Vice President for Research & Economic Development
Proposal Services & Faculty Support
October 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

A well-educated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce is a significant contributor to maintaining the competitiveness of the U.S. in the global economy. The National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program addresses the need for a high quality STEM workforce in STEM disciplines supported by the program and for the increased success of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The program seeks: (1) to increase the number of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need obtaining degrees in STEM and entering the workforce or graduate programs in STEM; (2) to improve the education of future scientists, engineers, and technicians, with a focus on academically talented low-income students; and (3) to generate knowledge to advance understanding of how factors or evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities affect the success, retention, transfer, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM of low-income students.

The STEM disciplines supported by the S-STEM program include:
  • Biological sciences (except medicine and other clinical fields);
  • Physical sciences (including physics, chemistry, astronomy, and materials science);
  • Mathematical sciences;
  • Computer and information sciences;
  • Geosciences;
  • Engineering; and
  • Technology areas associated with the preceding disciplines (for example, biotechnology, chemical technology, engineering technology, information technology, etc.)

Institutional Limit: 1 Proposal per school or college
Internal Deadline: October 25, 2019, 4:45pm

Our commitment to enriching the research skills and professional growth of young faculty members at ORAU member institutions is embodied in the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Program. These competitive research awards provide seed money for junior faculty members that often result in additional funding from other sources. The applicant’s institution is required to match the award with at least an additional $5,000. This is a one-year grant (June 1 to May 31).

If there is a question about eligibility, your  ORAU Councilor 's Designee ( Chase Schaum ) makes the final determination.
Research projects must fall within one of these five disciplines:
  • Engineering and Applied Science
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematics/Computer Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Policy, Management, or Education

Institutional Limit: 2 Proposals
Internal Deadline: October 25, 2019, 4:45pm
Conflict of Interest Form Updates:

Auburn University's Conflict of Interest Policies require all full-time employees at AU, AUM, ACES & AAES to annually complete a Conflict of Interest/Commitment disclosure. Employees engaging in sponsored research, technology commercialization, or related activities also have the responsibility of disclosing as required by sponsors and Auburn policies.  Auburn University Division of Institutional Compliance & Privacy, the AU Office of the Vice President for Research & Economic Development, and the AUM Office of Research & Sponsored Programs use COI-SMART to facilitate this process. 

Submitting a Disclosure Questionnaire:
COI-SMART allows employees to complete the required disclosure questionnaire with password-protected, online submission of the questionnaire. You may save your questionnaire and return to complete it at a later date if necessary.  To access COI-SMART, you can log in at  using your Auburn Username and Password and DUO authentication.

When to Submit and Revise Your Questionnaire:
You should complete the Annual Questionnaire within 60 days of receipt of the email. In addition to this initial disclosure, the policy requires that you revise your questionnaire during the reporting year within 30 days of any change to the previously reported information. 

Available Resources:
Intramural Grants Program (IGP) Update

The Early Career Development Grant PI Eligibility section has been updated:

A Note on PI Eligibility: PI eligibility is limited to faculty that have been at Auburn for five years or less. For this grant, any individual who holds one of the following positions may be identified as a principal investigator for sponsored activities:
  • Tenure track faculty (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Librarian and Archivist )
  • Non-tenure-track research faculty (Assistant Research Professor, Associate Research Professor, Principal Research Scientist/Engineer) Clinical Professors (Assistant Clinical Professor, Associate Clinical Professor) · Research Fellow, Research Engineer

Click the link above to learn more about ORCID in the September TigerTip. ORCID, the Open Researcher & Contributor ID , a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities, ensuring that your work is recognized. ORCID is a non-profit, meaning that there is no cost to sign up or use it!

Reasons to sign up for ORCID:
  • Improve the discoverability of your work
  • Protect your scholarly identity
  • Ensure accurate attribution of your work
  • Consolidate all your information in one place - no need to type in same information over and over (ORCID has integrations with ScienCV, Pivot, CrossRef, and many others) • Automatically update your research profile (if you choose)
  • Required by many funding agencies (e.g., NSF, NIH), (NIH Individual Career Development Awards (K Awards) and Fellowships will require ORCID starting 1/25/2020)
  • Required by an increasing number of publishers (e.g., Science, The Royal Society, PLoS)

The Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities is one of 56 Councils across the United States and its territories to address identified needs by conducting advocacy, systems change, and capacity building efforts that promote self-determination, integration, and inclusion. The Council’s mission is to support independence, advocacy, productivity, and inclusion for Alabamians with developmental disabilities.

The Council’s grant and contractual investments are designed to advance its mission and support the philosophy of full inclusion by working with organizations and communities to achieve our goals. Through this RFP, the Council seeks to support the formation and/or strengthening of self-advocacy organizations and activities led by individuals with disabilities, including cross-disability advocacy initiatives.

Projects should be designed to strengthen the efforts of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to advocate for systems change that will transform fragmented approaches into a coordinated and effective system which ensures that individuals with I/DD and their families participate in the design of, and have access to, needed community services, individualized supports, and other assistance that promote self-determination, independence, productivity, and integration and inclusion in all facets of community life.
Projects should also be designed to strengthen an existing self-advocacy organization or program or establish a new self-advocacy organization or program led by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, by improving an organization’s skill set, organizational structure and/or work to effect policy change. Organizations responding to this RFP may be a local, regional or statewide self-advocacy organization whose purpose is to advocate for changes to policies, programs and systems for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities that encourage inclusive communities.

Full Proposal Due – November 1, 2019 (12pm Central)

The Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities (ACDD) was established by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (Public Law 106-402). By law, not less than 60% of the membership of each Council’s membership must consist of people with developmental disabilities or their family members. Specific state agency representatives also serve as members. The Mission of the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities is to promote and support independence, advocacy, productivity and inclusion for Alabamians with developmental disabilities.

Across the U.S and its territories, Councils on Developmental Disabilities engage in advocacy, systems change, and capacity building to address the most pressing needs of people with developmental disabilities and their families. Councils work as self-governing organizations to empower people to achieve their maximum potential for self-determination, integration, and inclusion into their communities.

This announces the intention of ACDD to solicit creative ideas from public or private entities to support advocacy, system change, and/or capacity building for one of the following AREAS OF INTEREST:

  • Community inclusion
  • Employment projects
  • Leadership and advocacy training
  • Capacity building

Full Proposal Due – October 25, 2019 (12pm Central)

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development (OVPRED) announces the 2020 call for proposals for the Auburn University Intramural Grants Program (IGP). Proposals undergo a thorough evaluation by a peer-review panel. Funding for all IGP grants is for a two year period.

There are four grant categories:
  • Interdisciplinary Team Research Grant: Provides support for research that will significantly advance multiple research fields. The research project must be conducted by at least two investigators from different disciplines. Up to $25,000 contribution from OVPRED.
  • Good to Great Grant: Provides support to enhance the competitiveness of a research proposal that has been favorably reviewed by an extramural grant review panel but not funded. The likelihood of funding on resubmission would increase with the acquisition of additional data or proof of concept. Up to $25,000 contribution from OVPRED.
  • Early Career Development Grant: provides support for faculty embarking on their research program(s). PI eligibility is limited to tenure-track faculty (assistant professor or equivalent title or associate professor or equivalent title), that have been at Auburn for five years or fewer. Up to $10,000 contribution from OVPRED.
  • *Cyber Research Grant: The University’s Cyber Initiative integrates cutting-edge engineering technology with research to develop innovative methods for protecting our nation's cyber security. This includes work to advance Auburn University’s technical expertise and leadership in cyber education and training; open source intelligence and analysis; and cyber security and forensics to include information assurance, intrusion detection and critical infrastructure protection. Up to $50,000 from funding sources.

*Offered with additional funding in conjunction with the IGP. 

All grant categories require a minimum 1:1 match to your funding request.

For additional assistance, please contact Dr. Bob Holm (programmatic assistance; , 4-5877).  

Proposals Due – January 10, 2020 (4:45pm Central)

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development is now accepting applications for the 2020 LAUNCH Innovation Grants Program. 

The LAUNCH program, now in its fourth year, was conceived by the Auburn University Research and Economic Development Advisory Board as a mechanism to bridge the gap between innovative research and the market. The program was created in 2015 with the support of the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development with the goal of creating an endowment of $10 million that would provide annual funding for LAUNCH Innovation grants. To date, the LAUNCH program has awarded a total of $470,000 to entrepreneurial Auburn faculty.

The awards process begins when faculty interested in commercializing university research submit proposals to a LAUNCH evaluation panel, who, through a series of reviews, narrow submissions to a group of up to five finalists. Those finalists will then make presentations to the evaluation panel at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center in the spring of 2020 as part of Auburn's Entrepreneurship Summit. 

LAUNCH Award recipients have the opportunity to work with experts in entrepreneurship from Auburn's Raymond J. Harbert College of Business and with the members of the Innovation Advancement and Commercialization Office to develop the plans and assemble the resources necessary to translate scientific achievement into commercial success. Researchers may also be partnered with Auburn alumni and friends with extensive experience in industries related to the projects.

Applications Due – October 28, 2019 (4:45pm Central)
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