Department of Energy – Office of Science (DOE-OS):
The goal of the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories. The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory/facility in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories/facilities.
The SCGSR program provides supplemental funds for graduate awardees to conduct part of their thesis research at a host DOE laboratory/facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist within a defined award period. Collaborating DOE Laboratory Scientists may be from any of the participating DOE national laboratories/facilities. The award period for the proposed research project at DOE laboratories/facilities may range from 3 to 12 consecutive months.
- Awards: Up to $5,000 in travel and living expenses.
- Deadline: November 14, 2019
National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA):
Projects supported by the Higher Education Challenge Grants Program will: (1) address a state, regional, national, or international educational need; (2) involve a creative or non-traditional approach toward addressing that need that can serve as a model to others; (3) encourage and facilitate better working relationships in the university science and education community, as well as between universities and the private sector, to enhance program quality and supplement available resources; and (4) result in benefits that will likely transcend the project duration and USDA support.
- Awards: Vary; see RFA for grant types.
- Deadline: March 23, 2020
National Institutes of Health (NIH) – see limited submissions section below for additional NIH opportunities
The purpose of this Notice of Special Interest is to foster collaborative research between nutrition researchers and experts in omics technologies and encourages applications that employ nutrigenetics and/or nutrigenomics approaches to basic, translational and clinical nutrition research. Collaboration between investigators with demonstrated expertise in nutrition research and omics techniques is highly encouraged.
Examples of the application of nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics approaches to nutrition research include but are not limited to:
- Impact of genetic polymorphisms on nutrient absorption, transport and metabolism
- Impact of nutrients and dietary components on gene expression that affect nutrient absorption, transport and metabolism in target tissues and relevant bio-specimens in health and diseases relevance to participating NIH Institutes
- Mechanisms by which specific nutrients/dietary components modulate intestinal physiology (transporters), barrier function, inflammation, and/or microbiome composition
- Mechanisms by which nutrient sensing in the gut is transduced to extra- intestinal organs and tissues
- Studies that explore the interaction/competition between various nutrients for their absorption, transport, metabolism and elimination
- Studies that explore the interaction/competition between various nutrients and drugs for their absorption, transport, metabolism and elimination
- Impact of nutrient excess and deficiency in health and diseases relevant to participating NIH Institutes
- Mechanism of action of prebiotics and resistant starches on intestinal function and host metabolism, and
- Mechanism of action of probiotics and secreted probiotic factors on intestinal function and host metabolism
Potential applicants to National Center for Comprehensive and Integrative Health (NCCIH) are encouraged to read the following information on IC-specific research interests.
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is particularly interested in nutrigenetic and nutigenomic-based mechanistic studies of interaction and competition between nutrient-nutrient, nutrient-drug, dietary supplements, and probiotics/prebiotics on host-microbial metabolism, immunologic/inflammatory signaling, neuro-hormonal pathways and target tissues [including bio-availability, absorption, transport, metabolism and excretion studies] that impact the basic fundamentals that will eventually lead to a better understanding of the gut brain function in health promotion and disease prevention. NCCIH is also interested in the impact of [selected] nutrient, dietary supplements, the ketogenic diet, and probiotic/prebiotic modulation of specific conditions including pain. In addition, NCCIH is interested in supporting applications studying mechanisms of how botanical products, prebiotics, Omega-3 fatty acids and other dietary supplements, in delineating their relationship to pain and inflammation. NCCIH will not support trials for the prevention and treatment of cancer.
The following funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) or their reissued equivalents must be used for submissions for this initiative. Although NIDDK and NCCIH are not listed as Participating Organizations in all the FOAs listed below, applications for this initiative will be accepted.
|Activity Code||FOA Number and Title||First Available Due Date|
|R01||PA-19-055: Research Project Grant (Parent R01 Clinical Trial Required)||February 5, 2020|
|R01||PA-19-056: NIH Research Project Grant (Parent R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)||February 5, 2020|
|R01||PA-18-330: Investigator-Initiated Clinical Trials Targeting Diseases within the Mission of NIDDK (R01 Clinical Trial Required)||February 5, 2020|
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 up to 3 years.
- Deadline: November 19, 2019.
The Environmental Engineering program is part of the Environmental Engineering and Sustainability cluster, which also includes 1) the Nanoscale Interactions program; and 2) the Environmental Sustainability program. Environmental engineering is an interdisciplinary field that applies chemical, biological, and physical scientific principles to protect human and ecological health. The goal of the Environmental Engineering program is to support potentially transformative fundamental research that applies scientific and engineering principles to 1) prevent, minimize, or re-use solid, liquid, and gaseous discharges of pollution to soil, water, and air by closing resource loops or through other measures; 2) mitigate the ecological and human-health impacts of such releases by smart/adaptive/reactive amendments or manipulation of the environment, and 3) remediate polluted environments through engineered chemical, biological, and/or geo-physical processes.
- Awards: Amount and duration of funding vary; see program page for grant types.
- Deadline: Full proposals accepted anytime.
Limited Submission Opportunities (https://vpr.tamu.edu/initiate-research/lsp):
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invites public comment providing information and feedback on the design of a potential prize competition with a goal of increasing resource recovery from municipal wastewater treatment plants across the United States, and in so doing, lower the ultimate cost of treatment by extracting additional value from the wastewater (i.e., improve energy efficiency). Through this potential prize, DOE would seek novel, systems-based solutions from multidisciplinary teams to implement resource recovery at small-to-medium-sized wastewater treatment plants. Specifically, the intent is to encourage teams of wastewater treatment plants, engineering and design firms, technology developers, resource customers (e.g., farmers, electric and gas utilities), and others to develop holistic community and/or watershed-based resource recovery plans for their respective wastewater treatment systems. Input from this RFI may be used to further develop the competition objectives, rules, metrics, and incentives. This is a Request for Information (RFI) only. EERE will not pay for information provided under this RFI and no project will be supported as a result of this RFI. This RFI is not accepting applications for financial assistance or financial incentives. EERE may or may not issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) based on consideration of the input received from this RFI. Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to WaterResourceRecoveryPrize@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00pm (ET) on October 23, 2019. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email. Include Water Security Grand Challenge Resource Recovery Prize in the subject of the title. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes exceeding 25MB be compressed (i.e., zipped) to ensure message delivery. Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word (.docx) attachment to the email, and no more than 20 pages in length, 12 point font, 1 inch margins. Only electronic responses will be accepted. The full content of the announcement can be found on the EERE Exchange website at https://eere-exchange.energy.gov.
The social, behavioral, and economic (SBE) sciences have a tremendous impact on quality of life. With increasingly rigorous methods and an increasingly diverse workforce, the SBE sciences are making transformative advances in many areas. Innovators and entrepreneurs are using SBE insights to create new companies that provide jobs and grow the economy. First responders and service providers of all kinds are using SBE insights to deliver critical services with greater speed and precision. SBE discoveries about brains and behavior are helping us improve education and health outcomes, better serve communities in need, and enhance our understanding of one another. The SBE sciences are also critical to addressing nearly every major challenge we face today, from unemployment to terrorism, from the spread of infectious disease to the roots of violence, from the risks of natural hazards to man-made threats, and from entrepreneurial economic development understanding to enhanced quality of life and well-being.
SBE scientists are making real differences in the lives of millions of people. At NSF, we are looking for ways to build on that progress. With this goal in mind, the SBE Directorate is proud to announce a repositioning of some of its basic research programs. This type of repositioning is common practice at NSF and helps us advance the agency’s mission more effectively. This repositioning is designed to:
- respond to new and emerging areas of scientific inquiry,
- help SBE researchers better connect their basic research plans to pressing national priorities, and
- make the value of basic research in the SBE sciences more apparent to a wider set of stakeholders.
On Thursday, October 10 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm Eastern time, NSF’s Office of Emerging Frontiers and Multidisciplinary Activities (EFMA) will host a webinar to discuss the FY 2020 Research Experience and Mentoring (REM) program. The REM program seeks to advance scientific progress in research and innovation while broadening participation of underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
The REM program supports these goals through supplements to active Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) research awards and active Engineering Research Center (ERC) awards, as described in the FY 2020 REM Dear Colleague Letter (DCL):
- Dear Colleague Letter: Opportunity for Active EFRI and ERC Awardees to Apply for Supplemental Funding through the Research Experience and Mentoring (REM) Program (NSF 19-085)
During the REM webinar, potential proposers to the program will learn more about the REM program and will be able to ask questions prior to completing their proposals.
For those unable to join the webinar live, the slides will be available upon request afterwards.