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Funding Guide: Solicitations

Clean and Renewable Energy Solicitations

Environmental Science Solicitations

Indoor Environmental Quality Solicitations

Water Resources Solicitations

Miscellaneous Solicitations

 


Advanced Research in Dry-Cooling (ARID)

Sponsor:           U.S. Department of Energy - Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy

Deadlines:         Initial: 11/10/2014          Final: TBD

Summary:          This program seeks to fund transformative new power plant cooling technologies that enable high thermal-to-electric energy conversion efficiency with zero net water dissipation to the atmosphere.  Of particular interest to this program are technologies that incorporate air cooling, sorption-based cooling, multimode (convection/radiant) cooling, large capacity cool storage, or any other innovative heat rejection technology that addresses the programmatic goals. Successful technologies emerging from this program will enable continued reliable and efficient domestic electric power production, independent of population growth and climatic variations and with minimal impact on the aquatic environment. Market penetration of these technologies will significantly reduce the risk of lost thermoelectric power production. This program aims to bridge the gap between fundamental scientific advances, such as those arising from the NSF Thermal Transport Processes Program, ONR Ship Systems and Engineering Research Program (Thermal Energy Management), and the NSF/EPRI Advanced Dry Cooling for Power Plants program, and technology that will have a transformative impact in dry-cooling of power plants.

Category:          Clean and Renewable Energy

Keywords:         dry cooling technologies, thermal-to-electric, energy conversion

For more information, see the full announcement here.


Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture (TERRA)

Sponsor:           U.S. Department of Energy - Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy

Deadlines:         Initial: 11/17/2014          Final: TBD

Summary:          There is an urgent need to accelerate energy crop development for the production of renewable transportation fuels from biomass. Recent technological advancements have now made it possible to extract massive volumes of genetic, physiological, and environmental data from certain crops, but, even with these resources, the data still cannot be processed into the knowledge needed to predict crop performance in the field.   The overall objective of the TERRA program is to develop tools that enable an increase in the rate and extent of genetic improvement of the yield of bioenergy crops grown in the field. If successful, the program will enhance land use efficiency, reduce competition between bioenergy and food crops, improve environmental sustainability, and provide a more stable supply of biomass for transportation fuels and bio-refineries. ARPA-E seeks multidisciplinary teams to leverage advancements in automation, sensor technologies, computational analytics and low-cost nucleotide sequencing and develop innovative phenotyping systems that enable (a) new predictive algorithms for plant growth, (b) more detailed measurements for plant physiology, and (c) more sophisticated bioinformatics pipelines for gene discovery and trait association. TERRA will enable breeders to evaluate more individual plants, to select appropriate plants for breeding earlier in the growing season, to capture better information about them during their development, and to associate this information with the best genes to propagate.

Category:          Clean and Renewable Energy

Keywords:         renewable fuels, biomass, energy crop, genetic improvement, crop yield, bioinformatics

For more information, see the full announcement here.


Easy-to-fit Installation of Thermally Insulated Solid Walls

Sponsor:           NineSigma

Deadlines:         Final: 10/25/2014

Summary:          NineSigma, representing a global manufacturer of lining materials for commercial and residential buildings, invites proposals for methods, materials, technologies or protocols which can minimize the disruption to the customer during installation of the insulating walls. In the UK alone, there are >7million un-insulated solid wall homes requiring either IWI or EWI to improve the energy efficiency of the properties (cavity insulation is not a viable solution for such single skin properties). As well as IWI requiring the removal of fittings, suspension of utilities and redecoration of properties post installation, a large majority of these homes experience a reduction in internal space (~5%) due to the thickness of the insulation required during IWI. IWI can also result in the reduction of natural daylight due to greater window reveal depths. EWI issues include depths of eaves, encroachment into access routes and unsightly steps between neighbouring properties. The objective of the current search is to seek technologies or protocols enabling reduction in the disruption caused during either IWI or EWI without loss of either thermal insulation capabilities or longevity of the insulating products whilst maintaining the highest environmental considerations of any proposed solution.

Category:          Clean and Renewable Energy; Miscellaneous

Keywords:         building, energy, materials, manufacturing, electrical engineering, environmental science, packaging

For more information, see the full announcement here.


Systems Biology Research to Advance Sustainable Bioenergy Crop Development

Sponsor:           U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Science

Deadlines:         Initial: 11/14/2014          Final: 1/16/2015

Summary:          The Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), hereby announces its interest in receiving applications for research that supports the Genomic Science research program. In this FOA, applications are requested for: i) Systems-level research to better understand the molecular and physiological mechanisms that control bioenergy crop vigor, resource use efficiency, and resilience/adaptability to abiotic stress, as well as interactions with the surrounding environment, in order to increase biomass productivity under changing and at times suboptimal conditions; ii) Systems biology-enabled investigations into the role(s) of microbial and microbial communities in the complex and multi-scaled interactions of the plant-soil-environment: contribution(s) to bioenergy feedstock plant performance, adaptation, and resilience in the face of a broad range of changing environmental conditions and abiotic stressors (e.g., climate), and the impacts of introducing bioenergy cropping systems on the local ecosystem.

Category:          Environmental Science; Clean and Renewable Energy

Keywords:         bioenergy cropping, climate stress, resource use efficiency, genomic science

For more information, see the full announcement here.


FY 2015 Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program

Sponsor:           U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Science

Deadlines:         Final: 9/30/2015

Summary:          The Office of Science of the Department of Energy hereby announces its continuing interest in receiving grant applications for support of work in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics. This Funding Opportunity Announcement is our annual, broad, open solicitation that covers all of the research areas in the Office of Science and is open throughout the Fiscal Year.

Category:          Environmental Science; Clean and Renewable Energy

Keywords:         advanced computing, environmental research, basic energy, fusion energy

For more information, see the full announcement here.


Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant Program

Sponsor:           National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Deadlines:         Final: 12/10/2014

Summary:          Wells Fargo and the NFWF seek to promote sustainable communities through Environmental Solutions for Communities by supporting highly-visible projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment. Collectively, investments under this initiative will promote a sustainable future for communities by: -Supporting sustainable agricultural practices and private lands stewardship; - Conserving critical land and water resources and improving local water quality;- Restoring and managing natural habitat, species and ecosystems; - Facilitating investments in green infrastructure, renewable energy and energy efficiency; and -Encouraging broad-based citizen and targeted youth participation in project implementation.

Category:          Environmental Science; Water Resources; Clean and Renewable Energy

Keywords:         sustainable communities, economic development, environmental stewardship

For more information, see the full announcement here.


FY2015 National Environmental Information Exchange Network Grant Program

Sponsor:           Environmental Protection Agency

Deadlines:         Initial: 11/24/2014          Final: 7/21/2015

Summary:          The Exchange Network is a partnership that supports better decision-making through improved access to environmental information. EPA and agencies from states, tribes, and territories are collaboratively building the Network to improve the nation’s ability to understand, protect, and preserve human health and the environment. In FY 2015, the National Environmental Information Exchange Network (Exchange Network, Network or EN) Grant Program is focusing on Phase 2 of the EN and the incorporation of certain aspects of the E-Enterprise for the Environment (E-Enterprise or EE) initiative into the EN program. The general goals of the EE initiative align with the goals of the EN program, and, for this reason, the incorporation of certain EE initiatives into the EN program will further the goals of Phase 2. The aspects of the EE initiative that we are incorporating into the EN program will improve environmental outcomes and dramatically enhance service to the regulated community and the public by maximizing the use of advanced monitoring and information technologies, optimizing operations, and increasing transparency.

Category:          Environmental Science

Keywords:         information access, advanced monitoring, environmental data, human health

For more information, see the full announcement here.


Cooperative Training Partnership in Environmental Health Sciences Research

Sponsor:           Environmental Protection Agency

Deadlines:         Final: 11/11/2014

Summary:          The mission of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to protect human health and the environment. The EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) conducts timely, mission-relevant, solution-oriented research based on the principles of integrity, sustainability, and responsiveness to the needs of the Nation. The research products and outputs are utilized by the EPA to better determine toxicological hazards, define dose-response relationships, estimate human exposure characteristics, and assess potential susceptible or vulnerable populations in support of the Agency’s responsibility to provide risk assessment, policy analysis, regulatory standards for environmental hazards, and contribute to sustainable solutions to the Nation’s greatest environmental concerns. EPA’s ORD seeks applications to enter into cooperative agreements that will provide training opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows on-site at one of the EPA/ORD National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory's (NHEERL) Health Divisions, located at Research Triangle Park and/or Chapel Hill, North Carolina, or Ecology Divisions located at Gulf Breeze, Florida; Corvallis, Oregon; Newport, Oregon; Duluth, Minnesota; Narragansett, Rhode Island; and Grosse Ile, Michigan.

Category:          Environmental Science

Keywords:         human health, environment, toxic hazards, risk assessment, policy analysis, standards

For more information, see the full announcement here.


2015 Hudson River Fund Call for Proposals

Sponsor:           Hudson River Fund

Deadlines:         Initial: 11/6/2014          Final: 1/15/2015

Summary:          The Hudson River Fund supports scientific research on all aspects of the Hudson River ecosystem, with emphasis on studies that bear on human uses of the system. Over the next five to ten years, the Foundation intends to invest in research in support of the following areas, with special emphasis in 2015 given to evaluating shorelines in relationship to human use, resiliency and habitat improvement, and ecosystem valuation. Restoring the signature fisheries of the Hudson River to their full potential; Restoring and improving habitats within the Hudson River Estuary; Understanding the watershed and its influence on the Hudson River; Evaluating climate change impacts and implications; Understanding human use and interactions; Understanding emerging and existing contaminants; Evaluating ecosystem value and services.

Category:          Environmental Science

Keywords:         Hudson River ecosystem, resiliency, habitat improvement, ecosystem valuation, restoration

For more information, see the full announcement here.


Sea Turtle Conservation Keystone Fund

Sponsor:           National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Deadlines:         Initial: 10/20/2014          Final: 12/8/2014

Summary:          NFWF's Sea Turtles Program is a 10-year strategy to guide conservation investments that will measurably improve the current recovery trajectory of seven sea turtle populations in the Western Hemisphere: leatherbacks,Kemp's ridleys, loggerheads, and hawksbills in the Northwest Atlantic, and leatherbacks, loggerheads and hawksbills in the Eastern Pacific. Available funding will vary from cycle to cycle depending on implementation needs of the business plan and other requirements within the marine and coastal programs conservation portfolio.

Category:          Environmental Science

Keywords:         sea turtle populations, wildlife conservation, marine and coastal conservation

For more information, see the full announcement here.


Mohawk River Basin Action Agenda Grants

Sponsor:           New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Deadlines:         Final: 11/21/2014

Summary:           The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation provides funding through the Mohawk River Basin Program to implement priorities outlined in the Mohawk River Basin Program Action Agenda aimed at fish, wildlife and habitats; water quality; flood hazard risk reduction; community planning and revitalization; and working landscapes, land use and open space. It is anticipated that the availability of competitive Mohawk River Basin Program Grants will be announced by DEC on an annual basis.

Category:          Environmental Science

Keywords:         habitats, water quality, flood risk reduction, community planning, land use

For more information, see the full announcement here.


Webless Migratory Game Bird Program

Sponsor:           U.S. Department of the Interior - Fish and Wildlife Service

Deadlines:         Final: 11/14/2014

Summary:          The primary purpose of the WMGBP is to support activities that will improve management of the 16 species of migratory shore and upland game birds (MSUGBs, Table 1) in North America. The Migratory Shore and Upland GameBird Support Task Force, organized through the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, developed a set of priority information needs by convening a series of workshops. The workshops included broad representation (i.e., federal and state agencies, conservation organizations, and university researchers) familiar with the research and management needs for these species.

Category:          Environmental Science

Keywords:         migratory birds, wildlife, workshops, bird population research and management

For more information, see the full announcement here.


Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Fund

Sponsor:           U.S. Department of the Interior - Fish and Wildlife Service

Deadlines:         Final: 12/2/2014

Summary:          The Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Fund is soliciting proposals for the conservation of rhinoceroses and/or tigers throughout their ranges. The Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act was passed in 1994 to provide financial resources for conservation of rhinoceros and tiger populations. The Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Fund supports projects that promote conservation through: Enhanced protection of at-risk rhinoceros and tiger populations; Protected area/reserve management in important rhinoceros and tiger range; Veterinary care for wild populations; Habitat conservation and management; Reintroduction to former range; Restoration of habitat; Wildlife inspection, law enforcement, and forensics skills; Conservation education and community outreach; Efforts to decrease human-rhinoceros and human-tiger conflicts; Strengthening local capacity to implement conservation programs; Transfrontier rhinoceros and tiger conservation; Applied research on rhinoceros and tiger populations and their habitats, including surveys and monitoring; Development and execution of rhinoceros and tiger conservation management plans; and Compliance with applicable treaties and laws that prohibit or regulate the taking or trade of rhinoceros and tigers or regulate the use and management of their habitat; Reducing demand for illegal rhino and tiger parts, products and live animals in consumer countries; Combatting trafficking ofillegal rhino and tiger parts, products and live animals. Proposed project work should occur within the rhinoceros or tiger range, or, if work is to be conducted outside of the range, the proposal should show clear relevance to rhinoceros or tiger conservation. If the project includes research, the applicant must provide a convincing argument that the research addresses priority threats and that the results are likely to result in management actions.

Category:          Environmental Science

Keywords:         wildlife conservation, rhinoceros, tiger, protection, care, habitat conservation, restoration, law enforcement

For more information, see the full announcement here.


SafeWare

Sponsor:           Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Deadlines:         Initial: 9/30/2014          Final: 11/18/2014

Summary:          DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of program obfuscation. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice. This BAA solicits interested participants to submit research proposals for the discovery and development of new mathematical foundations and new implementation paths for probably-secure program obfuscation. Program obfuscation methods that are considered in-scope for the SafeWare program must satisfy all of the following criteria: 1. The method requires the solution of a computationally hard mathematical problem as a necessary condition of a successful de-obfuscation attack. 2. The method is not substantially diminished in effectiveness even if they are fully understood by the adversary. 3. The method produces an increase in adversary work factor that scales exponentially with respect to a polynomial increase in program runtime overhead. 4. The method has general purpose applicability to standard, non-pathological program types. 5. The method does not depend on special hardware or special physical resources.

Category:          Miscellaneous

Keywords:         mathematical systems, devices, security, program obfuscation

For more information, see the full announcement here.


Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research- Research Alliance

Sponsor:           National Science Foundation

Deadlines:         Initial: 1/12/2015          Final: 2/18/2015

Summary:          This PFI:AIR-Research Alliance (RA) solicitation is intended to accelerate the translation and transfer of existing research discoveries into competitive technologies and commercial realities by leveraging the investments NSF has made in research consortia (e.g., Engineering Research Centers, Industry University Cooperative Research Centers, Science and Technology Centers, Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers, Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers, Centers for Chemical Innovation, and others) and catalyzing academic-based innovation ecosystems. The goal is that these synergistic partnerships and collaborations between government, academia, and other public and private entities will result in new wealth and the building of strong local and regional economies.

Category:          Miscellaneous

Keywords:         exsisting discoveries, commercialization, competetive technologies, public private partnerships

For more information, see the full announcement here.


Cultural Anthropology Scholars Awards

Sponsor:           National Science Foundation

Deadlines:         Initial: 1/16/2014          Final: Recurring*

Summary:          The National Science Foundation announces an opportunity for methodological training by cultural anthropologists who are active researchers. The purpose is to help cultural anthropologists upgrade their methodological skills by learning a specific analytical technique which will improve their research abilities.

Category:          Miscellaneous

Keywords:         cultural anthropology, analytical

For more information, see the full announcement here.


Environmental Hazards (Nutrient Competitors)

Sponsor:           The Gerber Foundation

Deadlines:         Initial: 12/1/2014          Final: 2/15/2015

Summary:          The Foundation is interested in projects that evaluate the effects of environmental hazards on infants and young children. Applied research projects that document the impact of, or ameliorate effects of, environmental hazards on the growth and development of infants and young children are the focus of this area of interest. Typical projects funded in this area of interest are: University of Wisconsin - $129,391 Study to elucidate the mechanism underlying plant sterol metabolism during Intralipid infusions in infants; University of Michigan - $138,314 Study to evaluate the effects of prenatal non-essential heavy metal exposure on hearing; St. Francis Health - $295,082 Assessment of pesticide exposure in pregnancy on DNA imprinting.

Category:          Miscellaneous

Keywords:         environmental hazards, children, infants, human growth and development

For more information, see the full announcement here.


FY2015 Multidisciplinary Research Program

Sponsor:           U.S. Department of Defense - Air Force

Deadlines:         Initial: 11/24/2014          Final: 2/23/2015

Summary:          The DoD Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI), one element of the University Research Initiative (URI), is sponsored by the DoD research offices: the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Army Research Office (ARO), and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). The MURI program supports basic research in science and engineering at U.S. institutions of higher education that is of potential interest to DoD. The program is focused on multidisciplinary research efforts where more than one traditional discipline interacts to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD. As defined by the DoD, “basic research is systematic study directed toward greater knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts without specific applications towards processes or products in mind. It includes all scientific study and experimentation directed toward increasing fundamental knowledge and understanding in those fields of the physical, engineering, environmental, and life sciences related to long-term national security needs. It is farsighted high payoff research that provides the basis for technological progress.” DoD’s basic research program invests broadly in many specific fields to ensure that it has early cognizance of new scientific knowledge.

Category:          Miscellaneous

Keywords:         engineering, environmental and life sciences, basic research

For more information, see the full announcement here.


Long Range BAA for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology

Sponsor:           U.S. Department of Defense - Navy

Deadlines:         Final: 9/30/2015

Summary:          The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving proposals for Long-Range Science and Technology (S&T) Projects which offer potential for advancement and improvement of Navy and Marine Corps operations. Work funded under a BAA may include basic research, applied research and some advanced technology development research. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to: electronics, computer and information science, sensors and netowrk research, energetic materials, directed energy weapons, laser weapons, hydrodynamics, electrical and thermal systems, See full announcement for specific research areas of interest and technology thrusts.

Category:          Miscellaneous

Keywords:         long-range projects, improved operations, electronics, sensors and network research, energetic materials

For more information, see the full announcement here.   


 

Last updated 10-6-2014

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