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(s) 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. Basic budgets outlining projects costs are sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required for internal competitions. 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. When possible, 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).
      3. RIO will share the names of internal winners when other internal competition applicants, whom were not selected, inquire for collaboration/partnership purposes. The intent is to encourage collaboration to ensure the University of Colorado Boulder is submitting the most competitive proposal possible. Partnerships are at the discretion of the internal PI winner.
    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. Even if a sponsor allows a PI to submit on their own, PIs must submit through OCG.
      3. 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/director of the internal winner’s respective unit will be notified and this will be taken into consideration for future limited submission opportunities.
      4. 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.
      5. 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.
      6. 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.
      7. 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

    https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15504/nsf15504.htm

    Program Summary 

    ***CU is limited to submitting three proposals to NSF and no more than two of them may be for instrument acquistion (see full limited guidelines below). For the internal campus competition, RIO will select one acquisition or development application with a budget over $1 million. This application should be regional in focus with a large scope of work. RIO encourages applications of all types, but will select one acquisition or development project with high impact potential.

    Per NSF, “Proposals requesting over $1 million should address the potential impact of the instrument on the research community of interest and at the regional or national level when appropriate. For large multi-user instruments that provide service beyond a single institution, concrete plans for enabling access by external users (including those from non-Ph.D. and/or minority-serving institutions) through physical or virtual access should be presented, and the uniqueness of the requested instrument should also be described.”***

    The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. The program provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally.

    Each MRI proposal may request support for the acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use. Development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at MRI submission-eligible organizations are encouraged.

    The MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of a shared research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. The program does not fund research projects or provide ongoing support for operating or maintaining facilities or centers.

    The instrument acquired or developed is expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period. For the purposes of the MRI program, a proposal must be for either acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single, well-integrated instrument. The MRI program does not support the acquisition or development of a suite of instruments to outfit research laboratories or facilities, or that can be used to conduct independent research activities simultaneously.

    Instrument acquisition or development proposals that request funds from NSF in the range $100,000-$4 million may be accepted from any MRI-eligible organization. Proposals that request funds from NSF less than $100,000 may also be accepted from any MRI-eligible organization for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences and from non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education for all NSF-supported disciplines.

    Cost-sharing of precisely 30% of the total project cost is required for Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education and for non-degree-granting organizations. Non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education are exempt from cost-sharing and cannot include it. National Science Board policy is that voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.

    Please see the solicitation text for definitions of organizational types used by the MRI program.

    Deadlines

    Internal CU Deadline: 11:59pm MST September 27, 2017

    NSF Deadline: January 10, 2018

    Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

    • Up to 3-page proposal
      • Instrument Acquisition Proposals should attest to:
        • The extent of shared use of the instrumentation for research and/or research training.
        • Whether the management plan includes sufficient infrastructure and technical expertise to allow effective usage of the instrument.
        • The organization's commitment to ensuring successful operations and maintenance over the expected lifetime of the instrument.
        • Whether the request is justified and reasonable in magnitude. If student involvement is included, reviewers will be asked to evaluate the involvement in terms of both instrument needs and training the next generation of instrumentalists.
        • Plans for using the new or enhanced capability in research or research training.
        • For instrument acquisition proposals of $1 million or above, the potential impact of the instrument on the research community of interest at the regional or national level, when appropriate.
          • ***Note that for the internal campus competition, RIO will select one acquisition or development application with a budget over $1 million. This application should be regional in focus with a large scope of work. RIO encourages applications of all types, but will select one acquisition or development project with high impact potential.***
      • Instrument Development Proposals should attest to:
        • The appropriateness of submission as a development (Track 2) proposal.
        • The adequacy of the management plan. Does the plan have a realistic, detailed schedule? Are mechanisms in place to deal with potential risks?
        • The availability of appropriate technical expertise to design and construct the instrument. If direct support for student involvement in development efforts is requested, reviewers will be asked to evaluate the involvement in terms of both project needs and training the next generation of instrumentalists.
        • The appropriateness of the cost of the new technology.
        • The need for development of a new instrument. Will the proposed instrument enable enhanced performance over existing instruments, or new types of measurement or information gathering? Is there a strong need for the new instrument in the larger user community?
    • Up to 2-page Curriculum Vitae of PI(s)
      • 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.
    • Up to 2-page Production/Use Plan
      • Describe what data will be produced during the equipment use or development and how this will be managed.
    • 1-page Post-Grant Support Plan
      • Describe support plans for the end of the grant period.
    • Matching Support
      • Provide a signed letter from chairs/deans/directors, indicating which units will provide the required matching, with amounts, and a commitment that they will provide the stated share of the match.

    To access the online application, visit: https://cuboulderovcr.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/3124

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    Three (3) as described below. Potential PIs are advised to contact their institutional office of research regarding processes used to select proposals for submission.

    If three proposals are submitted, at least one of the proposals must be for instrument development (i.e., no more than two proposals may be for instrument acquisition).

    To ensure a balanced instrumentation award portfolio at diverse organizations, across varied research topics, and in support of a broadly inclusive science and engineering workforce across the entire Nation, the MRI program requires that an MRI-eligible organization may, as a performing organization, submit or be included as a significantly funded subawardee in no more than three MRI proposals. To promote instrumentation development, the program requires that if an organization submits or is included as a significantly funded subawardee in three MRI proposals, at least one of the three proposals must be for (Track 2) instrument development.

    NSF reserves the right to carefully examine development (Track 2) proposals to ensure that they meet the requirements for this proposal type (see Section II). If a proposal submitted as development is deemed to be an acquisition proposal either before or during the review, the proposal is subject to return without review or decline.

    An unfunded collaboration does not count against the submission limit. Inclusion as a funded subawardee on a development (Track 2) proposal at a level in excess of 20% of the total budget requested from NSF, or as a funded subawardee on any acquisition (Track 1) proposal, will be counted against an organization's proposal submission limit. Separately submitted linked collaborative proposals of either type (Track 1 or Track 2) count against the submission limit of each of the submitting organizations. However, if a subaward to an organization in a development (Track 2) proposal is 20% or less of the proposal's total budget request from NSF, the subawardee's submission limit will not be affected. For subawards within a linked collaborative proposal, the 20% threshold applies to the budget request from NSF in the proposal containing the subaward(s), not to the combined budget request from NSF for the collaborative project.

    Note: The 30% cost-sharing requirement applies to only the portion of the total project cost budgeted to non-exempt organizations, including those participating through subawards. When required, cost-sharing must be precisely 30%. Cost sharing is required for Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education and for non-degree-granting organizations. Non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education are exempt from cost-sharing and cannot provide it. National Science Board policy is that voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited. See section V.B. for specific information on cost-sharing calculations and the solicitation text for definitions of organizational types used for the MRI program.

    Award Information and Duration

    Proposals submitted in response to this program solicitation will be competing for about $75 million, depending on availability of funds and quality of proposals.

    Proposals that request funds from NSF in the range $100,000-$4 million will be accepted from all eligible organizations. Proposals that request funds from NSF less than $100,000 will also be accepted from all eligible organizations for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences and from non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education for all NSF-supported disciplines.

    Proposers may request an award period up to three years for acquisition proposals and up to five years for development proposals. The anticipated earliest starting date is August 01 in the year of the proposal's submission.

    https://www.jnj.com/wistem2d

    ***When submitting an expression of interest, be sure to specify under which category (Science; Technology; Engineering; Math; Manufacturing; Design) you are interested in applying.***

    The J&J WiSTEM2D Scholars Award Program will help develop female leaders and support innovation in the STEM2D disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing, Design) by funding six women at critical points in their research careers through a Scholar’s Award.

    The Scholars Award is a 3-year award in the gross amount of $150,000, which will be paid to the University (the “Recipient”) for the benefit of the J&J Scholar and her research, with the understanding that the Recipient will administer the funds.

    The six inaugural awards will be available in 2018 and aim to fund one woman per area of STEM2D concentration in the early career stage where they have concluded their advanced degree training but are not at the level of tenure in their accredited university or design school institution. The early-career support is aimed to be a catalyst for women to become leaders in their organizations and fields. The program will help build a larger pool of highly-trained researchers to meet the growing needs of academia and industry.

    The J&J WiSTEM2D Scholars Award Program will play an influential role in achievements made in the areas of STEM2D and the future.

    Deadlines

    Internal CU Deadline: 11:59pm MST September 28, 2017

    Johnson & Johnson Deadline: October 31, 2017

    Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

    Internal application requirements include: 

    • 1-page concept overview
    • 1 category under which you are applying: Science; Technology; Engineering; Math; Manufacturing; Design

    To access the online application, visit: https://cuboulderovcr.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/3147

    Eligibility

    You must be a woman working in the field(s) of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing and Design (STEM2D). You must be a non-tenured assistant female professor or global equivalent faculty position at the time of application at a tenure granting accredited academic university, institution or design school.

    The program is for faculty on tenure-track or equivalent fulltime instructor appointments. Research associates and postdoctoral scholars are not eligible. 

    The female scholar should have a minimum degree for the appropriate field:

    • Science; PhD
    • Technology; PhD
    • Engineering; PhD
    • Math; MS, PhD
    • Manufacturing; PhD
    • Design; MA, MS, MDes, MArch, MFA, MLA, PhD

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    One applicant per university per letter of STEM2D.

    Award Information and Duration

    The Scholars Award is a 3-year award in the gross amount of $150,000, which will be paid to the University (the “Recipient”) for the benefit of the J&J Scholar and her research, with the understanding that the Recipient will administer the funds. The Scholars Award will be paid in three (3) installments of US $50,000 per year of the 3-year scholarship period, payable in 2018, subject to compliance with the terms and conditions of the program’s Agreement.

    https://www.thebrf.org/for-researchers/fayfrank-seed-grant-program/

    Brain Research Foundation’s Annual Seed Grant Program was initiated in 1981. The purpose of our program is to provide start-up monies for new research projects in the field of neuroscience that will likely lead to extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other outside funding sources.   

    Brain Research Foundation’s Scientific Review Committee will review the seed grant proposals and make recommendations for funding to the Foundation. The Committee consists of senior scientists broadly representing the various neuroscience-related programs.  A representative of Brain Research Foundation is also present when the Committee meets. 

    The objective of the BRF Seed Grant Program is to support new and innovative projects, especially those of junior faculty, who are working in new research directions. BRF Seed Grant awards are not intended to supplement existing grants.

    Deadlines

    Internal CU Deadline: 11:59pm MST November 5, 2017

    Brain Research Foundation Letter of Intent Deadline: 3:00pm MST January 8, 2018

    Brain Research Foundation Application Deadline (by invite only): 3:00pm MST March 28, 2018

    Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

    • Up to 3-page proposal including a basic budget
    • Up to 2-page biosketch

    To access the online application, visit: https://cuboulderovcr.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/3146

    Eligibility

    To be eligible, PI must be a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor at an invited institution, working in the area of studies of brain function.  This includes molecular and clinical neuroscience as well as studies of neural, sensory, motor, cognitive, behavioral and emotional functioning in health and disease. The grant proposal must detail a new research project that is not funded by other sources.  

    See the foundation’s guidelines for full eligibility requirements.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    Brain Research Foundation has invited eligible US institutions to nominate one faculty member (Assistant or Associate Professor) to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program.  

    Award Information and Duration

    Each total grant is limited to $80,000 (direct costs) for a two year grant period. The first grant payment of $40,000 will be made upon completion of the Seed Grant Acceptance Form (June 2018). The final payment of $40,000 will be made contingent upon receipt of a Preliminary Progress and Financial Report (June 2019). Funds must be utilized within the grant period.

    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. References should also be included within the 3-page limit.
    • Curriculum Vitae (up to 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/3145

    Deadlines

    Internal CU Deadline: 11:59pm MST December 3, 2017

    Keck Phase I Application Deadline (by invite only): 5:30pm MST May 1, 2018

    Keck Full Proposal Deadline (by invite only): 5:30pm MST August 15, 2018

    Limited Submission Guidelines

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

    Award Information

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

    Keck Application Process

    If selected through the internal competition to apply on behalf of CU, there will be a pre-application counseling call between Keck and RIO between January 1 – February 15. In order to schedule this call, PIs must submit a one-page concept paper within one week after being notified of being an internal winner. Please be prepared for this quick turnaround at the time of submitting your internal application.

    Keck wants applicants to demonstrate why the Foundation’s funding is essential for their projects and will want proof that federal funders have rejected the concept. If you are invited to submit a Phase I proposal, Keck will ask that you submit the name(s) of program manager(s) with whom you have had contact, along with their comments as to why you were turned down for funding. If you have any written reviews from a federal source that indicate why the proposal was declined, they will ask that you be prepared to include these as part of your Phase I proposal submission if invited by Keck. Please anticipate and plan accordingly.

    https://www.packard.org/what-we-fund/conservation-and-science/science/pa...

    ***Packard is expected to release the 2018 guidelines in mid-December and applications are typically due to Packard in April. The information below is from last year’s cycle and will guide the internal campus competition process. 

    There will be a workshop on November 1 from 1-2pm where previous Packard Fellows will answer questions. Register here to reserve your space by 1pm on October 25.***

    Each year, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation invites the presidents of 50 universities to nominate two early-career professors each from their institutions in the following disciplines: physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering. An Advisory Panel of distinguished scientists and engineers carefully reviews the nominations and selects 18 Fellows to receive individual grants of $875,000, distributed over five years.

    Deadlines

    Internal CU Deadline: 11:59pm MST December 4, 2017

    Packard Deadline: TBD

    Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

    • Up to 2-page proposal
      • Outline your goals for the next five years and their importance.
    • Up to 2-page curriculum vitae
    • Letter of recommendation
      • From a department chair or other senior colleague.
    • Three external references from whom letters of support can be solicited.

    To access the online application, visit: https://cuboulderovcr.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/3143

    Eligibility

    Candidates must be faculty members at one of the 50 Invited Institutions. Candidates must be eligible to serve as principal investigators engaged in research in the natural and physical sciences or engineering and must be within the first three years of their faculty careers. Disciplines that will be considered include physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering. Candidates engaged in research in the social sciences will not be considered.

    Per the foundation, “It is generally expected that nominees are tenure-track faculty members – within the first three years of their first faculty appointment. Adjunct professors are not ideal candidates for the program.”

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    Up to two nominations may be made by the University of Colorado Boulder.

    Funding Restrictions

    Recognizing that certain areas of contemporary science and engineering already have access to relatively generous funding (for example, clinical research, research associated with the design and construction of large national facilities such as accelerators and space stations, and applied research of direct relevance to national security), the Packard Fellowships are directed to other, less generously supported fields. The Fellowship Program provides support for highly creative researchers early in their careers; faculty members who are well-established and well‐funded are less likely to receive the award.

    Active Calls for Interest

    Calls for interest are used to gauge campus interest in applying to certain limited programs. An expression of interest is a simple statement via email from a lead PI indicating interest in applying to a 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.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=296930

    Program Summary

    Scholarship

    The primary objective is to support scholarships for nuclear science, engineering, technology and related disciplines to develop a workforce capable of supporting the design, construction, operation, and regulation of nuclear facilities and the safe handling of nuclear materials. The nuclear-related discipline supported by this funding is intended to benefit nuclear safety and security sector broadly. 

    Fellowship

    The primary objective is to support fellowships for nuclear science, engineering, technology and related disciplines to develop a workforce capable of supporting the design, construction, operation, and regulation of nuclear facilities and the safe handling of nuclear materials. The nuclear related discipline supported by this funding is intended to benefit the nuclear sector broadly.

    Faculty Development

    The primary objective is to support faculty development for nuclear science, engineering, technology and related disciplines to develop a workforce capable of supporting the design, construction, operation, and regulation of nuclear facilities and the safe handling of nuclear materials. Proposed faculty can be supported for up to one 3-year period. 

    The objectives are to attract and retain highly-qualified individuals in academic teaching careers. The grants specifically target probationary, tenure-track faculty during the first 6 years of their career and new faculty hires in the following academic areas: Nuclear,

    Mechanical, Civil, Environmental, Electrical, Fire Protection, Geotechnical, Structural and Materials Sciences Engineering as well as Health Physics. The NRC has interest in topics including but not limited to Fuels, Neutronics, Thermal-hydraulics, Accident-Progression (e.g., performance of safety relief valves), Consequence, Emergency Preparedness, and Radiation Protection Analysis; Radiochemistry, Probabilistic Risk Assessment, Seismology, Fire Risk Analysis, advanced reactor (non-light water reactor), safety systems and other related disciplines. Grants may include support for developing applications for new research or continuing research projects in their areas of expertise. The program provides support to enable newer faculty to enhance their careers as professors and researchers in the university department where employed. The research supported by this announcement is intended to benefit the nuclear sector broadly.

    Trade School and Community College Scholarships

    The primary objective is to support scholarships for nuclear science, engineering, technology, and related disciplines to develop a workforce capable of supporting the design, construction, operation, and regulation of nuclear facilities and the safe handling of nuclear materials. The nuclear-related discipline supported by this funding is intended to benefit the nuclear sector broadly.

    Deadlines

    Internal Expression of Interest Deadline: 11:59pm MST September 21, 2017

    NRC Deadline: October 30, 2017

    Eligibility

    Individuals with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to conduct the proposed project are invited to work with their institution to develop an application. See the full notice for eligibility requirements.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    An applicant/institution may submit only one application for each of the Scholarship, Fellowship, Faculty Development, and Trade School and Community College Scholarship grant programs. If applying for more than one grant program, then the applicant/institution must submit separate applications.

    Award Information and Duration

    Scholarship: This is a two (2) year program. Scholarship funds may be requested for up to $200,000.00 total costs (direct costs and facilities and administrative costs) for the project period. A scholarship student may not receive more than $10,000.00 per year or exceed $20,000.00 over a 2-year period. 

    Fellowship: This is a four (4) year program. Fellowship funds may be requested for up to $400,000.00 total costs (direct costs and facilities and administrative costs) for the project period. A post graduate student may not receive funding in excess of $50,000.00 per year or exceed $200,000.00 over a 4-year period.

    Faculty Development: This is a three (3) year program. Faculty Development funds may be requested for up to $450,000.00 total costs (direct costs and facilities and administrative costs) for the project period, provided that an additional $50,000.00 per year is fully matched by the recipient. Other direct costs include but are not limited to course development, equipment, stipends, participation in professional society meetings, and preparation of papers, travel, and associated expenses. The base award is up to $300,000.00. However, the NRC may increase, up to $450,000.00, to the extent that a portion of the award is matched dollar for dollar by the recipient. For example, an award in the amount of $400,000.00 would require a match of $100,000.00 from the recipient.

    Trade School and Community College: This is a two (2) year program. Trade School and Community College funds may be requested for up to $150,000.00 total costs (direct costs and associated facilities and administrative costs) for the project period. A scholarship student may not receive more than $5,000.00 per year or exceed $10,000.00 over a 2-year period.

    https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Default.aspx?Search=DE-FOA-0001740&Sear...

    ***When submitting an expression of interest, list the topic area (holistic solar PV inverter/converter designs or modular, multifunctional power electronics designs) under which your concept paper will be submitted.***

    The Advanced Power Electronics Designs for Solar Applications funding program will help the industry develop new technology to improve the devices that serve as the critical link between solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays and the electric grid. Advanced smart inverters and other power electronics will allow utilities to collect data on photovoltaic (PV) systems and better support voltage and frequency regulation, enabling operators to pinpoint and regulate solar production levels. Given that all solar PV-generated electricity must flow through a power electronic device, this presents an opportunity to innovate and discover new applications that lower costs, offer enhanced services for improved lifetime value, and lower grid integration costs. Ultimately, these projects will improve the reliability and security of our national electric grid by improving the interface point between solar and the grid.

    The FOA is divided into two topic areas:

    • Holistic solar PV inverter/converter designs that lower lifetime costs by lowering upfront costs, extending product life, improving efficiencies, and lowering manufacturing costs; and
    • Modular, multifunctional power electronics designs that enhance solar power electronics with new functionalities, including those that direct integration energy end use devices, provide online operations and maintenance services, support controls to reduce grid integration costs, and aid in orderly recovery from grid outages to improve resiliency, among others.

    Deadlines

    Internal Expression of Interest Deadline: 11:59pm MST September 21, 2017

    DOE Concept Paper Deadline: 3:00pm MST October 12, 2017

    DOE Full Application Deadline: 3:00pm MST December 15, 2017

    Eligibility

    Individuals

    U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents are eligible to apply for funding as a Prime Recipient or Subrecipient.

    ii. Domestic Entities

    For-profit entities, educational institutions, and nonprofits that are incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a particular State or territory of the United States are eligible to apply for funding as a Prime Recipient or Subrecipient. Nonprofit organizations described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that engaged in lobbying activities after December 31, 1995, are not eligible to apply for funding.

    State, local, and tribal government entities are eligible to apply for funding as a Prime Recipient or Subrecipient. DOE/NNSA Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) are eligible to apply for funding as a Prime Recipient or Subrecipient. Non-DOE/NNSA FFRDCs are eligible to apply for funding as a Subrecipient, but are not eligible to apply as a Prime Recipient. Federal agencies and instrumentalities (other than DOE) are eligible to apply for funding as a Subrecipient, but are not eligible to apply as a Prime Recipient.

    iii. Foreign Entities

    Foreign entities, whether for-profit or otherwise, are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA. Other than as provided in the “Individuals” or “Domestic Entities” sections above, all Prime Recipients receiving funding under this FOA must be incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a State or territory of the United States. If a foreign entity applies for funding as a Prime Recipient, it must designate in the Full Application a subsidiary or affiliate incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a State or territory of the United States to be the Prime Recipient. The Full Application must state the nature of the corporate relationship between the foreign entity and domestic subsidiary or affiliate.

    Foreign entities may request a waiver of the requirement to designate a subsidiary in the United States as the Prime Recipient in the Full Application (i.e., a foreign entity may request that it remains the Prime Recipient on an award). To do so, the Applicant must submit an explicit written waiver request in the Full Application. Appendix C lists the necessary information that must be included in a request to waive this requirement. The applicant does not have the right to appeal EERE’s decision concerning a waiver request.

    In the waiver request, the applicant must demonstrate to the satisfaction of EERE that it would further the purposes of this FOA and is otherwise in the economic interests of the United States to have a foreign entity serve as the Prime Recipient. EERE may require additional information before considering the waiver request. A foreign entity may receive funding as a Subrecipient.

    iv. Incorporated Consortia

    Incorporated consortia, which may include domestic and/or foreign entities, are eligible to apply for funding as a Prime Recipient or Subrecipient. For consortia incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a State or territory of the United States, please refer to “Domestic Entities” above. For consortia incorporated in foreign countries, please refer to the requirements in “Foreign Entities” above.

    Each incorporated consortium must have an internal governance structure and a written set of internal rules. Upon request, the consortium must provide a written description of its internal governance structure and its internal rules to the EERE Contracting Officer.

    v. Unincorporated Consortia

    Unincorporated Consortia, which may include domestic and foreign entities, must designate one member of the consortium to serve as the Prime Recipient/consortium representative. The Prime Recipient/consortium representative must be incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a State or territory of the United States. The eligibility of the consortium will be determined by the eligibility of the Prime Recipient/consortium representative under Section III.A of the FOA.

    Upon request, unincorporated consortia must provide the EERE Contracting Officer with a collaboration agreement, commonly referred to as the articles of collaboration, which sets out the rights and responsibilities of each consortium member. This agreement binds the individual consortium members together and should discuss, among other things, the consortium’s:

    • Management structure;
    • Method of making payments to consortium members;
    • Means of ensuring and overseeing members’ efforts on the project;
    • Provisions for members’ cost sharing contributions; and
    • Provisions for ownership and rights in intellectual property developed previously or under the agreement.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    Applicants may only submit one Full Application for each topic area of this FOA. If an applicant submits more than one Full Application to the same topic area, EERE will only consider the last timely submission for evaluation. Any other submissions received listing the same applicant for the same topic area will be considered noncompliant and not eligible for further consideration.

    This limitation does not prohibit an applicant from collaborating on other applications (e.g., as a potential Subrecipient or partner) so long as the entity is only listed as the prime applicant on one Full Application submitted under this FOA.

    Award Information and Cost Share

    EERE expects to make 10-15 awards under this funding program, each ranging between $0.5 million and $3 million for a total of $20 million. EERE anticipates making awards that will run up to 36 months in length, comprised of one or more budget periods.

    The cost share must be at least 20% of the total allowable costs for research and development projects (i.e., the sum of the Government share, including FFRDC costs if applicable, and the recipient share of allowable costs equals the total allowable cost of the project) and must come from non-Federal sources unless otherwise allowed by law. (See 2 CFR 200.306 and 2 CFR 910.130 for the applicable cost sharing requirements.) See the full notice beginning on page 28 for full cost share requirements.

    http://www.dreyfus.org/awards/camille_dreyfus_teacher_award.shtml

    The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained in the early years of their appointment (see below), and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching. The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000.

    Deadlines

    Internal Expression of Interest Deadline: 11:59pm MST October 5, 2017

    Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation Deadline: February 8, 2018

    Eligibility

    The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program is open to academic institutions in the States, Districts, and Territories of the United States of America that grant a bachelor's or higher degree in the chemical sciences, including biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering. Nominees must hold a full-time tenure-track academic appointment, and are normally expected to have been appointed no earlier than mid-year 2012. Awardees are from Ph.D. granting departments in which scholarly research is a principal activity. Undergraduate education is an important component. Renominations are accepted.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    Institutions may submit only one Camille Dreyfus nomination annually.

    Budget and Award Information

    The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award provides a $75,000 unrestricted research grant. Of the total amount, $7,500 is for departmental expenses associated with research and education. Charges associated with indirect costs or institutional overhead are not allowed. Defrayal of academic-year salary is not permitted. Funds are normally expended over a period of five years. Foundation approval is not required for budgetary changes after an award is made. If the awardee leaves the institution, the transfer of the remaining funds requires prior Foundation approval.

    https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-15-020.html

    Program Summary 

    ***When submitting your expression of interest, be sure to specify under which School or College you will be applying.***

    The Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award is intended to identify the most talented Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) who intend to make a long-term commitment to research in the Environmental Health Sciences and assist them in launching an innovative research program focused on the understanding of environmental exposure effects on people’s health.

    Deadlines

    Internal Expression of Interest Deadline: 11:59pm MST October 5, 2017

    NIH Letter of Intent Deadline: 5:00pm MST January 27, 2018

    NIH Application Deadline: 5:00pm MST February 27, 2018

    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 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 SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

    To be eligible for this award, applicants must have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent graduate degree.  PD(s)/PI(s) must be NIH defined Early Stage Investigators. See https://grants.nih.gov/grants/new_investigators/index.htm

    In addition, PD/PIs must have faculty appointments which are tenure track or equivalent, generally at the level of Assistant Professor, or Research Assistant Professor, and have demonstrated outstanding abilities in basic, clinical or population-based research. Individuals must have established research independence from a mentor, and have dedicated, independent laboratory space or access to the clinical, population-based and/or public health research resources which will allow them to conduct the research proposed in the grant application as the lead, independent PD/PI.

    Applicants must have research focus and a long-term commitment to a career in environmental health research consistent with the core mission areas of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The NIEHS will decline applications not considered central to either the mission or the research priorities of the NIEHS as part of the initial evaluation for responsiveness.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    Only one application per School or College within a University will be accepted.

    Award Information and Duration

    NIEHS intends to commit $3.0 million per year in fiscal years 2017, 2018, and 2019 to fund 5-6 awards each year.

    For most applications, the budget for direct costs should be limited to $250,000 per year, plus the portion of the additional $250,000 budget for career enhancement which will be distributed over a 5-year award period.  Note: the $250,000 career enhancement budget will be distributed over a 5-year period but does not have to be distributed evenly across each year. With strong justification, research projects which have inherently higher costs may request direct costs of up to $400,000 per year, plus career enhancement.  In no year may the total direct cost budget (research plus career enhancement) exceed $475,000 per year.

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

    https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17575/nsf17575.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT...

    ***When submitting your expression of interest, please specify under which of the focus areas (Engineering; Computer and/or Information Science) you intend to submit an application.***

    NSF's Directorate for Engineering (ENG) and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) have joined to support the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science program. This program supports active long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, Computer and Information Science, and Mathematics (STEM) in-service and pre-service teachers, full-time community college faculty, and university faculty and students to enhance the scientific disciplinary knowledge and capacity of the STEM teachers and/or community college faculty through participation in authentic summer research experiences with engineering and computer science faculty researchers. The research projects and experiences all revolve around a focused research area related to engineering and/or computer science that will provide a common cohort experience to the participating educators. The K-12 STEM teachers and/or full-time community college faculty also translate their research experiences and new scientific knowledge into their classroom activities and curricula. The university team will include faculty, graduate and undergraduate students as well as industrial advisors. Involvement of graduate students in support of academic-year classroom activities is particularly encouraged. Partnerships with inner city, rural or other high needs schools are especially encouraged, as is participation by underrepresented minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

    As part of the long-term partnership arrangements, university undergraduate/graduate students will partner with pre-college/community college faculty in their classrooms during the academic year to support the integration of the RET curricular materials into classroom activities.

    This announcement features two mechanisms for support of in-service and pre-service K-12 STEM teachers and full-time community college faculty: (1) RET supplements to ongoing ENG and CISE awards and (2) new RET Site awards. RET supplements may be included outside this solicitation in proposals for new or renewed ENG and CISE grants or as supplements to ongoing ENG- and CISE-funded projects. RET in Engineering and Computer Science Sites, through this solicitation, are based on independent proposals from engineering and/or computer and/or information science departments, schools or colleges to initiate and conduct research participation projects for K-12 STEM teachers and/or full-time community college faculty.

    Deadlines

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

    NSF Deadline: 5:00pm MST October 10, 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.

    The principal investigator of a RET in Engineering and Computer Science Site proposal must have a full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty appointment within a College/Department of Engineering or Engineering Technology or a College/Department of Computer and/or Information Science broadly defined [including e.g., Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Software Engineering, Networking Science, Informatics] within the submitting U.S. academic institution. The PI must be a full-time Engineering and/or Computer Science faculty member whose primary job responsibilities are research and teaching and not a faculty member who is involved in an administrative capacity such as a dean or outreach coordinator.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 3

    Three Site proposals may be submitted per competition by a U.S. academic institution, including a College/Department of Engineering, Engineering Technology, or Computer and/or Information Science as the lead institution. No more than two of the three proposals may have an engineering focus and only one of the three proposals may have a computer and/or information science focus.

    Potential PIs are advised to contact their institutional office of research regarding processes used to select proposals for submission.

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

    Award Information and Duration

    Estimated Number of Awards: 9

    Anticipated Funding Amount: $5,800,000

    The total anticipated funding in FY 2018, FY 2019 and FY 2020 for both Sites and Supplements is approximately $5,800,000 per year, subject to the availability of funds. It is anticipated that approximately 9 Site awards will be made per year. The maximum total request for a Site is $600,000 for a duration of up to three years. Supplements are limited to a maximum of $10,000 per teacher and/or community college faculty for a duration of one year subject to the availability of funds. 

    https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15576/nsf15576.htm

    This program seeks to enhance and expand the national resource of digital data documenting existing vouchered biological and paleontological collections and to advance scientific knowledge by improving access to digitized information (including images) residing in vouchered scientific collections across the United States. The information associated with various collections of organisms, such as geographic, paleogeographic and stratigraphic distribution, environmental habitat data, phenology, information about associated organisms, collector field notes, and tissues and molecular data extracted from the specimens, is a rich resource providing the baseline from which to further biodiversity research and provide critical information about existing gaps in our knowledge of life on earth. The national resource is structured at three levels: a central coordinating organization, a series of thematic networks based on an important research theme, and the physical collections. The national resource builds upon a sizable existing national investment in curation of the physical objects in scientific collections and contributes vitally to scientific research and technology interests in the United States. It will become an invaluable tool in understanding contemporary biological issues and challenges.

    Deadlines

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

    NSF Deadline: 5:00pm MST October 13, 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.
    • Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.
    • State and Local Governments: State educational offices or organizations and local school districts.

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

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    Only one Thematic Collections Networks (TCN) proposal may be submitted by any one organization as the lead organization. Organizations may be involved in more than one collaborative effort as a non-lead proposal.

    An individual may appear as PI or co-PI on no more than one ADBC proposal submitted to any annual ADBC competition.

    It is expected that TCN projects will be collaborative efforts among several institutions. Please refer to Chapter II.D.3 of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) for guidance about the submission of collaborative proposals.

    Federally-owned collections are excluded from this solicitation. Partnerships with federal agencies are encouraged.

    Eligibility criteria also apply to all subawards, i.e., organizations ineligible to submit to this program may not receive subawards.

    https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17587/nsf17587.htm

    This solicitation seeks the services of a qualified organization to manage and operate an Ocean Bottom Seismometer Instrument Center established and sponsored by Marine Geology and Geophysics research programs within NSF's Division of Ocean Sciences. Research activities requiring the use of the existing pool of instruments supported by NSF are expected to continue well beyond the period of performance for the existing Ocean Bottom Seismometer Instrument Pool Management Office award, scheduled to expire in early 2018. The award resulting from this solicitation will be administered as a Cooperative Agreement with a single Lead Institution that will perform the OBSIC activities described herein.

    Deadlines

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

    NSF Full Proposal Deadline: 5:00pm MST October 25, 2017

    Eligibility

    The categories of proposers eligible to submit proposals to the National Science Foundation are identified in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), Chapter I.E.

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

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    One proposal as Lead Institution per organization. A proposed Lead Institution may serve as a SubAwardee for another proposed Lead Institution.

    There are no restrictions or limits on the number of proposals per PI or co-PI.

    Award Information and Duration

    Estimated Number of Awards: 1

    A principal role of OBSIC is to serve as the central entity responsible for providing appropriate ocean bottom seismometers for high quality data acquisition and coordinating their deployment in support of scientific research programs. It is anticipated that a base amount of approximately $1.8M per year will be provided for OBSIC management and operation. Supplemental funding increments for field support of instrument deployment and recovery on specific projects will be executed through the award resulting from this solicitation. The OBSIC Program budget, number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to demand for Ocean Bottom Seismometer (OBS) use and the availability of funds.

    The successful proposal will be awarded as a Cooperative Agreement. NSF anticipates that the initial award commitment will be for five years, with continuation for a maximum of an additional five years contingent on the availability of funds and the successful outcome of a comprehensive external review of Awardee performance in the third year of the initial period (see Section VII.B, "Special Award Conditions"). Budget amounts given in this program solicitation are for planning purposes only - actual annual funding increments will be determined on the basis of Annual Program Plans submitted by the Awardee and approved by NSF, subject to the availability of appropriated funds and contingent upon successful performance of the Awardee.

    Should a new Awardee be selected to replace the current OBSIP Management Office Awardee, NSF will consider funding allowable transition costs for a period of up to six months. Relevant transition activities may include interviewing and hiring personnel, assigning subcontracts, website development, and transferring data and property. During this transition period, the new Awardee will have appropriate access to incumbent personnel and facilities.

    Anticipated Funding Amount: $9,000,000

    Base funding up to $9M total or $1.8M annually, including management, operations and data quality assurance and control. The program budget for field experiments will supplement the base funding depending on the demand for Ocean Bottom Seismometer (OBS) use in terms of number of awards, average award size/duration and availability of funds.

    Estimated program budget, number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds.

    https://simonsfoundation.s3.amazonaws.com/share/mps/rfns/2018/Simons_Inv...

    ***When submitting your expression of interest, please specify under which of the three programs (Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics, or Computer Science) you are making a nomination.***

    The Simons Investigators in Mathematics, (Theoretical) Physics, (Theoretical) Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science program aims to provide a stable base of support for outstanding scientists, enabling them to undertake longterm investigations of fundamental questions in their fields. The intent of the program is to support these scientists in their most productive years, when they are establishing new research directions, providing leadership in the field and effectively mentoring junior scientists.

    The Simons Foundation requests that nominations for the Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science programs be treated confidentially — the nominees should not know they are being nominated, if possible.

    Deadlines

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

    Simons Foundation Deadline: 9:59pm MST October 31, 2017

    Eligibility

    To be eligible to be nominated for an Investigator award, a scientist must be engaged in theoretical research in mathematics, physics, astrophysics or computer science and must not have previously been a Simons Investigator. He/she must have a primary appointment as a faculty member at an educational institution in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or Ireland, on a campus within these countries and the primary department affiliation must have a Ph.D. program (note that the appointment need not be in a mathematics, physics or computer science department). At the time of the appointment start date, an Investigator must be tenured.

    The foundation reserves the right to determine eligibility, but, generally, a ‘primary appointment’ is defined as one where the Investigator is a full-time employee of an academic institution with a teaching load that is comparable to that of other faculty members in the same department. Investigators may transfer their awards to new educational institutions within the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or Ireland, subject to approval from the foundation and the old and new institutions. The award will be interrupted or terminated, at the foundation’s discretion, if an Investigator (i) takes up a primary long-term position at a research institute, national laboratory or other institution outside the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or Ireland or another campus of their current institution, which falls outside the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or Ireland; (ii) at a for-profit organization; or (iii) accepts a major administrative responsibility that significantly reduces the time available for research.

    Investigators are not eligible to hold a Simons Fellowship or another Simons Investigator award for the duration of the Simons Investigator award.

    Investigators are expected to attend annual meetings, held at the Simons Foundation each fall, to discuss their activities. Costs associated with attending this meeting will be covered by the foundation.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    The foundation asks each university to submit nominations confidentially, up to two nominees in each of Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science programs.

    Award Information and Duration

    Investigators are appointed for an initial period of five years. Renewal for an additional five years may be considered, contingent upon the evaluation of scientific impact of the Investigator. Renewal beyond the ten-year period will not be considered. Appointments will begin August 1, 2018.

    An Investigator award provides $100,000 per year in research support for the Investigator and $10,000 per year to the Investigator’s department. The award will be administered through the Investigator’s institution, which will receive an additional 20 percent per year in indirect costs.

    An Investigator position may be interrupted and resumed for reasons that would normally justify a leave from a university, such as illness, the need to care for family members or time off for national service. Periods of sabbatical or research leave do not count as interrupting the Investigator position. Support may be withdrawn at any time at the discretion of the foundation, but it is expected that termination of the award at times other than five or ten years would occur only in rare cases.

    In 2018, the foundation expects to appoint up to three Investigators in mathematics, up to five in physics, up to two in astrophysics and up to two in theoretical computer science.

    https://simonsfoundation.s3.amazonaws.com/share/mps/rfns/2018/Simons_Inv...

    The Simons Foundation invites nominations for Simons Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems (MMLS), a joint program of the Mathematics and Physical Sciences and Life Sciences divisions of the Simons Foundation. Investigators in MMLS are outstanding scientists, often with mathematics or theoretical physics backgrounds, now engaged in research based on mathematical modeling in the life sciences.

    New approaches in mathematically based modeling are making increasingly important contributions to the life sciences. The MMLS program aims to support such approaches and foster a scientific culture of theory-experiment collaborations similar to that prevailing in the physical sciences. To encourage young researchers to pursue this endeavor, the MMLS program will provide a long-term, stable base of support, enabling a focus on model-based approaches to important issues in the life sciences.

    A broad spectrum of research areas within the life sciences will be considered, ranging from cellular-level issues of organization, regulation, signaling and morphogenic dynamics to the properties of organisms and ecology, as well as neuroscience and evolution; however, preference will be given to areas in which modeling approaches are less established and, for this reason, bioinformatics- and genomics-related proposals fall outside the scope of the program. In all cases, preference will be given to work that relates closely to experiment, developing mathematical models that can explain data, suggest new classes of experiments and introduce important, new concepts.

    The intent of the program is to help launch the research careers of outstanding scientists in the early stages of their research career. Nominees to the program should be within the first eight years of their first faculty appointments. Nominations will be evaluated on the basis of nominees’ potential for scientific accomplishments.

    Deadlines

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

    Simons Foundation Deadline: 9:59pm MST October 31, 2017

    Eligibility

    To be eligible to be nominated for a Simons Investigator in MMLS award, a scientist must be engaged in research related to the MMLS program and must not previously have been a Simons Investigator. He/she must have a primary appointment as a faculty member at an educational institution in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or Ireland, on a campus within these countries, and the primary department affiliation must have a Ph.D. program. At the time of appointment, an Investigator should be in the early stages of an academic career and must be within eight years of the start of his/her first faculty position.

    The foundation reserves the right to determine eligibility, but, generally, a ‘primary appointment’ is defined as one where the Investigator is a full-time employee of an academic institution with a teaching load that is comparable to that of other faculty members in the same department. Investigators may transfer their awards to new educational institutions within the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or Ireland, subject to approval from the foundation and the old and new institutions. The award will be interrupted or terminated, at the foundation’s discretion, if an Investigator (i) takes up a primary long-term position at a research institute, national laboratory or other institution outside the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or Ireland or another campus of their current institution, which falls outside the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or Ireland; (ii) at a for-profit organization; or (iii) accepts a major administrative responsibility that significantly reduces the time available for research.

    Investigators are not eligible to hold a Simons Fellowship or another Simons Investigator award for the duration of the Investigator award.

    Investigators are expected to attend annual meetings, held at the Simons Foundation each fall, to discuss their activities. Costs associated with attending these meetings will be covered by the foundation.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    The foundation asks each university to submit a maximum of two nominations to the MMLS Investigator program.

    Award Information and Duration

    A Simons Investigator in MMLS is appointed for a period of five years. Appointments will begin August 1, 2018.

    An Investigator will receive research support in the amount of $100,000 per year. An additional $10,000 per year will be provided to the Investigator’s department. The award will be administered through the Investigator’s institution, which will receive an additional 20 percent per year in indirect costs. 

    An Investigator position may be interrupted and resumed for reasons that would normally justify a leave from a university, such as illness, the need to care for family members or time off for national service. Periods of sabbatical or research leave do not count as interrupting the Investigator position. Support may be withdrawn at any time at the discretion of the foundation, but it is expected that termination of the award at times other than five years would occur only rarely.

    In 2018, the foundation expects to appoint up to seven Simons Investigators in MMLS.

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    This program is designed to encourage novel collaborations between mathematics and other fields in science or engineering by providing funds to professors at universities in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or Ireland to establish programs at the interface between mathematics and other fields of science or engineering.

    Deadlines

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

    Simons Foundation Deadline: 9:59pm MST October 31, 2017

    Eligibility

    Mathematics and X Partner Departments: The X partner should be a department or institute of science or engineering at the Investigator’s university that will engage in significant collaboration with the mathematics department in an area where such collaboration is not the norm. Both departments must have doctoral programs. The foundation will accept proposals for Applied Math+X but not Statistics+X. X partners in finance and business will not be considered. Proposals involving connections to areas where there are already well-established links with mathematics, such as economics, string theory or computational complexity, will also not be considered unless the proposal involves particularly unique collaborations.

    Math+X Investigators: To be eligible to be nominated for a Math+X Investigator award, a scientist must be a current tenured faculty member with a primary appointment in the mathematics department at an institution in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or Ireland, on a campus within these countries, and currently employed at the institution submitting the nomination. A person with a primary appointment in the statistics department is not eligible. The Investigator will be expected to teach both in the mathematics and the X partner departments and be appointed in both departments by the award’s start date (courtesy appointments will be allowed). There are no citizenship requirements.

    The foundation reserves the right to determine eligibility, but, typically, a ‘primary appointment’ is defined as one where the Investigator is a full-time employee of an academic institution with a teaching load that is comparable to that of other faculty members in the same department. Investigators may transfer their awards to new educational institutions within the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or Ireland, subject to approval from the foundation and the old and new institutions. The award will be interrupted or terminated, at the foundation’s discretion, if an Investigator (i) takes up a primary long-term position at a research institute, national laboratory or other institution outside the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or Ireland or another campus of their current institution, which falls outside the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or Ireland; (ii) at a for-profit organization; or (iii) accepts a major administrative responsibility that significantly reduces the time available for research.

    Investigators are not eligible to hold a Simons Fellowship or another Simons Investigator award for the duration of the Math+X Investigator award.

    Investigators are expected to attend annual meetings, held at the Simons Foundation each fall, to discuss their activities. Costs associated with attending these meetings will be covered by the foundation.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    The foundation asks that universities submit no more than one nomination to the Math+X Investigator program.

    Award Information and Duration

    A Math+X Investigator is appointed for a period of five years and will receive support in the amount of $300,000 per year, which includes up to 20 percent in indirect costs to the Investigator’s institution. Renewal for an additional five years is contingent upon the evaluation of the scientific impact of the Investigator. Renewal beyond the ten-year period will not be considered. Appointments will begin July 1, 2018.

    A Math+X Investigator position may be interrupted and resumed for reasons that would normally justify a leave from a university, such as illness, the need to care for family members or time off for national service. Periods of sabbatical or research leave do not count as interrupting the Investigator position. Support may be withdrawn at any time at the discretion of the foundation, but it is expected that termination of the award at times other than five or ten years would occur only rarely.

    The foundation expects to award up to two Math+X Investigator awards per year.

    http://www.kenworthyswiftfoundation.org/

    The Marion E. Kenworthy-Sarah H. Swift Foundation was established by Dr. Kenworthy and her longtime associate Sarah H. Swift, MSW, in 1962. Its purpose was and remains to advance mental and emotional health of young people under age 21 by making grants to support innovative programs that advance the mental health of young people through social work, psychiatry, preventive psychiatry and community mental health.

    The Foundation emphasizes seed money for new programs as well as support for programs whose effectiveness is established.  Research projects in the foundation’s area of interest are also accepted.

    During their lifetimes Dr. Kenworthy and Ms. Swift sought to build bridges between psychiatry and social work with commitment to teamwork and collaboration among helping professions. In this spirit the foundation supports development and improvement of understanding in all mental health areas, including preventative psychiatry, that affect the welfare and emotional health of young people.

    Funding priorities of the foundation, which may be modified from time to time, include but are not limited to:

    1. Start up or seed money for projects in the Foundation’s area of interest.
    2. Service proposals, particularly for replicable programs that involve needy populations of children and adolescents.
    3. Research proposals that address important issues in the mental health and welfare of children and adolescents.
    4. Advocacy proposals that show promise of having a policy impact in a given area of psychiatry, social work or child welfare.
    5. Prevention or early intervention projects that address mental health issues or the emotional well-being of children.
    6. Building projects and drug prevention and treatment projects are not funded.

    Deadlines

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

    Marion E. Kenworthy-Sarah H. Swift Foundation Deadline: October 31, 2017

    Eligibility

    Applications from individuals are not considered. Organizations must be incorporated nonprofits. No geographic restrictions are applied, but there is a preference for grants in the New York City tri-state area, particularly with regard to service projects where site visits may be deemed advisable.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    No more than one proposal from an organizational entity will be considered at any given time.

    Award Information

    Grants historically range from $5,000 to $45,000 with most being in the $10,000 - $25,000 range. Organizations can receive funding only in three consecutive years.

    https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17581/nsf17581.htm

    ***When submitting your expression of interest, please specify under which of the programs (Institutional Infrastructure or Community Infrastructure) you are interested in applying.***

    The CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) program drives discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines of the three participating CISE divisions by supporting the creation and enhancement of world-class research infrastructure that will support focused research agendas in computer and information science and engineering. This infrastructure will enable CISE researchers to advance the frontiers of CISE research. Further, through the CRI program, CISE seeks to ensure that individuals from a diverse range of academic institutions, including minority-serving and predominantly undergraduate institutions, have access to such infrastructure.

    The CRI program supports two classes of awards:

    • Institutional Infrastructure (II) awards support the creation of new (II-NEW) CISE research infrastructure or the enhancement (II-EN) of existing CISE research infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities at the awardee and collaborating institutions.
    • Community Infrastructure (CI) awards support the planning (CI-P) for new CISE community research infrastructure, the creation of new (CI-NEW) CISE research infrastructure, the enhancement (CI-EN) of existing CISE infrastructure, or the sustainment (CI-SUSTAIN) of existing CISE community infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities for broad-based communities of CISE researchers that extend well beyond the awardee institutions. Each CI award may support the operation of such infrastructure, ensuring that the awardee institution(s) is (are) well positioned to provide a high quality of service to CISE community researchers expected to use the infrastructure to realize their research goals.

    Deadlines

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

    NSF Preliminary Proposal Deadline: 5:00pm MST November 2, 2017

    NSF Full Proposal Deadline: 5:00pm MST January 11, 2018

    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.
    • Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.

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

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    A university or organization may submit no more than three Institutional Infrastructure (II) proposals per competition. There is no limit on Community Infrastructure (CI) proposals per competition.

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

    In each annual competition, an individual may participate in at most two proposals, across all classes, as PI, Co-PI, or 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 the earliest date and time of proposal submission (i.e., the first two proposals received will be accepted and the remainder will be returned without review). No exceptions will be made.

    Award Information and Duration

    With up to 15 Institutional Infrastructure (II) awards and up to 15 Community Infrastructure (CI) awards in each competition. The majority of the II awards will be made in the $200,000 - $750,000 range, though a small number of II awards may be made in the $750,000 - $1,000,000 range. The majority of the CI awards will be made in the $500,000 - $1,000,000 range, though a very small number of CI awards may be made in the $1,000,000 - $2,000,000 range. The majority of the Community Infrastructure Planning (CI-P) awards will be made in the $50,000 - $100,000 range.

    https://www.neh.gov/grants/education/dialogues-the-experience-war

    As a part of its current initiative, Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War, the National Endowment for the Humanities offers the Dialogues on the Experience of War program. The program supports the study and discussion of important humanities sources about war, in the belief that these sources can help U.S. military veterans and others to think more deeply about the issues raised by war and military service. The humanities sources can be drawn from history, philosophy, literature, and film—and they may and should be supplemented by testimonials from those who have served. The discussions are intended to promote serious exploration of important questions about the nature of duty, heroism, suffering, loyalty, and patriotism.

    The program awards grants of up to $100,000 that will support

    1. the recruitment and training of discussion leaders; and
    2. following the training program, the convening of at least two discussion programs.

    The discussion programs can take place on college and university campuses, in veterans’ centers, at public libraries and museums, and at other community venues. Most of the participants in the discussion programs should be military veterans; others, such as men and women in active service, military families, and interested members of the public, may participate as well.

    Potential Resources for Dialogues on the Experience of War Projects

    War, military service, patriotism, pacifism, and civic duty are themes that have permeated the great works of history, literature, philosophy, and art that will form the basis of Dialogues on the Experience of War discussion programs. From the Standard of Ur to the Book of Deuteronomy, to Herodotus, Thucydides, Sun Tzu, the Mahabharata, Augustine, and Thomas Aquinas, the subject of war—its causes and effects, and the experience of soldiers, sailors, civilians, and families—has animated the works of poets, philosophers, historians, artists, and theologians of the ancient and medieval world.

    The same is no less true in the modern world, in which great questions about war and military service have commanded sustained attention in literary, historical, artistic, and philosophical sources. Powerful works emerged from the wars of the last three centuries. Consider, for example, the writings of Carl von Clausewitz and Henry David Thoreau; poetry by Rudyard Kipling, Wilfred Owen, Anthony Hecht, and Brian Turner; histories by Russell Weigley, Drew Gilpin Faust, John Keegan, and Laura Hillenbrand; plays by Alice Dunbar-Nelson and David Rabe, artworks by Käthe Kollwitz, Pablo Picasso, and Stanley Spencer; Civil War ballads and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony (dedicated to the city of Leningrad in 1941).

    To this list may be added many powerful cinematic treatments, including La Grande Illusion (France, 1937), The Best Years of Our Lives (United States, 1946), Night and Fog (France, 1955), The Cranes Are Flying (USSR, 1957), Hell in the Pacific (United States, 1968), Das Boot (Germany, 1981), The Pianist (Poland, 2002), Turtles Can Fly (Iraq/France/Iran, 2005), and The Messenger (United States, 2009).

    The works listed here are offered only as examples. None of them needs to be included on proposed syllabi.

    Deadlines

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

    NEH Deadline: November 2, 2017

    Eligibility

    Any U.S. nonprofit organization with IRS tax-exempt status is eligible, as are state and local governmental agencies and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. Individuals are not eligible to apply.

    NEH generally does not award grants to other federal entities or to applicants whose projects are so closely intertwined with a federal entity that the project takes on characteristics of the federal entity’s own authorized activities. This does not preclude applicants from using grant funds from, or sites and materials controlled by, other federal entities in their projects.

    NEH will not review late, incomplete, or ineligible applications.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    An applicant institution may submit up to three proposals for funding.

    Award Information and Duration

    Grants will typically support preparatory programs and the convening of at least two discussion groups to be held over the course of a twelve- to twenty-four month grant period. Awards will be up to $100,000. Recipients may begin their grants as early as May 1, 2017, but they must begin no later than January 1, 2018.

    A vigorous Mid-Scale Innovations Program (MSIP) was recommended by the 2010 Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey, citing "many highly promising projects for achieving diverse and timely science." As described in this solicitation, the Division of Astronomical Sciences has established a mid-scale program to support a variety of astronomical activities within a cost range up to $30M. This program will be formally divided into four subcategories: 1) limited term, self-contained science projects; 2) longer term mid-scale facilities; 3) development investments for future mid-scale and large-scale projects; and 4) community open access capabilities. The MSIP will emphasize both strong scientific merit and a well-developed plan for student training and involvement of a diverse workforce in instrumentation, facility development, or data management.

    Deadlines

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

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

    NSF Full Proposal Deadline (by invitation): 5:00pm MST April 6, 2018

    Eligibility

    The categories of proposers eligible to submit proposals to the National Science Foundation are identified in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), Chapter I.E.

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

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    A single organization may submit a maximum of three preliminary proposals as the lead institution. Full proposals are to be submitted only when invited by NSF, and no more than two invitations will be issued to a single organization. There is no limit to participation as a partner institution.

    Any one individual may be the Principal Investigator (PI) or co-Principal Investigator (co-PI) for no more than one preliminary or full proposal.

    Award Information and Duration

    Estimated Number of Awards: 1 to 4

    Number of awards will depend on program funding level and amounts requested.

    Anticipated Funding Amount: $4,000,000 to $30,000,000

    Minimum proposal budget for full award duration is $4,000,000, with the exception of open access capabilities proposals for which there is no lower limit (see Program Description). Given anticipated program budgets, no more than one proposal (and possibly none) in the upper half of the funding range will be awarded in this cycle.

    Estimated program budget, number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds. The President's FY 2018 budget request to Congress allocates $6,000,000 for the MSIP program. The final amount available for the MSIP program could be different from the budgeted amount, to be determined once NSF receives its FY 2018 Appropriation. A similar amount may be available for the MSIP program in FY 2019, again depending on the availability of funding.

    https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17592/nsf17592.htm

    https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17591/nsf17591.htm

    Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) is a comprehensive national initiative designed to enhance U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) discoveries and innovations focused on NSF's commitment to diversity, inclusion, and broadening participation in these fields. The initiative is developing a National Network composed of NSF INCLUDES Design and Development Launch Pilots, NSF INCLUDES Alliances, NSF-funded broadening participation projects, other relevant NSF-funded projects, scholars engaged in broadening participation research, and other organizations that support the development of talent from all sectors of society to build the STEM workforce.

    To facilitate the Network's operation, the program is soliciting proposals for a NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub that will drive and support the work of the NSF INCLUDES National Network over the life-cycle of the initiative by: (a) promoting the NSF INCLUDES guiding vision and strategy; (b) developing a collaborative infrastructure to support the activities of the various entities partnering in the NSF INCLUDES National Network; (c) fostering progress among Network partners toward shared models, measurement practices, and evaluation criteria; (d) communicating the discoveries of and generating enthusiasm for the NSF INCLUDES National Network; and (e) advancing the expansion and scale of the NSF INCLUDES National Network by connecting expertise from multiple sectors and other private and public funders.

    The three critical functions of the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub are summarized below:

    1. Communication and Networking: From the beginning the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub should direct efforts toward building the Network infrastructure by facilitating continuous communication and information updates, designing community activities, and fostering collaboration across all elements of the Network.
    2. Network Assistance and Reinforcement: As NSF INCLUDES Alliances and other organizations join the NSF INCLUDES National Network, the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub should focus attention on assistance and reinforcement activities including technical assistance, conducting research, and facilitating shared measurement and data analysis across the Network.
    3. Visibility and Expansion: The NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub should provide resources for efforts to focus on expansion and sustainability within the National Network, increase NSF INCLUDES visibility and communicate impact, while also serving as a repository for funding opportunities, research and knowledge generated by the NSF INCLUDES National Network and stakeholders.

    Deadlines

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

    NSF Proposal Deadline: 5:00pm MST November 27, 2017

    Eligibility

    The categories of proposers eligible to submit proposals to the National Science Foundation are identified in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), Chapter I.E.

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

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    An organization may serve as the lead institution on only one NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub proposal, although it may serve as a collaborating partner on other proposals.

    An individual may serve as a PI or Co-PI on only two (2) NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub proposals. Proposals that exceed the PI or Co-PI limit will be returned without review.

    Award Information and Duration

    Estimated Number of Awards: 1

    In FY 2018, one (1) NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub award will be made pending the availability of funds.

    Anticipated Funding Amount: $10,500,000

    In FY 2018, approximately $2.5 million is available to fund the first year of a Cooperative Agreement that is expected to provide up to $10.5 million support for the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub over a five-year period of performance.

    https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17579/nsf17579.htm

    ***When submitting your expression of interest, please specify under which of the project types (Alliances; Louis Stokes Regional Centers of Excellence in Broadening Participation; Pre-Alliance Planning) you are interested in applying.***

    The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program is an alliance-based program. The program's theory is based on the Tinto model for student retention1. The overall goal of the program is to assist universities and colleges in diversifying the nation's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce by increasing the number of STEM baccalaureate and graduate degrees awarded to populations historically underrepresented in these disciplines: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders.

    The LSAMP program takes a comprehensive approach to student development and retention. Particular emphasis is placed on transforming undergraduate STEM education through innovative, evidence-based recruitment and retention strategies, and relevant educational experiences in support of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines.

    The LSAMP program also supports knowledge generation, knowledge utilization, program impact and dissemination type activities. The program seeks new learning and immediate diffusion of scholarly research into the field. Under this program, funding for STEM educational and broadening participation research activities could include research to develop new models in STEM engagement, recruitment and retention practices for all critical pathways to STEM careers or research on interventions such as mentoring, successful learning practices and environments, STEM efficacy studies, and technology use.

    Overall, the LSAMP program provides funding to alliances that implement comprehensive, evidence-based, innovative, and sustained strategies that ultimately result in the graduation of well-prepared, highly-qualified students from underrepresented minority groups who pursue graduate studies or careers in STEM.

    Project types under this program include:

    1. Alliances. Alliances are consortia of multiple degree-granting institutions. Organizations from other sectors, including informal science organizations, may be participants. Projects focus on pre-college and undergraduate recruitment and retention activities. Types of LSAMP alliances are described as follows:

    A. STEM Pathways Implementation-Only Alliance projects are mainly focused on a particular STEM pathway, e.g., entry into college, first two years, or preparation for entry into graduate studies. Additionally, the project may focus on activities dedicated to diversifying a particular STEM discipline, e.g., production of mathematicians. These projects are targeted to newly-created alliances, reconstituted alliances or alliances that have received support by the program for less than 10 years. Projects are five years in duration.

    B. STEM Pathways and Research Alliances are projects that focus on the full STEM pathway and provide direct support for undergraduate students but also serve as a hub for the production of scholarly STEM research and evaluation to increase the knowledge-base and utilization in broadening participation. Both components must be addressed to be competitive for this project type. These are five-year projects.

    C. Bridge to the Baccalaureate (B2B) Alliances involve associate degree producing institutions for which the lead institution must be a community college. These are three-year projects focused on activities that provide effective educational preparation of community college students from underrepresented minority populations for successful transfer to four-year institutions in STEM degree programs.

    1. Louis Stokes Regional Centers of Excellence in Broadening Participation (LSRCE). These centers can serve as regional outreach and knowledge-diffusion centers of excellence for alliance and non-alliance organizations. LSRCE's are projects that have wide latitude for design with a focus on technical assistance in the broadening participation arena, for example, and are focused on increasing the knowledge base on broadening participation topics through research, evaluation and synthesis activities. Centers do not provide direct degree production interventions or student support activities. The projects may be three or five years in duration depending on the scope of activities.
    2. Pre-Alliance Planning: Pre-Alliance planning projects undertake planning activities necessary to form new alliances. Recipients of pre-alliance planning grants must commit to submission of an alliance or center proposal following the planning period. Projects are up to 18 months in duration.
    3. Conferences and other supplemental funding opportunities are supported for existing LSAMP alliances or LSAMP institutions. Examples include the NSF-Department of Energy collaboration to provide cutting-edge research experiences to students and faculty participants. These opportunities also may be announced under Dear Colleague Letters. Conference proposals may be submitted under NSF's general proposal guidelines as unsolicited proposals.

    Deadlines

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

    NSF New and Renewal LSAMP Pre-Alliance Planning, Bridge to the Baccalaureate (B2B), STEM Pathways Implementation-Only Projects Deadline: 5:00pm MST November 17, 2017

    NSF STEM Pathways and Research Alliances Deadline: 5:00pm MST January 26, 2018

    NSF Louis Stokes Regional Centers of Excellence in Broadening Participation Deadline: 5:00pm MST January 26, 2018

    Eligibility

    Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

    • The following may submit as lead and partner organization for all project types:
      • 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.
    • The following may submit as lead or collaborating organization for the Lewis Stokes Regional Centers of Excellence in Broadening Participation project type:
      • 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.
      • Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.
      • For-profit organizations: U.S. commercial organizations, especially small businesses with strong capabilities in scientific or engineering research or education.

    The Principal Investigator (PI) for Alliances (including Bridge to the Baccalaureate) should be the President, Chancellor, or Provost of the lead institution and member of the alliance governing board. A full justification is needed for a PI designation at variance with this requirement. Co-principal investigators (Co-PIs) from partner institutions may be designated for the project.

    For STEM Pathways and Research Alliances one or more of the Co-PIs must be a social or data scientist, disciplinary/interdisciplinary education researcher or evaluator.

    The Principal Investigator for Louis Stokes Regional Center of Excellence in Broadening Participation proposals must be a senior organizational administrator. Project managers and STEM faculty members may be among the PI/Co-PI team. The PI/Co-PI team must also include a social or data scientist, disciplinary/interdisciplinary education researcher or evaluator.

    The Principal Investigator for Pre-Alliance Planning proposals should be the key personnel that will be responsible for organizing and implementing the planning activities. Institutional leadership support must be demonstrated by the participating institutions.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    Alliances: Only one proposal may be submitted by an eligible (lead) institution. Alliances may hold only one active alliance award at a time. Institutions partnering in an alliance may not be a formal partner in more than one alliance at the same time. This eligibility applies to proposals for STEM Pathways Implementation-Only AlliancesBridge to the Baccalaureate Alliances, and Louis Stokes STEM Pathways and Research Alliances.

    Louis Stokes Regional Centers of Excellence in Broadening Participation (LSRCE): One proposal may be submitted by eligible lead institutions/organizations annually. Organizations may have only one active center award. All active alliances are eligible to submit LSRCE proposals as lead organizations.

    Pre-Alliance Planning: Only one proposal may be submitted by an eligible institution.

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

    Alliances: New, existing and pre-alliance planning: 1

    Louis Stokes Regional Centers of Excellence in Broadening Participation: No limit

    Award Information and Duration

    Estimated Number of Awards: 25 to 40

    Up to 40 new awards from all funding tracks annually. Award sizes and durations vary for the different LSAMP award types.

    Anticipated Funding Amount: $22,300,000

    Annually for new awards from all LSAMP funding opportunities.

    Approximately $22.3 million annually, pending availability of funds, for new awards to support LSAMP funding opportunities in this solicitation.