Weekly Funding Opportunities

October 29, 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:

AIST T.C. Graham Prize   Established in April 2014 with a US$100,000 donation to the Association for Iron & Steel Technology by Mr. Thomas C. Graham Sr., the purpose of the T. C. Graham Fund for Innovation In Steel Application is to sponsor an annual contest to encourage and recognize innovative applications for steel that may lead to the development of new markets. The winning entry will receive a US$20,000 cash prize. Deadline to submit this application is 31 Dec 2014.

Selected Funding Opportunities

NSF Dear Colleague Letter:  SaTC EAGERs Enabling New Collaborations  NSF will accept additional EAGER proposals that encourage novel interdisciplinary research resulting from new collaborations between one or more Computer and Information Science and Engineering researchers and one or more Social, Behavioral and Economic Science researchers. Research teams with a history of collaborating together should instead submit directly to the SaTC solicitation. The proposed research should fit both the Trustworthy Computing and the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences perspectives within the SaTC solicitation.  Deadlines:  February 17 and May 1.

NSF Ignite  This solicitation builds on the experience gained from initial US Ignite activities to further engage the US academic research and non-profit communities along with local cities, municipalities, and regions in exploring the challenges of developing and applying next-generation networking to problems of significant public interest and benefit. In particular, this solicitation has two tracks: the first encourages the development of applications in national priority areas that explore new uses for networks, giving rise to novel networking and application paradigms; and the second expands and enhances the ecosystems in which these applications will evolve and be evaluated. Deadline: January 21.

NSF EHR Core Research (ECR)  EHR seeks proposals that will help synthesize, build and/or expand research foundations in the following focal areas: STEM learning, STEM learning environments, STEM workforce development, and broadening participation in STEM. The ECR program is distinguished by its emphasis on the accumulation of robust evidence to inform efforts to (a) understand, (b) build theory to explain, and (c) suggest interventions (and innovations) to address persistent challenges in STEM interest, education, learning, and participation. The program supports advances in fundamental research on STEM learning and education by fostering efforts to develop foundational knowledge in STEM learning and learning contexts, both formal and informal, from childhood through adulthood, for all groups, and from the earliest developmental stages of life through participation in the workforce, resulting in increased public understanding of science and engineering.  Deadline:  February 3.

NSF Exploiting Parallelism and Scalability (XPS) The XPS program aims to support groundbreaking research leading to a new era of parallel computing. Achieving the needed breakthroughs will require a collaborative effort among researchers representing all areas – from services and applications down to the micro-architecture – and will be built on new concepts, theories, and foundational principles. Deadline: January 27.

NSF United States-Israel Collaboration in Computer Science (USICCS)  This program is a joint program of NSF and the United States – Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF). The program supports research projects that develop new knowledge in the areas of theory of computing; algorithm design and analysis; design, verification, and evaluation of software systems; and revolutionary computing models based on emerging scientific ideas. Through this program, NSF and BSF will jointly support collaborations among US-based researchers and Israel-based researchers. Deadline: March 16.

NIH/USDA Food Specific Molecular Profiles and Biomarkers of Food and Nutrient Intake, and Dietary Exposure (R01)  The purpose of this FOA is to promote research on food specific molecular signatures and biomarkers of dietary consumption and to promote collaborative interactions among NIH and USDA supported nutrition researchers. Deadline: January 2.

EPA Water Quality Benefits The EPA is seeking applications proposing research to advance knowledge of how changes in water quality, including incremental or step improvements, can be valued at appropriate spatial scales using advanced non-use valuation methods for the Nation’s inland fresh water small streams, lakes and rivers, estuaries, coastal waters, and the Great Lakes. For purposes of this RFA, small streams are defined as streams that are perennial and wadeable. Additionally, under this priority, Early Career Awards will be made.  Deadline: January 14.

DOE Wind Energy – Bat Impact Minimization Technologies and Field Testing Opportunities To address and minimize the regulatory and financial risks associated with wind power development in locations with sensitive bat species, DOE seeks to fund R&D projects that advance the technical readiness of bat impact mitigation and minimization technologies.  This FOA will also support the field testing and evaluation of near-commercial bat impact mitigation technologies, which if successful, will provide regulators and wind facility owner-operators with viable and cost effective tools to reduce their impacts on bats and ease the regulatory and financial uncertainty related to the development and long-term operation of wind farms in bat habitat. Concept papers due November 21; Full applications due January 7.

NASA Climate Indicators and Data Products for Future National Climate Assessments This ROSES element solicits research in support of the future National Climate Assessment. NASA is a major participant agency in the US Global Change Research Program, which is currently implementing a sustained assessment process that will ultimately facilitate continuous and transparent participation of scientists and stakeholders across regions and sectors, enabling new information and insights to be synthesized as they emerge. This solicitation seeks to motivate research responding to the vision of the sustained assessment by increasing the knowledge base and capacity needed to enable the effective integration of new scientific understanding into management decisions.  Notice of Intent due December 2; Proposals due February 2.

ED Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities: Preparation of Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services Leadership Personnel The purpose of the Preparation of Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services Leadership Personnel priority is to support programs that prepare special education, early intervention, and related services personnel at the graduate level who are well-qualified for, and can act effectively in, leadership positions in universities, State educational agencies, lead agencies, local educational agencies, early intervention services programs, or schools.  Deadline: December 12.

NEH Scholarly Editions and Translations Grants  These grants support the preparation of editions and translations of pre-existing texts and documents of value to the humanities that are currently inaccessible or available in inadequate editions. Typically, the texts and documents are significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials; but other types of work, such as musical notation, are also eligible. Deadline: December 9.

California Table Grape Commission  The commission invites letters of intent on projects related to the health benefits of grape consumption.  The commission has developed a freeze-dried grape powder made from table grapes which is to be used for work funded through this program. Deadline:  November 25.

Michigan Apple Committee   MAC has an industry mission to improve the profitability of apple growing through improving production information and techniques; developing new markets and new products; and identifying consumer trends and facts. MAC wishes to support innovative research that helps achieve this mission. Following are the 2014/15 priorities of MAC:  increase demand, improve quality and consistency, reduce production costs, introduce new or improved varieties, prove health benefits, and improve packaging.  Deadline:  December 19.

Volkswagen Foundation Integration of Molecular Components in Functional Macroscopic Systems The main focus of this initiative is to promote the advancement of molecular or nanoscale units to more complex functional systems at a macroscopic scale. Above all, the challenge lies in exploring the missing link between the macroscopic and the nano level. For this reason, the Foundation’s initiative addresses the entire related research chain: ranging from the production of nano-components, through their integration in larger systems, their controllability and manipulation – as well as proof of functional capability – up to and including the production of prototype devices or components. Applications require a substantial cooperation with German researchers.  Deadline: February 2

Limited Submission

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

Limited Submission:  NSF Scalable Nanomanufacturing  This solicitation is seeking high-risk/high-reward research and education proposals. Its focus is on nanomanufacturing challenges and societal and educational issues associated with continuing advances in nanomanufacturing and the ensuing increasing use of nanoscale materials, devices and systems. All proposals should clearly state what roadblocks to scale-up exist and what new approach or approaches will be investigated to overcome those roadblocks. The scientific and technical barriers to commercialization, in terms of production rate, throughput, quality, reproducibility, yield and cost should be addressed in the proposal.  For this competition, Purdue may submit one proposal as lead organization. 

Internal deadlines:

Monday, November 10: Preproposals due to the EVPRP.

Monday, November 17: Review committee rankings due to the EVPRP.

Agency deadline:  January 20.


Limited Submission:  NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards (DP5)  This program supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or clinical residency, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career.  At the time of application, the applicant either  must  have 1) within the preceding twelve months received a terminal doctoral degree or completed medical residency or 2) within the following twelve months complete all the requirements for a doctoral degree or complete a medical residency. The PD/PI must not have served as a post-doctoral fellow following a previous doctoral degree for more than one year. The individual must also not be the PD/PI of an NIH R01 or equivalent grant at the time of award. For this competition, Purdue may submit only two proposals. 

Internal deadline: Contact EVPRPlimited@purdue.edu by November 10.

Agency Deadline: January 30.


Limited Submission: NIH Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01) This program is intended to identify the most talented Early Stage Investigators who intend to make a long-term commitment to research in the Environmental Health Sciences and assist them in launching an innovative research program focused on the understanding of environmental exposure effects on people’s health.  Applicants must be within 10 years of completing their terminal research degree or within 10 years of completing their medical residency at the time they apply. In addition, PD/PI’s must have faculty appointments which are tenure track or equivalent, generally at the level of Assistant Professor, Research Assistant Professor, and have demonstrated outstanding abilities in basic, clinical or population-based research. Individuals must have established research independence from a mentor, and have dedicated, independent laboratory space or access to the clinical, population-based and/or public health research resources which will allow them to conduct the research proposed in the grant application as the lead, independent PD/PI. This program allows one application per college within an institution.

Internal deadline:  Contact EVPRPlimited@purdue.edu by November 10.

Sponsor deadline:  January 27 – LOI; February 27 – Application.


Purdue University/Fairbanks Institute for Healthy Communities Biological Samples with Longitudinal EHR Data for Research (See attached) The Fairbanks Institute for Healthy Communities (Fairbanks Institute) and the Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) have gifted Purdue with over 4000 plasma samples and over 4000 serum samples. These collections consist of samples from two disease based study collections; the coronary artery disease (CAD) collection and the type II diabetes (T2D) collection. This RFA solicits submissions of project applications for research use of human bio-specimen with longitudinal electronic medical record data. Only bio-specimen samples will be made available.  Deadline: January 16

Notice of Updates to the National Robotics Initiative (NRI) in Regards to NIH Funding 

USDA/DOE Notice of Intent to Issue FY15 Biomass Research and Development Initiative   It is anticipated that the RFA will be posted to Grants.gov in November 2014.

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