Category Archives: RFPs

NIH RFPs

Requests for Applications

  • Sustained Release Innovation for HIV (SRI) (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Optional)
    (RFA-AI-18-006)
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    National Institute of Mental Health
    Application Receipt Date(s): November 30, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Immune Mechanisms at the Maternal-Fetal Interface (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
    (RFA-AI-18-023)
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Application Receipt Date(s): October 4, 2018 , by 5:00 PM local time

  • NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) Research Bases (UG1 Clinical Trial Required)
    (RFA-CA-18-015)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): August 31, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time

  • NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) Community Sites (UG1 Clinical Trial Required)
    (RFA-CA-18-016)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): August 31, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time

  • NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) Minority/Underserved Community Sites (UG1 Clinical Trial Required)
    (RFA-CA-18-017)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): August 31, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Gastrointestinal Mechanisms Contributing to HIV Pathogenesis (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (RFA-DK-18-009)
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    Application Receipt Date(s): March 14, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Development of Novel Nonsteroidal Contraceptive Methods (R61/R33 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (RFA-HD-19-015)
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Application Receipt Date(s): November 6, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Large Animal Testing Centers for Evaluation of Somatic Cell Genome Editing Tools (U42 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (RFA-RM-18-014)
    Office of Strategic Coordination (Common Fund)
    Application Receipt Date(s): August 24, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time

Program Announcements

  • Minor Use Minor Species Development of Drugs (R01)
    (PAR-18-827)
    Food and Drug Administration
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): August 27, 2018; January 18, 2019; August 16, 2019; January 17, 2020; August 14, 2020; January 15, 2021 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time

  • NCCIH Natural Product Early Phase Clinical Trial Award (R33 Clinical Trial Required)
    (PAR-18-828)
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
    Office of Dietary Supplements
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): New Applications: August 31, 2018; February 7, 2019; and October 8, 2019by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. Resubmission Applications: September 7, 2018; February 21, 2019; and October 22, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time

  • NCCIH Natural Product Early Phase Clinical Trial Phased Innovation Award (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Required)
    (PAR-18-829)
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
    Office of Dietary Supplements
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): New Applications: August 31, 2018; February 7, 2019; and October 8, 2019by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. Resubmission Applications: September 7, 2018; February 21, 2019; and October 22, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time

  • The Role of Epitranscriptomics in Development and Disease (R01 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (PAR-18-830)
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    National Cancer Institute
    National Eye Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): November 7, 2018, June 3, 2019, March 3, 2020, November 7, 2020, June 3, 2021, by 5:00 PM local time

  • The Role of Epitranscriptomics in Development and Disease (R21 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (PAR-18-831)
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): November 7, 2018, June 3, 2019, March 3, 2020, November 7, 2020, June 3, 2021, by 5:00 PM local time
  • AIDS Research Center on Mental Health and HIV/AIDS (P30 Clinical Trial Optional)
    (PAR-18-832)
    National Institute of Mental Health
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): September 11, 2018, September 11, 2019, September 11, 2020, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Developmental AIDS Research Center on Mental Health and HIV/AIDS (P30 Clinical Trial Optional)
    (PAR-18-833)
    National Institute of Mental Health
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): September 11, 2018, September 11, 2019, September 11, 2020, by 5:00 PM local time 

Engineering Directorate at NSF: Engineering Corner newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the new Engineering Corner newsletter, an occasional note to the community about happenings within the Engineering Directorate at NSF. I hope you find the information useful.

NO DEADLINES
The biggest news within the Directorate is the shift from submission windows to “no deadlines” (http://bit.ly/nodeadlinedcl) for all our unsolicited core programs. As of August 15, there are no more “submission windows” for unsolicited proposals to CBET, CMMI, ECCS, or EEC core programs.

Investigators can submit proposals at any time during the year, giving you more flexibility to build collaborations, discuss your planned proposal with the relevant NSF program director, and make sure the proposal is as good as it can be before it is submitted (without rushing to make the deadline).

Note that specific solicitations, such as NSF CAREER, Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI), Cyber-Physical Systems, etc., will still have deadlines. Please consult the NSF Engineering website for a FAQ (http://bit.ly/nodeadlinefaq) and other details, and find links to the programs that we fund.

CONVERGENCE ACCELERATORS
You may have heard about NSF’s 10 Big Ideas for future investment (http://bit.ly/nsfbigideas), research areas that are ripe for transformational advances, ranging from The Quantum Leap to Understanding the Rules of Life. Engineers have a role to play in all of these ideas, so I encourage you to stay tuned for opportunities to submit research proposals.

Later this year, NSF will launch a new research funding mechanism called “Convergence Accelerators,” targeting two of these Big Ideas: Harnessing the Data Revolution and the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier. Convergence research represents the deep integration of multiple disciplines, with the goal of solving a specific research problem. Convergence Accelerators are envisioned to use cohorts of diverse and interdisciplinary teams to attack these hard research problems, starting with an intense, short time frame that leads to a “pitch” requesting funding for the longer, more dedicated phase of research. There will also be the potential for teams to win prizes based on their research.

NAVIGATING THE NEW ARCTIC
Another of the NSF 10 Big Ideas, Navigating the New Arctic (http://bit.ly/navnewarctic), was a topic at the April meeting of the NSF Engineering Advisory Committee. In a joint session with the Office of Polar Programs Advisory Committee, we discussed how engineers could respond to challenges and opportunities as Arctic sea ice recedes and permafrost melts, new shipping lanes open up and natural resource exploration expands.

I encourage you to think about how engineering research can make contributions to this and all of the NSF Big Ideas.

Best regards,
Dawn

Dawn Tilbury
NSF Assistant Director for Engineering


NSF RFPs

Full Proposal Deadline Date: July 10, 2018
Program Guidelines: NSF 18-550
Introduction to the Program:The NSF SBIR program focuses on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or societal benefit. Unlike fundamental research, the NSF SBIR program supports startups and small businesses in the creation of innovative, disruptive technologies, getting discoveries out of the lab and into the market.  The NSF SBIR Program …   More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505233&WT.mc_id=USNSF_44&WT.mc_ev=click

 

Full Proposal Deadline Date: July 10, 2018
Program Guidelines: NSF 18-551
Introduction to the Program:   The NSF STTR program focuses on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or societal benefit. Unlike fundamental research, the NSF STTR program supports startups and small businesses in the creation of innovative, disruptive technologies, getting discoveries out of the lab and into the market.  The NSF STTR Program …   More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505362&WT.mc_id=USNSF_44&WT.mc_ev=click

 

06/12/2018 11:00 AM EDT

In September 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Integrative Activities funded the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to conduct a study on the prevalence and impact of sexual harassment in science, engineering and medical departments and programs. The results of that study are now publicly available in a new report, Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture and …

 

Engineering Design and System Engineering

 

Humans, Disasters, and the Built Environment

 

Dear Colleague Letter: STEM Education for the Future

 

Letter of Intent Deadline Date: July 16, 2018
Program Guidelines: NSF 17-602
The LEAP HI program challenges the engineering research community to take a leadership role in addressing demanding, urgent, and consequential challenges for advancing America’s prosperity, health and infrastructure.  LEAP HI proposals confront engineering problems that are too complex to yield to the efforts of a single investigator — problems that require sustained and coordinated effort from interdisciplinary research teams, with goals that are not achievable through a series …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505475&WT.mc_id=USNSF_44&WT.mc_ev=click


Special grant opportunity available to support coastal ecosystems and communities

The OGL’s Coastal Management Program today announces a grant funding opportunity focusing on healthy coastal habitats, waters and communities.

Coastal Program Manager Ronda Wuycheck said, “for this initiative, we’re seeking to partner with coastal communities on nature-based solutions while improving connections to the coast for public use and enjoyment.”

The grant funding opportunity will make $300,000 available for planning projects that protect, preserve, restore and enhance coastal ecosystems. Coastal Management Program staff will provide technical assistance and guidance to grantees.

Download the coastal grant funding opportunity

Complete applications must be postmarked or hand-delivered no later than September 4, 2018. For more information, visit the Coastal Program’s website or contact Karen Boase.


Celebrating 40 years in 2018, Michigan’s Coastal Management Program works in partnership with NOAA, which supports a network of state-federal partnerships protecting America’s coasts. 


FY 19 Fringe Benefit Rates

by Office of the Vice President for Finance

The Office of Naval Research has recently approved Michigan Tech’s Fiscal Year 2019 predetermined fringe benefit rates effective July 1, 2018. The rate agreement can be found online.

Beginning July 1, 2018, these rates will be applied to all funds including active sponsored projects. Effective immediately, the rates will be used for Sponsored Programs proposal budgeting.

In accordance with the Fiscal Year 2019 approved predetermined fringe benefit rate agreement, the rates effective July 1, 2018, are as follows:

  • Regular Non-Student Employees Rate 37.4%
  • Summer/Additional Compensation Rate 20.5%
  • Graduate Student Rate 8.6%
  • Temporary Employees Rate 10%
  • Undergraduate Student Rate 0%

If you have any questions regarding proposals and budgeting, email Lisa Jukkala or call 7-2226. For questions regarding charging of sponsored projects, email Tammy LaBissoniere or call 7-2244. For questions regarding charging of non-sponsored funds, email Sue Laajala or call 7-2121.


Updated Tables for Estimating GRA Stipends and Tuition

by Office of the Vice President for Research

The Vice President for Research Office has updated the graduate student tables for budgeting stipends and tuition. These rates are to be used immediately in proposal budgets to external sponsors.

The tuition rates per credit differ between Non-Engineering/Computer Science and the Engineering/Computer Science disciplines. Remember to take this into account when budgeting for one credit. Budgeting for research mode is now an option at the proposal stage; those rates are also included in the table.

The updated GRA Stipend Rates and GRA Tuition Rates tables can be found on the VPR forms page.


SRC opens TWO Solicitations: Computer Aided Design and Test (CADT) and Nanomanufacturing Materials and Processes (NMP)

Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) is soliciting white papers in the areas of Computer-Aided Design and Test (CADT) and Nanomanufacturing Materials and Processes (NMP).  Please note that white papers addressing the needs in the corresponding Research Needs documents may be uploaded until July 11, 2018 @ 3 PM ET/12 PM PT. Each researcher may be involved in no more than two submissions per call. A selected white paper will result in an invitation to submit a full proposal for further consideration for a research contract.

The white paper solicitations, needs documents, and instructions for web-based submissions can be found at:


Gov. Snyder, state leaders launch $8 Million Michigan Mobility Challenge

Grants will help create new transportation solutions for seniors, persons with disabilities and veterans

As one of the first states to allow self-driving vehicles on public roadways, Michigan is a national leader in connected and automated vehicle (CAV) projects.

On May 30, Gov. Rick Snyder announced an $8 Million Michigan Mobility Challenge grant initiative to address core mobility gaps for seniors, persons with disabilities and veterans across the state.

“As residents change the way they live, travel and use services, many of the technologies that are changing the transportation industry will be designed, tested and created in Michigan,” Snyder said. “The $8 Million Michigan Mobility Challenge provides an opportunity to deliver innovative transportation solutions and further position the state as a leader in startup testing and deployment.”

The $8 Million Michigan Mobility Challenge will engage the state’s robust technology, start-up and transportation networks – along with service providers, advocacy groups and state agencies, including the Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and Bureau of Services to Blind Persons.

Michigan Mobility Challenge grants will be awarded to fund the demonstration of multiple projects of varying size based on pilot submissions and proposed service areas. The grants will be used to subsidize a portion of the cost to plan, deliver and monitor the demonstration services for a three- to six-month period, with the remaining costs being covered from fares, local contributions and other funds.

“As the needs of residents change, we must develop creative solutions for addressing transit and infrastructure gaps that evolve with geographical shifts,” said Kirk Steudle, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation. “The $ 8 Million Michigan Mobility Challenge allows us to use the assets we have and introduce new methods for getting travelers to their destinations as safely and efficiently as possible.”

An RFP will be issued June 4, 2018, at which point teams can submit their proposals for consideration. The first round of projects are slated to be introduced in target communities by fall 2018. For more information about the $8 Million Michigan Mobility Challenge, please visit: www.michigan.gov/mobilitychallenge.


ORAU Information: Opportunities for All Institutions

Bilateral Academic Research Initiative (BARI)NEW!

https://www.grants.gov/search-grants.html?keywords=W911NF-18-S-0007

The BARI program supports basic research in science and engineering stemming from interactive collaborative efforts between U.S. institutions of higher education and U.K. institutions of higher education that is of potential interests to U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and U.K Ministry of Defense (MOD). The program is focused on international collaborative research efforts where teams from the United States and the United Kingdom combine unique skillsets and approaches to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of mutual interests to the U.S. DoD and UK MOD. The area of interest is artificial intelligence (AI) and collaborative decision making. The research goal is to progress beyond collaborative human-machine sense making to develop approaches that might also enable collaborative decision making. The end goal is for humans and technology to be effective parts of the same team, with a machine behaving as an equal team member that can reason as well as its human team mates. These teaming capabilities are an essential step toward a more general AI that is capable of true human-machine teaming.  Applications due Friday, July 6th, 2018.

 

The 19th Annual ORISE/ORNL Graduate Student Recruitment FairReminder

https://orausurvey.orau.org/n/gradstudentfair2018.aspx

The 19th ORISE and ORNL graduate student recruitment fair will take place this August! Last year we had close to 500 of the nation’s top undergraduates in our research participant programs at ORNL, and we predict that number will grow this year. With undergraduates in a wide variety of fields ranging from physical sciences to engineering, you are sure to find a perfect fit for your institution’s graduate programs. The fair is held in conjunction with the conclusion of the ORNL summer undergraduate student programs to capitalize on this brimming talent pool. Over 200 students from across the country will present posters of their research at ORNL during an all-day session on Thursday, August 9, 2018. The Recruitment Fair will run the entire day from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, so students may come to all university tables during the day.  We do hope you will attend or have others represent your institution to take advantage of this outstanding opportunity to attract top-flight students to your institution’s graduate programs.

 

EVENT REGISTRATION

The registration deadline is Thursday, July 26. There will be a limit of one table/four people per institution. Table location will be assigned upon arrival. Register each attendee athttps://orausurvey.orau.org/n/gradstudentfair2018.aspx to reserve a table and receive ORNL badge access. Only those who register will receive badge access.

Be aware that increased security concerns require that you have early approval to access the Laboratory. US Citizens must apply by July 26. Non-citizens, including legal permanent residents, must apply by June 14. Representatives will be limited to Building 5200, ORNL Visitor Center and will not be permitted to go to any other buildings on campus. If you will be meeting with any ORNL staff, they will need to meet with you in the Visitor Center, where there are plenty of tables and chairs available.  For additional information, you may contact Emily Isaacs at Ornledu@orau.org. The ORISE phone number is 865-576-1234.

 

ORNL’s Innovation Crossroads Cohort 3 applications opening this SeptemberNEW!

https://innovationcrossroads.ornl.gov

Innovation Crossroads is an entrepreneurial fellowship program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory that supports leading technology innovators as they work to transform an energy or advanced manufacturing idea with global potential into a successful startup company.  We will begin accepting applications for cohort 3 this September. Entrepreneurially-minded individuals can  learn more about the program at https://innovationcrossroads.ornl.gov and sign up for Cohort 3 updates!

Program Benefits

  • A two-year fellowship stipend to allow innovators to focus totally on their startup company
  • R&D funding support to be used in collaboration with ORNL researchers and facilities
  • Business mentorship, education, and introductions to potential customers, partners, and investors

Important Dates

  • September 2018 – Applications open
  • May 2019 – Cohort 3 begins

ORAU

University Partnerships Office

University.partnerships@orau.org

www.orau.org


NIH Releases Strategic Plan for Data Science; NIH Moves Ahead with HEAL Initiative

Summary provided by Federal Science Partners.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released its Strategic Plan for Data Science to capitalize on the opportunities presented by advances in data science.  The plan describes NIH’s overarching goals, strategic objectives, and implementation tactics for promoting the modernization of the NIH-funded biomedical data science ecosystem. Over the course of the next year, NIH will begin implementing its strategy, with some elements of the plan already underway. NIH will continue to seek community input during the implementation phase.

NIH Moves Ahead with HEAL Initiative – NIH has announced the launch of the HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative, an aggressive, trans-agency effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis. Toward this effort, NIH is nearly doubling funding for research on opioid misuse/addiction and pain from approximately $600 million in fiscal year 2016 to $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2018, made possible from a funding boost by Congress. NIH’s efforts contribute to a government-wide push to meet the President’s goal of ending the opioid crisis.  HEAL will bolster research across the NIH to:
 
·       Launch a longitudinal study to follow patients 1) after acute onset of musculoskeletal pain and 2) after surgery to identify biomarkers that might predict which individuals are more likely to transition from acute to chronic pain.
·       Leverage innovative imaging and -omics neurotechnologies developed through the NIH BRAIN Initiative and SPARC program to identify 1) potential new targets for treatment of chronic pain and 2) objective biomarkers to predict which individuals will respond to a treatment.
·       Pursue public-private partnerships to develop new non-addictive pain medicines by sharing data on past and present research projects, and matching researchers with a selection of potentially promising but abandoned pharmaceutical industry compounds to explore their effectiveness for the treatment of pain.
·       Build a clinical trials network that will allow multiple new and repurposed compounds to be tested simultaneously for effectiveness.  This allows ineffective compounds to be weeded out and new compounds to enter trials more swiftly.  The combination of testing compounds that already have received large investments and passed safety testing, and a flexible clinical trials network will significantly accelerate the development of effective therapies.
·       Working with federal and state partners, pilot demonstration projects to test the integration of multiple addiction prevention and treatment options in healthcare and criminal justice settings in states with the highest rates of opioid misuse and overdose to inform evidence-based practice.  Despite multiple effective prevention and treatment approaches, the majority of the 2 million Americans with opioid use disorder do not receive appropriate or adequate treatment for their addiction.
The Initiative will tap into the expertise of the NIH Pain Consortium, which was established to enhance collaboration among NIH institutes, centers and offices that conduct pain research.