DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC)
NOAA FY2021 Weather Program Office Research Programs – NOAA’s Weather Program Office (WPO; formerly OWAQ, the Office of Weather and Air Quality) is soliciting proposals for weather, air quality, and earth-system modeling and observations research reflecting multiple science objectives spanning time scales from hours to seasons, and from weather and water observations and earth system modeling to social, and behavioral, and economic science. There will be three grant competitions from this notification valued at approximately $7,750,000 as follows: 1) Joint Technology Transfer Initiative (JTTI), 2) Observations, and 3) Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBES).
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD)
Students: SMART Scholarship – The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program is funded by the Department of Defense (DoD). It is a combined educational and workforce development opportunity for bachelors, masters, and Ph.D. students to gain technical skills in critical STEM fields and support the national security mission of DoD.
Rare Cancers, Concept Award – The FY20 RCRP Concept Award supports highly innovative, untested, potentially groundbreaking novel concepts in rare cancers. The Concept Award is not intended to support an incremental progression of an already established research project; instead, it allows Principal Investigators (PIs) the opportunity to pursue serendipitous observations. Preliminary data are not required.This award mechanism supports high-risk studies that have the potential to reveal entirely new avenues for investigation. Applications must describe how the new idea will enhance the existing knowledge of rare cancers or develop an innovative and novel course of investigation. Research completed through a Concept Award may generate sufficient preliminary data to enable the PI to prepare an application for future research.
Rare Cancers, Idea Development Award – The FY20 RCRP Idea Development Award mechanism promotes new ideas that are still in the early stages of development and have the potential to yield impactful data and new avenues of investigation. This award supports conceptually innovative, high-risk/high-reward research that could lead to critical discoveries or major advancements that will accelerate progress toward eradicating deaths and suffering from rare cancers. Applications should include a well-formulated, testable hypothesis based on strong scientific rationale.
Rare Cancers, Resource and Community Development Award – The FY20 RCRP RCDA supports the development of resources to advance the field of rare cancers research and ultimately improve outcomes for individuals with rare cancers. Major gaps in patient care of rare cancers include lack of communication and dissemination strategies for rare cancer research and clinical findings within communities; lack of therapeutics and mechanistic studies to inform treatment development; lack of research and clinical resources including patient tissues, cell, and tumor models; and lack of infrastructure for sharing data and other resources. The intent of this funding opportunity is to develop platforms that can share resources and knowledge pertaining to available models, molecular pathways, and therapeutic approaches to facilitate collaboration and information sharing among stakeholders such as researchers, patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other members of the rare cancers community.
Acquisition Research Program (ARP) – The Acquisition Research Program (ARP) conducts and supports research in academic disciplines that bear on public procurement policy and management. These include economics, finance, financial management, information systems, organization theory, operations management, human resources management, risk management, and marketing, as well as the traditional public procurement areas such as contracting, program/project management, logistics, test and evaluation and systems engineering management. The ARP is interested in innovative proposals that will provide unclassified and non-proprietary findings suitable for publication in open scholarly literature. Studies of government processes, systems, or policies should also expand the body of knowledge and theory of processes, systems, or policies outside the government. The following research areas are of special interest: Leading-edge techniques in data collection, management, visual analytics and decision-making; Robust risk modeling techniques; Performance metrics and methodologies; Collaboration and cross-functional teams; and, Model-Based Acquisition.
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE)
Reducing EMbodied-Energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Manufacturing Institute – The REMADE Institute has issued a fourth Request for Proposals (RFP) to invest up to $35 million for research and development of transformational technologies to increase the recovery, reuse, remanufacturing and recycling of metals, polymers, fibers, and e-waste. This funding opportunity will be matched by project participants for a 1:1 cost share, for a total investment of up to $70 million.
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH)
Notice of Revision to Funding Opportunity Description for RFAs: Chronic Kidney Diseases of UnceRtain Etiology (CKDu) in Agricultural Communities (CURE) Research Consortium: Field Epidemiology Sites (U01 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed); Renal Science Core (U01 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed); Scientific Data Coordinating Center (U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – The purpose of this Notice is to correct the criteria for individuals with presumed CKDu as shown in the Background of Part 2, Section 1. Funding Opportunity Description section. The specific description of the urinalysis, in particular the hematuria and proteinuria levels, are corrected.
Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Collaborative Approaches to Engineer Biology for Cancer Applications (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – The planned FOA intends to support synthetic biology approaches for cancer research that will expand technology development, promote transdisciplinary partnerships, and spur new efforts to advance mechanistic understanding of cancer and possibilities for cancer prevention, detection, and management. Projects will be required to define an important cancer research question and then approach that question with a synthetic biology technology, based on an adapted biological system that can sense an input, apply logic to determine a response to the input, and initiate a response. The emphasis is on both the significance of the cancer research question and the innovation and potential of the technical approach. Multi-PI applications are encouraged and transdisciplinary teams are expected with a requirement for expertise in cancer research and engineering or other disciplines relevant to synthetic biology.
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)
Biology Integration Institutes (BII) – The aim of this solicitation is to bring researchers together around the common goal of understanding how the processes that sustain life and enable biological innovation operate and interact within and across different scales of organization, from molecules to cells, tissues to organisms, species, ecosystems, biomes and the entire Earth. The Biology Integration Institutes (BII) program supports collaborative teams of researchers investigating questions that span multiple disciplines within and beyond biology.
- Awards: $12,500,000 total for 5 years.
- Deadline: Jan. 13, 2021
FOUNDATIONS AND INDUSTRY
Radcliffe Fellowship Program – The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. To that end, it welcomes applications for its 2021-22 Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program. Each year, the program makes grants to fifty exceptional scientists, writers, scholars, public intellectuals, and artists whose work is making a difference in their professional fields and in larger world.
- Awards: Fellows receive a stipend of $78,000 and an additional $5,000 to cover project expenses.
- Deadline: Sept. 10 or Oct. 1, 2020, depending on field.
Students: Facebook Fellowship Program – The Facebook Fellowship is a global program designed to encourage and support promising doctoral students who are engaged in innovative and relevant research in areas related to computer science and engineering at an accredited university. The program is open to students in any year of their PhD study.
- Awards: Tuition and fees paid for the academic year (up to two years/four semesters); $42,000 annual stipend to cover living and conference travel costs; and paid visit to Facebook headquarters for the annual Fellowship Summit (pending COVID-19 restrictions).
- Deadline: Oct. 1, 2020
LIMITED SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES
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Sept. 15 – *New* DOE Bioeconomy Initiative Forum
Sept. 16 – Save the Date: DOE Early Career Research Program Webinar – Registration to come
Oct. 27-30 – Save the Date: Fall 2020 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration