November 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.
Blog Post: IOS in Focus: NSF EAGERs
 
Early Concept Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER) is NSF's way of encouraging research that is risky but potentially impactful.  EAGERs are limited to 2 years in duration and a maximum budget of $300,000. This blog post focuses on the key points that Program Directors look for in an NSF EAGER inquiry. Read more here.

Funding Opportunities

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Foundation Opportunities

Internal Opportunities

Industry/Corporate Opportunities

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA)

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

Foundation Opportunities

BrainRes
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: November 26, 2018 by 12:00 PM
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Intent (if nominated): January 8, 2019
Award Amount: up to $80,000 in direct costs for two years

Brain Research Foundation's Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program provides start-up money for new and innovative research projects that have the potential to become competitive for an NIH grant or other external funding sources. This program is open to full-time Assistant or Associate Professors working in the area of studies of brain function. This includes molecular and clinical neuroscience as well as studies of neural, sensory, motor, cognitive, behavioral and emotional functioning in health and disease. The grant proposal must detail a new research project that is not funded by other sources.
 
This is a limited submission opportunity and Harvard may put forward only one nominee to submit a letter of intent. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research will conduct the internal competition to select the Harvard nominee. To be considered for the Harvard nomination, potential applicants must submit an internal pre-proposal via the link above.


MassLife
OSP Deadline: November 28, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: December 5, 2018
Award Amount: up to $5,000,000 for one or two years
 
The Competitive Capital Program provides grants for capital projects that support the life sciences ecosystem in Massachusetts by enabling and supporting life sciences workforce development and training, research and development, commercialization and/or manufacturing in the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Life Science Center (MLSC) recognizes that investment in capital projects and infrastructure is required to create and sustain the attributes that make Massachusetts attractive to innovation clusters such as life sciences. This program is designed to help fund high potential economic development projects that promise to make a significant contribution to the state's life sciences ecosystem. Organizations engaged in life sciences research, development, education and training, or commercialization in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are eligible to apply. Applicants must be requesting funding for capital projects to support the life sciences "infrastructure" in Massachusetts.
 
Projects must be ready for funding by July 1, 2019, and completion of the project must not extend beyond June 30, 2021. Applicants that have succeeded in identifying and securing significant additional funds for the proposed project will benefit during the review process, however, recognizing that the sources and amounts of additional funding will vary by applicant type, the MLSC has not specified a set amount of required cost share funds.  
 
Applications must be submitted online. This is not a limited submission opportunity but the RFP states that each application must be signed by a senior leader of the organization (President, CEO, Executive Director, etc.). This endorsement can be provided by an authorized organizational representative from OSP.



Fdn_McKnight
Sponsor Letter of Intent Deadline (required): December 10, 2018
OSP Deadline: April 15, 2019
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: April 22, 2019
Award Amount: up to $100,000 per year for 2 years. Indirect costs are limited to 10% of the total project costs. This amount falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application.
 
Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Awards support scientists who work on novel and creative approaches to understanding brain function. The program seeks to advance and enlarge the range of technologies available to the neurosciences. It does not support research based primarily on existing techniques. The Endowment Fund is especially interested in how technology may be used or adapted to monitor, manipulate, analyze, or model brain function at any level, from the molecular to the entire organism. Technology may take any form, from biochemical tools to instruments to software and mathematical approaches. Because the program seeks to advance and enlarge the range of technologies available to the neurosciences, research based primarily on existing techniques will not be considered.  A goal of the Technological Innovations awards is to foster collaboration between the neurosciences and other disciplines; therefore, collaborative and cross-disciplinary applications are explicitly invited.


Fdn_Coop
OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: January 8, 2019
Award Amount: Postdoctoral Visiting Fellowships are available for two-year terms with an annual salary TBD and a research budget of up to $4,000, along with a modest relocation stipend for the individual; Sabbatical Fellowships for senior scientists are available for between 3 and 12 months. Modest requests for compensation, relocation support, and a $4,000 research budget may be included in the award.
 
CIRES sponsors a prestigious Visiting Fellows program, inviting scientists to join the thriving community of researchers in Boulder, Colorado. Visiting Fellowships are intended to stimulate interdisciplinary research across the institute through engagement with CIRES researchers on campus and in Boulder's NOAA Laboratories. Visiting Fellows work with CIRES researchers on a wide range of environmental science topics. Two-year Visiting Fellowships are available for postdoctoral researchers, and terms of up to 12 months for senior scientists on leave or sabbatical. Applicants should contact possible CIRES Fellow collaborators well in advance of submitting an application. Successful proposals are typically designed in collaboration with your potential host at CIRES.
 
 

Fdn_Google
OSP Deadline: January 14, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: January 22, 2019
Award Amount: Grants are expected to range from $500,000 to $2,000,000, but will ultimately be sized based on project needs. 15% overhead must be included in budgets submitted from FAS and SEAS.
 
The Google AI Impact Challenge is an open call to nonprofits, social enterprises, and research institutions around the world to submit their ideas to use AI to help address social and environmental challenges. Google.org is looking for projects across a range of social impact domains and levels of technical expertise, from organizations that are experienced in AI to those with an idea for how they could be putting their data to better use. Selected organizations will receive education and coaching from Google's AI experts, access to computing resources, and Google.org grant funding from a $25M pool.



Fdn_Dana
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: January 15, 2019 at 1:00PM
Award Amount: $100,000-$200,000
Eligible Applicants: Faculty at the Assistant Professor level or early in their Associate Professor career. Senior investigators will only be considered if they can convincingly demonstrate a new research direction. 
 
The Dana Foundation supports research on imaging innovations that help reveal how the human brain functions normally, how disorders and injuries alter these functions, and how various therapies affect these conditions. Since immune cells are often integrally involved in the development of, protection against, or responses to brain diseases and injuries, funded research also can focus on immune cell interactions with brain cells. Scientists using either conventional brain imaging techniques, cellular and molecular imaging technologies, or a combination of both, are supported to undertake pilot tests of novel hypotheses. Studies tend to focus on how imaging can enhance understanding of normal brain functioning; improve diagnosis; expand understanding of disease or injury processes; and assess treatment effects. Additionally, studies designed to refine existing imaging techniques, or to further develop new techniques to address specific clinical questions, are supported. 
 
This is a limited submission opportunity and Harvard University may put forward only one nomination. Applicant for the Harvard nomination must be nominated by a department chair or area chair and must submit a pre-proposal to an internal competition administered by the Office for Vice Provost of Research (OVPR) at the link above.



Fdn_Packard
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: January 22, 2019 by 12:00PM
Award Amount: $875,000 over five years
Eligible Disciplines: physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering
Eligible Faculty: Faculty members appointed between May 31, 2016 and May 31, 2019
 
The Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering provides the nation's most promising early-career scientists and engineers with flexible funding and the freedom to take risks and explore new frontiers in their fields of study. Packard Fellows are encouraged to think big and look at complex issues with a fresh perspective. The Foundation encourages them to use their funds in whatever ways would best advance their research. Initial faculty appointments should have begun no earlier than May 31, 2016 and no later than May 31, 2019. 
 
This is a limited submission opportunity and Harvard University may put forward only two nominations. Applicants for the Harvard nomination must be nominated by a department chair or area chair and must submit a pre-proposal to an internal competition administered by the Office for Vice Provost of Research (OVPR) at the link above.


Internal Opportunities

Blavatnik
Deadline: November 27, 2018 (pre-proposal); April 10, 2019 (full proposal)
Award Amount: $100,000 over one year (Pilot Grants); $300,000 over two years (Development Grants)
Target Applicants: Anyone with rights as a principal investigator (PI), whose employer is Harvard University and who has an obligation to assign intellectual property (IP) rights to Harvard, is eligible to apply.
 
The Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator at Harvard University supports faculty in the performance and commercialization of applied life sciences research. The Accelerator provides funding and other support to help faculty validate their nascent technologies and identify potential industry partners to advance these technologies to the marketplace. The Accelerator is designed to accommodate projects of varying magnitude, as appropriate, and its primary goal is to advance technologies to the point where additional funding from industry and/or technology transfer is achieved. Supported projects have included therapeutics, diagnostics/biomarkers, instruments, and other biomedical technologies.
 
Accelerator awards will be made in two categories: Pilot Grants and Development Grants. Within the established budgetary parameters, projects will be funded at the level deemed necessary to achieve the proposed research objectives. 
  • Pilot Grant awards will be funded at a maximum of $100K for a period of up to 12 months. Pilot Grants are intended to support proof-of-concept activities that (if successful) would establish a basis for a subsequent Development Grant proposal.
  • Development Grants will be funded at a maximum of $300K for a period of up to 24 months. Development Grants are expected to generate partnerable technology within the proposed timeframe.



Internal_postdocfund
Deadline: November 29, 2018
Award Amount: up to $25,000
 
The goal of the Harvard Data Science Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow Research Fund is to incentivize and support cross-disciplinary collaboration between data scientists at the postdoctoral level. There is a particular interest in funding research proposals that aim to:

  • Investigate novel applications of data analysis techniques (broadly defined), particularly by transferring methodology from one field to another;
  • Share and combine existing but distinct data sets to gain new insights into a problem;
  • Involve new collaborations between researchers in separate departments (or fields of research);
  • Explore new methods that may help to improve the public understanding of complex technical issues or areas of research.
 
Funds may be used to hire students, buy access to data or software; or for travel and conference fees. Proposed projects should take a maximum of one year to complete. Successful applicants will be provided the opportunity to present results at the DSI conference, normally held in the Fall.



Internal_postdocprogram
Deadline: December 4, 2018
Award Amount: $81,600/year stipend for two years. Appointments may be extended for a third year, budget and performance allowing. An additional $10,000 will be allocated for research and travel expenses each year.
 
The Harvard University Data Science Initiative is seeking applications for its Harvard Data Science Postdoctoral Fellows Program for the 2019-2020 academic year. The normal duration of the Fellowship is two years. Fellows will receive a generous salary as well as an annual allocation for research and travel expenses. The Initiative is looking for researchers whose interests are in data science, broadly construed, and including researchers with both a methodological and applications focus. Fellows will be provided with the opportunity to pursue their research agenda in an intellectually vibrant environment with ample mentorship. The Initiative is looking for independent researchers who will seek out collaborations with other fellows and with Harvard faculty.
 
Successful applicants will be expected to lead their own research agenda, but also work collaboratively with others including with members of the Harvard faculty, and to contribute to building the data science intellectual community. The Fellows program will offer numerous opportunities to engage with the broader data science community, including through seminar series, informal lunches, mentoring opportunities, opportunities for fellow-led programming, and other networking events. Fellows should expect to spend most of their time in residence at Harvard.
 


Internal_Lemann
Deadline: January 22, 2019
Award Amount: up to $150,000 payable over one or two years
Target Applicants: Applications are invited from individuals who hold a faculty appointment at a Harvard school and who have principal investigator rights at that school.
 
Applications are invited from researchers across disciplines proposing research projects relating to Brazil. Proposals are sought for projects that address education management and administration; social science and its applications; public administration and policy; technological advances in education; and evidence-based research.  Consideration will also be given to projects that propose collaboration between Harvard faculty and Brazilian academics in the life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, and basic and applied sciences.
 
Proposed projects must meet at least one of the following three criteria:
  1. Include collaboration with Brazilian academics
  2. Be undertaken in Brazil in whole or in part
  3. Focus on Brazil
Applications must be submitted online here by January 22, 2019.



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

Industry/Corporate Opportunities

Toyota
OSP Deadline: December 8, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: December 15, 2018
Award Amount: up to $500,000 per year for up to 3 years. Full industry overhead rate of 69% applies.
Note: Faculty are encouraged to discuss potential applications with their representative from the Office of Technology Development to identify any IP overlap issues.
 
TMHNA is seeking proposals for research that drive new technology or innovative approaches to the material handling industry. Proposal themes related to the following areas are encouraged, but given the broad nature of material handling, other themes are welcome as well:
  • Material handling for last mile delivery
  • Material handling for urban environments
  • Material handling for piece picking
  • Material handling for reverse logistics
  • Material handling automation
  • Remote operation of material handling equipment
  • Warehousing Energy Infrastructure
  • VR/AR for material handling applications
  • Machine learning in material handling
  • ADAS systems for material handling equipment
  • Industry 4.0
Cisco  
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
OSP Deadline: 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.

DOD_ONR
Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Intent: LOIs not required for Topic Areas 1 and 2 (LOI deadline for Topic Areas 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 has passed)
OSP Deadline: December 14, 2018 for Topic Areas 1 and 2
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: December 21, 2018 for Topic Areas 1 and 2
Award Amount: The amount and period of performance of each recommended or selected proposal will vary depending on the research area topic and the technical approach to be pursued by the selected or recommended offeror (see the BAA for guidance by topic).
 
NOPP promotes the national goals of assuring national security, advancing economic development, protecting quality of life, and strengthening science education and communication by improving knowledge of the ocean. Over twenty agencies participate in the NOPP (see the NOPP website for a full list). In this BAA, NOPP participants have identified seven ocean research and technology topics of mutual and emerging interest. Selected projects will be awarded and funded by individual agencies after the NOPP office, ONR and panels of experts conduct an evaluation of the full proposals under each topic. Team efforts are required. The teams must be comprised of at least two of the following three sectors: Academia; Industry (including Non-Governmental Organizations - NGOs); and Government (including Tribal, State and Local).
 
Topic Areas still accepting applications:
  1. CubeSat Sensors for Investigating Littoral Ocean & Atmosphere Dynamics
  2. Sustained observations of marine biodiversity for improved understanding of marine ecosystem responses to changing environmental conditions

DOD_DARPASIGMA
Sponsor Deadline for Abstracts (strongly encouraged): November 20, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: January 11, 2019
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Amount: The level of funding for individual awards will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. The overall SIGMA+ program is being conducted in two 2.5-year phases (Period A will be 27 months and Period B 24 months). At this time, detailed proposals are solicited for the network development, analytics, and integration portion of the program, Period A.
 
The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the areas of: automated and sensor fused data analytics, network infrastructure and system integration, and interfaces and interoperability to support a networked system for the detection, interdiction, and deterrence of clandestine weapons of mass destruction (WMD) activities.
 
SIGMA+ consists of three integrated thrusts: sensors, network and analytics, and test and evaluation. Radiological and nuclear (RN) WMD threats sensors and algorithms were developed under the SIGMA program and will be integrated into SIGMA+; this is referred to as Technical Area 0 (TA0). Chemical and biological sensors and sensor algorithms were addressed in a previous BAA, referred to as TA1 and TA2, respectively. The network and analytics thrust, the focus of this Program Announcement, is composed of three additional technical areas:
  • TA3: Automated and Sensor Fused Analytics for Multi-Source Data
  • TA4: Network Infrastructure and System Integration
  • TA5: Interfaces and Interoperability 
Performers may propose to one or all technical areas, or provide approaches that combine technical areas.
 
DARPA anticipates multiple awards.

PIPES
Sponsor Deadline for Abstracts (strongly encouraged): November 20, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: January 17, 2019 (proposals may be submitted after this date until March 1, 2019, but proposers are warned that the likelihood of available funding is greatly reduced for proposals submitted after the initial deadline)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
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 total of $35M is anticipated for Technical Area 1 (TA1) including Technical Area 1B (TA1B); $20M for Technical Area 2 (TA2); and $10M for Technical Area 3 (TA3). DARPA expects that individual awards in TA1B will not exceed $600,000. PIPES is a 42-month program divided into three Phases.
 
The DARPA Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) is soliciting research proposals for the development of package-level optical signaling technologies for advanced microelectronic systems to enable disruptive performance scaling through parallelism.
 
PIPES is soliciting innovative research proposals in three main Technical Areas (TAs):
  • Technical Area 1 (TA1) - Photonically-Enabled MCMs will develop high-performance optical I/O technology for co-packaging with state-of-the-art packaged ICs, including FPGAs, CPUs, GPUs, and ASICs.
  • Technical Area 1, Track B (TA1B) - Defense Applications and Demonstration will be a separate effort within TA1 that investigates the application of photonically-enabled MCMs for DoD-specific use cases.
  • Technical Area 2 (TA2) - Photonics for Massive Parallelism will develop revolutionary new approaches to in-package optical I/O scalable to 1 Pbps aggregate bandwidth for future microelectronic systems.
  • Technical Area 3 (TA3) - Interconnect Fabrics will develop key technologies to facilitate the use of package-level photonic I/O in future systems and amplify its impact.
A total of approximately $65M of funding is anticipated for awards made against this BAA. Multiple awards are anticipated in each technical area.

DOD_AFPMB
Sponsor Deadline for Pre-Proposals (required): November 30, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals (if invited): approximately February 13, 2019
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Amount: up to $300,000/year for up to 3 years
 
The Armed Forces Pest Management Board (AFPMB), an agency of the Department of Defense (DoD), is soliciting pre-proposals for original and innovative research designed to develop new interventions for protection of deployed military personnel from diseases caused by arthropod-borne pathogens and to improve control of bed bugs and filth flies. Diseases of significant concern include Lyme disease, malaria, dengue fever and other arboviruses. The program supports development of: (1) new toxicants or the adaptation of existing toxicants to medically relevant vectors; (2) new insecticide application techniques; and (3) new personal protection tools that prevent human-vector contact. Ideally the research would support the Advanced Technology Development of new insecticides, or improved formulations of existing insecticides for vector control, new technology or enhanced modalities of personal protection from biting arthropods, or would improve the efficacy and sustainability of equipment for application of pesticides for vector control in a military operational environment. Research should be product-oriented, consisting of advanced research related to a particular technology or new capability, evaluation of experimental products for military uses, or research directed towards development of an existing prototype product for commercial manufacture. Research should include semi-field or field evaluation of prototype products. The research must be primarily applicable to the military, products should be transferable to civilian uses. The program consists of competitive grants open to principal investigators (PI) from academia, industry, and local or state government agencies.
 
10-15 awards are anticipated.

DOD_ONRUxV
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: November 30, 2018
OSP Deadline: November 21, 2018
Award Amount: A typical award is $500,000 for the entire 1.5-year period (i.e., base and all options); however, awards as small as $75,000 per year are acceptable.
 
This announcement describes a research thrust, entitled "Automation for UxV-based Mine Countermeasures," to be launched under ONR's Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology . The research opportunity described in this announcement currently falls under the following sections of FY18 Long Range BAA, ONR BAA Section II, entitled "DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT THE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY", sub-section A, entitled "Program Description". The "Ocean Battlespace Sensing (Code 32)" item, paragraph A, subparagraph 2, entitled "Ocean Engineering and Maritime Sensing". The submission of proposals, their evaluation and the placement of research grants and contracts will be carried out as described in that Broad Agency Announcement.
 
The Automation for UxV Based Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Task Force Planning framework will focus on automating the employment and operation of both manned platforms and UxVs (i.e., unmanned underwater, surface, and air vehicles) as well as improve the quality, speed of production, and level of automated production for various MCM data products. It will provide the capability for planning at the MCM Commander (MCMC) level. This will be achieved via software tools that incorporate an intuitive presentation capability allowing the commander to track status of MCM effort; schedule and de-conflict assets; and re-plan based on key events such as mines found, faults detected, and environmental changes.
 
The solicitation describes the technology products solicited under this Special Notice. Six distinct sub-topics should be integrated or made interoperable as distinct packages:
  • Mission Planning
  • Waterspace Management
  • Planning Algorithms
  • Situational Awareness
  • Scheduling
  • Data Management
ONR plans to fund multiple awards.

DOD_AFRL_SFFP
OSP Deadline: Review not required for individual fellowships
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: November 30, 2018
Award Amount: Stipends vary according to academic status. A moving allowance may also be requested.
 
The U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program offers hands-on exposure to Air Force research challenges through 8- to 12-week research residencies at participating Air Force research facilities for full-time science, mathematics, and engineering faculty at U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants' research interests must be in line with the interests and needs of the various Air Force Research Facilities. These include the nine Air Force Research Laboratory Directorates, Air Force Test Center, the United States Air Force Academy, and the Air Force Institute of Technology. Click here to learn more about the areas of interest to the various Air Force Research Facilities as well as for contact information for each facility. Applicants to the U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program must be citizens of the United States. Dual U.S. Citizens may apply with an exception to those applying to Directed Energy (RD) and Space Vehicles (RV) Directorate programs. Those applying to RD and RV must be U.S. Citizens only. Participants may not receive funding from other federal sources (including research grants and contracts) during their fellowship appointment.
 
U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program faculty participants have the opportunity to bring a graduate student with them. Graduate student applications must be completed and submitted to the faculty advisor to be uploaded as a part of their application proposal. These students must be U.S. Citizens who are currently pursuing a graduate degree and are enrolled in graduate school for the semester following the fellowship program.

DOD_ONR_EWT
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (strongly encouraged): December 7, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: Rolling through February 28, 2019
OSP Deadline: 5 days prior to submission
Award Amount: ONR plans to allocate $25-30M for efforts related to the Technical Areas in this Special Notice. The period of performance for projects will be 1-3 years.
 
This announcement describes a research thrust, entitled "Electronic Warfare Technology," to be launched under ONR's Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology . The research opportunity described in this announcement specifically falls under BAA Appendix-1-Program Description, Section II B, Electronics, Sensors and Network Research of the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (Code 31) sub-section. The submission of proposals, their evaluation and the placement of research grants and contracts will be carried out as described in that Broad Agency Announcement.
 
The proposed topic will explore and exploit the technical opportunities for discovery and invention in the area of Electronic Warfare (EW). The goal of EW is to control the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) by exploiting, deceiving, or denying enemy use of the spectrum while ensuring its use by friendly forces. To that end, the ONR EW Discovery and Invention (D&I) program invests in Science and Technology (S&T)  initiatives that will provide naval forces (including Navy and Marine Corps) with improved threat warning systems; Electronic warfare Support (ES); decoys and countermeasures against weapon tracking and guidance systems; Electronic Attack (EA) against adversary Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR); and Electronic Protection (EP) of our own weapons and C4ISR from intentional and unintentional interference.
 
ONR Code 312 Electronic Warfare (312EW) seeks proposals to develop and demonstrate
technologies for the next generation systems in electronic warfare. White papers and subsequent  proposals should address technology developments in one or more of the following Research  Opportunity Technical Areas (TA) 1-4:
  • Technical Area 1 (TA1): Alternative Computational Approaches Applied to EW
  • Technical Area 2 (TA2): Compact, Efficient, Beam-Agile Transmitters
  • Technical Area 3 (TA3): Compact, Efficient, EO/IR Transmitters
  • Technical Area 4 (TA4): Component Technologies for Innovative Distributed EW
It is anticipated that multiple awards will be made based on the quality of the proposed efforts.

DOD_ONRSummerFac
OSP Deadline: Review not required for individual fellowships
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: December 12, 2018
Award Amount: Stipends vary according to academic status. Appointments will last for ten continuous weeks on site during May, June, July, and August.
 
ONR's Summer Faculty Research Program:
  • Broadens the scope and horizon of faculty member's research interests and provides a foundation for future research collaborations.
  • Allows access to equipment and other resources not available at their home institution.
  • Provides an understanding of the Department of the Navy research interests and the technological implications thereof, thus enhancing the abilities of Fellows to pursue and obtain funding for research at their home institution.
  • Fosters lasting relationships between Fellows and the researchers at the Navy laboratories.
For all appointments, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident and hold a teaching or research position at a U.S. college or university. All permanent residents applying to the program must have their green card at the time of application. Please note that permanent residents are not accepted at all laboratories, so please review the  Participating Laboratories Page to see who is eligible. Additionally, no Dual Citizens are being accepted at this time. Applicants are encouraged to identify a mentor at a participating lab that matches the applicant's research interests.

DOD_DARPA_BTO
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: December 17, 2018
OSP Deadline: December 10, 2018
Award Amount: The amount of resources made available under this special notice will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. The period of performance for projects will be 18 months.
 
This announcement describes a research thrust, entitled "Bio Reporters for Subterranean Surveillance," to be released under the current DARPA Biological Technologies Office (BTO) Office Wide Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) . Bio Reporters for Subterranean Surveillance seeks to leverage recent advances in microbial science and synthetic biology to develop biological sensors, signal transducers, and reporters that can reveal subterranean phenomena at a distance. DARPA is interested in receiving and reviewing Bio Reporters proposals to identify potential approaches to subterranean sensing, signal propagation, and stand-off detection of a range of phenomena, including physical disturbances or the presence of buried chemicals or weapons.

DOD_DarpaMCS
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: December 18, 2018
OSP Deadline: December 11, 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 duration of the MCS program will be 48 months.
 
DARPA's Information Innovation Office (I2O) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of machine common sense to enable Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications to understand new situations, monitor the reasonableness of their actions, communicate more effectively with people, and transfer learning to new domains.
 
This program has three Technical Areas (TAs) of interest:
  • TA1: Foundations of Human Common Sense - The goal of TA1 is to develop computational models that mimic the core cognitive capabilities of children, 0-18 months old.
  • TA2: Test Environment for the Foundations of Human Common Sense - The goal of TA2 is to provide the test and evaluation environment for evaluating the TA1 models against cognitive development milestones as evidenced in developmental psychology research with children from 0 to 18-months old.
  • TA3: Broad Common Knowledge - The goal of TA3 is to learn/extract/construct a commonsense knowledge repository capable of answering natural language and image-based questions about commonsense phenomena from the AI2 Benchmarks for Common Sense.
Each proposal submitted in response to this BAA shall address only one TA. Organizations may submit multiple proposals to any one TA, and/or they may propose to multiple TAs. DARPA anticipates multiple awards for technical areas (TAs) 1 and 3, and a single award for TA2.

DOD_ARL_STRONG
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: December 21, 2018
OSP Deadline: December 14, 2018
Award Amount: Seedling grants of $50,000-$100,000 will be awarded for 1 year. Seedling recipients are then eligible to receive funding for a single optional extension of $350,000-$500,000 per year for up to 3 years at the conclusion of the seedling project.
 
The future vision for the U.S. Army includes teams of humans and intelligent agents working together to accomplish missions. The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has established this new collaborative program, Strengthening Teamwork for Robust Operations in Novel Groups (STRONG), with the goal of developing the foundation for enhanced teamwork within heterogeneous human-intelligent agent teams. This collaborative venture will bring together diverse, multidisciplinary expertise to support scientific breakthroughs relevant to specific and critical scientific questions that must be addressed to enable this future vision. The success of this multidisciplinary effort will require meaningful collaborative partnerships between government, academia, and industry to advance the science of human-agent teaming.
 
STRONG will be executed through a series of eight annual program cycles. Eight new topics (Cycles 1-8) are expected from FY19-FY26, with each topic focused on addressing a different scientific area within the scope of the broad research aims of STRONG. This announcement (Cycle 1) is focused on fundamental research aimed at theories of team-level processes for heterogeneous human-agent teams, particularly in the areas of:
  • Theories linking individual dynamics to emergent processes in human-agent teams;
  • Models bridging dynamic, continuous individual and group attributes, emergent team behaviors, and team performance; and
  • Predicting and leveraging individual performance fluctuations for improved overall team Performance.
This Funding Opportunity is expected to result in the award of 10-15 seedling cooperative agreements (CA) during each Cycle.

DOD_SERDP
Sponsor Deadline: January 8, 2019 for pre-proposals to the Core Solicitation; March 5, 2019 for full proposals to the SEED Solicitation
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Amount: Typical projects funded by the Core Solicitation range from $200,000-$600,000 per year for 3-5 years. SEED awards provide up to $200,000 for 1 year.
 
DoD's Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) Office is interested in receiving pre-proposals for research focusing in the Core Program areas of Environmental Restoration, Munitions Response, Resource Conservation and Resiliency, and Weapons Systems and Platforms technologies. SERDP supports environmental research relevant to the management and mission of the DoD and supports efforts that lead to the development and application of innovative environmental technologies or methods that improve the environmental performance of DoD by improving outcomes, managing environmental risks, and/or reducing costs or time required to resolve environmental problems. SERDP is seeking proposals responding to Statements of Need (SONs) for projects to be funded in fiscal year 2020. SONs may be found on the SERDP website . Any pre-proposal submitted to the Core Program shall be in response to only one of these SERDP SONs.
 
In addition to the Core Program described above, SERDP is soliciting SERDP Exploratory Development (SEED) proposals to allow researchers to test proof of concept in response to the following two SONs:
  • Munitions Response: Detection, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions Underwater
  • Weapons Systems and Platforms: Reduction of Hazardous Waste Streams from Composite Manufacturing and Repair
It is expected that multiple awards totaling approximately $12 million will be made.

DOD_DarpaAMD
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: January 14, 2019
OSP Deadline: January 7, 2019
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. AMD is a 48-month program divided into three Phases.
 
DARPA's Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of autonomous molecular design to accelerate the discovery, validation, and optimization of new, high-performance molecules for Department of Defense (DoD) needs. DARPA seeks to develop new, systematic approaches to increase the pace of discovery and optimization of high-performance molecules through development of closed-loop systems that exploit, build and integrate tools for: 1) extracting  existing data from databases and text; 2) executing autonomous experimental measurement and  optimization; and 3) incorporating computational approaches to develop physics-based representations and predictive tools. Such methods will ultimately enable Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based design and discovery of completely new molecules that are optimized across multiple molecular properties for specific DoD needs.
 
AMD performers will develop the approaches, methods, and tools to build closed-loop systems. These systems are divided into three Focus Areas (FAs) that pertain to the technical challenges and development necessary to realize the AMD goals:
  • FA1: Data extraction from existing sources;
  • FA2: Data generation via automated experimental platforms; and
  • FA3: Representations, AI models, and optimization frameworks. 
Proposers must address all three FAs in their proposed approach, resulting in an integrated system  that can extract and exploit existing data, generate new data, and develop and validate new  molecular representations and optimization frameworks for realizing high fidelity AI models for  molecular design and discovery. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the work, teams should be  interdisciplinary with a composition including relevant fields such as chemistry, engineering,  computer science, and mathematics.
 
DARPA anticipates multiple awards.

DARPASCORE
Sponsor Deadline for Abstracts (strongly encouraged): January 31, 2019 for TA3; abstract deadline has passed for TA1 and TA2
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: March 12, 2019 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
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:


DoD_PolyPilot2
Sponsor Deadline for Abstracts (strongly encouraged): August 14, 2019
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: September 3, 2019
Award Amount: The level of funding for individual awards made under this solicitation has not been predetermined and will depend on the scope and quality of the proposals received, as well as the availability of funds. Approximately 10 awards at the $100,000 level for 12-month projects are anticipated throughout the duration of this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA).
 
DARPA's Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is seeking participants for a pilot program designed to utilize modern connectivity to rapidly develop promising basic research pathways and then efficiently develop basic research proposals. DSO's intent is to fund research proposals resulting from this pilot program. As with other recent DARPA/DSO opportunity announcements, the goal of this program is to deliver research proposals that seek to investigate innovative approaches to enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. In particular, this announcement is intended to support the DSO mission to anticipate scientific surprise.
 
Note that submission of abstracts and proposals is not mandatory to participate in the Polyplexus platform. Researchers who desire to participate due to curiosity; the desire to learn, teach, or explore; or any other constructive reason are encouraged to do so. Pilot participation is open to all scientists and engineers who want to engage in this online platform. 

A Proposers Day webcast was held on September 13, 2018. The webcast registration site will remain open for the entire period of performance of this BAA to allow new participants to access the platform. Registration at this time will only generate an invitation to apply for an account on the Polyplexus platform. 



DOD_ONRSab
OSP Deadline: Review not required for individual fellowships
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: Rolling (proposals must be submitted 6 months prior to the start of the proposed sabbatical)
Award Amount: Participants receive a monthly stipend making up the difference between salary and sabbatical leave pay from their home institution. Relocation and travel assistance are provided to qualifying participants. Appointments will last for a minimum of one semester to a maximum of one year in length.
 
The Sabbatical Leave Program provides an opportunity for faculty members to engage in scholarly, creative, professional, research, or other academic activities at a sponsoring U.S. Navy Laboratory that will enhance the faculty member's further contributions to their institution. This program is residential and all work must be completed on site.
 
Expected benefits of the Sabbatical Leave Program:
  • Broaden the scope and horizon of faculty member's research interests and provide a foundation for future research collaborations.
  • Provide an understanding of the Department of the Navy research interests and the technological implications thereof, thus enhancing the abilities of Fellows to pursue and obtain funding for research at their home institution.
  • Foster lasting relationships between Fellows and the researchers at the Navy laboratories.
Applicants are required to identify a mentor at a Participating Laboratory that matches the applicant's research interests.
 
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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. 

DOE_Uni
OSP Deadline: November 21, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: November 30, 2018
Award Amount: up to $600,000 per year for up to 2 years
 
The DOE SC program in Nuclear Physics hereby announces its interest in receiving applications that request financial assistance to participate in the recently established DOE Isotope Program University Isotope Network (DOE IP UIN). Successful applications would benefit the public by enhancing the scientific and technical capabilities of existing facilities at institutions of higher education or Non-profit organizations (i.e., a research reactor, hospital, or university-based accelerator) for investigations in isotope science and future isotope production efforts. 

Applications must complement the public benefit of the Isotope Development and Production for Research and Applications (IDPRA, also known as the DOE Isotope Program (IP)). Applications focused only on R&D associated with isotope production are outside the scope of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) and will not be considered. Applications submitted under this FOA should be geared towards scientific, technical and future isotope production efforts. Applications are not restricted to a  particular technology.

DOE_HighEnergyPhysics
Sponsor Letter of Intent Deadline (encouraged): December 5, 2018
OSP Deadline: January 14, 2019
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: January 22, 2019
Award Amount: $20,000-$5,000,000 per year
 
The mission of the HEP program is to understand how the universe works at its most fundamental level, which is done by discovering the elementary constituents of matter and energy, probing the interactions between them, and exploring the basic nature of space and time. The HEP program focuses on three experimental scientific frontiers:
  • The Energy Frontier, where powerful accelerators are used to create new particles, reveal their interactions, and investigate fundamental forces;
  • The Intensity Frontier, where intense particle beams and highly sensitive detectors are used to pursue alternate pathways to investigate fundamental forces and particle interactions by studying events that occur rarely in nature, and to provide precision measurements of these phenomena; and
  • The Cosmic Frontier, where non-accelerator-based experiments observe the cosmos and detect cosmic particles, making measurements of natural phenomena that can provide information about the nature of dark matter, dark energy, and other fundamental properties of the universe that impact our understanding of matter and energy.
Together, these three interrelated and complementary discovery frontiers offer the opportunity to answer some of the most basic questions about the world around us. Also integral to the mission of HEP are three cross-cutting research areas that enable new scientific opportunities by developing the necessary tools and methods for discoveries:
  • Theoretical High Energy Physics, where the vision and mathematical framework for understanding and extending the knowledge of particles, forces, space-time, and the universe are developed;
  • Accelerator Science and Technology Research and Development, where the technologies and basic science needed to design, build, and operate the accelerator facilities essential for making new discoveries are developed; and
  • Detector Research and Development, where the basic science and technologies needed to design and build the High Energy Physics detectors essential for making new discoveries are developed.
The three frontiers and the three cross-cutting research areas are collectively the six research subprograms supported by HEP. All applications should address specific research goals in one or more of the six research subprograms, explain how the proposed research or technology development supports the broad scientific objectives and mission of the HEP program, and aligns with its priorities.

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

DOE_Other
Other DOE Opportunities
Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA)

IARPA_molecular
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
BAA Closing Date: January 14, 2019 (updated deadline)
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.

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

NASA_PSIS
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: December 14, 2018
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Amount: up to $100,000/year in total costs for up to 2 years
 
This Appendix to the Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System solicits ground-based research proposals to utilize NASA's Physical Sciences Informatics (PSI) system to develop new analyses and scientific insights. The PSI system is designed to be a resource for researchers to data mine information generated from completed reduced-gravity physical sciences experiments performed on the International Space Station (ISS), Space Shuttle flights, Free Flyers, commercial cargo flights to and from the ISS, or from related ground-based studies. Specifically, this call is for the utilization of data from investigations that are currently available in the PSI system (see the Appendix for a full list). The experiments were conducted as part of NASA's Physical Sciences Research Program in support of NASA's Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications (SLPSRA) Division. The PSI System is designed to include experimental data from the following six research areas: 1) Biophysics, 2) Combustion Science, 3) Complex Fluids, 4) Fluid Physics, 5) Fundamental Physics, and 6) Materials Science. This Appendix solicits proposals in all of the research areas except Biophysics. This Appendix is soliciting proposals from established researchers (including postdoctoral scholars) and graduate students.

It is expected that approximately five investigations will be selected from this Appendix, including both established researcher and graduate student proposals, depending upon available funding and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.

NASA_FINESST
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: February 1, 2019
OSP Deadline: January 25, 2019
Award Amount: The maximum amount of a FINESST award is $45,000 per 12-months and up to $135,000 total for a period of performance maximum of 36 months. The university should prorate the FINESST stipend and allowances if the projected schedule for completion is known to be less than 12 months.
 
Through this Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) solicitation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) solicits proposals from accredited U.S. universities for research grants to begin in the 2019-2020 Academic Year that identify an individual pursuing a graduate degree in Earth and space sciences related disciplines, as the participating Future Investigator (FI). The purpose of the FINESST is to provide relevant research and/or technology development project training in disciplines needed to achieve the goals of NASA SMD. FINESST grants are for student-designed research projects that contribute to SMD's science, technology and exploration goals. FINESST succeeds the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF).

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

NASA_unsol
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling through September 30, 2019
Award Amount: Proposed budget should be commensurate with the scope of the project.
 
NASA encourages the submission of unique and innovative proposals that will further the Agency's mission. While the vast majority of proposals are solicited, a small number of unsolicited proposals that cannot be submitted to those solicitations and yet are still relevant to NASA are reviewed and some are funded each year. Proposals should be submitted at least six months in advance of the desired starting date.

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

NASAJohnsonSpace
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to sponsor deadline
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: Rolling through December 31, 2019 (see solicitation for schedule of review cycles)
Award Amount: Details below
 
This announcement is for the development of experiment hardware with enhanced capabilities; modification of existing hardware to enable increased efficiencies (crew time, power, etc.); development of tools that allow analyses of samples and specimens on orbit; enhanced ISS infrastructure capabilities (eg, communications or data processing); and specific technology demonstration projects. Submission of a white paper is recommended in advance of a full proposal.
 
Within the NASA International Space Station (ISS) Research Integration Office, the Technology and Science Research Office (TSRO) and Commercial Space Utilization Office (CSUO) act as "gateways" to the ISS. The Technology and Science Research Office serves as the gateway for NASA-funded technology demonstrations. The Commercial Space Utilization Office serves as the gateway for non-NASA government-funded investigations, as well as non-profit or commercially-funded investigations.
 
Proposed technology demonstrations submitted to TSRO should address at least one of the technology areas mentioned in the ISS Technology Demonstration Plans .

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

OtherNASA
Other NASA Opportunities
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

OtherNIHOpps
NIH Opportunities

National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation: Dear Colleague Letters

NSFDCBSF
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:
  • 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). 

NSFDCL_fairness
OSP Deadline: N/A
Sponsor Deadline: N/A
Award Amount: N/A
 
With this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), CISE invites principal investigators (PIs) to submit proposals to its core programs [spanning the   Computer and Network Systems (CNS) Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) , and   Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS)   divisions and the   Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) ] that contribute to discovery in research and practice related to fairness, ethics, accountability, and transparency (FEAT) in computer and information science and engineering. Specifically, CISE is interested in receiving, through these programs:
 
  • Proposals pertaining to general topics in computer and information science and engineering while also integrating or applying approaches to advance FEAT; and
  • Proposals whose primary foci are on methods, techniques, tools, and evaluation practices as means to explore implications for FEAT.
 
In explorations and use of FEAT, PIs are strongly encouraged to select and articulate their own disciplinary or interdisciplinary definitions consistent or aligned with these concepts. This DCL is not a special competition or a new program. Proposals responsive to this DCL will be reviewed with other proposals submitted to CISE's core program solicitations and in accordance with NSF's merit review criteria as well as any additional solicitation-specific review criteria identified in the corresponding solicitations.

NSFDCL_midscale
OSP Deadline: N/A
Sponsor Deadline: N/A
Award Amount: N/A
 
Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure (Mid-scale RI) is an NSF-wide  Big Idea  designed to address the research community's growing needs for contemporary research infrastructure to support the advancement of science and engineering research, as well as science, technology, engineering and mathematics education research. Mid-scale RI will fund the implementation of experimental research capabilities in the mid-scale range (i.e., with a total project cost of between $6 million and $70 million). The overall objective of Mid-scale RI is to transform scientific and engineering research fields by making available new capabilities, while simultaneously training researchers in the acquisition, implementation, development, design, and/or construction of cutting-edge infrastructure.
 
This fall, NSF intends to announce Mid-scale RI funding opportunities. These will be for research infrastructure that will advance the frontiers of discovery in any of the research domains supported by NSF. NSF anticipates that one solicitation will include an opportunity to propose Mid-scale RI projects with a total project cost of between approximately $6 million and approximately $20 million, pending the availability of funds. A second solicitation is expected to include an opportunity to propose Mid-scale RI projects with a total project cost of between approximately $20 million and approximately $70 million, pending the availability of funds. Both Mid-scale RI programs will emphasize strong scientific merit, responsiveness to an identified need of the research community, technical readiness for implementation, sound management, and a well-developed plan for training students and involving a diverse workforce in mid-scale facility development and/or data management.

NSFDCDREAMB
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. 



NSFDCL_SaTC
OSP Deadline: December 5, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: December 12, 2018
Award Amount: up to $300,000 over up to 2 years


The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program aims to promote research on the fundamentals of security and privacy as a multidisciplinary subject that will lead to new ways to design, build, and operate cyber systems, protect existing infrastructure, and motivate and educate individuals about cybersecurity. With this DCL, NSF is announcing its intention to encourage the submission of EArly-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals that foster excellent interdisciplinary research in the SaTC domain to be carried out in early-stage collaborations between one or more Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) researchers and one or more Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) researchers. Note that this DCL is focused on collaborations of principal investigators (PIs) who have not previously jointly received a SaTC award. Prior to submitting a full proposal, PIs are asked to send a brief email and one-page summary of their proposed project concept to one of the NSF program directors listed in the Dear Colleague Letter.

NSTDCSTEMFuture
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: varies by program
Award Amount: varies

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

NSFDCL_REUsupplemental
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Request for supplemental funding may be submitted any time but priority will be given to requests received before March 30, 2019
Award Amount:  $8,000 per student per year

The NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) invites grantees with active CISE awards to submit requests for  Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Supplemental  funding, following the guidelines in the NSF REU program solicitation . To be eligible for this opportunity, a student must be a US citizen or permanent resident of the US. The duration for new requests is typically one year. REU stipend support helps encourage talented students to pursue research-based careers, while providing meaningful research experiences. The participation of students from groups underrepresented in computing - underrepresented minorities, women, and persons with disabilities - is strongly encouraged. In addition, CISE encourages submission of REU supplemental funding requests that specifically afford US veterans an opportunity to engage in meaningful research experiences.

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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.

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OSP Deadline: April 10, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for IUCRC Planning Grant Preliminary Proposal: 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. 

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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
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)

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

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

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OSP Deadline: January 8, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2019
Award Amount: up to $750,000 over up to 4 years (Research Proposals); up to $100,000 over up to 18 months (Transition to Practice Proposals)


The Formal Methods in the Field (FMitF) program aims to bring together researchers in formal methods with researchers in other areas of computer and information science and engineering to jointly develop rigorous and reproducible methodologies for designing and implementing correct-by-construction systems and applications with provable guarantees. FMitF encourages close collaboration between two groups of researchers. The first group consists of researchers in the area of formal methods, which, for the purposes of this solicitation, is broadly defined as principled approaches based on mathematics and logic, including modeling, specification, design, program analysis, verification, synthesis, and programming language-based approaches. The second group consists of researchers in the "field," which, for the purposes of this solicitation, is defined as a subset of areas within computer and information science and engineering that currently do not benefit from having established communities already developing and applying formal methods in their research. This solicitation limits the field to the following areas that stand to directly benefit from a grounding in formal methods: computer networks, cyber-human systems, distributed /operating systems, hybrid/dynamical systems, and machine learning. Other field(s) may emerge as priority areas for the program in future years, subject to the availability of funds.The FMitF program solicits two classes of proposals:
  • Track I: Research proposals: Each proposal must have at least one Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI with expertise in formal methods and at least one with expertise in one or more of these fields: computer networks, cyber-human systems, distributed/operating systems, hybrid/dynamical systems, and machine learning. Proposals are expected to address the fundamental contributions to both formal methods and the respective field(s) and should include a proof of concept in the field along with a detailed evaluation plan that discusses intended scope of applicability, trade-offs, and limitations. All proposals are expected to contain a detailed collaboration plan that clearly highlights and justifies the complementary expertise of the PIs/co-PIs in the designated areas and describes the mechanisms for continuous bi-directional interaction.
  • Track II: Transition to Practice (TTP) proposals: The objective of this track is to support the ongoing development of extensible and robust formal methods research prototypes/tools to facilitate usability and accessibility to a larger and more diverse community of users. These proposals are expected to support the development, implementation, and deployment of later-stage successful formal methods research and tools into operational environments in order to bridge the gap between research and practice. A TTP proposal must include a project plan that addresses major tasks and system development milestones as well as an evaluation plan for the working system. Proposals are expected to identify a target user community or organization that will serve as an early adopter of the technology. Collaborations with industry are strongly encouraged.

NSFCISE_cloud
OSP Deadline for Preliminary Proposal: December 13, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Preliminary Proposal: December 20, 2018
OSP Deadline for Full Proposal: February 11, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposal (if invited): February 19, 2019
Award Amount: up to $5M via a Cooperative Agreement;
the annual project operating costs are not expected to exceed $850,000 per year for five years, for a total of $4,250,000. The proposed budget may also include a request, not to exceed $750,000, for initial cloud computing resources, as part of the maximum $5M award amount.
 
Increasingly, data- and compute-intensive research and education efforts are benefiting from access to cloud computing platforms, which provide robust, agile, reliable, and scalable infrastructure. To better support this growing use of cloud computing resources, the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) seeks to fund an entity that can serve as a principal interface between the CISE research and education community and public cloud computing providers. Through this solicitation, NSF will support an entity that will have multiple responsibilities, including: 1) establishing partnerships with the various public cloud computing providers; 2) assisting NSF in allocating cloud computing resources to qualifying CISE-funded projects; 3) managing cloud computing accounts and resources allocated to individual CISE projects; 4) providing user training and other support to CISE researchers and educators using cloud computing in their work; and 5) providing strategic technical guidance for CISE researchers and educators interested in using public cloud computing platforms.
 
Please Note:  This is a limited submission opportunity, and Harvard may submit no more than one proposal to this opportunity. If you are interested in applying, please contact Erin Hale ( erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu ).

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CISE Community Research Infrastructure*
Letter of Intent OSP Deadline: December 21, 2018
Letter of Intent Sponsor Deadline: January 8, 2019
Full Proposal OSP Deadline: February 12, 2019
Full Proposal Sponsor Deadline: February 20, 2019
Award Amount: $750,000 - $1,500,000 (New Awards); $1,500,000 - $5,000,000 (Grand Awards); $50,000 - $100,000 (Planning Awards); $750,000 - $2,000,000 (Enhance/Sustain Awards)

The Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Community Research Infrastructure (CCRI) program drives discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines of the three participating divisions [(Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF), Computer and Network Systems (CNS), and Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS)] by funding the creation and enhancement of world-class research infrastructure. This research infrastructure will specifically support diverse communities of CISE researchers pursuing  focused research agendas in computer and information science and engineering. This support involves developing the accompanying user services and engagement needed to attract, nurture, and grow a robust research community that is actively involved in determining directions for the infrastructure as well as management of the infrastructure. This should lead to infrastructure that can be sustained through community involvement and community leadership, and that will enable advances not possible with existing research infrastructure. Further, through the CCRI program, CISE seeks to ensure that researchers from a diverse range of academic institutions, including minority-serving and predominantly undergraduate institutions, as well as researchers from non-profit, non-academic organizations, have access to such infrastructure.
The CCRI program supports two classes of awards:
  • New awards support the creation of new CISE community research infrastructure with integrated tools, resources, user services, and community outreach to enable innovative CISE research opportunities to advance the frontiers of the CISE core research areas. The New award class includes Grand Ensemble (Grand)Medium Ensemble (Medium), and Planning awards.
  • Enhance/sustain (ENS) awards support the enhancement and sustainment of an existing CISE community infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities for broad-based communities of CISE researchers that extend well beyond the awardee organization(s).

Each CCRI New or ENS award may support the operation of such infrastructure, ensuring that the awardee organization(s) is (are) well positioned to provide a high quality of service to CISE community researchers expected to use the infrastructure to realize their research goals.

NSFCISE_scalable
OSP Deadline: January 10, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: January 17, 2019
Award Amount: up to $3M over 3-4 years
 
The Scalable Parallelism in the Extreme (SPX) program aims to support research addressing the challenges of increasing performance in this modern era of parallel computing. This will require a collaborative effort among researchers in multiple areas, from services and applications down to micro-architecture. SPX encompasses all five National Strategic Computing Initiative  Strategic Objectives , including supporting foundational research toward architecture and software approaches that drive performance improvements in the post-Moore's Law era; development and deployment of programmable, scalable, and reusable platforms in the national high performance computing and scientific cyberinfrastructure ecosystem; increased coherence of data analytic computing and modeling and simulation; and capable extreme-scale computing. Coordination with industrial efforts that pursue related goals are encouraged.

NSFCISE_cyber
OSP Deadline: January 15, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: January 23, 2019
Award Amount: up to $1M for up to 3 years (Secure Scientific Cyberinfrastructure and Research Data Protection); $12.5M for up to 5 years (Cybersecurity Center of Excellence)
 
The objective of the Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI) program is to develop, deploy and integrate security solutions that benefit the scientific community by ensuring the integrity, resilience and reliability of the end-to-end scientific workflow. CICI seeks three categories of projects:
  1. Secure Scientific Cyberinfrastructure (SSC): These awards seek to secure the scientific workflow by encouraging novel and trustworthy architectural and design approaches, models and frameworks for the creation of a holistic, integrated security environment that spans the entire scientific CI ecosystem.
  2. Research Data Protection (RDP): These awards provide solutions that both ensure the provenance of research data and reduce the complexity of protecting research data sets regardless of funding source.
  3. Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (CCoE): This award seeks to provide the NSF community with a centralized resource of expertise and leadership in trustworthy cyberinfrastructure.

NSFCISE_DMREF
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission of a full proposal
Sponsor Submission Window: January 28, 2019 - February 4, 2019
Award Amount: $1M - $1.75M over 4 years, plus $8,000 - $20,000 in Google credits

DMREF is the primary program by which NSF participates in the   Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) for Global Competitiveness . MGI recognizes the importance of materials science and engineering to the well-being and advancement of society and aims to "deploy advanced materials at least twice as fast as possible today, at a fraction of the cost." MGI integrates materials discovery, development, property optimization, and systems design with a shared computational framework. This framework facilitates collaboration and coordination of research activities, analytical tools, experimental results, and critical evaluation in pursuit of the MGI goals. Consistent with the  MGI Strategic Plan , DMREF highlights four sets of goals:
  • Leading a culture shift in materials science and engineering research to encourage and facilitate an integrated team approach;
  • Integrating experimentation, computation, and theory and equipping the materials science and engineering communities with advanced tools and techniques;
  • Making digital data accessible, findable, and useful to the community; and
  • Creating a world-class materials science and engineering workforce that is trained for careers in academia or industry.

Accordingly, DMREF will support activities that significantly accelerate materials discovery and/or development by building the fundamental knowledge base needed to design and make materials and/or devices with specific and desired functions or properties. This will be accomplished through forming interdisciplinary teams of researchers working synergistically in a "closed loop" fashion, building a vibrant research community, leveraging data science, providing ready access to materials data, and educating the future MGI workforce. Specifically, achieving this goal will involve modeling, analysis, and computational simulations, validated and verified through sample preparation, characterization, and/or device demonstration.

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

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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.

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OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission 
Sponsor Deadline: January 2, 2019 - January 16, 2019
Award Amount: up to $200,000 - $300,000 per year for up to 3 years

The Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) plan to support the development of innovative and transformative mathematical and statistical approaches to address important data-driven biomedical and health challenges. The rationale for this interagency collaboration is that significant advances may be expected as the result of continued NSF investments in foundational research in mathematics and statistics as well as inter- and multi-disciplinary research and training at the intersection of the quantitative/computational sciences and domain sciences, while NIH benefits from the enhancement of biomedical data science with new approaches that strengthen the reproducibility of biomedical research and support open science.

NSFMPS_MIP
OSP Deadline: January 28, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: February 4, 2019
Award Amount: See description below
 
Materials Innovation Platforms (MIP) is a mid-scale infrastructure program in the Division of Materials Research (DMR) designed to accelerate advances in materials research. MIPs respond to the increasing complexity of materials research that requires close collaboration of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary teams and access to cutting edge tools. These tools in a user facility benefit both a user program and in-house research, which focus on addressing grand challenges of fundamental science and meet national needs. MIPs embrace the paradigm set forth by the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI), which strives to "discover, manufacture, and deploy advanced materials twice as fast, at a fraction of the cost," and conduct research through iterative "closed-loop" efforts among the areas of materials synthesis/processing, materials characterization, and theory/modeling/simulation. In addition, they are expected to engage the emerging field of data science in materials research. Each MIP is a scientific ecosystem, which includes in-house research scientists, external users and other contributors who, collectively, form a community of practitioners and share tools, codes, samples, data and know-how. The knowledge sharing is designed to strengthen collaborations among scientists and enable them to work in new ways, fostering new modalities of research and education/training, for the purpose of accelerating discovery and development of new materials and novel materials phenomena/properties, as well as fostering their eventual deployment.
 
The scientific focus of the MIP program is subject to change from competition to competition. The first MIP competition in 2015 focused on developing new bulk and thin-film crystalline hard materials. The second MIP competition, in 2019, focuses on the convergence of materials research with biological sciences for developing new materials.
 
The number of awards will depend on the availability of funds and the quality of the proposals. Awards totaling $15,000,000 to $25,000,000 over a five-year period are anticipated. The proposed budget must be commensurate with the scope of the project and thoroughly justified in the proposal. MIP funding is provided yearly. Pending the availability of funds, it is anticipated that $12,000,000 will be available in Fiscal Year 2019.
 
This is a limited submission opportunity and only one proposal may be submitted with Harvard as the lead.  If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact Erin Hale in FAS Research Development at erin_hale@fas.harvard.ed.

NSFMPS_ATD
Algorithms for Threat Detection (ATD)*
OSP Deadline: February 11, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: February 19, 2019
Award Amount:
Anticipated funding amount is $3,000,000 in FY19. Estimated number of awards and funding amounts are subject to the availability of funds.

The Algorithms for Threat Detection (ATD) program supports research on new ways to use spatiotemporal datasets to develop quantitative models of human dynamics. The objectives include improved representation of complicated group dynamics and the development of algorithms that can process data in near real-time to accurately identify unusual events and forecast future threats indicated by those events. The ATD program will support research projects that aim to develop novel mathematical and statistical algorithms for analysis of large geospatial datasets. Means to quantify confidence levels are desired, as are insights into new spatiotemporal datasets and valuable means of assembling them. Models may range from those that address activities of individuals to those applicable to small groups or entire nations. These models may leverage mathematical research areas including, but not limited to, point processes, time series, dynamical systems, partial differential equations, and optimal control. Models that depend almost entirely on the spatial and temporal aspects of the data are of greatest interest. General applications of interest include threat detection, predictive analytics, human mobility, and human geography.
 
A second topic has been added for FY 2019: mathematical theory to guide the use of artificial neural networks (ANN) for computer vision tasks. Subjects of interest include cost functions for training ANNs, non-uniqueness of cost function minima, and dependence of performance on factors like training data quality, task complexity, and network depth. Of particular interest is the theory related to transfer learning - modifying an ANN trained for one set of tasks to do a new task, using only a small amount of training data for the new task.
 
OtherNSFMPS 
Other NSF: MPS Opportunities 
National Science Foundation: Directorate for Engineering (NSF: ENG)

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OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: December 7, 2018 - March 15, 2019
Award Amount: up to $400,000 over up to 4 years
 
The Division of Chemical, Bioengineering and Environmental Transport (CBET) in the Engineering Directorate of the NSF is partnering with The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to solicit research projects in the general field of fluid dynamics, particulate and multiphase processes, combustion and fire systems, and thermal transport processes that can utilize the International Space Station (ISS) National Lab to conduct research that will benefit life on Earth. Because NSF and CASIS have a common interest in research and development in transport, thermal, combustion, and fluid phenomena at microgravity conditions, NSF and CASIS have developed a collaboration to jointly support research that can take advantage of the opportunities afforded by conducting experiments in the ISS. The purpose of this solicitation is to attract proposals that make use of the ISS National Lab for research projects in the fields related to the Transport Phenomena Cluster programs. Responsive proposals will describe using the ISS National Lab for development and testing of fluid dynamics, particulate and multiphase processes, combustion and fire systems, and thermal transport processes that will lead to Earth-based applications and increase the return on the U.S. investment in the ISS National Lab.

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Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)*
OSP Deadline: January 10, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: January 17, 2019
Award Amount:
up to $250,000 for 18-24 months (PFI-TT); up to $550,000 for 36 months (PFI-RP)
 
The Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) offers researchers from all disciplines of science and engineering funded by NSF the opportunity to perform translational research and technology development, catalyze partnerships and accelerate the transition of discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace for societal benefit. This solicitation offers two broad tracks for proposals:
  • The Technology Translation (PFI-TT) track offers the opportunity to translate prior NSF-funded research results in any field of science or engineering into technological innovations with promising commercial potential and societal impact. PFI-TT supports commercial potential demonstration projects for academic research outputs in any NSF-funded science and engineering discipline. This demonstration is achieved through proof-of-concept, prototyping, technology development and/or scale-up work. Concurrently, students and postdoctoral researchers who participate in PFI-TT projects receive education and leadership training in innovation and entrepreneurship. Successful PFI-TT projects generate technology-driven commercialization outcomes that address societal needs.
  • The Research Partnerships (PFI-RP) track seeks to achieve the same goals as the PFI-TT track by supporting instead complex, multi-faceted technology development projects that are typically beyond the scope of a single researcher or institution and require a multi-organizational, interdisciplinary, synergistic collaboration. A PFI-RP project requires the creation of partnerships between academic researchers and third-party organizations such as industry, non-academic research organizations, federal laboratories, public or non-profit technology transfer organizations or other universities. Such partnerships are needed to conduct applied research on a stand-alone larger project toward commercialization and societal impact. In the absence of such synergistic partnership, the project's likelihood for success would be minimal. 
Please Note:  There is no limit on the number of PFI-TT proposals an organization may submit to a deadline of this solicitation. However, an organization may not submit more than one (1) new or resubmitted PFI-RP proposal to a deadline of this solicitation. Please contact Erin Hale ( erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu ) if you are interested in submitting a PFI-RP proposal.

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NSF/CASIS Collaboration on Tissue Engineering and Mechanobiology on the International Space Station (ISS) to Benefit Life on Earth*
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission of a full proposal
Sponsor Submission Window: February 1, 2019 - February 15, 2019
Award Amount: up to $400,000 over up to 3 years


The Divisions of Chemical, Bioengineering and Environmental Transport (CBET) and Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Infrastructure (CMMI) in the Engineering Directorate of the NSF are partnering with The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to solicit research projects in the general fields of tissue engineering and mechanobiology that can utilize the International Space Station (ISS) National Lab to conduct research that will benefit life on Earth. Because NSF and CASIS have a common interest in research and development in transformative biomedical engineering projects that utilize microgravity conditions, NSF and CASIS have developed a collaboration to jointly support research that can take advantage of the opportunities afforded by conducting experiments in the ISS. The purpose of this solicitation is to attract proposals that make use of the ISS National Lab for flight research projects in the field of biomedical engineering. Responsive proposals will describe how they will utilize the ISS National Lab to develop novel ideas into discovery-level and transformative projects that integrate engineering and life sciences.

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

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

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

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

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

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Letter of Intent Deadline (required): November 29, 2018
OSP Deadline for Preliminary Proposal: December 20, 2018
Preliminary Proposal Sponsor Deadline: January 7, 2019
OSP Deadline for Full Proposal: April 18, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposal (if invited): April 25, 2019
Award Amount: up to $2M over up to 4 years

The Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) program of the NSF Directorate for Engineering (ENG) serves a critical role in helping ENG focus on important emerging areas in a timely manner. This solicitation is a funding opportunity for interdisciplinary teams of researchers to embark on rapidly advancing frontiers of fundamental engineering research. For this solicitation, NSF will consider proposals that aim to investigate emerging frontiers in one of the following two research areas:
  • Chromatin and Epigenetic Engineering (CEE)
  • Continuum, Compliant, and Configurable Soft Robotics Engineering (C3 SoRo)

This solicitation will be coordinated with the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). EFRI seeks proposals with transformative ideas that represent an opportunity for a significant shift in fundamental engineering knowledge with a strong potential for long term impact on national needs or a grand challenge.



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Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Intent (required): November 30, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Preliminary Proposal (required): January 16, 2019
OSP Deadline for Full Proposal: July 5, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposal: July 12, 2019
Award Amount: up to $3.5M in year 1; subsequent year budgets are subject to satisfactory annual review of accomplishments and availability of funds


The Engineering Research Center (ERC) program supports convergent research that will lead to strong societal impact. Each ERC has interacting foundational components that go beyond the research project, including engineering workforce development at all participant stages, a culture of diversity and inclusion where all participants gain mutual benefit, and value creation within an innovation ecosystem that will outlast the lifetime of the ERC. The logical reasoning that links the proposed activities to the identified goals for each ERC should be clear.

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OSP Deadline for Letter of Intent: November 30, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Intent: December 7, 2018
OSP Deadline for Full Proposals: February 19, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: February 26, 2019
Award Amount: NSF anticipates that proposing investigator teams will develop a wide range of strategies; thus, hard limits have not been set on the budget range for individual projects. Funding durations may be up to 5 years.

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

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



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

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OSP Deadline for Letter of Intent: December 14, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Intent (required): December 21, 2018
OSP Deadline for Full Proposal: February 21, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposal: February 28, 2019
Award Amount: up to $750,000 over up to 3 years (Catalytic Awards); up to $2M over up to 5 years (Full-Scale Implementation Awards)

The goals of the Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations (AccelNet) program are to accelerate the process of scientific discovery and prepare the next generation of U.S. researchers for multiteam international collaborations. The AccelNet program supports strategic linkages among U.S. research networks and complementary networks abroad that will leverage research and educational resources to tackle grand scientific challenges that require significant coordinated international efforts. The program seeks to foster high-impact science and engineering by providing opportunities to create new collaborations and new combinations of resources and ideas among linked global networks.

This solicitation invites proposals for the creation of international networks of networks in research areas aligned either with one of the NSF Big Ideas or a community-identified scientific challenge with international dimensions. AccelNet awards are meant to support the connections among research networks, rather than supporting fundamental research as the primary activity. Each network of networks is expected to engage in innovative collaborative activities that promote synergy of efforts across the networks and provide professional development for students, postdoctoral scholars, and early-career researchers. There are two proposal categories covered by this solicitation: Catalytic and Full-Scale Implementation.



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Preliminary Proposal Deadline (required): December 28, 2018
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: May 13, 2019
Award Amount:
Approximately $10,000,000 will be available in fiscal year (FY) 2019. up to 6 awards will be made pending availability of funds and the type, scale, and variety of project ideas developed at the Ideas Lab.

This solicitation describes an Ideas Lab on "Building a Synthetic Cell." Ideas Labs are intensive workshops focused on finding innovative solutions to grand challenge problems. The ultimate aim of this Ideas Lab organized by the National Science Foundation is to facilitate the generation and execution of innovative research projects aimed at designing, fabricating, and validating synthetic cells that express specified phenotypes. The aspiration is that mixing researchers who have diverse scientific backgrounds will engender original thinking and innovative approaches that will transform our understanding of cellular processes, the molecular mechanisms that underscore the building and function of systems that reproduce life traits, the self-assembly of life-like systems, soft condensed matter, and the physics and chemistry of life that are needed to design and build cellular components, cells and multicell systems.
 
This Ideas Lab will take place at a location to be determined, in the vicinity of NSF headquarters in Northern Virginia from Monday, 25 th  February to Friday, 1 st  March, 2019. Any individual interested in participating in the Ideas Lab should respond to this solicitation by submitting a preliminary proposal application. Submission of the preliminary proposal will be considered an indication of availability to attend and participate through the full course of the five-day residential workshop.  Following the Ideas Lab, participants will be invited to submit to NSF full proposals, based on the outline developed at the Ideas Lab, by the  May 13, 2019  deadline.

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Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: January 7, 2019
OSP Deadline: February 14, 2019
Sponsor Deadline (if selected): February 22, 2019
Award Amount: $600,000 maximum for 5-year awards; $400,000 maximum for 3-year awards
 
The Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) program accepts proposals for innovative research projects that both foster and substantially contribute to understanding what it takes to foster ethical STEM research in all of the fields of science and engineering that the NSF supports. Proposed research should seek to provide answers to the following:
 
  • What constitutes ethical STEM research and practice?
  • Which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?
 
Projects can include qualitative and/or quantitative approaches. Successful proposals typically have a comparative dimension, either between or within institutional settings that differ along these or among other factors, and they specify plans for developing interventions that promote the effectiveness of identified factors. The CCE STEM program will not consider proposals focused on ethics for medical students or in medical education. Proposals that address medical informatics, biomedical engineering, systems engineering and social scientific studies in health and medicine will be considered. 
 
Please Note: This is a limited submission opportunity and Harvard may put forward only one nominee to submit a proposal. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research will conduct the internal competition to select the Harvard nominee. To be considered for the Harvard nomination, potential applicants must submit an internal pre-proposal via the link above.

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OSP Deadline: January 25, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: February 1, 2019
Award Amount: up to $500,000 over up to 3 years (Track 1); up to $3M over up to 5 years (Track 2)

The purpose of the Understanding the Rules of Life: Epigenetics (URoL:Epigenetics) program is to enable innovative research and to promote multidisciplinary education and workforce training in the broad area of epigenetics. The URoL:Epigenetics program is a wide collaboration across Directorates/Offices within the National Science Foundation with a focus on understanding the relationship between epigenetic mechanisms associated with environmental change, the resultant phenotypes of organisms, and how these mechanisms lead to robustness and adaptability of organisms and populations.
 
Successful projects of the URoL:Epigenetics Program are anticipated to use complementary, interdisciplinary approaches to investigate how epigenetic phenomena lead to emergent properties that explain the fundamental behavior of living systems. Ultimately, successful projects should identify general principles ("rules") that underlie a wide spectrum of biological phenomena across size, complexity (e.g., molecular, cellular, organismal, population) and temporal scales (from sub-second to geologic) in taxa from anywhere within the tree of life.  URoL:Epigenetics projects must integrate perspectives and research approaches from more than one research discipline (e.g., biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics, physics, social and behavioral sciences).  The interdisciplinary scope of URoL:Epigenetics projects also provides unique training and outreach possibilities to train the next generation of scientists in a diversity of approaches and to engage society more generally.



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Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR): Data Science Corps (DSC)*
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission of a full proposal
Sponsor Deadline: January 28, 2019 - February 4, 2019
Award Amount: Awards will typically be in the range of $1,000,000 to $1,200,000 for 3 years.

NSF's  Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR)   Big Idea is a visionary, national-scale activity to enable new modes of data-driven discovery, allowing fundamentally new questions to be asked and answered in science and engineering frontiers, generating new knowledge and understanding, and accelerating discovery and innovation. The  Data Science Corps  is one of the components of the HDR ecosystem, focusing on building capacity for harnessing the data revolution at the local, state, national, and international levels to help unleash the power of data in the service of science and society. The  Data Science Corps  will provide practical experiences, teach new skills, and offer teaching opportunities, in a variety of settings, to data scientists and data science students. It will also strive to promote data literacy and provide basic training in data science to the existing workforce across communities. As a first step in establishing the  Data Science Corps , this solicitation focuses specifically on enabling participation by undergraduate students in the  Data Science Corps by supporting student stipends for participation in data science projects and supporting integration of real-world data science projects into classroom instruction.
 
Please Note:  This is a limited submission opportunity, and Harvard may submit no more than one proposal to this opportunity. If you are interested in applying, please contact Erin Hale ( erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu ).

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OSP Deadline: January 30, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: February 6, 2019
Award Amount: up to $300,000 over up to 2 years (Pilot Projects); up to $500,000 (Small) or up to $1M (Medium) over up to 4 years (Implementation Projects); up to $500,000 over up to 2 years (Large-Scale Project Conceptualization Projects)
 
The goals of this solicitation are to  (i) ensure broad adoption of CI tools, methods, and resources by the research community in order to catalyze major research advances and to enhance researchers' abilities to lead the development of new CI; and (ii) integrate core literacy and discipline-appropriate advanced skills in advanced CI as well as computational and data-driven science and engineering into the Nation's educational curriculum/instructional material fabric spanning undergraduate and graduate courses for advancing fundamental research. This solicitation calls for innovative, scalable training, education, and curriculum/instructional materials-targeting one or both of the solicitation goals-to address the emerging needs and unresolved bottlenecks in scientific and engineering research workforce development, from the postsecondary level to active researchers. The funded activities, spanning targeted, multidisciplinary communities, will lead to transformative changes in the state of research workforce preparedness for advanced CI-enabled research in the short- and long-terms. As part of this investment, this solicitation also seeks to broaden CI access and adoption by (i) increasing or deepening accessibility of methods and resources of advanced CI and of computational and data-driven science and engineering by a wide range of  scientific disciplines  and  institutions  with lower levels of CI adoption to date; and (ii) harnessing the capabilities of larger segments of diverse underrepresented groups. Proposals from, and in partnership with, the aforementioned communities are especially encouraged.
 
 
 
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OSP Deadline: February 7, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: February 14, 2019
Award Amount: up to $3M over up to 5 years (Track 1: Research Grants); up to $250,000 over up to 24 months (Track 2: Planning Grants)

Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) seeks innovations in Arctic observational networks and fundamental convergence research across the social, natural, environmental, and computing and information sciences, and engineering that address the intersection of natural, social, and built systems. NNA promotes initiatives that empower new research communities, diversifies the next generation of Arctic researchers, integrates the co-production of knowledge, and engages partnerships, particularly among international stakeholders. NNA also strongly encourages projects that include or focus on advancing STEM education and workforce development objectives on the scientific themes described below.

Major goals of NSF's NNA Big Idea include:
  • Improved understanding of Arctic change and its local and global effects that capitalize on innovative and optimized observation infrastructure, advances in understanding of fundamental processes, and new approaches to modeling interactions among the natural environment, built environment, and social systems.
  • New enhanced research communities that are diverse, integrative, and well-positioned to carry out productive research at the intersections of Arctic natural and built environments and social systems.
  • Research outcomes that inform U.S. national security and economic development needs and enable resilient, sustainable Arctic communities.
 
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For assistance, please contact:

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

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


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