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Current Opportunities

Early Investigator opportunities for faculty

The UNM Cancer Center was awarded an Institutional Research Grant by the American Cancer Society that allows us to issue internal pilot grants to early career faculty. We are holding a special call for its Special Interest Award. This is a 1-year, $30,000 award set aside for behavioral, psychosocial and interventional research proposals that particularly address the special needs of New Mexico’s populations in the areas of cancer control, prevention, support and management.

The American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant supports cancer research by junior faculty in all of UNM’s Schools and Colleges. Early career faculty who have not yet obtained national, peer-reviewed funding for their cancer-related research programs are invited to apply for ACS-IRG grants. Eligibility is not affected by prior internal or regional research awards. Recipients of IRG pilot projectgrants must be, at the time of the application, United States citizens, noncitizen nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.

Applications are due by 5PM on Thursday, November 1, 2018.

For more information and to apply:

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Young Faculty Award
Funding Opportunity Number: DARPA-RA-18-02
Application Deadline: November 13, 2018

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (YFA) program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions and expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) and National Security challenges and needs. In particular, this YFA will provide high-impact funding to elite researchers early in their careers to develop innovative new research directions in the context of enabling transformative DoD capabilities. The long-term goal of the program is to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers in the research community who will focus a significant portion of their future careers on DoD and National Security issues. DARPA is particularly interested in identifying outstanding researchers who have previously not been performers on DARPA programs, but the program is open to all qualified applicants with innovative research ideas.


NASA research opportunity for faculty and graduate students

NASA has released the NASA Research Announcement (NRA) titled “Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System – Appendix E” on September 14, 2018. We are contacting you to ask that you forward this announcement to your member universities for distribution to interested faculty and graduate students.


The NRA solicits ground-based research proposals – both experimental and numerical studies – utilizing experimental data residing in NASA’s Physical Sciences Informatics (PSI) system ( This online database provides investigators access to the raw and processed experimental data from physical science reduced-gravity flight experiments conducted on the International Space Station (ISS), Space Shuttle flights, Free Flyers, or commercial cargo flights to and from the ISS, and from related ground-based studies. The PSI system is a tool designed for researchers to data mine information from reduced-gravity physical sciences experiments and use it to further science in accordance with the open science approach, while also meeting the requirements of the nation’s Open Data Policy. The current call for proposals solicits proposals in the five research areas – Combustion Science, Complex Fluids, Fluid Physics, Fundamental Physics, and Materials Science – for which eligible experimental data will be available in the PSI by the proposal due date of December 14, 2018. Data from 55 investigations are eligible for this NRA. The call is open to two types of investigators: established researchers and graduate students. The award for each proposal selected will be a maximum of $100,000 per year for a total maximum award amount up to $200,000 for a two-year period.


The NRA is available at: The full announcement of the release of the NRA is included below.


NASA plans to conduct a proposers’ conference via WebEx at 2 pm Eastern Time on October 16, 2018. To participate, navigate to and enter the meeting information: meeting number: 994 785 143 / meeting password: $psinra102018. To hear the audio for the conference, call 1-844-467-4685 and enter the conference passcode: 544479#. If you want to submit questions about the PSI or the NRA before the conference, please send your questions to For additional information, see the PSI website.


Milestones connected to this NRA:

Sep 14, 2018 – Release NRA Appendix E

Oct 16, 2018 – Conduct Proposers’ Conference via WebEx

Oct 23, 2018 – Notices of Intent Due

Dec 14, 2018 – Proposals Due

May 31, 2019 – Announce Selections (target)

NASA Research Announcement: Use of NASA Physical Science Informatics System Appendix E – Soliciting Ground-Based Research Using Reduced-Gravity Flight Data


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has released Appendix E of the NASA Research Announcement (NRA) NNH17ZTT001N, entitled “Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System,” available at This NRA solicits ground-based research proposals from established researchers and graduate students to generate new scientific insights by utilizing experimental data residing in NASA’s Physical Sciences Informatics (PSI) system ( PSI is an online database of completed physical science reduced-gravity flight experiments conducted on the International Space Station (ISS), Space Shuttle flights, Free-flyers, commercial cargo flights to and from the ISS, or from related ground-based studies. The proposals submitted in response to this NRA must present a compelling case on how the experimental data from the PSI system will be used to promote the advancement of further research. Proposers must show a clear path from the scientific data obtained from the PSI system to the proposed investigation. In addition, the project must address an important problem in the proposed area of research and advance scientific knowledge or technology.

The umbrella NRA will remain open until 2022, with planned annual opportunities to propose to be provided through a series of appendices. This announcement is for the release of Appendix E, which solicits proposals in the five research areas: Combustion Science, Complex Fluids, Fluid Physics, Fundamental Physics and Materials Science. The Appendix specifically solicits proposals that utilize data from 55 eligible investigations listed in the Appendix and on the PSI website. The Appendix will be amended, if necessary, with an updated list of eligible investigations before the proposal due date of December 14, 2018.

This solicitation is applicable to researchers in all categories of U.S. and non-U.S. organizations, including educational institutions, industry, nonprofit organizations, NASA Centers and other U.S. Government agencies. This NRA is soliciting proposals from two types of investigators: 1) established researchers, including postdoctoral scholars; 2) graduate students (with academic advisors) from accredited U.S. postsecondary institutions and programs. The proposals from graduate students must be submitted by their advisor. Eligibility requirements and further instructions for both types of investigators are provided in the NRA. Principal Investigators (PIs) may collaborate with investigators from universities, Federal Government laboratories, the private sector, state and local government laboratories, and other countries.

The full text of the solicitation is available on the NASA Research Opportunities homepage at under menu listing "Open Solicitations.” The direct link to the umbrella solicitation is The direct link to the Appendix E webpage is Questions with regard to responding to this NRA may be addressed to the contacts referenced in the full solicitation document.

Notices of Intent for Appendix E are due on October 23, 2018, and they must be submitted electronically via NSPIRES ( Proposals are due on December 14, 2018, and they must be submitted electronically by an authorized official of the proposing organization using either NSPIRES ( or ( Every organization that intends to submit a proposal in response to this NRA must be registered with NSPIRES, and such registration must identify the authorized organization representative(s) who will submit the electronic proposal. Instructions on how to register in NSPIRES are provided in the NRA. Each electronic proposal system places requirements on the registration of principal investigators and other participants (e.g., co-investigators). Potential proposers and proposing organizations are urged to access the system well in advance of the proposal due date to familiarize themselves with its structure and enter the requested information.

NASA plans to conduct a proposers’ conference via WebEx on October 16, 2018. Prospective proposers are advised to monitor the solicitation webpage for further information on the conference, including instructions on how to submit your questions about the PSI or the NRA.

OPEN CALL: NASA MUREP Innovation & Tech Transfer Idea Competition


NASA’s MUREP  is looking for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) across the nation to participate in MUREP Innovation and Tech Transfer Idea Competition (MITTIC).  MITTIC gives students an opportunity to learn about NASA’s Technology Transfer (TT) program and come up with an idea to spinoff NASA Intellectual Property (IP).  Don’t miss this chance to work with a NASA researcher.  Please create a team and participate in this authentic learning experience. See flyer for additional information.  Concept papers are due October 30, 2018 at midnight CT.


Apply now for MITTIC. Go to

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

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

Link: NSF 16-564

Department of Energy/Idaho Field Office
Scientific Infrastructure Support for Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research
Funding Opportunity Number:  DE-FOA-0001914
Application Deadline:  November 15, 2018

DOE intends to enable the education and training of nuclear scientists, engineers, and policy-makers in graduate and undergraduate study and two-year programs, as well as R&D that is relevant to the Department and the nuclear energy industry in general. The Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP) supports university-based infrastructure support and R&D in key NE program-related areas: • Fuel Cycle Research and Development (FC R&D); • Reactor Concepts Research, Development and Demonstration (RC RD&D); • Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS). 

Link:  DE-FOA-0001914

Department of Energy
Investigations and Novel Approaches in Isotope Science and Production at U.S. Universities
Funding Opportunity Number: DE-FOA-0001982
Application Deadline: November 30, 2018

The DOE SC program in Nuclear Physics hereby announces its interest in receiving applications that request financial assistance to participate in the recently established DOE Isotope Program University Isotope Network (DOE IP UIN). Successful applications would benefit the public by enhancing the scientific and technical capabilities of existing facilities at institutions of higher education or Non-profit organizations (i.e., a research reactor, hospital, or university-based accelerator) for investigations in isotope science and future isotope production efforts. Applications must complement the public benefit of the Isotope Development and Production for Research and Applications (IDPRA, also known as the DOE Isotope Program (IP)). Applications focused only on R&D associated with isotope production are outside the scope of this FOA and will not be considered. Applications submitted under this FOA should be geared towards scientific, technical and future isotope production efforts.


Link:  DE-FOA-0001982  

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

The Department of Energy
FY 2018 Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program
Funding Opportunity Number: DE-FOA-0001820
Application Deadline: December 31, 2018


The Department of Energy (DOE)'s Office of Science (SC) hereby announces its continuing interest in receiving grant applications for support of work in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics.

This FOA, DE-FOA-0001820, is an annual, broad, open solicitation that covers all of the research areas in SC and is open throughout the Fiscal Year.

The SC mission is to deliver scientific discoveries and major scientific tools to transform our understanding of nature and advance the energy, economic and national security of the United States. SC is the Nation's largest Federal sponsor of basic research in the physical sciences and the lead Federal agency supporting fundamental scientific research for the Nation's energy future.

SC accomplishes its mission and advances national goals by supporting:
- The frontiers of science - exploring nature's mysteries from the study of fundamental subatomic particles, atoms, and molecules that are the building blocks of the materials of our universe and everything in it to the DNA, proteins, and cells that are the building blocks of life. Each of the programs in SC supports research probing the most fundamental disciplinary questions.
- The 21st Century tools of science - providing the nation's researchers with 27 state-of-the-art national scientific user facilities - the most advanced tools of modern science - propelling the U.S. to the forefront of science, technology development and deployment through innovation.
- Science for energy and the environment - paving the knowledge foundation to spur discoveries and innovations for advancing the Department's mission in energy and environment. SC supports a wide range of funding modalities from single principal investigators to large team-based activities to engage in fundamental research on energy production, conversion, storage, transmission, and use, and on our understanding of the earth systems.

Full details and program priorities for the six programs are listed in the FOA.


Link: DE-FOA-0001820   

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

The PFE: Research Initiation in Engineering Formation (PFE: RIEF) program has two goals: 1) Support research in the Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE), and 2) Increase the community of researchers conducting PFE research. PIs are expected to have little or no experience conducting social science research. PFE: RIEF is not intended for established researchers in engineering education or other social science fields to initiate new projects.
Those researchers should consider the Research in the Formation of Engineers program ( The NSF Engineering (ENG) Directorate has launched a multi-year initiative, the Professional Formation of Engineers, to create and support an innovative and inclusive engineering profession for the 21st Century. Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE) refers to the formal and informal education and value systems by which people become engineers. It also includes the ethical responsibility of practicing engineers to sustain and grow the profession. The engineering profession must be responsive to national priorities, grand challenges, and dynamic workforce needs; it must be equally open and accessible to all. Engineering faculty possess both deep technical expertise in their engineering discipline and the primary responsibility for the process of professional formation of future engineers. As such, engineering faculty are in a unique position to help address critical challenges in engineering formation. The Professional Formation of Engineers: Research Initiation in Engineering Formation (PFE: RIEF) program enables engineering faculty who are renowned for teaching, mentoring, or leading educational reform efforts on their campus to develop expertise in conducting engineering education research.

Link: NSF 17-514

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

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


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   

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

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

Link: PD 16-7680

National Science Foundation
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.
The EDSE program encourages multidisciplinary collaborations of experts in design and systems engineering with experts in other domains. Of particular interest is research on the design of engineering material systems that leverages the unique aspects of a particular material system to realize advanced design methods that are driven by performance metrics and incorporate processing/manufacturing considerations.

Link: PD 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.

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

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

Link: FA9550-18-S-003

National Science Foundation
Innovation Corps - National Innovation Network Teams Program (I-CorpsTM Teams)
Funding Opportunity Number: NSF 18-515
Application Deadline: Continuous

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

Link: NSF 18-515

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

The Office of the Vice President for Research is requesting e-mails of interest for the NSF Research Traineeship Program (NRT) funding opportunity. The NSF limits the number of proposals per institution to two. See the following link for further details:

If you are interested in submitting *or* participating as a subawardee on a proposal, send a statement of interest with the following:  1) name and departmental affiliation of the Principal Investigator (PI); 2) name(s) and departmental affiliation(s) of the Co-PI(s) and others composing the Core Participants (maximum 10);  3) names(s) of any other (non-lead) participating institutions or organizations; and 4) a tentative project title and brief description of 200 words or less that includes the NSF Big Idea that will be addressed via e-mail to by noon, Monday, October 15, 2018.  Indicate whether you will be submitting as a lead in a non-collaborative proposal; or as a lead, non-lead, or subawardee in a collaborative proposal. Based on the statements of interest we receive by the deadline, we will call for pre-proposals for an internal competition, if needed. Only PI’s who have submitted a statement of interest will be eligible to submit a pre-proposal.  For additional details see the VPR invitation letter.

 A *required* letter of intent is due to NSF between November 26, 2018 and December 06, 2018. The deadline for full proposals to the NSF is February 6, 2019.

The Office of the Vice President for Research is requesting e-mails of interest for the FY 2019 U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Scholarship and Fellowship Education Grant, and Faculty Development Grant. The funding agency limits the number of proposals per institution to one per grant program: Scholarship, Fellowship, Faculty Development. See the following link for further details:

If you are interested in submitting a preliminary proposal please send a statement of interest with a brief abstract (maximum 1 page pdf) via e-mail to by noon, Friday, October 19, 2018. Based on the e-mail responses received, the Limited Competition Management Team may announce a call for preproposals. For additional details see the VPR invitation letter or information can also be found at

The deadline for full proposals to the agency is 3pm MT, November 30, 2018.

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

This is a limited competition. Each university is permitted may submit or be included as a significantly funded subawardee in no more than three (3) MRI proposals. (Up to two submissions in Track 1 and one submission in Track 2.) Therefore, we are conducting an internal competition and are requesting preproposals be submitted by noon on Friday, November 9, 2018.

The NSF deadline for full proposals is January 22, 2019. 

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


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

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Student Opportunities

Department of 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

DoD SMART Scholarship for Service Program

The Department of Defense (DoD) SMART Scholarship Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in STEM disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed by the Department of Defense upon degree completion.

SMART Scholars will receive:

  • A full tuition scholarship while in school 
  • An annual stipend 
  • Summer research internships 
  • A job after graduating in their STEM field at a cutting edge Department of Defense Facility

Applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States and 18 years of age or older 
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale 
  • Be pursuing a technical undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the 21 specified STEM disciplines
  • Tell students to visit to learn more and apply today!

    A poster and brochure are also provided to make sharing with students easier.

    Thank you for spreading the word about this opportunity with your students!

    Deadline to apply is December 1, 2018.

Upcoming Training

Upcoming IRB Workshop and Outreach Activities

OIRB Fall Workshop Series

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

Department Outreach

 As always, 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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