields.  

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

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

Residency Program:  This program will accept a small number of researchers focused on solar geoengineering to spend between 1 and 3 weeks at Harvard University, working directly with researchers at SGRP and other members of the Harvard community. The main purpose of this program is to enable visitors to work in collaboration with Harvard researchers and each other on discrete research projects. SGRP will cover the cost of travel and accommodations as well as per diem for meals.
 
Harvard Faculty Research Grants:  SGRP will provide direct research support for activities that cannot be effectively supported with individual students or fellows. That could involve multi-investigator collaborations, field or laboratory work in the sciences, or field or survey work in the social sciences.
 
U.S. Department of Defense
DARPA_ASTRAL
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
All-Signal Tactical Real-Time Analyzer (ASTRAL)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission

Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: September 5, 2017 for consideration in the initial round; proposals received after this deadline may be received and evaluated up to six months (180 days) from date of posting on FedBizOpps (which was July 20, 2017)
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. DARPA anticipates the ASTRAL program to have a single, 18 month phase.
 
DARPA is soliciting innovative proposals in the following technical areas: (1) development and demonstration of a hybrid analog/digital photonic/electronic processor demonstrating real-time nonlinear cyclostationary and convolutional processing and low-probability-of-intercept (LPI) signal processing gain over input EM signals filling a bandwidth of 1 to 10 GHz, and (2) identification of architectures and algorithms for military applications that are well-suited to real-time wideband hybrid analog/digital photonic/electronic implementation. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that develop and demonstrate a system for radiofrequency and optical electromagnetic (EM) signal environment surveillance, situational awareness and understanding, providing a factor of at least 1000x improvement over current signal awareness speed and spectrum coverage and suitable for mobile tactical operations.
 
DARPA seeks innovative proposals in the following Areas of Interest:
  • Technical Area 1 (TA1): Real-Time Wideband Photonic/Electronic Processor; and
  • Technical Area 2 (TA2): Flexible Photonic Processing Architectures and Algorithms.
The Government anticipates multiple awards under each TA.


Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
Boundary Layer Transition Experiment II (BOLT II)
OSP Deadline: September 23, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: September 30, 2017 
Award Amount: AFOSR anticipates not more than $1.787 million in total funding will be made available for a project of 1-3 years duration
 
The Air Force Research Laboratory's AF Office of Scientific Research seeks unclassified proposals for advanced research to provide advances in our understanding of the boundary layer transition physics and transition front evolution on a low-curvature concave surface with a swept leading edge at high Mach numbers. The principal tasks of this BAA are providing the Launch Vehicle System, securing the test range, and conducting the launch event for the Flight Geometry provided by the AFOSR Performers. Applicants must demonstrate competency in hypersonic aerodynamics and hypersonic flight test. Further, proposers should be recognized by their peer community for sound technical contributions to the field of experimental hypersonics. Only one award is anticipated.

DODDARPAHACCS
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Harnessing Autonomy for Countering Cyberadversary Systems (HACCS)
OSP Deadline: September 25, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: October 1, 2017
Award Amount: The level of funding for individual awards made under this solicitation has not been predetermined and will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds.
 
DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of automated techniques and software tools for neutralizing cyber-adversary infrastructure. The goal of the Harnessing Autonomy for Countering Cyber-adversary Systems (HACCS) program is to develop technologies for accurately identifying malicious cyber-adversary infiltrated networks, generating reliable software exploits for large numbers of known (n-day) vulnerabilities, and creating effective autonomous software agents that can be inserted in the compromised network via the n-day exploits to safely and reliably neutralize cyber-adversary software agents.
 
The program is divided into four TAs that will be working in parallel, starting at program kickoff, and will span three 16-month phases. TA1 performers will develop technologies for accurately finding and fingerprinting botnet infrastructure. TA2 performers will develop technologies for non-disruptive autonomous agent(s) insertion into botnet-conscripted or otherwise compromised networks. TA3 performers will focus on the generation of verifiably safe and reliable autonomous agent(s). TA4 performers will focus on system integration. DARPA anticipates multiple awards in TA1, TA2 and TA3; and a single award for TA4.
 
Proposers may only submit one proposal as lead institution to the HACCS program. Please contact Erin Hale in FAS Research Development at erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu if you are interested in submitting an application.
Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane Division
Time-Varying Nuclear Decay Parameters
OSP Deadline: September 29, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: October 6, 2017
Award Amount: Award level is estimated to be $80,000 for approximately 12 months.
 
Though the mechanisms for the observed time dependence in nuclear decay parameters are not well understood, the importance of this work is twofold: 1.) the ability to account for noise sources associated with microelectronics in radiation environments, 2.) the exploration of new physical mechanisms that could lead to new detection technologies with significant impacts to DoD applications. Crane is interested in funding research to explore the existence of physical mechanisms of nuclear decay modulation.
 
The Government may make multiple awards.
Department of the Army - Materiel Command
Silicon Carbide High-Voltage Power Switches
OSP Deadline: September 29, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: October 6, 2017
Award Amount: The total amount for all awards is anticipated to be approximately $2M per year for up to 3 years subject to available funds.
 
The U.S. Army Contracting Command - Aberdeen Proving Ground, Research Triangle Park Division, on behalf of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate (SEDD), is soliciting proposals for the High-Voltage Power Switches (HVPS) program under "2. MATERIALS RESEARCH (MR) CAMPAIGN, Topic L. Energy and Power, Sub-topic i. Wide Band-Gap Power Devices" of the ARL Core Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Basic and Applied Scientific Research. ARL is soliciting proposals under this Special Notice of the BAA for the performance of applied research focused on extending the state-of-the-art in the areas of SiC semiconductor switch design and fabrication, all for high-voltage (HV) applications. Proposals are solicited that show a path for increased current density (at high-efficiency), die size, switching frequency, and blocking voltage (>10 kV) for both low- and high-duty-cycle switches.
 
The Recipient(s) of the cooperative agreements will work collaboratively with scientists from ARL to further this SiC HVPS program. ARL will participate in the research and use its strong in-house technical expertise (including its Device Reliability Physics, Pulse Switches and Circuit teams) to jointly plan and execute the research program with each Recipient. ARL will also evaluate the fabricated power devices to Army-specific circuit stresses and analyzing the devices' electrical and physical response. These analyses and supporting data will be shared with the Recipient, and ways to augment the device design, process and or starting material to improve performance will be jointly determined.
 
Funding is currently available for up to three cooperative agreements related to the HVPS program for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018.
Department of the Army - Materiel Command
Silicon Carbide Advanced Packaging of Power Semiconductors II
OSP Deadline: September 29, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: October 6, 2017
Award Amount: The total amount for all awards is anticipated to be approximately $2.5M per year for up to 3 years subject to available funds.
 
The U.S. Army Contracting Command - Aberdeen Proving Ground, Research Triangle Park Division, on behalf of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate (SEDD) is soliciting proposals for the Advanced Packaging of Power Semiconductors (APPS) II program under: "3.) SCIENCES FOR MANEUVER (ScMVR) CAMPAIGN b.) KCI-ScMVR-2: Advanced, Electrical Power Technologies and Components iii.) Power Electronics Packaging" of the ARL Core Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Basic and Applied Scientific Research. ARL is soliciting proposals under this Special Notice of the BAA for the performance of applied research focused on extending the state-of-the-art in multi-die packaging of semiconductor devices for high-power applications. The aim of this Special Notice under the BAA is to address the current limitations of conventional packaging and support the recent advancements in silicon carbide (SiC) power device technology for military and commercial applications.
 
Joint proposals among industry, research, and/or academia are encouraged to meet the holistic and disruptive goals of this program. A Recipient of a cooperative agreement will work collaboratively with scientists from ARL to further the SiC APPS II program. ARL will participate in the research and use its strong in-house technical expertise to jointly plan and execute the research program with a Recipient.
 
Funding is currently available for up to four cooperative agreements related to the SiC APPS II program for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018.
 
DODONRSSBN 
Office of Naval Research (ONR)
SSBN Security Technology
OSP Deadline: October 6, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: October 16, 2017
Award Amount: approximately $400,000 per year
 
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Undersea Influence, Counter-USW Branch (N974B) of the Chief of Naval Operations' (CNO) Undersea Warfare Division (N97) are interested in receiving proposals focused on the identification of science and physics based signal detection technologies that, individually or as a system, can impact the security of the SSBN and submarines in general. Passive and active detection technologies with near term (0-5 years), mid-term (5-10 years) and far term (10-20 years) implications will be considered. As part of its effort to understand the impact of technology on submarine security and survivability, the SSBN Security Technology Program (SSTP) may entertain proposals focused on improving the understanding of the generation, radiation, propagation, scatter, and detection of a variety of signal types (acoustic, chemical, optical, electromagnetic, hydrodynamic and radiological) associated with a submarine's operation.
 
White Papers are required prior to submitting a Full Proposal. Full proposals will be subsequently encouraged from those Offerors whose proposed technologies have been identified as being of particular value to the Navy.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Radio Frequency Machine Learning Systems (RFMLS)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: October 10, 2017 for consideration in the initial round; proposals received after this deadline may be received and evaluated up to five months (150 days) from date of posting on FedBizOpps (which was August 11, 2017)
Award Amount:  Technical Area 1 and 2 awards are expected to have an approximate average award amount of $1.0-4.0M per year per award. Technical Area 3 awards may be made with an approximate average award amount of $1.0-1.5M per year per award.
 
The Microsystems Technology Office at DARPA seeks innovative proposals exploring the intersection between the RF spectrum domain and modern data-driven machine learning (such as Deep Learning). Such efforts may include tailoring existing machine learning approaches to handle the unique aspects of the RF spectrum modality or exploration into new architectures, learning algorithms, etc. better suited to this modality.
 
DARPA seeks innovative proposals in the following Technical Areas (TAs):
  • TA1: RF Forensics
  • TA2: Spectrum Awareness
  • TA3: RF System Integrator and Demonstrator
Multiple awards are anticipated in Technical Areas 1 and 2. One or more awards are anticipated in Technical Area 3.

ONRNOPPFY18
Office of Naval Research (ONR)
National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) 2018 Broad Agency Announcement
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Intent for In-situ Ocean Sensor
Research & Technology Development Topic Area (required): October 16, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals for CubeSat Sensors for Investigating Littoral Ocean & Atmosphere Dynamics and Improved & Routine Production, Stewardship  and Application of the Group for High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature (GHRSST) Data Topic Areas: October 16, 2017
Award Amount: $150,000/year for 2 years for CubeSat Sensors Topic Area; $300,000-$700,000/year for 3-5 years for GHRSST Data Topic Area; and Up to $500,000/year for 3 years for In-situ Ocean Sensor Topic Area
 
On behalf of the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP), the Office of Naval Research (ONR) solicits research proposals under this Broad Agency Announcement to promote the national goals of assuring national security, advancing economic development, protecting quality of life, and strengthening science education and communication by improving knowledge of the ocean. There are over twenty agencies participating in the NOPP. They are identified on the NOPP website: www.nopp.org . In this BAA, NOPP participants have identified three ocean research and technology topics of  mutual and emerging interest. Selected projects will be awarded and funded by individual agencies  after the NOPP office, ONR and panels of experts conduct an evaluation of the full proposals from  each topic.
 
The three Topic Areas are:
  • CubeSat Sensors for Investigating Littoral Ocean & Atmosphere Dynamics;
  • Improved & Routine Production, Stewardship and Application of the Group for High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature (GHRSST) Data; and
  • In-situ Ocean Sensor Research & Technology Development.
Team efforts are required. The teams must be comprised of at least two of the following three sectors: academia; industry; and government.
 
Up to $18.5 million over five years may be available for this solicitation.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Assured Autonomy
OSP Deadline: October 12, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: October 19, 2017
Award Amount: The level of funding for individual awards made under this solicitation has not been predetermined and will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. Project duration is expected to be 4 years.
 
The DARPA Information Innovation Office (I2O) is soliciting innovative research proposals to substantially improve the design, integration and verification/testing technology for continual assurance of autonomous learning-enabled cyber-physical systems to guarantee their safety and performance.
 
DARPA seeks innovative proposals in the following Technical Areas (TAs):
  • TA1: Design for Assurance requires foundational innovations in technologies for design and verification of Learning-Enabled, Cyber Physical Systems (LE-CPS).
  • TA2: Assurance Monitoring and Control requires breakthroughs in operation-time techniques for assured and safe operation of LE-CPS.
  • TA3: Dynamic Assurance integrates design time assurance with operation time assurance, and requires innovations in assurance case technologies to deliver a formal and quantitative measure of assurance that is dynamic and evolves with the system.
  • TA4: Integration and Experimentation Platform provides challenge problems for evaluation and demonstration of the assurance technologies developed in the program.
The Government anticipates multiple awards under each TA.
Department of the Army - U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA) Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Program (OPORP)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Pre-Applications (required): October 20, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for invited Full Proposals: January 8, 2018
Award Amount: The anticipated total costs budgeted for the entire period of performance (max. 3 years) for an FY17 OPORP Funding Level 1/New Investigator will not exceed $500,000. The anticipated total costs budgeted for the entire period of performance (max. 4 years) for an FY17 OPORP Funding Level 2 will not exceed $2.5M.
 
The FY17 OPORP Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Award (OPORA) challenges the scientific community to address which orthotic and prosthetic devices generate the best patient outcomes. Outcomes focused research is used to support evidence-based practice which guides providers in the optimization of care to Service members and Veterans with limb loss and/or limb impairment. It is expected that any research findings will also provide benefit to the general population. Applications involving multidisciplinary collaborations among academia, industry, the military Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and other Federal Government agencies are highly encouraged.
 
All applications must address at least one of the following FY17 OPORP Focus Areas:
  • Orthotic or Prosthetic Device Form: Analysis of variables related to currently available clinical options such as, but not limited to, device size, shape, material, and configuration.
  • Orthotic or Prosthetic Device Fit: Analysis of currently available clinical options that facilitate device fit-related characteristics such as comfort and usability through variables such as human-device interface and component connection.
  • Orthotic or Prosthetic Device Function: Analysis of the variables related to currently available clinical options such as device control, passive response, active/actuated response, power, sensors, overall performance with respect to activities of daily living and other real-world activities.
 
The FY17 OPORP OPORA offers funding for two Funding Levels. The following are generalized descriptions of the scope of research appropriate for each Funding Level:
  • Funding Level 1/New Investigator: This level is for new investigators only, and may support pilot research without preliminary data or research that is already supported by preliminary data and has the potential to make significant advancements toward clinical translation.
  • Funding Level 2: Research that is supported by preliminary data and has the potential to make significant advancements toward clinical translation.
The FY17 appropriation for this program is $10M.
Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC)
Naval Engineering Education Consortium (NEEC) Broad Agency Announcement for FY17
OSP Deadline: October 24, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: October 31, 2017
Award Amount: The funded amount and period of performance of each proposal selected for award may vary depending on the research area and the technical approach to be pursued by the offeror selected.
 
On behalf of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Warfare Centers, NSWC is soliciting research of interest in support of the NEEC. The topics of interest include:
  • Sensor fusion
  • Machine learning systems for wireless cyber environments
  • Emerging software development
  • Lasers as weapons in a marine environment
  • Analysis of mission engineering
  • Modeling and simulation research and development
  • Radar unitization in a marine environment
  • Railgun developmental research
  • Big Data analysis tool development
  • Artificial intelligence/autonomy research and development
  • Communications and processing for mobile distributed sensor and weapon networks
  • Multi-vehicle autonomy, sensing, and collaboration
  • Cyber and cyber-warfare research and development
  • Robotics for Navy Shipyard applications
The Government may make multiple awards.
Naval Supply Systems Command
Research Initiatives at The Naval Postgraduate School
OSP Deadline: October 24, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: October 31, 2017
Award Amount: The funding amount and period of performance of each selected proposal will vary depending on the research area and the technical approach pursued by the selected prospective Grantee.
 
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) is interested in receiving proposals for research initiatives that offer potential for advancement and improvement in the NPS core mission of graduate education and research. Readers should note that this is an announcement to declare NPS's solicitation in competitive funding of meritorious research initiatives across a spectrum of science and engineering, business, politics and public/foreign policy, operational and information sciences, and interdisciplinary disciplines that are in-line with the NPS' graduate education and research mission.
 
Additional information on the Naval Postgraduate School's graduate education and research mission is available at:
 
 
Prior to preparing proposals, potential Offerors are strongly encouraged to contact an NPS point of contact (POC) whose program and research efforts best match the Offeror's field of interest. The academic and research programs links above can be used to locate an appropriate POC by exploring the information provided about the faculty members in NPS' schools, research institutes, and interdisciplinary centers and research groups.

Research Associateship Programs
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadlines for Full Proposals: November 1, 2017; February 1, 2018; May 1, 2018; August 1, 2018
Award Amount: Awards include stipends (ranging from $42,000-$80,000), health insurance, professional travel and relocation. Award durations vary by program.
 
The National Research Council (NRC) administers competitive graduate, postdoctoral and senior research awards on behalf of 26 U.S. federal research agencies and affiliated institutions with facilities at over 100 locations throughout the U.S. and abroad. Awardees have the opportunity to conduct independent research in an area compatible with the interests of the sponsoring laboratory; devote full-time effort to research and publication; access the excellent and often unique facilities of the federal research enterprise; and collaborate with leading scientists and engineers at the sponsoring laboratories. Disciplines include Chemistry; Earth, Atmospheric and Space Sciences; Engineering, Applied Science, and Mathematics; Life Sciences; and Physics.
 
Find research opportunities that match your interests by exploring this website: www.nationalacademies.org/rap . Contact prospective Research Adviser(s) and host lab(s) to discuss your interests and then you may apply online using the WebRAP electronic application system. Prospective applicants should carefully read the details and eligibility of the program to which they are applying. Some laboratories have citizenship restrictions (open only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents), and some laboratories have Research Opportunities that are not open to senior applicants (more than 5 years beyond the Ph.D.). In addition, applicants should note application deadlines, as not all laboratories participate in all reviews.

DODMURI
Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Army Research Office (ARO) and Office of Naval Research (ONR)
Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Department of Defense Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI)
OSP Deadline: October 25, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2017
Award Amount: Typical annual funding per grant is in the $1.25M to $1.5M range for up to 5 years of support.
 
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. Those offices include 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 fields of the physical, engineering, environmental, and life sciences related to long-term national security needs. DoD's MURI program addresses high risk basic research and attempts to understand or achieve something that has never been done before. Detailed descriptions of topics of interest to AFOSR, ARO and ONR are listed in the program solicitation.
 
The total amount of funding for five years available for grants resulting from this MURI FOA is estimated to be approximately $170 million dollars pending out-year appropriations.

DoDExtraDev
Department of the Army - USAMRAA
US Special Operations Command Broad Agency Announcement for Extramural Biomedical Research and Development
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Pre-Proposals (required): Pre-proposals will be reviewed in three submission cycles. The remaining deadlines are: November 3, 2017 and April 14, 2018.
Award Amount: A budget should be commensurate with the nature and complexity of the proposed research.    
 
Special Operations Forces (SOF) medical personnel place a premium on medical equipment that is small, lightweight, ruggedized, modular, multi-use, and designed for operation in extreme environments. The equipment should be easy to use, require minimum maintenance, and have low power consumption. Drugs and biologics should not require refrigeration or other special handling. All materiel and related techniques should be simple and effective. Research projects may apply existing scientific and technical knowledge for which concept and/or patient care efficacy have already been demonstrated to meet SOF requirements. The following are SOF's Research Areas of Interest (RAIs):
 

1.     Medical Simulation and Training Technologies;

2.     Damage Control Resuscitation;

3.     Prolonged Field Care (PFC);

4.     Portable Lab Assays and Diagnostics;

5.     Force Health Protection and Environmental Medicine;

6.     Canine Medicine; and

7.     Human Operational Performance.

 
Research and development funded through this BAA are intended and expected to benefit and inform both military and civilian medical practice and knowledge. It is estimated that approximately $3 million is available for this BAA.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Active Social Engineering Defense (ASED)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Abstracts (highly encouraged): September 19, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: November 9, 2017
Award Amount: The level of funding for individual awards made under this solicitation has not been predetermined and will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. The program is divided into two phases (18 months and 30 months).
 
DARPA's Information Innovation Office (I2O) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of automated defense against social engineering attacks. The core technology to be developed in this program is the capability to automatically elicit information from a malicious adversary in order to identify, disrupt, and investigate social engineering attacks. ASED will do this by mediating communications between users and potential attackers with bots that actively detect attacks and coordinate investigations to discover the identity of the attacker.
 
The ASED program is divided into three technical areas:
1. Automated Detection of Social Engineering Attacks
2. Automated Investigation of Social Engineers
3. Scalable Evaluation Team
 
DARPA anticipates multiple awards under this solicitation. While proposers may submit proposals for all three technical areas, proposers selected for TA3 cannot be selected for any portion of the other two technical areas, whether as a prime, subcontractor, or in any other capacity from an organizational to an individual level.

DARPA_YFA
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Young Faculty Award (YFA)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Executive Summaries (strongly encouraged): October 2, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: December 4, 2017
Award Amount: Each award will include a 24-month base period (a maximum of $500,000) and a 12-month option period (a maximum of $500,000). The 12-month option period, referred to as the "Director's Fellowship," will be reserved for a limited number of awardees who demonstrate exceptional YFA project performance over the 24-month base period.
 
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (YFA) program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions and expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) and National Security challenges and needs. In particular, this YFA will provide high-impact funding to elite researchers early in their careers to develop innovative new research directions in the context of enabling transformative DoD capabilities. The long-term goal of the program is to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers in the research community who will focus a significant portion of their future careers on DoD and National Security issues. DARPA is particularly interested in identifying outstanding researchers who have previously not been performers on DARPA programs, but the program is open to all qualified applicants with innovative research ideas.
 
Participation is open to individuals who are U.S. Citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents, and Foreign Nationals. Proposers must be one of the following (excluding any personal leaves of absence) at a U.S.-based institution by the full proposal deadline:
  • current Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professors;
  • current Tenured faculty within 3 years of their Tenure date; or
  • an equivalent at a non-profit research institution within 12 years of the receipt of their Ph.D.
This Research Announcement solicits single principal investigator (PI) proposals for research and development in the following specific Technical Areas of interest:
  • Designing Ungameably Complex Games
  • Topological Photonics
  • Artificial Intelligence for Materials Discovery
  • Transformative Radiation Sensing
  • Engineered Interactions with the Energy of the Vacuum
  • Novel Methods for Nonsurgical Brain Interfaces
  • Self-forming Chronic Central Nervous System (CNS) Neural Interfaces
  • The Minimal Plant: Engineering Plants for Easy Biosynthetic Pathway Design with High Modularity
  • Antifouling Solutions for Large, Nonplanar Optical Surfaces
  • Replicating Cell-Cell Information Transfer
  • Programmable DNA Repair for Improved Genome Editing Outcomes
  • Efficient Integrated Nanophotonics
  • Adversarial Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Developing Intelligent Sensors for Fentanyl and Related Toxins
  • High Quality Atomic Traps and Waveguides
  • Wideband Efficiency in Millimeter Wave Power Amplifiers
  • Materials and Actuator Innovation for Small Scale Mobility and Manipulation
  • Reducing Software Attack Surface through Compiler-Rewriter Cooperation
  • Computational Models of the Spread of False or Misleading Information
  • Big Data Summarization
  • Decentralized Control of Networked Unmanned Autonomous Systems
  • REsilience through COmposable Logistics (RECOiL)
  • Wide Area Sensing Using the Internet of Things
  • Tactical Terrain Analysis
  • Thermostructural Sensitivity to Uncertainties
  • Swarm Intent Understanding
Multiple awards are anticipated.

AirForce_SummerFaculty
Air Force Research Laboratory
Summer Faculty Fellowships
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: December 5, 2017
Award Amount: The Fellowship provides a stipend and relocation allowance. Fellowships will range from 8 to 12 weeks.
 
The U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program offers hands-on exposure to Air Force research challenges through research residencies at participating Air Force research facilities for full-time science, mathematics, and engineering faculty at U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants' research interests must be in line with the interests and needs of the various Air Force Research Facilities. These include the nine Air Force Research Laboratory Directorates, Air Force Test Center, the United States Air Force Academy, and the Air Force Institute of Technology. Click here to learn more about the areas of interest to the various Air Force Research Facilities as well as to learn more about the areas of interest to the various Air Force Research Facilities and for contact information for each facility. Each research opportunity offered through the U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program has a research advisor (in some cases two research advisors) who direct all work involved with the project. To be eligible for an award, each application must be approved by the designated research advisor for that research opportunity and must be endorsed by the appropriate Air Force research facility.
 
Applicants to the U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program must be citizens of the United States. All appointments are subject to the participant's successful security investigation and approved access to unclassified government information systems. U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program faculty participants have the opportunity to bring a graduate student with them.
 
DODBAAs 
Other DoD Opportunities:

 
I f you are interested in DoD funding opportunities, please note:
The  Defense Innovation Marketplace  is a centralized source for Department of Defense science and technology (S&T) planning, acquisition resources, funding, and financial information. 
 
High-Energy-Density Laboratory Plasma Science
LOI Deadline: October 1, 2017
OSP Deadline: November 7, 2017          
Sponsor Deadline: November 15, 2017
Award Amount: $50,000-$500,000 per year for 2-3 years
 
The Fusion Energy Sciences program of the Office of Science (SC) and the Defense Program (DP) of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), both of the U.S. Department of Energy, jointly announce their interests in receiving grant applications for new awards and grant renewals for research in the SC-NNSA Joint Program in High-EnergyDensity (HED) laboratory plasmas. The specific areas of interest are:
  1. HED Hydrodynamics
  2. Radiation-Dominated Dynamics and Material Properties
  3. Magnetized HED Plasma Physics
  4. Nonlinear Optics of Plasmas and Laser-Plasma Interactions
  5. Relativistic HED Plasmas and Intense Beam Physics
  6. Warm Dense Matter
  7. High-Z, Multiply Ionized HED Atomic Physics
  8. Diagnostics for HED Laboratory Plasmas
Proposed research efforts can include experimental, theoretical, and/or computational science. Applications integrating experiments, theory, and simulation are encouraged.


DOE_FossilFuel

National Energy Technology Laboratory
Fossil Fuel Large-Scale Pilots: Phase I
OSP Deadline: October 12, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: October 19, 2017
Award Amount:$1,000,000 maximum for Phase I proposals. At least 20% non-Federal cost share of the total allowable costs must be provided.
 
This FOA seeks applications for projects to design, construct, and operate large-scale pilots of transformational coal technologies aimed at enabling step change improvements in coal powered system performance, efficiency, and cost of electricity. The FOA will be carried out in three phases, with a down-select between phases. Phase I, Feasibility, will be aimed at supporting recipients' efforts to secure team commitments, including host sites and recipient cost share for Phase II, update the preliminary cost estimate and schedule for design, construction, and operation, and complete an environmental information volume. Projects selected for Phase II, Design, will complete a Front End Engineering Design study, secure construction-operation cost share funding, and complete the National Environmental Policy Act process. Finally, at least two projects will be selected for Phase III, Construction-Operation, which will support construction and operation of the large-scale pilot facilities. Any recipients proceeding to Phase III will be required to utilize domestic coal and/or domestic coal-derived fuels in the operation period. Applicants to Phase I who plan to primarily use other fuel sources during operations will be judged non-responsive. While only detailed Phase I applications are being solicited at this time, information relating to preliminary plans to carry out Phases II and III will be required to assess the potential viability of the overall project.

DOE_EERE
U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Advanced Power Electronics Design for Solar Applications
Concept Paper Deadline: October 12, 2017
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: December 15, 2017
Award Amount: $500,000-$3,000,000; durations up to three years
 
This Funding Opportunity Announcement will fund research that can enable significant reductions in the lifetime costs of power electronics (PE) for solar photovoltaic (PV) energy that align with meeting the SunShot 2030 goals, and likewise enable versatile control functionalities to support grid integration of solar PV for enhanced grid services. Power electronics technology is fundamental for renewable energy systems, and especially for solar PV as the critical link between solar PV arrays and the electric grid.
 
In comparison to the state of the art, the SunShot Initiative seeks to fund early-stage solar PE research projects to enable the following objectives:
  1. Lower the lifetime cost of residential, commercial, and utility-scale solar PV inverter/converter solutions;
  2. Develop innovative modular, multi-purpose solar PV power electronics designs that offer enhanced services for improved lifetime value and lower grid integration costs.
An Informational Webinar will be held on Thursday, September 21, 1:00-2:00PM. Join the webinar here.

DOEOther
DOE Opportunities


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
EPAWildland
Wildland Fires Sensor Challenge
Harvard OSP Deadline: November 15, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: November 22, 2017
Prototype Submission Deadline: January
Award Amount: Up to $60,000
 
Six federal agencies have announced a Wildland Fire Sensors Challenge seeking an accurate, lower-cost, and low-maintenance air quality monitoring system that can be used during a wildfire or controlled fire. The data provided by the sensor system will help federal, state, local and tribal agencies protect the health of first responders and communities affected by the smoke. Developers are encouraged to submit a prototype sensor system that measures fine particulate matter (PM2.5), carbon monoxide (CO), ozone (O3) and carbon dioxide (CO2). The system should be capable of rapid deployment and continuous real-time monitoring of highly dynamic air pollution levels during a fire event. Developers should also aim for designs that are easy to use and self-powered; include location data; and wirelessly transmit data to a central data-receiving station.  

Foundation Opportunities
SimonsFoundation
Fellows Program in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
OSP Deadline: September 21, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: September 28, 2017
Award Amount: see details below
Eligible Applicants: Tenured faculty within the mathematics, physics or related department. Applied mathematics and statistics disciplines are eligible.  
 
The Simons Fellows programs in both Mathematics and Theoretical Physics provide funds to faculty for up to a semester long research leave from classroom teaching and administrative obligations. Such leaves can increase creativity and provide intellectual stimulation. The goal of the Simons Fellows Program is to make it easier to take such leaves, or to extend sabbatical leaves by an extra half year. Grants awarded will be restricted to sabbatical-eligible faculty who wish to use the grant for the purpose of extending a single term sabbatical leave to a full academic year.
 
Salary replacement for up to 50 percent (up to a maximum of $100,000) of the Fellow's current academic-year salary, whether normally paid over 9 or 12 months. Up to $10,000 will be provided for expenses related to the leave in mathematics and up to $25,000 will be provided in theoretical physics. The award is administered through the Fellow's home institution, which will receive an additional 20 percent overhead on allowable expenses.  
 
Eligibility is restricted to sabbatical-eligible faculty who wish to use the fellowship award to extend at least a single-term research leave to a full academic year for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Google
Faculty Research Awards
Sponsor Deadline: September 30, 2017
Award Amount: Up to $150,000; most awards are funded at the amount needed to support one graduate student for one year
 
This program supports academic research in computer science, engineering, and related fields. Each funded project will be assigned a Google sponsor, who will discuss research directions, engage with professors and students, and enable interactions between the project team and Google. 
 
Faculty Research Awards are one-year awards structured as current-use unrestricted gifts (subject to a gift assessment at the local School rate) to support the research of world-class permanent faculty members at top universities around the world. Although Google states that Faculty Research Awards do not cover indirect costs, administrative costs, or overhead, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Google's University Relations group have reached an agreement that authorizes each School to assess gifts in line with university and school policies. For FAS and SEAS, the gift assessment fee on unrestricted current-use gift funds is 15%. This includes, at certain schools, the exemption of some classes of funds such as financial aid. 

Please direct any questions about the acceptance of Google Faculty Research Awards to Denise Gorayeb, Recording Secretary ( denise_gorayeb@harvard.edu ), or Jen Chow, Director of Foundation and Corporate Development, OVPR ( jennifer_chow@harvard.edu ). 


SimonsCollabs
Simons Collaborations in Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Sponsor LOI Deadline: October 3, 2017
OSP Deadline: February 21, 2018
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: February 28, 2018
Award Amount: 
Up to $2 million per year for an initial period of four years. After a review in year three, when the scientific impact of the collaboration has been evaluated, an extension of three additional years may be granted. 
 
The aim of the Simons Collaborations in MPS program is to stimulate progress on fundamental scientific questions of major importance in mathematics, theoretical physics and theoretical computer science. A Simons Collaboration in MPS should address a mathematical or theoretical topic of fundamental scientific importance, where a significant, new development creates a novel area for exploration or provides a new direction for progress in an established field. The questions addressed by the collaboration may be concrete or conceptual, but there should be little doubt that answering them would constitute a major scientific milestone. The project should have clearly defined initial activities and goals by which progress and success can be measured. The support from the foundation should be seen as critical for the objectives of the project.

CMC
Circular Materials Challenge: Recyclable Alternatives to Multi-Material Laminated Packaging Films
OSP Deadline: October 13, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: October 20, 2017
Award Amount: $200,000

The Circular Materials Challenge seeks to catalyse innovation, and help to advance the development of materials with the potential to become commercially viable, recyclable or compostable alternatives to the non-recyclable multi-material laminate films used in packaging today. The Challenge aims to stimulate the development of materials that could be captured and recycled or composted effectively, and at the same time have good enough properties to be used to package consumer products, such as food or personal care products. By identifying such materials this Challenge will bring us one step closer to creating a plastics system that works.
Regular Research Grants
OSP Deadline: November 14, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: November 21, 2017
Award Amount: $230,000 maximum for four years
 
The U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation promotes scientific relations between the U.S. and Israel by supporting collaborative research projects in a  wide area of basic and applied scientific fields, fo r peaceful and non-profit purposes. Applications to the program are made jointly by a US and an Israeli researcher(s) who would like to work together. No prior cooperation is required, but the synergy between the PIs must be evident. Applications must be submitted together by at least one scientist from each country, but not more than six in total.
Nomination Deadline: November 30, 2017
Award Amount: $500,000
 
The Lemelson-MIT Prize is awarded to outstanding mid-career inventors, who have developed a patented product or process of significant value to society, which has been adopted for practical use, or has a high probability of being adopted. The Lemelson-MIT Prize seeks to highlight the pivotal role inventive activity plays in the achievement of positive social, cultural and economic goals. The objectives of the Lemelson-MIT Prize are to:
  • recognize and reward America's outstanding mid-career inventors
  • celebrate individuals who enhance economic opportunity and community well-being through their inventive work and who have global perspective
  • increase awareness and foster the work of inventors and the potential for commercialization and wider adoption of their inventions
  • promote role models who can inspire young people to pursue creative lives and careers
Candidates for the Lemelson-MIT Prize must:
  • be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • be mid-career, which is defined as having received their bachelor's degree no more than twenty-five years ago. A nominee for the 2018 Lemelson-MIT Prize must have received their bachelor's degree in 1993 or later.
  • be the primary inventor of two or more granted U.S. patents, one of which is a product or process that has been commercialized or has potential or realized adoption
  • serve as an inspiration to young people, through their creativity, outreach or mentoring activities
Candidates may be individuals or two collaborating inventors, and they must be nominated by one of their peers.

IARPA
IARPAIthildin
Ithildin Program
OSP Deadline: 5 business days in advance of submission
Proposal Due Date for Initial Round of Selections: October 6, 2017
BAA Closing Date: December 6, 2017
Award Amount: The amount of resources made available under this BAA shall depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds.
 
The Ithildin program intends to develop novel sorbent materials for chemical sampling and storage. The focus of the program will be to provide enhanced sorbent capabilities at the molecular, nanoscale and mesoscale level, independent of the sampler design. Enhanced capabilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Preferential adsorption of target chemicals or chemical classes or interest, while retaining the capability to collect broad-spectrum background
  • Preferential rejection of high-abundance clutter materials, such as water or hydrocarbons
  • Capability to activate/deactivate the sorbent material based on mechanical, physical or temporal triggers
  • A remotely detectable signature indicative of adsorption of a specific target or target class
Collaborative efforts and teaming among potential performers will be encouraged. It is anticipated that teams will be multidisciplinary, and might include expertise in adsorbant chemistry, preconcentrators, polymer chemistry, encapsulation, nanotechnology, micro-engineered materials, spin coating, coextrusion, fluid bed coating, spray drying, coacervation, sol-gel methods, phase separations, liposomes, protein binding pockets, protein kinetics, pharmaceutical delivery mechanisms, mass spectrometry, ion mobility spectroscopy, and chromatography. Sampler development will not be funded as part of the Ithildin program.


IARPA_Counterfactuals 
Intelligence Advanced Projects Agency (IARPA)
Proposers Day Notification for Forecasting Counterfactuals in Uncontrolled Settings (FOCUS) Registration Deadline: October 13, 2017
Proposors' Day: October 19, 2017

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) will host a Proposers' Day Conference for the FOCUS program on October 19, 2017 in anticipation of the release of a new solicitation. The Conference will be held from 9 AM to 3 PM EDT/EST in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The purpose of the conference will be to provide information on FOCUS and the research problems the program aims to address, to address questions from potential proposers, and to provide a forum for potential proposers to present their capabilities for teaming opportunities. This announcement serves as a pre-solicitation notice and is issued solely for information and planning purposes. The Proposers' Day Conference does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals or proposal abstracts. Conference attendance is voluntary and is not required to propose to future solicitations (if any) associated with this program.
 
The FOCUS program seeks to develop and empirically evaluate systematic approaches to counterfactual forecasting. Counterfactual forecasts are statements about what would have happened if different circumstances had occurred. For example, a post mortem of an analysis failure may lead to a conclusion that analysts would have avoided the failure if they employed better tradecraft; perhaps by having double checked assumptions, perhaps by having considered a broader range of hypotheses, etc. Counterfactual forecasts about what would have worked in past circumstances are very often the basis for lessons learned for what to do in the future. And such lessons often evolve, over time, into best practices and tradecraft.
 
Although FOCUS will concentrate on analytic methods and tradecraft, the evidence-based lessons-learned approaches that will emerge from FOCUS should be applicable to any discipline or organization that routinely engages in formal lessons learned activities ranging from business case analyses, military hot washes, medical case studies, historical analyses, corporate knowledge management, transportation accident investigations, and a great many others. IARPA therefore encourages broad participation in this program reflecting a diversity of disciplines and perspectives.


IARPA_FELIX
Finding Engineering-Linked Indicators (FELIX)
OSP Deadline: Five business days in advance of submission
Proposal Due Date for Initial Round of Selections: October 16, 2017
BAA Closing Date: January 15, 2018
 
The Finding Engineering-Linked Indicators (FELIX) program seeks to develop new experimental and computational tools to detect engineered biological systems. The development of new biotechnologies is enabling the ability to engineer a diversity of biological systems, with potential benefits ranging from new vaccines and therapeutics to novel materials and improved agriculture. Of particular note are genome editing tools that are commonly used worldwide for a range of significant research and development efforts. These technologies have made biological engineering more accessible, more convenient, and less expensive. At the same time, these beneficial biotechnologies could result in the accidental or deliberate misuse of biological systems with unforeseen or uncontrolled consequences that may have adverse health, economic, or national security implications. The FELIX program aims to develop new tools and approaches to improve and augment detection capabilities to expedite appropriate responses to the presence of engineered organisms.

IARPA_other
Other IARPA Opportunities
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Human Exploration Research Opportunities (HERO)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Step-1 Proposals in response to Appendices A and B (required): September 19, 2017

Sponsor Deadline for invited Step-2 Proposals: November 28, 2017
Award Amount: Awards generally range from under $100K per year for focused, limited efforts (e.g., data analysis) to $1M per year for extensive activities (e.g., development of scientific hardware). The period of performance for an award can range from one to five years.
 
This NASA Research Announcement (NRA) solicits applied research in support of NASA's Human Research Program (HRP). The research will fall into one or more categories corresponding to HRP's five Elements: Space Radiation, Human Health Countermeasures, Exploration Medical Capability, Human Factors and Behavioral Performance, and International Space Station Medical Projects. This NRA covers all aspects of research to provide human health and performance countermeasures, knowledge, technologies, and tools to enable safe, reliable, and productive human space exploration.
 
Details of the solicited research opportunities are given in the HERO appendices of this NRA, and it is anticipated that several response area appendices will be issued throughout the year as needed. All appendices will use a two-step solicitation process requiring that a compliant and relevant Step-1 proposal be submitted in order to be considered to be invited to submit a Step-2 proposal.
 
This NRA solicits proposals in response to the topic areas described in the following research
opportunity appendices:
 
* Appendix A: NASA Research and Technology Development to Support Crew Health and Performance in Space Exploration Missions - Flagship proposals are solicited that address specific research emphases of the Space Radiation Element. Please note that a maximum of $200,000 (total cost) for up to two years is available.
* Appendix B: NASA Human Research Program Omnibus Opportunity - Proposals are solicited that address any of the risks listed in the Integrated Research Plan. In addition, basic investigations are solicited from new proposers that have not received HRP funding in the past. Grants issued in response to this Omnibus opportunity are expected to last one year and cost no more than $100,000 total per award.
ROSBio Appendix C: Solicitation of Proposals for Possible Inclusion in a Russian Bion-M2 Mission
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Pre-Proposals: September 21, 2017
Award Amount: TBD - Award amount and maximum duration will be announced when full proposals are invited.
 
In 2020 or 2021, the Federal Space Agency of Russia (Roscosmos) and the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) will launch a second unmanned biosatellite in the Bion-M series. The goal of Bion missions, begun in 1973, is to investigate how the space environment affects living organisms, with emphasis on physiological changes in primates and rodents, gravitational biology using a wide variety of specimens, and radiation biology. Understanding and knowledge of how life is affected by spaceflight facilitates development of countermeasures against adverse consequences to health and performance in human space exploration. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) participation in the Bion-M2 mission will continue a 30-year history of collaborative research between NASA and the Russian Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP), Moscow. NASA's Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications Division (SLPSRAD) has been invited to propose candidate experiments from U.S. investigators for possible inclusion in the Bion-M2 mission. The purpose of this Space Biology NASA Research Announcement (NRA) is to request proposals for flight investigations that fit within the IBMP flight experiment designs using mice, cell culture, invertebrate animals, plants, algae, and microorganisms. For this Appendix, NASA Space Biology will use a two-phase submission and review process. The first phase will require the submission and evaluation of a preliminary proposal, hereafter referred to as a pre-proposal. In the second phase, applicants whose pre-proposals satisfy the evaluation criteria will be invited to submit a full proposal which will undergo scientific merit and technical feasibility review.
 
Grants are anticipated to be funded in three phases, Phase 1 for definition of flight experiments, Phase 2 for a reduced amount between the time definition is completed and the experiment is manifested and flown, and Phase 3 with a suitable budget to support the flight component and any post-flight analyses.
 
NASACANDual 
Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) 2017 Dual Use Technology Development at NASA John C. Stennis Space Center
OSP Deadline: September 22, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: September 30, 2017
Award Amount: $25,000 - $75,000 for 12 months; matching details below
 
John C. Stennis Space Center (SSC) is the primary NASA rocket propulsion testing center. SSC tests items ranging from multi-engine stages to individual components of rocket engines. CAN supports identification and implementation of cost-sharing partnerships to develop technology to meet a specific NASA need at SSC.
 
SSC technology interests, include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Propulsion system test technology;
  • Autonomous & intelligent systems;
  • Advanced sensors & instruments;
  • Image & signal processing;
  • Energy harvesting;
  • Innovative components & materials;
  • Big data processing & analysis;
  • Systems engineering & optimization;
  • Computational modeling & simulation;
  • Decision support tools & systems.
Partners must contribute an equal value of resources to match the NASA funding for the project. Partner contributions may be cash, non-cash or both. 
Research Opportunities in Space Biology (ROSBio) Appendix D: Solicitation of Proposals to Conduct Research Using Microgravity Simulation Devices
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Notices of Intent (strongly encouraged): September 14, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: October 16, 2017
Award Amount: Total award budget is $300,000 (directs plus indirects) and award duration is a maximum of 3 years. No supplemental funds are available for NASA civil servant labor. All costs associated with hardware development are the responsibility of the PI.
 
This Research Announcement is an Appendix to the NASA Omnibus Research Announcement ROSBio-2016. This Appendix solicits proposals that will use microgravity simulation devices to test specific hypotheses regarding the effects of altered gravity on biological systems, including cells, tissues, microorganisms, plants, and whole organisms. Proposing investigators will have the option of using the Microgravity Simulation Support Laboratory (MSSL) at the Kennedy Space Center, or using microgravity simulation devices at other locations. Proposals must address Space Biology research emphases, visions, and goals identified in the ROSBio-2016 Omnibus NRA or in the Space Biology Science Plan 2016-2025, and/or recommendations from the Decadal Survey.
 
NASA intends to make up to five awards.


NASA_ROSBio_AppenE
Research Opportunities in Space Biology (ROSBio) Appendix E: Solicitation of Proposals to Conduct Research In Parabolic and Suborbital Flights
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Notices of Intent (strongly encouraged): September 14, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: October 16, 2017
Award Amount: Total award budget is $300,000 (directs plus indirects) and award duration is a maximum of 3 years. No supplemental funds are available for NASA civil servant labor. All costs associated with hardware development are the responsibility of the PI.
 
This Research Announcement is an Appendix to the NASA Omnibus Research Announcement ROSBio-2016. This Appendix solicits proposals for Space Biology research projects that will use parabolic and/or suborbital flights to assess how biological systems respond during transient changes in gravity. Investigators may propose to use existing flight hardware or custom-designed equipment to study a diverse group of biological systems including cells, tissues, microorganisms, plants, or animals. Proposals must address Space Biology research emphases, visions, and goals identified in the ROSBio-2016 Omnibus NRA or in the Space Biology Science Plan 2016-2025, and/or recommendations from the Decadal Survey.
 
The proposing investigator is responsible for making all arrangements for the procurement of parabolic or sub-orbital flight opportunities and ensuring the availability of the proposed flight platform.

Research Opportunities in Space Biology (ROSBio) Appendix F: Solicitation of Proposals to Conduct Research on Antarctic Balloon Flights
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Notices of Intent (strongly encouraged): September 14, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: October 16, 2017
Award Amount: Total award budget is $300,000 (directs plus indirects) and award duration is a maximum of 3 years. No supplemental funds are available for NASA civil servant labor. All costs associated with hardware development are the responsibility of the PI.
 
This Research Announcement is an Appendix to the NASA Omnibus Research Announcement ROSBio-2016. This Appendix solicits proposals for research experiments that will use balloon flights managed from NASA's Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility to investigate the effects of radiation exposures (that are similar to those encountered in deep space) on biological systems (cell culture, invertebrate animal models, plants, algae, and microorganisms). All proposed experiments will be secondary payloads and will piggyback upon primary payloads flown on balloon campaigns. Balloon flights for selected investigators will be arranged by the NASA Payload Development Team. Proposals must address Space Biology research emphases, visions, and goals identified in the ROSBio-2016 Omnibus NRA or in the Space Biology Science Plan 2016-2025, and/or recommendations from the Decadal Survey.
 
The durations of the balloon campaigns range in time from 1 to 16 weeks, therefore, each investigator must designate in his/her proposal the required duration of the balloon flight and the scientific rationale justifying that duration.
 
NASA intends to make up to five awards.
 
NASAUSRC 
University Student Research Challenge (USRC) - A Pilot Project
OSP Deadline: October 6, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: October 16, 2017
Award Amount: NASA's share of awards will not exceed the sum total of $70,000 in direct costs plus the institution's indirect costs. This program has a cost-share requirement through which NASA will match two dollars in direct costs for every crowdfunded dollar, up to a maximum of $35,000.
 
Through this solicitation the Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program (TACP) seeks to develop novel concepts with the potential to create new capabilities in aeronautics by stimulating aeronautics research in the student community. TACP will provide students, from accredited U.S. colleges or universities, with grants for aeronautics projects that also raise cost sharing funds using crowdfunding platforms. Projects that are successfully crowdfunded will necessarily engage the general public. This use of crowdfunding is being piloted to excite and bring in non-traditional communities in relationship with ARMD.
 
This challenge, which is being run as a pilot project, seeks students who have an aeronautics-related project idea and have the passion to develop that idea. The project must be relevant to the aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) Strategic Implementation Plan and address one of ARMD's six strategic thrusts as they affect aviation:
 
1. Safe, Efficient Growth in Global Operations;
2. Innovation in Commercial Supersonic Aircraft;
3. Ultra-Efficient Commercial Vehicles;
4. Transition to Low-Carbon Propulsion;
5. Real-Time System-Wide Safety Assurance; and
6. Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation.
 
The solicitation goal can be accomplished through project ideas such as advancing the design, developing technology or capabilities in support of aviation, by demonstrating a novel concept, or enabling advancement of aeronautics-related technologies.
 
If proposal is selected by NASA, students are notified that they may proceed with crowdfunding. If crowdfunding is fully successful (the team receives 100% or more of the proposed cost share amount), then student submits proof to NASA and the student's institution of higher education is awarded the NASA grant. The NASA grants will have a one-year period of performance. NASA will consider around 6 awards in this pilot project.
 

NASAJohnsonSpace
Johnson Space Center:  Research Opportunities for ISS Utilization
Exploration Technology Demonstration and National Lab Utilization Enhancements
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to sponsor deadline
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (recommended): Rolling through October 31, 2019 (see solicitation for schedule of review cycles)
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: Rolling through December 31, 2019 (see solicitation for schedule of review cycles)
Award Amount: Details below
 
This announcement is for the development of experiment hardware with enhanced capabilities; modification of existing hardware to enable increased efficiencies (crew time, power, etc.);  development of tools that allow analyses of samples and specimens on orbit; enhanced ISS infrastructure capabilities (ex. communications or data processing); and specific technology demonstration projects. Submission of a white paper is recommended in advance of a full proposal.
 
Within the NASA International Space Station (ISS) Research Integration Office, the Technology and Science Research Office (TSRO) and Commercial Space Utilization Office (CSUO) act as "gateways" to the ISS. The Technology and Science Research Office serves as the gateway for NASA-funded technology demonstrations. The Commercial Space Utilization Office serves as the gateway for non-NASA government-funded investigations, as well as non-profit or commercially-funded investigations.
 
Proposed technology demonstrations submitted to TSRO should address at least one of the technology areas mentioned in the ISS Technology Demonstration Plans . In addition, NASA seeks technology demonstrations related to the following thrust areas: Space Suit CO2 Sensor anExperiment Housing for Space Biology Pathfinder Research on Orion EM-1(please note that submissions for this second Thrust Area do not fit into a standard NRA Cycle. Full proposals shall be turned in no later than August 31, 2017).
 
NASA also seeks technological concepts via CSUO related to the National Lab Thrust Areas and to expand the onboard research and analytical capabilities. The general thrust areas are:
  • Innovative uses of the ISS or ISS hardware that leverage existing capabilities to stimulate both utilization of the ISS and economic development in the U.S.
  • Other improvements to existing ISS capabilities, including but not limited to infrastructure, in situ analytical tools, and communication/data transmittal, to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the technology demonstrations and science investigations performed on the ISS.
  • Unique partnering arrangements that leverage NASA's existing capabilities but increase the commercial participation in research and on board services. 
Funds are not currently available for awards under this NASA Research Announcement (NRA). The Government's ability to make award(s) is contingent upon the availability of appropriated funds from which payment can be made and the receipt of proposals that NASA determines acceptable for award under this NRA. Successful proposals will have launch and integration costs covered by NASA. 

OtherNASA

Other NASA Opportunities
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

OtherNIHOpps
NIH Opportunities
National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation: Dear Colleague Letters
NSF_DC_Harvey
NSF Accepting Proposals Related to Hurricane Harvey
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: varies by mechanism; please see below

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

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

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


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

In order to successfully complete this evaluation and incorporate findings into current and future OAC programs, new project proposals to the SI2 program will not be accepted during the remainder of calendar year 2017. This decision impacts only proposals pursuant to the SSI new proposal deadline of September 19, 2017. Any proposals already submitted to this deadline should be withdrawn (or may be returned without review.) Active awards are not impacted. PIs are encouraged to monitor the SI2   program web page for information about new software-related funding opportunities later this fall.

  NSFDCCombustion
Removal of Deadlines for the Combustion and Fire Systems Program in the Division of Chemical, Biological, Environmental, and Transport Systems in the Directorate for Engineering
OSP Deadline: N/A
Sponsor Deadline: N/A
Award Amount: N/A

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

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

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

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

NSFDCD3SC
 
Successful D3SC proposals will emphasize new information that can be obtained from better utilization of data (including data from multiple laboratories, techniques, and/or chemical systems), and how this can lead to new research directions. Proposals that foster and strengthen interactions among chemists (especially experimental chemists) and data scientists to advance research goals are strongly encouraged. The most competitive proposals will provide detailed discussion of specific data-enabled approaches to be used, the significant chemical problem to be studied, new fundamental chemical knowledge to be gained, as well as the broader relevance of the proposed activities to other areas of chemical research. Proposal elements that consider error and uncertainty analysis, record and store appropriate metadata, and determine the robustness and reliability of data are encouraged. Examples of possible topics include (but are not limited to) using tools of data visualization, data mining, machine learning (including emerging approaches such as deep learning and active learning), or other data analysis approaches to: 
  • Accelerate the discovery of more efficient or selective catalysts; 
  • Advance the design of new chemical species and/or synthetic reactions, and forecast improved synthetic conditions; 
  • Map the mechanisms by which chemicals interact and transform, both covalently and noncovalently, and predict structure/property relations based on existing chemical datasets; 
  • Discover principles of multiscale organization underlying emergent chemical phenomena in macromolecular systems; 
  • Enable real-time feedback loops between chemical data collection and processing for rapid identification and correlation of key events during chemical measurements; 
  • Harness chemistry's rich, diverse but distributed datasets and identify novel ways of sharing and utilizing chemical data derived from multiple instruments, datatypes, and locations; 
  • Develop innovative approaches for integrating, correlating, and analyzing chemical simulation or measurement data to provide new chemical insights.

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

NSFDCNSFC
NSF/NSFC Joint Research on Environmental Sustainability Challenges
OSP Deadline: October 13, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: October 20, 2017
Award Amount: up to a total of $500K for four years for each U.S. team

The NSF Engineering and Geosciences Directorates (ENG and GEO) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Department of Engineering and Material Sciences (DEMS) and Department of Geosciences are partnering to encourage joint research by U.S. - China teams collaborating on fundamental research that addresses critical environmental sustainability challenges.

Among nations, the U.S. and China have the two largest economies on Earth and also have important engineering, technology, business and trade relationships with each other. Both nations face significant environmental sustainability challenges, for example in the food-energy-water (FEW) nexus, urban sustainability, global change, and manufacturing. Fundamental research is needed to provide the foundational knowledge for addressing these challenges.

This call is for research proposals from joint U.S.-China teams in the environmental sustainability themes of:
  • "Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS: U.S.-China)"
  • Quantitative and computational modeling of a FEW system; and  
  • Innovative human and technological solutions to critical FEW systems problems.
Every proposal must include the participation of researchers from at least one U.S. institution and at least one institution in China. 

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

NSFDCLAIM
Research on Integrated Photonics Utilizing AIM Photonics Capabilities
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: ECCS window from October 1, 2017 to November 1, 2017
Award Amount: Not specified

This DCL seeks to encourage innovative exploratory and translational research by academic faculty and small businesses in all aspects of integrated photonics that utilize the current silicon photonics capabilities resident in AIM Photonics.  Research projects utilizing the AIM Photonics fabrication process technologies via multi-project wafer runs should have an objective to bring a specific innovation to integrated photonics circuits and components or to demonstrate a new approach that uses integrated photonics as its differentiator. Examples of such challenges may include:
 
  • Research into new applications of PICs that have promise of breakthrough performance due to the use of an integrated photonic component;
  • New devices that are realizable within AIM Photonics standardized integrated silicon photonics process;
  • PIC implementations that have innovative contributions to advancements of photonics circuits (i.e., low power, greater bandwidths and dynamic ranges, better tolerances, new topologies, etc.);
  • Innovative design approaches and new models of integrated photonics devices/circuits;
  • Materials and attachment technologies for incorporating integrated photonics into novel packages.

NSFDCTransitiontoGrad
Improving and Supporting the Transition to Graduate School in the Mathematical Sciences
OSP Deadline: November 29, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: December 6, 2017
Award Amount: Varies by division

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


NSFDCLInternetThings
Encouraging Submission of Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) Proposals in Areas Related to the Internet of Things
OSP Deadline for Preliminary Proposal: October 11, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Preliminary Proposal: October 18, 2017
OSP Deadline for Full Proposal: December 13, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposal: December 20, 2017
Award Amount: See IUCRC details here.
 
This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) encourages collaborations between industry and academe in research related to IoT specifically and, more broadly, cyber-physical systems. The aim is to establish multi-university IUCRCs that, in collaboration with their industry partners, are capable of collectively addressing large-scale and cross-disciplinary challenges in the broad context of IoT. NSF therefore welcomes and encourages proposals in response to the IUCRC program solicitation,  NSF 17-516, in the areas outlined in this DCL. Potential areas of precompetitive research that are of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Mobile technologies and applications;
  • Healthcare and biomedical technologies;
  • Smart grids and energy management;
  • IoT Platforms, sensors, controls, and actuators;
  • Agriculture and farming-based applications;
  • Smart City/Community applications;
  • Transportation and traffic management systems;
  • Industrial and Manufacturing applications;
  • Metrics, measurements, and benchmarking;
  • Standards, practices, and policies (e.g., legal, regulatory); and
  • Trust, security, and privacy in IoT.

NSFDCIncludes
Announcement of an Effort to Expand the NSF INCLUDES National Network
OSP Deadline: November 3, 2017;  April  9, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: November 13, 2017; April 16, 2018
Award Amount: $300,000 for two years (EAGER); $250,000 for up to two years (Conference) 

Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) is a comprehensive effort to enhance U.S. leadership in science and engineering discovery and innovation by proactively seeking and effectively developing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent from all sectors and groups in our society. As one element of its multi-faceted approach to NSF INCLUDES, NSF is currently focusing on and identifying novel ways in which new and currently-funded NSF projects from across all NSF directorates can engage with the NSF INCLUDES National Network. We have called this process building "on-ramps" to the NSF INCLUDES National Network. To do this, we encourage the submission of funding requests for i) Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER), ii) Conferences and Workshops, and iii) Supplements to existing NSF-funded grants.

National Science Foundation: Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (NSF: CISE)
NSF_CISE_Petascale
Petascale Computing Resource Allocations
OSP Deadline: October 30, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: November 6, 2017
Award Amount: up to $15,000  

In 2013, a new NSF-funded petascale computing system, Blue Waters, was deployed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The goal of this project and system is to open up new possibilities in science and engineering by providing computational capability that makes it possible for investigators to tackle much larger and more complex research challenges across a wide spectrum of domains. The purpose of this solicitation is to invite research groups to submit requests for allocations of resources on the Blue Waters system. Proposers must show compelling science or engineering challenges that require petascale computing resources. Proposers must also be prepared to demonstrate that they have science or engineering research problems that require and can effectively exploit the petascale computing capabilities offered by Blue Waters. Proposals from or including junior researchers are encouraged, as one of the goals of this solicitation is to build a community capable of using petascale computing.

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

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

NSFCISECRI
CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI)
OSP Preliminary Proposal Deadline: October 26, 2017
Sponsor Preliminary Proposal Deadline: November 2, 2017
OSP Deadline: January 4, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: January 11, 2018
Award Amount: see details below

The CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) program drives discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines of the three participating CISE divisions by supporting the creation and enhancement of world-class research infrastructure that will support focused research agendas in computer and information science and engineering. This infrastructure will enable CISE researchers to advance the frontiers of CISE research. Further, through the CRI program, CISE seeks to ensure that individuals from a diverse range of academic institutions, including minority-serving and predominantly undergraduate institutions, have access to such infrastructure.

The CRI program supports two classes of awards:
  • Institutional Infrastructure (II) awards support the creation of new (II-NEW) CISE research infrastructure or the enhancement (II-EN) of existing CISE research infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities at the awardee and collaborating institutions.
  • Community Infrastructure (CI) awards support the planning (CI-P) for new CISE community research infrastructure, the creation of new (CI-NEW) CISE research infrastructure, the enhancement (CI-EN) of existing CISE infrastructure, or the sustainment (CI-SUSTAIN) of existing CISE community infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities for broad-based communities of CISE researchers that extend well beyond the awardee institutions. Each CI award may support the operation of such infrastructure, ensuring that the awardee institution(s) is (are) well positioned to provide a high quality of service to CISE community researchers expected to use the infrastructure to realize their research goals.
Twenty-five to 30 awards are expected, with up to 15 Institutional Infrastructure (II) awards and up to 15 Community Infrastructure (CI) awards in each competition. The majority of the II awards will be made in the $200,000 - $750,000 range, though a small number of II awards may be made in the $750,000 - $1,000,000 range. The majority of the CI awards will be made in the $500,000 - $1,000,000 range, though a very small number of CI awards may be made in the $1,000,000 - $2,000,000 range. The majority of the Community Infrastructure Planning (CI-P) awards will be made in the $50,000 - $100,000 range.
 
Please note:  A university or organization may submit no more than three Institutional Infrastructure (II) proposals per competition. There is no limit on Community Infrastructure (CI) proposals per competition. Please contact Erin Hale (erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu) if you are interested in submitting an Institutional Infrastructure proposal.

OtherNSFCISE
NSF: CISE Opportunities

National Science Foundation: Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (NSF: MPS)
NSFMPSDMR 
NSF: MPS
Division of Materials Research: Topical Materials Research Programs (DMR-TMRP) 
OSP Deadline: October 25, 2017 
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2017 
Award Amount: varies by project; see details
 
Research supported by the Division of Materials Research (DMR) focuses on advancing fundamental understanding of materials, materials discovery, design, synthesis, characterization, properties, and materials-related phenomena. DMR awards enable understanding of the electronic, atomic, and molecular structures, mechanisms, and processes that govern nanoscale to macroscale morphology and properties; manipulation and control of these properties; discovery of emerging phenomena of matter and materials; and creation of novel design, synthesis, and processing strategies that lead to new materials with unique characteristics. These discoveries and advancements transcend traditional scientific and engineering disciplines. The Division supports research and education activities in the United States through funding of individual investigators, teams, centers, facilities, and instrumentation. Projects supported by DMR are essential for the development of future technologies and industries that meet societal needs, as well preparation of the next generation of materials researchers.
 
This solicitation applies to the following six DMR Topical Materials Research Programs that fund research and educational projects by individual investigators or small groups: Biomaterials (BMAT), Condensed Matter Physics (CMP), Electronic and Photonic Materials (EPM), Metals and Metallic Nanostructures (MMN), Polymers (POL), and Solid-State and Materials Chemistry (SSMC).


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

The Division of Physics (PHY)  supports physics research and the preparation of future scientists in the nation's colleges and universities across a broad range of physics disciplines that span scales of space and time from the largest to the smallest and the oldest to the youngest. The Division is comprised of disciplinary programs covering experimental and theoretical research in the following major subfields of physics: Accelerator Science; Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics; Computational Physics; Elementary Particle Physics; Gravitational Physics; Integrative Activities in Physics; Nuclear Physics; Particle Astrophysics; Physics of Living Systems; Plasma Physics (supported under a separate solicitation); and Quantum Information Science. The deadlines for this program are as follows:

  • October 25, 2017 - Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics - Experiment & Theory; Elementary Particle Physics - Experiment; Gravitational Physics - Experiment & Theory; Integrative Activities in Physics; LIGO Research Support; Particle Astrophysics - Experiment; Physics of Living Systems
  • November 8, 2017 - Nuclear Physics - Experiment and Theory
  • December 7, 2017 - Elementary Particle Physics - Theory; Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology - Theory; Quantum Information Science
  • December 6, 2018 - Computational Physics
 
OtherNSFMPS 
Other NSF: MPS Opportunities  


OtherNSFDFE 
NSF: ENG Opportunities
National Science Foundation: Crosscutting and Interdisciplinary
NSFCIFrontier 
Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation 2018 (EFRI-2018)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission 
Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Intent (required): September 29, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Preliminary Proposals (required): October 25, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Invited Full Proposals: February 23, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $2M over 4 years. Up to 13 awards are anticipated.
 
The Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) program of the NSF Directorate for Engineering (ENG) serves a critical role in helping ENG focus on important emerging areas in a timely manner. EFRI seeks proposals with transformative ideas that represent an opportunity for a significant shift in fundamental engineering knowledge with a strong potential for long term impact on national needs or a grand challenge. This solicitation will be coordinated with the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). All EFRI projects are required to include a "Broadening Participation Plan."
 
For this solicitation, NSF will consider proposals that aim to investigate emerging frontiers in the following two research areas:
  • Chromatin and Epigenetic Engineering (CEE) - This topic represents an interdisciplinary research area that will result in development of new strategies for reversible regulation or engineering of the systems of gene expression to modulate the phenotype and function of a living organism.
  • Continuum, Compliant, and Configurable Soft Robotics Engineering (C3 SoRo) - 
    This topic supports interdisciplinary research to create an engineering science of soft robotics.             
  
NSFCIRET 
NSF: Crosscutting and Interdisciplinary
Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science
Sponsor Deadline: October 10, 2017 for RET Site Applications; RET Supplements may be requested at any time by holders of active ENG or CISE awards or in conjunction with the submission of a proposal for a new ENG or CISE award
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: The maximum total request for a Site is $600,000 for a duration of up to 3 years. Supplements are limited to a maximum of $10,000 per teacher and/or community college faculty for a duration of 1 year. The total anticipated funding in FY 2018, FY 2019 and FY 2020 for both Sites and Supplements is approximately $5,800,000 per year. 
 
This program supports active long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, Computer and Information Science, and Mathematics (STEM) in-service and pre-service teachers, full-time community college faculty, and university faculty and students to enhance the scientific disciplinary knowledge and capacity of the STEM teachers and/or community college faculty through participation in authentic summer research experiences with engineering and computer science faculty researchers. The research projects and experiences all revolve around a focused research area related to engineering and/or computer science that will provide a common cohort experience to the participating educators. The K-12 STEM teachers and/or full-time community college faculty also translate their research experiences and new scientific knowledge into their classroom activities and curricula. The university team will include faculty, graduate and undergraduate students as well as industrial advisors. Involvement of graduate students in support of academic-year classroom activities is particularly encouraged. Partnerships with inner city, rural or other high needs schools are especially encouraged, as is participation by underrepresented minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

This announcement features two mechanisms for support of in-service and pre-service K-12 STEM teachers and full-time community college faculty: (1) RET supplements to ongoing ENG and CISE awards and (2) new RET Site awards.  Please note that this is a limited submission opportunity and institutions may submit a maximum of three applications to host an RET Site. If you are interested in applying, please contact Erin Hale ( erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu) .
  
NSFCISaTC 
 
The SaTC program welcomes proposals that address cybersecurity and privacy, and draw on expertise in one or more of these areas: computing, communication and information sciences; engineering; economics; education; mathematics; statistics; and social and behavioral sciences. 

Proposals that advance the field of cybersecurity and privacy within a single discipline or interdisciplinary efforts that span multiple disciplines are both encouraged. Proposals may be submitted in one of the following three project size classes:
  • Small projects: up to $500,000 in total budget, with durations of up to three years;
  • Medium projects: $500,001 to $1,200,000 in total budget, with durations of up to four years;
  • Frontier projects: $5,000,000 to $10,000,000 in total budget, with durations of up to five years.

NSF_CC_BasicPlasma
 
NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering
OSP Deadline: October 13, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: October 20, 2017
Award Amount: $25,000 to $250,000 per year for a duration of up to three years   

NSF and the Department of Energy are continuing the joint Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering begun in FY1997 and renewed several times since. The goal of the initiative is to enhance basic plasma research and education in this broad, multidisciplinary field by coordinating efforts and combining resources of the two agencies. The current solicitation also encourages submission of proposals to perform basic plasma experiments at NSF and DOE supported user facilities, such as the Basic Plasma Science Facility at the University of California, Los Angeles and facilities located at DOE national laboratories, designed to serve the needs of the broader plasma community.
NSF Alan T. Waterman Award
Sponsor Deadline: October 23, 2017
Award Amount: $1,000,000 over a five-year period
 
The Alan T. Waterman Award is the highest honor awarded by the National Science Foundation and recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by the National Science Foundation. In addition to a medal, the awardee receives a grant of $1,000,000 over a five year period for scientific research or advanced study in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, social, or other sciences at the institution of the recipient's choice.
 
Recent Harvard recipients include Robert Wood (SEAS, 2012) and David Charbonneau (Astronomy, 2009).
 
Eligibility and Selection Criteria:
  • Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Candidates must be 40 years of age or younger OR no more than 10 years beyond receipt of their Ph.D. degree by December 31 of the year in which they are nominated.
  • Candidates should have demonstrated exceptional individual achievements in scientific or engineering research of sufficient quality to place them at the forefront of their peers.
  • Criteria include originality, innovation, and significant impact on their field
 
Nominations instructions:
  • Nomination packages consist of a nomination and four letters of reference submitted via FastLane: https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/honawards/
  • The names of four references are required for each nomination. References must be requested by the nominator and submitted by the established FastLane deadline.
  • The references cannot come from the nominee's home institution.
  • Reference letters should not exceed two pages.
Institutions may nominate an unlimited number of individuals. There are no restrictions on who may nominate but those planning to nominate SEAS faculty members are asked to notify the Office of the Dean at dean@seas.harvard.edu.
  
NSFCISemSys 
Semiconductor Synthetic Biology for Information Processing and Storage Technologies (SemiSynBio) 
OSP Deadline: October 23, 2017 
Sponsor Deadline: October 30, 2017 
Award Amount: up to $500,000 per year for three years
 
NSF has established a partnership with the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Global Research Collaboration (GRC) program and the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) to announce a solicitation on the "Semiconductor Synthetic Biology for Information Processing and Storage Technologies (SemiSynBio)". Future ultra-low-energy computing, storage and signal-processing systems can be built on principles derived from organic systems that are at the intersection of chemistry, biology, and engineering. New information technologies can be envisioned that are based on biological principles and that use biomaterials in the fabrication of devices and components; it is anticipated that these information technologies could enable stored data to be retained for more than 100 years and storage capacity to be 1,000 times greater than current capabilities. These could also facilitate compact computers that will operate with substantially lower power than today's computers. Research in support of these goals can have a significant impact on advanced information processing and storage technologies. This focused solicitation seeks high-risk/high-return interdisciplinary research on novel concepts and enabling technologies that will address the scientific issues and technological challenges associated with the underpinnings of synthetic biology integrated with semiconductor technology. This research will foster interactions among various disciplines including biology, engineering, physics, chemistry, materials science, computer science, and information science that will enable heretofore-unanticipated breakthroughs as well as meet educational goals.
NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub 
OSP Deadline: November 16, 2017 
Sponsor Deadline: November 27, 2017 
Award Amount: $10,500,000 over five years

The NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub will drive and support the work of the NSF INCLUDES National Network over the life-cycle of the initiative by: (a) promoting the NSF INCLUDES guiding vision and strategy; (b) developing a collaborative infrastructure to support the activities of the various entities partnering in the NSF INCLUDES National Network; (c) fostering progress among Network partners toward shared models, measurement practices, and evaluation criteria; (d) communicating the discoveries of and generating enthusiasm for the NSF INCLUDES National Network; and (e) advancing the expansion and scale of the NSF INCLUDES National Network by connecting expertise from multiple sectors and other private and public funders.

The three critical functions of the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub are summarized below:

  1. Communication and Networking: From the beginning the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub should direct efforts toward building the Network infrastructure by facilitating continuous communication and information updates, designing community activities, and fostering collaboration across all elements of the Network.
  2. Network Assistance and Reinforcement: As NSF INCLUDES Alliances and other organizations join the NSF INCLUDES National Network, the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub should focus attention on assistance and reinforcement activities including technical assistance, conducting research, and facilitating shared measurement and data analysis across the Network.
  3. Visibility and Expansion: The NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub should provide resources for efforts to focus on expansion and sustainability within the National Network, increase NSF INCLUDES visibility and communicate impact, while also serving as a repository for funding opportunities, research and knowledge generated by the NSF INCLUDES National Network and stakeholders.
Please Note : This is a limited submission opportunity. Harvard University may serve as the lead institution on only one NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub proposal, although it may serve as a collaborating partner on other proposals. Please contact Erin Hale (erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu) if you are interested in applying.
 
OtherNSFCross2 
Other NSF: Crosscutting and Interdisciplinary Opportunities

_________________________________________

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


Research Development | Research Administration Services | research.fas.harvard.edu