Vice President for Research & Economic Development
Proposal Services & Faculty Support
November Funding Focus Newsletter #1
The IGP Application Deadline is this Friday, November 10th, 4:45pm
Please remember that IGP Submissions require Department head and Associate Dean for Research approvals prior to submission. Proposals submitted at the deadline without approvals will not be reviewed.
The application deadline for the 2018 AU Launch Innovation Grant Program is Monday, November 20th, 2017
LAUNCH proposals must be defined as applied and not basic (pure) research. Proposals will adhere to a submission process which identifies the technology readiness level for the project along with pertinent information regarding market assessment, commercial viability, milestone schedule and budget required. Grant proposals will be screened for compliance with defined selection criteria identified by the OVPRED. From the screened applications, selected candidates will present to the LAUNCH judging panel in phase 2 of the process. The judging panel will select projects to be funded, and will monitor progress to ensure that objectives and milestone schedules are met.

Feedback designed to strengthen your application is available through the Office of Innovation Advancement & Commercialization if your draft application is emailed as a Word or .pdf document to prior to November 13, 2017.
Limited Submission Announcement
Limitation: 2 per institution
Internal deadline, November 17, 2017 by 4:45pm
Due to Agency: February 1, 2018
This solicitation offers two broad tracks for proposals:

The Technology Translation (PFI-TT) track  offers an NSF-funded researcher the opportunity to advance his or her prior NSF-funded research results towards developing technological innovations with promising commercial potential and societal impact. Projects are supported to demonstrate proof-of-concept, prototype, or technology development and scale-up while exposing faculty and students (and engaging them in) in innovation and entrepreneurially-focused activities that could possibly lead to partnership opportunities, the creation of new intellectual property and technologically-driven commercialization outcomes that address societal needs. Potential pathways forward within the PFI-TT track could be broader collaborative activities and partnerships, technology licensing, technology spin-outs, and expanded entrepreneurial activity.

The Research Partnerships (PFI-RP) track  provides an opportunity to support technology development activities through a multi-organization collaboration. NSF recognizes that interdisciplinary collaboration is often needed to achieve successful technology development. This proposal track supports a research consortium ecosystem focused on a clear project thrust. It allows for partnerships between academic researchers and a variety of third-party organizations (such as industry, non-academic research organizations, federal laboratories, public or non-profit technology transfer organizations, and/or other universities) to conduct applied research in highly collaborative, multidisciplinary teams, on problems typically beyond the reach of a single researcher. NSF currently supports numerous research consortia (e.g., Engineering Research Centers, Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers, Science and Technology Centers, Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers, Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers, Centers for Chemical Innovation, and others). Such consortia could participate in PFI-RP proposals. The goal of the RP track is to catalyze robust and synergistic partnerships and collaborations between government, academia, and other public and private entities to drive and accelerate the translation of federally-funded fundamental research results into innovations that, through technology development and commercialization, will have a significant economic and societal impact.
Funding Announcements
Faculty may submit proposed concepts (no more than 2 paragraphs) through AU Competition Space. Councilors vet concepts to ensure it meets ORAU requirements. Councilors, or their proxy, submit the concept through the ORAU Value through Partnerships External SharePoint Site. PI'S CANNOT SUBMIT DIRECTLY TO ORAU.

Concepts are vetted against ODRD program requirements then matched with an internal ORAU Subject Matter Expert (SME). Jointly developed concepts then compete through the program phases.

Please click the above link to AU Competition space for for details on proposed concepts and to see if your concept aligns with ORAU's core capabilities.
Deadline: January 8, 2018
The Solar Energy Innovators Program is seeking applicants interested in researching innovative solutions to the challenges faced by utilities, energy service providers, and public utilities commissions (PUCs) to adapt to a system with increasing levels of solar and other distributed energy resources. Innovators selected for the program will conduct hands-on, practical research and development on-site at a utility, energy service provider, or PUC host institution. The Solar Energy Innovators Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technology Office (SETO). The application deadline is Monday, January 8, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST. For questions call Taylor Pitchford at 865-574-4806 or email at
‚ÄčA summer fellowship opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students is available in the Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS) within the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the Chamblee Campus in Atlanta, Georgia. DLS provides laboratory support that improves the detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of environmental, tobacco-related, nutritional, newborn, selected chronic and selected infectious diseases. DLS also works to improve the rapid and accurate detection of chemical threat agents, radiologic threat agents, and selected toxins. Collaborating with a multidisciplinary team, the selected participant will use state-of-the-art laboratory equipment to address topics relevant to public health. This will allow the participant to gain hands-on experience in applied analytical chemistry and enhance their knowledge of its applications to public health. The application deadline is Friday, January 19, 2018 at 3:00 PM EST. If you have questions, send an email to Please include reference code CDC-NCEH-2018-0013 in your email.
Proposal Services & Faculty Support