Funding Opportunities 23 Feb 2018

TO:                  Faculty and Staff

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

SUBJECT:       Funding Opportunities 23 Feb 2018

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 

Minority University Research and Education Project for Sustainability and Innovative Collaboration

Synopsis: in the face of declining federal appropriations, MSIs could benefit from a forum where they can collaborate with institutions that share similar challenges to learn industry best practices that look for focused opportunities to develop partnerships, and learn about other potential funding sources (Jones, 2014). This solicitation seeks proposals that create workshop and training opportunities for MSIs to refine their process for securing NASA funding resources resulting in building their institutional capacity. H.1.1 Goals and Objectives MUSIC is: 1. A strategic effort that will leverage research and contract relationships of MSIs and NASA through relationships developed by non-profit organizations that may include collaboration of subject matter experts and access to NASA research facilities; 2. An effort to improve STEM education and research at MSIs; 3. A funded activity that seeks to build institutional capacity of MSIs; 4. An activity to support long-term sustainability of STEM research at MSIs. MUSIC will address the following long-term NASA Agency goals and objectives, NASA Education performance goals that are outlined in the NASA Strategic Plan:

  • Strategic Goal 1 Expand the frontiers of knowledge, capability, and opportunity in space. NASA Objective 1.7: Transform NASA missions and advance the Nation’s capabilities by maturing crosscutting and innovative space technologies.
  • Strategic Goal 2 Advance understanding of Earth and develop technologies to improve the quality of life on our home planet. Objective 2.4: Advance the Nation’s STEM education and workforce pipeline by working collaboratively with other agencies to engage students, teachers, and faculty in NASA’s missions and unique assets.
  • Strategic Goal 3 Serve the American public and accomplish our Mission by effectively managing our people, technical capabilities, and infrastructure. Objective 3.1: Attract and advance a highly skilled, competent, and diverse workforce, cultivate an innovative work environment, and provide the facilities, tools, and services needed to conduct NASA’s missions.

Eligible Institutions:  Minority Serving Institutions
Closing Date:             NOI due 23 March 2018- Proposal due 22 May 2018
Program Funding:       $900,000
Award Ceiling:            $450,000
Award Floor:               none listed
Instrument Type:         Cooperative Agreement
Cost Sharing/Matching:  NO

Link to the Solicitation:
Agency:  NASA 

Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program

Synopsis: The Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive (SACC) Grants Program will support the development of canola as a viable supplemental and alternative crop in the United States. The goal of the SACC program is to significantly increase crop production and/or acreage by developing and testing of superior germplasm, improving methods of planting, cultivation, and harvesting, and transferring new knowledge to producers (via Extension) as soon as practicable. Extension, education, and communication activities related to the research areas above must be addressed in the proposal.

Eligible Institutions:  Colleges and Universities
Closing Date:             18 April 2018
Program Funding:        $767,000
Award Ceiling:             none listed
Award Floor:               none listed
Instrument Type:         Grant
Cost Sharing/Matching:  YES

Link to the Solicitation:
Agency:  National Institute of Food and Agriculture