Vice President for Research & Economic Development
Proposal Services & Faculty Support
July 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 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 Rescue Plan’s Grants to Organizations program will be carried out through one-time grants to eligible organizations including, but not limited to, nonprofit arts organizations, local arts agencies, arts service organizations, units of state or local government, federally recognized tribal communities or tribes, and a wide range of other organizations that can help advance the goals of this program. Grants will be made to eligible organizations to support their own operations. Unlike other Arts Endowment funding programs that offer project-based support, Rescue Plan funds are intended to support day-to-day business expenses/operating costs, and not specific programmatic activities. 

Institutional Limit: 1 Proposal
Internal Deadline: July 16, 2021 4:45 pm

The NIST Manufacturing USA Technology Roadmap (MfgTech) Grant Program is seeking applications from eligible applicants to develop technology roadmaps for promising advanced manufacturing clusters. These grants will establish new or strengthen existing industry-driven consortia that address high-priority research challenges to grow advanced manufacturing in the United States. The emphasis of this NOFO is on technology roadmapping in areas of critical interest to the nation, including technology areas appropriate for potential future Manufacturing USA institutes.

Please note: Eligibility is limited to one proposal per institution as lead; however, they may participate in any number of proposals as a subrecipient or collaborator.

Institutional Limit: 1 Proposal
Internal Deadline: July 16, 2021 4:45 pm
Important Updates

July 9, 2021 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

This free webinar will explore perspectives on the challenges and opportunities in accessing controlled data stewarded by NIH. This event will be open to all interested participants with opportunities to hear from thought leaders on this topic as well as to ask questions and provide ideas with follow-up activities. The webinar will be of particular interest to data scientists and investigators who use NIH data resources.  


The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted or due on or after October 4, 2021. Significant changes include:
  • A new section covering requests for reasonable and accessibility accommodations regarding the proposal process or requests for accessibility accommodations to access NSF’s electronic systems, websites and other digital content;
  • A table entitled, NSF Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures Relating to the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support. This table identifies where pre- and post-award current and pending support disclosure information must be provided. Proposers and awardees may begin using this table immediately;
  • Increasing the page limit for the biographical sketch from two to three pages;
  • Updates to the current and pending support section of NSF proposals to require that information on objectives and overlap with other projects is provided to help NSF and reviewers assess overlap/duplication;
  • Adding planning proposals and Career-Life Balance supplemental funding requests as new proposal types;
  • Updates to travel proposals will require that AORs certify that prior to the proposer’s participation in the meeting for which NSF travel support is being requested, the proposer will assure that the meeting organizer has a written policy or code-of-conduct addressing harassment.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the DIAS/Policy Office at policy@nsf.gov
COMPASS Classes

Registration is now open for the prerequisite OM-190 (Introduction to Sponsored Projects) class on Fast-Train. The class will be taught on July 15th. OM-190 must be completed in order to enroll in SP-100 (The COMPASS Certification Course). SP-100 course enrollment will open July 20th in Fast-Train to the first 16 registrants. Please note - The Compass Certification Course (SP-100) is presently only open to first time enrollees. See the COMPASS website for more information and to access COMPASS resources. For additional assistance, please contact Bob Holm (rzh0021@auburn.edu x45877).
Federal Agency Coronavirus Resource Hubs
Funding Opportunities

Facebook is offering awards to global social science researchers interested in exploring the societal issues of misinformation and polarization related to social communication technologies. They will provide funding for research proposals that aim to enrich understanding of challenges related to misinformation, polarization, information quality, and social conflict on social media and social technology platforms. The goal for these awards is to support the growth of scientific knowledge in these spaces and to contribute to a shared understanding across the broader scientific community and technology industry on how social technology companies can better address social issues on their platforms. Research is not restricted to focusing on Facebook Inc. apps and technologies.

Proposals Due: July 14, 2021 5:00 pm AOE

The Knowledge Management at Scale and Speed (KMASS) program will research, develop, integrate, evaluate, and demonstrate underlying technology that will enable effective use of documented knowledge, acquisition of new knowledge as part of regular workflows, and application of useful knowledge when and where it is required and with necessary granularity. KMASS technology will scale to a broad set of tasks and contexts across an organization by collecting and modifying knowledge “in-the-flow” as part of regular task execution and applying the knowledge documented for one purpose to other purposes as appropriate. KMASS will deliver user specific knowledge “nuggets” that are useful for a current task—whether the knowledge is requested or not by the user—exactly when needed, while avoiding irrelevant or already known information. This concept is a core tenet of KMASS and may be referred to as the “JustINs” – i.e., just in time, just enough, and just for me1 . KMASS systems will contain a persistent knowledge store comprising source documents in human understandable form in multiple modalities (e.g., text, videos, presentations, etc.), augmented with appropriate tags and indexed for identification, retrieval, linking, and application that will update at the speed of task performance. KMASS requires advances in three key complementary areas: Organizing Background Knowledge, Capturing Local Knowledge, and Disseminating Contextualized Knowledge usefully, appropriately, and on time. 

(Optional) Proposal Abstracts Due: July 20, 2021 4:00 pm ET
Full Proposals Due: September 2, 2021 4:00 pm ET

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Click the link above to access recent webinars and FAQ.

Proposals Due: July 26, 2021 5:00 pm

The Media Projects program supports the development, production, and distribution of radio programs, podcasts, long-form documentary films, and documentary film series that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. Projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship and demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical. Media Projects offers two levels of funding: Development and Production.

Proposals Due: August 11, 2021 11:59 pm ET

The Public Humanities Projects program supports projects that bring the ideas of the humanities to life for general audiences through public programming. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art history. Awards support projects that are intended to reach broad and diverse public audiences in non-classroom settings in the United States. Projects should engage with ideas that are accessible to the general public and employ appealing interpretive formats.
Public Humanities Projects supports projects in three categories (Exhibitions, Historic Places, and Humanities Discussions), and at two funding levels (Planning and Implementation). 

Proposals Due: August 11, 2021 11:59 ET

The Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) will consider proposals for the development of cyberinfrastructure (CI) for the Earth Sciences (Geoinformatics). EAR-supported geoinformatics opportunities will fit into three tracks: Catalytic Track, Facility Track, and Sustainability Track. These tracks broadly support the lifecycle of geoinformatics resource development, from pilots (Catalytic) to broad implementation (Facility) to sunsetting and long-term sustainability (Sustainability).
  • The GI Catalytic Track will support pilot geoinformatics development efforts that are intended to serve Earth Science research.
  • The GI Facility Track will support awards for implementation and operation of a cyberinfrastructure resource relied upon by one or more Earth Science communities to address science questions.
  • The GI Sustainability Track will support development and implementation of sustainable funding models to preserve data and software products of value to Earth Science research.

Proposals Due: August 16, 2021 5:00 pm
Don't see a grant that fits your research area? Contact Proposal Services and Faculty Support to set up an appointment for a one-on-one or small group Pivot training session.
Proposal Services & Faculty Support
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