Funding Bulletin - November 21, 2003 (Vol. 12, No. 46)

GENERAL

46-1 Artificial Intelligence & Cognitive Science (AICS) (NSF)

The The Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science (AICS) program supports research and related education activities fundamental to the development of computer systems capable of performing a broad variety of intelligent tasks, and to the development of computational models of intelligent behavior across the spectrum of human intelligence. Examples of performance-oriented topics include intelligent agents, planning, automated reasoning, machine learning, case-based reasoning, knowledge representation methodologies, and architectures for combining intelligent tasks such as perception reasoning, planning, learning, and action. Examples of cognitive-oriented topics include analogical reasoning, concept formation and evolution, argumentation, integration of knowledge from diverse sources and experience, knowledge acquisition by human learners, manipulation and development of taxonomies and classification systems, collaborative behavior, and adaptation and learning. NSF 03-600

Deadline: 12/19/2003

46-2 Educational Partnerships Program (STATE)

Thee Office of Global Educational Programs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition for the Educational Partnerships Program. The Program's goals are encouraging mutual understanding, educational reform, economic development, and civil society through educational cooperation in higher education with targeted countries and regions that are of high priority to the Department of State. The Educational Partnerships Program enables U.S. colleges and universities and foreign counterpart institutions to pursue objectives cooperatively through exchange visits of faculty, administrators, highly advanced foreign students, and advanced U.S. graduate students who can demonstrate the ability to work independently. Proposals to increase the understanding of the United States in countries and societies with significant Muslim populations are especially encouraged, as are proposals to increase the understanding of these countries and societies in the United States. ECA/A/S/U-04-03 (FBO 11/7/03)

Deadline: 12/12/2003

46-3 Aircrew Protective Clothing and Devices For Use in Tactical, Rotary, and Support Aircraft (DOD)

This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) solicits/requests proposals for Developmental Aircrew Protective Clothing and Devices for use in Tactical, Rotary, and Support Aircraft. Areas of interest include new, innovative approaches to providing enhanced aircrew protection/performance in current and future Navy tactical, rotary and support aircraft. Topic areas include but are not limited to: development of micro/nanotechnology as applied to life support and protective devices; protection against hypothermia/ hyperthermia; auxiliary or integrated human cooling and heating systems; chemical and biological agent protection primarily for vapor threat, but also liquid vapor and aerosol threat; integrated helmet mounted displays, aircrew breathing systems and advanced concept approaches for current and future aircraft applications; improved/ integrated communications systems; improved hearing protection systems; other threat protection technologies. N00421-03-R-0034 (FBO 12/18/02)

Deadline: 12/18/2003

46-4 Quantitative Systems Biotechnology (QSB) (NSF)

This Quantitative Systems Biotechnology solicitation seeks innovative high-risk/high-return proposals, which combine in-depth analysis of large-scale cellular biological systems, or their representations, with creative software tools for the development of computer models as well as complementary quantitative experimental approaches. Multidisciplinary proposals are encouraged. NSF 04-516

Deadline: 2/17/2004

AGRICULTURE

46-5 National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program (USDA)

The Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES) is soliciting applications for the FY 2004 National Research Initiative (NRI) Competitive Grants Program. The purpose of the NRI Program is to support research, extension, and education grants that address key problems of national, regional, and multistate importance in sustaining all components of agriculture (farming, ranching, forestry including urban and agroforestry, aquaculture, rural communities, human nutrition, processing, etc.). Program areas for January 9 are: Watershed Processes & Water Resources; Animal Reproduction; Animal Protection; Integrative Biology of Arthropods and Nematodes; Plant Genome, Bioinformatics and Genetic Resources; Genetic Processes and Mechanisms of Crop Plant; and Biobased Products and Bioenergy. Program areas for January 23 are: Plants for Environmental Adaptation; Improving Human Nutrition; Biology of Weedy and Invasive Plants; Markets and Trade; Rural Development and Improving Food Quality.

Deadline: 1/9/04, 1/23/2004, 2/18/2004, 3/16/2004, 6/15/2004

46-6 Environmental Education Grants (EPA)

This grants program provides financial support for projects which design, demonstrate, or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques. This program is geared toward providing seed money to initiate new projects or to advance existing projects that are new in some way, such as reaching new audiences or new locations. CFDA 66.951 (FR 11/12/03)

Deadline: 1/6/2004

ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS & PHYSICAL SCIENCES

46-7 High-Performance Network Research: Scientific Discovery Through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) and Mathematical, Informational, and Computational Sciences (MICS) (DOE)

The Office of Science, in the U.S. Department of Energy, announces its interest in receiving grant applications for projects in the high-performance network research program. Opportunities exist for research with a primary focus on integrated experimental networks to support high-impact applications in the Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program and for ultra high-speed network technologies under the Mathematical Computational, and Information Sciences (MICS) Division. DE-FG01-04ER04-03 (FBO 11/12/03)

Deadline: 2/25/2004

46-8 Early Career Principal Investigator Program in Applied Mathematics, Collaboratory Research, Computer Science, and High-Performance Networks (DOE)

The Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy, announces its interest in receiving applications for grant applications in support of its Early Career Principal Investigator Program. The purpose of this program is to support research in applied mathematics, collaboratory research, computer science, and networks performed by exceptionally talented scientists and engineers early in their careers. DE-FG01-04ER04-05 (FBO 11/12/03)

Deadline: 2/10/2004

46-9 Computer Vision (NSF)

The mission of the Computer Vision program is to provide opportunities to develop novel ideas into projects that have the potential to lead to advanced visual perception and intelligent systems. The computer Vision program supports fundamental research and related education activities in computer vision. The emphasis is on image representation and interpretation for systems designed to infer properties of the environment from imaging data, and advanced vision systems providing cognitive abilities. NSF 03-602

Deadline: 12/19/2003

46-10 Robotics (NSF)

The mission of the Robotics program is to provide opportunities to develop novel ideas into projects that have the potential to lead to advanced, intelligent robotic systems. The robotics program supports fundamental research and related educational activities in robotics, i.e., machines with sensing, intelligence, and mobility. The emphasis is on systems operating in unstructured environments with a high level of uncertainty; interaction and cooperation of humans and robots; and advanced robotic sensory systems. NSF 03-601

Deadline: 12/19/2003

46-11 Nuclear Explosion Monitoring Research and Engineering (DOE)

The DOE and AFRL invite proposals for research and development to improve national capabilities to detect, locate and identify nuclear explosions in support of the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC), the U.S. government agency responsible for operation of nuclear explosion monitoring systems. Research is being sought in the following topic areas: Topic 1: Energy partition and propagation for local and regional seismic phases including effects on magnitudes and effects of source physics; Topic 2: Calibration and Ground Truth Collection; Topic 3: Seismic Detection, Location and Discrimination; Topic 4: Infrasound; and Topic 5: Hydroacousitc studies. DE-PS52-04NA25154 (FBO 11/5/03)

Deadline: 12/18/2003

46-12 Computer Engineering Research Program (DOD)

The Air Force Research Laboratory is soliciting research proposals for the Computer Engineering Research Program (CERP). The objective of this program is to develop a team/consortium of universities to address embedded intelligent information systems through short term intermittent student-level research in support of the Embedded Intelligent Information Systems and Information Directorate's Basic Research Program, by students and faculty (U.S. citizens and permanent residences only) who are at institutions of higher learning. Technical projects will be in the areas of embedded intelligent information systems, information compression, neural networks, algorithms, data mining, data clustering, computer-aided design tools, reconfigurable systems, systems of systems for command and control, integrated single chip system design for low power and polymorphic properties, and biocomputing. PRDA-04-02-SNK (FBO 11/05/03)

Deadline: 12/19/2003

HEALTH & LIFE SCIENCES

46-13 Small Grants in Occupational Safety and Health Research (CDC)

The purpose of the program is to develop knowledge that can be used in preventing occupational diseases and injuries, and to better understand their underlying pathophysiology. This program will support small research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources. TPA-04-003 (FBO 11/6/03)

Deadline: 2/1/2004, 6/1/2004, 10/1/2004

SOCIAL SCIENCE

46-14 Fellowships in Egypt (ARCE)

The U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs funds fellowships to predoctoral candidates who will be in the all-but-dissertation state at the beginning of tenure, and to postdoctoral scholars. Fields of study include: Archaeology, Humanities, Architecture, Islamic Studies, Art, Literature, Economics, Political Science, Egyptology, Religious Studies, History, and Humanistic Social Sciences. The minimum stay is three months.

Deadline: 1/5/2004

46-15 Small Grants for Behavioral Research in Cancer Control (HHS)

The Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) invites behavioral research applications in cancer control from new investigators or established scientists refocusing their research interests to behavioral research in cancer. The Small Grants Program is designed to aid and facilitate the growth of a nationwide cohort of scientists with a high level of research expertise in behavioral cancer control research. Small grants are short-term awards to provide support for pilot projects, development and testing of new methodologies, secondary data analyses, or innovative studies that provide a basis for more extended research. PAR-04-020 (NIHG 11/14/03)

Deadline: 4/20/04, 8/20/04, 12/22/04

STUDENTS

46-16 East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (NSF)

The East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) provide U.S. graduate students in science and engineering first-hand research experience in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, or Taiwan, an introduction to the science and science policy infrastructure of the respective location, and orientation to the culture and language. The institutes last approximately eight weeks from June to August and are administered in the United States by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The National Institutes of Health (NIH) co-sponsor the Summer Institute in Japan. NSF 03-608

Deadline: 12/23/2003, 12/10/2004, 12/10/2005