Weekly Funding Opportunities

April 21, 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:

Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2014 (Space Tech-REDDI-2014 ) – Game Changing Opportunities in Technology Development The primary goal of this Appendix is to solicit proposals for the maturation of promising energy storage technologies that can enable NASA’s human exploration and science missions of the future. NASA requires high specific energy storage systems for multiple mission applications associated with both robotic science and human exploration of space. The energy storage technologies requested in this solicitation will also supply other government agencies and commercial space interests with transformative capabilities.

Solar Market Pathways This FOA is intended to enable replicable multi-year strategies that spur significant solar deployment, drive down solar soft costs, support local economic development efforts, and address the potential challenges arising from increased solar penetration on the electrical grid. Awardees are expected to convene stakeholder processes to develop their plan, and subgroups could address specific topics such as the net benefits and costs of solar electricity (to and from the grid), and/or develop solar deployment programs including, but not limited to, commercial property assessed clean energy financing, shared solar, and/or incorporating solar within their emergency response plans .

Healthy Habits: Timing for Developing Sustainable Healthy Behaviors in Children and Adolescents (R01) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeks to encourage applications that employ innovative research to identify mechanisms of influence and/or promote positive sustainable health behavior(s) in children and youth (birth to age 21). Applications to promote positive health behavior(s) should target social and cultural factors, including, but not limited to: schools, families, communities, population, food industry, age-appropriate learning tools and games, social media, social networking, technology and mass media.

Education Research Grants – Postsecondary and Adult Education The broad purpose of the Postsecondary and Adult Education topic area is to support research that will lead to better student education outcomes at the college level (i.e., students in grades 13 through 16 working on certificates or associate’s or bachelor’s degrees) and in adult education programs (i.e., students in adult English language programs or adult literacy programs including Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, and GED preparation programs). 

Special Education Research Programs – Transition Outcomes for Secondary Students with Disabilities  The Transition Outcomes for Secondary Students with Disabilities (Transition) topic supports research that contributes to the improvement of transition outcomes of secondary students
with disabilities. Transition outcomes include the behavioral, social, communicative, functional, occupational, and academic skills that enable young adults with disabilities to obtain and hold meaningful employment, live independently, and obtain further training and education (e.g., postsecondary education, vocational education programs).

Education Research Grants – Education Technology  The Education Technology topic supports research that applies advances in technology to education practice to improve student achievement and progress through the education system. Research must focus on students at any level from prekindergarten through high school. Through this topic, the Institute is interested in the development and evaluation of education technology products intended for use in schools or through formal programs (e.g., after-school programs, distance learning programs, on-line programs) run by schools or state and local education agencies. These products are to have a strongly justified (theoretically, pedagogically, and empirically) scope and sequence of their content and a developmentally-appropriate user-interface for students.

Selected Funding Opportunities

Purdue University Mellon Grand Challenge Exploratory Awards Thanks to support provided by a recent generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Global Policy Research Institute requests the submission of proposals which will catalyze the teaming of humanities and social sciences faculty members with colleagues from the natural sciences, engineering or technology fields to address the kind of large scale, public policy problems referred to by the White House as “21st Century Grand Challenges.” These grants are intended to support the development of proofs of concept rather than complete programs of research. At least one PI must hold a primary appointment in the College of Liberal Arts and project teams must include at least one Purdue-based STEM researcher.  Deadline: June 30

 NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)  This 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.  The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pathways, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Conferences, Symposia, and Workshops, and (6) Science Learning+ Proposals. Science Learning+ Planning Proposals due July 10; AISL Proposals due November 14.

NSF GeoPrisms Program  GeoPRISMS (Geodynamic Processes at Rifting and Subducting Margins) will investigate the coupled geodynamics, earth surface processes, and climate interactions that build and modify continental margins over a wide range of timescales. These overarching science topics include 1) Origin and evolution of continental crust; 2) Fluids, magmas and their interactions; 3) Climate-surface-tectonics feedbacks; 3) Geochemical cycles; and 5) Plate boundary deformation and geodynamics. Deadline:  August 1 

NSF Earthscope  The EarthScope Program provides a framework for broad, integrated studies across the Earth sciences, including research on fault properties and the earthquake process, strain transfer, magmatic and hydrous fluids in the crust and mantle, plate boundary processes, large-scale continental deformation, continental structure and evolution, and composition and structure of the deep Earth. This Solicitation calls for single or collaborative proposals to conduct scientific research and/or education and outreach activities within North America that make use of capabilities and/or data provided through the EarthScope Facility to further the scientific and educational goals of EarthScope.  Deadline:August 25

NSF Dear Colleague Letter – Supporting Scientific Discovery through Norms and Practices for Software and Data Citation and Attribution NSF seeks to explore new norms and practices in the research community for software and data citation and attribution, so that data producers, software and tool developers, and data curators are credited for their contributions.  The Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program and Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2) program invite collaborative workshop and exploratory research (EAGER) proposals in the following areas: Citation and attribution, and Measures of impact.  Deadline: June 10

 NIH Leveraging a Recovery Act Resource to Accelerate Research on Neurodevelopment (R01)  This FOA aims to stimulate the broader research community to utilize a resource funded through ARRA to generate and evaluate hypotheses about the complex interrelationships and multi-directional influences among genetics, brain maturation, neurocognitive function, and psychiatric symptoms during development. This FOA is a strategic effort to disseminate this data resource and accelerate research on neurodevelopment and trajectories of risk for mental illness.  Deadline: September 3

HHS-FDA Development of Realistic In Vitro Studies to Assess Robustness of Dose Counters/Indicators in Metered Dose Inhalers (U01) The goal of this study is to develop clinically relevant in vitro studies to assess robustness of dose counters/indicators in metered dose inhalers (MDIs) representing the actual-use/misuse conditions. Deadline: June 1 

DOD Awards to Stimulate and Support Undergraduate Research Experiences (ASSURE)  The ASSURE program supports undergraduate research in DoD relevant disciplines and is designed to increase the number of high-quality undergraduate science and engineering majors who ultimately decide to pursue advanced degrees in these fields.  The ASSURE program aims to provide valuable research opportunities for undergraduates, either through ongoing research programs or through projects specially designed for this purpose.  DoD executes the ASSURE program collaboratively with the NSF through its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites Program.  Deadline: August 27

DOD-CDMRP Lung Cancer Research Program Three programs have been released under the FY14 program: Career Development Award, Clinical Exploration Award, and Idea Development Award.  Pre-applications due June 3; Invited applications due September 17.  

DOD-CDMRP Ovarian Cancer Research Program Five programs have been released under the FY14 program: Clinical Translational Leverage Award, Investigator-Initiated Award, Ovarian Cancer Academy Dean and Assistant Dean (Leadership) Award, Early-Career Investigator Academy Award, and Pilot Award.  Pre-applications due June 3; Invited applications due mid-August.

DOE Water Power Manufacturing This FOA addresses the application of advanced materials and advanced manufacturing techniques to the development of new hydropower technologies. Applicants should propose to design an integrated hydropower turbine generator system that applies advanced materials and/or additive manufacturing techniques and produce a prototype unit at an appropriate scale to enable in-water performance testing in a laboratory environment. Concept papers due May 9; Full applications due June 24. 

DOE Novel Crosscutting Research and Development to Support Advanced Energy Systems (See attached) DOE is seeking applications that propose concepts and technologies that will make significant and cost-effective progress toward achieving step-change benefits for electric generating units and industrial plants that use fossil fuel. Specific Areas of Interest are detailed in the FOA.  Deadline: May 21

DOJ Social Science Research on Implementation, Dissemination and Translation This solicitation seeks proposals to examine how scholarly research influences criminal justice implementation practices through dissemination and translation. NIJ proposes two distinct research activities under this solicitation: incorporating the use of research in policy decisions, and a translational criminology research fellowship.  Deadline: June 9

ED-IES Education Research Grants Program Through the Education Research Grants program, the Institute seeks to improve the quality of education for all students through advancing the understanding of and practices for teaching, learning, and organizing education systems. Letter of Intent due June 6; Application due September 4.

 ED-IES Statistical and Research Methodology in Education The Institute is interested in the development of practical statistical and methodological tools that can be used by the majority of education researchers to improve the designs of their studies, analyses of their data, and interpretations of their findings. For the FY14 competition, the Institute has two categories of projects: (1) regular grants and (2) Early Career grants for early career researchers. Letter of Intent due June 6; Application due September 4.

ED-IES Education Research and Development Centers The Institute supports national R&D Centers that are intended to contribute significantly to the solution of education problems in the U.S. by engaging in research, development, evaluation, and national leadership activities aimed at improving the education system, and ultimately, student achievement. For FY14, the Institute is competing two new R&D Centers: National Center on Developmental Education Assessment and Instruction, and Research and Development Center on Knowledge Utilization. Letter of Intent due June 6; Application due September 4.

ED-IES Partnerships and Collaborations Focused on Problems of Practice or Policy The Institute has established the new Collaborations Program to support research done through close collaboration with practitioners and policymakers through the partnering of researchers with state and local education agencies. The joint research of the partnerships is to address education issues that occur from pre-k through postsecondary and adult education and affect typically developing students and/or students with or at risk for disabilities. Grants will be made under three topics: Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research; Continuous Improvement Research in Education; and Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and Policies. Letter of Intent due June 6; Application due September 4.

DHS BAA for Advanced Technology Demonstration (ATD) for the Radiation Awareness and Interdiction Network (RAIN) This announcement is seeking proposals for a new capability for high-confidence, high-precision detection, identification and localization of vehicle-borne radiological or nuclear threats in free-flowing traffic.  Deadline: May 15 

USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Integrated Pest Management Feed the Future Innovation Labs are long-term, multi-disciplinary applied research and capacity-building efforts to address the problem of food insecurity and malnutrition in developing countries. Managed by U.S. universities, Innovation Labs support students and researchers in the U.S. and around the world to work with leading scientists in seeking scientific solutions to overcome hunger and poverty, while building the capacity of the institutions with which they collaborate. The IPM Innovation Lab, for which applications are requested by this RFA, will engage U.S. university capacity to conduct research on integrated pest management (IPM) and address key issues related to the adoption of IPM strategies and technologies by smallholder farmers and other beneficiaries of USAID assistance.  Deadline: June 24

USDA-NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program  NIFA requests applications for FY14 to support the development of educational outreach curricula, workshops, educational teams, training, and technical assistance programs to assist beginning farmers and ranchers in the United States and its territories with entering, establishing, building and managing successful farm and ranch enterprises. Deadline: June 12

DOI Desalination and Water Purification Research and Development Program (DWPR) The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking proposals to address a broad range of desalting and water purification needs. Reclamation is interested in research that will have national significance and where the benefits of the technology will be widespread. Those research priorities are: research and pilot studies conducted at the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility; development and evaluation of flexible use systems for treating waters of significantly varying salinities; and pilot studies treating agricultural return flows containing elevated levels of total dissolved solids and selenium.  Deadline:May 14

National Pork Board Spring 2014 Request for Proposals  The National Pork Board is soliciting research proposals dealing with animal welfare, human nutrition, pork safety – pre-harvest, pork quality, and swine health – PRRS.  Deadline:May 21

Limited Submission

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

**Please note that there is a new template for LOIs located on the Limited Submission webpage.**

Limited Submission: DOE Marine and Hydrokinetic (MHK) Research and Development (R&D) University Consortium  The objective of this FOA is to leverage the field R&D expertise and intellectual capital of domestic universities to advance MHK technology in the U.S. in the following strategic opportunity areas: device and/or array operation and maintenance logistics development; high‐fidelity resource characterization and/or modeling technique development and validation; distributed application device development and techno‐economic studies; array‐specific component technology development; array performance testing and evaluation; and novel cost‐effective environmental monitoring techniques and instrumentation testing and evaluation. Each applicant must propose at least two domestic universities as part of the total Project Team. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application as lead institution but may collaborate on multiple proposals. 

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

Sponsor deadline: May 30


Limited Submission: ED-IES Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences These training programs aim to increase the capacity of the education research community to carry out the type of research funded by the Institute’s research grant programs and the capacity of education practitioners and policymakers to use the results of this research in their practice and decision making. For FY14, the programs being funded include three training topics: 1) Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Program in the Education Sciences, 2) Methods Training for Education Researchers, and 3) Training in Education Research Use and Practice.  The second two topics are not limited.  However, the first topic, Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Program, is limited to only one application per institution. For FY14, Predoctoral Training Program grants will be awarded to institutions of higher education that create cohesive graduate programs in which predoctoral students will graduate within a traditional discipline (e.g., economics, psychology) and also will earn an Education Sciences Certificate. The proposed training programs should be interdisciplinary and involve a number of academic disciplines.

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

Sponsor deadlines: Letter of Intent due June 6; Application due September 4.


Limited Submission: HHS-NIOSH Agricultural, Forestry and Fishing Safety and Health Research (U01) NIOSH is soliciting applications to conduct agricultural injury and disease research. While emphasis will be placed on proposals in the areas of forestry and logging vulnerable populations and research to practice efforts, any application associated with occupational safety and health concerns in this work sector will be accepted. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one proposal as lead organization.

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

Sponsor deadline: June 9


Limited Submission: DOE Biological and Chemical Upgrading for Advanced Biofuels and Products  EERE seeks diversification of the Bioenergy Technologies Office portfolio to include a variety of chemical and biological upgrading technologies for the production of a suite of hydrocarbon fuels, fuel intermediates and chemicals (beyond ethanol) to be produced in an integrated fashion from biologically or chemically derived intermediate feed streams, such as but not limited to cellulosic sugars, lignocellulose derivatives, lignin, cellulosic alcohols, bio‐solids and biogases. Topic Areas are as follows: 1) Process development and optimization of a single unit operation for the upgrading of chemically or biologically derived intermediates to fuels and products, and 2) Process development and optimization of multiple unit operations for the upgrading and separations of chemically or biologically derived intermediates to fuels and products. There is a limit of one application per topic area as a lead institution.  Awards will range from $1M to $3.5M over three years and a cost share of 20% of the total project cost is required.  Due to the short deadline, we request faculty submit modified versions of the concepts papers in lieu of our typical LOIs and preproposals.  See the attached document for instructions.

Internal deadline:  Internal concept papers due April 23. 

Sponsor deadline: Concept paper due May 1; Full application due June 13.


Limited Submission:  NSF Earthscope National Office  This solicitation calls for proposals to establish a community-based EarthScope National Office. The Office will foster and support integrated science, education, outreach, and related activities for the EarthScope program; facilitate and coordinate EarthScope scientific planning and education and outreach activities; facilitate collaborative research; and when necessary, form scientific responses to “events” in EarthScope topics and/or regions of interest.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one proposal as lead organization.

Internal deadline:  Contact OVPRlimited@purdue.edu by May 5.

Sponsor deadline: September 26


DOE Notice of Intent to Issue FOA on Clean Energy Supply Chain and Manufacturing Competitive Analysis for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies It is anticipated that this FOA will be posted to EERE eXCHANGE in May 2014.

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