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Early Investigator opportunities for Faculty

2018 Alan T. Waterman Award
~ The National Science Foundation’s Highest Honor~
(Deadline: October 23, 2017)
The National Science Foundation is pleased to accept nominations for the 2018 Alan T. Waterman Award. Each year, the Foundation bestows the Waterman Award to recognize the talent, creativity, and influence of a singular young researcher. The award consists of a $1,000,000 prize, a medal, a certificate, and a trip to Washington, DC, to receive the award.  For details about the Waterman Award’s history, the nomination procedure and the selection criteria please visit

Nominees are accepted from any field of science or engineering supported by the National Science Foundation. Nominations must be submitted electronically using NSF's FastLane system at
Please direct all inquiries about the award and the nomination procedures to

Please see the attached flyer announcing the call for the 2018 Alan T. Waterman Award.   The NSF is accepting nominations for this prestigious award, and solicits your help in disseminating information to individuals supportive of early career scientists and engineers deserving of special recognition as a result of their outstanding contributions to the STEM enterprise.  The National Science Foundation is especially interested in nominations for women, members of underrepresented groups in science and engineering, and person with disabilities.

Office of Naval Research

Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship (VBFF)
Funding Opportunity Number:  N00014-17-S-F015
Preliminary Application Due Date:  August 16, 2017
Full Application Due Date: January 8, 2018

VBFF supports innovative basic research within academia, as well as opportunities intended to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers for the defense workforce. Objectives of the program are to:
• Support unclassified basic scientific and engineering research that could be the foundation for future revolutionary new capabilities for DoD
• Educate and train student and post-doctoral researchers for the defense workforce
• Foster long-term relationships between university researchers and the DoD
• Familiarize university researchers and their students with DoD’s current and projected future challenges
• Increase the number of talented technical experts that DoD can call upon.
This FOA is for single investigator grant proposals for basic research in one or more of the following technical subject categories of interest to the DoD:

  • Engineering Biology
  • Quantum Information Science
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Novel Engineered Materials
  • Applied Mathematics and Statistics
  • Manufacturing Science
  • Other fields of research with high potential

Link: N00014-17S-F015

Department of Defense/Office of Naval Research
FY2018 Basic Research Challenge (BRC) Program
Funding Opportunity Number:  N00014-17-S-BA13
Letter of Intent:  August 18, 2017
Application Deadline:  November 17, 2017

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving proposals for basic research relating to the following topic areas: Topic 1 Randomized Numerical Linear Algebra for Large-Scale, Efficient Matrix Computations Topic 2 Levitated Optomechanics Topic 3 Exploring Compositional Space to Predict and Evolve Multi-Principal Element Alloys Topic 4 Guaranteed Performance of Multibody Control Systems  
Link:  N00014-17-S-BA13

National Science Foundation
EMERGING FRONTIERS IN RESEARCH AND INNOVATION (EFRI): Chromatin and Epigenetic Engineering (CEE) and Continuum, Compliant, and Configurable Soft Robotics Engineering (C3 SoRo)
Funding Opportunity Number:  17-578
Letter of Intent: September 15, 2017
Preliminary Proposal: October 25, 2017
Application Deadline:  February 23, 2018

The EFRI program serves a critical role in helping ENG focus on important emerging areas in a timely manner. This funding opportunity is for interdisciplinary teams of researchers to embark on rapidly advancing frontiers of fundamental engineering research. Proposals are sought that aim to investigate emerging frontiers in two research areas:  1) Chromatin and Epigenetic Engineering (CEE), and 2) Continuum, Compliant, and Configurable Soft Robotics Engineering (C3 SoRo). EFRI seeks proposals with transformative ideas that represent an opportunity for a significant shift in fundamental engineering knowledge with a strong potential for long term impact on national needs or a grand challenge.
Link:  17-578


National Science Foundation
Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF): Core Programs
Funding Opportunity Number: NSF 17-571
Application Due Date: Medium Proposals Due September 20-27, 2017
                                    Small Proposals Due November 1-15, 2017

ISE's Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in three core programs:

  • The Algorithmic Foundations (AF) program;
  • The Communications and Information Foundations (CIF) program; and
  • The Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF) program.
Proposers are invited to submit proposals in two project classes, which are defined as follows:
  • Small Projects - up to $500,000 total budget with durations up to three years; and
  • Medium Projects - $500,001 to $1,200,000 total budget with durations up to four years.

Link: NSF 17-571

National Science Foundation
Division of Materials Research: Topical Materials Research Programs (DMR-TMRP)
Funding Opportunity Number: NSF 17-580
Application Deadline October 1, 2017 - November 1, 2017
Research supported by the Division of Materials Research (DMR) focuses on advancing fundamental understanding of materials, materials discovery, design, synthesis, characterization, properties, and materials-related phenomena. DMR awards enable understanding of the electronic, atomic, and molecular structures, mechanisms, and processes that govern nanoscale to macroscale morphology and properties; manipulation and control of these properties; discovery of emerging phenomena of matter and materials; and creation of novel design, synthesis, and processing strategies that lead to new materials with unique characteristics. These discoveries and advancements transcend traditional scientific and engineering disciplines. The Division supports research and education activities in the United States through funding of individual investigators, teams, centers, facilities, and instrumentation. Projects supported by DMR are essential for the development of future technologies and industries that meet societal needs, as well preparation of the next generation of materials researchers.
This solicitation applies to the following six DMR Topical Materials Research Programs that fund research and educational projects by individual investigators or small groups: Biomaterials (BMAT), Condensed Matter Physics (CMP), Electronic and Photonic Materials (EPM), Metals and Metallic Nanostructures (MMN), Polymers (POL), and Solid-State and Materials Chemistry (SSMC). It does not apply to the following two DMR Topical Materials Research Programs, which have their own solicitations: Ceramics (CER) (NSF 16-597) and Condensed Matter and Materials Theory (CMMT) (NSF 16-596).

Department of Defense/Office of Naval Research
National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) 2018 Broad Agency Announcement
Funding Opportunity Number:  N00014-17-S-B016
Application Deadline:  Part 1 and 2: October 16, 2017 Part 3: January 29, 2018

This BAA provides research opportunities for the following three topics: 1.) CubeSat Sensors for Investigating Littoral Ocean & Atmosphere Dynamics; 2.) Improved & Routine Production, Stewardship and Application of the Group for High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature (GHRSST) Data; and 3.) In-situ Ocean Sensor Research and Technology Development.

Link:  N00014-17-S-B016

Department of Defense
Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI)
Funding Opportunity Number: N00014-17-S-F006
Application Due Date:  November 1, 2017
The MURI program supports basic research in science and engineering at U.S. institutions of higher education (hereafter referred to as "universities") that is of potential interest to DoD. The program is focused on multidisciplinary research efforts where more than one traditional discipline interacts to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD. Detailed descriptions of the topics and the Topic Chief for each can be found in Section VIII, entitled, “SPECIFIC MURI TOPICS,” of the FOA.
Link: N00014-17-S-F006

National Science Foundation
Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12)
Funding Opportunity Number: 17-584
Application Deadline: November 14, 2017
The Discovery Research PreK-12 program (DRK-12) seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (STEM) by preK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of STEM education innovations and approaches. Projects in the DRK-12 program build on fundamental research in STEM education and prior research and development efforts that provide theoretical and empirical justification for proposed projects. Projects should result in research-informed and field-tested outcomes and products that inform teaching and learning. Teachers and students who participate in DRK-12 studies are expected to enhance their understanding and use of STEM content, practices and skills. The DRK-12 program invites proposals that address immediate challenges that are facing preK-12 STEM education as well as those that anticipate radically different structures and functions of preK-12 teaching and learning. The DRK-12 program has three major research and development strands: (1) Assessment; (2) Learning; and (3) Teaching.
Link: 17-584

Department of Defense/Air Force Office of Scientific Research
CENTER OF EXCELLENCE: Efficient and Robust Machine Learning (ERML)
Funding Opportunity Number:  FOA-AFRL-AFOSR-2017-0002
Application Due Date:  Nov 30, 2017  

AFOSR seeks unclassified proposals from educational institutions in the United States for a University Center of Excellence (UCoE) in Efficient and Robust Machine Learning (ERML). This center is a joint project between AFOSR and the Air Force Research Laboratory, Information Directorate (AFRL/RI). The purpose of this ERML University Center of Excellence (UCoE) is to establish the foundational principles of design, development, and employment as well as critical technologies to support machine learning (ML) methods and procedures.  The Air Force’s autonomy vision includes intelligent machines that utilize data, leverage learning techniques, and deliver content for a variety of operations. Machine learning methods must be employed with efficiency and robustness for effective results given data challenges such as variety, volume, velocity, veracity, and value. Leveraging ML methods and techniques should incorporate contextual considerations, operational environments, and hardware implementation.

Link:   Search on ReferenceFOA-AFRL-AFOSR-2017-0002


National Science Foundation
Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate
Funding Opportunity Number: 16-552
Application Due Date:  December 8, 2017

The AGEP program seeks to advance knowledge about models to improve pathways to the professoriate and success for historically underrepresented minority doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty, particularly African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders, in specific STEM disciplines and/or STEM education research fields.  New and innovative models are encouraged, as are models that reproduce and/or replicate existing evidence-based alliances in significantly different disciplines, institutions, and participant cohorts.
Link:  16-552

Department of Defense/Air Force Office of Scientific Research 
Dynamically and Controllably Reconfigurable Antennas through Physical Deformation Processes
Funding Opportunity Number:  FOA-AFRL-AFOSR-2017-0003
Application Due Date:  Dec 15, 2017  

Proposals are sought from academic institutions capable of research that will lead to advances in science and technology that can yield potentially transformational impacts. This topic requires multidisciplinary research in design, stimuli-response reconfiguration, mechanical and structural characterization, and electromagnetic measurement and optimization. Various inputs to the antennas may be useful, including feedback loops for autonomous systems that self-regulate and fold intelligently based on external stimuli. Consideration should be given to properties over time, including effects of repeated actuation, and in various environments.Link:  Search on Reference:FOA-AFRL-AFOSR-2017-0003

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/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 invites faculty to submit proposals for projects that are likely to increase the impact and depth of the emerging areas of cross-cutting excellence that were identified in the Research Excellence Working Group Report that informed the UNM Research Strategic Plan.

These areas are:

  • Renewable Energy
  • Social and Cultural Place-based Research Relating to the Southwest
  • Water in the West

Please see the attached solicitation for more information and instructions. Note that the best consideration date for proposals is October 2, 2017.

The Limitied Competition received more than one statement of interest for the Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program limited competition. Therefore, we are now requesting 2-page pre-proposals, a draft budget overview, and an NIH CV in order to hold an internal competition to select the one proposal that can be developed for submission as a required letter of intent from UNM.
Please submit your completed pre-proposal documents by NOON on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 to with the subject line indicating: Brain Research Foundation - your name. No late submissions will be considered.
Please see the OVPR request for proposal letter with full instructions and additional details.
For further details and the internal competition requirements, please see the limited competitions website:

The Office of the Vice President for Research is requesting preproposals for the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program funding opportunity.

This is a limited competition. Each university is permitted to submit one nomination. Therefore, we are conducting an internal competition and are requesting preproposals by NOON on Friday, November 3, 2017 to be emailed to For submission details please see the OVPR request for proposal letter.

The sponsor deadline for full proposals is February 8, 2018.

The Office of the Vice President for Research is requesting preproposals for the American Honda Foundation funding opportunity. For submission details please see the OVPR request for proposal letter.

This is a limited competition. Each university is permitted to submit one full proposal. Therefore, we are conducting an internal competition and are requesting preproposals by NOON on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 to be emailed to

The sponsor deadline for full proposals is February 1, 2018.

The Office of the Vice President for Research is requesting preproposals for the NSF MRI: Major Research Instrumentation Program (NSF 15-504) funding opportunity.

This is a limited competition. MRI-eligible organizations may, as a performing organization, submit or be included as a significantly funded subawardee in no more than three (3) proposals. If three proposals are submitted, at least one of the proposals must be for instrument development (i.e., no more than two proposals may be for instrument acquisition). Therefore, we are conducting an internal competition and are requesting preproposals be submitted by NOON on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 to Please see the instructions for submission.

The NSF deadline for full proposals to the agency are due January 10, 2018.

The COBRE CETI Program is now accepting pilot project applications for the 2018 funding period. CETI's Pilot Project Program offers small grants to successful applicants interested in generating data in order to apply for external funding. The competition is open to all PI eligible employees of the University of New Mexico. The deadline for submission is November 30, 2017. Please see the guidelines for information on the application process and eligibility requirements. You may also visit our website, , for further information.

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

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 (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2017 Solicitation 2.  Applications are due 5:00pm Eastern Time on Thursday, November 16, 2017.
Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found at:    
The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory/facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.
The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis/dissertation while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the host DOE laboratories/facilities. The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory/facility during the award period.
The Office of Science expects to make approximately 50 awards in 2017 Solicitation 2, for project periods beginning anytime between June 4, 2018 and October 1, 2018.
Since its inception in 2014, the SCGSR program has provided support to over 250 graduate awardees from more than 100 different universities to conduct thesis research at 17 DOE national laboratories across the nation. The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the six Office of Science research programs offices and the DOE national laboratories/facilities, and program administration support is provided by the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE).

For any questions, please contact the SCGSR Program Manager, Dr. Ping Ge, at

Upcoming Training

Keck Information Session:
Please join us for an information session on the W.M. Keck Foundation presented by Betsy Till, Sr. Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations at the UNM Foundation.

The Keck Foundation supports high-risk/high-impact research to lay the groundwork for new paradigms, technologies and discoveries that will save lives, provide innovative solutions, and add to mankind’s understanding of the world. Both Senior and Early Career investigators are encouraged to apply. Their priority is to invest in pivotal, difficult work that overcomes some obstacle, that falls outside the mission of public funding agencies, and that (typically) presents too much risk for NIH or NSF to yet fund. This proposal cycle, and the forum, will focus on the Science and Engineering program area that is limited to Main Campus investigators.

Keck Information Session:
October 26, 2017
9:30am to 10:30am
Collaborative Teaching and Learning Building (CTLB) (Building #55 on the campus map)
Room # 110

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