New Funding Announcements

Funding announcements posted by the library December 2017 - June 2018:

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1. Antarctic Research
National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of the Director (OD) Office of Polar Programs (OPP) Division of Antarctic Sciences (ANT) Continuous
he U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) supports scientific research in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, and NSF's Office of Polar Programs (OPP) provides operational research support for these projects. OPP's Antarctic Sciences Section (ANT) supports research to 1) expand fundamental knowledge of the Antarctic region, 2) improve understanding of interactions between the Antarctic region and global Earth systems, and 3) utilize unique characteristics of the Antarctic continent as an observing platform. Antarctic fieldwork is supported for research that can only be performed, or is best performed, in Antarctica. ANT encourages research, using existing samples, data, and models, that does not require fieldwork. ANT also encourages research that crosses and combines, disciplinary perspectives and approaches.

Posted on 2018-01-29 

2. Arctic Research Opportunities (Arctic Natural Sciences; Arctic Social Sciences; Arctic System Science; Arctic Observing Network )
NSF 16-595
National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) Division of Polar Programs Continuous
The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites investigators at U.S. organizations to submit proposals to the Arctic Sciences Section, Office of Polar Programs (OPP) to conduct research about the Arctic region. The goal of this solicitation is to attract research proposals that advance a fundamental, process, and systems-level understanding of the Arctic's rapidly changing natural environment and social and cultural systems, and, where appropriate, to improve our capacity to project future change. The Arctic Sciences Section supports research focused on the Arctic region and its connectivity with lower latitudes. The scientific scope is aligned with, but not limited to, research challenges outlined in the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee ( five-year plans. The Arctic Sciences Section coordinates with programs across NSF and with other federal and international partners to co-review and co-fund Arctic proposals as appropriate. The Arctic Sciences Section also maintains Arctic logistical infrastructure and field support capabilities that are available to enable research.

Posted on 2018-01-29 

3. Earth Sciences: Instrumentation and Facilities (EAR/IF)
Solicitation 16-609
National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) Continuous
EAR/IF supports meritorious requests for infrastructure that promote 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, Techniques or Software that will extend current research and research training capabilities in the Earth sciences. 3) Community Facility Support to make complex and expensive instruments, systems of instruments or services broadly available to the Earth science research and student communities. Planned research uses of requested instruments, software, and facilities must include basic research on Earth processes SUPPORTED BY CORE PROGRAMS OR SPECIAL PROGRAMS OF THE DIVISION OF EARTH SCIENCES.

Posted on 2018-01-29 

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

Posted on 2017-11-09 

5. 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 

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

Posted on 2017-09-26