Vice President for Research & Economic Development
Proposal Services & Faculty Support
March 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 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 overarching goal of this R25 program is to support educational activities that encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, to pursue further studies or careers in research. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:
  • Courses for Skills Development
  • Research Experiences
for undergraduate freshmen and sophomores from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in bioengineering or STEM fields relevant to bioengineering, such as engineering or the physical/computational sciences, which play key roles in biomedical technologies and innovation. The ESTEEMED program is intended to expose students to bioengineering research early in their college careers and interest them in potentially pursuing advanced studies in bioengineering or a related field. It will prepare students to join, in their junior and senior years, an honors program, supported by federal or institutional funds, that promotes STEM and entrance into a Ph.D. program. The ultimate goal is for the participants to pursue a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degree and a subsequent research career integrating engineering and the physical sciences with medicine and biology in academia or industry.

Institutional Limit: 1 Proposal
Internal Deadline: March 26, 2021 4:45 pm
Letters of Intent Due: May 24, 2021 5:00 pm
Important Updates

Understanding how peer review works is key to writing a good grant application. In this 44-minute video, scientists have gathered virtually to review three fictional applications in response to a fictional Request for Applications (RFA). Watch their discussion to learn how applications are scored, what questions are commonly asked, and what mistakes to avoid in your application.
Hosted by Tuskegee University
Friday, March 19, 2021 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The CCTS Bioethics Forum brings together researchers, bioethicists, students, community members, front-line research staff, and clinical staff to discuss ethical issues in research. This year's event will focus on the topic of "Equity and Trust for COVID-19 Testing, Treatment, and Vaccination: Where Do We Go from Here?"

COVID-19 has presented us with a watershed moment globally, but adequate, actionable response to the pandemic in the United States of America continues to be a troubling matter. Misinformation and disinformation fill our social media fueling distrust. Compared to affluent communities, rural and communities of color bear a disproportionate burden of suffering, cases, deaths, testing and treatment allocations. The unacceptable inequity is apparent. Urgent action for redress is pressing but complicated. Conversation to stimulate collective wisdom is needed.

This CCTS Bioethics Forum provides a safe space and proactive stance for invited experts and pertinent stakeholders to highlight accurately “what we know” and to reflect on approaches that can inform “what we ought to do” individually, institutionally, and collectively to drive effective policy and law. 

Hanover Research Queue has Openings Available for
Proposal Review after April 15, 2021

In order to provide resources for faculty and staff, Auburn University has partnered with Hanover Research for a number of grant development solutions including: Pre-proposal Support; Proposal Development; and Capacity Building. Their full-service grant development solutions are available to set goals, build strategies to achieve key grant-seeking objectives, and develop grant proposals that are well-planned, researched, and written. For information regarding Hanover’s core capabilities and project time lines, click here. If you are interested in a slot in the queue, please e-mail Tony Ventimiglia ( ).
Federal Agency Coronavirus Resource Hubs
Funding Opportunity Reminders

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 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 CT
New Funding Opportunities

ACAMP is accepting applications through this Request for Proposals for projects that protect, enhance, and improve the management of natural, cultural and historical coastal resources and that increase the sustainability, resiliency and preparedness of coastal communities.

Proposals for planning projects must address coastal management issues related to at least one of the following focus areas:
  • Government Coordination and Local Government Planning
  • Coastal Hazards and Resilient Communities
  • Coastal Habitats, Wetland Protection and Coastal Resource Stewardship
  • Coastal Nonpoint Source Pollution Control

Proposals for land acquisition and low-cost construction must be related to the following focus area:
  • Public Access to Coastal Resources: Construction or Land Acquisition

Please note that priority consideration will be given to proposals addressing specific areas of the Alabama Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program including planning, engineering and design, data collection/analysis, monitoring, mapping, modeling and education and outreach related to the following areas:
  • Storm water runoff from new development
  • Comprehensive planning for development to protect sensitive ecological areas, minimize land disturbances and retain natural drainage and vegetation
  • Watershed planning (must be done using EPA Section 319 elements and guidelines)
  • Nutrient/pathogen loadings to surface water and groundwater from new and operating onsite disposal systems (OSDS, e.g., septic tanks)
  • Hydromodification improvement to address existing nonpoint source pollution problems caused by dams, dredge and eroding streambanks and shorelines
  • Wetland and riparian area protection and restoration
  • Engineered vegetated treatment systems

Proposals Due: April 23, 2021 5:00 pm

The Russell Sage Foundation's program on Behavioral Economics supports novel research that uses insights and methods from psychology, economics, sociology, political science and other social sciences to examine and improve social and living conditions in the United States. They seek investigator-initiated research proposals that will broaden understanding of the social, economic and political consequences of actual behaviors and decisions. The severe consequences of the Covid19-pandemic, including its economic disruptions, and the recent mass protests to combat systemic racial inequality in policing and other institutions have reaffirmed the importance of social science research examining economic, political, racial, ethnic, generational, and social inequalities relevant to public policy and social change. RSF encourages proposals that analyze any of these issues on topics of interest under their Behavioral Economics program.

Proposals Due: May 3, 2021 2:00 pm ET

The National Robotics Initiative 3.0: Innovations in Integration of Robotics (NRI-3.0) program builds upon the preceding National Robotics Initiative (NRI) programs to support fundamental research in the United States that will advance the science of robot integration. The program supports research that promotes integration of robots to the benefit of humans including human safety and human independence. Collaboration between academic, industry, non-profit, and other organizations is encouraged to establish better linkages between fundamental science and engineering and technology development, deployment, and use.

An investigator may participate as PI, co-PI, or Senior Personnel in no more than two proposals submitted in response to this solicitation each year.

Proposals Due: May 3, 2021 5:00 pm

Preservation and Access Education and Training awards are made to organizations that offer national, regional, or statewide education and training programs across the pedagogical landscape and at all stages of development, from early curriculum development to advanced implementation. Awards help the staff of cultural institutions, large and small, obtain the knowledge and skills needed to serve as effective stewards of humanities collections. Awards support projects that prepare the next generation of preservation professionals, as well as projects that introduce heritage practitioners to new information and advances in preservation and access practices.

Pre-Application Webinar: April 6, 2021
Proposals Due: May 18, 2021 11:59 pm ET

The mission of the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance. Grants awarded through this RFA are intended to produce foundational knowledge about the neurobehavioral differences associated with ASD, which will directly inform the development or refinement of tools needed for translational efforts, such as biomarkers and outcome measures. Special emphasis is placed on objective, quantitative measures that may be used in conjunction with standardized clinical measures and genomic information to better triangulate phenotypic and neurobiological variability within and across individuals with ASD.

Informational Zoom Meeting: March 24, 2021 12:00 pm ET
Proposals Due: May 3, 2021 5:00 pm ET

NIFA requests applications for the Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program (FASLP) for fiscal year (FY) 2021 to increase knowledge of agriculture and improve the nutritional health of children.

Food and Agriculture Service Learning Programs are intended to increase knowledge of agriculture and improve the nutritional health of children, and to bring together stakeholders from the distinct parts of the food system to increase the capacity for food, garden, and nutrition education within host organizations or entities, such as school cafeterias and classrooms, while fostering higher levels of community engagement between farms and school systems. The initiative is part of a broader effort to not only increase access to school meals for low-income children, but also to dramatically improve their quality. The funder limits the submissions to one application per PI in the funding cycle.

Proposals Due: May 3, 2021 5:00 pm ET

The Foundation’s mission focuses on infants and young children. Accordingly, priority is given to projects that improve the nutrition, care and development of infants and young children from the first year before birth to three years of age.
The Foundation is particularly interested in fresh approaches to solving common, everyday problems or emerging issues within a defined focus area. Projects should focus on issues faced by care providers that, when implemented, will improve the health, nutrition and/or developmental outcomes for infants and young children. The board is particularly looking for practical solutions that can be easily and rapidly implemented on a broad scale with a predictable time frame to clinical application.
Major target areas for research include:
  • New diagnostic tools that may be more rapid, more specific, more sensitive, less invasive
  • New treatment regimens that are improved or novel, less stressful or painful, more targeted, have fewer side effects, provide optimal dosing
  • Symptom relief
  • Preventative measures
  • Assessment of deficiencies or excesses (vitamins, minerals, drugs, etc.)
  • Risk assessment tools or measures for environmental hazards, trauma, etc.

Concept Papers Due: May 15, 2021 4:00 pm ET
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