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

NOI: STTR 18.A BAA

DOD

2/7/18

$70,000-$150,000

12/7/17

NOI: SBIR 18.1 BAA

DOD

2/7/18

$70,000-$150,000

12/7/17

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

Nascent Light-Matter Interactions

DARPA

Abstract Due: 12/18/17

Full Proposal Due: 2/7/18

Varies

12/5/17

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: 3/11/18

$16,000,000

11/28/17

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

DOE-GFO

TBD

n/a

11/27/17

RFI: Research Needs Related to Developing Technologies for Advancement of Geologic Storage in Basinal Geo-laboratories

DOE-NETL

12/19/17

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

RFI: Dynamic Terrains

DARPA

12/15/17

n/a

11/22/17

National Robotics Initiative 2.0: Ubiquitous Collaborative Robots

NSF

2/20/18,

2/5/19

$250,000-$1,500,000

11/22/17

NOI: Utilizing Public-Private Partnerships to Advance Tipping Point Technologies

NASA

11/30/17

n/a

11/21/17

Training-based Workforce Development for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (CyberTraining)

NSF

2/14/18,

1/25/19

$300,000-$500,000

11/21/17

RFI: Research Collaboration Program II

DOD-AFRL

12/15/17

n/a

11/21/17

Communications and Networking

Facebook Research

12/7/17

up to $50,000

11/20/17

Hardware and Software Systems

Facebook Research

12/7/17

up to $50,000

11/20/17

World Innovation Conference

TechConnect

Abstract/Pitch Due: 12/8/17

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

NOI: 2018 SBIR Phase I

Department of Education

12/7/17

$200,000

11/20/17

FY18 SBIR Phase I

EPA

12/19/17

$100,000

11/20/17

Advanced Components for 65% Combined-Cycle Efficiency SCO2 Power Cycles and Advanced Modular Hybrid Heat Engines

DOE-NETL

1/24/18

$500,000

11/20/17

Energy Storage Beyond Li-Ion

NASA & OAI

7/24/18 - 7/26/18

n/a

11/17/17

Long Duration Stationary Energy Storage Workshop

ARPA-E

12/7/17 - 12/8/17

n/a

11/17/17

Nascent Light-Matter Interactions Proposers Day

DARPA

11/28/17

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

Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act

DOI-USFWS

1/8/18

$2,300-$1,200,000

11/13/17

FY18 Navy and Marine Corps Department of Defense University Research-to-Adoption (DURA) Initiative

DON-ONR

White Papers Due: 12/11/17

Full Application Due: 1/31/18

up to $2,000,000

11/13/17

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

NSF

11/15/17 - 11/15/18

$100,000-$500,000

11/13/17

SBIR/STTR Phase I Release 2 Topics Webinars

DOE-EERE

11/28/17 - 12/5/17

n/a

11/10/17

NOI: SBIR/STTR Phase I Release 2

DOE-EERE

11/27/17

n/a

11/10/17

RFI: Dear Colleague Letter: NSF Accepting Recommendations to the STEM Education Advisory Panel

NSF

11/30/17

n/a

11/10/17

FY18 Advanced Research and Development of Mission-Focused Analytics for a Decision Advantage (ARMADA)

DOD-AFRL-Rome

1/19/18

$500,000-$1,000,000

11/8/2017

Aerospace Updates and Opportunities: UAVs, ITAR, NASA support, and more

NEOTEC & OAI

1/29/17

n/a

11/8/2017

NOI: High Performance Computing for Materials

DOE-EERE

1/8/18

n/a

11/8/2017

RFI: U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition

DOE-NREL

1/10/18

n/a

11/7/2017

I-Corps@Ohio

I-Corps@Ohio

1/16/18

up to $15,000

11/7/2017

NAMRC 46

SME

6/18/18 - 6/22/18

Call for Papers Due: 11/15/17

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

Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)

NSF

2/1/18

up to $750,000

11/3/2017

Members Meeting and Exchange (MMX)

AmericaMakes

11/15/17 - 11/16/17

n/a

11/2/2017

RFI: Foundations for Strategic Mechanism Design

DARPA-DSO

11/21/17

n/a

11/2/2017

NOI: SuperCables Draft Funding Opportunity Description

IARPA

11/17/17

n/a

11/2/2017

Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute

Power America

Concept Paper Due: 11/10/17

Full Application Due: 12/22/17 

up to $1,000,000

11/1/2017

Campus Cyberinfrastructure

NSF

1/30/18

up to $3,500,000

11/1/2017

Emergent R&D

DLA

4/29/19

Varies

10/31/2017

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

NSF

11/25/17

$100,000-$400,000

10/27/2017

Ohio Aerospace Day

Aerospace & Aviation Council

11/28/17

n/a

10/27/2017

SBIR Phase I Seed Fund

NSF

12/4/17

up to $225,000

10/27/2017

Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP)

DOD

1/4/18

Varies

10/27/2017

FY2017 Vehicle Technologies Office Batteries and Electrification to Enable Extreme Fast Charging

DOE-NETL

Concept Paper Submission Due: 11/21/17

Full Application Submission Due: 1/18/18

up to $5,000,000

10/26/2017

Assistance to High Energy Cost Communities

USDA-RUS

12/11/17

up to $3,000,000

10/26/2017

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

NSF

open

$300,000-$450,000

10/25/2017

Competitiveness Improvement Project Workshop

DOE-NREL

12/6/17

n/a

10/25/2017

I2O Office-wide BAA

DARPA-I2O

8/31/18

Varies

10/25/2017

Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)

NSF

Internal Submission Due: 11/14/17

NSF Submission Due: 1/10/18

$100,000-$4,000,000

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

FY 2018 Scientific Infrastructure Support for CINR Opportunity

DOE-ID

11/30/17

$250,000

10/20/2017

FY2018 Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research

DOE-ID

1/23/18

up to $1,000,000

10/20/2017

2018 ​SBIR/STTR Phase I Release 1

DOE

Letter of Intent Due: 10/30/17

Grant Application Due: 12/4/17

up to $225,000

10/18/2017

Energy Efficiency Research and Development for Fluid-Power Systems in Off-Road Vehicles

DOE-NETL

Concept Papers Due: 11/20/17

Full Application Due: 1/18/18

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

10/18/2017

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

DOE-NETL

2/28/18

up to $10,000,000

10/17/2017

Industry Growth Forum

NREL

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

Application Submission: December 2017

n/a

10/11/2017

Medium/Heavy-Duty, On-Road Natural Gas Engine R&D

DOE-NETL

Concept Paper Submission: 11/8/17

Full Application Submission: 1/11/18

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

10/11/2017

FY 2018 Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program

DOD-AFRL

12/5/17

Varies

10/9/2017

Novel and Enabling Carbon Capture Transformational Technologies

DOD-NETL

11/22/17

up to $3,000,000

10/9/2017

Structurally Integrated Safe Advanced Battery Development

DOD-AFRL

LOI Due: 10/31/17

Prosoal Due: 11/30/17

$300,000

10/6/2017

FY18 Research and Development for Energy Systems

DON-Naval Facilities

Abstract/White Papers Due: 11/27/17

Varies

10/4/2017

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

Center of Excellence: Efficient and Robust Machine Learning

DOD-AFOSR

1/4/18

up to $5,000,000

10/4/2017

Concrete Research Council

ACI Foundation

12/1/17

up to $50,000

10/2/2017

SSL Technology R&D Workshop

DOE-EERE

11/8/17 - 11/9/17

n/a

9/29/2017

Power Plays: Drilling into Geothermal Energy Applications

SMU Geothermal Lab

1/10/18-1/11/18

n/a

9/29/2017

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

2/12/18

up to $300,000

9/29/2017

Spectrum Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, and Security (SpecEES): Enabling Spectrum for All

NSF- ENG & CISE

1/18/18

up to $750,000

9/27/2017

Innovative Solutions for Fish Passage at Hydropower Dams

DOE-GFO

Concept Papers: 10/23/17

Full Application: 12/7/17 

$450,000-$800,000

9/22/2017

RFI: Dear Colleague Letter: Seeking Community Input for Topic Ideas to Accelerate Research Through International Network-to-Network Collaboration

NSF

White Paper Submission: 11/30/17

n/a

9/21/2017

Dear Colleague Letter: NSF Accepting Proposals Related to Hurricane Irma

NSF

n/a

$200,000-$300,000

9/20/2017

U.S. Energy Storage Summit

GTM

12/12/17-12/13/17

n/a

9/20/2017

NOI: Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration and Infusion 2018

NASA

Expected Release: 10/1/2017

n/a

9/20/2017

NOI: EPA SBIR Phase I Fiscal Year 2018

EPA

Expected Release: 10/17/2017

$100,000

9/20/2017

Nuclear Forensics Research Award

DHS

1/31/2017

$250,000

9/20/2017

Advanced Power Electronics for Solar Applications

DOE

Concept papers: 10/12/2017

Full Proposal: 12/15/2017

$500,000-$3,000,000

9/20/2017

NOI: Use of NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System

NASA

TBD

n/a

9/18/2017

Generation 3 Concentrating Solar Power Systems

DOE-EERE

Sunshot

Concept Papers: 11/3/2017, Full Proposal: 1/19/2018 

$2,000,000 - $10,000,000

9/18/2017

Open Innovation Fund

Power America

Open

$225,000

9/18/2017

DARPA Young Faculty Award 

DOD-DARPA

12/4/2017

$500,000

9/7/2017

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

FY 2017 Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program

U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science

12/8/2017

Up to $4,000,000

3/10/2017

BAA-W912HZ-17-BAA-01: US Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Army Corps of Engineers

1/31/2018

discretionary

3/10/2017

Enrico Fermi Award

DOE

10/31/2017

$50,000

8/23/2017

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources

NSF

12/12/2017

$300,000-$3,000,000

8/22/2017

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

NSF

11/27/2017

$10,500,000

8/22/2017

BIG Idea Challenge

NASA

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

$6,000 and internship offers

8/18/2017

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

Japan-US Network Opportunity (Computer Network Systems)

NSF/NICT

11/30/2017

$450,000

7/31/2017

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

National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP)

DOD-ONR

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

$500,000

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

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

$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

FY 2018 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship

DOD-ONR

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

$3,000,000

6/15/2017

DSO Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement

DOD-DARPA

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

not specified

6/14/2017

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

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

10/1/18 - 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

National Geographic Grants

National Geographic Society

10/1/2017

$30,000

3/1/2017

2017 Broad Agency Announcement

DOD

1/31/2018

not specified

2/20/2017

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

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

 

 

12/31/2017

$750,000

11/17/2016

Chemistry of Indoor Environments

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

open

~$800,000

11/10/2016

 


NOI: STTR 18.A Broad Agency Announcement

The Department of Defense (DOD) STTR Program is supporting high quality cooperative research and development proposals of innovative concepts to address defense-related scientific or engineering problems. Phase I proposals are currently being accepted and should focus on the scientific, technical, and commercial feasibility of the proposed technology.

Submission Details:

Proposal Acceptance Begins: 1/8/18

Proposal Submission Due Date: 2/7/18, 8 PM EST

For more information visit sbir.defensebusiness.org

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NOI: SBIR 18.1 Broad Agency Announcement

The Department of Defense (DOD) SBIR Program is accepting Phase I proposals for stimulating technological innovation and strengthening research and development capabilities of the DOD. Phase I should focus on the scientific, technical, and commercial feasibility of the proposed technology.

Submission Details:

Proposal Acceptance Begins: 1/8/18

Proposal Submission Due Date: 2/7/18, 8 PM EST

For more information visit sbir.defensebusiness.org

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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: 3/5/18, 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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HR001118S0014: Nascent Light-Matter Interactions

The Defense Sciences Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking to develop new and systematic approaches to the design of engineered structures and materials that change the manipulation of electromagnetic waves and capitalize on nascent wave-matter interactions. Proposals should investigate innovative approaches that advance the current abilities to predict, manage, and exploit nascent light-matter interactions while also developing new methods of understanding, characterizing, modeling, and quanitfying interactions between electromagnetic waves and engineered materials. Proposals should also address two key elements: 

1. Theoretical modeling/simulation of new mechanisms of light-matter interactions

2. Identification of key/elemental structures as building blocks for modeling materials and predicting performance limits

Submission Details:

Abstract Submission Due Date: 12/18/17, 4 PM

Full Proposal Submission Due Date: 2/7/18, 4 PM

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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RFI: DE-FOA-0001863: Research Needs Related to Developing Technologies for Advancement of Geological Storage in Basinal Geo-laboratories

In preparation of a potential solicitation release, the Department of Energy intends to gain more information to better understand research and technology developments needed in order to advance cleaner coal technology and creating opportunities with geologic storage of CO2 or other methods of carbon storage to effectively reduce cost or enhance the benefits of safe and permanent storage activities. This RFI requests information to better understand R&D needed in field laboratory studies and laboratory-based R&D in the context of unique basin characteristics and specific geologic settings within basins.

Response Details:

Response Due Date: 12/19/17

For more information visit grants.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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RFI: DARPA-SN-18-10: Dynamic Terrains

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Tactical Technology Office is looking for information regarding new approaches and novel technologies capable of navigating rugged and dynamic terrain that would be otherwise to dangerous for human personnel. Responses should highlight the unique and revolutionary capabilities of innovative approaches and technologies that have the potential to outperform current methods of mapping and searching subterranean environments.

Response Details:

Response Due Date: 12/15/17, 1 PM EST

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submission Details:

Full Proposal Submission Due Date: 2/20/18 and 2/5/19, 5 PM Local

For more information visit nsf.gov

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NOI: 80HQTR18NOA01-18STMD_001: Utilizing Public-Private Partnerships to Advance Tipping Point Technologies

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is looking to public-private partnerships in order to advance "tipping point" space technologies that can be used in the future for NASA, other government agencies, and commercial missions. In order to stimulate the commercial space industry and commercial capabilities of potential space technologies, NASA is seeking innovations that are at a "tipping point" in their development cycle and have the potential to bring the space technology to market while demonstrating the investment into the technology can enable it to reach maturation.

Application Details:

Solicitation Release Date: 11/30/17

For more information visit fedbzopps.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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RFI: FA8650-18-S-5004: Research Collaboration Program II

Through the Research Collaboration Program II, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) aims to enable collaborative research between the AFRL, academia, and industry  to gather experts from various backgrounds in order to develop technologies in a variety of technical areas. The AFRL is seeking information from interested participants about their capabilities to participate in the program and ideas on how partnerships can form and develop. 

Response Details:

Response Due Date: 12/15/17, 3 PM EST

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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Communications and Networking

Facebook is inviting faculty to respond to a solicitation surrounding hardware and software systems. Areas of interest for proposals include:

- Network architectures and algorithms

- Routing, traffic engineering, switching, and addressing

- Network monitoring and diagnosis

- Internet traffic and content (including video) distribution networks

- Operating system and host support for networking

- Measurement of and statistics methods/machine learning/data mining applied to networks

- Network management and operations

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 12/7/17, 5 PM EST

For more information visit research.fb.com

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Hardware and Software Systems

Facebook is inviting faculty to respond to a solicitation surrounding hardware and software systems. Areas of interest for proposals include:

- Machine learning benchmarks (especially beyond computer vision)

- Workload characterization tools and techniques for machine learning applications

- Hardware architectures for efficient and scalable machine learning

- Techniques to facilitate machine learning on resource-constrained edge devices

- System impact of distributed training including issues related to compute, networking, and storage

- Approaches that apply machine learning for research in traditional hardware and software systems

- System analysis and optimization of machine learning approaches beyond depp learning

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 12/7/17, 5 PM EST

For more information visit research.fb.com

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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:

Abstract/Pitch Submission Due Date: 12/8/17

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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NOI: 91990018R0006: 2018 SBIR Phase I

The Department of Education is intending to release the 2018 Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I solicitation to encourage innovation and increase commercial potential within small businesses and the private sector. Phase I is intended to evaluate the technical merit and the feasibility of the proposed technologies and should fall in one of the following areas: 

1. R/R&D of education technology products used by students or teachers in authentic education settings

2. R/R&D of education technology products for use by infants, toddlers, or students with or at risk for disabilities, or teachers in authentic early intervention or special education settings

3. R/R&D of education technology products for use by school administrators in authentic education settings or in early intervention or special education settings

Application Details:

Solicitation Release Date: 12/7/17

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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SOL-NC-17-00028: FY18 SBIR Phase I

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is looking to support the commercialization of innovative technologies that protect human health and the environment. The focus of Phase I is on the proof of concept of the proposed technology and should address the impacts of the technology alongside its commercial and technical potential.

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 12/19/17, 12 PM EST

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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DE-FOA-0001816: Advanced Components for 65% Combined-Cycle Efficiency, SCO​2 Power Cycles and Advanced Modular Hybrid Heat Engines

The Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is looking to develop turbine based technology to be used with fossil fuels, such as coal derived synthesis gas, coal derived hydrogen, and natural gas. The technology will be applied in coal gasification processes to produce coal derived synthesis gas or hydrogen. Additionally, natural gas will be considered as the developmental fuel to the large market for natural gas applications.and will accelerate technology readiness level development.

Areas of interest include:

1. Advanced Combustion Turbines for Combined Cycle Applications

2. Development of an Oxy-fuel Combustion Turbine with CO2 Dilution for Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Based Power Cycles

3. Modular Turbine-based Hybrid Heat Engines for Fossil Energy Applications

Submission Details:

Application Submission Due Date: 1/24/18

For more information visit grants.gov

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Energy Storage Beyond Li-Ion

The NASA Glenn Research Center and Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) are hosting a symposium allowing scientists and engineers to convene and discuss on innovative approaches to energy storage solutions. The event will focus on novel technologies for transportation and allow experts and manufacturers to discuss materials, diagnostics, and other considerations in developing better performing energy storage devices.

Event Details:

Dates: 12/7/17-12/8/17

Location: Westlake, OH

For more information, view the event page here.

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Long Duration Stationary Energy Storage Workshop

The workshop will focus on identifying transformative approaches to minimize costs of long term stationary energy storage systems and the opportunities for development and optimizing performance. Experts from various backgrounds in energy storage will gather to discuss potential energy technologies and cover the following areas of interest:

- New approaches to modify the scaling of bulk energy storage system cost and performance for extending economic discharge durations into the tens of hours

- Significant reduction in balance-of-plant costs through innovative system architectures, energy dense storage media, and inherently safe bulk storage systems

- Synergies between various storage media and conversion processes to reduce overall system costs

- Tradeoffs between cost and performance in various energy storage media and systems

- Other innovative approaches to long duration electrical energy storage that can meet the cost and performance targets

- Primary cost drivers and innovative cost reduction pathways in current bulk energy storage systems

- Value propositions for long duration storage technologies and electricity market structures that could incentivize their deployment

Event Details:

Dates: 12/7/17-12/8/17

Location: Chicago, IL

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

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DARPA-SN-18-09: Nascent Light-Matter Interactions (NLM) Proposers Day

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Science Office (DSO) will be holding a Proposers Day showing a prerecorded webcast providing information to potential proposers about the upcoming Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Nascent Light-Matter (NLM) Interactions program. The event will introduce the NLM program's objectives, explain the mechanics and milestones of the program, and promote collaborations. 

Event Details:

Dates: 11/28/17 1-2 PM

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 Annual Merit Review (AMR) will allow experts to review the Program's projects and make recommendations for project funding decisions in the upcoming year. The event will also have a forum to allow collaborations, exchanging of ideas, and technology transfer.

Event Details:

Dates: 11/28/17-12/5/17

Location: Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit energy.gov

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F18AS00012: Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking research proposals that will protect and restore the Great Lakes fish and wildlife resources. This opportunity is a part of the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act, which aims to assist the States, Indian Tribes, and other interested parties to collaborate in conserving, restoring, and managing the resources and their habitats in the Great Lakes Basin. 

Submission Details:

Application Submission Due Date:1/8/18, 5 PM EST

For more information visit grants.gov

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N00014-18-S-F004: FY18 Navy and Marine Corps Department of Defense University Research-to-Adoption (DURA) Initiative

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is intending to address technical challenges for defense operations by initiating the Defense University Research-to-Adoption (DURA) opportunity. This will focus on taking university research and preparing for adoption and application within the defense and commercial sectors. The technical areas of focus are 1) Lithium-ion Battery Safety and 2) Electrical Grid Reliability, Resiliency, and Security. Proposals must contain at least two individual research projects and separate annual review of each project. They should also address the laboratory-to-market transition and the impacts of the program on workforce development.

Submission Details:

White Paper Submission Due Date:12/11/17, 2 PM EST

Application Submission Due Date: 1/17/18

For more information, view the opportunity here.

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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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SBIR/STTR Phase I Release 2 Topics Webinars

To provide more information into the topics covered by the Department of Energy's SBIR/STTR Phase I opportunity, there will be several DOE program offices participating in webinars to provide additional insight. Offices include:

     - Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation

     - Office of Electricity and Energy Reliability

     - Office of Environmental Management

     - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

     - Office of Fossil Energy

     - Office of Fusion Energy Sciences

     - Office of High Energy Physics

     - Office of Nuclear Energy

Event Details:

Dates: 11/28/17-12/5/17

For more information, visit science.energy.gov

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NOI: DE-FOA-0001770: SBIR/STTR Phase I Release 2

The Department of Energy (DOE) aims to increase technology commercialization and innovation within the private sector. Phase I is intended to evaluate the scientific or technical merit and feasibility of ideas that have commercial potential and/or application within the DOE's mission. Applicants should focus on the research that will demonstrate or prove the feasibility of the innovation.

Topics encompassed by this opportunity can be found here.

Application Details:

Application Release Date: 11/27/17

For more information visit science.energy.gov

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RFI: Dear Colleague Letter: NSF Accepting Recommendations to the STEM Education Advisory Panel

The National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Education (ED), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)  have jointly established the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Advisory Panel. Recommendations for individuals to be appointed on the Panel and help guide the nation's STEM education efforts are being accepted. Responsibilities encompass advising the National Science and Technology Council's Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education (CoSTEM), assessing CoSTEM's progress, and identifying needs or opportunities to update the Federal STEM Education 5-Year Strategic Plan.

Submission Details:

Recommendation Submission Due Date:11/30/17

For more information visit nsf.gov

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BAA-AFRL-RIK-2015-0012: FY18 Advanced Research and Development of Mission-Focused Analytics for a Decision Advantage (ARMADA)

This BAA seeks to support the means for research and development to novel and revolutionary approaches to information fusion and analysis through service-oriented architecture, open standards, and cutting-edge fusion and analytical algorithms to provide real-time intelligence for decision makers. Approaches should consider minimizing user time spent to gather and report data, while preserving and providing more time for analysis along with inclusion of diverse data sources and pattern learning to derive patterns of life.

Focus Areas for this BAA are:

1. Analytics for Situation Awareness

     1.1 Analytic Services

     1.2 Machine Learning

2. Data Framework and Core Services

     2.1 Infrastructure

     2.2 Data Framework Services

     2.3 Security Services

     2.4 User Experience Services

     2.5 Visualization Services

     2.6 Report Generator Services

     2.7 Mobile, Disconnected, and Disadvantaged Operations

Submission Details:

White Paper Submission Due Date:1/19/18

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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Aerospace Updates and Opportunities: UAVs, ITAR, NASA support, and more

With the growing field of Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV) and Personal Air Vehicles (PAV), there are a greater number of unique opportunities to apply these technologies. This seminar aims to focus on these opportunities, understand the applications of these products, and review available funding and collaboration programs to develop appropriate and innovative products. The event will also have in-depth training on ITAR regulations and information on how NASA can assist in the development of UAVs and PAVs.

Event Details:

Dates: 11/29/17, 8:30-4:30 PM EST

Location: Crowne Plaza Cleveland South-Independence, Independence, OH

For more information visit the event page here.

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NOI: FBO353-17: High Performance Computing for Materials

The Office of Fossil Energy and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy intend to release a solicitation to fund projects that aim to develop and improve national energy technologies. through collaborations between national laboratories and industries. The program applies world-class computational resources to perform higher fidelity simulations, add models for more realistic simulations, and develop more complex models to capture interactions and provide expertise in computational issues industries are currently facing.

Application Details:

Application Release Date: 1/8/18

For more information visit fedbizops.gov

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RFI: RFC-8-1162017: U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition

The Department of Energy's Collegiate Wind Competition (CWC) prepares students for the wind energy sector by presenting a real-world technology experience via a challenge accompanied by a developed business model to demonstrate the potential of the design and opportunities within wind energy. To aid the competition's organizers, information about interest in the event and feedback regarding applicants' impression of the competition and the effects of CWC are being sought.

Submission Details:

Response Submission Due Date:1/10/18

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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I-Corps@Ohio

I-Corps@Ohio is a statewide program modeled after the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Innovation Corps program, which increased innovation, entrepreneurship, and industry collaboration. This program aims to support the transition of fundamental research to innovative products and services that allow the growth for startup companies by giving applicants the opportunity to learn about business modeling concepts, understanding all aspects about commercial potential, and working with mentors and instructors who have relevant industry, scientific, and startup experience.

Submission Details:

Final Application Submission Due Date:1/16/18

For more information visit icorpsohio.org

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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:

Call for Papers: 11/15/17

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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Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)

The Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) is offering the opportunity for researchers to utilize and apply new knowledge through translational research and technology development efforts. This catalyzes partnerships to introduce innovations that address societal needs and bring beneficial effects into society. To support this mission, PFI has six overarching goals that are supported by two broad tracks for proposals: the Technology Translation (PFI-TT) track and the Research Partnerships (PFI-RP), both implementing collaboration and partnerships in different manners to encourage innovation development and commercialization for significant societal impacts.

Submission Details:

Full Application Submission Due Date: 2/1/18, 5 PM Local

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Members Meeting and Exchange (MXX)

AmericaMakes will be hosting its Members Meeting & Exchange event that focuses on the growth and development of 3D printing research, technologies, and applications. The event serves as an opportunity to  showcase innovations and successes, build networks and encourage partnerships, and provide non-members a glimpse of what the AmericaMakes community has accomplished.

Event Details:

Dates: 11/15/17-11/16/17

For more information view the event page here.

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RFI: DARPA-SN-18-06: Foundations for Strategic Mechanism Design

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Offices (DSO) is seeking input on the development of mathematical and algorithmic foundations to design, simulate, and asses strategic mechanisms. Due to the limitations of current tools to design and asses strategic actions, the ability to asses and manage the actions using a mixture of economic, diplomatic, social, and military options are of particular interest.

Areas of interest for this RFI include:

1. Strategic mechanism design theory and application

          a. Complexity

          b. Computability

2. Behaviorally informed mechanisms

3. Experimentation

Submission Details:

Response Submission Due Date: 11/21/17, 1 PM EST

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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NOI: IARPA-BAA-18-02: SuperCables BAA Draft Funding Opportunity Description

IARPA is planning to release a funding opportunity to support the development of technology and techniques for energy-efficient, high data rate transmission of digital signals between computing systems at room and cryogenic temperatures. Particular focus is in demonstrating how components convert low level electrical signals operating at low temperatures, to conventional signals at room temperature. Prior to formal release, IARPA is looking for comments, questions, changes, and feedback to the current draft of the BAA.

Submission Details:

Review Feedback Due Date: 11/17/17

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute

Power America is looking for projects that have the potential for large-scale adoption of wide bandgap devices. Projects focused on the development of advanced wide bandgap power semiconductor devices, power electronics architectures and assemblies, along with packaging and manufacturing processes are of interest. Demonstrations of these devices in high volume, commercially viable, power electronic applications and that address the gaps in knowledge to enable manufacturing are highly encouraged.

Project topics are:

1. Management, Operations, and Institute Sustainability

2. Foundry Operations and Devices

3. Power Module Packaging and Power Electronics Assembly Integration, Test, and Reliability

4. Accelerating WBG Adoption for Power Electronics Applications

5. Education and Workforce Development

Award amounts vary depending on project topic.

Submission Details:

Concept Paper Submission Due Date: 11/10/17

Full Application Submission Due Date: 12/22/17

For more information visit poweramericainstitute.org

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Campus Cyberinfrastructure

The Campus Cyberinfrastructure program is looking to coordinate campus-level networking, workforce development, innovation, integration, and engineering for applications and research projects. Award amounts 

Topics of interest are:

1. Data Driven Networking Infrastructure 

2. Network Design and Implementation for Small Institutions

3. Network Integration and Applied Innovation

4. Network Performance Engineering and Outreach awards

Submission Details:

Submission Due Date: 1/30/18

For more information visit nsf.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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Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences (CDS&E-MSS)

The CDS&E-MSS program aims to encourage the development of the next generation of mathematical and statistical theories and tools to address challenges in the expanding the role of computational modeling and simulation and the explosion in production of digital and observational data. Proposals that encompass multidisciplinary collaborations or training of mathematicians and statisticians are encouraged.

Submission Details:

Full Proposal Submission Due Date: 11/25/17-12/11/17

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Ohio Aerospace Day

The Ohio Aerospace & Aviation Council will be hosting an event inviting leaders within the government, industry, and academic to discuss the continuous advancements and impacts of the aerospace and aviation industry in Ohio.

Event Details:

Dates: 11/28/17, 8:00-3:30 PM EST

For more information view the event page here.

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SBIR Phase I Seed Fund

The National Science Foundation's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is seeking innovative proposals that show potential for commercial and societal impact in areas of science and technology. This opportunity aims to support innovation in the private sector, strengthen the role of small business, increase commercial application, and encourage participation by socially and economically disadvantaged and women-owned small businesses.

Submission Details:

Submission Due Date: 12/4/17, 5 PM Local

For more information visit nsf.gov

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W912HQ-18-S-0001: Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP)

The Department of Defense (DoD) is calling for proposals in environmental research that lead to the development and application of innovative environmental technologies or improve the environmental performance of DoD by improving outcomes, managing environmental risks, and/or reducing costs or time needed to address environmental problems. 

Areas of focus include:

1. Environmental Restoration

2. Munitions Response

3. Resource Conservation and Resiliency

4. Weapons Systems and Platforms 

Submission Details:

Submission Due Date: 1/14/18, 2 PM EST

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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DE-FOA-0001808: FY2017 Vehicle Technologies Office Batteries and Electrification to Enable Extreme Fast Charging

In order to continuously develop the country's economic growth while reducing reliance on imports and dependency on volatile resources, the Vehicle Technologies Office is looking to support early-stage, high-risk research to develop and deploy innovative transportation technologies. Projects that improve efficiency, lower costs, and increase the use of domestic energy sources are encouraged. The development of plug-in electric vehicles and batteries with the ability to recharge rapidly are two particular areas of focus of this opportunity.

Submission Details:

Concept Paper Submission Due Date: 11/21/17, 5 PM EST

Full Application Submission Due Date: 1/18/18, 5 PM EST

For more information visit eere-exchange.energy.gov

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RD-RUS-HECG17: Assistance to High Energy Cost Communities 

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) of the U.S Department of Agriculture is supporting the acquisition, construction or improvement of energy generation, transmission, or distribution facilities to lower energy costs for communities with extremely high per-household energy expenditures. Eligible projects include on-grid and off-grid renewable energy methods and the implementation of energy efficiency and energy conservation projects.

Submission Details:

Submission Due Date: 12/11/17

For more information visit grants.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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Competitiveness Improvement Project Workshop

The Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory is hosting an in-person workshop and webinar for the distributed wind Competitiveness Improvement Project. The workshop will include experts discussing various areas of wind energy along with networking opportunities with members within the field.

Event Details:

Dates: 12/6/17, 9:00-5:30 PM EST

For more information visit energy.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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Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)

In order to support the continuous advancement of research and research goals, the Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) aims to assist in easier access to research instruments that are usually too costly or its acquisition is unable to be supported through other programs. Proposals submitted to this program may request support for either the acquisition or development of a single research instrument for shared inter- and /or intra-organizational use.

Submission Details:

Internal Submission Due Date: 11/14/17

NSF Submission Due Date: 1/10/18

For more information visit nsf.gov

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DE-FOA-0001798: Modeling-Enhanced Innovations Trailblazing Nuclear Energy Reinvigoration (MEITNER)

With the growing impact of nuclear technologies, ARPA-E seeks to identify and develop innovative technologies that enable the advanced nuclear reactor design community to further develop their programs for future commercial deployment. Through the MEITNER program, ARPA-E will award applicants to develop innovative technologies using advanced modeling and simulation tools that lower cost and improve the safety of advanced nuclear reactors. Applications should include a system-level approach to describe and quantify how new technologies will fit into a plant design to be cost-efficient, more effective, and commercially-viable.

Submission Details:

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

Full Application Submission Due Date: TBD

For more information visit arpa-e.energy.gov

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DE-FOA-0001773: FY2018 Scientific Infrastructure Support for Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research

In order to support the R&D that aims to improve the performance of nuclear science and engineering technologies, the Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy is funding the development of nuclear energy-related infrastructure. Requested infrastructure should aim to accomplish the following:

1. Support, maintain, or enhance the institutions' capacities to attract and teach high quality students interested in nuclear energy-related studies

2. Build the institutions' research or education capabilities

3. Enhance the institutions' capabilities to perform R&D that is relevant to the Office of Nuclear Energy's mission

Submission Details:

Application Submission Due Date: 11/30/17, 8 PM EST

For more information visit neup.gov

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DE-FOA-0001772: FY2018 Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research

The Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy is looking to support activities that develop innovative nuclear technologies capable of optimizing the benefits of nuclear energy, particularly on improving the performance of advanced reactors and fuel cycle concepts. Proposals that offer flexibility or provision for addressing measurements, materials, and conditions relevant to fast-spectrum reactors, molten salt reactors, or high-temperature gas-cooled reactors are encouraged.

Submission Details:

Application Submission Due Date: 1/23/18

For more information visit neup.gov

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DE-FOA-0001770: 2018 SBIR/STTR Phase I Release 1

This opportunity aims to evaluate and award small businesses with innovative ideas that have commercial potential and/or prominent application in support of the Department of Energy's mission research. Topics of relevance to this opportunity can be found here.

Submission Details:

Letter of Intent Submission Due Date: 10/30/17, 5 PM EST

Full Application Submission Due Date: 12/4/17 

For more information visit grants.gov

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DE-FOA-0001815: Energy Efficiency Research and Development for Fluid-Power Systems in Off-Road Vehicles

Off-road vehicles rely on fluid-power systems due to their high specific power density and ability to tolerate harsh environments. However, the current systems have poor efficiency, resulting in increased costs for families and businesses. The Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) is looking to support early-state research to improve the energy efficiency of fluid power systems for commercial off-road vehicles. Potential solutions should address common causes of inefficiencies that can be applied to limit fuel consumption as efficiently as possible.Technologies for improved efficiency or improve the energy efficiency of fluid power systems include new system architectures, energy storage and hybridization, highly efficient pumps, and engineered fluids. 

Submission Details:

Concept Paper Submission Due Date: 11/20/17, 5 PM EST

Full Application Submission Due Date: 1/18/18, 5 PM EST

For more information visit eere-exchange.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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Medium/Heavy-Duty, On-Road Natural Gas Engine R&D

In order to better support the viability of natural gas to fuel medium and heavy-duty vehicles, the Vehicle Technologies Office is looking to fund early-stage, high-risk research to better understand, develop, and deploy innovative transportation energy technologies that improve efficiency, lower costs, and increase use of secure, domestic energy sources. Barriers to achieve these goals include fundamental experiments and modeling to better understand fuel mixing and combustion for improved engine design, advanced ignition systems to enable highly-efficient dilute combustion, and fundamental catalysis research for after-treatment solutions to meet emissions standards

Submission Details:

Concept Paper Due Date: 11/8/17

Full Application Due Date: 1/11/18

For more information visit eere-exchange.energy.gov

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FY 2018 Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program

This program offers exposure to hands-on research challenges at Air Force research facilities. There will be opportunities to develop professional relationships amongst participants, scientists, and engineers, enhance research interests and capabilities of faculty, and perform high-quality and meaningful research while raising awareness of the need for continued research.

Application Details:

Application Due Date: 12/5/17

For more information visit afsffp.sysplus.com

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

Currently commercially available CO2 capture technologies require additional development to address obstacles such as insufficient power plant integrated data, high capital costs, and high-energy penalty to operate the technology. Development of transformational technologies are needed to reduce these these barriers for both coal and natural-gas power generation. This opportunity aims to support transformational CO2 capture technologies, materials, and enabling technologies at the bench-scale for pulverized coal or natural gas power plants that reduce costs and energy penalties. Applicants must address material compatibility, process engineering, technical risks, and development pathways for the proposed technology.

Proposals shall fall under the following areas of interest:

1. Development of Novel Transformational Materials and Processes

2. Enabling Technologies to Improve Carbon Capture Systems

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 11/22/17

For more information visit grants.gov

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FA8650-18-S-2003: Structurally Integrated Safe Advanced Battery Development

This opportunity seeks potential solutions to design, develop and demonstrate a structurally integrated battery into the body, chassis, or wing of a small unmanned aerial system. The high specific energy battery (>300 Wh/kg) should be integrated into a high strength composite to result in a multifunctional structural battery capable of carrying mechanical loads while providing stored electrical energy

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 11/30/17

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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N3943018R2001: FY18 Research and Development for Energy Systems

The Department of the Navy is seeking technologies and methodologies that are new, innovative, or increase knowledge or understanding to increase energy efficiency, reliability, and resilience to reduce total facility ownership costs while maintaining operational and readiness requirements.

Technologies or Methodologies shall address one of the following topics:

1. Energy Analytics for Control Systems

2. Cyber Security Integrity for Operational Technology Networks

3. Energy Storage Systems

4. Distributed Generation

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: 11/27/17

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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

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

Areas of Interest include:

1. Nanoelectronic Materials Core Competencies

     i) Agile Radio Frequency Electronic Materials

     ii) Integrated Photonics & Opto-electronic Materials & Processing

2. Soft Matter Materials Core Competencies

     i) Flexible Materials and Devices   

     ii) Biomaterials Materials and Processes

3. Photonic Materials Core Competencies

     i) Optical Materials and Processes

     ii) Hardened Materials and Processing

     iii) Photonic Materials

4. Rapid Research and Development for Warfighter Needs Core Competency 

     i) Rapid Research and Development for Warfighter Needs

Submission Details:

White Paper Due Date: 4/19/21

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

For more information visit grants.gov

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

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

Submission Details:

Proposal Due Date: 9/28/18

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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FOA-AFRL-AFOSR-2017-0002: Center of Excellence: Efficient and Robust Machine Learning

The University Center of Excellence aims to establish the foundational principles of design, development, and employment to support machine learning (ML) methods and procedures. The key to ML success includes efficiency and robustness, and usability through methods such as the coordination of heterogeneous data types and adjustment to different contexts and adversarial environments. Proposals should address data types and machine learning concerns while seeking to understand and develop complex, adaptive techniques that support software/hardware implementation.

Submission Details:

White Papers Due Date: 11/30/17

Full Proposal Due Date: 1/4/18

For more information visit grants.gov

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Concrete Research Council

The ACI Foundation's Concrete Research Council is looking to fund research projects to advance the concrete industry. Project should aim to further the knowledge and sustainability of concrete materials, construction, and structures. Industry partnering and project cost sharing are encouraged.

Eligibility: Applicants must be considered tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. A letter of support of the research concept by an ACI Technical Committee is also required.

Submission Details:

Full Proposal Due Date: 12/1/17

For more information visit acifoundation.org

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SSL Technology R&D Workshop

This workshop will focus on the continued exploration of the untapped potential of LED lighting and potential opportunities to manipulate and control the spectrum, intensity, and distribution of light to better understand and communicate lighting performance.

Workshop Details:

Workshop Dates: 11/8/17-11/9/17

For more information visit energy.gov

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Power Plays: Drilling into Geothermal Energy Applications

This workshop aims to advance the understanding of geothermal resources together with waste-heat and direct-use applications in order to develop strategies for clean energy. The event will include poster sessions, presentations, and panel discussions to discuss various solutions for geothermal energy.

Workshop Details:

Workshop Dates: 1/10/18-1/11/18

For more information visit smu.edu

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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: 2/12/2018 

For more information visit nsf.gov

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NSF17601: Spectrum Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, and Security (SpecEES): Enabling Spectrum for All

The Directorates for Engineering and Computer and Information Science and Engineering are looking to enable spectrum access for all users and devices and giving underserved Americans benefits with access to wireless-enabled goods and services. This opportunity will fund innovative and collaborative research that aims to improve the efficiency of radio spectrum utilization in addition to addressing new challenges in energy efficiency and security.

Submission Details:

Full Application Due Date: 1/18/2018 

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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DE-FOA-0001662: Innovative Solutions for Fish Passage at Hydropower Dams

Hydropower is becoming a strong component in strengthening the American economy and energy security. Considering the potential for future hydropower growth and optimization brings up a number of key technological, environmental, and market challenges, particularly technologies promoting safe and effective fish passage. The DOE's Water Power Technologies Office is funding research to ensure safe fish passage without increasing costs or compromising efficiency.

Topic Areas of Interest include:

Topic Area 1- Testing the Effects of Innovative Fish Passage Technologies (up to $800,000)

     Subtopic 1.1- Testing Effects of Innovative Upstream Fish Passage Technologies

     Subtopic 1.2- Testing Effects of Innovative Downstream Fish Passage Technologies

Topic Area 2- Advancing Innovative Methods and Technologies to Improve Fish Passage (up to $450,000)

     Subtopic 2.1- Improvements in Detection, Sorting, Counting, and/or Identification of Fish for Fish                Passage

     Subtopic 2.2- Improvements in Fish Attraction and Guidance for Fish Passage

Submission Details: 

Concept Papers Due Date: 10/23/2017, 5 PM ET

Full Application Due Date: 12/7/2017, 5 PM ET

For more information visit eere-exchange.energy.gov

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RFI: Dear Colleague Letter: Seeking Community Input for Topic Ideas to Accelerate Research Through International Network-to-Network Collaboration

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is encouraging the U.S. research community to submit White Papers on topics in science, engineering, and/or STEM education to encourage international network-to-network collaboration. Topics should hold the potential to accelerate discover and advance research outcomes. NSF will use the white papers to inform OISE planning, including the potential need for a future program or program emphasis

Submission Details: 

White Paper Submission Due Date: 11/30/2017, 11:59 PM ET

For more information visit nsf.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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U.S. Energy Storage Summit

GTM is hosting its third U.S. Energy Storage Summit event bringing utilities, financiers, regulators, technology innovators, and storage practitioners. There will be data-intensive presentations, analyst-led panel sessions with industry leaders, and extensive, high-level networking.

Workshop Details:

Date: 12/12/2017-12/13/17

For more information visit greentechmedia.com

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NOI: Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration and Infusion 2018

NASA will be releasing an umbrella NASA Research Announcement (NRA) where proposals will be solicited through Appendicies which will be issued as technology topics as they are defined and funding is made available for new opportunities. The Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) supports a combination of early-stage studies, for assessing the feasibility of new technologies, maturing feasible technologies through rapid competitive development and groud-based testing, and flight demonstrations in relevant environments. STMD seeks aggressive technology development efforts that may require undertaking significant technical challenges and risk to achieve a higher potential payoff.

Application Details:

Application Release Date: 10/1/2017

For more information visit fedbizops.gov

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NOI: EPA SBIR Phase I Fiscal Year 2018

The EPA is contemplating awarding twelve contracts under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Phase I. Research and R&D efforts shall be on the following topics:

1. Clean and Safe Water

    A. Removal of PFOA/PFOS from Drinking Water

    B. Removal of PFOA/PFOS from Wastewater

    C. Replacements for PVC and PE Water Pipes

2. Air Quality

    A. Capturing Carbon Dioxide from Vehicles

    B. Converting Carbon Dioxide from Vehicles

    C. Product Loss Prevention and/or Mitigation in the Oil and Natural Gas Sector

    D. Developing More Stable Metal Alloy Tubes for Use in High Temperature Processes 

3. Land Revitalization

    A. Remediation of PFAS-Contaminated Soil and Sediment

4. Homeland Security

    A. Decontamination of Category A Viruses on Porous Surfaces and Sensitive Equipment

    B. Packaging Materials for On-Site Fumigation and Transport of Category A Virus Contaminated Materials

5. Manufacturing

    A. Greener Manufacturing of Plastics

    B. Greener Plastic Materials and Products

6. Building Construction Materials

    A. Greener Interior Construction Materials

    B. Greener Exterior Construction Materials

Application Details:

Application Release Date: 10/17/2017

Application Due Date: 12/7/2017

For more information visit fedbizops.gov

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Nuclear Forensics Research Award

This award supports the establishment of a team to conduct advanced research in the field of nuclear forensics. This opportunity matches a qualified graduate student with a research project to be used as the basis of a thesis and completed through work at a partner laboratory and the student's university. Through faculty and laboratory staff participation, a collaborative research process is established and a relationship between faculty and laboratory staff is built. This relationship will facilitate future collaboration and encourage joint research and sharing of equipment and literature.

Application Details:

Full Application Due Date: 1/31/2017

For more information visit dhs.gov

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

The DOE is funding research that enables significant reductions in the lifetime costs of power electronics (PE) for solar photovoltaic (PV) energy that align with acheiving the SunShot 2030 goals and enables functionalities to support grid integration of solar PV. The SunShot Initiative is looking to fund early-stage solar PE research project objectives

1. Lower the lifetime cost of residential, commercial, and utility-scale solar PV inverter/converter solutions

2. Develop innovative smodular, multi-purpose solar PV power electronics designs that offer enhanced services and lower grid integration costs.

Application Details:

Concept Papers Due Date: 10/12/2017

Full Proposal Due Date: 12/15/2017

For more information visit grants.gov

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NOI: Use of the NASA Physical Science Informatics System

The PSI system is an online, publicly accessible database of completed physical science reduced-gravity flight experiments conducted on the ISS, Space Shuttle flights, and other related studies. NASA is looking for proposals that demonstrate how data obtained from the PSI system will be used to promote the advancement of further research. There must be a clear path from the data obtained from the PSI system to the proposed investigation primarily within one of the listed topics of research

1. Biophysics

2. Combustion Science

3. Complex Fluids

4. Fluid Physics

5. Fundamental Physics

6. Materials Science

Application Details:

Response Due Date: 12/15/17, 5 PM ET

For more information visit fedbizops.gov

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DE-FOA-0001697: Generation 3 Concentrating Solar Power Systems

The DOE-EERE is seeking applications to fund applied research and development to enable the reduction of the levelized cost of electricity generated by concentrating solar power. This opportunity intends to develop integrated thermal system solutions to overcome current CSP temperature limitations. Applications are expected to advance individual high temperature components and test them as an integrated system that can accept solar thermal energy, store it, and efficiently deliver it to a working fluid at high temperature.

Application Details:

Concept Paper Due Date: 11/3/17, 5 PM ET

Full Application Due Date: 11/19/18, 5 PM ET

For more information visit grants.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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DARPA-RA-17-01: Young Faculty Award (YFA)

The DARPA YFA aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions and expose them to the Department of Defense and National Security challenges and needs. This YFA will provide high-impact funding to elite researchers early in their careers to develop innovative new research directions in the context of enabling transformative DOD capabilities. DARPA is particularly interested in identifying outstanding researchers who have previously not been performers on DARPA programs, but the program is open to all qualified applicants with innovative research results. 

Eligibility: Current tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professors; tenured Assistant or Associate Professors within 3 years of their tenure appointment. 

Topics of Interest which may be relevant to energy or CWRU faculty:  

2. Topological Photonics

3. Artificial Intelligence for Materials Discovery

4. Transformative Radiation Sensing

5. Engineered Interactions with the Energy of the Vacuum 

9. Antifouling Solutions for Large, Nonplanar Optical Surfaces 

12. Efficient Integrated Nanophotonics

13. Adversarial Artificial Intelligence

15. High Quality Atomic Traps and Waveguides

16. Wideband Efficiency in Millimeter Wave Power Amplifiers

17. Materials for Actuator Innovation for Small Scale Mobility and Manipulation

20. Big Data Summarization

21. Decentralized Control  of Networked Unmanned Autonomous Systems

22. REsilience through COmposable Logistics (RECOiL)

23. Wide Area Sensing Using the Internet of Things

24. Tactical Terrain Analysis

25. Thermostructural Sensitivity to Uncertainties

26. Swarm Intent Understanding 

Application Details:

Executive Summary: 10/2/17

FAQ Submission Deadline: 11/27/17

Full Proposal: 12/4/17

For more information visit grants.gov

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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

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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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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DE-FOA-0001801DOE High-Energy-Density Laboratory Plasma Science 

The Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) program and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) seek proposals for experimental, theoretical and/or computational science in the following subfields and crosscutting areas of HED laboratory plasmas: 

  • HED Hydrodynamics

  • Radiation-Dominated Dynamics and Materials Properties 

  • Magnetized HED Plasma Physics 

  • Nonlinear Optics of Plasmas and Laser-Plasma Interactions

  • Relativistic HED Plasmas and Intense Beam Physics 

  • Warm Dense Matter 

  • High-Z Multiply Ionized HED Atomic Physics 

  • Diagnostics for HED laboratory Plasmas 

Funding will be made for a period of two to four years for up to $500,000 per year. 

Application Details:

Letter of Intent: 10/01/2017

Full Application: 11/15/2017

For more information visit science.energy.gov/fes

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

This is the broad, open solicitation for the Office of Science. The agency is interested in receiving applications for support of work in the following program areas:  

  • Advanced Scientific Computing Research 

  • Basic Energy Science

  • Biological and Environmental Research

  • Fusion Energy Science 

  • High Energy Physics 

  • Nuclear Physics 

While proposal submissions are technically accepted until the end of the fiscal year, September 30, 2017, proposers are highly encouraged to submit proposals six months ahead of that deadline. Further, proposers are encouraged to contact relevant program managers prior to submission. 

Application Details:

Submission Due: 12/8/2017

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BAA-W912HZ-17-BAA-01: US Army Engineer Research and Development Center 

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.

Application Details:

Submission Due: 1/31/2018

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Enrico Fermi Award

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

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

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

Application Details:

Submission Due: 10/31/2017

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Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources

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

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

Application Details:

Proposal Due: 12/12/2017

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

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

Application Details:

Proposal Due: 11/27/2017

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BIG Idea Challenge

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

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

Application Details:

NOI Deadline: 10/1/2017

Proposal Deadline: 11/30/2017

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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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Japan-US Network Opportunity (Computer Network Systems)

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

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

Areas of Interest:

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

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

Submission Details:

Proposal: November 30, 2017

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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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National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP)

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

Areas of Focus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submission Details:

LOI: 10/16/2017

Application: 1/29/2018

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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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Call for Abstracts

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

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

Event Details:

Location: Tampa Convention Center, Florida

Abstracts: 7/31/2017

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

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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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FY 2018 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship

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

Areas of Interest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submission Details:

White Papers due: 8/16/2017

Full Proposal due: 1/8/2018

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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

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Centers for Chemical Innovation

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

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

Submission Details:

Pre-application: 9/15/2017 Application: 11/17/2017

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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:

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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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:

December 31, 2018

For more information visit fbo.gov

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Thermal Transport Processes

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

1. Convection/Diffusion/Radiation

2. Thermodynamics

3. Bio- Heat and Mass Transport

4. Nano-, Micro- and Meso-thermics

Submission Details:

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

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Process Separations

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

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

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

3. Downstream purification of biologically derived chemicals for increased throughput

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

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: Open

For more information visittnsf.gov

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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

For more information visit nsf.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:

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

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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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

For more information visit nsf.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:

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

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Biophotonics

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

1. Macromolecule Markers

2. Low Coherence Sensing at the Nanoscale

​3. Neurophotonics

​4. Mico- & Nano-photonics

5. Optogenetics

Submission Details:

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

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:

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

For more information visit nsf.gov

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Biological and Environmental Interactions of Nanoscale Materials

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

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

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

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

4. Simulations of nanoparticle behavior at interfaces 

Submission Details:

Open - proposals accepted throughout this year

For more information visit nsf.gov


Army Research 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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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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National Geographic Grants

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

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

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

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

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

Submission Details:

October 1, 2017

For more information visit nationalgeographic.org

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

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

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

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

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

Submission Deadline:

December 30, 2017

For more information visit eere.exchange.energy.gov

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

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

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

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

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

Awards are typically $250,000 per year.

Submission Deadline:

December 31, 2017

For more information visit onr.navy.mil

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Chemistry of Indoor Environments 

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

Submission Deadline:

Open, letter of inquiry required 

For more information visit sloan.org

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