New Funding Announcements

Funding announcements posted by the library May 2017 - November 2017:

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1. Dear Colleague Letter: Hydrologic Sciences and Physical and Dynamic Meteorology Cooperation
NSF 15-039
National Science Foundation (NSF) Continuous
The National Science Foundation's Directorate for Geosciences supports research programs in both Hydrologic Sciences (HS) and Physical and Dynamic Meteorology (PDM). These programs share a common interest in (1) the fluxes of water, mass and energy across the terrestrial-atmospheric boundary, (2) how such fluxes are measured and (3) how such fluxes are parameterized within large and small scale models. A host of research reports have identified multiple ways in which the terrestrial and atmospheric systems are coupled (Duffy et al., 2006; IPCC, 2013; NRC, 2012a, 2012b; Ralph et al., 2012; Smith et al., 2013) and there is growing recognition of the importance of these couplings, interactions, and their interdependencies for both scientific research and operational prediction. To encourage interactions between the Hydrologic Science and Physical and Dynamic Meteorology research communities in advancing this critical research, a community workshop was held 3-5 September, 2014 in Golden, Colorado. The purpose of this workshop was to motivate and accelerate progress on hydrometeorological-hydroclimatic-ecohydrological process understanding across the terrestrial-atmospheric boundary, and especially the integration of common research interests of hydrology and meteorology. The results of the meeting are reported in a white paper that can be accessed using: https://www.nsf.gov/geo/ear/programs/nsf-hydro-atmos-workshop-whitepaper-dec2014.pdf or http://inside.mines.edu/~thogue/nsf-hydro-atmo-workshop/. One goal of the workshop was to outline high-level, cross-discipline research needs common to both Hydrologic Sciences and Physical and Dynamic Meteorology to define areas of collaborative research between those two research communities. Another goal of the workshop was to redefine current disciplinary barriers such that the "boundary conditions" of individual disciplines evolve towards a more holistic process understanding and predictive skill. This white paper provides detailed statements of the core challenges in the 'observational' and 'modeling' categories, as the 'scientific challenges' clearly cross-cut in both categories. Each "challenge" section has an overarching component and a set of high-level sub-components. Within this context, innovative proposals that specifically address challenges existing at the atmospheric-terrestrial boundary, including challenges in process understanding, measurement and modeling can be sent to either program. Topical areas are suggested in the above referenced white paper, however this document does not define all possible research areas across this boundary. Proposals in this area of research will be co-reviewed by both programs and will be supported from existing programmatic funds. Proposals are accepted at any time in both the PDM and HS programs. If you have a research topic that you think would be of interest, please contact the program officers in either group.

Posted on 2017-02-07
https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15039/nsf15039.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click... 

2. Dear Colleague Letter: Support for Engaging Students and the Public in Polar Research
NSF 17-129
National Science Foundation Geosciences Directorate Education and Human Resources Directorate Due 2017-12-12
The Geosciences and Education and Human Resources Directorates are partnering to advance and develop understanding of learning environments that build upon the rich interdisciplinary resources emerging from polar investments. To that end, the Office of Polar Programs (OPP), the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) and the Division of Research on Learning (DRL) encourage proposals that will leverage the extensive National Science Foundation (NSF) investment in polar sciences and infrastructure, and STEM education research and development, to promote an informed citizenry and the next generation of polar scientists. In order to advance polar science educational opportunities, OPP, DUE and DRL will accept and review proposals for research and development projects that facilitate access to polar research efforts in (1) undergraduate education, (2) informal science education or (3) formal PK-12 science or math education. Proposals in response to this Dear Colleague Letter must be submitted to either the Improving Undergraduate Science Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR) solicitation, the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) solicitation, or the Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12) solicitation.

Posted on 2017-09-26
https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17129/nsf17129.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click... 

3. EAR Postdoctoral Fellowships (EAR-PF)
Solicitation 15-568
National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Earth Sciences Due 2018-01-09
The Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) awards Postdoctoral Fellowships to recent recipients of doctoral degrees to carry out an integrated program of independent research and education. The research and education plans of each fellowship must address scientific questions within the scope of EAR disciplines.The program supports researchers for a period of up to two years with fellowships that can be taken to the institution of their choice (including facilities abroad). The program is intended to recognize beginning investigators of significant potential, and provide them with research experience, mentorship, and training that will establish them in leadership positions in the Earth Sciences community. Because the fellowships are offered only to postdoctoral scientists early in their career, doctoral advisors are encouraged to discuss the availability of EAR postdoctoral fellowships with their graduate students early in their doctoral programs. Fellowships are awards to individuals, not institutions, and are administered by the Fellows.

Posted on 2017-02-07
https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503144 

4. Earth Sciences: Instrumentation and Facilities (EAR/IF)
NSF 16-609
National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) Continuous
The EAR/IF Program supports meritorious requests for infrastructure that promotes research and education in areas supported by the Division. EAR/IF will consider proposals for: 1. Acquisition or Upgrade of Research Equipment that will advance laboratory and field investigations, and student research training opportunities in the Earth sciences. 2. Development of New Instrumentation, Analytical Techniques or Software that will extend current research and research training capabilities in the Earth sciences. 3. Support of National or Regional Multi-User Facilities that will make complex and expensive instruments or systems of instruments broadly available to the Earth sciences research and student communities; 4. Support for Early Career Investigators to facilitate expedient operation of new research infrastructure proposed by the next generation of leaders in the Earth Sciences. This opportunity allows for submission of a proposal for Acquisition or Upgrade of Research Equipment that includes budget line items associated with support of a new full-time technician who will be dedicated to manage the instrument(s) being requested. Planned research uses of requested instruments, software, and facilities must include basic research on Earth processes supported by EAR.

Posted on 2016-11-28
https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=6186 

5. FY2018 to FY2020 NOAA Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)
NOAA-NFA-NFAPO-2018-2005418
United States Department of Commerce (DOC) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Due 2020-09-20
As an agency with responsibilities for maintaining and improving the viability of marine and coastal ecosystems, for delivering valuable weather, climate, and water information and services, for understanding the science and consequences of climate change, and for supporting the global commerce and transportation upon which we all depend, NOAA must remain current and responsive in an ever-changing world.We do this in concert with our partners and stakeholders in Federal, state, and local governments and private organizations, applying a systematic approach that links our strategic goals through multi-year plans to the daily activities of our employees. Every year we are committed to re-evaluate our progress and priorities, look for efficiencies, and take advantage of new opportunities to improve our information, products, and services. In furtherance of this objective, NOAA issues this BAA for extramural research, innovative projects, and sponsorships (e.g., conferences, newsletters, etc.) that address one or more of the following four mission goal descriptions contained in the NOAA Strategic Plan: 1. Long-term mission goal: Climate Adaptation and Mitigation 2. Long-term mission goal: Weather-Ready Nation 3. Long-term mission goal: Healthy Oceans 4. Long-term mission goal: Resilient Coastal Communities and Economy NOTE: There are no funds specifically appropriated by Congress for this BAA. Funding for potential projects in this notice is contingent upon the availability of Fiscal Year 2018, Fiscal Year 2019, and Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations. Applicants are hereby given notice that funds have not yet been appropriated for any proposed activities in this notice.

Posted on 2017-11-09
https://www.grants.gov/custom/viewOppDetails.jsp?oppId=297752 

6. Humans, Disasters, and the Built Environment (HDBE)
PD-17-1638, 17-144
Sponsor National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Engineering (ENG) Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) Due 2018-01-24
The Humans, Disasters and the Built Environment (HDBE) program supports fundamental, multidisciplinary research on the interactions between humans and the built environment within and among communities exposed to natural, technological and other types of hazards and disasters. The program's context is provided by ongoing and emerging changes in three interwoven elements of a community: its population, its built environment (critical infrastructures, physical and virtual spaces, and buildings and related structures) and the hazards and disasters to which it is exposed. The HDBE program seeks research that integrates these elements and that can contribute to theories that hold over a broad range of scales and conditions. Examples include but are not limited to unified frameworks and theoretical models that encompass non-hazard to extreme hazard and disaster conditions, theoretical and empirical studies that consider how interactions between a community's population and its built environment may suppress or amplify hazard exposure or its effects, and studies that seek to inform scholarship through the development of shared data and related resources. In these and other areas funded through the HDBE program, research that challenges conventional wisdom on the interactions among humans, the built environment and hazards and disasters is particularly encouraged. Given the richness of the phenomena under study, the HDBE program seeks research that advances theories, methods and data within and across diverse disciplines, whether in engineering, the social sciences, computing or other relevant fields. Ultimately, research funded through this program is expected to inform how communities can cultivate and engage a broad range of physical, social and other resources to ensure improved quality of life for their inhabitants.

Posted on 2017-11-09
https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13353 

7. Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)
Solicitation 15-504
National Science Foundation (NSF) Due 2018-01-10
The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. The program provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally. Each MRI proposal may request support for the acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use. Development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at MRI submission-eligible organizations are encouraged. The MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of a shared research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. The program does not fund research projects or provide ongoing support for operating or maintaining facilities or centers. The instrument acquired or developed is expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period. For the purposes of the MRI program, a proposal must be for either acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single, well-integrated instrument. The MRI program does not support the acquisition or development of a suite of instruments to outfit research laboratories or facilities, or that can be used to conduct independent research activities simultaneously. Instrument acquisition or development proposals that request funds from NSF in the range $100,000-$4 million may be accepted from any MRI-eligible organization. Proposals that request funds from NSF less than $100,000 may also be accepted from any MRI-eligible organization for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences and from non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education for all NSF-supported disciplines. Cost-sharing of precisely 30% of the total project cost is required for Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education and for non-degree-granting organizations. Non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education are exempt from cost-sharing and cannot include it. National Science Board policy is that voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.

Posted on 2017-02-07
https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5260 

8. NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program
NESSF18
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Due 2018-02-01
NASA's Science Mission Directorate announces the call for graduate fellowship proposals to the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) program for the 2018-2019 academic year. This call for fellowship proposals solicits applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing Master of Science (M.Sc.) or Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA's scientific goals. Awards resulting from this competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to the respective universities.

Posted on 2017-11-09
https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary!init.do?solId=%7b0682B593-... 

9. National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP)
N00014-17-S-B016
United States Department of Defense (DOD) Department of the Navy (U.S. Navy) Office of Naval Research (ONR) Varies
Topic 1: October 16, 2017: CubeSat Sensors for Investigating Littoral Ocean & Atmosphere Dynamics Topic 2: October 16, 2017: Improved & Routine Production, Stewardship and Topic 3: October 16, 2017: In-situ Ocean Sensor Research & Technology Development Topic 3: January 29, 2018: In-situ Ocean Sensor Research & Technology Development Topic 1: The goal of this NOPP solicitation is to seek proposals from academia, private industry and government laboratories to work in partnership to develop a CubeSat-based resource of remotely sensed observations of littoral ocean and atmosphere dynamics that, preferably, can be directly assimilated into or provide boundary conditions for numerical models. These variables and their interactions include many or all of the following: bathymetry, sea surface temperature, sea surface salinity, sea surface height, surface vector winds, directional wave spectra, currents, internal wave activity, river discharge, sea-ice characterization, cloud characterization, wave-current interaction, turbidity or ecology, amongst others. Topic 2: The GHRSST community and the NASA SST Science Team have established the following set of research and development priorities, taking guidance from recommendations in the 2014 National Plan for Civil Earth Observations. 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. Topic 3: - 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.). While the proposed sensor will be integrated onto one platform for this effort, the community must be able to widely apply this sensor to other platforms. This topic can also include improvements in on board processing, including automated techniques, real-time processing, machine learning, storage, and interoperability standards. As such, development of a clear Interface Control Document (ICD) and a training guide for sensor users are included as part of this topic. Industry members often refer to this effort as low SWaP-C (low Size, Weight and Power along with lower Cost). The platform/sensor selection should address an area of science and system performance enhancements such as increased endurance, onboard data product processing, machine learning enabled, etc. SWaP-C performance trade-off analyses such as accuracy and precision should be included in the design/test/revision reviews. It is anticipated that this topic will address sensor in the TRL 6 to 9 range. - 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). Advances in microfluidics, materials and computing have created an exciting opportunity for participating NOPP partners to advance the state of technology for `omic-related biological sensors. Examples could include deployable sensor combinations that enable morphological (imaging) and DNA identification of plankton; chip technologies that sense microbial identities and activities; and in-situ lab-on-a-chip designs that incorporate sequencing to automatically process and analyze samples. It is anticipated that this topic will be constrained to TRL 1 to 4 efforts. It is envisioned that these proposals are high risk/return efforts that will advance in-situ ocean sensor "omics" research. - 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. This topic is constrained to TRL 1 to 4 efforts. It is envisioned that these proposals are high risk/return efforts that will validate analytical predictions for the proposed sensing technology. - 3C: A major challenge of ocean sensor technology development is the advancement and maturation of in-situ sensors after initial research funding or platform integration is complete. Often sensor reliability and robustness issues do not present themselves until after a period of field deployment. 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 - Biofouling - 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, communications across platforms & adaptive sampling - Specification Development and Quality - Sensors improvements that address deep sea, midwater, upper ocean and air/sea ocean science - Regional sensor performance enhancements This effort involves defining the sensor TRL level changes and/or reliability/robustness improvements and connecting this work to the science that the improvement will enable. For efforts with existing sensor specifications, a revised specification with improved performance and environmental parameters is expected. Because participating NOPP partners are interested in wide use of the sensor improvements, an Interface Control Document (ICD) and a sensor training guide are components of this effort. « ​less

Posted on 2017-08-11
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=295516 

10. NRC-NRL Cooperative Research Associateship Program
United States Department of Defense (DOD) Department of the Navy (U.S. Navy) Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) General Laboratory Scientific Interchange Programs (GLSIP) Due 2018-05-01
Deadlines: November 1, 2017, February 1, 2018, May 1, 2018. Abstract The National Research Council (NRC) administers competitive graduate, postdoctoral and senior research awards on behalf of 26 U.S. federal research agencies and affiliated institutions with facilities at over 100 locations throughout the U.S. and abroad. Awardees have the opportunity to: - conduct independent research in an area compatible with the interests of the sponsoring laboratory - devote full-time effort to research and publication - access the excellent and often unique facilities of the federal research enterprise - collaborate with leading scientists and engineers at the sponsoring laboratories

Posted on 2017-08-11
http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/rap/ 

11. Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research - Technology Translation (PFI: AIR-TT)
16-583
National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Engineering (ENG) Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) Due 2018-02-18
Letter of Intent: January 12, 2018 Full proposal: February 18, 2018 The Directorate for Engineering (ENG) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) invites requests for funding under the Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research- Technology Translation (PFI: AIR-TT) solicitation. This PFI: AIR-TT solicitation is designed to support innovative ideas and partnerships in the translation of NSF-funded fundamental science and engineering discoveries toward market-valued solutions. The program outcomes will be more research discoveries translated onto a path toward commercial reality, more connections between faculty and persons knowledgeable about market need (e.g., potential customers, individuals with business experience, potential investors, etc.) and the engagement of faculty and students in entrepreneurial/innovative thinking. The development of basic research into deployed technology is often depicted as a sequence of steps from basic research through proof-of-concept, prototype, product development and finally commercialization. While the sequence of events may not occur in a straightforward linear fashion, the knowledge associated with each step is necessary for the transition to occur.

Posted on 2017-08-11
https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504790 

12. Rapid Response and Novel Research in Earth Science
NNH17ZDA001N-RRNES
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Due 2018-03-29
This program element solicits proposals that advance the goals and objectives of NASA's Earth Science Division by conducting unique research to investigate 1) unforeseen or unpredictable Earth system events and opportunities that require rapid response, and 2) novel new ideas of potential high merit and relevance for ESD science that have not otherwise been solicited by NASA in the past three years.

Posted on 2017-04-21
https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={01B9... 

13. Research Coordination Networks (RCN)
17-594
National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) Sponsor ID: 17-594 (Re-issue of 15-527) CFDA Numbers 47.041 - Engineering Grants 47.050 - Geosciences 47.070 - Computer and Information Science and Engineering 47.074 - Continuous
The goal of the RCN program is to advance a field or create new directions in research or education by supporting groups of investigators to communicate and coordinate their research, training and educational activities across disciplinary, organizational, geographic and international boundaries. The RCN program provides opportunities to foster new collaborations, including international partnerships, and address interdisciplinary topics. Innovative ideas for implementing novel networking strategies, collaborative technologies, training, broadening participation, and development of community standards for data and meta-data are especially encouraged. RCN awards are not meant to support existing networks; nor are they meant to support the activities of established collaborations. RCN awards also do not support primary research. Rather, the RCN program supports the means by which investigators can share information and ideas, coordinate ongoing or planned research activities, foster synthesis and new collaborations, develop community standards, and in other ways advance science and education through communication and sharing of ideas. Additional information about the RCN program and its impacts may be found in Porter et al. 2012 Research Coordination Networks: Evidence of the relationship between funded interdisciplinary networking and scholarly impact. BioScience, 62: 282-288

Posted on 2017-09-26
https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=11691 

14. Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) - Solar System Workings
NNH17ZDA001N-SSW
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Due 2018-02-01
The Solar System Workings program element supports research into atmospheric, climatological, dynamical, geologic, geophysical, and geochemical processes occurring on planetary bodies, satellites, and other minor bodies (including rings) in the Solar System. This call seeks to address the physical and chemical processes that affect the surfaces, interiors, atmospheres, exospheres, and magnetospheres of planetary bodies. A wide range of investigations will be covered, including theoretical studies, analytical and numerical modeling, sample-based studies of extraterrestrial materials, field work, laboratory studies, and data synthesis relevant to the physical and chemical processes affecting planetary systems.

Posted on 2017-08-11
https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={DA5F...