National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA):
The purpose of the CYFAR 4-H Military Partnership Professional Development and Technical Assistance Program is to support the implementation and capacity of the 4-H Military Partnership and Outreach Support Program. Professional development and technical assistance are provided to the land-grant institutions and Cooperative Extension System, so that, in collaboration with other organizations, they are able to develop and deliver educational programs for military-connected youth.
- Award: $550,000 for one year.
- Due to sponsor: July 26, 2019
National Institutes of Health (NIH):
This FOA invites applications for projects designed to test the effectiveness of microphysiological systems (MPS), also called “tissue chip,” technology, for clinical trial frameworks by demonstrating their applied use in clinical trial planning and execution, addressing both safety and efficacy in late-stage preclinical studies. This approach is to provide evidence of the utility of tissue chip technology for precision medicine in informing trial design, establishing recruitment criteria and stratification of patient populations in identifying the best responders to candidate therapeutics.
- Awards: $500,000 per year for up to 5 years
- Due to sponsor: Letter of Intent – September 9, 2019; Full Application – October 9, 2019
National Science Foundation (NSF):
The ERC program supports convergent research that will lead to strong societal impact. Each ERC has interacting foundational components that go beyond the research project, including engineering workforce development at all participant stages, a culture of diversity and inclusion where all participants gain mutual benefit, and value creation within an innovation ecosystem that will outlast the lifetime of the ERC. The logical reasoning that links the proposed activities to the identified goals for each ERC should be clear.
- Awards: $3,500,000 to $6,000,000 per year for 5 years.
- Due to Sponsor: July 12, 2019
The LEAP HI program challenges the engineering research community to take a leadership role in addressing demanding, urgent, and consequential challenges for advancing America’s prosperity, health and infrastructure. LEAP HI proposals confront engineering problems that are too complex to yield to the efforts of a single investigator — problems that require sustained and coordinated effort from interdisciplinary research teams, with goals that are not achievable through a series of smaller, short-term projects. LEAP HI projects perform fundamental research that may lead to disruptive technologies and methods, lay the foundation for new and strengthened industries, enable notable improvements in quality of life, or reimagine and revitalize the built environment.
- Awards: Up to $2,000,000 total for up to 5 years.
- Due to Sponsor: July 15, 2019
Small Business Administration (SBA)
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Technology oversees the SBIR and STTR Programs. Through these two competitive programs, SBA ensures that the nation’s small, high-tech, innovative businesses are a significant part of the federal government’s R&D efforts. Participating Federal Agencies post solicitations throughout the year. Small businesses compete by submitting proposals to these agencies. A winner in the competitive solicitation process is awarded a grant.
SBIR Program: The SBIR program provides funding to small, high-tech businesses to research, design, develop, and test new technology ideas related to specific needs defined in competitive solicitations floated by the federal agencies. The program stimulates technological innovation by funding new ideas that would not otherwise be funded, and helps introduce small business solutions into the market and to meet a wide range of Government research priorities from national defense and renewable energy systems to new medical or educational solutions.
STTR Program: Congress started the STTR program in 1992. The program funds cooperative R&D partnerships between a small business and a research institution such as a university, Federal R&D center, or a non-profit research institute. The STTR program is an effective vehicle for moving ideas from our nation’s research institutions to the market, where they can benefit both private sector and military customers. The SBIR and STTR programs follow a similar solicitation and award process.
- For SBIR, the primary employment of the principal investigator must be with the small business, and the proposing firm must perform at least 2/3rds of the R&D work in Phase I and at least 1/2 in Phase II
- For STTR, the proposing firm must perform at least 40% of the work with the collaborating research institution performing no less than 30%.
BARD projects focus on increasing agricultural productivity, particularly in hot and arid climates, and emphasize plant and animal health, food quality and safety, and environmental issues. BARD also supports international workshops, and offers fellowships for postdoctoral research, senior research scientists and graduate students. The primary rationale of BARD is bringing together American and Israeli scientists to address important agricultural challenges that concern both countries. Fostering this cooperation creates a synergy which generates results that would not be possible had the scientists worked independently.
BARD Research Grant Program: Funds projects conducted cooperatively by US and Israeli scientists. Covers all phases of agricultural R&D including strategic or applied research.
- Awards: $310,000 for 3 years
- Due to Sponsor: September 16, 2019
Postdoctoral Fellowship Program: Funds postdoctoral fellowships for citizens from one country (US or Israel) to perform agricultural research with established scientists in the other country.
- Awards: $40,000 including travel expenses + $9,000 dependent allowance, for one year.
- Due to Sponsor: January 15, 2020
Senior Research Fellowship Program: The program promotes joint agricultural research between established scientists from the US and their Israeli hosts.
- Awards: $3,000 per month plus a onetime allocation of $2,000 for travel, for 2-12 months.
- Due to Sponsor: January 15, 2020
Graduate Fellowship Student Program: The program enables Ph.D. students in one country (US or Israel) to travel to the other country to acquire new skills and techniques in their field of study.
- Awards: $1500 per month and $2000 to cover travel costs, for 2-6 months.
- Due to Sponsor: January 15, 2020
Workshop: Funds workshops whose purpose is to identify research needs and to promote increased contact between scientists throughout the world in areas related to the binational and agricultural interests of the US and Israel.
- Awards: $20,000 to $45,000
- Due to Sponsor: January 15, 2020
Details and Application Guidelines: http://www.bard-isus.com
Limited Submission Opportunities (https://vpr.tamu.edu/initiate-research/lsp):
Please be advised that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has designated the National Institutes of Health’s SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) as an NSF-approved format for submission of biographical sketch(es) and is encouraging its use to prepare a biographical sketch for inclusion in proposals to NSF.
In accordance with the current Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 19-1), a biographical sketch (limited to two pages) is required for each individual identified as senior personnel on a proposal, and a separate biographical sketch PDF file, or other NSF-approved format, must be uploaded in FastLane for each designated individual (see PAPPG Chapter II.C.2.f.). The biographical sketch and file format requirements also apply to NSF proposals submitted through Research.gov and Grants.gov.
Use of an NSF-approved format aims to reduce administrative burden and improve efficiencies by providing proposers with a compliant and reusable way to maintain this information for subsequent proposal submissions to NSF, while also ensuring that the information is submitted in a searchable composition.
Beginning with the next iteration of the PAPPG (anticipated effective date, January 2020), NSF will only accept PDFs for biographical sketches that are generated through use of an NSF-approved format. A description of NSF-approved format(s) will be posted on the NSF website when the PAPPG is issued. A draft version of the PAPPG was published in the Federal Register for public comment. The deadline for submission of comments is COB July 29, 2019.
Multiple training resources are available on the SviENcv website. The following website resources may be of assistance to proposers preparing a biographical sketch using the SciENcv format:
• SciENcv Background
• YouTube Video: SciENcv Tutorial
• YouTube Video: Integrating with ORCID
• SciENcv Help
DOE Seeks Members for the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office is soliciting nominations for candidates to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development (BR&D) Technical Advisory Committee. The deadline for nominations is June 30, 2019.
The Technical Advisory Committee is made up of volunteers from industry, academia, nonprofits, and local government to:
- Advise the Secretary of Energy and the Secretary of Agriculture on the technical focus and direction of requests for proposals issued under the BR&D initiative and on procedures for reviewing and evaluating the proposals
- Facilitate consultations and partnerships among federal and state agencies, agricultural producers, industry, consumers, the research community, and other interested groups to carry out program activities relating to the BR&D initiative
- Evaluate and perform strategic planning on program activities relating to the BR&D initiative.
Nominations for new members are needed for the following categories:
- Expertise in carbon dioxide capture, utilization, and sequestration
- Expertise in biofuels and biobased products
- Expertise in agronomy, crop science, or soil science.
Nominations for other bioenergy expertise will also be accepted. Potential members can be self-nominated or nominated by others. New members would begin their 3-year term in early 2020.
For more information, visit the Federal Register Notice.