New Funding Announcements

Funding announcements posted by the library January 2017 - July 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. 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 

3. 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 

4. Climate Program Office 2018
United States Department of Commerce (DOC) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) Due 2017-09-11
CPO's climate research portfolio is designed to achieve a fully integrated research and applications program. We meet this objective through a focus on climate intelligence and climate resilience, in support of NOAA's goals. CPO supports competitive research through three major program areas: Climate Observations and Monitoring (COM); Earth System Research and Modeling (ESRM); and Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI). Through this Announcement, CPO's activities are seeking applications for seven individual competitions in FY 2017. Prior to submitting applications, investigators are highly encouraged to learn more about CPO and its Programs, as well as specific Program priorities for FY 2017. The seven competitions covered by this Announcement are as follows: 1. COM - Ocean climate information and products 2. COM - Global change climate indicators and data products for assessment 3. AC4 - Synthesis Research: Urban Emissions from the Oil and Gas Sector 4. CVP - Observing and Understanding Processes Affecting the Propagation of Intraseasonal Oscillations in the Maritime Continent Region 5. MAPP - Advancing drought understanding, monitoring and prediction 6. MAPP - Research to explore seasonal prediction of coastal high water levels and changing living marine resources 7. COCA - Supporting Resilient Coastal Communities in a Changing Climate

Posted on 2017-06-28 

5. Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E)
PD 12-8084
National Science Foundation (NSF) Due 2017-09-01
Submission dates vary: See solicitation guidelines. Abstract 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. The CDS&E program welcomes proposals in any area of research supported through the participating divisions that address at least one of the following criteria: - Promote the creation, development, and application of the next generation of mathematical, computational and statistical theories and tools that are essential for addressing the challenges presented to the scientific and engineering communities by the ever-expanding role of computational modeling and simulation and the explosion and production of digital experimental and observational data. - Promote and encourage integrated research projects that create, develop and apply novel computational, mathematical and statistical methods, algorithms, software, data curation, analysis, visualization and mining tools to address major, heretofore intractable questions in core science and engineering disciplines, including large-scale simulations and analysis of large and heterogeneous collections of data. - Encourage adventurous ideas that generate new paradigms and that create and apply novel techniques, generating and utilizing digital data in innovative ways to complement or dramatically enhance traditional computational, experimental, observational, and theoretical tools for scientific discovery and application. - Encourage ideas at the interface between scientific frameworks, computing capability, measurements and physical systems that enable advances well beyond the expected natural progression of individual activities, including development of science-driven algorithms to address pivotal problems in science and engineering and efficient methods to access, mine, and utilize large data sets.

Posted on 2017-06-28 

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. 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 

8. 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 

9. 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 

10. 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 

11. 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 

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 Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): Sites and Supplements
NSF 13-542
National Science Foundation (NSF) Due 2017-08-23
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. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects. Undergraduate student participants in either REU Sites or REU Supplements must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States. Students do not apply to NSF to participate in REU activities. Students apply directly to REU Sites or to NSF-funded investigators who receive REU Supplements. NSF Program Areas are as follows: - Crosscutting and NSF-wide - Biological Sciences - Computer & Information Science & Engineering - Education and Human Resources - Engineering - Environmental Research & Education - Geosciences - International & Integrative Activities - Mathematical & Physical Sciences - Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences

Posted on 2017-06-28 

14. Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) - Computational Modeling Algorithms and Cyberinfrastructure
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Due 2017-07-27
The Earth Science Division (ESD) within NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) pioneers the scientific use of remotely sensed measurements to advance understanding of the Earth as an integrated system and to provide direct societal benefits. Numerical models represent key achievements in NASA's Earth science endeavors, as the models codify consistently our quantitative knowledge about selected portions of the Earth system. Coupled with data assimilation systems, models are used to synthesize diverse arrays of information from satellite and insitu measurements; high-fidelity models driven and constrained by sufficient data can yield accurate predictions and essential insights into a wide range of complex Earth system processes and interactions, spanning many space and time scales and involving many aspects of our environment. NASA considers the use of data-driven models to be central to our approach to Earth system science...

Posted on 2017-06-01{344D... 

15. 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... 

16. 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... 

17. Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) - New (Early Career) Investigator Program in Earth Science
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Due 2017-08-31
NOI due: July 31, 2017 The New (Early Career) Investigator Program (NIP) in Earth Science is designed to encourage the integration of Earth system research and education/outreach by scientists and engineers at the early stage of their professional careers. The program encourages scientists and engineers at academic and/or research institutions to develop a broader sense of responsibility for effectively contributing to the improvement of science education and public science literacy; it provides an opportunity for the investigators to develop partnerships and/or enhance their skills, knowledge, and ability to communicate the excitement, challenge, methods, and results of their work to teachers, students, and the public. The Earth Science Division places particular emphasis on the investigators' ability to promote and increase the use of space-based remote sensing through the proposed research and education projects.

Posted on 2017-06-01{2161... 

18. 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... 

19. Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) - The Science of TERRA, AQUA, and SUOMI NPP
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Due 2017-08-17
This program element integrates the historical research program elements associated with the Terra, Aqua, and Suomi NPP missions. This program element requests proposals from members of the scientific community to participate in NASA Science Team(s) by self-identifying an interest in Science Team membership. This program element blends subelements from the aforementioned/historical program elements in some cases, and identifies subelements specific to Suomi NPP in other cases. Specifically, this program element requests proposals for: 2.1 Science Data Analysis 2.1.1 Multi-Platform and Sensor Data Fusion 2.2 Algorithms - New Data Products 2.3 Algorithms - Existing Data Product (Terra and Aqua) and EOS Continuity Data Product (Suomi NPP) Refinement 2.4 Real- or Near-Real-Time Data Algorithms 2.5 NASA Suomi NPP Science Team Leader and Terra, Aqua, Suomi NPP Discipline Leads The emphasis for all types of investigations is on taking the next steps toward securing continuous, well characterized, long time series measurements of sufficient quality to answer critical Earth system science, global change, and/or applied sciences questions

Posted on 2017-06-28 

20. 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