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March 2020 - January 2021

Science & Engineering-related Funding Opportunities

NSF and NIST Release Disaster Resilience Research Grants (DRRG) program
Letters of Intent (Required) due August 14, 2020
National Science Foundation (NSF) released a new solicitation for a joint program with the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) to advance research on resilience to natural disasters.  This Disaster Resilience Research Grants (DRRG) program looks to support “research to advance fundamental understanding of disaster resilience in support of improved, science-based planning, policy, decisions, design, codes, and standards.”  Of note, this competition solicits research that spans the spectrum from fundamental to applied.  Hazards of interest include, but are not limited to, windstorm events, including hurricanes and tornadoes; water events, including hurricanes; fires; and earthquakes. Full Proposals due September 15, 2020.

NOAA Releases FY2021 Competitions
Letter of Intent (Required) due August 17, 2020
NOAA's Climate Program Office(CPO) released six FY 2021 competitions:
1. AC4: Emissions, Air Quality, and Heat in Urban Areas
2. AC4 and COM: Atmospheric impacts due to changes in anthropogenci activity durin gthe COVID-19 pandemic
3. MAPP: New Climate Monitoring Approaches and Products for Areas of Climate Risk
4. MAPP: Process-Oriented Diagnostics for Climate Model Improvement and Applications
5. COM, CVP, and GOMO: Innovative Ocean Dataset/Product Analysis and Development for support of the NOAA Observing and CLimate Modeling Communities
6. Adaptation Sciences (AdSci): Advancing Climate Adaptation and Coastal Community Resilience 

OSD Releases BAA for Fundamental Research in Socio-Mathematics of Information and Influence
Proposals due August 28, 2020
The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OSD(R&E)), Basic Research Office (BRO) released a BAA for fundamental research in the socio-mathematics of information and influence.  This BAA seeks to expand understanding of future information warfare and the tracking and prediction of attempts at social manipulation.  BRO desires mathematical and social science solutions to analyze and predict human behaviors in dynamic environments.  Proposals should go beyond conventional methods and instead aim to produce novel disruptive frameworks to combat disinformation and cyber influence.  BRO strongly encourages proposals that employ combinations of expertise and proposals that examine evolutionary co-designs of threat and defense strategies, creating the ability to predict threat scenarios and verify defensive postures.

DOD ONR releases Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship FOA
White Papers due August 28, 2020
The DOD Office of Naval Research released the fiscal year 2021 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship (VBFF) FOA.  The VBFF program attracts and engages the best and brightest in academia to conduct a range of basic, unclassified research.  DOD is particularly interested in ambitious “blue sky” research that will lead to revolutionary discoveries, new fields of research, or disruption of existing theories.  Specific research areas of interest include applied math and computer science; networks and AI; cognitive neuroscience; bioengineering; and materials science. Invited full proposals are due January 15, 2021. 

DARPA DSO Releases Disruption Opportunity for  Thermal Engineering using Material Physics (TEMP)
Application due September 1, 2020
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) issued a disruption opportunity (DO) to explore basic or applied research concepts in radiative heat transfer.  The Thermal Engineering using Material Physics (TEMP) DO will specifically focus on developments in materials and physics to “control the direction and wavelength of thermal transport by radiation” in extreme thermal environments.  

NIH Solicits applications for the Director's Early Independence Award
Applications due September 4, 2020
The NIH Director’s Early Independence Award supports exceptional junior investigators pursuing independent research careers soon after completion of their formal training to accelerate their entry into an independent research career. This award will support 5 to 10 Early Independence Awards focused on any relevant area of coronavirus SARS- CoV-2 research.

DARPA I2O Releases BAA for Verified Security and Performance Enhancement of Large Legacy Software (V-SPELLS)
Application due September 9, 2020
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Information Innovation Office (I2O) issued a BAA for the Verified Security and Performance Enhancement of Large Legacy Software (V-SPELLS) program.  The V-SPELLS program aims to create a method for new codes to safely integrate into the large legacy code bases when introduced as enhancements or replacements to the system.

DOD Releases FY 2020 Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR) FOA
White Papers (required) due by September 21, 2020
The DEPSCoR competition encourages collaborations on basic research projects of interest to DOD and is structured to form a two-person team between an investigator with prior funding from the DOD (within the past seven years) and a researcher who has not previously received funding. Invited full proposals due February 15, 2021. Areas of interest include:

  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR): Cognitive and Computational Neurosciences; Space Science;  Agile Science of Test and Evaluation; and Materials with Extreme Properties.
  • Army Research Office (ARO): Propulsion and Energetics; Computational Architectures and Visualization; Optoelectronics; Probability and Statistics; Molecular Structure and Dynamics; Social and Behavioral Science; and Biotronics
  • Office of Naval Research (ONR): Aerospace Structures and Materials; Ocean Acoustics; Machine Learning, Reasoning, and Intelligence; and Power Electronics & Electromagnetism, Adaptive & Machinery Controls and Advanced Machinery Systems

AHRQ issues Implementation and Evaluation of New Health Information Technology (IT) Strategies for Collecting and Using Patient-Reported Outcome (PRO) Measures (U18)
Applications accepted through September 26, 2020
This FOA aims to support applications for innovative collaborative investigations to understand how new health IT strategies can increase the utilization of PROs in ambulatory care settings and contribute to improved patient-centered health outcomes and quality of care. 

National Oceanographic Partnership Program Seeks Hurricane Coastal Impact Prediction Proposals
Applications due September 30, 2020
The Office of Naval Research (ONR), on behalf of the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP), is soliciting proposals on Predicting Hurricane Coastal Impacts.  The goal of this program is to enable forecasts of hurricane coastal impacts “beginning five days prior to landfall, for three named hurricanes per season” in calendar years 2022-2024 and quantifiably evaluate these forecasts. Optional Planning Letters are due July 24, 2020.

NIH Solicits applications for the Director's Transformative Research Award Program
Applications due September 30, 2020
The NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award Program supports research proposing groundbreaking, innovative, and original research to create new and improved clinical approaches and develop transformative technology. This award will support 5 to 10 Transformative Research Awards focused on any relevant area of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 research.

DOT Releases Inclusive Design Challenge: Phase I
Proposals due October 30, 2020
This $5 million prize competition seeks innovative, inclusive design features to “enable people with physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities” to use automated vehicles, automated driving systems (ADS) and ADS-dedicated vehicles (ADS-DV) that are operated exclusively at SAE Levels 4 and 5.  Proposers should focus on addressing physical, sensory, or cognitive disabilities, or a combination thereof. Designs should address tasks including: 1) Locating an ADS-DV, 2) Securing Passengers and Mobility Equipment, 3) Inputting Information, and 4) Interacting with the ADS in routine and emergency situations.

AFRL Releases BAA Seeking Innovative Technologies and Techniques to Enhance Trust in Information Processing Systems
White Papers due December 4, 2020
 Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) released a multi-year broad agency announcement (BAA) on Foundations of Trusted Systems seeking white papers for “research, development, integration, test and evaluation” of technologies and techniques that can establish trust foundations in hardware and software.  AFRL aims to enhance the security, resilience, and affordability of Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, and Cyber (C4+1I) information processing systems by investigating 1) Trusted, Secure, and Resilient Computational Systems; and 2) Trusted and Assured Software.

NAWCAD Releases BAA Soliciting Basic and Applied Research Projects for Naval Aviation
White Papers due June 3, 2021
The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) released a broad agency announcement (BAA) seeking basic and applied science and engineering research projects that address the challenges and future technology needs of naval aviation at the Department of the Navy.  Naval aviation research areas include cyber, modeling and simulation, and human systems.

Rolling Deadline:

Department of Energy DCL solicits ideas on how to contribute DOE resources to address COVID-19
Submissions reviewed on a Rolling Basis, starting on March 18, 2020
DOE requests input on strategic, priority research directions that may be undertaken using DOE user facilities, computational resources, and enabling infrastructure

Department of the Air Force Acquisition COVID-19 Task Force (DAF ACT) established a Commercial Solution Opening (CSO)
Solution briefs are accepted on a rolling basis through September 30, 2020
The DAF ACT seeks innovative solutions for commercial technologies that can “provide relief, resilience, recovery, and stability to the nation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.” DAF ACT Areas of Interest include: Combating the Spread; Welfare of citizens; Readiness; Logistics; and Medical.

NOSI: Availability of Supplements for Research on Stress Management in Relation to COVID-19
Applications accepted on a Rolling Basis through October 6, 2020
Topics of specific interest for this NOSI include research on stress management strategies, including mind and body approaches, that individuals may engage in remotely to address stressors related to social distancing, as well as to address recovery and recurrence of symptoms during and after COVID-19 infections.

Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an Easy Broad Agency Announcement for COVID-19 Diagnostics
White papers are accepted on a Rolling basis through October 31, 2020
BARDA seeks proposals for COVID-19 diagnostics that use "platforms already cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), with a viable plan to meet requirements for the FDA to consider an Emergency Use Authorization within 12 weeks of an award. Full proposals may be invited based on the submitted White Paper.

PA-18-793: AHRQ Health Services Research Demonstration and Dissemination Grants (R18)
Applications accepted three times a year through January 25, 2021
AHRQ solicits applications for Large Research Demonstration and Dissemination projects that focus on the AHRQ mission of producing evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more ac­cessible, equitable and affordable, and working with HHS and other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.  Within the mission, AHRQ’s specific priority areas of focus are: 1) Research to improve health care patient safety. 2) Harnessing data and technology to improve health care quality and patient outcomes and to provide a 360-degree view of the patient. and 3) Research to increase accessibility and affordability of health care by examining innovative market approaches to care delivery and financing.

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) issued NOSI for SARS-CoV-2 virus
Applications accepted on a Rolling Basis through February 6, 2021
NIGMS solicits competitive revisions that address: "incorporation of data related to SARS-CoV-2 into ongoing research efforts to develop predictive models for the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and other related infectious agents; repurposing or modification of diagnostic tools currently under development to enable rapid detection of SARS-CoV-2 infection (SBIR/STTR only); rapid development of potential therapeutic agents for COVID-19 (SBIR/STTR only)."

NIAID issues a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) for the Availability of Emergency Competitive Revisions for Research on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19
Applications accepted on a Rolling Basis through March 25, 2021
The NOSI details NIAID's research priorities and urgent need for projects focused on viral natural history, pathogenicity, transmission, and projects developing medical countermeasures and suitable animal models for pre-clinical testing of vaccines and therapeutics. Applications can request Administrative Supplements and Emergency Competitive Revisions.

NOSI: Supplements for Research on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus and the Behavioral and Social Sciences
Applications accepted on a Rolling Basis through March 31, 2021
This NOSI encourages supplements to existing longitudinal studies that address key social and behavioral questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including adherence to and transmission mitigation from various containment and mitigation efforts; social, behavioral, and economic impacts from these containment and mitigation efforts; and downstream health impacts resulting from these social, behavioral, and economic impacts.

NOSI: Supplements on COVID-19 within the Mission of National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) 
Applications accepted on a Rolling Basis through April 15, 2021
This NOSI encourages applications to assess the impact of alcohol as a biological contributor to COVID-19 outcomes, to assess behavioral, social, and economic consequences of the pandemic and to assess the responses that the pandemic has provoked as they relate to alcohol consumption and related outcomes.

DARPA Biological Technologies Office (BTO) Releases 2020 BAA
Abstracts and proposals accepted on a Rolling Basis through April 22, 2021
DARPA BTO seeks innovative science research through their 2020 BAA on topics including: 1) “Designing novel materials, sensors, or processes that mimic or are inspired by biological systems. 2) Developing new technologies for advanced eukaryotic cellular engineering to support next-generation cellular therapeutic applications. 3) Developing new platform technologies for targeted, effective, spatiotemporally-controlled delivery of large and small molecules and biologics. 4) Developing tools to understand the underlying rules defining biomolecular and biomaterial structure/function properties in order to predict desired outcomes for novel materials. and 5) Leveraging biological systems to produce solutions for antimicrobial resistance.”

NIAID Announces R01 Emergency Awards: Rapid Investigation of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19
R21 funding mechanism also available
Applications accepted on a Rolling Basis through April 30, 2021
NIAID intends to provide expedited funding for research on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19. Areas of high priority include: understanding critical aspects of viral infection/replication; critical aspects of viral transmission; development and testing of SARS-CoV-2 therapeutic candidates; and development of vaccination strategies for at-risk populations.

NIH National Institute on Aging (NIA) issued a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) related to COVID-19 crisis
Administrative Supplements and Competitive Revision Applications accepted on a rolling basis through May 1, 2021
NIA requests applications for research interests relevant to work within Divisions of Aging Biology, Neuroscience, Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology, and Behavioral and Social Research. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is also accepting applications to existing NIMH grants that focus on "how a disrupted workforce may adequately respond/adapt to and maintain services or provide additional care for new or worsening mental health needs in midlife and older age adults."

NOSI: Supplements to Study the Impact of COVID-19 Outbreak on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Applications accepted on a Rolling Basis through May 1, 2021
Research is solicited in health disparity populations that -seeks to understand: 1) how state and local policies and initiatives mitigate or exacerbate disparities in health services use and health outcomes; 2) the role that community-level protective and resilience factors and interventions have in mitigating the effects of the sector disruptions that the COVID-19 outbreak causes; and 3) how behavioral and/or biological mechanisms may contribute to COVID-19 manifestations.

NOSI: NIEHS seeks to understand the impact of Environmental Exposures on 2019 Coronavirus
Applications accepted on a monthly basis through May 2021
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) seeks to understand the potential contributions of current and past exposure to environmental agents that may exacerbate COVID-19 susceptibility, disease severity, and progression. Environmental exposures include: toxic chemicals, air pollutants, second hand tobacco smoke, e-cigarette vapors, and metals that may impact health outcomes. In addition, some health outcomes that are linked to environmental exposures (asthma, diabetes, and other pulmonary, cardiovascular, and metabolic diseases) are also risk factors for COVID-19. Funding through Supplements or Time-Sensitive Research (R21).

DARPA Defense Sciences Office (DSO) Releases Office-wide BAA for FY 2020
Submission window closes June 11, 2021
DARPA DSO released its FY 2020 BAA soliciting innovative basic and applied research proposals to foster innovation and scientific discovery that will address and solve current and future national security challenges.  The FY 2020 BAA seeks cutting-edge basic or applied research proposals in: 1) Frontiers in Math, Computation and Design; 2 Limits of Sensing and Sensors, 3) Complex Social Systems, and 4) Anticipating Surprise. Submission of executive summaries or abstracts is strongly encouraged.

NIH Announces Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) program
Proposals accepted on a Rolling Basis through June 30, 2021
The RADx program fast-tracks COVID-19 test development and distribution and will leverage the existing Point-of-Care Technology Research Network to support novel solutions to ramp up national capacity for SARS- CoV-2 testing. The RADx program will support all phases of product development from conceptualization and design through manufacturing.

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Solicits COVID-19 Enhancements to Existing PCORI-Funded Projects
Applications accepted on a Rolling Basis until no longer relevant - June 2021
PCORI seeks to support work for COVID-19 related dilemmas facing patients, caregivers, providers, health systems, and policymakers through targeted investments in extending our Research, Engagement Awards, and Dissemination and Implementation activities.

AHRQ solicits Large Research Projects to Improve Healthcare
Applications accepted Three times a year through July 5, 2021
This FOA solicits Large Research (R01) Project applications that focus on producing evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more ac­cessible, equitable and affordable, and to work with HHS and other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.  The specific priority areas of focus are: 1) Research to improve health care patient safety, 2) Harnessing data and technology to improve health care quality and patient outcomes and to provide a 360-degree view of the patient, and 3) Research to increase accessibility and affordability of health care by examining innovative market approaches to care delivery and financing

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) issued a NOSI for COVID-19
Applications accepted from May 4, 2020 through July 10, 2021
Research priorities include "use of informatics solutions to diagnose cases and the use of CTSA-supported core resources to facilitate research on COVID-19 and advance the translation of research findings into diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines." Awards can be made through Administrative Supplements, Collaborative Innovation Awards, and Competitive Revisions.

PA-16-422: Large Health Services Research Demonstration and Dissemination Projects for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (CARB) (R18)
Applications accepted three times a year through September 25, 2021
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits applications for grant funding to conduct Large Health Services Research Demonstration and Dissemination Projects (R18) focused on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (CARB) in the following ways: by promoting appropriate antibiotic use, reducing the transmission of resistant bacteria, and preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in the first place.

NOSI: Supplements for Tissue Chips Research on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus
Applications accepted on a Rolling Basis through January 25, 2022
NCATS solicits research that uses microphysiological systems or tissue chips for collecting and examining data on the risks and outcomes of COVID-19 infection, in order to advance the translation of research findings into diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines.

PA-17-232: AHRQ Solicits Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08) Applications
Applications accepted Three Times a Year through July 12, 2022
The Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award supports didactic study and/or mentored research opportunities in health services research, for individuals with clinical doctoral degrees (e.g., MD, DDS, DMD, DO, DC, OD, ND, DVM, PharmD, or PhD in clinical disciplines) through the provision of salary and research support over a sustained period of “protected time” (3-5 years).  The expectation is that, through this sustained period of research career development and training, awardees will launch independent research careers and become competitive for new research project grant (e.g., R01) funding.

PA-17-481: AHRQ solicits National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual  Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32) Applications
Applications accepted Three Times a Year through August 8, 2022
The overall goal of the AHRQ-sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) program is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in appropriate scientific disciplines to address the Nation's  health services research and  behavioral research needs.  Applications for research fellowship grants must be responsive to AHRQ's mission, which is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable and affordable, and to work within HHS and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

PA-20-028: Medication Safety:  Advancing the Development of Improvement Strategies and Tools (R18) 
Applications accepted three times a year through September 25, 2022
This funding opportunity continues AHRQ's support of medication safety investigator-initiated research projects. Medication safety research should not only address the prevention of harm, but also promote standardized and optimized practices and behaviors.  AHRQ will focus on funding grants that have strong patient safety impact potential and address significant patient safety problems that result in patient harm or mortality, occur with high frequency, and entail a high cost burden.

PA-20-067: AHRQ Solicits Applications for Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award (K01)
Applications accepted Three Times a Year through November 13, 2022
The AHRQ Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Awards (K01) program helps ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists are available in appropriate scientific disciplines to address the Nation's health services research needs. This AHRQ program provides support and “protected time” to individuals with a research doctoral degree for an intensive, supervised research career development experience in health services research.  The K01 award can be used both by individuals who propose to newly embark in heath services research training and those who had a hiatus in their research careers because of illness or family circumstances. 

HHS BARDA EZ-BAA: COVID-19 from February 5, 2020
Proposals accepted on a Rolling Basis through February 3, 2023
Proposals for COVID-19 diagnostics that "utilize platforms already cleared by US FDA, with a viable plan to meet requirements for the FDA to consider Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) within 12 weeks of award."

PA-18-765: AHRQ Solicits Applications to the Health Services Research Dissertation Program (R36)
Applications accepted Quarterly through May 1, 2023
Applications for dissertation research grants must be responsive to AHRQ’s mission, which is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.  Candidates are encouraged to address health services research issues critical to AHRQ priority populations, including: individuals living in inner city or rural (including frontier) areas; low-income and minority groups; women, children, the elderly; and individuals with special health care needs, including those with disabilities and those who need chronic or end-of-life health care.

NIH Solicits New National Centers for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NCBIB)
Annually: January 25, May 25, September 25 through 2023
This P41 biotechnology resource grant program solicitation intends to establish National Centers for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NCBIB) to accelerate the development and dissemination of new biomedical technology. Centers will have central Technology Research and Development projects; engage in Collaborative Projects that serve as technology drivers, users and testbeds for technology developed in TR&D projects, and Service Projects that serve as users of the well-developed and stable technologies of the Center.

PAR-18-798: NIOSH Seeks Applications for the Exploratory/Developmental Grant Program (R21)
Applications accepted Three Times a Year through November 17, 2023
NIOSH supports exploratory and developmental research projects (R21) that identify and address novel scientific ideas or new model systems, tools, or technologies with the potential for significant impact on occupational safety and health. The R21 grant program seeks to (1) develop an understanding of the risks and conditions associated with occupational diseases and injuries, (2) explore methods for reducing risks and preventing or minimizing exposure to hazardous conditions in the workplace, and (3) translate significant scientific findings into prevention practices and products that will effectively reduce work-related illnesses and injuries.

PAR-18-799: NIOSH Solicits Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) Applications
Applications accepted Three Times a Year through November 17, 2023
The K01 grant mechanism provides "protected time" for an intensive, supervised (mentored) career development experience in occupational health and safety research. This can facilitate the transition of  junior research scientists from the mentored to the independent stages of their careers in occupational health and safety research. NIOSH supports research objectives such as the following: 1) Identification and investigation of the relationships between hazardous working conditions and associated occupational diseases and injuries; 2) development of new protective equipment and engineering control technology to reduce work-related illnesses and injuries; and 3)evaluation of the technical feasibility or application of new or improved occupational safety and health procedures, methods, techniques, or systems, including assessment of economic and other factors that influence their diffusion and successful adoption in workplaces.

Department of Energy releases Dear Colleague Letter soliciting ideas to address COVID-19
Suggestions accepted on a Rolling basis
DOE encourages the scientific community and others to consider research questions that underpin COVID-19 response and requests input on strategic, priority research directions that may be undertaken using DOE user facilities, computational resources, and enabling infrastructure.

In-Q-Tel interested in COVID-19 related technology innovations
Applications accepted on a Rolling Basis
In-Q-Tel works to accelerate the development of cutting edge "ready-soon" technologies. Specific technologies sought to combat COVID-19 include: point-of-care diagnostics; swabs for sample collection; serological diagnostics; and digital self-triage capabilities for telehealth. 

NSF DCL: COVID-19 from March 4, 2020
Applications accepted on a Rolling Basis
RAPID proposals solicited to conduct "non-medical, non-clinical care research to explore how to model and understand the spread of COVID-19, inform and educate about the science of virus transmission and prevention, and to encourage the development of processes and actions to address this global challenge." Projects would be funded under existing funding opportunities.

NSF OAC DCL: COVID-19 from March 5, 2020
Applications accepted on a Rolling Basis
The Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure invites supplemental funding requests, RAPID proposals, and proposals to use NSF advanced cyberinfrastructure for research utilizing data or software approaches for COVID-19 related challenges. Projects would be funded under CDS&E and CSSI NSF programs.

COVID-19 HPC Consortium Created March 22, 2020
Submissions accepted on a Rolling Basis
Managed by the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), the consortium will enable access to powerful and advanced computers to accelerate understanding of the COVID-19 virus and the development of treatments and vaccines.

HHS BARDA: CoronaCoronaWatch used to accelerate technologies related to COVID-19
Submissions accepted on a Rolling Basis
Specific submission options for therapeutics, vaccines, diagnostics, and other products.

Anticipated:

NIH releases NOI for RADx funding programs
Deadlines anticipated starting September 2020
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) intends to publish multiple funding opportunity announcements for the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics for Radical (RADx-rad) program from July 17-31, 2020 on topics listed below. The RADx-rad program was created to support innovative and non-traditional approaches to rapid diagnostics and home-based testing technologies. 
1. Wastewater detection of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) 
2. Exosome-based non-traditional technologies toward multi-parametric and integrated approaches for SARS-CoV-2
3. Chemosensory testing as a COVID-19 screening tool
4. Predicting Viral-Associated Inflammatory Disease Severity in Children with Laboratory Diagnostics and Artificial Intelligence (PreVAIL kIds)
5. Multimodal COVID-19 surveillance methods for High Risk Populations in densely populated facilities
6. Novel Biosensing for Screening, Diagnosis and Monitoring of COVID-19 from Skin and The Oral Cavity
7. Automatic detection and tracing of SARS-CoV-2

DOE Early Career Research Program Likely for FY 2021
Anticipated November 2020
This is an annual solicitation usually released by January, supports all six programs including biological, earth and environmental science and the topics change each year.  In FY 2020, the topic area for biological sciences was “fundamental systems biology-driven research on the roles of microbiomes in biogeochemical cycling processes.”  For earth and environmental sciences, the topic area was “earth and environmental systems modeling focused on coastal systems.”

NOI for NIH Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) Program Cohort
Anticipated Application Deadline of November 9, 2020 
The FIRST program is designed to support institutions in developing and implementing faculty cohort models that will advance the hiring of diverse groups of research faculty. FOA to be released September 9, 2020.

NOI for NIH FIRST Coordination and Evaluation Center 
Anticipated Application Deadline of November 9, 2020
The Coordination and Evaluation Center (CEC) will be tasked with facilitating the awarded institutions into an organized consortium in addition to developing evaluation strategies, metrics, and datasets.  The CEC will be responsible for evaluating the success of the whole program, rather than individual awardees.  In addition, the CEC will help to identify and disseminate evidence-based strategies for nationwide adoption. FOA to be released September 9, 2020.

IARPA Releases Robust Energy Sources for Intelligence Logistics in Extreme Novel and Challenging Environments (RESILIENCE) Draft BAA
Anticipated
This program seeks to “develop reliable sources of power that have high energy density, high power density, long calendar life, quiet operation, and robustness to extreme environmental conditions to meet the Intelligence Community’s needs. A webinar from their Proposer's Day is available here.

DOD Army MTEC likely to release further COVID-19 RFPs 
Anticipated
RFPs for other topics are anticipated including: Point of care diagnostics, prophylactics/therapeutics that can prevent/treat rapidly in a non-hospital environment, disease predictive modeling, patient monitoring, tracking and management system

DOE Atmospheric Systems Research (ASR) Funding Opportunity Likely for FY 2021
Anticipated
This funding solicitation will likely follow the FY 2020 ASR FOA (linked above) that use observations, including DOE’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement user facilities, to advance fundamental understanding of the cloud, aerosol, precipitation, and radiation processes across a range of scales to improve the predictability of the Earth’s radiative balance and hydrologic cycle.  Research topics are likely to include aerosol, warm boundary-layer atmospheric, convective cloud, and Southern Ocean cloud and aerosol processes.  

DOE Earth System Modeling (ESM) Funding Opportunity Likely for FY 2021
Anticipated
This funding call will likely follow the FY 2020 ESM FOA (linked above) and support the development, coupling and testing of global climate model systems. The focus is on developing and applying a computationally advanced climate and Earth system model to investigate the challenges posed by the interactions of climate change with energy and related sectors.  This includes atmospheric dynamics, clouds and chemistry; ocean dynamics and biogeochemistry; sea-ice and dynamic land-ice systems; land hydrology and biogeochemistry; and representations of human activities that have important interactions with climate.

Science and Engineering-related engagement opportunities:

DARPA Announces 2020 Virtual Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) Symposium 
August 18-20, 2020
DARPA will host its inaugural MTO Symposium in conjunction with its third annual Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) Summit on August 18 – 20, 2020.  The event will provide an overview of MTO’s programs and MTO program managers will discuss current research areas of interest, including Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT), Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), and other microsystems technology areas.  Early registration is encouraged.

DOE Releases Draft and RFI for community feedback on the Energy Storage Grand Challenge Roadmap
Responses due August 21, 2020
Department of Energy (DOE) recently released a Draft Roadmap for the Energy Storage Grand Challenge, along with a request for information (RFI) seeking community feedback.  The roadmap is based on input from academic, industry, and national lab researchers at virtual workshops held in Spring/Summer 2020.  The roadmap highlights a Department-wide strategy for accelerating storage technologies: “Innovate Here, Make Here, Deploy Everywhere.”  The Energy Storage Grand Challenge will focus on five tracks:
1. Technology Development;
2. Manufacturing and Supply Chain;
3. Technology Transition;
4. Policy and Valuation; and
5. Workforce Development.

OUSD(R&E) Seeks Input for Cyber Science and Technology (S&T) Roadmap
Responses due August 21, 2020
The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) issued an RFI for cyber activities and projections to help develop a Cyber Science and Technology (S&T) Roadmap for the DOD. The Cyber S&T roadmap will inform future cyber investments at DOD and outline the development of cyber capabilities ready for operational use within the next 25 years.  Responses are encouraged to share cyber “research and development projections, technical capabilities, and demonstrated experiences in cybersecurity and cyberspace operations.”

OUSD(R&E) Releases RFI for the National Defense Education Program
Responses due August 28, 2020
The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) released an RFI to inform future STEM efforts under the National Defense Education Program (NDEP).  The DOD states the RFI will inform future solicitations, and responses will help shape foci and priorities in NDEP’s future funding opportunities.  NDEP seeks to support projects that improve the nation’s education systems in order to develop a highly skilled workforce that can fulfill DOD’s mission, specifically around ne of three focus areas: STEM education, biotechnology education and workforce development, or enhanced civics education. 

NIH Issues New Guidance Designed to Combat Sexual Harassment 
Guidance – Keep through September 2020
NIH has issued Notice OD-20-124 to clarify the agency’s expectation for reporting when there has been a change in the status of key grant personnel related to findings of sexual harassment.  While NIH has previously required notification and prior approval before grantee institutions made any change to the status of PIs or other senior/key personnel on grants, this new guidance specifically states that when seeking approval for status changes, requests should “mention as to whether change(s) in PD/PI or Senior/Key Personnel is related to concerns about safety and/or work environments (e.g. due to concerns about harassment, bullying, retaliation, or hostile working conditions).”

Department of Navy Labs Soon to release Summer 2021 Applications
Applications due September 1, 2020
The Department of Navy sponsors summer faculty, internship, and research collaboration opportunities at Department of the Navy labs. 

DARPA MTO Releases RFI for Defense Applications of Programmable Logic
Responses due September 15, 2020
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) issued a request for information (RFI) seeking input on the use of radiofrequency (RF) computing applications involving large datasets to better define the capabilities of “high-bandwidth, high-throughput computing devices for the Department of Defense (DOD).”  DARPA may invite some responders to future workshop to discuss future defense applications of these technologies. 

DOE Releases 2020 Lawrence Award Call for Nominations 
Nominations due October 1, 2020
The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science invites nominations for the 2020 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Awards, which recognizes mid-career U.S. scientists and engineers for exceptional contributions and achievements in research and development supporting the broad missions of the U.S. Department of Energy and its programs to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States. Awards will be considered in nine categories: Atomic, Molecular, and Chemical Sciences; Biological and Environmental Sciences; Computer, Information, and Knowledge Sciences; Condensed Matter and Materials Sciences; Energy Science and Innovation; Fusion and Plasma Sciences; High Energy Physics; National Security and Nonproliferation; and Nuclear Physics.

DOE  Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) Program accepting 2021 Spring applications 
Student applications due October 7, 2020
SULI encourages undergraduate students and recent graduates to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.

Air Force Announces Advanced Manufacturing Olympics in October 2020
October 20-23, 2020
The U.S. Air Force Rapid Sustainment Office (RSO) will host a virtual week-long Advanced Manufacturing Olympics (AMO) in October 2020, to identify cost effective and reliable technological products that can be used by Air Force field units. The Air Force is seeking participation for technical challenges on advanced manufacturing technologies including 3D printing, artificial intelligence, automation and robotics, and supply chain management.  The AMO event will feature keynote speakers, break-out sessions, online training, a virtual expo, and an innovation playground to allow participants to highlight and demonstrate technology breakthroughs and advancements. Technical challenges include: 1) Technical Data Package Relay; 2) Box of Parts Challenge; 3) Material hurdles; and 4) Approval Sprints.

DOE's JUMP into STEM Launches Three New Challenges for Building Energy Efficiency
Student submissions due November 3, 2020
Developed by building science researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the challenges focus on Advanced Building Construction Methods, Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB), and Building Energy Audit for Residential or Commercial Buildings. The competition encourages participation from student groups who are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as well as teams consisting of a broad variety of majors. Winners will receive paid internships during summer 2021 at either ORNL or NREL.

DOE Highlights Future Research Directions for Advanced Scientific Computing Research
Background - keep through June 30, 2021
ASCR’s future research directions include AI, QIS, strategic computing, and next-generation communications, specifically:

  • Quantum Internet: providing foundational building blocks; integrating multiple quantum networking devices; creating, repeating switching and routing for quantum entanglement; and enabling error correction of quantum networking functions.
  • AI for Science
  • 5G-enabled Energy Innovation: revolutionize wireless communication in extreme environments; reinvent scientific instrumentation and national infrastructure with wireless technology; reinvent digital continuum; revolutionize AI-enabled edge computing; and accelerate innovation through user community testbeds
  • Future Scientific Methodologies, including: major shifts in how science will be conducted; future interfaces; and future computing facilities and data management/processing
  • Data reduction
  • Exascale Transition

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) issues “2020 Technology Focus Areas” Guide
Background - through June 2021
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)'s new “2020 Technology Focus Areas” guide was issued on April 29 to help improve collaboration between NGA, academia, industry, and other government partners.  The guide aims to increase the intelligence agency’s transparency regarding its current and emerging needs to support the geospatial intelligence mission. NGA Technology need categories are: Advanced analytics and modeling, data management, modern software engineering, artificial intelligence, and future of work.

NIH releases the “2020-2030 Strategic Plan for NIH Nutrition Research.”  
Archive June 10, 2021
This NIH-wide strategic plan for nutrition research signals NIH’s intention to invest more strategically in nutrition research to advance understanding of the many ways diet interacts with health and disease. The plan has four strategic goals:
1) “Spur Discovery and Innovation through Foundational Research: What do we eat and how does it affect us?
2) Investigate the Role of Dietary Patterns and Behaviors for Optimal Health: What and when should we eat?
3) Define the Role of Nutrition Across the Lifespan: How does what we eat promote health across our lifespan?
4) Reduce the Burden of Disease in Clinical Settings: How can we improve the use of food as medicine?”