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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 Energy (DOE)

  • Energy Research Snapshot

The Lewis-Burke memo gives a summary of federal energy priorities and current funding opportunities.

For more information see LBA DOE snapshot memo

Department of Defense (DOD)

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The DMCSP is designed to spearhead long-term investments in “critical skills, facilities, research and development, and small business support” to strengthen manufacturing capabilities and national security in designated defense manufacturing communities. Cost Share: Proposals must match at least 20 percent of the proposed program.

Deadline: June 15, 2021

More information here.

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) 

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 Institutes of Health (NIH)

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.

Description: The Basic Instrumentation Grant (BIG) Program encourages applications from groups of NIH-supported investigators to purchase a single high-priced, specialized, commercially available instrument or an integrated instrumentation system. The BIG Program is limited to institutions that have not received S10 instrumentation funding of $250,001 or greater in any of the Federal fiscal years 2018-2020. The minimum award is $25,000. There is no maximum price limit for the instrument; however, the maximum award is $250,000. Instruments supported include, but are not limited to, basic cell sorters, confocal microscopes, ultramicrotomes, gel imagers, or computer systems.

Deadline: June 1, 2021

Description: The Shared Instrument Grant (SIG) Program encourages applications from groups of NIH-supported investigators to purchase or upgrade a single item of high-priced, specialized, commercially available instruments or integrated instrumentation system. The minimum award is $50,000. There is no maximum price limit for the instrument; however, the maximum award is $600,000. Instruments supported include, but are not limited to: X-ray diffractometers, mass spectrometers, nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers, DNA and protein sequencers, biosensors, electron and light microscopes, cell sorters, and biomedical imagers.

Deadline: June 1, 2021

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 Info here.

The RINGS program seeks to accelerate research in areas that will have significant impact on Next Generation (NextG) wireless and mobile communication, networking, sensing, and computing systems, along with global-scale services, with a focus on greatly improving the resiliency of such networked systems among other performance metrics.  NSF highlights that future networks and systems “will provide key support to societal priorities such as education, transportation, public health and safety, defense and associated critical infrastructure.”

Deadline: July 29, 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

Small Business Administration

Track One: Growth Accelerator Fund Competition provides additional resources to accelerators and incubators to “help these entities provide focused assistance to high tech entrepreneurs, including support for company formation as well as awareness and education of the SBIR and STTR programs.” Key areas include, but are not limited to:

    • Clean Energy: such as electric vehicles, solar, wind, geothermal, nuclear, energy efficiency;
    • Supply Chain Resilience: such as semiconductors, pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), high-capacity batteries, critical minerals, agricultural commodities;
    • Infrastructure: such as broadband, electrical grid, water supply and sewer, transportation infrastructure, electric vehicle charging stations; and
    • Other STEM/R&D areas.

Track Two: SBIR Catalyst will support collaborative partnerships between multiple organizations that support entrepreneurs in underserved communities and partners from different states/territories.

Deadline: July 2, 2021.
Informational Webinar: June 2, 2021.

More information here.

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