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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NSF Professional Formation of Engineers Program Accepting Proposals by September 10, 2024

The Professional Formation of Engineers: Revolutionizing Engineering Departments program (IUSE/PFE: RED) (NSF 24-564) builds on advances in the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education framework. This solicitation seeks to fund projects that design revolutionary new approaches to engineering education, ranging from changing the canon of engineering to fundamentally altering the way courses are structured to creating new departmental structures and educational collaborations with industry. A common thread across these projects is a focus on organizational and cultural change within the departments, involving students, faculty, staff, and industry in rethinking what it means to provide an engineering program. The RED program supports four tracks: RED Planning (Track 1; up to $150K over 2 years), RED Adaptation and Implementation (Track 2; up to $1M for 5 years), RED Innovation (Track 3; up to $2M for 5 years), and RED Innovation Partnerships (Track 4; up to $2.5M for collaborations across multiple institutions for 5 years). Mines is an eligible applicant for tracks 2-4. Full proposals are due September 10, 2024.

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NSF Foundations for Digital Twins as Catalyzers of Biomedical Technological Innovation Accepting Proposals by June 21, 2024

The Foundations for Digital Twins as Catalyzers of Biomedical Technological Innovation (FDT-BioTech) (NSF 24-561) program supports inherently interdisciplinary research projects that underpin the mathematical and engineering foundations behind the development and use of digital twins and synthetic data in biomedical and healthcare applications, with a particular focus on digital, in silico models used in the evaluation of medical devices and the relevance of the developed models in addressing current and emerging challenges affecting the development and assessment of biomedical technologies. The goal of the FDT-BioTech initiative is to catalyze biomedical technological innovation through new foundational development of methods and algorithms relevant to digital twins and synthetic humans. A total of $5M is available and NSF anticipates making 6 to 10 awards. Proposals are due June 21, 2024.

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NSF Announces Mathematical Foundations of Digital Twins (MATH-DT) Program with Proposals Due June 20, 2024

Through this solicitation (24-559) the NSF Division of Mathematical Sciences and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) will jointly support foundational mathematical and statistical research on Digital Twins in applied sciences. Recent years have witnessed a significant increase in the demand and interest in applications that involve collaborative teams developing and analyzing Digital Twins to support decision making in various fields, including science, engineering, medicine, urban planning, and more. Both agencies recognize the need to promote research aiming to stimulate an interplay between mathematics/statistics/computation and practical applications in the realm of Digital Twins. This program encourages new collaborative efforts within the realm of Digital Twins, aiming at stimulating fundamental research innovation, pushing, and expanding the boundaries of knowledge, and exploring new frontiers in mathematics and computation for Digital Twin development, and its applications. A total of $5M is available and the agencies anticipate making 6 to 10 awards. Awards are for collaborations involving at least two PIs or co-PIs for 36 months. Proposals are due June 20, 2024.

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NSF Announces Bioeconomy-Focused Global Centers Program with Proposals Due June 11, 2024

The Global Centers program is an NSF-led effort, implemented in partnership with other international funding agencies, to encourage and support large-scale collaborative use-inspired research to address global challenges through the bioeconomy and may include research from any combination of scientific disciplines supported by NSF. The program will expect proposals for holistic, multidisciplinary projects that demonstrate integration of all international teams as well as the relevant scientific disciplines, including educational and social sciences necessary to achieve use-inspired outcomes. The topic of the 2024 Global Centers solicitation (NSF 24-556) is use-inspired research addressing global challenges through the bioeconomy. Within the general theme of Bioeconomy, there are two subtopics: Subtopic 1: Leveraging Biodiversity Across the Tree of Life to Power the Bioeconomy; and Subtopic 2: Biofoundries, using the Design-Build-Test-Learn process in biology. All proposals must integrate both of the two crosscutting themes into the proposed work: Crosscutting Theme A: Public engagement and co-generation of research activities to strengthen the global science and technology enterprise; and Crosscutting Theme B: Workforce Development and Education. The total anticipated funding amount for this program is $25M, and NSF anticipates making 5 to 7 awards. Full proposals are due June 11, 2024.

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NSF Artificial Intelligence, Formal Methods, and Mathematical Reasoning Proposals Due June 3, 2024

The Artificial Intelligence, Formal Methods, and Mathematical Reasoning (AIMing) program (NSF 24-554) seeks to support research at the interface of innovative computational and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and new strategies/technologies in mathematical reasoning to automate knowledge discovery. Mathematical reasoning is a central ability of human intelligence that plays an important role in knowledge discovery. In the last decades, both the mathematics and computer science communities have contributed to research in machine-assisted mathematical reasoning, encompassing conjecture, proof, and verification. This has been in the form of both formal methods and interactive theorem provers, as well as using techniques from artificial intelligence. Recent technological advances have led to a surge of interest in machine-assisted mathematical reasoning from the mathematical sciences, formal methods, and AI communities. In turn, advances in this field have potential impact on research in AI. NSF anticipates making 6 to 10 awards, each award ranging from $500K to $1.2M for up to 3 years. Full proposals are due June 3, 2024.

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NASA University Leadership Initiative Has Launched with Step-A Proposals Due May 29, 2024

The University Leadership Initiative (ULI) (NNH24EA001N-ULI) provides the opportunity for university teams to exercise technical and organizational leadership in proposing unique technical challenges in aeronautics, defining multi-disciplinary solutions, establishing peer review mechanisms, and applying innovative teaming strategies to strengthen the research impact. Research proposals are sought in six ULI topic areas: 1) Safe, Efficient Growth in Global Operations; 2) Innovation in Commercial High-Speed Aircraft; 3) Ultra-Efficient Subsonic Transports; 4) Safe, Quiet, and Affordable Vertical Lift Air Vehicles; 5) In-Time System-Wide Safety Assurance; and 6) Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation. This NRA will utilize a two-step proposal submission and evaluation process. The initial step is a short mandatory Step-A proposal due May 29, 2024. Those offerors submitting the most highly rated Step-A proposals will be invited to submit a Step-B proposal. An interested partners list for this ULI is at https://uli.arc.nasa.gov/partners. To be listed as an interested lead or partner, email hq-univpartnerships@mail.nasa.gov with “ULI Partnerships” in the subject line and include the information required for the table on the webpage. Awards will range from $1M to $2M per year.

An Applicant’s Workshop will be held on Thursday, April 3, 2024 from 1:00-3:00 pm ET.

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DARPA Additive Manufacturing of Microsystems (AMME) Accepting Concepts by April 9 and Proposals by May 23, 2024

Through this solicitation (DARPA-PS-24-06), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative approaches to demonstrate an additive manufacturing (AM) technology with new materials that enables fabrication of complex microsystem geometries. The principal objective of the AMME program is to invent radically new approaches to additively manufacture 3D non-planar microsystems. The program will develop materials and a new additive manufacturing technology capable of simultaneously printing multiple materials at high-resolutions and very-high throughputs. The end goal of the program is to demonstrate a novel functional microsystem that uses the AMME technology to create the mechanical structure and interface between individual microsystem components. Applicants are expected to propose a two-year effort. Abstracts are strongly encouraged by April 9, 2024, and full proposals are due May 23, 2024.

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NSF Accepting Ideas Lab Proposals for Advancing Cell-Free Systems Toward Increased Range of Use-Inspired Applications with Preliminary Proposals Due May 17, 2024

Administered by NSF’s Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP) Directorate, the Advancing Cell-Free Systems Toward Increased Range of Use-Inspired Applications (CFIRE) initiative (NSF 24-552) will accelerate the adoption of cell-free systems, enable new applications of this technology, and contribute to the growth of the U.S. bioeconomy. A nascent industry has formed around the ability to carry out biochemical processes, such as DNA transcription/translation, in cell-free in-vitro systems instead of in traditional cell-based in-vivo bio-reactors. Despite its many advantages, present-day cell-free manufacturing is significantly more expensive than cell-based methods and cell-free systems have a limited range of applications. CFIRE aims to reduce the cost of cell-free systems, increase the range and capabilities of cell-free systems, and develop and demonstrate cost-effective use-inspired applications. CFIRE will use the Ideas Lab process. Awards will be funded up to $3.75M per year for up to three years. Preliminary proposals are due May 17, 2024, and full proposals are due September 20, 2024.

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EPA Pollution Prevention Technical Assistance Grant Accepting Proposals by May 17, 2024

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the Pollution Prevention Grant Program (EPA-I-HQ-OCSPP-OPPT-FY2024-002), funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). This opportunity will award two-year projects enabling eligible entities to provide technical assistance (TA) to businesses to encourage the development and implementation of source reduction practices also known as pollution prevention or “P2”. A P2 case study should provide detailed technical information on one or two specific source reduction/P2 practices implemented by a business, and the benefits achieved, so that other P2 TA providers or interested businesses have enough technical information that they can learn from and replicate those P2 practices. A P2 case study should focus on P2 approaches that are new and not widely known or adopted and/or where the recipient believes detailed information on the project could support more widespread project replication. Applicants may request up to $350K. Proposals are due May 17, 2024.

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DoD-Wide MURI Program Announced with White Papers Due May 17, 2024

The Office of Naval Research (ONR), Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), and U.S. Army DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory’s Army Research Office (ARO) have released their funding opportunity announcements for the FY2025 Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI). The MURI program supports teams of researchers from diverse disciplines to collaborate on investigating basic research questions of critical import to the DoD. Teams are awarded up to $7.5M over five years to conduct their research. This year’s FOA includes 26 topics spanning a wide range of disciplines and research concentrations. Six topics are also eligible for an additional $1.5M in funding over five years to MURI teams incorporating minority-serving institutions such as Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs). White Papers (optional and strongly recommended) are due May 17, 2024, and full proposals will be accepted until September 6, 2024.

ONR MURI N0001424SF002

AFOSR MURI FOAAFRLAFOSR20240003

ARO MURI W911NF24S0006

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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Scotland’s Panmure House Prize for Research in Innovation and Investment Accepting Applications by May 6, 2024

The Panmure House Prize, a program of Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, has announced its call for submissions. The 2024 Panmure House Prize will award $75,000 (USD) for research on the long-term funding of innovation in the spirit of Adam Smith. The Prize is open to all researchers working on topics related to the practical implementation of long-term thinking in relation to innovation, finance, and social and economic change. The program is most interested in those whose research looks at the long-term funding of innovation and in those who take interdisciplinary approaches. The Prize is open to submissions from researchers affiliated with institutions worldwide, with preference given to early/mid-career researchers (defined as 3-15 years post completion of PhD). The recipient of the Prize will be accorded the opportunity to present their research findings at a gathering of the judging panel and other pertinent stakeholders at Panmure House in Edinburgh in 2025. This occasion will offer a platform for the winner’s research to receive coverage in national and international media outlets. For any inquiries regarding the Prize format or award process, please contact panmurehouse@hw.ac.uk. Applications are due May 6, 2024.

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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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DOE Releases Round 5 of Carbon Management FOA for New Areas of Interest with Applications Due April 29, 2024

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) has announced up to $30 million in additional funding (DE-FOA-0002614) to support two carbon management priorities—the conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) into environmentally responsible and economically valuable products and the development of lower-cost, highly efficient technologies to capture CO2 from industrial sources and power plants for permanent storage or conversion. New areas of interest include:

  • Non-photosynthetic biological conversion of CO2
  • Conversion of CO2 to plastics
  • Conversion of CO2 to solid carbon products
  • Carbon capture R&D for electric generation and industrial point sources: development of enabling technologies

Awards will be up to $1.5M or $3M depending on the area of interest. Applications are due April 29, 2024.

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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 Office of Science Announces RENEW and FAIR with Opportunities for Mines to Partner with Non-R1 Institutions
Pre-applications due April 23 & 30, full proposals due July 16 & 23, 2024

For both opportunities, the primary applicant must be designated as a non-R1 emerging research institution (ERI) or minority-serving institution (MSI); Mines may participate as a subrecipient. Intelligence from DOE staff who recently visited Mines indicated that they hope to attract more quality proposals under both FOAs this year and encouraged us to consider teaming with our former students and post-docs who finished at Mines and are now at ERIs and MSIs and who might be interested in these opportunities. They also indicated that these programs could provide a pipeline for ERI and MSI students to come to Mines upon completion of their traineeships. Please reach out to RTT if you have questions.

Reaching a New Energy Sciences Workforce (RENEW) (DE-FOA-0003280)

RENEW supports traineeships for students and postdoctoral researchers from non-R1 Emerging Research Institutions (ERIs) and non-R1 Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in areas relevant to DOE Office of Science (SC) programs. SC seeks applications to develop traineeships for participants from these institutions that involve conducting research in partnership with a DOE-affiliated institution, including DOE National Laboratories, SC user facilities, Bioenergy Research Centers, or DOE Isotope Program Production Sites. Applicants may request up to $2.25M over a three-year performance period. Pre-applications are due April 30, 2024, and full proposals are due July 23, 2024.

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Funding for Accelerated, Inclusive Research (FAIR) (DE-FOA-0003207). Pre-applications due April 23, 2024, full proposals due July 16, 2024.

Through this FOA, the Office of Science (SC) seeks applications for fundamental research in fields supported by SC to build research capacity at institutions historically underrepresented in the SC portfolio, i.e. non-R1 MSIs and ERIs. This FOA aims to build research capacity, including infrastructure and expertise at these institutions, through mutually beneficial relationships between applicants and DOE national laboratories, SC scientific user facilities, or R1 MSI/ERIs. SC supports fundamental research in applied mathematics, biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geoscience, isotope research, materials science, fusion energy science, and physics to transform our understanding of nature and catalyze scientific discoveries that can lead to technical breakthroughs. 

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2025 AFOSR Young Investigator Program Announced with White Papers Due April 22, 2024 

The FY25 Air Force Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) (FOAAFRLAFOSR20240004) supports individual early career scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees by April 1, 2017, or later showing exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. The program objective is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering; enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators; and increase opportunities for the young investigator to recognize the Air Force and Space Force mission and related challenges in science and engineering. Individual awards are made to U.S. institutions of higher education, industrial laboratories, for- profit, or non-profit research organizations where the principal investigator (PI) is employed on a full-time basis and holds a regular, non-contractor position. A YIP PI must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident. YIP awards are funded up to $150K per year for three years, for a total of $450K. White papers are due April 22, 2024, and full proposals are due June 21, 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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DOE Announces Intent to Fund Consensus on Clean Fossil Energy and Carbon Management Technologies with a FOA Anticipated in Summer 2024

The DOE Office of Carbon Management and Office of Resource Sustainability have teamed up to announce a notice of intent (DE-FOA-0003355) indicating that it anticipates releasing a new funding opportunity, Promoting Domestic and International Consensus on Clean Fossil Energy and Carbon Management Technologies, likely in late summer 2024. The purpose of the funding will be to support technology consultation, analysis, and cooperation; outreach; and technical conferences and workshops for two program areas: 1) carbon management technologies, and 2) domestic and international oil, natural gas, methane hydrates, hydrogen, and critical minerals. 

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Manufacturing USA Intends to Release Funding Opportunity for AI for Resilient Manufacturing in Spring 2024

The Office of Advanced Manufacturing within the National Institute of Standards and Technology intends to announce an open competition for a new Manufacturing USA institute. The expected competition will seek to establish a Manufacturing USA institute focused on the use of Artificial Intelligence to improve resilience of U.S. manufacturing. Federal funding of up to $70M for up to 7 years is anticipated and must be matched or exceeded by funding from private industry and other non-federal sources, with a required minimum 1:1 cost share. To provide the public with an opportunity to learn more about the solicitation before submitting a proposal, NIST will host a webinar and at least one in-person Proposer’s Day. The exact date and location for the webinar and Proposer’s Day(s) will be confirmed upon the release of the solicitation, anticipated to occur in early Spring 2024. In addition, a preliminary high-level webinar following the release of this Notice of Intent is planned.

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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:

  • 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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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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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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Scientific Feasibility (SciFy)

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative and revolutionary computational approaches that measure the feasibility of technical claims to enable accurate assessments of scientific content.

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NRL Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Basic and Applied Research

NRL requests white papers for long-range Science and Technology (S&T) projects which may offer advancement and improvement potential for Navy and Marine Corps operations. This announcement emphasizes NRL’s broad role in the competitive funding of meritorious research across a spectrum of science and engineering disciplines.

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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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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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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.

2025 Pew Biomedical Scholars | Internal Deadline: 4/22/2024 | Sponsor Deadline: 9/5/2024

The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level. Strong proposals will incorporate creative and pioneering approaches to basic, translational, and applied biomedical research. Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles but who bring in concepts and theories from more diverse fields are also encouraged to apply. Past support from similar competitions and grant awards does not disqualify a candidate from applying, nor does a lack of prior funding.

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NSF CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service (SFS) 23-574 | Internal Deadline: 4/15/2024 | Sponsor Deadline: 7/15/2024

The CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service (SFS) program welcomes proposals from institutions with strong existing academic programs in cybersecurity to establish or to continue scholarship programs in cybersecurity. The goals of are aligned with the U.S. strategy to develop a superior cybersecurity workforce. The program goals are to: (1) increase the number of qualified and diverse cybersecurity candidates for government cybersecurity positions; (2) improve the national capacity for the education of cybersecurity professionals and research and development workforce; (3) hire, monitor, and retain high-quality CyberCorps® graduates in the cybersecurity mission of the Federal Government; and (4) strengthen partnerships between institutions of higher education and federal, state, local, and tribal governments.

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