Weekly Funding Opportunities

July 23, 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:

Selected Funding Opportunities

NSF Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI): Chemistry as the Driver for Transformative Research and Innovation The CCI Program supports research centers focused on major, long-term fundamental chemical research challenges. CCIs that address these challenges will produce transformative research, lead to innovation, and attract broad scientific and public interest. CCIs may partner with researchers from industry, government laboratories and international organizations. CCIs integrate research, innovation, education, and informal science communication and include a plan to broaden participation of underrepresented groups. Deadline: October 21

NSF CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) This program seeks proposals that address cybersecurity education and workforce development. The Scholarship Track provides funding to award scholarships to students in cybersecurity. In return for their scholarships, recipients will work after graduation for a Federal, State, Local, or Tribal Government organization in a position related to cybersecurity for a period equal to the length of the scholarship. TheCapacity Track seeks innovative proposals leading to an increase in the ability of the United States higher education enterprise to produce cybersecurity professionals. Scholarship Track proposals due October 21; Capacity Track proposals due November 14.

NSF Research Training Groups in the Mathematical Sciences (RTG) The RTG program supports efforts to improve research training by involving undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and faculty members in structured research groups centered on a common research theme. Research groups supported by RTG must include vertically-integrated activities that span the entire spectrum of educational levels from undergraduates through postdoctoral associates. Deadline: October 14

NSF Dear Colleague Letter – Optics and Photonics NSF encourages innovative research proposals on optics and photonics that are relevant to one or more Divisions in the Directorates for Engineering, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, or Computer and Information Science and Engineering. Topics of particular interest for FY15 are (a) the light-matter interaction at the nanoscale that encompass materials, devices, and systems; and (b) novel terabit/second and above communication systems, especially those integrating devices and systems that advance the state of the art in networking, high-performance computing, and computer architecture.  Deadlines vary.

NSF Arctic Research Opportunities: Arctic Natural Sciences; Arctic Social Sciences; Arctic System Science; Arctic Observing Network and Polar Cyberinfrastructure The NSF invites investigators to submit proposals to conduct research about the Arctic. Arctic research includes field and modeling studies, data analysis, and synthesis about the arctic region.  Deadline: October 21

NIH Innovative Research in Cancer Nanotechnology (IRCN) (U01)  This FOA invites applications for the development of innovative research projects in cancer nanotechnology. IRCN awards are designed to enable multi-disciplinary research and transformative discoveries in cancer biology and/or oncology through the use of nanotechnology. Proposed projects should address major barriers in cancer biology and/or oncology using nanotechnology and should emphasize fundamental understanding of nanomaterial interactions with biological systems and/or mechanisms of their in vivo delivery. Deadline: October 29

NIH Centers of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (CCNE) (U54) This FOA solicits applications for Centers of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (CCNE) that will be a main part of the NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer program. Whereas CCNEs will form the core of the Alliance, they will be accompanied by smaller Innovative Research in Cancer Nanotechnology (IRCN) awards and T32 training programs. CCNEs are designed to link physical scientists, engineers, and technologists working at the nanoscale with cancer biologists and oncologists specializing in the diagnosis, prevention, and/or treatment of cancer to enable development and translation of new cancer care applications based on nanotechnology. CCNE awards will support the development of techniques and tools that are applicable to: early disease diagnosis using in vitro assays and devices or in vivo imaging techniques; multifunctional therapeutic solutions, including nanoparticle-driven immunotherapies; and techniques for cancer prevention and control. Deadline: November 3

NIH Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomic Research These FOAs invite applications that propose to study the ethical, legal and social implications of human genome research.

  • R01  Deadline: October 5
  • R03  Deadline: October 16
  • R21  Deadline: October 16

NIH Connectomes Related to Human Disease (U01) This FOA invites applications to build on the data collected using the very well defined experimental protocols of the Human Connectome Project.  Applications are sought that will apply the Human Connectome data collection protocol to disease/disorder cohorts of interest to the Institutes and Centers that are participating in this FOA.  These cohorts will be defined by the applicant and can include subjects with specific symptoms or conditions, with comorbid conditions, with a specific genetic profile, or other applicant defined criteria.  Deadline: November 14

NIH-NINDS CREATE This FOA is dedicated to the discovery of therapeutic Biotechnology Products and Biologics (e.g., peptides, proteins, oligonucleotides, gene therapies, and cell therapies) for disorders that fall under the NINDS mission.

NIH Interventions for Youth who Misuse/Abuse Prescription Stimulant Medications in High School and/or College-Attending Youth (U01) This FOA solicits applications conducting either hypothesis-driven or hypothesis-generating controlled research to build an evidence base to address the problem of prescription stimulant medication (PSM) misuse in youth.  Specifically this FOA solicits research applications that develop and test the efficacy of interventions to either prevent or reduce the misuse and diversion of PSMs among high school students and/or college students. Deadline: November 13 

IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program  The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program supports projects to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians, faculty, and library leaders; and to support early career research. It also assists in the professional development of librarians and library staff. There are three agency priorities for LB21 for FY15: National digital platform; Learning spaces in libraries; and STEM learning in libraries.  Deadline: September 15

Limited Submission

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

Limited Submission:  DOE Alternative Fuel Vehicle Deployment Initiatives  The objective of this FOA is to create and implement high impact and highly innovative approaches to increase the acceptance and deployment of Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs).  This will be accomplished in part by funding three different Areas of Interest (AOI): 1) AFV Demonstration and Enhanced Driver Experience Projects; 2) Alternative Fuel Training for First Responders, Public Safety Officials, and Critical Service Providers; and 3) Incorporating Alternative Fuels into Emergency Response and Preparedness Operations.  Cost share of at least 50% of Total Project Costs for AOI 1 and 20% of Total Project Costs for AOIs 2 & 3 is required.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application per AOI.

Internal Deadline: Contact EVPRPlimited@purdue.edu by July 28 to indicate in which topic you are interested. 

Sponsor Deadlines:  August 1 – Concept paper; October 1 – Full application.


Limited Submission:  NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)  PIRE is an NSF-wide program that supports fundamental, international research and education in physical, living, human, and engineered systems. PIRE awards enable research at the leading edge of science and engineering by facilitating partnerships with others nationally and internationally, by educating and preparing a diverse, world-class STEM workforce, and by fostering institutional capacity for international collaboration. This agenda is designed to encourage high-risk/high-reward activities and the pursuit of potentially transformative ideas. PIRE projects must include collaboration with foreign research partners and international research experiences for students to promote a diverse internationally competitive science and engineering workforce. NSF is committed to the principle of diversity and expects PIRE projects to involve groups traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering at all levels (faculty, students and postdoctoral researchers). Awards are expected to be approximately $4 million over five years. Funding for international collaborators on PIRE projects may be available from agencies such as USAID, PEER Science, and counterpart agencies abroad. For this competition, Purdue may submit one proposal as lead, but there is no limit on the number of proposals in which an institution can participate as a partner.

Internal deadlines:

Monday, August 11:  Preproposals due to the OVPR.

Monday, August 18:  Reviewer rankings due to the OVPR.

Sponsor deadlines:  October 21 – Preliminary proposal; May 15, 2015 – Invited full proposal


NIH Request for Information: Shared Instrumentation Grant Program (S10) The Office of Research Infrastructure Programs is soliciting comments from the community on the Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) Program. Specifically, they are soliciting comments on the following issues: Budget, Eligibility Requirements, Instrumentation, Research Projects, Instrument Administration and Institutional Support, and Any Other Comments.  Purdue has had enough experience with the SIG program, both good and bad, that a unified response from Purdue could be useful for the future direction of the S10 program.  Please consider submitting brief comments on the topics above to your department head so that a cohesive response can be submitted on behalf of Purdue.  Please note that a campus-wide response does not preclude individual responses. Please submit your responses to your department head by August 17th so that they can be forwarded to the Office of the EVPRP.

NIH Request for Information: Soliciting Comments on a Potential New Program for Research Funding by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences  This RFI is directed at obtaining input to assist NIGMS in its planning for a potential new program tentatively named Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award. This award would be a grant in support of all of the research supported by NIGMS in an investigator’s laboratory. Deadline: August 15

NSF Dear Colleague Letter – International Activities within the Physics Division – Potential International Co-Review This DCL provides more information regarding the process for anyone who wishes to pursue an international activity that might be a candidate for a co-review.

NSF Dear Collague Letter – International Collaboration in the Division of Materials Research DMR plans to suspend the Materials World Network Program and instead pilot alternative mechanisms for supporting the international objectives of the materials research community. In the interim, DMR has established a website to provide the community with additional information about priorities and opportunities for funding of international research and education.

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