Weekly Funding Opportunities

July 29th, 2015

The weekly updates include:

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ORGS Identified Opportunities


Selected Funding Opportunities


 Gen-3 Engineering Research Centers (ERC): Partnerships in Transformational Research, Education, and Technology  

The goal of the Engineering Research Centers (ERC) Program is to integrate engineering research and education with technological innovation to transform national prosperity, health, and security. It links scientific discovery to technological innovation and supports engineering graduates who can be leaders in industrial practice and creative pioneers in a global economy. Successful ERCs will demonstrate an infrastructure that integrates and implements research, workforce development, and innovation ecosystem development to address existing gaps and barriers. Awards are for five years with a possible five year renewal. Funding start at $3.5M for year 1 and increases yearly to $4.25M for years 4 and 5.

Proposals are solicited in two tracks: Open Topic ERCs and Nanosystems ERCs (NERCs).  A proposed ERC must be multi-institutional, with a lead university and no more than four additional domestic university partners.  The Lead PI (Center Director) must be a tenured faculty member in an engineering department/school of engineering at the lead university. The Director’s doctoral degree must be in engineering or an associated field of science. 

If you plan a submission to this program, please email Melba Crawford as soon as possible for planning purposes.

Letter of Intent due September 25; Preliminary Proposal due October 23; Invited Full Proposals due 6/16/16.

Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport (CBET) Systems

CBET has recently released updates to the following core programs: Biomedical Engineering; Biophotonics; Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering; Catalysis and Biocatalysis; Chemical and Biological Separations; Combustion and Fire Systems; Energy for Sustainability; Environmental Engineering; Nano-Bio Phenomena and Processes in the Environment; Environmental Sustainability; Fluid Dynamics; General & Age-Related Disabilities Engineering (GARDE); Nano-Biosensing; Particulate and Multiphase Processes; Process Systems, Reaction Engineering and Molecular Thermodynamics; and Thermal Transport Processes.

Deadline: October 20

Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12)

The DRK-12 program seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of STEM by PreK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of STEM education innovations and approaches. DRK-12 invites proposals that address immediate challenges that are facing preK-12 STEM education as well as those that anticipate radically different structures and functions of preK-12 teaching and learning. The DRK-12 program has three major research and development strands: Assessment, Learning and Teaching.

Deadline: December 7

Ideas Lab: Measuring “Big G” Challenge  

This solicitation describes an Ideas Lab on “Measuring Big G.” Ideas Labs are intensive meetings focused on finding innovative solutions to grand challenge problems. The ultimate aim of this Ideas Lab organized by the Physics Division of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF), in collaboration with experts in the field, is to facilitate the development of new experiments designed to measure Newton’s gravitational constant G with relative uncertainties approaching or surpassing one part in 100,000. Preliminary proposal due September 21; Full proposal due January 14.

Research Infrastructure (CRI)

The CRI program drives discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines of the three participating CISE divisions by supporting the creation and enhancement of world-class research infrastructure that will support focused research agendas in computer and information science and engineering. The CRI program supports two classes of awards: 1) Institutional Infrastructure (II) awards support the creation of new (II-NEW) CISE research infrastructure or the enhancement (II-EN) of existing CISE research infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities at the awardee and collaborating institutions; 2) Community Infrastructure (CI) awards support the planning (CI-P) for new CISE community research infrastructure, the creation of new (CI-NEW) CISE research infrastructure, the enhancement (CI-EN) of existing CISE infrastructure, or the sustainment (CI-SUSTAIN) of existing CISE community infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities for broad-based communities of CISE researchers that extend well beyond the awardee institutions. Preliminary proposal due November 10; Full proposal due January 20.

Dear Colleague Letter: Submission of Proposals to NSF Programs that Address the Interdisciplinary Topic of Theoretical Physics Approaches to Cancer Biology

The Physics Division, through the Physics of Living Systems program, accepts and reviews investigator-initiated proposals on the interdisciplinary topic of theoretical physics in cancer biology. Proposals may involve joint efforts between investigators from theoretical physics and researchers from the biomedical community, although the focus of the project must be on the role that physics plays in the effort.

Deadline: October 28

Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Development of Software Tools and Methods for Biomedical Big Data in Targeted Areas of High Need (U01)

The purpose of this BD2K FOA is to solicit development of software tools and methods in the three topic areas of data privacy, data repurposing, and applying metadata, all as part of the overall BD2K initiative. While this FOA is intended to foster new development, submissions consisting of significant adaptations of existing methods and software are also invited.

Deadline: October 6

Physical Activity and Weight Control Interventions Among Cancer Survivors: Effects on Biomarkers of Prognosis and Survival This FOA encourages transdisciplinary and translational research that will identify the specific biological or biobehavioral pathways through which physical activity and/or weight control (either weight loss or avoidance of weight gain) may affect cancer prognosis and survival. Research applications should test the effects of physical activity, alone or in combination with weight control (either weight loss or avoidance of weight gain), on biomarkers of cancer prognosis among cancer survivors identified by previous animal or observational research on established biomarkers other than insulin/glucose metabolism, especially those obtained from tumor tissue sourced from repeat biopsies where available.

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

Research to Advance Vaccine Safety 

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to support research that will contribute to the overall understanding of vaccine safety. This research opportunity encourages studies that address scientific areas potentially relevant to vaccine safety such as:

  • Physiological and immunological responses to vaccines and vaccine components
  • How genetic variations affect immune/physiological responses that may impact vaccine safety
  • Identification of risk factors and biological markers that may be used to assess whether there is a relationship between certain diseases or disorders and licensed vaccines
  • Creation/evaluation of statistical methodologies for analyzing data on vaccine safety, including data available from existing data sources such as passive reporting systems or healthcare databases
  • The application of genomic/molecular technologies and systems biology approaches to evaluate vaccine safety.
  • R01 Deadline: October 5
  • R21 Deadline: October 16

Research on Adducts in Cancer Risk Identification and Prevention This FOA encourages research projects focused on adducts to cellular macromolecules as indicators of exposures to cancer risk factors relevant to human populations. The priority is on projects that will focus on adductomic approaches, i.e., address some aspects of the totality of adducts.

Deadline: November 23

Supplements to Support Evaluation of the NCI Cancer Genomics Cloud Pilots (Admin Supp) The purpose of this FOA is to support projects that will incorporate the use of one or more of the NCI Cancer Genomics Cloud Pilots into ongoing research activities. The use of an infrastructure in which large scale genomic data is co-located with computational resources and analysis tools is expected to lead to increased research efficiency and broader access to tools and data for cancer researchers, an important priority for the NCI.

Deadline: October 18

Research and Methods in Health Statistics (R03)  

The purpose of this grant program is to develop and test statistical and survey methodology relevant to the conduct, analysis and reporting of health surveys and vital records.

Letter of Intent due September 2; Application due October 7.

Breast Cancer Research Program Breakthrough Award Level 3

The intent of the Breakthrough Award is to support promising research that has high potential to lead to or make breakthroughs in breast cancer.  This award will support advanced translational studies that have potential for near-term clinical investigation. Small-scale clinical trials may apply. Pre-application due September 18; Invited application due December 21. 

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Science and Technology (S&T)  

The Office of Naval Research is interested in receiving white papers and full proposals for the DoD EOD S&T program. The EOD mission is to detect/locate, access, diagnose/identify, render safe/neutralize, recover, exploit, and dispose of unexploded ordnance including conventional, unconventional, improvised, chemical, biological, or nuclear. The EOD mission also includes responding to evolving threats posed by Improvised Explosive Devices and Weapons of Mass Destruction.  White paper due August 24; Invited proposal due October 26.

Cost Benefit/Effectiveness Analysis of Army Community Service (AACS)

NIFA requests applications for the AACS Program for FY15 to conduct a thorough, independent, and impartial cost benefit analysis and/or cost effectiveness analysis of Army Community Service Programs.

Deadline: August 17

Economics of School Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

The Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting a cooperative agreement to provide financial assistance to an organization to research and analyze the economics of implementing integrated pest management (IPM) in K-12 public and Tribal schools in the United States. The grantee will conduct an analysis of the short- and long-term economics of implementing an IPM program in a school district.

Deadline: September 9

Marine Fisheries Initiative (MARFIN)  

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Southeast Region, is seeking proposals under MARFIN for research and development projects that optimize the use of fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and off the South Atlantic states involving the U.S. fishing industry (recreational and commercial), including fishery biology, resource assessment, socio-economic assessment, management and conservation, selected harvesting methods, and fish handling and processing.

Deadline: October 2

Rehabilitation Services Administration Disability Innovation Fund – Automated Personalization Computing Project (APCP)

The purpose of this priority is to enter into a cooperative agreement to implement a pilot project that would improve outcomes for individuals with disabilities by increasing access to information and communication technologies (ICT) through automatic personalization of needed assistive technology (AT). Under the APCP, an information technology infrastructure would be created to allow users of ICT to store preferences in the cloud or other technology, which then would allow supported Internet-capable devices they are using to automatically run their preferred AT solutions.

Deadline: September 8

North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) Partnership Grants

This program is intended to foster cooperation between agriculture professionals and small groups of farmers and ranchers to catalyze on-farm research, demonstration, and education activities related to sustainable agriculture. The project must be led by an agriculture/natural resource professional.  These professionals include university educators and extensions agents and specialists.

Deadline: October 29

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: Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Centers (T42) The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) invites applications for funding Education and Research Centers (ERCs) that are focused on occupational safety and health training, research training, education and outreach. ERCs are academic institutions that provide high-quality interdisciplinary graduate training, research training, continuing education, and outreach in the core occupational safety and health disciplines of industrial hygiene, occupational health nursing, occupational medicine residency, and occupational safety, as well as closely related allied disciplines. Research and research training are integral components of ERCs, with ERC faculty and NIOSH trainees conducting research on issues related to the NIOSH National Occupational Research Agenda. The ERCs also serve as regional resources for industry, labor, government, and the public. For this opportunity, Purdue is limited to one application.

Internal deadline: Email EVPRPlimited by August 17.

Sponsor deadlines: Letter of Intent due October 2; Application due December 3

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.

Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) Pre-funding notice – Potential Topics  

Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) intends to request proposals through one or more formal Funding Opportunity Notice (FON) announcements beginning approximately September 15 and remaining open through November 13.



ASSIST Now an Option for Institutional Training and Career Development (Ts and K12), Other Training Grants (Ds) and Various Research Applications



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