The internal deadlines posted below for intent to submit are typically two months prior to the agency deadlines. An intent to submit is an informal notification by e-mail and should simply state that the PI intends to submit a proposal for the particular award. After the internal deadline has passed, it is clear whether an internal competition is needed based on the amount of internal interest, and the PI will be notified accordingly. Specific instructions concerning the internal competition will be communicated at that point. Applicants are typically asked to provide a two-page project summary, CV, and budget by e-mail, which are then reviewed and ranked by a committee.
Since the below list is not comprehensive, PIs should contact their college research offices when applying for an award not listed on this page that limits submissions per institution. College research offices will be able to advise you concerning specific steps necessary to proceed in applying for the award in question.
NOTE: For the purposes of internal competitions, the OSU branch campuses (Center for Health Sciences, Oklahoma City, and Okmulgee) are considered separate units unless otherwise indicated by the granting agency. OSU Tulsa, because of the relationship its faculty has to the Stillwater campus, will not be considered a a separate unit.
ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards
Eligibility: Full-time assistant professors at ORAU member institutions within two years of their initial tenure track appointment at the time of application are eligible. If there is a question on eligibility, the ORAU Councilor makes the final decision.
The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, museums, science centers, and not-for-profit organizations. This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by providing shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. Development and acquisition of research instrumentation for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use are encouraged, as are development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at academic institutions.
To accomplish these goals, the MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of shared research instrumentation that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. Instruments are expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period. For the purposes of the MRI program, proposals must be for either acquisition or development of a single instrument or for equipment that, when combined, serves as an integrated research instrument (physical or virtual). The MRI program does not support the acquisition or development of a suite of instruments to outfit research laboratories/facilities or to conduct independent research activities simultaneously. Further guidance on appropriate requests can be found in the MRI Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/programs/mri.
Instrument acquisition or development proposals that request funds from NSF in the range $100,000-$4 million will be accepted from all eligible organizations. Proposals that request funds from NSF less than $100,000 will also be accepted from all eligible organizations for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences and from non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education for all NSF-supported disciplines.
Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: Three (3) as described below.
If three proposals are submitted, at least one of the proposals must be for instrument development (i.e., no more than two proposals may be for instrument acquisition).
Cost-sharing at the level of 30% of the total project cost is required for Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education and for non-degree-granting organizations. Non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education are exempt from the cost-sharing requirement.
URL for More Information: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11503/nsf11503.htm
Oklahoma Arts Council Major Grant Support
The Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE) program funds research and educational projects that improve ethics education in all fields of science and engineering that NSF supports, with priority consideration given to interdisciplinary, inter-institutional, and international contexts. Although the primary focus is on improving ethics education for graduate students in NSF-funded fields, the proposed programs may benefit advanced undergraduates as well.
Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: An eligible organization, as defined above, may submit only one proposal as the lead organization. Organizations submitting more than one proposal as the lead organization will be notified and given one week from notification to select one proposal for consideration. If one is not selected in that time period, all of those proposals will be returned without review. There is no limit on the number of proposals under which an organization may be included as a non-lead collaborator or sub-awardee.
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), USDA announces the Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) funding program to improve the quality and quantity of comprehensive community-based programs for at-risk children, youth, and families supported by the Cooperative Extension System. The CYFAR program mission is to marshal resources of the Land-Grant and Cooperative Extension Systems to develop and deliver educational programs that equip limited resource families and youth who are at-risk for not meeting basic human needs with the skills they need to lead positive, productive, contributing lives.
URL for More Information: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/fo/childrenyouthfamiliessustainablecommunityprojects.cfm
Limit on Submissions: Only one application per land-grant institution will be accepted.
Agency Due Date: February 20, 2013
The Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) requests proposals from interested groups to support current and future continental scientific drilling activities. We request proposals for the establishment of a Continental Scientific Drilling Coordination Office(CSDCO) that will help coordinate planning for continental scientific drilling projects, in collaboration with the Earth science community, and will have the capability to supply continental scientific drilling support and expertise for NSF-funded research.
URL for More Information: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13514/nsf13514.htm
Limit on Submissions: One proposal per Organization is allowed.
Agency Due Date: February 22, 2013
This solicitation is jointly sponsored between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Divisions of Chemistry and Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) to encourage synergistic research activities and to enhance cooperation among the chemical sciences, materials research, geosciences, engineering, and biomedical and public health communities. The agencies jointly issue the solicitation, but will separately fund awards for Networks for Sustainable Molecular Design and Synthesis (NSMDS).
Networks for Sustainable Molecular Design and Synthesis are groups of two or more researchers working in trans-disciplinary fields to promote the development of safe and sustainable chemicals as well as safe and sustainable synthetic procedures. For this solicitation, "chemicals" refers broadly to any and all materials, inorganic and organic compounds, and individual chemicals or mixtures of chemicals (e.g., endocrine disruptors, chlorofluorocarbons, transition metal-based catalysts, macromolecules, and nanomaterials). Advances resulting from these Networks are expected to result in chemicals that are safer and more sustainable throughout their life cycle and thus, the replacement of rare, toxic, and expensive chemicals with earth abundant, benign, and renewable alternatives is anticipated. The Networks will facilitate safe design strategies, processes, and pathways (including catalytic pathways) that consume less fresh water, generate less waste, and use less energy than current practice. These new approaches will minimize hazards that arise not only from chemical structure and intended use, but also from their synthesis, production, consumption, reuse, and disposal.
Education, workforce development, and the translation or transfer of basic research results into social or economic benefits are critical aspects of NSMDS projects. Networks will develop strong mentoring and training activities (which include broadening participation elements) for undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral associates. Other educational activities, such as informal science communication and the education of K-12 students or the public, are encouraged.
Where appropriate, intellectual property protection and a proactive plan to engage industry in technology transfer is encouraged.
URL for More Information: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13523/nsf13523.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click
Limit on Submissions: Only one proposal may be submitted from an eligible entity. If multiple proposals from a single eligible entity are submitted, all proposals from that entity will be returned without review.
Agency Due Date: March 18, 2013
This solicitation is jointly sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Chemistry (CHE) to encourage synergy and enhance cooperation in examining the life cycles of synthetic chemicals and materials as they relate to their manufacture, use, transport, and disposal or recycle. The Networks for Characterizing Chemical Life Cycle (NCCLCs) will promote development of trans-disciplinary, systems- and molecular-level understanding of the life cycle of important (relevant) synthetic chemicals and materials (including nanomaterials) as these distribute and are potentially altered through use in society and interaction with the built and natural environments. For this solicitation, "chemicals" refers broadly to any and all materials, compounds, and individual chemicals or mixtures of chemicals, including nanomaterials. Advances resulting from these Networks are expected to provide methods and tools for characterizing and predicting environmental and health implications of chemical manufacture and use across the life cycle.
Education, workforce development, and the translation or transfer of basic research results into social or economic benefits are critical aspects of NCCLC projects. Networks will develop strong mentoring and training activities (which include broadening participation elements) for undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral associates. Other educational activities, such as informal science communication and the education of K-12 students or the public, are encouraged. Where appropriate, intellectual property protection and a proactive plan to engage industry in technology transfer is encouraged.
It is expected that research teams in the NCCLC awarded under this solicitation will coordinate / communicate with the funded research networks from the EPA/NSF Networks for Sustainable Molecular Design and Synthesis (NSMDS) solicitation (see: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504822). The researchers working in these two network groups are expected to conduct complementary research and; thus, will benefit from interaction with each other at annual EPA All-Investigators Meetings (also known as progress reviews).
URL for More Information: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13524/nsf13524.htm
Limit on Submissions: Only one proposal may be submitted from an eligible entity. If multiple proposals from a single eligible entity are submitted, all proposals from that entity will be returned without review.
Agency Due Date: March 18, 2013
The USDA Center for Collaborative Research on WIC Nutrition Education Innovations at the USDA/ARS Children¹s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine (CNRC WIC Center) announces the availability of funds for researcher-initiated projects to demonstrate creative approaches to nutrition education for theSpecial Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). The CNRC WIC Center is funded by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. University-based researchers, with state/local WIC collaborators, are eligible to respond.
The grants will be funded for up to two years and require a partnership between a university-based researcher and a state or local WIC program.
URL for More Information: http://www.bcm.edu/cnrc/wiccenter/
Limit on Submissions: Only one application will be accepted per institution or per WIC agency
Agency Due Date: March 22, 2013*
* Mandatory LOI Deadline. Full proposals due on April 26, 2013.
The George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) was established by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a multi-user, research infrastructure for earthquake engineering research, innovation, and education through a facility construction phase during 2000-2004, followed by operations of the infrastructure to support research and education activities from October 2004 through September 2014. NEES is currently operated under a five-year NSF cooperative agreement award with Purdue University that expires on September 30, 2014.
The National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) will reach its ten year authorized award life at the end of Fiscal Year 2013. The National Science Foundation is announcing in this solicitation an open competition to establish a Next-Generation National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NG NNIN) for Fiscal Years 2014-2018.
NNIN has enabled major discoveries, innovations, and contributions to education and commerce within all disciplines of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology through NSF support of a national network of university-based user facilities. These facilities have provided open access to leading-edge nanotechnology fabrication and characterization tools, instrumentation, and expertise for users across the nation from academia, small and large industry, and government. The core mission of NNIN has included national-level education and outreach programs to enable a diverse science and engineering workforce, the study of societal and ethical implications of nanotechnology including issues of environment, health, and safety, as well as important modeling and simulation capabilities.
The new competition for the NG NNIN will build on the concept of NNIN with a much broadened scope and user base. Support is being provided by all NSF Directorates and the Office of International Science and Engineering as an integral part of the NSF investment in Nanoscale Science and Engineering.
URL for More Information: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13521/nsf13521.htm
Limit on Submissions: An institution may not be included in more than one proposal submitted in response to this solicitation.
Agency Due Date: April 1, 2013*
*Mandatory LOI deadline. Full proposals due by May 13, 2013.
The current solicitation requests innovative proposal of two types:
The first is intended to complement previous NSF investments in advanced computational infrastructure. Consistent with the ACI Strategic Plan, the current solicitation is focused on expanding the use of high end resources to a much larger and more diverse community. To quote from the ACI Strategic Plan, the goal is to "...position and support the entire spectrum of NSF-funded communities "....and to promote a more comprehensive and balanced portfolio .... to support multidisciplinary computational and data-enabled science and engineering that in turn supports the entire scientific, engineering and educational community". Thus, while continuing to provide essential and needed resources to the more traditional users of HPC, it is important to enlarge the horizon to include research communities that are not users of traditional HPC systems, but who would benefit from advanced computational capabilities at the national level. Building, testing, and deploying these resources within the collaborative ecosystem that encompasses national, regional and campus resources continues to remain a high priority for the NSF and one of increasing importance to the science and engineering community.
The second type is devoted to the increasing pressure on the existing infrastructure to store and process very large amounts of data coming from simulation and from experimental resources such as telescopes, genome data banks or sensors. As recently stated in BIGDATA (NSF 12-499), "Pervasive sensing and computing across natural, built, and social environments is generating heterogeneous data at unprecedented scale and complexity. Today, scientists, biomedical researchers, engineers, educators, citizens and decision-makers live in an era of observation: data come from many disparate sources, such as sensor networks; scientific instruments, such as medical equipment, telescopes, colliders, satellites, environmental networks, and scanners; video, audio, and click streams; financial transaction data; email, weblogs, twitter feeds, and picture archives; spatial graphs and maps; and scientific simulations and models. This plethora of data sources has given rise to a phenomenal diversity in data types; data can be temporal, spatial, or dynamic and can be derived from both structured and unstructured sources. Data may have different representation types, media formats, and levels of granularity, and may be used across multiple scientific disciplines. These new sources of data and their increasing complexity contribute to an explosion of information."
URL for More Information: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13528/nsf13528.htm
Limit on Submissions: An organization may submit only one proposal but may be a sub-awardee on other proposals responding to this solicitation.
Collaborative projects may only be submitted as a single proposal in which a single award is being requested. The involvement of partner organizations should be supported through sub-awards administered by the submitting organization.
Agency Due Date: April 15, 2013
A National Repository for Geological Cores Collected in the Polar Regions- NSF 13-532
In accordance with NSF policy that all facility awards must be re-competed after an appropriate period of operation (NSB-08-12 and NSB-08-16), this solicitation seeks the services of a qualified organization to provide a core curation facility and services for geological cores collected in the polar regions. The award will be administered as a Cooperative Agreement and willcover a five-year operating period beginning June 1, 2014. A programmatic review will be held prior to the completion of the initial period of support and the results will guide the decision whether to renew the Cooperative Agreement for another five-year period.
This solicitation aims at introducing nanoscale science, engineering, and technology through a variety of interdisciplinary approaches into undergraduate engineering education. The focus of the FY 2013 competition is on nanoscale engineering education with relevance to devices and systems and/or on the societal, ethical, economic and/or environmental issues relevant to nanotechnology.
Related funding opportunities are posted on the web site for the National Nanotechnology Initiative, www.nsf.gov/nano. In addition, research and education projects in nanoscale science and engineering will continue to be supported in the relevant NSF programs and divisions.
Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: Only one (1) proposal may be submitted by a US academic institution, College/Department of Engineering or College/Department of Engineering Technology as the lead institution with the following exception: A US academic institution may submit a second proposal as the lead institution, only if it is focused on the societal, ethical, economic and/or environmental issues relevant to nanotechnology.
Agency Deadline: May 22, 2012
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces a third year of a program on collaborative research and education in the area of scalable nanomanufacturing, including the long-term societal implications of the large-scale implementation of nanomanufacturing innovations. This program is in response to and is a component of the National Nanotechnology Initiative Signature Initiative: Sustainable Nanomanufacturing - Creating the Industries of the Future (http://www.nano.gov/node/611). Although many nanofabrication techniques have demonstrated the ability to fabricate small quantities of nanomaterials and devices for characterization and evaluation purposes, the emphasis of this program is on research to overcome the key impediments that prevent the low cost production of useful nanomaterials, devices and systems at industrially relevant scale. Therefore, competitive proposals will incorporate three elements in their research plans:
Other research and education projects in nanoscale science and engineering will continue to be supported in the relevant programs and divisions.
Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: An academic institution – a university, or a campus in a multi-campus university -- may submit no more than one (1) proposal on which it is the lead organization in response to this solicitation. The same organization may be a collaborative partner in any number of other multi-organization group proposals in which it is not the lead. A proposal involving more than one organization must be submitted as a single proposal in which a single award is requested, with the managing principal investigator from the lead organization and subawards administered by the lead organization to any other participating organizations.
URL for More Information: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13545/nsf13545.htm
The CSBR program provides for enhancements that secure and improve existing collections, result in accessible digitized specimen-related data, and develop better methods for specimen curation and collection management. Requests should demonstrate a clear and urgent need to secure the collection, and the proposed activities should address that need. Biological collections supported include established living stock/culture collections, vouchered non-living natural history collections, and jointly-curated ancillary collections such as preserved tissues and DNA libraries.
Organization Limit: 3
Agency Deadline: July 16, 2013
MRSEC: Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers - NSF 13-556
The National Endowment for the Humanities invites nominations for Summer Stipends for Research Related to the Humanities by faculty researchers pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions or other scholarly resources. Multiple awards of up to $6,000 each are anticipated. Eligibility is restricted to institutions of higher education. Proposals are due Sep 26.
Only individual applicants are eligible to apply for Summer Stipends. Faculty or staff members of colleges or universities or of primary or secondary schools, or independent scholars or writers may apply for a Summer Stipend. All applicants must have completed their formal education by the application deadline. While applicants need not have advanced degrees, individuals currently enrolled in a degree-granting program are ineligible to apply.
PI Limit: Faculty members teaching full-time at colleges or universities must be nominated by their institutions to apply for a Summer Stipend. Once faculty members are nominated by their institutions, they may submit their applications via Grants.gov. Each college and university in the United States and its jurisdictions may nominate two faculty members.
Agency Deadline: September 26, 2013