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2018 National Science Board S&E Indicators

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Current Opportunities


Early Investigator opportunities for Faculty

National Science Foundation
Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC)
Letter of Intent Due: January 30, 2018
Application Deadline:  February 28, 2018
The goal of the NSF Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) program solicitation is to accelerate the creation of the scientific and engineering foundations that will enable smart and connected communities to bring about new levels of economic opportunity and growth, safety and security, health and wellness, and overall quality of life. This goal will be achieved through integrative research projects that pair advances in technological and social dimensions with meaningful community engagement.
Link: NSF 18-520

Department of Defense (DoD)
Defense Enterprise Science Initiative (DESI)
Funding Opportunity Number: FA9550-18-S-B001
Application Deadline:  February 28, 2018

DoD Announces Defense Enterprise Science Initiative to Support University-Industry Basic Research
The Department of Defense (DoD) announced an award competition for the Defense Enterprise Science Initiative (DESI), a new pilot program that supports university-industry collaboration on use-inspired basic research.  DESI is sponsored by the Basic Research Office, Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering and executed in collaboration with the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and the Army Research Office.

DESI incentivizes use-inspired basic research, or a scientific study directed toward increasing fundamental knowledge and understanding in the context of end-use applications. Projects funded by DESI will bring together university and industry teams with the aim of discovering novel solutions to challenging defense and national security problems. Through these projects, DESI aims to accelerate the impact of basic research results on defense capabilities, inform existing or future acquisition programs, and support sustainable collaboration between the nation’s universities and the private sector.

This year's announcement is themed around technologies to enable a new generation of sensing, mobility, and autonomy. Research topics include power beaming, highly‐maneuverable autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle, soft active composites, and metamaterial‐based antennas. Additional topic areas identified by the applicants will also be considered.

For more information, please see the Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) FA9550-18-S-B001 at

Department of Energy/National Energy Technology Laboratory
Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement entitled “Innovative Technology Development to Enhance Fossil Power System Operability, Reliability, and Economic Performance”

Funding Opportunity Number:  DE-FOA-0001877
Application Deadline:  February 28, 2018

The purpose of this Notice of Intent is to provide notice of plans to release a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), number DE-FOA-0001854 entitled “Innovative Technology Development to Enhance Fossil Power System Operability, Reliability, and Economic Performance." The programmatic goal is to seek innovative research and development projects to improve the performance and cost of fossil energy technologies. There will be two Areas of Interest (AOI): 1) Cybersecure Sensors and Controls Technology, and 2) Computational Materials Modeling pertinent to Advanced Manufacturing.

Link:  DE-FOA-0001877

National Science Foundation
Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes 2.0 FY18 (CRISP 2.0)
Funding Opportunity Number: 18-520
Application Deadline:  March 7, 2018

The goals of the CRISP 2.0 solicitation are twofold: to significantly enhance the understanding, design and operation of interdependent critical infrastructure systems and processes in support of continued flow of essential goods and services despite disruptions and failures from natural, technological or human-induced causes; and to provide opportunities to innovate in the new science of integrative system design in ICIs with emphasis on the essential role of humans in the system.

For the purpose of this solicitation, two or more infrastructures are said to be interdependent if they require each other’s services or if the processes by which they deliver services can be affected by each other. This definition encompasses a broad range of bi-directional direct and indirect influences, regardless of their nature, source, strength, or scale. Consistent with the far-reaching, interdisciplinary scope of the CRISP 2.0 program, PIs are encouraged to explore bold, new perspectives on infrastructure interdependence, bring new lines of critique to existing perspectives, and discuss the implications for the design and management of the infrastructure systems.

Link: NSF18-520

Department of Commerce/National Institute of Standards and Technology
NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program – Point Cloud City
Funding Opportunity Number:   2018-NIST-PSIAP-PC2
Application Deadline:  March 14, 2018

The NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program is seeking applications from U.S. state, local and tribal governments to create a model ‘Point Cloud City’. Successful applicants will receive funding to generate an extensive catalog of annotated 3D indoor point clouds that can be used by industry, academia, and government to advance research and development in the areas of indoor mapping, localization and navigation for public safety, as well as to demonstrate the potential value of ubiquitous indoor positioning and location-based information. Recipients will also participate in the NIST Global Cities Team Challenge initiative as the lead for an Action Cluster.

Link: 2018-NIST-PSIAP-PC2

Department of Defense/Office of Naval Research
FY2018 Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) Program
Funding Opportunity Number:  N00014-17-S-F017
Whitepaper Due: January 5, 2018
Application Deadline:  March 16, 2018

The Department of Navy (DoN) Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) Program increases the quantity and quality of minority professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in the defense community. Research conducted at Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) for the DoN HBCU/MI Program: • Enhances the research and educational capabilities of HBCU/MIs in scientific and engineering disciplines critical to the defense mission of the DoN, • Encourages cross-institutional, collaborative participation of HBCU/MIs in naval-relevant research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E), and • Seeks to increase the engagement of students, including underrepresented minorities, in STEM fields important to the defense mission. This FOA is executed under policy and guidance of the DoN HBCU/MI Program and is administered by the Office of Naval Research (ONR). This FOA seeks to support research efforts that will contribute to the science and technology (S&T) mission and vision of the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps while simultaneously expanding the research capacity of participant institutions and engaging students in STEM. In that regard, this FOA is intended for white papers and invited proposals from HBCU/MIs exploring basic, naval-relevant research. The technical content of any idea must align with the following research areas of interest as outlined by the Naval Research Development Framework.

Link: N00014-17-S-F017

National Nuclear Security Administration/Department of Energy
Stewardship Science Academic Alliances (SSAA)
Funding Opportunity Number: DE-FOA-0001831
Application Deadline: March 26, 2018


The Office of Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation, under Defense Programs within the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), announce their interest in receiving grant applications for new or renewal awards for research in the Stewardship Science Academic Alliances (SSAA) Program. The SSAA Program, established in 2002, was developed to support state-of-the-art research at U.S. academic institutions in areas of fundamental physical science and technology of relevance to the Stockpile Stewardship Program mission, with a focus on those areas not supported by other federal agencies. For purposes of this FOA, the research areas of interest are: properties of materials under extreme conditions and/or hydrodynamics (condensed matter physics and materials science, and fluid dynamics); low energy nuclear science; and radiochemistry.

Link: DE-FOA-0001831

National Science Foundation
STEM + Computing Partnerships (STEM+C)
Funding Opportunity Number: NSF 17-535
Application Deadline:  March 29, 2018
As computing has become an integral part of the practice of modern science, technology, engineering and
mathematics (STEM), the STEM + Computing Partnerships program seeks to address the urgent need to prepare
students from the early grades through high school in the essential skills, competencies, and dispositions needed to
succeed in a computationally-dependent world. Thus, STEM+C advances the integration of computational thinking
and computing activities in early childhood education through high school (pre-K-12) to provide a strong and
developmental foundation in computing and computational thinking through the integration of computing in STEM
teaching and learning, and/or the applied integration of STEM content in pre-K-12 computer science education.
Link: NSF 17-535

National Science Foundation
Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI) - Data and Software
Funding Opportunity Number: NSF 18-531
Application Deadline:  April 18, 2018
A new NSF solicitation Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI) - Data and Software was just released with the proposalsubmission deadline of April 18, 2018.  This solicitation is designed “to enable funding opportunities that are flexible and responsive to the evolving and emerging needs in data and software cyberinfrastructure”.
The following two classes of awards are being considered under the solicitation:

  1. Elements (either Data Elements or Software Elements): These awards target small groups that will create and deploy robust capabilities for which there is a demonstrated need that will advance one or more significant areas of science and engineering.
  2. Framework Implementations (either Data Frameworks or Software Frameworks): These awards target larger, interdisciplinary teams organized around the development and application of common infrastructure aimed at solving common research problems faced by NSF researchers in one or more areas of science and engineering, resulting in a sustainable community framework serving a diverse community or communities.

Link: NSF 18-531

National Science Foundation
Expeditions in Computing

Funding Opportunity Number: 18-528
Preliminary Proposal Due Date April 25, 2018
Full Application Deadline:  January 16, 2019

The Expeditions in Computing (Expeditions) program has been created to tap the great reservoir of opportunities that fundamental research advances in computer and information science and engineering promise for the future. The program is designed to inspire the CISE research and education community to be as creative and imaginative as possible in the design of bold Expeditions projects that explore new scientific frontiers. Investigators in the computer and information science and engineering fields and beyond are encouraged to come together within and/or across departments or institutions in the development of compelling, transformational research agendas that promise disruptive innovations in computer and information science and engineering for many years to come.

Additionally, Innovation Transition (InTrans) for Expeditions as well as CISE-funded Frontier projects in their fourth or fifth years aims to continue the long-term vision and objectives of CISE’s center-scale projects by (1) enabling maturation and deployment of successful research and innovation results in industry; and (2) facilitating continued support for these projects by industry, which in turn will lead to the development of future technologies.

Link: NSF18-528

National Science Foundation
Manufacturing Machines and Equipment (MME)
Funding Opportunity Number: PD 17-1468
Application Deadline: September 17, 2018

The MME program supports fundamental research that enables the development of new and/or improved manufacturing machines and equipment, and optimization of their use, with a particular focus on equipment appropriate for the manufacture of mechanical and electromechanical devices, products, and systems featuring scales from microns to meters (proposals relating to nanomanufacturing should be submitted to the CMMI NanoManufacturing program, and those relating to the manufacture of electronic devices such as IC products should be submitted to the ECCS Division). Proposals relating to a wide range of manufacturing operations are encouraged, including both subtractive and additive processes, forming, bonding/joining, and laser processing. Proposals that will enable innovations in one or more of the Manufacturing USA institutes' focus areas ( and leverage the facilities, infrastructure and member companies of an institute, are also encouraged.

 Link: PD 17-1468

National Science Foundation
Mind, Machine and Motor Nexus (M3X)
Funding Opportunity Number: PD-17-058Y
Application Deadline: September 17, 2018


The Mind, Machine and Motor Nexus (M3X) program supports fundamental research at the intersection of mind, machine and motor. A distinguishing characteristic of the program is an integrated treatment of human intent, perception, and behavior in interaction with embodied and intelligent engineered systems and as mediated by motor manipulation. M3X projects should advance the holistic analysis of cognition and of embodiment as present in both human and machine elements. This work will encompass not only how mind interacts with motor function in the manipulation of machines, but also how, in turn, machine response and function may shape and influence both mind and motor function.

 Link: PD-17-058Y

Department of Defense/Office of Naval Research
FY18 Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology
Funding Opportunity Number:  N00014-18-S-B001
Application Due Date:  Sep 28, 2018  

A brief description of the ONR Program Codes and the science and technology thrusts that ONR is pursuing is provided in Appendix 1 of this solicitation. Additional information can be found at the ONR website at

Link:  N00014-18-S-B001

National Science Foundation
Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE) 
Funding Opportunity Number: PD 17-1340
Application Deadline: September 26, 2018


The NSF Engineering (ENG) Directorate has launched a multi-year initiative, the Professional Formation of Engineers, to create and support an innovative and inclusive engineering profession for the 21st Century. Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE) refers to the formal and informal processes and value systems by which people become engineers. It also includes the ethical responsibility of practicing engineers to sustain and grow the profession in order to improve quality of life for all peoples. The engineering profession must be responsive to national priorities, grand challenges, and dynamic workforce needs; and it must be equally open and accessible to all.

Professional Formation includes, but is not limited, to:

  • Introductions to the profession at any age;
  • Development of deep technical and professional skills, knowledge, and abilities in both formal and informal settings/domains;
  • Development of outlooks, perspectives, ways of thinking, knowing, and doing;
  • Development of identity as an engineer and its intersection with other identities; and
  • Acculturation to the profession, its standards, and norms.

Link: PD 17-1340

Department of Defense/Air Force -- Research Lab

Diverse Collegiate Research and Development Collaboration Program
Funding Opportunity Number:  FOA-AFRL-RQKP-2017-0001
Application Due Date:  January 22, 2022

The objective of the AFRL Diverse Collegiate R&D Collaboration program is to enable collaborative research partnerships between AFRL, Academia, and Industry, in areas including, but not limited to, high speed systems, turbine engines, aerospace vehicles, power and control. These technical areas are necessary for developing critical war-fighting technologies for the nation’s air, space and cyberspace forces, as well as commercial derivatives.

Link: FOA-AFRL-RQKP-2017-0001

Limited Competitions

The Office of the Vice President for Research is requesting preproposals for the NIH: Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams funding opportunity. Please review the full notice here.

This is a limited competition. Each university is permitted to submit a single application per review cycle. Therefore, we are conducting an internal competition and are requesting preproposals by noon on February 28, 2018. Please submit your preproposal (3 pages in length), plus budget, and a short CV for each PI (which do not count against the 3 pages) in a SINGLE PDF file, 11 point font, by NOON on February 28, 2018 to with the subject line indicating: NIH RM1 - your name. No late submissions will be considered.

Complete program details can be found at:

The NIH deadline for full proposals is May 25, 2018.

On behalf of the Office of the Provost and ADVANCE at UNM, the Office of the VP for Research is pleased to announce the call for the next round of Women in STEM Faculty Research Development proposals.

An anonymous gift was made to UNM to support research by, and professorships for, women faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Income from investment of this gift is used to assist UNM women tenure-track and tenured assistant and associate STEM professors with establishing new research areas and developing research collaborations.

For this award, STEM faculty are defined as those with research interests that align with research priorities identified by NSF, NIH (non-clinical), or DOE. Four types of awards for assistant and associate professors are available:

$3,000 for travel expenses for a research collaborator to visit UNM or for the UNM faculty member to travel to meet with a collaborator; OR
$10,000 for seed funding for new research for a single PI proposal; OR
$15,000 for seed funding for new research if two women STEM faculty at UNM collaborate on a proposal OR
$8,000 for a 2-3 day workshop that brings together 5-10 scholars to develop ideas and research across STEM departments and disciplines.
The call for proposals is attached, and is also available at the FRDO Finding Funding page and directly at

Proposals are due by 5:00pm, March 26, 2018 and all questions should be sent to

See  to see the first cohort of awardees of this program.

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact us at Or for further details and the internal competition requirements, please see the limited competitions website:

Interdisciplinary Discussion Groups

Recognizing that expanding UNM’s research enterprise requires new interdisciplinary collaborations, the Office of the VP for Research is offering to support Interdisciplinary Research Discussion Groups. These discussion groups will bring together faculty members to combine their diverse expertise and perspectives to generate new ideas that address interdisciplinary questions and areas of scholarship in which UNM could expand its national reputation. For additional details.

To get the latest information from the OVPR subscribe to the PI-LISTSERVE here.

Student Opportunities

NASA Post Doc Fellowships

NNSA has a graduate fellowship – Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship – administered by the Krell Institute.  The link is   The 2018-2019 online application for the Laboratory Residency Graduate Fellowship (LRGF) is open, with submissions due Wednesday March 14, 2018.  Areas this application are sought in:
*Pulsed power science and engineering
*Radiation magneto-hydrodynamics/nuclear astrophysics
*Atomic physics and visible/UV/X-ray spectroscopy
*Dynamic materials/shock physics
*Accelerator design
That fellowships objective is encouraging training of scientists to students whose study is accompanied by work experience at the NNSA labs – Sandia, LANL, LLNL, or Nevada National Security Site.

Information Science and Technology Institute - Los Alamos National Laboratory Hosts Summers School a 10 week program to get more details see the link below.

In addition, the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Research Associateship Programs are open and accepting applications for summer programs for high school, undergraduate, graduate students and Post-docs. These programs include:

Summer Journeymen Fellows -
Tentative dates of appointment – May 15 – August 15, 2018
Application Deadline - 25 February 2018
For questions about the ARL Summer Journeyman Program, please the contact ARL-RAP recruiter, Krystle Wagemann

College Qualified Leaders -
Appointment dates: 18 June - 10 August 2018
Application Deadline - 28 February 2018
For general program inquiries, contact The AEOP CQL Team,; 603-228-4530

Science & Engineering Apprenticeship Program -
Appointment dates: 18 June - 10 August 2018
Application Deadline - 28 February 2018
For general program inquiries, contact The AEOP SEAP Team:; 603-228-4530

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Interns -
Appointment dates: 04 June - 10 August 2018
Application Deadline - 04 March 2018

For more information about these ARL Outreach Programs, contact:  Joseph Gamson, (301) 394-3813,

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science is now accepting applications for the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program (2018 Solicitation 1). Applications are due 5:00pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
The SCGSR program provides doctoral dissertation/thesis research opportunities for graduate students at DOE national laboratories. Details about the program and online application can be found at .


Upcoming Training

Institutional Review Board training OIRB Spring Workshop Series

The OIRB spring workshop series have been scheduled for February and April (see attached flyer). These workshops cover a variety of important information about IRB submission and review including human research protection regulations, submission elements, writing an IRB protocol and consent form, common submission mistakes, and navigating the IRBNet submission database. Space is limited so reserve your space today by emailing  and telling us which workshops you would like to attend.

OIRB Office Hours in the SUB

The OIRB continues to partner with the Graduate and Professional Students Association (GPSA) to host walk-in office hours at the GPSA office in the 1st floor of the SUB. This semester GPSA office hours will be Feb. 15th, March 8th, and April 19th from 10am -12pm.  Please take this convenient opportunity to stop in and ask questions regarding your human research project!

IRB UPDATE- The Common Rule, which are the federal human research protections regulations, is being revised for the first time since being promulgated in 1991.  The revisions are extensive and affect much of what people are used to when it comes to submitting and complying with the regulations. These changes will go in effect on July 19, 2018. Forms and templates will be revised to fit the revised Common Rule and it is important that you download the most current versions of IRB submission documents to prevent delays in the review process. Please visit for complete details.

FRDO Resources

Proposal Support services-Your Faculty Research Support Officer not only assists with Budgets and Cayuse records, but can assist you with a many aspects of your proposal. From the Broader Impact Statement,  Biosketch review and formatting, to Editing and Proofreading of the Narrative Sections. See the full listing of services here

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