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

Bernard F. and Alva B. Gimbel Foundation

Sponsor:

Bernard F. and Alva B. Gimbel Foundation, Inc.

Deadline:

Letters of inquiry are accepted an ongoing basis through the Foundation’s online application system.

The Foundation makes grant decisions in December and June.

Summary:

Environment

The Foundation supports efforts to address a range of environmental issues. Among these are initiatives aimed at combating climate change by reducing carbon emissions and increasing energy efficiency; ensuring access to clean air and water by preventing pollution and the use of toxic chemicals; and restoring the health of the oceans by promoting responsible fishing, fighting ocean pollution and preserving marine ecosystems. Funded organizations employ a variety of strategies including policy advocacy, litigation and other legal efforts, public education, grassroots campaigns, and market-based and economic incentives. Historically, the Foundation’s environmental funding has been focused on organizations whose efforts are national and international in scope. However, local initiatives to increase the sustainability and resiliency of New York City’s built environment are also of interest.

Criminal Justice

Funding in this area is focused on efforts to promote fair and effective criminal justice policies, to reduce recidivism, and to improve public safety. Among these are sentencing reform initiatives including repeal of mandatory minimum sentencing laws and increased use of alternatives to incarceration.

Economic Development

The Foundation’s funding in the area of economic development is aimed at increasing the number of living wage jobs in New York City and ensuring low-income workers’ access to those jobs. Support is provided for initiatives that help individuals, families and communities to achieve and sustain economic self-sufficiency; for advocacy efforts to advance effective economic and workforce development policies; and for a range of job training programs, with an emphasis on those geared toward long-term retention and advancement in specific employment sectors.

Reproductive Rights

The Foundation supports domestic programs that seek to protect women’s reproductive rights and increase access to reproductive health services. Funded initiatives include those working to achieve these goals through public education efforts, policy advocacy and legal advocacy. Also of interest to the Foundation are efforts to increase reproductive health training opportunities for medical students and healthcare professionals, as well as efforts to support them as public advocates for comprehensive reproductive healthcare.

Civil Legal Services

The Foundation supports efforts to reduce barriers to effective and unrestricted civil legal assistance through direct legal representation and policy advocacy. Support is provided for programs offering legal representation and training on a range of issues including education, employment and foster care. Funding is also provided for initiatives aimed at increasing the accessibility of legal services in underserved communities, as well as those that enhance the courts’ ability to effectively and efficiently process cases.

Eligibility:

Grants are made only to tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations.

Available Funding:

Not specified.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.gimbelfoundation.org/HowtoApply.htm

Paul M. Angell Family Foundation Fall 2017 Grant Cycle

Sponsor:

Paul M. Angell Family Foundation

Deadline:

Current Fall 2017 Cycle

LOIs open and accepted on a rolling basis until June 15, 2017

Full Applications (to be invited) due August 11, 2017

Summary:

The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation makes grants in three priority areas: Conservation, Performing Arts and Social Causes.

 Conservation
The primary focus of the Foundation’s grant making in Conservation is the protection of the world’s oceans and species. The Foundation is interested in site-specific projects designed to improve the health of ocean habitats and to enhance their ability to withstand the challenges of climate change. In addition, the Foundation supports efforts to fund species protection, particularly regarding the seas’ apex predators. Eligible projects include research, conservation and/or restoration. Grants for other types of water-related conservation efforts may be considered on a limited basis.

Performing Arts
The goal of the Performing Arts program is to support the presentation and propagation of performing arts events, focusing on classical music and theater. Grantee organizations include performers, presenters (including broadcasters) and educators. We are currently considering grants to the Chicago area, the Mid-Atlantic Region (from Washington, D.C. north to Wilmington, DE) and the Cleveland area.

Social Causes
The goal of the Foundation’s grant making in Social Causes is to support efforts to address the root causes of poverty and inequality, particularly in urban areas. Priority will be given to programs that emphasize evidence-based early intervention and prevention approaches. The Foundation seeks to support efforts designed to help alter the life trajectories of socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals and families. Specific areas of interest include early childhood education, teenage pregnancy prevention, school completion for at-risk youth, workforce preparedness, and African-American male achievement. Although not limited exclusively to Chicago, grant making in Social Causes will focus on the Chicago area.

Eligibility:

Organizations can be awarded a grant(s) in only one cycle of the calendar year. The Foundation will consider multi-year grants on a case-by-case basis.

 Link to Full RFP:

http://pmangellfamfound.org/for-applicants/how-to-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

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

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

Mid-Atlantic Coastal Storms Graduate Research Fellowship

Sponsor:

Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) and NOAA Coastal Storms Program

Deadline:

Proposals due April 1, 2016 by 5:00 PM Eastern

Summary:

The purpose of the VASG/NOAA Mid-Atlantic Coastal Storms Graduate Research Fellowship is to support exceptional graduate students who are engaged in research that furthers community resilience to coastal storms. While we welcome candidates who address any area of coastal storms and resilience, we particularly encourage candidates who are working on:

  • Improving real-time and forecast water levels and conditions – Accurate information and effective communication about water levels and hazardous beach conditions are critical for protection of life and property and enhancement of the national economy.
  • Enhancing coastal infrastructure resilience – Ports, marinas, and working waterfronts are highly vulnerable to rising sea levels, heavy rains, and storm surges. Increasing the resilience of these waterfront cities, towns, and communities to major coastal storms is critical to reducing loss of life, damage and destruction of critical infrastructure and transportation networks, and adverse impacts on local and regional economies.
  • Managing stormwater impacts — Healthy coastal ecosystems are the foundation of thriving coastal communities in the Mid-Atlantic and support valuable recreational and commercial activities throughout the region. The increasing frequency of heavy precipitation in the region is presenting new challenges in managing negative impacts of stormwater.

The fellowship also provides fellows with hands-on experience in translating research results to coastal and marine stakeholders. In addition to their primary faculty advisor, fellows will be expected to work with an outreach or end-user mentor. Through interactions with mentors, fellows will ensure that their research results are useful and used by stakeholders. The process will also help fellows develop practical skills in science communication and the transfer of science to management.

Eligibility:

Students must be enrolled in or admitted to a full-time graduate or professional degree program at an academic institution in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, or Virginia. Students may be working toward a degree in any discipline as long as they are engaged in research that is coastal storms-related and furthering community resilience to coastal storms.

Available Funding:

The fellowship provides an award of up to $40,000 for one year.

VASG-funded projects require a 50% funding match (i.e., proposal budgets must show $1 of match for every $2 of Sea Grant funding requested). Only non-Federal funds may be committed as matching contribution.

Link to Full RFP:

http://vaseagrant.vims.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/VASG_NOAA_Mid-Atlantic-Coastal-Storms-Fellowship-Announcement-2016_FINAL.pdf

NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Program 2016 – NOAA-OAR-SG-2016-2004807

Sponsor:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration / Department of Commerce

Deadline:

Preliminary proposals due March 10, 2016

Full proposals due May 12, 2016 at 5:00 PM Eastern

Summary:

Depending on the availability of funds, NOAA Sea Grant expects to have up to $3,000,000 available for a national competition to fund new FY 2016 aquaculture research projects. This is part of the overall plan to support the development of environmentally and economically sustainable ocean, coastal, or Great Lakes aquaculture.

Topical priorities for this FY 2016 competition are, briefly: a) Research to inform pending, regulatory decisions regarding aquaculture on the local, state, or federal level leading to an information product–such as a tool, technology, template, or model–needed to make final decisions on a specific question; b) Research that supports the introduction, and/or increase in production of new and emerging species of aquaculture interest; c) Research that supports continued seafood safety and product quality; and d) Social and/or economic research targeted to understand aquaculture issues in a larger context. Applicants must describe how their proposed work will rapidly and significantly advance U.S. aquaculture development in the short term (1-2 years after project completion).

Eligibility:

  • Institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, commercial organizations, State, local and Indian tribal governments are eligible.
  • Federal agencies and their personnel are not permitted to receive federal funding under this competition; however, federal scientists can serve as uncompensated partners or co-Principal Investigators on proposals.
  • Directors of the state Sea Grant Programs are not eligible to compete for funds under this announcement.
  • For administrative purposes, state Sea Grant Directors will be considered to be the Principal Investigator for all awards made to their state programs.
  • For awards to other organizations, an employee or officer of the organization will be considered to be the Principal Investigator for administrative purposes.

Available Funding:

Estimated Total Program Funding: $300,000,000

Award Ceiling: $300,000

Expected Number of Awards: 10

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=NOAA-OAR-SG-2016-2004807

Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS)- NSF 16-524

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation

Deadline:

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

March 22, 2016

Summary:

Humanity is reliant upon the physical resources and natural systems of the Earth for the provision of food, energy, and water. It is becoming imperative that we determine how society can best integrate across the natural and built environments to provide for a growing demand for food, water and energy while maintaining appropriate ecosystem services. Factors contributing to stresses in the food, energy, and water (FEW) systems include increasing regional and social pressures and governance issues as result of land use change, climate variability, and heterogeneous resource distribution. These interconnections and interdependencies associated with the food, energy and water nexus create research grand challenges in understanding how the complex, coupled processes of society and the environment function now, and in the future. There is a critical need for research that enables new means of adapting to future challenges. The FEW systems must be defined broadly, incorporating physical processes (such as built infrastructure and new technologies for more efficient resource utilization), natural processes (such as biogeochemical and hydrologic cycles), biological processes (such as agroecosystem structure and productivity), social/behavioral processes (such as decision making and governance), and cyber elements. Investigations of these complex systems may produce discoveries that cannot emerge from research on food or energy or water systems alone. It is the synergy among these components in the context of sustainability that will open innovative science and engineering pathways to produce new knowledge and novel technologies to solve the challenges of scarcity and variability.

The overarching goal of INFEWS is to catalyze the well-integrated interdisciplinary research efforts to transform scientific understanding of the FEW nexus in order to improve system function and management, address system stress, increase resilience, and ensure sustainability. The NSF INFEWS initiative is designed specifically to attain the following goals:

  1. Significantly advance our understanding of the food-energy-water system through quantitative and computational modeling, including support for relevant cyberinfrastructure;
  2. Develop real-time, cyber-enabled interfaces that improve understanding of the behavior of FEW systems and increase decision support capability;
  3. Enable research that will lead to innovative system and technological solutions to critical FEW problems; and
  4. Grow the scientific workforce capable of studying and managing the FEW system, through education and other professional development opportunities.

This activity enables interagency cooperation on one of the most pressing problems of the millennium – understanding interactions across the food, energy and water nexus – how it is likely to affect our world, and how we can proactively plan for its consequences. It allows the partner agencies – National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA) and others – to combine resources to identify and fund the most meritorious and highest-impact projects that support their respective missions, while eliminating duplication of effort and fostering collaboration between agencies and the investigators they support.

NSF and USDA/NIFA are interested in promoting international cooperation that links scientists and engineers from a range of disciplines and organizations to solve the significant global challenges at the nexus of food, energy and water systems. Proposals including international collaboration are encouraged when those efforts enhance the merit of the proposed work by incorporating unique resources, expertise, facilities or sites of international partners. The U.S. team’s international counterparts generally should have support or obtain funding through other non-NSF sources.

Eligibility:             

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.
  • Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.
  • For proposals to be considered for funding under USDA/NIFA : Eligible applicants for the grant program implemented under INFEWS include: (1) State agricultural experiment stations; (2) colleges and universities (including junior colleges offering associate degrees or higher); (3) university research foundations; (4) other research institutions and organizations; (5) Federal agencies, (6) national laboratories; (7) private organizations or corporations; (8) individuals who are U.S. citizens, nations, or permanent residents; and (9) any group consisting of 2 or more entities identified in (1) through (8). Eligible institutions do not include foreign and international organizations. Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply provided such organizations are necessary for the conduct of the project.

 Available Funding:

Estimated Number of Awards: 22 to 40

Projects may be submitted to Tracks 1, 2 or 3 as Category 1 projects (greater than $1,000,000 to no more than $3,000,000) or Category 2 projects (less than or equal to $1,000,000). Track 4 project submissions will only be considered as Category 2 effort.

Estimated Number of Awards:

Track 1: 6 to 12 as a combination of large (Category 1) awards and small (Category 2) awards

Track 2: 6 to 12 as a combination of large (Category 1) awards and small (Category 2) awards

Track 3: 6 to 12 as a combination of large (Category 1) awards and small (Category 2) awards

Track 4: 1 to 4 awards only as small (Category 2) awards

NSF and USDA/NIFA funds will be used to support Tracks 1-4. Some projects and/or subawards may be funded directly by USDA/NIFA.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $50,000,000

The total amount available for this solicitation is $50,000,000. Of this amount, NSF anticipates contributing approximately $45,000,000 and USDA/NIFA anticipates contributing approximately $5,000,000. This plan is subject to the availability of funds.

The tracks have been initially allocated as:

  1. $16,000,000 to $22,000,000 for Track 1, FEW System Modeling;
  2. $9,000,000 to $15,000,000 for Track 2, Visualization and Decision Support for Cyber-Human-Physical Systems at the FEW Nexus;
  3. $12,000,000 to $18,000,000 for Track 3, Research to Enable Innovative Solutions; and
  4. $1,000,000 to $4,000,000 for Track 4, Education and Workforce Development.

Projects may be submitted to Tracks 1, 2 or 3 as Category 1 projects (greater than $1,000,000 to no more than $3,000,000) or Category 2 projects (less than or equal to $1,000,000). Track 4 project submissions will only be considered as Category 2 effort.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16524/nsf16524.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click