Weekly Funding Opportunities

April 14, 2014

The weekly updates include:

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:

Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)  The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and develop understandings of deeper learning by participants.

Partnerships and Collaborations Focused on Problems of Practice or Policy  The Director of the Institute of Education Sciences (Institute) announces the Institute’s FY 2015 competitions for grants to support education research and special education research. The Director takes this action under the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002. The Institute’s purpose in awarding these grants is to provide national leadership in expanding fundamental knowledge and understanding (1) of developmental and school readiness outcomes for infants and toddlers with or at risk for disability, and (2) of education outcomes for all students from early childhood education through postsecondary and adult education.

Education Research The central purpose of the institute’s research grant programs is to provide parents, educators, students, researchers, policymakers, and the general public with reliable and valid information about education practices that support learning and improve academic achievement and access to education opportunities for all students. In carrying out its grant programs, the institute provides support for programs of research in areas of demonstrated national need.

Selected Funding Opportunities

NSF Dear Colleague Letter – New Science and Engineering Indicators for K-12 STEM Education The purpose of this DCL is to invite EAGER proposals to conduct exploratory work in its early stages on untested but potentially transformative research ideas of approaches necessary to move forward to design and develop measures of one or more of these newly identified indicators for use in monitoring and improving the STEM education system.  Deadline: May 15

NSF Geomorphology and Land Use Dynamics This program supports innovative research into processes that shape and modify landscapes over a variety of length and time scales. The program encourages research that investigates quantitatively the coupling and feedback among such processes, their rates, and their relative roles, especially in the contexts of variation in climatic, biologic, and tectonic influences and in light of changes due to human impact.  Deadline:July 16

NIH Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training (IPERT) (R25)  The goal of this program is to support creative and innovative educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. To this end, this FOA encourages activities with a primary focus on courses for skills development, structured mentoring activities, and outreach programs. Deadline: June 9

NIH Physical Sciences-Oncology Network (PS-ON): Physical Sciences-Oncology Centers (PS-OC) (U54) The Physical Science-Oncology Centers (PS-OCs) will serve as hubs for the collaborative Physical Sciences-Oncology Network. The goal of the PS-OC Program and broader Network is to promote a physical sciences perspective of cancer and foster the convergence of physical science and cancer research by forming transdisciplinary teams of physical scientists (e.g., engineers, chemists, computer scientists, mathematicians, physicists) and cancer researchers (e.g., cancer biologists, oncologists, pathologists) to work closely together to advance our understanding of cancer biology and oncology.  Deadline: June 9

DOD-CDMRP Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) The BCRP seeks to accelerate high-impact research with clinical relevance, encourage innovation and stimulate creativity, and facilitate productive collaborations.

  • Era of Hope Scholar Award  Pre-Application due August 1; Application due August 15.
  • Innovator Award  Pre-Application due May 14; Invited Application due August 15.
  • Breakthrough Award Levels 1 & 2  Pre-Application due May 14; Application due May 28.
  • Breakthrough Award Levels 3 & 4  Pre-Application due May 14; Invited Application due August 15.

DOD-AFA Research of Technologies Advancing Corrosion Prevention and Control This call is focused on research to develop specific capabilities to prevent and control corrosion and degradation of materials and structures of systems and facilities, with the ultimate goal of reducing costs, improving availability of systems, and increasing the safety of military, government, and industry assets.  Specific research areas of interest include: Performance Prediction through Modeling, Simulation, and Testing; Surface and Finish Treatments; Coatings; and Product Support.  White papers due May 9; Full proposals due upon request.

NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology Postdoctoral and Student Research and Visiting Fellow Measurement Science and Engineering Program  The NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) is soliciting applications to develop and implement with the CNST a Postdoctoral and Student Researcher and Visiting Fellow Measurement Science and Engineering Program. This program is intended to promote research, training, and practical experience in nanoscale science and technology on-site at the CNST, and to support collaboration in advancing the CNST’s mission to support the development of nanotechnology through research on measurement and fabrication methods, standards and technology, and by operating a state-of-the-art nanofabrication facility.  Deadline: May 1

USDA-NIFA Special Research Grants Program – Potato Breeding Research  The purpose of this grant program is to support potato research programs that focus on varietal development and testing of potato varieties for commercial production. As used herein, varietal development and testing is research using classical breeding and/or biotechnological approaches to develop improved potato varieties.  Deadline: May 15

USDA-NIFA Supplemental and Alternative Crops Grants Program In FY 2014, this program will support the development of canola as a viable supplemental and alternative crop in the U.S.  Knowledge and germplasm gaps must be filled, including: 1) adaptation of varieties of canola to address emerging issues of importance to U.S. agriculture; 2) establishment and extension of various methods of planting, cultivating, harvesting, and processing canola; and 3) transfer of such applied research to on-farm practice as soon as practicable.  Deadline: May 8

NEH Digital Projects for the Public  This program supports projects such as websites, mobile applications, games, and virtual environments that significantly contribute to the public’s engagement with humanities ideas. Projects must be analytical and deeply grounded in humanities scholarship in a discipline such as history, religion, anthropology, jurisprudence, or art history. Deadline: June 11

NEH Bridging Cultures Through Film: International Topics This program supports films that examine international themes and subjects in the humanities. The films are meant to spark Americans’ engagement with the broader world by exploring countries and cultures outside of the U.S.  Deadline: June 11

Mazda Foundation Grants Mazda Foundation awards grants promoting education and literacy, environmental conservation, cross-cultural understanding, social welfare, and scientific research.  Application Deadline: July 1

NCIIA Course and Program Grants These grants are awarded for the purpose of strengthening existing curricular programs or building new programs in technology-based invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Proposals may request support for a single course, a course sequence, a certificate program, a minor or major, extracurricular programs or a combination of these.  Deadline: May 9

Limited Submission

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

Limited Submission:  DOE Technology Incubator for Wind Energy Innovations  EERE’s Wind & Water Power Technologies Office seeks to fund R&D in technology approaches and solutions that are not currently represented in the Office’s Multi-Year Program Plan and/or existing project portfolio. This Incubator FOA represents an opportunity to support novel and non-incremental technology approaches and to ultimately facilitate identification and future inclusion of highly promising, emerging technology approaches into the Office’s Multi-Year Program Plans and future program portfolios. The FOA will accept applications for any and all ideas that have a significant potential to advance the mission of the Wind Program. Topics of interest include the following:

  • Open topic
  • Novel measurement techniques for turbine-wake measurements
  • Energy capture above 500 ft.
  • Remote sensing concepts for wind resource assessment and characterization
  • Prognostic structural health monitoring

For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application as lead institution.  Due to the short deadline, we request faculty to submit modified versions of the concepts paper in lieu of our typical LOIs and preproposals.  Instructions regarding this concept paper are attached. 

Internal Deadline:  Submit internal concept paper by April 14 to OVPRlimited@purdue.edu.

Sponsor Deadlines: Concept paper due April 28; Full application due May 30.


Limited Submission: DOE Wind Forecasting Improvement Project in Complex Terrain  This FOA is aimed at improving the physical understanding of atmospheric processes which directly impact the wind industry forecasts and incorporate the new understanding into the foundational weather forecasting models. The awardee, in partnership with DOE, NOAA, and a Balancing Authority, will conduct a field campaign in an area of complex terrain (Rocky Mountains and the Pacific coastline) to assess how physical processes alter wind speeds at hub heights. From this research, the team will work to develop physical modeling schemes or atmospheric theories that can be incorporated in foundational weather models to improve wind forecasting. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application as lead institution.

Internal Deadline:  Contact OVPRlimited@purdue.edu by April 14. 

Sponsor Deadlines: Concept paper due May 5; Full application due June 5.


Limited Submission: NSF International Research Network Connections (IRNC) The IRNC program supports high performance network connectivity required by international science and engineering research and education collaborations involving the NSF research community.  NSF expects to make a set of awards to: (1) link U.S. research networks with peer networks in other parts of the world and leverage existing international network connectivity; (2) support U.S. infrastructure and innovation of open network exchange points; (3) drive innovation and state-of-the-art capabilities for Research and Education (R&E) Network Operation Centers (NOC); (4) stimulate the development, application and use of advanced network measurement capabilities and services across international network paths; and (5) support community engagement in training and human and network capacity building, and coordination in advanced network engineering.  This program supports international research network connections across five areas: Production network connections and services (IRNC:Backbone); Infrastructure and Innovation of U.S. R&E Open Exchange Points (IRNC: RXP); a centralized facility for NOC operations and innovation (IRNC: NOC);  Advanced Network Measurement Infrastructure (IRNC: AMI); and Global R&E network engineering community engagement and coordination (IRNC: ENgage:).  For this opportunity, Purdue is limited to two applications for the IRNC: Backbone program.  There are no limitations on submissions to the other IRNC programs.

Internal deadline:  Contact OVPRlimited@purdue.edu by April 21 if you plan an IRNC: Backbone proposal.

Sponsor deadline:  July 7


Limited Submission: NIH Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (P30)  This FOA supports applications for Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (OAICs) centers of excellence in geriatrics research and research career development. The OAIC awards are designed to develop or strengthen awardee institutions’ programs that focus and sustain progress on a key area in aging research.  An OAIC may define its selected area of focus.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application.

Internal deadline:  Contact OVPRlimited@purdue.edu by April 21.

Sponsor deadline:  June 24


Limited Submission: DHS Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence – Center Lead The Coastal Resilience Center will conduct research and education to enhance the Nation’s ability to safeguard people, infrastructure, and economies from catastrophic coastal natural disasters such as floods and hurricanes. The Coastal Resilience Center also will consider future climate trends and their impacts on coastal resilience. The Center’s primary geographic focus will be on the East and Gulf Coast regions of the United States.  Applicants for COE lead institution need to address the substantive research themes that DHS has identified, i.e., Coastal Infrastructure Resilience, Building Resilient Communities, and Disaster Dynamics.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application as a Center Lead.  However, DHS is running a parallel opportunity forCenter Partners to solicit additional projects for potential addition to the COE.  This parallel opportunity follows the same agency deadline but does not limit the number of applications from an institution.

Internal deadline:  Contact OVPRlimited@purdue.edu by April 28 if you plan a Center Lead proposal.

Sponsor deadline:  July 3


Limited Submission: DHS Center of Excellence – Center for Borders, Trade and Immigration Research (CBTIR) – Center Lead The Center for Borders, Trade and Immigration Research will conduct research and education to enhance the Nation’s ability to support DHS and other agencies’ border security and immigration mission goals, including securing the border; facilitating lawful international trade and travel; effectively enforcing our immigration and customs laws; granting immigration and citizenship benefits; promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship; and, ensuring the integrity of our immigration system. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application as a Center Lead.  However, DHS is running a parallel opportunity for Center Partners to solicit additional projects for potential addition to the COE.  This parallel opportunity follows the same agency deadline but does not limit the number of applications from an institution.

Internal deadline:  Contact OVPRlimited@purdue.edu by April 28 if you plan a Center Lead proposal.

Sponsor deadline:  July 3


OVPR Event: NIH Office Hours Perry Kirkham from the Research Development Office of the OVPR will begin offering drop-in office hours for any faculty interested in submitting an NIH proposal.  These sessions will be open format, suitable for discussion of proposals from the idea stage through just prior to submission.  For questions please contact Perry Kirkham, pkirkham@purdue.edu, 496-3645.  The first four sessions will be held as follows:     

Tuesday, April 15, Lilly Hall 1-410 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM

Monday, April 28, Hovde 312, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM

Monday, May 5, Hovde 312, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM

Tuesday, May 6, Lilly Hall 1-410 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM

OVPR Workshop:  Overview of the NSF CAREER Program The Office of the Vice President for Research will host a workshop for untenured faculty in all disciplines who are interested in developing a proposal for the NSF CAREER competition on Thursday, May 1, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, in Stewart Center, Room 322 (Please note the date change from the one originally announced in the Dimensions of Discovery).  Richard Buckius, Vice President for Research, and Sue Grimes, Assistant Director of Research Development Services, will present an overview of the CAREER program and discuss key points to consider when writing a proposal.  Lunch will be provided so pre-registration is required at the link above.  The deadline to register is Monday, April 28th.  For more information, please contact Sue Grimes at sgrimes@purdue.edu.  Information about the CAREER program may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503214.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter – Support for Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure and Research during FY15-FY19 The purpose of this DCL is to inform the natural hazards engineering research community of two forthcoming program solicitations anticipated to be issued between April and June 2014, for the following: (1) operations of natural hazards engineering research infrastructure for FY 2015-FY 2019 and (2) research on multi-hazard resilient and sustainable civil infrastructure.

DOE Notice of Intent to Issue FOA for Biological and Chemical Upgrading for Advanced Biofuels and Products EERE plans to issue the FOA on or about April 15.

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