October 2018  
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News, Announcements, & Special Features

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

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

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

News:  Upcoming Deadline for DARPA Young Faculty Award

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

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

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

Blog Post: IOS in Focus: NSF EAGERs
EAGERs are NSF's way of encouraging research that is risky but potentially impactful.  They 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.

News: The NSF 2026 Idea Machine

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

Funding Opportunities

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U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Science Foundation: Dear Colleague Letters

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

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

Foundation Opportunities

Human Cell Atlas
OSP Deadline: November 5, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: November 13, 2018
Award Amount: up to $1,000,000 for 3 years for the Helmsley Chron's Disease Program; Not specified limit for CZI Seed Networks
The Human Cell Atlas is a global effort to create a reference map of all cells in the healthy human body as a resource for studies of health and disease. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Helmsley Charitable Trust will provide continued support for the Human Cell Atlas by collaborating on two new funding mechanisms that the community can access through a single application portal. CZI will seek applications to form Seed Networks consisting of at least three principal investigators that will support continued growth, solidify collaborations, and help generate valuable data and tools for the first draft of the Human Cell Atlas. Helmsley's Crohn's Disease Program, committed to improving the lives of Crohn's patients while pursuing a cure, will seek applications from principal investigators that will contribute collectively to creating a Gut Cell Atlas, cataloguing the many cell types in the gut (Please note that CZI's applications do not require a gut component).
This Request for Applications (RFA) seeks to support the continued growth of nascent projects and to incubate new networks. The Seed Networks should generate new tools, open source analysis methods, and significant contributions of diverse data types to the Human Cell Atlas Data Coordination Platform. Applications should have a primary focus on the healthy tissues that will contribute to a reference atlas. These projects should establish the HCA as a resource for applications such as clarifying genetic variants associated with disease, cell type-specific drug toxicity, or therapeutic applications. In addition to the Data Coordination Platform, community resources arising from the Seed Networks will be rapidly shared via open source repositories such as Protocols.io, Addgene, GitHub, and bioRxiv.
Seed Networks should consist of at least three principal investigators, including at least one computational biologist or software engineer, together with additional computational biologists, engineers, experimental biologists, and/or physicians.

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

The U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) promotes scientific relations between the U.S. and Israel by supporting collaborative research projects in a  wide area of basic and applied scientific fields , for peaceful and non-profit purposes. The regular research grants program is the main program of the BSF. Applications must be submitted together by at least one scientist from each country. In 2018, the following areas of research are eligible for submission: Atmospheric, Ocean & Earth Sciences; Chemistry; Computer Sciences; Economics; Energy Research; Environmental Research (Air, Water, and Soil); Materials Research; Mathematical Sciences; Physics; Psychology (except Psychobiology); and Sociology.
Sponsor Letter of Intent Deadline (required): November 15, 2018
OSP Deadline: March 8, 2019
Full Proposal Deadline: March 15, 2019
Award Amount: up to $200,000

The Cancer Research Institute Technology Impact Award provides seed funding to be used over 12-24 months to address the gap between technology development and clinical application of cancer immunotherapies. These grants aim to encourage collaboration between technology developers and clinical cancer immunologists and to generate the proof-of-principle of a novel platform technology in bioinformatics, ex vivo or in silico modeling systems, immunological or tumor profiling instrumentation, methods, reagents and assays, or other relevant technologies that can enable clinician scientists to generate deeper insights into the mechanisms of action of effective or ineffective cancer immunotherapies.
Award winners will be selected based on the novelty, creativity, technical sophistication, and transformative potential of the technology to impact cancer immunotherapy research around the world. The ultimate aim of this program is to advance technologies that can speed up the entire field's efforts in addressing one of the most defining challenges of our time-developing immunotherapies that are effective for all cancer patients.

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.

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; a link to the online application portal is expected to be made available soon on MLSC's website. 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.

Internal Opportunities

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

The Harvard University Climate Change Solutions Fund supports research and policy initiatives intended to reduce the risks of climate change, hasten the transition from fossil fuel-based energy systems to those that rely on renewable energy sources, to develop methods for diminishing the impact of existing fossil fuel-based energy systems on the climate, to understand and prepare for the impacts of climate change, and to propel scientific, technological, legal, behavioral, policy and artistic innovations needed to accelerate progress toward cleaner energy, improved human health, and a greener world. Applications should propose research that will advance solutions to climate change and its impact. Solutions may include both preparedness and mitigation and strong consideration will be given to projects that demonstrate a clear pathway to application, as well as riskier proposals with the potential to be transformative over time. Proposals that demonstrate imaginative and promising collaboration among faculty and students across different parts of the University will receive special consideration, as will projects that propose using the university campus as a "living laboratory."

Deadline: October 19, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $20,000 for research and travel; up to $50,000 for conferences; and up to $20,000 for seminar series.

Research and travel grants support Harvard faculty research and travel on any topic related to East, South, or Southeast Asia. Funded projects will ordinarily involve more than one country or region of East, South, or Southeast Asia and approach the topic from more than one discipline. Applications submitted by multiple faculty members are encouraged.
Conference grants support conferences organized by Harvard faculty members in pairs or small groups. Topics must involve more than one country or region of East, South, or Southeast Asia and must approach the topic from more than one discipline.  

Seminar series grants support seminar series organized by Harvard faculty members, preferably in pairs or small groups.

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

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

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)
Eligible 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.

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

Industry/Corporate Opportunities

Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: November 5, 2018
Award Amount: Recipients receive a 2-year Fellowship with the opportunity to extend to a 3rd year, full tuition and fees (enrollment fees, health insurance, books), plus a stipend to be used for living expenses, travel and personal equipment, and a Google Research Mentor.

The Google Ph.D. Fellowship program recognizes graduate students doing work in the area of computer science and related disciplines. For 2019 Google has expressed priority in the following areas:
  • Algorithms, Optimizations and Markets
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Machine Learning
  • Machine Perception, Speech Technology and Computer Vision
  • Mobile Computing
  • Natural Language Processing (including Information Retrieval and Extraction)
  • Privacy and Security
  • Programming Technology and Software Engineering
  • Quantum Computing
  • Structured Data and Database Management
  • Systems and Networking
Eligible applicants will meet the following criteria:
  • Full time graduate student pursuing a PhD in the research areas represented by the fellowships
  • Applicants may come from any department, but must be primarily pursuing research in computational sciences
  • Must attend one of the eligible schools and universities. A student must remain enrolled in the PhD program or forfeit the fellowship award
This is a limited submission opportunity and only two graduate students may be nominated from Harvard. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is conducting an internal competition to select the Harvard nominees. To be considered for the Harvard nomination, pre-proposals must be submitted online using the link above.

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

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

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

Air Force Research Laboratory, Aerospace Systems (AFRL/RQ)
Innovative Research Solutions for Conformable, Safe, High-Rate Batteries
Sponsor Deadline for Intents to Propose (requested): October 22, 2018
OSP Deadline: November 7, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: November 15, 2018
Award Amount: Estimated program cost is $5.8M for 39 months.
AFRL is seeking research solutions to improve the state-of-the-art for a conformable, safe, high rate battery that improves up to a factor of three on the size, weight, and power (SWaP) over the performance of current battery technologies. The objective is to further develop safe, rechargeable lithium-ion battery technology with a factor of improvement of three on the specific and volumetric energy density of state-of-the-art high power density batteries. Under this effort, specific development efforts on improving the performance and safety of the anode, electrolyte/cell separator, cathode, thermal management, and the battery management system will be performed. Modules are to be developed and tested under simulated operational conditions to verify performance. Scalable battery designs are to be developed for power levels in the 100 kW to 1 MW size range. Full-scale battery demonstration/verification testing under simulated operational conditions will also be performed.  
The Air Force anticipates making one award for this announcement.

U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA), Chemistry Research Center
Research Interests of the United States Air Force Academy - Call 006: Surface Modified Metal Nanoparticles for Compatibilization into Fluoropolymer Based Composites
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission of full proposal
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (required): October 27, 2018
Award Amount: Anticipated funding for this Call is $216,000, for approximately 3 years.
The Chemistry Research Center (CRC) is organized within the Department of Chemistry to plan, execute, and report research in the U.S. Air Force Academy's Department of Chemistry. The mission is to enhance cadet education through participation in research, provide professional development opportunities for faculty members, and support the technology base of the Air Force and Department of Defense. The CRC acquires and manages the resources needed to accomplish those missions. Those resources include: laboratories, shops and storerooms, analytical instrumentation, funds, projects amenable to cadet and faculty participation, and human resources. The CRC currently focuses on preparing functionalized polymer and hybrid polymer composites directed toward developing next-generation, high-performance materials to meet operational Air Force and broader Department of Defense (DoD) mission partner needs. Some specific projects thrusts include (1) development of high use temperature resins and composites for solid rocket motor case and insulation, (2) metastable composites for structural energetics, (3) conducting organic polymers for renewable "green" and efficient light harvesting materials, and (4) omniphobic and stimuli-responsive smart coatings for liquid rocket engine seals in collaboration with CRC's program partners. Teamwork is an important feature of successful execution of research. A typical research project involves one or more faculty members, cadets, permanent support staff members, and temporary technical support staff members. The temporary staff members are crucial to the team, and they come in the form of National Research Council post-doctoral associates, Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) collaborators, and R&D support contractors. The USAFA is seeking unclassified research white papers and proposals that do not contain proprietary information. If proprietary information is submitted it is the offerors' responsibility to mark the relevant portions of the white paper/proposal as specified in USAFA-BAA-2015. Specific to this call, research in the area of developing new organofluorine methodologies using both experimental and computational means of approach towards fluoropolymer based composites will take place on site using the laboratories and analytical instrumentation located in the Department of Chemistry at the US Air Force Academy (USAFA). A short description of the chemistry research facilities and equipment is available at https://www.usafa.edu/research/research-centers/chemistry-research-center .
The Government anticipates awarding one Cooperative Agreement as a result of this Call.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Artificial Intelligence Research Associate (AIRA)
OSP Deadline: October 22, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: October 29, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $1M for 18 months.
DARPA's Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is announcing a new Artificial Intelligence Exploration (AIE) Opportunity that is focused on elevating Artificial Intelligence (AI) to the role of an insightful and trusted collaborator in scientific discovery and the scientific process. This AIE Opportunity announces the Artificial Intelligence Research Associate (AIRA) program, and invites submissions of innovative basic research proposals to address two main objectives: 1) explore and develop novel new AI algorithms and approaches for discovery of scientific laws and governing equations for complex physical phenomena; 2) explore new approaches to assess where data are too sparse, noisy, or are otherwise inadequate to build predictive models; to generate testable hypotheses; to identify high value experiments that could alleviate the problems of data shortfalls; and to quantify the confidence of predictions outside of the training space. It is anticipated that multidisciplinary teams incorporating domain expertise, together with some combination of AI, mathematics, statistics, information theory, physics, control theory and/or other disciplines, will be required to achieve the transformational goals of the program.
DARPA has identified three Technical Areas (TAs) for this program:
  • Technical Area 1 (TA1): Explore and develop prototype, proof-of-concept AI architectures, algorithms and approaches that can uncover natural laws and succinct, generalizable, coarse-grained governing equations from high dimensional data in a principled way.
  • Technical Area 2 (TA2): Explore and test novel approaches to identify regions of input space or parameter space where datasets are sparse, noisy, lack coverage, lack consistency, or are otherwise inadequate to build predictive models.
  • Technical Area 3 (TA3): Based upon TA1 and TA2 results, refine prototype AI system, algorithms and approaches and evaluate performance against one or more complex and dynamic DoD-relevant system(s) as described in TA1, using real-world data not part of the training data.
This AIE Opportunity is part of the DARPA AIE thrust that aims to advance the state-of-the-art in AI  through both standard programs and relatively short-term technology development projects that  quickly test and validate new AI concepts. It is issued under the Program Announcement DARPA-PA-18-02.

Office of Naval Research (ONR)
National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) 2019 Broad Agency Announcement
Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Intent (required for some Topic Areas): November 2, 2018 for Topic Areas 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 (LOIs not required for Topic Areas 1 and 2)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: December 21, 2018 for Topic Areas 1 and 2; January 18, 2019 for Topic Areas 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7
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).
The seven Topic Areas are:
  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
  3. Advanced Sensor Technology
  4. Autonomous Profiling Floats for Investigating Tropical Pacific Ocean Biogeochemistry
  5. Improving Arctic Operational Forecasts Arctic Observing System Simulation Experiments using Year of Polar Prediction data (Arctic OSSE)
  6. New Approaches for Data Assimilation to Improve Operational Ocean Prediction
  7. Autonomous Mapping
Up to $27.3 million over three years may be available for this solicitation.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Young Faculty Award (YFA)
OSP Deadline: November 5, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: November 13, 2018
Award Amount: Each award will include a 24-month base period (a maximum of $500,000) and a 12-month option period (a maximum of $500,000). The 12-month option period, referred to as the "Director's Fellowship," will be reserved for a limited number of awardees who demonstrate exceptional YFA project performance over the 24-month base period.
DARPA's Young Faculty Award (YFA) program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions and expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) and National Security challenges and needs. In particular, this YFA will provide high-impact funding to elite researchers early in their careers to develop innovative new research directions in the context of enabling transformative DoD capabilities. Participation in the YFA program is limited to any current tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professors and to tenured Assistant or Associate Professors within three years of their tenure appointment at a U.S. institution of higher education or equivalent at a U.S. non-profit science and technology research institutions. Participation is open to individuals who are U.S. Citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents, and Foreign Nationals. DARPA is particularly interested in identifying outstanding researchers who have previously not been performers on DARPA programs, but the program is open to all qualified applicants with innovative research ideas. Once awards are made, each YFA performer will be assigned a DARPA Program Manager with interests closely related to their research topic. The Program Manager will act as project manager and mentor to the YFA award recipients.
DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals from single principal investigators (PIs) in the following specific areas of interest to DARPA's six technical offices: Biological Technologies Office (BTO), Defense Sciences Office (DSO), Information Innovation Office (I2O), Microsystems Technology Office (MTO), Strategic Technology Office (STO), and Tactical Technology Office (TTO):
  1. Biologically inspired GPS-denied navigation
  2. Enhancing Prophylactic Immunity and the Immune Response
  3. Plant Bio-mining System
  4. Bioaccelerants
  5. Quantum inspired classical optical computing
  6. The Biology of Team Performance
  7. Smart City Sensing for Chemical and Explosive Threat Detection and Identification
  8. Bio-inspired modeling of resilience and efficiency in complex systems
  9. Quantifying Software Vulnerability Longevity
  10. Hybrid Intelligent Agents
  11. Complete Logic Erasure And Recovery (CLEAR)
  12. Validating Type Consistency of Semi-Structured Data
  13. Device-centric Detection of Security and Privacy Attacks Against Cellular Networks
  14. Instinctual Radio Frequency (RF) Adaptive Circuits, Devices & Materials
  15. New Materials for Efficient Nonlinear Integrated Photonics
  16. Multi-Functional Materials for Additive Manufacturing
  17. Integrating Infrared Devices on Substrates with Low Dislocation Densities Using Low-Cost Fabrication Technologies
  18. Compact Planar Ultra broadband Array Antenna
  19. Non-foster Circuit Synthesis
  20. Integrated Analog Photonics
  21. Learning to Become Skilled at Tasks
  22. Predictive Vision
  23. Assessing the Reliability of Structural Systems Undergoing Intense Multi-Physics Loading Typical of Sustained Hypersonic Flight
  24. Health Monitoring of High Speed Propulsion Systems
  25. Dynamic Network Modeling for On-orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing 
Proposing PIs are limited to one executive summary per TA; at the full proposal phase, proposing PIs are limited to submitting only one full proposal to only one topic under this Research Announcement.

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

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Learning with Less Labels (LwLL)
OSP Deadline: October 26, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: November 2, 2018
Award Amount: The level of funding for individual awards made under this solicitation has not been predetermined and will depend on the quality of the proposals received  and the availability of funds. The period of performance for LwLL will be 36 months, divided into two phases, each 18 months in duration.
DARPA's Information Innovation Office (I2O) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of machine learning and artificial intelligence. The goal of this program is to make the process of training machine learning models more efficient by reducing the amount of labeled data required to build a model by six or more orders of magnitude, and by reducing the amount of data needed to adapt models to new environments to tens to hundreds of labeled examples.
In order to achieve the massive reductions of labeled data needed to train accurate models, the Learning with Less Labels program (LwLL) will divide the effort into two technical areas (TAs). Each proposal submitted in response to this BAA may address one or both technical areas:
  • TA1 will focus on the research and development of learning algorithms that learn and adapt efficiently; and
  • TA2 will formally characterize machine learning problems and prove the limits of learning and adaptation.
DARPA anticipates multiple awards under this solicitation.

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

U.S. Air Force Research Lab (AFRL)
Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (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 to learn more about the areas of interest to the various Air Force Research Facilities and 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.

Office of Naval Research (ONR)
Summer Faculty Research Program
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.

Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)
Research Initiatives at the Naval Postgraduate School
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission 
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers and Full Proposals: Rolling through May 31, 2019 
Award Amount: The funded amount and period of performance of each proposal selected for award will vary depending on the research area and the technical approach to be pursued by the applicant selected.
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) is interested in receiving proposals for research initiatives that offer potential for advancement and improvement in the NPS core mission of graduate education and research. Readers should note that this is an announcement to declare NPS's solicitation in competitive funding of meritorious research initiatives across a spectrum of science and engineering, business, politics and public/foreign policy, operational and information sciences, and interdisciplinary disciplines that are in line with the NPS's graduate education and research mission.
Additional information on the Naval Postgraduate School's graduate education and research mission is available at:

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

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. 

Office of Naval Research (ONR)
Sabbatical Leave Program
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.
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. 

National Energy Technology Lab
Big Data Analysis of Synchrophasor Data
OSP Deadline: November 2, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: November 9, 2018
Award Amount: $300,000-$1,000,000 for 18 months. Cost sharing is required and must be at least 20% of the total allowable costs.
The Department of Energy (DOE), National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), on behalf of the Office of Electricity (OE), is seeking applications under this FOA from universities, other non-profit organizations, and industry to perform early research in support of more real-time early warning tools, operator decision support tools, and potentially phaser measurement unit (PMU)-based automated controls to enhance the reliability and resiliency of the national's power grid.
The goal of this funding opportunity announcement is to explore the use of big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning technology and tools on PMU data to identify and improve existing knowledge, and to discover new insights and tools for better grid operation and management. Applicants selected for award will receive pre-packaged datasets assembled exclusively for their use executing awards resulting from this FOA. Applicants selected for award will be asked to address specific questions and research areas regarding the data. Applicants selected for award will publicly present their analytical results at a DOE-sponsored event to inform stakeholders in the electricity sector who develop and use analytical and decision-making tools on PMU and other power system data.

Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)
Building Reliable Electronics to Achieve Kilovolt Effective Ratings Safely (BREAKERS)
OSP Deadline: November 5, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: November 13, 2018
Award Amount: $250,000-$10,000 for 24-36 months. Cost sharing is required, see FOA for more detail.
BREAKERS projects will develop designs for medium voltage, direct current (MVDC) circuit breakers for a variety of applications. BREAKERS projects will inform the creation of new devices capable of better securing the grid by eliminating electrical faults, improving efficiency and reaction times while potentially enabling greater proliferation of renewable resources and eventual electrification of ships and aircraft. Fields that could benefit from BREAKERS projects include surge protection, transportation electrification, grid distribution, intermittent power interconnection, and offshore oil and gas production.

Office of Science
Investigations and Novel Approaches in Isotope Science and Production at U.S. Universities
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 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.

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

Other DOE Opportunities
Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA)

Molecular Analyzer for Efficient Gas-Phase Low-Power Interrogation (MAEGLIN Phase 2) Program
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.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute Cooperative Agreement Notice (SSERVI CAN-3)
Sponsor Deadline for Step-1 Proposals (required): October 19, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Step-2 Proposals: December 18, 2018
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Amount: Up to $1.5M in total costs per team per year for 5 years
NASA, through the release of this Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN), is announcing an opportunity for the submission of multi-institutional team-based proposals for research as participating members of the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). Proposals must clearly articulate an innovative research program addressing basic and/or applied research fundamental to understanding the nature of the Moon, Near Earth Asteroids (NEAs), the martian moons Phobos and Deimos, and the near space environments of these bodies, to enable eventual human exploration of these destinations. Although the Institute will continue to support research addressing all of these potential human exploration destinations, in light of the administration's focus on returning to the Moon, as well as the near-term opportunities that will be provided by the burgeoning commercial lunar industry, proposals which address these near-term lunar needs and opportunities will be given preference. Proposed research that complements current CAN-2 Institute Teams, and/or addresses important research areas not currently covered in the Institute, will be given strong consideration.
NASA anticipates that several new teams will be selected through this solicitation.

Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System - Appendix E: Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System for Combustion Science, Complex Fluids, Fluid Physics, Fundamental Physics, and Materials Science
Sponsor Deadline for Notices of Intent (strongly encouraged): October 23, 2018
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 Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF) - Fall 2019
OSP Deadline: Not required at Phase A stage
Sponsor Deadline for Phase A Proposals: November 1, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $80,000 per year (includes student stipend and allowances for the faculty advisor, a visiting technologist experience, health insurance, and tuition and fees). The NSTRF grant does not provide university overhead.
NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) seeks to sponsor U.S. citizen, U.S. national and  permanent resident graduate student research that has significant potential to contribute to NASA's  goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our Nation's science, exploration, and economic  future. NASA Space Technology Research Fellows will perform research at their respective campuses and at NASA Centers. In addition to his or her faculty advisor, each Fellow will be matched with a technically relevant and community-engaged NASA researcher who will serve as the research collaborator on the award. Through this collaboration, graduate students will be able to take advantage of broader and/or deeper space technology research opportunities directly related to their academic and career objectives, acquire a more detailed understanding of the potential end applications of their space  technology efforts, and directly disseminate their research results within the NASA community.
Awards resulting from this competitive selection will be made in the form of grants to accredited U.S. universities. This solicitation has two phases. Phase A is the proposal submission by the current or prospective graduate student. For the student who is selected in Phase A, the accredited U.S. university where the student will be enrolled for the fall 2019 term as a full-time graduate student must submit a Phase B proposal; a complete Phase B proposal submission will result in a grant award. Awards resulting from this solicitation are planned to coincide with the start of the 2019 academic year and are subject to the availability of appropriated funds.

2019 Dual Use Technology Development Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) at Marshall Space Flight Center (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.

Unsolicited Proposals
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.

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

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

Other NASA Opportunities
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIH Opportunities
National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation: Dear Colleague Letters

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

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

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

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

A unique aspect of the FET program is that interdisciplinary collaborations between computer and information scientists and engineers as well as those in various other fields such as biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and physics are highly encouraged, with the fundamental aim of pursuing foundational breakthroughs in computer and information science and engineering.

Seeking Community Input for Topic Ideas for Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation Program
OSP Deadline: N/A
Sponsor Deadline for Idea Submission: October 31, 2018
Award Amount: NSF plans to invite up to ten submitters to NSF for further discussions of their proposed topic. Those submitters selected will be notified in December 2018 and will be invited to come to NSF in early 2019.

The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is to invite the research community to submit suggestions for Topic Ideas to be considered for the FY 2020 Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) Program Solicitation . Suggestions for EFRI Topic Ideas are currently solicited and vetted every two years. Selected Topic(s) become the focus of research supported by the EFRI Program. This DCL is not a request for submission of a single research proposal idea;  rather, it is designed to solicit submission of emerging topic areas of potentially transformative research and innovation. NSF plans to invite up to ten submitters to NSF for further discussions of their proposed topic. Those submitters selected will be notified in December 2018 and will be invited to come to NSF in early 2019.

Opportunity for Active EFRI and ERC Awardees to Apply for Supplemental Funding through the Research Experience and Mentoring (REM Program)
OSP Deadline: November 8, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: November 16, 2018
Award Amount: up to $100,000

The National Science Foundation Directorate for Engineering (NSF/ENG) continually seeks to advance scientific progress in research and innovation while broadening participation of underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) seeks to inform the community about an opportunity to pursue both of these goals through supplements to active Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) research awards and active Engineering Research Center (ERC) awards from the Research Experience and Mentoring (REM) Program.
Active EFRI and ERC awardees may apply for supplemental funding from the REM program via FastLane. REM funding will support costs associated with bringing Research Participants (RPs) into the research environment over the summer to participate in mentored activities and research aligned with the ERC- and EFRI-supported research goals. REM supplement recipients are encouraged to extend structured mentoring into the academic year.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enabling Early-Stage Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) Socio-Technical Interdisciplinary Collaborations
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.

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

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

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

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

Planning for New Signals in the Soils (SitS) - Themed NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRCs)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for IUCRC Planning Grant Preliminary Proposal: 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. 

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

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

With this Dear Colleague letter (DCL), the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) and the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) within the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation continue to encourage innovative exploratory and translational research by academic researchers and small businesses in all aspects of integrated photonics that utilize the current silicon photonics capabilities resident in AIM Photonics. Research projects utilizing the AIM Photonics fabrication process technologies via multi-project wafer runs should have an objective to bring a specific innovation to integrated photonics circuits and components or to demonstrate a new approach that uses integrated photonics as its differentiator. Examples of such challenges may include:
  • Research into new applications of PICs that have promise of breakthrough performance due to the use of an integrated photonic component;
  • New devices that are realizable within AIM Photonics standardized integrated silicon photonics processes;
  • PIC implementations that have innovative contributions to advancements of photonics circuits (i.e., low power, greater bandwidths and dynamic ranges, better tolerances, new topologies, etc.);
  • Innovative design approaches and new models of integrated photonics devices/circuits; and
  • Materials and attachment technologies for incorporating integrated photonics into novel packages.
Academic researchers   who plan on utilizing the capabilities of AIM Photonics may submit unsolicited proposals to the ECCS Electronic, Photonic, and Magnetic Devices (EPMD) core program via FastLane or 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)

Computer and Network Systems (CNS): Core Programs
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission of a full proposal
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2018 - November 15, 2018 (Small Projects)
Award Amount: up to $500,000 over up to 3 years (Small Projects)

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

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

CISE's Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in four core programs:
  • The Algorithmic Foundations (AF) program;
  • The Communications and Information Foundations (CIF) program;
  • The Foundations of Emerging Technologies (FET) program; and
  • The Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF) program.

Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS): Core Programs
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission of a full proposal
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2018 - November 15, 2018 (Small Projects)
Award Amount: up to $500,000 over up to 3 years (Small Projects)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Formal Methods in the Field (FMitF)
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Research supported by the Division of Materials Research (DMR) focuses on advancing fundamental understanding of materials, materials discovery, design, synthesis, characterization, properties, and materials-related phenomena. DMR awards enable understanding of the electronic, atomic, and molecular structures, mechanisms, and processes that govern nanoscale to macroscale morphology and properties; manipulation and control of these properties; discovery of emerging phenomena of matter and materials; and creation of novel design, synthesis, and processing strategies that lead to new materials with unique characteristics. These discoveries and advancements transcend traditional scientific and engineering disciplines. The Division supports research and education activities in the United States through funding of individual investigators, teams, centers, facilities, and instrumentation. Projects supported by DMR are essential for the development of future technologies and industries that meet societal needs, as well as preparation of the next generation of materials researchers.

This solicitation applies to the following six DMR Topical Materials Research Programs that fund research and educational projects by individual investigators or small groups: Biomaterials (BMAT), Condensed Matter Physics (CMP), Electronic and Photonic Materials (EPM), Metals and Metallic Nanostructures (MMN), Polymers (POL), and Solid-State and Materials Chemistry (SSMC).

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joint DMS/NLM Initiative on Generalizable Data Science Methods for Biomedical Research (DMS/NLM)
OSP Deadline: January 9, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: January 16, 2018
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.
Other NSF: MPS Opportunities 
National Science Foundation: Directorate for Engineering (NSF: ENG)

NSF: ENG Opportunities
National Science Foundation: Crosscutting and Interdisciplinary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations (AccelNet)
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, 2018
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.

Understanding the Rules of Life: Building a Synthetic Cell: An Ideas Lab Activity
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.

Understanding the Rules of Life: Epigenetics
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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Erin Hale
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