September 2018  
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News, Announcements, & Special Features

Feature: N ew Investigator Opportunity Spotlight
Quick links to early career opportunities in this month's newsletter.

News: DARPA Announces $2B "AI Next" Campaign

DARPA recently announced a multi-year investment of more than $2 billion in new and existing programs to develop the next wave of Artificial Intelligence technologies. DARPA is currently pursuing more than 20 programs that are exploring ways to advance the state-of-the-art in AI, pushing beyond second-wave machine learning techniques towards contextual reasoning capabilities. 
In addition, more than 60 active programs are applying AI in some capacity, from agents collaborating to share electromagnetic spectrum bandwidth to detecting and patching cyber vulnerabilities. Over the next 12 months, DARPA plans to issue multiple Broad Agency Announcements for new programs that advance the state of the art in AI. See announcement here

News:  Upcoming Deadline for DARPA Young Faculty Award

DARPA's Young Faculty Award (YFA) program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions and expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) and National Security challenges and needs. DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in specific areas of interest to DARPA's six technical offices: Biological Technologies Office (BTO), Defense Sciences Office (DSO), Information Innovation Office (I2O), Microsystems Technology Office (MTO), Strategic Technology Office (STO), and Tactical Technology Office (TTO). Learn more  here

News: Upcoming Deadline for MURI Program

Multidisciplinary University Initiative (MURI) efforts involve teams of researchers investigating high priority topics and opportunities that intersect more than one traditional technical discipline. For many military problems this multidisciplinary approach serves to stimulate innovations, accelerate research progress and expedite transition of results into applications. Please see here for more information on this opportunity. 

News: Upcoming Pre-Proposal Deadline for NSF Major Instrumentation Program (MRI)

The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program supports the acquisition or development of a multi-user research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. To be considered for a Harvard nomination, potential applicants from FAS and SEAS must first submit a pre-proposal. Learn more here

News: Announcing a Core Program within the Division of Computing and Communications Foundations

The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is notifying members of the research community about the addition of a core program, called Foundations of Emerging Technologies (FET), within its Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF).  Read more here

News: The NSF 2026 Idea Machine

The NSF 2026 Idea Machine is an opportunity for researchers, the public, and other interested stakeholders to contribute to NSF's mission to support basic research and enable new discoveries that drive the U.S. economy, enhance national security, and advance knowledge to sustain the country's global leadership in science and engineering. Participants can earn prizes and receive public recognition by suggesting the pressing research questions that need to be answered in the coming decade Read more here.

Funding Opportunities

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U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

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

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

Foundation Opportunities

Fellowships in Theoretical Physics
OSP Deadline: September 20, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: September 27, 2018
Award Amount: Salary replacement for up to 50 percent (up to a maximum of $100,000) of the Fellow's current academic-year salary and up to $25,000 for expenses related to the leave. The Fellow's home institution will receive an additional 20 percent overhead on allowable expenses.
The Simons Foundation's Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for the Simons Fellows in Theoretical Physics program, which is intended to make sabbatical leaves more productive by extending them to a full academic year. Awards will be based on the applicant's scientific accomplishments in the five-year period preceding the application and on the potential scientific impact of the work to be done during the leave period.
A Simons Fellow in Theoretical Physics must have a teaching or administrative tenured position at the same U.S. or Canadian college or university within the physics or related department at the time of application, throughout the course of the sabbatical and in the term following the leave. This must be the applicant's primary position. In addition, a Fellow must have an active current research program. Fellows cannot simultaneously hold a Simons Investigator award. Fellowships awards and sabbatical periods may begin no earlier than January 1, 2019, and no later than January 1, 2020. The award and the sabbatical must finish no later than December 31, 2020.

OSP Deadline: September 26, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: October 3, 2018
Award Amount: Each grant will fund salary and fringe benefits for an Imaging Scientist at the center, a modest travel and teaching budget, plus 15% indirect costs. The award period is three years plus an additional two years if the Imaging Program passes a review at year three.
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) seeks to support up to 10 Imaging Scientists who will work at the interface of biology, microscopy hardware, and imaging software at imaging centers across the United States. "Imaging Scientists" might be engineers, physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists, or biologists who have focused on technology development in either microscopy or data analysis fields. The primary goal of the program is to increase interactions between biologists and technology experts. The Imaging Scientists will have expertise in microscopy hardware and/or imaging software. A successful "Imaging Program" will employ an Imaging Scientist who: a) works collaboratively with experimental biologists on projects at the imaging center; b) participates in courses that disseminate advanced microscopy methods and analysis; c) trains students and postdocs in imaging technology; d) participates in a network of CZI Imaging Scientists to identify needs and drive advances in the imaging field; e) attends twice-yearly CZI scientific workshops and meetings in imaging and adjacent biomedical areas.

Collaborations in Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Sponsor LOI Deadline: October 3, 2018
OSP Deadline: February 8, 2019
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline (if invited): February 15, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $2,000,000 per year for an initial period of 4 years
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.

BSF Regular Program
OSP Deadline: November 13, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: November 20, 2018
Award  Amount : up to $230,000 for up to 4 years

The U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) promotes scientific relations between the U.S. and Israel by supporting collaborative research projects in a  wide area of basic and applied scientific fields , for peaceful and non-profit purposes. The regular research grants program is the main program of the BSF. Applications must be submitted together by at least one scientist from each country. In 2018, the following areas of research are eligible for submission: Atmospheric, Ocean & Earth Sciences; Chemistry; Computer Sciences; Economics; Energy Research; Environmental Research (Air, Water, and Soil); Materials Research; Mathematical Sciences; Physics; Psychology (except Psychobiology); and Sociology.

Internal Opportunities

OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: October 4, 2018 for individual applications in the natural sciences and mathematics
Award Amount: $77,500 for one year with additional funds for project expenses
The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program annually selects and supports 50 leading artists and scholars who have both exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishments. Scholars, scientists, and artists work on individual projects to generate new research, publications, art, and more. Fellows receive office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources at Harvard University during the fellowship year, which extends from early September 2019 through May 31, 2020.  
Applications in all academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts are encouraged, and there are a few areas of special interest:
  • Applications related to the broad theme of the human body, which is a one-year initiative across the programs of the Radcliffe Institute; 
  • Applications that involve the study of women, gender, and society, which is a commitment rooted in Radcliffe's unique history
  • Applications that draw on the resources of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, which is part of the Radcliffe Institute and one of the foremost archives on women's history; and
  • Applications for the Mellon-Schlesinger Fellowship, part of the broader Long 19th Amendment Project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

Dean's Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship*
Deadline: October 10, 2018 by 5:00PM
Award Amount: $50,000 maximum
Eligible 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:
  1. Bridge funding, to allow faculty to continue work on previously funded research, scholarship, or creative activity 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.
  2. Seed funding, to encourage faculty to launch exciting new scholarship or research directions that might not yet be ready to compete in traditional funding programs.
  3. Enabling subventions, to provide small funds to purchase (or upgrade) critical equipment. Applicants for such funds must have no existing startup funds on which they could draw for this purpose.
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. 

Deadline: October 15, 2018
Award Amount: up to $150,000

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. Proposals that demonstrate imaginative and promising collaboration among faculty and students across different parts of the University will receive special consideration, as will projects that propose using the university campus as a "living laboratory."

Deadline: October 22, 2018
Award Amount: $18,000 maximum
The Academic Ventures Exploratory Seminar Program provides funding to scholars, practitioners, and artists for collaboration in an interdisciplinary exploration of early-stage ideas. The program encourages intellectual risk taking as participants gather in an intensive seminar setting to explore new fields of research and inquiry. Funding is available to support one- to two-day, by-invitation-only seminars for 12-20 attendees. The lead applicant must be either a Harvard ladder (tenured or tenure-track) faculty member from any school or a former or current Radcliffe fellow; co-applicants may apply with lead applicants who meet eligibility requirements. For seminars to be held in 2019-2020, the theme of the human body is of special interest. Applications in all disciplines are welcome, however, regardless of whether they reflect a focus on the human body.

Deadline: October 26, 2018
Award Amount: $5,000-$60,000
The President's Innovation Fund for International Experiences provides seed funding to faculty members at any Harvard school, to support the development of creative and significant academic experiences abroad for Harvard College students. These grants seek to foster the participation of faculty at all Harvard schools (including graduate and professional), departments, centers, and other academic units in expanding international opportunities for Harvard undergraduates. This may mean developing experience-based courses for students overseas, including courses prior to and/or following their international experience; involving undergraduates in an ongoing overseas project sponsored by a Harvard graduate or professional school, department, center, or other academic unit; or other innovative projects.

Residency Program and Harvard Faculty Research Grants 
Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: Varies by award type
Harvard's Solar Geoengineering Research Program (SGRP) aims to focus on advancing solar geoengineering science and technology; assessing efficiency and risks; and laying out governance options and social implications. The following funding mechanisms are currently available: 
Residency Program:  This program will accept a small number of researchers focused on solar geoengineering to spend between 1 and 3 weeks at Harvard University, working directly with researchers at SGRP and other members of the Harvard community. The main purpose of this program is to enable visitors to work in collaboration with Harvard researchers and each other on discrete research projects. SGRP will cover the cost of travel and accommodations as well as per diem for meals.
Harvard Faculty Research Grants:  SGRP will provide direct support for research activities that cannot be fulfilled by students or fellows. That could involve multi-investigator collaborations, field or laboratory work in the sciences, or field or survey work in the social sciences.

Industry/Corporate Opportunities

Faculty Research Awards
Sponsor Deadline:  September 30, 2018
OSP Deadline:  review not required for gifts 
Award Information:  Faculty Research Awards will typically cover the amount necessary to support one graduate student for one year (salary, tuition, plus $1,500 for conference travel). See below for more information.
This program supports academic research in computer science, engineering, and related fields. Each funded project will be assigned a Google sponsor by the review committee. The role of the sponsor is to support the project by discussing research directions, engaging with professors and students, and enabling interactions between the project team and Google. 
Google Faculty Research Awards are one-year seed funding awards structured as current-use gifts (subject to a gift assessment at the individual School rate) to support the research of world-class permanent faculty members at top universities around the world. While Google's website 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 Harvard's schools are authorized to assess gifts in line with university and school policies, at a rate not to exceed 20% of costs. For FAS and SEAS, the gift assessment fee on unrestricted current-use gift funds is 15%. Any questions about the acceptance of Google Faculty Research Awards can be directed to Alumni & Development Services at  or Jen Chow, Director of Foundation and Corporate Development, OVPR, at

Cisco Research Center Grants
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: Budgets depend on the institution and geography. Overhead is limited to 5%. This falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application.

Cisco Research Center (CRC) connects researchers and developers from Cisco, academia, governments, customers, and industry partners with the goal of facilitating collaboration and exploration of new and promising technologies. Cisco is primarily interested in exploring issues, topics, and problems that are relevant to its core business of improving the Internet. It is also deeply interested in adjacent technologies that leverage the power of the network to change the world around us.
CRC supports a broad range of research interests and award types in engineering and applied sciences. For a complete list of Requests for Proposals (RFPs), please scroll to the bottom of this link. Please note that CRC also welcomes research proposals that do not fit cleanly into any of the RFPs listed.
World Community Grid
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission; please note that OSP review and approval is required for any User Agreements between the sponsor and Harvard University. 
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: Up to 150,000 years of computing power through World Community Grid; weather data from The Weather Company, an IBM Business; and cloud storage from IBM Cloud.

IBM invites scientists studying climate change or ways to mitigate or adapt to its impacts to apply for free crowdsourced supercomputing power, weather data and cloud storage to support their climate or environmental research projects. In return, awardees are asked to publicly release the research data from their collaboration with IBM, enabling the global community to benefit from and build upon those findings.
Grantees will receive free, 24/7 access to computing power though World Community Grid, an award-winning IBM Citizenship initiative that enables anyone with a computer or Android device to support scientific research by carrying out computational research tasks on their devices. This allows researchers to conduct large-scale investigations, often magnitudes larger than they would have otherwise been able to conduct. Grantees may also request access to weather data and cloud storage.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Atomic-Photonic Integration (A-PhI)
OSP Deadline: September 20, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: September 27, 2018 (proposals may be received and evaluated up to five months from date of posting on FedBizOpps (which was July 25, 2018) but the likelihood of available funding is greatly reduced for proposals submitted after the initial closing date deadline)
Award Amount: The amount of resources made available under this BAA will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. A-PhI is a 3 year program.
The DARPA Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) is soliciting research proposals for the development of a new class of atom-based systems utilizing integrated photonics and trapped atoms to enable high-performance, robust, portable clocks and gyroscopes.
DARPA seeks innovative proposals in the following two Technical Areas (TA):
  • Technical Area One: Development of a photonic integrated clock prototype.
  • Technical Area Two: Development of a trapped-atom gyroscope based on a Sagnac interferometer architecture.
A-PhI is a two phase (base 18 months, option 18 months) program which includes both proof of concept and physics integration. DARPA expects to fund investigation of a variety of approaches in Phase 1 of the A-PhI program, and will continue funding the most promising candidate technologies in Phase 2. While entities may submit proposals to both TA1 and TA2, individual proposals may address either TA1 or TA2, but not both Technical Areas.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Adapting Cross-Domain Kill-Webs (ACK)
OSP Deadline: September 21, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: September 28, 2018
Award Amount: See details below
DARPA's Strategic Technology Office (STO) is soliciting innovative proposals to assist military decision-makers with rapidly identifying and selecting options for tasking - and retasking - assets within and across organizational boundaries. While the technology developed for this program will apply at both the tactical and operational levels, ACK will focus on providing support for tactical decisions. Specifically, ACK will assist users with selecting sensors, effectors, and support elements across military domains (space, air, land, surface, subsurface, and cyber) to form and adapt kill chains to deliver desired effects on targets. Emphasis will be on the cross-domain challenges of the problem. 
The ACK program will consist of two major tasks: technology development (Task 1) and evaluation (Task 2). Task 1 performers will deliver software agents (C2 nodes and virtual liaisons) to run independently for each "node" in a simulation infrastructure developed by the Task 2 performer (the evaluator). For planning purposes, the Government has budgeted the following funding levels (for both Tasks), by Phase, for awards under this BAA (these amounts are approximate, subject to change, and does not include funding set aside for the Government support):
  • Phase 1 (18 months): $14.3 million
  • Phase 2 (18 months): $16.2 million
  • Phase 3 (12 months): $7.2 million
Multiple awards are anticipated for Task 1. A single Task 2 performer is expected. Proposers
may propose to both Task 1 and Task 2, with evidence and justification that the two efforts are sufficiently free of any conflict of interest.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Young Faculty Award (YFA)
OSP Deadline: November 5, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: November 13, 2018
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.
DARPA's Young Faculty Award (YFA) program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions and expose them to 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. Participation in the YFA program is limited to any current tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professors and to tenured Assistant or Associate Professors within three years of their tenure appointment at a U.S. institution of higher education or equivalent at a U.S. non-profit science and technology research institutions. Participation is open to individuals who are U.S. Citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents, and Foreign Nationals. DARPA is particularly interested in identifying outstanding researchers who have previously not been performers on DARPA programs, but the program is open to all qualified applicants with innovative research ideas. Once awards are made, each YFA performer will be assigned a DARPA Program Manager with interests closely related to their research topic. The Program Manager will act as project manager and mentor to the YFA award recipients.
DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals from single principal investigators (PIs) in the following specific areas of interest to DARPA's six technical offices: Biological Technologies Office (BTO), Defense Sciences Office (DSO), Information Innovation Office (I2O), Microsystems Technology Office (MTO), Strategic Technology Office (STO), and Tactical Technology Office (TTO):
  1. Biologically inspired GPS-denied navigation
  2. Enhancing Prophylactic Immunity and the Immune Response
  3. Plant Bio-mining System
  4. Bioaccelerants
  5. Quantum inspired classical optical computing
  6. The Biology of Team Performance
  7. Smart City Sensing for Chemical and Explosive Threat Detection and Identification
  8. Bio-inspired modeling of resilience and efficiency in complex systems
  9. Quantifying Software Vulnerability Longevity
  10. Hybrid Intelligent Agents
  11. Complete Logic Erasure And Recovery (CLEAR)
  12. Validating Type Consistency of Semi-Structured Data
  13. Device-centric Detection of Security and Privacy Attacks Against Cellular Networks
  14. Instinctual Radio Frequency (RF) Adaptive Circuits, Devices & Materials
  15. New Materials for Efficient Nonlinear Integrated Photonics
  16. Multi-Functional Materials for Additive Manufacturing
  17. Integrating Infrared Devices on Substrates with Low Dislocation Densities Using Low-Cost Fabrication Technologies
  18. Compact Planar Ultra broadband Array Antenna
  19. Non-foster Circuit Synthesis
  20. Integrated Analog Photonics
  21. Learning to Become Skilled at Tasks
  22. Predictive Vision
  23. Assessing the Reliability of Structural Systems Undergoing Intense Multi-Physics Loading Typical of Sustained Hypersonic Flight
  24. Health Monitoring of High Speed Propulsion Systems
  25. Dynamic Network Modeling for On-orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing 
Proposing PIs are limited to one executive summary per TA; at the full proposal phase, proposing PIs are limited to submitting only one full proposal to only one topic under this Research Announcement.

Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)
Accelerating Innovation in Military Medicine (AIMM) Research Award
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Pre-Applications (required): September 19, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals (if invited): January 2, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $350,000 in direct costs for up to 18 months
The AIMM Research Award is intended to support highly creative and conceptually innovative high-risk research with the potential to accelerate critical discoveries or major advancements that will significantly impact military health and medicine. AIMM initiative funding supports novel research concepts and other efforts that initiate or enhance potential game-changers that may not be supported by other funding mechanisms or core programs. Due to this award's emphasis on innovation, though not prohibited, presentation of preliminary data is not required. Applications using synthetic or systems biology-based approaches or focused on autonomous healthcare are highly encouraged.
The ultimate impact or outcomes of projects proposed under the AIMM Research Award should help to accelerate progress in at least one of the Department of Defense (DoD) medical research program areas:
  • Medical Simulation and Information Sciences
  • Military Infectious Diseases
  • Military Operational Medicine
  • Combat Casualty Care
  • Radiation Health Effects
  • Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine
The FY18 appropriation for the AIMM initiative is $3M to fund approximately 6 awards.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Space Environment Exploitation (SEE)
OSP Deadline: September 17, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: September 24, 2018
Award Amount: The level of funding for individual awards made under this BAA will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds.
DARPA's Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of high spatial and temporal resolution predictive/assimilative modeling and simulation of the near-earth space environment. The goal of the Space Environment Exploitation (SEE) program is to develop the capability to forecast the coupled magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere (M-I-T) environment to provide space environment situational awareness for space assets, help provide information for operational and tactical decision making, and distinguish between human-made and naturally occurring perturbations.
The SEE program will encompass two technical areas (TAs) carried out in two phases: Phase I, a 24-month base development period with milestones and midterm, and Phase II, a 12-month integration period with final demonstration. DARPA requires proposals that address both TAs and both phases:
  • Technical Area 1 - High resolution coupled space environment models
  • Technical Area 2 - Integrated measurement framework and non-traditional observations
DARPA anticipates multiple awards.

Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)
Fundamental Research to Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction: Thrust Area 7, Topic B - Animal Models of Disease in Agents of Interest to the DoD
OSP Deadline: September 18, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (required): September 25, 2018
Award Amount: $350,000-$1M/year for up to 5 years
This topic seeks the creation and/or development of the requisite animal models of disease that are well characterized and can support testing for the efficacy of medical countermeasures (MCMs) for which human testing is infeasible or unethical. An important aspect of this work must include the characterization of the disease associated with the aerosolized route of exposure of the pathogen. Larger value efforts (i.e., $500,000 to $1,000,000 per year) that are university led, include multiple PIs (at either a single or at multiple organizations), and provide training opportunities are encouraged.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
SHort-Range Independent Microrobotic Platforms (SHRIMP)
OSP Deadline: September 19, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: September 26, 2018 ( proposals may be received and evaluated up to five months from date of posting on FedBizOpps (which was July 13, 2018) but the likelihood of available funding is greatly reduced for proposals submitted after the initial closing date deadline)
Award Amount: See details below
DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) seeks innovative proposals for the development of micro-to-milli (insect scale) robotic technologies. SHRIMP will develop and demonstrate, through a series of Olympic-themed competitions, multi-functional mm-to-cm scale robotic platforms with a focus on untethered mobility, maneuverability, and dexterity. To achieve this goal, SHRIMP will also provide foundational research in the area of micro-actuator materials and energy efficient power systems for extremely SWaP-constrained microrobotic systems. It is expected that such advances will be enabling for applications including search and rescue, disaster relief, hazardous environment inspection, in-flight control of aerodynamic platforms, steerable optics, and prosthetics.
SHRIMP will be divided into three separate Technical Areas (TAs). TA1 focuses on actuator materials and mechanism foundational research and development to increase actuation force and transduction efficiency. TA2 focuses on foundational research and development to extend the range of voltages and total amount of energy available to micro-to-milli actuators. TA3 will demonstrate multi-functional micro-to-milli scale robotic platforms with a focus on untethered mobility, maneuverability, and dexterity.
DARPA anticipates $32M of total funding will be awarded across all technical areas, approximately partitioned as follows:
  • $9-$12M for Technical Area 1 (TA1), three phases, 36 months, 6.1 funding;
  • $4-$6M for Technical Area 2 (TA2), three phases, 36 months, 6.1 funding;
  • $10-$14M for Technical Area 3 (TA 3), three phases, 36 months, 6.2 funding.
DARPA anticipates multiple awards within each technical area.

Army Research Office (ARO), Office of Naval Research (ONR), and Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
Fiscal Year 2019 Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI)
OSP Deadline: October 9, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: October 16, 2018
Award Amount:  Typical annual funding per grant is $1.25M-$1.5M for 5 years.
DOD's MURI program addresses high risk basic research that is of potential interest to DoD and attempts to understand or achieve something that has never been done before. The program is focused on multidisciplinary research efforts where more than one traditional discipline interacts to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD. The MURI program was initiated over 25 years ago and it has regularly produced significant scientific breakthroughs with far reaching consequences to the fields of science, economic growth, and revolutionary new military technologies. Key to the program's success is the close management of the MURI projects by Service program officers and their active role in providing research guidance.
The FY 2019 MURI competition is for the following topics:

Topic 1: Fundamental Limits on Information Latency
Topic 2: Molecularly Programmable Graphene Architecture (MPGA)
Topic 3: Identifying invariances for improved modeling and prediction of oceanographic phenomena
Topic 4: Self-Assembly for High Performance Organic Electronics
Topic 5: Bio-inspired high-dimension control through models of cephalopod distributed information processing
Topic 6: Active Perception and Knowledge Exploitation in Navigation and Spatial Awareness
Topic 7: Advanced Analytical and Computational Modeling of Arctic Sea Ice
Topic 8: Topology & Advanced Dynamics of Coupled Human/Machine Systems
Topic 9: Clearing Your Head: The Glymphatic System and Restorative Effects of Sleep
Topic 10: Foundations of Emergent Computation and Self-Organized Adaptation
Topic 11: Multi-layer Network Modeling of Plant and Pollen Distribution across Space and Time
Topic 12: Near Field Radiative Heat Energy Transfer between Nanostructured Materials
Topic 13: Networked Interactions Governing Community Dynamics
Topic 14: Prediction and Control in Particulate Systems
Topic 15: Reactive and non-Reactive Scattering from Targeted Molecular Quantum States
Topic 16: Unified Decision Theory: From Bounded to Unbounded Rationality
Topic 17: THz Electronics Based on Antiferromagnets
Topic 18: Quantum Information Concepts from Tensor Networks and the Holographic Principle
Topic 19: 2D Heterostructures for Flexible, Lightweight Electronics and Optoelectronics
Topic 20: Feedback control and sparse neural signals
Topic 21: Dissipation Engineering in Open Quantum Systems
Topic 22: Group-IV Alloy Synthesis and Materials Properties
Topic 23: Neuromorphic Networks for Multifunctional Intelligent Systems
Topic 24: Microstructurally-aware Continuum Models for Energetic Materials
The total amount of funding for the five years available for grants resulting from this MURI FOA is estimated to be approximately $170M pending out-year appropriations.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
OSP Deadline: October 10, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: October 17, 2018
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. Searchlight is a four-year program organized into three phases.
DARPA's Information Innovation Office (I2O) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of Internet-scale network quality of service management for distributed applications. The Searchlight program seeks novel approaches to translating an enterprise's static and dynamic priorities to management of distributed applications overlaid on the Internet.
Searchlight has been organized to address these challenges in two technical areas (TAs). It is assumed that technical progress on TA1 (focused on network analysis requirements) and TA2 (focused on implementing the enterprise's goals) will be proceeding in parallel. While the technical challenges are separable, the two technical areas are by necessity integrated, as no management can take place without a policy and application instance to which it can be applied.
Proposers may make submissions to multiple technical areas (TAs). However, each proposal should address only one technical area. Due to the symbiotic nature of the work being done between the two TAs, the same proposer can perform work under both TA1 and TA2. DARPA anticipates multiple awards for Technical Area 1 and a single award for Technical Area 2. The total funding amount for Searchlight is anticipated to be $18M.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Safe Documents (SafeDocs)
OSP Deadline: October 12, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: October 19, 2018
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's Information Innovation Office (I2O) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of secure processing of untrusted electronic data. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that radically improve software's ability to recognize and safely reject invalid and maliciously crafted input data, while preserving essential functionality of legacy electronic data formats. Proposals should build on an existing base of knowledge of electronic document, message, and streaming formats and the nature of security vulnerabilities associated with these formats.
The SafeDocs program consists of four Technical Areas (TAs):
  • TA1: Extant Syntax Recovery, Simplification, and Safe Sub-setting
  • TA2: Constructing Secure Parsers
  • TA3: Testing and Evaluation
  • TA4: Instantiation
Each abstract and proposal submitted against this solicitation shall address only one TA. Organizations may submit multiple abstract/proposals to any one TA, and they may propose to multiple TAs. A proposer submitting a proposal to TA1 and another to TA2 may be selected to perform on both TAs. However, TA3 and TA4 performers cannot perform on any other TA. The program is anticipated to run 48 months and has been organized into three phases. Phase 1 (base) will be 18 months and will explore selected electronic data formats. Phase 2 (base) will be 18 months and will scale prototype implementations that instantiate the theories. The program will conclude with a 12-month Phase 3 (transition phase option), which will be contingent on the success of the previous phases. DARPA anticipates multiple awards for technical areas 1 and 2; and single awards for technical areas 3 and 4.


Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (IHEODTD)
Naval Engineering Education Consortium (NEEC) Broad Agency Announcement for FY18
OSP Deadline: October 24, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: October 31, 2018
Award Amount: Approximately $150,000, though 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. The amount of resources made available to this BAA will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds.
On behalf of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Warfare Centers, NSWC IHEODTD is soliciting research of interest in support of the NEEC. The topics of interest include:
  • CD-01: Innovative options for advanced algorithms in signal processing to improve acoustic signature assessments for ships and submarines
  • CD-02: Polymers, composites, and smart materials require focus on multi-scale analysis approaches that may evolve into low-fidelity, high-reliability design tools
  • CD-03: Techniques for expanding autonomous operations in air, surface, and undersea domains
  • CO-01: Quantum computing as it relates to efficient/effective encryption of large data sets (in transit or at rest)
  • CO-02: Innovative concepts for big data collection/ingestion, automatic integration, and querying from potentially sensitive sources
  • CR-01: Theoretical and computational models quantum phenomena for future monostatic electromagnetic sensor design
  • CR-02: Innovative research for Immersive Visualization Environment (IVE) from various Model Based Engineering products
  • CR-03: Techniques to understand the effects of adversarial learning through artificial intelligence (AI) by using information visualization (IV)
  • CR-04: The High Assurance Interfaces and Protocols (HAIP) project requires novel computer science and mathematical concepts to reduce cybersecurity vulnerabilities and exploitation
  • DD-01: New concepts or theoretical frameworks in the areas of quantum sensing, computing, and simulations, explicit (i.e. non-black-box) quantum and quantum-inspired algorithms
  • DD-02: Boundary extension of 'big data' analysis tools used for data classification, clustering, dimensionality reduction, predictive analysis, visualization, and forensic analysis of streaming data
  • DD-03: Explore methods or develop tools useful for Model Based Systems Engineering and simulation of mission effectiveness for surface vessels
  • DD-04: Innovative surface electromagnetic emission and sensor systems
  • DD-05: High power and transient electrical systems in a marine environment
  • DD-06: Materials for corrosion and ablation resistance, strength to mass ratios, high-load fasteners, high energy switches, arc susceptible electrical contacts, shielding, and thermal management
  • DD-07: Research evaluation of load frequency effects for materials subject to environmentally assisted cracking phenomena
See the solicitation for a full list of topics of interest. Multiple awards are anticipated.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Learning with Less Labels (LwLL)
OSP Deadline: October 26, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: November 2, 2018
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 period of performance for LwLL will be 36 months, divided into two phases, each 18 months in duration.
DARPA's Information Innovation Office (I2O) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of machine learning and artificial intelligence. The goal of this program is to make the process of training machine learning models more efficient by reducing the amount of labeled data required to build a model by six or more orders of magnitude, and by reducing the amount of data needed to adapt models to new environments to tens to hundreds of labeled examples.
In order to achieve the massive reductions of labeled data needed to train accurate models, the Learning with Less Labels program (LwLL) will divide the effort into two technical areas (TAs). Each proposal submitted in response to this BAA may address one or both technical areas:
  • TA1 will focus on the research and development of learning algorithms that learn and adapt efficiently; and
  • TA2 will formally characterize machine learning problems and prove the limits of learning and adaptation.
DARPA anticipates multiple awards under this solicitation.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Systematizing Confidence in Open Research and Evidence (SCORE)
Sponsor Deadline for Abstracts (strongly encouraged): November 1, 2018 for TA3; abstract deadline has passed for TA1 and TA2
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: December 12, 2018 for TA3; deadline has passed for TA1 & TA2
Award Amount: The level of funding for individual awards made under this BAA will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. SCORE is a 36-month program, comprising two phases with durations of 18 months each.
DARPA's Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is soliciting innovative research proposals for the development and deployment of automated tools to assign Confidence Scores (CSs) to different kinds of Social and Behavioral Science (SBS) research results and claims. CSs are quantitative measures that should enable  someone to understand the degree to which a particular claim or result is likely to be reproducible and/or replicable. These tools will assign explainable CSs with a reliability that is equal to, or better than, the best current human expert methods and will enable a consumer of SBS research to quickly calibrate the level of confidence in the Reproducibility and Replicability (R&R) of a given SBS result or claim.
To achieve its vision, the SCORE program will fund research in three Technical Areas (TAs), with an independent Test and Evaluation (T&E) team providing oversight. DARPA is soliciting proposals for TA1, TA2, or TA3 but is not soliciting proposals for participation on the T&E team. Each proposal should only address a single TA. The three TAs are:
  • TA1: Data
  • TA2: Experts
  • TA3: Algorithms
DARPA anticipates multiple awards under each Technical Area (TA).

Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)
Research Initiatives at the Naval Postgraduate School
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission 
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers and Full Proposals: Rolling through May 31, 2019 
Award Amount: The funded amount and period of performance of each proposal selected for award will vary depending on the research area and the technical approach to be pursued by the applicant selected.
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's graduate education and research mission.
Additional information on the Naval Postgraduate School's graduate education and research mission is available at:

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Polyplexus Pilot 2
Sponsor Deadline for Abstracts (strongly encouraged): August 14, 2019
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: September 3, 2019
Award Amount: The level of funding for individual awards made under this solicitation has not been predetermined and will depend on the scope and quality of the proposals received, as well as the availability of funds. Approximately 10 awards at the $100,000 level for 12-month projects are anticipated throughout the duration of this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA).
DARPA's Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is seeking participants for a pilot program designed to utilize modern connectivity to rapidly develop promising basic research pathways and then efficiently develop basic research proposals. DSO's intent is to fund research proposals resulting from this pilot program. As with other recent DARPA/DSO opportunity announcements, the goal of this program is to deliver research proposals that seek to investigate innovative approaches to enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. In particular, this announcement is intended to support the DSO mission to anticipate scientific surprise.
Note that submission of abstracts and proposals is not mandatory to participate in the Polyplexus platform. Researchers who desire to participate due to curiosity; the desire to learn, teach, or explore; or any other constructive reason are encouraged to do so. Pilot participation is open to all scientists and engineers who want to engage in this online platform. Registration for the Proposers Day webcast, available here , will also generate an email invitation to create an account on the Polyplexus platform. The webcast registration site will remain open for the entire period of performance of this BAA to allow new participants to access the platform.
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. 

Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Water Power Technologies Office
I nnovative Design Concepts for Standard Modular Hydropower and Pumped-Storage Hydropower
Concept Paper Deadline: September 28, 2018
OSP Deadline: November 21, 2018
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: November 30, 2018
Award Amount: $700,000 and $1,000,000 for Topic Area 1; $500,000-$1,000,000 for Topic Area 2. Cost sharing is required and must be at least 20% of the total allowable costs and must come from non-Federal sources.
DOE's Water Power Technologies Office is committed to lowering the cost and build time of hydropower and pumped storage systems, further increasing their ability to provide essential reliable services and contribute to the resilience of the grid, and continuing to reduce their environmental impacts and permitting timelines.
This funding opportunity announcement contains two Topic Areas.
  • Topic Area 1: Facility Design Concepts for Standard Modular Hydropower Development
  • Topic Area 2: New Use Cases for Pumped-Storage Hydropower

Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Advanced Manufacturing Office
Notice of Intent to Issue FOA: Energy-Water Desalination Hub
Sponsor Deadline: TBD
The purpose of this notice is to provide potential applicants advance notice that the Advanced Manufacturing Office, on behalf of the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, intends to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled "Energy-Water Desalination Hub". This FOA will support the establishment of an Energy Innovation Hub in the area of Energy-Water Desalination to accelerate transformational advances in science and engineering focused on reducing the energy and cost requirements of desalination to provide clean and safe water. The Hub will include highly collaborative research teams, spanning multiple scientific, engineering, and where appropriate, economic and public policy disciplines. By bringing together top talent from across the full spectrum of research and development performers-including universities, private industry, non-profits, and National Laboratories-the Hub will serve as the world-leading R&D center in Energy-Water Desalination. 
This Notice is issued so that interested parties are aware of the EERE's intention to issue this FOA in the near term. All of the information contained in this Notice is subject to change.

Other DOE Opportunities

Practical Methods to Analyze and Treat Emerging Contaminants (PFAS) in Solid Waste, Landfills, Wastewater/Leachates, Soils, and Groundwater to Protect Human Health and the Environment
OSP Deadline: September 25, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: October 2, 2018
Award Amount: $900,000 maximum for regular awards and $500,000 maximum for early career awards, including direct and indirect costs, with a maximum duration of 3 years.  
The EPA is seeking applications proposing research that will lead to: (1) better understanding and characterization of the types and quantities of current and historical per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and PFAS-containing waste associated with waste disposal (e.g., landfills), as well as media containing PFAS released from these activities (e.g., PFAS in leachate collected by landfills or PFAS leaching to subsurface soils and groundwater); (2) increased knowledge of the fate, transport, potential for degradation or other changes to PFAS, and their mobility during materials management (e.g., under different landfill conditions such as pH, temperature, moisture content) that facilitate or retard such transformation or movement; and (3) new or improved methods that are more effective, efficient (in cost, energy, etc.), and practical in controlling, treating, destroying, or removing PFAS in waste and wastewater, landfill leachates, biosolids, or environmental media. The main goal is to promote innovation in evaluating and managing PFAS in solid waste, landfills, and environmental media that will lead to improved decision making, management practices, and technical methods to minimize the risks to both humans and ecosystems.
In addition to regular awards, this solicitation includes the opportunity for early career awards. The purpose of the early career award is to fund research projects smaller in scope and budget by early career PIs. The early career awards will support research performed by PIs with outstanding promise at the Assistant Professor or equivalent level.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Unsolicited Proposals
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling through September 30, 2018
Award Amount: Proposed budget should be commensurate with the scope of the project.
NASA encourages the submission of unique and innovative proposals that will further the Agency's mission. While the vast majority of proposals are solicited, a small number of unsolicited proposals that cannot be submitted to those solicitations and yet are still relevant to NASA are reviewed and some are funded each year. Proposals should be submitted at least six months in advance of the desired starting date.

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

Dual Use Technology Development Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) 2018
OSP Deadline: Not required for Notices of Intent 
Sponsor Deadline for Notices of Intent (required): Rolling through September 30, 2018
Award Amount: The budget must be sufficient and reasonable to accomplish the project. The participating partner will contribute an equal value of resources to match the NASA funding for the project.
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. Propulsion test customers include NASA, the Department of Defense and the commercial space launch industry. SSC manages a large federal city that is home to over forty federal, state, university and industry entities. SSC manages a restricted airspace that is available for development, testing and operation of unmanned aerial vehicles. SSC engineering laboratories design and test electronics, sensors, algorithms and mechanical components. This CAN supports identification and implementation of cost-sharing partnerships to develop technology to meet a specific NASA need at SSC. This notice seeks responses from potential partners interested in entering into a Cooperative Agreement with NASA for the joint development of technologies to meet SSC needs.
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

2019 Dual Use Technology Development Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)
Sponsor Deadlines for Step-1 Proposals (required): October 16, 2018; May 1, 2019
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Amount: NASA awards will range from $10,000 to $100,000 for up to 12 months, and must be matched or exceeded by Offeror contributions. Contributions can be cash, in-kind (non-cash) resources, or a combination of each.
Under this program, NASA seeks to award cooperative agreements for technology development partnerships with United States commercial businesses and/or colleges and universities with the goal of developing a technology to meet a specific NASA need at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), as well as those of the partner. This goal will be accomplished by selecting Offerors who will cooperatively share in the development cost of the technology that meets the specified NASA need. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center located in Huntsville, Alabama, is one of NASA's largest and most diversified installations. The Marshall Center provides leadership in the complex engineering of space transportation and propulsion systems, large space structures and systems, and scientific research to make human space exploration a reality.
This CAN will follow a 2-step process for proposal submissions. Step-1 of the proposal process is submission of a White Paper by the Offeror. The Offeror may submit a Step-1 White Paper at any time prior to the due date of either one of two White Paper open periods. In Step-2 of the process, NASA will assess each White Paper submitted in the 2 applicable open periods and invite selected Offerors to submit a full project Proposal.
Multiple awards are anticipated.

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 (eg, communications or data processing); and specific technology demonstration projects. Submission of a white paper is recommended in advance of a full proposal.
Within the NASA International Space Station (ISS) Research Integration Office, the Technology and Science Research Office (TSRO) and Commercial Space Utilization Office (CSUO) act as "gateways" to the ISS. The Technology and Science Research Office serves as the gateway for NASA-funded technology demonstrations. The Commercial Space Utilization Office serves as the gateway for non-NASA government-funded investigations, as well as non-profit or commercially-funded investigations.
Proposed technology demonstrations submitted to TSRO should address at least one of the technology areas mentioned in the ISS Technology Demonstration Plans .

NASA also seeks technological concepts via CSUO related to the National Lab Thrust Areas and to expand the onboard research and analytical capabilities. The general thrust areas are:
  • Innovative uses of the ISS or ISS hardware that leverage existing capabilities to stimulate both utilization of the ISS and economic development in the U.S.
  • Other improvements to existing ISS capabilities, including but not limited to infrastructure, in situ analytical tools, and communication/data transmittal, to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the technology demonstrations and science investigations performed on the ISS.
  • Unique partnering arrangements that leverage NASA's existing capabilities but increase the commercial participation in research and on board services. 
Funds are not currently available for awards under this NASA Research Announcement (NRA). The Government's ability to make award(s) is contingent upon the availability of appropriated funds from which payment can be made and the receipt of proposals that NASA determines acceptable for award under this NRA. Successful proposals will have launch and integration costs covered by NASA. 

NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF) - Fall 2019
OSP Deadline: Not required at Phase A stage
Sponsor Deadline for Phase A Proposals: November 1, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $80,000 per year (includes student stipend and allowances for the faculty advisor, a visiting technologist experience, health insurance, and tuition and fees). The NSTRF grant does not provide university overhead.
NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) seeks to sponsor U.S. citizen, U.S. national and  permanent resident graduate student research that has significant potential to contribute to NASA's  goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our Nation's science, exploration, and economic  future. NASA Space Technology Research Fellows will perform research at their respective campuses and at NASA Centers. In addition to his or her faculty advisor, each Fellow will be matched with a technically relevant and community-engaged NASA researcher who will serve as the research collaborator on the award. Through this collaboration, graduate students will be able to take advantage of broader and/or deeper space technology research opportunities directly related to their academic and career objectives, acquire a more detailed understanding of the potential end applications of their space  technology efforts, and directly disseminate their research results within the NASA community.
Awards resulting from this competitive selection will be made in the form of grants to accredited U.S. universities. This solicitation has two phases. Phase A is the proposal submission by the current or prospective graduate student. For the student who is selected in Phase A, the accredited U.S. university where the student will be enrolled for the fall 2019 term as a full-time graduate student must submit a Phase B proposal; a complete Phase B proposal submission will result in a grant award. Awards resulting from this solicitation are planned to coincide with the start of the 2019 academic year and are subject to the availability of appropriated funds.

Other NASA Opportunities
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIH Director's Transformative Research Award
OSP Deadline: September 14, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: September 21, 2018 by 5:00 pm
Award Amount: Application budgets are not limited but should reflect the needs of the proposed project. 

The NIH Director's Transformative Research Award supports individual scientists or groups of scientists proposing groundbreaking, exceptionally innovative, original, and/or unconventional research with the potential to create new scientific paradigms, establish entirely new and improved clinical approaches, or develop transformative technologies. Applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds and in any topic relevant to the broad mission of NIH are welcome. Little or no preliminary data are expected. Projects must clearly demonstrate the potential to produce a major impact in a broad area of biomedical or behavioral research.

Other NIH Opportunities
National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation: Dear Colleague Letters

Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under National Science Foundation (NSF) and US-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) Collaborative Research Opportunities
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: varies; please see below
Award Amount: varies; please see below

In 2012, the United States - Israel Binational Science Foundation signed an umbrella Memorandum of Understanding with the NSF, for cooperation in joint funding of collaborative U.S.-Israeli scientific research. Financial support for the U.S. scientists in the joint NSF-BSF funding programs comes from the internal resources of the NSF, as part of its regular activity. Financial support for the Israeli side in NSF-BSF joint funding programs comes from annual allocations from the Israeli Council of Higher Education. The following programs are eligible for this type of funding:
  • Basic Plasma Sciences and Engineering - Deadline: October 19, 2018 (NSF) and October 24, 2018 (BSF)
  • Materials - Deadline: November 1, 2018 (NSF) and November 7, 2018 (BSF)
  • Computing and Communication Foundations - Deadline: November 15, 2018 (NSF) and to BSF about one week later
  • Computer and Network Systems - Deadline: November 15, 2018 (NSF) and to BSF about one week later
  • Information and Intelligent Systems - Deadline: November 15, 2018 (NSF) and to BSF about one week later
  • Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases - Deadline: November 21, 2018 (NSF) and November 27, 2018 (BSF)
  • Computational Neuroscience - Deadline: November 27, 2018 (NSF) and December 3, 2018 (BSF)
  • Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics - Experiment and Theory; Gravitational Physics - Experiment and Theory; Integrative Activities in Physics; LIGO Research Support - Deadline: November 28, 2018 (NSF) and December 4, 2018 (BSF)
  • Nuclear Physics - Experiment and Theory; Elementary Particle Physics - Experiment; Particle Physics - Experiment - Deadline: December 4, 2018 (NSF) and December 9, 2018 (BSF)
  • Elementary Particle Physics - Theory; Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology - Theory; Physics of Living Systems; Quantum Information Science - Deadline: December 11, 2018 (NSF) and December 16, 2018 (BSF)
The following programs are open for submission throughout the year: Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems; Ceramics; Condensed Matter and Materials Theory; Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems; Earth Sciences; Cyber Security; Marine Geology and Geophysics; Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (forthcoming); Integrative Organismal Systems (forthcoming); and Environmental Biology (forthcoming). 

Removal of Deadlines for the Core Programs in the Directorate for Engineering
OSP Deadline: N/A
Sponsor Deadline: N/A
Award Amount: N/A

The Directorate for Engineering (ENG) is notifying members of the research communities about an important change to submission windows for unsolicited proposals to all core programs in the Divisions of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (CBET), Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI), Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS), and Engineering Education and Centers (EEC). In order to allow Principal Investigators (PIs) more flexibility and to better facilitate interdisciplinary research across engineering disciplines, ENG is removing deadlines for submission of unsolicited proposals to all core programs in CBET, CMMI, ECCS and EEC, effective August 15, 2018. FAQs regarding this announcement can be found here


Removal of Deadlines for the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) Program
OSP Deadline: N/A
Sponsor Deadline: N/A
Award Amount: varies
In order to allow PIs more flexibility and to better facilitate interdisciplinary research across all disciplines, SaTC is removing deadlines for submission of solicited proposals across all its designations [CORE, Transition to Practice (TTP), and Education (EDU)] and size categories (Small, Medium), effective October 1, 2018. (The Frontier category will not be offered in FY 2019, but NSF anticipates resuming this size category in FY 2020.) Another associated change is that individuals may participate as a PI, co-PI, or senior personnel in at most three SaTC proposals in a given fiscal year (i.e., October 1 through September 30), including in at most one proposal designated as CORE; at most one proposal designated as TTP; and at most one proposal designated as EDU. These limits are unrelated to any limits imposed in other NSF program solicitations. For those unfamiliar with the no-deadline submission process, frequently-asked questions and other relevant information will be provided on the SaTC  program webpage .

Announcing a Core Program within the Division of Computing and Communications Foundations
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: September 24, 2018 - October 2, 2018 (Medium Projects); November 1, 2018 - November 15, 2018 (Small Projects)
Award Amount:
$500,001 - $1.2M over up to 4 years (Medium Projects); up to $500,000 over up to 3 years (Small Projects)   

The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is notifying members of the research community about the addition of a core program, called Foundations of Emerging Technologies (FET), within its Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF). FET aims to enable radical innovations across all areas traditionally supported by CCF, through research in emerging computing and communication paradigms at the intersection of computing and biological systems, nanoscale science and engineering, quantum information science, and other nascent, yet promising, areas. The FET program welcomes research in the theory, algorithms, software, hardware, and architecture of such emerging computing and communication systems.

A unique aspect of the FET program is that interdisciplinary collaborations between computer and information scientists and engineers as well as those in various other fields such as biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and physics are highly encouraged, with the fundamental aim of pursuing foundational breakthroughs in computer and information science and engineering.
NSF: Dear Colleague Letter
Growing Convergence Research 
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission of a full proposal 
Sponsor Deadline for Prospectus Submission: October 15, 2018 (to be considered for FY2019 funding)  
Award Amount: Up to $1M over up to 3 years

This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) seeks to identify potential future research areas that go beyond NSF's Big Ideas , require a convergence approach, cross internal and/or external organizational and disciplinary boundaries, and advance the progress of science as articulated in NSF's mission. NSF encourages the submission of prospectuses to identify these new areas and specific projects within them. NSF may invite the teams submitting the most promising prospectuses to submit proposals to further explore their research strategies. Prospectuses must outline novel approaches and research strategies that are likely to result in a clear demonstration of the potential for transformative advances. The research areas and proposed projects must reflect the characteristics of convergence outlined  here .

Interested researchers who would like to compete for FY 2019 funding must submit a prospectus describing a new area of research and an exploratory research project within it to the mailbox. A prospectus may be submitted at any time to help NSF identify new areas of research that require convergence, but must be submitted by October 15, 2018 to be considered for FY 2019 funding. Researchers describing the most promising research ideas and exploratory projects will be invited to submit a proposal within 60 days after issuance of the invitation. 

Planning for New Signals in the Soils (SitS) - Themed NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRCs)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for IUCRC Planning Grant Preliminary Proposal: October 17, 2018 (first round); April 17, 2019 (second round)
Award Amount:
The award amount for a planning grant seeking to establish a new IUCRC is $15,000 per academic institution with a 12-month duration. The $15,000 is for all applicable planning expenses including travel to the IUCRC "boot camp" and is inclusive of applicable Indirect Costs. 
This DCL encourages the submission of planning grant proposals, through the submission process described in the   IUCRC solicitation , for an eventual SitS-themed IUCRC. The planning grant theme should integrate fundamental science and engineering knowledge in different disciplines with the aim of developing a next generation of sensor systems capable of in situ measurement of dynamic soil biological, physical, and chemical variables over time and space in managed and unmanaged soils. These sensor systems will also require associated advances in ground penetration, data transmission, data analytics, dynamic models, and visualization tools. If successful, these research concepts will enable scientists and engineers to advance basic understanding of dynamic processes in soils and provide the underlying science and engineering to enable others to develop new ways of studying soil properties and managing soils and natural resources. Advances in measurement systems, understanding, and models will provide new capabilities that will enable practitioners to use new sensors, models, and time series data to achieve a better understanding of soil processes and higher efficiencies of resource use; this improved understanding will in turn help meet societal goals such as less contamination of soil and water supplies and greater food security, as well as address the "National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge" of managing the Nitrogen cycle.
For information on the appropriate SitS themes, please see the earlier NSF DCL on Signals in the Soil ( For submitting a SitS-Themed IUCRC planning grant preliminary proposal, please review the current IUCRC program solicitation ( Submitters are strongly encouraged to contact IUCRC Program Officers Prakash Balan ( or Andre Marshall ( and relevant SitS Program Officers at for guidance and topic approval prior to submitting a preliminary proposal for an IUCRC planning grant. 

NSF/NSFC Joint Research on Environmental Sustainability Challenges
OSP Deadline: October 15, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: October 22, 2018
Award Amount: up to $500,000 for 4 years (U.S. researchers) plus up to 3 million yuan for 4 years (China researchers)

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. 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):"
  1. Quantitative and computational modeling of a FEW system; and
  2. innovative human and technological solutions to critical FEW systems problems.
U.S.-based researchers, through their U.S. institutions, may submit unsolicited proposals to collaborate with China-based researchers on the INFEWS topic described above to a central NSF receiving program for such proposals. Each U.S. - China team is responsible for ensuring that their counterpart submits a matching proposal by the required deadline.

Revision of CISE Research Infrastructure
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: TBD
Award Amount: TBD

Through this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) wishes to alert the CISE community about forthcoming changes to the   CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) program . CISE is in the process of revising the CRI program to focus exclusively on infrastructure that engages emerging communities of CISE researchers in order to move CISE research frontiers forward. In the future, the program will aim to support testbeds, platforms, datasets, etc., coupled with a supporting suite of tools, resources, and user services to enable innovative research by diverse communities of CISE researchers. As part of this change, CISE will be discontinuing support for the Institutional Infrastructure class of awards. Funding for institutional infrastructure will continue to be available through other NSF programs that support infrastructure, including the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program. CISE researchers may also wish to consider embedding modest equipment requests within their CISE research proposals.

Proposal Due Date Changes for the Division of Mathematical Sciences (MPS)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission of a full proposal
Sponsor Deadline: varies by program
Award Amount: varies by program

The Division of Mathematical Sciences has changed the dates for submission of proposals to six of its programs. Principal Investigators may want to pay particular attention to those programs whose due dates are now earlier than in previous years:
These changes were made to improve internal efficiency and reduce turnaround time in award decisions. These date changes are effective immediately, so please be aware of these changes when preparing proposals to DMS.

Discoveries to  Revolutionize Engineering and Architectural Materials for Buildings (DREAM-B)
OSP Deadline: November 26, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: December 3, 2018
Award Amount: up to $300,000

NSF invites proposals to the Engineering for Civil Infrastructure (ECI) program for EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) for high risk/high reward fundamental research to investigate wholly new materials and radical changes in the design of conventional materials, through the adaptation and integration of advanced technologies, to enable high performance buildings (structural systems, foundation systems, and building envelopes). Building material designs should be guided by a "closed loop" iterative engineering design process to achieve an optimum balance of building cost, function, performance and constructability that might be attainable within the next few decades. Investigators are urged to begin by imagining materials that can enable buildings to be adaptable to various levels of service and extreme loadings and environmental stresses while balancing occupant health and comfort and other beneficial attributes (such as energy and cost). Investigators should seize opportunities that leverage convergence of knowledge across engineering, computational, and materials science disciplines, especially those outside traditional civil engineering.   Interested PIs are required to contact one of the cognizant NSF Program Officers before submission of the EAGER proposal. 

STEM Education for the Future
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: varies by program
Award Amount: varies

Through this DCL, NSF aims to support STEM educational research and development projects whose results can enable our country to better prepare its scientific and technical workforce for the future; use technological innovations effectively for education; advance the frontiers of science; and adapt to both new work environments and new education pathways needed to prepare students at all levels for those environments. This DCL encourages educational research and development proposals that are original, creative, and tran sformative, and that can help the nation educate the STEM workforce of the future, in contexts of: 
This DCL will support three categories of proposals:
  1. Proposals focused on educational transformation: These proposals will leverage technology, computation and/or big data to develop, implement, and analyze educational interventions designed to prepare a diverse workforce, researchers, and innovators of the future. Proposals that explore how students learn to integrate knowledge across disciplines to solve complex problems fall into this category. 
  2. Proposals focused on the science of teaching and learning: These proposals will leverage technology, computation and/or big data to develop, implement, and analyze new tools for assessing and evaluating convergent education strategies that aim to promote student learning at all levels
  3. Planning grants, Research Coordination Networks, Conference, and Workshop Proposals: These proposals will create communities of STEM educators to address convergent curriculum and pedagogical challenges across disciplinary boundaries brought about by the human-technology frontier, the data revolution, or both.
To determine whether a research topic is within the scope of this DCL, principal investigators are strongly encouraged to contact the director(s) of the participating program(s) to which they plan to submit their proposal.

Data-Driven Discovery Science in Chemistry (D3SC)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission 
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling; EAGER, RAISE, and supplemental funding requests can be submitted at any time but are encouraged by April 15, 2019
Award Amount:  varies by program type

This Dear Colleague Letter invites research proposals that utilize modern data science in the context of chemical and chemical engineering research. 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 and data scientists, and that jointly engage theory, modeling, and experimentation 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 and 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 homogeneous or heterogeneous catalysts with improved activity and selectivity, as well as the discovery of new catalytic transformations;
  • 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.

Stimulating Educational Neuroscientific Research through the Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems (NCS) Program
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission of a full proposal
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: Varies by award type
The  Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems (NCS) program supports projects that provide new empirical insights, expand theoretical understanding, facilitate development of computational and bioengineered systems, promote new educational approaches, and generate new hypotheses that connect physical, biological, and cognitive mechanisms. With this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to stimulate work in educational neuroscience in the NCS program through foundational grants, noting that advances in neural systems can have significant implications for research on education. While the 2018 application period for the foundational component of this award has passed, NSF continues to accept applications on a rolling basis for capacity-building proposals through conference proposals and Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals. NSF will accept LOIs and proposals for Foundations awards again in 2019 and 2020.

Research on Integrated Photonics Utilizing AIM Photonics Capabilities
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: varies by award
Award Amount: varies by award

With this Dear Colleague letter (DCL), the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) and the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) within the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation continue to encourage innovative exploratory and translational research by academic researchers and small businesses in all aspects of integrated photonics that utilize the current silicon photonics capabilities resident in AIM Photonics. Research projects utilizing the AIM Photonics fabrication process technologies via multi-project wafer runs should have an objective to bring a specific innovation to integrated photonics circuits and components or to demonstrate a new approach that uses integrated photonics as its differentiator. Examples of such challenges may include:
  • Research into new applications of PICs that have promise of breakthrough performance due to the use of an integrated photonic component;
  • New devices that are realizable within AIM Photonics standardized integrated silicon photonics processes;
  • PIC implementations that have innovative contributions to advancements of photonics circuits (i.e., low power, greater bandwidths and dynamic ranges, better tolerances, new topologies, etc.);
  • Innovative design approaches and new models of integrated photonics devices/circuits; and
  • Materials and attachment technologies for incorporating integrated photonics into novel packages.
Academic researchers   who plan on utilizing the capabilities of AIM Photonics may submit unsolicited proposals to the ECCS Electronic, Photonic, and Magnetic Devices (EPMD) core program via FastLane or at any time with no deadline
( ). Proposals responding to a specific solicitation must follow the solicitation's specified deadline date. Submission as CAREER proposals can be accepted by ECCS, with the solicitation deadline in July each year. 

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

Computer and Network Systems (CNS): Core Programs
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission of a full proposal
Sponsor Deadline: September 24, 2018 - October 2, 2018 (Large and Medium Projects); November 1, 2018 - November 15, 2018 (Small Projects)
Award Amount: $1.2M - $3M over up to 5 years (Large Projects); $500,001 - $1.2M over up to 4 years (Medium Projects); up to $500,000 over up to 3 years (Small Projects)

CISE's Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS) supports research and education projects that take a system-oriented approach to the development of novel computing and networking technologies, or to the enhancement of existing systems in any of several dimensions, or that explore new ways to make use of existing technologies.

Proposers are invited to submit proposals in three project classes, which are defined as follows:
  • Small Projects - up to $500,000 total budget with durations up to three years;
  • Medium Projects - $500,001 to $1,200,000 total budget with durations up to four years; and
  • Large Projects - $1,200,001 to $3,000,000 total budget with durations up to five years.

Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF): Core Programs
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission of a full proposal
Sponsor Deadline: September 24, 2018 - October 2, 2018 (Medium Projects); November 1, 2018 - November 15, 2018 (Small Projects) 
Award Amount: $500,001 - $1.2M over up to 4 years (Medium Projects); up to $500,000 over up to 3 years (Small Projects) 

CISE's Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in four core programs:
  • The Algorithmic Foundations (AF) program;
  • The Communications and Information Foundations (CIF) program;
  • The Foundations of Emerging Technologies (FET) program; and
  • The Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF) program.
Proposers are invited to submit proposals in two project classes, which are defined as follows:
  • Small Projects - up to $500,000 total budget with durations up to three years; and
  • Medium Projects - $500,001 to $1,200,000 total budget with durations up to four years.

Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS): Core Programs
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission of a full proposal
Sponsor Deadline: September 24, 2018 - October 2, 2018 (Large and Medium Projects); November 1, 2018 - November 15, 2018 (Small Projects)
Award Amount: $1.2M - $3M over up to 5 years (Large Projects); $500,001 - $1.2M over up to 4 years (Medium Projects); up to $500,000 over up to 3 years (Small Projects)

The Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) studies the inter-related roles of people, computers, and information. IIS supports research and education activities that 1) develop new knowledge about the role of people in the design and use of information technology (Cyber-Human Systems); 2) increase our capability to create, manage, and understand data and information in circumstances ranging from personal remote devices to globally-distributed systems (Information Integration and Informatics); and 3) advance our understanding of how computational systems can exhibit the hallmarks of intelligence (Robust Intelligence).

Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC): Research Core Program
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission of a full proposal
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2018 - November 15, 2018 (submission window)
Award Amount: up to $500,000 over up to 3 years

The Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) supports translational research and education activities in all aspects of advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) that lead to deployable, scalable, and sustainable systems capable of transforming science and engineering research. Advanced CI includes the spectrum of computational, data, software, networking, and security resources, tools, and services, along with the computational and data skills and expertise, that individually and collectively can transform science and engineering. OAC supports advanced CI research to address new CI frontiers for discovery leading to major innovations, and supports the development and deployment processes, as well as expert services, necessary for realizing the research CI that is critical to the advancement of all areas of science and engineering research and education.

OAC research investments are characterized by their translational nature, i.e., building on basic research results and spanning the design to practice stages. They are further characterized by one or more of the following key attributes: multi-disciplinary, extreme-scale, driven by science and engineering research, end-to-end, and deployable as robust research CI. Areas of translational research supported by OAC include systems architecture and middleware for extreme-scale systems, scalable algorithms and applications, and the advanced CI ecosystem. Principal investigators (PIs) are  strongly encouraged to contact an OAC cognizant program director listed in this solicitation with a 1-page project summary for further guidance. 

NSF/Intel Partnership on Foundational Microarchitecture Research (FoMR)
OSP Deadline: November 19, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: November 28, 2018
Award Amount: up to $500,000 over up to 3 years 
Please note this opportunity will be funded with two separate awards from NSF and Intel. Awards will contain special terms regarding licensing and IP which will likely require additional negotiation.

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

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

Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: August 15, 2018 - October 24, 2018
Award Amount:
Support may be requested for up to 36 months at a level of $100,000 per year.
NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships provide an opportunity for highly qualified, recent doctoral scientists to carry out an integrated program of independent research and education. Fellows may engage in observational, instrumental, theoretical, laboratory or archival data research in any area of astronomy or astrophysics, in combination with a coherent educational plan for the duration of the fellowship. The program supports researchers for a period of up to three years with fellowships that may be taken to eligible host institutions of their choice. The program is intended to recognize early-career investigators of significant potential and to provide them with experience in research and education that will establish them in positions of distinction and leadership in the scientific community.

Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission of a full proposal
Sponsor Deadline: October 1, 2018 - October 18, 2018
Award Amount: $100,000 - $400,000 per year for 3-4 years

The Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) at NSF and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at NIH plan to support fundamental research in mathematics and statistics necessary to answer questions in the biological and biomedical sciences. Both agencies recognize the need to promote research at the interface between mathematical and life sciences. This program is designed to encourage new collaborations, as well as to support innovative activities by existing teams.

This program is designed to support research in mathematics and statistics addressing important questions in the biological and biomedical sciences. A direct relationship between a biological application and the mathematical and/or statistical work is required. Research collaborations that include scientists from both the life sciences community and the mathematical and statistical sciences communities are preferred and encouraged. Proposals from single investigators must make a compelling case that the individual has necessary expertise in both mathematical and biological fields. 

Division of Chemistry: Disciplinary Research Programs
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission of a full proposal
Sponsor Deadline: September 1 - September 30, 2018 (CAT, CSDM-A, CSDM-B, CTMC, SYN); October 1 - October 31, 2018 (CMI, CLP, ECS, MSN)
Award Amount: $150,000 per year for three years (average)

CHE supports a large and vibrant research community engaged in fundamental discovery, invention, and innovation in the chemical sciences. The projects supported by CHE explore the frontiers of chemical science, develop the foundations for future technologies and industries that meet changing societal needs, and prepare the next generation of chemical researchers.

Some of the areas supported by CHE include:
  • designing, synthesizing and characterizing new molecules, surfaces, and nanostructures - especially those with a focus on sustainability;
  • increasing our fundamental understanding of molecules and their chemical transformations;
  • developing new tools for chemical discovery, including those in data discovery science where increasing volumes and varieties of data are harnessed to advance innovation;
  • determining structure-function relationships in biological systems and contributing to our understanding of the fundamental rules of life;
  • observing, manipulating, and controlling the behavior of matter and energy in nanometer dimensions such as the quantum regime;
  • understanding chemical processes in the environment;
  • enabling next-generation technologies in sensing, computing, modeling, and communications; and
  • solving complex chemical problems by the development of new theories, computations, and tools, including the synergistic combination of multiple types of instruments.
This solicitation applies to nine CHE Disciplinary Chemistry Research Programs: Chemical Catalysis (CAT); Chemical Measurement and Imaging (CMI); Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms-A (CSDM-A); Chemical Structure Dynamics and Mechanisms-B (CSDM-B); Chemical Synthesis (SYN); Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods (CTMC); Chemistry of Life Processes (CLP); Environmental Chemical Sciences (ECS); and Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry (MSN).

Division of Materials Research: Topical Materials Research Programs
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission of a full proposal
Sponsor Deadline: October 1, 2018 - November 1, 2018
Award Amount: Average award sizes vary greatly among Programs since they may fund different proportions of standard vs. continuing grants.

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 as 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).

Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants (AAG)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: October 1, 2018 - November 15, 2018
Award Amount: Estimated program budget, number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds.

The Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants (AAG) Program is an inclusive and flexible funding opportunity to support research in the astronomical sciences. The Program provides individual investigator and collaborative research grants for observational, theoretical, laboratory, and archival data studies in astronomy and astrophysics. The Program also considers proposals for projects and tools that enable or enhance astronomical research. Proposals may span multiple disciplines and/or areas of study and may utilize multiple techniques.

Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: October 1, 2018 - November 15, 2018
Award Amount:
Estimated program budget, number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds.

The Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation (ATI) program provides individual investigator and collaborative research grants for development of new technologies and instrumentation for astronomy and astrophysics. The program supports overarching science objectives of the Division of Astronomical Sciences. Development of innovative, potentially transformative technologies are encouraged, even at high technical risk. Supported categories include but are not limited to: advanced technology development or concept feasibility studies and specialized instrumentation to enable new observations that are difficult or impossible to obtain with existing means. Proposals may include hardware and/or software development and/or analysis to enable new types of astronomical observations. The program encourages making products of research available to the public. It also encourages community coordination of technology and instrumentation development efforts via an annual Principal Investigators meeting.

Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission of a full proposal
Sponsor Deadline: November 28, 2018 ( AMO - Theory and Experiment; Gravitational Physics - Theory and Experiment; LIGO Research Support; Integrative Activities in Physics); December 4, 2018 (Nuclear Physics - Theory and Experiment; Elementary Particle Physics - Experiment; Particle Astrophysics - Experiment); December 11, 2018 (Elementary Particle Physics - Theory; Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology - Theory; Physics of Living Systems; Quantum Information Science) 
Award Amount: Pending availability of funds, approximately $90M will be committed for the total budget of all new awards in each cycle.

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: 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.
Other NSF: MPS Opportunities 
National Science Foundation: Directorate for Engineering (NSF: ENG)

Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS)
OSP Deadline: September 19, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: September 26, 2018
Award Amount: up to $2.5M over 3-5 years (Track I: Modeling and Track II: Solutions); up to $750,000 over 4-5 years (Track III: RCN) 

The INFEWS program seeks to support research that conceptualizes FEW systems broadly and inclusively, incorporating social and behavioral processes (such as decision making and governance), physical processes (such as built infrastructure and new technologies for more efficient resource utilization), natural processes (such as biogeochemical and hydrologic cycles), biological processes (such as agroecosystem structure and productivity), and cyber-components (such as sensing, networking, computation and visualization for decision-making and assessment). Investigations of these complex systems may produce discoveries that cannot emerge from research on food or energy or water systems alone. It is the synergy among these components in the context of sustainability that will open innovative science and engineering pathways to produce new knowledge, novel technologies, and innovative predictive capabilities.

The overarching goal of the INFEWS program is to catalyze well-integrated, convergent research to transform understanding of the FEW Nexus as integrated social, engineering, physical, and natural systems in order to improve system function and management, address system stress, increase resilience, and ensure sustainability. The NSF INFEWS activity is designed specifically to attain the following goals:
  1. Significantly advance our understanding of the food-energy-water system of systems through quantitative, predictive and computational modeling, including support for relevant cyberinfrastructure;
  2. Develop real-time, cyber-enabled interfaces that improve understanding of the behavior of FEW systems and increase decision support capability;
  3. Enable research that will lead to innovative and integrated social, engineering, physical, and natural systems solutions to critical FEW systems problems;
  4. Grow the scientific workforce capable of studying and managing the FEW system of systems, through education and other professional development opportunities.
Other NSF: ENG Opportunities
National Science Foundation: Crosscutting and Interdisciplinary

Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: September 17, 2018 by 12:00PM
OSP Deadline: October 31, 2018
Sponsor Deadline (if selected): November 7, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $300,000 for up to 2 years (Pilots and Feasibility Projects); $300,000 - $2,000,000 for 2-5 years (Research in Service to Practice Projects); $500,000 - $3,000,000 for 2-5 years (Innovations in Development Projects); $1,000,000 - $3,000,000 for 3-5 years (Broad Implementation Projects); up to $250,000 for up to 2 years (Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-analyses Projects); up to $250,000 for up to 2 years (Conferences)
The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments. The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pilots and Feasibility Studies, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-Analyses, and (6) Conferences.
Please Note:   Harvard University is limited to submitting three proposals as a lead institution. There are no limits to the number of applications where Harvard can appear as a sub-awardee. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is facilitating the internal process to solicit, review, and select three proposals for submission by Harvard University for this opportunity. Information on the internal application process can be found at the link above.

Major Research Instrumentation Program
FAS/SEAS Pre-Proposal Deadline: September 27, 2018 by 5:00PM
OSP Deadline: January 14, 2019
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: January 22, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $4,000,000. Cost sharing of 30% of the total project costs is required.
The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our nation's institutions of higher education and not-for-profit scientific/engineering research organizations. An MRI award supports the acquisition or development of a multi-user research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. 

Please Note: 
This is a limited submission opportunity and Harvard may submit up to three proposals in the "tracks" as defined below, with no more than two submissions in Track 1 and no more than one submission in Track 2.
  • Track 1: Proposals requesting funds from NSF greater than or equal to $100,000 and less than $1,000,000. Proposals that request funds from NSF less than $100,000 may also be accepted for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences.
  • Track 2: Proposals requesting funds from NSF greater than or equal to $1,000,000 up to and including $4,000,000.

To be considered for one the three Harvard nominations, potential applicants from FAS and SEAS must first submit a pre-proposal online.

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: October 1, 2018 by 12:00 PM
Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Intent (if selected): December 6, 2018
OSP Deadline: January 30, 2019
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: February 6, 2019
Award Amount: up to $3,000,000 for up to 5 years
The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master's and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The program is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary research areas, through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs.
Proposals are requested in any interdisciplinary research theme of national priority, with special emphasis on one of six high priority areas ( NSF Research Big Ideas ):  
  • Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR)
  • The Future of Work at the Human Technology Frontier (HTF)
  • Navigating the New Arctic (NNA)
  • Windows on the Universe: The Era of Multi-Messenger Astrophysics (WOU)
  • The Quantum Leap: Leading the Next Quantum Revolution (QL)
  • Understanding the Rules of Life: Predicting Phenotype (ROL)
Please Note: This is a limited submission opportunity. Harvard University is limited to participating in no more than two proposals in consideration for this opportunity. Participation includes serving as the lead organization, non-lead organization, or subawardee on any proposal. Please contact Erin Hale at with any questions.

NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering
OSP Deadline: October 12, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: October 19, 2018
Award Amount: $25,000 - $250,000 per year for up to 3 years

The National Science Foundation (NSF), with participation of the Directorates for Engineering, Geosciences, and Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and the Department of Energy, Office of Science, Fusion Energy Sciences are continuing the joint Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering begun in FY1997 and renewed several times since. As stated in the original solicitation (NSF 97-39) , which is superseded by the present solicitation, 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.

OSP Deadline: November 16, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: November 27, 2018
Award Amount: $100,000 to $250,000 per year in direct costs, with durations of 3 to 5 years

Through the CRCNS program, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF), the French National Research Agency (Agence Nationale de la Recherche, ANR), the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF), and Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) support collaborative activities that will advance the understanding of nervous system structure and function, mechanisms underlying nervous system disorders, and computational strategies used by the nervous system.
Two classes of proposals will be considered in response to this solicitation: 
  • Research Proposals describing collaborative research projects; and
  • Data Sharing Proposals to enable sharing of data and other resources.

Domestic and international projects will be considered. As detailed in the solicitation, international components of collaborative projects may be funded in parallel by the participating agencies. 

NSF will coordinate and manage the review of proposals jointly with participating domestic and foreign funding organizations, through a joint panel review process used by all participating funders.

Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems (NCS): Frontiers
OSP Deadline for Letter of Intent: November 30, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Intent: December 7, 2018
Award Amount: NSF anticipates that proposing investigator teams will develop a wide range of strategies; thus, hard limits have not been set on the budget range for individual projects. Funding durations may be up to 5 years.

The complexities of brain and behavior pose fundamental questions in many areas of science and engineering, drawing intense interest across a broad spectrum of disciplinary perspectives while eluding explanation by any one of them. Rapid advances within and across disciplines are leading to an increasingly interwoven fabric of theories, models, empirical methods and findings, and educational approaches, opening new opportunities to understand complex aspects of neural and cognitive systems through integrative multidisciplinary approaches. The Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems program (NCS) calls for innovative, convergent, boundary-crossing proposals that can best capture those opportunities and map out new research frontiers.

Frontiers  awards will support ambitious, highly integrative, interdisciplinary projects requiring larger teams of investigators engaged in a sustained synergistic effort. These projects will advance and connect multiple integrative research threads to tackle challenges that, without a high level of collaboration and coordination, would remain intractable. The program expects high-risk, high-payoff research efforts that will advance the foundations of one or more NCS focus areas. Frontiers projects will coordinate component efforts toward larger shared challenges, such that the value of the coordinated whole greatly exceeds the sum of its parts. Each Frontiers proposal must articulate a transformative vision that will drive the coordinated effort and show how the project will provide national and global leadership, contributing to a broad scientific community or communities. Discussion of potential payoffs and risks must cover the project as a whole as well as each component research thread. NCS Frontiers projects are strongly encouraged to build on other associated projects and must include an advisory board.

Smart and Connected Health: Connecting Data, People and Systems 
OSP Deadline: December 4, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: December 11, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $300,000 per year for up to four years  
The goal of the interagency Smart and Connected Health (SCH): Connecting Data, People and Systems program is to accelerate the development and integration of innovative computer and information science and engineering approaches to support the transformation of health and medicine. Approaches that partner technology-based solutions with biomedical and biobehavioral research are supported by multiple agencies of the federal government including the NSF and the NIH. The purpose of this program is to develop next-generation multidisciplinary science that encourages existing and new research communities to focus on breakthrough ideas in a variety of areas of value to health, such as networking, pervasive computing, advanced analytics, sensor integration, privacy and security, modeling of socio-behavioral and cognitive processes and system and process modeling. Effective solutions must satisfy a multitude of constraints arising from clinical/medical needs, barriers to change, heterogeneity of data, semantic mismatch and limitations of current cyberphysical systems and an aging population. Such solutions demand multidisciplinary teams ready to address issues ranging from fundamental science and engineering to medical and public health practice.
The SCH program:
  • Takes a coordinated approach that balances theory with evidenced-based analysis and systematic advances with revolutionary breakthroughs;
  • Seeks cross-disciplinary collaborative research that will lead to new fundamental insights; and
  • Encourages empirical validation of new concepts through research prototypes, ranging from specific components to entire systems.
Other NSF: Crosscutting and Interdisciplinary Opportunities


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Erin Hale
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