Funding Program Announcements

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

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Agriculture Department

For NIFA solicitations, see NIFA Grants.

National Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program: Regional Center Grants to Enhance Food Safety. NIFA, FDA. Deadline: 6/29/15. Synopsis: The intention of this program is to begin building an infrastructure that will support a national food safety training, education, extension, outreach, and technical assistance system and provide significant opportunities for funding through subcontracts and for partnerships with eligible stakeholder groups, including community-based and non-governmental organizations. URL:

Commerce Department

VORTEX-SE. NOAA. Deadline: 6/12/15. Synopsis: This research funding opportunity is being jointly issued by the Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Office and Weather and Air Quality and the National Severe Storms Laboratory. It seeks to obtain new knowledge of the meteorological aspects of tornadoes in the southeastern U.S. and the sociological aspects of the public response to tornado forecasts and tornado events. URL:

Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Cooperative Agreement Program. NIST. Deadline: 6/24/15. Synopsis: NIST invites applications for a program with substantial NIST participation that will support continuous innovation of the electrical grid through the coordination and acceleration of standards development and harmonization and advancement of the interoperability and security of smart grid devices and systems. URL:

Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants Program. NOAA. Deadline: 7/2/15. Synopsis: The principal objective is to implement projects that use a proactive approach to improve or restore coastal habitat to: 1) strengthen the resilience of our marine and coastal ecosystems to decrease the vulnerability of communities to extreme weather and 2) support sustainable fisheries and contribute to the recovery of protected resources. URL:

Regional Coastal Resilience Grants Program 2015. NOAA. Deadline: 7/24/15. Synopsis: The purpose is to solicit proposals to develop or implement activities that build resilience of coastal regions, communities, and economic sectors to the negative impacts from extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions. URL:

FY 2016 Implementation of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®). NOAA. Deadline: 8/31/15. Synopsis: NOAA is requesting proposals for coordinated regional efforts that further the IOOS in two topic areas, 1) sustaining and enhancing comprehensive regional observing systems and 2) verification and validation of observing technologies for studying and monitoring coastal and ocean environments. URL:

Defense Department

Revolutionary Enhancement of Visibility by Exploiting Active Light-fields (REVEAL). DARPA. Deadline: 6/12/15 for highly encouraged abstracts, 7/30/15 for proposals. Synopsis: The Defense Sciences Office is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of optical imaging and sensing of high dimensional degrees of freedom of light across all photon pathways. URL:

Acquisition Research Program. Naval Supply Systems Command. Deadline: 6/16/15 for white papers, 9/2/15 for invited proposals. Synopsis: The Government is interested in stimulating and supporting scholarly research in academic disciplines that bear on public policy and management in the field of government acquisition. These include economics, finance, financial management, information systems, organization theory, operations management, human resources management, risk management, and marketing, as well as the traditional acquisition areas such as contracting, program/project management, logistics, test and evaluation and systems engineering management. URL:

Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Research Initiatives at the Naval Postgraduate School. Deadline: 7/31/15. Synopsis: The NPS is interested in receiving proposals for research initiatives across a spectrum of science and engineering, business, politics and public/foreign policy, operational and information sciences, and interdisciplinary disciplines that are in line with the NPS’ graduate education and research mission. URL:

Strategic Technologies. DARPA - Strategic Technology Office. Deadline: 9/17/15. Synopsis: DARPA is seeking innovative ideas and disruptive technologies that offer the potential for significant capability improvement across the Strategic Technology Office focus areas. This includes technology development related to Battle Management, Command and Control (BMC2), Communications and Networks, Electronic Warfare, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT), Maritime, and Foundational Strategic Technologies and Systems. URL:

Multi-INT Research Initiatives at the Naval Postgraduate School. Deadline: 9/30/15. Synopsis: The Naval Postgraduate School Center for Multi-INT Studies (CMIS) has a bold vision to transform the field of intelligence and seeks to vastly improve the current state of the art in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. The transformative technologies of interest are: Understanding targets as systems, Orchestrated resource management, Cognitive sensemaking, Human-computer symbiosis. URL:

Long Range BAA for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology. Office of Naval Research. Deadline: 9/30/15. Synopsis: ONR 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 operations. URL:

DoD USAMRMC FY15 Broad Agency Announcement for Extramural Medical Research. Deadline: 9/30/15. Synopsis: The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s 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:

Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD (PASCC). Naval Postgraduate School. Deadline: 3/31/15. Synopsis: The program solicits innovative proposals for research on WMD/WME counterproliferation, nonproliferation, and strategy. In this BAA, the phrase “security studies research” refers to investigations in all disciplines, fields, and domains that (1) are involved in expanding knowledge for national defense, and (2) could potentially improve policy and international relations for combating WMD/WME. Disciplines include, but are not limited to: political science, sociology, history, biology, chemistry, economics, homeland defense, and public policy. URL:

Innovative Systems for Military Missions. DARPA Tactical Technology Office. Deadline: 4/27/16. Synopsis: This solicitation seeks system and subsystem level technologies that enable revolutionary improvements to the efficiency and effectiveness of the military. Novel concepts are sought in the following focus areas: Ground Systems, Maritime Systems, Air Systems, and Space Systems. URL:

Biological Technologies. DARPA Biological Technologies Office. Deadline: 4/28/16. Synopsis: The mission of BTO is to foster, demonstrate, and transition breakthrough fundamental research, discoveries, and applications that integrate biology, engineering, computer science, mathematics, and the physical sciences to expand the national security toolkit. URL:

Army Research Office Broad Agency Announcement for Basic and Applied Scientific Research. Deadline: 3/31/17. Synopsis: The purpose is to solicit research proposals in the engineering, physical, life, and information sciences for submission to the Army Research Office (ARO) for consideration for possible funding. URL:

Education Department

HHS/ACL/NIDILLRR: Employment Policy and Measurement. Deadline: 6/19/15. Synopsis: The purpose of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers is to achieve the goals of, and improve the effectiveness of, services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act through well-designed research, training, technical assistance, and dissemination activities in important topical areas as specified by NIDILRR. URL:

HHS/ACL/NIDILRR: Employer Practices Leading to Successful Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities. Deadline: 6/19/15. Synopsis: The purpose of the RRTCs is to achieve the goals of, and improve the effectiveness of, services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act through well-designed research, training, technical assistance, and dissemination activities in important topical areas as specified by NIDILRR. URL:

HHS/ACL/NIDILRR: Employment for Individuals with Blindness or other Visual Impairments. Deadline: 6/19/15. Synopsis: The purpose of the RRTCs is to achieve the goals of, and improve the effectiveness of, services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act through well-designed research, training, technical assistance, and dissemination activities in important topical areas as specified by NIDILRR. URL:

HHS/ACL/NIDILRR: Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects Program. Deadline: 6/23/15. Synopsis: The purpose of DRRPs is to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. URL:

Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE): Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success. Deadline: 6/23/15. Synopsis: The purpose of this program is to encourage institutions of higher education (IHEs) to develop model programs to support veteran student success in postsecondary education by coordinating services to address the academic, financial, physical, and social needs of veteran students. URL:

HHS/ACL/NIDILRR: Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (RRTC): Outcomes Measurement for Home and Community Based Services. Deadline: 7/20/15. Synopsis: The purpose of the RRTCs is to achieve the goals of, and improve the effectiveness of, services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act through well-designed research, training, technical assistance, and dissemination activities in important topical areas as specified by NIDILRR. URL:

Energy Department

Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP). Deadline: 6/12/15 for required concept papers, 7/29/15 for applications. Synopsis: The program will support coordination among the Solar Training Network (STN), military bases, and the solar industry; establish new credentials in solar operations and maintenance and mid-scale installations; enable solar training and education for professionals in indirect and related fields; and support the expansion of the GEARED initiative. URL:

Solar Bankability Data to Advance Transactions and Access (SB-DATA). Deadline: 6/22/15 for required concept papers, 7/31/15 for applications. Synopsis: This FOA specifically targets soft cost reduction by increasing data accessibility, quality and interoperability in the U.S. SB-DATA will facilitate the growth and expansion of the solar industry by creating a standardized data landscape for distributed solar. URL:

Concentrating Solar Power: Concentrating Optics For Lower Levelized Energy Costs (COLLECTS). Deadline: 6/25/15 for concept papers, 8/25/15 for applications. Synopsis: COLLECTS FOA seeks to further CSP system technologies by soliciting disruptive, transformative projects for the concentrating solar collectors in the CSP plant. URL:

Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science (IDEAS). ARPA-E. Deadline: 9/28/15 for concept papers. Synopsis: This FOA is intended to provide rapid support to revolutionary applied energy research (Studies) that may lead to new ARPA-E programs to develop transformational and disruptive energy technologies. URL:

FY 2015 Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program. Deadline: 9/30/15. Synopsis: The Office of Science 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

National Priorities: Life Cycle Costs of Water Infrastructure Alternatives. Deadline: 7/2/15. Synopsis: Research is needed to assist communities throughout the United States in evaluating whether to invest in green infrastructure that can improve stormwater management in multiple ways, including reducing the volume of stormwater entering the sewer system to decrease the costs of grey infrastructure updates, and by managing stormwater runoff as a resource, not a waste, to enhance scarce water supplies. URL:

Health and Human Services Department

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

Exploratory/Developmental Grants Program for Basic Cancer Research in Cancer Health Disparities (R21). NCI. Deadline: 6/17/15, 11/17/15. Synopsis: This FOA encourages grant applications from investigators interested in conducting basic research studies into the biological/genetic causes and mechanisms of cancer health disparities. URL:

Basic Cancer Research in Cancer Health Disparities (R01) . NCI. Deadline: 6/17/15, 11/17/15. Synopsis: This FOA encourages grant applications from investigators interested in conducting basic, mechanistic research into the biological/genetic causes of cancer health disparities. URL:

Exploratory Grant Award to Promote Workforce Diversity in Basic Cancer Research (R21). NCI. Deadline: 6/22/15, 11/30/15. Synopsis: The purpose is to enhance the diversity of the NCI-funded research workforce by supporting and recruiting eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences workforce. URL:

NIMHD Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00). Deadline: 6/23/15. Synopsis: The purpose is to increase and maintain a strong cohort of new and talented, NIH-supported, independent investigators conducting minority health and health disparities research. URL:

Pharmacogenomics of Orofacial Pain Management (R01). NIDCR. Deadline: 6/24/15. Synopsis: The goal of this FOA is to encourage research on the genetic basis of variability in therapeutic drug responses and adverse events in individuals with painful conditions of the dental, and orofacial region. URL:

TaRGET II: Environmental Epigenomic Analysis in Tissue Surrogates (U01). NIEHS. Deadline: 6/24/15. Synopsis: The purpose is to establish a consortium that will explore the conservation of perturbations of epigenomic marks across target tissues/cells and surrogate tissues/cells using mouse models of environmentally relevant diseases. URL:

TaRGET II: Environmental Epigenomics Data Coordination Center (U24). NIEHS. Deadline: 6/24/15. Synopsis: The purpose of this FOA is to establish a data coordinating center that serves as a component of the TaRGET II Consortium. URL:

Hepatitis C Cooperative Research Centers: Immunity to HCV Infection (U19). NIAID. Deadline: 6/24/15. Synopsis: The purpose is to support research on the host immunological response to Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infection with the goal of defining the immune requirements critical to a) protection against HCV infection, and b) successful clearance of HCV infection. URL:

Undiagnosed Diseases Gene Function Research (R21). NIH. Deadline: 6/24/15. Synopsis: This opportunity intends to support gene function studies in collaboration with the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN). URL:

Psychiatric Gene Networks: Solving the Molecular Puzzle of Psychiatric Disorders. NIMH. Deadline: 6/29/15. Synopsis: The purpose is to solicit applications for computational and functional analysis of gene networks and complex pathways that confer susceptibility to severe mental illnesses. URL: (R01), (Collaborative R01)

Post-market Surveillance of Generic Modified Release Products (U01). FDA. Deadline: 6/29/15. Synopsis: The purpose of this study is to analyze use, substitution patterns, safety and effectiveness of generic modified release products, and compare them with their respective brand name drug products and other generic drugs with different formulation design characteristics. URL:

Secondary Analyses of Data on Early Care and Education. ACF. Deadline: 6/29/15. Synopsis: Analyzing existing data sets provides researchers an efficient and cost-effective method for answering critical research questions. Grants will provide funding to address key questions that will inform both policymakers and future research. URL:

Research Answers to NCI's Provocative Questions. Deadline: 6/29/15, 10/29/15. Synopsis: The purpose is to support research projects designed to solve specific problems and paradoxes in cancer research identified by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Provocative Questions initiative. URL: (R01), (R21)

Enhancing Regulatory Science for the Risk Based Assessment of Emerging Manufacturing Technologies (U01). FDA. Deadline: 6/30/15. Synopsis: The goal of this program is to support the advancement of regulatory science that can facilitate the implementation and the assessment of emerging manufacturing technology in the pharmaceutical sector. URL:

Identification of Genetic and Genomic Variants by Next-Gen Sequencing in Non-human Animal Models (U01). NIDA. Deadline: 6/30/15, 11/2015. Synopsis: The goals of this initiative are to identify gene variants of traits associated with addiction and substance abuse in selectively bred, and outbred non-human animal models using methodologies of Next Gen-Sequencing, mapping, and genotyping. URL:

Pragmatic Research in Healthcare Settings to Improve Diabetes and Obesity Prevention and Care (R18). NIDDK. Deadline: 7/1/15, 11/2/15. Synopsis: The purpose is to encourage research applications to test approaches to improve diabetes and obesity prevention and/or treatment in routine healthcare settings. URL:

Planning Grants for Pragmatic Research in Healthcare Settings to Improve Diabetes and Obesity Prevention and Care (R34). NIDDK. Deadline: 7/1/15, 11/2/15. Synopsis: The purpose is to encourage research applications to develop and pilot test approaches to improve diabetes and obesity prevention and/or treatment in routine healthcare settings. URL:

Development and Application of Case Control Analysis for Generic Drugs (U01). FDA. Deadline: 7/2/15. Synopsis: The project purpose is to develop case control analysis methods that can be used in the analysis of post-market data related to generic drug substitution. URL:

Evaluating Quality Metrics for Risk-Based Surveillance of Drug Manufacturing Operations and Facilities (U01). FDA. Deadline: 7/2/15. Synopsis: The goal of this project is to evaluate a set of potential quality metrics for their utility in monitoring quality across the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector. URL:

Building towards Statistically-Based Pharmaceutical Quality Standards (U01). FDA. Deadline: 7/7/15. Synopsis: The goal of this project is to generate data and develop a statistical sampling and analysis strategy to aid FDA/CDER policy in drafting data-based guidance in support of the use of appropriate statistical tools and standards. URL:

Systems Biology and Antibacterial Resistance (U01). NIAID. Deadline: 7/9/15. Synopsis: This FOA solicits applications that use a multi-disciplinary systems biology approach to study the molecular interaction networks of the pathogen and the host in association with antibacterial resistance or in response to treatment of antibacterial resistant infections. URL:

Molecular Mechanisms of Combination Adjuvants (MMCA) (U01). NIAID. Deadline: 7/9/15. Synopsis: This FOA solicits applications that propose studies of the mechanism of action of a combination of two or more vaccine adjuvants (combination adjuvant). URL:

Characterization of Pro- and Anti-Geronic Proteins and Peptides (R01). NIA. Deadline: 7/9/15. Synopsis: The goal of this FOA is to advance research on naturally occurring proteins (and/or peptides) known to impact one or more aging phenotypes, at physiological levels, based on whole-animal experimental evidence. URL:

Analyses of Human Datasets and Biospecimens to Characterize Aging-related Phenotypes’ Relationships to Circulating Polypeptides and Proteins that Reverse or Accelerate Aging Changes (R01). NIA. Deadline: 7/9/15. Synopsis: This FOA invites applications to analyze existing datasets and stored biospecimens from human cohorts to advance understanding of potential effects in humans of polypeptides and proteins whose circulating levels change with age, and for which experimental evidence indicates reversal or acceleration of aging changes. URL:

Neuroimaging Informatics Tools and Resources Clearinghouse (U24). NIH. Deadline: 7/14/15. Synopsis: The purpose of this FOA is to support the Neuroimaging Informatics Tools and Resources Clearinghouse and to enable collaborative research in neuroimaging informatics. URL:

HIV Vaccine Research and Design (HIVRAD) Program (P01). NIAID. Deadline: 7/15/15. Synopsis: The purpose is to support multi-component, multi-disciplinary projects that address important scientific questions relevant to AIDS prophylactic vaccine discovery research. URL:

Centers of Excellence in Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) Research (CEER) (RM1). NHGRI. Deadline: 7/15/15. Synopsis: The CEER Program is designed to support the establishment of sustainable trans-disciplinary research teams with the expertise and flexibility to anticipate, conduct research on, and quickly address a range of cutting edge ethical, legal, and social issues related to genetics and genomics. URL:

Research Partnerships for Scaling Up Mental Health Interventions in Low-and Middle-Income Countries (U19). NIMH. Deadline: 7/15/15. Synopsis: This FOA solicits applications to address implementation questions facing World Bank designated LMICs in their efforts to scale up sustainable, evidence-based mental health interventions and thereby eliminate the mental health care treatment gap for children, women, and men. URL:

Data Concepts and Terminology Standards for the Support of Human Drug Development and Evaluation (U24). FDA. Deadline: 7/17/15. Synopsis: The FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research is encouraging applications for projects to expedite development of data concepts and terminology standards, as well as assessments or evaluations of standards for use to support human drug development and evaluation. URL:

NLM Administrative Supplements for Informationist Services in NIH-funded Research Projects (Admin Supp). Deadline: 7/17/15. Synopsis: These administrative supplements provide funds to active awards of participating Institutes and Centers in order to enhance the storage, organization, management and use of electronic research data through the involvement of informationists, also known as in-context information specialists. URL:

Mechanisms of Immune Protection from TB among HIV-infected Individuals (R01). NIAID. Deadline: 7/22/15. Synopsis: The purpose is to support studies characterizing the genetic, epigenetic, and/or immunological correlates of protection against tuberculosis infection in highly-exposed but resistant individuals, and the interaction of these correlates with HIV infection. URL:

Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Network Recruitment Innovation Centers (RICs) (U24). NCATS, NLM. Deadline: 7/22/15. Synopsis: The purpose is to create CTSA RICs to improve participant recruitment into clinical trials by using innovative means to assess the availability of potential participants and to enroll them in a timely manner. URL:

Discovery of the Genetic Basis of Structural Birth Defects and of Childhood Cancers: Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Research Program (X01). NIH. Deadlnie: 7/27/15. Synopsis: The NIH invites applications to use whole genome sequencing at an NHGRI-supported sequencing center to investigate the genetic etiology of structural birth defects, and to further elucidate the genetic contribution to childhood cancers and the genomic contributions to treatment failure for childhood sarcomas. URL:

Biological and Physiological Effects of E-cigarette Aerosol Mixtures. NIDCR, ODP. Deadline: 7/28/15. Synopsis: The purpose is to support research aimed at understanding the biological and physiological effects of aerosol mixtures produced by electronic cigarettes (ECs) on cells, tissues and organs of the oral cavity including oral and periodontal epithelia, gingiva, salivary glands, and tooth. This FOA will also support research on elucidation of the effects of ECs on oral microbiome. URL: (R01), (R21)

NIH-PEPFAR Collaboration on Implementation Science for HIV: Towards an AIDS-free Generation. Deadline: 7/28/15. Synopsis: The NIH, in collaboration with the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator is soliciting applications for implementation science research that will inform delivery and scale-up of efficacious interventions to improve HIV prevention, care, and treatment in Africa. URL: (R01), (R21)

Fast-Track Development of Medications to Treat Cannabis Use Disorders UG3/UH3. NIDA. Deadline: 7/28/15, 9/7/15 for AIDS. Synopsis: Through this FOA, NIDA seeks to fast-track the discovery and development of pharmacotherapies for CUDs and to advance them in the FDA's drug development approval pipeline. URL:

Innovation for HIV Vaccine Discovery (R01). NIAID. Deadline: 7/29/15. Synopsis: The purpose of this FOA is to encourage applications proposing innovative, high risk, high impact research to identify novel HIV vaccine concepts and targets. URL:

Consortia for Innovative AIDS Research in Nonhuman Primates (UM1). NIAID. Deadline: 7/29/15. Synopsis: This FOA solicits applications that will study a vaccine shown to have protected at least a subset of Nonhuman Primates from lethal Simian Immunodeficiency Virus or Simian-Human Immunodeficiency Virus mucosal challenge. URL:

Advancing Exceptional Research on HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse (R01). NIDA. Deadline: 7/31/15. Synopsis: This FOA will support highly innovative R01 applications on HIV/AIDS and drug abuse and will complement the Avant-Garde Award Program for HIV/AIDS research. URL:

Smokeless Tobacco Reference Products (UC2). FDA. Deadline: 7/31/15. Synopsis: The selected organization(s) will develop smokeless tobacco reference products representing at minimum two categories of commercially available smokeless tobacco product types to be used for investigational non-clinical purposes by tobacco manufacturers, contract and government laboratories, and academic institutions. URL:

Provocative Questions in Cancer with an Underlying HIV Infection. NCI. Deadline: 8/18/15. Synopsis: The purpose is to advance our understanding of the risks, development, progression, diagnosis, and treatment of malignancies observed in individuals with an underlying HIV infection or AIDS through research directed at addressing one of several proposed Provocative Questions. URL: (R01), (R21)

Methodologies to Enhance Understanding of HIV-Associated Social Determinants. NIMH, NIAID. Deadline: 8/19/15. Synopsis: These FOAs invite applications that propose to understand social determinants of health as they relate to HIV infection and disease outcomes. URL: (R01), (R21)

Cutting-Edge Basic Research Awards (CEBRA) (R21). NIDA. Deadline: 8/20/15, 12/18/15. Synopsis: CEBRA is designed to foster highly innovative or conceptually creative research related to drug abuse and addiction and how to prevent and treat them. URL:

Tobacco Regulatory Science Small Grant Program for New Investigators (R03). NIH, FDA. Deadline: 8/20/15, 2/23/16. Synopsis: The purpose is to support New Investigators in the biomedical, behavioral, and social sciences who are in the early stages of establishing independent careers in tobacco regulatory research. URL:

Mental Health Research Dissertation Grant to Enhance Workforce Diversity (R36). NIMH. Deadline: 8/21/15, 12/21/15. Synopsis: The purpose is to enhance the diversity of the mental health research workforce by providing dissertation awards in all research areas within the strategic priorities of the NIMH to individuals from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences research. URL:

Harnessing Genome Editing Technologies to Functionally Validate Genetic Variants in Substance Use Disorders (R21/R33). NIDA. Deadline: 8/25/15. Synopsis: The purpose is to harness genome or epigenome editing technologies to functionally validate and characterize genetic or epigenetic variants involved in substance use disorders. URL:

Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program Si2/R00. NIH. Deadline: 8/27/15. Synopsis: This FOA encourages applications for the Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program for the purpose of supporting the research activities during the early stage careers of independent clinical researchers. The program offers the opportunity for a unique bridge between the NIH intramural and extramural research communities and contains two phases. URL:

The Role of Exosomes in HIV Neuropathogenesis. NIMH, NINDS. Deadline: 9/2/15. Synopsis: Invites research grant applications focused on defining the central role of exosomes in the neuropathogenesis of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)-1 Associated Neurocognitive Disorders (HAND) and determining the potential use of exosomes as biomarkers for HAND or as delivery vehicles for CNS targeted therapeutics. URL: (R01), (R21)

Lifespan Human Connectome Project: Baby Connectome (U01). NIH. Deadline: 9/3/15. Synopsis: The goal of this FOA is to solicit grant applications that propose to extend the experimental protocols developed through the HCP to children in the 0-5 year old age range to investigate the structural and functional changes that occur in the brain during typical development. URL:

NIMH Research Education Mentoring Program for HIV/AIDS Researchers (R25). Deadline: 9/7/15. Synopsis: This FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Mentoring Activities and Research Experiences, that either capitalize on existing networks of collaborating investigators or develop institute-based research education programs. URL:

Developmental AIDS Research Center on Mental Health and HIV/AIDS (P30). NIMH. Deadline: 9/14/15. Synopsis: The D-ARC is intended to provide infrastructural support that facilitates the development of high impact science in HIV/AIDS and mental health that is relevant to the NIMH mission. URL:

AIDS Research Center on Mental Health and HIV/AIDS (P30). NIMH. Deadline: 9/14/15. Synopsis: The ARC is intended to provide infrastructural support that facilitates the development of high impact science in HIV/AIDS and mental health that is relevant to the NIMH mission. URL:

Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT) Research Centers of Excellence (U54). NIH. Deadline: 9/15/15. Synopsis: The scope of the research includes target and candidate identification and characterization, through candidate optimization and demonstration of in vivo efficacy, through Investigational New Drug-enabling studies required for advanced development. URL:

Development of Measures of Fatigability in Older Adults (R21). NIA, NCI. Deadline: 10/1/15. Synopsis: This FOA invites applications to develop and evaluate measures of fatigability. URL:

Administrative Supplements for Research on Dietary Supplements (Admin Supp). NIH. Deadline: 10/15/15. Synopsis: This FOA announces the availability of administrative supplements to support research in which the supplemental funding would investigate the role of dietary supplements and/or their ingredients in health maintenance and disease prevention. URL:

Mucosal Immunology Studies Team (MIST) (U01). NIAID. Deadline: 10/20/15. Synopsis: This FOA solicits applications to participate in a cooperative research group focusing on immune defense mechanisms and immune regulation at mucosal surfaces of the respiratory, gastrointestinal and urogenital tracts.URL:

Oral Immune System Plasticity in Chronic HIV Infection Under Treatment and Oral Co-Infections (R01). NIDCR. Deadline: 10/29/15. Synopsis: This FOA solicits research projects that study the mechanisms of oral immune system plasticity relevant to chronic HIV infection and oral coinfections. URL:

National Centers for Translational Research in Reproduction and Infertility (P50). NICHD. Deadline: 11/12/15. Synopsis: These centers will form a national network that facilitates and accelerates bidirectional knowledge transfer between the laboratory and clinic with the ultimate goal of improving human reproductive health through enhanced communication, innovation and research excellence. URL:

Interdisciplinary Training in Bioinformatics and Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolic Disease (T32). NIDDK. Deadline: 11/17/15. Synopsis: This FOA will support institutional training programs for predoctoral and postdoctoral level researchers with backgrounds in bioinformatics, mathematics and/or computational sciences with mentors from both computational and biological backgrounds. URL:

Martin Delaney Collaboratories for HIV Cure Research (UM1). NIH. Deadline: 12/7/15. Synopsis: The purpose is to address the problem of HIV persistence in HIV-infected persons treated with suppressive antiretroviral drug regimens. This FOA will support coordinated basic, translational, and clinical research focused on developing strategies to achieve an HIV cure, defined as sustained HIV remission and/or eradication. The application must include at least one private sector entity to facilitate rapid translation of basic discovery research into clinical studies. URL:

Behavioral Interventions to Prevent HIV in Diverse Adolescent Men Who Have Sex with Men (U01). NIMHD. Deadline: 1/1/16. Synopsis: The purpose of this initiative is to test behavioral HIV prevention interventions for diverse populations of adolescent (age 13-18) men who have sex with men. URL:

Collaborative Networks to Advance Delirium Research (R24). NIA. Deadline: 1/12/16. Synopsis: This FOA is intended to support a collaborative network to advance scientific research on the causes, mechanisms, outcomes, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of delirium in older adults. URL:

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

For more NASA solicitations, see NSPIRES.

Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES)–2015. Deadline: Varies, through 4/30/16. Synopsis: This NRA 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:

Research Opportunities in Aeronatuics - 2015. Deadline: Varies, through 3/31/16. Synopsis: Under the FY 2015 ROA NRA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate will continue solicitation of foundational and systems-level research proposals for four programs within ARMD: the Advanced Air Vehicles Program, the Airspace Operations and Safety Program, the Integrated Aviation Systems Program, and the Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program. Detailed requirements, including Proposal Due Dates will be stated in Appendices that address individual Thrust Areas. Additional appendices will be posted as Amendments to the ROA NRA and will be published as requirements materialize throughout the year. URL:

D.3 Transformational Tools and Technologies Project (TTT1). Deadline: 6/15/15. Synopsis: Amendment 5 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2015 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release includes 11 subtopics. URL:

Early Stage Innovations (ESI). Deadline: 7/10/15. Synopsis: NASA Headquarters has released ESI as an appendix to the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) umbrella NASA Research Announcement (NRA) titled "Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2015 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2015). This Appendix seeks proposals on specific space technologies that are currently at low Technology Readiness Levels (TRL). URL:

Human Exploration Research Opportunities (HERO)-2014. Deadline: Varies, through 9/3/15. 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:

National Endowment for the Humanities

Humanities Open Book Program. NEH, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Deadline: 6/10/15. Synopsis: The program is designed to make outstanding out-of-print humanities books available to a wide audience. By taking advantage of low-cost ebook technology, the program will allow teachers, students, scholars, and the public to read humanities books that have long been out of print. URL:

Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics. Deadline: 6/10/15. Synopsis: The program supports films that examine international themes and subjects in the humanities. The films are meant to spark Americans’ engagement with the broader world by exploring countries and cultures outside of the United States. URL:

Digital Projects for the Public. Deadline: 6/10/15. Synopsis: Grants support projects that significantly contribute to the public’s engagement with the humanities. The program offers three levels of support: grants for Discovery projects, Prototyping projects, and Production projects. URL:

Humanities in the Public Square. Deadline: 6/24/15. Synopsis: The program supports scholarly forums, public discussions, and educational resources related to the themes of a new NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square. URL:

Research and Development. Deadline: 6/25/15. Synopsis: The program supports projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources. All projects must demonstrate how advances in preservation and access would benefit the cultural heritage community in supporting humanities research, teaching, or public programming. URL:

Common Heritage. Deadline: 6/25/15. Synopsis: Common Heritage will support both the digitization of cultural heritage materials and the organization of public programming at community events that explore these materials as a window on a community’s history and culture. URL:

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources. Deadline: 7/21/15. Synopsis: The HCRR program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. HCRR offers two kinds of awards: 1) for implementation and 2) for planning, assessment, and pilot efforts (HCRR Foundations grants). URL:

National Science Foundation

For more NSF program deadlines, see Active Funding Opportunities.

Dear Colleague Letter: Research on Theory and Analytical Tools for Power Networks with High Levels of Renewable Generation. Deadline: 6/19/15. Synopsis: The Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) is seeking EArly-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals to support research efforts in developing fundamental theory and analytical methodologies for power networks with high penetration of renewables. URL:

Petrology and Geochemistry (CH). Deadline: 7/10/15, 1/11/16. Synopsis: The program supports basic research on the formation of planet Earth, including its accretion, early differentiation, and subsequent petrologic and geochemical modification via igneous and metamorphic processes. URL:

Dear Colleague Letter: Innovative Uses of STAR METRICS & NCSES Data to Illuminate Science Policy. Deadline: 7/15/15. Synopsis: The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter is to advise of funding opportunities at the NSF SciSIP Program for innovative projects using data from STAR METRICS or the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. URL:

GeoPRISMS Program. Deadline: 7/15/15. Synopsis: The GeoPRISMS (Geodynamic Processes at Rifting and Subducting Margins) Program investigates the coupled geodynamics, earth surface processes, and climate interactions that build and modify continental margins over a wide range of timescales. URL:

Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER). Deadline: 7/21/15 for BIO, CISE, EHR; 7/22/15 for ENG; 7/23/15 for GEO, MPS, SBE. Synopsis: The CAREER Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers 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:

Cognitive Neuroscience (CogNeuro). Deadline: 8/13/15, 2/11/16. Synopsis: The program seeks highly innovative proposals aimed at advancing a rigorous understanding of human cognition, including how the human brain mediates action, affect, creativity, decision making, intentionality, perception, social processes, and thought. URL:

Cultural Anthropology Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (CA-DDRIG). Deadline: 8/17/15. Synopsis: The Cultural Anthropology Program provides support to enhance and improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation projects designed and carried out by doctoral students enrolled in U.S. universities who are conducting scientific research that enhances basic scientific knowledge. URL:

Building Community and Capacity in Data Intensive Research in Education (BCC-EHR). Deadline: 9/1/15. Synopsis: The Directorate for Education and Human Resources seeks to enable research communities to develop visions, teams, and capabilities dedicated to creating new, large-scale, next-generation data resources and relevant analytic techniques to advance fundamental research for EHR areas of research. URL:

Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL). NSF, NEH. Deadline: 9/15/15. Synopsis: The program supports projects that contribute to data management and archiving, and to the development of the next generation of researchers. Funding can support fieldwork and other activities relevant to the digital recording, documenting, and archiving of endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases. URL:

Service, Manufacturing and Operations Research (SMOR). Deadline: 9/15/15, 2/16/16. Synopsis: The SMOR) program supports fundamental research leading to the creation of innovative mathematical models, analysis, and algorithms for decision-making related to design, planning, and operation of service, manufacturing, and other complex systems.URL:

Dynamics, Control and Systems Diagnostics (DCSD). Deadline: 9/15/15, 2/16/16. Synopsis: The DCSD program supports fundamental research on the analysis, measurement, monitoring and control of dynamic systems, including development of new analytical, computational and experimental tools, and novel applications to engineered and natural systems. URL:

Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII). Deadline: 9/30/15. Synopsis: CRII supports untenured faculty or research scientists (or equivalent) in their first two years in a primary academic position after the PhD, but not more than a total of five years after completion of their PhD. URL:

Quantum Information Science. Deadline: 12/3/15. Synopsis: QIS supports theoretical and experimental proposals that explore quantum applications to new computing paradigms or that foster interactions between physicists, mathematicians, and computer scientists that push the frontiers of quantum-based information, transmission, and manipulation. URL:

Computational Physics. Deadline: 12/3/15. Synopsis: CP supports research for computational and data-enabled science. The program emphasizes novel methods for high-performance computing that require significant code development. URL:

EAR Postdoctoral Fellowships (EAR-PF). Deadline: 1/12/16. Synopsis: The Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) awards Postdoctoral Fellowships to recent recipients of doctoral degrees to carry out an integrated program of independent research and education. URL:

University of California

UCOP. President’s Research Catalyst Awards. Deadline: 6/4/15 for required letters of intent, 8/26/15 for invited proposals. Synopsis: Research proposals must involve a minimum of three UC campuses and address topics that have the potential to improve human lives, society, the environment, or the economy, enhance culture and community, or provide other public benefit. The competition is open to all fields of research and interdisciplinary or thematic collaboration. All proposals must be submitted by academic appointees with Principal Investigator status at a UC campus. URL:

Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP). Request for Qualifications: Research to Inform Public Policy Regarding Electronic Cigarettes in California. Deadline: 6/10/15. Synopsis: TRDRP has issued an RFQ to select a team of California-based public policy and consumer researchers to conduct an investigation of Californians’ attitudes about electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in order to further inform state and local public policy and regulatory options. URL:

UC Berkeley Center for Teaching and Learning. Presidential Chair Fellows Curriculum Enrichment Grant Program. Deadline: 7/22/15. 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. All UC Berkeley faculty, including lecturers, are eligible to apply. URL:

UC MEXUS Small Grants for UC Faculty. Deadline: First Monday of every month through 12/7/15. Synopsis: UC MEXUS announces a small grants competition for 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 Relations, Critical U.S.-Mexico Issues, Latino and Mexican Topics in the Arts, and Collaborative Research Projects with Investigators at Mexican Institutions. URL:

UCOP. Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP). Special Projects. Deadline: Open. Synopsis: Grants support scientific conferences or investigators to evaluate new and breaking issues in tobacco control or tobacco-related disease research. Contact a TRDRP Program Officer regarding the appropriateness of your proposal prior to submission. URL:

UC Davis. Western Integrated Pest Management Center Request for Applications - Ongoing Special Issues. 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:

UC MEXUS Resident Scholars Program. Deadline: Open. Synopsis: The University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS) offers an academic residency program for researchers, scholars and artists at critical junctures in their academic careers. Up to four concurrent residencies are available at a time. Please consult UC MEXUS to determine if any positions remain open. URL:

Nonprofit and Other Agencies

For funding opportunities from nonprofit and other agencies, please use the Pivot database to search or browse program announcements.

Marin County Parks. Research Grants. Deadline: 5/29/15. Synopsis: Marin County Parks is offering two $10,000 grants for research to be conducted within its system of open space preserves. The grants are open to all graduate students and faculty from accredited academic institutions in California, and to qualified independent researchers. Research must be conducted within or include at least one of the 34 open space preserves managed by Marin County Open Space District, but may also include other public lands. See the Overview of 2015 Scientific Research Grant Program more more information. URL:

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for English language learners under the English Access Microscholarship Program (Access). FHI 360, U.S. State Department. Deadline: 6/15/15. Synopsis: FHI 360 is soliciting proposals for a subcontractor to develop and administer at least five MOOCs for English language learners under the English Access Microscholarship Program (Access), sponsored and funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The project will support the creation and administration of an innovative set of MOOCs that learners outside the United States can access online and via mobile devices worldwide. URL:,