INFOPaper for Early Career Faculty

June 23 2016

Here is a list of research early career opportunities. Let OSP know if you want help.

Next Deadline Opportunity Link from PIVOT
12 July 2016 NLM Career Development Award in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science (K01)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

21 Jul 2016 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program

National Science Foundation (NSF)

10 Sep 2016 Early Career Research Program

United States Department of Energy (DOE)

15 Sep 2016 Sloan Research Fellowships

Sloan Foundation, Alfred P.

1 Dec 2016 Young Investigator Program (YIP)
Office of Naval Research (ONR)
11 March 2017 Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI) Foundational Science Research Unit (FSRU) – Broad Agency Announcement for Basic Scientific Research

US Army

31 March 2017 Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) – Fellowships for Early Career Researchers

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

21 April 2017 Early Career Awards: Integrating Human Health and Well-Being with Ecosystem Services

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

2 May 2017 New Investigator/Early Career Program in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

1 June 2017 Air Force Fiscal Year 2017 Young Investigator Research Program (YIP)
Department of the Air Force (USAF)
  ARO Core Broad Agency Announcement for Basic and Applied Scientific Research for Fiscal Years 2012 Through 2017

Army Research Office (ARO)

Steve Tupper

Quantitative Approaches to Biomedical Big Data (QuBBD)

see solicitation    $5,000,000

Recent advances in medical and healthcare technologies are creating a paradigm shift in how medical practitioners and biomedical researchers approach the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases.  New imaging technologies, advances in genetic testing, and innovations in wearable and/or ambient sensors are allowing researchers to predict health outcomes and develop personalized treatments or interventions.

Coupled with the rapid growth in computing and infrastructure, researchers now have the ability to collect, store, and analyze vast amounts of health- and disease-related data from biological, biomedical, behavioral, social, environmental, and clinical studies.  The explosion in the availability of biomedical big data from disparate sources, and the complex data structures including images, networks, and graphs, pose significant challenges in terms of visualization, modeling, and analysis.

While there have been some encouraging developments related to foundational mathematical, statistical, and computational approaches for big data challenges over the past decade, there have been relatively few opportunities for collaboration on challenges related to biomedical data science.  The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognize that fundamental questions in basic, clinical, and translational research could benefit greatly from multidisciplinary approaches that involve experts in quantitative disciplines such as mathematics, statistics, and computer science.

The Quantitative Approaches to Biomedical Big Data Program is designed to support research that addresses important application areas at the intersection of the biomedical and data sciences by encouraging inter- and multi-disciplinary collaborations that focus on innovative and transformative approaches to address these challenges.

ORAU Travel Grants Program

Faculty members from an ORAU Sponsoring or Associate Institutioncan request up to $800 to facilitate travel by a faculty member.

Criteria for decisions to award travel grants include:

  • Potential engagement of others, especially students
  • Probability of a long-term collaboration
  • New collaboration (proposed partners have no strong current ties)
  • Well-defined outcome(s), such as a proposal to an identified opportunity, a white paper in anticipation of future funding, or a publication as a result of data collected during the visit.

see the article for more information

ORAU Events Sponsorship Program

Up to $4,000 can be requested to support events which involve participants from more than one ORAU institution. Two Calls for Proposals will be issued each year. Typical events might include visits to an ORAU institution by a renowned speaker, conferences or workshops with a focused theme, or a technology transfer/business plan competition.

Criteria for decisions to award Event Sponsorship grants include:

  • Potential engagement of others, especially students
  • Probability of a long-term collaboration
  • New or enhanced collaboration (proposed partners have no strong current ties)
  • Well-defined outcome(s), such as a proposal to an identified opportunity, a white paper in anticipation of future funding, or a publication as a result of data collected during the event.

See full article.

Tick-Borne Disease Research Program

Tick-Borne Disease

Defense Health Program
Department of Defense Tick-Borne Disease Research Program
Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2016

The Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Defense Appropriations Act provides $5 million (M) to the Department of Defense Tick-Borne Disease Research Program (TBDRP) to support innovative and impactful research that addresses fundamental issues and gaps in tick-borne diseases. As directed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, the Defense Health Agency, Research, Development, and Acquisition (DHA RDA) Directorate manages the Defense Health Program (DHP) Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) appropriation. The managing agent for the anticipated Program Announcements/Funding Opportunities is the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

FY16 TBDRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanisms are posted on the website.
The FY16 TBDRP is seeking research focused on understanding the pathogenesis of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illness and on delivering innovative solutions to prevent and better diagnose and treat their manifestations, specifically involving the following areas. Additional information regarding focus areas will be available when the Program Announcements are released.


  • Host-pathogen interactions
  • Human immune response
  • Mechanisms of persistence of Lyme disease
  • New research tools to support studies of pathogenesis


  • Interrupting the natural cycle
  • Personal protection measures
  • Targeted vaccines
  • Post-exposure prophylaxis


  • Direct detection of tick-borne pathogens or their products in humans
  • Biomarkers for diagnosis


  • Innovative approaches to treatment
  • Basic studies aimed at safe and effective treatments for the cause of persistent symptoms in Lyme disease
  • Biomarkers of effective prognosis, therapy and cure

Applications addressing persistence and direct detection of Lyme borreliae are highly encouraged.

Idea Award (IA) – Preproposal due August 3, 2016

·        Independent investigators at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent)

  • Preproposal is required; full application submission is by invitation only.
  • Fund conceptually innovative, high-risk/potentially high-reward research in the early stages of development that could ultimately lead to critical discoveries and/or improvements in patient care and/or quality of life.
  • Preliminary data that are relevant to the proposed research project should be included.

·        Clinical trials are not allowed.

  • Anticipated maximum funding of $250,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs).
  • Maximum period of performance is 2


Investigator-Initiated Research Award (IIRA) – Preproposal due August 3, 2016

  • Independent investigators at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent)
  • Preproposal is required; full application submission is by invitation only.
  • Fund highly rigorous, high-impact research with the potential to make an important contribution to research and/or patient care.
  • Preliminary or published data is required.
  • Clinical trials are not allowed, however human studies/clinical research are permitted.
  • Anticipated maximum funding of $700,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs).
  • Maximum period of performance is 3


A pre-application is required and must be submitted through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) at prior to the pre-application deadline. All applications must conform to the final Program Announcements and General Application Instructions that will be available for electronic downloading from A listing of all CDMRP funding opportunities can be obtained on the website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.

Applications must be submitted through the federal government’s single-entry portal, Submission deadlines are not available until the Program Announcements are released. For email notification when Program Announcements are released, go to the CDMRP website ( and select Subscribe to Funding Opportunities & Program Communications. For more information about other CDMRP administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website (

SunShot Initiative

Top News: Deadlines Approach for SunShot Funding, Lab Work Leads the Way

Act fast – the deadlines are quickly approaching for our ENERGISE funding opportunity and proposals for the Energy Materials Network’s DuraMat Consortium. Explore the work of the national labs, which are leading the way in solar innovation with concentrating solar power projects and celebrating a big award for a well-known photovoltaic researcher. Plus – look back at our big announcements from the past month. Scroll down to see all of the stories in this edition of the SunShot Initiative newsletter!

Deadline for ENERGISE Concept Papers

Utilities have little insight into how much energy is being used or generated by their customers in real-time. A recently announced funding opportunity, known as ENERGISE, hopes to change that. ENERGISE aims to develop solutions that will enable grid operators to gather up-to-the-minute measurement and forecast data from distributed energy sources and optimize system performance using sensor, communications, and data analytics technologies. Read the blog to learn more about this funding opportunity and see a list of deadlines to apply – mandatory concept papers are due this Friday, June 17.

Deadline to Submit Proposals for Energy Materials Network

High performance materials hold the key to innovation in solar energy technologies. The Department of Energy’s Energy Materials Network (EMN) aims to solve the industry’s toughest energy materials challenges. SunShot is currently accepting proposals from national labs to create the DuraMat Consortium within the EMN, which will develop durable, high-performance, low-cost PV module packaging materials and form factors. Proposals are sought from teams led by a single national laboratory. The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, June 17. Learn more.

Apply for Computing Support from NREL

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is offering support to current awardees in the SunShot Initiative and other programs within the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy office. NREL’s High Performance Computing Center has an integrated set of resources, including computational, scientific data management and storage, and networking capabilities and relevant expertise. Funding is available for current awardees to take advantage of these services for research projects in the 2017 fiscal year. Learn more and download the application.

National Lab Projects Tackle Concentrating Solar Power Improvements

Our national labs continue to play a critical role in research and development of new technologies that will help to lower the cost of solar energy. We recently launched webpages for the concentrating solar power (CSP) projects under our SunShot National Laboratory Multiyear Partnership (SuNLaMP) funding program. These projects will work drastically reduce solar field installation time and costs; create cost effective, high-temperature receivers; increase net power conversion efficiency to more than 50%; and improve thermal energy storage to reach new temperature records. Learn more about our lab work.

Gulf Research Program’s capacity building grants

Letters of intent for the Gulf Research Program’s capacity building grants are due on July 13 at 5pm ET. Visit our website to propose a project to enhance community networks that improve coastal environments, health, and well-being.

Before you submit a letter of intent (required for this opportunity), watch a video of our May 26 capacity building grants informational webinar.

Sign up for Gulf Research Program e-updates to receive reminders about the September 14 full proposal deadline and future funding opportunities.

Gulf Research Program

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

500 Fifth Street, NW | Washington, DC 20001 | Sign up to receive email updates


Develop Technology for Detection of Powder Cleanliness

see NineSigma solicitation  $50,000

NineSigma, representing a fortune 100 diversified manufacturing company, invites proposals for the development of technology for inspection and detection of contaminants in metallic alloy powder.


see NSF notice

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorates for Biological Sciences (BIO), Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Education and Human Resources (EHR), Engineering (ENG), Geosciences (GEO), Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS) and Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) wish to notify the community of their interest in stimulating collaboration between academic research institutions and industry.

Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) is not a separate program and proposals should not be submitted to this Dear Colleague Letter. An academic scientist or engineer interested in submitting a GOALI-designated proposal to a standing NSF funding opportunity or a GOALI supplemental proposal to an existing NSF-funded award must contact the cognizant NSF program director prior to submission. Special interest is focused on affording opportunities for:

  • Interdisciplinary university-industry teams to conduct collaborative research projects, in which the industry research participant provides critical research expertise, without which the likelihood for success of the project would be diminished;
  • Faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and students to conduct research and gain experience in an industrial setting; and
  • Industrial scientists and engineers to bring industry’s perspective and integrative skills to academe.

GOALI-designated proposals and supplements should focus on research that addresses shared interests by academic researchers and industrial partners. The research should further scientific and engineering foundations to enable future breakthrough technologies with the potential to address critical industry needs. Industry involvement assures that the research is industrially relevant. Principal Investigators are expected to integrate their research objectives with educational and industrial needs.

Interdisciplinary research and education projects that enable faculty from different academic departments or institutions to interact with one or more industrial partners in virtual industry-university groups or networks are encouraged. Proposals may include the participation of a “third partner” such as a National Laboratory or a non-profit organization. NSF funding can be used for university research/education activities and may support activities of faculty and their students and research associates in the industrial setting. NSF funds may not be used to support the industrial research partner.

Space Technology Research Institutes

see PIVOT notice     $15,000,000

The Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking to invest, via research institutes, in university-led, multidisciplinary basic research and technology development within particular areas of strong interest to NASAand the wider aerospace community. The institutes construct allows for the participation of experts from a wide range of fields and organizations in a single distributed research structure, enabling greater progress and benefit for all involved. Research institutes facilitate a more sustained and coordinated set of research and development efforts than typically arise from separate solicitations and individual research grants. In addition, because the institute maintains this focus for an extended period, more effective and substantial research progress is envisioned for the featured research areas.