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Key Research Intelligence and Funding Opportunities

Most of the listed funding opportunities are shared with the Office of Research Development & Communications by Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC, TTU's federal affairs consulting firm located in Washington D.C., as a way to keep TTU up to date on opportunities relevant to TTU priorities. You will find Lewis-Burke's analysis of the opportunities in the More Information link for each opportunity. This webpage does not list all agency opportunities available. More funding opportunities can be found through the links below or by searching the agency website.

Department of Commerce (DOC)

The U. S. Department of Commerce (DOC) National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) for the Connecting Minority Communities (CMC) Pilot Program. The CMC Pilot Program provides new federal funding to eligible recipients seeking to expand remote learning opportunities, stimulate economic development, create employment and entrepreneurship opportunities, and advance broadband access within eligible institutions and their surrounding communities. The CMC Pilot Program aims to directly address the lack of broadband access, connectivity, and equity that impacts Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), and the communities they operate in.

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by 11;59 Pm ET on December 1,2021

More information here.

The U.S. Department of Commerce's (DOC) Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced six Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs) under the Investing in America's Communities (IAC) program, which is supported by the $3 billion EDA received under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The ultimate goals of the IAC NOFOs are to create new jobs and stimulate inclusive economic growth that will revitalize regions for years to come.

Deadline: varies

More information here.

Department of Defense (DOD)

The ONR Young Investigator Program (YIP) seeks to support the careers of newly tenured researchers who have the potential for conducting innovative and creative research.  YIP empowers scientists and engineers in their first or second tenures who have received a PhD on or after January 2014.  Proposals should address ONR's research areas, which can be found here.  Less than 10 percent of applicants receive a YIP award, so proposers are strongly encouraged to contact an ONR Program Officer closely aligned to their research goals to discuss their proposal before submission.  A list of ONR's Program Managers and their associated research areas can be found here.  Applicants may submit informal pre-proposals to facilitate these conversations, but this is not required.

Deadline: October 29, 2021

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for the fiscal year (FY) 2021 Department of Navy (DON) Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) Program. The program aims to grow the number of minority STEM professionals in the defense community through increasing the quality of STEM opportunities in HBCUs/MIs. Interested applicants must have proposals that “advance basic naval-relevant science and technology, engage faculty and students in STEM discovery, and expand the research capacity of participant institutions” as well as align with the Naval Research Development Framework, which includes key areas of interest such as:

  • Information, Cyber, and Spectrum Superiority
  • Undersea Battlespace and Maritime Domain Access
  • Mission Capable, Persistent, and Survivable Sea Platforms
  • Warfighter Performance
  • Aviation, Force Projection, and Integrated Defense

Further details on each area of interest can be found in the full FOA. Only formally designated U.S.-based Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs), HBCUs, and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) with STEM degree granting programs are eligible to apply. ONR expects to grant three awards of approximately $450,000 for up to three years. All applicants are required to submit a white paper by September 8, 2021, at 5:00 PM ET to don_hbcufoa@navy.mil. In addition, MSIs must submit a letter certifying eligibility to receive Title III or Title V assistance, if not a designated HBCU or TCU, along with the white paper. Those invited to submit a full proposal will receive notice by November 3, 2021. Full proposal submissions are due no later than December 1, 2021, at 11:59 PM ET. The full FOA can be found on www.grants.gov under funding opportunity number “N00014-21-S-F006” or here.

The Naval Information Warfare Center, Pacific (NIWC Pacific) is soliciting white papers and proposals for areas relating to the advancement of Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities, enabling technologies for Information Operations and Cyberspace Operations, and Information Technology systems. Proposed research should investigate unique and innovative approaches for defining and developing next generation integratable C4ISR capabilities and command suites.

Additional Information:

NIWC Pacific S&T

Grants.gov solicitation

Deadline: White papers are required for consideration. White papers will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 4, 2022. NIWC Pacific may then request a full proposal.

All open funding opportunities and pre-announcements are available here. 

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This program is designed to enhance the research capabilities of HBCUs and MIs and to strengthen their STEM education programs. The purpose of funding under this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to (1) support the acquisition of equipment/instrumentation to augment existing capabilities or to develop new capabilities in research areas of interest to DoD, and (2) attract students to pursue studies leading to STEM careers.

Deadline: August 16, 2021

This is a pre-released opportunity. The full opportunity is expected to be release in June 2021. HRMDEC seeks to leverage high-throughput machine learning (ML) methods to develop, test, and characterize new materials suitable for use in extreme conditions and military environments like high-acceleration, high-temperature, and impact at high velocity scenarios. HRMDEC proposals should focus on the following research thrusts:

  • Data-driven Material Design
  • High-Throughput Synthesis & Processing
  • High-Throughput Characterization
  • ML-augmented Physics-Based Models

Deadline: White papers, August 2021; Invited full proposals, November 2021

The Air Force seeks to develop high-efficiency computing systems with cognitive and learning abilities that can meet the ever-growing data demands facing the military. This effort will also provide training and experience in this growing field to the next generation of Air Force and Space Force scientists. Proposals under this FOA must address four research objectives:

    • Explore and understand bio-realistic algorithms and models to identify key computing elements and neuromorphic dynamics;
    • Discover intelligent materials and devices with intrinsic dynamics to enable bio-realistic algorithms and models;
    • Design innovative circuits based on intelligent materials to realize computing elements required by algorithms and models; 
    • Explore and design scalable, reliable architectures for bio-realistic algorithms and models.

Deadline: White papers due June 1, 2021; Full proposals due August 16, 2021.

More information here.

This BAA solicits short-term, limited scope research in topic areas that are not addressed by emerging or ongoing IARPA programs or other published IARPA solicitations. It is primarily, but not solely, intended for early-stage research that may lead to larger, focused programs through a separate BAA in the future. In particular, IARPA seeks multidisciplinary teams who can co-design micro-electronics for AI technologies to assist with:

    • The improvement of the hardware/software/algorithm/architecture ecosystem for specific AI applications; and
    • The development of new science/materials/processing that improve the performance of the microelectronics used to run AI applications.

Deadline: White papers are due NLT May 17, 2021 12:00PM EST. Proposals are due June 30, 2021 4:00PM EST

Minerva seeks to fund top-quality social science research that provides DOD with a better understanding of the factors influencing the geopolitical environment in which it operates. The Minerva program seeks to support DOD's “intellectual capital in the social sciences and improve its ability to address future challenges and build bridges between the Department and the social science community.

Deadline: White papers due June 23, 2021; Full proposals due September 29, 2021.

More information here.

  • 2022 Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI)
    The full FY 2022 MURI solicitation issued by each Military Service is available at http://www.grants.gov by searching “N00014-21-S-F004” (Navy), “W911NF-21-S-0008” (Army), and “FOA-AFRL-AFOSR-2021-0003” (Air Force).

The Army, Navy, and Air Force basic research offices have released 25 topics this year. FY 2022 MURI topics include: 

Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) 

  1. Social Network-Transcendent Behavioral Dynamics 
  2. Microelectronic Test Science Exploiting Latent Energy and Electromagnetic Radiation 
  3. Cavity Molecular Polaritons 
  4. Effects of Radiation Damage on Performance of Wide-Bandgap Electronics 
  5. Understanding Neural Systems Integration for Competent Autonomy in Decision and Control 
  6. Nonlinear Optical Material Design with Extreme Interband Nonlinearities 
  7. Synthetic Quantum Matter 
  8. Composability of Synthetic Biological Circuits 

Army Research Office (ARO) 

  1. Bio-architected Responsive Materials with 3D Nanoscale Order 
  2. Topological Seeds of Complex Response in Materials 
  3. Connectivity and Transport in Disordered Hyperuniform Networks 
  4. Irregular Metamaterial Networks 
  5. Uncovering the Underlying Neurobiological Mechanisms of Cognitive Fatigue 
  6. Gut-Neuronal Signaling Through Polymeric Mucin via Chemical Probes and Imaging 
  7. ELECTROBIOLOGY: Electronic Control of Biological Communication 

Office of Naval Research (ONR) 

  1. Novel Routes to Majorana Qubits for Topologically-Protected Quantum Information 
  2. Molecular Doping of Organic Electronic Materials 
  3. Learning from Hearing 
  4. Hydrodynamics of Fish Schooling 
  5. Self-learning for Real-world Perception 
  6. Fundamental Non-equilibrium Processes in Weakly Ionized Hypersonic Flows 
  7. Ab Initio Understanding of Detonation Based Combustion in Multiphase Mixtures 
  8. Bioinspired Design of Energy-Self Sufficient Multi-functional Soft Material Systems 
  9. Systems-Level Foundations for Agile, Dynamic, and Ad Hoc Human Autonomy Teams 
  10. Environmental DNA-based Monitoring of the Marine Environment (EDMON) 

Department of Energy (DOE)

The Department of Energy (DOE) is finalizing and about to release the last of its fiscal year (FY) 2021 funding opportunities and starting to turn to FY 2022. While many of the FY 2022 funding calls will be contingent on final congressional appropriations, DOE is already starting to collect information from stakeholders to help shape future opportunities. Please see more information on upcoming opportunities related to building technologies, hydropower, direct air capture, industrial decarbonization, and clean energy innovation.

Deadline: varies

Department of Education (ED)

The U.S. Department of Education's (ED) Office of Elementary and Secondary Education released, on July 27, a notice inviting applications (NIA) for the fiscal year (FY) 2021 Education Innovation and Research (EIR) for Early-Phase program grants. The EIR program supports efforts to create, implement, and evaluate innovative, evidence-based solutions to academic challenges facing high-need students. The EIR program has three tracks: Early-Phase, Mid-Phase, and Expansion. Each track requires a different level of prior evidence of effectiveness and level of scale. Higher education institutions may apply as part of a consortium led by a state education agency (SEA), local education agency (LEA), the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), or as a non-profit organization recognized under 34 CFR 75.71. ED intends to issue a total of $180 million in awards across all three phases of EIR grants with $4 million as the estimated average size of an award.

Deadline: Full proposals due August 27, 2021. Applicants are encouraged to submit a notice of intent to apply by August 17, 2021.

More information here.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Interior (DOI) have released solicitations to support research or outreach activities to promote healthier communities including to improve water treatment and water quality, to understand personal exposure to per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and to support outreach activities to increase awareness of ways to reduce environmental health disparities in school and/or childcare settings.

Deadline: varies

More information here.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

The American Rescue Plan Grants to Organizations program will provide one-time grants to eligible organizations to support day-to-day business expenses or operating costs, including salary support, fees or stipends for artists, facilities costs like rent or utilities, personal protective equipment for staff, cleaning supplies associated with health and safety of staff or visitors, and marketing and promotional costs. Applicants may request either $50,000, $100,000, or $150,000 for a grant period of up to two years. Cost sharing or matching funds are not required.

Deadline: August 12, 2021

More information here.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

The purpose of the Challenge Grants program is to strengthen the institutional base of the humanities by enabling infrastructure development and capacity building. Awards aim to help institutions secure long-term support for their core activities and expand efforts to preserve and create access to outstanding humanities materials. The program funds two distinct types of projects, each with its own Notice of Funding Opportunity: Capital Projects and Digital Infrastructure.

Deadline: September 28, 2021

National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST)

The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) released a new solicitation seeking technology roadmaps for advanced manufacturing clusters. Projects will create new or strengthen existing industry-driven consortia to increase U.S. competitiveness in advanced manufacturing including potential technology areas for creating future Manufacturing USA institutes.

Deadline: Proposals are due August 17, 2021

More information here.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The NCATS CTSA program is a collaborative research program designed to turn impactful and innovate observations in the laboratory, clinic, and community into interventions that can improve the health of the public. The NCATS CTSA Hub award, originally funded through the U54 mechanism as a single award, will now be divided into five separate funding opportunities, with the CTSA hub supported through the UM1 mechanism. The solicitation for the CTSA Hub award is now published (PAR-21-293) and NIH anticipates releasing related opportunities for other components of the program in the fall of 2021.

Deadline: The first application due date for the CTSA Hub Funding Opportunity is January 26, 2022 with a letter of intent due 30 days prior to the application due date. The earliest start date is December 2022.

More information here.

Bridge to Artificial Intelligence (Bridge2AI) aims to promote the widespread adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in biomedical research. The overall goal of the program is to “generate flagship datasets and best practices for the collection and preparation of AI/ML-ready data to address biomedical and behavioral research grand challenges.” Anticipated release June 2021, anticipated deadline August 2021.

Notice of Special Interest announcing the availability of Administrative Supplements for Workforce Development at the Interface of Information Sciences, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML), and Biomedical Sciences. The ultimate goal of these supplements is to equip scientists with expertise in making biomedical data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) and AI/ML-ready.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

PIPP will support fundamental research and the development of new capabilities to address grand challenges in infectious disease pandemics through prediction and prevention. PIPP Phase I planning awards should focus on articulating grand challenges associated with pandemic predictive intelligence; identifying “novel conceptual research and technology developments that aim to advance state-of-the-art forecasting, real-time monitoring, mitigation, and prevention of the spread of pathogens;” and building multidisciplinary teams. Proposals must incorporate integrated computational, biological, engineering, and social/behavioral approaches to address critical problems related to PIPP. NSF encourages high-risk/high-payoff convergent research through PIPP Phase I, and implies that teams should include scientific, disciplinary, geographic, and organizational diversity. 

Deadline: October 1, 2021

More Information here.

Research Experiences for Teachers Sites (RETS) with a focus on Biological Sciences (BIORETS) will include research projects in fields that are supported by the Directorate for Biological Sciences. BIORETS may be based in a single discipline or department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. An important goal of the program is to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in biological research and those from geographically underrepresented areas in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Deadline: August 2, 2021

The NSF's Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program contributes to the National Science Foundation's objective to foster the growth of a more capable and diverse research workforce. Furthering the AGEP goal requires advancing knowledge about new academic STEM career pathway models, and about evidence-based systemic or institutional change initiatives to promote equity and the professional advancement of the AGEP populations who are pursuing, entering and continuing in non-tenure and tenure-track STEM faculty positions. This solicitation includes three funding tracks:

The AGEP Institutional Transformation Alliance (ITA) track; the AGEP Faculty Career Pathways Alliance Model (FC-PAM); and the AGEP Catalyst Alliance (ACA) track

Deadline: varies for track

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The RISE program aims to support job accelerator partnerships that foster high wage jobs and new businesses in distressed rural and energy communities, as well as leveraging and maximizing local assets, including broadband. The grant is designed to spark regional, innovation-driven economic development in rural communities, with an emphasis on areas where at least 20 percent of the population is living in poverty (based on U.S. Census Bureau data).

Deadline: Applications are due August 2, 2021

More information here.

U.S. Department of Education (ED)

The National Center for Education Research (NCER) and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) awards will expand knowledge of “

  1. Developmental and school readiness outcomes for infants and toddlers with or at risk for a disability
  2. Education outcomes for all learners from early childhood education through postsecondary and adult education, and
  3. Employment and wage outcomes when relevant (such as for those engaged in career and technical, postsecondary, or adult education).”

Deadline: Statistical and Research Methodology and Longitudinal Data to Support State Education Recovery applications are due August 12, 2021, while Education Research, Research Training, and Systematic Replication applications are due September 9, 2021. NCSER's two Research to Accelerate Pandemic Recovery in Special Education application deadlines are August 2, 2021, and September 9, 2021.

More information here.

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