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

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

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)

The Eppley Foundation for Research

Sponsor:

The Eppley Foundation for Research

Deadline:

LOIs received on a rolling basis. Must be received by March 15th for June awards and September 15th for December awards.

Full Applications (to be invited) due April and October 15th.

Summary:

The Eppley Foundation for Research was incorporated in 1947 for the purpose of “increasing knowledge in pure or applied science…in chemistry, physics and biology through study, research and publication.”

The Foundation funds projects in biological and physical sciences. Particular areas of interest include innovative medical investigations, endangered species and ecosystems in the U.S. and abroad, and climate change.

The Foundation does not support work in the social sciences, education or computer science, and only rarely funds research into diseases that have considerable financial support available, such as AIDS, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

The Foundation does not fund work that can qualify for funding from conventional sources such as the National Science Foundation or the National Institutes of Health, or similar agencies at the state level.

It is important to the Foundation that the work proposed be novel in its insights and unlikely to be underway elsewhere. The Foundation is prepared to take risks.

Eligibility:

The Eppley Foundation supports advanced, novel, scientific research by PhDs or MDs with an established record of publication in their specialties. Candidates with newly awarded doctorates occasionally, but rarely, meet the Foundation’s requirements for advanced research. Any applicant to the Foundation must be associated with a nonprofit organization with headquarters or a branch office in the US to process the funds. Checks are not issued directly to individuals.

Grants may be awarded for research in foreign countries but only when such applicants are US-based or associated with a US institution that will administer the grant on their behalf. The Foundation rarely considers proposals from foreign nationals studying in the US solely because they are therefore unable to qualify for federal funds.

Available Funding:

 Not specified.

Link to Full RFP:

http://fdnweb.org/eppley/#apply

Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) -NSF 17-537

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation

Deadline:

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

July 19, 2017-   BIO, CISE, EHR

Third Wednesday in July, Annually Thereafter

July 20, 2017- ENG

Third Thursday in July, Annually Thereafter

July 21, 2017-  GEO, MPS, SBE

Third Friday in July, Annually Thereafter

Summary:

CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from early-career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.

Eligibility:

A Principal Investigator (PI) may submit only one CAREER proposal per annual competition. In addition, a Principal Investigator may not participate in more than three CAREER competitions. Proposals that are not reviewed (i.e., are withdrawn before review or are returned without review) do not count toward the three-competition limit.

Available Funding:

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 450 per year

Anticipated Funding Amount: $222,000,000

This annual amount is approximate, includes new and continuing increments, and is subject to availability of funds.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17537/nsf17537.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

2017 SFARI Pilot and Research Awards – Request for Applications (RFA)

Sponsor:

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative

Deadline:

Application Available: September 15, 2016

LOI Deadline: December 9, 2016

LOI Notification: February 15, 2017

Full Proposal: March 22, 2017

Summary:

The mission of the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance.   To this end, we solicit applications for SFARI Awards from individuals who will conduct bold, imaginative, rigorous and relevant research.

Grants awarded through this RFA will fund a broad range of ASD-relevant science. We are seeking applications that are grounded in biology and will complement our grants portfolio, which aims to connect autism etiology to brain function and behavior. We strongly advise applicants to familiarize themselves with the work that SFARI currently supports and to think about how their proposals might complement existing grants.

Considering SFARI’s significant efforts targeted at understanding the genetics of ASD, we encourage applications that propose research to link genetic or other ASD risk factors to a molecular, cellular, circuit and behavioral-level understanding of ASD.

Eligibility:

All applicants and key collaborators must hold a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent degree and have a faculty position or the equivalent at a college, university, medical school or other research facility.

Applications may be submitted by domestic and foreign nonprofit organizations; public and private institutions, such as colleges, universities, hospitals, laboratories, units of state and local government; and eligible agencies of the federal government.

There are no citizenship or country requirements.

Available Funding:

SFARI Pilot Award

Application type for innovative, high-impact proposals requesting support for small-scale projects or early-stage experiments that will build on preliminary data or a prior track record and lead to competitive applications for funding by SFARI or other organizations. Investigators new to the field of autism are encouraged to apply for Pilot Awards.

  • The maximum budget is $150,000, including indirect costs, per year for up to two (2) years.

SFARI Research Award

Application type for competitive proposals from investigators with demonstrated expertise requesting support for compelling, high-impact research on experimental hypotheses for which, in most cases, preliminary data have already been gathered. The foundation will also consider projects focusing on a central hypothesis where success depends on close collaboration between two or more labs.

  • We expect to fund proposals for a maximum of $275,000, including indirect costs, per year for up to three (3) years, but under exceptional circumstances will consider proposals at higher levels. We realize that clinical studies can be costly and will consider clinical and translational proposals with budgets of up to $350,000 per year if justified in the budget. (This grant mechanism is not intended to support large, randomized clinical trials of medications.)

Please note that SSC and Simons VIP biospecimen costs are not included in the maximum budget.

Link to Full RFP:

https://sfari.org/funding/grants/2017-pilot-and-research-awards-request-for-applications?utm_source=SFARI+RFA+Notifications%2FAnnouncements&utm_campaign=0f96697e1e-SFARI__September_Announcement_09_25_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8e52f37818-0f96697e1e-384024706

Parkinson’s Research Program Focused Idea Award-W81XWH-16-PRP-FIA

Sponsor:

Department of Defense

Deadline:

Pre-Application Submission Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (ET), November 9, 2016

Application Submission Deadline: 11:59 p.m. ET, November 30, 2016

Summary:

The PRP (formerly the Neurotoxin Exposure Treatment Parkinson’s Research Program) was initiated in FY97 to provide support for research of exceptional scientific merit leading to an understanding of the cause, prevention, and treatment of the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra that results in Parkinson’s disease. Appropriations for the PRP from FY97 through FY15 totaled $388.75 million (M). The FY16 appropriation is $16M. The PRP challenges the scientific community to develop the most impactful research that will advance the understanding of and ultimately end Parkinson’s disease. The vision of the PRP is to slow the progression of, prevent, and cure Parkinson’s disease in order to lessen personal and societal impact of the disorder.

All applications to the FY16 PRP Focused Idea Award Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity MUST address at least one of the following FY16 PRP Focused Idea Award Focus Areas:

  • Studies of the neurovascular unit (including neurons, glia, the microvasculature, and the blood-brain barrier) in Parkinson’s disease and changes associated with its treatment.
  • Identification and evaluation of mechanisms in early Parkinson’s disease involving olfactory, microbiome, gastrointestinal, and/or autonomic nervous systems.
  • Mechanisms of neuroplasticity and compensation in Parkinson’s disease, such as influences of sleep, exercise, and diet.

The FY16 PRP Focused Idea Award seeks applications from investigators from a spectrum of disciplines including, but not limited to, basic science, engineering, bioinformatics, population science, translational research, and clinical research. The application should demonstrate that the research team’s background is appropriate to successfully achieve the proposed research and contribute to the field of Parkinson’s disease research.

Eligibility:

Independent investigators at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent) are eligible to submit an application.

Cost sharing/matching is not an eligibility requirement.

Eligible investigators must apply through an organization. Organizations eligible to apply include Federal agencies, national, international, for-profit, nonprofit, public, and private organizations. DoD FY16 Parkinson’s Research Program Focused Idea Award 6

An intramural investigator is defined as a DoD military or civilian employee working within a DoD laboratory or medical treatment facility, or working in a DoD activity embedded within a civilian medical center. Submissions from intramural (DoD) organizations are allowed and encouraged for this Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity. Applicants submitting through their intramural organizations are reminded to coordinate receipt and commitment of funds through their respective resource managers. If an investigator at an intramural organization is named as a collaborator on an application submitted through an extramural organization, the application must include a letter from the collaborator’s Commander or Commanding Officer at the intramural organization that authorizes the collaborator’s involvement.

Available Funding:

The maximum period of performance is 3 years.

The anticipated direct costs budgeted for the entire period of performance will not exceed $350,000. Indirect costs are to be budgeted in accordance with the organization’s negotiated rate. No budget will be approved by the Government exceeding $350,000 direct costs or using an indirect rate exceeding the organization’s negotiated rate.

All direct and indirect costs of any subaward (subgrant or subcontract) must be included in the total direct costs of the primary award.

The applicant may request the entire maximum funding amount for a project that may have a period of performance less than the maximum 3 years.

The CDMRP expects to allot approximately $3.36M of the $16M FY16 appropriation(s) to fund approximately six Focused Idea Award applications, depending on the quality and number of applications received. Funding of applications received in response to this Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity is contingent upon the availability of Federal funds for this program.

Link to Full RFP:

http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/pa/16prpfia_pa.pdf

Spinal Cord Injury Research Program Translational Research Award (W81XWH-16-SCIRP-TRA)

Sponsor:

U.S. Department of Defense

Deadline:

Application: September 21, 2016 by 11:59 PM Eastern

Summary:

The FY16 SCIRP challenges the scientific community to design innovative research that will foster new directions for and address neglected issues in the field of SCI-focused research. Applications from investigators within the military Services, and applications involving multidisciplinary collaborations among academia, industry, the military Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and other federal government agencies are highly encouraged. Though the SCIRP supports groundbreaking research, all projects must demonstrate solid scientific rationale.

The SCIRP TRA is intended to support translational research that will accelerate the movement of promising ideas in SCI research into clinical applications. Although not all-inclusive, some examples include demonstration studies of pharmaceuticals and medical devices in preclinical systems, and/or clinical research on therapeutics, devices, or practice using human tissues or resources.

The ultimate goal of translational research is to move an observation forward into clinical application and accelerate the clinical introduction of healthcare products, technologies or practice guidelines. Observations that drive a research idea may be derived from a laboratory discovery, population-based studies, or a clinician’s first-hand knowledge of patients and anecdotal data. However, Principal Investigators (PIs) should not view translational research as a one-way continuum from bench to bedside. The research plan should involve a reciprocal flow of ideas and information between basic and clinical science.

Eligibility:

  • Independent investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent) are eligible to submit applications
  • Cost sharing/matching is not an eligibility requirement.
  • Eligible investigators must apply through an organization. Organizations eligible to apply include Federal agencies, national, international, for-profit, nonprofit, public, and private organizations.

Available Funding:

The anticipated direct costs budgeted for the entire period of performance will not exceed $1,250,000. Indirect costs are to be budgeted in accordance with the organization’s negotiated rate. No budget will be approved by the Government exceeding $1,250,000 direct costs or using an indirect rate exceeding the organization’s negotiated rate.

Link to Full RFP:

http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/pa/16scirptra_pa.pdf

Spinal Cord Injury Research Program Qualitative Research Award (W81XWH-16-SCIRP-QRA)

Sponsor:

U.S. Department of Defense

Deadline:

Application: September 21, 2016 by 11:59 PM Eastern

Summary:

The FY16 SCIRP challenges the scientific community to design innovative research that will foster new directions for and address neglected issues in the field of SCI-focused research. Applications from investigators within the military Services, and applications involving multidisciplinary collaborations among academia, industry, the military Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and other federal government agencies are highly encouraged. Though the SCIRP supports groundbreaking research, all projects must demonstrate solid scientific rationale.

The intent of the Qualitative Research Award is to support qualitative research studies that will help researchers and clinicians better understand the experiences of individuals with SCI and thereby identify the most effective paths for adjusting to disability and/or improving overall quality of life, health, and functional status after SCI. This mechanism is specifically focused on military and Veteran populations in the years after SCI, examining the issues, barriers, and promoters of success for Service members during the transition from initial injury and acute care through rehabilitation and community reintegration; therefore, collaboration with military and VA researchers and clinicians is encouraged. Factors that may affect the rehabilitation and reintegration of spinal cord injured Service members include, but are not limited to, age, gender, ethnicity, family members/caregivers, psychological health, severity of injury, type of medical care (e.g., civilian, VA or military facility), and co-morbid conditions.

Preliminary and/or published data relevant to SCI and the proposed research project are encouraged, but not required.

Eligibility:

  • Independent investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent) are eligible to submit applications
  • Cost sharing/matching is not an eligibility requirement.
  • Eligible investigators must apply through an organization. Organizations eligible to apply include Federal agencies, national, international, for-profit, nonprofit, public, and private organizations.

Available Funding:

The anticipated direct costs budgeted for the entire period of performance will not exceed $500,000. Indirect costs are to be budgeted in accordance with the organization’s negotiated rate. No budget will be approved by the Government exceeding $500,000 direct costs or using an indirect rate exceeding the organization’s negotiated rate.

Link to Full RFP:

http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/pa/16scirpqra_pa.pdf

Innovative Computational Infrastructure for Understanding the Brain

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation

Deadline:

Interested Principal Investigators (PIs) must email a 2-page (maximum) summary of their research ideas and planned activities to nsf-brain-ci@nsf.gov by 5:00 pm submitter’s local time, Friday, May 20, 2016.

Summary:

Through this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) aims to support initial exploratory activities toward the creation of comprehensive shared computational infrastructure solutions that are designed to transform the practice of collaborative neuroscience and enable systematic and grand-scale investigations of the brain and nervous system.

NSF supports fundamental research across the broad spectrum of disciplines associated with Understanding the Brain (seehttps://www.nsf.gov/brain), and is a partner in the federal “Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies” (BRAIN) Initiative. In February 2016, NSF announced the intention to foster the development of national research infrastructure for neuroscience (i.e., “National Brain Observatory,” NBO, effort) to support collaborative and team science for achieving a comprehensive understanding of the brain in action and context (NSF 16-047). Please refer to that DCL for NSF’s overall interests and plans for NBO activities.

The present DCL encourages two types of funding requests: (1) Proposals for Conferences (community workshops) that are designed to bring together domain neuroscientists and computational infrastructure developers to explore needs for and opportunities to develop innovative computational infrastructure solutions that transform the practice of neuroscience; and (2) Early-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGERs) proposals for high risk/high reward innovative concepts and pilot projects that aim to ultimately result in deployment of ambitious, sustainable computational infrastructure resources, capabilities, and services that will enhance and accelerate the neuroscientific discovery process for a broad base of users.

Computational infrastructure comprises shared advanced computing resources and capabilities at the institutional, regional, and national scales. Comprehensive computational infrastructure solutions also include cyberinfrastructure elements such as workflow systems, software and data infrastructure, and networking capabilities, as well as related learning and workforce development, all designed to broadly serve communities of researchers and their collaborative activities.

Eligibility:

Not specified

Available Funding:

Conference requests must not exceed $50,000 for a one- or two-year duration.

EAGERs can be supported up to $300,000 for up to a two-year duration.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16076/nsf16076.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click