Vice President for Research & Economic Development
Proposal Services & Faculty Support
May 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.
Limited Submission Announcements

PAS Monrovia invites proposals for programs that strengthen cultural ties between the U.S. and Liberia through cultural and exchange programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation. All programs must include an American cultural element, or connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. society, culture and policies.
Priority program areas:
  • Effective rule of law and human rights protections
  • Inclusive economic development and mutually beneficial trade and investment
  • Human development

Institutional Limit: 1 proposal
Internal Deadline: May 21, 2021 4:45 pm

The national research cyberinfrastructure (CI) ecosystem is essential to computational- and data-intensive research across all of 21st-century science and engineering (S&E), driven by rapid advances in a wide range of technologies; increasing volumes of highly heterogeneous data; and escalating demand by the research community. Research CI is a key catalyst for discovery and innovation and plays a critical role in ensuring US leadership in S&E, economic competitiveness, and national security, consistent with the NSF’s mission.

NSF, through the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC), has published a vision that calls for the broad availability and innovative use of an agile, integrated, robust, trustworthy and sustainable CI ecosystem that can drive new thinking and transformative discoveries in all areas of S&E research and education. This solicitation focuses on the creation of a coordination office to support the collective and coordinated operation of the NSF ACCESS solicitation awardees.

Institutional Limit: 1 proposal
Internal Deadline: May 21, 2021 4:45 pm

NSF, through the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC), has published a vision that calls for the broad availability and innovative use of an agile, integrated, robust, trustworthy and sustainable CI ecosystem that can drive new thinking and transformative discoveries in all areas of S&E research and education.

This solicitation (ACCESS) aims to establish a suite of CI coordination services - meant to support a broad and diverse set of requirements, users, and usage modes from all areas of S&E research and education - and calls for proposals for five independently-managed yet tightly-cooperative service tracks:
  • Allocation Services (Track 1)
  • End User Support Services (Track 2)
  • Operations and Integration Services (Track 3)
  • Monitoring & Measurement Services (Track 4)
  • Technology Translation Services (Track 5)

Institutional Limit: 1 proposal
Internal Deadline: May 21, 2021 4:45 pm
Important Updates
Hanover Research Queue Proposal Review Availability
One slot available between June 22 and July 7, 2021
Limited availability After July 21, 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 ( ).
Call for Abstracts for "Business Tools and Economics of Shellfish Aquaculture"

Abstracts are being accepted for the special session "Business tools and the economics of shellfish aquaculture" to be held at Aquaculture America 2021 in San Antonio, Texas, from Aug. 11-14. This session will provide an opportunity to share information on shellfish aquaculture business and economic topics, such as farm profitability, economic impact of shellfish aquaculture, marketing of shellfish products, costs of production and financing, as well as applications that you have developed. People from industry, government, non-profit, extension and other areas are welcome to submit abstracts. 

To submit an abstract, go to: 
and indicate that you have been invited to present at a special session with the title “Business tools and the economics of shellfish aquaculture,” which is an option available in the "Session, Method & Awards" section. Please cut and paste or type in the session title.  
Please submit your abstract by May 15, 2021. Also, please send your abstract to Rusty Grice, with the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and Auburn University Shellfish Lab, at
June 7-11, 2021

The conference is designed to give new faculty, researchers, and administrators key insights into a wide range of current issues at NSF. NSF program officers will provide up-to-date information about specific funding opportunities and answer attendee questions.
Highlights include:
  • New programs and initiatives
  • NSF Directorate sessions
  • Future directions and strategies for national science policy
  • Proposal preparation
  • NSF’s merit review process
  • Conflict of interest policies

Registration will be free of charge and opens on Wednesday, May 5 at 12 p.m. EST. For those who cannot attend the live conference, all recorded conference sessions will be available on-demand shortly after the event
Auburn University Consortiums

Auburn has been a member of the Medical CBRN Defense Consortium (MCDC) for several years. Membership allows access to targeted solicitations/opportunities that align with DoD medical pharmaceutical and diagnostic requirements as related to enhancing mission effectiveness of military personnel.

Auburn has recently joined the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) which is a 501(c)(3) biomedical technology consortium collaborating under an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) that serves those that serve our nation.

Please click this link to learn more about Auburn's participation in these programs and how to gain access to relevant information including solicitation notices and informational content.
(Encouraged for proposals due on/after May 25, 2021 but not required until Jan. 2022)

  1. The “Other Support Format Page” now has a signature block added for Program Director/Principal Investigator or Other Senior/Key Personnel to certify the accuracy of the information submitted. Each PD/PI or senior/key personnel must electronically sign their respective Other Support form as a PDF prior to submission.
  2. For Other Support submissions that include foreign activities and resources, recipients are required to submit copies of contracts, grants or any other agreement specific to senior/key personnel foreign appointments and/or employment with a foreign institution as supporting documentation. If they are not in English, recipients must provide translated copies. This supporting documentation must be provided as part of the Other Support PDF following the Other Support Format page.

Reminder and details are provided in NOT-OD-21-073 and updated instructions for the biographical sketch can be found here and for the other support format page here.  
NEH Summer Stipend Applications Available

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.
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Funding Opportunities

The Research and Development program supports projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources. These challenges include the need to find better ways to preserve materials of critical importance to the nation’s cultural heritage—from fragile artifacts and manuscripts to analog recordings and digital assets subject to technological obsolescence—and to develop advanced modes of organizing, searching, discovering, and using such materials.

This program supports projects at all stages of development, from early planning and stand-alone studies, to advanced implementation. Research and Development projects contribute to the evolving and expanding body of knowledge for heritage practitioners, and for that reason, outcomes may take many forms. Projects may produce any combination of laboratory datasets, guidelines for standards, open access software tools, workflow and equipment specifications, widely used metadata schema, or other products.

Research and Development supports work on the entire range of humanities collection types including, but not limited to, moving image and sound recordings, archaeological artifacts, born digital and time-based media, rare books and manuscripts, archival records, material culture, and art. Applicants must demonstrate how advances in preservation and access through a Research and Development project would benefit the cultural heritage community by supporting humanities research, teaching, or public programming.

Research and Development projects are encouraged to address one or more of the following areas of special interest: 
  • Preserving our audiovisual and digital heritage
  • Conserving our material past
  • Protecting our cultural heritage 
  • Serving under-represented communities

Proposals Due: May 18, 2021

The objective of this Notice of Funding is to obtain Technical Services and Projects to enhance Conservation Technical Assistance and Farm Bill Program Delivery across Alabama. Technical services are defined as: Technical expertise, information, training, education, and tools necessary for a producer to be able to successfully implement, operate, and maintain the conservation of natural resources on land active in agricultural, forestry, or related uses.

Technical services provided directly to farmers, ranchers, and other eligible entities, such as conservation planning, technical consultation, and assistance with the implementation of conservation practices; Technical infrastructure, including activities, processes, tools, and agency functions needed to support delivery of technical services, such as technical standards, resource inventories, training, data, technology, monitoring, and effects analyses. I

Proposals Due: May 19, 2021 11:59 pm ET

NIFA requests applications for the Military REACH program for fiscal year (FY) 2021 to provide high-quality resources for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) in the form of research and professional development tools across the spectrum of family support, resilience, and readiness; REACH stands for Center for Research and Outreach. This objective will be accomplished through the following activities and products:
  • Timely, quality research reports at the request of the DoD
  • Online library of current research related to the well-being of military families

Proposals Due: May 19, 2021 5:00 pm ET

The Large Research Grants on Education Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets ranging from $125,000 to $500,000 for projects ranging from one to five years. This program is “field-initiated” in that proposal submissions are not in response to a specific request for a particular research topic, discipline, design, method, or location. The goal for this program is to support rigorous, intellectually ambitious and technically sound research that is relevant to the most pressing questions and compelling opportunities in education.

Letters of Intent Due: May 19, 2021 12:00 pm

This initiative will support the design, production and biological validation of immune cells that can be used as sentinels to report on previously inaccessible information about diabetes initiation and progression, and/or vehicles to deliver environment-specific therapeutic responses to restore islet health and prevent the progression to Type 1 Diabetes. This initiative will support the development of exploratory engineering approaches such as innovative strategies to equip immune cells with new sensors and controllable therapeutic responses, regardless of the safety hurdles that may lay ahead on the path to clinical application. On the other hand, optimization of potency and safety could be major goals of an application, including ways to kill or down-modulate the engineered cells in an inducible fashion, particularly for engineering strategies that are closer to clinical applications. This initiative also encourages the participation of investigators who may be new to the field of autoimmune diabetes, but may have relevant expertise in areas such as immune cell engineering or synthetic biology.
For this initiative, the engineering of immune cells of human origin is strongly encouraged, although murine cell engineering is acceptable for exploratory projects, particularly if it facilitates the in vivo validation of the strategy.

Letters of Intent Due: May 22, 2021 5:00 pm

All BRITE proposals are expected to address fundamental research that creates new knowledge in one or more CMMI program areas. BRITE proposals must identify key research outcomes and describe the research plans for the period of funding sought. Although collaborative proposals are not permitted and will be returned without review, the PI can include a collaborator in a limited role as senior personnel. The solicitation includes four funding tracks: Synergy, Pivot, Relaunch, and Fellow in support of experienced scientists and engineers (tenured or equivalent).
  • The BRITE Synergy Track is intended to support synthesis proposals borne out of a disaggregated and accumulated body of prior research outcomes that remain unstudied and unprobed to forge or conceptualize a novel direction, methodology, paradigm, or outcome that is more than the sum of the parts.
  • The BRITE Pivot Track is intended to enable researchers to quickly adapt to the fast-moving pace of research and create new knowledge and research products in their field by infusing new concepts from a different discipline or sub-field.
  • The BRITE Relaunch Track is intended to support tenured or equivalent faculty, who have had a pause in research activity, to relaunch back into active research, and to diversify the experiences of the nation's STEM researchers.
  • The BRITE Fellow Track is intended to support established tenured or equivalent researchers who have demonstrated impact beyond scientific output to request extended time and freedom to use their intellectual creativity to explore divergent, bold, and ambitious research ideas where the expected scientific outcomes are highly uncertain and, therefore, high-risk.

Proposals Due: May 25, 2021 5:00 pm

This DCL is soliciting Early-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER), Conference, and Research Coordination Networks (RCNs) proposals to continue expansion and scaling efforts from NSF's Geosciences Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity (GOLD) Program and related activities to broaden participation in the geosciences, and to develop unique approaches for greater inclusion in the geoscience education and research community.

Proposals Due: June 1, 2021 5:00 pm

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to promote innovative research on music and health with an emphasis on developing music interventions aimed at understanding their mechanisms of action and clinical applications for the treatment of many diseases, disorders, and conditions. Given the emphasis on innovation, little or no preliminary data are needed to apply under this FOA. Because of the need for a multidisciplinary approach, collaborations among basic researchers, translational science researchers, music intervention experts, other clinical researchers, music health professionals, and technology development researchers are encouraged.

The FOA utilizes a phased R61/R33 funding mechanism to support mechanistic research and to evaluate the clinical relevance of music interventions. The R61 phase will provide funding to either investigate the biological mechanisms or behavioral processes underlying music interventions in relevant animal models, healthy human subjects, and/or clinical populations, or can be used to develop innovative technology or approaches to enhance music intervention research. The second R33 phase will provide support for further mechanistic investigations in human subjects or animal models, intervention development, or pilot clinical studies. The pilot clinical studies may focus on intervention optimization/refinement, feasibility, adherence, and/or identification of appropriate outcome measures to inform future clinical research. Transition from the R61 to the R33 phase of the award will depend on successful completion of pre-specified milestones established in the R61.

Proposals Due: June 2, 2021 5:00 pm

FFOR is seeking applications for innovative, potentially high-impact pre-clinical, translational or clinical research from investigators around the world. They seek to support projects that have the potential to significantly advance the understanding of the pathophysiology of OCD and/or improve the treatment of severe OCD.

Letters of Intent Due: June 15, 2021 5:00 pm ET
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