Vice President for Research & Economic Development
Proposal Services & Faculty Support
March 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 above link and search for your competition reflected on the page. Please refer to the Limited Submission Procedures page for a list of requirements.

The Venture Challenge invites organizations to submit competitive proposals that seek to support entrepreneurship and accelerate company growth in their community, region, or combination of regions. Competitive proposals will outline how the project will strengthen economic competitiveness through new product innovation or new technology adoption, enhancing research commercialization processes and outcomes, remediating structural barriers that inhibit regional innovation capacity and resilience, and/or leveraging regional competitive strengths to stimulate innovation and job creation. Companies served by the applicant organization should be challenging the status quo of established markets, commercializing technologies, and furthering job creation within their businesses. Applicants should provide evidence that illustrates how funds leveraged through this competition will not only launch new programming and/or scale existing programming, but also generate sustainable added value for the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem by augmenting existing regional assets for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Venture Challenge Build applicants:
  • May be piloting a solution to a demonstrated need
  • May be implementing a proven solution for a new region or community
  • Demonstrate a commitment and ability to collect agreed upon impacts
  • Request may not exceed $750,000 over a 3-year project period
  • Provide a 1:1 match

Venture Challenge Scale applicants:
  • May be scaling an existing initiative that has established and achieved impacts
  • Have a proven track record of successful deployment of programs
  • Demonstrate a commitment and ability to collect agreed upon impacts
  • Request must be greater than $750,000 and may not exceed $1,500,000 over a 3-year project period
  • Provide a 1:1 match

Institutional Limit: 1 Proposal per challenge area
Internal Deadline: March 12, 2021 4:45 pm CST
Proposals Due: April 29, 2021 11:59 pm EST

This FOA is seeking applications for a portable sensing device to detect volatile organic compounds (VOCs, i.e. scents or odors) emanating from skin and to develop a catalog of VOCs as distinct signatures for at least 20 human diseases and conditions. These sensing devices must be able to associate VOC patterns using artificial intelligence to patients with various conditions for diagnostic purposes along with capabilities to incorporate and integrate vital signs. For VOC monitoring, these sensing devices can be Electronic-nose (E-nose) technology, Gas Chromatography (GC) or any sensing technology able to detect VOC patterns associated with disease. This new program is called SCENT, which stands for Screening for Conditions by E-Nose Technology.

To ensure project success, this FOA requires multidisciplinary collaborations and a team science approach. Groups may include a combination of the following: Biomedical engineers, material scientists, biosensing experts, software engineers, chemists, clinicians, clinical trialists, biostatisticians, data analysts and/or other relevant experts in academia and industry.

Institutional Limit: 1 Proposal
Internal Deadline: March 12, 2021 4:45 pm CST
Proposals Due: May 10, 2021 5:00 pm CST

The spring 2021 virtual Faculty Research Symposium opened 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.
CITI Program Webinar:
Getting Started in Grant Writing: An Introduction for
Graduate Students, Postdocs, and New Faculty

March 3, 2021 1:00 pm CST

This free webinar will demystify the process of grant proposal writing. Registration is limited to the first 100 individuals who enter the webinar. A recording will be available on the CITI Program website after the event, for a fee.

Click here to access the registration URL.
Federal Agency Coronavirus Resource Hubs

The call for proposals is open for the Creative Work and Social Impact Scholarship Funding Program (CWSIS) and the Research Support Program (RSP) Internal Awards Programs. Workshops were held in early February that provided information on the programs, the funding levels, application and review processes, and key dates. All information is available on the program webpages that can be accessed by clicking the names below.

If you have questions about either program, please contact Dr. Robert Holm at or x4-5877.

Proposals Due: March 24, 2021 4:45 pm

The Hillman Innovations in Care (HIC) Program was established in 2014 to advance innovative, nursing-driven models of care that target the health and healthcare needs of groups and communities who have historically struggled against oppression, discrimination and indifference. These populations include Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), the economically disadvantaged, LGBTQ+ people, people experiencing homelessness, low-income rural populations, and others.

This year the HIC program is issuing a special call for submissions that address racism and its impact on health. Racism has been, and remains, the root cause of serious health inequities that unjustly affect communities of color. These disparities include increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, obesity and mental illness; inequitable access to high-quality care; inordinately negative outcomes such as infant and maternal mortality rates for Black mothers and babies that are twice as high as those for white populations, and life expectancy that can be as much as ten years shorter than white counterparts living a short drive away. 

The disproportionate harm of the COVID-19 pandemic in Black, Indigenous and other communities of color further underscores the deep inequities that persist in our society. Addressing and dismantling racism in its myriad forms—structural, interpersonal, and institutional—is a critical and constructive approach to advancing health equity and improving population health. 

Letters of Intent Due: March 30, 2021 11:59 PST

The JPC-6/CCCRP is one of five core research program areas within the DHP. The JPC-6/ CCCRP is a committee of Department of Defense (DoD) and non-DoD medical and military technical experts in combat casualty care-related program areas. The JPC-6/CCCRP strives to optimize survival and recovery from combat-related or trauma-induced injury in current and future operational scenarios. This is being accomplished through the development of knowledge and materiel products for the acute and early management of combat-related or trauma-induced injury, including point-of-injury, en route, and forward surgical care. Products developed by JPC-6/CCCRP-supported research are applied in-theatre and within the clinical facilities of the Military Health System (MHS). These solutions not only minimize the morbidity and mortality of combat-related injuries in Service members, they also are often translatable to the civilian healthcare system.

Pre-Applications Due: March 31, 2021 5:00 pm EST

JSMF is internationally known for supporting research on cognition and behavior, and currently does so through its Understanding Human Cognition (UHC) program. JSMF is seeking to fund projects leading to new conceptual and empirical studies of cognition and behavior that:

  • recognize the dynamic nature of cognition and behavior,
  • are situated in real world contexts,
  • cross levels of analysis,
  • unite traditionally separate domains of inquiry (e.g. vision and speech),
  • embrace complexity, and
  • consider how behavior is influenced by interactions among individuals.

Proposals Due: April 9, 2021 3:59 pm

The RHSE program proposals in the individual and family health education area are expected to be health education projects that provide individuals and families living in rural areas with:
  • Information as to the value of good health at any age;
  • Information to increase individual or families’ motivation to take more responsibility for their own health, including in the context of the COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2 pandemic;
  • Information about and access to health promotion activities;
  • Information to support the utilization of telehealth, telemedicine, and distance learning strategies for opioid education and training in minority rural communities.
  • Training for volunteers and health services providers concerning health promotion and health care services for individuals and families in cooperation with state, local and community partners.

Proposals submitted to the RHSE program in FY 2021 may focus on the prevention and/or reduction of opioid misuse and abuse per Congressional guidance for this program. Proposals may also focus on helping prevent spread of SARS-CoV-2 and in mitigating infection and transmission of SARS-CoV-2. 

The funder limits the submissions to one application per PI in the funding cycle.

Proposal Deadline: April 29, 2021 5:00 pm EST

The Alabama Research and Development Enhancement Fund (ARDEF) established by the Alabama Innovation Act (AIA) is administered by ADECA for the purpose of encouraging new and continuing efforts to conduct research and development activities within Alabama. This solicitation focuses on encouraging these activities by supporting and advancing research and development in Alabama to improve employment opportunities and products and services available to the citizens of Alabama. Successful applicants will describe in detail research and development activities to be performed and potential impacts in terms of job creation and economic development.

Application window: March 1 - July 29, 2021 11:59 pm CST
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