December 14, 2012 (Vol. 21, No. 46)

Program Information

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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:, by the Internal due date listed in the Funding Bulletin (FB 46-2) 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:


46-1 Interdisciplinary Research in Earth Science (NASA)

This solicitation is for new and successor interdisciplinary research investigations within NASA's Interdisciplinary Research in Earth Science (IDS) program. Proposed research investigations will meet the following criteria: a) offer a fundamental advance to our understanding of the Earth system; b) be based on remote sensing data, especially satellite observations, but including suborbital sensors as appropriate; c) go beyond correlation of data sets and seek to understand the underlying causality of change through determination of the specific physical, chemical, and/or biological processes involved; d) be truly interdisciplinary in scope by involving traditionally disparate disciplines of the Earth sciences; and e) address at least one of the five specific themes listed in this solicitation: Understanding Earth System Vulnerabilities to Climate Extremes, Impacts of Changing Polar Ice Cover, Water and Energy Cycle Impacts of Biomass Burning, Impacts of Population growth on watersheds and coastal ecology, and Role of Permafrost in a Changing Climate. NNH12ZDA001N

Deadline: Notices of Intent 3/1/2013; Proposals 4/1/2013

46-2 Next Generation National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NG NNIN) (NSF)

The National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) will reach its ten year authorized award life at the end of Fiscal Year 2013. The National Science Foundation is announcing in this solicitation an open competition to establish a Next-Generation National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NG NNIN) for Fiscal Years 2014-2018. NNIN has enabled major discoveries, innovations, and contributions to education and commerce within all disciplines of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology through NSF support of a national network of university-based user facilities. The core mission of NNIN has included national-level education and outreach programs to enable a diverse science and engineering workforce, the study of societal and ethical implications of nanotechnology including issues of environment, health, and safety, as well as important modeling and simulation capabilities. The new competition for the NG NNIN will build on the concept of NNIN with a much broadened scope and user base. Support is being provided by all NSF Directorates and the Office of International Science and Engineering as an integral part of the NSF investment in Nanoscale Science and Engineering. An institution may not be included in more than one proposal submitted in response to this solicitation. NSF 13-521

Deadline: Internal 2/1/2013; Letters of Intent 4/1/2013; Proposals 5/13/13

46-3 Dear Colleague Letter-Stimulating Research Related to The Science of Broadening Participation (NSF)

Building on the previous investments of the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE) to stimulate research related to the Science of Broadening Participation (SBP), SBE and the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) are partnering to announce our joint interest in supporting the Science of Broadening Participation (SBP). The Science of Broadening Participation will employ the social, behavioral, economic and education sciences to inform approaches to increasing the access and involvement of underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and to strengthen our national STEM capabilities and competitive advantage. Ultimately, the SBP research is intended to inform STEM educators, STEM employers, and policy makers and provide the evidence needed for informed decisions and the design of programs and interventions. In FY 2013, EHR and SBE will partner to support research that uses the theories, methods, and analytic techniques of the social, behavioral, economic, and educational sciences to better understand the barriers as well as factors that enhance our ability to broaden participation in STEM. NSF 13-020

Deadline: Varies

46-4 Research Coordination Networks (RCN) (NSF)

The goal of the RCN program is to advance a field or create new directions in research or education by supporting groups of investigators to communicate and coordinate their research, training and educational activities across disciplinary, organizational, geographic and international boundaries. RCN provides opportunities to foster new collaborations, including international partnerships, and address interdisciplinary topics. Proposed networking activities directed to the RCN program should focus on a theme to give coherence to the collaboration, such as a broad research question or particular technologies or approaches. Participating core programs in the Directorates for Biological Sciences (BIO), Geosciences (GEO), Engineering (ENG) and Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), and Offices of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI) and Polar Programs (OPP) will accept General (non-targeted) RCN proposals. Submission deadlines for the General RCN proposals vary by program. RCN-SEES: The Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability track focuses on interdisciplinary topics that will advance sustainability science, engineering and education as an integrative approach to the challenges of adapting to environmental, social and cultural changes associated with growth and development of human populations, and attaining a sustainable energy future. RCN-UBE: The Undergraduate Biology Education track focuses on any topic likely to lead to improved participation, learning, or assessment in undergraduate biology curricula. NSF 13-520

Deadline: RCN SEES 3/4/2013; RCN UBE 6/14/2013


46-5 Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers (NEH)

The Landmarks of American History and Culture program supports a series of one-week residence-based workshops for a national audience of K-12 educators. NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops use historic sites to address central themes and issues in American history, government, literature, art, music, and related subjects in the humanities. Each workshop is offered twice during the summer. Workshops accommodate forty school teachers (NEH Summer Scholars) at each one-week session. The goals of the workshops are to · increase knowledge and appreciation of subjects, ideas, and places significant to American history and culture through humanities reading and site study; · build communities of inquiry and provide models of civility and of excellent scholarship and teaching; · provide teachers with expertise in the use and interpretation of historical sites and of material and archival resources; and · encourage historical and cultural sites to develop greater capacity for professional development programs. Applicants should make a compelling case for the historical significance of the site(s), the material resources available for use, and the ways in which the site(s) will enhance the workshop. 20130305-BH (GG 11/29/12)

Deadline: 3/5/2013

46-6 Summer Seminars and Institutes (NEH)

These grants support faculty development programs in the humanities for school teachers and for college and university teachers. NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes may be as short as two weeks or as long as five weeks. NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes extend and deepen knowledge and understanding of the humanities by focusing on significant topics and texts; contribute to the intellectual vitality and professional development of participants; build communities of inquiry and provide models of civility and excellent scholarship and teaching; and effectively link teaching and research in the humanities. The host site must be suitable for the project, providing facilities for scholarship and collegial interaction. 20130305-FS (GG 11/30/12)

Deadline: 3/5/2013


46-7 Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research (DOE)

The Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) conducts crosscutting nuclear energy research and development (R&D) and associated infrastructure support activities to develop innovative technologies that offer the promise of dramatically improved performance for advanced reactors and fuel cycle concepts while maximizing the impact of DOE resources. The competitive portion of NE's R&D portfolio is accomplished in part by promoting integrated and collaborative research conducted by university, industry, international and national laboratory partners under the direction of Office of Nuclear Energy's programs: Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP), elements of the Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET) Crosscutting Technology Development Program, the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) National Scientific User Facility (NSUF), and Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) / Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR). Additionally, through the NEET Crosscutting Technology Development Program, NE provides direct and competitive awards for university, industry and national laboratory-led research that crosscuts the NE R&D portfolio. The primary objective of consolidating fiscal year (FY) 2013 competitive research sought by NE in the area of innovative nuclear research into a single Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to promote efficiency and the effective use of resources. DE-FOA-0000799 (GG 12/10/12)

Deadline: Preapplications 1/28/2013; Applications 6/12/2013

46-8 Dear Colleague Letter-DMREF Proposals To The Division of Mathematical Sciences in Fiscal Year 2013 (NSF)

The Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) is pleased to invite proposals in 2013 for the NSF activity Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF). DMREF is part of NSF's second year of a national materials initiative entitled the Materials Genome Initiative for Global Competitiveness (MGI). The MGI national initiative integrates all components in the continuum of materials design, including materials discovery, development, property optimization, systems design and optimization, certification, manufacturing, and deployment, with each employing the toolset that is being developed within the materials innovation infrastructure. DMREF comprises well-coordinated activities involving the Directorates of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Computer & Information Science and Engineering. Proposals that do not seek new mathematical or statistical results may nevertheless fit well with other NSF divisions that are participating in DMREF, and mathematical scientists are strongly encouraged to join any DMREF proposal that makes good use of their expertise. NSF 13-026

Deadline: 2/15/2013


46-9 Opportunities for Collaborative Research at the NIH Clinical Center (U01) (NIH)

The goal of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to support collaborative translational research projects aligned with NIH efforts to enhance the translation of basic biological discoveries into clinical applications that improve health. This opportunity is specifically to promote partnerships between NIH intramural investigators (e.g., those conducting research within the labs and clinics of the NIH) and extramural investigators (e.g., those conducting research in labs outside the NIH). It will provide support for extramural investigators to take advantage of the unique research opportunities available at the NIH Clinical Center by conducting research projects in collaboration with NIH intramural investigators. Teams will have at least one intramural and one extramural investigator. PAR-13-029 (NIHG 11/30/12)

Deadline: 3/20/2013, 3/20/2014, 3/20/2015


46-10 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI): NIFA Fellowships Grant Program (USDA)

The AFRI NIFA Fellowships Grant Program targets talented, highly-motivated doctoral candidates and postdoctoral trainees that demonstrate remarkable promise and the potential to become gifted education, extension, and research professionals in the United States. Project types supported by AFRI within this RFA include single-function Research, Education, and Extension Projects and multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects. USDA-NIFA-AFRI-004031

Deadline: 3/7/2013