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Conservation, Food and Health Foundation

Conservation, Food and Health Foundation Grants Program

Project Description: Incorporated in 1985, the Conservation, Food and Health Foundation seeks to promote the conservation of natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and improve health in the developing world. The foundation helps build capacity within developing countries in its three areas of interest with grants that support research or projects that solve specific problems.

The foundation supports projects that demonstrate strong local leadership, promote professional development in the conservation, agricultural, and health sciences; develop the capacity of local organizations; and address a particular problem in the field. It prefers to support projects addressing under-funded issues and geographic areas.

See program description for full details.

Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Shaping the Future

    Workshop Proposal: 5/15/17

    RCN Proposal: 6/1/17

Project Description: Intelligent, interactive, and highly networked machines — with which people increasingly share their autonomy and agency — are a growing part of the landscape, particularly in regards to work. As automation today moves from the factory floor to knowledge and service occupations, insight and action are needed to reap the benefits in increased productivity and increased job opportunities, and to mitigate social costs. Moreover, there is currently high demand for STEM-Tech workers, those with STEM and technology training beyond a high school diploma but less than a four-year college degree; simultaneously, there are many unemployed workers with this level of education, but in need of the STEM and technology training to prepare them to fill these jobs. HTF prioritizes: (1) research to understand the social and economic consequences of today's emerging technologies, and the associated educational needs; and (2) research to develop tools that shape human-technology partnerships, improve worker performance, increase career longevity and job satisfaction, and facilitate the life-long learning of new skills. NSF encourages proposals for workshops and Research Coordination Networks (RCNs) to facilitate the convergence of computer science, education, engineering, and the physical, biological, and social and behavioral sciences to define the key challenges and research imperatives of the nexus of humans, technology, and work.

Navigating the New Arctic

    Workshop Proposal: 5/15/17

    RCN Proposal: 6/1/17

Project Description: NSF challenges the research community to join together the diverse perspectives of physical, biological, and social and behavioral sciences with computer science, engineering, and education to define the key challenges and research imperatives facing humans and the environment in the Arctic region. NSF is seeking to encourage proposals for Research Coordination Networks (RCNs) and workshops to identify Convergence research topics relevant to social, environmental, economic, or security issues of the Arctic while advancing understanding of our planet. In addition, NSF seeks activities to advance observational capabilities directly linked to broad research questions, including improved capabilities in robust sensing and data collection technology, data analysis, and computational science. Observational platforms that involve partnerships between private and public research infrastructure based in the United States and internationally are of particular interest. Proposals that link the relevant research disciplines with the needs of northern communities (indigenous and non-indigenous), which may benefit from their explicit engagement in, and co-leadership of, the research enterprise, are particularly encouraged. RCNs and workshops are also expected, as a collateral benefit, to prepare the research community to respond more rapidly and with a Convergence focus to potential future Navigating the New Arctic funding opportunities.

The Quantum Leap: Leading the Next Quantum Revolution

    Proposal Deadline: 6/1/17

Project Description: Quantum Leap focuses on advancing quantum communications, quantum computing, quantum sensors, and quantum simulators. Progress will be achieved by an inherent cross-disciplinary approach and a strong coupling of experiment, computation, and theory. The convergence of diverse ideas, approaches, and technologies will enable researchers to address the challenges of de-coherence, increased operational temperature, and scalability of future quantum devices. To this end, NSF encourages proposals for Summer Schools that seek to identify, train, and develop a new transdisciplinary workforce for QL. Multi-year efforts that develop the intellectual, technical, and collaborative skills of graduate students in science and engineering would align with the goals of QL. Public dissemination and assessment of outcomes should be part of the proposed activities. NSF also seeks proposals for QL Cross-Sector activities to encourage the convergence of science and engineering across different sectors, including but not limited to academia, industry, national laboratories, and private foundations by fostering collaboration between mentors, students, and non-academic partners. Proposals of this type could, for example, include a series of annual meetings organized for graduate students working with their research supervisors and an industry representative over a period of three years, nurturing and facilitating the transfer of intellectual capital between sectors. Proposals for workshops focused on advancing Convergence research within the QL are also welcomed.

Research Training Groups in the Mathematical Sciences

    Full Proposal: 6/06/17

Project Description: The long-range goal of the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) Workforce program is to increase the number of well-prepared U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents who pursue careers in the mathematical sciences and in other NSF-supported disciplines. The Research Training Groups in the Mathematical Sciences (RTG) activity is a part of the Workforce program. RTG supports education through research involvement in groups centered on a common research interest that span the entire spectrum of educational levels from undergraduates through postdoctoral associates.

Small Business Technology Transfer Program Phase I

    Full Proposal Deadline: 6/14/17

Project Description: The National Science Foundation’s Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program provides small businesses with equity-free funding to conduct research and development (R&D) work and de-risk technology for commercial success. The NSF STTR program accepts innovative proposals that show promise of commercial and societal impact in almost all areas of technology. STTR Phase I proposals are expected to undertake R&D with the aim of establishing technical feasibility or proof of concept. Successful applicants will receive a grant of up to $225,000 over a period of 6 to 12 months (the period to be decided by the company). Successful STTR proposers will receive funding about 6 months after the solicitation deadline. Companies that receive a Phase I award are eligible to apply for a Phase II award (award amount up to $750,000; duration 2 years). STTR Program Directors host webinars in the weeks leading to the proposal deadline. Further information about the program, including the webinar schedule, short videos and Q&A, is also available at www.nsf.gov/SBIR.

Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program (IUCRC)

    Sponsor pre-proposal deadline: 4/19/17, 10/18/17, 4/18/18, 10/17/18

    Sponsor full proposal deadline: 6/21/17, 12/20/17, 6/20/18, 12/19/18

Project Description: The Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) program develops long-term partnerships among industry, academe, and government. The Centers are catalyzed by an investment from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and are primarily supported by industry Center members, with NSF taking a supporting role in the development and evolution of the Center. Each Center is established to conduct research that is of interest to both the industry members and the Center faculty. An IUCRC contributes to the nation's research infrastructure base and enhances the intellectual capacity of the engineering and science workforce through the integration of research and education. As appropriate, an IUCRC uses international collaborations to advance these goals within the global context.

Brain Research Foundation

Scientific Innovations Award

Project Description: Brain Research Foundation has invited eligible US academic institutions to nominate one senior faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent for the Scientific Innovations Award (SIA). Brain Research Foundation’s Scientific Innovations Award Program provides funding for innovative science in both basic and clinical neuroscience. This funding mechanism is designed to support creative, exploratory, cutting edge research in well-established research laboratories, under the direction of established investigators.
Brain Research Foundation’s Scientific Review Committee will review the SIA proposals and make recommendations for funding to the Foundation. The Committee consists of senior scientists broadly representing the various neuroscience-related programs. Two or more representatives of Brain Research Foundation are also present when the Committee meets.

William T. Grant Foundation
William T. Grant Scholars Grants

    Campus Pre-Proposal Deadline: 4/13/17

    Sponsor LOI Deadline: 6/29/17

    Application Deadline: 7/6/17

    Sponsor Proposal Deadline: 9/26/17

Project Description: The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising earlycareer researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand junior researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas. We recognize that early-career researchers are rarely given incentives or support to take such risks, so this award includes a mentoring component, as well as an emphasis on community and collaboration. Scholars Program applicants should have a track record of conducting high-quality research and an interest in pursuing a significant shift in their trajectories as researchers. Proposed research plans must address questions of policy and practice that are relevant to the Foundation’s focus areas.

Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative

    Inquiries and Questions for Proposal Deadline: 10/11/17

    Proposal Deadline: 11/1/17

    Inquiries and Questions for White Paper Proposal Deadline: 6/30/17

    White Paper Proposal Deadline: 7/17/17

Project Description: The MURI program supports basic research in science and engineering at U.S. institutions of higher education (hereafter referred to as "universities") that is of potential interest to DoD. The program is focused on multidisciplinary research efforts where more than one traditional discipline interacts to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD. As defined in the DoD Financial Management Regulation:

Basic research is systematic study directed toward greater knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts without specific applications towards processes or products in mind. It includes all scientific study and experimentation directed toward increasing fundamental knowledge and understanding in those fields of the physical, engineering, environmental, and life sciences related to long-term national security needs. It is farsighted high payoff research that provides the basis for technological progress (DoD 7000.14-R, vol. 2B, chap. 5, para. 050201.B).

DoD’s basic research program invests broadly in many specific fields to ensure that it has early cognizance of new scientific knowledge.

Ono Pharma Foundation
Ono Pharma Breakthrough Science Initiative Awards Program

    Internal Pre-Proposal Deadline: 4/21/17

    LOI Submission Deadline: 5/15/17

    Proposal Deadline: 6/31/17

Project Description: Annually, the Ono Pharma Foundation will consider proposals from PIs for research that could ultimately transform human health. Although additional areas of research may be addressed in later years, in 2017-18 the Ono Pharma Foundation will only consider proposals for scientific research projects addressing one of the following two fields of science:

  • Chemical Biology Research
  • Oligonucleotide Medicine Research