Vice President for Research & Economic Development
Proposal Services & Faculty Support
January Funding Focus Newsletter #3
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 GusNIP grant program presents the opportunity to bring together stakeholders from various parts of the food and healthcare systems to foster understanding of how they might improve the health and nutrition status of participating households 1) receiving incentives through the purchase of fruits and vegetables, 2) prescribed fresh fruits and vegetables in addition to nutrition educational opportunities and 3) offer incentive program training and technical assistance to applicants and grantees, facilitating growth in states with low participation, and collecting and aggregating core data sets from eligible entities through a central system to capture program success and identify best practices and areas to improve on a broad scale. 

NIFA requests applications for the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) to support and evaluate projects intended to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing incentives at the point of purchase through nutrition incentive grants; and to demonstrate and evaluate the improvement of dietary health through increased consumption of fruits and vegetables, reduced individual and household food insecurity, and reduced healthcare usage and associated costs through produce prescription grants. The GusNIP grant program Nutrition Incentive Program Training, Technical Assistance, Evaluation and Information Centers (NTAE) cooperative agreement applications will be invited again in FY2022, when the current cooperative agreement ends.

Institutional Limit: 1 Proposal
Internal Deadline: February 5, 2021 4:45 pm
Full Proposals Due: March 16, 2021 5:00 pm EST

The purpose of the BHWET Program for Paraprofessionals is to develop and expand community-based experiential training such as field placements and internships to increase the supply of students preparing to become peer support specialists and other behavioral health-related paraprofessionals while also improving distribution of a quality behavioral health workforce. A special focus is placed on the knowledge and understanding of the specific concerns of children, adolescents, and transitional-aged youth in high need and high demand areas at risk for behavioral health disorders.

The BHWET Program for Paraprofessionals emphasizes establishing relationships with community based partners (e.g., emergency departments, faith-based organizations, first responders, judicial systems, health centers, social services, community policing organizations, recovery community organizations or other peer-based recovery support organizations), to increase access to behavioral health services to populations across the lifespan. The program will expand and improve access to quality treatment and foster an integrated approach to address behavioral health prevention, treatment, and recovery services, including but not limited to Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and other substance use disorder (SUD), in high need and high demand areas.1 The program also emphasizes developmental opportunities and educational support in interdisciplinary collaboration by utilizing team-based care in integrated, interprofessional behavioral health and primary care settings and recruiting a workforce interested in serving high need and high demand areas.

Institutional Limit: 1 Proposal
Internal Deadline: Friday, February 5, 2021 4:45 pm
Full Proposals Due: April 12, 2021 5:00 pm

The main goal of the S-STEM program is to enable low-income, talented domestic students to pursue successful careers in promising STEM fields. Ultimately, the S-STEM program wants to increase the number of low-income students who graduate and contribute to the American innovation economy with their STEM knowledge. Recognizing that financial aid alone cannot increase retention and graduation in STEM, the program provides awards to Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to fund scholarships and to adapt, implement, and study effective evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities that support recruitment, retention, transfer (if appropriate), student success, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM.

The program seeks to 1) increase the number of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need obtaining degrees in S-STEM eligible disciplines and entering the US workforce or graduate programs in STEM; 2) improve support mechanisms for future scientists, engineers, and technicians, with a focus on low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need; and 3) advance our understanding of how interventions or evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities affect the success, retention, transfer, academic/career pathways, and graduation of low-income students in STEM.

The S-STEM program encourages collaborations among different types of participating groups, including but not limited to partnerships among different types of institutions; collaborations of STEM faculty and institutional, educational, and social science researchers; and partnerships among institutions of higher education and business, industry, local community organizations, national labs, or other federal or state government organizations, if appropriate.

Scholars must be domestic low-income, academically talented students with demonstrated unmet financial need who are enrolled in an associate, baccalaureate or graduate degree program in an S-STEM eligible discipline. Proposers must provide an analysis that articulates the population of students they are trying to serve. This analysis must include the predicted number of students who meet all the eligibility requirements at the time of proposal submission as a proxy measure of the pool of students that would qualify in the future if the proposal is awarded. This number may be based on current and/or historical data about students who are currently pursuing degrees in the STEM disciplines targeted by the proposal.

The program supports four types of projects subject to availability of funds:
  • Awards for Track 1 (Institutional Capacity Building) projects may not exceed $750,000. - Please note that Auburn is currently not eligible for Track 1 due to an existing award in this category.
  • Awards for Track 2 (Implementation: Single Institution) projects may not exceed $1.5 million.
  • Awards for Track 3 (Inter-institutional Consortia) projects may not exceed $5.0 million.
  • Collaborative Planning projects may not exceed $150,000.

Institutional Limit: 1 Proposal
Internal Deadline: February 5, 2021 4:45 pm
Full Proposals Due: April 7, 2021 5:00 pm
IMPORTANT UPDATES

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 was a webinar on January 21, 2021 at 1:00 EST on the new application process that they plan to record and post on the PRF website.

The spring 2021 virtual Faculty Research Symposium opens on Friday, January 29, with four synchronous roundtable sessions offered via Zoom, and asynchronous opportunities to view research posters and watch pre-recorded panels focused on four key areas for high-impact interdisciplinary work.
 
The Auburn Research Faculty Symposium website includes descriptions of the roundtable sessions and Moderated Auburn Talks Panels, as well as a program for the virtual poster session.
 
Posters and recorded sessions will remain available throughout the spring semester. The event is hosted in Canvas Catalog available at this site, and participants need to enroll in the Canvas course. New users will need to follow the prompts to create a login for Auburn University Catalog. Content will be available on the symposium site beginning at 8:00 AM on January 29. Zoom links for the synchronous roundtables are available within the Canvas site.
 
  • 9:00 – 10:00 AM – Auburn University’s Partnership with the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)
  • 10:30 – 11:30 AM – The AU-UAB Telehealth Network
  • 1:00 – 2:00 PM – Maximizing the Impact of Auburn Innovation through Resources for Entrepreneurship and Commercialization
  • 2:30 – 3:30 PM – Attracting the Media Spotlight: Why it’s Worth Your Time, What Makes News, and How to Work the Process

 Friday, January 29, 2021

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

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development (OVPRED) announces the 2021 call for proposals for two new pilot intramural awards programs. The programs are the Creative Work and Social Impact Scholarship Funding Program (CWSIS) and the Research Support Program (RSP).
 
  • The CWSIS: Fosters innovation and discovery and builds faculty reputation and competitiveness. Examples of prestigious recognition for CWSIS include: the McArthur Genius Award, the Gates Foundation Award, appointment to the National Council on the Humanities or the National Council on the Arts, and an NSF Senior Advisor for Public Access. Disciplines associated with CWSIS include design and the arts, humanities, and applicable areas within business, education, social sciences, and health and well-being. Funding for awards up to $20,000 is provided by the OVPRED with a minimum 1:1 match.
  • The RSP: Intended to be an annual cycle funding program to foster the development and growth of innovative and transformational research activities. The RSP builds on faculty expertise, stimulates interdisciplinary collaborations, and strengthens seed research activities. Funding for awards up to $25,000 is provided by the OVPRED with a minimum 1:1 match.
 
Proposals undergo a thorough internal and external evaluation. Funding for awards is for a two-year period. 


Workshops at which the pilot programs will be discussed are being planned for early February (Dates TBA).

Please contact Dr. Robert Holm (rzh0021@auburn.edu; x4-5877) for assistance or information.

Proposals Due: March 24, 2021 4:45 pm

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.

You can access the recording of an informational webinar on the ALCoE Website or on the ALCoE YouTube page.

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

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

The Landmarks of American History and Culture program supports a series of one-week workshops for K-12 educators across the nation to enhance and strengthen humanities teaching at the K-12 level.

The program defines a landmark as a site of historic importance within the United States and its territories. Landmarks could include historic homes, museums, presidential libraries, and sites memorializing literary, artistic, or architectural achievements. Projects could take place in public spaces and neighborhoods, major waterways, national parks, or other locations of historic importance.

Projects employ a place-based approach and are designed to offer educators a unique and compelling opportunity to deepen and expand their knowledge of the diverse histories, cultures, traditions, languages, and perspectives of the American people. Applicants are encouraged to think creatively about place-based learning strategies, experiential learning methodologies, and other professional development goals. Projects explore central themes in American history and culture, including government, literature, the arts, architecture, archaeology, and related humanities subjects.

Proposals Due: March 9, 2021 11:59 pm EST

NEH Institutes are professional development programs that convene K-12 educators from across the nation in order to deepen and enrich their understanding of a variety of topics in the humanities and enrich their capacity for effective scholarship and teaching. Most fundamentally, institutes:  
  • allow immersive study of topics of significance to the humanities  
  • foster new fields of study and/or revitalize existing areas of inquiry  
  • reinvigorate teaching and increase intellectual impact in the classroom  
  • build lasting communities that foster participants’ intellectual and professional collaboration  
They should:  
  • ground the study in significant humanities texts and related resources  
  • explore multiple approaches to the topic in a manner that is both rigorous and collegial  
  • provide opportunities for deep and collaborative engagement with the topic  
  • model excellent scholarship and teaching  
  • consider how the topic engages recent developments in the scholarship, teaching, and curriculum of participants’ professional settings  
  • reach the widest possible audience for whom the topic is relevant  

Proposals Due: March 9, 2021 11:59 pm EST

NEH Institutes are professional development programs that convene higher education faculty from across the nation in order to deepen and enrich their understanding of a variety of topics in the humanities and enrich their capacity for effective scholarship and teaching.  
Most fundamentally, institutes:  
  • allow immersive study of topics of significance to the humanities  
  • foster new fields of study and/or revitalize existing areas of inquiry  
  • reinvigorate teaching and increase intellectual impact in the classroom  
  • build lasting communities that foster participants’ intellectual and professional collaboration  
They should:  
  • ground the study in significant humanities texts and related resources  
  • explore multiple approaches to the topic in a manner that is both rigorous and collegial  
  • provide opportunities for deep and collaborative engagement with the topic  
  • model excellent scholarship and teaching  
  • consider how the topic engages recent developments in the scholarship, teaching, and curriculum of participants’ professional settings  
  • reach the widest possible audience for whom the topic is relevant

Proposals Due: March 9, 2021 11:59 pm EST
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