Department of Energy (DOE):
The DOE SC program in Biological and Environmental Research (BER) hereby announces its interest in receiving applications for Atmospheric System Research (ASR) within BER’s Climate and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD). ASR supports research on key cloud, aerosol, precipitation, and radiative transfer processes that affect the Earth’s radiative balance and hydrological cycle, especially processes that limit the predictive ability of regional and global models. This FOA solicits research grant applications for observational, data analysis, and/or modeling studies that use observations supported by BER, including the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility, to improve understanding and model representation of 1) aerosol-cloud interactions and 2) high-latitude atmospheric processes; 3) to support aerosol and cloud research associated with ARM’s Tracking Aerosol Convection Interactions Experiment (TRACER); and/or 4) to develop new proof-of-concept data products from ARM site instruments. All research supported from awards under this FOA is intended to benefit the public through increasing our understanding of the Earth system.
- Awards: $900,000 total for 3-year projects, $600,000 total for 2-year projects in response to FOA topics 1, 2, or 3; $600,000 total for 3-year or 2-year projects in response to FOA topic 4 (New Data Products).
- Deadlines: Preapplications due January 21, 2020; Full applications due March 10, 2020.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking applications to better understand the potential impacts of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on water quality and availability in rural communities and agricultural operations across the United States. The Agency is seeking new information on PFAS occurrence, fate, and transport in water sources used by rural communities and agricultural operations, and new or improved PFAS treatment methods appropriate for small drinking water and wastewater systems including influents, effluents, and biosolids/residuals.
- Awards: Up to a total of $1,610,752 in federal funds, including direct and indirect costs, with a maximum duration of 3 years. 25% cost share is required.
- Deadline: February 11, 2020
National Institutes of Health (NIH) – see limited submissions section below for additional NIH opportunities
Following intentional weight loss, physiological processes including altered appetite and decreased energy expenditure create a tendency toward regain of lost weight. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites UG3/UH3 cooperative agreement applications from multi-disciplinary teams that propose to conduct collaborative mechanistic clinical trials focused on elucidation of the physiological mechanisms underlying individual variability in maintenance of reduced weight over time. This FOA will not support studies with a goal to evaluate the efficacy of interventions for weight loss or maintenance of reduced weight. Participants must be studied before and after a successful behavioral/lifestyle weight loss intervention to determine the extent, durability, and mechanisms for physiologic adaptations to weight loss, including metabolic and biobehavioral mechanisms. It is expected that tissue biospecimens will be collected that can be used to identify potential metabolic pathways that are altered after weight loss and may render it more difficult to maintain the reduced weight.
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will use the bi-phasic, milestone-driven UG3/UH3 cooperative agreement mechanism in parallel with a companion FOA, RFA DK-19-018 , Physiology of the Weight Reduced State Data Coordinating Center (U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed). Awards made under this FOA will initially support a planning/preparation phase (UG3) for approximately one year with possible transition to a study (UH3) phase of up to four additional years once planning milestones are met. Applications submitted in response to this FOA must propose activities for both phases and are expected to include plans for project management and performance milestones for each phase.
- Awards: Clinical Trial Consortium – $165,000 direct costs in FY 2021 and $780,000 direct costs per year in FYs 2022-2025. Data Coordinating Center – $180,000 direct costs in FY 2021, and to $500,000 direct costs per year in FYs 2022-2025.
- Deadlines: Letters of intent due May 11, 2020; Full applications due June 11, 2020.
National Science Foundation (NSF) – see limited submissions section below for additional NSF opportunities
This program aims to seed and foster collaborations among the researchers in physics, chemistry, biology, materials science, computer science, and engineering disciplines to develop new cross-disciplinary projects and curricula that will model and integrate concepts, tools and methodology. The role of this program is to stimulate non-traditional thinking about the issues facing the semiconductor industry by:
- Exploring biomolecular-based novel computational models of memory.
- Developing novel strategies for addressing fundamental questions at the interface of biology and semiconductors.
- Promoting design of new bio-nano-hybrid devices based on sustainable materials that test the physical size limit in transient electronics.
- Fabricating hybrid micro- and nano-electronic systems based on biomolecules for information storage and retrieval functionalities.
- Scaling-up and characterization of integrated electronic and synthetic biology systems.
Within this intellectual framework, submitted proposals should address at least three of the Research Themes identified above in 1 – 5. Please note, it is imperative to select at least one from Theme 1 and Theme 2, and one from Theme 4 and Theme 5. The proposal should comprehensively address the most aggressive goals within the chosen approach.
All proposals should also address the goal of educating a new cadre of students, scientists and engineers that will meet the needs of industries stemming from the interfacing of semiconductors and synthetic biology.
- Awards: Up to $1,500,000 for three years
- Deadline: March 16, 2020
US Forest Service:
The Wood Innovations Funding Opportunity supports traditional wood utilization projects, expands wood energy markets, and promotes using wood as a construction material in commercial buildings. The Forest Service supports proposals that significantly stimulate or expand wood energy and wood products markets that support the long-term management of National Forest System and other forest lands. The 2020 Request for Proposals focuses on the following priorities:
- Reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health on National Forest System and other forest lands;
- Reduce costs of forest management on all land types; and
- Promote economic and environmental health of communities.
Preference will be given to proposals that: make use of wood generated from National Forest System and other forest lands with high wildfire risk, collaborate with industry partners, support commercial building markets or other markets that use innovative wood products, and/or bundle or address multiple wood energy projects.
- Awards: Up to $250,000 total for up to 3 years. 50% cost sharing is required.
- Deadline: January 15, 2020
Limited Submission Opportunities (https://vpr.tamu.edu/initiate-research/lsp):