Petascale Computing Resource Allocations (PRAC) (NSF 17-542)

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline:

November 06, 2017

Summary:

 This solicitation seeks proposals to make use of Blue Waters for breakthrough research in any domain supported by the National Science Foundation or any other federal agency. Blue Waters constitutes the largest NSF-funded system and staff dedicated to supporting a small number of projects at the frontiers of computational science.

In 2013, a new NSF-funded petascale computing system, Blue Waters, was deployed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The goal of this project and system is to open up new possibilities in science and engineering by providing computational capability that makes it possible for investigators to tackle much larger and more complex research challenges across a wide spectrum of domains. The purpose of this solicitation is to invite research groups to submit requests for allocations of resources on the Blue Waters system. Proposers must show compelling science or engineering challenges that require petascale computing resources. Proposers must also be prepared to demonstrate that they have science or engineering research problems that require and can effectively exploit the petascale computing capabilities offered by Blue Waters. Proposals from or including junior researchers are encouraged, as one of the goals of this solicitation is to build a community capable of using petascale computing.

Eligibility:

 N/A

Available Funding:

 12 to 15 up to $15,000 for each award, pending availability of funds.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17542/nsf17542.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program (NSF 17-541)

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline:

August 29, 2017. (Last Tuesday in August, Annually Thereafter)

Summary:

The National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science (including engineering and computer science) teachers. The program invites creative and innovative proposals that address the critical need for recruiting and preparing highly effective elementary and secondary science and mathematics teachers in high-need local educational agencies.

The program offers four tracks:

  1. The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarships and Stipends Track,
  2. The NSF Teaching Fellowships Track,
  3. The NSFMaster Teaching Fellowships Track,
    • In addition, Capacity Building proposals are accepted from proposers intending to develop a future Track 1, 2, or 3 proposal.
  4. Noyce Research Track.

Please see Section 3. Project Description of the RFP for additional details on each Track.

Eligibility:

The PI/Co-PI team must include at least one faculty member from a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics department in an institution of higher education and at least one education faculty member in an institution of higher education.

Available Funding:

Estimated Number of Awards: 55 to 70 including 29 – 31 Track 1: Scholarships & Stipends; 4 – 6 Track 2: Teaching Fellowships; 10 – 12 Track 3: Master Teaching Fellowships; 9 – 14 Capacity Building; and 3 – 7 Track 4: Noyce Research.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $58,000,000 annually for new Noyce awards, subject to the availability of funds.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17541/nsf17541.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click#elig

Antarctic Artists and Writers Program (AAW) NSF 16-542

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation

Deadline:

June 1st, Annually

Summary:

The Antarctic Artists and Writers Program furnishes U.S. Antarctic Program operational support, and round-trip economy air tickets between the United States and the Southern Hemisphere, to artists and writers whose work requires them to be in the Antarctic to complete their proposed project. The Program does not provide any funding to participants, including for such items as salaries, materials, completion of the envisioned works, or any other purpose.

U.S. Antarctic Program infrastructure consists of three year-round stations and numerous austral-summer research camps in Antarctica, research ships in the Southern Ocean, and surface and air transportation. These assets support the projects undertaken by the artists and writers.

The main purpose of the U.S. Antarctic Program is scientific research and education. The Antarctic Artists and Writers Program supports writing and artistic projects specifically designed to increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of the Antarctic and human endeavors on the southernmost continent. Priority will be given to projects that focus on interpreting and representing the scientific activities being conducted in and/or about the unique Antarctic region. Resulting projects must target audiences in the U.S. and be distributed/exhibited in the U.S.

The program does not support site installations or performances in Antarctica.

The program also does not support short-term projects that are essentially journalistic in nature. See Section IX (Other NSF Programs).

Potential proposers are encouraged to contact the Program Officer prior to submitting a proposal. Note: if the Polar Program determines, prior to the panel review, that the logistic needs for a project cannot be met in the upcoming field season, the proposal will be Returned Without Review.

 Eligibility:

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: 1

Available Funding:

Estimated Number of Awards: 2 to 4

Anticipated Funding Amount: $0; Travel and field support only; refer to the text for additional information.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16542/nsf16542.htm

NYU Whitehead Fellowships for Junior Faculty

Sponsor:

New York University

Deadline:

Letter of Intent:  April 26, 2017

Application: June 1, 2017

Summary:

The New York University Whitehead Fellowships assist faculty in the early years of their independent research careers to conduct focused research projects in the biomedical and biological sciences and enhance their ability to compete successfully for external funds.

Eligibility:

The competition is open to applicants from all New York University units with faculty working in the biomedical sciences. At the time of application, applicants must be full-time, tenure track, nontenured faculty within five years of their first tenure track faculty appointment, including appointments at other institutions. Previous recipients of Whitehead Fellowships are ineligible to compete.

Available Funding:

Two grants will be awarded in 2017. Awards will be in an amount up to $30,000 for a one-year project period beginning September 1, 2017.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.nyu.edu/content/dam/nyu/provost/documents/Research/2017_Whitehead_Fellowship.pdf

William T. Grant Scholars Program (Limited Competition)

Sponsor:

William T. Grant Foundation

Deadline:

NYU Internal Selection Process: May 22, 2017

  • NYU Schools can initiate their own internal competition to select one nominee.  Please refer to the RFP below for the Selection Criteria (on page 12) to assist you in choosing your nominee.  Once a candidate has been identified, please inform Farooq Niazi (farooq.niazi@nyu.edu) in writing so he may assist in obtaining a letter from the Office of Sponsored Programs confirming that the applicant represents distinct school of the institution.

Application to the Foundation:  3:00 p.m. EST on July 6, 2017

Summary:

The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand junior researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas. We recognize that early-career researchers are rarely given incentives or support to take such risks, so this award includes a mentoring component, as well as an emphasis on community and collaboration.

Eligibility:

Only ONE candidate may be nominated from a major division (e.g., College of Arts and Sciences, Medical School) of the institution. Applicants must be nominated by their institutions.

  • Applicants must have received their terminal degree within seven years of submitting their application. This is calculated by adding seven years to the date the doctoral degree was conferred. In medicine, the seven-year maximum is dated from the completion of the first residency.
  • Applicants must hold a tenure-track position.
  • Applicants outside the United States are eligible. As with U.S. applicants, they must pursue research that has compelling policy or practice implications for youth in the United States.
  • Applicants of any discipline are eligible.

Available Funding:

Award recipients are designated as William T. Grant Scholars. Each year, four to six Scholars are selected and each receives up to $350,000, distributed over five years. Awards begin July 1.  The award must not replace the institution’s current support of the applicant’s research. Awards will be announced in March 2018.

Link to Full RFP: 

http://wtgrantfoundation.org/library/uploads/2017/03/2017-Scholars-Program-Application-Guide.pdf

Navy and Marine Corps STEM Outreach and Workforce Program N00014-17-S-F002

Sponsor:

The Office of Naval Research (ONR)

Deadline:

White paper pre-proposals will be considered from May 1, 2017 to August 31, 2017.

Announcement will remain open until December 31, 2017.

Summary:

 The ONR seeks a broad range of proposals for augmenting existing or developing innovative solutions that directly maintain, or cultivate a diverse, world-class STEM workforce in order to maintain the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps’ technological superiority. The goal of any proposed effort must provide solutions that will establish and maintain pathways of diverse U.S. citizens who are interested in uniformed or civilian DoN (or Navy and Marine Corps) STEM workforce opportunities.

As the capacity of the DoN Science and Technology (S&T) workforce is interconnected with the basic research enterprise and STEM education system, ONR recognizes the necessity to support efforts that can jointly improve STEM student outcomes and align with Naval S&T current and future workforce needs. This announcement explicitly encourages projects that improve the capacity of education systems and communities to create impactful STEM educational experiences for students including active learning approaches and incorporating 21st century skills. Projects must aim to increase student engagement in STEM and persistence of students in STEM degrees, while improving student technical capacity. ONR encourages proposals to utilize current STEM educational research for informing project design and advancing our understanding of how and why students choose STEM careers and opportunities of naval relevance.

While this announcement is relevant for any stage of the STEM educational system, funding efforts will be targeted primarily toward the future and current DoN (naval) STEM workforce in High School, all categories of Post-Secondary institutions, the STEM research enterprise, and efforts that enhance the current naval STEM workforce and its mission readiness.

Eligibility:

All responsible sources from academia, the nonprofit sector, and industry may submit proposals under this FOA.

University Affiliated Research Centers (UARC) are eligible to submit proposals under this FOA unless precluded from doing so by their Department of Defense UARC contract.

Available Funding:

The period of performance of the awards will typically range from twelve (12) months to thirty-six (36) months. ONR typically funds individual awards up to $250,000 per year. Cost proposals for larger amounts will be considered on a case by case basis. The ONR plans to make multiple awards under this FOA.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.onr.navy.mil/-/media/Files/Funding-Announcements/BAA/2017/N00014-17-S-F002.ashx (link will download PDF of BAA to your device)

Defense Sciences DARPA-BAA-16-46

Sponsor:

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO)

Deadline:

Executive Summaries due by 4 PM EST, May 2, 2017

Abstracts due by 4 PM EST, May 23, 2017

Full Proposals due by 4 PM EST, June 22, 2017

Summary:

DSO invites proposers to submit innovative basic or applied research concepts in one or more of the following technical areas: Mathematics, Modeling and Design; Physical Systems; Human-Machine Systems; and Social Systems. Each of these areas is described below and the RFP includes a list of example research topics that highlight several (but not all) potential areas of interest. Proposals must investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances. DSO is explicitly not interested in approaches or technologies that primarily result in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.

Mathematics, Modeling, and Design: Development and implementation of advanced mathematics and modeling tools for applications of interest to U.S. national security.

Physical Systems: Leading-edge experimental and/or theoretical research that advances our understanding and capabilities for U.S. national security in the physical sciences.

Human-Machine Systems: Research to analyze, understand, and optimize humanmachine/human-technology systems and system dynamics across a variety of application areas important for U.S. national security (e.g., materials, part and platform manufacturing, defense systems, human innovation systems, and collaborative military systems).

Social Systems: New methods, tools, and approaches to explore and better understand human social systems and dynamics in a national security context.

Eligibility:

All responsible sources capable of satisfying the Government’s needs may submit a proposal that shall be considered by DARPA.

Without prior approval or a waiver from the DARPA Director, in accordance with FAR 9.503, a contractor cannot simultaneously provide scientific, engineering, technical assistance (SETA) or similar support and also be a technical performer.

Available Funding:

Multiple awards are anticipated. The level of funding for individual awards made under this solicitation has not been predetermined and will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=028fd5d5bf74f32be40d0528a3b0e5ba&tab=core&_cview=0

Biological Technologies DARPA-BAA-16-33

Sponsor:

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Biological Technologies Office (BTO)

Deadline:

Proposal Abstracts and Full Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until April 28, 2017, 4 PM Eastern Standard Time

Summary:

Proposed research should investigate leading edge approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, technologies, or systems at the intersection of biology with engineering and the physical and computer sciences. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of the art. BTO seeks unconventional approaches that are outside the mainstream, challenge assumptions, and have the potential to radically change established practice, lead to extraordinary outcomes, and create entirely new fields.

BTO is interested in submissions related to the following areas:

  • Discovering and leveraging novel findings from neuroscience, psychology, cognitive science, and related disciplines to advance treatment and resilience in neurological health and optimize human aptitude and performance.
  • Understanding and improving interfaces between the biological and physical world to enable seamless hybrid systems.
  • Developing and leveraging fundamental understanding of the underlying design rules that govern biological system behavior.
  • Developing new tools and capabilities for forward engineering of biological systems (cells, tissues, organs, organisms, and complex communities) to both develop new products and functional systems as well as to gain new insights into underlying mechanisms.
  • Developing and validating new theories and computational models that identify factors and principles underlying collective and interactive behaviors of biological organisms at all scales from individual cells to global ecosystems.
  • Understanding the dynamics of population and ecosystem behavior in order to preserve equilibrium, provide strategic opportunity, or avoid catastrophe.
  • Developing and leveraging new technologies that can be applied to agricultural ecosystems for production stabilization by improving quality or reducing losses from pathogens or pests
  • Developing and leveraging new insights into non-human biology across and between populations of microbes, insects, plants, marine life, and other non-human biologic entities.
  • Developing new technologies and approaches that ensure biosafety, biosecurity, and protection of the bioeconomy.
  • Understanding emerging threats to global food and water supplies and developing countermeasures that can be implemented on a global scale.
  • Developing new technologies to treat, prevent, and predict the emergent and spread of infectious diseases that have the potential to cause significant health, economic, and social burden.
  • Other biological technology topic areas that fit the scope of BTO’s mission.

Eligibility:

All responsible sources capable of satisfying the Government’s needs may submit a proposal that shall be considered by DARPA.

Without prior approval or a waiver from the DARPA Director, in accordance with FAR 9.503, a contractor cannot simultaneously provide scientific, engineering, technical assistance (SETA) or similar support and also be a technical performer.

Available Funding:

Multiple awards are anticipated. The amount of resources made available under this BAA will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.fbo.gov/utils/view?id=7fa72d5d73273928da1ace52601315bc (link will download PDF of BAA to your device)

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SSE, SSI, S2I2) Software Elements, Frameworks and Institute Conceptualizations- NSF 17-526

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation

Deadline:

April 11, 2017

S2I2 Conceptualization Proposals

September 19, 2017

SSI Proposals

Summary:

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2) is a bold and long-term investment that maintains a sustained focus on realizing the Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21, https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf10015), which envisions a highly reusable and interoperable cyberinfrastructure architecture that integrates large-scale computing, high-speed networks, massive data archives, instruments and major facilities, observatories, experiments, and embedded sensors and actuators, across the nation and the world, to help make great strides towards revolutionizing virtually every science and engineering discipline.

The SIprogram focuses on supporting robust, reliable and sustainable software that will support and advance sustained scientific innovation and discovery. Thus, proposals are strongly encouraged to describe their approach to quality software development through a defined software engineering process that includes software testing, the appropriate use of analysis tools and capabilities such as those made available through the Software Assurance Marketplace (SWAMP, https://continuousassurance.org/), and collaborations with resources such as Software Carpentry (http://software-carpentry.org/) and the Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyberinfrastructure (CTSC, http://trustedci.org/), in order to gain access to expertise where needed, such as in software design and engineering, as well as in cybersecurity.

Scientific Software Integration (SSI)SSI awards target larger, interdisciplinary teams organized around the development and application of common software infrastructure aimed at solving common research problems faced by NSF researchers in one or more areas of science and engineering. SSI awards will result in a sustainable community software framework serving a diverse community or communities.

Scientific Software Innovation Institutes (S2I2): S2I2 awards are intended to establish long-term hubs of excellence in software infrastructure and technologies, which will serve a research community of substantial size and disciplinary breadth. S2I2 includes two subclasses of awards: Conceptualization Awards, which are planning awards aimed at organizing an interdisciplinary community and understanding their software requirements and challenges; and ImplementationAwards, which will be made to implement community activities that support software infrastructure, for example, such as those developed by the conceptualization awards. Only Conceptualization proposals will be accepted for this solicitation cycle. However, successful Conceptualization proposals must reflect the quality, commitment, and planning that will be needed to lead to full Implementation awards. Conceptualization proposals submitted to NSF in response to this solicitation must exhibit clear relevance to the overall SI2 program and should be responsive to this solicitation and its review criteria. Proposals that are not relevant or not responsive to the solicitation will not be considered for funding and will be returned without review. Conceptualization proposals must also be in areas not covered by current Conceptualization and Implementation awards. For a list of awards, see Implementation of NSF Software Vision (https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504817).

Eligibility:

An individual may participate as PI, co-PI or other Senior Personnel in at most one full proposal in the pair of SSE and SSI competitions that occurs in a given calendar year. Thus, an individual may not participate on more than one SSE or SSI proposal, or on an SSI proposal that follows an SSE proposal on which the individual is participating. Any individual whose biographical sketch is provided as part of the proposal will be considered as Senior Personnel in the proposed activity, with or without financial support from the project. In the event that an individual exceeds this limit, any proposal submitted to this solicitation with this individual listed as PI, co-PI, or Senior Personnel after the first proposal is received at NSF will be returned without review.

Available Funding:

Estimated Number of Awards: 23

The number of SSE and SSI awards will be determined by separate review processes and will be based on quality of proposals, availability of funds, and responsiveness to priorities of the participating directorates/divisions. Up to 10 SSE awards, 12 SSI awards and 3 S2I2 Conceptualization are estimated, subject to the availability of funds.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $17,500,000

 Link to Full RFP:

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17531/nsf17531.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

STEM + Computing Partnerships (STEM+C) – NSF 17-535

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation

Deadline:

March 29, 2017

Summary:

As computing has become an integral part of the practice of modern science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the STEM + Computing Partnerships program seeks to address the urgent need to prepare students from the early grades through high school in the essential skills, competencies, and dispositions needed to succeed in a computationally-dependent world. Thus, STEM+C advances the integration of computational thinking and computing activities in early childhood education through high school (pre-K-12) to provide a strong and developmental foundation in computing and computational thinking through the integration of computing in STEM teaching and learning, and/or the applied integration of STEM content in pre-K-12 computer science education.

Eligibility:

The categories of proposers eligible to submit proposals to the National Science Foundation are identified in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), Chapter I.E.

Available Funding:

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 25 to 35

Anticipated Funding Amount: $49,895,000

Estimated program budget, number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17535/nsf17535.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click