DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)
NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) (link) – Using guidance contained in this notice, potential RCPP partners propose projects that generate conservation benefits by addressing specific natural resource objectives in a State/multistate area or address one or more priority resource concerns within an NRCS-designated critical conservation area (CCA). NRCS and partners collaborate to design, promote, and implement RCPP projects on agricultural and nonindustrial private forest land. Through RCPP, NRCS may provide both financial and technical assistance funds to project partners and agricultural producers to carry out projects. RCPP proposals are evaluated through a competitive proposal process based on four criteria: impact, partner contributions, innovation, and partnership and management.
- Awards: Awards may range from $250,000 to $10 million for up to 5 years.
- NOTE: Minimum $1:$1 cost share is required.
- Deadline: Nov. 4, 2020
- See “Upcoming Events” for webinars relating to this opportunity.
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE)
Students: Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) (link) – The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students and recent graduates to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.
- Awards: Airfare, housing, and $600/week stipend are provided.
- Deadline: Oct. 7, 2020 for the 2021 Spring Term.
2020 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award (link) – The Ernest Orlando Lawrence Awards recognize mid-career U.S. scientists and engineers for exceptional contributions and achievements in research and development supporting the broad missions of the U.S. Department of Energy and its programs to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States. Awards will be considered in each of the following nine categories: Atomic, Molecular, and Chemical Sciences; Biological and Environmental Sciences; Computer, Information, and Knowledge Sciences; Condensed Matter and Materials Sciences; Energy Science and Innovation; Fusion and Plasma Sciences; High Energy Physics; National Security and Nonproliferation; and Nuclear Physics.
- Awards: Each category winner receives a citation signed by the Secretary of Energy, a gold medal bearing the likeness of Ernest Orlando Lawrence, and a $20,000 honorarium.
- Deadline: Nomination materials due October 1, 2020.
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH)
COVID-19; Short Turnaround: Emergency Awards: Automatic Detection and Tracing of SARS-CoV-2 (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (link) – This RFA will support the early stage development of an innovative platform that integrates biosensing with touchscreen or other digital devices to achieve detection and tracing of SARS-CoV-2 in real-time. Projects are expected to demonstrate proof-of-concept of SARS-CoV-2 detection with high sensitivity and specificity, sensor functionality, and automatic detection by touchscreen or other digital devices. To achieve the goal of this FOA, the proposed project needs to be milestone driven and carried out by a multidisciplinary team with complementary expertise.
- Awards: $300,000 in direct costs per year for up to 2 years.
- Deadline: LOI due Aug. 21, 2020; proposal due Sept. 15, 2020.
COVID-19; Short Turnaround: Emergency Awards: RADx-rad Wastewater Detection of SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) (U01 – Clinical Trials Not Allowed) (link) – As one of the programs within the NIH Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics-Radical (RADx-rad) program the RADx-rad Wastewater Detection of SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) FOA will support wastewater-based testing (WBT) surveillance which can provide detailed mapping of the extent and spread of COVID-19. Wastewater testing has been shown to be orders of magnitude cheaper and faster than clinical screening, albeit serving as a complementary approach rather than substituting individual-level testing and screening. The purpose of this FOA is to solicit cooperative agreements both for field studies and for small business research and development projects in the field of WBT, to address topics such as: investigation and demonstration of specific approaches aiming to increase sensitivity and to inform and optimize sample collection; implementation and development of optimized approaches to extrapolate estimation of population-level data within the community; development of optimized intervention strategies, and incorporation of computational, statistical, and mathematical models.
- Awards: Up to $2,000,000 in direct costs per year for up to 2 years.
- Deadline: LOI due Aug. 15, 2020; proposal due Sept. 15, 2020.
COVID-19; Short Turnaround: Emergency Awards RADx-RAD: Screening for COVID-19 by Electronic-Nose Technology (SCENT) (U18 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (link) – Specifically, this FOA is seeking applications for a portable sensing device to detect volatile organic compounds (VOCs, i.e., scents or odors) emanating from skin or exhaled breath, saliva and different oral tissues from the oral cavity. These sensing devices must be able to associate VOC patterns to patients with symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19. These devices are expected to actively detect VOCs from skin and oral cavities of COVID-19 patients, without being invasive, or affecting the integrity of the skin and oral cavity. For VOC monitoring, these sensing devices can be Electronic-nose (E-nose) technology or Gas Chromatography (GC). Therefore, this program is called SCENT, which stands for Screening for COVID-19 by Electronic-Nose Technology. This FOA seeks to advance novel biosensing technologies that are innovative, safe, and effective using integrated artificial intelligent, pattern recognition and machine learning systems that would make it possible for the detection, diagnosis, prediction, and monitoring of COVID-19 in clinical, community and everyday settings.
- This FOA requires multidisciplinary collaborations to ensure project success. Disciplines may include: biomedical engineers, material scientists, biosensing experts, software engineers, chemists, dentists, clinicians, virologists, clinical trialists, biostatisticians, data analysts and/or other relevant experts in academia and industry.
- Awards: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. Maximum project period is 2 years.
- Deadline: LOI due Aug. 18, 2020; proposal due Sept. 18, 2020.
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)
Division of Materials Research: Topical Materials Research Programs: Biomaterials (BMAT), Condensed Matter Physics (CMP), Metals and Metallic Nanostructures (MMN), Polymers (POL) (DMR-TMRP BMAT, CMP, MMN, POL) (link) – Research supported by the Division of Materials Research (DMR) focuses on advancing fundamental understanding of materials, materials discovery, design, synthesis, characterization, properties, and materials-related phenomena. DMR awards enable understanding of the electronic, atomic, and molecular structures, mechanisms, and processes that govern nanoscale to macroscale morphology and properties; manipulation and control of these properties; discovery of emerging phenomena of matter and materials; and creation of novel design, synthesis, and processing strategies that lead to new materials with unique characteristics. These discoveries and advancements transcend traditional scientific and engineering disciplines. The Division supports research and education activities in the United States through funding of individual investigators, teams, centers, facilities, and instrumentation.
- NOTE: investigators may submit only one proposal across DMR to any of the Topical Materials Research Programs as PI or co-PI during the annual proposal acceptance window.
- Awards: Estimated program budget, number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds.
- Deadline: Oct. 1, 2020 – Nov. 2, 2020
Students: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) (link) – The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the quality, vitality, and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF actively encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply.
- Awards: $34,000 stipend and $12,000 cost of education allowance per year.
- Deadline: Oct. 19-22, 2020, depending on discipline.
Early Career: Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) (link) – The NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) seeks to award grants intended to support research independence among early-career academicians who specifically lack access to adequate organizational or other resources. It is expected that funds obtained through this program will be used to support untenured faculty or research scientists (or equivalent) in their first three years in a primary academic position after the PhD, but not more than five years after completion of their PhD. Applicants for this program may not yet have received any other grants or contracts in the PI role from any department, agency, or institution of the federal government, including from the CAREER program or any other program, post-PhD, regardless of the size of the grant or contract, with certain exceptions as noted below. Serving as co-PI, Senior Personnel, Postdoctoral Fellow, or other Fellow does not count against this eligibility rule.
- Awards: Sufficient funds for 48 months of graduate student support.
- Deadline: Nov. 2, 2020, depending on discipline.
FOUNDATIONS AND INDUSTRY
Jefferson Science Fellows Program (JSF) (link) – The JSF program is administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and is supported by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The JSF program is open to tenured, or similarly ranked, faculty from U.S. institutions of higher learning who are U.S. citizens. After successfully obtaining a security clearance, selected Jefferson Science Fellows spend one year on assignment at the U.S. Department of State or USAID serving as advisers on issues of foreign policy or international development. Assignments are tailored to the needs of the hosting office, while taking into account the Fellows’ interests and areas of expertise. Following the fellowship year, Fellows will return to their academic career but remain available to the U.S. government as experienced consultants for short-term projects.
- Awards: $50,000 stipend and $10,000 travel budget.
- Deadline: Oct. 16, 2020
Early Career: Sloan Research Fellowships (link) – The Sloan Research Fellowship Program recognizes and rewards outstanding early-career faculty who have the potential to revolutionize their fields of study. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in chemistry, computer science, Earth system science, economics, mathematics, molecular biology, neuroscience, physics, or a related field. Candidates must be tenure-track, though untenured, as of September 15, 2020, and Candidate’s faculty position must carry a regular teaching obligation.
- Candidates must be nominated by a department head or other senior researcher.
- Awards: $75,000 for 2 years.
- Nominations Due: Sept. 15, 2020
PhD Students, Short Turnaround: Microsoft PhD Fellowship (link) – A two-year fellowship for PhD students at North American universities pursuing research aligned to the research areas carried out by Microsoft Research. Doctoral students must be in their third year of PhD studies and nominated by the department chair’s office in their field of study.
- Awards: $42,000 stipend for 2 years.
- NOTE: Only 3 nominations per department allowed.
- Deadline: Nominations due Aug. 14, 2020; proposals due Sept. 21, 2020
LIMITED SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES
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NSF Guidance Updates: The Foundation has made updates to the following guidance on the NSF website based on inquiries that we are receiving from the community:
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on NSF’s Implementation of OMB Memorandum M-20-26;
- FAQs on Current & Pending Support; and
- NSF-approved Formats for the Biographical Sketch website.
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New: USDA NRCS Webinar on the FY 20/21 RCPP Classic National Funding Opportunity (Info) – Aug. 27 at 2:00 pm
New: USDA NRCS Webinar on how to Submit a FY 20/21 RCPP Classic Proposal in the RCPP Portal (Info) – Sept. 10 at 2:00 pm
Notice of Pre-Application Webinar for the Chronic Kidney Diseases of UnceRtain Etiology (CKDu) in Agricultural Communities (CURE) Research Consortium (Info & Registration) – Aug. 17 at 2:00
AgriLife August Lunch Webinar – Data Management Plans and Pivot (Registration) – Aug. 18 from noon-1:00pm.
Save the Date: Fall 2020 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration (link) – Oct. 27-30, 2020
Hanover Webinar: Returning to Research in the COVID-19 Era (Registration) – Aug. 11 at 11:00 am.
AAAS Webinar: Paper Authorship Requirements and Responsibilities: A Decision Tree (Info & Registration) – Aug. 12, 2020 at 2:00
AAAS Webinar: Lessons Learned from 10,000 Proposal Reviews: Top Reviewer Criticisms and How to Avoid Them (Info & Registration) – Aug. 26, 2020 at 12:00