Weekly Funding Opportunities

March 4th, 2015

The weekly updates include:

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ORGS Identified Opportunities


Selected Funding Opportunities

Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP)

Activities in four focus areas will be supported in Fiscal Year 2015:

  • Genomics-empowered plant research (RESEARCH-PGR).
  • Development of tools and resources for plant genome research (TOOLS-PGR).
  • Mid-Career Investigator Awards in Plant Genome Research (MCA-PGR) to increase participation of investigators trained primarily in fields other than plant genomics.
  • Early Career Investigator Awards in Plant Genome Research (ECA-PGR).

Proposals addressing these opportunities are welcomed at all scales, from single-investigator projects through multi-investigator, multi-institution projects, commensurate with the scope and scale of the work proposed.  Deadline: May 27

Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI)

The objective of the CICI program is to develop and deploy security solutions that benefit the scientific community by ensuring the integrity and reliability of the end-to-end scientific workflow. This solicitation seeks unique ways to protect scientific instruments, resources, cyberinfrastructure and data that extend beyond building better perimeters and point solutions. Deadline: June 2

Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum (EARS)

The National Science Foundation’s Directorates for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Computer and Information Science and Engineering are coordinating efforts to identify bold new concepts with the potential to contribute to significant improvements in the efficiency of radio spectrum utilization, protection of passive sensing services, and in the ability for traditionally underserved Americans to benefit from current and future wireless-enabled goods and services. Deadline: June 2

Cracking the Olfactory Code: An Ideas Lab Activity

The ultimate aim of this Ideas Lab organized by the Biological Sciences and the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorates at the NSF is to facilitate the generation and execution of innovative research projects aimed at understanding the nature of olfactory processing and sensory representations in the brain in general. Ideas Labs are intensive workshops focused on finding innovative solutions to grand challenge problems. Preliminary proposal due May 1; Full proposal due July 31.

Dear Colleague Letter: I-Corps L – Stimulating Innovation in STEM Education  

To challenge National Science Foundation researchers to think beyond their research results and toward broader adoption of STEM education and learning innovations, NSF’s Innovation Corps Teams Program (I-Corps Teams) will encourage proposals that take discoveries and promising practices from education research and development and promote opportunities for widespread adoption, adaptation, and utilization. I-Corps for Learning (I-Corps L) Teams will receive support – in the form of mentoring and funding – to accelerate innovation in learning that can be successfully scaled, in a sustainable manner. Deadline: April 15

Early-life Factors and Cancer Development Later in Life

The purpose of these FOAs is to stimulate research focused on the role of early-life factors in cancer development later in life.  Given that current emerging evidence from limited research indicates a potentially important role for early-life events and exposures in cancer development, it is necessary to better understand 1) the early-life factors that are associated with later cancer development; 2) how early-life factors mediate biological processes relevant to carcinogenesis; and 3) whether predictive markers for cancer risk based on what happens biologically at early-life can be measured and developed for use in cancer prevention strategies.

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

Mobilizing Research: A Research Resource to Enhance mHealth Research (U2C)  

The purpose of this FOA is to support the development of Mobilizing Research, a research resource that would allow researchers to more efficiently and rapidly evaluate mobile and wireless (mHealth) technologies. This research resource is intended to develop an infrastructure that works with wireless carriers to create a registry of potential participants to facilitate mHealth research across a variety of observational and clinical research studies and settings, and for a range of diseases and populations.

Deadline: May 8

Advancing Translational and Clinical Probiotic/Prebiotic and Human Microbiome Research (R01) The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is twofold:

  • To accelerate translational and clinical Phase I and II a/b safety and efficacy studies for substantiating measurable functional benefits of probiotic/prebiotic components and/or their combinations.
  • 2) To understand the underlying mechanisms of their action(s), and variability in responses to these interventions. 

Deadline: June 5

Developing Paradigm-Shifting Innovations for in vivo Human Placental Assessment in Response to Environmental Influences (U01) This Funding Opportunity Announcement aims to support the initial stages of development of entirely new or next-generation placental imaging and assessment technologies and methods that will increase our capability to assess human placental structure and function safely in vivo throughout gestation and to explore the impact of environmental influences on placental structure and function across pregnancy.

Deadline: June 1

Building the Evidence for Family Group Decision-Making in Child Welfare

The purpose of this FOA is to solicit proposals for projects that will:

  • Conduct a family group decision-making (FGDM) program that effectively supports family connections and engages family members in ways that achieve positive outcomes for the target population of children who are in, or at risk of entering, foster care and their families.
  • Analyze the implementation, impact, and cost of the FGDM program.

Deadline: April 24

Paralysis Resource Center (PRC)  

The PRC will work to remove environmental barriers to health for individuals living with paralysis and expand the knowledge base of proven, successful health promotion strategies leading to improved physical and emotional health for this population. The PRC will also provide national outreach, grants to enhance community living opportunities and share information and resources targeted to people of all ages living with paralysis. Letter of Intent due March 10; Application due April 27.

The Healthy Brain Initiative: Implementing Public Health Actions related to Cognitive Health, Cognitive Impairment, and Caregiving at the State and Local Levels The overall purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to engage target populations to guide comprehensive and coordinated implementation of public health actions at national, state and local levels to apply public health strategies to promote cognitive health; address cognitive impairment, including Alzheimer’s disease; and support the needs of care partners.

Deadline: May 8

Future Arctic Sensing Technologies

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of novel Arctic sensor systems.  In particular, DARPA is interested in concepts for low-cost, rapidly-deployable, environmentally friendly, unmanned sensor systems, including deployment and data reach-back from above the Arctic Circle that can detect, track and identify air, surface and subsurface targets. Deadline: April 14

Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) 

The BCRP seeks to accelerate high-impact research with clinical relevance, encourage innovation and stimulate creativity, and facilitate productive collaborations. The following programs have been released for FY15 funding: Era of Hope Scholar, Innovator, Breakthrough Levels 1 & 2, Breakthrough Levels 3 & 4, and Distinguished Investigator Awards. 

Deadlines vary by program.

Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems

 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. The principal partners in this research and training are scientists from U.S. universities, working in collaboration with scientists in developing country universities, national and international agricultural research centers, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations, to jointly pursue scientific investigations to overcome critical agricultural constraints facing today’s global food systems. The Livestock Systems Innovation Lab will engage U.S. university capacity to conduct research on livestock systems and address key issues related to livestock value chains, disease management, animal source foods, and enabling policies that drive sustainable local and national agricultural productivity and combat food insecurity and malnutrition. Contingent on the availability of funds, the estimated life-of-project budget for the new Livestock Systems Innovation Lab is up to $49 million for five years.

Deadline: May 27

Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development

The fifth round has launched for innovative prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities around the world. Saving Lives at Birth partners will fund transformative approaches that cut across three main domains: science & technology, service delivery, and demand-side innovation.

Expression of Interest due March 27.

 All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development  

This challenge aims to catalyze the creation and expansion of scalable, low-cost innovations to improve early-grade literacy students in developing countries. Two opportunities are currently running.

  • Technology to Support Education in Crisis and Conflict Settings   Deadline: March 30
  • Tracking and Tracing Books Prize Competition Deadline: April 1


Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI)  

National Institute of Food and Agriculture requests applications for the SCRI program for FY15 to solve critical U.S. specialty crop issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research and extension activities that use systems-based, trans-disciplinary approaches The intent of the SCRI program is to solve the needs of the various specialty crop industries through the promotion of collaboration, open communication, the exchange of information, and the development of resources that accelerate application of scientific discovery and technology.   

Pre-applications due March 30; Invited full applications due July 2.

Organic Transitions  

National Institute of Food and Agriculture requests applications for the Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program – Organic Transitions for FY15 to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education, and extension activities in program areas. Notice of Intent due March 26; Application due April 16.

Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI)  

For FY15, the technical areas are:

  1. Feedstocks development
  2. Biofuels and biobased products development
  3. Biofuels development analysis.

The BRDI FOA requires that funded projects address only one of these three legislatively mandated technical areas.

Concept paper due March 27; Application due July 27.

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstrations

This Funding Opportunity Announcement will cover a broad spectrum of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office portfolio with areas of interest ranging from research and development (R&D) to demonstration and deployment projects.  In particular, the R&D areas of interest for this FOA include hydrogen production via microbial biomass conversion; low platinum group metals catalyst development for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell applications; development of an integrated intelligent hydrogen dispenser; and fuel cell and hydrogen manufacturing R&D focusing on hydrogen delivery pipeline manufacturing R&D. Concept paper due April 2; Application due June 4.

Diplomatic Simulations Program – A Project Coordination Team for Simulation Writing, Curriculum Design and Video Production  The U.S. Diplomacy Center announces a funding opportunity to provide the coordination of a Diplomatic Simulations Program that requires curriculum design, simulation writing, and the filming and editing of video clips that introduce the program and support the content of the simulations.  Deadline: April 22


Strengthening the Public’s and/or K-12 Students’ Environmental Literacy for Community Resilience to Extreme Weather Events and Environmental Changes  The goal of this opportunity is to strengthen the public’s and/or K-12 students’ environmental literacy to enable informed decision-making necessary for community resilience to extreme weather events and environmental changes. Projects should build the environmental literacy necessary for community resilience by focusing on geographic awareness and an understanding of Earth systems and the threats and vulnerabilities that are associated with a community’s location. Deadline: April 13


National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment  

Specific research topics of interest include, but are not limited to: studies that inform existing helmet safety standards; investigators developing youth helmet standards; the mechanical and biological mechanisms of injury and recovery; and the application of developed tools and equipment for injury prevention. National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment will fund awards under two separate mechanisms:

  1. Small pilot developmental studies
  2. Traditional research projects

Letters of Intent due May 4; Invited applications due September 1.


Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Pilot Funding for Research Use of Core Facilities

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Pilot Funding program is intended to promote the use of technologies and expertise afforded by the Indiana CTSI Core Facilities available at all partner institutions. Successful proposals will demonstrate outstanding scientific merit that can be linked to generating extramural funding or novel intellectual property. Success of the program will be viewed, in part, by the fostering of new funded grants or providing significant contributions to grant renewals. Deadline: April 15


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: Children’s Health Exposure Analysis Resource (CHEAR) NIEHS is establishing an infrastructure, the Children’s Health Exposure Analysis Resource (CHEAR), to provide the extramural research community access to laboratory and statistical analyses to add or expand the inclusion of environmental exposures in their research. CHEAR is a multi-unit infrastructure to provide access to comprehensive exposure analysis that can be performed using biological samples collected in studies of children’s health. CHEAR is being solicited through three FOAs:

  • The National Exposure Assessment Laboratory Network (U2C) FOA solicits a network of laboratories providing a comprehensive suite of laboratory-based analytical services for samples derived from extant or ongoing children’s health studies in the extramural research community.
  • The Data Repository, Analysis and Science Center (U2C) will provide intellectual and logistical support for the maintenance, analysis, interpretation, curation, and reuse of data generated by CHEAR in support of extramural research projects.
  • The CHEAR Coordinating Center (U24) will serve as the administrative hub and external access point for CHEAR, managing the flow of materials, data, and analyses between CHEAR units and participating investigators.

For these opportunities, Purdue may submit one application to each opportunity.

Internal deadline: Contact EVPRPlimited@purdue.edu by March 9

Sponsor deadline:  April 30

Limited Submission: TechWomen Program  Applicants should plan to demonstrate the capacity to recruit and select a total of approximately 90 women from select countries in Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East to participate in a five- to six-week peer mentoring program in the U.S. The award recipient will be responsible for arranging appropriate and meaningful mentorships for all the participants at U.S.-based science and technology companies, and for monitoring the safety and well-being of the participants while they are on the program. The mentoring experience will focus on advancing the status of professional women in the fields of science and technology through project-based mentorships, networking opportunities, and enhancement activities. Funding will also support activities in the participants’ home countries that encourage the interest of girls and university-age women in science and technology-based careers, and that engage young women using technology in their professions. For this opportunity, Purdue is limited to one application.

Internal deadline: Contact EVPRPlimited by March 16

Sponsor deadline:  May 4


Anticipated Funding Opportunities:


Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Procurement Aggregating Initiatives

EERE plans to issue the FOA shortly via the EERE Exchange website.



Workshop:Leveraging Research Development and Purdue-wide Resources for Large, Interdisciplinary Proposals  This workshop is targeted to Purdue faculty who are interested in pursuing large, interdisciplinary funding opportunities.  Lynne Dahmen, senior proposal coordinator in Research Development Services, will provide an overview of support available through the Office of Research and Partnerships including grant writing, resource leveraging, and site visit assistance. Senior Associate Vice President and Executive Director of Discovery Park, Al Rebar, will discuss how resources available through Discovery Park, including facilities and administrative support, can be key to the success of large, interdisciplinary proposals.  The workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 24th in Stewart 310 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Lunch is provided so registration is required at the link above.

Young Faculty Award Announcement is updated and replacedDeadline: April 13

Dear Colleague Letter: Special Guidelines for Submitting Proposals: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and Opportunity for Collaborations in Gravitational Physics

Webinar: March 5 – NCBI and the NIH Public Access Policy: PubMed Central Submissions, My NCBI, My Bibliography and SciENcv



Earlier archived weeks are available upon request.