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

DARPA Subterranean (SubT) Challenge

DARPA

TBA

$750,000 to $2,000,000

8/13/2018

DARPA Young Faculty Award

DARPA

Executive Summary due 9/10/2018

Full Proposal due 11/13/2018

$500,000

8/13/2018

Innovative Design Concepts for Standard Modular Hydropower and Pumped Storage Hydropower

DOE-EERE

Concept Papers due 9/28/2018

Full Applications due 11/30/2018

$500,000 - $1,250,000 per award

8/13/2018

High Intensity Thermal Exchange through Materials and Manufacturing Processes (HITEMMP)

DOE-ARPA-E

9/12/2018

$1 million - $10 million per award

8/13/2018

Next Generation Propulsion and Power Technology Assessment

DOD - Navy

8/20/2018

$750,000

8/6/2018

Enabling Quantum Leap: Convergent Accelerated Discovery Foundries for Quantum Materials Science, Engineering, and Information

NSF

Letter of Intent due 9/17/2018

Full proposal due 11/5/2018

$20,000,000

8/6/2018

RFI: National Offshore Wind Energy R&D Test Facilities

DOE

9/15/2018

n/a

8/6/2018

RFI: Hydrogen at Scale: Determining Opportunities to Facilitate Wide-Scale Hydrogen Adoption

DOE

10/31/2018

n/a

8/6/2018

RFI: Manufacturing Maturation for Ceramic Matrix Composites

DOD - Air Force

8/17/2018

n/a

8/1/2018

RFI: Innovative Composites Consolidation Techniques

DOD - Air Force

8/17/2018

n/a

8/1/2018

RFI: Nanomaterial Manufacturing Prototype Processes and Scale-Up

DOD-Army

8/27/2018

n/a

7/30/2018

RFI: National Wind Technology Center Facility and Investments

DOE

8/24/2018

n/a

7/30/2018

Dear Colleague Letter: Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace

NSF

Open - submissions accepted any time

$500,000 to $1,200,000

7/30/2018

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

NSF

Open - submissions accepted any time

To Be Announced

7/30/2018

Visual Basis for Attraction by Birds to Photovoltaic Solar Panels

DOI (Dept. of the Interior)

8/9/2018

$59,604

7/30/2018

Technology for Demonstration and Commercial-Scale Production of a Reliable, Domestic Supply of Molybdenum-99 without the Use of Highly Enriched Uranium

DOE

9/30/2018

$10,000,000

7/30/2018

Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation

NSF

11/15/2018

$800,000

7/30/2018

Grid Optimization (GO) Competition

ARPA

9/27/2018

$250,000

7/30/2018

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology for Small Unmanned Air Systems Applications

DOD-AFRL

8/10/2018

n/a

7/23/2018

Small-Scale, Non-Solar Power Sources for Space Applications

DOD-AFRL

8/2/2018

n/a

7/23/2018

Joint Research on Environmental Sustainability Challenges

DOD-AFRL

8/10/2018

TBA

7/23/2018

Acceleration of Large Scale Additive Manufacturing

America Makes

9/28/2018

$2,600,000

7/18/2018

Advanced Additive Manufacturing Post Processing Techniques

America Makes

8/24/2018

$2,400,000

7/18/2018

Advanced Wind R&D to Reduce Costs and Environmental Impacts

DOE-EERE

9/26/2018

$500,000 - $1,000,000

7/17/2018

Design, Development, Manufacturing, and Testing of the Thermal Loop Pumps for the Advanced Portable Life Support System

NASA

N/A

N/A

7/16/2018

SHort-Range Independent Microbotic Platforms (SHRIMP)

DARPA

9/26/2018

N/A

7/16/2018

Advanced Technological Education

NSF

10/15/2018

$70,000-$7,500,000

7/16/2018

Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program

EPA

8/23/2018

Up to $2,000,000

7/16/2018

Disruption Opportunity Special Notice - The Physics of Artificial Intelligence (PAI)

DARPA

August 6 4:00 PM Eastern

Up to $1,000,000

7/10/2018

Advanced Manufacturing

NSF

TBA

TBA

7/10/2018

NextSTEP-2 Appendix F: Trash Compaction and Processing System (TCPS)

NASA

Notice of Intent due July 30, Proposal due August 22

TBA

7/10/2018

DE-FOA-0001945 Zonal Isolation for Manmade Geothermal Resevoirs

DOE-EERE

7/25/2018

$2,000,000

7/9/2018

NOI: DE-FOA-0001950 Innovative Design Concepts for Standard Modular Hydropower and Pumped Storage Hydropower

DOE-EERE

n/a

n/a

7/9/2018

NOI: DE-FOA-0001949 Energy Water Desalination Hub

DOE

n/a

n/a

7/9/2018

FY2019 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship

DOD-ONR

1/18/2019

n/a

7/9/2018

BAA - Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division

DOD-Navy

6/14/2019

n/a

7/9/2018

Notification of Intent (NOI): DE-FOA-0001924: Advanced Wind R&D to Reduce Costs and Improve Performance

DOE-EERE

n/a

n/a

7/9/2018

BAA - Research Interests of the United States Air Force Academy

DOD - USAFA

Open

n/a

7/9/2018

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

DOD - AFOSR

Submissions accepted any time before August 30, 2019

n/a

6/21/2018

BAA - Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate

DOD - Army

June 19, 2023

n/a

6/21/2018

Next Generation Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (RTG) Systems for Space Power Generation

DOE

8/6/2018

5:00 PM Mountain Time

n/a

6/21/2018

Communications, Circuits, and Sensing Systems (CCSS)

NSF

Between 10/1 and 11/1/18

not announced

6/19/2018

Center of Excellence: Design of High Electrical Strength Materials

DOD

8/13/2018

Up to $5,000,000

6/18/2018

BAA: Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division

DOD

6/14/2019

n/a

6/18/2018

Partnering Opportunity with NASA Glenn Research Center Photovoltaics

NASA Glenn Research Center

6/22/2018

$150,000

6/18/2018

Identifying Priorities for Reducing Barriers to Deployment of Hydrogen Infrastructure

DOE-EERE

8/10/2018

n/a

6/14/2018

Centennial Challenges Program: Carbon Dioxide Conversion Challenge

NASA

6/29/2018

n/a

6/13/2018

Engineering Design and Systems Engineering (EDSE)

NSF

Open

Not Specified

6/12/2018

/BIRD Energy

/DOE-EERE

Summary due 7/9/18

Full proposal due 8/21/18

$1,000,000

6/12/2018

Versatile Test Reactor Experiment Vehicles

DOE

6/29/2018

$300,000 to $600,000

6/12/2018

TransTech Energy Conference

TransTech Energy

10/23/2018

n/a

6/11/2018

Rice Alliance Energy and Clean Technology Venture Forum

Rice University

Pitch Deadline 7/13/2018

Event 9/13/2018

n/a

6/11/2018

Advanced Energy Materials Discovery, Development, and Process Design

DOE-EERE

Register by 7/5/2018

Event 7/12/2018

n/a

6/8/2018

Next-Generation Transformers: Flexible and Adaptable Designs

DOE

7/25/2018

Up to $1,500,000

6/11/2018

Powering the Future We Want

UN - DESA

TBA

Up to $1,000,000

6/11/2018

American Made Solar Prize

DOE-NREL

Idea submissions due 10/2/2018

Complete submissions due 10/5/2018

$3,000,000

6/11/2018

Round 2 - Energy Materials Network Consortium for Durable Module Materials Program - Design of Photovoltaic Modules

DOE

7/20/2018

4:00 PM Mountain Time

n/a

6/11/2018

Advanced Manufacturing

NSF

Rolling

$500,000

6/11/2018

Deep Space Climate Observatory Science Team DSCOVR

NASA

Notification of Intent 7/9/2018

Full Proposal 9/4/2018

$2,000,000

6/11/2018

Control Co-Design for Wind and Marine-Hydro-Kinetic Energy Systems

DOE-ARPA-E

7/26/2018

n/a

6/11/2018

Discoveries to Revolutionize Engineering and Architectural Materials for Buildings (DREAM-B)

NSF

12/3/2018

$300,000

6/11/2018

Dwight D Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program - Graduate and Research Fellowship

DOT-FHWA

7/16/2018

$35,000 for Graduate fellowships

$60,000 for research fellowships

6/11/2018

Space Technology Research Institutes Appendix

NASA

Notification of intent due 7/2/2018

Pre-Proposal due 7/30/2018

Up to $15,000,000

6/11/2018

Improving Efficiency, Reliability, and Flexibility of Existing Coal Based Power Plants 

DOE-NETL

6/22/2018

n/a

6/11/2018

National Science Foundation Electrochemical Systems

NSF

10/1/2018

$100,000 - $400,000

6/11/2018

Communcations and Networking Discovery and Invention

DOD - Office of Naval Research

9/28/2018

$600,000 - $1,000,000

6/11/2018

 

FY 2018 Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program

DOE - Office of Science

9/30/2018

$2,000 - $4,000,000

6/11/2018

Technologist in Residence Program

DOE - Office of Science

9/20/2019

$350,000

6/11/2018

Integrated University Program: Enabling Technologies and Innovation & Monitoring, Technology, and Verification

DOE-NNSA

9/4/2018

$25,000,000

6/11/2018

Machine-Learning Enhanced Energy-Product Development

DOE-ARPA-E

6/21/2018

n/a

6/11/2018

NASA - Energy Storage Beyond Lithium Ion

NASA Glenn Research Center

6/24/2018

n/a

6/11/2018

Halliburton - iEnergy University Grants Program

Halliburton

n/a

n/a

6/11/2018

SBIR Road Tour

SBIR

Registration closes 6/13/18

Event is 6/20/18

n/a

6/8/2018

DOE Energy Exchange Better Buildings Summit

DOE

8/21/2018

n/a

6/8/2018

DEED Funding for Students

American Public Power Association

10/15/2018

$2,000 to $5,000

6/8/2018

Solutions Project Fighter Fund

The Solutions Project

Rolling

$500 to $25,000

6/8/2018

Novel Methods for Making Products from Carbon Dioxide or Coal

DOE-NETL

6/25/2018

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

6/8/2018

Pathways to Success for Next-Generation Supersized Wind Turbine Blades

DOE-EERE

N/A

N/A

6/8/2018

Coal-Based Power Plants of the Future RFI

DOE-NETL

6/8/2018

N/A

6/8/2018

NRL Long Range BAA

DOE-NRL

5/9/2019

N/A

6/8/2018

Building America Industry Partnerships and Research Priorities for High Performance Innovation- 2018

DOE

Letter of Intent Due: 5/25/18

Full Proposal Due: 6/11/18

$1,000,000

5/16/2018

Duration Addition to ElectricitY Storage (DAYS) Program

DOE-ARPA-E

Notice of Intent Due: 6/15/18

Full Proposal Due: 7/2/18

$500,000-$10,000,000

5/16/18

Fiscal Year 2018 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research FOA

DOE-EERE

Concept Papers Due: 5/29/18

Full Proposal Due: 7/13/18

$500,000-$5,000,000

5/16/18

Workshop: Machine Learning-Enhanced Energy-Product Development

DOE-ARPA-E

6/21/18-6/22/18

n/a

5/16/18

Early Stage Innovations

NASA

Notice of Intent Due: 5/23/18

Full Proposal Due: 6/20/18

$500,000

5/16/18

Smart and Autonomous Systems

NSF

7/31/18

$1,000,000

5/16/18

SBIR/STTR Special Topics

DOD

6/20/18

$50,000

5/16/18

Efficient Carbon Utilization in Algal Systems

DOE-EERE

Letter of Intent Due: 5/30/18 Full Proposal Due: 6/27/18

up to $2,500,000

5/16/18

Bioenergy Engineering for Products Synthesis (BEEPS)

DOE-EERE

Letter of Intent Due: 5/30/18

Full Proposal Due: 6/27/18

up to $2,500,000

5/16/18

Process Development for Advanced Biofuels and Biopower

DOE-EERE

Letter of Intent Due: 5/30/18

Full Proposal Due: 6/27/18

up to $2,500,000

5/16/18

RFI: Performance Improvements for Steam Based Power Cycles for Coal Boilers

DOE-NETL

6/4/18

n/a

5/16/18

National Priorities: Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances Request for Application

EPA

6/18/28

$1,984,400

5/16/18

Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology Advancement and Dissemination

DOE-EERE

Concept Papers Due: 5/31/18

Full Proposal Due: 7/17/18

$500,000-$3,000,000

5/16/18

Notice of Opportunity for Technical Assistance for Techno-Economic Studies of Pumped-Storage Hydropower

DOE-GFO

Letter of Intent Due: 6/12/18

Application Due: 7/12/18

up to $1,500,000

4/30/18 

Solid-State Lighting Advanced Technology - 2018

DOE-EERE

6/18/18

$500,000-$1,500,000

4/30/18

Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) 2018

DOE-EERE

Concept Paper Due: 6/6/18

Full Proposal Due: 8/23/18

up to $1,500,000

4/30/18

Cybersecurity in a Distributed Energy Future: Protecting an Evolving Grid  from Digital Attack

Advanced Energy Economy

5/17/18

n/a

4/30/18

Shell GameChanger

TechConnect

6/30/18

$150,000-$300,000

4/27/18

Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms (CSDM-B)

NSF

9/1/18-10/1/18

$100,000-$500,000

4/26/18

Faculty Research Program

DOE-NETL

rolling

Varies

4/25/18

Unsolicited Proposals

DOE-NETL

rolling

Varies

4/25/18

Science, Technology, and Policy Program

DOE-EERE

6/15/18

$47,684-$76,378

4/25/18

Efficient Drilling for Geothermal Energy

DOE-GTO

Concept Paper Due: 5/31/18

Full Application Due: 7/23/18

$500,000-$2,000,000

4/24/18

2018 International Research Seed Funding Announcement

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

5/31/18

$20,000

4/24/18

NextGen 2018

The Ray C. Anderson Foundation

7/11/18

$90,000

4/24/18

Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI)

NSF

Preliminary Proposal Due: 8/14/18

Full Proposal Due: 10/10/18

$1,800,000

4/20/18

Chemical Catalysis (CAT)

NSF

10/1/18

$100,000-$500,000

4/19/18

Electronics, Photonics and Magnetic Devices (EPMD)

NSF

11/1/18

$100,000-$500,000

4/19/18

Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO)

DOE-GFO

Letter of Intent Due: 5/4/18

Concept Paper Due: 5/9/18

Full Application Due: 6/26/18

up to $4,500,000

4/19/18

FY18 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell R&D Funding Opportunity Announcement

DOE-GFO

Concept Paper Due: 5/7/18

Full Application Due: 6/12/18

$1,000,000-$2,500,000

4/19/18

Dear Colleague Letter: Research on Methodologies for STEM Education

NSF

9/13/18

up to $2,500,000

4/18/18

IDEA 2018- Workshop 2: District Energy in Warmer Climates

IDEA

6/11/18

n/a

4/18/18

Communications, Circuits, and Sensing-Systems (CCSS)

NSF

Proposal Due: 11/1/18

Supplement Due: 4/1/19

$100,000-$500,000

4/18/18

Dear Colleague Letter: Real-Time Learning and Decision-Making in Engineered Systems (Real-D)

NSF

6/1/18

Varies

4/18/18

IDEA 2018- Workshop 1: Pathways & Success Strategies for Developing Sustainable Thermal Grids

IDEA

6/11/18

n/a

4/18/18

MegaRust 2018

ASNE

5/22/18-5/24/18

n/a

4/18/18

Director's Postdoctoral Fellowship

DOE-NREL

7/1/18

$10,000

4/16/18

Novel and Enabling Carbon Capture Transformational Technologies

DOE-NETL

9/28/18

up to $3,000,000

4/16/18

NOI: Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology Advancement and Data

DOE-GFO

n/a

n/a

4/16/18

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

DOE-NETL

6/18/18

$2,000,000 - $3,000,000

4/16/18

CubeSat-based Science Missions for Geospace and Atmospheric Research

NSF

6/13/18

$800,000 per year

4/9/18

Energy, Power, Control, and Networks (EPCN)

NSF

11/1/18

$100,000-$500,000

4/6/18

Cyberinfrastructure for Emerging Science and Engineering Research (CESER)

NSF

rolling

$100,000-$500,000

4/5/18

Re-entry to Active Research Program (RARE)

NSF

rolling

$100,000-$500,000

4/5/18

Division of Materials Research: Topical Materials Research Programs (DMR-TMRP)

NSF

11/1/18

$100,000-$500,000

4/5/18

Accelerating Discovery: Educating the Future STEM Workforce

NSF

7/2/18

$100,000-$500,000

4/5/18

Developing Technologies for Advancement of Associated Geologic Storage in Basinal Geo-Laboratories

DOE-NETL

6/1/18

$2,500,000-$3,500,000

4/5/18

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

NSF

8/8/18

$100,000-$500,000

3/29/18

Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

NSF

9/1/18-9/17/18

$100,000-$500,000

3/29/18

CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI)

NSF

Preliminary Proposal Due: 11/7/18

Proposal Due: 1/10/19

$100,000-$2,000,000

3/29/18

Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program

NSF

Preliminary Proposal Due: 4/18/18

Full Proposal Due: 6/20/18

$100,000-$500,000

3/28/18

Environmental Sustainability

NSF

10/1/18-10/22/18

$100,000-$1,000,000

3/28/18

Energy for Sustainability

NSF

10/1/18-10/22/18

$100,000-$500,000

3/28/18

Environmental  Engineering

NSF

10/1/18-10/22/18

$110,000

3/28/18

Catalysis

NSF

10/1/18-10/22/18

$100,000-$150,000

3/27/18

FY 2019 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)

DOD-AFOSR

7/6/18

$50,000-$1,500,000

3/21/18

Quantum Testbed Pathfinder

DOE

5/14/18

$50,000-$1,500,000

3/19/18

NSF STTR Phase I

NSF

6/14/18

$225,000

3/19/18

NSF SBIR Phase I

NSF

6/14/18

$225,000

3/19/18

Planning Grants for Engineering Research Centers (ERC)

NSF

6/6/18

$100,000

3/19/18

Air Force Fiscal Year 2019 Young Investigator Research Program (YIP)

DOD

6/1/18

$150,000-$450,000

3/19/18

Program Announcement for Disruptioneering (Defense Sciences Office)

DARPA-DSO

2/20/19

$1,000,000

3/8/18

DSO Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement

DARPA-DSO

Executive Summary Due: 4/26/18

Abstract Due: 5/10/18

Full Proposal Due: 6/11/18

Varies

3/8/18

Polyplexus Pilot

DARPA-DSO

7/20/18

$100,000

3/8/18

FY19 Emerging Computing Architectures and Applications

DOD-AFRL

9/30/19

$100,000-$1,000,000

3/7/18

Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI)

NSF

6/4/18

$100,000-$1,000,000

3/7/18

Partnerships between Science and Engineering Fields and the NSF TRIPODS Institutes (TRIPODS + X)

NSF

5/29/18

up to $600,000

3/5/18

HPC4Materials in Applied Energy Technologies Program

DOE

Concept Papers Due: 4/19/18

Full Applications Due: Mid-July 

$300,000

3/5/18

Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS)

NSF

9/26/18

$750,000-$2,500,000

3/5/18

NSF/VMware Partnership on Edge Computing Data Infrastructure (ECDI)

NSF

5/22/18

$3,000,000

2/28/18

Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences 2018 (ROSES 2018)

NASA

4/29/19

Varies

2/26/18

High Performance Computing (HPC4Mfg)

DOE

Concept Paper Due: 3/15/18

Proposal Due: Mid June

$300,000

2/22/18

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

DOD-AFRL

White Papers Due: 2/1/23

$750,000-$2,000,000

2/19/18

NOI: Broad Agency Announcement for Applied Aviation Technologies

ACC

TBD

n/a

2/19/18

Research Options for Space Enterprise Technologies (ROSET)

DOD-AFRL

11/29/22

Varies

2/19/18

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

DOD-SCO

6/16/21

Varies

1/31/18

Institute for the Science of Origins Opportunity

CWRU

Rolling

$300k/yr up to 4 years

1/31/18

Electricity Markets Workshops

CWRU & EPRI

10/22/18-10/23/18

n/a

1/28/18

Spring 2018 Grants Conference

NSF

6/4/18 - 6/5/18

n/a

1/29/18

Power for Economic Diversity in Appalachia

ARC

See below for more info

n/a

1/29/18

American-Made Challenge: The Solar Prize

DOE & NREL

TBD

$3,000,000

1/25/18

Sustainable Solid Waste Management Practices

EREF

Pre-Proposals Due: 6/1/18

$500,000

1/25/18

Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Energy

BSF

Executive Summaries Due: 7/6/18

Proposals Due: 8/21/18

$1,000,000

1/25/18

Energy and Environment

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

rolling

$200,000

1/25/18

Sustaining Ohio's Aeronautical Readiness and Innovation in the Next Generation (SOARING)

OFRN

White Papers Due: 3/07/18

Proposals Due: 5/18/18

$2,000,000

1/24/18

Innovation and Research 3D Printing Grant

FormLabs

rolling

3D Printer

1/22/18

FY19: Full Spectrum Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Cyber Operations Technology

DOD-AFRL

12/3/18

Varies

1/19/18

BAA for Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS)

USSOCOM

12/22/18

Varies

1/17/18

Expeditions in Computing

NSF

Pre-Proposal Due: 4/25/18

Full Proposal Due: 1/16/19

$2,000,000

1/17/18

CMMI Program

NSF

9/1/18 - 9/15/18

up to $700,000

12/11/17

MegaRust 2018

ASNE

Abstract Due: 2/9/18

5/22/18 - 5/24/18

n/a

12/11/17

Broad Agency Announcement for Basic and Applied Scientific Research

DOD-ARL-ARO

3/31/22

Varies

12/7/17

Advancement of Technologies for Use by Special Operations Forces BAA

USSOCOM

Quad Chart & White Paper Due: 9/30/18

up to $1,000,000

12/6/17

Battery Network for Manufacturing Technology R&D

DLA

White Paper Due: 8/21/21

up to $2,000,000

12/6/17

National Robotics Initiative 2.0: Ubiquitous Collaborative Robots

NSF

2/5/19

$250,000-$1,500,000

11/22/17

Training-based Workforce Development for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (CyberTraining)

NSF

1/25/19

$300,000-$500,000

11/21/17

Energy Storage Beyond Li-Ion

NASA & OAI

7/24/18 - 7/26/18

n/a

11/17/17

FY 18 Navy and Marine Corps Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Education and Workforce Program

DOD-ONR

White Papers Due: 7/31/18

Full Application Due: 9/28/18

up to $250,000

11/17/17

Condensed Matter and Materials Theory (CMMT)

NSF

open

$200,000-$500,000

11/17/17

Hydrogen and Fuel Cells 2018 Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting

DOE-EERE

6/13/18 - 6/15/18

n/a

11/15/17

Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E)

NSF

11/15/17 - 11/15/18

$100,000-$500,000

11/13/17

NAMRC 46

SME

6/18/18 - 6/22/18

n/a

11/7/2017

Emergent R&D

DLA

4/29/19

Varies

10/31/17

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

NSF

open

$300,000-$450,000

10/25/17

I2O Office-wide BAA

DARPA-I2O

8/31/18

Varies

10/25/17

Materials & Manufacturing Directorate, Functional Materials and Applications 

DOD-USAFRL

White Papers Due: 4/19/21

Proposal due date provided in response to submission of White Papers

$100,000-$5,000,000

10/4/17

FY18 Long Range Broad Agency Announcement for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology

DOD-ONR

9/28/18

Varies

10/4/17

Algorithms for Modern Power Systems (AMPS)

NSF & DOE

2/13/19

up to $300,000

9/29/17

Dear Colleague Letter: NSF Accepting Proposals Related to Hurricane Irma

NSF

n/a

$200,000-$300,000

9/20/17

Open Innovation Fund

Power America

Open

$225,000

9/18/17

Information Innovation Office (I2O) Office-Wide BAA

DOD-DARPA

8/31/2018

Varies

9/6/17

Innovations in Graduate Education

NSF

9/27/2018

$500,000

8/31/17

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

NSF

continuous

$1,000,000

8/14/17

Process Separations

NSF

open

$100,000-$300,000

8/4/17

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

DON

7/24/2018

contract (1-3 years)

7/26/17

Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs

DOC-EDA

No deadline; awards made: 9/30/2017

$100,000-$3,000,000

7/21/17

Topical Materials Research Programs

NSF

11/1/18

$360,000

7/20/17

NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering

NSF/DOE-PAMS

10/19/18

$25,000-$250,000

7/17/17

OTS Call 7 - 3D Dynamic Mapping Call

DHS

5/03/2018

$50,000 - $200,000

7/7/17

Science and Technology New Initiatives

DOD-DTRA

10/1/2021

not specified

7/5/17

DSO Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement

DOD-DARPA

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

not specified

6/14/17

Reimagining Great Lakes Water Systems

Great Lakes Protection Fund

open

$200,000-$1,500,000

5/22/17

High Powered Electromagnetics (HPEM) Research Program

DOD-AFRL

n/a

n/a

5/22/17

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

9/30/2018

varies

4/26/17

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

DLA

8/21/2021

varies

4/26/17

Thermal Transport Processes

NSF

10/1/18 - 10/22/18

$110,000-$330,000

4/26/17

Particulate and Multiphase Processes

NSF

10/1/18 - 10/22/18

$100,000-$300,000

4/26/17

Process Systems, Reaction Engineering and Molecular Thermodynamics

NSF

10/1/18 - 10/22/18

$100,000

4/24/17

Measurement and Signatures Intelligence Exploitation (MASINT-X)

AFMC

White Papers: 9/30/2020

$100,000-$2,000,000

4/24/17

Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE)

NSF

9/26/18 & 1/23/19

$350,000

4/17/17

Nano-Biosensing

NSF

10/1/18 - 10/22/18

$100,000-$300,000

4/12/17

Biophotonics

NSF

10/1/18 - 10/22/18

$100,000-$300,000

4/12/17

Environment Programme - Climate Change Strategy Grant

Oak Foundation

open

$100,000-$1,000,000

4/12/17

Environment Program Grant

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

open

not specified

4/12/17

Cellular and Biochemical Engineering (CBE)

NSF

10/1/18 - 10/22/18

$100,000-$300,000

4/12/17

Biological and Environmental Interactions of Nanoscale Materials

NSF

open

$100,000-$300,000

4/10/17

Army Research Laboratory BAA for Basic and Applied Scientific Research

DOD-ARL

3/31/2022

not specified

4/5/17

Naval Research Laboratory Broad Agency Announcement

DOD-NRL

open

$700,000

3/29/17

Geotechnical Engineering and Materials (GEM)

NSF

open

Not specified

2/6/17

Diverse Collegiate Research and Development Collaboration Program

DOD-AFRL

12/23/2021

Unspecified

1/18/17


DARPA Subterranean Challenge (SubT) Challenge

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

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

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

For more information, visit darpa.mil

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DARPA Young Faculty Award

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (YFA) program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions and expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) and National Security challenges and needs. In particular, this YFA will provide high-impact funding to elite researchers early in their careers to develop innovative new research directions in the context of enabling transformative DoD capabilities. The long-term goal of the program is to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers in the research community who will focus a significant portion of their future careers on DoD and National Security issues. DARPA is particularly interested in identifying outstanding researchers who have previously not been performers on DARPA programs, but the program is open to all qualified applicants with innovative research ideas.

For more information, visit fbo.gov

Submission Details:

Executive Summary due September 10 2018

Full Proposal due November 13 2018

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Innovative Design Concepts for Standard Modular Hydropower and Pumped Storage Hydropower

DOE’s Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) is committed to lowering the cost and build time of hydropower and pumped storage systems, further increasing their ability to provide essential reliability services and contribute to the resilience of the grid, and continuing to reduce their environmental impacts and permitting timelines.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) contains two Topic Areas.

Topic Area 1: Facility Design Concepts for Standard Modular Hydropower Development

Topic Area 2: New Use Cases for Pumped-Storage Hydropower

For more information, visit eere-exchange.energy.gov

Submission Details:

Concept Papers due 9/28/2018 5:00 PM EST

Full Application due 11/30/2018 5:00 PM EST

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High Intensity Thermal Exchange through Materials, and Manufacturing Processes (HITEMMP)

The HITEMMP (High Intensity Thermal Exchange through Materials, and Manufacturing Processes) program will develop novel approaches and technologies for design topologies, materials, and manufacturing of high temperature, high pressure, and highly compact heat exchangers. These heat exchangers will enable efficient and power dense power generation cycles for applications in transportation, electricity generation, and industrial sectors. If successful, the materials and manufacturing advances from the HITEMMP program may also yield broader benefits in other operating regimes, and in applications beyond heat exchangers and power cycles.

 

The HITEMMP program targets heat exchangers to operate in environments where temperatures and pressures are simultaneously in excess of 800°C and 80 bar, with operating lifetimes of tens of thousands of hours. These heat exchangers must offer superior thermal performance and low pumping power requirements, and must also be cost competitive and durable (per metrics prescribed in Section I.D of the FOA). These performance goals are beyond the capability of any existing technologies, but ARPA-E believes that recent advances in materials, topological design methodologies, and manufacturing technologies can be leveraged to realize the desired extreme-environment heat exchanger capability. Specific developments include:

  • The identification and development of materials capable of withstanding extreme temperature and pressure conditions while featuring attractive thermo-mechanical and manufacturability properties;
  • Advances in additive and/or subtractive manufacturing techniques to enable the cost-effective realization of small structural feature sizes, smooth surface finishes, and other enabling heat exchanger characteristics; and
  • The refinement and application of advanced design methodologies to leverage new material capabilities while incorporating manufacturing constraints.

For more information, visit arpa-e-foa.energy.gov here or here.

Submission Details:

Deadline: September 12, 2018, 9:30 AM EST.

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Next Generation Propulsion and Power Technology Assessment

The NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND (NAVAIR), Propulsion and Power Engineering Department is looking to solicit for white papers in response to the Government's Statement of Objectives.

Evaluations will be conducted by a panel of government experts using the following criteria: Scientific and technical merits of the proposed research to include, (1) the degree to which proposed research and development objectives support the targeted technical topic and (2) validity of the technical basis for the approach offered; and potential contributions to the Navy Propulsion, Power and Energy objectives to include (1) relevance to the stated technology areas of interest; (2) anticipated operational military (or commercial, if applicable) utility; (3) ability of proposed system/study to be rapidly ready for transition; (4) suitability for transition to Navy systems; and (5) projected affordability of transitioning the technology to the fleet Other evaluation criteria, of lesser importance but equal to each other are; The offeror's capabilities, related experience, past performance on similar efforts, research personnel, facilities, techniques or unique combination of these which are integral factors for achieving the proposal objectives and the realism and reasonableness of cost, including proposed cost sharing. No further criteria will be used in the evaluation. The technical and cost information will be evaluated at the same time. 

For more information, visit fbo.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: August 20, 2018. Brief papers are preferred. Papers ranging from a few pages up to 15 pages are the norm.

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Enabling Quantum Leap: Convergent Accelerated Discovery Foundries for Quantum Materials Science, Engineering, and Information (Q-AMASE-i)

The Division of Materials Research (DMR), the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS), the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS), and the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) seek to rapidly accelerate quantum materials design, synthesis, characterization, and translation of fundamental materials engineering and information research for quantum devices, systems, and networks. The new program of Enabling Quantum Leap: Convergent Accelerated Discovery Foundries for Quantum Materials Science, Engineering, and Information (Q-AMASE-i) aims to support these goals by establishing Foundries with mid-scale infrastructure for rapid prototyping and development of quantum materials and devices. The new materials, devices, tools and methods developed by Q-AMASE-i will be shared with the science and engineering communities through a Foundry-operated network. Technology transfer of Foundry activities will be enabled by close cooperation with industrial partners.

For more information, visit nsf.gov

Submission Details:

Letter of intent due September 17, 2018, 5:00 PM submitter's local time

Full proposal due November 5, 2018, 5:00 PM submitter's local time

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RFI: National Offshore Wind Energy R&D Test Facilities

This is a Request for Information (RFI), not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

The Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) is issuing a Request for Information (RFI) to gain public input regarding U.S. national-level test facilities for offshore wind-specific research and development (R&D). WETO is seeking information on facilities that can conduct unique offshore wind R&D in the U.S., what upgrades to existing facilities or new facilities are needed for the U.S. to be at the cutting edge of offshore wind R&D, and what specific tests and analyses could be carried out at existing, upgraded, or new facilities in order to advance the U.S. offshore wind industry.

For more information, visit eere-exchange.energy.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: September 14, 2018/

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RFI: Hydrogen at Scale: Determining Opportunities to Facilitate Wide-Scale Hydrogen Adoption for Energy Security and Economic Growth

This is a Request for Information (RFI), not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

 The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s vision of the H2@Scale initiative is to enable affordable, reliable and secure energy through hydrogen production from diverse domestic resources and utilization across multiple sectors. Through this initiative, the DOE aims to incentivize the research and development (R&D) of transformational technologies that reduce the cost of hydrogen production and distribution technologies, diversify the feedstocks available for affordable hydrogen production, enable new end uses of hydrogen, enhance the flexibility of the electric power grid, reduce emissions through novel uses of affordable hydrogen, generate jobs in growing industries, and provide global technology leadership for export of next-generation energy solutions. The objective of this Request for Information (RFI) is to identify and quantify domestic resources compatible with large-scale hydrogen production, and to identify pathways to enable effective near- and long-term leveraging of these resources in major industries requiring affordable, secure, domestic, and scalable hydrogen supplies. This RFI complements the DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Office’s (FCTO’s) early-stage R&D activities and is intended to leverage the private sector to identify technical, cost and infrastructure barriers to deployment and widespread adoption of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. This RFI also complements FCTO’s RFI titled Identifying Priorities for Reducing Barriers to Deployment of Hydrogen Infrastructure which was released on June 13, 2018.

For more information, visit grants.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: October 31, 2018

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RFI: Manufacturing Maturation for Ceramic Matrix Composites

This is a Request for Information (RFI), not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)

Fabrication of CMCs for propulsion components and structures is costly, complex, and requires long production processing times. The goal of this inquiry is to ascertain ways to increase yield, rate, and capability while reducing cost.

The manufacturing challenges corresponding to turbine engines and air vehicle structures have potential overlap but may also differ greatly. Respondents should convey their capabilities for the manufacture of CMCs with applications in mind for these material systems; Al2O3-Al2O3 (Oxide-Oxide), SiC/SiC, C/SiC, etc.

For more information, visit fbo.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: August 17, 2018, 3:00 PM Eastern Time

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RFI: Innovative Composites Consolidation Techniques

This is a Request for Information (RFI), not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

The Air Force is specifically interested in the following four areas:

 

  1. The Current State of the Art - The Air Force would like to understand the current state of the art regarding composite (organic matrix and ceramic matrix) consolidation, debulking and bagging.
  2. Current Manufacturability Challenges - The Air Force would like to understand the current manufacturability challenges associated with consolidation, debulking and bagging. Cycle time, labor hours, part to part variability, rework, bagging consumables utilization, challenges with finding and training production personnel, and production learning curve should all be addressed. 
  3. Innovative Approaches - AFRL would like to receive ideas on innovative approaches for consolidation, debulking and bagging. These ideas should address cycle time reductions, quality improvements, reduction in consumable materials, reduction in rework etc. Of particular interest to the Air Force is incorporating an Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) approach to consolidation to reduce the trial and error nature of the current practices.
  4. Future Plans - As the Air Force determines the utility and business associated with developing the above innovative approaches, also of interest will be in any current plans and future investment in innovative consolidation approaches. Technologies that can be considered pre-competitive in nature and open to shared investment are of great interest to the Air Force.

For more information, visit fbo.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: August 17, 2018, 3:00 PM Eastern Time

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RFI: Nanomaterial Manufacturing Prototype Processes and Scale-Up

This is a Request for Information (RFI), not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

The Army Contracting Command - Adelphi (ACC-APG), on behalf of the US Army Research Laboratory - Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, is issuing a RFI in an effort to identify capable sources for developing prototype manufacturing processes for nanomaterials. Processes should be able to synthesize metal, metal oxide, and ceramic nanoparticles with a high degree of precision in the forms of powders, aqueous dispersions, organic dispersions and pastes. In addition, processes for producing nanostructured materials using solid state solution processes are required. All processes should allow for scale up to tonnage of material per month.

The US Army is exploring the use of nanomaterials in numerous applications, ranging from structural materials to energetics. The domestic supply chain for high quality nanopowders is limited, and progress in this research is often impeded by the lack of sources for materials. Lab scale, prototype manufacturing processes are sought which will allow for the synthesis of high purity nanopowders of either ceramics or metals. Prototype processes should be demonstrated on the lab scale (grams to kilograms of material), but allow for scale up to production quantities (tons of material) with the use of existing equipment.

For more information, visit fbo.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: August 27, 2018, 3:00 PM Eastern Time

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RFI: National Wind Technology Center Facility and Infrastructure

This is a Request for Information (RFI), not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

The purpose of this RFI is to address the growing Research and Development (R&D) Interest in the use of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) facilities for renewable energy, energy storage, and grid integration technology development and testing.

The full text of the RFI can be downloaded from grants.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: August 24, 2018. All responses to this RFI must be provided as an attachment (in Microsoft Word format) to an email message addressed to NWTC_EERE_RFI@ee.doe.gov

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Dear Colleague Letter: Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace

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

For more information, visit nsf.gov

Submission Details:

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

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

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

For more information, visit nsf.gov

Submission Details:

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

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Visual Basis for Attraction by Birds to Photovoltaic Solar Panels

Existing bird mortality data from utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) solar energy facilities suggests birds are attracted at above-background rates to these facilities. How and why solar facilities attract birds and potentially incur mortality is entirely unknown. Understanding the behavioral basis for this attraction is a necessary precursor to identifying what deterrents or mitigation techniques might reduce or otherwise address this mortality. PV facilities are known sources of polarized light pollution (hereafter PLP) associated with avian mortality in California, yet it remains unknown whether birds are capable of detecting horizontally polarized light, if they can locate water bodies via this or some other visual cue, to what degree and under what conditions they are being attracted to solar power facilities, and if attracted to these facilities, to what degree are they impacted (collision risk with panels, stranded in facilities, increased energetic loss).  A series of measurements and experiments will attempt to:

A.    Determine the visual characteristics (e.g. polarization, glare) of PV and other surfaces at solar facilities across southern California

B.     Determine detection and attraction by birds to polarized light in the visible and ultraviolet ranges by a variety of bird species

For more information, the full text of this Funding Opportunity Announcement can be downloaded from grants.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: September 8, 2018

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Technology for Demonstration and Commercial Scale Production of a Reliable, Domestic Supply of Molybdenum-99 without the Use of Highly Enriched Uranium

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) Office of Material Management and Minimization (NA-23) is soliciting applications from commercial entities that will result in the award of cooperative agreements to demonstrate and achieve commercial-scale production of the medical isotope, Molybdenum-99, hereafter referred to as Mo-99, without the use of highly enriched uranium (HEU) in the United States. The applications will be evaluated based on the ability of the recipient to produce Mo-99 in the United States and establish the capability to deliver to the U.S. market at least 3,000 6-day curies of Mo-99 per week, steady state, without the use of HEU. The criteria for evaluation and selection will be discussed within this FOA. Any commercial entity which already has the capability to currently produce at least 3,000 6-day curies of Mo-99 per week, steady state, without the use of HEU, will be eliminated from consideration. Awards under this FOA are subject to the availability of funds. Acceptance of an application for evaluation does not obligate DOE/NNSA to make an award. DOE/NNSA reserves the right to fund, in whole or in part, any, all or none of the applications submitted in response to this FOA. DOE/NNSA also reserves the right to award with or without discussions with applicants.

For more information, visit grants.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: September 30, 2018

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Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation

The Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation (ATI) program provides individual investigator and collaborative research grants for development of new technologies and instrumentation for astronomy and astrophysics.The program supports overarching science objectives of the Division of Astronomical Sciences.Development of innovative, potentially transformative technologies are encouraged, even at high technical risk.Supported categories include but are not limited to:advanced technology development or concept feasibility studies and specialized instrumentation to enable new observations that are difficult or impossible to obtain with existing means.Proposals may include hardware and/or software development and/or analysis to enable new types of astronomical observations.The program encourages making products of research available to the public.It also encourages community coordination of technology and instrumentation development efforts via an annual Principal Investigators meeting.

For more information visit grants.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: November 15, 2018

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Grid Optimization (GO) Competition

ARPA-E’s Grid Optimization (GO) Competition comprises a series of prize challenges to accelerate the development and comprehensive evaluation of new software solutions for tomorrow’s electric grid. Key areas for development include but are not limited to optimal utilization of conventional and emerging technologies, management of dynamic grid operations (including extreme event response and restoration), and management of millions of emerging distributed energy resources (DER).

The first challenge of the GO Competition is an algorithm competition to develop solutions to the electric power sector’s security-constrained optimal power flow (SCOPF) problem. Optimal power flow requires determining generator settings that best enable power to be routed to customers across a complex grid in a reliable and cost-effective manner. Algorithms will be tested on complex, realistic power system models, and participants will be scored on how well their algorithms perform relative to other competitors’. Winning teams will efficiently find a minimum-cost solution to the SCOPF problem.

Additional challenges are planned beginning in 2019 in topics including DERs, intermittent resources, storage, grid resilience, grid restoration, grid dynamics, and cyber threats.

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

Submission Details:

Deadline: September 7, 2018

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Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology for Small Unmanned Air Systems Applications

This is a Request for Information (RFI), not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Aerospace Systems Directorate, Power and Control Division, Electrical Systems Branch, AFRL/RQQE, is issuing a Request for Information (RFI) regarding hydrogen fuel cell technology for small unmanned air systems (SUAS) applications.

For more information, including the full text of the RFI, visit fbo.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: August 10, 2018

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Small-Scale, Non-Solar Power Sources for Space Applications

This is a Request for Information (RFI), not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate (RV) is soliciting White Paper from all offerors to advance the state-of-the-art (SOA) and scientific knowledge in non-solar electric power sources for space applications. Research and development (R&D) White Paper that advance the SOA in small-scale, non-solar electric power sources are expected that are capable of meeting the needs of the US Air Force.

The overall goal of this program is to develop and mature ultra-small power technologies that advance the current state-of-the-art in non-solar power generation from Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) one (1) through three (3) to TRLs four (4) through six (6).

For more information, visit fbo.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: August 2, 2018

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Joint Research on Environmental Sustainability Challenges

The NSF Engineering and Geosciences Directorates (ENG and GEO) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Department of Engineering and Material Sciences (DEMS) and Department of Geosciences are partnering to encourage joint research by U.S. - China teams collaborating on fundamental research that addresses critical environmental sustainability challenges.

Among nations, the U.S. and China have the two largest economies on Earth and also have important engineering, technology, business and trade relationships with each other. Both nations face significant environmental sustainability challenges, for example in the food-energy-water (FEW) nexus, urban sustainability, global change, and manufacturing. Fundamental research is needed to provide the foundational knowledge for addressing these challenges.

This call is for research proposals from joint U.S. - China teams in the environmental sustainability themes of:

"Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS: U.S.-China)"

  1. quantitative and computational modeling of a FEW system

  2. innovative human and technological solutions to critical FEW systems problems.

For more information, visit nsf.gov.

Submission Details:

Deadline: October 22, 2018

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America Makes - Acceleration of Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (ALSAM)

America Makes proudly announces a Directed Project Opportunity made available to its members, funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Manufacturing and Industrial Base Technology Division. This Directed Project Opportunity focuses on the acceleration of large scale additive manufacturing (ALSAM) with the objective of overcoming known and distinct shortcomings of Selective Laser Melting (SLM) additive manufacturing (AM) that are limiting the wider adoption of the technology for production.

Through the ALSAM Directed Project, AFRL specifically seeks an open source, multi-laser manufacturing research platform to assist in the identification of best practices and quantify part production efficiency that can be realized with multi-laser SLM machines. Additionally, AFRL requires a flexible platform to conduct manufacturing relevant, controlled experiments into multi- or many laser approaches, offering possible quality improvements for challenging alloys through tailored thermal management approaches.

For more information, visit americamakes.us

Submission Details:

Deadline: September 28, 2018

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America Makes - Advanced Additive Manufacturing Post Processing Techniques (AAPT)

America Makes proudly announces a Directed Project Opportunity made available to its members, funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Manufacturing and Industrial Base Technology Division. This Directed Project Opportunity focuses on advancing additive manufacturing (AM) post-processing techniques (AAPT) with the objective of gaining a better understanding of the available techniques in order to achieve qualified parts and certified processes, as well as reduce costs.

The focus of the AAPT Directed Project is of particular interest to AFRL as it seeks to further expand the use of Selective Laser Melting (SLM) for critical parts. However, the risk of employing AM technologies like SLM derives from the cost and uncertainty imposed by some of the pre- and post- processing steps that occur ‘outside the box’ of the AM machine remains a major concern and prohibitive for wider adoption. The current lack of a consensus of best practices for material handling and post-processing leads to high variability and massive qualification challenges, invariably leading to higher costs to adopt and employ AM technologies.

For more information, visit americamakes.us

Submission Details:

Deadline: August 24, 2018

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Advanced Wind R&D to Reduce Costs and Environmental Impacts

The Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) invests in early-stage applied energy science research, development, and validation activities for United States land-based, offshore and distributed wind power generation, manufacturing, and market barriers to lower wind energy costs, increase capacity, accelerate reliable and safe energy production, and address environmental and human use considerations.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) contains three Topic Areas.

Topic Area 1: Advancing Smart Curtailment Strategies

Topic Area 2: Advanced Component Research and Development

Topic Area 3: Development and Validation of Offshore Wind Monitoring and Mitigation Technologies 

For more information, visit grants.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: September 26, 2018

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Design, Development, Manufacturing, and Testing of the Thermal Loop Pumps for the Advanced Portable Life Support System

NASA/Johnson Space Center (JSC) plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Design, Development, Manufacturing, and Testing of the Thermal Loop Pumps for the Advanced Portable Life Support System (PLSS) in support of NASA's next generation space suit, the Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) (xEMU). The PLSS being developed for the xEMU will offer many significant advantages over the current EMU PLSS which includes two thermal control loops (TCLs) inside the PLSS, one primary and one auxiliary. Deliverables for this effort will include a Preliminary Design Review, Pre-Manufacturing Review, Full Drawings set, Electrical De-rating Analysis and Radiation Assessment, as well as Stress and Thermal Analysis.

For more information, visit fbo.gov

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SHort Range Independent Microbotic Platforms (SHRIMP)

DARPA/MTO seeks innovative proposals for the development of micro-to-milli (insect scale) robotic technologies. SHRIMP will develop and demonstrate, through a series of Olympic-themed events, multi-functional mm-to-cm scale robotic platforms with a focus on untethered mobility, maneuverability, and dexterity. To achieve this goal, SHRIMP will also provide foundational research in the area of micro-actuator materials and energy efficient power systems for extremely SWaP-constrained microrobotic systems. It is expected that such advances will be enabling for applications including search and rescue, disaster relief, hazardous environment inspection, in-flight control of aerodynamic platforms, steerable optics, and prosthetics.

For more information, visit fbo.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: September 26, 2018

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Advanced Technological Education

With an emphasis on two-year Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy. The program involves partnerships between academic institutions (grades 7-12, IHEs)and industry to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary institutionschool levels. The ATE program supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways; and other activities. The program invites research proposals that advance the knowledge base related to technician education. It is expected that projects will be faculty driven and that courses and programs credit bearing, although materials developed may also be used for incumbent worker education. The ATE program encourages partnerships with other entities that may impact technician education.

For more information, visit grants.gov

 

Submission Details:

Deadline: October 15, 2018

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Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program

EPA is announcing a grant competition to fund two-year Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) agreements that support source reduction approaches (also known as "pollution prevention" and herein referred to as "P2"). P2 means reducing or eliminating pollutants from entering any waste stream or otherwise released into the environment prior to recycling, treatment, or disposal

For more information, visit grants.gov

 

Submission Details:

Deadline: August 23, 2018

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Disruption Opportunity Special Notice - The Physics of Artificial Intelligence (PAI)

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is issuing a Disruption Opportunity (DO) Special Notice (SN) inviting submissions of innovative basic research concepts exploring radically new architectures and approaches in Artificial Intelligence (AI) that incorporate prior knowledge, such as known physical laws, to augment sparse data and to ensure robust operation.

This DO SN is part of DARPA's portfolio of ongoing AI research and is issued under the Program Announcement for Disruptioneering, DARPA-PA-18-01. All proposals in response to the technical area(s) described herein will be submitted to DARPA-PA-18-01 and if selected, will result in an award of an Other Transaction (OT) for prototype project not to exceed $1,000,000.

For more information, visit fbo.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: August 6, 2018, 4:00 PM Eastern Time

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National Science Foundation - Advanced Manufacturing

The Advanced Manufacturing (AM) program supports the fundamental research needed to revitalize American manufacturing to grow the national prosperity and workforce, and to reshape our strategic industries. The AM program accelerates advances in manufacturing technologies with emphasis on multidisciplinary research that fundamentally alters and transforms manufacturing capabilities, methods and practices. Advanced manufacturing research proposals should address issues related to national prosperity and security, and advancing knowledge to sustain global leadership. Areas of research, for example, include manufacturing systems; materials processing; manufacturing machines; methodologies; and manufacturing across the length scales. Researchers working in the areas of cybermanufacturing systems, manufacturing machines and equipment, materials engineering and processing, and nanomanufacturing are encouraged to transcend and cross domain boundaries. Interdisciplinary, convergent proposals are welcome that bring manufacturing to new application areas, and that incorporate challenges and approaches outside the customary manufacturing portfolio to broaden the impact of America’s advanced manufacturing research. Proposals of all sizes will therefore be considered as justified by the project description. Investigators are encouraged to discuss their ideas with AM program directors well in advance of submission at AdvancedManufacturing@nsf.gov.

For more information, visit grants.gov

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NextSTEP-2 Appendix F: Trash Compaction and Processing System

NASA intends to issue an Appendix to the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships -2 (NextSTEP-2) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) in the near future to solicit ideas and technologies for a Trash Compaction and Processing System (TCPS). The TCPS is part of the Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Habitat's Logistics Reduction (LR), with the objective to identify and develop technologies that reduce logistical mass, volume, and the crew time dedicated to logistics management. The TCPS objectives are: (1) trash compaction to a suitable form for efficient long-endurance storage; (2) safe processing of trash to eliminate and/or reduce the risk of biological activity; (3) stabilize the trash physically, geometrically, and biologically; and (4) manage gaseous, aqueous, and particulate effluents. The TCPS will be the first step toward development and testing of a fully-integrated unit for further Exploration Missions and future space vehicles.

For more information, visit fbo.gov

Submission Details:

Notice of Intent Due July 30, 2018, 5:00PM Eastern Time

Full Proposal due August 22, 2018, 5:00PM Eastern Time

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DE-FOA-0001945: Zonal Isolation for Manmade Geothermal Resevoirs

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technology Office (GTO) Zonal Isolation for Manmade Geothermal Reservoirs funding opportunity announcement (FOA) supports early-stage development of enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) tools and technologies, and will seek to improve the performance and economics of EGS systems by funding research in zonal isolation.

Zonal isolation technologies can radically improve the performance and economics of EGS, or manmade geothermal reservoirs. These technologies provide the ability to target specific zones for stimulation activities, which can enable the command and control of fracture location and the economy of resources. In turn, this reduces development costs and operational risks associated with EGS development and promotes more power from fewer wellbores.

For more information, visit eere-exchange.energy.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: July 25, 2018, 5:00 PM EST

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Notice of Intent (NOI): DE-FOA-0001950: Innovative Design Concepts for Standard Modular Hydropower and Pumped Storage Hydropower

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Water Power Technologies Office, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Innovative Design Concepts for Standard Modular Hydropower and Pumped Storage Hydropower.”

DOE’s Hydropower Vision report [1] identified 1.7 GW of hydropower potential in undeveloped sites and waterways, with an additional 15 GW enabled by the emergence of innovative—even transformational—technologies and designs to reduce costs and meet environmental performance objectives. To facilitate development of new stream-reach resources, innovation in standardization, modularity, and environmental compatibility is required. In addition, 43 pumped storage hydropower (PSH) plants provide over 95% of utility-scale electrical energy storage in the United States. To expand the value and contribution of PSH in the future electricity system, research into storage technology designs, optimization, and modeling tools is needed. To address these gaps, this FOA solicits new design concepts and associated modeling and analysis for standard modular hydropower and PSH.

For more information, visit eere-exchange.energy.gov

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Notice of Intent (NOI): DE-FOA-0001949: Energy-Water Desalination Hub

The purpose of this Notice is to provide potential applicants advance notice that the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO),on behalf of the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), intends to issue Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001905 entitled "Energy-Water Desalination Hub". This FOA will support the establishment of an Energy Innovation Hub in the area of Energy-Water Desalination (referred to as the “Hub”) to accelerate transformational advances in science and engineering focused on reducing the energy and cost requirements of desalination to provide clean and safe water. The Hub will include highly collaborative research teams, spanning multiple scientific, engineering, and where appropriate, economic and public policy disciplines. By bringing together top talent from across the full spectrum of research and development (R&D) performers—including universities, private industry, non-profits, and National Laboratories—the Hub will serve as the world-leading R&D center in Energy-Water Desalination. THIS IS A NOTICE OF INTENT (NOI) ONLY. This Notice is issued so that interested parties are aware of the EERE’s intention to issue this FOA in the near term. All of the information contained in this Notice is subject to change. EERE may issue a FOA as described herein, may issue a FOA that is significantly different from the FOA described herein, or EERE may not issue a FOA at all. 

For more information, visit grants.gov

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FY2019 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship

The Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship (VBFF) program is sponsored by the Basic Research Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD (R&E)). 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.

Objectives of the program are to:

  • Support unclassified basic scientific and engineering research that could be the foundation for future revolutionary new capabilities for DoD

  • Educate and train student and post-doctoral researchers for the defense workforce

  • Foster long-term relationships between university researchers and the DoD

  • Familiarize university researchers and their students with DoD’s current and projected future challenges

  • Increase the number of talented technical experts that DoD can call upon.

For more information, visit grants.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: January 18, 2019

 

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BAA: Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD)

The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) is interested in receiving proposals for Science and Technology (S&T) Projects which offer potential for advancement and improvement of NAWCAD Operations.

The full text of this Broad Agency Announcement, including a list of relevant topics, can be found at fbo.gov

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Notification of Intent (NOI): DE-FOA-0001924: Advanced Wind R&D to Reduce Costs and Improve Performance

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Wind Energy Technologies Office, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Advanced Wind R&D to Reduce Costs and Improve Environmental Performance”. This FOA supports efforts aimed at catalyzing technical and operational solutions to reduce environmental compliance costs and improve environmental performance of turbines. It is anticipated that the FOA may include the following Areas of Interest:

 

  1. Advancing Smart Curtailment Strategies
  2. Advanced Component Research and Development
  3. Development and Validation of Offshore Wind Monitoring and Mitigation Technologies

Note that this is a Notice of Intent (NOI) only. EERE may issue an FOA as described above, release a slightly different FOA, or no FOA at all.

For more information, visit grants.gov

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BAA - Research Interests of the United States Air Force Academy

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

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

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

For more information, visit fbo.gov

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

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

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

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

Submission Details:

Deadline: August 30, 2019

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BAA - Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate

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

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

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

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

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

Submission Details:

Deadline: June 19, 2023

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Next-Generation Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (RTG) Systems for Space Power Generation

This is a Request For Information (RFI), not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

NASA’s Radioisotope Power System (RPS) Program under the Planetary Science Division within the Science Mission Directorate, and DOE’s Office of Space and Defense Power Systems, seeks to identify radioisotope power system providers that could develop a vacuum rated next generation RTG. The goals are to develop a system that is more efficient than the General Purpose Heat Source (GPHS)-RTG, is modular, has a long life (17 or more years after fueling) and has a comparable degradation rate. If all of these goals are met the system would produce up to 500 We at Beginning of Mission (BOM) using up to 16 GPHS modules. Modularity is to enable a mission to choose a RPS size that best meets the mission power need maintaining a common voltage. Thus, it is desired that the RPS can be built using GPHS increments up to 16 GPHS modules, for the full size integrated systemsy, that would provide power as high as 500 We. The mass goal of a 16 GPHS next generation RTG is 60 kg. The End of Design Life goal (at 17 years after BOM) is 290 We. 2

In addition to understanding system provider capabilities to develop a higher efficiency system, the RPS Program would like to understand potential risk mitigation activities that consider the ability to 1) build a GPHS-RTG from parts that the government owns, 2) build a GPHS-RTG “to print” from the government owned design, and 3) re-design the system and upgrade the SiGe couple using 21st century manufacturing and technology. As a risk mitigation option, it is understood and accepted that a lower power output may result.

For more information, the full text of the announcement can be downloaded from fbo.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: August 6, 2018, 5:00 PM Mountain Time

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Communications, Circuits, and Sensing Systems (CCSS)

The Communications, Circuits, and Sensing-Systems (CCSS) Program supports innovative research in circuit and system hardware and signal processing techniques. CCSS also supports system and network architectures for communications and sensing to enable the next-generation cyber-physical systems (CPS) that leverage computation, communication, and sensing integrated with physical domains. CCSS invests in micro- and nano-electromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS), physical, chemical, and biological sensing systems, neurotechnologies, and communication & sensing circuits and systems. The goal is to create new complex and hybrid systems ranging from nano- to macro-scale with innovative engineering principles and solutions for a variety of applications including but not limited to healthcare, medicine, environmental and biological monitoring, communications, disaster mitigation, homeland security, intelligent transportation, manufacturing, energy, and smart buildings. CCSS encourages research proposals based on emerging technologies and applications for communications and sensing such as high-speed communications of terabits per second and beyond, sensing and imaging covering microwave to terahertz frequencies, personalized health monitoring and assistance, secured wireless connectivity and sensing for the Internet of Things, and dynamic-data-enabled autonomous systems through real-time sensing and learning.

For more information, visit nsf.gov

Submission Details:

Full proposals accepted from October 1, 2018 - November 1, 2018

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Center of Excellence: Design of High Electrical Strength Materials

This is a special BAA in support of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) University Center of Excellence for High Critical Electric Field Strength Materials.  A University Center of Excellence (COE) is defined as a joint effort among Air Force Office of Scientific Research(AFOSR), Air Force Research Laboratory Technology Directorates (AFRL TDs), and anoutstanding university or team of universities to perform high priority collaborative research. This center is a joint project between the AFRL’s Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate (AFRL/RX), and Sensors Directorate (AFRL/RY). 

For more information, visit grants.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: 8/13/2018

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BAA: Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Divison

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

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

Submission Details:

Deadline: 6/14/2019

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Partnering Opportunity with NASA Glenn Rsearch Center Photovoltaics Early Career Initiative

NASA Glenn Research Center (NASA GRC) Photovoltaics and Electrochemical Systems Branch is seeking sources to conduct joint research in support of a pending proposal to the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) Early Career Initiative (ECI) funding call. Specifically, NASA GRC is seeking sources that can provide relevant research capabilities via undergraduate and graduate students, faculty or post-doctoral fellows to support a proposed research program in the area of perovskite thin film photovoltaics.

For more information, visit fbo.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: June 22, 2018, 4:00PM EST

Responses submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format via email to eric.t.hartman@nasa.gov, with the subject line "NASA GRC Photovoltaics ECI Sources Sought"

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DE-FOA-0001948: Identifying Priorities for Reducing Barriers to Deployment of Hydrogen Infrastructure

This is a Request for Information (RFI), not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) is issuing this Request for Information (RFI) on behalf of its Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Program (referred to herein as the “Program”) which includes coordinated activities across all offices within DOE that are engaged in hydrogen and fuel cell activities. The Program seeks input on priority research and development (R&D) areas for reducing regulatory barriers to deployment of hydrogen technologies, with a particular focus on hydrogen infrastructure. In addition to a focus on transportation and streamlining private sector roll out of hydrogen fueling stations, the Program seeks input relating to large-scale hydrogen deployments for applications such as energy storage, grid services, hydrogen transport, natural gas blending or other end uses.

For more information, visit eere-exchange.energy.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: August 10, 2018, 5:00PM EST.

Responses must be provided as attachments to an email to FY18CTOBARRIERSRFI@EE.DOE.GOV.

 

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NASA Centennial Challenges Program: Carbon Dioxide Conversion Challenge

This is a Request for Information (RFI), not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

The Centennial Challenges Program seeks to stimulate research and technology solutions to support NASA missions and inspire new national aerospace capabilities through public prize competitions. The program is an integral part of NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate, which is innovating, developing, testing, and flying hardware for use in NASA's future missions. For more information about NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) see http://www.nasa.gov/spacetech.

The Centennial Challenges program is seeking input on the Carbon Dioxide Conversion challenge concept. The Challenge seeks to develop novel synthesis technologies that use carbon dioxide (CO2) as the sole carbon source to generate molecules that can be used to manufacture a variety of products, including "substrates" for use in microbial bioreactors. Because CO2 is readily abundant within the Martian atmosphere, such technologies will translate into in-situ manufacturing of products to enable humans to live and thrive on the planet, and also be implemented on Earth by using both waste and atmospheric CO2 as a resource. 

The primary goal of this challenge is to advance the capabilities of physicochemical systems (no biological components) to convert CO2 into compounds that can be used to bio-manufacture useful mission products. Of particular interest are compounds that can be used as an energy substrate for heterotrophic organisms in bio-manufacturing systems. In general, substrates of higher molecular complexity and potential metabolic energy, in part measured by the number of carbon atoms, are superior as they are more efficiently utilized by widely-used heterotrophic bio-manufacturing organisms and promote higher growth rates. This Centennial Challenge provides the opportunity for participants to advance the capabilities of physicochemical CO2-based organic synthesis systems being developed in academic institutions and industry as well as to investigate pioneering approaches not yet explored. 

For more information, visit fbo.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: June 29, 2018

Responses submitted to Mr. David Howard HQ-STMD-CentennialChallenges@mail.nasa.gov CC david.f.howard@nasa.gov with subject line "Carbon Dioxide Conversion Challenge RFI"

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Engineering Design and Systems Engineering (EDSE)

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

For more information, visit nsf.gov

Submission Details:

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

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BIRD Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Israel Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources jointly with the Israel Innovation Authority, and the BIRD Foundation have established "BIRD Energy": the Bination Industrial Research and Development Foundation. BIRD Energy is a program for U.S.-Israel joint renewable energy and energy efficiency developments.

To be considered: a project proposal should include:

 

  •  Innovation in all areas of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, such as Solar and Wind Power, Advanced Vehicle Technologies and Alternative Fuels
  • R&D cooperation between two companies or cooperation between a company and a university/research institution (one from the U.S. and one from Israel)
  • Significant commercial potential; the project outcome should lead to commercialization

For more information, visit birdf.com

Submission Details:

Summary of proposals due 7/9/18

Final proposal due 8/21/18

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Versatile Test Reactor Experiment Vehicles

Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (BEA), the managing and operating contractor for the Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in Idaho Falls, Idaho, is seeking an Expression of Interest (EOI) for research and development (R&D) for the United States Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) Versatile Test Reactor (VTR) Experiments Capability Program for Fast Reactor Systems. For the last 23 years, the United States has not had a fast-reactor-based neutron source. Such a neutron source is the cornerstone of ability to accelerate the development and testing of very advanced materials and fuels by testing them in very high fast neutron fields with representative environments.

The primary purpose of the R&D described in this EOI is to develop experiment vehicles, advanced simulation tools, and big data capabilities to support development of advanced nuclear energy systems through the use of testing in the VTR.

For more information, visit fbo.gov

Submission Details:

Responses are due by 5:00 p.m. MDT on June 29, 2018. Submittals MUST be made electronically via email to Mitch Hodges, Contract Specialist, at Mitch.Hodges@inl.gov.

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TransTech Energy Conference

Please mark your calendar for the TransTech Energy Business Development Confernece, to take place in Pittsburgh on Oct 23-24 (during CWRU Fall break!) This is the 6th year of the TTE Conference, and the 2nd that CWRU and GLEI are partners, along with other member universities of the Tri-State University Energy Alliance.  There is an excellent opportunity to meet with program managers from NETL and DOE on Day 1. 

  The first six years of TransTech Conferences have enabled 118 pitches for funding – 90 by start-up companies and 28 by commercializable projects. CWRU technology start-up Crystal-E was among the pitch competition awardees last year!  If you or your students have a start-up technology or company that you would like to pitch at TTE, please apply, and contact Grant Goodrich and Kim Fleddermann at GLEI.

For more information, visit transtechenergy.org. A draft agenda of the conference can be found here.

Submission Details:

Registration

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Rice Alliance Energy and Clean Technology Venture Forum

The Rice Alliance's 16th Annual Energy and Clean Technology Venture Forum on September 13, 2018 is the largest energy and clean technology venture capital conference in the southwest.

This event is an opportunity to learn about the latest emerging technologies, meet investors to seek funding, see promising companies, learn about investment opportunities, meet individuals from the energy & clean technology industry, learn about promising companies seeking to expand their management team, as well networking and learning opportunities for entrepreneurs, researchers, investment professional and business executives.

The must-attend event is open to anyone involved in the energy and clean technology community in the region. The conference will include industry luminary speakers, investors, and promising startups from throughout the U.S. and beyond.

For more information, visit ectvf.rice.edu

Submission Details:

General Registration

Presenter Application

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WORKSHOP: A Multi-Agency, Multi-Year Program Plan in Advanced Energy Materials Discovery, Development, and Process Design

The Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy will host a workshop, co-sponsored by the Materials for Energy and Sustainable Development Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), on the next steps for their respective programs in discovery and process design of advanced energy materials.

Information from this workshop will be used to determine how best to coordinate next steps and efficiently leverage the ongoing research in advanced materials conducted in academia, industry, and government research laboratories.

Registration is due July 5th, 2018. For more information, visit energy.gov

Submission Details:

Registration

 

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DE-FOA-0001876 Next Generation Transformers: Flexible and Adaptable Designs

The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to stimulate innovative designs for large power transformer (LPT) that are more flexible and adaptable. Novel LPT designs should promote greater standardization (i.e., commoditization) to increase grid resilience (i.e., faster recovery through greater interchangeability) in the event of the loss of one or more LPTs. Research efforts will focus on developing lab-scale prototypes (> 100 kVA) that demonstrate proof-of-concept and allow performance evaluation. Additionally, integration of sensors and data analytics into LPTs can further enhance their flexibility and adaptability. Designs that include embedded intelligence to improve asset operation in a range of environments, both steady-state and under extreme conditions, including the ability to monitor and predict the health of the asset is encouraged.

For more information, visit grants.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: July 25th, 2018

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Powering the Future We Want

The UN-DESA Grant (hereinafter Grant) - made possible through funding support by the China Energy Fund Board, an NGO in special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council, and established for a period of five years - seeks to:

  • Advance implementation in energy for sustainable development by recognizing and honoring outstanding institutions or individuals who have made significant contributions to energy for sustainable development

  • Encourage all relevant stakeholders, including experts and practitioners from energy and related fields, to achieve scientific and technological innovations and breakthroughs and establish effective leadership and best practices in implementing strategies, policies and actions aimed at advancing energy for sustainable development, while addressing economic, social and environmental sustainability

  • Focus not only on the recipient's leadership and innovation but also willingness and ability to implement knowledge transfer through capacity building activities for replicating and scaling up successful experiences and lessons learned.

For more information, visit poweringthefuture.un.org

Submission Details:

To apply for this grant, please visit poweringthefuture.un.org/apply2

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American Made Solar Prize

The American-Made Solar Prize is the inaugural prize competition of the American-Made Challenges, in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), designed to incentivize the nation's entrepreneurs to reenergize innovation and reassert American leadership in the energy marketplace.

These new challenges seek to lower the barriers U.S.-based innovators face by accelerating the cycles of learning from years to weeks, while helping to create partnerships that connect entrepreneurs to the private sector and the network of DOE's National Laboratories across the nation.

The American-Made Challenges brings together the world's best-in-class research base with an unparalleled entrepreneurial support system consisting of pioneering fabrication facilities, a broad network of energy incubators, and 17 national laboratories to create a sweeping portfolio of innovations primed for private investment and commercial scale up.

For more information, visit americanmadechallenges.org

Submission Details:

To apply for the American Made Solar Prize, visit herox.com/solarprize

 

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Round 2 - Energy Materials Network Consortium for Durable Module Materials Program: Design, Testing, and Production of Advanced Materials and Photovoltaic Modules Innovative Project Opportunity

Within the solar energy industry, there is significant opportunity in developing new materials and designs for more durable photovoltaic (PV) modules to reduce the levelized cost of electricity. In response to this opportunity, the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) established a national laboratory-led consortium for durable module materials (DuraMAT).

The DuraMAT-or Durable Module Materials-Consortium brings together the national lab and university research infrastructure with the photovoltaic (PV) and supply-chain industries to discover, develop, de-risk, and enable the commercialization of new materials and designs for PV modules-with the intent to decrease the levelized cost of electricity toward the SunShot 2030 goals.

For more information, visit fbo.gov

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National Science Foundation Advanced Manufacturing

The Advanced Manufacturing (AM) program supports the fundamental research needed to revitalize American manufacturing to grow the national prosperity and workforce, and to reshape our strategic industries. The AM program accelerates advances in manufacturing technologies with emphasis on multidisciplinary research that fundamentally alters and transforms manufacturing capabilities, methods and practices. Advanced manufacturing research proposals should address issues related to national prosperity and security, and advancing knowledge to sustain global leadership.

Areas of research, for example, include manufacturing systems; materials processing; manufacturing machines; methodologies; and manufacturing across the length scales.

Researchers working in the areas of cybermanufacturing systems, manufacturing machines and equipment, materials engineering and processing, and nanomanufacturing are encouraged to transcend and cross domain boundaries. Interdisciplinary, convergent proposals are welcome that bring manufacturing to new application areas, and that incorporate challenges and approaches outside the customary manufacturing portfolio to broaden the impact of America’s advanced manufacturing research. Proposals of all sizes will therefore be considered as justified by the project description.

For more information, visit grants.gov

Submission Details:

Proposals accepted at any time. Investigators are encouraged to discuss their ideas with AM program directors well in advance of submission at AdvancedManufacturing@nsf.gov

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NASA Deep Space Climate Observatory Science Team DSCOVR

The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) mission is a multiagency (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA], U.S. Air Force, and NASA) mission launched on 11 February 2015 with the primary goal of making unique space weather measurements from the first Sun-Earth Lagrange point (L1). The L1 point is on the direct line between Earth and the Sun located 1.5 million km from Earth. The spacecraft is orbiting this point in a six-month Lissajous orbit with a spacecraft-Earth-Sun angle varying between 4 and 12 degrees. While the primary science objective of the DSCOVR mission is to provide solar wind thermal plasma and magnetic field measurements to enable space weather forecasting by NOAA, the secondary goal is to provide measurements of the Earth system.

For more information, visit nspires.nasaprs.com

Submission Details:

Notice of Intent due July 9 2018

Proposals due September 4 2018

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DOE: Control Co-Design for Wind and Marine-Hydro-Kinetic Energy Systems

ARPA-E will host a workshop entitled “Control Co-Design for Wind/MHK” on July 26th, 2018 in the Washington, D.C. area.

This workshop will convene leading experts in control and systems engineering, co-design, dynamics, modeling, optimization, electrical and mechanical systems, hydrodynamics, aerodynamics, power electronics, generators and structural engineering; as well as developers of specific classes of energy conversion technologies, including wind, wave, tidal and riverine energies, and key enabling technologies like new optimization techniques, multi-scale computer algorithms, distributed sensors, intelligent signal processing and actuator networks.  The discussion will focus on concurrent control engineering for optimal system design, with application to wind and marine-hydro-kinetic energy systems.

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

Submission Details:

If you are interested in participating in the workshop, you may apply to attend by sending an email to ARPA-E-workshops@hq.doe.gov stating your interest in attending along with the following information:

1. Your CV or resume including a description of your expertise in the topic;
2. A brief statement describing your perspective on the key challenges and opportunities related to the workshop topic.

Please title the subject of your email entitled “Control Co-Design Workshop.”

Registration instructions will be sent to potential attendees who have provided complete information and as space permits. Advance registration is required for entry to the workshop. Participation in the workshop is voluntary; travel costs for workshop participants are not subsidized by ARPA-E and a fee is charged to each participant to defray the cost of the workshop.

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Dear Colleague Letter: Discoveries to Revolutionize Engineering and Architectural Materials for Buildings (DREAM-B)

The vast U.S. building stock has been constructed primarily of conventional materials, such as concrete, masonry, steel, and wood. New waves in building design approaches, such as performance/resilient-based design, as well as rapid evolutions in robotics, additive manufacturing, and computation, create stunning new opportunities to revolutionize engineering and architectural materials for high performance buildings.

With this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), Discoveries to Revolutionize Engineering and Architectural Materials for Buildings, the National Science Foundation (NSF) invites proposals to the Engineering for Civil Infrastructure (ECI) program for EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) for high risk/high reward fundamental research to investigate wholly new materials and radical changes in the design of conventional materials, through the adaptation and integration of advanced technologies, to enable high performance buildings (structural systems, foundation systems, and building envelopes).

EAGER proposals with budgets of up to $300,000 will be considered; proposed budgets must be justified by the project scope.

For more information, visit nsf.gov

Submission Details:

EAGER proposals must follow NSF's Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG).

Interested PIs are required to contact one of the cognizant NSF Program Officers listed below before submission of the EAGER proposal. Often, a one-page abstract is helpful when contacting the Program Officer to establish the appropriateness for an EAGER proposal submission.

Y. Grace Hsuan, ENG/CMMI, yhsuan@nsf.gov, (703) 292-2241

Joy Pauschke, ENG/CMMI, jpauschk@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7024

Richard Fragaszy, ENG/CMMI, rfragaszy@nsf.gov, (703)-292-7011

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DOT - Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program Grants for Graduate and Research Fellowship

The Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP) awards fellowships to students pursuing degrees in transportation-related disciplines. This program advances the transportation workforce by helping to attract the nation's brightest minds to the field of transportation, encouraging future transportation professionals to seek advanced degrees, and helping to retain top talent in the U.S. transportation industry.

The DDETFP Graduate Fellowship provides funding for students to pursue Master's or Doctoral degrees in transportation-related disciplines. 

The DDETFP Grants for Research Fellowship (GRF) is structured to provide opportunities with USDOT Program Offices which are interested in attracting workforce ready students pursuing their Master's or Doctoral degrees in transportation-related disciplines.

For more information, visit fhwa.dot.gov

Submission Details:

Applications for both the Research Fellowship and the Graduate Fellowship are due July 16, 2018, at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Research Fellowship Application

Graduate Fellowship Application

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NASA - Space Technology Research Institutes (STRI) Appendix

NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) seeks aggressive technology development efforts that may require undertaking significant technical challenges and risk to achieve a higher potential payoff. The focus of this solicitation is to identify the best ideas and talents from all sectors of the aerospace enterprise to solve future technology needs while maximizing the value of the Nation’s investment. Investing in space technology invests in the future of NASA, the U.S. space program, and the Nation.

Proposals for technology research, development, and demonstration in support of STMD will be solicited through Appendices under this umbrella solicitation as technology topics are defined and funding is made available for new opportunities.

For more information, visit nspires.nasaprs.com

Submission Details:

Notification of Intent due July 2, 2018

Pre-Proposal due July 30, 2018

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DOE-FOA-0001937 Improving Efficiency, Reliability, and Flexibility of Existing Coal-Based Power Plants

This is a request for information (RFI), not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

The purpose of this Request for Information is to seek information from coal-fueled power plant owners, operators, equipment manufacturers, architect-engineers, and other stakeholders about Research and Development activities that could lead to wide-scale retrofits of existing coal-fueled electricity generating units with technologies that improve the overall performance, reliability, and flexibility of the nation’s existing fleet of coal-fueled electricity generating units. Specifically, the Department of Energy Fossil Energy program is interested in gathering information relevant to three technical areas. These areas include:

  • Technologies for Efficiency Improvements at Full- and/or Part-Load Operations;
  • Technologies for Improvements to electricity generating units Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability (RAM); and
  • Technologies for Improved Operational Flexibility.

The intent of gathering information in these three technical areas is to inform the development of targeted Research & Development to develop technologies that can be rapidly deployed across the existing fleet of coal-fueled electricity generating units. This is solely a Request for Information and is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement. U.S. Department of Energy is not accepting applications to this Request for Information.

For more information, visit fedconnect.net

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National Science Foundation Electrochemical Systems Program

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

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

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

Current topics of interest include:

  • Electrochemical Energy and Chemical Production Systems
  • Organic Photovoltaics Devices and Processing

For more information, visit nsf.gov

Submission Details:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.

For full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines applies. (Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide)

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DOD-ONR Communcations and Networking Discovery and Invention

Communications technology that can provide seamless, robust, connectivity is at the foundation of the Sea Power 21 and FORCEnet Vision "... to have the right information, at the right place, at the right time ..." The performance of Command and Control (C2) systems and decision making at all levels of command depend critically on reliable, interoperable, survivable, secure, and timely communications and networking, and the availability of high capacity multimedia (voice, data, imagery) communication networks is fundamental to nearly all Department of Navy missions.

For more information, visit fbo.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: September 28, 2018, 4:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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DOE-FOA-0001820 FY 2018 Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program

The SC mission is to deliver scientific discoveries and major scientific tools to transform our understanding of nature and advance the energy, economic and national security of the United States. SC is the Nation’s largest Federal sponsor of basic research in the physical sciences and the lead Federal agency supporting fundamental scientific research for our Nation’s energy future.

SC accomplishes its mission and advances national goals by supporting:

• The frontiers of science—exploring nature’s mysteries from the study of fundamental subatomic particles, atoms, and molecules that are the building blocks of the materials of our universe and everything in it to the DNA, proteins, and cells that are the building blocks of life. Each of the programs in SC supports research probing the most fundamental disciplinary questions.

• The 21st Century tools of science—providing the nation’s researchers with 27 state-of-the-art national scientific user facilities - the most advanced tools of modern science - propelling the U.S. to the forefront of science, technology development and deployment through innovation.

• Science for energy and the environment―paving the knowledge foundation to spur discoveries and innovations for advancing the Department’s mission in energy and environment. SC supports a wide range of funding modalities from single principal investigators to large team-based activities to engage in fundamental research on energy production, conversion, storage, transmission, and use, and on our understanding of the earth systems.

For more information, visit grants.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: September 30, 2018

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DOE - Technologist in Residence Program

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

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

For more information, visit energy.gov

Submission Details:

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

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DE-FOA-0001875 Integrated University Program (IUP): Enabling Technologies and Innovation (ETI) & Monitoring, Technology and Verification (MTV)

The mission of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development (DNN R&D) is to support U.S. national and nuclear security objectives in reducing global nuclear security threats through the innovation of unilateral and multi-lateral technical capabilities to detect, identify, and characterize: 1) foreign nuclear weapons programs, 2) illicit diversion of special nuclear materials, and 3) global nuclear detonations. Section 313 of the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 (H.R. 1105, P.L. 111-8) created the Integrated University Program (IUP). DNN R&D is one of the three participants in this program and is continuing a nuclear science and engineering program, including nuclear security, to support multi-year research projects.

The role of Institutions of Higher Education (IHE; as defined in Section III.A. of the FOA) for nuclear security research and development is to innovate and develop some of the most challenging basic aspects of new technology and methods. Once these basic aspects have been proven at the IHE level, the DOE/NNSA National Laboratories and/or National Security Sites/Complexes can fulfill their unique role to perform mission-specific research and development that improves on capabilities until they are either adopted by operational enterprises or transitioned into private industry for commercialization. Transparently and effectively linking these IHE and DOE/NNSA National Laboratory and/or National Security Sites/Complexes roles represents the core of how DNN R&D proposes to meet its objectives.

The intent of this FOA is to award TWO separate five-year cooperative agreements to consortia of accredited IHEs to allow them to receive and administer funds for student and faculty research, fellowships, and scholarship funding awarded by DOE/NNSA, DNN R&D. Each cooperative agreement will be awarded to a consortium of IHEs which will include the participation of DOE/NNSA National Laboratories and/or National Security Sites/Complexes as a consortium-member(s). Individual consortium-member IHEs shall make specific contributions and shall receive specified portions of the funding. The consortium may include student and research fellows and must have a long-term objective of building expertise in nuclear nonproliferation detection. Research results should be incorporated readily into IHE curricula. Students, faculty, and researchers must be able to work unencumbered while moving across what are now organizational and bureaucratic boundaries of the academic and governmental facilities engaged in the consortium, while properly protecting critical information and materials. The consortium should establish reciprocal arrangements between the lead IHE and other IHEs as well as relationships with appropriate DOE/NNSA National Laboratories and/or National Security Sites/Complexes.

For more information, visit grants.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: September 4, 2018, 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time

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DOE-ARPA-E Machine Learning Enhanced Energy Product Development

ARPA-E will host a workshop entitled “Machine Learning-Enhanced Energy-Product Development” on June 21-22, 2018 in the Falls Church, VA area. 

The workshop will convene leading experts in machine learning, artificial intelligence, topology optimization methodologies, inverse design methodologies, dimensionality reduction techniques, and general engineering design and optimization (including vendors of existing design tools and software), to identify innovations that have the potential to drastically improve the speed and quality of complex engineering design and thereby accelerate the development of next generation energy technologies whose discovery would otherwise be highly unlikely. Participants will lend their expertise to help ARPA-E explore innovative technologies to determine relevant and compelling metrics that will define a successful research program. 

ARPA-E seeks to identify opportunities that can accelerate the pace at which energy technologies are developed and brought to market by employing emerging machine learning (ML) /artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms and toolkits. Together, both ML/AI and energy-technology experts will identify topic areas where investment in the application of ML/AI algorithms could yield either a dramatic enhancement in the performance of end-use technology (e.g. gas turbines, batteries, power converters), or a dramatic reduction in the cost (and risk) associated with the development of the technology. These above-mentioned topic areas may be technology-specific (e.g. materials, fluid dynamics) or development-stage specific (e.g. conceptual design, detailed design, due diligence). Potential approaches and targeted outcomes include, but are not limited to: 

• Identify state-of-the-art in ML/AI tool kits, and the opportunities and challenges in leveraging them in engineering design
• Identify opportunities/challenges and methodologies in dimensionality reduction techniques to reduce complexity in the design process
• Identify opportunities/challenges and methodologies for enabling inverse design techniques, including topology optimization techniques.
• Exploration and prioritization of a broad set of energy applications and problem statements
• Identification of metrics and outcomes that would define a successful technology R&D effort.
• Identification of methods for evaluating the “usability” of any design tools that could be developed through an R&D effort

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

Submission Details:

If you are interested in participating in the workshop, you may apply to attend by sending an email to ARPA-E-workshops@hq.doe.gov(link sends e-mail) stating your interest in attending along with the following information:

  • Your CV or resume including a description of your expertise in the topic;
  • A brief statement describing your perspective on the key challenges and opportunities related to the workshop topic.

Please title the subject of your email entitled “AI/ML Workshop.”

 

Registration instructions will be sent to potential attendees who have provided complete information and as space permits. Advance registration is required for entry to the workshop. Participation in the workshop is voluntary; travel costs for workshop participants are not subsidized by ARPA-E and a fee is charged to each participant to defray the cost of the workshop.

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NASA Glenn Research Center - Energy Storage Beyond Lithium Ion

The 11th symposium on Energy Storage Beyond Li-Ion will be hosted by NASA Glenn Research Center and the Ohio Aerospace Institute on July 24 - 26, 2018 at the Double Tree by Hilton in Westlake, OH. This meeting is one in a successive series of symposiums organized by a consortium of U.S. National Laboratories including Argonne, Lawrence Berkeley, Pacific Northwest, Oak Ridge and National Renewable, IBM Research and NASA Glenn Research Center.

This year’s special guest speaker is Dr. Janet Kavandi, Director of NASA Glenn Research Center and veteran astronaut with three space flights, serving as a mission specialist on STS-91 in 1998, STS-99 in 2000, and STS-104 in 2001.  Dr. Kavandi has logged more than 33 days in space, traveling more than 13.1 million miles in 535 Earth orbits. 

This is a unique forum where we will explore the role of energy storage on IoT (Internet of Things) and the future of energy storage technologies for transportation in the ground and in the air. The main themes are (i) reviewing groundbreaking technical progress, (ii) exploring future directions, and (iii) understanding critical challenges impeding progress. Leading researchers and manufacturers will discuss critically necessary materials, diagnostics, scaling, and manufacturing issues associated with better performing energy storage devices. Through this open-format dialogue, the organizers aim to accelerate innovation, reduce costs, and improve the safety of advanced, electrochemical energy storage concepts and systems “beyond lithium ion".

The Early Bird Registration for BLI-XI is only $350.00 and includes everything outline in the agenda including dinner aboard the Goodtime III. 

The program includes tours of NASA Glenn Research Center Facilities.

For more information, visit constantcontact.com.

Submission Details:

Registration

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Halliburton - iEnergy University Grants Program

 

Apply for Landmark’s University Grants Program (UGP) to receive software provisioning and training free of charge. Currently, over 200 academic institutions are benefitting from this program, which offers the ability to opt for software deployment through the iEnergy® Cloud.

How it Works

Landmark contributes renewable Landmark software licenses to qualified academic institutions worldwide. From seismic processing to exploration, drilling, production and beyond, universities can and do widely use our latest software to:

  • Deliver curricula
  • Support student thesis projects
  • Conduct advanced research

What’s Included

Landmark software grants (software provided through the UGP is not intended for commercial use by universities) are evergreen with three-year renewable terms and come with software maintenance and technical support. Additionally, once part of the University Grants Program, the institution will have access to LANDMARK LEARNING for training purposes.

For more information, visit iEnergy.community.

Submission Details:

Application

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SBIR Road Tour

The SBIR Road Tour is coming to Columbus, OH on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, to convey the non-dilutive technology funding opportunity provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

The day will consist of panel discussions, networking and meeting with individual program managers from participating government agencies representing $2.5 billion in early stage funding. This one-day event brings together these agencies, technology entrepreneurs and state innovation ecosystem members.

Attendees will learn:

  • - how to access local and state resources available to innovators, researchers and technology entrepreneurs

  • - priorities for SBIR agencies’ funding

  • - the do’s and don’ts of a successful funding proposal

  • - how to best utilize local funding resources to improve likelihood of success

Registration closes Wednesday, June 13. For more information, visit cvent.com

Submission Details:

Registration can be found at the link above

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DOE Energy Exchange Better Buildings Summit

For 2018, the Department of Energy is bringing together the Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit in Cleveland, Ohio August 21st-23rd, creating the largest and most exciting DOE training, trade show, and peer event of the year. Thought leaders from the federal, private, education, and state and local government sectors will convene to accelerate the adoption of energy/water efficiency, integrated resilience, emerging and secure technologies, and replicable renewable energy solutions. The combined Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit will feature technical training sessions, interactive panels, and learning opportunities from public and private sector market leaders.

For more information, visit 2018energyexchange.com

Submission Details:

Registration

Sign up to exhibit

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DEED Funding for Students

DEED offers four types of funding for students — educational scholarships, student internships, student research grants, and technical design projects.

Applicants must be full-time students attending an accredited college/university or vocational institution within the U.S. and must not be graduating within 12 months of the application deadline. Official transcripts must be submitted by the application deadline.

For more information, visit publicpower.org

Submission Details:

To apply, start by requesting login credentials through the request for credentials form.

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The Solutions Project Fighter Fund

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

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

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

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

Submission Details:

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

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DE-FOA-001849: Novel Methods for Making Products from Carbon Dioxide or Coal

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) supports the goals of both the Carbon Use and Reuse, and the Coal Beneficiation programs. Both use similar platforms (i.e. catalysis and other chemical methods) to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) or coal to generate valuable products. This FOA will focus on developing technologies to convert either CO2 or coal to valuable products.

For more information, visit fedconnect.net

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DE-FOA-001932: Pathways to Success for Next-Generation Supersized Wind Turbine Blades

The Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) operates within the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). WETO’s mission is to lead the nation’s efforts to research and develop innovative technologies, lower the costs and accelerate the development of wind power.

WETO is issuing a Request for Information (RFI) to gain public input regarding the key challenges associated with the manufacturing and deployment of larger next-generation blades for land-based wind turbines. Information sought under this RFI is intended to assist WETO in analyzing the costs and benefits of various pathways to achieve larger wind turbine blades, which are currently constrained by transportation logistics over existing road and rail infrastructure. Potential pathways include onsite blade manufacturing or assembly, transportation and logistics innovations, and hybrid approaches. The RFI further solicits input on specific areas where further federal research and development would best be applied to have a high impact on enabling supersized blades for the next generation of cost-competitive wind energy.

For more information, visit eere-exchange.energy.gov

Submission Details:

Submit electronically to WindEnergyRFI@ee.doe.gov

Deadline: 5:00PM June 11, 2018

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DE-FOA-0001931: Coal-Based Power Plants of the Future

This is a request for information, not an FOA.

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for input on the development of small-scale, modular coal-based power plants of the future.

The objective of this RFI is to support DOE's mission to lead research and technology development that promotes teh advancement of coal-fired power plants that provide stable power generation with operational flexibility, high efficiency, and low emissions.

This RFI seeks stakeholder input on technical and market considerations to inform research and development in support of the design, construction, and operation of a small-scale modular coal-based pilot-scale plant. These plants of the future are envisioned to be modular for lower cost, designed using advanced methods, small scale, highly efficient (greater than 40 percent efficiency), and able to load follow to meet the demands of an evolving electricity grid.

For more information visit energy.gov

Submission Details:

Submit electronically to DE-FOA-0001931@netl.doe.gov with the subject line "DE-FOA-0001931 - RFI"

Submission deadline: 8:00 PM June 8, 2018

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NRL Long Range BAA

NRL is interested in receiving proposals for Long-Range Science and Technology (S&T) Projects which offer potential for advancement and improvement of Navy and Marine Corps operations. Readers should note that this is an announcement to declare NRL’s broad role in competitive funding of meritorious research across a spectrum of science and engineering disciplines. A brief description of the NRL Program Codes and the science and technology thrusts that NRL is pursuing is provided below. Additional information can be found at the NRL website at https://www.nrl.navy.mil/research/directorates-divisions/.

This announcement is an expression of interest only and does not commit the Government to make any award or to pay for any proposal preparation costs. The cost of proposal preparation for response to a BAA is not considered an allowable direct charge to any resultant contract or any other contract; however, it may be an allowable expense to the normal bid and proposal indirect cost specified in FAR 31.205-18.

Interested parties should be alert for any BAA amendments that may be published at the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website.

For more information visit nrl.navy.mil

Submission Details:

Submission Deadline: May 9 2019

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DE-FOA-0001824: Building America Industry Partnerships and Research Priorities for High Performance Housing Innovation- 2018 

With this FOA, the Residential Buildings Integration (RBI) Program will select building science project teams in 2018 for the Building America Program to conduct early stage research and validation of energy  performance improvements in existing and new residential buildings with integrated buildings systems approaches, and achieve optimal home energy performance. These Building America teams will work with industry partners and real world homes to develop and validate technologies and practices that achieve optimal energy and cost performance while effectively managing related risks. 

This FOA will address three topics: 

1. Baseline In-situ Fault Analysis in Residential Comfort Systems 

2. Integration of Advanced Residential Envelope and HVAC Systems 

3. Gap Analysis of Building Industry Standard Practices 

Submission Details:

Letter of Intent Due: 5/25/18

Full Proposal Submission Due: 6/11/18

For more information visit eere-exchange.energy.gov

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DE-FOA-0001906: Duration Addition to ElectricitY Storage (DAYS) Program 

The Duration Addition to electricitY Storage (DAYS) program will pursue new long-duration electricity storage (LDES) technologies with discharge durations that range from 10 to approximately 100 hours at rated power. Such “long” durations are beyond the requirements for intra-day (“daily”) energy time shift and many other stationary electricity storage applications common on the grid today. ARPA-E believes durations at rated power of 10 to 100 hours are relevant for needs that go beyond daily cycling but are short of seasonal energy time-shift applications. Long-duration storage applications present new forms of technical challenges associated with exceptionally low lifetime cost requirements (including both capital and operating expenses), particularly for the energy storage media and related components. However, the lower number of cumulative cycles, acceptability of slow ramp rates, and other relaxed performance requirements that are associated with long durations and infrequent cycling provide opportunities for design tradeoffs that may be leveraged to reduce costs and realize economically-viable LDES systems. 

If successful, the DAYS program will provide new forms of stationary electricity storage systems that enhance grid resiliency, provide low-cost capacity, support the transmission and distribution infrastructure, enable a greater share of low-cost, intermittent sources of wind and solar in the future generation mix, along with other benefits.

Submission Details:

Notice of Intent Due: 6/15/18

Full Application Submission Due: 7/2/18

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

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DE-FOA-0001919: Fiscal Year 2018 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research FOA 

To support US economic growth and offer consumers and businesses additional transportation  choices, the Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Office invests in early-stage research to enable future private-sector development and commercialization of addorable, energy-efficient transportation technologies that can strengthen our energy security 

This FOA seeks projects in the following areas: 

1. Batteries and Electrification

2. Materials 

3. Technology Integration

4. Off-Road R&D

5. Co-Optimization of Engines & Fuels 

Submission Details:

Concet Papers Due: 5/29/18

Full Application Submission Due: 7/13/18

For more information  visit eere-exchange.energy.gov

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Workshop: Machine Learning-Enhanced Energy-Product Development

The workshop will convene experts in machine learning, artificial intelligence, topology optimization, methodologies, inverse design methodologies, dimensionality reduction techniques, and general engineering design and optomization, to identify innovations that have the potential to drastically improve the speed and quality of complex engineering design and thereby accelerate the development of next generation energy technologies whose discovery would otherwise be highly unlikely. 

Event Details:

June 21-22, 2018, Falls Church, VA

If you are interested in participating, you may apply to attend by sending an email to ARPA-E-workshops@hq.doe.gov with your CV, and a brief statement describing your perspective on the key  challenges and opportunities related to the topic. 

For more information visit arpa-e.energy.gov

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Space Technology Research Grants Program, Early Stage Innovations Appendix 

This Appendix is titled Early Stage Innovations (ESI) and is one of four calls for proposals from STMS'd Space Technology Research Grants Program. This Appendix seeks proposals on specific technologies that are currently at low Technology Readiness Levels. The goal of this low-TRL endeavor is to accelerate the development of groundbreaking, high-risk/high-payoff space technologies, not necessarily directed at a specific mission, to support the future space exploration and science needs of NASA, other government agencies, and the commercial space sector.

This appendix seeks proposals to develop unique, disruptive, or transformational space technologies that have the potential to lead to dematic improvements at the system level- performance, weight, cost, reliability, operational simplicity, or other figures of merit assoicated with space flight hardware or missions. Specifically, NASA is seeking innovations in six topic areas: 

1. Modeling for Small Spacecraft Electric Propulsion

2. Small and Autonomous Systems for Space

3. Omni-Optical Antennas and Optical-Multiple-Access Technologies for Free-Space Near-Earth Satellite Communication

4. Modeling Shock Later Radiation and Chemical Kinetics for Planetary Entry

5. Physical and Mechanistic Modeling of Self-Reacting Friction Stir Welding Process

6. Smart Tribulogical Mechanical Systems for Extreme Temperature Space Environments 

Submission Details:

Notice of Intent Due: 5/23/18

Full Proposal Submission Due: 6/20/18

For more information  visit nspires.nasaprs.com

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Smart and Autonomous Systems 

The Smart and Autonomous Systems program focuses on Intelligent Physical Systems (IPS) that are capable of robust, long-term autonomy requiring minimal or  no human operator intervention in the face of uncertain, unanticipated, and dynamically changing situations. IPS are systems that combine perception, cognition, communications, and actuation to operate in the physical world. 

To foster intelligent systems, the S&AS program supports research in four main aspects of IPS: cognizant, taskable, adaptive, and ethical. 

Submission Details:

Full Application Submission Due: 7/31/18

For more information  visit nsf.gov

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 DoD SBIR (18.2)/ STTR (18.B) Special Topics 

The DOD SBIR/STTR's mission is to elicit innovative solutions from the small business community that address defense technology gaps confronting the DOD and to include technologies that will also have high commercialization potential in the private sector.  

Submission Details:

Full Application Submission Due: 6/20/18

For more information visit sbir.defensebusiness.org

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DE-FOA-0001908: Efficient Carbon Utilization in Algal Systems 

BETO’s mission is to accelerate the development of a bioeconomy that can strengthen U.S. energy security, economic viability , and environmental quality. Since 2009, BETO has used its statutory authority under the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005, §932(c) to implement an algal biofuels program: the Advanced Algal Systems (AAS) Program (also called the Algae Program and the Program). Advanced biofuels and bioproducts made from algae have the potential to enhance energy security, create domestic jobs, enable energy affordability, and spur the advancement of the bioeconomy. The objective of the Advanced Algal Systems Program is to accelerate the commercialization of algal biofuels by overcoming barriers identified in the 2010 National Algal Biofuels Technology Roadmap, updated in June 2016. BETO’s Algae Program is implementing a long-term applied research and development strategy to support the bioeconomy by lowering the costs of production for algal biofuels and bioproducts. 

Submission Details:

Letter of Intent Due: 5/30/18

Full Application Submission Due: 6/27/18

For more information visit eere-exchange.gov

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DE-FOA-0001916: Bioenergy Engineering for Product Synthesis (BEEPS)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announces a notice of availability of funds for financial assistance to address gaps in current research and development (R&D) which hinder better utilizing waste streams (e.g. lignin, CO2, and biosolids), improving organic and inorganic catalysts to increase conversion efficiency and decrease costs, and creating high-value performance-advantaged bioproducts to allow for more profitable biorefineries.

Submission Details:

Letter of Intent Due: 5/30/18

Full Application Submission Due: 6/27/18

For more information visit eere-exchange.energy.gov

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DE-FOA-0001926: Process Development for Advanced Biofuels and Biopower

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to identify, evaluate, and select applications proposing research, development and execution plans to test engineering principles and unit operations for the production and testing of Drop-in Renewable Jet Fuel Blendstocks and Drop-In Renewable Diesel Fuel Blendstocks from eligible feedstocks. In Topic Area 3, the FOA also seeks proposals to convert wet waste feedstocks, including municipal solid wastes and biosolids, into biopower or intermediates used to produce biopower.

Scale-up and verification of these process technologies is essential to enable the industry to design, construct, and operate pilot-scale facilities. This FOA seeks applications for projects to bridge technologies from scientific research to engineering, to integrate unit operations, and to engage in the R&D of integrated processes designed to produce drop-in renewable jet fuel blendstocks, drop-in renewable diesel fuel blendstocks, and biopower. Applicants proposing to produce drop-in renewable jet fuel blendstocks and drop-in renewable diesel fuel blendstocks will be required to verify that resulting fuels meet or exceed industry/market specifications and complete basic engineering packages to enable preliminary cost estimation and techno-economic analysis.

Submission Details:

Letter of Intent Due: 5/30/18

Full Application Submission Due: 6/27/18

For more information visit eere-exchange.energy.gov

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DE-FOA-0001921: Performance Improvements for Steam Based Power Cycles for Coal Biolers 

The purpose of this Request for Information is to seek information from stakeholders about Research and Development activities that could lead to performance improvements in steam based power cycles applicable to coal fueled boilers. Specifically, the Department of Energy Fossil Energy program is interested in gathering information relevant to three (3) technical areas. These areas include: (1) - Advanced Manufacturing for Improved Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul of Steam Turbines; (2) - Steam Turbine Development for Advanced Ultra Supercritical Conditions; and (3) - Steam Cycle Augmentation in Coal Fueled Boilers for Load Following and Energy Storage. The intent of gathering information in these three (3) technical areas would be to identify Research and Development that would lead to more efficient steam turbines, resulting in a lower cost-of-electricity with reduced emissions per megawatt-hour in coal fueled boilers and provide options for existing or future coal boilers that can better follow load and provide options to store energy.

Submission Details:

Submissions Due: 6/4/18

For more information visit fedconnect.net

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National Priorities: Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Request for Applications (RFA)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is issuing this RFA to better understand the impacts of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances on water quality and availabilty acoss the U.S. The agency is seeking new information on: 

1. The face and transport of short (C4 to C7) and long-chain (>C8) PFAS in the environment 

2. Comprehensive human and ecosystem exposure to PFAs 

3. PFAS toxicity, modes of action, physiologically-based pharmacokinetics and phsrmacodynamics. 

Submission Details:

Full Application Submission Due: 6/18/18

For more information visit epa.gov/research-grants 

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DE-FOA-0001837: Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology Advancement and Dissemination

This FOA will support marine and hydrokinetic research and development projects in three areas: 

1. Early Stage Device Design Research C

2. Controls and Power Take Off Design Integration and Testing 

3. Dissemination of Environmental Data and Analysis to Facilitate the Marine Energy Regulatory Process 

Submission Details:

Concept Papers Due: 5/31/18

Full Application Submission Due: 7/17/18

For more information visit eere-exchange.energy.gov

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DE-FOA-0001838: Notice of Opportunity for Technical Assistance for Techno-Economic Studies of Pumped-Storage Hydropower

With the growing support of pumped storage hydropower (PSH) in supporting the electric power system, there is a greater need to evaluate the long-term value of PSH projects. This can estimate storage capacity, energy arbitrate, value of ancillary services, power system stability, and transmission benefits. Evaluation will be performed via techno-economic studies, power market analyses, financial analyses, and a valuation analysis.

An informational webinar will be held and is open to all applicants who wish to participate and is not mandatory to apply for the opportunity. To attend the webinar, visit here.

Submission Details:

Information Webinar: 5/24/18, 11 AM MT

Full Application Submission Due Date: 7/12/18, 5 PM EST

For more information, visit eere-exchange.energy.gov

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DE-FOA-0001823: Solid-State Lighting Advanced Technology R&D - 2018

For their continued efforts in reducing building energy consumption and costs, the Department of Energy's (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) Emerging Technologies program is supporting early-stage, innovative research in solid-state lighting (SSL) technologies. Support will be focused on the development of high-quality light-emitting diode (LED) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) products to minimize lighting energy use.

Topic areas of interest are:

1. Core Technology Research for LEDs, OLEDs, and Cross-Cutting Lighting Research: Develop innovative advancements in the underlying science for SSL technology, demonstrating scientific principles, technical application, and application benefits related to physiological impacts of light and light utilization efficiency

2. Proof-of-Concept and Prototype Development for LEDs and OLEDs: Development of SSL prototypes and advanced proof-of-concept SSL materials, devices, and luminaries. This area involves particular focus on high-efficacy LED prototypes, advanced LED lighting, LED power electronics, OLED light engines, OLED prototype lighting platforms, and OLED panel light extraction and utilization

3. Advanced Fabrication R&D: Underlying chemical and physical aspects of SSL fabrication, exploring LED advanced fabrication approaches, OLED substrate and encapsulation fabrication, and OLED panel fabrication

4. Innovative Lighting in a Limited Mock Field Application: Assess innovative lighting system solutions in limited mock field application settings. Technical resources and data sets that are developed will ultimately be used to help researchers refine or refocus early-stage research and development of SSL-based devices, luminaires, and systems

Submission Details:

Information Webinar: 5/7/18, 11 AM EST

Full Application Submission Due Date: 6/18/18, 5 PM EST

For more information, visit eere-exchange.energy.gov

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DE-FOA-0001825: Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) - 2018

The Department of Energy's (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) Emerging Technologies (ET) program is looking to support the development of innovative energy saving technologies, systems, tools, and models that can significantly reduce building energy consumption and costs. Through research and development efforts, the ET program is looking to enable the development of innovative, cost-effective, energy-efficient technologies.

Topic areas on interest are:

1. Advanced Separation Technologies for Building Energy Efficiency: Development of innovative separation technologies, such as membranes and ad-ab-sorption technologies, capable of significantly improving building energy efficiency in HVAC, water heating and appliances, and building envelope applications

2. Advanced Building Materials: Development of smart, tunable, and highly insulating building envelope materials to enable significant reductions in cooling and heating loads

3. High-Performance Windows: Development of highly insulating R& to R10 window technologies, as well as advanced coatings for dynamic glazing

4. Novel Approaches for Cyber-physical Systems in Buildings: New and enhanced synergies at the nexus of building energy modeling and sensors and controls that together cover portions of the building cyber-physical space

5. Integration Research of Advanced Commercial Energy Efficiency Packages: Testing of next-generation building systems and equipment that improve efficiency across two or more building and uses in real-world operation conditions

6. Advancements in Natural Gas and Other Fuel-driven Equipment: Innovative solutions that significantly improve the energy efficiency of natural gas and other fuel-driven equipment and achieve a coefficient of performance greater than 1.0

An informational webinar will be held and is open to all applicants who wish to participate and is not mandatory to apply for the opportunity. To attend the webinar, visit here.

Submission Details:

Information Webinar: 5/8/18, 11 AM EST

Concept Paper Submission Due Date: 6/8/18, 5 PM EST

Full Application Submission Due Date: 8/23/18, 5 PM EST

For more information, visit eere-exchange.energy.gov

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Cybersecurity in a Distributed Energy Future: Protecting an Evolving Grid from Digital Attack

With documented attempts to hack into the nation's electric power system, cybersecurity has grown to be a major focus for utilities and grid operators, as concerns and discussions question the grid's vulnerability to cyberattacks. The event will involve a panel of experts who will discuss ways to make increasingly complex, interactive, and distributed electricity system more resilient against cyber threats.

Event Details:

Event Date: 5/17/18, 11-2 PM EST

For more information, visit info.aee.net

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Shell GameChanger

Shell GameChanger is soliciting early-stage innovative technology solutions and proposals in the following categories for potential funding and partnership opportunities.

New Energies:

- Solar Fuels

- Grids of the Future

- Digitalization and Machine Learning

- New Routes to Oxygenated Intermediates

Oil and Gas:

- Safety and Sustainability

- Real Time Monitoring, Control, and Data Analytics

- Improved Hydrocarbon Recovery

- Environment and Conservation - Water

- Novel Wells Technologies

- Geosciences - Carbonates

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 6/30/18

For more information, visit shellgamechanger2018.skild.com

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Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms (CSDM-B)

The CSDM Program supports research projects that have strong implications for advancing the foundational knowledge of chemical systems. The program supports research on the nature of chemical structure, chemical structure property studies, chemical dynamics, and chemical mechanisms. The CSDM program is divided into two sub-programs, CSDM-A and CSDM-B. CSDM-B is the venue for physical organic and physical inorganic chemistry. The research supported by the two programs may also be distinguished in terms of whether their goal is to use existing experimental methods and current conceptual frameworks to understand and describe physical processes in molecules and materials that are becoming increasingly relevant in modern applications (CSDM-B), or to challenge the way we think about physical phenomena in chemical systems through the development of innovative experimental approaches and new conceptual models (CSDM-A). Projects supported by CSDM-B rely on theory to interpret structure-function relationships, and also tend to focus on the consequence of structure (or changes in structure) on reactivity and other behaviors.

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 9/1/18-10/1/18

For more information, visit nsf.gov

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Faculty Research Program

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

Research and development areas of interest include:

- Carbon Management

- Combustion Science

- Fuel Cell Research

- Process Development

- Remote Sensing

- Sensors and Controls

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: rolling

For more information, visit orau.gov

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Unsolicited Proposals

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

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: rolling

For more information, visit netl.doe.gov

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Science, Technology and Policy Program

The DOE's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Science, Technology and Policy (STP) Program is an opportunity in education and professional development for scientists and engineers interested in energy efficiency and renewable energy policy. There are three levels of participation to include individuals with a variety of experience levels and a range of offices that support the EERE's mission. Successful applicants will have a variety of benefits including stipends, education and travel allowance, relocation travel, and other resources to enable participation in scientific and professional development activities.

Program areas of interest include:

Bioenergy

Manufacturing

Buildings

Geothermal

Water

Federal energy management

Fuel cells

Wind

Solar

Submission Details:

Application Submission Due Date: 6/15/18

For more information, visit energy.gov

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DE-FOA-0001880: Efficient Drilling for Geothermal Energy

The Department of Energy's (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) is looking to support early-stage research and development (R&D) for the development and deployment of innovative geothermal energy technologies. While geothermal energy is a renewable power source, operation involves a harsh subsurface environment accompanied with technical and operational challenges. To increase the usage and supply a stable source of geothermal energy, this opportunity is looking for drilling operations that will minimize drilling costs, enable more efficient drilling, and help the geothermal industry expand.

Areas of interest include: 

1. Reducing Non-Drilling Time

2. Advanced Drilling Technologies

3. Innovative Partnership Models 

An informational webinar for the opportunity will be held on 5/2/18, 2 PM EST. Instructions will be posted on eere-exchange.energy.gov in the near future.

Submission Details:

Concept Paper Submission Due Date: 5/31/18, 5 PM EST

Full Application Submission Due Date: 7/23/18, 5 PM EST

For more information, visit eere-exchange.energy.gov

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2018 International Research Seed Funding Announcement

This seed funding opportunity is looking for proposals relevant to tall building typology and/or urban habitat. A variety of disciplines are applicable, ranging from architecture, construction, energy issues, energy harvesting, environmental engineering, and wind engineering. A complete list of possible research topics can be found here. The goal of this seed funding is to support researchers in developing projects and ideas for additional and more substantial funding.

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 5/31/18, 12 PM CST

For more information, visit ctbuh.org

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NextGen 2018

The Ray C. Anderson Foundation is committed to supporting environmental sustainability initiatives and the NextGen Committee is focusing its philanthropic efforts on programs that aim to reverse global warming. To continue these efforts, the committee is looking to support new or existing programs that would measurably reduce the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by limiting and preventing emission of gases or by sequestering gases currently in the atmosphere.

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 7/11/18

For more information, visit raycandersonfoundation.org

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18-555: Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI)

The Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI) Program supports research centers focused on major, long-term fundamental chemical research challenges. CCIs that address these challenges will produce transformative research, lead to innovation, and attract broad scientific and public interest. CCIs are agile structures that can respond rapidly to emerging opportunities through enhanced collaborations. CCIs that integrate research, innovation, education, broadening participation, and informal science communication. 

The FY 2019 Phase I CCI competition is open to projects in all fields supported by the Division of Chemistry, and must have scientific focus and the potential for transformative impact in chemistry. NSF Chemistry particularly encourages fundamental chemistry projects related to one or more of NSF's 10 Big Ideas.

Submission Details:

Preliminary Proposal Due Date: 8/14/18

Full Proposal Submission Due Date: 10/10/18

For more information, visit nsf.gov

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09-6884: Chemical Catalysis (CAT)

The Chemical Catalysis Program is supporting experimental and computational work towards understanding the fundamental chemistry of catalytic processes, from design and synthesis of the molecular, supramolecular, and nanometer scales, to discovery, development, and improvement of processes. Applications of modeling, theory, and simulation along with energy-related catalytic processes are of interest.

Submission Details:

Full Proposal Submission Due Dates: 9/1/18-10/1/18

For more information, visit nsf.gov

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18-517: Electronics, Photonics, and Magnetic Devices (EPMD)

The Electronics, Photonics, and Magnetic Devices (EPMD) Program is supporting innovative research on devices building on prinviples of electronics, optics and photonics, optoelectronics, magnetics, and a variety of other fields. The EPMD is looking to advance micro-, nano- and quantum-based devices in a broad range of applications such as communications, energy, infrastructure, and manufacturing.

A list of the principles and their subcategories can be found here.

Submission Details:

Full Proposal Submission Due Dates: 10/1/18-11/1/18

Supplement Submission Due Date: 4/1/19

For more information, visit nsf.gov

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DE-FOA-0001840: Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO)

The Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) is looking to support early-stage research and development to improve performance and flexibility of solar technologies to increase contribution and lead to a more reliable and resilient electric grid. Innovative efforts encompassing integration of solar energy into the grid, enhancing the use, storage, and dispatch of solar energy, and lowering solar electricity costs are encouraged.

Topics of interest include:

1. Advanced Solar Systems Integration Technologies: Seamless integration of high penetrations of solar energy into the electricity grid.

2. Concentrating Solar Thermal Power Research and Development: Solar technologies that focus sunlight to generate and store high-temperature heat for electricity generation and other end uses.

3. Photovoltaic Research and Development: Development of photovoltaic technologies that improve system reliability, annual energy yield, demonstration of performance of novel PV devices, and development of new materials.

4. Improving and Expanding the Solar Industry through Workforce Initiatives: Support of workforce development and increasing value to the solar industry.

Webinars for each topic area will be held and links to each one can be found here.

Submission Details:

Letter of Intent Submission Due Date: 5/4/18, 3 PM EST

Concept Paper Submission Due Date: 5/9/18, 3 PM EST

Full Application Submission Due Date: 6/26/18, 3 PM EST

For more information, visit eere-exchange.energy.gov

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DE-FOA-0001874: FY18 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell R&D

With the potential of hydrogen fuel cells to enable improved energy storage, security, and resiliency while reducing costs and imports of other energy sources, the Fuel Cell Technologies Office is looking for early-stage research and development work that addresses the current challenges for fuel cells and hydrogen production.

Areas of interest include:

1. Energy Materials Network (EMN): This topic aims to accelerate the discovery, development, manufacturing, and deployment without platinum group metals (PGM) for fuel cells applied towards transportation. Under this topic, the Electrocatalysis Consortium (electroCat) will form as a collaborative approach to expedite the development and implementation of PGM free fuel cells.

2. H2@Scale: This topic is looking to increase the efficiency and resiliency of the electrical grid and wide-scale hydrogen production and usage throughout the country.

3. Innovative Concepts: This topic supports early stage research and development of improved fuel cell technology operation and performance. While there is particular focus on PEMFCs, innovation utilizing other membrane types to will be recognized as well.

Submission Details:

Concept Paper Submission Due Date: 5/7/18, 5 PM EST

Full Application Submission Due Date: 6/12/18, 5 PM EST

For more information, visit eere-exchange.energy.gov

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17-136: Dear Colleague Letter: Research on Methodologies for STEM Education

This Dear Colleague Letter is accepting proposals on the development, application, and extension of formal models and methodologies for STEM education research and evaluation. The program aims to develop the community's abilities to conduct research and evaluate STEM learning environments, workforce development, and increase participation. Proposers are encouraged to explore a variety of fundamental research projects.

Submission Details:

Full Proposal Submission Due Dates: 10/1/18-11/1/18

Supplement Submission Due Date: 4/1/19

For more information, visit nsf.gov

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IDEA 2018- Workshop 2: District Energy in Warmer Climates

To accommodate for growing populations, particular for cities in warmer climates, more sustainable, resilient, and efficient energy services are needed to support growth and limit emissions. This workshop will focus on renewable and more distributed generation energy sources to deliver reliable, clean, and affordable energy. There will be particular emphasis on business models and strategies to successfully develop and support district energy systems and microgrids.

Event Details:

Event Dates: 6/11/18, 8-4:15PM

Event Location: Vancouver Convention Centre,BC

For more information, visit the event page here.

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18-7564: Communications, Circuits, and Sensing-Systems (CCSS)

The CCSS program is supporting research in a variety of methods to enable the next-generation of cyber-physical systems (CPS). The program aims to create new complex and hybrid systems implementing engineering principles and solutions in a variety of applications. Proposals considering emerging technologies and applications beyond current limitations are highly encouraged.

Areas of interest include:

- RF Circuits and Antennas for Communications and Sensing

- Communication Systems and Signal Processing

- Dynamic Bio-Sensing Systems

Submission Details:

Full Proposal Submission Due Dates: 10/1/18-11/1/18

Supplement Submission Due Date: 4/1/19

For more information, visit nsf.gov

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18-063: Dear Colleague Letter: Real-Time Learning and Decision-Making in Engineered Systems (Real-D)

This Dear Colleague Letter is announcing interest in EArly-Concept Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals for research in fundamental theory, algorithms, engineering principles, and applications for real-time learning and decision-making that may lead the way towards safe, reliable, and efficient data-enabled engineering systems.

Research topics of interest include:

1. Theory, methods, and implementation of distributed real-time learning and decision-making with substantial improvement compared to other distributed real-time learning algorithms and traditional centralized processing

2. Theory, development, and implementation of real-time learning of unlabeled data which could be used together with a model-based approach, supervised learning algorithms, and/or anomaly detection methods

3. Innovations in theory and methods that can exploit availability of data to achieve higher fidelity dynamic modest of complex high-order interconnected systems and to form advanced control strategies for such systems

4. Innovative approaches to combine model-based and mode-free approaches such as evaluation of data trustworthiness and fairness, and methods for model validation

Submission Details:

Application Submission Due Date: 6/1/18

For more information, visit nsf.gov

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IDEA 2018- Workshop 1: Pathways & Success Strategies for Developing Sustainable Thermal Grids

This two-segment workshop aims to provide insights and experiences from real-world projects and present codes and standards being developed by cities throughout the world.

Segment 1: Governance Models, Technology & Financing

This portion will look at real-world case studies and proven strategies leading to successful district energy projects. There will be emphasis on highlighting the importance of objectives setting and managing system outcomes and performance via governance and stakeholder management. This will be comapared to a variety of technology solutions, current business models, financing sources and project execution.

Segment 2: Carbon-Based Building Codes and Standards

This segment will focus on defining and understanding carbon-based codes and standards and why some cities have adopted them. Additionally this component will focus on how different codes treat various approaches to low-carbon outcomes and the significance behind these codes.

Event Details:

Event Dates: 6/11/18, 8-4:15PM

Event Location: Vancouver Convention Centre,BC

For more information, visit the event page here.

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MegaRust 2018

MegaRust is an event providing focus on Navy corrosion issues and update the community on information regarding programs, policies, standards, and Fleet experience to corrosion. The symposia aims to encourage discussion and sharing of information on technologies and approaches to controlling corrosion. Participants will include those from military, industry, government with a variety of backgrounds such as research and development, design, maintenance, and engineering

Submission Details:

Event Dates: 5/22/18-5/24/18

Event Location: San Diego Marriott Mission Valley, California

For more information, visit the event page here.

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Director's Postdoctoral Fellowship

The NREL Director's Fellowship is looking to support the next generation of qualified scientists and engineers with outstanding talent and credentials within renewable energy research and related fields. Fellows receive a two-year term with a possible third-year renewal paid with program funding and includes a premium salary rate, additional funding for conferences and travel, along with a research allowance to cover professional development activities 

All applicants must have all Ph.D. requirements completed before appointment and be at an early point in their career of research and leadership

Submission Details:

Application Submission Due Date: 7/1/18

For more information, visit nrel.gov

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DE-FOA-0001792: Novel and Enabling Carbon Capture Transformational Technologies

To address the challenges of capture material interaction within coal fired or natural gas power plants and increase efficiency in CO2 capture, proposals are being accepted to develop transformational technologies that improve carbon capture costs and energy penalties

Areas of interest for this solicitation include:

1. Development of Novel Transformational Materials and Processes: Research, development, and validation of transformational materials and capture processes

2. Enabling Technologies to Improve Carbon Capture Systems: Research, development, and validation of enabling technologies that improve CO2 capture systems

Submission Details:

Application Submission Due Date: 9/28/18, 8 PM EST

For more information, visit grants.gov

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NOI: DE-FOA-0001910: Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology Advancement and Data Dissemination

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is intending to release a solicitation supporting the research, testing, and development of innovative marine and hydrokinetic technologies capable of converting the energy of water movements into electricity as a source of clean, reliable energy. Proposed research should focus on reducing the cost and improving the performance of technology concepts for this application via testing proof-of-concept systems and providing data from early-stage designs for future development.

Potential topics of interest for the anticipated opportunity include:

1. Early Stage Device Design Research

2. Controls and Power Take Off Design Integration and Testing

3. Dissemination of Environmental Data and Analyses to Facilitate the Marine Energy Regulatory Process

Application Details:

Application Release Date: TBD

For more information, visit eere-exchange.energy.gov

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DE-FOA-0001755: Industry Partnerships for Cybersecurity of Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D)

To lead to the RD&D of next generation tools and technologies that secure the energy sector and reduce the risk of disruption due to a cyber incident, the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is accepting applications for innovative approaches towards advancing energy delivery systems. Proposals should seek to increase the cyber resiliency and be compatible with common methods and best practices without introducing burdens to the systems. Solutions should also prioritize energy reliability and be demonstrated at a relevant end-user site for validation into industry.

Areas of interest under this opportunity include:

1. Redesign for Cyber-resilient Architecture

2. Cybersecurity for the Oil and Natural Gas Environment

3. Cybersecure Communications

4. Cybersecure Cloud-based Technologies in the Operation Technology Environment

5. Innovative Technologies that Enhance Cybersecurity in the Energy Sector

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 6/18/18

For more information, visit grants.gov

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18-553: CubeSat-based Science Missions for Geospace and Atmospheric Research

Lack of essential observations from space is currently a major limiting factor in many areas of geospace and atmospheric research. Recent advances in sensor and spacecraft technologies make it feasible to obtain key measurements from low-cost, small satellite missions. A particularly promising aspect o this development is the prospect for obtaining multi-point observations in space that are critical for addressing many outstanding problems in space and atmospheric sciences.

The overarching goal of the program is to support the development, construction, launch, operation, and data analysis of small satellite science missions to advance geospace and atmospheric research. Equally important, it will provide essential opportunities to train the next generation of experimental space scientists and aerospace engineers.

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 6/13/18

For more information, visit nsf.gov

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18-7607: Energy, Power, Control, and Networks

The Energy, Power, Control, and Networks (EPCN) Program supports innovative research in modeling, optimization, learning, adaptation, and control of networked multi-agent systems, higher-level decision making, and dynamic resource allocation, as well as risk management in the presence of uncertainty, sub-system failures, and stochastic disturbances. EPCN also invests in novel machine learning algorithms and analysis, adaptive dynamic programming, brain-like networked architectures performing real-time learning and neuromorphic engineering. EPCN's goal is to encourage research on emerging technologies and applications including energy, transportation, robotics, and biomedical devices & systems. EPCN also emphasizes electric power systems, including generation, transmission, storage, and integration of renewable energy sources into the grid; power electronics and drives; battery management systems; hybrid and electric vehicles; and understanding the interplay of power systems with associated regulatory & economic structures and with consumer behavior.

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 11/1/18

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

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

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: rolling

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

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

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

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: rolling

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17-580: Division of Materials Research: Topical Materials Research Programs (DMR-TMRP)

The Division Materials (DMR) is supporting research that advances fundamental understanding of materials, materials discovery, design, characterization, synthesis, and materials-related phenomena. Projects supported are critical for successful future development of innovations and technologies that meet societal needs and enable continuous advances by the next generation of materials researchers.

Research programs supported by this solicitation include:

- Electronic and Photonic Materials

- Metals and Metallic Nanostructures

- Solid-State and Materials Chemistry

- Condensed Matter Physics

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Window: 10/1/18-11/1/18, 5 PM Local

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18-998: Accelerating Discovery: Educating the Future STEM Workforce

NSF is accepting proposals to educate and prepare future generations of STEM professionals in critical scientific areas by providing support to master new knowledge and skills and enable collaboration for future innovative development. Proposals should address near-, min-, and long-term challenges and opportunities facing the development of STEM professionals or anticipate new structures and functions of the STEM learning and teaching enterprise.

There is particular interest in supporting research and development in the following Big Ideas:

- The Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier (FW-HTF)

- Harnessing the Data Revolution for 21st Century Science and Engineering (HDR)

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 7/2/18, 5 PM Local

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DE-FOA-0001829: Developing Technologies for Advancement of Associated Geologic Storage in Basinal Geo-Laboratories

The Department of Energy's Carbon Storage Program Storage Infrastructure Technology Area is supporting R&D work that demonstrates different storage complexes distributed over different geographic regions and have the ability to safely and permanently store CO2. Proposals should seek to advance technologies, through computational, analytical, bench scale, and field laboratory studies, to investigate associated storage in storage complexes in a variety of geologic settings.

Research Needs of the solicitation include the following:

- ROZs- formation, characterization, and associated storage in conjunction with EOR

- Co-optimizing CO2-EOR with associated storage in storage complexes that have stacked reservoris

- Associated storage in shale, coal, and other low permeability reservoirs

- Associated storage in fracture-dominated storage complexes

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 6/1/18, 9 PM EST

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18-554: Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)

The CISE Research Initiation Initiative aims to invest in the development and growth of the research capabilities of future computer and information scientists and engineers. This solicitation encourages proposals from PIs who are in their first academic position post-PhD to enable research independence early on in their career. Support will allow early-career researchers to recruit and mentor their first students as a critical step to research independence and subsequent stream of innovations, teams, and publications. 

Submission Details:

Full Proposal Submission Due Date: 8/8/18

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18-8069: Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences (CDS&E-MSS)

The CDS&E-MSS program is accepting proposals that confront and consider a variety of mathematical and statistical challenges within the scientific and engineering communities in order to create and develop the next generation of mathematical and statistical theories. This will be the tools essential to address the issues from the explosion in digital and observational data from the growing roles of computational modeling and simulation. The program will support fundamental research that meets the computational and data-related challenges by advancing current mathematical and statistical methods that address these issues.

Submission Details:

Full Proposal Submission Window: 9/1/18-9/17/18

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17-581: CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI)

To promote discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines, the CISE Research Infrastructure program aims to support the creation and development of world-class research infrastructure capable of supporting innovations in computer and information science and engineering. The program also aims to diversify by ensuring access to this infrastructure for individuals from a variety of academic institutions.

There program is supporting two classes of awards:

1. Institutional Infrastructure (II): Creation (II-new) or enhancement (II-EN) of CISE research infrastructures that enable research opportunities at institutions.

2. Community Infrastructure (CI): Planning (CI-P), Creation (CI-NEW), enhancement (CI-EN), or sustainment (CI-SUSTAIN) of CISE community research infrastructure to enable opportunities for broad-based communities beyond institutions.

Submission Details:

Preliminary Proposal Submission Due Date: 11/7/18

Full Proposal Submission Due: 1/10/19

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Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program (IUCRC)

With the wide range of backgrounds and skills in order to address the research issues of interest, the Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) program is focusing on developing long-term partnerships between industry, academia, and government. The centers will enable research of interest to be performed and contributed by members of the Center and industry. This will provide and enhance the intellectual capacity of the engineering and science workforce with integration of research and education

Submission Details:

Preliminary Proposal Submission Due Date: 4/18/18

Full Proposal Submission Due: 6/20/18

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Environmental Sustainability

The Environmental Sustainability program aims to promote sustainable engineered systems that support humans' well-being while also being compatible with the natural environment.

While there are four supported principal general research areas, the topic of Green Engineering is relevant for encompassing the following:

- Management of storm water, recycling, and reuse of drinking water

- Improvements in distribution and collection systems that can advance smart growth strategies

- Innovations/Approaches that affects more than one chemical or manufacturing process

Proposals should be driven by engineering principles and presented explicitly in an environmental sustainability context.

Submission Details:

Full Proposal Submission Window: 10/1/18-10/22/18

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Energy for Sustainability

The Energy for Sustainability program supports research that pushes for the discovery and implementation of innovative processes to sustain production of electricity, fuels, and energy storage. Projects should be inspired by the need for economic and impactful conversion processes and should emphasize understanding at a molecular level how key barriers affect system level performance.

Areas of interest include:

- Electrochemical Energy Systems: Research with a focus on both novel and advanced renewable energy systems with high-energy density and high-power density characteristics. Emphasis should be placed on fundamental understanding of the reaction and transport phenomena that underlie system performance.

- Organic Photovoltaics:Fundamental research on innovative processes for fabrication and theory-based characterization of future organic photovoltaic devices. Devices of particular interest include polymer and small molecule organic photovoltaics or dye sensitized photovoltaics for electricity generation.

Submission Details:

Full Proposal Submission Window: 10/1/18-10/22/18

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Environmental Engineering

The Environmental Energy program aims to support research applying scientific and engineering principles to minimizing contamination, from human activities on land, on inland and coastal waters and air while promoting resource and energy conservation and recovery. The program also emphasizes on research that identifies, evaluates, and monitors waste assimilative capacity and develops methods to effective remove and reduce contaminants from polluted air, water, and soils.

Areas of interest include:

1. Enhancing the availability of high quality water supplies: Development of treatment processes to meet the growing demand for water, remove contaminants, remediate contaminated soil and groundwater, and recycle wastewaters into water suitable for reuse.

2. Fate and transport of contaminants of emerging concern in air, water, solid waste, and soils: Research into the fate, transport, and remediation of potentially harmful contaminants and their corresponding byproducts.

Submission Details:

Full Proposal Submission Window: 10/1/18-10/22/18

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Catalysis 

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

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

Topic areas that are of particular interest include: 

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

  • Catalysis aimed at closing the carbon cycle (especially conversion of CO2, methane, and natural gas to fuels and chemical intermediates).

  • Catalytic alternatives to traditionally non-catalytic reaction processes, as well as new catalyst designs for established catalytic processes.

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

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

  • Commercially scalable methods of catalyst synthesis.

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

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

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

Submission Details:

Full proposal Submission Window:  10/1/18-10/22/18 

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Research Opportunities in Aeronautics 

This Announcement solicits foundational and system-level research in support of the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). This research announcement covers a variety of topics in aeronautics fundamental research that are being pursued by NASA personnel. Specific research thrusts are outlined in the appendices of the funding announcement linked below. A major focus of this research announcement is to encourage collaboration between other organizations and NASA to help advance ARMD strategic goals. Awards will be made as grants, cooperative agreements or contracts, depending on the nature of the proposing organization and/or program requirements. It is anticipated that the majority of awards will be cooperative agreements or contracts due to the expected collaborative nature of the work specified in the technical appendices of the funding announcement. The typical period of performance for an award is three years, although a few programs may specify shorter or longer periods. 

ARMD Research Thrusts:

  1. Safe, Efficient Growth in Global Operations

  2. Innovation in Commercial Supersonic Aircraft

  3. Ultra-Efficient Commercial Vehicles

  4. Transition to Alternative Propulsion and Energy

  5. Real-Time System-Wide Safety Assurance

  6. Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation

  7. Aviation Manufacturing

Submission Details:

Phase A - NOI Due Date: 5/16/18

Phase B - Proposal Due Date: 6/30/18

For more information, visit nspires.nasaprs.com.

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N00: FY 2019 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)

This announcement seeks proposals from universities to purchase equipment and instrumentation in support of research in areas of interest to the DOD. DOD interests include the areas of research supported by the Army Research Office (ARO), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). 

A central purpose of the DURIP is to provide equipment and instrumentation to enhance research-related education in areas of interest and priority to the DoD. Therefore, your proposal must address the impact of the equipment or instrumentation on your institution's ability to educate students through research in disciplines important to DoD missions.

Areas of research interest are published at the following internet locations:

Army Research Office - http://aro.army.mil

Office of Naval Research - http://www.onr.navy.mil

Air Force Office of Scientific Research - http://www.wpafb.af.mil/afrl/afosr

Submission Details:

Full Proposal Submission Due: 7/6/18

For more information, visit onr.navy.mil

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NSF STTR Phase I

The Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) Phase I Program is providing funding for small businesses to conduct research and development work and introduce innovations to the market. Proposals should show promise of commercial and societal impacts in a variety of science and technology fields and aim to establish technical feasibility or proof of concept of unproven, risky technologies. Successful applicants will then be eligible to apply for a Phase II award.

Submission Details:

Full Proposal Submission Due Date: 6/14/18, 5 PM Local

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NSF SBIR Phase I

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I Program is focusing on transforming scientific discoveries into products and services with commercial potential and/or societal benefit via funding as they make their way from the lab and into the market. Proposals are expected to outline research and development projects that establish technical feasibility or proof of concept of unproven, risky technologies. Successful applicants will then be eligible to apply for a Phase II award.

Submission Details:

Full Proposal Submission Due Date: 6/14/18, 5 PM Local

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Planning Grants for Engineering Research Centers (ERC)

The ERC program is placing greater emphasis on research that leads to societal impact, including convergent approaches, engaging stakeholder communities, and strengthening team formation, in response to the NASEM study recommendations. The ERC program intends to support planning activities leading to convergent research team formation and capacity-building within the engineering community. This planning grant pilot initiative is designed to foster and facilitate the engineering community's thinking about how to form convergent research collaborations. To participate in the upcoming ERC competition, one is not required to submit a planning grant proposal nor to receive a planning grant.

To see previous awards made through this program, click here.

Submission Details:

Full Proposal Due Date: 6/6/18

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FA9550-18-S-0002: Air Force Fiscal Year 2019 Young Investigator Research Program (YIP)

The Fiscal Year 2019 Air Force Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) intends support for scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees 1 April 2012 or later that show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. The program objective is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering; enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators; and increase opportunities for the young investigator to recognize the Air Force mission and related challenges in science and engineering. Individual awards are made to U.S. institutions of higher education, industrial laboratories, or non-profit research organizations where the principal investigator is employed on a full-time basis and holds a regular position. YIP primary investigators must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident. Researchers working at a Federally Funded Research and Development Center or DoD Laboratory are not eligible for this competition. Most YIP awards are funded at $150,000 per year for three years, for a total of $450,000. Exceptional proposals will be considered individually for higher funding levels and/or longer duration. 

Submission Details:

Full Proposal Due Date: 6/1/18

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DARPA-PA-18-01: Program Announcement for Disruptioneering

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has made investments in science and technology with long-term positive impacts on the nation's national security. Given the increasing pace of discovery in science and technology throughout the world, new fields of study and identifying scientific areas are of prime interest. To continue successful outcomes from new opportunities, DARPA is looking to develop faster responses with more small, targeted investments. Via this approach, Disruptioneering, DARPA will be able to initiate a new investment within 90 days from idea inception.

Special notices for the following technical domains will be released and serve as the focus for innovative research:

- Frontiers in Math

- computation and Design

- Limits of Sensing and Sensors

- Complex Social Systems

- Anticipating Surprise

Submission Details:

Application Submission Due Date: 2/20/19

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HR001117S0040: Defense Sciences Office (DSO) Office-wide

Technical domains under this BAA include the following:

1. Complexity Engineering- Understanding the principles of organization and control, the transformation or harnessing of complexity and implications of using those methods

2. Science of Design- Studying the processes and methods of design such as how a given state is transformed into a preferred one using tools and technologies

3. Noosphere- Creating, measuring, and modeling foundational questions regarding humans, human-machine interactions, and society

4. Fundamental Limits- Creating, measuring, and modeling the boundaries of current understandings surrounding the natural, physical, mathematical, and computational sciences via rigorous and reproducible, hypothesis-driven, scientific methods

5. New Foundations- Discovering new natural phenomena or approaches addressing scientific or technical challenges with particular focus on uncovering the unknown

Submission Details:

Executive Summary Submission Due Date: 4/26/18, 4 PM EST

Abstract Submission Due Date: 5/10/18, 4 PM EST

Full Proposal Submission Due Date: 6/11/18, 4 PM EST

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DARPA-RA-18-01: Polyplexus Pilot

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is accepting participants for a pilot program aiming to use modern connectivity to quickly develop promising basic research pathways and efficiently develop basic research proposals. Proposals should seek to investigate innovative approaches to promote revolutionary advances within the sciences, devices, or systems. The DSO will fund successful research proposals developed from the pilot program.

Submission Details:

Application Submission Due Date: 7/20/18

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

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

Technical areas include:

1. Quantum Computing

2. Nanocomputing

3. Computational Intelligence and Neuromorphic Computing

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

5. High Performance Computing

6. Modular Embedded Computing Architectures

Submission Details:

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

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Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI)

To ensure the integrity, resilience, and reliability of end-to-end workflow, the Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI) aims to develop and implement security solutions.

There are three areas of interests for projects:

1. Secure Scientific Cyberinfrastructure: Proposals with new and trustworthy architectural and design approaches, models and frameworks to develop a holistic, integrated security environment for the entire scientific cyberinfrastructure system.

2. Collaborative Security Response Center: Development of a community resource that can provide security monitoring, analysis, expertise, and resources regardless of physical location or organization.

3. Research Data Protection: Projects offering solutions that ensure the provenance of research data and reduce complexities in protecting research data sets.

Submission Details:

Full Application Submission Due Date: 6/4/18

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Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS)

The INFEWS program seeks to support research that conceptualizes food, energy, and water systems broadly and inclusively, incorporating social and behavioral processes (such as decision making and governance), physical processes (such as built infrastructure and new technologies for more efficient resource utilization), natural processes (such as biogeochemical and hydrologic cycles), biological processes (such as agroecosystem structure and productivity), and cyber-components (such as sensing, networking, computation, and visualization for decision-making and assessment).

The overarching goal of the INFEWS program is to catalyze well-integrated, convergent research to transform understanding of the FEW Nexus as integrated social, engineering, physical, and natural systems in order to improve system function and management, address system stress, increase resilience, and ensure sustainability. The NSF INFEWS activity is designed specifically to attain the following goals:

  1. Significantly advance our understanding of the food-energy-water system of systems through quantitative, predictive and computational modeling, including support for relevant cyberinfrastructure;
  2. Develop real-time, cyber-enabled interfaces that improve understanding of the behavior of FEW systems and increase decision support capability;
  3. Enable research that will lead to innovative and integrated social, engineering, physical, and natural systems solutions to critical FEW systems problems;
  4. Grow the scientific workforce capable of studying and managing the FEW system of systems, through education and other professional development opportunities.
Submission Details:

Full Proposal Submission Due Date: 9/26/18

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NSF/VMware Partnership on Edge Computing Data Infrastructure (ECDI)

With the growth of mobile and Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices, there are questions regarding the architectures behind organizing computer infrastructures of tomorrow. Edge devices are now transitioning from consuming data in the cloud to producing large amounts of data, resulting in concerns with data placement, movement, processing, and sharing. To address this shift, this opportunity seeks to advance current state of the art end-to-end networked systems architectures. Proposals should introduce designs and plans to develop data-centric edge architectures, programming paradigms, runtime environments, and data sharing frameworks to realize the opportunities of big data within mobile and IoT device environments.

Submission Details:

Full Proposal Submission Due Date: 5/22/18

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Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences 2018 (ROSES 2018)

As part of the 2018 NASA Strategic Plan, NASA aims to understand the Sun, Earth, Solar System, and Universe by soliciting proposals using a variety of methods for remote sensing and in situ investigations.

Program elements fall under these four science research programs:

1. Earth Science Research and Applied Sciences- Focus on integrative research to advance knowledge or and to explore interactions between major components of Earth to distinguish natural from human-induced causes of change and understand and predict consequences of change.

2. Heliophysics Research- Aim to understand the Sun as a magnetic variable star and its effects on the Earth and other planets and the dynamics of structures in the Solar System.

3. Planetary Science Research Program- Perform research to explore the Solar System to look into its origins and evolution along with the origins of life within the system.

4. Astrophysics Research- Explore the Universe beyond and search for the planets and life of other systems while understanding the origin, evolution, structure, and destiny of the Universe itself.

A list of the programs and their respective due dates can be found here.

Submission Details:

Notice of Intent Submission Due Date: 3/28/18-1/24/19

Proposal Submission Due Date: 5/3/18-4/25/19

For more information, visit nspires.nasaprs.com

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High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPCfMfg)

The fifth HPC4MFg Program solicitation seeks concept papers that spur the use of national lab supercomputing resources and expertise to advance innovation in clean energy technology. A total of up to $3 million is available to support a portfolio of projects with national impact on energy efficiency.

In this round, we are soliciting proposals in the following primary areas:

1. Proposals that require 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.

Submission Details:

Concept paper due: 3/15/18

Full proposal due: Mid June

For more information, visit hpc4mfg.llnl.gov.

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Formal Methods in the Field (FMitF)

The FMitF program encourages collaborations between researchers to develop rigorous and reproducible methods to design, implement, and guarantee correct-by-construction systems and applications. There will be two groups of researchers for collaboration under this solicitation. The first group will have a focus on formal methods, defined as principle approaches based on mathematics and logic, while the second group will consist of researchers in the "field", which is defined as a subset of areas within computer and information science and engineering not currently benefiting from having established communities that are developing and applying formal methods within their research.

This program will be limited to the following areas: 1) Computer Networks, 2) Cyber-Human Systems, 3) Machine Learning and 4)Operating/Distributed Systems. However, other field(s) may emerge in the future.

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 5/8/18, 5 PM Local

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

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

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

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

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

    a) Human Insight and Trust

    b) Human Language Technologies

3. Human Analyst Augmentation: Develop technologies to enhance ISR analyst performance and to test the efficacy of newly developed ISR technologies within a simulated operational environment

    a) Analyst Test Bed

    b) ISR Analyst Performance Program

Submission Details:

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

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NOI: W911W6-18-R-0005: Broad Agency Announcement for Applied Aviation Technologies

To enhance and sustain the Army Aviation there is the overarching mission to develop, demonstrate and transition critical technologies.

Specific research areas under this opportunity include:

- Aircraft & Occupant Survivability

- Maintainability & Sustainability

- Unmanned & Optionally Manned Systems

Each call for a research area will detail solicitation topics, any changes to evaluation criteria and proposal preparation instructions, and a submission deadline.

Submission Details:

White Paper Submission Due Date: TBD

For more information, visit fedbizopps.gov

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submission Details:

White Paper Submission Due Date: 11/29/22

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

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

Areas of Interest include:

1. Autonomous Systems

2. Deep Learning

3. Cyber

4. Cross-Domain Kill Chains

5. Non-traditional Defense Technologies

Submission Details:

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

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Institute for the Science of Origins Opportunity

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

Submission Details:

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

For more information, visit origins.case.edu

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Electricity Markets Workshops

Case Western Reserve University and the Electric Power Research Institute have developed a course that teaches the fundamental principles governing electricity market operation and pricing dynamics.The course will review material such as the electrical power system infrastructure, reliability operation, and the locational marginal cost-based pricing mechanism underlying the wholesale electricity market design. The course includes interactive market simulation exercises using an online electricity market simulator capable of playing realistic market clearing scenarios with access to this tool six months after the course ends.

Event Details:

Event Dates: 10/22/18-10/23/18

Event Location: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

For more information visit the page here.

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Spring 2018 Grants Conference

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will be having its semi-annual NSF Grants Conference to share learning opportunities for new faculty, researchers and administrators curious about various current issues at NSF. NSF program officers representing NSF directorates will be available to provide information about specific funding opportunities and answer questions.

Event Details:

Event Dates: 6/4/18-6/5/18

Event Location: Detroit, Michigan

For more information visit nsfgrantsconferences.com

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American-Made Challenge: The Solar Prize

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are working together to launch the first prize challenge with the American-Made Challenge. The Solar Prize program aims to accelerate the development of new solar technologies and solutions that will advance the solar industry. The program also gives the opportunity to network with experts, fabricators, develops and entrepreneurs within the field.

Submission Details:

Program Dates: TBD

For more information visit americanmadechallenge.org

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Sustainable Solid Waste Management Practices

The EREF aims to support the sustainability movement that has reached business models of industries across the country by funding research that addresses all areas of integrated solid waste management and have a particular focus towards increasing sustainable solid waste management practices.

Research Topic areas include:

1. Waste minimization

2. Recycling

3. Waste conversion to energy, biofuels, or other useful products

4. Strategies to promote diversion to higher and better uses

5. Landfilling

A number of topics may require discussion and approval before submitting a pre-proposal such as: development of life-cycle/process models to evaluate solid waste, evaluation of specific applications of pyrolysis/gasification to manage niche/minor waste streams, development of specific gasification/pyrolysis techniques or technologies, and use of algae to create biofuels from waste.

Submission Details:

Pre-Proposal Submission Due Date: 6/1/18, 5 PM EST

For more information visit erefdn.org

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Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Israel The opportunity emphasizes collaboration between a company an university/research institute, one from the U.S. and one from Israel and encourages significant commercial potential with the project outcome leading to commercialization. Topic areas include Solar and Wind Power, Advanced Vehicle Technologies and Alternative Fuels, Smart Grid, Water-Energy Nexus, Advanced Manufacturing, and any additional areas that fall under Renewable  Energy and Energy Efficiency.

Submission Details:

Executive Summary Submission Due Date: 7/6/18

Proposals Submission Due Date: 8/21/18

For more information visit birdf.com

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Energy and Environment

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

Submission Details:

Proposals Submission Due Date: rolling

For more information visit sloan.org

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Sustaining Ohio's Aeronautical Readiness and Innovation in the Next Generation (SOARING)

The SOARING request for proposal aims to address challenges and expand Ohio's leadership in research, development, and sustainment for unmanned air systems, personal air vehicles, and logistics delivery air vehicles. The program will fund projects that align with the needs identified by Federal, State, and commercial stakeholders such as performance, safety, and technology domains.

Submission Details:

White Papers Submission Due Date: 3/07/18, 2 PM EST

Proposals Submission Due Date: 5/18/18, 2 PM EST

For more information visit ohiofrn.org

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Innovation and Research 3D Printing Grant

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

Application Details:

Application Submission Due Date: rolling

For more information visit americamakes.us

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FA8750-17-S-7003: Full Spectrum Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Cyber Operations Technology

The Air Force Research Laboratory is soliciting white papers for research, development, integration, testing and evaluation of technologies and techniques to expand cyber operations technologies. Approaches should consider operational, contingency planning, along with technology and approaches to better equip the warfighter. Research areas of interest include integration, improving coordination, and advancing the capability to conduct cyberspace operations in various environments.

Submission Details:

White Paper Submission Due Date: 12/3/18

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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USSOCOM_BAATALOS16: BAA Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS)

TALOS aims to develop technologies to enhance mission execution and accelerate the delivery of innovative capabilities to the operator. These goals support the overarching vision to drastically improve the operator's survivability and capability by spanning efforts across multiple capability and technology maturity areas. Technology areas of interest include Survivability, Exoskeleton Platform, Operator Interface, Visual Augmentation Systems, Situational Awareness, Targeting, Mission Planning and Execution, C41, Power and Energy, and Human Factors.

Submission Details:

White Paper Submission Due Date: 12/22/18

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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Expeditions in Computing

The Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) has established this program to allow the CISE research and education community the opportunity to pursue innovative research that have the potential to define the future of computing and information. Collaboration between departments or institutions are encouraged to combine talents and perspectives to develop transformative research for promising discoveries in the field.

Submission Details:

Pre-Proposal Submission Due Date: 4/25/18, 5 PM Local

Full Proposal Submission Due Date: 1/16/19, 5 PM Local

For more information visit nsf.gov

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CMMI Program

The Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) of the Engineering Directorate is accepting proposals to be submitted to the CMMI core programs. Proposals relevant and help catalyze new scientific discoveries and directions in one of the four Big Ideas are of interest:

1. Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Shaping the Future

2. Navigating the New Arctic

3. Harnessing the Data Revolution for 21st Century Science and Engineering

4. Understanding the Rules of Life: Predicting Phenotype

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Window Dates: 9/1/18-9/15/18

For more information visit nsf.gov

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MegaRust 2018

MegaRust is an annual event with a focus on Navy corrosion issues and providing an opportunity for current information on programs, policies, standards, Fleet experience, and sharing of information on technologies and strategies to control corrosion. The event will consist of a forum with participants from various fields such as government, industry, and academia with diverse backgrounds in R&D, design, maintenance, and operation surrounding corrosion. Participants also have the opportunity to present or submit a technical paper to share information regarding products and solutions towards corrosion control.

Event Details:

Abstract Submission Due Date: 2/9/18

Event Dates: 5/22/18-5/24/18

Location: San Diego, CA

For more information visit the event page here.

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

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

Several research interests for this BAA include:

- Engineering Sciences

     1. Mechanical Sciences

     2. Electronics

     3. Materials Sciences

- Information Sciences

     1. Computing Sciences

     2. Mathematical Sciences

     3. Network Sciences

Submission Details:

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

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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USSOCOM-BAAST-2015: Advancement of Technologies for Use by Special Operations Forces BAA

USSOCOM has a long-term goal to develop necessary technologies to satisfy the mission requirements of Special Operations Forces (SOF). This will help accelerate delivery of innovative technologies to the SOF warfighter and overcome current challenges: 1) trade space between weight, protection, power, and mobility 2) cost and 3) system component integration.

Technology areas of relevant interest include: 

- Primary batteries

- Rechargeable batteries

- Solar

- Fuel Cells

- Energy Harvesting

- Hybrid systems

Submission Details:

Quad Chart & White Paper Submission Due Date: 9/30/18

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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

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

Areas of interest include:

- Manufacturing and Automation Innovations

- Optimization of Design for Manufacturability

- Process Improvements

- Battery Standardization

Submission Details:

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

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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

With the growing applications and potential impacts of robots, the National Robotics Initiative 2.0 (NRI 2.0) is interested in research focusing on the seamless incorporation of robots into daily aspects of life, or development of ubiquitous collaborative robots. To achieve this goal, the program has four research areas that aim to advance this technology:

1. Scalability- how robots can effectively collaborate as they increase their presence and includes coordination with other humans or robots

2. Customizability- ability of robots to easily adapt to new situations and people, allowing them to learn about different environments and tasks with little to no changes in the underlying hardware and software

3. Lowering barriers to entry- broadening access of robots to the larger research community, students, and entrepreneurs through resources that can be easily used and developed

4. Societal impact- addressing the effects of robots within the social, economic, educational, ethical, and legal contexts and how they change the overall quality of life to better direct optimal robot behavior

Submission Details:

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

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Training-based Workforce Development for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (CyberTraining)

In order to continuously develop and advance cyberinfrastructure (CI), the CyberTraining program is looking for innovative approaches to address needs and unresolved issues within the scientific and engineering research workforce. In order to prepare and develop the research workforce and ensure adoption of CI tools and methods with integration of CI into the education curriculum, this program focuses on broadening and developing accessible CI resources The program aims to achieve its goals by:

1. Increasing or deepening accessibility of methods and resources of advanced CI and of computational and data science and engineering by a wide range of scientific disciplines and institutions with lower levels of CI adoption

2. Harnessing the capabilities of larger segments of diverse underrepresented groups

Submission Details:

Full Proposal Submission Due Date: 1/25/19, 5 PM Local

For more information visit nsf.gov

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NOI: NNH16ZCQ001K-ISRU: NextSTEP-2 BAA: In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) Technology

NASA intends to release an Appendix to the (Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships-2 (NextSTEP-2) Broad Agency Announcement for proposals to advance In Situ Resource Utilization capabilities. The solicitation aims to identify resources in space use them to minimize reliance on resources from Earth, reduce costs, and enable sustainable and affordable space transportation and surface operations. In order to become "Earth Independent", NASA is looking for proposals that introduce design, fabrication, and testing of components and subsystems for acquisition and processing of extraterrestrial resources into water, oxygen, and fuel.

Application Details:

Application Release Date: TBD

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N00014-18-S-F003: FY 18 Navy and Marine Corps Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Education and Workforce Program

The Office of Naval Research is looking to expand and develop the STEM workforce within the Navy and Marine Corps. Potential solutions should consider how to improve education systems and communities to have impactful STEM educational experiences and address secondary education, post-secondary, informal science, and current naval STEM workforce communities. Projects should be innovative, cultivate diversity, and incorporate one of the following scope areas:

- Develop and implement exploratory pilot projects that seek to create new education experiences within education and training communities

- Develop larger cohesive STEM education and training activities that strengthen the capacity of regional communities and stakeholders to improve STEM education and training- 

- Establish meetings of stakeholders that must seek to connect relevant people and organizations to explicitly develop broader projects for impacting entire communities

Submission Details:

White Paper Submission Due Date: 4/2/18-7/31/18, 5 PM EST

Full Application Submission Due Date: 9/28/18

For more information visit onr.navy.mil

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Condensed Matter and Materials Theory (CMMT)

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

Submission Details:

Application Submission Due Date: Open

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Hydrogen and Fuel Cells 2018 Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program 2018 Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting (AMR) will be held on June 13-15, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

The AMR provides an opportunity for the Program to obtain expert peer reviews of the projects it supports and to report its accomplishments and progress. During the AMR, reviewers evaluate the Program's projects and make recommendations; DOE uses these evaluations, along with other review processes, to make project funding decisions for the upcoming fiscal year. The review also provides a forum for promoting collaborations, the exchange of ideas, and technology transfer. In 2017, approximately 1,800 participants attended, and more than 380 experts peer-reviewed 150 of the Program's projects. The reports summarizing the results and comments from the past AMR reviews are available on DOE's website.

Event Details:

Dates: 6/13/18-6/15/18

Location: Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit energy.gov

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Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E)

Utilization fo data and the infrastructure to manipulate information has helped advance scientific and engineering disciplines. The CDS&E program aims to identify, develop, and encourage the application of novel data analysis methods to capitalize on potential opportunities for major breakthroughs. Proposals should focus on the dependence on the development, adaptation, and utilization of the capabilities from the advancement of both research and infrastructure in computation and data. Accepted proposals can come from any area of research that fall within one of the directorates supported by the program:

1. Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences

2. Directorate for Engineering

3. Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure

Submission Details:

Application Submission Due Date:11/15/17 - 11/15/18

For more information visit nsf.gov

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NAMRC 46

The 46th North American Research Conference (NAMRC 46) will allow international researcher and manufactures to meet and discuss manufacturing research, innovations, and developments in cyber-physical systems and materials processing. The event will include various activities such as panels, presentations, and industry tours.

Event Details:

Dates: 6/18/18-6/22/18

For more information visit sme.org

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BAA-0001-17: Emergent R&D

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is looking to support advancements in the state-of-the-art or increasing knowledge or understanding in particular fields. One particular topic of interest is Energy Research which include the following areas:

1. Development of new analytical methods, or improvements to existing methods, designed to determine product quality or identify anomalies

2. Enhancing military adoption and use of fuel products derived from alternatives to petroleum

3. Development of renewable energy technologies (wind, solar, hydro, geothermal) for military and government use

4. Improvements to DoD fuel storage, handling and distribution systems

Submission Details:

White Paper Submission Due Date: 4/29/19

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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

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

Submission Details:

Submission Due Date: open

For more information visit nsf.gov

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HR001117S0048: Information Innovation Office (I2O) Office-wide

I2O is looking to support unconventional approaches that have the potential to bring revolutionary change to established practices within information systems. Proposals should look into innovative approaches that initiate advances in science, devices, or systems and research that investigates evolutionary improvement to current technologies are excluded. Solutions that are creative and agile in terms of both the technologies and structure of the approach are encouraged

Research proposals should be relevant to one of these topics of interest:

1. Symbiosis 

2. Analytics

3. Cyber

Submission Details:

Submission Due Date: 8/31/18, 12 PM EST

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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

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

Areas of Interest include:

1. Nanoelectronic Materials Core Competencies

     i) Agile Radio Frequency Electronic Materials

     ii) Integrated Photonics & Opto-electronic Materials & Processing

2. Soft Matter Materials Core Competencies

     i) Flexible Materials and Devices   

     ii) Biomaterials Materials and Processes

3. Photonic Materials Core Competencies

     i) Optical Materials and Processes

     ii) Hardened Materials and Processing

     iii) Photonic Materials

4. Rapid Research and Development for Warfighter Needs Core Competency 

     i) Rapid Research and Development for Warfighter Needs

Submission Details:

White Paper Due Date: 4/19/21

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

For more information visit grants.gov

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N00014-18-S-B001: FY18 Long Range Broad Agency Announcement for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology

The Office of Naval Research is interested in proposals with the potential to advance and improve Navy and Marine Corps operations. Prior to preparing a proposal, it is strongly encouraged to contact the Office of Naval Research point of contact depending on the department of interest.

Submission Details:

Proposal Due Date: 9/28/18

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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17-521: Algorithms for Modern Power Systems (AMPS)

The Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability at the Department of Energy (DOE) is working with the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support research projects that develop improved techniques to model, simulate, predict and control power system behavior of the power grid. Such insight into the mathematical and statistical algorithms can transform the design of improved systems to increase the security, reliability, and efficiency of the modern power grid.

Submission Details:

Full Application Due Date: 2/13/2019 

For more information visit nsf.gov

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N6893617R0053: Open Broadcast Agency Announcement

This open BAA is looking for proposals in aerospace research focusing on weapons and aerospace technologies directly supporting naval science along with air warfare and naval weapons applications aligned with current and future naval capability gaps and innovative naval prototypes.

Areas of Interest Include:

1. Energetic Materials

2. Advanced combustion

3. High-energy dense oxidizers

4. Batteries and power systems

Submission Details:

Full Application Due Date: 9/25/2018 

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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Dear Colleague Letter: NSF Accepting Proposals Related to Hurricane Irma

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

Multiple type of proposals may be submitted:

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

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

Supplemental funding to existing rewards may also be requested.

Application Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: Accepted at any time

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Open Innovation Fund (OIF)

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

Application Details:

Proposal Due Date: Open

For more information visit poweramericainstitute.org

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HR001117S0048: Information Innovation Office (I2O) Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement

The Information Innovation Office (I2O), an office of DARPA, sponsors basic and applied research in three thrust areas to ensure information advantage for the US and its allies: 

Symbiosis: This portfolio develops technologies to enable machines to understand speech and extract information contained in diverse media to learn, reason, and apply knowledge gained through experience, and to respond intelligently to new and unforseen events. 

Analytics: This work explores fundamental mathematical and computational issues such as complexity and scalability and develops applications in high-impact areas such as intelligence, software engineering and command and control. 

Cyber: This portfolio focuses on high-end cyber threats, including advanced persistent threats, and other sophisticated threats to embedded computing systems, cyber-physical systems, enterprise information systems and critical national infrastructure. 

I2O seeks unconventional approaches that are outside the mainstream, challenge accepted assumptions, and have th potential to radically  change established practice. Proposed research should investigate  innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. 

Application Details:

Abstract Due Date:7/12/18

Proposal Due Date: 8/31/18

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NSF-17-585: Innovations in Graduate Education 

The Innovations in Graduate Education program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new and potentially transformative approaches to STEM graduate training. The program seeks to explore ways for graduate students in research-based masters and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. This program focuses on projects aimed at piloting, testing and validating potentially transformative approaches to graduate education. 

Application Details:

Proposals Due: 9/27/2018

For more information visit nsf.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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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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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:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 11/1/18 5PM Local

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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:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 10/19/18

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Science and Technology New Initiatives

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

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

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

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

Submission Details:

Applications open through October 2021

For more information visit fbo.gov

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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: 6/11/2018

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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:

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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:

9/9/2018

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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:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 10/1/18 - 10/22/18

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Process Separations

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

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

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

3. Downstream purification of biologically derived chemicals for increased throughput

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

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: Open

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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:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 10/1/18 - 10/22/18

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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:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 10/1/18 - 10/22/18

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Measurement and Signatures Intelligence Exploitation (MASINT-X)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submission Details:

9/30/2020

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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:

Proposal Submission Due Dates: 9/26/18 & 1/23/19

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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:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 10/1/18-10/22/18

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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:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 10/1/18-10/22/18

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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:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 10/1/18-10/22/18

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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

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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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Naval Research Laboratory Broad Agency Announcement

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

Submission Details:

Open

For more information visit nrl.navy.mil

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Geotechnical Engineering and Materials (GEM)

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

Submission Deadline:

N/A

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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

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