Weekly Funding Opportunities

February 10, 2016

The weekly updates include:

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ORGS Identified Opportunities

NSF Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum (EARS) The NSF’s Directorates for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Engineering (ENG), and Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) are coordinating efforts to identify bold new concepts with the potential to contribute towards significant improvements in the efficiency of radio spectrum utilization, protection of passive sensing services, and the ability for traditionally underserved Americans to benefit from current and future wireless-enabled goods and services. This EARS program solicitation seeks to fund innovative collaborative research addressing large-scale challenges that transcend the traditional boundaries of existing programs. Deadline: May 3


NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Zika Virus The purpose of this DCL is to announce that the Ecology & Evolution of Infectious Disease (EEID) program is interested in receiving proposals relevant to the ongoing spread of the Zika virus. Proposals may be submitted through one of two routes: as a submission to the annual call for EEID proposals or as a RAPID proposal. Deadlines vary by program.


NIH Improvement of Animal Models for Stem Cell-Based Regenerative Medicine  The intent of this initiative is to facilitate the use of stem cell-based therapies for regenerative medicine. The initiative focuses on the following areas: 1) comparative analysis of animal and human stem cells to provide information for selection of the most predictive and informative model systems; 2) development of new technologies for stem cell characterization and transplantation; and 3) improvement of animal disease models for stem cell-based therapeutic applications.

  • R01  Deadline: June 5
  • R21  Deadline: June 16



NIH Notice of NICHD, NINDS, NIDCR and NIAID’s Interest to Prioritize Zika Virus (ZIKV) Research Areas NICHD, NINDS, NIDCR and NIAID are issuing this Notice to highlight interest in research on Zika virus (ZIKV) as it relates to the mother-infant dyad and sequelae of infection. Deadlines vary by program.


NIH Targets of Low Dose Alcohol in the Brain These FOAs solicit grant applications that define molecular and cellular targets mediating alcohol effects at concentrations of 10 mM and below. It has been well established that alcohol at relatively high concentrations modulate a variety of receptors and ion channels, intracellular signaling cascades, and gene expression in the brain. Significant knowledge gaps, however, remain in understanding how the brain responds to low doses of alcohol and what molecular targets mediate alcohol action at concentrations below 10 mM. The purpose of these FOAs is to support research efforts to identify targets mediating effects of low-dose alcohol at molecular, cellular, and circuit levels. Deadline: April 21



NIH Mechanistic Basis of Diffuse White Matter Disease in Vascular Contributions to Cognitive Impairment and Dementia (VCID)(R01) The purpose of this FOA is to support hypothesis-testing research to elucidate cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie diffuse white matter disease of vascular origin including multifocal, small, and silent brain infarcts that may contribute to cognitive impairment and dementia. Deadline: April 19


NIH Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC): Technologies to Understand the Control of Organ Function by the Peripheral Nervous System (OT1) This NIH FOA solicits pre-applications to develop new and/or enhance existing tools and technologies to be used to elucidate the neurobiology and neurophysiology underlying autonomic control of organs in health or disease, which will ultimately inform next generation neuromodulation therapies. These two-year projects will facilitate technology development for neural mapping activities through the NIH SPARC Common Fund program. Deadlines: March 11 or May 16


DOE Computational Materials Sciences DOE announces its interest in receiving applications in Computational Materials Sciences proposing integrated, multidisciplinary teams that will perform research to develop validated community codes and data bases for predictive design of functional materials, excluding structural materials. Computational Materials Sciences Teams could also involve new approaches to enhance the use of large data sets derived from advanced characterization of materials, materials synthesis, processing, and properties assessments and the parallel data that are generated by large scale computational efforts that model materials phenomena. Letters of Intent due March 7; Application due April 25. 


DOE MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels DOE announces the availability of funds for financial assistance addressing the development of flexible biomass to hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can be modified to produce advanced fuels and/or products based on external factors, such as market demand. These pathways could consist of a route to a platform chemical that could be converted to products or fuels or a route that coproduces chemicals and fuels.  Concept papers due February 26; Applications due April 15.


DOE Regional and Global Climate Modeling and Integrated Assessment Research: An Integration Framework for Multi-Model, U.S. Regional Climate Evaluation that Incorporates Local Human Influences for Research at the Energy-Water-Land Nexus The Climate and Environmental Sciences Division supports a broad range of climate and earth system observational, analysis, and modeling research. Two of the activities within the modeling component of the Division, i.e., the Regional and Global Climate Modeling (RGCM) Activity and the Integrated Assessment Research (IAR) Activity, are collaborating in issuing this FOA. Pre-applications due March 7; Invited applications due April 18.


DOE Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies II / State Energy Strategies (SEESII-SES)  This FOA aims to reduce the soft costs of solar deployment through two approaches, referred to as Topic 1 and Topic 2 in the FOA. The first topic, Topic 1 is targeted at increasing our foundational understanding of technology evolution, soft costs, and barriers to solar deployment in the US. By combining cutting edge research tools with the creation, analysis and functionalization of data and information, this second round of the Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies (SEEDS) program will examine how solar technologies, the electric grid system, and the institutions that create the solar business marketplace support or impede the evolution and diffusion of solar by partnering researchers with data and energy practitioners. Topic 2 will directly tackle soft costs and market barrier challenges at the state and regional level by maximizing the benefits of solar electricity through energy and economic strategic planning. Concept papers due March 8; Applications due May 2.


USDA-NIFA Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive (SACC) Grants Program NIFA requests applications for the SSACC Grants Program for FY16 to significantly increase canola production and/or acreage by developing and testing superior germplasm, improving methods of planting, cultivation, and harvesting, and transferring new knowledge to producers (via Extension) as soon as practicable.  Deadline: April 11


DOC-NIST Graduate Student Measurement Science and Engineering (GMSE) Fellowship Program NIST is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants for a Graduate Student Measurement Science and Engineering (GMSE) Fellowship Program that will provide doctoral-level graduate students with opportunities and financial assistance to obtain laboratory experiences within the NIST laboratories in the STEM disciplines. The recipient will work with NIST to foster collaborative STEM research relationships among NIST, doctoral-level graduate students, and the students’ academic institutions. Deadline: April 7


DOC-NIST Standards Services Curricula Development (SSCD) Cooperative Agreement Program The SSCD Program provides financial assistance to support curriculum development for the undergraduate and/or graduate level. These cooperative agreements support the integration of standards and standardization information and content into seminars, courses, and learning resources for U.S. colleges and universities. The recipients will work with NIST to strengthen education and learning about standards and standardization.  Deadline: April 5


DOC-NOAA/NMFS National Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program (BREP) The mission of the BREP is to develop technological solutions and investigate changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch of fish and protected species, as well as, minimize mortality and injury of bycaught species  Preproposals due March 1; Full proposals due April 15.


EPA National Priorities: Impacts of Water Conservation on Water Quality in Premise Plumbing and Water Distribution Systems EPA is issuing this RFA to fund research into issues of water quality and availability related to distribution systems and premise plumbing systems under lower-flow conditions. The national scope and high priority of these issues of water quality and availability related to premise plumbing and water distribution systems is evidenced by this NRC report, which attests that a substantial proportion of the nation’s waterborne disease outbreaks is attributable to issues within these systems. Deadline: March 17


NEH Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities These NEH grants support national or regional (multistate) training programs for scholars and advanced graduate students to broaden and extend their knowledge of digital humanities. Through these programs, NEH seeks to increase the number of humanities scholars using digital technology in their research and to broadly disseminate knowledge about advanced technology tools and methodologies relevant to the humanities. Deadline: March 15

Gates Foundation Grand Challenges China: New Interventions for Global Health  This challenge focuses on calls for innovative concepts for safe, effective, affordable and widely utilized interventions, such as vaccines and therapeutics, with the potential to protect against the acquisition, progression or transmission of infectious diseases that disproportionately affect the world’s poorest.  This call is in partnership with the National Natural Science Foundation of China and requires substantive collaborations between China-based investigators and those based outside of China.  Deadline: March 14

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: DOE Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) The goal of this FOA is to initiate new multi-investigator, multi-disciplinary EFRCs aimed at accelerating scientific breakthroughs in areas that will be likely to have a dramatic impact on the cost and efficacy of future technologies for nuclear waste cleanup and storage. Topic areas of interest are:  1) novel and innovative methods for characterization, transformation, and separation of nuclear waste; and 2) new materials for long-term storage of nuclear waste, including waste forms.  Research related to contaminant fate and transport in subsurface geological environments is outside the scope of this FOA. Proposals submitted in response to this solicitation must address at least one of the following key priority research directions:

  • Elucidating and exploiting complex speciation and reactivity far from equilibrium
  • Understanding and controlling chemical and physical processes at interfaces
  • Harnessing physical and chemical processes to revolutionize separations
  • Mechanisms of materials degradation in harsh environments
  • Mastering hierarchical structures to tailor waste forms


AND, must also address at least one of the following grand challenges for science and the imagination:

  • How do we control material processes at the level of electrons?
  • How do we design and perfect atom- and energy-efficient synthesis of revolutionary new forms of matter with tailored properties?
  • How do remarkable properties of matter emerge from complex correlations of the atomic or electronic constituents and how can we control these properties?
  • How can we master energy and information on the nanoscale to create new technologies with capabilities rivaling those of living things?
  • How do we characterize and control matter away – especially very far away – from equilibrium?


For this competition, Purdue may submit only one proposal as lead institution.


Internal deadlines:

Monday, February 22: Preproposals due to the EVPRP.

Monday, February 29: Preproposal rankings due to the EVPRP.


Sponsor deadlines:  March 9 – LOI; April 19 – Application


Limited Submission: NIH Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHS CC) (P30) As intellectual hubs for environmental health research, the EHS CC is expected to be the thought leaders for the field and advance the goals of the NIEHS Strategic Plan. The Core Centers provide critical research infrastructure, shared facilities, services and /or resources, to groups of investigators conducting environmental health sciences research.  An EHS CC enables researchers to conduct their independently-funded individual and/or collaborative research projects more efficiently and/or more effectively. The broad overall goal of an EHS CC is to identify and capitalize on emerging issues that advance improving the understanding of the relationships among environmental exposures, human biology, and disease.  The EHS CC supports community engagement and translational research as key approaches to improving public health  For this opportunity, Purdue can submit one proposal.


Internal deadlines: Contact EVPRPlimited@purdue.edu by February 22.


Sponsor Deadline: May 6


Limited Submission: NIH Consortium for Food Allergy Research: Leadership Center (UM2)  The CoFAR Leadership Center (LC) will define the initial overall research strategy of the CoFAR including design and oversight of cutting-edge clinical trials and clinical studies to advance prevention and management strategies and to improve knowledge on the origins and the pathophysiology of IgE-mediated food allergy. To achieve its objectives, the CoFAR LC will work closely and collaborate with the CoFAR Clinical Research Units (CRUs), to select and implement all CoFAR clinical projects. The CoFAR CRUs will be responsible for execution of clinical trials and studies. For this opportunity, Purdue can submit one proposal.


Internal deadlines: Contact EVPRPlimited@purdue.edu by March 7.


Sponsor Deadline: June 30


Limited Submission: NIH Consortium for Food Allergy Research: Clinical Research Units (UM1) The CoFAR Clinical Research Units (CRUs) are responsible for implementation of clinical trials and studies for the Consortium. In addition the CoFAR CRUs will propose multi-center cutting edge clinical trials in the areas of prevention and treatment of food allergy. To achieve Consortium objectives, the CoFAR CRUs will work closely and in collaboration with the CoFAR Leadership Center which will provide the scientific strategy and organizational structure of the CoFAR.  For this opportunity, Purdue can submit one proposal.


Internal deadlines: Contact EVPRPlimited@purdue.edu by March 7.


Sponsor Deadline: June 30




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.

DOE Notice of Intent to issue a FOA for Advanced Systems Level Technology Development, Integration and Demonstration for Efficient Class 8 Trucks (SUPERTRUCK II) It is anticipated that this FOA will be posted to the EERE Exchange website in the March 2016 timeframe




NSF Dear Colleague Letter: ACI & CAREER  


NSF’s FY17 Budget Request to Congress (PDF)


EPA’s Proposed FY17 Budget


HHS-ACL FY17 Budget Statement





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