Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA):
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Biological Technologies Office (BTO) has released a broad agency announcement (BAA) seeking innovative approaches to transform energy-dense waste into food/macronutrients, lubricants, or other strategically relevant products. This BAA is an opportunity for researchers to develop new approaches to biological and biochemical waste management of non-hazardous (general refuse and food) waste where conventional waste management systems are not suitable to support military operations. Specifically, this BAA is seeking “biological technologies capable of reforming waste polymers into valuable materials.”
The ReSource program is among the first of several new programs BTO intends to initiate and solicit this year. BTO is planning 10 to 12 new programs this year, with an increasing focus throughout the office on operational needs of the warfighter and biological applications outside the human body.
- Awards: Not specified. Contact DARPA program manager for information.
- Deadline: Proposal abstracts due September 26, 2019. Full proposals due November 5, 2019.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Information Innovation Office (I2O) has released a broad agency announcement (BAA) through its Semantic Forensics (SemaFor) program seeking innovative approaches to develop semantic technologies that defend against large-scale, automated disinformation attacks. Proposals should aim to enable “revolutionary advances” in science, devices, or systems to detect falsified and manipulated media through semantic inconsistency detectors. Specifically, technologies developed through SemaFor should be able to “detect, attribute, and characterize falsified multi-modal media.”
- Awards: The level of funding for individual awards made under this solicitation has not been predetermined and will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds.
- Deadline: Proposal abstracts due September 11, 2019. Full proposals due November 21, 2019.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) – see limited submissions section below for additional NIH opportunities
National Science Foundation (NSF) – see limited submissions section below for additional NSF opportunities
The Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) awards Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB) to recent recipients of the doctoral degree for research and training in selected areas supported by BIO and with special goals for human resource development in biology. The fellowships encourage independence at an early stage of the research career to permit Fellows to pursue their research and training goals in the most appropriate research locations regardless of the availability of funding for the Fellows at that site. For applications under this solicitation, these areas are (1) Broadening Participation of Groups Underrepresented in Biology, (2) Interdisciplinary Research Using Biological Collections, (3) National Plant Genome Initiative (NPGI) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships and (4) Integrative Research Investigating the Rules of Life Governing Interactions Between Genomes, Environment and Phenotypes.
- Awards: $69,000 per year for 2 or 3 years.
- Deadline: November 19, 2019
USDA – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS):
This funding opportunity is provided to carry out the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program (NADPRP) as described in Section 12101 of Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka “2018 Farm Bill”). Congress authorized USDA to create this new program to address the increasing risk of the introduction and spread within the United States of animal pests and diseases affecting the economic interests of the livestock and related industries of the United States. This 2019 announcement is the first phase of implementation of the NADPRP program. During this first phase, VS will make available up to $10,000,000 in funds to be divided between the NADPRP and the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN). NADPRP will support multiple projects to prepare agriculture sector personnel to serve as animal health emergency responders through targeted training and exercises. The overall objective of the funding opportunity is to increase capabilities, capacity, and readiness of the nation’s animal agriculture sector to quickly and effectively respond to animal pests and disease outbreaks affecting the economic interests of the livestock and related industries of the United States. Through this funding opportunity, VS is soliciting collaborators who will develop, deliver, conduct and/or provide access to emergency management training and exercises for animal agriculture sector responders required for an effective response.
Training and exercises is one of several activities that the NADPRP program will support. VS intends to announce future funding opportunities for additional NADPRP program activities in FY 2020.
- Awards: $50,000 to $1,000,000 per award for up to 2 years.
- Deadline: October 25, 2019
Limited Submission Opportunities (https://vpr.tamu.edu/initiate-research/lsp):
|Program Name||Declaration of Intent Due
|Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation: Moore Inventor Fellows||10/11/2019||10/18/2019||11/15/2019*|
|NSF Partnerships for Innovation – Research Partnerships||10/11/2019||10/18/2019||01/08/2020|
|Conservation, Food and Health Foundation Grants||09/17/2019||09/24/2019||01/01/2020|
|NSF Research Traineeship Program (NRT)||09/06/2019||09/13/2019||12/06/2019*|
|NSF: Critical-Zone Collaborative Network||09/04/2019||09/11/2019||12/02/2019|
|NIH National Institute on Aging Nathan Shock Centers Coordinating Center||09/01/2019||10/22/2019|
|HRSA Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program||09/01/2019||11/08/2019|
|EPA National Farmworker Training