Weekly Funding Opportunities

November 25th, 2015

The weekly updates include:

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ORGS Identified Opportunities

Selected Funding Opportunities

National Science Foundation (NSF) Dear Colleague Letter: Germination of Research Ideas for Large Opportunities and Critical Societal Needs (GERMINATION) This DCL seeks EAGER proposals with exploratory ideas to design learning frameworks, platforms and/or environments to enable participants to conceive research ideas and questions with potentially transformative outcomes. Motivating Question: How can effective learning frameworks, platforms and/or nurturing experiential environments be designed in which early- and mid-career faculty, as well as graduate students and post-doctoral fellows can be stimulated to germinate transformative research ideas and questions to open large opportunities that address important societal needs? 

Deadline: January 19

National Science Foundation (NSF) Dear Colleague Letter: Integrated National Science Foundation (NSF) Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) INSPIRE has no targeted themes and serves as a funding mechanism for proposals that are required both to be interdisciplinary and to exhibit potentially transformative research (IDR and PTR, respectively). Complementing existing National Science Foundation (NSF) efforts, INSPIRE was created to handle proposals whose: 1) Scientific advances lie outside the scope of a single program or discipline, such that substantial funding support from more than one program or discipline is necessary; 2) Lines of research promise transformational advances; and 3) Prospective discoveries reside at the interfaces of disciplinary boundaries that may not be recognized through traditional review or co-review. Prospective PIs must receive approval to submit a proposal from at least two National Science Foundation (NSF) Program Officers, in intellectually distinct programs, whose expertise is most germane to the proposal topics.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Dear Colleague Letter: Enabling US-Netherlands Collaboration for Privacy Research National Science Foundation (NSF) and Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NOW) encourage submission of joint research proposals for US-based researchers to collaborate with Netherlands-based researchers. The research topics should fit the privacy research goals of National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program. National Science Foundation (NSF) expects to fund a small number of EAGER proposals to enable U.S.-based researchers to collaborate with Netherlands-based researchers.

Two-pager deadline: January 15

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Exploratory/Developmental Bioengineering Research Grants (EBRG) (R21) The purpose of this FOA is to encourage submission of EBRG applications which establish the feasibility of technologies, techniques or methods that: 1) explore a new multidisciplinary approach to a biomedical challenge; 2) are high-risk but have high impact; and 3) develop data that may lead to significant future research. An EBRG application may propose hypothesis-driven, discovery-driven, developmental, or design-directed research and is appropriate for evaluating unproven approaches for which there is minimal or no preliminary data. Deadline: February 16

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Brain Initiative The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is a Presidential project aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain.  Deadline: February 18

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Psychosocial and Behavioral Mechanisms in Bariatric Surgery (R01) The goals of this FOA are to support science that will ultimately help: 1) Improve the ability to identify who is at risk for sub-optimal weight loss, weight regain, and short- or long-term adverse metabolic/physiologic or behavioral outcomes based on behavioral or psychological characteristics and 2) Inform the development of new treatment approaches to be used pre and/or post-surgery to minimize risks and improve outcomes or allow for more tailored patient and procedure selection.

Deadline: April 14

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Human Immunology Project Consortium (U19) This FOA on the Human Immunology Project Consortium solicits applications from single institutions, or consortia of institutions, to participate in a network of human immunology profiling research groups in the area of infectious diseases, including HIV. The purpose of this FOA is to characterize human immune responses/mechanisms elicited by vaccinations, adjuvants or natural infection by capitalizing on recent advances in immune profiling technologies.

Deadline: March 16

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Pulmonary and Cardiovascular Consequences of Inhaled Nicotine (R01) The purpose of this FOA is to stimulate mechanistic research on the pathophysiological effects of inhaled nicotine on the respiratory and cardiovascular systems in the context of non-cancer heart and lung diseases. This FOA invites applications that will investigate effects of nicotine exposure using cellular systems, animal models, and/or humans.

Deadline: February 29

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Advancing Erythroid Cell Biology (R01) This FOA encourages investigator-initiated applications that propose hypothesis-driven research using erythroid cells.  The aim of this program is to support research efforts towards a complete description of the molecular and cellular components of erythropoiesis and how these components function to achieve normal erythropoiesis. 

Deadline: February 5

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Revision Applications for Validation of Mobile/Wireless Health Tools for Measurement and Intervention (R01) This FOA invites revision applications from investigators and institutions/organizations with active National Institutes of Health (NIH) -supported research project awards to support an expansion of the scope of approved and funded projects to incorporate recent advances in mobile/wireless tools to validate these tools for measurement and intervention delivery.

Deadline: March 5

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC): Foundation Functional Mapping of Neuroanatomy and Neurobiology of Organs (OT1) Preapplication These projects will gather critical data and answer critical questions on functional neuroanatomy of organs, and organ function controlled by neural circuits, in order to begin mapping the neuroanatomy and enable development of Comprehensive Mapping Projects. 

Deadline: January 15.  Invited full application (OT2) due upon request.

HHS-CDC Research to Advance Primary Care-Pharmacy Linkage for Medication Review to Reduce Older Adult Falls  The purpose of this research is to investigate sustainable and reproducible models that would link community pharmacists (e.g., independent, chain, franchise, mail order, retail) to primary care providers in a way that would enhance medication review and management to reduce the risk of falls in older adults, and examine the potential health benefits, implementation costs, and  sustainability of the proposed pharmacy-primary care linkages.

Deadline:February 15

Department of Defense (DOD)-DARPA Complex Adaptive System Composition and Design Environment (CASCADE) DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals that will enable and demonstrate new design capabilities for complex adaptive systems. Proposed research should develop and/or exploit innovative approaches in mathematical abstraction and  composition for the design of dynamic, adaptive and resilient systems with unified understanding of system structures, behaviors and interactions across multiple spatiotemporal scales.

Abstract due December 15;

Proposal due February 4.

Department of Defense (DOD)-AFRL Directed Energy (RD) / Space Vehicles (RV) University Cooperative Agreement The AFRL Directed Energy Directorate (RD) and Space Vehicles Directorate (RV) are interested in receiving proposals under this announcement in order to establish university Cooperative Agreements to provide funds to students/professors in a timely manner for the purpose of engaging U.S. colleges and universities in directed energy and space vehicles-related basic, applied, and advanced research projects that are of interest to the Department of Defense. The scope of the research will include the entire spectrum of RD and RV technology that is applicable to the Air Force, including all peripherally-related RD and RV research. Proposals accepted at any time.

Department of Energy (Department of Energy (DOE)) Systems Biology Enabled Research on the Roles of Microbial Communities in Carbon Cycle Processes  In this FOA, applications are solicited for: i.) systems biology studies on regulatory and metabolic networks of microbes, microbial consortia, and microbe-plant interactions involved in biogeochemical cycling of carbon, ii.) development and application of –omics approaches to investigate microbial community functional processes involved in carbon cycling in terrestrial ecosystems.

Pre-application due January 13;

Invited application due March 23.

Department of Energy (Department of Energy (DOE)) Building America Industry Partnerships for High Performance Housing Innovation With this FOA, Department of Energy (Department of Energy (DOE)) will select additional building science project teams in 2016 for the Building America Program to address the “Demonstrating and Integrating Technology” performance goal in the residential building sector. Awardees will conduct applied research, development, and demonstration in real world houses of cost-effective technologies and practices that can help reduce the energy use intensity (EUI) of new single-family homes by 60% and existing single-family homes by 40%, relative to the 2010 average home EUI in each climate zone, by 2020, with a focus on reducing heating and cooling loads.  This FOA has 2 topics: 1) Building America Technology to Market Roadmap Projects, and 2) Home Improvement RD&D Projects.

Concept papers dueDecember 21;

Full applications due February 8.

NASA Early Career Fellowship Program The Early Career Fellowship (ECF) program supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the areas supported by the Planetary Sciences Division. The application to become an ECF does not involve a separate proposal to this program element. Rather, the ECF application is primarily a one-page addition to a normal (full, Step-2) proposal submitted to one of the ROSES Research Program elements listed in the guidelines.

Submissions accepted through March 31.

EPA FY16 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Grants This notice announces the availability of funds to deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field, with a focus on solid and hazardous waste remediation, environmental health and safety, integrated pest management, and wastewater-related training.

Deadline: January 14

National Archives Institutes for Historical Editing  The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to improve the training and education of historical documentary editors. The goal of the program is to both provide technical training in necessary skills and inspire documentary editors to think about how they can contribute to the advancement of the field in the 21st century. 

Deadline: February 11

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.

DOL-EDA H1-B TechHire Partnership Grants The TechHire initiative is a multi-sector approach to train workers with the information technology (IT) skills required for well-paying, middle- and high-skilled, and high-growth jobs across a diversity of industries such as IT, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, financial services, and broadband. The TechHire grant program will focus on individuals who are at least 17 years of age, out-of-secondary school, and have barriers to training and employment opportunities, including individuals with disabilities, individuals with limited English proficiency, or individuals with criminal records with barriers to training and employment. These grants will pilot and scale public-private partnerships among the workforce investment system, education and training providers, and business-related nonprofit organizations. Grants under this program will only be awarded to a partnership of private and public sector entities. To be eligible for consideration, applications must include at least one representative of each of the following three types of entities: a) the workforce investment system; b) education and training providers; and c) business-related nonprofit organizations, an organization functioning as a workforce intermediary for the express purpose of serving the needs of businesses, or a consortium of three or more businesses, or at least three independent businesses. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application as the prime applicant, but multiple applications as a partner applicant (subcontractor).

Internal Deadlines: Contact EVPRPlimited@purdue.edu by December 14.

Sponsor Deadline:  March 11

HHS-CDC Evaluating the Impact of Non-pharmaceutical Measures on the Incidence of Influenza-like Illness (ILI) among K-12 Students in the United States  This project aims to assess the impact of social distancing measures of interest that are implemented alone and/or in combination with improved personal and/or environmental hygiene practices on the incidence of influenza-like illness (ILI) and laboratory-confirmed influenza among K-12 school students and in surrounding communities in the U.S.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application as the prime applicant.

Internal Deadlines: Contact EVPRPlimited@purdue.edu by December 7.

Sponsor Deadline:  January 15


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.



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