National Institute for Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA):
The purpose of the Sun Grant Program (SGP) is to enhance national energy security through the development, distribution, and implementation of biobased energy technologies; to promote diversification in, and the environmental sustainability of, agricultural production in the United States through biobased energy and product technologies; to promote economic diversification in rural areas of the United States through biobased energy and product technologies; and to enhance the efficiency of bioenergy and biomass research and development programs through improved coordination and collaboration among the Department of Agriculture; other appropriate Federal agencies (as determined by the Secretary); and Land Grant Institutions.
The program provides a consortium of universities made up of a university from each of the sun grant regions and subcenter region (see Part III, A for regions) with a grant to support a North-Central, Southeastern, South-Central, Western, and Northeastern Sun Grant Center and a Western Insular Pacific Subcenter. A Sun Grant Center or Subcenter will use 75 percent of grant funds to provide competitive grants within each region that are multi-institutional and integrated, multistate research, extension, and education programs on technology development and technology implementation and address bioenergy, biomass, or bioproducts research priorities.
- Award: USDA intends to competitively review and select a single consortium of universities made up of a university from each of the sun grant regions and sub-center region (see Part III, V for regions) to implement the Sun Grant Program through FY 2023. Funding is approximately $2.7 million for a project period of 5 years.
- Eligible applicants must represent a consortium of 1862, 1890 and 1994 land-grant universities made up of one university from each of the sun grant regions and subregion.
- Due to sponsor: June 27, 2019.
National Science Foundation (NSF):
With the NSF Convergence Accelerator, NSF’s goals are: (i) to pilot a new NSF capability to accelerate use-inspired convergence research in areas of national importance, and (ii) to initiate convergence team-building capacity around exploratory, potentially high-risk proposals in specific convergence topics (tracks). The NSF Convergence Accelerator supports use-inspired, goal-oriented, basic research, encouraging rapid advances through partnerships that include multiple stakeholders (e.g., industry, academic, not-for-profits, government entities, and others). The NSF Convergence Accelerator brings teams together in a cohort that are all focused on a common research goal of national importance, but which may be pursuing many different approaches.
As a funder of research and education across all fields of science and engineering and with relationships with universities and funding agencies around the world, NSF is uniquely positioned to pilot this approach to accelerate discovery and innovation. Teams supported by the NSF Convergence Accelerator will focus on grand challenges that require a convergence approach. The teams are multidisciplinary and leverage partnerships; tracks within the NSF Convergence Accelerator relate to a grand challenge problem and have a high probability of resulting in deliverables that will benefit society within a fixed term. The NSF Convergence Accelerator is modeled on acceleration and innovation activities from the most forward-looking companies and universities.
Specific funding opportunities will be announced through Dear Colleague Letters, program announcements, and/or solicitations. For more information see the NSF Convergence Accelerator website: https://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/convergence-accelerator/index.jsp
National Institutes of Health (NIH):
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) encourages research applications that aim to delineate behavioral, biological, psychosocial, and/or environmental factors and their potential interactions that increase or mitigate the risk of obesity from birth to 24 months. Bi-directional influences between the child, caregivers/parents, and environment are of interest. Research to address methodological research gaps in the study of obesity and obesity-related factors in infants and young children is strongly encouraged. Proposed studies should focus on topics relevant to children from birth to 24 months, although follow-up assessments, if applicable, may continue past this period. Studies that focus on typically as well as atypically developing children (e.g., those with intellectual, developmental, or physical disabilities) are appropriate.
The following funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) or their reissued equivalents must be used for submissions for this initiative:
- PA-19-056: NIH Research Project Grant (Parent R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
- PA-19-055 NIH Research Project Grant (Parent R01 Clinical Trial Required)*
Research Projects in Cancer Systems Biology (U01 Clinical Trial Optional)
The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Cancer Systems Biology Consortium (CSBC) supports systems biology approaches to cancer research and includes U54 CSBC Research Centers, a U24 CSBC Coordinating Center and, through this FOA, well-defined, discrete and circumscribed U01 Research Projects. CSBC Research Projects are expected to involve interdisciplinary teams of scientists, engineers, and cancer researchers who collaborate to advance our understanding of the mechanisms underlying cancer initiation, progression, and treatment. CSBC Research Projects proposed in response to this Funding Opportunity Announcement must be based upon explicit integration of experimental biology and computational modeling to test and validate novel hypotheses in cancer research.
- Awards: Application budgets are limited to $400,000 in direct cost per year for up to 5 years, and must reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.
- Due to sponsor: July 15, 2019.
Limited Submission Opportunities (https://vpr.tamu.edu/initiate-research/lsp):
|Program Name||Declaration of Intent Due
|NIH NINDS Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25)||7/15/2019|
|NSF Innovations in Graduate Education||07/03/2019||07/11/2019||09/27/2019|
|NEH Summer Stipends||07/02/2019||07/09/2019||09/25/2019|
|NIH NEI Center Core Grant for Vision Research||7/1/2019|
|NSF Research Experiences for Teachers in Engineering and Computer Science||06/20/2019||06/27/2019||09/18/2019|
|Keck Foundation Research Grants||06/12/2019||06/19/2019||11/01/2019|
|American Honda Foundation Grants||06/03/2019||06/10/2019||08/01/2019|
NIFA will hold an informational webinar May 30 at 1 p.m. EDT to provide information regarding the AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program’s new cross-cutting priority Tactical Sciences for Agricultural Biosecurity (Program Code A1181) Fiscal Year 2019 Request for Applications. No need to register, just follow the AFRI-TSAB webinar link to join. Call-in number 888-844-9904 and meeting number 968-183-393. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) will host a Discover DSO Day (D3) on June 18, 2019 at the DARPA Conference Center in Arlington, VA. The D3 event will provide an overview of DARPA and DSO and offer useful information to potential proposers in anticipation of an office-wide broad agency announcement (BAA) from DSO which is expected to be released in June 2019. Registration will open on May 28, 2019 for the D3 event.
DARPA DSO’s mission is to foster innovation and scientific discovery that will address and solve current and future national security challenges. The anticipated BAA will seek cutting-edge basic or applied research concepts in one or more of the following technical areas:
- Frontiers in Math, Computation & Design
- Limits of Sensing & Sensors
- Complex Social Systems
- Anticipating Surprise
The D3 event will provide insight into the four BAA topic areas and give a general overview of DARPA, DSO, and contracting with DOD. This event is an opportunity for unfamiliar faculty to learn how best to work with DARPA and DSO.
Limitations: Only five individuals from one organization and no more than two representatives per division/department within an organization can attend. In-person attendance is limited to 176 people and webcast is limited to 500 views.
Due Dates: Registration closes on June 11, 2019 or when capacity is reached, whichever comes first for both in-person and webcast attendance. The registration website is https://events.sa-meetings.com/ehome/419586/879572/login.php?&.
Sources and Additional Information:
- More information on the D3 event can be found under solicitation number “DARPA-SN-19-52” on www.fbo.gov.
- More information on DARPA DSO can be found at https://www.darpa.mil/about-us/offices/dso.
As discussed during the webinar, here are some essential elements of this program that may differ significantly from other NIFA competitive programs:
- Eligibility (as lead institution) is limited to US domestic: a) colleges and universities; b) 1994 Land-Grant Institutions; and c) Hispanic-serving agricultural colleges and universities.
- Applications should use a systems approach and define the system under investigation.
- A transdisciplinary approach should be used to address the goals of the project.
- Only projects that effectively integrate all three functions of the agricultural knowledge system (Research, Education and Extension) will be accepted.
- International collaborations (including those with subcontracts to international partners) are allowed as indicated on page 7 of the RFA.
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