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

High Performance Computing (HPC4Mfg)

DOE

Concept Paper Due: 3/15/18

Proposal Due: Mid June

$300,000

2/22/18

CWRU Energy Showcase and Alumni Reception

CWRU

3/5/18

n/a

2/21/18

Formal Methods in the Field (FMitF)

NSF

5/8/18

$100,000-$500,000

2/21/18

Critical Techniques, Technologies and Methodologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering (BIGDATA)

NSF

5/7/18-5/14/18

$100,000-$1,000,000

2/19/18

Cyber-Physical Systems

NSF

4/27/18-5/7/18

$100,000-$500,000

2/19/18

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

NextSTEP-2 BAA Appendix D: In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) Technology

NASA

3/5/18

$50,000-$750,000

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

FY18 Emerging Computing Architectures and Applications

DOD-AFRL

White Papers Due: 3/1/18

$100,000 - $1,000,000

2/16/18

Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) Grants

ACS

3/16/18

$110,000

2/13/18

New Directions (ND) Grants

ACS

3/16/18

$110,000

2/13/18

Support of Fossil Energy Research at U.S. Colleges and Universities

DOE-FE

4/9/18

$400,000

2/12/18

NOI: Quick Reaction Evaluation of Materials and Processes III

DOD-AFRL

February/March 2018

TBD

2/12/18

RFI: Detection in Complex Polymer Matrix Composites

DOD-AFRL

3/1/18

n/a

2/12/18

Early Career Faculty

NASA

03/28/18

$600,000

2/9/18

Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program III (PSAAP III) Bidder's Conference Announcement

DOD/NNSA-ASC

3/14/18 - 3/15/18

n/a

2/8/18

Advancing Artificial Intelligence for the Naval Domain

DOD-ONR

3/22/18

$500,000

2/8/18

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

NASA

2/14/18

TBD

2/7/18

NOI: Developing Technologies to Advance the Understanding of State of Stress and Geomechanical Impacts within the Subsurface

DOE-NETL

TBD

TBD

2/7/18

Innovative Technology Development of Enhance Fossil Power System Operability, Reliability, and Economic Performance

DOE-NETL

4/5/18

$250,000 - $750,000

2/7/18

RFI: Advanced Materials  for Solutions for Defense Applications 

DOD-WHS

2/28/18

n/a

2/1/18

2018 ERDC Broad Agency Announcement

USACE-ERDC

Pre-proposal due: 1/31/19

Varies

2/1/18

FY 2018 Enterprise Architecture Solutions Technology

DOD-AFRL

White Paper Due: 5/1/18

$500,000 - $3,000,000

2/1/18

Manufacturing Engineering Education Program

DOD-ONR & OSD

White Papers Due: 2/16/18

Application Due: 5/16/18

up to $600,000

1/31/18

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

DOD-SCO

6/16/21

Varies

1/31/18

Driven and Nonequilibrium Quantum Systems

DOD-DARPA

Abstract Due: 2/13/18

Full Proposal Due: 4/2/18

Varies

1/31/18

Institute for the Science of Origins Opportunity

CWR U

Rolling

$300k/yr up to 4 years

1/31/18

Electricity Markets Workshops

CWRU & EPRI

3/13/18 - 3/14/18

10/22/18 - 10/23/18

n/a

1/28/18

SBIR/STTR Proposal Writing Workshop and Networking Event

UDRI

2/21/18

n/a

1/29/18

Spring 2018 Grants Conference

NSF

6/4/18 - 6/5/18

n/a

1/29/18

Building Technologies Office 2018 Peer Review

DOE

4/30/18 - 5/3/18

n/a

1/29/18

2018 NASA Fellowship Activity

NASA

3/20/18

$55,000

1/29/18

Power for Economic Diversity in Appalachia

ARC

See below for more info

n/a

1/29/18

NOI: Flexible Combined Heat and Power for Grid Reliability and Resiliency

DOE

TBD

n/a

1/29/18

Wireless Innovation Project

Vodaphone Americas Foundation

3/5/18

$300,000

1/25/18

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

Environmental Education Local Grants Program for Region 5

EPA

3/15/18

$50,000 - $100,000

1/24/18

Hands-On Photovoltaic Experience 

NREL

3/1/18

n/a

1/24/18

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

New Directions Grant

ACS

3/16/18

$110,000

1/22/18

Energy Hackathon

TBEIC

2/23/18

$1,000

1/19/18

NOI: Innovative Technology Development to Enhance Fossil Power System Operability, Reliability, and Economic Performance

DOE-NETL

2/28/18

n/a

1/19/18

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

DOD-AFRL

12/3/18

Varies

1/19/18

Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI)- Data and Software

NSF

4/18/18

$500,000 - $2,000,000

1/19/18

Network Universal Persistence (Network UP)

DARPA

Abstract Due: 1/22/18

Full Proposal Due: 3/2/18

Varies

1/19/18

Defense Enterprise Science Initiative (DESI)

DOD

3/30/18

$1,500,000

1/17/18

2018 Nuclear Deterrence Operations IR&D Technology Interchange Meetings

DOD-AFRL

5/7/18 - 5/11/18

n/a

1/17/18

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

OPEN 2018

DOE-ARPA-E

2/12/18

$500,000-$10,000,000

12/15/2017

U.S. Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium FOA

DOE-EERE

Concept Papers: 1/23/18

Full Application: 3/26/18

$18,500,000

12/15/2018

CMMI Program

NSF

1/10/18 - 1/24/18

9/1/18 - 9/15/18.

up to $700,000

12/11/17

Energy Finance Training

IEEFA

3/12/18 - 3/14/18

n/a

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

NextSTEP-2 BAA Appendix D: In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) Technology

NASA

3/5/18

up to $750,000

12/6/17

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

Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC)

NSF

Letter of Intent Due: 1/30/18

Proposal Due: 2/28/18

$750,000-$3,000,000

11/29/17

Maturation of Advanced Manufacturing for Low-Cost Sustainment

America Makes

Project Concept Due: 1/3/18

Full Proposal Due: 2/23/18

up to $5,700,000

11/29/17

Energy Frontier Research Centers

DOE

Pre-Application Due: 1/31/18

Application Due: 4/11/18

$16,000,000

11/28/17

NOI: U.S. Offshore Wind and Research Development Consortium

DOE-GFO

TBD

n/a

11/27/17

FY 2018 SBIR/STTR Phase I Release 2

DOE-EERE

Letter of Intent Due: 1/8/18

Full Application Due: 2/26/18

$150,000

11/27/17

National Robotics Initiative 2.0: Ubiquitous Collaborative Robots

NSF

2/20/18,

2/5/19

$250,000-$1,500,000

11/22/17

Training-based Workforce Development for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (CyberTraining)

NSF

2/14/18,

1/25/19

$300,000-$500,000

11/21/17

World Innovation Conference

TechConnect

5/13/18-5/16/18

n/a

11/20/17

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

NASA

TBD

TBD

11/20/17

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

Molly K. Macauley Award for Research Innovation and Advanced Analytics for Policy

Resources for the Future

Pre-Proposal Due: 12/5/17

Full Application Due: 2/28/18

$100,000

11/7/2017

Solar Desalination

DOE-EERE

Concept Paper Due: 12/4/17

Full Application Due: 3/16/18

up to $5,000,000

11/6/2017

Emergent R&D

DLA

4/29/19

Varies

10/31/2017

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

NSF

open

$300,000-$450,000

10/25/2017

I2O Office-wide BAA

DARPA-I2O

8/31/18

Varies

10/25/2017

Modeling-Enhanced Innovations Trailblazing Nuclear Energy Reinvigoration (MEITNER)

ARPA-E

Concept Paper Due: 12/4/17

Full Application Due: TBD

$500,000 - $5,000,000

10/20/2017

Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE): Storage Complex Facility

DOE-NETL

2/28/18

up to $10,000,000

10/17/2017

Industry Growth Forumce

NREL

Forum Dates: 5/3/18 - 5/4/18

n/a

10/11/2017

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

10/4/2017

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

DOD-ONR

9/28/18

Varies

10/4/2017

Energy, Power, Control, and Networks (EPCN)

NSF

Full Proposal: 10/1/17-11/1-17

Supplement Submission: 4/2/18

$300,000

9/29/2017

Algorithms for Modern Power Systems (AMPS)

NSF & DOE

2/13/19

up to $300,000

9/29/2017

Dear Colleague Letter: NSF Accepting Proposals Related to Hurricane Irma

NSF

n/a

$200,000-$300,000

9/20/2017

NOI: Use of NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System

NASA

TBD

n/a

9/18/2017

Open Innovation Fund

Power America

Open

$225,000

9/18/2017

Information Innovation Office (I2O) Office-Wide BAA

DOD-DARPA

8/31/2018

Varies

9/6/2017

Innovations in Graduate Education

NSF

9/27/2018

$500,000

8/31/2017

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

NSF

continuous

$1,000,000

8/14/2017

Event: CampusEnergy2018

International District Energy Association

3/5/2018 - 3/9/2018

n/a

8/7/2017

Process Separations

NSF

open

$100,000-$300,000

8/4/2017

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

DON

7/24/2018

contract (1-3 years)

7/26/2017

Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs

DOC-EDA

No deadline; awards made: 9/30/2017

$100,000-$3,000,000

7/21/2017

Topical Materials Research Programs

NSF

11/1/18

$360,000

7/20/2017

NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering

NSF/DOE-PAMS

10/19/18

$25,000-$250,000

7/17/2017

OTS Call 7 - 3D Dynamic Mapping Call

DHS

5/03/2018

$50,000 - $200,000

7/7/2017

Science and Technology New Initiatives

DOD-DTRA

10/1/2021

not specified

7/5/2017

IARPA-Wide Research BAA

IARPA

5/2/2018

not specified

6/20/2017

DSO Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement

DOD-DARPA

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

not specified

6/14/2017

Keck Research Program Grant

Keck Foundation

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

$500,000 - $5,000,000

6/6/2017

Centers for Chemical Innovation

NSF

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

$1,800,000

6/5/2017

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

DOE-ARPA-E

n/a

n/a

6/2/2017

NOI: Designs for Advanced Modular Nuclear Reactors

DOE-ARPA-E

n/a

n/a

6/2/2017

Reimagining Great Lakes Water Systems

Great Lakes Protection Fund

open

$200,000-$1,500,000

5/22/2017

High Powered Electromagnetics (HPEM) Research Program

DOD-AFRL

n/a

n/a

5/22/2017

Elasto-Acoustic Meta Materials

DOD-ONR

2/28/2018

not specified

5/22/2017

Energy Harvesting Fabrics

DHS

5/3/2018

$200,000-$800,000

5/3/2017

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

USSOCOM

9/30/2018

varies

4/26/2017

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

DLA

8/21/2021

varies

4/26/2017

Thermal Transport Processes

NSF

10/1/18 - 10/22/18

$110,000-$330,000

4/26/2017

Particulate and Multiphase Processes

NSF

10/1/18 - 10/22/18

$100,000-$300,000

4/26/2017

Process Systems, Reaction Engineering and Molecular Thermodynamics

NSF

10/1/18 - 10/22/18

$100,000

4/24/2017

Measurement and Signatures Intelligence Exploitation (MASINT-X)

AFMC

White Papers: 9/30/2020

$100,000-$2,000,000

4/24/2017

Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE)

NSF

1/24/18 & 9/26/18

$350,000

4/17/2017

Nano-Biosensing

NSF

10/1/18 - 10/22/18

$100,000-$300,000

4/12/2017

Biophotonics

NSF

10/1/18 - 10/22/18

$100,000-$300,000

4/12/2017

Environment Programme - Climate Change Strategy Grant

Oak Foundation

open

$100,000-$1,000,000

4/12/2017

Environment Program Grant

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

open

not specified

4/12/2017

Cellular and Biochemical Engineering (CBE)

NSF

10/1/18 - 10/22/18

$100,000-$300,000

4/12/2017

Biological and Environmental Interactions of Nanoscale Materials

NSF

open - accepted throughout this year

$100,000-$300,000

4/10/2017

Army Research Laboratory BAA for Basic and Applied Scientific Research

DOD-ARL

3/31/2022

not specified

4/5/2017

Strategic Technologies Broad Agency Announcement

DOD-DARPA

3/21/2018

varies

3/29/2017

Naval Research Laboratory Broad Agency Announcement

DOD-NRL

open

$700,000

3/29/2017

Geotechnical Engineering and Materials (GEM)

NSF

open

Not specified

2/6/2017

Diverse Collegiate Research and Development Collaboration Program

DOD-AFRL

12/23/2021

Unspecified

1/18/2017

Chemistry of Indoor Environments

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

open

~$800,000

11/10/2016


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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CWRU Energy Showcase and Alumni Reception

Experts from the Case School of Engineering and the Great Lakes Energy Institute, a research institute focused on supporting and advancing innovations in energy, will talk about advancements in a variety topics from grid modernization to data analytics. There will also be discussions involving the partnership between the Weatherhead School of Management and School of Engineering and how the schools are collaborating to introduce technologies and breakthroughs into the market.

Submission Details:

Event Date: 3/5/18

Event Location: Houston, TX

For more information, visit here.

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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

For more information, visit nsf.gov

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Critical Techniques, Technologies and Methodologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering (BIGDATA)

The BIGDATA program is looking for novel approaches within computer science, statistics, computational science, and mathematics to continuously develop the field of data science. Proposals should cover specific big data problems in one or more science and engineering fields and detail the aspects that motivate the research with clear examples reviewing the impacts of big data techniques, technologies, and methodologies. 

The solicitation has two categories for proposals:

1. Foundations (BIGDATA:F)- Development or study of fundamental theories, techniques, methodologies, and technologies of broad applicability to the field of big data

2. Innovative Applications (BIGDATA: IA)- Engagement of translational activities employing new big data techniques, methodologies, and technologies to address and solve problems in specific applications

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Dates: 5/7/18-5/14/18, 5 PM Local

For more information, visit nsf.gov

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Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)

With the growing potential of innovation with CPS technologies, the CPS program is looking for new openings for the research community to focus on beyond the usual cyber-physical structures and propose creative ideas that address the challenges of today's systems along with those of the future that have not been physically realized yet. The program also aims to develop the core research needed to engineer these systems, reveal cross-cutting, fundamental scientific and engineering principles behind the integration of cyber and physical elements, and support the development of the tools, methods, hardware, and software components based on these cross-cutting principles.

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 4/27/18-5/8/18, 5 PM Local

For more information, visit nsf.gov

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

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

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

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

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

    a) Human Insight and Trust

    b) Human Language Technologies

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

    a) Analyst Test Bed

    b) ISR Analyst Performance Program

Submission Details:

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

For more information, visit fedbizopps.gov

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

To progress the transition from "Earth-Reliant" to "Earth Independent" approach, NASA is issuing an appendix to receive ideas and technologies to advance In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) capabilities. ISRU involves collecting and converting resources into products that reduce mission mass, cost, and risk of human exploration, gradually leading to Earth independence. Current ISRU technologies are still immature and still need to increase in scale and efficiency while decreasing in mass, power, and volume and improving in integration and mission durations.

There are three tracks under this opportunity which is summarized in Table 1 of the BAA:

1. Trade Studies- Identify critical architecture and technology gaps that need to be addressed to define benefits of ISRU

​2. Component Development: Development and testing of critical components used within an ISRU system with operations requiring unique capabilities current not available in state-of-the-art hardware.

3. Component and subsystem Development: Critical component development and testing followed by additional development and testing within a subsystem

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 3/12/18, 5 PM EST

For more information, visit fedbizopps.gov

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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

For more information, visit fedbizopps.gov

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BAA-RIK-14-05: FY 18 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: 3/1/18

For more information, visit fedbizopps.gov

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Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) Grants

Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) grants provide start-up funding for scientists and engineers in the United States who are within the first three years of their first academic appointment at the level of Assistant Professor or the equivalent. Applicants may have limited or no preliminary results for a research project they wish to pursue, with the intention of using the preliminary results obtained to seek continuation funding from other agencies. The DNI grants are to be used to illustrate proof of principle or concept, to test a hypothesis, or to demonstrate feasibility of an approach.

The DNI grants program is seeking investigator-initiated, original research across the spectrum of our mission. Original research is defined as being different from that performed previously by the PI as part of their graduate or postdoctoral studies.  Proposals in which the ideas being presented are a mere extension of the research from the PI's graduate or postdoctoral experience will not be considered for funding.

Submission Details:

Application Submission Due Date: 3/16/18

For more information, visit acs.org

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New Directions (ND) Grants

The New Directions Grants Program aims to stimulate a new direction of research for established faculty, and to support the careers of their student scientists and engineers. The program provides funds to scientists and engineers with limited -or even no- preliminary results for a research project they wish to pursue, and who intend to use the Petroleum Research Fund (PRF)-driven preliminary results to seek continuation funding from other agencies. ND grants are used to illustrate proof of concept/feasibility. Accordingly, they are to be viewed as seed money for new research ventures.

The PRF New Directions grant program is not a source of funding fro ongoing, extant research projects. Instead, it is designed as a source of funds for new concepts and projects for the lead PI  and his/her research group. In order to be considered for funding, the lead principal investigator must demonstrate that this is an entirely new research direction from what the lead principal investigator has done to date.

Submission Details:

Application Submission Due Date: 3/16/18

For more information, visit acs.org

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Activating Global Citizenship: Building the Next Generation of Global Citizens for the Global Goals

The Bill & Melinda Gates foundation is seeking innovators to devise and demonstrate ways to positively engage young people (under the age of 30) in Global Citizenship at scale and in depth. This challenge is about testing and implementing concepts and strategies to engage young people in efforts to reduce inequality related to the first six Global Goals:

Goal 1: No poverty

Goal 2: Zero hunger

Goal 3: Good health and well-being

Goal 4: Quality education

Goal 5: Gender equality

Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation

Investigators are invited to propose innovative and creative solutions that uses new knowledge to positively engage young people in one or more of these goals in both scale and depth. The focus can be local, but to support Global Citizenship for the Global Goals they must also link in a clear way to efforts elsewhere - at a regional, national or global level. The initial phase, which would be funded under this initiative, must demonstrate a path to a more sustainable and scalable program. It must collect quantitative data to inform decision making for follow-on funding.

Submission Details:

Application Submission Due Date: 5/2/18, 11:30 AM PDT

For more information, visit gcgh.grandchallenges.org

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DE-FOA-0001842: Support of Fossil Energy Research at U.S. Colleges and Universities

This opportunity encompasses two separate University programs with their own set of requirements and eligibility: the University Coal Research (UCR) program and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Other Minority Institutions (HBCU/OMI) Program. The UCR program focuses on coal technology research and development (R&D) projects that are looking at the fundamental and innovative coal technology to fill critical workforce gaps and advance the Fossil Energy Mission. The HBCU/OMI program is also focused on fossil energy R&D, but aims to educate and train the next generation of scientists and engineers to work and thrive in advanced technology markets

Two areas of interest include:

1. Coal Contaminant Partioning in Power Plan Wastewater

2. Automated Plan Component Inspection, Analysis, and Repair Enabled by Robotics

Prior to submission of an application, applicants must complete several one-time actions: 1) Obtain a DUNS number from Dun and Bradstreet. 2) Register with SAM. 3) Register with grants.gov and set up WorkSpace

Submission Details:

Application Submission Due Date: 4/9/18, 8 PM EST

For more information, visit grants.gov

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NOI: FA8650-18-S-5001: Quick Reaction Evaluation of Materials and Processes III

The Air Force Research Laboratory is providing information about an upcoming Broad Agency Announcement aiming to provide quick reaction evaluation of materials and current manufacturing and processing technologies that support mishap investigations, root cause, and failure analysis for the Air Force. Quick reaction support includes component failure analyses, material identification and characterization, mechanical property evaluations, characterizations of corrosion/erosion behavior, facilitation of the transition of emerging materials and processing technologies, and investigation of materials and processing.

Response Details:

Application Release Date: February/March 2018

For more information, visit fedbizopps.gov

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RFI: FA8650-18-S-5007: Detection of Damage in Complex Polymer Matrix Composites

The Air Force Research Laboratory is looking to obtain information about experts within development of technologies in inspecting for impact damage through thick specialty coatings on composite structures. These potential technologies can be integrated to advance inspection and characterization of materials and structures to fit the needs of the Air Force.

Response Details:

Response Submission Due Date: 3/1/18, 2 PM EST

For more information, visit fedbizopps.gov

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Early Career Faculty

STMD, and the Space Technology Research Grants (STRG) Program in particular, seek proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of their outstanding new faculty members who intend to develop academic careers related to space technology. NASA  is seeking proposals that plan to pursue innovative, early-stage space technology research in the topic areas specifically enumerated in the solicitation. Our Nation's universities couple fundamental research with education, encouraging a culture of innovation based on the discovery of knowledge. Universities are, therefore, ideally positioned to both conduct fundamental space technology research and diffuse newly-found knowledge into society at large through graduate students and industrial, government, and other partnerships.

Submission Details:

Application Submission Due Date: 03/28/18

For more information, visit grants.gov 

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Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program III (PSAAP III) Bidder's Conference Announcement

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Office of Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) are hosting a Pre-Proposal conference for interested institutions to learn more about the upcoming ASC academic program. The program managers will present the new scope and requirements for the next program and give more details on the technical ares of interest  The three major focus areas of the new ASC Alliance program are:

1. Development and demonstration of technologies and methodologies to support effective Exascale computing in the context of science/engineering applications

2. "Predictive Science" based on verification and validation and uncertainty quantification for large-scale simulations

3. Discipline-focused research needed to further predictive science and enable Exascale computing

Event Details:

Event Dates: 3/14/18-3/15/18

Event Location: Minneapolis, MN

For more information visit here.

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N00014-18-R-SN05: Advancing Artificial Intelligence for the Naval Domain

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in focusing attention on particular areas of interest to advance artificial intelligence for future naval applications. Topics of interest under this opportunity are:

1. Integration of Domain Knowledge and Machine Learning- Integration of knowledge can not only overcome current shortcomings of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning and Deep Learning but also expedite development of versatile agents that can perform robustly and explain their actions.

2. Artificial Intelligence in support of Collaborative Complex Decision-Making- Due to the high consequence, strategic and tactical decision-making that occurs within the military, there is a need for support systems that will assist with tasks of complex decision-making and accelerate and enable commanders and staff to make high quality decisions.

3. Decentralized Perception and Planning in Dynamic Environments- New methods are needed to address issues with current techniques, thus addressing the need for new perception and planning methods that allow for rapid understanding by focusing on what is relevant and informative within complex and cluttered environments.

While white papers are not required, they are strongly encouraged to give a sense of whether or not concepts are likely to be funded.

Submission Details:

White Paper Submission: 3/22/18

Full Proposal Submission Due Date: 5/11/18

For more information visit grants.gov

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Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2018

NASA is announcing its annual Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2018 program, which will consist of various individual programs covering a wide range of basic and applied research and technology within the context of space and Earth sciences. A list of the program elements and their respective due dates can be found at the solicitation website.

Submission Details:

Application Release Date: 2/14/18

Concept Paper Submission Due Date: TBD

For more information visit here.

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NOI: DE-FOA-0001887: Developing Technologies to Advance the Understanding of State of Stress and Geomechanical Impacts within the Subsurface

The Department of Energy is looking to successfully develop clean, reliable, and highly efficient fossil energy power systems by utilizing data analytics and advanced manufacturing. This opportunity is now looking at sensors and controls, simulation-based engineering, and high performance materials to achieve this goal while also enhancing the cybersecurity of power plant sensor and control technology. Technology solutions should address the challenges of current fossil power generation and include transformational approaches to power generation and emission controls while enabling high process efficiency and performance at reasonable costs.

There are two areas of interest under this opportunity:

1. Sensors & Controls Technology Development for Cybersecure Fossil Power

2. Computational Tools to Support Advanced Manufacturing of Fossil Energy Technologies

Prior to submission of an application, applicants must complete several one-time actions: 1) Obtain a DUNS number from Dun and Bradstreet. 2) Register with SAM. 3) Register with grants.gov and set up WorkSpace

Submission Details:

Application Release Date: TBD

Concept Paper Submission Due Date: TBD

For more information visit grants.gov

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DE-FOA-0001854: Innovative Technology Development to Enhance Fossil Power System Operability, Reliability, and Economic Performance

With over 80% of the country's energy coming from subsurface energy sources, management of industrial emissions and an environmentally sustainable approach are needed to continue using these energy sources while containing carbon dioxide emissions. While there have been advancements in carbon storage technology, key gaps remain. One particular key gap is the lack of certainty in predicting the geomechanical impacts of pressure migration due to injection into a storage complex. If released, this opportunity will focus on developing the capabilities to better measure and understand the in-situ state of stress and developing capabilities to predict pressure migration and geomechanical impacts of the pressure in a storage complex, leading to the following anticipated areas of interest:.

1. Tools and Methods for Determining Maximum Principal Stress in the Deep Subsurface

2. Methods for Understanding Impact of Vertical Pressure Migration due to Injection of State of Subsurface Stress

Submission Details:

Application Submission Due Date: 4/5/18, 8 PM EST

For more information visit grants.gov

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RFI:RFI-01312018-CM-WHS018: Advanced Materials Solutions for Defense Applications

The Department of Defense (DOD) is looking for input from industry and academia for relevant information to assess the current status and necessary steps to address gaps and improve knowledge utilization of advanced materials, composites, and other manufacturing processes needed to sustain military readiness. 

Response Details:

Response Submission Due Date: 2/28/18, 2 PM EST

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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W912HZ-18-BAA-01: 2018 ERDC Broad Agency Announcement

The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) consists of several laboratories and covers various research and development areas. Proposals submitted to this BAA should identify research that is expected to be  fundamental to the National Security Defense Directive 189.

Some of the laboratories and several of their research focuses within the ERDC include:

Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory- Prototype data collection, experimental research and numerical modeling and simulation of processes with water levels, current, winds, waves and tides and their interaction with sediments and structures

Environmental Laboratory- Environmental sensing development, hazardous waste site characterization and treatment, sediment geochemistry and biological effects, and water quality modeling

Information Technology Laboratory- Computer science, high performance computing, advanced computer security, general-purpose computing, and sensor and instrumentation systems

USACE Reachback Operations Center- Development and integration of models and hardware to improve subject matter expert response time, and improvement in the capabilities of personnel in the field to collect engineering data.

Submission Details:

Pre-Proposal Submission Due Date: 1/31/19, 5 PM CST

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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FA8750-18-S-7006: Enterprise Architecture Solutions Technology (EAST)

The Air Force Research Laboratory (ARFL) aims to provide the CIA with the abilities to enable access to data, knowledge-based information, and model-based reasoning to meet their operational needs. There is particular focus on researching innovative and disruptive technologies and methods for the sharing of information, software, and services . The EAST BAA will allow interfacing with enterprise frameworks and standards to maximize the re-use of components while providing a more cohesive and complete situational awareness and assessment of activities in U.S. missions

Areas of interests include:

1. Security

2. Assured cloud computing use

3. System integration to achieve optimal operations

4. Mobile cloud framework

5. Application Service Technologies

6. Mission Service Technologies

7. Organizational Compliancy

Submission Details:

White Paper Submission Due Date: 5/1/18, 2 PM EST

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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N00014-18-S-F005: FY 2018 Manufacturing Engineering Education Program

The Manufacturing Engineering Education Program supports industry-relevant, manufacturing-focused engineering training at institutions of higher education, industry, and nonprofits across the country. The program aims to establish new or enhance current programs to prepare current and next-generation manufacturing workforce to produce military systems and components for improved technological capabilities.

Applicants should focus on manufacturing education towards one or more of the following technologies: manufacturing of ligthweight structures; systems and materials; robotics for manufacturing; manufacturing to exploit nanotechnology; manufacturing of components and systems for power generation; storage, or distribution; manufacturing of multi-functional electronics and/or optical devices.

Submission Details:

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

For more information visit grants.gov

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

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

Areas of Interest include:

1. Autonomous Systems

2. Deep Learning

3. Cyber

4. Cross-Domain Kill Chains

5. Non-traditional Defense Technologies

Submission Details:

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

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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HR001118S0024: Driven and Nonequilibrium Quantum Systems (DRINQS)

The DRINQS program seeks to validate that improvements in coherence observed in driven systems can be applied towards improving quantum sensors and to national security.

Technical Areas covered by this opportunity are:

1. Driven spin systems: This focus aims to enhance the quantum coherence in spin systems by driving them out of equilibrium and demonstrating that the enhanced correlations can be used in an application within national security.

2. Driven new correlated phases: This focus is on the development of methods to generate strongly correlated phases of matter by driving materials with electromagnetic fields and demonstrate that the phases can be used in an application within national security.

3. Other driven systems: This focus is for other systems that do not fall within the previous technical areas, but can still be used within the context of national security.

Submission Details:

Abstract Submission Due Date: 2/13/18, 4 PM EST

Full Proposal Submission Due Date: 4/2/18, 4 PM EST

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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Institute for the Science of Origins Opportunity

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

Submission Details:

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

For more information, visit origins.case.edu

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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: 3/13/18-3/14/18 & 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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SBIR/STTR Proposal Writing Workshop and Networking Event

UDRI and FASTLANE will be hosting a workshop for SBIR/STTR proposal writing and networking with a class overviewing the SBIR/STTR programs and providing expert advice on proposal writing. There will also be presentation from local resources to support technoloyg businesses and opportunities for networking.

Event Details:

Event Dates: 2/21/18, 3-6:30 PM EST

Event Location: Dayton, Ohio

For more information visit fastlane-mep.org

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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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Building Technologies Office 2018 Peer Review

The Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) will be having its 6th annual review reviewing the BTO's current research, development, validation and system integration projects. Experts will evaluate the progress and contributions of projects towards the BTO's overall missions and goals and use these review to improve and determine current efforts and projects to design future opportunities. 

Event Details:

Event Dates: 4/30/18-5/3/18

Event Location: Arlington, Virginia

For more information visit energy.gov

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2018 NASA Fellowship Activity

The NASA Fellowship Activity aims to support the diversity and vitality of the STEM workforce of NASA by supporting graduate students throughout their academic careers by providing access to NASA, its content, facilities, and experts. Applicants should focus on one or more of the following goals and objectives when developing their proposal:

1. Improve the nation's future STEM workforce by developing the skills and competencies of graduates pursuing degrees in STEM disciplines, one student at a time

2. Provide opportunities for a diverse population to participate and contribute to NASA's missions and projects

3. Use NASA's unique mission content, workforce, and facilities in order to enhance and increase the capabilities, diversity, and size of the nation's next generation workforce needed to enable future NASA discoveries

4. Improve the rates at which students, who have been historically underrepresented in NASA-related fields, are awarded graduate degrees at their respective universities in the STEM fields

5. Build an intellectual network between NASA and higher education institutions by allowing faculty greater access and knowledge of NASA's research opportunities.

There will be pre-proposal teleconferences held on 1/30/18 at 5 PM EST and 2/5/18 at 10 AM EST to ask any questions about the opportunity and receive tips and guidance towards applying for the opportunity

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 3/20/18

For more information visit nspires.nasaprs.com

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POWER for Economic Diversity in Appalachia

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is hosting a free workshop focusing on the available funding to help Appalachia's coal-impacted communities develop various and stronger economies through the POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative. Workshops will involve developing a competitive funding proposal, the latest research surrounding coal-impacted communities, case studies of successful instances of POWER, and networking.

Event Details:

Event Dates and Locations: All workshops run from 9-3:30 PM.

1. California, Pennsylvania: 2/14/18

2. Greenville, South Carolina: 2/20/18

3. Daniels, West Virginia: 2/28/18

4. Hazard, Kentucky: 3/8/18

5. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: 3/14/18

For more information visit cvent.com

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 NOI: DE-FOA-0001749: Flexible Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Systems for Grid Reliability and Resiliency

Due to the efficiency and lower costs, Combined Heat and Power (CHP) is a generation technology that is growing in the efforts to create and sustain the transition to cleaner, affordable, and secure energy. While CHP systems are widely used in the large industrial market, there is still substantial opportunity for small to mid-size manufacturers. Incorporating small to mid-size CHP systems provide potential to support the grid through electricity, supply frequency regulation, reserves, increased grid security, resiliency and efficiency and reduced emissions.

Areas of interest for this opportunity are:

1. Power Electronics and Control Systems

2. Electricity Generation Components

Submission Details:

Concept Paper Submission Due Date: TBD

Full Application Submission Due Date: TBD

For more information visit eere-exchange.energy.gov

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Wireless Innovation Project

The Wireless Innovation Project is a competition that aims to promote innovation and implementation of wireless related technology in order to increase social benefit use. Applications of innovative wireless-related technology should address a critical global issue in one or more of the following areas:

Social Issue Areas

1. Access to communication

2. Education

3. Economic development

4. Environment

5. Health

Technical Issue Areas

1. Connectivity

2. Energy

3. Language or Literacy hurdles

4. Ease of use

Submission Details:

Application Submission Due Date: 3/5/18

For more information visit vodafone-us.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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EPA-EE-18--05: Environmental Education Local Grants Program for Region 5

The Environmental Education Local Grants Program in Region 5 aims to support locally-focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about current issues and provide the necessary skills that participants in funded projects need in order to make informed decisions and take responsible actions towards the environment. Projects should focus on environmental education practices, methods, or techniques that improve and encourage behavior that benefit the environment in local communities.

Submission Details:

Proposals Submission Due Date: 3/15/18, 11:59 PM EST

For more information visit epa.gov

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Hands-On Photovoltaic Experience (HOPE)

The Hands-On Photovoltaic Experience (HOPE) Workshop aims to involve students and professors in strengthening photovoltaic (PV) research at universities across the country. The workshop will give the opportunity to work with scientists and engineers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, learn about PV technology, and develop research connections with other researchers, professors and students across the country. In order to apply, a joint application for both the professor and student is required.

Event Details:

Joint Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Event Dates: 7/8/18-7/13/18

Location: Golden, Colorado

For more information visit nrel.gov

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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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New Directions Grants

The American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF) aims to support fundamental research in the petroleum field with the New Directions (ND) program aiming to stimulate a new area of research. The ND grants program funds scientists and engineers with limited to no preliminary results for research projects and use the PRF-funded results to pursue additional funding for continuous research. Research areas of interest include chemistry, earth sciences, chemical and petroleum engineering, and other related fields such as polymers and materials science.

Submission Details:

Application Submission Due Date: 3/16/18

For more information visit acs.org

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Energy Hackathon

The Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center (TBEIC) is partnering with the City of Warren's Waste Water Department to host a hackathon to let people convene and use their skills to build solutions for everyday operations and make a difference in the community.

Event Details:

Event Date: 2/23/18, 9-5 PM

Location: Warren, OH

For more information visit the event page here.

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NOI: DE-FOA-0001877: Innovative Technology Development to Enhance Fossil Power System Operability, Reliability, and Economic Performance

The Department of Energy (DOE) may issue an opportunity to support fossil energy research. The program aims to improve the performance and costs of fossil energy technologies.

Areas of interest include:

1. Cybersecurity for sensor and control systems in fossil energy power plants

2. Novel computational approaches to predict the structure and properties of extreme environment materials produced by advanced manufacturing for fossil energy applications

Application Details:

Application Release Date: January 2018

Application Close Date: 02/28/18

For more information visit grants.gov

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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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Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI) - Data and Software

The Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI) program encompasses four classes, but this opportunity requests proposals for only two: Elements and Framework Implementations.

Elements include both Data Elements and Software Elements and aim to award groups that will create and deploy robust capabilities for which there is a demonstrated need that will advance one or more significant areas of science and engineering.

Framework Implementations include both Data Frameworks and Software Frameworks and target larger teams organized around developing and applying common infrastructure to solve common research problems in one or more areas of science and engineering.

Submission Details:

Full Proposal Submission Due Date: 4/18/18

For more information visit nsf.gov

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HR001118S0012: Network Universal Persistence (Network UP)

The Network Universal Persistence (Network UP) program aims to develop and demonstrate radio technology that maintains network reliability during periods of frequent signal degradation. In sending control and and data information using the same wireless link, it is difficult for current protection mechanisms to overcome degradation in wireless environments. In order to overcome this issue, Network UP will address this by separating the control and data information across two different wireless link. The program is looking for proposals to develop technology and network components that will allow wireless networks to send data over dynamic, unstable links.

Technical areas of the program include:

TA-1: Developing Radio Architecture and Control Link Channel

TA-2: Developing Bursty Link Network

Submission Details:

Abstract Submission Due Date: 1/22/18, 4 PM 

Full Proposal Submission Due Date: 3/2/18, 4 PM

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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FA9550-18-S-B001: Defense Enterprise Science Initiative (DESI)

The Department of Defense (DOD) Defense Enterprise Science Initiative aims to apply use-inspired basic research performed by university industry teams to increase fundamental knowledge and understanding to develop new solutions to challenging defense and national security problems.

Topics of interest for the program include:

1. Power Beaming

2. Highly-maneuverable autonomous UAV

3. Soft Active Composites with Intrinsic Sensing, Actuation, and Control

4. Metamaterial-based Antennas

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 3/30/18, 11:59 EST

For more information visit grants.gov

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2018 Nuclear Deterrence Operations IR&D Technology Interchange  Meetings

The event will allow experts of the nuclear community to engage with industry to address Innovation, Science and Technology (S&T) advancements and IR&D investments to continuously engage and update the community. Participants will be involved in discussions regarding companies' IR&D investments on nuclear deterrence and addressing challenges surrounding the following capability development areas: Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications (NC3), Strategic Deterrence -- Air (SDA), and Strategic Deterrence -- Ground (SDG).

Event Details:

Event Dates: 5/7/18-5/11/18

Location: Kirtland Air Force Base, NM

IR&D Abstract Submission Due Date: 2/12/18

For more information visit the event page here

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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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ARPA-E-OPEN 2018

This FOA marks the fourth OPEN solicitation in the history of ARPA-E. The previous OPEN solicitations were conducted at the inception of the agency in 2009 and again in 2012 and 2015. OPEN 2018 therefore continues the three-year periodic cycle for ARPA-E OPEN solicitations. An OPEN solicitation provides a vitally important mechanism for the support of innovative energy R&D that complements the other primary mechanism, which is through the solicitation of research projects in focused technology programs.

ARPA-E’s OPEN FOAs ensure that the agency does not miss opportunities to support innovative energy R&D that falls outside of the topics of the focused technology programs or that develop after focused solicitations have closed. OPEN FOAs provide the agency with a remarkable sampling of new and emerging opportunities across the complete spectrum of energy applications and allow the agency to “take the pulse” of the energy R&D community. OPEN FOAs have been and will continue to be the perfect complement to the agency’s focused technology programs – a unique combination of approaches for supporting the most innovative and current energy technology R&D.

The objective of an ARPA-E OPEN FOA is simple, yet comprehensive: to support high-risk R&D leading to the development of potentially disruptive new technologies across the full spectrum of energy applications. ARPA-E seeks to support early-stage, but potentially transformational research in all areas of energy R&D, covering transportation and stationary applications. Areas of research responsive to this FOA include (but are not limited to) electricity generation by both conventional and renewable means; electricity transmission, storage, and distribution; energy efficiency for buildings, manufacturing and commerce, and personal use; and all aspects of transportation, including the production and distribution of both renewable and non-renewable fuels, electrification, and energy efficiency in transportation.

Because of the enormous breadth of energy technologies solicited under an OPEN  FOA, it is impossible to provide the well-defined technical targets contained in an ARPA-E FOA for a focused technology program. Rather, ARPA-E asks applicants to address the potential impact of the proposed technology of the agency's Mission Areas: reducing imported energy, reducing energy-related emissions, and improving energy efficiency. The critical questions for applicants to consider in assessing potential impact is: "If it works, will it matter?"

Submission Details:

Concept Papers Due: 2/12/2018 

Full Proposals Due: expected May, 2018 

For more information visit arpa-e.energy.gov

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DE-FOA-0001767: U.S. Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium 

This FOA solicits an administrator to establish and lead a voluntary consortium of members committed to shared public/private investment in collaborative R&D focused in realizing technology improvements for the offshore wind industry in the U.S. 

The U.S. offshore wind industry has unique technological challenges that have yet to be overcome in the global offshore wind market. In order to establish a consortium to undertake mutual beneficial research and development addressing these challenges,  a competitive award of $18.5 million will be made under this FOA. An additional $2 million will be allocated directly from the FOA to DOE/NNSA Federally Funded Research and Development Centers to carry out R&D activities. 

Submission Details:

Concept Papers Due: 1/23/2018

Full Proposal Due: March 26, 2018 

For more information visit eere-exchange.energy.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: 1/10/18-1/24/18 & 9/1/18-9/15/18

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Energy Finance Training

The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) along with the Columbia Law School are working together to conduct a training program. The program will cover current developments in coal, natural gas, renewables, and electric utility industries and the skills to understand and enage in the financial perspectives of current debates on fossil fuels. If interested, please contact Grant Goodrich (gxg183@case.edu) for a potential discount.

Event Details:

Event Dates: 3/12/18-3/14/18

Location: New York, NY

For more information visit the event page here.

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

In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) technologies aim to collect and convert local resources into products that can reduce mission mass, cost, and risk of human exploration to culminate to Earth independence. Current ISRU technologies are not fully developed and need improvements to increase scale, efficiency, decrease mass, power, thermal and operational integration, and performance under mission environmental conditions.

Topics of interest fall into 3 tracks:

Track 1- Trade Studies: Trade study to identify critical architecture and technology gaps and to further define benefits of ISRU.

Track 2- Component Development: Component development and testing in relevant environments.

Track 3- Component and Subsystem Development: Component development and testing in relevant environments, followed by subsystem development and testing in relevant environments.

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 3/5/18, 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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Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC)

With the growth and capabilities of technology, NSF aims to accelerate the creation and development of scientific and engineering principles that encourage economic opportunity, growth, safety, and overall quality of life in order to enable smart and connected communities. In order to achieve this goal, this solicitation asks for proposals with research projects that combine technological and social advancements and community engagement. 

Submission Details:

Letter of Intent Submission Due Date: 1/30/18, 5 PM Local

Full Proposal Submission Due Date: 2/28/18

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Maturation of Advanced Manufacturing for Low-Cost Sustainment

America Makes has released Phase 3 of the Maturation of Advanced Manufacturing for Low-Cost Sustainment (MAMLS) program. The areas of interest covered by this opportunity are detailed below.

Technical topics for this project call are:

1. Feature-based Qualification using Directed Energy Deposition (DED)- In order to avoid inefficient design practices and non-statistical based approaches, this topic focuses on applying FBQ strategies in large scale production to demonstrate their utility and address challenges while reducing risk.

2. Understanding Manufacturing Realities of AM- With the uncertainty on the characterization of flaws and their impact on mechanical performance, this topic aims to quantify the effects of defects on mechanical performance and focus particularly on evaluating material properties that are sensitive to statistical extremes while aiming to increase performance.

3. Emerging Process Technology for Low Criticality Part Families- AM would like to focus on aspects of lower criticality that have a potential impact on the operation of legacy systems. This topic hopes to evaluate emerging AM processing and technologies and how they supply low criticality components that satisfy a required part function

Submission Details:

Project Concept Submission Due Date: 1/3/18, 5 PM EST

Full Proposal Submission Due Date: 2/23/18

For more information visit americamakes.us

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DE-FOA-0001810: Energy Frontier Research Centers

In order to address the research needs to provide the foundations of new energy technologies, the Energy Frontier Research Centers program aims to bring together teams of scientists to tackle these challenges and accelerate transformative advances. The basic research needs for various fields have been identified, such as quantum materials, catalysis science, synthesis science, instrumentation science, next-generation energy storage, future nuclear energy, and energy-water issues. The previously mentioned topics have been emphasized by the Department of Energy, and while still within the scope of this program, the following topics have been deemphasized: solar photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, and solid-state lighting.

Submission Details:

Pre-Application Submission Due Date: 1/31/18, 5 PM EST

Full Application Submission Due Date: 4/11/18

For more information visit grants.gov

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NOI: DE-FOA-0001786: U.S. Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium

The Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) aims to accelerate the development of offshore wind technologies by supporting research and methods that reduce the cost of wind energy in order to make it competitive in the energy markets. This consortium will optimize public funds, develop a range of research projects and serve as a hub that convenes private and public parties interested in investing in the research, development and validation of technologies, and garner participation by experts and researchers throughout the country.

Application Details:

Application Release Date: TBD

For more information visit eere-exchange.energy.gov

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DE-FOA-0001771: FY 2018 SBIR/STTR Phase I Release 2

The Department of Energy (DOE) is looking to support scientific or technical merit and feasibility of innovations with commercial potential in order to stimulate technological advancements and increase commercialization within the private sector. For Phase I, applications should focus on the research that will help demonstrate the realizability of the approach or concept.

Topics covered by this opportunity can be found here.

Submission Details:

Letter of Intent Submission Due Date: 1/8/18, 5 PM EST

Full Application Submission Due Date:2/26/18

For more information visit science.energy.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: 2/20/18 and 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: 2/14/18 and 1/25/19, 5 PM Local

For more information visit nsf.gov

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TechConnect World Innovation Conference

The TechConnect World Innovation Conference is an event that aims to commercialize innovations from the lab and into the market, and focuses on technologies and findings from government and academic laboratories around the world. The event includes reviews of early-stage companies, speakers and presentations on the latest technologies and findings, and encompasses the 2018 SBIR/STTR National Conference and Nanotech 2018.

Event Details:

Dates: 5/13/18-5/16/18

Location: Anaheim, CA

For more information, visit techconnectworld.com

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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

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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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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Molly K. Macauley Award for Research Innovation and Advanced Analytics for Policy

Resources for the Future (RFF) aims to support research that utilizes Earth observations data, other sour sources of new, complex, and large datasets, and applies advanced analytical methods for data analysis. The Molly K. Macauley award particularly seeks proposals that contribute to the Valuation of Applications Benefits Linked to Earth Science (VALUABLES). VALUABLES is focused on advancing innovative uses of existing methods and developing new techniques making use of the information provided by Earth observation systems such as satellites and aircraft

Submission Details:

Pre-Proposal Submission Due Date: 12/5/17, 5 PM EST

Final Proposal Submission Due Date:2/28/18, 5 PM EST

For more information visit rff.org

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DE-FOA-0001778: Solar Desalination

With great water usage and energy demands, desalination is increasingly becoming a more significant means in increasing water supplies. With an increased reliance on this method, improvements such as reduction of costs and increase in energy efficiency are being sought through thermal energy.The Department of Energy is looking to support the research, development, and demonstration of new technology concepts that apply solar thermal energy in the desalination process. Specific goals encompass decreasing costs invested in the desalination process, increasing the efficiency for the desalination process, and implementing solar thermal energy into current or future desalination methods

Topic Areas for this opportunity are:

1. Innovations in thermal desalination technologies

2. Low-cost solar thermal heat

3. Integrated solar desalination systems

4. Analysis for solar thermal desalination

Submission Details:

Concept Paper Submission Due Date: 12/4/17, 5 PM EST

Full Application Submission Due Date:3/16/18, 5 PM EST

For more information visit eere-exchange.energy.gov

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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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Modeling-Enhanced Innovations Trailblazing Nuclear Energy Reinvigoration (MEITNER)

 

Through the MEITNER program, ARPA-E seeks to identify and develop innovative technologies to enable the advanced nuclear reactor design community to mature their designs for future commercial deployment. These enabling technologies can establish the basis for a modern, domestic supply chain supporting nuclear technology.

As provided in the FOA, ARPA-E will select multiple Awardees (Prime Recipients) to develop innovative technologies using advanced modeling and simulation tools and by leveraging expert input to enable advanced reactor systems. The MEITNER program will establish a set of well-characterized enabling technologies where: performance and safety have been studied with multi-physics modeling and simulation tools; key cost and performance drivers have been identified for critical development and testing; key gaps in models or data have been identified, which can be addressed through targeted experimental work; costs and construction timelines are well projected; and robust techno-economic analysis has been performed and a clear technology-to-market plan has been created.

Submission Details:

Concept paper Submission Due Date: 12/4/17

Full Application Submission Due Date: 3/15/18

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

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DE-FOA-0001450: Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE): Storage Complex Facility

In order to accelerate widespread clean energy technology innovation and cost reduction, the Office of Fossil Energy is looking to integrate carbon capture and storage (CCS) at a very large scale. The development of commercial-scale storage sites for CO2 from industrial sources has not been well explored, so projects face the risk of not finding a suitable saline storage site for their captured CO2. CarbonSAFE is an effort to advance CCS over a series of sequential phases of development. In this phase, applications shall provide and review evidence of the pre-feasibility evaluation and complete initial characterization of a storage complex along with its high potential for commercial storage.

Submission Details:

Full Application Due Date: 2/28/18

For more information visit grants.gov

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Industry Growth Forum

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is hosting its Industry Growth Forum to allow growing companies to prepare, refine, and present their innovations and businesses to investors and other entrepreneurs to develop partnering opportunities and develop strategic investments. Start-up companies are also encouraged to apply to present at this event. This opportunity allows for expert review along with mentoring and business support and various other networking opportunities.

Event Details:

Dates: 5/3/18-5/4/18

Presentation Application Due: December 2017

For more information visit nrelforum.com

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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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16-7607: Energy, Power, Control, and Networks (EPCN)

To address upcoming challenges and needs to ensure stability, performance, robustness, and security, this opportunity seeks to support proposals in various fields.

Topics of interest include:

1. Energy Harvesting, Storage Devices and Systems

2. Solar and Wind Energy and Integration of Renewables with Grid

3. Monitoring, Protection and Cyber Security of Power Grid

4. Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicles

5. Innovative Grid-tied Power Electronic Converters

6. Policy, Economics, Consumer Behavior and the Power Grid

Submission Details:

Full Proposal Due Date: 10/1/2017-11/1/2017

Supplement Deadline Due Date: 4/2/2018 

For more information visit nsf.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

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CampusEnergy2018

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

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

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

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

Event Details:

Abstract Submission and Deadline: 9/15/2017

Location: Hilton Baltimore, Baltimore MD

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

For more information visit districtenergy.org

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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

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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

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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

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OTS Call 7 - 3D Dynamic Mapping Call

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

Areas of interest:

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

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

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

Submission Details:

Application Submission Due Date: 5/03/2018

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Science and Technology New Initiatives

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

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

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

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

Submission Details:

Applications open through October 2021

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IARPA-Wide Research BAA

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

Areas of Interest

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

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

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

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

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

Submission Details:

Applications due: 5/2/2018

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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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Keck Research Program Grant

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

Submission Details:

Concept Paper: 8/15/2017

Full Application: 2/15/2018

For more information visit pivot.cos.com

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Centers for Chemical Innovation

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 integrate research, innovation, education, broadening participation, and informal science communication.

The FY 2018 Phase I CCI competition is open to projects in all fields supported by the Division of Chemistry, and must have focus and the potential for transformative impact in chemistry. NSF Chemistry particularly encourages projects in Data-Driven Discovery Science in Chemistry (D3SC).

Submission Details:

Pre-application: 9/12/2017

Full Application: 03/06/2018

For more information visit nsf.gov

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

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

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

Submission Details:

Proposal: n/a

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

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NOI: Designs for Advanced Modular Nuclear Reactors

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

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

Submission Details:

Proposal: n/a

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

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

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

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

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

Submission Details:

Full Proposal Due: February 28, 2018

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

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Energy Harvesting Fabrics 

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

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

Technical Topic Areas Are:

1. Daily Duty Uniform

2. Wildland Firefighter Ensemble

3. Structural Firefighter Turn-out Gear 

Submission Details:

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

For more information visit fedbizops.gov

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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:

September 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:

September 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: 1/24/18 & 9/26/18

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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

For more information visit nsf.gov


Army Research Laboratory BAA for Basic and Applied Scientific Research

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

1. Computational Sciences (CS) Campaign

2. Materials Research (MR) Campaign

3. Sciences for Maneuver (ScMVR) Campaign

4. Information Sciences (IS) Campaign

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

6. Human Sciences (HS) Campaign

7. Assessment and Analysis (AA) Campaign

8. Visit Scientist Program (VSP)

Submission Details:

March 31, 2022

For more information visit arl.army.mil

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Strategic Technologies Broad Agency Announcement

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

1. Situation Understanding

2. Multi-Domain Maneuver

3. Hybrid Effects

4. System of Systems

5. Maritime Systems

6. System of System-Enhanced Small Units

7. Foundational Strategic Technolgies

Submission Details:

March 21, 2018

For more information visit grants.gov

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Naval Research Laboratory Broad Agency Announcement

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

Submission Details:

Open

For more information visit nrl.navy.mil

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Geotechnical Engineering and Materials (GEM)

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

Submission Deadline:

N/A

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Diverse Collegiate Research and Development Collaboration Program

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

Submission Deadline:

Proposal: December 23, 2021

For more information visit grants.gov

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Chemistry of Indoor Environments 

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

Submission Deadline:

Open, letter of inquiry required 

For more information visit sloan.org

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