Weekly Funding Opportunities

September 30th, 2015

The weekly updates include:

PLEASE NOTE: Pivot [formerly Community of Science (COS)] E-mail Alerts, set up individually by faculty members, are Purdue’s primary resource for timely funding information in all disciplines. More information about Pivot and other E-mail alert services and search tools may be found at the bottom of this page, under “Funding Resources.”

ORGS Identified Opportunities

Selected Funding Opportunities

National Science Foundation (NSF) Dimensions of Biodiversity FY16  The goal of this campaign is to transform, by 2020, how we describe and understand the scope and role of life on Earth. This campaign promotes novel integrative approaches to fill the most substantial gaps in our understanding of the diversity of life on Earth. It takes a broad view of biodiversity, and focuses on the intersection of genetic, phylogenetic, and functional dimensions of biodiversity.

Deadline: March 17

National Science Foundation (NSF) Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) This program supports the generation of extended time series of data to address important questions in evolutionary biology, ecology, and ecosystem science. The Program intends to support decadal projects.

Deadline: January 25

National Science Foundation (NSF) Focused Research Hubs in Theoretical Physics (FRHTP) The FRHTP are designed to enhance significant breakthroughs at an intellectual frontier of physics by providing resources beyond those available to individual investigators, so as to promote a collaborative approach to a focused topic while promoting the preparation of scientists at the beginning of their independent scientific careers. Although interdisciplinary aspects may be included, the bulk of the effort must fall within the purview of the Division of Physics. The specific hub topics for this solicitation are: Quantum Information Science and Theoretical Nuclear Physics.

Deadline: January 22

National Science Foundation (NSF) Dear Colleague Letter: Optics and Photonics (OP) To address the national need in supporting basic research in optics and photonics and translating results of research to applications, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announces a new crosscutting program, PD 15-9102, Optics and Photonics (OP).The Optics and Photonics program is an National Science Foundation (NSF)-wide crosscutting activity that involves multiple Divisions within the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), the Directorate for Engineering (ENG), the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO), and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). Because the field of optics and photonics is inherently interdisciplinary in nature, often requiring expertise across traditional disciplinary boundaries, OP will enable the research community to achieve breakthrough scientific and technological progress.

Deadlines vary by program element.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) BRAIN Initiative: Research Opportunities Using Invasive Neural Recording and Stimulating Technologies in the Human Brain (U01) This FOA seeks applications to assemble integrated, multi-disciplinary teams to overcome fundamental barriers.  Projects should investigate high-impact questions in human neuroscience and disorders of the human nervous system.  The research should be offered as experimental projects, or exploratory research and planning activities, for building teams, generating data and empirical results that will later compete for continued funding under new or ongoing FOAs of the BRAIN Initiative or under National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institute appropriations. 

Deadline: December 15    

Department of Defense (DOD)-AMRMC BAA for Extramural Medical Research Research and development funded through this BAA are intended and expected to benefit and inform both military and civilian medical practice and knowledge. The following programs are open: Military Infectious Diseases, Combat Casualty Care, Military Operational Medicine, Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine, Medical Biological Defense, Medical Chemical Defense, Medical Simulation and Information Sciences, Radiation Health Effects Research Programs and Applied Innovation in Military Medicine Funding. 

Pre-proposals accepted through 9/30/16.

Department of Defense (DOD)-AFRL Research Collaboration Program  The objective of this program is to enable collaborative research partnerships between AFRL and Academia and Industry in areas including but not limited to Materials and Manufacturing and Aerospace Sensors that engage a diverse pool of domestic businesses that employ scientists and engineers. The following competency areas are desired:  Structural Materials and Applications, Functional Materials and Applications, Support for Operations, Manufacturing Technology, Radio Frequency  Sensing, Electro-Optical Sensing, Spectrum Warfare, Layered Sensing Exploitation and Enabling Sensor Devices/Components.

White papers accepted through 12/20/17.

Department of Defense (DOD)-AFRL Space Vehicles (RV) University Grants Program AFRL/RV is seeking U.S. universities to propose grants for space-based basic and applied research that are of interest to the DoD. Specifically, the objective is to encourage students’ and professors’ interest in STEM to help meet long-term national defense needs of the U.S. for personnel proficient in STEM. The focus of AFRL/RV is on research areas that offer significant and comprehensive benefits to our national war-fighting and peacekeepingcapabilities. These areas are organized and managed in five overarching Core Technology Competences: Space Electro-Optical and Infrared Sensing (EO/IR), Space Electronics, Space Environmental Impacts and Mitigation, Space Platforms & Operations Technologies, and Space Experiments.

Proposals accepted through 12/9/18.

DOE ARPA-E Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science (IDEAS) This FOA provides a continuing opportunity for the rapid support of early-stage applied research to explore innovative new concepts with the potential for transformational and disruptive changes in energy technology. IDEAS awards are intended to be flexible and may take the form of analyses or exploratory research that provides the agency with information useful for the subsequent development of focused technology programs. IDEAS awards may also support proof-of-concept research to develop a unique technology concept, either in an area not currently supported by the agency or as a potential enhancement to an ongoing focused technology program. Applications must propose concepts that are not covered by open ARPA-E focused FOAs and that also do not represent incremental improvements over existing technology. 

Concept papers accepted through 9/30/16.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Collaborative Research Grants  Collaborative Research Grants support interpretive humanities research undertaken by two or more collaborating scholars, for full-time or part-time activities for periods of one to three years. Deadline:

December 9

Indiana Soybean Alliance RFP: Production & Environment Initiative (See attached)  The mission of the ISA research program is to use Indiana Soybean Promotion and Research Checkoff (SPARC) funds to sponsor, support and encourage research that will give the highest possible return to Indiana soybean producers. Specific goals for the FY 2016 sponsored research grants program are as follows: Increase and maintain soybean yields in Indiana above the national average; Weed control and herbicide resistance; Development and updates of Best Management Practices; Pests and diseases; Production and management technologies; Fungicides; Sustainability; Cover cropping systems; Biologicals and improved soil health; Soil health and nutrient reduction cost analysis of benefits; Water quality; and Water quantity.

Deadline: November 20

Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research Scholars Program  The Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research funds the Kimmel Scholars Program, which each year, provides research grants to the nation’s most promising young cancer researchers. Applications are limited to those who achieved the equivalent rank of Assistant Professor on or after July, 2012. These awards are designed for researchers who do not yet have their own R01 funding. Applicants will be judged on the basis of quality of prior work, research proposed and letters of support.

Deadline:  December 2.

Simons Foundation Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians The Simons Foundation’s Division for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences invites applications for grants to mathematicians to stimulate collaboration in the field primarily through the funding of travel and related expenditures. The goal of the program is to support the “mathematical marketplace” by substantially increasing collaborative contacts in the community of mathematicians working in the U.S.  The foundation will make a large number of grants to accomplished, active researchers who do not otherwise have access to substantial research funding that supports travel and visitors. 

Deadline: January 28

Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Foundation The PVA Education Foundation provides funding in five project categories: Consumer and community education to improve the health, independence and quality of life for individuals with spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D); Professional development and education to improve the knowledge and competencies of health professionals who serve the SCI/D community, including fellowship and traineeship programs; Research utilization and dissemination, which translates findings into practice; Assistive technology—Development of teaching tools or pilot programs that demonstrate innovative approaches to the use of assistive devices; and Conferences and symposia that provide education and collaboration opportunities for members of the SCI/D community. 

Deadline: February 1

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.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Diabetes Research Centers (P30)  Diabetes Research Centers are designed to support and enhance the national research effort in diabetes, its complications, and related endocrine and metabolic diseases.  Diabetes Research Centers support three primary research-related activities:  Research Core services, a Pilot and Feasibility (P and F) program, and an Enrichment program.  All activities pursued by Diabetes Research Centers are designed to enhance the efficiency, productivity, effectiveness and multidisciplinary nature of research in Diabetes Research Center topic areas.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application.

Internal deadlines: Contact EVPRPlimited@purdue.edu by November 23.

 Sponsor deadlines: June 14, 2016

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.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for National Library of Medicine (NLM) Institutional Grants for Research Training in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science (T15) The FOA is expected to be published in the winter of 2016 with an expected application due date in the spring of 2016.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)-NIAID has posted the Concepts discussed in September 2015 Council meetings.



EVPRP Workshop:  Write Winning Grants by Dr. David Morrison  This full-day workshop is designed for faculty who have had some exposure to writing grant applications.  Emphasis is given to such things as idea development, identification of the most appropriate granting agency, how to write for reviewers, and tips and strategies that are of proven value in presenting an applicant’s case to reviewers. The workshop provides intensive grant writing training interspersed with specific details by agency. Participants will also choose one of four workbooks which provide agency specific grant writing tips and suggestions.

Lunch is provided so registration is required by Wednesday, October 28.

 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Operates Under a Continuing Resolution


Earlier archived weeks are available upon request.