Funding Opportunities 2 Oct 2017

TO:                  Faculty and Staff

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

SUBJECT:        Funding Opportunities 2 Oct 2017

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 

Long Range Broad Agency Announcement for Navy and Marines
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving proposals for Long-Range Science and Technology (S&T) Projects which offer potential for advancement and improvement of Navy and Marine Corps operations. Readers should note that this is an announcement to declare ONR’s broad role in competitive funding of meritorious research across a spectrum of science and engineering disciplines. A brief description of the ONR Program Codes and the science and technology thrusts that ONR is pursuing is provided below. Additional information can be found at the ONR website at Technology/Departments.aspx

Eligible Institutions:   Public and State Controlled Colleges and Universities
Closing Date:              Refer to BAA for varying due dates
Program Funding:        Discretionary
Award Ceiling:             none listed
Award Floor:                none listed
Instrument Type:          Grant
Cost Sharing/Matching:  NO

Link to the Solicitation:
Agency:  Office of Naval Research 

National Leadership Grants for Museums
Program Overview:
National Leadership Grants for Museums support projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession so that museums can improve services for the American public. National Leadership Grants for Museums has four project categories. Note that these categories are new for FY 2018 and are different from those in the FY 2017 NOFO:

Advancing Digital Assets and Capacity

Recognizing the dynamic nature of digital technology and its far-reaching benefits for the museum sector, IMLS welcomes applications to fully explore, understand, and optimize the use of digital technology in museums.  IMLS encourages innovative approaches that allow museums to further their educational missions, engage effectively and in relevant ways with their communities, and increase capacity to share collections and information in a complex connected world. IMLS supports the creation, use, presentation, and preservation of digital resources and shared platforms as well as the development of tools and networks to enhance access, optimize use, and sustain the management of digital assets.

Diversity and Inclusion

IMLS supports the work of museums in engaging with communities and providing inclusive services to people of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds and to individuals with disabilities. IMLS encourages museums to deeply understand the current status and future trends in the demographics of their communities and to address it in their programs and services. IMLS seeks innovative projects that help museums work with community members and community-based organizations to broaden opportunity and access.

Collections Care and Access

IMLS supports the exemplary management, care, and conservation of, as well as broad access to and use of museum collections. Investments designed to contribute to the long-term preservation of materials and specimens are complemented by skill-building and capacity-expanding programs for museum staff, volunteers, and interns. IMLS welcomes applications for projects that help the museum field address state-of-the-art collections care and collections-information management, curation, preventive conservation, conservation treatments, database creation and enhancement, digitization, and the use of digital tools to facilitate discovery and deepen engagement with museum collections. We welcome projects that demonstrate cross-sector and cross-disciplinary collaboration with libraries, archives, and other collecting institutions.

Professional Development

IMLS supports proposals to create models across multiple institutions and that are applicable field wide for professional development of museum staff, volunteers, and interns, and ensure the highest standards in all aspects of museum operations. This includes, but is not limited to, creating opportunities to encourage a more inclusive and diverse museum professional and volunteer workforce, and building the skills of museum staff at all levels, with emphasis on the development of the next generation of museum professionals

Eligible Institutions:   Institutions of Higher Education
Closing Date:             1 Dec 2017
Program Funding:        Discretionary
Award Ceiling:             $1,000,000
Award Floor:                $5,000
Instrument Type:         Grant
Cost Sharing/Matching:  Dependent on Category of Grant Application

Link to the Solicitation:
Agency:  Institute of Museum and Library Science 

Extramural Medical Research- Broad Agency Announcement
The United States Army Medical and Materiel Command’s (USAMRMC) mission is to provide solutions to medical problems of importance to the American Service member at home and abroad, as well as to the general public at large. The scope of the effort and the priorities attached to specific projects are influenced by changes in military and civilian medical science and technology, operational requirements, military threat assessments, and national defense strategies. Extramural research and development programs play a vital role in the fulfillment of the objectives established by the USAMRMC. General information on the USAMRMC can be obtained at The USAMRMC Fiscal Year 18 – Fiscal Year 22 (FY18-FY22) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is intended to solicit extramural research and development ideas and is issued under the provisions of the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984 (Public Law 98-369), as implemented in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 6.102(d)(2) and 35.016 and in DoD Grant and Agreement Regulations (DoDGARS) 22.315. In accordance with FAR 35.016, projects funded under the BAA must be for basic and applied research to support scientific study and experimentation directed towards advancing the state of the art or increasing knowledge or understanding rather than focusing on development of a specific system or hardware solution. Research and development funded through the BAA are intended and expected to benefit and inform both military and civilian medical practice and knowledge. The selection process is highly competitive and the quantity of meaningful submissions (both pre-proposals/pre-applications and full proposals/applications) received typically exceeds the number of awards that available funding can support. The BAA provides a general description of the USAMRMC’s research and development programs, including research areas of interest, evaluation and selection criteria, pre-proposal/pre-application and full proposal/application preparation instructions, and general administrative information. Specific submission information and additional administrative requirements can be found in the document titled “General Submission Instructions” available in along with the BAA. The FY18-FY22 USAMRMC BAA is continuously open for a 5-year period, from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Submission of a pre-proposal/pre-application is required and must be submitted through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) ( Pre-proposals/pre-applications may be submitted at any time throughout the 5-year period. If the USAMRMC is interested in receiving a full proposal/application, the Principal Investigator will be sent an invitation to submit via eBRAP. A full proposal/application must be submitted through ( Invited full proposals/applications can be submitted under this FY18-FY22 BAA through September 30, 2022.

Eligible Institutions:       Unrestricted
Closing Date:                  Various closing dates until 30 Sept 2022
Program Funding:             Discretionary
Award Ceiling:                  none listed
Award Floor:                     none listed
Instrument Type:             Grant, Cooperative Agreement, or Procurement Contract

Cost Sharing/Matching:  No
Link to the Solicitation:
Agency:  Department of the Army—USAMRAA

Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) Program
Synopsis: he Department of Navy (DoN) Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) Program increases the quantity and quality of minority professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in the defense community. Research conducted at Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) for the DoN HBCU/MI Program:

  • Enhances the research and educational capabilities of HBCU/MIs in scientific and engineering disciplines critical to the defense mission of the DoN,
  • Encourages cross-institutional, collaborative participation of HBCU/MIs in naval-relevant research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E), and
  • Seeks to increase the engagement of students, including underrepresented minorities, in STEM fields important to the defense mission.

This FOA is executed under policy and guidance of the DoN HBCU/MI Program and is administered by the Office of Naval Research (ONR). This FOA seeks to support research efforts that will contribute to the science and technology (S&T) mission and vision of the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps while simultaneously expanding the research capacity of participant institutions and engaging students in STEM. In that regard, this FOA is intended for white papers and invited proposals from HBCU/MIs exploring basic, naval-relevant research. The technical content of any idea must align with the following research areas of interest as outlined by the Naval Research Development Framework. Information, Cyber, and Spectrum Superiority An increasingly interconnected force with more rapid and effective decision-making is enabled by persistent sensing, advanced data analytics, digital integration, and assured spectrum access. In that regard, this research area spans three strategic areas:

  • Assured Command and Control (C2)
  • Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare (EMW)
  • Full Spectrum Cyber technologies Assured Command and Control (C2): Assured C2 is enabled by persistent sensing, timely intelligence, and decision support tools that will accelerate “data to decisions” timelines. Leveraging machine reasoning and data analytics, an end-to-end approach achieves protected data transport, resilient networking, and assured apps and services that result in trusted information and actions.

The need for increased spectral efficiency and diversity, coupled with the information domain, is critical to our naval freedom of maneuver on a global scale. Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare (EMW): EMW efforts include electromagnetic spectrum management technologies and techniques that fluidly combine communications, surveillance electronic warfare (EW), and electronics to understand and shape the battlespace. Ultra-wide bank systems, which continuously monitor the spectrum, are needed to facilitate optimized use. Intrinsically secure and resilient computing systems with robust computational and communications architectures will provide the capability to manipulate and interpret rapidly growing amounts of data support of C2, Combat Systems (CS), and Intelligence Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) effects. Assuring secure access to the full spectrum is essential to operate at will or deny adversary access in more complex and dynamic future EMW environments. Full Spectrum Cyber technologies: Full-spectrum Cyber approaches must be developed to protect our networks, data, information systems, and real-time control systems. Total platform cyber protection is becoming an essential element of Information Warfare. Cyber technologies provide the ability to assess and counter potential threats. Future information systems must provide agile capabilities for achieving and maintaining communications and data integrity in rapidly evolving, dispersed, and disadvantaged environments.

Computational architectures need more resilient information infrastructure through assured system design, automated defensive tools for advanced persistent threats, hardening of the hosts, and data assurance. Applicable Research Interests:

  • Advanced RF electronics and materials
  • Communications and networking
  • Computational methods for decision making
  • Data science and analytics
  • Electronic warfare
  • Sensors and sensor processing

Machine learning, reasoning, and intelligence

  • Resource optimization
  • Precision navigation and timekeeping Mission Capable, Persistent, and Survivable Sea Platforms Concepts, systems, and component technologies that improve the performance and survivability of naval ships/submarines in an increasingly distributed yet interconnected force are critical. New platforms will need to deliver advanced weapons, as well as increased mobility and survivability. Power and energy for surface ships is a key, enduring investment for the efficiency of legacy platforms, while enabling the power requirements of future electric weapons. High-power electric weapons and sensors have advanced significantly, creating technical requirements for dramatic increases in energy management and pulsed power. Computational tools that model the platform’s interaction with the anticipated operational environment are essential to the development of integrated designs and protections such as stealth, counter-directed energy weapons, tactical decision aids, electronic warfare, and hard-kill systems. Undersea dominance remains a priority as the Navy designs and builds the next generation of strategic and tactical submarines. Resurgence by peer adversaries in ultra-quiet submarine technology is closing the gap in undersea warfare. Platform mobility and survivability is critical to successful operational strategies calling for more distributed forces. Advancements in materials, acoustics, and intelligent control are required in addition to hydro-, electro-, and computational mechanics. Advancements in countermeasures for ships and submarines are also critical. Platforms will become more self-sustaining to extend endurance and forward presence while reducing the logistics tail for fuel. Future platforms must have reduced sustainment requirements and be easier to maintain. Efforts are focused on platform interfaces as well as platform efficiency to reduce sustainment needs. Enhanced interface standards and modularity provide flexibility, ease of maintenance, and upgrades. Finally, affordability permeates all modernization concepts. The development of validated design tools capable of rapidly and accurately analyzing and evaluating novel platforms with advanced system performance characteristics is a high priority. Applicable Research Interests:
  • Naval engineering
  • Advanced naval power systems
  • Advanced survivable sea platforms
  • Unmanned sea platforms, autonomy, and power
  • Advanced naval materials
  • Undersea weapons, counter-weapons, and energetics
  • Sea platform environmental quality
  • Corrosion control Aviation, Force Projection, and Integrated Defense Sea-based aviation, including platform and weapons research, is focused on new or enhanced capabilities to defined against, and/or deter, disable, damage, defeat, or destroy adversaries at extended ranges and speeds. Offsetting technologies must continue to provide naval forces with an edge in any future battle. In the future battlespace, electric weapons with deep magazines and low cost-per-kill will be required to engage large numbers of threats simultaneously. Directed-energy systems will be used in layered defense to counter ISR capabilities, defeat or destroy threats, both before and during combat. Networked weapons will improve the probability to kill and reduce the need for multiple weapons targeting the same platform. Advanced warhead materials will decrease the size of rounds. Electromagnetic realigns will allow more, smaller, and longer-range rounds. Future naval fires efforts include targeting, decision support and precision strike by air, surface, undersea, and expeditionary forces. Improved aerodynamic control will allow unprecedented maneuverability for unconventional aircraft designs. Advanced aircraft power and propulsion technologies, such as variable-cycle advanced technology, will provide more efficient operation over a wider range of flight conditions. They will also enable technologies for providing the power and thermal management of electric weapons for next-generation aircraft. Advances in structures and materials will allow for reduced life-cycle costs as well as stronger and lighter airframes. Autonomous systems will reduce operational risk and improve mission performance. For today’s missions, autonomy can improve manning effectiveness and provide options for mission tasks. For future missions, autonomy can provide new persistent, pervasive, and rapid response capabilities to do tasks that would be unaffordable or impractical today. Applicable Research Interests:
  • Directed Energy (DE) and Counter-DE
  • Aerodynamics
  • Flight dynamics & control • Propulsion
  • Structures and materials
  • Energetic materials
  • Hypersonics
  • Autonomy

Eligible Institutions:   Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Closing Date:             16 March 2018
Program Funding:        Discretionary
Award Ceiling:             none listed
Award Floor:               none listed
Instrument Type:         Grant
Cost Sharing/Matching:  No

Link to the Solicitation:

Agency:  Office of Naval Research