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Proposal Services & Faculty Support
January Funding Focus Newsletter #2
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
(Formerly the Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM Program)

Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2) funds research projects that identify (1) factors that are effective in the formation of ethical STEM researchers and (2) approaches to developing those factors in all STEM fields that NSF supports. ER2 solicits proposals for research that explores the following: "What constitutes responsible conduct for research (RCR), and which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?" Do certain labs have a "culture of academic integrity?" What practices contribute to the establishment and maintenance of ethical cultures and how can these practices be transferred, extended to, and integrated into other research and learning settings?"

Factors one might consider include: honor codes, professional ethics codes and licensing requirements, an ethic of service and/or service learning, life-long learning requirements, curricula or memberships in organizations (e.g. Engineers without Borders) that stress responsible conduct for research, institutions that serve under-represented groups, institutions where academic and research integrity are 1 cultivated at multiple levels, institutions that cultivate ethics across the curriculum, or programs that promote group work, or do not grade.

Successful proposals typically have a comparative dimension, either between or within institutional settings that differ along these or among other factors, and they specify plans for developing interventions that promote the effectiveness of identified factors.

ER2 research projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes or promotes responsible or irresponsible conduct of research, and how to best instill this knowledge into researchers and educators at all career stages. In some cases, projects will include the development of interventions to ensure ethical and responsible research conduct.

Institutional Limit: 1 Proposal
Internal Deadline: Friday, January 29, 2021 4:45 pm
Full Proposal Due: February 22, 2021 5:00 pm

Each funded NASA EPSCoR proposal is expected to establish research activities that will make significant contributions to NASA’s strategic research and technology development priorities and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities of higher education, and economic development of the jurisdiction receiving funding.
The following are the specific objectives of NASA EPSCoR:
  • Contribute to and promote the development of research capability in NASA EPSCoR jurisdictions in areas of strategic importance to the NASA mission;
  • Improve the capabilities of the NASA EPSCoR jurisdictions to gain support from sources outside the NASA EPSCoR program;
  • Develop partnerships among NASA research assets, academic institutions, and industry;
  • Contribute to the overall research infrastructure and economic development of the jurisdiction

Step 1 : AU Internal submission and review:
January 29, 2021, 4:45 PM: White papers due for university review and selection. All white papers must be submitted electronically through AU Competition Space .
February 12, 2021:  Notification of decisions by AU committee will be disseminated.  One white paper will be selected. If selected, PSFS/David Beale will advise the State EPSCoR Director of the Title, Subject, Abstract and PI contact information. Alabama NASA EPSCoR Office will use this information to locate reviewers. PI will begin directly communicating with the Alabama NASA EPSCoR Office. PI begins writing full proposal according to CAN.  

Step 2 : External Submission to Alabama NASA EPSCoR Office at UAH
The selected PI prepares a full proposal for consideration by the Alabama NASA EPSCoR Office. Budgets should be for $675K over 3 years, with matching funds as described in the 2021 CAN. Budget and proposal must be approved by AU.
Deadline for receipt of full proposals at the Alabama NASA EPSCoR office: March 8, 2021.
Proposal review period by Alabama NASA EPSCoR Office: March 9 - March 22, 2021

Step 3 : Selection and submission to NASA National Competition:
Selection announcement: March 24, 2021.
Winner has time to make final adjustments with input from reviewers and Alabama NASA EPSCoR Office.
Final proposal to Alabama NASA EPSCoR office: April 6, 2021.
Submission to UAH OSP for preparation of package: April 9, 2021.
Submission from UAH to NASA: April 19, 2021.

Please note that the requirements for this submission
differ from the standard limited submission.

Questions? Please contact AU Space Grant Director David Beale - x3336

Institutional Limit: 1 Proposal
Internal Deadline: Friday, January 29, 2021 4:45 pm
Proposals Due to Alabama NASA EPSCoR Office: March 8, 2021

RII Track-4 provides awards to build research capacity in institutions and transform the career trajectories of non-tenured investigators and to further develop their individual research potential through extended collaborative visits to the nation's premier private, governmental, or academic research centers. Through collaborative research visits at the host site, fellowship awardees will be able to learn new techniques, develop new collaborations or advance existing partnerships, benefit from access to unique equipment and facilities, and/or shift their research toward potentially transformative new directions The experiences gained through the fellowships are intended to have lasting impacts that will enhance the Fellows' research trajectories well beyond the award period. These benefits to the Fellows are also expected to in turn improve the research capacity of their institutions and jurisdictions more broadly. Those submitting proposals must either hold a non-tenured faculty appointment at an institution of higher education or an early-career career-track appointment at an eligible non-degree-granting institution.

Institutional Limit: 3 Proposals
Internal Deadline: January 29, 2021 4:45 pm
Full Proposals Due: April 13, 2021 5:00 pm

ACS PRF research grant programs support fundamental research in the petroleum field, and development of the next generation of engineers and scientists through advanced scientific education. Research areas supported include chemistry, the earth sciences, chemical and petroleum engineering, and related fields such as polymers and materials science. Membership in the American Chemical Society is not a requirement or a factor in awarding ACS PRF grants.

The next submission window is February 15 - March 12, 2021. They have adopted a new PRF Proposal Submission System. Click here to access information about this process.

Additionally, there will be a webinar on January 21, 2021 at 1:00 EST on the new application process. Click here to register for the webinar. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the PRF website if you cannot attend.
Hanover Research Presents

Grant funding is integral to building your research career as a new or early-stage investigator. The webinar will discuss how researchers can assess and build upon key elements of their research career to increase competitiveness for grant funding.
This session will cover:
  • Gauging and identifying barriers to research career success and, specifically, to research grant funding
  • Strategies researchers can implement to build their research career in a way that makes them a more competitive research grant applicant

The strategies highlighted can be used for a variety of funders. Attendees will leave the webinar with a better understanding of practical approaches they can immediately implement in their career.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 12:00 - 12:45 pm EST

Case Studies in Collaboration and Teamwork

Interdisciplinary efforts are becoming more critical for scientific discovery and translational research efforts. Team science is the collaborative effort to address scientific challenges that leverage the strengths and expertise of professionals trained in different fields. These individuals work together, as a team, to achieve common goals that could not be accomplished by the individuals themselves.

An eight-week, case-based course, utilizing the National Institute of Health’s Collaboration and Team Science Field Guide, 2nd Edition, along with included brief case studies to help scientists learn the basics of team science and collaboration as well as how to navigate the challenges of working in interdisciplinary teams. Readings from the Field Guide are supplemented by brief, pre-recorded lectures that expand upon the readings. Participants will meet, via Zoom, for one hour weekly to discuss the brief cases and address questions or specific issues.

Register for this free online training: Register

February 5, 2021 - March 26, 2021 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (MASGC) is accepting proposal submissions to estimate the abundance of greater amberjack in the U.S. waters in the Gulf of Mexico (GoMEX) and South Atlantic (SA) regions.
This funding opportunity is to develop additional data sources, assessment approaches and knowledge to improve agency and agency-independent estimates of the abundance of greater amberjack throughout the greater amberjack's range. The successful applicant(s) will determine the absolute abundance of the greater amberjack by habitat type, including artificial reefs, natural reefs and unclassified habitats. 

Letters of Intent Due: February 5, 2021 6:00 pm
Full Proposals Due: April 9, 2021

As required by the RESTORE Act, all ALCoE-sponsored studies must be conducted in the Gulf Coast Region (as defined at 31 C.F.R. §34.2), which includes the coastal zones defined under section 304 of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 that border the Gulf of Mexico and any adjacent land, water, and watersheds, that are within 25 miles of the coastal zone; and all Federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico that are three to nine nautical miles from shore to the 200 nm offshore boundary of the Exclusive Economic Zone. The 2021 RFP calls for proposals in the following disciplines:
  • Coastal and deltaic sustainability, restoration, and protection, including solutions and technology that allow citizens to live in a safe and sustainable manner in a coastal delta in the Gulf Coast Region;
  • Coastal fisheries and wildlife ecosystem research and monitoring in the Gulf Coast Region;
  • Sustainable and resilient growth, economic, and commercial development in the Gulf Coast Region;
  • Comprehensive observation, monitoring, and mapping of the Gulf of Mexico.

An Informational Webinar will be held Tuesday, January 19, 2021 10:00 am. You can register here: Registration Link. The recording will be posted on the ALCoE Website if you cannot attend.

Letters of Intent Due: February 12, 2021 5:00 pm
Full Proposals Due: March 15, 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

The purpose of this interagency program solicitation is to support the development of transformative high-risk, high-reward advances in computer and information science, engineering, mathematics, statistics, behavioral and/or cognitive research to address pressing questions in the biomedical and public health communities. Transformations hinge on scientific and engineering innovations by interdisciplinary teams that develop novel methods to intuitively and intelligently collect, sense, connect, analyze and interpret data from individuals, devices and systems to enable discovery and optimize health. Solutions to these complex biomedical or public health problems demand the formation of interdisciplinary teams that are ready to address these issues, while advancing fundamental science and engineering.

Proposals Due: February 16, 2021 5:00 pm

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.

The Small Research Grants on Education Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets up to $50,000 for projects ranging from one to five years. Eligible investigators may also request additional supplemental funds for a course release.

This program is “field-initiated” in that proposal submissions are not in response to a specific request for a particular research topic, discipline, design, or method. The program goal is to support rigorous, intellectually ambitious and technically sound research that is relevant to the most pressing questions and compelling opportunities in education. They seek to support scholarship that develops new foundational knowledge that may have a lasting impact on educational discourse. 

They recognize that learning occurs across the life course as well as across settings—from the classroom to the workplace, to family and community contexts and even onto the playing field—any of which may, in the right circumstance, provide the basis for rewarding study that makes significant contributions to the field. They value work that fosters creative and open-minded scholarship, engages in deep inquiry, and examines robust questions related to education. To this end, this program supports proposals from multiple disciplinary and methodological perspectives, both domestically and internationally, from scholars at various stages in their career. They anticipate that proposals will span a wide range of topics and disciplines that innovatively investigate questions central to education, including for example education, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, sociology, law, economics, history, or neuroscience, amongst others.

Moreover, they expect and welcome methodological diversity in answering pressing questions; thus, are open to projects that utilize a wide array of research methods including quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods, ethnographies, design-based research, participatory methods, and historical research, to name a few. They are open to projects that might incorporate data from multiple and varied sources, span a sufficient length of time as to achieve a depth of understanding, or work closely with practitioners or community members over the life of the project.

Proposals Due: March 1, 2021 12:00 pm CST

The Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) program invests in coordinated campus-level networking and cyberinfrastructure improvements, innovation, integration, and engineering for science applications and distributed research projects. Learning and workforce development (LWD) in cyberinfrastructure is explicitly addressed in the program. Science-driven requirements are the primary motivation for any proposed activity. Proposals will be evaluated on the strength of the science enabled (including research and education) as drivers for investment and innovation in data networking infrastructure, innovation, and engineering.

A common theme across all aspects of the CC* program is the critical importance of the partnership among campus-level CI experts, including the campus Information Technology (IT)/networking/data organization, contributing domain scientists, research groups, and educators necessary to engage in, and drive, new networking capabilities and approaches in support of scientific discovery. Proposals across the program should reflect and demonstrate this partnership on campus. Proposals will be evaluated on the strength of institutional partnerships, as they are expected to play a central role in developing and implementing the eventual network and data infrastructure upgrades.

Proposals Due: March 1, 2021 5:00 pm
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