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

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

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

Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)- 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:

PECASE: Each year NSF selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious recent CAREER awardees. Selection for this award is based on two important criteria: 1) innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology that is relevant to the mission of NSF, and 2) community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, education, or community outreach. These awards foster innovative developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of the participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and national goals, and highlight the importance of science and technology for the Nation’s future. Individuals cannot apply for PECASE. These awards are initiated by the participating federal agencies. At NSF, up to twenty nominees for this award are selected each year from among the PECASE-eligible CAREER awardees most likely to become the leaders of academic research and education in the twenty-first century. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy makes the final selection and announcement of the awardees.

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

Postdoctoral Enrichment Program (PDEP) – Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Sponsor:

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Deadline:

January 17, 2017 (4:00 pm ET)

Summary:

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund has created the Postdoctoral Enrichment Program (PDEP) to support early career scientists who are under-represented minorities (i.e. American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic, or Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander).
PDEP awards a total of $60,000 over three years to postdocs in biomedical research, who are citizens of the United States or Canada, and hosted at a degree-granting institution in the United States or Canada.

Funding through PDEP expressly supports participation in the following activities:

  • Opportunities for the PDEP postdoctoral fellow to enhance their research productivity. Examples include travel and attendance to workshops, courses, and trainings in new techniques; or meetings and events that launch new collaborations and knowledge transfer.
  • Opportunities for the PDEP mentor to develop and provide mentoring resources at their home institution, to increase the research productivity and long-term career success of the postdoctoral fellow. Examples include career guidance discussions, research management trainings, or professional development in grant writing, communication, and other skills demanded of future principle investigators.
  • Opportunities for the PDEP mentor to attend an annual workshop of PDEP mentors hosted by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.
  • Opportunities for the PDEP postdoc-mentor pair to participate in a national peer network of PDEP fellows to foster inter-institutional collaboration and greater community engagement.

Eligibility:

Applicants for the Postdoctoral Enrichment Award:

  • must have no more than 36 months of postdoctoral research experience (in a research laboratory) at the time of application and not be more than 5 years from his/her Ph.D.
  • must be nominated by a qualified mentor at the degree-granting institution (an institution includes its affiliated graduate and medical schools, hospitals, and research institutions) where the applicant will conduct the postdoctoral/fellowship training. Applications must be approved by an official responsible for sponsored programs (generally from the grants office, office of research, or office of sponsored programs) at the degree-granting institution
  • must have secured a postdoctoral position with funding (including support by the mentor’s existing research grants) at a degree-granting institution in the United States or Canada and must begin the postdoctoral position on or by the designated award commencement date
    n must be underrepresented minorities (i.e. American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic, or Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander)
  • must be citizens of the United States or Canada (at the time of application)
  • must devote at least 75% of time to research
    Individual underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows conducting biomedical or medical research are eligible to apply. The program targets postdoctoral fellows with Ph.D.s in the biomedical or medical sciences. Applicants with M.D. degrees who have secured a postdoctoral research appointment beyond clinical fellowship will be considered for this program. DDS, DVM, and PharmD candidates may be eligible, but should contact BWF prior to applying. Proposals in health services research or involving large-scale clinical trials are ineligible.

Available Funding:

$60,000 over three years

Link to full RFP:

http://www.bwfund.org/grant-programs/diversity-science/postdoctoral-enrichment-program

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

ROSES 2016: Heliophysics Supporting Research (NNH16ZDA001N-HSR)

Sponsor:

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Deadline:

Applications due by July 29, 2016

Summary:

NASA’s heliophysics strategic objective is to understand the Sun and its interactions with the Earth and the solar system, including space weather. The Heliophysics Research Program is focused on achieving the goals as defined in the NASA 2014 Science Plan and the 2013 National Research Council Decadal Strategy for Solar and Space Physics report, Solar and Space Physics: A Science for a Technological Society. Heliophysics research addresses these recommendations by implementing a program to achieve three overarching science goals:

  • Explore the physical processes in the space environment from the Sun to the Earth and throughout the solar system
  • Advance our understanding of the connections that link the Sun, the Earth, planetary space environments, and the outer reaches of our solar system
  • Develop the knowledge and capability to detect and predict extreme conditions in space to protect life and society and to safeguard human and robotic explorers beyond Earth The program supports investigations in all subdisciplines of Heliophysics and also supports investigations that span the subdisciplines and address a systems approach — emphasizing the understanding of fundamental processes and interconnections across the traditional science disciplines.

The program seeks to characterize these phenomena on a broad range of spatial and temporal scales, to understand the fundamental processes that drive them, to understand how these processes combine to create space weather events, and to enable a capability for predicting future space weather events. In concert with the other NASA science divisions (Planetary Science, Astrophysics, and Earth Science), the program shares responsibility for learning about the Earth, our solar system, the universe, and their interrelationships.

Eligibility:

Proposers must be affiliated with an institution at nspires.nasaprs.com/ and, in general, NASA provides funding only to US institutions.

Available Funding:

No information available as to program funding at this time.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=284403

Investigator Initiated Research Projects (IIRP) and Innovative, Developmental or Exploratory Activities (IDEA) in Stem Cell Research (Rd 5)

Sponsor:

Department of Health

Deadline:

Letter of Intent: Friday May 20, 2016

Application:  Thursday June 23, 2016 6:00PM EST

Summary:

The Empire State Stem Cell Board (ESSCB) is authorized to provide funding for basic, applied, translational and other research designed to advance scientific discoveries in fields related to stem cell biology. In conjunction with NYSTEM (the New York State Stem Cell Science Program), the ESSCB makes funding recommendations for creative and innovative biomedical research projects to be supported by the Empire State Stem Cell Trust Fund. Information about the ESSCB and NYSTEM can be found at http://stemcell.ny.gov.

The ESSCB wishes to stimulate and support basic, applied (mechanistic, technological), pre-clinical and clinical scientific investigations on any aspect of stem cell biology that will lead to a better understanding of the unique properties of stem cells and allow their utilization to treat disease. The ESSCB is interested in supporting established and early career stage investigators from applicant organizations. Investigators can include those new to the field of stem cell research and those in disciplines that have not historically focused on stem cell research. Although collaborations are not required, they are strongly encouraged. Research studies that promote translation of stem cell science to therapeutic applications are encouraged.

Investigator Initiated Research Project (IIRP) The Investigator Initiated Research Project mechanism is designed to:

  • investigate a well-developed problem or research hypothesis; or
  • develop technologies or resources that are essential to overcome existing barriers to progress toward therapeutic applications.
  • An application for this mechanism should include robust preliminary data

Innovative, Developmental or Exploratory Activities (IDEA) The IDEA mechanism is designed to:

  • open a new area of investigation; or
  • test a novel or innovative hypothesis; or
  • produce viable data for preparation of a full-scale research application; or
  • apply or develop state-of-the-art technologies, tools or resources for stem cell research. · An application for this mechanism should be highly speculative, exploratory, or high-risk and have the potential for high scientific payoff (with or without pilot data). IDEA awards are not intended to fund smaller components of larger Investigator Initiated Research Projects, or for compression of a larger project into a smaller time frame. However, it is the intent of the ESSCB that successful IDEA projects will be eligible to apply for future IIRP awards.

Eligibility:

The applicant must be a not-for-profit organization or governmental organization in New York State. Awarded organizations will be expected to monitor the use of funds, maintain individual accounts and fulfill other fiscal management criteria. Subcontracting and collaborating organizations may include public, not-for-profit and for-profit entities within or outside of New York State.

The eligible Principal Investigator (PI) is designated by the application organization, has the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed Workplan, and is not a postdoctoral fellow or other dependent research staff. At the time of application and award 2 acceptance, the PI must not be restricted from receiving Public Health Service (PHS) funding or debarred by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or any other federal or New York State government entity.

Eligible organizations are not limited as to the number of applications submitted in response to this RFA. However, each eligible PI is limited to one application for each funding mechanism (IIRP and IDEA, see Section III for definitions of the mechanisms). If more than one application per funding mechanism is received from an eligible PI, all applications from the PI for that funding mechanism will be disqualified.

Available Funding:

Approximately $35 million is available to support approximately 50 awards from this RFA.

Link to Full RFP:

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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES IN SPACE AND EARTH SCIENCES – 2016 (ROSES-2016)- NNH16ZDA001N

Sponsor:

NASA

Deadline:

Jun 01, 2017

Summary:

This ROSES NRA (NNH16ZDA001N) solicits basic and applied research in support of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD). This NRA covers 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, 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.

Eligibility:

Proposers must be affiliated with an institution at nspires.nasaprs.com/ and, in general, NASA provides funding only to US institutions.

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 specialized science experimental hardware). The funds available for awards in each program element offered in this NRA range from less than one to several million dollars, which allow selection from a few to as many as several dozen proposals, depending on the program objectives and the submission of proposals of merit. Awards will be made as grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, and inter- or intraagency transfers, depending on the nature of the work proposed, the proposing organization, and/or program requirements. The typical period of performance for an award is three years, but some programs may allow up to five years and others specify shorter periods.

Link to Full RFP:

https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={68C12087-132D-3814-9A87-5323BCE6CAB6}&path=init