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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 (FY) 2022 Young Faculty Award (YFA) program.  This program seeks to identify and support “rising stars in junior research positions” at higher education and non-profit institutions.  DARPA especially hopes to engage with researchers who have no prior DARPA funding, to expose them to DARPA's mission and critical DOD needs.  The ultimate goal of the YFA program is to train the next generation of researchers in pressing national security issues to advance the capacity of DOD to address these issues.

Deadlines: Executive Summary due November 4, 2021
                        Full Proposals Due January 25, 2022

The full solicitation can be found at www.grants.gov under the solicitation “DARPA-RA-21-03” or on sam.gov.  

More information here.

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. 

Interested applicants can subscribe for real-time updates, including forthcoming solicitations here.

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

  • 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 Education (ED)

Modeling and Simulation for Postsecondary Students Program is aimed to encourage modeling and simulation studies at institutions of higher education (IHE) and seeks to fund the development or enhancement of degree programs focused on modeling and simulation. These programs help develop tools and techniques in various industries where education and training for high-risk situations are not realistic.

Deadline: December 5, 2021

More information here.

The Rural Postsecondary and Economic Development Grant Program works to develop career pathways aligned with high demand industry sectors and jobs to improve postsecondary enrollment, retention, and completion among rural students.

Deadline: December 5, 2021

More information here.

Department of Energy (DOE)

New in this update, DOE released a new funding opportunity in nuclear theory and new student prize competition for algae-based biofuels and bioproducts.  DOE also announced the next Secretary of Energy Advisory Board and Artic X Innovation XLab meetings.  This update also provides additional insight into ARPA-E topic areas for future technology programs and DOE plans to compete $8 billion to establish new Hydrogen Hubs.    

Deadline: varies

On November 30, the Senate confirmed Corey Henderson as the NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation.  He is the ninth official to be confirmed at DOE out of 23 positions that require Senate confirmation.  Confirmations for the Assistant Secretaries for the Offices of Electricity, Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, and Science are all still pending. 
New in this update, DOE released new funding opportunities in life cycle assessments for carbon negative buildings, energy research for EPSCoR states, and biosystems design research for biofuels, bioproduction, and biomaterials.  DOE signed a new interagency agreement with the U.S. Geological Survey to assess global, regional, and national resources for geologic carbon storage to meet clean energy goals.  DOE will be releasing shortly new funding opportunities for Energy Frontier Research Centers; chemical and materials sciences to advance clean energy technologies and transform manufacturing; the university training and research for fossil energy applications program; and geologic carbon storage projects under CarbonSAFE.  DOE also released Requests for Information on energy sector supply chains and deployment and demonstration opportunities for carbon reduction and removal technologies.  In partnership with the Department of Transportation, DOE also released Requests for Information for new programs funded in the bipartisan infrastructure bill to deploy electric vehicle charging and hydrogen, propane, and natural gas fueling infrastructure.  DOE also held webinars that provided additional information on the goals, objectives, and research priorities of the newly renamed Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management and plans to advance more than $10 billion in funding in the bipartisan infrastructure bill for hydrogen hubs and research and development activities (Lewis-Burke analysis forthcoming). 

Deadline: varies

More information here.

New in this update, DOE released a funding opportunity for advanced computing partnerships in earth system model development.  DOE will also host a webinar on December 1 to highlight new initiatives and research priorities focused on carbon management and another one on December 8 to highlight new opportunities for regional hydrogen hubs and other hydrogen research and development activities based on provisions in the recently enacted bipartisan infrastructure bill.  DOE announced the second Arctic X Energy Innovation Summit for January 26 focused on environmental justice and energy equity in the Arctic.   

Deadline: varies

More information here.

Please find attached an update on Department of Energy (DOE) funding solicitations, student competitions, and other engagement opportunities. DOE released additional FY 2023 funding opportunities, including the Office of Science open call, university-based regional electric power cybersecurity research and development centers, technology innovations to increase hydropower flexibility, bat-wind turbine interactions, and a new Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize.  DOE is now accepting applications for its lab embedded entrepreneurship program.  DOE is also accepting applications for students interested in Office of Science STEM fields; carbon capture, utilization and sequestration; and building sciences, and will start accepting applications for the Collegiate Wind Competition in March 2022. As reported previously, DOE is also seeking feedback from stakeholders to help shape research priorities and funding opportunities in biological and environmental research. 

Deadline: varies

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

September snapshot of most recent Department of Energy opportunities, including Requests for Information to help shape research priorities and funding opportunities in solar energy; programs for graduate students in Office of Science STEM fields, buildings sciences, and carbon capture, utilization and sequestration; and the annual nuclear research and infrastructure funding opportunities.

Deadline: varies

Department of Justice (DOJ)

The W.E.B. Du Bois Program of Research on Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Justice System for fiscal year (FY) 2021.  This is the program's first competition since FY 2018. The program seeks to fund research that uncovers ways to reduce empirical racial and ethnic inequalities at the criminal and juvenile levels of the justice system. 

NIJ will hold a webinar on October 19, 2021, at 1:00 PM ET

Deadline: Full applications are due by January 13, 2022

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 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.

National Science Foundation

MSIs have experienced lower levels of support in conducting research relevant to NSF and are therefore disproportionately underrepresented in NSF award portfolios. B2 3.0 aims to address this by supporting the expansion of research capacity at institutions that represent diverse populations, as well as by promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the sciences. Successful proposals should:

    • Strengthen science by broadening participation in scientific research and “widening the STEM pipeline;”
    • Provide innovative ways for researchers to “diversify and sustain” partnerships; and
    • Nurture collaboration that bolsters the careers and research of MSI faculty.

Deadline: March 1, 2022

More information here.

Federal Updates and Newsletters

Defense Policy Newsletter January 2022

Defense Policy Newsletter December 2021

Federal Efforts and Opportunities to Broaden Participation and 
Address Racial Equity in Research and Education 

Congressional Update: Congress Passes Landmark Transportation R&D Legislation

Congressional Update: Congress Passes $1 Trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

DOE Releases Funding Call for Carbon Storing Building Materials and Prepares New Solicitation for Geologic Carbon Storage Sites; Infrastructure Package Includes $62 Billion for DOE

Defense Policy Newsletter October 2021

White House FY 2023 R&D Budget Priorities

Policy Update: National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource Task Force Holds First Meeting 

Defense Policy Newsletter September 2021

2021 Bioeconomy Landscape

DOE Fossil Energy and Carbon Management Priorities June 2021

2021 DARPA Discover DSO Day Summary and Best Practices to Engage

House Appropriations Committee Unveils FY 2022 Agriculture Bill

Defense Policy Newsletter

Infrastructure and Economic Development Quarterly Newsletter

NIH Advisory Committee to the Director June 2021 Meeting

DOE Solicitation for Urban Integrated Field Laboratories for Climate Science

ARPA-E Topic Areas for Future Solicitations

Microelectronics Overview - February 2021

Defense Policy Newsletter

Analysis of the FY 2022 President's Budget Request

Multi-Agency Memos

Large Federal Funding Opportunities

Lewis-Burke Analysis of the Federal Innovation and Economic Development Landscape.  This document provides an extensive examination of federal efforts to support commercialization, innovation, and economic development.  While this document is not a complete list of federal innovation and economic development initiatives, it serves as a snapshot of the ongoing conversation and opportunities in this space throughout the federal government.  Specifically, this document provides the following:

Lewis-Burke's Overview of Federal Funding Opportunities for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities.  While not exhaustive, the overview provides information on a wide range of federal agencies and programs.  Interested investigators should check individual solicitations for details, as deadlines may quickly approach.  Further, investigators may use this document to identify relevant programs and develop proposals and strategies for federal agency engagement.

Deadline: varies

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