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NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), January 2019

View the NSF PAPPG, January 2019

NSF Removes Deadlines for the Core Programs in Engineering Directorate

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CARC Taos Cluster/Storage cost calculator

CARC has provided PIs on campus the ability to purchase dedicated compute and storage resources to support their research, including through the Research Storage Consortium and the Nano, Gibbs, and now Taos condo clusters. To better support this, we have formalized purchasing research computing equipment and associated support at CARC through a UNM-approved cost model. Using this model, you simply budget for the equipment/services you need in your organization in a grant, and when the award lands, you charge your grant index (in your department – generating F&A for your org), and the direct costs are transferred to CARC to pay for the hardware and services you need.

To help you and you staff budget for this, we’ve assembled a simple excel calculator spreadsheet – simply punch in how much of each resource you need, and the spreadsheet will tell you and your accountant how much to budget in each line of your grant budget. This includes how much to budget for capital equipment (not subject to F&A) and how much to budget for infrastructure and computer services (subject to F&A). You simply put those numbers in your grant, and use a cost model description we can provide as the related budget justification.

Current Opportunities

Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR): Institutes for Data-Intensive Research in Science and Engineering - Frameworks

Full Proposal Deadline Date: May 7, 2019

Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP 2.0)

Deadline Date: March 7, 2019

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Computing in Undergraduate Education

Full Proposal Deadline Date: May 9, 2019


Concept Paper Deadline: 3/18/2019
Application Deadline: To be determined

The ATLANTIS Program seeks to develop new technical pathways for the design of economically competitive Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (FOWT).

A Science of Science Policy Approach to Analyzing and Innovating the Biomedical Research Enterprise

Application Deadline: 5/8/2019

NSF and NIH are interested in proposals that will propel understanding of the biomedical research enterprise by drawing from the scientific expertise of the science of science policy research community.

FY 2019 Regional Innovation Strategies Program

Application Deadline: 4/4/2019

Department of Commerce/U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA)

EDA is committed to fostering connected, innovation-centric economies that increase job growth and global competitiveness through technology commercialization and entrepreneurship.

Ideas Lab: Cross-cutting Initiative in CubeSat Innovations

Preliminary Proposal Deadline Date: February 12, 2019
Full Proposal Deadline Date: May 30, 2019
(due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time)

Science of Learning (SL)

The Science of Learning program supports potentially transformative basic research to advance the science of learning. The goals of the SL Program are to develop basic theoretical insights and fundamental knowledge about learning principles, processes and constraints.

Full Proposal Deadline Date

  • July 10, 2019, Second Wednesday in July, Annually Thereafter
  • January 15, 2020, Third Wednesday in January, Annually Thereafter

Expeditions in Computing

Full Proposal Window: April 25, 2018 - April 24, 2019


  • April 24, 2019 - April 23, 2020
  • April 24 - April 23, Annually Thereafter

Department of Energy Announces $3.6 Million for Research on Watersheds

DOE to Provide $16 Million for New Research into Atmospheric and Terrestrial Processes

View information on opportunities here

Tribal Support for Participation in the National Environmental Information Exchange Network (EN)

Application deadline: February 22, 2019

Automated Driving System (ADS) Demonstration Grants

Application deadline: March 21, 2019

Dear Colleague Letter: Research to Improve STEM Teaching and Learning, and Workforce Development for Persons with Disabilities

The National Science Foundation's (NSF's) Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) wishes to notify the community of its intention to support fundamental research on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning for persons with disabilities, such as dyslexia or autism.

Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Core Research (FW-HTF)

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time): March 06, 2019

Dear Colleague Letter: Seeking Community Input for International Research Experiences for Graduate Students

In an era of globalization of research excellence, global competence is an increasingly important component of professional development for the U.S. science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce.

Dear Colleague Letter: Leadership-Class Computing Allocations

Two NSF leadership-class computing resources, Blue Waters and Frontera, will be available for allocation with an award start date of April 1, 2019.

Mid Scale Research Infrastructure 1

Preliminary proposal due February 19, 2019

Mid Scale Research Infrastructure 1 are for projects $6 million up to $20 million. Within Mid-scale RI-1, proposers may submit two types of projects, “Implementation” and “Design”.

Mid Scale Research Infrastructure 2

Required LOI due February 8, 2019

Mid Scale Research Infrastructure 2 are for projects $20 million up to $70 million.

Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS): Core Programs

Full Proposal Window:

  • MEDIUM Projects: September 9, 2019 - September 16, 2019
  • LARGE Projects: September 18, 2019 - September 25, 2019
  • SMALL Projects: October 31, 2019 - November 14, 2019

Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF): Core Programs

Full Proposal Window:

  • MEDIUM projects: September 9, 2019 - September 16, 2019
  • SMALL projects: October 31, 2019 - November 14, 2019

Competition for a Cooperative Institute for Satellite Earth System Studies

Current Closing Date for Applications: Jan 31, 2019

Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC): Research Core Program

Full Proposal Window:

  • SMALL projects: October 31, 2019 - November 14, 2019

Computer and Network Systems (CNS): Core Programs

Full Proposal Window:

  • MEDIUM projects: September 9, 2019 - September 16, 2019
  • LARGE projects: September 18, 2019 - September 25, 2019
  • SMALL projects: October 31, 2019 - November 14, 2019

Enabling Discovery through GEnomic Tools (EDGE)

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time): February 12, 2019. Second Tuesday in February, annually thereafter.

Call for Faculty Applications to 2019 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program (NGFFP)

NASA John Glenn Research Center (GRC) in Cleveland, Ohio, is accepting applications from full-time, qualified STEM faculty in accredited US colleges and universities, for the summer 2019 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program (NGFFP), tenured at GRC. The ten-week Fellowship starts on Monday, June 3, and concludes on Friday, August 9, 2019. The opportunity is open to mainly US citizens. Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and women, under-represented and underserved faculty members, as well as, early career faculty are encouraged to apply.

The application form and instructions: 2019 NGFFP Application

Enabling Technologies to Accelerate Development of Oral Biodevices (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Letter of Intent Due Date(s): December 28, 2018

Application Due Date(s): January 28, 2019

Spectrum Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, and Security (SpecEES): Enabling Spectrum for All

Full Proposal Deadline Date: February 13, 2019

Campus Cyberinfrastructure

Full Proposal Deadline Date: February 20, 2019

Enabling Quantum Leap: Quantum Idea Incubator for Transformational Advances in Quantum Systems (QII - TAQS)

National Robotics Initiative 2.0: Ubiquitous Collaborative Robots (NRI-2.0)

Full Proposal Deadline Date: February 19, 2019

FY19 DoN HBCU/MI Program Funding Opportunity

Key deadlines to consider include:

  • Inquiries and Questions: 19 December 2018 (Wednesday)
  • White Paper: 16 January 2019 (Wednesday) at 5:00 PM Local Eastern Time
  • Invited Proposal: 10 April 2019 (Wednesday) at 11:59 PM Local Eastern Time

Applicants are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to contact the appropriate Program Officer who is the point of contact for a specific technical area to discuss their research ideas. A list of most Program Officers and their contact information can be found at: or at:

Questions about DoN HBCU/MI Program Policy should be directed to General FOA questions should be directed to

Visiting Data Scientist at NASA JSC Sponsored by TRISH

The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) is offering an out-of-this-world opportunity for a visiting data scientist positon located at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. This two-year sabbatical or other career development leave allows the visiting data scientist to apply computational data analysis methods and techniques to challenges in astronaut health and performance. The selected individual will work with NASA scientists and personnel to identify trends in the health of astronauts and impact future crew health as NASA prepares to send humans to the Moon and Mars.

The opportunity lasts for two years and is offered as a grant from TRISH to the visiting scientist’s home institution. Program specific details and how to apply for this opportunity can be found at:

Please email for additional information.

National Science Foundation
Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure (Mid-scale RI)

Mid-scale research infrastructure has been identified as critical for scientific advances in many research areas. In recognition of this scientific importance, the 2017 American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA) directed NSF to "evaluate the existing and future needs, across all disciplines supported by the Foundation, for mid-scale projects" and to "develop a strategy to address the needs identified." NSF issued a Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 18-013) and received responses whose execution would require $8 billion to $10 billion in funding for projects in the $20 million to $100 million range.

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: 19-502
Letter of Interest Deadline: November 29, 2018
Preliminary Application Deadline: January 7, 2019
Full Application Deadline: April 25, 2019


National Science Foundation
Gen-4 Engineering Research Centers (ERC Program)

Letter of Interest Deadline: November 30, 2018
Preliminary Application Deadline: January 16, 2019
Full Application Deadline: July 12, 2019

The ERC program supports convergent research that will lead to strong societal impact. Each ERC has interacting foundational components that go beyond the research project, including engineering workforce development at all participant stages, a culture of diversity and inclusion where all participants gain mutual benefit, and value creation within an innovation ecosystem that will outlast the lifetime of the ERC. The logical reasoning that links the proposed activities to the identified goals for each ERC should be clear.

Link: 19-503

Office of Naval Research Electronic Warfare Technology

Funding Opportunity Number: N00014-19-R-S002
Abstract Deadline: December 7, 2018
Application Deadline: February 28, 2019

The goal of EW is to control the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) by exploiting, deceiving, or denying enemy use of the spectrum while ensuring its use by friendly forces. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) EW Discovery and Invention (D&I) program invests in Science and Technology initiatives that will provide naval forces with improved threat warning systems; Electronic warfare Support; decoys and countermeasures against weapon tracking and guidance systems; Electronic Attack against adversary Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR); and Electronic Protection of our own weapons and C4ISR from intentional and unintentional interference.

Link: N00014-19-R-S002

National Science Foundation
NSF Quantum Computing & Information Science Faculty Fellows

Funding Opportunity Number: 19-507
Preliminary Proposal Deadlines: December 17, 2018 and July 1, 2019
Full Application Deadlines: February 25, 2019 and September 27, 2019

The QCIS-Faculty Fellows (QCIS-FF) program therefore aims to grow academic research capacity in the computing and information science fields to support advances in quantum computing and/or communication over the long term. Specifically, QCIS-FF seeks to support departments and schools in U.S. institutions of higher education that conduct research and teaching in computer science, information science, and/or computer engineering, with the specific goal of encouraging hiring of tenure-track and tenured faculty in quantum computing and/or communication.

Link: 19-507

Enabling Access to Cloud Computing Resources for CISE Research and Education (Cloud Access)

Funding Opportunity Number: NSF 19-510
Preliminary Proposal Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time): December 20, 2018
Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time): February 19, 2019

Increasingly, data- and compute-intensive research and education efforts are benefiting from access to cloud computing platforms, which provide robust, agile, reliable, and scalable infrastructure. To better support this growing use of cloud computing resources, the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) seeks to fund an entity that can serve as a principal interface between the CISE research and education community and public cloud computing providers. Through this solicitation, NSF will support an entity that will have multiple responsibilities, including: 1) establishing partnerships with the various public cloud computing providers; 2) assisting NSF in allocating cloud computing resources to qualifying CISE-funded projects; 3) managing cloud computing accounts and resources allocated to individual CISE projects; 4) providing user training and other support to CISE researchers and educators using cloud computing in their work; and 5) providing strategic technical guidance for CISE researchers and educators interested in using public cloud computing platforms.

Link: NSF 19-510

CISE Community Research Infrastructure (CCRI)

Letter of Intent Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

  • January 08, 2019
  • November 12, 2019
  • November 11, 2020

Second Wednesday in November, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

  • February 20, 2019
  • January 09, 2020
  • January 14, 2021

Second Thursday in January, Annually Thereafter

The Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Community Research Infrastructure (CCRI) program drives discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines of the three participating divisions [(Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF), Computer and Network Systems (CNS), and Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS)] by funding the creation and enhancement of world-class research infrastructure. This research infrastructure will specifically support diverse communities of CISE researchers pursuing focused research agendas in computer and information science and engineering. This support involves developing the accompanying user services and engagement needed to attract, nurture, and grow a robust research community that is actively involved in determining directions for the infrastructure as well as management of the infrastructure. This should lead to infrastructure that can be sustained through community involvement and community leadership, and that will enable advances not possible with existing research infrastructure. Further, through the CCRI program, CISE seeks to ensure that researchers from a diverse range of academic institutions, including minority-serving and predominantly undergraduate institutions, as well as researchers from non-profit, non-academic organizations, have access to such infrastructure.

Link: 19-512

National Science Foundation
Partnerships for Innovation

Funding Opportunity Number: 19-506
Application Deadlines: January 17, 2019 and July 10, 2019

The Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program offers researchers from all disciplines of science and engineering funded by NSF the opportunity to perform translational research and technology development, catalyze partnerships and accelerate the transition of discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace. This solicitation offers two broad tracks: 1) The Technology Translation (PFI-TT) track offers the opportunity to translate prior NSF-funded research results in any field of science or engineering into technological innovations with promising commercial potential and societal impact. 2) The Research Partnerships (PFI-RP) track seeks to achieve the same goals as the PFI-TT track by supporting instead complex, multi-faceted technology development projects that are typically beyond the scope of a single researcher or institution and require a multi-organizational, interdisciplinary, synergistic collaboration.

Link: 19-506

National Institutes of Health
Lymphatics in Health and Disease in the Digestive System (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-DK-18-021
Letter of Interest Deadline: January 21, 2019
Application Deadline: February 21, 2019

The purpose of this FOA is to invite applications that investigate aspects of lymphatic vessel physiology, development and pathophysiology related to health and diseases of the digestive system. Studies to understand the factors that control local lymphatic vessel functional anatomy and physiology and development during health or disease in this system and its organs, and the mechanisms by which alterations of lymphatic vessel function affect organ function, are of interest. However, studies with the major focus on immune mechanisms, role of lymphatics in cancer metastasis and study of lymphatic vessels in organs other than those from the digestive system will not be considered responsive.

Link: RFA-DK-18-021

Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI)

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time): January 23, 2019

This solicitation updates the Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI) solicitation NSF 18-547. The CICI program continues to support the goal of a secure scientific workflow. The current solicitation:

  • Adds a new program area, Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (CCoE); and
  • Removes the program area, Collaborative Security Response Center.

Any proposal submitted in response to this solicitation should be submitted in accordance with the revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 18-1), which is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 29, 2018.

Link: 19-514

Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF)

Submission Window Date(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time): January 28, 2019 - February 04, 2019

DMREF is the primary program by which NSF participates in the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) for Global Competitiveness. MGI recognizes the importance of materials science and engineering to the well-being and advancement of society and aims to "deploy advanced materials at least twice as fast as possible today, at a fraction of the cost." MGI integrates materials discovery, development, property optimization, and systems design with a shared computational framework. This framework facilitates collaboration and coordination of research activities, analytical tools, experimental results, and critical evaluation in pursuit of the MGI goals. Consistent with the MGI Strategic Plan, DMREF highlights four sets of goals:

  • Leading a culture shift in materials science and engineering research to encourage and facilitate an integrated team approach;
  • Integrating experimentation, computation, and theory and equipping the materials science and engineering communities with advanced tools and techniques;
  • Making digital data accessible, findable, and useful to the community; and
  • Creating a world-class materials science and engineering workforce that is trained for careers in academia or industry.

Link: 19-516

National Institutes of Health
Basic Neurodevelopmental Biology of Circuits and Behavior (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Funding Opportunity Number: PAR-19-027
Application Deadline: February 04, 2019

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits research projects focused on the dynamic and mechanistic links between the maturation of brain circuits and behaviors across development in rodents and non-human primates. The goal is to build a foundation for understanding how interactions within and among brain regions change over pre- and post-natal development, allowing for the emergence of cognitive, affective and social behaviors. To this end, projects supported will focus on neurodevelopmental trajectories in rodents or non-human primates and investigate questions using in vivo neural measures in awake, behaving animals.

Link: PAR-19-027


Basic Neurodevelopmental Biology of Brain Circuits and Behavior (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)


National Science Foundation
NSF/CASIS Collaboration on Tissue Engineering and Mechanobiology on the International Space Station (ISS) to Benefit Life on Earth

Funding Opportunity Number: 19-509
Application Deadline: February 15, 2019

The purpose is to Divisions of Chemical, Bioengineering and Environmental Transport (CBET) and Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Infrastructure (CMMI) in the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) are partnering with The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to solicit research projects in the general fields of tissue engineering and mechanobiology that can utilize the International Space Station (ISS) National Lab to conduct research that will benefit life on Earth.

Link: 19-509

National Science Foundation
Algorithms for Threat Detection

Funding Opportunity Number: 19-504
Application Deadline: February 19, 2019

The Algorithms for Threat Detection (ATD) program will support research projects to develop the next generation of mathematical and statistical algorithms for analysis of large spatiotemporal datasets with application to quantitative models of human dynamics. The program is a partnership between the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) at NSF and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA).

Link: 19-504

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.

Link: NSF 17-514

Dear Colleague Letter: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Supplemental Funding

Priority given to supplemental funding requests submitted before March 30, 2019. The NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) invites grantees with active CISE awards to submit requests for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Supplemental funding, following the guidelines in the NSF REU program solicitation [see Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): Sites and Supplements; NSF 13-542].


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.


Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC)

Preliminary Proposal Due Date(s) (required): June 24, 2019
Full Proposal Deadline(s): November 26, 2019, By invitation only

The Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs) program provides sustained support of interdisciplinary materials research and education of the highest quality while addressing fundamental problems in science and engineering. Each MRSEC addresses research of a scope and complexity requiring the scale, synergy, and multidisciplinarity provided by a campus-based research center. The MRSECs support materials research infrastructure in the United States, promote active collaboration between universities and other sectors, including industry and international organizations, and contribute to the development of a national network of university-based centers in materials research, education, and facilities. A MRSEC may be located at a single institution, or may involve multiple institutions in partnership, and is composed of up to three Interdisciplinary Research Groups, IRGs, each addressing a fundamental materials science topic aligned with the Division of Materials Research, DMR.

Link: 19-517

National Science Foundation

Funding Opportunity Number: 11-581
Application Deadline: July 1, 2019

The primary goal is the development of cyberinfrastructure for the geosciences (Geoinformatics). Collaboration with computational scientists and the development of public/private partnerships are strongly encouraged. This solicitation will support efforts to create the underlying knowledge base and utilities that will be integrated, over time, through EarthCube. Projects should be proposed using modern software techniques and standards that facilitate eventual integration into a geoscience-wide knowledge system.

Link: 11-581

National Science Foundation
Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)

Funding Opportunity Number: 17-565
Application Deadline: August 14, 2019

As the nation continues to expand the horizon of opportunities and possibilities through advances in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the need for a more diverse and well-prepared STEM workforce is also expanding [1]. The challenge of preparing citizens for the expanding workforce and the changing workplace environments calls for new innovations in STEM education [2]. ITEST is a research and development program that supports projects to promote PreK-12 student interests and capacities to participate in the STEM and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce of the future. The ITEST program supports research on the design, development, implementation, and selective spread of innovative strategies for engaging students in technology-rich experiences that: (1) increase student awareness of STEM occupations; (2) motivate students to pursue appropriate education pathways to STEM occupations; or (3) develop disciplinary-based knowledge and practices, or promote critical thinking, reasoning skills, or communication skills needed for entering STEM workforce sectors. ITEST projects may adopt an interdisciplinary focus that includes multiple STEM disciplines, focus on a single discipline, or focus on one or more sub-disciplines. The ITEST program supports projects that provide evidence for factors, instructional designs, and practices in formal and informal learning environments that broaden participation of students from underrepresented groups in STEM fields and related education and workforce domains. Projects that actively engage business and industry partners to better ensure that PreK-12 experiences foster the knowledge and skill-sets needed for emerging STEM occupations are strongly encouraged.

Link: 17-565

Department of Defense/DARPA - Defense Sciences Office
Polyplexus Pilot 2

Funding Opportunity Number: HR001118S0058
Final Abstract Deadline: August 14, 2019
Application Deadline: September 3, 2019

The Defense Sciences Office at DARPA is seeking participants for a pilot program designed to utilize modern connectivity to rapidly develop promising basic research pathways and then efficiently develop basic research proposals. DSO’s intent is to fund research proposals resulting from this pilot program. The goal is to deliver research proposals that seek to investigate innovative approaches to enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. This announcement is intended to support the DSO mission to anticipate scientific surprise.

Link: HR001118S0058

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 16, 2019

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 Institutes of Health
BRAIN Initiative: Research on the Ethical Implications of Advancements in Neurotechnology and Brain Science (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)

Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-MH-19-400
Letter of Interest Deadline: 30 days prior to the application due dates
Application Deadline: October 09, 2020

This FOA specifically seeks to support efforts addressing core ethical issues associated with research focused on the human brain and resulting from emerging technologies and advancements supported by the BRAIN Initiative. The hope is that efforts supported under this FOA might be both complementary and integrative with the transformative, breakthrough neuroscience discoveries supported through the BRAIN Initiative.

Link: RFA-MH-19-400

National Institutes of Health
NIDDK Education Program Grants (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Funding Opportunity Number: PAR-19-030
Application Deadline: September 25, 2021

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this NIDDK R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nations biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skills Development and Research Experiences

Link: PAR-19-030

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

Structural Integrity Research Collaborations for Aircraft (SIRCA)

Current Closing Date for Applications: October 23, 2023

The objective of the Structural Integrity Research Collaborations for Aircraft (SIRCA) program is to enable collaborative research partnerships between AFRL, Academia, and Industry, in areas relevant to aircraft to, structural integrity including, but not limited to, risk and reliability, metal fatigue and fracture, and composite damage modeling.


Ceramics (CER)

Proposals Accepted Anytime

Investigators are advised that the following dates – March 15 to May 15 and July 15 to Aug. 15 – should, optimally, be avoided for submissions.

Link: 19-515

Strengthening Teamwork for Robust Operations in Novel Groups (STRONG)
Department of Defense

Funding Opportunity Number: W911NF-19-S-0001. The future vision for the U.S. Army includes teams of humans and intelligent agents working together to accomplish missions. The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has established this new collaborative program, Strengthening Teamwork for Robust Operations in Novel Groups (STRONG), with the goal of developing the foundation for enhanced teamwork within heterogeneous human-intelligent agent teams. This collaborative venture will bring together diverse, multidisciplinary expertise to support scientific breakthroughs relevant to specific and critical scientific questions that must be addressed to enable this future vision.

Link: W911NF-19-S-0001

National Science Foundation
Environmental Sustainability

Funding Opportunity Number: PD 18-7643
Application Due Date: Continuous

The Environmental Sustainability program is part of the Environmental Engineering and Sustainability cluster, which also includes 1) Environmental Engineering; and 2) Biological and Environmental Interactions of Nanoscale Materials.


National Science Foundation
Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE)

Funding Opportunity Number: PD 16-7680
Application Due Date: Continuous

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.

Link: PD 16-7680

National Science Foundation
Engineering Design and System Engineering (EDSE)

Funding Opportunity Number: PD 19-072Y
Application Deadline: Continuous

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.

Link: PD 19-072Y

National Science Foundation
Mind, Machine and Motor Nexus (M3X)

Funding Opportunity Number: PD-19-058Y
Application Deadline: Continuous

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-19-058Y

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.

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.

Link: NSF 18-515

National Science Foundation
Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions: Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) and Research Opportunity Awards (ROA)

Funding Opportunity Number: 14-579
Application Deadline: Continuous

The Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) and Research Opportunity Awards (ROA) funding opportunities support research by faculty members at predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs). RUI proposals support PUI faculty in research that engages them in their professional field(s), builds capacity for research at their home institution, and supports the integration of research and undergraduate education. ROAs similarly support PUI faculty research, but these awards typically allow faculty to work as visiting scientists at research-intensive organizations where they collaborate with other NSF-supported investigators

Link: 14-579

National Science Foundation
Crosscutting Activities in Materials Research

Funding Opportunity Number: PD-18-7222
Application Deadline: Continuous

Crosscutting Activities in Materials Research (XC) coordinates and supports crosscutting activities within the Division of Materials Research (DMR) and more broadly across NSF; with emphasis on diversity and inclusion, international cooperation, and education. Activities that broadly engage the community, such as summer schools, institutes, workshops, and conferences may be supported by XC. Proposals are welcome that do not fit elsewhere at NSF that are also highly relevant for the materials research and education community. Activities that focus on broadening participation of underrepresented groups and/or diversity and inclusion are supported.

Link: PD-18-7222

Limited Competitions

Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering

Nominations are requested in January of each year from the presidents of 50 universities selected by the Advisory Panel. Up to two nominations may be made by the president of each institution.

Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)

The Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) offers researchers from all disciplines of science and engineering funded by NSF the opportunity to perform translational research and technology development, catalyze partnerships and accelerate the transition of discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace for societal benefit.

Full Proposal Deadline Date

  • July 10, 2019, Second Wednesday in July, Annually Thereafter
  • January 8, 2020, Second Wednesday in January, Annually Thereafter

Limited Competition: Moore Inventor Fellows

The Office of the Vice President for Research is requesting pre-proposals for the Moore Inventor Fellows funding opportunity. Each institution can submit two nominations for consideration.

Candidates must be faculty, research scientists, postdocs, or other full-time staff. Candidates must be no more than ten years past receiving the terminal advanced degree in their field (M.S., Ph.D. or M.D.). Each fellow is required to devote at least 25 percent of their time to their invention, and cost share is alsorequired. The 2019 guidelines can be found at:

If you are interested in being nominated, please send a 2-page pre-proposal via e-mail to by noon, Tuesday, December 18, 2018. Nominations must be received by the sponsor by 5:00 pm PT on February 11, 2019, with all application materials due by 5:00 pm PT on March 4, 2019.

American Honda Foundation Grant Program

The Office of the Vice President for Research is requesting pre-proposals for the American Honda Foundation Grant Program. Please distribute this notice to departments and individuals whom you believe would be interested. This is a limited competition. Only one proposal is permitted per institution, including its branch campuses. Therefore, we are conducting an internal competition and are requesting statements of interest by noon Monday, November 19, 2018, and 3-page pre-proposals by noon on Monday, December 3, 2018.

The deadline to submit a full proposal to the American Honda Foundation is February 1, 2019.

For additional information about this funding opportunity:

If you are affiliated with HSC, please contact Corey Ford ( or Cassandra Misenar ( for more information.

The Office of the Vice President for Research is requesting preproposals for the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards

This is a limited competition. Each university is permitted to submit two applications. Therefore, we are conducting an internal competition and are requesting statements of interest by noon on November 13, 2018 and preproposals by noon on November 19, 2018.

Proposals are due to the sponsor by January 9, 2019.

For further details and the internal competition requirements, please see the limited competitions website:

W.M. Keck Foundation Grant Opportunity

The Office of the Vice President for Research is requesting 1-page concept papers for the for W.M. Keck Foundation Science and Engineering program area grant. Please distribute this notice to departments and individuals whom you believe would be interested.

This is a limited competition. Therefore, we are conducting an internal competition and are requiring statements of interest by 5pm on December 12, 2018 and one-page concept papers to by NOON on January 15, 2019.

The Office of the Vice President for Research is requesting pre-proposals for the NSF: Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR): Data Science Corps (DSC)

Building Capacity for HDR (NSF 19-518) Big Idea funding opportunity. Please distribute this notice to departments and individuals whom you believe would be interested. This is a limited competition. Only one proposal is permitted per organization. Therefore, we are conducting an internal competition and are requesting statements of interest by noon Thursday, November 15, 2018, listing all anticipated senior personnel, and pre-proposals by noon on Thursday, November 29, 2018.

The submission window dates for full proposals to NSF are January 28, 2019 - February 04, 2019.

For further details and the internal competition requirements, please see the limited competitions website:

If you are affiliated with HSC, please contact Corey Ford ( or Cassandra Misenar ( for more information.

NSF: Materials Innovation Platform (NSF 19-526)

The Office of the Vice President for Research is requesting statements of interest for the NSF: Materials Innovation Platform (NSF 19-526) funding opportunity. The funding agency limits the number of proposals per institution to one. See the following link for further details:

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please send a statement of interest with the following: 1) Provide a list of participating Senior Personnel (university faculty and equivalent) by full name, departmental affiliation, and major roles in the proposed MIP; 2) names of any other (non-lead) participating institutions or organizations; and 3) a tentative project title and brief description of 200 words or less via e-mail to by noon, November 21, 2018. Based on the statements of interest we receive by the deadline, we may call for pre-proposals for an internal competition, if needed.

Full proposals are due to NSF on February 04, 2019.

For further details and the internal competition requirements, please see the limited competitions website:

If you are affiliated with HSC, please contact Corey Ford ( or Cassandra Misenar ( for more information.

UNM Grand Challenges

Proposals due: January 10, 2019

We are pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the UNM Grand Challenges Initiative. Under the leadership of UNM President Garnett S. Stokes, we have been charged with carrying out this bold new approach to building the research enterprise of New Mexico’s flagship institution.

Today’s state, national and global challenges require an increased commitment to collaborative and multi-disciplinary research. As New Mexico’s leading research university, we are united by our innovation, our research expertise, and our capacity to work across disciplinary boundaries. In the spring of 2019, President Stokes will select three Grand Challenges that will focus our research and education efforts around problems crucial to New Mexico and beyond. The attached RFP describes the aims of this initiative, as well as the requirements for proposals for Grand Challenge Conceptual Goals.


Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program

Brain Research Foundation’s Annual Seed Grant Program was initiated in 1981. The purpose of the Program is to provide start-up money for new research projects and innovative programs that have the potential of becoming competitive for an NIH grant or other external funding sources. Their goal is to have this initial effort succeed in opening future opportunities for research, collaboration and scientific advancement. To be eligible, the PI must be a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor working in the area of studies of brain function. This includes molecular and clinical neuroscience as well as studies of neural, sensory, cognitive, behavioral, and emotional functioning in health and disease. Each total award is limited to $80,000 (direct costs) for a two-year grant period. BRF does not allow overhead charges or indirect costs. You can find more information on the following link:

Required Letter of Intents are due to the sponsor January 8, 2019 by 3:00pm MST. Invited full proposals are due March 27, 2019 by 3:00pm MST. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact us at

If you are affiliated with HSC, please contact Corey Ford ( or Cassandra Misenar ( for more information.

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.

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

Student Opportunities

Major Science from Minor Planets: Discoveries of the Dawn mission to Vesta and Ceres

Carol Raymond, Ph.D., Jet Propulsion Laboratory
February 5, 2019: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
NM Museum of Natural History & Science. 1801 Mountain Rd. NW, ABQ NM 87104
cost: $8 nonmembers, $7 members, $5 students. Preregistration is encouraged or tickets can be purchased at the door the evening of the event (if seats are available). Go to Questions:

NASA's "Dawn Mission" was the first to go to the asteroid belt and the first to orbit an object in the main belt. The mission has returned amazing data that has changed our understanding of the protoplanet Vesta and the dwarf planet Ceres. This is a unique opportunity to hear from Dawn’s Principal Investigator, Dr. Raymond. Join her for a discussion of the science, including the spectacular NEW views of Ceres obtained recently during Dawn's final low altitude orbit around Ceres. The NM Museum of Natural History & Science has the only summary exhibit of the Dawn Mission in existence. After the lecture, attendees will be able to visit the exhibit with Dr. Raymond and other Dawn Science Team members.

NASA Space Life Sciences Training Program Opportunities Now Available for Summer of 2019

The summer application window opened on December 11, 2018, and closes February 4, 2019, 5:00 pm Pacific Time.

The Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP) is seeking student applications for the 2019 summer program. The program will run from June 10 to August 16, 2019 at NASA Ames Research Center.

Students who are interested may apply through the SLSTPapp website. Prospective applicants must create a student account on the SLSTPapp website.

New Mexico Space Grant Consortium Scholarship/Fellowship opportunities

Undergraduate Scholarship Program
$2,500/semester (up to 4 semesters)
Applications open January 14, 2019 - March 18, 2019
Funding will be for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020

Graduate Scholarship Program
$5,500/semester (up to 4 semesters)
Applications open January 14, 2019 - March 18, 2019
Funding will be for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020

For more information:

Department of Homeland Security Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions

Application deadline: February 11, 2019

Opportunity to connect top women science and engineering graduate students with LDRD projects associated with Nanodevices and Microsystems Research

The Nanodevices and Microsystems Research Foundation (NMRF) Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Investment Area at Sandia is seeking to enhance diversity in the submission and leadership of LDRD projects within its portfolio (especially the participation of women as PIs).

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Deadline: End of February, 2019

Diane Peebles, PhD
Academic Alliance Manager
New Mexico Partnerships

Lucy Student Pipeline Accelerator and Competency Enabler (L’SPACE) Virtual Academy

NASA’s Lucy Mission to Jupiter’s Trojan Asteroids is currently accepting applications for its new student collaboration program - the Lucy Student Pipeline Accelerator and Competency Enabler (L’SPACE) Virtual Academy. This interactive, team-based, 12-week program is designed to engage a diverse population of undergraduate college/university science and engineering students in rigorous, project-based STEM workforce development.

  • Learn from engineers and scientists working on NASA mission;
  • Participate and apply what you learn in mission-related design challenges;
  • Strengthen your resume for internship and career opportunities;
  • Receive mission development skills training;
  • Acquire strategies to help you effectively market your capabilities to NASA and other space-related companies and organizations; and
  • Gain helpful insights into the developing space economy workforce demands and opportunities.

Cost: Free! You invest your time, passion, and dedication to participate!

Want to know more? Please visit for more information and to access the application. The applications are due January 10thand selected participants will be notified of acceptance by January 14th.

The Spring Academy – Level 1 will occur on Thursdays and start on January 20, 2019 at 4:30pm PT, 5:30pm MT, 6:30pm CT, and 7:30pm ET.

Questions? Please contact Sheri Klug Boonstra -

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

NM Research Spotlight Forum : Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

January 29, 1-5:00 PM
ABQ NM, 87102

Please register:

A new series of forums to provide an overview of research and needs on specific topics, to foster collaboration between Sandia National Laboratories and New Mexico’s research universities. These events are open to all interested Sandia staff, along with school faculty and students.

ReACT Bio Security Workshop at Arizona State University, January 18th 2019

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Arizona State University (ASU) are pleased to announce that the next topical workshop for the Regional Academic Collaboration (ReACt) will be hosted at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ on January 18th of 2019. The topic of the workshop is Bio Security.

There will be a number of discussion topics within the thrust area and a facilitator from both Los Alamos National Laboratory and a ReACt University in each topical workshop.

For further information, call or e-mail Keith Collins, LANL, NSEC

Spring IRB Educational Workshops

The first round of Spring educational workshops have been scheduled from 10am – 11am on the dates listed below (see attached flyer). Be the first to register to attend by emailing Seating at each workshop is limited to the first 12 attendees.

January 28, 2019: IRB Regulations and Policies
February 4, 2019: IRB Elements: Navigating the IRB Review Process at UNM
February 11, 2019: IRB Protocol and Consent: Developing an IRB Protocol and Consent Form
February 18, 2019: Common Mistakes
February 25, 2019: Working with IRBNet: Submitting your Application Online

Faculty: remember to invite us to present at your department meetings, methods classes, etc.!!! Presentations can be tailored to meet the needs of your faculty and/or students.

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Department Outreach

The OIRB welcomes the opportunity to visit your department during a faculty meeting, student gathering or class to provide information and answer questions about the IRB review process. Please see the attached flyer and contact us to reserve a date for us to visit your class or meeting this fall.

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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