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Agency/Sponsor Program Name Pre-proposal Due Date:Pre-proposal Form Sponsor Due Date:
Center For Disease Control And PreventionAgricultural, Forestry and Fishing Safety and Health Research (U01) (PAR-14-175)08-29-2014Pre-proposal Template10-31-2014
Oak Ridge Associated UniversitiesORAU/ORNL High Performance Computing (HPC) Grants (ORAU-HPC)09-05-2014Pre-proposal Template10-03-2014
National Science FoundationPartnerships for International Research and Education (Lead Institution) (PIRE)09-05-2014Pre-proposal Template10-21-2014
National Science FoundationIUSE / Professional Formation of Engineers: Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (IUSE-RED)09-05-2014Pre-proposal Template10-28-2014
The Greenwall FoundationFaculty Scholars Program (FSP)09-12-2014Pre-proposal Template11-03-2014
National Institutes of HealthHazmat Training at DOE Nuclear Weapons Complex (UH4) (RFA-ES-14-00)09-12-2014Pre-proposal Template11-06-2014
Cancer Prevention And Research Institute Of TexasHigh Impact/High-Risk Research Awards (RFA R-15-HIH)09-19-2014Pre-proposal Template11-17-2014
National Science FoundationManagement and Operation of the Gemini Observatory (NSF-GEMINI)09-26-2014Pre-proposal Template11-28-2014
National Science FoundationTheory Institute in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (AMO Physics)10-10-2014Pre-proposal Template12-08-2014
National Science FoundationScience and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships (NSF 14-600)10-10-2014Pre-proposal Template12-11-2014
National Science FoundationFundamental Research Program for Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (FRP)12-05-2014Pre-proposal Template02-04-2015
National Science FoundationCultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM)12-05-2014Pre-proposal Template02-17-2015
National Science FoundationInnovation Corps - Regional Node Program (I-Corps Node) (I-CORPS NODE)02-06-2015Pre-proposal Template04-17-2015


NSF Website for Solicitations that Limit the Number of Proposals an Organization can submit:
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_sro.jsp


Sponsor: Center For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC)
Program Name: Agricultural, Forestry and Fishing Safety and Health Research (U01) (PAR-14-175)

Internal Competition will be held.  Download Pre-Proposal Form
Internal Competition Deadline:  08-29-2014

Completed applications should be submitted to GCS via email grantadministrator@uta.edu and should be cc’ed to the Dean of the academic unit.

Sponsor Deadline (PAR-14-175): 10-31-2014

Program Information:

PURPOSE:

Agriculture, forestry and fishing continue to rank among the most hazardous industries in the US. (National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries) Data for 2005-2009, indicate that overall fatality rates for workers in agriculture (farming, ranching, forestry, logging and fishing) continue to be at least 6-10 times greater than U.S. workers in general. Fatality rates for parts of these industries (commercial fishing, logging) are often much higher than U.S. workers in general. Overall fatality rates in agriculture typically exceed those for occupations traditionally known as dangerous, such as mining and construction.

Farmers and agricultural workers are also at high risk for nonfatal injuries, work-related lung diseases, noise-induced hearing loss, skin diseases, and certain cancers associated with chemical use and prolonged sun exposure. Farming is one of the few industries in which families (who often share the work and live on the premises) are also at risk for injuries, illness, and death.

Logging in particular has consistently been one of the most hazardous industries in the US. In 2008, the logging industry employed 86,000 workers, and accounted for 93 deaths which resulted in a fatality rate of 108.1 deaths per 100,000 workers. This rate is over 30 times higher than the overall fatality rate in the US in 2008 (3.5 deaths per 100,000). This excessive risk for fatal work injuries points to a need for prioritizing surveillance, research and intervention programs to make this industry less hazardous.

The purpose of this cooperative agreement program is to further our understanding of the risks and conditions associated with forestry or logging related occupational diseases and injuries, to explore methods for reducing risks and for preventing or minimizing exposure to hazardous conditions in the these work environments, and to translate significant scientific findings into prevention practices and products that will effectively reduce work-related illnesses and injuries in this area.  In addition, this cooperative agreement aims to enhance our knowledge about the effectiveness of existing interventions and the best ways to disseminate, diffuse, and translate proven interventions to benefit workers in the AgFF sector, in particular our ability to address the unique needs of vulnerable workers.

As defined in the NORA AgFF Strategic Plan, vulnerable workers are those who experience disproportionate rates of occupational injuries and illnesses within the AgFF Sector because of social or physiological factors which can lead to increased workplace exposures and/or individual susceptibilities. For many workers, vulnerability is multi-factorial and may change during the worker’s career. Appropriate interventions require an understanding of the factors that alter the vulnerability of workers in the AgFF Sector. Examples of AgFF Sector worker populations that may be considered vulnerable because of these social and physiologic factors include: recent immigrants and Latino workers, younger workers, older workers, physically- or cognitively-disabled workers, and unpaid family workers.

ORGANIZATION LIMITS:

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:  1

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI:  N/A

BUDGETARY INFORMATION:

Maximum amount (total costs: includes both direct and indirect costs) available per award is $275,000 per year for three years.

Cost Sharing:  Not required for this program.

Indirect Costs:  No applicable restrictions.

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Sponsor: Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
Program Name: ORAU/ORNL High Performance Computing (HPC) Grants (ORAU-HPC)

Internal Competition will be held.  Download Pre-Proposal Form
Internal Competition Deadline:  09-05-2014

Completed applications should be submitted to GCS via email grantadministrator@uta.edu and should be cc’ed to the Dean of the academic unit.

Sponsor Deadline (ORAU-HPC): 10-03-2014

Deadline is currently tentative as no formal call for proposals has been issued.

Program Information:

***This funding opportunity has yet to issue a formal call for proposals.  The tentative deadline date for the proposal is October 3, 2014, but this is subject to change at the sponsor’s discretion.  More information will be provided as it becomes available.***

PURPOSE:

ORAU plans to announce a Call for Proposals for the FY 2015 ORAU/ORNL High Performance Computing Program in mid-August, subject to availability of funding. Beginning in FY 2015, we plan to award two new, two-year grants each year. Each awarded grant will be $25K.  Revising the grant schedule from three- to two-years and awarding new grants each year will enhance the program’s alignment with Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program schedule and research priorities.

As with the FY 2013 Call for Proposals, proposals must be submitted by an ORAU member institution faculty member in collaboration with an ORNL research staff member listed as a principal investigator on one of the ORNL FY 2015 LDRD Research Projects. Information on how to apply, the proposal requirements, and the list of the ORNL research projects will be available on the Members Only website when the actual proposal call is announced. We are anticipating a proposal due date of Oct. 3, 2014, and the proposal must be endorsed and submitted by the institution’s ORAU Councilor. Only one faculty proposal per institution will be considered.  Faculty-student teams from ORAU member institutions are eligible to participate.

This program provides ORAU member institutions with a potential of $50K in funding (over two years) for research using ORNL's leadership computing resources in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

The proposal must be endorsed and submitted by UT Arlington’s ORAU Councilor.

ORGANIZATION LIMITS:

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:  1

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI:  N/A

BUDGETARY INFORMATION:

$50,000 grant ($25,000 per year) for up to two years. The grant is paid in a lump sum each year if research outcomes merit the continuation of funding.  The program funds may only be used for directly applicable costs/expenses related to a faculty-student team performing research using ORNL computing resources, preferably onsite in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Cost Sharing:  Not required for this program.

Indirect Costs:  Overhead charges or other indirect costs are not to be paid with program funds.

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Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Program Name: Partnerships for International Research and Education (Lead Institution) (PIRE)

Internal Competition will be held.  Download Pre-Proposal Form
Internal Competition Deadline:  09-05-2014

Completed applications should be submitted to GCS via email grantadministrator@uta.edu and should be cc’ed to the Dean of the academic unit.

Sponsor Deadline (PIRE): 10-21-2014

LOI is due on 10/21; full applications are allowed only via sponsor request and will be due on 5/15/2015.

Program Information:

PURPOSE:

Recognizing the value of international partnerships in addressing critical science and engineering questions, NSF established the Partnerships in International Research and Education (PIRE) program in 2005. PIRE is an NSF-wide program that supports fundamental, international research and education in physical, living, human, and engineered systems. PIRE awards enable research at the leading edge of science and engineering by facilitating partnerships with others nationally and internationally, by educating and preparing a diverse, world-class STEM workforce, and by fostering institutional capacity for international collaboration. This agenda is designed to encourage high-risk/high-reward activities and the pursuit of potentially transformative ideas.

International engagement will be critical to keeping the U.S. globally competitive at the frontiers of knowledge. As science and engineering expertise and infrastructure advance across the globe, it is expected that the U.S. will increasingly benefit from international collaborations and a globally engaged workforce leading to transformational science and engineering breakthroughs. Therefore, PIRE will promote cooperation among scientists and engineers from all nations, and will fund international collaborative activities through all areas of research supported by the NSF. NSF PIRE is also working with counterpart funding agencies to lower barriers to international collaboration for U.S scientists, engineers and students, and to encourage jointly funded, bilateral and multilateral projects.

This fifth round of the PIRE competition will be open to all areas of science and engineering research which are supported by the NSF (including Education research). Interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged.

A. PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

1.    Support excellence in science and engineering research and education through international collaboration.

2.    Promote opportunities where international collaboration can provide unique advantages of scope, scale, flexibility, expertise, facilities, or access to phenomena, enabling advances that could not occur otherwise.

3.    Engage and share resources and research infrastructure within and across institutions to build strong international partnerships.

4.    Create and promote opportunities for students and early career researchers to participate in substantive international research experiences.

ORGANIZATION LIMITS:

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: A single organization may submit one preliminary proposal as the lead institution. Full proposals will be accepted by invitation only. There is no limit on the number of proposals in which an institution can participate as a partner.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI:  N/A

BUDGETARY INFORMATION:

Estimated number of awards is 10-15 pending availability of funds.  It is anticipated that $10,000,000 to $15,000,000 will be available annually, for all awards, pending the availability of funds; the average award size is expected to be approximately $4 million over 5 years.

Cost Sharing:  Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.

Indirect Costs:  No restrictions on indirect costs are noted, but the announcement encourages applicants to explore the use of off-campus indirect cost rates whenever appropriate.

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Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Program Name: IUSE / Professional Formation of Engineers: Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (IUSE-RED)

Internal Competition will be held.  Download Pre-Proposal Form
Internal Competition Deadline:  09-05-2014

Completed applications should be submitted to GCS via email grantadministrator@uta.edu and should be cc’ed to the Dean of the academic unit.

Sponsor Deadline (IUSE-RED): 10-28-2014

Letters of intent are required and due to NSF on 10/28/14. Full applications will be due to NSF on 11/26/14.

Program Information:

PURPOSE:

In FY 2015 the new Professional Formation of Engineers initiative in ENG is launching a pilot program aligned with the IUSE framework: Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (herein referred to as RED), in partnership with the Directorates for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and Education and Human Resources (EHR). This funding opportunity enables engineering departments to lead the nation by successfully achieving significant sustainable changes necessary to overcome long-standing issues in their undergraduate programs and educate inclusive communities of engineering students prepared to solve 21st century challenges. Computer science departments, whether administratively located in or outside an engineering program, are included in RED, as they share the same challenges as traditional engineering departments. (Note: “Engineering departments” in this solicitation will refer to engineering and computer science departments.)

Even as demographic and regional socio-economic factors affect departments in unique ways, there are certain tenets of sustainable change that are common across institutions. For instance, the development and engagement of the entire faculty within a department are paramount to the process, and they must be incentivized. Departmental cultural barriers to inclusion of students and faculty from different backgrounds must be identified and addressed. Finally, coherent technical and professional threads must be developed and woven across the four years, especially (1) in the core technical courses of the middle two years, (2) in internship opportunities in the private and public sectors, and (3) in research opportunities with faculty. These and other threads aim to ensure that students develop deep knowledge in their discipline more effectively and meaningfully, while at the same time, aim to build their capacities for 21st Century and “T-shaped” professional skills, including design, leadership, communication, understanding historical and contemporary social contexts, lifelong learning, creativity, entrepreneurship, and teamwork. It is hoped that, over time, the awardees of this program will create knowledge concerning sustainable change in engineering and computer science education that can be scaled and adopted nationally across a wide variety of academic institutions.

Note: Because it addresses undergraduate engineering education, the Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) funding opportunity is offered in alignment with the NSF-wide undergraduate STEM education initiative, Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE). More information about IUSE can be found in the Introduction of this solicitation.

The Principal Investigator(s) must be a department chair/head (or equivalent) to establish institutional accountability. Additionally, there must be a RED team that includes (at a minimum) an expert in engineering education or computer science education research, who can ground the research plan in the literature, and a social science expert who can evaluate department dynamics and monitor change processes. The social scientist must have expertise to advise on strategies for developing a culture of change and on strategies for creating meaningful collective ownership of the effort among faculty, students, and staff.

ORGANIZATION LIMITS:

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:  2

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI:  1

BUDGETARY INFORMATION:

Five to ten awards will be made, each in an amount from $1,000,000 to $2,000,000 total for a duration of up to 60 months. Estimated program budget, number of awards, and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds and the quality of proposals received.

Cost Sharing:  Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.

Indirect Costs:  No applicable restrictions.

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Sponsor: The Greenwall Foundation (TGF)
Program Name: Faculty Scholars Program (FSP)

Internal Competition will be held.  Download Pre-Proposal Form
Internal Competition Deadline:  09-12-2014

Completed applications should be submitted to GCS via email grantadministrator@uta.edu and should be cc’ed to the Dean of the academic unit.

Sponsor Deadline (FSP): 11-03-2014

LOI is due on 11/3; full applications will be due 1/30 upon sponsor request

Program Information:

PURPOSE:

The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research.  Each year three Greenwall Faculty Scholars are selected to receive 50 percent salary support for three years to enable them to develop their research program.

The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics supports research that goes beyond current work in bioethics to help resolve pressing ethical issues in clinical care, biomedical research, and public policy.

Scholars and Alumni/ae attend twice-yearly meetings, where they present their work in progress, receive feedback and mentoring from the Faculty Scholars Program Committee and other Scholars, and have the opportunity to develop collaborations with other researchers.  The ongoing involvement of Alumni/ae with the Program provides them ongoing opportunities for professional development and feedback and engages them in mentoring of younger Scholars.

The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program creates a community that enhances future bioethics research by Scholars and Alumni/ae.

Applicants must be junior faculty members holding at least a 60% appointment in a tenure series at a university or non-profit research institute in the U.S. Priority will be given to applicants who have not yet been considered for tenure, who have not received a comparable career development award, and whose work will have an impact on public policy, biomedical research, or clinical practice.

ORGANIZATION LIMITS:

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:  2 applications per University

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI:  N/A

BUDGETARY INFORMATION:

The award supports 50% of a Scholar’s salary plus benefits for three years, up to the NIH salary cap, with 10% institutional costs for the salary and benefits. In addition, we provide $5,000 each year for limited project support and travel (no indirect costs are provided for these items).

Cost Sharing:  This announcement does not require cost sharing or matching.

Indirect Costs:  Indirect Cost (IDC) is limited to 10% of the faculty member’s salary and benefits.

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Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Program Name: Hazmat Training at DOE Nuclear Weapons Complex (UH4) (RFA-ES-14-00)

Internal Competition will be held.  Download Pre-Proposal Form
Internal Competition Deadline:  09-12-2014

Completed applications should be submitted to GCS via email grantadministrator@uta.edu and should be cc’ed to the Dean of the academic unit.

Sponsor Deadline (RFA-ES-14-00): 11-06-2014

Program Information:

PURPOSE:

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) invites applications for cooperative agreements to support the development of model programs for the training and education of workers engaged in activities related to hazardous materials and waste generation, removal, containment, transportation and emergency response within the Department of Energy (DOE) Nuclear Weapons Complex.

The major objective of this funding opportunity announcement is to prevent work-related harm by assisting in the training and education of workers in the DOE nuclear weapons complex. Safety and health training will transmit skills and knowledge to workers in how best to protect themselves and their communities from exposure to hazardous materials encountered during hazardous waste operations, facility decommissioning and decontamination, hazardous materials transportation, environmental restoration of contaminated facilities or chemical emergency response. Currently, tens of thousands of DOE employees require safety and health training to help reduce the risk of their being exposed in the course of their work to hazardous materials and hazardous waste products. One effort to enhance training capabilities at these sites has been through the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Training Program (WTP).

A major goal of this program is to provide assistance to organizations in developing their institutional competency to provide appropriate model training and education programs to hazardous materials and waste workers in the DOE nuclear weapons complex. Both NIEHS and DOE recognize the importance of effectively managing training resources to maintain and improve federal and contractor workforce competencies. Proper use of resources will result in federal and contractor employees who are highly skilled and capable of carrying out our critical missions in a safe and reliable manner consistent with recognized standards of excellence. Continuing improvements will assist in planning and conduct of training programs to ensure that these programs are closely aligned with mission priorities and administered efficiently.

ORGANIZATION LIMITS:

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:  1

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI:  N/A

BUDGETARY INFORMATION:

A new applicant may request a budget for direct costs of up to $700,000 for the first year.  The maximum project period is 5 years. 

Cost Sharing:  Not required for this program.

Indirect Costs:  Allowable indirect costs for this program are limited to 8% of a modified indirect cost base which excludes amounts over the first $25,000 for each consortia agreement, equipment costs, and tuition and related trainee fees.

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Sponsor: Cancer Prevention And Research Institute Of Texas (CPRIT)
Program Name: High Impact/High-Risk Research Awards (RFA R-15-HIH)

Internal Competition will be held.  Download Pre-Proposal Form
Internal Competition Deadline:  09-19-2014

Completed applications should be submitted to GCS via email grantadministrator@uta.edu and should be cc’ed to the Dean of the academic unit.

Sponsor Deadline (RFA R-15-HIH): 11-17-2014

Program Information:

PURPOSE:

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) seeks applications from eligible organizations for the High-Impact, High-Risk Research Awards grant mechanism to provide short-term funding to explore the feasibility of high-risk projects that, if successful, would contribute major new insights into the etiology, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of cancers.  

The goal of this award mechanism is to fund uncommonly great ideas that merit the opportunity to acquire
preliminary data. There should be reasons for the idea to be plausible, but CPRIT acknowledges that most of the selected projects will ultimately fail to meet their primary goals. The rare proposals that succeed will be of sufficient importance to justify this program. Applications may address any research topic related to cancer biology, causation, prevention, detection, screening, or treatment.

ORGANIZATION LIMITS:

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:  2

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI:  1 application per PI, with only 1 Co-PI per application; collaborators who do not reside in Texas are not eligible to receive CPRIT funds

BUDGETARY INFORMATION:

Applicants may request a total of $200,000 for a period of up to 24 months (2 years), inclusive of both direct and indirect costs.

Cost Sharing:  Texas law requires that prior to disbursement of CPRIT grant funds, the award recipient must demonstrate that it has an amount of funds equal to one-half of the CPRIT funding dedicated to the research that is the subject of the award.

Indirect Costs:  State law limits the amount of award funding that may be spent on indirect costs to no more than 5 percent of the total award amount (calculated at 5.263% times total direct costs).  

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Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Program Name: Management and Operation of the Gemini Observatory (NSF-GEMINI)

Internal Competition will be held.  Download Pre-Proposal Form
Internal Competition Deadline:  09-26-2014

Completed applications should be submitted to GCS via email grantadministrator@uta.edu and should be cc’ed to the Dean of the academic unit.

Sponsor Deadline (NSF-GEMINI): 11-28-2014

Letters of intent are required and are due on 11/28/14. Full proposals will be due 2/27/15.

Program Information:

PURPOSE:

Proposals are solicited to manage and operate the Gemini Observatory through a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Gemini Observatory is an international collaboration currently consisting of the funding partners of the U.S., Canada, Australia, Brazil, and Argentina, as well as host institutions in Chile and Hawaii. The Gemini Partnership operates twin optical/infrared optimized 8 m diameter telescopes on the superb sites of Mauna Kea, Hawaii and Cerro Pachón, Chile, providing large light-collecting areas, exquisite image quality, high infrared transparency (especially at Mauna Kea), agile and efficient scheduling queues, access to the entire sky, and well-developed infrastructures. Gemini North and Gemini South have carried out scientific operations since 2000 and 2001, respectively, addressing fundamental scientific questions with new observational and operational techniques.

According to terms set forth in the Gemini Agreement, the appointment of the managing organization for Gemini includes review and approval by the partners. Funding is accomplished through a cooperative agreement (CA) between the NSF and the managing organization. The Awardee resulting from this solicitation will serve as the managing organization, as defined in the Gemini Agreement.

The Awardee will work closely with NSF and the scientific community to ensure that the Gemini Observatory continues to support, sustain and advance frontier science as enabled by Gemini’s unique research capabilities and as promoted through a culture of excellence. In cooperation with NSF and within available resources, Gemini will plan and execute a viable, coherent and inclusive program of research and education, consistent with the objectives and priorities of the scientific community. The Awardee will manage facilities and equipment provided by NSF, will provide and develop additional equipment as necessary to fulfill the approved programmatic scope, and will provide support and technical personnel to manage the Gemini Observatory as a well-integrated research and education facility.

Proposals should describe how the proposing institution(s) will provide observing capabilities and access to the resulting scientific data; facilitate an integrated program of research, education, training and outreach; maintain instruments, facilities and infrastructure; manage and develop a skilled and diverse workforce; and establish appropriate relationships with universities, industry, private organizations and the international community to support the mission of the Observatory.

The successful proposal will be awarded as a cooperative agreement(s) with a duration of six (6) years beginning January 1, 2017.

ORGANIZATION LIMITS:

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:  1

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI:  1

BUDGETARY INFORMATION:

The first year’s operations and maintenance budget should equal the anticipated O&M total contributions of $28,172,000, while CY2017 contributions to instrument development can be assumed to be equivalent to $4,000,000, made in the form of funds and/or in-kind partner contributions and developments. Subsequent years should be escalated by 3.0% per year, as described in Section III. A cumulative budget for the six-year award period will automatically be provided in FastLane and Grants.gov.  See full announcement text for additional budgetary instructions.

Cost Sharing:  Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited

Indirect Costs:  No applicable restrictions.

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Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Program Name: Theory Institute in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (AMO Physics)

Internal Competition will be held.  Download Pre-Proposal Form
Internal Competition Deadline:  10-10-2014

Completed applications should be submitted to GCS via email grantadministrator@uta.edu and should be cc’ed to the Dean of the academic unit.

Sponsor Deadline (AMO Physics): 12-08-2014

Program Information:

PURPOSE:

The Theory Institute in Atomic, Molecular and Optical (AMO) Physics will be a center to advance theoretical AMO physics and lead in motivating and explaining new experimental work in AMO and other areas of science. The goal of this institute is to foster cutting edge research, serve as a focus for theoretical AMO science, and to enhance the visibility of the field. It will bring together diverse groups both inside and outside of the AMO community to promote connections leading to frontier science, while fostering a vibrant environment at all levels from student to senior investigator. Funding for the institute is designed to foster major breakthroughs at the intellectual frontier of AMO physics by providing resources beyond those available to individual investigators or small groups, in an environment in which the collective efforts of the larger group can be shown to be seminal to promoting significant progress in the science and the education of students. Although interdisciplinary aspects may be included, the bulk of the effort must fall within theoretical atomic, molecular, and optical physics within the purview of the Division of Physics. The successful institute will demonstrate: (1) the potential to advance AMO science; (2) creative, substantive activities aimed at enhancing education, diversity, and public outreach; (3) potential for broader impacts, e.g., impacts on other field(s) and benefits to society; and (4) a synergy or value-added rationale that justifies a center- or institute-like approach.

ORGANIZATION LIMITS:

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:  1

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI:   1

BUDGETARY INFORMATION:

The center award is expected to be at the level of $500K-$1M/year. At most, one award is expected in FY 2015 depending upon the availability of funds and the quality of proposals received. Awards will be made for five years, with an option to apply for a 5-year renewal.

Cost Sharing:  Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.

Indirect Costs:  No applicable limitations

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Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Program Name: Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships (NSF 14-600)

Internal Competition will be held.  Download Pre-Proposal Form
Internal Competition Deadline:  10-10-2014

Completed applications should be submitted to GCS via email grantadministrator@uta.edu and should be cc’ed to the Dean of the academic unit.

Sponsor Deadline (NSF 14-600): 12-11-2014

Preliminary proposals are due to NSF on 12/11; full proposals will be due upon sponsor request on 6/16/15.

Program Information:

PURPOSE:

The Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships program supports innovative, potentially transformative, complex research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term awards. STCs conduct world-class research through partnerships among academic institutions, national laboratories, industrial organizations, and/or other public/private entities, and via international collaborations, as appropriate. They provide a means to undertake significant investigations at the interfaces of disciplines and/or fresh approaches within disciplines. STCs may involve any area of science and engineering that NSF supports. STC investments support the NSF vision of creating and exploiting new concepts in science and engineering and providing global leadership in research and education.

Centers provide a rich environment for encouraging future scientists, engineers, and educators to take risks in pursuing discoveries and new knowledge. STCs foster excellence in education by integrating education and research, and by creating bonds between learning and inquiry so that discovery and creativity fully support the learning process.

NSF expects STCs to demonstrate leadership in the involvement of groups traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering at all levels (faculty, students, and postdoctoral researchers) within the Center. Centers use either proven or innovative mechanisms to address issues such as recruitment, retention and mentorship of participants from underrepresented groups.

Centers must undertake activities that facilitate knowledge transfer, i.e., the exchange of scientific and technical information with the objective of disseminating and utilizing knowledge broadly in multiple sectors. Examples of knowledge transfer include technology transfer with the intention of supporting innovation, providing key information to public policy makers, or dissemination of knowledge from one field of science to another.

ORGANIZATION LIMITS:

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:  3 as the lead institution; there is no limit on the number of proposals in which an organization participates as a partner institution. The STC program will not support more than one Center from any one lead institution in this competition.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI:  1; A PI or co-PI on one STC proposal may not be a participant in another STC proposal.

BUDGETARY INFORMATION:

Proposed STC annual budgets may range up to $4.0M in the first year, and thereafter $5.0M per year of NSF support. Preliminary proposals and full proposals outside this range will be ineligible and will not be reviewed or considered for support. The core budget for the Center is expected to include support for all research, education, broadening participation, and knowledge transfer activities including, if proposed, those for undergraduate students and for teachers. Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited. The expected duration of the award is five years. 

Cost Sharing:  Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.

Indirect Costs:  No applicable restrictions.

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Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Program Name: Fundamental Research Program for Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (FRP)

Internal Competition will be held.  Download Pre-Proposal Form
Internal Competition Deadline:  12-05-2014

Completed applications should be submitted to GCS via email grantadministrator@uta.edu and should be cc’ed to the Dean of the academic unit.

Sponsor Deadline (FRP): 02-04-2015

Program Information:

PURPOSE:

The National Science Foundation encourages the submission of industry-defined fundamental research proposals from NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) in areas of shared value to both centers and their members.  Industry-defined fundamental research broadens the scientific and engineering understanding beyond the more specific applied research interests of the industries traditionally served by the I/UCRC. Industry participation extends the scope and horizon of center research projects so as to drive innovation with industrially relevant fundamental research projects.

ORGANIZATION LIMITS:

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:  1 per center

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI:   One proposal per PI per center.

BUDGETARY INFORMATION:

An anticipated funding amount of $1,600,000 subject to the availability of funds. The average award size is expected to range from $50,000 up to $200,000.

Cost Sharing:  Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.

Indirect Costs:  No applicable limitations.

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Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Program Name: Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM)

Internal Competition will be held.  Download Pre-Proposal Form
Internal Competition Deadline:  12-05-2014

Completed applications should be submitted to GCS via email grantadministrator@uta.edu and should be cc’ed to the Dean of the academic unit.

Sponsor Deadline (CCE STEM): 02-17-2015

Program Information:

PURPOSE:

Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) funds research projects that identify factors that are efficacious in the formation of ethical STEM researchers in all the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports. CCE STEM solicits proposals for research that explores the following: ‘What constitutes ethical STEM research and practice? Which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?' Factors one might consider include: honor codes, professional ethics codes and licensing requirements, an ethic of service and/or service learning, life-long learning requirements, curricula or memberships in organizations (e.g. Engineers without Borders) that stress social responsibility and humanitarian goals, institutions that serve under-represented groups, institutions where academic and research integrity are cultivated at multiple levels, institutions that cultivate ethics across the curriculum, or programs that promote group work, or do not grade. Do certain labs have a ‘culture of academic integrity'? What practices contribute to the establishment and maintenance of ethical cultures and how can these practices be transferred, extended to, and integrated into other research and learning settings?

Successful proposals will include a comparative dimension, either between or within institutional settings that differ along these or other factors.

CCE STEM research projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes responsible or irresponsible, just or unjust scientific practices and sociotechnical systems, and how to best instill students with this knowledge.

Proposals for awards from minority-serving institutions (e.g. Tribal Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions), women's colleges, and institutions primarily serving persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

ORGANIZATION LIMITS:

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:  1

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI:   There are no restrictions or limits.  There is no limit on the number of proposals under which an organization may be included as a non-lead collaborator or sub-awardee.

BUDGETARY INFORMATION:

The anticipated funding amount each year is $3,050,000 for an estimated 6-8 Standard Grants. The maximum award duration is 5 years.

Estimated program budget, number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds.

Cost Sharing:  Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.

Indirect Costs:  No applicable limitations

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Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Program Name: Innovation Corps - Regional Node Program (I-Corps Node) (I-CORPS NODE)

Internal Competition will be held.  Download Pre-Proposal Form
Internal Competition Deadline:  02-06-2015

Completed applications should be submitted to GCS via email grantadministrator@uta.edu and should be cc’ed to the Dean of the academic unit.

Sponsor Deadline (I-CORPS NODE): 04-17-2015

Program Information:

PURPOSE:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem that builds upon fundamental research to guide the output of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society.

The National Science Foundation plans to build upon the I-Corps program and establish a National Innovation Network comprised of I-Corps Regional Nodes that will support the needs for innovation research and education. NSF is seeking to build a network of regional nodes that will work cooperatively to establish, utilize and sustain a national innovation ecosystem that further enhances the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society. The interconnected nodes of this network may be diverse in research areas, resources, tools, programs, capabilities, and in geographic locations - while the network will have the flexibility to grow or reconfigure as needs arise. I-Corps Regional Nodes will foster understanding on how to: 1) identify, develop and support promising ideas that can generate value, 2) create and implement tools and resources that enhance our nation's innovation capacity, 3) gather, analyze, evaluate and utilize the data and insight resulting from the experiences of those participating in the I-Corps program and 4) share and leverage effective innovation practices on a national scale - to improve the quality of life for the U.S. citizenry.

The PI must be an academic Administrative Lead at the level of Dean or higher.

ORGANIZATION LIMITS:

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:  1

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI:  1

BUDGETARY INFORMATION:

Funding for the Innovation Corps Regional Node Program is limited to a maximum of $1.25 million per year for a three-institution team; $750,000 per year for two-institution teams and $350,000 per year for single institution applicants. The award duration will not exceed three years.  The budget should include funds for Principal Investigator (PI) travel to one I-Corps Node meeting per year.

Cost Sharing:  Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.

Indirect Costs:  No applicable restrictions.

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