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STEM-CORE Grant Opportunity Digest

Federal Funding Agencies:National Institutes of Health | National Science Foundation | U.S. Department of Agriculture | U.S. Department of Defense | U.S. Department of Education | U.S. Department of Energy | U.S. Department of State

External funding opportunities which may be of interest to our Affiliate Faculty Members and Network Members will be listed here. Please contact stem-core@ttu.edu to request assistance in identifying partners from TTU interested in pursuing one of the listed grants.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Solicitation Program Due Amount Notes
PAR-12-276 Bridges to the Doctorate Program (R25) September 25, 2014 Up to $250,000 per year for up to 5 years The program is aimed at helping students make the transition from master's degree programs to Ph.D. programs. The purpose of the program is to increase the pool of master's degree students who go on to research careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences and will be available to participate in NIH-funded research.

IMPORTANT:Only one application per institution is allowed. Click here to view TTU VPR Limited Submissions details.
PAR-13-333 Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program (R25) September 25, 2014 Up to $300,000 per year for up to 5 years The program is aimed at helping students make the transition from 2-year junior or community colleges to full 4-year baccalaureate programs. The purpose of the program is to increase the pool of community college students from underrepresented backgrounds who go on to research careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences and will be available to participate in NIH-funded research.

IMPORTANT:Only one application per institution is allowed. Click here to view TTU VPR Limited Submissions details.
PAR-13-196 Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) May 28, 2014 No specific budget limitations - see solicitation for details An undergraduate research program for upperclassmen undergraduates (a lot like Bridges), with an emphasis on underrepresented students in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

PI/Program Director much be a full-time STEM faculty member with a record in research, teaching, and training.
PAR-13-205 MARC Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research May 25, 2014 No specific budget limitations - see solicitation for details MARC U-STAR awards provide support for undergraduate students who are underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences to improve their preparation for high-caliber graduate training at the Ph.D. level.

PI/Program Director much be a full-time STEM faculty member with a record in research, teaching, and training.
PAR-14-076 Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program March 31, 2014 No specific budget limitations - see solicitation for details PREP awards encourage underrepresented minorities who hold a recent baccalaureate degree in a biomedically relevant science to pursue a research doctorate. This program is expected to strengthen the research skills and academic competitiveness of participants for pursuit of a graduate degree while also stimulating them to have an interest in addressing the health problems that disproportionately affect minorities and the medically underserved in the United States.

PI/Program Director much be a full-time STEM faculty member with a record in research, teaching, and training.

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

Solicitation Program Due Amount Notes
13-570 Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences (DMS/NIGMS) Sept. 15 $100,000 to $400,000 per year for 3 to 5 years This competition is designed to support research in mathematics and statistics on questions in the biological and biomedical sciences. A direct relationship between a biological application and the mathematical and/or statistical work is expected. Research teams that include scientists from both the life sciences community and the mathematical and statistical sciences communities are encouraged. Both new and existing collaborations will be supported. Proposals from individual investigators will need to make the case that the individual has expertise in both fields.

Successful proposals will either involve the formulation of new mathematical, computational or statistical models and tools whose analysis poses significant mathematical challenges or identify innovative mathematics or statistics needed to solve an important biological problem. Research that would apply standard mathematical or statistical techniques to solve biological problems is not appropriate for this competition and should be submitted directly to NIH.
13-594 Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program (I/UCRC) Sept. 26
(see solicitation for additional due dates)
Varies - see solicitation The Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) program develops long-term partnerships among industry, academe, and government. The centers are catalyzed by a small investment from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and are primarily supported by industry center members, with NSF taking a supporting role in the development and evolution of the center. Each center is established to conduct research that is of interest to both the industry members and the center faculty.

PI and Co-PIs can only participate in one proposal per submission period.

Cost sharing is required.
Dear Colleague Letter NSF 14-106 Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) See notes Up to $1,000,000 To receive funding as an INSPIRE-appropriate project, all three of the following criteria must be met:
  • Scientific advances lie outside the scope of a single program or discipline, such that substantial funding support from more than one program or discipline is necessary.
  • Lines of research promise transformational advances.
  • Prospective discoveries reside at the interfaces of disciplinary boundaries that may not be recognized through traditional review or co-review.

Scope:
  • Proposals meeting INSPIRE criteria will be considered for funding on any NSF-supported topic.
  • Proposals in response to this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) may be submitted after August 01, 2014.
  • Awards will generally support an individual PI or a small team.
  • An INSPIRE award must be substantively co-funded by at least two intellectually distinct NSF divisions or disciplinary programs.
  • A maximum budget of $1 million applies for INSPIRE proposals/awards regardless of the number of sponsoring programs beyond the minimum of two.
  • Duration may be up to 5 years.
14-588 Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE: EHR) See notes See notes Two goals guide the IUSE program: 1) to promote the development, use, and testing of instructional practices and curricular innovations that engage and improve student learning and retention in STEM, and 2) to promote community and institutional transformation that will increase opportunities for the application of highly effective STEM teaching methods.

Due dates and funding levels vary by track and tier.
  • Due October 22, 2014 - Engaged Student Learning: Exploration - up to $250,000
  • Due October 24, 2014 - Institutional and Community Transformation: Exploration - up to $250,000
  • Due January 13, 2015 - Engaged Student Learning: Design and Development, Level I - up to $600,000
  • Due January 13, 2015 - Engaged Student Learning: Design and Development, Level II - $601,000 to $2,000,000
  • Due January 13, 2015 - Institutional and Community Transformation: Design and Development - up to $3,000,000

Proposals for workshops and special projects addressing critical challenges in undergraduate STEM education may be submitted at any time following consultation with a program officer. We welcome small projects, maximum of $75,000, to explore revolutionary ideas to improve undergraduate STEM education.
13-542 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) August 27, 2014 Total budget request is generally expected not to exceed $1,200 per student per week. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects.
PD 14-7680 Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE) May 1, 2014 Contact Program Cognizant Program Officer The Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE) Program is a Directorate-wide activity to support the development of a diverse and well-prepared workforce of engineering graduates, particularly those with advanced degrees. The BPE Program supports projects to engage and develop diverse teams that can offer unique perspectives and insights to challenges in engineering research and education.

Two tracks:

  1. Opportunity Track for developing graduate student pathways to the doctorate and faculty positions. Primarily to seed NEW networking and mentoring opportunities. Best suited to Engineering faculty.
  2. Strategy Track to explore, develop and implement RESEARCH-BASED strategies that promote a more diverse engineering workforce, i.e. to broaden participation of under-represented groups. Should establish measurable success in more than one institution. Seems best for a collaboration between Engineering and Education faculty at TTU and outside partners. Perhaps leverage links with community colleges?

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Solicitation Program Due Amount Notes
USDA-NIFA-CGP-004425 Higher Education Challenge Grant April 10, 2014 $150,000 to $750,000 The major foci are university faculty and post-secondary students.

25% match required

HEC-funded projects encourage academic institutions, organizations, and employers to work collectively to identify and address a state or regional challenge facing the food, agricultural and human sciences education community. An application submitted to the HEC grants program shall propose comprehensive and coordinated activities to address that challenge or opportunity.

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