Vice President for Research & Economic Development
Proposal Services & Faculty Support
July 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 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 NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The program is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary or convergent research areas, through a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs. For FY2021, proposals are requested that address any interdisciplinary or convergent research theme of national priority, with special emphasis on AI and QISE and the six research areas within NSF's 10 Big Ideas: Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR), The Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier (FW-HTF), Navigating the New Arctic (NNA), Windows on the Universe: The Era Era of Multi-Messenger Astrophysics (WoU), The Quantum Leap: Leading the Next Quantum Revolution (QL), and Understanding the Rules of Life: Predicting Phenotype (URoL).

The NRT program addresses workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacity building needs in graduate education. The program encourages proposals that involve strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academic partners. NRT especially welcomes proposals that include partnership with NSF Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES) and leverage INCLUDES project efforts to develop STEM talent from all sectors and groups in our society ( Collaborations between NRT proposals and existing NSF INCLUDES projects should strengthen both NRT and INCLUDES projects

Institutional Limit: 2 Proposals
Internal Deadline: August 4, 2021 4:45 pm

The purpose of this program is to plan, develop, operate or participate in health professions and nursing training activities using evidence-based or evidence-informed strategies, to reduce and address burnout, suicide, mental health conditions and substance use disorders and promote resiliency among health care professionals, including health care students, residents, professionals, paraprofessionals, trainees, public safety officers,1 and employers of such individuals, collectively known as the “Health Workforce,” in rural and medically underserved communities.

HPSWRTP supports the HRSA Bureau of Health Workforce’s (BHW) priority on behavioral health by improving the quality of training and increasing access to care through partnerships and linkages to reduce and address burnout, suicide, mental health conditions and substance use disorders and promote resiliency among health care professionals.

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

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.

AU Libraries is partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to offer webinars of particular interest to our campus and local community. The last one in the series is: 

  • How to Access Race and Ethnicity Data (July 23rd) 

The U.S Census is one of the most important datasets available to researchers and the public. Census data is used to guide business and economic development, community planning, social services, and healthcare delivery. At the conclusion of the webinars, participants will:
  • Have an increased awareness of the vast data products available through the U.S. Census Bureau
  • Be better equipped to find, access, and use data on and other Census sites 
  • Have resources and digital toolkits to assist with navigating data on and other Census sites
Time: 60 minutes; all webinars will be held on a Friday, from 12-1 PM.
Instructor: Monica Dukes, Data Dissemination Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau

For more information & to register for this FREE webinar, go to:
Industry Day for mRNA Vaccine
(Delivery System and Development Platform)

JPEO-CBRND JPM CBRN Medical and JPL EB, the Army Contracting Command (ACC) and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) along with ATI as the MCDC Consortium management firm announce an Industry Day for mRNA Vaccine (Delivery System and Development Platform) on July 28, 2021 at 11:00 ET. The webinar will be hosted on the ZoomGov Webinar platform. The webinar is limited to 225 attendees. The registration will ask for POC information and allow registrants to ask questions about the two RFIs for mRNA Vaccine Delivery Systems and mRNA Vaccine Development Platforms, and to ask questions about the MCDC OTA consortium contracting process and requirements.

Expo 2021 highlights the National Science Foundation Convergence Accelerator’s portfolio in an exhibition format, like a big science fair. Attendees will have the opportunity to see novel solutions across multiple convergence research track topics that are focused on national-scale societal challenges.

July 28-29, 2021 10:00 am - 4:00 pm ET

The Biggio Center is hosting a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Hackathon on Friday, July 30. This day-long, interactive workshop will introduce faculty to the “what, why and how” of SoTL with a special focus on identifying a research question, developing appropriate methods and discovering where and how to access and interpret data related to teaching and learning. Led by an interdisciplinary team of facilitators from Biggio, University Writing, Office of Academic Assessment, Office of Institutional Research, Libraries, OVPR and COSAM’s Discipline-Based Educational Researchers, participants will engage with a range of SoTL case studies and facilitated team-based challenges designed to introduce new and experienced faculty to the field of SoTL and provide a jumping-off point for getting started with individual SoTL research projects at Auburn.
CCTS Telehealth Network
Lightning Sessions and Spark Funding

Lightning Session: August 12, 2021
This zoom-enabled session will serve as a venue for faculty members with Telehealth research interests to learn, engage in discussion, and identify potential cross-institutional partnerships. Presenters provide a 3-minute overview of their Telehealth expertise/interest. Sessions will be divided into segments based on Telehealth Emphasis Areas. Time will be reserved after each segment for moderated group dialog.

To present at the Lightning Session on August 12th, please complete the Telehealth Lightning Session registration form by August 5th, which requires your contact information, your Telehealth Emphasis Area, and up to three Telehealth-related research interests which will be used create a slide deck distributed to all registered attendees prior to the session. 

Spark Funding Proposals Due: August 27, 2021 5:00 pm
Multi-institutional, multidisciplinary partners interested in working toward shared telehealth projects are invited to consider applying for Spark Funding. Each application must have two (2) faculty leads – one located at UAB and one at Auburn. Additional collaborators from across the CCTS Partner Network may also be included. Multidisciplinary collaboration and prior Lightning Session participation is strongly encouraged. The maximum award is $750. Examples of allowable costs include mileage, parking, food, event room rental, and publication costs.

To submit an application, please use this Telehealth Spark Funding form.

Hanover has put together a grants calendar for interdisciplinary research opportunities. They include federal funders as well as several foundations with a description of the programs and the associated deadlines.
Federal Agency Coronavirus Resource Hubs
Funding Opportunity Reminders

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

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. 

Proposals Due: September 2, 2021 4:00 pm ET
New Funding Opportunities

ITEST is an applied research and development (R&D) program providing direct student learning opportunities in pre-kindergarten through high school (PreK-12). The learning opportunities are based on innovative use of technology to strengthen knowledge and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and information and communication technology (ICT) careers. To achieve this purpose, ITEST supports projects that engage students in technology-rich experiences that: (1) increase awareness and interest of STEM and ICT occupations; (2) motivate students to pursue appropriate education pathways to those occupations; and (3) develop STEM-specific disciplinary content knowledge and practices that promote critical thinking, reasoning, and communication skills needed for entering the STEM and ICT workforce of the future.

Proposals Due: August 13, 2021 5:00 pm

Raymond is seeking proposals for academic research that drives new technology or innovative approaches to the material handling industry. Research themes for the program include:
  • The Future of Logistics
  • Improving Material Handling
  • Truck and Operation Evolution

Concept Review Deadline: August 27, 2021
Full Proposal Deadline: November 5, 2021

The AHA will offer training grants and early career funding programs this fall. Upcoming deadlines for programs include:
  • Sept. 9: Institutional Award for Undergraduate Student Training
  • Sept. 14: Predoctoral Fellowship
  • Sept. 15: Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Sept. 21: AHA-CHF Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards
  • Sept. 30: Enduring Hearts Research Awards in Pediatric Heart Transplantation

Grants awarded through this RFA are intended to capitalize on the rat as a model system to advance understanding of the behavioral and circuit neuroscience mechanisms driving autism. This RFA will support a consortium of investigators to collaboratively use SFARI autism rat models to examine the biological basis of complex behaviors and the underlying neural circuits relevant for autism. They welcome applications from individual labs, as well as collaborative applications of up to three (3) principal investigators.

Informational Webinar: July 26, 2021 11:00 am ET
Proposals Due: September 7, 2021 5:00 pm ET

The Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program welcomes proposals that address cybersecurity and privacy, and draw on expertise in one or more of these areas: computing, communication and information sciences; engineering; economics; education; mathematics; statistics; and social and behavioral sciences. Proposals that advance the field of cybersecurity and privacy within a single discipline or interdisciplinary efforts that span multiple disciplines are both encouraged. 

Letters of Intent Due: September 7, 2021 5:00 pm
Full Proposals Due: November 17, 2021 5:00 pm
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