Funding Program Announcements

These summaries of selected funding opportunity announcements with upcoming deadlines are compiled from and from agency announcements.

Find programs with funding in your area of interest by using the Pivot database to search or browse program announcements from federal and regional government sponsors, foundations, and other organizations. Federal agency program announcements are also available on For information on limited submission funding programs, where the sponsor restricts the number of applications or proposals a campus can submit, see Limited Submission Programs on the Sponsored Projects Office web site.

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Agriculture Department

For more NIFA solicitations, see Recently opened grants.

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Foundational Program. NIFA. Deadline: Varies by program area, 2/5/14 through 9/30/14. The AFRI Foundational Program is offered to support research grants in the six AFRI priority areas: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Renewable Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. Single-function Research Projects, multi-function Integrated Projects and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants are expected to address one of the Program Area Priorities. URL:

Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS). NIFA. Deadline: 4/28/14. Synopsis: This program supports research and extension projects that have robust collaborations to increase the participation of women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields that are relevant to USDA priorities identified in the RFA. URL:

Methyl Bromide Transitions. NIFA. Deadline: 5/6/14. Synopsis: The program focuses on integrated commercial-scale research on methyl bromide alternatives and associated extension activity that will foster the adoption of these solutions. Projects should cover a broad range of new methodologies, technologies, systems, and strategies for controlling economically important pests for which methyl bromide has been the only effective pest control option. Research projects must address commodities with critical issues and include a focused economic analysis of the cost of implementing the transition on a commercial scale. URL:

Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative. NIFA. Deadline: 5/8/14. Synopsis: The purpose of this program is to fund projects that will enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Priority concerns include biological, physical, and social sciences, including economics. URL:

Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program. NIFA. Deadline: 5/8/14. Synopsis: The SACC Grants Program will support the development of canola as a viable supplemental and alternative crop in the United States. URL:

Special Research Grants Program Potato Breeding Research. NIFA. Deadline: 5/15/14. Synopsis: The purpose of this grant program is to support potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) research programs that focus on varietal development and testing and potato varieties for commercial production. URL:

Commerce Department

Institutional Research Forums on Atmospheric, Climate, and Ocean Sciences. NOAA. Deadline: 5/12/14. Synopsis: NOAA is interested in supporting a recipient to routinely enlist the nation’s top experts in critical areas and undertake activities to disseminate information and share ideas, including convening experts to share their individual views in meetings and workshops and providing reports that represent the most authoritative source of scientific and technical information. URL:

Defense Department

Funding Opportunity Announcement for Navy and Marine Corps Science, Technology, Engineering. Office of Naval Research. Deadline: 4/30/14 recommended submission, 9/30/14 for white papers, 12/31/14 for proposals. Synopsis: The goal of any proposed effort should be to provide "game changing" solutions that will establish and maintain a diverse pipeline of U.S. citizens who are interested in uniformed or civilian Naval STEM related workforce opportunities. While this announcement is relevant for any stage of the STEM pipeline, for FY14, funding efforts will be targeted primarily towards High School, Undergraduate, and Graduate STEM education and outreach designed to enhance the Navy and Marine Corps STEM workforce and its mission readiness. URL:

Research of Technologies Advancing Corrosion Prevention and Control. Center for Aircraft Structural Life Extension, U.S. Air Force Academy. Deadline: 5/9/14 for white papers. Synopsis: This call is focused on research to develop specific capabilities to prevent and control corrosion and degradation of materials and structures of systems and facilities. URL:

DARPA-BAA-13-32: Information Innovation Office (I2O) Office-Wide BAA. Deadline: 5/9/14 for abstracts, 6/25/14 for proposals. Synopsis: DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals of interest to the I2O. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Projects must be new research efforts. URL:

Extramural Biomedical Research and Development Broad Agency Announcement. U.S. Special Operations Command. Deadline: 5/15/14 for preproposals, 7/31/14 for invited proposals. Synopsis: The USSOCOM seeks novel biomedical solutions to preserve the high level of performance and save the lives of SOF in field environments. Proposed projects must be unique to the requirements of SOF who typically conduct combat operations in austere, remote locations without timely access to medical evacuation or elevated levels of medical care. URL:

Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Research Initiatives at the Naval Postgraduate School. Naval Supply Systems Command. Deadline: 5/31/14. Synopsis: This solicitation supports research initiatives across a spectrum of science and engineering, business, politics and public/foreign policy, operational and informational sciences, and interdisciplinary disciplines that support the NPS’ graduate education and research mission. URL:

DARPA Strategic Technology Office (STO) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). Deadline: 6/18/14. Synopsis: DARPA is seeking innovative ideas and disruptive technologies that offer the potential for significant capability improvement across the STO focus areas. This includes system and technology development related to Battle Management, Command and Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, Electronic Warfare, and Positioning, Navigation and Timing. URL:

Microsystems Technology Office-Wide. DARPA. Deadline: 9/1/14. Synopsis: This announcement seeks revolutionary research ideas for topics not being addressed by ongoing MTO programs or other published BAA solicitations. URL:

Long Range BAA for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology. ONR. Deadline: 9/30/14. Synopsis: The Office of Naval Research is interested in receiving proposals for Long-Range Science and Technology (S&T) Projects which offer potential for advancement and improvement of Navy and Marine Corps operationsURL:

U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Broad Agency Announcement. Deadline: 9/30/14. Synopsis: The USAMRMC mission is to provide solutions to medical problems of importance to the American Service member at home and abroad, as well as to the general public at large. The scope of this effort and the priorities attached to specific projects are influenced by changes in military and civilian medical science and technology, operational requirements, military threat assessments, and national defense strategies. URL:

MASINT Emerging Technologies University Research Program. Naval Postgraduate School. Deadline: 9/30/14. Synopsis: Measurement and Signature Intelligence (MASINT) is an intelligence discipline that employs a broad range of scientific developments to gather foreign intelligence. In our efforts to enhance this intelligence competency we are interested in stimulating and supporting research that creates new knowledge and capabilities, or the transition of current capabilities. URL:

2014 Broad Agency Announcement. Engineer Research and Development Center. Deadline: 1/31/15. Synopsis: The ERDC is responsible for conducting research in the broad fields of hydraulics, dredging, coastal engineering, instrumentation, oceanography, remote sensing, geotechnical engineering, earthquake engineering, soil effects, vehicle mobility, self-contained munitions, military engineering, geophysics, pavements, protective structures, aquatic plants, water quality, dredged material, treatment of hazardous waste, wetlands, physical/mechanical/ chemical properties of snow and other frozen precipitation, infrastructure and environmental issues for installations, computer science, telecommunications management, energy, facilities maintenance, materials and structures, engineering processes, environmental processes, land and heritage conservation, and ecological processes. URL:

Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Deadline: Open. Synopsis: The focus of AFOSR is on research areas that offer significant and comprehensive benefits to our national warfighting and peacekeeping capabilities. These areas are organized and managed in five scientific Departments: Dynamical Systems and Control (RTA), Quantum and Non-Equilibrium Processes (RTB), Information, Decision and Complex Networks (RTC), Complex Materials and Devices (RTD), and Energy, Power and Propulsion (RTE). URL:

Education Department

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE): Turnaround School Leaders Program. Deadline: 4/25/14 for notices of intent to apply, 5/23/14 for applications. Synopsis: The program supports projects to develop and implement or enhance and implement a leadership pipeline that selects, prepares, places, supports, and retains school leaders for School Improvement Grant schools and/or SIG-eligible schools in a local educational agency or consortium of LEAs. URL:

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS): Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA): Braille Training Program. Deadline: 5/30/14. Synopsis: The program offers financial assistance to projects that will provide training in the use of braille for personnel providing vocational rehabilitation services or educational services to youth and adults who are blind. URL:

Institute of Education Sciences (IES): Education Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs. Deadline: 6/5/14 for notices of intent to apply, 8/7/14 for applications. Synopsis: The Institute will conduct seven research competitions in FY 2015: Education Research, Education Research Training, Education Research and Development Centers, Statistical and Research Methodology in Education, Partnerships and Collaborations Focused on Problems of Practice or Policy, Special Education Research, and Special Education Research Training. URL:

Energy Department

Theoretical Research in Magnetic Fusion Energy Science. Deadline: 4/25/14 for strongly encouraged white papers, 6/19/14 for applications. Synopsis: The Office of Fusion Energy Sciences is seeking grant applications for theoretical and computational research relevant to the U.S. magnetic fusion energy sciences program. The specific areas of interest are: 1. Macroscopic Stability 2. Confinement and Transport 3. Boundary Physics 4. Plasma Heating & Non-inductive Current Drive, and 5. Energetic Particles. URL:

Microgrid Research, Development, and System Design. National Energy Technology Laboratory. Deadline: 4/28/14. Synopsis: This FOA is responsive to addressing high-priority research, development and demonstration activities, identified jointly with key stakeholders, to overcome key challenges facing broad adoption of microgrids for key commercial applications. URL:

Novel Crosscutting Research and Development to Support Advanced Energy Systems. National Energy Technology Laboratory. Deadline: 5/21/14. Synopsis: DOE is seeking applications that propose concepts and technologies that will make significant and cost-effective progress toward achieving the step-change benefits for electric generating units and industrial plants that use fossil fuel. URL:

Water Power Manufacturing. Deadline: 5/9/14 for required concept papers, 6/24/14 for applications. Synopsis: Applicants should propose to design an integrated hydropower turbine generator system that applies advanced materials and/or additive manufacturing techniques and produce a prototype unit at an appropriate scale to enable in-water performance testing in a laboratory environment. URL:

Methane Hydrates. National Energy Technology Laboratory. Deadline: 5/22/14. Synopsis: NETL solicits applications that focus on the following technical topic areas (1) gas hydrate reservoir-response field experiments in Alaska and (2) field programs for marine gas hydrate characterization. URL:

Advanced Turbine Components for Combined Cycle and Supercritical CO2 Based Power Cycle Applications. National Energy Technology Laboratory. Deadline: 5/22/14. Synopsis: Proposals are solicted for applied research, development, and demonstration projects targeting innovative turbomachinery components for both advanced combustion turbines in combined cycle applications capable of 65 percent or greater combined cycle efficiency and supercritical carbon dioxide based power cycles that are directly or indirectly heated in fossil fuel applications. URL:

Research, Development and Training in Isotope Production. Deadline: 5/23/14. Synopsis: The Office of Nuclear Physics is soliciting R&D on alternative methods to produce radioactive and enriched stable isotopes needed for a wide variety of research and applications. URL:

FY 2014 Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program. Deadline: 9/30/14. Synopsis: The Office of Science of announces its continuing interest in receiving grant applications for support of work in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics. URL:

Environmental Protection Agency

San Francisco Bay Water Quality Improvement Fund (FY2014 Funds). Deadline: 4/30/14 for initial proposals, 7/1/14 for invited proposals. Synopsis: This competitive grant program seeks proposals to achieve significant water quality results to reduce polluted runoff, restore impaired waters and enhance aquatic habitat. URL:

2014 EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships For Undergraduate Environmental Study. Deadline: 5/27/14. Synopsis: Eligible students receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer of their junior year. EPA plans to award 34 fellowships. Areas are Natural and Life Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Interdisciplinary Programs, Engineering, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and Earth Sciences, and Mathematics and Computer Science. URL:

Health and Human Services Department

For more NIH program announcements, see Funding Opportunities and Notices.

Dissolution Methods for Microsphere and Implant Drug Products (U01). FDA. Deadline: 5/1/14. Synopsis: The purpose of this study is to investigate dissolution methods for a parenteral sustained release dosage form and to analyze their capability of detecting manufacturing differences, predicting in vivo performance, and evaluate method robustness. URL:

Dissolution Methods for Semisolid Ocular Drug Products (U01). FDA. Deadline: 5/1/14. Synopsis: The purpose of this study is to investigate dissolution methods for a semisolid ocular dosage form and to analyze their capability of detecting manufacturing differences, predicting in vivo performance, and evaluate method robustness. URL:

Dissolution Methods for Suspension and Emulsion Ocular Drug Products. FDA. Deadline: 5/7/14. Synopsis: The purpose of this study is to investigate dissolution methods for an ocular suspension or emulsion and to analyze their capability of detecting manufacturing differences, predicting in vivo performance, and evaluate method robustness. URL:

Planning Grants for Alzheimer's Disease Translational Centers for Predictive Drug Development (R34). NIA. Deadline: 5/15/14. Synopsis: The purpose is to solicit applications for planning grants that will support the preparation of full applications for the NIA ADCPD funding initiative. URL:

Feasibility Studies to Build Collaborative Partnerships in Cancer Research (P20). NCI. Deadline: 5/16/14. Synopsis: This FOA invites P20 planning grant applications for the implementation of collaborative partnership awards between Institutions serving communities with cancer health disparities and NCI-designated Cancer Centers (or Cancer Centers with highly integrated cancer research programs). URL:

Bioengineering Research Partnerships (BRP) (R01). NIH. Deadline: 5/20/14, 9/18/14; 9/7/14, 1/7/15 for AIDS. Synopsis: This FOA encourages bioengineering applications that will accelerate the development and adoption of promising tools and technologies that can address important biomedical research problems. The goal of the program is to support projects that can realize meaningful solutions within 5-10 years. URL:

Silvio O. Conte Centers for Basic or Translational Mental Health Research (P50). NIMH. Deadline: 5/25/14. Synopsis: The Conte Centers program is intended to support interdisciplinary basic and/or translational research demonstrating an extraordinary level of synergy, integration, and potential for advancing the state of the field. URL:

NIBIB Biomedical Technology Service Centers (P30). Deadline: 5/25/14, 9/7/14 for AIDS. Synopsis: This FOA encourages grant applications for P30 Centers that support infrastructure and resources that are needed by a diverse group of funded NIH researchers, but are not widely available. URL:

Network and Infrastructure Support for Development of Interdisciplinary Aging Research (R24). NIA. Deadline: 5/28/14. Synopsis: The purpose of this FOA is to provide network and infrastructure support to foster development of novel interdisciplinary research approaches on aging research related to caloric restriction in humans. URL:

Novel, Alternative Model Systems for Enteric Diseases (U19). NIAID. Deadline: 5/29/14. Synopsis: This FOA will support the development of novel model systems that permit integrated approaches to advance understanding of enteric disease at the level of basic science and, ultimately, to facilitate product development. URL:

Characterization of Critical Quality Attributes for Semisolid Topical Drug Products (U01). FDA. Deadline: 6/1/14. Synopsis: The scope of this project is to characterize all measurable physical/chemical qualities of different dosage forms of semisolid topical drug products, identify appropriate methodologies for measuring each of these quality attributes, characterize formulation and manufacturing parameters that alter the arrangement of matter in the dosage form as measured by specific quality attributes, and utilize in vitro and/or in vivo measures of product performance to correlate variations in critical quality attributes with a failure mode for a drug product. URL:

Pharmacometric Modeling and Simulation for Generic Drugs Evaluation (U01). FDA. Deadline: 6/1/14. Synopsis: The purpose of this project is to develop quantitative pharmacometric models for generic drugs evaluation, in the following areas (1) narrow therapeutic index (NTI) drugs, (2) generic drug substitutability and post marketing risk assessment, and (3) partial AUCs (area under the concentration vs. time curve) as bioequivalence criteria. URL:

Physiologically Based Absorption and Pharmacokinetic Modeling and Simulation for Non-gastrointestinally Absorbed Drug Products in Humans (U01). FDA. Deadline: 6/1/14. Synopsis: The purpose of this project to develop physiologically based absorption and pharmacokinetic (PK) models for complex drug products, such as locally acting drug products and non-biological complex parenteral drug products. URL:

Physical Sciences-Oncology Network (PS-ON): Physical Sciences-Oncology Centers (PS-OC) (U54). NCI. Deadline: 6/9/14. Synopsis: The goal of the PS-OC Program and broader Network is to promote a physical sciences perspective of cancer and foster the convergence of physical science and cancer research by, forming transdisciplinary teams of physical scientists (e.g., engineers, chemists, computer scientists, mathematicians, physicists) and cancer researchers (e.g., cancer biologists, oncologists, pathologists) to work closely together to advance our understanding of cancer biology and oncology. URL:

Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training (IPERT) (R25). NIGMS. Deadline: 6/9/14. Synopsis: The IPERT R25 funding opportunity announcement seeks applications that propose creative and innovative educational activities to complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. URL:

Genomes to Natural Products (U01). NIGMS. Deadline: 6/10/14. Synopsis: This FOA solicits applications that utilize the wealth of genomic and metagenomic sequencing data available, and recent advances in synthetic biology for the purpose of developing new high-throughput and broadly applicable approaches to natural products discovery. URL:

Fundamental Mechanisms of Affective and Decisional Processes in Cancer Control (U01). NCI. Deadline: 6/10/14, 10/15/14. Synopsis: The FOA is expected to encourage scientific disciplines that have not traditionally conducted cancer research – such as affective and cognitive neuroscience, decision science, and consumer science – to elucidate perplexing and understudied problems in basic affective and decision sciences with promise of having downstream implications for cancer prevention and control science. URL:

Pilot Effectiveness Studies and Services Research Grants (R34). NIMH. Deadline: 6/17/14, 10/17/14. Synopsis: The purpose is to encourage pilot research consistent with NIMH’s priorities for: 1) effectiveness research on interventions with previously demonstrated efficacy, for use with broader target populations or for use in community practice settings, and 2) innovative services research directions that require preliminary testing or development. URL:

Development of Software and Analysis Methods for Biomedical Big Data in Targeted Areas of High Need (U01). NIH. Deadline: 6/19/14. Synopsis: Solicits development of analysis methods and software in the four topic areas of data compression/reduction, data visualization, data provenance, and data wrangling as part of the overall Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative. URL:

Partnerships for Diagnostics to Address Antimicrobial Resistance of Select Bacterial Pathogens (R01). NIAID. Deadline: 6/19/14. Synopsis: The purpose of this FOA is to solicit research applications for projects focused on development and/or production of diagnostics that will enable rapid, sensitive, specific, culture-independent detection of high-priority antimicrobial-resistant Gram-negative bacterial pathogens. URL:

NIDCD Research Grants for Translating Basic Research into Clinical Tools (R01). Deadline: 6/23/14. Synopsis: The NIDCD is encouraging applications which translate basic research findings into clinical tools for better human health in the NIDCD mission areas of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech and language. Multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary, and academic-industrial collaborations studies are encouraged. URL:

High Impact Neuroscience Research Resource Grants (R24). NINDS. Deadline: 6/24/14. Synopsis: Projects should engage in one or more of the following activities: propagation of cutting edge reagents or techniques, dissemination of resources to new user groups, or innovative approaches to increase the scale/efficiency of resource production and delivery. URL:

Brain Somatic Mosaicism and its Role in Psychiatric Disorders. NIMH. Deadline: 6/24/14. Synopsis: This FOA invites applications from multi-disciplinary and synergistic teams of investigators proposing to identify and characterize the full spectrum of somatic variation in human brain samples and to assess the relationship of such variation with the pathophysiology of neuropsychiatric disorders. URL: (U01), (Collaborative U01)

Center for Advancing Natural Products Innovation and Technology (U41). NCCAM, ODS. Deadline: 6/27/14. Synopsis: The goal of this initiative is to improve upon and strengthen technologies and methods used in natural products research. The CANPIT is expected to overcome existing research limitations by developing and/or adapting cutting edge, innovative approaches and technologies that will have significant impact on the chemical and biological investigation of natural products. URL:

Accelerating the Dissemination and Implementation of PCOR Findings into Primary Care Practice (R18). AHRQ. Deadline: 7/3/14. Synopsis: AHRQ seeks applications to disseminate Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) findings directly to primary care practices and to support them in implementing PCOR clinical and organizational findings. URL:

Evaluation of AHRQ Initiative to Accelerate the Dissemination and Implementation of PCOR Findings into Primary Care (R01). AHRQ. Deadline: 7/3/14. Synopsis: This AHRQ FOA invites applications to conduct a rigorous external evaluation of an AHRQ grant-funded initiative to disseminate and implement PCOR findings to improve heart health and to improve the capacity of primary care practices to implement PCOR findings into practice. URL:

Core Infrastructure and Methodological Research for Cancer Epidemiology Cohorts (U01). NCI. Deadline: 7/8/14, 11/10/14. Synopsis: The FOA invites grant applications for targeted infrastructure support of the core functions of Cancer Epidemiology Cohorts (CECs) and methodological research. URL:

Prevention Innovation Program (PIP) (R01). NIAID. Deadline: 7/10/14. Synopsis: The PIP is intended to support high-risk/innovative research and development efforts to establish and maintain a sustainable pipeline for the prevention of HIV acquisition/transmission. URL:

Innovation for HIV Vaccine Discovery (R01). NIAID. Deadline: 7/15/14. Synopsis: Supports innovative, high risk, high impact research to identify novel vaccine concepts and targets that will aid in the design and development of an effective immunogen that may provide long-term protection from either acquisition of or ongoing infection by HIV. URL:

Revision Applications for Research on Metabolic Reprogramming to Improve Immunotherapy. NCI. Deadline: 7/10/14, 12/11/14. Synopsis: Revision applications are expected to stimulate collaborative research projects to generate a mechanistic understanding of the metabolic processes that support robust anti-tumor immune responses in vivo, determine how the metabolic landscape of the tumor microenvironment affects immune effector functions, and use this information to manipulate (or reprogram) the metabolic pathways used by the tumor, the immune response, or both to improve cancer immunotherapy. URL: (R01), (P01), (U01)

Targeting Latently Infected Cells Without Reactivation (R01). NIAID. Deadline: 7/15/14. Synopsis: This FOA solicits innovative research that advances the understanding of mechanisms or approaches that could be harnessed to selectively eliminate HIV-1 latently-infected cells without depending on viral reactivation. URL:

Modeling Immunity for Biodefense (U19). NIAID. Deadline: 7/18/14. Synopsis: Applications are sought to develop, refine and validate computational models of immune responses (1) during or following infection, and/or (2) before and after vaccination against an infectious disease, through an iterative approach involving computational studies and immunological experimentation. URL:

Beyond HAART: Innovative Approaches to Cure HIV-1 (U19). NIAID, NHLBI, NIMH. Deadline: 7/28/14. Synopsis: The purpose of this FOA is to encourage investigators to work together on innovative approaches to eliminate HIV-1 and leverage the expertise and resources of the participating Institutes. Research topics of interest are as follows: cell therapies, including those based on hematopoietic stem cells; novel gene therapy approaches; and the development and delivery of non-traditional antiviral strategies. URL:

NIDA Avant-Garde Award Program for HIV/AIDS and Drug Use Research (DP1). Deadline: 7/29/14. Synopsis: The program supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose high-impact research that will open new areas of HIV/AIDS research and/or lead to new avenues for prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS among drug abusers. URL:

Advancing Exceptional Research on HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse (R01). NIDA. Deadline: 7/31/14. Synopsis: This FOA focuses on innovative research projects that have the potential to open new areas of HIV/AIDS research and/or lead to new avenues for prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS among substance abusers. URL:

Avenir Award Program for Genetics or Epigenetics of Substance Abuse (DP2). NIDA. Deadline: 8/8/14. Synopsis: The award will support those in an early stage of their career who may lack the preliminary data required for an R01 grant, but who propose high impact research and who show promise of being tomorrow's leaders in the field. URL:

Leveraging a Recovery Act Resource to Accelerate Research on Neurodevelopment (R01). NIMH. Deadline: 9/3/14. Synopsis: This FOA aims to stimulate the broader research community to utilize a resource funded through ARRA to generate and evaluate hypotheses about the complex interrelationships and multi-directional influences among genetics, brain maturation, neurocognitive function, and psychiatric symptoms during development. URL:

Human Immunology Project Consortium (U19). NIAID. Deadline: 9/18/14. Synopsis: This FOA invites applications to participate in a network of human immunology profiling research groups in the area of non-HIV infectious disease. Applications are sought that propose to study the human immune system (1) during or following infection, (2) before and after vaccination against an infectious disease, and/or (3) before and after administration of an infectious disease vaccine adjuvant that targets innate immune components. URL:

Technologies for Healthy Independent Living (R01). NIH. Deadline: 9/23/14. Synopsis: This FOA encourages applications for research and development of technologies that monitor health or deliver care in a real-time, accessible, effective, and minimally obtrusive way. URL:

Design and Development of Novel Technologies for Healthy Independent Living (R21). NIH. Deadline: 9/23/14. Synopsis: This FOA encourages applications for design and development of novel technologies to monitor health or deliver care in a real-time, accessible, effective, and minimally obtrusive way. URL:

Research Centers for Pharmacogenomics in Precision Medicine (P50). NIGMS. Deadline: 9/25/14. Synopsis: This program will support a limited number of large-scale multidisciplinary centers, each of which will serve as a national and international focal point. A center should be built around a tightly-focused theme and should represent innovative investigations at the forefront of understanding drug actions. URL:

Dimensional Approaches to Research Classification in Psychiatric Disorders (R01). NIMH. Deadline: 10/3/14. Synopsis: The purpose of this FOA is to encourage applications to study mechanisms that may cut across multiple traditional diagnostic categories. Applications submitted in response to this FOA should be based upon RDoC criteria. URL:

Avenir Award Program for Research on Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS (DP2). NIDA. Deadline: 11/12/14. Synopsis: The award will support those in an early stage of their career who may lack the preliminary data required for an R01 grant, but who propose high impact research and who show promise of being tomorrow's leaders in the field. URL:

Interior Department

The Coastal Program. Fish and Wildlife Service. Deadline: 9/30/14. Synopsis: The Coastal Program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. URL:

Justice Department

National Institute of Justice Funding Opportunities. Deadline: varies. Synopsis: NIJ funds a variety of programs. Solicitations include Data Resources: Funding for the Analysis of Existing Data, Social Science Research on Forensic Science, Research and Evaluation on International Organized Crime, Research and Evaluation in Justice Systems, Research and Evaluation in Crime Control and Prevention, Research on Violence and Victimization Across the Life-Span. URL:

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

For more NASA solicitations, see NSPIRES.

Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences 2013 (ROSES 2013). Deadline: Varies, through 4/30/14. Synopsis: This NASA Research Announcement (NRA) solicits proposals for supporting basic and applied research and technology across a broad range of Earth and space science program elements relevant to one or more of the following NASA Research Programs: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science, and Astrophysics. URL:

Human Exploration Research Opportunities (HERO)-2013. Deadline: Varies, through 9/4/14. Synopsis: The HRP contains six Elements: Space Radiation, Human Health and Countermeasures, Exploration Medical Capability, Behavioral Health and Performance, Space Human Factors and Habitability, and International Space Station Medical Project. Fourteen disciplines or areas support the Program: Behavioral Health and Performance, Bone, Cardiovascular, Extravehicular Activity, Immunology, Medical Capabilities, Muscle, Nutrition, Pharmacology, Radiation, Sensorimotor, Advanced Food Technology, Advanced Environmental Health, and Space Human Factors Engineering. URL:

Research Opportunities in Aeronautics - 2014. Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. Deadline: Varies, through 12/31/14. Synopsis: Under the FY 2014 ROA NRA, ARMD will continue solicitation of foundational and systems-level research proposals for five programs within ARMD: the Airspace Systems Program, the Aviation Safety Program, the Fundamental Aeronautics Program, the Integrated Systems Research Program, and the Aeronautics Strategy and Management Program. URL:

Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) - 2014. Deadline: Varies, through 4/30/15. Synopsis: This NASA Research Announcement covers all aspects of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences, including, but not limited to: theory, modeling, and analysis of SMD science data; aircraft, scientific balloon, sounding rocket, International Space Station, CubeSat, and suborbital reusable launch vehicle investigations; development of experiment techniques suitable for future SMD space missions; development of concepts for future SMD space missions; development of advanced technologies relevant to SMD missions; development of techniques for and the laboratory analysis of both extraterrestrial samples returned by spacecraft, as well as terrestrial samples that support or otherwise help verify observations from SMD Earth system science missions; determination of atomic and composition parameters needed to analyze space data, as well as returned samples from the Earth or space; Earth surface observations and field campaigns that support SMD science missions; development of integrated Earth system models; development of systems for applying Earth science research data to societal needs; and development of applied information systems applicable to SMD objectives and data. URL:

A.4 High Speed (HS1). Deadline: 4/24/14 for notices of intent, 5/29/14 for proposals. Synopsis: Amendment 3 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2014 NRA includes seven topics in Appendix A.4 for foundational research in support of the High Speed Project. URL:

Game Changing Opportunities In Technology Development. Deadline: 4/25/14 for notices of intent, 5/27/14 for proposals. Synopsis: NASA Headquarters anticipates a release of a solicitation, Advanced Energy Storage Systems, as an Appendix to the Space Technology Mission Directorate NRA, Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2014 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2014). URL:

National Archives and Records Administration

National Historical Publications and Records Commission Grants. Deadline: varies. NHPRC seeks proposals in a number of areas, including Innovation in Archives and Documentary Editing, Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records, Digitizing Historical Records, Electronic Records Projects, Institute for Historical Editing, and Publishing Historical Records. URL:

National Endowment for the Humanities

Preservation and Access Education and Training. Deadline: 5/1/14. Synopsis: The Preservation and Access Education and Training program is central to NEH efforts to preserve and establish access to cultural heritage collections. Grants are awarded to organizations that offer national or regional (multistate) education and training programs. URL:

Preservation and Assistance Research and Development. Deadline: 5/1/14. Synopsis: Grants support projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources. These challenges include the need to find better ways to preserve materials of critical importance to the nation’s cultural heritage and to develop advanced modes of searching, discovering, and using such materials. URL:

Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics. Deadline: 6/11/14. Synopsis: The program supports films that examine international themes and subjects in the humanities. The Division of Public Programs encourages innovative nonfiction storytelling that presents multiple points of view in creative formats. URL:

Digital Projects for the Public. Deadline: 6/11/14. Synopsis: The program supports projects such as websites, mobile applications, games, and virtual environments that significantly contribute to the public’s engagement with humanities ideas. Projects must be analytical and deeply grounded in humanities scholarship in a discipline such as history, religion, anthropology, jurisprudence, or art history. URL:

NEH/DFG Bilateral Digital Humanities Program. Deadline: 9/25/14. Synopsis: NEH and the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V., DFG) are working together to offer support for projects that contribute to developing and implementing digital infrastructures and services for humanities research. Each application must be sponsored by at least one eligible German individual or institution, and at least one U.S. institution, and there must be a project director from each country. URL:

National Science Foundation

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Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP). Deadline: 4/28/14. Synopsis: Activities in four focus areas will be supported in FY 2014: (1) Genomics-empowered plant research to tackle fundamental questions in plant sciences on a genome-wide scale; (2) Development of tools and resources for plant genome research including novel technologies and analysis tools to enable discovery; (3) Mid-Career Investigator Awards in Plant Genome Research (MCA-PGR) to increase participation of investigators trained primarily in fields other than plant genomics; and, (4) Advancing Basic Research in Economically Important Crop Plants (ABR-PG) to develop sequence resources that are critically needed to enable basic research resources in crop plants. URL:

BRAIN EAGERs to Enable Innovative Neurotechnologies to Reveal the Functional and Emergent Properties of Neural Circuits Underlying Behavior and Cognition. Deadline: 5/1/14 for two-page summaries. Synopsis: NSF’s interests lie in highly innovative projects in their early stages that utilize new and untested but potentially ground-breaking approaches and neurotechnologies that bridge multiple spatial, temporal, and organizational scales to provide fundamental insights into the emergent properties of neural circuitry that ultimately lead to behavior and cognition. URL:

CubeSat-based Science Missions for Geospace and Atmospheric Research. Deadline: 5/12/14. Synopsis: The overarching goal of the program is to support the development, construction, launch, operation, and data analysis of small satellite science missions to advance geospace and atmospheric research. URL:

Collaborative Proposals under the US NSF/BIO - UK BBSRC Lead Agency Pilot. Deadline: 5/30/14, 6/1/15 for intention to submit documents. The NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council have announced a pilot program. The pilot will operate for fall 2014 and fall 2015 submissions and proposals will be accepted for UK-US collaborative projects in the areas of intersection between NSF/BIO and BBSRC (responsive mode only). The intersection areas include systems biology, computational biology, bioinformatics and synthetic biology (fall 2015 only). URL:

Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). Deadline: 6/2/14, 12/15/14. Synopsis: In 2014, NSF is working closely with multiple agencies of the federal government to identify basic research needs in CPS common across multiple application domains, along with opportunities for accelerated transition to practice. Three types of research and education projects -- differing in scope and goals -- will be considered through this solicitation: Breakthrough projects, Synergy project, and Frontier projects. URL:

Critical Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Big Data Science & Engineering (BIGDATA). Deadline: 6/9/14. Synopsis: This year, the solicitation invites two types of proposals: Foundations (F): those developing or studying fundamental techniques, theories, methodologies, and technologies of broad applicability to Big Data problems; and Innovative Applications (IA): those developing techniques, methodologies and technologies of key importance to a Big Data problem directly impacting at least one specific application. URL:

U.S. Science Support Program Associated with the International Ocean Discovery Program (USSSP-IODP). Deadline: 6/30/14. Synopsis: This solicitation seeks the services of a qualified provider to facilitate and enhance the participation of the U.S. scientific community in the IODP. URL:

Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL). Deadline: 7/10/14 for Science Learning+ Planning proposals, 11/14/14 for AISL proposals. Synopsis: The AISL program supports six types of projects: Pathways, Research in Service to Practice, Innovations in Development, Broad Implementation, Conferences, Symposia, and Workshops, and Science Learning+ Proposals. URL:

Linguistics Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards (Ling-DDRI). Deadline: 7/15/14, 1/15/14. Synopsis: The Linguistics Program supports basic science in the domain of human language, encompassing investigations of the grammatical properties of individual human languages, and of natural language in general. URL:

Geomorphology and Land-use Dynamics. Deadline: 7/16/14, 1/16/15. Synopsis: Supports innovative research into processes that shape and modify landscapes over a variety of length and time scales. The program encourages research that investigates quantitatively the coupling and feedback among such processes, their rates, and their relative roles, especially in the contexts of variation in climatic, biologic, and tectonic influences and in light of changes due to human impact. URL:

Coupling, Energetics, and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions (CEDAR). Deadline: 7/17/14. Synopsis: CEDAR is a broad-based, community-guided, upper atmospheric research program. The goal is to understand the behavior of atmospheric regions from the middle atmosphere upward through the thermosphere and ionosphere into the exosphere in terms of coupling, energetics, chemistry, and dynamics on regional and global scales. URL:

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. Deadline: 7/21/14 for BIO, CISE, EHR; 7/22/14 for ENG; 7/23/14 for GEO, MPS, SBE. Synopsis: The CAREER Program is an NSF-wide activity that offers the NSF’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. URL:

GeoPRISMS Program. Deadline: 8/1/14. Synopsis: GeoPRISMS will investigate the coupled geodynamics, earth surface processes, and climate interactions that build and modify continental margins over a wide range of timescales. URL:

Geography and Spatial Sciences Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards (GSS-DDRI). Deadline: 8/14/14, 2/12/15. Synopsis: This solicitation addresses the preparation and evaluation of proposals for Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (DDRI) awards. URL:

EarthScope. Deadline: 8/25/14. Synopsis: This solicitation calls for proposals to conduct scientific research and/or education and outreach activities within North America that make use of capabilities and/or data provided through the EarthScope Facility. URL:

Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) Program. Deadline: 9/4/14. Synopsis: The GSS Program sponsors research on the geographic distributions and interactions of human, physical, and biotic systems on Earth. Investigators are encouraged to propose plans for research about the nature, causes, and consequences of human activity and natural environmental processes across a range of scales. URL:

State of California

California Energy Commission. Deadline: Developing a Portfolio of Advanced Efficiency Solutions: Technologies and Approaches for More Affordable and Comfortable Buildings. Deadline: 5/15/14 for abstracts, 7/31/14 for proposals. Synopsis: The purpose of this solicitation is to fund applied research and development projects that develop next generation end-use efficiency technologies and strategies for the building sector. URL:

University of California

LBNL/UCB/UCSF Tri-Institutional Partnership - BRAIN R&D Initiative. Seed Funding Program for Innovative Neurotechnology Research. Deadline: 4/23/14. Synopsis: LBNL, UC Berkeley, and UCSF have formed a new partnership to encourage collaborative research among the three institutions. This Tri-Institutional Partnership will support science and technology initiatives and projects with the intent of catalyzing bold, potentially transformative collaborative research among the three institutions, and positioning the institutions favorably for follow-on extramural funding. This new initiative is being launched with a seed funding program that will address innovative neurotechnology research in response to the Presidential BRAIN Initiative. To qualify, a project must include at least two of the partner institutions. Projects that involve all three institutions are encouraged. Involvement of each of the collaborative partners is expected to be substantive and necessary for the successful completion of the project. URL:

UCB Institute of European Studies. Foreign Language Teaching Grants 2014/15. Deadline: 5/1/14. Synopsis: IES offers a travel grant for Berkeley foreign language instructors of Western European languages, to support the acquisition of new information and training in language pedagogy, second-language acquisition, and applied linguistics. The competition is open to lecturers, tenure-track, and tenured faculty at UC Berkeley. Awards are for amounts up to $1000. Some international travel restrictions apply and will be detailed at the time of the award. URL:

Raymond and Beverly Sackler Fund for Convergence Research at Tel Aviv University and UC Berkeley. Deadline: 5/1/14. Synopsis: The fund aims to facilitate a prestigious seed fund program for researchers who identify complementary research strengths and facilitate the use of synergies in both institutions. The call is limited to specific academic fields: biomedical (life/medicine), physical and engineering sciences. Principal investigators should be faculty members (at all levels of tenure track) at UC Berkeley and TAU. URL:

UC Berkeley Townsend Center for the Humanities. Disciplinary Innovation: Course Threads Grants. Deadline: 5/2/14. Synopsis: The Project on Disciplinary Innovation, commonly known as “Course Threads,” is intended to invite new ways of thinking about interdisciplinary faculty research and the relationship among undergraduate courses across departments in the humanities and related fields at UC Berkeley. All UC Berkeley ladder-rank faculty are eligible to apply. Proposals are normally submitted by two professors from different departments, one of which must be a department in the Arts & Humanities. Awards total up to $30,000. URL:

UC Berkeley Townsend Center for the Humanities. Conference & Lecture Grants. Deadline: 5/2/14. Synopsis: The Townsend Center provides small grants for partial funding of public conferences, lectures, and symposia taking place at UC Berkeley. Events that are closed to the public, require an admission fee, or take place off of the UC Berkeley campus will not be considered for funding. UC Berkeley students and faculty at all levels are eligible to apply. URL:

LBNL Energy Efficiency Standards Group, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy. Max Tech and Beyond Design Competition. Deadline: 5/5/14. Synopsis: The competition supports student design teams at U.S. universities to design and test prototypes that will sharply reduce energy use or cut the cost of producing ultra-efficient appliances and equipment used in and around buildings, easing their acceptance in the marketplace. URL:

UCSB Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP). Graduate Fellowship Program. Deadline: 5/15/14. Synopsis: Offers a unique opportunity for a select group of physics graduate students in the U.S. to spend 5-6 months at the KITP, participate in KITP research programs, and broaden their understanding of physics in areas of current research. URL:

UC Berkeley Townsend Center for the Humanities. Deadline: 6/2/14. Synopsis: The Townsend Center funds nearly 60 groups per year ranging across a wide spectrum of subjects and disciplines. The aim of these working groups is to bring together faculty and graduate students at Berkeley in an effort to create scholarly dialogue and to foster the free exchange of ideas on shared research interests. The primary coordinator of each group must be affiliated with at least one UC Berkeley department. Working group awards range from $250-$750 for the academic year. URL:

UC MEXUS Small Grants for UC Faculty: Deadline: 6/2/14, 10/6/14. Synopsis: Small grants of up to $1,500 support travel, short-term research, initial planning, or other special one-time needs related to the seed phase of projects or programs conducted by University of California researchers or research teams in the areas of Mexico-Related Studies—All Disciplines, Latino Studies, United States-Mexican Relation, Critical U.S.-Mexico Issues, Latino and Mexican Topics in the Arts, and Collaborative Research Projects with Investigators at Mexican Institutions. URL:

UC Berkeley Center for Teaching and Learning. Presidential Chair Fellows Program. Deadline: 7/23/14. Synopsis: This program provides an opportunity for a team of two or more faculty members from a department, or across departments, to develop, improve, transform, and examine core areas of the undergraduate curriculum. The grant program fund projects up to $20,000 over the one-year grant period. All UC Berkeley faculty, including lecturers, are eligible to apply. URL:

UC Institute for Research in the Arts. Major Grants. Deadline: 11/15/14. Synopsis: UCIRA supports creative research and critical discourse by UC faculty and students working in all genres and with a wide array of community partners. Grant categories include Graduate Grants, Open Classroom Challenge, and Mini-Grants. URL:

Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP), UCOP. Special Projects. Deadline: Open. Synopsis: These grants are designed to support electronic, biological, clinical, and informational support systems that would serve as a resource for tobacco-related disease researchers in the state of California and nationally. Contact a TRDRP Program Officer regarding the appropriateness of your proposal prior to submission. URL:

Western Integrated Pest Management Center Request for Applications - Ongoing Special Issues. UC Davis. Deadline: Open. Synopsis: Special issues may be requested to bring together a group of people to address emerging issues such as a new pest, water issues, development of proposals for larger grants based on documented stakeholder needs, or development of Pest Alerts. The Center will give priority to requests that are multi-state in scope. Projects must be completed within one year of funding and be single-issue oriented. The maximum amount of a request can be $5,000. URL:

Nonprofit and Other Agencies

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MQ Fellows Programme. Deadline: 4/24/14. Synopsis: MQ is seeking talented researchers with bold ideas who aspire to be the next generation of research leaders in mental health. The program supports early career scientists and clinicians who are asking the difficult and challenging questions that will contribute to transformative advances in mental health research. URL:

LBNL Energy Efficiency Standards Group, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy. Max Tech and Beyond Design Competition. Deadline: 5/5/14. Synopsis: The competition supports student design teams at U.S. universities to design and test prototypes that will sharply reduce energy use or cut the cost of producing ultra-efficient appliances and equipment used in and around buildings, easing their acceptance in the marketplace. URL:

Found Animals Foundation. Michelson Prize & Grants. Deadline: Open. Synopsis: Grants of up to $250,000 per year for up to 3 years of funding are available for research in pursuit of a non-surgical sterilant for cats and dogs. The first step to apply for a grant is submission of a Letter of Intent. The foundation encourages scientists from any and all fields to apply, including but not limited to researchers in disciplines such as biology, biotechnology, cell biology, endocrinology, gene silencing, immunology, materials science, nanotechnology, neuroscience, pharmacology, reproductive biology, theriogenology, and more. The $25 million Michelson Prize will be awarded to the first entity to develop the successful product. URL: