Office of Naval Research Funding Opportunities Due Sept. 8th or 25th

There are a few open ONR funding opportunities that have approaching deadlines.

The Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)  Due 4:00 PM Eastern Time, Friday, 25 September 2015

DURIP funds will be used for the acquisition of major equipment to augment current or develop new research capabilities in support of DoD-relevant research. Proposals may request $50,000 to $1,000,000. Proposals for purely instructional equipment are not eligible. General-purpose computing facilities are not appropriate for DURIP funding, but requests for computers for DoD-relevant research programs are appropriate.

The Multidisciplinary University Research Initiatives Program (MURI)  White Papers are due 08 Sep 2015 (Tuesday) and Full Proposals are due 07 Dec 2015 (Monday)

Multidisciplinary University Initiative (MURI) efforts involve teams of researchers investigating high priority topics and opportunities that intersect more than one traditional technical discipline. For many military problems this multidisciplinary approach serves to stimulate innovations, accelerate research progress and expedite transition of results into naval applications.

The Young Investigator Program (YIP)

An individual wishing to apply for a Young Investigator award must submit a research proposal and a supporting letter through the appropriate university officials. ONR makes awards to institutions, not individuals. The research proposal should follow the format described in ONR funding opportunity announcement (FOA) 15-FOA-0006, listed among ONR’s broad agency announcements, in Section IV titled, “Application and Submission Information.”


Department of Energy Small Business Opportunities

Are you a small business owner? Do you have interest in finding opportunities with the Department of Energy (DOE)? If so, the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is a great resource to get you started on your path to success!

http://energy.gov/osdbu/office-small-and-disadvantaged-business-utilization

OSDBU takes great pride in helping small businesses foster relationships with the DOE buyers. Every year we strive to engage the small business community with insightful events to learn and engage with us.

  • DOE will be hosting a 1-day ChallengeHER Forum where we will share DOE initiatives and upcoming procurements. The event is scheduled to take place November 6, 2015 in Washington, DC.
  • Stay tuned and receives updates on the upcoming 15th Annual DOE Small Business Forum & Expo.  The event will take place May 23-25, 2016 in Atlanta, GA.

These events serve as excellent opportunities to network with DOE’s small business program managaers, and buyers. Putting small business first requires an all hands on deck approach. The OSDBU works directly with DOE program elements, field offices, facility management contractors and laboratories to provide beneficial services to small businesses. The services provided include:

  • Directing small businesses to opportunities and resources
  • Educating small businesses on how to navigate within DOE
  • Connecting small businesses to DOE’s small business program managers in various program/site offices, and laboratories
  • Informing small businesses about OSDBU, DOE’s programs, outreach events and much more!

CAR visit this Thursday, September 3

Researchers from CAR, the Center for Automotive Research, Ann Arbor, will be visiting Michigan Tech this Thursday, September 3. All faculty, staff and students are welcome at events taking place throughout the day. Valerie Sathe Brugerman and Greg Schroeder from the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) in Ann Arbor will visit campus Thursday and Friday. They will discuss CAR’s research areas and potential collaborations. Thursday morning they will be in Forestry 144, Thursday afternoon in M&M 610 and Friday will be tours of labs across campus.

Spots are open for joining the CAR presenters for breakfast or lunch on Thursday and Friday. Email Andrea Longhini to RSVP at aelonghi@mtu.edu. Questions? Contact Terry Sharik Dean, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science: email tlsharik@mtu.edu; cell 734-972-2356.

The visit is co-sponsored by the School of Forestry and Environmental Science, and the College of Engineering.

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Sept. 10 – DoD Guidance on Medical Research

Dear Colleagues,

I’d like to draw your attention to two seminars on Department of Defense opportunities.  Dr. R. Keith Martin is the former Military Deputy to the Principal Assistant for Research and Technology at the Army’s R&D headquarters.  His first seminar will be on Understanding Military Medical Research Programs at 11am on Thursday, Sept. 10.  Dr. Martin’s second seminar will be on The Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium.

In addition, you are invited to sign up for one on one meetings with Dr. Martin.  To do this, please respond to the following RSVP at http://goo.gl/forms/fVr5zDVC4P.

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NSF RFPs for Sept. 2015

NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)
08/24/2015
NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)

Full Proposal Deadline Date: September 22, 2015
Program Guidelines: NSF 15-581
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program (S-STEM) addresses the need for a high quality STEM workforce in areas of national priorities. The program seeks to increase the success of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The program provides awards to…
More at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5257&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

Ideas Lab: Measuring “Big G” Challenge
08/24/2015
Ideas Lab: Measuring “Big G” Challenge

Preliminary Proposal Deadline Date: September 21, 2015
Program Guidelines: NSF 15-591
The gravitational constant, G, describes the strength of gravitation, the weakest of the four fundamental interactions in nature. Although several hundred measurements of this constant have been performed over the last two and a quarter centuries, recent experiments differ by as much as 0.05%, about 40 times the uncertainty of the most precise experiment.

Motivations to resolve the current discrepancy with better measurements are two-fold. First, the search for a theory that unifies …
More at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505229&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

 

Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)
08/25/2015
Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)

Full Proposal Window: September 24, 2015
LARGE Projects
Program Guidelines: NSF 15-575
Cyberspace has transformed the daily lives of people for the better. The rush to adopt cyberspace, however, has exposed its fragility and vulnerabilities: corporations, agencies, national infrastructure and individuals have been victims of cyber-attacks. In December 2011, the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) with the cooperation of NSF issued a broad, coordinated …
More at 
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504709&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

Computer and Network Systems (CNS): Core Programs
08/25/2015
Computer and Network Systems (CNS): Core Programs

Full Proposal Window: September 24, 2015
LARGE Projects
Program Guidelines: NSF 15-572
CISE’s Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS) supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in two core programs:

  • Computer Systems Research (CSR) program; and
  • Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS) program.

Proposers are invited to submit proposals in three project classes, which are defined as follows:

Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF): Core Programs
08/25/2015
Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF): Core Programs

Full Proposal Window: September 24, 2015
LARGE Projects
Program Guidelines: NSF 15-573
CISE’s Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in three core programs:

  • The Algorithmic Foundations (AF) program;
  • The Communications and Information Foundations (CIF) program; and
  • The Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF) program.
Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS): Core Programs
08/25/2015
Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS): Core Programs

Full Proposal Window: September 24, 2015
LARGE Projects

Program Guidelines: NSF 15-574
CISE’s Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in three core programs:

  • The Cyber-Human Systems (CHS) program;
  • The Information Integration and Informatics (III) program; and
  • The Robust Intelligence (RI) program.

More at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13707&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

Resource Implementations for Data Intensive Research in the Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences (RIDIR)
08/26/2015
Resource Implementations for Data Intensive Research in the Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences (RIDIR)

Dear Colleague Letter: Support for Engaging Students and the Public in Polar Research
08/26/2015
Dear Colleague Letter: Support for Engaging Students and the Public in Polar Research

CyberCorps(R) Scholarship for Service (SFS)
08/26/2015
CyberCorps(R) Scholarship for Service (SFS)

Full Proposal Window: September 25, 2015
Scholarship Track
Program Guidelines: NSF 15-584

Cyberspace has transformed the daily lives of people. The rush to embrace cyberspace, however, has exposed its fragility and vulnerabilities: corporations, agencies, national infrastructure and individuals have been victims of cyber-attacks. In December 2011, the National Science and Technology Council with the cooperation of NSF advanced a broad, coordinated Federal strategic plan for cybersecurity research and education to “change the game,” examine the …
More at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504991&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

 

Dear Colleague Letter: Self-Monitoring and Self-Assessing Intelligent Systems Research for the CISE/IIS Robust Intelligence Core Program
08/27/2015
Dear Colleague Letter: Self-Monitoring and Self-Assessing Intelligent Systems Research for the CISE/IIS Robust Intelligence Core Program

EarthCube: Enterprise Governance
08/28/2015
EarthCube: Enterprise Governance


Energy Innovation Opportunities for Fall 2015

Summary provided by NextEnergy nextenergy.org

U.S. Department of Energy SBIR/STTR Phase I

Application Deadline: October 19, 2015
Award: $150K per award
The U.S. Department of Energy Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs (SBIR/STTR) will fund research on a broad range of energy-related topics.

Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research

 Deadline: Open until superseded

Awards: $3K to $80M per award
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory will fund research in specified areas to support U.S. Air Force needs.

FY 2016 Department of Defense Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative

White Paper Deadline: September 8, 2015
Full Proposal Deadline: December 7, 2015
Award: $1M to $2.5M per year
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) will fund research in science and engineering of potential interest to the DoD at U.S. institutions of higher education.

Partnership for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research-Technology Translation

Letter of Intent (Required) Deadlines: September 8, 2015; March 1, 2016; September 8, 2016; March 1, 2017
Full Proposal Deadlines: October 9, 2015; April 1, 2016; October 11, 2016; April 3, 2015
Awards: Up to $200K per award
The National Science Foundation (NSF) will support innovative ideas and partnership that translate NSF-funded fundamental science and engineering discoveries toward market-valued solutions.

Manufacturing Machines and Equipment

Deadline: September 15, 2015
Awards: Up to $300K per award
The National Science Foundation will support fundamental research to enable development of new and/or improved manufacturing machines and equipment.

Click here to view more Active Funding Opportunities.

Rolling Funding Opportunities

Funding opportunities for companies that are open on a continuous, rolling basis.

PRIME Coalition
On an annual basis, PRIME selects a small group of new ventures that it believes are qualified for philanthropic investment capital and whose core business will make a substantive impact on global greenhouse gas emissions.

Michigan Pre-Seed 2.0 University Commercialization Fund

The University Commercialization Fund is a $1 million program that provides funding of up to $50,000 on a competitive basis for the commercialization of cutting edge technologies and that demonstrate a plan to spin-out the technology with start-up companies.

Energy Foundation Grants
The Energy Foundation awards grants according to initiatives in the electric power, buildings, transportation, and climate sectors. Deadlines are rolling, but inquiry and proposal review takes 4-6 weeks.

MCRN Small Company Innovation Program/Technology and Commercialization Assistance 

The Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP)/Technology and Commercialization Assistance (TCA) provides matching funds to Michigan small businesses to help cover the cost of conducting a research project at a university within MCRN.

Business Accelerator Fund

Deadline: Rolling
Awards: Up to $50K in services per company
The Michigan Business Accelerator Fund provides support to organizations providing specialized business acceleration services and resources.

Click here to view more Rolling Funding Opportunities.

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

Future opportunities for which companies may wish to begin planning, including Request for Information (RFI) and Notice of Intent (NOI).

Request for Information: Advanced Biofuel Blends in Small Engines

Deadline: August 30, 2015
The U.S. Department of Energy seeks input from stakeholders on the potential to optimize and/or modify small engines to utilize ethanol blends.

Request for Information: Generating Realistic Information for Development of Distribution and Transmission Algorithms

The U.S. Department of Energy will solicit applications to pursue innovative research for development of public, large-scale electric power system network models.

Notice of Intent: Single Pane Highly Insulating Efficient Lucid Designs

The U.S. Department of Energy intends to issue a funding opportunity announcement for technologies that transform existing single pane windows.

Notice of Intent: Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects on Indian Lands

The Department of Energy intends to issue a funding opportunity announcement entitled “Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects on Indian Lands.”

Using the Heilmeier Criteria to increase fundability of your proposals

In a couple of discussions with faculty over the last two weeks, I’ve alluded to the value of using the following Heilmeier Criteria as a tool to ensure ideas are fully developed before writing and submitting a proposal.  Strategically answering these question in the proposal will increase funding success.

The Heilmeier Criteria (or Catechism)

  1. What are you trying to do? Articulate your objectives using absolutely no jargon.
  2. How is it done today, and what are the limits of current practice?
  3. What is new in your approach and why do you think it will besuccessful?
  4. Who cares?
  5.  If you’re successful, what difference will it make? What applications are enabled as a result?
  6. What are the risks?
  7. How much will it cost? How long will it take?
  8. What are the midterm and final “exams” to check for success?

 

Details explaining the origin and utilization of this criteria are available here: http://www.nordp.org/assets/RDConf2012/presentations/nordp-2012-hillesheim.pdf


NSF Mechanics of Materials and Structures (MOMS) Due Sept 15

The Mechanics of Materials and Structures program supports fundamental research in mechanics as related to the behavior of deformable solid materials and respective structures under internal and external actions. A diverse and interdisciplinary spectrum of research is supported with emphasis on research that leads to advances in i) theory, experimental, and/or computational methods in mechanics, and/or ii) uses contemporary mechanics methods to address modern challenges in materials and structures. Proposed research can focus on existing or emerging materials and structural systems, across time and length scales.

Proposals related to material response are welcome, and would propose, but not limited to, advances in fundamental understanding of deformation, fracture, fatigue, as well as on contact and friction through constitutive modeling, multi-scale (spatial or temporal) and multi-physics analysis, computational methods, or experimental techniques. Proposals that relate to structural response are welcome and would propose, but not limited to, advances in the understanding of nonlinear deformation, instability and collapse in the context of large deformation, wave propagation, multi-scale (spatial or temporal) and multi-physics analysis, computational methods, or experimental techniques.

http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13355&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

Full Proposal Window:  September 1, 2015 – September 15, 2015

Full Proposal Window:  February 1, 2016 – February 16, 2016

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NSF Geotechnical Engineering and Materials (GEM) Due Sept. 15

The Geotechnical Engineering and Materials (GEM) Program combines and replaces the Geotechnical Engineering Program and the Geomechanics and Geomaterials Program. This new Program supports fundamental research in soil and rock mechanics and dynamics in support of physical civil infrastructure systems. Also supported is research on improvement of the engineering properties of geologic materials by mechanical, biological, thermal, chemical, and electrical processes. The Program supports civil engineering applications in the traditional areas of foundation engineering, earth structures, underground construction, tunneling, geoenvironmental engineering, and site characterization, as well as the emerging area of bio-geo engineering, with emphasis on sustainable geosystems. Research related to the geotechnical engineering aspects of geothermal energy and geothermal heat pump systems is also supported.

The GEM program encourages knowledge dissemination and technology transfer activities that can lead to broader societal benefit and implementation for provision of physical civil infrastructure. The program supports relevant research topics that address the emerging areas of geotechnical engineering and the Grand Challenges to “restore and improve urban infrastructure” and “provide access to clean water”

http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13351&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

Full Proposal Window:  September 1, 2015 – September 15, 2015

Full Proposal Window:  February 1, 2016 – February 16, 2016


Online Video Tutorials help Department of Energy SBIR/STTR proposers

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs provide a meaningful way for small advanced technology firms to contribute to federal science and technology (S&T) initiatives, while developing one’s own firm. Although the SBIR and STTR programs are provided through various Federal Agencies, each Agency is unique. It takes times to learn about agency differences and to learn how to effectively work with each unique customer.

The Department of Energy (DOE) has an interest in increasing participation of women and minority owned small businesses that possess the technical qualifications to contribute to DOE’s S&T initiatives via the SBIR and STTR programs. DOE is also reaching out to advanced technology firms in those states that have historically had low submission rates to the Department of Energy SBIR and STTR programs. Although the SBIR and STTR programs are strictly merit based, it is recognized that proposal preparation is a skill that can be taught.  To provide support in developing these skills, the Department of Energy launched its DOE Phase 0 program in October, 2014 to provide assistance to qualified small businesses. Last month, a rich addition was added to the DOE Phase 0 website that is available to anyone – the Online Tutorials  http://www.doesbirlearning.com/

Recognizing that adults learn in different ways – each tutorial is presented in three different formats – video, multimedia, and text. A variety of tools accompany each tutorial including templates, demos, glossaries, and quizzes. Materials are readily available to any small business looking to work with the Department of Energy. Unlike traditional learning management systems, interested parties don’t need to register to use the tutorials. State programs and universities with relevant Centers of Excellence are encouraged to freely use this tool as a complement to services that they provide.

The recent Department of Energy SBIR/STTR solicitation referred to as the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) was released on Monday, August 17th. If you have thought about submitting a proposal to DOE in the past, now is the time to take advantage of the Online Tutorials.

http://www.doesbirlearning.com/