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 NIFA solicitations, see NIFA Grants.

National Institute of Food and Agriculture International Wheat Yield Partnership Program. Deadline: 3/1/16 for letters of intent, 5/3/16 for applications. Synopsis: NIFA, in coordination with the International Wheat Yield Partnership, requests applications to seek breakthroughs for cereal breeding using new technologies and also discoveries that lead to significantly greater grain size, grain set and grain filling duration following embryo formation, in diverse environments, without compromising grain protein concentration in Triticeae species.

Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative. NIFA. Deadline: 3/10/16. Synopsis: The OREI seeks to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education, and extension activities. 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.

FY '16 Farm Business Management and Benchmarking (FBMB) Competitive Grants Program RFA. NIFA. Deadline: 4/11/16. Synopsis: The Program provides funds to (1) improve the farm management knowledge and skills of agricultural producers; and (2) establish and maintain a national, publicly available farm financial management database to support improved farm management.

Alfalfa and Forage Research Program. NIFA. Deadline: 4/13/16. Synopsis: In FY 2016, AFRP will support the development of improved alfalfa forage and seed production systems.

Organic Transitions. NIFA. Deadline: 4/15/16. Synopsis: The overall goal is to support the development and implementation of research, extension and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers, as well as those who are adopting organic practices.

Commerce Department

Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Innovative Concepts and Core Technology. NETL. Deadline: 3/18/16. Synopsis: The objective is to support research projects to develop advanced energy systems that will make substantial progress toward enabling cost-competitive, fossil-based power generation with near-zero emissions.

Community-based Restoration Program Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Grants. NOAA. Deadline: 4/6/16. Synopsis: The principal objective is to support fish habitat restoration projects that use an ecosystem-based approach to foster species recovery and increase fish populations, contributing to ecosystem and community resilience.

FY2016 to FY2017 NOAA Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). Deadline: 9/30/17. Synopsis: The purpose of this notice is to request applications for special projects and programs associated with NOAA's strategic plan and mission goals.

Defense Department

Neural Engineering System Design (NESD). DARPA - Biological Technologies Office. Deadline: 2/25/16 for highly encouraged proposal abstracts, 4/14/16 for proposals. Synopsis: DARPA seeks proposals to design, build, demonstrate, and validate a neural interface system capable of recording from more than one million neurons and stimulating more than one hundred thousand neurons in proposer-defined regions of the human sensory cortex. The complete system must demonstrate high-precision detection, transduction, and encoding of neural activity.

Rapid Hypersonic Trajectory Planning to Support High Speed System Design. NSWC - CRANE. Deadline: 2/29/16. Synopsis: Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division is interested in receiving proposals for research maturation of applied optimization theory within an integrated hypersonic trajectory and vehicle design tool to support the long term development of high speed strike systems for the Navy.

Plasma Combined Mass-Flux and Gas Species Sensor For Hypersonic Combustion Monitoring. NSWC - CRANE. Deadline: 2/29/16. Synopsis: Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division is interested in receiving proposals for research aimed at the development of a sensor that utilizes a small contained amount of ionized gas to simultaneously measure mass-flux and gas species in high-speed, high-enthalpy flows that are endemic of hypersonic flight and SCRAM-jet propulsion.

Minerva Research Initiative. Deadline: 2/29/16 for strongly encouraged white papers, 6/17/16 for proposals. Synopsis: The Office of the Secretary of Defense is interested in receiving proposals for the Minerva Research Initiative, a university-led defense social science program seeking fundamental understanding of the social and cultural forces shaping U.S. strategic interests globally.

Atomic Clock with Enhanced Stability (ACES). DARPA. Deadlne: 3/1/16 for abstracts, 5/1/16 for proposals. Synopsis: The DARPA Microsystems Technology Office is soliciting research proposals for the development of high stability timekeeping instruments with suitably low size, weight, and power (SWaP) to enable widespread deployment in battery-powered portable applications.

Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences FY16 Foundational Science Research Unit Broad Agency Announcement. Deadline: 3/11/16 for white papers, 5/6/16 for proposals. Synopsis: This BAAfor the Foundational Science Research Unit of the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences solicits new proposals for its fiscal year 2016 program of basic research in behavioral science.

DSO Office-wide BAA. DARPA. Deadline: 6/2/16 for abstracts, 7/2/16 for proposals. Synopsis: This BAA solicits executive summaries, abstracts and proposals for revolutionary research efforts applicable to the Defense Sciences Office mission.

Information Innovation Office (I2O) Office-wide. DARPA. Deadline: 6/10/16 for abstracts, 8/2/16 for proposals. Synopsis: DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals of interest to the I2O . I2O develops high-payoff information science and technology to provide a decisive information advantage for the U.S. and its allies.

DoD USAMRMC FY16 Broad Agency Announcement for Extramural Medical Research. Deadline: 9/30/16. 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. This FY16 BAA is intended to solicit extramural research and development ideas.

Strategic Technologies. DARPA. Deadline: 12/21/16. 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.

Education Department

Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE): Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) Program. Deadline: 4/4/16. Synopsis: The purposes of the EOC Program are to: provide information regarding financial and academic assistance available for qualified adults who want to enter or continue to pursue a program of postsecondary education; provide assistance to those individuals in applying for admission to institutions at which a program of postsecondary education is offered, including preparing necessary applications for use by admissions and financial aid officers; and assist in improving the financial and economic literacy of program participants.

Energy Department

MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels. EERE. Deadline: 2/26/16 for required concept papers, 4/15/16 for applications. Synopsis: DOEis requesting applications addressing the development of flexible biomass to hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can be modified to produce advanced fuels and/or products based on external factors, such as market demand.

Climate Model Development and Validation. Deadline: 3/3/16 for highly recommended letters of intent, 3/25/16 for applications. Synopsis: The CMDV Activity is a new effort to improve climate model architecture, software, and computational design to prepare for exascale computing, to develop scale-aware physics for climate systems, and to enhance methods for model validation.

Regional and Global Climate Modeling and Integrated Assessment Research: An Integration Framework for Multi-Model, U.S. Regional Climate Evaluation that Incorporates Local Human Influences for Research at the Energy-Water-Land Nexus. Deadline: 3/7/16 for required preapplications, 4/18/16 for applications. Synopsis: RGCM seeks to enhance the predictive understanding and modeling of climate variability and change by advancing capabilities to design, evaluate, diagnose, and analyze global and regional earth system model simulations informed by observations.

Pre-Project Planning for Advanced Combustion Pilot Plants. NETL. Deadline: 3/15/16. Synopsis: Projects resulting from this Funding Opportunity Announcement will complete preliminary designs of pilot plants based on advanced combustion systems. The pilots will be at least 10 Megawatts electrical in scale or equivalent and contain essential design features to be assessed at the pilot scale prior to subsequent commercial-scale demonstration.

Support of Fossil Energy Research at U.S. Colleges and Universities including University Coal Research (UCR) and Research by Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Other Minority Institutions (HBCU/OMI). NETL. Deadline: 3/18/16. Synopsis: This FOA encompasses two distinct programs with their own dedicated funding: the University Coal Research program; and the Historically Black Colleges & Universities and Other Minority Institutions program.

Industry Partnerships for Cybersecurity of Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) Research. NETL. Deadline: 3/22/16. Synopsis: This RD&D will lead to next generation tools and technologies that will become widely adopted to enhance and accelerate deployment of cybersecurity capabilities for the U.S. energy infrastructure, including cyber secure integration of smart grid technologies.

NE Traineeship for Radiochemistry. Deadline: 4/15/16 for letters of intent, 3/28/16 for applications. Synopsis: This FOA will establish DOE-sponsored IHE-led traineeships as a mechanism for graduate-level training critical to DOE mission-driven workforce needs.

FY 2016 Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Department of Energy - Office of Science. Deadline: 9/30/16. 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.

Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science (IDEAS) 2015. ARPA-E. Deadline: 9/30/16 for required concept papers. Synopsis: This FOA provides a continuing opportunity for the rapid support of early-stage applied research to explore innovative new concepts with the potential for transformational and disruptive changes in energy technology.

Environmental Protection Agency

National Priorities: Impacts of Water Conservation on Water Quality in Premise Plumbing and Water Distribution Systems. Deadline: 3/17/16. Synopsis: EPA is issuing this RFA to fund research into issues of water quality and availability related to distribution systems and premise plumbing systems under lower-flow conditions. The National Research Council defines “premise plumbing” as that portion of the distribution system from the main water ferrule or water meter to the consumer’s tap in homes, schools, and other buildings.

Health and Human Services Department

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

NIDCR Award for Sustaining Outstanding Achievement in Research (SOAR) (R35). Deadline: 3/8/16. Synopsis: The objective is to provide longer-term support to experienced NIDCR-funded investigators, with outstanding records of research productivity entering their mid-career stage.

Novel Assays to Address Translational Gaps in Treatment Development (UG3/UH3). NIMH. Deadline: 3/8/16, 6/23/16, 10/24/16. Synpopsis: The FOA will support efforts to optimize and evaluate measures of neurophysiological processes that are disrupted within or across mental disorders in both healthy humans and in another species relevant to the therapeutic development pipeline.

Exploration of the Roles of Brown and Beige Adipose Tissue in Humans (R01). NIDDK. Deadline: 3/9/16. Synopsis: This FOA invites applications to investigate the biological functions of brown and beige adipose tissue in humans, other than heat production and maintenance of body temperature, and to explore their impact on human health.

Elucidating HIV and HIV-treatment Associated Metabolic/Endocrine Dysfunction (R01). NIDDK. Deadline: 3/9/16. Synopsis: The goal is to support innovative research in humans to elucidate the role of HIV infection, including relevant host conditions or antiretroviral therapy, on metabolic and endocrine dysfunction, as well as to support innovative research delineating the pathophysiology, etiology, risk or protective factors, and potential strategies to prevent, treat, or reverse endocrine and metabolic dysfunction in HIV-infected individuals.

Innovative Research in HIV in Kidney, Urology, and Hematology (R01). NIDDK. Deadline: 3/9/16. Synopsis: This FOA invites applications for innovative research projects examining the basic and clinical aspects of HIV infection, treatment, and long-term sequelae as they relate to the mission of the Division of Kidney, Urologic and Hematologic Diseases within NIDDK.

Studies of HIV in Digestive Diseases Limited to Gastrointestinal Mucosal Immunology and Liver Diseases (R01). NIDDK. Deadline: 3/9/16. Synopsis: The goal is to support innovative, basic and translational, nonexempt human subjects research in two areas, gastrointestinl mucosal immunology and liver disease.

Integrative Neuroscience Initiative on Alcoholism (INIA) Consortia (Collaborative U01). NIAAA. Deadline: 3/10/16. Synopsis: This FOA solicits cooperative agreements to participate in two consortia under the INIA. This FOA solicits collaborative research projects (U01) applications.

Integrative Neuroscience Initiative on Alcoholism (INIA) Consortia Research Resource Core (U24). NIAAA. Deadline: 3/10/16. Synopsis: This FOA solicits a research core application to support the consortium.

Integrative Neuroscience Initiative on Alcoholism (INIA) Consortia Administrative Resource Core (U24). NIAAA. Deadline: 3/10/16. Synopsis: This FOA solicits an administrative core application to support the consortium.

Pediatric Diagnostic Biomarkers for Active Pulmonary TB Disease (R01). NIAID. Deadline: 3/11/16. Synopsis: The purpose is to support projects to identify and/or validate biomarkers or biomarker combinations leading to improved diagnosis of active pulmonary tuberculosis in children, including HIV infected children.

NHLBI Emerging Investigator Award (EIA) (R35). Deadline: 3/15/16. Synopsis: The purpose is to promote scientific productivity and innovation by providing long-term support and increased flexibility to PDs/PIs who currently have two NHLBI R01 awards, of which one must be an NHLBI-funded NIH Early Stage Investigator R01 award, and whose outstanding record of research demonstrate their ability to make major contributions to heart, lung, blood and sleep (HLBS) research.

NHLBI Outstanding Investigator Award (OIA) (R35). Deadline: 3/15/16. Synopsis: The purpose of the NHLBI Outstanding Investigator Award (OIA) is to promote scientific productivity and innovation by providing long-term support and increased flexibility to experienced PDs/PIs who are currently PDs/PIs on at least two NHLBI R01-equivalent awards and whose outstanding record of research demonstrate their ability to make major contributions to heart, lung, blood and sleep research.

BRAIN Initiative: New Concepts and Early - Stage Research for Large - Scale Recording and Modulation in the Nervous System (R21). NIH. Deadline: 3/15/16. Synopsis: This FOA seeks applications for unique and innovative technologies that are in an even earlier stage of development than that sought in other FOAs, including new and untested ideas that are in the initial stages of conceptualization.

Neuroimaging Informatics Tools and Resources Clearinghouse (U24). NIH. Deadline: 3/15/16. Synopsis: The purpose of this FOA is to support the Neuroimaging Informatics Tools and Resources Clearinghouse and to enable collaborative research in neuroimaging informatics

Human Immunology Project Consortium (U19). NIH. Deadline: 3/16/16. Synopsis: This FOA on the HIPC solicits applications from single institutions, or consortia of institutions, to participate in a network of human immunology profiling research groups in the area of infectious diseases, including HIV. The purpose is to characterize human immune responses/mechanisms elicited by vaccinations, adjuvants or natural infection by capitalizing on recent advances in immune profiling technologies.

Risk of Adolescence and Injury in HIV Susceptibility (RAIS) (R01). NIAID. ORWH. Deadline: 3/16/16. Synopsis: The purpose is to support the innovative biomedical and proof-of-concept research needed to understand how reproductive maturation or injury alters the mucosal environments at HIV susceptible sites.

B Cell Immunology Program for HIV-1 Vaccine Development (BCIP) (R01). NIAID. Deadline: 3/17/16. Synopsis: The objective is to solicit hypothesis-driven, multidisciplinary research to elucidate the complexities and developmental plasticity of B cells associated with the induction of potent, durable, adaptive immune responses against HIV-1.

U.S.-China Program for Biomedical Collaborative Research (R01). NIAID, NIMH, NINDS, OAR. Deadline: 3/17/16. Synopsis: The purpose is to stimulate collaborative basic, translational, and clinical research between U.S.-based researchers and Chinese researchers in the areas of allergy, immunology, and infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS and its co-morbidities and co-infections, mental health, and selected neurological disorders.

Use of 3D Printing for Creation of Implantable Devices (R21/R33). NICHD. Deadline: 3/17/16. Synopsis: This FOA encourages applications for Phased Innovation (R21/R33) grant awards to utilize 3D printing technologies to develop implantable devices and biodegradable scaffolds for long-term use that will adapt to the needs of growing children.

Small-Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC) Consortium: Therapeutic Development and Mechanisms of Resistance (U01). NCI. Deadline: 3/17/16, 11/17/16. Synopsis: This FOA invites applications to establish research teams of the Small-Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC) Consortium.

Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC) Consortium: Coordinating Center (U24). NCI. Deadline: 3/17/16, 11/17/16. Synopsis: This FOA invites applications to establish a Coordinating Center for the SCLC Consortium that will be focused on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and mechanisms of treatment resistance in SCLC.

Small-Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC) Consortium: Innovative Approaches to the Prevention and Early Detection of Small Cell Lung Cancer (U01). NCI. Deadline: 3/17/16, 11/17/16. Synopsis: This FOA invites applications to establish research teams of the SCLC Consortium to conduct research whose overall goals are: 1) to expand the understanding of the critical molecular changes in the lung that precede the development of frank SCLC and/or, 2) to identify populations at particularly high risk for SCLC.

Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity in Humans. NIH. Deadline: 3/18/16. Synopsis: Six companion FOAs will establish the elements of the MoTrPAC. Clinical Centers will collect tissues such as blood, muscle, and fat from well-characterized participants engaging in physical activity. Biospecimens will be analyzed by Genomics, Epigenomics, and Transcriptomics Chemical Analysis Sites and Metabolomics and Proteomics Chemical Analysis Sites. Preclinical Animal Studies Sites will provide additional tissues that cannot be obtained from human subjects and allow for further characterization and validation of molecular transducers identified from the chemical analysis of human samples. A Bioinformatics Center will oversee data standardization, integration, and storage and will implement data sharing and computational tools for the integrated analysis of clinical and molecular data. Overall coordination will be provided by a Consortium Coordination Center.

Feasibility Studies to Build Collaborative Partnerships in Cancer Research (P20). NCI. Deadline: 3/18/16. Synopsis: NCI invites P20 planning grant applications for developing collaborative partnership between institutions serving underserved health disparity populations and underrepresented students and NCI-designated Cancer Centers.

Expanding the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) in the Human and Mouse (UM1). NHGRI. Deadline: 3/21/16. Synopsis: The purpose of this FOA is to solicit applications for research projects to apply state-of-the-art, high-throughput and cost-effective data generation pipelines to develop an expanded catalog of candidate functional elements in the human and mouse genomes.

Characterizing the Functional Elements in the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) Catalog (UM1). NHGRI. Deadline: 3/21/16. Synopsis: This FOA seeks applications to develop and apply generalizable approaches to characterize the role of candidate functional elements identified by the ENCyclopedia Of DNA Elements in specific biological contexts.

Computational Analysis of the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) Data (U01). NHGRI. Deadline: 3/21/16. Synopsis: The purpose of this FOA is to solicit applications to develop and apply new computational analysis methods to data from the ENCODE Project, with the goal of improving and interpreting the catalogs of candidate functional elements in the human and mouse genomes that the ENCODE Project has produced.

ENCODE Data Coordinating Center (U24). NHGRI. Deadline: 3/21/16. Synopsis: The purpose of this FOA is to solicit applications to develop and implement a Data Coordination Center for the ENCODE project.

ENCODE Data Analysis Center (U24). NHGRI. Deadline: 3/21/16. Synopsis: The purpose of this FOA is to solicit applications to develop and implement a Data Analysis Center for the ENCODE project.

NIDCD National Human Ear Tissue Laboratory Resource for Hearing and Balance Research (U24). Deadline: 3/31/16. Synopsis: This FOA will establish a laboratory as a national technological resource for auditory and vestibular researchers who use human inner and middle ear tissues for a range of basic and clinical studies.

Genome Sequencing Center for the Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Research Program (U24). NIH. Deadline: 3/31/16. Synopsis: The purpose is to establish one or two centers that can rapidly generate high quality whole genome sequence and variant data from a large number of human specimens representing two types of pediatric conditions - structural birth defects and childhood cancers.

Administrative Supplements for Complementary Health Practitioner Research Experience (Admin Supp). NCCIH. Deadline: 4/1/16, 9/1/16. Synopsis: NCCIH encourages applications for administrative supplements to NCCIH-supported awards to support complementary health practitioners in an intensive supervised clinical research experience that will lead to a better understanding of and practical experience in complementary and integrative health research.

Systems Biology Approaches in HIV/AIDS and Substance Use (R01). NIDA. Deadline: 4/4/16. Synopsis: The purpose is to support systems biology research projects that address critical questions in HIV/AIDS research in the context of drugs of abuse.

Regional Consortia for High Resolution Cryoelectron Microscopy (U24). NIGMS. Deadline: 4/6/16. Synopsis: The purpose is to provide regional access for cryoelectron microscopy (cryoEM) laboratories to state-of-the-art data collection capabilities.

Opportunities for Collaborative Research at the NIH Clinical Center (U01). Deadline: 4/11/16. Synopsis: The goal of this program is to support collaborative translational research projects aligned with NIH efforts to enhance the translation of basic biological discoveries into clinical applications that improve health. In order to be eligible for this program, the application must include at least one intramural scientist as Program Director/Principal Investigator or collaborator, and at least some of the research must be conducted at the NIH Clinical Center.

Psychosocial and Behavioral Mechanisms in Bariatric Surgery (R01). NIDDK. Deadline: 4/14/16. Synopsis: This FOA will support research to measure psychosocial and behavioral factors in individuals undergoing bariatric surgery to examine mechanisms of behavior change and how they relate to post-surgical success and risk.

Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes: Patient Reported Outcomes Research Resource Center Core (ECHO PRO Core) (U24). NIH. Deadline: 4/15/16. Synopsis: The purpose of this FOA is to invite applications for the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Patient Reported Outcomes Research Resource Center Core (ECHO PRO Core).

Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Pediatric Cohorts (UG3/UH3). NIH. Deadline: 4/15/16. Synopsis: This FOA is soliciting applications to support existing cohorts to address how pre-, peri-, and post-natal environmental exposures impact childhood development and health outcomes as part of the ECHO program.

Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Data Analysis Center (U24). NIH. Deadline: 4/15/16. Synopsis: The purpose is to support a Data Analysis Center (DAC) for the ECHO program.

Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Coordinating Center (U2C). NIH. Deadline: 4/15/16. Synopsis: The purpose is to support a Coordinating Center for the ECHO program.

Mechanistic Basis of Diffuse White Matter Disease in Vascular Contributions to Cognitive Impairment and Dementia (VCID) (R01). NINDS, NIA. Deadline: 4/19/16. Synopsis: The purpose is to support hypothesis-testing research to elucidate cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie diffuse white matter disease of vascular origin including multifocal, small, and silent brain infarcts that may contribute to cognitive impairment and dementia.

Local Food Producer Outreach, Education, and Training to Enhance Food Safety and FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Compliance (U01). FDA. Deadline: 4/21/16. Synopsis: Projects will research and identify training, outreach and education and technical assistance needs, deliver outreach and training, and develop and adapt materials that facilitate the integration and understanding of federal food safety regulations and guidance among owners and operators of small and mid-size farms and businesses involved in local food production and processing, while taking into account diversified, sustainable, organic and identity-preserved agricultural production and processing practices.

Targets of Low Dose Alcohol in the Brain (R01) (R21). NIAAA. Deadline: 4/21/16. Synopsis: This FOA solicits research grant applications that define molecular and cellular targets mediating alcohol effects at concentrations of 10 mM and below.

International Bioethics Research Training Program (D43). FIC, NHGRI. Deadline: 5/18/16. Synopsis: The overall goal is to support the development of a sustainable critical mass of bioethics scholars in LMIC research intensive institutions with the capabilities to conduct empirical or conceptual ethics research that addresses issues in health research and research policy in these countries as well as provide research ethics leadership.

Noise-Induced Synaptopathy in the Human Auditory System (R01). NIDCD. Deadline: 5/14/16. Synopsis: This FOA seeks applications focused on determining if noise-induced cochlear synaptopathy occurs in humans.

Initiative to Maximize Research Education in Genomics: Courses for Skills Development (R25). NHGRI. Deadline: 5/25/16, 9/26/16. Synopsis: The over-arching goal of this program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research supporting short, advanced level courses that are intended to disseminate new techniques, methods, and analyses related to the mission of the NHGRI.

Tropical Medicine Research Centers (U19). NIAID. Deadline: 6/3/16. Synopsis: The purpose is to solicit applications from institutions/organizations that propose to conduct research on the causes, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of tropical diseases in endemic areas.

The Neural Mechanisms of Multi-Dimensional Emotional and Social Representation (R01), (R21). NIMH. Deadline: 6/3/16. Synopsis: This program encourages grant applications that incorporate a multi-dimensional perspective into studies of the neural mechanisms underlying emotional and/or social representations.

Image-guided Drug Delivery (R01). NCI, NIBIB. Deadline: 6/21/16, 11/22/16. Synopsis: This FOA will support innovative research projects that are focused on image-guided drug delivery, including real-time image guidance, monitoring, quantitative in vivo characterizations and validation of delivery and response.

Improving Diabetes Management in Children with Type 1 Diabetes (DP3). NIDDK. Deadline: 6/22/16. Synopsis: The goal is to support research to develop, refine, and pilot test innovative strategies to improve management of type 1 diabetes in young children (under 5 years old) and/or school-aged children (ages 5-9 years old).

Understanding Barriers and Facilitators to Type 1 Diabetes Management in Adults (DP3). NIDDK. Deadline: 6/22/16. Synopsis: The goal is to support research that will identify barriers and facilitators to good diabetes self-management in adults with type 1 diabetes.

Improving Diabetes Management in Pre-teens, Adolescents and/or Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes (DP3). NIDDK. Deadline: 6/22/16. Synopsis: The goal is to encourage applications from institutions/organizations proposing to develop, refine, and pilot test innovative strategies to improve diabetes management in pre-teens (ages 10-12), adolescents (ages 13-18) and/or young adults (ages 19-30) with type 1 diabetes.

The Role of the Human Virome in Heart, Lung, and Blood Health and Resilience (R61/R33). NHLBI. Deadline: 6/24/16, 8/9/16 for AIDS. Synopsis: The purpose of this FOA is to support research to identify and evaluate the basic underlying molecular and physiological mechanisms by which the virome may influence heart, lung, and blood health and resilience.

Imaging and Biomarkers for Early Detection of Aggressive Cancer (U01). NCI. Deadline: 7/11/16, 12/14/16. Synopsis: The purpose is to: (i) invite researchers to submit collaborative research project applications to improve cancer screening, early detection of aggressive cancer, assessment of cancer risk and cancer diagnosis aimed at integrating multi-modality imaging strategies and multiplexed biomarker methodologies into a singular complementary approach, and (ii) establish a Consortium for Imaging and Biomarkers to perform collaborative studies, exchange information, share knowledge and leverage common resources.

NIDA Research Center of Excellence Grant Program (P50). Deadline: 9/25/16. Synopsis: NIDA supports research center grants to foster an innovative, synergistic and thematically coherent approach to drug abuse and addiction research and to enable studies that would not occur without the climate, facilities and/or interactive research resources that a research center can uniquely provide.

Interior Department

Coral Reef Initiative Program. Deadline: 4/1/16. Synopsis: The program provides grant funding for management and protection of coral reef in the insular areas. Highest priority will be given to proposals that support local and regional priorities for protection and sustainable use of coral reefs.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

For more NASA solicitations, see NSPIRES.

Research Opportunities in Aeronautics - 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.

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.

Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) 2016 at NASA John C. Stennis Center. Deadline: 9/30/16. Synopsis: Projects will be joint technology development efforts that will include collaboration with NASA or NASA support contractor personnel. Categories of interest: Rocket Propulsion Test Technologies, Helium Recovery Technology, Nuclear Thermal Propulsion System Testing, Innovative Thermal Materials, Energy Harvesting, Facility Improvement Areas.

National Endowment for the Humanities

Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers. Deadline: 2/25/16. Synopsis: The program supports a series of one-week workshops for K-12 educators. Workshops use historic sites to address central themes and issues in American history, government, literature, art, music, and related subjects in the humanities.

Summer Seminars and Institutes. Deadline: 2/25/16. Synopsis: These grants support professional development programs in the humanities for school teachers and for college and university faculty.

Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities. Deadline: 3/15/16. Synopsis: These NEH grants support national or regional (multistate) training programs for scholars and advanced graduate students to broaden and extend their knowledge of digital humanities.

National Science Foundation

For more NSF program deadlines, see Active Funding Opportunities.

Resource Implementations for Data Intensive Research in the Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences (RIDIR). Deadline: 2/29/16. Synopsis: The Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) seeks to develop user-friendly large-scale next-generation data resources and relevant analytic techniques to advance fundamental research in SBE areas of study.

Dear Colleague Letter: Supporting Research Advances in Smart and Connected Communities. Deadline: 3/1/16. Synopsis: NSF aims to accelerate fundamental understanding and stimulate basic research on frameworks that integrate and operate on data from multiple sources and at multiple temporal and spatial scales, new sociotechnical systems that are interconnected and interdependent, and new technologies for innovative applications and services to enable more livable, workable, sustainable, and connected communities.

Science of Learning: Collaborative Networks (SL-CN). Deadline: 3/1/16 for required letters of intent, 4/4/16 for proposals. Synopsis: This solicitation invites proposals for the creation of new research networks to address important integrative questions in the science of learning.

Algorithms in the Field (AitF). Deadline: 3/3/16. Synopsis: Algorithms in the Field encourages closer collaboration between two groups of researchers: theoretical computer science researchers and other computing and information researchers.

Fluid Dynamics Research at the International Space Station to Benefit Life on Earth (NSF-ISS). Deadline: 3/7/16. Synopsis: The Division of Chemical, Bioengineering and Environmental Transport in the Engineering Directorate of NSF is partnering with The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space to solicit research projects in the general field of fluid dynamics that can utilize the ISS National Lab to conduct research that will benefit life on Earth.

National Robotics Initiative (NRI). NSF, NASA, NIH, USDA, DOE, DOD. Deadline: 3/7/16. Synopsis: The purpose of this program is to support the development of this next generation of robotics, to advance the capability and usability of such systems and artifacts, and to encourage existing and new communities to focus on innovative application areas.

Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP). Deadline: 3/9/16. Synopsis: The CRISP solicitation seeks to fund projects likely to produce new knowledge that can contribute to making interdependent critical infrastructure system services more effective, efficient, dependable, adaptable, resilient, safe, and secure, taking into account the human systems in which they are embedded.

MacroSystems Biology and Early NEON Science. Deadline: 3/15/16, 10/17/16. Synopsis: The program will support quantitative, interdisciplinary, systems-oriented research on biosphere processes and their complex interactions with climate, land use, and invasive species at regional to continental scales as well as planning, training, and development activities

Dimensions of Biodiversity. Deadline: 3/17/16. Synopsis: This campaign promotes novel integrative approaches to fill the most substantial gaps in our understanding of the diversity of life on Earth. The Dimensions of Biodiversity program again includes partnerships with the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) of Brazil in fiscal year 2016.

International Research Network Connections (IRNC). Deadline: 3/17/16. Synopsis: The program supports high-performance network connectivity required by international science and engineering research and education collaborations involving the NSF research community.

Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS). NSF, USDA NIFA. Deadine: 3/22/16. Synopsis: The overarching goal of INFEWS is to catalyze the well-integrated interdisciplinary research efforts to transform scientific understanding of the FEW nexus in order to improve system function and management, address system stress, increase resilience, and ensure sustainability.

Genealogy of Life (GoLife). Deadline: 3/23/16. Synopsis: Projects submitted to this program should emphasize increased efficiency in contributing to a complete Genealogy of Life and strategic integration of various types of organismal and environmental data with phylogenies.

EarthCube:. Deadline: 3/24/16 for Prototypes and for Capabilities, anytime for Research Coordination Networks. Synopsis: EarthCube is a community-driven activity sponsored through a partnership between the NSF Directorate for Geosciences and the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure to transform research in the academic geosciences community.

Energy-Efficient Computing: from Devices to Architectures (E2CDA). NSF, Semiconductor Research Corporation. Deadline: 3/28/16. Synopsis: This partnership will specifically support new research to minimize the energy impacts of processing, storing, and moving data within future computing systems, and will be synergistic with other research activities that address other aspects of this overarching energy-constrained computing performance challenge.

STEM + Computing Partnerships (STEM+C). Deadline: 3/28/16. Synopsis: The program offers proposers two tracks: (1) Integration of Computing in STEM Education and (2) Computing Education Knowledge and Capacity Building.

Dear Colleague Letter: CPS EAGERs Supporting Participation in the Global City Teams Challenge. Deadline: 4/1/16. Synopsis: NSF is funding EAGER proposals to support NSF researchers participating in the NIST GCTC, with the goal of pursuing novel research on the effective integration of networked computing systems and physical devices that will have significant impact in meeting the challenges of Smart and Connected Communities.

Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs). Deadline: 4/4/16. Synopsis: The DIBBs program encourages development of robust and shared data-centric cyberinfrastructure capabilities, to accelerate interdisciplinary and collaborative research in areas of inquiry stimulated by data. This solicitation includes two classes of science data pilot awards: Early Implementations, and Pilot Demonstrations.

Petascale Computing Resource Allocations (PRAC). Deadline: 4/4/16, 11/9/16. Synopsis: The purpose of this solicitation is to invite research groups to submit requests for allocations of resources on the Blue Waters system.

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation - SSE & SSI (SI2: SSE & SSI). Deadline: 4/26/16 for SSE, 9/19/16 for SSI. Synopsis: The goal of the program is to create a software ecosystem that includes all levels of the software stack and scales from individual or small groups of software innovators to large hubs of software excellence.

Expeditions in Computing. Deadline: 5/2/16 for preliminary proposals, 1/18/17 for proposals. Synopsis: CISE has created the program to provide the CISE research and education community with the opportunity to pursue ambitious, fundamental research agendas that promise to define the future of computing and information.

Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum (EARS). Deadline: 5/3/16. Synopsis: CISE, ENG, and MPS are coordinating efforts to identify bold new concepts with the potential to contribute towards significant improvements in the efficiency of radio spectrum utilization, protection of passive sensing services, and the ability for traditionally underserved Americans to benefit from current and future wireless-enabled goods and services.

Ideas Lab: Measuring "Big G" Challenge. Deadline: 5/16/16 for required preliminary proposals, 10/26/16 for proposals. Synopsis: The ultimate aim of this Ideas Lab organized by the Physics Division of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate at the NSF, in collaboration with experts in the field, is to facilitate the development of new experiments designed to measure Newton’s gravitational constant G with relative uncertainties approaching or surpassing one part in 100,000.

State of California

Partnering Opportunity for Discovery Stage Research Projects: DISC 2: The Quest Awards. California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). Deadline: 3/15/16. Synopsis: The Quest Awards Program will promote the discovery of promising new stem cell-based technologies that could be translated to enable broad use and ultimately, improve patient care. The expected outcome at the conclusion of a Quest Award is the identification of a novel candidate therapeutic, diagnostic, medical device, or tool that can immediately progress to translation activities to enable broad use.

Assess Vulnerability of California's Transportation Fuel Sector to Extreme Weather-Related Events and Identify Resilience Options. California Energy Commission. Deadline: 3/18/16. Synopsis: The goal of this research is to provide an initial assessment of the vulnerability of California’s transportation fuel sector to extreme weather, in close collaboration with petroleum sector stakeholders and with sufficient detail to identify resilience options, strategies for their implementation, and priorities for further investigation.

Partnering Opportunity for Discovery Stage Research Projects: DISC 3: The Challenge Award. California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). Deadline: 3/30/16. The Challenge Award program will provide funding to address or overcome key challenges in the stem cell field that are preventing or slowing the discovery of promising new stem cell technologies that could be rapidly translated towards improving patient care.

University of California

Medicine & Humanities: The Andrew Vincent White and Florence Wales White Graduate Student Scholarship, 2016-17. University of California Humanities Research Institute. Deadline: 2/19/16. Synopsis: UC doctoral students working on a dissertation project in the Humanities and Medicine or in the Theoretical Social Sciences and Medicine are eligible.

University of California President’s Faculty Research Fellowships in the Humanities, 2016-17. University of California Humanities Research Institute. Deadline: 2/19/16. Synopsis: The program provides UC faculty with fellowship support to carry out an extended research project.

UCGHI Centers of Expertise (COEs). University of California Global Health Institute. Deadline: 2/19/16 for letters of intent, 4/1/16 for proposals. Synopsis: UCGHI is seeking proposals for new or existing Centers of Expertise (COEs). The total award pool available is $400,000 per annum, divided between two COEs that will be selected through this process. COEs must include at least four lead campuses or three lead campuses plus researchers from one of the UC National Laboratories.

Peder Sather Grant Program. UCB. Deadline: 3/1/16. Synopsis: The Peder Sather Center for Advanced Study supports projects carried out by researchers at UC Berkeley in collaboration with researchers from eight Norwegian universities. Grants can support activities such as workshops, mini-conferences, virtual intellectual exchanges, the undertaking of exploratory and pilot studies, activities such as PhD student exchanges, longer-term stays for Principal Investigators, the collection and analysis of data, and other core research activities. There must be at least one Principal Investigator from UC Berkeley and one from a Norwegian consortium institution. Principal Investigators from UC Berkeley must be ladder-rank faculty; no substitutions may be made.

Bakar Fellows Program. UCB. Deadline: 3/6/16. Synopsis: The program supports innovative translational research by faculty at UC Berkeley in the fields of Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and in multidisciplinary work in these areas. Starting this year, the program will be open to faculty members at all career stages (Assistant, Associate, and Full Professors) with aspirations to bring their work to commercial viability. 

UC MEXUS-CONACYT Grants for Collaborative Projects. Deadline: 3/7/16. Synopsis: The University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS) and El Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT) are pleased to announce a call for proposals to provide seed funding to teams of UC and Mexican researchers with beginning projects in basic and applied collaborative research, instructional development, and public service and education projects that apply research to public issues.

UC MEXUS-CONACYT Postdoctoral Research Fellowships for Mexican Ph.D.s at University of California Campuses and for UC Ph.D.s at Mexican Institutions. Deadline: 3/7/16. Synopsis: The primary objective of this program is to advance academic scholarship by emerging Mexican researchers and UC scientists and scholars in the early stages of their careers, after obtaining their Ph.D. In addition, the program seeks to support existing or developing binational academic networks by enhancing collaborative research projects between UC and Mexican faculty and institutions through the innovative involvement and training of new researchers.

UCHRI Humanists@Work Graduate Advisory Committee 2016-17. University of California Humanities Research Institute. Deadline: 4/15/16. Synopsis: UCHRI invites proposals from humanities graduate students interested in participating in the UC-wide initiative supporting career regarding careers alongside/outside the academy.

UCHRI Humanists@Work PhD Research Internship – Summer 2016. University of California Humanities Research Institute. Deadline: 5/1/16. Synopsis: UCHRI invites proposals from humanities and humanistic social science PhD students interested in participating in a new UC-wide initiative regarding careers alongside/outside the academy.

Special Projects, Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP). UCOP. 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.

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.

UC MEXUS Small Grants for UC Faculty. Deadline: First Monday of each month. Synopsis: The program supports 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.

UC MEXUS Small Grants Support for UC Student and Postdoctoral Activities. Deadline: First Monday of each month. Synopsis: This program supports UC graduate student and postdoctoral researcher activities in all disciplines as related to academic exchange, research training, and scholarly development in areas of interest to UC MEXUS.

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.

Nonprofit and Other Agencies

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