Weekly Funding Opportunities

March 25th, 2015

The weekly updates include:

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ORGS Identified Opportunities


Selected Funding Opportunities


Geomorphology and Land Use Dynamics

This program supports innovative research into processes that shape and modify landscapes over a variety of length and time scales. The program encourages research that quantitatively investigates the coupling and feedback among such processes, their rates, and their relative roles, especially in the contexts of variation in climatic, biologic, and tectonic influences and in light of changes due to human impacts. Proposals accepted at any time.

Geobiology and Low-Temperature Geochemistry

This program focuses on geochemical processes in terrestrial Earth’s surface environmental systems, as well as the interaction of geochemical and biological processes. The program supports field, laboratory, theoretical, and modeling studies of these processes and related mechanisms at all spatial and temporal scales. Proposals accepted at any time.

Hydrologic Sciences 

This program focuses on the fluxes of water in the environment that constitute the water cycle as well as the mass and energy transport function of the water cycle. The program supports the study of processes from rainfall to runoff to infiltration and streamflow; evaporation and transpiration; the flow of water in soils and aquifers; and the transport of suspended, dissolved, and colloidal components. Proposals accepted at any time.

Dear Colleague Letter: Future Directions for National Science Foundation(NSF) Advanced Computing Infrastructure (ACI) 

This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) invites proposals to fund conferences that identify needs for advanced computing infrastructure in support of future computational research as well as the role the National Science Foundation (NSF) should play in providing such support in the time frame 2017-2020 as well as longer term. National Science Foundation (NSF) is looking to fund five to ten conferences in response to this Dear Colleague Letter.

Cancer Research Education Grants Program (R25) 

The over-arching goal of this National Cancer Institute (NCI) R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. Applications are encouraged that propose innovative, state-of-the-art programs that address the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients, in accordance with the overall mission of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Deadline: May 25

Methodologies to Enhance Understanding of HIV-Associated Social Determinants

These Funding Opportunity Announcements invite applications that propose to understand social determinants of health as they relate to HIV infection and disease outcomes.  

  • R01 Deadline: August 19
  • R21 Deadline: August 19

Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT) Research Centers of Excellence (U54) 

The mission of the CounterACT program is to foster and support research and development of new and improved therapeutics for chemical threats. The scope of the research includes target and candidate identification and characterization, through candidate optimization and demonstration of in vivo efficacy, through Investigational New Drug-enabling studies required for advanced development. The Centers will contain at least three research projects supported by administrative and scientific cores, and a research education core. Deadline: September 15

Molecular Imaging of the Lung – Phase 2 (R01)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement invites applications to develop novel in vivo imaging technologies using molecular probes that target pathways or cells involved in the pathobiology of pulmonary diseases. Phase 2 of this initiative will support studies that advance translation of identified probes and associated imaging approaches from animal models into applicability for human lung diseases. Applications proposing Investigational New Drug-enabling studies of novel probes and imaging approaches are encouraged. Applicants are not required to have been funded in Phase 1 in order to submit applications for Phase 2. Deadline: June 15

Small Research Grant Program (R03)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement expresses Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality(AHRQ) priority areas of interest for ongoing small research projects. The R03 grant mechanism supports different types of health services research projects including pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology. Deadline: June 16

Ovarian Cancer Program 

The Ovarian Cancer Research Program establishes priorities to target the most critical needs along the pipeline from basic to translational to clinical research and to push the field of ovarian cancer forward in the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program(CDMRP) vision to eliminate this disease.  The following programs are being solicited currently: Clinical Translational Award, Investigator-Initiated Research, Ovarian Cancer Academy Award – Early-Career Investigator, and Pilot Award.  Deadlines vary slightly by program. Pre-applications due in May; Invited applications due in August.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Research Program (ALSRP)

The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Research Program (ALSRP) focuses funding on translational research, with the specific goal of finding new treatments for our military men and women living with ALS and the thousands of other Americans whose lives continue to be impacted by this disease. The following programs are being solicited currently: Therapeutic Development and Therapeutic Idea Awards.  Pre-applications due May 11; Applications due August 20.

Fundamental Research to Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction

This announcement solicits ideas and topic-based white papers for long-term challenges that offer a significant contribution: to the current body of knowledge, to the understanding of phenomena and observable facts, to significantly advance revolutionary technology, to new concepts for technology application, or that may have impact on future Counter-Weapons of Mass Destruction threat reduction, expertise, or capabilities. White papers accepted continuously through September 2024.

Special Research Grants Program – Potato Breeding Research  

The purpose of this grant program is to support potato research that focuses on varietal development and testing using classical breeding and/or biotechnological approaches to improve potato varieties for commercial production. Aspects of evaluation, screening and testing must support variety development. Deadline: April 22

Integrated Research, Education, and Extensions Competitive Grants Program – Methyl Bromide Transition

National Institute of Food and Agricultur(NIFA) requests applications for Fiscal Year 2015 to support the discovery and implementation of practical pest management alternatives for commodities and uses affected by the methyl bromide phase-out. In Fiscal Year 2015, applications are sought for the following project types: Integrated Projects, Extension-Only Projects, and State of the Commodity Projects.  Deadline: May 4

Fit-for-Purpose Field Project: Developing and Validating Pressure Management and Plume Control Strategies through a Brine Extraction Storage Test (BEST)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement seeks research and development projects for managing formation pressure plumes as well as measuring/monitoring the movement of the differential pressure and carbon dioxide (CO2) plumes in the subsurface for future saline CO2 storage projects. The term ‘fit for purpose’ refers to research focused on developing specific subsurface engineering approaches that address critical research needs for advancing Carbon Capture and Storage to commercial scale. Deadline: April 29

National Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program (BREP) 2015  

The mission of the Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program is to develop technological solutions and investigate changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch of fish and protected species as well as minimize mortality and injury of bycaught species. Preproposals due April 16; Full proposals due May 28.

Faculty Scholars Program

The program provides grants to outstanding, early-career scientists who bring innovative approaches to the study of biological programs.  Scholars will apply molecular, genetic, computational and theoretical approaches to fundamental problems in diverse areas of biology. Those conducting research at the interface of the biological and physical sciences are especially encouraged to apply as are physician scientists and others studying biological questions emerging from and applicable to global human health problems, including malaria, tuberculosis, HIV, and other diseases that disproportionately affect individuals living in low resource settings. Clinical trials and research on health education, health care delivery, or health services are not eligible fields. Eligible faculty must hold a PhD and/or MD; be tenured or in tenure-track position as an assistant professor or higher; have more than four, but not more than ten, years of post-training, professional experience (starting no earlier than 6/1/05 and no later than 7/1/11); and be a PI or Co-PI on at least one active, nationally competitive grant (with an initial term of two or more years) sometime between 7/1/13 through 7/1/15.  Scholars are required to devote at least 50% of their total effort to the direct conduct of research. Deadline: July 28


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.

Limited Submission: Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP)    Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) supports national efforts to diversify the health care workforce by funding projects to expand and support opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The purpose of this grant program is to:

  1. Promote the recruitment of qualified students and adult learners, including veterans from disadvantaged backgrounds into health or allied health professions programs
  2. Improve retention rates by implementing tailored enrichment programs designed to address the academic and social needs of trainees from disadvantaged backgrounds
  3. Improve matriculation and graduation rates
  4. Provide opportunities for community-based health professions training, emphasizing experiences in underserved communities

For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application.

Internal deadline: Email EVPRPlimited by March 30.

Sponsor deadline:  May 15

Limited Submission: Next Generation Electric Machines: Megawatt Class Motors  This Funding Opportunity Announcement is focused on developing medium voltage integrated drive systems that leverage the benefits of state of the art power electronics (i.e., wide band gap devices) with high RPM, high power density and energy efficient megawatt class electric motors in three primary areas:

  1. Chemical and petroleum refining industries
  2. Natural gas infrastructure
  3. General industrial applications  

Cost sharing of a minimum of 20% of total project costs is required. An informational webinar to give applicants an overview of standard procedures regarding the EERE Office and Funding Opportunity Announcement process will be held Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application.

Internal deadline: Email EVPRPlimited by March 30

Sponsor deadlines:  Concept papers due April 16; Full applications due June 3.

Limited Submission:Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE: GEOPATHS) 

The National Science Foundation’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) initiative supports a coherent set of investments to address immediate challenges and opportunities that are facing undergraduate STEM education, as well as those that anticipate new structures (e.g. organizational changes, new methods for certification or credentialing, course re-conception, cyberlearning, etc.) and new functions of the undergraduate learning and teaching enterprise. The National Science Foundation’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE): GEOPATHS program invites proposals that specifically address the current needs and opportunities related to undergraduate education within the geosciences community. The primary goal of the National Science Foundation’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE): GEOPATHS funding opportunity is to increase the number of undergraduate students interested in pursuing undergraduate degrees and/or post-graduate degrees in geoscience through the design and testing of novel approaches for engaging students in authentic, career-relevant experiences in geoscience. The National Science Foundation’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE): GEOPATHS solicitation features two funding Tracks:

  1. Engaging students in the geosciences through extra-curricular experiences and training activities (GEOPATHS-EXTRA)
  2. Improving pathways into the geosciences through institutional collaborations and transfer (GEOPATHS-IMPACT)

For this opportunity, Purdue may serve as the lead institution on only one proposed project, but may serve as the non-lead institution of a collaborative project more than once per competition.

Internal deadline: Email EVPRPlimited by April 13.

Sponsor deadlines:   Letter Of Intent due August 14; Application due October 5.

Limited Submission: Art Works  “Art Works” refers to three things: the works of art themselves, the ways art works on audiences, and the fact that art is work for the artists and arts professionals who make up the field. The National Education Association wants to achieve the following four outcomes through the projects supported: Creation – the  creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence; Engagement – public engagement with diverse and excellent art; Learning – lifelong learning in the arts; and Livability – the strengthening of communities through the arts.  Purdue may only submit one Art Works or Challenge America proposal.

Internal Deadline: Email EVPRPlimited by May 11.

Sponsor Deadline: July 23


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.

Notice of Intent to Publish Announcement for Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (RFT-IMI)

A solicitation is expected to be released in mid-April 2015 with a Proposer’s Day to follow shortly thereafter (exact date and location will be announced later).

Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for Centers for Agricultural Disease and Injury Research, Education, and Prevention (U54)

The Funding Opportunity Announcement is expected to be published in July 2015 with an expected application due date in November 2015.

Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Centers (T42)

The Funding Opportunity Announcement is expected to be published in May 2015 with an expected application due date in November 2015.

Notice of Intent to Issue FOA: Research and Development of Innovative Technologies for Low Impact Hydropower Development

EERE plans to issue the Funding Opportunity Announcement in the March 2015 time frame via the EERE Exchange website.

Presolicitation Notice: Feed the Future Asia Innovative Farmers Activity

The Research Funding Announcement  is expected to be available for the public in the next few weeks.




Workshop: Overview of the National Science Foundation CAREER Program The workshop will be held Tuesday, April 21 at 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, in Stewart Center, Room 310. The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships is hosting the workshop for untenured faculty in all disciplines who are interested in writing a proposal for the National Science Foundation CAREER program.  Sally Bond and Sue Grimes, co-assistant directors in Research Development Services, will present an overview of the program and provide guidance on how to write a competitive proposal. Lunch will be provided so pre-registration is required by April 16 at the link above.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program for Submission in Years 2015 and 2016

Frequently Asked Questions for Campus Cyberinfrastructure – Data, Networking, and Innovation (CC*DNI) Solicitation




Earlier archived weeks are available upon request.