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*Grants that Accept Proposals at Anytime

June

Conservation, Food and Health Foundation

Conservation, Food and Health Foundation Grants Program

    Concept Application Deadlines: January 1, July 1

    Proposal Invitations: February 1, August 1

    Proposal Deadline: March 1, September 3

    Grant Awards: June 1, December 1

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.


NSF: LSAMP

Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation

    Bridge to the Baccalaureate (B2B):11/20/20 (Third Friday in November annually thereafter)

    STEM Pathways Implementation-Only Deadline (SPIO): 11/20/20 (Third Friday in November annually thereafter)

    STEM Pathways and Research Aliances (SPRA) Deadline: 11/20/20 (Third Friday in November annually thereafter)

    Regional Foundational and Forward-Thinking Educational Research Conferences Target Date: 06/01/21 (may be submitted by the target date or at any time during the year)

    Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Activity Deadline: 11/20/20 (Third Friday in November every other year thereafter)

Project Description: The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program is an alliance-based program. The program's theory is based on the Tinto model for student retention referenced in the 2005 LSAMP program evaluation1. The overall goal of the program is to assist universities and colleges in diversifying the nation's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce by increasing the number of STEM baccalaureate and graduate degrees awarded to populations historically underrepresented in these disciplines: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders. LSAMP's efforts to increase diversity in STEM are aligned with the goals of the Federal Government's five-year strategic plan for STEM education, Charting a Course for Success: America's Strategy for STEM Education.

The LSAMP program takes a comprehensive approach to student development and retention. Particular emphasis is placed on transforming undergraduate STEM education through innovative, evidence-based recruitment and retention strategies, and relevant educational experiences in support of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines.

The LSAMP program also supports knowledge generation, knowledge utilization, assessment of program impacts and dissemination activities. The program seeks new learning and immediate diffusion of scholarly research into the field. Under this program, funding for STEM educational and broadening participation research activities could include research to develop new models in STEM engagement, recruitment and retention practices for all critical pathways to STEM careers or research on interventions such as mentoring, successful learning practices and environments, STEM efficacy studies, and use of technology to improve learning or student engagement.

Overall, the LSAMP program provides funding to alliances that implement comprehensive, evidence-based, innovative, and sustained strategies that ultimately result in the graduation of well-prepared, highly-qualified students from underrepresented minority groups who pursue graduate studies or careers in STEM.

Project types under this program include:

  1. Alliances.

    Alliances are consortia of multiple degree-granting institutions. Organizations from other sectors, including informal science organizations, may be participants. Projects focus on pre-college and undergraduate recruitment and retention activities. Types of LSAMP alliances are described as follows:

    1. STEM Pathways Implementation-Only Alliance projects are mainly focused on a particular STEM pathway or transition, e.g., entry into college, first two years, or preparation for entry into graduate studies. Additionally, the project may focus on activities dedicated to diversifying a particular STEM discipline. These projects are targeted to newly-created alliances, reconstituted alliances or alliances that have received support by the program for 10 years or less. Initial institutionalization and sustainability planning for the alliance should be addressed in the project description. Projects are five years in duration.
    2. STEM Pathways and Research Alliances are projects that focus on the full STEM pathway and provide direct support for undergraduate students but also serve as a hub for the production of scholarly STEM research and evaluation to increase the knowledge-base and utilization in broadening participation. Projects are required to address the current state of its institutionalization and sustainability efforts and address these areas in evaluation planning. All required components must be addressed to be competitive for this project type. These are five-year projects.
    3. Bridge to the Baccalaureate (B2B) Alliances involve associate degree producing institutions for which the lead institution must be a community college. These projects focus on activities that provide effective educational preparation of community college students from underrepresented minority populations for successful transfer to four-year institutions in STEM degree programs. Initial institutionalization and sustainability planning for the alliance should be addressed in the project description. These are three-year projects.
  2. Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Activity: BD projects are projects that focus on providing post-baccalaureate fellowship support to a cohort of 12 LSAMP students for the first two years of their STEM graduate studies and provides the necessary academic and research skills that will enable them to successfully earn STEM doctoral degrees and transition into the STEM workforce. Only institutions in well-established alliances funded 10 or more consecutive years are eligible for this funding opportunity. These are two-year projects.

SRC GRC

Semiconductor Research Corporation: Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC)

    Call for White Papers in Hardware Security (HWS): Due April 30, 2020 by 3:00 PM EDT / 12:00P PM PDT

    Artificial Intelligence Hardware (AIHW): May 27, 2020

    Analog/Mixed-Signal Circuits, Systems, and Devices (AMS-CSD): June 1, 2020

    Logic and Memory Devices (LMD): June 1, 2020

    Nanomanufacturing Materials and Processes (NMP): June 1, 2020

Project Description: As a mission-driven research consortium, GRC funds research to address a member-defined research agenda. GRC addresses the broader agenda of the industry through core research, and the specific research agenda of individual members through custom research. While selections of core research projects are made by member community representatives familiar with the technical area in focus, selection of custom research projects are made by individual, eligible member companies. Custom research currently comprises about one-fifth of the overall research budget.

GRC may issue a call for white papers; promising projects result in requests for proposal. The typical result of a successful research proposal is a multi-year research contract with an initial 12-month funding term. At the end of the research contract period, researchers may re-compete for new support. Alternatively, GRC may issue a call for grant applications; in this case, successful submissions are funded as grants.


NSF: TCUP

Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP)

    Preparing for TCUP Implementation (Pre-TI): 9/10/20–9/9/21; 9/10–9/9 annually thereafter

    TCU Enterprise Advancement Centers (TEA Centers): 3/7/20–9/28/20; 3/7/21–6/4/21

    Targeted STEM Infusion Projects (TSIP): 9/21/20; 9/20 annually thereafter

    Small Grants for Research (SGR): 12/10/20; 12/10 annually thereafter

    Partnerships in Geoscience Education (PAGE): 6/10/21; 6/10 annually thereafter

    Instructional Capacity Excellence in TCUP Institutions (ICE-TI): 9/6/21; 9/4 annually thereafter

Project Description: The Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) provides awards to Tribal Colleges and Universities, Alaska Native-serving institutions, and Native Hawaiian-serving institutions to promote high quality science (including sociology, psychology, anthropology, economics, statistics, and other social and behavioral sciences as well as natural sciences), technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, research, and outreach. Support is available to TCUP-eligible institutions (see the Additional Eligibility subsection of Section IV of this solicitation) for transformative capacity-building projects through Instructional Capacity Excellence in TCUP Institutions (ICE-TI)Targeted STEM Infusion Projects (TSIP)TCU Enterprise Advancement Centers (TEA Centers), and Preparing for TCUP Implementation (Pre-TI). Collaborations that involve multiple institutions of higher education led by TCUP institutions are supported through Partnerships for Geoscience Education (PAGE) and Partnerships for Documentary Linguistics Education (PADLE). Finally, research studies that further the scholarly activity of individual faculty members are supported through Small Grants for Research (SGR) and Science Education Alliance Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science in Tribal Colleges and Universities (SEA-PHAGES in TCUs). Through the opportunities highlighted above, as well as collaborations with other National Science Foundation (NSF) units and other organizations, TCUP aims to increase Native individuals' participation in STEM careers and improve the quality of STEM programs at TCUP-eligible institutions. TCUP strongly encourages the inclusion of activities that will benefit veterans.

See https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5483 for more details.


NSF: FM

Future Manufacturing

    LOI: 4/10/20

    Full Proposal deadline: 06/05/20

Project Description: As stated in the Strategy for American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing, worldwide competition in manufacturing has been dominated in recent decades by the maturation, commoditization, and widespread application of computation in production equipment and logistics, effectively leveling the global technological playing field and putting a premium on low wages and incremental technical improvements.[1] The next generation of technological competition in manufacturing will be dictated by inventions of new materials, chemicals, devices, systems, processes, machines, design and work methods, social structures and business practices. Fundamental research will be required in robotics, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, materials science, sustainability, education and public policy, and workforce development to take the lead in this global competition. The research supported under this solicitation will enhance U.S. leadership in manufacturing far into the future by providing new capabilities for established companies and entrepreneurs, improving our health and quality of life, and reducing the impact of manufacturing industries on the environment.

The goal of this solicitation is to support fundamental research and education of a future workforce that will enable Future Manufacturing: manufacturing that either does not exist today or exists only at such small scales that it is not viable. Future Manufacturing will require the design and deployment of diverse new technologies for synthesis and sensing, and new algorithms for manufacturing new materials, chemicals, devices, components and systems. It will require new advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning, new cyber infrastructure, new approaches for mathematical and computational modeling, new dynamics and control methodologies, new ways to integrate systems biology, synthetic biology and bioprocessing, and new ways to influence the economy, workforce, human behavior, and society.

Among this array of technologies and potential research subjects, three thrust areas have been identified for support in FY 2020 under this solicitation: Future Cyber Manufacturing Research, Future Eco Manufacturing Research, and Future Biomanufacturing Research. This solicitation seeks proposals to perform fundamental research to enable new manufacturing capabilities in one or more of these thrust areas. It will support the following three award tracks:

    Future Manufacturing Research Grants (FMRG) - Two types of awards will be supported in FY 2020:

    1. Type I: $500,000 to $750,000 per year for up to five years.
    2. Type II: $750,000 to $2,000,000 per year for up to five years.

    Future Manufacturing Seed Grants (FMSG) - Awards in this track will provide support for up to two years at a level not to exceed $250,000 per year.

    Future Manufacturing Networks (FMNet) - Awards in this track will provide up to five years of support at a total amount of $500,000.

Interdisciplinary teams commensurate with the scope of the proposed research, education plan, and budget are required. Proposals must include demonstrated expertise among the team members to carry out the proposed research, education, and workforce development activities. The use of a convergence approach is expected[2].

The goal of this solicitation is to enable new manufacturing that represents a significant change from current practice. Therefore, proposers responding to this solicitation must include within the Project Description a section titled Enabling Future Manufacturing. Please see "Full Proposal Preparation Instructions" for additional details.

Realization of the benefits of the fundamental research supported under this solicitation will require the simultaneous education of a skilled technical workforce that can transition new discoveries into U.S. manufacturing companies. The National Science Board has recently emphasized this perspective in its report, "THE SKLLED TECHNICAL WORKFORCE: Crafting America's Science and Engineering Enterprise."[3] Therefore, proposers responding to this solicitation must include within the Project Description a section titled Education and Workforce Development Plan that describes plans to equip students and upskill the workforce to enable Future Manufacturing. Please see "Full Proposal Preparation Instructions" for additional details.


NSF: IUCRC

Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program (IUCRC)

    Sponsor pre-proposal deadlines:

    • 10/16/20, Third Wednesday in October annually thereafter
    • 04/21/21, Third Wednesday in April annually thereafter

    Sponsor full proposal deadline:

    • 6/17/20, Third Wednesday in June annually thereafter
    • 12/18/20, Third Wednesday in December annually thereafter

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.


William T. Grant Foundation

William T. Grant Scholars Grant

    Campus Pre-Proposal deadline: May 27, 2020; (Use this form for W.T. Grant Scholars preproposal submission)

    W.T. Grant Online Application Opens: Mid-May 2020

    Mentor and Reference Letter Deadline: June 19, 2020, 5:00 PM EST

    Application Deadline: July 1, 2020, 3:00 PM EST

    Announcement of Awards: March 2021

Project Description: The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas.

Applicants should have a track record of conducting high-quality research and an interest in pursuing a significant shift in their trajectories as researchers. We recognize that earlycareer researchers are rarely given incentives or support to take measured risks in their work, so this award includes a mentoring component, as well as a supportive academic community.

Awards are based on applicants’ potential to become influential researchers, as well as their plans to expand their expertise in new and significant ways. The application should make a cohesive argument for how the applicant will expand his or her expertise. The research plan should evolve in conjunction with the development of new expertise, and the mentoring plan should describe how the proposed mentors will support applicants in acquiring that expertise. Proposed research plans must address questions that are relevant to policy and practice in the Foundation’s focus areas.


*Grants that Accept Proposals at Anytime