Department of Defense (DOD):
Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI)
On March 1, the Department of Defense (DOD) released the broad agency announcement (BAA) for the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI), as part of the larger University Research Initiative (URI) aimed at institutions of higher education. The MURI program remains one of the signature DOD research programs for the university community and stands as the benchmark for building a defense-oriented research capability on campus. DOD encourages faculty to engage with the Research Topic Chiefs assigned to each topic area (see section II.I) through the white paper process to assess the feasibility of proposed topics.
DOD anticipates $180 million for the program with individual awards being $1.25 – $1.5 million. White papers are due on June 3, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET and full proposals are due on September 13, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET. Additional information, including specific topic areas and submission dates, can be found in the full solicitation for each service branch.
- The full FY 2020 MURI solicitation issued by each military Service is available at www.grants.gov by searching “N00014-19-S-F005” (Navy), “W911NF-19-S-0008” (Army), and “# FOA-AFRL-AFOSR-2019-0002” (Air Force).
- Awards: $1,250,000 to $1,500,000
- White papers due: June 3, 2019
- Full proposals due: September 13, 2019
Egg Nutrition Center (ENC):
Our 2019 request for proposals targets research that can help advance understanding in emerging scientific topics regarding the role of eggs and egg-related nutrients within healthy diet patterns. We are interested in both observational cohorts or clinical interventions where appropriate and are especially interested in proposals that aim to investigate potential differences across ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age groups, or other relevant subgroups that address the following questions:
- What is the role of eggs in the diet for young children up to 24 months of age? For example, how do eggs or components of eggs impact diet quality, neurocognitive development, or risk for allergy?
- What are the effects of eggs within predominantly plant-based eating patterns? Some evidence has suggested eggs may be a complement to fruits and vegetables due to enhancement of nutrient bioavailability. We are interested in exploring this area further and other effects of eggs within plant-based eating patterns.
- Does the unique nutrient package of eggs (including lipids, phospholipids, protein, vitamins, minerals, and bioactives) contribute to health and prevention of chronic disease across the lifespan?
This request for proposals includes both Young Investigator and Principal Investigator awards. See the guidance provided for each type of award. Letters of intent for both should be submitted by April 2, 2019 through this website. Selected applicants will be notified the week of April 8th, and will be invited to submit a full proposal.
- Awards: Young Investigator Awards up to $20,000; Principal Investigator Awards vary
- Letters of Intent due: April 2, 2019
National Institute for Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA):
The purpose of the IR-4 program is to enable the crop protection industry to provide safe, effective, and economical crop protection products for growers and consumers of minor/specialty crops. The crop protection industry cannot justify the costs associated with the research and development, registration, production, and marketing of crop protection products for minor/specialty crops due to the smaller market base and limited sales potential. The IR-4 program provides the assistance needed to ensure that new and more effective crop protection products are developed and made available to minor/specialty crop producers. These efforts require effective collaborations among federal agencies, the crop protection industry, and land-grant colleges and universities.
- The IR-4 program will provide funding for three types of projects as follows:
1) Regional IR-4 center with analytical chemistry program (up to $4.0 million/year);
2) Regional IR-4 center without an analytical chemistry program (up to $1.5 million/year);
3) IR-4 project headquarters (up to $4.0 million/year).
- Project proposals should be submitted for a 24-month project period.
- Full proposals due: June 3, 2019
National Institutes of Health (NIH):
Emerging Infectious Diseases Research Centers
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to establish a coordinated network of Emerging Infectious Disease Research Centers (EIDRCs) in regions around the globe where emerging and re-emerging infectious disease outbreaks are likely to occur. Multidisciplinary teams of investigators will conduct pathogen/host surveillance, study pathogen transmission, pathogenesis and immunologic responses in the host, and will develop reagents and diagnostic assays for improved detection for important emerging pathogens and their vectors.
- Awards: Up to $850,000 per year for up to 5 years
- Full proposals due: June 28, 2019
Emerging Infectious Diseases Research Centers – Coordination Center
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit applications for an Emerging Infectious Diseases Research Centers Coordination Center (EIDRC CC) for the Emerging Infectious Diseases Research Centers (EIDRC). The EIDRC CC will oversee and coordinate select aspects of each EIDRC’s research project(s) involving data management, sample collection and storage, sharing of reagents, diagnostics, and resources, and will facilitate collaboration between the newly awarded EIDRCs, and other USG and international agencies, as appropriate.
- Awards: Up to $500,000 per year for up to 5 years
- Full proposals due: June 28, 2019
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) supports research related to the basic understanding of microbiology and immunology leading to the development of vaccines, therapeutics, and medical diagnostics for the prevention, treatment, and diagnosis of infectious and immune-mediated diseases. This Broad Agency Announcement is soliciting proposals that possess the research and development (R&D) expertise necessary for successfully carrying out research toward meeting the program objectives of the Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation (DAIT), and the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID), NIAID, NIH. The Research Areas included in this NIAID OMNIBUS BROAD AGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT No. HHS-NIH-NIAID-BAA2019-1 are below.
Development of Radiation/Nuclear Medical Countermeasures (MCMs)
Development of Therapeutic Products for Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria
Advanced Development of Vaccine Candidates for Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria
- Awards: Vary depending upon the scope of the project and the technical objectives of the award(s).
- Full proposals due: May 20, 2019
National Science Foundation (NSF):
Mar. 18, 2019 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Please register for the webinar at: https://nsf2.webex.com/nsf2/onstage/g.php?MTID=eeb629f965e0696fe283d7d30b171efd2
Please register by Midnight on Sunday March 17, 2019 to ensure your registration is processed.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are teaming up through this Real-Time Machine Learning (RTML) program to explore high-performance, energy-efficient hardware and machine-learning architectures that can learn from a continuous stream of new data in real time, through opportunities for post-award collaboration between researchers supported by DARPA and NSF.
- Awards: Small Awards: up to $500,000 for 3 years; Large Awards: up to $1,500,000 for 3 years.
- Full proposals due: June 6, 2019
Signals in the Soil (SitS) (joint with USDA-NIFA)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorates for Engineering (ENG) and Geosciences (GEO), the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems in the Directorate for Biological Sciences(BIO/IOS), and the Division of Computer and Network Systems in the Directorate Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE/CNS), in collaboration with the US Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)of United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) encourage convergent research that transforms existing capabilities in understanding dynamic, near-surface soil processes through advances in sensor systems and modeling. To accomplish this research, multiple disciplines must converge to produce novel sensors and/or sensing systems of multiple modalities that are adaptable to different environments and collect data and report on a wide range of chemical, biological and physical parameters. This type of approach will also be necessary to develop next generation soil models, wireless communication and cyber systems capabilities, and to grow a scientific community that is able to address complex problems through education and outreach. This program fosters collaboration among the partner agencies and the researchers they support by combining resources and funding for the most innovative and high-impact projects that address their respective missions.
- Each proposal must have at least one eligible collaborator from the US and one eligible collaborator from the UK. The Lead PI MUST be a US-eligible collaborator. Only US collaborators can be listed as a PI or a co-PI. The UK collaborator(s) MUST be listed as non-funded Senior Personnel.
- Projects will request three years of support with a total budget less than or equal to $800,000 per project for the US portion, and three years of support with a total budget less than or equal to £800,000 (at 80% full economic costs/FEC) per project for the UK portion.
- Full proposal due May 15, 2019
The seminar and optional workshops are appropriate for those who are new to working with the NIH grants process – administrators, early stage investigators, researchers, graduate students, etc. For those with more experience, the seminar offers a few more advanced sessions, updates on policies and processes direct from NIH staff, as well as valuable presentation resources to share with your institution.
This seminar is your opportunity to make direct contact with NIH policy officials, grants management, program and review staff, and representatives from the HHS Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG), and others. In addition, take advantage of discussions involving more than 600 fellow attendees from around the world.
In addition to learning more about the NIH grants processes and policies through the optional workshops and 2-day sessions, there are opportunities throughout the seminar to Meet the Experts 1:1. These 15 minutes chats are a great way to get more specific questions answered by NIH & HHS experts. You’ll have the opportunity to sign up in advance or on-site to speak with the expert(s) of your choice participating in the seminar.