Weekly Funding Opportunities

May 20th, 2015

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ORGS Identified Opportunities


Selected Funding Opportunities


Dear Colleague Letter: Research on Theory and Analytical Tools for Power Networks with High Levels of Renewable Generation

The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter is to invite EAGER proposals for research to develop models and new theory for the emerging power grid with high levels of distributed generation from renewable sources. Successful proposals will pursue development of new tools for fundamental understanding of system behavior and control in the presence of volatile renewable energy resources, of prosumers incorporating renewable energy resources, and the expected growth of distributed storage systems.

Deadline: June 19

Development of Measures of Fatigability in Older Adults (R21)

This FOA invites applications to develop and evaluate measures of fatigability. This FOA is intended to substantially advance the science of disability measurement through development of a qualitatively different construct — fatigability — by addressing the inherent problem of self-pacing that confounds most measures of fatigue.

Deadline: October 1

Conference Grants to Advance Collaborative Research on Aging Biology (R13) 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement encourages the submission of conference grant applications in scientific areas that will foster extramural research on the molecular, biochemical, cellular, genetic, and physiological mechanisms underlying normal aging and related pathologies.  NIA is particularly interested in promoting and facilitating team science to allow researchers at all levels of training to come together to exchange ideas, tools and approaches in an effort to increase collaborative research. 

Deadline: August 12

Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research

The purpose of this award is to diversify the pool of independent neuroscience research investigators and to enhance the opportunity to obtain independent NIH or other independent research support by providing junior faculty with research cost support, protected research time and career stage appropriate professional development mentorship in neuroscience research.  Individuals from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research are eligible for support under this award if they have doctoral research degrees and are in the first 3 years of a faculty tenure track or equivalent position at the time of award.

Deadline: October 12

Administrative Supplements for Research on Dietary Supplements

This Funding Opportunity Announcement announces the availability of administrative supplements to support research in which the supplemental funding would investigate the role of dietary supplements and/or their ingredients in health maintenance and disease prevention. Parent awards need not be focused on dietary supplements; this FOA may provide support to include dietary supplements within the scope of relevant research projects. Research interests are not limited to specific health conditions, organ systems or population groups. All types of research are supported, including pre-clinical, clinical, behavioral, and epidemiological. Deadline: October 15

Provocative Questions in Cancer with an Underlying HIV Infection 

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to advance our understanding of the risks, development, progression, diagnosis, and treatment of malignancies observed in individuals with an underlying HIV infection or AIDS through research directed at addressing one of several proposed “Provocative Questions.” Deadline: August 18

•       (R21)

•       (R01)

Evaluating Quality Metrics for Risk-Based Surveillance of Drug Manufacturing Operations and Facilities (U01)

The goal of this project is to evaluate a set of potential quality metrics for their utility in monitoring quality across the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector. This project aids to support FDA’s efforts in transforming quality oversight from a qualitative to a quantitative and expertise-based assessment in order to assure that quality drugs are available to the American public. The outcomes of the project could also be used to assist in the development of a risk-based inspection approach for domestic and foreign drug establishments.

Deadline: July 2

National Centers The National Centers provide the foundation of knowledge and practice for the ACF Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) System. Through the National Centers, ACF will promote early childhood excellence through consistent, evidenced-based T/TA. Reflecting current research, these Centers will create and disseminate high-quality resources and provide T/TA across regions, states, territories, tribes, and local communities. Deadline: July 20

•        Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning

•        Early Childhood Health and Wellness

•        Early Childhood Quality Assurance

•        Afterschool and Summer Enrichment

•        Parent, Family and Community Engagement

•        Program Management and Fiscal Operations

Gulf War Illness Research Program (GWIRP)

The GWIRP focuses its funding on innovative projects that have the potential to make a significant impact on Gulf War Illness, improving the health and lives of affected service members and their families. The following programs have recently opened: Epidemiology Research, New Investigator, Investigator-Initiated Research, Innovative Treatment Evaluation, and Clinical Trial Awards. 

Pre-applications due July 9; Invited applications due October 29.

Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) BAA for Basic and Applied Research 

The goal is to provide the American Warfighter the best equipment for the best price through research, development and engineering in the areas of: Combat Feeding Equipment and Systems; Combat Ration Research and Development; Warfighter Systems Technologies; Shelters and Life Support technologies for Contingency Basing; Airdrop – Advanced Personnel and Cargo Airdrop Systems; Textile Technologies; Modeling and Simulation; Neuroepidemiology; Warfighter Advanced Technologies; and Technology Enabled Capability Demonstrations. 

White papers accepted through 2/28/20.

National Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program: Regional Center Grants to Enhance Food Safety  

The intention of this program is to begin building an infrastructure that will support a national food safety training, education, extension, outreach, and technical assistance system and provide significant opportunities for funding through subcontracts and for partnerships with eligible stakeholder groups, including community-based and non-governmental organizations.

Deadline: June 29

Renewable Resources Extension Act – National Focus Fund Projects (RREA-NFF)  

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture is soliciting applications for the Renewable Resources Extension Act – National Focus Fund Projects (RREA-NFF) under the following priorities:

  1. Regional Initiatives to Address Critical Issues Faced by Forest and Rangeland Owners
  2. National Forums/Symposia on what the Second Century of Extension Forest and Rangeland Programs must look like to meet the Needs of Our Clientele to effectively address the resource issues and opportunities faced by forest and rangeland owners.

Deadline: June 1

NASA New (Early Career) Investigator Program (NIP) in Earth Science

The New Investigator Program (NIP) in Earth Science is designed to support outstanding scientific research and career development of scientists and engineers at the early stage of their professional careers. The program aims to encourage innovative research initiatives and cultivate scientific leadership in Earth system science.

Step-1 proposal due June 30; Step-2 proposal due August 31.

NASA Citizen Science Asteroid Data, Education, and Tools (CADET)

The Citizen Science Asteroid Data, Education, and Tools (CADET) program seeks innovative proposals to adapt, develop, and web-enable software tools for asteroid data analysis and to make them accessible and easily usable by nonprofessionals, including amateur astronomers, students, and citizen scientists.

Step-1 proposal due June 15; Step-2 proposal due July 15.

NASA Solar System Workings  

The Solar System Workings program element supports research into atmospheric, climatological, dynamical, geologic, geophysical, and geochemical processes occurring on planetary bodies, satellites, and other minor bodies (including rings) in the Solar System.  Step-1 proposal due June 11; Step-2 due September 10.

Opportunity to Use the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) Sample – Education Research Grants

For Fiscal Year 2016, researchers have a unique opportunity to use the sample for the 2015-16 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) in applications to the Postsecondary and Adult Education topic under the Education Research Grants program. The Institute will support research projects using the NPSAS to:

  1. Explore the relations between postsecondary persistence and completion, and malleable factors.
  2. Evaluate the efficacy of interventions aimed at improving persistence and completion of postsecondary education.

Research synopsis and support documents due to NCES June 15; Application to Education Research Grants program due August 6

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Research Grants  The foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. Deadline: August 1

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: Storage Systems and Input/Output for Extreme Scale Science

This Funding Opportunity Announcement has three primary objectives for the research to be supported:

  1. Enhance our understanding of the challenges DOE scientists and user facilities face with respect to storage systems and input/output (SSIO) and related performance issues.
  2. Support design and prototyping of next-generation SSIO environments, including storage systems software and middleware.
  3. Initiate exploratory research on new SSIO design alternatives to meet the challenges of extreme scale science.

To meet these objectives, ASCR invites computer science research proposals to address three themes:

  1. Measurement and Understanding of Storage Systems and Input/Output Challenges
  2. Scalable Storage Software Infrastructure
  3. New Paradigms in Storage Systems and Input/Output

Purdue may submit no more than four applications as lead institution. There is no limit on the number of applications submitted as a collaborating institution.

Internal Deadline: Email EVPRPlimited by May 27.

Sponsor Deadline:  Pre-application due June 11; Application due July 13.

Limited Submission: W. M. Keck Foundation’s Medical Research Program and Science & Engineering Program These programs seek to support high-risk/high-impact projects in fields of biological science, physical science, and engineering.  Eligible projects should meet all 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, such as the founding of a new field of research, the enabling of observations not previously possible, or the altered perception of a previously intractable problem
  • Does not focus on clinical or translational research, treatment trials, or research for the sole purpose of drug development
  • Medical projects should be platform-based – not disease specific
  • 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, June 8: Preproposals due to the EVPRP (please specify the program – S&E or Medical).
Monday, June 15: Preproposal rankings due to the EVPRP.
Sponsor Deadline:  November 1, 2015 (project discussion period July 1 – August 15).

Limited Submission:  Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) 2017 Undergraduate Science Education Grants 

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute announces a new competition for science education grants to colleges and universities. The goal of the revised program is to help institutions build their capacity to effectively engage all students in science throughout their undergraduate years, especially those who come to college via non-traditional pathways. While the focus is natural sciences, eligibility is not limited to faculty in that area.  HHMI plans to award approximately 60 grants in two competitions. The first competition will result in approximately 30 awards that will be made in September 2017. The second competition is expected to be announced in 2016, with awards to be made in September 2018. Grant will be for five years and total $1 million each. For this opportunity, Purdue is allowed to submit one pre-proposal in one of two categories, either Building Capacity Within the Institution or Helping Others Build Capacity.

Internal Deadlines:
Monday, June 8:  Preproposal due to EVPRP.
Monday, June 15: Rankings due to EVPRP.
Sponsor Deadlines: July 14 – Institution must file Intent to Apply; December 1 – pre-proposals due to HHMI; Full proposals will be by invitation only.

Limited Submission: Searle Scholars Program  

The Searle Scholars Program seeks to fund high risk, high reward projects from candidates in their first appointment as a tenure-track assistant professor beginning on or after July 1, 2014.  Applicants should be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, or related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences.  Those in other fields including engineering, physics, psychology, and nutritional science may be eligible provided the project has a strong life science focus (see past awardees on the Searle website). For this opportunity, Purdue is limited to one application.

Internal Deadlines:
Monday, June 15:  In lieu of pre-proposals, a full Curriculum Vitae (CV) should be submitted.  (Please indicate if you are competing for Pew, Searle, or both.)
Monday, June 22:  Rankings due to the EVPRP.
Sponsor Deadline: September 30

Limited Submission: Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

Pew has invited Purdue to submit one candidate to their 2016 program. Eligible candidates must hold an full-time appointment (starting no earlier than July 16, 2012) as an assistant professor in medicine or biomedical sciences with the former area being liberally defined as “contributors in science relevant to human health”. Previous awardees encompass a range of disciplines including:  biology, genetics, neuroscience, biochemistry, bioengineering, immunology, pharmacology, and biophysics.   Previously unsuccessful Pew candidates are eligible to reapply to the foundation but only two attempts are allowed.

Internal Deadlines:
Monday, June 15:  In lieu of pre-proposals, a full Curriculum Vitae (CV) should be submitted.  (Please indicate if you are competing for Pew, Searle, or both.)
Monday, June 22:  Rankings due to the EVPRP.
Sponsor Deadline:  July 15 – candidate nomination deadline; November 16 – application deadline.

Limited Submission: Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers for Health Disparities Research Focused on Precision Medicine (U54) 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement invites applications for Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers for health disparities research exploring the potential for precision medicine – an emerging approach that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle – to promote health equity and reduce health disparities. Priorities include:

  1. Development of new tools and analytic methods for integrating patient data with information about contextual factors acting at the community or population level to influence health
  2. Development of pharmacogenomic and other precision medicine tools to identify critical biomarkers for disease progression and drug responses in diverse populations
  3. Translation of pharmacogenomic discoveries into effective treatment or clinical practice
  4. Investigation of facilitators and barriers to implementing precision medicine approaches in disadvantaged populations. For this opportunity, Purdue is limited to submitting one application.

Internal Deadlines:
Monday, June 22:  Preproposals due to EVPRP.
Monday, June 29:  Rankings due to EVPRP.
Sponsor Deadline:  September 17

Limited Submission: National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends 

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development, providing $6,000 for continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two months. Individuals who have held or been awarded a major fellowship or research grant or its equivalent within the three academic years prior to the deadline are ineligible.  A “major fellowship or research grant” is a research award that provides a stipend of at least $15,000. Sabbaticals and grants from an individual’s own institution and stipends and grants from other sources supporting study and research during the summer are not considered major fellowships.

For this opportunity, Purdue may submit two applications. To apply, send all application materials except for letters of reference electronically to Kelly Marburger in the CLA Dean’s Office  by Monday, September 7. A CLA faculty committee will review applications, and up to two applicants will be selected to submit full applications to The National Endowment for the Humanities.

Internal Deadline: September 7 – Application materials should be sent to Kelly Marburger.
Sponsor Deadline: October 1


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.



Dear Colleague Letter: Announcement of Changes to Submission Windows for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate’s Core Programs as well as the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)

National Institute of Food and Agriculture Data Gateway

The new Data Gateway is a web-based tool designed to strengthen transparency and promote an open government by providing easy access to data and metrics on how the agency distributes funding. Users can view funding by recent awards, Congressional district, knowledge area, subject of investigation, science field, and award trends.

Notice of Information Webinar on Biosample Access and Funding Opportunities for Parkinson’s Disease Biomarker Discovery




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