December 2017 
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News, Announcements, & Special Features

Feature: New Investigator Opportunity Spotlight
Internal Funding Opportunity: Harvard Solar Geoengineering Research Program
Harvard's Solar Geoengineering Research Program (SGRP) aims to focus on advancing solar geoengineering science and technology; assessing efficiency and risks; and laying out governance options and social implications. Current available funding mechanisms are a residency program and Harvard faculty research grants. Learn more about these opportunities here

Funding Opportunities

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

Industry/Corporate Opportunities

Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA)

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

Internal Opportunities
Deadline: January 22, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $150,000 payable over one or two years
Target Applicants: Applications are invited from individuals who hold a faculty appointment at a Harvard school and who have principal investigator rights at that school.
Applications are invited from researchers across disciplines proposing research projects relating to Brazil. Proposals are sought for projects that address education management and administration; social science and its applications; public administration and policy; technological advances in education; and evidence-based research. Consideration will also be given to projects that propose collaboration between Harvard faculty and Brazilian academics in the life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, and basic and applied sciences.
Proposed projects must meet at least one of the following three criteria:
  1. Include collaboration with Brazilian academics
  2. Be undertaken in Brazil in whole or in part
  3. Focus on Brazil

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.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Nascent Light-Matter Interactions (NLM)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Proposal Abstracts (strongly encouraged): December 18, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: February 7, 2018
Award Amount: The level of funding for individual awards made under this BAA will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. The NLM program consists of three phases: Phase I (an 18-month base period), Phase II (a 12-month option), and Phase III (an 18-month option). Proposals should address all three phases.
The Defense Sciences Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals that advance our knowledge and understanding of light-matter interactions. In particular, DARPA seeks to develop new and systematic approaches to the design of engineered structures and materials that change how we manipulate electromagnetic waves and capitalize on nascent wave-matter interactions. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.

Multiple awards are anticipated.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Hallmark Tools and Capabilities 2 (Hallmark-TC2)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Abstracts (strongly encouraged): December 20, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: February 21, 2018
Award Amount: The level of funding for individual awards made under this BAA will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. Hallmark is a two-phase program: Phase I is a 15-month effort and Phase II is 12 months.
The objective of the Tools and Capabilities 2 portion of the Hallmark program is to develop and validate additional technologies for enabling the full spectrum of military space enterprise command and control capabilities. These additional technologies will complement and augment the current set of tools and capabilities (solicited in DARPA-BAA-16-49) integrated into the Hallmark Space Enterprise Analysis Capability software testbed (solicited in DARPA-BAA-16-40). The full suite of integrated space tools and capabilities will continue to be validated in periodic, realistic, scenario-based evaluation events.

Multiple awards are anticipated. Up to a total of $3.4M is anticipated in funding for this program.
Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
CENTER OF EXCELLENCE: Efficient and Robust Machine Learning (ERML)
OSP Deadline: December 20, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: January 4, 2018
Award Amount: $5,000,000 over 5 years
The purpose of this ERML University Center of Excellence (UCoE) is to establish the foundational principles of design, development, and employment as well as critical technologies to support machine learning (ML) methods and procedures. The Air Force's autonomy vision includes intelligent machines that utilize data, leverage learning techniques, and deliver content for a variety of operations. Machine learning methods must be employed with efficiency and robustness for effective results given data challenges such as variety, volume, velocity, veracity, and value. Leveraging ML methods and techniques should incorporate contextual considerations, operational environments, and hardware implementation. To achieve the USAF vision, ML techniques must consider transferability, usability, efficiency and robustness for mission success. Foundational science and technology is needed to understand machine learning employment challenges including efficiency (data and computational), robustness (practical and adversarial), as well as relevancy (situational and contextual).
A single Cooperative Agreement is anticipated under this announcement.

Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC)
Very Low Frequency (VLF)/Low Frequency (LF) Communications Technologies Research Broad Agency Announcement: Call 003 - Focus Area E - VLF Waveforms and Modes
OSP Deadline: December 21, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (required): January 5, 2018
Award Amount: Current FY18 funding for this call is approximately $1M. The period of performance for awards resulting from this Call will be determined as viable solutions are evaluated and identified for further investigation.
The focus of this BAA is to solicit industry and academia assistance in assessing whether there have been advances in science and technology that could be potential solutions to urgent problems in VLF/LF Communications Technologies. The goal is to discover and evaluate potential advancements for their viability in addressing problems in the following major Focus Areas: A) VLF Receivers, B) VLF Antennas, C) VLF Propagation, D) Legacy Software Modification Initiatives, E) VLF Waveforms and Modes. The desired outcome is to determine if these advancements might lend themselves to potential solutions which would help address current performance requirements pertaining to new VLF receiver systems.
The specific research area of interest for this call is Focus Area E) VLF Waveforms and Modes. Areas of interest within this focus area includes, but is not limited to: capacity, feasibility, and other technological advancements in VLF/LF waveform/message propagation modeling and simulation and software architecture - to include expanded modernized advanced capabilities. Performance improvement objectives at this time include target range, time of receipt, interoperability, and cost reductions via platform commonality as well as other classified performance attributes. Proposed advancements should address their relevance as solutions to current performance requirements.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Agile Small-Satellite Experimental Telescope (ASSET)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Proposal Abstracts (strongly encouraged): December 21, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: February 2, 2018
Award Amount: The level of funding for individual awards made under this BAA will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. A total program duration of 24 months is anticipated.
DARPA is soliciting innovative proposals to develop infrared telescopes with size, weight, and low recurring cost suitable for use on small satellites, and which also have the capability for rapidly steering the telescope instantaneous field-of-view over a large angular field-of regard. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in the technology available for small-satellite remote sensing systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.

Multiple awards are anticipated.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Protected Forward Communications (PFC)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Proposal Abstracts (strongly encouraged): January 3, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: February 14, 2018
Award Amount: A total of $26,000,000 for multiple efforts is anticipated to be awarded, divided between an estimated $14,000,000 for anticipated multiple 15-month base efforts, and an additional $12,000,000 for multiple (at least two desired) anticipated 15-month continuing options.
The Protected Forward Communications (PFC) Program will enable small unit tactical operations to persist in diverse electronic warfare (EW) conditions by developing an integrated communication system protecting local, airborne, and reach-back communications from exploitation and denial. DARPA is soliciting proposals for the system conceptual design, modeling and simulation (M&S) validation, and component brass-board demonstrations. The result of the PFC program is intended to be a qualified design with experiential support ready for full development and user trial (DUT) activity.

Multiple awards are anticipated.

Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Pre-Proposals (required): January 4, 2018 for the Core Solicitation; March 6, 2018 for the SEED Solicitation
Award Amount: Varies by program area
SERDP is DoD's environmental science and technology program, planned and executed in partnership with DOE and EPA, with participation by numerous other federal and non-federal organizations. SERDP invests across a broad spectrum of basic and applied research, as well as advanced development. Under the FY19 solicitation, the Department of Defense (DoD) is interested in receiving pre-proposals for research focusing in the areas of Environmental Restoration, Munitions Response, Resource Conservation and Resiliency, and Weapons Systems and Platforms technologies. DoD SERDP intends to competitively fund research and development for environmental research that addresses the Statements of Need set forth in the Announcement. SERDP supports environmental research relevant to the management and mission of the DoD and supports efforts that lead to the development and application of innovative environmental technologies or methods that improve the environmental performance of DoD by improving outcomes, managing environmental risks, and/or reducing costs or time required to resolve environmental problems. In addition to the Core Solicitation, SERDP invites proposals for innovative research in the Munitions Response area through the SERDP Exploratory Development (SEED) program.
It is expected that multiple awards totaling approximately $12.0 million will be made dependent on the quality of proposals received and availability of funds.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Advanced Plant Technologies (APT)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Proposal Abstracts (strongly encouraged): January 11, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: February 21, 2018
Award Amount: The amount of resources made available under this BAA will
depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. The project period will be 48 months.
The goal of the APT program is to control and direct plant physiology to detect chemical, biological, radiological, and/or nuclear threats, as well as electromagnetic signals. Plant sensors developed under the program will sense specific stimuli and report these signals with a remotely recognized phenotype (e.g., modified reflectance, morphology, phenology, etc.). Modern plant biotechnology holds significant promise for addressing a range of Department of Defense (DoD) needs; plants are easily deployed, self-powering, and ubiquitous in the environment, and the combination of these native abilities with specifically engineered sense-and-report traits will produce sensors occupying new and unique operational spaces. The long-term success of engineered plant sensors requires the ability to ensure plant survivability for months or years in a natural environment subject to stresses not present in a laboratory environment. Meeting both the sensor and survivability technical goals of the APT program will require a combination of plant genomics emerging technologies, precision gene editing tools, and novel methods for engineering new sensing capabilities and physiological responses. Proposing teams should include experts in diverse fields including plant physiology, gene editing, biochemistry, modelling, phenotyping, remote sensing, and plant ecology.

Multiple awards are anticipated.
Office of Naval Research (ONR)
Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV)
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (required): January 19, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: March 16, 2018
Award Amount: Awards under Research Area 1 will amount up to $250,000 for a six-month base period of performance, followed by two possible option periods each up to $500,000 for a six-month period of performance. Awards under Research Area 2 will amount up to $400,000 for a four-month base period of performance, followed by one of two possible follow-on options: up to $250,000 for a four-month period of performance for an advanced concept mockup development, or up to $10M/$15M for six months for full system technology demonstrator platform development, fabrication and test & demonstration support.
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving white papers, then proposals, addressing the research, development, and integration of revolutionary technologies to inform the realm of the possible related to a notional next generation armored reconnaissance platform called the Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV). It is desired that a future ARV will be capable of fighting for information in an increasingly complex and contested environment and able to counter threats with greater reach and lethality. This Science and Technology (S&T) effort is a Future Naval Capability (FNC) program that will run from FY18 to mid-FY21.
The S&T program has been segmented into two Research Areas (RAs) which are each structured with a base period plus two option periods. The first Research Area will result in the development of advanced components and subsystems across ten Technology Focus Areas (TFAs). The second Research Area will include the development of novel concepts based on thorough analysis that is inclusive of modeling and simulation and whole system trade studies, mock up fabrication of intriguing concepts, and fabrication of full scale advanced technology demonstrators (one that is designed around a notional base capability and another that is revolutionary and "at the edge"). The platforms will be used to demonstrate the state of the art and to assess the potential capability and performance of advanced technologies and future concepts all to demonstrate the realm of the possible to inform the requirements development process and to engage Industry and Academia early in the process. This program is primarily researching a base capability for a notional ARV and it is not the intent to research all possible capabilities that will be resident on the platform in the future.
The Office of Naval Research is anticipating multiple awards for each of the listed Research Areas (RAs) and Technical Focus Areas (TFAs).
Department of the Army - USAMRAA
DoD Accelerating Innovation in Military Medicine Research Award
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Pre-Applications (required): January 26, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: February 9, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $350,000 in direct costs. The maximum period of performance is 18 months.
The Accelerating Innovation in Military Medicine (AIMM) Research Award is intended to support highly creative and conceptually innovative high-risk research with the potential to accelerate critical discoveries or major advancements that will significantly impact military health and medicine. AIMM initiative funding supports novel research concepts and other efforts that initiate or enhance potential game-changers that may not be supported by other funding mechanisms or core programs. Applications using synthetic or systems biology-based approaches are highly encouraged.

Projects proposed under the AIMM Research Award should be relevant to at least one Department of Defense (DoD) medical research program area (i.e., medical simulation and information sciences, military infectious diseases, military operational medicine, combat casualty care, radiation health effects, and clinical and rehabilitative medicine). However, broadly applicable research projects with the potential to benefit multiple DoD medical research program areas are encouraged.
Six awards are anticipated.
Army Research Laboratory (ARL)
Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring (GIFT) Authoring Grand Challenge
OSP Deadline: January 24, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers: January 31, 2018
Award Amount: Each tutor will be funded at $60,000. The period of performance of will be finalized prior to the request of a formal proposal.
One of the challenges to making Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITSs) practical for use by the masses is the amount of skill and time required to author/develop ITSs. To illustrate the usability of the GIFT authoring tools, ARL has developed an authoring grand challenge. The challenge is to use GIFT and its authoring tools to construct an ITS course which provides a minimum of one hour of adaptive instruction for an expert individual learner in any of the domains listed below. Novice and journeyman learners will generally take longer to reach proficiency in the same domain and content. Complete tutors must include all four quadrants of Merrill's (1983) Component Display Theory (rules, examples, recall, and practice).
  • Task #1 - Reporting Intelligence Information (Army, U.S., 2004): develop a tutor for use on a PC to guide the learning, assessment, and practice of multiple scenarios
  • Task #2 - Use Visual Signaling Techniques (Army, U.S., 1987): develop a tutor for use on a PC to guide the learning, assessment, and practice of using visual signaling techniques
  • Task #3 - Navigating from One Point on the Ground to Another Point While Dismounted (Army, U.S.): develop a tutor for use on a PC to guide the learning, assessment, and practice of dismounted land navigation techniques
  • Task #4 - Statistics and Measurements in Research: develop a tutor for use on a PC to guide the learning, assessment, and practice of concepts in descriptive statistics, sampling statistics, hypothesis testing, and statistical reliability
The four winning Offerors will be expected to detail their design and authoring process in a technical report which will also be presented at the next GIFT Users Symposium.

Research Associateship Programs
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadlines: February 1, 2018; May 1, 2018; August 1, 2018
Award Amount: Awards include stipends (ranging from $42,000-$80,000), health insurance, professional travel and relocation. Award durations vary by program.
The National Research Council (NRC) administers competitive graduate, postdoctoral and senior research awards on behalf of 26 U.S. federal research agencies and affiliated institutions with facilities at over 100 locations throughout the U.S. and abroad. Awardees have the opportunity to conduct independent research in an area compatible with the interests of the sponsoring laboratory; devote full-time effort to research and publication; access the excellent and often unique facilities of the federal research enterprise; and collaborate with leading scientists and engineers at the sponsoring laboratories. Disciplines include Chemistry; Earth, Atmospheric and Space Sciences; Engineering, Applied Science, and Mathematics; Life Sciences; and Physics.
Find research opportunities that match your interests by exploring this website: . Contact prospective Research Adviser(s) and host lab(s) to discuss your interests and then you may apply online using the WebRAP electronic application system. Prospective applicants should carefully read the details and eligibility of the program to which they are applying. Some laboratories have citizenship restrictions (open only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents), and some laboratories have Research Opportunities that are not open to senior applicants (more than 5 years beyond the Ph.D.). In addition, applicants should note application deadlines, as not all laboratories participate in all reviews.
Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
Defense Enterprise Science Initiative (DESI)
OSP Deadline: February 21, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: February 28, 2018
Award Amount: $750,000 per year for 2 years (the university partner must receive at least 50% of total funding requested)
The Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Enterprise Science Initiative (DESI) is a pilot program that supports use-inspired basic research performed by university-industry teams. DESI incentivizes use-inspired basic research projects, defined as a scientific study or experiment directed toward increasing fundamental knowledge and understanding in the context of end-use applications. Projects funded in the program bring together industry and university teams with the aim of discovering completely new solutions to challenging defense and national security problems, and using that knowledge to influence existing or new acquisition programs. DESI-funded projects also aim to accelerate the impact of basic research results on defense capabilities.
Industry's initial role in a DESI project is to provide a national security context for the defense challenge, and to collaborate with the university research team throughout the project. The university's role is to invent or discover knowledge that could be leveraged for completely new solutions to the defense challenge. As a follow-on to research conducted with DESI funding, the industry partner is expected to further develop the project's results into new capabilities that may be offered to DoD for future acquisition considerations.
The FY 2018 DESI BAA program seeks proposals addressing the recommended topics:
  • Topic 1: Power Beaming
  • Topic 2: Highly-maneuverable autonomous UAV
  • Topic 3: Soft Active Composites with Intrinsic Sensing, Actuation, and Control
  • Topic 4: Metamaterial-based Antennas
  • Alternate Topics Encouraged
Approximately $6 million in total funding will be made available for this program to fund approximately four awards.

Department of the Army - USAMRAA
U.S. Special Operations Command Broad Agency Announcement for Extramural Biomedical Research and Development
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Pre-Proposals (required): April 14, 2018
Award Amount: A budget should be commensurate with the nature and complexity of the proposed research.    
Special Operations Forces (SOF) medical personnel place a premium on medical equipment that is small, lightweight, ruggedized, modular, multi-use, and designed for operation in extreme environments. The equipment should be easy to use, require minimum maintenance, and have low power consumption. Drugs and biologics should not require refrigeration or other special handling. All materiel and related techniques should be simple and effective. Research projects may apply existing scientific and technical knowledge for which concept and/or patient care efficacy have already been demonstrated to meet SOF requirements. The following are SOF's Research Areas of Interest (RAIs):
  1. Medical Simulation and Training Technologies;
  2. Damage Control Resuscitation;
  3. Prolonged Field Care (PFC);
  4. Portable Lab Assays and Diagnostics;
  5. Force Health Protection and Environmental Medicine;
  6. Canine Medicine; and
  7. Human Operational Performance.
Research and development funded through this BAA are intended and expected to benefit and inform both military and civilian medical practice and knowledge. It is estimated that approximately $3 million is available for this BAA.
Office of Naval Research (ONR)
FY18 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Navy and Marine Corps Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), Education and Workforce Program
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Window for White Papers (required): April 2-July 31, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Invited Full Proposals: September 28, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $250,000 per year, with one-year option periods, for up to 3 years
The ONR seeks a broad range of applications for augmenting existing or developing innovative solutions that directly maintain, or cultivate a diverse, world-class STEM workforce in order to maintain the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps' technological superiority. The goal of any proposed effort must provide solutions that will establish and maintain pathways of diverse U.S. citizens who are interested in uniformed or civilian DoN (or Navy and Marine Corps) STEM workforce opportunities. As the capacity of the DoN Science and Technology (S&T) workforce is interconnected with the basic research enterprise and STEM education system, ONR recognizes the need to support efforts that can jointly improve STEM student outcomes and align educational efforts with Naval S&T current and future workforce needs. This announcement explicitly encourages projects that improve the capacity of education systems and communities to create impactful STEM educational experiences for students and workers. Submissions are encouraged to consider including active learning approaches and incorporating 21st century skill development. Projects must aim to increase student and worker engagement in STEM and enhance people with needed Naval STEM capabilities. ONR encourages applications to utilize current STEM educational research for informing project design and advancing our understanding of how and why people choose STEM careers and opportunities of naval relevance.
While this announcement is relevant for any stage of the STEM educational system, funding efforts will be targeted primarily toward projects addressing the below communities or any combination of these communities:
  • Secondary education communities;
  • Post-Secondary communities;
  • Informal science communities;
  • Current naval STEM workforce communities.
ONR intends to award approximately 25 awards for an estimated total value of $6,250,000, subject to the availability of funds.

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. 
Atmospheric System Research
OSP review not required for Pre-Proposals
Sponsor Pre-Proposal Deadline (required): December 20, 2017
OSP Deadline: February 21, 2018
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: February 28, 2018
Award Amount: $150,000-$700,000 over 2-3 years
Atmospheric System Research (ASR) in the Climate and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD) supports research on key cloud, aerosol, precipitation, and radiative transfer processes that affect the Earth's radiative balance and hydrological cycle, especially processes that limit the predictive ability of regional and global models. ASR hereby announces its interest in research grant applications for observational, data analysis, and/or modeling studies that use observations supported by CESD, including the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) scientific user facility and the ASR program, to improve understanding and model representation of specified aerosol processes, high-latitude atmospheric processes, and ice cloud processes.
Requests for research support under this FOA must address one of the following research topics:
  1. Aerosol processes: Conduct studies using ARM and/or other CESD-funded laboratory or observational data to improve understanding of processes relevant to the formation and growth of atmospheric new particles; effects of aerosol composition, mixing state, and physical properties on growth, aging, and removal processes; or the direct and indirect radiative effects of aerosols.
  2. High-latitude atmospheric processes: Conduct studies using ARM and/or other CESD-funded data to improve understanding of cloud, aerosol, and/or surface-interaction processes controlling the surface energy budgets in northern and southern high latitudes.
  3. Ice cloud processes: Conduct studies using ARM and/or other CESD-funded data to improve understanding of the aerosol and environmental processes controlling the ice crystal lifecycle.
Environmental System Science
OSP review not required for pre-proposal
Sponsor Pre-Proposal Deadline (required): December 20, 2017
OSP Deadline: February 22, 2018
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: March 1, 2018
Award Amount: $100,000-$1,000,000 
As part of the Environmental System Science (ESS) program, the Terrestrial Ecosystem Science activity seeks to improve the understanding and representation of terrestrial ecosystems in ways that advance Earth system model parameterizations and capabilities. This FOA will consider applications that utilize and couple measurements, experiments, modeling and/or synthesis of terrestrial ecosystems across a continuum from the subsurface to the top of the vegetated canopy and from molecular to global scales. ESS hereby announces its interest in grant applications for improved quantitative and predictive understanding of critical terrestrial ecosystems processes and feedbacks preferentially within high latitude (i.e., Arctic and Boreal) and coastal ecosystems in the following areas: Interactions between above and below-ground processes and traits, impacts of disturbances on ecosystems, and coupled biogeochemical and energy fluxes at the terrestrial-aquatic interface. Applicants are required to pose their research applications in the context of representing terrestrial ecosystem processes appropriate for improving the predictability of Earth system models.

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science , Biological and Environmental Research
Systems Biology of Bioenergy-Relevant Microbes to Enable Production of Next-Generation Biofuels and Bioproducts
Sponsor Pre-Application Deadline (required): January 8, 2018
OSP Deadline: March 16, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: March 23, 2018
Award Amount: $250,000-$500,000/year for up to three years
Biological and Environmental Research (BER) of the Office of Science hereby announces its interest in receiving applications for research that supports the Genomic Science research program ( In this FOA, applications are requested for:
  1. research to advance the development of promising new model organisms relevant to Biofuels and/or Bioproducts production; and
  2. research to develop an understanding of novel microbial functional capabilities and biosynthetic pathways relevant to the production of advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts.
The DOE-BER Genomic Science program supports basic research aimed at identifying the foundational principles that drive biological systems. These principles govern the translation of the genetic code into integrated networks of proteins, enzymes, regulatory elements, and metabolite pools that are the functional processes of organisms including microbes and multispecies communities relevant to DOE missions in energy and the environment. To address the DOE mission in sustainable Bioenergy development, the Genomic Science program brings omics-driven tools of modern systems biology to bear on the challenges associated with microbial production of advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts.
Earth System Model Development and Analysis
Sponsor Pre-Application Deadline (required): January 16, 2018
OSP Deadline: March 12, 2018
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: March 19, 2018
Award Amount: $200,000-$350,000/year for three years
This FOA invites proposals to enhance our understanding of the Earth system by promoting a process- and system-level understanding of the modes of variability and change within the Earth system. This enhanced understanding is achieved by advancing capabilities to design, evaluate, diagnose, analyze, and improve global coupled Earth system models, e.g., where simulations are informed by observations. The primary model that will be encouraged is the Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM), either on its own or in conjunction with other sophisticated Earth system models. The E3SM is a model of the full Earth system with advanced software, for use on DOE's high performance computers and including high-resolution capability to provide scientific investigation of Energy-relevant grand challenge research questions. E3SM version 1 (v1) will be released during FY 2018, and v2-v3 are under development for releases during the period FY 2021 - FY 2024.
This FOA will support new projects to collaborate with the E3SM project supported by the ESM activity or with the Science Focus Area (SFA) analysis activities under the RGMA activity. Projects working with E3SM v1 may use a hierarchy of models that emphasize the study of relevant processes within a multi-systems approach, in order to probe and understand the various interactions and feedbacks within and between individual systems; in this context, systems refer to, e.g., the atmosphere, ocean, terrestrial, biogeochemical, and/or cryospheric systems. Projects focusing on E3SM v2-v3 will contribute to the active development of E3SM by testing, identifying, understanding, and correcting particular model biases that significantly affect the coupled system.
OPEN 2018
Sponsor Concept Paper Deadline: February 12, 2018
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to full proposal deadline
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: TBD
Award Amount: $500,000-$10,000 for 18-36 months
ARPA-E's OPEN FOAs ensure that the agency does not miss opportunities to support innovative energy R&D that falls outside of the topics of the focused technology programs or that develop after focused solicitations have closed. The objective of an ARPA-E OPEN FOA is to support high-risk R&D leading to the development of potentially disruptive new technologies across the full spectrum of energy applications. ARPA-E seeks to support early-stage, but potentially transformational research in all areas of energy R&D, covering transportation and stationary applications. Areas of research responsive to this FOA include (but are not limited to) electricity generation by both conventional and renewable means; electricity transmission, storage, and distribution; energy efficiency for buildings, manufacturing and commerce, and personal use; and all aspects of transportation, including the production and distribution of both renewable and non-renewable fuels, electrification, and energy efficiency in transportation.
Because of the enormous breadth of energy technologies solicited under an OPEN FOA, it is impossible to provide the well-defined technical targets contained in an ARPA-E FOA for a focused technology program. Rather, ARPA-E asks applicants to address the potential impact of the proposed technology on the agency's Mission Areas: reducing imported energy, reducing energy-related emissions, and improving energy efficiency. The critical question for applicants to consider in assessing potential impact is: "If it works, will it matter?" In an OPEN FOA, the burden of demonstrating potential impact lies solely upon the applicant, who must make the strongest possible case for why the proposed technology will matter - that it has the potential to change our energy future.

Other DOE Opportunities

Foundation Opportunities
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: January 8, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: January 31, 2018
Award Amount: This opportunity provides funding only for accommodations and local transportation while at the World Economic Forum and Annual Meeting of the New Champions.
Target Applicants: Extraordinary scientists under the age of 40
Each year, the World Economic Forum honors 50 extraordinary scientists under the age of 40 for their contributions to advancing the frontiers of science, engineering, and technology. These scientists are selected from all regions of the world and from a wide range of disciplines to join the Young Scientists community and benefit from a tailored program that exposes them to policy and science leaders, decision-makers, and entrepreneurs, and explores topics such as career development, mentoring, ethics, and science communication.

As part of this experience, Young Scientists are also invited to participate alongside business and political leaders in the Annual Meeting of the New Champions in China in June 2018 (exact date to be determined). The event gathers more than 2,000 industry leaders, chief executives of top-ranked multinationals, heads of state/government and ministers, as well as leaders from media, academia, and civil society to explore the influence of technological changes on global economic, political, societal, and environmental challenges. During the meeting, Young Scientists benefit from exposure to World Economic Forum activities, tailored programming, and the opportunity to meet with high-level policy leaders, entrepreneurs, and science editors in an informal and intimate setting.

Harvard University, as a single institution, may put forward six nominations, three women and three men under the age of 40, in consideration of this prestigious event. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is facilitating the internal process to select nominees. Applications for the internal nomination process may be submitted here.

Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: January 8, 2018 at 8:00AM
Award Amount: $100,000-$200,000
Target Applicants: Faculty at the Assistant Professor level or early in their Associate Professor career. Senior investigators will only be considered if they can convincingly demonstrate a new research direction.
The Dana Foundation supports research on imaging innovations that help reveal how the human brain functions normally, how disorders and injuries alter these functions, and how various therapies affect these conditions. Since immune cells are often integrally involved in the development of, protection against, or responses to brain diseases and injuries, funded research also can focus on immune cell interactions with brain cells. Scientists, using either conventional brain imaging techniques, cellular and molecular imaging technologies, or a combination of both, are supported to undertake pilot tests of novel hypotheses. Studies tend to focus on how imaging can enhance understanding of normal brain functioning; improve diagnosis; expand understanding of disease or injury processes; and assess treatment effects. Additionally, studies designed to refine existing imaging techniques, or to further develop new techniques to address specific clinical questions, are supported.
Harvard University, as one institution, is limited to nominating one proposal to this opportunity. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is facilitating an internal application process for eligible applicants across the university. Internal applications may be submitted here.
Grants Program
OSP Deadline: Not required for Letters of Intent
Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Intent: January 8, 2018
Award Amount: Previously awarded grants have ranged from $15,000 to $500,000+
EREF's research priorities align with its long-term strategic plan to address all areas of integrated solid waste management, with a strong focus towards research that increased sustainable solid waste management practices. Funded research projects must relate to sustainable solid waste management practices pertaining to the following topic areas:
  • Waste minimization
  • Recycling
  • Waste conversion to energy, biofuels, chemicals or other useful products
  • Strategies to promote diversion to higher and better uses
  • Landfilling
Desirable aspects of the above topics, in addition to or as part of hypothesis driven applied research, also include: economic or cost/benefit analyses, feasibility studies for untested technologies or management strategies, life cycle analysis or inventory, and analyses of policies that relate to the above. There are a number of topics that may require approval before consideration. Investigators should visit EREF's website to determine if their research project may require pre-approval.
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: January 15, 2018
OSP Deadline: March 27, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: April 4, 2018
Award Amount: $10,000 (first place), $5,000 (second place), and $2,500 (third place) as well as access to resources to be used for further development and commercialization of their products
Target Applicants: Graduate and undergraduate student teams that include at least one engineering student.
The BMEidea competition recognizes innovative biomedical engineering designs with high commercial potential and social impact. Strong submissions define a problem and demonstrate the development of a device, product, or technology designed to solve it. Examples include but are not limited to: surgical devices, home health care devices, diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventative applications, rehabilitative and assistive technologies, or other innovations that will have a substantial impact on clinical care and patient outcomes.
Submissions must come from teams of graduate and undergraduate students that include at least one engineering student. Each team must have a faculty advisor who will take primary responsibility for the project at the institution, and the internal application will require a letter of support from the faculty advisor co-signed by advisor's department/area chair. Teams are encouraged to incorporate members from diverse fields such as business, law, medicine, dentistry, nursing, physical therapy, life sciences, physical sciences, or other related disciplines. Projects should focus on a new health-related technology, be invented by students, and address a real clinical need. Inter-institutional collaborations are also encouraged, with a faculty advisor from each institution demonstrating support for the project.
Harvard University, as one institution, is limited to submitting three entries to this competition. In addition, there is a limit of one entry per department/area, defined by the department or area of the faculty adviser. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is facilitating the internal process for selecting the teams that may enter this competition. Applications for the internal selection process may be submitted here .
Grace Murray Hopper Award
OSP Deadline: Not required for prizes awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2018
Award Amount: $35,000
Target Nominees: Candidate must have been 35 years of age or less at the time the qualifying contribution was made.
The Grace Murray Hopper Award recognizes the outstanding young computer professional of the year, selected on the basis of a single recent major technical or service contribution. The award is presented each June at the ACM Awards Banquet and is accompanied by a prize of $35,000 plus travel expenses to the banquet.
Nominations will be evaluated for the significance, depth, and originality of the technical contribution or - in the case of a service contribution - the scope of the effort involved and its impact on the computing community and/or society as a whole. When the contribution results from a joint effort, the candidate's role should be clearly identified.
Global Call for Ideas
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to full proposal deadline. OSP review not required for letters of intent.
Letter of Intent Deadline: January 21, 2018
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: TBD Fall 2018
Award Amount: Not specified. CIFAR determines the necessary funding for the given team, based on the size of the team and the planned interactions. 
Target Applicants: The proponents of an LOI should include at least one researcher currently living and working in Canada (with or without Canadian citizenship).
CIFAR invites research leaders from around the world to identify important global research challenges that would benefit from CIFAR's approach to sustained research interactions that include diverse perspectives. Submissions must address global, complex questions and identify an interdisciplinary research approach. Proposals will be accepted from all areas of research.
CIFAR supports research in two ways: (1) Two to three times per year, CIFAR brings researchers from across the world together for face-to-face interactions and to maintain active collaboration. (2) CIFAR Fellows receive support on an individual basis, which is intended to enable researchers to have more time and space to work on the goals of the research program. This can be used quite flexibly - for teaching load adjustments, student stipends and postdoctoral fellow support, amongst other uses.
Stage I of the application process requires a Letter of Intent (LOI) from researchers who would be key members of the program. This submission should identify the core elements of the research idea and the range of possible research questions for consideration. CIFAR will shortlist LOIs based on the recommendations from the International Review Body and CIFAR's Research Council. Stage II of the process will support the development of full proposals. Each LOI team that passes Stage I will work with CIFAR to convene up to two small workshops over a four-month period to prepare a full proposal.
Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians
OSP Deadline: January 24, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: January 31, 2018
Award Amount: $8,400 per year for five years ($6,000 per year for collaboration, travel and research expenses; $1,000 per year in discretionary funds for the awardee's department; and $1,400 per year in indirect costs to the awardee's institution)
The goal of the program is to support the "mathematical marketplace" by substantially increasing collaborative contacts between mathematicians. The foundation will make a large number of collaboration grants to accomplished, active researchers in the United States who do not otherwise have access to funding that allows support for travel and visitors.
To be eligible to apply, an individual must hold a tenure-track or tenured position, or be a professor emeritus, within a mathematics department with a Ph.D. degree granting program. Collaboration grant awardees may not hold any other external PI or PI equivalent grants of over $3,000 per year that allow for support for travel or visitors during the award period.
Gulf Research Program Early-Career Research Fellowship
OSP Deadline: February 13, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: February 21, 2018
Award Amount: $76,000 over two years
Target Applicants: Early-career scientists who have received their final degree within the past 10 years (on or after September 1, 2008) and who hold fully independent positions as investigators. Applicants must be pre-tenure if in a tenure track position. A postdoc is not considered a fully independent position.
The Gulf Research Program's Early-Career Research Fellowship supports emerging scientific leaders as they take risks on research ideas not yet tested, pursue unique collaborations, and build a network of colleagues who share their interest in improving offshore energy system safety and the well-being of coastal communities and ecosystems. Because the early years of a researcher's career are a critical time, the relatively unrestricted funds and mentoring this fellowship provides help recipients navigate this period with independence, flexibility, and a built-in support network.
Applicants must come from an area of research including social and behavioral sciences, health sciences and medicine, engineering and physical sciences, earth and life sciences, and interdisciplinary scientific fields relevant to one or more initiatives of the Gulf Research Program. In addition, applicants must be involved in research relating to one or more initiatives of the Gulf Research Program.
All fellows will attend an orientation in Washington, D.C., in September 2018 and the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference in New Orleans in February 2019. Travel expenses for these events will be covered by the Gulf Research Program; they are in addition to the $76,000 fellowship award.
Wireless Innovation Project
OSP Deadline: February 26, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: March 5, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $300,000 over three years
The Wireless Innovation Project seeks to identify and fund the best innovations using wireless related technology to address critical social issues. Project proposals must demonstrate significant advancement in the field of wireless-related technology applied to social benefit use. The project must be at a stage of research where an advanced prototype or field/market test can occur during the award period.
Projects should involve an established multi-disciplinary team that demonstrates the expertise needed for a comprehensive solution to the targeted problem. For example, a team may consist of members from two or more of the following disciplines: engineering, design, business, international development, or other relevant disciplines. A team may also consist of university-based researchers and non-profit organizations working such areas as international development, health or environment.

Industry/Corporate Opportunities

Call for Research in Logic and Memory Devices
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers: January 10, 2018, 3 AM EST
OSP Deadline for Full Proposals (if invited): March 13, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals (if invited): March 20, 2018, 3 PM EST
Award Amount: Under $100,000 per year
Semiconductor Research Corp. (SRC) Global Research Collaboration (GRC) is soliciting white papers in the research program of Logic and Memory Devices. The principal goal of this discovery-driven program is to advance fundamental knowledge and innovations in these devices. This call may be addressed by an individual investigator or a research team.
This call seeks proposals related to the following research needs:
  • Logic devices: MOSFETs with high-mobility channel materials; Transistors based on tunneling; Transistors based on non-tunneling transports and phenomena; Transistors based on spin and magnetism; Functional devices
  • New concepts for contacts, junctions, and gate structures
  • Memories: NVM: MRAM; NVM: RRAM; NVM: PCRAM; NVM: FeRAM; NVM: Other novel concepts; Analog memories; Revolutionary SRAM and DRAM concepts; Metrology for memory devices
  • Selection devices for memory arrays
  • Embedded devices
  • Simulations, modeling, and fundamental understanding of devices, materials, and physical phenomena
  • Other topics
The selection process is divided into two stages. First, the interested parties are requested to submit a brief two-page white paper. The white paper should clearly identify what can be done in the proposed period of two or three years. A successfully selected white paper will result in an invitation to submit a full proposal. These proposals will be further down-selected for research contracts. The number and size of the contracts awarded will be determined by the amount of available funds and the number of high-quality proposals. The funding level requested will be a factor in the selection process. Proposals offering funding leverage are strongly encouraged and should be indicated.  
Secure and Private Internet of Things
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.
Connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices provide many new opportunities and benefits for manufacturers and consumers. The ubiquitous nature of IoT connectivity enables new use cases in connected manufacturing, connected cars, connected spaces, smart cities and other market verticals. However, the security of IoT has not kept pace with the fast innovation and deployment of solutions creating significant safety and economic risks. The growing number of IoT devices, systems, and services increases the attack surface making the solutions more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Recent Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against Internet service providers and commercial entities were carried out by a diverse network of botnets made up of compromised set-top devices and other consumer products. Therefore, assuring the security of each component within an IoT solution is crucial in keeping malicious actors from using it in an unauthorized manner. In addition, IoT devices enable massive data collection and analysis. The analysis of this data will allow previously unknown relationships between things to be discovered which causes a big concern for the privacy of individuals, businesses (including IP protection), groups, and governments. Since the analysis of data is essential for the value of IoT, strong consideration must be given to data privacy and data protection throughout its lifecycle.

Legal Implications for IoT, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Systems
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.
This RFP seeks research focused on two dramatic trends in Information Technology. First, the advances in computational capacity and technology leading to an eventual development of autonomous computer systems that take action based on a core set of logic that changes over time; evolving the systems' actions, based on learning, so that the action taken today may not have been the action taken yesterday. This will lead to computer systems that may be allowed to take autonomous, continuously evolving, actions derived from decisions established without human definition or intervention. Machines taking actions, and perhaps machines taking actions that cause other machines to take actions, require law practitioners, judges and policy makers to consider the impacts on the application of civil, criminal, and statutory law.  The second key trend is a dramatic increase in the ability to create, transmit, analyze and collect data through the Internet of Things (IoT). As this data is produced, transferred, collected, and analyzed it raises new issues about whether the quantity and quality of the data changes our historical application of the laws of security, privacy, and the relation between citizens, consumers, companies and government. These new robust data streams create new challenges in data ownership, control, and security. Additionally, in cloud environments where most big data applications are deployed, data is often distributed across multiple data centers, geographic locations, and sometimes owners of infrastructure who exert control over the compute and storage functions themselves. How does this effect the legal definition of expectation of privacy, control, sovereignty, fair use and intellectual property?

World Community Grid
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.


IARPA Opportunities

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Human Exploration Research Opportunities (HERO) Appendix C: Topics in Biological, Physiological, and Behavioral Adaptations to Spaceflight: Integrated One Year Mission Project and Other Opportunities
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Step-1 Proposals (required): January 4, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for invited Step-2 Proposals: April 4, 2018
Award Amount: Varies by program (see below)
The first topic in the solicitation is for proposals in the area of Analyses of the Temporal Nature of Human Adaptation to Long-Duration Low-Earth Orbit Missions. Human Research Program (HRP) has a requirement for sufficient crewmember experience at one year in spaceflight to demonstrate the presence or absence of unacceptable deleterious physiological, psychological and medical effects of spaceflight on human health and performance beyond the experience base of six-month expeditions and to permit extrapolation to early interplanetary expeditions with durations of up to two to three years. Therefore, HRP is proposing an integrated One-Year Mission Project (i1YMP) on the International Space Station (ISS) consisting of five one-year missions (n=10 crewmember subjects), five standard-duration six-month missions (n=10) paralleling the yearlong expeditions, and five short-duration crew vehicle exchange expeditions (n=10) lasting up to two months to occur at the mid-point of each 1YM. A maximum of $1,400,000 ($200,000/year) for single-project proposals for seven years is available for this topic. A maximum of $1,575,000 ($225,000/year) for multi-project proposals for seven years is available for the first topic area.
Proposals are solicited by NASA in the additional areas of Biological, Physiological, and Behavioral Functions of Mice during Partial (0 - 1) G-Exposures Provided by Centrifugation on the International Space Station (up to $600,000 for 2 years); Novel Spaceflight-Associated Neuro-Ocular Syndrome Hypotheses and Countermeasures (up to $900,000 for 3 years); Medical Countermeasures Targeting Multiple Tissues at Risk from Exposure to Space Radiation (up to $1.8M for 4 years); Individual and Team Problem-Solving Skills Training for Exploration Missions (up to $850,000 for 3 years); Sensory Stimulation for Cognitive and Behavioral Health (up to $850,000 for 3 years); and Human Capabilities Assessments for Autonomous Missions (HCAAM) Virtual NASA Specialized Center of Research (up to $1.2M for 4 years). Please note that the Centrifugation topic is being jointly solicited by HRP and NASA's Space Biology (SB) Program.
Cooperative Agreement Notice: Dual Use Technology Development at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) - 2018
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadlines for Step-1 White Papers (required): May 2, 2018
Award Amount: MSFC resource contribution awards will range from $10,000 to $100,000, and must be matched or exceeded by Offeror contributions. Contributions can be cash, in-kind (non-cash) resources, or a combination of each. Project duration is up to 12 months.
NASA will 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.
MSFC has several technology development focus areas for this solicitation, including:
  • Innovative/Advanced Propulsion Systems
  • Advanced Manufacturing; Structures and Materials
  • Technologies Supporting Environmental Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS)
  • Technologies Supporting Spacecraft Systems
  • Technologies Enabling Science Research
  • Technologies Supporting Systems Engineering
For more information on the technology programs and capabilities at MSFC, please see the following link:
NASA anticipates funding up to 10 pending acceptable proposals.
Unsolicited Proposals
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling through September 30, 2018
Award Amount: Proposed budget should be commensurate with the scope of the project.
NASA encourages the submission of unique and innovative proposals that will further the Agency's mission. While the vast majority of proposals are solicited, a small number of unsolicited proposals that cannot be submitted to those solicitations and yet are still relevant to NASA are reviewed and some are funded each year. Proposals should be submitted at least six months in advance of the desired starting date.

Before any effort is expended in preparing a proposal, potential proposers should:
  1. Review the current versions of the NASA Strategic Plan and documents from the specific directorate, office, or program for which the proposal is intended to determine if the work planned is sufficiently relevant to current goals to warrant a formal submission.
  2. Potential proposers must review current opportunities (e.g., at to determine if any solicitation already exists to which the potential project could be proposed.
  3. Potential proposers should review current awards (e.g., by doing key word searches at, or at the NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC) grant status page, and the NASA Life and Physical Sciences Task Book) to learn what, if any, related work is already funded by NASA. Such preparation reduces the risk of redundancy, improves implementation, and sometimes results in collaboration.
After those three things have been done, the proposer may contact an appropriate NASA person to determine whether NASA has any interest in the type of work being proposed and if any funding is currently available.
Dual Use Technology Development Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) 2018
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Notices of Intent (required): Rolling through September 30, 2018
Award Amount: The budget must be sufficient and reasonable to accomplish the project. The participating partner will contribute an equal value of resources to match the NASA funding for the project.
John C. Stennis Space Center (SSC) is the primary NASA rocket propulsion testing center. SSC tests items ranging from multi-engine stages to individual components of rocket engines. Propulsion test customers include NASA, the Department of Defense and the commercial space launch industry. SSC manages a large federal city that is home to over forty federal, state, university and industry entities. SSC manages a restricted airspace that is available for development, testing and operation of unmanned aerial vehicles. SSC engineering laboratories design and test electronics, sensors, algorithms and mechanical components. This CAN supports identification and implementation of cost-sharing partnerships to develop technology to meet a specific NASA need at SSC. This notice seeks responses from potential partners interested in entering into a Cooperative Agreement with NASA for the joint development of technologies to meet SSC needs.
SSC technology interests include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Propulsion system test technology
  • Autonomous & intelligent systems
  • Advanced sensors & instruments
  • Image & signal processing
  • Energy harvesting
  • Innovative components & materials
  • Big data processing & analysis
  • Systems engineering & optimization
  • Computational modeling & simulation
  • Decision support tools & systems

Johnson Space Center:  Research Opportunities for ISS Utilization
Exploration Technology Demonstration and National Lab Utilization Enhancements
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to sponsor deadline
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (recommended): Rolling through October 31, 2019 (see solicitation for schedule of review cycles)
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: Rolling through December 31, 2019 (see solicitation for schedule of review cycles)
Award Amount: Details below
This announcement is for the development of experiment hardware with enhanced capabilities; modification of existing hardware to enable increased efficiencies (crew time, power, etc.);  development of tools that allow analyses of samples and specimens on orbit; enhanced ISS infrastructure capabilities (ex. communications or data processing); and specific technology demonstration projects. Submission of a white paper is recommended in advance of a full proposal.
Within the NASA International Space Station (ISS) Research Integration Office, the Technology and Science Research Office (TSRO) and Commercial Space Utilization Office (CSUO) act as "gateways" to the ISS. The Technology and Science Research Office serves as the gateway for NASA-funded technology demonstrations. The Commercial Space Utilization Office serves as the gateway for non-NASA government-funded investigations, as well as non-profit or commercially-funded investigations.
Proposed technology demonstrations submitted to TSRO should address at least one of the technology areas mentioned in the ISS Technology Demonstration Plans . In addition, NASA seeks technology demonstrations related to the following thrust areas: Space Suit CO2 Sensor anExperiment Housing for Space Biology Pathfinder Research on Orion EM-1 (please note that submissions for this second Thrust Area do not fit into a standard NRA Cycle.
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

NSF: Dear Colleague Letter
Encouraging Participation of Cloud Computing Providers in Computer and Information Science and Engineering Research 
OSP Deadline: N/A 
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2018 
Award Amount: N/A
NSF CISE is announcing its intention to (1) enhance the CISE research and education community's access to cloud computing resources in order to advance discovery and innovation in the field, and (2) encourage participation by all cloud providers in this effort. The benefits of a partnership with cloud providers include (1) access by the CISE research and education community to a range of useful resources and services - from scalable storage to real-time analytics to streaming data services to state-of-the-art compute nodes; and (2) the ability to experiment with real datasets where scale and performance are key considerations and the significant storage, compute, and networking resources offered by the cloud providers are key enabling factors. Organizations interested in learning more about this evolving public-private partnership are encouraged to contact Chaitan Baru at and Meghan Houghton at  by January 15, 2018.

NSF: Dear Colleague Letter
Principles for the Design of Digital STEM Learning Environments 
OSP Deadline: January 12, 2018 
Sponsor Deadline: January 22, 2018 
Award Amount: Up to $100,000 for one year of support

NSF intends to fund research to support the design of the next generation of digital learning environments for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) content, and in support of STEM education research more broadly. As an important first step in this direction, this DCL encourages a series of synthesis, integration, and design workshops. NSF challenges interdisciplinary science and engineering teams to produce plans for developing forward-looking, highly adaptable, distributed digital environments that can personalize learning for individual, diverse learners in collaborative settings with potential applications across multiple and varying: (a) domains of knowledge, (b) learning contexts (including formal and informal education), and (c) time spans.
Announcing the Creation of the Engineering for Civil Infrastructure (ECI) Program
OSP Deadline: January 17, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: January 24, 2018
Award Amount: Unspecified

The Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) within the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Engineering, announces creation of the Engineering for Civil Infrastructure (ECI) program. The ECI program represents a new and integrated vision for fundamental research to underpin transformative innovations for the built environment that are resilient, economical, and adaptable to enhance national prosperity and societal benefits. In support of this vision, the ECI program replaces the Engineering for Natural Hazard (ENH), Geotechnical Engineering and Materials (GEM), and Structural and Architectural Engineering and Materials (SAEM) programs. ECI will also support research in construction engineering that is compatible with this vision. The ENH and SAEM programs will no longer accept proposals. The GEM program will not accept proposals after 5:00 p.m. submitter's local time on December 29, 2017. Active awards in ENH, GEM and SAEM programs will be managed by the ECI Program Directors and will remain eligible for supplements and extensions.

NSF: Dear Colleague Letter
Joint NSF/ENG and AFOSR Funding Opportunity: Supporting Fundamental Research in the Quantitative Representation of Microstructures (QRM) 
OSP Deadline: January 17, 2018 
Sponsor Deadline: January 24, 2018 
Award Amount: $300,000 - $450,000 over 3 to 4 years

This letter serves as a call for proposals to address fundamental scientific questions related to Materials microstructure, properties and performance through the development of tools for the Quantitative Representation of Microstructures. NSF's and AFOSR's interest lies in innovative research projects which bring together members of the Materials Science and Engineering community with experts in computation and visualization, to address the challenges associated with accurate quantification and representation of the microstructures of Engineering Materials.
Proposals should address:
  1. Fundamental scientific questions related to Materials Processing-Microstructure-Property relationships that can be addressed through experimental and computational approaches enabled by the Quantitative Representation of Microstructures;
  2. A multidisciplinary approach to developing the tools for accurate microstructure representation, to include (1) data collection tools (2) data processing and feature identification algorithms (3) morphological descriptive metrics (4) virtual structure generators or renderers and (5) structural and/or functional material performance metrics;
  3. Efforts to identify and quantify sources of uncertainty in the microstructure representations;
  4. Planned open access to the data and codes generated in the proposed work.
ENG/CMMI Call for NSF Big Ideas Proposals
OSP Deadline: January 17, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: January 24, 2018
Award Amount: Varies

On April 3, 2017, the National Science Foundation issued the  Dear Colleague Letter (DCL): Growing Convergence Research at NSF  to catalyze new research directions and advance scientific discovery and innovation across the  10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments. Consistent with this DCL, the Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) of the Engineering Directorate invites organizations to submit proposals relevant to the following four Big Ideas, as they intersect with core CMMI topics defined in  CMMI program descriptions:
  • Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Shaping the Future;
  • Navigating the New Arctic;
  • Harnessing the Data Revolution for 21st Century Science and Engineering; and
  • Understanding the Rules of Life: Predicting Phenotype.
Proposals may be submitted to  CMMI core programs  during the CMMI unsolicited proposal  submission windows.
Announcing Realignment of the Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS) Program
OSP Deadline: January 17, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: January 24, 2018
Award Amount: Unspecified
The Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI), within the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Engineering, announces a realigned focus for the Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS) program. The re-aligned Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS) program focuses on fundamental and innovative research in the design, operation and management of civil infrastructure that contributes to creating smart, sustainable and resilient communities at local, national and international scales. This program emphasizes civil infrastructure as a system in which interactions between spatially and functionally distributed components and inter-system connections exist. This DCL highlights three important program changes:
  • All critical civil infrastructure systems are of interest, including transportation, power, water, pipelines and others. The program requires that investigators clearly articulate the basic and fundamental contribution that will be generated.
  • The program particularly welcomes potentially disruptive ideas that will open new frontiers and transform relevant research communities. Topics of interest include novel system and service designs that are inspired by or in harmony with nature, that involve humans as part of the design, and that adapt to changing populations and technological advances; system integration that seeks to create seamless integration across physical, cyber and human systems; real-time control, adaptation and intervention requiring the development of a new generation of models and algorithms; big data analytics that challenge existing paradigms and generate methodological breakthroughs; and social-technological-infrastructure connections that create critical knowledge in understanding how people interact with civil infrastructures.
  • Proposals in construction engineering are no longer accepted by the CIS program. They should be submitted to the Engineering for Civil Infrastructure (EIC) program.

Announcing Realignment of the Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events (IMEE) Program and Change in Program Name to Humans, Disasters and the Built Environment (HDBE) 
OSP Deadline: January 17, 2018 
Sponsor Deadline: January 24, 2018 
Award Amount: Unspecified
The Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI), within the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Engineering, announces a realignment of the Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events (IMEE) program. Consistent with realignment, the program name has changed to Humans, Disasters and the Built Environment (HDBE). IMEE will no longer accept proposals; active awards in IMEE will be managed by the HDBE Program Director and will remain eligible for supplements and extensions.

The HDBE program supports fundamental, multidisciplinary research on the interactions between humans and the built environment within and among communities exposed to natural, technological and other types of hazards and disasters. The program seeks proposals that enrich understanding and explore implications of these interactions, whether through theoretical, methodological or empirical advances, thereby contributing to society's capabilities to learn from, prepare for and respond to hazards and disasters.
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Supplemental Funding
OSP Deadline: March 23, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: March 30, 2018
Award Amount: $8,000 per student

NSF CISE invites grantees with active CISE awards to submit requests for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Supplemental funding, following the guidelines in the NSF REU program solicitation. A student must be a US citizen or permanent resident of the US. The duration for new requests is typically one year.

Announcement of an Effort to Expand the NSF INCLUDES National Network
OSP Deadline: April  9, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: April 16, 2018
Award Amount: $300,000 for two years (EAGER); $250,000 for up to two years (Conference) 
Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) is a comprehensive effort to enhance U.S. leadership in science and engineering discovery and innovation by proactively seeking and effectively developing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent from all sectors and groups in our society. As one element of its multi-faceted approach to NSF INCLUDES, NSF is currently focusing on and identifying novel ways in which new and currently-funded NSF projects from across all NSF directorates can engage with the NSF INCLUDES National Network. We have called this process building "on-ramps" to the NSF INCLUDES National Network. To do this, we encourage the submission of funding requests for i) Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER), ii) Conferences and Workshops, and iii) Supplements to existing NSF-funded grants.
NSF Accepting Proposals Related to Hurricane Irma
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: N/A
Award Amount: See details below
Through this Dear Colleague Letter, NSF encourages the submission of proposals that seek to address the challenges related to Hurricane Irma. NSF also will support fundamental science and engineering research projects whose results may enable our country to better prepare for, respond to, recover from, or mitigate future catastrophic events. Research proposals relating to a better fundamental understanding of the impacts of the storm (both physical, biological and societal), human aspects of natural disasters (including first responders and the general public), emergency response methods, and approaches that promise to reduce future damage also are welcome.

Multiple proposal mechanisms are available to conduct new research related to Hurricane Irma.
  • RAPID: Proposals focusing on projects with severe urgency with regard to availability of, or access to, data, facilities or specialized equipment, including quick-response research on natural disasters. RAPID proposal project descriptions are expected to be brief and may not exceed 5 pages, with a maximum request of $200K for one year, although many are much smaller.
  • EAGER: Proposals to conduct fundamental research representing exploratory work in its early stages on untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas or approaches. This research may be considered especially "high risk-high payoff" in the sense that it, for example, involves radically different approaches, applies new expertise, or engages novel disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives. EAGER proposal project descriptions are expected to be brief, and may not exceed 8 pages. Requests may be up to $300K and with a maximum award duration of two years.
  • Supplements to existing awards: Small amounts of supplemental funding to existing awards may be requested.
Proposals may be submitted at any time.

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

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

National Science Foundation: Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (NSF: CISE)
Scalable Parallelism in the Extreme (SPX)
OSP Deadline: January 2, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: January 9, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $1,000,000 over two to four years

The Scalable Parallelism in the Extreme (SPX) program aims to support research addressing the challenges of increasing performance in this modern era of parallel computing. This will require a collaborative effort among researchers in multiple areas, from services and applications down to micro-architecture. SPX encompasses all five NSCI   Strategic Objectives , including supporting foundational research toward architecture and software approaches that drive performance improvements in the post-Moore's Law era; development and deployment of programmable, scalable, and reusable platforms in the national HPC and scientific cyberinfrastructure ecosystem; increased coherence of data analytic computing and modeling and simulation; and capable extreme-scale computing. Coordination with industrial efforts that pursue related goals are encouraged.
NSF/Intel Partnership on Foundational Microarchitecture (FoMR)
OSP Deadline: January 5, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: January 12, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $500,000 over up to 3 years

The confluence of transistor scaling, increases in the number of architecture designs per process generation, the slowing of clock frequency growth, and recent success in research exploiting Thread Level Parallelism (TLP) and Data Level Parallelism (DLP) all point to an increasing opportunity for innovative microarchitecture techniques and methodologies in delivering performance growth in the future.

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 to continue the cadence promised by Moore's Law.

Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC) 
OSP Deadline: January 23, 2018 
Sponsor Deadline: January 30, 2018 
Award Amount: Varies; see details below

The Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) program invests in coordinated campus-level networking improvements, innovation, integration, and engineering for science applications and distributed research projects. Learning and workforce development (LWD) in cyberinfrastructure is explicitly addressed in the program. Science-driven requirements are the primary motivation for any proposed activity.

CC awards will be supported in four program areas:
  1. Data Driven Networking Infrastructure for the Campus and Researcher awards will be supported at up to $500,000 total for up to 2 years;
  2. Network Design and Implementation for Small Institutions awards will be supported at up to $750,000 total for up to 2 years;
  3. Network Integration and Applied Innovation awards will be supported at up to $1,000,000 total for up to 2 years; and
  4. Network Performance Engineering and Outreach awards will be supported at up to $3,500,000 total for up to 4 years.
National Science Foundation: Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (NSF: MPS)
Algorithms for Threat Detection (ATD) 
OSP Deadline: February 12, 2018 
Sponsor Deadline: February 20, 2018 
Award Amount: Anticipated funding amount is $3,000,000 annually. Estimated number of awards and funding amounts are subject to the availability of funds.
The Algorithms for Threat Detection (ATD) program will support research projects to develop the next generation of mathematical and statistical algorithms for analysis of large spatiotemporal datasets with application to quantitative models of human dynamics. The program is a partnership between the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA). The ATD program will support research projects that aim to develop novel mathematical and statistical algorithms for analysis of large geospatial datasets. Means to quantify confidence levels are desired, as are insights into new spatiotemporal datasets and valuable means of assembling them. Models may range from those that address activities of individuals to those applicable to small groups or entire nations. These models may leverage mathematical research areas including, but not limited to, point processes, time series, dynamical systems, partial differential equations, and optimal control. Models that depend almost entirely on the spatial and temporal aspects of the data are of greatest interest. General applications of interest include threat detection, predictive analytics, human mobility, and human geography. DMS and NGA recognize the needs and opportunities for the mathematical sciences community to develop methodology for reducing threats from a variety of sources. This program seeks ambitious and creative research proposals from individual investigators and collaborative groups in the mathematical sciences community. Research collaborations among mathematical scientists and social, behavioral, and economic scientists are encouraged.
Other NSF: MPS Opportunities 

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

Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)
OSP Deadline: January 25, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: February 1, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $200,000 for 18 months (PFI-TT); up to $750,000 for 36 months (PFI-RP)

The NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) offers researchers the opportunity to transform new knowledge into societal benefits through translational research and technology development efforts which catalyze partnerships to accelerate innovations that address significant societal needs. PFI has six broad goals:
  1. Identifying and supporting Foundation-sponsored research and technologies that have the potential for accelerated commercialization;
  2. Supporting prior or current Foundation-sponsored researchers, institutions of higher education, and non-profit organizations that partner with an institution of higher education to undertake proof-of-concept work, including the development of technology prototypes that are derived from NSF-funded research and have potential market value;
  3. Promoting sustainable partnerships between Foundation-funded institutions, industry, and other organizations within academia and the private sector with the purpose of accelerating the transfer of technology;
  4. Developing multi-disciplinary innovation ecosystems which involve and are responsive to the specific needs of academia and industry;
  5. Catalyzing professional development activities, mentoring, and best practices in entrepreneurship and technology translation for faculty, students and researchers; and
  6. Expanding the participation of women and individuals from underrepresented groups in innovation, technology translation, and entrepreneurship.
This solicitation offers two broad tracks for proposals in pursuit of the six aforementioned goals. The Technology Translation (PFI-TT) track offers an NSF-funded researcher the opportunity to advance his or her prior NSF-funded research results towards developing technological innovations with promising commercial potential and societal impact.  The  Research Partnerships (PFI-RP) track  provides an opportunity to support technology development activities through a multi-organization collaboration. See for detailed information on eligibility.
This is a limited submission opportunity and Harvard may submit only two (2) proposals in response to this solicitation. Please contact Erin Hale ( if you are interested in applying.

NSF/CASIS Collaboration on Tissue Engineering on the International Space Station to Benefit Life on Earth 
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission 
Submission Window:  January 30-February 12, 2018   
Award Amount: Up to $300,000 over up to 3 years
The Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, and Environmental Transport is partnering with The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to solicit research projects in the general field of tissue engineering that can utilize the International Space Station National Lab to conduct research that will benefit life on Earth. Research at the interface of engineering and biomedical sciences in microgravity that advances both engineering and biomedical sciences for terrestrial benefit is solicited. The projects should focus on high impact transformative methods and technologies. Projects should include methods, models and enabling tools of understanding and controlling living systems; fundamental improvements in deriving information from cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems; or new approaches to the design of systems that include both living and non-living components eventual medical use in the long-term. The long-term impact of the projects can be related to fundamental understanding of cell and tissue function in normal and pathological conditions, effective disease diagnosis and/or treatment, or improved health care delivery. 

Professional Formation of Engineers : Research Initiation in Engineering Formation (PFE: REIF) 
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission 
Submission Window: February 1-March 5, 2018  
Award Amount: Up to $200,000 over up to 2 years
The PFE: Research Initiation in Engineering Formation (PFE: RIEF) program has two goals: 1) Support research in the Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE), and 2) Increase the community of researchers conducting PFE research. PIs are expected to have little or no experience conducting social science research.  At least one (co) PI must be a member of an engineering department AND not have received engineering education or professional formation funding through EEC in the last three years. Submissions from senior faculty and faculty who have recently received tenure and are exploring alternative career paths are especially encouraged. The program is not intended to create an additional funding channel for researchers with expertise in social science research; such researchers should apply to the Research in the Formation of Engineers program ( ),
or other related NSF opportunities. 

NSF/CASIS Collaboration on Fluid Dynamics and Particulate and Multiphase Processes Research on the International Space Station to Benefit Life on Earth 
OSP Deadline: February 26, 2018 
Sponsor Deadline: March 5, 2018 
Award Amount: up to $400,000 over up to 4 years
The Division of Chemical, Bioengineering and Environmental Transport (CBET) in the Engineering Directorate of the NSF is partnering with The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to solicit research projects in the general field of fluid dynamics and particulate and multiphase processes that can utilize the International Space Station (ISS) National Lab to conduct research that will benefit life on Earth. NSF awards under this solicitation will provide PIs with support to conduct fundamental and translational research, to prepare experiments for on board the ISS, to collaborate with service providers as necessary, to provide preliminary analysis to conduct the experiment, to analyze and interpret data, and to disseminate results broadly. CASIS operations will assist grantees in translating ground-based experiments and technologies into an appropriate ISS certified hardware solution, where possible. All costs associated with the translation of the proposed experiments to experiments on board the ISS, including training of ISS crews, transporting equipment to the ISS, and conducting experiments aboard the ISS, will be supported by CASIS.

Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes 2.0 FY18 (CRISP 2.0) 
OSP Deadline: February 28, 2018 
Sponsor Deadline: March 7, 2018 
Award Amount: Type 1 Awards: Smaller-scale Projects that are 2-3 years in duration with a maximum total budget of $750,000; Type 2 Awards: Larger-scale projects that are 3-4 years in duration with a total budget ranging from $750,001 to 2 million. 
The goals of the Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes 2.0 (CRISP 2.0) solicitation are to: (1) foster an interdisciplinary research community of engineers and social, behavioral, and economic (SBE) scientists who work synergistically together for innovation in the design and management of infrastructures as processes and services; (2) transform relevant fields by re-thinking Interdependent Critical Infrastructures (ICIs) as processes and services that may have complementary and/or substitutional roles with each other; (3) create innovations in ICIs that contribute directly and positively to people's quality of life, spur economic growth, and respond to both internal perturbations and external shocks, regardless of whether they are natural, technological or human-induced. These goals lead to the following specific objectives for this solicitation:
  • To generate new knowledge, approaches, and solutions to resilience and improve the capability of existing and future ICIs to respond to internal and external changes;
  • To create innovative, theoretical frameworks and multidisciplinary models of ICIs, processes and services, capable of modeling, monitoring, and predicting complex behaviors and outcomes in response to both internal and external shocks;
  • To develop integrative frameworks to understand interdependencies among ICIs and leverage them to enhance the processes and services that ICIs provide;
  • To study socioeconomic, cultural, political, legal, and psychological and other obstacles to improving ICIs and to identify strategies for overcoming these obstacles; and
  • To support the creation, curation, and use of publicly accessible data on infrastructure systems and processes, whether in the context of explanation, prediction or modeling.
Successful proposals are expected to study at least two infrastructures which are interdependent in the provision of one or more services, thereby contributing to a new interdisciplinary paradigm in research on ICIs. Proposals must broadly integrate engineering and social, behavioral and/or economic sciences. Therefore, proposals that do not have at least one social, behavioral, and economic (SBE) scientist and one engineer on the team will be returned without review. Additionally, PIs are also encouraged to incorporate complementary perspectives from other disciplines such as computing and data science, ecology, seismology, and statistics.
Other NSF: ENG Opportunities
National Science Foundation: Crosscutting and Interdisciplinary
RAISE on Enabling Quantum Leap: Transformational Advances in Quantum Systems 
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers: February 16, 2018 
Award Amount: Up to $1,000,000 over up to 5 years
This Dear Colleague Letter aims to encourage researchers to submit interdisciplinary research projects that must include at least three complementary components represented by researchers with expertise in the areas of physics, chemistry, mathematics, materials science, engineering, and computer/computational science, which are more broadly represented by the NSF Directorates for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), Engineering (ENG), and Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). The innovative proposals must focus on quantum functionality by assessing aspects relevant to both fundamental and application concepts, and must result in experimental demonstrations of transformative advances towards quantum systems and/or proof-of-concept validations.
How To Apply:

Step 1 . Submit a one-page white paper to the cognizant Program Directors from at least THREE (3) of the following divisions/office: DMR, PHY, CHE, DMS, ECCS, CCF, and OAC. Upon receipt of an invitation from the cognizant Program Directors, a full proposal may be submitted. Cognizant NSF Program Directors are:

Step 2. If invited to submit a full proposal, PIs must submit a full proposal using the RAISE funding mechanism (Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering). Guidance on how to submit a RAISE proposals is here (PAPPG; see Chapter II.E.3).

Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS)
OSP Deadline: December 22, 2017 
Sponsor Deadline: January 5, 2018 
Award Amount: Not specified; subject to availability of funds

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.

Cyberlearning for Work at the Human-Technology Frontier
OSP Deadline: December 22, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: January 8, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $750,000 over two to three years

The purpose of the Cyberlearning for Work at the Human-Technology Frontier program is to fund exploratory and synergistic research in learning technologies to prepare learners to excel in work at the human-technology frontier. This program responds to the pressing societal need to educate and re-educate learners of all ages (students, teachers and workers) in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) content areas to ultimately function in highly technological environments, including in collaboration with intelligent systems. Innovative technologies can reshape learning processes, which in turn can influence new technology design. Learning technology research in this program should be informed by the convergence of multiple disciplines: education and learning sciences, computer and information science and engineering, and cognitive, behavioral and social sciences. This program funds learning technology research in STEM and other foundational areas that enable STEM learning.
Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM)
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: January 8, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $600,000 for 5-year awards and up to $400,000 for 3-year awards
Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) funds research projects that identify factors that are efficacious in the formation of ethical STEM researchers in all the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports. CCE STEM solicits proposals for research that explore the following: What constitutes ethical STEM research and practice, and which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why? Do certain labs have a "culture of academic integrity"? What practices contribute to the establishment and maintenance of ethical cultures and how can these practices be transferred, extended to, and integrated into other research and learning settings?
Successful proposals typically have a comparative dimension, either between or within institutional settings that differ along these or other factors. Projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes responsible or irresponsible, just or unjust scientific practices and sociotechnical systems, and how to best instill students with this knowledge.
Harvard University, as one institution, is limited to nominating one proposal to this opportunity. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is facilitating an internal application process for interested applicants. Internal applications may be submitted here.
Spectrum Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, and Security (SpecEES): Enabling Spectrum for All
OSP Deadline: January 10, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: January 18, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $750,000 over up to 3 years

The National Science Foundation's Directorates for Engineering (ENG) and Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) are coordinating efforts to identify bold new concepts to significantly improve the efficiency of radio spectrum utilization while addressing new challenges in energy efficiency and security, thus enabling spectrum access for all users and devices, and allowing traditionally underserved Americans to benefit from wireless-enabled goods and services. The SpecEES program solicitation seeks to fund innovative collaborative research that transcends the traditional boundaries of existing programs.

NSF: Crosscutting and Interdisciplinary
International Research Experiences for Students (IRES)
OSP Deadline: January 23, 2018 (Track-I); January 30, 2018 (Track-II) 
Sponsor Deadline: January 30, 2018 (Track-I); February 6, 2018 (Track-II)  
Award Amount: Up to $300,000 (Track-1); $150,000 (average; Track-II)

The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports international research and research-related activities for U.S. science and engineering students. IRES focuses on active research participation by undergraduate or graduate students in high quality international research, education, and professional development experiences in NSF-funded research areas.
  1. IRES - Track I: IRES Sites (IS) projects engage a group of undergraduate and/or graduate students in active high quality collaborative research at an international site with mentorship from researchers at a host lab. IRES Sites must be organized around a coherent intellectual theme that may involve a single discipline or multiple disciplines funded by NSF.
  2. IRES - Track II: Advanced Studies Institutes (ASI) are intensive short courses with related activities that engage advanced graduate students in active learning and research at the frontiers of knowledge. ASIs typically range in length from ten to twenty-one days and must be held outside the United States. ASIs must have a compelling rationale for their international location and should involve distinguished active researchers in the target field from the U.S. and abroad. ASIs should enable students to develop skills and broaden professional networks, leveraging international participation and complementary resources (expertise, facilities, data, field site, etc.) for mutual benefit.

NSF: Crosscutting and Interdisciplinary
Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) 
Letter of Intent Deadline: January 30, 2018 
OSP Deadline: February 21, 2018 
Sponsor Deadline: February 28, 2018 
Award Amount: $750,000 - $3,000,000 for up to 4 years

The goal of the NSF Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) program solicitation is to accelerate the creation of the scientific and engineering foundations that will enable smart and connected communities to bring about new levels of economic opportunity and growth, safety and security, health and wellness, and overall quality of life. This goal will be achieved through integrative research projects that pair advances in technological and social dimensions with meaningful community engagement. A proposal for an S&CC Integrative Research Grant must include the following:
  • Integrative research that addresses the technological and social dimensions of smart and connected communities;
  • Meaningful community engagement that integrates community stakeholders within the project;
  • A management plan that summarizes how the project will be managed across disciplines, institutions, and community entities; and
  • An evaluation plan for assessing short-, medium-, and long-term impacts of the proposed activities.
Training-based Workforce Development for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (CyberTraining) 
OSP Deadline: February 7, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: February 14, 2018
Award Amount: $300,000 - $500,000 over up to 3 years
The overarching goals of this program are to (i) prepare, nurture, and grow the national scientific research workforce for creating, utilizing, and supporting advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) that enables potentially transformative fundamental science and engineering research and contributes to the Nation's overall economic competitiveness and security; (ii) ensure broad adoption of CI tools, methods, and resources by the fundamental science and engineering research community to enable new modes of discovery; and (iii) integrate core literacy and discipline-appropriate advanced skills in advanced CI as well as computational and data science and engineering into the Nation's educational curriculum/instructional material fabric spanning undergraduate and graduate courses. For the purpose of this solicitation, advanced CI is broadly defined as the set of resources, tools, and services for advanced computation, data handling, networking, and security that collectively enable potentially transformative fundamental research.

This solicitation calls for developing innovative, scalable training and education programs to address the emerging needs and unresolved bottlenecks in scientific and engineering research workforce development, from the postsecondary level to active researchers. The resultant training and education programs, spanning targeted, multidisciplinary communities, will lead to transformative changes in the state of workforce preparedness for advanced CI-enabled research in the short and long terms. As part of this investment, this solicitation seeks to broaden CI access and adoption by (i) increasing or deepening accessibility of methods and resources of advanced CI and of computational and data science and engineering by a wide range of scientific disciplines and institutions with lower levels of CI adoption to date; and (ii) harnessing the capabilities of larger segments of diverse underrepresented groups. Proposals from, and in partnership with, the aforementioned communities are especially encouraged.
National Robotics Initiative 2.0: Ubiquitous Collaborative Robots (NRI-2.0)
OSP Deadline: February 12, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: February 20, 2018
Award Amount: $250,000 - $750,000 for up to 3 years (Foundational Projects); $500,000 - $1,500,000 for up to 4 years (Integrative Projects)

The focus of the NRI-2.0 program is on ubiquity, which in this context means seamless integration of co-robots to assist humans in every aspect of life. The program supports four main research thrusts that are envisioned to advance the goal of ubiquitous co-robots: scalability, customizability, lowering barriers to entry, and societal impact. Topics addressing scalability include how robots can collaborate effectively with multiple humans or other robots; how robots can perceive, plan, act, and learn in uncertain, real-world environments, especially in a distributed fashion; and how to facilitate large-scale, safe, robust and reliable operation of robots in complex environments. Customizability includes how to enable co-robots to adapt to specific tasks, environments, or people, with minimal modification to hardware and software; how robots can personalize their interactions with people; and how robots can communicate naturally with humans, both verbally and non-verbally. Topics in lowering barriers to entry include development of open-source co-robot hardware and software, as well as widely-accessible testbeds. Topics in societal impact include fundamental research to establish and infuse robotics into educational curricula, advance the robotics workforce through education pathways, and explore the social, economic, ethical, and legal implications of our future with ubiquitous collaborative robots. Collaboration between academic, industry, non-profit, and other organizations is encouraged to establish better linkages between fundamental science and engineering and technology development, deployment, and use.
Other NSF: Crosscutting and Interdisciplinary Opportunities


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