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

Enrico Fermi Award

DOE

10/31/2017

$50,000

8/23/2017

Director's Postdoctoral Fellowship

DOE, NREL

9/1/2017

two-year term, with a possible third-year renewal paid with program funding

8/23/2017

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources

NSF

12/12/2017

$300,000-$3,000,000

8/22/2017

Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science

NSF

11/27/2017

$10,500,000

8/22/2017

Event: SBIR/STTR Proposal Tips for NSF and DOD

Center for Innovative Technology

8/21/2017

n/a

8/21/2017

Assured Autonomy

DARPA

Abstract Due: 9/6/2017 noon, Proposal Due: 10/19/2017 noon

not specified

8/21/2017

Mathematical Sciences Program (MSP) - Grants for Research in Mathematics: Standard Grant

NSA

10/15/2018

$80,000

8/21/2017

Disruption Opportunity Special Notice: Imaging Through Almost Anything, Anywhere (ITA3)

DARPA

9/11/2017, 4:00 pm

not specified

8/21/2017

H2@Scale CRADA

DOE

9/15/2017

$50,000-$1,000,000

8/18/2017

BIG Idea Challenge

NASA

NOI Deadline: 10/1/2017, Proposal Deadline: 11/30/2017

$6,000 and internship offers

8/18/2017

Advanced Power Technology Office – Energy Innovation

DOAF

White Papers: 8/21/2017

$1,000,000-$8,000,000

8/17/2017

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

NSF

continuous

$1,000,000

8/14/2017

Event: 2017 Ohio Defence Forum

Dayton Development Coalition (DDC)

10/17/2017 - 10/18/2017

n/a

8/14/2017

Event: Grants Conference

NSF

11/13/2017 - 11/14/2017

n/a

8/14/2017

Awards to Stimulate and Support Undergraduate Research Experiences (ASSURE)

DOD, USAF, AFOSR

8/23/2017

$75,000 - $100,000

8/14/2017

Office of People Analytics (OPA) Research Fellowship Program

DOD

9/11/2017

$500,000 - $2,500,000

8/11/2017

Rapid Assessment of Energy and Environmental Technologies

DOAF

9/11/2017, 3pm

$49,000,000 (shared)

8/10/2017

Event: 3rd University Startups Demo Day

NECT2

Submissions: 8/25/2017 Event: 10/16/2017 - 10/17/2017

n/a

8/10/2017

Webcast: Young Faculty Award (YFA) Proposers Day

DARPA

8/29/2017, 2-5 pm

n/a

8/10/2017

High-Temperature Tolerant Batteries (HTTBs) For Long-Life In-situ Solar System Explorer (LLISSE)

NASA

9/4/2017

not specified

8/8/2017

Speaker Series 2017: IoT/Cloud-Based Smart Nanogrid for Sustainable Smart Village Development

GLEI

8/22/2017

n/a

8/7/2017

CWRU Technology Validation & Start-up Fund Program ("CTP")

CWRU

Pre-Proposals: 8/23/2017 Full-Proposals: 9/9/2017

$500,000

8/7/2017

Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

8/14/2017

$600,000

8/7/2017

Event: CampusEnergy2018

International District Energy Association

3/5/2018 - 3/9/2018

n/a

8/7/2017

Mathematical Sciences Program (MSP) - Young Investigators Grant

NSA

10/22/2018

$40,000

8/7/2017

Combustion and Fire Systems

NSF

open

$100,000-$300,000

8/4/2017

FY18 Process Separations

NSF

open

$100,000-$300,000

8/4/2017

NOI: Rapid Assessment of Energy and Environmental Technologies

DOAF

August/September 2017

n/a

8/3/2017

Emerging Technologies Opportunity Program

DOE-LBNL

LOI:8/30/2017

$150,000

7/31/2017

Japan-US Network Opportunity (Computer Network Systems)

NSF/NICT

11/30/2017

$450,000

7/31/2017

Innovative Natural-Gas Technologies for Efficiency Gain in Reliable and Affordable Thermochemical Electricity-Generation (INTEGRATE)

DOE ARPA-E

Concept Paper: 9/11/2017

$250,000-$4,000,000

7/26/2017

A--FY 17 Research and Development (R and D) for Facility Systems

DON

7/24/2018

contract (1-3 years)

7/26/2017

Event: Energy Storage STUDIO Conference

ESA

11/14/2017 - 11/15/2017

n/a

7/24/2017

Seminar: The Fuel Cell Seminar and Energy Exposition (FCS&EE)

DOE: H2@Scale

11/7/2017 - 11/9/2017

n/a

7/24/2017

Great Lakes Integrated Cladophora Research and Modeling in Support of GLWQA Annex 4 Phosphorus Target Setting

EPA

9/5/2017

$600,000

7/24/2017

Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs

DOC-EDA

No deadline; awards made: 9/30/2017

$100,000-$3,000,000

7/21/2017

Topical Materials Research Programs

NSF

11/1/2017

$360,000

7/20/2017

NOI: Design and Testing of Advanced Carbon Capture Technologies

DOE-NETL

9/30/2017

n/a

7/20/2017

NSF/NSFC Joint Research on Environmental Sustainability Challenges

NSF/NSFC

10/20/2017

$500,000

7/20/2017

National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP)

DOD/ONR

LOI: 10/16/2017, Full Application: 1/29/2018

$500,000

7/20/2017

FY18 SBIR/STTR Phase I

DOE

LOI: 9/5/2017, Full Application: 10/16/2017

TBD

7/18/2017

Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) Graduate-Level Traineeships

DOE - EERE

Concept Paper: 8/8/2017, Full Application: 9/13/2017

$2,500,000

7/18/2017

NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering

NSF/DOE-PAMS

10/20/2017

$25,000-$250,000

7/17/2017

Conservation Partners Program

NFWF

8/17/2017

$300,000

7/17/2017

NOI: Wind Wildlife Technology Development and Innovation

DOE

9/30/2017

not specified

7/14/2017

Proof of Concept Commercialization Pilot Program Innovation Corps @ Department of Defense (I Corps @ DoD)

DOD

9/15/2017

$40,000 - $70,000

7/12/2017

Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) - Phase I

USDA-NIFA

10/5/2017

$100,000

7/7/2017

OTS Call 7 - 3D Dynamic Mapping Call

DHS

4 Possible Application Deadlines: 7/28/2017, 10/27/2017, 1/26/2018, 5/1/2018

$50,000 - $200,000

7/7/2017

Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program (TACP)

NASA

Proposal Submission: 10/16/2017

$700,000

7/6/2017

Collaborative Research on International and Domestic Spherical Tokamaks

DOE-PAMS

Pre-application: 8/4/2017 Application: 9/1/2017

$50,000-$2,000,000

7/5/2017

Science and Technology New Initiatives

DOD-DTRA

10/1/2021

not specified

7/5/2017

Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF): Core Programs

NSF

Proposal Submission: 9/27/2017

$50,000 - $3,000,000

7/3/2017

Computer and Network Systems (CNS): Core Programs

NSF

Proposal Submission: 9/27/2017

$50,000 - $3,000,000

7/3/2017

Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS): Core Programs

NSF

Proposal Submission: 9/27/2017

$50,000 - $3,000,000

7/3/2017

Project Call 3.0

NextFlex

Pre-Proposal Submission: 7/12/2017      Full Proposal Submission: 8/30/2017

$14,000,000

6/29/2017

Event: DMSMS 2017: Managing Obsolescence Risk - How to Optimize Budget, Schedule, and Readiness

DMSMS

Abstracts: 7/31/2017   Event: 12/4/2017-12/7/2017

n/a

6/29/2017

Event: 2017 Offshore Wind Executive Summit: The Parallels of Wind, Oil, and Gas

Offshore Wind Executive Summit

8/9/2017-8/10/2017

n/a

6/29/2017

FY 2018 Research Opportunities in High Energy Phys

DOE-PAMS

LOI: 8/10/2017 Application: 9/12/2017

$50,000-$5,000,000

6/28/2017

National Priorities: Transdisciplinary Research into Detecting and Controlling Lead in Drinking Water

EPA

8/15/2017

$3,963,000

6/28/2017

HPC4Mfg - High Performance Computing to Advance Clean Energy Manufacturing

DOE

Concept Paper: 7/26/2017 Full Proposal: 10/1/2017

$3,000,000

6/26/2017

Advanced Technology Solutions for Unconventional Oil and Gas Development

DOE-NETL

8/15/2017

$1,500,000-$8,000,000

6/22/2017

Science Award Electrochemistry/Award for Applied Science

Volkswagen, BASF

8/18/2017

$44,500

6/21/2017

IARPA-Wide Research BAA

IARPA

5/2/2018

not specified

6/20/2017

Theoretical Research in Magnetic Fusion Energy Sci

DOE-PAMS-SC

LOI: 7/14/2017 Proposal: 8/18/2017

$2,000,000

6/19/2017

Technology Development to Ensure Environmentally Sustainable CO2 Injection Operations

DOE-NETL

8/11/2017

$750,000-$2,000,000

6/19/2017

FY 2018 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship

DOD-ONR

White Papers: 8/16/2017 Proposal: 1/8/2018

$3,000,000

6/15/2017

DSO Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement

DOD-DARPA

Abstract: 5/10/2018 Proposal: 6/11/2018

not specified

6/14/2017

Lagrange - Mathematical Methods for High-Demensional Data-Driven Optimization

DOD-DARPA

8/30/2017

not specified

6/12/2017

Topological Excitations in Electronics

DOD-DARPA

Abstracts: 6/27/2017 Application: 8/16/2017

not specified

6/12/2017

Advanced Combustion Systems: Existing Plant Improvements and Transformational Technologies

DOE-NETL

8/8/2017

$1,000,000 - $2,000,000

6/9/2017

Small Scale Modularization of Gasification Technology Components for Modular Systems

DOE-NETL

8/8/2017

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

6/9/2017

Collaborative Fusion Energy Research in the DIII-D National Program

DOE-PAMS-SC

Pre-application: 7/13/2017 Application: 9/21/2017

$50,000 - $700,000

6/8/2017

RFI: Draft Version of DOE Energy-Water Nexus State Policy Database

DOE-EPSA

8/4/2017

n/a

6/7/2017

NWO Joint U.S. – Netherlands Cyber Security Research Programme

USDHS - NLNWO

Proposal: 8/31/2017

$250,000

6/6/2017

Keck Research Program Grant

Keck Foundation

Concept Paper: 8/15/2017 Application: 2/15/2018

$500,000 - $5,000,000

6/6/2017

Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI)

DOE-EERE

Concept Paper: 7/7/2017 Application: 9/22/2017

$500,000 - $2,000,000

6/6/2017

Centers for Chemical Innovation

NSF

Pre-application: 9/12/2017 Application: 03/06/2018

$1,800,000

6/5/2017

NOI: Hybrid Systems for Ultra-High Efficiency Conversion of Natural Gas to Electricity

DOE-ARPA-E

n/a

n/a

6/2/2017

NOI: Designs for Advanced Modular Nuclear Reactors

DOE-ARPA-E

n/a

n/a

6/2/2017

RFI: Clean Water Technologies

DOE-GFO

8/28/2017

n/a

5/31/2017

Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

9/8/2017

n/a

5/25/2017

E2 Energy to Educate Grants

Constellation

10/1/2017

$50,000

5/22/2017

Reimagining Great Lakes Water Systems

Great Lakes Protection Fund

open

$200,000-$1,500,000

5/22/2017

High Powered Electromagnetics (HPEM) Research Program

DOD-AFRL

n/a

n/a

5/22/2017

Elasto-Acoustic Meta Materials

DOD-ONR

2/28/2018

not specified

5/22/2017

Grid of the Future Symposium

CIGRE- US National Committee

10/22/2017-10/25/2017

n/a

5/15/2017

FY 2018 Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI)

DOD

Application: 11/1/2017

$1,500,000

3/29/2017

Energy Harvesting Fabrics

DHS

5/3/2018

$200,000-$800,000

5/3/2017

Dynamics, Control and Systems Diagnostics (DCSD)

NSF

9/15/2017

$100,000-$400,000

5/3/2017

Design of Engineering Material Systems (DEMS)

NSF

9/15/2017

up to $500,000

5/3/2017

Communications and Networking Discovery and Invention

DOD-ONR

White Papers:

9/25/2017

not specified

5/1/2017

Special Operations Forces Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Program Executive Office for Special Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Exploitation (SOF AT&L-SR) Appendix G-1 v17.1

USSOCOM

12/31/2018

varies

4/26/2017

Battery Network for Manufacturing Technology Research and Development (BATTNET II) BAA

DLA

8/21/2021

varies

4/26/2017

Thermal Transport Processes

NSF

10/20/2017

$110,000-$330,000

4/26/2017

Process Separations

NSF

10/20/2017

$100,000-$300,000

4/26/2017

Particulate and Multiphase Processes

NSF

10/20/2017

$100,000-$300,000

4/26/2017

Process Systems, Reaction Engineering and Molecular Thermodynamics

NSF

10/20/2017

$100,000

4/24/2017

Measurement and Signatures Intelligence Exploitation (MASINT-X)

AFMC

White Papers: 9/30/2020

$100,000-$2,000,000

4/24/2017

Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)

NSF

8/9/2017

$175,000

4/19/2017

Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE)

NSF

9/27/2017

$350,000

4/17/2017

Nano-Biosensing

NSF

10/20/2017

$100,000-$300,000

4/12/2017

Biophotonics

NSF

10/20/2017

$100,000-$300,000

4/12/2017

Environment Programme - Climate Change Strategy Grant

Oak Foundation

open

$100,000-$1,000,000

4/12/2017

Environment Program Grant

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

open

not specified

4/12/2017

Cellular and Biochemical Engineering (CBE)

NSF

10/20/2017

$100,000-$300,000

4/12/2017

Biological and Environmental Interactions of Nanoscale Materials

NSF

open - accepted throughout this year

$100,000-$300,000

4/10/2017

Army Research Office BAA for Basic and Applied Scientific Research

DOD-ARO

3/31/2022

not specified

4/5/2017

Army Research Laboratory BAA for Basic and Applied Scientific Research

DOD-ARL

3/31/2022

not specified

4/5/2017

Combustion and Fire Systems

NSF

10/20/2017

$100,000-$300,000

3/31/2017

17-546 Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications

NSF

9/18/2017

$100,000-$1,000,000

3/29/2017

Strategic Technologies Broad Agency Announcement

DOD-DARPA

3/21/2018

varies

3/29/2017

Naval Research Laboratory Broad Agency Announcement

DOD-NRL

open

$700,000

3/29/2017

Dear Colleague Letter: IUCRC In Cybersecurity

NSF

Preliminary Proposal: 10/18/2017

$10,000-$1,000,000

3/13/2017

International Research Experience for Students (IRES)

NSF

08/15/2017

$250,000

3/10/2017

2017 Electrical Energy Storage Applications and Technologies (EESAT)

Sandia National Laboratories + DOE/OE

10/11/2017-10/13/2017

n/a

3/8/2017

National Geographic Grants

National Geographic Society

10/1/2017

$30,000

3/1/2017

NOI: DE-FOA-0001740 Advanced Power Electronics Design for Solar Applications

DOE-EERE

n/a

$1,333,333-$2,000,000

2/27/2017

Environmental Sustainability

NSF

10/20/2017

$100,000-$300,000

2/22/2017

Environmental Engineering

NSF

10/20/2017

$110,000-$330,000

2/22/2017

Technology Development Workshop

DOE

11/14/2017-11/15/2017

n/a

2/22/2017

Catalysis

NSF

10/1/2017-10/20/2017

$100,000-$150,000

2/20/2017

2017 Broad Agency Announcement

DOD

1/31/2018

not specified

2/20/2017

Energy for Sustainability

NSF

10/1/2017-10/20/2017

Not specified

2/15/2017

Geotechnical Engineering and Materials (GEM)

NSF

open

Not specified

2/6/2017

Sloan Research Fellowships

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

9/15/2017

$60,000

1/25/2017

Diverse Collegiate Research and Development Collaboration Program

DOD-AFRL

12/23/2021

Unspecified

1/18/2017

RFI: DE-FOA-0001700 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Manufacturing: Identifying Specific Components for Manufacturing Standardization

DOE-EERE

12/30/2017

n/a

11/17/2016

Navy and Marine Corps Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education, Outreach and Workforce Program

DOE-ONR

12/31/2017

$750,000

11/17/2016

Chemistry on Indoor Environments

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

open

~$800,000

11/10/2016

DE-FOA-0001664:FY 2017 Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program

DOE

9/30/2017

$2,000-$4,000,000

10/11/2016

Long Range BAA for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology

ONR

9/30/2017

unspecified

10/11/2016

 

 

Enrico Fermi Award

The award is bestowed by the President of the United States to an individual or individuals of international stature in recognition of exceptional scientific, technical, engineering, and/or management achievements related to the broad missions of the U.S. Department of Energy and its programs. The Fermi Awardis administered on behalf of the White House by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.

The award recognizes excellence in science and technology relevant to DOE's missions; shows appreciation to scientists, engineers, and science policymakers who have given unstintingly to advance DOE-relevant science and technology; and serves to inspire people of all ages through the examples of Enrico Fermi, and the Fermi Award laureates who followed in his footsteps, to explore and open new scientific and technological realms.

The Fermi Award is given for distinguished achievement, leadership, and service related to all basic and applied research, science, and technology supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and its programs. The achievements must be identifiable as lasting, impactful, and substantial.

Application Details:

Submission Due: 10/31/2017

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Director's Postdoctoral Fellowship

The NREL Director's Fellowship attracts the next generation of exceptionally qualified scientists and engineers with outstanding talent and credentials inrenewable energy research and related disciplines.

Successful candidates will serve a two-year term, with a possible third-year renewal paid with program funding (maximum three-year appointments). The Director's Fellowship includes a premium salary rate, additional funding for conferences/presentations, competitive benefits package, and relocation assistance (for moves greater than 50 miles from NREL).

Application Details:

Submission Due: 9/1/2017

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Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources

The fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) hold much promise as sectors of the economy where we can expect to see continuous vigorous growthin the coming decades. STEM job creation is expected to outpace non-STEM job creation significantly, according to the Commerce Department, reflecting the importance of STEM knowledge to the US economy. The National Science Foundation (NSF) plays a leadership role in development and implementation of efforts to enhance and improve STEM education in the United States. Through the NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) initiative, the agency continues to make a substantial commitment to the highest caliber undergraduate STEM education through a Foundation-wide framework of investments. The IUSE: EHR program is a core NSF undergraduate STEM education program that seeks to improve the effectiveness of undergraduate STEM education for both majors and non-majors.

NSF places high value on educating students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields as well as educating a scientifically literate populace. In pursuit of this goal, IUSE: EHR supports projects that have the potential to improve student learning in STEM through development of new curricular materials and methods of instruction, and development of new assessment tools to measure student learning. In addition to innovative work at the frontier of STEM education, this program also encourages replications of research studies at different types of institutions and with different student bodies to produce deeper knowledge about the effectiveness and transferability of findings. IUSE: EHR also seeks to support projects that have high potential for broader societal impacts, including improved diversity of students and instructors participating in STEM education, professional development for instructors to ensure adoption of new and effective pedagogical techniques that meet the changing needs of students, and projects that promote institutional partnerships for collaborative research and development.

Application Details:

Proposal Due: 12/12/2017

For more information visit grants.gov

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Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science

Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) is a comprehensive national initiative designed to enhance U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) discoveries and innovations focused on NSF's commitment to diversity, inclusion,and broadening participation in these fields.The initiative is developing a National Network composed of NSF INCLUDES Design and Development Launch Pilots, NSF INCLUDES Alliances, NSF-funded broadening participation projects, other relevant NSF-funded projects, scholars engaged in broadening participation research, and other organizations that support the development of talent from all sectors of society to build the STEM workforce.

Application Details:

Proposal Due: 11/27/2017

For more information visit grants.gov

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SBIR/STTR Proposal Tips for NSF and DOD

With over $2.5B awarded each year, SBIR Grants are known as “America’s Seed Fund”. Full day workshop presents an overview of the SBIR/STTR programs at two contrasting agencies -- NSF and DOD. Learn how these agencies differ, next deadlines, and tips to make your proposals more compelling. The next deadline DOD SBIR/STTR is October, and NSF is in December, 2017.

Event Details:

Event Date: 8/21/2017

Location: Norfolk, VA

For more information visit cit.org

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Assured Autonomy

The DARPA Information Innovation Office (I2O) is soliciting innovative research proposals to substantially improve the design, integration and verification/testing technology for continual assurance of autonomous learning-enabled cyber-physical systems to guarantee their safety and performance. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.

Autonomous systems are increasingly critical to several current and future Department of Defense (DoD) mission needs. The U.S. Army Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) strategy report for 2015-2040 identifies a range of capability objectives – including enhanced situational awareness, cognitive workload reduction, force protection, cyber defense, logistics, etc. – that rely on autonomous systems and higher levels of autonomy. In this BAA, autonomy is referring to a system’s ability to accomplish goals independently, or with minimal supervision from human operators in environments that are complex and unpredictable.

Tremendous advances have been made in the last decade in constructing autonomy-capable Cyber Physical Systems (CPS), as evidenced by the proliferation of a variety of unmanned systems – air, ground, sea and undersea vehicles. These advances have been driven by innovations in several areas – sensor and actuator technologies, computing technologies, control theory, design methods and tools, modeling and simulation technologies, among others. In spite of these advances, deployment and broader adoption of such systems in safety-critical DoD applications remains challenging and controversial.

Application Details:

Abstract Due: 9/6/2017, noon

Proposal Due: 10/19/2017, noon

For more information visit fbo.gov

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Mathematical Sciences Program (MSP) - Grants for Research in Mathematics: Standard Grant

The NSA MSP supports self-directed, unclassified research in the areas of Algebra, Number Theory, Discrete Mathematics, Probability, and Statistics. The program does not support research in cryptology.

The Standard Grant has been in place since the inception of the NSA MSP in 1987. This grant will be made on the basis of factors that demonstrate the scientific merit of the proposal, including (1) the prospect that the research will lead to important discoveries; (2) the prospect that the research will produce innovations or significant improvements in investigative methods, including methods of computation; (3) the investigator's scientific qualifications and accomplishments; and (4) the investigator's demonstrated awareness of previous approaches to the problem.

Application Details:

Submission Deadline: 9/11/2017, 4:00 pm

For more information visit fbo.gov

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Disruption Opportunity Special Notice: Imaging Through Almost Anything, Anywhere (ITA3)

This funding opportunity is to investigate imaging through structures and complex media by exploiting background signals of very low frequencies. Such signals are readily measured using today’s sensitive detector technologies and range from ELF to VLF (3Hz up to 30kHz). These signals exist due to widely distributed military communication systems (primarily VLF for submarine communication) and provide illumination of scenes or targets one might want to image. Low frequency signals may also be generated locally thanks to recent advances in highly compact antenna technologies. Natural signals may also be usable, especially for deep penetration and in cases where longer integration times are possible. ELF-VLF signals can be modulated and have such long wavelengths that they penetrate buildings, ground, the sea, fog, containers, etc.

The challenge posed here is to determine the practical and fundamental limits to which one can exploit these electromagnetic waves for all conceivable imaging scenarios, which could include space-based as well as ground-based receivers. Performers will be required to characterize the trade space linking material penetration to lateral and range resolution, assuming different configurations and numbers of detectors. They will also be required to consider coding schemes and inversion methods.

Application Details:

Submission Deadline: 9/11/2017, 4:00 pm

For more information visit fbo.gov

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H2@Scale CRADA

Through this request for proposals being issued by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) seeks to double the impact of its funding in the applied research portion of its portfolio to accelerate technology advancement in support of the Hydrogen at Scale (H2@Scale) objectives. This request for proposals also seeks to increase industrial and stakeholder engagement in H2@Scale through investment and active participation in the associated projects.

The H2@Scale concept aims to develop and enable the deployment of transformational technologies that reduce the cost of hydrogen production and distribution, diversify the feedstock available for economic hydrogen production, enhance the flexibility of the power grid, reduce emissions through novel uses of low-cost hydrogen, generate jobs, and provide global technology leadership for export of next-generation energy solutions. Desired outcomes include:

  • Developing a leadership role in the U.S. for hydrogen technologies, including job creation, supply chain development, manufacturing, and exports.
  • Using stranded domestic energy resources, such as stranded natural gas reserves or remote wind and solar resources, for production of hydrogen and liquid energy carriers.
  • Reducing the frequency of power curtailment in regions of the country with growing non-dispatchable generators (e.g., wind and solar power).
  • Enhancing financial stability of nuclear baseload power through hybridization with hydrogen production, to mitigate curtailment.
  • Diversifying the feedstock utilized for hydrogen production, thereby freeing domestic resources for other applications.
  • Reducing petroleum use and emissions associated with transportation, stationary power, and industrial processes and increasing energy exports.
Application Details:

Proposal Deadline: 9/15/2017

For more information visit fbo.gov

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BIG Idea Challenge

The BIG Idea Challenge is a university-level design competition sponsored by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and managed by the NIA. To participate, university teams of 3-5 students will submit proposals on ideas/concepts for the design, installation, and sustainable operation of a large solar power system on the surface of Mars. Selected teams will be invited to present their concept to a panel of NASA and industry judges at the 2018 BIG Idea Forum in March at either the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA, or the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH.

This solicitation seeks innovations in the design, installation, and sustainable operation of a large solar power system on the surface of Mars. The design aspects should consider lightweight structures, compact stowage, and high PV efficiency. The installation aspects should consider lander integration, robust deployment/retraction mechanisms, and fast/reliable deployment. The sustainable operation aspects should consider array performance under varying Mars environmental conditions including solar flux changes due to daily sun angle, season, and landing site latitude as well as impacts of extended dust storms on array power output. A key objective is to identify practical methods to prevent dust accumulation on the array surface or methods to remove dust once it has collected. These solar array systems are expected to supply reliable electric power for multiple crew campaigns that may span 10 years or more. Successful proposals will include appropriate levels of engineering design and power system analysis to validate the concept.

Application Details:

NOI Deadline: 10/1/2017

Proposal Deadline: 11/30/2017

For more information visit bigidea.nianet

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Advanced Power Technology Office – Energy Innovation

The Air Force is working to identify best practices and implement solutions to improve its energy security posture. This program shall research, assess, develop, perform physical, mechanical, chemical, and environmental testing, evaluate, demonstrate, and transition new alternative energy and energy efficiency technologies to provide increased capabilities and benefits to AF installations, equipment, and aircraft. These capabilities and benefits may include (but are not limited to) fuel efficiency improvements, holistic energy resiliency improvements, and reduction in the logistical burden for expeditionary forces. Ideally, the solutions will maximize the benefit of a combination of the following:

1) Increased energy resiliency/reliability: energy resilience is defined as the ability to maintain critical mission functions even during unexpected disruptions

2) Increased cost-effectiveness: evaluate the trade-offs between lowest price and other priorities such as sustainability and resilience

3) Increased environmental sustainability

Application Details:

White Papers: 8/21/2017

For more information visit fbo.gov

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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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2017 Ohio Defence Forum

The DDC is hosting a state-wide Ohio Defense Forum for local/state government officials, community leaders and key stakeholders to build awareness and understanding of the current defense environment and the role they play in supporting their defense installations and initiatives. Event networking opportunities allow stakeholders to interact and discuss key issues.

Event Details:

Event Date: 10/17/2017 - 10/18/2017

Location: Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

For more information visit collaborationdayton.org

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Grants Conference

Key representatives from the National Science Foundation as well as your colleagues - faculty, researchers and grant administrators - representing colleges and universities from around the US will participate.

This two-day conference is a must, especially for new faculty, researchers and administrators who want to gain key insight into a wide range of current issues at NSF including the state of current funding; new and current policies and procedures; and pertinent administrative issues. NSF program officers representing each NSF directorate will be on hand to provide up-to-date information about specific funding opportunities and answer your questions.

Highlights include:

  • New programs and initiatives;
  • Future directions and strategies for national science policy;
  • Proposal preparation;
  • NSF's merit review process;
  • Conflict of interest policies; and
  • Breakout sessions by discipline.
Event Details:

Event Date: 11/13/2017 - 11/14/2017

Location: Phoenix, AZ

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Awards to Stimulate and Support Undergraduate Research Experiences (ASSURE)

The ASSURE program supports undergraduate research in DoD relevant disciplines and is designed to increase the number of high-quality undergraduate science and engineering majors who ultimately decide to pursue advanced degrees in these fields. A strong U.S. science and engineering workforce is of clear interest to the DoD, as the capability of producing superior technology is essential for future national security.

The ASSURE program aims to provide valuable research opportunities for undergraduates, either through ongoing research programs or through projects specially designed for this purpose. Research projects should allow high quality interaction of students with faculty and/or other research mentors and access to appropriate facilities and professional development opportunities. Active research experience is considered one of the most effective ways to attract and retain talented undergraduates in science and engineering.

DoD executes the ASSURE program collaboratively with the National Science Foundation (NSF) through its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites Program. DoD funded ASSURE sites will be selected by DoD scientists and engineers, but will be overseen by NSF as part of the NSF portfolio of REU Sites. There is no separate application for the ASSURE program; ASSURE funding is awarded through the NSF REU Sites Program.

Application Details:

Submissions Due: 8/23/2017

For more information visit pivot.cos.com

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Office of People Analytics (OPA) Research Fellowship Program

The category for funding activity for the Office of People Analytics (OPA) Research Fellowship Program is science and technology and other research and development.

The purpose of this Cooperative Agreement (CA) is to provide university students, post-doctoral researchers, and faculty the opportunity to conduct collaborative research with Federal Government experts in areas of potential interest to the Government. The OPA will fund six participants: Assistant Research Fellow; Associate Research Fellow; Doctoral Research Fellow; Postdoctoral Research Fellow; Senior Research Fellow; and Sabbatical Fellow (as described later). The OPA RFP is expected to significantly contribute to the development of new research processes and technologies.

Application Details:

Submissions Due: 9/11/2017

For more information visit grants.gov

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3rd University Startups Demo Day

The Demo Day is more than a conference, it's a startup development platform for corporate open innovation and venturing groups, universities, Certified Startup Development Officers, VCs, and angels to discover, review, develop, partner with, and fund university startups.

NECT2 is calling all universities and startups to apply and be considered to present live at the 3rd University Startups Demo Day. The Fortune 500 Corporate Selection Committee will review the submissions and score (scoring criteria attached for both Start-Up submission or IP submission). If approved, you will have an opportunity for discussion with these corporate partners, who have interest in your IP (or startup) at the Oct 16-17 meeting in Washington, DC. This can lead to planning for collaboration, funding development, next steps, and management-team building. Note: This is NOT a direct funding opportunity.

Event Details:

Submissions Due: 8/25/2017

Event: 10/16/2017 - 10/17/2017

Location: Washington, D.C.

For more information visit ncet2.org

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Young Faculty Award (YFA) Proposers Day

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring a Proposers Day webcast to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of an anticipated Research Announcement (RA) for the Young Faculty Award (YFA) program. The event will be held via webcast only. Advance registration is required for viewing the webcast.

Event Details:

Webcast Date: 8/29/2017, 2-5 pm

For more information visit fbo.gov

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High-Temperature Tolerant Batteries (HTTBs) For Long-Life In-situ Solar System Explorer (LLISSE)

NASA's Venus Science Project is developing battery technologies to support the LLISSE Venus surface mission. The goal is to eventually deliver Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6 hardware for their Preliminary Design Reviews. The technical objective for batteries is to meet the performance requirements of the energy storage system for the High-Temperature Tolerant Batteries (HTTBs) For Long-Lived In-situ Solar System Explorer (LLISSE) Venus surface probe. NASA is developing high temperature rechargeable battery technology to meet Venusian surface probe needs, focusing on improving safety, low self-discharge, high specific energy, and high energy density. This work will culminate in battery-level demonstrations at TRL 6 with candidate designs and performance predictions for battery systems tailored for the LLISSE surface probe.

Application Details:

Proposals Due: 9/4/2017

For more information visit fbo.gov

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Speaker Series 2017: IoT/Cloud-Based Smart Nanogrid for Sustainable Smart Village Development

Amshok Das is the Founder and CEO of SunMoksha, a Clean Technology Solutions company. He has over 22 years of experience in semiconductor equipment and clean energy that spans across solar, bio, waste, smart micro grids, and energy efficiency. He has extensive experience in rural electrification and has developed a comprehensive solution that includes smart micro grid solutions for remote monitoring, operations, controls and supply-demand management. He has been working on the ground in Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, UP, Assam and Bengal addressing the real issues of energy access. His consulting expertise includes technology, business solutions, market research, and feasibility services. His consulting assignments include several international agencies, such as, World Bank, UK-DFID, the German Development Bank (KfW), ADB, Small Industries Devleopment Bank of India (SIDBI), Ashden Renewable Collective, CII-GBC, and USAID/ CTI sponsored Private Financing Advisory Network.

As Founding Chairman of The Indus Entrepreneurs Clean Tech Group, Ashok has been active in developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem for clean technologies and social impact across India. Prior to founding SunMoksha, he worked for semiconductor equipment manufacturer Applied Materials in California, where he headed the India operations of fab automation startup, Aquest Systems. Prior to Applied Materials, he worked at MTCI on technology development to convert waste to energy. Ashok holds a B. Tech. from India Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kanpur, and a PhD from the University of Sourthern California, Los Angeles.

Event Details:

Location: Glennan #489, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Event Date: 8/22/2017, 12:30 pm

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CWRU Technology Validation & Start-up Fund Program ("CTP")

The Technology Validation and Start-up Fund (TVSF), funded by the Ohio Third Frontier, aims to accelerate and fund the translation of promising technologies into the marketplace through Ohio start-up companies with the eventual goal of creating greater economic growth.

The CTP is intended to be the final bridge between a translational research project and a viable commercial program. Funding will support technologies that require validation/proof that will directly impact and enhance commercial viability and the ability to support a start-up company. Projects must have already advanced beyond basic research and should have the equivalent of a laboratory-scale proof of concept prior to applying for funding.

Applicants are encouraged to work with potential Ohio licensees and business advisors prior to submitting an application in order to identify critical needs for the technology. Paramount importance will be placed on customer discovery, whether in the form of industry partners or potential end users. Specific milestones related to enhancing valuation and reducing risk should be defined, which can include any of the following: prototyping, scale-up, animal and/or clinical testing, addressing regulatory or reimbursement requirements.

All proposals must fall into one of these State of Ohio's technology focus areas:

  • Biomedical/Life Sciences
  • Advanced Materials
  • Energy
  • Software/Information Technology
  • Sensors
  • Advanced Manufacturing
Application Details:

Pre-Proposals: 8/23/2017

Full-Proposals: 9/9/2017

For more information visit research.case.edu

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Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) 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.

Projects proposed for the BYI program should be truly innovative, high-risk, and show promise for contributing to significant advances in chemistry and the life sciences. They should represent a departure from current research directions rather than an extension or expansion of existing programs. Proposed research that cuts across traditional boundaries of scientific disciplines is encouraged.

Application Details:

Application Deadline: 8/14/2017

For more information visit beckman-foundation.org

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CampusEnergy2018

The International District Energy Association is pleased to offer the Call for Presentations for the technical conference program of our CampusEnergy2018 Conference – “Sharing Solutions, Sustaining Our Future”.

District Energy/CHP systems form the backbone of efficient, resilient and sustainable energy infrastructure for cities, communities, campuses, hospitals, airports and military bases around the globe. Underpinning the historical operational success of district energy systems is continuous improvement in systems design and optimization, innovations in control technologies and robust peer exchange sharing innovative and proven solutions.

Managing growth and providing resiliency for critical buildings, without increasing the energy use and greenhouse gas footprint, requires creative solutions that leverage energy and water efficiency, fuel flexibility and integration of renewables. Meeting sustainability goals involves coordinating thoughtful energy master planning with campus capital plans. Our campuses offer many best practices for a more sustainable future.

Presentations should aim to reinforce the conference theme: Sharing Solutions, Sustaining Our Future.

Event Details:

Abstract Submission and Deadline: 9/15/2017

Location: Hilton Baltimore, Baltimore MD

Event Dates: 3/5/2018 - 3/9/2018

For more information visit districtenergy.org

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Mathematical Sciences Program (MSP) - Young Investigators Grant

The NSA MSP supports self-directed, unclassified research in the areas of Algebra, Number Theory, Discrete Mathematics, Probability, and Statistics. The program does not support research in cryptology.

The Young Investigators Grant will be made on the basis of factors that demonstrate the scientific merit of the proposal, including:

1) the prospect that the research will lead to important discoveries;

2) the prospect that the research will produce innovations or significant improvements in investigative methods, including methods of computation;

3) the investigator's scientific qualifications and accomplishments; and

4) the investigator's demonstrated awareness of previous approaches to the problem.

Application Details:

Proposal Due: 10/22/2018

For more information visit pivot.com

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Rapid Assessment of Energy and Environmental Technologies

The objective of this program is to research alternative energy, energy efficient, and environmentally safe technologies to provide increased capabilities and benefits to AF installations, equipment, and aircraft. This program shall identify new and emerging advanced power generation and energy efficient technologies that can be further developed and transitioned to meet military needs.

The program shall perform research and development efforts, defined within each task order, with emphasis on alternative energy, energy efficient, and environmentally safe technologies that provide cost reductions, reliability improvements, and enhancements to the performance of the core technology areas listed below.

  • Aviation Energy
  • Industrial Process Energy
  • Expeditionary Energy
  • Installation Energy
  • Ground Support Energy
  • Environmental research
Submission Details:

Proposals Due: 9/11/2017, 3pm

For more information visit fbo.gov

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Emerging Technologies Opportunity Program

The University of California, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is soliciting Letters of Intent for the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI) Emerging Technologies Opportunity Program (ETOP) 2018 award. The DOE JGI is a next-generation genome science user facility focused on providing scientists access to state-of-the-art large-scale genomic technologies to address important energy and environmental problems. New capabilities the award is looking to support are projects targeting the development of:

Methods for rapid prototyping of gene and pathway function

  • High-throughput cell-based systems for biological and metabolic characterization
  • Cell-free technologies that enable scaleable in vitro gene and pathway functional analyses
  • Sensor-based technologies, biological or non-biological, that enable in vivo reporting of metabolic activity and/or activity-based cell sorting
Submission Details:

Letter of Intent: August 30,2017

For more information visit fbo.gov

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Japan-US Network Opportunity (Computer Network Systems)

The NSF Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS) supports research and education activities that develop a better understanding of the fundamental properties of computer and network systems and to create better abstractions and tools for designing, building, analyzing, and measuring future systems. The NSF and the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) of Japan have agreed to embark on a collaborative research program to address compelling research challenges associated with enabling trustworthy networks supporting the Internet of Things (IoT) and cyber-physical systems (CPS). This NSF solicitation parallels an equivalent NICT solicitation. Proposals submitted under this solicitation must describe joint research with counterpart Japanese investigators who are requesting funding separately under the NICT solicitation.

The IoT and CPS are becoming pervasive parts of everyday life, enabling a wide array of related emerging services and applications in cities and communities, including in health, transportation, energy/utilities, and other areas. As these systems become embedded in daily life, it is critically important that the networks underlying the services they provide be designed, built, deployed and operated in a highly trustworthy manner, i.e., that they are resilient against disasters, failures and other network disruptions. This program focuses on enabling ultra-high-availability, robust and reliable networks that can support continuity of service under duress. This requires consideration of end-to-end systems, including compute resources needed for services and applications, and creative and innovative ways of approaching the challenges outlined above.

Areas of Interest:

1) Trustworthy IoT/CPS Networking: Developing the foundations for a future resilient edge cloud/network system to ensure trustworthy end-to-end networks, addressing such factors as the heterogeneity, characteristics, resource constraints and potential mobility of end devices/sensors, the diversity of access network technologies, the availability/placement of computing resources and Quality of Service (QoS) requirements.

2) Trustworthy Optical Communications and Networking: Addressing the need for trustworthy, high-availability, agile optical edge/access and integrated optical/wireless networks that are resilient against disasters, large traffic surges and other major disruptions.

Submission Details:

Proposal: November 30, 2017

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Innovative Natural-Gas Technologies for Efficiency Gain in Reliable and Affordable Thermochemical Electricity-Generation (INTEGRATE)

The DOE ARPA-E INTEGRATE Program aims to reduce the cost and increase the primary energy efficiency associated with the provision of electric power to commercial and industrial end users. In this program, ARPA-E seeks to develop natural gas-fueled distributed electric generation systems that offer fuel to electric power conversion efficiencies in excess of 70%. The INTEGRATE program will focus on hybrid system designs that integrate a fuel cell with a heat or reactive engine for ultra-high efficiency at competitive costs. The technologies that this program seeks to develop are also expected to have broad electric-power-generation and transportation market applications.

In pursuit of the above-mentioned economic and environmental benefits, ARPA-E seeks to encourage the development of distributed generation systems of ³100 kW that have electric efficiencies in excess of 70% on a lower heating value (LHV) basis and an installed cost to the end user of less than $1.8/W. ARPA-E’s market analysis suggests that the simultaneous attainment of these efficiency and cost targets could yield a 1 Quad/year annual reduction in the primary energy[1] that our nation uses to generate its electric power. This reduction would translate into a $3B/year fuel cost savings for the US economy. Additionally, the envisioned hybrid systems technologies would operate in a water neutral manner in that the systems would self-generate any water required for operation. This feature is in stark contrast to the water-based cooling systems utilized in many of our utility-scale thermoelectric power plants. Consequently, a water-savings of 4 billion gallons per day (~1% of our total fresh water withdrawal) would be commensurate with the above-mentioned fuel savings. This water-savings would translate into another $~2B/year in cost savings for the US economy.

In order to accelerate the development of technologies that could enable this unprecedented thermoeconomic performance, ARPA-E is encouraging the development of the requisite system and component technologies. It is anticipated that such technologies would include advanced integrated engine/balance-of-plant (BOP) concepts, advanced fuel cell stack concepts and manufacturing approaches, advanced BOP components (e.g. high temperature heat exchangers), and advanced control system technologies.

Submission Details:

Concept Papers due: 9/11/2017

For more information visit energy.gov

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A--FY 17 Research and Development (R and D) for Facility Systems

This announcement seeks out technologies and methodologies that are new, innovative, advance the state-of-the-art, or increase knowledge or understanding to support NAVFAC EXWC/Public Works (PW) Business Line. NAVFAC EXWC/PW reduces total facility ownership costs by standardizing best technical practices, solutions, material, and processes to support the lifecycle of Navy and Marine Corps facilities while meeting operational and readiness requirements.

These divisions support the PW Business Line through NAVFAC Subject Matter Experts who provide technical solutions for naval facilities, reducing costs with emphasis on Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) goals of reducing energy consumption, increased renewable energy use, and increased energy resiliency. Energy related functions within the PW Business Line include: testing and evaluation of energy storage technologies, micro-grids, critical power, fuel cells, local generation, alternative fueled vehicles, energy savings performance contracting, renewable energy, building efficiency, water conservation, and utility infrastructure studies and improvements.

Technologies and methodology shall address one of the following topic areas:

1) Renewable Energy:RDT and E of technologies related to the generation of energy and power from renewable resources to include but not limited to: a) wind energy; b) solar energy; c) wave energy; d) waste energy; e) geothermal energy; and f) biomass.

2) Energy Storage:RDT and E of technologies related to energy storage to include but not limited to: a) electro-chemical batteries; b) mechanical systems; c) thermal storage; e) hydrogen and other chemical gases; and f) liquid fuel.

3) Building Efficiency and Cost Savings:RDT and E of technologies related to building energy efficiency, water conservation, and cost savings. Technologies of interest include but are not limited to: a) HVAC systems; b) building insulation; c) lighting; d) windows; e) building digital data control and SCADA systems; and f) water conservation and filtration.

4) Microgrids and Smart Grids:RDT and E of technologies related to micro-grids, smart grids, and power management to include but not limited to: a) cybersecurity; b) utility grid power quality improvement; c) power grid resiliency and UPS; d) power distribution and transmission; and e) grid simulation, modeling and characterization.

5) Alternative Fuel Vehicles:RDT and E of technologies related to the advancement or alternative uses of a) electric vehicles; b) hydrogen fuel cell vehicles; c) hybrid electric vehicles; d) natural gas powered vehicles; and e) biofuel vehicles.

6) Distributed Power Generation:RDT and E of technologies that would advance and facilitate the implementation of local distributed power generation devices, to include but not limited to: a) fuel cells; b) micro-turbines; c) Alternative and green energy combustion power plants including flex-fuel and biofuel technologies; and d) combined heat and power.

Submission Details:

Applications Due: 7/24/2018

For more information visit fbo.gov

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Energy Storage STUDIO Conference

Energy Storage STUDIO covers the advancement and integration of technology to support electric service. STUDIO brings together utilities, technology developers, and other stakeholders for expert technical study and peer-to-peer idea exchange. STUDIO’s mission is to convene technology leaders to accelerate energy storage solutions that support a clean, resilient, safe, and affordable grid.

The Energy Storage STUDIO Conference is now accepting proposals.

The event will feature guest speakers and panel discussions; however, the focus of the conference will be facilitated poster presentations. While conference organizers may ask a submitter to appear on a panel discussion, this call for submissions will only gather abstracts for poster presentations not individual presentations or panel discussions.

All submitters must choose one primary session topic:

1) Modeling and Analysis of Energy Storage Value and Grid Impacts

2) Deployment and Field Experience – Customer Sited

3) Deployment and Field Experience – Utility Integration

4) Advancements in Energy Storage System Technologies

Seminar Details:

Dates: 11/14/2017 - 11/15/2017

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

For more information visit energystorage-events.org

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The Fuel Cell Seminar and Energy Exposition (FCS&EE)

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO), in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, will be hosting an H2@ Scale working session at the Fuel Cell Seminar and Energy Exposition (FCS&EE) on Tuesday, November 7 in the afternoon. This working session will provide a deep dive into the concept of wide-scale hydrogen production and utilization to enable energy security, grid resiliency, and extensive benefits across multiple sectors. FCTO will also discuss the funding available for partnerships with national laboratories to advance the H2@Scale concept.

Seminar Details:

Dates: 11/7/2017 - 11/9/2017

Location: Long Beach, California - Long Beach Convention Center

For more information visit fuelcellseminar.com

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Great Lakes Integrated Cladophora Research and Modeling in Support of GLWQA Annex 4 Phosphorus Target Setting

EPA expects to provide up to $600,000 for one cooperative agreement to support:

1) establishment of sentinel monitoring sites in Lakes Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario by a consortium to measure Cladophora growth, biomass and water quality parameters influencing growth at varying nearshore depth intervals for one or more growing seasons

2) application of enhanced Cladophora growth models to enable total and soluble reactive phosphorus targets to be developed for the eastern basin of Lake Erie as well as for Lakes Ontario, Michigan, and Huron.

Applicants should plan to provide an interim report with initial project findings by March 2019 for use in the 2019 GLWQA Progress Report of the Parties and the Great Lakes Public Forum. The final report should include recommendations for future application of this work, specifically ways to utilize the sentinel sites to enhance ongoing monitoring and assessment programs in the Great Lakes, such as the Coordinated Science and Monitoring Initiative (CSMI) or State of the Great Lakes (SOGL) reporting, to meet GLRI and GLWQA objectives.

Submission Details:

Applications due: 9/5/2017

For more information visit grants.gov

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Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs

Economic Development Assistance funding is provided to rural and urban communities in distressed regions to support the implementation of regional economic development. The goal is to spur job creation, leverage private capital investments, and strengthen America's ability to compete in a global marketplace.

Funding Available for:

1) Public Works Projects: help distressed communities build, design, or engineer critical infrastructure and facilities that will help implement regional development strategies (Water and sewer system improvements; Industrial parks; Shipping and logistics facilities; Workforce training facilities; Brownfield development; Telecommunications infrastructure and development facilities)

2) Economic Adjustment Assistance to Coal Communities: support communities and regions that have been negatively impacted by changes in the coal economy. Projects should produce multiple economic and workforce development outcomes (regional economic growth and diversification, new job creation, re-employment for displaced workers).

Submission Details:

Applications due: No deadline; awards made on 9/30/2017

For more information visit grants.gov

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Division of Materials Research: Topical Materials Research Programs

The NSF Division of Materials Research (DMR) seeks research that focuses on advancing fundamental understanding of materials, materials discovery, design, synthesis, characterization, properties, and materials-related phenomena. DMR awards enable understanding of the electronic, atomic, and molecular structures, mechanisms, and processes that govern nanoscale to macroscale morphology and properties; manipulation and control of these properties; discovery of emerging phenomena of matter and materials; and creation of novel design, synthesis, and processing strategies that lead to new materials with unique characteristics. These discoveries and advancements transcend traditional scientific and engineering disciplines. The Division supports research and education activities in the United States through funding of individual investigators, teams, centers, facilities, and instrumentation.

Submission Details:

Application: 11/1/2017

For more information visit grants.gov

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NOI: Design and Testing of Advanced Carbon Capture Technologies

The DOE-NETL is intending to issue this FOA support pilot scale testing of transformational solvent or membrane based carbon dioxide capture technologies and to support design work for a commercial-scale, post-combustion carbon dioxide capture system at an existing coal-fueled generating unit, or a facility producing similar flue gas.

Areas of Focus

1) Scaling of carbon dioxide capture technologies to engineering scales using existing host site infrastructure: testing of up to three transformational solvent-based technologies to engineering scales or testing of membrane-based approaches that, due to their modular nature, can be built and tested at a relevant scale that can be easily replicated for larger systems.

2) Initial engineering, testing and design-related work to support the understanding of cost and performance of commercial-scale, post-combustion carbon dioxide capture on existing coal-fueled generating units: design of a commercial-scale, post combustion carbon dioxide capture system for application at an existing coal-fueled generating unit or facility producing similar flue gas.

Submission Details:

Application release date: 9/30/2017

For more information visit fedconnect.gov

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Dear Colleague Letter: NSF/NSFC Joint Research on Environmental Sustainability Challenges

The NSF and the NSFC of China are partnering to encourage joint research by U.S. - China teams collaborating on fundamental research that addresses critical environmental sustainability challenges.This call is for research proposals from joint U.S. - China teams in the environmental sustainability themes of: Quantitative and computational modeling of a food-energy-water (FEW) system and Innovative human and technological solutions to critical FEW systems problems.

Areas of Focus

1) Theme 1: significantly advance understanding of FEW systems with advanced modeling that investigates the coupled biotic, abiotic, engineered and social systems and the couplings and feedback mechanisms among FEW system components. Projects may use a wide variety of different systems analyses and modeling approaches to explore the functional dynamics of FEW systems. Some projects might integrate across models from multiple disciplinary domains, including, but not limited to agricultural, behavioral, computational, cultural, ecological, economic, energy, engineering, geospatial, hydrological, mathematical, and social.

2) Theme 2: develop and examine innovative solutions that address specific FEW system challenges and enhance FEW systems resilience and sustainability. This research may explore sustainable management solutions, examine drivers of resource consumption, and study ways to extend resources via methods such as reducing, recycling, recovery, and reuse. Projects should demonstrate how the envisioned solution will contribute to a healthy balance across sectors and places, and how sectors and places might vary over temporal and spatial scales. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to: efficient use of resources and system sustainability

Submission Details:

Applications due: 10/20/2017

For more information visit nsf.gov

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National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP)

The Office of Naval Research solicits research proposals under this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) that address three ocean research and technology of mutual and emerging interest.

Areas of Focus

1) CubeSat Sensors for Investigating Littoral Ocean & Atmosphere Dynamics: develop a CubeSat-based resource of remotely sensed observations of littoral ocean and atmosphere dynamics that can be directly assimilated into or provide boundary conditions for numerical models.

2) Improved & Routine Production, Stewardship and Application of the Group for High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature (GHRSST) Data: Research Priorities include

1) Coordinate and integrate new SST observations (e.g. GOES-R, VIIRS); improve data access; management and interoperability; and maintain and strengthen international collaboration.

2) Focus on improving accuracy and uncertainty estimates of SSTs at high-latitudes.

3) Explore improving SST products through improved or expanded in situ SST observations in the Arctic.

4) Explore improving SST products particularly in marginal ice zones through research into high latitude air-sea-ice interactions and regional ocean-atmosphere-ice feedbacks.

3) In-situ Ocean Sensor Research & Technology Development:

3A The goal of this topic is to reduce the power requirements and size of in-situ ocean sensors and provide platform-integrated, verified sensors with validated calibration procedures. This effort includes development of a sensor standard/specification that includes sensor performance and environmental parameters (pressure, temperature, shipping vibration, etc.).

3B1: The goal is to develop and prove a soft matter electronics and/or soft robotics concept for underwater research and mature the technology.

3B2: The goal of this topic is to research and advance deployable ocean sensors that collect, characterize and quantify biological components which identify the structure, function, and dynamics of marine organisms. These sensors will enable discovery and research in the fields of `omics (e.g. genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics).

3B3: The goal of this topic is to advance ocean sensor technology and demonstrate next generation sensing capability for ocean science research (exclusive of soft matter electronics and OMICs). The objective is to fund teams with theoretical and experimental expertise to conduct basic technology research, prove or prototype a novel in-situ ocean sensor and demonstrate sensor parameter measurements.

3C: The goal of this topic is to improve technology readiness levels (TRLs), robustness, and reliability of existing and/or emerging autonomous in-situ ocean sensors. The areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following: Sensor Stability and Calibration; Analysis technique enhancements; System/subsystem validation, prototyping, operational demonstrate and testing; Smart sensing; Sensor controls, diagnostics, communications/energy management; Automation of computing environments; data transformation; Machine enabled learning, Sensors improvements that address deep sea, midwater, upper ocean and air/sea ocean science

Submission Details:

LOI: 10/16/2017

Application: 1/29/2018

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FY 2018 SBIR/STTR Phase I

The DOE SBIR/STTR programs to support scientific excellence and technological innovation by providing awards to small businesses, which keep the rights to any technology developed, and are encouraged to commercialize the technology. As of 7/18/2017, only the topics for this opportunity have been released (can be found here). The FOA release date is 8/14/2017.

Submission Details:

Letter of Intent due: 9/5/2017

Applications due: 10/16/2017

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Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) Graduate-Level Traineeships

The DOE intends to fund university-led Traineeship Programs that address workforce training needs in the early-stage technology area of advanced materials and process technologies of high importance to manufacturing. The following objectives guide the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office’s (AMO) traineeship efforts:

  • Advance the DOE mission – Traineeship programs are designed and implemented to advance specific Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) workforce competencies required for the DOE’s unique mission to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its science and energy challenges, particularly with regard to advanced manufacturing.
  • Address priority STEM workforce needs and identified gaps in early-stage advanced manufacturing technology – Traineeship programs focus on advancing those critical STEM disciplines and competencies specifically relevant to the AMO missions where other U.S. Government or academic workforce development programs either do not exist or where DOE-relevant early-stage technology areas are not being leveraged to support specific DOE mission responsibilities.
Submission Details:

Concept Paper: 8/8/2017

Full Application: 9/13/2017

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NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering

The National Science Foundation (NSF), with participation the Department of Energy, Office of Science, Fusion Energy Sciences are continuing the joint Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering. The goal of the initiative is to enhance basic plasma research and education in this broad, multidisciplinary field by coordinating efforts and combining resources of the two agencies. The current solicitation also encourages submission of proposals to perform basic plasma experiments at NSF and DOE supported user facilities, such as the Basic Plasma Science Facility at the University of California, Los Angeles and facilities located at DOE national laboratories, designed to serve the needs of the broader plasma community.

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.

Areas of Focus

  • Chaos, Turbulence and Self-Organization in Plasmas
  • Strongly Coupled Coulomb Systems in Plasmas
  • Dusty Plasmas
  • Non-neutral Plasmas
  • Flows and Magnetic Fields in Plasmas, their Interaction and Interpenetration
  • Intense Field Matter Interactions in Plasmas
  • Advanced Methods for Plasma Modeling and Simulation
  • Plasma Diagnostics
  • Control of Plasma Processes
  • Study of Plasma Reactors for Chemical Production
  • Plasma Surface Interactions, Plasma Modification, Synthesis and Processing of Materials
  • Atmospheric Pressure Plasmas, Microplasmas, and Plasmas in Environmental Science and Technology
  • Astrophysical and Solar Plasmas, Plasmas in Interplanetary Space, Earth and Other Planetary Magnetospheres and Atmospheres
Submission Details:

Applications due: 9/27/2017

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Conservation Partners Program

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is seeking to establish conservation partnerships to increase the technical assistance capacity to advance the implementation of three complementary priorities: NRCS's Landscape Conservation Initiatives, NFWF's Conservation Priorities, and the NRCS-U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partnership - Working Lands for Wildlife. Prososals should focus on one of the following priorities: Great Lakes, Pacific Salmon, Grassland Bird Habitat, Mississippi River Basin, Gulf Coast Plain states working lands conservation.

Areas of Focus

1) Accelerated implementation of NRCS/NFWF initiatives and Farm Bill conservation programs within the Program Priority Areas and Working Lands for Wildlife Focal Areas

2) Incorporation of best available science in applying conservation systems and strategically focusing resources where the greatest conservation opportunities exist

3) Increased landowner/manager awareness and participation in NRCS/NFWF initiatives and Farm Bill programs

4) Identifying and promoting positive economic outcomes as a result of conservation system implementation

Submission Details:

Applications due: 8/17/2017

For more information visit nfwf.org

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Wind Wildlife Technology Development and Innovation

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) intends to release a request for proposals (RFP) during the fourth quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2017 (by September 30, 2017) in support of NREL’s Technology Development and Innovation (TD&I) project to address wind wildlife operational challenges.

The goal of the TD&I project is to aid the development of project-appropriate wind-wildlife mitigation technologies that will facilitate more efficient and cost-effective wind energy deployment across the United States. This RFP will support the advancement and validation of emerging technologies that detect and deter birds and bats from wind energy facilities. The RFP will fund technical collaborations with NREL. Selected projects will leverage the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) facilities and expertise to support technical development and validation.

NREL will consider applications for stand-alone detection or deterrent technologies as well as integrated, multicomponent systems. NREL will also consider applications for innovations to turbine integration tools such as Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems or installation considerations.

Submission Details:

Applications due: 9/30/2017

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Proof of Concept Commercialization Pilot Program Innovation Corps @ Department of Defense (I Corps @ DoD)

The Department of Defense (DoD) is soliciting applications from current/recent grant awardees to receive mentoring and funding to accelerate the transition and commercialization of the funded research. The I Corps @ DoD program is designed to support the acceleration of innovation by providing Principal Investigators (PIs) with training and mentorship in customer discovery and commercialization. The purpose of funding under this Program Announcement (PA) is to accelerate the commercialization of basic research innovations from qualifying institutions.

The goals of this program are to spur the transition of fundamental research, to encourage collaboration between academia and industry, and to train students to understand innovation and entrepreneurship.

Submission Details:

Applications due: 9/15/2017

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Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) - Phase I

The USDA NIFA invites science-based small business firms with strong scientific research capabilities to participate under this program. Applicants are encouraged to indicate in their application if the proposed research aligns with agriculturally related manufacturing technology, energy efficiency and alternative and renewable energy.

Subtopics

1) Forests and Related Resources (sustainable bioenergy, biofuels from woody biomass, wood-based nano-materials)

2) Animal Production and Protection

3) Air, Water and Soils

4) Food Science and Nutrition

5) Rural and Community Development(catalyze activities for harnessing big data to synthesize new knowledge and foster data-driven innovation in agriculture and alternative energy source devolpment (wind and solar))

6) Aquaculture

7) Biofuels and Biobased Products

8) Small and Mid-Size Farms

9) Plant Production and Protection - Engineering

Submission Details:

Applications due: 10/5/2017

For more information visit usda.gov

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OTS Call 7 - 3D Dynamic Mapping Call

DHS is seeking a 3D dynamic mapping and visualization technology to that provides the First Responder responding to an incident with situational awareness regarding the interior landscape of buildings.

Areas of interest:

1) Dynamic Mapping and Visualization of Building Interiors The technology should provide First Responders and ICs the ability to render 3D dynamic mapping and visualization of indoor areas in terms of architectural and semantic information in real time. The objective is to identify and report data to include major structural components, such as doorways, walls, and windows, and to do so quickly.

2) Dynamic Capture and Rendering of Structural Changes The technology should have the ability to capture structural changes as they occur inside the various building structures and render that information to an individual who is outside of the building.

3) Navigation and Tracking The technology should have the capability to accept and process location data from other technologies to include indoor tracking devices and network sensors. This helps in visually communicating the indoor spatial information, resulting in decreased routing uncertainty inside the structure and assistance in making more informed navigation strategies.

Submission Details:

4 Possible Application Deadlines: 7/28/2017, 10/27/2017, 1/26/2018, 5/1/2018

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Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program (TACP)

The Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program (TACP) seeks to develop novel concepts with the potential to create new capabilities in aeronautics by stimulating aeronautics research in the student community. TACP will provide students, from accredited U.S. colleges or universities, with grants for aeronautics projects that also raise cost sharing funds using crowdfunding platforms.

This challenge, which is being run as a pilot project, seeks students who have an aeronautics related project idea and have the passion to develop that idea. The project must be relevant to the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) Strategic Implementation Plan and address one of ARMD’s six strategic thrusts as they affect aviation:

1) Safe, Efficient Growth in Global Operations

2) Innovation in Commercial Supersonic Aircraft

3) Ultra-Efficient Commercial Vehicles

4) Transition to Low-Carbon Propulsion

5) Real-Time System-Wide Safety Assurance

6) Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation

The solicitation goal can be accomplished through project ideas such as advancing the design, developing technology or capabilities in support of aviation, by demonstrating a novel concept, or enabling advancement of aeronautics-related technologies.

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission: 10/16/2017

For more information visit nasaprs.com

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Collaborative Research on International and Domestic Spherical Tokamaks

The DOE Office of Science Spherical Tokamak program contributes significantly to the Fusion Energy Science (FES) program goal of understanding the dynamics of magnetically confined plasmas and developing techniques for controlling them. The Spherical Tokamak program helps to build the scientific foundations for fusion energy by both contributing to the fundamental understanding of magnetically confined plasmas and assessing the attractiveness of the spherical tokamak for future fusion facilities.

Areas of Focus:

1) Macroscopic Stability

2) Multi-Scale Transport Physics

3) Plasma Boundary Interfaces

4) Plasma Waves and Energetic Particles

5) Plasma Start-up and Ramp-up without a Solenoid

6) Advanced Operating Scenarios and Control

Submission Details:

Pre-application: 8/4/2017

Applications due: 9/1/2017

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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

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Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF): Core Programs

The Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) supports transformative research and education projects that explore the foundations of computing and communication and seek advances in computing and communication theory, algorithm design and analysis, and the architecture and design of computers and software.

Areas of Interest

1) Algorithmic Foundations (AF): Algorithmic research with applications in databases, machine learning, data mining, networks, communications, operating systems, languages, compilers, and machine abstractions is supported. New techniques for the design and analysis of algorithms in areas such as optimization, cryptography, computational geometry, computational biology, game theory, social networks, and numeric, symbolic, and algebraic computing are appropriate for this program.

2) Communications and Information Foundations (CIF): Research in communication theory, information theory, and signal processing. Included in the CIF program is the reliable transmission of information in the presence of a variety of resource constraints (e.g., energy, bandwidth, computation, time, and privacy) and channel impairments (e.g., noise, multipath, interference, and eavesdroppers). CIF likewise has a strong interest in the role of signal processing, coding, and information theory in distributed processing systems handling massive amounts of data.

3) Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF): seeking transformative ideas that reformulate the relationships between requirements, design and evolution of software, and software-intensive systems. SHF supports research projects focusing on program analysis and synthesis, compositionality, verifiability and adaptability of software, as well as research on software analysis and testing techniques for all stages of the software life cycle. The program additionally supports projects that address foundational issues in computer architecture and the key challenges in computer hardware and systems design, including, but not limited to, performance, energy efficiency, reliability, scalability, concurrency, and heterogeneity.

Submission Details:

Applications due: 9/27/2017

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Computer and Network Systems (CNS): Core Programs

The Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS) supports research and education activities that invent new computing and networking technologies and that explore new ways to make use of existing technologies. The Division seeks to develop a better understanding of the fundamental properties of computer and network systems and to create better abstractions and tools for designing, building, analyzing, and measuring future systems. CNS areas of interest are:

1) Computer Systems Research (CSR): computer systems will require new, innovative, and visionary approaches to hardware, wired and wireless communications, consideration of human-computer interactions, and new programming languages and compilers that are limited only by the imagination. They will need to be reliable in the presence of unreliable components, adaptive to changing environments, capable of supporting high-throughput applications and large-scale data storage and processing, and able to meet performance and energy objectives for applications ranging from very low-power embedded systems to large high-performance computing systems. Furthermore, computer systems of the future will need to provide mechanisms for ensuring security and privacy.

CSR Highlighted Areas

  • Embedded and Real-time Systems (ERS)
  • Edge Computing (EC)
  • Extensible Distributed Systems (EDS)

2) Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS): seeks fundamental scientific understanding of and advances in large-scale, complex, heterogeneous communications networks, including, but not limited to, home, enterprise, data center, cloud, and Internet or Internet-scale networks, and in the wireless areas of cellular, vehicular, mesh, sensor, body area, and underwater networks. NeTS seeks novel frameworks, architectures, protocols, methodologies, and tools for the design and analysis, development, operation, and management of robust and highly dependable networks, including autonomous networks in which the need for human intervention is minimal. The program also 6 seeks projects that enable energy-efficient operation with low control and communication overhead in wireless networks.

NeTS Highlighted Areas

  • Network Analytics and Management
  • Wireless Network Architectures and Protocols
  • Next-Generation Virtualized Networks/Infrastructure
  • Optical Networking

In addition, CNS invites proposals that bridge the research areas of CSR and NeTS.

Submission Details:

Applications due: 9/27/2017

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Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS): Core Programs

The Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) studies the inter-related roles of people, computers, and information. IIS areas of interest include:

1) Cyber-Human Systems (CHS): develop new knowledge about the role of people in the design and use of information technology. This research should explore potentially transformative and disruptive ideas, novel theories, and technological innovations in computer and information science that accelerate the understanding of coupled relationships between humans and technology (enhance computing environments that include VR and augmented reality, amplify individual human capabilities through a device, support individuals with disabilities, and improve intelligence of autonomous systems)

2) Information Integration and Informatics (III): increase our capability to create, manage, and understand data and information. Research projects may address data of unprecedented scale, complexity, and rate of acquisition, as well as issues of heterogeneity and complexity with innovative approaches and deep insights.

3) Robust Intelligence (RI): advance our understanding of how computational systems can exhibit the hallmarks of intelligence. The RI program advances and integrates the research traditions of artificial intelligence, computer vision, human language research, robotics, machine learning, computational neuroscience, cognitive science, and related areas.

Submission Details:

Applications due: 9/27/2017

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Project Call 3.0

Project calls fulfill one of the Institute’s primary goals: fostering technology innovation and commercialization.

Project Call 3.0 (PC 3.0) focuses on areas identified in the Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) Roadmap developed by NextFlex Technical Working Groups. This roadmap is developed by industry, government, nonprofit, and academic subject matter experts, and reviewed by the Institute’s Technical and Governing Councils.

Topic areas for this proposal include subsystem development, as well as development of manufacturing processes and/or solutions for capability gaps. Four Manufacturing Thrust Area (MTA) and three Technology Platform Demonstration (TPD) topics, in addition to an Agency Driven Project, are the focus of PC 3.0:

MTA

  • Printed circuit elements for RF and high-speed applications
  • Printed passives for FHE including materials, tools, and process documentation
  • Z-axis interconnect and via formation
  • Additive and semi-additive manufacturing methods for high density interconnects

TPD

  • Control- and/or condition-based monitoring applications for physical or perishable assets
  • Adaptive wearable or structural articles with soft robotics response
  • Development of a low-cost, high-performing multi-sensor system integrated in a user-friendly “wear and forget” format for medical or worker safety applications
Submission Details:

Pre-Proposal Submission: 7/12/2017

Full Proposal Submission: 8/30/2017

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DMSMS 2017: Managing Obsolescence Risk - How to Optimize Budget, Schedule, and Readiness

The likelihood of obsolescence is well known; it’s a sure thing. Obsolescence occurs at every phase of a system’s life cycle. The consequences of this obsolescence depends upon a program’s approach to dealing with it. If that approach is not adequate, the negative impacts may be severe.

  • From a cost and budget standpoint, programs can be hit with enormous bills to resolve obsolescence issues, usually when those issues are not discovered early enough to find lower cost solutions.
  • From a production schedule standpoint, the worst thing that can happen to a production program manager is a schedule slip. Nevertheless, obsolescence, which is prevalent in production, can unfortunately make this nightmare a reality if a program doesn’t learn about it until a failed attempt to buy an obsolete item.
  • From a readiness standpoint, every operational commander is worried about the mission capability of his or her equipment. A non-mission capable-supply status can be caused by obsolescence if you don’t know about it in advance.

This Conference is about telling you, in practical terms, how to prevent these negative impacts from happening to you. A program can minimize these negative impacts by proactively managing obsolescence—designing to reduce obsolescence, finding out about issues as early as possible, and taking timely action to mitigate those issues. The breakout and plenary sessions are aimed at giving you key insights that you can use to minimize the budget and schedule risks caused by obsolescence while enhancing future readiness. You will see training and presentations about:

  • Obsolescence Management Best Practices and Lessons Learned
  • Innovative Obsolescence Management Strategies
  • New and Innovative Solutions for DMSMS
  • Collaboration as a Key to Success
  • Parts Management
  • DMSMS Training for DMSMS Practitioners and Managers

Call for Abstracts

You are invited to submit an abstract for your proposed presentation. Submitted abstracts should enhance the discussion of the various initiatives and technology supporting the modern warfighter as well as programmatic and logistics approaches.

Government, Industry, and academia are encouraged to participate. If you wish to form your own panel discussion, we would be glad to facilitate your needs.

Event Details:

Location: Tampa Convention Center, Florida

Abstracts: 7/31/2017

Dates: 12/4/2017-12/7/2017

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2017 Offshore Wind Executive Summit: The Parallels of Wind, Oil, and Gas

Educate yourself on the current market including project development, important policy issues and the complicated supply chain. This event will give attendees the chance to develop what is necessary to advance the U.S. offshore wind industry. Alana Duerr, the U.S. Department of Energy's offshore wind lead, will participate in a panel discussing industry demands for offshore wind engineering and design.

Event Details:

Location: Norris Conference Centers Houston/CityCentre, Houston, Texas

Dates: 8/9/2017-8/10/2017

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FY 2018 Research Opportunities in High Energy Physics

The DOE Office of Science High Energy Physics (HEP) program invites new and renewal grant applications for support of research programs in High Energy Physics focusing on three experimental scientific frontiers:

The Energy Frontier, where powerful accelerators are used to create new particles, reveal their interactions, and investigate fundamental forces;

The Intensity Frontier, where intense particle beams and highly sensitive detectors are used to investigate fundamental forces and particle interactions studying events that occur rarely in nature;

The Cosmic Frontier, where non-accelerator-based experiments observe the cosmos and detect cosmic particles, making measurements of natural phenomena that can provide information about the nature of dark matter and dark energy.

Subareas of Focus

1) Experimental Research at Each Frontier

2) Theoretical Research in HEP

3) Accelerator Science and Technology Research & Development in HEP

4) Detector Research and Development in HEP

Submission Details:

Letter of Intent: 8/10/2017

Applications due: 9/12/2017

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National Priorities: Transdisciplinary Research into Detecting and Controlling Lead in Drinking Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking applications proposing to

1) identify communities that are at a high risk of experiencing the adverse health effects of lead in drinking water;

2) identify opportunities to mitigate these risks; and

3) conduct educational and outreach efforts so that water system managers and the general public are aware of these risks and opportunities.

Submission Details:

Applications due: 8/15/2017

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HPC4Mfg - High Performance Computing to Advance Clean Energy Manufacturing

The objective of the HPC4Mfg Program is to enable targeted collaboration between the DOE national laboratories and the U.S. manufacturing industry to investigate, improve, and scale methods that will accelerate the development and deployment of innovative energy efficient manufacturing or enable the production or adoption of clean energy technologies. This solicitation is aimed at demonstrating the benefit of HPC toward these goals within one year.

Areas of Interest

1) Proposals that require High Performance Computing (HPC) modeling and simulation to overcome impactful manufacturing process challenges resulting in reduced energy consumption and/or increased productivity

2) Proposals that uniquely exploit HPC modeling and simulation to reduce energy consumption through improved clean energy technology design and clean energy manufacturing, and

3) Particularly proposals that accelerate the development and qualification of new energy materials; with a primary emphasis on the nuclear and fossil energy program areas of the Department of Energy.

Submission Details:

Concept Paper: 7/26/2017

Full Proposal: Early October

For more information visit hpc4mfg.gov

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Advanced Technology Solutions for Unconventional Oil and Gas Development

The DOE NETL is looking to select and award projects that focus on critical gaps in our understanding of reservoir behavior, and optimal completion and stimulation as well as waste water disposal in order to increase and enable more cost-efficient and environmentally-sound recovery from shale gas, tight oil, heavy oil, and tight gas resources. This can be achieved by developing technological solutions that enable effective resource recovery from fewer and less environmentally-impactful wells.

Areas of Interest

1) Technology Validation using Field Laboratories: acquire new scientific knowledge or validate newly-developed technology are vital for understanding the nature of oil and natural gas resource recovery as well as any environmental implications of UOG development

a. Established Unconventional Oil and Gas Plays- conduct scientific data acquisition and to develop/test technologies and techniques to drive improved resource recovery of oil and gas

b. Emerging Unconventional Plays- characterize and quantify the resource potential of the emerging unconventional oil and gas plays and investigate benefits of said plays

2) Advancement in Subsurface Diagnostics: to investigate possible causes of seismicity felt at surface linked to hydraulic fracturing. Possible research areas include:

a. Next generation, physics-based geomechanical models (e.g., peridynamic models).

b. New ways to process, analyze, and utilize existing geophysical data (e.g. integration of S and P wave response

c. Next generation distributed temperature sensing (DTS) and distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) fiber optics

d. Transient poroelastic diagnostic techniques (using pressure and flow rate measurements to infer fracture volume)

e. Electromagnetic techniques, including the use of electromagnetically active proppants

f. Techniques that incorporate devices into proppant mixtures that communicate their location.

3) Offshore Spill and Leak Prevention: to characterize and mitigate risks, including oil spills. Of interest are innovative solutions from topside through the reservoir that predict geologic hazards and prepare for and prevent offshore incidents and loss of life through risk reduction and mitigation technologies.

Submission Details:

Proposal due: 8/15/2017

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Science Award Electrochemistry/Award for Applied Science

BASF and Volkswagen are looking to fund excellent scientific research in electrochemistry in the areas of chemistry, physics and engineering, and the application of the results in the areas of material, cell, system, production, operations and recycling as well as to give the impetus for the generation of new research resources, including but not limited to postdoctoral fellows intending to habilitate or assistant professors/junior professors establishing a new institute/chair.

Submission Details:

Applications due: 8/18/2017

For more information visit science-award.com

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IARPA-Wide Research BAA

IARPA is soliciting proposals for research on topics that are not addressed by emerging or ongoing IARPA programs or other published IARPA solicitations. The BAA primarily, but not solely, seeks proposals for early stage research. IARPA invests in high-risk, high-payoff research that has the potential to provide our nation with an overwhelming intelligence advantage.

Areas of Interest

1) Anticipatory Intelligence: Anticipatory intelligence focuses on characterizing and reducing uncertainty by providing decision makers with timely and accurate forecasts of significant global events. This BAA solicits research that explores or demonstrates the feasibility of revolutionary concepts that may deliver real-time indications and warning, in context, to support rapid, nuanced understanding by intelligence consumers.

2) Analysis: Analysis focuses on maximizing insights from the massive, disparate, unreliable and dynamic data that are – or could be – available to analysts, in a timely manner. IARPA is pursuing new sources of information from existing and novel data, and developing innovative techniques that can be utilized in the processes of analysis. Analysis research efforts are diverse across technical disciplines but have the following common features: (a) they create technologies that can earn the trust of the analyst user by providing the reasoning for results; and (b) they address data uncertainty and provenance explicitly.

3) Computing: Research in computing focuses on the IC’s ability to operate freely and effectively in an often hostile and increasingly interdependent and resource-constrained environment. While some of our challenges stem from adversary activity, others emerge coincidentally with changes in technology or business practices. Research efforts are most often not application-specific, but concentrate instead on creating the foundations of a powerful and robust infrastructure for the IC that can maintain its integrity over time. This BAA solicits research that explores or demonstrates the feasibility of revolutionary concepts in computation, trust establishment and maintenance, and detecting and deflecting hostile intent.

4) Collection: The goal is to dramatically improve the value of collected data from all sources by developing new sensor and transmission technologies, new collection techniques that more precisely target desired information, and means for collecting information from previously inaccessible sources. In addition, IARPA pursues new mechanisms for combining information gathered from multiple sources to enhance the quality, reliability, and utility of collected information.

5) Innovative Approaches to Estimation of Performance: To ensure sound science and objective evaluations of progress, IARPA programs place considerable emphasis on sound procedures to measure or estimate performance. The topic areas listed above (Anticipatory Intelligence, Analysis, Computing, and Collections) pose a challenge to measurement, and in some cases a program-level investment in one of these topics may depend on developing new and innovative approaches to estimating performance.

Submission Details:

Applications due: 5/2/2018

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Theoretical Research in Magnetic Fusion Energy Sci

The DOE Magnetic Fusion Energy Sciences (MFES) program focuses on advancing the scientific understanding of the fundamental physical processes governing the behavior of magnetically confined plasmas and the strategic goal of developing the predictive capability needed for a sustainable fusion energy source. The efforts supported by this program range from analytical work to the development and application of simulation codes capable of exploiting the potential of next generation high performance computers.

Areas of Interest

1) Macroscopic Stability: Macroscopic (device-scale) equilibrium and stability of magnetically confined plasmas, including the prediction, avoidance, control, and mitigation of deleterious or performance-limiting instabilities and other transient effects.

2) Confinement and Transport: Understanding, prediction, and control of the collisional and turbulent physical processes responsible for the loss of heat, momentum and particles from the core of magnetically confined plasmas. Work focused on theory-based predictive transport modeling will also be considered.

3) Boundary Physics: Physical processes dominant in the edge region of magnetically confined plasmas, defined as the region from the top of the pedestal just inside the last closed flux surface to the material walls.

4) Plasma Heating & Non-inductive Current Drive: Physical mechanisms involved in the interaction of radiofrequency (RF) waves and other external mechanisms used to heat and drive non-inductive current in magnetically confined plasmas, including the interaction of the launching structures with the surrounding plasma.

5) Energetic Particles: Nonlinear interaction and coupling between background plasma, instabilities, and energetic particle populations—including the alpha particles generated by the fusion reactions—and the impact of this interaction on the confinement of the energetic particles and the overall plasma performance.

Submission Details:

White Papers due: 8/16/2017

Full Proposal due: 1/8/2018

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Technology Development to Ensure Environmentally Sustainable CO2 Injection Operations

The DOE is seeking research to develop techniques, tools, and methodologies that improve detection and assessment of CO2 stored in the target reservoir. Research products developed under this FOA are expected to include monitoring tools and techniques, as well as validation of models and modeling techniques. Successful technologies developed under this FOA will decrease the operator’s financial burden associated with long-term monitoring by providing them the capability to assess the position of the CO2 plume in the target reservoir with greater certainty throughout the life cycle of the project (i.e., active- and post-injection).

Monitoring and modeling methods should take into account the qualities of fluids (i.e., CO2 saturation, composition, etc.) and types of storage reservoirs (i.e., various geologic formations, depositional environments, depths, overburden, etc.) in the deep subsurface during or after CO2 injection operations. Methods, technologies, and tools investigated: monitoring techniques such as seismic surveys, electrical geophysical measurements, pressure and temperature sensing, and tracers; development of methodologies for associating the monitoring techniques with plume extent and location; and validation of methods, technologies, and tools using existing software.

Submission Details:

Full Proposal due: 8/11/2017

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FY 2018 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship

The Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship (VBFF) program is sponsored by the Basic Research Office, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. VBFF supports innovative basic research within academia, as well as opportunities intended to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers for the defense workforce. VBFF is oriented towards bold and ambitious “blue sky” research that may lead to extraordinary outcomes such as revolutionizing entire disciplines, creating entirely new fields, or disrupting accepted theories and perspectives.

Areas of Interest

1) Engineering Biology: development of technology for new sensing modalities and maintaining resilience and performance.

a. Specialty Materials- engineering and observing biological systems to produce more complex molecules or three-dimensional materials

b. Sensing- new and unique approaches to biological sensing for detecting unusual signatures, clandestine sensing, and sensing environmental biological molecules and chemicals

2) Quantum Information Science: Developments of new algorithms for quantum computing as well as the creation, control, and manipulation of non-classical states of light and matter with potential for exceeding classical limits in communications, sensing, metrology, imaging, computing and simulation.

3) Cognitive Neuroscience: Development of forward-thinking and hypothesis-driven theoretical, computational, neuronal, and molecular basic neuroscience research to study the mechanisms of human cognitive skills

4) Novel Engineered Materials: Discovery of new materials that enable transformative functionalities and performance under extreme conditions. Ex: meta-materials with negative index of refraction, superlattices, quantum dots, and ordered arrays of nanoholes which can form photonics waveguides

5) Applied Mathematics (theory and experiments) and Statistics: Developing areas: the analysis and exploitation of very large data sets; generalized machine learning; deep learning network; common sense enabled artificial intelligence; the understanding of sociotechnical networks; formal foundations for cybersecurity; encryption and authentication; and, theoretical foundations for compressive sensing

6) Manufacturing Science: Increasing knowledge, understanding, and manipulative capability associated with materials and materials systems with a focus on the practical control of useful physical, chemical, or mechanical properties. They include new functionalities obtained through controlled processing and assembly of traditional materials, such as metals, alloys, ceramics, polymers, and composites by designing and assembling materials systems with precision.

Submission Details:

White Papers due: 8/16/2017

Full Proposal due: 1/8/2018

For more information visit grants.gov

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DSO Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement

The DARPA Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is pursuing high-risk, high-payoff research initiatives across a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines and to transform these initiatives into disruptive technologies for U.S. national security. This BAA seeks innovative basic or applied research concepts that explore Physical and Natural Systems, Human-Machine and Social Systems, and/or Math and Computational Systems through the lens of below areas of focus.

Areas of Interest

1) Complexity Engineering: Understanding the principles of organization and control, the transformation or harnessing of complexity, and the implications of such methods. Ex: complex sensing networks to protect cities from chemical and biological threats; new strategies to protect natural resources; new concepts in war-gaming and conflict simulation; design, synthesis and characterization of materials trapped in non-equilibrium states.

2) Science of Design: The study of processes and methods of design (ways in which we transform a given state of the world into a preferred one using tools and technologies). Ex: the creation of novel optics with metamaterials; strategies for building microscopic, distributable cameras; design concepts in synthesis and use of non-linear materials; digital representations of engineering information that can anticipate failure, evolve, and merge with other designs; and mathematical optimization and its use in design.

3) Noosphere: Creating, measuring, and modeling foundational questions regarding humans, human-machine interactions, and society. Ex: understanding the limits of human perception; developing a more detailed understanding of human variability; and implications and applications of virtual reality and augmented reality technologies.

4) Foundational limits: Creating, measuring, and modeling the boundaries of our current understanding of the sciences using scientific methods. Ex: understanding the limits of natural intelligence and boundaries of machine intelligence; establishing the limits of quantum effects; determining the limits of chemical-based propulsion.

5) New Foundations: Discovering new natural phenomena or developing entirely new approaches to address scientific or technical challenges. Ex: correlating effects of uncertainties in materials; development of knowledge and tools associated with designer metals; new human-computer interaction concepts that enable improved human-machine symbiotic decision-making; exploring alternative models to computation; strategies to leverage the Earth’s magnetic field; and new concepts in ultra-rapid and high-magnitude energy transduction.

Submission Details:

Abstracts due: 5/10/2018

Proposals due: 6/11/2017

For more information visit grants.gov

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Lagrange - Mathematical Methods for High-Demensional Data-Driven Optimization

DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals to develop novel mathematical methods, on both the theoretical and algorithmic fronts, which will solve high-dimensional, dynamic, data-driven optimization and decision-making problems. Proposed research should fully address challenges that arise from the nonlinear, nonconvex, hybrid (continuous, discrete) nature of underlying modeling and optimization of realistic complex application problems. Specifically excluded is research that offers existing solutions and optimization methods for application areas, however complex or relevant the proposer feels they might be to DoD needs.

Submission Details:

Applications due: 7/24/2017

For more information visit fbo.gov

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Topological Excitations in Electronics

The Defense Sciences Office at the DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals exploring approaches to exploit topological excitations in electronics. The program aims to explore topological excitations that have recently been engineered in solid-state systems that have the potential to overcome fundamental limits faced by present electronic memory, digital logic, sensors and quantum bits (qubits) as well as other potential applications. The Topological Excitations in Electronics program aims to advance the state of the field by demonstrating that the performance of such excitations in suitably designed prototype/proof-ofconcept devices can be scaled up to make a significant impact in future technology.

Areas of Interest

1) Classical topological excitations: Classical applications of topological excitations such as in memory, binary logic, sensors, etc. Under special circumstances, magnetic materials can support nano-sized topological excitations (e.g., skyrmions) that might emerge as stable excitations even at room temperature to overcome the crippling “super-paramagnetic” limit faced by present magnetic storage technology to implement denser, non-volatile storage-class memory and spin-logic.

2) Quantum topological excitations: Application of topological excitations to achieve topologically protected quantum qubits. Implementing topological QC using engineered systems to create coherence-stable qubits presents a significant challenge in materials synthesis so new concentrated efforts to explore the properties of such hybrid devices and unravel their properties are needed as well as work is to be done with “non-Abelian anyons”.

Submission Details:

Abstracts due: 6/27/2017

Applications due: 8/16/2017

For more information visit grants.gov

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Advanced Combustion Systems: Existing Plant Improvements and Transformational Technologies

The DOE NETL is soliciting and competitively awarding applied research projects to develop advanced combustion systems that will make substantial progress toward enabling cost-competitive, coal-based power generation systems to remain in operation and to expand coal use while meeting the goal of achieving near-zero pollutant emissions. The Advanced Combustion Systems (ACS) Program promotes reliable, efficient and economic combustion systems that generate electricity more reliably and with lower emissions. This program supports the integration and testing of transformative technologies to evaluate the performance and cost, collection of engineering data for scaling up, and development of advanced combustion coal power plant improvement technologies and approaches. Projects improve the performance of existing plants and will develop advanced combustion systems that will make substantial progress toward enabling cost-competitive, fossil-based power generation with lower emissions including CO2.

Areas of Interest

1) Advanced Combustion Coal Power Plant Improvement Technologies

a: Condition-Based Monitoring of Coal-Based Power Generation Boilers: Condition-Based Monitoring (CBM) is a maintenance philosophy that actively monitors the health condition of assets to predict and prevent failures and maximize availability and generating capacity while saving cost. This subtopic is intended to solicit applications to improve boiler reliability in the high temperature region of the boiler in pulverized-coal Rankine cycle power plants.

b: Near-Term Opportunities for Existing Coal-Based Units: Improve the performance and economics of existing coal fueled plants leading to reduced cost of operation for coal-fired utilities and industrial scale coal-fired boilers. Projects in this area of research are expected to bring about near-term benefits for incorporation into commercial plants that will continue to operate on coal into the future.

2) Advanced Combustion Enabling Technologies and Advanced Concepts

a: Chemical Looping Combustion (CLC): Develop critical CLC technology and improve overall system performance either through materials development, process development, component development, or full-system solutions that should either meet, or show progress toward, performance that is commensurate with projected commercial operation, including but not limited to: 90% CO2 capture and 99% carbon conversion.

b: Pressurized Oxy-combustion: Address critical pressurized oxy-combustion technology gaps and improve overall system performance either through materials development, process development, component development, or full-system solutions that should either meet or show progress toward performance that is commensurate with projected commercial operation, including but not limited to: 90% CO2 capture and 99% carbon.

c: Advanced Concepts and Novel Approaches: Transform the performance and economics of coal-fired utilities or industrial-scale coal-fired boilers, leading to significantly reduced cost that could compete with alternative fuels such as natural gas-fired systems (novel ideas to combine coal generation with renewable energy, to make coal cost-effective in smaller power plants with high efficiency and controlled CO2 emissions, or to develop modular systems that can be replicated based upon the application)

Submission Details:

Applications due: 8/8/2017

For more information visit netl.doe.gov

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Small Scale Modularization of Gasification Technology Components for Modular Systems

The DOE-NETL is seeking research in technologies to scale down Integrated Gasification and Combined Cycle (IGCC) plant components in the Radically Engineered Modular Systems philosophy (exploits the idea that cost reductions can be realized via mass production and learning curve effects) to achieve programmatic cost reduction goals and to enable opportunities for lifecycle greenhouse gas reductions by locating distributed generation/fuel production closer to its raw material source. The goal is to further the development of REMS for combined heat and power, and the development of retrofit options to process clean syngas to other products such as liquid fuels and chemicals in lieu of power which are cost effective relative to state-of-the-art commercial technology.

Areas of Interest

1) Modularization of emerging gasification technologies: Combined heat and power (CHP) distributed generation units having total power capacity in 1 to 5 MW nominal size range. Development of one or more components having application on a REMS gasifier skid that can produce clean syngas from coal and produce power via conversion of syngas in a fuel cell, combustion turbine, or other heat engine.

2) Modularization of advanced air separation technologies to enable oxygen-blown gasifier within REMS context: Focus on research into modular air separation technology to support the oxidant feed of an oxygen-blown REMS gasifier scaled to a range of 1 to 5 MW. The air separation technology must be able to be incorporated into a REMS-gasification skid.

3) Small Field Pilot FEED Study: Establish basic elements of a Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) study of a small/modular gasification system fueled by coal, which may optionally be supplemented by up to 20 percent biomass, and co-produces power and heat or high value fuels/chemicals.

Submission Details:

Applications due: 8/8/2017

For more information visit netl.doe.gov

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Collaborative Fusion Energy Research in the DIII-D National Program

The DOE is searching for collaborative research in fusion energy science as part of the DIII-D national research program. The mission of the DIII-D program is to establish the scientific basis for the optimization of the tokamak approach to fusion energy production. The primary means to accomplish this mission is research utilizing the DIII-D tokamak to develop the ultimate potential of the tokamak concept as a magnetic confinement system. The DIII-D program also involves foundational fusion energy science research to make progress on a broad front toward predictive understanding of fusion plasmas. The major strengths of the program are the highly flexible and well-diagnosed DIII-D tokamak and a large collaborative research team from the national and international fusion community. All applications will utilize the DIII-D National Fusion Facility at General Atomics in San Diego, California. This includes modeling validation and verification proposals utilizing DIII-D data.

Research Themes

1) Controlling transient behavior in tokamaks for ITER (35 Nation Project in France) and beyond

2) Developing boundary solutions relevant to future fusionreactors

3) Strengthening the foundations of fusion science to develop predictive capability for ITER and beyond

4) Determining the path to steady state tokamak reactors

Submission Details:

Pre-Applications due: 7/13/2017

Applications due: 9/21/2017

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RFI: Draft Version of DOE Energy-Water Nexus State Policy Database

The DOE seeks review and feedback from stakeholders on the draft version of the DOE Energy-Water Nexus State Policy Database, including over 1,700 state-level water policies that affect energy systems. The database is being developed by DOE's Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis (DOE-EPSA). The draft or “beta” version of the database is presented as a web tool at http://energywaterpolicy.org. Categories of policies in the database include surface water rights; groundwater rights; water discharge regulations for power plant cooling water effluent, stormwater, and wastewater from oil and gas production; Underground Injection Control (UIC) program regulations; state water plans; regional watershed commissions; reservoir and river operations; and integrated energy and water policies. The goals of the database are to facilitate improved policy analysis, modeling, visualization, and communication by states, industry, utilities, academia, federal agencies, and other stakeholders.

To submit feedback, please respond by email to EPSA.database@hq.doe.gov as indicated in the Request for Information

Submission Details:

Response due: 8/4/2017

For more information visit federalregister.gov

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NWO Joint U.S. – Netherlands Cyber Security Research Programme

Building on previous initiatives intended to foster stronger research links between The Netherlands and the U.S., the USDHS and NLNWO would like to strengthen collaboration between our nations’ best cybersecurity researchers. Topic areas covered in this opportunity includes Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and/or Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA). These systems control segments of the infrastructure critical to the smooth function of our society. These systems collect information from sensors and actuators about some physical environment and provide an operator interface which allows control and reporting. The physical environment could be a power plant, power-distribution network, water-treatment plant, manufacturing floor, petroleum refinery, or any other physical environment that requires control and data acquisition.

Technically the ICS and/or SCADA system is composed of information technology (IT) that provides the human-machine interface (HMI) and stores and analyzes the data. It may contain the logic necessary to operate the physical environment either autonomously or semi-autonomously. Although technically not part of the SCADA system, SCADA systems are connected to the sensors and actuators via a complex network of devices that may include any of the following: Front End Processors (FEPs), Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs), Master Terminal Units (MTUs), Motor Control Centers (MCCs), Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), and Remote Terminal Units (RTUs).

Submission Details:

Proposal: 8/31/2017

For more information visit fbo.gov

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Keck Research Program Grant

The Keck Foundation Research Program seeks to support projects in two specific areas medical research and science and engineering. They are open to assist projects that are distinct and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field.

Submission Details:

Concept Paper: 8/15/2017

Full Application: 2/15/2018

For more information visit pivot.cos.com

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Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), are supporting research through Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) to increase the nation’s energy independence by supporting the development of bioenergy feedstocks, biofuels, and biobased products. The projects will help develop economically and environmentally sustainable sources of renewable biomass, increase the availability of renewable fuels and biobased products, and diversify the country's energy portfolio.

Applicants will be permitted to address any or all of the following three legislatively mandated technical areas:

1. feedstocks development

2. biofuels and biobased products development

3. biofuels development analysis. In support of these goals, USDA and DOE are soliciting applications from all interested parties, including for-profit entities, universities, nonprofits, and national laboratories

Submission Details:

Concept Paper: 7/7/2017

Full Application: 9/22/2017

For more information visit eere-exchange.energy.gov

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Centers for Chemical Innovation

The Centers for Chemical Innovation Program supports research centers focused on major, long-term fundamental chemical research challenges. These centers are agile structures that can respond rapidly to emerging opportunities through collaboration and integrate research, innovation, education, broadening participation and informal science communication. Funding for Phase I awards is up to $1,800,000 for 3 years.

Phase I awardees must engage in research, broader impact activities, and center development activities over the three-year duration of this award. The research activities may build on pre-existing efforts, but new, collaborative results attributed to the CCI award are expected.

Submission Details:

Pre-application: 6/15/2017 Application: 7/17/2017

For more information visit nsf.gov

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NOI: Hybrid Systems for Ultra-High Efficiency Conversion of Natural Gas to Electricity

ARPA-E intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the development of hybrid fuel cell and engine systems for the ultra-high efficiency conversion of natural gas to electricity. The objective of this FOA will be to encourage the development of commercial-scale (>100 kW) Distributed Generation (DG) systems that have fuel-to-electric power conversion efficiencies in excess of 70% on a Lower Heating Value (LHV) basis.

The long-term goal of the program will be to reduce the cost and increase the primary energy efficiency associated with the providing of electric power to commercial and industrial customers. The achievement of the aggressive efficiency (>70%) and installed cost (<$1800/kW) goals required to enable a targeted >1 Quad/year of fuel energy savings will require the development of new component technologies and systems approaches for the integration of fuel cells with heat or reactive engines.

Submission Details:

Proposal: n/a

For more information visit arpa-e-foa.energy.gov

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NOI: Designs for Advanced Modular Nuclear Reactors

ARPA-E intends to issue a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to support R&D on advanced nuclear reactor technologies that enable safe, secure, and flexible energy production by nuclear fission with dramatically lower capital and operating costs.

The envisioned program seeks transformative designs and manufacturing technologies to achieve semi-autonomous “walk-away safe” and secure operation; extremely low construction capital costs; and dramatically faster construction and commissioning times based on technologies such as modular assemblies and factory manufacturing. Success in this program will establish a set of high-fidelity designs of new advanced nuclear reactors and set a path for the U.S. to lead the world in “Gen IV and beyond” nuclear power technologies.

Submission Details:

Proposal: n/a

For more information visit arpa-e-foa.energy.gov

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RFI: Green Water Technologies

The Department of Energy is seeking feedback on technologies with the potential for early stage research and development (R&D) that if successfully advanced could impact the cost‐effective and energy efficient availability of clean water processed from a variety of sources such as surface water, ground water, brackish water, seawater, wastewater and produced water for a range of applications including municipal drinking water, agricultural uses, and industrial needs. Results from this research and development would further the administration’s priority to ensure clean air and clean water for the US and enable a water infrastructure that is resilient towards climate change, population growth, and movement.

Submission Details:

Response due: August 28, 2017 5:00pm

For more information visit eere.energy.gov

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The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program 

The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program, now in its 20th year, is a full-time hands-on training and educational program that provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation.

Each year, applicants from around the world become part of an Academies' committee, board or unit where they are assigned to a mentor and learn about the world of science and technology policy.  An immersive experience, the program is designed to broaden fellows’ appreciation of employment opportunities outside academia and leave them with both a firm grasp of the important and dynamic role of science and technology in decision-making and a better understanding of the role that they can play in strengthening the science and technology enterprise for the betterment of mankind.

Submission Details:

Applications Due: September 8, 2017

For more information visit nationalacademies.org

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E2 Energy to Educate Grants 

Through this program, Constellation offers students opportunities to experience problem-solving today's and tomorrow's energy challenges. Grant funds support projects designed to enhance students' understanding of science and technology, and inspire them to think differently about energy.

Submission Details:

Proposals Due: October 1, 2017

For more information visit constellation.com/community

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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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NRL-BAA N000173-17-S-BA07 Topic 71-17-02 Elasto-Acoustic Meta Materials 

The US Naval Research Laboratory has added the topic "Elasto-Acoustic Meta Materials" to the annual broad agency announcement. 

Under this topic, the Acoustic Signal Processing and Systems Branch is interested in receiving proposals for research related to basic and applied research concepts in acoustic materials and metamaterials with the goal of constructing novel devices for use in aqueous, are and elastic environments. The work seeks both fundamental research in physics as well as fabrication of devises using new and exotic materials. 

Interested researchers should submit white papers to Code 7160 by email to NRL7160@nrl.navy.mil. 

Submission Details:

Full Proposal Due: February 28, 2018

For more information visit: nrl.navy.mil/doing-business

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Grid of the Future Symposium

Sponsored by the CIGRE Us National Committee and EPRI, hosted by FirstEnergy, the GOTF Symposium provides an opportunity to network with peers in the generation, transmission, distribution, markets, and smart grid technologies industries. It provides a variety of seminars, workshops, educational speakers and tutorial sessions. 

Event Details:

Location: Cleveland, Ohio 

Dates: October 22, 2017- October 25, 2017 

Call for Papers Due July 28, 2017 

For more information visit cigre-usnc.tamu.edu

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FY 2018 Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI)

The MURI program was created over 25 years ago and attempts to accomplish something that has never been done before. The program addresses high risk basic research and has consistently produced critical scientific breakthroughs with wide-reaching consequences in science, economic growth, and new military technologies. Multidisciplinary research efforts where more than one traditional discipline interacts to provide advances in scientific interest areas of the DOD is highly encouraged. Topics of interest that would be highly relevant include:

Topic 8: Modeling Interdependence among Natural Systems and Human Population Dynamics - The goal of this MURI is to create a theory combining environmental change, human social systems dynamics, and corresponding interdependencies in order to create and validate predictive models that capture these dynamics to anticipate the trajectory of environmental change and human effects on these changes. Research concentration areas includes:

  • How environmental change affects the availability of critical resources
  • How these extreme environmental and resource shifts impact populations
  • How population dynamics affect natural systems and social dynamics

Topic 11: Molecular-scale Studies of Liquid-Solid Interfaces in Electrochemical Processes - This MURI seeks development and application of new molecular-level spectroscopic and simulation methods to detect the identity and structure of intermediate species and illuminate the important energy transfer processes in electrochemical systems of importance to energy storage and utilization. Research concentration areas include:

  • Development and application of spectroscopic methods for the in situ and operando identification of intermediates in electrochemical and electrocatalytic processes in real time
  • Development and application of molecular simulation methods to identify the dynamic behavior of solvent motion and reorganization at electrodes and identifying their effects on electrochemical and electrocatalytic processes
  • Studies of the real-time kinetic and dynamic behavior occurring at solid-liquid interfaces and electrochemical double layers in electrochemical processes
  • Studies of electron and proton transfer and the role of interfacial fields at electrodes in electrochemical and electrocatalytic processes

Topic 16: ß-Ga2O3 as a High-Critical Field Strength Material for Power Systems - This MURI seeks to develop the fundamental pysics to understand carrier-defect interactions at extremely high electric fields and high temperature as well as to explore the physical properties of bulk ß-Ga2O3 and related alloys. Research concentration areas include:

  • Theoretical studies of ß-Ga2O3 and other polymorphs of ß-Ga2O3, validation of structure using spectroscopy and microscopy
  • First principles modeling of defects, interfaces, and effects of various applied fields and their relations to time dependent properties
  • Modeling of layered architectures, including coupled conduction of the various carriers
  • Design and characterization of heterostructure and prototype devices with nanoscale control of composition and structure

Topic 22: In situ Microstructural and Defect Evolution below the Micron Scale in as-Deposited Metal Alloys - This MURI seeks to understand the the impact of contaminants/dopants, dislocation behavior and localized crystal strain fields on microstructure and defect evolution in AM materials as a result of cyclic processing. Research concentration areas include:

  • Development of new theory and models to help illuminate fundamental mesoscale behavior and the influence of grain boundaries and thermally activated defects on various property-microstructure-performance relationships
  • Emerging in-situ/in-operandi characterization tools to differentially probe local lattice structures/smaller grains, larger grain sizes, and microstructural responses to various thermal and mechanical stimulae
  • Design of computationally-guided experiments

Topic 23: Enhancing Thermal Transport at Material Interfaces - This MURI seeks a multidisciplinary research team who will incorporate expertise in physics, materials science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering to design, synthesize, characterize, and understand to understand the materials used when designing thermal interfaces in wide bandgap electronic devices with extremely low thermal boundary resistance. Research concentration areas include:

  • Theoretical studies powered by advanced atomistic level simulations to quantify interfacial thermal processes
  • Use theories to understand the role of anharmonicity, defects, roughness, and interdiffusion on thermal boundary resistance and to guide the design of patterned materials to enhance thermal interfaces
  • Growth of heteroepitaxial materials with controlled and patterned interfaces to demonstrate enhanced thermal interfaces
  • Development of improved experimental tools to yield high accuracy measurements of structure, thermal transport, and the stability of these interfaces

In total, there are 24 different topic areas, some of which include novel solid-state materials and color centers for quantum science and engineering (Topic 2), molecular-scale studies of liquid-solid interfaces in electrochemical processes (Topic 11), piezoelectric nanoenergetic materials with adaptable and tailorable reactivity (Topic 14), and advanced optical materials that create force from light (Topic 21).

Submission Details:

Application: November 1, 2017

For more information visit onr.navy.mil

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Energy Harvesting Fabrics 

The First Responders Group, established under the Science and Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security seeks innovative energy-harvesting smart fabric for technology for integration into the Next Generation First Responder Program. First responders are required to carry more equipment requiring a power source, requiring them to carry various batteries for the different pieces of equipment. As first responders already carry a heavy load, non-traditional power sources which reduce the logistical and weight burden are required 

Fabrics developed through this program should be developed to harness energy for the environment in which the first responder operates, and be able to be used for the manufacture of first responder garments without interfering with performance or appearance. 

Technical Topic Areas Are:

1. Daily Duty Uniform

2. Wildland Firefighter Ensemble

3. Structural Firefighter Turn-out Gear 

Submission Details:

 Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed on a quarterly basis. Quarterly deadlines are: July 28, 2017; October 27, 2017; January 26, 2018; May 3, 2018

For more information visit fedbizops.gov

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Dynamics, Control and Systems Diagnostics (DCSD)

The Dynamics, Control and Systems Diagnostics (DCSD) program promotes research on the analysis, measurement, monitoring, and control of dynamic systems. There are four areas of interest:

1. Modeling - Creation of mathematical frameworks to apply tools of dynamics to physical systems

2. Analysis - Discovery of structure in dynamic behavior

3. Diagnostics - Dynamic methods that infer system properties from observations

​4. Control - Methods that result in desire dynamic behavior

This program does not fund research in sensing modalities or sensors.

Submission Details:

September 15, 2017

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Design of Engineering Material Systems (DEMS)

The Design of Engineering Material Systems (DEMS) program encourages fundamental research that leads to new paradigms of design, development, and insertion of advanced engineering material systems. Research proposals submitted to this program should attempt to create systematic scientific methodologies to tailor the behavior of material systems in ways that are driven by performance metrics and incorporate processing and manufacturing. Research results should enable the discovery of materials systems with new properties and enable their use into engineering systems. Proposals that focus on modeling, simulation, or the prediction of material performance without an emphasis on design are not appropriate for this particular program.

Submission Details:

September 15, 2017

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Communications and Networking Discovery and Invention

The performance of Command and Control (C2) systems and decision making at all levels of command depend on reliable, interoperable, survivable, secure and timely communications and networking and the availability of high capacity multimedia communication networks. 

The goal of this program is to support the Navy's Information Warfare vision by developing measurable advances in technology that can enable and enhance end-to-end connectivity and quality-of-service for mission-critical information exchange. The vision is to provide high throughput robust communications and networking to ensure all warfighters have access to information, knowledge, and decision-making necessary to perform their assigned tasks.  

Areas of interest include: 

1. Algorithms and technics for digital beam forming and nulling with reduced computational complexity and improved side lobe and grating lobe suppression

2.Novel approaches for low probability of detect/intercept communications against advanced electronic threats

3. Dynamic scheduling, routing and topology control to efficiently and reliably deliver critical/high priority data to multiple nodes over directional tactical wireless network policies

4. Machine learning and other techniques/concepts for automated network management by translating Commander's Intent into network policies. 

Submission Details:

White Papers Due: June 26, 2017

Full Proposals Due: September 25, 2017

For more information visit onr.navy.mil

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Special Operations Forces Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Program Executive Office for Special Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Exploitation (SOF AT&L-SR) Appendix G-1 v17.1

This program's mission is to discover, evaluate, and transition technologies to provide an asymmetric advantage for Special Operations Forces (SOF) to accelerate the delivery of innovative capabilities to the SOF warfighter. Technology areas of interest include the following:

1. TAGS

2. Biometrics

3. Forensics

4. Sigint

​5. Geoint and Imint Advanced Geospatial + Imagery Exploitation

6. Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities

7. Obfuscated Data Transport Systems/Architectures

8. Low-vis Communications

9. Technical Support Systems

Submission Details:

December 31, 2018

For more information visit fbo.gov

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Battery Network for Manufacturing Technology Research and Development (BATTNET II) BAA

DLA seeks to develop logistics solutions in order to improve the industrial capability to deliver batteries to the warfighter in a ready-to-use state with better shelf life, better safety, better performance, and lower cost. Areas of interest include:

1. Manufacturing and Automation Innovations

2. Optimization of Design for Manufacturability

3. Process Improvements

4. Advancement of Manufacturing Readiness for Alternative Supplies

5. Manufacturing Technology Improvement for Existing Supplies

6. Battery Standardization

7. Supply Chain Management Improvement

Submission Details:

August 21, 2017

For more information visit fbo.gov

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Thermal Transport Processes

The Thermal Transport Processes program is included in the Transport Phenomena cluster. This particular program encourages engineering research projects that build the foundation for new discoveries in thermal transport phenomena. Projects should develop new fundamental knowledge or combine existing knowledge in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat and mass transfer to probe new areas of innovation. Proposals are encouraged to combine analytical, experimental, numerical efforts geared towards understanding thermal phenomena. Collaborative and interdisciplinary proposals are of interest. Areas of interest include the following:

1. Convection/Diffusion/Radiation

2. Thermodynamics

3. Bio- Heat and Mass Transport

4. Nano-, Micro- and Meso-thermics

Submission Details:

October 20, 2017

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:

FY17 - October 20, 2017

FY18 - Open

For more information visit nsf.gov for the FY17 opportunity and nsf.gov for the FY18 opportunity.

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Particulate and Multiphase Processes

The Particulate and Multiphase Processes program is included in the Transport Phenomena cluster. The objective of this particular program is to promote fundamental research in physico-chemical phenomena that govern particulate and multiphase systems; this includes the flow of suspensions, drops and bubbles, granular and granular-fluid flows, behavior of micro- and nanostructured fluids, and self-assembly/directed-assembly processes that involve particulates. This program encourages research to improve the basic understanding of particulate and multiphase processes with an emphasis on research that demonstrates how particle-scale phenomena affect the behavior and dynamics of larger-scale systems. Proposals that are collaborative and interdisciplinary are encouraged. Major research areas of interest include:

1. Multiphase flow phenomena

2. Particle science and technology

3. Multiphase transport in biological systems

4. Interfacial transport

Submission Details:

October 20, 2017

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Process Systems, Reaction Engineering and Molecular Thermodynamics

The Process Systems, Reaction Engineering and Molecular Thermodynamics program falls under the Chemical Process Systems cluster. The objective of this program is to promote engineering research on the rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions, systems engineering, and molecular thermodynamics as they relate to the design and optimization of chemical reactors and the production of specialized materials that have important impacts on society. The areas of interest include the following:

1. Chemical Reaction Engineering

2. Process Design, Optimization and Control

3. Reactive Polymer Processing

4. Molecular Thermodynamics

Submission Details:

October 20, 2017

For more information visit nsf.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:

September 30, 2020

For more information visit fbo.gov

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Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)

The mission of this CISE is to encourage the advancement of the use of cyberstructure in science and engineering and promote the understanding of principles and uses of advanced computer, communications, and information systems in service to society. This program intends to contribute the growth and development of future generations of scientists and engineers who will dedicate their careers to advancing research and education that align with the interests of one or more of the CISE offices/programs:

1. Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC)

2. Algorithmic Foundations (AF)

3. Communications and Information Foundations (CIF)

4. Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF)

5. Computer Systems Research (CSR)

6. Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS)

7. Information Integration and Informatics (III)

8. Cyber-Human Systems (CHS)

9. Robust Intelligence (RI)

10. Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)

11. Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)

12. Computer Science for All (CSforAll)

Submission Details:

August 9, 2017

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE)

The NSF Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE) program is designed to advance the understanding of professional formation and to demonstrate how professional formation is achieved. RFE invites proposals in two categories:

1. Research Projects

  • Lifelong learning by the engineering workforce
  • Research on the impact of engineering education research
  • Research that addresses engineering formation at the two year college and graduate education levels
  • Research that explores engineering in K12 environments
  • Research on the transitions between education levels
  • The relationship between engineering and the public

2. Design and Development Projects

  • Graduate education
  • K12, approached to develop engineering thinking
Submission Details:

September 27, 2017

For more information visit nsf.gov


Nano-Biosensing

The Nano-Biosensing program is part of the Engineering Biology and Health cluster. The Nano-Biosensing program encourages fundamental engineering research on devices and methods for measurement and quantification of biological analytes. Area of interests are:

1. Multi-purpose sensor platforms that exceed the performance of current devices

2. Novel transduction principles, mechanisms, and sensor designs suitable for measurement in practical matrix and sample preparation approaches

3. Nano-biosensors that enable measurement of biomolecular interactions in their native states

4. Studies that examine intracellular measurements must include discussion on the signficance of the measurement

Submission Details:

October 20th, 2017

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Biophotonics

The Biophotonics program is part of the Engineering Biology and Health cluster. The Biophotonics program encourages research in photonics principles, engineering and technology that are relevant for critical problems in medicine, biology, and biotechnology. Research areas in this program are:

1. Macromolecule Markers

2. Low Coherence Sensing at the Nanoscale

​3. Neurophotonics

​4. Mico- & Nano-photonics

5. Optogenetics

Submission Details:

October 20, 2017

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Environment Program - Climate Change Strategy Grant

The Oak Foundation is committed to addressing issues of global, social, and environmental concern, especially those that affect the lives of the disadvantaged. The four focuses areas housed under the Environment Program are the following:

1. Implementing systems that support clean and energy efficient systems

2. Creating sustainable cities

3. Encouraging the widespread use of electric vehicles

4. Reduce pollution

Interested applicants should submit a letter of enquiry to the foundation.

Submission Details:

Open

For more information visit oakfnd.org

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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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Cellular and Biochemical Engineering (CBE)

The Cellular and Biochemcial Engineering program is part of the Engineering Biology and Health cluster. The CBE program encourages and supports research in fundamental engineering research that advances the understanding of cellular and biomolecular processes in engineering biology. Areas of interest include:

1. Metabolic engineering and synthetic biology for biomanufacturing

2. Quantitative systems biotechnology

3. Cell culture technologies

4. Protein and enzyme engineering

5. Single cell dynamics and modeling in the context of biomanufacturing

6. Development of novel "omics" tools for biomanufacturing applications

Submission Details:

October 20, 2017

For more information visit nsf.gov

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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 Office BAA for Basic and Applied Scientific Research

This BAA includes ARO research areas of interest. ARO's research interest consists of the following scientific divisions:

1. Physical Sciences

2. Chemical Sciences

3. Physics

4. Life Sciences

5. Engineering Sciences

6. Mechanical Sciences

7. Electronics

8. Materials Science

9. Earth Sciences

10. Network Science

Submission Details:

March 31, 2022

For more information visit arl.army.mil

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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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Combustion and Fire Systems

This Combustion and Fire Systems program is housed under the Transport Phenomena cluster, with the following subtopics: fluid dynamics, particulate and multiphase processes, as well as thermal transport processes. The objective of the Combustion and Fire Systems program is to generate cleaner global and local environments, enhance public safety, improve energy and homeland security, as well as facilitate more efficient conversion and manufacturing. This program attempts to create fundamental scientific knowledge and engineering solutions that are necessary in developing useful combustion applications and for mitigating the effects of fire. Research ares of interest include:

1. Basic Combustion Science

2. Combustion Science Related to Clean Energy

3. Fire Prevention

Submission Details:

FY17 - October 20, 2017

FY18 - Open

For more information visit nsf.gov for the FY17 opportunity and nsf.gov for the FY18 opportunity.

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17-546 Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications

This Big Data Spokes solicitation encourages Big Data activities in a topic area of interest to a respective regional Big Data Hub. Themes include:

1. Accelerating progress towards societal grand challenges to regional and national priority areas

2. Helping to automate Big Data lifecycle

3. Enabling access to and increasing the use of important and valuable data assets, including international data sets, where relevant

This solicitation is not intended to fund submitted proposals where fundamental research is the primary activity. Also, small or medium Big Data Spoke proposals submitted to this particular solicitations are required to have a Letter of Collaboration from a regional Big Data Hub.

Submission Details:

September 18, 2017

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Strategic Technologies Broad Agency Announcement

DOD-DARPA-STO is seeking innovative and disruptive technologies that give the U.S. military critical capability improvement to dominate in all levels of conflict intensity. This ranges from force-on-force conflicts to complex "Gray Zone" conflicts. Technologies should support conflicts tha can take place in a variety of environments. Focus areas include:

1. Situation Understanding

2. Multi-Domain Maneuver

3. Hybrid Effects

4. System of Systems

5. Maritime Systems

6. System of System-Enhanced Small Units

7. Foundational Strategic Technolgies

Submission Details:

March 21, 2018

For more information visit grants.gov

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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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Dear Colleague Letter: Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) Proposals in the Area of Cybersecurity 

The National Science Foundation is interested in funding collaborations between industry and academia in the area of cybersecurity. The aim is the establish IUCRCs that are capable of collectively addressing large-scale and cross-disciplinary challenges in the broad area of cybersecurity. Any precompetitive research that enhances the translation of basic research in the area of cybersecurity would be considered. 

The Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers program develops long-term partnerships among industry, academia and government. Through an initial investment from the National Science Foundation, centers are primarily supported by Center members. Each center conducts research that is of interest to both industry members and Center faculty. 

Submission Details:

Preproposals Due: April 19, 2017 or October 18, 2017 

Full Proposals Due: June 21, 2017 or December 20, 2017 

For the full Dear Colleague Letter visit nsf.gov

For information on the IUCRC program, visit nsf.gov/funding

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International Research Experiences for Students (IRES)

The International Research Experiences for Students profeam supports the development of globally-engaged US science and engineering students capable of performing in an international research environment. This program provides suport for US students to conduct high-quality research abroad in collaboration with foreign investigators in any field that NSF supports. These experiences will expose US students to the international research community at a critical early state in their careers. 

Under this progra, projects must involve US students conducting research at foreighn sites, with foreign mentorship, organized by US institutions, with US-based principle investigators who arrange the topics, placements, mentorship, research, local resources and recruitment. 

Submission Details:

 

Proposals Due: August 15, 2017

For more information visit nsf.gov

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2017 Electrical Energy Storage Applications and Technologies (EESAT)

EESAT is sponsored by Sandia National Laboratories and the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. This conference revisits projects, technologies, and products the science of energy storage and presents new avenues for how to address challenges of the smarter electricity grid. The theme of the conference this year is "Energy Storage: Evolution and Revolution."

Conference Details:

Location: Westin Hotel, Gaslamp District, in San Diego, CA

Dates: October 11, 2017 - October 13, 2017

For more information visit sandia.gov

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National Geographic Grants

The National Geographic Society gives grants for research to proposed projects that are novel, bold, and innovative. One of the organization's three focuses is "Our Changing Planet." This focus supports projects that study the Earth's environment in the past, present, and future to better understand how to protect the evolving environment. Topics of interest with this category are:

1. Ocean research and conservation (reef processes, marine ecology, and sea-level change)

2. Disasters associated with natural hazards (volcanoes, landslides, and earthquakes)

3. Environmental change (past climates, pollution, glacial retreat, and remediation)

4. The history of our planet (paleobotany, planetary analog science, and mass-extinction events)

Submission Details:

October 1, 2017

For more information visit nationalgeographic.org

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NOI: DE-FOA-0001740 Advanced Power Electronics Design for Solar Applications

This particular funding opportunity announcement promotes cost reductions for solar energy power electronics to support the SunShot 2030 goals for cost of solar electricity and enable high solar energy penetration on the electric grid. Additionally, this FOA primarily supports reductions in the lifetime costs of solar inverters/converters for commercial, residential, and utility scale solar photovoltaic systems through the creation of holistic designs that use advanced components, innovative topologies, advanced control schemes, and novel smart grid application. Topic areas include:

1. Research and development of solar PV inverter/converter designs that reduce solar PV lifetime costs for SunShot's 2030 cost objectives

2. Research and development of modular, multi-purpose power electronics that achieve lower lifetime costs by enabling value added grid or customer owned solar energy solutions

Submission Details:

Proposal: n/a

For more information visit eere-exchange.energy.gov

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Environmental Sustainability

The Environmental Sustainability program is housed under the Environmental Engineering and Sustainability cluster that includes environmental sustainability as well as biological and environmental interactions of nanoscale materials. The Environmental Sustainability program supports sustainable engineered systems that enhance human wellbeing and engineering research whose goal it is to balance society's need to provide ecological protection and maintain stable economic conditions. Research efforts can incorporate contributions from the social science as well as ethics. Four supported research areas include the following:

1. Industrial Ecology

2. Green Engineering

3. Ecological Engineering

4. Earth Systems Engineering

Submission Details:

October 1, 2017 - October 20, 2017

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Environmental Engineering

The Environmental Engineering program is housed under the Environmental Engineering and Sustainability cluster that includes environmental sustainability as well as biological and environmental interactions of nanoscale materials. The Environmental Engineering program supports groundbreaking research that applies scientific principles to minimize liquid, solid, and gaseous discharges from human activity and promoting energy conservation. This program also supports research that identifies, evaluates, and monitors the waste assimilative capacity of the natural environment. Proposals that investigate sensors, materials, or devices that does not include these products with an environmental engineering activity or research will potentially be returned without being reviewed. Areas of interest include the following:

1. Enhancing the availability of high quality of water supplies

2. Fate and transport of contaminants of emerging concern in air, water, solid waste, and soil.

Submission Details:

October 1, 2017 - October 20, 2017

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Technology Development Workshop

This workshop will include robust exchange of information of SSL product performance and trends related to systems and applications. There will also be open discussion about the challenges of specifying SSL products in the present day. Lighting designers, specifiers, distributors, end users, chip makers, luminaire manufacturers, and industry will be present for this workshop.

Workshop Details:

Date: November 14, 2017 - November 15, 2017

Additional details will be released in early summer.

For more information visit energy.gov

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Catalysis

This program is included in the Chemical Process Systems cluster, which consists of process separations, process systems, reaction engineering, and molecular thermodynamics, and energy for sustainability. The main objection of this program is to promote research in catalytic engineering science and enhance fundamental understanding and the creation of catalytic materials and reactions that of benefit to society. Research in this program should focus on the understanding of catalytic materials and reactions, using synthetic, theoretical, and experimental approaches. Target applications consists of fuels, specialty and bulk chemicals, environmental catalysis, biomass conversion to fuels and chemicals, generation of solar hydrogen, efficient routes to energy use, and conversion of greenhouse gases. Topic ares of interest include:

1. Renewable energy-related catalysis with applications in electrocatalysis, photocatalysis, and catalytic conversion of biomass-derived chemicals.

2. Catalytic alternatives to traditionally non-catalytic reaction processes and new catalyst designs for established catalytic processes

3. Environmental catalysis (energy-efficient and green routes to fuels and chemicals)

4. Catalytic remediation of feedstocks, process streams, products, or effluents

5. Commercially scalable methods of catalyst synthesis

6. New catalytic materials and architectures (substituting earth-abundant materials for precious and noble metal catalysts)

7. Basic understanding of catalytic materials, reaction pathways, kinetics, and surface mechanisms

8. Durable, poison-resistant, and easily regenerable catalyst formulations and designs

9. Advances in tools for catalyst characterization and theoretical/computational catalysis

Submission Deadline:

October 1, 2017 - October 20, 2017

For more information visit nsf.gov

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2017 Broad Agency Announcement

The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) has released this 2017 Broad Agency Announcement for multiple research and topic areas. The ERDC conducts research in hydraulics, dredging, coastal engineering, instrumentation, oceanography, remote sensing, earthquake engineering, geotechnical engineering, soil effects, vehicle mobility, self-contained munitions, military engineering, geophysics, pavements, protective structures, water quality, aquatic plants, dredged material, treatment of hazardous waste, wetlands, physical/chemical/mechanical properties of snow and other frozen precipitation, infrastructure and environmental issues for installations, computer science, telecommunications management, energy, materials and structures, engineering processes, environmental processes, land and heritage conversation, and ecological processes.

Submission Deadline:

January 31, 2018

For more information visit grants.gov

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Energy for Sustainability

The goal of this program is to promote fundamental engineering research in order to support innovative solutions for the sustainable production of electricity, fuels, and energy storage. Sustainable energy production has to be environmentally benign, decrease greenhouse gas production, and use renewable resources. Areas of interest include:

1. Biomass conversion, Biofuels, & Bioenergy

2. Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Energy

3. Advanced Batteries for Transportation and Renewable Energy Storage

Submission Deadline:

October 1, 2017 - October 20, 2017

For more information visit nsf.gov

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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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Sloan Research Fellowships

These fellowships are seek to promote fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. They are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of their exceptional performance and unique potential to make scientific contributions to their respective fields.

Applicants are required to have a letter of nomination from a department head or other senior researcher.

Submission Deadline:

September 15, 2017

For more information visit sloan.org

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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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RFI: DE-FOA-0001700 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Manufacturing: Identifying Specific Components for Manufacturing Standardization

The goal of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program is to promote widespread commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies through research, technological development, and efforts to solve market and institutional challenges. The U.S. Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Office is seeking input from academia, industry, government agencies, research laboratories, and other stakeholders on how hydrogen and fuel cell manufacturing should be standardized in order to reduce cost, increase reliability, maximize safety, improve quality, and allow for a study domestic supply chain. They are also asking for responses to the following questions:

1. Which component types should be targeted for standardization? (ex. membrane electrode assembly, pumps, compressors, fittings, hoses, etc.)

2. Which component materials should be targeted for standardization? (ex. metals, composites, or plastics)

3. Is there an effective model to leverage buying power for hydrogen and fuel cell manufacturers using the standardized design to further reduce cost?

Submission Deadline:

December 30, 2017

For more information visit eere.exchange.energy.gov

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Navy and Marine Corps Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education, Outreach and Workforce Program

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is seeking applications for changing existing or developing innovative solutions that cultivate a top tier STEM workforce to maintain the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps' technological superiority. ONR is encouraging projects that improve the potential for communities and education systems to create influential STEM educational experiences for students that consist of active learning approaches. These projects should provide ways to increase student engagement with STEM and the persistence of students obtaining STEM degrees. Project topics of interest include:

1. Developing and implementing pilot projects that try to create new educational experiences within current educational systems that engage in STEM topics that are relevant to the naval workforce needs

2. Developing cohesive STEM educational activities that improve the capacity of communities and stakeholders to enhance current STEM education

3. Establishing meetings of stakeholders that connect people and organizations across a variety of sectors to develop large-scale projects for communities

Awards are typically $250,000 per year.

Submission Deadline:

December 31, 2017

For more information visit onr.navy.mil

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Chemistry of Indoor Environments 

 

This opportunity aims to grow a new field of scientific inquiry focused on understanding the fundamental chemistry taking place in indoor environments and how that chemistry is shaped by building attributes and human occupancy. The estimated funding amount is $800,000.

Submission Deadline:

Open, letter of inquiry required 

For more information visit sloan.org

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DE-FOA-0001664: FY 2017 Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program

The Office of Science announces its interest in receiving grant applications in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Science, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics and Nuclear Physics. A full list of program descriptions can be found at the link below. 

Submission Deadline:

September 30, 2017

For more information visit fedconnect.net

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Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology 

The Office of Naval Research is interested in receiving proposals for Long-Range Science and Technology (S&T) project with the potential to advance Navy and Marine Corps operations. This announcement is to declare ONR's broad role in competitive funding across a spectrum of science and engineering. Full descriptions of thrusts ONR is pursuing can be found at the link below.

Submission Deadline:

 

September 30, 2017 

For more information visit onr.navy.mil 

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