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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: firstname.lastname@example.org, by the Internal due date listed in the Funding Bulletin (FB 27-2, 27-5) 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:
The Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation has established the Office of Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) to serve a critical role in focusing on important emerging areas in a timely manner. This solicitation is a funding opportunity for interdisciplinary teams of researchers to embark on rapidly advancing frontiers of fundamental engineering research. For this solicitation, they will consider proposals that aim to investigate emerging frontiers in the following three specific research areas: 1) Flexible Bioelectronics Systems (BioFlex), 2) Origami Design for Integration of Self-assembling Systems for Engineering Innovation (ODISSEI), and 3) Photosynthetic Biorefineries (PSBR). EFRI seeks proposals with transformative ideas that represent an opportunity for a significant shift in fundamental engineering knowledge with a strong potential for long term impact on national needs or a grand challenge. NSF 12-583 (GG 7/10/12)
27-2 ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (NSF)
The overall goal of the ADVANCE Program is to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers, thereby developing a more diverse science and engineering workforce. Proposed strategies to achieve this goal are based on and justified by relevant theoretical frameworks that often include, but are not limited to: Organizational models and mechanisms of institutional transformation that lead to a STEM climate that is conducive to achieving gender equity; Structural and cultural factors, intrinsic and extrinsic to institutions of higher education and the STEM disciplines, that impact gender equity; The impact of intersectionality on gender equity in STEM fields; The differential impact of academic culture at different institution types (i.e., liberal arts institutions, minority serving institutions, community colleges) on gender equity; The structural and cultural factors, intrinsic and extrinsic to institutions of higher education and STEM disciplines, in particular, that impact academic STEM career choice and persistence; The overall impact of broadening participation of women in higher education. Proposer organizations may submit only one Institutional Transformation proposal or one IT-Catalyst proposal. There is no limit on the number of PAID proposals that can be submitted. NSF 12-584 (GG 7/10/12)
The Department of Defense (DoD) announces the Fiscal Year 2013 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP), a part of the University Research Initiative (URI). DURIP is designed to improve the capabilities of U.S. institutions of higher education to conduct research and to educate scientists and engineers in areas important to national defense by providing funds for the acquisition of research equipment. Proposals must address the impact of the equipment on the institution's ability to educate students, through research, in disciplines important to DoD missions. PA-AFOSR-2012-0004 (GG 7/9/12)
27-4 ROSES 2012: Development and Testing of Potential Indicators For The National Climate Assessment (NASA)
NASA is a major contributor to global climate and related environmental assessment activities, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Climate Assessments and the World Meteorological Organization/United Nations Environment Programme (WMO/UNEP) Ozone Assessment Reports. NASA has made a similarly significant contribution to the U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA), a central component of the 2012-2022 U.S. Global Change Research Program's Strategic Plan, and intends to continue supporting the NCA. Indicators are anticipated to be an important component of future NCAs. These indicators are intended to provide a clear and concise way of communicating to the NCA audiences about not only status and trends of physical drivers of the climate system, but also the ecological and socioeconomic impacts, vulnerabilities, and responses to those drivers. This ROSES element solicits contributions to enhance NASA's participation in future NCAs by encouraging the developing and testing of potential indicators that address the needs expressed in the NCA vision for a national system of indicators and that largely draw from NASA-produced data and/or modeling products. NNH12ZDA001N-INCA (GG 7/11/12)
This program solicitation, Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI: BIC) starts with an existing sound scientific and/or engineering-based research discovery that can be translated to market-valued solutions through a partnership between academe and small technology-based businesses. The funds will provide support to an academic institution to partner with at least two small technology-based businesses that are not in direct competition with each other to carry out early translational-research activities The primary aims of the activities of this partnership are three-fold: 1) to build the innovation capacity of the individual participants from academe and from business; 2) to increase the viability of the small business concerns; and 3) to develop the next-generation workforce by providing opportunities for students at different levels to effectively learn from, participate in, and be profoundly changed by exposure to the process of building innovation capacity that occurs in BIC projects. Lead academic institutions are limited to participation on one proposal as a lead institution. A lead academic institution may NOT participate as a subawardee on any other proposal submitted under this solicitation. NSF 12-578
The Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) announces two new programs as well as the refocusing of several existing program descriptions. These programmatic changes are part of a larger ongoing effort by CMMI to respond to emerging research areas and the needs of its research communities. Descriptions of the new programs in CMMI are as follows: The System Science (SYS) program funds fundamental research on engineered systems that will support the creation of a mathematically sound framework for systems engineering. The System Science program invites proposals that address fundamental systems issues including system performance prediction, uncertainty quantification in the systems context, theoretical foundations for aggregation in systems, decision-making in the systems context, and operation and maintenance in the systems context. The Design of Engineering Material Systems (DEMS) program supports innovative, fundamental research intended to lead to new paradigms of design, development, and insertion of advanced engineering material systems. Fundamental research that develops and creatively integrates theory, processing/manufacturing, data/informatics, experimental, and/or computational approaches with rigorous engineering design principles, approaches, and tools to enable the accelerated design and development of materials is welcome. The creation of these two programs is part of the division's ongoing effort to identify and support emerging fundamental research directions that cut across traditional disciplinary boundaries and/or are aligned with national needs. NSF 12-099
The ultimate aim of this Ideas Lab between the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the US and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) in the UK is to help meet the challenge of sustainably producing enough food for a growing population while reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. The aspiration is that mixing researchers from diverse scientific backgrounds will engender fresh thinking and new approaches that can be used to increase nitrogen availability to crop plants whilst maintaining or increasing yield, and hence decrease the need for the application of fertilizer. In addition, by bringing together highly qualified researchers from the US and the UK, the intention is to form strong transatlantic alliances, where the resulting synergies from the expertise of each partner allow for significant added value. US researchers may submit preliminary proposals only via FastLane for participating in the Ideas Lab in which a set of multidisciplinary ideas will be developed. These will be submitted as full proposals. Alternatively, US researchers who cannot or do not desire to participate in the Ideas Lab can submit full proposals directly via FastLane or Grants.gov in response to this solicitation. NSF 12-579 (GG 7/12/12)
27-8 Research on Children in Military Families: The Impact of Parental Military Deployment and Reintegration on Child and Family Functioning (R13) (NIH)
The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to encourage interdisciplinary conferences and meetings to examine critical questions regarding the impact of parental military deployment, combat-related stress and reintegration with the family on child social and affective development outcomes as well as on family functioning. PA-12-223 (NIHG 7/6/12)
The Chicago-based Retirement Research Foundation, which is devoted exclusively to improving quality of life for the nation's older adults, especially those who are vulnerable due to advanced age, economic disadvantage, or disparity related to race and ethnicity, provides support through its grant programs for direct service, advocacy, education and training programs for professionals and paraprofessionals working with elders, and research to seek causes and solutions to significant problems of older adults. The foundation is particularly interested in innovative projects that develop and/or demonstrate new approaches that improve quality of life for older adults and have the potential for regional or national impact. (PND 7/6/12)
The Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE) encourages investigators to submit proposals that go beyond the boundaries of traditional disciplines, span across the existing core SBE programs, or extend outside the SBE sciences. The report, Rebuilding the Mosaic, from the year-long SBE 2020 visioning process, identifies four cross-cutting themes that appear to be potentially fertile areas for this model of research: population change; disparities in experience and access to resources; language and cognition, including communication, linguistics, and the brain; and new technology/new media and social network analysis. This Dear Colleague Letter does not limit eligible proposals to these cross-cutting umbrella topics. The directorate does anticipate future activities that will support research in some or all of these thematic areas, and proposals that address research problems from an interdisciplinary perspective within these broad topics are welcome. Proposals may be submitted by individual investigators or teams but are expected to incorporate an integrated, interdisciplinary approach and generate results that will contribute to multiple disciplines. This is not a special competition or new program. Relevant proposals should be submitted to an existing SBE program according to the program's regular target or deadline dates.