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Social & Behavioral Science, Education & Economic Development-related Funding Opportunities

SAMHSA Announces Funding for Three Centers of Excellence for Behavioral Health Disparities
Proposals due August 19, 2020
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued an FOA for Centers of Excellence for Behavioral Health Disparities to develop best practices, provide technical assistance, and support training approaches for healthcare practitioners on how to better address behavioral health disparities.  Each COE will focus on addressing behavioral health disparities among one of three key populations identified by SAMHSA: African Americans, the LGBTQ community, and the aging population (age 60 and over).  

DoED Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Education Research (NCER) Competitions announced
Applications due August 20, 2020
Four competitions will be hosted in FY 202: Education Research, Education Research Training, Education Research and Development Centers, and Research Grants Focused on Systemic Replication in Education. Applications become available on June 11, 2020.

DoED Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) Competitions Announced
Applications due August 20, 2020
Four competitions will be hosted in FY 2021: Special Education Research, Research Training Programs in Special Education, Research Grants Focused on NAEP Process Data for Learners with Disabilities, and Research Grants Focused on Systemic Replication. Applications become available on June 11, 2020.

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 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

NSF Releases Coastlines and People (CoPe) Hub Solicitation
The purpose of the CoPe Hubs is to conduct basic research to improve the understanding of interactions among natural, human-built, and social systems in coastal, populated environments at multiple scales.
Focused Track: 
Letter of Intent due by August 10, 2020
Applications due by September 9, 2020
Focused Hubs will serve a specific geographic region or scientific question with smaller budgets. These projects will be funded at up to $1 million per year for 3-5 years.
Large-Scale Track:
Letter of Intent due by August 10, 2020
Applications due by September 9, 2020
Large-Scale Hubs will have large regional or national coverage and a broader scientific question. These awards will have larger funding amounts, between $2-4 million per year, and may be carried out by either continuing grants or cooperative agreements for up to 5 years.

ED announces Competition to Advance Technology Education in Rural High Schools
Competition Submission due October 8, 2020
The Department of Education (ED) announced a challenge to advance high-quality technology instruction in rural communities.  The Rural Tech Project, with a total cash prize of $600,000, invites high schools and local educational agencies (LEAs) to develop competency-based distance learning programs that enable students to master skills at their own pace, with the goal of preparing them for the in-demand, well-paying jobs of today and tomorrow. 

Rolling Deadline:

Department of the Air Force Acquisition COVID-19 Task Force (DAF ACT) establishes a Commercial Solution Opening (CSO)
Solution briefs 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.

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.

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.

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."

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) Releases Office-wide BAA for FY 2020
Applications accepted through 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.

EDA Releases COVID-19 CARES Act Recovery Assistance Guidelines
EDA will review submissions until NOFO is cancelled or funding expires (June 30, 2021)
EDA CARES Act funding will largely be provided through the EDA Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) Program, which supports a broad array of development initiatives with potential to expand economic activity and recovery. Applicants must express how their project would respond to the impacts of the pandemic and align with regional economic development plans.

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.

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-20-067: 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. 

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. 

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.

Anticipated:

EDA Previews New Funding for COVID-19 Entrepreneurship and Innovation Assistance
FOA Anticipated
EDA intends to launch a new ~$25 million funding opportunity, the Coronavirus Entrepreneurship & Innovation Challenge, a competition to address unique innovation and entrepreneurship-related challenges and opportunities associated with the pandemic, including providing support for the commercialization of new technologies to address COVID-19 and creative efforts to promote innovation activities under current conditions. Initial areas of interest include: 1) Biotechnology, Health Security, and Supply Chain Innovation; 2) Regional, National, and Government Connectivity; 3) Innovation& Entrepreneurship; and 4) Access to Capital. Details have not been finalized.

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.

Social & Behavioral Science, Education & Economic Development-related engagement opportunities

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. 

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.