New Funding Opportunities

This section organizes a summary of funding opportunities that Great Lakes Energy Institute would like to share with our campus community. Funding opportunities that are recently released can be found in New Funding. Funding opportunities that are still accepting applications but have not been released recently can be found in Open Funding.

Contact Grant Goodrich (gxg183@case.edu) with any questions.

Scientific Discovery Through Advanced Computing: Scientific Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence for Fusion Energy Sciences

This FOA will support research to sustain and enhance the leadership position of the United States in ML/AI while addressing high-priority research opportunities identified in recent community studies conducted by FES and ASCR-supported researchers. Applicants should propose to advance fusion energy applications by developing and deploying ML/AI tools at SC supported user facilities. Targeted applications include prediction of key plasma phenomena and plant states, plasma optimization and active plasma control augmented by ML/AI, and acceleration of fusion science discovery using data science. Fusion-relevant tools include but are not limited to diagnostics enhanced by ML/AI methods, models extracted from experimental and simulation data, and extreme data algorithms able to handle the amount and rate of data generated by fusion simulations and experiments at both existing and planned facilities such as ITER

Submission Details: 

Submission Deadline: White papers due 03/30/2020

Find more information here.

FY 2021 Defense University Instrumentation Program

his announcement seeks proposals from universities to purchase equipment and instrumentation in support of research in areas of interest to the DoD. DoD interests include the areas of research supported by the Army Research Office (ARO), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), hereafter generally referred to collectively as “we,” “our,” “us,” or “administering agency.” We use “administering agency” to provide a generic reference to any of the administering agencies. A central purpose of the DURIP is to provide equipment and instrumentation to enhance research related education in areas of interest and priority to the DoD. Therefore, your proposal must address the impact of the equipment or instrumentation on your institution’s ability to educate students through research in disciplines important to DoD missions.

Submission Details: 

Submission Deadline: White papers due 05/15/2020

Find more information here.

FY 2021 Dept. of Defense Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative

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.

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

The FY 2021 MURI competition is for the topics listed in the detailed descriptions of the topics and the Topic Chief for each found in Section II. I, entitled, “SPECIFIC MURI TOPICS,” The detailed descriptions are intended to provide the applicant a frame of reference and are not meant to be restrictive to the possible approaches to achieving the goals of the topic and the program. Innovative ideas addressing these research topics are highly encouraged.

Proposals from a team of university investigators are warranted when the necessary expertise in addressing the multiple facets of the topics may reside in different universities. By supporting multidisciplinary teams, the program is complementary to other DoD basic research programs that support university research through single-investigator awards. Proposals shall name one Principal Investigator (PI) as the responsible technical point of contact. Similarly, one institution shall be the primary awardee for the purpose of award execution. The PI shall come from the primary institution. The relationship among participating institutions and their respective roles, as well as the apportionment of funds including sub-awards, if any, shall be described in both the proposal text and the budget.

Submission Details: 

Submission Deadline: White papers due 06/01/2020

Find more information here.

Galvanizing Advances in Market-Aligned Fusion for an Overabundance of Watts (GAMOW)

The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) and Office of Science–Fusion Energy Sciences (SC-FES) are overseeing a joint program, Galvanizing Advances in Market-aligned fusion for an Overabundance of Watts (GAMOW). ARPA-E will contribute up to $15 million in funding over a three-year program period, and FES will contribute up to $5 million per year for three years for qualifying technologies. GAMOW will prioritize R&D in (1) technologies and subsystems between the fusion plasma and balance of plant, (2) cost-effective, high-efficiency, high-duty-cycle driver technologies, and (3) cross-cutting areas such as novel fusion materials and advanced and additive manufacturing for fusion-relevant materials and components. Applicants should leverage and build on foundational SC-FES research programs in fusion materials, fusion nuclear science, plasma-materials interactions, and other enabling technologies, while ensuring that market-aware techno-economic analyses inform project goals.Awardees must work toward one or more of the following high-level program objectives:

  • Demonstrate substantial progress toward technical feasibility and/or increases in performance compared to the current state of the art in the priority R&D areas.
  • Enable significant device simplification or elimination of entire subsystems of commercially motivated fusion energy systems.
  • Reduce fusion energy system costs, including those of critical materials and component testing.
  • Improve the reliability, safety, and/or environmental attractiveness of fusion energy systems.

Submission Details: 

Submission Deadline: N/A

Find more information here.

Measurement Science and Engineering (MSE) Research Grant Programs

NIST is soliciting applications for financial assistance for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) within the following NIST grant programs:

  1. The Associate Director for Innovation and Industry Services (ADIIS)
  2. The Associate Director for Laboratory Programs (ADLP)
  3. The Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL)
  4. The Engineering Laboratory (EL)
  5. Fire Research (FR)
  6. The Information Technology Laboratory (ITL)
  7. The International and Academic Affairs Office (IAAO)
  8. The Material Measurement Laboratory (MML)
  9. The NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR)
  10. The Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML)
  11. The Special Programs Office (SPO)
  12. The Standards Coordination Office (SCO).

Submission Details: 

Submission Deadline: Rolling

Find more information here.

NSF EAGER Grant Secure Analog-RF Electronics and Electromagnetics (SARE)

With this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the Directorate for Engineering and the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences of the National Science Foundation announce their interest in receiving EArly-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals to support research in fundamental theory, design, algorithm, and experimental verification of RF, analog, and mixed-signal techniques that will significantly enhance and ensure the security of electronic devices. To encourage convergence in research, PIs are expected to submit proposals demonstrating complementary expertise to tackle the challenging security problems involving multiple disciplines. Examples of research topics include novel RF, analog, and mixed-signal approaches to:

  • Address the security vulnerability caused by electromagnetic emissions
  • Address the security vulnerability originated from the power management circuits
  • Ensure secure communications and sensing within the RF spectrum from kHz to THz
  • Ensure trusted microelectronics going through multiple phases of design, fabrication, packaging, and validation
  • Explore advanced materials and devices that can enhance and ensure security

Submission Details: 

Submission Deadline: 4/6/2020

Find more information here.

Geothermal Technologies Office Hydrothermal and Low Temperature Multi-Topic

This multi-topic funding opportunity aims to drive down costs and risks associated with the discovery of hidden geothermal systems in the Basin & Range region of the U.S., and to enhance energy system resilience through the utilization of Reservoir Thermal Energy Storage (RTES), Deep Direct-Use (DDU) and other geothermal direct use applications on university campuses, military installations, hospital complexes, and other large energy end-uses across the U.S.

Submission Details: 

Submission Deadline: 3/2/2020

Find more information here.

Solar Energies Technology Office Fiscal Year 2020 Funding Program

The U.S. Department of Energy announced the Solar Energy Technologies Office Fiscal Year 2020 (SETO 2020) funding program, which will fund projects that will help achieve the solar office’s goal of improving the affordability, reliability, and value of solar technologies on the grid. Learn more about SETO’s goals and how to apply for a funding opportunity. SETO expects to make about 55 to 80 awards under the SETO 2020 funding opportunity announcement (FOA), each ranging from $300,000 to $39 million. SETO seeks diverse teams comprising members of companies and community organizations, researchers, solar developers, and other stakeholders who work across various technology sectors, locations, and scientific disciplines.

Submission Details: 

Submission Deadline: 3/9/2020

Find more information here.

Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) Exploratory Development (SEED)

The Department of Defense (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) Office is interested in receiving proposals for innovative research in the Munitions Response area as set forth in the Announcement of the SERDP Exploratory Development (SEED) program. This notice constitutes a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) as contemplated in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 6.102(d)(2). Readers should note that this is an announcement to declare SERDP's intent to competitively fund research and development projects to establish proof of concept for innovative environmental technologies and methods in Environmental Restoration, Munitions Response, Resource Conservation and Resiliency, and Weapons Systems and Platforms technologies. These projects will be funded with firm fixed-price contracts at a level not to exceed the Simplified Acquisition Threshold of $250,000 in total costs and projects should be no more than approximately one year in duration.

Submission Details: 

Submission Deadline: 3/5/20

Find more information here.

Electronics, Photonics and Magnetic Devices (EPMD)

The Electronics, Photonics and Magnetic Devices (EPMD) Program supports innovative research on novel devices based on the principles of electronics, optics and photonics, optoelectronics, magnetics, opto- and electromechanics, electromagnetics, and related physical phenomena. EPMD’s goal is to advance the frontiers of micro-, nano- and quantum-based devices operating within the electromagnetic spectrum and contributing to a broad range of application domains including information and communications, imaging and sensing, healthcare, Internet of Things, energy, infrastructure, and manufacturing. The program encourages research based on emerging technologies for miniaturization, integration, and energy efficiency as well as novel material-based devices with new functionalities, improved efficiency, flexibility, tunability, wearability, and enhanced reliability.

Submission Details: 

Submission Deadline: Open

Find more information here.

International Future Energy Challenge (IFEC)

Nanosatellites are one of the fast-growing satellite industry segments in recent years. According to Nanosats.eu, more than 1000 small- and nanosatellites have been launched as of the January of 2019 with an estimated market value over US$7 billion. As the costs are going further down and the production period is continuously shortening, the market of nanosatellites is still growing at a fast pace. The applications of nanosatellites are also very broad, covering global tracking, internet of things, remote sensing, defense and security, electronic equipment testing, etc.
Typically, nanosatellites have a wet mass between 1-10 kg (i.e., 2.2 – 22.0 lb). In this case, the design of nanosatellites requires much more dedications, especially the electronics, which is the core of the nanosatellites power systems. In general, the power electronics systems have to withstand the harsh operating environment, where the temperature is low and the equipment is exposed strong radiations. Additionally, the power conversions should be highly efficient and highly reliable to condition the power from solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, in which the power management is essential. The voltage levels at the PV should be regulated to be compatible with the load demands, e.g., battery storage systems and on-board loads. Those involve extensive direct current (DC) to DC power conversions, unidirectional and bidirectional. Notably, the space (volume and weight) is also a limiting factor when designing the power systems.

Submission Details: 

Submission Deadline: 7/22/20

Find more information here.

Transport Phenomena Research at the International Space Station to Benefit Life on Earth

The Division of Chemical, Bioengineering and Environmental Transport (CBET) in the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) is partnering with The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to solicit research projects in the general field of fluid dynamics, particulate and multiphase processes, combustion and fire systems,thermal transport processes, and nanoscale interactions that can utilize the International Space Station (ISS) National Lab to conduct research that will benefit life on Earth.

Submission Details: 

Submission Deadline: 3/2/20

Find more information here.

Energy, Power, Control, and Network

The Energy, Power, Control, and Networks (EPCN) Program supports innovative research in modeling, optimization, learning, adaptation, and control of networked multi-agent systems, higher-level decision making, and dynamic resource allocation, as well as risk management in the presence of uncertainty, sub-system failures, and stochastic disturbances. EPCN also invests in novel machine learning algorithms and analysis, adaptive dynamic programming, brain-like networked architectures performing real-time learning, and neuromorphic engineering. EPCN’s goal is to encourage research on emerging technologies and applications including energy, transportation, robotics, and biomedical devices & systems. EPCN also emphasizes electric power systems, including generation, transmission, storage, and integration of renewable energy sources into the grid; power electronics and drives; battery management systems; hybrid and electric vehicles; and understanding of the interplay of power systems with associated regulatory & economic structures and with consumer behavior.

Submission Details: 

Submission Deadline: Full Proposals Accepted Anytime

Find more information here.

Environmental Sustainability

The Environmental Sustainability program is part of the Environmental Engineering and Sustainability cluster together with 1) the Environmental Engineering program and 2) the Nanoscale Interactions program. The goal of the Environmental Sustainability program is to promote sustainable engineered systems that support human well-being and that are also compatible with sustaining natural (environmental) systems. These systems provide ecological services vital for human survival. Research efforts supported by the program typically consider long time horizons and may incorporate contributions from the social sciences and ethics. The program supports engineering research that seeks to balance society's need to provide ecological protection and maintain stable economic conditions.

Submission Details: 

Submission Deadline: Open

Find more information here.

Environmental Engineering

The goal of the Environmental Engineering program is to support potentially transformative fundamental research that applies scientific and engineering principles to:

  1. Prevent, minimize, or re-use solid, liquid, and gaseous discharges of pollution to soil, water, and air by closing resource loops or through other measures
  2. Mitigate the ecological and human-health impacts of such releases by smart/adaptive/reactive amendments or manipulation of the environment
  3. Remediate polluted environments through engineered chemical, biological, and/or geo-physical processes

Integral to achieving these goals is a fundamental understanding of the transport and biogeochemical reactivity of pollutants in the environment. Therefore, research on environmental micro/biology, environmental chemistry, and environmental geophysics may be relevant providing the research has a clear objective of protecting human and ecological health.

Submission Details: 

Submission Deadline: Open

Find more information here.

Fluid Dynamics

The Fluid Dynamics program is part of the Transport Phenomena cluster, which also includes:

  1. The Combustion and Fire Systems program
  2. The Particulate and Multiphase Processes program
  3. The Thermal Transport Processes program

The Fluid Dynamics program supports fundamental research toward gaining an understanding of the physics of various fluid dynamics phenomena. Proposed research should contribute to basic scientific understanding via experiments, theoretical developments, and computational discovery.

Submission Details: 

Submission Deadline: Open

Find more information here.

Electrochemical Systems

The Electrochemical Systems program is part of the Chemical Process Systems cluster, which also includes:

  1. The Catalysis program
  2. The Interfacial Engineering program
  3. The Process Systems, Reaction Engineering, and Molecular Thermodynamics program 

The goal of the Electrochemical Systems program is to support fundamental engineering research that will enable innovative processes involving electro- or photochemistry for the sustainable production of electricity, fuels, and chemicals. Processes for sustainable energy and chemical production must be scalable, environmentally benign, reduce greenhouse gas production, and utilize renewable resources. Research projects that stress fundamental understanding of phenomena that directly impact key barriers to improved system or component-level performance (for example, energy efficiency, product yield, process intensification) are encouraged. Processes for energy storage should address fundamental research barriers for the applications of renewable electricity storage or for transport propulsion. For projects concerning energy storage materials, proposals should involve hypotheses that involve device or component performance characteristics that are tied to fundamental understanding of transport, kinetics, or thermodynamics. Advanced chemistries are encouraged. Proposed research should be inspired by the need for economic and impactful conversion processes.

Submission Details: 

Submission Deadline: Open

Find more information here.

Army Research Office Broad Agency Announcement & YIP

ARL’s ARO mission is to serve as the Army's principal extramural basic research agency funding research at universities, companies and not-for- profits in the engineering, physical, and information sciences. ARO’s research portfolio is executed through ten scientific divisions, with titles reflecting fundamental scientific disciplines familiar to academic institutions. These Divisions directly support the ARL Core Technical Competencies. Additional information about the ARL S&T Core Technical Competencies can be found at the ARL website: www.arl.army.mil

Submission Details: 

Submission Deadline: Open

Find more information here.

EMERGING FRONTIERS IN RESEARCH AND INNOVATION (EFRI): Distributed Chemical Manufacturing (DCheM) and Engineering the Elimination of End-of-Life Plastics (E3P)  (EFRI-2020)

The Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) program of the NSF Directorate for Engineering (ENG) serves a critical role in helping ENG focus on important emerging areas in a timely manner. This solicitation is a funding opportunity for interdisciplinary teams of researchers to embark on rapidly advancing frontiers of fundamental engineering research. For this solicitation, we will consider proposals that aim to investigate emerging frontiers in one of the following two research areas:

  • Distributed Chemical Manufacturing (DCheM)
  • Engineering the Elimination of End-of-Life Plastics  (E3P)           

This solicitation will be coordinated with the Directorate for Biological Sciences, the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences and the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences.

EFRI seeks proposals with transformative ideas that represent an opportunity for a significant shift in fundamental engineering knowledge with a strong potential for long term impact on national needs or a grand challenge. The proposals must also meet the detailed requirements delineated in this solicitation.

Submission Details: 

Submission Deadline:

  • Informational Webinar: 9/18/19 (1PM)
  • Letter of Intent: 11/4/19
  • Preliminary Proposal: 12/2/19
  • Full Proposal: 3/26/2020

Find more information here.

UAS Broad Agency Announcement Solicitation Number: 692M15-19-R-00020

This announcement is released to inform all interested parties of Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), solicitation number 692M15-19-R-00020.  This BAA is sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office (UASIO), UAS Program and Data Management Branch (AUS-410) and will be open for five (5) years from the date of original issue. This BAA will be valid through June 2, 2024, unless terminated sooner. This BAA includes integration interests from the UASIO, which is located in Washington D.C.

Submission Details: 

Submission Deadline: Open

Find more information here.

Research Interests of the United States Air Force Academy

The USAFA invests in an active research program for three main reasons. First and foremost, research significantly enhances the cadet learning experience. Our research is done by, for and with cadets who work alongside fellow cadets and faculty mentors. Research provides cadets with rich independent learning opportunities as they tackle ill-defined problems and are challenged to apply their knowledge and abilities.

Second, our research program provides opportunities essential for faculty development. Research broadens and deepens the experience base of the faculty. This infuses current, relevant, state-of-the-art and cutting-edge applications and examples into the curriculum. This also helps our faculty remain current in their respective fields.

Third, at USAFA we strive to conduct research to enhance the ability of the Air Force to perform its mission. There are ongoing research projects spanning topics as diverse as super hypersonics, cyber security, spatial disorientation, athletic performance and homeland defense. This BAA offers a vehicle for research to be performed to satisfy these three objectives, while also meeting research needs of industry counterparts/serve a public purpose. All awards issued against this BAA must serve to benefit the objectives identified above

Submission Details: 

Submission Deadline: Open

Find more information here.

Gamma Ray Inspection Technology (GRIT)

The Gamma Ray Inspection Technology (GRIT) program seeks transformational approaches to achieving high intensity, tunable, and narrow-bandwidth gamma-ray production, in a compact form factor suitable for transporting the source to where the capability is needed. Such sources have the potential to help discover smuggled nuclear materials in cargo, provide new non-destructive inspection techniques at various scales, and enable new medical diagnostics and therapies.

Submission Details: 

Submission Deadline: N/A

Find more information here.

Critical Aspects of Sustainability (CAS)

This program seeks to support basic research through core disciplinary programs aimed at improving the sustainability of resources for future generations while maintaining or improving current products in order to offer technologically-advanced, economically competitive, environmentally-benign and useful materials to a global society. In order to address these challenges, the program aims to identify opportunities for innovation in a wide range of contributing disciplines as well as integrative activities.  This program encourages the development of new experimental and theoretical/modeling approaches that will aid in both reductionist and whole-systems approaches. 

This program welcomes proposals in any area of research supported through the participating divisions that address the topics outlined below. The selected topics are of particular interest to core disciplinary programs in the participating divisions and do not include all funding opportunities and priorities in the area or sustainability at NSF. Proposals are submitted to the relevant core Programs indicated below in the participating Divisions, and all questions regarding proposals should be addressed by the cognizant Program Officers to which submission is contemplated. Proposals should be submitted with the "CAS:" prefix in the title.  

Submission Details: 

Submission Deadline: Varies by Division (see link)

Find out more information here.

Combustion and Fire Systems

The Combustion and Fire Systems program is part of the Transport Phenomena cluster, which also includes:

  1. Fluid Dynamics
  2. Particulate and Multiphase Processes
  3. Thermal Transport Processes

The goal of the Combustion and Fire Systems program is to advance energy conversion efficiency, improve energy security, enable cleaner environments, and enhance public safety. 

The program endeavors to create fundamental scientific knowledge that is needed for useful combustion applications and for mitigating the effects of fire. The program aims to identify and understand the controlling basic principles and to use that knowledge to create predictive capabilities for designing and optimizing practical combustion devices.

Submission Details: 

Submission deadline: Open

Find more information here.

Molecular Separations

The Molecular Separations program is part of the Chemical Process Systems cluster, which also includes:

  1. Catalysis
  2. Electrochemical Systems
  3. Process Systems, Reaction Engineering, and Molecular Thermodynamics

The Molecular Separations program supports research focused on novel methods and materials for separation processes, such as those central to the chemical, biochemical, bioprocessing, materials, energy, and pharmaceutical industries. A fundamental understanding of the interfacial, transport, and thermodynamic behavior of multiphase chemical systems as well as quantitative descriptions of processing characteristics in the process-oriented industries is critical for efficient resource management and effective environmental protection. The program encourages proposals that address long standing challenges and emerging research areas and technologies, have a high degree of interdisciplinary work coupled with the generation of fundamental knowledge, and the integration of education and research.

Submission Details:

Submission deadline-Open

Find more information here.

Electrochemical Systems

The Electrochemical Systems program is part of the Chemical Process Systems cluster, which includes:

  1. Catalysis
  2. Molecular Separations
  3. Process Systems, Reaction Engineering, and Molecular Thermodynamics

The goal of the Electrochemical Systems program is to support fundamental engineering research that will enable innovative processes involving electro- or photochemistry for the sustainable production of electricity, fuels, and chemicals. Processes for sustainable energy and chemical production must be scalable, environmentally benign, reduce greenhouse gas production, and utilize renewable resources. Research projects that stress fundamental understanding of phenomena that directly impact key barriers to improved system or component-level performance (e.g., energy efficiency, product yield, process intensification) are encouraged. Processes for energy storage should address fundamental research barriers for the applications of renewable electricity storage or for transport propulsion. For projects involving energy storage materials, proposals should involve hypotheses that involve device or component performance characteristics that are tied to fundamental understanding of transport, kinetics, or thermodynamics. Advanced chemistries are encouraged.

Proposed research should be inspired by the need for economic and impactful conversion processes. All proposal project descriptions should address how the proposed work, if successful, will improve process realization and economic feasibility and compare the proposed work against current state-of-the-art. Highly integrated multidisciplinary projects are encouraged.

Submission Details:

Submission deadline: Open

Find more information here.

The George Gund Foundation

The George Gund Foundation was established in 1952 as a private, nonprofit institution with the sole purpose of contributing to human well-being and the progress of society.

Find more information here.

W911NF-17-S-0003-03: Army Research Laboratory Broad Agency Announcement for Basic and Applied Scientific Research

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is looking to support fundamental research for the discovery, technological innovation, and transition of knowledge products. This opportunity is particularly interested in a variety of select areas, including computation and information sciences, sensors and electron devices, vehicle and tehnologies, and is placing emphasis on collaborative research.

Topic areas of interest include:

  1. Tactical High Performance Computing (HPC)
  2. Real-Time, Scalable Data Analytics for the Army
  3. Computational Modeling of Complex Systems
  4. Supercomputing Technologies
  5. Materials for Soldier and Platform Power Systems
  6. Energy Efficient Electronics and Photonics
  7. Energy Coupled to Matter (ECM) for Responsive Materials
Submission Details:

Proposal Due: 3/31/22

For more information, visit arl.army.mil

HQ0147-19-S-0001: Missile Defense Science and Technology Advanced research (MSTAR) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)

The Missile Defense agency (MDA) is looking to continuous advance and improve its technological capabilities within the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). To do so, the MDA is accepting proposals seeking to identify and develop concepts and innovative technologies for disruptive improvements. 

Relevant topics of interest include:

  1. Computer Science, Signal and Data Processing: digital electronics and signal processing; distributed computing; quantum computing applications to decision architecture; machine implementation of algorithms; decision systems; quantum information processing
  2. Materials and Processing: additive manufacturing; phase-changing materials; meta-materials; n anomaterials; densification optimization
  3. Interceptor and Space Systems: advanced power systems; propulsion technologies; control algorithms; communication systems; advanced micro-processors
  4. Artificial Intelligence Related to Machine Learning and Big Data: machine learning for threat characterization; statistical methods and computational intelligence; data mining technologies for information extraction; big data to explore significant findings in test data
Submission Details:

White Paper Submission Due Date: 9/30/20

For more information, visit fedbizopps.gov

HR001118S0060: Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) Office-Wide

DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) aims to support high-risk, high-reward technologies to ensure technological superiority and address complex challenges faced by the Department of Defense. MTO is particularly interested in ideas that transition emerging and existing technologies within relevant Department of Defense (DOD) areas. As a result, three thrust areas have been identified:

  1. Electronics: Managing Moore's Inflection
  2. Spectrum: Enhancing Out Advantage with Agility and Autonomy
  3. Sensors: Decentralized Sensors for the DOD

Relevant areas of interest for proposals include:

  1. Computational architectures and algorithms for next generation artificial intelligence
  2. Energy-efficient computing
  3. Quantum devices
  4. Materials for advanced microelectronics
Submission Details:

White Paper Submission Due Date: 6/26/20, 1 PM EST

For more information, visit fedbizopps.gov

FA8650-18-S-5010: AFRL/RX Structural Materials Open BAA

The Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials & Manufacturing Directorate, Structural Materials Division is accepting white papers for work overlapping with the needs of the Structural Materials and Applications mission. Efforts ranging from materials and scientific discovery through technology development and implementation are all accepted. 

Areas of interest include: 

  1. Polymer Matrix Composites Materials and Processes
  2. Characterization, Sensing, and Analytics
  3. Integrated Computational Materials Science and Engineering
  4. Advanced Material Characterization
Submission Details:

White Paper Submission Due Date: 9/20/23

For more information, visit fedbizopps.gov

Energy, Power, Control, and Networks (EPCN)

The program supports a variety of endeavors towards innovative technologies including energy, control systems and machine learning. The goals of the EPCN program is to encourage research to better understand and develop systems and methods for a variety of breakthrough applications.

For more information, visit nsf.gov

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Deadline: open

DARPA Subterranean Challenge (SubT) Challenge

The DARPA Subterranean (SubT) Challenge aims to develop innovative technologies that would augment operations underground. The SubT Challenge will explore new approaches to rapidly map, navigate, search, and exploit complex underground environments, including human-made tunnel systems, urban underground, and natural cave networks.

Tunnels can extend many kilometers in length and include highly constrained passages, multiple levels, and vertical shafts. Urban underground environments are often more structured and constructed out of human-made materials, but can have complex layouts that cover multiple stories and/or span multiple city blocks. Natural cave networks often have irregular geological structures, with both constrained passages and large caverns, and unpredictable topologies often stretching large distances in extent and depth.

These environments present significant challenges for situational awareness. In time-sensitive scenarios, such as active combat operations or disaster response settings, warfighters and first responders face increased technical challenges including difficult terrain, unstable structures, degraded environmental conditions, severe communication constraints, and expansive areas of operation. For these reasons, natural cave networks, human-made tunnels, and urban underground environments have consistently played a central role in historical warfare and military operations. The SubT Challenge will ensure that our warfighters and first responders are equipped with the technologies and capabilities they need to effectively execute their future missions.

For more information, visit darpa.mil

Dear Colleague Letter: Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace

Making cyberspace secure and trustworthy is a critical challenge confronting society. The fragility and vulnerability of cyberspace have exposed societies and individuals to untold risks with severe consequences. Achieving a more secure cyberspace demands overcoming major scientific challenges, and realizing privacy and trust in cyberspace requires reconciling technology with human and societal needs. New advances in technology for cyberspace, changes in society, and adoption in new domains will also necessitate a rethinking of the interplay between security, privacy, and trust in cyberspace. The multi-disciplinary SaTC program seeks fundamentally new, principled approaches to protect and defend cyberspace against harmful actions by determined adversaries, and to assess their effectiveness. The SaTC program also seeks to explore innovative approaches for growing a capable, next-generation cyber workforce, and for accelerating the transition of successful cybersecurity research into practice and useful products and services.

For more information, visit nsf.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: Proposals are accepted at any time. Proposals must adhere to the NSF's Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide.

Dear Colleague Letter: Research on Integrated Photonics Utilizing AIM Photonics Capabilities

With this Dear Colleague letter (DCL), the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) and the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) within the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation continue to encourage innovative exploratory and translational research by academic researchers and small businesses in all aspects of integrated photonics that utilize the current silicon photonics capabilities resident in AIM Photonics.

For more information, visit nsf.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: Proposals are accepted at any time. Proposals must adhere to the NSF's Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide.

BAA - Research Interests of the United States Air Force Academy

The USAFA invests in an active research program for three main reasons. First and foremost, research significantly enhances the cadet learning experience. Research is done by, for and with cadets who work alongside fellow cadets and faculty mentors. Research provides cadets with rich independent learning opportunities as they tackle ill-defined problems and are challenged to apply their knowledge and abilities.

Second, the research program provides opportunities essential for faculty development. Research broadens and deepens the experience base of the faculty. This infuses current, relevant, state-of-the-art and cutting-edge applications and examples into the curriculum. This also helps USAFA faculty remain current in their respective fields.

Third, USAFA conducts research to enhance the ability of the Air Force to perform its mission. There are ongoing research projects spanning topics as diverse as super hypersonics, cyber security, spatial disorientation, athletic performance and homeland defense. This BAA offers a vehicle for research to be performed to satisfy these three objectives, while also meeting research needs of industry counterparts/serve a public purpose. All awards issued against this BAA must serve to benefit the objectives identified above.

For more information, visit fbo.gov

BAA - Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate

This is a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

The Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), solicitation number BAA-18-R-STCD, is sponsored by the US Army Communications, Electronics, Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate (S&TCD) and will be open for five (5) years from the date of original issue. The BAA will be valid through 19 June 2023, unless terminated sooner. This BAA includes research interests from the S&TCD, which is located at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), Maryland.

 CERDEC develops and integrates command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) technologies that enable information dominance and decisive lethality for the networked Warfighters. The CERDEC S&TCD provides the Army with secure communications/networking technologies through research and development (R&D) innovations.

S&TCD has six Program Divisions:  Cyber Security and Information Assurance (CSIA), Satellite Communications Systems (SATCOM), Systems Engineering, Architecture, Modeling and Simulation (SEAMS), Radio Frequency Communications (RFC), Tactical Communications (TC), Operations (OPS).  Each Division has a specific mission area of responsibility in support of the Army’s need for the most modern strategic and tactical communication technologies. 

For more information, as well as the full text of the BAA, visit fbo.gov

Submission Details:

Deadline: June 19, 2023

Engineering Design and Systems Engineering (EDSE)

The Engineering Design and Systems Engineering (EDSE) program supports fundamental research into the basic processes and phenomena of engineering design and systems engineering. The program seeks proposals leading to improved understanding about how processes, organizational structure, social interactions, strategic decision making, and other factors impact success in the planning and execution of engineering design and systems engineering projects. It also supports advances pertaining to engineering design and systems engineering in areas that include, but are not limited to, decision making under uncertainty, including preference and demand modeling; problem decomposition and decision delegation; applications of reverse game theory (mechanism design); computer-aided design; design representation; system performance modeling and prediction; design optimization; uncertainty quantification; domain- or concern-specific design methods; and advanced computational techniques for supporting effective human cognition, decision making, and collaboration. Competitive proposals for novel methods will include a plan to evaluate rigorously the effectiveness and performance of the proposed approach.

For more information, visit nsf.gov

Submission Details:

Full proposal accepted any time. Proposals submitted to other program announcements and solicitations, including the Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER), must meet their respective deadlines; please refer to the deadline dates specified in the appropriate announcement or solicitation. Proposals for EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) or Rapid Response Research (RAPID) can be submitted at any time but Principal Investigators must contact the cognizant program director prior to submission. Proposals for supplements or workshops can be submitted at any time, and PIs are encouraged to contact the cognizant PD prior to submission.

The Solutions Project Fighter Fund

Solutions Project invests in community-based organizations and leaders that are removing barriers (political, financial, cultural) to affordable clean energy for all. We focus on leaders who are most impacted by the failed energy policies and climate change in their communities and who are working through community organizing, local projects and state campaigns to make it better. We encourage equity-rooted strategies that work to ensure that community benefits, diverse leadership, and just transitions are central to the call for 100% clean, renewable energy.

The Solutions Project offers support via grants through the Fighter Fund. The Fighter Fund is a rapid response grantmaking program providing real-time support to pivotal frontline leaders accelerating the transition to 100% clean energy in the United States. Resources are designed to support place-based movement moments through organizing, direct action, advocacy, and lobbying activities; communications that build public will and cultural power; and coalition building. Ideal grantees are tax-exempt organizations, either (c)(3) or (c)(4), that are governed by the communities in which they serve, mobilize marginalized communities, have the capacity to leverage resources for additional funders, and are experimenting with innovative tactics to activate constituencies in advancing 100% clean energy for 100% of people. The Fighter Fund is currently an open application reviewed on a rolling basis. All interested and eligible applicants are encouraged to apply and the Fighter Fund has the following interest areas:

  1. State policy campaigns supporting 100% clean energy for 100% of the people
  2. Fossil fuel infrastructure resistance
  3. Indigenous organizing and led movements
  4. Supporting transparent, cleaner, and democratically controlled rural electric cooperatives
  5. Community-owned clean energy demonstration projects in need of seed capital

Grants range from $500 to $25,000. For more information, visit thesolutionsproject.org

Submission Details:

At this time, the Fighter Fund is by invitation only.

Faculty Research Program

The Faculty Research Program is an opportunity for faculty to collaborate with NETL principal investigators on work of interest to the NETL and participating state-of-the-art NETL facilities.Benefits include a monthly stipend, insurance, inbound/outbound travel, and resources to encourage attendance at conferences, workshops, and other professional development activities.

Research and development areas of interest include:

  • Carbon Management
  • Combustion Science
  • Fuel Cell Research
  • Process Development
  • Remote Sensing
  • Sensors and Controls
Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: rolling

For more information, visit orau.gov

Unsolicited Proposals

The Department of Energy (DOE) encourages organizations and individuals to submit unsolicited proposals that are relevant to the DOE's research and development mission. Proposals must demonstrate support of an idea, method, or approach submitted by the proposer's initiative rather than in response to a solicitation. Additionally, they must demonstrate a unique and innovative concept or capability not currently available to the Federal government and does not resemble a project of a recent, current, or pending solicitation.

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: rolling

For more information, visit netl.doe.gov

17-7684: Cyberinfrastructure for Emerging Science and Engineering Research (CESER)

The Cyberinfrastructure for Emerging Science and Engineering Research (CESER) program aims to help develop innovative cyberinfrastructure (CI) technologies and new applications of current CI resources to foster emerging areas of potentially transformative science and engineering research. The program will support early-stage efforts to identify and address cyberinfrastructure needs in new research areas with the development and implementation of experimental and innovative hardware and software systems to enable discovery. Additionally, the program encourages systematic and multidisciplinary CI approaches to address new opportunities to enable science and engineering research with disciplines such as computing, data infrastructure, software, workflow systems, and networking.

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: rolling

For more information, visit nsf.gov

18-525: Re-entry to Active Research Program (RARE)

The main objective of the RARE program is to catalyze progress along the academic tenure-track of individuals who are returning from a hiatus from active research. The RARE program will reinvest in highly trained scientists and engineers by providing re-entry points and encouraging participation and increasing diversity of experience. 

There are two tracks within the program. Track 1 reengages researchers in a competitive funding opportunity with accommodations for a gap in record due to the research hiatus. Track 2 retrains investigators in new or updated techniques in order to return to competitive research activity.

Submission Details:

Proposal Submission Due Date: rolling

For more information, visit nsf.gov

Energy and Environment

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Energy and Environment program aims to learn more about novel research areas and advance understanding about the effects of new energy technologies on the quality of life. Research questions of interest include energy sources, transmission and distribution, energy use, new energy technologies, the economics of energy transmission and distribution, big data, energy efficiency, and transportation. Grant seekers can submit a letter of inquiry for a relevant program to the appropriate program director and when reviewed, may be invited to submit a formal grant proposal.

Submission Details:

Proposals Submission Due Date: rolling

For more information visit sloan.org

Innovation and Research 3D Printing Grant

Due to the limitless number of applications of 3D printing within research, the FormLabs Education Grant is giving the opportunity for a research facility to receive a Form 2 3D printer. Applications should include a detailed project outline or proposal describing the benefit of using 3D printing technology. With no application deadline, one 3D printer package will be awarded to a lab per quarter.

Application Details:

Application Submission Due Date: rolling

For more information visit americamakes.us

18-500: Condensed Matter and Materials Theory (CMMT)

The CMMT program aims to advance and encourages innovative research in theoretical and computational materials research. New approaches in materials research, such as incorporating data-centric methods utilizing data analytics or machine learning and techniques that advance conceptual understanding of materials and materials-related phenomena are of interest. Topical areas covered by this program include Condensed Matter Physics, Ceramics, Electronic and Photonic Materials, Metals and Metallic Nanostructures, and Solid State and Materials Chemistry.

Submission Details:

Application Submission Due Date: Open

For more information visit nsf.gov

Dear Colleague Letter: Supporting Fundamental Research in the Quantitative Representation of Microstructures (QRM)

The Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation of the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation is looking for research proposals for multidisciplinary teams to transform the fundamental understanding of structural materials through the Quantitative Representation of Microstructures (QRM). The current tools for simulation and prediction of materials behavior are strongly dependent on the input microstructures. In order to increase their accuracy and precision, this call for proposals aims to address fundamental questions related to Materials microstructure, properties, and performance through development tools for the QRM.

Submission Details:

Submission Due Date: open

For more information visit nsf.gov

BAA-AFRL-RQKMA-2016-0007: Materials & Manufacturing Directorate, Functional Materials and Applications 

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is soliciting white papers and cost proposals revolving around functional materials technologies ranging from materials and scientific discovery to technology development and transition. 

Areas of Interest include:

1. Nanoelectronic Materials Core Competencies

     i) Agile Radio Frequency Electronic Materials

     ii) Integrated Photonics & Opto-electronic Materials & Processing

2. Soft Matter Materials Core Competencies

     i) Flexible Materials and Devices   

     ii) Biomaterials Materials and Processes

3. Photonic Materials Core Competencies

     i) Optical Materials and Processes

     ii) Hardened Materials and Processing

     iii) Photonic Materials

4. Rapid Research and Development for Warfighter Needs Core Competency 

     i) Rapid Research and Development for Warfighter Needs

Submission Details:

White Paper Due Date: 4/19/21

Proposal Due Date: Provided in response to submission of White Paper

For more information visit grants.gov

Open Innovation Fund (OIF)

The OIF provides funding to demonstrate the benefits of SiC and GaN technologies. This opportunity aims to target key time-sensitive gaps in the Institute's portfolio that are too urgent to be postponed and address technology barriers not current addressed by other projects. The OIF offers an opportunity to propose innovative projects to make WBG semiconductor technologies cost competitive and accelerate the adoption of SiC and GaN based components.

Application Details:

Proposal Due Date: Open

For more information visit poweramericainstitute.org

Environment Program Grant

The Mott Foundation supports efforts to create a fair, equitable, and sustainable society. It accomplishes this by providing funding in four different categories: Civil Society, Education, Environment, and Flint Area. Under the Environment program area, there are four subtopics:

  1. Addressing the Freshwater Challenge
  2. Transforming Development Finance
  3. Advancing Climate Change Solutions
  4. Special Initiatives

Interested applicants should submit a letter of inquiry (LOI) form to the foundation.

Submission Details:

Open

For more information visit mott.org

Army Research Laboratory BAA for Basic and Applied Scientific Research

The U.S Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is the Department of Army's corporate only fundamental research lab. It is dedicated to scientific innovation and discovery. Proposals for this BAA should center around cutting-edge research that could potentially produce discoveries with a significant impact to enable new Army technologies. Area of interest include:

  1. Computational Sciences (CS) Campaign
  2. Materials Research (MR) Campaign
  3. Sciences for Maneuver (ScMVR) Campaign
  4. Information Sciences (IS) Campaign
  5. Sciences for Lethality and Protection (ScL/P) Campaign
  6. Human Sciences (HS) Campaign
  7. Assessment and Analysis (AA) Campaign
  8. Visit Scientist Program (VSP)
Submission Details:

March 31, 2022

For more information visit arl.army.mil

Naval Research Laboratory Broad Agency Announcement

The Naval Research Laboratory is seeking research proposals for focus areas described in this BAA. The BAA Topic Title is Systems Directorate - Code 5000 Topics; this focuses area improves operational capabilities as well as supports Fleet and Marine Corps missions. There is emphasis placed on technology, devices, systems, and know-how to obtain and transport warfighting information and keep these capabilities away from the enemy. Current activities consists of improved radar, information technology, optical sciences, and tactical electronic warfare.

Submission Details:

Open

For more information visit nrl.navy.mil