Funding Bulletin, Volume 23, Number 5
February 7, 2014

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 5-1) 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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5-1 Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) (R25) (NIH)

The goal of this NIGMS R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce. To this end, this funding opportunity announcement encourages the development of creative educational activities with a primary focus on Research Experiences and Courses for Skills Development. Applications are encouraged from research-intensive institutions that propose to develop recent baccalaureate science graduates from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences so that they have the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue PhD or MD-PhD degrees in these fields. The program provides support for well-designed courses for skills development and extensive research experiences aimed at preparing individuals from diverse backgrounds to complete doctoral degrees. Only one application per institution is allowed. PAR-14-076 (NIHG 1/31/14)

Deadline: Internal 2/15/2014, 11/25/2014; Applications 3/31/2014, 1/25/2015

5-2 Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) (NSF)

NSF's vision for a Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) considers an integrated, scalable, and sustainable cyberinfrastructure as crucial for innovation in science and engineering. The Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) program is an integral part of CIF21. The DIBBs program encourages development of robust and shared data-centric cyberinfrastructure capabilities to accelerate interdisciplinary and collaborative research in areas of inquiry stimulated by data. Effective solutions will bring together cyberinfrastructure expertise and domain researchers, to ensure that the resulting cyberinfrastructure components address the researchers' data needs. The activities should address the data challenges arising in a disciplinary or cross-disciplinary context. This solicitation includes two classes of awards: Pilot Demonstration Awards, and Early Implementation Awards. Prospective PIs should be aware that DIBBS is a multi-directorate activity, and are encouraged to submit proposals with broad, interdisciplinary interest. NSF 14-530 (GG 1/8/14)

Deadline: 4/9/2014



5-3 Organic Transitions Program (USDA)

The overall goal of the ORG Program is to support the development and implementation of research, extension and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers, as well as those who are adopting organic practices. In FY 2014, ORG will continue to prioritize environmental services provided by organic farming systems in the area of soil conservation, pollinator health, and climate change mitigation, including greenhouse gases (GHG), as well as the development of educational tools for Cooperative Extension personnel and other agricultural professionals who advise producers on organic practices, and the development of cultural practices and other allowable alternatives to substances recommended for removal from the National Organic Program's National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. All proposals should have activities and impact in at least two of these three areas: research, education and extension. USDA-NIFA-ICGP-004448 (GG 2/4/14)

Deadline: 4/4/2014



5-4 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 link teaching and research in the humanities. An NEH Summer Seminar or Institute may be hosted by a college, university, learned society, center for advanced study, library or other repository, cultural or professional organization, or school or school system. 20140304-FS (GG 12/30/13)

Deadline: 3/4/2014

5-5 Henry Belin Du Pont Research Grant (Hagley)

These grants are intended to support serious scholarly work that makes use of Hagley's research collections and expands on prior scholarship. Application materials should explain the research project's focus, methodology, engagement with existing scholarship, and the intended product, as well as Hagley collection(s) to be used during the proposed grant residency. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with Hagley staff prior to submitting their application. (TGA 12/13)

Deadline: 3/31/2014, 6/30/2014, 10/31/2014



5-6 FY 2014 Vehicle Technologies Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement (DOE)

The Vehicle Technologies Office supports a broad research, development, and deployment technology portfolio focused on reducing the cost and improving the performance of a mix of near- and long-term vehicle technologies including advanced batteries, power electronics and electric motors, lightweight and propulsion materials, advanced combustion engines, advanced fuels and lubricants, and other enabling technologies. Specifically, activities are aimed at meeting the goals and objectives of the President's Electric Vehicle Everywhere Grand Challenge as well as improvements in other vehicle technologies such as powertrains, fuel, tires, and auxiliary systems and Vehicle Technologies Office. DE-FOA-0000991 (GG 1/24/14)

Deadline: 4/1/2014

5-7 Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum (EARS) (NSF)

The National Science Foundation's Directorates for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), Engineering (ENG), and Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) are coordinating efforts to identify bold new concepts with the potential to contribute to significant improvements in the efficiency of radio spectrum utilization, and in the ability for traditionally underserved Americans to benefit from current and future wireless-enabled goods and services. EARS seeks to fund innovative collaborative research that transcends the traditional boundaries of existing programs, such as research that spans disciplines covered by two or more of the participating NSF directorates. NSF 14-529

Deadline: 4/18/2014

5-8 Faculty Development Grant (NRC)

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is an independent agency, tasked with licensing and regulating the Nation's civilian use of byproduct, source, and special nuclear material to ensure adequate protection of public health and safety, to promote the common defense and security, and to protect the environment. This program provides funding to support nuclear science, engineering, and related disciplines to develop a workforce capable of supporting the design, construction, operation, and regulation of nuclear facilities and the safe handling of nuclear materials. This announcement is for faculty development grants. The objectives of the Faculty Development Program are to attract and retain highly-qualified individuals in academic teaching careers. The grants specifically target probationary, tenure-track faculty during the first 6 years of their career and new faculty hires in the following academic areas: Nuclear Engineering, Health Physics, Radiochemistry, Probability Risk Assessment (Levels 2 & 3) and related disciplines. NRC-HQ-84-14-FOA-0002 (GG 1/30/14)

Deadline: 3/31/2014

5-9 Scholarship and Fellowship Education Grant (NRC)

This program from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) provides funding to support nuclear science, engineering, and related disciplines to develop a workforce capable of supporting the design, construction, operation, and regulation of nuclear facilities and the safe handling of nuclear materials. This announcement is for scholarships and fellowships. NRC-HQ-84-14-FOA-0003 (GG 1/30/14)

Deadline: 3/31/2014

5-10 Petascale Computing Resource Allocations (PRAC) (NSF)

In 2013, a new NSF-funded petascale computing system, Blue Waters, was deployed at the University of Illinois. The goal of this project and system is to open up new possibilities in science and engineering by providing computational capability that makes it possible for investigators to tackle much larger and more complex research challenges across a wide spectrum of domains. The purpose of this solicitation is to invite research groups to submit requests for allocations of resources on the Blue Waters system. Proposers must show a compelling science or engineering challenge that will require petascale computing resources. Proposers must also be prepared to demonstrate that they have a science or engineering research problem that requires and can effectively exploit the petascale computing capabilities offered by Blue Waters. Proposals from or including junior researchers are encouraged, as one of the goals of this solicitation is to build a community capable of using petascale computing. An individual may be PI or co-PI on no more than one proposal that responds to this solicitation. NSF 14-518

Deadline: 3/10/2014, 11/14/2014



5-11 Network and Infrastructure Support for Development of Interdisciplinary Aging Research (R24) (NIH)

The purpose of this FOA is to provide network and infrastructure support to foster development of novel interdisciplinary research approaches on aging research related to caloric restriction (CR) in humans. This FOA uses the Resource-Related Research Project activity code (R24) to support research networks that will advance interdisciplinary collaboration through activities such as meetings, conferences, data exchange, small scale pilots, short term training opportunities, visiting scholar programs and dissemination activities to encourage growth and development in the science related to CR in humans. PAR-14-081 (NIHG 1/31/14)

Deadline: Letters of Intent 4/28/2014; Applications 5/28/2014

5-12 Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) (NSF)

This program is a continuation of the Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) that began in FY 1998 as part of the National Plant Genome Initiative (NPGI). Since the inception of the NPGI and the PGRP, there has been a tremendous increase in the availability of functional genomics tools and sequence resources for use in the study of key crop plants and their models. Proposals are welcomed that build on these resources to develop conceptually new and different ideas and strategies to address grand challenge questions in plants of economic importance on a genome-wide scale. There is also a critical need for the development of novel and creative tools to facilitate new experimental approaches or new ways of analyzing genomic data. Especially encouraged are proposals that provide strong and novel training opportunities integral to the research plan and particularly across disciplines that include, but are not limited to, plant physiology, quantitative genetics, biochemistry, bioinformatics and engineering. Activities in four focus areas will be supported in FY 2014: 1) Genomics-empowered plant research to tackle fundamental questions in plant sciences on a genome-wide scale; 2) Development of tools and resources for plant genome research including novel technologies and analysis tools to enable discovery; 3) Mid-Career Investigator Awards in Plant Genome Research (MCA-PGR) to increase participation of investigators trained primarily in fields other than plant genomics; and, 4) Advancing Basic Research in Economically Important Crop Plants (ABR-PG) to develop sequence resources that are critically needed to enable basic research resources in crop plants. An investigator may submit only one proposal as a principal investigator, co-principal investigator, or senior personnel. NSF 14-533

Deadline: 4/28/2014