US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)
UPDATE for SCRI and ECDRE: For SCRI and ECDRE, NIFA has provided a blanket waiver for match in FY 2021. For these two programs, no matching funds will be required of FY 2021 applicants or awardees, and applicants will not need to submit a waiver request with their application.
The RFAs for Crop Protection and Pest Management program (CPPM), Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI), and Emergency Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program (ECDRE) are being updated this week in response to provisions in the FY2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act. Under CPPM, USDA clarified that indirect costs will not be allowed in the Extension Implementation Program Area.
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD)
Reefense Reefense seeks to develop self-healing, hybrid biological and engineered reef-mimicking structures to mitigate the coastal flooding, erosion and storm damage that increasingly threaten civilian and DoD infrastructure and personnel. Under Reefense, custom wave-attenuating base structures will promote calcareous reef organism (coral or oyster) settlement and growth, which will enable the system to self-heal and keep pace with sea level rise over time. A system will be put in place that will also attract non-reef building organisms necessary to help maintain a healthy, growing system. Finally, adaptive biology (other than genetically modified organisms) will enable improved coral and oyster resilience against disease and temperature stress, to ensure compatibility with a changing environment.
- Abstract Due February 22, 2021
- Full Proposal Due April 14, 2021
- The Proposers Day will be webcast on January 22, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM EST.
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) *See Limited Submit table at end of email for further instructions* The main goal of the S-STEM program is to enable low-income, talented domestic students to pursue successful careers in promising STEM fields. Ultimately, the S-STEM program wants to increase the number of low-income students who graduate and contribute to the American innovation economy with their STEM knowledge. Recognizing that financial aid alone cannot increase retention and graduation in STEM, the program provides awards to Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to fund scholarships and to adapt, implement, and study effective evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities that support recruitment, retention, transfer (if appropriate), student success, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM.
The program seeks to 1) increase the number of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need obtaining degrees in S-STEM eligible disciplines and entering the US workforce or graduate programs in STEM; 2) improve support mechanisms for future scientists, engineers, and technicians, with a focus on low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need; and 3) advance our understanding of how interventions or evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities affect the success, retention, transfer, academic/career pathways, and graduation of low-income students in STEM.
The S-STEM program encourages collaborations among different types of participating groups, including but not limited to partnerships among different types of institutions; collaborations of STEM faculty and institutional, educational, and social science researchers; and partnerships among institutions of higher education and business, industry, local community organizations, national labs, or other federal or state government organizations, if appropriate.
Scholars must be domestic low-income, academically talented students with demonstrated unmet financial need who are enrolled in an associate, baccalaureate or graduate degree program in an S-STEM eligible discipline. Proposers must provide an analysis that articulates the population of students they are trying to serve. This analysis must include the predicted number of students who meet all the eligibility requirements at the time of proposal submission as a proxy measure of the pool of students that would qualify in the future if the proposal is awarded. This number may be based on current and/or historical data about students who are currently pursuing degrees in the STEM disciplines targeted by the proposal.
- Eligibility: Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) – Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members.
- An institution may submit one proposal (either as a single institution or as subawardee or a member of an Inter-institutional Consortia project) from each constituent school or college that awards degrees in an S-STEM eligible discipline. The reasoning behind this restriction is that any eligible student must have a clear single S-STEM program where the student can apply for a scholarship.
- Additional eligibility criteria are listed in the RFA.
- Track 1, 2, 3 and Collaborative Planning grants
- Track 1 Institutional Capacity Building projects may not exceed $750,000 for up to 6 years.
- Track 2 Implementation: Single Institution projects may not exceed $1,500,000 for up to 6 years.
- Track 3 Inter-institutional Consortia projects may not exceed $5,000,000 for up to 6 years.
- Collaborative Planning grants may be up to $150,000 for up to two years.
- Full proposals due April 7, 2021
- A webinar will be held but is not yet scheduled. Check here for updates.
Science and Technology Studies (STS) is an interdisciplinary field that investigates the conceptual foundations, historical developments, and social contexts of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The STS program supports proposals across a broad spectrum of research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate STEM theory and practice. STS research may be empirical or conceptual; specifically, it may focus on the intellectual, material, or social facets of STEM including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues.
- Full proposals due February 2, 2021 and annually thereafter.
- Standard and Collaborative Research: 2-3 year projects for up to $400k total costs
- Scholars: 1 year projects up to $180k
- Professional Development: maximum during of 3 years and up to $75k total costs
- Research Community Development: $75,000-$100,000/year total cost for up to 3 years
- Conference Proposals: typically do not exceed $25,000 in direct costs, plus applicable indirect costs
- Full proposals due August 3, 2021 and annually thereafter
- All the above project types PLUS the Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIGs)
- DDRIG budgets typically do not exceed $10,000 in direct costs for research in North America and $12,500 in direct costs for international research, plus applicable indirect costs.
- All the above project types PLUS the Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIGs)
Science of Organizations (SoO) Organizations — private and public, established and entrepreneurial, designed and emergent, formal and informal, profit and nonprofit — are critical to the well-being of nations and their citizens. They are of crucial importance for producing goods and services, creating value, providing jobs, and achieving social goals. The Science of Organizations (SoO) program funds basic research that yields a scientific evidence base for improving the design and emergence, development and deployment, and management and ultimate effectiveness of organizations of all kinds.
SoO funds research that advances our fundamental understanding of how organizations develop, form and operate. Successful SoO research proposals use scientific methods to develop and refine theories, to empirically test theories and frameworks, and to develop new measures and methods. Funded research is aimed at yielding generalizable insights that are of value to the business practitioner, policy-maker and research communities.
Intellectual perspectives may involve (but are not limited to) organizational theory, behavior, sociology or economics, business policy and strategy, communication sciences, entrepreneurship, human resource management, information sciences, managerial and organizational cognition, operations management, public administration, social or industrial psychology, and technology and innovation management.
- Phenomena studied may include (but are not limited to) structures, routines, effectiveness, competitiveness, innovation, dynamics, change and evolution.
- Levels of analysis may include (but are not limited to) organizational, cross-organizational collaborations or relationships, and institutional and can address individuals, groups or teams.
- Research methods may be qualitative and quantitative and may include (but are not limited to) archival analyses, surveys, simulation studies, experiments, comparative case studies, and network analyses.
- Apply to PD 11-8031
- Full proposal due February 2, 2021 and September 3, 2021 (February 2 and September 3, Annually Thereafter)
Center for Advancement and Synthesis of Open Environmental Data and Sciences NSF seeks to establish a Center fueled by open and freely available biological and other environmental data to catalyze novel scientific questions in environmental biology through the use of data-intensive approaches, team science and research networks, and training in the accession, management, analysis, visualization, and synthesis of large data sets. The Center will provide vision for speeding discovery through the increased use of large, publicly accessible datasets to address biological research questions through collaborations with scientists in other related disciplines. The Center will be an exemplar in open science and team science, fostering development of generalizable cyberinfrastructure solutions and community-driven standards for software, data, and metadata that support open and team science, and role-modeling best practices.
Open biological and other environmental data are produced by NSF investments in research and infrastructure such as the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI), the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) network, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Critical Zone Observatories (CZOs), Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio), and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), as well as by many other public and private initiatives in the U.S. and worldwide. These efforts afford opportunities for collaborative investigation into, and predictive understanding of life on Earth to a far greater degree than ever before.
The Center will help develop the teams, concepts, resources, and expertise to enable inclusive, effective, and coordinated efforts to answer the broad scientific questions for which these open data were designed, as well as key questions that emerge at interfaces between biology, informatics, and a breadth of environmental sciences. It will engage scientists diverse in their demography, disciplinary expertise, and geography, and in the institutions that they represent in collaborative, cross-disciplinary, and synthetic studies. It is expected that this new Center will build on decades of experience from NSF’s prior investments in other synthesis centers, while providing visionary leadership and advancement for data-intensive team science in a highly connected and increasingly virtual world. It will serve as an incubator for team-based, data-driven, and open research that includes cyberinfrastructure, tools, services, and application development and innovative and inclusive training programs.
The Center is also expected to spur collaborative interactions among the facilities and initiatives that produce open biological and other environmental data, and cyberinfrastructure efforts that support the curation and use of those data, such as Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO), CyVerse, Environmental Data Initiative (EDI), DataOne, EarthCube, and Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Centers for Excellence, to address compelling research questions and to enable training and data product and tool development. The new Center will further enable data-driven discovery through immersive education and training experiences to provide the advanced skills needed to maximize the scientific potential of large volumes of available open data.
- A person may be PI on no more than ONE proposal. No co-PIs are allowed. There is no limit on the number of proposals on which an individual can be included as a subaward PI.
- The initial term of the award will be 5 years, with the potential for renewal for another 5 years. Pending availability of funds, NSF anticipates a budget of up to $2,000,000 in year 1, $3,000,000 in year 2, and $5,000,000 in years 3 through 5.
- Submission of Letters of Intent is required for planning the review of proposals and to be eligible to submit a preproposal. Due April 2, 2021.
- Submission of Preliminary Proposals is required for eligibility to submit a full proposal. Due April 29, 2021.
- Full proposals will be accepted only from organizations that have submitted preliminary proposals and that are subsequently invited to submit a full proposal after peer review of preliminary proposals. Eligible proposals must be based on the preliminary proposal submitted. Full proposals due September 15, 2021.
Mid-scale Research Infrastructure-2 (Mid-scale RI-2) NSF defines Research Infrastructure (RI) as any combination of facilities, equipment, instrumentation, or computational hardware or software, and the necessary human capital in support of the same. Major facilities and mid-scale projects are subsets of research infrastructure. The NSF Mid-scale Research Infrastructure-2 Program (Mid-scale RI-2) supports the implementation of unique and compelling RI projects. Mid-scale RI-2 projects may include any combination of equipment, instrumentation, cyberinfrastructure, broadly used large-scale data sets, and the commissioning and/or personnel needed to successfully complete the project. Mid-scale RI-2 projects should fill a research community-defined scientific need, or address an identified national research priority, that enables current and next-generation U.S. researchers and a diverse STEM workforce to remain competitive in a global research environment.
The Mid-scale RI-2 Program emphasizes projects that have strong scientific merit, respond to an identified need of the research community, demonstrate technical and managerial readiness for implementation, include a well-developed plan for student training in the design and implementation of mid-scale research infrastructure, and involve a diverse workforce in mid-scale facility development, and/or associated data management. Training of students in design and implementation, not just in scientific exploitation of the infrastructure, is essential.
Please consult NSF 19-068 Major Facilities Guide (MFG) for definitions of terms used in this solicitation, such as the Project Execution Plan (PEP). Section 5 of the MFG provides guidance specific to Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure Projects, including guidance on the PEP.
Mid-scale RI-2 will consider only the implementation (typically construction or acquisition) stage of a project, including a limited degree of final development or necessary production design immediately preparatory to implementation. It is thus intended that Mid-scale RI-2 will support projects in high states of project and technical readiness for implementation, i.e., those that have already matured through previous developmental investments. Accordingly, Mid-scale RI-2 does not support pre-implementation (early-stage design or development) activities. Mid-scale RI-2 also does not support post-implementation research, operations or maintenance, the anticipated source(s) of which are expected to be discussed in the proposal.
- The total cost for Mid-scale RI-2 projects ranges from $20 million to below the threshold for a Major Facilities Project, currently $100 million. Mid-scale RI-2 projects will directly enable advances in any of the research domains supported by NSF, including STEM education research. Projects may also include upgrades to existing research infrastructure.
- An individual may serve as the Principal Investigator (PI) or a co-Principal Investigator (co-PI) for no more than two (2) proposals.
- Letter of Intent due February 3, 2021. Required to submit preliminary proposal.
- Preliminary Proposal due March 5, 2021.
- Full proposals may be submitted only if invited by NSF. Full Proposal due September 20, 2021.
Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR)
The IUSE: EHR is a core NSF STEM education program that seeks to promote novel, creative, and transformative approaches to generating and using new knowledge about STEM teaching and learning to improve STEM education for undergraduate students. The program is open to application from all institutions of higher education and associated organizations. NSF places high value on educating students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields as well as educating a scientifically literate public. In pursuit of this goal, IUSE: EHR supports projects that seek to bring recent advances in STEM knowledge into undergraduate education, that adapt, improve, and incorporate evidence-based practices into STEM teaching and learning, and that lay the groundwork for institutional improvement in STEM education. In addition to innovative work at the frontier of STEM education, this program also encourages replication of research studies at different types of institutions and with different student bodies to produce deeper knowledge about the effectiveness and transferability of findings.
IUSE: EHR also seeks to support projects that have high potential for broader societal impacts, including improved diversity of students and instructors participating in STEM education, professional development for instructors to ensure adoption of new and effective pedagogical techniques that meet the changing needs of students, and projects that promote institutional partnerships for collaborative research and development. IUSE: EHR especially welcomes proposals that will pair well with the efforts of NSF INCLUDES (https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/nsfincludes/index.jsp) to develop STEM talent from all sectors and groups in our society.
For all the above objectives, the National Science Foundation invests primarily in evidence-based and knowledge-generating approaches to understand and improve STEM learning and learning environments, improve the diversity of STEM students and majors, and prepare STEM majors for the workforce. In addition to contributing to STEM education in the host institution(s), proposals should have the promise of adding more broadly to our understanding of effective teaching and learning practices.
- The IUSE: EHR program features two tracks: (1) Engaged Student Learning and (2) Institutional and Community Transformation. Several levels of scope, scale, and funding are available within each track, as summarized in Table 1 of the RFA.
- Proposal deadlines are also noted in Table 1 of the RFA.
- An individual may serve as PI or co-PI on no more than three IUSE: EHR proposals submitted during the period of October 1 through September 30.
- The IUSE: EHR program requires the use of Creative Commons licensing for new materials and release of computer code under an intellectual property license allowing others to use and build on the work.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Innovative Molecular Analysis Technologies for Low-Resource Settings Globally This Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) is to alert the community that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Center for Global Health (CGH) is seeking to leverage ongoing Innovative Molecular Analysis Technologies (IMAT) program activities to stimulate exploratory research on technology platforms relevant for global oncology and appropriate for use in low-resource settings globally. NCI CGH is prepared to support highly meritorious R21 applications submitted to either RFA-CA-21-003 or RFA-CA-21-005, with the goal of helping drive innovation in this field and enrich the pool of investigators participating in the NCI-sponsored Affordable Cancer Technologies (ACTs) Program.
- First available due date for submission: February 22, 2021
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Leveraging Population-based Cancer Registry Data to Study Health Disparities The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is issuing this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to encourage applications that efficiently use the existing cancer registry infrastructure by augmenting existing data with additional information not routinely collected by registries to study observed health disparities such as those that exist by race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, income, insurance status, age, education level, or geographic area. The Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program and the National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) are uniquely positioned to support research to assess health disparities in the United States (US) population because they contain information on all cases diagnosed within geographically defined areas. The goal of these hypothesis-driven studies should be to understand why disparities in cancer treatment and outcomes persist by identifying factors contributing to disparities and their relative importance.
- First available due date for submission: February 5, 2021
Development of Advanced Analytical Methods for the Characterization of Iron Carbohydrate Complex – Ferric Derisomaltose (U01) Development of advanced analytical methods for the characterization and comparative analysis of complex products are important for linking product attributes to safety, quality and clinical performance, which is helpful for facilitating development of generic complex products. The purpose of this study is to develop advanced analytical methods for the characterization and analysis of ferric derisomaltose which is a complex drug product. The results from this study will help the development and review of generic ferric derisomaltose.
- LOI due February 15, 2021
- Full proposal due March 31, 2021
- Two-year project at $300,000/year total costs
- To be awarded as Cooperative Agreement
National Food and Nutrient Analysis Program (U01) The FDA/CFSAN is announcing its intention to award a cooperative agreement for continued support to the National Food and Nutrient Analysis Program (NFNAP). NFNAP was previously administered through the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Methods and Application of Food Composition Laboratory (MAFCL) and was supported by FDA and other federal agencies. The objective is to continue the program through a new cooperative agreement with the FDA to provide a validated nutrient database for use by the scientific community, government agencies, and other stakeholders for monitoring and evaluating the dietary intake of specific nutrients and bioactive compounds in foods and dietary supplements. Under NFNAP, data for traditional nutrients are regularly updated while data for bioactive compounds of emerging scientific interest are added to the databases. In addition, NFNAP will continue to support research concerning the variability of nutrients in specific foods. The approach used by NFNAP includes analyzing sampled foods and dietary supplement units using state-of-the-art laboratory methodologies; incorporating rigorous quality control measures in the analysis and review of the data; and developing and validating new analytical procedures for phytochemicals and other food constituents, as needed.
- Full proposal due March 9, 2021
- To be awarded as Cooperative Agreement
- Award(s) will provide one (1) year of support and include future recommended support for four (4) additional year(s) contingent upon annual appropriations, availability of funding and satisfactory awardee performance.
- Application budgets need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project and should not exceed the following in total costs (direct and indirect): YR 01: $300,000, YR 02: $300,500, YR 03: $300,500, YR 04: $400,000, YR 05: $400,000
Summer Institute on Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials The Summer Institute provides an intermediate/advanced course in planning, designing, and conducting high-impact randomized controlled trials of health-related behavioral interventions. It emphasizes programmatic research and prepares fellows to lead or collaborate on rigorous, high-impact behavioral trials and on systematic efforts to develop and improve health-related behavioral interventions. The Institute’s long-term goal is to build an outstanding scientific workforce that is able to plan and conduct the kinds of clinical trials that can change practice guidelines, health care policies, and third-party coverage for health-related behavioral interventions, and that can help to increase the role of evidence-based behavioral interventions in clinical and preventive services.
- Full Applications Due February 15, 2021
- If the Summer Institute is held in person this year, fellows will be responsible for the cost of travel to and from the Summer Institute site and room and board. Limited support may be available to offset a portion of these costs.
FOUNDATIONS AND INDUSTRY
Grand Challenges ICODA COVID-19 Data Science pilot programme The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its Grand Challenges partners established Grand Challenges to focus attention and effort on major global challenges, and to enable researchers to collaborate and address these in fast, innovative ways. ICODA – the International COVID-19 Data Alliance – is partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges programme to pilot the Grand Challenges ICODA COVID-19 Data Science initiative, supported by the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator. This initiative seeks to support projects that harness the power of health data in a safe and trusted way to respond to the current COVID-19 pandemic and have impact, as well as to enhance global health data responses to health challenges of the future.
- Initial Submissions due January 19, 2021
- Awards between $25k-$100k for 6-12 months
X-Grants Round 4 One-Pager Submission Window: January 18-February 15th. More dates apply. See website for details.
Innovation [X] 2021-2022 The School of Innovation and Innovation Partners are calling for proposals for the next round of our Innovation[X] Program, which provides grants that allow multidisciplinary teams of faculty, undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs to work together to address complex real-world challenges. Faculty may apply for grants of up to $20,000 to facilitate year-long projects. The number of grants to be awarded will depend on funding and application levels.
- Proposal Deadline EXTENDED: January 26, 2021
LIMITED SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES
The Division of Research (DOR) identifies limited submission proposal funding opportunities through internet searches, web services and historical opportunities. You may view these opportunities at https://tamu.infoready4.com/#limitedsubmissions. Please be aware that the list is not comprehensive. Anyone who wishes to apply to a limited submission RFP that is not posted on this website should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 979.862.2233. The guidelines will be reviewed and an appropriate internal deadline will be established and posted to the website.
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|*NEW* DOE Materials and Chemical Sciences Research for Quantum Information Science||1/18/2021||Limited Submissions|
|Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering||1/21/2021||Limited Submissions|
|Kleberg Foundation Medical Research Grants||2/1/2021||Limited Submissions|
|*NEW* NIH Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1 – Clinical Trial Optional)||2/1/2021||Limited Submissions|
|*NEW* HRSA Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Psychostimulant Support||2/3/2021||Limited Submissions|
|*NEW* NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)||2/3/2021||Limited Submissions|
|*NEW* FFAR New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award||2/5/2021||Limited Submissions|
|*NEW* NIH Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education (R25)||3/1/2021||Limited Submissions|
|*NEW* Breast Cancer Alliance Exceptional Project Grants||3/8/2021||Limited Submissions|
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*NEW* Feb 5 – Managing Research Data; A Guide to Good Practice
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Feb. 10 –NSF CAREER WRiting Groups initial meeting
Feb 18 – Publishing Data in the Texas Data Repository
Feb. 18-19 –USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum
*NEW* FEB 19 – Transitioning from single PI to Multi-investigator to Multi-institutional proposals (Hanover Webinar Series)
Feb 25 – Exploring and Navigating Data Danger Zones
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March 8 – NSF Division of Environmental Biology Office hours: beginning investigators
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March 24 –Demystifying the NSF
*NEW* April 16 – Resubmissions and interpreting reviewer feedback(Hanover Webinar series)
April 12 – NSF Division of Environmental Biology Office hours: how to write a great proposal
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*NEW* May 6- NSF BIO Distinguished Lecture Series
*NEW* May 10 – NSF Division of Environmental Biology Office hours: CAreer solicitation
NIH establishes Office of Nutrition Research within the NIH Office of the Director. Read more here.
USDA Releases Agriculture Innovation Research Strategy Summary and Dashboard
Hagler Institute for Advanced Study is now an online publication. See Cornerstone here.
NIH launches new Website on COVID-19 Research