Open 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 here.

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

Open Funding Opportunities
FOA Title Program Deadline Amount Date Added

Energy, Power, Control, and Networks (EPCN)

NSF

open

not specified

8/28/2018

BAA: Army Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate

DOD

6/19/2023

not specified

6/21/2018

BAA: Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division

DOD

6/14/2019

not specified

6/18/2018

Engineering Design and Systems Engineering (EDSE)

NSF

Open

not specified

6/12/2018

Powering the Future We Want

UN - DESA

TBA

Up to $1,000,000

6/11/2018

Advanced Manufacturing

NSF

Open

$500,000

6/11/2018

Halliburton - iEnergy University Grants Program

Halliburton

Open

not specified

6/11/2018

Pathways to Success for Next-Generation Supersized Wind Turbine Blades

DOE-EERE

TBD

not specified

6/8/2018

Long Range Broad Agency Announcement for Basic and Applied Scientific Research

DOD-ARL

5/9/2019

not specified

5/18/2018

Research Options for Space Enterprise Technologies (ROSET)

DOD-AFRL

11/29/2022

not specified

5/18/2018

Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) Broad Agency Announcement

DOD-Army

6/16/2021

not specified

5/18/2018

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

NSF

open

$300,000-$450,000

10/25/17

Open Innovation Fund

Power America

open

$225,000

9/18/17

Multi-INt Operations Technologies And Unification Research (MINOTAUR)

DOD-AFRL

open

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

8/25/2017

Research Opportnities in Earth Sciences

NASA

Notice of Intent Due: 1/24/19

Full Proposal Due: 4/25/19

varies

5/18/2018

Biological and Environmental Interactions of Nanoscale Materials

NSF

open

$100,000-$300,000

4/10/17

Army Research Office BAA for Basic and Applied Scientific Research

DOD-ARO

3/31/2022

not specified

4/5/2017

Army Research Laboratory BAA for Basic and Applied Scientific Research

DOD-ARL

3/31/2022

not specified

4/5/2017

Diverse Collegiate Research and Development Collaboration Program

DOD-AFRL

12/23/2021

Unspecified

1/18/2017

Science and Technology New Initiatives

DOD-DTRA

10/1/2021

not specified

7/5/2017

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

DLA

8/21/2021

varies

4/26/2017

Naval Research Laboratory Broad Agency Announcement

DOD-NRL

open

$700,000

3/29/2017

High Powered Electromagnetics (HPEM) Research Program

DOD-AFRL

n/a

n/a

5/22/2017

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

NSF

continuous

$1,000,000

8/14/2017

Reimagining Great Lakes Water Systems

Great Lakes Protection Fund

open

$200,000-$1,500,000

5/22/2017

Chemistry of Indoor Environments

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

open

~$800,000

11/10/2016

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

FY18 Combustion and Fire Systems

NSF

open

$100,000-$300,000

8/4/2017

Geotechnical Engineering and Materials (GEM)

NSF

open

Not specified

2/6/2017

Process Separations

NSF

open

$100,000-$300,000

8/4/2017

Condensed Matter and Materials Theory

National Science Foundation

Open

~$160,000/yr 

9/02/2016

PD 16-597 Ceramics

National Science Foundation

Open

~$160,000/yr

9/02/2016

BAA-AFRL-AFOSR-2016-0007: Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Open

~$200,000 - $400,000/yr

9/02/2016

Postdoctoral Opportunities

NREL

Year-Round

Discretionary

8/7/2015

 


18-7607: Energy, Power, Control, and Networks (EPCN)

The program supports a variety of endeavors towards innovative technologies including energy, control systems and machine learning. The goals of the EPCN program is to encourage research to better understand and develop systems and methods for a variety of breakthrough applications.

For more information, visit nsf.gov

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Deadline: open

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

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

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

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

Submission Details:

Deadline: August 30, 2019

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BAA - Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate

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

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

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

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

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

Submission Details:

Deadline: June 19, 2023

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BAA: Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Divison

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

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

Submission Details:

Deadline: June 14, 2019

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Engineering Design and Systems Engineering (EDSE)

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

For more information, visit nsf.gov

Submission Details:

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

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Powering the Future We Want

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit poweringthefuture.un.org

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National Science Foundation Advanced Manufacturing

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

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

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

For more information, visit grants.gov

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Halliburton - iEnergy University Grants Program

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

How it Works

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

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

What’s Included

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

For more information, visit iEnergy.community.

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DOE Pathways to Success for Next-Generation Supersized Wind Turbine Blades

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

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

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

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NRL Long Range Broad Agencu Announcement for Basic and Applied Scientific Research 

NRL is interested in receiving proposals for Long-Range Science and Technology Projects which  offer potential for advancement and improvement of Navy and Marine Corps operations.

The Naval Research Laboratory is the Navy's corporate lavoratory. NRL conducts basic and applied research for the Navy in a variety of scientific and technical disciplines. The basic research program is driven by perceptions about future requirements of the navy. 

The Navy's operational effectivenss depends on its ability to keep pace with rapidly developing technologies. NRL contributes to this requirement by conducint research in the following areas:

Systems Directorate Code 5000

Materials Science and Component Technology Directorate Code 6000

Ocean and Atmospheric Science and Technology Directorate Code 7000

Naval  Center for Space Technology Code 8000

White papers due May 9,  2019 

For more information visit nrl.navy.mil

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Research Options for Space Enterprise Technologies (ROSET)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submission Details:

White Paper Submission Due Date: 11/29/22

For more information, visit fedbizopps.gov

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Strategic Capabilities Office Broad Agency Announcemement (BAA)

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

Areas of Interest include:

1. Autonomous Systems

2. Deep Learning

3. Cyber

4. Cross-Domain Kill Chains

5. Non-traditional Defense Technologies

Submission Details:

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

For more information visit fedbizopps.gov

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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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Open Innovation Fund

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.

Submission Details:

Proposal Due Date: Open

For more information visit poweramericainstitute.org

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Multi-INt Operations Technologies And Unification Research (MINOTAUR)

The objective of the BAA is to incrementally deliver a suite of tools and technologies to enhance Open Architecture Intelligence Information Systems from the sensor through the analyst, chain of command, and out to the operational units. This effort will research, develop, test, and evaluate new methods for integrating multiple intelligence sources and improving the fusion, processing and exploitation of raw source data from the battlefield to actionable mission criteria through assured and adaptable technologies. These tools and technologies will be able to securely share information and integrate new sensors and sources of data. Additionally, this effort is intended to advance baseline performance beyond what is currently operational or fielded.

Research efforts under this program are expected to result in next generation tools and technologies, which incrementally deliver a suite of Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities. These capabilities will provide a myriad of decisive advantages such as:

1) Integration/modernization of intelligence based Open Architectures,

2) Integrate new sensors and sources of data into the enterprise in rapid and agile fashion,

3) Develop tools and technologies for fusion, processing and exploitation of raw intelligence, and

4) Speedy access to intelligence products based on mission need.

Submission Details:

Applications Due: FY18 - 10/2/2017, FY19 - 10/1/2018, FY20 - 10/1/2019

For more information visit fbo.gov

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

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

Program elements fall under these four science research programs:

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

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

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

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

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

Submission Details:

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

Full Submission Due: 5/3/18-4/25/19

For more information, visit nspires.nasaprs.com

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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

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Army Research Office BAA for Basic and Applied Scientific Research

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

1. Physical Sciences

2. Chemical Sciences

3. Physics

4. Life Sciences

5. Engineering Sciences

6. Mechanical Sciences

7. Electronics

8. Materials Science

9. Earth Sciences

10. Network Science

Submission Details:

March 31, 2022

For more information visit arl.army.mil

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Army Research Laboratory BAA for Basic and Applied Scientific Research

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

1. Computational Sciences (CS) Campaign

2. Materials Research (MR) Campaign

3. Sciences for Maneuver (ScMVR) Campaign

4. Information Sciences (IS) Campaign

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

6. Human Sciences (HS) Campaign

7. Assessment and Analysis (AA) Campaign

8. Visit Scientist Program (VSP)

Submission Details:

March 31, 2022

For more information visit arl.army.mil

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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 Details:

Proposal: December 23, 2021

For more information visit grants.gov

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Science and Technology New Initiatives

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

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

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

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

Submission Details:

Applications open through October 2021

For more information visit fbo.gov

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

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

1. Manufacturing and Automation Innovations

2. Optimization of Design for Manufacturability

3. Process Improvements

4. Advancement of Manufacturing Readiness for Alternative Supplies

5. Manufacturing Technology Improvement for Existing Supplies

6. Battery Standardization

7. Supply Chain Management Improvement

Submission Details:

August 21, 2017

For more information visit fbo.gov

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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.

For more information visit nrl.navy.mil

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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

For more information visit fbo.gov

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

The Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) pilot seeks to support bold interdisciplinary projects in all NSF-supported areas of science, engineering, and education research. INSPIRE has no targeted themes and serves as a funding mechanism for proposals that are required both to be interdisciplinary and to exhibit potentially transformative research (IDR and PTR, respectively). Complementing existing NSF efforts, INSPIRE was created to handle proposals whose:

  • Scientific advances lie outside the scope of a single program or discipline, such that substantial funding support from more than one program or discipline is necessary.
  • Lines of research promise transformational advances.
  • Prospective discoveries reside at the interfaces of disciplinary boundaries that may not be recognized through traditional review or co-review.

To receive funding as an INSPIRE-appropriate project, all three criteria must be met. INSPIRE is not intended to be used for interdisciplinary projects that can be accommodated within other NSF funding mechanisms or that continue well-established practices. The implementation of the INSPIRE pilot is based on two overarching goals:

Goal 1) To emphasize to the science, mathematics, engineering and education research community that NSF is welcoming to bold, unconventional ideas incorporating creative interdisciplinary approaches. INSPIRE seeks to attract unusually creative high-risk/high-reward "out of the box" interdisciplinary proposals.

Goal 2) To provide NSF Program Officers (POs) with additional tools and support to engage in cross-cutting collaboration and risk-taking in managing their awards portfolios.

For more information visit nsf.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. 

For more information visit glpf.org

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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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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.

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.

For more information visit mott.org

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FY18 Combustion and Fire Systems

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

1. Basic Combustion Science

2. Combustion Science Related to Clean Energy

3. Fire Prevention

For more information visit nsf.gov.

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Geotechnical Engineering and Materials (GEM)

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

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

For more information visit nsf.gov.

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PD 16-596: Condensed Matter and Materials Theory

CMMT supports theoretical and computational materials research in the topical areas represented in DMR's core or individual investigator programs, which include: Condensed Matter Physics (CMP), Biomaterials (BMAT), Ceramics (CER), Electronic and Photonic Materials (EPM), Metals and Metallic Nanostructures (MMN), Polymers (POL), and Solid State and Materials Chemistry (SSMC). The program supports fundamental research that advances the conceptual understanding of hard and soft materials, and materials-related phenomena; the development of associated analytical, computational, and data-centric techniques; as well as predictive materials-specific theory, simulation, and modeling for materials research. The broad spectrum of research supported in CMMT includes first-principles, quantum many-body, statistical mechanics, classical and quantum Monte Carlo, and molecular dynamics methods. Computational efforts span from workstations to advanced and high-performance scientific computing. Emphasis is on approaches that begin at the smallest appropriate length scale, such as electronic, atomic, molecular, nano-, micro-, and mesoscale, required to yield fundamental insight into material properties, processes, and behavior, to predict new materials and states of matter, and to reveal new materials-related phenomena. Approaches that span multiple scales of length and time may be required to advance fundamental understanding of materials properties and phenomena, particularly for polymeric materials and soft matter. Examples of areas of recent interest appear in the program description.

CMMT encourages potentially transformative theoretical and computational materials research, which includes but is not limited to: i) developing materials-specific prediction and advancing understanding of properties, phenomena, and emergent states of matter associated with either hard or soft materials, ii) developing and exploring new paradigms including cyber- and data-enabled approaches to advance fundamental understanding of materials and materials related phenomena, or iii) fostering research at interfaces among subdisciplines represented in the Division of Materials Research.

Research involving significant materials research cyberinfrastructure development, for example, software development with an aim to share software with the broader materials community, should be submitted to CMMT through Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E) within its annual proposal submission window in the fall.

Submission Details:

Full Application: Open

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PD 16-597: Ceramics

This program supports fundamental scientific research in ceramics (e.g., oxides, carbides, nitrides and borides), glass-ceramics, inorganic glasses, ceramic-based composites and inorganic carbon-based materials. Projects should be centered on experiments; inclusion of computational and theory components are encouraged. The objective of the program is to increase fundamental understanding and to develop predictive capabilities for relating synthesis, processing, and microstructure of these materials to their properties and ultimate performance in various environments and applications. Research to enhance or enable the discovery or creation of new ceramic materials is welcome. Development of new experimental techniques or novel approaches to carry out projects is encouraged. Topics supported include basic processes and mechanisms associated with nucleation and growth of thin films; bulk crystal growth; phase transformations and equilibria; morphology; surface modification; corrosion, interfaces and grain boundary structure; and defects.

Submission Details:

Full Application: Open

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BAA-AFRL-AFOSR-2016-0007: Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research “we, us, our, or AFOSR” manages the basic research investment for the U.S. Air Force. As a part of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), our technical experts discover, shape, and champion research within the Air Force Research Laboratory, universities, and industry laboratories to ensure the transition of research results to support U.S. Air Force needs. Using a carefully balanced research portfolio, our research managers seek to foster revolutionary scientific breakthroughs enabling the Air Force and U.S. industry to produce world-class, militarily significant, and commercially valuable products. Our focus is on research areas that offer significant and comprehensive benefits to our national warfighting and peacekeeping capabilities. These areas are organized and managed in two scientific branches:

- Engineering and Information Sciences (RTA)

- Physical and Biological Sciences (RTB)

Submission Details:

Full Application: Open

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Postdoctoral Opportunities

RPP Postdoctoral Researcher appointments are typically one year. Extensions may be granted based on program needs and funding availability, up to a maximum of three years. Appointments are viewed as preparation for a full-time academic and/or research career. Appointees work under the supervision of a senior scholar or a department and are expected to publish research results during the period of the appointment.

Submission Requirements

  • Resume with list of publications and a cover letter stating areas of interest

  • Resumes accepted all year for possible placement and for specific open positions only.

Submission Details:

Full Application: Year-Round

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