Weekly Funding Opportunities

April 15th, 2015

The weekly updates include:

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ORGS Identified Opportunities


Selected Funding Opportunities


Building Community and Capacity in Data Intensive Research in Education (BCC-EHR) As part of The National Science Foundation’s Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) activity, the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) seeks to enable research communities to develop visions, teams, and capabilities dedicated to creating new, large-scale, next-generation data resources and relevant analytic techniques to advance fundamental research for EHR areas of research. Investigators should think broadly and create a vision that extends intellectually across multiple disciplines and that includes—but is not necessarily limited to—EHR areas of research.

Deadline: September 1

Dear Colleague Letter: Stimulating Research Related to the Science of Broadening Participation

The Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE) and the Directorate for Education & Human Resources (EHR) announce their interest in stimulating research related to the Science of Broadening Participation (SBP). The Science of Broadening Participation will employ the theories, methods, and analytic techniques of the social, behavioral, economic, and learning sciences to better understand the barriers that hinder and factors that enhance our ability to broaden participation in STEM. Scholars with research proposals that contribute to the Science of Broadening Participation should submit proposals to the most relevant programs of the SBE and EHR Directorates. Deadlines vary by program.

The National Science Foundation’s Cognitive Neuroscience  

The Cognitive Neuroscience program seeks highly innovative proposals aimed at advancing a rigorous understanding of human cognition, including how the human brain mediates action, affect, creativity, decision making, intentionality, perception, social processes, and thought.  Topics may bear on core functions such as attention, emotion, empathy, executive processes, language, learning, memory, music, sensory processing, sleep, representation of self and other, reasoning and rhythm. Topics may also include how human cognition develops and changes in the brain across the lifespan.  The program is particularly interested in supporting the development of new techniques and technologies for recording, analyzing, and modeling complex brain activity and human brain mapping.  Deadline:  August 13.

Pilot and Feasibility Clinical Trials in Diabetes, and Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases (R21)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement encourages the submission of pilot and feasibility trials conducted in humans that will lay the foundation for larger clinical trials related to the prevention and/or treatment of diabetes or selected endocrine and genetic metabolic diseases within the mission of The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The program will support short-term clinical trials in humans to acquire preliminary data and/or refine power calculations that would lead to a larger, more definitive study impacting clinical care or health outcomes.

Deadline: June 16

Interdisciplinary Training in Bioinformatics and Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolic Disease (T32)

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to promote the development of an interdisciplinary workforce for conducting bioinformatics research in diabetes, obesity and related metabolic diseases that are relevant to the research mission of The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).  This Funding Opportunity Announcement will support institutional training programs for pre-doctoral and postdoctoral level researchers with backgrounds in bioinformatics, mathematics and/or computational sciences with mentors from both computational and biological backgrounds.

Deadline: November 17

Improving Response to and Programming in Humanitarian Emergencies

This Funding Opportunity Announcement supports the implementation of programs and activities that focus on protecting and improving health in humanitarian and conflict settings. Its purpose is to develop, implement and strengthen public health, information management (including monitoring and evaluation), and the technical capacity of responders in humanitarian and conflict settings. It is intended to build capacities in reproductive health, nutrition, mental health and communicable diseases in humanitarian emergencies.

Deadline: June 5

Lung Cancer Research Program 

The following programs have opened for Fiscal Year 2015: Career Development Award, Clinical Exploration Award, and Idea Development Award. 

Pre-application due June 2; Invited application due September 16.

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Academic Research Program (NARP)  The National Academic Research Program (NARP) is focused on innovative, far-reaching basic and applied research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics having the potential to advance the geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) mission. The objective of the National Academic Research Program (NARP) is to support innovative, high-payoff research that provides the basis for revolutionary progress in areas of science and technology affecting the needs and mission of NGA. This research also supports the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG), which is the combination of technology, systems and organizations that gather, produce, distribute and consume geospatial data and information. This research is aimed at advancing Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) capabilities by improving analytical methods, enhancing and expanding systems capabilities, and leveraging resources for common National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG) goals. The National Academic Research Program (NARP) also seeks to improve education in scientific, mathematics, and engineering skills necessary to advance GEOINT capabilities.  

White papers accepted any time through 8/31/17;

Proposals accepted until 9/30/17.

NASA Advanced Air Transport Technology Project (AATT1)  

This solicitation seeks to stimulate innovation in specific areas to foster the pursuit of revolutionary aircraft concepts and technology development to TRL4-6 by 2025. More specifically, this solicitation is intended to identify and execute high payoff research in the following topic areas:

  1. Ambient Temperature High Efficiency/High Specific Power Inverter for Aircraft Applications
  2. Cryogenic High Efficiency/High Specific Power MW-Class Aircraft Inverter. 

Notice of Intent due April 21; Proposal due May 26.

NASA Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Participating Scientist Program

This call is soliciting investigations primarily involving the ten instruments that comprise the Mars Science Laboratory science payload. Proposals should include a science investigation that addresses one or more of the Mars Science Laboratory science objectives. Selected investigators will become members of the Mars Science Laboratory science team and be expected to work in a collaborative manner with other Mars Science Laboratory science team members after selection.  

Step-1 proposals due May 6; Step-2 proposals due June 3.

Rural Health and Safety Education  

National Institute of Farming and Agriculture requests applications for the Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2015 to address the needs of rural Americans by providing individual and family health education programs.  

Deadline: May 21

University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research

The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to establish and administer a University Coalition for Basic and Applied Fossil Energy Research and Development. This includes establishing an initial, technically sound base membership and providing a mechanism for flexible addition of new members in the future. The Coalition will be operated by a fully accredited U.S. university, or group of universities, with the majority of the Research and Development funds to be utilized by university and academic members to perform basic and applied fossil energy-related research projects. The Coalition will rely on a multi-disciplinary collaboration of researchers from universities to address fundamental research underlying applied problems in fossil energy technologies. 

Deadline: June 8

Research and Development of Innovative Technologies for Low Impact Hydropower Development

The Department Of Energy will solicit innovative ideas to harness hydropower that can be rapidly built, removed, and replaced when necessary. Applicants will be encouraged to provide new concepts for alternative hydropower systems that will lower costs of civil infrastructure development, can be deployed in a maximum of 2 years with relatively low environmental impacts, and can be removed or replaced after their intended life is completed. These concepts and systems will be able to operate at a cost that is competitive with traditional sources of generation. NOTE: Purdue is eligible to submit a proposal as lead institution for topic #2 (Research on innovative methods and/or materials for construction of conventional hydropower facilities) only.  A webinar for this Funding Opportunity Announcement will be held on Tuesday, April 21. 

Concept paper due May 7; Application due June 15.

Education Research, Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences, and Education Research and Development Center Program   

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) will conduct eight research competitions in FY 2016 through two of its centers: The Institute’s National Center for Education Research (NCER) will hold six competitions: one competition for education research, one competition for education research training, one competition for education research and development centers, one competition for statistical and research methodology in education, one competition for partnerships and collaborations focused on problems of practice or policy, and one competition for research networks. The Institute’s National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) will hold two competitions: one competition for special education research and one competition for special education research training. 

Deadline:  August – exact day varies by opportunity.

Digital Projects for the Public

Digital Projects for the Public grants support projects that significantly contribute to the public’s engagement with the humanities. Digital platforms—such as websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games, and virtual environments—can reach diverse audiences and bring the humanities to life for the American people. The program offers three levels of support for digital projects: grants for Discovery projects (early-stage planning work), Prototyping projects (proof-of-concept development work), and Production projects (end-stage production and distribution work).

Deadline: June 10

Smithsonian Institute Center for Tropical Forest Science – Forest Global Earth Observatories (CTFS-ForestGEO) Research Grants

Smithsonian Institute Center for Tropical Forest Science – Forest Global Earth Observatories (CTFS-ForestGEO) funds research projects associated with the CTFS-ForestGEO network of Forest Dynamics Plots. The program is intended to provide opportunities for senior researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students to use existing Forest Dynamics Plots and conduct research in collaboration with scientists currently associated with these plots.

Deadline: June 15

American Heart Association 

The American Heart Association (AHA) is accepting applications for research funding for summer 2015 programs.  Multiple opportunities available.  See website for details.

Eurasia Foundation US-Russia University Partnership Program (UPP) Linkage Project Funding 

UPP invites pairs of Russian and US higher education institutions to submit jointly-developed proposals for mutually-beneficial projects that build partnerships between institutions in both countries.  Applicants may request a combined total of up to US $41,000 to establish their partnership, with the partner institutions expected to contribute a combined total of at least $5,000 in additional cost-share themselves. 

Deadline: May 18

Horses & Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) Innovation Grant

Horses & Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) Innovation Research Grants will foster research focused on new ideas that have strong potential for a meaningful impact to bridge the gaps in our understanding of horse-human interactions. The goal of the program is to advance our scientific understanding of the relationship between horses and humans and their role in contributing to the wellness of people. The goal is to connect practice with scientific knowledge through supporting the development of innovative research with high-impact potential that might not be funded through traditional channels.

Letter of Intent due May 15.

Limited Submission


If interested in submitting a Limited Submission Proposal please contact Kristin Sarver at Research.

Pre-proposals and rankings to the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships (EVPRP) should be e-mailed to Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships. Purdue’s open limited submission competitions, limited submission policy, and templates for pre-proposals may be found at Limited Submissions.  For any case in which the number of pre-proposals received is no more than the number of proposals allowed by the sponsor, the EVPRP will notify the PI(s) that an internal competition will be unnecessary.

Limited Submission:  Jointly Sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (JSPTPN) (T32)

The Jointly Sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Pre-doctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (JSPTPN) supports broad and fundamental research training in the neurosciences via institutional NRSA research training grants at domestic institutions of higher education. Trainees appointed to this training grant are financially supported for either one or two years, during the first 2 years of their graduate research training. The primary objective is to prepare individuals for careers in neuroscience that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation. For this opportunity, Purdue is limited to one application.

Internal deadline: Email EVPRPlimited by April 27.

Sponsor deadline:  June 10

Limited Submission:  Epicenters for the Prevention of Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) – Cycle II  

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to expand the number of Center for Disease Control (CDC) Prevention Epicenters to translate basic, epidemiologic and technologic discoveries into new strategies for preventing healthcare-associated transmission of Ebola and/or infectious pathogens (viral or bacterial) that can be spread by mechanisms similar to Ebola. This might include, but is not limited to, project proposals that focus on the effectiveness of personal protective equipment against such pathogens, healthcare worker self-contamination with pathogens, or the role of the healthcare environment in pathogen transmission. For this opportunity, Purdue is limited to one application.

Internal deadline: Email EVPRPlimited by April 27.

Sponsor deadline:  June 1

Limited Submission: Feminist Review Trust  

The Feminist Review Trust supports projects that help transform the lives of women. The primary focus areas for 2014 international applications include:  violence again women, disabled women and girls, and financial literacy and business skills.  For this call, Purdue is limited to one application.

Internal deadline:  Email EVPRPlimited by April 27.


Sponsor deadline:  May 31

Anticipated Funding Opportunities


These solicitations are anticipated to be released soon based on the timing of previous solicitations for the program or notices of intent to publish. We are posting this information to help with proposal planning efforts but please keep in mind that the release dates and/or scope of a solicitation can change from year-to-year so be sure to read the solicitation carefully once it is released.

Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for The Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers for Health Disparities Research Focused on Precision Medicine (U54)

This new Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers Funding Opportunity Announcement is expected to be published in the spring of 2015 with an expected application due date in late summer 2015.



Notice of Potential Delays to National Institute of Health Issuing Awards in May 2015 

Submissions using eRA Commons and ASSIST will also be affected by this system upgrade.



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