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

    http://www.orau.org/university-partnerships/faculty-student-programs/pow...

    The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards provide seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions. These awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities.

    The research project must be in one of the following five disciplines:

    • Engineering and Applied Science
    • Life Sciences
    • Mathematics/Computer Sciences
    • Physical Sciences
    • Policy, Management, or Education

    Deadlines

    Internal CU Deadline: 11:59pm MST November 20, 2017

    ORAU Deadline: 10:00am MST January 8, 2018

    Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

    • 1-page resume with publications and/or presentations on a second page
    • 2-page proposal
    • Nomination Letter from dean/chair
      • The letter should reference financial support for the $5,000 match requirement.

    To access the online application, visit: https://cuboulderovcr.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/3149

    Eligibility

    Full-time assistant professors within two years of their initial tenure track appointment (1/08/2016 through 1/08/2018) at the time of application at an ORAU member institution are eligible.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    There is a limit of two proposals from the University of Colorado Boulder. 

    Award Information and Duration

    Funding is provided exclusively from non-federal monies by ORAU. The award amount provided by ORAU is $5,000. The applicant’s institution is required to match the award with at least an additional $5,000. This is a one-year grant (June 1 to May 31).

    Funding Stipulations

    This award can include funds for faculty summer salary, graduate student salary, travel, equipment, or other assistance relevant to the faculty member’s research. ORAU does not allow overhead charges or indirect costs on the award from ORAU or the university match.

    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 1-page)
      • Single-paged concepts for the Research Program and Undergraduate Education Program should be in 12 point font with 1 inch margins and should include:
        • ​an overview of the proposed project emphasizing any unique aspects and pilot studies (for Research Program concepts, indicate area of emphasis for project - medical research or science and engineering research);
        • an estimated budget broken down, if possible, by major areas, e.g., personnel, equipment, consumable supplies, etc. (budgets can be rough approximations at this stage).
        • a brief justification of the need for Keck support (i.e., why traditional support from federal sponsors cannot be obtained); and
        • a description of the methodologies and key personnel;
      • References may be included on a second page for a maximum of two pages.
    • 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.

    https://www.gerda-henkel-stiftung.de/nomination?page_id=93600

    *** Self-nominations cannot be accepted. Neither members of the Foundation Committees or the jury nor employees of the Gerda Henkel Foundation may participate in the nomination process or be nominated for the prize. ***

    Program Summary

    Since 2006, the Gerda Henkel Prize has been awarded every two years to scientists who have achieved outstanding research achievements in the disciplines and funding areas promoted by the foundation and expect others to do so. 

    The focus of the funding is on the historical humanities, in particular on the support of research projects from the following disciplines:

    • Archeology 
    • History 
    • Historical Islamic Studies 
    • Art History 
    • Legal History 
    • History of Science

    For some years now, the Foundation has been addressing topics of relevance to the present and the future, particularly within the framework of the special programs "Islam, Modern Nation-State and Transnational Movements" as well as "Security, Society and the State". As part of the Lisa Maskell scholarship program, the foundation has been supporting young humanities scholars in Africa and Southeast Asia since 2014. Since 2015, the Foundation's "Patrimonies" funding priority has increasingly promoted the preservation of cultural heritage, especially in crisis regions. The Gerda Henkel Foundation operates in Germany and internationally

    Deadlines

    CU Internal Nomination Deadline: 11:59pm MST December 13, 2017

    Gerda Henkel Foundation Nomination Deadline: January 19, 2018

    Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

    Internal application requirements include:

    1. Letter of Recommendation indicating support for the nominee
    2. Nominee’s CV

    To access the online application, visit: https://cuboulderovcr.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/3157

    Eligibility

    The Foundation invites scholars of universities worldwide, as well as renowned cultural and academic institutions, to nominate qualified candidates. The prize is open to scholars from all countries. Self-nominations cannot be accepted. Neither members of the Foundation Committees or the jury nor employees of the Gerda Henkel Foundation may participate in the nomination process or be nominated for the prize.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    Each institution or individual may only nominate one candidate. Incomplete nominations or any documents that arrive after the deadline cannot be considered.

    Award Information and Duration

    The Gerda Henkel Prize is endowed with 100,000 euros. The prize money is intended for free use.

    Gerda Henkel Foundation Selection Process

    The Gerda Henkel Foundation's Board of Trustees makes the final decision as to who should receive the prize based on a recommendation submitted by the jury. The jury consists of members of the Foundation's Academic Advisory Council and independent persons.

    2018 Jury:

    Chair
    Prof. Peter Funke

    Members
    Prof. Ute Daniel
    Prof. Andreas Eckert
    Prof. Peter Geimer
    Prof. Martin Jehne
    Prof. Hermann Parzinger
    Prof. Sabine Schmidtke
    Prof. Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger
    Prof. Bo Stråth
    Prof. Marcel van der Linden

    https://www.moore.org/docs/default-source/moore-inventor-fellows/moore-i...

    Program Summary 

    The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announces the third competition for Moore Inventor Fellows. The foundation seeks to identify outstanding inventors and innovators who harness science and technology to enhance the conduct of scientific research, strengthen environmental conservation, or improve the experience and outcomes of patient care.

    The Moore Inventor Fellows program focuses on supporting scientist-inventors at a critical stage of research to capture opportunities that otherwise might be missed. We seek to provide freedom and support to promising inventors with the most compelling ideas to pursue creative work.

    Gordon Moore’s contribution to the development of microelectronics helped produce the exponential growth of the digital revolution. In the spirit of Moore’s passion for science and penchant for inventing, the foundation seeks to support people who create new tools, technologies, processes, or approaches with a high potential to accelerate progress in the foundation’s three main areas of interest: scientific research, environmental conservation and patient care.

    The scope of this call is intentionally wide: proposed projects do not need to fall within our current funding priorities, but should be broadly within the program areas of foundation interest (science, environmental conservation and patient care). The exception is for nominees proposing ideas and inventions that target patient care. Within this realm, we seek overlap with our current emphasis on improving the experience and outcomes of patients, including solutions in the areas of diagnostic excellence, medication safety in the community and community-based serious illness care.  

    We aim to support inventions at an early stage that could lead to proof-of-concept work on an invention or advance an existing prototype that tackles an important problem. We seek innovations with the promise of making a long-lasting impact by addressing underlying problems in their field, but a clear path toward commercialization is not a requirement. We are not interested in supporting projects that are already at a stage where significant venture capital is available. As with all our grants, we seek to measure progress toward a defined goal during the three years of support. The foundation’s policy is that intellectual property that results from a grant must be managed and disseminated in a manner that leads to the greatest impact. Each award will include IP terms to reflect the needs of that project. 

    We recognize that real invention can take surprising turns, so we seek creative individuals who have big ideas, deep knowledge and the courage to take smart risks. We recognize that inventors and innovators come from a diversity of backgrounds, disciplines and experiences, and seek creative individuals across a broad array of academic programs and research departments. Examples of such programs include, but are not limited to environmental science and conservation, oceanography, biology, engineering, physics, chemistry, materials science, neuroscience, public health and gerontology.

    Deadlines

    CU Internal Competition Deadline: 11:59pm MST, January 9th, 2018

    Moore Foundation Nomination Deadline: 6:00pm MST, February 12th, 2018

    Moore Foundation Application Deadline: 6:00pm MST, March 5th, 2018

    Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

    Internal application requirements include:

    • Summary curriculum vitae (2-page maximum)
    • Educational and professional background, key accomplishments, honors, demonstrated areas of expertise, additional background information relevant to stated invention
    • Statement of invention (2-page maximum, single spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins)
      • The first paragraph should describe clearly and without jargon the invention, the problem it seeks to address and its potential impact. The statement of invention should also include the following information:

    I. Description of invention

    II. Importance to science, environmental conservation or patient care and experience

    III. Stage of invention

    IV. Current funding

    V. Feasibility

    VI. Approach for measuring progress during the grant term

    • Budget narrative (1-page maximum)
    • Matching Support (1-page maximum)
      • List of who will provide required matching support of $50,000 annually and how much certain parties will provide. This must include support from department chairs and/or Institute Directors who must provide a brief statement indicating they support the proposal, the 25%-time commitment (for example, this may include reduction in teaching duties), and will provide their share of the match.
    • Two references (2-page maximum)
      • One reference should be from CU and one from an external institution

    To access the online application, visit: https://cuboulderovcr.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/3154

    Eligibility

    Candidates must be faculty, research scientists, postdocs or other full-time staff at eligible institutions. Candidates must be no more than 10 years past receiving the terminal advanced degree in their field (M.S., Ph.D. or M.D.).

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    Each eligible institution may nominate two people.

    Award Information and Duration

    Each fellow will receive funding for three years at a level of $200,000 per year from the foundation. In addition, the foundation will provide the host institution with $25,000 each year to cover costs associated with administering the grant award, resulting in a total three-year award amount of $675,000. Each host institution will be required to contribute $50,000 in annual direct support of the inventor’s work. This can be “in kind” as released time or access to special facilities for which there is normally a charge. We expect each fellow will be personally engaged in pursuing their invention and we require each fellow to devote at least 25 percent of their own time to their invention. Fellows may use the grant funds to support their own salary to create this opportunity. They may also hire undergraduates, graduate assistants or postdoctoral scholars and purchase services, equipment, or supplies.   

    Moore Foundation Evaluation Criteria

    All applications will be evaluated with the following criteria: 

    Inventor

    1. Demonstrated creative potential

    2. Strong technical ability for the proposed line of work

    Invention

    1. Importance of the invention in areas of interest to the Moore Foundation - science,   environmental conservation or patient care

    2. Invention at an early stage that requires this funding for rapid progress

    3. Plausibility of this invention to achieve the stated impact

    4. Ability of dedicated funding and time to propel this innovation to the next stage of development; commercialization is not a requirement

    5. Strength of the institution’s commitment to the applicant’s invention activities

    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.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18511/nsf18511.htm

    ***When submitting an expression of interest for the PFI-TT, please specify the NSF-supported research project award number or I-Corps award number that will serve as the foundation for this project.***

    The NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) offers researchers the opportunity to transform new knowledge into societal benefits through translational research and technology development efforts which catalyze partnerships to accelerate innovations that address significant societal needs. PFI has six broad goals: (1) identifying and supporting Foundation-sponsored research and technologies that have the potential for accelerated commercialization; (2) supporting prior or current Foundation-sponsored researchers, institutions of higher education, and non-profit organizations that partner with an institution of higher education to undertake proof-of-concept work, including the development of technology prototypes that are derived from NSF-funded research and have potential market value; (3) promoting sustainable partnerships between Foundation-funded institutions, industry, and other organizations within academia and the private sector with the purpose of accelerating the transfer of technology; (4) developing multi-disciplinary innovation ecosystems which involve and are responsive to the specific needs of academia and industry; (5) catalyzing professional development activities, mentoring, and best practices in entrepreneurship and technology translation for faculty, students and researchers; and (6) expanding the participation of women and individuals from underrepresented groups in innovation, technology translation, and entrepreneurship.

    This solicitation offers two broad tracks for proposals in pursuit of the six aforementioned goals.

    The Technology Translation (PFI-TT) track offers an NSF-funded researcher the opportunity to advance his or her prior NSF-funded research results towards developing technological innovations with promising commercial potential and societal impact. Projects are supported to demonstrate proof-of-concept, prototype, or technology development and scale-up while exposing faculty and students (and engaging them in) in innovation and entrepreneurially-focused activities that could possibly lead to partnership opportunities, the creation of new intellectual property and technologically-driven commercialization outcomes that address societal needs. Potential pathways forward within the PFI-TT track could be broader collaborative activities and partnerships, technology licensing, technology spin-outs, and expanded entrepreneurial activity.

    The Research Partnerships (PFI-RP) track provides an opportunity to support technology development activities through a multi-organization collaboration. NSF recognizes that interdisciplinary collaboration is often needed to achieve successful technology development. This proposal track supports a research consortium ecosystem focused on a clear project thrust. It allows for partnerships between academic researchers and a variety of third-party organizations (such as industry, non-academic research organizations, federal laboratories, public or non-profit technology transfer organizations, and/or other universities) to conduct applied research in highly collaborative, multidisciplinary teams, on problems typically beyond the reach of a single researcher. NSF currently supports numerous research consortia (e.g., Engineering Research Centers, Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers, Science and Technology Centers, Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers, Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers, Centers for Chemical Innovation, and others). Such consortia could participate in PFI-RP proposals. The goal of the RP track is to catalyze robust and synergistic partnerships and collaborations between government, academia, and other public and private entities to drive and accelerate the translation of federally-funded fundamental research results into innovations that, through technology development and commercialization, will have a significant economic and societal impact.

    Deadlines

    Internal Expression of Interest Deadline: 11:59pm MST November 30, 2017

    NSF Full Proposal Deadline: 5:00pm MST February 1, 2018

    Eligibility

    Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

    • Academic / Research US institutions; includes 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,
    • Public or Non-profit, Non-academic US organizations located in the US that are directly associated with technology transfer activities,
    • Non-profit US organizations located in the US that partner with an institution of higher education, or
    • A US consortium of 2 or more of the organizations described above.

    The PI must have the technical skills required to execute the proposed research project.

    Lineage Requirement: The PFI-TT proposal track has a lineage requirement under one or two of the following paths: (1) through NSF-supported research results, or (2) NSF-supported (National I-CorpsTM Teams) customer discovery results.

    1. NSF-supported research results: Principal Investigator (PI) or a co-PI must have had an NSF award that ended no more than six (6) years prior to the full proposal deadline date or be a current NSF award recipient. The proposed technology development project must be derived from the research results and/or discoveries from this underlying NSF award.
    2. National I-CorpsTM Teams customer discovery results The Principal Investigator (PI) or a co-PI must have been a member of an I-CorpsTM, Team Grant from NSF under the I-CorpsTM Teams Program (https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/i-corps/teams.jsp). The PI or co-PI must have fully completed the I-CorpsTM training provided as part of the I-CorpsTM Team grant within the past three (3) years. The customer discovery activities performed under the NSF-funded I-CorpsTM award must be based on the technology that is proposed to be translated within the PFI-TT proposal.

    Note: a proposal describing sole lineage to any of the following programs is not allowed and may be returned without review: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), Research Experiences for Teachers (RET), the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), any prior award through the PFI Program, Regional I-CorpsTM, and SBIR/STTR.

    The PFI-Research Partnerships (PFI-RP) proposal track does NOT have a lineage requirement.

    For a PFI-RP proposal, in addition to the PI, there must be at least (but not limited to) one other participant on the project serving as a co-PI, who brings technology commercialization experience in the targeted fields of application (or industry sector) of the proposed technology to be developed. This co-PI must have an active role that is explicitly described along with the specification of a time commitment on the project. Additional collaborators or organizations who bring needed multidisciplinary expertise, knowledge and commercialization experience may be involved as co-PI, Senior Personnel, Other Professional, subawardee, consultant, collaborator, etc., on the proposed project.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    An organization may submit no more than two (2) proposals to this solicitation.

    A PI or co-PI may submit up to two proposals to the solicitation. These could be two proposals to PFI-TT, one proposal each to PFI-TT and PFI-RP or two proposals to PFI-RP. A PI or co-PI will not receive more than one award from this solicitation. 

    Award Information and Duration

    PFI-TT projects will be funded for up to $200,000 for 18 months per award; approximately 30-45 awards are anticipated. PFI-RP projects will be funded for up to $750,000 for 36 months. Approximately 10-15 awards are anticipated.

    A PI or co-PI may submit up to two proposals to the solicitation. These could be two proposals to PFI-TT, one proposal each to PFI-TT and PFI-RP or two proposals to PFI-RP. A PI or co-PI will not receive more than one award from this solicitation.

    https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17527/nsf17527.htm

    ***When submitting an expression of interest, please specify under which college or school you are interested in applying.***

    A well-educated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce is a significant contributor to maintaining the competitiveness of the U.S. in the global economy. The National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program addresses the need for a high quality STEM workforce in STEM disciplines supported by the program and for the increased success of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) [6][16].

    Recognizing that financial aid alone cannot increase retention and graduation in STEM, the program provides awards to Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to fund scholarships and to advance the adaptation, implementation, and study of effective evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities that support recruitment, retention, transfer (if appropriate), student success, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM. The S-STEM program encourages collaborations among different types of partners: Partnerships among different types of institutions; collaborations of STEM faculty and institutional, educational, and social science researchers; and partnerships among institutions of higher education and local business and industry, if appropriate.

    The program seeks: 1) to increase the number of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need obtaining degrees in STEM and entering the workforce or graduate programs in STEM; 2) to improve the education of future scientists, engineers, and technicians, with a focus on academically talented low-income students; and 3) to generate knowledge to advance understanding of how factors or evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities affect the success, retention, transfer, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM of low-income students.

    The STEM disciplines supported by the S-STEM program include:

    • Biological sciences (except medicine and other clinical fields);
    • Physical sciences (including physics, chemistry, astronomy, and materials science);
    • Mathematical sciences;
    • Computer and information sciences;
    • Geosciences;
    • Engineering; and
    • Technology areas associated with the preceding disciplines (for example, biotechnology, chemical technology, engineering technology, information technology, etc.)

    The S-STEM program particularly encourages proposals from 2-year institutions, Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), tribal colleges, and urban public and rural institutions.

    Deadlines

    Internal Expression of Interest Deadline: 11:59pm MST December 4, 2017

    NSF Full Proposal Deadline: 5:00pm MST March 28, 2018

    Eligibility

    Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

    • Institutions of Higher Education (as defined in section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965) in the United States and its territories that grant associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in the S-STEM disciplines listed in Section IV.B. are invited to submit proposals.

    For Track 1 (Institutional Capacity Building) and Track 2 (Design and Development: Single Institution) projects, the Principal Investigator must be a faculty member currently teaching in one of the S-STEM disciplines listed in Section IV.B. who can provide the leadership required to ensure the success of the project. Projects involving more than one department within an institution are eligible, but a single Principal Investigator must accept overall management responsibility. Other members of the S-STEM project leadership and management team may be listed as Co-Principal Investigators.

    For Track 3 (Design and Development: Multi-Institutional Consortia) projects, the Principal Investigator must be a faculty member currently teaching in one of the S-STEM disciplines listed in Section IV.B. or an institutional, educational, or social science researcher who can provide the leadership required to ensure the success of the project. A consortium project must have a Principal Investigator who accepts overall management responsibility. Other members of the S-STEM senior project leadership and management team may be listed as Co-Principal Investigators or PIs on collaborative research proposals.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    An Institution may submit one proposal (either as a single institution or as subawardee or a member of a Collaborative Research project) from each constituent school or college that awards degrees in an eligible field. See Additional Eligibility Information below for more details.

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

    Award Information and Duration

    The number and size of awards will vary depending upon the scope of projects. Approximately $70 - $95 million is expected to be available annually, for new and continuing activities to support approximately 60 - 80 new S-STEM Awards.

    Awards to support Track 1 (Institutional Capacity Building) projects may not exceed $650,000 for 5 years. Awards to support Track 2 (Design and Development: Single Institution) projects may not exceed $1.0 million for 5 years. Awards to support Track 3 (Design and Development: Multi-Institutional Consortia) projects may not exceed $5.0 million for 5 years. The level of funding requested should be based on the focus, scope, and size of the effort.

    https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-18-003.html

    Program Summary 

    The NIEHS Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHS CC) Program is intended to bring together investigators currently funded by NIH or other Federal or non-Federal sources to enhance the effectiveness of existing research and extend the focus of research for the environmental health sciences. An EHS CC should support innovation and be on the cutting edge of science.  It is expected that research activities will cross a variety of disciplines to bring multiple perspectives and approaches to bear on significant problems. It is expected that the interdisciplinary nature of an EHS CC will have a synergistic effect that results in greater depth, breadth, quality, innovation and productivity beyond what individual scientists would be likely to attain by working independently. As intellectual hubs for environmental health research, the membership of EHS CC's is expected to be the thought leaders for the field as well as advance the goals of the NIEHS Strategic Plan (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/strategicplan/.)

    The overall goals for the EHS CC Program are to enhance the capabilities of existing programs in environmental health sciences, assist with building programmatic and scientific capacity, lead in the development of novel research directions, recruit and groom future leaders in the field, and pioneer efforts in community engagement. The EHS CC grant provides facilities and resources to accelerate research along the spectrum from basic mechanistic and toxicological science to population and public health and dissemination. It should create a structure and flexibility that allow center members with different expertise to come together to answer complex and/or emerging questions and capitalize on the latest scientific trends leading to improved strategies towards preventing environmentally-induced disorders. While the EHS CC grant provides support for core resources and facilities, it does not provide direct funding for research projects, although limited funds are provided for pilot projects.

    NIEHS considers community engagement and multi-directional communication as essential activities to advance the goals and relevance of an EHS CC. Therefore, the structure of the Center should facilitate multi-directional interaction with communities and EHS CC members through the required Community Engagement Core.  In addition, EHS Cores are expected to attract established and promising investigators into environmental health research and provide opportunities for career enhancement.

    To qualify for an EHS CC, the applicant institution must have a base of ongoing, independently supported, peer-reviewed research projects clearly dedicated to the study of environmental health sciences or environmental medicine, a substantial portion of which should be supported by NIEHS.  The research base must exist prior to the submission of an application and will be considered by program staff to determine eligibility.  See Section III.1 Eligible Applicants for more detailed description of EHS base support calculation.

    Deadlines

    Internal Expression of Interest Deadline: 11:59pm MST December 18, 2017

    NIH Letter of Intent Deadline: March 17, 2018 (Optional)

    Application Due Date: 5:00pm MST April 17, 2018

    Eligibility

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

    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.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    Only one application per institution

    Award Information and Duration

    The NIEHS intends to fund an estimate of 3-4 awards, corresponding to a total of $6.0M, for fiscal years 2019 and 2020.

    Application budgets are limited to $0.7M, $1.0M or $1.3M Direct Costs per year as determined by direct costs of NIH research grants that are relevant to the environmental health sciences and for which an EHS CC member is designated as the PD/PI. See the Budget instructions for the Administrative Core to determine the applicable direct cost limit for the application.

    The project period if limited to 5 years.

    Funding Restrictions

    NIH grants policies as described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement will apply to the applications submitted and awards made from this FOA.

    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/2016/nsf16506/nsf16506.htm

    Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSMLs) are off-campus facilities for research and education conducted in the natural habitats of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. FSMLs support environmental and basic biological research and education by preserving access to study areas and organisms, by providing facilities and equipment in close proximity to those study areas, and by fostering an atmosphere of mutual scientific interest and collaboration in research and education. To fulfill these roles, FSMLs must offer modern research and educational facilities, equipment, communications and data management for a broad array of users. In recognition of the importance of FSMLs in modern biology, NSF invites proposals that address these general goals of FSML improvement.

    Deadlines

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

    NSF Deadline: 5:00pm MST December 8, 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.

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

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    Only one proposal may be submitted on behalf of any single facility per round of the FSML competition. This limitation does not prevent a single institution from submitting more than one proposal, as long as each proposal is submitted on behalf of a different eligible facility. This limitation is waived for one additional proposal in the event that a facility is also involved in a proposal that would improve multiple facilities.

    An individual may be PI or co-PI on more than one proposal; however, only one proposal may be submitted on behalf of an eligible facility per round of the FSML competition.

    Award Information and Duration

    Estimated program budget, number of awards and average award size are subject to the availability of funds. The program expects to make, on an annual basis, approximately 20 - 25 new awards, of which 3 - 6 will be planning grants. The exact number of grants and their durations will depend on the quality of the proposals received, the size of the requests, and the availability of funds at NSF. The earliest possible start date for awards is six months from the annual deadline for receipt of proposals.

    http://cfhfoundation.grantsmanagement08.com/

    The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation seeks to protect natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and promote public health in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.  The foundation helps build the capacity of organizations and coalitions with grants that support research or improve the learning and generation of local solutions to complex problems.

    The foundation supports projects that demonstrate local leadership and promote professional development in the conservation, agricultural, and health sciences; develop the capacity of local organizations; and address a particular problem or question in the field.  It prefers to support projects that address under-funded issues and geographic areas.

    Geographic Focus

    The foundation supports low- and lower-middle-income countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. It prefers to support organizations located in low- and middle-income countries or organizations located in upper-income countries whose activities are of direct benefit low- and middle-income countries.  The foundation does not support the states of the former Soviet Union or former Eastern Bloc countries.

    Fields of Interest

    The foundation supports special projects and programs of non-governmental organizations in three areas: conservation, food, and health. Examples of areas of interest within these fields follow, but are not meant to be exclusive.

    Conservation

    Conservation grants help improve ecological and environmental conditions in low- and middle-income countries.  The foundation supports field research and related research activities, training, and technical assistance efforts that:

    • help conserve ecosystems and protect biodiversity
    • train local leaders in conservation and protection of resources, with an emphasis on technical and scientific training

    Food

    Food grants help research-based efforts to improve food and nutrition security and improve natural resources and ecosystems.  Areas of interest include projects that:

    • promote or develop specific sustainable agriculture practices with potential to advance science and practice in other countries;
    • test and refine innovative education and training interventions for small scale farmers; and
    • advance new approaches to control pests and diseases affecting important food crops in low-income countries.

    Health

    The foundation supports public health programs that focus on populations rather than individuals.  It funds programs that emphasize disease prevention and health promotion over those that emphasize disease diagnosis, treatment, and care.  It supports research, technical assistance, and training projects that:

    • improve public health through community-based efforts that address health promotion, disease prevention, family planning, and reproductive health; and
    • increase the understanding and treatment of neglected tropical diseases

    Deadlines

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

    Conservation, Food & Health Foundation Concept Application Deadline: January 1, 2018

    Conservation, Food & Health Foundation Proposal Deadline (by invitation): March 1, 2018

    Eligibility

    This opportunity is open only to faculty. The foundation prefers to support research project costs of early-career or emergining professionals. 

    The foundation supports most types of non-governmental organizations that can provide evidence of their nongovernmental status or charitable purpose. In general, the foundation will support:

    • Non-governmental organizations (NGO)
    • Nonprofit organizations
    • Civil society organizations
    • Community-based organizations
    • Colleges, universities and academic institutions

    The foundation does not support businesses, government agencies, humanitarian relief organizations, other foundations or churches.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    The foundation will not consider more than one proposal from an organization in any calendar year and will not fund an organization more than once in a funding year.

    Award Information

    There is no policy concerning a minimum or maximum grant size. The average grant is approximately $20,000. Grants exceeding $30,000 are rarely awarded.

    Funding Guidelines

    The foundation does not provide general operating support. It favors research, training, and technical assistance projects that:

    • employ and/or train personnel from developing countries
    • are led by organizations with strong records of accomplishments in a particular field and have potential for replication
    • focus on regional or cross-boundary issues and opportunities
    • feature collaborative partnerships embedded in strong networks
    • strengthen local leadership and scientific capacity
    • influence public discourse and policy
    • focus on prevention rather than remediation
    • attract additional support and hold promise for continuation or impact beyond the period of foundation support

    The Conservation, Food & Health Foundation does not provide support for:

    • buildings, vehicles, land purchases or capital improvements
    • direct medical care or treatment at hospitals or clinics
    • medical equipment for hospitals or clinics
    • wells, pumps or water systems
    • emergency relief or humanitarian aid projects
    • microenterprise, tourism, job training or livelihood projects
    • feeding or food distribution programs
    • projects to improve farming for export crops
    • basic farming, beekeeping, chicken, or animal husbandry training projects
    • films, videos, books or websites
    • scholarships, fellowships, tuition or travel grants
    • conferences
    • general operating support
    • individuals, businesses, churches, government, orphanages and humanitarian aid agencies

    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.

    https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-17-051.html

    The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research educational activities that complement other formal training programs in the mission areas of the NIH Institutes and Centers. The over-arching goals of the NIH R25 program are to: (1) complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs; (2) enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce; (3) help recruit individuals with specific specialty or disciplinary backgrounds to research careers in biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences; and (4) foster a better understanding of biomedical, behavioral and clinical research and its implications.

    The over-arching goal of this NIGMS R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical research workforce.   Applications are encouraged from research-intensive institutions that propose to develop recent baccalaureate science graduates from underrepresented backgrounds so that they have the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue Ph.D. degrees in biomedical sciences. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:

    • Research Experiences: For example, for postbaccalaureates: to provide hands-on exposure to research, to prepare them for graduate school admissions, successful completion of the Ph.D., and careers in research.  
    • Courses for Skills Development: For example, for postbaccalaureates: to provide advanced courses in a specific discipline or research area, courses or workshops to develop scholarly potential, and/or specialized research techniques, to prepare them for graduate school admissions, successful completion of the Ph.D., and careers in research.

    Deadlines

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

    NIH Deadline: 5:00pm MST January 24, 2018

    Eligibility

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

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

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

    The PD(s)/PI(s) must have a regular full-time appointment (i.e., not adjunct, part-time, retired, or emeritus) at the applicant institution. The PD(s)/PI(s) is responsible for ensuring that the PREP participants are placed in highly productive laboratories with faculty mentors who will provide the proper guidance and instruction for the participants. In consultation with the advisory committee, if one is included, the PD(s)/PI(s) should oversee the preparation and development of an IDP for each participant, as well as design program activities that will further enhance the academic preparation and research skills of the participants. The PD(s)/PI(s) should ensure that other institutional programs will complement the PREP activities, and allow sufficient occasion for the participants to interact with Ph.D. candidates as peers.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    Only one application per institution is allowed.

    Award Information and Duration

    The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. The total direct costs for each award are limited to $400,000 annually. The total project period may not exceed 5 years.

    https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-17-053.html

    The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research educational activities that complement other formal training programs in the mission areas of the NIH Institutes and Centers. The over-arching goals of the NIH R25 program are to: (1) complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation's biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs; (2) enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce; (3) help recruit individuals with specific specialty or disciplinary backgrounds to research careers in biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences; and (4) foster a better understanding of biomedical, behavioral and clinical research and its implications.

    The over-arching goal of this NIGMS R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical research workforce.  To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:

    • Courses for Skills Development: For example, advanced courses in a specific discipline or research area, clinical procedures for research, or specialized research techniques.  
    • Research Experiences: For example, for undergraduate students: to provide hands-on exposure to research, to reinforce their intent to graduate with a cutting-edge science degree, and/or to prepare them for graduate school admissions and/or careers in research; for graduate students: to provide cutting-edge modern research experiences and related training and mentoring not available through formal NIH training mechanisms.  An integral part of the program will be to engage in unique, targeted recruitment of individuals from currently underrepresented groups in the biomedical sciences research enterprise to ensure a diverse student cohort.  

    Deadlines

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

    NIH Deadline: 5:00pm MST January 26, 2018

    Eligibility

    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.

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

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

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

    The PD(s)/PI(s) must have a regular full-time appointment (i.e., not adjunct, part-time, retired, or emeritus) at the applicant institution.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    Only one application per institution (normally identified by having a unique DUNS number or NIH IPF number) is allowed for the IMSD Program. The NIH will not accept duplicate or highly overlapping applications under review at the same time. This means that the NIH will not accept:

    • A new (A0) application that is submitted before issuance of the summary statement from the review of an overlapping new (A0) or resubmission (A1) application.
    • A resubmission (A1) application that is submitted before issuance of the summary statement from the review of the previous new (A0) application.
    • An application that has substantial overlap with another application pending appeal of initial peer review (see NOT-OD-11-101).

    Award Information and Duration

    The total amount to be awarded is approximately $5 million (total costs) per year. Awards issued under this FOA are contingent upon the availability of funds and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Because the nature and scope of the proposed research education program will vary from application to application, it is anticipated that the size and duration of each award will also vary. The total amount awarded and the number of awards will depend upon the quality, duration and costs of the applications received.

    Although the size of award may vary with the scope of the research education program proposed and there are no specific budget limitations, the requested direct costs must be reasonable, well documented, fully justified and commensurate with the scope of the proposed program. All awards are subject to the availability of funds. The total project period for an application submitted in response to this funding opportunity may not exceed 5 years. 

    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: N/A; email ltdsubs@colorado.edu if interested

    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.

    http://www.luiprize.org/en/nomination/the-lui-che-woo-prize-2018

    ***Please note that self-nominations are not allowed. Nominations must be submitted by someone other than the nominee. When submitting an expression of interest, please specify under which prize category you are interested in nominating.***

    Unlike other international prizes which have specific fields, the LUI Che Woo Prize is a new and prestigious international accolade awarded to individuals or organizations who have displayed remarkable achievements towards the three objectives of the Prize thereby contributing to world civilization. Thus, the coverage of the LUI Che Woo Prize is very broad, the recipients not being limited to academics and scientists. The LUI Che Woo Prize recognizes accomplishments beneficial to mankind and also encourages the continuation of that work for which its laureates have been chosen. It transcends all boundaries of nations, it promotes universal values and it sows seeds for the continuous development of a better and harmonious world.

    The LUI Che Woo Prize aims to recognize and honor individuals or organizations all over the world with outstanding achievements and contributions in respect of the following three objectives:

    • Prize Category 1: Sustainable development of the world
      • This objective is to recognize an outstanding achievement of an individual or an organization in maintaining a sustainable ecological balance and natural capital on the one hand and providing for the needs of future generations on the other.
    • Prize Category 2: Betterment of the welfare of mankind
      • This objective is to acknowledge an outstanding effort of an individual or an organization to enhance the well-being of the human race.
    • Prize Category 3: Promotion of positive life attitude and enhancement of positive energy
      • This objective is to honor a model which can be an individual or an organization of unwavering determination demonstrated in the adoption of a positive attitude and making constructive changes in the face of setbacks, hardship and adversity.

    Deadlines

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

    LUI Che Woo Prize Deadline: January 31, 2018

    Eligibility

    Individual nominees must be living on the date of their nomination. If an individual dies before he/she has received the LUI Che Woo Prize, then the LUI Che Woo Prize may be presented to posthumously to his/her estate.

    Each nomination will be considered, and each Prize will be awarded, regardless of an individual’s age, gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, religion or belief or, in the case of an organization, its place of establishment.

    Directors and officers of the Prize Company, members of its Prize Council, Prize Recommendation Committee and Selection Panels are not eligible to receive the LUI Che Woo Prize.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    There is a limit of one nomination for each of the three prizes, up to a maximum total of three nominations.

    Prize Information

    Each awardee will receive a cash award of HK$20 million (equivalent to approximately US$2.56 million), a certificate and a trophy.

    https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15528/nsf15528.htm

    Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) funds research projects that identify factors that are efficacious in the formation of ethical STEM researchers in all the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports. CCE STEM solicits proposals for research that explores the following: ‘What constitutes ethical STEM research and practice, and which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?' Factors one might consider include: honor codes, professional ethics codes and licensing requirements, an ethic of service and/or service learning, life-long learning requirements, curricula or memberships in organizations (e.g. Engineers without Borders) that stress social responsibility and humanitarian goals, institutions that serve under-represented groups, institutions where academic and research integrity are cultivated at multiple levels, institutions that cultivate ethics across the curriculum, or programs that promote group work, or do not grade. Do certain labs have a ‘culture of academic integrity'? What practices contribute to the establishment and maintenance of ethical cultures and how can these practices be transferred, extended to, and integrated into other research and learning settings?

    Successful proposals typically have a comparative dimension, either between or within institutional settings that differ along these or other factors.

    CCE STEM research projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes responsible or irresponsible, just or unjust scientific practices and sociotechnical systems, and how to best instill students with this knowledge.

    Proposals for awards from minority-serving institutions (e.g. Tribal Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions), women's colleges, and institutions primarily serving persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged. Proposals including international collaborations are encouraged when those efforts enhance the merit of the proposed work by incorporating unique resources, expertise, facilities or sites of international partners. The U.S. team's international counterparts generally should have support or obtain funding through other sources.

    Deadlines

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

    NSF Deadline: 5:00pm MST February 15, 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.

    Who May Serve as PI:

    NSF expects project teams to include persons with appropriate expertise. This might include expertise in the domain or domains of science or engineering on which the project focuses, in ethics, values, evaluation, and pedagogy. For Institutional Transformation Research Grant proposals, it is highly recommended that one or more senior members of the administration (e.g. Provost, VP, and/or President) serves as a PI.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    Only one proposal may be submitted by an eligible organization, as defined above, in which a member of their organization serves as the PI. Potential PIs are advised to contact their institutional office of research regarding processes used to select proposals for submission. Organizations submitting more than one proposal will be notified and given one week from notification to select one proposal for consideration. If one is not selected in that time period, all of those proposals will be returned without review. There is no limit on the number of proposals under which an organization may be included as a non-lead collaborator or sub-awardee.

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

    Award Information and Duration

    Estimated Number of Awards: 6 to 8

    Anticipated Funding Amount: $3,150,000

    Estimated total annual funding amount is $3,150,000 - subject to the availability of funds. The maximum amount for 5-year awards is $600,000 and the maximum amount for 3-year awards is $400,000. The average award is $275,000.