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Funding Announcements: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Sciences

1.   NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.

For more information, see the CAREER program page here.

Deadlines for proposals vary by Directorate:
BIO, CISE, HER: July 21, 2014
ENG: July 22, 2014
GEO, MPS, SBE: July 23, 2014

2.    NSF Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering (CyberSEES)

The Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering (CyberSEES) program aims to advance interdisciplinary research in which the science and engineering of sustainability are enabled by new advances in computing, and where computational innovation is grounded in the context of sustainability problems.

The CyberSEES program is one component of the National Science Foundation's Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES) activities, a Foundation-wide effort aimed at addressing the challenge of sustainability through support for interdisciplinary research and education. In the SEES context, a sustainable world is one where human needs are met equitably without harm to the environment or sacrificing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Computational approaches play a central role in understanding and advancing sustainability. CyberSEES supports research on all sustainability topics that depend on advances in computational areas including optimization, modeling, simulation, prediction, and inference; large-scale data management and analytics; advanced sensing techniques; human computer interaction and social computing; infrastructure design, control and management; and intelligent systems and decision-making. Additionally, the widespread, intensive use of computing technologies also introduces sustainability challenges and motivates new approaches across the lifecycle of technology design and use.

Note: Due to this program's focus on interdisciplinary, collaborative research, a minimum of two collaborating investigators (PIs/Co-PIs) working in different disciplines is required.

Participating Directorates include: Computing and Information Science and Engineering; Biological Sciences; Education and Human Resources; Engineering; Geosciences; and Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

Upcoming deadlines are April 8, 2014 and February 3, 2015; after that, it is expected the deadline will be the first Tuesday in February. The complete solicitation is here.


3.   NASA Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES-2013)

       

ROSES -- Earth Science Applications: Water Resources

This program seeks proposals that develop and demonstrate the integration of NASA Earth science data and models into water resource management for sustainable use. The specific goal of this solicitation is to advance the long-term (30-180 day) outlooks of water supply anomalies and their effective use by water managers, their organizations, and/or decision-makers.

Proposals are due April 30, 2014. $12 million is available to support 5-10 awards for 4 years.  For more information is available here

ROSES -- Earth Science Applications: Health and Air Quality

This program seeks proposals for projects that apply Earth observations that will improve/develop decision-making activities and enable transition and adoption by public- and/or private-sector organization(s) for sustained use in decision making and services to end users in the areas of public health and air quality. Funds of $2.75 million are available for 6 – 7 awards over a 3 year period. Contributions and cost sharing from proposing institutions and partner organizations are encouraged, but not required.

A Notice of Intent is due February 27, 2014. Full proposals are due April 24, 2014. Further information is available here.

4.  American Chemistry Society’s Petroleum Research Fund

The American Chemistry Society (ACS) Petroleum Research Fund (PRF) supports New Directions (ND) grants for faculty and also Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) grants as starter grant for faculty within the first 3 years of their first academic appointment.

ACS PRF research grant programs support fundamental research in the petroleum field, and development of the next generation of engineers and scientists through advanced scientific education. Research areas supported include chemistry, the earth sciences, chemical and petroleum engineering, and related fields such as polymers and materials science. Membership in the American Chemical Society is not a requirement or a factor in awarding ACS PRF grants.

The next window for proposals to the ACS PRF is February 10, 2014- March 14, 2014. Details are available here.

5. USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational Program

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) supports programs in areas such as Plant Health and Production and Products, Food Safety Nutrition and Health, Renewable Energy, Natural Resources and Environment, Agriculture Systems and Technology.

In FY 2014, it is anticipated that approximately $82 million will be made available to support new awards within the AFRI program. Some grant types have funding limits such as conference grants, seed grants, and equipment grants, while others do not.

For more information, go to the NIFA website.

All programs require a Letter of Intent; deadlines range from February 18, 2014- March 12, 2014. Full proposals are due April through June, depending on the Program Area.

Engineering

1.   NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.
For more information, see the CAREER program page here.

Deadlines for proposals vary by Directorate: 
BIO, CISE, HER: July 21, 2014 
ENG: July 22, 2014 
GEO, MPS, SBE: July 23, 2014

2.  NSF Biotechnology, Biochemical, and Biomass Engineering (BBBE)

The Biotechnology, Biochemical, and Biomass Engineering (BBBE) program supports fundamental engineering research that advances the understanding of cellular and biomolecular processes (in vivo, in vitro, and/or ex vivo) and eventually leads to the development of enabling technology and/or applications in support of the biopharmaceutical, biotechnology, and bioenergy industries, or with applications in health or the environment. Quantitative assessments of bioprocesses are considered vital to successful research projects in the BBBE program.

Fundamental to many research projects in this area is the understanding of how biomolecules and cells interact in their environment, and how those molecular level interactions lead to changes in structure, function, phenotype, and/or behavior. The program encourages proposals that address emerging research areas and technologies that effectively integrate knowledge and practices from different disciplines, and effectively incorporate ongoing research into educational activities

The duration of unsolicited awards is generally one to three years. The average annual award size for the program is $100,000 for individual investigators and $200,000 for multiple investigators.

The window to submit full proposals is from August 15, 2014 to September 17, 2014. The complete announcement is available here.

3.  NSF Innovation Corps Teams Program (I-Corps Teams)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem that builds upon fundamental research to guide the output of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society.

In order to jumpstart a national innovation ecosystem, NSF has established the NSF Innovation Corps Teams Program (NSF I-Corps Teams). The NSF I-Corps Teams purpose is to identify NSF-funded researchers who will receive additional support - in the form of mentoring and funding - to accelerate innovation that can attract subsequent third-party funding.

The purpose of the NSF I-Corps Teams grant is to give the project team access to resources to help determine the readiness to transition technology developed by previously-funded or currently-funded NSF projects. The outcomes of I-Corps Teams projects will be threefold: 1) a clear go or no go decision regarding viability of products and services, 2) should the decision be to move the effort forward, a transition plan for those projects to move forward, and 3) a technology demonstration for potential partners.

The estimated number of awards is 250. The anticipated funding amount is $12.5 million in FY 2014, pending availability of funds.

The proposal window is from April 1, 2014 to June 16, 2014. The complete announcement is available here.