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The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, potentially transformative, and scalable models for STEM graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that ensure that graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The NRT program includes two tracks: the Traineeship Track and the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track.

DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals to create a revolutionary distributed planning capability to provide resilient command and control (C2) and manage complex military operations when communications are limited and unreliable. Resilient Synchronized Planning and Assessment for the Contested Environment (RSPACE) will develop human-centered software decision aids that, based on commander’s intent, will assist operators throughout the C2 enterprise with controlling daily operations in a complex battlespace composing mission packages (coordinating across the network as needed), responding to emerging opportunities, and assessing progress towards achieving commander’s intent. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.
Deadline: March 11, 2015
Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) funds research projects that identify factors that are efficacious in the formation of ethical STEM researchers in all the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports. CCE STEM solicits proposals for research that explores the following: ‘What constitutes ethical STEM research and practice? Which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?' Factors one might consider include: honor codes, professional ethics codes and licensing requirements, an ethic of service and/or service learning, life-long learning requirements, curricula or memberships in organizations (e.g. Engineers without Borders) that stress social responsibility and humanitarian goals, institutions that serve under-represented groups, institutions where academic and research integrity are cultivated at multiple levels, institutions that cultivate ethics across the curriculum, or programs that promote group work, or do not grade. Do certain labs have a ‘culture of academic integrity'? What practices contribute to the establishment and maintenance of ethical cultures and how can these practices be transferred, extended to, and integrated into other research and learning settings?
Deadline: March 12, 2015
The scope of this effort covers a broad range of technologies not limited to: usable speech determination, interference mitigation (noise, co-channel), channel mitigation, speaker diarization, whispered speech detection, music or tone detection/mitigation, background noise detection, speaker segmentation, speaker highlighting, speaker identification, speaker verification, transmission segmentation, language and dialect identification, accented speech identification, optimal data selection, speaker verification, coding to preserve the characteristics of the speaker and channel, automatic speech recognition, key word spotting, correlation, and model adaptation. The main emphasis for this research are techniques and methods for use in a tactical (low signal-to-noise ratio, <5 seconds processing time, with minimal training time and data) military environment.
Deadline: white paper due March 13, 2015
The MICrONS program aims to achieve a quantum leap in machine learning by creating novel machine learning algorithms that use neurally-inspired architectures and mathematical abstractions of the representations, transformations, and learning rules employed by the brain. To guide the construction of these algorithms, performers will conduct targeted neuroscience experiments that interrogate the operation of mesoscale cortical computing circuits, taking advantage of emerging tools for high-resolution structural and functional brain mapping. The program is designed to facilitate iterative refinement of algorithms based on a combination of practical, theoretical, and experimental outcomes: performers will use their experiences with the algorithms’ design and performance to reveal gaps in their understanding of cortical computation, and will collect specific neuroscience data to inform new algorithmic implementations that address these limitations.
Deadline: March 13, 2015
The NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) is an umbrella for two complementary subprograms, Accelerating Innovation Research (AIR) and Building Innovation Capacity (BIC). Overall, the PFI program offers opportunities to connect new knowledge to societal benefit through translational research efforts and/or partnerships that encourage, enhance and accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship. The subject of this solicitation is PFI: AIR-Technology Translation (PFI: AIR-TT). The PFI: AIR-TT solicitation serves as an early opportunity to move previously NSF-funded research results with promising commercial potential along the path toward commercialization. Projects are supported to demonstrate proof-of-concept, prototype, or scale-up while engaging faculty and students in entrepreneurial/innovative thinking.
Deadline: letter of intent due March 13, 2015
This NIH Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), supported by funds from the NIH Common Fund (Common Fund) and managed by the Office of the Director and participating NIH Institute(s) and Center(s) of the Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC) program, solicits U18 Research Demonstration Cooperative Agreement applications to develop new and/or enhance existing tools and technologies tailored to elucidate the neurobiology and neurophysiology underlying autonomic control of internal organs in health or disease, which will ultimately inform next generation neuromodulation therapies. These awards will establish feasibility for further technology development in any future SPARC initiatives.  Additionally, the technologies developed through these awards are expected to lay the groundwork for more systematic facilitation of biological mapping activities in any future SPARC initiatives. 
Deadline: letter of intent due March 14, 2015
The United States-Israel Collaboration in Computer Science (USICCS) program supports transformative research projects that explore the foundations of computing. The program seeks advances in theory of computing; algorithm design and analysis; design, verification, and evaluation of software systems; and revolutionary computing models based on emerging scientific ideas.
Deadline: March 16, 2015
Proposals must focus on one of the following three priority areas of the U.S. Mission to India: 1. Promote better U.S.-India bilateral relations with emphasis on economic and educational ties; 2. Encourage regional and global roles for India; and 3. Enhance security cooperation. Please see full grant announcement for additional information.
Deadline: March 17, 2015

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits grant applications proposing exploratory research focused on the inception and early-stage development of highly innovative molecular or cellular analysis technologies for basic and clinical cancer research. The emphasis of this FOA is on supporting the development of novel molecular and cellular analysis capabilities with a high degree of technical innovation with the potential to significantly affect and transform investigations exploring the molecular and cellular basis of cancer. If successful, these technologies should accelerate and/or enhance research in the areas of cancer biology, early detection and screening, clinical diagnosis, treatment, epidemiology, and/or cancer health disparities. Technologies proposed for development may be intended to have widespread applicability but must be based on molecular and/or cellular characterizations of cancer.
Deadline: March 17, 2015
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits grant applications proposing exploratory research projects on the inception and early-stage development of technologies that address issues related to pre-analytical degradation of targeted analytes during the collection, processing, handling, and storage of cancer-relevant biospecimens. The overall goal is to support the development of highly innovative technologies capable of interrogating and/or maximizing the quality and utility of biospecimens or samples derived from those biospecimens for downstream analyses. This FOA will support the development of tools, devices, instrumentation, and associated methods to assess sample quality, preserve/protect sample integrity, and establish verification criteria for quality assessment/quality control and handling under diverse conditions. These technologies are expected to potentially accelerate and/or enhance research in cancer biology, early detection, screening, clinical diagnosis, treatment, epidemiology, and cancer health disparities, by reducing pre-analytical variations that affect biospecimen sample quality.
Deadline: March 17, 2015
NIST is soliciting applications from eligible applicants to pilot online identity solutions that embrace and advance the NSTIC vision of an Identity Ecosystem Framework. Specifically, the Federal government seeks to initiate and support pilots that address the needs of individuals, private sector organizations, and all levels of government in accordance with the NSTIC Guiding Principles that   identity solutions will be (1) privacy-enhancing and voluntary, (2) secure and resilient, (3) interoperable, and (4) cost-effective and easy-to-use. Pilots that maximize their contribution to the development of the broader Identity Ecosystem Framework through public forums such as the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG) are encouraged.
Deadline: March 17, 2015

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research educational activities that complement other formal training programs in the mission areas of the NIH Institutes and Centers. The over-arching goals of the NIH R25 program are to: (1) complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs; (2) enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce; (3) help recruit individuals with specific specialty or disciplinary backgrounds to research careers in biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences; and (4) foster a better understanding of biomedical, behavioral and clinical research and its implications.
Deadline: full proposal due March 17, 2015

The purpose of this FOA is to solicit applications for a coordination center that will narrow the gap between the availability of biomedical big data and the ability of biomedical scientists to effectively utilize such data accurately, effectively, and efficiently. Achieving this goal requires: (1) bringing together individuals involved in training and career development programs to network and share experiences; and (2) engaging individuals developing open educational resources in meaningful dialogue to ensure that the resources they develop will be freely available and easy to access by the broader biomedical community. By the end of the award period, the Training Coordination Center (TCC) will be expected to have: (1) developed a network of scientists involved in biomedical big data science and (2) produced a discovery index that serves as a primary source for personalized access to publicly available biomedical data science educational resources.
Deadline: full proposal due March 17, 2015
The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is a new Presidential project aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain.  By accelerating the development and application of innovative technologies, researchers will be able to produce a new dynamic picture of the brain that, for the first time, shows how individual cells and complex neural circuits interact in both time and space.  It is expected that the application of these new tools and technologies will ultimately lead to new ways to treat, cure, and even prevent brain disorders.
Deadline: full proposal due March 18, 2015
This solicitation launches the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) next phase of research in the Science of Learning (SL). The new SL Program is designed to capitalize on the momentum created by the Science of Learning Centers (SLC) Program to continue developing an integrated, interdisciplinary SL community. The goals of the SL Program are to: advance fundamental knowledge about learning through integrated research; connect the research to specific scientific, technological, educational, and workforce challenges; and enable research communities to capitalize on new opportunities and discoveries. The Program is designed to support projects that – due to the activities supported and their interdisciplinarity and integrative breadth – do not fit into existing NSF programs.
Deadline: full proposal due March 18, 2015
EarthCube aims to create a well-connected and facile environment to share data and knowledge in an open, transparent, and inclusive manner, thus accelerating our ability to understand and predict the Earth system. Achieving EarthCube will require a long-term dialog between NSF and the interested scientific communities to develop cyberinfrastructure that is thoughtfully and systematically built to meet the current and future requirements of geoscientists. New avenues will be supported to gather community requirements and priorities for the elements of EarthCube, and to capture the best technologies to meet these current and future needs. The EarthCube portfolio will consist of interconnected projects and activities that engage the geosciences, cyberinfrastructure, computer science, and associated communities. The portfolio of activities and funding opportunities will evolve over time depending on the status of the EarthCube effort and the scientific and cultural needs of the geosciences community.
Deadline: March 19, 2015
HFSP supports international scientific collaborations. Research Grants are awarded for innovative research projects involving extensive collaboration among teams of independent scientists working in different countries and in different disciplines.
Deadline: reference number needed by March 19, 2015

The Discretionary Funding Initiative (DFI), funded by the Michigan State Foundation, provides bridge funds for tenure-stream faculty for additional studies needed for resubmission of an unsuccessful grant application. Please complete a PPF to begin the process with DER.
Deadline: March 19, 2014
The goals of the Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP) solicitation are to: (1) foster an interdisciplinary research community of engineers, computer and computational scientists and social and behavioral scientists, that creates new approaches and engineering solutions for the design and operation of infrastructures as processes and services; (2) enhance the understanding and design of interdependent critical infrastructure systems (ICIs) and processes that provide essential goods and services despite disruptions and failures from any cause, natural, technological, or malicious; (3) create the knowledge for innovation in ICIs so that they safely, securely, and effectively expand the range of goods and services they enable; and (4) improve the effectiveness and efficiency with which they deliver existing goods and services.
Deadline: March 20, 2015

The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) University Turbine Systems Research (UTSR) program manages a portfolio of gas turbine-focused university projects. The NETL-UTSR program is part of an initiative in support of the Office of Fossil Energy's Advanced Turbines program goals, DOE strategic goals and program mission needs. The funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is required to facilitate the development and demonstration of next-generation turbine technology with the goal of producing reliable, affordable, clean, efficient, and cost-effective energy supplies and to address the need for engineering and scientific solutions for air breathing gas turbines and supercritical carbon dioxide (SCO2) power cycles. The work will address scientific Research and Development (R&D) as well as technical challenges in turbine technology in support of DOE's strategic goals, program mission needs and the achievement of programmatic technical goals.
Deadline: March 20, 2015

The objective of this program is to develop a conceptual design of an affordable Air-to-Air seeker front end (optics/algorithms) for the aircraft self-defense role. Miniature Self Defense Munition (MSDM) Seeker Conceptual Design
AFRL/RW is the primary Air Force organization concerned with conventional munitions technology development. AFRL/RW plans and executes research, development, and test of conventional munitions, and supports conventional munitions Weapons Program Offices.
Deadline: March 23, 2015
This program provides grants to support overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Projects may include short-term seminars, curriculum development, group research or study, or advanced intensive language programs.
Deadline: March 23, 2015
The Campus Cyberinfrastructure - Data, Networking, and Innovation (CC*DNI) program invests in data and networking infrastructure and integration activities at the campus and regional level, to support a range of scientific data management, transfers and movement. The program also supports Network Integration activities tied to achieving higher levels of performance, reliability and predictability for science applications and distributed research projects.
Deadline: March 24, 2015
This funding opportunity focuses on achieving technical performance gains through advanced controls, Power-Take Off (PTO) components, and innovative structures. SPA II is a progression from SPA I, with additional emphasis on the validation of component metrics, as well as crosscutting component applications for marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) systems. These initiatives are part of a multi-year strategy to optimize MHK components in preparation for commercial-ready system integration. SPA I awardee selection is not a prerequisite for the application and selection criteria of the SPA II FOA. SPA II will support component development projects in three topic areas that have the greatest potential to increase annual energy production (AEP) while reducing levelized cost of energy (LCOE).
Deadline: March 26, 2015
The goal of the Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, SHINES Funding Opportunity is to enable the development and demonstration of integrated, scalable, and cost-effective technologies for solar that incorporates energy storage and works seamlessly to meet both consumer needs and the needs of the electricity grid. Such an integrated solution should utilize smart inverters, and be capable of working with smart buildings, smart appliances, and utility communication and control systems. The solutions thus developed will enable widespread sustainable deployment of low-cost, flexible, and reliable PV generation, and provide for successful integration of PV power plants with the electric grid.
Deadline: March 26, 2015
The intention of this program is to advance technologies that specifically focus on the experiences of learners; innovations that simply focus on making teaching easier will not be funded. Proposals that focus on teachers or facilitators as learners are invited; the aim in these proposals should be to help teachers and facilitators learn to make the learning experiences of learners more effective.
Deadline: March 27, 2015
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) funds research leading to patient safety improvements in all settings and systems of care delivery. While many researchers have endorsed a systems model as a way of thinking about entrenched patient safety problems, there has been a scarcity of programmatic activity that actually engages in new design and systems engineering effort, and that is focused on more than singular patient safety concerns
Deadline: letter of intent due March 27, 2015
The NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) invites its grantees who do not already have Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) supplemental funding to submit requests for such funding pursuant to the guidelines specified in the NSF REU solicitation.
Deadline: March 30, 2015
This Vehicle Technologies Incubator FOA is open to proposals that aim to bring to market a novel, non-incremental technology that facilitates one or more of the overall VTO goals but are not represented in a significant way in the Offices' existing Multi-Year Program Plans (MYPPs) or current portfolios. The full spectrum of technologies and non-hardware solutions relevant to efficient and environmentally friendly transportation technologies that will enable America to use less petroleum will be considered for funding.
Deadline: full proposal due March 30, 2015

Under the FY 2015 ROA NRA ARMD will continue solicitation of foundational and systems-level research proposals for four programs within ARMD: the Advanced Air Vehicles Program, the Airspace Operations and Safety Program, the Integrated Aviation Systems Program, and the Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program. The Advanced Air Vehicles Program (AAVP) conducts cutting-edge research that will generate innovative concepts, technologies, capabilities, and knowledge to enable revolutionary advances for a wide range of air vehicles. The Airspace Operations and Safety Program (AOSP) develops and explores fundamental concepts, algorithms, and technologies to increase throughput and efficiency of the National Airspace System (NAS) safely. The Integrated Aviation Systems Program (IASP) will conduct research at an integrated system-level on promising concepts and technologies and explore/assess/demonstrate the benefits in relevant environments. The Transformative Aeronautics Concepts (TAC) Program cultivates multi-disciplinary, revolutionary concepts to enable aviation transformation and harnesses convergence in aeronautics and non-aeronautics technologies to create new opportunities in aviation.
Deadline: NOI due February 23, 2015 proposals due March 30, 2015
The objective of Scientific Cooperation Research Program (SCRP) is to reduce global poverty and hunger by supporting applied scientific research, extension, or education projects that aim to address challenges faced by small farmers in emerging economies. All proposals should focus on addressing agricultural challenges to small farmers in Feed the Future countries (FTF).
Deadline: April 03, 2015

The BIGDATA program seeks novel approaches in computer science, statistics, computational science, and mathematics, along with innovative applications in domain science, including social and behavioral sciences, geosciences, education, biology, the physical sciences, and engineering that lead towards the further development of the interdisciplinary field of data science.  The solicitation invites two types of proposals: "Foundations" (F): those developing or studying fundamental theories, techniques, methodologies, technologies of broad applicability to Big Data problems; and "Innovative Applications" (IA): those developing techniques, methodologies and technologies of key importance to a Big Data problem directly impacting at least one specific application.
Deadline: May 20, 2015

The department engages chemistry and materials science to improve structures and efficiencies of our platforms and systems and is interested in emerging opportunities from the computer science community to efficiently control and protect our information and hardware systems. Given the applied nature of some of the departments work, we frequently support ideas and opportunities from the engineering community including electrical, mechanical, and software engineering. The department is interested in engaging with these and other technical communities to identify concepts and technologies that will improve warfighter effectiveness
Deadline: September 30, 2015

The core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program provides approximately 800 teaching and/or research grants to U.S. faculty and experienced professionals in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Grants are available in over 125 countries worldwide.
Deadline: August 03, 2015

The objective is to stimulate innovation in higher education through public-private alliances, and to drive broader innovation supporting more inclusive, sustainable growth in Vietnam, specifically in areas relevant to USAID’s 2014-2018 Country Development Strategy.
Deadline: November 18, 2015
This announcement seeks out technologies and methodologies to reduce environmental impacts from current and past Navy operations, and applies to Navy installations worldwide. NAVFAC EXWC is interested in environmental technologies and methodologies that are either new, innovative, advance the state-of-the-art, or increase knowledge or understanding of a technology or methodology.
February 11, 2016
The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) is interested in White Papers for long and short term Research and Development (R&D) projects that offer potential for advancement and improvements in the implementation of shipboard Integrated Power Systems (IPS) at the major component, subsystem and system level. IPS provides total ship electric power including electric propulsion, power conversion and distribution, combat system support and ship mission load interfaces to the electric power system. The flexibility of electric power transmission allows power generating modules with various power ratings to be connected to propulsion loads and ship service in any arrangement that supports the ship's mission at the lowest total ownership cost (TOC). Systems engineering in IPS is focused on increasing the commonality of components used across ship types and in developing modules that will be integral to standardization, zonal system architectures, and generic shipbuilding strategies with standard interfaces that are Navy controlled.
Deadline: February 27, 2016

The STEM+C Partnerships program seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and computing by K-12 students and teachers, through research on, and development of, courses, curriculum, course materials, pedagogies, instructional strategies, or models that innovatively integrate computing into one or more STEM disciplines, or integrate STEM content into the teaching and learning of computing. In addition, STEM+C seeks to build capacity in K-12 computing education with foundational research and focused teacher preparation. Projects in the STEM+C Partnerships program should build on research in STEM education and prior research and development efforts that provide theoretical and empirical justification for proposed projects. Pre-service and in-service teachers who participate in STEM+C projects are expected to enhance their understanding and teaching of STEM and computing content, practices, and skills.
Deadline: March 08, 2016
The Aerospace Components and Subsystems Technology Division (RYD) and Multispectral Sensing & Detection Division (RYM), Sensors Directorate (RY), Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), conduct research in the following areas: Antenna Technology and Electromagnetic Scattering, Optoelectronic Technology and Electro-optic and Infrared Sensor Technology.
Deadline: April 05, 2017

This effort is an open-ended BAA soliciting innovative research concepts for the overall mission of the Human-Centered Intelligence, Surveillance, & Reconnaissance (ISR) Division (711 HPW/RHX). It is intended to generate research concepts not already defined and planned by RHX as part of its core S&T portfolio.
Deadline: February 12, 2018
Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials &amp; Manufacturing Directorate is soliciting white papers and potentially technical and cost proposals under this announcement that supports the needs of its Manufacturing and Technology mission. Manufacturing Technologies that focus on strengthening defense manufacturing capabilities and efficiencies and transitioning capability to the factory floor are of interest. Descriptors of Manufacturing Technology interests are presented in two contexts; that of manufacturing technology competencies and that of Air Force application area needs.
Deadline: June 24, 2019

The Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme is a policy tool that enhances cooperation and dialogue with all partners, based on scientific research, innovation, and knowledge exchange. The SPS Programme provides funding, expert advice, and support to security-relevant activities jointly developed by a NATO member and partner country.

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