Funding Opportunities

Expeditions in Computing×

Funder: NSF

Funding opportunity number: 16-535

Preliminary proposal deadline: April 25

The NSF’s Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) has created the Expeditions in Computing program to provide the CISE research and education community with the opportunity to pursue ambitious, fundamental research agendas that promise to define the future of computing and information. In planning Expeditions projects, investigators are encouraged to come together within or across departments or institutions to combine their creative talents in the identification of compelling, transformative research agendas that promise disruptive innovations in computing and information for many years to come. Funded at levels up to $2 million per year for five years, Expeditions represent some of the largest single investments currently made by the directorate. With awards funded at levels that promote the formation of research teams, CISE recognizes that concurrent research advances in multiple fields or sub-fields are often necessary to stimulate deep and enduring outcomes. The awards made in this program will complement research areas supported by other CISE programs, which target particular computing or information disciplines or fields.

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Dear Colleague Letter: Growing Convergence Research×

Funder: NSF

Funding opportunity number: NSF 18-058

Prospectus deadlines: May 1 for FY18, October 15 for FY19

This Dear Colleague Letter seeks to identify potential future research areas that go beyond NSF’s Big Ideas, require a convergence approach, cross internal and/or external organizational and disciplinary boundaries, and advance the progress of science as articulated in NSF’s mission. NSF identifies Convergence Research as having two primary characteristics: research driven by a specific and compelling problem, and deep integration across disciplines. NSF encourages the submission of prospectuses to identify these new areas and specific projects within them. NSF may invite teams submitting the most promising prospectuses to submit proposals to further explore their research strategies. Prospectuses must outline novel approaches and research strategies that are likely to result in a clear demonstration of the potential for transformative advances.

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Critical Techniques, Technologies and Methodologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering (BIGDATA)×

Funder: NSF

Funding opportunity number: 18-539

Submission window dates: May 7-14

The BIGDATA program seeks novel approaches in computer science, statistics, computational science, and mathematics leading towards the further development of the interdisciplinary field of data science. The program also seeks innovative applications in domain science, including social and behavioral sciences, education, physical sciences, and engineering, where data science and the availability of big data are creating new opportunities for research and insights not previously possible.

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NSF/VMware Partnership on Edge Computing Data Infrastructure (ECDI)×

Funder: NSF

Funding opportunity number: 18-540

Full proposal deadline: May 22

This solicitation seeks to advance the state of the art in end-to-end networked systems architecture that includes edge infrastructures. The central challenge is to design and develop data-centric edge architectures, programming paradigms, runtime environments, and data sharing frameworks that will enable compelling new applications and fully realize the opportunity of big data in tomorrow’s mobile and IoT device environments.

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Smart and Connected Health (SCH): Connecting Data, People and Systems×

Funders: NSF and NIH

Funding opportunity number: NSF 18-541

Full proposal deadline: May 22

The goal of the interagency Smart and Connected Health (SCH): Connecting Data, People and Systems program is to accelerate the development and integration of innovative computer and information science and engineering approaches to support the transformation of health and medicine.… The purpose of this interagency program solicitation is to support the development of technologies, analytics and models supporting next generation health and medical research through high-risk, high-reward advances in computer and information science, engineering and technology, behavior and cognition. Collaborations between academic, industry, and other organizations are strongly encouraged to establish better linkages between fundamental science, medicine and healthcare practice and technology development, deployment and use.

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Dear Colleague Letter: Advancing Long-term Reuse of Scientific Data×

Funder: National Science Foundation

Funding opportunity number: 18-060

Proposal deadline: May 23

Through this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) announces its intention to support initial exploratory activities toward the creation of social and technical infrastructure solutions that … accelerate the dissemination and use of fundamental research results in the form of data…. This DCL is focused on exploratory solutions that advance public access by reducing the barriers to data reuse within the scientific community, as guided by NSF’s public access plan, Today’s Data, Tomorrow’s Discoveries.

Specifically, this DCL encourages two types of funding requests: (1) proposals for Conferences (i.e., community workshops and other events) that are designed to bring together stakeholders to explore opportunities to converge on innovative solutions to advancing public access; and (2) proposals for Early-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) for high-risk/high-reward innovative concepts and pilot projects that yield new fundamental research discoveries from existing NSF-funded data or that ultimately result in deployment of ambitious, sustainable socio-technical infrastructure resources and capabilities that enhance and accelerate new discoveries from existing NSF-funded data.

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Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure×

Funding opportunity number: NSF 18-547

Full proposal deadline: June 4

This solicitation updates the Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI) solicitation NSF 17-528. The CICI program continues to support the objective to develop, deploy and integrate security solutions that benefit the scientific community by ensuring the integrity, resilience and reliability of the end-to-end scientific workflow. CICI seeks three categories of projects: 1) Secure Scientific Cyberinfrastructure, 2) Collaborative Security Response Center, 3) Research Data Protection. More

Accelerating Discovery: Educating the Future STEM Workforce (AD)×

Funder: National Science Foundation

Funding opportunity number: PD 18-1998

Deadline for FY18 funding: July 2

Full proposal window: April 2, 2018 – January 16, 2019

A well-prepared, innovative science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce is crucial to the Nation’s prosperity and security…. In response to this need, the NSF’s Education and Human Resources Directorate seeks to invest in projects that can educate the STEM workforce to advance discovery in the six research Big Ideas: Harnessing the Data Revolution; The Future of Work; Navigating the New Arctic; Multi-messenger Astrophysics; The Quantum Leap; and Understanding the Rules of Life. In addition to developing and implementing novel educational and/or training programs, these projects should simultaneously generate new knowledge about effective STEM education, by studying such programs and exploring related issues.

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STEM + Computing K-12 Education (STEM+C)×

Proposal deadline:  National Science Foundation

Funding opportunity number: PD 18-005Y

Proposal deadline: July 2

An innovative science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computing (STEM+C) workforce and well-educated citizenry are crucial to the nation’s prosperity, security and competitiveness…. The STEM+C program focuses on research and development of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to the integration of computing within STEM teaching and learning for preK-12 students in both formal and informal settings.

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Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)×

Funder: NSF

Funding opportunity number: 17-537

Deadlines: July 18-20 (vary by directorate)

The NSF-wide Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program offers the foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from early-career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.

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TDAI Co-Sponsorships×

Funder: TDAI

Annual deadlines: September 15, February 1

The Translational Data Analytics Institute provides support of up to $2,500 annually to assist Ohio State units, faculty, and students with sponsorship of Ohio State-led events (internal). Sponsorship must align with the mission and goals of TDAI in advancing the data analytics community of Ohio State.

Applications are due on Feb. 1 and Sept. 15 each year. Those selected for funding will be notified as soon as the review process has commenced, typically 4-6 weeks after the submission deadline. Requests will be considered for events taking place within one year of application.

Off-cycle requests will be considered. However, the amount of funding available annually is limited, and requests are considered during the dates above. Therefore, it is strongly encouraged that applicants plan in advance to submit by the deadlines noted above.

Applicants should review the Sponsorship Guidelines prior to completing a formal application.

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Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E)×

Funder: NSF

Funding opportunity number: PD 12-8084

Annual deadlines: September – December; vary by division

The Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering program includes all divisions within the directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences and the directorate for Engineering, as well as the division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure in the directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering. The goal of the program is to identify and capitalize on opportunities for major scientific and engineering breakthroughs through new computational and data analysis approaches. The intellectual drivers may be in an individual discipline or they may cut across more than one discipline in various directorates.

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Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS)×

Funder: NSF

Funding opportunity number: 18-501

Deadline: November 27 for FY19

Through the CRCNS program, the NSF, the NIH, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the French National Research Agency, the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation, and Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology support collaborative activities that will advance the understanding of nervous system structure and function, mechanisms underlying nervous system disorders, and computational strategies used by the nervous system. Two classes of proposals will be considered in response to this solicitation:

  • Research Proposals describing collaborative research projects, and
  • Data Sharing Proposals to enable sharing of data and other resources.

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Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems (NCS)×

Funder: NSF

Funding opportunity number: 18-533

Letter of intent deadlines: December 7 for FRONTIERS FY19 competition; January 8, 2019, for FOUNDATIONS FY19 competition

The complexities of brain and behavior pose fundamental questions in many areas of science and engineering, drawing intense interest across a broad spectrum of disciplinary perspectives while eluding explanation by any one of them. Rapid advances within and across disciplines are leading to an increasingly interwoven fabric of theories, models, empirical methods and findings, and educational approaches, opening new opportunities to understand complex aspects of neural and cognitive systems through integrative multidisciplinary approaches.

This program calls for innovative, convergent, boundary-crossing proposals that can best capture those opportunities and map out new research frontiers.

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