New Funding Opportunities

This section organizes a summary of funding opportunities that Great Lakes Energy Institute would like to share with our campus community. Funding opportunities that are recently released can be found in New Funding. Funding opportunities that are still accepting applications but have not been released recently can be found in Open Funding.

Click on the header of each column to sort the table by title, program, deadline, amount, or date added.

Contact Grant Goodrich (gxg183@case.edu) with any questions.

New Funding Opportunities
FOA Title Program Deadline Amount

Date Added

Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems

NSF

9/26/19

$2,500,000

6/24/19

Office of Science Financial Assistance Program

OoS

9/30/19

Up to $4,000,000

6/24/19

Vannecar Bush Award

NSF 9/28/19 N/A 6/24/19

Beckman  Young Investigators Program

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation 8/9/19

$600k

6/17/19

Fulbright Scholar Award in Resources and Energy (Curtin University)

Fullbright Scholar Program 9/16/19

N/A

6/10/19

Catalysis

NSF 8/15/19

$100k-$150k per

year, 1-3 years

6/10/19

Thermal Transport Processes

NSF 8/15/19

$110k per year,

1-3 years

6/10/19

Combustion and Fire Systems

NSF Open

$100k per year,

1-3 years

6/10/19

Molecular Separations

NSF Open

$100k per year,

1-3 years

6/10/19

Electrochemical Systems

NSF Open

$100k-$150k per

year, 1-3 years

6/10/19

Pre-Release DoD STTR 19.B

DOD STTR 7/1/19 (8pm EST) $167,500 6/3/19

Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace Fontiers (SaTC)

NSF Letter of Intent due 7/5/19 $10,000,000 6/3/19

Joint Directed Energy Transition Office Educational Initiative

AFRL DOD 7/5/19 $2,475,000 6/3/19

Advanced Building Construction with Energy Efficient Technologies & Practices

EERE Concept Papers due 6/10/19 $5,000,000 6/3/19

Low Cost, Efficient Treatment Technologies For Produced Water

NETL 7/10/19 $1,250,000 5/27/19

Industry Parternships for Cybersecurity of Energy Delivery Systems Research, Development, and Demonstration

NETL 7/8/19 $3,000,000 5/20/19

Bioenergy Technologies Office Multi-Topic FOA

EERE 6/3/19 $10,000,000 5/13/19

FY19 Advanced Manufacturing Office Multi-Topic FOA

EERE 6/20/19 $12,000,000 5/13/19

Advanced Building Construction - Energy-Efficient Technologies & Practices

EERE 6/10/19 $5,000,000 5/6/19

Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) (CRII) 

NSF 8/14/19 $175,000 5/6/19

Partnership in Basic Plasma Science & Engineering

NSF/DOE 10/18/19 $175,000 5/6/19

Research and Development Grant Program for Water

Ohio Water Development Authority 6/7/19 $200,000 4/22/19
The George Gund Foundation The George Gund Foundation 7/15/19 n/a 4/22/19
Enhancement of Resilience to Extreme Weather and Climate Events: Proactive Flood Management Water Foundation 6/4/19, 2:00pm n/a 4/22/19

Expanding the Use of Wastewater Epidemiology Tools to Improve Water Quality, Identify Service Populations under Stress, and Promote One Water Goals for a Thriving City

Water Foundation 6/4/19, 2:00pm n/a 4/22/19

Technology Development and Innovation for Addressing Wind Wildlife Operations Challenges

DOE-NREL 6/10/19 up to $100,000 4/22/19

Water Power Technologies Office 2019 Research Funding Opportunity

EERE 7/9/19 n/a 4/22/19

Quantum Horizons: QIS Research and Innovation for Nuclear Science

DOE 5/31/19 $1,000,000 4/15/19

NSF Program on Fairness in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Collaboration with Amazon

NSF

6/25/19

n/a

4/15/19

Announcement of Teaming Partner List: Control Co-Design of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines

ARPA-E n/a n/a 2/1/19

Cyber/SIGINT Collection, Processing Techniques and Enablers

DOD-AFRL

White Paper: 9/30/21

$250,000-$4,000,000

12/6/18

Computational Materials Sciences

DOE

Pre-Application: 12/21/18

Full Application: 9/30/21

$200,000-$2,000,000

12/6/18

National Robotics Initiative 2.0: Ubiquitous Collaborative Robotics (NRI-2.0)

NSF

2/19/19, 1/22/20

up to $1,500,000

11/26/18

Advanced Computing Systems & Services: Adapting to the Rapid Evolution of Science and Engineering Research

NSF

3/4/19, 3/4/20

up to $10,000,000

11/26/18

Naval Air Systems Command Digital Office (NDO) Office-Wide Broad Agency Announcement

DOD-ONR

11/18/19

Varies

11/26/18

Ideas Lab: Cross-cutting Initiative in CubeSat Innovations

NSF

Preliminary Proposal: 2/8/19

Full Proposal: 5/30/19

$3,000,000 - $4,000,000

11/26/18

Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MSREC)

NSF

Preliminary Proposal: 6/24/19

Final Proposal: 11/26/19

up to $4,000,000

11/5/18

Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)

NSF

1/17/19; 7/10/19

up to $550,000

10/25/18

Quantum Computing & Information Science Faculty Fellows (QCIS-FF)

NSF

Preliminary Propsal: 12/17/18; 7/1/19

Full Proposal: 2/25/19; 9/17/19

up to $750,000

10/25/18

EHR Core Research (ECR)

NSF

1/24/19; 10/3/19

up to $2,500,000

10/25/18

Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Basic and Applied Scientific Research

DOD-Army

3/31/22

Varies

10/22/18

Gen-4 Engineering Research Centers (ERC)

NSF

Letter of Intent: 11/30/18

Preliminary Proposal: 1/16/19

Full Proposal: 7/12/19

Varies

10/15/18

Open Broad Agency Announcement

DON-Naval Air Systems

9/26/19

Varies

10/2/18

Missile Defense Science and Technology Advanced Research (MSTAR) BAA

DOD-MDA

9/30/20

up to $600,000

10/2/18

Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) Office-Wide

DARPA

Abstract: 5/26/20

Proposal: 6/26/20

Varies

10/2/18

Multi-INt Operations Technologies and Unification Research (MINOTAUR)

DOD-AFRL

White Paper: 10/1/19

$1,000,000 - $3,000,000

9/25/18

AFRL/RX Structural Materials Open BAA

DOD-AFRL

9/20/23

$100,000-$5,000,000

9/24/18

BAA S&TCD 2018

DOD-Army

6/19/23

Varies

9/24/18

Information Innovation Office (I2O) Office Wide BAA

DARPA

Abstract: 7/18/19

Proposal: 8/30/19

Varies

9/21/18

Defense Sciences Office (DSO) Office-Wide

DARPA-DSO

6/11/19

Varies

9/20/18

Smart and Autonomous Systems (S&AS)

NSF

6/3/19

$300,000-$1,000,000

9/7/18

Polyplexus Pilot 2

DARPA

Abstract: 8/14/19

Full Proposal: 9/3/19

$100,000

9/7/18

Energy, Power, Control, and Networks (EPCN)

NSF

open

Contact Respective Program Manager

8/28/18

DARPA Subterranean (SubT) Challenge

DARPA

TBA

$750,000-$2,000,000

8/13/18

Dear Colleague Letter: Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace

NSF

rolling

$500,000 to $1,200,000

7/30/18

Dear Colleague Letter: Research on Integrated Photonics Utilizing AIM Photonics Capabilities

NSF

rolling

To Be Announced

7/30/18

BAA - Research Interests of the United States Air Force Academy

DOD - USAFA

Open

n/a

7/9/18

BAA - Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research

DOD - AFOSR

8/30/2019

n/a

6/21/18

BAA - Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate

DOD - Army

6/19/2023

n/a

6/21/18

BAA: Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division

DOD

6/14/2019

n/a

6/18/18

Engineering Design and Systems Engineering (EDSE)

NSF

Open

Not Specified

6/12/18

Advanced Manufacturing

NSF

Rolling

$500,000

6/11/18

Technologist in Residence Program

DOE - Office of Science

9/20/2019

$350,000

6/11/18

Solutions Project Fighter Fund

The Solutions Project

Rolling

$500 to $25,000

6/8/18

Faculty Research Program

DOE-NETL

rolling

Varies

4/25/18

Unsolicited Proposals

DOE-NETL

rolling

Varies

4/25/18

Cyberinfrastructure for Emerging Science and Engineering Research (CESER)

NSF

rolling

$100,000-$500,000

4/5/18

Re-entry to Active Research Program (RARE)

NSF

rolling

$100,000-$500,000

4/5/18

FY19 Emerging Computing Architectures and Applications

DOD-AFRL

9/30/19

$100,000-$1,000,000

3/7/18

Human-Centered Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) Leveraged Science and Technology (S&T) Program

DOD-AFRL

White Papers Due: 2/1/23

$750,000-$2,000,000

2/19/18

Research Options for Space Enterprise Technologies (ROSET)

DOD-AFRL

11/29/22

Varies

2/19/18

Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)

DOD-SCO

6/16/21

Varies

1/31/18

Institute for the Science of Origins Opportunity

CWRU

Rolling

$300k/yr up to 4 years

1/31/18

Power for Economic Diversity in Appalachia

ARC

See below for more info

n/a

1/29/18

Energy and Environment

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

rolling

$200,000

1/25/18

Innovation and Research 3D Printing Grant

FormLabs

rolling

3D Printer

1/22/18

FY20: Full Spectrum Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Cyber Operations Technology

DOD-AFRL

12/2/19

Varies

1/19/18

Broad Agency Announcement for Basic and Applied Scientific Research

DOD-ARL-ARO

3/31/22

Varies

12/7/17

Battery Network for Manufacturing Technology R&D

DLA

White Paper Due: 8/21/21

up to $2,000,000

12/6/17

Condensed Matter and Materials Theory (CMMT)

NSF

open

$200,000-$500,000

11/17/17

Dear Colleague Letter: Supporting Fundamental Research in the Quantitative Representation of Microstructures (QRM)

NSF

open

$300,000-$450,000

10/25/17

Materials & Manufacturing Directorate, Functional Materials and Applications 

DOD-USAFRL

White Papers Due: 4/19/21

Proposal due date provided in response to submission of White Papers

$100,000-$5,000,000

10/4/17

Dear Colleague Letter: NSF Accepting Proposals Related to Hurricane Irma

NSF

n/a

$200,000-$300,000

9/20/17

Open Innovation Fund

Power America

Open

$225,000

9/18/17

Dear Colleague Letter: Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE)

NSF

continuous

$1,000,000

8/14/17

Process Separations

NSF

open

$100,000-$300,000

8/4/17

Science and Technology New Initiatives

DOD-DTRA

10/1/2021

not specified

7/5/17

Reimagining Great Lakes Water Systems

Great Lakes Protection Fund

open

$200,000-$1,500,000

5/22/17

High Powered Electromagnetics (HPEM) Research Program

DOD-AFRL

n/a

n/a

5/22/17

Measurement and Signatures Intelligence Exploitation (MASINT-X)

AFMC

White Papers: 9/30/2020

$100,000-$2,000,000

4/24/17

Environment Program Grant

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

open

not specified

4/12/17

Biological and Environmental Interactions of Nanoscale Materials

NSF

open

$100,000-$300,000

4/10/17

Army Research Laboratory BAA for Basic and Applied Scientific Research

DOD-ARL

3/31/2022

not specified

4/5/17

Naval Research Laboratory Broad Agency Announcement

DOD-NRL

open

$700,000

3/29/17

Geotechnical Engineering and Materials (GEM)

NSF

open

Not specified

2/6/17

Diverse Collegiate Research and Development Collaboration Program

DOD-AFRL

12/23/2021

Unspecified

1/18/1

 

Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems

The INFEWS program seeks to support research that conceptualizes FEW systems broadly and inclusively, incorporating social and behavioral processes (such as decision making and governance), physical processes (such as built infrastructure and new technologies for more efficient resource utilization), natural processes (such as biogeochemical and hydrologic cycles), biological processes (such as agroecosystem structure and productivity), and cyber-components (such as sensing, networking, computation and visualization for decision-making and assessment).  Investigations of these complex systems may produce discoveries that cannot emerge from research on food or energy or water systems alone.  It is the synergy among these components in the context of sustainability that will open innovative science and engineering pathways to produce new knowledge, novel technologies, and innovative predictive capabilities.

Submission Details:

Submission Deadline: 9/26/2019

Find more information here.

Office of Science Financial Assistance Program

The Office of Science (SC) of the Department of Energy hereby announces its continuing interest in receiving grant applications for support of work in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics. On September 3, 1992, DOE published in the Federal Register the Office of Energy Research Financial Assistance Program (now called the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program), 10 CFR 605, as a Final Rule, which contained a solicitation for this program. Information about submission of applications, eligibility, limitations, evaluation and selection processes and other policies and procedures are specified in 10 CFR 605.

Submission Details:

Submission Deadline: 9/30/2019

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Vannecar Bush Award

The Vannevar Bush Award honors truly exceptional lifelong leaders in science and technology who have made substantial contributions to the welfare of the Nation through public service activities in science, technology, and public policy. The award was established in 1980 in the memory of Vannevar Bush, who served as a science advisor to President Franklin Roosevelt during World War II, helped to establish federal funding for science and engineering as a national priority during peacetime, and was behind the creation of the National Science Foundation.

Submission Details:

Submission deadline - 9/28/2019(anticipated)

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Beckman Young Investigators Program

The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science. 

Submission Details:

Submission deadline-8/9/19

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Fulbright Scholar Award in Resources and Energy (Curtin University)

Scholars will undertake research of importance to the bilateral relationship between Australia and the United States in the areas of resources and energy. Other activities may include consulting on curriculum, participating in graduate/faculty seminars and giving guest lectures. Scholars are encouraged to collaborate with the host institution on workshops/short seminars. All applicants should demonstrate plans for some interaction with host institution faculty and students. Scholars should not teach intensive seminars or coursework. Paid work cannot be undertaken in Australia while on a Fulbright Scholarship in accordance with visa regulations.

See Project Statement requirement in 'Additional Comments'.

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.

Submission Details:

Submission deadline-9/16/19

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Catalysis

The Catalysis program is part of the Chemical Process Systems cluster, which also includes 1) Electrochemical Systems; 2) Molecular Separations; and 3) Process Systems, Reaction Engineering, and Molecular Thermodynamics.

The goal of the Catalysis program is to advance research in catalytic engineering science and promote fundamental understanding and the development of catalytic materials and reactions that are of benefit to society.  Research in this program should focus on new basic understanding of catalytic materials and reactions, utilizing synthetic, theoretical, and experimental approaches.  Target applications include fuels, specialty and bulk chemicals, environmental catalysis, biomass conversion to fuels and chemicals, conversion of greenhouse gases, and generation of solar hydrogen, as well as efficient routes to energy utilization.

Heterogeneous catalysis represents the main thrust of the program.  Proposals related to both gas-solid and liquid-solid heterogeneous catalysis are welcome, as are proposals that incorporate concepts from homogeneous catalysis.  

Submission Details:

Submission deadline-8/15/19

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Thermal Transport Processes

The Thermal Transport Processes program is part of the Transport Phenomena cluster, which includes also 1) Combustion and Fire Systems; 2) Fluid Dynamics; and 3) Particulate and Multiphase Processes.

The Thermal Transport Processes (TTP) program supports engineering research projects that lay the foundation for new discoveries in thermal transport phenomena. These projects should either develop new fundamental knowledge or combine existing knowledge in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat and mass transfer to probe new areas of innovation. The program seeks transformative projects with the potential for improving our basic understanding, predictability and application of thermal transport processes. Projects should articulate the contribution(s) to the fundamental knowledge supporting thermal transport processes and state clearly the potential application(s) impact when appropriate. Projects that combine analytical, experimental and numerical efforts, geared toward understanding, modeling and predicting thermal phenomena, are of great interest. Collaborative and interdisciplinary proposals for which the main contribution is in thermal transport processes fundamentals are also encouraged.

Emphasis is placed on research that demonstrates how thermal transport phenomena affect the existence, behavior and dynamics of components and systems. 

Submission Details:

Submission deadline-8/15/19

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Combustion and Fire Systems

The Combustion and Fire Systems program is part of the Transport Phenomena cluster, which also includes: 1) Fluid Dynamics; 2) Particulate and Multiphase Processes; and 3) Thermal Transport Processes.

The goal of the Combustion and Fire Systems program is to advance energy conversion efficiency, improve energy security, enable cleaner environments, and enhance public safety. 

The program endeavors to create fundamental scientific knowledge that is needed for useful combustion applications and for mitigating the effects of fire. The program aims to identify and understand the controlling basic principles and to use that knowledge to create predictive capabilities for designing and optimizing practical combustion devices.

Submission Details:

Submission deadline-Open

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Molecular Separations

The Molecular Separations program is part of the Chemical Process Systems cluster, which also includes 1) Catalysis; 2) Electrochemical Systems; and 3) Process Systems, Reaction Engineering, and Molecular Thermodynamics.

The Molecular Separations program supports research focused on novel methods and materials for separation processes, such as those central to the chemical, biochemical, bioprocessing, 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 long standing challenges and emerging research areas and technologies, have a high degree of interdisciplinary work coupled with the generation of fundamental knowledge, and the integration of education and research.

Submission Details:

Submission deadline-Open

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Electrochemical Systems

The Electrochemical Systems program is part of the Chemical Process Systems cluster, which includes also 1) Catalysis; 2) Molecular Separations; and 3) Process Systems, Reaction Engineering, and Molecular Thermodynamics.

The goal of the Electrochemical Systems program is to support fundamental engineering research that will enable innovative processes involving electro- or photochemistry for the sustainable production of electricity, fuels, and chemicals. Processes for sustainable energy and chemical production must be scalable, environmentally benign, reduce greenhouse gas production, and utilize renewable resources. Research projects that stress fundamental understanding of phenomena that directly impact key barriers to improved system or component-level performance (e.g., energy efficiency, product yield, process intensification) are encouraged. Processes for energy storage should address fundamental research barriers for the applications of renewable electricity storage or for transport propulsion. For projects involving energy storage materials, proposals should involve hypotheses that involve device or component performance characteristics that are tied to fundamental understanding of transport, kinetics, or thermodynamics. Advanced chemistries are encouraged.

Proposed research should be inspired by the need for economic and impactful conversion processes. All proposal project descriptions should address how the proposed work, if successful, will improve process realization and economic feasibility and compare the proposed work against current state-of-the-art. Highly integrated multidisciplinary projects are encouraged.

Submission Details:

Submission deadline-Open

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Pre-Release DoD STTR 19.B

The STTR Program is a three-phase program. 
Phase I is to determine, to the extent possible, the scientific, technical, and commercial merit and feasibility of ideas submitted under the STTR Program. Phase I awards are typically between $100,000 to $167,500. The period of performance is generally between six to twelve months with twelve months being the maximum period allowable. Proposals should concentrate on research or research and development which will significantly contribute to proving the scientific and technical feasibility, and commercialization potential of the proposed effort, the successful completion of which is a prerequisite for further DoD support in Phase II. Proposers are encouraged to consider whether the research or research and development being proposed to DoD Components also has private sector potential, either for the proposed application or as a base for other applications.
Phase II awards will be made to firms on the basis of results of their Phase I effort and/or the scientific merit, technical merit, and commercialization potential of the Phase II proposal. Phase II awards are typically $500,000 to $1,100,000 in size and the period of performance is generally 24 months. Phase II is the principal research or research and development effort and is expected to produce a well-defined deliverable prototype. A Phase II contractor may receive up to one additional, sequential Phase II award for continued work on the project.
Under Phase III, the Proposer is required to obtain funding from either the private sector, a non-STTR Government source, or both, to develop the prototype into a viable product or non-R&D service for sale in military or private sector markets. STTR Phase III refers to work that derives from, extends, or completes an effort made under prior STTR funding agreements, but is funded by sources other than the STTR Program. Phase III work is typically oriented towards commercialization of STTR research or technology.

Submission Details:

Submission deadline-7/1/19

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Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace Frontiers (SaTC)

In today’s increasingly networked, distributed, and asynchronous world, cybersecurity involves hardware, software, networks, data, people, and integration with the physical world. Society’s overwhelming reliance on this complex cyberspace, however, has exposed its fragility and vulnerabilities that defy existing cyber-defense measures; corporations, agencies, national infrastructure and individuals continue to suffer cyber-attacks. Achieving a truly secure cyberspace requires addressing both challenging scientific and engineering problems involving many components of a system, and vulnerabilities that stem from human behaviors and choices. Examining the fundamentals of security and privacy as a multidisciplinary subject can lead to fundamentally new ways to design, build and operate cyber systems, protect existing infrastructure, and motivate and educate individuals about cybersecurity.

The Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program welcomes proposals that address cybersecurity and privacy, and draw on expertise in one or more of these areas: computing, communication and information sciences; engineering; economics; education; mathematics; statistics; and social and behavioral sciences. Proposals that advance the field of cybersecurity and privacy within a single discipline or interdisciplinary efforts that span multiple disciplines are both encouraged. Please see SaTC program solicitation for more details.

Through this solicitation—under the SaTC umbrella—NSF specifically seeks ambitious and potentially transformative center-scale projects in the area of security and privacy that (1) catalyze far-reaching research explorations motivated by deep scientific questions or hard problems and/or by compelling applications and novel technologies that promise significant scientific and/or societal benefits, and (2) stimulate significant research and education outcomes that, through effective knowledge transfer mechanisms, promise scientific, economic and/or other societal benefits. The goal of the SaTC Frontiers program is to advance the frontiers of cybersecurity and privacy, and the areas listed in the SaTC program solicitation are meant to be illustrative but not exhaustive.

Submission Details:

Submission deadline-7/5/19 (Letter of Intent)

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Joint Directed Energy Transition Office Educational Initiative

The Joint Directed Energy Transition Office (DE-JTO), Albuquerque, NM, seeks  proposals for the development, implementation, and operation of an Educational  Initiative program. This program announcement is issued under the authority of 10 USC  §2358, which provides for competitive selection of grants and cooperative agreements.  The Government anticipates this program announcement will result in the award of one  (1) grant. The objective of the DE-JTO Educational Initiative Program is to provide  opportunities to foster interest and education in High Energy Laser (HEL) and High  Power Microwave (HPM) related technologies to the future workforce at all educational  levels, particularly the undergraduate and graduate college level, and to the existing workforce for professional and technical development in HEL technology.

Submission Details:

Submission deadline-7/5/19

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Advanced Building Construction - Energy-Efficient Technologies & Practices

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) Advanced Building Construction with Energy-Efficient Technologies & Practices (ABC) FOA supports research and development of solutions that can be applied to many segments of the building sector, including existing and new buildings, residential and commercial, and across multiple climate zones. BTO is seeking applications aimed at developing deep energy retrofit and new construction technologies that holistically tackle a combination of envelope, heating, cooling, water heating, and ventilation issues, and hold appeal for both building owners and occupants.

BTO is interested in three topic areas:

Topic 1: Integrated Building Retrofits

Topic 2: New Construction Technologies

Topic 3: Advanced Technology Integration

For questions and answers pertaining to this FOA, please reference the DE-FOA-0002099 ABC 2019 FAQ Log in the Documents section below.

Submission Details:

Submission deadline-6/10/19 (Concept Papers)

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Low Cost, Efficient Treatment Technologies For Produced Water

The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to accelerate the development of potential process modifications, combinations or enhancements, or altogether new alternative processes and technologies-- including techno-economic analyses--that could achieve significant reduction in the quantity of produced water going to deep, underground injection well facilities.

Submission Details:

Submission deadline-7/10/19

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Industry Partnerships for Cybersecurity of Energy Delivery Systems Research, Development and Demonstration

The objective of this Announcement is to enhance the reliability and resilience of the energy infrastructure through innovative research, development and demonstration cybersecurity solutions. This Announcement includes three topic areas. Topic Area 1 is Real Time Intrusion for Energy Delivery Control Systems. Topic Area 2 is Self Healing Energy Delivery Control Systems. Topic Area 3 is Innovative Technologies that Enhance Cybersecurity in the Energy Sector.

Submission Details:

Submission deadline-7/8/19

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Bioenergy Technologies Office Multi-Topic FOA

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) develops technologies that convert domestic biomass and other waste resources into fuels, products, and power to enable affordable energy, economic growth, and innovation in renewable energy and chemicals production. The United States has the capacity to produce more than one billion tons 1 of sustainable biomass, which can be used to produce fuels for cars, trucks, and jets that result in lower emissions; renewable chemicals; and renewable power to supply the grid. BETO’s work will enhance U.S. energy security by augmenting domestic energy supplies and reducing imports of foreign oil. These efforts also support the growth of the domestic bioeconomy, create American jobs, and secure the nation’s global leadership in advanced bioenergy and clean energy technologies.

Submission Details:

Submission deadline-6/3/19

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FY19 Advanced Manufacturing Office Multi-Topic FOA

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is being issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO). The U.S. manufacturing sector uses 25% of the nation’s energy and has an annual energy bill of more than $130 billion. 1 In addition, advancements in manufacturing impact the energy efficiency of products used throughout the economy. To drive manufacturing innovation and spur job creation, AMO supports the development of technologies that significantly improve energy efficiency in manufacturing as well as foundational, cross-cutting manufacturing processes, information, and materials technologies critical to efficient and competitive domestic manufacturing. AMO’s goals are to stimulate technology innovation, improve the energy productivity of U.S. manufacturing, and enable the manufacture of cutting-edge products in the United States.

Submission Details:

Submission deadline-6/20/19

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Advanced Building Construction - Energy-Efficient Technologies & Practices

BTO research aimed at rapid development and integration of next-generation building technologies—including advanced materials, components, equipment, and whole- building technologies—is critical to improving the nation’s productive use of energy, as well as enhancing the affordability of building ownership and residency, and maintaining our nation’s energy independence.

Submission Details:

Submission deadline-6/10/19

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Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) (CRII)

The NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) seeks to award grants intended to support research independence among early-career academicians who specifically lack access to adequate organizational or other resources. It is expected that funds obtained through this program will be used to support untenured faculty or research scientists (or equivalent) in their first three years in a primary academic position after the PhD, but not more than five years after completion of their PhD. Applicants for this program may not yet have received any other grants or contracts in the PI role from any department, agency, or institution of the federal government, including from the CAREER program or any other program, post-PhD, regardless of the size of the grant or contract, with certain exceptions as noted below. Serving as co-PI, Senior Personnel, Postdoctoral Fellow, or other Fellow does not count against this eligibility rule.

Submission Details:

Submission deadline-8/14/19

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Partnership in Basic Plasma Science & Engineering

Plasma Physics is a study of matter and physical systems whose intrinsic properties are governed by collective interactions of large ensembles of free charged particles. 99.9% of the visible Universe is thought to consist of plasmas. The underlying physics of the collective behavior in plasmas has applications to space physics and astrophysics, materials science, applied mathematics, fusion science, accelerator science, and many branches of engineering.

Submission Details:

Submission deadline-10/18/19

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Research and Development Grant Program for Water

The  Ohio  Water  Development  Authority  (OWDA)  is  seeking  research  and  development  proposals  to  address  issues  related  to  wastewater,  drinking  water,  water  resource  management,  solid  waste  management and energy  resource development in Ohio. Projects require a minimum 1:1 dollar match  ratio (OWDA can fund no more than 50% of the project). Additionally, OWDA participation with a specific  project is capped at $200,000. 

Submission Details:

Submission deadline-6/7/19

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The George Gund Foundation

The

George Gund Foundation was established in 1952 as a private, nonprofit institution with the sole purpose of contributing to human well-being and the progress of society.

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RFP_5014-Enhancement of Resilience to Extreme Weather and Climate Events: Proactive Flood Management

This project will develop a practical framework for utilities that operate drinking water, wastewater, and storm water systems to use as a tool in developing resilience plans for their infrastructure, to help meet the America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) requirements, and to achieve the ultimate goal of increasing water infrastructure resilience.

Submission Details:

Deadline: 6/18/19

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RFP_5014-Expanding the Use of Wastewater Epidemiology Tools to Improve Water Quality, Identify Service Populations under Stress, and Promote One Water Goals for a Thriving City

This project will develop a practical framework for utilities that operate drinking water, wastewater, and storm water systems to use as a tool in developing resilience plans for their infrastructure, to help meet the America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) requirements, and to achieve the ultimate goal of increasing water infrastructure resilience.

Submission Details:

Deadline: 6/4/19, 2pm

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RDC-9-92218-Technology Development and Innovation for Addressing Wind Wildlife Operations Challenges

The purpose of the Technology Development and Innovation (TD&I) program is to collaborate with researchers and technology developers to advance low to mid-technology readiness level (TRL) wildlife monitoring and minimization technologies for use at wind energy facilities. The program uses the facilities and expertise of the Department of Energy's (DOE's) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to support the research and development of these technologies.

Submission Details:

Response date-6/10/19

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DE-FOA-0002080-Water Power Technologies Office 2019 Research Funding Opportunity

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is issuing, on behalf of the Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) titled “Water Power Technologies Office 2019 Research Funding Opportunity.” This FOA addresses priorities in the following areas of interest:

Hydropower

River Current Energy Converter Applications

Advancing Wave Energy Device Design

Marine Energy Center Infrastructure Upgrades

Submission Details:

Concept paper-5/21/19

Full application-7/15/19

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DE-FOA-0002110-Quantum Horizons: QIS Research and Innovation for Nuclear Science

The DOE SC program in Nuclear Physics (NP) hereby announces its interest in receiving interdisciplinary applications for open scientific research on Quantum Computing (QC) and Quantum Information Science and Technology (QIST) with a clear line of sight to enable discoveries to explore and understand all forms of nuclear matter, including some that no longer exist. From the hot dense soup of quarks and gluons in the first microseconds after the Big Bang, through the formation of protons and neutrons beginning the evolution of the chemical elements, to the awesome power of supernovae, the physics of nuclei is fundamental to our understanding of the universe [1] [2].

Submission Details:

Closing date for applications-5/31/19

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19-571-NSF Program on Fairness in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Collaboration with Amazon

NSF and Amazon are partnering to jointly support computational research focused on fairness in AI, with the goal of contributing to trustworthy AI systems that are readily accepted and deployed to tackle grand challenges facing society. Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to transparency, explainability, accountability, potential adverse biases and effects, mitigation strategies, validation of fairness, and considerations of inclusivity. Funded projects will enable broadened acceptance of AI systems, helping the U.S. further capitalize on the potential of AI technologies. 

Submission Details:

Closing date for applications - June 25, 2019

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FA875019S7002: Cyber/SIGINT Collection, Processing Techniques and Enablers

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is looking for the resources and methods to develop real-time processing technology to improve extraction, identification, analysis and reporting of tactical information and further develop advanced Cyber and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) communications collection techniques and systems. Solutions should aim to be versatile multi-agency systems relying on open architecture with scalable technologies.

Submission Details:

Suggested White Paper Submission Dates and Times:

     FY19 Due: 1/29/19, 2 PM EST

     FY20 Due: 1/29/20, 2 PM EST

     FY21 Due: 1/26/21, 2 PM EST

Final Deadline for all White Papers: 9/30/21, 2 PM EST

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DE-FOA-0002040: Computational Materials Sciences

The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) is accepting applications to produce versatile, validated community codes and associated databases for the design of functional materials. Large team efforts should focus on the creation of computational codes and associated databases, combining skills in materials theory, modeling, computation, synthesis, characterization, and processing/fabrication. Meanwhile, smaller groups should address specific computational approaches to contribute to capabilities to standard codes.

Submission Details:

Pre-Application Due: 12/21/18, 2 PM EST

Full Application: 2/28/19, 5 PM EST

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19-536: National Robotics Initiative 2.0: Ubiquitous Collaborative Robots (NRI-2.0)

The NRI-2.0 program supports fundamental research accelerating the development and implementation of collaborative robots capable of working alongside people. The focus of the program is on ubiquity, which describes the seamless integration of robots to assist humans in every aspect of life.

Research thrusts under this solicitation are:

1. Scalability: how robots collaborate effectively with multiple humans or robots; how they perceive, plan, act, and learn in real-world environments; and how to facilitate large-scale, safe, robust, and reliable operation

2. Customizability: how to enable robots to adapt with minimal modification; how to personalize robots' interactions; and how to enable robots to communicate naturally with humans both verbally and non-verbally

3. Lowering barriers to entry: lowering barriers to conduct robotics research and integrated robotics applications such as development of open source hardware and software

4. Societal Impact: fundamental research ot establish and infuse robotics into educational curricula; advance robotics workforce via education pathways; and explore the social, economic, ethical, and legal implication with incorporating ubiquitous collaborative robots

Submission Details:

Full Proposal Due: 2/19/19, 5 PM Local

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19-534: Advanced Computing Systems & Services: Adapting to the Rapid Evolution of Science and Engineering Research

The program seeks proposals from organizations willing to serve as service providers to support advanced cyberinfrastructure capabilities and services to support the full spectrum of computational and data-intensive research across a variety of science and engineering efforts. Proposals should demonstrate the ability to support transformative discoveries with empirical evidence, analytical models, and projection information on performance.

There are two categories under this solicitation

1. Capacity Systems: production computational resources maximizing the capacity provided to support computation and data analytics

2. Innovative Prototypes/Testbeds: innovative capabilities deploying novel approaches, technologies, architecture, etc. and exploring new applications, techniques, and paradigms

Submission Details:

Full Proposal Due: 3/4/19, 5 PM Local; 3/4/20, 5 PM Local

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N00421-19-S-0001: Naval Air Systems Command Digital Office (NDO) Office-Wide Broad Agency Announcement

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is currently undergoing a digital transformation to utilize advances in digital technology and data integration to accelerate and improve operations. However, the process of digitization requires leveraging digital tools to implement and provide the necessary resources and infrastructure for accessible data sources.To lead this transformation and its corresponding activities, the NAVAIR Digital Office (NDO) is interested in receiving white papers for Science and technology projects that advance and improve the digitization of NAVAIR and its operations.

Research areas of interest include:

1. Data Architecture and Management

2. Predictive Analytics/business Intelligence/Visualization

3. Development Security Operations (DecSecOps)

4. Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning

5. Business Transformation

6. Digital/Data Careers and Organizational Strategies

7. Digital Innovation/Disruptive Digital Technology

Submission Details:

White Paper Due: 11/18/19, 5 PM Local

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19-530: Ideas Lab: Cross-cutting Initiative in CubeSat Innovations

Due to the barriers behind current technology and knowledge gaps, constellations and swarms have not been fully realized for scientific studies. To overcome these obstacles, this solicitation describes an Ideas Lab to push space-based research capabilities by development of enabling technologies that can lead to new science missions.

An Ideas Lab is an intensive meeting that brings various perspectives together to find innovative cross-disciplinary solutions. The formation of teams will develop interdisciplinary backgrounds for innovative and transformative solutions to be submitted as proposals. With diverse and fresh perspectives, scientists and engineers can develop technologies in a variety of areas such as propulsion systems, sensor design, communications and wireless networking, and power management.

Submission Details:

Preliminary Proposal Due: 2/8/19, 5 PM Local

Full Proposal Due: 5/30/19, 5 PM Local

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19-517: Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC)

The MSREC program aims to provide sustained support of research and education while addressing fundamental challenges within science and engineering. With support in materials research infrastructure, collaboration between various universities and sectors, an MRSEC addresses research of a certain scope and complexity and contributes to the development of a national network of research, education, and facilities

Submission Details:

Full Proposal: 6/24/19, 5 PM Local

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19-506: Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)

The Parnerships for Innovation (PFI) program offers interested individuals from a variety of science and engineering backgrounds the opportunity to perform translational research and technology development by expediting laboratory results to marketplace products and developing networks and partnerships for high potential projects.

There are two tracks under this solicitation:

1. Technology Translation (PFI-TT): Support of prior NSF-funded research that has the commercial potential to be translated into technological innovations 

2. Research Partnerships (PFI-RP): Support of complex, multi-faceted technology development projects that require a multi-organizational, interdisciplinary, synergistic collaboration.

Submission Details:

Full Proposal Due: 1/17/19, 5 PM Local; 7/10/19, 5 PM Local

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19-507: Quantum Computing & Information Science Faculty Fellows (QCIS-FF)

The QCIS-FF program aims to grow the research capacity within computing and information science fields in response to recent advances in understanding and utilizing quantum mechanics that are providing the foundation for new discoveries. The disciplines of computer science, information science, and computer engineering are in the middle of breakthroughs needed to design advanced quantum computing, modeling, communication, and sensing technologies. With these areas for potential growth, QCIS-FF seeks to support departments and schools conducting researching and teaching in these fields, particularlyin hiring tenure-track and tenured faculty in quantum computing and communication.

Submission Details:

Preliminary Proposal Due: 12/17/18, 5 PM Local; 7/1/19, 5 PM Local

Full Proposal Due: 2/25/19, 5 PM Local; 9/27/19, 5 PM Local

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19-508: EHR Core Research (ECR)

The EHR Core Research program (ECR) is accepting proposals for fundamental research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to address challenges in interests, learning, and participation for all groups in a variety of settings. By supporting research to develop and accumulate knowledge and data on learning environments, participation, and workforce development, ECR aims to ensure that there are an adequate number of STEM workers with access to the necesary skills and tools to for innovative advances and solutions in STEM fields.

Three tracks under this opportunity are:

1. Research on STEM Learning and Learning Environments (up to $500,000)

2. Research on Broadening Participation in STEM (up to $1,500,000)

3. Research on STEM Workforce Development (up to $2,500,000)

Submission Details:

Proposal Due: 1/24/19, 5 PM Local; 10/3/19, 5 PM Local

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W911NF-17-S-0003-03: Army Research Laboratory Broad Agency Announcement for Basic and Applied Scientific Research

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is looking to support fundamental research for the discovery, technological innovation, and transition of knowledge products. This opportunity is particularly interested in a variety of select areas, including computation and information sciences, sensors and electron devices, vehicle and tehnologies, and is placing emphasis on collaborative research.

Topic areas of interest include:

1. Tactical High Performance Computing (HPC)

2. Real-Time, Scalable Data Analytics for the Army

3. Computational Modeling of Complex Systems

4. Supercomputing Technologies

5. Materials for Soldier and Platform Power Systems

6. Energy Efficient Electronics and Photonics

7. Energy Coupled to Matter (ECM) for Responsive Materials

Submission Details:

Proposal Due: 3/31/22

For more information, visit arl.army.mil

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19-503: Gen-4 Engineering Research Center (ERC)

The Engineering Research Center (ERC) program aims to support research that has the potential to result in strong societal impact. Each ERC goes beyond the research project and has focuses on components such as engineering workforce development, diverse and inclusive culture, and creativity that will outlast the ERC. 

Submission Details:

Letter of Intent Due: 11/30/18, 5 PM Local

Preliminary Proposal Due: 1/16/19, 5 PM Local

Full Proposal Due: 7/12/19, 5 PM Local

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N6893618R0073: Open Broad Agency Announcement

The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) of the Department of the Navy (DON) is looking to advance aerospace weapons and technologies and air warfare and naval weapons. With gaps between current adn future capabilities, the NAWCWD is accepting white papers for basic and applied research and advanced technology development in a wide variety of areas.

Areas of interest include:

1. Advanced combustion

2. Batteries and power systems

3. High-density reactive materials

4. High-energy dense oxidizers

Submission Details:

White Paper Submission Due Date: 9/26/19, 1 PM EST

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HQ0147-19-S-0001: Missile Defense Science and Technology Advanced research (MSTAR) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)

The Missile Defense agency (MDA) is looking to continuous advance and improve its technological capabilities within the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). To do so, the MDA is accepting proposals seeking to identify and develop concepts and innovative technologies for disruptive improvements. 

Relevant topics of interest include:

1. Computer Science, Signal and Data Processing: digital electronics and signal processing; distributed computing; quantum computing appliations to decision architecture; machine implementation of algorithms; decision systems; quantum information processing

2. Materials and Processing: additive manufacturing; phase-changing materials; meta-materials; n anomaterials; densification optimization

3. Interceptor and Space Systems: advanced power systems; propulsion technologies; control algorithms; communication systems; advanced micro-processors

4. Artificial Intelligence Related to Machine Learning and Big Data: machine learning for threat characterization; statistical methods and computational intelligence; data mining technologies for information extraction; big data toexplore significant findings in test data

Submission Details:

White Paper Submission Due Date: 9/30/20

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HR001118S0060: Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) Office-Wide

DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) aims to support high-risk, high-reward technologies to ensure technological superiority and address complex challenges faced by the Department of Defense. MTO is particularly interested in ideas that transition emerging and existing technologies within relevant Department of Defense (DOD) areas. As a result, three thrust areas have been identified: 1) Electronics: Managing Moore's Inflection 2) Spectrum: Enhancing Out Advantage with Agility and Autonomy 3) Sensors: Decentralized Sensors for the DOD

Relevant areas of interest for proposals include:

1. Computational architectures and algorithms for next generation artificial intelligence

2. Energy-efficient computing

3. Quantum devices

4. Materials for advanced microelectronics

Submission Details:

White Paper Submission Due Date: 6/26/20, 1 PM EST

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BAA-AFRL-RIK-2016-0007: FY20 Multi-INt Operations Technologies and Unification Research (MINOTAUR)

The Air Force Research Laboratory, Information Directorate (AFRL/RI) is accepting white papers for the research, design, development, test, evalutaion and experimentation of innovative technologies to enhance Open Architecture Intelligence Information Systems. This opportunity aims to support work that is looking into new approaches to integrate several intelligence sources and improve the fusion, processing, and utilization of raw data from the battlefield to actionable mission criteria.

Capabilities this program aims to achieve are:

1. Integration/modernization of intelligence based Open Architectures

2. Integrate new sensors and sources of data into the enterprise in rapid and agile fasion

3. Develop tools and technologies for fusion, processing, and exploitation of raw intelligence

3. Speed access to intelligence products based mission need

Submission Details:

White Paper Submission Due Date: 10/1/19

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FA8650-18-S-5010: AFRL/RX Structural Materials Open BAA

The Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials & Manufacturing Directorate, Structural Materials Division is accepting white papers for work overlapping with the needs of the Structural Materials and Applications mission. Efforts ranging from materials and scientific discovery through technology development and implementation are all accepted. 

Areas of interest include: 

1. Polymer Matrix Composites Materials and Processes

2. Characterization, Sensing, and Analytics

3. Integrated Computational Materials Science and Engineering

4. Advanced Material Characterization

Submission Details:

White Paper Submission Due Date: 9/20/23

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BAA-18-R-STCD: BAA S&TCD 2018

The US Army Communications, Electronics, Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), Space and Terrestrial communications Directorate(S&TCD) is accepting white papers for the development and application of advanced technologies supported by research and development (R&D) efforts. This opportunity will support basic and applied research towards R&D work focused on the Army's areas of interest and have the potential for successful implementation.

Topic areas of interest include:

1. Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO)

2. Systems Engineering, Architecture, Modeling & Simulation (SEAMS)

3. Advanced Algorithms and Techniques for Ad Hoc Network Design

4. Defined Networking

5. Advanced Information and Science Networks

Submission Details:

White Paper Submission Due Date: 12/3/18, 2 PM EST

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HR001118S0057: Information Innovation Office (I2O) Office-wide

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Information Innovation Office (I2O) is accepting proposals for disruptive approaches that enable innovative advances in science, technology, devices, or systems. To continuously provide revolutionary progress, I2O is accepting abstracts in the following areas of interest:

1. Symbiosis: Promote collaboration with computing systems to facilitate better decisions in complex, time-critical environments, enable a shared understanding of massive, incomplete, and contradictory information, and the capability for autonomous and safe performance of missions.

2. Analytics: Collection, analysis, and transformation of data and information into effective courses of action for conflict resolution, stabilization, and other complex challenges

3. Cyber: Development of means and counters to subtle or overt escalations of cyber conflict intensity via accurate, timely, effective, and appropriately-scaled cyber responses.

Submission Details:

Abstract Submission Due Date: 7/18/19, 12 PM EST

Proposal Submission Due Date: 8/30/19, 12 PM EST

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HR001118S0045: Defense Sciences Office (DSO) Office-Wide

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) seeks to identify and perform high-risk, high-payoff research initiatives overa variety of science and engineering disciplines to introduce disruptive technologies. This opportunity invites proposers to submit applications for innovative basic or applied research concepts.

Technical areas and research topics of interest include:

- Frontiers in Math, Computation, and Design: 1. Mathematical, computational, and design frameworks and tools that provide robust solutions to challenging plannign and optimization problems 2. Fundamental scientific underpinnings and limits of machine learning 3. alternative computing models, architectures,and substrates for faster, more robust decicsion making

- Limits of Sensing and Sensors: 1. New sensing modalities 2. Fundamental sensing limits 3. Engineered materials that enable novel optics and imaging capabilities 4. Fundamental and practical limits of quantum enabled sensing and metrology 5. Practical and deployable sensing and sensor designs

- Complex Social Systems: 1. Accurate and scientifically validated models of the social dynamics underlying different kinds of conflict 2. Capabilites to improve understanding of causality in complex social systems 3. Tools that enable improved human-machine symbiotic decision-making 4. New concepts in war-gaming and conflict simulation

- Anticipating Surprise: 1. Novel functional and structural materials and manufacturing processes 2. Materials for harsh environments 3. Defense against Weapons of Mass Destruction/Weapons of Mass Terror threats 4. Rapid exploitation of commercial0off-the-shelf technology to increase lethality 5. Energetic materials 6. New concepts in ultra-rapid, high-magnitude energy transduction 7. New propulsion concepts

Submission Details:

Application Submission Due Date: 6/11/19

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18-557: Smart and Autonomous Systems (S&AS)

The Smart and Autonomous Systems (S&AS) program aims to support research to ultimately develop robust, long-term autonomy requiring minimal or no human intervention in unexpected or uncertain situations. 

Areas of interest under this opportunity are:

1. Cognizant- High-level awareness of capabilities and limitations to anticipate potential failures and plan accordingly

2. Taskable- Interpretation of high-level instructions alongside planning and execution of actions that are dependent on characteristics of the context the system is operating in

3. Adaptive- Ability to change behavior over time, to learn from personal experiences and those of other systems through instruction or observation

4. Ethical- Adherance to a system of societal and legal rules and consideration of those rules when performing tasks

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 6/3/19, 5 PM Local

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HR001118S0058: Polyplexus Pilot 2

DARPA's Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is developing an online platform known as Polyplexus in order to transform the current research and development process by reducing the amount of time between concept and proposal submission through collaborations on evidence collection and hypothesis generation. This announcement is looking for interested parties to pilot test the platform for ideas that may emerge from online conversation in a variety of fields.

Submission Details:

Abstract Submission Due Date: 8/14/19, 4 PM EST

Full Proposal Submission Due Date: 9/3/19, 5 PM EST

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Energy, Power, Control, and Networks (EPCN)

The program supports a variety of endeavors towards innovative technologies including energy, control systems and machine learning. The goals of the EPCN program is to encourage research to better understand and develop systems and methods for a variety of breakthrough applications.

For more information, visit nsf.gov

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Deadline: open

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DARPA Subterranean Challenge (SubT) Challenge

The DARPA Subterranean (SubT) Challenge aims to develop innovative technologies that would augment operations underground. The SubT Challenge will explore new approaches to rapidly map, navigate, search, and exploit complex underground environments, including human-made tunnel systems, urban underground, and natural cave networks.

Tunnels can extend many kilometers in length and include highly constrained passages, multiple levels, and vertical shafts. Urban underground environments are often more structured and constructed out of human-made materials, but can have complex layouts that cover multiple stories and/or span multiple city blocks. Natural cave networks often have irregular geological structures, with both constrained passages and large caverns, and unpredictable topologies often stretching large distances in extent and depth.

These environments present significant challenges for situational awareness. In time-sensitive scenarios, such as active combat operations or disaster response settings, warfighters and first responders face increased technical challenges including difficult terrain, unstable structures, degraded environmental conditions, severe communication constraints, and expansive areas of operation. For these reasons, natural cave networks, human-made tunnels, and urban underground environments have consistently played a central role in historical warfare and military operations. The SubT Challenge will ensure that our warfighters and first responders are equipped with the technologies and capabilities they need to effectively execute their future missions.

For more information, visit darpa.mil

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Dear Colleague Letter: Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace

Making cyberspace secure and trustworthy is a critical challenge confronting society. The fragility and vulnerability of cyberspace have exposed societies and individuals to untold risks with severe consequences. Achieving a more secure cyberspace demands overcoming major scientific challenges, and realizing privacy and trust in cyberspace requires reconciling technology with human and societal needs. New advances in technology for cyberspace, changes in society, and adoption in new domains will also necessitate a rethinking of the interplay between security, privacy, and trust in cyberspace. The multi-disciplinary SaTC program seeks fundamentally new, principled approaches to protect and defend cyberspace against harmful actions by determined adversaries, and to assess their effectiveness. The SaTC program also seeks to explore innovative approaches for growing a capable, next-generation cyber workforce, and for accelerating the transition of successful cybersecurity research into practice and useful products and services.

For more information, visit nsf.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: Proposals are accepted at any time. Proposals must adhere to the NSF's Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide.

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Dear Colleague Letter: Research on Integrated Photonics Utilizing AIM Photonics Capabilities

With this Dear Colleague letter (DCL), the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) and the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) within the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation continue to encourage innovative exploratory and translational research by academic researchers and small businesses in all aspects of integrated photonics that utilize the current silicon photonics capabilities resident in AIM Photonics.

For more information, visit nsf.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: Proposals are accepted at any time. Proposals must adhere to the NSF's Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide.

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BAA - Research Interests of the United States Air Force Academy

The USAFA invests in an active research program for three main reasons. First and foremost, research significantly enhances the cadet learning experience. Research is done by, for and with cadets who work alongside fellow cadets and faculty mentors. Research provides cadets with rich independent learning opportunities as they tackle ill-defined problems and are challenged to apply their knowledge and abilities.

Second, the research program provides opportunities essential for faculty development. Research broadens and deepens the experience base of the faculty. This infuses current, relevant, state-of-the-art and cutting-edge applications and examples into the curriculum. This also helps USAFA faculty remain current in their respective fields.

Third, USAFA conducts research to enhance the ability of the Air Force to perform its mission. There are ongoing research projects spanning topics as diverse as super hypersonics, cyber security, spatial disorientation, athletic performance and homeland defense. This BAA offers a vehicle for research to be performed to satisfy these three objectives, while also meeting research needs of industry counterparts/serve a public purpose. All awards issued against this BAA must serve to benefit the objectives identified above.

For more information, visit fbo.gov

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BAA - Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research

This is a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) manages the basic research investment for the U.S. Air Force. As a part of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the AFOSR discovers, shapes, and champions research within AFRL, universities, and industry laboratories to ensure the transition of research results to support U.S. Air Force needs. Using a carefully balanced research portfolio, AFOSR research managers seek to foster revolutionary scientific breakthroughs enabling the Air Force and U.S. industry to produce world-class, militarily significant, and commercially valuable products.

The full text of the BAA can be downloaded from fbo.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: August 30, 2019

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BAA - Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate

This is a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

The Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), solicitation number BAA-18-R-STCD, is sponsored by the US Army Communications, Electronics, Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate (S&TCD) and will be open for five (5) years from the date of original issue. The BAA will be valid through 19 June 2023, unless terminated sooner. This BAA includes research interests from the S&TCD, which is located at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), Maryland.

 CERDEC develops and integrates command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) technologies that enable information dominance and decisive lethality for the networked Warfighters. The CERDEC S&TCD provides the Army with secure communications/networking technologies through research and development (R&D) innovations.

S&TCD has six Program Divisions:  Cyber Security and Information Assurance (CSIA), Satellite Communications Systems (SATCOM), Systems Engineering, Architecture, Modeling and Simulation (SEAMS), Radio Frequency Communications (RFC), Tactical Communications (TC), Operations (OPS).  Each Division has a specific mission area of responsibility in support of the Army’s need for the most modern strategic and tactical communication technologies. 

For more information, as well as the full text of the BAA, visit fbo.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: June 19, 2023

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BAA: Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Divison

The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) is interested in receiving proposals for Science and Technology (S&T) Projects which offer potential for advancement and improvement of NAWCAD operations. Note that this is an announcement to declare NAWCAD’s broad role in competitive funding of meritorious research across a spectrum of science and engineering disciplines.

For more information, the full text of the announcement can be found at fbo.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: 6/14/2019

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Engineering Design and Systems Engineering (EDSE)

The Engineering Design and Systems Engineering (EDSE) program supports fundamental research into the basic processes and phenomena of engineering design and systems engineering. The program seeks proposals leading to improved understanding about how processes, organizational structure, social interactions, strategic decision making, and other factors impact success in the planning and execution of engineering design and systems engineering projects. It also supports advances pertaining to engineering design and systems engineering in areas that include, but are not limited to, decision making under uncertainty, including preference and demand modeling; problem decomposition and decision delegation; applications of reverse game theory (mechanism design); computer-aided design; design representation; system performance modeling and prediction; design optimization; uncertainty quantification; domain- or concern-specific design methods; and advanced computational techniques for supporting effective human cognition, decision making, and collaboration. Competitive proposals for novel methods will include a plan to evaluate rigorously the effectiveness and performance of the proposed approach.

For more information, visit nsf.gov

Submission Details:

Full proposal accepted any time. Proposals submitted to other program announcements and solicitations, including the Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER), must meet their respective deadlines; please refer to the deadline dates specified in the appropriate announcement or solicitation. Proposals for EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) or Rapid Response Research (RAPID) can be submitted at any time but Principal Investigators must contact the cognizant program director prior to submission. Proposals for supplements or workshops can be submitted at any time, and PIs are encouraged to contact the cognizant PD prior to submission.

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DOE - Technologist in Residence Program

In an effort to advance several of the Administration’s priorities, including enhancing U.S. manufacturing competitiveness and increasing U.S. economic growth, senior lab and industry researchers will work together to more deeply understand industry’s most important challenges and the national laboratory capabilities that can best solve them. The lab technologist will provide deep technical knowledge and help the industry partners navigate and leverage the resources and expertise across all of the national labs.

Technologist in Residence partnerships run for up to two years with the goal of creating long-term working relationships with the labs that extend well beyond the program timeframe. All DOE national laboratories are eligible to apply for funding. EERE anticipates awarding five laboratories with up to $350,000 in funding per selectee. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until funds expire, with a final deadline of May 20, 2019.

For more information, visit energy.gov

Submission Details:

Interested industry partners are encouraged to contact Eli Levine at Eli.Levine@EE.Doe.Gov with questions and to help identify a lab with whom to partner and apply for this opportunity.

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The Solutions Project Fighter Fund

Solutions Project invests in community-based organizations and leaders that are removing barriers (political, financial, cultural) to affordable clean energy for all. We focus on leaders who are most impacted by the failed energy policies and climate change in their communities and who are working through community organizing, local projects and state campaigns to make it better. We encourage equity-rooted strategies that work to ensure that community benefits, diverse leadership, and just transitions are central to the call for 100% clean, renewable energy.

The Solutions Project offers support via grants through the Fighter Fund. The Fighter Fund is a rapid response grantmaking program providing real-time support to pivotal frontline leaders accelerating the transition to 100% clean energy in the United States. Resources are designed to support place-based movement moments through organizing, direct action, advocacy, and lobbying activities; communications that build public will and cultural power; and coalition building. Ideal grantees are tax-exempt organizations, either (c)(3) or (c)(4), that are governed by the communities in which they serve, mobilize marginalized communities, have the capacity to leverage resources for additional funders, and are experimenting with innovative tactics to activate constituencies in advancing 100% clean energy for 100% of people. The Fighter Fund is currently an open application reviewed on a rolling basis. All interested and eligible applicants are encouraged to apply and the Fighter Fund has the following interest areas:

  1. State policy campaigns supporting 100% clean energy for 100% of the people
  2. Fossil fuel infrastructure resistance
  3. Indigenous organizing and led movements
  4. Supporting transparent, cleaner, and democratically controlled rural electric cooperatives
  5. Community-owned clean energy demonstration projects in need of seed capital

Grants range from $500 to $25,000. For more information, visit thesolutionsproject.org

Submission Details:

At this time, the Fighter Fund is by invitation only.

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Faculty Research Program

The Faculty Research Program is an opportunity for faculty to collaborate with NETL principal investigators on work of interest to the NETL and participating state-of-the-art NETL facilities.Benefits include a monthly stipend, insurance, inbound/outbound travel, and resources to encourage attendance at conferences, workshops, and other professional development activities.

Research and development areas of interest include:

- Carbon Management

- Combustion Science

- Fuel Cell Research

- Process Development

- Remote Sensing

- Sensors and Controls

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: rolling

For more information, visit orau.gov

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Unsolicited Proposals

The Department of Energy (DOE) encourages organizations and individuals to submit unsolicited proposals that are relevant to the DOE's research and development mission. Proposals must demonstrate support of an idea, method, or approach submitted by the proposer's initiative rather than in response to a solicitation. Additionally, they must demonstrate a unique and innovative concept or capability not currently available to the Federal government and does not resemble a project of a recent, current, or pending solicitation.

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: rolling

For more information, visit netl.doe.gov

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17-7684: Cyberinfrastructure for Emerging Science and Engineering Research (CESER)

The Cyberinfrastructure for Emerging Science and Engineering Research (CESER) program aims to help develop innovative cyberinfrastructure (CI) technologies and new applications of current CI resources to foster emerging areas of potentially transformative science and engineering research. The program will support early-stage efforts to identify and address cyberinfrastructure needs in new research areas with the development and implementation of experimental and innovative hardware and software systems to enable discovery. Additionally, the program encourages systematic and multidisciplinary CI approaches to address new opportunities to enable science and engineering research with disciplines such as computing, data infrastructure, software, workflow systems, and networking.

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: rolling

For more information, visit nsf.gov

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18-525: Re-entry to Active Research Program (RARE)

The main objective of the RARE program is to catalyze progress along the academic tenure-track of individuals who are returning from a hiatus from active research. The RARE program will reinvest in highly trained scientists and engineers by providing re-entry points and encouraging participation and increasing diversity of experience. 

There are two tracks within the program. Track 1 reengages researchers in a competitive funding opportunity with accommodations for a gap in record due to the research hiatus. Track 2 retrains investigators in new or updated techniques in order to return to competitive research activity.

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: rolling

For more information, visit nsf.gov

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BAA-RIK-14-05: FY 19 Emerging Computing Architectures and Applications

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is accepting white papers for innovative technologies that explore and develop current computational capabilities with greater autonomy, intelligence, and sophistication, assuring that dynamic mission requirements are being met. This announcement aims to research, develop, and demonstrate revolutionary computing technologies and applications. 

Technical areas include:

1. Quantum Computing

2. Nanocomputing

3. Computational Intelligence and Neuromorphic Computing

4. Resource Analysis of Cognitive Process Flow Used to Achieve Autonomy

5. High Performance Computing

6. Modular Embedded Computing Architectures

Submission Details:

White Paper Submission Due Date: 9/30/19, 2 PM EST

For more information, visit fedbizopps.gov

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FA8650-18-S-6001: Human-Centered Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) Leveraged Science and Technology (S&T) Program

The Air Force is looking to improve the ability to identify, track and locate human targets in the ISR environment and improve the performance of humans who process, exploit, analyze, produce, and disseminate ISR data and information. Current systems are less capable of identify and tracking humans. Additionally, with the increasing number and implementation of sensors and resulting data, there is a need to improve data fusion and analysis particularly with the human element.

The program has 3 focuses to enable the Air Force to better identify, locate and track humans within the ISR environment and improving performance of ISR analysis:

1. Human Signatures: Develop technologies to sense and exploit human bio-signatures at the molecular and macro level

2. Human Trust and Interaction: Develop technologies that improve human-to-human and human-to-machine interactions

    a) Human Insight and Trust

    b) Human Language Technologies

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

    a) Analyst Test Bed

    b) ISR Analyst Performance Program

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 2/10/23, 5 PM EST

For more information, visit fedbizopps.gov

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FA9453-17-S-0005: Research Options for Space Enterprise Technologies (ROSET)

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Vehicle Directorate (RV) is open for proposal submissions regarding advancing states of technology and knowledge to support aspects of space systems. Efforts will include basic and advanced research, component and technology development, prototyping, and system development and demonstration.

A full list of the topic areas can be found here but relevant technical areas include: 

- Space solar array architecture, power generation, energy storage and distribution

- Cyber-security/trust of software, components, and subsystems for assured space operations

- Decision support systems, analytics, automation, and user interface tools and test beds

- Electronic materials, devices, and architectures from the transistor to the system level

While this BAA will be open for 5 years from the published date, no proposals should be submitted against this base line BAA. Proposal due dates and times will be specified in each call.

Submission Details:

White Paper Submission Due Date: 11/29/22

For more information, visit fedbizopps.gov

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W911QX-16-R-0015: Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)

The Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) is looking to fund research that has the potential of new technologies and advanced capabilities to create operational strategic effects such as deterrence, power projection, cost imposition, surprise and overmatch.

Areas of Interest include:

1. Autonomous Systems

2. Deep Learning

3. Cyber

4. Cross-Domain Kill Chains

5. Non-traditional Defense Technologies

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 6/16/21, 12 PM EST

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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Institute for the Science of Origins Opportunity

The Institute for the Science of Origins is looking to award a high-impact multidisciplinary research project up to $300,000 per year for up to 4 years. Research problems can range from 100% basic non-applied science to very technological product or process focused research. Applicants are encouraged to submit their research project descriptions as soon as possible.

Submission Details:

Submissions sent to glenn.starkman@case.edu should include the following information: a brief descriptive title, 3-4 line description of the research problem, and a 1-2 line statement of potential impact.

For more information, visit origins.case.edu

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Energy and Environment

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Energy and Environment program aims to learn more about novel research areas and advance understanding about the effects of new energy technologies on the quality of life. Research questions of interest include energy sources, transmission and distribution, energy use, new energy technologies, the economics of energy transmission and distribution, big data, energy efficiency, and transportation. Grant seekers can submit a letter of inquiry for a relevant program to the appropriate program director and when reviewed, may be invited to submit a formal grant proposal.

Submission Details:

Proposals Submission Due Date: rolling

For more information visit sloan.org

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Innovation and Research 3D Printing Grant

Due to the limitless number of applications of 3D printing within research, the FormLabs Education Grant is giving the opportunity for a research facility to receive a Form 2 3D printer. Applications should include a detailed project outline or proposal describing the benefit of using 3D printing technology. With no application deadline, one 3D printer package will be awarded to a lab per quarter.

Application Details:

Application Submission Due Date: rolling

For more information visit americamakes.us

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W911NF-17-S-0002: Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Basic and Applied Scientific Research

The Army Research Office (ARO) is soliciting research proposals in the engineering, physical, life, and information sciences and will be evaluated only for fundamental scientific study and experimentation towards advancing the scientific state of the art or increasing basic knowledge and understanding. Proposals are expected to have the potential to produce discoveries and deliver a significant impact on enabling new and improved Army operational capabilities and related technologies.

Several research interests for this BAA include:

- Engineering Sciences

     1. Mechanical Sciences

     2. Electronics

     3. Materials Sciences

- Information Sciences

     1. Computing Sciences

     2. Mathematical Sciences

     3. Network Sciences

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 3/31/22, 5 PM EST

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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BAA0004-16: Battery Network for Manufacturing Technology R&D

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is looking to provide logistics support to the warfighter by specifically aiming to improve battery logistics by leveraging advanced manufacturing technologies. Research and development for this BAA include demonstrations for affordability, improved battery manufacturing and operation, cost reduction, and improved product availability. Potential breakthroughs through these fields will develop solutions that improve the capabilities of delivering batteries to the warfighter in ready-to-use states with better shelf life, increased performance and safety, and lower cost and lead time.

Areas of interest include:

- Manufacturing and Automation Innovations

- Optimization of Design for Manufacturability

- Process Improvements

- Battery Standardization

Submission Details:

White Paper Submission Due Date: 8/21/21, 5 PM EST

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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18-500: Condensed Matter and Materials Theory (CMMT)

The CMMT program aims to advance and encourages innovative research in theoretical and computational materials research. New approaches in materials research, such as incorporating data-centric methods utilizing data analytics or machine learning and techniques that advance conceptual understanding of materials and materials-related phenomena are of interest. Topical areas covered by this program include Condensed Matter Physics, Ceramics, Electronic and Photonic Materials, Metals and Metallic Nanostructures, and Solid State and Materials Chemistry.

Submission Details:

Application Submission Due Date: Open

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Dear Colleague Letter: Supporting Fundamental Research in the Quantitative Representation of Microstructures (QRM)

The Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation of the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation is looking for research proposals for multidisciplinary teams to transform the fundamental understanding of structural materials through the Quantitative Representation of Microstructures (QRM). The current tools for simulation and prediction of materials behavior are strongly dependent on the input microstructures. In order to increase their accuracy and precision, this call for proposals aims to address fundamental questions related to Materials microstructure, properties, and performance through development tools for the QRM.

Submission Details:

Submission Due Date: open

For more information visit nsf.gov

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BAA-AFRL-RQKMA-2016-0007: Materials & Manufacturing Directorate, Functional Materials and Applications 

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is soliciting white papers and cost proposals revolving around functional materials technologies ranging from materials and scientific discovery to technology development and transition. 

Areas of Interest include:

1. Nanoelectronic Materials Core Competencies

     i) Agile Radio Frequency Electronic Materials

     ii) Integrated Photonics & Opto-electronic Materials & Processing

2. Soft Matter Materials Core Competencies

     i) Flexible Materials and Devices   

     ii) Biomaterials Materials and Processes

3. Photonic Materials Core Competencies

     i) Optical Materials and Processes

     ii) Hardened Materials and Processing

     iii) Photonic Materials

4. Rapid Research and Development for Warfighter Needs Core Competency 

     i) Rapid Research and Development for Warfighter Needs

Submission Details:

White Paper Due Date: 4/19/21

Proposal Due Date: Provided in response to submission of White Paper

For more information visit grants.gov

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Dear Colleague Letter: NSF Accepting Proposals Related to Hurricane Irma

With the second major hurricane- Hurricane Irma -to strike the U.S. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is encouraging proposals that seek to address the challenges related to Hurricane Irma. NSF will also support research projects whose results may enable the country to better prepare for, respond to, recover from or mitigate future catastrophic events.

Multiple type of proposals may be submitted:

RAPID- Proposals focusing on project with severe urgency regarding to availability of, or access to, data, facilities, or specialized equipment. There is a maximum funding request of $200,000 for one year.

EAGER- Proposals to conduct research representing exploratory work that is untested, but potentially transformative. Funding requests may be up to $300,000 for up to two years.

Supplemental funding to existing rewards may also be requested.

Application Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: Accepted at any time

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Open Innovation Fund (OIF)

The OIF provides funding to demonstrate the benefits of SiC and GaN technologies. This opportunity aims to target key time-sensitive gaps in the Institute's portfolio that are too urgent to be postponed and address technology barriers not current addressed by other projects. The OIF offers an opportunity to propose innovative projects to make WBG semiconductor technologies cost competitive and accelerate the adoption of SiC and GaN based components.

Application Details:

Proposal Due Date: Open

For more information visit poweramericainstitute.org

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Dear Colleague Letter: Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE)

The Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) pilot seeks to support bold interdisciplinary projects in all NSF-supported areas of science, engineering, and education research. INSPIRE has no targeted themes and serves as a funding mechanism for proposals that are required both to be interdisciplinary and to exhibit potentially transformative research (IDR and PTR, respectively). Complementing existing NSF efforts, INSPIRE was created to handle proposals whose:

  • Scientific advances lie outside the scope of a single program or discipline, such that substantial funding support from more than one program or discipline is necessary.

  • Lines of research promise transformational advances.

  • Prospective discoveries reside at the interfaces of disciplinary boundaries that may not be recognized through traditional review or co-review.

To receive funding as an INSPIRE-appropriate project, all three criteria must be met. INSPIRE is not intended to be used for interdisciplinary projects that can be accommodated within other NSF funding mechanisms or that continue well-established practices. The implementation of the INSPIRE pilot is based on two overarching goals:

Goal 1) To emphasize to the science, mathematics, engineering and education research community that NSF is welcoming to bold, unconventional ideas incorporating creative interdisciplinary approaches. INSPIRE seeks to attract unusually creative high-risk/high-reward "out of the box" interdisciplinary proposals.

Goal 2) To provide NSF Program Officers (POs) with additional tools and support to engage in cross-cutting collaboration and risk-taking in managing their awards portfolios.

Application Details:

Submission Date: continuous

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Process Separations

The Process Separations program is included in the Chemical Process Systems cluster. This particular program supports research in novel methods and materials for separation processes such as those central to the chemical, biochemical, bioprocessing, materials, energy, and pharmaceutical industries. Proposals that address long standing challenges and emerging research areas and technologies, possess a high degree of interdisciplinary work, and the integration of education as well as research are highly encouraged. Areas of interest include the following:

1. Design of scalable mass separating agents and/or a mechanistic understanding of the interfacial thermodynamics and transport phenomena that relate to purification of gases, chemicals, or water

2. Design or improvement of mass separation agents or processes that are based upon and advance transport principles

3. Downstream purification of biologically derived chemicals for increased throughput

4. Field (flow, magnetic, electrical) induced separations and other innovative approaches that address a significant reduction in energy

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: Open

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Science and Technology New Initiatives

The focus of this BAA is on discovering and accelerating innovations through three broad technical approaches that contribute to DOD-DTRA overarching research, development, technology, and engineering (RDT&E) goals.

1) Analytic investigations are studies that increase DTRA’s knowledge or understanding of emerging Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) threats and how DTRA might anticipate and counter them. The WMD threat spectrum includes: nuclear, radiological, biological, chemical and high-yield explosive (HE) weapons (including improvised threats); their up-stream acquisition, RDT&E and production; their storage, deployment and final disposition; strategic and tactical delivery systems, command and control; and their weapon effects if used.

2) Innovative capability research and development advances the state-of-the-art of DTRA’s technical capabilities and methods used to find, monitor, characterize, assess, plan against, deter, delay, disrupt, neutralize or destroy WMD at any point in their lifecycles.

3) Mission-oriented experiments are designed to model, simulate, test and/or evaluate analytic methods or technical capabilities intended to counter WMD threats, or to mitigate the risks/impacts that they pose to DTRA’s critical assets, operations or interests under operationally relevant conditions.

Submission Details:

Applications open through October 2021

For more information visit fbo.gov

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Reimagining Great Lakes Water Systems 

The Great Lakes Protection Fund is looking for new ideas, projects and cohorts of people to catalyze a transition to a new era of water systems. In this new era, the Fund envisions water systems that will increasingly: couple built and natural systems seemlessly, be valued as community assets, be smarter, enabled by technology, and be future proof, attracting creative ideas and entrepreneurial talent to meet the needs of changing demographics, new uses, new users and new stresses. 

The Fund is looking for project teams that will try a new approach to managing water that will cause other to change how they manage water. Teams are encouraged to try something new, by people who have never teamed up before, to rework the system in a way that makes better sense to everyone. 

Submission Details:

Proposals Due: Open 

For more information visit glpf.org

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BAA-RVDK-2017-0003: High Powered Electromagnetics (HPEM) Research Program (RDH-1)

This is the annual update to the five year BAA describing research interests for the High-Powered Electromagnetics Research program. Calls under this BAA will be issued in FedBizOpps to request proposals for specific research efforts. These Calls will encompass the six specific technical areas: 

Technical Area 1: HPEM Transition 

Technical Area 2: HPEM Cyber/Electronic Warfare (EW) Applications 

Technical Area 3: HPEM Effects

Technical Area 4: Electromagnetics (EM) Weapons Technology 

Technical Area 5: Numerical Simulation

Technical Area 6: NextGen HPEM

Submission Details:

For more information visit fbo.gov

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Measurement and Signatures Intelligence Exploitation (MASINT-X)

This goals of this BAA is to promote research in innovative, disruptive technologies and methods. There are 6 MASINT sub-disciplines that are of interest to this solicitation:

1. Electro-Optical - Technologies for the detection and exploitation of relevant phenomena by electro-optical sensors to include laser intelligence (LASINT), Overhead Non-imaging Infrared (ONIR), Thermal IR (TIR), and spectroscopy

2. Radar - Technologies to include Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), Inverse SAR, Line of Sight (LOS), Over the Horizon (OTH), and bi-static radar

3. Materials - Technologies to collect, characterize, and identify materials, point of origin by remote or close-in means to include nuclear materials, biological threats, and identification of infectious agents of military importance.

4. Radio Frequency - Seek technology to collect, process, and exploit signals intelligence from Ultra-Wideband (UWB), Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP), High Power Microwave (HPM), Unintended RF Emissions (URE or RINT) threats

5. Geophysical - Seek new capabilities for persistent surveillance of areas of interest using seismic, magnetic, acoustic, hydro-acoustic, or multi-disciplinary approaches

6. Cyber-Physical - Develop a sub-discipline to collect intelligence exploting the cyber-domain and its interactions with cyber-physical devices like those available in critical infrastructure or crowd-sourced sensor applications

Submission Details:

9/30/2020

For more information visit fbo.gov

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Environment Program Grant

The Mott Foundation supports efforts to create a fair, equitable, and sustainable society. It accomplishes this by providing funding in four different categories: Civil Society, Education, Environment, and Flint Area. Under the Environment program area, there are four subtopics:

1. Addressing the Freshwater Challenge

2. Transforming Development Finance

3. Advancing Climate Change Solutions

4. Special Initiatives

Interested applicants should submit a letter of inquiry (LOI) form to the foundation.

Submission Details:

Open

For more information visit mott.org

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Biological and Environmental Interactions of Nanoscale Materials

The Biological and Environmental Interactions of Nanoscale Materials program is part of the Environmental Engineering and Sustainability cluster that also contains the Environmental Engineering program as well as the Environmental Sustainability program. This particular program is intended to support research to advance fundamental and quantitative understanding of the interactions of biological and environmental media with nanomaterials and nanosystems. Research areas of interest include:

1. Characterization of interactions at the interfaces between nanomaterials and nanosystems with surrounding biological and environmental media

2. Development of predictive tools based on the fundamental behavior of nanostructures within biological and ecological matrices to advance cost-effective and environmentally benign processing and engineering solutions

3. Examining the transport, interaction, and impact of nanostructured materials and nanosystems

4. Simulations of nanoparticle behavior at interfaces 

Submission Details:

Open - proposals accepted throughout this year

For more information visit nsf.gov


Army Research Laboratory BAA for Basic and Applied Scientific Research

The U.S Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is the Department of Army's corporate only fundamental research lab. It is dedicated to scientific innovation and discovery. Proposals for this BAA should center around cutting-edge research that could potentially produce discoveries with a significant impact to enable new Army technologies. Area of interest include:

1. Computational Sciences (CS) Campaign

2. Materials Research (MR) Campaign

3. Sciences for Maneuver (ScMVR) Campaign

4. Information Sciences (IS) Campaign

5. Sciences for Lethality and Protection (ScL/P) Campaign

6. Human Sciences (HS) Campaign

7. Assessment and Analysis (AA) Campaign

8. Visit Scientist Program (VSP)

Submission Details:

March 31, 2022

For more information visit arl.army.mil

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Naval Research Laboratory Broad Agency Announcement

The Naval Research Laboratory is seeking research proposals for focus areas described in this BAA. The BAA Topic Title is Systems Directorate - Code 5000 Topics; this focuses area improves operational capabilities as well as supports Fleet and Marine Corps missions. There is emphasis placed on technology, devices, systems, and know-how to obtain and transport warfighting information and keep these capabilities away from the enemy. Current activities consists of improved radar, information technology, optical sciences, and tactical electronic warfare.

Submission Details:

Open

For more information visit nrl.navy.mil

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Geotechnical Engineering and Materials (GEM)

This program supports research in soil and rock mechanisms, dynamics in support of physical civil infrastructure systems, improvement of engineering properties of geologic materials for infrastructure use by mechanical, biological, thermal, chemical and electrical processes. It also supports foundation engineering, earth structures, underground construction, tunneling, geo-environmental engineering, site characterization, and bio-geo engineering. This program does not fund research focusing on nuclear power plants, bridges, pavements, natural resource exploration and recovery.

Submission Deadline:

N/A

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Diverse Collegiate Research and Development Collaboration Program

The goal of the AFRL Diverse Collegiate R&D Collaboration Program is to promote collaborative research partnerships between AFRL, academia, industry, in areas such as high speed systems, turbine engines, and aerospace vehicles. These technical areas are integral in developing war-fighting technologies for the nation's air, space and cyberspace forces, and commercial derivatives.

Submission Deadline:

Proposal: December 23, 2021

For more information visit grants.gov

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