Cyberlearning for Work at the Human-Technology Frontier (NSF 17-598)

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation

Deadline:

January 8, 2018 (Second Monday in January, annually thereafter)

Summary:

The Cyberlearning for Work at the Human-Technology Frontier program supports learning technology (or cyberlearning) research that integrates both learning and technological goals to enable radical improvements in learning within educational and work environments. Cyberlearning research in this program should be informed by the convergence of multiple disciplines: education and learning sciences, computer and information science and engineering, and cognitive, behavioral and social sciences.

This program solicits projects that are exploratory and experimental in nature. These projects should explore proof-of-concept or feasibility of a novel or innovative learning technology. We encourage projects that try out new ideas, especially risky ones.

A primary goal of the program is to investigate innovative technologies for STEM learning and teaching within the educational and work settings, to include pervasive lifelong learning with technology. Within this program, the scope of projects span across:

  • Content area: STEM and other foundational areas supported by NSF that enable STEM learning (e.g., self-regulation, literacy, communication, collaboration and social skills).
  • Population and context: learners, teachers and workers in formal or informal settings (e.g., workplace, online, classroom, museums); and individual, collective, and collaborative learning across the lifespan.

In the context of work, we encourage projects that: (1) design and develop future learning environments to educate or re-educate workers for new work environments and experiences in collaboration with advanced technology; (2) develop relevant formal and informal learning experiences as well as just-in-time training on the job; (3) support the needs of diverse workers from a broad set of backgrounds and experiences; and (4) support the future work of teachers in classrooms and other related settings.

All projects must address a learning need or opportunity within the educational or work context and must have integrated learning and technology goals (see below), convergent with the computer and information sciences, engineering, and/or social sciences. Innovative technologies can reshape learning processes, which in turn can influence new technology design.

Eligibility:

 Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: 2

  • An individual may participate as PI or co-PI in no more than a total of two (2) proposals in response to this solicitation. In the event that an individual exceeds the limit for this solicitation, proposals received within the limit will be accepted based on earliest date and time of proposal submission (i.e. the first two proposals received will be accepted and the remainder will be returned without review). No exceptions will be made.

Available Funding:

Estimated Number of Awards: 20

Each project will be funded for a duration of 2 to 3 years and up to a total funding amount of $750,000.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17598/nsf17598.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Integration of Individual Residential Histories into Cancer Research (R21) PA-17-295 and (R01) PA-17-298

Sponsor:

NIH / NCI

Deadline:

Standard R01 dates apply

Standard R21 dates apply

Summary:

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support substantive investigation of the role of individual residential histories in cancer etiology and outcomes, and to encourage the development of complex analytical strategies in support of substantive investigation.

There is a growing recognition of the importance of residential histories – a record of an individual’s places of residence across his or her lifetime — in cancer research, as part of evolving cancer data ecosystem.  Residential history encapsulates a person’s multiple interactions with the social and physical environment that can result in lasting health impact and is an important factor in assessing the effects of exposures on disease onset, as demonstrated in focused studies.  Lifetime residential history records can reveal the variety of potential and actual exposures throughout person’s life including, but not limited to: neighborhood characteristics, physical conditions of housing, tobacco and alcohol consumption, food environments, chemical exposures to contaminants in water, soil, and air, accessibility to healthcare resources, and health disparities.

This FOA is expected to engage scientists from a range of disciplines, including epidemiology, statistics, geospatial science, computer science, demography, decision science, and behavioral science, to effectively integrate individual residential histories into cancer research.

Geospatial expertise is essential for generating new knowledge about the residential context relative to cancer risk, etiology, prevention, treatment, and outcomes. Computer science and informatics are crucial for the development of methodology that would ensure more precise matching of residential information and location (geocoding), improve linkage to automated data sources, and generate reliable lifetime residential histories. Cancer surveillance science, in conjunction with statistical, epidemiological, and medical expertise, is extremely important in answering substantial questions related to the use of lifetime residential histories in the analysis of cancer risk and cancer burden.

In addition, a combination of scientific expertise in demography and behavioral science in addressing the role of lifetime residential histories in the context of cancer can help facilitate more precise assessment of cancer disparities.

Eligibility:

N/A

Available Funding:

R01: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The maximum project period is 5 years.

R21: The combined budget for direct costs for the two-year project period may not exceed $275,000. No more than $200,000 may be requested in a single year. The maximum project period is 2 years.

Link to Full RFP:

R01https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-17-298.html

R21https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-17-295.html

ONR Young Investigator Program

Sponsor:

Office of Naval Research

Deadline:

September 15, 2017

Summary:

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving proposals for its Young Investigator Program (YIP). ONR’s Young Investigator Program (YIP) seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-trackequivalent academic appointment, have begun their first appointment on or after 31 December 2012, and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. The objectives of this program are to attract outstanding faculty members of Institutions of Higher Education (hereafter also called “universities”) to the Department of the Navy’s Science and Technology (S&T) research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers.

Proposals addressing research areas (as described in the ONR Science and Technology Department section of ONR’s website at www.onr.navy.mil) which are of interest to ONR program officers will be considered. Contact information for each division (a subgroup of an S&T Department) is also listed within the S&T section of the website.

Eligibility:

The Principal Investigator of a proposal must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident (on the date proposals are due), holding a first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalentfaculty position at that university, and has begun her/his first full-time appointment on or after 31 December 2012.

Available Funding:

Applicants may request up to $170,000 per year for three (3) years. (Additional funds for capital equipment which enhances the Young Investigator’s proposed research may be requested.)

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.grants.gov/custom/viewOppDetails.jsp?oppId=294449

National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Stakeholder Engagement Program

Sponsor:

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), United States Department of Commerce (DoC)

Deadline:

August 1, 2017

Summary:

Every aspect of the NICE Strategic Plan requires outreach and coordination with multiple stakeholders. NICE seeks to provide assistance to an organization engaged in building national (and exploring international) relationships to further advance cybersecurity education and training, building the cybersecurity workforce development community with a year-round communication strategy and capping that engagement by planning and holding the NICE Annual Conference and Expo. 

For the NICE Annual Conference and Expo, NICE seeks an organization to lead the conference planning and execution efforts. This includes the full range of preconference activities from determining tracks, content, and speakers and arranging the venue to managing the conference logistics to post conference wrap up activities. NICE expects the conference to be kept affordable to a wide range of participants.

The stakeholder engagement strategy must reflect the need to reach out to and build consensus among diverse stakeholders including but not limited to:

  • Employers,
  • Educators and trainers,
  • Certification providers,
  • Workforce development managers,
  • Economic development administrators, and
  • Policymakers.

Note that this is a list of high-level examples and not meant to be comprehensive. NICE encourages applicants to provide details on how they will reach stakeholders with different interests within these broad categories. As a national initiative, it is critical that the outreach strategy and conference participation demonstrate a commitment to diversity, including regional diversity. Conferences must move about the country from year to year within the continental United States.

Applicants should plan for annual conferences of at least 750 to 1000 attendees with venues that keep costs affordable to the community and have good transportation options for attendees. NICE anticipates that this will be up to a five-year award for long-term community building with the possibility of converting this award to an institutional award at the conclusion of the award period.

Eligibility:

Applicants may be any U.S.-located non-Federal entity. Please note that, for the purposes of this NOFO, individuals and unincorporated sole proprietors are not considered “non-Federal entities” and are not eligible apply.

Available Funding:

NIST anticipates funding one award for approximately $250,000 per year for up to five years.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.grants.gov/custom/viewOppDetails.jsp?oppId=294083

Semiconductor Synthetic Biology for Information Processing and Storage Technologies (SemiSynBio) (NSF 17-557)

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation

Deadline:

Submission Window Date(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time): October 02, 2017 – October 30, 2017

Summary:

The goal of the SemiSynBio research program is to foster exploratory, multi-disciplinary, longer-term basic research leading to novel high-payoff solutions for the information technology industry based on recent progress in synthetic biology and the know-how of semiconductor technology. It is also anticipated that research in synthetic biology will benefit by leveraging semiconductor capabilities in design and fabrication of hybrid and complex material systems for extensive applications in biological and information processing technologies. In addition, the educational goal is to train new cadre of students and researchers.

This program aims to seed and foster collaboration among the faculties in the biological, engineering, physics, chemistry, materials science, computer science, information science and design automation disciplines to develop new cross-disciplinary approaches, including instruction materials, that integrate concepts, tools and methodology from biology, physics, semiconductor engineering and computer engineering. The role of this program is to stimulate non-traditional thinking about the issues facing the semiconductor industry by:

  1. Advancing basic research by exploring new programmable models of computation, communication, and memory based on synthetic biology;
  2. Enriching the knowledge base and addressing foundational questions at the interface of biology and semiconductors;
  3. Promoting the frontier of research in the design of new bio-nano hybrid devices based on sustainable materials, including carbon-based systems that test the physical size limit in transient electronics;
  4. Designing and fabricating hybrid semiconductor-biological microelectronic systems based on living cells for next-generation storage and information processing functionalities; and
  5. Integrating scaling-up and manufacturing technologies involving electronic and synthetic biology characterization instruments with computer-aided design (CAD)-like software tools.

Eligibility:

The 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. 

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

An investigator may participate as PI, co-PI or senior personnel in no more than one proposal submitted in response to this solicitation. It is the responsibility of the submitting institution to ensure that the PI and all the co-PIs are participating in only one proposal.

In the event that an individual exceeds this limit, proposals will be accepted based on earliest date and time of the proposal submission, i.e., the first proposal received will be accepted and the remainder will be returned without review. No exceptions will be made.

Proposals submitted in response to this solicitation cannot be duplicates of proposals to any other Federal agency for simultaneous consideration. The only exceptions to this rule are: (1) when the program officers at the relevant Federal agencies have previously agreed to joint review and possible joint funding of the proposal; or (2) proposals for PIs who are beginning investigators (individuals who have not been a PI or co-PI on a Federally-funded award with the exception of doctoral dissertation, postdoctoral fellowship or research planning grants). For proposers who qualify under this latter exception, the box for “Beginning Investigator” must be checked on the Cover Sheet.

A minimum of one PI and two co-PIs must participate in a proposal with expertise in the biological sciences, engineering, and computer and information sciences.

Available Funding:

Estimated Number of Awards: 10

Individual projects will be funded at up to $500,000 per year for three years depending on the availability of funds.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17557/nsf17557.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

CyberCorps(R) Scholarship for Service (SFS) (NSF 17-556)

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation

Deadline:

Submission Window Date(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time):

Scholarship Track: July 10, 2017 – July 31, 2017

Capacity Track: November 17, 2017 – December 05, 2017

Summary:

The SFS program welcomes proposals that address cybersecurity education and workforce development.

Scholarship Track

The Scholarship Track provides funding to institutions for awarding scholarships to students in cybersecurity. In return for their scholarships, recipients will work after graduation for a Federal, State, Local, or Tribal Government organization in a position related to cybersecurity for a period equal to the length of the scholarship. A proposing institution must provide clearly documented evidence of a strong existing academic program in cybersecurity. Such evidence can include: designation by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education/Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD), in Cyber Operations or in Research (CAE-R); a specialized designation by a nationally recognized organization (for example, in forensics); or equivalent evidence documenting a strong program in cybersecurity. The SFS program provides funds to colleges and universities for student scholarships in support of education in areas relevant to cybersecurity. In return for their scholarships, recipients must agree to work after graduation for the Federal Government or, subject to approval of the NSF program office, for a State, Local, or Tribal Government in a position related to cybersecurity for a period equal to the length of the scholarship (see Institutional Responsibilities for Scholarship Projects below).

Capacity Track

The SFS Capacity Track seeks innovative proposals that are likely to lead to an increase in the ability of the United States higher education enterprise to produce cybersecurity professionals. Proposals focusing on capacity building should contribute to the expansion of existing educational opportunities and resources in cybersecurity. These efforts might include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conducting research on the teaching and learning of cybersecurity, including research on materials, methods and small-scale interventions
  • Establishing curricula recommendations for new courses, degree programs, and educational pathways with plans for wide adoption nationally
  • Evaluating teaching and learning effectiveness of cybersecurity curricular programs and courses
  • Integrating cybersecurity topics into computer science, data science, information technology, engineering and other existing degree programs with plans for pervasive adoption
  • Developing virtual laboratories to promote collaboration and resource sharing in cybersecurity education
  • Strengthening partnerships between institutions of higher education, government, and relevant employment sectors leading to improved models for the integration of applied research experiences into cybersecurity degree programs
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of cybersecurity competitions, games, and other outreach and retention activities
  • Integrating data science into cybersecurity curriculum

Eligibility:

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: 2

  • An individual may participate as PI, Co-PI, or Senior Personnel in at most one proposal per track in each annual SFS competition. These eligibility constraints will be strictly enforced and in the event that an individual exceeds this limit, proposals received within the limit will be accepted based on the earliest date and time of proposal submission (i.e., the first proposal received for the Scholarship and/or Capacity track will be accepted and the remainder will be returned without review).

Scholarship Track

Institution: A proposing institution must provide clearly documented evidence of a strong existing program in cybersecurity. Such evidence can include: designation by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education/Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD), in Cyber Operations, or in Research, (CAE-R); a specialized designation by a nationally recognized organization (for example, in forensics); or equivalent evidence documenting a strong program in cybersecurity.

Student: To be eligible for consideration for an SFS scholarship, a student must be a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States. In addition, a student must be one of the following:

  • a full-time student within three years of graduation with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a coherent formal program that is focused on cybersecurity at an awardee institution, or
  • a research-based doctoral student.

There are additional eligibility requirements. Please review full RFP below.

Available Funding:

Scholarship Track supports up to 3 years of stipends, tuition and allowances for students in the general area of cybersecurity.  8-13 Scholarship Track awards are anticipated.

Capacity Track projects may vary in size and may request up to $500,000 in total, with durations of up to 3 years.  8-13 Capacity Building Track awards are anticipated.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17556/nsf17556.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) – Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) (NSF-16-565)

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation

Deadline:

5 PM EST August 9, 2017 (Second Wednesday in August, Annually Thereafter)

Summary:

With the goal of encouraging research independence immediately upon obtaining one’s first academic position after receipt of the PhD, the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) will award grants to initiate the course of one’s independent research. Understanding the critical role of establishing that independence early in one’s career, it is expected that funds will be used to support untenured faculty or research scientists (or equivalent) in their first three years in a primary academic position after the PhD, but not more than a total of five years after completion of their PhD. One may not yet have received any other grants or contracts in the Principal Investigator (PI) role from any department, agency, or institution of the federal government, including from the CAREER program or any other program, post-PhD, regardless of the size of the grant or contract, with certain exceptions noted below. Serving as co-PI, Senior Personnel, Postdoctoral Fellow, or other Fellow does not count against this eligibility rule. Grants, contracts, or gifts from private companies or foundations; state, local, or tribal governments; or universities do not count against this eligibility rule.

It is expected that these funds will allow the new CISE Research Initiation Initiative PI to support one or more graduate students for up to two years. Faculty at undergraduate and two-year institutions may use funds to support undergraduate students, and may use the additional RUI designation (which requires inclusion of a RUI Impact Statement) — see https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5518 for additional information. In addition, submissions from all institutions may use funds for postdoctoral scholars, travel, and/or research equipment.

Eligibility:

Only one principal investigator per proposal is allowed; co-principal investigators and senior personnel are not permitted.

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

All the following criteria must be met as of the submission deadline. The PI should:

  • Hold a primary appointment (or if applying to the CISE Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, hold a full- or part-time appointment) in computer and/or information science and/or engineering, or in a related field of computational or data science (where the PI would normally submit proposals to CISE programs);
  • Be untenured; and
  • Be in the first three years of a tenure-track or research science or education position (or equivalent). The number of years includes any academic position held post-PhD, exclusive of postdoctoral appointments. Only official leaves of absence (for illness, family, etc.) may be subtracted from the total time in the position, as certified by the PI’s department chair/head in the required letter of support, to be included in the Supplementary Documents section of the proposal.

In addition, as of the submission deadline, the PI may not have received any other grants or contracts in the PI role from any department, agency, or institution of the federal government. (One could have received an award as a co-PI or Senior Personnel on another grant or contract.) The following are the only exceptions to the limits on funding from the federal government in the PI role:

  • Workshop or student conference travel awards;
  • Doctoral dissertation improvement grants;
  • Postdoctoral research fellowship awards, such as SEES Fellows or CI Fellows;
  • A Graduate Research Fellowship or similar fellowship award from NSF;
  • REU or RET awards; and
  • SBIR or STTR awards that were received while the PI worked in industry.

Positions with titles such as Visiting Assistant Professor are considered as postdoctoral appointments, and hence not considered against the three-year limit, only if all of the following are true: (1) the position is not tenure-track; (2) someone in that position is not permitted by the institution to submit a proposal as a PI; and (3) the position is supervised by another faculty member in a fashion similar to that of a postdoctoral fellow. In this case, the department chair/head letter should explicitly describe any such positions and their conditions.

Similarly, positions with titles such as Research Associate or Visiting Research Professor do not count against the three-year limit only if all of the following are true: (1) the position is not tenure-track; (2) someone in that position is not permitted by the institution to submit a proposal as a PI; and (3) the person is supervised by another member of the research staff in a fashion similar to that of a researcher without a PhD. In this case, the department chair/head letter should explicitly describe any such positions and their conditions.

Regardless of time spent in postdoctoral positions, time outside academia, or other time, the PI must be no more than five years since PhD granting. Exceptions may be granted only in cases of family or medical leave; consult with an NSF program officer for details.

Available Funding:

CISE expects to make 55 to 60 awards each year. CISE expects the total funding to be up to $10 million each year, subject to the availability of funds.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16565/nsf16565.htm#toc

Mathematical Sciences Research Institutes (NSF 17-553)

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation

Deadline:

Letter of Intent (required): 5 PM EST December 14, 2018

Full Proposal:  5 PM EST March 14, 2019

Summary:

Mathematical Sciences Research Institutes are national resources that aim to advance research in the mathematical sciences through programs supporting discovery and dissemination of knowledge in mathematics and statistics and enhancing connections to related fields in which the mathematical sciences can play important roles. Institute activities help focus the attention of some of the best mathematical minds on problems of particular importance and timeliness. Institutes are also community resources that involve a broad segment of U.S.-based mathematical sciences researchers in their activities. The goals of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institutes program include advancing research in the mathematical sciences, increasing the impact of the mathematical sciences in other disciplines, and expanding the talent base engaged in mathematical research in the United States.

Eligibility:

 There are no eligibility restrictions.

Available Funding:

 Estimated Number of Awards: 5 to 8

Anticipated Funding Amount: $30,000,000

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17553/nsf17553.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click#toc

New York State Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) for Economic Workforce Development

Sponsor:

New York State Department of Economic Development, in the interest of Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) – 30 programs available through 12 state agencies:

  • Empire State Development
  • NYS Canal Corporation
  • NYS Energy Research and Development Authority
  • Environmental Facilities Corporation
  • Homes and Community Renewal
  • Department of Labor
  • New York Power Authority
  • Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
  • Department of State
  • Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Department of Agriculture & Markets
  • Council on the Arts

Deadline:

4 PM EST Friday, July 28, 2017

Summary:

New York State is soliciting applications for funding to advance the priorities of the Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC). Funding will be available for the following projects:

  • Direct Assistance to Businesses and Other Organizations
  • Community Development
  • Waterfront Revitalization
  • Energy
  • Environmental Improvements
  • Sustainability Planning and Implementation
  • Education/Workforce Development
  • Low Cost Financing

This announcement is meant to provide a general overview of the programs included in this year’s REDC/CFA competition and does not contain all program requirements and guidelines. Full solicitations, application materials, and details for CFA workshops are available online at www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.

Eligibility:

Eligibility will vary by program. Please see full RFP.

Available Funding:

Up to $247.25 million

Link to Full RFP:

https://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/sites/default/files/2017ResourcesAvailable.pdf

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