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October 5, 2012 (Vol. 21, No. 37)

Program Information

To receive program information, please contact Beverly Page, Information Specialist, Research and Sponsored Programs, phone: (785)532-5045, e-mail: bbpage@ksu.edu


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Limited Submissions

Limited submission programs have sponsor restrictions on the number of proposals that may be submitted by a single institution and will require institutional screening to determine which applications will be submitted. Dr. Jim Guikema, Associate Vice President for Research, is the internal coordinator for limited submission programs. Please notify him at 785-532-6195, email: guikema@ksu.edu, by the Internal due date listed in the Funding Bulletin (FB 37-1) or by at least two months prior to the sponsor deadline if you wish to submit to a limited submission program. Currently posted Internal Deadlines:


37-1 Major Research Instrumentation Program: Instrument Aquistion or Development (NSF)

The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) program assists with the acquisition or development of shared research instrumentation that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. Instruments are expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period. For the purposes of the MRI program, proposals must be for either acquisition or development of a single instrument or for equipment that, when combined, serves as an integrated research instrument (physical or virtual). The limit on the number of proposals per organization is 3. If three proposals are submitted, at least one of the proposals must be for instrument development (i.e., no more than two proposals may be for instrument acquisition). NSF 11-503

Deadline: Internal 11/2/2012; Proposals 1/24/2013

37-2 Kansas NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) (KU/EPSCoR)

Kansas NSF EPSCoR is announcing a funding opportunity for Major Initiatives to be included in its next Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track 1 proposal to be submitted to the NSF next year. This proposal, if funded, will constitute Phase VII of KNE's infrastructure development efforts to take the research enterprise to the next level. Major Initiatives are intended to add significant capacity to the academic research infrastructure in research related to Sustainability, particularly as related to environmental, economic, and social systems. These multidisciplinary projects should address science and technology challenges in areas that directly relate to the mission of the National Science Foundation by crossing disciplines, institutions, and sectors in order to develop integrated scientific research programs. Major initiatives are expected to lead to significant, non-EPSCoR extramural funding for the proposed research after the award to enable continuation and leveraging of EPSCoR funding.

Deadline: Letters of Intent 11/16/2012; Proposals 3/1/2013

37-3 Research Opportunities in Space Biology (NASA)

This NASA Research Announcement (NRA) solicits hypothesis-driven research proposals for 1) Ground-Based Research Designed to lead to Space Flight, 2) Rapid Turn-Around Space Flight Experiments, 3) ISS Flight Experiments and 4) New Space Biology investigations. NASA Space Biology experiments have one or more of the following primary goals:1) to effectively use microgravity and the other characteristics of the space environment to enhance our understanding of basic biological processes; 2) to develop the scientific and technological foundations for a safe, productive human presence in space for extended periods and in preparation for exploration; and 3) to apply this knowledge and technology to improve our nation's competitiveness, education, and the quality of life on Earth. NNH12ZTT001N

Deadline: Step 1 10/31/2012; Step 2 12/19/2012

37-4 Centers for Water Research on National Priorities Related to a System View of Nutrient Management (EPA)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program is seeking applications to establish Centers to conduct water research and demonstration projects that are innovative and sustainable using a systems approach for nutrient management in the Nation's waters. A systems view of nutrient management considers every potential link in the breadth of possibilities that may influence water quality. These involve societal and technological considerations and may include, but are not limited to: local resources, prevailing land uses, watershed health, manure management, energy costs, municipal wastewater treatment, in-building water reuse, or nutrient resource recovery. A systems view would also consider valuation of monetized and non-monitized possible co-benefits and consequences (e.g., decreased sediment runoff, improved recreational value) which may be part of a nutrient management program. Proposed research areas should include: Science to achieve sustainable and cost effective health and environmental outcomes as part of water management. Demonstration projects to support efficacy of water management systems with and beyond current technology and information at appropriate scales. Community involvement in the design, acceptance and implementation of nutrient management systems. EPA-G2012-STAR-H1

Deadline: 1/15/2013

37-5 Performance and Effectiveness of Green Infrastructure Stormwater Management Approaches in the Urban Context: A Philadelphia Case Study (EPA)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing to conduct research on and demonstration of the performance and effectiveness of green infrastructure (GI) practices at the urban watershed - level. For this Request for Applications (RFA), the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, specifically the 40,500 acre Philadelphia Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) area, will serve as the geographic study area. Successful projects should leverage resources and utilize strategic partnerships to address the complexities of urban communities and contribute to a more holistic understanding of the potential of green infrastructure in the urban water cycle. EPA-G2012-STAR-G1

Deadline: 1/18/2013

37-6 Innovation Corps Sites Program (I-Corps Sites) (NSF)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem that builds upon research to guide the output of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society. In order to contribute to a national innovation ecosystem, NSF is establishing the NSF Innovation Corps Sites Program (NSF I-Corps Sites). Sites are funded at academic institutions, having already existing innovation or entrepreneurial units, to enable them to: 1) Nurture students and/or faculty who are engaged in projects having the potential to be transitioned into the marketplace. I-Corps Sites will provide infrastructure, advice, resources, networking opportunities, training and modest funding to enable groups to transition their work into the marketplace or into becoming I-Corps Team applicants (see NSF Innovation Corps Program, NSF 11-560). 2) Develop formal, active, local innovation ecosystems that contribute to a larger, national network of mentors, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors. NSF 12-604

Deadline: 1/7/2013, 7/1/2013

37-7 Innovation Corps Teams Program (I-Corps Teams) (NSF)

In order to jumpstart a national innovation ecosystem, NSF has established the NSF Innovation Corps Teams Program (NSF I-Corps Teams) to identify NSF-funded researchers who will receive additional support--in the form of mentoring and funding--to accelerate innovation that can attract subsequent third-party funding. The purpose of the NSF I-Corps Teams grant is to give the project team access to resources to help determine the readiness to transition technology developed by previously-funded or currently-funded NSF projects. The outcomes of I-Corps Teams projects will be threefold: 1) a clear go or no go decision regarding viability of products and services, 2) should the decision be to move the effort forward, a transition plan for those projects to move forward, and 3) a technology demonstration for potential partners. NSF 12-602

Deadline: 12/17/2012, 3/15/2013, 6/17/2013, 9/16/13


37-8 Bioenergy and Biomass Conversion (CPBR)

Preproposals are invited for research that: 1) is related to plant biotechnology and 2) addresses industrial problems and opportunities related to bioenergy and biomass conversion. Funding for CPBR research for 2014 may come from the U.S. Department of Energy and/or other sources.

Deadline: Notices of Intent 11/16/2012; Preproposals 12/14/2012

37-9 Global Hunger and Food Security Research Strategy: Climate Resilience, Nutrition, and Policy (USAID)

Agricultural research investments figure prominently in the Feed the Future initiative, and these investments link agricultural productivity, climate change, nutrition, enabling policies, economic growth, poverty reduction and sustainable natural resources management. This RFA focuses on climate resilience, nutrition, and policy objectives under the Research Strategy, and welcomes applications in the following specific Program Areas: Area 1 High-Yielding, Climate-Resilient Legumes (two distinct opportunities: soy and other legumes); 2 High-Yielding, Climate-Resilient Cereals; 3 Increased Livestock Productivity through Climate Resilience and Disease Resistance (two distinct opportunities: vaccine development and breeding/genomics approaches); 4 Small-Scale Irrigation Technologies and Agricultural Water Management Practices; 5 Reduced Post-Harvest Losses and Food Waste; 6 Food Security Policy. (GG 9/27/12) RFA-OAA-12-000036

Deadline: 12/21/2012

37-10 Higher Education Challenge Grants Program (USDA)

Projects supported by the Higher Education Challenge Grants Program will: 1) address a State, regional, national, or international educational need; 2) involve a creative or non-traditional approach toward addressing that need that can serve as a model to others; 3) encourage and facilitate better working relationships in the university science and education community, as well as between universities and the private sector, to enhance program quality and supplement available resources; and 4) result in benefits that will likely transcend the project duration and USDA support. USDA-NIFA-CGP-003954 (GG 9/27/12)

Deadline: 2/8/2013


37-11 Reinvent The Toilet Challenge, Round 3 (Gates)

The Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting innovators to send letters of inquiry for the following opportunity: Reinvent The Toilet Challenge - RTTC (round 3). Grants will be awarded to exceptional research groups interested in contributing to major advances in human sanitation in the developing world. Successful applicants will participate in the next phase to the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge by designing, prototyping and testing entirely stand-alone, self-contained, practical sanitation modules which intake bodily wastes or fecal sludge collected from pit latrines and septic tanks and swiftly dispose of them without any incoming water piping, outgoing sewer piping or electric or gas utility services. These modules must intake all outputs of the services population - ultimately at single - residence scales (smaller- scale individual family toilet solutions) or group of households (larger-scale neighborhood fecal sludge processor solutions)- with minimal module footprints and assured biosafety.

Deadline: Letters of Inquiry 11/8/2012


37-12 Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research (IBSS) (NSF)

The Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research (IBSS) competition promotes the conduct of interdisciplinary research by teams of investigators in the social and behavioral sciences. There are two types of projects that may be supported by IBSS: IBSS Large Interdisciplinary Research Projects (with maximum award sizes of $1,000,000) and IBSS Interdisciplinary Team Exploratory Projects (with maximum award sizes of $250,000). All proposals submitted for the IBSS competition must include three or more senior personnel from at least two different SBE disciplinary fields. Emphasis is placed on support for research that involves researchers from multiple disciplinary fields, that integrates scientific theoretical approaches and methodologies from multiple disciplinary fields, and that is likely to yield generalizable insights and information that will advance basic knowledge and capabilities across multiple disciplinary fields. NSF 12-614

Deadline: 1/23/2013, 12/3/2013