Stimulus Funding Information

Vice President for Research
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP)
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
Stimulus Funding Information

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was recently signed into law. This law includes about $21.5 billion reserved for federal research and development. There are other initiatives that provide funding through block grants issued to State Governments. The Stimulus Funding provides large increases in Federal support for research, education, job development, infrastructure and many other areas that are important to Kansas State University. Funds provided under this Act must be allocated within the next two years, so it goes without saying that the University must mobilize to respond to these opportunities in an expeditious manner.

This site has been developed to provide the most recent information on the ARRA for the K-State campus community. Particularly close attention should be paid to the specific Government Agency webpage links provided below, keeping in mind that several agencies have not finalized their plans, so checking back with the agency websites is highly recommended.

The State of Kansas American Recovery Site

General information about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, including a link to the full text of the legislation, P.L. 111-5, previously known as H.R. 1. And to Agency specific information.

AAAS Overview

Summary of research and development funding in the stimulus package, prepared by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Latest Recovery Act Grant Announcements

Please note that this is not an all inclusive link. It is advised that you also consult the Federal Agency specific links below and contact a Program Officer at the Agency and Directorate that you normally submit to. You should revisit this link periodically, as it will be an evolving link for actual funding opportunities as they are released and posted by the Federal Agencies.

Federal Agency Stimulus Plans

Listed in alphabetical order


The Agricultural Research Service receives $176 million for deferred maintenance for its buildings.


The Recovery Act provides NIST with $220 million for scientific and technical research. It also provides $360 million for construction of research facilities; $180 million of this money is for a competitive construction grant for research science buildings.


Recovery Act NIST Construction Grant Program

Deadline: Letters of Intent 6/25/2009; Proposals 8/10/2009

The goals of the program are to provide competitively awarded grant funds for research science buildings through the construction of new buildings or expansion of existing buildings.

Recovery Act Measurement Science and Engineering Fellowship Program

Deadline: 7/27/2009

Provides funding for a collaborator to work with NIST to identify candidates for fellowships at the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels as well as Senior Fellows to perform research at a NIST laboratory.

NIST Recovery Act Measurement Science and Engineering Research Grants Program: Providing the Technology Infrastructure to Address National Priorities

Deadline: Letters of Intent 6/25/2009m Proposals 8/10/2009

NIST is providing funds for competively awarded research science buildings through the construction of new buildings or expansion of existing buildings


NOAA receives $830 million from the Recovery Act. It will be spent on a variety of projects; $170 million will be spent on climate modeling activities, including research and supercomputer procurement.


The Recovery Act includes money for research, development, testing and evaluation. The Army, Navy and Air Force are slated to receive $75 million each. Another $75 million will be available for defense-wide projects.

Recovery Act, ARL-Photovoltaics (ARL)

Deadline: 6/30/2009

Provides funding to revive the renewable energy industry and provide the capital over the next three years to eventually double domestic renewable energy capacity.


Higher education receives $100 million to implement the Improving Teacher Quality program.

State Fiscal Stabilization Fund

Money that public institutions of higher education receive through the Stabilization Fund must be used for education and general expenditures, with the goal of mitigating tuition increases for in-state students or modernizing facilities. Funds may not be used for athletic facilities and certain other purposes.

The act also includes funding to promote college affordability.

ARRA - Teacher Quality Partnership Grants Program

Deadline: Notice of Intent 6/26/2009; Applications 7/23/2009

The purposes of the Teacher Quality Partnersip Grants Program are to: Improve student achievement; improve the quality of new and prospective teachers by improving the by improving the preparation of prospective teachers and enhancing professional development activities for new teachers; hold professional development activities for new teachers; hold teacher preparation at institutions of higher education accountable for preparing highly qualified trained teachers; and recruit highly quslified individuas, including minorities and individuals from other occupation, into the teaching force.


Energy receives $1.6 billion for science. Some funding will be used for renovation of laboratories and other research facilities. Funding also will support basic research in areas including high energy and nuclear physics, advanced computing, basic chemical and materials science, among other fields. Research areas of interest also include renewable energy technologies, battery research and advanced vehicle technologies.

The Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy will get $400 million to fund high-risk, high-payoff research in collaboration with industry.

Energy also receives $3.4 billion for fossil energy research and development. Details on how to apply to all these opportunities are not yet available.

Recovery Act: Workforce Training for the Electric Power Sector

Deadline: 11/30/2009

DOE invites grant applications to establish for two areas of interest: Topic A: Developing and Enhancing Workforce Training Programs for the Electric Power Sector; Topic B: Smart Grid Workforce Training. DE-FOA-0000152

Recovery Act: Development of Algal/Advanced Biofuels Consortia

Deadline: 9/14/2009

DOE invites grant applications to establish Consortia for two primary topic areas: Development of Algae Based Biofuels; and Development of Advanced Cellulosic Biofuels. DE-FOA-0000123

Recovery Act: Early Career Research Program

Deadline: Letters of Intent 8/3/2009; Applications 9/2/2009

DOE invites grant applications from outstanding scientists early in their careers for research in: Advanced Scientific Computing Reseaarch; Biological and Environmental Research; Basic Energy Sciences, Fusion Energy Sciences; High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics. DE-PS02-09ER09-26

Recovery Act: Geologic Sequestration Training and Research

Deadline: 8/11/2009

DOE seeks grants from universities, colleges, etc., to provide training opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students that will provide the human capital and skills required for implementing and deploying CCS technologies. DE-FOA-0000032

Recovery Act: Advanced Energy Efficient Building Technologies

Deadline: 8/18/2009

DOE is seeking applications under six broad Areas of Interest: 1) Advamced Building Control Strategoes. Communications and Information Technologies for Net-Zero Energy Buildings; 2) Analysis, Design and Technical Tools; 3) Building Envelope and Windows; 4) Residential and Commercial HVAC and Crosscutting Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Research; 5) Water Heating, Residential and Commercial Appliances and MELs; and 6) Solar Heating and Cooling. DE-FOA-0000115

Recovery Act: Training Program Development for Commercial Building Equipment Technicians, Building Operators, and Energy Commissioning Agents/Auditors

Deadline: 9/1/2009

DOE is seeking applications for projects that focus on developing training programs for various building specialists. DE-FOA-0000118

Recovery Act: Solar Market Transformation

Deadline: 7/30/2009

DOE will fund efforts that accelerate demand for new solar technologies.

Recovery Act - Wind Energy Consortia between Institutions of Higher Learning and Industry

Deadline: 7/29/2009

DOE will fund consortia between institutions of higher learning and industry that will perform focused research on critical wind energy challenges. DE-FOA-0000090

Recovery Act: High Penetration Solar Deployment


The objectives of this funding opportunity are to: 1) develop the needed modeling tools and database of experience with high penetration scenarios of PV on a distribution system; 2) develop monitoring, control and integration systems to enable cost-effective widespread deployment of small modular PV systems; and 3) demonstrate the integration of PV and energy storage into SMART GRID applications. DE-FOA-0000085

Recovery Act - Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E)

Deadline: Concept Papers 6/2/2009

ARPA-E is a new organization within the Department of Energy, created specifically to foster research and development of transformational energy-related technologies. Transformational technologies are by definition technologies that disrupt the status quo.

Recovery Act - Smart Grid Demonstrations

Deadline: This is a draft announcement with comments due May 6. Subsequently a final version of this FOA will be issued. DE-FOA-0000036 (GG 4/16/09)

The DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has issued a competitive Funding Opportunity Announcement for Smart Grid Demonstrations. Smart Grid projects will include regionally unique demonstrations to verify smart grid technology viability, quantify smart grid costs and benefits, and validate new smart grid business models.

Recovery Act - Transportation Electrification

Deadline: 5/13/2009

The Department of Energy is seeking applications for grants to establish development, demonstration, evaluation, and education projects to accelerate the market introduction and penetration of advanced electric drive vehicles.

Health & Human Services
Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality

AHRQ gets substantial funding for research on comparative effectiveness of healthcare treatments and strategies. HHS secretary will have $400 million in discretionary funding for such research; the director of NIH will get another $400 million for this purpose; and AHRQ gets $300 million. Specific grant information is not yet available.

National Institutes of Health

NIH gets $10.4 billion in the stimulus package. It also will fund new research applications and roll out a new program called the Challenge Grant Program that targets specific research topics. NIH intends "to spend as much as possible" of the stimulus funds in the current fiscal year. Research funds will be distributed in several ways: funding recently submitted grant applications judged to be highly meritorious, but not funded due to lack of funds; awarding new R01 grants that can make progress within a two-year period; supplementing existing grants either to "competitively expand the scope of current research awards or supplement an existing award with additional support for infrastructure"; and, offering new challenge grants to support cross-cutting research. Grants for construction and instrumentation also are available.

Recovery Act Limited Competition: Building Sustainable Community-Linked Infrastructure to Ebable Health Science Research(RC4)

Deadline: Letters of Intent 11/11/2009; Applications 12/11/2009

This program solicits applications to support the development, expansion, or reconfiguration of infrastructes needed to facilitate collaboration between academic health centers and community-based organizations for health science research.

Recovery Act Limited Competition: Biomedical Research, Development, and Growth to Spur Acceleration of New Technologies (BRDG-SPAN) Pilot Program (RC3)

Deadline: Letters of Intent 8/3/2009; Applications 9/1/2009

This program aims to accelerate the transition of research innovations and technologies toward the development of products or services that will improve human health, help advance the mission of NIH and create significant value and economic stimulus.

Recovery Act Limited Competition: Small Business Catalyst Awards for Accelerating Innovative Research (R43)

Deadline: Letters of Intent 8/3/2009; Applications 9/1/2009

The Small Business Catalyst Award for Accelerating Innovative Research funding opportunity seeks to encourage fresh research perpsectives and approaches to serve the mission of NIH. Solicited are applications for support for projects that have the potential to generate high impact results (e.g., products, processes or service) and/or innovative research applications, research tools, techniques, devices, inventions. or methodologies.

Recovery Act Limited Competition: Protection of Human Health by Immunology and Vaccines (U01, U19)

Deadline: Letters of Intent 9/15/2009; Applications 10/15/2009

The purpose of this FOA is to capitalize on recent advances in immune profiling to measure the diversity of human immune responses under a variety of conditions, using bioinformatic, multiplex, and/or systems biology approaches to study samples from well-characterized human cohorts and to measure aspects of the human transcriptome and/or proteome.

ARRA - NCNHD Community Participation in Health Disparities Intervention Research Planning Phase (R24)

Deadline: Letters of Intent 5/30/2009; Applications 6/30/2009

Limited Submission; only one application per institution.

ARRA Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research (MRCE)

Deadline: 5/1/2009

The Midwest Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research, funded by NIH's NIAID, is receiving funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Projects for this funding must be exceptionally innovative and propose very high-risk research plans but which also hold the potential for delivering transformational results or paradigm shifts. Funding will terminate no more than two years after the award. All areas of investigation that are suitable for RCE funding, as outlined in the NIH RFA AI-08-002, are eligible for support.

Recovery Act Limited Competition: Biomedical Research Core Centers to Enhance Research Resources (P30)

Deadline: Letters of Intent 4/29/2009; Applications 5/29/2009

This initiative invites applications from US academic institutions/organizations to support the hiring of newly-recruited faculty to develop research projects within the context of Biomedical Core Centers.

ARRA- Enabling National Networking of Scientists and Resource Discovery (U24) (NIH)

Deadline: Letters of Intent 5/18/2009; Applications 6/15/2009

The goal of this initiative is to develop, enhance, or extend infrastructure for connecting people and resources to facilitate national discovery of individuals and of scientific resources by scientists and students to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and scientific exchange.

Core Facility Renovation, Repair, and Improvement

Limit of three applications per institution; deadline Sept. 17, 2009

Extramural Research Facilities Improvement Program

No limit on number of applications; deadline is May 6 for requests of $2 million to $5 million; June 17 for requests of $10 million to $15 million; and July 17 for requests of $5 million to $10 million

High-End Instrumentation Grant Program ($600,000 to $8 million)

No limit on number of applications per institution; deadline May 6, 2009

Recovery Act Limited Competition for NIH Grants: Research and Research Infrastructure “Grand Opportunities” (RC2)

No limits on applications per institution. Deadline: Letters of Intent April 27, 2009; Applications May 29.

This opportunity will support high-impact ideas that lend themselves to short-term, non-renewable funding and may lay the foundation for new areas of investigation. Applicants may propose to address a specific research question or to create a unique infrastructure/resource designed to accelerate scientific progress in the future.

Recovery Act Funds for Administrative Supplements Providing Summer Research Experiences for Students and Science Educators

Deadline: Open

Cross-Agency Programs: Electronic Health Records (EHR) & Related Technology

The Recovery Act directs NIST and NSF to work together to establish an assistance program for Centers for Health Care Information Enterprise Integration. Institutions of higher education, as well as consortia of these institutions) including nonprofits and federal laboratories), are eligible.

The act also empowers DHHS to support demonstration programs for the development of "academic curricula integrating certified EHR technology into the clinical education of health professionals." The program is to be competitive and peer-reviewed. Among those eligible are institutions that provide graduate education in nursing, pharmacy or behavioral health.

DHHS is to work with NSF to establish or expand medical health informatics education programs. These can include certification, undergraduate and masters' degree programs.

Details about applying for this funding are not yet available.

U.S. Geological Survey

This agency will receive $1 billion. Of that amount, $140 million is for repair, construction and restoration of facilities; equipment replacement and upgrades, including seismic and volcano monitoring systems; and national map activities, among other purposes.


Labor gets $75 million for a competitive grant program to train workers for high growth and emerging industry sectors. Of this, $500 million is for research, labor exchange and job-training programs that prepare workers for careers in energy efficiency and the renewable energy industry. The remaining funds are to be used to prepare workers for careers in health care.


NASA receives $400 million for science, $150 million for aeronautics, $400 million for exploration and $50 million for cross-agency support programs.

National Endowment for the Arts

The endowment receives $50 million, which will be used for competitive grants and grants to state and regional arts organizations.


NSF receives $2.5 billion for research and related activities. Of this, $300 million will be available for the Major Research Instrumentation program, and $200 million for academic research facilities modernization. In addition, it gets $100 million for education and human resources, and $400 million for major research equipment and facilities construction. Much of the funding will be used to support proposals that have already been submitted.

Recovery Act Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI-R2)

Deadline: Internal 6/1/2009; Proposals 8/10/2009

National Science Foundation has announced a second MRI funding program using America Reinvestment and Recovery Act funds. The university may submit only two proposals to acquire instrumentation and a third proposal focused on instrumentation development. Please contact Dr. Jim Guikema by June 1 if you are interested in submitting a proposal.

Recovery Act Academic Research Infrastructure Program: Recovery and Reinvestment (ARI-R2)

Deadline: Letters of Intent 7/1/2009; Proposals 8/24/2009

Single Submission

National Science Foundation has announced the ARI-R2 program using America Reinvestment and Recovery Act funds. The university may submit only one proposal to repair, renovate or, in exceptional cases, replace existing research facilities.