Funding Guide Example

NEW OPPORTUNITIES (7/28/14 – 8/4/14):

FY15 SBIR/STTR Topics Announcement *

Sponsor

U.S. Department of Energy

Deadlines

Initial: 9/2/2014

Final: 10/14/2014

Summary

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced the Fiscal Year 2015 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I Release 1 technical topics. A total of 26 topic areas were selected. These areas include, but are not limited to: Increasing adoption of HPC modeling and simulation in the advanced manufacturing and engineering industries; Detector technology; Optics devices for light source facilities; High quantum-efficiency photocathodes; Implementation for electron microscopy and scanning probe microscopy; High-performance materials for nuclear application; Materials for enhanced solid state lighting; Instrumentation for advanced chemical imaging; Instrumentation for ultrafast x-ray science; Catalysis; Membranes and materials for energy efficiency; Advanced fossil energy technology research; Advanced fossil energy separations and analysis research; Atmospheric measurment technology; Carbon cycle and related greenhouse gas measurments; Technologies for characterizing and monitoring complex subsurface systems, etc. See announcement for full list of topic areas and details. Full announcement available 8/11/2014

Category

Clean and Renewable Energy

Keywords

advanced manufacturing, energy efficiency, fossil energy, solid state lighting, atmospheric measurment

For more information, see the announcement here.

RFI: Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) Software Tools

Sponsor

U.S. Department of Energy – Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Deadlines

Final: 9/30/2014

Summary

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to market opportunities to enhance and expand upon certain AMO system software tools and related assets. At the present time these software tool resources/assets are primarily maintained and managed by the U. S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO). This RFI seeks information to assist with the transition of these resources to be primarily or solely managed by a third party (or parties). AMO is particularly interested in business strategies to ensure: 1) The resource content is maintained, improved and enhanced; 2) The resources remain available to the industrial sector; 3) The current and future market needs for these system assets are addressed; and 4) Adaptation to rapidly changing and progressing electronic and IT infrastructure is embraced and addressed.

Category

Clean and Renewable Energy; Miscellaneous

Keywords

software tools, asset management, advanced manufacturing, market opportunities

For more information, see the full announcement here.

Climate Program Office 2015

Sponsor

U.S. Department of Commerce

Deadlines

Initial: 8/10/2014

Final: 10/20/2014

Summary

NOAA’s long-term climate goal has the following objectives: 1) Improved scientific understanding of the changing climate system and its impacts; 2) Assessments of current and future states of the climate system that identify potential impacts and inform science, service, and stewardship decisions; 3) Mitigation and adaptation choices supported by sustained, reliable, and timely climate services; and 4) A climate-literate public that understands its vulnerabilities to a changing climate and makes informed decisions. Achieving the first objective requires a number of core capabilities be supported, including: a) Understanding and modeling; b) Observing systems, data stewardship, and climate monitoring; c) Predictions and projections; d) Integrated service development and decision support. These core capabilities and research efforts now allow progress to be made toward the provision of sustained, reliable, and timely climate services, focused initially on the following societal challenges: 1) Climate impacts on water resources; 2) Coasts and climate resilience; 3) Sustainability of marine ecosystems; 4) Changes in extremes of weather and climate. Each of the Competitions announced in this Federal Funding Opportunity addresses one or more of these core capabilities or societal challenges. It is expected that applications submitted in response to this Opportunity will identify their relevance to NOAA’s climate science and services by indicating which core capabilities and/or societal challenges will be addressed by the proposed work.

Category

Environmental Science

Keywords

climate system, impacts, climate services, resilience, sustainability

For more information, see the full announcement here.

FY2015 Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant

Sponsor

Environmental Protection Agency

Deadlines

Final: 9/22/2014

Summary

This notice announces the availability of EPA grant funds and solicits proposals from eligible entities to conduct research, technical assistance, and/or training activities that will enable the entity to develop an area-wide plan for brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. Brownfields area-wide planning (BFAWP) grant-funded activities must be directed to one or more brownfield site(s) located in a specific area, such as a neighborhood, a district (e.g., downtown, arts or shopping area), a local commercial corridor, a community waterfront, or a city block. Each project funded under this grant must result in an area-wide plan which includes specific plan implementation strategies for assessing, cleaning up, and reusing the brownfields site(s) as well as related brownfields and project area revitalization strategies.

Category

Environmental Science

Keywords

brownfields assessment, cleanup, reuse, training, research, technical assistance

For more information, see the full announcement here.

Food Resilience Climate Data Initiative: Special Opportunity Microsoft Azure for Research Award

Sponsor

Microsoft

Deadlines

Final: 9/15/2014

Summary

In response to President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, Microsoft is offering a second Climate Data Initiative (CDI) Award program. This program supports the White House Climate Data Initiative’s goals of preparedness for and resilience to climate change impacts. The latest award will provide scientists and decision-makers with access to Microsoft Azure cloud-computing resources to develop innovative data-driven projects focused on the challenge of the resilience of food sources to climate change. This effort will help give communities across the United States the information and tools they need to plan for current and future climate impacts. The Microsoft Azure for Research program will grant 12 months of free cloud computing resources to 20 awardees. Each award provides up to 180,000 hours of cloud computing time and 20 terabytes of cloud storage to be used for the project.

Category

Environmental Science

Keywords

climate data initiative, climate change, preparedness, resilience, cloud computing

For more information, see the full announcement here.

Round 1 of Research to Operations Initiative

Sponsor

U.S. Department of Commerce

Deadlines

Initial: 8/29/2014

Final: 9/30/2014

Summary

The NWS Research to Operations (R2O) Initiative is a NOAA initiative to expand and accelerate critical weather forecasting research to operations to address growing service demands and increase the accuracy of weather forecasts. This will be achieved through, (1) accelerated development and implementation of improved global weather prediction models; (2) improved data assimilation techniques; (3) nested regional prediction capabilities; (4) post-processing forecast tools and techniques and (5) improved software architecture and system engineering. The NWS R2O Initiative is soliciting proposals from all public and private sources for projects involving applied science, modeling and/or data assimilation that supports development of the Next Generation Global Prediction System (NGGPS), effective assimilation for environmental observations at global and regional scales and, hurricane and other high-impact weather forecast models that meet societal requirements to effectively mitigate economic disruption.

Category

Environmental Science

Keywords

weather forecasting, environmental observations, high-impact weather, mitigation

For more information, see the full announcement here.

EPA SBIR Phase I Solicitation*

Sponsor

Environmental Protection Agency

Deadlines

Final: 9/11/2014

Summary

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announces the release of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Solicitation to develop and commercialize new environmental technologies.  EPA is calling for small businesses to apply for Phase I awards up to $100,000 to demonstrate proof of concept in one of the following topic areas: air and climate, manufacturing, toxic chemicals, water, building materials, food waste, and homeland security.  Phase I awardees are eligible to receive Phase II funding, up to $300,000 for two years, through an additional application process. Technologies must be directly responsive to one of the following topics as described in the solicitation: Air and Climate – Industrial process pollution reductions, Lab-on-a-chip sensors, Nano-Air Filters; Manufacturing – Non-toxic electronics; Toxic Chemicals – Non-fluorinated Surfaces or Coatings, Polyurethane Coatings, Flame Retardant Materials; Water – Nutrient Recovery, Small Drinking Water Systems; Building Materials – Innovative Construction Materials, Material Reuse and Recycling; Food Waste – Resource recovery; Homeland Security – Pathogen Removal from Water Pipes.

Category

Environmental Science

Keywords

air and climate, manufacturing, toxic chemicals, water, building materials

For more information, see the full announcement here: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=b04477b3c2e0fb03bfabf8cbdd4a8f79&tab=core&tabmode=list&=

Amazon Climate Research Grant

Sponsor

Amazon

Deadlines

Final: 8/29/2014

Summary

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is excited to announce the Amazon Climate Research Grant Program. In support of the US Government’s Climate Action Plan and the White House Climate Data Initiative, Amazon Web Services is commiting to award a total of 50 million core hours of supercomputing using Amazon EC2 Spot Instances with training and guidance from the AWS Scientific Computing team to apply to research on better understanding and mitigating climate change. Based on the projects, AWS will invite certain grant winners to present their research and findings at the AWS re:Invent conference in November.

Category

Environmental Science

Keywords

supercomputing, climate change, mitigation

For more information, see the full announcement here.

Postdoctoral Fellows Program: Food Systems Resilience to Climate Change

Sponsor

National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)

Deadlines

Final: 10/1/2014

Summary

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), located in Annapolis, Maryland, invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship beginning early January 2015 that will be a part of a new SESYNC–USDA collaboration to catalyze data-driven research on food systems resilience to climate change. The SESYNC postdoctoral fellow will also lead the planning, organization, and management of the new SESYNC–USDA “Data to Motivate Synthesis” Program. This new program will provide a unique opportunity for 25 early career scholars to co-develop research projects through a series of data exploration workshops with the cyberinfrastructure support needed to understand and predict food systems resilience under a changing climate. The fellow’s research and program management responsibilities will be integrated through the SESYNC–USDA “Data to Motivate Synthesis” Program to leverage new data resources to develop an independent research project, catalyze interdisciplinary team research projects among early career scholars, and co-develop additional and/or complementary research projects with program participants.

Category

Environmental Science

Keywords

climate change, data science, food systems, resilience

For more information, see the full announcement here.

World Community Grid Program

Sponsor

IBM

Deadlines

Final: Rolling

Summary

World Community Grid is seeking proposals from research organizations interested in harnessing the immense power of Internet-connected computers to accelerate humanitarian research. Our goal is to support innovative efforts that will benefit most from this technology and promise to deliver significant results on the most pressing issues facing the global community. To meet this goal, World Community Grid plans to implement as many as five research projects per year. World Community Grid is designed as a resource for research done with a philanthropic or humanitarian purpose and will only be available to projects conducted for public and not-for-profit purposes. Because projects must serve to promote human welfare directly or indirectly, it is anticipated that projects run on World Community Grid will include (among others): Environmental Research – Meteorology and severe weather prediction, pollution remediation, climate modeling, and others; Natural disasters and hunger – Earthquake predictions, information on improving crop yields and livestock production, and evaluation of the supply of critical natural resources such as water.

Category

Environmental Science; Miscellaneous

Keywords

environmental research, meteorology, pollution remediation,  natural disasters, hunger, crop yields, water supply

For more information, see the full announcement here.

Bi-Monthly Microsoft Azure for Research Award

Sponsor

Microsoft

Deadlines

Final: Recurring*

Summary

Microsoft Research is soliciting proposals for the use of Microsoft Azure in research. We welcome research proposals from any branch of scholarly activity. We review these proposals on the fifteenth of even-numbered months. The response so far has been outstanding. Selected proposals will be awarded large allocations of Microsoft Azure storage and computing resources for a period of one year.

Category

Miscellaneous

Keywords

cloud computing, scholarly activity, data-driven research

For more information, see the full announcement here.

Resilience for Extreme Scale Supercomputing Systems

Sponsor

U.S. Department of Energy – Office of Science

Deadlines

Initial: 8/27/2014

Final: 11/3/2014

Summary

The Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research in the Office of Science, U.S. DOE, hereby invites proposals for basic research that significantly improves the resiliency of scientific applications in the context of emerging architectures for extreme scale computing platforms. The next-generation of scientific discovery will be enabled by research developments that can effectively harness significant or disruptive advances in computing technology. Applications running on extreme scale computing systems will generate results with orders of magnitude higher resolution and fidelity, achieving a time-to-solution significantly shorter than possible with todays high performance computing platforms. However, indications are that these new systems will experience hard and soft errors with increasing frequency, necessitating research to develop new approaches to resilience that enable applications to run efficiently to completion in a timely manner and achieve correct results. Of interest are proposals that address challenges in the following topics: 1. Fault Detection and Categorization, 2. Fault Mitigation, and 3. Anomaly Detection and Fault Avoidance.

Category

Miscellaneous

Keywords

extreme scale computing, resiliency, disruptive advancement, fault detection, fault mitigation, anomaly detection

For more information, see the full announcement here.

Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) Program, Planning Awards

Sponsor

U.S. Department of Commerce – National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Deadlines

Initial: 9/5/2014

Final: 10/31/2014

Summary

NIST is soliciting applications for Planning Awards from eligible applicants to establish new and strengthen existing industry-driven consortia that identify and support basic and applied research on long term, pre-competitive and enabling technology development for advanced manufacturing. These consortia address major technological barriers that inhibit the growth of advanced manufacturing in the U.S.; identify and prioritize research projects supporting long term industrial research needs; engage in a range of eligible activities including but not limited to creating new or updating industry-driven, shared-vision technology roadmaps; and catalyze the development of a technology infrastructure and American excellence in advanced manufacturing.

Category

Miscellaneous

Keywords

consortia, advanced manufacturing, technology roadmaps, infrastructure

For more information, see the full announcement here.

Early Career Research Program

Sponsor

U.S. Department of Energy – Office of Science

Deadlines

Final: 11/20/2014

Summary

The Office of Science of the Department of Energy hereby invites grant applications for support under the Early Career Research Program in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research; Biological and Environmental Research; Basic Energy Sciences, Fusion Energy Sciences; High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics. The purpose of this program is to support the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and to stimulate research careers in the areas supported by the DOE Office of Science.

Category

Miscellaneous

Keywords

advanced computing, environmental research, basic energy, fusion energy

For more information, see the full announcement here.

RFI: Lightweight Combat Vehicle Science & Technology Campaign Request for Information*

Sponsor

U.S. Department of Defense – Army

Deadlines

Final: 8/8/2014

Summary

This RFI is broadranging in technology and application. The Lightweight Combat Vehicle Science and Technology Campaign team is inquiring into available materials, technologies, and approaches to developing lightweight structures for Combat Vehicle applications. However, while the current effort is focused on Combat Vehicles, applicable technologies will most likely be applied to future Tactical Vehicle applications. Please bear in mind the general requirements the military faces: low annual production volume, large dynamic loads, off road durability, etc.

Category

Miscellaneous

Keywords

materials, technologies, lightweight, combat and tactical vehicles

For more information, see the full announcement here.