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

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  (Dr. Jennifer Kerpelman) 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
Intramural Grants Program (IGP) Workshops This Week

Successful IGP applicants from years past will come for a panel discussion. Each panelist discuss his or her participation in the IGP as either an applicant or reviewer. The panel as offers insight into preparing a successful IGP proposal.

  • September 25th from 9-11 am in Mell 4546
  • September 26th from 3-5 pm in Mell 3520

Please email Robert Holm at  to RSVP which section you would like to attend.

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. At this time, ACDD announces its intent to support projects in the area of interest Transportation. These initiatives should demonstrate collaboration and cooperation with an overall result of a reliable, efficient transportation system to help assure that persons with developmental disabilities have the same opportunities to access their community as other community members.

Full Proposal Due – October 25, 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 CRRP was initiated by Congress in FY19 with an appropriation of $15 million (M) to pursue military-relevant advanced technology and therapeutic research related to forward deployable solutions that can promptly address life-threatening injuries, medical threats, and treatments for Warfighters in current and future battlefield settings. The Congressional language for the CRRP encompasses research that would enable the Warfighter to better respond to serious injury, as well as solutions to mitigate the long-term effects of battlefield trauma, including:

(1) enhancing battlefield diagnostics for neurological injuries and hemorrhage;
(2) integrated wound care and tissue regeneration therapies;
(3) environmental and wearable sensors, combined with advanced computing, for surveillance and monitoring of chemical and biological threat exposures;
(4) telemedicine applications for battlefield medicine, to allow for better collection, integration, and transfer of patient data from battlefield medical units through transport and treatment;
(5) chemical and biological exposure, countermeasures, and management strategies;
(6) solutions for infectious disease management, including sepsis.

Letter of Intent Due – October 23, 2019 (5pm Eastern)
Full Proposal Due – November 13, 2019 (11:59pm Eastern)
For the tenth consecutive year, NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) seeks to sponsor U.S. citizen, U.S. national and permanent resident graduate student research that has significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our Nation’s science, exploration, and economic future. The development of advanced and innovative space technologies is critical for our Nation to meet its goals to explore and understand the Earth, our solar system, and the universe. Space technology efforts will improve the Nation's leadership in key research areas, enable far-term capabilities, and motivate disruptive innovations that make science, space travel, space exploration and commercial space more effective, affordable, and sustainable. NASA’s pursuit of a suite of revolutionary discoveries will also lead to major breakthroughs that are needed to address energy, health, transportation, and environmental challenges.

NASA Space Technology Graduate Researchers will perform innovative space technology research and will improve America’s technological competitiveness by providing the Nation with a pipeline of innovative space technologies. NASA Space Technology Graduate Researchers will perform research at their respective campuses and at NASA Centers. In addition to their faculty advisor, each recipient will be matched with a technically relevant and community-engaged NASA researcher who will serve as the research collaborator on the award. Through this collaboration, graduate students will be able to take advantage of broader and/or deeper space technology research opportunities directly related to their academic and career objectives, acquire a more detailed understanding of the potential end applications of their space technology efforts, and directly disseminate their research results within the NASA community.

Proposals Due – November 5, 2019 (5pm 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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