Category Archives: RFPs

Orbitrap Elite MS Users: Use Fees

Dear Orbitrap Elite MS Users,

This year has been exciting with our personnel and equipment expansions under the NSF-funded Major Research Instrumentation grant. In the past year, we’ve taken on several small projects to learn about the community needs and demonstrate the instrument capability.  However, from here forward, we’re required to charge user fees for instrument time. This is necessary in order to maintain the instrument and technical support. As a reminder, the currently approved rates are $50/hr or $300/day.
 
For the users seeking accurate mass measurements by direct infusion, if samples are brought ready-to-use (clean, in the right concentration and appropriate solvent), we are able to run

6-8 samples/hr. For LC/MS runs, please consider one hour per sample. 

 
Because we still want to grow our user base, we’re offering limited “free/reduced cost” user time for method development or collecting preliminary data for proposals/new projects. To be considered, please prepare a short proposal with the following: (1) a description of the proposed science and/or technology development (no more than 

2

 pages), including broader impacts of the work; (2) a one-page description of the previous relevant work;

and (3) a biographical sketch of the PI. Proposals will be reviewed by our user committee. The committee will decide how many hours can be allowed for instrument use with reduced rates. 

 
Thanks for your cooperation and I am looking forward to our future collaborations!  Please do not hesitate to contact me with your questions.
 
Many thanks,
Maryam Khaksari, Ph.D.
Mass Spectrometry Research Specialist 
Chemical Advanced Resolution Methods (ChARM) Lab
Part of the Microanalytical Facility (MAF) (maf.mtu.edu)
Department of Chemistry
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI 49931
Phone: 906-487-1469

NIH RFPs

Requests for Applications

  • Novel Assays for Screening the Effects of Chemical Toxicants on Cell Differentiation (SBIR R44)
    (RFA-ES-17-007)
    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
    Application Receipt Date(s): October 4, 2017), by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

Program Announcements

  • Integration of Individual Residential Histories into Cancer Research (R21)
    (PA-17-295)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.

  • Integration of Individual Residential Histories into Cancer Research (R01)
    (PA-17-298)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply , by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.

  • NCCIH Natural Product Phase I-IIa Clinical Trial Award (R33)
    (PAR-17-318)
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): New Applications: October 4, 2017 Resubmission and Revision Applications: October 24, 2017, by 5:00 PM

  • NCCIH Natural Product Phase I-IIa Clinical Trial Phased Innovation Award (R61/R33)
    (PAR-17-319)
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): New Applications: October 4, 2017 Resubmission and Revision Applications: October 24, 2017, by 5:00 PM

  • Multidisciplinary Studies of HIV/AIDS and Aging (R21)
    (PAR-17-320)
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM

  • Multidisciplinary Studies of HIV/AIDS and Aging (R01)
    (PAR-17-321)
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM

  • NEI Center Core Grant for Vision Research (P30)
    (PAR-17-322)
    National Eye Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): September 28, 2017; September 28, 2018, September 18, 2019, by 5:00 PM 

RFP: Great Lakes Air Deposition (GLAD) program

Good morning,

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is currently soliciting for project proposals under the Great Lakes Air Deposition (GLAD) program.  GLAD is a program set up to address the deposition of toxic pollutants, as well as understand how these pollutants adversely affect both human and ecosystem health within the Great Lakes basin. In the past, GLAD, under the efforts of the Great Lake Commissions (GLC) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), has been able to engage scientific leaders to better understand the sources of toxic pollutants by supporting more than 35 projects that identify, quantify, and reduce the sources, environmental transport processes, deposition rates, fate, and impacts of toxic pollutants in the Great Lakes region. The GLAD program places a large emphasis on promoting scientific efforts that will increase the ability to manage this complicated but urgent environmental issue.

IDEM anticipates that the available funding for the current federal fiscal year (FY18) of GLAD will be approximately $90,000, an amount similar to what was awarded during the previous year. If funding is not available, then IDEM will not award GLAD funding for 2018.  Successful applicants will be invited to enter into a grant agreement with IDEM to perform the work described within their proposal. Choices will be based on the selection criteria identified in Attachment A of the solicitation. IDEM anticipates funding one to two projects, depending on the scope of work and cost per proposal. The deadline for proposals is August 9, 2017, by close of business.

The GLAD grant solicitation, as well as further information about the program, can be found at http://www.in.gov/idem/airquality/2635.htm under ‘2018 GLAD Documents’.  Please do not hesitate to contact me directly with any questions you may have. Please feel free to pass this information on to anyone you believe would be interested in this opportunity.

Thank you.

Jennifer R. Geisenhaver, MPA

Senior Environmental Manager

Office of Air Quality – Air Programs Branch

Indiana Department of Environmental Management

jgeisenh@idem.IN.gov

(P) 317.233.8628

(F) 317.233.5967


NSF RFPs (CAREER)

(as if you didn’t know this was coming!)
Full Proposal Deadline Date: July 20, 2017
— for ENG
Program Guidelines: NSF 17-537
CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education …More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503214&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

Full Proposal Deadline Date: July 21, 2017
— for GEO, MPS, SBE
Program Guidelines: NSF 17-537CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education …
More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503214&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

 

 Solicitation: NSF 17-516
Due Date: October 18, 2017
Institutional Limit: See Limit Summary
Limit Summary: There is no limit to the number of proposals an eligible Institution may submit to this program, as long as each proposed Site belongs to a different IUCRC.

NSF’s Proposal Requirements for Identifying Collaborators and Other Affiliations Information

by Research Development and Office of Sponsored Programs

On April 24, the NSF initiated a new pilot for identifying conflicts of interest that affects all NSF proposals.

The Michigan Tech offices of Research Development and Sponsored Programs want to make a special note about the requirements for the Collaborators and Other Affiliations document. Over the last few years, this document has moved from inclusion on the NSF Biosketch to a separate document. As a separate document, it has evolved from a free-form document through two versions of an Excel spreadsheet template. With all these changes, it’s easy to get confused or lose track of which template should be used.

The most up-to-date template comes directly from NSF and can be found here. We have also saved a copy of this template to the RD Toolkit here.

Here are the most important things to note:

  • Has been developed to be fillable. However, the content and format requirements must not be altered by submitters.
  • Must be saved in .xlsx or .xls formats and directly uploaded into FastLane as a Collaborators and Other Affiliations Single Copy Document.
  • Will be converted by FastLane from an .xlsx or .xls file to a PDF file.
  • Has been tested in Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets and LibreOffice.
  • Will enable preservation of searchable text that otherwise would be lost. Must be uploaded in .xlsx or .xls formats only. Uploading a Collaborators and Other Affiliations Single Copy Document in any other format may delay the timely processing and review of your proposal.
  • Will be directly linked in FastLane. The template and associated instructions may also be accessed directly here.

It is important to note that the new form requires additional information that was not required in previous templates. You will need to plan time during proposal preparation to update this document to the new format.

NSF announced this document on listservs and in the NSF Proposal and Award Policy Newsletter here.



National Road Research Alliance RFP

MnDOT Master Universities,

MnDOT has developed three need statements through National Road Research Alliance that MnDOT is looking for proposals.   This request for proposals is not a part of the “normally” scheduled research RFP through MnDOT Research Services, it will come out on August 1, 2017.  Please share this email with your university staff that maybe interested in proposing on this work.

The three NRRA Research Need Statements being contacted though RFP process (Need Statements attached):

  1. Compacted Concrete for Local Streets                       
  2. Recycled Aggregate Base and Large Subbase
  3. Developing Best Practices for Rehabilitation of Concrete with Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) Overlays related to Density and Reflective Cracking

NRRA RFP Timeline:

  • June 20, 2017 – RFP for the three NRRA Need Statements sent out to the Master Universities
  • July 21, 2017 (4 weeks) – Proposals due back to MnDOT (emails)

o   Email proposals to Jeff Brunner – jeff.brunner@state.mn.us

o   Email any question to Ben Worel – ben.worel@state.mn.us (all answers will be shared with everyone)

o   Proposal Forms can be obtained from Adrienne (minerick@mtu.edu) or Natasha (nichopp@mtu.edu)

  • August 11, 2017 – NRRA University Notification of the selected proposals.

After universities are selected then contracts will be developed for the work.  No work can be performed until the contract is signed. It is anticipated that successful proposals will start work on these projects by October 2017.

Please also pass this information onto your research contacts. Many have asked for a timelines, maximum funding limits, and relationships of other data collection taking place on the unbound (#2) research effort – please utilize the following information for your proposals.

  1. Compacted Concrete for Local Streets
  2. Maximum Budget = $80,000
  3. Maximum Years = 3 years
  4. Recycled Aggregate Base and Large Subbase
  5. Maximum Budget = $225,000
  6. Maximum Years = 3 years
  7. Note University of Texas El Paso and Ingios are collecting IC unbound data at MnROAD under other separate agreements – they are not under contract for the work listed under this RFP but will share data to help this project succeed.
  8. Developing Best Practices for Rehabilitation of Concrete with Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) Overlays related to Density and Reflective Cracking
  9. Maximum Budget = $150,000
  10. Maximum Years = 3 years

Thanks – Ben

Benjamin Worel, P.E. (MN)

Minnesota Department of Transportation

MnROAD Operations Engineer

1400 Gervais Ave – MailStop 645

Maplewood, MN 55109

Ben.Worel@state.mn.us

 

Visit MnROAD at www.mndot.gov/mnroad/


NIH RFPs

Requests for Applications

  • Limited Competition Cohort Studies of HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse (U01)
    (RFA-DA-18-011)
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    Application Receipt Date(s): September 29, 2017 by 5:00 PM

  • Creation and Implementation of the National Evaluation System for Health Technology (NEST) Coordinating Center (CC)
    (RFA-FD-18-002)
    Food and Drug Administration
    Application Receipt Date(s): August 14, 2017 , by 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Applicants are encouraged to apply early

  • The Impact of Microenvironment on Lung Progenitor Cell Function (R01)
    (RFA-HL-18-022)
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): October 4, 2017, by 5:00 PM

Program Announcements

  • Collaborative Activities to Expedite Environmental Health Science Research, Translation, and Community Engagement Across EHS Core Centers (Admin Supp)
    (PA-17-317)
    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): July 26, 2017, by 5:00 PM

  • Cellular and Molecular Biology of Complex Brain Disorders (R01)
    (PAR-17-309)
    National Institute of Mental Health
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM

  • Cellular and Molecular Biology of Complex Brain Disorders (R21)
    (PAR-17-310)
    National Institute of Mental Health
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM

  • NINDS Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25)
    (PAR-17-312)
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): September 25, 2017, September 25, 2018, September 25, 2019, by 5:00 PM

  • Global Brain and Nervous System Disorders Research Across the Lifespan (R21)
    (PAR-17-313)
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): November 7, 2017; November 7, 2018; November 7, 2019 by 5:00 PM

  • Global Brain and Nervous System Disorders Research Across the Lifespan (R01)
    (PAR-17-314)
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): November 7, 2017 November 7, 2018; November 7, 2019, by 5:00 PM

  • Pre-application for a Biomedical Technology Research Resource (X02)
    (PAR-17-315)
    National Institute of General Medical Sciences
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): August 15, 2017; March 15, 2018; July 17, 2018; March 15, 2019; July 15, 2019; and March 15, 2020, by 5:00 PM

  • Biomedical Technology Research Resource (P41)
    (PAR-17-316)
    National Institute of General Medical Sciences
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): September 25, 2017; January 25, 2018; May 25, 2018; January 25, 2019; May 25, 2019; and January 25, 2020, by 5:00 PM

  • HIV/HCV Co-Infections in Substance Abusers (R01)
    (PAS-17-311)
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): September 7 2017 and January 7, 2018 , by 5:00 PM

NSF RFPs June 19

Advanced Technological Education (ATE)

 

 Full Proposal Deadline Date: July 12, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 16-004Y  The Science of Learning program supports potentially transformative basic research to advance the science of learning. The goals of the SL Program are to develop basic theoretical insights and fundamental knowledge about learning principles, processes and constraints. Projects that are integrative and/or interdisciplinary may be especially valuable in moving basic understanding of learning forward but research with a single discipline or methodology is also appropriate if it …
Full Proposal Deadline Date: July 12, 2017
Program Guidelines: NSF 14-589  The long-range goal of the Enriched Doctoral Training in the Mathematical Sciences (EDT) program is to strengthen the nation’s scientific competitiveness by increasing the number of well-prepared U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents who pursue careers in the mathematical sciences and in other professions in which expertise in the mathematical sciences plays an increasingly important role.  The EDT program will achieve this by supporting efforts to enrich research training …More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505083&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

 

 Letter of Intent Deadline Date: July 14, 2017
Program Guidelines: NSF 17-558  NSF invites proposals for the acquisition and deployment of a High Performance Computing (HPC) system, called the Phase 1 system, with the option of a possible future upgrade to a leadership-class computing facility. The Phase 1 system will serve two important and complementary purposes:

  1. It will serve as a robust, well-balanced, and forward-looking computational asset for a broad range of research topics for which advances in fundamental understanding require …
    More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503148&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

Funding Opportunities: DARPA, ARPA-E, etc.

Compiled by Federal Science Partners

DARPA Releases Funding Announcement for High-Risk, High-Payoff Research Opportunities— The mission of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is to identify and pursue high-risk, high-payoff research initiatives across a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines and to transform these initiatives into disruptive technologies for U.S. national security. In support of this mission, the DSO Office-wide BAA invites proposers to submit innovative basic or applied research concepts that explore Physical and Natural Systems, Human-Machine and Social Systems, and/or Math and Computational Systems through the lens of one or more of the following technical domains: Complexity Engineering, Science of Design, Noosphere, Fundamental Limits, and New Foundations. Proposals must investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances. DSO is explicitly not interested in approaches or technologies that primarily result in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.  More information on this funding opportunity is here.

DHS Announces $35 Million Funding Opportunity for New Center of Excellence in Cross-Border Threat Screening and Supply Chain Defense — The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced $35 million in funding opportunities for a new DHS Center of Excellence (COE) for Cross-Border Threat Screening and Supply Chain Defense (CBTS). Accredited United States colleges and universities may submit proposals as the Center lead or as an individual partner to work with the lead institution in support of the Center’s activities. These two related funding opportunities are posted here. The deadline for submitting proposals is August 4, 2017. DHS intends to fund this new COE for 10 years for a total of approximately $35 million through a cooperative agreement.

ARPA-E Announces $32 Million in Awards for Advanced Technologies — The Department of Energy (DOE) announced this week up to $32 million in funding for 16 projects as part of two new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) programs: ENergy-efficient Light-wave Integrated Technology Enabling Networks that Enhance Datacenters (ENLITENED) and Power Nitride Doping Innovation Offers Devices Enabling SWITCHES (PNDIODES).

ENLITENED: ENergy-efficient Light-wave Integrated Technology Enabling Networks that Enhance Datacenters – $25 Million — The growth of the internet has led to an increase in energy consumption by the Information Communications Technology sector, particularly by datacenters that store and process information in the “cloud.” Datacenters currently consume 2.5 percent of U.S. electricity – a figure that is projected to double in just eight years. Efforts to improve their energy efficiency will ultimately be limited by metal interconnects currently used to transmit information between the devices within a datacenter.  ENLITENED seeks to overcome these limitations by advancing high density, energy-efficient photonic interconnects and related novel network designs that take advantage of integrated photonics technologies. Because photonic interconnects do not rely on electrons flowing through metal to transmit information, instead relying on light, it is possible to transmit information with far greater speed and bandwidth using significantly less energy. If successful, ENLITENED projects could result in an overall doubling in datacenter energy efficiency.  Details on the nine ENLITENED projects can be found here.

PNDIODES: Power Nitride Doping Innovation Offers Devices Enabling SWITCHES – $6.9 Million — Power electronics devices convert one form of electricity to another so that it can be used in a specific device. Most power electronics are silicon based, which becomes much less efficient as power demands increase due to the physical limitations of the material. Power converters based on wide-bandgap semiconductors such as gallium nitride (GaN) and its alloys offer improved efficiencies over silicon, particularly for higher voltage devices – while also dramatically reducing size and weight. However, fabrication of these specialized materials is difficult and expensive.  With PNDIODES, ARPA-E is tackling a specific challenge in wide-bandgap semiconductor production – focusing on a process called selective area doping to allow for the fabrication of devices at a cost competitive to their traditional, silicon-based relatives. The doping process consists of adding a specific impurity to a semiconductor to change its electrical properties, altering its physical makeup to achieve performance characteristics that are useful for electronics. Developing a reliable and usable doping process that can be applied to specific regions of GaN and its alloys is an important obstacle in the fabrication of GaN-based power electronics devices that PNDIODES seeks to overcome. Ultimately, the PNDIODES project teams will develop new ways to build semiconductors for high performance, high-powered applications like aerospace, electric vehicles and the grid.  Details on the seven PNDIODES projects can be found here.