November 8, 2013 (Vol. 22, No. 40)


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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:, by the Internal due date listed in the Funding Bulletin (FB 40-5) 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:

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40-1 11th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (EPA)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of the P3-People, Prosperity and the Planet Award Program, is seeking applications proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society. The P3 Program supports science-based projects and designs developed by interdisciplinary student teams that benefit people by improving their quality of life, promote prosperity by developing local economies, and protect the planet by conserving resources and minimizing pollution. The EPA offers the P3 competition in order to respond to the technical needs of the world while moving towards the goal of sustainability. Public nonprofit institutions/organizations and private nonprofit institutions/organizations located in the U.S. are eligible to apply to be the recipient of a grant to support teams of undergraduate and/or graduate students. (EPA-G2014-P3-)

Deadline: 12/17/2013

40-2 Bioenergy and Biomass Conversion From Plant-Based Research to Prototype Bio-Materials (CPBR)

The Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research, Inc. (CPBR) is a non-profit organization that funds university peer-reviewed research on a competitive basis. CPBR facilitates research interactions among university and industry scientists. Member organizations include universities, companies and trade associations. Industry sectors represented include the seed, agrochemical, forestry, energy, bio-materials, and other food and non-food agricultural products industries. Preproposals are invited for research that 1) is related to plant biotechnology and 2) addresses industrial problems and opportunities related to bioenergy and biomass conversion. Funding for CPBR research for 2015 may come from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and/or other sources.

Deadline: Letters of Intent 11/22/2013; Preproposals 12/20/2013

40-3 National Robotics Initiative (NRI) (NSF)

The goal of the National Robotics Initiative is to accelerate the development and use of robots in the United States that work beside, or cooperatively with, people. Innovative robotics research and applications emphasizing the realization of such co-robots acting in direct support of and in a symbiotic relationship with human partners is supported by multiple agencies of the federal government including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The purpose of this program is the development of this next generation of robotics, to advance the capability and usability of such systems and artifacts, and to encourage existing and new communities to focus on innovative application areas. It will address the entire life cycle from fundamental research and development to manufacturing and deployment. Methods for the establishment and infusion of robotics in educational curricula and research to gain a better understanding of the long term social, behavioral and economic implications of co-robots across all areas of human activity are important parts of this initiative. Collaboration between academic, industry, non-profit and other organizations is strongly encouraged to establish better linkages between fundamental science and technology development, deployment and use. Only one class of proposals will be considered in response to this solicitation. As detailed in the solicitation, appropriate scientific areas of investigation may be related to any of the participating funding organizations, but NIH and USDA will only fund proposals no larger than a certain size. NSF 14-500

Deadline: 1/21/2014, 11/13/2014


40-4 Collaborative Research (NEH)

Collaborative Research Grants support interpretive humanities research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars, for full-time or part-time activities for periods of one to three years. Support is available for various combinations of scholars, consultants, and research assistants; project-related travel; field work; applications of information technology; and technical support and services. All grantees are expected to communicate the results of their work to the appropriate scholarly and public audiences. Eligible projects include research that significantly adds to knowledge and understanding of the humanities; conferences on topics of major importance in the humanities that will benefit scholarly research; archaeological projects that include the interpretation and communication of results (projects may encompass excavation, materials analysis, laboratory work, field reports, and preparation of interpretive monographs); and research that uses the knowledge and perspectives of the humanities and historical or philosophical methods to enhance understanding of science, technology, medicine, and the social sciences. 20140107-RZ (GG 10/21/13)

Deadline: 1/7/2014


40-5 Faculty Development in the Space Sciences (FDSS) (NSF)

The Geospace Section of the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, to ensure the health and vitality of solar and space sciences on university teaching faculties, is pleased to offer awards for the creation of new tenure-track faculty positions within the intellectual disciplines which comprise the space sciences. The aim of these awards is to integrate research topics in solar and space physics into basic physics, astronomy, electrical engineering, geoscience, meteorology, computer science, and applied mathematics programs, and to develop space physics graduate programs capable of training the next generation of leaders in this field. Space Science is interdisciplinary in nature and the Faculty Development in the Space Sciences awardees will be expected to establish partnerships within the university community. Institutions may submit only one proposal in response to this solicitation. NSF 14-506 (GG 10/29/13)

Deadline: Internal 11/27/2013; Applications 1/27/2014, 8/31/2015

40-6 FY2014 Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research (DOE)

The Department of Energy's (DOE) 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. NE strives to promote integrated and collaborative research conducted by national laboratory, university, industry, and international partners under the direction of NE's programs. This Funding Opportunity Announcement addresses the competitive portion of NE's R&D portfolio as executed through the Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) and Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies Crosscutting Technology Development (NEET CTD). NEUP supports key NE program-related areas: Fuel Cycle Research and Development, Reactor Concepts Research, Development and Demonstration, and Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation. NEET CTD supports national laboratory, university and industry led crosscutting research in the areas of reactor materials, advanced sensors and instrumentation, and advanced methods for manufacturing. An academic PI cannot be included in more than six pre-applications with no more than three applications as the primary PI. Additionally, a PI may have no more than one IRP or three R&D projects funded at any time, and may therefore not submit more full applications than would be allowed by these restrictions should these applications be selected for funding. DE-FOA-0000998 (GG 10/31/13)

Deadline: Preapplications 12/2/2013; Applications 4/3/2014


40-7 Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) (NSF)

The Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) Program supports the generation of extended time series of data to address important questions in evolutionary biology, ecology, and ecosystem science. Research areas include, but are not limited to, the effects of natural selection or other evolutionary processes on populations, communities, or ecosystems; the effects of interspecific interactions that vary over time and space; population or community dynamics for organisms that have extended life spans and long turnover times; feedbacks between ecological and evolutionary processes; pools of materials such as nutrients in soils that turn over at intermediate to longer time scales; and external forcing functions such as climatic cycles that operate over long return intervals. The Program intends to support decadal projects. NSF 14-507

Deadline: Preliminary Proposals 1/30/2014; Proposals 8/1/2014

40-8 Blood and Vascular Systems Response to Sepsis (R01) (NIH)

The purpose of this FOA is to solicit applications to participate in Blood and Vascular Systems Response to Sepsis (BVSS) Program. The objective of this initiative is to foster multi-disciplinary research projects needed to unravel the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the development of severe endothelial dysfunction that contributes to sepsis-related coagulopathy and vascular collapse. To accomplish this goal, the initiative will support research partnerships to conduct multi-disciplinary research needed to dissect the mechanisms of blood and vascular systems in sepsis pathogenesis. RFA-HL-14-028 (NIHG 11/1/13)

Deadline: Letters of Intent 1/6/2014; Applications 2/6/2014

40-9 Analysis of Genome-Wide Gene-Environment (G x E) Interactions (R21) (NIH)

The purpose of this FOA is to provide support for research projects that involve secondary data analyses of existing genome-wide data from genome-wide association studies or other large genomic datasets for the purpose of identifying gene-environment interactions. The ultimate objective of this funding opportunity is the discovery of complex interplays of genes and environmental factors in human populations which may disclose novel genetic susceptibilities to environmental exposures or a greater understanding of the role of environmental exposures in the development, progression, and severity of complex human diseases. PAR-13-382 (NIHG 11/1/13)

Deadline: Letters of Intent 1/14/2014; Applications 2/14/2014


40-10 Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Science (USAID)

The Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Science program is now accepting proposals from developing country researchers interested in collaborating with their U.S. NSF funded counterparts. PEER Science is a partnership between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Sciences Foundation (NSF), intended to address development challenges through international research collaboration. This competitive grants program allows scientists in developing countries to apply for funds to support research and capacity-building activities in partnership with their NSF-funded collaborators on topics of importance to USAID. Furthermore, should a PEER collaboration be selected for funding, the U.S. collaborator may then request an international supplement from NSF to defray the cost of this international partnership.

Deadline: 1/13/2014


40-11 AFRI NIFA Fellowships Grant Program (USDA)

The program goal is to develop the next generation of research, education, and extension professionals in the food and agricultural sciences. The AFRI NIFA Fellowships Grant Program is focused on developing technical and functional competence for predoctoral students and the research independence and teaching credentials of post-doctoral students in the agriculture, forestry, and food sciences that are within NIFA's challenge and foundational program areas through well-developed and highly interactive mentoring and training activities. USDA-NIFA-AFRI-004368 (GG 10/29/13)

Deadline: Letters of Intent 12/12/2013; Applications 2/20/2014