program announcement

Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation 2019

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Program Solicitation
NSF 19-502

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National Science Foundation

Directorate for Engineering
     Emerging Frontiers and Multidisciplinary Activities

Directorate for Biological Sciences

Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering

 
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Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Letter of Intent Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

     November 29, 2018

Preliminary Proposal Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

     January 07, 2019

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

     April 25, 2019

 

Synopsis of Program

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:

  • Chromatin and Epigenetic Engineering (CEE)
  • Continuum, Compliant, and Configurable Soft Robotics Engineering (C3 SoRo)

This solicitation will be coordinated with the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE).

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.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Further information about the EFRI program may be obtained by viewing the slides from the FY18 EFRI informational webinar. Please click here to view the FY18 slides.

 

Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions

A. Proposal Preparation Instructions

  • Letters of Intent: Submission of Letters of Intent is required. Please see the full text of this solicitation for further information.
  • Preliminary Proposals: Submission of Preliminary Proposals is required. Please see the full text of this solicitation for further information.
  • Full Proposals:

B. Budgetary Information

  • Cost Sharing Requirements:

    Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.

  • Indirect Cost (F&A) Limitations:

    Not Applicable

  • Other Budgetary Limitations:

    Not Applicable

C. Due Dates

  • Letter of Intent Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

         November 29, 2018

  • Preliminary Proposal Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

         January 07, 2019

  • Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

         April 25, 2019

 

Computer Science for All (CSforAll:RPP) Researcher Practitioner Partnerships

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Program Solicitation: NSF 18-537

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):
     May 09, 2018
     February 12, 2019
     Second Tuesday in February, Annually Thereafter
 

SUMMARY OF PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

General Information

Synopsis of Program:

This program aims to provide all U.S. students the opportunity to participate in computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) education in their schools at the preK-12 levels. With this solicitation, the National Science Foundation (NSF) focuses on researcher-practitioner partnerships (RPPs) that foster the research and development needed to bring CS and CT to all schools. Specifically, this solicitation aims to provide high school teachers with the preparation, professional development (PD) and ongoing support that they need to teach rigorous computer science courses; preK-8 teachers with the instructional materials and preparation they need to integrate CS and CT into their teaching; and schools and districts the resources needed to define and evaluate multi-grade pathways in CS and CT.

Award Information

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 24

approximately 10 small, 11 medium, and 3 large awards.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $20,000,000 (Subject to the availability of funds)

 

Eligibility Information

Who May Submit Proposals:

The categories of proposers eligible to submit proposals to the National Science Foundation are identified in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), Chapter I.E.

Who May Serve as PI:

There are no restrictions or limits.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:

There are no restrictions or limits.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI:

There are no restrictions or limits.

 

Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions

A. Proposal Preparation Instructions

  • Letters of Intent: Not required
  • Preliminary Proposal Submission: Not required

B. Budgetary Information

  • Cost Sharing Requirements:

    Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.

  • Indirect Cost (F&A) Limitations:

    Not Applicable

  • Other Budgetary Limitations:

    Not Applicable

C. Due Dates

  • Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

         May 09, 2018

         February 12, 2019

         Second Tuesday in February, Annually Thereafter

 

Proposal Review Information Criteria

Merit Review Criteria:

National Science Board approved criteria. Additional merit review considerations apply. Please see the full text of this solicitation for further information.

Award Administration Information

Award Conditions:

Standard NSF award conditions apply.

Reporting Requirements:

Additional reporting requirements apply. Please see the full text of this solicitation for further information.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. Introduction
     
  2. Program Description
     
  3. Award Information
     
  4. Eligibility Information
     
  5. Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions
    1. Proposal Preparation Instructions
    2. Budgetary Information
    3. Due Dates
    4. FastLane/Grants.gov Requirements
       
  6. NSF Proposal Processing and Review Procedures
    1. Merit Review Principles and Criteria
    2. Review and Selection Process
       
  7. Award Administration Information
    1. Notification of the Award
    2. Award Conditions
    3. Reporting Requirements
       
  8. Agency Contacts
     
  9. Other Information

Dear Colleague Letter: NSF-USDA-BBSRC Joint Funding Opportunity for EAGER Grants

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

NSF 18-039

Dear Colleague Letter: NSF-USDA-BBSRC Joint Funding Opportunity - Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGERs) to Develop Breakthrough Ideas and Enabling Technologies to Advance Crop Breeding and Functional Genomics

 

January 5, 2018

Dear Colleagues:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Biological Sciences Directorate (BIO), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the UK's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have established a joint funding opportunity to support the development of breakthrough technologies that will enable significant advances in crop breeding. This opportunity aims to make high impact changes in the ability to translate basic knowledge of plant genomics to practical outcomes in crops of economic importance to the participating countries.

This NSF-BIO, USDA-NIFA and BBSRC Joint Activity is soliciting Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals to support development of breakthrough ideas and technologies to speed the development for new crop varieties. There remain significant bottlenecks to improving crop varieties even if new traits or natural variants are identified, such as producing hybrids, understanding recombination, and epigenetic inheritance as examples. Translation of basic knowledge to practical outcomes can be accelerated by key emerging technologies that exploit genomics rapidly and effectively. This EAGER opportunity invites proposals to overcome these barriers to crop breeding in highly innovative and transformative ways. Investigators considering this opportunity should articulate how the enabling technologies would be used to improve crop breeding.

Areas of research that await breakthrough advances and are appropriate for this EAGER opportunity include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Advancing genome editing technology to generate new phenotypes for greater genetic gain
  • Achieving reliable and high throughput production of doubled haploids from genotypes that are currently recalcitrant to chromosome doubling to accelerate the breeding process in cereals and other crops
  • Controlling and understanding meiotic recombination to tap into inaccessible genetic resources in areas of low recombination and enabling whole genome manipulation
  • Modifying epigenetic inheritance to facilitate phenotypic changes related to environmental responses
  • Understanding mechanisms of heterosis, thereby generating and exploiting hybrid vigor for crop improvement

For this EAGER opportunity, emphasis should be on developing enabling technologies that will impact crops or model crop systems. Projects that focus solely on sequencing will not be considered. Funded projects relevant to the goals of the International Wheat Yield Partnership (IWYP) will be invited to become IWYP Aligned Projects.

Proposed studies should be potentially transformative and must be considered "high-risk, high-payoff" to achieve the goal of making technological breakthroughs to promote crop breeding. Studies should be compatible with the budget (up to $300,000 for US components and up to £200,000 for UK components) and time limits (2 years) of the EAGER funding mechanism. For collaborative US/UK EAGER projects, BBSRC will fund UK researchers up to £200,000 and NSF or NIFA will fund US researchers up to $300,000 including indirect costs. US only EAGERS are limited to $300,000 total including indirect costs. Further details are provided below for budgetary limits for UK partners. EAGER proposals may originate from US-UK partnerships or from US-only applicants. EAGERs solely involving UK applicants are not permitted. For more information on EAGERs, please review NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG).

EAGER SUBMISSION PROCESS

EAGER proposals will be submitted in a two step process:

1. Submission of two-page summary of EAGER proposal concept (Summary): Inquiries will be accepted from a Principal Investigator (PI) or a consortium of Investigators led by a PI at an eligible institution in the US or UK. Standard BBSRC eligibility criteria, as described in section 3 of the BBSRC grants guide (http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/documents/grants-guide/) are further described below.

International collaboration between US and UK investigators is encouraged, but not required. EAGER submissions by only UK participants will not be accepted. Interested PIs are required to email a two-page summary of the idea to be considered for a full proposal. The two-page Summary should be submitted as a pdf file with a filename in the format "PILastName_PIFirstName_PIInstitution.pdf" to bttpitch [at] nsf [dot] gov by March 14, 2018 at 5:00 PM proposer's local time. US investigators may be listed as PI or coPI on no more than two Summaries; UK investigators may be listed on only one Summary (see BBSRC-specific details below).

The Summary should consist of three pages including a front title page plus two pages of text. A template for the front title page is available as a link on the NSF Plant Genome Research Program website. The text of the Summary should include the following information:

  1. Background
  2. Intellectual Merit
  3. Goals and Specific Aims
  4. Contributions of the US and UK partners to achieve the goals, when applicable
  5. Broader Impacts that includes a statement of downstream impact with long-term potential for translation to breeding improvement

All submitted material, including references and figures, must be included within the two-page Summary and must be prepared in a minimum 10 point font size and with margins at least an inch wide in all dimensions. The Summary will be reviewed internally by NSF/BIO, USDA/NIFA, and by experts appointed by BBSRC.

2. Submission of EAGER proposal: PIs whose submitted Summaries best meet the goals of this DCL will be encouraged to submit full proposals. All proposals will be submitted to NSF using Fastlane, and should be submitted according to NSF EAGER guidelines described in the NSF Proposal and Awards Policy and Procedures Guide 18-1 (PAPPG).

This is an interagency partnership between NSF/BIO and USDA/NIFA, and through a Lead Agency agreement between NSF/BIO and BBSRC; therefore, meritorious proposals may be selected by one of the agencies for consideration. Successful applications will then be forwarded to the appropriate agency for funding in accordance with each agency's terms and conditions. Applicants selected for funding may be required to provide additional information. Subsequent grant administration procedures will be in accordance with the individual policies of the awarding agency. Information on NIFA's policies and procedures is in NIFA's Policy Guide. Information about BBSRC policies and procedures may be found in the BBSRC grants guide.

Special notes concerning UK applicants: Standard BBSRC eligibility criteria, as described in section 3 of the BBSRC grants guide will be applied to the UK component of applications submitted to this call. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Research Council Institutes (RCIs) that are normally eligible to apply for research grants are eligible to apply to this call. Applications with non-eligible UK partners will not be considered for funding.

The UK component of applications should be costed on the basis of full economic costs (fEC). If the grant is awarded, BBSRC will provide funding on the basis of 80% of fEC. UK components of applications are limited to one UK Principal Investigator and are limited to £200k for 2 years (80% fEC amount). UK Principal Investigators may only be involved in one application each. Successful UK applicants will be required to submit an additional form through the Je-S system, and will receive awarded BBSRC grants in Pounds Sterling. These grants will be subject to standard Research Council Grants Terms and Conditions.

For more information or questions, please contact one of the following:

  • Anne Sylvester, Program Director, Plant Genome Research Program, NSF at asylvest [at] nsf [dot] gov or 703-292-7168
  • Ed Kaleikau, National Program Leader, Division of Plant Systems, Institute of Food Production and Sustainability, NIFA at ekaleikau [at] nifa [dot] usda [dot] gov or 202-401-1931
  • Paul Wiley, Senior International Programme Manager, International Relations Unit BBSRC, Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1UH, UK, +44 (0)1793 413379, Paul [dot] Wiley [at] bbsrc [dot] ac [dot] uk

Sincerely,
Joanne S. Tornow
Assistant Director (Acting)
Directorate for Biological Sciences
National Science Foundation

Dear Colleague Letter: Historically Black Colleges and Universities Excellence in Research Program

Monday, September 25, 2017

NSF 17-138

September 19, 2017

Dear Colleagues:

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are a vital asset to the Nation contributing significantly to the education of African Americans and other students. HBCUs also contribute to the research enterprise consistent with the National Science Foundation's (NSF) mission "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense." To that end, NSF is forming the HBCU Excellence in Research Program which will provide strategic opportunities for HBCUs that stimulate sustainable improvement in their research and development capacity and competitiveness.

NSF anticipates announcing the program as part of the next HBCU-Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) solicitation revision, which is expected to be released by December 2017. Any proposal of the types described below should be submitted to the HBCU-UP program, but the principal investigator (PI) should identify a secondary program in a research Directorate or Office to which the proposal will be routed for review and eventual funding recommendations. The participating NSF organizations are the Directorates for Biological Sciences (BIO), Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Engineering (ENG), Geosciences (GEO), Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), and the Office of Integrative Activities (OIA).

NSF anticipates announcing that institutions, on behalf of PIs who must be full-time faculty members at an HBCU, will be eligible to submit the following proposals as part of the HBCU Excellence in Research Program:

  1. Projects of up to $1,000,000 to stimulate improvement in research capacity and competitiveness at HBCUs. Activities eligible for support include, but are not limited to: release time to enable faculty members to conduct research, visits by faculty members to laboratories at other institutions to learn new methods and techniques, support for research, faculty professional development, support for post-doctoral fellows and students, acquisition or upgrading of research equipment, and collaborative research efforts with partner universities and national laboratories. Projects must have a research focus in one of the research areas supported by NSF, a direct connection to the long-term plans of the host department(s) and the institutional mission, and plans for expanding institutional research capacity.
  2. Research projects for up to $500,000 to support research by individual PIs. The project should help to further the PI's research, to improve research capacity at his or her institution, and to involve students in research experiences.

The project description for both types of proposals should contain all of the elements of a standard NSF research proposal.

Prospective PIs are encouraged to contact one of the program directors listed below.

Proposers are also encouraged to consider submitting proposals to the NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program. Please reference this DCL in the first sentence of the Project Summary if you are submitting an MRI proposal from an HBCU. More information about the MRI program is available at: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5260.

Proposals should be prepared and submitted in accordance with the guidance in the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG), Part I: Proposal Preparation and Submission Guidelines available at: https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=pappg and any applicable solicitation-specific instructions.

Contact information for NSF representatives is as follows:

BIO
Casonya Johnson, casjohns [at] nsf [dot] gov
Jodie Jawo,r jjawor [at] nsf [dot] gov

CISE
Jeffrey Forbes, jforbes [at] nsf [dot] gov

EHR
Claudia Rankin,s crankins [at] nsf [dot] gov
Clytrice Watson, clwatson [at] nsf [dot] gov

ENG
Eduardo Misawa, emisawa [at] nsf [dot] gov
Paige Smith, psmith [at] nsf [dot] gov

GEO
Brandon Jones, mbjones [at] nsf [dot] gov
Lina Patino, lpatino [at] nsf [dot] gov

OIA
Randy Phelps, rphelps [at] nsf [dot] gov

MPS
Kathleen McCloud, kmccloud [at] nsf [dot] gov
Guebre X. Tessema, gtessema [at] nsf [dot] gov

SBE
Kwabena Gyimah-Brempong, kgyimahb [at] nsf [dot] gov

NSF will offer technical assistance and webinars to disseminate information about the HBCU Excellence in Research Program.

Sincerely,

James L. Olds, Assistant Director
Biological Sciences

Jim Kurose, Assistant Director
Computer and Information Science and Engineering

William (Jim) Lewis, Acting Assistant Director
Education and Human Resources

Dawn M. Tilbury, Assistant Director
Engineering

William E. Easterling, Assistant Director
Geosciences

James S. Ulvestad, Acting Assistant Director
Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Fay Cook, Assistant Director
Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences

Suzanne C. Iacono, Head
Office of Integrative Activities