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  • NIST:Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 Measurement Science and Engineering Research Grants Programs

  • NIST Technology Innovation Program (TIP)

    Lorel Wisniewski, Acting Director of National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Technology Innovation Program (TIP), indicated that NIST is aiming to release a full solicitation for the next TIP competition sometime in early to mid March. However, the actual date remains unclear due to delays in finalizing fiscal year (FY) 2011 Congressional appropriations. TIP provides cost-shared funding for high-risk technology R&D that offers solutions to specific topics identified by TIP . Through TIP, NIST aims to foster development of promising, high-risk technologies for advanced manufacturing and promoting quality management methods in key sectors. The full solicitation is likely to include these topics: *robotics and intelligent automation *smart grid technologies *personalized medicine *water availability *complex networks *sustainability *advanced sensing technologies *biomanufacturing *advanced materials
  • Potential Department of Education Opportunity – ARPA-ED ($90M)

    Linked above is a descriptive of the proposed ARPA-ED for FY2012 – $90M. As evidence IT can improve education, the write-up mentions a successful Navy program that utilizes IT to improve learning for IT systems administrators. As another example, Rossier’s Allen Munro, Center for Cognitive Technology, has successfully worked with the Navy to institute IT approaches to learning at the Surface Warfare Officer’s School. If ARPA-ED flys, USC should be ready to exploit the opportunity.
  • USDA Agencies to Join Scientific Networking System

  • Department of Education Forecast of Funding Opportunities, FY11

  • Alzheimer’s Challenge 2012

  • Information about AAAS and IEEE Fellow Process

    Both AAAS Fellow and IEEE Fellow are valuable distinctions that many Viterbi faculty members have been awarded. In order to be considered for Fellow grade at some point in the future, we urge faculty to join these organizations. For IEEE, one must be a Senior Member in order to be elected Fellow. For AAAS, a candidate must have been a member for the last consecutive four years, with no lapses in membership. To apply to become a Senior Member of IEEE: 1.) Five years of “significant performance” (i.e. teaching, performing research, etc.) 2.) The applicant must also provide three references from current IEEE members holding Senior Member, Fellow or Honorary Member grade. For more information: http://www.ieee.org/membership_services/membership/senior/senior_requirements.html To become a member of AAAS: 1.) Please visit: https://pubs.aaas.org/org_membership/new_member_setup.asp *** If you are interested in being considered for either IEEE or AAAS Fellow in the future, and currently meet the eligibility requirements, please let the Awards Office know at vitaward@usc.edu Other Societies: Each society has its own specific nomination process and requirements. If you are interested in becoming a Fellow of a specific society in your particular field and would like more information, please contact Deb Karpman, Faculty Awards Administrator at dkarpman@usc.edu.
  • NRO AS&T DII FY15 Topics Released, BAA forthcoming

    The National Reconnaissance Office, Advanced Systems and Technology Directorate, Future Concepts Group (NRO/AST/FCG) intends to release a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for proposals for the Director’s Innovative Initiative (DII) Program Focusing on the following areas: (1) Aperture Synthesis and (2) High Bandwidth Quantum-Secured Communications. This notice constitutes a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) as contemplated in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 6.102(d)(2) for US domestic private industry and educational institutions. This announcement declares the NRO’s intent to competitively fund research and development for innovative technologies that meet the focus areas set forth in the BAA. Awards shall take the form of contracts only. Before preparing a proposal, potential Offerors should read the information provided in the BAA for details regarding the areas of interest, proposal format, proposal submission, and proposal evaluation. It is expected that multiple awards will result from proposals received, at a maximum funding level of $450,000.00 with a three (3) year period of performance.
  • Guide to FY2016 Research Funding at the US Department of Justice and the associated charts

  • Guide to FY2016 Research Funding by the National Institutes of Standards and Technology

  • Invite your students to the Connect Ability Hackathon

    The Connect Ability Challenge is a software development competition (with $100,000 in cash prizes) focusing on assistive technologies. During this 3 month online hackathon, we’re challenging students and developers to create software & hardware solutions inspired by four real people with disabilities — Paul, Xian, Jason, and Gus — and their struggle to lead more independent and fulfilling lives. Whether you’re a developer, designer, or you have first hand experience in the field, we want you to get involved.
  • JUST RELEASED! FY15 DOD ARP, LCRP and PRMRP Program Announcements and SOCOM Broad Agency Announcement

    Recently released Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) funding opportunities for the Department of Defense (DOD) Autism Research Program (ARP), Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP), and Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) being managed by the office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) and the SOCOM Broad Agency Announcement. Autism Research Program *Idea Development Award *Clinical Trial Award Lung Cancer Research Program *Career Development Award *Clinical Exploration Award *Idea Development Award Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program *Clinical Trial Award *Discovery Award *Focused Program Award *Investigator-Initiated Research Award *Technology/Therapeutic Development Award SOCOM Broad Agency Announcement Detailed descriptions of the funding opportunity, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the Program Announcements. The Program Announcements are available electronically for downloading from the Grants.gov website http://www.grants.gov, the CDMRP website http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/prgdefault.shtmland the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) https://ebrap.org Subsequent notifications will be sent when additional funding opportunities are released. A listing of all open CDMRP funding opportunities can be obtained on the Grants.gov website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420. Submission is a two-step process requiring both (1) pre-application submission through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal and (2) application submission through Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov/). Refer to the General Application Instructions, Section II.A. for registration and submission requirements for eBRAP and Grants.gov.
  • JUST RELEASED! FY15 DOD PRCRP and MSRP Program Announcements

    Recently released Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) funding opportunities for the Department of Defense (DOD) Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) and the Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP) managed by the office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program *Idea Award with Special Focus *Career Development Award *Translational Team Science Award Multiple Sclerosis Research Program *Investigator-Initiated Research Award *Pilot Clinical Trial Award Detailed descriptions of the funding opportunity, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the Program Announcements. The Program Announcements are available electronically for downloading from the Grants.gov website http://www.grants.gov, the CDMRP website http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/prgdefault.shtml and the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) https://ebrap.org Subsequent notifications will be sent when additional funding opportunities are released. A listing of all open CDMRP funding opportunities can be obtained on the Grants.gov website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420. Submission is a two-step process requiring both (1) pre-application submission through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal and (2) application submission through Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov/). Refer to the General Application Instructions, Section II.A. for registration and submission requirements for eBRAP and Grants.gov.
  • Trust in Autonomy for Human Machine Teaming

    The objective of this contract is to conduct research and develop technology for understanding the trust calibration process between man and machine. Domains of interest include semi-autonomous, symbiotic, human-machine teaming (HMT) research; research to identify the psychological and physiological antecedents and consequences of suspicion within a human-machine context; research to understand the factors that shape trust calibration within a human-machine context; and research to understand the most significant components driving trust and performance within human-robotic interaction. Examples of area of application for this research may include automated tools within cockpits; analyst tools/aids for ISR analysis and exploitation; software code; interactive platforms such as automated translation capabilities; and advanced robotic systems within the Air Force. The anticipated dollar amount for this acquisition is $7.5M.
  • JUST RELEASED! FY15 DOD NFRP and TSCRP Program Announcements

    Recently released Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) funding opportunities for the Department of Defense (DOD) Neurofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP) and the Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP) managed by the office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). Neurofibromatosis Research Program *Exploration – Hypothesis Development Award *Investigator-Initiated Research Award *New Investigator Award *Clinical Trial Award Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program *Exploration – Hypothesis Development Award *Idea Development Award *Pilot Clinical Trial Award Detailed descriptions of the funding opportunity, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the Program Announcements. The Program Announcements are available electronically for downloading from the Grants.gov website, the CDMRP website and the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) https://ebrap.org
  • Funding opportunities for the Department of Defense (DOD) Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) being managed by the office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)

    This e-mail is to notify the research community of the newly released and upcoming Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) funding opportunities for the Department of Defense (DOD) Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) being managed by the office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). Breakthrough Award Level 3 (Newly Released) Breakthrough Award Levels 1 and 2 (Coming in Late August) Detailed descriptions of the funding opportunity, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the Program Announcements. The Program Announcements are available electronically for downloading from the http://www.grants.gov/ website, the CDMRP website http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/prgdefault.shtml and the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) https://ebrap.org/eBRAP/public/index.htm . All CDMRP funding opportunities, both recently and previously released, are available on the CDMRP website (http://cdmrp.army.mil/ ). Subsequent notifications will be sent when additional funding opportunities are released. A listing of all open CDMRP funding opportunities can be obtained on the Grants.gov website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420. Submission is a two-step process requiring both (1) pre-application submission through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) https://ebrap.org/eBRAP/public/index.htm and (2) application submission through Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov/). Refer to the General Application Instructions, Section II.A. for registration and submission requirements for eBRAP and Grants.gov. eBRAP is a multifunctional web-based system that allows PIs to submit their pre-applications electronically through a secure connection, to view and edit the content of their pre-applications and full applications, to receive communications from the CDMRP, and to submit documentation during award negotiations and period of performance. A key feature of eBRAP is the ability of an organization’s representatives and PIs to view and modify the http://www.grants.gov/ application submissions associated with them. eBRAP will validate http://www.grants.gov/ application files against the specific Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity requirements and discrepancies will be noted in an email to the PI and in the Full Application Files tab in eBRAP. It is the applicant’s responsibility to review all application components for accuracy as well as ensure proper ordering as specified in this Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity.
  • AT&T Foundation Using one or more of the provided public datasets (along with any other public datasets you choose), incorporate data science, data visualization, and ideation into a compelling argument that will help increase high school graduation rates; Highlight your insights in a static or interactive data visualization, OR a data-centric, functional software application; Deadline Nov. 10, 2015; three awards will be made from $4,000 to $20,000; Eligibility – open to individuals, teams and organizations; RULES; Visit the CHALLENGE PAGE for all the details. Viterbi postdocs interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations. AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY (ACS) – Grant/fellowship opportunity details are noted below the ACS PROGRAMS section. ACS PROGRAMS Molecular Genetics & Biochemistry of Cancer – (Program Director, Michael Melner, PhD) This program focuses on genes involved in cancer and how alterations in those genes (mutations, deletions, and amplifications) play roles in the process. Of particular interest is the examination of the molecules involved in cancer (proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and carbohydrates) and how their activities affect the disease. The program highlights new targets for prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer. Cancer Cell Biology and Metastasis – (Program Director, Charles Saxe, PhD) The primary goal of this program is to provide an understanding of the nature of cancer cells so they can be more effectively controlled and eliminated. Emphases include understanding the fundamental controls of normal and cancer cells with a focus on how cells regulate when to grow, when to divide and when to die; how cells create an identity and how cells relate to the local environment and to other cells; how cells regulate when and how to move from one site to another. Preclinical and Translational Cancer Research – (William Phelps, PhD) This program focuses at the interface between laboratory investigations and human cancer. The scope of the program includes investigations of the role of infectious diseases in cancer, the discovery, synthesis, and delivery of cancer drugs, the creation and use of animal models of cancer, and the role of individual or groups of genes in different types of cancer. – POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP – researchers who have received a doctoral degree to provide training leading to an independent career in cancer research; awards may be for three years with progressive stipends of $48k, $50K and $52K, plus $4K per year fellowship allowance; plus $1,500 will be provided in the last year for travel costs to attend the ACS Postdoctoral Fellows Symposium or travel to a domestic scientific meeting; must be US citizens or permanent residents; Terms and Conditions;Online applications are due October 15, 2015, 5:00 PM EST; paper applications are due October 16, 2015; Apply online for ACS opportunities Viterbi postdocs interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations. INSTITUTE of INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION – The Institute sends emerging leaders (MS & PhD students and postdocs) in BME or closely related fields (i.e., Chemical, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering with substantive interest and background in Biomedicine) overseas to undertake a self-designed project at a host institution. Applicants should be either currently-enrolled or no more than three years from their most recent degree and be US citizens or permanent residents. All components of the application including online and hard copy materials MUST be RECEIVED by January 19, 2016. Click here for the online application. Fellow (MS or PhD students) and Scholars (postdoctoral) Program – Fellows go abroad for one academic year (9-12 months) – Scholars go abroad for one semester or up two academic years (24 months)Summer Grants – MS and PhD students – Summer grantees go abroad for 8 weeks between June 1ST and August 31ST Viterbi postdocs interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • Innovative Questions in Symptom Science and Genomics (R21)

    Deadline: 01/07/2019
    Agency Name: National Institutes of Health Description: This initiative seeks to optimize innovation, insight and cutting edge conceptual and technological breakthroughs by catalyzing research that emanates from the identified innovative questions in symptom and genomic nursing science. These innovative questions are reflective of broad domains from which more specific novel hypotheses or problems to be solved can be derived. Link to Additional Information: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-16-023.html Contact Information: If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact: NIH OER Webmaster FBOWebmaster@OD.NIH.GOV FBOWebmaster@OD.NIH.GOV FBOWebmaster@OD.NIH.GOV
  • Center for Multi-INT Studies (CMIS)

    Attention Researchers, The Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Multi-INT Studies (CMIS) is soliciting proposals for research in the following topic areas: -Representing targets as systems -Orchestrated resource management -Computational models for sensemaking -Human-computer symbiosis -New approaches for establishing/addressing the scientific underpinnings of Multi-INT -Maritime Domain Awareness/Anomaly Detection Information about this funding opportunity, descriptions of the topic areas, and instructions for applying can be found at grants.gov solicitation number NPS-BAA-15-004. Proposals are due November 30, 2015 by 5:00 P.M. Pacific Standard Time.
  • Special Notice (SN) DARPA-SN-16-06 Complex Adaptive System Composition Design Environment (CASCADE) Proposers Day

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring a Proposers Day to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of an anticipated Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Complex Adaptive System Composition and Design Environment (CASCADE) program. The Proposers Day will be held on December 9, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Executive Conference Center (4075 Wilson Blvd. Suite 350 Arlington, VA 22203). The event will be webcast for those who would like to participate remotely. Advance registration is required both for attending the Proposers Day in person and for viewing the webcast. Note, all times listed in this announcement and on the registration website are Eastern Time. The goals of the CASCADE Proposers Day are to: (a) introduce the research community (Proposers, Academia, and Government) to the CASCADE program vision and goals; (b) explain the mechanics of a DARPA program and the milestones of this particular effort, and (c) encourage and promote teaming arrangements among potential organizations that have the relevant expertise, facilities, and capabilities for executing a research and development program responsive to the CASCADE program goals.
  • Real-Time Full Spectrum Cyber Science & Technology

    The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving proposals for real-time full spectrum cybersecurity Science and Technology (S&T) Projects which offer potential for advancement and improvement of Navy and Marine Corps operations. Readers should note that this is an announcement to declare ONR’s broad role in competitive funding of meritorious research across a spectrum of science and engineering disciplines. A brief description of the ONR Program science and technology thrusts that ONR is pursuing is provided below. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving proposals addressing Full-Spectrum Cyber (FSC) science and technology for real-time cyber-resilient systems including current and legacy Industrial Control & Combat Systems (ICCS) with complex and evolving software. This BAA originates from the ever-growing need for comprehensive and novel methods for cybersecurity and resiliency of legacy and currently deployed information systems including real- time ICCS. The critical nature, real-time requirements, and physical effects of such systems impact the health and safety of human lives and the critical systems. The availability of real-time security solutions is limited because such systems have not been the traditional focus of cybersecurity research and development. The objective of this BAA is to solicit solutions to enhance the cybersecurity, resiliency, integrity, and availability of real-time systems. This solicitation is broken up into three separate S&T cyber thrust areas of interest: – Cyber-attack resilient and fault-tolerant communications – Cyber-attack resilient and fault-tolerant systems – Proactive-cyber shaping
  • REQUEST FOR WHITE PAPERS BAA TOPIC 4.2.1: ADAPTIVE INTELLIGENT TRAINING TECHNOLOGIES “Research and Development for Multi-Agent Tutoring Approaches”

    Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) W911NF-12-R-0011-03 was publicized on FedBizOpps and Grants.gov on 15 May 2012. This Sources Sought Notice calls for White Paper submissions in reference to the research within the BAA is topic 4.2.1: ‘Adaptive Intelligent Training Technologies’. This BAA is issued under the provisions of paragraph 6.102(d)(2) of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, provides for the competitive selection of proposals. Proposals submitted in response to this BAA and selected for award are considered to be the result of full and open competition and in full compliance with the provisions of Public Law 98-369, “The Competition in Contracting Act of 1984,” and subsequent amendments. Funding of research and development (R&D) within ARL areas of interest will be determined by funding constraints and priorities set during each budget cycle. Awards related to the submission of White Papers requested by this Notice are subject to funds availability and priorities. ARL may choose not to select any new awards due to unavailability of funds or other factors.
  • Research and Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes

    With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals for basic or applied research and development projects that will: (1) increase the body of knowledge to guide and inform forensic science policy and practice, or (2) result in the production of useful materials, devices, systems, or methods that have the potential for forensic application. The intent of this program is to direct the findings of basic scientific research, research and development in broader scientific fields applicable to forensic science, and ongoing forensic science research toward the development of highly discriminating, accurate, reliable, cost-effective, and rapid methods for the identification, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence for criminal justice purposes. Proposal due date: 1 Feb 2016
  • Complex Adaptive System Composition And Design Environment (CASCADE)

    The DARPA Complex Adaptive System Composition And Design Environment (CASCADE) program seeks to fundamentally change how systems are designed for real-time resilient response to dynamic, unexpected environments. The goal of CASCADE is to provide both a unified view of system behavior, allowing understanding and exploitation of these complex interactions, and a formal language for complex adaptive system composition and design. This unified view of system behavior, enabled by appropriate mathematical foundations, will also enable adaptation to unanticipated environments using arbitrary system components by providing a framework to dynamically identify and correct deficient system capabilities. If successful, CASCADE will fundamentally change paradigms of system design both by elucidating underlying design principles for emergent behavior in complex systems and by highlighting counterintuitive new design strategies to achieve resilience. The program will impact the DoD by enabling the design of dynamic, adaptive and resilient SoS architectures that go beyond static “playbook” architectures as well as the development of dynamic adaptive infrastructure and plans for systematic establishment of resilient community functions (e.g., hospitals or public safety) in response to adverse events. o Posting Date: November 23, 2015 o Proposers Day: December 9, 2015. o Teaming Profile Submission Deadline: December 2, 2015, 4:00 p.m. o Abstract Submission Deadline: December 15, 2015, 4:00 p.m. o FAQ Submission Deadline: January 28, 2016, 4:00 p.m. o Full Proposal Submission Deadline: February 4, 2016, 4:00 p.m.
  • Next Round of Research to Operations Initiative: NOAA Testbeds

    The NOAA R2O Initiative is soliciting proposals for projects involving applied science, modeling and/or data assimilation that supports development of effective assimilation for environmental observations at global and regional scales, and hurricane and other high-impact weather forecast models that meet societal requirements to effectively mitigate economic disruption. This notice provides guidelines for submission of proposals. This notice also describes opportunities and application procedures to demonstrate capabilities that have the potential to be incorporated into operational NWS numerical weather prediction (NWP) analyses and forecasts. The R2O initiative addresses NOAA’s Weather Ready Nation (WRN) strategic goal and supporting objectives. LOI (required) due: 19 Jan 2016 Full Proposal due: 29 Feb 2016
  • AFRL Research Collaboration Program

    The objective of the AFRL Research Collaboration program is to enable collaborative research partnerships between AFRL and Academia and Industry in areas including but not limited to Materials and Manufacturing and Aerospace Sensors that engage a diverse pool of domestic businesses that employ scientists and engineers in technical areas required to develop critical war-fighting technologies for the nation’s air, space and cyberspace forces through specific AFRL Core Technical Competencies (CTCs).
  • Bureau of Engraving and Printing Funding Opportunity

    The Bureau of Engraving and Printing has some specialized needs (as spelled out in the BAA and the two technical program manager data sheets, all attached). Please distribute as appropriate. The Security Features Division leads the development of innovative security features that protect federal reserve notes (FRNs) and other security products against counterfeiting. The Materials and Application Innovations Division leads the development of new materials and processes to enable the BEP to improve product quality and production efficiency of FRNs and other security products. Potential Offerors are encouraged to consult with the technical point of contact (POC) for each respective research area to discuss topic of interests, prior to submission of any White Papers. Submission of a White Paper is required prior to submission of a Formal Proposal. White Papers may be submitted at any time during the open period to BAA@BEP.gov. This is a five (5) year announcement and will remain open until August 31, 2020, or until amended or superseded.
  • Earth System Modeling

    You, or an associate, may be interested in the DOE BER solicitation “Earth System Modeling,” attached along with a data sheet for the program officer. Applications must address one or more of the following topics, with particular attention to the interfaces and coupling between components in each case: 1. Atmospheric chemistry: The Accelerated Climate Model for Energy (ACME) model includes sophisticated aerosol microphysics and essential gas-phase chemistry. Applications would contribute particularly to the development, testing and science investigations that involve gas-phase elements, potentially including methane, ozone, nitrogen and organic species. The chemistry could link to the following components that are already under development in ACME: terrestrial and oceanic organic sources, secondary organic aerosols, and nitrateammonium- bearing aerosols. Research on the evolving contributions and interactions of natural and anthropogenic species, as well as feedbacks to the climate system, would be appropriate. 2. Atmospheric convection: ACME has been testing and working with both the CLUBB and UNICON convection schemes as possible version 2 (v2) candidates. Development and exercise of the ACME v2 convection scheme are needed to optimize convective cloud skill in the coupled climate system. Possible developments include improvements to microphysics, improvements to enable successful convective cloud simulations within a range of global environments, shallow and deep, for a range of horizontal and vertical resolutions, and in the fully coupled climate system. 3. Ocean biogeochemistry (BGC): MPAS-Ocean BGC developments are needed to accurately simulate carbon distribution in the (variable-resolution) ocean, exchange with the atmosphere, and change with time. Science involving the full carbon cycle in ACME would be appropriate. 4. Tidal and estuary systems: New MPAS-ocean, land and river developments offer the potential for further development and research on tidal and estuary dynamical and biogeochemical systems. Applications must make a case for the climate-relevance of proposed developments and address computational performance aspects. 5. Land disturbance: An important ACME goal is to improve the incorporation of human and energy activities that have significant feedbacks with climate. Two sub-elements needing further development are land-disturbance influences on ecosystems and carbon exchange, and improved representations of climate-relevant aspects of urban and developed regions. Applications must make a case for the climate-relevance of proposed developments. 6. Component coupling: Several current ACME developments present challenges at the interfaces between components, for example: coupling among the new variable and/or irregular mesh systems, treatment of subgrid orographic formulation influences on land and atmosphere, handling of boundaries at the edges of dynamic ice sheets, representation of sea-level rise, and calculation of fluxes such as carbon, energy or water. These or other “interface”-related challenges could be an important element of a successful application, particularly if a strong case is made for substantial impact to the science or computational. Pre-Application (required) Due Date: 01/19/2016 at 5 PM Eastern Time Encourage/Discourage Date: 01/29/2016 at 5 PM Eastern Time Application Due Date: 03/14/2016 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time
  • Air Force Studies Requirement

    Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) is seeking proposals to provide independent, objective analysis of scientific and technical topics of relevance to the Air Force and national defense. The activity would include refining areas of interest provided by the Air Force into organized, rigorous studies concerning, for many scientific and technical fields, determining the state of the art, projecting trends, utilizing science and technologies for national defense purposes, and identifying promising or necessary areas of additional study. This announcement solicits proposals for up to five (5) years of performance and up to $25M of funding, dependent on the needs of the Air Force and the availability of funding. All proposals must be unclassified, but work under any award may be classified.
  • Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) FY2016 call for basic research proposals

    The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has released its FY2016 call for basic research proposals associated with chem/bio/radio/expl/nuclear warfare (attached). The designated topics are listed below. The first ten topics also have a young investigator program set aside. PerF-1 Plasma Chemistry for Nuclear Forensics PerF-1 Basic Research on Prompt Diagnostic Signatures of Nuclear Detonations PerF-3 Radiation Effects in Wide Bandgap Semiconductor Materials PerF-4 Radiation Effects in Non-Conventional Computing Approaches PerF-5 Understanding Plasma Surface Discharges Generated by Xrays: Effects on Active Satellite Solar Arrays PerF-6 Bridging the Gap: From in vitro to in vivo Studies for Radiogenic Disease Risk Estimation PerF-7 Isotopic Discrimination using Biological Systems PerF-8 Dynamic Characterization of Post-Detonation Fireballs Involving Agent Defeat Additives and Agent Simulants PerF-9 Photochemistry of Organohalides and Agent Simulants PerF-10 Novel Signatures and Methodologies to Monitor Very Low Yield Explosions PerF-11 Rapid Identification and Design of Protective Epitopes for Vaccines PerF-12 Predictive Computational Modeling of the Immune System to Bridge Animal and Human Immune Responses to Vaccines PerF-13 Relationship of Soil Environmental “interactomics” and Environmental Triggers that Result in Increase in Disease Incidents for Biothreat Pathogens PerF-14 Feasibility of Interstitial Fluid for Biomarker Analysis and Threat Exposure Monitoring PerF-15 Influence of Respiratory Tract Components and Particle Dispersity in Aerosol Pathognesis Phase I pre-application white paper receipt deadline 1 February 2016 Phase II invitation-only proposal receipt deadline 11:59pm EST, Not prior to 2 May 2016, and not later than 31 May 2016 *
  • Next Round of Research to Operations Initiative: NOAA Testbeds

    The NOAA R2O Initiative is soliciting proposals for projects involving applied science, modeling and/or data assimilation that supports development of effective assimilation for environmental observations at global and regional scales, and hurricane and other high-impact weather forecast models that meet societal requirements to effectively mitigate economic disruption. This notice provides guidelines for submission of proposals. This notice also describes opportunities and application procedures to demonstrate capabilities that have the potential to be incorporated into operational NWS numerical weather prediction (NWP) analyses and forecasts. The R2O initiative addresses NOAA’s Weather Ready Nation (WRN) strategic goal and supporting objectives. LOI (required) due: 19 Jan 2016 Full Proposal due: 29 Feb 2016
  • FY 2016 Support of the Five Star Restoration Training Grant

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants to manage the Five Star Restoration Training Grant. Specifically, EPA is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants to: 1) prepare and advertise to a wide variety of potential subaward applicants a Request for Proposals (RFP), establish review criteria for evaluating and selecting subawardee proposals, and make subawards to support environmental training through voluntary, community/watershed-based wetland restoration projects that provide ecological and socioeconomic benefits to the surrounding communities and their citizens; 2) oversee and monitor subawardees for successful completion of the restoration training projects; 3) provide technical support to subawardees through peer-to-peer outreach to broaden participation in restoration training projects; 4) qualitatively and quantitatively measure and report on the environmental results of the restoration training projects accomplished through the subawards; and 5) develop a strategy to promote and grow the Five Star Restoration Training Grant program over the life of the cooperative agreement. The competitive subaward process proposed by the applicant must be on a national scale by allowing for subaward proposals for restoration training projects from across the 50 United States, Tribal Lands, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Territories.
  • American Diabetes Association Pathway to Stop Diabetes Accelerator Award

    Slots: 1 LOI: Not required; letters needed include letters of recommendation and a nomination letter from an institutional representative. Internal Deadline: April 1, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: July 1, 2016, 5pm Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: Not mentioned Anticipated Amount: $325,000/year Cost Sharing: Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited. Submission Process: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrants Materials to submit: • Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt.). • CV – (5 pages maximum) Who May Serve as PI: Awards are available to early-career diabetes investigators proposing innovative and ambitious diabetes-related research programs. Applicants must hold faculty positions and have demonstrated independent productivity in diabetes research. Applicants may currently hold independent NIH funding (K, U or R awards, including an initial R01/U01) but must not have applied for, or received, an R01/U01 renewal or a second R01/U01 award. Candidates must be identified through institutional nomination; applications will be accepted only from individuals with the appropriate institution support. Purpose: This award is designed to support exceptional, independent early-career researchers who have distinguished themselves as promising investigators and are in the beginning stages of establishing successful, sustainable diabetes research programs. Pathway supports innovative basic, clinical, translational, epidemiological, behavioral, or health services research relevant to any diabetes type, diabetes-related disease state, or diabetes complication. The Association seeks exceptional candidates from a broad range of disciplines, including medicine, biology, chemistry, computing, physics, mathematics and engineering. Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • RFA-DA-16-009: NIH Blueprint Training in Computational Neuroscience: From Biology to Model and Back Again

    Slots: 1 LOI: February 16, 2016 Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research External Deadline: March 18, 2016, 5pm Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 4-5 Anticipated Amount: total amount rewarded to be $1,500,000 Cost Sharing: This FOA does not require cost sharing as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. Submission Process: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrantsMaterials to submit: • Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt.). • CV – (5 pages maximum) Who May Serve as PI: Standard NIH requirements Purpose: The purpose of this FOA is to establish new research training programs in computational neuroscience and to support the continuation of meritorious existing programs for undergraduate and predoctoral level students. Optionally, applicants may propose to develop a short-course or summer course that could be open to scientists at any stage of the career continuum. It is intended that these training programs will provide integrated research training and education in both experimental neuroscience and in the theories and principles of the physical, computer, mathematical, or engineering sciences that are necessary to develop models, test them experimentally, and use experimental data to refine the models of normal or disordered neural systems or processes. Programs are further expected to stimulate interactions among training faculty from multiple disciplines and departments and to foster development of an integrated curriculum in computational neuroscience at the applicant institution. The training program should provide: • A strong foundation in research design, methods, and analytic techniques appropriate for the conduct of computational neuroscience research; • The enhancement of the trainees’ ability to conceptualize and think through research problems with increasing independence; • Experience conducting research using state-of-the-art methods as well as presenting and publishing their research findings; • The opportunity to interact with members of the scientific community at appropriate scientific meetings and workshops; and • The enhancement of the trainees’ understanding of neuroscience and the relationship of their research training to health and disease. Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • NSF-16-533: Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure

    Slots: 2 LOI: Not required Internal Deadline: February 26, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: April 19, 2016, 5pm Award Information: Type: Grant / Cooperative Agreement Estimated Number of Awards: 7 to 9 Anticipated Amount: $7,000,000 Total funding for the CICI program is $7,000,000, subject to the availability of funds. Secure and Resilient Architecture awards will be supported at up to $1,000,000 total per award for up to three years. Regional Cybersecurity Collaboration awards will be supported at up to $500,000 total per award for up to two years. Cost Sharing: Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited. Submission Process: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrants Materials to submit: • Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt.). • CV – (5 pages maximum) Who May Serve as PI: No restrictions or limits. Purpose: The objective of the Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (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. As funding agencies move toward providing openly accessible data, the possibilities for scientists and engineers to use data sources beyond those created by their own community grow. The scope of the workflow encompasses instruments, processing software, analysis tools, computing and storage resources as well as information repositories and data archives. In order to produce accurate results, each data source must be identifiable and trustworthy. Systems must guarantee that data sets cannot be altered, which could potentially modify the analytic outcomes. Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE): Talent Search Program CFDA Number 84.044A

    Note: Each funding opportunity description is a synopsis of information in the Federal Register application notice. For specific information about eligibility, please see the official application notice. The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at:https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/. Please review the official application notice for pre-application and application requirements, application submission information, performance measures, priorities and program contact information.Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Talent Search Program is to identify qualified individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds with potential for education at the postsecondary level and encourage them to complete secondary school and undertake postsecondary education. Talent Search projects publicize the availability of, and facilitate the application for, student financial assistance for persons who seek to pursue postsecondary education, and encourage persons who have not completed programs at the secondary or postsecondary level to enter or reenter and complete these programs.Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.044A.Applications for grants under the Talent Search Program, CFDA number 84.044A, must be submitted electronically using the Government wide Grants.gov Apply site at www.Grants.gov. Through this site, you will be able to download a copy of the application package, complete it offline, and then upload and submit your application. You may not email an electronic copy of a grant application to us.You may access the electronic grant application for the Talent Search Program at www.Grants.gov. You must search for the downloadable application package for this program by the CFDA number. Do not include the CFDA number’s alpha suffix in your search (e.g., search for 84.044, not 84.044A). This notice corrects the “Estimated Available Funds” and “Maximum Award Amounts” in the notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2016 for the Talent Search program, published on December 22, 2015. In the Federal Register of December 22, 2015 (80 FR 79574), on page 79576, in the third column, section II. Award Information, under “Estimated Available Funds,” we correct the estimated amount to $150,000,000. In addition, we correct the “Maximum Award,” which is located a couple paragraphs below the “Estimated Available Funds,” to read: Maximum Award: For an applicant that is not currently receiving a Talent Search Program grant, the maximum award amount is $240,000 for a project that will serve a minimum of 500 participants, based upon a per-participant cost of no more than $480. For an applicant that is currently receiving a Talent Search Program grant, the maximum award amount is the greater of (a) $240,000 or (b) the award amount obtained by multiplying the applicant’s approved FY 2015 number of participants by $480, to serve at least the number of participants approved to serve in FY 2015. The minimum number of participants an applicant proposes to serve must be 500 and the project must propose a per-participant cost that does not exceed $480 per participant. For example, an applicant whose FY 2015 approved number of participants is 600 is eligible for a grant of up to $288,000 to serve 600 participants. We will reject any application that proposes a budget exceeding the maximum amount listed above for a single budget period of 12 months. We will also reject any application that proposes a budget to serve fewer than 500 participants, and will reject any application that proposes a budget that exceeds the maximum per participant cost of $480. All other information in the December 22, 2015, notice remains unchanged.
  • Neural Engineering System Design (NESD)

    DARPA seeks proposals to design, build, demonstrate, and validate a neural interface system capable of recording from more than one million neurons and stimulating more than one hundred thousand neurons in proposer-defined regions of the human sensory cortex (e.g., visual cortex or auditory cortex). The complete system must demonstrate high-precision detection, transduction, and encoding of neural activity.
  • National Priorities: Impacts of Water Conservation on Water Quality in Premise Plumbing and Water Distribution Systems

    EPA is issuing this Request for Applications (RFA) to fund research into issues of water quality and availability related to distribution systems and premise plumbing systems under lower-flow conditions. The National Research Council (NRC) defines “premise plumbing” as that portion of the distribution system from the main water ferrule or water meter to the consumer’s tap in homes, schools, and other buildings. The national scope and high priority of these issues of water quality and availability related to premise plumbing and water distribution systems is evidenced by this NRC report, which attests that a substantial proportion of the nation’s waterborne disease outbreaks is attributable to issues within these systems. Increasing potential incidences of disinfection residual loss due to the high water age will only exacerbate this situation (NRC, 2005).
  • Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Foundational Science Research Unit (FSRU) of the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI)

    This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Foundational Science Research Unit (FSRU) of the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI) solicits new proposals for its fiscal year 2016 program of basic research in behavioral science. In addition to looking for proposals that provide for programmatic efforts to develop and evaluate psychological and behavioral theory, we strongly encourage researchers to propose novel, state-of-the-art, and multidisciplinary approaches that address difficult problems. A key consideration in the decision to support a research proposal is that its findings are likely to stimulate new, basic behavioral research, which in turn, will lead to improved performance of Army personnel and their units. Proposals may address both traditional behavioral issues as well as psychophysiological (to include neuroscience) and network science approaches to social phenomena, memory, cognition, and personality. Areas of interest: Learning in Formal and Informal Environments Leader Development Personnel Testing and Performance Organizational Effectiveness Socio-cultural Capabilities Psychophysiology of Individual Differences White paper due date: 11 March 2015 Full proposal due date: 6 May 2016
  • STEM EXPERT FACILITATION OF FAMILY LEARNING IN LIBRARIES AND MUSEUMS (STEMEX) – A NATIONAL LEADERSHIP GRANTS SPECIAL INITIATIVE

    Slots: 1 LOI: N/A Internal Deadline: March 11, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: May 1, 2016 Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 3 Anticipated Amount: Up to $1,000,000 for up to 2 years. Cost Sharing: Because these are research projects, no cost sharing is required. Any cost share provided will not be considered in the review of the application. Submission Process: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrants Materials to submit: • Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt.). • CV – (5 pages maximum) Link to Award: https://research.usc.edu/stemex/ Who May Apply: Before submitting an application, your organization must have a current and active D-U-N-S® Number, SAM.gov registration, and Grants.gov registration. Libraries, agencies, institutions of higher education, museums, and other entities that advance the museum and library fields and that meet the eligibility criteria set forth in the NOFO may apply. Purpose: Given the specificity and range of elements involved in developing a successful proposal for this initiative, potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact IMLS program staff before submitting a proposal. For more information about successful proposals, read the accompanying PDF. We are interested in proposals for design-based research projects that develop and explore models for inquiry-based STEM programs delivered by scientists, engineers, and related technical practitioners (STEM experts) to children ages 6-10 and their families. In particular, proposals should address the role of expert oral narratives (e.g., storytelling, personal histories, and analogies) as part of object-based science inquiry (Dahlstrom, 2014). Proposals should include information about how findings from this research will be applicable in both museum and library settings. Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • RFA-DK-15-026: Diabetes Research Centers (P30)

    Slots: 1 LOI: May 14, 2016 Internal Deadline: April 1, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: June 14, 2016 Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 3 Anticipated Amount: Application budgets are limited to $1.0M per year in direct costs unless the applicant organization proposes to provide regional or national services as described in the Funding Opportunity Description section of the FOA. Cost Sharing: This FOA does not require cost sharing as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. Submission Process: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrants Materials to submit: • Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt.). • CV – (5 pages maximum) Link to Award: https://research.usc.edu/rfa-dk-15-026/ Who May Serve as PI: Standard NIH eligibility requirements. Purpose: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications for Diabetes Research Center grants to support research in diabetes mellitus and its complications, and in related areas of endocrinology and metabolism. The prevalence of diabetes mellitus in the United States is reaching epidemic proportions and accounts for a huge national burden of morbidity, mortality, and health care expenditures. The mission of the Diabetes Research Centers is to serve as a key component of the NIDDK-supported research effort to develop new therapies and improve the health of Americans with, or at risk for, diabetes and related endocrine and metabolic disorders. The Centers promote new discoveries and enhance scientific progress through support of cutting-edge basic and clinical research related to the etiology and complications of diabetes, with the goal of rapidly translating research findings into novel strategies for the prevention, treatment and cure of diabetes and related conditions. To accomplish this mission, the Diabetes Research Centers • Create an environment that supports important and innovative research; • Attract and retain early stage investigators and investigators new to diabetes research; • Provide core services that leverage funding and unique expertise; • Foster interdisciplinary collaborations, especially in emerging areas of research, to catalyze new ideas and scientific approaches; • Raise awareness and interest in fundamental and clinical diabetes research at their institutions, as well as locally, regionally, and nationally; • Promote the translation of scientific discoveries from bench to bedside to community in order to improve public health; • Enhance diabetes research education and training opportunities for patients, students, scientists, and clinicians. Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • American Diabetes Association Pathway to Stop Diabetes Visionary Award

    Slots: 1 LOI: Not required; letters needed include letters of recommendation and a nomination letter from an institutional representative. Internal Deadline: April 1, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: July 1, 2016, 5pm Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: Not mentioned Anticipated Amount: $325,000/year Cost Sharing: Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited. Submission Process: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrants Materials to submit: • Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt.). • CV – (5 pages maximum) Link to Award: Link to Award: https://research.usc.edu/diabetes-visionary-award Who May Serve as PI: Applicants must hold independent faculty positions and have demonstrated significant productivity in their current field of research. Applicants cannot have previously received national grant support (NIH, NIDDK, ADA, JDRF, etc.), as either a PI or Co-PI, in diabetes or diabetes-related research. Purpose: Awards are designed to support established, experienced investigators with strong records of outstanding productivity in fields outside of diabetes who are interested in applying their considerable skills and expertise to diabetes research. These awards are highly competitive and intended to support particularly innovative and transformational ideas that have the potential to have an exceptional impact in diabetes. Pathway supports innovative basic, clinical, translational, epidemiological, behavioral, or health services research relevant to any diabetes type, diabetes-related disease state, or diabetes complication. The Association seeks exceptional candidates from a broad range of disciplines, including medicine, biology, chemistry, computing, physics, mathematics and engineering. Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • RFA-DA-16-009: NIH Blueprint Training in Computational Neuroscience: From Biology to Model and Back Again (T90/R90)

    Slots: 1 LOI: February 16, 2016 Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research External Deadline: March 18, 2016, 5pm Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 4-5 Anticipated Amount: total amount rewarded to be $1,500,000 Cost Sharing: This FOA does not require cost sharing as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. Submission Process: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrantsMaterials to submit: • Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt.). • CV – (5 pages maximum) Link to Award:https://research.usc.edu/rfa-da-16-009/ Who May Serve as PI: Standard NIH requirements Purpose: The purpose of this FOA is to establish new research training programs in computational neuroscience and to support the continuation of meritorious existing programs for undergraduate and predoctoral level students. Optionally, applicants may propose to develop a short-course or summer course that could be open to scientists at any stage of the career continuum. It is intended that these training programs will provide integrated research training and education in both experimental neuroscience and in the theories and principles of the physical, computer, mathematical, or engineering sciences that are necessary to develop models, test them experimentally, and use experimental data to refine the models of normal or disordered neural systems or processes. Programs are further expected to stimulate interactions among training faculty from multiple disciplines and departments and to foster development of an integrated curriculum in computational neuroscience at the applicant institution. The training program should provide: • A strong foundation in research design, methods, and analytic techniques appropriate for the conduct of computational neuroscience research; • The enhancement of the trainees’ ability to conceptualize and think through research problems with increasing independence; • Experience conducting research using state-of-the-art methods as well as presenting and publishing their research findings; • The opportunity to interact with members of the scientific community at appropriate scientific meetings and workshops; and • The enhancement of the trainees’ understanding of neuroscience and the relationship of their research training to health and disease. Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE): Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) Program CFDA Number 84.066A

    Each funding opportunity description is a synopsis of information in the Federal Register application notice. For specific information about eligibility, please see the official application notice. The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/index.html.. Please review the official application notice for pre-application and application requirements, application submission information, performance measures, priorities and program contact information. Purpose of Program: The purposes of the EOC Program are to: provide information regarding financial and academic assistance available for qualified adults who want to enter or continue to pursue a program of postsecondary education; provide assistance to those individuals in applying for admission to institutions at which a program of postsecondary education is offered, including preparing necessary applications for use by admissions and financial aid officers; and assist in improving the financial and economic literacy of program participants. An Educational Opportunity Centers project may provide the following services: (1) Public information campaigns designed to inform the community regarding opportunities for postsecondary education and training; (2) Academic advice and assistance in course selection; (3) Assistance in completing college admission and financial aid applications; (4) Assistance in preparing for college entrance examinations; (5) Education or counseling services designed to improve the financial literacy and economic literacy of students; (6) Guidance on secondary school reentry or entry to a general educational development (GED) program or other alternative education program for secondary school dropouts; (7) Individualized personal, career, and academic counseling; (8) Tutorial services; (9) Career workshops and counseling; (10) Mentoring programs involving elementary or secondary school teachers, faculty members at institutions of higher education (IHEs), students, or any combination of these persons; and (11) Programs and activities as described in items (1) through (10) that are specially designed for students who are limited English proficient, students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, students with disabilities, students who are homeless children and youths, students who are in foster care or are aging out of the foster care system, or other disconnected students. (12) Other activities designed to meet the purposes of the EOC Program. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.066A. Applications for grants under the EOC Program, CFDA number 84.066A, must be submitted electronically using the Government wide Grants.gov Apply site at www.Grants.gov. Through this site, you will be able to download a copy of the application package, complete it offline, and then upload and submit your application. You may not email an electronic copy of a grant application to us. You may access the electronic grant application for the EOC Program at www.Grants.gov. You must search for the downloadable application package for this program by the CFDA number. Do not include the CFDA number’s alpha suffix in your search (e.g., search for 84.066, not 84.066A).
  • Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE): Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) Program CFDA 84.358A

    Note: Each funding opportunity description is a synopsis of information in the Federal Register application notice. For specific information about eligibility, please see the official application notice. The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/index.html. Please review the official application notice for pre-application and application requirements, application submission information, performance measures, priorities and program contact information. Under the Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) program, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) awards grants on a formula basis to eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) to address the unique needs of rural school districts. In this notice, we establish the deadline for submission of fiscal year (FY) 2016 SRSA grant applications. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.358A. An eligible LEA that is required to submit an application to receive FY 2016 SRSA funds must submit an electronic application by May 2, 2016, 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time. Any application received from an eligible LEA after this deadline will be funded only to the extent that funds are available after the Department awards grants to other eligible LEAs under the program. Submission of an electronic application involves the use of the Department’s G5 System. Prospective applicants can access the electronic application for the SRSA Program at: www.g5.gov. When applicants access this site, they will receive specific instructions regarding the information to include in the SRSA application.
  • National Summer Transportation Institute

    The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Headquarters’ Civil Rights (HCR) Office requests Statements of Work (SOWs) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 NSTI Program. The NSTI program is a Science, Technology and Math (STEM) focused program for high school and junior high school students. It is administered by accredited colleges, community colleges and universities, accredited Tribal colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and Asian-American Native American Pacific Island Serving Institutions (ANAPISI) throughout the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Pacific Island territories and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These institutions make application to the State DOT (State DOTs) to serve as NSTI Host sites. State DOTs provide NSTI program oversight to the host sites. The FHWA Division Offices Civil Rights Specialists provide program guidance to the State DOTs in their oversight of the NSTI program. Academic institutions interested in serving as host sites must complete and submit their application package to the State DOT. The NSTI program objectives are to improve STEM skills, provide awareness to middle and high school students – particularly minority, female and disadvantaged youth – about transportation careers, and encourage them to consider transportation-related courses of study in their higher education pursuits. Host sites are required to commit significant program time to classroom participation. The length of the program is typically 2-4 consecutive weeks. Host sites may choose to be student day programs or residential programs in which room and board are provided by the Host Sites to the students. For more information including the application packet and deadline for submission, please contact your State DOT Representative or your local FHWA Civil Rights Specialist in your State by clicking on the link below. Federal Highway Administration Field Offices
  • Elder Abuse Prevention Demonstration Project: Planning Phase

    NIJ, in collaboration with other Federal agencies, is interested in funding a cooperative agreement to conduct a rigorous, multi-year demonstration project to prevent abuse, neglect, and/or financial exploitation among community-residing elderly individuals identified to be at risk. Ultimately, the demonstration project will include development and implementation of the intervention, and, pending funding, a rigorous scientific evaluation of its effectiveness. Successful proposals will develop an intervention that: 1) specifies a theory of change; 2) builds upon evidence-based violence prevention interventions in related areas; 3) identifies a rationale and strategy for selecting participants; and 4) is designed to be replicated, scaled up, and independently evaluated if the demonstration project indicates effectiveness in preventing elder abuse. Applicants may develop and test interventions to prevent either a single form or multiple forms of elder mistreatment. Initial funding under this solicitation will cover an 18-month planning phase. Upon successful completion of the planning phase, additional funding may become available to support the implementation of an 18-month pilot study
  • Propulsion Research in the USAFA Department of Aeronautics

    Propulsion Research in the USAFA Department of Aeronautics- Please see TWO-STEP CALL ANNOUNCEMENT document and supporting Research Considerations document for overview of requirements. Contact Information: If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact: Michelle Perez-Alcover Grant Specialist Phone 719-333-4575 Organizational Email
  • Measurement Science and Engineering (MSE) Research Grant Programs

    NIST is soliciting applications for financial assistance for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) within the following NIST Laboratory grant programs: (1) the Material Measurement Laboratory (MML) Grant Program; (2) the Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) Grant Program; (3) the Engineering Laboratory (EL) Grant Program; (4) the Fire Research (FR) Grant Program; (5) the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) Grant Program; (6) the Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL) Grant Program; (7) the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) Grant Program; (8) the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) Grant Program; (9) the Special Programs Office (SPO) Grant Program; (10) the Standards Coordination Office (SCO) Grant Program; (11) the International and Academic Affairs Office (IAAO) Grant Program; and (12) the Associate Director for Laboratory Programs (ADLP) Grant Program.
  • RFA-LM-16-001: NLM Institutional Training Grants for Research Training in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science (T15)

    Slots: 1 LOI: March 18, 2016 Internal Deadline: March 9, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: April 18, 2016, 5pm Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 14-16 Anticipated Amount: $14,000,000 total. Cost Sharing: Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited. Submission Process: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrants Materials to submit: • Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt.). • CV – (5 pages maximum) Link to Award: https://research.usc.edu/RFA-LM-16-001/ Who May Serve as PI: Standard NIH requirements. Purpose: The purpose of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Institutional Training Program in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science is to support pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training for research careers in biomedical informatics and data science. Applications may be for the creation of entirely new training programs or for the renewal of active NLM T15 training grants. NLM’s training programs help meet the growing need for investigators trained in biomedical computing, data science and related information fields as they directly relate to application domains in health and biomedicine, including health care delivery, basic biomedical research, clinical and translational research, public health and similar areas. Trainees will come to these programs with a range of educational and professional backgrounds and receive the training they need to prepare them for research careers in biomedical informatics and data science. Applicants may propose training programs in one or more of the four basic areas for research training in informatics listed below. Special tracks may be proposed within these areas. The basic informatics training areas are: • Health care/clinical informatics (HC): Applications of informatics principles and methods to direct patient care, such as advanced clinical decision support systems and multimedia electronic health records, to the provision of informational support to health care consumers. Special tracks might be offered for nursing informatics, dental informatics, imaging informatics, precision medicine, clinical data science or other appropriate clinical themes. • Translational bioinformatics (TB): Applications of informatics principles and methods to support ‘bench to bedside to practice’ translational research, such as genome-phenome relationships, pharmacogenomics, or personalized medicine. Special tracks might be offered in health effects of environmental factors, mining of large scale genome-phenome datasets, intelligent tools for curation, visualization and analysis of biomedical big data, precision medicine, or other similar areas. • Clinical research informatics (CR): Applications of informatics principles and methods to support basic clinical trials and comparative effectiveness research. Special tracks might be offered in areas such as biomedical big data analytics, biostatistics, in-silico trials, merging and mining large disparate data sets that mix images, text and data. • Public health informatics (PH): Applications of informatics principles and methods to build integrated resources for health services research, for decision support in public health agencies, to support regional or global health research, or syndromic surveillance. Special tracks might be offered in areas such as health literacy, information design for consumers, health effects of climate change, big data visualization and analysis for population health. Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • PAR-16-013: Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA) (K12)

    Slots: 1 LOI: N/A Internal Deadline: June 19, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: September 19, 2016, 5pm Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Anticipated Amount: Application budgets are not limited, but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. Cost Sharing: This FOA does not require cost sharing as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. Submission Process: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrants Materials to submit: • Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt.). • CV – (5 pages maximum) Link to Award: https://research.usc.edu/par-16-013/ Who May Serve as PI: Standard NIH requirements. Purpose: The primary goals of the IRACDA program are to (1) develop a group of highly trained biomedical scientists who have the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue independent research and teaching careers in academia; and (2) enhance science educational offerings at partner institutions, and promote links between RIIs and partner institutions through research and teaching collaborations. The specific objectives of this initiative are to: • Develop the research, teaching, and other skills that are needed by postdoctoral scholars in order to conduct high-quality research and pursue an independent research and teaching career in an academic environment; • Foster the development of research-oriented science curricula, using contemporary teaching strategies, at partner institutions; and • Promote links between RIIs and partner institutions that can lead to further collaborations in faculty research and student training. The overall goal of NIH Research Career Development programs is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in appropriate scientific disciplines to address the Nation’s biomedical, behavioral, and clinical needs. More information about Career programs may be found at the NIH Extramural Training Mechanisms website. The proposed institutional research career development program may complement other, ongoing research training and career development programs at the applicant institution, but the proposed career development experiences must be distinct from those career development programs currently receiving Federal support. Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • Forensic Technology Center of Excellence

    NIJ seeks proposals to operate NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCOE) to support its research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E) process in all areas of forensic science. The FTCOE should focus on specific efforts to include, but not limited to: 1) providing scientific and technical support to NIJ’s research and development efforts; 2) facilitating demonstration, transfer, and adoption of appropriate technology into practice by crime laboratories, forensic service providers, and law enforcement, and other criminal justice agencies; 3) providing technology assistance, information, and support to law enforcement and other appropriate criminal justice agencies; 4) developing and providing access to resources for research, education, and best practices in the forensic science and criminal justice community; and 5) working closely with NIJ’s Social Science staff to develop, assess, and communicate the impact of forensic science on the criminal justice system.
  • 2016 HEALTHY COMMUNITIES GRANT PROGRAM

    Executive Summary: The Healthy Communities Grant Program is EPA New England’s main competitive grant program to work directly with communities to reduce environmental risks, protect and improve human health and improve the quality of life. The Healthy Communities Grant Program will achieve this through identifying and funding projects that: • Target resources to benefit communities at risk [areas at risk from climate change impacts, environmental justice areas of potential concern, sensitive populations (e.g. children, elderly, tribes, urban/rural residents, and others at increased risk)]. • Assess, understand, and reduce environmental and human health risks. • Increase collaboration through partnerships and community-based projects. • Build institutional and community capacity to understand and solve environmental and human health problems. • Advance emergency preparedness and ecosystem resilience. • Achieve measurable environmental and human health benefits. To qualify as eligible projects under the Healthy Communities Grant Program, proposed projects must: (1) be located in and/or directly benefit one or more of the Target Investment Areas; and (2) identify how the proposed project will achieve measurable environmental and/or public health results in one or more of the Target Program Areas. Please see Section III for further information on eligibility requirements.
  • Limited Submission: NSF-16-544: Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science

    Title: NSF-16-544: Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) S One LOI: Not required Internal Deadline: March 18, 2016, 5pm Preliminary Proposal Deadline: April 15, 2016, 5pm PST Full Proposal Deadline: June 24, 2016, 5pm PST Award Information: Type: Standard Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 30 to 40 Anticipated Amount: $12,500,000 Cost Sharing: Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited. Submission Process: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrants Materials to submit: • Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt.). • CV – (5 pages maximum) Link to Award: https://research.usc.edu/nsf-16-544/ Who May Serve as PI: The PI must hold a permanent position at the lead institution. The PI must have experience in leading distributed teams and organizations. Collaboration for impact in STEM relevant activities is desirable but not required. Additional Information: A preliminary proposal is required for NSF INCLUDES Design and Development Launch Pilots. All proposers must submit a preliminary proposal that outlines the major goals of the project including the components described below. • Cover Sheet • Title of Proposed Project • Project Summary (1 page) • Project Description (5 pages) o Personnel (1 page) o Project (4 pages) • For more information, see Section V-A in the ‘Link to Award.’ Purpose: The overarching goal of NSF INCLUDES is to create a sustainable collaborative process for the inclusion in STEM of women, members of racial and ethnic groups that have been underrepresented in STEM, persons with low socio-economic status and people with disabilities. NSF INCLUDES will improve the preparation, increase the participation, and ensure the contributions of individuals from groups that traditionally have been underrepresented in the STEM enterprise. NSF INCLUDES will fund new research, models, networks, and partnerships that lead to measureable progress in diversity and inclusion in STEM, and have the ability to scale to the national level. The multi-year goals of NSF INCLUDES are to: 1. Synthesize and build the research base for broadening participation and foster the spread and adaptation of proven effective practices. 2. Support the identification, development and attainment of a set of shared goals and objectives developed by stakeholders, including those from specific STEM disciplines, which are essential for achieving inclusion in the nation’s scientific workforce and in high quality STEM learning opportunities. 3. Support local/regional and discipline-specific or crosscutting multi-stakeholder partnerships and networks (NSF INCLUDES Alliances) and support an NSF INCLUDES National Network. Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • PAR-16-109: Bridges to the Doctorate (R25)

    Title: PAR-16-109: Bridges to the Doctorate (R25) Slots: 1 LOI: N/A Internal Deadline: June 24, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: September 25, 2016, 5pm Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Anticipated Amount: Application budgets are limited to $300,000 direct costs per year. Cost Sharing: This FOA does not require cost sharing as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. Submission Process: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrants Materials to submit: • Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt.). • CV – (5 pages maximum) Link to Award: https://research.usc.edu/par-16-109/ Who May Serve as PI: This FOA requires a multiple PD/PI application (See Sections III.1 and IV.2). Additional Information: The master’s degree-granting institutions in the Bridges to the Doctorate Program must offer a terminal master’s degree with a strong focus on biomedical and behavioral sciences as their highest degree and have a large pool, as determined by the applicant institution, of master’s degree-seeking students from underrepresented groups to be eligible to apply as an applicant institution. Purpose: The over-arching goal of this National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on: 1. Courses for Skills Development: For example, advanced courses in a specific discipline or research area, or specialized research techniques. 2. Research Experiences: For example, for graduate and medical, dental, nursing and other health professional students: to provide research experiences and related training not available through formal NIH training mechanisms; for post doctorates, medical residents and faculty: to extend their skills, experiences, and knowledge base. Bridges student participants are those students who will receive support in the form of salaries/wages under this program. Student participants must be U.S. citizens or non-citizen nationals or permanent residents, and be an individual from a background nationally underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, specifically Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • Regional and Global Climate Modeling and Integrated Assessment Research: An Integration Framework for Multi-Model, U.S. Regional Climate Evaluation that Incorporates Local Human Influences for Research at the Energy-Water-Land Nexus

    The Climate and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD) of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) supports a broad range of climate and earth system observational, analysis, and modeling research. Two of the activities within the modeling component of the Division, i.e., the Regional and Global Climate Modeling (RGCM) Activity and the Integrated Assessment Research (IAR) Activity, are collaborating in issuing this Funding Opportunity Announcement. As part of CESD, RGCM seeks to enhance the predictive understanding and modeling of climate variability and change by advancing capabilities to design, evaluate, diagnose, and analyze global and regional earth system model simulations informed by observations. The use of model simulations in combination with observations enables a deeper understanding of climate variability and change. RGCM focuses on analysis of regions that exhibit a significant response to larger scale climate change; evaluating robust methods to obtain higher spatial resolution; and diagnosing and analyzing state-of-the-science for coupled climate and Earth system models to understand climate variability and change at regional and global scales. These analyses often take the form of sensitivity studies that focus on various aspects of the climate system, including detection and attribution, developing enhanced modeling and analytics capabilities for decadal predictability, incorporating uncertainty characterization, and conducting analyses of feed backs within the climate system.
  • PAR-16-118: Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)

    Slots: 1 LOI: N/A Internal Deadline: April 1, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: May 25, 2016, 5pm Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Anticipated Amount: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. Cost Sharing: This FOA does not require cost sharing as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. Submission Process: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrants Materials to submit: • Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt.). • CV – (5 pages maximum) Who May Serve as PI: Standard NIH eligibility requirements. Purpose: The over-arching goal of this NIGMS R25 program is to support educational activities enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce.. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on: • Research Experiences: For example, for undergraduate students: to provide hands-on exposure to research, to reinforce their intent to graduate with a science degree, and/or to prepare them for graduate school admissions and/or careers in research; for graduate students: to provide research experiences and related training.. • Courses for Skills Development: For example, advanced courses in a specific discipline or research area, clinical procedures for research, or specialized research techniques. NIGMS seeks to increase the number of individuals from groups underrepresented in the biomedical workforce by providing training opportunities during multiple training and career stages at varied institutions and educational settings across the country. By increasing the number of students from underrepresented groups pursuing advanced training in the biomedical sciences, NIGMS strives to ensure that the future generation of researchers draws from the entire pool of talented individuals, bringing different aptitudes, perspectives, creativity, and experiences to address complex scientific problems. Training and retaining a diverse workforce ensures that the nation remains a competitive global leader in discovery and innovation in biomedical research. Underrepresentation of certain groups in science, technology and engineering fields increases throughout the training stages. For example, students from certain racial and ethnic groups including, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, currently comprise ~39% of the college age population (Census Bureau), but earn only ~17% of bachelor’s degrees and ~7% of the Ph.D.’s in the biological sciences (NSF, 2015). Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • FY 2016 and FY 2017 Pollution Prevention Grant Program

    EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Chemistry, Economic and Sustainable Strategies Division oversees the Pollution Prevention (P2) Grant Program to support State and Tribal P2 Programs administer P2 projects that will help businesses identify better environmental strategies and solutions for reducing or eliminating waste at the source. EPA anticipates it will award approximately $7.94 million in federal P2 grant funding ($3.97 million in FY 2016 and $3.97 million in FY 2017) to support two-year grant agreements. Grants will be awarded and managed by EPA’s ten Regional P2 Program Offices. P2 grants are dependent on Congressional appropriation and the quality of proposals received.
  • RFA-NS-16-016: Network for Emergency Care Clinical Trials: Strategies to Innovate EmeRgENcy Care Clinical Trials Network (SIREN) – Network Clinical Center (Hub) (U24)

    Slots: 1 LOI: 30 days prior to application deadline Internal Deadline: April 22, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: June 1, 2016, 5pm Award Information: Type: Cooperative Agreement Estimated Number of Awards: 1 Anticipated Amount: Application budgets should not exceed a maximum of $160,000 direct costs for Year 1 or $98,000/year for Years 2-5 of SIREN. Cost Sharing: This FOA does not require cost sharing as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. Submission Process: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrantsMaterials to submit: •Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt.). •CV – (5 pages maximum) Who May Serve as PI: Standard NIH eligibility requirements. The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to solicit applications for the Data Coordinating Center (DCC) of the Strategies to Innovate EmeRgENcy Care Clinical Trials Network (SIREN). SIREN will provide a robust and readily accessible infrastructure for rapid implementation and high quality performance of clinical trials in a breadth of emergency indications related to neurology (e.g., status epilepticus, traumatic brain or spinal cord injury, not cerebrovascular because StrokeNet is the primary network for stroke clinical research), cardiovascular (e.g., cardiac arrest, decompensation of cardiac failure), respiratory (e.g., respiratory arrest, pulmonary embolus), hematology (e.g., exsanguination) and trauma. SIREN will consist of one Clinical Coordinating Center (CCC), one DCC and up to 15 clinical centers with their satellite sites (Hub and Spoke clinical site model). The SIREN infrastructure should be sufficient for implementation of at least four simultaneous large (>1,000 patient), simple, pragmatic trials in the Emergency Department (ED) and pre-hospital (e.g., transportation, EMS) settings. The purpose of SIREN is to advance emergency medicine by efficiently enabling performance of rigorous comparative effectiveness studies and assessments of novel therapeutic interventions. SIREN will harness multidisciplinary emergency care expertise to provide scientific leadership and the infrastructure required to conduct large, simple, pragmatic clinical trials to advance knowledge of optimal patient management in the prehospital and ED setting. In addition, the network may be called upon to include other venues where post emergency care is provided (such as critical care units, the operating room or other hospital settings) when required by the needs of peer-reviewed, meritorious clinical trials. The DCC will contribute to this objective by performing clinical trial data management, data quality control, data monitoring and statistical analyses for SIREN. The DCC is responsible for the SIREN Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) and preparing reports for external regulatory and oversight groups. The DCC is encouraged to be innovative in improving clinical trial efficiency and quality. Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • RFA-TR-16-006 — Tissue Chip Testing Centers: Validating

    Slots: 1 LOI: April 17, 2016, 5pm Internal Deadline: March 29, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: May 17, 2016, 5pm Award Information: Type: Cooperative Agreement Estimated Number of Awards: 1-3 Anticipated Amount: $6 million Cost Sharing: This FOA does not require cost sharing as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. Submission Process: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrants Materials to submit: • Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt.). • CV – (5 pages maximum) Who May Serve as PI: Standard NIH eligibility requirements. Purpose: The purpose of this FOA is to establish Tissue Chip Testing Centers (TCTC) to ensure availability of tissue chip technology and promote adoption by the research community by validating tissue chip platforms. The Tissue Chip Testing Center(s) will have the requisite infrastructure, data management and statistical capabilities, as well as responsibility for administrative coordination of activities with the MPS investigators related to the independent validation of tissue chips, which may include qualification with the FDA for use in the regulatory-decision process. Microphysiological systems (MPS), or tissue chips, which are micro-fabricated devices that mimic human physiological responses, will be useful tools for predictive toxicology and efficacy assessments of candidate therapeutics. The MPS program is a five-year partnership among NIH, DARPA and FDA. Previous NIH FOAs (RFA-RM-11-022) and (RFA-RM-12-001) supported the development and integration of bioengineered organ systems, along with the generation of renewable human cell resources to be used as an effective tool for drug development. These organ chip systems consist of scaffolding, multi-cellular tissues and mechanical factors (such as flow and stretch) to recreate physiological conditions. Integrating them with other MPS devices to better study organ-organ interaction adds another layer of in vivo-like conditions not available in current in vitro models. Data acquired from this program suggest that tissue chips have the potential to more accurately reflect human responses than current in vitro and animal models, and could have a substantial impact on the safety and efficacy testing of candidate therapeutics. The overarching goal of the NIH Tissue Chip Program is to develop these MPS devices and integrate them to create a Human-on-a-Chip for drug efficacy and safety assessment prior to clinical trials. To fully implement the validation process, TCTC scientists will rely on TC platform expertise and resources (protocols and reference compounds) developed by the TC Consortium that includes government officials, industry representatives, and tissue chip developers. NIH will continue to expand on private-public relationships, working with industry and other potential stakeholders to provide TCTC metrics, protocols and guidelines. In order to maximize scientific exchange and accelerate research in the context of tissue chip technology, it is expected that all information, data, protocols and methods used for validation be shared in a timely manner with the TC Consortium, and with industry partners. Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION TRAINING PROGRAM

    The purpose of the Environmental Education Training Program is to deliver environmental education training and long-term support to education professionals across the U.S. in the development and delivery of environmental education and training programs and studies
  • Puget Sound Management Conference Support for Implementation Strategies and Additional Activities

    EPA funding is available to provide support and coordination assistance to the Puget Sound National Estuary (NEP) Management Conference and the Action Agenda Strategic Initiative Leads and their Teams and the Tribal Lead Organization to develop Implementation Strategies to achieve environmental results and progress related to the Puget Sound Action Agenda Vital Signs. EPA anticipates awarding one cooperative agreement for an organization or a coalition of more than one organization. Funding for the award is expected to be provided incrementally over a five-year period with an initial award of approximately $2,800,000 for the first year and subsequent incremental funding through year five. The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity is approximately $14,000.000-17,000,000 for the five year project period.
  • 2016 Targeted Air Shed Grant Program

    This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits applications from eligible entities to compete for financial assistance through the Targeted Air Shed Grant Program. This program will assist local, state and/or tribal air pollution control agencies in developing plans, conducting demonstrations, and implementing projects to reduce air pollution in nonattainment areas that EPA determines are the top five most polluted areas relative to ozone (O3), annual average fine particulate matter (PM2.5), or 24-hour PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The overall goal of the Targeted Air Shed Grant program is to reduce air pollution in the Nation’s areas with the highest levels of ozone and PM2.5 ambient air concentrations.
  • Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials & Manufacturing Directorate, Functional Materials and Applications (AFRL/RXA) Two-Step Open BAA

    Force Research Laboratory, Materials & Manufacturing Directorate is soliciting White Papers and potentially technical and cost proposals under this two-step Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) that is open for a period of five (5) years. Functional Materials technologies that are of interest to the Air Force range from materials and scientific discovery through technology development and transition, and support the needs of the Functional Materials and Applications mission. Descriptors of Materials and Manufacturing Directorate technology interests are presented in the context of functional materials core technical competencies and applications. Applicable NAICS codes are 541711 and 541712.
  • Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program FY 2016

    EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating at or servicing goods movement facilities located in areas designated as having poor air quality. Further, priority for funding may be given to projects which result in outcomes that benefit affected communities, those that engage local communities with respect to the design and performance of the project, and those which can demonstrate the ability to promote and continue efforts to reduce emissions after the project has ended.
  • FY 17 Communications and Networking Discovery and Invention

    Communications technology that can provide seamless, robust, connectivity is at the foundation of the Sea Power 21 and FORCEnet Vision “… to have the right information, at the right place, at the right time …” The performance of Command and Control (C2) systems and decision making at all levels of command depend critically on reliable, interoperable, survivable, secure, and timely communications and networking, and the availability of high capacity multimedia (voice, data, imagery) communication networks is fundamental to nearly all Department of Navy missions. The current evolution of naval warfighting from a platform-centric to a network-centric paradigm depends on successfully meeting the implied need for significantly enhanced communications and networking capabilities of C2, sensor and weapon systems. These systems are deployed on a variety of platforms and users, both manned and unmanned, operating under challenging battlefield conditions (lack of infrastructure, mobility, spectrum, interference, multipath, atmospherics, size/weight/power constraint, etc.) in different environments (space, terrestrial and undersea). The goal of the Communications and Networking Program within the Office of Naval Research (ONR 311) is to support the FORCEnet vision by developing measurable advances in technology that can directly enable and enhance end-to-end connectivity and quality-of-service for mission-critical information exchange among such widely dispersed naval, joint, and coalition forces. The vision is to provide high throughput robust communications and networking to ensure all warfighters — from the operational command to the tactical edge — have access to information, knowledge, and decision-making necessary to perform their assigned tasks. Objective and Areas of Interest: White papers for potential FY17 Exploratory Development/Applied Research (Budget category 6.2) projects are sought under the following focus areas: 1. Compact and deployable circular polarization antenna in the UHF-, X-, or Ka-, band with high radiation efficiency and adaptive gain pattern for multi-U form factor cubesatellite communications. 2. Near-capacity (Shannon) wideband communications mode operation over multi-channel AESA pulsed radar hardware chain (beamformer – T/R module – antenna array). Potential challenges for high bit rate communications include, amongst others, novel coding/modulation schemes resilient to saturated nonlinear power amplifier regimes, exploitation of pulse-to-pulse phase coherence and MIMO. 3. Enhanced waveform and diversity techniques including innovative tracking for mobile troposcatter (C- to Ku- bands). S&T focus on solutions that can reuse existing apertures, minimally impact HW, and permit modular upgrade. 4. Robust and (throughput) efficient wireless medium access mechanisms for mobile LPI/LPD network communications operating under high dynamic range, and high-interference rejection (e.g., spectral underlay), receive conditions. 5. Mechanisms to guarantee delivery of traffic across a multi-hop ad-hoc network within a specified latency; optimization of traffic based on multiple parameters (e.g., priority, latency, jitter, etc.); multi-path TCP implementations that are cognizant of variations in path characteristics and traffic priority, and do not impact application performance; store/forward and disruption-tolerant network implementations across a cipher-text core.
  • Regional Alliances and Multistakeholder Partnerships to Stimulate (RAMPS) Cybersecurity Education and Workforce Development

    Jul 12, 2016 Applications must be received at Grants.gov no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Applications received after this deadline will not be reviewed or considered. Applicants should be aware, and factor in their application submission planning, that the Grants.gov system is expected to be closed for routine maintenance from 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time, Saturday, June 18, 2016 until Monday, June 20, 2016 at 6:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Applications cannot be submitted when Grants.gov is closed. Applicants must meet all of the following requirements. Applicants must be non-profit organizations including institutions of higher education located in the U.S. or its territories. The applicant will be the lead organization for the project. Applicants must demonstrate through commitment letters that at least one of each of the following types of organizations is committed to being part of the proposed multistakeholder workforce partnership: a K-12 school or Local Education Agency (LEA); an institution of higher education or college/university system; and a local employer.
  • NIJ FY 16 Graduate Research Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

    The Graduate Research Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (GRF-STEM) provides awards to accredited academic institutions to support graduate research leading to doctoral degrees in areas that are relevant to ensuring public safety, preventing and controlling crime, and ensuring the fair and impartial administration of criminal justice in the United States.
  • CALIFORNIA DEPT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE; PROPOSITION 1 WATER BOND

    DEADLINE: 6/24/2016 4:00:00 PM The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is seeking high quality grant proposals for multi-benefit ecosystem restoration and protection projects that meet the priorities in this Proposal Solicitation Notice (Solicitation), which contribute to the objectives of Proposition 1 (Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014), California Water Action Plan, State Wildlife Action Plan, Delta Plan, California EcoRestore, and the fulfillment of CDFW’s Mission. “Click here” Click herefor the RFP, including application instructions.
  • Long-term Exposure to Air Pollution and Development of Cardiovascular Disease

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing to expand and inform the understanding of the mechanism(s) by which air pollution contributes to the development of cardiovascular disease. Specifically, research is needed to estimate the total cardiovascular risk associated with exposure to air pollution, including indicators of early subclinical damage and novel endpoints, in addition to established morbidity and mortality outcomes. Research is also needed to understand related endpoints such as markers of cardio-metabolic responses and cerebrovascular disease. In consideration of the implications of this research and of regulations promoting open access to federally funded data, the Agency is seeking applications that develop innovative methods for broad access to data generated in response to this solicitation.
  • Enabling Technologies for Advanced Combustion Systems

    Applications are being sought for applied research projects to develop enabling technology that address challenges with advanced combustion, to include two technology pathways:(1) pressurized oxy-combustion and (2) chemical looping combustion.
  • Multi-Intelligence (Multi-INT) Research Initiatives at The Naval Postgraduate School

    The Naval Postgraduate School Center for Multi-INT Studies (CMIS) has a bold vision to transform the field of intelligence and seeks to vastly improve the current state of the art in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). To this end, CMIS supports innovative, independent research that has the potential to expand knowledge in related areas. As real-time, accurate and actionable intelligence products are demanded by analysts, warfighters, and decision makers, linear, human-intensive processes are no longer sufficient. The capabilities of current and future adversaries, and the dynamism and complexity of the environments in which they operate, necessitate vast improvements in the timeliness and execution of intelligence-cycle processes. Humans do not have the cognitive ability or the time to analyze the vast quantities of multi-source, multi-dimensional data that are now available. Revolutionary decision support, situational awareness, sensemaking, inferencing, reasoning, and visualization capabilities must be employed to expediently unlock the information contained in these myriad streams of data. CMIS envisions a future where cognitive technologies can anticipate strategic and tactical information needs, perceptively orchestrate distributed sensors across every domain (cyber, human, terrestrial, air, sea, space, etc.), and deliver timely and accurate recommendations to kinetic and/or non-kinetic agents (human and/or machine) to employ required actions. This future of intelligence collection and analysis is realized as a highly automated loop with five functions: 1) information about a target is automatically synthesized from large stores of Multi-INT data, 2) a model of target behaviors uses this information as evidentiary support of hypothesized activities, 3) information value calculations determine what next information to obtain, and 4) efficient algorithms orchestrate the employment of a diverse set of sensors to collect information that produces increased information and intelligence value, 5) analysts and decision-makers are informed by the automated loop and the automated loop receives information and guidance from the analysts and decision-makers.
  • NSF and NIH has released a joint solicitation on the topic Quantitative Approaches to Biomedical Big Data

  • NATIONAL SECURITY SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FACULTY FELLOWSHIP

    The National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship (NSSEFF) program The National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship (NSSEFF) program’s name is hereby changed to the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship program. Dr. Vannevar Bush (1890-1974) was a forward-thinking policymaker who served as the director of the U.S. Defense Department’s Office of Scientific Research and Development during World War II, coordinating the work of thousands of scientists in the service of ending the war. In his 1945 report to the President of the United States, Science, The Endless Frontier, Bush called for an expansion of government support for science, and he pressed for the creation of the National Science Foundation. Dr. Bush was concerned about how the scientific research supported by DoD during WWII could be sustained with a focus on peacetime goals. He believed that basic research was “the pacemaker of technological progress”. “New products and new processes do not appear full-grown,” Bush wrote. “They are founded on new principles and new conceptions, which in turn are painstakingly developed by research in the purest realms of science.” https://www.nsf.gov/od/lpa/nsf50/vbush1945.htm Prior to his DoD work, Dr. Bush was a professor and Dean of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and founded a large defense and electronics company. Because Dr. Bush’s life work embodies the spirit of the NSSEFF program, the program name is being changed to the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship program in his honor.
  • Accessible Transportation Technology Research Initiative (ATTRI) Application Development

    This BAA, ATTRI will award funds for the development of applications in each of the ATTRI priority application areas identified through robust stakeholder outreach and user needs assessment. Application areas (also referred to as topics) are broadly described as: 1. Smart Wayfinding and Navigation Systems 2. Pre-Trip Concierge and Virtualization 3. Safe Intersection Crossing Proposal due date: 11 Aug 2016
  • Joint NSF/NIH Initiative on Quantitative Approaches to Biomedical Big Data (QuBBD)

    Biomedical research is rapidly becoming more data-intensive as investigators are generating and using increasingly large, complex, multidimensional, and diverse datasets. This era of big data in biomedical research taxes the ability of many researchers to release, locate, analyze, and interact with these data and associated software due to the lack of tools, accessibility, and training. In response to these new challenges in biomedical research, and in response to the recommendations of theData and Informatics Working Group (DIWG) of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director, NIH has launched the trans-NIH Big Data to Knowledge Initiative . The purpose of this Notice is to announce that the NIH, through the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative, is collaborating on a multi-agency funding opportunity, theQuantitative Approaches to Biomedical Big Data (QuBBD) initiative. Recent advances in medical and healthcare technologies are creating a paradigm shift in how medical practitioners and biomedical researchers approach the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases. New imaging technologies, advances in genetic testing, and innovations in wearable and/or ambient sensors are allowing researchers to predict health outcomes and develop personalized treatments or interventions. The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognize that fundamental questions in basic, clinical, and translational research could benefit greatly from multidisciplinary approaches that involve experts in quantitative disciplines such as mathematics, statistics, and computer science. The NIH expects to fund projects with durations of up to 3 years. Award sizes are expected to be less than $200,000 (direct costs) per year. All awards made under this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) by NIH will be as grants or cooperative agreements, as determined by the supporting agency. For more information and to apply, see NOT-EB-16-008
  • Promise Neighborhoods Program: Implementation Grant Competition CDFA 84.215N

    Note: Each funding opportunity description is a synopsis of information in the Federal Register application notice. For specific information about eligibility, please see the official application notice. The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/index.html.Purpose of Program: The Promise Neighborhoods program is carried out under the legislative authority of the Fund for the Improvement of Education (FIE), title V, part D, subpart 1, sections 5411 through 5413 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (20 U.S.C. 7243-7243b). FIE supports nationally significant programs to improve the quality of elementary and secondary education at the State and local levels and to help all children meet challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards. Applications for grants under Promise Neighborhoods, CFDA number 84.215N, must be submitted electronically using the Government wide Grants.gov Apply site at www.Grants.gov. You may access the electronic grant application for the Promise Neighborhoods program at www.Grants.gov. You must search for the downloadable application package for this program by the CFDA number. Do not include the CFDA number’s alpha suffix in your search (e.g., search for 84.215, not 84.215N). Please review the official application notice for pre-application and application requirements, application submission information, performance measures, priorities and program contact information.
  • New corporate research funding opportunities for USC researchers- Life Sciences- Upcoming Deadline August 31

    USC Stevens is pleased to share two new corporate research funding opportunities for USC researchers working in the life sciences: World Without Disease Quickfire Challenge from Johnson & Johnson Innovation and Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Deadline August 31, 2016 CATALYST is an exciting new program launched by Allied-Bristol Life Sciences (ABLS). Applications accepted on a rolling basis World Without Disease Quickfire Challenge Johnson & Johnson Innovation and Janssen Pharmaceuticals DEADLINE: Apply by August 31, 2016 The JLABS QuickFire challenge is a competition awarding up to $500,000 in a research grant and entrance to Johnson & Johnson Innovation (JLABS) to promising transformational healthcare solutions. It is designed to attract game-changing, early-stage innovation in the Therapeutics, Consumer, Health Technologies and Medical Device sectors. http://jlabs.jnjinnovation.com/quickfire-challenges Winners will be awarded a variety of prizes (including cash and/or lab space), benefit from world-class lab facilities, be supported by an onsite team and have access to a global network of industry experts and programming. Solutions will be evaluated based on their ability to meet the following criteria: • Address a particular cohort with a critical unmet medical need in Johnson & Johnson’s strategic areas of interest, such as lung cancer and metabolic diseases; • Integrate a novel approach that combines therapeutic, devices and/or consumer health solutions • Address part or all of the spectrum of prevention, interception and cure • Outline how the award would help them reach a critical milestone within the timeframe of a single year and provide a full “time-to-market” plan for their solution. HOW TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION: Visit www.jnjawards.Tuidreview.com and follow the directions provided to complete and submit the Application. You represent that all information provided as part of the Application is truthful and accurate. Limit one (1) Application per Applicant per Challenge or Meet With. All Applications become the property of JJI. All Applications must be received by the deadline: August 31, 2016 For the full application, visit http://jlabs.jnjinnovation.com/quickfire-challenges For more information, including the identification of potential Background Intellectual Property, please contact Vasiliki Anest (anest@usc.edu) CATALYST Allied Minds and Bristol-Myers Squibb DEADLINE: Applications accepted on a rolling basis BACKGROUND CATALYST is an exciting new program launched by Allied-Bristol Life Sciences (ABLS), a joint venture of global pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb and venture builder Allied Minds, to identify and develop commercially-promising biopharmaceutical innovations from leading universities and research institutions. Launched in 2014, ABLS provides world-class expertise in drug development, access to a fully integrated drug discovery and development center (with medicinal chemistry, biological assays, animal models, pharmacology, toxicology capabilities, etc.) as well as seasoned management and the necessary financial backing to bring transformational academic discoveries to patients. OBJECTIVES Through CATALYST, ABLS aims to: · Identify therapeutic opportunities with strong translational potential and that are aligned with ABLS’s strategic areas of interest. · License and develop lead compounds, investing ~$12M to $16M per program to undertake pre-clinical development and position the program for further clinical development and commercialization by BMS. · Strengthen relationships with leading academic institutions. DISCLOSURE AND CONFIDENTIALITY The information contained in your proposal is NOT deemed confidential unless your institution has entered into a Confidentiality Agreement with ABLS that covers the subject matter of your proposal. Please consult with Vasiliki Anest (anest@usc.edu) at USC Stevens for guidance on disclosure of confidential information. SELECTION CRITERIA AND PROCESS · Successful proposals will have elucidated novel and differentiated mechanisms, supported by strong scientific validation, underlying disease states of strategic interest (see below). Priority will be given to those projects where initial lead molecules have already been identified and possess the potential to deliver first-in class drug candidates. · Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis. Proposals submitted by the 1st of each month are reviewed on or before the 28th of the same month. PIs of selected proposals will be invited to present their projects to the CATALYST Steering Committee. If your project is selected, we will work efficiently with you to finalize the research plan, budget, and necessary agreements. Strategic areas of interest are: Immuno-oncology, Oncology, Immunoscience, Cardiovascular, Genetically-defined diseases, and Fibrosis. More information on these areas of interest and the full application can be found here http://www.ablifescience.com/catalyst. For more information, including the identification of potential Background Intellectual Property, please contact Vasiliki Anest (anest@usc.edu). To keep up to date on program & funding announcements for USC innovators, please visit: http://stevens.usc.edu/researchers/program-funding-announcements. –by USC Stevens staff, published July 21, 2016
  • NOTICE OF INTENT DOA/DOI Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP)

    The interagency Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) intends to request proposals through one or more formal Funding Opportunity Notice (FON) announcements beginning approximately September 15, 2016 and remaining open through November 17, 2016. The intent of this notice is to provide an early alert to investigators interested in the topics listed below so that they can begin considering responsive ideas with potential partners and collaborators. Investigators should recognize that final decisions regarding topic selection will not be made until September 2016 and that final topic selection may differ from that posted here. One or more topics could be dropped or added, and the specific focus of individual topics may be altered. Investigators should recognize this uncertainty and not invest substantial time or resources working on proposals until the FONs and their associated topics are formally posted. Investigators should not contact the JFSP Office or Governing Board members seeking further information on these topics. No further information will be released until the FONs are formally posted. Note that at least three separate FONs are likely. Cohesive Strategy Potential topics directly and indirectly support the three goals of the 2014 National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (“Cohesive Strategy”): • Resilient Landscapes • Fire Adapted Communities • Safe and Effective Wildfire Response
  • DEFENSE THREAT REDUCTION AGENCY HDTRA1-17-S-0001

    This publication constitutes a BAA as contemplated in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 35.016 and FAR 6.102(d)(2). Formal Request for Proposals (RFPs) regarding this announcement will not be issued. This BAA will remain open from 18 July 2016 through 30 September 2016, 1400 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Phase I Proposals must be received by this time and date in order to be considered. Submission information is provided in Section 3.3 of this BAA. The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Chemical and Biological Technologies (CBT) were established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to provide state-of-the-art defense capabilities to allow military forces of the United States to operate and to successfully complete their missions in chemical and biological warfare environments. The scope of mission efforts and the priorities assigned to specific projects are influenced by changes in military and civilian Chemical and Biological Defense (CBD) science and technology, advanced developments, operational requirements, military threat assessments, and national defense strategies. To keep pace with defense capability requirements, the CBD as part of its mission, routinely promulgates chemical and biological research. The comprehensive research program encompasses both intramural and extramural sources, and the role of each is vital to the fulfillment of the Program objectives.
  • Air Force Defense Research Sciences Conference and Workshop Support

    Deadline: 08/01/2017
    The Air Force Office of Scientific Research manages the basic research investment for the U.S. Air Force. Conferences and workshops constitute key forums for research and technology interchange. We provide partial support for conferences and workshops as defined in the DoD Joint Travel Regulations in special areas of science that bring experts together to discuss recent research or educational findings, or to expose other researchers or advanced graduate students to new research and educational techniques in our areas of research interest. Our research interests are described in the most recent version of our general Broad Agency Announcement titled, “Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research” posted on Grants.gov. We can only consider funding requests from U.S. institutions of higher education (IHE) or nonprofit organizations as described in 2 CFR 25.345, including foreign public entities and foreign organizations operated primarily for scientific, educational, service, charitable, or similar purposes in the public interest. We do not award grants to organizations with a for-profit organization type. Our support for a workshop or conference is not an endorsement of any organization. Our financial support through grants for conferences and workshops is dependent on the availability of funds, Program Officer’s discretion, and certain other restrictions as described in the full announcement.
  • Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction

    All responsible, potential applicants from academia and industry are eligible to submit proposals under this BAA. USAFA particularly encourages proposals from small businesses, historically black colleges and universities, minority institutions and minority researchers. However, no portion of this BAA is set aside for a specific group. Proposals from Federal Agencies, including subcontracting/sub-recipient efforts will not be evaluated under this BAA. Federally Funded Research & Development Centers (FFRDCs), including Department of Energy National Laboratories, are not eligible to receive awards under this BAA. U.S. Government schools of higher education, military laboratories and warfare centers, as well as other DoD and civilian agency laboratories are also not eligible to receive awards under this BAA and should not directly submit either white papers or full proposals in response to this BAA. University Affiliated Research Centers (UARC) are eligible to submit proposals under this BAA unless precluded from doing so by their DoD UARC contract.
  • The BIG Idea Challenge

    The BIG Idea Challenge is a university-level design competition sponsored by the Game Changing Development Program (GCD) within NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, and managed by the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA). The 2017 BIG Idea Challenge calls for teams of 3-5 students to submit robust proposals for in-space assembly of spacecraft – particularly tugs, propelled by solar electric propulsion (SEP), that transfer payloads from low earth orbit (LEO) to a lunar distant retrograde orbit (LDRO). The proposals should be 8-10 pages in length. The BIG Idea Challenge seeks new concepts for constructing 200kW class SEP tugs in space using robotic assembly of modules that make up the SEP tug. Proposals should design and analyze potential modular concepts and systems that provide the ability to construct large SE tugs in space. Concepts can employ new approaches for: • packaging modules in one or more launch vehicles that minimize launch loads, • modular (distributed) solar arrays and ion engines, and • robust robotic assembly (joining) of the modules that form the SEP tug. For your convenience, we have developed a printable flyer for the 2017 BIG Idea Challenge that contains full design guidelines and constraints, and is ideal for posting in classrooms and departmental bulletin boards. Interested teams are encouraged to review the flyer carefully. Full competition details, including design constraints and submission guidelines, can also be found on the BIG Idea Website (http://BIGIdea.nianet.org). Based on a review of the proposals, four (4) teams will be selected to submit full technical papers and present their concepts to a panel of NASA judges at the 2017 BIG Idea Forum at the NASA Langley Research Center, February 15 and 16, 2017, in Hampton, VA. The final four qualifying teams will receive a $6,000 stipend to facilitate participation in the BIG Idea Forum. The winning team will receive offers to participate in paid internships with the GCD team at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA, where they can work toward further developing their concept under the mentorship of NASA experts. It is my pleasure to invite your interested student teams and their faculty advisors to submit an Online Notice of Intent by September 30, 2016 and submit proposals by November 30, 2016. Important Dates: September 30, 2016 – Notice of Intent (NOI) deadline November 30, 2016 – Proposal deadline December 15, 2016 – Selection notifications will be made February 7, 2017 – Technical paper deadline for 4 qualifying teams February 15-16, 2017 – 2017 BIG Idea Forum at NASA Langley Research Center On behalf of NASA’s GCD and NIA, I hope you will consider involving your students in this exciting competition that could potentially reduce the cost of deep space exploration by developing space systems that can be assembled in-space and re-used or upgraded for additional missions. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the BIG Idea team at BigIdea@nianet.org.
  • Modeling of Climate Change Mitigation, Impacts and Adaptation

    This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits proposals to advance the field of climate economic modeling to assist decision makers and the public in effectively responding to the challenges and opportunities posed by climate change. The work involved in this effort includes two distinct modeling capabilities. The first is computable general equilibrium (CGE) modeling of climate mitigation and impacts at the level of disaggregation of U.S. states. The second is integrated assessment modeling (IAM) and assessment of multiple greenhouse gases (GHGs) and air pollutants to enhance understanding of climate change impacts.
  • FY 2017 Climate Program Office

    FFO description: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is focused on providing the essential and highest quality environmental information vital to our Nation’s safety, prosperity and resilience. Toward this goal, the agency conducts and supports weather and climate research, oceanic and atmospheric observations, modeling, information management, assessments, interdisciplinary decision-support research, outreach, education, and partnership development. Climate variability and change present society with significant economic, health, safety, and security challenges and opportunities. In meeting these challenges, and as part of NOAA’s climate portfolio within the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), the Climate Program Office (CPO) advances scientific understanding, monitoring, and prediction of climate and its impacts, to enable effective decisions. These investments are key to NOAA’s mission of “Science, Service, and Stewardship” and are guided by the agency’s vision to create and sustain enhanced resilience in ecosystems, communities, and economies. Within this context, CPO manages competitive research programs through which NOAA funds high-priority climate science, assessments, decision support research, outreach, education, and capacity-building activities designed to advance our understanding of the Earth’s climate system, and to foster the application and use of this knowledge to improve the resilience of our Nation and its partners. CPO supports research that is conducted across the United States and internationally. CPO also provides strategic guidance for the agency’s climate science and services programs and supports NOAA’s contributions to the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) and its National Climate Assessment, and similar international endeavors such as the Global Framework for Climate Services. CPO’s climate research portfolio is designed to achieve a fully integrated research and applications program. We meet this objective through a focus on climate intelligence and climate resilience, in support of NOAA’s goals. Climate intelligence defines CPO’s technical strength through its foundational capabilities, which include (1) Observations and monitoring, (2) Research to advance scientific understanding, (3) Modeling and prediction, (4) Communication, education, and engagement, and, (5) Climate and societal interactions. A focus on climate resilience leverages CPO’s climate intelligence to advance capabilities for responding to the urgent and growing demand for reliable, trusted, transparent, and timely climate information needed to sustain all sectors of our economy and environment. CPO’s strategy addresses challenges in the areas of, (1) Weather and climate extremes, (2) Climate impacts on water resources, (3) Coasts and climate resilience, (4) Sustainability of marine ecosystems, and (5) Changing atmospheric composition and its impacts. Making progress in addressing climate-related societal challenges and realizing benefits for NOAA’s public and private partners, requires that these mission-focused capabilities be integrated across CPO to align research, applications, transitions, and operations, and to meet the information needs of a resilient society. NOAA envisions a Nation that is prepared for, thriving, and resilient to climate variability and change. CPO’s activities support a unique and highly flexible climate research enterprise to improve scientific understanding of climate variability and change and to enable businesses and communities to derive the benefits of this investment in the present and into the future. Effectively coordinating across these components through the development and deployment of end-to-end research-based integrated information systems that address needs of high societal relevance, have been hallmarks of CPO’s success in linking environmental intelligence to resilience. Key components in this enterprise are Annual Federal Funding Opportunities, competitive grants programs and other types of support that advance and extend NOAA’s foundational capabilities and applications research. Proficiency in these core areas ensures that CPO’s infrastructure is always in place to meet the intelligence and resilience challenges of our changing climate. NOAA, OAR, and the Climate Program Office encourage applicants and awardees to support the principles of diversity and inclusion when writing their proposals and performing their work. Diversity is defined as a collection of individual attributes that together help organizations achieve objectives. Inclusion is defined as a culture that connects each employee to the organization. By promoting diversity and inclusion you can improve creativity, productivity, and the vitality of the research community.
  • Funding Opportunity Announcement FY2017 Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Program (YIP)

    Questions due: 07 October 2016 3PM Eastern Daylight Time Full Proposals due: 04 November 2016 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving proposals for its Young Investigator Program (YIP). ONR’s Young Investigator Program (YIP) seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment, have begun their first appointment on or after 04 November 2011, and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. The objectives of this program are to attract outstanding faculty members of Institutions of Higher Education (hereafter also called “universities”) to the Department of the Navy’s research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. The Principal Investigator of a proposal must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident (on the date proposals are due), holding a first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent faculty position at that university, and has begun her/his first full-time appointment on or after 04 November 2011. Applicants are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to contact the appropriate Program Officer who is the point of contact for a specific technical area to discuss their research ideas. A list of Program Officers and their contact information can be found at: http://www.onr.navy.mil/en/Science-Technology/Contacts.aspx . Research Advancement can help you identify the appropriate program officer.
  • DoD Joint Program Committee 1 (JPC-1) – Medical Simulation and Information Sciences (MSIS) Translational Simulation Research (TRANSfeR) Award

    Deadline: 02/02/2017
    The FY17 JPC-1/MSIS TRANSfeR Award Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity is seeking research to determine whether the medical skill learned on a simulation system has a downstream beneficial effect to patients and/or the MHS in the real clinical world. The Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity seeks applications for research to demonstrate that simulation-based medical training has a measurable outcome on patient care. Previous T1 studies have shown improvement in skills in the simulated environment when deliberate practice and mastery learning (a set of group-based, individualized, learning strategies based on the belief that students will achieve a high level of understanding in a given area when given enough time) occur as part of training. The next set of studies should measure whether these same techniques translate to patient care and affect systems of care such as return-to-duty rates and morbidity and mortality statistics. Such research will involve taking the lessons learned in the laboratory and measuring outcomes in the patients who are cared for either in an operational environment or medical treatment facility. Historical patient outcome data does exist for the way medical professionals are trained now, so the variable being introduced in new studies would be simulation-based training.
  • DHS S&T Center of Excellence for Homeland Security Quantitative Analysis – Center Partner

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Office of University Programs (OUP) is requesting applications from U.S. colleges and universities to serve as a partner institution for the Center for Homeland Security Quantitative Analysis (CHSQA). OUP is also posting a separate NOFO for eligible applicants to submit lead proposals for consideration. Please see NOFO Number DHS-16-ST-061-HSQA-Partner or 97.061 on http://www.grants.gov for directions on how to submit single project proposals. DHS will select qualified individual projects from applications received for either the Center Lead NOFO or the Center Partner NOFO, regardless of the institution that is awarded as lead institution. Principal Investigators that are already Partners under a Center Lead application may not submit the same application under this Partner NOFO. The DHS COEs are university consortia that work closely with DHS Components and their partners to conduct research, develop and transition mission-relevant science and technology, educate the next generation of homeland security technical experts, and train the current workforce in the latest scientific applications. Each COE is led by a U.S. college or university and involves multiple partners for varying lengths of time. COE partners include other academic institutions, industry, DHS Components, Department of Energy National Laboratories and other Federally-Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), other federal agencies that have homeland security-relevant missions, state/local/tribal governments, non-profits, and first responder organizations. DHS envisions the COEs as long-term trusted academic partners that provide an array of resources to help DHS and its partners achieve their missions, and improve their operations. OUP maintains both financial assistance and contract mechanisms for DHS to access COE capabilities. The COEs that make up the COE network are listed athttps://www.dhs.gov/st-centers-excellence. The new Center will be a fully-integrated component of the COE network and will take advantage of the network’s resources to develop mission-critical research, education, and technology transition programs.
  • Call for NASA 2017 RASC-AL Proposals

    NASA is embracing new paradigms in exploration that involve expanding our knowledge and learning how to live in space as we extend our presence into the solar system. The 2017 RASC-AL Competition is seeking undergraduate and graduate teams to develop new concepts that leverage innovations to improve our ability to work more effectively in microgravity. This year’s themes range from the design of more efficient subsystems to the development of architectures that support NASA’s goal of extending humanity’s reach into space. Collaboration with commercial partners will be required to enable this vision, and teams are encouraged to propose to augment NASA investments (or use in conjunction with) those from commercial and/or international partners. Each team’s response should address novel and robust applications to support expanding humanity’s ability to thrive beyond Earth. IMPORTANT DATES November 8, 2016: Notice of Intent deadline January 19, 2017: Abstract deadline February 3, 2017: 1st down-select is made March 16, 2017: Mid-Project Review April 3, 2017: Final down-select is made May 31-June 2, 2017: 2017 RASC-AL Forum
  • NETL/University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research Request for Proposals RFP Number: 2016-2

    USC Internal deadline: September 14, 2016 Proposals are being solicited from UCFER member Universities in the following research areas: Carbon Capture, Oil & Gas Infrastructure and Advanced Combustion. Estimated funding levels per research area are as follows: The total amount available for awards under this solicitation is anticipated to be approximately $2,080,000. Estimated funding levels per research area are as follows: Carbon Capture ($814,000), Oil & Gas – Natural Gas Infrastructure ($407,000), Advanced Combustion ($859,000). See FOA for a detailed description of the research topic areas, the objectives and requirements. The FOA is available from http://www.energy.psu.edu/ucfer/
  • Engineering Next-Generation Human Nervous System Microphysiological Systems (R01)

    This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages research grant applications directed toward developing next-generation human cell-derived microphysiological systems (MPS) with improved fidelity to complex human brain, spinal, peripheral nervous system and/or sensory end organ circuit physiology in vivo, which will ultimately facilitate analysis of higher order functional deficits relevant to complex nervous system disorders.
  • Request for Information (RFI) DE-FOA-0001607 on Lower Grade Waste Heat Recovery

    ARPA-E seeks input from the waste heat recovery, materials development, and novel solid-state materials technology communities (emerging compositions, materials synthesis/processing, combinatorial screening/optimization, robust module designs, etc.) regarding the development of next-generation waste heat recovery systems. This request includes input from the researchers, developers and end-users of waste heat recovery technologies, such as power plants, factories, utilities, manufacturers, data centers, and the like. Consistent with the agency’s mission, ARPA-E is seeking clearly disruptive, novel technologies, early in their R&D cycle, and not integration strategies for existing technologies.
  • SC CTSI

    SC CTSI is seeking applications for pilot research projects of up to $40K each from individual investigators or small research teams. 2 RFAs to support all aspects of clinical and community research. Deadline: Wednesday, September 21, 2016; 11:59pm The SC CTSI pilot funding program awards ~$400K annually in pilot grants
  • FY16 Highway-railroad Grade Crossing Safety Education and Enforcement Program, OLI

    Current Closing Date for Applications: Sep 02, 2016 No Explanation Provide program funding for the Operation Lifesaver, Inc., using funds designed and provided under the approved budget for the Federal Railroad Administration’s Office of Safety for fiscal year 2016.
  • AHA and PCORI Launch Challenge to Identify New Research Questions Aimed at Improving Care for Cardiovascular Diseases

    The American Heart Association (AHA) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) announce today a new Researcher and Clinician Challenge to suggest critical but unanswered questions facing cardiovascular patients, caregivers and their healthcare providers that should be addressed through additional research. This collaboration, executed through theAHA Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine, seeks to uncover questions that can be answered by studies that leverage comparative clinical effectiveness research – research comparing the benefits and harms of alternate health care methods – with a precision medicine approach that takes into account individual characteristics. Through the Researcher and Clinician Challenge, the AHA and PCORI seek to generate research study hypotheses that address gaps in the evidence about which cardiovascular disease treatment approaches work best for which patients. This challenge follows a Patient Challenge held earlier this year that engaged thousands in an effort to uncover treatment dilemmas faced by patients and their caregivers. The top themes selected from the submissions from patients in the first challenge are carried over into the Researcher and Clinician Challenge as specific areas for respondents to expand upon. By using precision medicine approaches and techniques, we hope to enable patients and doctors together to make the best decision when considering their treatment options. “Having gained valuable insights from patients, this opportunity to collaborate with the research and physician communities will propel the next phase of study to further the development of both comparative effectiveness research and precision cardiovascular medicine,” said Nancy Brown, American Heart Association CEO. “AHA and PCORI will transform the research paradigm by addressing critical gaps to accelerate discovery and make a difference in the lives of patients.” “By employing a stakeholder-driven approach to research, we’re confident that we can address the questions, concerns, and outcomes that matter most to patients and those who care for them, including clinicians,” said Joe Selby, PCORI’s Executive Director. “We look forward to as robust a response to the Researcher and Clinician Challenge as we saw during the earlier Patient Challenge.” As the leading cause of death, with more than one in every three U.S. adults suffering some form of cardiovascular disease, this condition places significant burdens on individuals, families, the nation’s productivity and its healthcare system. Countless research opportunities remain to reduce this burden. As the U.S. population ages, the demand will increase for improved ways to allow Americans to live healthy and productive lives before and with cardiovascular disease. Responses must be submitted by October 6, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EDT and should address how their proposed research questions will take into account both comparative effectiveness research and precision medicine including an individual’s genetics, environment and lifestyle. AHA and PCORI will award four winners a cash prize of $5,000 each for submitting the top research hypotheses that will also be considered for future funding opportunities.
  • IARPA-BAA-16-13 Deep Intermodal Video Analytics (DIVA)

    Proposal Due Date for Initial Round of Selections: 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time November 7, 2016 BAA Closing Date: June 30, 2017 The DIVA program seeks to develop robust automatic activity detection for a multi-camera streaming video environment. Activities will be enriched by person and object detection. DIVA will address activity detection for both forensic applications and for real-time alerting.
  • Functional Genomic and Computational Assessment of Threats

    The Functional Genomic and Computational Assessment of Threats (Fun GCAT) program intends to develop new approaches and tools for the screening of nucleic acid sequences, and for the functional annotation and characterization of genes of concern, with the goal of preventing the accidental or intentional creation of a biological threat. Advances in biotechnology and synthetic biology over the past decade have the potential to address important societal challenges in food, energy, and medicine. Despite the promising advances these technologies might enable, the potential for their deliberate or accidental misuse exists, warranting the development of approaches to help prevent the creation of biothreats. Currently, biological threats are organized based on genetic relatedness, resulting in static, threat-based lists that fail to emphasize biological functions, or assess the risks of unknown sequences. In order to better address biosecurity concerns, the Fun GCAT program intends to develop next-generation computational and bioinformatics tools to improve DNA sequence screening, to augment biodefense capabilities through the characterization of threats based on function, and to advance our understanding of the relative risks posed by unknown nucleic acid sequences. These tools will enhance the ability to computationally and functionally analyze nucleic acid sequences, ascribe threat potential to known and unknown genes through comparisons to the functions of known threats, and facilitate the ability to screen and identify sequences of concern, including genes responsible for the pathogenesis and virulence of viral threats, bacterial threats, and toxins. Proposal due date: 8 Nov 2016
  • Missile Defense Science & Technology Advanced Research (MSTAR)

    MDA/DV has instituted the MSTAR BAA Program to identify and develop innovative concepts, stimulate technology innovation, and exploit breakthroughs in science to offer robust technology improvements to all elements of the BMDS. The MSTAR BAA is a competitive science and technology research program, which consists of forefront advanced research and development technology, concepts, and approaches acquired through scientific and technological investigation. This announcement shall remain open until September 30, 2018 unless superseded, extended, canceled or replaced by a successor BAA, whichever first occurs. White papers maybe submitted at any time during the BAA open period (October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2018). MDA may issue Request for Proposals (RFP) up to six months following the closing date for this BAA announcement only for white papers submitted during the BAA open period.
  • Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Calls for Research Proposals

    GoMRI is a ten-year program established by a $500 million commitment from BP following the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. An independent, 20-member Research Board provides direction and oversight for GoMRI. A competitive, merit review process modeled after that of the U.S. National Science Foundation identifies research programs and projects to be funded by GoMRI. This request for proposals (RFP-VI) will provide funding for up to two years (2018-2019). RFP-VI will receive submissions from Individual Investigator/Collaborations and Research Consortia. Those interested in submitting proposals for RFP-VI must submit a letter of intent by November 14, 2016. Full proposals must be received by March 3, 2017. It is anticipated that awards will be announced in September 2017, with start dates in January 2018.
  • FY 2017 Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program

    Deadline: 10/30/2017
    The Office of Science (SC) of the Department of Energy hereby announces its continuing interest in receiving grant applications for support of work in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics. On September 3, 1992, DOE published in the Federal Register the Office of Energy Research Financial Assistance Program (now called the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program), 10 CFR 605, as a Final Rule, which contained a solicitation for this program. Information about submission of applications, eligibility, limitations, evaluation and selection processes and other policies and procedures are specified in 10 CFR 605.
  • Solicitation Of Project Proposals For The Safety Research And Demonstration (SRD) Program

    The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of $7,000,000 in Fiscal year (FY) 2016 research funds, authorized by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), Public Law 114-94, to demonstrate and evaluate innovative technologies and safer designs to improve public transportation safety. FTA is seeking to fund cooperative agreements to engage in demonstration projects focused in the following two thematic areas: (a) collision avoidance and mitigation and (b) transit worker safety protection.The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of $7 Million to demonstrate and evaluate innovative technologies and safer designs to improve public transportation safety. FTA will fund projects to engage in demonstration in two thematic areas: a) collision avoidance and mitigation and b) transit worker safety protection. The SRD projects are funded under FTA’s Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment program authority. FTA intends to award multiple SRD demonstration projects under this announcement. Synopses and full announcement are posted on Grants.gov site as opportunity FTA-2016-007-TRI-SRD. Proposals must be submitted electronically through the Grants.gov website by midnight Eastern Time on October, 14, 2016.
  • Implementation Science to Improve Patient Care

    Purpose: The UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (LAC DHS) have formed a partnership to develop and test interventions to enhance quality, efficiency and patient-centeredness of care provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. This solicitation requests letters of intent that describe ideas for such programs from which formal applications for funding will be selected. Description of Pilot Grant Program The participating CTSIs and the DHS intend to issue two pilot grants of up to $75,000 each for up to one year to support the design and small scale implementation of interventions within DHS that will achieve the goals of quality, efficiency and patient centered care. The DHS will provide additional resources and operational support for the selected projects. When completed, successful pilot projects will serve as a base for sustaining extramural funding to implement and formally evaluate the intervention(s) on a larger scale and longer timeframe within DHS. Acceptable funding mechanisms include but are not limited to NIH R01, R21, R03; PCORI, AHRQ, CDC, and CMS Center for Innovation Letters of intent are due November 7th Questions can be directed to Allison Orechwa (allison.orechwa@usc.edu) at the Southern California CTSI.
  • SC CTSI Team Building Award

    Timeline: Rolling application, funding available for successful applications within 4 weeks. The Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute is seeking applications for team building activities of up to $5,000 each from small research teams. This mechanism is intended to provide rapid funding for activities that promote the SC CTSI goal of assembling new multidisciplinary or transdisciplinary teams focused on clinical and community research, particularly those that are grounded in the science of team science principles. Examples include, but are not limited to:Conference/workshops/seminars,New team development,and Exploration of virtual team platforms.
  • The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics

    External Deadline: January 17, 2017, 12pm ET The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research. Each year around three Greenwall Faculty Scholars are selected to receive 50 percent salary support for three years to enable them to develop their research program. The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics supports research that goes beyond current work in bioethics to help resolve pressing ethical issues in clinical care, biomedical research, and public policy. Scholars and Alumni/ae attend twice-yearly meetings, where they present their work in progress, receive feedback and mentoring from the Faculty Scholars Program Committee and other Scholars, and have the opportunity to develop collaborations with other researchers. The ongoing involvement of Alumni/ae with the Program provides them ongoing opportunities for professional development and feedback and engages them in mentoring of younger Scholars. The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program creates a community that enhances future bioethics research by Scholars and Alumni/ae. The Faculty Scholars Program Committee provides oversight and direction for the program and is involved not only with selection of the Scholars but with mentoring and faculty development activities.
  • NOAA Climate Program Office’s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Program

    The NOAA Climate Program Office’s (CPO) Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program supports research teams that conduct innovative, interdisciplinary, user-inspired, and regionally relevant research that informs resource management and public policy. CPO funds a network of RISA teams across the United States (US) and Pacific Islands, which are a model for interdisciplinary science and assessment. NOAA’s RISA program is overseen by CPO’s Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI) division. CSI’s mission is to inform improvements in resilience and preparedness in diverse socio-economic regions and sectors throughout the US and abroad through the use of climate knowledge and information. Our research advances the nation’s understanding of climate-related risks and vulnerabilities across sectors and regions, and the development of tools to foster more informed decision making. These efforts support NOAA’s vision to create and sustain enhanced resilience in ecosystems, communities, and economies. In addition to RISA, CSI’s programs include the International Research and Applications Project (IRAP), the Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP), and the Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications program (COCA). CSI is also an active partner with NOAA efforts to provide integrated regional climate services. This partnership brings together NOAA Regional Climate Services Directors (RCSDs), other NOAA offices, and close external partners such as RISA teams, Regional Climate Centers, State Climatologists, and Sea Grant to help make climate information relevant and accessible to people across the US. NOAA seeks to marshal climate assets and partners towards the common goal of assessing regional needs and vulnerabilities and then supporting the development and delivery of timely climate services that aid adaptation and mitigation choices.
  • Freshwater Harmful Algal Blooms

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking regular and early career applications proposing innovative research on the prediction, prevention, control and mitigation of freshwater Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) as well as the drivers, life cycle patterns, and fate of and effects from less-common, less-studied, and emerging freshwater HAB species and toxins. Specific Research Areas • Models and tools for predicting and preventing HABs: Identify indicators for communities, municipalities and states to use for accurately predicting and preventing freshwater HAB occurrence. In order to prevent HABs, develop and verify predictive tools to forecast the timing and magnitude of HAB events based on environmental and anthropogenic factors that initiate, propagate, and sustain HABs in inland freshwater lakes and rivers. Identify factors that cause extracellular release of HAB toxins and integrate those factors into predictive and preventative tools/models. Integrate human exposure models (including drinking water and recreational exposure) and toxicity data to predict and prevent overall risk to consumers. • Mitigation and Control: Identify strategies to control HABs and mitigate the effects of HABs in lakes and rivers once they have developed. Identify and evaluate control and mitigation methods and strategies for communities, municipalities and states to use for treating and removing HABs from lakes and rivers in-situ. Examine the effects of water level and/or discharge flow rate management in upstream reservoirs on downstream HABs and develop strategies for comprehensive watershed management to suppress HAB occurrence in rivers. Identify and evaluate chemical and physical control and mitigation processes and assess their economic feasibility, unintended consequences, and scope/scale of efficacy. • Emerging HAB toxins: Identify the drivers and life-cycle patterns of emerging, less-studied, and less-common (relative to microcystin producers) HAB species that produce harmful toxins (e.g. saxitoxin, anatoxin-a, cylindrospermopsin, nodularin). Identify and evaluate the fate of and effects from emerging, less-studied, and less-common toxins on freshwater ecosystems and animal and human health. Application due date: 4 Jan 2017
  • ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM

    Deadline: 01/31/2017
    The Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program provides funding for eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and public health issues within an affected community. The EJSG Program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. Applying organizations are encouraged to have a direct connection to the vulnerable affected, community impacted by environmental harms and risks.
  • NOAA Climate Program Office’s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Program

    Deadline: 02/06/2017
    The NOAA Climate Program Office’s (CPO) Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program supports research teams that conduct innovative, interdisciplinary, user-inspired, and regionally relevant research that informs resource management and public policy. CPO funds a network of RISA teams across the United States (US) and Pacific Islands, which are a model for interdisciplinary science and assessment. NOAA’s RISA program is overseen by CPO’s Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI) division. CSI’s mission is to inform improvements in resilience and preparedness in diverse socio-economic regions and sectors throughout the US and abroad through the use of climate knowledge and information. Our research advances the nation’s understanding of climate-related risks and vulnerabilities across sectors and regions, and the development of tools to foster more informed decision making. These efforts support NOAA’s vision to create and sustain enhanced resilience in ecosystems, communities, and economies. In addition to RISA, CSI’s programs include the International Research and Applications Project (IRAP), the Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP), and the Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications program (COCA).
  • SC CTSI Voucher Program

    The SC CTSI is offering vouchers of up to $3,000 for generation of new data for clinical and/or community research projects. Vouchers may be used to purchase services or access core resources – for example, coordinator support, biostatistics help, research cores at USC and CHLA, and lab measurements – for the purpose of adding new data collection to an existing project or collecting data de novo. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through this website: https://scctsi.formstack.com/forms/sc_ctsi_vouchersQuestions can be directed to Diana Palma ( Diana.palma@med.usc.edu)
  • SciDAC: Scientific Computation Application Partnerships in Earth System Science II – Pilot Projects

    Deadline: 03/15/2017
    This Biological and Environmental Research/Advanced Scientific Computing Research (BER-ASCR) Scientific Discovery Thru Advanced Computing (SciDAC) Partnership FOA will enable scientists to conduct complex scientific and engineering computations at a level of fidelity needed to simulate real-world climate conditions, by supporting deep, necessary, and productive collaborations between climate scientists on the one hand and applied mathematicians and computer scientists on the other, that overcome the barriers between these disciplines and consequently fully exploit the capabilities of Department of Energy (DOE) High Performance Computing (HPC) systems in order to accelerate advances in climate science. This SciDAC opportunity targets three particular topics of high-priority for DOE climate research that are expected to be transformed by effective climate-computational partnerships: the development of new and innovative methods to predict sea-level change; the development of a theoretical-statistical-numerical framework to improve climate prediction; and the development of improved methods for model component coupling. The next-generation climate model capabilities will contribute to the newly launched Accelerated Climate Model for Energy (ACME) and further its progress toward design of climate codes for leadership class computers and in support of energy science and mission requirements.
  • Call for Applications to the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Program

    Deadline: 01/15/2017
    The National Security Agency (NSA) is pleased to announce a call for applications for the National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Operations Program (CAE-CO). The program is in support of the President’s National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE): Building a Digital Nation and furthers the goal to broaden the pool of skilled workers capable of supporting a cyber-secure nation. The CAE-Cyber Operations program is open to four-year colleges and graduate level universities. This program is intended to be a deeply technical, inter-disciplinary, higher education program firmly grounded in the computer science (CS), computer engineering (CE), and/or electrical engineering (EE) disciplines, with extensive opportunities for hands-on applications via labs/exercises. The CAE-Cyber Operations program complements the existing Centers for Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) programs, providing a particular emphasis on technologies and techniques related to specialized cyber operations (e.g., collection, exploitation, and response), to enhance the national security posture of our Nation. These technologies and techniques are critical to intelligence, military and law enforcement organizations authorized to perform these specialized operations.
  • Northrop Grumman-Institute of Optical Nanomaterials and Nanophotonics

    Deadline: 12/12/2016, 5:00pm Funding: up to $100,000 Potential topics/themes are listed below. Both theoretical and experimental efforts are of interest. -Nanomaterials for additive manufacturing, new approaches to annealing printed nanomaterials -First principles studies in nanomaterials/nanophotonics -Thermal metamaterials -Directed Assembly or Templated Assembly of nanomaterials -DFT prediction of nanomaterials spectra (FTIR, Raman, PL, EL, Ellipsometry) -Emissivity control -Passive IR beamsteering -Quantum Sensing and Metrology -Quasiparticle Devices -Ohmic contacts studies to 2D materials -Single photon sources -Synthesis of templated aerogels -2D noble metals -Autonomous nanomaterials synthesis -High throughput experimentation for discovering new nanomaterials Proposal Abstract screening: All submitted abstracts will be evaluated in accordance with the following crite · innovativeness of the research · relevance to Northrop Grumman’s corporate vision Proposal Abstract format and submission: The abstract should be less than 500 words, and address the two evaluation criteria explicitly. Additionally, the abstract should identify a research partner or collaborator at Northrop Grumman (name, email, division/group). All abstracts should be emailed to Professor Andrea Armani, armani@usc.edu
  • EPA-OAR-OAP-17-01 NON-CONSTRUCTION APPROACHES TO REDUCNG GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS THROUGH ENERGY EFFICIENT PRODUCTS AND PRACTICES

    Deadline: 01/05/2017
    This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits proposals that advance the energy efficiency of products through product- specific technical research, test procedure development, and education that drives consumer adoption of efficient products and practices.
  • Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing: Integrated Simulation Partnerships in Fusion Energy Sciences

    Deadline: 02/21/2017
    The Office of Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) and the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), announce their interest in receiving applications from multi-institutional interdisciplinary teams to establish scientific application partnerships under the SC-wide Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program in the area of integrated simulations for fusion energy sciences. The goal of this announcement is to select applications that can take advantage of today’s multi-petascale DOE high-performance computing (DOE HPC) systems to accelerate scientific discovery in strategically important areas of magnetic fusion energy science and address high- priority issues identified in recent community studies.
  • Early Career: Anticipating the Environmental Impacts and Behavioral Drivers of Deep Decarbonization

    Deadline: 02/10/2017
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research that will contribute to an improved ability to understand and anticipate the public health and environmental impacts and behavioral drivers of significant changes in energy production and consumption in the United States, particularly those changes associated with advancing toward the deep decarbonization necessary to achieve national and international climate change mitigation objectives and avoid the most significant health, environmental, and economic impacts of climate change. The proposed research is intended to contribute to the development of new insights and predictive tools related to the multimedia, life-cycle impacts of the decarbonization of electricity generation; the electrification of end uses; the adoption of low-carbon emitting, renewable fuels; and the adoption of energy efficiency measures. The proposed research is also intended to contribute to an improved understanding of the drivers of individual, firm (i.e. business), and community decisions that affect energy consumption patterns, including decisions about the adoption of new technologies and energy efficiency measures.
  • Research and Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes

    With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals for basic or applied research and development projects. An NIJ forensic science research and development grant supports a discrete, specified, circumscribed project that will: (1) increase the body of knowledge to guide and inform forensic science policy and practice, or (2) lead to the production of useful material(s), device(s), system(s), or method(s) that have the potential for forensic application. The intent of this program is to direct the findings of basic scientific research; research and development in broader scientific fields applicable to forensic science; and ongoing forensic science research toward the development of highly-discriminating, accurate, reliable, cost-effective, and rapid methods for the identification, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence for criminal justice purposes. The forensic science operational needs discussed at NIJ’s FY 2015 Forensic Science TWG meeting may be found on NIJ.gov, and are intended to assist in proposal development. Additional research needs of the forensic science community can be found at the Organization of Scientific Area Committees website. Applications due 28 Feb 2017
  • State Damage Prevention (SDP) Program Grants – 2017

    Deadline: 01/23/2017
    The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), hereby requests applications from eligible States (including municipalities with respect to intrastate gas pipeline transportation) to obtain funding for damage prevention program activities. Grants awarded in support of PHMSA’s State Damage Prevention (SDP) grant program are intended for States to establish or improve the overall quality and effectiveness of their State Damage Prevention programs, which are designed to protect underground pipeline facilities from excavation damage.
  • Zero Emission Research Opportunity (ZERO)

    Deadline: 02/21/2017
    Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Zero Emission Research Opportunity (ZERO). The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of $2.75 million of funding for its Zero Emission Research Opportunity (ZERO). This solicitation also will establish eligibility for possible future funding, subject to Congressional appropriations and FTA approval, for ZERO. The purpose of the program is to facilitate the advancement, production, and deployment of zero-emission public transportation vehicle technology and related infrastructure. FTA intends to select, and enter into cooperative agreements with, multiple (up to three) nonprofit consortia to build on past research innovation and development efforts to facilitate the deployment of zero-emission vehicles and associated advanced technology. Eligibility for future ZERO funding opportunities in fiscal years 2017-2020 will be limited to those nonprofit consortia selected under this fiscal year 2017 notice. Potential research partners such as transit agencies, other nonprofits, vendors, suppliers and systems integrators may work with multiple consortia. The federal cost- share of a project carried out under ZERO shall not exceed 80 percent. Subject to FTA discretion and future appropriations, the selected organization(s) will be eligible for future funding from FY17-FY20, without further competition. Synopses and the full announcement with additional details are referenced in the Federal Register as funding opportunity FTA-2016-009-TRI-ZERO and posted on Grants.gov as opportunity FTA-2017-001-TRI. Proposals must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov by midnight EST on February 21, 2017.
  • Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2017

    The Emerging Technologies (ET) Program of the Building Technologies Office (BTO) supports applied research and development (R&D) for technologies and systems that contribute to reductions in building energy consumption. In the United States, the ET Program has the broad aim of supporting the development of cost-effective technologies that can reduce aggregate building energy use intensity by 30% by 2020, and 45% by 2030, relative to the consumption of 2010 energy-efficient technologies. The ET Program strives to meet this goal by researching and developing cost-effective, energy-efficient technologies to be introduced into the marketplace. A portion of the ET budget provides support for the Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories in five areas: solid-state lighting, heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R) (includes water heating and appliances), sensors & controls, windows & envelope, and modeling & tools. The remaining budget is distributed through competitive solicitations, including Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) like this one, to allow all interested parties (corporations, universities, non-profits, as well as the national labs) to innovate advanced technologies that lead to reduced primary energy consumption in buildings. In prior years, the BENEFIT FOA consisted of two sections (Innovations: early-stage; Frontiers: later-stage, roadmap-driven) to complement the core funding provided by the program ([1], [2], [3], below). This FOA consists of four topic areas within these two sections (e.g., “Innovations” and “Frontiers”), as well as a new third “Scale-up” section for pre-commercial prototype development. Two targeted “Frontiers” topics are focused on Advanced HVAC&R and Miscellaneous Electric Loads (MELs), and two open topics are focused on early-stage R&D applications (“Innovations”) and pre-commercial prototype development and scale-up (“Scale-up”), respectively. This pursuit of early-stage (Innovations), as well as later-stage (Scale-up) investments in the open topics will provide balance to the BTO R&D portfolio and targeted technology topic and program areas. [1] DE-FOA-0001383: Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2016, https://eere-exchange.energy.gov [2] DE-FOA-0001166: Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2015, https://eere-exchange.energy.gov [3] DE-FOA-0001027: Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2014, https://eere-exchange.energy.gov For questions and answers pertaining to this FOA, please reference the DE-FOA-0001632 BENEFIT 2017 FAQ Log in FOA Documents.
  • Early Career Awards: Using a Total Environment Framework (Built, Natural, Social Environments) to Assess Life-long Health Effects of Chemical Exposures

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), through its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, seeks applications for research on how pollution affects human health in the context of the total environment – built, natural, and social environments interacting together with inherent characteristics and interactions. Proposed research should develop and test innovative models or impact assessment approaches to examine causal relationships of chemical pollutants and health effects with modifying interactions among the variables representing all of the major stressors and factors involved in a person’s life. Proposals that integrate a diverse field of disciplines (social science, economics, epidemiology, engineering, environmental science, biology, statistics, toxicology, chemistry, etc.) to address the complexity of the total environment research problem are highly recommended. Proposal due date: 2 Mar 2017