New Funding Announcements

Funding announcements posted by the library September 2016 - March 2017:

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1. Air Force Fiscal Year 2017 Young Investigator Research Program (YIP)
BAA-AFRL-AFOSR-2016-0006
United States Department of Defense (DOD) Department of the Air Force (USAF) Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Due 2017-06-01
The Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) supports young scientists and engineers in Air Force relevant disciplines and is designed to promote innovative research in science and engineering. The awards foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities to recognize Air Force mission and challenges in science and engineering. The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering.

Posted on 2016-07-21
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=278569 

2. Antarctic Research
Solicitation 16-541
National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Polar Programs Due 2017-04-17
Scientific research, along with operational support of that research, is the principal activity of the U.S. Antarctic Program in Antarctica. The National Science Foundation's Antarctic Sciences Section (ANT), Division of Polar Programs (PLR), fosters research on globally and regionally important scientific problems. In particular, the Antarctic Sciences Section supports research that expands fundamental knowledge of the region as well as research that relies on the unique characteristics of the Antarctic continent as a platform from which to support research. Antarctic fieldwork will be supported for research that can only be performed or is best performed in Antarctica. The Antarctic Sciences Section strongly encourages research using existing samples, models, and data as well as research at the intersection between disciplines.

Posted on 2017-02-07
https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5519 

3. 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
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5521 

4. Climate and Large-Scale Dynamics (CLD)
PD 06-5740
National Science Foundation Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Continuous
The goals of the Program are to: (i) advance knowledge about the processes that force and regulate the atmosphere’s synoptic and planetary circulation, weather and climate, and (ii) sustain the pool of human resources required for excellence in synoptic and global atmospheric dynamics and climate research. Research topics include theoretical, observational and modeling studies of the general circulation of the stratosphere and troposphere; synoptic scale weather phenomena; processes that govern climate; the causes of climate variability and change; methods to predict climate variations; extended weather and climate predictability; development and testing of parameterization of physical processes; numerical methods for use in large-scale weather and climate models; the assembly and analysis of instrumental and/or modeled weather and climate data; data assimilation studies; development and use of climate models to diagnose and simulate climate and its variations and change

Posted on 2016-07-25
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=11699&org=ATM 

5. Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E)
PD 12-8084
National Science Foundation Division of Physica Varies
Advanced computational infrastructure and the ability to perform large-scale simulations and accumulate massive amounts of data have revolutionized scientific and engineering disciplines. The goal of the CDS&E program is to identify and capitalize on opportunities for major scientific and engineering breakthroughs through new computational and data analysis approaches. The intellectual drivers may be in an individual discipline or they may cut across more than one discipline in various Directorates. The key identifying factor is that the outcome relies on the development, adaptation, and utilization of one or more of the capabilities offered by advancement of both research and infrastructure in computation and data, either through cross-cutting or disciplinary programs.

Posted on 2016-06-06
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504813 

6. 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... 

7. Dear Colleague Letter: Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under the US NSF/GEO - UK NERC Lead Agency Opportunity
NSF 14-118
National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) Varies
The full proposal will be submitted by established program deadlines or target dates determined by the lead agency during the initial phase of this activity (2015 and 2016) and annually afterwards. Refer to the GEO solicitations and NERC Responsive Mode/Discovery Science schemes for specific timing of deadlines. The Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) are pleased to announce an NSF/GEO-NERC lead agency opportunity. The goal of this opportunity is to reduce some of the current barriers to working internationally. Through a lead agency model, GEO and NERC will address these issues by allowing US and UK researchers to submit a single collaborative proposal that will undergo a single review process. The US NSF and the RCUK have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Research Cooperation. The MOU provides an overarching framework to encourage collaboration between US and UK research communities and sets out the principles by which jointly supported activities might be developed. The MOU provides for a lead agency arrangement whereby proposals may be submitted to either NSF or NERC. Proposals will be accepted for collaborative research in areas at the intersection of NSF/GEO and NERC interest as set out below: - NSF/GEO Solicitations: Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, Earth Sciences, Ocean Sciences, and Polar Programs: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_list.jsp?org=GEO - NERC Responsive Model: Standard Research Grants (including New Investigator Grants) and Large Research Grants Proposals are expected to adhere to the remit, funding limits, and grant durations for the NSF/GEO and NERC programs of the respective agency from which the funding is sought and must represent an integrated collaborative effort. This document provides guidelines for the preparation, submission, review, and award of NSF/GEO-NERC collaborative proposals. During an initial two-year phase (2015-2016), both agencies will evaluate the interest in and success of the activities.

Posted on 2016-05-03
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14118/nsf14118.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click... 

8. 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 

9. 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 

10. FY 2017 Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program
DE-FOA-0001664
United States Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science (OS) Due 2017-04-01
The Office of Science accomplishes its mission and advances national goals by supporting: [among other areas]...Science for energy and the environment―advancing a clean energy agenda through fundamental research on energy production, conversion, storage, transmission, and use by advancing our understanding of the earth and its climate. Targeted investments include three DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs), the Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs), two Energy Innovation Hubs, and atmospheric process and climate modeling research.

Posted on 2016-11-28
http://science.energy.gov/~/media/grants/pdf/foas/2017/SC_FOA_0001664.pdf 

11. FY2016 to FY2017 NOAA Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)
NOAA-NFA-NFAPO-2016-2004791
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
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=280752 

12. Improving Life Cycle Assessment of Drought Resilience
National Research Council Environmental Protection Agenca (EPA) Varies
Deadlines: August 1, 2016 and November 1, 2016 This research is part of a larger effort to understand, model, and improve drought resilience, especially in the face of changing water demands and changing climate. This fellowship will focus on the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) aspects of drought resilience, building on existing approaches. LCA is a tool to avoid shifting impacts in time, space, or environmental media, and there is a need to improve characterization of water use in this systems framework. The researcher (with a PhD in Environmental Engineering or Science, or related discipline) will have experience enabling them to contribute directly to research to evaluate and improve tools for assessing drought resilience in a LCA context. Components of this research may include the following: (1) to improve data resolution for surface and groundwater availability in LCA models in the United States; (2) to investigate the use of globally available data to predict surface and groundwater distributions, using the heterogeneous yet data rich United States as a validation for such predictions; (3) to investigate the inclusion of non-renewable (i.e., "fossil') groundwater into models for water availability and water scarcity; and (4) to compare novel approaches to existing water stress approaches using case studies, as part of a larger global effort towards consensus on modeling water impacts in LCIA.

Posted on 2016-07-22
http://nrc58.nas.edu/RAPLab10/Opportunity/Opportunity.aspx?LabCode=22&ROPCD=220302&RO... 

13. 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 

14. Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): Sites and Supplements
NSF 13-542
National Science Foundation (NSF) Due 2017-05-26
The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.

Posted on 2016-09-30
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5517 

15. Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) - Earth Science Applications: Food Security and Agriculture
NNH16ZDA001N-FSAC
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Due 2017-04-07
Abstract The primary objective of this call is to enable and advance uses of Earth observations by domestic and international organizations to benefit food security and agriculture. This call includes applications development, user characterization and engagement, innovative communications work, and socioeconomic impact analyses as part of the activities. The Applied Sciences Program strongly encourages that proposals to this call involve a multisectoral, transdisciplinary team of organizations as a consortium to achieve the objectives. NASA recognizes that Earth observations and Earth science data, models, and knowledge provide essential information and tools to support the functioning and resilience of food systems. For example, Earth observations have proven helpful with estimations of crop area and cropping intensities, agricultural productivity assessments, water planning and irrigation management, and crop yield modeling on a range of time scales. Of course, the utility of the observations is not limited to just these aspects. NASA is interested in exploring and determining how remote sensing data can help to transform the understanding of, and approaches to, food security - especially when observations are combined with information on the broader food system. Similarly, NASA is interested in how uses of remote sensing data can enhance organizations' planning and operations, as well as support broader food security assessments, commodity pricing, risk assessments, and policy analysis.

Posted on 2017-02-07
https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={63A7... 

16. Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) - Land Cover/Land Use Change
NNH16ZDA001N-LCLUC
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Varies
01 Dec 2016: Stage 1 Application Step 1 proposals are due. 01 Jun 2017: Stage 2 Application Step 2 proposals are due. The Land-Cover/Land-Use Change (LCLUC) program is developing interdisciplinary approaches combining aspects of physical, social, and economic sciences, with a high level of societal relevance, using remote sensing tools, methods, and data. One of its stated goals is to develop the capability for periodic satellite-based inventories of land cover and monitoring and characterizing land-cover and land-use change. The program focuses on analysis at global to regional scales, taking advantage of the synoptic capability afforded by satellite remote sensing and with the understanding that land-use change occurs locally. Additional information on the NASA LCLUC program can be found at http://lcluc.hq.nasa.gov or contact Dr. Garik Gutman, the Land-Cover/Land-Use Change Program Manager,

Posted on 2016-07-21
https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={25BE... 

17. Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) - Planetary Major Equipment (PME)
NNH16ZDA001N-PME
NASA Science Mission Directorate Varies
Note: For Stand-Alone PME proposals, Step-1 and Step-2 proposals should be submitted to the relevant science research program according to the schedule in Tables 2 and 3 in the ROSES Summary of Solicitation. For PME proposals appended to new research proposals, no separate Step-1 proposal is required; PME requests may be appended to any Step-2 proposal submitted according to the schedule of the eligible program. Instrumentation purchases or upgrades that may be requested through the PME program are to be of a substantial nature; that is, over $40,000. Expected annual program budget for new awards is approximately $1.4 million. Number of new awards pending adequate proposals of merit is approximately 5-9. Maximum duration of awards is usually only one year. Proposals selected for PME support will be funded through augmentation to the science research program proposal. Instrumentation, equipment, and services that are excluded from proposals to this program element include personal computers or computer peripherals (unless these are integral parts of the instrumentation requested), miscellaneous support equipment, support contracts, and the repair of equipment where the repair does not also involve significant enhancement of the instrument's basic capabilities. No funds may be requested to support maintenance and continued operations of any instrument. Proposals that seek to design, develop, test, or evaluate new instruments that are intended for commercial sale will be rejected without review.

Posted on 2016-06-06
https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={8C94... 

18. 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
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf16602