New Funding Announcements

Funding announcements posted by the library November 2016 - May 2017:

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1. Air Force Fiscal Year 2017 Young Investigator Research Program (YIP)
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 

2. 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 

3. Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications (BD Spokes)
NSF 17-546
National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Due 2017-09-18
NSF's Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) initiated the National Network of Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs (BD Hubs) program in FY 2015. Four BD Hubs - Midwest, Northeast, South, and West - were established to foster multi-sector collaborations among academia, industry, and government, both nationally and internationally. These BD Hubs are serving a convening and coordinating role by bringing together a wide range of Big Data stakeholders in order to connect solution seekers with solution providers...

Posted on 2017-04-21 

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 

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 

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: 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 

7. Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)
United States Department of Defense (DOD) Department of the Air Force (USAF) Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Due 2017-07-07
DURIP is a multi-agency DOD program within the University Research Initiative designed to improve the capabilities of U.S. institutions of higher education to conduct research and to educate scientists and engineers in areas important to national defense by providing funds for the acquisition of research equipment. DURIP funds will be used for the acquisition of major equipment to augment current or develop new research capabilities to support research in the technical areas of interest to the sponsoring agencies. A central purpose of the DURIP is to provide equipment to enhance research-related education. Therefore, proposals must address the impact of the equipment on the institution's ability to educate, through research, students in disciplines important to DOD missions.

Posted on 2017-04-21 

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 

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 

10. 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 

11. 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 

12. 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 

13. 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... 

14. Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) - Advanced Component Technology
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Due 2017-06-19
The Advanced Component Technology (ACT) program seeks proposals for technology development activities leading to new component- and subsystem-level airborne and space-based measurement techniques to be developed in support of the Science Mission Directorate's Earth Science Division. The objectives of the ACT program are to research, develop, and demonstrate component- and subsystem-level technology development that - reduce the risk, cost, size, volume, mass, and development time of Earth observing instruments, and - enable new Earth observation measurements.

Posted on 2017-04-21{09AD... 

15. Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) - Cassini Data Analysis
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Due 2017-06-08
The objective of the Cassini Data Analysis Program (CDAP) is to enhance the scientific return of the Cassini mission by broadening the scientific participation in the analysis and interpretation of data returned by this mission. Other mission and nonmission data sets may be used to supplement these data in a supporting role, but all proposals must require the use of data from the Cassini mission.

Posted on 2017-04-21{2DD0... 

16. 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... 

17. Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) - Land Cover/Land Use Change
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 or contact Dr. Garik Gutman, the Land-Cover/Land-Use Change Program Manager,

Posted on 2016-07-21{25BE... 

18. Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) - Physical Oceanography
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Due 2017-06-30
Two research themes are identified in the Physical Oceanography program and represent priority areas for proposals solicited through this announcement. - Analysis and interpretation of the ocean circulation using satellite and in situ data - NASA will support modest proposals undertaking analysis of satellite altimetry, surface wind stress, and other relevant data in support of the U.S. CLIVAR Program. - Development of new remote sensing techniques for physical oceanography - NASA has successfully developed remote sensing techniques for ocean surface winds, sea level, sea surface temperature, and sea surface salinity. Each of these variables has a science team and dedicated research activity. NASA will support modest proposals that explore new concepts for remote sensing of interest to physical oceanography. This opportunity is NOT for technology or instrument development but for concept articulation and exploration.

Posted on 2017-04-21{4474... 

19. Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) - Planetary Data Archiving, Restoration, and Tools
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Due 2017-07-12
The Planetary Data Archiving, Restoration, and Tools (PDART) program solicits proposals to generate higher-order data products, archive and restore data sets or products, create or consolidate reference databases, generate new reference information, digitize data, and develop or validate software tools. The objective of this Program Element is to increase the amount and quality of digital information and data products available for planetary science research and exploration, and to produce tools that would enable or enhance future scientific investigations. Although it is expected that a small amount of data analysis, interpretation, or modeling may be performed to validate any generated products, this Program Element does not accept proposals in which the main focus is hypothesis-based science. For all types of proposals, the products of selected proposals must be made available to the scientific community. Data products must be archived in the NASA Planetary Data System (PDS) or an equivalent archive (see Section 2.2 for a definition of an equivalent archive). All proposals will be evaluated on the perceived impact of the new products, datasets, or tools on future planetary science research and exploration.

Posted on 2017-04-21{66D4... 

20. Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) - Planetary Major Equipment (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{8C94... 

21. 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... 

22. 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