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

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

New Funding Opportunities
FOA Title Program Deadline Amount Date Added

E2 Energy to Educate Grants

Constellation

10/1/2017

$50,000

5/22/20107

Thermo-Mechanical Stress Design Optimization in Optical Coatings

DOD-AFRL

6/23/2017

$1,600,000-$2,500,000

5/22/2017

Reimagining Great Lakes Water Systems

Great Lakes Protection Fund

open

$200,000-$1,500,000

5/22/2017

High Powered Electromagnetics (HPEM) Research Program

DOD-AFRL

n/a

n/a

5/22/2017

Elasto-Acoustic Meta Materials

DOD-ONR

2/28/2018

not specified

5/22/207

Early Stage Innovations

 

NASA

 

Notice of Intent: 6/2/2017

Full Proposal: 6/30/2017 

$500,000

5/12/2017

Grid of the Future Symposium

CIGRE- US National Committee

10/22/2017-10/25/2017

n/a

5/15/2017

SunShot Innovators

DOE-EERE

6/30/2017

Up to $70,000

5/15/2017

Postdoctoral Research Awards In Solar Energy

DOE-EERE

5/31/2017

$80,000

5/15/2017

RFI: Systems Engineering Research Analysis, Development and Integration Technology (SERADIT)

DOD-Air Force Material Command

6/7/2017

n/a

5/17/2017

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

DOD

White Papers: 7/17/2017

$1,500,000

3/29/2017

SBIR 17.2 and SBIR 17.B Broad Agency Announcements

DOD

6/21/2017

not specified

5/2/2017

Energy Harvesting Fabrics

DHS

5/3/2018

$200,000-$800,000

5/3/2017

Discover DSO Day

DOD-DARPA

7/15/2017

n/a

5/3/2017

Dynamics, Control and Systems Diagnostics (DCSD)

NSF

9/15/2017

$100,000-$400,000

5/3/2017

Design of Engineering Material Systems (DEMS)

NSF

9/15/2017

up to $500,000

5/3/2017

Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference

Michigan Council of Environmental Quality

5/31/2017-6/2/2017

n/a

5/3/2017

RFI: On-Site Energy Storage

DOD

6/2/2017

n/a

5/1/2017

Communications and Networking Discovery and Invention

DOD-ONR

White Papers:

6/26/2017

not specified

5/1/2017

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

USSOCOM

12/31/2018

varies

4/26/2017

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

DLA

8/21/2021

varies

4/26/2017

Thermal Transport Processes

NSF

10/20/2017

$110,000-$330,000

4/26/2017

Process Separations

NSF

10/20/2017

$100,000-$300,000

4/26/2017

Particulate and Multiphase Processes

NSF

10/20/2017

$100,000-$300,000

4/26/2017

Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program FY 2017

EPA

6/20/2017

varies

4/26/2017

Engineered Carbon Reduction Listening Day: Advanced Strategies to Bypass Land Use for the Emerging Bioeconomy

DOD-EERE

7/8/2017

n/a

4/24/2017

Process Systems, Reaction Engineering and Molecular Thermodynamics

NSF

10/20/2017

$100,000

4/24/2017

Measurement and Signatures Intelligence Exploitation (MASINT-X)

AFMC

White Papers: 9/30/2020

$100,000-$2,000,000

4/24/2017

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

NSF

8/9/2017

$175,000

4/19/2017

Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE)

NSF

9/27/2017

$350,000

4/17/2017

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts Challenge Area

USDA - NIFA

6/28/2017

$1,000,000

4/17/2017

Nano-Biosensing

NSF

10/20/2017

$100,000-$300,000

4/12/2017

Biophotonics

NSF

10/20/2017

$100,000-$300,000

4/12/2017

Environment Programme - Climate Change Strategy Grant

Oak Foundation

open

$100,000-$1,000,000

4/12/2017

Environment Program Grant

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

open

not specified

4/12/2017

Cellular and Biochemical Engineering (CBE)

NSF

10/20/2017

$100,000-$300,000

4/12/2017

Biological and Environmental Interactions of Nanoscale Materials

NSF

open - accepted throughout this year

$100,000-$300,00

4/10/2017

SBIR Road Tour

SBIR + STTR

7/20/2017

n/a

4/10/2017

Fiscal Year 2018 Air Force Young Investigator Research Program (YIP)

DOD-AFOSR

6/1/2017

$150,000-$450,000

4/5/2017

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area

USDA

LOI: 5/17/2017

Full Application: 8/2/2017

Up to $5,200,000

4/5/2017

Army Research Office BAA for Basic and Applied Scientific Research

DOD-ARO

3/31/2022

not specified

4/5/2017

Army Research Laboratory BAA for Basic and Applied Scientific Research

DOD-ARL

3/31/2022

not specified

4/5/2017

The Science, Technology, and Innovation Exchange (STIx)

DOD-Basic Research Office

6/22/2017 - 6/23/2017

n/a

4/3/2017

Combustion and Fire Systems

NSF

10/20/2017

$100,000-$300,000

3/31/2017

DARPA Defense Sciences Office (DSO) Day

DOD-DARPA

6/15/2017

n/a

3/29/2017

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

NSF

9/18/2017

$100,000-$1,000,000

3/29/2017

Strategic Technologies Broad Agency Announcement

DOD-DARPA

3/21/2018

varies

3/29/2017

Naval Research Laboratory Broad Agency Announcement

DOD-NRL

Open

$700,000

3/29/2017

ROSES 2017: Atmospheric Composition Laboratory Research 

NASA 

5/26/2017

$250,000

3/16/2017

Dear Colleague Letter: IUCRC In Cybersecurity

NSF

Preliminary Proposal: 4/19/2017 or 10/18/2017

$10,000-$1,000,000

3/13/2017

International Research Experience for Students (IRES)

NSF

08/15/2017

$250,000

3/10/2017

Mega Rust Naval Corrosion Conference

American Society of Naval Engineers

6/20/2017-6/22/2017

n/a

3/9/2017

2017 Electrical Energy Storage Applications and Technologies (EESAT)

Sandia National Laboratories + DOE/OE

10/11/2017-10/13/2017

n/a

3/8/2017

Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)

DOD

7/7/2017

$50,000-$1,500,000

3/6/2017

Spring 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants Conference

NSF

6/5/2017-6/6/2017

n/a

3/1/2017

National Geographic Grants

National Geographic Society

7/1/2017

$30,000

3/1/2017

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

DOE-EERE

n/a

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

2/27/2017

UEF Grant

United Engineering Foundation (UEF)

6/1/2017

$80,000-$100,000

2/22/2017

Environmental Sustainability

NSF

10/20/2017

$100,000-$300,000

2/22/2017

Environmental Engineering

NSF

10/20/2017

$110,000-$330,000

2/22/2017

Technology Development Workshop

DOE

11/14/2017-11/15/2017

n/a

2/22/2017

Connected Lighting Systems Workshop

DOE

6/7/2017-6/8/2017

n/a

2/22/2017

Catalysis

NSF

10/1/2017-10/20/2017

$100,000-$150,000

2/20/2017

2017 Broad Agency Announcement

DOD

1/31/2018

not specified

2/20/2017

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Workshop

NSF

5/21/2017-5/24/2017

n/a

2/20/2017

Energy for Sustainability

NSF

10/1/2017-10/20/2017

Not specified

2/15/2017

Geotechnical Engineering and Materials (GEM)

NSF

Open

Not specified

2/6/2017

Sloan Research Fellowships

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

9/15/2017

$60,000

1/25/2017

Cottrell Scholar Award

Research Corporation For Science Advancement

7/19/2017

$100,000

1/25/2017

NSF 17-537: Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)

NSF

7/20/2017

Varies

1/24/2017

Environmental Research and Education Foundation

EREF

6/1/2017

$15,000-$500,000

1/20/2017

Diverse Collegiate Research and Development Collaboration Program

DOD-AFRL

12/23/2021

Unspecified

1/18/2017

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

DOE-EERE

12/30/2017

n/a

11/17/2016

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

DOE-ONR

12/31/2017

$750,000

11/17/2016

Biennial 2017 Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo

Office of Naval Research

7/20/2017

n/a

11/10/2016

Chemistry on Indoor Environments

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

open

~$800,000

11/10/2016

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

DOE

9/30/2017

$2,000-$4,000,000

10/11/2016

Long Range BAA for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology

ONR

9/30/2017

unspecified

10/11/2016

2017 Naval Future Force Science and Technology (S&T) EXPO

 

Office of Naval Research Science & Technology

7/20-21/ 2017

N/a

9/15/2016

 

E2 Energy to Educate Grants 

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

Submission Details:

Proposals Due: October 1, 2017

For more information visit constellation.com/community

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FA8650-17-S-5007: Thermo-Mechanical Stress Design Optimization in Optical Coatings

The Air Force Research Laboratory Materials & Manufacturing Directorate (AFRL/RX) seeks to improve manufacturing yields, system performance and system life cycle costs through improved understanding of the transient and permanent thermo-mechanical stresses inherent in coating design based on the production, storage and operational use attributes during the design cycle. AFRL/RX believes an Integrated Computational Materials Science and Engineering (ICMSE) approach with enhance design tools can meet the goal. 

Submission Details:

Proposals Due: June 23, 2017 

For more information visit fbo.gov 

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Reimagining Great Lakes Water Systems 

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

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

Submission Details:

Proposals Due: Open 

For more information visit glpf.org

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

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

Technical Area 1: HPEM Transition 

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

Technical Area 3: HPEM Effects

Technical Area 4: Electromagnetics (EM) Weapons Technology 

Technical Area 5: Numerical Simulation

Technical Area 6: NextGen HPEM

Submission Details:

For more information visit fbo.gov

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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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NASA-Early Stage Innovations

NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate solicits proposals on specific space technologies that are at low TRLs. This opportunity seeks to develop unique, disruptive, or transformational space technologies that have the potential to lead to dramatic improvements at the system level- performance, weight, cost, reliability, operational simplicity, etc. 

Topics of Interest Include: 

1. Advanced Coating Technology for Space Fission Power and Propulsion Systems 2. 

2. Relative Navigation Algorithms and Sensors for Autonomous Maneuvering in Proximity to Small Celestial Bodies. 

3. Cross-cutting Technologies for Extremely High Frequency Band Space Applications 

4. Extraction of Water from Hard Extraterrestrial Soils 

5. Predictive Modeling of Thermal Protection Material Thermostructural Behavior

6. Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamic Modeling of Additive Manufacturing Alloy Processing 

7. Lightweight Multifunctional Lattice Materials for Space Structures 

NASA expects to make approximately 12 awards to be funded at a maximum of $500,000 over three years. 

Submission Details:

Notice of Intent to Submit: June 2, 2017 

Full Proposal Due: June 30, 2017 

For more information visit nspires.nasaprs.com

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Grid of the Future Symposium

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

Event Details:

Location: Cleveland, Ohio 

Dates: October 22, 2017- October 25, 2017 

Call for Papers Due July 28, 2017 

For more information visit cigre-usnc.tamu.edu

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SunShot Innovators Program

The SunShot Innovators Program supports recent Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate graduates with hands-on, practical experiences that allow participants to contribute to innovative solutions to challenges actors face as they adopt a system with increasing levels of solar energy. 

Participants will receive an appointment for up to two years and a stipend of up to $70,000 depending on education level. 

Submission Details:

Application Due: 6/30/2017

For more information visit zintellect.com

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EERE: Postdoctoral Research Awards in Solar Energy

The EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards offer recent PhD recipients the opportunity to conduct applied research at universities, national labs and other facilities. The objective is to support scientific research in energy efficiency and renewable energy by attracting the best scientists and engineers to pursue breakthrough technologies in a highly prestigious postdoctoral research program. 

Benefits include a yearly stipend of $65,000, a research allowance of $10,000, a research mentor allowance of $5,000, health insurance and relocation travel. 

Submission Details:

Application Due: 5/31/2017

For more information visit zintellect.com

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RFI: Systems Engineering Research Analysis, Development, & Integration Technology (SERADIT)

As the DOD moves towards  more capabilities-based approaches in the context of net-centric enterprises, more work is needed to expand our view of the role of systems engineering. The objectives of this program are: 

-Explore emerging concepts for improved development, integration and fielding of future Open Architecture-based systems within a System of Systems Construct

-Research, develop and enhance and tailor tools to increate the automation of design decision making 

-Apply Formal Methods to SoS design decisions for robust and complete implementations

-Explore virtual integration through research and development of digital thread and assess feasibility through compositional verification-

-Perform technology research in different characteristics and classes of vehicle platforms and weapons systems

-Develop a set of integrated test modules that can be repidly integrated into incoming systems to allow for a variety of Open Architecture and Custom data interfaces

Submission Details:

Responses due 6/7/2017

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submission Details:

White Papers: July 17, 2017

For more information visit onr.navy.mil

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SBIR 17.2 and STTR 17.B Broad Agency Announcements

The Department of Defense (DOD) has pre-released the SBIR 17.2 and STTR 17.B Broad Agency Announcements. Technology areas of this BAA include the following:

Ground Sea, Nuclear, Weapons, Bio Medical, Sensors, Electronics, Chemical Bio Defense, Space Platform, Materials,  Info Systems, Human Systems, Air Platform, Battlespace

Specific topics related to research here at CWRU include: 

  • DTRA172-005- Development of Ultracapacitors with High Energy Density and Low Leakage

  • DTRA172-001- Application of Ultra-Low Cost Differential Pressure Sensors to the Large N Acoustic Sensor Problem

  • N172-129- Numerical Methods Combat Power and Energy Systems

  • N172-113-Long Endurance Compact Sonobuoy Power Source

  • N172-128-Manufacturing Process Development for High Temperature Polymer or Nanocomposite Films for Dielectric Capacitors

  • SB172-010- Electronically Switchable Optical Filter

Submission Details:

June 21, 2017

For more information visit sbir.defensebusiness.org

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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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Discover DSO Day (D3) 

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Science Office is sponsoring an event to familiarize attendees with  DSO's mission, promote understanding of how to do business with DSO, and facilitate discussions with potential performers. 

D3 seeks to nurture new performer relationships and reinforce old relationships by sharing developing concepts with potential proposers. DSO Program Managers have started to develop program concepts in the following areas which they plan to discuss:

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

2. Science of Design- The study of processes and methods of design, ie ways in which we transform a given state of the world into a better one using tools and technologies.

3. Noosphere- Create, measure and model foundational questions regarding humans, human-machine interactions and society

4. Fundamental Limits- Create, measure and model foundational questions or nature.  

 

Date and Location: June 15, 2017 at the DoubleTree Crystal City

Registration Deadline: In-Person Attendance- May 19, 2017 

Webcast- June 8, 2017 

Cost: There is a registration fee of $35-$75 for in-person attendees 

For more information visit fedbizops.gov

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Dynamics, Control and Systems Diagnostics (DCSD)

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

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

2. Analysis - Discovery of structure in dynamic behavior

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

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

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

Submission Details:

September 15, 2017

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Design of Engineering Material Systems (DEMS)

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

Submission Details:

September 15, 2017

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference

This conference intends to draw engineers, landscape architects, government officials, academia, nonprofits, and water quality professional around the world to discuss green infrastructure with the primary goal of protecting the waters in the Great Lakes. Keynote speakers for this event are Palencia Mobley (Deputy Director of Detroit Water & Sewerage Department), Jon Allan (Director of Michigan Office of Great Lakes), Adam Freed (Principal of Sustainability Practice for Bloomberg Associates), and Andy Reese (Vice President of AMEC Environment and Infrastructure). Technical presentations for the following topics will be shown:

1. Green Infrastructure Technology

2. Economics

3. Local Government

4. Regional Scale

Workshop Details:

Location: Detroit, Michigan

Date: May 31, 2017 - June 2, 2017

For more information visit michigan.gov

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RFI: On-Site Energy Storage 

DLA Energy, the Army and Air Force are looking for ideas on approaches, opportunities, and strategies for implementing on-site energy storage projects at Army, or Air Force installations, leveraging third party financing for ownership and operation. The goal of this RFI is to solicit information from the energy industry to assist the Army and Air Force in structuring and issuing future solicitations. 

Submission Details: 

Response Due: June 2, 2017 12:00pm

For more information visit fedbizzops.gov

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Communications and Networking Discovery and Invention

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

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

Areas of interest include: 

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

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

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

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

Submission Details:

White Papers Due: June 26, 2017

Full Proposals Due: September 25, 2017

For more information visit onr.navy.mil

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

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

1. TAGS

2. Biometrics

3. Forensics

4. Sigint

​5. Geoint and Imint Advanced Geospatial + Imagery Exploitation

6. Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities

7. Obfuscated Data Transport Systems/Architectures

8. Low-vis Communications

9. Technical Support Systems

Submission Details:

December 31, 2018

For more information visit fbo.gov

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

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

1. Manufacturing and Automation Innovations

2. Optimization of Design for Manufacturability

3. Process Improvements

4. Advancement of Manufacturing Readiness for Alternative Supplies

5. Manufacturing Technology Improvement for Existing Supplies

6. Battery Standardization

7. Supply Chain Management Improvement

Submission Details:

August 21, 2017

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Thermal Transport Processes

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

1. Convection/Diffusion/Radiation

2. Thermodynamics

3. Bio- Heat and Mass Transport

4. Nano-, Micro- and Meso-thermics

Submission Details:

October 20, 2017

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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:

October 20, 2017

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Particulate and Multiphase Processes

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

1. Multiphase flow phenomena

2. Particle science and technology

3. Multiphase transport in biological systems

4. Interfacial transport

Submission Details:

October 20, 2017

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Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program FY 2017

The EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality is seeking proposals for projects that accomplish significant reductions in diesel emission in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure. Priority for funding will be given to projects that result in outcomes that benefit affected communities, engage affected communities with respect to the design of the project, and demonstrate the potential to promote continued efforts to reduce emissions after the project is finished.

Submission Details:

June 20, 2017

For more information visit grants.gov

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Engineered Carbon Reduction Listening Day: Advanced Strategies to Bypass Land Use for the Emerging Bioeconomy

The U.S Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting this event in order to explore non-photosynthetic carbon dioxide-reduction technologies, including electrocatalytic, thermocatalytic, photocatalytic, and biocatalytic approaches. Input is being sought from experts representing industry, academia, and national laboratories on the condition of these technologies and their implications for enabling enhanced carbon cycling, offering land-sparing organic feedstock for the advanced bioeconomy as well as creating tools that leverage renewable power to manage carbon. The workshop aligns with the DOE objective to explore investment and research opportunities to improve efficiency of power generation and employ emerging technology.

Workshop Details:

Date: July 8, 2017

Location: La Jolla, CA

For more information visit energy.gov

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Process Systems, Reaction Engineering and Molecular Thermodynamics

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

1. Chemical Reaction Engineering

2. Process Design, Optimization and Control

3. Reactive Polymer Processing

4. Molecular Thermodynamics

Submission Details:

October 20, 2017

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Measurement and Signatures Intelligence Exploitation (MASINT-X)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submission Details:

September 30, 2020

For more information visit fbo.gov

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

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

1. Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC)

2. Algorithmic Foundations (AF)

3. Communications and Information Foundations (CIF)

4. Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF)

5. Computer Systems Research (CSR)

6. Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS)

7. Information Integration and Informatics (III)

8. Cyber-Human Systems (CHS)

9. Robust Intelligence (RI)

10. Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)

11. Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)

12. Computer Science for All (CSforAll)

Submission Details:

August 9, 2017

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Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE)

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

1. Research Projects

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

2. Design and Development Projects

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

September 27, 2017

For more information visit nsf.gov


Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts Challenge Area

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts (SBEBP) Challenge Area is designed to acomplish the long term goal of advancing bioeconomy by fostering the development of regional systems for the sustainable production of bioenergy, industrial chemicals, and biobased products from renewable sources. This in turn will create a stronger workforce, increase stakeholder engagement, and inform policy makers. The two priority areas for this FOA are the following:

1. Lignin or nano-cellulosic co-products from biomass feedstocks

​2. Biomass feedstock genetic development and evaluation

Submission Details:

June 28, 2017

For more information visit nifa.usda.gov

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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:

October 20th, 2017

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Biophotonics

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

1. Macromolecule Markers

2. Low Coherence Sensing at the Nanoscale

​3. Neurophotonics

​4. Mico- & Nano-photonics

5. Optogenetics

Submission Details:

October 20, 2017

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Environment Program - Climate Change Strategy Grant

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

1. Implementing systems that support clean and energy efficient systems

2. Creating sustainable cities

3. Encouraging the widespread use of electric vehicles

4. Reduce pollution

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

Submission Details:

Open

For more information visit oakfnd.org

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Environment Program Grant

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

1. Addressing the Freshwater Challenge

2. Transforming Development Finance

3. Advancing Climate Change Solutions

4. Special Initiatives

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

Submission Details:

Open

For more information visit mott.org

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Cellular and Biochemical Engineering (CBE)

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

1. Metabolic engineering and synthetic biology for biomanufacturing

2. Quantitative systems biotechnology

3. Cell culture technologies

4. Protein and enzyme engineering

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

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

Submission Details:

October 20, 2017

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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


SBIR Road Tour

This event is sponsored by the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The SBIR Road Tour's purpose is to communicate the non-dilutive technology funding opportunity provided by the programs. Individual program managers originating from 12 different participating agencies, who represent $2.5 billion in early stage funding will be present. The program agenda includes:

1. Learning how to access local and state resources available to researchers, innovators, and technology entrepreneurs

2. Informative, engaging panel sessions

Workshop Details:

Location: Ohio Aerospace Institute, Cleveland, OH 44142

Date: July 20, 2017 

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Fiscal Year 2018 Air Force Young Investigator Research Program (YIP)

This program intends to support scientists and engineers who demonstrate excellent ability and promise in conducting research. The following requirements must be fulfilled in order to be considered:

1. Received a Ph.D or equivalent degree on April 1st, 2012 or later

or

2. Received a Ph.D or equivalent degree between April 1st, 2010 and April 1st, 2012

 

3. Served as a Tenure-track faculty member for no more than two years prior to April 1st, 2017

or

4. Held two consecutive post-doc positions

or

5. Held one post-doc position and research associate position

Submission Details:

June 1, 2017

For more information visit grants.gov

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Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area places emphasis on multidisciplinary systems approaches that integrate new technologies and strategic management that solve water availability and quality challenges in production systems. The long-term objective of this program is to increase agricultural productivity and availability of safe and nutritious food in a sustainable manner while reducing water use and ensuring water quality.

Submission Details:

LOI: 5/17/2017

Full Application: 8/2/2017

For more information visit nifa.usda.gov

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Army Research Office BAA for Basic and Applied Scientific Research

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

1. Physical Sciences

2. Chemical Sciences

3. Physics

4. Life Sciences

5. Engineering Sciences

6. Mechanical Sciences

7. Electronics

8. Materials Science

9. Earth Sciences

10. Network Science

Submission Details:

March 31, 2022

For more information visit arl.army.mil

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Army Research Laboratory BAA for Basic and Applied Scientific Research

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

1. Computational Sciences (CS) Campaign

2. Materials Research (MR) Campaign

3. Sciences for Maneuver (ScMVR) Campaign

4. Information Sciences (IS) Campaign

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

6. Human Sciences (HS) Campaign

7. Assessment and Analysis (AA) Campaign

8. Visit Scientist Program (VSP)

Submission Details:

March 31, 2022

For more information visit arl.army.mil

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The Science, Technology, and Innovation Exchange (STIx)

 

The Basic Research Office announces the creation of the Science, Technology, and Innovation Exchange (STIx) that will allow members of the Defense Science & Technology (S&T) community to share ideas about DOD-sponsored science among each other and larger audiences. STIx will present extensive S&T investments, results, and innovations in the Defense enterprise; this showcase seeks to connect the brightest minds, share new ideas, and communicate novel approaches to solving challenges in the Defense community. This event will include a series of presentations based on the theme "The Big Question." Abstracts for these presentations should address one or more of the following topics:

1. The big question that my research tries to answer

2. The big question that my technology addresses

3. The big question of identifying, nurturing, recruiting, and/or retaining top STEM talent to ensure the nation's security

Submission and Workshop Details:

Abstract Deadline: April 28, 2017

Workshop Date: June 22, 2017 - June 23, 2017

For more information visit acq.osd.mil

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Combustion and Fire Systems

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

1. Basic Combustion Science

2. Combustion Science Related to Clean Energy

3. Fire Prevention

Submission Details:

October 20, 2017

For more information visit nsf.gov

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DARPA Defense Sciences Office (DSO) Day

DARPA's Defense Sciences Office (DSO) will be holding a Discober DSO Day to familiarize attendees with DSO's mission, discober mutual research interests, and facilitate discussions with potential performers.

Workshop Details:

Location: Arlington, VA

Date: June 15, 2017

For more information visit darpa.mil

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

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

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

2. Helping to automate Big Data lifecycle

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

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

Submission Details:

September 18, 2017

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Strategic Technologies Broad Agency Announcement

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

1. Situation Understanding

2. Multi-Domain Maneuver

3. Hybrid Effects

4. System of Systems

5. Maritime Systems

6. System of System-Enhanced Small Units

7. Foundational Strategic Technolgies

Submission Details:

March 21, 2018

For more information visit grants.gov

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Naval Research Laboratory Broad Agency Announcement

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

Submission Details:

Open

For more information visit nrl.navy.mil

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ROSES 2017- Atmospheric Composition: Laboratory Research 

The atmospheric composition program determines air quality and affects weather, climate and critical constituents such as ozone. NASA's research for furthering understanding of atmospheric composition is geared to providing an improved prognostic capability for atmospheric issues. 

The principle area of research for this solicitation is for laboratory investigations that supply basic spectroscopic, chemical and physical measurements that are needed to interpret NASA-generated atmospheric composition data sets. In particular, laboratory studies that contribute to a process level understanding of atmospheric variability as discerned from measurements. 

Submission Details:

Full Proposal Due- May 26, 2017 

Funding: $250,000 over three years 

For more information visit nspires.nasaprs.gov

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

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

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

Submission Details:

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

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

For the full Dear Colleague Letter visit nsf.gov

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

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International Research Experiences for Students (IRES)

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

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

Submission Details:

 

Proposals Due: August 15, 2017

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Mega Rust Naval Corrosion Conference 

Mega Rust Naval Corrosion Conference, the annual conference of the Society of Naval Engineers, is a forum for dialog between government, researchers and industry. This conference is a unique opportunity to establish collaboration with DOD on projects related to: fundamental understanding of corrosion, corrosion prevention, detection or control, coatings to prevent corrosion, failure analysis, materials, corrosion monitoring technologies and more.  

Conference Details:

Location: Newport News, VA

Dates: June 20,2017-June 22, 2017

For more information visit navalengineers.org

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2017 Electrical Energy Storage Applications and Technologies (EESAT)

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

Conference Details:

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

Dates: October 11, 2017 - October 13, 2017

For more information visit sandia.gov

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Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)

DURIP is intended to improve the capabilities of accredited United States Institutes of higher education to carry out research and educate scientists and engineers in areas critical to national defense by providing funds for the acquisition of research equipment or instrumentation.

Submission Details:

Inquiries and Questions Deadline: June 16, 2017

Full Proposal: July 7, 2017

For more information visit onr.navy.mil

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Spring 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants Conference

The next NSF Grants Conference will take place in Louisville, KY from June 5-6, 2017. Representatives from the National Science Foundation as well as university faculty, researchers, and grant administrators from the U.S. will be present. This two-day conference is essential in gaining key insight into a substantial range of issues at NSF regarding the current state of funding, new policies and procedures, and administrative issues. Highlights of the conference include:

1. New programs and initiatives

2. Future directors for national science policy

3. Proposal preparation

4. NSF's merit review process

5. Conflict of interest policies

6. Breakout sessions by discipline

Workshop Details:

Date: June 5, 2017 - June 6, 2017

Location: Louisville, KY

For more information visit nsf.gov

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National Geographic Grants

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

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

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

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

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

Submission Details:

July 1, 2017

For more information visit nationalgeographic.org

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

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

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

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

Submission Details:

Proposal: n/a

For more information visit eere-exchange.energy.gov

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UEF Grant

Through this grant, the United Engineering Foundation seeks to advance the engineering arts and sciences and well-being of humanity. Grants should be aligned with advanced engineering.

Submission Details:

Concept Paper: June 1, 2017

Full Proposal: August 1, 2017

For more information visit uefounation.org

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Environmental Sustainability

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

1. Industrial Ecology

2. Green Engineering

3. Ecological Engineering

4. Earth Systems Engineering

Submission Details:

October 1, 2017 - October 20, 2017

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Environmental Engineering

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

1. Enhancing the availability of high quality of water supplies

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

Submission Details:

October 1, 2017 - October 20, 2017

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Technology Development Workshop

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

Workshop Details:

Date: November 14, 2017 - November 15, 2017

Additional details will be released in early summer.

For more information visit energy.gov

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Connected Lighting Systems Workshop

This workshop is the most recent addition in the DOE SSL Program. It will be a relevant and topical meeting to gather a wide array of diverse perspectives on future lighting systems. There will be technical discussions to analyze key obstacles in reaching the full potential of these systems. Facilitated discussion will take place in order to identify practical paths moving forward as well as opportunities for government and industry collaboration. First-rate experts and stakeholder from lighting, semiconductor, and IT industries will be present.

Workshop Details:

Date: June 7, 2017 - June 8, 2017

Additional details will be released in the spring.

For more information visit energy.gov

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Catalysis

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

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

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

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

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

5. Commercially scalable methods of catalyst synthesis

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

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

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

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

Submission Deadline:

October 1, 2017 - October 20, 2017

For more information visit nsf.gov

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2017 Broad Agency Announcement

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

Submission Deadline:

January 31, 2018

For more information visit grants.gov

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Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Workshop

The theme of this NSF-funded and biennial workshop this year is "Defining and Refining the Energy-Water-Food (EWF) Nexus." The workshop will encourage, strengthen, and create partnerships among stakeholders at the state, region, and national levels by forging connections and fostering innovation and intellectual discussion among academic, businesses, start-ups, and industrial partners. This workshop will include presentations given by speakers from universities, businesses, national labs, and funding agencies about the latest technical discoveries. The following speakers are confirmed:

Jared Entin, NASA

Grigorii Soloveichik, ARPA-E

Daniel Kammen, University of California, Berkeley

Raul Miranda, Washington, DC, Ammonia Production

Rabi Mohtar, Texas A&M

Prashant Kamat, University of Notre Dame

Shannon Boettcher, University of Oregon

Jordan Macknick, NREL

Dominique Loqué, LBL

Ester Obonyo, Penn State University

Yushan Yu, University Delaware

David Graves, University of California

Aditya Mohite, Los Alamos National Lab

Workshop Details:

Date: May 21, 2017 - May 24, 2017

Location: Louisville, Kentucky

For more information visit kynsfepscor.org

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Energy for Sustainability

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

1. Biomass conversion, Biofuels, & Bioenergy

2. Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Energy

3. Advanced Batteries for Transportation and Renewable Energy Storage

Submission Deadline:

October 1, 2017 - October 20, 2017

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Geotechnical Engineering and Materials (GEM)

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

Submission Deadline:

N/A

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Sloan Research Fellowships

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

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

Submission Deadline:

September 15, 2017

For more information visit sloan.org

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Cottrell Scholar Award

This award recognizes and develops exceptional teacher-scholars who are have innovative research programs and outstanding leadership skills; it also provides entry into a national community of first-class scholar-educators who produce important research and educational results. Key criterion in the selection of the awards include the ability for scholars to create an innovative research program, achieve excellence in education, and leadership potential.

Submission Deadline:

Pre-proposal: May 1, 2017

Full Proposal: July 19, 2017

For more information visit rescorp.org

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NSF 17-537: Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)

The CAREER Program is the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as role models in research and education. All CAREER proposals will integrate research and education in ways that reflect the proposer's disciplinary and educational interests and goals,  as well as the needs and context of their organization. 

Proposers must meet the following eligibility requirements: 

1. Hold a doctoral degree in a field supported by NSF by the deadline for submission

2. Be engaged in research in an area of science, engineering, or education supported by NSF

3. Be employed in a tenure-track (or equivalent) position as an assistant professor as of October 1 after the proposal submission

4. Be untenured as of October 1 following proposal submission

5. Have not previously received a CAREER award 

Submission Deadline:

Biology, Computer Information Science and Engineering, Education and Human Resources Directorates- July 19, 2017 

Engineering Directorate- July 20, 2017 

Geosciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorates- July 21, 2017

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Environmental Research & Education Foundation 

The EREF has set an initiative to address all areas of integrated solid waste management, with a strong focus towards research that increases sustainable solid waste management practices. Solid waste refers to: municipal solid waste, construction and demolition debris, certain industrial waste (exploration and production waste, coal ash), and other wastes typically managed by the solid waste industry or generated by the public. 

Research topic areas are: 

1. Waste Minimization

2. Recycling

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

4. Strategies to promote diversion to higher and better used 

5. Landfilling

Submission Deadline:

Pre-Application: June 1, 2017 

For more information visit erefdn.org 


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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NOI: DE-FOA-0001707: Integrated Biorefinery Optimization 

DOE-EERE intends to issue FOA titled "Integrated Biorefinery Optimization" to support research and development of technologies that will improve the quality of feedstock characterization, reliability of operations, decrease of Capital Expenses and Operating Expenses to increase the performance efficiencies of biorefineries. These improvements will result in continuous operation and production of biofuels, bioproducts and biopower at prices competitive with fossil-derived equivalents. 

The following Areas of Interest are anticipated: 

1. Robust, continuous handling of solid materials and feeding systems to reactors under various operating conditions 

2. High value products from waste and/or other under-valued streams in an integrated biorefinery

3. Industrial Separations within an integrated biorefinery

4. Analytical modeling of solid materials and reactor feeding systems 

For more information visit eere-exchange.energy.gov

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

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

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

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

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

Submission Deadline:

December 30, 2017

For more information visit eere.exchange.energy.gov

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

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

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

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

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

Awards are typically $250,000 per year.

Submission Deadline:

December 31, 2017

For more information visit onr.navy.mil

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Biennial 2017 Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo

The Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo is the premier S&T event for the Navy and Marine Corps. This event is designed to support the objectives of the Naval S&T Strategy and will showcase some of the latest Navy and Marine Corps technologies. This opportunity brings together innovators from around the world to share information, discuss research opportunities, and build partnerships. Additionally, attendees can meet one-on-one with program officers. 

Event Information:

July 20-21, 2017 Washington D.C. 

Registration required 

For more information visit onr.navy.mil

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Chemistry of Indoor Environments 

 

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

Submission Deadline:

Open, letter of inquiry required 

For more information visit sloan.org

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

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

Submission Deadline:

September 30, 2017

For more information visit fedconnect.net

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

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

Submission Deadline:

 

September 30, 2017 

For more information visit onr.navy.mil 

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2017 Naval Future Force Science and Technology (S&T) EXPO

The Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) biennial 2017 Naval Future Force Science and Technology (S&T) EXPO will take place July 20-21, 2017. The Expo is the premier S&T event for the Navy and Marine Corps and is held every two years. It draws several thousand attendees and is designed to support the objectives of the Naval S&T Strategy. An updated version of the strategy will be unveiled at the event.It also will showcase some of the Navy’s and Marine Corp’s latest technologies and bring together the brightest minds from around the world to share information; discuss research opportunities; and build partnerships between the Navy, Marine Corps, industry and academia.Attendees will have access to senior leadership and program managers to learn how to do business with ONR. The Expo also provides a forum for high-level speakers from across the DoD and federal government to convey crucial information, opportunities and important announcements. As in previous years, there will be one-on-one appointments, information kiosks with program officers, breakout and poster sessions, exhibits and seminars designed to help participants learn about ONR’s mission and how to support it. The Expo will be co-sponsored by the American Society of Naval Engineers—the leading society for engineers, scientists and other professionals who design, develop, test and maintain naval and maritime ships, submarines and aircraft, and their associated systems and subsystems.

Submission Deadlines:

Unspecified

For more information, visit onr.navy.mil

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