August 2018  
 
The FAS Research Development group publishes this monthly Funding Newsletter for SEAS faculty and researchers. The newsletter includes notable Federal, private, and internal Harvard funding opportunities. 
 
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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:  Upcoming Deadlines for BSF and NSF-BSF Programs

The United States - Israel Binational Science Foundation has several upcoming deadlines for funding opportunities. Learn more about the BSF Regular Program here and about the NSF-BSF programs 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 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: 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:  Removal of Deadlines for the Core Programs in NSF's Directorate for Engineering

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. Read more here


Funding Opportunities

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Foundation Opportunities

Internal Opportunities

Industry/Corporate Opportunities

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)   

Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA)
 
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
 
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Science Foundation: Directorate for Computer & Information Science and Engineering (NSF: CISE)
National Science Foundation: Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (NSF: MPS)

Foundation Opportunities

FoundationRitaAllen
Scholars Program
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: August 20, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $110,000/year for up to 5 years
Target Applicants: Assistant professors, preferably in the first three years of their tenure track, in the fields of cancer, immunology and neuroscience
 
The Rita Allen Foundation Scholars program funds basic biomedical research in the fields of cancer, immunology and neuroscience. The program embraces innovative research with above-average risk and groundbreaking possibilities. Candidates should provide persuasive evidence of distinguished achievement or extraordinary promise in research in one of the relevant fields.
 
Only one nomination may be put forward from Harvard University. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research will administer the internal competition to select the Harvard nominee, and applications may be submitted using the link above.



SimonsMMLS
Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems
SEAS Pre-Proposal Deadline: August 20, 2018
Sponsor Deadline (if selected as a Harvard nominee): October 31, 2018
Award Amount: $100,000/year for five years. An additional $10,000/year will be provided to the Investigator's department. The Investigator's institution will receive an additional 20 percent per year in indirect costs.
Eligible Faculty: Faculty (tenured or untenured) appointed on or after August 1, 2009. Exceptions may be made for time taken for maternity/paternity leave.
 
The MMLS program aims to support theoretical approaches making important contributions to the life sciences and, thus, to foster a scientific culture of theory-experiment collaborations similar to that prevailing in physics. To encourage researchers to pursue this endeavor, the MMLS program will provide a long-term, stable base of support, enabling a focus on model-based approaches to important issues in the life sciences. A broad spectrum of research areas within the life sciences will be considered, ranging from cellular-level issues of organization, regulation, signaling and morphogenic dynamics to the properties of organisms and ecology, as well as neuroscience and evolution; however, preference will be given to areas in which modeling approaches are less established and, for this reason, bioinformatics- and genomics-related proposals fall outside the scope of the program. In all cases, preference will be given to work developing deep theoretical ideas relevant to experiments, suggesting new questions and new classes of experiments, introducing important, new concepts, and explaining data.

This is a limited submission funding opportunity and SEAS will hold an internal competition to select two nominees to be considered in the University-wide competition. SEAS applicants must submit an internal pre-proposal online at the link above by August 20, 2018 by 5:00PM.
 

SimonsInvestigators
Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science
SEAS Internal Nomination Deadline: August 20, 2018
Sponsor Nomination Deadline (if selected as a Harvard nominee): October 31, 2018
Award Amount: $100,000/year for 5 years plus $10,000 per year to the Investigator's department. The Investigator's institution will receive an additional 20 percent per year in indirect costs.
Eligible Faculty: Faculty with tenure by the sponsor deadline of October 31, 2018
 
The Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science Program aims to provide a stable base of support for outstanding scientists, enabling them to undertake long-term investigations of the fundamental theoretical questions in their fields. The intent of the program is to support these scientists in their most productive years, when they are establishing creative new research directions, providing leadership in the field and effectively mentoring junior scientists. To be an Investigator, a scientist must be engaged in theoretical research in mathematics, physics, astrophysics or computer science and must not have previously been a Simons Investigator. He/she must have a primary appointment as a tenured faculty member and the primary department affiliation must have a Ph.D. program (note that the appointment need not be in a mathematics, physics, or computer science department). 
 
Harvard may put forward two nominees in each category: Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics, and Theoretical Computer Science. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research will facilitate the university-wide competition and has asked that each school put forward no more than two nominees in each category for consideration. Those who wish to nominate candidates from the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences may do so by sending the following materials to Erin Hale at erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu no later than August 20, 2018 by 5:00PM:
 
  1. Nomination Letter (two-page limit): Written and signed by the nominator (someone other than the nominee), on letterhead, explaining the distinctive scientific contributions of the nominee, focusing on scientific accomplishments of the past five years and including discussion of a few important papers. Co-signed letters are acceptable within the page limit.
  2. Nominee's CV: The nominee's curriculum vitae, including Ph.D. year, institution, advisor, postdoctoral institutions and advisors, positions held subsequent to award of doctorate, a list of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows mentored by the nominee and the nominee's up-to-date publication list
 
Please note that nominations should be treated confidentially - the nominees should not know they are being nominated, if possible.


UofYAssuring
Assuring Autonomy International Programme
OSP Deadline: August 30, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: September 9, 2018 11:59PM GMT
Award Amount: £100,000 and £500,000 are available (smaller feasibility or larger projects will be considered if they help move the Programme towards its objectives)
 
The Assuring Autonomy International Programme is spearheading research, training and standards in the safety of robotics and autonomous systems (RAS). Each year the programme will fund up to ten real-world 'demonstrator' projects from which key safety lessons on the deployment of RAS will be drawn. The funding is for projects directly addressing the assurance and safety of RAS, rather than technology development.
 
Successful demonstrators will:
  • address a critical barrier to assurance and regulation (C-BAR)
  • propose novel work that can be evaluated during and beyond the project
  • use a pre-existing body of work to produce a system, sub-system or technology that can be used in trials
  • include potential approaches to assuring / regulating the technology
  • generate outputs that are relevant to different domains and technologies
  • involve the regulatory community

 
JohnTempletonCore
Core Funding Areas
Online Funding Inquiry Deadline: August 31, 2018
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline (if invited): January 31, 2019 (for requests more than $234,800; deadlines for full proposals less than $234,800 are individually determined) 
Award Amount: Individual grants vary in amount. Smallest active grant is about $35,000 and largest is $7.6 million.
 
The Templeton Foundation offers grants in support of research and public engagement in the following major funding areas:
  • The Science & the Big Questions Funding Area supports innovative efforts to address the deepest questions facing humankind. Why are we here? How can we flourish? What are the fundamental structures of reality? What can we know about the nature and purposes of the divine?
  • The Character Virtue Development Funding Area seeks to advance the science and practice of character, with a focus on moral, performance, civic, and intellectual virtues such as humility, gratitude, curiosity, diligence, and honesty.
  • The Individual Freedom & Free Markets Funding Area supports education, research, and grassroots efforts to promote individual freedom, free markets, free competition, and entrepreneurship. Grounded in the ideas of classical liberal political economy, we seek and develop projects that focus on individuals and their place in a free society. 
  • The Exceptional Cognitive Talent & Genius Funding Area supports programs that aim to recognize and nurture exceptional cognitive talent, especially for those at an early stage of life. This Funding Area also supports research concerning the nature of cognitive genius, including extraordinary creativity, curiosity, and imagination.
  • The Genetics Funding Area seeks to advance genetics research by supporting novel approaches and contrarian projects, especially research that is undervalued by traditional funding sources. In addition to basic and translational research, this Funding Area supports educational programs that increase public awareness concerning the ways in which genetics-related research and its applications can advance human flourishing at the individual, familial, and societal levels.
  • The Voluntary Family Planning Funding Area supports programs that provide such resources for parents and families worldwide.


FoundationsBanting
Deadline to Request Harvard Institutional Endorsement: September 5, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: September 19, 2018
Award Amount: $70,000 per year for 2 years
 
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, offered by the Government of Canada, provide two year fellowships to eligible postdoctoral students both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social and research-based growth. Applications are accepted from all fields in the humanities, social sciences, health research, natural sciences and engineering.  
 
Candidates to be hosted by Harvard must fulfill all degree requirements for a PhD or equivalent between September 15, 2015 and September 30, 2019 and must be Canadian Citizens or permanent residents of Canada who have obtained/will obtain their PhD or equivalent from a Canadian university. The window of eligibility can be extended the applicant had their career interrupted for maternity leave or other reasons listed on the sponsor website. 
 
Applicants who will be hosted by Harvard University must include with their application a  Letter of Endorsement  signed by the Vice Provost for Research. Applicants requesting a Letter of Endorsement are asked to provide the Office of the Vice Provost for Research with a copy of their proposed  Supervisor's Statement  through the online portal at the link above by September 19, 2018.  



SloanFoundation
Research Fellowships
OSP Deadline: September 10, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: September 17, 2018
Award Amount: $70,000
Eligible Applicants: Tenure-track faculty who were awarded their most recent Ph.D. (or equivalent) on or after September 1, 2012*  

The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in chemistry, computational or evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences, physics, or a related field. Successful candidates for a Sloan Research Fellowship generally have a strong record of significant independent research accomplishments that demonstrate creativity and the potential to become future leaders in the scientific community. 
 
In order to be considered for a Sloan Research Fellowship, a candidate must have a letter of nomination from a department head or other senior researcher. While the nominator need not be the department head, no more than three candidates may be nominated from any one department. 
 
*The Selection Committees may make exceptions for candidates who were awarded their Ph.D. prior to September 1, 2012 if their careers were disrupted due to military service, child-rearing, or a change of field. The Committees may also make exceptions for candidates who are currently serving in their first faculty position and who were appointed to that position on or after September 1, 2016.


SimonsTheoretical
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.
 

SimonsCollaborations
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.


USBSFRegular
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


HarvardClimate
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."


Industry/Corporate Opportunities

SonyFocused
Focused Research Award
OSP Deadline: September 7, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: September 15, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $150,000. Awards will carry SEAS/FAS standard industry overhead rate (currently 69%).
 
The Sony Focused Research Award provides an opportunity for university faculty and Sony to conduct collaborative, focused research. 
 
Research topics include:
  • Advanced Image Processing enabled by AI
  • Volumetric/Holographic Display System
  • Non-verbal Interaction between a Virtual Human and the Real World
  • Higher-order Attribute Recognition of Indoor 3D Scenes and Objects
  • 3D/4D Semantic Scene Understanding
  • Machine Learning based Detection and Classification utilizing mm-Wave Radar
  • 5G Radio Access for Robotics Applications
  • Novel Actuator
  • Non-Camera-Based Position Tracking
  • 3D Generic Real World Object Recognition
  • High-Precision Sensing Technology of Human Body Motion in Living Spaces
  • High-Robustness Hand and Finger Recognition Technique
  • Optical See-through Display for AR/MR Glasses
 
Applications are accepted from Principal Investigators who are full-time faculty or researchers who are eligible to supervise Ph.D. students at a university/educational institution in the USA or Canada.


Sony_FacInnovation
Faculty Innovation Awards
OSP Deadline: September 7, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: September 15, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $100,000. Awards will carry SEAS/FAS standard industry overhead rate (currently 69%).
 
Global research and development at Sony enables the fostering of innovative ideas, which could ultimately lead to future technology advancements and company growth. In order to speed up and expand the creation of new ideas, Sony would like to partner with universities. This partnership will help cultivate advanced concepts and fertilize our own research and development.
 
Sony Faculty Innovation Award provides up to $100K in funds to conduct pioneering research in the areas listed below:
  • Information Technology
    • Visual/Visualization
    • Speech
    • Robotics
    • Communication and Network
    • Computer Vision
    • Machine Learning
    • Human Computer Interaction
    • System Software
    • AR/VR/MR
    • Audio
    • Mobility Sensing
    • LSI and Hardware
    • Other
  • Devices and Materials
    • Display Devices and Materials
    • Biosignals
    • Materials
    • Robotics
    • Neuromorphic Computing
  • Biomedical and Life Science
 
Applications are accepted from Principal Investigators who are full-time faculty or researchers who are eligible to supervise Ph.D. students at a university/educational institution in the USA or Canada.



GoogleFac
Google
*
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  ADS@harvard.edu  or Jen Chow, Director of Foundation and Corporate Development, OVPR, at  jennifer_chow@harvard.edu



Cisco 
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.
 
IBM_World
IBM
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.

DODONRVBFF
Office of Naval Research (ONR)
FY2019 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship (VBFF)
Sponsor Deadline for Acqutrak Registration: August 15, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (required): August 17, 2018
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission 
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals (if invited): January 28, 2019 
Award Amount: Up to $3M over 5 years

This program, formerly known as the National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship (NSSEFF) program, supports distinguished researchers for the purpose of conducting innovative basic research in areas of interest to the DoD and fostering long-term relationships between the VBFF Fellows and the DoD. The FOA also facilitates opportunities intended to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers for the defense workforce. VBFF is oriented towards bold and ambitious "blue sky" research that may lead to extraordinary outcomes such as revolutionizing entire disciplines, creating entirely new fields, or disrupting accepted theories and perspectives.
 
Faculty with tenure and full-time research staff with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to conduct the proposed research as the principal investigator (PI) are invited to submit an application. Applicants should have a record of substantial scientific contributions. The PI must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. 
 
This FOA is for single investigator grant proposals for basic research in one or more of the following technical subject categories of interest to the DoD:

1.    Engineering Biology
2.    Quantum Information Science
3.    Cognitive Neuroscience
4.    Novel Engineered Materials
5.    Applied Mathematics (theory and experiments) and Statistics
6.    Manufacturing Science

7.    Other Fields of Research with High Potential



DODDefenseAdv
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Atomic-Photonic Integration (A-PhI)
Sponsor Deadline for Abstracts (strongly encouraged): August 16, 2018
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
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.

 
DODAdapting
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Adapting Cross-Domain Kill-Webs (ACK)
Sponsor Deadline for Abstracts (strongly encouraged): August 17, 2018
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
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.


DODDARPAPrepare
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
PReemptive Expression of Protective Alleles and Response Elements (PREPARE)
OSP Deadline: August 20, 2018 
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: August 27, 2018 
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. PREPARE is structured into a 4 year effort consisting of 2 phases for 2 years each.
 
The PREPARE program aims to develop programmable gene modulators for humans that can provide specific, effective, safe, and transient medical countermeasures and prophylaxes to combat biological,  chemical, and/or radiological threats to public health and national security. The four primary threats that PREPARE will address are: influenza viral infection; opioid overdose; organophosphate (OP) poisoning; and exposure to gamma radiation. It is anticipated that successful proposals will be comprised of multi-disciplinary teams, and that successful implementation will likely require academic and industrial collaborations.
 
In Phase I, proposers should concurrently develop and integrate component innovations spanning three Technical Areas (TAs):
  • TA1: Gene Target Identification
  • TA2: Programmable Gene Modulator Development
  • TA3: Clinical Formulations
Multiple awards are anticipated.


DODLearning
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Learning with Less Labels (LwLL)
Sponsor Deadline for Abstracts (strongly encouraged): August 21, 2018
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: October 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 shall address only one technical area:
  • 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.


DODNavMed
Naval Medical Logistics Command (NMLC)
Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC): Research and Development of Operational and Undersea Medical Issues of Military Importance
OSP Deadline: August 23, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: August 30, 2018
Award Amount: $14,780,000 for a 60-month period
 
The goal of this Cooperative Agreement is to engage in a collaborative research and development (R&D) effort to support the research mission of the OUMD (Operational and Undersea Medicine Directorate). This involves support of an undersea mission to elucidate the underlying pathophysiology of environmental stressors and to develop countermeasures for military personnel who operate in undersea and high altitude environments in the Undersea Medicine Department. Support is also provided to developing treatment approaches for combat-related traumatic injuries and their associated downstream morbidities for the Regenerative Medicine and Neurotrauma Departments.
 
To accomplish these goals, the collaborative efforts will involve three research focus areas: 1) undersea medicine research, 2) regenerative medicine research and 3) neurotrauma research.
 
NMLC intends to award a single Cooperative Agreement for a single award for collaborative research efforts with OUMD-NMRC.
 


DODONRFY2019NavalYIP
Office of Naval Research (ONR)
FY2019 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program
OSP Deadline: August 24, 2018 
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: August 31, 2018 
Award Amount: Up to $500,000 for 24-months with an option for up to $250,000 for an additional 12 months
 
ONR's Young Investigator Program seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment, who have received their PhD or equivalent degree on or after 01 January 2011, and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. The objectives of this program are to attract outstanding faculty members of Institutions of Higher Education to the Department of the Navy's Science and Technology (S&T) research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. The Principal Investigator of a proposal must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident (on the date proposals are due).
 
Proposals addressing research areas (as described in the ONR Science and Technology Department section of ONR's website at  www.onr.navy.mil ) which are of interest to ONR program officers will be considered. Contact information for each division (a subgroup of an S&T Department) is also listed within the S&T section of the website. Applicants are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to contact the appropriate Program Officer who is the point of contact for a specific technical area to discuss their research ideas.
 
Multiple awards are anticipated. In 2018, 32 awards were made.



DoDAFRL
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Information Directorate
Synchronized Command & Control (SynchroC2) FOCUS AREA 2 - Multi-Domain Command and Control: Technical Area 3: Human-Machine Teaming
OSP Deadline: September 7, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (required): September 14, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $900,000 for 9-18 months
 
Human-Machine Teaming will build upon the technical achievements of previous work conducted under TA1 (FY17: Linked Planning to develop technologies such as Semantic Web that links resources, orders, missions, effects, targets, objectives and intent) and TA2 ( FY17: Plan Analytics to develop novel analytics techniques that detect mission failures, support mission understanding, and mine historical mission data over a dynamic Web of Linked Data)
having captured plans with their related and supporting information in a semantically linked data representation; then test and demonstrate the efficacy of the underpinning linked data infrastructure with respect to enabling timely and effective operational decision-making.
 
Technical approaches offered for FY19 should address the challenges inherent in multi-domain command and control (C2) operations, which include but are not limited to: information discovery across domains, filtering of related information, enabling the analysis of cross-domain plan dependencies, monitoring/detecting changes, and dynamically adding/linking new information sources as they become available.
 
Multiple awards are anticipated.



DoDYFA
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Young Faculty Award (YFA)
Sponsor Deadline for Executive Summaries (strongly encouraged): September 10, 2018
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
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.


DoDRACE
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Resilient Anonymous Communication for Everyone (RACE)
OSP Deadline: September 11, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: September 18, 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 program has been organized into 3 phases. Phase 1 will be 18 months, followed by a 12-month Phase 2, and then concluded with Phase 3 at 18 months.
 
DARPA's Information Innovation Office (I2O) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of cryptographic and communication obfuscation techniques in order to build an anonymous, attack-resilient mobile communication system that can reside completely within a network environment. Please note that ad hoc security arguments are not in scope for the program.
 
The program will be divided into 4 technical areas (TA), with all performers coordinating with
each other and in concert with the integrator:
  • TA1: Cryptography, focused on MPC and other advanced cryptographic tasks.
  • TA2: Obfuscated communications, in both the client-server and server-server modes.
  • TA3: Integration of the RACE system.
  • TA 3.1: Resilient application distribution
DARPA anticipates multiple awards for Technical Areas 1 and 2, and a single award each for Technical Areas 3 and 3.1. A total of $44M is available for awards.


DoDCDMRP
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.



DoDSEE
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.



DODDTRA
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.



DODSHRIMP 
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: 5 business days prior to submission
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:

ONR
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
ARO
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
AFOSR
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.


DODNavSurface
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.



DARPASCORE
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).


DODNPSResearchPostgrad
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:

DODCongress
U.S. Department of Defense
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)
Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program
OSP Deadline: Varies by program 
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposal: Varies by program 
Award Amount: Varies by program
 
The vision of the FY18 PRMRP is to improve the health and well-being of all military Service members, Veterans, and beneficiaries. The PRMRP challenges the scientific and clinical communities to address at least one of the FY18 PRMRP Topic Areas (see program solicitations for a full list of the Topic Areas) with original ideas that foster new directions along the entire spectrum of research and clinical care. The program seeks applications in laboratory, clinical, behavioral, epidemiologic, and other areas of research to advance knowledge in disease etiology, improve prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life for those affected by a relevant disease or condition, and to develop and validate clinical care or public health guidelines. 
 
Applicants should select the FY18 PRMRP Program Announcement most appropriate to the stage of the proposed research. DoD offers several types of awards under this program, including a  Discovery Award Investigator-Initiated Research Award Technology/Therapeutic Development Award , an Focused Program Award .
 
The FY18 appropriation for PRMRP is $330,000,000.

 
DODOther
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. 
 

DOEGeo
Geothermal Technology Office (GTO)
Machine Learning for Geothermal Energy
Concept Paper Deadline: August 23, 2018
OSP Deadline: October 25, 2018
Full Proposal Deadline: November 1, 2018
Award Amount: $500,000 maximum over 24 months for Topic 1; $700,000 maximum over 24 months for Topic 2. Cost sharing is required and must be at least 20% of the total allowable costs and must come from non-Federal sources.
 
This funding opportunity announcement supports projects that will develop new analytical tools for finding and developing geothermal resources and establish the practice of machine learning in geothermal operations. The rapidly advancing field of Machine Learning (ML) offers substantial opportunities for technology advancement and cost reduction throughout the geothermal project lifecycle, from resource exploration to power plant operations.
 
Under this funding opportunity, GTO is interested in two topic areas:
  • Topic 1: Machine Learning for Geothermal Exploration - GTO seeks projects that advance geothermal exploration through the application of machine learning techniques to geological, geophysical, geochemical, borehole, and other relevant datasets. Of particular interest to GTO are projects that will identify data acquisition targets and build community datasets for future work.
  • Topic 2: Advanced Analytics for Efficiency and Automation in Geothermal Operations - GTO seeks projects that apply advanced analytics to power plant and other operator datasets, with the goal of improving operations and resource management.

DOENNSA
National Nuclear Security Administration
Integrated University Program: Enabling Technologies and Innovation & Monitoring, Technology and Verification
OSP Deadline: August 27, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: September 4, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $25,000,000 per award for up to five years
 
The mission of the U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development (DNN R&D) is to support U.S. national and nuclear security objectives in reducing global nuclear security threats through the innovation of unilateral and multi-lateral technical capabilities to detect, identify, and characterize: 1) foreign nuclear weapons programs, 2) illicit diversion of special nuclear materials, and 3) global nuclear detonations. The role of Institutions of Higher Education for nuclear security research and development is to innovate and develop some of the most challenging basic aspects of new technology and methods. Once these basic aspects have been proven at the IHE level, the DOE/NNSA National Laboratories and/or National Security Sites/Complexes can fulfill their unique role to perform mission-specific research and development that improves on capabilities until they are either adopted by operational enterprises or transitioned into private industry for commercialization. Transparently and effectively linking these IHE and DOE/NNSA National Laboratory and/or National Security Sites/Complexes roles represents the core of how DNN R&D proposes to meet its objectives.  
 
The intent of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to award two separate five-year cooperative agreements to consortia of accredited IHEs to allow them to receive and administer funds for student and faculty research, fellowships, and scholarship funding awarded by DOE/NNSA, DNN R&D. Each cooperative agreement will be awarded to a consortium of IHEs which will include the participation of DOE/NNSA National Laboratories and/or National Security Sites/Complexes as a consortium-member(s). Individual consortium-member IHEs shall make specific contributions and shall receive specified portions of the funding.
 
The consortium may include student and research fellows and must have a long-term objective of building expertise in nuclear nonproliferation detection. Research results should be incorporated readily into IHE curricula. Students, faculty, and researchers must be able to work unencumbered while moving across what are now organizational and bureaucratic boundaries of the academic and governmental facilities engaged in the consortium, while properly protecting critical information and materials. The consortium should establish reciprocal arrangements between the lead IHE and other IHEs as well as relationships with appropriate DOE/NNSA National Laboratories and/or National Security Sites/Complexes.


DOEHITEMMP
Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)
High Intensity Thermal Exchange through Materials, and Manufacturing Processes (HITEMMP)
Concept Paper Submission Deadline: September 12, 2018 9:30 AM ET
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: TBD
Award Amount: $1,000,000-$10,000,000 for 18-36 months. Cost sharing is required and varies based on type of submission and lead organization.
 
The HITEMMP program will develop novel approaches and technologies for design topologies, materials, and manufacturing of high temperature, high pressure, and highly compact heat exchangers. These heat exchangers will enable efficient and power dense power generation cycles for applications in transportation, electricity generation, and industrial sectors. If successful, the materials and manufacturing advances from the HITEMMP program may also yield broader benefits in other operating regimes, and in applications beyond heat exchangers and power cycles.
 
The HITEMMP program targets heat exchangers to operate in environments where temperatures and pressures are simultaneously in excess of 800°C and 80 bar, with operating lifetimes of tens of thousands of hours. These heat exchangers must offer superior thermal performance and low pumping power requirements, and must also be cost competitive and durable. These performance goals are beyond the capability of any existing technologies, but ARPA-E believes that recent advances in materials, topological design methodologies, and manufacturing technologies can be leveraged to realize the desired extreme-environment heat exchanger capability. Specific developments include:

  • The identification and development of materials capable of withstanding extreme temperature and pressure conditions while featuring attractive thermo-mechanical and manufacturability properties;
  • Advances in additive and/or subtractive manufacturing techniques to enable the cost-effective realization of small structural feature sizes, smooth surface finishes, and other enabling heat exchanger characteristics; and
  • The refinement and application of advanced design methodologies to leverage new material capabilities while incorporating manufacturing constraints.
 
ARPA-E has issued this FOA to encourage the formation of multi-disciplinary teams to work to overcome the materials, design, and manufacturing technology barriers that have thus far prevented the realization of catalyzing the development of the desired extreme environment heat exchanger capability. ARPA-E has identified two categories of recuperator-type heat exchangers (> 800°C and > 1100°C, corresponding to metallic and to ceramic/composite materials sets, respectively) as challenge problems.


DOEWaterPower
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 reliability 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
An informational webinar for Topic Areas 1 and 2 will be held September 5, 2018 at 12:30 PM EST.  This webinar is open to all applicants who wish to participate. The webinar will go over the funding opportunity announcement and a live Q&A will be held at the end. Those interested in participating can register here .

An additional webinar focusing on Standard Modular Hydropower Resources Webinar (Topic Area 1 Only) will be held on September 6, 2018 at 1:00 PM EST. The Standard Modular Hydropower (SMH) Resources Webinar, hosted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will provide an overview and demonstration of two guidelines and tools available to those applying for Topic Area 1: (a) Exemplary Design Envelope Specification (EDES), and (b) SMH Explorer. Those interested in participating can register here .


DOEFOAHub
Office of Renewable Energy
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 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.


DOE_Other
Other DOE Opportunities

IARPA

IARPAMolecular
Molecular Analyzer for Efficient Gas- Phase Low-Power Interrogation (MAEGLIN Phase 2) Program
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Due Date for Initial Round of Selections: September 10, 2018
BAA Closing Date: December 31, 2018
Award Amount: Not specified. A cost proposal is only required to be submitted if the offeror's proposal has been selected for negotiation.
 
The overall MAEGLIN program intends to develop an ultra-low-power chemical analysis capability for the detection and identification of explosives, chemical weapons, industrial toxins and pollutants, narcotics, and nuclear materials in chemical environments with significant background and interferents. In Phase 1 the MAEGLIN program developed component technology for chemical collection, separation, and identification. In Phase 2, MAEGLIN will demonstrate integrated prototype systems in two capability tracks: Chemical Identification, and Chemical Detection. Systems in the Chemical Identification track will be able to collect target chemicals at concentrations potentially several orders of magnitude lower than the ambient chemical background, separate these chemicals from interferents, and perform a full analysis of the complex mixture with positive identification of a broad range of species.



IARPABETTER

Better Extraction from Text Towards Enhanced Retrieval (BETTER)
OSP Deadline: September 7, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: September 14, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $750,000

The Better Extraction from Text Towards Enhanced Retrieval (BETTER) Program will develop methods for extracting increasingly fine-grained semantic information, with a focus of events in the form of who-did-what-to-whom-when-where, across multiple languages and problem domains. This extracted information will be applied to an information retrieval task. An additional area of focus is human-in-the-loop computation. Performer systems will need the ability to incorporate human judgments for metrics such as relevancy and accuracy of extracted or retrieved information.
 
These requirements translate into three major research thrusts:
  • Information extraction (IE) - Offerors will propose novel approaches for extracting semantic information, such as political events, from a foreign-language corpus using English-language training data.
  • Information retrieval (IR) - Offerors will propose methods for incorporating semantic information, such as the previously mentioned political events, into an information retrieval setting.
  • Human computation - Offerors will propose methods that allow for human-in-the-loop updates to developed algorithms in order to improve accuracy and relevancy of the extracted and retrieved information created during the program phases.
Proposals are required to address all three research areas.


IARPA_other
Other IARPA Opportunities
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

NASARosBio 
Research Opportunities in Space Biology (ROSBio) - 2018: Appendix A: Orion Exploration Mission-1 Research Pathfinder for Beyond Low Earth Orbit Space Biology Investigations
Sponsor Deadline for Step-1 Proposals (required): August 17, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Invited Step-2 Proposals: September 24, 2018
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Amount: NASA expects that individual grants will be on average $300,000 total cost, but shall not exceed $400,000 total cost per award. Award periods will be for a maximum of 3 years.
 
NASA's Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications Division (SLPSRAD) has been invited to participate in the Orion Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1), which is an unmanned lunar orbital flight tentatively scheduled to occur in 2019. The NASA Space Biology Program has been allocated two experiment payload locations inside the EM-1 Orion capsule for the specific purpose of conducting scientific investigations. NASA is soliciting proposals for biological studies that contribute answers to NASA's Strategic Objectives 1.2: Understand Responses of Physical and Biological Systems to Spaceflight, and 2.2: Conduct Exploration in Deep Space, the National Academy of Science (NAS) Decadal report recommendations for exploration, and Space Biology research priorities.
 
Appendix A to ROSBio 2018 solicits proposals for hypothesis-driven space biology investigations designed to study how life responds to the space environment beyond low Earth orbit. Applicants must propose to use organisms that can be accommodated within the extreme environmental and technical constraints of the EM-1 lunar orbit flight and pre-defined experimental hardware as described in Appendix A. Proposed investigations must address Space Biology research priorities and goals as well as recommendations made by the Decadal Report.

It is anticipated that 4-8 individual awards may be made.



NASAheroA
Human Exploration Research Opportunities (HERO) Appendix A: NASA Research and Technology Development to Support Crew Health and Performance in Space Exploration Missions
Sponsor Deadline for Step-1 Proposals (required): September 5, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Invited Step-2 Proposals: November 30, 2018
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Amount: VNSCOR awards will be made up to $400,000/year for 4 years. Space Radiology awards will be made up to $200,000 for up to 2 years. Dose-Rate awards will be made up to $450,000/year for 4 years.
 
Research in the Human Research Program (HRP) is organized around 32 risks and two concerns  as outlined in the Human Research Roadmap . In the current Appendix, HRP is soliciting research for the following topics:
  • Risk of Synergistic Effects of Radiation, Stress, and Altered Gravity on Spaceflight Behavioral Health and Performance Virtual NASA Specialized Center of Research (VNSCOR);
  • Space Radiobiology Tissue Sharing: Research Proposing the Use of Archived Tissue Samples or Samples from Ongoing Experiments; and
  • Impact of Dose-Rate on Space Radiation Health Risks.
Four or five new awards are anticipated as a result of this Appendix.



NASAheroB
Human Exploration Research Opportunities (HERO) Appendix B: NASA Human Research Program Omnibus Opportunity
Sponsor Deadline for Step-1 Proposals (required): September 5, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Invited Step-2 Proposals: November 30, 2018
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Amount: Up to $150,000 for one year
 
NASA is soliciting investigations lasting no more than one year that provide innovative approaches to any of the risks and gaps contained in the Integrated Research Plan of the Human Research Program. NASA is also soliciting novel research ideas that might not be directly aligned with HRP's identified risks from new investigators who have not received funding from NASA HRP, the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, or the Translational Research Institute for Space Health in the last ten years.
 
Proposals solicited through this Appendix will be designated as 1) ground-based, 2) analog definition, or 3) flight definition. In addition, proposers will identify which of the three types of research products best characterizes the proposed research: 1) quantification of a crew health and performance risk, 2) countermeasure development, or 3) technology development.
 
Four or five new awards are anticipated as a result of this Appendix.
 


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

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

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

NASAJohnsonSpace
Johnson Space Center:  Research Opportunities for ISS Utilization
Exploration Technology Demonstration and National Lab Utilization Enhancements
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to sponsor deadline
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (recommended): Rolling through October 31, 2019 (see solicitation for schedule of review cycles)
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: Rolling through December 31, 2019 (see solicitation for schedule of review cycles)
Award Amount: Details below
 
This announcement is for the development of experiment hardware with enhanced capabilities; modification of existing hardware to enable increased efficiencies (crew time, power, etc.); development of tools that allow analyses of samples and specimens on orbit; enhanced ISS infrastructure capabilities (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 . In addition, NASA seeks technology demonstrations related to the Space Suit CO2 Sensor thrust area.

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

OtherNASA
Other NASA Opportunities
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIHNewInnovator
NIH Director's New Innovator Award (DP2)
OSP Deadline: August 31, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: September 10, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $1,500,000 over five years
 
The NIH Director's New Innovator Award supports exceptionally creative Early Stage Investigators who propose highly innovative research projects with the potential for unusually high impact. The award is designed specifically to support unusually creative investigators with highly innovative research ideas at an early stage of their career when they may lack the preliminary data required for an R01 grant application. The emphasis is on innovation and creativity; preliminary data are not required, but may be included. No detailed, annual budget is requested in the application. The review process emphasizes the individual's creativity, the innovativeness of the research approaches, and the potential of the project, if successful, to have a significant impact on an important biomedical or behavioral research problem. Applicants must meet the definition of an Early Stage Investigator (ESI) at the time of application. An ESI is a new investigator (defined as a PD/PI who has not competed successfully for a significant NIH independent research award) who is within 10 years of completing his/her terminal research degree or end of post-graduate clinical training. 


NIHPioneer
NIH Director's Pioneer Award (DP1)
OSP Deadline: September 7, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: September 14, 2018
Award Amount: $700,000/year for 5 years
 
The NIH Director's Pioneer Award supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose highly innovative approaches to addressing major challenges in the biomedical or behavioral sciences towards the goal of enhancing human health. Applications proposing research on any topic within the broad mission of NIH are welcome. Emphases are on the qualities of the investigator and the innovativeness and potential impact of the proposed research. Preliminary data and detailed experimental plans are not requested. 
 
To be considered pioneering, the proposed research must reflect substantially different ideas from those being pursued in the investigator's current research program or elsewhere. The Pioneer Award is not intended to expand a current research program into the area of the proposed project. While the research direction may rely on the applicant's prior work and expertise as its foundation, it cannot be an obvious extension or scale-up of a current research enterprise which may be competitive as a new or renewal R01 application. Rather, the proposed project must reflect a fundamental new insight into the potential solution of a problem, which may develop from exceptionally innovative approaches and/or radically unconventional hypotheses. 


NIHTransformative
NIH Director's Transformative Research Award
OSP Deadline: September 14, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: September 21, 2018
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. 


OtherNIHOpps
Other NIH Opportunities

National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation: Dear Colleague Letters

NSFDCBSF
NSF-BSF Programs
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:
  • Marine Oceanography - Deadline: August 15, 2018 (NSF) and August 20, 2018 (BSF)
  • 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). 


NSFDCRemoval
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


NSFDCLRemoval

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 we anticipate 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 .

 

NSFDCAnnounceCore
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.

 
DCL_Growing
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
convergenceprospectus@nsf.gov 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. 


NSFSitS
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 (https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf18047). For submitting a SitS-Themed IUCRC planning grant preliminary proposal, please review the current IUCRC program solicitation (https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf17516). Submitters are strongly encouraged to contact IUCRC Program Officers Prakash Balan (pbalan@nsf.gov) or Andre Marshall (awmarsha@nsf.gov) and relevant SitS Program Officers at SitSquestions@nsf.gov for guidance and topic approval prior to submitting a preliminary proposal for an IUCRC planning grant. 



NSFDCLJoint
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.


NSFDCLCISE
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.


NSFDCMPSDates
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.


NSFDCDREAMB
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. 


NSTDCSTEMFuture
STEM Education for the Future
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2019
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 transformative, 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.


NSFDCLD3SC
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.
 

NSFDCLPhotonics
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 Grants.gov at any time with no deadline
( https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=245720&org=ECCS ). 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)

NSFCISECNS
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.

NSFCISECCF
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.

NSFCISEIIS
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).


  NSFCISEOAC
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. 

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

NSFMPSAstroPostDoc
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.


NSFMPSFRGMS

NSF: MPS
Focused Research Groups in the Mathematical Sciences (FRGMS)
OSP Deadline: September 5, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: September 12, 2018
Award Amount: $150,000 - $500,000 per year for up to 3 years

The purpose of the Focused Research Group activity is to support collaborative groups employing innovative methods to solve specific, major research challenges in the mathematical sciences. A major challenge is an outstanding problem of significant importance that requires the focused and synergistic efforts of a collaborative group to solve, and whose solution will have wide impacts in the mathematical sciences and potentially in other areas. Groups may include, in addition to statisticians and mathematicians, researchers from other science and engineering disciplines appropriate for the proposed research. Risky projects are welcome. Interdisciplinary projects are welcome. Projects should be timely, limited in duration to up to three years, and substantial in their scope and impact for the mathematical sciences. Funded projects that show substantial progress in their first two years may be recommended for a creativity extension for up to an additional two years.


NSFDMS
NSF: MPS
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. 

NSFMPSCHEDRP
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).


NSFMPSDMRTMRP
NSF: MPS
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 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).


NSFMPSAstroRes
NSF: MPS*
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.

NSFMPSAdvancedTech
NSF: MPS*
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.

NSFMPSPHYNSFMPSPHY
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.

 
OtherNSFMPS 
Other NSF: MPS Opportunities 

National Science Foundation: Directorate for Engineering (NSF: ENG)

NSFENGINFEWS
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.

NSF:ENG
Other NSF: ENG Opportunities
National Science Foundation: Crosscutting and Interdisciplinary

NSFCrossEnabling
Enabling Quantum Leap: Convergent Accelerated Discovery Foundries for Quantum Materials Science, Engineering and Information (Q-AMASE-i)
Harvard Internal Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: August 20, 2018
Sponsor Letter of Intent Deadline (if selected): September 17, 2018
Award Amount: $20,000,000 to $25,000,000 over a six-year period. Annual budget may not exceed $7,000,000 in any of the award years.
 
The new program of Enabling Quantum Leap: Convergent Accelerated Discovery Foundries for Quantum Materials Science, Engineering, and Information (Q-AMASE-i) aims to establish Foundries with mid-scale infrastructure for rapid prototyping and development of quantum materials and devices. Q-AMASE-i Foundries are expected to produce advances such as: transformative breakthrough fundamental research; novel materials, tools, devices, algorithms, and simulations integrated with industrial technologies; quantum systems research; new application domains; and the next generation of a highly-trained workforce. Accelerated engineering of quantum technologies supporting quantum sensing, quantum communications, or quantum computing systems is the ultimate goal of a Q-AMASE-i Foundry. Research topics of interest include discovery, understanding, and optimization of materials for specific applications, modeling, design, fabrication, and characterization of quantum devices.
 
For the materials aspect, the scope of Q-AMASE-i should focus on specific classes of materials as outlined below:
 
  • materials directly serving novel quantum technologies by exploring the paradigms of spintronics, valleytronics, twistronics, and hybrid 2D materials design principles where properties can be tuned and controlled, for example, by changing the parameters of stacking;
  • materials based on topological electronic phases, such as topological insulators, and topological semimetals, including but not limited to Dirac and Weyl systems, but also materials exploring quantum collective phenomena like superconductivity, charge order, or nematic order; and
  • materials whose properties emerge from the interplay of many-body interactions and topology, such as materials hosting non-Abelian quasiparticles, topological superconductivity, Majorana quasiparticles, or spin liquids.
 
Proposed activities should include transdisciplinary teams of scientists and engineers and should propose new concepts involving quantum materials that enable robust, efficient devices and novel system architectures, while deploying and integrating a data-harnessing community infrastructure within the discovery process. The activities should be designed to accelerate fundamental understanding of the physics of materials, their structure, property, and processing relationships, as well as associated device performance optimization for rapid technology development. Participation of the private sector is required.
 
Harvard is limited to submitting one proposal for this opportunity. In order to facilitate the review of possible multiple submissions while giving faculty enough time to prepare an external submission, interested applicants are asked to submit (as a single document) the following to Jennifer_Chow@harvard.edu  with copy to  Autumn_Bennett@harvard.edu ,  Erin_Hale@fas.harvard.edu , and  Sgomes@fas.harvard.edu   by 5pm Monday, August 20 :
 
  • Proposal title
  • Description of the vision, key components, main activities, and major goals of the proposed Foundry
  • A list of Senior Personnel (Principal Investigator/Project Director, co-PI(s), and Faculty Associate(s) or equivalent), including unfunded collaborators, and providing names, affiliations, and contact information for all participants. All Q-AMASE-i proposals must involve at least five Senior Personnel to ensure that all aspects of the project are adequately covered by relevant expertise. Senior Personnel need to demonstrate expertise in different areas of research, e.g. physics, materials, chemistry, mathematics, computational or data sciences, engineering in order to foster a convergent research approach. Note that an individual cannot be Senior Personnel on more than one submission.
  • Estimated total budget for each year of Foundry's activities.


NSFCrossAISL
Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: September 17, 2018 by 12:00PM
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.



NSFCIDOE
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: 
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.

 
OtherNSFCross2 
Other NSF: Crosscutting and Interdisciplinary Opportunities

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