March 2012 Grant Announcements:


National Science Foundation (3/30/2012)

  • Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT)
  • Supports project to catalyze a cultural change in graduate education for students, faculty, and institutions by establishing innovative models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. Deadline refers to required LOI. Invited full proposals due July 2. Limited submission: one proposal per single or lead institution.
  • Deadline: May 1, 2012 (LOI); July 2, 2012 (Full Proposal)
  • See for details.

U.S. Department of Education (3/29/2012)

  • Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities-Preparation of Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services Leadership Personnel
  • Notice seeking applications to prepare special education, early intervention, and related services personnel who are well-qualified for two types of leadership positions: Type A projects culminate in a non-clinical doctoral degree or postdoctoral experience to develop higher education faculty. Type B projects culminate in a master's, education specialist, or doctoral degree to develop administrators for state and local educational agencies, lead agencies, early intervention programs, and schools. The competition includes one absolute priority and two competitive preference priorities.
  • Approximately $3.25 million is available for 13 awards, including at least three Type B awards. Applicants that are not selected for FY 12 funding may receive consideration in FY 13. Colleges and universities are the only eligible applicants.
  • Deadline: May 7, 2012. 
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U.S. Department of Energy (3/14/2012)

  • Supports energy technology conferences, workshops, and other events that will involve the exchange or dissemination of technical data and information, the transfer of advanced energy technologies to the private sector, the education of targeted audiences about energy technologies and their potential impact(s), the promotion of investment or business opportunities for advanced energy technologies, and the formation of new partnerships, collaborations, and networks among energy researchers, technologists, entrepreneurs, and investors.
  • Deadline: June 1, 2012
  • See for details.


U.S. Department of Defense: Department of the Navy (3/14/2012)

  • University and Non-Profit Scientific and Engineering Research Broad Agency Announcement: Call for White Papers
  • Notice seeking submission of capability statements or "white papers" to identify capabilities of University and Non-Profit Institutions to conduct basic research, applied research, and advanced research projects in a wide variety of scientific and engineering disciplines.
  • Deadline: September 30, 2012. White papers will be accepted until September 30, 2012. Awards may be made at any time after this notification is published, but only those offerors who have submitted white papers will be considered. Colleges and universities may apply.


U.S. Department of Energy (3/14/2012)

  • Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E)
  • Deadlines: March 30, 2012 (Notice of Intent), April 12, 2012 (Concept Papers), TBD (Full Application)
  • The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) is an organization within the Department of Energy, chartered by Congress in the America COMPETES Act (Pub. L. No. 110-69) to support the creation of transformational energy technologies and systems through funding and managing Research and Development (R&D) efforts. Originally chartered in 2007, the Agency was first funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Since that time, the Agency has funded over 180 projects totaling more than $500 million across the entire technology landscape.

    The mission of ARPA-E is to identify and fund research to translate science into breakthrough energy technologies that are too risky for the private sector and that, if successfully developed, will create the foundation for entirely new industries. Successful projects will address at least one of ARPA-E’s two Mission Areas:

    1. Enhance the economic and energy security of the United States through the development of energy technologies that result in:

                  a. reductions of imports of energy from foreign sources;

                  b. reductions of energy-related emissions, including greenhouse gases; and

                  c. improvement in the energy efficiency of all economic sectors; and

    2. Ensure that the United States maintains a technological lead in developing and deploying advanced energy technologies.

  • Use the following link to view this opportunity:


U.S. Department of Education: Institute of Education Sciences (3/14/2012)

  • Education Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs
  • Notice seeking applications that provide parents, educators, students, researchers, policymakers, and the general public with reliable and valid information about education practices that support learning and improve academic achievement and access to education opportunities for all students.
  • Applications deadline vary by program and range from June 21, 2012 to September 20, 2012. Awards range from $40,000 to $1 million in funding. Colleges and universities are eligible to apply.
  • LINKS: Federal Register notice


U.S. Department of Energy (3/14/2012)

  • Light-Duty Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Validation Data program
  • Notice seeking proposals to fund the collection, analysis, and validation of light-duty hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) performance data operating in real-world environments.
  • Deadline: April 30, 2012.  Approximately $6 million is available to support seven awards. Eligibility is unrestricted.
  • LINKS: Solicitation:

National Science Foundation (3/7/2012)

  • Energy, Power, and Adaptive Systems (EPAS)
  • The Energy, Power, and Adaptive Systems (EPAS) program invests in the design and analysis of intelligent and adaptive engineering networks, including sensing, imaging, controls, and computational technologies for a variety of application domains. EPAS places emphasis on electric power networks and grids, including generation, transmission and integration of renewable, sustainable and distributed energy systems; high power electronics and drives; and understanding of associated regulatory and economic structures. Topics of interest include alternate energy sources, the Smart Grid, and interdependencies of critical infrastructure in power and communications. The program also places emphasis on energy scavenging and alternative energy technologies, including solar cells, ocean waves, wind, and low-head hydro. In addition, the program supports innovative test beds, and laboratory and curriculum development to integrate research and education.  EPAS invests in adaptive dynamic programming, brain-like networked architectures performing real-time learning, neuromorphic engineering, telerobotics, and systems theory. The program supports distributed control of multi-agent systems with embedded computation for sensor and adaptive networks. EPAS provides additional emphasis on emerging areas, such as quantum systems engineering, quantum and molecular modeling and simulation of devices and systems.

    Proposals for the EPAS program may involve collaborative research to capture the breadth of expertise needed for such multidisciplinary integrative activities. ECCS will consider supporting a limited number of small team proposals of three or more Investigators from different disciplines and/or universities.

    Areas of interest include:

    Kishan Baheti

    • Control Theory and Hybrid Dynamical Systems
    • Distributed and Mobile Networked Control
    • Systems Theory in Molecular, Cellular, Synthetic Biology and Medicine
    • Estimation in Sensing and Imaging Systems
    • Reliability and Control of Renewable Energy Networked System
    • Sensor Network for Energy Efficient Buildings
    • Transportation Networks (Aerospace, Vehicles)
    • Human Robot Interaction
    • Stochastic Modeling and Applications 

     George Maracas

    • Energy Collection, Photovoltaic, and Thermal Devices
    • Novel Energy Conversion Devices
    • Renewable Energy Devices and Systems
    • Power Conversion, Generators, Motors, and Network Interfacing
    • Energy and Power Sensing Technologies
    • Energy Storage Technologies
    • High Voltage, High Power Switching and Conversion Devices

     Paul Werbos

    • Adaptive and Intelligent Systems
    • Transmission and Distribution Systems
    • Intelligent Power Grid
    • Quantum Systems and Modeling
    • Neural Networks
    • High Performance and Multiscale Modeling
    • Cognitive Optimization and Prediction
    • Intelligent Vehicles and Robots
  • Deadlines: September 7 - October 7, 2012; January 7 - February 7, 2013
  • For more information, go to


U.S. Department of Education (3/6/2012)

  • Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA)
  • The Group Projects Abroad program oversees two competitions. Annual competitions are held for short-term seminars, curriculum development teams, and group research or study projects. Competitions are held every four years for advanced overseas intensive language projects.
  • Deadline: April 23, 2012
  • More information:


National Science Foundation (3/6/2012)

  • Campus Cyberinfrastructure - Network Infrastructure and Engineering Program (CC-NIE)
  • The "Campus Cyberinfrastructure - Network Infrastructure and Engineering (CC-NIE)" program invests in improvements and re-engineering at the campus level to leverage dynamic network services to support a range of scientific data transfers and movement. The program also supports Network Integration activities tied to achieving higher levels of performance, reliability and predictability for science applications and distributed research projects. Two types of CC-NIE awards will be made. Data Driven Networking and Infrastructure for the Campus and Researcher awards will be supported at up to $500,000 total for up to 2 years. Network Integration and Applied Innovation awards will be supported at up to $1,000,000 total for up to 2 years.
  • Deadline: May 30, 2012
  • More information: