Funding Bulletin, Volume 22, Number 42 (November 22, 2013)

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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 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:


42-1 Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy: A Joint Research Funding Opportunity (USDA)

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research (OBER), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), announce their interest in receiving applications for genomics-based research that will lead to the improved use of biomass and plant feedstocks for the production of fuels such as ethanol or renewable chemical feedstocks. Specifically, applications are sought for research on plants that will improve biomass and oil seed characteristics, yield, or sustainability. Research to overcome the biological barriers to the low-cost, high-quality, scalable and sustainable production of bioenergy feedstocks using the tools of genetics and genomics are encouraged. In 2014, the program seeks to build upon gains in genetic and genomic resources for bioenergy and biofuels by investigating environmental influences on gene expression and resulting phenotype, specifically bioenergy-relevant traits such as biomass yield and traits relevant to sustainable crop production such as nutrient/water utilization; to accelerate breeding of dedicated bioenergy feedstocks aimed at improving such traits; and to develop and use database and extension tools and resources for enhanced bioenergy crop research and training. DE-FOA-0000223 (GG 11/20/13)

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Deadline: Preapplications 12/19/2013; Applications 2/25/2014

42-2 Climate and Earth System Modeling: SciDAC and Climate Variability and Change (DOE)

Climate and Earth System Modeling is part of the Climate and Environmental Sciences Division of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER). The Climate and Earth System Modeling programs seek to develop and analyze high fidelity community models representing Earth and climate system variability and change, with a significant focus on the response of systems to natural and anthropogenic forcing. As the first of two programs in Climate and Earth System Modeling that participate in this FOA, the Earth System Modeling (ESM) Program seeks to advance computational, dynamical, and biogeophysical representations of the Earth system and its components, and to calibrate, test and assess predictive capabilities using uncertainty quantification methodologies. The second program participating in this FOA, the Regional and Global Climate Modeling (RGCM) Program, seeks to enhance the predictive understanding of the Earth system by analyzing the natural and anthropogenic components of global and regional Earth system models. DE-FOA-0001036 (GG 11/20/13)

Deadline: Preapplications 1/17/2014; Applications 3/3/2014

42-3 Environmental Research and Development (DoD)

The Department of Defense's (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is seeking to fund environmental research and development proposals. SERDP is DoD's environmental science and technology program, planned and executed in partnership with the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, with participation by numerous other Federal and non-Federal organizations. The Program invests across the broad spectrum of basic and applied research, as well as advanced development. Proposals responding to focused Statements of Need (SON) in the following areas are requested: Environmental Restoration--Research and technologies for the characterization, risk assessment, remediation, and management of contaminants in soil, sediments, and water; Munitions Response--Technologies for the detection, classification, and remediation of military munitions on U.S. lands and waters; Resource Conservation and Climate Change--Research that advances DoD's management of its natural and cultural resources and improves understanding of climate change impacts; and Weapons Systems and Platforms--Research and technologies to reduce, control, and understand the sources of waste and emissions in the manufacturing, maintenance, and use of weapons systems and platforms. SERDP also will be funding environmental research and development through the SERDP Exploratory Development (SEED) Solicitation. The SEED Solicitation is designed to provide a limited amount of funding (not to exceed $150,000) for projects up to approximately one year in duration to investigate innovative approaches that entail high technical risk or require supporting data to provide proof of concept. This year, SERDP is requesting SEED proposals for the Environmental Restoration and Weapons Systems and Platforms program areas.

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Deadline: Preproposals 1/9/2014; Seed Proposals 3/11/2014

42-4 Validation and Demonstration of Devices for Environmental Exposure Assessment (R21/R33) (NIH)

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is intended to facilitate the translation of prototype devices for characterization of personal exposures into field use by supporting a phased validation effort involving a partnership between tool developers and environmental epidemiologists. In the initial (R21) phase, the focus is on iterative refinement of the prototype based on evaluation in a pilot scale study. The goal of this phase is to demonstrate data quality, tool reliability, and usability in a real world and relevant setting. The second (R33) phase will involve larger scale application in a larger epidemiological study to demonstrate the added scientific value of the tool in terms of both improved exposure assessment and estimation of exposure-health outcome relationships. Funding for the second phase requires an evaluation of the successful attainment of quantitative milestones and Go/No-Go decision points established in the application and through negotiation. RFA-ES-13-013 (NIHG 11/15/13)

Deadline: Letters of Intent 1/4/2014; Applications 2/4/2014


42-5 Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development Competition (USAID)

This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is for a funding competition component of this Grand Challenge for Development, designed to address barriers to enable the production of more food with less water and/or make more water available for food production, processing, and distribution. Focus areas are: Water Efficiency and Reuse; Water Capture and Storage; and Salinity and Salt Water Intrusion. SOL-OAA-14-000019 (GG 11/18/14)

Deadline: 1/17/2014


42-6 United States Mint Calls for Artists: Seeking Artists to Design United States Coins and Medals (NEA)

The United States Mint is seeking artists interested in taking coin and medal design in new directions and trying new approaches as part of our endeavor to ensure that the designs on United States coins and medals are of the highest quality to best represent our country for years to come. Subject to the conditions and criteria below, the United States Mint will award contracts to up to 20 artists to participate in the United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) and submit designs for selected coin and medal programs. Depending on the number of active years in the AIP, artists receive between $2000 and $3000 for each design submission and an additional $5000 if their design is selected and used for a coin or medal design. All selected designs are sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engravers, who also prepare designs for coin and medal programs. Artists of selected designs are named as designer in historical documents, Certificates of Authenticity and promotional materials. In most cases, the artist's initials appear on the final coins or medals (along with the initials of the United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver who sculpted the selected design). 2014NEA03MINT (GG 11/6/13)

Deadline: 1/10/2014

42-7 National Leadership Grants for Libraries (IMLS)

National Leadership Grants from the Institute for Museum and Library Services support projects that address challenges faced by the museum, library, and/or archive fields and that have the potential to advance practice in those fields. Successful proposals will seek innovative responses to the challenge(s) identified in the proposals, and will have national impact. IMLS invites libraries to address STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in their programs and projects in order to advance learning and support the acquisition of STEM knowledge at all ages, but particularly for at-risk youth. The National Leadership Grant program accepts applications under three main categories: Advancing Digital Resources--Support the creation, use, presentation, and preservation of significant digital resources as well as the development of tools to enhance access, use, and management of digital assets. Research--Support research that investigates key questions that are important to museum, library, and archival practice. Demonstration Support projects that produce a replicable model or practice that is usable, adaptable, or scalable by other institutions for improving services and performance. Applicants may choose to submit a Project Grant, Planning Grant, or National Forum Grant proposal in any category. NLG-LIBRARIES-FY14 (GG 10/31/13)

Deadline: 2/3/2014


42-8 Research and Dissertation Grants (AIR)

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and the National Postsecondary Education Cooperation (NPEC), the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) operates two grant programs that support research on a wide range of issues of critical importance to U.S. higher education. The program has two separate purposes: (a) NSF and NCES support grants aim to increase the number of researchers using national datasets and demonstrate that contribution that these datasets make to the national base of knowledge on higher education policy, theory, and practice; and (b) The NPEC funding supports grants that increase the understanding and knowledge of a specific issue area identified by NPEC. (TGA 11/13)

Deadline: 1/9/2014


42-9 Research Opportunities in Space Biology (NASA)

This NASA Research Announcement (NRA) solicits hypothesis - driven space- flight research in Space Biology (SB) to be conducted on ISS. NASA SB experiments have one or more of the following primary goals: 1) to effectively use microgravity and the other characteristics of the space environment to enhance our understanding of basic biological processes; 2) to develop the scientific and technological foundations for a safe, productive human presence in space for extended periods and in preparation for exploration; and 3) to apply this knowledge and technology to improve our nation's competitiveness, education, and the quality of life on Earth. NASA SB experiments will be designed to discover how space flight affects a diverse group of microorganisms, plants, and animals; study the effects of gravity (g) across the g-spectrum, i.e., from micro-to hyper-gravity; and characterize the biological effects of radiation, magnetic fields, and the interaction among species in the unusual environments of space and spacecraft. NRA NNH14ZTT001N

Deadline: Step 1 12/19/2013; Invited Step 2 2/20/2014

42-10 COBRE Phase III: Novel Approaches for the Control of Microbial Pathogens Request for Pilot Project Applications (KU/NIH)

A COBRE proposal with a theme in Anti-infective Discovery and Development is being developed by KU researchers. The overall scientific emphasis is on fundamental, multidisciplinary research towards the discovery and development of strategies to prevent or disrupt infectious diseases. Applications are requested for pilot projects to be funded by the COBRE grant entitled Novel Approaches for the Control of Microbial Pathogens. They plan to fund two 2-year pilot project applications. The projects must demonstrate a good fit of the project with the scientific theme of the COBRE and make good use of proposed COBRE core facilities and developed resources.

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Deadline: Letters of Intent 12/9/2013; Applications 1/24/2014