100&Change

Sponsor:

The MacArthur Foundation

Deadline:

Must register on the 100&Change website by September 2, 2016

Proposals due by October 3, 2016

Summary:

A new competition launched today will award a $100 million grant to a single proposal designed to help solve a critical problem affecting people, places, or the planet. The Foundation’s competition, called 100&Change, is open to organizations working in any field of endeavor anywhere. Applicants must identify both the problem they are trying to solve, as well as their proposed solution. Competitive proposals will be meaningful, verifiable, durable, and feasible.

“Solving society’s most pressing problems isn’t easy, but we believe it can be done,” said MacArthur President Julia Stasch. “Potential solutions may go unnoticed or under resourced and are waiting to be brought to scale. Every three years, we plan to award $100 million to help make one of these solutions a reality. Through 100&Change, we want to inspire, encourage, and support other people’s ideas, here in our hometown Chicago, across the nation and around the world, about how to address major challenges and enable real progress toward a solution.”

The selection process for 100&Change is rigorous, fair, and transparent. Each valid proposal will be reviewed by a panel of expert judges from a variety of fields, and evaluated according to a strict set of criteria designed to favor proposals that maximize measurable impact in their chosen areas. Participants will receive feedback on their proposals from the judges.

“We believe that 100&Change can have a ripple effect beyond what a single $100 million grant enables,” said Cecilia Conrad, MacArthur’s Managing Director leading the competition. “Setting audacious goals is inspiring. Clear evidence of impact can encourage other funders to invest in solvable problems more broadly, and applicants who do not receive the $100 million grant will still receive valuable feedback on and attention to their ideas.”

Eligibility:

The Competition Sponsor welcomes Applications from eligible organizations or entities that have a recognized legal existence and structure under applicable law (State, Federal, or Country) and that are in good standing in the jurisdiction under which they are organized. The following types of organizations are eligible:

  • An organization under section 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) or (2) of the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) that has received a tax determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”).
  • A private foundation under section 501(c)(3) of the IRC that has received a tax determination letter from the IRS.
  • A for-profit corporation organized under the laws of a State in the United States.
  • A benefit corporation, flexible purpose organization, or similar “hybrid” organization organized under the laws of a State in the United States.
  • A limited liability company or partnership organized under the laws of a State in the United States.
  • An organization organized under the laws of a foreign jurisdiction which has received a tax determination letter from the IRS or has been determined to be the equivalent of a section 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) or (2) organization by NGO Source or the MacArthur Foundation for which an equivalency determination has not expired.
  • An entity that is recognized under the law of the applicable jurisdiction as a non-governmental organization, an educational organization, a charitable organization, a social welfare organization, a not-for-profit organization, or similar-type entity that is not a for-profit organization or government agency.
  • A for-profit entity organized and in good standing under the laws of the local jurisdiction in which it operates.

Available Funding:

$100 million

Number of Awards: 1

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.100andchange.org/

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program

Sponsor:

Department of Energy

Deadline:

Applications are due 5:00pm ET on Wednesday May 11, 2016.

Summary:

The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.

Eligibility:

The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories.

Available Funding:

The Office of Science expects to make approximately 50 awards in 2016 Solicitation 1, for project periods beginning anytime between November 1, 2016 and February 28, 2017.

The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory during the award period.

Link to Full RFP:

http://science.energy.gov/wdts/scgsr/how-to-apply/

Energy-Efficient Computing: from Devices to Architectures (E2CDA): A Joint Initiative between NSF and SRC- NSF 16-526

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation

Deadline:

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time):

March 28, 2016

Summary:

There is a consensus across the many industries touched by our ubiquitous computing infrastructure that future performance improvements across the board are now severely limited by the amount of energy it takes to manipulate, store, and critically, transport data. While the limits and tradeoffs for this performance-energy crisis vary across the full range of application platforms, they have all reached a point at which evolutionary approaches to addressing this challenge are no longer adequate.

Truly disruptive breakthroughs are now required, and not just from any one segment of the technology stack. Rather, due to the complexity of the challenges, revolutionary new approaches are needed at each level in the hierarchy. Furthermore, simultaneous co-optimization across all levels is essential for the creation of new, sustainable computing platforms.

These simultaneous technical and organizational challenges have never been as complex or as critically important as they are now. The urgency of solving the multi-disciplinary technical challenges will require new methods of collaboration and organization among researchers.

Therefore, a comprehensive and collaborative approach must be undertaken to maximize the potential for successfully identifying and implementing revolutionary solutions to break through the bottleneck of energy-constrained computational performance. Programmers, system architects, circuit designers, chip processing engineers, material scientists, and computational chemists must all explore these new paths together to co-design an optimal solution path.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) recognize this need, and agree to embark on a new collaborative research program to support compelling research that is of paramount importance to industry, academia and society at large. This partnership will specifically support new research to minimize the energy impacts of processing, storing, and moving data within future computing systems, and will be synergistic with other research activities that address other aspects of this overarching energy-constrained computing performance challenge.

The jointly supported research effort aligns with interagency initiatives and priorities, including the National Strategic Computing Initiative and the Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenge for Future Computing.

Eligibility:

An investigator may participate as PI or co-PI on no more than one proposal submitted in response to this solicitation.

Available Funding:

The total amount of funds anticipated for this solicitation is up to $4,000,000 per year subject to the availability of funds. It is anticipated that approximately 2-4 multidisciplinary collaborative (Type I) projects, each ranging from $800,000 to $1,600,000 per year for three 3 years, and 2-4 individual or small (Type II) projects, each ranging from $100,000 to $200,000 per year for 1 to 3 years, will be supported.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16526/nsf16526.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

DoD USAMRMC FY16 Broad Agency Announcement for Extramural Medical Research – W81XWH-16-R-BAA1

Sponsor:

Department of Defense

Deadline:

Pre-Applications are required, and may be submitted at any time between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016.

Applications are due by September 30, 2016 at 11:59 PM Eastern.

Summary:

The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s (USAMRMC) mission is to provide solutions to medical problems of importance to the American Service member at home and abroad, as well as to the general public at large. The scope of this effort and the priorities attached to specific projects are influenced by changes in military and civilian medical science and technology, operational requirements, military threat assessments, and national defense strategies. The extramural research and development programs play a vital role in the fulfillment of the objectives established by the USAMRMC. General information on USAMRMC can be obtained at https://mrmc.detrick.army.mil/.

This Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is intended to solicit extramural research and development ideas and is issued under the provisions of the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984 (Public Law 98-369), as implemented in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 6.102(d)(2) and 35.016. In accordance with FAR 35.016, projects funded under this BAA must be for basic and applied research and that part of development not related to the development of a specific system or hardware procurement.

Projects must be for scientific study and experimentation directed toward advancing the state-of-the-art or increasing knowledge or understanding rather than focusing on a specific system or hardware solution. Research and development funded through this BAA is intended and expected to benefit and inform both military and civilian medical practice and knowledge. This BAA provides a general description of USAMRMC’s research and development programs, including research areas of interest, evaluation and selection criteria, pre-proposal/pre-application and full proposal/application preparation instructions, and general administrative information.

Specific submission information and additional administrative requirements can be found in the document titled “General Submission Instructions” available in Grants.gov along with this BAA. Submission of a pre-proposal/pre-application is required and must be submitted through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) (https://eBRAP.org/). Pre-proposals/pre-applications may be submitted at any time throughout the 12-month period. If the USAMRMC is interested in receiving a full proposal/application, the PI will be sent an invitation to submit via eBRAP. A full proposal/application must be submitted through Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov/).

Eligibility:

Awards are made to organizations only. Organizations eligible to apply include national, international, for-profit, non-profit, public, and private organizations.

Eligible investigators include all individuals, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, or citizenship status, who are employed by, or affiliated with, an eligible organization

Available Funding:

A specific amount of funding has NOT been set aside for this BAA, and the number of awards is indeterminate and contingent upon funding availability

There are no specified funding limitations identified for a proposal/application submitted under this BAA, except for the “Applied Innovation in Military Medicine (AIMM) Funding” area of interest. A budget should be commensurate with the nature and complexity of the proposed research.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=12.4203Enter%20Keyword…

ROSES 2015: Early Career Fellowship Program – NNH15ZDA001N-ECF

Sponsor:

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Deadline:

Applications are due March 31, 2016

Summary:

This National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Research Announcement (NRA), entitled Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES)–2015, solicits basic and applied research in support of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD). ROSES is an omnibus with many individual program elements, each with its own due dates and topics and all together these cover all aspects of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences, including, but not limited to: theory, modeling, and analysis of SMD science data; aircraft, scientific balloon, sounding rocket, International Space Station (ISS), CubeSat and suborbital reusable launch vehicle investigations; development of experiment techniques suitable for future SMD space missions; development of concepts for future SMD space missions; development of advanced technologies relevant to SMD missions; development of techniques for and the laboratory analysis of both extraterrestrial samples returned by spacecraft, as well as terrestrial samples that support or otherwise help verify observations from SMD Earth system science missions; determination of atomic and composition parameters needed to analyze space data, as well as returned samples from the Earth or space; Earth surface observations and field campaigns that support SMD science missions; development of integrated Earth system models; development of systems for applying Earth science research data to societal needs; and development of applied information systems applicable to SMD objectives and data.

The purpose of the Early Career Fellowships (ECF) program is to support the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and to stimulate research careers in the areas supported by the Planetary Sciences Division. This Program is based on the idea that supporting key individuals is a critical mechanism for achieving high impact science that will lead the field forward with new concepts, technologies, methods, and more. Applicants requesting consideration for ECF may include an additional page to their Curriculum Vitae to provide information that can be used by reviewers to evaluate the PI’s future research contributions and the potential for leadership within the scientific community.

Eligibility:

To be eligible to apply for an ECF one must have received their Ph.D. (or equivalent degree such as D.Phil) within seven calendar years of the year of the submission of the research proposal.

To be eligible to be named an Early Career Fellow, an individual may not already be in either a “permanent” or a “permanent track” position at the time of submission of their ECF application.

Available Funding:

Awards range from under $100K per year for focused, limited efforts (e.g., data analysis) to more than $1M per year for extensive activities (e.g., development of science experiment hardware).

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=280205

Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation 2016 (EFRI-2016) – NSF 16-502

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation

Deadline:

Letter of Intent Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time):

November 09, 2015

Preliminary Proposal Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time):

January 14, 2016

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time):

April 08, 2016

Summary:

The Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) program of the NSF Directorate for Engineering (ENG) serves a critical role in helping ENG focus on important emerging areas in a timely manner. This solicitation is a funding opportunity for interdisciplinary teams of researchers to embark on rapidly advancing frontiers of fundamental engineering research. For this solicitation, we will consider proposals that aim to investigate emerging frontiers in the following two research areas:

  • Advancing Communication Quantum Information Research in Engineering (ACQUIRE)
  • New Light and Acoustic Wave Propagation: Breaking Reciprocity and Time-Reversal Symmetry (NewLAW)

This solicitation will be coordinated with the Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS) and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), within NSF.

EFRI seeks proposals with transformative ideas that represent an opportunity for a significant shift in fundamental engineering knowledge with a strong potential for long term impact on national needs or a grand challenge. The proposals must also meet the detailed requirements delineated in this solicitation.

Eligibility:

Who May Submit Proposals:

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

  • Universities and Colleges – Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the US acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations also are referred to as academic institutions.

Who May Serve as PI:

The lead Principal Investigator (PI) must be at the faculty level as determined by the submitting organization. A minimum of one PI and two co-PIs must participate.

Available Funding:

Estimated Number of Awards: 13 four-year awards

Anticipated Funding Amount: $26,000,000 pending availability of funds

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16502/nsf16502.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Collaborative Research Travel Grants

Sponsor:

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Deadline:

Application Deadline: February 1, 2016 by 4:00 PM Eastern

Summary:

The Collaborative Research Travel Grant (CRTG) program provides up to $15,000 in support for relatively unrestricted travel funds to academic scientists and trainees (postdocs or fellows) at U.S. or Canadian degree-granting institutions.  Grants must be used for domestic or international travel to another lab to learn new research techniques or begin or continue a collaboration to address biomedical questions.  Special consideration will be given to applicants who have doctorate level training in the physical, mathematical, or engineering sciences and are working on biomedical problems.

Before beginning the application, verify that you meet and comply with the eligibility requirements and grant restrictions below, and agree to the Terms of Grant.  Use the links in the box to the right to navigate through the program information.   Step-by-step instructions on the Submission Process page will walk you through the steps to complete an application on the grant submission website.  FAQs will provide clarification of the guidelines.

Eligibility:

  • Only faculty or postdoctoral fellows at U.S. or Canadian degree-granting institutions are eligible.
  • Grants must be made to U.S. or Canadian degree-granting institutions only.
  • Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canada.
  • Only proposals addressing questions in the biomedical sciences will be accepted.
  • Previous travel grant recipients are not eligible.
  • If you are currently affiliated with BWF, please contact BWF staff to determine eligibility.
  • Researchers at federal labs are not eligible.
  • Grants cannot be used for travel to conferences/meeting/ courses, to cover salary support, or to purchase equipment.  However, grants may be used for laboratory consumables.

Available Funding:

Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.bwfund.org/grant-programs/biomedical-sciences/collaborative-research-travel-grants

TREC Mentoring Development Unit/Innovation Grants Program

Sponsor:

NYU Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Deadline:

Letters of Intent are due by February 12, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Full Proposals are due by March 18, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Summary:

Effective mentoring is critical to success in academic medicine generally and clinical translational science specifically. The Mentoring Development Unit, now in its 6th year, has trained over 40 interdisciplinary, mid-level researchers through its Mentor Development Program (MDP), an intensive 16 hour long course which focuses on building the individual skills of mentors (e.g. self-awareness, active listening, time and project management, facilitating and coaching writing and using contracts) and their knowledge basis (e.g. leadership theories, stereotype threat and diversity issues) to ensure successful mentoring of others. We are dedicated to supporting, enhancing, and promoting both clinical translational research success and the career development of our researchers by establishing a culture that optimizes the relationship between mentors and their trainees. One of our current goals is to expand the impact of the MDP by supporting members of the CTSI community to pilot their own mentorship development programs that will meet the needs of their own research teams and be embedded in the research groups represented.

In support of this goal, we are pleased to announce that we will be providing funding for one project focused on developing mentoring training and are requesting Letters of Intent (LOIs).

Eligibility:

Faculty from any Unit or School in the University, or with appointments at CTSI-affiliated NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation institutions, are eligible to apply.

Available Funding:

Proposals will be accepted up to a maximum of $10,000 and one year in duration.

Link to Full RFP:

CTSI MDP Grants_Announcement_FINAL

Science of Learning: Collaborative Networks (SL-CN) – NSF 16-528

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation

Deadline:

Letter of Intent – Required (due by 5:00 PM proposer’s local time): March 1, 2016

Full Proposal Deadline (due by 5:00 PM proposer’s local time): April 4, 2016

Summary:

The goals of the Science of Learning (SL) Program are to: advance fundamental knowledge about learning through integrative research; connect the research to specific scientific, technological, educational, and workforce challenges; and enable research communities to capitalize on new opportunities and discoveries. The program supports projects that emphasize consilience of knowledge, adopting diverse disciplinary approaches to shared research questions. The program seeks to develop robust and integrated accounts of contexts, mechanisms, and effective strategies of learning.

This solicitation invites proposals for the creation of new research networks to address important integrative questions in the science of learning. Each network must identify an integrative research goal involving convergence of evidence from the diverse disciplinary approaches represented by participants in the network. The proposed research must substantially advance understanding of learning in more than a single discipline. Networks may focus on advancing basic research through experiments and theory, as well as translating findings from basic research on learning to applications in order to benefit society and further inform fundamental theories of learning. This solicitation is for proposals that do not fit into existing NSF programs, by virtue of the emphasis on interdisciplinarity in service of knowledge consilience and integration.

Each network is expected to engage in both of the following activities:

  • Partnership-building activities among the network participants to optimize scientific exchange for the co-design and execution of network goals; and
  • Collaborative, integrative research to be conducted by the network participants. Integrative research must address questions of genuine significance across multiple disciplines, or multiples levels of analysis.

Eligibility:

Who May Submit Proposals:

The categories of proposers eligible to submit proposals to the National Science Foundation are identified in the Grant Proposal Guide, Chapter I, Section E.

Who May Serve as PI:

There are no restrictions or limits.

Available Funding:

Estimated Number of Awards: 13

Anticipated Funding Amount: $9,750,000

Maximum Award Size: $750,000 total costs over the full duration of the project

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16528/nsf16528.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Petascale Computing Resource Allocations (PRAC) – NSF 16-529

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation

Deadline:

Full Proposal Deadlines (due by 5:00 PM proposer’s local time):

April 4, 2016

November 9, 2016

Summary:

In recent decades, the development of powerful computing and data resources has been driven, in part, by the need to solve challenging questions in science and engineering with significant impacts on knowledge about the natural world, on industrial competitiveness, and on national security. At the same time, as researchers in more and more areas of science and engineering have developed techniques for using computation to advance their grand challenges, there has been a steady expansion in the breadth of the research frontiers at which large-scale computation with increasingly large amounts of data has become an essential tool. These frontiers include materials science, nano-engineering, fluid dynamics, climate and earth system dynamics, cosmology and astrophysics, chemistry and biochemistry, sustainability, health information technologies, cybersecurity, economics and social science, neuroinformatics and bioinformatics, as well as many different topics within physics, engineering, and increasingly in cross-disciplinary sciences.

In 2013, researchers began to access Blue Waters which is deployed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and funded by NSF. Blue Waters is an extremely powerful heterogenous computing and storage system capable of delivering sustained performance in excess of one petaflop/s on a broad range of calculation types. It is designed to complement existing NSF-funded resources and services including providing larger allocations than is typical for other NSF-supported resources. An allocation is accompanied by dedicated application and system expertise from the Blue Waters project.

Because of the expense of acquiring and operating Blue Waters, allocation of time on this resource represents a considerable investment by NSF. The purpose of this solicitation is to solicit requests for resource allocations on the Blue Waters system so that these requests can be reviewed by the scientific community in a timely fashion and research groups can have sufficient time to prepare for optimal use of the Blue Waters system. Successful proposals will receive allocations to access Blue Waters to support the research that they have planned, along with limited travel funds to support technical coordination with the Blue Waters project team and with other research teams with allocations on Blue Waters. Note that, this program does not provide funds for the research itself or for the development of models or analysis tools.

The purpose of this solicitation is to identify groups that require petascale computing for groundbreaking science or engineering research, that have a need for the unique resource that Blue Waters represents, and that are able to use Blue Waters effectively. In particular, proposals are encouraged that broaden the areas of scientific research that are actively being conducted using Blue Waters – see https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/science-teams for details. Because of the intrinsic value of the Blue Waters resource a research group will only be granted significant access to the production system after its request for a resource allocation has been successful in a competitive merit review managed by NSF. Successful proposers to this solicitation will be granted an allocation of Blue Waters resources together with a small amount of funds to cover travel costs. The Blue Waters project team will offer consulting support and assistance to each project team that is granted access through this solicitation. This consulting support includes assistance in performance analysis and prediction.

Eligibility:

Who May Submit Proposals:

The categories of proposers eligible to submit proposals to the National Science Foundation are identified in the Grant Proposal Guide, Chapter I, Section E.

Who May Serve as PI:

There are no restrictions or limits.

Available Funding:

Estimated Number of Awards: 12 to 15

Anticipated Funding Amount: $400,000 to $500,000 total annually across all funded projects, pending availability of funds.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16529/nsf16529.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click