New Funding Announcements

Funding announcements posted by the library March 2017 - September 2017:

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1. Arctic Research Opportunities
NSF 16-595
National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) Division of Polar Programs Continuous
NSF invites investigators at U.S. organizations to submit proposals to conduct research about the Arctic. Arctic research includes field and modeling studies, data analysis, and synthesis about the arctic region.

Posted on 2016-09-30 

2. 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: or 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 

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 

4. Earth Science Applications: Health and Air Quality
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Due 2017-11-03
The NASA Earth Science Division (ESD) seeks proposals for projects that apply Earth observations that will improve/develop decision-making activities and enable transition and adoption by public- and/or private-sector organization(s) for sustained use in decision making and services to end users. The specific focus is on applications and decision support in the areas of public health and air quality. Through the integration of Earth observations, the overall objective of these projects is to enhance the performance of existing decision-making activities or to develop new capabilities for decision making (provided that the need and activity can be clearly defined). The organizations that will implement improvements and operate the decision-making activity are expected to be strongly involved in the project and to be expressly committed to maintaining, supporting, and using the Earth observations application resulting from the project in their decision-making activity. The ESD Applied Sciences Program promotes efforts to discover and demonstrate innovative and practical uses of Earth observations. The Program funds applied science research and applications projects to enable near-term uses of Earth observations, formulate new applications, integrate Earth observations and related products in practitioners' decision-making, and transition the applications. The projects are carried out in partnership with public- and private-sector organizations to achieve sustained use and sustained benefits from the Earth observations. « ​less

Posted on 2017-08-11{D8C7... 

5. 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 

6. FY2016 to FY2017 NOAA Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)
United States Department of Commerce (DOC) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Due 2017-09-30
The purpose of this notice is to request applications for special projects and programs associated with NOAA's strategic plan and mission goals, as well as to provide the general public with information and guidelines on how NOAA will select proposals and administer discretionary Federal assistance under this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). This BAA is a mechanism to encourage research, education and outreach, innovative projects, or sponsorships that are not addressed through NOAA's competitive discretionary programs. It is not a mechanism for awarding congressionally directed funds or existing funded awards. **Applicants are hereby given notice that funds have not yet been appropriated for any proposed activities in this notice.

Posted on 2016-02-15 

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 

8. National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP)
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 

9. 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 

10. Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research - Technology Translation (PFI: AIR-TT)
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 

11. Public Engagement with Historical Records
National Archives and Records Administration Due 2017-10-05
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that encourage public engagement with historical records, including the development of new tools that enable people to engage online. The NHPRC is looking for projects that create models and technologies that other institutions can freely adopt. In general, collaborations among archivists, documentary editors, historians, educators, and/or community-based individuals are more likely to create a competitive proposal. Projects that focus on innovative methods to introduce primary source materials and how to use them in multiple locations also are more likely to create a competitive proposal.

Posted on 2017-08-11 

12. Rapid Response and Novel Research in Earth Science
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{01B9... 

13. Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) - Discovery Data Analysis
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Due 2017-11-15
The objective of the Discovery Data Analysis Program (DDAP) is to enhance the scientific return of Discovery Program missions by broadening the scientific participation in the analysis of data, both recent and archived, collected by Discovery missions. Proposals focusing on data returned from Mars Pathfinder and ASPERA-3 should be submitted to the Mars Data Analysis Program (MDAP, program element C.9). Proposals focusing on data from GRAIL, Lunar Prospector, and the Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) should be submitted to the Lunar Data Analysis Program (LDAP, C.8). Proposals concerning Kepler/K2 observations of objects outside the Solar System should be submitted to the Astrophysics Data Analysis Program (ADAP, D.2). The proposals described in this paragraph are not responsive to the DDAP solicitation. Proposals to DDAP must include a science investigation. Proposals to produce a higher order data product that enhances the science return from one or more missions, but does not include a science investigation, should be submitted to the C.7. Planetary Data Archiving, Restoration, and Tools (PDART) Program. Proposed work responsive to this call may include (1) data analysis tasks, 2) tasks that are not data analysis but are necessary to analyze or interpret the data, and 3) tasks that are not data analysis but that significantly enhance the use or facilitate the interpretation of Discovery mission data. These tasks may incorporate theory, modeling, laboratory studies, correlative analyses, and/or other research; however, proposals that include tasks that are not data analysis must also incorporate the results of these tasks into the analysis or interpretation of Discovery mission data in order to be responsive to this ca

Posted on 2017-04-21{410D... 

14. Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) - Planetary Science and Technology Through Analog Research
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Due 2017-10-03
Proposals must demonstrate fidelity to at least two of the following three objectives: 1) Science: PSTAR seeks science investigations designed to further planetary research in terrestrial extreme environments that may be analogous to those found on other planets, past or present. Of particular interest are investigations that increase our understanding of the limits of and constraints (or lack thereof) on life in extreme environments and lead to a better understanding of how to seek, identify, and characterize life and life-related chemistry that may exist or have existed on other solar system bodies. 2) Science Operations: PSTAR seeks systems-level terrestrial field campaigns that are conducted with complete systems and in a manner that approximates operations during an actual planetary mission, providing an opportunity to understand the performance, capabilities, and efficiencies associated with the tested systems, while enabling human participants to gain operational experience with those systems in the field. Fidelity in this area means that the constraints placed on the execution of science tasks in the field are functionally similar to those of an actual mission, enabling the testing, validation, or development of new concepts of operations that may impact the design of surface infrastructure or ground support. Some examples of science operations elements include: a. Decision-making protocols; b. Traverse planning; c. Sample acquisition, storage, documentation, and high-grading protocols; d. Communications and data flow protocols to support science; e. Navigation unique to science support; f. Crew scheduling for Intra- and Extra-vehicular activities; and g. Science backroom design and support for surface science activities. 3) Technology: PSTAR seeks the development and application of technologies that support science investigations, particularly those that enable remote searches for, and identification of, life and life-related chemistry in extreme environments (including lunar and planetary surfaces). These technologies include, but are not limited to: a. sample acquisition and handling techniques; b. sample manipulation; c. the use of mobile science platforms (including planetary rovers and astronauts); d. techniques for autonomous operations; e. self-contained deployment systems; f. intelligent systems and human/robotic interfaces; g. communication and navigation systems; and h. instrument packages. PSTAR is not an instrument development program. Science instrument technology proposals should be submitted to C.12, The Planetary Instrument Concepts for the Advancement of Solar System Observations (PICASSO) or C.13, The Maturation of Instruments for Solar System Exploration (MatISSE) Program. Hardware development to ruggedize instruments or otherwise prepare for field trials is acceptable, but is expected to be a minor part of the overall proposed effort. In summary, PSTAR is expected to lower the risks of planetary exploration through instrument/technology development aimed at or coupled with systems-level field tests in relevant environments that will obtain scientific data and/or develop operational capability.

Posted on 2017-04-21{8C6B... 

15. Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) - Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Studies
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Due 2017-11-18
his program element supports the study of spaceflight mission concepts that can be accomplished using small spacecraft, including CubeSats. All proposed investigations must be responsive to the goals of the Planetary Science Division. NASA's Planetary Science Program is considering including small secondary payloads on every future planetary science launch. As such, studies performed under this program element will provide valuable information to assist future Announcement of Opportunity planning and NASA's development of small spacecraft technologies relevant to deep space science investigations. In order to advance the objectives outlined in the Science Plan, proposed investigations may target any body in the Solar System, including near Earth objects (NEO's), except for the Earth and Sun. Investigations of extra-solar planets are not included in this program element. The Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Studies (PSDS3) program is intended to capitalize on the creativity in the planetary science community to envision science enabled by smaller and significantly lower cost deep space missions. NASA expects to make awards for mission concept studies that will explore the breadth of missions possible that are enabled by CubeSat/SmallSat technologies. Mission design assistance, if required, for these mission concepts will be offered by NASA during the six-month studies. NASA Headquarters will also use the results of these studies when considering expanding the provisions and capabilities of future Announcements of Opportunity for technology development.

Posted on 2017-08-11 

16. Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) - Solar System Workings
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{DA5F... 

17. Solar and Planetary Research Grants
NSF 16-602
National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) Division of Astronomical Sciences (AST) Continuous
The Solar and Planetary Research Grants (SPG) Program provides individual investigator and collaborative research grants for observational, theoretical, laboratory, and archival data studies in the science of our solar system and extrasolar planetary systems. Proposals for projects and tools that enable and enhance research in those areas may also be submitted.

Posted on 2016-09-30