Funding Opportunities 25 Oct 2016

TO:                  Faculty and Staff

FROM:            The Research Office and the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs

SUBJECT:      Funding Opportunities 25 Oct 2016

All applications developed in response to a funding announcement are to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs (OSRP) for university approval before being released to the external agency. Please inform us of your intent to submit as soon as you know you plan to apply and at least 30 days prior to the due date.

When there is a limit on the number of proposals that may be submitted for a solicitation, to ensure that the university submits the most competitive proposal, an internal review and selection process will be implemented. Please inform us of your intent to submit as soon as you know you plan to apply and at least 6 weeks prior to the due date or you may miss the internal selection deadline.

Please send notifications to and information will be provided on the submission procedures and timelines.

Dr. Daryush Ila, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Tech Transfer Officer & RSO x 2417
Dr. Leslie Evelyn, Director of Sponsored Research and  Programs, x 1644
Shenetta Dudley, Pre-Award Administrator x1570
Carolyn Harris, Post Award Administrator x 2612
Dwane Hodges, Budget Officer x 1645
Dr. Carla Raineri Padilla, Compliance & Export Control Officer, x 1569

Training-based Workforce Development for Advanced Cybersecurity
The overarching goal of this program is to prepare, nurture and grow the national scientific workforce for creating, utilizing, and supporting advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) that enables cutting-edge science and engineering and contributes to the Nation’s overall economic competiveness and security. For the purpose of this solicitation, advanced CI is broadly defined as the resources, tools, and services for advanced computation, data handling, networking and security. The need for such workforce development programs are highlighted by the.

  • National Strategic Computing Initiative announced in 2015, which is co-led by NSF and aims to advance the high-performance computing ecosystem and develop workforce essential for scientific discovery;
  • 2016 National Academies’ report on Future Directions for NSF Advanced Computing Infrastructure to Support U.S. Science and Engineering  and
  • Federal Big Data Research and Development Strategic Plan, which seeks to expand the community of data-empowered experts across all domains. This solicitation calls for developing innovative, scalable training programs to address the emerging needs and unresolved bottlenecks in scientific and engineering workforce development of targeted, multidisciplinary communities, at the postsecondary level and beyond, leading to transformative changes in the state of workforce preparedness for advanced CI in the short and long terms.

A primary goal is to broaden CI access and adoption by

  • increasing or deepening accessibility of methods and resources of advanced CI and of computational and data science and engineering by a wide range of institutions and scientific communities with lower levels of CI adoption to date; and
  • harnessing the capabilities of larger segments of diverse underrepresented groups. Proposals from and in partnership with the aforementioned communities are especially encouraged. For student training, a key concern is not to increase the time to degree; hence the emphasis shall be on out-of-class, informal training.Prospective principal investigators (PIs)are encouraged to engage all relevant stakeholders by forging alliances, and forming backbones for collective impact, which is particularly necessary in order to address unresolved bottlenecks

PIs may seek public-private partnerships for relevance, enrichment, pursuit of national and international dimensions, and sustainability. All projects shall include training activities. In the short term, the projects shall result in innovative, scalable, informal training models and pilot activities, complementing and leveraging the state of art in curricular offerings, material, and best practices in academia and elsewhere. In the long term, the projects should contribute to the larger goals of an educational ecosystem enabling Computational and Data Science for All; with an understanding of computation as the third pillar Presidents Information Technology Advisory Committee Report, Computational Science: Ensuring Americas Competitivenes and data-driven science as the fourth pillar of the scientific discovery process in addition to the traditional first and second pillars, respectively, of theory and experimentation. Futhermore, in the long term, projects should contribute toward an ubiquitous educational cloud infrastructure for online, dynamic, personalized lessons and certifications in CI and other multidisciplinary areas (Continuous

There are three tracks for submissions:

  • CI Professionals (CIP): aimed at the training and career pathway development of research cyberinfrastructure and professional staff who <span>develop, deploy, manage, and</span>support effective use of advanced CI for research;
  • Domain science and engineering (DSE): aimed primarily at the communities of CI Contributors and sophisticated CI Users, and aligned with the<span>research and education</span>priorities of the participating domain directorates; and (iii) Computational and data science literacy (CDL): aimed at the CI User community at the undergraduate level. The communities of CI Professionals, Contributors, and Users supported by the above three tracks are defined in Section I – Introduction.< span>Each CyberTraining award shall range from $300,000 to $500,000 per award and shall be up to 3 years in duration. Based on the community response and needs, the CyberTraining solicitation may be expanded to accommodate larger projects in the future.
  • Programmatic Areas of Interest The CyberTraining program includes all divisions within the Directorates of Engineering (ENG), Geosciences (GEO),and Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), as well as the Divisions of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) and Computing and Communication Foundation (CCF) in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), and the Division of Graduate Education (DGE) in the Directorate fo rEducation and Human Resources(EHR). The appropriate contact for the CyberTraining program in any directorate/divisions the Cognizan tProgram Officer (PO) for the respective directorate/division listed. All projects must advance cyberinfrastructure training and education goals as described in the full text of this solicitation, in addition to addressing specific domain needs.

Eligible Institutions: Unrestricted
Closing Date:             18 Jan 2017
Program Funding:      $4,500,000
Award Ceiling:           $500,000
Award Floor:              $300,000
Instrument Type:         Grant
Cost Sharing/Matching:  NO

Link to the Solicitation: NSF

Defense Forensic Science Center BAA
The Defense Forensic Science Center (DFSC) (formerly the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL)) provides forensic laboratory services to DoD military criminal investigative organizations (Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and the Army Criminal Investigation Command) and other DoD customers. It is a full service forensic laboratory, providing state-of-the-art forensic examinations in the following disciplines:

  • -DNA/Serology
  • -Digital Evidence
  • -Drug Chemistry
  • -Firearms and Toolmarks
  • -Forensic Documents
  • -Latent Prints (including footwear and tire track evidence)
  • -Trace Evidence

The DFSC has three primary objectives:

(1) Analyze forensic evidence and provide expert testimony to support worldwide criminal investigation across all military services

(2) Provide expeditionary and reach-back forensic services to U.S. military forces in active theaters of operation

(3) Coordinate and execute research, development, testing and evaluation (RDT&E) projects to advance forensic capabilities.

The Department of Defense Forensic Research and Development Program (“Program”) is administered by the U.S. Army Research Office and the Defense Forensic Science Center. The Program aims to enhance the capability of forensic science applications in traditional law enforcement/criminal justice purviews and in expeditionary environments. The Program accomplishes this mission by funding research projects that lead to the production of useful knowledge, materials, devices, systems, or methods that have forensic function. To be eligible for an award under this announcement, a prospective awardee must meet certain minimum standards pertaining to financial resources and responsibility, ability to comply with the performance schedule, past performance, integrity, experience, technical capabilities, operational controls, and facilities. In accordance with Federal statutes, regulations, and Department of Defense and Army policies, no person on grounds of race, color, age, sex, national origin, or disability shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving financial assistance from the Army. The Program is seeking proposals for funding to support forensic research and its application. The requested proposals should focus on adding to general forensic knowledge and/or DFSC activities and needs. Forensic research proposals should focus on the creation of new and improved field or laboratory functional capabilities that result in faster, more robust, more informative, less costly, or less labor-intensive recognition, preservation, collection, and/or analysis of forensic evidence. Proposals involving the development of equipment that is portable, sustainable, and useful in an expeditionary or field environment are also solicited. The expeditionary and field environments require systems that are lightweight, portable, inexpensive, fast, and capable of operating in extreme environments of temperature, dust, humidity, etc. The systems must also be capable of secure data communications. Funding of research and development (R&D) within Program areas of interest will be determined by funding constraints and priorities set during each budget cycle.

Eligible Institutions: Educational Institutions
Closing Date:             Continuously open until 15 Oct 2021
Program Funding:      discretionary
Award Ceiling:           none listed
Award Floor:              none listed
Instrument Type:         Grant, Cooperative Agreement, Procurement Contract
Cost Sharing/Matching:  NO

Link to the Solicitation:
Agency:  DoD

Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative

Synopsis: The OREI seeks to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education, and extension activities. The purpose of this program is to fund projects that will enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Priority concerns include biological, physical, and social sciences, including economics. The OREI is particularly interested in projects that emphasize research, education and outreach that assist farmers and ranchers with whole farm planning by delivering practical research-based information. Projects should plan to deliver applied production information to producers. Fieldwork must be done on certified organic land or on land in transition to organic certification, as appropriate to project goals and objectives. Refer to the USDA National Organic Program ( for organic production standards.

Eligible Institutions: Colleges and Universities
Closing Date:             19 Jan 2017
Program Funding:      $17,624,076
Award Ceiling:           $2,000,000
Award Floor:              $50,000
Instrument Type:         Grant
Cost Sharing/Matching:  YES

Link to the Solicitation:
Agency: Department of Agriculture