Vice President for Research & Economic Development
Proposal Services & Faculty Support
June 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. Review the Limited Submission Procedures for a list of requirements.
Limited Submission Announcements

The IMLS American Rescue Plan grants program supports museum and library services in addressing community needs created or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and in assisting with recovery. Projects may continue, enhance, or expand existing programs and services, or they may launch new ones to address emergent needs and unexpected hardships.

Institutional Limit: 1 Application
Internal Deadline: June 7, 2021 4:45 pm

This solicitation offers two broad tracks for proposals:

The Technology Translation (PFI-TT) track offers the opportunity to translate prior NSF-funded research results in any field of science or engineering into technological innovations with promising commercial potential and societal impact. PFI-TT supports commercial potential demonstration projects for academic research outputs in any NSF-funded science and engineering discipline. This demonstration is achieved through proof-of-concept, prototyping, technology development and/or scale-up work. Concurrently, students and postdoctoral researchers who participate in PFI-TT projects receive education and leadership training in innovation and entrepreneurship. Successful PFI-TT projects generate technology-driven commercialization outcomes that address societal needs. PLEASE NOTE: You DO NOT need to compete in the limited submission if you are applying to the Technology Translation Track only.

The Research Partnerships (PFI-RP) track seeks to achieve the same goals as the PFI-TT track by supporting instead complex, multi-faceted technology development projects that are typically beyond the scope of a single researcher or institution and require a multi-organizational, interdisciplinary, synergistic collaboration. A PFI-RP project requires the creation of partnerships between academic researchers and third-party organizations such as industry, non-academic research organizations, federal laboratories, public or non-profit technology transfer organizations or other universities. Such partnerships are needed to conduct applied research on a stand-alone larger project toward commercialization and societal impact. In the absence of such synergistic partnership, the project’s likelihood for success would be minimal.

Institutional Limit: 1 Proposal
Internal Deadline: June 11, 2021 4:45 pm
Important Updates
NIH eRA Information and Reminders:

In preparation for the required use of the new biosketch and other support format templates for due dates on or after January 25, 2022, NIH is encouraging applicants and recipients to start using updated templates for applications, Just-in-Time Reports, and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2021. For specifics on these changes, please see Guide Notices NOT-OD-21-073<> and NOT-OD-21-110<>.

Because of these changes, you are reminded of the requirements for uploading PDF documents to eRA Commons. It is important that all PDFs are flattened before upload. PDF files uploaded to Just-in-Time and RPPR in the following sections are now required to be flattened PDFs:
  • JIT Other Support File section
  • RPPR Participants section D.2.b New Senior/Key Personnel
  • RPPR Participants section D.2.c Changes in Other Support
If a PDF for these submissions on or after May 25, 2021 is not flattened before the upload to eRA Commons, this may lead to an error. PDFs that have fillable fields, electronic signatures, text boxes or images inserted, become layered, with each of these elements representing a layer. Flattening a PDF merges these separate elements into one flat layer.
NEH Summer Stipend Applications Deadline June 15th

Auburn University can nominate two applicants for NEH Summer Stipends (summer 2022). Dr. Paula Backscheider is head of the five-person committee that selects our nominees. Last year we had several competitive applicants, and we hope to have another successful cycle. 
Summer Stipends carry an award of $6,000 for scholarly projects including books, articles, digital materials, translations, editions and other scholarly resources.
Applicants should read the NEH guidelines carefully and submit an electronic copy of a polished draft of the NEH application form to the Auburn NEH Committee by the deadline:  June 15, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.  The official form is available on the NEH Summer Stipends website .
The application is composed of
  • The cover sheet
  • 3-page narrative
  • 1 page bibliography (which should demonstrate preparation for the project)
  • 2-page resume (in editing the full resume, proof of competence for the project should be a priority)
  • Appendices if relevant
Applications should be submitted to Dr. Backscheider at who will be collecting them and coordinating with the committee this summer. The committee will make its selections after that and will work with the selected nominees to refine their proposals. The NEH deadline is September 22, 2021. NEH accepts applications only from those nominated by their university or organization.

This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) welcomes proposals for the development or new application of AI-inspired tools and techniques, with opportunities in, but not limited to, four focus areas: (i) modeling and simulation, (ii) data and model analytics, (iii) concept discovery, and (iv) physical systems/experimentation. Successful proposals will advance MPS science goals and at least one of the following focus areas:
  • AI for Modeling and Simulation
  • AI for Data and Model Analytics
  • AI for Concept Discovery
  • AI in Physical Systems and Experimentation
Federal Agency Coronavirus Resource Hubs
Funding Opportunity Reminders

The GEAR UP program is a discretionary grant program that encourages eligible entities to provide support, and maintain a commitment, to eligible low-income students, including students with disabilities, to assist the students in obtaining a secondary school diploma (or its recognized equivalent) and to prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education. Under the GEAR UP program, the Department awards grants to two types of entities: (1) States and (2) partnerships consisting of at least one institution of higher education (IHE) and at least one local educational agency (LEA).

Proposals Due: June 28, 2021

The program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects. This program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology. Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation.

Proposed projects may address the holdings or activities of a single institution or may involve collaboration between institutions.  However, even in the case of single-institution projects, working with specialists in other offices or departments or colleagues in other institutions often helps ensure that proposed activities are achievable and will have maximum impact for the humanities. Collaboration can be crucial in providing the appropriate mix of humanities content and methodological expertise and can help broaden the scope of, and audiences for, proposed collections or reference resources.

Proposals Due: July 15, 2021 11:59 ET

This funding opportunity aims to create basic research collaborations between a pair of researchers, namely 1) Applicant/Principal Investigator (PI), henceforth referred to as Applicant, a full-time faculty member who has never served as a PI on a prior DoD directly funded research Prime award and 2) Collaborator/co-Principal Investigator (co-PI), henceforth referred to as Collaborator, an investigator who will provide mentorship to the Applicant and has served as a PI on a DoD directly funded research Prime award actively between 1 October 2014 and 30 September 2021. This structure is aimed at introducing potential applicants to the DoD’s unique research challenges and its supportive research ecosystem.

White Papers with Supporting Documents Due: September 20, 2021 11:59 pm NLT
Funding Opportunities

The Digital Humanities Advancement Grants program (DHAG) supports innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging digital projects at different stages of their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are valued in this program, leading to work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. The program also supports scholarship that examines the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture or technology and its impact on society. Proposals are welcome in any area of the humanities from organizations of all types and sizes. 

Proposals Due: June 24, 2021 11:59 pm ET

The SBA seeks proposals from the nation’s innovation-focused entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs) that outline programs to speed the launch, growth, and scale of deep-tech small businesses across the country. Applicants should submit a 12-slide deck and a 90-second video, addressing the relevant elements of one of the following tracks:
  • Track 1: Growth Accelerator Fund Competition (GAFC) - Prizes of $50,000 for efforts to provide focused assistance to STEM/R&D entrepreneurs, including support for company formation as well as awareness and education of SBIR/STTR programs. Contestants must focus their proposed efforts on one of the following groups: women entrepreneurs, minority entrepreneurs, or other target entrepreneurs identified by applicants (ie. rural, veterans, individuals with disabilities, etc.).
  • Track 2: SBIR Catalyst—Prizes of $150,000 to scale collaborative partnerships, strengthen ties between stakeholders (including public, private, non-profit, and academic partners) in support of SBIR/STTR applicants and awardees. SBIR Catalyst winners will help fulfill the SBA’s mission of addressing current gaps in access to the innovation economy for communities of color, women entrepreneurs, and rural communities.

Join a pre-application webinar June 2, 2021 at 2:00 pm ET. Registration Link

Proposals Due: July 2, 2021 4:00 pm ET

The Administration is committed to ensuring that the nation’s small businesses receive the support they need to access federal relief programs that can help them weather the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The focus of this program is to reach, and support underserved small businesses, including micro and rural businesses, with emphasis and those owned by women, veterans and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. The “Hub” and “Spoke” approach features a lead organization – a “Hub” – at the center of a network of “Spoke” organizations that deploy trusted messengers to work with businesses in targeted communities. These networks leverage the business development expertise of the central “Hub” organization and the community credibility of spoke organizations to better connect business owners in underserved communities with critical services and assistance programs.

Proposals Due: July 12, 2021 11:59 pm ET

This initiative will support (1) observational research to understand the role of structural racism and discrimination (SRD) in causing and sustaining health disparities, and (2) intervention research that addresses SRD in order to improve minority health or reduce health disparities. Projects must address SRD in one or more NIH-designated populations with health disparities in the US and should address documented disparities in health outcomes.

Letters of Intent Due: July 20, 2021 5:00 pm
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