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August 2, 2010 Issue

NSF Announces Latest Competition for Basic
Research to Enable Agricultural Development
The objective of the BREAD Program is to support innovative basic scientific research that can use
advances in genomics to address key constraints to smallholder agriculture in the developing
world. A significant distinction between BREAD (which is co-sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation and NSF) and other NSF programs is that proposals to BREAD must make a clear and
well-defined connection between the outcomes of the proposed basic research and its direct
relevance and potential application to agriculture in the developing world.
The program focuses on novel, transformative basic research at the proof-of-concept stage
rather than its application or development. Especially encouraged are original proposals that address
major constraints to the productivity of crops important to smallholder farmers, or on the development
of novel and efficient production practices.
Unusually for an NSF program, BREAD allows funding to be allocated to international
collaborators through subawards. NSF plans to award 10 to 20 awards at around $600K over 3
years. More information and a link to abstracts of previously-funded projects can be found here.
Due: Letter of Intent due Sept. 16, 2010; Full proposal due Nov. 16, 2010

New Materials World Network Solicitation Released
by NSF
The Materials World Network (funded by the Division of Materials Research) funds cooperative
materials research projects between US researchers and their counterpoints abroad. Research
projects must be appropriate for the Division of Materials Research. The program funds the US
side of these collaborations; collaborators from other countries should apply to NSF's counterpart
organizations in their country. NSF program officers can help with the process of identifying these
counterpart agencies and coordinating funding. For more information, click here.
A note about getting funding for international collaborations: As was mentioned above, NSF
generally will fund only the US side of international collaborations. This can make the logistics of
funding a collaborative project with international colleagues difficult. One way to make these
international collaborations work is to seek out collaborators who are well established in their own
countries and have a consistent funding stream to support their research. NSF funds can then be
used to support research and travel for your side of the project. NSF particularly likes to support
international experiences for your graduate students; they feel it is important for students to work in
labs in other countries for a long enough time to gain an understanding of how research is done
outside of the US.
Developing these international collaborations can put you in a good position to compete for other NSF
grants which increasingly require an international component, such as Center-level grants and
educational programs such as IGERT. For these proposals, established, meaningful collaborations
will be much more convincing to reviewers than new collaborations proposed just for that grant.
Due: Nov. 10, 2010

Reminder: DOE Early Career Research
Preapplications due in August
The Office of Science of the Department of Energy supports under the Early Career grants in the
following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR); Biological and
Environmental Research (BER); Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES); High
Energy Physics (HEP), and Nuclear Physics (NP). The purpose of this program is to support the
development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and to
stimulate research careers in the areas supported by the DOE Office of Science.
Preapplications are required and must be submitted by Friday, August 13, 2010, 4:00 AM Eastern
Time. The preapplication should be uploaded as a Word or Portable Document Format (pdf)
attachment and submitted through the website
Preapplications will be reviewed for responsiveness of the proposed work to the research topics
identified in the funding announcement. DOE will send a response by email to each applicant
encouraging or discouraging the submission of a formal application by Tuesday, September 14, 2010.
Only those applicants that receive notification from DOE encouraging a formal application
may submit full applications.
Application due date for invited full proposals is Nov. 9, 2010

New Announcements from NIH
NIH recently released the following new (as opposed to reissued) announcements:
o    Pediatric Heart Network Clinical Centers(U10) - invites applications to participate as a
    Clinical Center in the Pediatric Heart Network (PHN), a cooperative network of pediatric
    cardiovascular clinical research centers. The goal of the Network is to evaluate therapeutic and
    management strategies for children and adults with congenital heart defects and for children with
    inflammatory heart disease, heart muscle disease, and arrhythmias through multicenter clinical
    research. NHLBI expects that applications to participate in the PHN will reflect the collaborative
    nature of the research between pediatric cardiologists, pediatric cardiovascular surgeons, and
    others engaged in the care of patients with the conditions of interest.
o   Viral and Host Genetic Factors Regulating HIV-Associated CNS Disease (R01, R21) - funds
    studies focused on viral and host genetic factors involved in HIV-1 Associated Neurocognitive
    Disorders (HAND) in the setting of highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART).
o   Biomedical Prevention of HIV Research Education (R25) - supports innovative, evidence-
    based approaches to educate and engage U.S. populations most highly affected by HIV and
    AIDS (see for more information) about
    clinical biomedical prevention research.
o   Developmental Mechanisms of Human Structural Birth Defects (P01) - funds program
    projects to integrate basic, translational, and clinical approaches to understanding the
    developmental biology and genetic basis of congenital structural human malformations.
o   National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Program Project (P01) -
    encourages investigator-initiated Program Project Grant (P01) applications from
    institutions/organizations in the broad areas of biomedical imaging and bioengineering enabled
    by relevant areas of the physical sciences, engineering, computer sciences, information science,
    and the medical and life sciences. P01 grants are to support broad-based multidisciplinary
    research programs, which have a well-defined major objective or central theme, but which are
    addressing a range of imaging or bioengineering questions in contrast to the traditional research
    project (R01).
o   Climate Change and Health: Assessing and Modeling Population Vulnerability to Climate
    Change (R21) - encourages research applications to examine the differential risk factors of
    populations that lead to or are associated with increased vulnerability to exposures, diseases
    and other adverse health outcomes related to climate change. Applications may involve either
    applied research studies that address specific hypotheses about risk factors or population
    characteristics associated with increased vulnerability, or research projects to develop general
    models or methods for identifying and characterizing population vulnerability to climate change.

Updates to American Philosophical Society Grants
The American Philosophical Society recently published the following changes to several of their
o      Franklin Research Grants, Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research
       Grants, Library Resident Research Fellowships, and Phillips Fund for Native American
       Research Grants
       Applications may now be submitted through our online application portal. See links to the
       portal on the individual program pages.

o     APS/British Academy Fellowship for Research in London
      In collaboration with the British Academy, the APS offers an exchange post-doctoral fellowship
      for a minimum of one and a maximum of two months’ research in the archives and libraries of
      London during 2011. This award includes travel expenses between the United States and
      United Kingdom and a monthly subsistence paid by the APS. Candidates should use the
      Franklin application form, specifying that they are asking for the British Academy Fellowship,
      and apply by October 1; applicants not selected for the British Academy Fellowship will be
      considered for a Franklin Research Grant.

o     Sabbatical Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences
      The Society’s program of sabbatical fellowships concluded with the applications accepted for
      the October 15, 2009, deadline. We are very pleased to have awarded more than 220
      fellowships in a 12-year period. With the continued support of the Mellon Foundation, the APS
      is in the process of making changes in its program of grants and fellowships to best serve the
      needs of the greatest number of scholars. Information will be posted at this website as it
      becomes available

Daland Fellowships September 1; notification in January
Franklin Research Grants October 1 and December 1; notifications in February and April
Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research January 15 (in 2011, January 17);
notification in May
Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research in Astrobiology February 1;
notification in May
Library Resident Fellowships March 1; notification in May
Phillips Fund Grants March 1; notification in May
NEH Summer/Fall Grant Deadlines
The application period is currently open for several grant opportunities with late Summer/Fall, 2010
deadlines offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). A partial list is provided
below, corresponding to notifications posted by the agency this summer. Applicants should refer
directly to the NEH web site to verify details.
August deadlines include fellowship grants managed by the NEH Research Division and two NEH
Public Program competitions:
 o   Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (up to $400,000) – due 8/17/10
 o   America's Media Makers Grants (up to $1,000,000) – due 8/18/10
 o   Grants to America's Historical and Cultural Organizations (up to $1,000,000) – due 8/18/10

 Deadlines for September include summer research stipends, and two relatively new programs
 supporting undergraduate course development under the NEH Education and Research Divisions
 (see below for additional detail):
 o   Summer Stipends (up to $6,000) – due 9/30/10
 o   Enduring Questions Course Grants (up to $25,000) – due 9/15/10
 o   Teaching Development Fellowships (up to $21,000) – due 9/30/10

 Applications for Documenting Endangered Languages grants (a joint partnership between NSF and
 the NEH Preservation Division) are due 9/15/10.
 Updated guidelines for some (but not all) October/November deadlines have been released by the
 NEH Education, Research, and Preservation Divisions, respectively:
 o Picturing America School Collaboration Projects (up to $75,000) – due 10/07/10
 o Collaborative Research (up to $300,000) – due 10/28/10
 o Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (up to $400,000) – due 11/16/10
NEH is also inviting applications for scholarly conferences on Bridging Cultures: Humanities
Scholarship in Mexico and the United States through the Collaborative Research program (due
Award ceilings reflect amounts posted on and may differ from recent award ranges.

NEH also supports undergraduate teaching through:
o     Enduring Questions Course Grants (new courses)
o     Teaching Development Fellowships (existing courses)

Enduring Questions Course Grants (up to $25,000)
What is the good life? What is beauty? What is friendship? What is the relationship between humans
and the natural world? Enduring questions such as these have long held interest to college students
and allow for a special, intense dialogue across generations.
The National Endowment for the Humanities will award Enduring Questions course grants, which
support up to four college faculty members from any disciplines with up to $25,000 to develop a new
humanities course at the undergraduate level on a question of enduring significance, to be taught at
the sponsoring institution at least twice during the grant period. The application deadline is
September 15, 2010. For more information and instructions,see the grant guidelines.
Teaching Development Fellowships (up to $21,000)
The National Endowment for the Humanities will award Teaching Development Fellowships to
support college and university teachers pursuing research aimed specifically at improving an existing
undergraduate course that has been taught in at least THREE different terms prior to the application
deadline. The research undertaken as a part of the project may involve engaging with fundamental
texts or sources, exploring related subjects or academic disciplines, or cultivating neglected areas of
learning. Research in any area of the humanities is welcome.
Teaching Development Fellowships cover periods lasting from three to five months and carry
stipends of $4,200 per month. Thus the maximum stipend is $21,000 for a five-month award period.
The application deadline is September 30, 2010. For more information and instructions, see the grant

NSF Research Coordination Networks to Be Offered
Across All Directorates
Thanks to Holly Falk-Krzesinski at Northwestern Univ. and the NORDP listserv for bringing this to
our attention:

NSF has funded Research Coordination Networks (RCN) in the BIO directorate, and they are now
expanding this program to all of the other directorates. The goal of this program is to advance a
field or create new directions in research or education. Innovative ideas for implementing novel
networking strategies are especially encouraged. Groups of investigators will be supported to
communicate and coordinate their research, training and educational activities across disciplinary,
organizational, geographic and international boundaries.

Proposed networking activities directed to the general RCN program should focus on a theme to
give coherence to the collaboration, such as a broad research question or particular
technologies or approaches.
The general RCN program will provide review for proposals to participating core programs and
directorates listed in the solicitation, excepting Mathematical & Physical Sciences. Proposals
involving mathematical and physical scientists will be accepted under the targeted physical/life
science interface track described on the program page.

Various due dates: please see solicitation.

Academic Research Funding Strategies Announces
New Research Development Newsletter
Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC is pleased to announce the publication of a monthly
electronic newsletter for faculty on how to compete successfully for research and education funding
from federal agencies and foundations. Articles and resources in Research Development & Grant
Writing News will address how faculty can use proven competitive strategies to achieve success in a
very difficult funding climate. Click here for a Table of Contents for the September, October and
November issues. For information subscription rates and to subscribe, click here.
July 19, 2010 Issue

NSF Releases New REESE Solicitation
NSF released the new solicitation for the Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and
Engineering program (REESE). This is the premiere program through which NSF supports in-depth
educational research related to STEM learning, education and evaluation. This year's solicitation has
some significant changes, among them:
      o They've changed some of the research strands, removing "contextual research" and
          "emerging topics" and adding "implementation research."
      o "Knowledge Diffusion" awards have been changed to "Synthesis" awards.
      o "Large Empirical" awards no longer require collaborations with multiple institutions.

It's important to understand that the REESE program is focused on building theory and knowledge
about STEM education; therefore, it must have a strong education research and methodological
underpinning. NSF says that, "The primary outcomes of REESE projects will be research findings,
methods, and theoretical perspectives about STEM education." Therefore, simply proposing to
implement an educational innovation and assessing its effects is not appropriate for REESE.
However, collaborations of scientists and engineers with education researchers can yield strong
proposals that include rigorous educational research. Click here for an NSF video about REESE.
NSF expects to fund up to 40 REESE awards.

Due: Nov. 15, 2010

NSF Centers for Chemical Innovation
NSF has issued this year's solicitation for the Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI) program.
The Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI) Program supports research centers focused on major,
long-term fundamental chemical research challenges. CCI is a two-phase program: Phase I CCIs
receive funding to develop the science and integrative elements of a CCI before requesting Phase II
funding. Phase I proposals funded in FY2011 will seek Phase II funding in FY2014. Only
organizations receiving Phase I awards in FY2008 are eligible to request Phase II funding in

Due: Phase I preliminary proposals (required) are due Oct. 12, 2010; Phase I full proposals are due
(by invitation only) March 28, 2011. Phase II full proposals are due Oct. 11, 2010.

New Announcements from NIH
NIH recently released the following new (as opposed to reissued) announcements:
o    Epigenomics of Human Health and Disease (R01) - funds highly innovative research that will
     investigate the epigenetic basis of human diseases
o    Partnerships for Next Generation Biodefense Diagnostics (R01) - funds for early stage
     product development projects to establish proof-of-concept for potential next generation
     diagnostics products that do not involve nucleic acid amplification.
o    Epigenomic Modifications in Neurodevelopment (R01, R21) - funds studies that provide
     cross-species analysis and/or studies that address heterogeneity of epigenetic marks across
     tissue types, including cell specificity in the brain across development are of particular interest.
o    Clinical and Translational Science Coordinating Center (U54) - The CTSCC will encourage
     and facilitate collaboration, sharing, and interaction within the CTSA Consortium and of the
     Consortium with non-CTSA institutions, organizations, and programs also focused on advancing
     the efficiency and quality of clinical and translational research and training. The CTSCC will also
     facilitate the communication of the results of these collaborations to others.
o    NHLBI Research Career Development Programs in Emergency Medicine Research (K12) -
     Funds organizations that propose to develop multidisciplinary clinical research training
     programs in emergency medicine (EM) that prepare clinician-scientists for academic leadership
     roles and independent research careers in emergency medicine.

NIH has also reissued the Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Faculty
Diversity/Re-Entry in Biomedical Research (K01) , which aims to increase the number of highly
trained investigators, from diverse backgrounds or who have experienced an interruption in their
research careers. It is targeted toward individuals whose basic and clinical research interests are
grounded in the advanced methods and experimental approaches needed to solve problems
related to cardiovascular, pulmonary, and hematologic diseases in the general and health
disparities populations.

Another reissued program that may be of interest to many universities is the Short-Term Research
Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research (R25). This
funds programs that promote diversity in undergraduate and health professional student populations
by providing short-term research education support to stimulate career development in
cardiovascular, pulmonary, and hematologic diseases research.

New Award Mechanism in NSF for Math: RNMS
NSF's new Research Networks in the Mathematical Sciences (RNMS) program provides a new
award mechanism to support collaborative research in mathematics. As stated in the
solicitation, "The RNMS program will provide new platforms to address complex problems over five-
to-ten-year periods by creating research collaborations that will cross intellectual, institutional,
national, or other boundaries. The goals of the RNMS program are (1) to support coordinated
research and training collaborations that link together researchers addressing significant challenges
in the mathematical sciences and (2) to broaden participation in the mathematical sciences by
creating new opportunities for research involvement and support."

This program is an outgrowth of an NSF Advisory Workshop; you can find the workshop report
here. NSF plans to hold three competitions for this program over the next few years.

Due: Proposals are due November 9, 2010, and the second Tuesday in July in 2012 and 2015.

Sundance/Sloan Commissioning Grant for Science-
Themed Feature-length Film Project
The Sundance/Sloan Commissioning Grant is an annual cash award for a science or technology
related narrative (fiction) feature-length project that is at an early stage such as full treatment or early
screenplay draft. This grant will also include a small stipend for a science advisor to provide support
through consultation and feedback, as well as the possibility of inclusion in the Feature Film
Program's Screenwriters Lab.

Due: Sept. 24, 2010

NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology
The Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) awards Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in
Biology to recent recipients of the doctoral degree for research and training in selected
areas supported by BIO and with special goals for human resource development in biology. The
fellowships encourage independence at an early stage of the research career to permit Fellows to
pursue their research and training goals in the most appropriate research locations regardless of the
availability of funding for the Fellows at that site. For FY 2011, these BIO programs are
(1) Broadening Participation in Biology and (2) Intersections of Biology and Mathematical and
Physical Sciences. Because the fellowships are offered only to postdoctoral scientists early in their
careers, NSF encourages doctoral advisors to discuss the availability of BIO fellowships with
their graduate students early in their doctoral programs. Fellowships are awards to individuals,
not institutions, and are administered by the Fellows.

Due: Oct. 19, 2010

ONR Long-Range Funding Opportunity
Announcement for Science, Technology,
Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) for K-12 &
Institutions of Higher Education
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) seeks proposals in support of education programs in science,
technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The ONR mission of STEM is to: foster an
interest in, knowledge of, and study in science, technology, engineering and mathematics nationwide
to ensure an educated and well-prepared workforce, which meets the naval and national competitive
needs. The objective of these activities will be to: 1. Establish and ensure successful, sustainable,
and affordable long-term Navy wide programs targeted at elementary and secondary schools and
institutions of higher learning. 2. Establish and maintain a pipeline of students, particularly women
and members of minority groups, who will apply for and participate in Navy education and outreach
programs. 3. Increase the number of domestic students (particularly students from under-represented
groups) completing STEM degrees through enhancing student interest and attitudes toward science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics. 4. Strengthen peer, family, and school support for such
interests. 5. Ensure long-term inclusiveness of women and minorities in science and technology
programs. 6. Increase the number of students taking college-prep science and mathematics courses.
7. Demonstrate appropriate curricular connections with the applicable state and national standards of
learning for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Due: Sept. 30, 2010
Academic Research Funding Strategies Announces
Publication of a New Research Development
Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC is pleased to announce the publication of a monthly
electronic newsletter for faculty on how to compete successfully for research and education funding
from federal agencies and foundations. Articles and resources in Research Development & Grant
Writing News will address how faculty can use proven competitive strategies to achieve success in a
very difficult funding climate. Click here for a Table of Contents for the September, October and
November issues. For information subscription rates and to subscribe, click here.

Fiscal Year 2011 Gulf of Mexico NOAA Bay
Watershed Education and Training (B-WET)
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Southeast Region, is seeking proposals under the
Gulf of Mexico B-WET Program. The B-WET program is an environmental education program that
promotes locally relevant, experiential learning in the K-12 environment. Funded projects provide
meaningful watershed educational experiences for students, related professional development for
teachers, and help to support regional education and environmental priorities in the Gulf of Mexico.
This program addresses NOAA's mission goal to ``Protect, Restore, and Manage the Use of Coastal
and Ocean Resources Through an Ecosystem Approach to Management.'' One grant will be awared
at $700K.

Due: Oct. 14, 2010

July 6, 2010 Issue

NSF MRI RAPID for Gulf Oil Spill
NSF has released a "Dear Colleague" letter to the research community advising them that NSF's
RAPID mechanism is available for proposals to the Major Research Instrumentation program to
support development or aquisition of instrumentation for quick-response research on the effect of the
Gulf oil spill. Up to $5 million will be available to suport Gulf oil spill MRI RAPID awards in FY 2010.
Due: Proposals will not be accepted after 5 pm July 30, 2010.

USDA Roadmap for US Biofuel Energy Goals
EERE News reports that the USDA's Biofuels Strategic Production Report recommends rapid
build-up in production capabilities and significant investment in biorefineries to meet the
Renewable Fuels Standard Mandate by 2022. In the report, the authors state that the USDA intends
to meet this challenge by developing strategic partnerships with the private sector, thereby expediting
the "development and deployment of research, development and demonstration projects, facilitate the
siting of biorefineries through loan guarantees and other existing programs, and identify potential
barriers to meeting transportation and distibution needs for an advanced biofuels industry."
NSF Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with
Industry (GOALI)
This year's solicitation for Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) was
recently released. The objective of this program is to support industry-university linkages,
especially for:
   Faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and students to conduct research and gain experience in an
      industrial setting;
   Industrial scientists and engineers to bring industry's perspective and integrative skills to
      academe; and
   Interdisciplinary university-industry teams to conduct research projects.
This solicitation targets high-risk/high-gain research with a focus on fundamental research, new
approaches to solving generic problems, development of innovative collaborative industry-university
educational programs, and direct transfer of new knowledge between academe and industry. GOALI
seeks to fund transformative research that lies beyond that which industry would normally fund. (Note
that the "Industry Engineers and Scientists in Academe" program within this opportunity is available
as supplements to existing NSF awards.)
 Due Dates vary by the NSF disciplinary program through which you are applying.

 New Announcements from NIH
 NIH recently released the following new (as opposed to reissued) announcements:
  o   Innovators in Hemoglobinopathies Academic Career Development Award (K07)
      - provides support for salary and research costs for up to 4 years for individuals with
      medical or doctoral degrees in clinical fields who are not fully established
      investigators and who want to pursue research careers in sickle cell disease and/or
      the thalassemias.
  o   Martin Delaney Collaboratory: Towards an HIV-1 Cure (U19) - funds research
      to address the problem of HIV-1 persistence in HIV-1-infected persons treated with
      suppressive antiretroviral drug regimens.
  o   New Strategies for Growing 3D Tissues (R01, R21) - to improve our
      understanding of how cells respond to their environment and to develop accurate
      assays and methods to understand how organogenesis may instruct the creation of
      functional 3D engineered cellular aggregates. This program will require
      collaborations of scientists from two or more disciplines such as developmental
      biology, computational science and systems biology, cell biology, tissue engineering,
      chemistry, physics, or organ physiology.
  o   Cell Lineage Determination and Tissue Homeostasis in the Aged (R01) - funds
      research to propose to track cell lineages and to determine cell life spans in normal
      tissue homeostasis and in response to injury or disease in the elderly.
  o   Subjective Well-being: Advances in Measurement and Applications to Aging
      (R01) - funds research to advance the application of well-being measurement to the
      integrated study of experienced and evaluative well-being in aging-relevant contexts.
  o   Regional and International Differences in Health and Longevity at Older Ages
      (R01) - funds research to advance knowledge on the reasons behind the divergent
      trends that have been observed in health and longevity at older ages, both across
      industrialized/high life expectancy nations and across geographical areas in the
      United States.
  o   Pathobiology of Emerging Pathogens in Laboratory Animals (R21, R01) - funds
      research on the pathobiology of emerging and potential pathogens of laboratory
      animals including, but not limited to aquatic species, rodents, and nonhuman
  o   Biomedical Technology Research Center (P41) - funds Centers to conduct
      research and development on new technologies and new/improved instruments
      driven by the needs of basic, translational, and clinical researchers. New applicants
      are strongly encouraged to submit a pre-application in response to PAR-10-221.
  o   NEI Center Core Grants for Vision Research (P30) - This program is designed to
      enhance an institution's environment and capability to conduct vision research and to
      facilitate collaborative studies of the visual system and its disorders.
  o   Biophysical and Biomechanical Aspects of Embryonic Development (R01, R21) -
      funds research to advance our knowledge in the area of the physics and mechanics
      of embryonic development.

DARPA Funding for Junior Faculty in Computer
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) encourages junior faculty with a
research interest in computer science to apply for a Computer Science Study Group grant to
explore novel ideas that lead to fundamental advances that will benefit the US Department of
Total Amount to be Awarded – For each institution, there will be one grant or cooperative
agreement awarded to each proposer selected for funding. The award instrument will provide
amounts for each of the program phases as follows:
Base Period amout is up to $100,000
Option 1 amount is up to $400,000
Option 2 amount is up to $250,000
Full proposals are due Oct. 15, 2010
(This reflects a recent increased emphasis from DoD on engaging faculty in DoD research.)
Note: As with any DoD proposal, it is extremely important to talk to your cognizant program officer to
explore their interest in your idea before submitting a proposal.

NSF Partnerships for Innovation
One of the general goals of the Partnerships for Innovation Program (PFI) is to stimulate the
transformation of knowledge created by the research and education enterprise into innovations that
create new wealth; build strong local, regional, and national economies; and improve the national
well-being. Aligned with this goal, the PFI competition for FY 2011 funds will provide support for
innovation capacity building to sustained, dynamic interactive knowledge-enhancing
partnership groups composed of academic researchers and small business (as defined by the Small
Business Administration (SBA)) practitioners focused on intense exploration, re-definition, and
creation of novel platforms for translating research and moving it towards impact. The basic
organizational core of each proposed knowledge-enhancing partnership group must be
composed of an academic lead institution and, at a minimum, two small businesses.

Due: Letter of Intent due Oct. 1, 2010; Full proposal due Dec. 4, 2010
NSF/NIH Initiative to Support Research at the
Interface of the Biological and Mathematical
The Division of Mathematical Sciences in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences at
the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the
National Institutes of Health plan to support research in mathematics and statistics on questions
in the biological and biomedical sciences. Both agencies recognize the need and urgency for
promoting research at the interface between the mathematical sciences and the life sciences. This
competition is designed to encourage new collaborations, as well as to support existing ones.

Due: Oct. 1, 2010

June 21, 2010 Issue

New Solicitation for NSF STEP Centers Released
This new STEP Centers program shouldn't be confused with NSF's long-running STEP (STEM
Talent Expansion Program) program (more about that below).
The STEP Centers competition allows a group of faculty representing a cross section of institutions of
higher education to identify a national challenge or opportunity in undergraduate education in science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and to propose a comprehensive and
coordinated set of activities that will be carried out to address that challenge or opportunity within a
national context. Program activities for all STEP Centers should be designed to have a national
impact on increasing the number of students, including STEM majors or non-STEM majors or both,
enrolling in undergraduate courses in STEM, and to improve student learning and retention in those
courses. In the current competition, efforts must be related to the biological sciences, engineering,
or the geological sciences.
NSF Plans to award 3 STEP Centers at up to $2 million per year for 5 years.
Letters of Intent due Aug 4, 2010; preliminary proposal due Sept. 7, 2010; and full proposal (by
invitation only) due Jan. 20, 2011.

NSF's STEP Competition - an Opportunity for
Institutions of all Types
Now is the time for universities to consider preparing a proposal to this year's NSF STEP (STEM
Talent Expansion Program) competition. STEP awards come in several types:
o Type 1A proposals are for institutions that have not previously been lead on a STEP award.
    These projects should be focused on increasing the total number of students obtaining STEM
    degrees or associate degrees or completing credits at community colleges toward transfer to a
    STEM baccalaureate degree program . ($500K - $2 million over 5 years, depending on
    undergraduate enrollment)
o Type 1B proposals are for institutions that have previously been lead institutions on a STEP 1
    award; the project should build on previous results but take a significantly new direction.
    (($500K - $2 million over 5 years, depending on undergraduate enrollment)
o Type 1C proposals are for institution that have previously lead a STEP 1 project and is a
    follow-on grant to allow follow-on work that is a direct result of the outcomes of the original
    STEP project. (50% of the amount of the initial award over 2 - 3 years)
o     Type 2 grants fund educational research on factors affecting associate and baccalaureate
      degree attainment in STEM. (Up to $1.5 million over up to 4 years; 1 - 3 awards funded)

Institutions preparing STEP proposals should keep several points in mind:
o     NSF awards STEP grants to many types of institutions, including community colleges and
      predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs) as well as research intensive
      institutions. Community colleges and PUIs who have the potential to impact large numbers of
      diverse students who might otherwise not pursue STEM studies are in good position to compete
      for this program. To see the types of institutions that have recently received STEP grants, go to
      the STEP page and click on " What Has Been Funded" at the bottom of the page.
o     It's all about the numbers. NSF's goal for the STEP program is to increase the number of
      students who successfully pursue STEM studies. Projects, no matter how innovative or novel,
      that don't have the potential to impact a significant number of students will not be successful. In
      addition, you will need to include a significant amount of data in your proposal (e.g., numbers of
      students that currently pursue STEM studies in your institution, retention rages, etc.). Gathering
      this data and setting numerical benchmarks and goals is an significant task in preparing a STEP
o     Your project approach must be well-grounded either in the literature or in your institution's
      previous experience (supported by data). Why do you think your approach will work? What is
      your evidence? There is a significant body of scholarship on issues related to student pursuit of
      STEM studies, much of it generated through NSF funds. Be sure that it's clear in your proposal
      that you are familiar with this work and are following an evidence-based approach. A good place
      to start looking for these kinds of publications in the ERIC database.
o     You should have a clear plan for institutionalization of successful project activities. NSF is looking
      for sustained impact, so they will be looking for how successful activities will be continued past
      the funding period.

Due: Letter of Intent due Aug. 17, 2010; full proposal due Sept. 28, 2010

NETL CyberSecurity for Energy Delivery Systems
The National Energy Technology Laboratory has issued a funding opportunity entitled, "Innovation
for Increasing CyberSecurity for Energy Delivery Systems (I2CSEDS)" (FOA 0000359). The
Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) on behalf of the DOE,
Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE), is seeking applications that will lead to
improvements in the cyber security of control systems and information technology systems (IT) for
energy transmission and distribution, including electricity, oil, and natural gas, as well as protect the
electric grid and enhance integration of smart grid technologies that are adequately protected against
cyber attacks. This FOA includes seven (7) Topics Areas: 1) Response to Cyber Attack in
Progress; 2) Centralized Cryptographic Key Management; 3) Situational Awareness Data Collection,
Analyses, and Visualization; 4) Hardened Platforms and Systems; 5) Secure Communications; 6)
Remote Access; and 7) Secure Smart Grid Communication Architecture. Maximum award amount will
be $4 million, and up to 6 awards are expected.

Note that DOE/NNSA National Labs are eligible to apply and that cost share must be 20% for
R&D costs and 50% for demonstration and commercial application projects.
Due: July 12, 2010

    Note: Are you have trouble finding the full Funding Opportunity Announcements for these
    DOE opportunities? To find them from the page, click on the "FedConnect"
    link under "Link to Full Announcement," then click "Search Public Opportunities," choose
    "Title" from the pull down Search Criteria options, and then enter several words from the
    title [alternatively, you can search on the reference number and enter the full number (DE-
    FOA-0000359)]. Click on the opportunity, then look to the right under "Documentation"
    and select "body." This will bring up an rtf file of the full funding opportunity

New Announcements from NIH
NIH recently released the following new (as opposed to reissued) announcements:
o     Novel NeuroAIDS Therapeutics: Integrated Preclinical/Clinical Program (P01) - supports
      research focused on accelerating basic and translational scientific discoveries with a plan to
      advance drug therapeutics for HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorders (HAND).
o     Expanding and Personalizing Treatment Options for Alcohol Use Disorders Including
      Pharmacogenomics (R01) - funds research projects to study how genetic variation affects
      responses to medications for the treatment of Alcohol Use Disorders (AUD).
o     High-Throughput-Enabled Structural Biology Research (U01) - funds projects to establish
      partnerships between researchers interested in a biological problem of significant scope and
      researchers providing high-throughput structure determination capabilities through the NIGMS
      PSI:Biology network.
o     HIV Incidence Assays with Improved Specificity (R01) - funds research to develop improved
      HIV incidence assays with increased specificity and reliability for distinguishing incident from
      chronic HIV infections.
o      Informed Decision-Making in Young Adolescents at Risk for HIV/AIDS (R01) - will fund
      interdisciplinary formative research projects attempting to explore the neurological basis of
      HIV/AIDS risk avoidance decision-making among young adolescents.
o     Seek, Test, Treat, and Retain: Addressing HIV among Vulnerable Populations (R01) -
      applications for both domestic and international studies that test the seek, test, treat, and retain
      paradigm. This paradigm predicts that expanding HIV testing and reducing viral load among HIV+
      individuals through HAART therapy can be effective in reducing the HIV transmission at a
      population level. In particular, this FOA focuses on research on expanding HAART therapy
      coverage to reduce HIV transmission among high-risk, vulnerable populations
o     PFINDR: Phenotype Finder IN Data Resources: A Tool to Support Cross-study Data
      Discovery Among NHLBI Genomic Studies (UH2/UH3) - funds projects that propose to
      develop and apply advanced informatics approaches to categorize phenotypic measures in
      multiple datasets in data repositories to help researchers identify potentially relevant genomic
      studies across cardiovascular, lung, blood, and sleep research domains.

Department of Ed Announces FIPSE Priorities
The Department of Education released this year's announcement for the Fund for the Improvement
of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) Comprehensive Program. They list the following
invitational priorities for this competition:
o    Centers of Excellence for teacher preparation
o      University sustainability initiatives
o      Rural development initiatives for rural-serving colleges and universities
o      Initiatives to assist highly qualified minorities and women to acquire doctoral degrees in fields
       where they are underrepresented
o      Modeling and simulation programs
o    Higher education consortia to design and offer interdisciplinary programs that focus on poverty
     and human capability
o    Innovative postsecondary models to improve college matriculation and graduation rates,
     including activities to facilitate transfer of credits between institutions of higher education (IHEs),
     alignment of curricula on a State or multi-State level between high schools and colleges and
     between two-year and four-year postsecondary programs, dual enrollment, articulation
     agreements, partnerships between high schools and community colleges, and partnerships
     between K-12 organizations and colleges for college access and retention programs
o    Activities to develop or enhance educational partnerships and cross-cultural cooperation
     between postsecondary educational institutions in the United States and similar institutions in
Due: July 29, 2010.
Note: The Dept. of Ed has recently started a FIPSE newsletter.

NSF Frontiers in Earth System Dynamics
The goals of the Frontiers in Earth-System Dynamics (FESD) program are to: (1) foster an inter-
disciplinary and multi-scale understanding of the interplay among and within the various sub-systems
of the Earth, (2) catalyze research in areas poised for a major advance, (3) improve data resolution
and modeling capabilities to more realistically simulate complex processes and forecast disruptive or
threshold events, and (4) improve knowledge of the resilience of the Earth and its subsystems.
NSF anticipates funding a combined total of 6-10 Type I (Frontier Research projects) and Type II
(Geoscience Collaboratories or Synthesis Centers) proposals. Project sizes for Type I and Type II
proposals are expected to range from approximately $3,000,000 to $5,000,000 for 3-5 years duration,
although larger and smaller awards may be made in some circumstances. The scope of FESD
projects is expected to be well beyond that which can be supported in GEO's core programs.
Due: Preliminary proposal due Oct. 1, 2010; Full proposal due March 15, 2011.

Changes in NSF CISE Cross-Cutting Programs
Several changes have been made to the CISE Cross-Cutting Programs solicitation for the FY 2011
 o CISE has added a new cross-cutting program called Smart Health and Wellbeing, which
   seeks improvements in safe, effective, efficient, equitable, and patient-centered health and
   wellness services through innovations in computer and information science and
 o Modest changes have been made to the Trustworthy Computing and Network Science and
   Engineering program descriptions to fully define their scientific scope.
 o Data-intensive Computing is no longer a CISE cross-cutting program. Proposals that
   address research challenges and opportunities in cloud and data-intensive computing should be
   submitted to the most appropriate CISE Core Program:
         o    Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF)
         o    Computer and Network Systems (CNS)
         o    Information & Intelligent Systems (IIS)
 o The Network Science and Engineering (NetSE) program will accept proposals ONLY in the
    Medium and Large project classes in FY 2011, to emphasize the fact that NetSE seeks
    ambitious team efforts that may involve multiple PIs with different research perspectives. This
    will be the last year in which CISE seeks NetSE proposals in the Cross-Cutting Programs;
    NetSE projects will be supported in the CISE Core Programs beginning in FY 2012.
 o The submission window for all Medium proposals will now be September 1-15 annually.
Note: Many of these changes illustrate a common process at NSF, in which new priorities are
announced as part of cross-cutting programs or special solicitations, and after a few years, those
research areas are absorbed within the core programs (which accept "unsolicited" proposals), and
new special priorities are announced. For help in identifying core programs using NSF's website,
see the videos on our workshop page.

DARPA "Oh By the Way" BAA
DARPA recently issued a new Broad Agency Announcement for a program entitled, "Oh By the
Way," which solicits innovative research proposals in the area of knowledge management and
software support for mission planning. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches
that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Specifically excluded is
research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.
The Oh By The Way program (OBTW) will address these shortcomings through research and
development in three technical areas:
    •   Interactive interfaces for knowledge capture and advanced user support.
    •   Online plan monitoring and user-in-the-loop plan adaptation.
    •   Algorithmic techniques for robust course of action analysis.
Due: July 23, 2010
Note: If you're considering applying to DARPA for funding, it's always a good idea to talk to the
Program Officer about your idea first.

Need Help With CAREER Proposals?
Faculty who are planning to submit NSF CAREER proposals this year should be hard at work
planning and writing their proposals. These proposals are especially challenging because of their
scope (5 years instead of the typical 3 years), context (they need to support a long-range Career
Development Plan) and the requirement for an innovative education plan in addition to the research
plan. Add to that the fact that the junior faculty applying often have very little proposal-writing
experience, and it's clear why providing assistance and mentoring for these faculty can make a big
difference in their success.

Understanding the program and its requirementsis one key to success with CAREER and there are a
lot of helpful resources available on the web. A second key to success is encouraging PIs to recruit
knowledgeable people to read and comment on their proposal drafts. Academic Research Funding
Strategies provides a range of services to help CAREER PIs, ranging from a one-time review and
deep edit of their proposal drafts to mentoring faculty through the entire proposal planning and writing
process. Click here for more details.

In addition, access to a recording of our CAREER webinar held in April, with supporting materials
including example sections of successful CAREER proposals, is still available for purchase. Click
here for more.

June 6, 2010 Issue

RAPID Grants Available for Gulf Oil Spill Research
NSF released a "Dear Colleague" letter reminding researchers of the Rapid Response Research
(RAPID) mechanism to fund unanticipated events that require a timely response to allow collection of
essential data. This mechanism is available for research on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Before
submitting a RAPID proposal (which is just 2 to 5 pages), PIs should talk to their Program Officer.
Guidelines for RAPID proposals can be found here.

Guidance for CAREER Proposals to the NSF Division of
Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings
NSF has released a "Dear Colleague" letter to explain what the Division of Research on Learning in
Formal and Informal Settings (DRL, which is in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources
[EHR]) is looking for in CAREER proposals. CAREER proposals to DRL can be sumitted to one
of four programs: Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering
(REESE), Discovery Research K-12 (DR K-12), Informal Science Education (ISE), and
Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST). The letter describes
expectations for Scope of Work, Research Design and Methodology, and Integration of Research and

A search of NSF's award database showed that DRL gave 8 CAREER awards in 2010, 6 awards in
2009, 12 awards in 2008 and 5 awards in 2007. Winning a CAREER grant from EHR is quite
competitive; the success rates for CAREER proposals to EHR were about19% in 2008 and 11% in
2009. That means that potential PIs considering applying to those programs should work hard to
ensure that their projects fit the expectations outlined in the Dear Colleague letter. That said, NSF is
poised to increase the numbers of CAREER grants awarded, and it is very possible that DRL may
also award more CAREERs this round.

NETL Unconventional Fossil Energy
The National Energy Technology Laboratory is continuing to issue solicitations. The most recent
funding opportunity is for Unconventional Fossil Energy (DE-FOA0000312). this program will
funding two topic areas: 1) Advanced Simulation and Visualization to advance the development of
simulation and visualization tools, processes, algorithms, etc. in order to assist industry in enhancing
the production of domestic unconventional resources while minimizing environmental impacts; and 2)
 Next-Generation Co2-EOR, to advance “next-generation” carbon-dioxide enhanced oil recovery
technology to the point where it is ready for pilot scale testing. Four to eight awards are expected in
Topic 1 ($300K - $1M with 20% cost share) and three to five awards ($500K - $1.5M with 20% cost
share) are expected in Topic 2. The objective of this FOA is to fund research that results in proof-of-
concept and technology ready for field and/or commercial application.
Due: 7/29/10

New NIH RFA for US-India CRP on Prevention of
HIV/AIDS and Co-morbidities
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits Exploratory/Developmental (R21)
applications from United States (U.S.)-funded institutions with an Indian-institution partner to establish
Collaborative Research Partnerships (CRP) in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention or in preventing,
treating, or ameliorating HIV-related co-morbidities such as malignancies, metabolic complications or
opportunistic infections (OIs). The U.S.-India Bilateral CRP Program is designed to develop
collaborations between scientists and institutions in the U.S. and India to conduct high quality
HIV/AIDS prevention research of mutual interest and benefit to both countries while developing the
basis for future institutional and individual scientific collaborations. This FOA will utilize the research
capacities of the institutions and scientists in both countries to advance the field of HIV/AIDS
prevention and to develop preliminary data that may support a more extensive future research
proposal to test an HIV/AIDS prevention program.

Due: August 3, 2010

NCRR Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA)
NCRR encourages applications to its SEPA program for the development and evaluation of
innovative research education programs to improve PreK-12 research career opportunities
and the community's understanding of the health science advances supported by the National
Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded clinical and basic research. SEPA encourages dynamic
partnerships between biomedical and clinical researchers and PreK-12 teachers and schools
and other interested organizations. Particular importance will be given to applications that target
PreK-12 and/or ISE/media topics that may not be addressed by existing curriculum, community-
based or ISE/media activities.

Letter of Intent due July 20, 2010; proposals due Sept. 16, 2010.

NIH NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellows in Nursing
Research (F31)
The purpose of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) for Individual
Predoctoral Fellows in Nursing Research (F31)program is to train future generations of
outstanding nurse scientists who are committed to research careers in scientific health-related fields
relevant to the programmatic interests of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). This FOA
encourages Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) applications from institutions/organizations that
propose to increase the number of nurses prepared with a doctoral degree in order to meet the
demands for adequately trained behavioral, biological, and biobehavioral scientists. NINR is
particularly interested in facilitating the progress of students who are in research training programs for
recent nursing graduates and students in BSN to PhD programs. This fellowship program will provide
predoctoral training support for doctoral students. The applicant should propose a research training
program and dissertation research that is consistent with the scientific mission of the NINR.

Due: August 13, December 13, April 13
DOE Request for Information on Fuel Cells for Portable
Power Applications
DOE is seeking input from stakeholders and the research community on proposed technical and cost
targets for fuel cells designed for portable power applications. Note that the intent of this RFI (DE-
FOA-0000373) is to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to submit feedback on targets.

DOE funds a broad range of fuel cell research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) activities. A
detailed description of the program, including technical and cost targets, can be found in the Multi-
Year Research, Development and Demonstration Plan here.

DOE is currently working to identify appropriate technical and cost targets for fuel cells for portable
power applications. The targets are driven by consumer expectations for the various applications
rather than by the operating parameters or constraints of specific technologies. Targets are generally
set with industry and market input and help drive the R&D required for improvements in materials,
designs, and systems. The proposed targets included in this RFI were developed in a preliminary
round of stakeholder input. Further stakeholder input is requested to refine the targets including input
from manufacturers.

Response due: June 30, 2010.

 Interesting Article in Nature News on NSF's Broader
Impacts Criterion
In the May 26th edition of Nature News, Corie Lok discusses the frustrations and promise of arising
from NSF's Broader Impacts criterion. A consensus seems to be emerging that more effort needs to
be made to measure and evaluate the effectiveness of these activities and to provide support for
researchers trying to implement education and outreach components of their projects. An AAAS
taskforce is working on recommendations, expected in 2011, on how to improve broader impacts.
PIs should expect the results of this debate to be reflected in future NSF solicitations.

NSF Research Coordination Networks (RCN)
The goal of this program is to advance a field or create new directions in research or education.
Innovative ideas for implementing novel networking strategies are especially encouraged. Groups of
investigators will be supported to communicate and coordinate their research, training and
educational activities across disciplinary, organizational, geographic and international boundaries.

Proposed networking activities directed to the general RCN program should focus on a theme to give
coherence to the collaboration, such as a broad research question or particular technologies or

The general RCN program will provide review for proposals to participating core programs and
directorates listed in the solicitation, excepting Mathematical & Physical Sciences. Proposals
involving mathematical and physical scientists will be accepted under the targeted physical/life
science interface track described below.

Additional targeted tracks within the RCN programs are intended to foster linkages across selected

       RCN-UBE: The Undergraduate Biology Education track could focus on any topic likely to lead
        to improved participation, learning, or assessment in undergraduate biology curricula.
       RCN-PLS: The physical/life science interface track focuses on topics at the interface of
        the biological and either the mathematical or physical sciences.

Various due dates: (see solicitation)

NSF Communicating Research to Public Audiences
Many PIs with current NSF grants may not realize that they can compete for "Communicating
Research to Public Audiences" (CRPA) grants, which are part of the Informal Science Education
program. About 10 of these grants will be awarded this year at up to $150K over 2 years. CRPA
projects must be based on active research projects funded out of any NSF directorate or office and
should prpose informal learning activities based on this currently funded research. Collaboration
between NSF-funded researchers and informal science organizations is strongly encouraged to ensure use of
effective practices. This could be a great way for PIs to raise the profile of their research projects and
position them for future funding.

Proposals can be submitted at any time.

Mike Cronan to Join Academic Research Funding
We are very pleased to announce that Mike Cronan, former Director of Texas A&M University's Office
of Proposal Development, will be joining Academic Research Funding Strategies. Mike recently
retired from Texas A&M after 23 years in proposal development. From 1990 - 2000, he developed
and wrote proposals to NSF and other agencies that brought in over $100 million in funding. He will
work with Academic Research Funding Strategies to offer workshops and seminars and will produce
a subscription-based monthly newsletter with detailed articles for PIs on research development,
proposal planning and grant writing, to be launched in the fall (more information on this will be coming
in the next issue).
Need Help With CAREER Proposals?
Faculty who are planning to submit NSF CAREER proposals this year should be hard at work
planning and writing their proposals. These proposals are especially challenging because of their
scope (5 years instead of the typical 3 years), context (they need to support a long-range Career
Development Plan) and the requirement for an innovative education plan in addition to the research
plan. Add to that the fact that the junior faculty applying often have very little proposal-writing
experience, and it's clear why providing assistance and mentoring for these faculty can make a big
difference in their success.

Understanding the program and its requirements is one key to success with CAREER and there are a
lot of helpful resources available on the web. A second key to success is encouraging PIs to recruit
knowledgeable people to read and comment on their proposal drafts. Academic Research Funding
Strategies provides a range of services to help CAREER PIs, ranging from a one-time review and
deep edit of their proposal drafts to mentoring faculty through the entire proposal planning and writing
process. Click here for more details.

In addition, access to a recording of our CAREER webinar held in April, with supporting materials
including example sections of successful CAREER proposals, is still available for purchase. Click
here for more.

NORDP Now Accepting Members
The second annual conference of the National Organization for Research Development Professionals
was held in Chicago next week. Over 100 attendees participated in panel discussions, working
groups, and informal networking. Discussions were fascinating, and we'll include a full report on the
conference in the next newsletter. NORDP is now officially accepting members. To join, go here.

May 10, 2010 Issue

EDA Announces New i6 Challenge
The i6 Challenge is a new $12 million innovation competition administered by the Economic
Development Administration (EDA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, in partnership with the
National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF). EDA will award up to
$1 million to each of six winning teams with the most innovative ideas to drive technology
commercialization and entrepreneurship in their regions (note that the solicitation lists eligibility
requirements for regions, including such factors as high unemployment or a "special need"). NIH and
NSF will award a total of up to $6 million in supplemental funding to their SBIR grantees that are
associated or partnered with the winning teams. EDA encourages entrepreneurs, investors,
universities, foundations, and non-profits to participate in the i6 Challenge. The deadline for
applications is July 15, 2010.

For more information, email or join the i6 Challenge conference call at 2pm EDT on
May 17, 2010. For the full solicitation, click here.
Some NSF Programs You May Want to Start
Thinking About
As the spring semester winds down, it's time to think about proposals to work on this summer. The
funding opportunities below are not research programs, but they can provide infrastructure to which
PIs can link for broader impacts, recruiting and diversity components in NSF research proposals,
helping to make those proposals more competitive.
REU Sites (Research Experiences for Undergraduates Sites) supports active research participation
by undergraduate students in areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU
projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects
specifically designed for the REU program. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or
academic department, or on interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a
coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. Typically, 170
new site awards (typically $70K - $110K per year) are given each year.
Proposals due August 25, 2010 (except for Polar Program, which has a due date of June 4, 2010)
S-STEM (NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) makes grants to
institutions of higher education to support scholarships for academically talented, financially needy
students, enabling them to enter the workforce following completion of an associate; baccalaureate;
or graduate-level degree in science and engineering disciplines. Grantee institutions are responsible
for selecting scholarship recipients, reporting demographic information about student scholars, and
managing the S-STEM project at the institution. Typically, 80 to 100 awards (up to $600K total) are
made each year.
Letter of intent due July 14, 2010; full proposal due August 12, 2010
STEP (Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program) seeks to
increase the number of students (U.S. citizens or permanent residents) receiving associate or
baccalaureate degrees in established or emerging fields within science, technology, engineering, and
mathematics (STEM). Type 1 proposals are solicited that provide for full implementation efforts at
academic institutions. Type 2 proposals are solicited that support educational research projects on
associate or baccalaureate degree attainment in STEM. Typically, NSF funds 15 to 20 Type 1 awards
and 1 - 3 Type 2 awards each year.

Letter of Intent due August 17, 2010; proposal due September 29, 2010

NETL Solicitation on Coal/Biomass Mixtures
This solicitation supports the DOE Office of Fossil Energy Clean Coal Technology Program and its
mission to ensure the availability of ultra-clean, abundant, low cost, domestic energy (including
hydrogen) to fuel economic prosperity, strengthen energy security and enhance environmental
quality. The required activities will support the NETL Fuels/Hydrogen Program Area goal to develop
advanced and novel technologies that will ensure the use of our nation's abundant coal (and
biomass) resources to produce affordable power, fuels and chemicals in a safe and environmentally
clean manner.

Applications to this Funding opportunity announcement are sought for R&D projects that will address
key challenges related to the utilization of coal-biomass mixtures for co-production of power and
hydrogen, fuels, and/or chemicals. Applicants may only respond to one topic per application. Multiple
applications from the same applicant are permitted and teaming within a single application is also
permitted. State clearly in the application which topic is being addressed. Proposals are sought for
R&D in the following three topic areas: Topic Area 1: Pre-processing and Conditioning of
Coal/Biomass Mixtures for Simultaneous Co-Feeding Systems; Topic Area 2: Reactive
Properties of coal/biomass mixed fuels; Topic Area 3: Design concepts for Co-Production of
Power, Fuels, and Chemicals.
Application due May 28, 2010

DoEd Education Research Grants
The Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences has issued the RFA for
2011 Education Research Grants with the following topic changes:
    Reading applications are limited to Exploration, Efficacy and Replication, Scale-up
       Evaluation, and Measurement (i.e., no Development and Innovation applications). Applicants
       interested in research on improving writing may apply under any of the goals.
    The Institute has created a new research topic on Adult Education. Under this topic,
       individuals may apply to conduct research relevant to teaching adult learners reading, basic
       writing skills, and basic mathematics skills. Because of this new topic, the Institute is
       dropping the topic of Interventions for Struggling Adolescent and Adult Readers and Writers.
       Individuals interested in research on struggling adolescent readers or writers may apply
       under the Reading and Writing topic. Individuals interested in research on adult learners may
       apply to the Adult Education research topic.
    The Institute is dropping the topic of Middle and High School Reform. Individuals may
       continue to apply for grants to conduct research on middle and high school reform under the
       Education Policy, Finance, and Systems topic.
    The Institute is creating two new research programs to emphasize (1) the Organization and
       Management of Schools and Districts and (2) Analysis of Longitudinal Data to Support State
       and Local Education Reform.

Letter of Intent due July 20, 2010; proposals due Sept. 16, 2010.

Need Help With CAREER Proposals?
Faculty who are planning to submit NSF CAREER proposals this year should be hard at work
planning and writing their proposals. These proposals are especially challenging because of their
scope (5 years instead of the typical 3 years), context (they need to support a long-range Career
Development Plan) and the requirement for an innovative education plan in addition to the research
plan. Add to that the fact that the junior faculty applying often have very little proposal-writing
experience, and it's clear why providing assistance and mentoring for these faculty can make a big
difference in their success.

Understanding the program and its requirements is one key to success with CAREER and there are a
lot of helpful resources available on the web. A second key to success is encouraging PIs to recruit
knowledgeable people to read and comment on their proposal drafts. Academic Research Funding
Strategies provides a range of services to help CAREER PIs, ranging from a one-time review and
deep edit of their proposal drafts to mentoring faculty through the entire proposal planning and writing
process. Click here for more details.

In addition, access to a recording of our CAREER webinar held in April, with supporting materials
including example sections of successful CAREER proposals, is still available for purchase. Click
here for more.
April 26, 2010 Issue

Congress Working on Reauthorization of America
The original America COMPETES Act (enacted in 2007) had significant impacts on research funding,
including mandating cost share for NSF Major Research Instrumentation grants, requiring
postdoctoral mentoring plans for NSF proposal funding postdocs, and committing to a path to
doubling NSF funding. The House Committee on Science and Technology is now working on the
reauthorization of this act, and some of the proposed amendments include:
o Directing NSF to spend at least five percent of its research budget to fund high-risk, high-
     reward research proposals - this goal was also mentioned at the most recent NSF regional
     grants conference. More on this in the next article.
o   Keeping the NSF, DOE's Office of Science, and NIST on a path to double their budgets by 2017
o   Amending the Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program to reduce the cost-sharing requirement
    for colleges and universities so that a more diverse group of institutions can afford to participate
    in the Noyce program.
o   Helping NSF to support U.S. manufacturers by awarding grants to institutions of higher
    education to support fundamental research leading to transformative advances in
    manufacturing technologies, processes, and systems that will support U.S. manufacturing
    through improved performance, productivity, and competitiveness.
o   Encouraging NSF to establish and expand partnerships that promote innovation and increase the
    economic and social impact of research by developing tools and resources to connect new
    scientific discoveries to practical uses.
o   Authorizing NSF to provide grants for implementing or expanding research-based reforms in
    undergraduate STEM education for the purpose of increasing the number and quality of
    students studying toward and completing baccalaureate degrees in STEM.
o   Authorizing NSF to award grants for implementing or expanding research-based reforms in
    master's and doctoral level STEM education that emphasize preparation for diverse
    careers in the STEM workforce.
We don't yet know which of these amendments will be included in the final bill, but it will be interesting
to watch the progress of the bill, which will provide a useful preview of new research funding

NSF EAGER - Funding for High Impact, High Risk
As we mentioned in a previous issue, speakers at the most recent NSF Regional Grants emphasized
NSF's commitment to funding high impact, high risk research, and as was mentioned in the previous
article, a proposed amendment for the reauthorization of the America COMPETES act sets a goal of
allocating 5% of NSF funding to these kinds of projects. What's behind this? The concern, voiced by
many of America's leading scientists, is that the peer review process for evaluating grant proposals
results in funding "safe" projects that are likely to succeed. The result is that potentially revolutionary
but high-risk projects are not likely to be recommended for funding. NSF is using several tactics to
counter this tendency. In 2008, NSF established the Early-Concept Grants for Exploratory
Research (EAGER) grant mechanism, replacing the old Small Grants for Exploratory Research
(SGER) mechanism. All indications are that NSF plans to fund a lot more research using this
mechanism. NSF is also experimenting with other approaches to promote funding of high impact,
high risk reseach, such as holding an internal competition among the programs for most innovative
project funded.

So, if you have an idea for a high impact, high risk project, how should you proceed? First,
hone your idea. Remember that you'll need to make a compelling case for why this research could
have a high impact in your field and beyond. Be sure you have a good understanding of what's
already been done and what NSF has funded in this area (in addition to reading the literature,
searching the NSF database can be helpful for this). If there is any preliminary work you can do to
test the feasibility of your concept (e.g., a back-of-the-envelope calculation or a simple series of
experiments), do that first. Your track record will be important, so if you're coming to this research
topic from a different field, consider recruiting a collaborator with a strong record in the research field
of your project. Next, write a short description (a few paragraphs) of your research idea and e-mail it
to the program officer (if you are unsure which program would be likely to fund your idea, see the
video here for tips on how to identify the NSF program that fits your research agenda), and request a
time when you might discuss your idea further over the phone. After these discussions, if the
Program Officer likes your idea, she will encourage you to write an EAGER proposal (only 5 to 8
pages). The decision on whether to fund your project will be made internally by NSF without a peer
review panel, and success rates for these invited propoals are typically very high. The ulimate goal of
your EAGER project should be to allow you to collect enough data to demonstrate the feasibility of
your idea so that you can then write a regular NSF proposal for further work that will do well in the
peer review process, which NSF emphasizes is still the "gold standard" for evaluating proposals.

Social Science Opportunity in Energy: Doris Duke
Charitable Foundation
As more funding is committed to support research and implementation of alternative energy
technologies, researchers in the Social Sciences and business management should look for grant
opportunities related to policy, economics and behavioral aspects connected to energy. An example
of this is the following opportunity.
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced a call for proposals related to innovative,
scalable strategies for energy efficiency retrofit programs or policies that address the existing building
stock in the United States. Funding priorities include but are not limited to sustainable and scalable
business models for implementing energy efficiency retrofits; policies or programs that seek to
advance aggregation of disparate or fragmented opportunities in energy efficiency retrofits to increase
the energy savings potential; innovative financing models and other mechanisms to ease upfront
costs of efficiency improvements or increase the attractiveness of investments in energy efficiency;
policies or programs to secure greater energy efficient performance in buildings such as through
benchmarking or improved operations and management; policies or programs to drive deep energy
efficiency retrofits in existing buildings; policies or programs to address split incentives; and
mechanisms to increase the effectiveness of and property owner participation in state, local, utility-
sponsored, or privately-sponsored energy efficiency programs (proposed partnerships between such
programs and applicants for DDCF support are encouraged. See here for more details.
NIH Continues to Fund New Programs Focused on
Healthcare Quality Measurement
Motivated by healthcare reform and the Obama administration’s emphasis on outcomes-based
healthcare management, NIH has recently released a number of funding opportunities aimed at
developing and improving methods for measuring healthcare quality.
The most recent of these is a new FOA, “CHIPRA Pediatric Healthcare Quality Measures Program
Centers of Excellence (U18)” which solicits Cooperative Research Demonstration and
Dissemination Projects (U18) grant applications that propose to advance and improve measures of
children’s healthcare quality. The FOA implements Section 401(a) of the Children’s Health Insurance
Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) of 2009 (Public Law 111-3), which amends title XI (42 U.S.C.
1301 et seq.) by inserting after section 1139 the new section 1139A(b): “Advancing and Improving
Pediatric Quality Measures.” This section calls for the establishment of a pediatric quality measures
program to: improve and strengthen the initial core child health care quality measures established by
the Secretary under (42 U.S.C. 1301 Sec. 1139A(a)); expand on existing pediatric quality measures
used by public and private health care purchasers and advance the development of such new and
emerging quality measures; and increase the portfolio of evidence-based, consensus pediatric quality
measures available to public and private purchasers of children’s healthcare services, providers, and

DoD CDMRP Releases Several New Funding
It may initially be puzzling why the Department of Defense funds research into such topics as breast
cancer, autism and amytrophic lateral sclerosis, but this can be explained by understanding that
Congressionally Mandated Medical Research Programs were placed under DoD as a strategy to
provide Congress with a mechanism for directly funding research into particular diseases in response
to their constituents’ concerns. Although it resides inside the DoD, CDMRP’s procedures and culture
are more similar to those of NIH, with the exception that funding is organized around particular health
issues or diseases, mandated by Congress each year. As a result, disease research programs that
are funded one year may not be funded the next. CDMRP has several classes of grants, which may
or may not be supported within a particular program, including Idea Awards, Therapeutic
Development Awards, New Investigator Awards, Concept Awards, and others. Recently announced
programs for this year are:

o   Genetic Studies of Food Allergies Research Program: Idea and Concept Awards
o   Gulf War Illness Research Program: Investigator-initiated, Innovative Treatment Evaluation
    Award, Clinical Trial Award and Consortium Development Award
o   Breast Cancer: Concept Award
o   Autism: Exploration- Hypothesis Development Award
o   Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis: Therapeutic Idea Award

Click here to see all 2010 funding opportunities that have been announced to date.
Latest Solicitations from NETL
The National Energy Testing Laboratory is continuing to announce an impressive number of new
extramural funding opportunities. In the last two weeks, they’ve announced:
   FOA #                          Title                                                 Due

04/20/10        DE-FOA-0000317            Office of Fossil Energy FY2010 Energy and Water     05/19/10
                                          Appropriations Act R&D Projects

04/19/10        DE-FOA-0000261            Coal Utilization Science: Advanced Research for     05/24/10
                                          Fossil Energy Power Systems

04/16/10        DE-FOA-0000313            Smart Grid Research, Development, and               06/22/10

Webinar scheduled for DoE SETP Photovoltaic (PV)
Manufacturing Initiative
The mission of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Program (SETP) is to
accelerate the widespread adoption of solar electric technologies across the United States through a
program of applied research and development, demonstration, and market transformation activities.
This mission aims to diversify the Nations electricity supply options, increase national security, and
improve the environment. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will enable DOE to launch
a PV Manufacturing Initiative that will support accelerated development for the U.S. PV industry.
There are two separate topics: (1) University-Focused: designed to allow Universities to conduct
industry-relevant research and development projects related to PV manufacturing; and
(2) Industry-Focused: designed to allow Industry to accelerate the development and implementation
of PV manufacturing-related technologies through both collaborative and non-collaborative models.
There are two submission phases: 1) Submission of the Concept Paper Application for DOE feedback
(FOA No. DE-FOA-0000237) and 2) Submission of the Full Application (FOA No. DE-FOA-0000259).
See Section IV of the Announcement entitled Application and Submission Information, for further
details. Note that Applicants must have submitted a Concept Paper Application by the required due
date, passed the Concept Paper Application initial compliance review, and received DOE feedback to
be eligible to submit a Full Application. Once the Concept Paper Application FOA closes and DOE
has provided feedback on the initial Concept Paper Application, a separate FOA requesting the Full
Applications will be provided at IMPORTANT:
A Webinar is scheduled for April 29, 2010.

Division-level Instrumentation Programs at NSF
Most faculty are familiar with NSF’s Major Research Instrumentation program, which is NSF-wide. In
addition, some divisions also run their own instrumentation programs. They include:
o       Earth Science: Earth Sciences Instrumentation and Facilities
o       Chemistry: Chemistry Research Instrumentation and Facilities: Departmental Multi-user
        Instrumentation, Instrument Development
o       Materials Research: Instrumentation for Materials Research - Major Instrumentation
        Projects, Instrumentation for Materials Research
o       Biology: Instrument Development for Biological Research (this one is funded at the
        Directorate level)
These programs can be more changeable than the MRI, and it’s important to talk to your program
officer to keep up with the latest developments in your division, particularly regarding the division's
current funding for these programs. For example, the EAR Instrumentation program went through a
period where they funded very few instrumentation grants because the division had committed to
supporting a few large instrumentation projects. This year, they plan to fund 40 to 60 awards .
Similarly, the IMR competition has been funded some years, but not others.
Nevertheless, in years when these programs are well-funded, they can provide an excellent
opportunity to win funding for needed instrumentation as long as you remember a few key points
about instrumentation proposals. These proposals should make it very clear how the requested
instrument will enhance current and future research supported by the instrumentation grant
funder (in this case, the division). More impact is better, so having multiple users who can make a
strong case for how the instrument will enhance division-funded research will make your proposal
The new Earth Science Instrumentation and Facilities solicitation was recently released with
some significant changes. See the solicitation for details.

Setting Up or Expanding Your Research
Development Office?
If your university is considering adding research development capacity (maybe just one person
or maybe a multi-person office) or you’re planning to expand your current research development
capabilities, you may want to consider attending the second annual conference of National
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Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) in Chicago on June 2 and 3 .
The conference will include a session on how to set up a research development office as well as one
that explores various models for how these offices operate and opportunities and challenges that they
face. Panelists will include directors of large offices as well as representatives from single-person

NSF's Physics Frontiers Centers Announced
The solicitation for this round of Physics Frontiers Centers (PFCs) was recently released. This
program has had a competition every two or three years, with the last set of PFCs funded in 2008.
Click here for information on currently-funded PFCs.
The Physics Frontiers Centers (PFC) program supports university-based centers and institutes where
the collective efforts of a larger group of individuals can enable transformational advances in the most
promising research areas. The program is designed to foster major breakthroughs at the
intellectual frontiers of physics by providing needed resources such as combinations of talents,
skills, disciplines, and/or specialized infrastructure, not usually available to individual investigators or
small groups, in an environment in which the collective efforts of the larger group can be shown to be
seminal to promoting significant progress in the science and the education of students. Activities
supported through the program are in all sub-fields of physics within the purview of the
Division of Physics: atomic, molecular, optical, plasma, elementary particle, nuclear, astro-,
gravitational, and biological physics. Interdisciplinary projects at the interface between these
physics areas and other disciplines and physics sub-fields, e.g. biology, quantum information
science, mathematical physics, condensed matter physics, and emerging areas of physics are
also included. The successful PFC activity will demonstrate: (1) the potential for a profound
advance in physics; (2) creative, substantive activities aimed at enhancing education, diversity, and
public outreach; (3) potential for broader impacts, e.g., impacts on other field(s) and benefits to
society; (4) a synergy or value-added rationale that justifies a center- or institute-like approach.
Average award size $2.5M/year for 5 - 7 years.
Preliminary Proposal due August 11, 2010; Full Proposal due Jan. 25, 2011.

April 12, 2010 Issue

NSF Releases Five New Energy, Climate
and Sustainability Solicitations
In a recent "Dear Colleague" letter, NSF announced that it is issuing five new cross-directorate
o Water Sustainability and Climate (WSC) (NSF 10-524)
o Ocean Acidification (OA) (NSF 10-530)
o Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP) (NSF 10-542)
o Decadal and Regional Climate Prediction Using Earth System Models (EaSM) (NSF 10-554)
o Dimensions of Biodiversity (NSF 10-548)
These solicitations build on recommendations in the August 2009 National Science Board Report,
Building a Sustainable Energy Futureand the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report: Climate Change
2007, NSF has requested funds in FY 2011 to further expand research support in this area through
new and existing programs focused on Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability
Information on NSF's climate research activities as well as plans for SEES is available at

Report from NSF Regional Grants Conference

Here is more information from the recent NSF Regional Grants Conference in Cleveland, thanks to a
colleague who attended breakout sessions that I was unable attend.
o   New solicitations are expected in 2010 or have recently been issued for Broadening
    Participation Resarch Initiation Grants in Engineering (BRIGE),ADVANCE (expected soon),
    Partnerships for Innovation. STTR (expect early to mid-August)
o   Energy and power are "back big-time." This research is going back to its roots in the power
    industry. (Look particularly at the Power, Controls and Adaptive Networks program as well as
    at targeted solicitations.)
o   NSF and NIH are both funding technologies for rehabilitation, but the focus is different: NSF ENG
    focuses on development of devices, whereas NIH focuses on clinical studies, although they do
    have a small engineering group.
o   As in many of the other presentations, Robert Trew, who presented in the ENG breakout was
    very enthusiastic about the new EAGER funding mechanism as a way to fund more high-risk,
    high payoff projects.
o Informal Science Education now supports serious gaming for STEM learning and wants to
    involve citizens in doing their own research and publishing data.
o Communicating Research to Public Audiences (CRPA) is now part of Informal Science
    Education and has a pool of money for scientists with NSF funding to convey what they are
    doing. Researchers who apply must be involved in an NSF project but do not have to be the PI.
Presentations from the Regional Grant Conference are now posted at here.

Helpful Overview of DOE Funding Strategy
Secretary of Energy Steve Chu sent a letter on March 24th to the Committee on Appropriations which
provides a very helpful overview of DOE's extramural funding programs for clean energy:
The DOE has launched a trio of R&D efforts to accelerate the normal progress of S&T for energy
Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) – small groups of mostly university-led research
teams working to solve specific scientific problems blocking clean energy development. He gives the
example of collaborative team scientists such as Watson and Crick discovering the structure of DNA.
The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) –modeled after DARPA, ARPA-E
funds small groups focused on breakthroughs in technology using an entrepreneurial funding model
to support specific new technologies where a short-term R&D effort could deliver game-changing
results. Here he gives the example of Bill Hewlett and David Packard pioneering the electronics
Energy Innovation Hubs – large, multi-disciplinary, highly-collaborative teams of scientists and
engineers working over a longer time frame to achieve a specific high priority goal, led by top
researchers who guide efforts, seize new opportunities and close off unproductive lines of research.
Here he gives the example of the Manhattan Project or Bell Labs in its heyday. In the FY11 budget,
DOE is requesting funding for one additional Hub – to dramatically improve batteries and
energy storage.
See the entire letter here (pdf).

More Energy Funding News
o   E-RIC has scheduled another informational webinar is scheduled for those interested in applying
    to the Energy Efficient Building Systems Regional Innovation Cluster Initiative on April 14th from
    1:30 - 3:30 pm. Click here for more information.
o   The National Academies has a new energy website, "What You Need to Know About Energy"
    which may be a useful source of background information for energy-related proposals.
o   ARPA-E recently revised their FAQs which cover a wide variety of subjects, especially the
    funding opportunities ADEPT, BEETIT, and GRIDS.

Recently Announced NIH Funding Opportunities
Selected recently announced NIH funding opportunities that may be of interest are;
o   Child Health Research Career Development Award (CHRCDA) Program [K12] - an institutional
    grant for supervised research training to assist junior faculty in their transition into productive,
    physician scientists in areas related to pediatrics and its subspecialties (this is a reissue)
o   Bioengineering Nanotechnology Initiative (STTR and SBIR) - fund STTR and SBIR projects that
    employ nanotechnology to enable the development of diagnostics and interventions for treating
    diseases (this is also a reissue).

To see all recently released funding opportunities (both new and reissued), click here for PAs and
here for RFAs.

Department of Education offers Webinars
The National Center for Special Education Research and the National Center for Education Research
within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) will host a series of eight webinars related to research
funding opportunities in April, including Grant Writing Workshops, and overviews of IES Education
Research Training Grants.
For more information regarding webinar topics, dates, and registration process, click here.
For more information on research funding opportunities at IES, click here.

Organization for Research Development
Professionals Launches Website
The relatively new National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) recently
launched their new website. This organization is geared toward helping university research
development professionals connect to their colleagues across the country. In particular, you may be
interested in:
o      NORDP Annual Research Development Conference: Preliminary Conference
       information is now available, conference registration and hotel reservation capability will be
       available soon.
o      NORDP Membership: Will be available this Summer, watch for details at here.

March 29, 2010 Issue

Webinar for Junior Faculty: How to Write a Winning
Tuesday, April 13th, 2 - 3:30 pm EST
The first signs of spring are finally showing, which means that junior faculty should be hard at work on
their CAREER proposals if they plan to submit one this summer. These are challenging proposals to
write because PIs must discuss not only their proposed 5-year research plan, but they must
also place their research in context with their long-term career goals. In addition, they must develop
an innovative, but not too time-consuming education plan.
We will be offering a webinar on April 13th for junior faculty on how to write a successful CAREER
proposal, based on nine years of experience helping scores of faculty compete for CAREER grants.
The webinar will cover:
       o    How to decide when and if it's the right time to apply for a CAREER grant
       o    How to position yourself and your research to be competitive for a CAREER
       o    How to structure your proposal
       o    How to develop an educational plan
       o    Keys to success and common mistakes to avoid
       o    A step-by-step discussion of each section of the proposal and what it needs to tell the
        o Questions and Answers
Additional materials, including example proposal sections, proposal outlines and helpful resources,
will also be included. (Recordings of the webinar will also be available.) For more information and
to register, go here.
Webinar FAQs

Report from NSF Regional Grants Conference
I attended last week's NSF Regional Grants Conference in Cleveland. As usual, it was full of useful
information and opportunities to talk to NSF Program directors. This is the fourth regional grants
conference I've attended, and I always learn something new, particularly since things are always
changing at NSF. Presentations from the conference should be posted soon on NSF's Outreach
Activities website. Here are some highlights from the conference:
o      There will be quite a bit of personnel turnover at NSF over the next few months. NSF Director,
       Arden Bement, will be leaving NSF on June 1st after almost 6 years in that post and will be
       returning to Purdue. The NSF Director has a strong influence on particular agency priorities, so
       changes should be expected with a new director.
o      In addition, all but one of the Division Directors in the Math and Physical Sciences (MPS)
       Directorate will be leaving in the next few months. (The Physics division has the only director
       who is staying.) The speaker at the MPS breakout session, Nigel Sharp (acting Deputy
       Division Director for Astronomical Sciences), pointed out that the Division Director has a strong
       influence on division policies such as when to return proposals without review. He mentioned
       an example that one Division Director he knew felt that they should return proposals without
       review only in the most extreme cases, so his division was relatively lenient about such issues
       as non-compliant biosketches. However, they will be getting a new Division Director who might
       feel very differently. The result can be that PIs who had gotten away with using too-small fonts
       or listing publications in their biosketches incorrectly could suddenly be shocked to see their
       proposals returned without review. So, just because it's been OK before doesn't mean it will be
       OK now. The best approach: follow the rules!
o      NSF representatives discussed NSF's 2011 budget request (which we reported in our February
       14th newsletter) and mentioned that NSF's strategic plan is currently under revision.
       Administration priority programs are the Graduate Research Fellowship, CAREER (both of which
       will see significant increases), and the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) and Climate
       Change Education programs. NSF-wide priorities will include the US Global Climate Research
       Program (to which NSF contributes), Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability, and
       Cyberlearning Transforming Education. If the budget is enacted by Congress, expect to see new
       solicitations to support these priorities in 2011. (You can see the entire 2011 NSF budget
       request here.)
o      As part of NSF's efforts to increase funding for high-risk, high-pay-off "potentially
       transformative" research, $2 million has been set aside for each division (a total of $92M) to
       fund potentially transformative projects. A concern is that truly novel ideas don't fare well in the
       review process because when reviewers are confronted with many more excellent proposals
       than there are funds to support, they tend to recommend the "sure things" for funding. One
       way to address this is the relatively new EAGER mechanism. (Although they did not say this
       explicitly, I'd expect funds for EAGER projects to increase. Program directors mentioned
       EAGER frequently during the conference.) NSF is also looking for other ways to encourage
       more risk-taking, such as asking reviewers to select the most potentially transformative
o     Would you like to know what the funding rates are for single PI proposals vs multi-PI proposals,
      for women PIs vs men PIs, the average number of months salary support in single PI grants,
      the average number of times PIs submit proposals before being funded? All this information
      plus more is available in the National Science Board's Merit Review report. The most recent data
      is for FY 2008, which is also the most recent year unaffected by ARRA.
o     Several speakers mentioned that they are seeing a lot of proposals returned without review
      because PIs who included funding for a postdoctoral researcher neglected to include a Postdoc
      Mentoring Plan. If you have a postdoc on your budget, be sure to do this or your proposal will
      be returned without review! You can find additional resources to help you formulate a plan here
      and here.
o     NSF is hoping to return the Major Research Instrumentation competition to its usual January due
      date in 2011. Because of the high number of expected proposals and the relatively low funding
      for the April competition, they are expecting significantly lower success rates than usual
      (~15%). (The recorded MRI webinar is available for free through a link at the above website.)
o     The new cohort of Science and Technology Centers (STCs) was just recently announced. There
      are currently 17 active STCs including the new cohort. For the last competition, there were
      about 250 preliminary proposals, about 40 – 50 were invited to full, and 5 were awarded. The
      STC competition is typically run every 2 – 3 years, but it varies. The timing of the next
      competition will be at the director’s discretion – it could take place in 2011 or 2012, but they
      don’t know for sure.
o     The next competition for Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) is
      expected in 2011, but it may slip to 2012.
o     The Research in Undergraduate Institutions solicitation from 2000 is still in effect, but an effort
      is currently underway to update it. (They did not say what changes, if any, could be expected.)
o     The ACC-F program for Chemistry postdocs is a relatively new program which has a due date in
      May. They are still fine-tuning this solicitation, so expect some changes in next year's

Energy Research Resources
As the government implements its energy priorities, the funding landscape for energy-related
research is in flux. Here are some resources to help researchers follow the latest developments in
funding for energy research:
      o     ARPA-E past workshops posted on the web
      o     ARPA-E funding opportunities and subscribe for updates
      o     NETL Funding Opportunities

NSF/DOE Partnership on Thermoelectric Devices for
Vehicle Applications
In this solicitation, the NSF Directorate for Engineering and the U.S. Department of Energy
Vehicle Technologies Program are jointly soliciting proposals with transformative ideas that will
impact national needs and priorities in energy conservation and climate change, specifically as
pertains to novel thermoelectric devices and systems for harvesting waste heat in vehicle
Letter of Intent due May 21, 2010, Full proposal due June 22, 2010.

NETL Funding Opportunities
The National Energy Technology Laboratory has recently become much more active in funding
extramural research. Some of their recently announced funding opportunities are:
      o     Development of Innovative and Advanced Technologies for Geologic
      o     CO2 Utilization
      o     University Turbine Systems Research Program

Other Recently Announced NSF Funding
Computing in the Cloud - While the main focus of the Computing in the Cloud (CiC) program is to
stimulate basic and applied research in cloud computing through the Microsoft Azure platform, the
potential to foster simultaneous advances in other fields of science and engineering is both
recognized and encouraged. CiC proposals may be submitted in response to this solicitation, or as
supplements to existing awards, or as EAGER proposals.
Letter of Intent due April 30, 2010; Full proposal due June 15, 2010.
Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2) - The goal of the SI program is to create a
software ecosystem that includes all levels of the software stack and scales from individual or small
groups of software innovators to large hubs of software excellence. The program addresses all
aspects of CI, from embedded sensor systems and instruments, to desktops and high-end data and
computing systems, to major instruments and facilities.
Letter of Intent due May 10, 2010; Full proposal due June 14, 2010.
Instrumentation for Materials Research - Major Instrumentation Projects- the 2010 solicitation
has been modified to support three kinds of proposals: research and development (R&D), conceptual
engineering and design (CED) and construction (CNST), all for the next generation of instruments at
facilities for materials research. While all types of instrumentation are encouraged, in FY2010, there
will be an emphasis on coherent light sources for R&D proposals.
Due June 21, 2010
NSF Fellowships for Transformative Computational Science using CyberInfrastructure (CI
TraCS) - support outstanding scientists and engineers who have recently completed doctoral studies
and are interested in pursuing postdoctoral activities in computational science, and thereby
nurturing the future leaders in this emerging and important multidisciplinary field.
Due June 21, 2010; Jan. 13, 2011; Jan. 13, 2012
 Decadal and regional Climate Prediction using Earth System Models (EaSM)- this program is
jointly funded by NSF, USDA and DoE. This solicitation calls for the development of next-generation
Earth System Models that include coupled and interactive representations of ecosystems, agricultural
working lands and forests, urban environments, biogeochemistry, atmospheric chemistry, ocean and
atmospheric currents, the water cycle, land ice, and human activities.
Letter of Intent due May 24, 2010; Full proposal due June 25, 2010.

Recently Announced NIH Funding Opportunities
NIH had recently announced a raft of interesting new funding opportunities. Some that may be of
interest are:
 o    Development and Translation of Medical Technolgies that Reduce Health
     Disparities(SBIR) - encourages Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications
     from small business concerns (SBCs) that propose to develop and translate medical
     technologies aimed at reducing disparities in healthcare access and health outcomes.
     Appropriate medical technologies should be effective, affordable, culturally acceptable, and
     deliverable to those who need them.
 o    Research Education Program for Laboratory Animal Medicine Veterinarians (R25) -
     solicits applications to provide research education for veterinarians interested in pursuing a
     career in Laboratory Animal Medicine.
 o   NCMHD Advances in Health Disparities Research on Social Determinants of Health (R01) -
     to intensify investigator-initiated research, to attract new investigators to the field, and to
     encourage transdisciplinary research that will advance health disparities science.
 o Innovative Neuroscience K-12 Education (SBIR) - encourages Small Business Innovation
     Research (SBIR) grant applications from small business concerns (SBCs) that propose to
     develop innovative neuroscience educational tools to be used by or benefit children in
     kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12).
To see all recently released funding opportunities (both new and reissued), click here for PAs and
here for RFAs.

March 15, 2010 Issue

Webinar for Junior Faculty: How to Write a Winning
The first signs of spring are finally showing, which means that junior faculty should be hard at work on
their CAREER proposals if the plan to submit one this summer. These are challenging proposals to
write because PIs must discuss not only their proposed 5-year research plan, but they must
also place their research in context with their long-term career goals. In addition, they must develop
an innovative, but not too time-consuming education plan.
We will be offering a webinar on April 13th for junior faculty on how to write a successful CAREER
proposal, based on nine years of experience helping scores of faculty compete for CAREER grants.
The webinar will cover:
      o     How to decide when and if it's the right time to apply for a CAREER grant
      o     How to position yourself and your research to be competitive for a CAREER
      o     How to structure your proposal
      o     How to develop an educational plan
      o     Keys to success and common mistakes to avoid
      o     A step-by-step discussion of each section of the proposal and what it needs to tell the
        o Questions and Answers
Additional materials, including example proposal sections, proposal outlines and helpful resources,
will also be included. (Recordings of the webinar will also be available.) For more information and
to register, go here.

New NSF Program: Software Infrastructure for
Sustained Innovation
NSF recently released a Dear Colleague letter announcing a new long-term program "focused on
realizing a sustained software infrastructure that is an integral part of NSF’s Cyberinfrastructure
Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CF21) vision." This program is supported
through a partnership of the Office of Cyberinfrastructure with Directorates and Offices across NSF.
The letter also states that the program will begin with a new program soliciation as early as FY
2010 and will ramp up in subsequent years.

NSF, G8 Research Councils to Fund International
Collaborations on Exascale Computing
In a Dear Colleague letter, NSF announced that a new "Interdisciplinary Program on Application
Software towards Exascale Computing for Global Issues" will be jointly sponsored by NSF, and
research agencies from Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Russia and the UK. Collaborative
research projects that include researchers from at least three partner countries will be supported on a
competitive basis. Preliminary proposals are due May 7, 2010, and full proosals are due Aug.
25, 2010.

NSF Venturing More Into Healthcare and Biomedical
Not long ago, there was a "bright line" that separated the kind of research NSF would fund from the
biomedical research that NIH funds. NSF was emphatic that it would not fund any research related
to disease processes. However, as fields such as biomedical engineering and biophysics have
blurred the disciplinary lines between physical science and biomedical research, NSF's position has
shifted. There are now several NSF programs that, at least in part, fund health or biomedically
related research:
       o   The Service Enterprise Systems (SES) program in the Engineering Directorate now has
           a particular focus on healthcare and similar public service institutions and emphasizes
           research topics for more effective systems modeling and analysis.
       o   The Nano and Bio Mechanics (NBM) program supports research on the mechanical
           properties and behavior of biological materials and structures, including cells, tissue,
           muscles, bones, and prosthetic implants.
       o   The Biotechnology, Biochemical, and Biomass Engineering (BBBE) program deals
           with fundamental problems involved in the processing and manufacturing of products of
           economic importance by effectively utilizing renewable resources of biological origin and
           bioinformatics originating from genomic and proteomic information, and includes subjects
           such as cell culture technology, metabolic engieering and tissue engineering.
       o   The Biomedical Engineering and Engineering Healthcare cluster funds projects that
           "integrate engineering and life science principles in solving biomedical problems that serve
           humanity," including the design of structures and materials for eventual medical use.

Not biomedical, but illustrative of the blurring of disciplinary lines between biology and the physical
sciences, the relatively new Physics of Living Systems program in the Physics Division funds
research exploring fundamental biological processes at the molecular level.

NIH announces ARRA Pathfinder Award to promote
Diversity in the Scientific Workforce
In the announcement, NIH states that this FOA introduces a new research grant program to
encourage exceptionally creative individual scientists to develop highly innovative and possibly
transforming approaches for promoting diversity within the biomedical research workforce. To be
considered highly innovative, the proposed research must reflect ideas substantially different from
those already being pursued or it must apply existing research designs in new and innovative ways to
unambiguously identify factors that will improve the retention of students, postdocs and faculty from
diverse backgrounds. Awardees must commit a major portion (generally 30% or more) of their
research effort to activities supported by the Director’s Pathfinder Award and the proposed research
must be endorsed by the highest levels of institutional management. Only one PI/PD may be
designated on the application. All Centers and Institutes are participating. Proposals are due May 4,

NEH Awards for Faculty at HBCUs, TCUs and IHHEs
NEH is accepting proposals for their Awards for Faculty grants. This program supports individual
faculty members at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and
Universities (TCUs), and Institutions with High Hispanic Enrollment (IHHEs) pursuing research of
value to humanities scholars, students, or general audiences. Awards are designed to be flexible,
allowing applicants to define the audience, type of research, award periods, and administrative
arrangements that best fit their projects. Awards can be used for a wide range of projects that are
based on humanities research.
Proposals are due April 15, 2010.

ARPA-E Releases Three New Funding Opportunities
Three new funding opportunity announcements were released by ARPA-E:
        o    Grid-Scale Rampable Intermittent Dispatchable Storage (GRIDS)
        o    Building Energy Efficiency Through Innovative Thermodevices (BEETIT)
        o    Agile Delivery of Electrical Power Technology (ADEPT)
For all of them, concept papers are due April 2, 2010.

NSF Releases Dimensions of Biodiversity
This solicitation is the beginning of a 10-year campaign to "transform how we describe and
understand the scope and role of life on Earth." NSF states that, "investigators are encouraged to
propose projects that are free from the constraints imposed by traditional boundaries among areas of
biodiversity research. In its initial phase, the program will focus on genetic, taxonomic, and functional
dimensions of biodiversity. Successful proposals should address and integrate these three
dimensions to understand interactions and feedbacks among them. While this focus complements
several core NSF programs, it differs by requiring that multiple dimensions of biodiversity be
addressed simultaneously, in innovative or novel ways, to understand the roles of biodiversity in
critical ecological and evolutionary processes. Examples are provided in the following section."
 Individual awards up to $3M over 5 years. Letter of Intent due May 7, 2010. Full proposals due June
8, 2010.

Proposal Tip: IGERT - What are Reviewers Looking
Many faculty are working hard on NSF IGERT preliminary proposals, and in recent discussions the
question came up: What do reviewers look for to confirm that a proposed IGERT project is truly
interdisciplinary? I have worked on many IGERT proposals, some of which were funded (but only
after multiple submissions), and in my experience this is what reviewers look for in terms of
       o   Are the disciplines involved balanced in involvement? For example, if the project involves
           biology, math and engineering, there should be students involved from each of these
           disciplines, rather than having a bunch of biology students be co-advised by math faculty,
           but with no math students involved. Avoid having one discipline be merely an “add-on” to
           another department’s program.
       o   Are the research projects truly interdisciplinary? Are the teams on a particular research
           project from different disciplines, or is the PI just bringing together discrete projects that
           each have teams from just one discipline?
       o    Is there interaction and synergy between the various research projects and across
       o   Will there be interaction between students from the different departments? NSF likes to
           see this not just in research, but also in informal settings, such as having shared labs, co-
           locating desks, and having additional career development and social activities such as
           brown bag lunches with a speaker who is working in the area of interest.
      o    And don’t forget that NSF is increasingly looking for some kind of international experience
           for the students even if you are not adding a funded international component.

February 28, 2010 Issue
Innovations in Biological Imaging and
Visualization (IBIV):
NSF Follows New “Sandpit” Approach
NSF's new Innovations in Biological Imaging and Visualization (IBIV) program is the latest in
which NSF is using a new "sandpit" approach. In order to be competitive for these funding
opportunities, it's important that researchers are aware of opportunities to participate in these
sandpits. This approach is described by NSF as follows.
The Sandpit approach was modeled on the "IDEAs Factory" program developed by the Engineering
and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) of the United Kingdom (UK). The concept of the
IDEAs Factory program is to organize intensive interactive workshops ("Sandpits") involving 20-
30 participants, with the aim of developing new and bold approaches to address grand
challenge questions for topics that could benefit from a new dimension in thinking. The aim of this
NSF Ideas Lab is to stimulate the development of research projects and fund new interdisciplinary
collaborations among US scientists to foster major advances in current research practices. Anyone
eligible to apply for funding from the NSF is eligible to apply to participate in the Ideas Lab. The
process is designed to engage creative individuals in the development of novel project ideas with the
potential to advance a field of research.
The IBIV activity supports the development of novel approaches to the analysis of biological research
images through the innovative "Ideas Lab" project development and review process. The analysis
and visual representation of complex biological images present daunting challenges across all scales
of investigation, from multispectral analysis of foliage or algal bloom patterns in satellite images, to
automated specimen classification, and tomographic reconstructions in structural biology.
Participation from molecular and cell biologists, biophysicists, ecologists, evolutionary and population
biologists, computational theorists and engineers, mathematicians, imaging specialists from other
fields, educators involved in training the next generation of researchers, and a range of other
specialists (artists, illustrators, etc.) is strongly encouraged.
Interested PIs should respond to this solicitation by submitting preliminary proposals to apply for
participation in the Ideas Lab activity, scheduled from May 24 to May 28, 2010. Submission of the
preliminary proposal will be considered an indication of availability to attend and participate
through the full course of the five day residential workshop. Travel and subsistence costs to
attend the workshop will be reimbursed.

NSF Course Curriculum and Laboratory
Improvement (CCLI) Revamped
NSF has released a new CCLI solicitation, renamed "Transforming Undergraduate Education in
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics" (TUES). NSF says the solicitation was
renamed to emphasize their interest in projects that have the potential to transform undergraduate
STEM education. The importance of institutionalizing successful projects is also emphasized in this
As in past years, the program supports efforts to create, adapt, and disseminate new learning
materials and teaching strategies to reflect advances both in STEM disciplines and in what is
known about teaching and learning. It funds projects that develop faculty expertise, implement
educational innovations, assess learning and evaluate innovations, prepare K-12 teachers, or
conduct research on STEM teaching and learning. It also supports projects that further the work of
the program itself, for example, synthesis and dissemination of findings across the program. The
program supports projects representing different stages of development, ranging from small,
exploratory investigations to large, comprehensive projects.
Type I proposals are due May 26 or 27, 2010 (depending on your institution's name) and Type 2 and
3 and TUES Central Resource Project proposals are due January 14, 2011.

Funding Increased for Programs to enhance STEM
Improving STEM education and increasing the number of US students pursuing studies in STEM
fields is a particular focus of the current administration, presenting new funding opportunities for
universities involved in STEM education, education research and teacher education. President
Obama's proposed 2011 budget requested a 40% overall increase for programs funded by various
agencies to encourage K-12 students to pursue study in STEM fields. This emphasis can
be seen in a raft of new grant opportunities focused on STEM education, some from agencies that
have not traditionally funded K-16 education programs.
       In January, DARPA announced a Computer Sciences- Science Technology, Engineering,
        and Mathematics Education (CS-STEM) program.
       NIH awarded $18.3 million in grants from ARRA funds to support research on STEM
        education, much of it K-12 focused.
       NSF has announced the new Fostering Interdisciplinary Research on Education (FIRE),
        which is a new strand of their Research and Evaluation on Education and Science and
        Engineering (REESE) program. According to the solicitation, "The primary goal of the strand
        is to facilitate the development of innovative theoretical, methodological, and analytic
        approaches to understanding complex STEM education issues of national importance and,
        by so doing, make progress toward solving them. A secondary goal of the strand is to
        broaden and deepen the pool of investigators engaged in STEM educational research. In
        order to address this goal, investigators must pair with a mentoring scientist in a to-be-
        learned field of interest. Awards are open to investigators who have received a doctoral
        degree in a disciplinary STEM field outside of education proper and wish to pursue
        research in learning and education, or who have received a doctoral degree from an
        educational research program and wish to complement their expertise with training in a
        disciplinary STEM field outside of education."
       NSF announced the Climate Change Education (CCE): Climate Change Education
        Partnership (CCEP) Program, Phase I (CCEP-I), seeking to establish a coordinated
        national network of regionally- or thematically-based partnerships devoted to increasing the
        adoption of effective, high quality educational programs and resources related to the science
        of climate change and its impacts. The CCEP program is one facet of a larger NSF
        collection of awards related to Climate Change Education (CCE) that has two goals: (1)
        preparing a new generation of climate scientists, engineers, and technicians equipped to
        provide innovative and creative approaches to understanding global climate change and to
        mitigate its impact; and, (2) preparing today's U.S. citizens to understand global climate
        change and its implications in ways that can lead to informed, evidence-based responses and
        solutions. For Phase I Partnerships, awards are expected to be between $750,000 and
        $1,000,000 total for two years.
       NASA will fund grants for Global Climate Change Education: Research Experiences,
        Modeling & Data to improve the quality of global climate change and Earth system science
        education at the elementary, secondary and undergraduate levels, and through lifelong
        learning. Each funded proposal is expected to take advantage of NASA’s unique
        contributions in climate science to enhance learners’ academic experiences and/or to
        improve educators’ abilities to engage and stimulate their students. For more details, see
        the CAN here. Notices of Intent are required and due by Mar. 18, 2010. Full proposals
        are due Apr. 28, 2010.
Next Round NSF ATE Competition Announced:
75 – 90 Awards Anticipated
Great Opportunity for 2-Year Colleges
The Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program will fund 45 – 60 new awards for
ATE projects this round: 15 for Small Grants for Institutions New to ATE, 2 for Centers of Excellence,
3 Regional Centers of Excellence, 4 Resource Centers, 4 Planning Grants for Centers, and up to 8
new Targeted Research on Technician Education. The program involves partnerships between
academic institutions and employers to promote improvement in the education of science and
engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. The ATE program
supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary
school teachers; career pathways to two-year colleges from secondary schools and from two-
year colleges to four-year institutions; and other activities. Another goal is articulation between
two-year and four-year programs for K-12 prospective teachers that focus on technological
education. The program also invites proposals focusing on research to advance the knowledge base
related to technician education. Preliminary proposals are due April 22, 2010 (not required but
strongly recommended); full proposal are due Oct. 21, 2010.

2010 Ruth L Kirschstein NRSA Individual Fellowship
NIH's Program Announcements were released for the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service
Awards (NRSA) for Individual Fellowships. These grants include:
      Predoctoral MD/PhD and other dual doctoral degree fellows (F30)
      Predoctoral Fellows (F31)
      Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (F31)
      Postdoctoral Fellows(F32)
      Senior Fellows (F33)
All of these are F Series Fellowships and are due April 8, August 8 and December 8 each year.
Students and their advisors should be sure to check that the appropriate Institute for their research
participates in the fellowship program in which they are interested. For example, the Institute of
General Medical Sciences is a participant in Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-
Related Research, but not in the Individual Predoctoral Fellows program. Even more than most
fellowship applications, these programs require strong involvement by the applicant’s faculty
mentor. Success rates for these fellowships are generally higher than for most fellowship
programs. Lists of study sections for NRSA Fellowships can be found here and here.
To find others at your institution who have won Individual Fellowships, go to NIH’s award database,
click on “Training, Individual” under “Funding Mechanism” and enter your institution under
“organization”. Note: if you don’t get any hits, it may be because you didn’t enter your organization’s
name exactly as it appears in the database. Try adding the wildcard “%” or just search under your
state and scroll through the list to find awards to your institution. You can read about each award and
even contact the student or their advisor and ask for advice on your application (they may even let
you read their winning proposal).

2010 NASA ROSES Released
The blanket NASA Funding Announcement for basic and applied research proposals in the space
and earth sciences to NASA’s Science Mission Directorate was recently issued. Subscribe to an RSS
feed for amendments and modifications here.
NIH issues new FOAs and PA for Hearing
Health Care
The NIH (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders) has issued several
new funding opportunities (an R01, R24 and R21/33) to encourage research and increase
infrastructure support leading to accessible and affordable hearing health care. The overarching
emphasis is on the acquisition of knowledge that can be rapidly translated into new or enhanced
approaches for access, assessment or interventions leading to accessible and affordable HHC.

New Competition for NSF National STEM Education
Distributed Learning (NSDL)
This program aims to establish a national network of learning environments and resources for
science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at all levels. The program has
four tracks:
        Pathways projects are expected to provide stewardship for the content and services needed
         by major communities of learners;
     Pathways II projects are expected to move beyond the major stewardship goals and use
         Stage II support to ensure the expansion and stability of an original Pathways effort;
     Services projects are expected to develop services that support users and resource collection
         providers by enhancing the impact, efficiency, and value of the NSDL network; and
     Targeted Research will focus on investigating the educational impact of networked digital
Letter of Intent due April 24, 2010; full proposal due May 26, 2010

Proposal Tip: Beware Default Settings
Many faculty who are new to writing proposals or have recently upgraded their software forget to
check the default settings on their word processing software. NSF allows 1-inch margins and 6 lines
of text within a vertical space of 1 inch ( which generally works out to single spaced lines for the
allowed fonts), and specifies specific fonts (Arial, Courier New, or Palatino Linotype at a font size of
10 points or larger, Times New Roman at a font size of 11 points or larger or Computer Modern family
of fonts at a font size of 11 points or larger). However, Word 2007 default settings put the text at 1.15
spacing, not single spaced, with 11 point Calibri as the default font, and Word 2003 has margins set
at 1.25”. Also, many writers will hit a “tab” to provide an indent at the beginning of a paragraph.
Reducing that indent to 0.25” can allow you to get a few more words on a page. All of these
modifications can make it easier to fit your proposal to the page limit without compromising

For a Full List of Recently Released Funding
For a full list of recently-released funding opportunities, see the links listed under "Compilations of
Funding Announcements on our Finding Funding page.

February 14, 2010 Issue
Obama Proposes 2011 R&D Budget
The Obama administration has submitted the proposed 2011 budget to Congress, which includes an
8% increase in NSF funding, a 3.2% increase for NIH, a 10% increase for NOAA, a 63%
increase in funding for USDA’s Agriculture Food and Research Initiative (AFRI), an 18%
increase in NASA’s R&D budget, and a 3.7% increase in funding for DARPA. The budget also
includes $300 million for DOE’s recently-established ARPA-E, a 4.6% increase for DOE’s Office
of Science, and a 40% overall increase for programs funded by various agencies to encourage K-
12 students to pursue study in STEM fields. Most of these increases will be offset by cutting
NASA’s program to return to the moon and by a 9% cut in the Department of Homeland Security’s
R&D budget.(Of course, the final budget passed by Congress may be significantly modified, but this
proposed budget provides insight into the administration’s research priorities.)

NSF - Proposed NSF increases will focus on increasing funding for networking and
information technology research, climate and energy research and education, and
environmental and economic sustainability, as well as increasing the number of NSF
Graduate Research Fellowships awarded (with a target of tripling the number of fellowships
by 2013). Proposed new funding includes $766 million for a “cross-agency sustainability
research effort on renewable energy technologies and complex environmental- and climate-
system processes,” which is meant to represent a fundamental shift in how NSF defines and
supports multidisciplinary energy and climate research. In addition, $103 million is proposed
for a “new consolidated program aimed at building the science and technology
workforce by recruiting and retaining undergraduate students from under-represented
groups,” which will engage undergraduates at Minority Serving Institutions
NIH - The proposed budget identifies priority areas for NIH investment including genomics,
translational research, science to support health care reform, global health, and
reinvigorating the biomedical research community.
USDA - Priorities identified for USDA’s greatly increased AFRI budget of $429 million fall
into five core areas: climate change, bioenergy, childhood obesity, world hunger and food
DOE - Emphasis at DOE’s Office of Science will include basic energy sciences to discover
novel ways to produce, store and use energy ($1.8 billion). Other priorities listed for for
DOE research included research, development and demonstration of smartgrid
technologies, carbon capture and storage technologies, Fossil Energy R&D, and R&D on
nuclear technologies.
Details on the proposed budgets and spending priorities for each agency can be found at .

NIH Announces Two New Funding Opportunities
Focusing on Interdisciplinary Social/Behavioral
NIH recently released a new RFA, “Science of Behavior Change: Finding Mechanisms
of Change in the Laboratory and the Field (R01),” which encourages scientific teams
using approaches from behavioral economics, social, behavioral, cognitive and affective
neurosciences, neuroeconomics, behavior genetics and genomics, and systems science to
“establish a groundwork for a unified science of behavior.” The need to integrate basic
and translational science, bridging laboratory and field-based research is also emphasized.
NIH also released a new Program Announcement,“Scientific Meetings for Creating
Interdisciplinary Research Teams (R13),” which will fund institutions to hold meetings to
develop interdisciplinary research teams. The teams must include investigators from
social and/or behavioral sciences and may include the life and/or physical science. “In this
initial stage, the research team meets, learns each other’s languages, synthesizes
theoretical perspectives and methodologies, and develops workable research plans.” (Note
that special permission to submit must be requested at least 6 weeks prior to the application

Importance of International Components Will
Continue To Increase at NSF
In a recent talk at Texas A&M University, Dr. Osman Shinaishin, NSF Program Coordinator
in the Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE), stated that NSF reviewers will
increasingly be looking for international components in all NSF proposals, and the quality of
such components could easily be the discriminator in determining which of two
closely ranked proposals will be funded.
A key objective of international components should be to give US students,
undergraduate and graduate level as well as postdocs, the opportunity to work in
other countries as part of a meaningful scientific collaboration with international
researchers. NSF’s ultimate goals are: 1) to produce students and faculty who understand
how research is conducted in their field in other countries, are comfortable collaborating with
researchers outside the US, and are therefore likely to be globally engaged in their future
careers; and 2) to promote international research collaborations. This may be accomplished
through student and faculty exchanges, but bringing international students to the US should
not be the principal goal of the project since that already happens without NSF funding, and
it does not give US students the desired international experience.
An important restriction to keep in mind is that NSF funds cannot be used to fund foreign
researchers who are conducting research outside the US (this restriction does not apply
to NIH, and Dr. Shinaishin expressed hope that the rules may be changed for NSF in the
future). NSF has worked out agreements with their counterpart agencies in many other
countries in order to make it easier for collaborative teams to seek funding from NSF for the
US component of the project in parallel with funding from the counterpart agency to support
the foreign researcher. OISE staff can help US researchers to navigate this process; staff
are listed by country here.
Dr. Shinaishin also encouraged NSF-funded PIs to consider pursuing an International
Supplement. Other programs that fund international experiences are International
Research Experiences for Students (IRES), Doctoral Dissertation Enhancement
Projects (DDEP), the International Research Fellowship program for postdocs and new
faculty, International Research and Education: Planning Visits and Workshops grants,
and International Research Experiences for Undergraduates (IREU).
NSF is also working with the US Department of State to develop new mechanisms to
support international scientific collaborations.

First Regional Innovation Cluster FOA Released
As part of a new model for funding large regional projects, a Funding Opportunity
Announcement was released jointly by the Department of Energy, Department of
Commerce, Small Business Administration, Department of Labor, Department of Education
and National Science Foundation. This FOA will fund the first pilot project of the Interagency
Regional Innovation Cluster Taskforce and will support the development and growth of an
energy regional innovation cluster (E-RIC). One award will be made for up to $22 million
in the first year of the award with additional amounts of up to $25 million per year for four
additional years. Two information sessions for Consortia wishing to apply for this
opportunity will be held: one on February 22 in person and as a webcast, and the second
on April 6 as a teleconference.

Next Round NSF NUE Competition Announced:
Great Opportunity for PUIs
NSF reissued a new solicitation for the next round of competition for Nanotechnology
Undergraduate Education in Engineeering (NUE) grants. The focus of this year’s
competition will be on two areas related to nanotechnology education: 1) devices and
systems; and 2) societal, ethical economic and/or environmental issues. This is a great
opportunity for Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions to add a new (or enhance an
existing) nanotechnology-related course or lab. Remember that these proposals should
have a strong pedagogical foundation, including a thorough discussion of relevant
pedagogical research, and an interdisciplinary approach. Awards are up to $200K over 2
years, and proposals are due May 7, 2010.

William T. Grant Foundation Investigator-Initiated
Grants for Improving Quality of After-school
The William T. Grant Foundation will be accepting investigator-initiated proposals until
the due date of April 16, 2010. Their current research interests focus on understanding and
improving everyday settings of children in the US. Their current Action Topic is
improving the quality of after-school programs. Click here for a helpful article about
things researchers should know about applying for funding from private foundations.

January 31, 2010 Issue

2010 Federal R&D Budgets Finalized
        The 2010 budgets for the various federal agencies that fund research have been
       passed by Congress and signed by the President. The AAAS website provides
       links to detailed information on these budgets. Below is a summary of budget
       changes that are most likely to be of interest to university researchers.

       NSF Budget
   o   The total increase in funding for Research and Research-related Activities is
       8.4% compared to 2009 (not counting ARRA funds)
   o   The Directorate of Geosciences received the largest percentage increase
   o   NSF originally requested $7.045 billion but received $6.49 billion, so final
       allocations for these programs are likely to change somewhat. According to
       NSF’s original budget request, significantly increased funding was planned
       for: the CAREER program for new faculty and young investigators (+11.6%),
       Graduate Research Fellowships (+6%), the Advanced Technology Education
       program (+24%); the Integrative Graduate Education Research Traineeship
       (IGERT)program (+9%); and the Math Science Partnership (MSP) program
   o   New programs include the Climate Change Education Program – this is a
       new program to “develop the next generation of environmentally engaged
       scientists and engineers” - and Potentially Transformative Research – each
       research division will set aside funding to “explore methodologies that…
       foster transformative research.”

Budget allocations for 2010 by NSF Directorate are shown below:

 Directorate or Office                      Percent Increase Compared to

Math and Physical Sciences (MPS)                         7.7%

Engineering (ENG)                                        8.0%

Biological Sciences (BIO)                                9.5%

Geosciences (GEO)                                       10.4%

Computer and Info Science and Eng (CISE)                 8.1%

Office of Cyberinfrastructure                            7.7%

Social, Behavioral and Econ Sci. (SBE)                   4.8%

Office of International Science & Eng (OISE)             9.0%

US Polar Programs                                         7.4%

Integrative Activities                                   10.1%

Arctic Research Commission                               4.5%
  * Not including ARRA ("stimulus") funds

Other R&D Budgets
       o   NIH’s R&D budget increased modestly (+2.3%), with relatively uniform
           increases among the Institutes and Centers, except for Environmental Health
           Sciences, which received a 4.1% increase.
       o   USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) received a 30.3%
           increase in funding over 2009 and all other CSREES R&D programs received
           a 10.3% increase.
       o   NASA will receive modestly increased research budgets for Earth Science
           (+5.1%), Heliophysics (+7.6%) and Planetary Science (+2.6%), although the
           Astrophysics budget was cut (-7.2%).
       o   The Department of Energy received a hefty increase (+30%) in its budget
           for the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE). While much
           of DOE’s research is conducted internally through the National Labs and
           other intramural researchers, university researchers should expect a
           significant increase in opportunities for extramural research funding related to
           the national priority to gain energy independence (biofuels, solar energy,
       o   Within the Department of Education, the budget for Education Sciences
           was increased significantly (+17.4%). The budget for FIPSE (Fund for
           Improvement of Postsecondary Education) was increased by 19.3%.
       o   The Department of Defense saw a modest increase (+3.3%) in its budget
           for Basic (6.1) Research, which is the most likely source for academic
           research funding.
       o   The Congressionally Mandated Medical Research Program (CDMRP),
           which is funded out of DoD but is more similar to NIH in how it operates,
           received a $16.8% increase. (Click here for the list of CDMRP programs for

NSF MRI Solicitation Released
    NSF's Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) solicitation has been released with a
    proposal due date of April 21, 2010. NSF plans to hold a webcast on the MRI
    within the next several weeks. The date and details will be announced on the Office
    of Integrative Activities' MRI program page. MRI proposals are very different
    from standard NSF research proposals. For information on how to develop a
    competitive MRI proposal, see our page on Facilities and Instrumentation

NSB Releases 2010 Key Science & Eng Indicators
    The National Science Board has released its AAAS website on Key SEI and budget
    appropriations report on Key Science and Engineering Indicators. Not only does this
    data influence R&D spending policy, it can also provide useful background for
    proposals focused on education and training. You can find a one-page summary
    and links to the full report on the AAAS website.

    Especially interesting are:

       o   A graph showing R&D expenditures by discipline and agency
       o   A graph showing R&D expenditures by discipline over time
       o   Science and Engineering Bachelor degrees earned by field

Excellent Opportunity for Junior Faculty
    NSF's Regional Grants Conference is coming up March 22 - 23 in Cleveland,
    Ohio, hosted by Case Western Reserve University. This is a great way to meet
    program directors and learn about NSF programs. Encourage your junior faculty who
    may be interested in pursuing NSF funding to attend (there is a special session on
    the NSF CAREER program). Information on how to register and presentations from
    past Regional Grants Conferences can be found here.

DOE Announces ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit
    If researchers at your university are planning to pursue ARPA-E funding, they
    should consider attending the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, March 1 - 3 in
    Washington, DC. The goal of the summit is to bring together "members of the
    scientific and research communities, venture capital investors, technology
    entrepreneurs, corporations with an interest in clean energy technologies,
    policymakers and government officials" to share ideas and identify future technology
    opportunities. These kinds of meetings often help set future funding agendas
    and can therefore be extremely helpful to researchers who plan to pursue research
    funding in those areas.

Robert Wood Johnson Active Living Grants
    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has launched the 10th round competition
    for its Active Living Research and New Connections grant opportunities, aimed at
addressing the childhood obesity epidemic. Proposed projects should conduct
research to inform policy and envirnomental strategis for increasing physical activity
among children and adolescents. The New Connections grants are targeted for
early-career researchers from groups who have been historically underrepresented
in RWJF funding. Conference calls are scheduled for Feb. 22, March 1st and
March 23 to allow potential applicants to ask questions. If you have faculty
conducting research in this area, particularly early career faculty who have not yet
been funded by RWJF, this is an excellent opportunity for them to develop
contacts at the foundation. Proposals are due April 14, 2010. See here for the full
announcement and eligibility requirements. A helpful article about pursuing funding
from foundations is posted here.

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