Funding Opportunities 5 April 2018

TO:                  Faculty and Staff

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

SUBJECT:       Funding Opportunities 5 April 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 sdudley@uncfsu.edu and information will be provided on the submission procedures and timelines.

Dr. Daryush Ila, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Tech Transfer Officer & RSO dila@uncfsu.edu x 2417
Dr. Leslie Evelyn, Director of Sponsored Research and  Programs, aevelyn@uncfsu.edu x 1644
Shenetta Dudley, Pre-Award Administrator sdudley@uncfsu.edu x1570
Carolyn Harris, Post Award Administrator charri35@uncfsu.edu x 2612
Dwane Hodges, Budget Officer dhodges1@uncfsu.edu x 1645
Dr. Carla Raineri Padilla, Compliance & Export Control Officer, cpadilla@uncfsu.edu x 1569

Accelerating Discovery:  Educating the Future STEM Workforce
PD-18-1998
Synopsis:

A well-prepared, innovative science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce is crucial to the Nation’s prosperity and security. Future generations of STEM professionals are a key sector of this workforce, especially in the critical scientific areas described in the “Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments”. Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments. To accelerate progress in these areas, the next generation of STEM professionals will need to master new knowledge and skills, collaborate across disciplines, and shape the future of the human-technology interface in the workplace. As a result, NSF recognizes the need to support development of and research on effective educational approaches that can position the future STEM workforce to make bold advances in these Big Ideas. In response to this need, the NSF Education and Human Resources Directorate seeks to invest in projects that can educate the STEM workforce to advance discovery in the six research Big Ideas:

  1. Harnessing the Data Revolution;
  2. The Future of Work;
  3. Navigating the New Arctic;
  4. Multi-messenger Astrophysics;
  5. The Quantum Leap; and
  6. Understanding the Rules of Life.

In addition to developing and implementing novel educational and/or training programs, these projects should simultaneously generate new knowledge about effective STEM education, by studying such programs and exploring related issues. Specifically, NSF accepts proposals to support education research and development projects focused on re- or up-skilling the existing workforce; developing the skilled technical workforce; and/or preparing those at the undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral fellow/early career levels. We encourage projects to partner with industry, public, and private sectors to define the needs of tomorrow’s workforce and develop educational and learning strategies to meet those needs. Proposals should address near-, mid-, and long-term challenges and opportunities facing the development of STEM professionals or anticipate new structures and functions of the STEM learning and teaching enterprise. Proposers are encouraged to include approaches that have the potential to increase and diversify participation in STEM. All proposals should contribute to one or more of the six research Big Ideas. EHR is particularly interested in supporting innovative education research and development in two Big Ideas: “The Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier” href=”https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/big_ideas/human_tech.jsp” target=”_blank”>The Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier</a> (FW-HTF) and”Harnessing the Data Revolution for 21st Century Science and Engineering”.

Eligible Institutions:  Unrestricted
Closing Date:             2 June 2018
Program Funding:       discretionary
Award Ceiling:            none listed
Award Floor:               none listed
Instrument Type:         Grant
Cost Sharing/Matching:  NO

Link to Solicitation: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505552
Agency:  NSF

Mathematical Multifaceted Integrated Capability Centers (MMICCs)
DE-FOA-0001900
Synopsis:

The Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) of the SC, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), hereby invites applications for basic research that address fundamental challenges within DOE’s mission areas of energy, environment and security, and from a perspective that requires new integrated efforts across multiple mathematical, statistical and computational disciplines. This solicitation is for new Mathematical Multifaceted Integrated Capability Centers (MMICCs) to enable greatly enhanced scientific discovery, design, optimization or decision-support capabilities for the increasingly complex systems, processes, and problems that arise in science and energy research. Proposed research tightly focused on the solution of a particular science or engineering problem are outside the scope of this solicitation. These MMICCs will enable applied mathematics researchers to work together in large, collaborative teams to develop the mathematics needed to address significant scientific computing research challenges. The MMICCs allow researchers to take a broader view of the problem as a whole, and devise solution strategies that attack the problem in its entirety by building fundamental, multidisciplinary mathematical capabilities and tools cognizant of both existing and emerging computing paradigms. The MMICCs teams will have the flexibility and technical expertise to consider all aspects of the problem-solving process simultaneously – ranging from the mathematical formulation to the development, analysis, integration of appropriate models and methods, and demonstration of results and capabilities.

Eligible Institutions:  Unrestricted
Closing Date:             23 May 2018
Program Funding:       $20,000,000
Award Ceiling:            $2,500,000
Award Floor:               $300,000
Instrument Type:         Grant
Cost Sharing/Matching:  NO

Link to Solicitation: https://science.energy.gov/ascr/funding-opportunities/
Agency:  DOE- Office of Science 

Behavioral Interventions Scholars
HHS-2018-ACF-OPRE-PD-1367
Synopsis:

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) is soliciting applications for Behavioral Interventions Scholars grants to support dissertation research by advanced graduate students who are using approaches grounded in behavioral economics to examine specific research questions of relevance to social service programs and policies. These grants are meant to build capacity in the research field to apply a behavioral economics lens to issues facing poor and vulnerable families in the United States, and to foster mentoring relationships between faculty members and high-quality doctoral students. Applicants are required to demonstrate the applicability of their research to practice or policy serving low-income children, adults, and families, especially those that seek to improve their well-being. Specific topics of interest are delineated in the full funding opportunity announcement. For information about OPRE, please go to https://www.acf.hhs.gov/opre. For information about related work ongoing within OPRE, please go to https://www.acf.hhs.gov/opre/behavioral-interventions-to-advance-self-sufficiency-bias-research-portfolio.

Eligible Institutions:  Public and State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
Closing Date:            1 June 2018
Program Funding:       $100,000
Award Ceiling:            $25,000
Award Floor:               $20,000
Instrument Type:         Grant
Cost Sharing/Matching:  NO

Link to Solicitation: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2018-ACF-OPRE-PD-1367
Agency:  Administration for Children and Families 

Economic Modeling of HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, TB and School Health
CDC-RFA-PS19-1905
Synopsis:

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) is soliciting applications for Behavioral Interventions Scholars grants to support dissertation research by advanced graduate students who are using approaches grounded in behavioral economics to examine specific research questions of relevance to social service programs and policies. These grants are meant to build capacity in the research field to apply a behavioral economics lens to issues facing poor and vulnerable families in the United States, and to foster mentoring relationships between faculty members and high-quality doctoral students. Applicants are required to demonstrate the applicability of their research to practice or policy serving low-income children, adults, and families, especially those that seek to improve their well-being. Specific topics of interest are delineated in the full funding opportunity announcement. For information about OPRE, please go to https://www.acf.hhs.gov/opre. For information about related work ongoing within OPRE, please go to https://www.acf.hhs.gov/opre/behavioral-interventions-to-advance-self-sufficiency-bias-research-portfolio.

Eligible Institutions:  Unrestricted
Closing Date:            17 June 2018
Program Funding:       $15,000,000
Award Ceiling:            $4,000,000
Award Floor:               $100,000
Instrument Type:         Cooperative Agreement
Cost Sharing/Matching:  NO

Link to Solicitation: for more information contact Kwame Owusu-Edusei kfo0@cdc.gov
Agency:  CDC-NCHHSTP

Combinatorics
PD-18-7970
Synopsis:

The Combinatorics program supports research on discrete structures and includes algebraic, enumerative, existential, extremal, geometric, and probabilistic combinatorics, including graph theory. Conferences Principal Investigators should carefully read the program solicitation. Conferences and Workshops in the Mathematical Sciences; (link below) to obtain important information regarding the substance of proposals for conferences, workshops, summer/winter schools, and similar activities. Conference proposals must be submitted at least six months in advance of the conference, and in the same fiscal year (which begins October 1) if possible.

Eligible Institutions:  Unrestricted
Closing Date:             25 Sept 2018
Program Funding:       discretionary
Award Ceiling:            none listed
Award Floor:               none listed
Instrument Type:         Grant
Cost Sharing/Matching:  NO

Link to Solicitation: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503570
Agency:  NSF

Statistics
PD-18-1269
Synopsis:

The Statistics Program supports research in statistical theory and methods, including research in statistical methods for applications to any domain of science and engineering. The theory forms the base for statistical science. The methods are used for stochastic modeling, and the collection, analysis and interpretation of data. The methods characterize uncertainty in the data and facilitate advancement in science and engineering. The Program encourages proposals ranging from single-investigator projects to interdisciplinary team projects.

Eligible Institutions:  Unrestricted
Closing Date:             17 Dec 2018
Program Funding:       discretionary
Award Ceiling:            none listed
Award Floor:               none listed
Instrument Type:         Grant
Cost Sharing/Matching:  NO

Link to Solicitation: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5556
Agency:  NSF