Category Archives: Collaborations/Interdisciplinary Opportunities

National Oceanic Partnership Program (NOPP) 2018 Broad Agency Announcement Deadline Extended; NSF comment period

Summaries provided by Federal Science Partners
 — In July 2017 the Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) of the National Science Foundation announced that they are partnering with the Office of Naval Research (ONR), NASA, and NSF’s Office of Polar Programs (OPP), via the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP), in a “Broad Agency Announcement” (ONR BAA # N000014-17-S-B016) regarding three ocean research and technology topics of mutual and emerging interest including:  CubeSat Sensors for Investigating Littoral Ocean and Atmospheric Drivers; Improved and Routine Production, Stewardship and Application of the Group for High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature Data; and In-situ Ocean Sensor Research and Technology Development.  The October 16, 2017 deadline for the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) 2018 Broad Agency Announcement has been extended one week until October 23, 2017. This change affects the submission deadline for the Topic 1 and Topic 2 full proposal and Topic 3 Letters of Intent. The Topic 3 full proposal deadline remains on January 29, 2018.
NSF Seeks Information on Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure – On October 6 NSF issued a Request for Information on existing and future needs for mid-scale research infrastructure projects.  The purpose of this RFI is to assess the needs for mid-scale RI from the US-based NSF science and engineering community in order to develop a strategy, in accordance with the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA). The AICA requires NSF to “evaluate the existing and future needs, across all disciplines supported by the Foundation, for mid-scale projects” and “develop a strategy to address the needs.” This RFI focuses on mid-scale research infrastructure projects with an anticipated NSF contribution of between $20 million and $100 million towards construction and/or acquisition. This range is of primary interest to NSF as it will help us anticipate the potential impact of lowering an existing threshold as well as identifying promising projects that remain difficult to address within program budgets due to the comparatively large investment needed in a relatively short period of time. After the submission period ends, and the information is analyzed, NSF will summarize the high-level insights drawn from this analysis for the science community and internal NSF use. The deadline for submission to this RFI is December 8, 2017.
Back in January 2012, the National Science Board issued an evaluation of the need for mid-scale instrumentation in response to the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (ACRA 2010).  In that report the NSB concluded then:  Overall, the Board finds that the current research infrastructure investments across the Foundation are in alignment with the Board’s earlier forecasts and recommendations on funding and prioritization – including for mid-scale research instrumentation. In particular, the Board finds that NSF’s current balance of small, medium and large instrumentation is sound, and that the variety of mechanisms by which NSF prioritizes, solicits, evaluates, and supports mid-scale instrumentation – both directly, and indirectly through large centers and facilities – provides flexibility and vigor to NSF’s efforts. Consequently, although the Board’s evaluation points to the importance of continuing strongly to support mid-scale instrumentation, the Board does not recommend that NSF expand existing Foundation-wide programs or create a new Foundation-wide program for mid-scale instrumentation at this time.(emphasis added).


 The National Science Foundation wants to learn about “existing and future needs for mid-scale research infrastructure projects from the US-based NSF science and engineering community.” This category would fall somewhere between “the maximum award funded by NSF’s Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI; $4 million) and that of a major multi-user research facility project ($100 million or more).” See the Request for Information.  The American Institute of Physics reports: “NSF says that many scientific discoveries could be enabled by mid-scale RI, but such projects often fall in a gap between the eligibility thresholds of the foundation-wide programs that are dedicated to funding RI.” Currently, NSF funds mid-scale projects through the budgets of its six research directorates.

Call for Proposals: Century II Campaign Endowed Equipment Fund

The Office of the Vice President for Research is requesting Century II Campaign Endowed Equipment Fund proposals (C2E2). The program provides funds to purchase equipment that will have a broad, campus-wide impact and will improve the lives of faculty, staff and students.

Submissions will be accepted until 4 p.m. Oct. 19. Late submissions will not be accepted. For more information and proposal submission requirements, visit C2E2.


Identified and summarized by Federal Science Partners
NSF Computer Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Infrastructure Funding Opportunity — The CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) program drives discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines of the three participating CISE divisions by supporting the creation and enhancement of world-class research infrastructure that will support focused research agendas in computer and information science and engineering. This infrastructure will enable CISE researchers to advance the frontiers of CISE research. Further, through the CRI program, CISE seeks to ensure that individuals from a diverse range of academic institutions, including minority-serving and predominantly undergraduate institutions, have access to such infrastructure. The CRI program supports two classes of awards: Institutional Infrastructure (II) awards support the creation of new (II-NEW) CISE research infrastructure or the enhancement (II-EN) of existing CISE research infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities at the awardee and collaborating institutions; and Community Infrastructure (CI) awards support the planning (CI-P) for new CISE community research infrastructure, the creation of new (CI-NEW) CISE research infrastructure, the enhancement (CI-EN) of existing CISE infrastructure, or the sustainment (CI-SUSTAIN) of existing CISE community infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities for broad-based communities of CISE researchers that extend well beyond the awardee institutions. Each CI award may support the operation of such infrastructure, ensuring that the awardee institution(s) is (are) well positioned to provide a high quality of service to CISE community researchers expected to use the infrastructure to realize their research goals. More information can be found here.
NOAA Releases FY 2018-2020 Board Agency Announcement (BAA) – On October 2, NOAA released its multi-year Broad Agency Announcement to encourage research, education and outreach, innovative projects, or sponsorships that are not specifically addressed through NOAA’s competitive discretionary programs. Funding for activities described in the BAA is contingent upon the availability of Fiscal Year 2018, Fiscal Year 2019, and Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations. As an agency with responsibilities for maintaining and improving the viability of marine and coastal ecosystems, for delivering valuable weather, climate, and water information and services, for understanding the science and consequences of climate change, and for supporting the global commerce and transportation upon which we all depend, NOAA uses these BAAs as part of its efforts to remain current and responsive in an ever-changing world. More information on this BAA can be found here.

IT Funded Software Requests due Nov. 15

Michigan Tech IT provides funds for software above and beyond the funding available through your departmental budget.  If you have a software need and want to apply for this funding, complete this form.

This application collects information about the source of funding, usage and the possible substitution or addition of software. All requests are then reviewed by the IT Software Group and the IT Governance Council. More information regarding the process can be found here.

Requests are prioritized and approved based on form responses and availability of funds. Not all requests may receive funding through this process.

There’s still time to submit your request. Here are two important dates to remember:

  • Nov. 15: The deadline for submitting a funding request for software

  • Jan. 15: The date you will receive a response to the software request based on budget availability, need and impact

If you have any questions on this process, or on any IT service, contact us at or call 7-1111.

FREE NSF S-STEM Proposal Development Workshop

Rice University will be hosting a two-day, hands-on workshop titled “Capacity Building for Competitive S-STEM Proposals” with the goal of helping prospective Principal Investigators (PIs) from predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs) develop more competitive proposals to the National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (NSF S-STEM) program. As part of the workshop’s activities, teams will develop sections of their proposals and receive real-time feedback from experienced S-STEM PIs and reviewers.  Additionally, participants will engage in a mock review of an S-STEM proposal to get a sense of NSF’s merit review process.  Click here to read what participants had to say about the 2017 workshop.
Because S-STEM projects now require a team member who is a researcher (educational, discipline-based educational, social/behavioral, or institutional), one of the resources to be provided for those who need it is a list of researchers who are interested in partnering with a PI to attend the workshop on January 12-13, 2018 in Houston, Texas and on an S-STEM proposal submission.  All expenses will be paid for teams of researchers and PIs (faculty members who are currently teaching in an S-STEM eligible discipline) who participate in the workshop.
Please see the attached flyer for details and distribute widely among your networks of PUI STEM faculty members (you may need to open the attachment to access the hyperlinks).  You may contact us at or visit if there are any questions.  We strongly encourage prospective PIs from two-year colleges and minority serving institutions to apply.