May 2019  
 
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News, Announcements, & Special Features

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

News:  Upcoming Deadline for MURI Program

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


News: Upcoming Deadline for AFOSR Air Force Fiscal Year 2020 Young Investigator Program (YIP)

The Air Force YIP supports scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering; enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators; and increase opportunities for the young investigator to recognize the Air Force mission and related challenges in science and engineering. Please see here for more information on this opportunity.

Upcoming Event:  DARPA Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) 
Summit 2019

DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) established the Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) in 2017 to develop techniques and technologies for advancing microelectronics performance beyond the limits of traditional transistor scaling. Through the ERI, DARPA seeks to collaborate with a range of defense industry, academic, and commercial sector partners to explore new, beyond-scaling electronics concepts while demonstrating the impact of this research on national defense. DARPA will host a 2019 ERI Summit, to be held from July 15-17 in Detroit, MI, to highlight the technical achievements of ERI programs, support continued research collaborations, and offer opportunities to solicit community input on new efforts. Participants must register through the registration website. Registration opens April 15, 2019, and will end on June 24, 2019, or once attendance capacity is met, whichever comes first.

News: Request for Information on Future Topics for the NSF Convergence Accelerator 

The purpose of this RFI is to seek input from industry, institutions of higher educa ti on, non-profits, government entities, and other interested parties on future NSF Convergence  Accelerator tracks within NSF's Big Ideas, or on other topics that may not relate directl y to a Big Idea but that may have national impact. The NSF Convergence Accelerator supports fundamental research while encouraging rapid advances through partnerships that include, or will include, multiple stakeholders. This RFI does not invite research proposals, however this process may suggest topics for future funding opportunities. Proposers may separately submit conference proposals to refine these ideas.  Conference proposals for FY19 funding and concepts for future topics will be accepted through June 24, 2019.

Funding Opportunities

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Foundation Opportunities

Internal Opportunities

Industry/Corporate Opportunities

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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

Foundation Opportunities

EurasiaP2P
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: May 23, 2019 
Sponsor Deadline: May 31, 2019 
Award Amount: Up to $75,000. Each application must also include a cost share component beyond the EF funding amount. Applicants are required to contribute at least 10% of the requested sum in monetary and in-kind contributions. 

With support from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Eurasia Foundation's Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program (P2P) funds projects seeking to expand U.S.-Russian communication and cooperation. P2P supports innovative projects promoting U.S.-Russian collaboration in cultural and professional areas of mutual interest, such as entrepreneurship, social inclusion, public health, community service, volunteerism, science and technology, and the arts.

Projects are jointly implemented by partner organizations and institutions from the U.S. and Russia over a period of twelve months. Partnerships are competitively selected and work together to address a theme of mutual interest in the U.S. and Russia that will facilitate greater understanding of shared values between the two countries. P2P aims to accomplish concrete project goals as well as strengthen the capacity for continued collaboration between U.S. and Russian peers. Successful partnerships will result in a tangible outcome that enhances interaction and understanding between U.S. and Russian societies well beyond the project end date.
Fdn_Mallinckrodt
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: June 3, 2019 by 12 PM
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: July 25, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: August 1, 2019
Award Amount: $60,000 per year for up to three years
 
The Mallinckrodt Foundation supports early stage investigators engaged in biomedical research that has the potential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis, or treatment of disease. The funds are designed to provide faculty members who hold M.D. and/or Ph.D. degrees, and who are in the first to fourth year of a tenure-track position (appointed on or after August 1, 2015), with support to move the project forward to the point where R01 or other independent funding can be obtained. Applicants with current R01 funding are not eligible to apply.
 
Please Note:  This is a limited submission opportunity and Harvard may put forward only one nominee to submit a proposal. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research will conduct the internal competition to select the Harvard nominee. To be considered for the Harvard nomination, potential applicants must submit an internal pre-proposal via the link above.
PVA
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 24, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: July 1, 2019
Award Amount: Varies; see below
 
The mission of the Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation is to promote innovative research to find better treatments and cures for paralysis; support efforts to improve the quality of life of individuals with spinal cord dysfunction until treatments are found; and train post-doctoral fellow investigators and encourage them to specialize in the area of spinal cord research. 

The Foundation supports one or two-year grants in four areas of emphasis:
  1. Laboratory research in the basic sciences related to spinal cord injury or disease. Grants funded up to $75,000 for 1 year or up to $150,000 for 2 years.
  2. Clinical and functional studies of the medical, psychosocial, and economic effects of spinal cord injury or disease, and/or interventions proposed to alleviate these effects. Grants funded up to $75,000 for 1 year or up to $150,000 for 2 years.
  3. Design and Development: Design and development of new or improved rehabilitative and assistive devices to improve function for individuals with spinal cord injury or disease. Funding may be used to develop drawings, schematics, or prototypes, and for the testing necessary to further the design of assistive technology devices. Grants funded up to $75,000 for one year or up to $150,000 for 2 years.
  4. Fellowships for postdoctoral students in basic science, clinical applications, or design and development, intended to encourage training and specialization in the field of spinal cord research. Grants funded up to $50,000 for 1 year or up to $100,000 for 2 years.
Fdn_BIRD
Executive Summary Deadline: July 2, 2019
OSP Deadline: August 14, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: August 21, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $1M, but no more than 50% of the R&D costs associated with the joint project. This award provides 5% in overhead costs, which falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application.
 
"BIRD Energy" is the implementation of a cooperation agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), the Israel Ministry of Energy jointly with the Israel Innovation Authority, and the BIRD Foundation.
 
To be considered, a project proposal should include:

  • R&D cooperation between two companies or cooperation between a company and a university/research institution (one from the U.S. and one from Israel)
  • Innovation in all areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency, such as solar and wind power, advanced vehicle technologies and alternative fuels, smart grid, storage, water-energy nexus, advanced manufacturing, etc.
  • Innovation in natural gas and other associated technologies
  • Significant commercial potential; the project outcome should lead to commercialization
Fdn_MacArthur
Sponsor Registration Deadline: July 16, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: July 30, 2019
Sponsor Application Deadline: August 6, 2019
Award Amount: $100,000,000 over a five-year grant period
 
100&Change is a MacArthur Foundation competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal in any field that proposes a bold and lasting solution to an urgent, significant problem of our time. Applicants must identify both the problem they are trying to solve, as well as their proposed solution.   The MacArthur Foundation seeks projects that are   impactful, evidence-based, feasible, and durable. Interested applicants are encouraged to review   the last round's semi-finalists  to get a sense of these qualities. Applicants are also encouraged to review the   Trait Scoring Rubic   that will be used to assess all applications. The   organizational readiness tool   may be utilized to help potential applicants determine their readiness to compete in 100&Change. The program is not intended to support basic or clinical research, or fund tool/technology development, and does not support general operating expenses for established programs.
 
While the 100&Change opportunity does not limit the number of applications that may be submitted from Harvard University, given the scale of funding involved, it is recommended that applicants ensure that their cognizant dean is aware of their intent to apply. Applicants should work with their pre-award office to assemble and submit their proposal. If your team consists of two or more organizations, a fully-executed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) must be submitted in which one organization clearly has control and discretion over the use of the grant funds.
 
Questions regarding this opportunity may be directed to Jennifer Chow in the Office of the Vice Provost of Research ( Jennifer_chow@harvard.edu, 617-496-2170).
Fdn_Searle
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: July 29, 2019 by 11:30 PM
Sponsor Deadline: September 27, 2019
Award Amount: $100,000 per year for three years
Eligible Faculty: Applicants should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2018 but no later than September 26, 2019. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent).
 
The Searle Scholars Program is a limited submission award program which makes grants to selected academic and research institutions to support the independent research of outstanding early-career scientists who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment. Applicants for the 2020 competition are expected to be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences. The Searle Scholars Program Scientific Advisory Board is primarily interested in the potential of applicants to make innovative and high-impact contributions to research over an extended period of time.  This program does not ordinarily support purely clinical research but has supported research programs that include both clinical and basic components.
 
Please Note: This is a limited submission opportunity and Harvard may submit only three proposals to this program. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research will conduct the internal competition to select the Harvard nominees. To be considered for the Harvard nomination, eligible applicants must submit an internal pre-proposal via the link above.  Questions about this opportunity may be directed to Jennifer Corby ( jcorby@fas.harvard.edu , 617-495-1590).
Fdn_Banting
Deadline to Request Harvard Institutional Endorsement: September 16, 2019 by 12:00 PM
Sponsor Deadline: September 18, 2019 
Award Amount: $70,000 per year for two years (taxable)
 
The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program, offered by the Government of Canada, is to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, to develop Fellows' leadership potential and to position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow, positively contributing to Canada's economic, social and research-based growth through a research-intensive career. Applications are accepted from all fields in the humanities, social sciences, health research, natural sciences and engineering.
 
This program is open to Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and non-Canadian citizens. Candidates to be hosted by Harvard must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada who have obtained or will obtain their PhD or equivalent from a Canadian university. Applicants must fulfill or have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree between September 15, 2016 and September 30, 2020 (inclusively), and before the start date of their award. Applicants who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada may apply to hold a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at a Canadian institution. Applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and who obtained their PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree from a non-Canadian university may also apply to hold a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at a Canadian institution. The program's full eligibility criteria can be viewed  here.   
 
Please Note: There are no limits to the number of applicants that may apply to the Banting Fellowship opportunity, but those who wish to be hosted by Harvard University must include with their application an  Institutional Letter of Endorsement signed by the Vice Provost for Research. To request this endorsement letter, candidates must submit their contact information and a copy of their proposed supervisor's statement here no later than 12:00 PM on September 16, 2019. After selecting "Apply" applicants will be directed to an electronic dashboard where they will provide contact information and upload a copy of their proposed supervisor's statement. Questions about this opportunity may be directed to Jennifer Corby (jcorby@fas.harvard.edu, 617-495-1590).
Simons_mps
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: A typical Targeted Grant in MPS provides funding for up to five years. The funding provided is flexible and based on the type of support requested in the proposal. There is no recommended funding limit
 
The Simons Foundation division for Mathematics and Physical Sciences seeks to extend the frontiers of basic research. The division's primary focus is on mathematics, theoretical physics and theoretical computer science. This program is intended to support high-risk projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis. Expenses for experiments, equipment, or computations, as well as for personnel and travel, are allowable. If invited to submit a full proposal, the deadline will be noted in the LOI notification and will be no sooner than three months from the date of the LOI approval.

Internal Opportunities
ProvostFund
Deadline: May 17, 2019 
Award Amount: up to $20,000
 
The Provost's Fund for Interfaculty Collaboration (PFIC) was developed to promote faculty collaboration across multiple Harvard Schools. This fund can be used to support a variety of projects, including but not limited to cross-School interdisciplinary course support, research working groups, and small-scale conferences. To be eligible for support, the designated faculty leader(s) must hold primary Harvard faculty appointments at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor or senior non-ladder faculty appointments including Senior Lecturer, Senior Preceptor, and Professor of Practice, and the project must engage faculty and/or students from at least two Harvard Schools. Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received funding from the grant. Colleagues from outside Harvard may be included as well.    

HSTLee
Deadline: May 24, 2019 by 4:00PM
Award Amount: Up to $150,000
 
This grant will fund creative partnerships between Harvard faculty and Harvard Library staff that improve access to information and the experience of using library resources at Harvard University. Innovations can take a variety of forms: technological, cultural, or operational. Proposals are invited from across the Harvard community, but must include at least one Harvard faculty member and one staff member affiliated with Harvard Library. Preference will be given to proposals that align with the   Harvard Library Objectives in Action .
DRCLS_UAI
Deadline: June 1, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $30,000

This program's primary objective is to strengthen connections between Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI) in Chile and Harvard through innovative research projects in all disciplines, including but not limited to technology, design, humanities, science, engineering, health, public policy, business, and education. Each project must have a PI from Harvard and one from UAI. Funding will be primarily for program start-up expenses including travel to facilitate site visits, workshops, and academic research exchanges.
HSPH
Deadline: June 25, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $100,000 (direct costs) for a 12-month project period, with an automatic 6-month no-cost extension if needed.
Target Applicants: This award is open to faculty of any rank who have a primary appointment at the Harvard Chan School, but applications will require the substantial engagement of at least two Harvard Chan School Departments or Centers and must include collaboration from at least one other Harvard School.
 
The Dean's Fund for Scientific Advancement expands the Chan School's internal research funding with the goal of creating a pipeline of support that facilitates the exploration of early ideas, the development of strong interdisciplinary team science and creation of transformative research collaborations that advance the frontiers of science. Acceleration Awards are intended to nurture collaborations in research, develop platforms, and support educational projects. Up to three awards will be distributed annually across three focal areas:
  1. Research Grants will be aligned with two priorities with at least one overlapping with an Incubation Award priority from the previous year. This year, the two priority areas are: Confronting Climate Change and Cultivating Well-being and Nutrition.
  2. Research Platforms are adaptable and dynamic resources that can be accessed by multiple faculty to support projects in a variety of disciplines. The goal of these awards is to provide one-time support for the development of research platforms that can be funded in the future by external support mechanisms.
  3. Public Health Pedagogy awards intend to produce scalable innovations that will improve the quality of teaching and learning at the Harvard Chan School. Special consideration will be given to applications that have the potential to be scaled up School-wide to benefit teaching and learning at all levels. The goal is to provide one-time support for the development of pedagogical innovations that can be integrated into educational programs or funded in the future by external support mechanisms.
Internal_HDSI
Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: Up to $5,000
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.
 
The Faculty Special Projects Fund is intended to support one-time data science opportunities for which other funding is not readily available. Applicants may request funding of up to $5,000 to support research, community-building, outreach, and educational activities. Examples of projects that the Fund is intended to support include offsetting the cost of running workshops or seminars, data visualization or research dissemination, and video production. The HDSI welcomes applications from all fields of scholarship.  
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and funding will be awarded throughout the year until available funding is exhausted. The total annual budget is $50,000.

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

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

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

IBM invites scientists studying climate change or ways to mitigate or adapt to its impacts to apply for free crowdsourced supercomputing power, weather data and cloud storage to support their climate or environmental research projects. In return, awardees are asked to publicly release the research data from their collaboration with IBM, enabling the global community to benefit from and build upon those findings.
 
Grantees will receive free, 24/7 access to computing power though World Community Grid, an award-winning IBM Citizenship initiative that enables anyone with a computer or Android device to support scientific research by carrying out computational research tasks on their devices. This allows researchers to conduct large-scale investigations, often magnitudes larger than they would have otherwise been able to conduct. Grantees may also request access to weather data and cloud storage.
DoD_Darpa07
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: May 20, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: May 28, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $100,000 for 1 year.
 
The purpose of this Polyplexus Pilot Topic Opportunity Notice is to provide public notification of a research and development funding opportunity on the Polyplexus online platform. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) invites participation in Polyplexus, which is an online, professional, technical conversation between the research community and DARPA Program Managers that will lead to the opportunity to submit abstracts and full proposals for a research and development project. The shared task of this group is to rigorously explore the trends and possible applications of emerging science and technology in a specific technical area defined by a participating Program Manager. The technical area under consideration in this announcement is enhancing human learning through the application of recent discoveries in neuroscience and/or complex social systems.  Further information on the topic can be found in the "Human Learning (07)" incubator located on the polyplexus.com website.
 
The process, evaluation criteria, abstract submission instructions, and proposal submission instructions are described in the most recent amendment of BAA for Polyplexus Pilot 2 (HR001118S0058) .
 
At least one award is anticipated. In addition, the information gathered in the incubator may serve as the basis for a future program.
DoD_DarpaAISS
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: May 20, 2019 (DARPA will continue to accept proposals through June 17, 2019, though proposers are warned that the likelihood of available funding is greatly reduced for applications submitted after the initial deadline)
Award Amount: AISS is a 48-month program divided into Phase 1, 2, and 3 spanning 15, 18, and 15 months, respectively. Approximately $75M of funding is anticipated for all awards made against this BAA.
 
The DARPA Microsystems Technology Office is soliciting research to develop a novel design
flow for digital integrated circuits that aims to protect advanced chips from known attack strategies. This shall be accomplished by streamlining inclusion of scalable defense mechanisms into an automated design process that maximizes architectural exploration of security versus other economic trade-offs, all while improving design productivity.
 
AISS is comprised of two Technical Areas (TAs):
  • TA1 Security is composed of three tracks: A, B, and C - each performed in three successive phases. Track A (Security Engine) and Track C (Security IP) target semiconductor development but are sufficiently satisfied at front-end Register Transfer Logic (RTL) design. Track B (Asset Management Infrastructure) addresses off-chip security infrastructure to be utilized after fabrication.
  • TA2 Platform -Successful proposers should ultimately demonstrate several fully functional compute/control platforms (application specific clusters of pre-integrated IP) as automatically generated subsystems fully integrated with the Security Engine (SE). TA2 Platform is composed of three tracks: A (Core Platform), B (Platform Infrastructure), and C (Composition) - each performed across three successive phases. 
Proposers may submit multiple proposals, either to TA1, TA2, or combined TA1 and TA2. TA1 and TA2, which both span all three project phases, are further divided into Track A, B, and C. All three tracks within a technical area must be fully addressed within a proposal to yield a conforming response to that technical area. Collaboration between TA1 and TA2 proposers at the proposal stage is encouraged but not required.
 
Multiple awards are anticipated in each technical area. DARPA anticipates at least two primes each pursuing parallel ARM and RISC-V solutions.

DoD_darpaTAILOR
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: May 20, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: May 28, 2019
Award Amount: The total award value for the combined Phase 1 base (up to $400,000) and Phase 2 option (up to $600,000) is limited to $1M. TAILOR will be an 18-month program divided into two 9-month phases.
 
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is issuing an Artificial Intelligence Exploration (AIE) opportunity inviting submissions of innovative research proposals to investigate new,  third wave AI approaches that leverage residuals to contextually reason, and make counterfactual predictions to better account for individual differences with the goal of enhancing the safety and efficacy  of human performance interventions. Proposers may focus on one or more types of specific human performance, but must define and justify their choices. To avoid over-focusing on a single performance measure, TAILOR's goal is to include a balanced portfolio of research using physical, cognitive, and social performance data. Proposing teams are expected to have expertise in computer science, signal processing, computing architectures, and counterfactual modeling. Whether, and to what extent, specific physical, cognitive, and/or social domain expertise may be required is at the discretion of the proposer.
 
This AIE opportunity is issued under the Program Announcement for AIE, DARPA-PA-18-02 . All  proposals in response to this funding opportunity announcement will be submitted to DARPA-PA-18-02-07 and, if selected, will result in an award of an Other Transaction (OT) for prototype project. DARPA's goal for AIE awards is to initiate a new investment in less than 90 days from the date that the opportunity is posted.
DoD_afosrYIP
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: May 24, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: June 3, 2019
Award Amount: Most YIP awards are funded up to $150,000 per year for three years, for a total of $450,000. Each three year budget must not exceed $150,000; regardless if the total budget is $450,000. Exceptional proposals will be considered individually for higher funding levels and/or longer duration.
 
The Fiscal Year 2020 Air Force Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) intends to support young in career scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees by April 1, 2012 or later showing exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. PIs must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident. The program objective is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering; enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators; and increase opportunities for the young investigator to recognize the Air Force mission and related challenges in science and engineering. AFOSR seeks unclassified proposals from qualified and responsible applicants in the research areas of interest identified in its most recent  Broad Agency Announcement . Proposals may be submitted for only one research portfolio area. Please note, the AFOSR Open BAA updates annually in the March/April time frame. Please make sure you are coordinating your topic ideas with the appropriate Program Officer to ensure the topic area is still relevant to the Air Force.
 
AFOSR anticipates approximately 37 awards under this competition if funds are available.

DOD_NavalPostGrad
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission 
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers and Full Proposals: Rolling through May 31, 2019 
Award Amount: The funded amount and period of performance of each proposal selected for award will vary depending on the research area and the technical approach to be pursued by the applicant selected.
 
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) is interested in receiving proposals for research initiatives that offer potential for advancement and improvement in the NPS core mission of graduate education and research. Readers should note that this is an announcement to declare NPS's solicitation in competitive funding of meritorious research initiatives across a spectrum of science and engineering, business, politics and public/foreign policy, operational and information sciences, and interdisciplinary disciplines that are in line with the NPS's graduate education and research mission.
 
Additional information on the Naval Postgraduate School's graduate education and research mission is available at:
DoD_AROtrojAI
Sponsor Deadline for Concept Papers (required): May 31, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: July 18, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals (if invited): July 25, 2019
Award Amount: The awards will be made at funding levels commensurate with the proposed research, investigator/team type, as well as availability of funding. It is expected that the entire TrojAI program, across all awardees, will be able to support 8-10 researchers (university faculty or industry PI) at the 20% load level and 16-20 graduate students/postdocs per year. Computational cost (either equipment purchase or cloud usage needed to support research), travel and overhead will need to be included in the budget plan. This program is a 2-year effort (base year and 1 option year).
 
The U.S. Army Research Office (ARO) in partnership with the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) seeks research and development of technology and techniques for detection of Trojans in Artificial Intelligence. TrojAI is envisioned to be a 2-year effort with multiple awardees coming together as a group of performers, which will work together to achieve the common program goals. The performer team will develop and deliver software to automatically inspect an AI and predict if it has a Trojan. The AIs will be neural networks trained in a classification task. Initially, the AIs will classify small images, but later stages of the program may expand to AIs that classify audio or text or perform other tasks. The AIs will classify input data into a small number of classes at near-human or super-human performance.
 
ARO and IARPA anticipate offeror teams may include, but are not limited to, experts in the following technical areas:
  • Deep learning
  • Other machine learning methods
  • Model inversion
  • Model explainability, including visualization
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data mining 
DoD_MURI 
Fiscal Year 2020 Department of Defense Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI)
(Separate links for submissions to ARO, ONR, AFOSR)
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (encouraged): June 3, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: September 13, 2019
Award Amount: The awards will be made at funding levels commensurate with the proposed research and in response to agency missions (see the BAA for the recommended funding profile for each topic area). Typical annual funding per grant is in the $1.25M to $1.5M range. Each individual award will be for a three-year base period with one two-year option period to bring the total maximum term of the award to five years.
 
The Department of Defense (DoD) Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI), one element of the University Research Initiative (URI), is sponsored by the DoD research offices: the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Army Research Office (ARO), and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). DOD's MURI program addresses high risk basic research and attempts to understand or achieve something that has never been done before. The MURI program supports basic research in science and engineering at U.S. institutions of higher education that is of potential interest to DoD. The program is focused on multidisciplinary research efforts where more than one traditional discipline interacts to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD. Key to the program's success is the close management of the MURI projects by Service program officers and their active role in providing research guidance.
 
The FY 2020 MURI competition is for the following topics:

ONR:
Topic 1: Stimuli-Responsive Materials based on Triggered Polymer Depolymerization
Topic 2: Quantum Benefits without Quantum Fragility: The Classical Entanglement of Light
Topic 3: Mathematical Methods for Deep Learning
Topic 4: Spin and Orbital Angular Momentum (SAM & OAM)
Topic 5: Photonic High-Order Topological Insulators (PHOTIs)
Topic 6: Active Topological Mechanical Metamaterials
Topic 7: Harvesting Oxygen from the Ocean
Topic 8: Exploring Oxidation and Surface Phenomena of Multi-Principal Element Alloys
Topic 9: The Physics of High-Speed Multiphase-flow / Material Interactions
Topic 10: Combining Disparate Environmental Data Into a Common Framework
 
ARO:
Topic 11: Adaptive and Adversarial Machine Learning
Topic 12: Axion Electrodynamics beyond Maxwell's Equations
Topic 13: Engineering Endosymbionts to Produce Novel Functional Materials
Topic 14: Information Exchange Network Dynamics
Topic 15: Mathematical Intelligence: Machines with More Fundamental Capabilities
Topic 16: Quantum State Engineering for Enhanced Metrology
Topic 17: Solution Electrochemistry without Electrodes
Topic 18: Stimuli-Responsive Mechanical Metamaterials
 
AFOSR:
Topic 19: Machine Learning and Physics-Based Modeling and Simulation
Topic 20: Fundamental Design Principles for Engineering Orthogonal Liquid-Liquid Phase Separations in Living Cells
Topic 21: Modeling, Prediction, and Mitigation of Rare and Extreme Events in Complex Physical Systems Topic 22: Fundamental Limits of Controllable Waveform Diversity at High Power
Topic 23: Full Quantum State Control at Single Molecule Levels
Topic 24: Constructive Mathematics and Its Synthetic Concepts from Type Theory
Topic 25: Weyl Fermion Optoelectronics
Topic 26: Mechanisms of Ice Nucleation and Anti-Icing Constructs
DoD_NUWC
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 3, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: June 10, 2019
Award Amount: Approximately $20,000 per year for a one-year base period and two one-year option periods.
 
The Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Keyport (NUWC Keyport) is soliciting research of interest in support of long range undersea warfare needs. The Funding Opportunity Announcement lists seventeen topics of interest (please see the FOA for a complete list), including:

  • 01: Expand Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV) capabilities through artificial intelligence (AI) to improve autonomous perception and situational awareness, including generation of world models, self-localization, and obtaining/processing information for autonomous planning, decision making, and task execution.
  • 02: Novel methods for predictive analysis of UUVs though modeling and simulation, considering sub-system, system, and multi-platform performance.
  • 03: Expand capabilities of Undersea Warfare (USW) tactical decision making through the use of machine learning and AI, enhancing environmental perception and deciphering of tactical information.
  • 04: Investigate methods to enhance identification of anomalies in large datasets associated with performance test analysis to include data analytics, machine learning, and statistical modeling to improve accuracy.
  • 05: Investigate innovative methods for autonomous predictive maintenance and intelligent failure detection of electro-mechanical systems. Methods should explore the use of data analytics and machine learning.
 
Interested applicants may submit proposals under more than one topic of interest and there is no limit to the number of technical proposals a single interested applicant may submit. However, interested applicants may not submit the same technical proposal in more than one topic identified in this FOA. The Government anticipates making three to four awards under this FOA.

DoD_arlAIML
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (required): June 3, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: May 24, 2019
Award Amount: Solutions are expected to have a two year period of performance with potential for up to three additional years.
 
The Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is planning to consider proposed research and development solutions submitted under the ARL Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Basic and Applied Scientific Research topic Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) under the Information Sciences Campaign (section II.A.4.k.) in support of new technologies and translational research-based approaches in two areas:
  1. Expeditionary Maneuver - How do Intelligent Systems reason about, interact with, navigate through, and manipulate a dynamic environment (to include the unknown physical world) to achieve complex Army relevant actions for the future multi-domain battlespace?; and
  2. Air/Ground Reconnaissance - How do diverse, embodied agents collectively sense, infer, reason, plan, and execute in collaboration with Army warfighters and in the face of a peer adversary? Additionally, how to extend the reach, situational awareness, and operational effectiveness of Army Intelligent System/Soldier teams against dynamic threats in complex and contested environments.
 
DoD_DarpaONISQ
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 3, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: June 10, 2019
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. ONISQ is a 48-month program. Phase I is 18-months in duration and Phase II is 30 months.
 
DARPA's Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is soliciting innovative research proposals in support of the Optimization with Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum devices (ONISQ) program. The goal of the ONISQ program is to establish that Quantum Information Processing (QIP) using Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum (NISQ) devices has a quantitative advantage for solving real-world combinatorial optimization problems as compared with the best-known classical methods. In addition, the ONISQ program will develop a theoretical basis to explore the power of hybrid optimization approaches, including identifying families of problem instances in combinatorial optimization where QIP is likely to have the biggest impact.

For the purposes of this BAA, QIP refers to quantum information processing using noisy, non-fault- tolerant devices. The advancement of fully fault-tolerant quantum computation is outside the scope of this BAA. Quantum annealing approaches are also explicitly excluded.
ONISQ is composed of two separate, but related, Technical Areas (TAs):
  • Technical Area 1 - Quantum optimization demonstration
  • Technical Area 2 - Theoretical foundations for quantum optimization
Proposers who want to work in both TAs should submit a stand-alone proposal for each TA.
 
DARPA anticipates multiple awards. A total of approximately $33M is available for awards through this BAA.

DoD_AROquantumalgo
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (strongly encouraged): June 5, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: July 25, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: August 1, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $750,000 over a three-year period. Exceptional proposals beyond this limit may be considered.
 
The U.S. Army Research Office (ARO) together with the National Security Agency (NSA) is soliciting proposals to develop new quantum computing algorithms for hard computational problems, develop insights into the power of quantum computation, and consider issues of quantum complexity and computability.
 
Investigators should presuppose the existence of a fully functional quantum computer and consider what algorithmic tasks are particularly well suited to such a machine. A necessary component of this research will be to compare the efficiency of the quantum algorithm to the best existing classical algorithm for the same problem. Although quantum algorithm proposals may consider general architectural constraints (e.g. nearest neighbor only gates) for implementing algorithms, they should otherwise concentrate on developing the algorithm. Quantum algorithm proposals may consider computational models other than the circuit model (e.g. the adiabatic model).
DoD_Darpa08
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 7, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: June 14, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $100,000 for 1 year.
 
The purpose of this Polyplexus Pilot Topic Opportunity Notice is to provide public notification of a research and development funding opportunity on the Polyplexus online platform. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) invites participation in Polyplexus, which is an online, professional, technical conversation between the research community and DARPA Program Managers that will lead to the opportunity to submit abstracts and full proposals for a research and development project. The shared task of this group is to rigorously explore the trends and possible applications of emerging science and technology in a specific technical area defined by a participating Program Manager. The technical area under consideration in this announcement is quantum machine learning. Further information on the topic can be found in the "Quantum Machine Learning (08)" incubator located on the polyplexus.com website.
 
The process, evaluation criteria, abstract submission instructions, and proposal submission instructions are described in the most recent amendment of BAA for Polyplexus Pilot 2 (HR001118S0058) .
 
At least one award is anticipated. In addition, the information gathered in the incubator may serve as the basis for a future program.
DoD_BAAIonSys
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (strongly encouraged): June 11, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 9, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: August 16, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $1.5M per year for three years for Goals 1 and 2; and up to $500,000 per year for one- to three-years for Goal 3.
 
The U.S. Army Research Office (ARO) in partnership with the National Security Agency (NSA) is soliciting proposals for research in Trapped Ion Qubits. This BAA has three research goals:
  1. substantially reduce noise levels detrimental to high fidelity gates in trapped ion systems and to improve the stability of these gates once achieved;
  2. explore novel quantum information encoding schemes and/or entanglement generation schemes with trapped ion systems; and
  3. development of critical supporting technology required for successful highly stable high fidelity trapped ion systems.
 DOD_DARPApoly9
Sponsor Deadline for Abstracts (strongly encouraged): June 12, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 7, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: August 14, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $100,000 for 1 year.
 
The purpose of this Polyplexus Pilot Topic Opportunity Notice is to provide public notification of a research and development funding opportunity on the Polyplexus online platform. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) invites participation in Polyplexus, which is an online, professional, technical conversation between the research community and DARPA Program Managers that will lead to the opportunity to submit abstracts and full proposals for a research and development project. The shared task of this group is to rigorously explore the trends and possible applications of emerging science and technology in a specific technical area defined by a participating Program Manager. The technical areas under consideration in this announcement are those that emerge from the online Evidence and Conjecture micropublication feed within the Polyplexus platform. Further  information on the topic can be found in the "Emergent Polyplexus Topics (09)" incubator  located on the polyplexus.com website.
 
The process, evaluation criteria, abstract submission instructions, and proposal submission instructions are described in the most recent amendment of BAA for Polyplexus Pilot 2 (HR001118S0058) .
 
At least one award is anticipated. In addition, the information gathered in the incubator may serve as the basis for a future program.

DoD_fy202devstudy 
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (strongly encouraged): June 14, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: August 30, 2019. Full Proposals received after this date will be considered as time and availability of funding permit.
Award Amount: ONR plans to allocate approximately a total of $3M for multiple efforts related to the Technical Areas in this Special Notice. The Period of Performance for this effort is expected to be 6-12 months.  
 
This announcement describes a research thrust, entitled Advanced Targeting Concepts Development Study, to be launched under the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) entitled " Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology ". The research opportunity described in this announcement specifically falls under the Electronics, Sensors, and Networks Research Division (Code 312) within the Information, Cyber, and Spectrum Superiority Department (Code 31) at ONR. The submission of proposals, their evaluation and the placement of research contracts will be carried out as described in the ONR BAA.
 
The proposed topic seeks studies, recommendations, and an architectural framework for ONR and the U.S. Navy on which future Research and Development (R&D) investments are needed to conduct advanced Over-the Horizon (OTH) targeting of multiple adversary at-sea and airborne contacts. These studies will inform ONR and US Navy on how to best overcome technology limitations and provide recommendations to fuse together information from various military and national sensors to fashion a network of systems for long-range targeting. The aspiration of this network of systems is to hold adversary assets continually at risk, providing persistent, fire-control quality data on multiple, emitting and non-emitting, airborne, and at-sea surface targets within contested and GPS-denied environments, all at ranges well beyond current capabilities. It is envisioned that the system will continually present a prioritized list of targeting solutions to the Task Force Commander to conduct a variety of kinetic and non-kinetic actions.  
DoD_TAK
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 17, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: June 24, 2019
Award Amount: Unspecified
 
The Tactical Assault Kit (TAK)-a mapping system with a plugin architecture-has seen success across the DoD and DHS, where operators must routinely execute missions in spectrum denied environments. Three iterations of TAK are of interest: ATAK (Android OS), WinTAK (Microsoft Windows OS), and WebTAK (web browser based). This topic supports the development of ATAK, WinTAK, and WebTAK compatible versions of existing decision support tools for chemical and biological warning and reporting, hazard prediction, and consequence assessment. Given that warfighters must operate in environments with little to no network connectivity, proposed software applications should be able to operate both with network connectivity and without. Proposals should leverage existing tools, DoD or otherwise, implement an agile development approach with multiple releases, and deliver a final product running in multiple TAK architectures within 12 months of award. This topic will ultimately support the warfighters ability to operate in and overcome a chemical or biological threat environment through the effective promulgation of situational awareness information and the use of superior tactical decision-making tools.
DoD_fy19Acq
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (required): June 20, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 28, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals (if invited): September 5, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $120,000 for up to 12 months
 
DoD's Acquisition Research Program (ARP) conducts and supports research in academic disciplines that bear on public procurement policy and management. These include economics, finance, financial management, information systems, organization theory, operations management, human resources management, risk management, and marketing, as well as the traditional public procurement areas such as contracting, program/project management, logistics, test and evaluation and systems engineering management. The ARP is interested in innovative proposals that will provide unclassified and non-proprietary findings suitable for publication in open scholarly literature. Studies of government processes, systems, or policies should also expand the body of knowledge and theory of processes, systems, or policies outside the government.
 
The following research areas are of special interest:
  • Leading-edge techniques in data collection, management, visual analytics and decision-making
  • Robust risk modeling techniques
  • Performance metrics and methodologies
  • Collaboration and cross-functional teams
  • Model-Based Acquisition
Applicants bear prime responsibility for the design, management, direction and conduct of research. Researchers should exercise judgment and original thought toward attaining the goals within broad parameters of the research areas proposed and the resources provided. Applicants are encouraged to be creative in the selection of the technical and management processes and approaches and consider the greatest and broadest impact possible.

DoD_Minerva 
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (strongly encouraged): June 20, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: September 19, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: September 26, 2019
Award Amount: $150,000-$1M per year for three to five years. 10-12 awards are anticipated.
 
The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) is interested in receiving proposals for the Minerva Research Initiative , a university-led defense social science program seeking fundamental understanding of the social and cultural forces shaping U.S. strategic interests globally. OSD is particularly interested in projects that align with and support the National Defense Strategy . The Minerva Research Initiative emphasizes questions of strategic importance to U.S. national security policy. It seeks to increase the Department's intellectual capital in the social sciences and improve its ability to address future challenges and build bridges between the Department and the social science community. Minerva brings together universities and other research institutions around the world and supports multidisciplinary and cross-institutional projects addressing specific interest areas determined by the Department of Defense. Proposals will be considered both for single-investigator awards as well as larger teams. Minerva funds basic, not applied, research.
 
This year's Minerva Research Initiative competition is for research related to the nine topics:
  • Topic 1: Peer/Near-peer Statecraft, Influence, and Regional Balance of Power
  • Topic 2: Power, Deterrence, and Escalation Management
  • Topic 3: Alliances and Burden Sharing
  • Topic 4: Economic Interdependence and Security
  • Topic 5: Economic Viability, Resilience, and Sustainability of Logistics Infrastructure
  • Topic 6: Multi-Domain Behavioral Complexity and Computational Social Modeling
  • Topic 7: Autonomy, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Ethics, and Social Interactions
  • Topic 8: Models and Methods for Understanding Covert Online Influence
  • Topic 9: Automated Cyber Vulnerability Analysis
DoD_specialprog
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (required): June 28, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: September 20, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals (if invited): September 27, 2019
Award Amount: $300,000-$500,000 per year for one to three years; however, lower and  higher cost proposals will be considered. The average funding level of past awards was  approximately $500,000 per year.
 
This announcement describes a research thrust, entitled "Communications and Networks Applied Research" to be launched under the N00014-19-S-B001, Long Range Broad Agency Announcement for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology . The research opportunity described in this announcement specifically falls under, "Electronics, Sensors, and Network Research" of the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (Code 31). The submission of proposals, their evaluation and the placement of contracts will be carried out as described in that Broad Agency Announcement.
The goal of the Communications and Networking Program within the Office of Naval Research (ONR 311) is to support the Navy's Information Warfare vision by developing measurable advances in technology that can directly enable and enhance end-to-end connectivity and quality-of-service for mission-critical information exchange among widely dispersed naval, joint, and coalition forces. The vision is to provide high throughput robust communications and networking to ensure all warfighters - from the operational command to the tactical edge - have access to information, knowledge, and decision-making necessary to perform their assigned tasks.
 
White papers for potential FY20 Applied Research (Budget category 6.2) projects are sought under the following focus areas:
  1. Innovative dual use (software provisioned) LIDAR and FSO communications using shared hardware and common aperture with reduced size, weight and power;
  2. Tactical enhancements to proposed 5G standards and implementations for improved resiliency and survivability in highly contested environments;
  3. Novel approaches for low probability of detect/intercept communications against advanced electronic threats;
  4. Dynamic scheduling, routing and control mechanisms to efficiently and reliably deliver traffic with varying level of service requirements (e.g., latency, loss rate, priority); and
  5. Machine learning and other techniques/concepts for autonomous network management by translating Commander's Intent into network policies.
ONR is receptive to innovative ideas which are not within the above focus areas, but nonetheless are important to the Navy/Marine Corps communications and networking.
DoD_FY19STEM
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (required): Rolling through June 28, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals (if invited): September 27, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $250,000 per year 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. 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. 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 following communities or any combination of these communities: secondary education communities; post-secondary communities; informal science communities; and current naval STEM workforce communities.
 
The technical content of any idea must establish naval relevance within the priority areas as outlined in the "Naval Research and Development Framework and Addendum" . Broad priority areas are as follows:
  • Augmented Warfighter
  • Integrated & Distributed Forces
  • Operational Endurance
  • Sensing & Sense-Making
  • Scalable Lethality
Approximately 25 awards are anticipated.
DoD_AFOSRmedphotonics
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: Rolling (proposals for FY19 funds must be submitted by June 30, 2019)
Award Amount: AFOSR anticipates no more than $1M may be made available to fund a  small number of proposals submitted under this announcement. The period of performance anticipated is up to 3 years duration.
 
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) seeks unclassified proposals for research and development aimed at using lasers and other light source technology to develop applications in medicine, photobiology, surgery, and closely related materials sciences, with applications to combat casualty care and other military medical problems. This announcement is for a small number of individual awards. It is complementary to ongoing and future planned broad based awards, primarily directed toward university-based medical institutions, conducted by teams of physicians, biomedical scientists, physical scientists, and engineers. The efforts proposed may be basic or applied research, and must have direct relevance to combat casualty care or other military medical priorities. They must offer unique capabilities, not substantially funded by other DOD or other agency programs. Applicants must demonstrate substantial experience working to further military medical priorities, including transitioning research into clinical practice and working products. Substantial experience collaborating with military medical centers is also a requirement to establish relevance to combat casualty care or other military medical priorities, and facilitate the transition of research results to meet military needs.

DoD_ari
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: July 5, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: July 12, 2019
Award Amount: No award floor or ceiling thresholds have been established for individual awards under this BAA.
 
This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Foundational Science Research Unit (FSRU) of the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI) solicits new proposals for its fiscal year 2019 program of basic research in behavioral science. ARI is the Army's lead agency for the conduct of research, development, and analyses for the improvement of Army readiness and performance via research advances and applications of the behavioral and social sciences that address personnel, organization, and Soldier and leader development issues. ARI's mission is to drive scientific innovation to enable the Army to acquire, develop, employ, and retain professional Soldiers and enhance personnel readiness. The mission of the Basic Research Program is to develop fundamental theories and investigate new domain areas in behavioral and social sciences with high potential impact on Army issues related to personnel readiness.
 
While all proposals will be considered, ARI has identified the following five domains as particularly germane to its basic research needs: Personnel Testing and Performance; Learning in Formal and Informal Environments; Organizational Effectiveness; Leader Development; and Culture.
 
This funding opportunity is divided into two types of proposals for basic research:
  • Standard Proposals. Most basic research awards are awarded in response to Standard Proposals provided by Applicants with experienced researchers. In recent years, the performance period of these has typically been two to three years with a median total award of $840,785.
  • Early Career Proposals. To foster the development of innovative and creative researchers, ARI solicits proposals from Applicants with individuals who are early in their research careers (PI must have received their PhD within five years of proposal submission) and have never received ARI funding as a Principal Investigator. All ARI evaluation criteria will be used to evaluate Early Career Proposals, except the criteria that address the experience of the Principal Investigator. Projects should be designed for one year of funding at a level of approximately $110,000.
  DoD_DARPApoly10
Sponsor Deadline for Abstracts (strongly encouraged): July 24, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 26, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: September 3, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $100,000 for 1 year.
 
The purpose of this Polyplexus Pilot Topic Opportunity Notice is to provide public notification of a research and development funding opportunity on the Polyplexus online platform. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) invites participation in Polyplexus, which is an online, professional, technical conversation between the research community and DARPA Program Managers that will lead to the opportunity to submit abstracts and full proposals for a research and development project. The shared task of this group is to rigorously explore the trends and possible applications of emerging science and technology in a specific technical area defined by a participating Program Manager. The technical area under consideration in this announcement is chemical theory. Further information on the topic can be found in the "Microgravity Chemical Theory (10)" incubator located on the polyplexus.com website.
 
The process, evaluation criteria, abstract submission instructions, and proposal submission instructions are described in the most recent amendment of BAA for Polyplexus Pilot 2 (HR001118S0058) .
 
At least one award is anticipated. In addition, the information gathered in the incubator may serve as the basis for a future program.

DoD_DARPApoly11
Sponsor Deadline for Abstracts (strongly encouraged): July 27, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 23, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: September 2, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $100,000 for 1 year.
 
The purpose of this Polyplexus Pilot Topic Opportunity Notice is to provide public notification of a research and development funding opportunity on the Polyplexus online platform. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) invites participation in Polyplexus, which is an online, professional, technical conversation between the research community and DARPA Program Managers that will lead to the opportunity to submit abstracts and full proposals for a research and development project. The shared task of this group is to rigorously explore the trends and possible applications of emerging science and technology in a specific technical area defined by a participating Program Manager. The technical areas under consideration in this announcement are those that emerge from the online Evidence and Conjecture micropublication feed within the Polyplexus platform. Further information on the topic can be found in the "Emergent Polyplexus Topics (11)" incubator located on the polyplexus.com website.
 
The process, evaluation criteria, abstract submission instructions, and proposal submission instructions are described in the most recent amendment of BAA for Polyplexus Pilot 2 (HR001118S0058) .
 
At least one award is anticipated. In addition, the information gathered in the incubator may serve as the basis for a future program.
DoD_DARPApoly12
Sponsor Deadline for Abstracts (strongly encouraged): August 14, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 26, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: September 3, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $100,000 for 1 year.
 
The purpose of this Polyplexus Pilot Topic Opportunity Notice is to provide public notification of a research and development funding opportunity on the Polyplexus online platform. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) invites participation in Polyplexus, which is an online, professional, technical conversation between the research community and DARPA Program Managers that will lead to the opportunity to submit abstracts and full proposals for a research and development project. The shared task of this group is to rigorously explore the trends and possible applications of emerging science and technology in a specific technical area defined by a participating Program Manager. The technical area under consideration in this announcement is Theory of Complexity. Further information on the topic can be found in the "Theory of Complexity (12)" incubator located on the polyplexus.com website.
 
The process, evaluation criteria, abstract submission instructions, and proposal submission instructions are described in the most recent amendment of BAA for Polyplexus Pilot 2 (HR001118S0058) .
 
At least one award is anticipated. In addition, the information gathered in the incubator may serve as the basis for a future program.
DoD_DarpaERI:DA
Sponsor Deadline for Abstracts (strongly encouraged): Abstracts may be received until September 5, 2019 and will be reviewed by DARPA on a rolling basis until funding is no longer available for this BAA.  The initial deadline of February 15, 2019 has passed.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: Proposals may be received until December 31, 2019 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until funding is no longer available for this BAA. The initial deadline of March 28, 2019 has passed.
Award Amount: Budget thresholds and project periods of performance vary by Technical Area (see BAA for details).
 
DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) is soliciting innovative proposals to develop, demonstrate, and apply emerging technologies developed under the Electronics Resurgence Initiative. Proposals should establish partnerships between defense transition partners and the academic and commercial sectors, or establish the infrastructure required for cross-sector partnerships, leading to direct and revolutionary impacts on Department of Defense (DoD) or national security capabilities. Proposals that demonstrate an established path to impacting existing or emerging programs of record are strongly preferred. ERI focuses on three thrusts: Materials and Integration Thrust; Architectures Thrust; and Designs Thrust. As of December 2018, ERI consists of seventeen programs ranging from basic research into the foundations of microelectronics to advanced technology development and prototyping. An updated list of ERI programs, along with information on each, is maintained online at https://www.darpa.mil/work-with-us/electronics-resurgence-initiative.
 
ERI:DA pursues its objective via three technical areas (TAs), each of which should develop partnerships between the defense sector and the academic and commercial sectors:
  • Technical Area 1 will support the immediate development or demonstration of ERI technologies, for the purpose of enabling defense capabilities, via a partnership between one or more current ERI program performers and an organization with a demonstrated ability to deliver technologies to the U.S. national security community.
  • Technical Area 2 will support efforts where the proposing defense transition partner has not yet established a relationship with a current ERI performer on an Eligible ERI Program. Efforts should lead to the future development or demonstration of ERI technologies via a partnership between defense transition partners and an ERI program performer.
  • Technical Area 3 will support the provision of infrastructure, to include facilities and personnel, for the purpose of enabling collaboration between defense transition partners, Government organizations, existing ERI performers, and other relevant science and technology organizations.
Multiple awards are anticipated. The total anticipated funds available for this BAA is between $25 million and $50 million.
DoD_DarpaOFFSET
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: Proposals may be submitted through March 26, 2020; the likelihood of available funding is greatly reduced for proposals submitted after the initial deadline of May 1, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $450,000 for 6 months, with an additional three-month option period to facilitate integration activities.
 
The goal of OFFSET Swarm Sprints is to create focused breakthroughs in swarm technologies to be integrated into the OFFSET Swarm Systems Architecture. The specific topics of interest for this amendment are (1) the creation and implementation of potential future synthetic technologies in OFFSET virtual environments to enable exploration of novel swarm tactics; and (2) the application of artificial intelligence methods to accelerate and aid the design of advanced swarm tactics that are robust in realistic operational settings.
 
This BAA amendment solicits proposals for a Core Sprint in Virtual Environments, and also for an Ad Hoc Sprint in the topic area of Applications of Artificial Intelligence. Proposers may respond to more than one Swarm Sprint topic area; however, a separate, standalone proposal is required for each Swarm Sprint topic area.
 
DARPA intends to award up to fifteen Swarm Sprinter awards in this Swarm Sprint call.

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

DOE_differentiate

ARPA-E Design Intelligence Fostering Formidable Energy Reduction and Enabling Novel Totally Impactful Advanced Technology Enhancements (DIFFERENTIATE)

Sponsor Deadline for Concept Papers: May 20, 2019 by 9:30 AM
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: TBD
Award Amount:  Approximately $15 million will be available for new awards. Individual awards may vary between $250,000 and $5M for up to 24 months.
 
The DIFFERENTIATE program seeks to incorporate machine learning into energy technology development processes and enhance the development of next-generation energy technologies. The DIFFERENTIATE program seeks to develop machine learning tools that:
 
  1. Enhance the creativity of the hypothesis generation (i.e. conceptual design) process by helping engineers develop new concepts and by enabling the consideration of a larger and more diverse set of design options during the hypothesis generation phase
  2. Enhance the efficiency of the high-fidelity evaluation (i.e. detailed design) process by accelerating the high-fidelity analysis and optimization of the hypothesized solution, and
  3. To ultimately reduce (ideally eliminate) design iteration by developing the capability to execute "inverse design" processes in which the product design is effectively expressed as an explicit function of the problem statement.
 
ARPA-E is issuing this FOA to encourage teams consisting of mathematicians, operations research analysts, computer scientists, energy engineers, and others to jointly work on developing the tools required to enhance the creativity and efficiency of the energy technology design process.

DOE_traineeship
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: May 23, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: May 31, 2019
Award Amount:  Up to $5M is available to provide funding to support tuition, stipend, and travel costs for students, and to provide modest support for curriculum development and program administration support. Award terms are expected to be up to five years, with awardees eligible to submit applications for a renewal and a second term.

This program will support innovative, university-led proposals for graduate level training that leverage DOE assets, capabilities, and strategic partnerships, and address emerging needs in graduate training to enable preparedness for STEM careers beyond academia in areas critical to DOE mission-driven workforce needs. Individual Universities may apply or a consortium of Universities may apply. The enrollment requirement is four to ten new students enrolled every year, with the DOE Traineeship providing support for up to two years per student. Students must be enrolled in a qualified graduate program in:

  • accelerator science, or
  • physics, with specialization in accelerator science, or
  • applied physics, with specialization in accelerator science, or
  • engineering, with a specialization in accelerator engineering.

Awards resulting from this FOA must be for education and training, which may be conducted through research.

DOE_quantum
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: May 23, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: May 31, 2019
Award Amount: Varies by research opportunity track ($5K-$1M). Awards are expected to be made for a period of one to three years as befitting the project.
 
The DOE SC program in Nuclear Physics (NP) is interested in receiving interdisciplinary applications for open scientific research on Quantum Computing (QC) and Quantum Information Science and Technology (QIST) with a clear line of sight to enable discoveries to explore and understand all forms of nuclear matter, including some that no longer exist. Quantum Horizons: QIS Research and Innovation for Nuclear Science is a new initiative to identify, prioritize, and coordinate emerging opportunities in both fundamental research and applied challenges at the interface of Nuclear Physics and QIST. Topics may include quantum computation, quantum simulations and simulators, quantum sensing, nuclear physics detectors, nuclear many-body problem, 'squeezed' quantum states, entanglement at collider energies, and lattice gauge theories as well as novel areas of basic research.

NP is seeking applications for its Quantum Horizons FOA responsive to one or two of the following research opportunities:

  • Research Opportunity I: NP science and technologies for advancement of QIS call for collaborative projects between the NP and QIS communities that best leverage the respective strengths of universities, national laboratories, and industry.
  • Research Opportunity II: Broad theory projects which e.g. develop methods and quantum algorithms that solve important problems in NP using emerging digital quantum computers, hybrid computers, quantum annealers and quantum simulators; utilize QIS concepts to better understand nuclear phenomena, such as the nuclear many-body problem and hadronization; or develop new QIS  applications of importance to nuclear physics such as data analyses and machine learning.
  • Research Opportunity III: Research projects that seeks to develop or capitalize on QIS technology with applications for nuclear physics.
  • Research Opportunity IV: Creating a quantum-smart workforce for tomorrow. Applications to develop a QIS workforce in the context of NP will be considered specifically for funding graduate students and postdocs or interns who conduct research at the intersection of these QIS and NP fields.
  • Research Opportunity V: Ramping-up engagement. Applications for meetings such as major conferences, workshops, and PI exchange meetings could be supported so that the NP and QIS communities can better understand the challenges and capabilities of their counterparts.

Research proposals responsive to this FOA may be applications from either a single PI or multi-institutional with a lead PI.

DOE_Other
Other DOE Opportunities

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
NASA_fellowship
Sponsor Deadline for 2019 Phase I Proposals (required): May 24, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for 2019 Phase II Proposals (only required for applicants who were not accepted or had not yet selected a graduate institution at the time of the Phase I submission): TBA
Award Amount: For each Fellow, their institution receives up to a $55,000 annual award. The NASA Fellowship Activity is a multiyear award designed to provide three years of support and an optional fourth year of funding for a merit-based supplemental experience.
 
This NASA Research Announcement (NRA) solicits proposals from accredited U.S. institutions for research training grants to begin in the 2019-2020 Academic Year. The NRA is designed to support independently conceived research or senior designed projects by highly qualified graduate students, in disciplines needed to help advance NASA's missions, thus affording students the opportunity to directly contribute to advancements in STEM-related areas of study. NASA Fellowship opportunities are focused on innovation and the generation of measurable research results, which contribute to NASA's current and future science and technology goals. NASA strongly encourages the submission of applications from Minority-Serving Institutions, historically underrepresented groups and underserved populations, such as women, minorities, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ's and veterans. Unique to this research and development Fellowship, NASA's Office of STEM Engagement's (OSE's) programmatic structure establishes a Professional Learning Community (PLC) consisting of active NASA Fellowship cohorts, institutional faculty advisors as the grant Primary Investigators (PIs), NASA researchers, scientists, program managers and Subject Matter Experts (SME) from industry and other Federal agencies. The PLC is designed to provide a network of mentors committed to the successful completion of the proposed research.
 
The NASA Fellowship Activity will be awarded as a non-portable training grant to accredited U.S. institutions on behalf of Fellows selected under this NRA. To be eligible to receive a NASA Fellowship, the Institution's candidate must be a U.S. citizen or a national at the time of proposal submission to NASA. Fellowships are awarded for graduate studies leading to research-based Master's and Doctoral degrees in a NASA-specific STEM discipline. The Office of STEM Engagement anticipates awarding approximately 12 Graduate Research Fellowships per fiscal year.
NASA_REDDI
Sponsor Deadline for Notices of Intent (strongly encouraged): May 29, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 19, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: June 26, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $550,000 for up to 3 years (and the amount in any one year may not exceed $200,000). 10-12 awards are anticipated.
 
NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) hereby solicits proposals from accredited U.S. universities for innovative, early-stage space technology research of high priority to NASA's Mission Directorates. This Appendix seeks proposals on specific space technologies that are currently at low  Technology Readiness Levels (TRL). This ESI Appendix challenges universities to examine the theoretical feasibility of new ideas and approaches that are critical to making science, space travel, and exploration more effective, affordable, and sustainable. This Appendix seeks proposals to develop unique, disruptive, or transformational space technologies that have the potential to lead to dramatic improvements at the system level - performance, weight, cost, reliability, operational simplicity, or other figures of merit associated with space flight hardware or missions. It is the intent of the Space Technology Research Grants program and this Appendix to foster interactions between NASA and the awarded university PIs/teams. Therefore, collaboration/interaction with NASA researchers should be expected while conducting space technology research under these awards. Please note that a PI or Co-I may participate in no more than two proposals in response to this Appendix.
 
This Appendix exclusively seeks proposals that are responsive to one of the following six topics:
  • Topic 1 - Rotating Detonation Rocket Engine Concept Development
  • Topic 2 - Chemical Heat Integrated Power Systems
  • Topic 3 - Rocket Plume-Surface Interaction Prediction Advancements
  • Topic 4 - Machine Learning/Deep Learning Tools for Protecting Astronauts from Solar Energetic Particle Hazards
  • Topic 5 - Next Generation Durability and Damage Tolerance Methodologies
  • Topic 6 - Integration of Cryogenic Fluid Two Phase Numerical Modeling Techniques
NASA_SWS
Sponsor Deadline for Notices of Intent (requested): June 3, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: July 16, 2019
Award Amount: Varies by Subtopic Area. The System-Wide Safety Project anticipates investing a total of $1.5M per year in the solicited subtopics over the next three years. The maximum period of performance will be three years, with nominal budgets in the range of $250K-$500K per year. Approximately 6 new awards are anticipated. Please see the NASA Research Announcement (NRA) for further details.
 
The System-Wide Safety (SWS) Project uses new research tools, innovative technologies, and operational methods to safely enable the transformation of aviation to make flight more efficient and accessible, even as the global demand for air transportation services steadily increases. The primary research focus is to develop technologies to enable in-time, system-wide safety. The project also conducts research to create safety-related advances in methods used for the verification and validation of advanced, increasingly autonomous systems. The project has two primary goals. The first goal is to explore, discover and understand how safety could be affected by the growing complexity of advanced aviation systems designed to improve the efficiency of flight, and the increasing number and type of aircraft - piloted and otherwise - available to an ever-growing number and type of customers. The second goal is to develop and demonstrate the research tools, innovative technologies and operational methods that will proactively mitigate those potential risks in order to maintain the aviation industry's unparalleled safety record. SWS activities are directed toward building a system of expanded safety awareness that includes increased access to relevant data, integrated analysis capabilities, improved in-time detection and alerting of hazards, full decision support and automated safety mitigation strategies.
 
The primary research focus of this NRA call is to develop and demonstrate cost-efficient verification and validation methods that provide justifiable confidence in safety claims for designs of complex ATM/avionics systems, including increasingly autonomous, non-deterministic systems. This NRA is soliciting proposals in five subtopic areas:
  • Subtopic 1: Assuring Increasing Autonomous Systems with Non-Traditional Human-Machine Roles
  • Subtopic 2: Case Study Application of the Overarching Properties (OPs)
  • Subtopic 3: Evaluation of V&V Tools on Industrial Case
  • Subtopic 4: Interpretation of Structured Assurance Arguments
  • Subtopic 5: Assessing Partial Automation of Safety Argument Reconstruction and Analysis
NASA_unsol
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling through September 30, 2019
Award Amount: Proposed budget should be commensurate with the scope of the project.
 
NASA encourages the submission of unique and innovative proposals that will further the Agency's mission. While the vast majority of proposals are solicited, a small number of unsolicited proposals that cannot be submitted to those solicitations and yet are still relevant to NASA are reviewed and some are funded each year. Proposals should be submitted at least six months in advance of the desired starting date.

Before any effort is expended in preparing a proposal, potential proposers should:
  1. Review the current versions of the NASA Strategic Plan and documents from the specific directorate, office, or program for which the proposal is intended to determine if the work planned is sufficiently relevant to current goals to warrant a formal submission.
  2. Potential proposers must review current opportunities to determine if any solicitation already exists to which the potential project could be proposed.
  3. Potential proposers should review current awards (e.g., by doing key word searches at Research.gov, or at the NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC) grant status page, and the NASA Life and Physical Sciences Task Book) to learn what, if any, related work is already funded by NASA. Such preparation reduces the risk of redundancy, improves implementation, and sometimes results in collaboration.
After those three things have been done, the proposer may contact an appropriate NASA person to determine whether NASA has any interest in the type of work being proposed and if any funding is currently available. Proposals should be submitted at least six months in advance of the desired starting date.
NASAJohnsonSpace
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to sponsor deadline
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: Rolling through December 31, 2019 (see solicitation for schedule of review cycles)
Award Amount: Details below
 
This announcement is for the development of experiment hardware with enhanced capabilities; modification of existing hardware to enable increased efficiencies (crew time, power, etc.); development of tools that allow analyses of samples and specimens on orbit; enhanced ISS infrastructure capabilities (eg, communications or data processing); and specific technology demonstration projects. Submission of a white paper is recommended in advance of a full proposal.
 
Within the NASA International Space Station (ISS) Research Integration Office, the Technology and Science Research Office (TSRO) and Commercial Space Utilization Office (CSUO) act as "gateways" to the ISS. The Technology and Science Research Office serves as the gateway for NASA-funded technology demonstrations. The Commercial Space Utilization Office serves as the gateway for non-NASA government-funded investigations, as well as non-profit or commercially-funded investigations.
 
Proposed technology demonstrations submitted to TSRO should address at least one of the technology areas mentioned in the ISS Technology Demonstration Plans .

NASA also seeks technological concepts via CSUO related to the National Lab Thrust Areas and to expand the onboard research and analytical capabilities. The general thrust areas are:
  • Innovative uses of the ISS or ISS hardware that leverage existing capabilities to stimulate both utilization of the ISS and economic development in the U.S.
  • Other improvements to existing ISS capabilities, including but not limited to infrastructure, in situ analytical tools, and communication/data transmittal, to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the technology demonstrations and science investigations performed on the ISS.
  • Unique partnering arrangements that leverage NASA's existing capabilities but increase the commercial participation in research and on board services. 
Funds are not currently available for awards under this NASA Research Announcement (NRA). The Government's ability to make award(s) is contingent upon the availability of appropriated funds from which payment can be made and the receipt of proposals that NASA determines acceptable for award under this NRA. Successful proposals will have launch and integration costs covered by NASA. 
NASA_other
Other NASA Opportunities
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH_R25
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: May 23, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: May 31, 2019
Award Amount:  Direct costs of up to $20,000 per year may be requested.  Programs that include a clinical immersion program outside the academic year and lasting 6 to 10 weeks may request an additional $20,000 to cover participant costs (see Participant Costs section below), yielding a total of $40,000 in direct costs.
 
The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this NIBIB R25 program is to support educational activities that  complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation's biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on  Courses for Skills Development .
 
This FOA seeks to support programs that include innovative approaches to enhance biomedical engineering design education to ensure a future workforce that can meet the nation's needs in biomedical research and healthcare technologies. Applications are encouraged from institutions that propose to establish new or to enhance existing team-based design courses or programs in undergraduate biomedical engineering departments or other degree-granting programs with biomedical engineering tracks/minors. This FOA targets the education of undergraduate biomedical engineering/bioengineering students in a team-based environment. While current best practices such as multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary education, introduction to the regulatory pathway and other issues related to the commercialization of medical devices, and clinical immersion remain encouraged components of a strong BME program, this FOA also challenges institutions to propose other novel, innovative and/or ground-breaking activities that can form the basis of the next generation of biomedical engineering design education.  
 
Please Note: Organizations are limited to submitting one proposal in response to this Request for Applications. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact Jennifer Corby in FAS Research Development at jcorby@fas.harvard.edu
NIH_NIBIB
OSP Deadline: June 7, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: June 16, 2019
Award Amount:  Application budgets may not exceed $400,000 direct costs over a maximum three-year funding period. No more than $200,000 may be requested in any single year.
 
This Trailblazer Award is an opportunity for New and Early Stage Investigators to pursue research programs of high interest to the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering  that integrate engineering and the physical sciences with the life and behavioral sciences. This FOA invites applications from researchers who are at the early stage of their independent careers or those who have not had substantial prior NIH funding. A Trailblazer project may be exploratory, developmental, proof of concept, or high risk-high impact, and may be technology design-directed, discovery-driven, or hypothesis-driven. Importantly, applicants are expected to propose research approaches for which there are minimal or no preliminary data.
NIH_earlyind
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: June 19, 2019 by 5:00 PM
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline (if nominated): September 6, 2019
Sponsor Deadline (if nominated): September 13, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $250,000/year for five years plus applicable indirect costs
Eligible Applicants: Date of terminal doctoral degree or completion of post-graduate clinical training of the PI must be between June 1, 2018 and September 30, 2020. At the sponsor application deadline, the PI must not have served as a post-doctoral fellow following a previous doctoral degree for more than twelve months and must not yet have research independence.
 
The NIH Director's Early Independence Award Program supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or end of post-graduate clinical training, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career. Though most newly graduated doctoral-level researchers would benefit from post-doctoral training, a small number of outstanding junior investigators would benefit instead by launching directly into an independent research career. Applications in all topics relevant to the broad mission of NIH are welcome, including, but not limited to, topics in the behavioral, social, biomedical, applied, and formal sciences and topics that may involve basic, translational, or clinical research. The paramount features of the research proposed must be innovation and magnitude of potential impact.
 
To be eligible, at the time of application, candidates must have received their most recent doctoral degree or completed clinical training within the previous fifteen months or expect to do so within the following twelve months. By the end of the award period, the Early Independence Award investigator is expected to be competitive for continued funding of his/her research program through other NIH funding activities and for a permanent research-oriented position.
 
Please Note:  This is a limited submission opportunity and only two applications may be submitted by Harvard University from the University Area (Cambridge Campus). Potential applicants to be hosted by Harvard schools in the University Area must submit a pre-proposal to Jennifer Corby via email at  jcorby@fas.harvard.edu  no later than 5PM on June 19, 2019 in order to be considered for the Harvard nominations. The pre-proposal should include:
  • A two-page research proposal. Subsequent pages for references and/or graphics may be included and do not count toward the page limit.
  • A current CV
  • A letter of support from the department chair or program director of the candidate's proposed host department/program at Harvard. The letter should describe the position details, the institutional resources to be committed, and the commitment of the host to the career development of the applicant
NIH_newinnovator
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 19, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: August 26, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $1,500,000 over five years
 
The NIH Director's New Innovator Award supports exceptionally creative Early Stage Investigators who propose highly innovative research projects with the potential for unusually high impact. The award is designed specifically to support unusually creative investigators with highly innovative research ideas at an early stage of their career when they may lack the preliminary data required for an R01 grant application. The emphasis is on innovation and creativity; preliminary data are not required, but may be included. No detailed, annual budget is requested in the application. The review process emphasizes the individual's creativity, the innovativeness of the research approaches, and the potential of the project, if successful, to have a significant impact on an important biomedical or behavioral research problem.
 
Applicants must meet the definition of an Early Stage Investigator (ESI) at the time of application. An ESI is a new investigator (defined as a PD/PI who has not competed successfully for a significant NIH independent research award) who is within 10 years of completing his/her terminal research degree or end of post-graduate clinical training.

NIH_pioneer
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 30, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: September 6, 2019
Award Amount: $700,000/year for 5 years
 
The NIH Director's Pioneer Award supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose highly innovative approaches to addressing major challenges in the biomedical or behavioral sciences towards the goal of enhancing human health. Applications proposing research on any topic within the broad mission of NIH are welcome. Emphases are on the qualities of the investigator and the innovativeness and potential impact of the proposed research. Preliminary data and detailed experimental plans are not requested. 
 
To be considered pioneering, the proposed research must reflect substantially different ideas from those being pursued in the investigator's current research program or elsewhere. The Pioneer Award is not intended to expand a current research program into the area of the proposed project. While the research direction may rely on the applicant's prior work and expertise as its foundation, it cannot be an obvious extension or scale-up of a current research enterprise which may be competitive as a new or renewal R01 application. Rather, the proposed project must reflect a fundamental new insight into the potential solution of a problem, which may develop from exceptionally innovative approaches and/or radically unconventional hypotheses.
NIH_dtra
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: September 13, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: September 20, 2019
Award Amount: Application budgets are not limited but should reflect the needs of the proposed project.
 
The NIH Director's Transformative Research Award supports individual scientists or groups of scientists proposing groundbreaking, exceptionally innovative, original, and/or unconventional research with the potential to create new scientific paradigms, establish entirely new and improved clinical approaches, or develop transformative technologies. Applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds and in any topic relevant to the broad mission of NIH are welcome. Little or no preliminary data are expected. Projects must clearly demonstrate the potential to produce a major impact in a broad area of biomedical or behavioral research.
OtherNIHOpps
Other NIH Opportunities
National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation: Dear Colleague Letters
NSFDCL_coastlines
Research Opportunities Related to Coastlines and People *
Sponsor Deadline for One Page Summary: May 31, 2019
OSP/FAS/SEAS Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission of full proposal
Sponsor Deadline (if invited): June 28, 2019
Award Amount: varies by award type
 
With this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorates for Geosciences (GEO), Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), Biological Sciences (BIO), Engineering (ENG), Education and Human Resources (EHR) and the Office of Integrative Activities (OIA) announce their intent to support Research Coordination Networks (RCNs), a select type of Early-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER), conferences, and Non-academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN) supplements that relate to Coastlines and People (CoPe). Through CoPe, NSF is interested in supporting projects to build capacity and explore research focused on understanding the impacts of coastal environmental variability and natural hazards on populated coastal regions. CoPe projects should explore the complex interface between coastal natural processes, geohazards, people and their natural and built environments. CoPe will include coastal variability and hazards on a range of spatial and temporal scales, from local to global and seconds to millenia to put current changes in context of pre-anthropogenic changes. Proposals must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the guidelines contained in the  NSF PAPPG   and the title must start with "CoPe:". 
  • For INTERN supplements related to CoPe, PIs should follow the instructions of DCL NSF 18-102, as well as articulating CoPe relevance in the two-page summary that describes the internship. PIs should email NSFcope@nsf.gov before submitting a supplement request. Upon submission of an INTERN supplement, PI should send an email to NSFcope@nsf.gov that includes the original award number, the supplement proposal number, and the name of the managing program director. 
  • PIs interested in submitting RCN, EAGER, and Conference proposals in response to this DCL for FY19 should contact NSF at NSFcope@nsf.gov by May 31st, 2019 with a one-page summary of their plan to submit. This one-page summary should identify the type of opportunity (e.g. EAGER, RCN, Conference), the institutions involved and a brief summary of the CoPe effort to be proposed. NSF will respond to the inquiry with encouragement or discouragement of submission, as well as more details on how to submit a full proposal by the target date of June 28th, 2019. Inquiries about this DCL and questions about submission of RCN, EAGER, Conference proposals or INTERN supplements, in response to this DCL should be directed to NSFcope@nsf.gov.
NSFDCL_MODULUS
Models for Uncovering Rules and Unexpected Phenomena in Biological Systems (MODULUS) *
OSP/FAS/SEAS Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission of full proposal
Sponsor Deadline: June 1, 2019 (for FY19 funding); April 1, 2020 (for FY20 funding)
Award Amount: no specified limit; budgets to be appropriate for the scope of the project proposed

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS), in collaboration with the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB), seeks to promote interdisciplinary research that enables novel mathematical and computational approaches that capture and explore the full range of mechanisms and biological variability needed to better understand biological systems behavior across multiple scales. Funding opportunities are available in fiscal years FY2019 and FY2020 to provide support for proposals from interdisciplinary teams comprised of mathematical, computational, and biological scientists to develop  MOD els for  U ncovering Ru l es and  U nexpected Phenomena in Biological  S ystems ( MODULUS ). This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is to encourage researchers involved in the biosciences and the mathematical sciences to collaborate formatively in biological investigations using novel mechanistic mathematical models to guide biological exploration and discovery of new rules in living systems.
 
Proposals funded through this DCL are anticipated to cultivate innovative modes of collaboration among researchers working at the interface of mathematics and molecular and cellular biology, with an emphasis on systems-scale integration. Each proposal submitted in response to this DCL should address a current state-of-the-research challenge and describe a strategy for formative integration of mathematical and biological understanding to address the challenge. In addition, the proposal should describe the unique interdisciplinary training opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers working on the project. Proposals in response to this DCL should be submitted to either DMS via the  Mathematical Biology Program Description   or the MCB solicitation,  NSF 18-585 , directed to the Systems and Synthetic Biology program (8011). The proposal title should be prefaced with "MODULUS:". The MCB solicitation accepts proposals to core programs or to a Rules of Life (RoL) track. Submission to either track is permissible given that the guidance as detailed in the solicitation ( NSF 18-585 ) for each is followed. For proposals submitted to MCB and targeted for the RoL track, a second program in another BIO Division must  also be identified.
NSFDCL_accel
Sponsor Deadline: June 24, 2019
Award Amount: N/A

This Request for Information (RFI) is issued in conjunction with  NSF's 10 Big Ideas. NSF 19-050 invited proposals for the NSF Convergence Accelerator Pilot. Track A1 of this pilot,  Open Knowledge Network , relates to the  Harnessing the Data Revolution   (HDR) Big Idea. Track B1,  AI and Future Jobs , and track B2,  National Talent Ecosystem , relate to the  Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier  (FW-HTF) Big Idea. The purpose of this RFI is to seek input from industry, institutions of higher education (IHEs), non-profits, government entities, and other interested parties on future NSF Convergence Accelerator tracks within these two Big Ideas, within other Big Ideas, or on other topics that may not relate directly to a Big Idea but that may have national impact. Ideas suggested in response to this RFI should be similar in breadth to tracks A1, B1, and B2, which are broad enough to each support a set of related research teams working together as a cohort. This RFI does not invite research proposals, however this process may suggest topics for future funding opportunities. Proposers may separately submit conference proposals to refine these ideas.
NSFDCL_jointeffort
OSP Deadline: varies by program
Sponsor Deadline: varies by program
Award Amount: varies by program
 
Building on NSF's history of investments in data and computational sciences and USDA/NIFA's history of investments in agricultural science, NSF and USDA/NIFA wish to notify the community of their intention to jointly fund convergent research that combines methods in agricultural, biological, and computer and information science and engineering to address pressing challenges and opportunities in digital agriculture. This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is aligned with NSF's Harnessing the Data Revolution Big Idea, and aims to build capacity across disciplinary boundaries, in preparation for larger scale investments at the intersection of computational, agricultural, and biological sciences. Motivated by the increasing volumes of data, faster computation, and algorithmic advances, there is an opportunity to apply transformative, data-driven research methods to the agriculture sector that are responsive to and will yield meaningful insights for farmers, other stakeholders, and society at large. Of interest for this DCL are applications focused on economically important plants, animals, and their environments---in particular food, fuel, feed, and health---and where research outcomes in a particular application area may be transferable to, or informative for, other agricultural application areas. Relevant stakeholders can be integrated into the proposed research activities, including as partners in the project, if appropriate for the project.
 
Proposals pursuant to this DCL may be submitted to one of the three programs listed below:
NSFDCL_BIGDATA
Sponsor Deadline: varies/see details below
Award Amount: varies/see details below
 
With data science now established as a discipline in its own right, NSF is transitioning investments in the BIGDATA program into (i) a new phase of larger and more targeted programs as part of the NSF-wide   Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) Big Idea , and (ii) increased investments in core programs related to BIGDATA. While NSF plans no further competitions under the BIGDATA program, NSF anticipates supporting many new and continuing programs that fund innovative, interdisciplinary research in data science. Principal investigators (PIs) who would have applied to BIGDATA are especially encouraged to consider the  Harnessing the Data Revolution: Institutes for Data-Intensive Research in Science and Engineering - Frameworks (HDR: DIRSE-FW)   program. This program is one of two conceptualization paths aimed at developing institutes to accelerate discovery and innovation in data-intensive science and engineering. The DIRSE-FW program encourages applications from teams of researchers proposing frameworks for integrated sets of science and engineering problems and data science solutions. PIs may also be interested in the other conceptualization path aimed at developing institutes, the  Harnessing the Data Revolution: Institutes for Data-Intensive Research in Science and Engineering - Ideas Labs   program, which aims to bring together scientists and engineers working on important data-intensive problems with data scientists and systems/ cyberinfrastructure specialists. Activities under the HDR Big Idea complement ongoing opportunities for advancing research and education in data-intensive science and engineering. PIs are encouraged to consider applying to the following core and crosscutting programs as well:

 
Finally, NSF anticipates additional relevant programs to be announced later in 2019 or in 2020.

NSF_fairness
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: N/A
Sponsor Deadline: N/A
Award Amount: N/A
 
With this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), CISE invites principal investigators (PIs) to submit proposals to its core programs [spanning the   Computer and Network Systems (CNS) Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) , and   Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS)   divisions and the   Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) ] that contribute to discovery in research and practice related to fairness, ethics, accountability, and transparency (FEAT) in computer and information science and engineering. Specifically, CISE is interested in receiving, through these programs:
 
  • Proposals pertaining to general topics in computer and information science and engineering while also integrating or applying approaches to advance FEAT; and
  • Proposals whose primary foci are on methods, techniques, tools, and evaluation practices as means to explore implications for FEAT.
 
In explorations and use of FEAT, PIs are strongly encouraged to select and articulate their own disciplinary or interdisciplinary definitions consistent or aligned with these concepts. This DCL is not a special competition or a new program. Proposals responsive to this DCL will be reviewed with other proposals submitted to CISE's core program solicitations and in accordance with NSF's merit review criteria as well as any additional solicitation-specific review criteria identified in the corresponding solicitations.
NSTDCSTEMFuture
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: varies by program
Award Amount: varies

Through this DCL, NSF aims to support STEM educational research and development projects whose results can enable our country to better prepare its scientific and technical workforce for the future; use technological innovations effectively for education; advance the frontiers of science; and adapt to both new work environments and new education pathways needed to prepare students at all levels for those environments. This DCL encourages educational research and development proposals that are original, creative, and tran sformative, and that can help the nation educate the STEM workforce of the future, in contexts of: 
This DCL will support three categories of proposals:
  1. Proposals focused on educational transformation: These proposals will leverage technology, computation and/or big data to develop, implement, and analyze educational interventions designed to prepare a diverse workforce, researchers, and innovators of the future. Proposals that explore how students learn to integrate knowledge across disciplines to solve complex problems fall into this category. 
  2. Proposals focused on the science of teaching and learning: These proposals will leverage technology, computation and/or big data to develop, implement, and analyze new tools for assessing and evaluating convergent education strategies that aim to promote student learning at all levels
  3. Planning grants, Research Coordination Networks, Conference, and Workshop Proposals: These proposals will create communities of STEM educators to address convergent curriculum and pedagogical challenges across disciplinary boundaries brought about by the human-technology frontier, the data revolution, or both.
To determine whether a research topic is within the scope of this DCL, principal investigators are strongly encouraged to contact the director(s) of the participating program(s) to which they plan to submit their proposal.
NSFDCL_REUsupplemental
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Request for supplemental funding may be submitted any time but priority will be given to requests received before March 30, 2019
Award Amount:  $8,000 per student per year

The NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) invites grantees with active CISE awards to submit requests for  Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Supplemental  funding, following the guidelines in the NSF REU program solicitation . To be eligible for this opportunity, a student must be a US citizen or permanent resident of the US. The duration for new requests is typically one year. REU stipend support helps encourage talented students to pursue research-based careers, while providing meaningful research experiences. The participation of students from groups underrepresented in computing - underrepresented minorities, women, and persons with disabilities - is strongly encouraged.  In addition, CISE encourages submission of REU supplemental funding requests that specifically afford US veterans an opportunity to engage in meaningful research experiences.
NSFDCLD3SC
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission 
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling; EAGER, RAISE, and supplemental funding requests can be submitted at any time but are encouraged by April 15, 2019
Award Amount:  varies by program type

This Dear Colleague Letter invites research proposals that utilize modern data science in the context of chemical and chemical engineering research. Successful D3SC proposals will emphasize  new information that can be obtained from better utilization of data (including data from multiple laboratories, techniques, and/or chemical systems), and how this can lead to new research directions . Proposals that foster and strengthen interactions among chemists and data scientists, and that jointly engage theory, modeling, and experimentation to advance research goals are strongly encouraged. The most competitive proposals will provide detailed discussion of specific data-enabled approaches to be used, the significant chemical problem to be studied, new fundamental chemical knowledge to be gained and the broader relevance of the proposed activities to other areas of chemical research. Proposal elements that consider error and uncertainty analysis, record and store appropriate metadata, and determine the robustness and reliability of data are encouraged. Examples of possible topics include (but are not limited to) using tools of data visualization, data mining, machine learning (including emerging approaches such as deep learning and active learning), or other data analysis approaches to:
  • Accelerate the discovery of homogeneous or heterogeneous catalysts with improved activity and selectivity, as well as the discovery of new catalytic transformations;
  • Advance the design of new chemical species and/or synthetic reactions, and forecast improved synthetic conditions;
  • Map the mechanisms by which chemicals interact and transform, both covalently and noncovalently, and predict structure/property relations based on existing chemical datasets;
  • Discover principles of multiscale organization underlying emergent chemical phenomena in macromolecular systems;
  • Enable real-time feedback loops between chemical data collection and processing for rapid identification and correlation of key events during chemical measurements;
  • Harness chemistry's rich, diverse but distributed datasets and identify novel ways of sharing and utilizing chemical data derived from multiple instruments, datatypes, and locations;
  • Develop innovative approaches for integrating, correlating, and analyzing chemical simulation or measurement data to provide new chemical insights.
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FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission of proposal
Sponsor Deadline: varies; please see details
Award Amount: varies; please see details
 
NSF seeks proposals that will broadly inform development of personalized learning systems or generalize the research results generated during the deployment of online courses. This could be accomplished either by using the data generated by those systems or by studying the systems themselves. NSF encourages innovative educational research and development proposals that will help the nation educate the STEM workforce of the future. For example, proposals may address topics including but not limited to:
 
  • effective design of personalized learning systems for STEM education at any level;
  • factors that increase persistence, motivation, self-efficacy, and retention of learners;
  • the influence of public/private partnerships on workforce preparation;
  • the design of educational interventions that meet workplace expectations for knowledge and competencies; and
  • measuring the effectiveness of these interventions for different audiences.
 
Proposals responding to this DCL should be made through one of the existing NSF programs listed below. Supplemental funding requests responding to this DCL for existing awards in the programs listed below are also welcome. To determine whether a research topic is within the scope of this DCL, principal investigators are strongly encouraged to contact the managing NSF Program Officer(s) of the participating program(s) to which they plan to submit their proposal. These programs include:
 

NSFDCLPhotonics
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: varies by award
Award Amount: varies by award

With this Dear Colleague letter (DCL), the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) and the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) within the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation continue to encourage innovative exploratory and translational research by academic researchers and small businesses in all aspects of integrated photonics that utilize the current silicon photonics capabilities resident in AIM Photonics. Research projects utilizing the AIM Photonics fabrication process technologies via multi-project wafer runs should have an objective to bring a specific innovation to integrated photonics circuits and components or to demonstrate a new approach that uses integrated photonics as its differentiator. Examples of such challenges may include:
  • Research into new applications of PICs that have promise of breakthrough performance due to the use of an integrated photonic component;
  • New devices that are realizable within AIM Photonics standardized integrated silicon photonics processes;
  • PIC implementations that have innovative contributions to advancements of photonics circuits (i.e., low power, greater bandwidths and dynamic ranges, better tolerances, new topologies, etc.);
  • Innovative design approaches and new models of integrated photonics devices/circuits; and
  • Materials and attachment technologies for incorporating integrated photonics into novel packages.
Academic researchers   who plan on utilizing the capabilities of AIM Photonics may submit unsolicited proposals to the ECCS Electronic, Photonic, and Magnetic Devices (EPMD) core program via FastLane or Grants.gov at any time with no deadline
( https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=245720&org=ECCS ). Proposals responding to a specific solicitation must follow the solicitation's specified deadline date. Submission as CAREER proposals can be accepted by ECCS, with the solicitation deadline in July each year. 

National Science Foundation: Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (NSF: CISE)
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OSP Deadline: August 7, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: August 14, 2019
Award Amount:
up to $175,000 for a period of 24 months

NSF CISE seeks to award grants intended to support research independence among early-career academicians who specifically lack access to adequate organizational or other resources. It is expected that funds obtained through this program will be used to support untenured faculty or research scientists (or equivalent) in their first three years in a primary academic position after the PhD, but not more than five years after completion of their PhD. Applicants for this program may not yet have received any other grants or contracts in the PI role from any department, agency, or institution of the federal government, including from the CAREER program or any other program, post-PhD, regardless of the size of the grant or contract, with certain exceptions. Serving as co-PI, Senior Personnel, Postdoctoral Fellow, or other Fellow does not count against this eligibility rule.

Importantly, the CRII program seeks to provide essential resources to enable early-career PIs to launch their research careers. For the purposes of this program, CISE defines "essential resources" as those that (a) the PI does not otherwise have, including through organizational or other funding and (b) are critical for the PI to conduct early-career research that will enable research independence. In particular, this program is not appropriate for PIs who already have access to resources to conduct any early-career research. It is expected that these funds will allow the new CRII PI to support one or more graduate students for up to two years.
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Other NSF: CISE Opportunities 

National Science Foundation: Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (NSF: MPS)
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Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: May 28, 2019 by 12:00 PM
Sponsor Preliminary Proposal Deadline (if nominated): August 1, 2019 by 5:00 PM
Award Amount: Individual awards are expected to range in size between $1M/year and $5M/year for five years, with an option for a one-year extension. The number of awards in FY 2020 is expected to be 3-5.
 
The Physics Frontiers Centers (PFC) program supports university-based centers and institutes where the collective efforts of a larger group of individuals can enable transformational advances in the most promising research areas. The PFC program is designed to provide support to enable research at the frontiers of physics when the activities are of a scope and complexity that would not be feasible with standard individual investigator or small group support. All sub-fields of physics within the purview of the Division of Physics are supported: atomic, molecular, optical, plasma, elementary particle, nuclear, particle astro, gravitational, and biological physics. Interdisciplinary projects at the interface between these physics areas and other disciplines and physics sub-fields may also be considered, although the bulk of the effort must fall within one of the areas within the purview of the Division of Physics.
 
The successful PFC activity will demonstrate:
 
  1. the potential for a profound advance in physics;
  2. creative, substantive activities aimed at enhancing education, diversity, and public outreach;
  3. potential for broader impacts, e.g., impacts on other field(s) and benefits to society; and
  4. a synergy or value-added rationale that justifies a center- or institute-like approach.
 
Please Note: This is a limited submission opportunity and Harvard may submit only two preliminary proposals. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research will conduct the internal competition to select the Harvard nominees. To be considered for the Harvard nomination, potential applicants must submit an internal pre-proposal via the link above. Any one individual may be the PI or co-PI for only one preliminary proposal.
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Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI) *
Sponsor Deadline for Phase I Preliminary Proposals: August 13, 2019
OSP/FAS/SEAS Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission of full proposal
Sponsor Deadline: October 16, 2019 (Phase II Full Proposals, New and Renewal); February 19, 2020 (Phase I Full Proposals, By Invitation Only)
Award Amount:
In FY 2020, NSF anticipates making three new Phase I awards (each up to $1,800,000 for 3 years) as standard or continuing grants. NSF also anticipates up to three new/renewal Phase II awards (up to $4,000,000 per year for 5 years) as a cooperative agreement.

The Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI) Program supports research centers focused on major, long-term fundamental chemical research challenges. CCIs that address these challenges will produce transformative research, lead to innovation, and attract broad scientific and public interest. CCIs are agile structures that can respond rapidly to emerging opportunities through enhanced collaborations. CCIs integrate research, innovation, education, broadening participation, and informal science communication.

The CCI Program is a two-phase program. Both phases are described in this solicitation. Phase I CCIs receive significant resources to develop the science, management and broader impacts of a major research center before requesting Phase II funding. Satisfactory progress in Phase I is required for Phase II applications; Phase I proposals funded in FY 2020 will seek Phase II funding in FY 2023. The FY 2020 Phase I CCI competition is open to projects in all fields supported by the Division of Chemistry, and must have scientific focus and the potential for transformative impact in chemistry. NSF Chemistry particularly encourages fundamental chemistry projects related to one or more of NSF's  10 Big Ideas . The FY 2020 Phase II CCI competition is open to projects funded as Phase I awards in FY 2017 and the renewal of the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology.
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Other NSF: MPS Opportunities 
National Science Foundation: Directorate for Engineering (NSF: ENG)
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline for Research Partnership Track: May 20, 2019 by 11:30 AM
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: July 2, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: July 10, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $250,000 for 18-24 months for the Technology Translation Track; Up to $550,000 for 36 months for the Research Partnership Track
 
The Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) offers researchers from all disciplines of science and engineering funded by NSF  the opportunity to perform translational research and technology development, catalyze partnerships and accelerate the transition of discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace for societal benefit.
 
This solicitation offers two broad tracks:
 
The  Technology Translation (PFI-TT) track  offers the opportunity to translate prior NSF-funded research results in any field of science or engineering into technological innovations with promising commercial potential and societal impact. PFI-TT supports commercial potential demonstration projects for academic research outputs in any NSF-funded science and engineering discipline. This demonstration is achieved through proof-of-concept, prototyping, technology development and/or scale-up work. Concurrently, students and postdoctoral researchers who participate in PFI-TT projects receive education and leadership training in innovation and entrepreneurship. Successful PFI-TT projects generate technology-driven commercialization outcomes that address societal needs.
 
The  Research Partnerships (PFI-RP) track  seeks to achieve the same goals as the PFI-TT track by supporting instead complex, multi-faceted technology development projects that are typically beyond the scope of a single researcher or institution and require a multi-organizational, interdisciplinary, synergistic collaboration. A PFI-RP project requires the creation of partnerships between academic researchers and third-party organizations such as industry, non-academic research organizations, federal laboratories, public or non-profit technology transfer organizations or other universities. 
 
The intended outcomes of both PFI-TT and PFI-RP tracks are: a) the commercialization of new intellectual property derived from NSF-funded research outputs; b) the creation of new or broader collaborations with industry (including increased corporate sponsored research); c) the licensing of NSF-funded research outputs to third party corporations or to start-up companies funded by a PFI team; and d) the training of future innovation and entrepreneurship leaders. 
 
Eligibility:   All proposals submitted to the PFI program must meet a lineage requirement under one of the following two paths:

  1. NSF-supported research results: The PI or a co-PI must have had an NSF award that ended no more than seven (7) years prior to the full proposal deadline date or be a current NSF award recipient. The proposed technology development project must be derived from the research results and/or discoveries from this underlying NSF award.
  1. NSF-supported customer discovery results through the NSF I-Corps Teams  Program: The PI or a co-PI must have been a member of an award under the NSF I-Corps Teams Program (https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/i-corps/teams.jsp). The PI or co-PI must have fully completed the training provided under the I-Corps Team award within the past four (4) years. The customer discovery activities performed under the NSF-funded I-Corps award must be based on the technology that is proposed to be translated within the PFI proposal.
 
Please Note: There is no limit to the number of applications to the Technology Translation Track but   Harvard is limited to submitting only one application to the Research Partnerships Track . The Office of the Vice Provost for Research will conduct the internal competition to select the Harvard nominee for the Research Partnerships Track. To be considered for the Harvard nomination for the Research Partnerships Track, potential applicants must submit an internal pre-proposal via the link above.
NSFeng_planning
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: May 24, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: June 3, 2019
Award Amount: up to $100,000 over 1 year
 
The ERC program is placing greater emphasis on research that leads to societal impact, including convergent approaches, engaging stakeholder communities, and strengthening team formation, in response to the NASEM study recommendations. The ERC program intends to support planning activities leading to convergent research team formation and capacity-building within the engineering community. This planning grant solicitation is designed to foster and facilitate the engineering community's thinking about how to form convergent research collaborations. To participate in a forthcoming ERC competition, one is not required to submit a planning grant proposal nor to receive a planning grant.
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Other NSF: ENG Opportunities
National Science Foundation: Crosscutting and Interdisciplinary
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Real-Time Machine Learning
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: May 30, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: June 6, 2019
Award Amount: up to $500,000 for 3 years; up to $1.5M for 3 years
 
The National Science Foundation and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are teaming up through this Real-Time Machine Learning (RTML) program to explore high-performance, energy-efficient hardware and machine-learning architectures that can learn from a continuous stream of new data in real time, through opportunities for post-award collaboration between researchers supported by DARPA and NSF. A grand challenge in computing is the creation of machines that can proactively interpret and learn from data in real time, solve unfamiliar problems using what they have learned, and operate with the energy efficiency of the human brain. While complex machine-learning algorithms and advanced electronic hardware (henceforth referred to as 'hardware') that can support large-scale learning have been realized in recent years and support applications such as speech recognition and computer vision, emerging computing challenges require real-time learning, prediction, and automated decision-making in diverse domains such as autonomous vehicles, military applications, healthcare informatics and business analytics. A salient feature of these emerging domains is the large and continuously streaming data sets that these applications generate, which must be processed efficiently enough to support real-time learning and decision making based on these data. This challenge requires novel hardware techniques and machine-learning architectures. This solicitation seeks to lay the foundation for next-generation co-design of RTML algorithms and hardware, with the principal focus on developing novel hardware architectures and learning algorithms in which all stages of training (including incremental training, hyperparameter estimation, and deployment) can be performed in real time.
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Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes (QLCI)
Letter of Intent Deadline (Required): June 3, 2019 (Round I QLCI Proposals); August 3, 2020 (Round II QLCI Proposals); The LOI deadline for Conceptualization Grants has passed. 
Preliminary Proposal Deadline: August 1, 2019 (Round I QLCI Proposals); September 1, 2020 (Round II QLCI Proposals)
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: June 3, 2019 (Conceptualization Grants); January 2, 2020 (Round I QLCI Proposals); February 1, 2021 (Round II QCLI Proposals)
Award Amount: $100,000 - $150,000 for 12 months (Conceptualization Grants); up to $5M per year for 5 years (Challenge Institute Awards)
 
Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes are large-scale interdisciplinary research projects that aim to advance the frontiers of quantum information science and engineering. Research at these Institutes will span the focus areas of quantum computation, quantum communication, quantum simulation and/or quantum sensing. The institutes are expected to foster multidisciplinary approaches to specific scientific, technological, educational workforce development goals in these fields. Two types of awards will be supported under this program: (i) 12-month Conceptualization Grants (CGs) to support teams envisioning subsequent Institute proposals and (ii) 5-year Challenge Institute (CI) awards to establish and operate Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes. This activity is part of the Quantum Leap, one of the research Big Ideas promoted by the National Science Foundation (NSF). 
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Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace Frontiers (SaTC Frontiers)*
OSP/FAS/SEAS Deadline for Letter of Intent: June 27, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Intent: July 5, 2019
OSP/FAS/SEAS Deadline for Full Proposals: September 23, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: September 30, 2019
Award Amount:
$5,000,000 to $10,000,000 in total budget for up to five years
 
The Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program welcomes proposals that address cybersecurity and privacy, and draw on expertise in one or more of these areas: computing, communication and information sciences; engineering; economics; education; mathematics; statistics; and social and behavioral sciences. Proposals that advance the field of cybersecurity and privacy within a single discipline or interdisciplinary efforts that span multiple disciplines are both encouraged.
 
Through this solicitation-under the SaTC umbrella-NSF specifically seeks ambitious and potentially transformative center-scale projects in the area of security and privacy that (1) catalyze far-reaching research explorations motivated by deep scientific questions or hard problems and/or by compelling applications and novel technologies that promise significant scientific and/or societal benefits, and (2) stimulate significant research and education outcomes that, through effective knowledge transfer mechanisms, promise scientific, economic and/or other societal benefits. The goal of the SaTC Frontiers program is to advance the frontiers of cybersecurity and privacy, and the areas listed in the SaTC program solicitation are meant to be illustrative but not exhaustive.
NSFCross_smart
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Intent: July 30, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Intent: August 6, 2019 
OSP Deadline for Full Proposal: August 29, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposal: September 6, 2019
Award Amount: up to $150,000 for one year (Planning Grants); up to $1.5M (Integrative Research Grants - Track 2); $1.5M+ (Integrative Research Grants - Track 1)

The S&CC program encourages researchers to work with communities and residents to identify and define challenges they are facing, enabling those challenges to motivate use-inspired research questions. The S&CC program supports integrative research that addresses fundamental technological and social science dimensions of smart and connected communities  and pilots solutions together with communities. Importantly, the program is interested in projects that consider the sustainability of the research outcomes beyond the life of the project, including the scalability and transferability of the proposed solutions.
T his S&CC solicitation will support research projects in the following categories:
  • S&CC Integrative Research Grants (SCC-IRGs) Tracks 1 and 2. Awards in this category will support fundamental integrative research that addresses technological and social science dimensions of smart and connected communities and pilots solutions together with communities.
  • S&CC Planning Grants (SCC-PGs). Awards in this category are for capacity building to prepare project teams to propose future well-developed SCC-IRG proposals.


Please Note:  Letter of Inquiry submission is required for  S&CC Integrative Research Grants (SCC-IRGs) Tracks 1 and 2.
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Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: August 5, 2019 by 11:30 PM
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline (if nominated): September 20, 2019
Sponsor Deadline (if nominated): September 27, 2019
Award Amount: Up to three years in duration with a total budget between $300,000-$500,000

The Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative approaches to STEM graduate education training. The program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master's and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.

IGE focuses on projects aimed at piloting, testing, and validating innovative and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education. IGE projects are intended to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption. The program supports testing of novel models or activities with high potential to enrich and extend the knowledge base on effective graduate education approaches.

The program addresses both workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacity building needs in graduate education. Strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academic partners are encouraged.

Please Note: Harvard University, as a single institution, is limited to submitting two proposals to this opportunity. This includes serving as a lead organization, non-lead organization, or sub awardee on a collaborative proposal, or as a lead organization on a non-collaborative proposal. Organizations participating solely as evaluators on projects are excluded from this limitation. An individual may serve as Lead PI or Co-PI on only one proposal submitted to the IGE program per annual competition. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research will conduct the internal competition to select the Harvard nominees. To be considered for the Harvard nomination, potential applicants must submit an internal pre-proposal via the link above.
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OSP/FAS/SEAS Deadline: August 21, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: August 28, 2019
Award Amount: For summer REU projects, the total budget request--including all direct costs and indirect costs--is generally expected not to exceed $1,200 per student per week. (The budget request for an academic-year REU project should be comparable on a pro rata basis.) However, projects that involve international activities, field work in remote locations, a Research Experience for Teachers (RET) component, or other exceptional circumstances may exceed this limit.
 
The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research:
  1. REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome.
  2. REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects.
Undergraduate student participants in either REU Sites or REU Supplements must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States. Students do not apply to NSF to participate in REU activities. Students apply directly to REU Sites or to NSF-funded investigators who receive REU Supplements. To identify appropriate REU Sites, students should consult the directory of active REU Sites here .
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Cyber-Physical Systems
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 days prior to submission of a full proposal
Sponsor Submission Window: September 12, 2019 - September 26, 2019 (Frontier); The deadline for Small and Medium grants has passed.  
Award Amount: $1.2M - $7M (Frontier)

The Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) program aims to develop the core research needed to engineer complex CPS, some of which may also require dependable, high-confidence, or provable behaviors. Core research areas of the program include control, data analytics, autonomy, design, information management, internet of things (IoT), mixed initiatives including human-in- or on-the-loop, networking, privacy, real-time systems, safety, security, and verification. By abstracting from the particulars of specific systems and application domains, the CPS program seeks to reveal cross-cutting, fundamental scientific and engineering principles that underpin the integration of cyber and physical elements across all application domains. The program additionally supports the development of methods, tools, and hardware and software components based upon these cross-cutting principles, along with validation of the principles via prototypes and testbeds. This program also fosters a research community that is committed to advancing education and outreach in CPS and accelerating the transition of CPS research into the real world.
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Other NSF: Crosscutting and Interdisciplinary Opportunities
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