Research Development Newsletter

Funding Opportunities 

Each week RTT emails a newsletter of relevant funding opportunities to the Mines research announcements listserv. Below is a copied list of relevant funding opportunities currently open for submission. If you would like to be added to our weekly newsletter please contact the Research Development team at RTT@mines.edu.

Mines Membership to the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium Opens New Funding Opportunities

The Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) is a 501(c)(3) biomedical technology consortium that is internationally-dispersed, collaborating with multiple government agencies with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command. The consortium focuses on the development and delivery of innovative medical technologies that protect, treat, and optimize the health and performance of U.S. military personnel and civilians. As a member organization, Mines faculty may apply to any of their open solicitations, which are announced throughout the year. Solicitation topics vary but may be applicable to those in quantitative biosciences and engineering, computer science, materials science, chemistry, physics, and other disciplines. Check their website throughout the year for current and upcoming solicitations.

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NIST Will Soon Release CHIPS Manufacturing USA Institute Competition

The CHIPS Research and Development Office (CHIPS R&D) intends to announce an open competition for a new Manufacturing USA Institute. The expected competition will seek to establish one Manufacturing USA Institute focused on the topic of digital twins for semiconductor manufacturing, packaging, and assembly and the validation of such digital twins in a physical prototyping facility. For general planning purposes, the minimum expected NIST commitment will be approximately $200 million over a 5-year period.

Upcoming Events/Deadlines:

  • February 2024: CHIPS Manufacturing USA Institute Industry Day where the government will solicit feedback on the NIST plans and timelines for the Institute
  • Second Quarter of 2024: CHIPS Manufacturing USA Institute Notice of Funding Opportunity will be released

CHIPS Manufacturing USA Institute Objectives:

  1. Significantly reduce U.S. chip development and manufacturing costs, such as by improving capacity planning, optimizing production, and enabling real-time process adjustments.
  2. Improve development cycle time and accelerate adoption of innovative semiconductor manufacturing technologies, including breakthrough tools, manufacturing equipment, materials, and manufacturing processes validated at the shared facility.
  3. Advance digital twin-enabled curricula and best practices for training the semiconductor workforce nationwide.
  4. Create a digital twin marketplace for industry, including entrepreneurs, to access digital models and manufacturing process flows and to de-risk digital twin development and implementation.

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DOE Announces Intent to Solicit Proposals for Regional Scale Collaboration to Facilitate a Domestic Critical Minerals Future in Q1 of 2024

In 2020, NETL issued DE-FOA-0002364 for the first phase of the Carbon Ore, Rare Earth, and Critical Minerals (CORE-CM) Initiative for United States Basins to advance the use of unconventional and secondary feedstocks to produce rare earth elements (REEs), critical minerals (CMs), and novel, high-value, nonfuel, carbon-based products (CBPs) as part of the next generation of domestic U.S. materials. Realizing the CM potential in these feedstocks would enable the U.S. to reduce its dependence on REE and CM imports and establish and advance a domestic critical minerals and materials (CMM) supply chain. The purpose of the anticipated FOA (DE-FOA-0003077) is to continue the work of the CORE-CM Initiative basinal assessment and development of critical mineral supply chains from unconventional and secondary feedstocks. This FOA will expand the focus from the basin scale to a larger, regional scale with the goal of nationwide coverage. Projects will consider environmental justice, the ongoing energy transformation, and impacts on communities. Successful applicants do not have to be current or past awardees under DE-FOA-0002364. Collaboration is strongly encouraged both within the Applicant team and with neighboring regions. The new FOA is anticipated to be issued near the middle of the first quarter of 2024.

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NSF Sustainable Regional Systems Program Accepting Proposals by May 15, 2024

The goal of the Sustainable Regional Systems Research Networks (SRS-RN) solicitation (NSF 24-533) is to fund convergent research and education that will advance sustainable regional systems science, engineering, and education to facilitate the transformation of current regional systems to enhance sustainability. Sustainable regional systems are connected urban and rural systems that are transforming their structures and processes collaboratively with the goal of measurably and equitably advancing the well-being of people and the planet. The purpose of the SRS RNs competition is to develop and support interdisciplinary, multi-organizational teams working collaboratively to produce cutting-edge convergent research, education, and outreach that addresses grand challenges in sustainable regional systems. This solicitation will fund Research Network proposals for up to $15M for a 5-year duration. An individual may appear as PI, co-PI, or Senior Personnel on no more than one proposal. Full proposals are due May 15, 2024.

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NSF Accepting Emerging Ideas Proposals for Accelerating Computing-Enabled Scientific Discovery by May 13, 2024

The NSF Accelerating Computing-Enabled Scientific Discovery (ACED) program (NSF 24-541) seeks to harness computing to accelerate scientific discovery, while driving new computing advancements. The intent is to catalyze advancements on both sides of a virtuous cycle that: (a) benefit scientific disciplines through computational technologies and (b) foster novel computing technologies that will enable advances beyond the specific use cases or domains originally targeted. The program seeks continuous collaborations between at least two groups of researchers to consist of computer science and another scientific or engineering discipline in either the Biological Sciences, Engineering, or Mathematical and Physical Sciences NSF directorates. The May 2024 deadline is specifically for Track I: Emerging Ideas proposals. This track is intended to support speculative multidisciplinary projects that explore bold new research directions. The goal of these projects should be to obtain preliminary results, refine the overall research plan based on these results, and garner insights into whether these advances generalize beyond the targeted use case or domain. Projects are limited to $500K in total budget, with durations of up to 18-24 months. 

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NCAR Accepting Letters of Intent from Social Scientists for Early Career Faculty Innovator Program by May 1, 2024

NSF National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is a world-class research center leading, promoting, and facilitating innovation in the atmospheric and related Earth and Sun systems sciences. The Innovator Program connects early career faculty in the social sciences to scientists at NSF NCAR to collaborate on projects at the intersection of social science and STEM research.

The fourth cohort of The Innovator Program will award two-year grants for selected faculty on projects that align with NSF and NSF NCAR strategic priorities and that address complex societal issues. Awards will be up to $250K in total, over two years, starting in the Fall 2025. Funded projects will be co-developed between faculty awardees and NSF NCAR scientists. Competitive proposals will emphasize interdisciplinary and actionable research projects that respond to societal needs.

NCAR is accepting letters of intent from faculty with degrees or demonstrated research experience in social, behavioral, or policy sciences to co-develop and collaborate on projects with NSF NCAR scientists. Letters of Intent are being accepted through May 1, 2024. NCAR will host two Virtual Q&A sessions to answer any questions faculty may have– Registration required.

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NSF Conservation Science and Practice Opportunity Accepting Proposals by April 24, 2024

The National Science Foundation and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation are collaborating to offer the Partnership to Advance Conservation Science and Practice (PACSP) (NSF 24-531) program supporting conservation science and science-informed conservation practice in the United States. The objective of the PACSP Program is to support conservation research that investigates organismal biology, ecology, and/or evolution and is designed to contribute to the development and implementation of evidence-based activities and/or technology solutions to advance biodiversity conservation. The program seeks proposals that involve the implementation of conservation activities based on conservation science principles via academic-conservation organization partnerships. The strongest projects will involve ongoing assessment of biodiversity outcomes, for instance via an adaptive management framework, that inform both scientific understanding and conservation actions. A total of $16M is available to support 8-16 projects for up to 5 years in duration. Applications are due April 24, 2024.

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DOE Accepting Proposals for Carbon Negative Shot Pilots by April 16, 2024

This DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) funding opportunity announcement (DE-FOA-0003082) aims to support Carbon Negative Shot objectives across carbon dioxide removal pathways through integrated pilot-scale testing of advanced technologies and detailed monitoring, reporting, and verification protocols. Projects selected under this FOA will focus on three areas of interest:

  • Small Biomass Carbon Removal and Storage Pilots — will support integrated pilot-scale testing of biomass carbon removal and storage or conversion with appropriate monitoring, reporting, and verification.
  • Small Mineralization Pilots — will support integrated pilot-scale testing of enhanced mineralization technologies with appropriate monitoring, reporting, and verification.
  • Multi-Pathways Carbon Dioxide Removal Testbed Facilities — will support testbed facilities suitable for evaluating, developing, and integrating multiple carbon dioxide removal pathways across different ecosystems, climates, and communities.

A total of $100M is available, and individual awards will range from $4M to $7M depending on the area of interest, for a 36-moth performance period. Applications are due April 16, 2024.

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DARPA Accepting Abstracts for Fuel Access Anywhere, Regardless of Means (FAARM) Through April 15, 2024

The DARPA Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is issuing an Advanced Research Concepts (ARC) Opportunity, inviting submissions of Abstracts for innovative exploratory research concepts in the technical domain of Chemistry and Materials Science. This ARC Opportunity, methods to Fuel Access Anywhere, Regardless of Means (FAARM), is issued under the master ARC Exploration Announcement (EA), DARPA-EA-24-01. The driving question of this solicitation is, can energy-dense fuels be synthesized using an efficient, small-scale system? The delivery of fuel to contested and resource-constrained regions is a logistics challenge for the Department of Defense. Developing robust, mobile methods of fuel production for DoD applications in contested environments requires alternative formation pathways that are deployable under ambient conditions with a low energy requirement. Proposers are invited to address one or both of the key technical challenges to be addressed by FAARM:

  • Design a synthetic fuel-forming catalyst and explore its efficacy, including selectivity for forming the synthetic fuel of interest (energy density of 11.5 MJ/L or more).
  • Investigate components (i.e., membranes, electrolytes, or electrodes) of a small-scale device that can reproducibly form detectable amounts of synthetic fuel.

Proposals should be submitted following the guidelines in the master ARC announcement and are accepted any time through April 15, 2024. An informational webinar will be held on January 18, 2024, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm MT.

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DOE SOLVE IT Prize for Community Hydrogen Projects Accepting Engage Proposals by April 12, 2024

The U.S. Department of Energy announced that the Solutions for Lasting, Viable Energy Infrastructure Technologies (SOLVE IT) Prize is now accepting submissions.   

The SOLVE IT Prize will support communities as they identify and work to implement innovative clean energy solutions in a way that works best to address their unique needs and challenges. By empowering communities to solve their energy-related challenges, the SOLVE IT Prize looks to promote the commercialization of promising energy technologies in a way that will lead to an equitable and just energy transition.  

The prize will award competitors with a demonstrated history of productive work with communities. Competitors will work collaboratively with stakeholders interested in community-scale (neighborhood-, town-, or city-scale) planning around clean energy to engage their localities, build a network of support for clean energy or decarbonization projects, and develop plans for carrying these projects out. 

The SOLVE IT Prize offers a total prize pool of $5 million in cash prizes. Teams may win up to $730,000 each across three phases of the SOLVE IT prize. Individuals or organizations with a history of successful participatory community-based initiatives – especially in disadvantaged and energy-burdened communities – are encouraged to join. 

This SOLVE IT Prize is funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) through the Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). The DOE Office of Technology Transitions (OTT), Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED), and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) have collaborated to launch the SOLVE IT Prize.   

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NSF Announces FY24 Growing Convergence Research (GCR) Program with Proposals Due April 12, 2024

Convergence research is a means for solving vexing research problems, in particular, complex problems focusing on societal needs or deep scientific challenges. It entails integrating knowledge, methods, and expertise from different disciplines and developing novel paradigms that catalyze scientific discovery and innovation. This GCR solicitation (NSF 24-527) targets multidisciplinary teams who are embracing convergence research as a means of developing highly innovative solutions to complex research problems. GCR proposals are expected to be bold and address scientific or technical challenges and bottlenecks which if resolved have the potential to transform scientific understanding and solve vexing problems. Successful GCR projects are anticipated to lead to paradigm shifting approaches within disciplines, establishment of new scientific communities, or development of transformative technologies that have the potential for broad scientific or societal impact. This funding uses a gated approach; applicants must present a five-year research plan with two distinct phases. Funding for the second phase is only released upon successfully meeting key metrics in the first phase. Total grant funding over five years is up to $3.6M. A current GCR PI or Co-PI may not serve as PI or Co-PI on any other GCR applications. Full proposals are due April 12, 2024.

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Department of Navy STEM Education and Workforce Program Accepting White Papers by April 12, 2024

Under this FOA (N0001424SF003), the Department of Navy (DON) Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving a broad range of proposals for augmenting existing and/or developing innovative solutions that directly maintain, and/or cultivate a diverse, world-class STEM workforce to maintain the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps’ technological superiority. As the capacity of the DON Science and Technology (S&T) workforce is interconnected with the STEM education system, DON recognizes the need to support efforts that can jointly improve STEM student outcomes and align educational and outreach efforts with Naval S&T current and future workforce needs. This announcement explicitly encourages programs that improve the capacity of education systems and communities to create impactful STEM educational experiences for students of all ages and the naval related workforce. Programs must aim to increase engagement in naval relevant STEM, and enhance the corresponding skills, knowledge, and abilities of participants. ONR encourages applicants to utilize current STEM educational research for informing program design and advancing STEM careers and opportunities of naval relevance. Awards will be for up to $600K over three years. White papers are due April 12, 2024, and full proposals will be due August 30, 2024.

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NSF Announces Future Manufacturing Program with Applications Due April 11, 2024

The goal of Future Manufacturing (NSF 24-525) is to support fundamental research, education, and training of a future workforce to overcome scientific, technological, educational, economic, and social barriers in order to catalyze new manufacturing capabilities that do not exist today. Future Manufacturing seeks inventive approaches to invigorate the manufacturing ecosystem and seed nascent future industries that can only be imagined today. Future Manufacturing supports research and education that will enhance U.S. leadership in manufacturing by providing new capabilities for companies and entrepreneurs, by improving our health, quality of life, and national security, by expanding job opportunities to a diverse STEM workforce, and by reducing adverse impacts of manufacturing on the environment. At the same time, Future Manufacturing enables new manufacturing that will address urgent social challenges arising from climate change, global pandemics and health disparities, social and economic divides, infrastructure deficits of marginalized populations and communities, and environmental sustainability. This solicitation seeks proposals to perform fundamental research to enable new manufacturing capabilities in one or more of the following thrust areas: future cyber manufacturing research, future eco manufacturing research, and future biomanufacturing research. Research grants will be for up to $3M for four years and seed grants will be for up to $500K for two years. An informational webinar will be held on February 2, 2024, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm MT. Applications will be due April 11, 2024.

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NSF Accepting Proposals for Algorithms for Threat Detection by April 10, 2024

The Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) at NSF has formed a partnership with joint proposal review and proposal management with the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) to develop the next generation of mathematical and statistical algorithms for the inference of information from large geospatial datasets. The Algorithms for Threat Detection (ATD) program (NSF 24-526) supports research on new approaches to leveraging massive spatiotemporal datasets to analyze and understand spatiotemporally distributed phenomena. Program objectives include improved representation of complex spatiotemporal dynamics and the development of advanced computational algorithms that can process massive data in near real-time to rapidly, reliably, and securely identify aberrant phenomena and render actionable predictions about potential threats indicated by such phenomena. NSF anticipates an overall funding level of $3M annually split among 10 to 20 awards. Proposals are due April 10, 2024.

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NSF Rolls Out New Responsible Design, Development, and Deployment of Technologies Program with Proposals Due April 8 and April 22, 2024

The Responsible Design, Development, and Deployment of Technologies (ReDDDoT) program (NSF 24-524) invites proposals from multidisciplinary, multi-sector teams that examine and demonstrate the principles, methodologies, implementations, and impacts associated with responsible design, development, and deployment of technologiesin practice.The program is a collaboration between NSF and philanthropic funders Ford Foundation, The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, Pivotal Ventures, The Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fund for Strategic Innovation, and Siegel Family Endowment. A key goal of the program is to support and strengthen collaborations across disciplines and sectors, for example, academia, industry, and non-profits. The program also aims toensure that ethical, legal, and societal considerations and community values are embeddedacross technology lifecycles to generate products that promote the public’s wellbeing and mitigate harm. In FY 2024, proposals should focus on one or more of the following three technology areas, selected as priority areas in the CHIPS & Science Act: artificial intelligence, biotechnology, or natural and anthropogenic disaster prevention or mitigation including, but not limited to, climate change mitigation and environmental sustainability. Proposals for Phase 1 grants (Planning, up to $300K for 2 years; Translational Research Coordination Networks, up to $500K for 3-4 years; and Workshops, up to $75K) are due April 8, 2024, and Phase 2 Project proposals (up to $1.5M for 3 years) are due April 22, 2024.

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NSF Chip Design Hub Announced with Proposals Due April 4, 2024

The NSF Enabling Access to the Semiconductor Chip Ecosystem for Design, Fabrication, and Training (Chip Design Hub) (NSF 24-522) program addresses current gaps in funding for end-to-end semiconductor chip design. This solicitation seeks proposals to establish and manage a community infrastructure that supports the entire integrated micro/nano-electronic circuits (IC) chip design process beginning from behavior/structural description at the Register Transfer Level (RTL) or above to GDSII fabrication mask file generation. The infrastructure should provide licensing, access, and maintenance of (i) commercial and/or open-source EDA tools necessary for the end-to-end IC chip design and verification process, and (ii) design PDK/IPs at various CMOS technology nodes (potentially including emerging technologies), as well as support for multi-project-chip (MPC) integration. Further, proposals should include efforts to develop, curate, and host educational/tutorial materials on the entire IC chip design flow to help train the next generation of IC designers and researchers. NSF expects to make two awards of up to $1.6M per year for up to five years. Proposals are due April 4, 2024.

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Colorado Advanced Industries Collaborative Infrastructure Grants Open with Applications Due April 1, 2024

The Advanced Industries Collaborative Infrastructure Grant funds collaborative projects that will have broad industry-wide impacts across one or more of Colorado’s advanced industries. Projects fill a gap in the advanced industries and have multiple, collaborative partners.

This grant’s goal is to accelerate the commercialization and innovation of advanced industry products and services by building infrastructure for the advanced industries ecosystem. This program aligns private industry and research institutions to create public resources for the development of the advanced industries in Colorado. This funding cannot be used to support an individual business’ infrastructure needs. This funding stream is most appropriate for researchers who have an idea for a center/consortium and significant industrial support.

Collaborative projects can receive up to $500,000. This grant award maximum can be lifted for projects that impact more than one advanced industry.

The Global Business Development (GBD) division administers this grant in partnership with Colorado’s advanced industry trade associations and the Economic Development Commission.

The application is open and will close April 1, 2024.

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NIST Announces Center of Excellence in Climate Measurements Opportunity with Applications Due April 1, 2024

NIST has released a funding opportunity announcement (2024-NIST-CECM-01) seeking applications for the creation of an interdisciplinary Center of Excellence in Climate Measurements that coordinates activities to advance efforts to establish national standardization of methods and metrics for forecasting consequences of climate trends at scales important to communities across multiple geographies and over time. The Center will carry out research and will act as a convener and leader in this field of research by collaborating with NIST and other stakeholders to develop standard practices, methodologies, and tools that will assist communities in making quantitative predictions of climate-related effects on their communities. NIST anticipates making one award for up to $2,667,900 for a three-year performance period. Full applications are due April 1, 2024.

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NSF ExpandQISE Program Accepting Proposals by April 1, 2024

The NSF Expanding Capacity in Quantum Information Science and Engineering (ExpandQISE) program (NSF 24-523) aims to increase research capacity and broaden participation in Quantum Information Science and Engineering (QISE) and related disciplines through the creation of a diversified investment portfolio in research and education that will lead to scientific, engineering and technological breakthroughs, while securing a talent pipeline in a field where workforce needs of industry, government and academia continue to outgrow the available talent. Eligible lead applicants are non-R1 institutions. Mines may participate as a subrecipient. There are two tracks: Track 1 Individual PI awards will be for up to $800K for a three-year period; Track 2 Team awards will be for up to $5M per award for up to five years. Proposals are due April 1, 2024.

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DOE Will Announce Mixed Algae Conversion Research Opportunity in March 2024

The DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office and Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management intend to issue a funding opportunity (DE-FOA-0003274) to support research and development projects for converting algae and other wet waste feedstocks to low-carbon fuels, chemicals, and agricultural products. The intended Mixed Algae Conversion Research Opportunity (MARCO) funding would address gaps in the use of carbon dioxide, conversion technologies, and product development that limits the use of wet algal feedstocks. The potential funding is expected to be released in March 2024 and could include up to $18.8 million for the following topic areas:

  • Topic Area 1: Conversion of Seaweeds and Waste Algae to Low Carbon Fuels and Products
  • Topic Area 2: Conversion of Algal Biomass for Low Carbon Agricultural Products

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CHIPS National Advanced Packaging Manufacturing Program (NAPMP) Materials and Substrates Research and Development Anticipated to Open in March 2024

The CHIPS Research and Development Office (CHIPS R&D) intends to announce an open competition for new research and development activities to establish and accelerate domestic capacity for advanced packaging substrates and substrate materials, a key technology for manufacturing semiconductors. CHIPS R&D anticipates making available up to approximately $300,000,000 for multiple awards in amounts up to approximately $100,000,000 per award over up to 5 years. Co-investment (cost share) is not required in this program. CHIPS R&D will, however, give preference to applications that demonstrate committed co-investment in their application.

Upcoming Events/Deadlines: CHIPS R&D intends to announce the competition no later than March 2024 by posting the NOFO on Grants.gov at https://www.grants.gov. More information about the expected CHIPS R&D NAPMP Materials and Substrates competition will then be available at the CHIPS for America website at  https://www.nist.gov/chips/chips-RDfunding-opportunities.

Materials and Substrates NOFO Objectives: Three major R&D areas have the potential to make a significant impact on domestic advanced packaging capabilities:

  1. organic materials and substrates (including fan-out);
  2. glass materials and substrates; and
  3. semiconductor-based substrates.

Within these areas, CHIPS R&D intends to fund R&D activities that establish and promote relevant domestic capability and capacity, with the following objectives:

  1. Accelerate domestic R&D and innovation in advanced packaging materials and substrates;
  2. Transition domestic materials and substrate innovation into U.S. manufacturing, such that these technologies are available to U.S. manufacturers and customers, including to significantly benefit U.S. economic and national security;
  3. Support the establishment of a robust, sustainable, domestic capacity for advanced packaging materials and substrate R&D, prototyping, commercialization, and manufacturing; and
  4. Promote a skilled and diverse pipeline of workers for a sustainable domestic advanced packaging industry.

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DOE Announces FY24 Energy Emissions Intensive Industries FOA with Concepts Due March 19, 2024

The purpose of this FOA (DE-FOA-0003219) is to accelerate decarbonization across the industrial sector with a focus on subsector-specific decarbonization approaches for the highest emitting and most challenging to address industrial subsectors. The Energy and Emissions Intensive Industries (EEII) program within IEDO focuses on improving efficiency and decarbonizing industries with the largest energy use and GHG emissions (i.e. chemicals and refining, iron and steel, cement and concrete, forest and paper products, food and beverage, and other industries such as glass and aluminum). A total of $83M is available through this FOA. Applicants may request from $500K to $7M depending on the Topic Area and Technology Readiness Level of the technology proposed.  Required concept papers are due March 19, 2024, and invited full applications are due June 11, 2024.

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NOAA Accepting Proposals for Ocean and Coastal Carbon Observing Optimization Studies with Deadline of March 17, 2024

The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP), in partnership with the Global Ocean Monitoring and Observing (GOMO) Program, is soliciting proposals for FOA NOAA-OAR-OAP-2024-2008263 to optimize sampling strategies that improve carbonate chemistry observing systems co-developed with an observing data product end user that can inform real-time data delivery and forecasting of ocean acidification relevant parameters. The optimization design should be geared towards delivering the data needed to support the end user’s specific decision support needs. Applicants may request up to $500,000 per year for projects generally 2-3 years in duration, with a total multi-year budget not to exceed $1,500,000. Funding for this program is contingent upon availability of funds, which have not been appropriated at the time of this announcement. Should funds become available for this program, up to approximately $4,000,000 may be available in Fiscal Year 2024 for the first year. NOAA anticipates funding 2-5 projects with expected start dates of September 1, 2024. Deadline for full applications is March 17, 2024.

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NSF Atmospheric & Geospace Sciences Community Instruments and Facilities Program Accepting Letters of Intent by March 15, 2024

The intent of the Community Instruments and Facilities (AGS-CIF) solicitation (NSF 24-535) is to provide the NSF-sponsored atmospheric sciences research community with access to specialized instrumentation for field and laboratory-based studies. The CIF solicitation requests proposals from instrument and facility providers who will make their equipment available for community use through an NSF-defined request process. Support will be provided for limited technician time, minor upgrades, and travel for outreach.

The CIF solicitation is intended to expand the suite of instruments and facilities available to the atmospheric science community supported by NSF. Proposals funded through this solicitation will promote research, education, and outreach in areas currently supported by programs in the Atmosphere Section of the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS). Applicants may request $500K for a period of up to 5 years. Requests for new instrumentation costs are not allowed. Required letters of intent are due March 15, 2024, and full proposals are due May 1, 2024.

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NSF Collaborations in Artificial Intelligence and Geosciences Program Accepting Proposals by March 15, 2024

The NSF Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), in partnership with the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), seeks to address grand challenge problems across the geosciences through innovations in artificial intelligence (AI) methods. The Collaborations in Artificial Intelligence and Geosciences (CAIG) program (NSF 24-518) seeks to advance the development and adoption of innovative artificial intelligence (AI) methods to increase scientific understanding of the Earth system. The program supports projects that advance AI techniques and/or innovative uses of sophisticated or novel AI methods to enable significant breakthroughs in addressing geoscience research question(s). The program also supports efforts that increase adoption of innovative AI-driven approaches among geoscientists, including by expanding access to cyberinfrastructure and by building capacity for use of AI methods among diverse groups and institutions. Up to $10M will be awarded through 10 to 15 awards. Applications are due March 15, 2024.

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NSF Releases Second Round of Funding for Future of Semiconductors with Proposals Due March 14, 2024

The goal of the NSF Future of Semiconductors (FuSe2) solicitation (NSF 24-521) is to cultivate holistic, co-design approaches to fundamental research and workforce education and training in order to enable rapid progress in new semiconductor technologies. The future of semiconductor manufacturing will require the design and deployment of diverse new technologies in materials, chemical and materials processes, devices, and architectures through the development of application-driven systems. Partnerships between industry and academic institutions are essential to spurring this innovation, enabling technology transfer, informing research infrastructure needs, and training the future workforce. This solicitation seeks proposals to perform fundamental research to enable a new paradigm in semiconductor capabilities through research grants focused on co-design approaches. Teams of all sizes, with a minimum of a PI and a co-PI, are encouraged. Awards will be for up to $2M for a three-year grant period. An investigator who is a PI or co-PI of a FuSe award based on a proposal submitted in response to the previous FuSe solicitation, NSF 23-552, cannot be a PI or co-PI for this FuSe2 solicitation, but may serve as Senior Personnel. Proposals are due March 14, 2024.

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DOE Technology Integration Funding Opportunity Accepting Concepts by March 12, 2024

The DOE Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) has announced a new $15M funding opportunity (DE-FOA-0003250) for projects that will advance deployment of technologies critical to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector. The funding will drive innovation in equitable clean transportation and is aligned with strategies detailed in the U.S. National Blueprint for Transportation Decarbonization. Topic areas in VTO’s FY24 Technology Integration funding opportunity include:

  • Clean Cities Outreach, Engagement, and Technical Assistance
  • Training on Zero Emission Vehicle and Infrastructure Technologies for Critical Emergency Response Workers
  • Clean Transportation Demonstration and Deployment.

Individual awards will be $500K to $2.5M each depending on the topic area. Applicants must submit a concept paper by March 12, 2024, and full applications are due April 30, 2024.

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ARPA-E Launches FOA for Circular Use of Domestic EV Batteries with Concepts Due March 12, 2024

The overarching goal of the Catalyzing Innovative Research for Circular Use of Long-lived Advanced Rechargeables (CIRCULAR) (DE-FOA-0003303) program is to successfully translate the definition of a circular economy to the domestic EV battery supply chain by supporting the development of innovative solutions that can overcome both the technological and economic barriers to broad commercial adoption. CIRCULAR recognizes that conventional recycling is not the only, nor primary, pathway to closing the supply chain loop. The program will support the development and deployment of foundational technologies capable of maintaining materials and products in circulation at their highest level of performance and safety for as long as possible. CIRCULAR acknowledges that simultaneous advancements in multiple technological domains may be required to accomplish this ambitious objective.

The program will have four categories:

  • Category A seeks innovations in battery cell materials, designs, regeneration methods, and corresponding manufacturing techniques to prolong battery service life.
  • Category B seeks innovations in battery pack designs, materials, and reversible manufacturing methods as well as fast and safe disassembly techniques to recover manufacturing value of cells and pack components.
  • Category C seeks innovations in cell-level sensing, data analytics, and battery intelligence systems for circularity and safety.
  • Category D focuses on analytical tools to assess the economic benefits of the technologies developed in Categories A, B, and C, including their impact on GHG emissions and overall material consumption per unit of energy delivered over the lifetimes of battery cells and packs.

Individual awards will range from $500K to $5M. Concepts are due by March 12, 2024, and the deadline for full applications is yet to be announced.

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NSF Strengthening American Infrastructure Program Launches with Deadline of March 12, 2024

The Strengthening American Infrastructure (SAI) program (NSF 24-519) seeks to stimulate human-centered, use-inspired, fundamental and potentially transformative research aimed at strengthening America’s infrastructure. Effective infrastructure provides a strong foundation for socioeconomic vitality and broad improvement in quality of life. Robust, reliable, and effective infrastructure spurs private-sector innovation, grows the economy, creates jobs, makes public-sector service provision more efficient, strengthens communities, promotes equal opportunity, protects the natural environment, enhances national security, and fuels American leadership. Achieving these objectives requires the integration of expertise from across all science and engineering disciplines. SAI focuses on how fundamental knowledge about human reasoning and decision-making, governance, and social and cultural processes enables the building and maintenance of effective infrastructure that improves lives and society and builds on advances in technology and engineering. Successful projects will represent a convergence of expertise in one or more social, behavioral, or economic sciences, deeply integrated with other disciplines to support substantial and potentially pathbreaking fundamental research applied to strengthening a specific focal infrastructure. Up to $9.6M will be awarded through approximately 15 awards. Applications are due March 12, 2024.

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NSF Emerging Mathematics in Biology Program Accepting Proposals by March 11, 2024

The Emerging Mathematics in Biology (eMB) program (NSF 24-513) seeks to stimulate fundamental interdisciplinary and potentially transformative research pertaining to the development of innovative mathematical/statistical/computational theories, tools, and modeling approaches to investigate challenging questions of great interest to biologists and public health policymakers. It supports research projects in mathematical biology that address challenging and significant biological questions through novel applications of traditional, but nontrivial, mathematical tools and methods or the development of new theories particularly from foundational mathematics and/or computational/statistical tools, including Artificial Intelligence/Deep Learning/Machine Learning. The program emphasizes the uses of mathematical methodologies to advance our understanding of complex, dynamic, and heterogenous biological systems at all scales (molecular, cellular, organismal, population, ecosystems, etc.). Awards will range from $200K to $600K for a duration of up to three years. Proposals are due March 11, 2024.

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NSF Collaborating with NIH and DOE on Computational Neuroscience Program with Applications Due March 7, 2024

Computational neuroscience provides a theoretical foundation and a rich set of technical approaches for understanding the nervous system at all levels, building on the theory, methods, and findings of computer science, neuroscience, and numerous other disciplines to accelerate the understanding of nervous system structure and function, mechanisms underlying nervous system disorders, and computational strategies used by the nervous system. Through the Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS) program (NSF 24-510), the participating funding organizations (including NSF, NIH, and DOE) will support collaborative activities that span a broad spectrum of computational neuroscience research, as appropriate to the missions and strategic objectives of each agency. Two classes of proposals will be considered in response to this solicitation: 1) Research Proposals describing collaborative research projects, and 2) Data Sharing Proposals to support sharing of data and other resources. Anticipated award size is $100K to $250K per year for three to five years. Full applications are due March 7, 2024.

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DOE Announces Opportunity for Advancing Domestic Manufacturing of Next Generation Batteries with Concepts Due March 4, 2024

The DOE Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office (AMMTO) has released a $15.7M funding opportunity (DE-FOA-0003236) to advance the domestic manufacturing of next generation batteries and energy storage. This opportunity will advance platform technologies upon which battery manufacturing capabilities can be built. This research and development will improve manufacturability and scalability of sodium-ion batteries, flow batteries, and nanolayered films for energy storage. The funding opportunity will also integrate smart manufacturing technologies to increase productivity and lower the cost for domestic battery production. Topic areas include: 1) Platforms for next generation battery manufacturing ($10.7M total for 3-8 projects) and 2) Smart manufacturing platforms for battery production ($5M total for 2-5 projects). Applicants must submit a concept paper by March 4, 2024, and full applications are due May 7, 2024.

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DOE Opens All Hazards Energy Resilience FOA with Applications Due March 4, 2024

The DOE Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response has issued the All Hazards Energy Resilience FOA (DE-FOA-0003217) in order to advance tools and technologies specifically designed to reduce risks to energy delivery infrastructure from all hazards including cybersecurity, physical security, and climate effects. This effort will lead to next generation tools and technologies not available today that will become widely adopted throughout the energy sector to reduce an incident disruption to energy delivery. Topic Areas include: 1) Operate through compromise; 2) Adaptable zero-trust architecture; 3) Research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) of risk management tools and technologies for natural hazards; 4) RD&D of tools and technologies for energy infrastructure resilience to wildfires; 5) Physical security improvements for utility power substations; and 6) University-based RD&D: Scalable cyber-physical platform (restricted to HBCUs). Awards will range from $500K to $4M depending on the Topic Area. Applications are due March 4, 2024.

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Two State of Colorado Advanced Industries Grant Applications Due by March 1, 2024

The Advanced Industries Proof of Concept Grant provides funding to help Colorado research institutions speed up applied research in advanced industries and commercialize products and services with the private sector. Projects can receive up to $150,000 in grant money and must provide 1:3 cash match. Projects must accelerate product or service commercialization through precommercial research and commercialization preparation. Funding cannot be used for basic research. The online application must be completed and the Mines Technology Transfer Office notified by the close of business February 29, 2024. The application will be reviewed and then submitted to the CO Economic Development and International Trade office by the TTO before the deadline on March 1, 2024. Email Will Vaughan at wvaughan@mines.edu to request an application.

The Advanced Industries Early-Stage Capital and Retention Grant helps Colorado-based advanced industries technology businesses develop and commercialize advanced technologies that will be created or manufactured in Colorado. Projects can receive up to $250,000 in grant money and must provide a 2:1 (company: state) cost share. The market typically under-invests in early-stage technologies; this grant’s goal is to fill the gap left by the market and is not meant to compete with existing funding. This application should be submitted by the start-up company and applications are due March 1, 2024.

DOE Releases Enhanced Geothermal Systems Opportunity with Letters of Intent Due March 1, 2024

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) has announced a funding opportunity of up to $31 million for projects supporting enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) wellbore tools as well as the use of low-temperature geothermal heat for industrial processes. The combined FOA (DE-FOA-0003296) seeks projects in two topic areas:

  • Topic Area 1: Funding of up to $23.1 million will support projects to address downhole cement and casing evaluation tools for use in high-temperature and hostile geothermal wellbores.
  • Topic Area 2: Funding of up to $7.9 million will support a demonstration project for low-temperature reservoir thermal energy storage technology with applications to industrial processes.

Projects under Topic Area 1 will reduce costs and technical challenges associated with wellbore construction for EGS, which will expand opportunities to tap firm, flexible, domestic geothermal energy nationwide and support DOE’s Enhanced Geothermal Shot. Projects under Topic Area 2 can help reduce emissions from energy-intensive industrial heating processes and spur reservoir thermal energy storage technology towards being a long-term, reliable decarbonization technology for U.S. industry and manufacturing. Projects under this topic also support DOE’s Industrial Heat Shot.

GTO anticipates making several awards over the course of fiscal years 2024–2028, with individual awards ranging between $100,000 and $10 million. Letters of intent are due March 1, 2024, and full applications are due April 1, 2024. GTO will post an informational webinar to EERE eXCHANGE February 5, 2024, by 5:00 p.m. ET to discuss the funding program and the areas of focus.

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U.S. Army Research Institute Accepting White Papers for Behavioral and Social Science Research by March 1, 2024

This Broad Agency Announcement for the Foundational Science Research Unit (FSRU) of the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (W911NF-24-S-0005) solicits new proposals for its fiscal year 2025 program of basic research in behavioral science. The Basic Research program provides a scientific foundation to support broad capabilities necessary for Army personnel. This program focuses on three strategic areas for advancing personnel science:

1.     Science of Measurement of Individuals and Collectives: Advanced psychometric theory for deriving valid measurements from complex assessments and continuous streams of data

2.     Understanding Multilevel and Organizational Dynamics: Multilevel theory and methods for understanding dynamic restructuring, coordination, and composition processes in teams and complex organizations

3.     Formal/Informal Learning and Development: Holistic models of individual and collective learning and development across work settings and contexts throughout the career span

White Papers are due March 1, 2024, and full proposals are due July 1, 2024.

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DOE Exploratory Research for Extreme-Scale Science Accepting Pre-Applications by February 29, 2024

The DOE Office of Science Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program has released the latest Exploratory Research for Extreme-Scale Science (EXPRESS) funding opportunity (DE-FOA-0003300). The purpose of this $8M funding opportunity is to enable significant innovation in the development of effective paradigms and approaches for realizing the full potential of scientific computing from emerging technologies in extreme-scale science. Applications are accepted in the following research topics:

  • Harnessing Technology Innovations to Accelerate Science through Visualization
  • Scalable Space-Time Memories for Large Discrete/Agent-Based Models
  • Neuromorphic Computing
  • Advanced Wireless
  • Quantum Hardware Emulation

This announcement adds to ASCR’s efforts addressing disruptive technology changes that are occurring across scientific applications, algorithms, computer architectures, and ecosystems. R1 academic institutions not in EPSCoR states may request up to $250K per year. Required pre-applications are due February 29, 2024, and full applications are due May 2, 2024. Note that institutions are limited to five pre-applications, and they may be submitted directly by the PI. As such, an internal expression of interest period will not be held, and the first five pre-applications submitted will constitute the limit.

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NSF EFRI Program Accepting Proposals for Planning Grants by February 23, 2024

This newsletter recently published the announcement of the FY24 NSF Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) program with a focus on Biocomputing through EnGINeering Organoid Intelligence (BEGIN OI) (NSF 24-508). This solicitation supports foundational and transformative research to advance the design, engineering, and fabrication of organoid systems that are capable of processing information dynamically while interfacing with non-living systems. The EFRI program seeks proposals with potentially transformative ideas that represent an opportunity for a significant shift in fundamental engineering knowledge with strong potential for long term impact on national needs or a grand challenge. Awards will be for up to $2M over four years. For the FY24 round, letters of intent are due January 17, 2024, and full applications are due February 22, 2024.

Given the complexity of an EFRI proposal, NSF is also currently accepting proposals for planning grants to help teams position themselves for a FY25 submission. Proposers supported through this mechanism may use the funding to organize activities that help stimulate the formation of EFRI teams (in terms of PI, Co-PI, Senior Personnel, and organization type) and crystalize the ideas and research plans to be presented in a potential EFRI proposal. Planning grants may be for up to $100K for a duration of 12 months and are due February 23, 2024.

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Colorado School of Mines Accelerator Fund Accepting Proposals Year-Round

The Colorado School of Mines Office of Research and Technology Transfer is soliciting applications for commercialization projects based on Mines intellectual property. The purpose is to provide funding to Mines’ researchers who have made progress moving their invention into the commercial market and are interested in continuing the process. It is also to serve as pre-seed funds before applying for investment funding, including Mines Venture Fund. This fund has been made possible by funding from the Colorado School of Mines Foundation and the State of Colorado’s Advanced Industry Program. Projects submitted to this competition should be short-duration (up to one year) and low-cost ($50K maximum) go-to-market projects. If you have questions, please reach out to Will Vaughan, Director of Technology Transfer, at wvaughan@mines.edu.

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NSF Accepting Proposals Any Time for Research in the Formation of Engineers

The NSF Engineering Directorate (ENG) has launched a multi-year initiative, the Professional Formation of Engineers, to create and support an innovative and inclusive engineering profession for the 21st century. Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE) refers to the formal and informal processes and value systems by which people become engineers. It also includes the ethical responsibility of practicing engineers to sustain and grow the profession in order to improve quality of life for all peoples. The engineering profession must be responsive to national priorities, grand challenges, and dynamic workforce needs; it must be equally open and accessible to all. The goal of the Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE) program (PD 24-340) is to advance our understanding of professional formation. It seeks both to deepen our fundamental understanding of the underlying processes and mechanisms that support professional formation and to demonstrate how professional formation is or can be accomplished. Proposals are accepted any time.

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NSF Accepting Proposals Any Time for the Mind, Machine and Motor Nexus Program

The NSF Mind, Machine and Motor Nexus (M3X) Program (PD 19-058Y) supports fundamental research that explores embodied reasoning as mediated by bidirectional sensorimotor interaction between human and synthetic actors. For the purposes of this program, embodiment is defined as the capacity to interact with physics-based environments. The M3X program encourages research on sensorimotor interaction and embodied reasoning between human and synthetic actors in real, virtual, or hybrid settings, over a range of spatial and temporal scales, and for different modes of interaction. The M3X program supports research derived from conceptual, mathematical, empirical, experimental, computational, and cross-cutting perspectives, among others. Multi-disciplinary perspectives are encouraged but must be integrated to promote a holistic treatment of the research. Proposals are accepted any time.

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CHIPS for America Announces Vision and Future Funding Opportunities for $3B Semiconductor Packaging Program

The CHIPS for America initiative run by NIST has released its vision to boost U.S. capabilities for advanced packaging, a key technology for manufacturing semiconductors. Advanced packaging is a cutting-edge design and manufacturing method that places multiple chips with a variety of functions in a densely interconnected two- or three-dimensional “package.” This design paradigm can help the sector achieve the ever denser, smaller dimensions that the most advanced semiconductors require. Advanced packaging requires an interdisciplinary approach that brings together chip designers, materials scientists, process and mechanical engineers, measurement scientists, and many more. It also requires access to resources such as advanced packaging facilities. Currently, the United States is limited in both conventional and advanced packaging capacity. The approximately $3B program will be dedicated to activities that include an advanced packaging piloting facility for validating and transitioning new technologies to U.S. manufacturers; workforce training programs to ensure that new processes and tools are capably staffed; and funding for projects that focus on: 

  • materials and substrates
  • equipment, tools and processes
  • power delivery and thermal management
  • photonics and connectors
  • a chiplet ecosystem
  • co-design for test, repair, security, interoperability and reliability

The first FOA focused on materials and substrates is anticipated in early 2024.

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ARPA-E SPARKS FOA to Advance Early-Stage Applied Energy Research with Proposals Accepted Any Time

The Spurring Projects to Advance Energy Research and Knowledge Swiftly (SPARKS) program (DE-FOA-0003164) provides a continuing opportunity for the rapid support of early-stage applied research to explore innovative new concepts with the potential for transformational and disruptive changes in energy technology. Awards are intended to be flexible and may take the form of analyses or exploratory research that provides the agency with useful information for the subsequent development of focused technology programs. SPARKS awards may also support proof-of-concept research to develop a unique technology concept, either in an area not currently supported by the agency or as a potential enhancement to an ongoing focused technology program. Applications must propose concepts that are not covered by open ARPA-E focused FOAs and that do not represent incremental improvements over existing technology. SPARKS awards are defined as single-phase efforts of durations of 18 months or less with a total project cost of $500,000 or less. ARPA-E expects to make approximately $10 million per fiscal year available for new awards, subject to the availability of appropriated funds. This FOA will remain open until closed or replaced by a modified FOA. Applications will be accepted any time while this FOA remains open.

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NSF Accepting Proposals Year-Round for Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace

The goal of the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program (NSF 24-504) is to protect and preserve the growing social and economic benefits of cyber systems while ensuring security and privacy.The SaTC program welcomes proposals that address cybersecurity and privacy, drawing on expertise in one or more of these areas: computing, communication, and information sciences; engineering; education; mathematics; statistics; and social, behavioral, and economic sciences. Proposals that advance the field of cybersecurity and privacy within a single discipline or interdisciplinary efforts that span multiple disciplines are both welcome.

The SaTC program spans the interests of NSF’s Directorates for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Engineering (ENG), Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), and STEM Education (EDU). Proposals must be submitted pursuant to one of the following designations, each of which may have additional restrictions and administrative obligations as specified in this program solicitation.

  • CORE: This designation is the main focus of the multidisciplinary SaTC research program.
  • EDU: The Education (EDU) designation is used to label proposals focusing on cybersecurity and privacy education and training.
  • TTP: The Transition to Practice (TTP) designation will be used to label proposals that are focused exclusively on transitioning existing research results to practice.

CORE and TTP proposals may be submitted in one of the following project size classes:

  • Small projects: up to $600,000 in total budget, with durations of up to three years; and
  • Medium projects: $600,001 to $1,200,000 in total budget, with durations of up to four years.

EDU proposals are limited to $400,000 in total budget (or $500,000 for collaborative proposals), with durations of up to three years. Proposals are accepted year-round.

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DOE Vehicle Technologies Office Intends to Issue FOA on Technology Integration in Q1 2024

The Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) will issue a new FOA on Technology Integration (DE-FOA-0003250) in January or February 2024. Within VTO, the Technology Integration Program supports the demonstration and deployment of new technology at the community level, but ultimately with broader national reach. The Technology Integration Program supports a broad technology portfolio that includes alternative fuels, workforce development and training, and other efficient advanced technologies that can reduce transportation energy costs for businesses and consumers. The program provides objective, unbiased data and real-world lessons learned to inform future research needs and support local decision making. It also includes projects to disseminate data, information, and insight, as well as online tools and technology assistance to cities and regions working to implement alternative fuels and energy efficient mobility technologies and systems. Areas of Interest will potentially include the following:

  • Clean Cities outreach, engagement, and technical assistance
  • Training on net-zero emission vehicles and infrastructure technologies for critical emergency response workers
  • Demonstration and deployment open topic

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DOE Vehicle Technologies Office Planning to Release Research, Development, & Demonstration FOA in Q1 2024

The Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office intends to release a funding opportunity (DE-FOA-0003248) in January or February 2024 that will advance research, development, demonstration and deployment (RDD&D) in several areas critical to achieving net-zero greenhouse (GHG) emission by 2050 including: Development of innovative battery chemistries, reducing GHG emissions in off-road vehicles, improving transportation efficiency via connected vehicles, domestic production of electric steels and improved cybersecurity for electric vehicle charging. The anticipated FOA targets Vehicle Technologies research and development projects potentially including:

  • Next Generation Phosphate-Based Cathodes
  • Na-ion Battery Seedling Projects for Electric Vehicle Applications
  • Low GHG Concepts for Off-Road Vehicles
  • Saving Energy with Connectivity
  • Domestically Produced E-Steels
  • Cybersecurity for Smart and Secure Electric Vehicle Charging

The FOA is anticipated in January or February 2024.

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DOE Intends to Fund Projects that Transform Carbon Emissions into Valuable Products with FOA Anticipated in Q1 2024

The DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) recently issued a notice of intent to provide funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for large-scale conversion of carbon emissions into environmentally responsible and economically valuable products. Projects will develop the sustainable feedstocks and conversion technologies necessary to produce crucial fuels, materials, and other carbon-based products. If issued, the funding will support two areas of focus: (1) research and development of electrochemical conversion processes that convert carbon emissions into valuable products such as engineering polymer/resin precursors, specialty chemicals, and commodity chemicals; and (2) feasibility studies that examine retrofitting refineries for carbon utilization and production of value-added products. DOE expects to issue the FOA during the first quarter of calendar year 2024.  

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NSF Global Centers Program Focused on Bioeconomy Intends to Release Solicitation in Q1 2024

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) has announced in a Dear Colleague Letter that it intends to launch the 2024 Global Centers Program in the first quarter of 2024. Global Centers is a cross-directorate funding opportunity implemented in partnership with international funding partner agencies. Global Centers supports large-scale use-inspired research in collaboration with international partners to address global challenges that cannot be solved by any single country. The Global Centers program funds research centers that maximize the benefits of international, interdisciplinary collaborations through co-development of research and workforce training with diverse kinds of stakeholders impacted by global challenge themes. Funding levels for NSF Global Centers Implementation awards are up to $5,000,000 for durations of four to five years. The topic for the 2024 competition of the Global Centers program is anticipated to be Addressing Societal Challenges through the Bioeconomy. The Program anticipates accepting proposals for holistic, multidisciplinary projects that demonstrate integration of international teams as well as the relevant scientific disciplines, including educational and social sciences necessary to achieve use-inspired outcomes. The anticipated due date for proposals will fall in Q2 of 2024.

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DOD Strategic Capabilities Office Broad Agency Announcement

Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) is an organization within the Office of the Secretary of Defense which seeks to identify, analyze, and prototype disruptive applications of new systems, unconventional uses of existing systems, and implement emerging technologies to create operational strategic effects. SCO is a rapid prototyping organization focused on delivering capabilities in 3-5 years to address high priority operational and strategic challenges.

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DOD 2024 ERDC BAA

The ERDC is responsible for conducting research in the broad fields of hydraulics, dredging, coastal engineering, instrumentation, oceanography, remote sensing, geotechnical engineering, earthquake engineering, soil effects, vehicle mobility, self-contained munitions, military engineering, geophysics, pavements, protective structures, aquatic plants, water quality, dredged material, treatment of hazardous waste, wetlands, physical/mechanical/ chemical properties of snow and other frozen precipitation, infrastructure and environmental issues for installations, computer science, telecommunications management, energy, facilities maintenance, materials and structures, engineering processes, environmental processes, land and heritage conservation, and ecological processes.

This announcement is continuously open; pre-proposals may be submitted and will be reviewed at any time throughout the year.  The availability of funds may limit the ability of the U.S. Government to make awards in specific areas, nevertheless, pre-proposals are sought under this announcement for all research areas identified

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DARPA Defense Sciences Office Office-wide

This opportunity is to identify and create the next generation of scientific discovery to fuel innovation throughout the Agency and beyond. DSO frames its office according to the thrust areas described further below, but encourages any fundamental research concept, idea, or effort that addresses DARPA’s mission to make pivotal investments in breakthrough technologies for national security.

Novel Materials & Structures: This thrust includes, but is not limited to, science and technology in quantum devices, atomic scale systems, and functional and structural materials.

Sensing & Measurement: This thrust includes but is not limited to, science and technology in quantum sensing and metrology, seeing (sensing) the unseen, and novel light sources.
Computation & Processing: This thrust includes, but is not limited to, science and technology of quantum computing, cryptography, and modeling of complex systems.
Enabling Operations: This thrust includes, but is not limited to, technologies to support spacebased operations, tactically remote environments, and resource assurance.
Collective Intelligence: This thrust includes, but is not limited to, exploration of complex social systems, adaptable Artificial Intelligence (AI), and AI-accelerated learning.
Emerging Threats: This thrust includes, but is not limited to, national security concerns related to global issues associated with raw material availability, environmental catastrophes, and digital societies.

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DOE – FY 2024 CONTINUATION OF SOLICITATION FOR THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The Office of Science (SC) of the Department of Energy (DOE) 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, Nuclear Physics, Isotope R&D and Production, and Accelerator R&D and Production.

This FOA is our annual, broad, open solicitation that covers all research areas in SC and is open throughout the Fiscal Year. Any research within SC’s Congressionally-authorized mission may be proposed under this FOA. This FOA will remain open until September 30, 2024, 11:59 PM Eastern Time, or until it is succeeded by another issuance, whichever occurs first.

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DoD STTR 24.A Program & DoD SBIR 24.1 Program – February 07, 2024

The objectives of the DoD STTR Program include stimulating technological innovation, strengthening the role of small businesses in meeting DoD research and development needs, fostering and encouraging participation by minority and disadvantaged persons in technological innovation, and increasing the commercial application of DoD-supported research or research and development results.

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Army Contracting Command Announces Broad Agency Announcement for Development, Maturing, Demonstrating and Transitioning Aviation-Related Critical Technologies

Through this Master Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) (W911W6-23-R-0010), the Army Contracting Command announces its intent to solicit future proposals in alignment with its mission to develop, mature, demonstrate and transition critical technologies and products through technology programs and customer support that modernize, maintain and sustain Army Aviation as the dominant land force aviation component in the world. Individual calls will specify the research area(s) being solicited. This BAA closes on June 20, 2024.

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U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Broad Agency Announcement on Enabling Cyber-Linked Physical Sensing Exploitation Accepting White Papers

This Broad Agency Announcement (FA8650-21-S-1016) on Enabling Cyber-Linked Physical Sensing Exploitation (ECLPSE) will be a Two Step, Open BAA to support research and analysis on cyber-physical sensing and Electronic Warfare (EW)-kinetic effects to enable understanding how cyber-connected devices interact with the physical environment found in manufacturing automation, utilities, transportation, agricultural, medical, and other common applications. This effort will also support research and analysis regarding the prevention and exploitation of information leakages similar to electromagnetic security (EMSEC) vulnerabilities in the cyber/EW-physical domain. Individual contracts will be up to $20M. The first step is submission of a white paper. Approved white paper offerors will receive Requests for Proposals. This BAA closes on February 25, 2026.

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DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory Broad Agency Announcement for Foundational Research

This BAA (W911NF-23-S-0001) and the associated list of research topics is accepting white papers and proposals that help the ARL meet its mission to operationalize science to ensure overmatch in any future conflict. This BAA combines two previously separate BAAs focused on basic and applied research into a single document and closes on November 20, 2027.  

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FY23 NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER AIRCRAFT DIVISION OFFICE-WIDE BROAD AGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT (BAA)

The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) is interested in receiving white papers for Research and Development projects which offer potential for advancement and improvement of NAWCAD operations.

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Advanced Manufacturing Research in support of the Sciences of Extreme Materials Competency – Closing date Nov. 19, 2027

Army modernization requires a set of robust manufacturing strategies and integrated capabilities that enable a highly connected and collaborative enterprise. Agile manufacturing involves digitally enabled advanced manufacturing (AdvM) technologies with ubiquitous access to rapid prototyping, small-scale production, materials by design, etc. that are capable of scalable, and on-demand distributed production of components and systems. Agile manufacturing integrates the procedures, resources, and preparation that are needed to respond to changes in the demand utilizing systems, resources, and practice to react to these demands and adapt quickly without jeopardizing the Army’s ability to meet the performance requirements.

This area seeks transformational materials that can operate in extreme conditions, and methods to manufacture them readily in the organic US industrial base as well as in austere environments at the point of need. Next generation Army components and systems will need to integrate novel structures of unmatched geometric complexity, and novel materials produced using novel data driven digital manufacturing methods. Topics of interest include:  Additive manufacturing, Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) techniques for AdvM, Printed hybrid electronics including multi-functional devices and structures, Novel and robust design methodologies for convergent manufacturing, and more. 

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Electric- and Magnetic-Field Sensor Technology – Closing date Nov. 19, 2027

Research proposals are desired that are related to small, rugged, low-power electric- and magnetic-field sensors that can be deployed on a battlefield using artillery-based delivery systems, or scattered from air or ground vehicles, or emplaced by individual soldiers. These sensors should be passive or semi-active (i.e., with no local field-generating element), and may operate at low frequencies in the quasi-static zone (or “near field”), where the electric and magnetic fields are not coupled. These sensors should be characterized by exceptionally low power, size, weight, and cost, and/or by exceptionally high sensitivity and low noise (i.e., with performance limited by the background environment). Sensor bandwidth generally falls between DC and ~1 MHz, but may be further limited for specific applications: e.g., 0.001-10 Hz for anomaly detection; 30-3000 Hz for electric-power sensing; 3-30 kHz for very low frequency (VLF) sensing.

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Invincible Materials Research in support of the Sciences of Extreme Materials Competency – Closing date Nov. 19, 2027

The invincible materials portfolio focuses on the fundamental, basic and applied material science and engineering to identify novel and emerging materials, systems and technologies for use across multiple high valued platforms and systems. The portfolio seeks to expand knowledge of materials and the related science and engineering of all materials classes with respect to synthesis, processing, development of novel materials or feedstocks, methods, advanced manufacturing techniques, experimentation, high through put techniques, machine learning, characterization, and modeling and simulation. The portfolio seeks to enable the discovery, development, design and integration of emerging structural, chemical and biological protection, electronic, laser and energy, materials in traditional and extreme environments such as materials under high rate and dynamic conditions. The portfolio also seeks material science and manufacturing technologies that supports the soldier, combat vehicles, combat support vehicles and other high valued assets to enable improved performance and survivability.

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Invisible Materials Research in support of the Sciences of Extreme Materials Competency – Closing date Nov. 19, 2027

The Invisible Materials Portfolio seeks to identify novel electromagnetic spectrum materials (EMS) for use in a wide range of military applications. The portfolio seeks materials with advanced capabilities to increase, decreases or alter the energy emitted, scattered or absorbed in a controlled manner.

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Multimodal Synthetic Data for Machine Learning – Closing date Nov. 19, 2027

The use of artificial intelligence solutions for Army field applications will rely heavily on machine learning (ML) algorithms. Current ML algorithms need large amounts of mission-relevant training data to enable them to perform well in tasks such as object and activity recognition, and high-level decision making. Battlefield data sources can be heterogeneous, encompassing multiple sensing modalities. Present open-source data sets for training ML approaches provide inadequate representation of scenes and situations of interest to the Army, in both content and sensing modalities. There is a push to use synthetic data to make up for the paucity of real-world training data relevant to military multi-domain operations of the future. However, there are no systematic approaches for synthetic generation of data that provide any degree of assurance of improved real-world performance of the ML techniques trained on such data. The problem of effective synthetic data generation for ML raises deeper questions than that of artificially generating speech or imagery that humans find realistic.

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DOD Tactical Heterogeneous Sensing in Complex Environments, Aerosols, and Impacts- November 19, 2027

 This program focuses on basic and applied research investigations designed to enhance situational and operational awareness with respect to operations in complex, multi-domain environments enabling C4ISR and maneuver capabilities. The research covers a broad portfolio including aerosol sciences, propagation of electro-optic (EO), electro-magnetic (EM), radio-frequency (RF) and acoustic signals in complex environments, impacts thereof, and heterogeneous sensing. Areas of specific interest are optical spectroscopy and characterization of aerosols, modeling of light interaction with material, atmospheric aerosol composition, heterogeneous remote sensing, and propagation modeling. Complex environments of particular interest are urban, littoral, forested, and domain interfaces.

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DOD Quantum networking for communications, distributed entanglement and information processing – November 19, 2027

 The Army seeks proposals in the development of quantum networks to advance performance metrics across a range of applications, including information distribution/security/processing, logistics, conventional networking and computing.

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U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences Broad Agency Announcement for Basic Research (Fiscal Year 2025) – White Paper, March 1,2024 – Full-proposal July 1, 2024

The Basic Research program focuses on three strategic areas for advancing personnel science.

1.     Science of Measurement of Individuals and Collectives: Advanced psychometric theory for deriving valid measurements from complex assessments and continuous streams of data

2.     Understanding Multilevel and Organizational Dynamics: Multilevel theory and methods for understanding dynamic restructuring, coordination, and composition processes in teams and complex organizations

3.     Formal/Informal Learning and Development: Holistic models of individual and collective learning and development across work settings and contexts throughout the career span

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DARPA Strategic Technology Office (STO) – October 31, 2024

DARPA’s Strategic Technology Office (STO) is seeking innovative ideas and disruptive
technologies that provide the U.S. military and national security leaders trusted, disruptive
capabilities to win in all physical domains (Air, Space, Sea, and Land) and across the spectrum
of competition, from deterrence to high-end peer combat. STO seeks to carry out DARPA’s
mission of creating high-risk, high-reward “breakthrough” technologies with a focus on
ambitious, difficult, and revolutionary projects that achieve significant changes or fundamental
shifts in technical capabilities and give our warfighters new ways to fight. STO will develop and
deliver solutions at a speed and scale to be operationally relevant in a relatively short time, just a
few years, from the initiation of the project to proof of concept.

STO is a “systems office,” seeking to create new “proof-of-concept” mission systems. Its goals
are to develop and demonstrate new capabilities that expand what is technically possible.

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DARPA Information Innovation Office (I2O) Office-wide – October 29, 2024

The Information Innovation Office (I2O) creates groundbreaking science and develops transformational capabilities in the informational and computational spheres to surprise adversaries and maintain enduring advantage for national security. I2O programs address elements of four key thrust areas:  Proficient artificial intelligence (AI), Resilient, adaptable, and secure systems, Advantage in cyber operations, and Confidence in the information domain.

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DARPA Exploration Announcement (EA) Master Solicitation for Advanced Research Concepts (ARC) – October 26, 2024

The Advanced Research Concepts (ARC) program will rapidly solicit and explore a high volume of promising new ideas for limited-scope investments. Projects will focus on answering high-risk/high-reward fundamental research questions and assessing the impact of further investment on problems of importance to the Department of Defense.

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DOE FY 2024 CONTINUATION OF SOLICITATION FOR THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM – September 30, 2024

The Office of Science (SC) of the Department of Energy (DOE) 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, Nuclear Physics, Isotope R&D and Production, and Accelerator R&D and Production.

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DOD Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology – Sept. 30, 2024

ONR, ONRG, and MCWL are interested in receiving proposals for Long-Range S&T Projects that offer potential for advancement and improvement of Navy and Marine Corps operations.

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DARPA Artificial Intelligence Exploration (AIE) – August 20, 2024 4:00 PM

Current Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies are being successfully exploited to achieve powerful new capabilities. DARPA seeks to invest in focused explorations of what the AI science and technologies of the future could be. DARPA’s AI Exploration (AIE) program will enable exploratory research on a range of AI related topics that will be periodically solicited as AIE Opportunities through publication of Presolicitation Notices under Contract Opportunities on https://SAM.gov. It is DARPA’s intent to make awards for future AIE Opportunities within 90 days of posting on https://SAM.gov. In order to ensure that DARPA achieves the AIE goal of award within 90 calendar days from the posting date of each AIE Opportunity, DARPA reserves the right to cease negotiations when an award is not executed by both parties (DARPA and the selected organization) on or before the deadline explicitly listed in each AIE Opportunity Notice. This deadline will be no more than 90 calendar days from the posting date of the corresponding AIE Opportunity.

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DARPA-RA-23-02 Forward-Looking Experimentation (FLEX) – August 9, 2024

The Microsystems Technology Office at DARPA seeks fundamental research proposals for disruptive ideas in information and communication technologies (ICT) addressing the grand challenges for a data-driven future. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. The goal of the Forward-Looking Experimentation (FLEX) program is to identify the direction and timing of key disruptive advances in ICT, accelerate technology exploration and generate intellectual property, develop next-generation researchers for the U.S. workforce, and build the foundation for future research programs.

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Army Geospatial Center (AGC) – July 26, 2024

This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is general in nature and addresses multiple topic areas of research for the Systems and Acquisition Support Directorate and the Warfighter Support Directorate. Submissions in response to this announcement shall be for areas relating to the advancement of a wide variety of geospatial topics, which are listed in 2023_AGC Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)_Review – KO Signed FINAL’.  Accordingly, proposals selected for award are considered to be the result of full and open competition and fully compliant with Public Law 98-369, ‘The Competition in Contracting Act of 1984’.

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DOD EXTREME COMPUTING

CONCISE SUMMARY OF TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENT:The Air Force Research Laboratory is soliciting white papers under this Broad Agency Announcement for research, development, integration, test and evaluation of technologies/techniques to support research in the focus areas computational diversity and efficient computing architectures, machine learning and artificial intelligence in embedded system and architectures, computing at the edge, nanocomputing, space computing, and robust algorithms and applications.

BAA ESTIMATED FUNDING:  Total funding for this BAA is approximately $497.9M.  Individual awards will not normally exceed 36 months with dollar amounts normally ranging from $1M to $3M.  There is also the potential to make awards up to $99.9M

BAA NUMBER: FA8750-23-S-7004

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DARPA – Microsystems Technology Office: Intensity-Squeezed Photonic Integration for Revolutionary Detectors (INSPIRED) 

DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office seeks innovative proposals to develop compact, ultralow-noise optical detectors that employ squeezed-light measurement techniques to advance precision optical sensing. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.

The principal objective of the Intensity-Squeezed Photonic Integration for Revolutionary Detectors (INSPIRED) program is the development of optoelectronic detector modules that integrate squeezed-light measurement techniques into form factors comparable to commercial photodetector modules, thereby achieving sensitivity significantly beyond the quantum shot-noise limit. Such “squeezed-light detectors” will be transformative in advancing squeezed-light quantum measurement beyond laboratory environments as practical, general-purpose detector components that can be employed in diverse optical systems. The superior sensitivity of squeezed-light detectors is expected to provide decisive quantum advantages in wide-ranging application domains such as active imaging; atomic sensing; navigation; microscopy; and communications.

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DOD BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH AND DIVING EQUIPMENT DEVELOPMENT –  March 30, 2024

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) is soliciting pre-proposals and full proposals for applied Biomedical Research and Diving Equipment Development with a focus on Diver Health, Safety, and Performance, Deep Diving Advancements, and Submarine Escape and Rescue. Program objectives are to focus research on improving or developing diving equipment for rapid transition to fleet capabilities, and biomedical aspects of Diver Health, Safety, and Performance, Deep Diving, and Submarine Escape and Rescue to develop and/or improve procedures that increase Navy personnel safety and effectiveness.  The typical project will be two years or less, although three-year projects will be considered. Contracts awarded as a result of these BAAs historically average around $300K or less cost annually.

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NASA 2024 Human Exploration Research Opportunities (HERO) – multiple due dates

 The goal of the HRP is to provide human health and performance countermeasures, knowledge, technologies, and tools to enable safe, reliable, and productive human space exploration. The scope of this goal includes both the successful completion of exploration missions and the preservation of health over the astronaut’s lifetime. The HRP contains five Elements: Space Radiation, Human Health Countermeasures, Exploration Medical Capability, Human Factors and Behavioral Performance, and Research Operations and Integration.

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Current Calls for Expressions of Interest

Hearing from you that you are interested in a limited submission opportunity helps us determine whether a full internal competition will be needed. The only information you typically need to provide in an expression of interest is your name and department information (and that of your team, if applicable) and your tentative project title. All applications are accepted through InfoReady.

 

Children’s Hospital/University of Colorado (CHO) and Colorado School of Mines (Mines) Collaboration Awards | Internal Deadline: 4/1/2024

The purpose of the CHO/Mines Collaboration Award, established 2013, is to catalyze new interactions between the two institutions while providing financial support for research projects that will allow investigators to obtain data for larger, future research programs. To apply for this award, a Mines Investigator must partner with a Children’s Hospital/University of Colorado Investigator and design a pilot project that will likely garner additional support in the future, advance scientific knowledge applicable to child health, and strengthen the collaboration between our institutions. The amount awarded is limited to $20,000 with half contributed by Mines and half contributed by Children’s Hospital Colorado. The duration of the award is one year with a possible one-year extension, pending a progress report and approval. If you are interested in this program and would like some assistance in finding a partner, email Lisa Kinzel, lkinzel@mines.edu, and we can help make a connection.

 

DOE Advancements in Artificial Intelligence for Science (DE-FOA-0003264) | Internal Deadline: 2/20/2024 | Sponsor Deadline: 3/19/2024

Through this FOA, the DOE SC program in Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) is accepting proposals in basic computer science and applied mathematics research in the fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for science. Specifically, advancements in this area are sought that can enable the development of foundation models for computational science, automated scientific workflows and laboratories, scientific programming and scientific-knowledge-management systems, federated and privacy-preserving training for foundation and other AI models for science, and energy-efficient AI algorithms and hardware for science.

The development of new AI techniques applicable to multiple scientific domains can accelerate progress, increase transparency, and open new areas of exploration across the scientific enterprise. Each pre-application must identify one primary research area:

    • Research Area 1: Extreme-Scale Foundation Models for Computational Science
    • Research Area 2: AI Innovations for Scientific Knowledge Synthesis and Software Development
    • Research Area 3: AI Innovations for Computational Decision Support of Complex Systems
    • Research Area 4: Federated and Privacy-Preserving Machine Learning and Synthetic Data Creation
    • Research Area 5: The Co-Design of Energy-Efficient AI Algorithms and Hardware Architectures

Limit: Three (3) pre-applications per research area

NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) – RP Track Only (NSF 23-538) | Internal Deadline: 2/22/2024 | Sponsor Deadline: 5/7/2024

The Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program within the Division of Translational Impacts (TI) offers researchers from all disciplines of science and engineering funded by NSF the opportunity to perform translational research and technology development, catalyze partnerships and accelerate the transition of discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace for societal benefit. The objective of this program is to translate prior NSF-funded research results in any field of science or engineering into technological innovations with promising commercial potential and societal impact. The Technology Translation (PFI-TT) Track supports single-institution projects while the Research Partnerships (PFI-RP) Track supports multi-organizational and interdisciplinary projects. The limitation and internal expression of interest applies only to the PFI-RP track.

Limit: 1