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Bioenergy Technologies Incubator 2 Funding Opportunity Announcement (Department of Energy - Golden Field Office)
DE-FOA-0001320

The overall strategic goal of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is to develop commercially viable bioenergy and bioproducts to enable sustainable, nationwide production of biofuels that are compatible with today’s transportation infrastructure, can reduce GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions relative to petroleum-derived fuels, and can displace a share of petroleum-derived fuels to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil and encourage the creation of a new domestic bioenergy industry.

 

BETO has targeted a performance goal of validating, at pilot scale, at least one technology pathway for hydrocarbon biofuel at a mature modeled cost of $3/GGE (gasoline gallon equivalent) with GHG emissions reduction of 50% or more compared to petroleum-derived fuel by 2017, and validating two additional pathways by 2022.

 

These high level strategic and performance goals are expanded in further detail in BETO’s multi-year program plan (MYPP). BETO most recently updated its MYPP in March 2015 . The MYPP identifies many technical barriers that must be overcome through research, development and deployment in order for BETO to meet these overall strategic and performance goals. BETO has issued several Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) to address the technical barriers delineated in the MYPP, and has done so in a way to focus its resources in a limited number of pathways/approaches to ensure that the program initiatives are supported at a critical mass (both in terms of dollars and time) for maximum impact and for the highest probability of success. BETO has communicated its project portfolio in public via the 2013 Peer Review and 2015 Peer Review.

 

However, BETO recognizes that there may be very novel and potentially disruptive ideas that do not necessarily satisfy the requirement of specific FOAs yet still meet BETO’s goals and mission. The Bioenergy Incubator Program is intended to identify these potentially impactful ideas that are not meaningfully addressed in BETO’s strategic plan or project portfolio. It is NOT intended to fund projects that are incremental improvements to current products or processes or for established work in BETO’s strategic plan or current portfolio.

 

BETO is issuing this Incubator 2 FOA to support innovative technologies and solutions that could help meet existing goals but are not currently represented in a significant way in the BETO’s MYPP and current project portfolio.

 

To apply to this FOA, Applicants must register with and submit application materials through EERE Exchange at https://eere-Exchange.energy.gov, EERE’s online application portal. Frequently asked questions for this FOA and the EERE Application process can be found at https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/FAQ.aspx.

 

The eXCHANGE system is designed to enforce hard deadlines for Concept Paper and Full Application submissions. The APPLY and SUBMIT buttons automatically disable at the defined submission deadlines. The intention of this design is to consistently enforce a standard deadline for all applicants.

 

Applicants that experience issues with submissions PRIOR to the FOA Deadline:

In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission, the Applicant should contact the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance (exchangehelp@hq.doe.gov). The eXCHANGE helpdesk &/or the EERE eXCHANGE System Administrators (eXCHANGE@ee.doe.gov) will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues.

 

Applicants that experience issues with submissions that result in a late submission:

 

In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission that results in a late submission, the Applicant should contact the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance (exchangehelp@hq.doe.gov). The eXCHANGE helpdesk &/or the EERE eXCHANGE System Administrators (eXCHANGE@ee.doe.gov) will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues (including finalizing the submission on behalf of and with the Applicant’s concurrence). DOE will only accept late applications when the Applicant has a) encountered technical difficulties beyond their control; b) has contacted the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance, and c) has submitted the application through eXCHANGE within 24 hours of the FOA’s posted deadline.


Deadline: Concepts Papers September 21, 2015 Applications November 13, 2015
Link: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/
BETHA 2016 Call for Proposals (OSU - Office of Research)
n/a

All full-time Ohio State faculty from any college or discipline are invited to submit proposals for the annual Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA) Endowment grant competition. The Battelle Memorial Institute-Ohio State partnership fosters programs that examine the relationship between science and technology and its impact on broader social and cultural issues.

 

Emphasis is placed on educational and public service projects rather than pure research. Interdisciplinary collaborations within the university and collaborations with other institutions are especially encouraged. Projects that address engineering-related topics or feature collaborations between engineering and the social sciences or arts/humanities are particularly welcomed.

 

Typically, three to six awards are granted, ranging from $10,000 to $60,000. Awards will be made in the spring of 2016 for projects to begin the following autumn semester. The deadline for receipt of proposals is Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at 5 p.m. 

 

 

For more information or with questions contact Cheryl Cahlander, betha@research.osu.edu or call (614) 247-4764.


Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing Implementation and Impact Measurement Program (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
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Purpose

Up to seven teams engaged in public health cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) implementation efforts will be funded to participate in a CJS Implementation and Impact Measurement Program. Successfully funded teams implementing CJS arrangements will each receive up to $75,000 to measure (with baseline and follow-up data collection points) the impact of their arrangements. Funded teams will also receive technical assistance related to both project implementation and impact measurement. Eligible CJS arrangements must include a minimum of three contiguous jurisdictions of any size, or two contiguous jurisdictions if the combined population is 50,000 or greater.

 

Total Awards

·        Up to seven applicants will be funded.

·        Grants of up to a total of $75,000 each will be awarded.

·        Grants will begin on February 16, 2016, and end on or before October 15, 2017.

·        Grants will support the activities necessary to measure the impact of the CJS arrangement.

 

The Center will manage the CJS Implementation and Impact Measurement Program and coordinate the provision of technical assistance. NNPHI will make and administer the grants. Support for all of these activities comes from RWJF.

 

Key Dates

September 8, 2015 (1:30 p.m. ET)

Optional applicant webinar

 

October 20, 2015 (3:00 p.m. ET)

Deadline for receipt of full proposals

 

Early January 2016

Funding decision notification

 

February 16, 2016

Grants initiated.

 

To be eligible for this award, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

·        The applicant organization must either represent an existing multi-jurisdictional collaboration or be a stand-alone entity operating for, or on behalf of, multiple jurisdictions (such as a multi-jurisdictional or regional health department) and must deliver public health programs, services or functions.

·        The applicant organization must be located in the United States or its territories.

 

·        The applicant organization must be a state or local government agency, a tribal group recognized by the U.S. federal government, or a nonprofit organization that is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. Preference will be given to Section 501(c)(3) organizations that are not classified as a private foundation or Type III supporting organization.


NIJ FY 16 Graduate Research Fellowship Program in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (Department of Justice - National Institute of Justice)
NIJ-2016-4321

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding of innovative doctoral dissertation research in the social and behavioral sciences that is relevant to providing solutions to better ensure public safety, prevent and control crime, and ensure the fair and impartial administration of criminal justice in the United States. This program furthers the Department’s mission by sponsoring research to provide objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the State and local levels

 

 

Eligible applicants are limited to degree-granting academic institutions in the United States and its territories. To be eligible, the institution must be fully accredited by one of the regional institutional accreditation agencies recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Under this solicitation, the applicant institution must apply as the sponsoring institution for the doctoral candidate who will be conducting criminal-justice-related research in a discipline relevant to NIJ’s mission. An eligible applicant may submit more than one application, as long as each application proposes a different project in response to the solicitation. (Applicants should also review and consider the “Duplicate Applications” note under How to Apply in Section D. Application and Submission Information.) NIJ may elect to make awards for applications submitted under this solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on the merit of the applications and on the availability of appropriations.


Self-Monitoring and Self-Assessing Intelligent Systems Research for the CISE/IIS Robust Intelligence Core Program (National Science Foundation - Dear Colleague Letter)
NSF 15-112

Through this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) within the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) announces its intention to support research on self-monitoring and self-assessing intelligent systems through its Robust Intelligence (RI) core program.

 

Recent years have brought about an explosion of interest in intelligent systems research and applications, including research on human language processing systems, computer vision systems, machine learning, robotics, software agents, cognitive systems, and systems that automatically monitor data and make predictions (including classification).

 

However, achieving truly robust behavior of intelligent systems requires that they self-assess, recognize their own limits, accurately predict their own breakdown, and act appropriately. Robust intelligent systems must encode and act in awareness of their own performance limits and uncertainties. This self-assessment criterion goes far beyond performance assessments typically reported during evaluation (e.g., rates of classification, word-error, and task completion), which provide very incomplete assessment of the real-world utility of intelligent systems. Only with attention to these additional challenges can we construct systems that are robust even when sensor inputs and user commands are incomplete, erroneous, or manipulated by an adversary; and when the system learns, adapts, self-modifies, or encounters novel situations after deployment.

 

The Robust Intelligence core program within the IIS division welcomes proposals (as part of the existing RI program solicitation, available at http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf15574 that advance self-monitoring, self-assessment, self-repair, and user interaction to ensure that intelligent systems behave as intended. These advances include (but are not limited to) research that specifically addresses: 1) performance uncertainty measures, 2) self-diagnosis, 3) how to ensure system behavior after deployment, 4) system self-inspection and self-repair, and 5) behavioral modification when the system is not behaving as expected.

 

With recent growing interest in these areas within the Robust Intelligence research community this DCL explicitly calls attention to the inclusion of these topics within the scope of the existing IIS RI program. Proposals submitted in response to this DCL will be reviewed in competition with all other proposals submitted to the RI program; this is neither a special competition nor a new program, and proposals will be funded as part of the core RI program budget. Proposals submitted in response to this DCL should be synergistic with RI approaches and must contain clear RI research components as described by the RI program solicitation; if they do not, they may be returned without review. Proposal ideas that do not fit within the RI program solicitation but appear to address topics related to this DCL should be submitted to other relevant NSF programs.

 

Proposals relevant to this DCL should be submitted to the regular RI core program solicitation, available at http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf15574, following all proposal preparation instructions specified therein. For further information, interested PIs may contact Todd Leen (Program Director, CISE/IIS, telephone (703) 292-7242, email [3]tleen@nsf.gov) and Hector Munoz-Avila (Program Director, CISE/IIS, telephone (703) 292-7129, email [4]hmunoz@nsf.gov).

 

Sincerely,

Jim Kurose, Assistant Director

 

Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE)


EarthCube: Enterprise Governance (National Science Foundation)
NSF 15-603

EarthCube is a community-driven activity to transform the conduct of geosciences research and education, sponsored through a partnership between the NSF Directorate of Geosciences and Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering. EarthCube aims to create a well-connected and facile environment to share data and knowledge in an open, transparent, and inclusive manner, thus accelerating the ability of the geosciences community 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 needs of geoscientists.

 

The critical importance of a community-driven and operated governance structure for EarthCube activities has been highlighted in the past several years of EarthCube development. The EarthCube Test Enterprise Governance Project has recommended an EarthCube Governance Framework which describes the organizational units and functions necessary for EarthCube Governance. The specific charter, by-laws, and terms of references for that governance framework is described may be found here: http://earthcube.org/info/earthcube-governance. The EarthCube Governance Framework is intended to be a living document with review and revision by the community as required for the changing needs of EarthCube.

 

This solicitation seeks the services of a qualified organization to provide a science support office for EarthCube governance. This organization will provide the services required to maintain and manage the community governance structures and support the activities articulated within the EarthCube Governance Framework documents. The award, to be administered as a Cooperative Agreement, is intended to cover an initial 3-year period.

 

·         Anticipated Type of Award: Cooperative Agreement

·         Estimated Number of Awards: 1, up to one award will be made and determined based on the results of the merit review process and availability of funds.

·         Anticipated Funding Amount: $1,500,000 to $2,400,000, NSF anticipates funding the EarthCube Science Support Office between $500,000 and $800,000 per year for 3 years, pending availability of funds. The size of the award will depend on the scope and complexity of the proposal selected for funding. The award duration will be for an initial period of 3 years, subject to contraction or extension based on periodic review.

·         Proposals may only be submitted by the following: * Universities and Colleges - Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the US acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations also are referred to as academic institutions. * Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.

·         Who May Serve as PI: There are no restrictions or limits.

·         Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: There are no restrictions or limits.

·         Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: There are no restrictions or limits.

·         Letters of Intent: Not required

·         Preliminary Proposal Submission: Not required

·         Cost Sharing Requirements: Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.

·         Indirect Cost (F&A) Limitations: Not Applicable

 

·         Other Budgetary Limitations: Not Applicable


Deadline: Full Proposal Target Date(s): December 14, 2015
Link: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf15603
AHRQ Health Services Research Projects: Making Health Care Safer in Ambulatory Care Settings and Long Term Care Facilities (R01) (DHHS – NIH - AHRQ)
PA-15-339

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support investigative research projects that examine the epidemiology of patient safety in ambulatory care settings and long term care facilities, gather evidence about strategies that can improve safety in these settings, and develop evidence-based tools to facilitate implementation of these strategies.


Deadline: Applications Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant
Link: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-15-339.html
National Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program: Regional Center Grants to Enhance Food Safety (DHHS – NIH - FDA)
RFA-FD-16-005

FDA announces the availability of funding and requests applications for National Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program: Regional Center Grants to Enhance Food Safety for fiscal year (FY) 2016. The intention of this program is to begin building an infrastructure that will support a national food safety training, education, extension, outreach, and technical assistance system and provide significant opportunities for funding through subcontracts and for partnerships with eligible stakeholder groups, including community-based and non-governmental organizations.


Deadline: Letter of Intent October 01, 2015 Applications November 02, 2015
Link: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-FD-16-005.html
Technical Experimentation-Medical Training Technologies including Medical Simulations and Sensitive Site Exploitation (SSE) Technologies (Other Defense Agencies)
USSOCOM_RFI_TE_16-1

This Request for Information (RFI) is NOT a solicitation for proposals, proposal abstracts, or quotations. The purpose of this RFI is to solicit technology experimentation candidates from Research and Development (R&D) organizations, private industry, and academia for inclusion in future experimentation events coordinated by the U. S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

 

USSOCOM invites industry, academia, individuals, and Government labs to submit technology experimentation nominations addressing innovative technologies leading to possible Government/Industry collaboration for development of USSOCOM technology capabilities. The intent is to provide participants with the opportunity to gain Special Operations Forces (SOF) insight/perspective on participant technologies. SOF experimentation will explore emerging technologies, technical applications, and their potential to provide solutions for future SOF capabilities. This RFI is for TE 16-1:

 

Date: 30 November through 04 December 2015

• Themes: Medical Training Technologies and Sensitive Site Exploitation (SSE) Technologies

• Location: Largo, FL B.

 

OBJECTIVE:

Technology experimentation events provide an opportunity for technology developers to interact with operational personnel to determine how their technology development efforts and ideas may support or enhance SOF capability needs. The environment facilitates a collaborative working relationship between Government, academia, and industry to promote the identification and assessment of emerging technologies.

 

The deadline for nomination package(s) is 28 September 2015 at 12:00 Noon EDT.

 

 

After review of the TE nomination submissions, the Government may invite select candidates to demonstrate their technologies at the USSOCOM sponsored TE event. Experiments will be conducted from 30 November through 04 December 2015, at the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC), Largo, FL, and will explore emerging technology solutions and revolutionary improvements in relevant technologies. Materiel solutions brought to the event should be between a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 3 and 6. Proposed experiments may be between a half day and two days in duration and may be conducted in unimproved expeditionary-like conditions. There is no intention on the part of USSOCOM to purchase or procure equipment based solely on participation in TE.


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