August 2013 Grant Announcements:


U.S. Department of Defense (DoD); Department of the Navy; Office of Naval Research (ONR) (8/22/2013)

  • Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative
  • MURI program supports basic research in science and engineering at U.S. institutions of higher education 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. According to the DoD, Basic Research is “ systematic study directed toward greater knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts without specific applications towards processes or products in mind. It includes all scientific study and experimentation directed toward increasing fundamental knowledge and understanding in those fields of the physical, engineering, environmental, and life sciences related to long-term national security needs. It is farsighted high payoff research that provides the basis for technological progress.”


National Science Foundation (NSF); Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) (8/22/2013)

  • Process and Reaction Engineering
  • The Process and Reaction Engineering program funds research in: chemical and biochemical reaction engineering, process design and control, and reactive polymer processing. The program supports fundamental and applied research on:
      • Rates and mechanisms of important classes of catalyzed and uncatalyzed chemical reactions as they relate to the design, production, and application of catalysts, chemical processes, biochemical processes, and specialized materials
      • Chemical and biochemical phenomena occurring at or near solid surfaces and interfaces
      • Electrochemical and photochemical processes of engineering significance or with commercial potential
      • Design and optimization of complex chemical and biochemical processes
      • Dynamic modeling and control of process systems and individual process units
      • Reactive processing of polymers, ceramics, and thin films
      • Interactions between chemical reactions and transport processes in reactive systems, and the use of this information in the design of complex chemical and biochemical reactors 
      • Recent emphasis on the development of sustainable energy technologies means that the support of projects on the processing aspects of chemical systems that further such technologies have high priority when funding decisions are made. Areas that focus on reactors of all types - fuel cells, batteries, microreactors, biochemical reactors, etc.; reactor design in general; and design and control of all systems associated with energy from renewable sources, have high priority for funding.
  • Deadline: Full Proposal due February 20, 2014
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National Science Foundation (NSF); Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) (8/22/2013)

  • Interfacial Processes and Thermodynamics
  • The Interfacial Processes and Thermodynamics (IPT) program supports fundamental research in engineering areas related to: Interfacial phenomena; Mass transport phenomena; Molecular thermodynamics. Currently, emphasis is placed on molecular engineering approaches at interfaces, especially as applied to the nano-processing of soft materials.  Molecules at interfaces with functional interfacial properties are of special interest and have uses in many new technologies, based on nano-fabrication.  These interfacial molecules may have biomolecular functions at the micro- and nano-scale.
  • Deadline: Full Proposal due October 29, 2013
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National Science Foundation (8/15/2013)

  • Cyberlearning: Transforming Education
  • Supports projects to integrate advances in technology with advances in what is known about how people learn.Of particular interest are technological advances that allow more personalized learning experiences, draw in and promote learning among those in populations not served well by current educational practices, allow access to learning resources anytime and anywhere, and provide new ways of assessing capabilities. It is expected that Cyberlearning research will shed light on how technology can enable new forms of educational practice and that broad implementation of its findings will result in a more actively-engaged and productive citizenry and workforce.
    • Cyberlearning awards will be made in three research categories, each focusing on a different stage of research and development: Exploratory (EXP), Design and Implementation (DIP), and Integration and Deployment (INDP). The Cyberlearning program will also support small Capacity-Building Projects (CAP) and a Cyberlearning Resource Center (CRC).
  • Deadline: The target date for full proposals for small Capacity-Building Projects (CAP) is October 15, 2013.  The Letter of Intent for INDP projects was due in May and the Full Proposal was due in July;  the Full Proposal for a DIP project was due in January; the Full Proposal for EXP projects was due in mid-December.


National Science Foundation (8/15/2013)

  • Research in Engineering Education
  • Supports research on diversifying pathways to and through engineering degree programs; understanding how to increase the diffusion and impact of engineering education research; understanding engineering education in broader, organizing frameworks such as innovation, globalization, complex engineered systems,  to increase understanding of how engineering students learn and  discover.
  • Deadline: Full Proposal due September 19, 2013

National Science Foundation (8/15/2013)

  • Materials Engineering and Processing (MEP)
  • The Materials Engineering and Processing (MEP) program supports fundamental research addressing the interrelationship of materials processing, structure, properties and/or life-cycle performance for targeted applications. Research proposals should be driven by the performance or output of the material system relative to the targeted application(s). Research plans driven by scientific hypotheses are encouraged when suitable. Materials in bulk form or focus on special zones such as surfaces or interfaces that are to be used in structural and/or functional applications are appropriate.
  • Deadline: October 1, 2013


National Science Foundation (8/15/2013)

  • Advanced Technological Education (ATE)
  • The Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy. The program involves partnerships between academic institutions and employers to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. The ATE program supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways to two-year colleges from secondary schools and from two-year colleges to four-year institutions; and other activities. Another goal is articulation between two-year and four-year programs for K-12 prospective teachers that focus on technological education.
  • Deadline: Full Proposal due October 17, 2013


National Science Foundation (8/15/2013)

  • CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS)
  • This program seeks proposals that address cybersecurity education and workforce development. The Scholarship Track provides funding to award scholarships to students in cybersecurity. The Capacity Track seeks innovative proposals leading to an increase in the ability of the United States higher education enterprise to produce cybersecurity professionals.
  • Deadline: October 2013


National Science Foundation (8/14/2013)

  • CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI)
  • With its CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) program, CISE drives discovery and learning in the Computer and Network Systems; Computing and Communication Foundations; Informal and Intelligent Systems disciplines  through support for the creation and enhancement of world-class computing research infrastructure. Further, through the CRI program CISE seeks to ensure that individuals from a diverse range of academic institutions, including minority-serving and predominantly undergraduate institutions, have access to such infrastructure. The CRI program supports two classes of awards: institutional Infrastructure awards and Community Infrastructure awards.

  • Deadline: Full Proposal due November 4, 2013


National Science Foundation (8/14/2013)

  • Graduate Research Fellowship Program
  • Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) provides Fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. Three years of support is provided by the program for graduate study that is in a field within NSF's mission and leads to a research-based master's or doctoral degree. The program goals are 1) to select, recognize, and financially support individuals early in their careers with the demonstrated potential to be high achieving scientists and engineers, and 2) to broaden participation in science and engineering of underrepresented groups, including women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans.
  • Full proposal deadline varies by directorate: Engineering; Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Materials Research proposals due November 4, 2013; Mathematical Sciences; Chemistry; Physics and Astronomy proposals due November 5, 2013; Social Sciences; Psychology; STEM Education and Learning proposals due November 7, 2013; Life Sciences, Geosciences proposals due November 8, 2013.


U.S. Department of Defense (DoD); Department of the Navy; Advanced Technology Institute (8/14/2013)

  • National Shipbuilding Research Program Advanced Shipbuilding Enterprise (NSRP ASE) 
  • The NSRP ASE program goal is to reduce the cost of building and maintaining U.S. Navy ships. To accomplish this, NSRP ASE is focused on industry-wide implementation of solutions to common cost drivers - these solutions include leverage of best commercial practices, use of new technologies and creation of industry-specific initiatives. Successful projects are those that: incorporate aggressive technology transfer to, and buy-in by, multiple U.S. shipyards; demonstrate value; and clearly reduce total ownership costs with benefits that can be delivered by varied combinations of reductions in acquisition and fleet life-cycle costs.
  • Deadline: October 23, 2013


U.S. Department of Defense; Office of Naval Research (8/14/2013)

  • STEM for K-12 and Institutions of Higher Education
  • The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving proposals for developing innovative solutions that directly support the development and maintenance of a robust STEM workforce. Successful efforts will be targeted towards one or more of the following: K-12, Undergraduate, Graduate STEM education. The goal of any proposed effort should be to provide "game changing" solutions that will establish and maintain a diverse pipeline of U.S. citizens who are interested in participating in Naval STEM education programs and who ultimately will be interested in STEM careers.
  • Deadline: White Papers due September 30, 2013


U.S. Department of Defense; Office of the Air Force (8/14/2013)

  • Air Force FY 2013 Rapid Innovation Fund
  • The Office of the Air Force is seeking white papers that indicate familiarity and competence in developing technologies, products, or processes at the component, subsystem, or system level demonstrating near-term potential to address Air Force requirements or improve existing Air Force acquisition programs addressing specific technical areas.
  • Deadline: White Papers due October 8, 2013


The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (8/14/2013)


Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (8/14/2013)

  • Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options
  • This program seeks to fund projects that address critical decisions that face patients, their caregivers, and clinicians every day without adequate information. These decisions must be consequential and be occurring now without key evidence about the comparative effectiveness of two or more options. Patients/caregivers must benefit from new knowledge in ways that are clear and important.
  • Deadline: Letter of Intent due October 15, 2013


U.S. Department of Defense (8/6/2013)

  • Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF)
  • The RIF Program was established to facilitate the rapid insertion of innovative small business technologies into military systems or programs that meet critical national security needs. The program aims to resolve operational challenges or other critical national security needs characterized by defense component requirements or rapid innovation science and technology thrust areas.