Weekly Funding Opportunities

August 26th, 2015

The weekly updates include:

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ORGS Identified Opportunities

Selected Funding Opportunities


Resource Implementations for Data Intensive Research in the Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences (RIDIR)

As part of the National Science Foundation’s Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering activity, the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences seeks to develop user-friendly large-scale next-generation data resources and relevant analytic techniques to advance fundamental research in SBE areas of study.

Deadline: February 29

Dear Colleague Letter – Support for Engaging Students and the Public in Polar Research

The Division of Polar Programs (PLR), the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) and the Division of Research on Learning (DRL) encourage proposals that will leverage the extensive NSF investment in polar sciences and infrastructure, and STEM education research and development, to promote an informed citizenry and the next generation of polar scientists. In order to advance polar science educational opportunities, PLR, DUE and DRL will accept and review proposals for research and development projects that facilitate the use of data from polar regions, in undergraduate education or informal science education. Proposals in response to this Dear Colleague Letter must be submitted to either the Improving Undergraduate Science Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR) deadline of November 3, or the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) deadline of November 4.

Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering

The National Science Foundation, with participation of the Directorates for Engineering, Geosciences, and Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and the DOE, Office of Science, Fusion Energy Sciences are continuing the joint Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering. The goal of the initiative is to enhance basic plasma research and education in this broad, multidisciplinary field by coordinating efforts and combining resources of the two agencies. The current solicitation also encourages submission of proposals to perform basic plasma experiments at the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy supported user facilities.

Deadline: November 19

BRAIN Initiative: Technology Sharing and Propagation (R03) 

One of the key goals of the BRAIN Initiative is to develop new technologies to improve our understanding of the brain.  In order for those technologies to be useful, they need to be broadly disseminated beyond the laboratory or company where they originated.  This Funding Opportunity Announcement promotes this goal by providing funds to enable the incorporation of new technologies or data analysis techniques into research programs that further the aims of the BRAIN initiative.

Deadline: January 6

Novel Nucleic Acid Sequencing Technology Development

These Funding Opportunity Announcements solicit grant applications to develop novel technologies that will enable new approaches to DNA and direct RNA sequencing.  Applicants may propose to develop novel complete sequencing systems, investigate challenges underlying key novel system components, or propose improvements of at least an order of magnitude improvement to existing systems.

Deadline: October 27

Exploratory Multi-site Palliative Care Research in Diverse Populations Utilizing the Palliative Care Research Cooperative (PCRC) Group (R21)

The purpose of this initiative is to stimulate research that enhances the knowledge-base of palliative care science across diverse populations receiving end-of-life and palliative care through multi-site clinical research that utilizes the infrastructure and resources of the Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group.

Deadline: November 30

Chemistry, Toxicology, and Addition Research on Waterpipe Tobacco (R01)

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to encourage biomedical, behavioral, and social science research that will inform the development and evaluation of possible regulatory action on waterpipe (or hookah) tobacco products.

Deadline: November 20

Translational Avant-Garde Award for Development of Medication to Treat Substance Use Disorders (UG3/UH3) 

The purpose of this award is to support outstanding basic and/or clinical researchers with the vision and expertise to translate research discoveries into medications for the treatment of Substance Use Disorders stemming from tobacco, cannabis, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, or prescription opiate use. 

Deadline: December 3

Audacious Goal Initiative: Discovery-based Science to Identify Factors Influencing Neural Regeneration in the Visual System (U01)

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to invite applications proposing to use discovery-based approaches to identify unknown factors critical to the regeneration of neurons, guiding their axons to targets, and making new functional connections.

Deadline: January 15

Breast Cancer Research Program Breakthrough Award Level 1 and 2  

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 supports research in the early stages of development or programs focused on demonstrating efficacy.

Pre-application due November 18; Application due December 2.

Fiscal Year 2016 Young Investigator Research Program (YIP)  

The YIP supports young scientists and engineers in Air Force relevant disciplines and is designed to promote innovative research in science and engineering. The awards foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities to recognize Air Force mission and challenges in science and engineering.

Deadline: October 9

Naval Research Laboratory BAA

The Naval Research Laboratory conducts basic and applied research for the Navy in a variety of scientific and technical disciplines. The basic research program is driven by perceptions about future requirements of the Navy.  White papers are continuously accepted. 

Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science (IDEAS)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement is intended to provide rapid support to revolutionary applied energy research that may lead to new ARPA-E programs to develop transformational and disruptive energy technologies. The broad objective of this FOA is to identify disruptive concepts in energy-related technologies that challenge the status quo and represent a leap beyond today’s technology. An innovative concept alone is not enough; the idea must also have the potential to be impactful.

Concept papers due September 28.

Department of Energy-Fermilab Wilson Fellowship  

The Wilson Fellowship is awarded on a competitive basis and is intended to support strong, assistant professor-level physicists early in their careers. It provides unique opportunities for self-directed research in experimental physics through work on the Fermilab particle physics experiment of the candidate’s choice.

Deadline: October 30

NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Phase I  

The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program focuses on early studies of visionary concepts that address NASA’s or the nation’s goals but also offer radically different approaches or leapfrog innovations to enable new missions, operations, or science capabilities. NIAC concepts are often high risk or far term, but worth studying now to inform technology investments and forward planning.

Step-A proposal due October 8; Step-B proposal due December 17.

Library of Congress Kislask Fellowship for the Study of the History and Cultures of the Early Americas

The Kislak Fellows Program supports scholarly research that contributes significantly to a greater understanding of the history and cultures of the Americas. It provides an opportunity for a period of 3 months of concentrated use of materials from the Kislak Collection and other collections of the Library of Congress, through full-time residency at the Library.

Deadline: October 15

Library of Congress Kluge Fellowship in Digital Studies  

The Library’s John W. Kluge Center seeks proposals from scholars worldwide that will generate deep, empirically-grounded understanding of the consequences of the digital revolution on how people think, how society functions, and on international relations. Proposals may also explore and analyze emerging trends and new phenomena that may generate consequential changes in the future.

Deadline: December 6

Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (SARF)

The SARF program was launched to provide outstanding visual artists from across the world a unique opportunity to work with Smithsonian museums, research sites, collections, and scholars, conducting research that inspires new work. This unique residency offers creative collaboration in a dynamic environment. Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (SARF) fellowships support research and do not require recipients to create or exhibit artwork.

Deadline: December 1

Brady Education Foundation

The Foundation seeks to close the achievement/opportunity gap for children at risk for poor school outcomes due to environmental factors associated with living in poverty. The Foundation pursues its mission by promoting collaboration between researchers and educators via the funding of program development and program evaluations in education. The foundation funds two types of projects, Program Development and Existing Program Evaluation. 

Stage 1 of application process due December 15; Invited State 2 applications due April 15.

Barth Syndrome Foundation 2015 Request for Proposals 

The Barth Syndrome Foundation and its international affiliates announce the availability of funding for basic science and clinical research on the natural history, biochemical basis, and treatment of Barth syndrome. There are two categories: IDEA grants for 1-2 years and DEVELOPMENT grants for 2-3 years.  Letter of Intent for Development applications due September 1; Applications due October 31.


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.



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.

Photovoltaics Research and Development (PVRD I) Notice of Intent EERE plans to issue the Funding Opportunity Announcement on or about September 8th via the EERE Exchange website




Frequently Asked Questions for Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE), PD 15-1340

Dear Colleague Letter: Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under the US NSF/BIO/MCB – US-Israel BSF International Opportunity 

Dear Colleague Letter: Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under the NSF/ENG/ECCS – US-Israel BSF International Opportunity

Notice of Change to Eligible Individuals for PAR-15-03 “Exploratory Grant Award to Promote Workforce Diversity in Basic Cancer Research (R21)”

Change in Budget Limit for AHRQ General Research (R01) and Research Demonstration (R18) Grant Applications



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