Weekly Funding Opportunities

January 28, 2015

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ORGS Identified Opportunities


Selected Funding Opportunities


NSF Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD) The goal of BREAD is to support innovative basic scientific research designed to address key constraints to smallholder agriculture in the developing world. Proposals submitted to BREAD must make a clear and well-defined connection between the outcomes of the proposed basic research and its direct relevance and potential application to agriculture in the developing world. In FY15, activities in two focus areas will be supported: (1) Developing High Throughput, Low Cost Phenotyping Tools and Devices to facilitate assessment of field-based phenotypes, especially for root and tuber crops (PHENO), and (2) Advancing Basic Research in Crop Plants Relevant to Smallholder Agriculture in Developing Countries (ABRDC) to develop critically needed sequence and functional genomics resources to enable basic and applied research in crop plants important for smallholder agriculture.  Deadline: April 27

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Hydrologic Sciences and Physical and Dynamic Meteorology Cooperation Innovative proposals that specifically address challenges existing at the atmospheric-terrestrial boundary, including challenges in process understanding, measurement and modeling can be sent to either program. Proposals in this area of research will be co-reviewed by both programs and will be supported from existing programmatic funds. Proposals are accepted at any time in both the PDM and HS programs.

NIH Prevention Research in Mid-Life Adults This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeks to stimulate research on mid-life adults (those 50 to 64 years of age) that can inform efforts to optimize health and wellness as individual’s age, and prevent illness and disability in later years.

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

NIH Maternal Nutrition and Pre-Pregnancy Obesity: Effects on Mothers, Infants and Children (R01)  This This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications to improve health outcomes for women, infants and children, by stimulating interdisciplinary research focused on maternal nutrition and pre-pregnancy obesity. Deadline: June 5

NIH Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (R35)  The Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) is a grant to provide support for all of the research in an investigator’s laboratory that falls within the mission of NIGMS.  The goal of MIRA is to increase the efficiency and efficacy of NIGMS funding. Deadline: May 20

NIH Systems Biology and Antibacterial Resistance (U01) This This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits applications that use a multi-disciplinary systems biology approach to study the molecular interaction networks of the pathogen and the host in association with antibacterial resistance or in response to treatment of antibacterial resistant infections. Deadline: July 9

DOD-ONR Young Investigator Program (YIP)  Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) Young Investigator Program (YIP) seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment, have begun their first appointment on or after 11/01/09, and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research.  Proposals addressing research areas (as described in the ONR Science and Technology Department section of ONR’s website) which are of interest to ONR Program Officers will be considered. Deadline: March 4

DOD Army Educational Outreach Program The purpose of the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) cooperative agreement (COA) announcement is to solicit proposals for a single-award to a recipient, who will carry out the K-College STEM education and outreach programs on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of the Army to help address the nation’s need of a diverse, agile and highly competent science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) literate talent pool. Through the AEOP COA award, the Army envisions the government to work with a recipient with an established consortium of organizations to collaboratively advance Army-sponsored STEM education and outreach programs, conducted across the United States, Puerto Rico as well as DoD locations in Europe and the Pacific. The Recipient selected to administer programs and functions under the AEOP COA will collaboratively work as a consortium to engage students from underserved and underrepresented populations in STEM experiences during their elementary school years, encourage them to pursue STEM experiences and opportunities in their middle school years, and prepare them for college and career opportunities in their high school and undergraduate years. The projected scope of the cooperative agreement is approximately $190 million over the course of ten (10) years. Deadline: April 28

DOD-DARPA Materials for Transduction (MATRIX) The MATRIX program in DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office is seeking innovative ideas and novel approaches to achieve revolutionary transductional devices and capabilities using materials with energy conversion capabilities and/or strongly correlated properties. Abstract due February 19; Proposal due April 2.

DOD-DARPA Near Zero Power RF and Sensor Operations  DARPA seeks to transform the energy efficiency of unattended sensors through elimination or substantial reduction of the stand-by power consumed by the sensors while they await a signature of interest. The improved energy efficiency is expected to result in an increase in the sensor mission lifetime from months to years. Abstract due February 20; Proposal due April 23.

DOE FY15 Vehicle Technologies Program Wide FOA This FOA supports a broad technology portfolio aimed at developing and deploying cutting-edge advanced highway transportation technologies that reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, while meeting or exceeding vehicle performance and cost expectations. Specifically, these activities contribute to achieving the goals and objectives of the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, with a focus on accelerating the development of advanced batteries, power electronics, and lightweight materials technologies. Concept papers due March 13; Applications due April 10.

DOE Support of Advanced Coal Research at United States Colleges and Universities To develop and sustain a national program of university research, the DOE is interested in innovative and fundamental research pertinent to coal conversion and utilization.  Specifically, applications are sought for the following Areas of Interest: Sensors and Controls and Simulation-Based Engineering. Deadline: March 6

DOE Lab- and Bench-Scale Applications for Research and Development of Transformational Carbon Dioxide Capture Technologies for Coal-Fired Power Plants This FOA seeks development and testing of transformational post-combustion and pre-combustion CO2 capture systems for new and existing coal-based power plants in the USA.  Deadline: March 9

DOE Enabling Technologies for Advanced Combustion Systems The objective of this FOA is to enable further development of technologies for up-scaling chemical looping and oxy-combustion in order to make continued progress toward Advanced Combustion Systems programmatic performance and cost goals through evaluation of novel combustion concepts and applied research and design. Deadline: March 13

L’Oréal USA For Women In Science Program The fellowship program specifically recognizes women post-doctoral scientists for their contributions in STEM fields and for their commitment to serving as role models for younger generations.  Applicants who conduct basic research in the following fields are welcome: life and physical/material sciences, engineering & technology, computer science and/or mathematics.  Deadline: March 20

Dirksen Center Congressional Research Grants

The Center’s first interest is to fund the study of the leadership in the Congress, both House and Senate.  Topics could include external factors shaping the exercise of congressional leadership, institutional conditions affecting it, resources and techniques used by leaders, or the prospects for change or continuity in the patterns of leadership. Deadline: March 1st

Limited Submission


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

Pre-proposals and rankings to the EVPRP should be e-mailed to EVPRPlimited@purdue.edu. 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 Computational Materials Sciences The Office of Basic Energy Sciences of the U.S. Department of Energy 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. Awards will range from $2M to $4M per year for a period of up to four years. Only one application is allowed per lead organization but there is no limit on participation as a subawardee. 

Internal deadlines: 

February 9:  Pre-proposal due to EVPRP.

February 16:  Rankings due to EVPRP.

Sponsor deadlines:  Letter of Intent due February 23; Application due April 17.

Limited Submission: HHS-CDC/NIDDK Natural Experiments of the Impact of Population-targeted Health Policies to Prevent Diabetes and its Complications  This opportunity consists of two components.  Component A proposes to fund rigorous natural experiments of impact of population-targeted health policies and large scale interventions on risk and complications of diabetes, and reducing disparities in these risks and complications.  Component B will fund a Central Coordinating Center to provide organizational, logistic and communication support to enhance the efficiency, productivity, and impact of the Natural Experiments research centers that are funded as part of Component A.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application for each Component.

Internal Deadline:  Contact EVPRPlimited@purdue.edu by February 9 (please specify which component).

Sponsor Deadline:  March 24

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Corporate and Foundation Funding Opportunities



EVPRP Workshop: How to Work with Industry and Evaluating Contracting Options This workshop, which will focus on industry partnerships, contracting processes, and technology transfer, is scheduled for February 24th from 11:30AM-1:00PM, in Stewart Center, room 202.  Geanie Umberger, Assistant Vice President for Research, will discuss the unique concerns and considerations faculty face when working with industry partners as well as the resources in place at Purdue to help faculty develop these relationships. She will also provide details on the industrial contracting processes at Purdue, explain how agreements are negotiated, and discuss new, flexible IP options that are available when working with industry. Dan Hirleman, Chief Corporate and Global Partnerships Officer, will talk about the new Purdue Partners program, which will be starting soon.  Lunch will be served so registration is required at the above link. The deadline for registration is Thursday, Feb. 19th.

DOD-AFRL Proposer Day Announcement: Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute  This announcement is for two Proposers’ Days for the purpose of establishing a state-of-the-art, end-to-end, sustainable Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IMI) in support of flexible hybrid electronics manufacturing technology.   A subsequent full-text announcement for this program is anticipated to be released by 13 February 2015.

DOE Notice of Intent to Issue FOA titled Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstrations It is anticipated that this FOA (DE-FOA-0001224) will be posted to EERE Exchange February 2015.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Neutron Sciences Call for Proposals  Proposals for beam time at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) and Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) are being accepted.  This call is for experiments anticipated to run July through December 2015. 

Deadline: April 8

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