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 Key questions related to VPR tracking of
       R&D funded under ARRA
   How will the ARRA R&D money be allocated among
    federal agencies and programmatically within each
    agency?
   How will each agency award the money, e.g.,
    solicitations, supplements, non-funded but well
    reviewed proposals in-house, etc.?
   Are there important competitive factors PIs need to be
    aware of in applying for research funding under the
    ARRA program, e.g., special review criteria?


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             VPR ARRA R&D Funding Tracking
    American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
    $21.5 billion in federal research and development (R&D)
     funding: $18.0 billion for R&D and $3.5 billion for
     facilities and large research equipment
    R&D funding at agencies benefiting most by ARRA
         NIH $10.4 B
         NSF $3.0 B
         DOE Energy Programs $2.5 B
         DOE Office of Science $1.6 B
         NASA $1 B
         Smaller, non-R&D funding to DOD, USDA, NOAA, USGS, etc.

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      VPR ARRA R&D Tracking Activities
   VPR ARRA-Web (http://rgs.tamu.edu/arra ) targeting
    federal agencies receiving ARRA R&D funding;
   The site is updated daily with new information related to
    the programmatic areas receiving ARRA R&D funding,
    new solicitations under ARRA, process information on
    submitting ARRA proposals, and related resources for
    developing more competitive ARRA R&D proposals;
   VPR/OPD ARRA RSS Feed enables users to subscribe
    to automatic updates informing them that new ARRA
    content has been posted to the VPR ARRA web
    (http://opd.tamu.edu/funding-opportunities/categories/arra-items/arra-items/RSS) ;
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       VPR ARRA R&D Tracking Activities
    ARRA R&D funding opportunities emails to faculty, department
     heads, research deans, CPI, center directors, provost office, etc. will
     be sent by the Office of Proposal Development several times daily,
     along with related ARRA resources, solicitations, review processes,
     special requirements, etc. (http://opd.tamu.edu/ )
    The ARRA R&D information is mirrored at both VPR ARRA and
     OPD web sites;
    Compilations of ARRA information is posted in the VPR/OPD
     Monthly Research Newsletter containing new funding
     information, agency specific information, and research grant writing
     information specific to ARRA competitive factors;
    The ARRA research posting process ensures daily updates of all
     ARRA information on the VPR ARRA Tracking Web and
     mirrored to the Funding Opportunities portion of the OPD site.

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       Federal Agency ARRA R&D Tracking
    Each agency receiving ARRA funds has established an
     agency specific tracking web at http://www.recovery.gov/ ;
    Each agency has established a weekly tracking summary
     http://www.recovery.gov/?q=content/agency-weekly-
     reports ;
    Starting on Tuesday March 3rd, and each Tuesday
     thereafter through May 12th, agencies receiving Recovery
     Act funds will be submitting weekly cumulative reports
     detailing their latest recovery activities;
    The ARRA funding landscape is still a work in progress

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       NSF Implementing the American Recovery
            and Reinvestment Act of 2009
   American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery
    Act) FAQs
      http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09038/nsf09038.jsp
      Posted March 27, 2009
   Fact Sheet: American Recovery & Reinvestment Act
      http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=11
       4483&org=NSF&from=news
      Posted March 26, 2009
   Important Notice 131, American Recovery and
    Reinvestment Act
      http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/issuances/in131.jsp
      Posted March 18, 2009

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                            NSF ARRA Allocations
    $3.0 billion under ARRA
    $2.0 billion distributed by regular peer merit review process
    $300 million to Major Research Instrumentation program
    $200 million to Academic Research Infrastructure program
    $100 million to Education and Human Resources:
         $60 million to Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program
         $25 million to Math and Science Partnership program, and
         $15 million to a new Professional Masters Science Program
    $400 million to the Major Research Equipment and
     Facilities Construction

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      Key Point: Important Notice 131
 NSF currently has many highly rated
 proposals that it has not been able to fund.
 For this reason, NSF is planning to use the
 majority of the $2 billion available in
 Research and Related Activities for proposals
 that are already in house and will be
 reviewed and/or awarded prior to
 September 30, 2009.

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         ScienceInsider: Stimulu$ Funds to Follow
                            Soon at NSF, March 19
   NSF is only a few weeks away from awarding the first portion of its
    $3 billion in stimulus funding ;
   Cora Marrett, acting deputy NSF director, told the panel that "we
    will begin to move the money out the door in 2 to 3 weeks." She
    said the agency already has close to $2 billion in highly-rated
    proposals submitted since last fall that it can't fund out of its
    regular research budget, a number that will grow once NSF finishes
    the next round of reviews this spring.
   NSF was given $2 billion from the $787 billion package to fund new
    grants within its six research directorates, along with $900 million for
    three infrastructure programs and $100 million for education
    activities. The research funds, she added, "will be the first out of
    the gate."

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    NSF Funding Prioritization (March 18)
   NSF will ensure that Recovery Act funds are awarded in a
    timely manner while maintaining its commitment to its
    established merit review processes.
   In keeping with this, NSF’s overall framework for
    Recovery Act investments emphasizes the following:
   All grants issued with Recovery Act funds will be
    standard grants with durations of up to 5 years. This
    approach will allow NSF to structure a sustainable
    portfolio.
   Funding of new Principal Investigators and high-risk,
    high-return research will be top priorities.
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                      NSF Conference, March 30-31
                                Notes by Lucy Deckard

    The ARRA Major Research Instrumentation solicitation
     (they are calling it MRI -R squared) is in "clearance" at NSF
     and should be out in April, with a June or July due date.
    The solicitation will be substantially the same, with a few
     additional requirements (I speculate additional criteria will
     be included related to ARRA objectives, such as jobs
     created, etc.).
    There will be some minor changes in cost sharing and in
     the amounts that can be requested. However, folks
     would be safe it they start preparing a proposal based
     on the old MRI structure.
     (http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?org=NSF&ods_key=nsf09502 )

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                  NSF Conference, March 30-31
                            Notes by Lucy Deckard
    The Academic Research infrastructure (ARI) program will be a
     revision of the old ARI program that was last active in 1996. If you
     want to know what the program will be like, look at the old
     solicitation. (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/stis1995/nsf968/nsf968.txt ).
    The key is that it will focus on modernizing infrastructure, not on
     new infrastructure. It typically will not support renovation of
     buildings, though. One way to modernize infrastructure is the use of
     cyber infrastructure.
    An example might be if you have a lab with 20-year-old equipment
     and need to modernize the lab. Keep in mind, though, that the
     focus is on research, although educational applications are a plus.
    This will be a limited submit competition, and the time frame will
     be the same as MRI (solicitation out in April, and proposals due
     in June or July).

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                  NSF Conference, March 30-31
                         Notes by Lucy Deckard

 Contacting Program Officers about ARRA - It was
 emphasized many times that NSF would prefer that PIs
 not contact Program Officers to ask questions about
 ARRA (such as whether the PI’s pending or recently-
 declined proposals might still be funded, or about how the
 ARRA funds will affect particular programs). POs are
 overwhelmed and are not replying to such requests. They
 are in the process of going back through well-reviewed,
 unfunded proposals to decide which to fund, and they are
 not soliciting PI input at this point (the message: Don’t call
 us, we’ll call you). In fact, they said if a PI needs to
 contact a PO about a subject unrelated to ARRA, they
 should put in the subject line, “This is not about
 ARRA” in order to get the PO to read the e-mail.
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                  NSF Conference, March 30-31
                         Notes by Lucy Deckard

 Funding Rates - In answer to a question about how
 ARRA funds might affect funding rates for proposals that
 have not yet been submitted (e.g., the CAREERs due in
 July), the program officer replied that although the ARRA
 funds will be committed relatively quickly on proposals
 that are already in-house and on the new solicitations
 mentioned, it is anticipated that funding rates for many
 programs will rise next year since other funds that
 might have been committed this year may be freed up
 and since there may be fewer resubmits. This is a
 guess, though, since they don’t yet know what their
 budgets will be.

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                      NSF Conference, March 30-31
                             Notes by Lucy Deckard

   The Chemistry Division in the MPS Directorate is fine-tuning its
    topic areas for the core programs. The new topic areas will be posted
    on their website this summer.
   In the Division of Materials Research, they plan to mainstream nano
    research (meaning it will be absorbed into their core programs), so no
    new general nanoscale center competitions are expected, although
    there may be some targeted nano-related solicitations.
   In the CISE talk, the program officer pointed out that the Computer
    Research Infrastructure program will fund equipment purchases for
    CISE-related research, and the competition is typically low for these
    grants. He also pointed out the FODAVA program (Foundations of
    Data and Visual Analytics), which just started last year and focuses on
    developing methods for taking high dimensional data and reducing it
    so that it can be visualized on a computer screen. This is a
    partnership with DHS, and the idea is to apply this research to
    intelligence analysis.
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               NSF “expeditious” award funds
    Math and Science Partnership program (funded at $25
     million);
    Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program (funded
     at $60 million);
    Major Research Equipment and Facilities
     Construction Account (funded at $400 million);
     Academic Research Infrastructure (ARI) program
     (funded at $200 million); and the
    Science Masters program, (funded at $15 million).
     Solicitations for these latter two programs will be posted
     this spring.

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             NSF ARRA Updates March 27

   NSF describes how it intends to implement the
    American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
    (March 27)
        http://www.nsf.gov:80/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id
         =114483&govDel=USNSF_51
   NSF American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
    (Recovery Act) Frequently Asked Questions
        http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09038/nsf09038.jsp?
         govDel=USNSF_25

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         NSF American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
          (Recovery Act) Frequently Asked Questions
    What restrictions will be placed on awards made with Recovery Act
     funds? Will there be any special award terms and conditions or
     additional reporting requirements?
    Are there special priorities for awards made via the Recovery Act?
    Will there be any eligibility restrictions on who may be supported
     using Recovery Act funds?
    Does NSF expect to fund any new programs in response to the
     Recovery Act?
    Will awardees have to separately account for Recovery Act funds?
    Does NSF expect an increase in proposal submissions from the
     research and education community and in requests to the
     community to review proposals in response to the Recovery Act?


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     NSF American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
      (Recovery Act) Frequently Asked Questions
   What method should awardees use to demonstrate that
    they have created or retained jobs as a result of Recovery
    Act funding received from NSF?
   What advice can NSF provide to proposers that did
    not submit earlier this fiscal year and who therefore
    do not have a proposal already in-house at NSF that
    may be considered for Recovery Act funding?
   Will NSF approve requests to increase the budgets
    on proposals that are currently in-house or were
    declined and are now being considered for Recovery
    Act funding?
   Are there any special considerations for proposals with an
    international component?
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       NSF American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
          (Recovery Act) Frequently Asked Questions
   Are there limits or guidelines on the timeframe for
    expending funds once an award is made?
   Will there be any restrictions on no-cost extensions for
    awards made with Recovery Act funds?
   Will any Recovery Act awards be made through use of
    continuing grants?
   How will awardees receive Recovery Act funds awarded to
    their organization?
   Will an organization have to establish a separate bank
    account for the Recovery Act funds?
   How will Recovery Act funding affect the quarterly Federal
    Financial Report (FFR) process?

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                   National Institutes of Health
   $10.4 billion under ARRA
   $8.2 billion in support of scientific research priorities
        $7.4 billion is transferred to the Institutes and Centers and Common Fund (CF),
         based on a percentage-based formula
        $800 million to the Office of the Director (OD) (not including CF)
   $1 billion to support Extramural Construction, Repairs, and
    Alterations
        Allocated to the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) in support of
         all NIH funded research institutions
   $300 million Shared Instrumentation and other capital equipment
        Allocated to NCRR to support all NIH activities
   $500 million for NIH buildings and facilities
        To fund high priority repair, construction and improvement projects on NIH
         campuses that also align with the overall purpose of the Act
   $400 million for Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER)
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                        NIH Recovery Links

   NIH Recovery
        http://nih.gov/recovery/
   Recovery Programs
        http://www.hhs.gov/recovery/programs/index.html
   Frequently Asked Questions
        Reposting: April 6, 2009: Major revisions to most
         or all FAQs and new FAQs added)
        http://grants.nih.gov/recovery/faqs_recovery.html


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                   NIH ARRA Scientific Focus
    NIH will choose among recently peer reviewed, highly
     meritorious R01 and similar mechanisms capable of
     making significant advances with a two-year grant. R01 are
     projects proposed directly from scientists across the
     country.
    NIH will also fund new R01 applications that have a
     reasonable expectation of making progress in a two-year
     grant.
    NIH will accelerate the tempo of ongoing science through
     targeted supplements to current grants.
    NIH will support awards to jump start the new NIH
     Challenge Grant program for health and science problems
     where progress can be expected in 2 years.

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                  New NIH ARRA Solicitations
   Supporting New Faculty Recruitment Enhance Research (P30) (3-30)
   Administrative Supplements (3-18)
   Competitive Revision Applications (3-18);
   Administrative Supplements Providing Summer Research
    Experiences for Students and Science Educators (3-18)
   NIAID Supplements Through the Economic Recovery Act (3-16)
   Administrative Supplements Grants/Cooperative Agreements (3-16)
   Core Facility Renovation, Repair, and Improvement (G20) (3-5)
   Extramural Research Facilities Improvement Program (C06) (3- 5)
   High-End Instrumentation Grant Program (S10) (3-5)
   NIH Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research (RC1) (3-4)


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     Biomedical Research Core Centers (P30)
   Recovery Act Limited Competition: Supporting New Faculty
    Recruitment to Enhance Research Resources through
    Biomedical Research Core Centers (P30)
        http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-09-005.html
   Letters of Intent Receipt Date: April 29, 2009
   Application Receipt Date: May 29, 2009
   These awards are designed to enhance innovative programs of
    excellence by providing scientific and programmatic support for
    promising research faculty and their areas of research. Specifically for
    the purposes of this announcement, Core Center Grants are
    institutional awards that provide funding to hire, provide
    appropriate start-up packages, and develop pilot research
    projects for newly independent investigators, with the goal of
    augmenting and expanding the institution’s community of
    multidisciplinary researchers focusing on areas of biomedical research
    relevant to NIH.
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                        NIH Planning Meeting

   NIH to Hold ARRA Planning Meeting April 16
    (March 27)
      http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-
       6472.pdf
      An agenda will be posted at
       http://acd.od.nih.gov/




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                            USDA ARRA Funding
    USDA Recovery
         http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/?navid=USDA_ARRA

    USDA was appropriated $28 billion (3.5 percent) of the
     package. The Act--
    Provides $19.7 billion to increase the monthly amount
     of nutrition assistance to 31.8 million people.
    Enables expanded opportunities for broadband loans
     and grants to rural communities.
    Expands funding opportunities to develop water and
     waste facilities.
    Provides funding to protect and conserve the nation's
     forests and farm land.
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Department of Energy, Energy Programs
   $2.5 billion for energy efficiency and renewable
    research, development, demonstration, and
    deployment projects, including:
      $800 million is set aside for biomass and
      $400 million for geothermal energy

   $1.0 billion specifically for R&D programs
    within a $3.4 billion total Fossil Energy
    appropriation, which will fund R&D related to
    cleaner coal, oil, and gas technologies, including
    research on carbon sequestration.
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         ScienceInsider: Stimulu$ Funds to Follow
                    Soon at Energy, NSF, March 19
   Matthew Rogers, senior advisor to Energy Secretary Steven
    Chu, told ScienceInsider that the science office's funds
    will be spent on pending requests from national
    laboratories and universities as well as on ideas from a
    new round of competitive grants aimed at fostering
    collaborative research.
   He said that DOE is planning to request a waiver to extend
    the timeline for spending $400 million to create an
    Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy.
   Geographic distribution is an important consideration for
    spending the stimulus money at some agencies (not NSF).
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         DOE has $30.7 billion targeted at 10 areas
   $5 billion for energy efficient homes and businesses
   $4.5 billion for greening federal buildings
   $2.5 billion for renewable energy projects
   $4.5 billion for Smart Grid technology and transmission infrastructure
   $3.4 billion for clean fossil energy technology
   $800 million for next generation biofuels
   $1.6 billion for science and basic research in the energy technologies
    of the future
   $2 billion for battery research and advanced vehicle technologies
   $400 million Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)
   $6 billion for cleanup of nuclear legacy


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    Department of Energy Office of Science
    $1.6 billion for a mix of extramural basic research, DOE
     laboratory research, facilities upgrades and construction,
     and advanced scientific computing.
    The stimulus appropriation combined with the regular
     appropriation could leave DOE OS with a FY 2009 budget
     of $6.0 billion or higher, well above the $5.3 billion
     authorized for FY 2009 in the America COMPETES Act
     of 2007
    In addition to the Science funding, the stimulus bill also
     provides $400 million to start up the ARPA-E
     (Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy), authorized
     in the America COMPETES Act of 2007 but never
     appropriated until now.

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      DOE Allocates $1.2 Billion in Stimulus Funding to
      Labs and Universities (ScienceInsider, March 23)
   Secretary of Energy Steven Chu laid out a plan for how to spend $1.2 billion of the
    $1.6 billion that the $787 billion provides DOE's Office of Science. Most of that
    money will pay for upgraded buildings and equipment at the national laboratories.
   The biggest single chunk of cash—$150 million—will go to Brookhaven National
    Laboratory to speed up construction of its National Synchrotron Light Source II.
    Other big winners include the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory ($124
    million), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (116 million), Oak Ridge National
    Laboratory ($71 million), and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory ($68 million.)
    Some $65 million will go to accelerate a big upgrade of the Continuous Electron
    Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF) at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator
    Facility, and $69 million will pay for a super-high-speed data network that will link
    the nation's research centers. Another $50 million will go to the NOvA neutrino
    experiment to be managed by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in
    cooperation with the University of Minnesota.
   Chu announced that $277 million will be available for Energy Frontier Research
    Centers, a new competitive program for researchers based at universities and
    national laboratories. And $90 million will be allocated to supplement existing
    DOE-funded research grants.


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          Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

    $1.93 billion in new funding for EERE:
         $169 million for hydrogen technology, including $3 million for
          fuel processors and $5 million for manufacturing activities;
         $217 million for biomass energy;
         $175 million for solar energy, including $30 million for
          concentrating solar power;
         $55 million for wind energy;
         $44 million for geothermal energy;
         $40 million for "water power," which includes both
          conventional hydropower and tidal and marine technologies
          (posted March 18)

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National Institute of Standards and Technology
   $610 million to NIST under ARRA
   $220 million to Scientific and Technical Research and Services for
    NIST laboratory research, competitive grants, additional research
    fellowships, and advanced research and measurement equipment;
   $360 million to Construction of Research Facilities appropriation:
      $180 million for NIST infrastructure
      $180 million is a competitive construction grant program for
        funding science research facilities outside of NIST.
   $20 million for standards-related research that supports development
    of electronic medical records to reduce healthcare costs and improve
    the quality of care.
   $10 million supports collaborative efforts with industry and federal
    agencies to develop a comprehensive framework for a nationwide,
    fully interoperable smart grid for the U.S. electric power system.


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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
   $1.0 billion ARRA for NASA
   $400 million for the Science portfolio of earth science, planetary
    science, heliophysics, and astrophysics, to accelerate the development
    and launch of key earth science climate research missions highlighted
    in a 2007 National Academies Decadal Study.
   $150 million in stimulus funding for aeronautics research, and funding
    ($50 million) to reimburse NASA for construction and repair costs
    associated with 2008 natural disasters.
   $400 million in development funding to Constellation Systems to
    narrow the looming gap in U.S. human space flight capabilities.
   By the end of April, NASA will be working with Congress and the
    Office of Management and Budget to finalize its Recovery plans.


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