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Research Funding Update


Research Funding Update is published monthly by the office of Research Administration to notify the campus community about potential sources of external support for their research and scholarly activities.

Additional information about opportunities listed in the update can be obtained by clicking on the given link or by contacting your Sponsored Research Officer.


February 2013


Program: New Directions (ND) Grants

Agency: American Chemical Society

Next Deadline: 3/14/2013


The New Directions (ND) grants program provides funds to scientists and engineers with limited — or even no — preliminary results for a research project they wish to pursue, who intend to use the PRF-driven preliminary results to seek continuation funding from other agencies.


Program: National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace Pilots Cooperative Agreement Program

Agency: Department of Commerce,National Institute of Standards & Technology

Next Deadline: 3/4/2013


NIST is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants to pilot on-line identity solutions that embrace and advance the NSTIC vision: that individuals and organizations utilize secure, efficient, easy-to-use, and interoperable identity credentials to access online services in a manner that promotes confidence, privacy, choice, and innovation. Specifically, the Federal government seeks to initiate and support pilots that address the needs of individuals, private sector organizations, and all levels of government in accordance with the NSTIC Guiding Principles that identity solutions will be (1) privacy-enhancing and voluntary, (2) secure and resilient, (3) interoperable, and (4) cost-effective and easy-to-use. NIST will fund projects that are intended to test or demonstrate new solutions, models, and frameworks that either do not exist or are not widely adopted in the marketplace today.


Program: Cross-Domain Innovation and Science

Agency: Department of the Air Force

Next Deadline: 2/28/2013


The Cross Domain Innovation & Science (CDIS) group of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Information Directorate is interested in secure, accreditable services to assist in sharing information between two or more independent security domains. Key Terms: Secure: Thesolutions must be highly resistant to inappropriate use, either deliberate or accidental. Accreditable: The solutions must be able to pass appropriate accreditation procedures, such as DOD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP), Director of Central Intelligence Directive (DCID) 6/3, and/or the emerging National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) 8500 standards in its final form. (Systems will not need to be immediately accredited, but must make all reasonable efforts to retain the ability to be accredited via bestpractices and good security design, such as Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA’s) Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) series) Need to Know: Not every user will necessarily be allowed access to every potential resource. Solutions must have appropriate measures to allow enforcement of access policies.Sharing: Information handled through these solutions must be able to be easily shared with appropriate personnel and/or systems. This typically requires adherence to published data, security, infrastructure and interoperability standards such as those available from World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and/or Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) among others. Ingeneral, solutions should be capable of interacting appropriately via Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)/web service means. Independent Security Domains: By default, each level of classification is required to run on physically separated infrastructures. Cross-domain solutions are the bridges between these infrastructures, and hence require an exceedingly detailed security analysis and risk identification.


Program: TRMC HSHT S&T BAA (High Speed/Hypersonic Test Science and Technology)

Agency: Department of the Army

Next Deadline: 3/31/2013


The HSHT S&T BAA is part of the PEO STRI/PM ITTS/TRMC research and development program. At the direction of the Test Resource Management Center (TRMC), Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), PEO STRI has the mission to solicit white papers and pro posals under the HSHT Focus Area of the Test and Evaluation/Science and Technology Program for advanced development of technologies. This BAA is issued to satisfy the TRMC requirement to support test and evaluation of high speed/hypersonic systems.


Program: Clare Boothe Luce Program

Agency: Luce (Henry) Foundation, Inc.

Next Deadline: 2/28/2013


This program strives to increase the participation of women in the sciences and engineering at every level of higher education by providing undergraduate research awards, undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, postdoctoral fellowships or professorships through selected colleges and universities.


Program: High Performance Computing System Acquisition: Building a More Inclusive Computing Environment for Science and Engineering

Agency: National Science Foundation

Next Deadline: 4/14/2013


The NSF's vision for Advanced Computing Infrastructure (ACI), which is part of its Cyberinfrastructure for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21), focuses specifically on ensuring that the science and engineeringcommunity has ready access to the advanced computational and data-driven capabilities required to tackle themost complex problems and issues facing today's scientific and educational communities. To accomplish thesegoals requires advanced computational capabilities within the context of a multilevel comprehensive and innovativeinfrastructure that benefits all fields of science and engineering. Previous solicitations have concentrated onenabling petascale capability through the deployment and support of a world-class High Performance Computing(HPC) environment. In the past decade the NSF has provided the open science and engineering community with anumber of state-of-the art HPC assets ranging from loosely coupled clusters, to large scale instruments with manythousands of computing cores communicating via fast interconnects, and more recently with diverseheterogeneous architectures. Recent developments in computational science have begun to focus on complex,dynamic and diverse workflows. Some of these involve applications that are extremely data intensive and may not be dominated by floating point operation speed. While a number of the earlier acquisitions have addressed asubset of these issues, the current solicitation emphasizes this even further.


Program: Shared Instrumentation Grant Program

Agency: NIH, Office of Research Infrastructure Programs

Next Deadline: 3/20/2013


The objective of the Shared Instrumentation Grant Program (SIG) is to make available to institutions expensive research instruments that can only be justified on a shared-use basis and that are needed for NIH-supported projects in basic, translational or clinical areas. The SIG program provides funds to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, specialized, commercially available instrumentation or an integrated instrument system. An integrated instrument system is one in which the components, when used in conjunction with one another, perform a function that no single component could provide. The components must be dedicated to the system and not used independently. Increase in productivity or efficiency is not sufficient justification for an integrated system. Instruments must be for research purposes only. Foreign made equipment is allowable.


Program: Computing Education for the 21st Century

Agency: NSF, Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering

Next Deadline: 3/12/2013


The Computing Education for the 21st Century (CE21) program aims to build a robust computing research community, a computationally competent 21st century workforce, and a computationally empowered citizenry. In this undertaking, there are three interrelated challenges: the significant underproduction of degrees needed for the computing and computing-related workforce, the longstanding underrepresentation of many segments of our population, and the lack of a presence of computing in K-12.


Program: Cyberlearning: Transforming Education

Agency: NSF, Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering

Next Deadline: 7/14/2013


Through the Cyberlearning: Transforming Education program, NSF seeks to integrate advances in technology with advances in what is known about how people learn to: better understand how people learn with technology and how technology can be used productively to help people learn, through individual use and/or through collaborations mediated by technology; better use technology for collecting, analyzing, sharing, and managing data to shed light on learning, promoting learning, and designing learning environments; and design new technologies for these purposes, and advance understanding of how to use those technologies and integrate them into learning environments so that their potential is fulfilled. Cyberlearning awards will be made in three research categories, each focusing on a different stage of research and development: Exploratory (EXP), Design and Implementation (DIP), and Integration and Deployment (INDP). The Cyberlearning program will also support small Capacity-Building Projects (CAP) and a Cyberlearning Resource Center (CRC).


Program: Next-Generation National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network

Agency: NSF, Directorate for Engineering

Next Deadline: 3/31/2013


The National Science Foundation is announcing in this solicitation an open competition to establish a Next-Generation National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NG NNIN) for Fiscal Years 2014-2018. NNIN has enabled major discoveries, innovations, and contributions to education and commerce within all disciplines of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology through NSF support of a national network of university-based user facilities. These facilities have provided open access to leading-edge nanotechnology fabrication and characterization tools, instrumentation, and expertise for users across the nation from academia, small and large industry, and government. The core mission of NNIN has included national-level education and outreach programs to enable a diverse science and engineering workforce, the study of societal and ethical implications of nanotechnology including issues of environment, health, and safety, as well as important modeling and simulation capabilities. The new competition for the NG NNIN will build on the concept of NNIN with a much broadened scope and user base.


Program: EarthCube: Developing a Community-Driven Data and Knowledge Environment for the Geosciences

Agency: NSF, Directorate for Geosciences

Next Deadline: 3/20/2013


EarthCube Test Enterprise Governance--Proposals are requested to develop and test an EarthCube governance. The critical importance of a community-driven and operated governance framework for EarthCube activities has been highlighted in two 2012 EarthCube community documents ( and These documents reflect months of deliberation and work on EarthCube organization by the community and represent the best consensus view on managing the EarthCube effort to date. The documents acknowledge that the nature and function of the governing framework for an effort like EarthCube is complex and will evolve over the lifecycle of the EarthCube process. Understanding the scope, function, and goals of the governance structure now and in the future will require further exploration to determine an appropriate and effective model. Test Enterprise Governance proposals must be collaborative and broadly inclusive of geoscientists, cyberinfrastructure and computer scientists. They should effectively engage interested agency, industry and international partners. Proposals for an EarthCube project office are not appropriate for the focus of this particular Amendment. This is a phased planning and implementation activity. EarthCube governance will be developed and fully implemented in two phases. Phase I: Test Enterprise Governance phase, which is the focus of this amendment, and Phase II: Enterprise Governance phase, which is a follow-on to Phase I.


Program: FY2012 & FY2013 Development Innovation Venture

Agency: U.S. Agency for International Development

Next Deadline: 4/11/2013


This Annual Program Statement (APS) requests applications for innovative solutions in all sectors provided they are clearly linked to solving a development challenge. DIV looks for compelling new development solutions, rigorously tests them, and helps scale those that are proven successful to reach millions of beneficiaries. DIV is interested in innovations that are expected to lead to transformative (as opposed to incremental) improvements to development outcomes that could ultimately scale across multiple developing countries and, ideally, multiple sectors in these countries. Innovative solutions can include new technologies and new service delivery practices or novel or more cost-effective variations on existing practices. Innovations are expected to eventually scale up through the private sector, the public sector, or a combination of the two in order to reach sustainability without DIV support.


Program: Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP)

Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Next Deadline: 3/13/2013


Engineering Services The Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) is the Department of Defense's (DoD) demonstration and validation program for environmental technologies. The ESTCP Office is interested in receiving pre-proposals for innovative environmental technology demonstrations that address DoD requirements as candidates for funding.


Program: Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program

Agency: U.S. Geological Survey

Next Deadline: 3/6/2013


Section 104g of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 requires that this competitive grant program focus on water problems and issues of a regional or interstate nature beyond those of concern only to a single State and which relate to specific program priorities identified jointly by the Secretary of the Interior and the water resources research institutes.


Program: Request for Proposals

Agency: World Community Grid

Next Deadline: 6/29/2013


World Community Grid invites public and not-for-profit organizations to apply to use its powerful grid technology at no cost for projects that benefit humanity.