February 2019  
The FAS Research Development group publishes this monthly Funding Newsletter for SEAS faculty and researchers. The newsletter includes notable Federal, private, and internal Harvard funding opportunities. 
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Feature: N ew Investigator Opportunity Spotlight
Quick links to early career opportunities in this month's newsletter.

NSF Funding Opportunity: EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER)
The EAGER funding mechanism may be used to support exploratory work in its early stages on untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas or approaches. This work may be considered especially "high risk-high payoff" in the sense that it involves radically different approaches, applies new expertise, or engages novel disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives. Requests may be for up to $300,000 and up to two years duration.
The EAGER mechanism should not be used for projects that are appropriate for submission as "regular" (i.e., non-EAGER) NSF proposals. The proposal must include clear statements as to why this project is appropriate for EAGER funding, and why it does not fit into existing programs. Applicants must contact the NSF program officer(s) whose expertise is most germane to the proposal topic prior to submission of an EAGER proposal to see if the idea is appropriate for EAGER.

Information on success rates and the number of EAGER awards made from 2011 to 2016 is available here  in the FY2016 Report to the National Science Board on the National Science Foundation's Merit Review Process.

Funding Opportunities

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Foundation Opportunities

Internal Opportunities

Industry/Corporate Opportunities

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA)

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

Foundation Opportunities

OSP Deadline: February 21, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: February 28, 2019
Award Amount: $5,000 - $25,000. Overhead is not allowed. This falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application.  
The Engineering Information Foundation supports developmental projects, instructional projects, and training programs in engineering education and research that fit their fields of interest. These currently include the availability and use of published information, women in engineering, and information access in developing countries. The foundation is interested in innovative projects with measurable results that promote significant and lasting change, projects that can be successfully replicated elsewhere, and methodologies that are specific, well-defined and cost-effective.

OSP Deadline: February 22, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $900,000 for a yearlong contract, though most supported efforts range between $50,000 and $200,000.
The Internet Freedom Fund supports projects and people working on open and accessible technology-centric projects that promote human rights, internet freedom, open societies, and help advance inclusive and safe access to global communications networks for at-risk users including journalists, human rights defenders, civil society activists, and every-day people living within repressive environments who wish to speak freely online.
Preference is given to organizations and individuals without a history of prior support, and who have a deep understanding of the surveillance, censorship, and security issues affecting communities from the Global South living in repressive environments. Strong priority goes to projects with the potential for immediate impact and long-term sustainability, and that make intellectual property publicly available via open licensing and open source code. OTF highly values projects that incorporate collaborative partnerships with other organizations and/or individuals within the internet freedom community or their respective area of focus.

OSP Deadline: March 1, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: March 8, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $750,000 for up to 36 months
The Alpha Foundation's mission is to improve mine safety and health through funding research and development projects. The Alpha Foundation is seeking to award research addressing the root causes of disease, injuries, and fatalities in the mining industry and achieve successful implementation of practical solutions derived from the research effort. The Foundation is now seeking proposals that address any of these topics and priority areas:
  • Health and Safety Interventions
  • Mine Escape, Rescue, and Training
  • Safety and Health Management Training
  • Injury and Disease Exposure and Risk Factors
The Foundation is also interested in receiving strong proposals that address other compelling mining safety and health needs that are not explicitly listed.

OSP Deadline: March 8, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: March 15, 2019
Award Amount: $110,000 over 2 years. Overhead is not allowed. This falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application.    
The goals of the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (PRF) are to support fundamental research in the petroleum field, and to develop the next generation of engineers and scientists through support of advanced scientific education. The New Directions (ND) Grants Program aims to stimulate a new direction of research for established faculty, and to support the careers of their student scientists and engineers. ND grants program provides funds to scientists and engineers with limited-or even no-preliminary results for a research project they wish to pursue, and who intend to use the PRF-driven preliminary results to seek continuation funding from other agencies. ND grants are to be used to illustrate proof of concept/feasibility. Accordingly, they are to be viewed as seed money for new research ventures. The lead principal investigator must demonstrate that this is an entirely new research direction from what the lead principal investigator has done to date.
The PRF Committee requires at least 60 percent of the total proposal budget be devoted to support the education and training of students (graduate students, undergraduates, graduate stipends and/or postdoctoral fellows). 

Sponsor LOI Deadline: March 15, 2019
Award Amount: Unspecified; the foundation disburses up to $460,000 a year; recent past awards have ranged from $11K to $28K
The Eppley Foundation for Research was incorporated in 1947 for the purpose of "increasing knowledge in pure or applied science...in chemistry, physics and biology through study, research and publication."  Particular areas of interest include innovative medical investigations, climate change, whole ecosystem studies, as well as research on single species if they are of particular significance in their environments, in the U.S. and abroad. The proposal is expected to be concise and incorporate clear statements of significance, objectives, novelty, methods, expectations of success, and why the researcher believes the work cannot reasonably expect federal support, or support from other conventional funding sources. It is important to the Foundation that the work proposed be novel in its insights and unlikely to be underway elsewhere. The Foundation is prepared to take risks.
The Eppley Foundation supports advanced, novel, scientific research by PhDs or MDs with an established record of publication in their specialties. The Foundation limits its contribution to overhead to 15 percent. Travel and fringe benefits do not qualify for overhead allocation.

Sponsor Deadline to Initiate an Application: March 18, 2019
Sponsor LOI Deadline: March 28, 2019
Award Amount: up to $450,000 per year for the whole team depending on the size of the team. A maximum of 10% overhead may be charged to the Program Grants. This falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application. The Young Investigator Grants are exempt from this policy.
HFSP supports international, preferably intercontinental, collaborations in basic life science research. Applications are invited for projects concerned with basic approaches to understanding complex mechanisms of living organisms. Applicants are expected to develop novel lines of research distinct from their ongoing research. The principal applicant must be located in one of the HFSP member countries but co-investigators may be located in any country.
Two types of Research Grant are available:
  • Young Investigators' Grants are awarded to teams of researchers, all of whom are within the first five years after obtaining an independent laboratory (e.g. Assistant Professor, Lecturer or equivalent) and must have obtained their first doctoral degree not longer than 10 years before the application deadline. Applications for Young Investigators' Grants will be reviewed in competition with each other independently of applications for Program Grants.
  • Program Grants are awarded to teams of independent researchers at any stage of their careers. The research team is expected to develop new lines of research through the collaboration. Applications including independent investigators early in their careers are encouraged.
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: March 18, 2019
Sponsor Deadline (if nominated): October 17, 2019
Award Amount: $75,000/year for four years
Eligible Applicants: Assistant Professors appointed between June 14, 2016 and October 17, 2019. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, in work toward board certification, or on parental leave does not count as part of this time limit. 
The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level. Based on their performance during their education and training, candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and pioneering approaches. Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles, but who bring in concepts and theories from more diverse fields, are encouraged to apply.
Please note: This is a limited submission opportunity and Harvard may put forward only one nominee to submit a proposal. To be considered for the Harvard nomination, potential applicants must submit an internal pre-proposal via the link above.

Sponsor Deadline: April 1, 2019
Review by Harvard OSP not required
Prize Amount: $3,000,000
The Breakthrough Prizes recognize major achievements in life sciences, fundamental physics and mathematics, with special attention to recent developments.  
One Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics ($3 million) will recognize an individual(s) who has made profound contributions to human knowledge. It is open to all physicists - theoretical, mathematical and experimental - working on the deepest mysteries of the Universe. The prize can be shared among any number of scientists. Nominations are also being taken for the New Horizons Prize in Physics, which awards $100,000 to junior researchers who have already produced important work in their fields.
Up to four Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences ($3 million each) will be awarded to individuals who have made transformative advances in understanding living systems and extending human life. One prize per year is for work contributing to the understanding of Parkinson's Disease & Neurodegenerative Disorders. 
One  Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics ($3 million) will be awarded to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of mathematics. Nominations are also being taken for the New Horizons Prize in Mathematics, which awards $100,000 to early career mathematicians who have already produced important work in their fields.
  • Anyone may nominate a candidate at the online nominations page during the open nominations period.
  • Self-nominations are not allowed.
  • A valid nomination will have basic biographical information on the nominee and nominator and at least one third-party letter of recommendation.
  • Candidate citations (up to 10) from a specified academic publishing database are required.
  • Nominations can be made online at https://breakthroughprize.org/Nominations.
While institutional review is not required, nominators are asked to provide the names of any FAS or SEAS nominees to Erin Hale at erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu.

OSP Deadline: April 24, 2019
Sponsor Pre-Proposal Deadline: May 1, 2019
Award Amount: Previously awarded grants have ranged from $15,000 to over $500,000 with the average grant amount in recent years being $160,000. Typical project durations are about 2 years.
The Environmental Research and Education Foundation funds projects with a strong focus towards research that relates to the sustainable waste management practices. Pre-proposal topics must relate to sustainable solid waste management practices and pertain to the following topic areas:
  • Waste minimization
  • Recycling
  • Waste conversion to energy, biofuels, chemicals or other useful products. This includes, but is not limited to waste-to-energy, anaerobic digestion, composting, and other thermal or biological conversion technologies.
  • Strategies to promote diversion to higher and better uses (e.g. organics diversion, market analysis, optimized material management, logistics, etc.)
  • Landfilling
Desirable aspects of the above topics, in addition to or as part of hypothesis driven applied research, also include: economic or cost/benefit analyses, feasibility studies for untested technologies or management strategies, life cycle analysis or inventory, and analyses of policies that relate to the above.

There are a number of topics that may require approval before a pre-proposal will be considered. See RFP for a list of topics requiring approval. Investigators must contact EREF at least 2 weeks in advance to discuss the topic prior to submitting a pre-proposal.  

Proposed research in excess of $300,000 or longer than 3 years should contain sufficient details that justify the need for the higher than average amount and longer project duration.

Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: June 3, 2019 by 12 PM
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.

Internal Opportunities

Deadline: February 28, 2019
Award Amount: up to $150,000 in direct costs for individual investigators; up to $300,000 in direct costs for collaborative proposals involving funding to multiple independent investigators (project budgets should not include indirect costs). Up to five awards will be made annually.
Eligible Applicants: This competition is open to ladder faculty members in the four participating schools (HMS, HSPH, FAS and SEAS). In HMS, this program is open to ladder faculty (assistant professors, associate professors, and professors) who have primary appointments in the HMS basic and social science departments AND whose laboratories are located on the HMS Quadrangle. In HSPH, eligible PIs include primary Harvard Chan School ladder faculty whose research operation is based at the Harvard Chan School.
The Star-Friedman Challenge for Promising Scientific Research (formerly known as the Star Family Challenge for Promising Scientific Research) provides seed funding to interdisciplinary high-risk, high-impact projects in the life, physical, and social sciences. Early-stage projects that are unlikely to receive funding from traditional grant-making agencies are encouraged.
Individual investigators may request up to $150,000 in direct costs; collaborative proposals involving funding to multiple independent investigators may request up to $300,000 in direct costs. Only investigators based at the four participating schools may be included in the budget. Project budgets should not include indirect costs. 
Award recipients will present and discuss their projects with a range of scholars in multiple disciplines at a Challenge event on May 10, 2019, prior to receipt of funding.
Deadline: March 5, 2019 by 5:00PM
Award Amount: $5,000 - $50,000
Eligible Applicants: FAS and SEAS assistant, associate and tenured faculty; professors in residence and professors of the practice are also eligible.
The Dean's Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship is a targeted program that provides funding in the following categories:
  1. Bridge funding, to allow faculty to continue work on previously funded research, scholarship, or creative activity that does not currently have external funding. Faculty who apply in this category should demonstrate that efforts have been made or will be made to obtain new external funding.
  2. Seed funding, to encourage faculty to launch exciting new scholarship or research directions that might not yet be ready to compete in traditional funding programs.
  3. Enabling subventions, to provide small funds to purchase (or upgrade) critical equipment. Applicants for such funds must have no existing startup funds on which they could draw for this purpose. 
In addition, the    Inequality in America Initiative    is providing an additional increment of bridge and seed funding to support basic research and applied projects aimed at advancing the understanding of the causes and consequences of inequality, testing interventions, and developing and disseminating resources. The Initiative is especially interested in supporting research projects that engage with the   core themes   of the initiative and that involve any of the following: interdisciplinary collaboration among departments or Harvard schools; new and early career investigators; training opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students.  

Deadline: March 11, 2019
Award Amount: $5,000 - $100,000 for one year 

The Harvard Data Science Initiative is connecting faculty and students across all schools to advance a new science of data. By asking the right questions, driving breakthrough scientific advances, and working with data of a size and variety that was previously unimaginable, we can make startling discoveries, promote better decisions, and effect positive change.  The 2019 DSI Competitive Research Fund will support planning grants that coalesce and accelerate methodologically-focused research. For applied work, we are especially interested in projects that intersect with or are likely to have impact within or across the DSI's research themes: 
    1. Data-Driven Scientific Discovery (includes discovery of new materials, drug and gene discovery, environment, astronomy, neuroscience)
    2. Markets and Networks (includes networks and influence, innovation and crowds, digital economy, jobs, data-driven decisions, blockchain)
    3. Personalized Health (includes precision medicine, precision public health, medical informatics, diagnostics, personal devices)
    4. Evidence-Based Policy (includes equality of opportunity, healthcare economics, democracy and governance, climate change -- resilience and mitigation)
Work that is primarily methodological is also strongly encouraged. We are interested in promoting advances across many areas that relate to the science of data, including causal inference, visualization, scalable and robust inference, experimental design, interpretability and robustness, ethics (including privacy and fairness), control of false discovery, human-in-the-loop systems, reinforcement learning, adaptive data systems, deep learning, streaming algorithms, theoretical foundations, reproducibility, and data sharing.  Proposed projects should suggest the possibility of longer-term research programs and should describe creative and innovative approaches to advancing research over one to two years.  This program is open to individuals who hold a faculty appointment at a Harvard school and who have principal investigator rights at that school.

Deadline: March 20, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $15,000
Eligible Applicants: Harvard University benefits-eligible faculty, staff, and postdoctoral researchers are eligible to apply for funding, individually or as groups. 
The Spark Grants are designed to help "spark" promising teaching and learning projects from idea to reality and position innovations for future success. Funding can be used in various ways; for example, to pay for a research assistant, hire a graduate student with academic technology expertise, or convene collaborative groups. Through Spark Grants, awardees will receive resources, feedback, and community support to help them develop their ideas into prototypes, pilots, and small-scale innovations. Each Spark Grant will be assigned a HILT Grants Coach, who will serve as a strategic thought partner during the funding cycle. HILT will also strive to support any future scaling-up of Spark Grant projects by increasing their visibility and connecting awardees and project outcomes with others in the broader Harvard community. In general, grant proposals should align with HILT's mission to catalyze innovation and excellence in teaching and learning at Harvard University.
Deadline: April 1, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $50,000
Eligible Applicants: Applications are invited from individuals who hold a junior faculty appointment. This includes FAS and SEAS Assistant or Associate Professors, Junior Fellows of the Harvard Society of Fellows, and those in a postdoctoral position at Harvard with a formal accepted offer to join the Junior Faculty at one of Harvard's schools.
The Milton Fund supports research projects in the fields of medicine, geography, history and science that promote the physical and material welfare and prosperity of the human race, investigate and determine the value and importance of any discovery or invention, or assist in the discovery and perfecting of any special means of alleviating or curing human disease. Funds awarded through the Milton Fund support research to explore new ideas, to act as the catalyst between ideas and more definitive directions, and to consider new methods of approaching solutions.

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.

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

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.
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.

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

Sponsor Deadline for Abstracts (strongly encouraged): February 15, 2019. Abstracts received after this date may not receive a response in advance of the March 28, 2019 deadline for Round 1 proposals. Additional 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.
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: March 28, 2019. Additional 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.
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.

Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (required): February 19, 2019
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals (if invited): TBA
Award Amount: The total anticipated funding for all awards made as a result of this CALL is up to $2M. The anticipated period of performance for awards resulting from this CALL is up to 4 years per award. The Government anticipates awarding 0-4 Cooperative Agreements as a result of this CALL.
The United States Air Force Academy's Center for Aircraft Structural Life Extension (CAStLE) performs a range of structural integrity research tasks in support of multiple Government, academic and commercial sponsors. Among these pursuits, CAStLE engages in a wide range of corrosion engineering and material science research efforts, with more emphasis on applied research, and that part of development not related to a specific system or hardware procurement.
This CALL is focused on fundamental research that can lead to the future development of capabilities to prevent and control corrosion and degradation of materials and the structures of systems and facilities. The ultimate goal of these capabilities is reducing costs, improving availability of systems and increasing the safety of military assets, which serve a dual interest in public structures and facilities. Projects must be new research efforts. Proposals for the continuation of existing research projects funded under previous grant or cooperative agreement awards are not desired. Collaboration among proposing institutions is strongly encouraged.
Specific research areas of interest include the following Corrosion Investment Categories:
  • Performance Prediction
  • Real-Time Condition Assessment
  • Advanced Materials and Processing
  • Product Support
OSP Deadline: February 20, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: February 27, 2019
Award Amount: $655,000 for 30 months. 3 Cooperative Agreements are anticipated.
The Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division is interested in funding experimental and computational research to investigate the ability to control pyrotechnic flame photoemission via electromagnetic stimulation. Next generation of pyrotechnic emitters requires a paradigm shift away from the "emission control via formulation" use of such hazardous reactants toward development of universal formulations with on command battlefield selectable emission characteristics. NSWC Crane is interested in fundamental research to demonstrate and develop an understanding to enable microwave-selectable color and intensity emissions within a single pyrotechnic formulation by exploiting electromagnetic flame interactions.
As part of the Cooperative Agreement, NSWC Crane can provide, upon request, the following government furnished equipment: a 2'x'4'x8' stainless steel RF cavity with waveguide connection panel, pyrotechnic loading door, exhaust system, and optional diagnostic ports; 2kW Microwave magnetron, waveguide, corresponding forward/reverse power meters, USB NI DAQ for easy data acquisition; UV/VIS Ocean Optics ectrometer and calibration source; NIR Ocean Optics spectrometer and calibration source; B&W Phantom High Speed Camera; Color Phantom High Speed Camera.

OSP Deadline: February 20, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: February 27, 2019
Award Amount: The level of funding for individual awards made under this solicitation has not been predetermined and will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. The program will have three phases. The first phase will be 18 months long, the second phase will be 24 months long, and the third phase will be 12 months long, for a total of 54 months.
DARPA's Information Innovation Office (I2O) is soliciting innovative research proposals for the creation of a schema-based artificial intelligence capability to enable contextual and temporal reasoning about complex real-world events, in order to generate actionable understanding of these events and predict how they will unfold. DARPA is seeking revolutionary ideas that use schema-based AI to comprehend events, their components, and the participants involved. The KAIROS program will seek to overcome the scaling limitations of prior approaches in two stages. The first stage entails learning schemas from big data, and the second stage applies these schemas to multi-media/multilingual information to discover and extract complex events of interest to KAIROS users. Although it is expected that there will be some overlap between the technical approaches required for the two stages, each will likely require a different type of expertise.
The program will consist of four technical areas (TAs):
  • TA1 - Generation of Schemas for Events
  • TA2 - Representation and Use of Temporal Knowledge and Schemas
  • TA3 - System Integration and User Interface
  • TA4 - Data Creation for Development and Evaluation 
A proposal may address any single technical area, a combination of TA1 and TA2, or a combination of TA3 and TA4. DARPA anticipates multiple awards for Technical Areas 1 and 2 and single awards for Technical Areas 3 and 4.

OSP Deadline: February 25, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: March 4, 2019
Award Amount: The total award value for the combined Phase 1 base (6 months) and Phase 2 option (12 months) is limited to $1M.
DARPA is issuing an Artificial Intelligence Exploration (AIE) Opportunity inviting submissions of innovative basic or applied research concepts in the technical domain of neurotechnology. This AIE Opportunity is issued under the Program Announcement for AIE, DARPA-PA-18-02 .
This AIE Opportunity for the Intelligent Neural Interfaces (INI) program is soliciting proposals to establish the proof of concept prototype for third-wave artificial intelligence methods that could improve and expand the application space of next-generation neurotechnology. Teams will address two major challenges specific to central and/or peripheral neural interfaces. These challenges include: (1) decision making for sustainment and maintenance of neural interfaces to promote robustness and reliability, and (2) modeling and maximizing the information content of biological neural circuits to increase the bandwidth and computational abilities of the neural interface. Proposals must be unclassified and must address two independent and sequential project phases (a Phase 1 Feasibility Study (base) and a Phase 2 Proof of Concept (option)).
Two Technical Areas (TAs) have been identified for this program:
  • TA1: Neural Machine Maintenance
  • TA2: Maximize Information Content
Proposers may address multiple technical areas (TAs) but please note that proposers shall address only one TA per proposal.

Sponsor Deadline for Abstracts (strongly encouraged): February 28, 2019
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: April 8, 2019
Award Amount: The amount of resources made available to each performer under this BAA will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. The MBA program will have a total period of performance of 48 months over three phases: 18-month Phase I (Base), 12-month Phase II (Option 1), and 18- month Phase III (Option 2).
DARPA's Biological Technologies Office (BTO) is soliciting proposals for the Measuring Biological Aptitude (MBA) program which addresses the need for a more capable fighting force by improving how an individual warfighter identifies, measures, and tracks personalized biomarkers to help achieve new levels of performance for specialized roles throughout their career. The MBA program will give warfighters the ability to understand, in real-time, the underlying biological processes that govern their own performance by elucidating the internal expression circuits (e.g., genetic, epigenetic, metabolomic, etc.) that shape military-relevant cognitive, behavioral, and physical traits. Simultaneously, the program will create new technologies for tracking these expression circuits in real time, providing instantaneous user feedback to aid the warfighter to be successful throughout training, assessment and selection, and mission execution for their desired military specialty.
The MBA program will consist of three technical areas (TAs):
  • Technical Area 1 (TA1): Expression Circuits
  • Technical Area 2 (TA2): Real-Time Molecular Target Monitoring
  • Technical Area 3 (TA3): Independent Validation and Verification (IV&V) for Testing & Evaluation (T&E) of MBA System
Proposing teams will be required to address both TA1 and TA2 together, and must provide an integrated, multidisciplinary approach addressing each element of TA1 and TA2. TA3 will require teams to submit an independent validation and verification (IV&V) plan to conduct separate analyses of all results generated in the program and verify and validate the analyses and technologies generated in the efforts under TA1 and TA2. To avoid conflicts of interest, teams that are selected for TA3 will not be allowed to perform on TA1 and TA2.
Multiple awards are anticipated.

OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: March 1, 2019   (the likelihood of available funding is greatly reduced for proposals submitted after the initial deadline of January 24, 2019) 
Award Amount: The amount of resources made available under this BAA will
depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. A total of $35M is anticipated for Technical Area 1 (TA1) including Technical Area 1B (TA1B); $20M for Technical Area 2 (TA2); and $10M for Technical Area 3 (TA3). DARPA expects that individual awards in TA1B will not exceed $600,000. PIPES is a 42-month program divided into three Phases.
The DARPA Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) is soliciting research proposals for the development of package-level optical signaling technologies for advanced microelectronic systems to enable disruptive performance scaling through parallelism.
PIPES is soliciting innovative research proposals in three main Technical Areas (TAs):
  • Technical Area 1 (TA1) - Photonically-Enabled MCMs will develop high-performance optical I/O technology for co-packaging with state-of-the-art packaged ICs, including FPGAs, CPUs, GPUs, and ASICs.
  • Technical Area 1, Track B (TA1B) - Defense Applications and Demonstration will be a separate effort within TA1 that investigates the application of photonically-enabled MCMs for DoD-specific use cases.
  • Technical Area 2 (TA2) - Photonics for Massive Parallelism will develop revolutionary new approaches to in-package optical I/O scalable to 1 Pbps aggregate bandwidth for future microelectronic systems.
  • Technical Area 3 (TA3) - Interconnect Fabrics will develop key technologies to facilitate the use of package-level photonic I/O in future systems and amplify its impact.
A total of approximately $65M of funding is anticipated for awards made against this BAA. Multiple awards are anticipated in each technical area.

OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: March 12, 2019. Proposals may be submitted after the due date until April 8, 2019, though the likelihood of available funding is greatly reduced for proposals submitted after the initial closing date.
Award Amount: The amount of resources made available under this BAA will
depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. The T-MUSIC program is a four-year effort which will have an 18-month Phase 1, 18-month Phase 2, and 12-month Phase 3.
DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) is soliciting research proposals for the development of advanced RF mixed-mode foundry processes, building blocks, and novel high frequency mixed-mode devices on a CMOS (Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor) fabrication platform. It is expected that such advances will enable new DoD applications including high capacity, robust communications, radars, and precision sensors.
The T-MUSIC program consists of the following Technical Areas (TAs):
  • TA-1A: Ultra-broadband Mixed-Mode Foundry Technology
  • TA-1B: Ultra-broadband Mixed-Mode Building Blocks
  • TA-2: Advanced THz Mixed-Mode Devices
Proposers must submit to TA-1A and/or TA-1B independently. TA-2 is independent of TA-1, and proposals submitted to TA-2 must be separate and standalone from any submission to TA-1. Submitting to TA-1 does not require a submission to TA-2 and vice versa.
Multiple awards are anticipated. TA-1A is considered to be a large portion of the overall program effort and it is expected that at most two large awards will be made in this technical area. It is expected that multiple smaller awards will be made targeted to both TA-1B circuit demonstrations and TA-2 exploratory work. Approximately $70M of funding is anticipated for awards made against this BAA, with a distribution of:
  • $55M for Technical Area 1 (TA-1) including TA-1A and TA-1B; and
  • $15M for Technical Area 2 (TA-2).

OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: March 12, 2019 for TA3; deadline has passed for TA1 & TA2
Award Amount: The level of funding for individual awards made under this BAA will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. SCORE is a 36-month program, comprising two phases with durations of 18 months each.
DARPA's Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is soliciting innovative research proposals for the development and deployment of automated tools to assign Confidence Scores (CSs) to different kinds of Social and Behavioral Science (SBS) research results and claims. CSs are quantitative measures that should enable someone to understand the degree to which a particular claim or result is likely to be reproducible and/or replicable. These tools will assign explainable CSs with a reliability that is equal to, or better than, the best current human expert methods and will enable a consumer of SBS research to quickly calibrate the level of confidence in the Reproducibility and Replicability (R&R) of a given SBS result or claim.
To achieve its vision, the SCORE program will fund research in three Technical Areas (TAs), with an independent Test and Evaluation (T&E) team providing oversight. DARPA is soliciting proposals for TA1, TA2, or TA3 but is not soliciting proposals for participation on the T&E team. Each proposal should only address a single TA. The three TAs are:
  • TA1: Data
  • TA2: Experts
  • TA3: Algorithms

DARPA anticipates multiple awards under each Technical Area (TA).

OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: March 4, 2019 for TA3; March 22, 2019 for TA1 and TA2. Proposals for all TAs may be submitted after the due dates until April 8, 2019, though the likelihood of available funding is greatly reduced for proposals submitted after the initial closing dates.
Award Amount: The amount of resources made available under this BAA will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. Each TA will consist of three 18 month phases.
DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of developing hardware and software architectures with physically provable guarantees to isolate high risk transactions and to enable systems with multilevel data security assertions. The proposed effort should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances for the DoD to maintain separation of systems with different security levels. The DoD needs to be able to leverage commercial hardware and most importantly, commercial software development paradigms to enforce physical primitives to increase security and allow the fusion of data across systems of different levels to support DoD operations.
GAPS is divided into three technical areas (TAs):
  • TA1: Components and Interfaces
  • TA2: Co-Design Tools
  • TA3: Integration and Validation
Proposers must submit to each Technical Area separately. While proposers may submit proposals for all three TAs, proposers selected for any TA cannot be selected for any portion of the other two TAs, whether as a prime, subcontractor, or in any other capacity from an organizational to individual level. This is to avoid organizational conflict of interest (OCI) situations between the TAs and to ensure objective test and evaluation results.
DARPA anticipates multiple awards for Technical Area 1 and 2 and a single award for Technical Area 3.

OSP Deadline: February 14, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: February 22, 2019
Award Amount: The amount of resources made available under this BAA will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. The Panacea research and development program is divided into three sequential Phases: Phase 1 (Base) - 24 months, Phase 2 (Option) - 24 months, and Phase 3 (Option) - 12 months.
Human physiology is a limiting factor in the operational readiness of the United States Department of Defense. When the human body is damaged or a physiological system is not functioning optimally, interventions are required to help mend the injury or support continued performance. DARPA's Biological Technologies Office seeks to develop new technological approaches in medicinal chemistry and systems pharmacology to expand the druggable proteome and discover new therapeutic tools in the areas of soft tissue pain/inflammation and metabolic stress that limit optimal physiological function. This new platform technology will directly address needs within the Department of Defense to support the unique physiological demands of the warfighter and provide proof-of-concept for novel drug discovery and development pipelines.
Proposals must address both of the following major tasks:
  • Task 1: Predict and evaluate drug targets and effects.
  • Task 2: Novel intervention design and synthesis.
Multiple awards are anticipated.

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

Sponsor Deadline for Pre-Application White Papers (required): March 4, 2019
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals (if invited): TBA
Award Amount: Varies by topic area. Please see the BAA for additional information.
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) safeguards America and its allies from weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and provides capabilities to reduce, eliminate, and counter the threat and effects from chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high yield explosives. DTRA seeks to identify, adopt, and adapt emerging, existing and revolutionary sciences that may demonstrate high payoff potential to Counter-WMD (C-WMD) threats, including improvised threats.
In this Amendment, DTRA solicits White Papers under Thrust Area 7 - Fundamental Science for Chemical and Biological Defense in the following topic areas:
  • Topic I1: In Search of the "lnc": Long Non-Coding Ribonucleic Acids (lncRNA) Role in Pathogenesis
  • Topic I2: Algorithm Development for Optimization of Biologic Medical Countermeasures
  • Topic I3: Identification of Common Molecular Pathways Associated Chemical Warfare Agent (CWA)-Induced Inflammation
  • Topic I4: Identification of Novel Methods for Improving the Pharmacokinetic Properties of Proteins
  • Topic I5: Receptor Mapping Across Humans and Animal Models
  • Topic I6: Molecular Cascades for Signaling of Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents
  • Topic I8: Design Rules for a Biomimetic Membrane with Selective Water Permeability
Please Note:  Topic I7: An Every-Atom-Counts Approach to Designing Small Cluster Catalysts and Topic I9: Design of Repellent Permanent Thin Films for Chemical and Biological Agent Resistance have been removed from this solicitation and abstracts will not be accepted in those areas. DTRA's requirement for abstract pre-coordination is waived for these topic areas; pre-coordination of an abstract is not required for these topics prior to the submission of a pre-application white paper.

Sponsor Deadline for Pre-Proposals (required): March 5, 2019
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals (if invited): May 29, 2019
Award Amount: The anticipated total costs budgeted for the entire period of performance for an FY19 MuLTI Award shall not exceed $2.5M in total costs for studies involving prospective accrual of human subjects and clinical trials, and $1M in total costs for all other research. The maximum period of performance is 3 years. The JPC-6/CCCRP expects to allot approximately $10.7M of its FY19, $9.9M of its FY20, and $9.5M of its FY21 appropriations to fund approximately 12-30 awards, depending on the quality and number of proposals received.
This Funding Opportunity Announcement is a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) through the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Defense Medical Research and Development Program (DMRDP) for the Joint Program Committee-6/Combat Casualty Care Research Program (JPC-6/CCCRP) Multi-Domain Lifesaving Trauma Innovations (MuLTI) Award. The MuLTI Award will support the development of highly innovative materiel products and new ways, methods, or modifications to existing trauma practice (i.e., knowledge products) for future multi-domain operations (MDO) where evacuation capabilities may be significantly delayed or unavailable. Projects should consider the varied expertise levels of the medical providers and the possible diverse environmental conditions. A focus is on enhancing capabilities at the point of greatest need, including life-saving interventions to be rendered immediately post-injury, during periods of prolonged care in theater, and during transport/en route care within and from theater. Medical materiel solutions are encouraged to include characteristics relevant to military use in austere, combat environments. Projects funded under this BAA must be for applied and clinical research (including clinical trials) not related to the development of a specific system or hardware procurement. This BAA may not be used to support fundamental basic research. Research and development funded through this BAA is intended and expected to benefit and inform both military and civilian medical practice and knowledge.
This program has three overarching Focus Areas for funding in FY19:
  • Focus Area 1 - Prolonged and En Route Care
  • Focus Area 2 - Battlefield Resuscitation for Immediate Stabilization of Combat Casualties
  • Focus Area 3 - Neurotrauma

Sponsor Deadline for Pre-Proposals (required): March 7, 2019
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals (if invited): August 1, 2019 for Environmental Technologies proposals; August 8, 2019 for Installation Energy proposals
Award Amount: Unspecified
The Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) is the Department of Defense's (DoD) demonstration and validation program for environmental and installation energy technologies. The ESTCP Office is interested in receiving pre-proposals for innovative technology demonstrations that address DoD environmental and installation energy requirements as candidates for funding. ESTCP demonstrations are conducted under operational conditions at DoD facilities or locations for which DoD holds environmental responsibility. Candidate technologies are expected to have successfully completed laboratory testing and, when applicable, initial small-scale field testing. The demonstrations are intended to generate supporting cost and performance data for acceptance or validation of the technology. ESTCP demonstration projects also are required to support the future implementation of the tested technology through the development of appropriate guidance, design, and/or protocol documents.
Technologies in the following topic areas will be considered for funding:
  • Innovative Technology Transfer Approaches
  • Management of Contaminated Groundwater
  • Long Term Management of Contaminated Aquatic Sediments
  • Detection, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions in Underwater Environments
  • Infrastructure Resiliency Arctic Engineering Design Tool
  • Advanced Brown Tree Snake Control Tools
  • Energy Efficiency Technology Demonstrations Integrated with Utility Energy Services Contracts (UESC)
  • Microgrid Development for Military Installations
  • Effective Use of Utility Meter Data to Improve Facility Energy Investments
  • Innovative Tools that Reduce the Time and Cost Required to Obtain and Maintain Authority to Operate for Facility Energy and Water Control Systems and Connected Technology
It is expected that multiple awards totaling approximately $12 million will result, depending on availability of funds. 

Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (required): March 8, 2019
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: TBA
Award Amount: Awards made in FY19 are expected to have a two year period of performance with potential for up to three additional years.
The Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Basic and Applied Scientific Research was recently amended to include a new topic in innovative research solutions. This initiative is seeking research and development solutions in support of new technologies and translational research-based approaches that support the identification, alignment, and exploitation of applied research and technology to enable the Army of 2028 to be ready to deploy, fight, and win decisively against any adversary, anytime, and anywhere, in a joint, multi-domain, high-intensity conflict, while simultaneously deterring others and maintaining its ability to conduct irregular warfare. Solutions sought in conjunction with this effort consist of innovation-enabling technologies and approaches that will improve the Army's ability to rapidly and cost-effectively capitalize on global advances in the following areas:
  • Autonomous platforms
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML)
  • Data visualization and synthetic environments
  • Assured Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT)
  • Power generation and management technologies
  • Sensing
  • Communications & networks
  • Computation
  • Internet of Things (IOT)
  • Quantum Technologies
  • Signature reduction
  • Protection
  • Human Performance
  • Underpinning Methodologies 
Applicants need not address all of the technology areas but must address how they would enable the Army to develop or exploit novel methodologies to develop and assess the value of new technologies and particularly multi-disciplinary solutions. It is anticipated that one or more awards will be made in FY19.

OSP Deadline: March 8, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: March 15, 2019
Award Amount: The amount of resources made available under this Special Notice will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. Multiple awards are expected, with total funding not to exceed $11M dollars. DARPA envisions a fifteen-month effort.
This announcement describes a research thrust, entitled "Underminer," released under DARPA's current Tactical Technology Office (TTO) Office Wide Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Disruptive Capabilities for Future Warfare . The goal of the Underminer program is to demonstrate the feasibility of rapidly constructing tactical tunnel networks that enable secure, responsive resupply. Adversaries, peer competitor nations, and allies around the world are building and exploiting tunnels for tactical operations. Capability exists in the commercial sector be it oil/gas, utility, geological, environmental, or other industries in this area. However, no DoD Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) includes offensive tactical tunneling, nor does any technology or equipment support tactical tunnel creation or exploitation. In addition, current tunneling operations primarily rely on exploratory bores and above ground guidance beacons, both closely-coupled with human operators to guide drilling/boring routes. Underminer will create aggressive tunneling approaches, downhole sensing, and operations concepts that surpass these limitations. A tactical tunnel network could provide secure logistics support infrastructure, enabling concepts of operations (CONOPS) such as pre-positioning supplies in advance of an operation or providing ongoing resupply as troops move through an area. The ability to rapidly bore tactical tunnels could be helpful in contingency operations such as rapid ammunition resupply, rescue missions, or other immediate needs.

Sponsor Deadline for Phase I White Papers (required): March 18, 2019
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline for Phase II Full Proposals (if invited): June 13, 2019
Award Amount: Budget limits not specified. The period of performance may be a maximum of five years.
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Chemical and Biological Technologies (CBT) were established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to provide state-of-the-art defense capabilities to allow military forces of the United States to operate and to successfully complete their missions in chemical and biological warfare environments. The scope of mission efforts and the priorities assigned to specific projects are influenced by changes in military and civilian Chemical and Biological Defense (CBD) science and technology, advanced developments, operational requirements, military threat assessments, and national defense strategies. To keep pace with defense capability requirements, the CBD as part of its mission, routinely promulgates chemical and biological research. The comprehensive research program encompasses both intramural and extramural sources, and the role of each is vital to the fulfillment of the Program objectives.
DTRA is seeking optimum approaches to meet technology objectives within the areas listed below, with a goal to identify and select science and technology projects that can be transitioned to joint acquisition programs: 
  1. Detection - Chemical and Biological
  2. Information Systems Capability Development
  3. Protection - Individual and Collective
  4. Hazard Mitigation
  5. Threat Agent Science
  6. Medical Pretreatments
  7. Medical Diagnostics
  8. Medical Therapeutics
  9. Threat Surveillance - Chemical and Biological
Please see the BAA for a list of more specific topic areas of interest.

OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Varies by award type. See below for details.
Award Amount: Varies by award type. See below for details.
The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) Peer Reviewed Medical
Research Programs (PRMRP) supports research across the full range of science and medicine, with an underlying goal of enhancing the health, care, and well-being of military Service members, Veterans, retirees, and their family members. The PRMRP is committed to supporting research that has the potential to profoundly impact the development and implementation of medical devices, drugs, and clinical guidance that will enhance the precision and efficacy of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment across a wide range of disciplines including cardiovascular and endocrine health, autoimmune diseases and immunology, infectious diseases, internal medicine, neurological and psychological health, orthopedic and regenerative medicine, and respiratory and environmental health and injury. Congress appropriated $350 million for the FY19 program to solicit proposals in 49 topic areas.
A number of award mechanisms are available under the PRMRP:
  • Discovery Award- This intent of this award is to support innovative, non-incremental, high-risk/potentially high-reward research that will provide new insights, paradigms, technologies, or applications. Proposals may request up to $200,000 in direct costs for up to 2 years. The deadline for required pre-applications is March 28, 2019.
  • Investigator-Initiated Research Award - These awards are intended to support studies that will make an important contribution toward research and/or patient care for a disease or condition related to at least one of the FY19 PRMRP Topic Areas. Proposals may request up to $1.5M in direct costs for up to 3 years. The deadline for required pre-applications is March 14, 2019.
  • Focused Program Award - This mechanism is intended to optimize research and accelerate solutions to a critical question related to at least one of the Congressionally directed FY19 PRMRP Topic Areas through a synergistic, multidisciplinary research program. Applications shall include multiple, distinct research projects led by individual project leaders that address complementary aspects of the overarching challenge. The PI must be an independent investigator at or above the level of Full Professor (or equivalent). Proposals may request up to $7.2M in direct costs for up to 4 years. The deadline for required pre-applications is March 14, 2019.
  • Technology/Therapeutic Development Award- This is a product-driven award mechanism intended to provide support for the translation of promising preclinical findings into products for clinical applications, including prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, or quality of life, in at least one of the Congressionally directed FY19 PRMRP Topic Areas. Proposals may request up to $3M in direct costs for up to 3 years. The deadline for required pre-applications is March 14, 2019.
  • Clinical Trial Award- This mechanism supports the rapid implementation of clinical trials with the potential to have a significant impact on a disease or condition addressed in at least one of the Congressionally directed FY19 PRMRP Topic Areas. Clinical trials may be designed to evaluate promising new products, pharmacologic agents (drugs or biologics), devices, clinical guidance, and/or emerging approaches and technologies. Proposed projects may range from small proof-of-concept trials, to demonstrate feasibility or inform the design of more advanced trials, through large-scale trials to determine efficacy in relevant patient populations. Applications are not restricted to a predetermined cost limit. The maximum period of performance is 4 years. The deadline for required pre-applications is March 14, 2019.

OSP Deadline: April 4, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: April 11, 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. The MACH program is a four year, two-phase effort. Proposals should be structured as a 27-month base Phase I with a 21-month optional Phase II.
The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of high performance leading edges for hypersonic air platforms. The Materials Architectures and Characterization for Hypersonics (MACH) program seeks to demonstrate new thermal management designs and materials solutions for sharp, shape-stable leading edges for hypersonic vehicles. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in the materials design and implementation of shape-stable, high heat flux capable leading edge systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice without significant added cooling, including enhancements to composites composed principally of C-C (e.g. utilizing coatings to enable higher temperature operation), approaches that rely principally on ablation as a thermal management method (shape change is not acceptable), and techniques for enhancing heat transfer solely through solid conduction (e.g. utilizing highly conductive materials in C-C to increase emissive heat rejection).
The program is divided into two Technical Areas (TAs). TA1 will focus on developing and testing fully integrated thermal management systems for a scaled leading edge. TA2 will focus on next generation leading edge materials research that can enable leading edge capability well beyond TA1 performance metrics including new thermal management techniques, metals, ceramics, and coatings, as well as new computational capabilities required to develop these new techniques and materials. Proposers may submit to either or both TAs. If planning to submit to both TA1 and TA2, separate proposals must be written for each TA.
DARPA anticipates multiple awards.

Sponsor Submission Window for White Papers (required): April 1-June 28, 2019
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.

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:

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

Please Note:  Interested participants should go directly to  polyplexus.com  to register instead of using the original website provided in DARPA-SN-18-78 Special Notice.  

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

Letter of Intent Deadline: March 5, 2019
OSP Deadline: April 9, 2019
Full Proposal Deadline: April 16, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $2,500,000 for 2-3 years
The DOE Office of Science (SC) program in High Energy Physics (HEP) hereby announces its interest in receiving interdisciplinary applications for Pioneering Pilots proposing open scientific research on Quantum Information Science (QIS) Enabled Discovery (QuantISED) to understand how the universe works at its most fundamental level. The QIS thrust within HEP has been developed over the last few years and is aligned with a broader SC initiative in QIS and coordinated with various national and interagency programs in QIS, including quantum computing and QIS technology. Transcending the traditional frontiers and thrusts of the HEP program, the QIS thrust exploits the interdisciplinary nature of QIS and associated partnerships for exploratory, early stage research for high impact discovery along HEP science drivers, foundational QIS, and the national QIS enterprise. Such research is intended to create a public benefit by increasing human understanding of the physical universe.

Sponsor Pre-Application Deadline (required): March 8, 2019
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: May 15, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $500,000/year for up to 3 years
The DOE Office of Science program in Basic Energy Sciences (BES) announces its interest in receiving new applications in Data Science for Knowledge Discovery for Chemical and Materials Research with the aim of advancing the use of modern data science approaches (artificial intelligence, machine learning, graph theory, uncertainty quantification, etc.) to accelerate discovery in chemical and materials sciences. This funding opportunity is the first in this topical area sponsored by BES. The program will support Single Investigator/Small Group efforts for research with a focus on applying data science approaches and tools for experimental, theoretical/computational, or synergistic experimental/theoretical/computational research in areas supported by BES. Although the research may involve the development of new data science approaches, the focus of the effort should be on advancing understanding of fundamental properties and processes in chemical and materials systems.

Sponsor Concept Paper Deadline: March 18, 2019
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: TBD
Award Amount: $250,000-$10,000,000 over 24 months. Cost is required and must be  at least 20% of the total project cost.
The ATLANTIS Program seeks to develop new technical pathways for the design of economically competitive Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (FOWT). The program urges the application of Control Co-Design (CCD) methodologies that (1) bring together engineering disciplines to work concurrently, as opposed to sequentially, and (2) consider control-engineering principles from the start of the design process. By analyzing the numerous sub-system dynamic interactions that comprise the FOWTs, CCD methodologies can propose control solutions that enable optimal FOWT designs that are not achievable otherwise. Projects in this program will cover three fundamental areas: (1) radically new FOWT designs with significantly lower mass/area, (2) a new generation of computer tools to facilitate control co-design of the FOWTs, and (3) generation of real-data from full and lab-scale experiments to validate the FOWT designs and computer tools.

Sponsor Pre-Application Deadline (required): April 4, 2019
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: May 20, 2019
Award Amount: $500,000-$750,000/year for 3 years
The DOE Biological Systems Science Division in Biological and Environmental Research hereby announces its interest in receiving applications to support fundamental research towards enabling new bioimaging approaches to achieve an advanced understanding of plant and microbial systems relevant to bioenergy research.
New quantum dot (QD)-based-imaging approaches including quantum probes and sensors, and complementary optical imaging instrumentation, are needed to allow the observation and characterization of multiple complex biological processes occurring within living plant and microbial systems, including rhizosphere and soil microbiomes. Processes of interest include, but are not limited to measuring enzyme function within cells, tracking metabolic pathways in vivo, monitoring the transport of materials within cells or across cellular membranes, monitoring signaling processes between cells within plant-microbe and microbe-microbe interactions. Development of probes and sensors with desirable optical properties functionalized with specific biologically active molecules to interact and bind with specific cellular targets of interest are encouraged. Proposed approaches should enable dynamic localization and imaging to facilitate testing and validation of hypothesized cellular processes. It is expected that applications will make use of quantum-dot enabled approaches for imaging of biological targets non-destructively and in real time, to dramatically enhance our ability to measure biological processes in and among living cells.

Other DOE Opportunities

Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA)

Registration Deadline: February 20, 2019
Proposers Day Conference: February 26, 2019 9:00AM-4:30PM
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) will host a Proposers' Day Conference for the SAILS and TrojAI programs on February 26, 2019 in anticipation of the release of two new solicitations. The Conference will provide information on the SAILS and TrojAI programs and the research problems the programs aim to address. Questions from potential proposers will also be answered. The Conference will be held from 9:00-4:30 EST in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Additionally, the Conference will be remotely accessible via conference call; remote attendees' questions can be emailed in during the Conference and addressed during a dedicated Q&A session.
Attendees must register no later than 5pm EST on February 20, 2019 at https://eventmanagement.cvent.com/SAILSTrojAIPD
The SAILS program aims to develop methods for creating models robust to attacks against privacy. The goal is to provide a mechanism by which model creators can have confidence that their trained models will not inadvertently reveal sensitive information. Towards this end, SAILS will focus on a variety of problem domains, to include speech, text, and image, as well as black box and white box access models. Performers will be expected to develop techniques, including but not limited to new training procedures, new model architectures, or new pre-/post-processing procedures. Developed methods will be scored against state-of-the-art baselines within the chosen domain while using published model vulnerabilities. The SAILS draft BAA can be found here.
The goal of the TrojAI program is to combat Trojan attacks by finding them in AIs, before the AI is deployed. Performers will create software that reads in an AI's code and states the probability that the AI has a Trojan. Performers' software will be tested against thousands of real AIs, with and without Trojans inside them. TrojAI will initially focus on AIs created for simple image classification tasks; if successful, TrojAI will then expand to examine AIs from other problem domains, such as audio or text classification. The TrojAI draft BAA can be found here.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

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

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.

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. 

Other NASA Opportunities
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Harvard University Area Pre-Proposal Deadline: March 4, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: May 25, 2019
Award Amount: $1.5 million maximum direct costs per year. It is anticipated that most awards will be between $700,000-$900,000 direct costs. An additional $250,000 direct costs per year may be requested for optional exploratory pilot studies for ESIs.
This funding opportunity is designed to support highly integrated research teams of three to six PD/PIs that propose to conduct research to address complex and challenging biomedical problems, important for the mission of NIGMS, through deeply integrated, multidisciplinary research teams. Collaborative program teams are expected to accomplish goals that require considerable synergy and managed team interactions. Project goals should not be achievable with a collection of individual efforts or projects. Teams are encouraged to consider far-reaching objectives that will produce major advances in their fields. Applications should address critical issues and be sufficiently challenging, ambitious, and innovative that objectives could not be achieved by individual investigators.
To be successful, programs of this level of complexity are expected to require significant effort from all PD/PIs involved. The contact PD/PI is required to devote at least 30% of his/her time available for research to this award, while other PD/PIs are required to devote at least 25% of his/her time available for research to this award. The time available for research should be expressed in person-months and should not include time expended toward teaching, administration, and/or clinical duties. 

NIGMS intends to fund a limited number of applications. Therefore, consultation with relevant staff is strongly encouraged. Once applicants have identified overall program objectives and PD/PI participants, NIGMS staff may be able to advise applicants whether the proposed research strategy meets the goals and mission of the Institute, whether it addresses one or more high priority research areas, and whether it is appropriate for a collaborative team program. 

Please Note: This is a limited submission opportunity and only one application may be put forward from the Harvard University Area (Cambridge campus) per review cycle . Therefore, applicants from the University Area who wish to apply for the May 25, 2019 NIH deadline must first submit a pre-proposal via the link above no later than March 4, 2019. Those interested in applying for subsequent NIH deadlines of January 25, 2020 or May 25, 2020 should NOT apply to this competition, but are encouraged to express their interest via email to Erin Hale at  erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu .

FAS/SEAS Statement of Intent Deadline: March 11, 2019 by 5:00PM
Sponsor Deadline: May 31, 2019
Award Amount: $50,000-$2,000,000
Target Applicants: Groups of three or more PIs on active, distinct NIH research awards
The objective of these three NIH Instrumentation Grant Programs is to make available to institutions expensive research instruments that can only be justified on a shared-use basis and that are needed for NIH-supported projects in basic, translational or clinical areas of biomedical/behavioral research.  The program provides funds to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, specialized, commercially available instrument or an integrated instrumentation system. These grant programs include the Shared Instrumentation Grant Program (for requests $50,000-$600,000), the High End Instrumentation Grant Program (for requests $600,001-$2,000,000), and the Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research Grant Program (SIFAR) (for requests $50,000-$750,000 for instrumentation to support research using animals or related materials).
While there is no restriction on the number of applications an institution can submit for these opportunities, there are restrictions on applications submitted for similar equipment from the same institution.  In order to determine if there are any overlapping requests within Harvard, potential applicants from FAS and SEAS are asked to submit a brief statement of intent to Erin Hale at erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu no later than March 11, 2019
The statement of intent should include the following:

  • PI Name
  • Program (Shared Instrumentation, High End Instrumentation, or SIFAR)
  • Brief description of the proposed instrument (one brief paragraph)
  • Major User group (three or more investigators who are Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) on three distinct active NIH research grants)
  • Proposed location of the instrument, if funded
National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation: Dear Colleague Letters

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.

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.
OSP Deadline: March 8, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: March 15, 2019
Award Amount:
Supplemental funding requests may not exceed more than one-third of the original award amount or $400,000 (whichever is less).
Through this Dear Colleague Letter, NSF CISE wishes to notify the community of its intention to support   Transition to Practice (TTP) supplemental funding requests for active awards funded through its   Cyber-Physical Systems   (CPS) and   Smart and Connected Communities   (S&CC) programs . Funded TTP supplements will provide support for periods of up to two years.  TTP activities relevant to each of the programs could include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • In the case of active CPS awards that do not include a previously funded TTP option:
    • Accelerated maturation of the research technology readiness level, moving from laboratory and subscale deployment to integration in operational CPS in one or more application domains; and/or
    • Integration of research with one or more industrial or other transition partner(s), thereby demonstrating real-world utilization in an operational environment.

  • In the case of active S&CC awards:
    • Expanding pilot activities to one or more communities-which could be in a new city, town, or region-considering the unique character(s) and challenge(s) of that (those) new community(ies);
    • Increasing the scale of the research beyond what was envisioned in the original project, which may create new technological and social challenges that would need to be overcome for successful integration within a community; and/or
    • Partnering with industry, as well as a community including a state or local government, to harden or commercialize the technology or approach emerging from the research project for performance in a larger, real-world context.
PIs interested in submitting TTP supplemental funding requests are strongly encouraged to contact one of the program directors listed in the Dear Colleague Letter prior to submitting.

OSP Deadline: March 15, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: March 22, 2019
Award Amount: up to $50,000

NSF is calling for conference  proposals on "Concepts for Advancing Sustainable Urban Systems (SUS) Research Networks." The conference proposals are to be submitted via FastLane to the Environmental Sustainability program ( PD 18-7643 ) in the Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport System Division of NSF's Directorate for Engineering. The most recent solicitation on Research Networks can be found here In January 2018, NSF's Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education (ACERE) completed the report entitled "Sustainable Urban Systems: Articulating a Long-Term Convergence Research Agenda." This report is accessible here . Preparation of conference proposals should be guided, but not constrained, by the ACERE report and the most recent Research Networks solicitation. In particular, it would be beneficial for conference proposals to include plans to identify activities that could catalyze strong industry-municipality-academia collaborations on use-inspired research that has high potential for significant societal and sustainability impacts. It would also be advantageous for proposals to describe activities that will develop a deeper understanding of urban systems as integrated, social-ecological-technological systems and that will improve education related to SUS themes.

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.

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.
OSP Deadline: April 10, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for IUCRC Planning Grant Preliminary Proposal: April 17, 2019 (second round)
Award Amount:
The award amount for a planning grant seeking to establish a new IUCRC is $15,000 per academic institution with a 12-month duration. The $15,000 is for all applicable planning expenses including travel to the IUCRC "boot camp" and is inclusive of applicable Indirect Costs. 
This DCL encourages the submission of planning grant proposals, through the submission process described in the   IUCRC solicitation , for an eventual SitS-themed IUCRC. The planning grant theme should integrate fundamental science and engineering knowledge in different disciplines with the aim of developing a next generation of sensor systems capable of in situ measurement of dynamic soil biological, physical, and chemical variables over time and space in managed and unmanaged soils. These sensor systems will also require associated advances in ground penetration, data transmission, data analytics, dynamic models, and visualization tools. If successful, these research concepts will enable scientists and engineers to advance basic understanding of dynamic processes in soils and provide the underlying science and engineering to enable others to develop new ways of studying soil properties and managing soils and natural resources. Advances in measurement systems, understanding, and models will provide new capabilities that will enable practitioners to use new sensors, models, and time series data to achieve a better understanding of soil processes and higher efficiencies of resource use; this improved understanding will in turn help meet societal goals such as less contamination of soil and water supplies and greater food security, as well as address the "National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge" of managing the Nitrogen cycle.
For information on the appropriate SitS themes, please see the earlier NSF DCL on Signals in the Soil (https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf18047). For submitting a SitS-Themed IUCRC planning grant preliminary proposal, please review the current IUCRC program solicitation (https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf17516). Submitters are strongly encouraged to contact IUCRC Program Officers Prakash Balan (pbalan@nsf.gov) or Andre Marshall (awmarsha@nsf.gov) and relevant SitS Program Officers at SitSquestions@nsf.gov for guidance and topic approval prior to submitting a preliminary proposal for an IUCRC planning grant. 

OSP Deadline: April 24, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: May 1, 2019
Award Amount: unspecified; detailed budget required
The Division of Chemistry is inviting requests for supplemental funding from its existing awardees who may wish to add a new, or strengthen an existing, international dimension of their award when such collaboration advances the field of chemistry and enhances the U.S. investigator's own research and/or education objectives. Principal Investigators supported by NSF Division of Chemistry awards are advised to consult with their cognizant NSF program director prior to submitting a supplemental funding request.  Supplemental funding requests should address how the proposed international collaboration enhances intellectual merit and broader impacts in the following ways:
  • Mutual benefit of the collaboration for all partners;
  • True intellectual collaboration with the international partner(s);
  • Benefits to be realized from the expertise and specialized skills, facilities, sites and/or resources of the international counterpart; and
  • Active research engagement of U.S. students and early-career researchers.
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:

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

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)

OSP Deadline: February 21, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: February 28, 2019
Award Amount: $1M - $2M per year for 3 years, pending availability of funds

EarthCube is a community-driven activity to transform the conduct of geosciences research and education, sponsored through a partnership between the NSF Directorate of Geosciences and the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering. EarthCube aims to accelerate the ability of the geosciences community to understand and predict the Earth system by enabling access to geosciences data. EarthCube will require a long-term dialog between NSF and the interested scientific communities to develop new modes for sharing data that is thoughtfully and systematically built to meet the current and future needs of geoscientists.

This solicitation seeks the services of a qualified organization to act as the EarthCube Office. This organization will provide the services required to maintain and manage the community governance structures and to carry out activities consistent with EarthCube priorities as guided by community governance. The award, to be administered as a Cooperative Agreement, is intended to cover an initial 3-year period.

OSP Deadline: February 25, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: March 4, 2019
Award Amount: up to $10M for up to 5 years (Category I); up to $5M for up to 5 years (Category II)
The intent of this solicitation is to request proposals from organizations willing to serve as service providers (SPs) within the NSF Innovative High-Performance Computing (HPC) program to provide advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) capabilities and/or services in production operations to support the full range of computational- and data-intensive research across all of science and engineering (S&E). The current solicitation is intended to complement previous NSF investments in advanced computational infrastructure by provisioning resources, broadly defined in this solicitation to include systems and/or services, in two categories:
  • Category I, Capacity Systems: production computational resources maximizing the capacity provided to support the broad range of computation and data analytics needs in S&E research; and
  • Category II, Innovative Prototypes/Testbeds: innovative forward-looking capabilities deploying novel technologies, architectures, usage modes, etc., and exploring new target applications, methods, and paradigms for S&E discoveries.

Please Note:  This is a limited submission opportunity, and Harvard may submit only one proposal. If you are interested in applying, please contact Erin Hale at erin_hale@harvard.edu.

OSP Deadline: April 30, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: May 7, 2019
Award Amount:
It is anticipated that 8 - 10 awards will be made in FY 2019 pending availability of funds and the type, scale, and variety of project ideas proposed. Up to a total of $21 million is available for 8 - 10 two-year awards stemming from the Frameworks proposals.
The HDR Institutes activity seeks to create an integrated fabric of interrelated institutes that can accelerate discovery and innovation in multiple areas of data-intensive science and engineering. The HDR Institutes will achieve this by harnessing diverse data sources and developing and applying new methodologies, technologies, and infrastructure for data management and analysis. The HDR Institutes will support convergence between science and engineering research communities as well as expertise in data science foundations, systems, applications, and cyberinfrastructure. In addition, the HDR Institutes will enable breakthroughs in science and engineering through collaborative, co-designed programs to formulate innovative data-intensive approaches to address critical national challenges.
This program encourages applications from teams of researchers proposing Frameworks for integrated sets of science and engineering problems and data science solutions. The conceptualization phase will result in two-year awards aimed at building communities, defining research priorities, pursuing initial interdisciplinary fundamental research advances, and/or developing interdisciplinary prototypes of systems/cyberinfrastructure solutions. NSF anticipates implementing the subsequent convergence and co-design phase in the 2021 timeframe with awards that integrate and scale successful initial prototypes into larger, more comprehensive HDR Institutes that bring together multiple and new science and engineering communities with computer and computational scientists, mathematicians, statisticians, and information scientists around common data science approaches.

Sponsor Deadline:  May 9, 2019
OSP Deadline:  May 2, 2019
Award Information:   Proposals that do not include an ethics component may request a maximum budget of $300,000 over 18 months; and proposals that do include an ethics component may request a maximum budget of $350,000 over 18 months. NSF expects to fund 12-15 awards.

Increasingly, undergraduate computer science (CS) programs are being called upon to prepare larger and more diverse student populations for careers in both CS and non-CS fields, including careers in scientific and non-scientific disciplines. Many of these students aim to acquire the understandings and competencies needed to learn how to  use computation collaboratively across different contexts and challenging problems. However, standard CS course sequences do not always serve these students well. With this solicitation, NSF will support teams of Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) in re-envisioning the role of computing in interdisciplinary collaboration within their institutions. In addition, NSF will encourage partnering IHEs to use this opportunity to integrate the study of ethics into their curricula, both within core CS courses and across the relevant interdisciplinary application areas. Proposals must comprise a multi-institutional partnership, with a lead IHE and 2-4 additional IHE partners.
Please Note: Organizations may partner on at most two submitted proposals. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact Erin Hale in FAS Research Development at  erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu.

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

OSP Deadline: April 19, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: April 26, 2019
Award Amount: See description below
Materials Innovation Platforms (MIP) is a mid-scale infrastructure program in the Division of Materials Research (DMR) designed to accelerate advances in materials research. MIPs respond to the increasing complexity of materials research that requires close collaboration of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary teams and access to cutting edge tools. These tools in a user facility benefit both a user program and in-house research, which focus on addressing grand challenges of fundamental science and meet national needs. MIPs embrace the paradigm set forth by the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI), which strives to "discover, manufacture, and deploy advanced materials twice as fast, at a fraction of the cost," and conduct research through iterative "closed-loop" efforts among the areas of materials synthesis/processing, materials characterization, and theory/modeling/simulation. In addition, they are expected to engage the emerging field of data science in materials research. Each MIP is a scientific ecosystem, which includes in-house research scientists, external users and other contributors who, collectively, form a community of practitioners and share tools, codes, samples, data and know-how. The knowledge sharing is designed to strengthen collaborations among scientists and enable them to work in new ways, fostering new modalities of research and education/training, for the purpose of accelerating discovery and development of new materials and novel materials phenomena/properties, as well as fostering their eventual deployment.
The scientific focus of the MIP program is subject to change from competition to competition. The first MIP competition in 2015 focused on developing new bulk and thin-film crystalline hard materials. The second MIP competition, in 2019, focuses on the convergence of materials research with biological sciences for developing new materials.
The number of awards will depend on the availability of funds and the quality of the proposals. Awards totaling $15,000,000 to $25,000,000 over a five-year period are anticipated. The proposed budget must be commensurate with the scope of the project and thoroughly justified in the proposal. MIP funding is provided yearly. Pending the availability of funds, it is anticipated that $12,000,000 will be available in Fiscal Year 2019.
Please Note:  This is a limited submission opportunity and only one proposal may be submitted with Harvard as the lead.  If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact Erin Hale in FAS Research Development at  erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu.

OSP Deadline: April 19, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: April 26, 2019
Award Amount: $35,000 for 1 year
The NSF-CBMS Regional Research Conferences in the Mathematical Sciences are a series of five-day conferences that usually feature a distinguished lecturer delivering ten lectures on a topic of important current research in one sharply focused area of the mathematical sciences. CBMS refers to the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences, which publicizes the conferences and disseminates the resulting conference materials. Support is provided for about 30 participants at each conference. Proposals should address the unique characteristics of the NSF-CBMS conferences, as outlined in the full summary.
National Science Foundation: Directorate for Engineering (NSF: ENG)

OSP Deadline: February 25, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: March 4, 2019
Award Amount: up to $400,000 over up to 4 years
The Division of Chemical, Bioengineering and Environmental Transport (CBET) in the Engineering Directorate of the NSF is partnering with The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to solicit research projects in the general field of fluid dynamics, particulate and multiphase processes, combustion and fire systems, and thermal transport processes that can utilize the International Space Station (ISS) National Lab to conduct research that will benefit life on Earth. Because NSF and CASIS have a common interest in research and development in transport, thermal, combustion, and fluid phenomena at microgravity conditions, NSF and CASIS have developed a collaboration to jointly support research that can take advantage of the opportunities afforded by conducting experiments in the ISS. The purpose of this solicitation is to attract proposals that make use of the ISS National Lab for research projects in the fields related to the Transport Phenomena Cluster programs. Responsive proposals will describe using the ISS National Lab for development and testing of fluid dynamics, particulate and multiphase processes, combustion and fire systems, and thermal transport processes that will lead to Earth-based applications and increase the return on the U.S. investment in the ISS National Lab.

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

Navigating the New Arctic (NNA)*
OSP Deadline: February 25, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: March 4, 2019
Award Amount: up to $3M over up to 5 years (Track 1: Research Grants); up to $250,000 over up to 24 months (Track 2: Planning Grants) 

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

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

OSP Deadline: February 27, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: March 6, 2019
Award Amount: up to $150,000 for 1 year (Planning Grants); up to $1.5M over up to 3 years (Medium Research Grants); $1.5M - $3M over up to 4 years (Large Research Grants)
A proposal for a research grant in the FW-HTF program must focus on advancing fundamental understanding of future work, and potential improvements to work, workplaces, workforce preparation, or work outcomes for workers and society. It must be convergent research that addresses the technological as well as the human and societal dimensions and potential impact of future work, and in doing so, make significant contributions to both intellectual merit and broader impact. Achieving this goal requires integration and convergence of disciplines across computer science, engineering, learning sciences, research on education and workforce training, and social, behavioral, and economic sciences. A convergent perspective is essential to understand and shape long-term social and economic drivers, so that advanced intelligent technology will strengthen the social fabric. A convergent perspective also provides insights into education and re-skilling, so that the benefits of emerging technology can be conferred upon all citizens.

Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR): Institutes for Data-Intensive Research in Science and Engineering - Ideas Labs (I-DIRSE-IL)
Preliminary Proposal Deadline: March 4, 2019
OSP Deadline for Full Proposals (if selected): June 12, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals (if selected): June 19, 2019
Award Amount: Up to a total of $20 million is available for 10 - 15 two-year awards stemming from full proposals that will be developed in the Ideas Lab workshop.
NSF's  Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) Big Idea  is a national-scale activity to enable new modes of data-driven discovery that will allow fundamental questions to be asked and answered at the frontiers of science and engineering. The HDR Institutes activity seeks to create an integrated fabric of interrelated institutes that can accelerate discovery and innovation in multiple areas of data-intensive science and engineering. HDR Institutes will be developed through a two-phase process involving conceptualization followed by convergence. The Ideas Labs contribute uniquely to the conceptualization phase of the HDR Institutes DIRSE activity by creating an environment for interdisciplinary teams, comprising individual participants with complementary expertise, to emerge organically through an iterative process. The process is designed to bring together diverse expertise into several Ideas Labs based on focused yet broadly applicable data-intensive research themes.
Submission of the preliminary proposal will be considered an indication of availability to attend and participate through the full course of a five-day Ideas Lab, which will be held at a location near the NSF headquarters in Alexandria, VA, on April 22 - April 26, 2019. It should be noted that travel to an Ideas Lab, accommodation, refreshments, and meals will be covered by NSF. Following the Ideas Labs, teams may be selected to submit full proposals to NSF by the June 19, 2019, deadline. Participation in an Ideas Lab is required to be eligible to submit a full conceptualization proposal pursuant to this solicitation.

Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI): Elements and Framework Implementations*
OSP Deadline: April 1, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: April 8, 2019
Award Amount: Estimated program budget, number of awards, and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds. Up to 25 Elements awards, and up to 10 Framework Implementations awards are anticipated . Up to $15,000,000 is expected to be available for Elements awards, and up to $31,500,000 is expected to be available for Framework Implementations awards .
The Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI) umbrella program seeks to enable funding opportunities that are flexible and responsive to the evolving and emerging needs in cyberinfrastructure. This program continues the CSSI program by removing the distinction between  software and data  elements/framework implementations, and instead emphasizing integrated cyberinfrastructure services, quantitative metrics with targets for delivery and usage of these services, and community creation. This particular CSSI solicitation requests only Elements and Framework Implementations classes of awards.
  • Elements: These awards target small groups that will create and deploy robust services for which there is a demonstrated need that will advance one or more significant areas of science and engineering.
  • Framework Implementations: These awards target larger, interdisciplinary teams organized around the development and application of common services aimed at solving common research problems faced by NSF researchers in one or more areas of science and engineering, resulting in a sustainable community framework providing Cyberinfrastructure (CI) services to a diverse community or communities.

Prospective Principal Investigators (PIs) should be aware that this is a multi-directorate activity and that they are encouraged to submit proposals with broad, interdisciplinary interests. PIs interested in responding to this solicitation are encouraged to refer to core program descriptions, Dear Colleague Letters, and recently posted descriptions on directorate and divisional home pages to gain insight about the priorities for the relevant areas of science and engineering to which their proposals may be responsive. Finally, it is strongly recommended that prospective PIs contact program officer(s) from the list of Cognizant Program Officers in the division(s) that typically support the scientists and engineers who would make use of the proposed work, to gain insight into the priorities for the relevant areas of science and engineering to which their proposals should be responsive. As part of contacting Cognizant Program Officers, prospective PIs are also encouraged to ascertain that the focus and budget of their proposed work are appropriate for this solicitation.
Other NSF: Crosscutting and Interdisciplinary Opportunities

For assistance, please contact:

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

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

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