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Featured opportunities for March 20, 2019

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  • The Department of Agriculture Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative seeks to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education, and extension activities. This program’s purpose is to fund projects that will enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Priority concerns include biological, physical, and social sciences, including economics. The OREI is particularly interested in projects that emphasize research, education and outreach that assist farmers and ranchers with whole farm planning by delivering practical research-based information. Projects should plan to deliver applied production information to producers. Fieldwork must be done on certified organic land or on land in transition to organic certification, as appropriate to project goals and objectives.


  • The University of Illinois at Chicago Library is offering Short-Term Travel Fellowships to further research using the holdings of Special Collections and University Archives. Special Collections at the Richard J. Daley Library houses manuscripts, rare books, photographs, and artifacts o the social, political, and cultural history of Chicago. The Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago Special Collections documents the city’s rich history as a center for the education and practice of the medical arts. Premier collections include the papers of Richard J. Daley, the Chicago Urban league, the Century of Progress, exemplars of 21stcentury design, and the Chicago settlement house movement.


  • The Infinity Foundation is calling for Project Proposals to do research and/or develop educational materials, whose objective would be to improve the authenticity of portrayal of Indic traditions in the educational system. These projects would result in one or more of the following: books, curriculum development, articles, conferences, CD-ROMs, digital slide shows, Internet presentations, and audio/video materials. Topics covered may include: philosophy, history, religion, science, art and sociology, as they pertain to the educational curricula on Indic traditions.These initiatives are in response to growing concern over inaccurate and damaging ‘Orientalist’ portrayals of India and India’s cultural legacy, portrayals that have persisted in educational curricula despite the scathing critiques leveled by post-modern scholars. In order to foster greater harmony among different peoples and cultures, The Infinity Foundation has been giving grants to various institutions with these same overall objectives.


  • While machine learning (ML) algorithms need to account for the capabilities of hardware as well as real-time learning and inference constraints, hardware also needs to be re-designed from the ground-up to optimize ML architectures. To address this dual challenge, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Defense, DARPA are teaming up to explore advances in energy-efficient hardware and ML architectures that can learn from a continuous stream of new data in real time. While this NSF program, called Real-Time Machine Learning (RTML), is distinct from the DARPA RTML program, the NSF program offers collaboration opportunities to awardees from DARPA (and DARPA offers similar opportunities to the NSF awardees) throughout the duration of their projects. The DARPA program will select project teams from submissions to its Broad Agency Announcement, and will award Phase 1 (18 months) and Phase 2 (18 months, for a total of 36 months including Phase 1) teams. NSF will independently select projects for 36-month awards. The DARPA Phase 1 objective is a RTML hardware silicon compiler, and the outcome will be made available by DARPA to the NSF awardees as an option to evaluate their proposed new RTML approaches. In the meantime, new techniques and results produced by NSF awardees during the first 18 months will be made available to DARPA project teams for them to implement in their Phase 2 efforts to explore novel ML architectures and circuits that will enable RTML. There will be four joint NSF-DARPA workshops during the 36-month program: at the initial program kick-off, and then at the 9-month, 18-month, and 27-month marks. Representatives of each NSF project are required to attend all four workshops to engage with DARPA project teams. These joint workshops are expected to promote knowledge-sharing and collaboration opportunities among the teams supported by both agencies. In particular, the first three workshops at the program kick-off and then the 9-month and 18-month marks (and the time in between these engagements) are critical to the expected synergy in the second half of the program.



  • The Department of Defense Air Force Young Investigator Research Program supports young-in-career scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees by April 1, 2013 or later showing exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. The program objective is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering; enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators; and increase opportunities for the young investigator to recognize the Air Force mission and related challenges in science and engineering.


  • The NSF Biological and Environmental Interactions of Nanoscale Materials program is part of the Environmental Engineering and Sustainability cluster, which also includes: 1) Environmental Engineering; and 2) Environmental Sustainability. The goal of this program is to support research to advance fundamental and quantitative understanding of the interactions of nanomaterials and nanosystems with biological and environmental media. Materials of interest include one- to three-dimensional nanostructures, heterogeneous nano-bio hybrid assemblies, quantum dots, and other nanoparticles. Such nanomaterials and systems frequently exhibit novel physical, chemical, photonic, and biological behavior in living systems and environmental matrices as compared to the bulk scale.


  • The NSF Smart and Connected Communities program encourages researchers to work with communities and residents to identify and define challenges they are facing, enabling those challenges to motivate use-inspired research questions. The S&CC program supports integrative research that addresses fundamental technological and social science dimensions of smart and connected communities and pilots solutions together with communities. Importantly, the program is interested in projects that consider the sustainability of the research outcomes beyond the life of the project, including the scalability and transferability of the proposed solutions.


  • The NSF Science and Technology program supports exceptionally innovative, complex research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term awards. STCs focus on creating new scientific paradigms, establishing entirely new scientific disciplines and developing transformative technologies which have the potential for broad scientific or societal impact. STCs conduct world-class research through partnerships among institutions of higher education, national laboratories, industrial organizations, other public or private entities, and via international collaborations, as appropriate. They provide a means to undertake potentially groundbreaking investigations at the interfaces of disciplines and/or highly innovative approaches within disciplines. STCs may involve any area of science and engineering that NSF supports. STC investments support the NSF vision of creating 1 and exploiting new concepts in science and engineering and providing global leadership in research and education.


  • The NASA Early Career Faculty program awards grants, through NASA’s Space Technology Research Grants program, to accredited outstanding faculty researchers early in their careers. The grants sponsor research in specific high-priority areas of interest to America's space program. The 2019 solicitation seeks research to investigate unique, disruptive or transformational space technologies focused on the following topics: Advancing Human-Robot Teams for Space Exploration, Terrain Mapping and Processing Algorithms,  Intelligent Calibration of Constellations of Sensors, and Advanced Thermal Control Materials for Exploration Spacecraft.


  • The Military Health System Research Symposium is the Department of Defense’s premier scientific meeting. It provides a venue for presenting new scientific knowledge resulting from military-unique research and development. The MHSRS is the only military or civilian meeting that focuses specifically on the unique medical needs of the Warfighter. The MHSRS provides a collaborative setting for the exchange of information between military providers with deployment experience, research and academic scientists, international partners, and industry on research and related health care initiatives falling under the topic areas of Combat Casualty Care, Military Operational Medicine, Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine, Medical Simulation and Information Sciences, Military Infectious Diseases, and the Radiation Health Effects. The MHSRS is an annual four-day educational symposium that draws approximately 2,900 attendees.


  • The NSF Next Generation Networks for Neuroscience (NeuroNex) program calls for proposals addressing fundamental questions in neuroscience of a scope and complexity that would not be feasible under traditional funding of individual research projects and that by their nature require the convergence of multiple disciplines to answer. Through this program, the NSF and international partner agencies seek to support groups of investigators with a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds to work together at the nexus of their respective fields to accelerate our understanding of brain function across the phylogenetic spectrum.  The objective of this phase of the NeuroNex Program is the establishment of distributed international research networks that build on existing global investments in neurotechnologies to address overarching questions in neuroscience. The creation of such global research networks of excellence will foster international cooperation by seeding close interactions between a wide array of organizations across the world, as well as creating links and articulating alliances between multiple recently launched international brain projects. The potential transformative advances in neuroscience stemming from this activity will have profound scientific and societal impacts.


  • The Russell Sage Foundation is launching a new special initiative on Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context that will support innovative research on decision making across the social sciences that examines causes, consequences, processes or context from a behavioral or alternative perspective. RSF seeks to support a wide range of research on decision-making in context by scholars in psychology, political science, sociology, and other social science fields who are pursuing questions consistent with the aims of the Foundation.
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