Limited Campus Competitions

Throughout the year, RIO coordinates numerous Limited Campus Competitions. These internal competitions are required because many private foundations and federal government programs only allow a limited number of applicants from invited institutions, like the University of Colorado Boulder. The goal is to identify the strongest projects with the highest likelihood of getting funded. Any interested applicant should review the campus procedures below for limited campus competitions.

To sign up for our limited submission bulletin, or if you are aware of a limited program not listed, please email Ryan Reeves at ltdsubs@colorado.edu.

    Anticipated Opportunities and Previous Winners

    Procedures for Limited Campus Competitions

    1. Publicizing Opportunities
      1. Website: RIO maintains a webpage that lists active internal campus competitions; active “Calls for Interest,” which are used to determine if there is sufficient interest on campus to hold an internal competition; and a forecast of anticipated opportunities, based on previous competitions and program cycles.
      2. Email: RIO publishes a bi-weekly "bulletin" via email to campus stakeholders who are interested in receiving notices when limited campus competitions are announced. To subscribe, click here and enter your information. RIO will send "alerts" when we are made aware of opportunities with imminent deadlines that cannot wait on the bi-weekly bulletin. RIO may also notify specific units and stakeholders via email about opportunities that are focused on certain disciplines or research areas.
      3. If individual faculty or staff become aware of limited submission opportunities not posted through the above sources, they should inform RIO by sending information via email to: ltdsubs@colorado.edu
    2. Internal Application Process
      1. RIO determines a reasonable deadline for expressions of interest for funding opportunities in order to determine if a campus-wide competition is needed. Once this deadline has passed and if there is sufficient interest on campus, an internal competition may be held to determine the strongest application(s) to submit to the sponsor on behalf of the University of Colorado Boulder. If no interest is received by the deadline, the university's slot to apply will be granted on a first come, first serve basis. 
      2. The limited campus competitions site lists details of the internal application process, including deadlines and proposal requirements. Requirements are based on sponsor guidelines and will vary. Applicants will submit proposals through an online portal with a unique hyperlink, which will be provided on the limited campus competitions site and via email notices.
      3. RIO does not provide any advice or feedback during the internal application process.
      4. If there is insufficient time to administer an internal competition, RIO may render a decision as to whom applies on behalf of the University of Colorado Boulder.
    3. Review Process
      1. Applications are reviewed by the RIO Advisory Board and faculty who have expertise in the relevant subject area(s). The RIO Advisory Board is comprised of faculty members, who are invited by the Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation, and come from a wide range of disciplines. Based on the evaluations, applicants are selected to submit proposals to sponsors on behalf of the University of Colorado Boulder.
    4. Notification to Applicants
      1. RIO will notify all applicants via email. All applicants will receive comments and feedback on their proposals to help strengthen applications to sponsors.
      2. Internal winners will be provided with instructions on how to proceed with submission of a full proposal to the sponsor, working in conjunction with the Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG).
    5. Expectations for Internal Winners
      1. Faculty selected to move forward with a limited submission proposal on behalf of the University of Colorado Boulder are required to do so. RIO expects selected faculty to make contact with their OCG Proposal Analyst within one-week of being notified by RIO. This one-week window may be shorter depending on the program deadline.
      2. If, for any reason, an internal winner will not submit a proposal to the sponsor, he/she is required to immediately contact ltdsubs@colorado.edu. Typically, other faculty members who have submitted applications for the internal competition will be invited to apply on behalf of the University of Colorado Boulder so the slot is utilized.
        1. For any instance where an internal winner does not apply and neglects to inform RIO, the dean of the internal winner’s respective college will be notified and this will be taken into consideration for future limited submission opportunities.
      3. If an internal winner wishes to appoint another faculty member as PI before the application is submitted to the sponsor, the internal winner must request approval by sending an explanation to ltdsubs@colorado.edu. Changes in PI must be approved by RIO.
      4. For projects involving cost-share, it is incumbent upon the selected faculty to secure appropriate financial commitments. Cost-share commitments should be in place as part of the internal campus competition process. RIO typically only contributes matching funds for equipment and/or facilities for equipment. Typical matches total $50,000, with $25,000 from RIO and the remaining $25,000 from units or colleges.
      5. RIO expects applicants to send a copy of the submitted proposal to ltdsubs@colorado.edu and to keep RIO informed of the proposal status and if it is funded or not.
      6. As an internal winner, you agree to provide advice, feedback from the sponsor, etc. to the following year’s internal winner and RIO, upon RIO’s request. 

    Active Internal Competitions

    Program Titles and Links

    W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program

    W.M. Keck Foundation Undergraduate Education Program

    Program Summary 

    The Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects in two specific areas (1) medical research and (2) science and engineering, that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field.  Past grants have been awarded to major universities, independent research institutions, and medical schools to support pioneering biological and physical science research and engineering, including the development of promising new technologies, instrumentation or methodologies. 

    Based on feedback from Keck to RIO, the foundation is seeking proposals that explain how a project is going to significantly change the world. Keck is interested in high risk, high reward, fundamental science and not so much in applied, developmental, or translational work.

    Funding is awarded to universities and institutions nationwide for projects in research that:

    • Focus on important and emerging areas of research
    • Have the potential to develop breakthrough technologies, instrumentation or methodologies
    • Are innovative, distinctive and interdisciplinary
    • Demonstrate a high level of risk due to unconventional approaches, or by challenging the prevailing paradigm
    • Have the potential for transformative impact, such as the founding of a new field of research, the enabling of observations not previously possible, or the altered perception of a previously intractable problem
    • Does not focus on clinical or translational research, treatment trials or research for the sole purpose of drug development
    • Fall outside the mission of public funding agencies
    • Demonstrate that private philanthropy generally, and the W. M. Keck Foundation in particular, is essential to the project’s success.

    The Undergraduate Program promotes distinctive learning and research experiences in science, engineering, and the liberal arts at four year undergraduate colleges only in Foundation designated states, or through national organizations that address undergraduate needs. Public institutions and research universities located in the designated states may apply but must demonstrate a compelling or unique resource to be competitive.

    Based on feedback from Keck to RIO, the foundation typically funds smaller institutions that are strong in education efforts, but not so much in research. For CU Boulder to be competitive with the Undergraduate Program, the proposal should offer something unique, such as equipment or facilities, to students that a smaller, non-research institution does not offer.

    The Undergraduate Program prioritizes projects that:

    • Foster new levels of student engagement and understanding, especially through active learning and collaborative curriculum development
    • Expand interdisciplinary activities in balance with needs of each discipline
    • Incorporate research activities into the curriculum and raise the bar of expectations regarding publications and presentations by undergraduates
    • Enhance science and technology literacy for students in all disciplines
    • Develop new ways to stimulate critical thinking and other core competencies of a liberal arts education

    Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

    • Proposal Outline (up to 3-pages)
      • The outline must include a brief budget outline and a justification or explanation of why Keck funding is essential and why traditional support from federal sponsors cannot be obtained.
    • Curriculum Vitae (up to 2-pages)
      • Note: if your project involves more than one PI, please upload one attachment that includes the CVs for all partnering PIs. Each PI's CV should be no more than 2-pages.
    • Proposal Category (Medical Research, Science and Engineering, Undergraduate Education)

    To access the online application, visit: https://cuboulderovcr.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/3116

    Deadlines

    Internal CU Deadline: 11:59pm MST June 1, 2017

    Keck Phase I Application Deadline: 5:30pm MST November 1, 2017

    Keck Full Proposal Deadline: 5:30pm MST February 15, 2018

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    1 proposal per each category: 1) Medical Research; 2) Science and Engineering; and 3) Undergraduate Education.

    Procedures for Limited Campus Competitions

    Award Information

    Historically, research grants range from $500,000 to $5 million, but are typically $2 million or less.

    Historically, undergraduate grants range from $200,000 to $1 million, and are typically under $500,000. On a case by case basis, the Foundation may consider the award of smaller seed grants for planning and piloting.

    http://searlescholars.net/go.php?id=5

    The Searle Scholars Program is a limited submission award program which makes grants to selected academic and research institutions to support the independent research of outstanding early-career scientists who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment. Grants are $300,000 for a three-year term with $100,000 payable each year of the grant, subject to the receipt of acceptable progress reports. Generally, the program makes 15 new grants annually.

    Deadlines

    Internal CU Deadline: 11:59pm MST July 12, 2017

    Searle Deadline: September 29, 2017

    Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

    • Up to 2-page proposal
    • Up to 2-page curriculum vitae
    • Letter of recommendation from Chair, Director, Dean

    To access the online application, visit: https://cuboulderovcr.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/3121

    Eligibility           

    The Searle Scholars Program Scientific Advisory Board is primarily interested in the potential of applicants to make innovative and high-impact contributions to research over an extended period of time.

    Applicants for the 2018 competition (awards which will be activated on July 1, 2018) are expected to be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences.

    Applicants should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2016. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent) at an invited institution.

    Institutions which do not have tenure-track appointments should consult with the scientific director of the Program regarding eligibility of selected applicants PRIOR to nominating such individuals.

    The Searle Scholars Program does not ordinarily support purely clinical research but has supported research programs that include both clinical and basic components. Potential applicants who are unsure if their research is appropriate for our Program are encouraged to examine the research interests of present and former Searle Scholars on this website.

    Applicants who were nominated for awards in the previous competition year but were not awarded may still meet the eligibility criteria for the current competition. Institutions should consult with the scientific director of the Program regarding renomination of such individuals.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    The University of Colorado Boulder is pending confirmation from the Searle Scholars Program on the number of proposals that can be submitted this cycle. Typically, the University of Colorado Boulder is invited to submit two proposals.

    Award Information and Duration

    Grants are set at $300,000 for a three-year period with $100,000 payable in the first year and equal sums payable in the second and third years and are subject to the receipt of acceptable progress reports. Generally, fifteen new awards are granted annually and are activated on July 1 of the year of the competition. The awards are made to tax-exempt institutions described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are designated for the support of the research described in the application.

    https://www.neh.gov/grants/research/summer-stipends

    Program Summary 

    Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.

    Eligible projects usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials and publications, archaeological site reports, translations, or editions. Projects must not result solely in the collection of data; instead they must also incorporate analysis and interpretation.

    Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development.

    Deadlines

    Internal CU Deadline: 11:59pm MST August 1, 2017

    NEH Deadline: September 27, 2017

    Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

    • Up to 2-page proposal
    • Up to 2-page curriculum vitae

    To access the online application, visit: https://cuboulderovcr.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/3123

    Eligibility

    The Summer Stipends program accepts applications from individual researchers, teachers, and scholars, whether they have an institutional affiliation or not. Applicants with college or university affiliations must, however, be nominated by their institutions.

    Organizations are not eligible to apply for Summer Stipends.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    Each college and university in the United States and its jurisdictions may nominate two faculty members.

    Award Information and Duration

    Summer Stipends provide $6,000 for two consecutive months of research and writing. Recipients must work full-time on their projects for these two months and may hold other research grants supporting the same project during this time. Summer Stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months, but arrangements can be made for other times of the year.

    Active Calls for Interest

    A call for interest is a simple statement via email from a lead PI indicating interest in applying to specific program. If there are multiple expressions of interest, an internal campus competition may be held with instructions for internal proposals to be sent out at a later time. If you are interested in a program below, please submit an expression of interest by the posted deadline to Ryan Reeves at ltdsubs@colorado.edu.

    https://www.nationalforests.org/grant-programs/map 

    The National Forest Foundation (NFF) Matching Awards Program (MAP) provides funding for results-oriented on-the-ground projects that enhance forest health and outdoor experiences on National Forests and Grasslands. MAP supports the implementation of on-the-ground conservation and restoration projects that have an immediate, quantifiable impact on the National Forest System. These projects provide a lasting impact to the lands, waters, and wildlife of the National Forest System through the alteration of the physical environment.

    The current NFF strategic plan focuses on the Program Areas of Outdoor Experiences and Forest Health. Organizations may self-select into one of the Program Areas defined below, or choose to submit a proposal that cohesively integrates the two Program Areas. Projects that strongly integrate the program areas are highly encouraged. The NFF does not have funding targets for the Program Areas, and strongly encourages applicants to integrate the programs areas cohesively in their proposals. Please review the sponsor site for more detailed information about the program areas.

    In addition to focusing on the above Program Areas, MAP requires projects show a strong commitment to civic engagement and community involvement through direct public involvement. In order to be eligible for MAP funding, projects must contain significant, legitimate community involvement or civic engagement in the pre-implementation, implementation, or post-implementation phase. Typically, this involves the use of volunteers in project implementation, or the implementation of projects selected as an outcome of a formal collaborative-planning process. Note that the community engagement portion of the project does not necessarily have to occur in the portion of the project receiving MAP funding, although the project narrative must clearly describe the community engagement component. The standard public involvement component of the NEPA process is insufficient to meet this requirement.

    Education, interpretation, inventory, and monitoring are not priorities for the use of MAP funds. 

    • Education and interpretation may only receive consideration as minor components of otherwise well-aligned larger projects. 
    • Projects with inventory or monitoring components may only receive consideration if those components focus on determining the long-term effectiveness of previous NFF funded on-the-ground work. 

    The NFF encourages applicants to use funding from other sources (including project match) for any portion of a project focused on education, interpretation, inventory, or monitoring.

    Deadlines

    Internal Expression of Interest Deadline: N/A; email ltdsubs@colorado.edu if interested

    National Forest Foundation Deadline: 11:59pm MST June 26, 2017

    Eligibility

    501(c)(3) nonprofits, universities, and Native American tribes are eligible to receive MAP grants. If an organization does not meet this eligibility requirement, it must utilize an eligible fiscal sponsor.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    Organizations may have only one MAP award open at a time and should submit no more than one application per round.

    Procedures for Limited Campus Competitions

    Award Information and Duration

    MAP requires a 1:1 cash match of secured nonfederal funds. In-kind contributions are not eligible for use as match but should be documented to show project leverage.

    MAP awards federal funds provided through a cooperative agreement from the U.S. Forest Service. Neither MAP funds, nor the funds used to match MAP funds may be used to meet the matching requirements of any other federal award program.

    Typical awards from 2015-2016 include:

    • Average Request: $30,003
    • Median Request: $26,280
    • Average Award: $28,522
    • Median Award: $26,145
    • % of Proposals Funded: 56%
    • % of Dollars Requested Funded: 53%

    Funding Restrictions

    The NFF will not consider MAP applications from the following: 

    • Federal agencies;
    • Regional, state or local governmental entities;
    • For-profit organizations;
    • Consultants;
    • Educational and research organizations proposing projects that do not show tangible, on-the-ground benefit;
    • Organizations seeking general operating or programmatic support;
    • Organizations seeking funding for litigation or advocacy;
    • Organizations that cannot produce 1:1 cash match of non-federal, project-directed funds.
    • Organizations considering submitting a proposal for a work over a timeline longer than one-year. 

    The following project types are not eligible for funding:

    • Funding for outreach and/or education as a primary project component;
    • General operating or programmatic support;
    • Funding for any form of advocacy or litigation;
    • Funding provided to the U.S. Forest Service or any other federal entity.

    www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17558/nsf17558.htm

    Program Summary 

    NSF invites proposals for the acquisition and deployment of a High Performance Computing (HPC) system, called the Phase 1 system, with the option of a possible future upgrade to a leadership-class computing facility. The Phase 1 system will serve two important and complementary purposes:

    1. It will serve as a robust, well-balanced, and forward-looking computational asset for a broad range of research topics for which advances in fundamental understanding require the most extreme computational and data analysis capabilities; and
    2. It will serve as an evaluation platform for testing and demonstrating the feasibility of an upgrade to a leadership-class facility five years following deployment.

    A competitive proposal in response to this solicitation will have the following five characteristics:

    1. A detailed acquisition plan for deploying a reliable and well-balanced HPC system with at least two- to three-fold time-to-solution performance improvement over the current state of the art, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's (UIUC) Blue Waters system, for a broad range of existing and emerging computational and data intensive applications;
    2. A thorough operations plan for the Phase 1 system to ensure that it will serve as an effective computational tool for the broad scientific and engineering community, and for the Nation at large;
    3. A detailed three- to five-year project plan for scientific and technical evaluation of the Phase 1 system that will lead to an upgrade design of a leadership-class system, called the Phase 2 system, as well as the physical facility that will host it: the Phase 2 system is expected to have a ten-fold or more time-to-solution performance improvement over the Phase 1 system;
    4. Clear and compelling science and engineering use cases, as well as detailed strategic project goals for a leadership-class computing facility; and
    5. A persuasive articulation of educational and industry outreach, and the achievement of other broader societal impact goals, in the long-term strategic plan for the leadership-class computing facility.

    Note that the award of a Phase 1 system does not imply any commitment beyond support for beginning the initial planning process for a leadership-class computing facility. The facility planning process may be terminated at any time if satisfactory progress is not demonstrated through annual reviews.

    Deadlines

    Internal Expression of Interest Deadline: N/A; email ltdsubs@colorado.edu if interested

    NSF Letter of Intent Deadline: 5:00pm MST July 14, 2017

    NSF Full Proposal Deadline: 5:00pm MST November 20, 2017

    Eligibility

    Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

    • Universities and Colleges - Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the US acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations also are referred to as academic institutions.

    Who May Serve as PI: No specific eligibility description

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 1

    An organization may submit only one proposal but may be identified as sub-awardee on other proposals responding to this solicitation. The restriction to no more than one submitted proposal as lead institution is to help ensure that there is appropriate institutional commitment necessary for responsible oversight, by the potential awardee institution, of a national resource.

    Collaborative projects may only be submitted as a single proposal in which a single award is being requested. The involvement of partner organizations should be supported through sub-awards administered by the submitting organization.

    Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: 1

    An individual may be the PI or co-PI on no more than one proposal that responds to this solicitation. There is no limit on the number of proposals with which an individual may be associated in other capacities.

    These eligibility constraints will be strictly enforced in order to treat all proposers fairly and consistently. In the event that an individual proposal submission exceeds the above limits, the proposal received within the limits will be accepted based on the earliest date and time of proposal submission (i.e., the first proposal received will be accepted and the remainder will be returned without review). No exceptions will be made.

    Additionally, PIs or co-PIs are expected to commit at least 50% time to this activity.

    Award Information and Duration

    Anticipated Type of Award: Cooperative Agreement

    Estimated Number of Awards: 1

    Anticipated Funding Amount: $60,000,000

    A total of $60,000,000 in FY 2018 will be used to fund one award, subject to the availability of funds. At least 95% of the proposal amount should be for the system acquisition cost.

    Following system acceptance, user support and operating costs are expected to be an additional 20% of the acquisition cost annually and, if approved, are anticipated to be made available as a separate funding action. Should the proposed resource require additional user and operating funds, an additional 5% of the acquisition cost can be requested but the proposal must provide strong justification for such a request. Again, if approved, these costs will be provided as a separate funding action.

    Up to $2,000,000 in additional funds are anticipated to be available in FY 2019 as a separate funding action for the planning activities associated with the conceptual design phase for Phase 2of the award.

    Note that this solicitation requests proposals for the acquisition and operation of a Phase 1 system as well as a project plan for the design of a potential upgrade or replacement to a leadership-class computing facility at the end of the five-year deployment period, subject to the availability of funds. Support for subsequent preliminary design and final design phases for Phase 2 will be provided in separate funding actions.

    https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-17-008.html 

    The NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards provide an opportunity for exceptional junior scientists to accelerate their entry into an independent research career by forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period. Though most newly graduated doctoral-level researchers would benefit by post-doctoral training, a small number of outstanding junior investigators would benefit instead by launching directly into an independent research career. For these select investigators, who have established a record of scientific innovation and research productivity and who have demonstrated unusual leadership, drive, and maturity, post-doctoral training would unnecessarily delay their entry into performing independent research. By the end of the award period, the Early Independence investigator is expected to be competitive for continued funding of his/her research program and for a permanent research-oriented position. The NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards also provide an opportunity for institutions to invigorate their research programs by bringing in the fresh perspectives of the awardees that they host.

    The NIH recognizes a unique and compelling need to promote diversity in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences research workforce. The NIH expects all of its efforts to diversify the workforce to lead to the recruitment of the most talented researchers from all groups; to improve the quality of the educational and training environment; to balance and broaden the perspective in setting research priorities; to improve the ability to recruit subjects from diverse backgrounds into clinical research protocols; and to improve the Nation's capacity to address and eliminate health disparities.  Applicant institutions are always encouraged to consider talented researchers from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities and women for participation in all NIH-funded research opportunities.

    Deadlines

    Internal Expression of Interest Deadline: 11:59pm MST May 31, 2017

    NIH Letter of Intent Deadline: August 22, 2017

    NIH Application Deadline: September 22, 2017

    Eligibility

    Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support. Only single PD/PI applications will be accepted. Applications with multiple PDs/PIs will not be accepted. Only the PD/PI may be listed as a Senior/Key Person and provide a Biographical Sketch.

    Time window for eligibility: Given the focus on early research independence, the date of receipt of the terminal doctoral degree or completion of clinical residency of the PD/PI must be between June 1, 2016 and September 30, 2018.  The clinical fellowship period is NOT included in the clinical residency or equivalent training period. The date of degree receipt is that which appears on the official transcript for the degree. In addition, at the time of application, the PD/PI must not have served as a post-doctoral fellow following a previous doctoral degree for more than twelve months.

    At the time of award, either 1) the Early Independence investigator must have received a PhD, MD, DO, DC, DDS, DVM, OD, DPM, ScD, EngD, Dr PH, DNSc, ND (Doctor of Naturopathy), PharmD, DSW, PsyD, or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution (it is the responsibility of the sponsoring institution to determine if a foreign doctoral degree is equivalent), or 2) an authorized official of the degree-granting institution must certify that all degree requirements have been met and that the date of degree receipt as appearing on the transcript will be before September 30, 2018.

    Level of effort: Individuals must commit at least 9.6 person-months (i.e., 80% effort of a 12 month appointment) during the first two years of the project period to research supported by the Early Independence Award. In the final three years of the project period, awardees may reduce effort toward the Early Independence Award, but the total effort towards independent research must remain at least 9.6 person-months (i.e., 80% effort of a 12 month appointment).

    Research independence at time of application: Individuals are eligible only if they, at the time of application submission, do not have research independence. Lack of research independence is defined functionally rather than by position title. Eligible individuals must have all the following characteristics:

    • The PD's/PI's current research agenda is set through concurrence with mentors.
    • The PD's/PI's research is funded primarily through support to other investigators (mentored fellowships such as NIH F31 or F32 Fellowships or NSF Graduate Research Fellowships do not preclude eligibility).
    • The PD/PI does not have any space assigned directly by the institution for the conduct of his or her research.
    • The PD/PI, according to institutional policy, cannot apply for an NIH R01 grant without special waiver or exemption from the institution.

    Though PD/PI must not be functionally independent at the time of application submission, they may become functionally independent prior to time of award and still retain eligibility for the award.

    Prospective PDs/PIs should contact appropriate Institutional leaders to seek an appointment in an independent research position.  Alternatively, Institutions may actively recruit eligible junior scientists to apply for support through this program. In either event, the Institution will be expected to provide substantial support for the junior scientist as detailed below. To foster independence, it may behoove PDs/PIs to be hosted by institutions other than the ones at which they trained. 

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    Only up to two applications per institution are allowed.

    Procedures for Limited Campus Competitions

    Award Information and Duration

    The NIH Common Fund intends to commit approximately $4,000,000 to support approximately 10 awards in FY 2018, contingent upon availability of funds and receipt of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Future year amounts will depend on annual appropriations and satisfactory progress.

    Awards will be for up to $250,000 in direct costs per year, plus applicable Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs. The project period is limited to five years.

    https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17546/nsf17546.htm

    NSF's Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) initiated the National Network of Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs (BD Hubs) program in FY 2015. Four BD Hubs – MidwestNortheastSouth, and West – were established to foster multi-sector collaborations among academia, industry, and government, both nationally and internationally. These BD Hubs are serving a convening and coordinating role by bringing together a wide range of Big Data stakeholders in order to connect solution seekers with solution providers.

    In FY 2016, the Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications (BD Spokes) solicitation began extending the BD Hubs network by establishing multi-institutional and multi-sector collaborations to focus on topics of specific interest to a given region. The first set of BD Spokes was funded in FY 2016. This solicitation calls for new BD Spoke proposals to be awarded in FY 2018. Collaborating with BD Hubs, each BD Spoke will focus on a particular topic that requires Big Data approaches and solutions. The set of activities managed by a BD Spoke will promote progress towards solutions in the chosen topic area. The regional BD Hub Steering Committee will provide general guidance to each BD Spoke and will assist the BD Spoke in coordinating with the national BD Hub network, with other BD Spokes, and with the broader innovation ecosystem.

    The Big Data activities of a BD Spoke will be guided by the following broad themes:

    • Accelerating progress towards addressing societal grand challenges relevant to the regional and national priority areas defined by the BD Hubs (information on priority areas can be found on each Hub’s website listed in the Introduction section below);
    • Helping automate the Big Data lifecycle; and
    • Enabling access to and spurring the use of important and valuable available data assets, including international data sets where relevant.

    NSF's overall Big Data research and development (R&D) portfolio includes fundamental research, infrastructure development and provisioning, education and workforce development, and community engagement. Not all of these aspects of the overall portfolio are covered by this solicitation. In particular, this solicitation is not meant to fund proposals in which fundamental research is the primary activity. If research is a substantial portion of the proposed activities, please consult with a cognizant NSF program officer of this solicitation to help find a more appropriate solicitation. For example, projects focused on foundations and innovative applications related to Big Data may be better suited for submission to the Critical Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Science & Engineering (BIGDATA) program. Similarly, projects focused primarily on privacy research may be more suited to NSF’s Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program.

    There are two proposal categories covered by this solicitation: SMALL and MEDIUM BD Spokes.

    All (SMALL or MEDIUM) BD Spoke proposals submitted in response to this solicitation must include a Letter of Collaboration from a regional BD Hub. Proposals not including a Letter of Collaboration from a BD Hub will be returned without review. No exceptions will be made.

    Deadlines

    Internal Expression of Interest Deadline: 11:59pm MST June 15, 2017

    NSF Full Proposal Deadline: 5:00pm MST September 18, 2017

    Eligibility

    There are no restrictions or limits on who may serve as a PI.

    NSF welcomes proposals that include for-profit organizations or Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs). However, such organizations may only participate as subawardees or unfunded collaborators.

    The BD Hubs represent four defined geographic regions, namely the Northeast, Midwest, South, and West, of the United States, as defined in the notice Introduction. Organizations involved in a SMALL or MEDIUM BD Spoke proposal need not be physically located within the defined region of a certain BD Hub. The topic of the BD Spoke and its relevance to the coordinating BD Hub region will be considered, not necessarily the location of the proposing organization. International organizations are also encouraged to participate in BD Spoke projects and to partner with BD Hubs.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    An organization may participate as submitting organization (or, in the case of collaborative proposals, as the lead organization) for at most one proposal responsive to this solicitation.

    Proposal submissions are limited to 1 per organization (except as non-lead in a collaborative proposal) to maintain a balanced geographic representation of the Regional Hubs and Spokes program and to increase diversity of participating institutions.

    An investigator may participate as PI or Co-PI in no more than one proposal submitted in response to this solicitation, irrespective of proposal category. However, there is no limit on the number of proposals on which an individual may serve as Senior Personnel.

    These eligibility constraints will be strictly enforced in order to treat everyone fairly and consistently. In the event that an individual exceeds this limit, proposals received within the limit will be accepted based on earliest date and time of proposal submission (i.e., the first proposal received will be accepted and the remainder will be returned without review). No exceptions will be made.

    Procedures for Limited Campus Competitions

    Award Information and Duration

    Estimated Number of Awards: 10 to 20

    BD Spoke awards -- Approximately 10 to 20 total awards across both the SMALL and MEDIUM categories are anticipated through this solicitation.

    The total number of awards will be subject to the outcome of panel reviews and availability of funds.

    Anticipated Funding Amount: $10,000,000

    Each SMALL project will be funded at $100,000 to $500,000 total for up to three years, subject to the availability of funds.

    Each MEDIUM project will be funded at $500,001 to $1,000,000 total for up to three years, subject to the availability of funds.

    https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-17-210.html

    The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical research workforce.

    To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skills Development, Research Experiences, and Curriculum or Methods Development. A program application must include each activity, and describe how they will be synergized to make a comprehensive program.

    The Bridges to Baccalaureate Program is intended to provide these activities to community college students to increase transition to and completion of Bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences. 

    This program requires partnerships between community colleges or other two-year post-secondary educational institutions granting the associate degree with colleges or universities that offer the baccalaureate degree. 

    Additionally, recruitment and retention plans are required as part of the application.

    Deadlines

    Internal Expression of Interest Deadline: 11:59pm MST June 15, 2017

    NIH Deadline: 5:00pm MST September 25, 2017

    Eligibility

    Program Directors/Principal Investigators (PD(s)/PI(s))

    All PD(s)/PI(s) must have an eRA Commons account. PD(s)/PI(s) should work with their organizational officials to either create a new account or to affiliate their existing account with the applicant organization in eRA Commons. If the PD/PI is also the organizational Signing Official, they must have two distinct eRA Commons accounts, one for each role. Obtaining an eRA Commons account can take up to 2 weeks.

    Eligible Individuals (Program Director/Principal Investigator)

    Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and women are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

    For institutions/organizations proposing multiple PDs/PIs, visit the Multiple Program Director/Principal Investigator Policy and submission details in the Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded) Component of the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

    The PD/PI should be an established investigator in the scientific area in which the application is targeted and capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program. The PD/PI will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required.

    Applicants must designate a PD/PI from each participating institution (lead/grantee and partner institutions). The PD/PI of the Lead Institution must be designated as the Contact PD/PI. The PDs/PIs must have a regular full-time appointment (i.e., not adjunct, part-time, retired, or emeritus) at their respective institutions, and should have student counseling, academic administrative and/or scientific research experience. The PDs/PIs will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    Applicant organizations may not submit more than one application as the Lead Institution. 

    Procedures for Limited Campus Competitions

    Award Information and Duration

    Application budgets are limited to $300,000 direct costs per year. The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum project period is 5 years.

    https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-17-209.html

    The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH.  The over-arching goal of this National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical research workforce.

    To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skills Development and Research Experiences

    The Bridges to Doctorate Program is intended to provide these educational activities to Master's level students to increase transition to and completion of Ph.D.'s in biomedical sciences. A program application must include each educational activity, and describe how they will be synergized to make a comprehensive program.

    This program requires partnerships between master's degree-granting institutions with doctorate degree-granting institutions.

    Additionally, recruitment and retention plans are required as part of the application.

    Deadlines

    Internal Expression of Interest Deadline: 11:59pm MST June 15, 2017

    NIH Deadline: 5:00pm MST September 25, 2017

    Eligibility

    Program Directors/Principal Investigators (PD(s)/PI(s))

    All PD(s)/PI(s) must have an eRA Commons account.  PD(s)/PI(s) should work with their organizational officials to either create a new account or to affiliate their existing account with the applicant organization in eRA Commons. If the PD/PI is also the organizational Signing Official, they must have two distinct eRA Commons accounts, one for each role. Obtaining an eRA Commons account can take up to 2 weeks.

    Eligible Individuals (Program Director/Principal Investigator)

    Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and women are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

    For institutions/organizations proposing multiple PDs/PIs, visit the Multiple Program Director/Principal Investigator Policy and submission details in the Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded) Component of the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

    The PD/PI should be an established investigator in the scientific area in which the application is targeted and capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program. The PD/PI will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required.

    Applicants must designate a PD/PI from each participating institution (lead/grantee and partner institutions). The PD/PI of the Lead Institution must be designated as the Contact PD/PI.  The PDs/PIs must have a regular full-time appointment (i.e., not adjunct, part-time, retired, or emeritus) at their respective institutions, and should have student counseling, academic administrative and/or scientific research experience. The PDs/PIs will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    Applicant organizations may not submit more than one application as the Lead Institution. 

    Procedures for Limited Campus Competitions

    Award Information and Duration

    Application budgets are limited to $300,000 direct costs per year. The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum project period is 5 years.

    Program Summary 

    The purpose of the Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) Program is to develop a group of highly trained biomedical scientists to address the Nation’s biomedical workforce needs. The strategy is to promote effective partnerships between research-intensive institutions (RII) and partner institutions that have a historical mission or a demonstrated commitment to educating students from backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical research enterprise of the nation. The IRACDA program provides support for a traditional mentored postdoctoral research experience at an RII combined with an opportunity for these fellows to develop critical academic skills, including teaching, through workshops and mentored teaching assignments at a partner institution. The primary goals of the IRACDA program are to (1) develop a group of highly trained biomedical scientists who have the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue independent research and teaching careers in academia; and (2) enhance science educational offerings at partner institutions, and promote links between RII and the partner institution(s) through research and teaching collaborations.

    Deadlines

    Internal Expression of Interest Deadline: 11:59pm MST June 28, 2017

    NIH Deadline: 5:00pm MST September 19, 2017

    Eligibility

    An IRACDA program involves a consortium of multiple institutions. The lead applicant institution must be an RII, and it must serve as the primary site of the postdoctoral research experience.

    Partner Institutions

    The consortium must include one or more partners that are institutions which, for the purposes of this FOA, are defined as public or private nonprofit universities, two-year or four-year colleges or universities, offering associate and/or baccalaureate degrees with a historical mission or a demonstrated commitment to educating students from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research as defined in NOT-OD-15-053.

    The sponsoring institution must assure support for the proposed program.

    The applicant institution must have a strong and high-quality research program in the area(s) proposed under this FOA and must have the requisite faculty and facilities on site to conduct the proposed institutional program. In many cases, it is anticipated that the proposed program will complement other ongoing career development programs occurring at the applicant institution and that a substantial number of program faculty will have active research projects in which participating scholars may gain relevant experiences consistent with their research interests and goals.

    Program Directors/Principal Investigators (PD(s)/PI(s))

    All PD(s)/PI(s) must have an eRA Commons account.  PD(s)/PI(s) should work with their organizational officials to either create a new account or to affiliate their existing account with the applicant organization in eRA Commons.If the PD/PI is also the organizational Signing Official, they must have two distinct eRA Commons accounts, one for each role. Obtaining an eRA Commons account can take up to 2 weeks.

    Eligible Individuals (Program Director/Principal Investigator)

    Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research training program as the Training Program Director/Principal Investigator (Training PD/PI) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

    For institutions/organizations proposing multiple PDs/PIs, visit the Multiple Program Director/Principal Investigator Policy and submission details in the Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded) Component of the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide.

    The PD/PI should be an established investigator in the scientific area in which the application is targeted and capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program. The PD/PI will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    Only one application per institution is allowed.

    Award Information and Duration

    Application budgets are not limited, but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.

    The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum project period is 5 years.