Weekly Funding Opportunities

October 22, 2014

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ORGS Identified Opportunities

1. External Funding Opportunities

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies (ORGS) has updated the weekly funding information received from the Purdue Office of Vice President for Research on the ORGS website.

In addition, there are other funding opportunity resources such as General Search Engines and Federal Sponsors on the ORGS website. You are highly encouraged to use Pivot (formerly COS) to set up your Expertise Profile and Keywords of the Areas of Interest to setup E-Mail Alerts based on individual selection criteria.

The following funding opportunities were identified on Pivot, grants.gov, nih.gov, and nsf.gov this week:

AIST T.C. Graham Prize   Established in April 2014 with a US$100,000 donation to the Association for Iron & Steel Technology by Mr. Thomas C. Graham Sr., the purpose of the T. C. Graham Fund for Innovation In Steel Application is to sponsor an annual contest to encourage and recognize innovative applications for steel that may lead to the development of new markets. The winning entry will receive a US$20,000 cash prize. Deadline to submit this application is 31 Dec 2014.

Selected Funding Opportunities

NIH Systems Developmental Biology for Understanding Embryonic Development and the Ontogeny of Structural Birth Defects (R01)  The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to promote systems developmental biology. In the context of this FOA, systems developmental biology is defined as research focused on understanding how biological components work together to produce the complex biological phenomena encompassing embryonic development. Deadlines:  December 15 – LOI; January 15 – Application. 

NIH Innovative Technologies for Differential Diagnosis of Acute Febrile Illnesses (R21/R33)  The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit applications for early-stage translational research projects focused on the development of innovative, unbiased next generation, differential diagnostic technologies for acute febrile illnesses caused by infectious pathogens, excluding HIV. Deadlines:  January 2 – LOI; February 2 – Application.

NIH Physical Sciences-Oncology Network (PS-ON): Physical Sciences-Oncology Projects (PS-OP) (U01)  The goal of the PS-OPs is to foster the convergence of physical sciences approaches and perspectives with cancer research to advance our understanding of cancer biology and oncology by forming small transdisciplinary teams of physical scientists and cancer biologists/physician scientists. Examples of physical scientists may include engineers, physicists, mathematicians, chemists, and computer scientists. The PS-OPs, individually and as a collaborative Network along with other PS-OPs and the Physical Sciences-Oncology Centers (PS-OC), will support transdisciplinary research that: (1) establishes a physical sciences perspective within the cancer research community; (2) facilitates team science and field convergence at the intersection of physical sciences and cancer research; and (3) collectively tests physical sciences-based experimental and theoretical concepts of cancer and promotes innovative solutions to address outstanding questions in cancer research.  Deadlines:  January 15 – LOI; February 26 – Application.

NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards (DP5)  The NIH Director’s Early Independence Award Program supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or clinical residency, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career.  Deadline: December 30.

NIH Brain Somatic Mosaicism and its Role in Psychiatric Disorders (Collaborative UO1)  The key objective of this FOA is to encourage interdisciplinary collaborative applications aimed at understanding the role of somatic mosaicism in the development of neuropsychiatric disorders. Preference will be given to projects which are proposed by a highly interactive and synergistic team of investigators with complementary expertise. Successful applications will include expertise in genetics, neuro-developmental biology, psychiatry, high-throughput single-cell analysis, whole genome sequence analysis, computational bioinformatics, and or other fields relevant to the FOA. Deadlines:  January 24 – LOI; February 24 – Application.

NSF Manufacturing Machines and Equipment (MME)  The MME program supports fundamental research leading to improved manufacturing machines and equipment, and their application in manufacturing processes. Key goals of the program are to advance the transition of manufacturing from skill-based to knowledge-based activities, and to advance technologies that will enable the manufacturing sector to reduce its environmental impacts. A focus is on the advancement of manufacturing machines and related systems engineering that will enable energy manufacturing, namely the manufacture of facilities and equipment that will enable the conversion of renewable resources into energy products such as electricity and liquid fuels, on a large scale. The program also supports research on additive manufacturing, laser processing and bonding/joining processes encompassing feature scales from microns to meters. Deadline:  February 17.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter:  Sustaining CISE Research Infrastructure  Through its CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) program, the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) supports world-class research infrastructure enabling focused research agendas in computer and information science and engineering. The CRI program funds both the creation of new infrastructure as well as the enhancement of existing infrastructure. Proposals focused exclusively on enhancing community use and continuing operational support with a plan for long-term sustainability may request funds up to $1 million.  Deadline:  November 6.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter:  Ebola Virus  In light of the recent emergence of the lethal Ebola virus in the US, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting proposals to conduct non-medical, non-clinical care research that can be used immediately to better understand how to model and understand the spread of Ebola, educate about prophylactic behaviors, and encourage the development of products, processes, and learning that can address this global challenge.  Proposals will be accepted through the RAPID funding mechanism. 

NSF National Robotics Initiative  The goal of the National Robotics Initiative is to accelerate the development and use of robots in the United States that work beside or cooperatively with people. Innovative robotics research and applications emphasizing the realization of such co-robots working in symbiotic relationships with human partners is supported by multiple agencies of the federal government including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). The purpose of this program is the development of this next generation of robotics, to advance the capability and usability of such systems and artifacts, and to encourage existing and new communities to focus on innovative application areas. It will address the entire life cycle from fundamental research and development to manufacturing and deployment. Deadline:  January 14.

NSF Science, Technology and Society (STS)  The STS program supports research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate the intellectual, material, and social facets of the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines. It encompasses a broad spectrum of STS topics including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues that are closely related to STEM disciplines, including medical science. Deadline: February 2.

NSF Engineering and Systems Design (ESD)  This program supports fundamental research leading to new engineering and systems design methods and practices for specific global contexts. In particular, ESD seeks intellectual advances in which the theoretical foundations underlying design and systems engineering are operationalized into rigorous and pragmatic methods for a specific context. In addition, the program funds the rigorous theoretical and empirical characterization of new or existing methods for design and systems engineering, identifying in which global contexts and under which assumptions these methods are effective and efficient.  Deadline:  February 17.

DOE Solid State Lighting Program  The DOE SSL program addresses two overarching objectives:  1. Overcoming technical and design barriers to high-quality solid-state lighting; and 2. Establishing the foundations for successful market introduction. For the purpose of this FOA, six topics areas are of interest:  LED Core Technology Research, OLED Core Technology Research, LED Product Development-Novel LED Luminaire System, OLED Product Development; LED Manufacturing Research and Development, and OLED Manufacturing Research and Development. Cost share is required and amount varies by topic. Deadlines:  November 14 – Concept paper; January 14 – Application.

DOE Generators for Small Electrical and Thermal Systems (GENSETS)  The GENSETS Program GENerators for Small Electrical and Thermal Systems seeks to fund the development of potentially disruptive generator technologies that will enable widespread deployment of residential Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems. The GENSETS Program seeks transformative generators/engines with 1 kW of electrical output (kWe) that have high efficiency (40% fuel to electricity), long life (10 years), low cost ($3,000 per system), and low emissions. Deadline:  December 1 – Concept paper; TBD – Application.

DOE Landscape Design for Sustainable Bioenergy Systems  EERE is seeking interdisciplinary projects that apply landscape design approaches to integrate cellulosic feedstock production into existing agricultural and forestry systems while maintaining or enhancing environmental and socio-economic sustainability including ecosystem services and food, feed, and fiber production. For the purposes of this FOA, cellulosic feedstock production refers to dedicated annual and perennial energy crops, use of agricultural and forestry residues, or a combination of these options. Deadlines:  November 21 – Concept paper; January 12 – Full application.

DOD-ONR Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Education, Outreach, and Workforce Program (STEM)  The ONR seeks proposals for developing innovative solutions that directly support the development and maintenance of a robust STEM workforce. The goal of any proposed effort should be to provide “game changing” solutions that will establish and maintain a diverse pipeline of U.S. citizens who are interested in uniformed or civilian DoN (or Navy and Marine Corps) STEM related workforce opportunities. While this announcement is relevant for any stage of the STEM pipeline, for FY15, funding efforts will be targeted primarily towards High School, Post-Secondary education, and outreach designed to enhance the DoN (or Naval) STEM workforce and its mission readiness. Deadline:  September 30, 2015.

USAID Livestock Production for Improved Nutrition Program  USAID/Bangladesh is seeking assistance to increase livestock productivity, improve access to hygienic, diverse and quality food as well as improve the nutrition status of rural households in Bangladesh with a focus on the Feed the Future Zone of Influence (FTF ZOI), which consists of 20 districts within the South central and Southwestern region of the country. The program is comprised of three inter-related components: Component 1: Increased Livestock Productivity Component 2: Improved Access of Rural Households to Hygienic, Diverse and Quality Food Component 3: Improved Nutrition Related Behaviors of Rural Households. Deadline:  November 20.

Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research Scholars Program  The Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research funds the Kimmel Scholars Program, which each year, provides research grants to the nation’s most promising young cancer researchers. Applications are limited to those who achieved the equivalent rank of Assistant Professor on or after July, 2011. These awards are designed for researchers who do not yet have their own R01 funding. Applicants will be judged on the basis of quality of prior work, research proposed and letters of support. Deadline:  December 3.

Boston University Center for Future Technologies in Cancer Care  The Center for Future Technologies in Cancer Care seeks proposals that focus on translational technologies that meet a need in contemporary cancer care. Proposals can focus on needs in the areas of diagnosis or treatment. Diagnosis includes screening and staging of both new and recurrent disease. Treatment can include improved treatment mechanisms (e.g. drug delivery methods), treatment monitoring methods, and/or quality of life interventions for patients in treatment. Applications that address a need in underserved populations will be prioritized. Submission is open to anyone eligible to apply for an NIH R grant. There is no requirement for applicants to be affiliated with Boston University or to collaborate with affiliates of Boston University. Deadlines:  November 3 – Preproposal; December 10 – Full proposal.

Limited Submission

If interested in submitting a Limited Submission Proposal please contact Kristin Sarver at research@purduecal.edu.

Limited Submission:  NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) The National Science Foundation has issued its RFP for the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program.  The program provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally. For the purposes of the MRI program, proposals must be for either acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use.  Instrument acquisition or development funding ranges from $100,000-$4 million and has a mandatory 30% cost share requirement. Proposals that request funds from NSF less than $100,000 may also be accepted for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences.

Purdue may submit up to three proposals, at least one of which must be for instrument development.  Faculty may not participate in any (funded) way in instrument acquisition or development proposals led by other institutions, including Purdue regional campuses, outside of the three proposals selected through Purdue’s limited submission process.

Internal deadlines:

Monday, November 3:  Preproposals due to the EVPRP (please indicate acquisition or development in the title).

Monday, November 10:  Review committee rankings due to the EVPRP.

NSF deadline:  January 22, 2015

Limited Submission:  NIH Institutional Center Core Grants to Support Neuroscience Research (P30)  This FOA invites applications for Center Core Grants that provide resources and facilities shared by a minimum of six NINDS-supported investigators, and supporting a wider base of neuroscience research. The proposed Centers should offer services and expertise that would be difficult or impractical to support in individual labs. The Centers are expected to capitalize on economies and synergies associated with shared resources, and to foster a collaborative environment among neuroscientists at host institutions.  Only one application is allowed per institution.

Internal deadlines:

Monday, November 3:  Contact EVPRPlimited@purdue.edu.

NIH deadlines:  November 29 – LOI; December 29 – Application.


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