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November 30, 2012 (Vol. 21, No. 44)


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 44-5) 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:


44-1 Kansas NASA EPSCoR Request for Proposals (KNEP)

The Kansas NASA EPSCoR Program (KNEP) is preparing to award Partnership Development Grants (PDG) to Kansas investigators, under the KNEP Research Infrastructure Development (RID) program. These grants are intended to facilitate the development of beneficial and promising NASA collaborations. The PDG recipient is expected to initiate, develop, and formalize a meaningful professional relationship with a NASA researcher. Given this expectation, it is vital investigators and students travel to a NASA center if selected for an award. PDG awards are competitive, with a strong emphasis on: Addressing NASA and Kansas interests (required); Developing new, sustained, and meaningful NASA contacts (required); Involving students, especially underrepresented and underserved Kansas undergraduates and graduate students, in the research (required); strengthening collaboration among academia, government agencies, business, and industry; Exploring new and unique R&D opportunities; Shared publications and future EPSCoR and non-EPSCoR grant submissions. The KNEP PDG program cannot support proposals augmenting existing funded research projects.

Deadline: 12/20/2012

44-2 Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy: A Joint Research Funding Opportunity Announcement (DOE/USDA)

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), announce their interest in receiving applications for genomics based research that will lead to the improved use of biomass and plant feedstocks for the production of fuels such as ethanol or renewable chemical feedstocks. Specifically, applications are sought for fundamental research on plants that will improve biomass characteristics, biomass yield, or sustainability. Systems biology approaches to identify genetic indicators enabling plants to be efficiently bred or manipulated, or research to predict phenotype from underlying genotype that could lead to improved feedstock characterization and sustainability are also encouraged. DE-FOA-0000770 (GG 11/20/12)

Deadline: Preapplications 12/18/2012; Applications 2/25/2013

44-3 Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) (NSF)

The INSPIRE awards program was established to address some of the most complicated and pressing scientific problems that lie at the intersection of traditional disciplines. It is intended to encourage investigators to submit bold, exceptional proposals that some may consider to be at a disadvantage in a standard NSF review process; it is not intended for proposals that are more appropriate for existing award mechanisms. INSPIRE is open to interdisciplinary proposals on any NSF-supported topic, submitted by invitation only after a preliminary inquiry process initiated by submission of a required Letter of Intent. In fiscal year 2013, INSPIRE provides support through the following three pilot grant mechanisms: INSPIRE Track 1. This is essentially a continuation of the pilot CREATIV mechanism from FY 2012, which was detailed for 2012 in Dear Colleague Letter NSF 12-011; INSPIRE Track 2. These are mid-scale research awards at a larger scale than Track 1, allowing for requests of up to $3,000,000 over a duration of up to five years. Expectations for cross-cutting advances and for broader impacts are greater than in Track 1, and the review process includes external review; Director's INSPIRE Awards are prestigious individual awards to single-investigator proposals that present ideas for interdisciplinary advances with unusually strong, exciting transformative potential. NSF 13-518

Deadline: Letters of Intent Track 2 2/20/2013, Track 1 3/29/2013; Proposals Track 2 5/13/2013, Track 1 5/29/2013

44-4 First Awards (KU/EPSCoR)

Kansas NSF EPSCoR (KNE) helps Kansas build its research capacity and competitiveness in science and technology. The First Award program helps early career faculty become competitive for funding from the research directorates at the National Science Foundation by: 1) encouraging early career faculty to submit proposals to the NSF as soon as possible after their first faculty appointment, and 2) by accelerating the pace of their research and the quality of their subsequent proposals. Eligible to apply is any individual tenure track faculty member at Kansas State University, University of Kansas, Wichita State University, Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Pittsburg State University or Washburn University who: is within the first three years of his/her faculty appointment, has not previously received a First Award of similar funding from another EPSCoR or EPSCoR-like (Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence, COBRE) program in Kansas, is not currently nor has previously been a lead Principal Investigator of research grant funded by a federal agency.

Deadline: Letters of Intent 12/17/2012; Proposals 2/11/2013


44-5 NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) (NSF)

This program makes grants to institutions of higher education to support scholarships for academically talented students demonstrating financial need, enabling them to enter the STEM workforce or STEM graduate school following completion of an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate-level degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics disciplines. Grantee institutions are responsible for selecting scholarship recipients, reporting demographic information about student scholars, and managing the S-STEM project at the institution. The program does not make scholarship awards directly to students; students should contact their institution's Office of Financial Aid for this and other scholarship opportunities. An Institution may submit one proposal from each constituent school or college that awards degrees in an eligible field. NSF 12-529

Deadline: Internal 6/13/2013; Proposals 8/13/2013


44-6 Integrated Earth Systems (IES) (NSF)

Integrated Earth Systems (IES) is a program in the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) that focuses on the continental, terrestrial and deep Earth subsystems of the whole Earth system. The overall goal of the program is to provide opportunity for collaborative, multidisciplinary research into the operation, dynamics and complexity of Earth systems at a budgetary scale between that of a typical project in the EAR Division's disciplinary programs and larger scale initiatives at the Directorate or Foundation level. Specifically, IES will provide research opportunities for the study of Earth systems from the core of the Earth to the top of the critical zone with a specific focus on subsystems that include continental, terrestrial and deep Earth subsystems at all temporal and spatial scales (NROES, 2012). IES will provide opportunities to focus on Earth systems connected to topics which include (but are not limited to) the continents; the terrestrial, surficial Earth systems including physical, chemical and biotic dimensions; linkages among tectonics, climate, landscape change, topography and geochemical cycles including core and mantle processes. NSF 12-613

Deadline: 11/14/2013


44-7 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in Systems Developmental Biology (T32) (NIH)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) issued by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) encourages applications for predoctoral NRSA T32s to provide research training in systems biology of developmental biology and/or structural birth defects research. PAR-13-019 (NIHG 11/9/12)

Deadline: Letters of Intent 4/25/2013, 4/25/2014; Applications 5/25/2013, 5/25/2014


44-8 AmeriCorps State and National Grant Competitions (CNCS)

This AmeriCorps State and National Notice of Federal Funding Opportunity Notice will focus grant making for fiscal year 2013 in six areas identified by the Serve America Act (SAA): · Disaster Services, · Economic Opportunity, · Education, · Environmental Stewardship, · Healthy Futures, · Veterans and Military Families. In order to maximize the impact of the public investment in national service, CNCS will fund programs that can demonstrate community impact and solve community problems using an evidence-based or evidence-informed approach (e.g. performance data, research, theory of change). CNCS111612 (GG 11/16/12)

Deadline: 2/6/2013

44-9 Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SCISIP) (NSF)

The Science of Science & Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program supports research designed to advance the scientific basis of science and innovation policy. Research funded by the program thus develops, improves and expands models, analytical tools, data and metrics that can be applied in the science policy decision making process. For example, research proposals may develop behavioral and analytical conceptualizations, frameworks or models that have applications across a broad array of SciSIP challenges, including the relationship between broader participation and innovation or creativity. Proposals may also develop methodologies to analyze science and technology data, and to convey the information to a variety of audiences. Researchers are also encouraged to create or improve science and engineering data, metrics and indicators reflecting current discovery, particularly proposals that demonstrate the viability of collecting and analyzing data on knowledge generation and innovation in organizations. PD 09-7626

Deadline: 9/9/2013

44-10 Model Demonstration Projects on Promoting Reentry Success through Continuity of Educational Opportunities (ED)

The purpose of the PRSCEO program is to demonstrate the benefits of implementing a reentry education model, as described in the U.S. Department of Education November 2012 publication entitled A Reentry Education Model, Supporting Education and Career Advancement for Low-Skill Individuals in Corrections. This Reentry Education Model is focused on: 1) Supporting individuals, especially low-skilled adults, in their transition from correctional institutions into the community by strengthening and aligning educational services provided in those settings; 2) establishing a strong program infrastructure to support and improve education services in correctional institutions; 3) ensuring that education is well integrated into correctional institutions by making it a critical component of the intake and pre-release processes, and by aligning it with support and employment services; and 4) encouraging individuals in correctional institutions to identify and achieve education and career goals, recognizing that their education paths are not linear or uniform. ED-GRANTS-112012-001 (GG 11/20/12)

Deadline: 12/26/2012

44-11 Fellowships (CISAC)

The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) is an interdisciplinary community dedicated to producing policy-relevant scholarly research on international security problems, to teaching and training the next generation of security specialists, and to influencing policymaking in international security. The Center serves as a forum for scholars, practitioners and security professionals to understand complex international problems and explore innovative solutions in a collegial and collaborative environment. CISAC's fellowship program is an integral part of this mission. Through the Center's annual fellowship competition, a small number of scholars are selected to spend the academic year engaged in research and writing on campus. (TGA 11/12)