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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

Department of Defense/NSWC - CRANE
Information Visualization of NSWC Crane Innovation Ecosystem as part of Naval Science and Technology
Funding Opportunity Number:  CRANBAA18-005 
Application Due Date:  April 26, 2018


NSWC Crane is interested in funding research to inform future science and technology investments via data mapping and information visualization techniques. Specifically, advancements beyond traditional scientometrics are desired for visualizing, understanding, and predicting naval research and development investments that yield transitioned technologies via methods that make sense of the dynamic collaborative network of academia, industry, and government partners.

Link: CRANBAA18-005

Office of the Director of National Intelligence/Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity
Molecular Analyzer for Efficient Gas- Phase Low-Power Interrogation (MAEGLIN Phase 2) Program
Solicitation Number: IARPA-BAA-18-04
Response Date: Apr 30, 2018

The MAEGLIN program intends to develop an ultra-low-power chemical analysis capability for the detection and identification of explosives, chemical weapons, industrial toxins and pollutants, narcotics, and nuclear materials in chemical environments with significant background and interferents. In Phase 1 the MAEGLIN program developed component technology for chemical collection, separation, and identification. In Phase 2, MAEGLIN will demonstrate integrated prototype systems in two capability tracks: Chemical Identification, and Chemical Detection.


Department of Energy/Office of Science
Quantum Testbed Pathfinder
Funding Opportunity Number: DE-FOA-0001895
Application Deadline:  May 14, 2018  


The Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research welcomes applications to explore of the suitability of various implementations of quantum computing hardware for science applications. This foundational research will facilitate the development of device architectures well-suited for scientific applications of quantum computing and improve our understanding of the advantages and limitations of various approaches to quantum computing for science applications. The purpose of this FOA is to invite applications for foundational research in the following two areas: 1. Exploring the relationship between device architecture and application performance 2. Developing meaningful metrics for evaluating the suitability of quantum computing hardware for science applications Applications may address one or both of these themes. Proposed research should focus on devices that are already available or that become available during the term of the award rather than large-scale, high-fidelity, fault-tolerant machines. Funded teams will be expected to collaborate externally with researchers working to develop applications and algorithms that can expand the frontiers of scientific discovery.

Link: DE-FOA-0001895

Department of Defense/DARPA/Biological Technologies Office
Funding Opportunity Number: HR001118S0034
Application Due Date:  May 22, 2018


DARPA seeks novel approaches to reversibly pause and/or slow the functions and preserve viability of living cells without reliance on cold temperature. This new technology aims to directly address needs within the Department of Defense to maintain and deliver biological therapeutics and extend the window of time for effective use of field forward therapeutics.

Link: HR001118S0034

National Science Foundation
Smart and Connected Health (SCH) Connecting Data, People and Systems
Funding Opportunity Number: NSF 18-541
Application Deadline: May 22, 2018


The goal of the interagency Smart and Connected Health (SCH): Connecting Data, People and Systems program is to accelerate the development and integration of innovative computer and information science and engineering approaches to support the transformation of health and medicine. Approaches that partner technology-based solutions with biomedical and biobehavioral research are supported by multiple agencies of the federal government including the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The purpose of this program is to develop next-generation multidisciplinary science that encourages existing and new research communities to focus on breakthrough ideas in a variety of areas of value to health, such as networking, pervasive computing, advanced analytics, sensor integration, privacy and security, modeling of socio-behavioral and cognitive processes and system and process modeling. Effective solutions must satisfy a multitude of constraints arising from clinical/medical needs, barriers to change, heterogeneity of data, semantic mismatch and limitations of current cyberphysical systems and an aging population. Such solutions demand multidisciplinary teams ready to address issues ranging from fundamental science and engineering to medical and public health practice.

 The SCH program:

  • takes a coordinated approach that balances theory with evidenced-based analysis and systematic advances with revolutionary breakthroughs;
  • seeks cross-disciplinary collaborative research that will lead to new fundamental insights; and
  • encourages empirical validation of new concepts through research prototypes, ranging from specific components to entire systems.

The purpose of this interagency program solicitation is to support the development of technologies, analytics and models supporting next generation health and medical research through high-risk, high-reward advances in computer and information science, engineering and technology, behavior and cognition. Collaborations between academic, industry, and other organizations are strongly encouraged to establish better linkages between fundamental science, medicine and healthcare practice and technology development, deployment and use. This solicitation is aligned with national reports calling for new partnerships to facilitate major changes in health and medicine, as well as healthcare delivery and is aimed at the fundamental research to enable these changes. Realizing the promise of disruptive transformation in health, medicine and/or healthcare will require well-coordinated, multi-disciplinary approaches that draw from the computer and information sciences, engineering, social, behavioral, cognitive and economic sciences, biomedical and health research. Only Integrative proposals (INT) spanning; up to 4 years with multi-disciplinary teams will be considered in response to this solicitation.

Link: NSF 18-541

National Science Foundation
Partnerships between Science and Engineering Fields and the NSF TRIPODS Institutes
Funding Opportunity Number: 18-542
Application Deadline: May 29, 2018


The National Science Foundation's (NSF's) Directorates for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) and Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS) recently launched the Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science (TRIPODS) Phase I program with the goal of promoting long-term, interdisciplinary research and training activities that engage theoretical computer scientists, statisticians, and mathematicians in developing the theoretical foundations of data science. Twelve TRIPODS Phase I Institutes were established in FY17 (see

The Partnerships between Science and Engineering Fields and the NSF TRIPODS Institutes (TRIPODS + X) solicitation seeks to expand the scope of the TRIPODS program beyond the foundations community by engaging researchers across other NSF disciplines and the TRIPODS research teams in collaborative activities. TRIPODS + X projects will foster relationships between researchers in science & engineering domains and foundational data scientists by leveraging existing NSF investments in the TRIPODS organizations. Working in concert with a TRIPODS organization, a TRIPODS + X project would focus on data-driven research challenges motivated by applications in one or more science and engineering domains or other activities aimed at building robust data science communities.

Link: 18-542

Department of Defense/DARPA/Biological Technologies Office
Next-Generation Non-Surgical Neurotechnology (N3)
Funding Opportunity Number: HR001118S0029
Application Due Date: June 05, 2018


DARPA seeks proposals to design, build, demonstrate, and validate a nonsurgical neural interface system to broaden the applicability of neural interfaces to the able-bodied warfighter. The final technology aims to enable neural recording and stimulation with sub-millimeter spatial resolution.

 Link:  HR001118S0029


National Science Foundation
CubeSat-based Science Missions for Geospace and Atmospheric Research 
Funding Opportunity Number: 18-553
Application Due Date: June 13, 2018

NSF is soliciting research proposals centered on small satellite missions. The overarching goal of the program is to support the development, construction, launch, operation, and data analysis of small satellite science missions to advance geospace and atmospheric research. Equally important, it will provide essential opportunities to train the next generation of experimental space scientists and aerospace engineers. To facilitate launch of the satellites as secondary payloads on existing missions, the focus of the program is on CubeSat-based satellites. Launch of the satellites will mainly be through the standardized CubeSat deployment system, the Poly Picosatellite Orbital Deployer (P-POD). Launch of the P-PODS will be as auxiliary payloads on DOD, NASA, or commercial launches. This will be arranged after selection and is not part of this solicitation. This solicitation covers proposals for science missions to include satellite development, construction, testing and operation as well as data distribution and scientific analysis.

 Link: 18-553

Department of DefenseSBIR/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: 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
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
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

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 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

Limited Competitions

The Office of the Vice President for Research is requesting Statements of Interest for the DOE: Materials and Chemical Sciences Research for Quantum Information Science. The sponsor will accept two (2) LOIsper institution. This is a link to the current funding opportunity announcement:


According to the program announcement, this funding opportunity supports fundamental research for public benefit in materials and chemical sciences to advance our understanding of quantum phenomena in systems that could be used for QIS, and the use of quantum computing in chemical and materials sciences research. The deadline for the submission of required Letters of Intent is May 3, 2018 at 5pm EST.  Full proposal applications are due to DOE on May 24, 2018 at 5pm EST.


If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please send a statement of interest of 200 words or less describing your project. Include the name of the PI and any Co-Investigators, submitting Department/Center, and the topical area: list either “Quantum Computing in Chemical and Materials Sciences” or “Next-Generation Quantum Systems”. Please e-mail the Statement of Interest as a pdf or Word document to by 5:00pm on Monday, April 23, 2018.  Because the required LOIs are due May 3, an expedited process is needed to select the two projects for submission.


In the event we receive more than two Statements of Interest, we will hold an alternate internal competition in which the relevant ADRs, Center Directors, or Department Chairs will make the selections based on the Statements of Interest. Please see the invitation letter.

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

Center for Regional Studies Call for Graduate Research Fellowship 2018-2019

Deadline April 30, 2018

The Center for Regional Studies (CRS) is currently accepting applications for graduate research fellowships during the 2018-2019 academic year. Students in masters’ programs will receive awards at $8000 per semester; doctoral students will receive awards at $9,000 per semester. CRS anticipates making ten to twelve student awards, pending final budget approval. Definition: Research Fellows are engaged in a research study under the mentorship of a UNM faculty member such as theses or dissertation research, or other requirements for a graduate degree. Students can also assist faculty in cases where certain aspects of faculty research is linked to the CRS mission, whether by a sponsored grant or an independent study.

Please refer students interested in this fellowship to the CRS website where they will find an application form and the Call for Proposals:

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

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


The OVPR Faculty Research Development Office will be hosting its annual National Science Foundation CAREER Award planning workshop on Thursday, April 26 from 12:30-2:30. The workshop will include a panel discussion featuring previous CAREER award recipients. During the workshop panelists will share their experiences with the CAREER program and offer insight into obtaining funding. The workshop will end with a brief look at the unique requirements of the CAREER, a suggested timeline to follow, and a pointer to resources on campus and the web to help make your proposal experience a success!

The CAREER workshop will be at the Collaborative Teaching & Learning Building (Bldg #55), CTLB 110.

Space is limited, so please RSVP by April 23rd. If you have any questions regarding this workshop, please contact Stephanie Tofighi at Please see workshop flyer.

Just a reminder, the NSF CAREER award is restricted to untenured, tenure track faculty. It includes opportunities from every NSF directorate and does not restrict faculty who have previously served as PIs on other projects.

OIRB Office Hours in the SUB

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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