April 30, 2010 (Vol. 19, No. 17)
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Future astrobiology research associated with solar system exploration and the Vision for Space Exploration requires the development of astrobiology relevant, miniaturized instrumentation capable of extensive operations on lunar and planetary surfaces throughout the Solar System. To this end, and in collaboration with other Directorates at NASA and other agencies, this Astrobiology Science and Technology for Exploring Planets (ASTEP) program solicits proposals for investigations focused on exploring the Earth's extreme environments in order to develop a sound technical and scientific basis to conduct astrobiological research on other solar system bodies. A unique feature that is central to the ASTEP program is the use of terrestrial field campaigns to further science and technology and NASA's exploration capabilities. NNH10ZDA001N-ASTEP (GG 3/4/10)
The purpose of this competitive undergraduate scholarship grant program is to increase the multicultural diversity of the food and agricultural scientific and professional workforce, and advance the educational achievement of all Americans by providing competitive grants to colleges and universities. This program solicits applications to train students in the Emphasis Areas of 1) Veterinary Medicine (First Professional Degree in Veterinary Medicine); 2) Agricultural Sciences and Engineering for Bioenergy; 3) Natural Resources Sciences Training; 4) Human Sciences Training; (5) Food Science and Human Nutrition Training; and 6) Agrosecurity Science Training. USDA-NIFA-HEMS-003177 (GG 4/23/10)
The purpose of the Underground Railroad Educational and Cultural (URR) Program is to preserve the Underground Railroad's legacy and to demonstrate how the Underground Railroad's widespread operations network transformed our Nation. In addition, the URR Program promotes the formation of public-private partnerships to help disseminate information regarding the Underground Railroad throughout the United States, including lessons to be drawn from the history of the Underground Railroad. CFDA 84.34A. (FR 4/30/10)
The Spencer Foundation provides funding for research projects that study education in the United States and abroad. The foundation funds research grants that range in size from smaller grants that can be completed within a year, to larger, multi-year endeavors. The foundation seeks to shed light on the role education plays in reducing economic and social inequalities--as well as, sometimes, reinforcing them--and to find ways to more fully realize education's potential to promote more equal opportunity. Expanded opportunity is important not only to a society's economic well being but to the character of its civic, cultural, and social life as well.
The Office of Nuclear Physics (NP), Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), announces its interest in receiving applications for Research and Development (R&D) efforts directed at challenges for next generation NP accelerator. DE-FOA-0000339 (GG 4/29/10)
The U.S. Army Research Office (ARO) announces the availability of a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Development of Quantum Computing Technology. ARO together with the National Security Agency (NSA) solicits proposals for basic and applied research to advance quantum computing technology. Research areas of particular interest include: 1) Robust solid-state qubits and related technologies; 2) Short-to-medium-range quantum information transfer in solid-state system, and 3) Ideas, methods, and procedures for the verification/validation of quantum computing components. W911NF-10-R-0007 (GG 4/27/10)
The overall objective of this program is to conduct basic research that will help enable robust autonomy and automation in dynamic, unconstrained environments and contexts. The two science problems of interest are how a learning machine may leverage all relevant prior knowledge and how it may leverage occasional in situ availability of a subject matter expert (SME). This leads naturally to the existing research of Transfer Learning and Active Learning. The intent of this Program is to improve upon these two existing areas of research and combine them to produce a novel, powerful learning capability. The primary deficiency of active learning is that it typically involves only labeling exemplars and does not allow the SME to fully impact his/her rich domain knowledge as they would to be human student. A deficiency of transfer learning is that when it fails it is typically not possible for an SME to repair or complete the transfer in situ. By exploiting both of these deficiencies, this Program seeks to fundamentally extend the scope of active learning and incorporate it into the knowledge transfer process. ONRBAA10-017 (GG 4/22/10)
This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is issued by the Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in support of the Smart Grid Research & Development (R&D) Program. NETL is tasked with accelerating the commercialization, deployment and integration of advanced digital systems that are needed to modernize the nation's electricity delivery network for enhanced interoperability and cyber security. The goal of the Smart Grid R&D program is to develop an integrated, national electric/communication technology infrastructure with the ability to dynamically optimize grid operations and resources and incorporate demand response and consumer participation. This announcement consists of three areas of interest addressing the need to develop: 1) Integrated distribution management systems for distribution automation, 2) Advanced sensing, monitoring, and control technologies for enhanced asset utilization and grid reliability, 3) Voltage regulation and overvoltage protection for high penetration of renewable generation. DE-FOA-0000313 (GG 4/22/10)
The Origins of Solar Systems program solicits basic research proposals to conduct scientific investigations related to understanding the formation and early evolution of planetary systems and to provide the fundamental research and analysis necessary to detect and characterize other planetary systems. These investigations may involve analytical and numerical modeling, laboratory research, and observational studies in the following areas: star formation and the relationship to planetary system formation, solar nebula processes, accumulation and dynamical evolution, analysis of primitive materials, and the detection and characterization of other planetary systems. NNH10ZDA001N-OSS (GG 3/4/10)
Lack of essential observations from space is currently a major limiting factor in space weather research. Recent advances in sensor and spacecraft technologies make it feasible to obtain key measurements from low-cost, small satellite missions. A particularly promising aspect of this development is the prospect of obtaining multi-point observations in space that are critical for addressing many outstanding problems in space science. Space-based measurements from small satellites also have great potential to advance discovery and understanding in other areas of atmospheric sciences. To take full advantage of these developments, NSF is soliciting research proposals centered on small satellite missions. NSF 10-537
Investigator-Initiated Research (IIR)--IIR Grants provide up to $600,000 over three years to stimulate exploration of new ideas and novel approaches in breast cancer research and clinical practice that will lead to reductions in breast cancer incidence and mortality within the next decade. Komen is introducing a new approach to its IRR RFA in an effort to align supported research projects with Komen's annual strategic objectives and to provide consistency for the research community. This year's research areas are as follows: Prevention/Early Detection: Molecular Predictors of High Risk and Early Disease; Novel Therapeutics and Resistance: Targeted Therapies for Endocrine Resistance Disease; Biology of Breast Cancer: Therapeutic Implications of Micrometastases and 2) Epigenetic Alterations; and 11 issues relevant to Disparities in Breast Cancer Outcomes. Career Catalyst Research (CCR) Grants--CCR Grants provide unique opportunities for scientists in the early stages of their career to achieve research independence with an independent award of up to $450,000 over three years. This year's annual research focus areas are: Biology and Translation, and Disparities in Breast Cancer Outcomes.
This solicitation seeks proposals to perform short-term, feasibility studies of applications of Earth science research results that will improve decision-making activities in the focus area of Public Health. The overall objective of these projects is to generate and test preliminary ideas for applications of Earth science products to determine their potential value and readiness for a more in-depth project. The Public Health application area focuses on Earth science applications to public health and safety, particularly regarding infectious disease, emergency preparedness and response, and environmental health issues. The application explores issues of toxic and pathogenic exposures, as well as natural and man-made hazards and their effects, for risk characterization/mitigation and improvements to health and safety. NNH10ZDA001N-PHFEAS (GG 3/9/10)
The Offices of Public Affairs of the US Embassies in Turkey and Armenia announce the Turkey-Armenia Summer Teaching Institute open competition. Public and private non-profit organizations may submit proposals to conduct a 6-week program in the United States focusing on how current approaches to English language teaching can be used to develop critical thinking skills and build tolerance among adolescent students. The 20-25 Armenian and 20-25 Turkish participants will be early- to mid-career educators with 3-7 years of experience teaching English in public secondary schools. Exchange participants will be hosted at a U.S. university or similar education institution for a 6-week period during the school summer break period (late June through early September). To promote continued collaboration after the summer institute, participants will be introduced to social networking tools which will allow them to establish trans-national virtual exchanges among their classes and fellow teachers. PRMTR-10-GR-001-EUR-042810 (GG 4/28/10)