Vice President for Research
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 submissions that Auburn may submit to a sponsor. Auburn handles 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 Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments. 

The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pilots and Feasibility Studies, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-Analyses, and (6) Conferences. 

Limits for funding requests of AISL proposals are as follows: (1) Pilots and Feasibility projects: up to $300,000 with durations up to two years; (2) Research in Service to Practice projects: from $300,000 to $2,000,000 with durations from two to five years; (3) Innovations in Development projects: $500,000 to $3,000,000 with durations from two to five years; (4) Broad Implementation projects from $1,000,000 to $3,000,000 with durations from three to five years; (5) Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-analyses projects up to $250,000 with durations of up to two years; and (6) Conferences up to $250,000 with durations of up to two years.

Institutional Limit: 3 Proposals
Internal Deadline: July 12, 2019, 4:45pm

The F2F Program goal is to generate sustainable, broad-based economic growth in the agricultural sector through voluntary technical assistance. A secondary goal is to increase the U.S. public’s understanding of international development issues and programs and international understanding of the U.S. and U.S. development programs. F2F introduces innovation and develops local capacity for more productive, profitable, sustainable and equitable agricultural systems while providing opportunity for people-to people interaction in agricultural development activities. Programs build institutions and transfer technology and management expertise to link small farmers with markets that exploit comparative advantages in production, processing and marketing. Activities are varied and conform to country needs and strategic objectives. Specific F2F projects align with or support USAID Mission strategies and objectives or those of other USG programs in a given country.

Applicants responding to this RFA should propose projects that focus on one or more of the four main objectives of F2F:

  • Increase agricultural sector productivity and profitability;
  • Improve conservation and sustainable use of environmental and natural resources;
  • Expand agricultural sector access to financial services; and/or
  • Strengthen agricultural sector institutions.

Note that instructions for this limited submission deviate from standard instructions.

Institutional Limit: 1 Proposal
Internal Deadline: July 10, 2019, 4:45pm

  • NSF-approved Biographical Sketch Format: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has designated the National Institutes of Health’s SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) as an NSF-approved format for submission of biographical sketch(es) and is encouraging its use to prepare a biographical sketch for inclusion in proposals to NSF

  • Support for Collaborative Proposals with Subawards Now Available in as of June 24, 2019, faculty can now prepare and submit full, research collaborative proposals with subawards in 
Calling all faculty/staff/students working in the areas of biological, chemical, biotechnology, engineering, animal health, human health, pharmaceutical, pharmacological or biomedical sciences:
Save the Date!

What : The 2019 NanoBio Summit
Where : Embassy Suites by Hilton, Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park.
When Sept 5 & 6 th , 2019   (arrival on 4 th , planning meeting on 4 th )

Note, this is an annual event, AU hosted in 2016.

The registration website and speaker lists are being finalized and should be available in the next couple of weeks. If you have any questions, need additional information or would like to be contacted when material is finalized please contact Rusty Arnold at .

The Office of Proposal Services and Faculty Support is hosting an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)-sponsored Workshop for faculty in all disciplines.The one-half day workshop, which enhances public education and outreach skills, helps to provide faculty members with the tools to effectively communicate complex information to journalists, policymakers, and the public, was launched at the 2008 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston and has since provided more than 220 workshops for over 7,000 attendees at universities, science society meetings, and government agency labs in the US and abroad. We are excited to bring the Workshop to Auburn University.

There are 50 total seats 10 seats waiting to be filled. Respondents after the first 50 are encouraged to join a waitlist.

Registration closes July 19, 2019.

As there are limited seats, please email Chase Schaum at in the event you are no longer able to attend after you have registered.

When: August 9, 2019
Where: School of Nursing, Lecture Hall 1145
Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Lunch will be served from 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Public Humanities Projects program supports projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences through in-person programming. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art history. 

This program supports projects in three categories: Exhibitions (permanent, temporary, or traveling); interpretive programs at Historic Places; and Humanities Discussions related to the 250th anniversary of the nation's founding. 

Proposal Due – August 14, 2019, 11:59pm (Eastern)
Proposal Services & Faculty Support
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