Weekly Funding Opportunities

November 19, 2014

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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

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:

AIST T.C. Graham Prize   Established in April 2014 with a US$100,000 donation to the Association for Iron & Steel Technology by Mr. Thomas C. Graham Sr., the purpose of the T. C. Graham Fund for Innovation In Steel Application is to sponsor an annual contest to encourage and recognize innovative applications for steel that may lead to the development of new markets. The winning entry will receive a US$20,000 cash prize. Deadline to submit this application is 31 Dec 2014.

Selected Funding Opportunities

Purdue Women’s Global Health Institute and Indiana CTSI Request for Mildred Elizabeth Edmundson Research Grant Proposals (see attached).   WGHI and CTSI request proposals of outstanding scientific merit addressing translational research of women’s health issues focusing on one or more of the following: wellness, neurodegenerative disorders, bone health, and women’s cancers. Proposals focusing on prevention and early detection instead of treatment are highly encouraged. Deadline: December 15

NSF/Intel Partnership on Visual and Experiential Computing (VEC)  The goal of this joint solicitation between NSF and Intel is to foster novel, transformative, multidisciplinary approaches that promote research in VEC technologies, taking into consideration the various challenges present in this field. This solicitation aims to foster a research community committed to advancing research and education at the confluence of VEC technologies, and to transitioning its findings into practice. Deadline: February 20

NSF Algorithms in the Field (AitF) Algorithms in the Field encourages closer collaboration between two groups of researchers: (i) theoretical computer science researchers, who focus on the design and analysis of provably efficient and provably accurate algorithms for various computational models; and (ii) applied researchers including a combination of systems and domain experts (very broadly construed – including but not limited to researchers in computer architecture, programming languages and systems, computer networks, cyber-physical systems, cyber-human systems, machine learning, database and data analytics, etc.) who focus on the particular design constraints of applications and/or computing devices.  Deadline: February 9 

NSF Earth Sciences: Instrumentation and Facilities (EAR/IF)  This program supports meritorious requests for infrastructure that promotes research and education in areas supported by the Division. EAR/IF will consider proposals for: Acquisition or Upgrade of Research Equipment; Development of New Instrumentation, Techniques or Software; Support of National or Regional Multi-User Facilities; and Support for Early Career Investigators in the Acquisition or Upgrade of Research Equipment or Development of New Instrumentation, Techniques or Software.  Proposals accepted at any time.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Computing About the Ebola Virus The NSF Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure is particularly interested in proposals that include software development activities, such as those that would be funded by the Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering or Software Structure for Sustained Innovation programs, along with the use of petascale computing on Blue Waters, such as that which would be funded by the Petascale Computing Resource Allocations program, in response to the current Ebola emergence. Proposals should be submitted as soon as possible using the RAPID funding mechanism.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Stimulating Collaboration Between United States and European Union Robotics Researchers In order to stimulate collaboration between US and EU robotics researchers, this DCL announces NSF’s intention to provide supplemental funding to existing Robust Intelligence and National Robotics Initiative awards that are focused on robotics. Interested proposers should contact their NSF Program Directors to determine their eligibility. Supplemental funding requests will be due on January 1, 2015, with a suggested project start date of April 1, 2015. 

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under the NSF/GEO/OCE – US-Israel BSF International Opportunity The Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) in the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) of the NSF and the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) are pleased to announce a US-Israel collaborative research opportunity. Proposals will be accepted for collaborative research in areas at the intersection of NSF/GEO/OCE and BSF programs.  Deadline: February 15

NIH Cancer Prevention, Control, Behavioral Sciences, and Population Sciences Career Development Award (K07) The purpose of this award is to support the career development of junior investigators with research or health professional doctoral degrees who want to become cancer-focused academic researchers in cancer prevention, cancer control, or the behavioral or population sciences. Deadline: February 12 

NIH Non-Traditional Therapeutics that Limit Antibacterial Resistance (R21/R33) The purpose of this FOA is to solicit applications for early-stage translational research projects focused on discovery and development of novel non-traditional therapeutics that provide alternative treatment modalities for infected patients and address the growing health care threat of increasing antibiotic resistance. Deadline: February 23

NIH Administrative Supplements for Research on Sex/Gender Differences The Office of Research on Women’s Health announces the availability of administrative supplements to support research highlighting the impact of sex/gender differences (or similarities) and/or sex and gender factors in human health and illness, including basic, preclinical, clinical and behavioral studies. Of special interest are studies relevant to understanding of the significance of biological sex on cells; comparative studies of male and female tissues, organ systems and physiological systems; sex based comparisons of pathophysiology, biomarkers, gene expression, clinical presentation and prevention and treatment of diseases. Deadline: January 12 

DOD-CDMRP Neurosensory and Rehabilitation Research Award The FY14/15 Award is intended to support both applied (preclinical) research and clinical trials addressing Traumatic Brain Injury within specific Focus Areas of pain management, hearing loss/dysfunction, balance disorders, tinnitus, vision, or physical rehabilitation. Pre-application due December 10; Invited applications due February 11.

DOE Building America Industry Partnerships for High Performance Housing Innovations Selected teams will conduct applied R&D in real world houses, develop and implement solutions to three inter-related core technical challenges which are necessary to meet the program goals for both new and existing homes. Core technical challenges include: A) high performance, low risk building envelope assemblies and systems to achieve low heating and cooling loads; B) optimal comfort systems (HVAC and distribution) for low-load homes; and C) high performance ventilation systems and indoor air quality strategies for low-load homes.  Concept papers due December 12; Full applications due February 4. 

DOE Buildings University Innovators and Leaders Development (BUILD) 2015 The BUILD FOA seeks to improve the competitiveness of American universities to conduct building energy efficiency R&D, develop strong industrial partnerships, and improve manufacturing education. This FOA makes available competitive, 2‐year, cooperative agreements for USA‐based university teams to research and develop innovative building energy efficiency technologies. Teams of engineering and business students will develop and work toward commercializing building energy‐efficient technologies or approaches. Teams may develop a technology, software, or a manufacturing process with direct application to residential, multi‐family and/or commercial buildings in the USA, with significant primary energy savings potential. Concept papers due December 19; Full applications due February 11. 

USAID Social Science Research in Population and Reproductive Health  The key objective of this award is to address a broad range of social and normative issues, at scale, to achieve family planning and reproductive health outcomes for a focused set of family planning and reproductive health issues.  The purpose of this opportunity is to support activities in developing country settings to address social and normative change at scale.  Concept paper due January 12; full applications due upon request. 

USAID BAA for Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development (PAEGC)  The objective of PAEGC is to support new and sustainable approaches to accelerate the development and deployment of Clean Energy Solutions for increasing agriculture productivity and/or value in developing countries. Such solutions are those that integrate clean energy technologies and innovative business models to: (i) Enhance agricultural yields/productivity; (ii) Decrease post-harvest loss; (iii) Improve farmer and agribusiness income generating opportunities and revenues; and/or (iv) Increase energy efficiency and associated savings within the operations of farms and agribusinesses – while stimulating low carbon economic growth within the agriculture sector of developing countries.  Concept notes due February 12; Full applications due upon request.

DOC-EDA Accelerating Industry-Led Regional Partnerships for Talent Development  EDA seeks a non-profit “national partner” that will work with a Federal team led by the Department of Commerce, to launch a learning exchange to identify, promote, and expand upon successful best practices for industry-driven regional partnerships for talent development. The learning exchange is a mechanism to identify, understand, and elevate best practices, facilitate peer learning and deepen knowledge, spark replication and advancement across regions, and inform the long-term public investment in talent development. Deadline: January 9

Limited Submission

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

Limited Submission: W. M. Keck Foundation’s Medical Research Program and Science & Engineering Program The Keck Foundation seeks to support high-risk/high-impact projects in fields of biological science, physical science, and engineering.  Eligible projects should meet the following criteria: Focus on important and emerging areas of research; Have potential to develop breakthrough technologies, instrumentation or methodologies; Are innovative, distinctive and interdisciplinary; Demonstrate a high level of risk due to unconventional approaches, or by challenging the prevailing paradigm; Have the potential for transformative impact; Does not focus on clinical or translational research, treatment trials, or research for the sole purpose of drug development; Falls outside the programmatic priorities of public funding agencies (correspondence reflective of such will strengthen a preproposal at internal review and is requested by Keck); Demonstrates that Keck is essential to the project’s success.  Grants range from $500,000 to $5 million but are typically $2 million or less. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit one application for Phase I consideration under each program. Full proposals are accepted in Phase II by invitation only. 

Internal deadlines:

Monday, December 15: Preproposals due to the EVPRP.

Monday, December 22: Preproposal rankings due to the EVPRP.

Sponsor deadline: Phase I proposals due May 1, 2015 (Keck’s project discussion period January 1 – February 15).

Please note: Keck offers these programs twice a year with the review process for the previous round overlapping the opening round of each subsequent competition. In the past, Keck has pulled an application from a previous round forward to the current round – making Purdue ineligible to submit another application for that round. In this event, any internally selected candidate will automatically become Purdue’s selection for the subsequent round, provided he or she still meets all of Keck’s eligibility requirements.


Limited Submission: NSF National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) This solicitation establishes a competition for individual university user facility sites positioned across the nation. A Coordinating Office will then be selected competitively at a later stage from among the selected sites to enhance their impact as a national infrastructure of user facility sites. The ultimate selection of user facility sites will include capabilities and instrumentation addressing current and anticipated future user needs across the broad areas of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. The selected individual sites will have autonomy in their operation and management, but will be required to act in concert with a Coordinating Office that will be separately competed and chosen at a later stage. Some sites may choose to partner with facilities at regional or smaller institutions that would bring specific capabilities for users and benefits to student training. The overall collection of selected sites and their capabilities will provide users with cost-effective access both to the specialized tools, processes, and expertise to support complex multi-step fabrication at the nanoscale level for structures, materials, devices, and systems, as well as to the associated instrumentation for characterization, analysis, and probing at these dimensions. The program aims to make these capabilities broadly available to the nation’s researchers in academe, industry, and government to help catalyze new discoveries in science and engineering and to stimulate technological innovation.  An institution may submit only one individual site proposal either as lead or partner. 

Internal deadlines:

Monday, December 15: Preproposals due to the EVPRP.

Monday, December 22: Review committee rankings due to the EVPRP.

Sponsor deadlines: February 2 – LOI; April 3 – Proposal


Limited Submission: NIH Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series (R13) This program, through the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, provides support for health disparities-related meetings, workshops, and symposia.   The objectives of meetings conducted as part of this award will be to: (1) establish and/or enhance existing academic-community partnerships; (2) identify community-driven research priorities; and (3) develop long-term collaborative Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) research agendas. Thus, it is expected these partnerships will lead to grant applications for the support of CBPR projects designed to meet identified community needs. The areas of focus for these partnerships may include one or more of the following community-health issues: preterm birth; infant mortality; sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS); maternal mortality; reproductive health; uterine fibroid tumors; childhood, adolescent, and/or adult obesity; violence prevention; perinatal HBV and HIV/AIDS prevention; HIV/AIDS prevention; asthma; intellectual and developmental disabilities; pediatric injury prevention; and medical rehabilitation.  Purdue is limited to one application for this opportunity.

Internal deadlines: 

Monday, December 8: Preproposals due to the EVPRP.

Monday, December 15: Preproposal rankings due to the EVPRP. 

Sponsor deadline:  January 29


Limited Submission: The International Foundation The Foundation supports projects that promote sustainable development in agriculture, education, health, social development and the environment. They do not fund programs within the U.S. nor does the Foundation set geographical boundaries in international grant making. Grants range from $5,000 to $15,000 and are made on a one-year basis.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application per calendar year. 

Internal deadlines: 

Monday, December 8: Preproposals due to the EVPRP.

Monday, December 15: Preproposal rankings due to the EVPRP.

Sponsor deadline:  Proposals are accepted at any time but limited to one application per calendar year.


Limited Submission: Feminist Review Trust  The Feminist Review Trust supports projects that help transform the lives of women. The primary focus areas for 2014 international applications include:  violence again women, disabled women and girls, and financial literacy and business skills.  For this call, Purdue is limited to one application. 

Internal deadline:  Contact EVPRPlimited@purdue.edu by December 1. 

Sponsor deadline:  January 31


NIH Notice of Intent to Issue FOAs for Science of Behavior Change The FOAs are expected to be published in winter 2015 with an expected application due date in the spring of 2015.

 DOE Notice of Intent to Issue FOA: FY15 Vehicle Technologies Office Incubator  It is anticipated that this FOA will be posted to EERE Exchange on or about December 2014.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Seeking Community Input for Topic Ideas for Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) The deadline for topic idea submission is December 19.

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