Vice President for Research & Economic Development
Proposal Services & Faculty Support
January Funding Focus Newsletter #1
What is a Limited Submission?
A limited submission solicitation (RFA, RFP, etc.) places a cap on the number of proposals that Auburn may submit to a sponsor. Auburn coordinates limited submissions by sending out a notification via this newsletter and creating competitions in the Auburn University Competition Space (also known as InfoReady).To apply to any limited submission posted below, click on the above link and search for your competition reflected on the page. Please refer to the Limited Submission Procedures page for a list of requirements.
Limited Submission Announcements

The DOE SC program in Basic Energy Sciences (BES) announces its interest in receiving applications from single investigators and from teams for support of experimental and theoretical efforts to advance understanding of quantum phenomena in systems that could be used for quantum information science (QIS) and the use of quantum computing in chemical and materials sciences research. New and renewal applications are invited in two topical areas: 1) Quantum Computing; and 2) Next-Generation Quantum Systems.

Please note, due to the short turnaround time, requirements for this limited submission mirror the funder's pre-application requirements.

Institutional Limit: 2 Proposals
Internal Deadline: Friday, January 8, 2021
Pre-Application Deadline: January 27, 2021 5:00 EST

DOL will award grants through a competitive process to organizations providing pre-apprenticeship services that support education, occupational skills training, and employment services to at-risk youth, ages 16 to 24, while performing meaningful work and service to their communities. In addition to construction skills training, YouthBuild applicants may include occupational skills training in other in-demand industries. This expansion into additional in-demand industries is the Construction Plus component, a priority in this grant competition. 

The YouthBuild model balances project-based academic learning and occupational skills training to prepare at-risk youth for career placement. The academic component assists youth who are often significantly behind in basic skill development in obtaining a high school diploma or state high school equivalency credential. The occupational skills training component prepares at-risk youth for apprenticeship and other career pathways and/or further education or training. It also supports the goal of increasing affordable housing within communities by teaching youth construction skills learned by building or significantly renovating homes for sale or rent to low-income families or transitional housing for homeless families or individuals.

Institutional Limit: 1 Proposal
Internal Deadline: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 4:45 pm
Full Proposal Due February 9, 2021 4:00 EST

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADxSM) initiative to speed innovation in the development, commercialization, and implementation of technologies for COVID-19 testing. Accurate, fast, easy-to-use, and widely accessible testing is required before the nation can safely return to normal life.
The RADx initiative is a national call for scientists and organizations to bring their innovative ideas for new COVID-19 testing approaches and strategies. Funded projects include new applications of existing technologies that make tests easier to use, easier to access, and more accurate. At the same time, NIH is seeking opportunities to move more advanced diagnostic technologies swiftly through the development pipeline toward commercialization and broad availability — with the goal of making millions of tests per week available to Americans, particularly those most vulnerable to and/or disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, and having even more tests available in time for the 2020–2021 flu season.

NIH is working to expand testing development and distribution across the country, in partnership with sibling and other government organizations such as the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Through this effort, they will strive to better understand the range of testing methods and approaches through engagement with specific communities, including those in underserved areas and with vulnerable populations.

There are four RADx Programs currently available:
  • RADx Tech
  • RADx Radical (RADx-rad)
  • RADx Underserved Populations (RADx-UP)
  • RADx Advanced Technology Platforms (RADx-ATP)

For more information on the RADx opportunities, please click here.
Hanover Research Queue has Openings Available for
Proposal Review after January 1, 2021

In order to provide resources for faculty and staff, Auburn University has partnered with Hanover Research for a number of grant development solutions including: Pre-proposal Support; Proposal Development; and Capacity Building. Their full-service grant development solutions are available to set goals, build strategies to achieve key grantseeking objectives, and develop grant proposals that are well-planned, researched, and written. For information regarding Hanover’s core capabilities and project time lines, click here . If you are interested in a slot in the queue, please e-mail Tony Ventimiglia ( ).
New Procedures for Withdrawing Proposals, Declining Contract or Grant Awards or Terminating Contracts or Grants

The Associate Deans for Research, in conjunction with the Office of the Vice President for Research, developed new procedures to provide faculty with guidance on the steps to take if it becomes necessary to move forward with a proposal withdrawal or award declination or termination. The AU Principal Investigator Handbook (see page 27) has been updated to incorporate these procedures and they are also reflected on the Sponsored Programs website under Guidance documentation.
NSF: Mid-Scale R1 and R2 Funding Opportunities Webinars

NSF will host outreach webinars with information about the Mid-scale RI-2 funding opportunity on Wednesday, January 6 and Thursday, January 7, 2021. Each session will begin at 1:00 p.m. (EST). A general Mid-scale RI-2 information session (1:00 p.m. -1:40 p.m. Eastern) with Q&A will be followed by Directorate-specific breakouts (1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern) where more technical questions will be addressed. Information on Day 1 will be repeated on Day 2, using the same Zoom meeting information.  

Please click here for the schedule and zoom link information.

Goal Setting with Jean Ann Larson, EdD

Access this free training: 
PW: 557888

January 15, 2020 12-1 pm Online
Federal Agency Coronavirus Resource Hubs

This call focuses on addressing major questions about how to reduce the harm of COVID-19 and future pandemics. The program aims to unite data and develop processes, analytical tools and infrastructure to achieve rapid scientific progress and impact. This initiative seeks to support projects that harness the power of health data in a safe and trusted way to respond to the current COVID-19 pandemic and have impact, as well as to enhance global health data responses to health challenges of the future.

Proposals Due: January 19, 2021 6:00 pm

The Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) Division supports enabling and transformative research that fuels progress in engineering applications with high societal impacts. ECCS programs encompass novel electronic, photonic, and magnetic devices; communication systems, novel integrated circuits, antennas, sensors; machine learning, control, and networks, to name a few. The fundamental research supported by ECCS impacts a wide range of applications such as communications, energy and power, healthcare, environment, transportation, manufacturing, and other areas. ECCS strongly emphasizes the integration of education into its research programs to support the preparation of a diverse and professionally skilled workforce. ECCS also strengthens its programs through links to other areas of engineering, science, industry, government, and international collaborations.

Preliminary Proposal Deadline: January 25, 2021

DMREF is the primary program by which NSF participates in the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) for Global Competitiveness. MGI recognizes the importance of materials science and engineering to the well-being and advancement of society and aims to "deploy advanced materials at least twice as fast as possible today, at a fraction of the cost." MGI integrates materials discovery, development, property optimization, and systems design with a shared computational framework. This framework facilitates collaboration and coordination of research activities, analytical tools, experimental results, and critical evaluation in pursuit of the MGI goals. Consistent with the MGI Strategic Plan, DMREF highlights four sets of goals:
  • Leading a culture shift in materials science and engineering research to encourage and facilitate an integrated team approach;
  • Integrating experimentation, computation, data-intensive/-driven approaches, and theory, and equipping the materials science and engineering communities with advanced tools and techniques;
  • Making digital data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable, and useful to the community; and
  • Creating a world-class materials science and engineering workforce that is trained for careers in academia or industry.
DMREF will accordingly support activities that significantly accelerate materials discovery and development by building the fundamental knowledge base needed to advance the design and development of materials with desirable properties or functionality. This will be accomplished through forming interdisciplinary teams of researchers working synergistically in a "closed loop" fashion, building a vibrant research community, leveraging data science, providing ready access to materials data, and educating the future MGI workforce. Achieving this goal could involve some combination of:
  • Strategies to advance materials design through testing methodology;
  • Theory, modeling, and simulation to predict behavior or assist in analysis of multidimensional input data; and
  • Validation through synthesis, growth, processing, characterization, and/or device demonstration.

Proposal Window: January 11 - January 25, 2021 5:00 pm

Puerto Rico Sea Grant supports a multidisciplinary, integrated program of applied research, outreach, and education to increase citizens’ understanding and responsible use of Puerto Rico’s and United States Virgin Islands’ coastal and marine resources. For the 2022-2024 research cycle all proposed work must be in alignment with at least one of the four focus areas identified on the current 2018-2023 Strategic Plan: Healthy Ecosystems and Habitats, Resilient Communities and Economies, Education and Workforce Development, and Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture. This plan provides a broad foundation for economic growth and opportunity by focusing on key priorities established by the Department of Commerce specifically to equip our employees with the tools and knowledge needed to accomplish Puerto Rico Sea Grant’s mission of protecting our environment and helping businesses and communities adapt to a changing planet.

Letters of Intent Due: January 31, 2021

The Mid-scale RI-2 Program emphasizes projects that have strong scientific merit, respond to an identified need of the research community, demonstrate technical and managerial readiness for implementation, include a well-developed plan for student training in the design and implementation of mid-scale research infrastructure, and involve a diverse workforce in mid-scale facility development, and/or associated data management. Training of students in design and implementation, not just in scientific exploitation of the infrastructure, is essential.

Please consult NSF 19-068 Major Facilities Guide (MFG) for definitions of terms used in this solicitation, such as the Project Execution Plan (PEP). Section 5 of the MFG provides guidance specific to Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure Projects, including guidance on the PEP.

Mid-scale RI-2 will consider only the implementation (typically construction or acquisition) stage of a project, including a limited degree of final development or necessary production design immediately preparatory to implementation. It is thus intended that Mid-scale RI-2 will support projects in high states of project and technical readiness for implementation, i.e., those that have already matured through previous developmental investments. Accordingly, Mid-scale RI-2 does not support pre-implementation (early-stage design or development) activities. Mid-scale RI-2 also does not support post-implementation research, operations or maintenance, the anticipated source(s) of which are expected to be discussed in the proposal.

The Mid-scale RI-2 Program seeks broad representation in its award portfolio, with PIs from a broad geographic distribution of institutions (including EPSCoR jurisdictions), women, early-career researchers, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities. For the latter group, Mid-scale RI-2 encourages PIs to consider Facilitation Awards for Scientists and Engineers with Disabilities (FASED) requests as part of a Mid-scale RI proposal submission (see the current PAPPG). The total amount requested, including the base Mid-scale RI-2 budget and the FASED request must not exceed the Mid-scale RI-2 program’s budget limit.

Letters of Intent Due: February 3, 2021 5:00 pm

The purpose of the IR-4 program is to enable the crop protection industry to provide safe, effective, and economical crop protection products for growers and consumers of minor/specialty crops. The crop protection industry cannot justify the costs associated with the research and development, registration, production, and marketing of crop protection products for minor/specialty crops due to the smaller market base and limited sales potential. The IR-4 program provides the assistance needed to ensure that new and more effective crop protection products are developed and made available to minor/specialty crop producers. These efforts require effective collaborations among federal agencies, the crop protection industry, and land-grant colleges and universities.

Full Proposals Due February 12, 2021 5:00 pm EST

This funding partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supports projects to develop and advance knowledge concerning dynamic language infrastructure in the context of endangered human languages— languages that are both understudied and at risk of falling out of use. Made urgent by the imminent loss of roughly half of the approximately 7,000 currently used languages, this effort aims to exploit advances in human-language technology to build computational infrastructure for endangered language research. The program supports projects that contribute to data management and archiving, and to the development of the next generation of researchers. Funding can support fieldwork and other activities relevant to the digital recording, documentation and analysis, and archiving of endangered language data, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases. Funding is available in the form of one- to three-year senior research grants and conference proposals.

Proposals Due: February 15, 2021

MASGC is accepting one- or two-year pre-proposals to address coastal issues in Alabama and Mississippi through translational and innovative research. MASGC invites pre-proposal submissions that address the research priorities in the following four focus areas: Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture, Resilient Communities and Economies, and Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development.

Pre-Proposals Due: February 22, 2021 5:00 p.m.
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