Vice President for Research & Economic Development
Proposal Services & Faculty Support
May 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 DLT Program provides financial assistance to enable and improve distance learning and telemedicine services in rural areas. DLT grant funds support the use of telecommunications-enabled information, audio and video equipment, and related advanced technologies by students, teachers, medical professionals, and rural residents. These grants are intended to increase rural access to education, training, and health care resources that are otherwise unavailable or limited in scope.

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

The National Library of Medicine seeks applications for novel informatics and data science approaches that can help individuals gather, manage and use data and information about their personal health. A goal of this program is to advance research and application by patients and the research community through broadly sharing the results via publication, and through open source mechanisms for data or resource sharing.
Institutional Limit: 1 Proposal
Internal Deadline: May 28, 2021 4:45 pm
Important Updates

Representatives from NSF's Division of Information Systems will provide system-related information to assist proposers to submit proposals in response to the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program solicitation NSF 20-525 at a technical webinar on Wednesday, May 19 at 3:00 pm Eastern time.
Kick Off Livestream Event: June 7, 2021 1:00 pm EDT

SPARK is an opportunity hosted by JPEO-CBRND leadership that enables ideas to be submitted and considered for funding. Projects may be technical or process in nature. Funding is for $1–$100K, for projects up to 9 months in duration. Proposals are 2–3 pages in length, must have a JPEO government sponsor, and submitted ideas are evaluated by a review board.
The open call for proposals will be livestreamed via CVR MS Teams on June 7, 2021 at 1:00 pm EDT. You can join via browser or the Teams app:


Virtual DEPSCoR Day
June 23, 2021 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT

The Virtual DEPSCoR Day will include overviews of the FY21 FOAs, various panel sessions and breakout sessions with Program Officers representing the topics in the Research Collaboration FOA.  

Registration Deadline is June 16. However space is limited, so early registration is encouraged:
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.
Federal Agency Coronavirus Resource Hubs
Funding Opportunities

Southern SARE is requesting pre-proposals for either Systems Research Projects or for Education Projects and Activities that address issues of sustainable agriculture of current and potential importance to the region and the nation. Proposed projects must focus on Southern SARE’s program objectives in developing sustainable agriculture systems or moving existing farming systems toward sustainability, as defined by the Congress in the 1990 Farm Bill. Under that law, “the term sustainable agriculture means an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will, over the long term:
  • Satisfy human food and fiber needs;
  • Enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agricultural economy depends;
  • Make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls;
  • Sustain the economic viability of farm operations; and
  • Enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.” 

Pre-Proposals Due: June 4, 2021 12:00 pm ET

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

All applications submitted under this RFA must be for projects that develop or refine state/territorial/tribal/local government wetland programs. Implementation of wetland protection programs is not an eligible project under this announcement. An implementation project is one that is accomplished through the performance of routine, traditional, or established practices, or a project that is simply intended to carry out a task rather than 2 transfer information or advance the state of knowledge.

Proposals Due: July 2, 2021 11:59 pm ET

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
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