April 2011 Grant Announcements
U.S. Department of Defense: Department of the Air Force: Air Force Office of Scientific Research (4/25/11)
Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research
- Notice seeking unclassified, white papers and proposals that do not contain proprietary information regarding research that offers significant and comprehensive benefits to national war-fighting and peacekeeping capabilities.
- Proposals may be submitted at any time. Approximately $200 million is available for support of actions awarded through this BAA process.
Colleges and universities are eligible to apply.
- FBO notice
- Grants.gov notice
Environmental Protection Agency (4/20/11)
Science to Achieve Results (STAR)
- The Environmental Protection Agency’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program funds research grants and graduate fellowships in numerous environmental science and engineering disciplines. At present, STAR is focusing on the health effects of particulate matter, drinking water, water quality, global change, ecosystem assessment and restoration, human health risk assessment, endocrine disrupting chemicals, pollution prevention and new technologies, children’s health, and socio-economic research.
- The following grant programs are currently accepting applications:
- Developing High-Throughput Assays for Predictive Modeling of Reproductive and Developmental Toxicity Modulated Through the Endocrine system or Pertinent Pathways in Humans and Species relevant to Ecological Risk Assessment – due May 5, 2011
- Source Attribution of Radiative Forcing in Chemical Transport Models – due June 8, 2011
- Environmental Impact And Mitigation Of Oil Spills – due June 22, 2011
- The following grant programs are expected to open for competition later this year:
- Coarse Particulate Matter (competition expected to open later this month)
- Center for Life Cycle Chemical Safety (competition expected to open May or June, 2011)
- Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers (competition expected to open May or June, 2011)
- Hydraulic Fracturing Research (competition expected to open summer or fall 2011)
- Mitigating EDCs And Other Chemical Contaminants From Drinking Water and Wastewater Treatment Systems (competition expected to open summer or fall 2011)
- See http://epa.gov/ncer/rfa/ for additional information.
National Science Foundation (4/20/11)
Developmental and Learning Sciences (DLS) Program
- The Developmental and Learning Sciences (DLS) program supports fundamental research that increases understanding of cognitive, linguistic, social, cultural, and biological processes related to children's and adolescents' development and learning. Research will add to knowledge of how people learn and the developmental processes that support learning, leading children and adolescents to grow up to take productive roles as workers and citizens.
- Among the many research topics supported by DLS are: developmental cognitive neuroscience; development of higher-order cognitive processes; transfer of knowledge from one domain or situation to another; use of molecular genetics to study continuities and discontinuities in development; development of peer relations and family interactions; multiple influences on development, including the impact of family, school, community, social institutions, and the media; adolescents' preparation for entry into the workforce; cross-cultural research on development and learning; and the role of cultural influences and demographic characteristics on development. Additional priorities include research that: incorporates multidisciplinary, multi-method, microgenetic, and longitudinal approaches; develops new methods, models, and theories for studying learning and development; and integrates different processes (e.g., learning, memory, emotion), levels of analysis (e.g., behavioral, social, neural), and time scales (e.g. infancy, middle childhood, adolescence).
- The program is currently accepting individual investigator and workshop/small conference proposals.
- Deadlines: Annual target dates are January 15 and July 15
- See http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=8671 for details.
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) (4/20/11)
Learning Lab Competition
- The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation are preparing <http://imls.gov/news/2011/040811.shtm> to support 30 new library and museum youth learning labs. A request for proposals will be issued in late May 2011, with deadlines in late July 2011 and April or May 2012.
- This initiative supports the White House's "Educate to Innovate <http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education/educate-innovate> " campaign, which was launched in September 2010 to encourage public and private sector partners to improve American students' participation and performance in science, technology, engineering, and math. IMLS and the MacArthur Foundation have committed a total of $4 million to the effort, which opened with a $1.5 million competition in early 2011 to identify a national manager of the upcoming youth labs competition.
- Funded by grants of up to $100,000 each, the new labs will join a network of libraries and museums throughout the country that provide experimental spaces where young people can use digital and traditional media to promote creativity, critical thinking, and hands-on, interest-based learning. The MacArthur-funded YOUMedia <http://www.macfound.org/site/c.lkLXJ8MQKrH/b.4462309/apps/s/content.asp?ct=8657301> project at the Chicago Public Library is the model on which proposed labs should be based.
- Deadlines: late July 2011 and April or May 2012
U.S. Department of Energy (4/13/11)
Funding to Advance Solar Energy Technologies
- As part of the Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today nearly $170 million in available funding over three years to support a range of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology areas. The SunShot Initiative aims to reduce the total cost of solar energy systems by about 75%—to roughly $1 per watt—before the end of the decade. The research and development funding announced today will support four areas of investment, including improving the efficiency and performance of solar cells; developing new installation—or balance of systems—technologies; advancing solar energy grid integration; and researching new materials and processes for solar PV technologies. Together, these investments will help reduce the cost for utility-scale solar energy installations, increase American economic competitiveness, and help the U.S. lead the world in the global market for solar photovoltaics.
- The four funding opportunities announced today build on the Department's strong portfolio of research and development efforts in solar energy. Activities under these funding areas will help improve the performance of current and next generation PV cells, develop advanced power electronics that optimize the performance of PV installations, and reduce the costs of PV balance-of-system hardware. These include:
- Foundational Program to Advance Cell Efficiency (F-PACE): In a collaborative funding effort with the National Science Foundation, $39 million is available for research and development in solar device physics and PV technology to improve PV cell performance and reduce the costs of modules for grid-scale commercial applications.
- PV Balance of Systems: $60 million in funding is available for research, development, and demonstration of balance of system components. Projects may include new building-integrated photovoltaic products, new mounting and wiring technologies, and new building code language that can foster the use of innovative, low-cost hardware designs while maintaining safety and reliability.
- Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems (SEGIS)—Advanced Concepts: $40 million in funding is available to develop technologies that will help increase the integration of solar energy onto the electrical grid and facilitate interactions between solar energy systems and Smart Grid technologies. This could include projects focused on improved energy storage technologies and better system functionality. SEGIS-Advanced Concepts will also support projects like high voltage systems that reduce the overall installed costs associated with balance of systems components costs for installations, and projects focused on technologies like micro-inverters that are capable of harvesting more energy from the sun.
- PV Next Generation: $30 million in funding is available for early-stage applied research to demonstrate and prove new concepts in materials, processes, and device designs for solar PV component development at the laboratory scale.
- $170 million in available funding over three years to support a range of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology areas
U.S. Department of Energy (4/11/11)
Advanced Sim and Computing (ASC) Pre-Proposal Conference
Advanced Simulation and Computing Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program
- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)/ National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Office of Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) will hold a Pre-Proposal Conference on May 10-11, 2011 at the DFW Airport Marriott. The conference is for interested U.S., Ph.D-granting institutions to learn about the next ASC academic program, which is a follow-on to the present ASC Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program (PSAAP) (http://www.sandia.gov/NNSA/ASC/univ/psaap.html). The three major focus areas of the new ASC Alliance program will be:
- Development and demonstration of technologies and methodologies to support effective Exascale computing in the context of science/engineering applications;
- “Predictive Science” based on verification and validation and uncertainty quantification (V&V/UQ) for large-scale simulations; and,
- Discipline-focused research needed both to further predictive science and enable Exascale computing.
- Dates: May 10-11, 2011
- Use the following link to view this opportunity:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Administration for Children and Families (4/6/11)
Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Head Start Graduate Student Research Grants
- The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) plans to provide funds for Graduate Student Research Grants to support dissertation research by advanced graduate students who are working in partnership with Head Start programs and with faculty mentors. Competitive applicants will 1) demonstrate a collaborative partnership with their program partners and 2) pursue research questions that directly inform local, state or federal policy relevent to multiple early care and education contexts. Applicants should consider pursuing data collection across contexts, including child care, pre-k, home-visiting programs, Head Starts and/or others.
- Letters of intent are due by May 2, 2011. Applications are due by June 1, 2011. Approximately $150,000 is available to support six awards. Colleges and universities acting on behalf of doctoral-level graduate students are eligible applicants.
Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) (4/1/11)
“Mentoring Youth with Disabilities” Initiative
- OJJDP invites community mentoring partnerships or collaboratives that target youth with disability-related challenges that heighten their risk for delinquency to apply. This initiative builds upon the foundation of evidence-based practices for effective mentoring and encourages communities to implement and enhance mentoring programs for youth with disabilities. These mentoring efforts will integrate best practices and proven principles into mentoring service models, including efforts to systematically recruit, train, and support mentors in their efforts to encourage individual youth to maximize personal strengths and to develop compensatory skills in specific areas of disability.
This program will be authorized by an Act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice.
Applicants are limited to states (including territories), units of local government (including federally-recognized tribal governments, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations), and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education). For-profit organizations must agree to forgo any profit or management fee.
- Deadline: May 16, 2011
U.S. Department of Energy (4/1/11)
Request for Information (RFI)
- The Department of Energy has issued a Request for Information (RFI) from stakeholders concerning activities aimed at demonstrating and validating fuel cell and hydrogen technologies. Areas of interest include:
- Innovative concepts for a) stationary fuel cell systems for residential and commercial applications and b) combined heat, hydrogen, and power co-production fuel cell systems
- Technology Validation projects for other markets (e.g., fuel cell-based auxiliary power units for heavy duty trucks, ships and aircraft and advanced hydrogen and/or fuel cell-based vehicles, including buses, passenger vans, and light duty vehicles as well as the accompanying infrastructure.)
An RFI gives some indication of DOE’s possible future funding interests. DOE may (or may not) issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement on this topic.
- Responses due May 2, 2011
- Request for Information