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Department of Defense SBIR/STTR

Funding Opportunity Number: SBIR 18.2 Program Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)
Application Due Date: June 20, 2018
The Army, Navy, Air Force, DHA, DLA, DMEA, DTRA, MDA, NGA, OSD (SCO) and USSOCOM, hereafter referred to as DoD Components, invite small business firms to submit proposals under this BAA for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. Firms with the capability to conduct research and development (R&D) in any of the defense-related topic areas described in Section 12.0 and to commercialize the results of that R&D are encouraged to participate.
The objectives of the DoD SBIR Program include stimulating technological innovation in DoD’s Science and Technology Emphasis Areas, strengthening the role of small business in meeting DoD research and development needs, fostering and encouraging participation by minority and disadvantaged persons in technological innovation, and increasing the commercial application of DoD-supported research or research and development results.

Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Department of Defense
Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative
Funding Opportunity Number: ONR Announcement # N00014-18-S-F006/ARO Announcement # W911NF18S0003/AFOSR Announcement # FOA-AFRL-AFOSR-2018-0001
Application Due Date: White Paper: June 29, 2018
Full Proposal: October 16, 2018
Detailed descriptions of the topics and the Topic Chief for each can be found in Section II. I, entitled, “SPECIFIC MURI TOPICS,” The detailed descriptions are intended to provide the applicant a frame of reference and are not meant to be restrictive to the possible approaches to achieving the goals of the topic and the program. Innovative ideas addressing these research topics are highly encouraged.
Proposals from a team of university investigators are warranted when the necessary expertise in addressing the multiple facets of the topics may reside in different universities, or in different departments in the same university. By supporting multidisciplinary teams, the program is complementary to other DoD basic research programs that support university research through single-investigator awards. Proposals shall name one Principal Investigator (PI) as the responsible technical point of contact. Similarly, one institution shall be the primary awardee for the purpose of award execution. The PI shall come from the primary institution. The relationship among participating institutions and their respective roles, as well as the apportionment of funds including sub-awards, if any, shall be described in both the proposal text and the budget.
Link: MURI

Department of Defense
Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Fiscal Year 2019 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)
Funding Opportunity Number: FOA-AFRL-AFOSR-2018-0002
Application Deadline: July 6, 2018
The Department of Defense (DoD) announces the Fiscal Year 2019 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP).DURIP is designed to improve the capabilities of accredited United States (U.S.) institutions of higher education to conduct research and to educate scientists and engineers in areas important to national defense, by providing funds for the acquisition of research equipment or instrumentation. For-profit organizations are not eligible for DURIP funding. We refer to eligible institutions of higher education as universities in the rest of this announcement. DURIP is part of the University Research Initiative (URI).

Link: FOA-AFRL-AFOSR-2018-0002

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
ROSES 2018: DSCOVR Science Team
Funding Opportunity Number: NNH18ZDA001N-DSCOVR
Letter of Interest Deadline: July 9, 2018
Application Deadline: September 4, 2018

The Research is solicited in four major areas for the Earth Science Research Program: research and analysis (R&A), satellite missions, applied sciences, and enabling capabilities, with R&A containing the bulk of the solicited research. R&A emphasizes the development of new scientific knowledge, including the analysis of data from NASA satellite missions and the development and application of complex models that assimilate these science data products and/or use them for improving predictive capabilities. Within the Earth Science Research Program, the research and analysis activities include those historically coming under R&A, mission science team, interdisciplinary science, and calibration/validation activities.

National Science Foundation
Leading Engineering for America's Prosperity, Health, and Infrastructure (LEAP HI)
Funding Opportunity Number: NSF 17-602
Letter of Intent: July 16, 2018- required
Application Deadline: September 17, 2018

The LEAP HI program challenges the engineering research community to take a leadership role in addressing demanding, urgent, and consequential challenges for advancing America's prosperity, health and infrastructure. LEAP HI proposals confront engineering problems that are too complex to yield to the efforts of a single investigator — problems that require sustained and coordinated effort from interdisciplinary research teams, with goals that are not achievable through a series of smaller, short-term projects. LEAP HI projects perform fundamental research that may lead to disruptive technologies and methods, lay the foundation for new and strengthened industries, enable notable improvements in quality of life, or re-imagine and revitalize the built environment.
• LEAP HI supports fundamental research projects involving collaborating investigators, of duration up to five years, with total budget between $1 million and $2 million.
• LEAP HI proposals must articulate a fundamental research problem with compelling intellectual challenge and significant societal impact, particularly on economic competitiveness, quality of life, public health, or essential infrastructure. One or more CMMI core topics must lie at the heart of the proposal, and integration of disciplinary expertise not typically engaged in CMMI-funded projects is encouraged.
• LEAP HI proposals must highlight engineering research in a leadership role.
• LEAP HI proposals must demonstrate the need for a sustained research effort by an integrated, interdisciplinary team, and should include a research integration plan and timeline for research activities, with convincing mechanisms for frequent and effective communication.
Link: NSF 17-602

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
ROSES 2018: K2 Guest Observer (GO) Cycle 7
Funding Opportunity Number: NNH18ZDA001N-K2GO7
Phase I Application Deadline: July 19, 2018

The program element solicits proposals for the acquisition and analysis of new scientific data from the K2 mission. K2 repurposes the space-borne hardware and ground-based operations of the Kepler mission for a pointed survey of predetermined locations along the ecliptic plane. The single, visible-wavelength instrument on board K2 provides high-precision photometry capability, with short cadence and long cadence modes, and provides a powerful tool for broadband variability analyses of planetary, stellar, extragalactic, and solar system sources
Link: NNH18ZDA001N-K2GO7

National Science Foundation
Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)
Funding Opportunity Number: NSF 17-537
Application Deadline: July 19-21, 2018 depending on directorate

CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from early-career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.
PECASE: Each year NSF selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious recent CAREER awardees. Selection for this award is based on two important criteria: 1) innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology that is relevant to the mission of NSF, and 2) community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, education, or community outreach. These awards foster innovative developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of the participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and national goals, and highlight the importance of science and technology for the Nation’s future. Individuals cannot apply for PECASE. These awards are initiated by the participating federal agencies. At NSF, up to twenty nominees for this award are selected each year from among the PECASE-eligible CAREER awardees most likely to become the leaders of academic research and education in the twenty-first century. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy makes the final selection and announcement of the awardees.
Link: NSF 17-537

Department of Defense/Department of the Army
Materiel Command SuperCables
Funding Opportunity Number: W911NF-18-S-0009
Application Deadline: July 24, 2018

The ARO seeks research and development of technology and techniques for energy-efficient, high data rate transmission of digital signals between computing systems operating at room and cryogenic temperatures. The focus is research and demonstration of components to convert from low level electrical signals in circuits operating at a temperature of approximately 4 kelvins to conventional optical signals at room temperature and to move the information therein from one environment to the other. Pending results of this program, IARPA may support a follow-on program to develop the complete system for bidirectional data transmission between room temperature and 4 kelvins.
Link: W911NF-18-S-0009

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
ROSES 2018: SOFIA Next Generation Instrumentation
Funding Opportunity Number: NNH18ZDA001N-S4THG
Application Due Date: Aug 1, 2018

This program element requests proposals for scientific investigations that would develop and use scientific instrumentation capable of achieving the goals of NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). The intent is to select and execute development of one or more new SOFIA science instruments and/or upgrades to existing instruments.
Link: NNH18ZDA001N-S4THG

National Science Foundation
Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)
Funding Opportunity Number: NSF 18-554
Application Deadline: August 8, 2018

The CISE Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) is part of CISE's strategy to increase its investments in the development and growth of the research capabilities of future generations of computer and information scientists and engineers, including computational and data scientists and engineers. This solicitation provides the opportunity for early-career researchers to recruit and mentor their first graduate students (or undergraduate students, in the case of faculty at undergraduate and two-year institutions), which is one critical step in a career pathway that is expected to lead to research independence and a subsequent stream of projects, discoveries, students and publications.
Link: NSF 18-554

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

National Science Foundation
Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences (CDS&E-MSS)
Funding Opportunity Number: PD 18-8069
Application Deadline: September 17, 2018

The CDS&E-MSS program accepts proposals that confront and embrace the host of mathematical and statistical challenges presented to the scientific and engineering communities by the ever-expanding role of computational modeling and simulation on the one hand, and the explosion in production of digital and observational data on the other. The goal of the program is to promote the creation and development of the next generation of mathematical and statistical theories and tools that will be essential for addressing such issues. To this end, the program will support fundamental research in mathematics and statistics whose primary emphasis will be on meeting the aforementioned computational and data-related challenges. This program is part of the wider Computational and Data-enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E) enterprise in NSF that seeks to address this emerging discipline.
The research supported by the CDS&E-MSS program will aim to advance mathematics or statistics in a significant way and will address computational or big-data challenges. Proposals of interest to the program will include a Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator who is a researcher in the mathematical or statistical sciences in an area supported by the Division of Mathematical Sciences. The program encourages submission of proposals that include multidisciplinary collaborations or the training of mathematicians and statisticians in CDS&E.
Link: PD 18-8069

National Science Foundation
Engineering Design and System Engineering (EDSE)
Funding Opportunity Number: PD 17-072Y
Application Deadline: September 17, 2018

The Engineering Design and Systems Engineering (EDSE) program supports fundamental research into the basic processes and phenomena of engineering design and systems engineering. The program seeks proposals leading to improved understanding about how processes, organizational structure, social interactions, strategic decision making, and other factors impact success in the planning and execution of engineering design and systems engineering projects. It also supports advances pertaining to engineering design and systems engineering in areas that include, but are not limited to, decision making under uncertainty, including preference and demand modeling; problem decomposition and decision delegation; applications of reverse game theory (mechanism design); computer-aided design; design representation; system performance modeling and prediction; design optimization; uncertainty quantification; domain- or concern-specific design methods; and advanced computational techniques for supporting effective human cognition, decision making, and collaboration. Competitive proposals for novel methods will include a plan to evaluate rigorously the effectiveness and performance of the proposed approach.
The EDSE program encourages multidisciplinary collaborations of experts in design and systems engineering with experts in other domains. Of particular interest is research on the design of engineering material systems that leverages the unique aspects of a particular material system to realize advanced design methods that are driven by performance metrics and incorporate processing/manufacturing considerations.
Link: PD 17-072Y

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/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

Office of Naval Research
FY18 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Navy and Marine Corps Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), Education and Workforce Program
Funding Opportunity Number: N00014-18-S-F003
Application Deadline: September 28, 2018

As the capacity of the DoN Science and Technology (S&T) workforce is interconnected with the basic research enterprise and STEM education system, ONR recognizes the need to support efforts that can jointly improve STEM student outcomes and align educational efforts with Naval S&T current and future workforce needs. This announcement explicitly encourages projects that improve the capacity of education systems and communities to create impactful STEM educational experiences for students and workers. Submissions are encouraged to consider including active learning approaches and incorporating 21st century skill development. Projects must aim to increase student and worker engagement in STEM and enhance people with needed Naval STEM capabilities. ONR encourages applications to utilize current STEM educational research for informing project design and advancing our understanding of how and why people choose STEM careers and opportunities of naval relevance.

While this announcement is relevant for any stage of the STEM educational system, funding efforts will be targeted primarily toward projects addressing the below communities or any combination of these communities:
- Secondary education communities;
- Post-Secondary communities;
- Informal science communities;
- Current naval STEM workforce communities.
Link: N00014-18-S-F003

National Science Foundation
NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering
Funding Opportunity Number: NSF 16-564
Application Deadline: October 19, 2018

Plasma Physics is a study of matter and physical systems whose intrinsic properties are governed by collective interactions of large ensembles of free charged particles. 99.9% of the visible Universe is thought to consist of plasmas. The underlying physics of the collective behavior in plasmas has applications to space physics and astrophysics, materials science, applied mathematics, fusion science, accelerator science, and many branches of engineering.
The National Science Foundation (NSF), with participation of the Directorates for Engineering, Geosciences, and Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and the Department of Energy, Office of Science, Fusion Energy Sciences are continuing the joint Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering begun in FY1997 and renewed several times since. As stated in the original solicitation (NSF 97-39), which is superseded by the present solicitation, the goal of the initiative is to enhance basic plasma research and education in this broad, multidisciplinary field by coordinating efforts and combining resources of the two agencies. The current solicitation also encourages submission of proposals to perform basic plasma experiments at NSF and DOE supported user facilities, such as the Basic Plasma Science Facility at the University of California, Los Angeles and facilities located at DOE national laboratories, designed to serve the needs of the broader plasma community.
Link: NSF 16-564

Department of Defense/National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Academic Research Program (NARP)
Funding Opportunity Number: HM0476-18-BAA-0001
Application Due Date: December 1, 2018

The objective of the NARP is to support innovative, high-payoff research that provides the basis for revolutionary progress in areas of science and technology affecting the needs and mission of NGA. This research also supports the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG), which is the combination of technology, systems and organizations that gather, produce, distribute and consume geospatial data and information. This research is aimed at advancing GEOINT capabilities by improving analytical methods, enhancing and expanding systems capabilities, and leveraging resources for common NSG goals
Link: HM0476-18-BAA-0001

National Science Foundation
Training-based Workforce Development for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (CyberTraining)
Funding Opportunity Number: NSF 18-516
Application Due Date: January 25, 2019

The overarching goals of this program are to (i) prepare, nurture, and grow the national scientific research workforce for creating, utilizing, and supporting advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) that enables potentially transformative fundamental science and engineering research and contributes to the Nation's overall economic competiveness and security; (ii) ensure broad adoption of CI tools, methods, and resources by the fundamental science and engineering research community to enable new modes of discovery; and (iii) integrate core literacy and discipline-appropriate advanced skills in advanced CI as well as computational and data science and engineering into the Nation’s educational curriculum/instructional material fabric spanning undergraduate and graduate courses. For the purpose of this solicitation, advanced CI is broadly defined as the set of resources, tools, and services for advanced computation, data handling, networking, and security that collectively enable potentially transformative fundamental research.

Link: NSF 18-516

National Science Foundation
Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE)
Funding Opportunity Number: PD 16-7680
Application Due Date: February 4, 2019

The Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE) Program is a Directorate-wide initiative dedicated to supporting the development of a diverse and well-prepared engineering workforce. Across every educational juncture (e.g., elementary, secondary, and postsecondary levels), efforts to improve engineering interests, preparation, connections, experiences, and opportunities among underrepresented groups is of major importance to BPE.
In FY 2016, aligned with NSF-wide INCLUDES, BPE is interested in funding projects that bring together multiple groups (e.g., school districts, community colleges, engineering schools, industry, philanthropy, government, etc.) and offer the greatest return on investment by producing outcomes that are scalable, sustainable, and applicable to various contexts, settings, and demographics within the engineering enterprise. For example, it is interested research projects that help us to analyze and understand the problem of insufficient interest and poorly sustained participation in engineering across underrepresented demographic groups; insignificant preparation and scarce opportunities for members of underrepresented demographic groups to learn meaningful, relevant engineering and other STEM-related content; insufficient access to support systems and social networks that raises career awareness about different engineering pathways among underrepresented groups; and structural inequalities and biases within educational and workforce systems that may influence engineering persistence. In closing, before submitting a research or demonstration project proposal to the BPE program, prospective PIs are strongly encouraged to speak to the program director to obtain guidance as to whether the proposed ideas are aligned with the strategic goals of the BPE. It is also strongly recommended that proposals be submitted to the BPE not later than the Full Proposal Target Date to enable full consideration of the proposed project for the related fiscal year's funding.
Link: PD 16-7680

National Science Foundation
PFE: Research Initiation in Engineering Formation (PFE:RIEF)
Funding Opportunity Number: NSF 17-514
Application Deadline: February 28, 2019

The PFE: Research Initiation in Engineering Formation (PFE: RIEF) program has two goals: 1) Support research in the Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE), and 2) Increase the community of researchers conducting PFE research. PIs are expected to have little or no experience conducting social science research. PFE: RIEF is not intended for established researchers in engineering education or other social science fields to initiate new projects.
Those researchers should consider the Research in the Formation of Engineers program ( 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 education and value systems by which people become engineers. It also includes the ethical responsibility of practicing engineers to sustain and grow the profession. The engineering profession must be responsive to national priorities, grand challenges, and dynamic workforce needs; it must be equally open and accessible to all. Engineering faculty possess both deep technical expertise in their engineering discipline and the primary responsibility for the process of professional formation of future engineers. As such, engineering faculty are in a unique position to help address critical challenges in engineering formation. The Professional Formation of Engineers: Research Initiation in Engineering Formation (PFE: RIEF) program enables engineering faculty who are renowned for teaching, mentoring, or leading educational reform efforts on their campus to develop expertise in conducting engineering education research.

Link: NSF 17-514

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
ROSES 2018: Rapid Response and Novel Research in Earth Science
Funding Opportunity Number: NNH18ZDA001N-RRNES
Application Due Date: March 29, 2019

This sub-element is focused on research proposals having great urgency for action involving quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic extreme events and/or similar unanticipated or unpredictable events that fall outside the norm. Examples are major fires, volcanic eruptions, 100-year floods, episodes of severe and large-scale environmental pollution, harmful algal blooms, coral bleaching events, and other unexpected large-scale events causing rapid environmental change. The research activities proposed must require rapid, near-term data acquisition, field work, and/or other such research activities. Given the significance of these events, rapid sharing of data and results are expected. Proposers are strongly encouraged to contact the NASA program officer(s) whose expertise best matches the proposal topic before submitting a proposal.

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

Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Funding Opportunity Number: FA9550-18-S-003
Application Deadline: Continuous

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), hereafter generally referred to as “we, us, our, or AFOSR,” manages the basic research investment for the U.S. Air Force. As a part of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), our technical experts discover, shape, and champion research within AFRL, universities, and industry laboratories to ensure the transition of research results to support U.S. Air Force needs. Using a carefully balanced research portfolio, our research managers seek to foster revolutionary scientific breakthroughs enabling the Air Force and U.S. industry to produce world-class, militarily significant, and commercially valuable products.

To accomplish this task, we solicit proposals for basic research through this general Broad Agency Announcement outlining the U.S. Air Force Defense Research Sciences Program. We invite unclassified proposals that do not contain proprietary information for research in many broad areas. We expect to fund only fundamental research. Our research areas of interest are described in detail in section A. Program Description.

We anticipate many awards in the form of grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, technology investment agreements, or other transactions. We reserve the right to select and fund for award all, some, part, or none of the proposals received. There is no guarantee of an award. Please review the entire announcement for full details.
Link: FA9550-18-S-003

National Science Foundation
Innovation Corps - National Innovation Network Teams Program (I-CorpsTM Teams)
Funding Opportunity Number: NSF 18-515
Application Deadline: Continuous
The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem that builds upon fundamental research to guide the output to facilitate the application of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society. In order to maintain, strengthen and grow a national innovation ecosystem, NSF has established the Innovation Corps - National Innovation Network Teams Program (I-Corps Teams). The NSF I-Corps Teams Program purpose is to identify NSF-funded researchers who will receive additional support in the form of entrepreneurial education, mentoring and funding to accelerate innovation that can attract subsequent third-party funding.
The purpose of the NSF I-Corps Teams grant is to give the project team access to resources to help determine the readiness to transition technology developed by previously-funded or currently funded NSF projects. The outcomes of I-Corps Teams projects will be threefold: 1) a clear go /or no go decision regarding viability of products and services, 2) should the decision be to move the effort forward, a transition plan for those projects to move forward, and 3) adefinition of a compelling technology demonstration for potential partners.
Link: NSF 18-515

Limited Competitions
The Office of the Vice President for Research is requesting preproposals for the DoD HBCU/MI Equipment/Instrumentation funding opportunity. This program is designed to enhance the research capabilities of HBCU and MI and strengthen their STEM education programs.
This is a limited competition. Each university is permitted to submit 3 applications. Therefore, we are conducting an internal competition and are requesting preproposals be sent to by noon on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Please see the invitation letter for additional details.
The DoD deadline for full proposals is 4:00pm ET on August 16, 2018.

The Office of the Vice President for Research is requesting e-mails of interest for the NIH Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program (R25) PAR-17-210 OR NIH Bridges to the Doctorate Program (R25) PAR-17-209 funding opportunity. The funding agency limits the number of proposals per institution to *one* for *each* program. See the following link for further details: OR
If you are interested in submitting a preliminary proposal please send a statement of interest with a brief 200 word abstract (maximum 1 page pdf) via e-mail to by noon, Monday, June 18, 2018. Based on the e-mail responses received, the Limited Competition Management Team may announce a call for preproposals. Please see the invitation letter for additional delails.
The NIH deadline for both full proposal submissions is September 25, 2018.
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.

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Student Opportunities
Department of Transportation/DOT Federal Highway Administration
Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP) Grants for Research Fellowship (GRF)
Funding Opportunity Number: 693JJ318NF5229
Application Deadline: July 16, 2018
The DDETFP provides funding for students to pursue master’s or doctoral degrees in transportation-related disciplines. The goals of these Grants are to 1) attract the nation's brightest minds to the field of transportation, 2) enhance the careers of transportation professionals by encouraging them to seek advanced degrees, and 3) bring and retain top talent in the transportation industry of the United States.
Link: 693JJ318NF5229

Department of Transportation/DOT Federal Highway Administration
Administration of the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP) Local Competition at Designated Institutions of Higher Education
Funding Opportunity Number: 693JJ318NF5228
Application Deadline: July 16, 2018
The purpose is to stimulate interest among students of Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) and community colleges to conduct transportation-related research, pursue transportation-related degrees, to enter the transportation workforce, and to enhance the breadth, scope and diversity of knowledge of the entire transportation community in the U.S. Students are provided funding to pursue Associate, Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral Degrees in transportation-related disciplines in all modes of transportation.
Link: 693JJ318NF5228

Department of Defense/Naval Supply Systems Command
Research Initiatives at The Naval Postgraduate School
Funding Opportunity Number: N00244-18-S-NPS-F001
Application Deadline: May 31, 2019
The NPS is interested in research initiatives that offer potential for advancement and improvement in the NPS core mission of graduate education and research. This is an announcement to declare NPS’s solicitation in competitive funding of meritorious research initiatives across a spectrum of science and engineering, business, politics and public/foreign policy, operational and information sciences, and interdisciplinary disciplines that are in line with the NPS’s graduate education and research mission.
Link: N00244-18-S-NPS-F001

Upcoming Training
NSF Funding Opportunities: Broadening Participation in STEM

The National Science Foundation Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) is hosting a FREE Webinar on June 14, 2018 from 1:00-3:30 pm ET.
NSF Program Officers and Staff will highlight current funding opportunities available at NSF targeting underrepresented groups in STEM and Minority Serving Institutions. Funding opportunities for programs like NSF INCLUDES, ADVANCE, LifeSTEM, IUSE, ITEST, GRFP and many others will be highlighted. Representatives from all four divisions in EHR will be represented.
· Division of Research on Learning
· Division of Graduate Education
· Division of Undergraduate Education
· Division of Human Resource Development
In addition, Q & A opportunities with Program Officers will be provided during the webinar.
Administrators, faculty, researchers, evaluators, and other STEM education leaders working to broaden participation in STEM in formal and or informal contexts are encouraged to attend.
Please register here as soon as possible.


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.

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