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Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) (DOE)

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The Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory, on behalf of the Geothermal Technologies Office, is seeking applications for establishing and managing a dedicated Enhanced Geothermal Systems Field Laboratory site. The full Funding Opportunity Announcement is posted on the EERE eXCHANGE website at https://eere-exchange.energy.gov. Applications must be submitted through the EERE eXCHANGE website to be considered for award. The applicant must first register and create an account on the EERE eXCHANGE website. A User Guide for the EERE eXCHANGE can be found on the EERE website https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Manuals.aspx after logging in to the system. Information on where to submit questions regarding the content of the announcement and where to submit questions regarding submission of applications is found in the full announcement posted on the EERE eXCHANGE website.

Click here for full RFP:  Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE)

DUE DATES

Current Closing Date for Applications:  October 1, 2014

 

Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms (NSF)

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The CSDM Program is concerned primarily with chemical phenomena in the gas and fluid phases, as well as chemical processes at gas-fluid, gas-solid, fluid-solid, and fluid-fluid interfaces. Proposals concerned with solid phase chemical processes are generally not supported by the Program. Proposals concerned with structure, dynamics or mechanisms as they pertain to catalytic processes should submit to the Chemical Catalysis Program (CHE/CAT). Proposals whose primary questions relate to phenomena arising from the properties of nanoscale materials or assemblies should be submitted to the Macromolecular, Supramolecular, and Nanochemistry Program (CHE/MSN). CSDM supports research projects that have strong implications for advancing the foundational physical models of chemical structure and dynamics. Projects focusing on device or process optimization are not supported by the Program.The CSDM Program is divided into two sub-programs, CSDM-A and CSDM-B. The two programs will inevitably overlap in some instances. At coarse resolution, they are separable in terms of i) molecular complexity, ii) time scale, iii) strength of the interactions, and iv) links to potential applications.

Click here for full RFP:  Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms

DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  September 30, 2014

 

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Deployment Initiatives (DOE)

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DUE DATES

Current Closing Date for Applications:  October 1, 2014

 

Arctic Research Opportunities (NSF)

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites investigators at U.S. organizations to submit proposals to conduct research about the Arctic. Arctic research includes field and modeling studies, data analysis, and synthesis about the arctic region. The goal of the NSF Section for Arctic Sciences, Division of Polar Programs (PLR), is to gain a better understanding of the Arctic’s physical, biological, geological, chemical, social and cultural processes; the interactions of oceanic, terrestrial, atmospheric, biological, social, cultural, and economic systems; and the connections that define the Arctic. The Arctic Sciences and other NSF programs support projects that contribute to the development of the next generation of researchers and scientific literacy for all ages through education, outreach, and broadening participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Program representatives from polar and other non-polar NSF programs that support arctic research coordinate across NSF, including joint review and funding of arctic proposals and mutual support of special projects with high logistical costs.

Click here for full RFP:  Arctic Research Opportunities

DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  October 21, 2014

 

Information Innovation Office (I2O) Office Wide (DOD)

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As much of the world-wide economy has moved into cyberspace, protecting and assuring information flows over these networks has become a priority. Most networks today rely on the successive discovery of vulnerabilities and deployment of patches to maintain security. Even after patching, new vulnerabilities are often introduced in successive releases, and may even be introduced by the patches themselves. The I2O defensive cyber portfolio is largely focused on changing this paradigm through a variety of methods such as heterogeneity, formal methods proofs, secure code generation, and automation. Exploration of offensive methods is essential to expand and inform defensive work. The I2O portfolio covers a broad space, investigating enterprise networks, secure communications, industrial systems, and purpose-built military systems. I2O is also pursuing information technologies to change the way we perceive and interact with our surroundings. Exponential improvements in computing power, network bandwidth and storage density combine with ever more pervasive sensing and measurement technologies to provide new and powerful ways to gain insight into the world. Essentially all human activities that can be measured, from mercantile to military, are being quantitatively re-examined in the context of this new, “big data,” capability.

Click here for full RFP:  Information Innovation Office (I2O) Office Wide

DUE DATES

Current Closing Date for Applications:  July 15, 2015

 

Hyper-wideband Enabled RF Messaging (HERMES) (DOD)

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DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals to explore the feasibility of a wideband spread-spectrum RF communications system with greater than 10 GHz of instantaneous bandwidth. The system will operate below 20 GHz to mitigate atmospheric absorption and employ coding gain and spectral filtering for resistance to jamming. This program will explore what is possible to inform debate and future DARPA investment as this small study is planned as the first step in a potential larger effort. Proposed studies will advance via two thrust areas: 1) investigation of system architectures, channel propagation effects, spectrum regulation, signal processing techniques and culminating in a demonstration using commercial components and 2) the development of novel receiver technologies with a path towards a hand-held radio size, weight and power envelope.

Click here for full RFP:  Hyper-wideband Enabled RF Messaging (HERMES)

DUE DATES

Current Closing Date for Applications:  August 13, 2014

 

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) (NSF)

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The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects.Undergraduate student participants in either REU Sites or REU Supplements must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.Students do not apply to NSF to participate in REU activities. Students apply directly to REU Sites or to NSF-funded investigators who receive REU Supplements. To identify appropriate REU Sites, students should consult the directory of active REU Sites on the Web at http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm.

Click here for full RFP:  Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  August 27, 2014

 

Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) (NSF)

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The goal of the CPS program is to develop the core system science needed to engineer complex cyber-physical systems upon which people can depend with high confidence. The program aims to foster a research community committed to advancing research and education in CPS and to transitioning CPS science and technology into engineering practice. By abstracting from the particulars of specific systems and application domains, the CPS program seeks to reveal cross-cutting fundamental scientific and engineering principles that underpin the integration of cyber and physical elements across all application sectors. To expedite and accelerate the realization of cyber-physical systems in a wide range of applications, the CPS program also supports the development of methods, tools, and hardware and software components based upon these cross-cutting principles, along with validation of the principles via prototypes and testbeds.

Click here for full RFP:  Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)

DUE DATES

Closing Date for Applications:  December 15, 2014, 5 PM Proposer’s Local Time

 

Petrology and Geochemistry (NSF)

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The Petrology and Geochemistry Program supports basic research on the formation of planet Earth, including its accretion, early differentiation, and subsequent petrologic and geochemical modification via igneous and metamorphic processes. Proposals in this program generally address the petrology and high-temperature geochemistry of igneous and metamorphic rocks (including mantle samples), mineral physics, economic geology, and volcanology. Proposals that are focused on the development of analytical tools, theoretical and computational models, and experimental techniques for applications by the igneous and metamorphic petrology, and high temperature geochemistry communities are also invited.

Click here for full RFP:  Petrology and Geochemistry

DUE DATES

Closing Date for Applications:  January 12, 2015

 

Hydrologic Sciences (NSF)

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The Hydrologic Sciences Program focuses on the fluxes of water in the environment that constitute the water cycle as well as the mass and energy transport function of the water cycle in the environment. The Program supports studying processes from rainfall to runoff to infiltration and streamflow; evaporation and transpiration; as well as the flow of water in soils and aquifers and the transport of suspended, dissolved and colloidal components. Water is seen as the mode of coupling among various components of the environment and emphasis is placed on how the coupling is enabled by the water cycle and how it functions as a process. The Hydrologic Sciences Program retains a strong focus on linking the fluxes of water and the components carried by water across the boundaries between various interacting components of the terrestrial system and the mechanisms by which these fluxes co-organize over a variety of timescales and/or alter the fundamentals of the interacting components. The Program is also interested in how water interacts with the solid phase, the landscape and the ecosystem as well as how such interactions and couplings are altered by land use and climate change. Studies may address aqueous geochemistry and solid phase interactions as well as physical, chemical, and biological processes as coupled to water transport. These studies commonly involve expertise from basic sciences and mathematics, and proposals may require joint review with related programs. The Hydrologic Sciences Program will also consider some synthesis activities.

Click here for full RFP:  Hydrologic Sciences

DUE DATES

Closing Date for Applications:  December 5, 2014

 

Geophysics (NSF)

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The Geophysics Program supports basic research in the physics of the solid earth to explore its composition, structure, and processes from the Earth’s surface to it’s deepest interior. Laboratory, field, theoretical, and computational studies are supported. Topics include seismicity, seismic wave propagation, and the nature and occurrence of geophysical hazards; the Earth’s magnetic, gravity, and electrical fields; the Earth’s thermal structure; and geodynamics. Supported research also includes geophysical studies of active deformation, including geodesy, and theoretical and experimental studies of the properties and behavior of Earth materials.

Click here for full RFP:  Geophysics

DUE DATES

Closing Date for Applications:  December 3, 2014

 

Sensors, Dynamics, and Control (SDC) (NSF)

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The Sensors, Dynamics, and Control (SDC) program supports fundamental research on the analysis, measurement, monitoring and control of complex dynamical and structural systems, including development of new analytical, computational and experimental tools, and novel applications to engineered and natural systems. Program objectives are the discovery of new phenomena and the investigation of innovative methods and applications for dynamics, measurement, and control. Transformative research on complex networks, linear and nonlinear discrete or infinite dimensional systems spanning a multitude of time and length scales and physical domains are of interest, as are highly interdisciplinary projects and projects addressing security, resilience and sustainability. Basic research strongly motivated by industry needs or other real-life applications is welcome. The SDC program supports fundamental research on the theories of dynamical systems to uncover novel paradigms for modeling, control and analysis of dynamic phenomena and systems that undergo spatial and temporal evolution with applications crossing interdisciplinary boundaries, along with fundamental studies on stability, phase transitions, and wave propagation in complex and non-local media. Furthermore, the program supports fundamental research on monitoring, analysis, and decision-making processes for integrity monitoring, sensors reliability and safety of complex engineered systems, especially under conditions of uncertainty. Of interest is the investigation of big data (high-volume and high-speed) issues related to virtually-continuous streams of measurements from heterogeneous sensors for continuous systems monitoring. The SDC program also includes fundamental research on control theory and its applications. Topics of current interest include unconventional applications of control; the combined roles of feedback, feedforward and uncertainty; integrated feedback, communication and signal processing; and control concepts inspired by nature.

Click here for full RFP:  Sensors, Dynamics, and Control (SDC)

DUE DATES

Closing Date for Applications:  September 15, 2014, 5 PM, Proposer’s Local Time

 

AFRL/RXM Manufacturing Technology Open BAA (DOD)

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Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials & Manufacturing Directorate is soliciting white papers and potentially technical and cost proposals under this announcement that supports the needs of its Manufacturing and Technology mission. Manufacturing Technologies that focus on strengthening defense manufacturing capabilities and efficiencies and transitioning capability to the factory floor are of interest. Descriptors of Manufacturing Technology interests are presented in two contexts; that of manufacturing technology competencies and that of Air Force application area needs. See BAA for more detailed description.

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DUE DATES

Current Closing Date for Applications:  June 24, 2019

 

Cycling Hardware to Analyze and Ready Grid-Scale Electricity Storage (CHARGES) (DOE)

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The mission of ARPA-E is to identify and fund research to translate science into breakthrough energy technologies that are too risky for the private sector and that, if successfully developed, will create the foundation for entirely new industries. Successful projects will address at least one of ARPA-E’s two Mission Areas: 1. Enhance the economic and energy security of the United States through the development of energy technologies that result in: a. reductions of imports of energy from foreign sources; b. reductions of energy-related emissions, including greenhouse gases; and c. improvement in the energy efficiency of all economic sectors. 2. Ensure that the United States maintains a technological lead in developing and deploying advanced energy technologies. This program seeks to fund the accelerated commercialization of stationary storage technologies; ARPA-E is initiating the CHARGES program, which focuses on valuing and validating the performance of new stationary storage technologies and fostering industry acceptance of these systems.

Click here for full RFP:  Cycling Hardware to Analyze and Ready Grid-Scale Electricity Storage (CHARGES)

DUE DATES

Current Closing Date for Applications:  August 4, 2014

 

Advanced Analytics and Data Science for Naval Warfare Planning and Execution (DOD)

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The Office of Naval Research is interested in receiving white papers and full proposals for Advanced Technology Development that will forge major advancements towards a well developed and robust Naval Big Data Ecosystem that enables more sophisticated and powerful analytics for supporting Naval Warfighting applications. To accomplish this objective, ONR seeks to make advancements in four key Thrust Areas: (1) Development of a robust Naval Data Science foundation that addresses data representations and ontologies required to support a wide range of Naval Warfare Mission Areas; (2) Identifying, acquiring, ingesting, and indexing Data Sources pertinent to Naval Warfighting Missions; (3) Development of advanced analytics for Naval Warfare Mission Areas; and (4) Development of data protection and security mechanisms to ensure the integrity of data used throughout the analytic process. The overall objective of this effort is to achieve unprecedented access to data; to extract new and deeper insights by exploiting data in new and innovative ways; and to apply those new insights to improving Naval Warfare activities. A major goal of this effort is to significantly improve the Naval community’s real-time ability to bring together information from National systems and sensors with information from Naval combat and weapon systems and sensors. In the past, the ability to merge these types of information to support tactical warfighting has been extremely limited. Emerging technologies (such as Cloud, Computing, Big Data, and more effective Cross Domain technologies) are enabling us to overcome many of the technological and infrastructure limitations that limit the ability to integrate and exploit National and tactical data sources. This BAA seeks to leverage the power of these emerging technologies to develop innovative and ground-breaking analytic capabilities that enhance threat assessment and prediction, combat ID, integrated fires, and Naval mission planning and execution. Enhancements to these capabilities will be focused on two Naval Warfare Areas: Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Integrated Air/Missile Defense (IAMD).

Click here for full RFP:  Advanced Analytics and Data Science for Naval Warfare Planning and Execution

DUE DATES

Current Closing Date for Applications:  October 3, 2014

 

Advanced Technological Education (NSF)

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With an emphasis on two-year colleges, the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation’s economy. The program involves partnerships between academic institutions and industry to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. The ATE program supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways to two-year colleges from secondary schools and from two-year colleges to four-year institutions; and other activities. Another goal is articulation between two-year and four-year programs for K-12 prospective STEM teachers that focus on technological education. The program invites research proposals that advance the knowledge base related to technician education. The ATE program encourages partnerships with other entities that may impact technician education.

Click here for full RFP:  Advanced Technological Education

DUE DATES

Closing Date for Applications:  October 9, 2014

 

Supply Chain Hardware Integrity for Electronics (DOD)

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Amendment 3: The purpose of this amendment is to re-set the BAA close date in Grants.gov from May 30, 2014 to September 30, 2014 in accordance with Part II, Section IV, paragraph 6 of DARPA-BAA-14-16. The BAA remains unchanged. Amendment 2: The purpose of this amendment is to further clarify/establish the SHIELD program objectives depicted in Part II, Section I of the Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). All changes are highlighted in yellow in the attached conformed DARPA-BAA-14-16 document.Amendment 1: The purpose of Amendment 1 is to establish, in the BAA document, a time of 4pm EST for abstract and proposal submission. This Amendment also clarifies abstract content instructions and deletes and replaces the “Technical Rationale and Approach” paragraph stipulated in the Detailed Proposal Information section. All changes to DARPA-BAA-14-16 are highlighted in yellow in the attached conformed document. Original synopsis below. DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of supply chain protection ofelectronic components. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enablerevolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems.

Click here for full RFP:  Supply Chain Hardware Integrity for Electronics

DUE DATES

Current Closing Date for Applications:  September 30, 2014

 

E.2 Innovative Concepts for Aviation – Leading Edge Aeronautics Research for NASA (LEARN1) (NASA)

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Amendment 4 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2014 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release solicits foundational research in Appendix E.2 in support of the Innovative Concepts for Aviation Project: Leading Edge Aeronautics Research for NASA (LEARN1). Proposals are sought which align with one or more of the six NASA Aeronautics Strategic thrusts: (1) Safe, Efficient Growth in Global Operations; (2) Innovation in Commercial Supersonic Aircraft; (3) Ultra-Efficient Commercial Vehicles; (4) Transition to Low-Carbon Propulsion; 5) Real-Time System-Wide Safety Assurance; and 6) Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation. NOIs are due July 28, 2014 and proposals are due August 20, 2014.

Click here for full RFP:  Leading Edge Aeronautics Research for NASA (LEARN1)

DUE DATES

Current Closing Date for Applications:  August 20, 2014

 

Physics of Living Systems (NSF)

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The program “Physics of Living Systems” (PoLS) targets synergy of theoretical and experimental research exploring the most fundamental physical processes that living systems utilize to perform their functions in dynamic and diverse environments. The focus of the research proposals should be on understanding basic physical principles that underlie biological function. Proposals that use physics equipment only as a tool to study biological questions are of VERY low priority.PoLS encourages research that emphasizes the physical principles of organization and function of living systems, including the exploration of artificial life forms and how life began. While the problems under study must be important to advancing our understanding of the living world in a quantitative way, particular emphasis will be placed on those projects in which lessons learned from the biological application also expand the intellectual range of physics. Awards cover a broad spectrum of physics approaches in biology, ranging from the physical principles and mechanisms at the single cell level such as molecular architecture and dynamics inside cells, energy metabolism, gene regulation and intracellular and intercellular communication, to collective behavior and evolution of complexity in life forms and living populations of organisms. This systems approach in physics has been very successful in understanding inanimate systems, and has the potential to bring deep understanding of the world of animated, replicating systems, through testable phenomenological theories. The program funds individual investigators, although collaborative proposals between physicists and biological researchers are welcome. Proposals with potential societal impact such as renewable energy, human health, and education are good examples of strong broader impact and are of interest to the program.

Click here for full RFP:  Physics of Living Systems

DUE DATES

Closing Date for Applications:  October 22, 2014

 

Atmospheric System Research: New Site Science Opportunities in the Eastern North Atlantic and North Slope of Alaska (ASR) (DOE)

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The Atmospheric System Research Program (ASR) in the Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), supports research that uses laboratory studies or field data from the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility, along with process level models, to study key cloud, aerosol, precipitation, and radiative transfer processes that are relevant to improving the accuracy of regional and global climate model predictions. Key ASR science goals are to determine the properties of, and interactions among, aerosols, clouds, precipitation, and radiation that are most critical to understand in order to improve their representation in climate models; ascertain the roles of atmospheric dynamics, thermodynamic structure, radiation, surface properties, and chemical and microphysical processes in the life cycles of aerosols and clouds; and identify and quantify process es along the aerosol-cloud-precipitation continuum that affect radiative fluxes at the surface and top of the atmosphere and radiative and latent heating rate profiles. ASR also supports research that develops and evaluates models of these afore-mentioned processes. More information on the ASR program is available at http://science.energy.gov/ber/research/cesd/atmospheric-system-research-program/.

Click here for full RFP:  Atmospheric System Research (ASR)

DUE DATES

Current Closing Date for Applications:  July 31, 2014

 

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Academic Research Program (DOD)

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NGA welcomes all innovative ideas for path-breaking research that may advance the GEOINT mission. The NGA mission is to provide timely, relevant, and accurate geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) in support of national security objectives. GEOINT is the exploitation and analysis of imagery and geospatial information to describe, assess, and visually depict physical features and geographically referenced activities on the Earth. GEOINT consists of imagery, imagery intelligence, and geospatial information. NGA offers a variety of critical GEOINT products in support of U.S. national security objectives and Federal disaster relief, including aeronautical, geodesy, hydrographic, imagery, geospatial and topographical information. The NGA Academic Research Program (NARP) is focused on innovative, far-reaching basic and applied research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics having the potential to advance the GEOINT mission. The objective of the NARP is to support innovative, high-payoff research that provides the basis for revolutionary progress in areas of science and technology affecting the needs and mission of NGA. This research also supports the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG), which is the combination of technology, systems and organizations that gather, produce, distribute and consume geospatial data and information. This research is aimed at advancing GEOINT capabilities by improving analytical methods, enhancing and expanding systems capabilities, and leveraging resources for common NSG goals. The NARP also seeks to improve education in scientific, mathematics, and engineering skills necessary to advance GEOINT capabilities. It is NGA’s intent to solicit fundamental research under this BAA. Fundamental research means basic and applied research in science and engineering, the results of which ordinarily are published and shared broadly within the scientific community, as distinguished from proprietary research and from Industrial development, design, production, and product utilization, the results of which ordinarily are restricted for proprietary or national security reason. (National Security Decision Directive (NSDD) 189, National Policy on the Transfer of Scientific, Technical, and Engineering Information). NGA seeks proposals from eligible U.S. institutions for path-breaking GEOINT research in areas of potential interest to NGA, the DoD, and the Intelligence Community (IC).

Click here for full RFP:  National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Academic Research Program

DUE DATES

Current Closing Date for Applications:  September 30, 2017

 

NSF/Intel Partnership on Cyber-Physical Systems Security and Privacy (NSF)

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The goal of this partnership between NSF and Intel is to foster novel, transformative, multidisciplinary approaches that ensure the security of current and emerging cyber-physical systems, taking into consideration the unique challenges present in this environment relative to other domains with cybersecurity concerns. These challenges arise from the non-reversible nature of the interactions of CPS with the physical world; the scale of deployment; the federated nature of several infrastructures; the deep embedding and long projected lifetimes of CPS components; the interaction of CPS with users at different scales, degrees of control, and expertise levels; the economic and policy constraints under which such systems must often operate; and sensing and collection of information related to a large spectrum of everyday human activities. Historically, reliance on subtle assumptions at interface boundaries between hardware components, between hardware and software components, and between software components, as well as between a system and its operators and maintainers, has been a source of vulnerability and can be especially troublesome in these critical systems. Specifically, this solicitation aims to foster a research community committed to advancing research and education at the confluence of cybersecurity, privacy, and cyber-physical systems, and to transitioning its findings into engineering practice. To achieve these goals, NSF and Intel will together host an Ideas Lab to identify and develop novel ideas at the intersection of cyber-physical systems, cybersecurity, and privacy, and assist in the establishment of research partnerships.

Click here for full RFP:  NSF/Intel Partnership on Cyber-Physical Systems Security and Privacy

DUE DATES

Preliminary Proposal Due Date:  July 29, 2014
Full Proposal Submission Deadline:  October 28, 2014

 

Fuel Cell Technologies Incubator – Innovations in Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Fuel Technologies (DOE)

SYNOPSIS

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is an organization focused on achieving aggressive and well-defined mid-to-long term clean energy goals for the United States of America. In that context, EERE has established multi-year plans and roadmaps. EERE focuses the majority of its resources on a limited number of “highest probability of success” pathways/approaches to ensure that the program initiatives are supported at a critical mass (both in terms of dollars and time) for maximum impact. This roadmap-based approach is one of EERE’s greatest strengths, which can create challenges in recognizing and exploring unanticipated, game changing pathways/approaches which may ultimately be superior to the pathways/approaches on our existing roadmaps. To enhance the responsiveness of the roadmap approach, EERE is issuing “Incubator” Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) within its existing Offices and programs to support innovative technologies and solutions that could help meet existing goals but are not represented in a significant way in the Offices’ existing Multi-Year Program Plans (MYPPs) or current portfolios. The Incubator programs will allow EERE to assess new technologies for their potential to be “on ramped” to future MYPPs. Successful incubator projects will reduce the risk associated with potentially breakthrough approaches and technologies so that they could be viable candidates for inclusion in future program roadmaps.

Click here for full RFP:  Fuel Cell Technologies Incubator

DUE DATES

Concept Paper Submission Deadline:  July 7, 2014
Full Application Submission Deadline:  September 3, 2014

 

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (NSF)

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The goals of the ADVANCE program are (1) to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic STEM careers; (2) to develop innovative and sustainable ways to promote gender equity in the STEM academic workforce; and (3) to contribute to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce. ADVANCE also has as its goal to contribute to and inform the general knowledge base on gender equity in the academic STEM disciplines. There are three tracks with distinct purposes. The Institutional Transformation (IT) track is meant to produce large-scale comprehensive change and serve as a locus for research on gender equity and institutional transformation for academic STEM. The Institutional Transformation Catalyst (IT Catalyst) track is meant either to conduct self-assessment or to implement unique strategies – either adapted from those found effective in the IT track or ones designed to be responsive to the unique environments of eligible institutions – and evaluate their effectiveness. The Partnerships for Learning and Adaptation Networks (PLAN) track is meant to provide a larger scale environment for adapting, implementing and creating knowledge about the effectiveness of a particular strategy for change within a context of networked adaptation and learning.

Click here for full RFP:  ADVANCE

DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  September 22, 2014 (please see opportunity for due dates)

 

FY14 Acquisition Research Program (DOD)

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The Government is interested in stimulating and supporting scholarly research in academic disciplines that bear on public policy and management in the field of government acquisition. These include economics, finance, financial management, information systems, organization theory, operations management, human resources management, risk management, and marketing, as well as the traditional acquisition areas such as contracting, program/project management, logistics, test and evaluation and systems engineering management.The ARP primarily supports scholarly research through assistance vehicles that will benefit the general public and/or private sector to a larger extent than any direct benefits that may be gained by the Department of Defense (DOD). Studies of government processes, systems, or policies should focus on expanding the body of knowledge, theory and/or research methodologies that are also relevant to processes, systems, or policies outside the DOD. The Government in this BAA is interested only in proposals that will provide unclassified and non-proprietary findings suitable for publication in open scholarly literature. Offerors bear prime responsibility for the design, management, direction, and conduct of research, and exercise judgment and original thought toward attaining the goals within broad parameters of the research areas proposed and the resources provided.

Click here for full RFP:  FY14 Acquisition Research Program

DUE DATES

Current Closing Date for Applications:  September 30, 2014

 

FY 15 Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD (PASCC) (DOD)

SYNOPSIS

This BAA’s primary objective is to attract outstanding researchers and scholars who will investigate topics of interest to the security studies community. Investigations and research will focus on expanding knowledge related to countering weapons of mass destruction and weapons of mass effect (WMD/WME). The program solicits innovative proposals for research on WMD/WME counterproliferation, nonproliferation, and strategy to be conducted during the January 2015 through September 2016 timeframe.In this BAA, the phrase “security studies research” refers to investigations in all disciplines, fields, and domains that (1) are involved in expanding knowledge for national defense, and (2) could potentially improve policy and international relations for combating WMD/WME. Disciplines include, but are not limited to: political science, sociology, history, biology, chemistry, economics, homeland defense, and public policy.PASCC FY15 Research:PASCC will select a number of proposals for research and dialogues for FY15-16 funding. The number will depend on resources available and on the quantity/quality of proposals responsive to this BAA. Offerors are invited to propose research that addresses topics within the following general categories:1. Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD, defined as nuclear, chemical, and biological) and weapons of mass effect (WME, defined as other high-casualty or high-disruption weapons that might have “strategic” effects). 2. WMD/WME delivery systems (including missiles, aircraft, ships, submarines, and unconventional modes).3. Management and prevention mechanisms/regimes. 4. WMD/WME issues in less-studied regions (defined as areas besides Europe/Russia and China).5. Multi-domain threats to strategic stability.

Click here for full RFP:  PASCC

DUE DATES

Current Closing Date for Applications:  March 31, 2015

 

Interfacial Processes and Thermodynamics (IPT) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Interfacial Processes and Thermodynamics (IPT) program supports fundamental research in engineering areas related to:Interfacial phenomenaMass transport phenomenaMolecular thermodynamics. Currently, emphasis is placed on molecular engineering approaches at interfaces, especially as applied to the nano-processing of soft materials.

Click here for full RFP:  Interfacial Processes and Thermodynamics (IPT)

DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  October 30, 2014

 

Process and Reaction Engineering (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Process and Reaction Engineering program supports fundamental and applied research on:Rates and mechanisms of important classes of catalyzed and uncatalyzed chemical reactions as they relate to the design, production, and application of catalysts, chemical processes, biochemical processes, and specialized materialsChemical and biochemical phenomena occurring at or near solid surfaces and interfacesElectrochemical and photochemical processes of engineering significance or with commercial potentialDesign and optimization of complex chemical and biochemical processesDynamic modeling and control of process systems and individual process unitsReactive processing of polymers, ceramics, and thin filmsInteractions between chemical reactions and transport processes in reactive systems, and the use of this information in the design of complex chemical and biochemical reactors Recent emphasis on the development of sustainable energy technologies means that the support of projects on the processing aspects of chemical systems that further such technologies have high priority when funding decisions are made.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  October 30, 2014

 

Catalysis and Biocatalysis (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

Due to the ubiquitous presence of catalysis in the many aspects of goods and services impacting our lives, the Catalysis and Biocatalysis program has many potential directions for funding support. Programs in this area encompass a blend of fundamental and innovative applied research drivers. All programs are hypothesis-driven, and the experimental programs aimed at resolving the issues frequently combine a variety of approaches. Chemical engineering and chemistry are intertwined. Proposals which receive funding in this Program may include any number of the following broad scopes: Catalyst Synthesis, Characterization, Behavior and PerformanceKinetics and Mechanisms of Key Catalytic ReactionsCatalysis at Surfaces or in Reactor Process StreamsSynthesis and Fabrication of Component Materials and Catalyst CompositesModeling and Fundamental Studies of a Catalyst or Catalytic ProcessCatalysts and Studies for Renewable Energy Systems.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  November 5, 2014

 

Nano-Biosensing (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Nano-Biosensing Program supports fundamental research in engineering areas related to:Novel biorecognition elementsMultifunctional nanomaterials and interfaces for biosensing applicationsFundamental study of bio-macromolecules confinement and orientation at the micro- and nano-interfaces for biosensing applicationsNano-biosensors for basic biology applications (protein-protein interactions, cellular signaling and cross talk, as well as other similar topics)Integration of nano-biosensors into portable devices for medical applications. Proposals outside of these specific topics may also be accepted.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  October 30, 2014

 

Biophotonics (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

Biophotonics applies photonics technology to the fields of medicine, biology and biotechnology. Basic research and innovation in photonics that is very fundamental in science and engineering is needed to lay the foundation for new technologies beyond those that are mature and ready for application in medical diagnostics and therapies. Advances are needed in nanophotonics, optogenetics, contrast and targeting agents, ultra-thin probes, wide field imaging, and rapid biomarker screening. Low cost and minimally invasive medical diagnostics and therapies are key goals.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  October 30, 2014

 

Biotechnology, Biochemical, and Biomass Engineering (BBBE) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Biotechnology, Biochemical, and Biomass Engineering (BBBE) program supports fundamental engineering research that advances the understanding of cellular and biomolecular processes (in vivo, in vitro, and/or ex vivo) and eventually leads to the development of enabling technology and/or applications in support of the biopharmaceutical, biotechnology, and bioenergy industries, or with applications in health or the environment. Quantitative assessments of bioprocesses are considered vital to successful research projects in the BBBE program. Fundamental to many research projects in this area is the understanding of how biomolecules and cells interact in their environment, and how those molecular level interactions lead to changes in structure, function, phenotype, and/or behavior. The program encourages proposals that address emerging research areas and technologies that effectively integrate knowledge and practices from different disciplines, and effectively incorporate ongoing research into educational activities.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  October 30, 2014

 

General & Age-Related Disabilities Engineering (GARDE) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The General and Age Related Disabilities Engineering (GARDE) program supports research that will lead to the development of new technologies, devices, or software for persons with disabilities. Research may be supported that is directed to the characterization, restoration, and/or substitution of human functional ability or cognition, or to the interaction of persons with disabilities and their environment. Areas of particular recent interest are disability-related research in neuroscience/neuroengineering and rehabilitation robotics. Emphasis is placed on significant advancement of fundamental engineering and scientific knowledge and not on incremental improvements. Proposals should advance discovery or innovation beyond the frontiers of current knowledge in disability-related research. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Program Director prior to submitting a proposal.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  October 30, 2014

 

Chemical and Biological Separations (CBS) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Chemical and Biological Separations (CBS) program supports fundamental research on novel methods and materials for separation processes. These processes are central to the chemical, biochemical, materials, energy, and pharmaceutical industries. A fundamental understanding of the interfacial, transport, and thermodynamic behavior of multiphase chemical systems as well as quantitative descriptions of processing characteristics in the process-oriented industries is critical for efficient resource management and effective environmental protection. The program encourages proposals that address emerging research areas and technologies, have a high degree of interdisciplinary thought coupled with knowledge creation, and integrate education and research.Research topics OF PARTICULAR INTEREST in CBS include fundamental molecular-level work on: Nanostructured materials for separations Biorenewable resource separation processes Purification of drinking water Field (flow, magnetic, electrical) induced separations Separation of molecular constituents from blood.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  October 30, 2014

 

Energy for Sustainability (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

This program supports fundamental research and education that will enable innovative processes for the sustainable production of electricity and transportation fuels. Processes for sustainable energy production must be environmentally benign, reduce greenhouse gas production, and utilize renewable resources.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  October 30, 2014

 

Environmental Sustainability (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Environmental Sustainability program supports engineering research with the goal of promoting sustainable engineered systems that support human well-being and that are also compatible with sustaining natural (environmental) systems. These systems provide ecological services vital for human survival. The long-term viability of natural capital is critical for many areas of human endeavor. Research in Environmental Sustainability typically considers long time horizons and may incorporate contributions from the social sciences and ethics.This program supports engineering research that seeks to balance society’s need to provide ecological protection and maintain stable economic conditions. There are four principal general research areas which are supported, but others can be proposed by contacting the program director by email at: bhamilto@nsf.govIndustrial EcologyGreen EngineeringEcological EngineeringEarth Systems EngineeringTopics of interest in Industrial Ecology include advancements in modeling such as life cycle assessment, materials flow analysis, input/output economic models, and novel metrics for measuring sustainable systems. Innovations in industrial ecology are encouraged. In Green Engineering, research is encouraged to advance the sustainability of manufacturing processes, green buildings, and infrastructure.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  October 30, 2014

 

Environmental Engineering (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Environmental Engineering program supports fundamental research and educational activities across the broad field of environmental engineering. The goal of this program is to encourage transformative research which applies scientific and engineering principles to avoid or minimize solid, liquid, and gaseous discharges, resulting from human activity, into land, inland and coastal waters, and air, while promoting resource and energy conservation and recovery. The program also fosters cutting-edge scientific research for identifying, evaluating, and monitoring the waste assimilative capacity of the natural environment and for removing or reducing contaminants from polluted air, water, and soils. Major areas of interest and activity in the program include:Environmental engineering implications of energy and resource consumption – Focus on conversion of wastes into value-added materials and energy, reduction of energy/water demand for environmental technologies, and the impact of energy and transportation processes on the environment.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  October 30, 2014

 

Particulate and Multiphase Processes (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Particulate and Multiphase Processes program supports fundamental and applied research on phenomena governing particulate and multiphase processes, including flows of suspensions of particles, drops or bubbles, granular and granular-fluid flows, flow behavior of micro or nano-structured fluids, aerosol science and technology, and self- and directed-assembly processes involving particulates. Innovative research is sought that contributes to improving the basic understanding, design, predictability, efficiency, and control of particulate and multiphase processes with particular emphasis on: novel manufacturing techniques, multiphase systems of relevance to energy harvesting, multiphase transport in biological systems or biotechnology, and environmental sustainability. Collaborative and interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged; proposals that include a combination of experimental and theoretical approaches are more likely to receive funding than solely experimentally oriented work. Highly reviewed projects generally demonstrate a strong scientific basis together with clear practical applications.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  October 30, 2014

 

Combustion, Fire, and Plasma Systems (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Combustion, Fire, and Plasma Systems program supports fundamental research and education relevant to these subjects. Among the broader societal impacts of the program are cleaner global and local environments, enhanced public safety, improved energy and homeland security, useful new materials, and more efficient manufacturing.This program is not an applied program, but rather it endeavors to provide basic knowledge that is needed to develop useful combustion and plasma applications and for mitigating the effects of fire. Broad-based tools – experimental, diagnostic, and computational – that can be applied to a variety of problems in combustion, fires, and plasma systems are the major products of this program. Note that the plasma science is generally in support of plasma applications to combustion and materials processing; atmospheric-science or fusion-energy plasmas are funded elsewhere.Areas of interest include:Basic Combustion Science: Laminar and turbulent combustion of gas, liquid, and solid fuels in premixed, non-premixed, partially premixed, and homogeneous modes over a broad range of temperatures, pressures and length scales.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  October 30, 2014

 

Environmental Health and Safety of Nanotechnology (Nano EHS) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Environmental Health and Safety of Nanotechnology (Nano EHS) program provides support to examine and mitigate the environmental effects of nanotechnologies. Fundamental research is sought to understand, evaluate, and lessen the impact of nanotechnology on the environment and biological systems. The program emphasizes engineering principles underlying the environmental health and safety impacts of nanotechnology. Innovative methods related to clean nanomaterials production processes, waste reduction, recycling, and industrial ecology of nanotechnology are also of interest. Current areas of support include:Understanding, measuring, mitigating, and preventing adverse effects of nanotechnology on the environment and biological systemsNanotechnology environmental health and safety impactsPredictive methodology for the interaction of nanoparticles with the environment and with the human body, including predictive approaches for toxicityFate and transport of engineered nanoparticles and their by-productsRisk assessment and management of the effect of nanomaterials in the environment.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  October 30, 2014

 

Thermal Transport Processes (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Thermal Transport Processes program supports engineering research aimed at gaining a basic understanding of the thermal transport phenomena at nano/micro and macro scales in (1) cooling and heating of equipment and devices, (2) energy conversion, power generation and thermal energy storage and conservation, (3) the synthesis and processing of materials including advanced manufacturing, (4) the propulsion of air and land-based vehicles, and (5) thermal phenomena in biological systems. The program supports fundamental research and engineering education in transport processes that are driven by thermal gradients, and manipulation of these processes to achieve engineering goals.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  October 30, 2014

 

Electronics, Photonics, and Magnetic Devices (EPMD) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Electronics, Photonics, and Magnetic Devices (EPMD) program seeks to improve the fundamental understanding of devices and components based on the principles of micro- and nanoelectronics, photonics, magnetics, optoelectronics, electromechanics, electromagnetics, and related physical phenomena. The program enables discovery and innovation advancing the frontiers of nanoelectronics, spin electronics, molecular and organic electronics, bioelectronics, non-silicon electronics, flexible electronics, microwave photonics, micro/nano-electromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS), sensors and actuators, power electronics, and mixed signal devices. EPMD supports related topics in quantum engineering and novel electromagnetic materials-based high frequency device solutions, radio frequency (RF) integrated circuits, and reconfigurable antennas needed for communications, telemedicine, and other wireless applications.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  November 3, 2014

 

ROSES 2014: Atmospheric Composition: Laboratory Research (NASA)

SYNOPSIS

This ROSES-2014 NRA (NNH14ZDA001N) solicits basic and applied research in support of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD). This NRA covers all aspects of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences, including, but not limited to: theory, modeling, and analysis of SMD science data; aircraft, scientific balloon, sounding rocket, International Space Station, CubeSat, and suborbital reusable launch vehicle investigations; development of experiment techniques suitable for future SMD space missions; development of concepts for future SMD space missions; development of advanced technologies relevant to SMD missions; development of techniques for and the laboratory analysis of both extraterrestrial samples returned by spacecraft, as well as terrestrial samples that support or otherwise help verify observations from SMD Earth system science missions; determination of atomic and composition parameters needed to analyze space data, as well as returned samples from the Earth or space; Earth surface observations and field campaigns that support SMD science missions; development of integrated Earth system models; development of systems for applying Earth science research data to societal needs; and development of applied information systems applicable to SMD objectives and data. Awards range from under $100K per year for focused, limited efforts (e.g., data analysis) to more than $1M per year for extensive activities (e.g., development of science experiment hardware).

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DUE DATES

Current Closing Date for Applications:  August 14, 2014

 

Electronics, Photonics, and Magnetic Devices (EPMD) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Electronics, Photonics, and Magnetic Devices (EPMD) program seeks to improve the fundamental understanding of devices and components based on the principles of micro- and nanoelectronics, photonics, magnetics, optoelectronics, electromechanics, electromagnetics, and related physical phenomena. The program enables discovery and innovation advancing the frontiers of nanoelectronics, spin electronics, molecular and organic electronics, bioelectronics, non-silicon electronics, flexible electronics, microwave photonics, micro/nano-electromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS), sensors and actuators, power electronics, and mixed signal devices. EPMD supports related topics in quantum engineering and novel electromagnetic materials-based high frequency device solutions, radio frequency (RF) integrated circuits, and reconfigurable antennas needed for communications, telemedicine, and other wireless applications.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  November 3, 2014

 

Energy, Power, and Adaptive Systems (EPAS) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Energy, Power, and Adaptive Systems (EPAS) program invests in the design and analysis of intelligent and adaptive engineering networks, including sensing, imaging, controls, and computational technologies for a variety of application domains. EPAS places emphasis on electric power networks and grids, including generation, transmission and integration of renewable, sustainable and distributed energy systems; high power electronics and drives; and understanding of associated regulatory and economic structures. Topics of interest include alternate energy sources, the Smart Grid, and interdependencies of critical infrastructure in power and communications. The program also places emphasis on energy scavenging and alternative energy technologies, including solar cells, ocean waves, wind, and low-head hydro. In addition, the program supports innovative test beds, and laboratory and curriculum development to integrate research and education.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  November 3, 2014

 

Communications, Circuits, and Sensing Systems (CCSS) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Communications, Circuits, and Sensing-Systems (CCSS) program is intended to spur visionary systems-oriented activities in collaborative, multidisciplinary, and integrative research. CCSS supports systems research in hardware, signal processing techniques, and architectures to enable the next generation of cyber systems (CPS) that leverage computation, communication, and algorithms integrated with physical domains. CCSS offers new challenges at all levels of systems integration to address future societal needs. CCSS supports innovative research and integrated educational activities in micro- and nano-systems, communications systems, and cyber systems. The goal is to design, develop, and implement new complex and hybrid systems at all scales, including nano, micro, and macro, that lead to innovative engineering principles and solutions for a variety of application domains including, but not limited to, healthcare, medicine, environmental monitoring, communications, disaster mitigation, homeland security, transportation, manufacturing, energy, and smart buildings.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  November 3, 2014

 

Dynamical Systems (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

This program supports innovative research on the theories of dynamical systems, including new analytical and computational tools, as well as the novel application of dynamical systems to engineered systems. The program is especially interested in transformative research in the area of complex systems, uncertain or stochastic nonlinear dynamical systems, model order reduction of nonlinear or infinite dimensional dynamical systems, discrete nonlinear dynamical systems, and modeling, simulation, analysis and design of multi-scale multi-physics dynamical systems. Additional information is available in the “Dear Colleague Letter” NSF 08-079 titled “Unsolicited proposals to the Dynamical Systems program in the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (ENG) and the Applied Mathematics Program in the Division of Mathematical Sciences (MPS) Addressing Crosscutting Topics in Theory and Application of Dynamical Systems,” available at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf08079.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  September 15, 2014

 

Ocean Drilling (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

This support focuses on the following: Investigations of potential drilling regions, especially by means of regional geological and geophysical field studies. The feasibility and initial development of downhole instruments and techniques. Downhole geophysical and geochemical experiments. Support for research proposals to meet the scientific objectives of specific drilling expeditions. Grants resulting from these Expedition Objective Research (EOR) proposals will be for significant support to address the research objectives of the drilling expedition and are intended to begin in the period between the co-chief approval of the expedition sampling plan and the end of the sample moratorium period. NSF ODP encourages potential submitters to submit EOR proposals in time for the existing OCE target dates of February 15 and August 15. In addition, NSF will consider proposals for studies leading to long-range definition of future drilling objectives.To be considered for support, proposed projects should be clearly relevant to the drilling plans of the international drilling community and focus on predrilling or drilling concurrent activities.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  August 15, 2014

 

Compact High-Density Tactical Energy Storage (DOD)

SYNOPSIS

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving proposals on the topic of “Compact High-Density Tactical Energy Storage.” The objective is to encourage innovation, advance technology development, and foster technology transition that benefits future war-fighters and meets US Marine Corps future needs. One example of USMC future needs for energy storage is documented in the 2012 Marine Corps Science & Technology Strategic Plan1 that identifies Expeditionary Energy Science & Technology Objective, EE STO-04, entitled “Energy Storage Other than Liquid” as a technology needed to bridge the gap between on-site energy harvesting and demand. Another example is the 2011 Marine Corps Initial Capabilities Document (ICD) for Expeditionary Energy, Water and Waste2 which identifies five gaps to be addressed by its Mobile Electric Hybrid Power Sources (MEHPS) initiative: 1) Lack of existing capability to automatically match load to demand (3.LC.1); 2) Lack existing capability to autonomously and automatically match power production to consumption (6.LC.1); 3) Lack of existing capability to efficiently integrate multiple energy sources (6.LC.2); 4) Lack of common and/or renewable power sources (14.LC.1); and 5) No scalable expeditionary energy storage capability (22.LC.1). The latter gap (22.LC.1) is the primary focus of this special notice. Scalable/modular expeditionary energy storage capability is desired as a means for matching power production to load demand through hybridization, and as a medium for storing harvested energy.

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DUE DATES

Current Closing Date for Applications:  August 20, 2014

 

FY 14 Acquisition Research Program (DOD)

SYNOPSIS

The Government is interested in stimulating and supporting scholarly research in academic disciplines that bear on public policy and management in the field of government acquisition. These include economics, finance, financial management, information systems, organization theory, operations management, human resources management, risk management, and marketing, as well as the traditional acquisition areas such as contracting, program/project management, logistics, test and evaluation and systems engineering management. The ARP primarily supports scholarly research through assistance vehicles that will benefit the general public and/or private sector to a larger extent than any direct benefits that may be gained by the Department of Defense (DOD). Studies of government processes, systems, or policies should focus on expanding the body of knowledge, theory and/or research methodologies that are also relevant to processes, systems, or policies outside the DOD. The Government in this BAA is interested only in proposals that will provide unclassified and non-proprietary findings suitable for publication in open scholarly literature.

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DUE DATES

Current Closing Date for Applications:  September 30, 2014

 

Compact High-Density Tactical Energy Storage (DOD)

SYNOPSIS

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving proposals on the topic of “Compact High-Density Tactical Energy Storage.” The objective is to encourage innovation, advance technology development, and foster technology transition that benefits future war-fighters and meets US Marine Corps future needs. One example of USMC future needs for energy storage is documented in the 2012 Marine Corps Science & Technology Strategic Plan1 that identifies Expeditionary Energy Science & Technology Objective, EE STO-04, entitled “Energy Storage Other than Liquid” as a technology needed to bridge the gap between on-site energy harvesting and demand. Another example is the 2011 Marine Corps Initial Capabilities Document (ICD) for Expeditionary Energy, Water and Waste2 which identifies five gaps to be addressed by its Mobile Electric Hybrid Power Sources (MEHPS) initiative: 1) Lack of existing capability to automatically match load to demand (3.LC.1); 2) Lack existing capability to autonomously and automatically match power production to consumption (6.LC.1); 3) Lack of existing capability to efficiently integrate multiple energy sources (6.LC.2); 4) Lack of common and/or renewable power sources (14.LC.1); and 5) No scalable expeditionary energy storage capability (22.LC.1). The latter gap (22.LC.1) is the primary focus of this special notice. Scalable/modular expeditionary energy storage capability is desired as a means for matching power production to load demand through hybridization, and as a medium for storing harvested energy.

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DUE DATES

Current Closing Date for Applications:  August 20, 2014

 

DARPA – Biological Technologies (DOD)

SYNOPSIS

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals of interest to the Biological Technologies Office (BTO). Proposed research should investigate leading edge approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, technologies, or systems at the intersection of biology with engineering and the physical and computer sciences. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of the art. BTO seeks unconventional approaches that are outside the mainstream, challenge assumptions, and have the potential to radically change established practice, lead to extraordinary outcomes, and create entirely new fields. BTO is seeking novel approaches that will build technical communities that tap into sources of innovation both inside and outside traditional DoD performer communities. BTO encourages efforts that are creative and agile both in terms of the technologies proposed and in the structure of the approach.

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DUE DATES

Current Closing Date for Applications:  April 30, 2015

 

Service Enterprise Systems (SES) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The SES program supports research on strategic decision making, design, planning, and operation of commercial, nonprofit, and institutional service enterprises with the goal of improving their overall effectiveness and cost reduction. The program has a particular focus on healthcare and other similar public service institutions, and emphasizes research topics leading to more effective systems modeling and analysis as a means to improved planning, resource allocation, and policy development.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  September 15, 2014

 

Operations Research (OR) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The OR program supports fundamental research leading to the creation of innovative mathematical models, analysis, and algorithms for optimal or near optimal decision-making, applicable to the design and operation of manufacturing, service, and other complex systems. In addition to the traditional areas of Operations Research which includes discrete and continuous optimization as well as stochastic modeling and analysis, new research thrusts include simulation optimization and self-optimizing systems that can observe, learn, and adapt to changing environments.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  September 15, 2014, 5 PM Proposer’s Local Time

 

Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events (IMEE) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The IMEE program focuses on the impact of large-scale hazards on civil infrastructure and society and on related issues of preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery. The program supports research to integrate multiple issues from engineering, social, behavioral, political, and economic sciences. It supports fundamental research on the interdependence of civil infrastructure and society, development of sustainable infrastructures, and civil infrastructure vulnerability and risk reduction.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  September 15, 2014, 5 PM Proposer’s Local Time

 

Hazard Mitigation and Structural Engineering (HMSE) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Hazard Mitigation and Structural Engineering (HMSE) program supports fundamental research to mitigate impacts of natural and anthropogenic hazards on civil infrastructure and to advance the reliability, resiliency, and sustainability of buildings and other structures. Hazards considered within the program include earthquake, tsunami, hurricane, tornado and other loads, as well as explosive and impact loading. Resiliency of buildings and other structures include structural and non-structural systems that, in totality, permit continued occupation or operation in case of an impact by a hazard. Research is encouraged that integrates structural and architectural engineering advances with discoveries in other science and engineering fields, such as earth and atmospheric sciences, material science, mechanics of materials, sensor technology, high performance computational modeling and simulation, dynamic system and control, and economics. The program seeks to fund transformative and cost-effective innovations for hazard mitigation of both new and rehabilitated buildings and other structures. Research in structural and architectural engineering is encouraged that extends beyond mature or current construction materials into investigations of smart and sustainable materials and technologies, and considers the structures in their entirety. In addition, the program funds research on structural health monitoring that goes beyond data acquisition to include the holistic system, integrating condition assessment and decision making tools to improve structural performance.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  September 15, 2014, 5 PM Proposer’s Local Time

 

Design of Engineering Material Systems (DEMS) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Design of Engineering Material Systems (DEMS) program supports fundamental research intended to lead to new paradigms of design, development, and insertion of advanced engineering material systems. Fundamental research that develops and creatively integrates theory, processing/manufacturing, data/informatics, experimental, and/or computational approaches with rigorous engineering design principles, approaches, and tools to enable the accelerated design and development of materials is welcome. Research proposals are sought that strive to develop systematic scientific methodologies to tailor the behavior of material systems in ways that are driven by performance metrics and incorporate processing/manufacturing. While an emphasis on a specific material system may be appropriate to provide the necessary project focus, techniques developed should transcend materials systems. Ultimately it is expected that research outcomes will be methodologies to enable the discovery of materials systems with new properties and behavior, and enable their rapid insertion into engineering systems.Proposals that focus on modeling, simulation, and prediction of material performance (even when research is coupled with experiments for validation or guidance) without an intellectual emphasis on design are not appropriate for this program and should be submitted to other disciplinary programs.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  September 15, 2014, 5 PM Proposer’s Local Time

 

Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS) program supports research leading to the engineering of infrastructure systems for resilience and sustainability without excluding other key performance issues. Areas of interest include intra- and inter-physical, information and behavioral dependencies of infrastructure systems, infrastructure management, construction engineering, and transportation systems. Special emphasis is on the design, construction, operation, and improvement of infrastructure networks with a focus on systems engineering and design, performance management, risk analysis, life-cycle analysis, modeling and simulation, behavioral and social considerations not excluding other methodological areas or the integration of methods.This program does not encourage research proposals primarily focused on structural engineering, materials or sensors that support infrastructure system design, extreme event modeling, hydrological engineering, and climate modeling, since they do not fall within the scope of the CIS program. Researchers focused in these areas are encouraged to contact the Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events (IMEE), Geotechnical Engineering (GTE), Hazard Mitigation and Structural Engineering (HSME), Structural Materials and Mechanics (SMM), or the Sensors and Sensing Systems (SSS) program within CMMI. Additionally, researchers may consider contacting the Hydrologic Sciences program in the Earth Sciences Division (EAR) or the Physical and Dynamic Meteorology (PDM) program in the Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Division (AGS) of the Directorate for Geosciences.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  September 15, 2014, 5 PM Proposer’s Local Time

 

Geotechnical Engineering (GTE) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The GTE program supports fundamental research on geotechnical engineering aspects of civil infrastructure, such as site characterization, foundations, earth retaining systems, underground construction, excavations, tunneling, and drilling. Also included in the program scope is research on geoenvironmental engineering; geotechnical engineering aspects of geothermal energy; life-cycle analysis of geostructures; geotechnical earthquake engineering that does not involve the use of George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) facilities; scour and erosion; and geohazards such as tsunamis, landslides, mudslides and debris flows. The program does not support research related to natural resource exploration or recovery. Emphasis is on issues of sustainability and resilience of civil infrastructure. Cross-disciplinary and international collaborations are encouraged.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  September 15, 2014

 

Geomechanics and Geomaterials (GEOMM) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The GEOMM program supports fundamental research on the mechanical and engineering properties of geologic materials including natural, mechanically stabilized, and biologically or chemically modified soil and rock. The program also addresses hydraulic, biological, chemical and thermal processes that affect the behavior of geologic materials. Research at the micro-scale on soil-structure interaction and liquefaction are included in the scope of this program. Support is provided for theoretical studies, constitutive and numerical modeling, laboratory, centrifuge, and field testing. Cross-disciplinary and international collaborations are encouraged.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  September 15, 2014

 

Mechanics of Materials (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Mechanics of Materials program supports fundamental research on the behavior of solid materials and respective devices under external actions. A diverse and interdisciplinary spectrum of research is supported with emphasis placed on fundamental understanding that i) advances theory, experimental, and/or computational methods in Mechanics of Materials, and/or ii) uses contemporary Mechanics of Materials methods to address modern challenges in material and device mechanics and physics. Proposed research can focus on existing or emerging material systems across time and length scales. Intellectual merit typically includes advances in fundamental understanding of deformation, fracture, fatigue, and contact through constitutive modeling, multiscale and multiphysics analysis, computational methods, or experimental techniques. Recent interests comprise, but are not limited to: contemporary materials including multiphase materials and material systems, soft materials, active materials, low-dimensional materials, phononic/elastic metamaterials, friction, wear; multiphysics methods, mechanics at the nano, meso and microscale and multiscale integration thereof, as well as approaches incorporating fundamental understanding of physics and chemistry into the continuum-level understanding of the response characteristics of materials and material systems.Broader impacts include, but are not limited to: advancing the relevant application of Mechanics of Materials to problems in new technological domains and engineering practice; increasing awareness of the importance and role of Mechanics of Materials in other scientific communities as well as society in general; impacting graduate education in Mechanics of Materials across the US; strengthening undergraduate and K-12 education in and exposure to Mechanics of Materials; and engaging and encouraging the participation of groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields.Proposers who wish to discuss their proposed research related to the Mechanics of Materials program should discuss it with the Program Director after sending a one-page white paper by email.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  September 15, 2014

 

Nanomanufacturing (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The program seeks to address quality, efficiency, scalability, reliability, safety and affordability issues that are relevant to manufacturing. To address these issues, the Program encourages research on processes and production systems based on computation, modeling and simulation, use of process metrology, sensing, monitoring, and control, and assessment of product (nanomaterial, nanostructure, nanodevice or nanosystem) quality and performance.The Program seeks to explore transformative approaches to nanomanufacturing, including but not limited to: micro-reactor and micro-fluidics enabled nanosynthesis, bio-inspired nanomanufacturing, manufacturing by nanomachines, additive nanomanufacturing, hierarchical nanostructure assembly, continuous high-rate nanofabrication such as roll-to-roll processing or massively-parallel large-area processing, and modular manufacturing platforms for nano systems.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  September 15, 2014, 5 PM

 

Manufacturing Enterprise Systems (MES) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The MES program supports research on design, planning, and control of operations in manufacturing enterprises. Research is supported that is both grounded in an interesting and relevant application and requires the development of novel analytical and computational methodologies that may be of broader interest. Topics of interest include supply chain optimization and management; production planning and scheduling; monitoring and control of manufacturing processes; and maintenance and repair. Of particular interest are methods that incorporate increasingly rich enterprise process and product information and models, methods that address sustainability, and methods that incorporate characteristic uncertainty and risk.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  September 15, 2014, 5 PM

 

Manufacturing Machines and Equipment (MME) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The MME program supports fundamental research leading to improved manufacturing machines and equipment, and their application in manufacturing processes. Key goals of the program are to advance the transition of manufacturing from skill-based to knowledge-based activities, and to advance technologies that will enable the manufacturing sector to reduce its environmental impacts. A focus is on the advancement of manufacturing machines and related systems engineering that will enable energy manufacturing, namely the manufacture of facilities and equipment that will enable the conversion of renewable resources into energy products such as electricity and liquid fuels, on a large scale. The program also supports research on laser processing, joining processes and additive manufacturing machines and processes encompassing feature scales from microns to meters (nanometer scale additive manufacturing is supported under the Nanomanufacturing program).Investigators wishing to serve on a proposal review panel should email the Program Director with a short biographical sketch, a list of areas of expertise and a link to their home page. REU/RET supplement requests should be submitted by March 31 each year.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  September 15, 2014, 5 PM Proposer’s Local Time

 

Innovative Systems for Military Missions (DOD)

SYNOPSIS

The Tactical Technology Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is soliciting executive summaries, white papers and proposals for advanced research and development of Innovative Systems for Military Missions. This solicitation seeks system and subsystem level technologies that enable revolutionary improvements to the efficiency and effectiveness of the military. Novel concepts are sought in the following focus areas: Ground Systems, Maritime Systems, Air Systems, and Space Systems. Proposals may be submitted at any time while this solicitation is open. TTO may publish groups of special topics as modifications to this BAA throughout the year. TTO also welcomes classified submissions. A copy of the Broad Agency Announcement, DARPA-BAA-14-25, has been posted to the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps.gov) website at https://www.fbo.gov/spg/ODA/DARPA/CMO/DARPA-BAA-14-25/listing.html.

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DUE DATES

Current Closing Date for Applications:  April 24, 2015, 4:00 pm Eastern Time

 

Chemical Synthesis (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Chemical Synthesis program focuses on the development of new, efficient synthetic methodologies and on the synthesis of complex molecules and molecular ensembles. Typical synthetic targets involve novel structures, structures displaying unique properties, or structures providing pathways to discover and elucidate new phenomena. Examples of supported research areas include the development of innovative reagents, catalysts for synthetic transformations, discovery of new synthetic methods, target-oriented synthesis, green synthesis, and synthesis of novel organic, organometallic, and inorganic structures. Research in this program will generate fundamental knowledge of chemical synthesis that enables the development of new avenues of basic chemical research and transformative technologies. The Chemical Synthesis program does not support projects whose main objective is on the property of the systems even though it may involve a large synthetic component.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  September 30, 2014

 

Decision Frameworks for Multi-Hazard Resilient and Sustainable Buildings (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The goal of the Decision Frameworks for Multi-Hazard Resilient and Sustainable Buildings (RSB) solicitation is to advance knowledge for new concepts for multi-hazard resilient and sustainable SFSE building systems using decision frameworks for selection among alternative building system designs. Research for multi-hazard resilient and sustainable SFSE building systems supported under the this solicitation must include the consideration of a rational decision framework, preferences, concepts for SFSE systems, and design optimization methods for generating and choosing among alternative SFSE systems. Multidisciplinary collaborations are essential for this research. Proposals must broadly integrate across the fields of architecture; engineering; material, environmental, social, behavioral, and economic sciences; and other disciplines necessary to address the research scope. Research supported under this solicitation may include computational, analytical, and/or experimental work. Research may also undertake the collection of new data or the use of existing data, but the data must be integral to the decision framework. This solicitation does not support research that generically addresses materials research or decision frameworks outside the context of decision making for multi-hazard resilient and sustainable SFSE building systems.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  July 24, 2014

 

Biomechanics and Mechanobiology (BMMB) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The BMMB Program supports fundamental research in biomechanics and mechanobiology. An emphasis is placed on multiscale mechanics approaches in the study of organisms that integrate across molecular, cell, tissue, and organ domains. The influence of in vivo mechanical forces on cell and matrix biology in the histomorphogenesis, maintenance, regeneration, and aging of tissues is an important concern. In addition, the relationships between mechanical behavior and extracellular matrix composition and organization are of interest. Funded projects may include theoretical, computational, and experimental approaches. The program encourages the consideration of diverse living tissues as smart materials that are self-designing.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  September 15, 2014

 

Materials Engineering and Processing (MEP) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Materials Engineering and Processing (MEP) program supports fundamental research addressing the interrelationship of materials processing, structure, properties and/or life-cycle performance for targeted applications. Research proposals should be driven by the performance or output of the material system relative to the targeted application(s). Research plans driven by scientific hypotheses are encouraged when suitable. Materials in bulk form or focus on special zones such as surfaces or interfaces that are to be used in structural and/or functional applications are appropriate. All material systems are of interest including polymers, metals, ceramics, semiconductors, composites and hybrids thereof. Analytical, experimental, and numerical studies are supported and collaborative proposals with industry (GOALI) are encouraged.Areas of interest include: Functional Materials – materials that possess native properties and functions that can be controlled by external forces such as temperature, light, electric field, pH, etc. These include materials that exhibit properties such as electronic, magnetic, piezoelectric, ferroelectric, photovoltaic, chromogenic, shape memory, thermoelectric or self-healing, etc. Structural Materials – materials that, in service, bear mechanical load. Length scales from nano to meso to macro are of interest as are materials in the bulk or in special configuration such as thin film. These include materials such as metals, polymers, composites, biomaterials, ceramics, hybrids, cement, etc. Materials Processing – processes that convert material into useful form as either intermediate or final composition. These include processes such as extrusion, molding, casting, deposition, sintering, printing, etc. Proposed research should include the consideration of cost, performance, and feasibility of scale-up, as appropriate. Research that addresses multi-scale and/or multi-functional materials systems is encouraged as is research in support of environmentally-benign manufacturing.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  September 15, 2014

 

Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms (CSDM-B) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The CSDM Program supports research on the nature of molecular structure and its consequences for reactivity, intermolecular interactions, and dynamics. Chemical dynamics is defined to encompass reaction kinetics and mechanisms, intramolecular rearrangement or conformational changes, and changes induced via electromagnetic excitation. While the majority of projects supported by CSDM are experimental in nature, the Program is receptive to research focused on utilizing applied computational methods. However, the proposer should establish a high degree of relevance to the understanding of existing experimental data. The CSDM Program is concerned primarily with chemical phenomena in the gas and fluid phases, as well as chemical processes at gas-fluid, gas-solid, fluid-solid, and fluid-fluid interfaces.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  September 30, 2014

 

Chemical Measurement and Imaging (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Chemical Measurement and Imaging Program supports research focusing on chemically-relevant measurement science and imaging, targeting both improved understanding of new and existing methods and development of innovative approaches and instruments. Research areas include but are not limited to sampling and separation science; electrochemistry; spectrometry; frequency- and time-domain spectroscopy; sensors and bioassays; and microscopy. Chemical (as opposed to morphological) imaging and measurement tools probing chemical properties and processes across a wide range of spatial scales – from macroscopic structures down to single molecules – are supported, as are innovations enabling the monitoring and imaging of rapid chemical and electronic processes and new approaches to data analysis and interpretation, including chemometrics. Proposals addressing established techniques must seek improved understanding and/or innovative approaches to substantially broaden applicability.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  October 31, 2014

 

Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry (MSN) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry (MSN) Program focuses on basic research in chemistry that addresses the creation or study of macromolecular, supramolecular and nanoscopic species and other organized structures that show unique chemical and physical properties and reactivities. Research of interest to this program includes the following: (1) Novel synthesis relevant to the program topics, innovative surface functionalization methodologies, surface monolayer chemistry, template-directed synthesis, and the formation of clusters, aggregates, nanoparticles, polymers and large (macro)molecular architectures. (2) The study of molecular scale interactions that give rise to molecular, macromolecular or nanoparticulate self-assembly into discrete structures; understanding unique chemical and physicochemical properties and reactivities that result from the organized or nanoscopic structures; the study of forces and dynamics that are responsible for spatial organization in discrete organic, inorganic or hybrid systems (excluding extended solids); and chemically dynamic systems like molecular machines. (3) Investigations that utilize advanced experimental or computational methods to understand or to predict the chemical structure, properties and reactivities of unique macromolecular, supramolecular and nanostructures. Studies involving extended solids and bulk materials are not appropriate for this program, and proposals for which the primary focus is on (bio)materials or device properties / engineering are also not appropriate for this program.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  October 31, 2014

 

Environmental Chemical Sciences (ECS) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Environmental Chemical Sciences (ECS) Program supports basic research in chemistry that promotes the understanding of natural and anthropogenic chemical processes in our environment. Projects supported by this program enable fundamentally new avenues of basic research and transformative technologies. The program is particularly interested in studying molecular phenomena on surfaces and interfaces in order to understand the inherently complex and heterogeneous environment. Projects utilize advanced experimental, modeling and computational approaches, as well as developing new approaches. Topics include studies of environmental surfaces and interfaces under laboratory conditions, the fundamental properties of water and water solutions important in environmental processes, dissolution, composition, origin and behavior of molecular scale systems under a variety of naturally occurring environmental conditions, chemical reactivity of synthetic nanoparticles and their molecular level interactions with the environment, and application of theoretical models and computational approaches to discover and predict environmental phenomena at the molecular scale.The ECS program supports research in basic chemical aspects of our environment. Programs in the Biological Sciences, Engineering and Geosciences Directorates as well as other federal agencies address other aspects such as field studies.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  October 31, 2014

 

Chemistry of Life Processes (CLP) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Chemistry of Life Processes (CLP) program supports the investigation of problems at the Chemistry-Biology interface in which the primary approach or tools employed are those of chemistry. The fundamental examination of mechanisms, dynamics, recognition and structure/function relationships at the molecular level is at the core of the CLP program. Projects that integrate experimental and theoretical chemical approaches into studies of biomolecules or biomolecular processes in the domain of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids will be considered. The use of small molecules such as ligands, inhibitors, signal transducers or molecular beacons to interrogate biological systems is a characteristic mode of inquiry for CLP investigators. The program also welcomes the application of computational and spectroscopic methods to examine Nature’s macromolecular machinery and processes.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  October 31, 2014

 

Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods program supports the discovery and development of theoretical and computational methods or models to address a range of chemical challenges, with emphasis on emerging areas of chemical research. Proposals that focus on established theoretical or computational approaches should involve innovative additions or modifications that substantially broaden their applicability. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, electronic structure, quantum reaction dynamics, statistical mechanics, molecular dynamics, and simulation and modeling techniques for molecular systems and systems in condensed phases. Areas of application span the full range of chemical systems from small molecules to mesoscopic aggregates, including single molecules, biological systems and materials in condensed phases. Despite the diverse application areas, the goal of the program is to support the development of new theoretical and computational methodologies that have the potential of being broadly applicable to a range of challenging chemical problems. We are particularly interested in fundamental areas of chemical research that are difficult or impossible to address using current synthetic, experimental, and/or computational methodologies. We encourage the integration of innovative software development with methodological and algorithmic development, especially computational approaches that allow efficient utilization of the high end computers of the future.Proposals that utilize established theoretical and modeling approaches to solve problems in chemistry, biology or materials discovery and design may be more appropriate for other programs in either the Chemistry division or in other Divisions or Directorates.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  September 30, 2014

 

GeoPRISMS Program (FOA 14-556) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

GeoPRISMS (Geodynamic Processes at Rifting and Subducting Margins) is the successor to the MARGINS Program. GeoPRISMS will investigate the coupled geodynamics, earth surface processes, and climate interactions that build and modify continental margins over a wide range of timescales. These interactions cross the shoreline and have applications to margin evolution and dynamics, construction of stratigraphic architecture, accumulation of economic resources, and associated geologic hazards and environmental management. The GeoPRISMS Program includes two broadly integrated science initiatives (Subduction Cycles and Deformation and Rift Initiation and Evolution), linked by five overarching scientific topics and themes, where transformative advances are likely to occur in the next decade, and where a focused scientific program could be most effective. These overarching science topics include 1) Origin and evolution of continental crust; 2) Fluids, magmas and their interactions; 3) Climate-surface-tectonics feedbacks; 3) Geochemical cycles; and 5) Plate boundary deformation and geodynamics. Each of the initiatives has identified primary sites for focused investigations, as well as thematic studies that will complement primary site studiesFurther information and a science plan for the program detailing each initiative and the associated thematic studies, as well as the overarching themes, can be found on the GeoPRISMS website at http://www.geoprisms.org/. The expected level of funding will be approximately $5 million per year for the foreseeable future.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  August 1, 2014

 

EarthScope (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

EarthScope is an Earth science program to explore the 4-dimensional structure of the North American continent. The EarthScope Program provides a framework for broad, integrated studies across the Earth sciences, including research on fault properties and the earthquake process, strain transfer, magmatic and hydrous fluids in the crust and mantle, plate boundary processes, large-scale continental deformation, continental structure and evolution, and composition and structure of the deep Earth. In addition, EarthScope offers a centralized forum for Earth science education at all levels and an excellent opportunity to develop cyberinfrastructure to integrate, distribute, and analyze diverse data sets. The EarthScope Facility, consisting of the Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO), the San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth (SAFOD), and the USArray, is a multi-purpose array of instruments and observatories that greatly expands the observational capabilities of the Earth sciences and permits us to advance our understanding of the structure, evolution and dynamics of the North American continent. This Solicitation calls for single or collaborative proposals to conduct scientific research and/or education and outreach activities within North America that make use of capabilities and/or data provided through the EarthScope Facility to further the scientific and educational goals of EarthScope, as described in the 2010 EarthScope Science Plan and/or EarthScope Education and Outreach Implementation Plan.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline:  August 25, 2014

 

Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Announcement – Biological and Chemical Upgrading for Advanced Biofuels and Products (DOE)

SYNOPSIS

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Biological and Chemical Upgrading for Advanced Biofuels and Products.” This FOA seeks diversification of the BETO portfolio to allow for biological, chemical and hybrid upgrading processes (multi step, chemical and biological) that will broadly encompass pathways found under the BETO Conversion/Biochemical Technology Area. While thermochemical pathways will not be considered, all related new chemical and biological concepts, ideas and approaches will be considered. Allowable biomass feed intermediates for this FOA are cellulosic sugars, lignocellulose derivatives, lignin, cellulosic alcohols, bio-solids and biogases produced through the conversion of organic matter from renewable biomass (excluding syngas). This Notice is issued so that interested parties are aware of the EERE’s intention to issue this FOA in the near-term. All of the information contained in this Notice is subject to change.

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DUE DATES

Full Application Submission Deadline:  Applications are not being solicited for the Notice of Intent

 

Interfacial Processes and Thermodynamics (IPT) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Interfacial Processes and Thermodynamics (IPT) program supports fundamental research in engineering areas related to:Interfacial phenomena, Mass transport phenomena, Molecular thermodynamics. Currently, emphasis is placed on molecular engineering approaches at interfaces, especially as applied to the nano-processing of soft materials. Molecules at interfaces with functional interfacial properties are of special interest and have uses in many new technologies, based on nano-fabrication. These interfacial molecules may have biomolecular functions at the micro- and nano-scale. Interfacial materials are generally formed through molecular self-directed, -templated, and/or -assembly, and they are driven primarily by thermodynamic intermolecular forces, although may be influenced by flow and electrical forces.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline:  September 17, 2014, 5 pm proposer’s local time

 

Biomedical Engineering (BME) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The mission of the Biomedical Engineering (BME) program is to provide opportunities to develop novel ideas into discovery-level and transformative projects that integrate engineering and life science principles in solving biomedical problems that serve humanity in the long-term. The Biomedical Engineering (BME) program supports fundamental research in the following BME themes:Neural engineering (brain science, computational neuroscience, brain-computer interface, neurotech, cognitive engineering)Cellular biomechanics (motion, deformation, and forces in biological systems; how mechanical forces alter cell growth, differentiation, movement, signal transduction, transport, cell adhesion, cell cytoskeleton dynamics, cell-cell and cell-ECM interactions; genetically engineered stem cell differentiation with long-term impact in tissue repair and regenerative medicine)The BME projects must be at the interface of engineering and life sciences, and advance both engineering and life sciences. The projects should focus on high impact transforming methods and technologies. The project should include methods, models and tools of understanding and controlling of living systems; fundamental improvements in deriving information from cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems; new approaches to the design of structures and materials for eventual medical use in the long-term; and new novel methods of reducing health care costs through new technologies. The projects should emphasize the advancement of fundamental engineering knowledge, possibly leading to the development of new methods and technologies in the long-term; and highlight multi-disciplinary nature, integrating engineering and the sciences. The long-term impact of the projects can be related to disease diagnosis and/or treatment, improved health care delivery, or product development. The BME program does not support clinical studies.As stated earlier, the current program themes are Neural Engineering and Cellular Biomechanics.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline:  October 30, 2014

 

ROSES 2014: Rapid Response and Novel Research in Earth Science (NASA)

SYNOPSIS

This ROSES-2014 NRA (NNH14ZDA001N) solicits basic and applied research in support of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD). This NRA covers all aspects of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences, including, but not limited to: theory, modeling, and analysis of SMD science data; aircraft, scientific balloon, sounding rocket, International Space Station, CubeSat, and suborbital reusable launch vehicle investigations; development of experiment techniques suitable for future SMD space missions; development of concepts for future SMD space missions; development of advanced technologies relevant to SMD missions; development of techniques for and the laboratory analysis of both extraterrestrial samples returned by spacecraft, as well as terrestrial samples that support or otherwise help verify observations from SMD Earth system science missions; determination of atomic and composition parameters needed to analyze space data, as well as returned samples from the Earth or space; Earth surface observations and field campaigns that support SMD science missions; development of integrated Earth system models; development of systems for applying Earth science research data to societal needs; and development of applied information systems applicable to SMD objectives and data.

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DUE DATES

Current Closing Date for Applications:  March 31, 2015

 

Particulate and Multiphase Processes (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Particulate and Multiphase Processes program supports fundamental and applied research on phenomena governing particulate and multiphase processes, including flows of suspensions of particles, drops or bubbles, granular and granular-fluid flows, flow behavior of micro or nano-structured fluids, aerosol science and technology, and self- and directed-assembly processes involving particulates. Innovative research is sought that contributes to improving the basic understanding, design, predictability, efficiency, and control of particulate and multiphase processes with particular emphasis on: novel manufacturing techniques, multiphase systems of relevance to energy harvesting, multiphase transport in biological systems or biotechnology, and environmental sustainability. Collaborative and interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged; proposals that include a combination of experimental and theoretical approaches are more likely to receive funding than solely experimentally oriented work. Highly reviewed projects generally demonstrate a strong scientific basis together with clear practical applications.Unsolicited proposals in the above and related areas are encouraged. Investigators are also encouraged to find industrial partnerships and make GOALI submissions. Current research focus areas include: Multiphase flow phenomena (particle/bubble/droplet dynamics), structured fluids (colloids, ferro-fluids), and self and directed assembly of particles into functional devices; Particle science and technology (aerosols, production of particles with engineered properties, assembly of particles into functional materials and devices, environmental issues); Multi-scale models of multiphase systems (emphasis on novel approaches connecting micro- and nano-scale phenomena and properties with process-level variables); Multiphase transport in biological systems (emphasis on applications of functionalized nanostructures in clinical diagnostics and therapeutics).

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline:  February 19, 2015, 5 pm proposer’s local time

 

Environmental Engineering (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Environmental Engineering program supports fundamental research and educational activities across the broad field of environmental engineering. The goal of this program is to encourage transformative research which applies scientific and engineering principles to avoid or minimize solid, liquid, and gaseous discharges, resulting from human activity, into land, inland and coastal waters, and air, while promoting resource and energy conservation and recovery. The program also fosters cutting-edge scientific research for identifying, evaluating, and monitoring the waste assimilative capacity of the natural environment and for removing or reducing contaminants from polluted air, water, and soils.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline:  February 19, 2015, 5 pm proposer’s local time

 

Fluid Dynamics (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Fluid Dynamics program supports fundamental research and education on mechanisms and phenomena governing fluid flow. Proposed research should contribute to basic understanding; thus enabling the better design; predictability; efficiency; and control of systems that involve fluids. Encouraged are proposals that address innovative uses of fluids in materials development; manufacturing; biotechnology; nanotechnology; clinical diagnostics and drug delivery; sensor development and integration; energy and the environment. While the research should focus on fundamentals, a clear connection to potential application should be outlined.Current research themes include:General Fluid Mechanics: experimental and theoretical dynamics of Newtonian fluids; laminar flows, transitional flows, and turbulence; hydrodynamic stability; flow of compressible fluids.Flow of Complex Fluids: non-Newtonian fluid mechanics; viscoelasticity; flow of polymer solutions and melts; gelation; flow instability; flow-induced structuring; DNA dynamics; molecular dynamics simulations. Micro- Nano- Bio- Fluid Mechanics: micro-and nano-scale flow phenomena; biomedical microdevices; effects of nanoscale inclusions on rheological properties; flow of Brownian suspensions; biomimetics; biological flow processes. Turbulence and Flow Control: large eddy simulation; direct numerical simulation; high Reynolds number experiments; stability and transition to turbulence; 3-D boundary layers; multi-phase turbulent flows; flow control; insect flight; gas-liquid interfaces.Instrumentation and Flow Diagnostics: Instrument development; MEMS; shear stress sensors; Magnetic Resonance Imaging for engineering flow; velocimetry; flows in biomedical assistive devices.The duration of unsolicited awards is generally one to three years.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline:  February 19, 2015, 5 pm proposer’s local time

 

Energy for Sustainability (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

This program supports fundamental research and education that will enable innovative processes for the sustainable production of electricity and transportation fuels. Processes for sustainable energy production must be environmentally benign, reduce greenhouse gas production, and utilize renewable resources. Current interest areas in sustainable energy technologies are highlighted below.NOTE: For proposals involving any aspect of chemistry, including but not limited to biochemistry or physical chemistry, consider making proposal submissions to this program (7644) with the Proposal Title as: ‘SusChEM: Name of Your Proposal’. See SusChEM – New NSF Emphasis Area. Likewise for proposals involving sustainable engineering.Biomass Conversion, Biofuels & Bioenergy. Photosynthetic processes used by plants or algae use sunlight to convert atmospheric CO2 to energy-rich metabolites (carbohydrates, lipids, or hydrocarbons) which can be processed into transportation fuels. Fundamental research on innovative approaches for the intensification of biofuel and bioenergy processes is an emphasis area of this program. Specific areas of interest include: biological, thermochemical, or thermocatalytic conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to biofuels beyond cellulosic ethanol; microbial fuel cells for direct production of electricity from renewable carbon sources; process-based, scalable approaches for the biological or bio-mimetic generation of electricity directly from sunlight; hydrogen production from autotrophic and heterotrophic microorganisms; hydrocarbons and lipids from autotrophic or heterotrophic microorganisms.Photovoltaic Solar Energy. Solar photovoltaic (PV) devices harvest and convert sunlight directly to electricity. Fundamental research on innovative processes for the fabrication and theory-based characterization of future PV devices is an emphasis area of this program. Specific areas of interest include: nano-enabled PV devices containing nanostructured semiconductors, plasmonic materials, photonic structures, or conducting polymers; earth-abundant and environmentally benign materials for photovoltaic devices; photocatalytic or photoelectrochemical processe for the splitting of water into H2 gas, or for the reduction of CO2 to liquid or gaseous fuels.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline:  February 19, 2015, 5 pm proposer’s local time

 

Catalysis and Biocatalysis (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

Due to the ubiquitous presence of catalysis in the many aspects of goods and services impacting our lives, the Catalysis and Biocatalysis program has many potential directions for funding support. Programs in this area encompass a blend of fundamental and innovative applied research drivers. All programs are hypothesis-driven, and the experimental programs aimed at resolving the issues frequently combine a variety of approaches. Chemical engineering and chemistry are intertwined. Proposals which receive funding in this Program may include any number of the following broad scopes: Catalyst Synthesis, Characterization, Behavior and PerformanceKinetics and Mechanisms of Key Catalytic ReactionsCatalysis at Surfaces or in Reactor Process StreamsSynthesis and Fabrication of Component Materials and Catalyst CompositesModeling and Fundamental Studies of a Catalyst or Catalytic ProcessCatalysts and Studies for Renewable Energy Systems.These approaches apply equally to classical inorganic or carbon catalysts as well as to enzymatic or biocatalysts. Specialized materials synthesis procedures may be necessary to provide active catalysts in any of the studies. Applications-driven studies, such as Biomass conversion catalysis, Electrocatalysis and Photocatalysis, involving energy interconversion devices or systems employing catalysts are highly desired.Most studies will focus on the catalysis of one or more chemical reactions with products including molecules used for fuels, energy sources, feedstocks, fine chemicals, bulk chemicals and specialized materials. While proposals will be accepted in any of the above areas, national needs suggest heightened interest be given to proposals relating to processes and catalysts for conversions of biomass to fuels and chemicals, for development of renewable energy sources and for transition to green or environmentally benign products and processes. Submissions investigating unique nanoparticle or biomimetic catalysis are welcome.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline:  February 19, 2015, 5 pm proposer’s local time

 

Process and Reaction Engineering (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Process and Reaction Engineering program supports fundamental and applied research on:Rates and mechanisms of important classes of catalyzed and uncatalyzed chemical reactions as they relate to the design, production, and application of catalysts, chemical processes, biochemical processes, and specialized materialsChemical and biochemical phenomena occurring at or near solid surfaces and interfacesElectrochemical and photochemical processes of engineering significance or with commercial potentialDesign and optimization of complex chemical and biochemical processesDynamic modeling and control of process systems and individual process unitsReactive processing of polymers, ceramics, and thin filmsInteractions between chemical reactions and transport processes in reactive systems, and the use of this information in the design of complex chemical and biochemical reactors Recent emphasis on the development of sustainable energy technologies means that the support of projects on the processing aspects of chemical systems that further such technologies have high priority when funding decisions are made. Areas that focus on reactors of all types – fuel cells, batteries, microreactors, biochemical reactors, etc.; reactor design in general; and design and control of all systems associated with energy from renewable sources, have high priority for funding.The Process and Reaction Engineering program funds research in: chemical and biochemical reaction engineering, process design and control, and reactive polymer processing.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline:  February 19, 2015

 

Biomechanics and Mechanobiology (BMMB) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The BMMB Program supports fundamental research in biomechanics and mechanobiology. An emphasis is placed on multiscale mechanics approaches in the study of organisms that integrate across molecular, cell, tissue, and organ domains. The influence of in vivo mechanical forces on cell and matrix biology in the histomorphogenesis, maintenance, regeneration, and aging of tissues is an important concern. In addition, the relationships between mechanical behavior and extracellular matrix composition and organization are of interest. Funded projects may include theoretical, computational, and experimental approaches. The program encourages the consideration of diverse living tissues as smart materials that are self-designing.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline:  October 1, 2014, 5 pm proposer’s local time

 

Nanomanufacturing (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

Nanomanufacturing is the production of useful nano-scale materials, structures, devices and systems in an economically viable manner. The NSF Nanomanufacturing Program supports fundamental research in novel methods and techniques for batch and continuous processes, top-down (addition/subtraction) and bottom-up (directed self-assembly) processes leading to the formation of complex heterogeneous nanosystems. The program supports basic research in nanostructure and process design principles, integration across length-scales, and system-level integration. The Program leverages advances in the understanding of nano-scale phenomena and processes (physical, chemical, electrical, thermal, mechanical and biological), nanomaterials discovery, novel nanostructure architectures, and new nanodevice and nanosystem concepts. It seeks to address quality, efficiency, scalability, reliability, safety and affordability issues that are relevant to manufacturing. To address these issues, the Program encourages research on processes and production systems based on computation, modeling and simulation, use of process metrology, sensing, monitoring, and control, and assessment of product (nanomaterial, nanostructure, nanodevice or nanosystem) quality and performance.The Program seeks to explore transformative approaches to nanomanufacturing, including but not limited to: micro-reactor and micro-fluidics enabled nanosynthesis, bio-inspired nanomanufacturing, manufacturing by nanomachines, additive nanomanufacturing, hierarchical nanostructure assembly, continuous high-rate nanofabrication such as roll-to-roll processing or massively-parallel large-area processing, and modular manufacturing platforms for nanosystems. The Program encourages the fabrication of nanomaterials by design, three-dimensional nanostructures, multi-layer nanodevices, and multi-material and multi-functional nanosystems. Also of interest is the manufacture of dynamic nanosystems such as nanomotors, nanorobots, and nanomachines, and enabling advances in transport and diffusion mechanisms at the nano-scale.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline:  October 1, 2014

 

Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events (IMEE) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The IMEE program focuses on the impact of large-scale hazards on civil infrastructure and society and on related issues of preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery. The program supports research to integrate multiple issues from engineering, social, behavioral, political, and economic sciences. It supports fundamental research on the interdependence of civil infrastructure and society, development of sustainable infrastructures, and civil infrastructure vulnerability and risk reduction.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline:  October 1, 2014, 5 pm proposer’s local time

 

Operations Research (OR) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The OR program supports fundamental research leading to the creation of innovative mathematical models, analysis, and algorithms for optimal or near optimal decision-making, applicable to the design and operation of manufacturing, service, and other complex systems. In addition to the traditional areas of Operations Research which includes discrete and continuous optimization as well as stochastic modeling and analysis, new research thrusts include simulation optimization and self-optimizing systems that can observe, learn, and adapt to changing environments.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline:  October 1, 2014, 5 pm proposer’s local time

 

Dynamical Systems (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

This program supports innovative research on the theories of dynamical systems, including new analytical and computational tools, as well as the novel application of dynamical systems to engineered systems. The program is especially interested in transformative research in the area of complex systems, uncertain or stochastic nonlinear dynamical systems, model order reduction of nonlinear or infinite dimensional dynamical systems, discrete nonlinear dynamical systems, and modeling, simulation, analysis and design of multi-scale multi-physics dynamical systems.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline:  October 1, 2014, 5 pm proposer’s local time

 

Geomechanics & Geomaterials (GEOMM) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The GEOMM program supports fundamental research on the mechanical and engineering properties of geologic materials including natural, mechanically stabilized, and biologically or chemically modified soil and rock. The program also addresses hydraulic, biological, chemical and thermal processes that affect the behavior of geologic materials. Research at the micro-scale on soil-structure interaction and liquefaction are included in the scope of this program. Support is provided for theoretical studies, constitutive and numerical modeling, laboratory, centrifuge, and field testing. Cross-disciplinary and international collaborations are encouraged.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline:  October 1, 2014, 5 pm proposer’s local time

 

Geotechnical Engineering (GTE) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The GTE program supports fundamental research on geotechnical engineering aspects of civil infrastructure, such as site characterization, foundations, earth retaining systems, underground construction, excavations, tunneling, and drilling. Also included in the program scope is research on geoenvironmental engineering; geotechnical engineering aspects of geothermal energy; life-cycle analysis of geostructures; geotechnical earthquake engineering that does not involve the use of George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) facilities; scour and erosion; and geohazards such as tsunamis, landslides, mudslides and debris flows. The program does not support research related to natural resource exploration or recovery. Emphasis is on issues of sustainability and resilience of civil infrastructure. Cross-disciplinary and international collaborations are encouraged.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline:  October 1, 2014, 5 pm proposer’s local time

 

Systems Science (SYS) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The System Science (SYS) program funds fundamental research on engineered systems that will support the creation of a mathematically sound framework for systems engineering. The System Science program invites proposals that address fundamental systems issues including system performance prediction, uncertainty quantification in the systems context, theoretical foundations for aggregation in systems, decision-making in the systems context, and operation and maintenance in the systems context. The System Science program does not fund development projects. Proposals that have system science or system engineering relevance, but for which the predominant research contribution is within an existing program in CMMI, should be submitted to the appropriate disciplinary program, with the System Science program identified as a secondary program.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline:  October 1, 2014, 5 pm proposer’s local time

 

Control Systems (CS) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Control Systems (CS) program supports fundamental research on control theory and control technology driven by real life applications. The program emphasis is on paradigm-shifting ideas for control strategies that are inspired by nature, unconventional applications, and the combined roles of feedback, feedforward and uncertainty in systems. The program supports research that advances fundamental understanding, analysis and synthesis of control strategies and tools based on system formulation, assumptions and constraints that are motivated and derived from real-life applications and/or industry needs. Integration of novel sensing and actuation concepts that combine feedback, communication and signal processing and analysis to achieve a sensing or actuation objectives are also supported.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline:  October 1, 2014, 5 pm proposer’s local time

 

Hazard Mitigation and Structural Engineering (HMSE) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Hazard Mitigation and Structural Engineering (HMSE) program supports fundamental research to mitigate impacts of natural and anthropogenic hazards on civil infrastructure and to advance the reliability, resiliency, and sustainability of buildings and other structures. Hazards considered within the program include earthquake, tsunami, hurricane, tornado and other loads, as well as explosive and impact loading. Resiliency of buildings and other structures include structural and non-structural systems that, in totality, permit continued occupation or operation in case of an impact by a hazard. Research is encouraged that integrates structural and architectural engineering advances with discoveries in other science and engineering fields, such as earth and atmospheric sciences, material science, mechanics of materials, sensor technology, high performance computational modeling and simulation, dynamic system and control, and economics. The program seeks to fund transformative and cost-effective innovations for hazard mitigation of both new and rehabilitated buildings and other structures. Research in structural and architectural engineering is encouraged that extends beyond mature or current construction materials into investigations of smart and sustainable materials and technologies, and considers the structures in their entirety. In addition, the program funds research on structural health monitoring that goes beyond data acquisition to include the holistic system, integrating condition assessment and decision making tools to improve structural performance.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline:  October 1, 2014, 5 pm proposer’s local time

 

Sensors and Sensing Systems (SSS) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Sensors and Sensing System (SSS) program funds fundamental research on sensors and sensing systems. Such fundamental research includes the discovery and characterization of new sensing modalities, fundamental theories for aggregation and analysis of sensed data, fundamentally new approaches for data transmission, and approaches for addressing uncertain and/or partial sensor data. Innovative research in nonlinear prediction, filtering and estimation in the context of sensing systems is also considered in this program. The program does not fund developmental projects, such as sensor development or applications studies. Proposals offering fundamental research topics that are enabled by sensor development or sensor system development should be submitted to the relevant CMMI program in which the fundamental research contribution is being made. In such a case, the SSS program should be listed as a secondary program. Proposals that do not address CMMI relevant research should be submitted to programs in the appropriate division within NSF. Depending on the research objective of the work proposed, PIs submitting proposals in the areas of biosensing and biomedical sensors should consider sending their proposals to the Biosensing, Biophotonics or Biomedical Engineering program in the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (CBET), and also for areas of biosensing, sensors and actuators they should consider the Electronics, Photonics, and Magnetic Devices (EPMD) or the Communications, Circuits, and Sensing-systems (CCSS) program of the division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS).

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline:  October 1, 2014, 5 pm proposer’s local time

 

Engineering and Systems Design (ESD) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Engineering and Systems Design (ESD) program supports descriptive and normative research leading to a theory of engineering design and an understanding of systems engineering. The program is focused on gaining an understanding of the basic processes and phenomena underlying a view of design where the system life-cycle context informs the identification and definition of preferences, analysis of alternatives, effective accommodation of uncertainty in decision-making, and the relationship between data, information, and knowledge in a digitally-supported environment. The program funds advances in a descriptive understanding of design and basic design theory that span multiple domains, such as the relationship of systems to the environment, the significance of manufacturability, and the range of complexity from small designed artifacts to large engineered systems. Fundamental research in system science and system engineering theory should be submitted to the System Science (SYS) program. Research in which the primary contribution is observation and description of systems engineering should be submitted to the ESD program, and should identify the System Science program as a secondary program.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline:  September 15, 2014

 

Manufacturing Machines & Equipment (MME) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The MME program supports fundamental research leading to improved manufacturing machines and equipment, and their application in manufacturing processes. Key goals of the program are to advance the transition of manufacturing from skill-based to knowledge-based activities, and to advance technologies that will enable the manufacturing sector to reduce its environmental impacts. A focus is on the advancement of manufacturing machines and related systems engineering that will enable energy manufacturing, namely the manufacture of facilities and equipment that will enable the conversion of renewable resources into energy products such as electricity and liquid fuels, on a large scale. The program also supports research on laser processing, joining processes and additive manufacturing machines and processes encompassing feature scales from microns to meters (nanometer scale additive manufacturing is supported under the Nanomanufacturing program).Investigators wishing to serve on a proposal review panel should email the Program Director with a short biographical sketch, a list of areas of expertise and a link to their home page. REU/RET supplement requests should be submitted by March 31 each year.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline:  October 1, 2014, 5 pm proposer’s local time

 

Manufacturing Enterprise Systems (MES) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The MES program supports research on design, planning, and control of operations in manufacturing enterprises. Research is supported that is both grounded in an interesting and relevant application and requires the development of novel analytical and computational methodologies that may be of broader interest. Topics of interest include supply chain optimization and management; production planning and scheduling; monitoring and control of manufacturing processes; and maintenance and repair. Of particular interest are methods that incorporate increasingly rich enterprise process and product information and models, methods that address sustainability, and methods that incorporate characteristic uncertainty and risk.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline:  October 1, 2014, 5 pm proposer’s local time

 

NSF/DOE Partnership on Advanced Frontiers in Renewable Hydrogen Fuel Production via Solar Water Splitting Technologies 2014-2016 (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation (NSF) has established a partnership with the Fuel Cell Technologies (FCT) Office of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in order to address critical fundamental and applied research challenges associated with advanced technologies for the production of hydrogen fuel via solar water splitting processes. The goal of the partnership is to leverage the complementary missions of applied research, development and demonstration (DOE) and use-inspired fundamental research and education (NSF) to address issues of national importance that impact the sustainable production of fuels using renewable resources. The Directorate for Engineering seeks proposals with transformative ideas that meet the detailed requirements delineated in this solicitation.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline:  December 11, 2014

 

Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The ITEST program through research and model-building activities seeks to build understandings of best practice factors, contexts and processes contributing to K-12 students’ motivation and participation in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) core domains along with other STEM cognate domains (e.g., information and communications technology (ICT), computing, computer sciences, data analytics, among others) that inform education programs and workforce domains. The ITEST program funds foundational and applied research projects addressing the development, implementation, and dissemination of innovative strategies, tools, and models for engaging students to be aware of STEM and cognate careers, and to pursue formal school-based and informal out-of-school educational experiences to prepare for such careers. ITEST supports projects that: (1) increase students’ awareness of STEM and cognate careers; (2) motivate students to pursue the appropriate education pathways for STEM and cognate careers; and/or (3) provide students with technology-rich experiences that develop disciplinary-based knowledge and practices, and non-cognitive skills (e.g., critical thinking and communication skills) needed for entering STEM workforce sectors. ITEST projects may adopt an interdisciplinary focus on one or more STEM domains or focus on sub discipline(s) within a domain. ITEST projects must involve students, and may also include teachers. ITEST is especially interested in broadening participation of student groups from traditionally underrepresented in STEM and cognate intensive education and workforce domains. Strongly encouraged are projects that actively engage business and industry to better ensure K-12 experiences are likely to foster the skill-sets of emerging STEM and cognate careers. ITEST supports two project types: Strategies and SPrEaD (Successful Project Expansion and Dissemination) projects. Strategies projects address the creation and implementation of innovative technology-related interventions that support ITEST’s objectives. SPrEaD projects support the wider and broader dissemination and examination of innovative interventions to generate evidence and understanding regarding contextual factors that operate to enhance, moderate, or constrain the desired results. All ITEST projects include activities designed to inform judgments regarding the feasibility of implementing strategies in typical delivery settings such as classrooms and out-of-school settings.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline:  November 6, 2014

 

Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (DOD)

SYNOPSIS

AFOSR plans, coordinates, and executes the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) basic research program in response to technical guidance from AFRL and requirements of the Air Force; fosters, supports, and conducts research within Air Force, university, and industry laboratories; and ensures transition of research results to support U.S. Air Force needs.The focus of AFOSR is on research areas that offer significant and comprehensive benefits toour national warfighting and peacekeeping capabilities. These areas are organized and managed in five scientific Departments: Dynamical Systems and Control (RTA), Quantum and Non-Equilibrium Processes (RTB), Information, Decision and Complex Networks (RTC), Complex Materials and Devices (RTD), and Energy, Power and Propulsion (RTE).

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DUE DATES

Current Closing Date for Applications:  The BAA is open until superseded.

 

Fundamental Research to Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction (DOD)

SYNOPSIS

DTRA FY2009 – 2014 Fundamental Research to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction (C-WMD) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)

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DUE DATES

Current Closing Date for Applications:  September 30, 2014.

 

Measurement Science & Engineering (MSE) Research Grant Programs (DOC)

SYNOPSIS

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the areas of program analysis, verification, and big data analytics for specifying, discovering, and understanding properties of complex software systems. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, methods, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice. This broad agency announcement (BAA) is being issued, and any resultant selection will be made, using procedures under Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 35.016.

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DUE DATES

Current Closing Date for Applications:  All NIST MSE Research Grant Programs except the FR Grant Program – Applications will be considered on a continuing/rolling basis. Applications received after 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on June 2, 2014 may be processed and considered for funding under this FFO in the current fiscal year or in the next fiscal year, subject to the availability of funds. Except for applications submitted to the FR Grant Program, all applications submitted to the MSE Research Grants programs, paper and electronic, must be received prior to the posting of the FY 2015 NIST MSE Research Grants Programs FFO on Grants.gov in order to be processed under this FFO. The FR Grant Program – The deadline for paper applications to the FR Grant Program is 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday, March 31, 2014. The deadline for electronic applications to the FR Grant Program is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday, March 31, 2014. Applications to the FR Grant Program received after the respective deadline will not be reviewed or considered.

 

FY14 MASINT Emerging Technologies Research Program (DOD)

SYNOPSIS

Research Areas: Measurement and Signature Intelligence (MASINT) is an intelligence discipline that employs a broad range of scientific developments to gather foreign intelligence. In our efforts to enhance this intelligence competency we are interested in stimulating and supporting research that creates new knowledge and capabilities, or the transition of current capabilities, that have the potential to enhance the following areas: • Remote assessment and detection of weapons of mass destruction, specifically nuclear and radiological weapons, as well as chemical and biological weapons. • Remote assessment and detection of directed energy weapons. This would include all lasers that are primarily designed as weapons as well as high-powered microwave (HPM) and electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapons. • Bioinformatics, the science of collecting and analyzing complex biological data such as genetic codes, has become an important part of many areas of biology. Research should focus on how this science promotes the extraction of useful results from large amounts of raw data as well as how its intrinsic characteristics are applicable to many related research topics. • Telematics typically is any integrated use of telecommunications and informatics, also known as ICT (Information and Communications Technology). Possible telematics applications can track vehicles, trailers, and shipping containers. Telematics is also used for relaying environmental conditions within vehicles, trailers or shipping containers, fleet management, mobile data and mobile television, wireless vehicle safety communications allowing vehicles to communicate with those around it and emergency warning system for vehicles. Navy seeks White Papers only from the most knowledgeable experts and universities in the field, with submissions briefly describing expertise. Note: Proposals for workshops, conferences, and symposia, or for acquisition of technical, engineering and other types of support services will not be considered.

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DUE DATES

Current Closing Date for Applications:  September 30, 2014.

 

Research Opportunities in Space & Earth Sciences (ROSES) – 2014 (NASA)

SYNOPSIS

This ROSES-2014 NRA (NNH14ZDA001N) solicits basic and applied research in support of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD). This NRA covers all aspects of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences, including, but not limited to: theory, modeling, and analysis of SMD science data; aircraft, scientific balloon, sounding rocket, International Space Station, CubeSat, and suborbital reusable launch vehicle investigations; development of experiment techniques suitable for future SMD space missions; development of concepts for future SMD space missions; development of advanced technologies relevant to SMD missions; development of techniques for and the laboratory analysis of both extraterrestrial samples returned by spacecraft, as well as terrestrial samples that support or otherwise help verify observations from SMD Earth system science missions; determination of atomic and composition parameters needed to analyze space data, as well as ret urned samples from the Earth or space; Earth surface observations and field campaigns that support SMD science missions; development of integrated Earth system models; development of systems for applying Earth science research data to societal needs; and development of applied information systems applicable to SMD objectives and data. Awards range from under $100K per year for focused, limited efforts (e.g., data analysis) to more than $1M per year for extensive activities (e.g., development of science experiment hardware). The funds available for awards in each program element offered in this ROSES-2014 NRA range from less than one to several million dollars, which allows selection from a few to as many as several dozen proposals depending on the program objectives and the submission of proposals of merit.

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DUE DATES

Current Closing Date for Applications:  April 30, 2015

 

Human-Centered Intelligence, Surveillance (DOD)

SYNOPSIS

This effort is an open-ended BAA soliciting innovative research concepts for the overall mission of the Human-Centered Intelligence, Surveillance, & Reconnaissance (ISR) Division (711 HPW/RHX). It is intended to generate research concepts not already defined and planned by RHX as part of its core S&T portfolio. The core RHX mission is to develop human-centered S&T that (1) enables the Air Force to better identify, locate and track humans within the ISR environment and (2) enhance the performance of ISR analysts. To accomplish this mission, the RHX core S&T portfolio is structured into three major research areas: (1) Human Signatures – develop technologies to sense and exploit human bio-signatures at the molecular and macro (anthropometric) level, (2) Human Trust and Interaction – develop technologies to improve human-to-human interactions as well as human-to-machine interactions, and (3) Human Analyst Augmentation – develop technologies to enhance ISR analyst performance and to test the efficacy of newly developed ISR technologies within a simulated operational environment. The RHX mission also includes research carried over from the Airman Biosciences and Performance Program. While not directly linked to the core S&T strategic plan, there exists a unique capability resident within RHX to address critical Air Force operational and sustainment needs resulting from chemical and biological hazards. Research areas include contamination detection, hazard assessment and management, individual and collective protection, and restoration and reconstitution of operational capability.

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DUE DATES

Current Closing Date for Applications:  February 12, 2018

 

(NOI) Wind Forecasting Improvement Project in Complex Terrain Grant (DOE)

SYNOPSIS

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Wind and Water Power Technologies Office (WWPTO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled Wind Forecasting Improvement Project in Complex Terrain. By researching physical processes in complex terrain that drive wind and ramp events, the WWPTO is seeking proposals for improving short-term (0 to 15 hour) wind forecasts. Additionally the research is intended to benefit the day-ahead wind forecasts as well in order to benefit the U.S. wind industry. This FOA will fund one recipient to populate a study area (approximately 800 by 800 kilometers) with additional meteorological instrumentation and equipment to measure specific physical properties. The WWPTO is interested in the region between the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific coastline as a candidate area for studying these physical properties. This Notice is issued so that interested parties are aware of the EERE’s intention to issue this FOA in early 2014.

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DUE DATES

Current Closing Date for Applications:  Not applicable

 

Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (DOD)

SYNOPSIS

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) manages the basic research investment for the U.S. Air Force (USAF). As a part of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), AFOSR’s technical experts foster and fund research within the Air Force Research Laboratory, universities, and industry laboratories to ensure the transition of research results to support USAF needs. Using a carefully balanced research portfolio, research managers seek to create revolutionary scientific breakthroughs, enabling the Air Force and U.S. industry to produce world-class, militarily significant, and commercially valuable products.To accomplish this task, AFOSR solicits proposals for basic research through this general Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). This BAA outlines the Air Force Defense Research Sciences Program. AFOSR invites proposals for research in many broad areas. These areas are described in detail in Section I of the BAA, Funding Opportunity Description.AFOSR plans, coordinates, and executes the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) basic research program in response to technical guidance from AFRL and requirements of the Air Force; fosters, supports, and conducts research within Air Force, university, and industry laboratories; and ensures transition of research results to support USAF needs.The focus of AFOSR is on research areas that offer significant and comprehensive benefits to our national warfighting and peacekeeping capabilities. These areas are organized and managed in five scientific directorates: Dynamical Systems and Control (RTA), Quantum & Non-Equilibrium Processes (RTB), Information, Decision, and Complex Networks (RTC), Complex materials and Devices (RTD), and Energy, Power, and Propulsion (RTE). The research activities managed within each directorate are summarized in Section I of the BAA

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DUE DATES

Closing Date for Applications:  The BAA is open until superseded

 

2014 Broad Agency Announcement (DOD)

SYNOPSIS

The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for various research and development topic areas. The ERDC consists of the Coastal and Hydraulics Lab (CHL), the Geotechnical and Structures Lab (GSL), the Environmental Lab (EL) and the Information Technology Lab (ITL) in Vicksburg, Mississippi; the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab (CRREL) in Hanover, New Hampshire; the Construction Engineering Research Lab (CERL) in Champaign, Illinois; and the Topographic Engineering Center (TEC) in Alexandria, Virginia. The ERDC is responsible for conducting research in the broad fields of hydraulics, dredging, coastal engineering, instrumentation, oceanography, remote sensing, geotechnical engineering, earthquake engineering, soil effects, vehicle mobility, self-contained munitions, military engineering, geophysics, pavements, protective structures, aquatic plants, water quality, dredged material, treatment of hazardous waste, wetlands, physical/mechanical/ chemical properties of snow and other frozen precipitation, infrastructure and environmental issues for installations, computer science, telecommunications management, energy, facilities maintenance, materials and structures, engineering processes, environmental processes, land and heritage conservation, and ecological processes. The BAA is available at http://erdc.usace.army.mil/ and is open until superseded. Proposals may be accepted at any time. For questions regarding proposals to CHL, EL, GSL, TEC & ITL, contact Derek Howard at 601-634-3310 or via email at Derek.A.Howard@usace.army.mil. For questions concerning proposals to CERL, contact Wanda Huber at 217-373-6730 or via email at wanda.l.huber@usace.army.mil or Andrea Krouse at 217-373-6746 or via email at andrea.j.krouse@usace.army.mil. For questions concerning proposals to CRREL, contact Wendy Adams at 603-646-4323 or via email at Wendy.A.Adams@usace.army.mil. Contact the technical personnel listed at the end of each topic area for questions concerning the topic areas themselves.

Click here for full RFP:  2014 Broad Agency Announcement

DUE DATES

Closing Date for Applications:  January 31, 2015

 

Biotechnology, Biochemical, and Biomass Engineering (BBBE) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Biotechnology, Biochemical, and Biomass Engineering (BBBE) program supports fundamental engineering research that advances the understanding of cellular and biomolecular processes (in vivo, in vitro, and/or ex vivo) and eventually leads to the development of enabling technology and/or applications in support of the biopharmaceutical, biotechnology, and bioenergy industries, or with applications in health or the environment. Quantitative assessments of bioprocesses are considered vital to successful research projects in the BBBE program.

Fundamental to many research projects in this area is the understanding of how biomolecules and cells interact in their environment, and how those molecular level interactions lead to changes in structure, function, phenotype, and/or behavior. The program encourages proposals that address emerging research areas and technologies that effectively integrate knowledge and practices from different disciplines, and effectively incorporate ongoing research into educational activities.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Window:  August 15, 2014-September 17, 2014

 

Environmental Health and Safety of Nanotechnology (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Environmental Health and Safety of Nanotechnology (Nano EHS) program provides support to examine and mitigate the environmental effects of nanotechnologies. Fundamental research is sought to understand, evaluate, and lessen the impact of nanotechnology on the environment and biological systems.

The program emphasizes engineering principles underlying the environmental health and safety impacts of nanotechnology. Innovative methods related to clean nanomaterials production processes, waste reduction, recycling, and industrial ecology of nanotechnology are also of interest.

Transformative research in the area of nanoEHS includes the following:

Understanding, measuring, mitigating, and preventing adverse effects of nanotechnology on the environment and biological systems
Nanotechnology environmental health and safety impacts
Predictive methodology for the interaction of nanoparticles with the environment and with the human body, including predictive approaches for toxicity
Fate and transport of engineered nanoparticles and their by-products
Risk assessment and management of the effect of nanomaterials in the environment
Proposals may address methods to characterize and quantify the release of nanomaterials from intermediate materials or finished products during use or disposal scenarios.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Window:  January 15, 2015-February 19, 2015

 

Service Enterprise Systems (SES) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The SES program supports research on decision making related to design, planning, and operation of commercial, nonprofit, and institutional service enterprises with the goal of improving their overall effectiveness and cost reduction. Research is supported that is both grounded in an interesting and relevant application and requires the development of novel analytical and computational methodologies that may be of broader interest. Topics of interest include healthcare operations and medical decision making; policies and incentives in healthcare, energy, and other public service institutions; financial engineering and risk management; transportation and humanitarian logistics; and national security. Of particular interest are methods that incorporate increasingly rich and diverse sources of data and information to support decision making.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Window:  September 1, 2014-October 1, 2014
September 1-October 1, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Window:  January 15, 2015-February 15, 2015
January 15-February 15, Annually Thereafter

Due dates repeat annually

 

Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies (Cyberlearning) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

Proposals are expected to address all three of the program’s thrusts (innovation; advancing understanding of how people learn in technology-rich learning environments; promoting broad use and transferability of new genres). Of particular interest are technological advances that (1) foster deep understanding of content coordinated with masterful learning of practices and skills; (2) draw in and encourage learning among populations not served well by current educational practices; and/or (3) provide new ways of assessing understanding, engagement, and capabilities of learners. It is expected that research funded by this program will shed light on how technology can enable new forms of educational practice. This program does not support proposals that aim simply to implement and evaluate a particular software application or technology in support of a specific course.

Awards will be made in three research categories, each focusing on a different stage of research and development: Exploration (EXP), Design and Implementation (DIP), and Integration (INT). The program will also support small Capacity-Building Projects (CAP), e.g., conferences, workshops, and partnership-building activities, and will continue to participate in NSF’s Foundation-Wide programs: EAGER, RAPID, INSPIRE, and CAREER.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Target Date:  July 25, 2014
Capacity-Building Projects (CAPs)
Last Friday in July, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Target Date:  December 1, 2014
Capacity-Building Projects (CAPs)
First Monday in December, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  December 19, 2014
Exploration Projects (EXPs)
Third Friday in December, Annually Thereafter

 

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects.

Undergraduate student participants in either REU Sites or REU Supplements must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.

Students do not apply to NSF to participate in REU activities. Students apply directly to REU Sites or to NSF-funded investigators who receive REU Supplements. To identify appropriate REU Sites, students should consult the directory of active REU Sites on the Web at http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  August 27, 2014
Deadline for REU Site proposals except those requiring access to Antarctica
Fourth Wednesday in August, Annually Thereafter

 

Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

Computational neuroscience provides a theoretical foundation and a rich set of technical approaches for understanding complex neurobiological systems, building on the theory, methods, and findings of computer science, neuroscience, and numerous other disciplines.

Through the CRCNS program, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF), the French National Research Agency (Agence Nationale de la Recherche, ANR), and the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) support collaborative activities that will advance the understanding of nervous system structure and function, mechanisms underlying nervous system disorders, and computational strategies used by the nervous system.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  October 28, 2014

 

Catalyzing New International Collaborations (CNIC) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Catalyzing New International Collaborations program supports the participation of US-based researchers and students in activities intended to catalyze new international research collaborations.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Target Date:  October 22, 2014
October 22, Annually Thereafter

 

NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Directorates for Engineering (Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental & Transport Systems), Geosciences (Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences) and Mathematical and Physical Sciences (Divisions of Astronomical Sciences and Physics) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Office of Science/Office of Fusion Energy Sciences (SC/FES) of the Department of Energy (DOE) are continuing in FY2014 the joint Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering begun in FY1997 and continued in FY2000, FY2003, FY2006 and FY2009. As stated in the original solicitations (NSF 97-39, NSF 99-159, NSF 02-84, NSF 05-619, NSF 09-596), which are superseded by the present solicitation, the goal of the initiative is to enhance plasma research and education in this broad, multidisciplinary field by coordinating efforts and combining resources of the two agencies. The current solicitation also encourages submission of proposals to perform basic plasma experiments on the Large Aperture Plasma Device (LAPD) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a unique user facility designed to serve the needs of the broader plasma community.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Target Date:  October 3, 2014
First Friday in October, Annually Thereafter

 

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program (I/UCRC) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) program develops long-term partnerships among industry, academe, and government. The centers are catalyzed by a small investment from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and are primarily supported by industry center members, with NSF taking a supporting role in the development and evolution of the center. Each center is established to conduct research that is of interest to both the industry members and the center faculty. An I/UCRC contributes to the nation’s research infrastructure base and enhances the intellectual capacity of the engineering and science workforce through the integration of research and education. As appropriate, an I/UCRC uses international collaborations to advance these goals within the global context.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  September 26, 2014
Planning Grant and Full Center Proposal

 

Materials Engineering and Processing (MEP) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Materials Engineering and Processing (MEP) program supports fundamental research addressing the interrelationship of materials processing, structure, properties and/or life-cycle performance for targeted applications. Research proposals should be driven by the performance or output of the material system relative to the targeted application(s). Research plans driven by scientific hypotheses are encouraged when suitable. Materials in bulk form or focus on special zones such as surfaces or interfaces that are to be used in structural and/or functional applications are appropriate. All material systems are of interest including polymers, metals, ceramics, semiconductors, composites and hybrids thereof. Analytical, experimental, and numerical studies are supported and collaborative proposals with industry (GOALI) are encouraged.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Window:  September 1, 2014 – October 1, 2014
September 1 – October 1, Annually Thereafter

 

Design of Engineering Material Systems (DEMS) (NSF)

SYNOPSIS

The Design of Engineering Material Systems (DEMS) program supports fundamental research intended to lead to new paradigms of design, development, and insertion of advanced engineering material systems. Fundamental research that develops and creatively integrates theory, processing/manufacturing, data/informatics, experimental, and/or computational approaches with rigorous engineering design principles, approaches, and tools to enable the accelerated design and development of materials is welcome.

Research proposals are sought that strive to develop systematic scientific methodologies to tailor the behavior of material systems in ways that are driven by performance metrics and incorporate processing/manufacturing. While an emphasis on a specific material system may be appropriate to provide the necessary project focus, techniques developed should transcend materials systems. Ultimately it is expected that research outcomes will be methodologies to enable the discovery of materials systems with new properties and behavior, and enable their rapid insertion into engineering systems.

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DUE DATES

Full Proposal Window:  September 1, 2014 – October 1, 2014
September 1 – October 1, Annually Thereafter

 



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