Title Summary Due Date
NOAA -
NOAA
NOAA-SEC-OED-2017-2005168
Full announcement

NOAA’s Environmental Literacy Program provides grants and in-kind support for programs that educate and inspire people to use Earth systems science to improve ecosystem stewardship and increase resilience to environmental hazards. We build capacity for institutions and networks to advance NOAA’s mission through formal and informal education at national, regional, and local levels. The Environmental Literacy Program supports long-term partnerships that enable the education community to incorporate and deliver NOAA's latest scientific information on the topics of the ocean, coasts, weather, and climate. NOAA's Office of Education (OED) is requesting applications to establish an institutional award for a Cooperative Program for Atmospheric Science Education. This institutional award will support a long-term partnership with an organization of atmospheric science professionals with the capacity to offer and support (1) sustained professional development at a national scale for K-12 educators and the faculty and staff who educate pre-service teachers and (2) scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students in atmospheric and related ocean and hydrologic sciences who are recruited from or plan to matriculate at accredited 4-year colleges and universities in the United States and its territories. These program components should address two or more of the goals and employ two or more objectives articulated in the 2015-2035 NOAA Education Strategic Plan (http://www.noaa.gov/explainers/noaa-education-strategic-plan). Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education. Proposed programs must be 5 years in duration and have total federal requests of $300,000 to $500,000 for each of those 5 years. NOAA anticipates that awards funded under this announcement will be made by September 30, 2017 and will have a start date no earlier than October 1, 2017. Note: Templates and examples that may be helpful in preparing an application can be found at: http://www.noaa.gov/elp/grants/templates. Visit http://www.noaa.gov/elp/grants/faqs for answers to frequently asked questions.

May 17, 2017
NIH -
Systems Science and Health in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R21)
PAR-15-047
Full announcement

Letter of Intent Deadline. This FOA is intended to increase the breadth and scope of topics that can be addressed with systems science methodologies. This FOA calls for research projects that are applied and/or basic in nature (including methodological and measurement development), have a human behavioral and/or social science focus, and employ methodologies suited to addressing the complexity inherent in behavioral and social phenomena, referred to as systems science methodologies. Additionally, this FOA seeks to promote interdisciplinary collaboration among health researchers and experts in computational approaches to further the development of modeling- and simulation-based systems science methodologies and their application to important public health challenges.

May 17, 2017
NIH NIEHS -
Bioengineering Research Partnerships (U01)
PAR-16-116
Full announcement

FULL PROPOSAL: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages bioengineering applications that will accelerate the development and adoption of promising tools and technologies that can address important biomedical problems.  The objectives are to establish these tools and technologies as robust, well-characterized solutions that fulfill an unmet need and are capable of enhancing our understanding of life science processes or the practice of medicine.  Awards will focus on supporting multidisciplinary teams that apply an integrative, quantitative bioengineering approach to developing technologies, and engage biomedical researchers or clinicians throughout the project.  The goal of the program is to support projects that can realize meaningful solutions within 5 – 10 years.

May 18, 2017
NASA -
NASA SPACE TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS - FALL 2017
NSTRF17
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Phase B Application (Phase A application from students due 11/3/2016).  NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) seeks to sponsor U.S. citizen and permanent resident graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA's goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our Nation's science, exploration, and economic future. This call for graduate student fellowship applications solicits applications from individuals pursuing or planning to pursue master's (e.g., M.S.) or doctoral (e.g., Ph.D.) degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.S. universities. NASA Space Technology Fellows will perform innovative space technology research and will improve America's technological competitiveness by providing the Nation with a pipeline of innovative space technologies. Selected applicants will perform research at their respective campuses and at NASA Centers. In addition to his or her faculty advisor, each Fellow will be matched with a technically relevant and community-engaged researcher who will serve as the student's research collaborator. Through this collaboration, students will be able to take advantage of broader and/or deeper space technology research opportunities directly related to their educational and career objectives, acquire a more detailed understanding of the potential end applications of their space technology efforts, directly disseminate their research results within the NASA community, and enhance their understanding of the research process. Awards resulting from this competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to accredited U.S. universities. This solicitation has two phases. Phase A is the application submission by the student. For the student applicant who is selected in Phase A, the accredited U.S. university where the student will be enrolled for the fall 2017 term as a full-time graduate student must submit a Phase B proposal (as specified in the NSTRF17 solicitation); a complete Phase B proposal submission will result in a training grant award.

May 19, 2017
WA Dept. of Ecology -
REQUEST FOR RESEARCH PROPOSAL (RFRP): Agricultural Waste Management Research
n/a
Full announcement

The Washington Clean Air Act under Chapter 70.94 Revised Code of Washington (RCW) established an agricultural burning practices and research task force (Ag Task Force) under the direction of Ecology. Ecology, as chair of the Ag Task Force, is required to identify research needs related to minimizing emissions from agricultural burning and alternatives to such burning.  The Ag Task Force makes recommendations to Ecology in regard to administering a research fund. This fund is dedicated to finding alternatives to greatly reduce or eliminate the practice of agricultural burning that satisfies all requirements of the law. Chapter 173-430-060 WAC states that Ecology may conduct or approve of a study or studies to explore and test economical and practical alternative practices to agricultural burning. To conduct any such study, Ecology may contract with private entities or have interagency agreements with public entities. Any approved study shall provide for the identification of such alternatives as soon as possible. The Ag Task Force has recommended that study proposals include an economic evaluation as an element of a study.  RFRP Coordinator: Paul Rossow  paro461@ecy.wa.gov

May 19, 2017
NSF -
Dear Colleague Letter: Improving Graduate Student Preparedness for Entering the Workforce, Opportunities for Supplemental Support
NSF 16-067
Full announcement

FULL PROPOSAL:  NSF has identified improvement in graduate student preparedness for entering the workforce as one of its Agency Priority Goals. As part of this goal, supplemental funding is available in FY 2016 and FY 2017 to support science and engineering doctoral students so that they can acquire the knowledge, experience, and skills needed for highly productive careers, inside and outside of academe. NSF currently invests in a number of graduate student preparedness activities, and has historically encouraged investigators to include such activities in proposals. This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) describes a variety of opportunities across the Foundation designed to explore approaches that will position NSF-funded graduate students for success in the 21st century Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce.  NSF will consider support for supplements to existing research awards to enhance professional development opportunities for students in PhD programs as described by each Directorate/Office.

May 20, 2017
USDA - NIFA -
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Food Safety Challenge Area
USDA-NIFA-AFRI-006286
Full announcement

FULL PROPOSAL: This AFRI Challenge Area promotes and enhances the scientific discipline of food safety, with an overall aim of protecting consumers from microbial and chemical contaminants that may occur during all stages of the food chain, from production to consumption. This requires an understanding of the interdependencies of human, animal, and ecosystem health as it pertains to foodborne pathogens. The long-term outcome for this program is to support the development and deployment of science based knowledge to improve the safety and nutritional quality of food without sacrificing flavor, acceptability, and affordability. In order to achieve this outcome, this program will support multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects, and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants that address the Program Area Priority, Effective Mitigation Strategies for Antimicrobial Resistance (see Food Safety RFA for details).

May 21, 2017
NASA -
ROSES 2017: Making Earth System Data Records for Use in Research Environments
NNH17ZDA001N-MEASURES
Full announcement

Step 2 Proposal (Step 1 Proposal due 4/21/2017). The overall objective of Making Earth System Data Records for Use in Research Environments (MEaSUREs) solicitations is to select projects providing Earth science higher level data products and services driven by NASA’s Earth science goals. MEaSUREs may include infusion or deployment of applicable science tools that contribute to data product quality improvement, consistency, merging or fusion, or understanding. An Earth System Data Record (ESDR) is defined as a unified and coherent set of observations of a given parameter of the Earth system, which is optimized to meet specific requirements in addressing science questions. These data records are critical to understanding Earth System processes; are critical to assessing variability, long-term trends, and change in the Earth System; and provide input and validation means to modeling efforts. Emphasis is placed into linking together multiple satellites into a constellation, developing the means of utilizing a multitude of data sources to form coherent time series, and facilitating the use of extensive data in the development of comprehensive Earth system models. This ROSES element provides an opportunity for the research community to participate in the development and generation of data products, which complement and augment the NASA produced and distributed Earth science data products available to the research community and other stakeholders. Proposals responsive to this call MUST utilize at least one satellite data set, preferably NASA sponsored data set.

May 22, 2017
NIH -
Centers of Excellence in Genomic Science (CEGS) (RM1)
PAR-16-436
Full announcement

FULL PROPOSAL (letter of intent due 4/11/2017).  The Centers of Excellence in Genomic Science (CEGS) program establishes academic Centers for advanced genome research. Each CEGS grant supports a multi-investigator, interdisciplinary team to develop innovative genomic approaches to address a particular biomedical problem. A CEGS project will address a critical issue in genomic science or genomic medicine, proposing a solution that would be a very substantial advance. Thus, the research conducted at these Centers will entail substantial risk, balanced by outstanding scientific and management plans and very high potential payoff. A CEGS will focus on the development of novel technological or computational methods for the production or analysis of comprehensive data sets, or on a particular genome-scale biomedical problem, or on other ways to develop and use genomic approaches for understanding biological systems and/or significantly furthering the application of genomic knowledge, data and methods towards clinical applications. Exploiting its outstanding scientific plan and team, each CEGS will nurture genomic science at its institution by facilitating the interaction of investigators from different disciplines, and by providing training to new and experienced investigators, it will expand the pool of highly-qualified professional genomics scientists and engineers.

May 23, 2017
NIH NIEHS -
Emerging Questions in Cancer Systems Biology (U01)
PAR-16-131
Full announcement

Letter of intent (full proposal due 06/23/2017).  The CSBC initiative aims to address challenges in cancer research through the use of experimental biology or population science combined with in silico modeling, multi-dimensional data analysis, and systems engineering.  This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites cooperative agreement applications for Research Projects that utilize systems biology approaches to address emerging questions in cancer initiation, progression, and treatment. CSBC Research Projects are expected to involve interdisciplinary teams of physical scientists (e.g., engineers, chemists, computer scientists, mathematicians, physicists, population scientists, statisticians, epidemiologists) and cancer researchers (e.g., cancer biologists, oncologists, pathologists and clinicians in relevant disciplines) who collaborate to advance our understanding of cancer biology and oncology. CSBC Research Projects proposed in response to this FOA must demonstrate explicit integration of experimental biology and computational modeling to test and validate novel hypotheses in cancer research.

May 24, 2017

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