Vice President for Research & Economic Development
Proposal Services & Faculty Support
November 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 DOE SC program in Basic Energy Sciences (BES) hereby announces its interest in receiving new and renewal applications from small groups (2-3 principal investigators) and integrated multidisciplinary teams (typically from multiple institutions) in Computational Chemical Sciences (CCS). Single-investigator applications are not responsive to the objectives of this FOA. CCS will support basic research to develop validated, open-source codes for modeling and simulation of complex chemical processes and phenomena that allow full use of emerging exascale and future planned DOE leadership-class computing capabilities. The focus for CCS is on developing capabilities that allow modeling and simulation of new or previously inaccessible complex chemical systems and/or provide dramatic improvement in fidelity, scalability, and throughput. Teams should bring together expertise in domain areas (e.g., electronic structure, chemical dynamics, statistical mechanics, etc.) and other areas important to advance computational tools such as data science, algorithm development, and software architectures. Priority will be given to efforts that address reaction chemistry across multiple scales in complex environments important in geosciences, catalysis, biochemistry, or electrochemistry.

CCS will continue to support the DOE Exascale Computing Initiative (ECI). The ECI aims to accelerate the research and development needed to overcome key exascale challenges and maximize benefits of high-performance computing. This funding opportunity continues the BES commitment to ECI by developing open-source codes that can take full advantage of emerging exascale and future planned DOE leadership-class computing facilities. 

This FOA does not support single investigator awards and is limited to support of small groups (2-3 principal investigators) and integrated multidisciplinary teams (typically from multiple institutions) to advance the FOA’s objective of developing validated, open-source computational chemistry codes for exascale computers. Submissions from single investigators may be declined without review.

An individual is limited to be named as the Lead PI on no more than 1 submission. The Lead PI must be employed or have an agreement in place to be hired by the lead organization. If the proposed Lead PI will not be employed by the lead organization at the time of the award, the application will be declined without further review. Further, if more than one application is received from an applicant identifying the same individual as the Lead PI, DOE will consider only the last-received application (if any) that matches a qualified Pre-Application (as described in Section IV.B.2). The remaining applications will be declined without further review. An individual may participate as a co-PI (this is not the Lead PI) on 2 pre-applications and 1 proposal submission.

Please note that the requirements for this submission
differ from the standard limited submission.

Internal Limit: 2 Proposals
Internal Deadline: November 20, 2020
Funder's Pre-Application Deadline: December 2, 2020
Full Applications Due: February 8, 2021

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is announcing the continuation of the Superfund Hazardous Substance Research and Training Program, referred to as Superfund Research Program (SRP) Centers. SRP Center grants will support problem-based, solution-oriented research Centers that consist of multiple, integrated projects representing both the biomedical and environmental science and engineering disciplines; as well as cores tasked with administrative (which includes research translation), data management and analysis, community engagement, research experience and training coordination, and research support functions. 

The scope of the SRP Centers is taken directly from the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986, and includes:
  1. Advanced techniques for the detection, assessment, and evaluation of the effect on human health of hazardous substances;
  2. Methods to assess the risks to human health presented by hazardous substances;
  3. Methods and technologies to detect hazardous substances in the environment; and
  4. Basic biological, chemical, and physical methods to reduce the amount and toxicity of hazardous substances.

Institutional Limit: 1 proposal
Internal Deadline: November 20
Letter of Intent to Funder Due: January 15, 2021
Full Applications Due: February 15, 2021
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Under the DMS Policy, NIH requires researchers to prospectively plan for how scientific data will be preserved and shared through submission of a Data Management and Sharing Plan (Plan). Upon NIH approval of a Plan, NIH expects researchers and institutions to implement data management and sharing practices as described. The DMS Policy is intended to establish expectations for Data Management and Sharing Plans, which applicable NIH Institutes, Centers and Offices (ICO) may supplement as appropriate. It also emphasizes the importance of good data management practices and establishes the expectation for maximizing the appropriate sharing of scientific data generated from NIH-funded or conducted research, with justified limitations or exceptions. This Policy applies to research funded or conducted by NIH that results in the generation of scientific data.

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 grantseeking 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 .

Contact Tony Ventimiglia for more information on 2021 openings starting in January.
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The primary objective of the EDMAP component of the NCGMP is to train the next generation of geologic mappers. To do this NCGMP provides funds for graduate and selected undergraduate students in academic research projects that involve geologic mapping as a major component. Through these cooperative agreements NCGMP hopes to expand the research and educational capacity of academic programs that teach earth science students the techniques of geologic mapping and field data analysis. Another important goal is to increase the level of communication between the Nations geologic surveys (both State Geological Surveys and the USGS) and geologic mappers in the academic community. We hope that this improved communication will have two results: 1) that the academic mapping community will learn more about the societal needs that drive geologic mapping projects at the USGS and State Geologic Surveys, and 2) more geologic maps produced in academia will eventually be made available to the public.

Proposals Due: December 15, 2020

The Public Humanities Projects program supports projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences through in-person programming. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art history.

Public Humanities Projects supports projects in three program categories (Exhibitions, Historic Places, and Humanities Discussions), and at two funding levels (Planning and Implementation). Regardless of proposed activity, NEH encourages applicants to explore humanities ideas through multiple formats. Proposed projects may include complementary components: for example, a museum exhibition might be accompanied by a website or mobile app.

Proposals Due: January 6, 2021

DMREF is the primary program by which NSF participates in the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) for Global Competitiveness. MGI recognizes the importance of materials science and engineering to the well-being and advancement of society and aims to "deploy advanced materials at least twice as fast as possible today, at a fraction of the cost." MGI integrates materials discovery, development, property optimization, and systems design with a shared computational framework. This framework facilitates collaboration and coordination of research activities, analytical tools, experimental results, and critical evaluation in pursuit of the MGI goals. Consistent with the MGI Strategic Plan, DMREF highlights four sets of goals:
  • Leading a culture shift in materials science and engineering research to encourage and facilitate an integrated team approach;
  • integrating experimentation, computation, data-intensive/-driven approaches, and theory, and equipping the materials science and engineering communities with advanced tools and techniques;
  • making digital data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable, and useful to the community; and
  • creating a world-class materials science and engineering workforce that is trained for careers in academia or industry.

Proposal Submission Window: January 11-25, 2021

The Law & Science Program considers proposals that address social scientific studies of law and law-like systems of rules, as well as studies of how science and technology are applied in legal contexts. The Program is inherently interdisciplinary and multi-methodological. Successful proposals describe research that advances scientific theory and understanding of the connections between human behavior and law, legal institutions, or legal processes; or the interactions of law and basic sciences, including biology, computer and information sciences, STEM education, engineering, geosciences, and math and physical sciences. Scientific studies of law often approach law as dynamic, interacting with multiple arenas, and with the participation of multiple actors.

Proposals Due: January 15, 2021

The Center for Retirement Research sponsors the annual Steven H. Sandell Grant Program for scholars in the field of retirement or disability research and policy. The program is funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration to provide opportunities for junior or non-tenured scholars (within seven years of receiving their Ph.D.) from all academic disciplines to pursue cutting-edge projects on retirement or disability issues. Research focal areas include:
  • Trends in disability;
  • Determining disability;
  • Requirements of work in the modern economy;
  • Informing long-term projections and models;
  • Improving communication and outreach;
  • State and local pensions for non-covered workers;
  • Modernizing totalization agreements;
  • Economic security of SSA beneficiaries;
  • Work-activity retention of disabled beneficiaries with overpayments; and
  • Improving service delivery.
Proposals Due: January 31, 2021
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