CURRENT EXTERNAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Funding opportunities in this section include selected current grant announcements from federal agencies for new initiatives and changes to existing programs. Announcements with limited scope are not listed here but instead are sent directly to IUPUI School Deans. For comprehensive coverage of funding opportunities, please use the links below to search online tools.

INSTITUTE OF MUSEUM & LIBRARY SERVICES

National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG): The NLG program supports projects that address challenges faced by the library and archive fields and that have the potential to advance practice in those fields. Successful proposals will generate results such as new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or alliances that can be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment. The funding categories are: Project Grant, Research Grant, Planning Grant, or National Forum Grant.

IMLS is interested in work that will support the national digital platform: the combination of software applications, social and technical infrastructure, and staff expertise used by libraries, museums, and archives to provide online content and services to all users in the United States. Libraries have made important advancements in this area over the past 20 years, but much of that work was experimental or isolated. IMLS wants to bridge gaps between disparate pieces of the existing digital library infrastructure, for increased efficiencies, cost-savings, access and services. The program cannot support the digitization of content, or pre- digitization activities like inventorying collections.

Issues to consider may include: 1) increasing access to shared digital services for libraries and archives through existing platforms; 2) expanding the range, types and diversity of existing digital content available through shared infrastructure; 3) improving the discoverability and functionality of digital content; 4) improving the interoperability, usability and community involvement of widely used open source digital library software applications; 5) tackling problems facing libraries in providing digital access to users today at scale (digital stewardship, data curation, applications of linked data, and crowdsourcing); and 6) addressing access to in-copyright and licensed content.

IMLS is interested in work that builds institutional capacity, develops STEM learning, engages community and encourages partnerships to support all types of learning and inquiry, including participatory inquiry-based, and/or other forms of learning in libraries. Competitive proposals in this category should focus on supporting and enhancing libraries' ability to make their own decisions and investments, rather than the development of learning spaces or programs in individual libraries and communities. Deadlines: Preliminary Proposal: February 01, 2017; Full Proposal: June 09, 2017.
https://www.imls.gov/grants/available/national-leadership-grants-libraries

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH

Global Noncommunicable Diseases & Injury Across the Lifespan: Exploratory Research (R21): This opportunity supports planning, design and initial pilots for locally relevant and catalytic research on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) or injury in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). Research addressing multiple NCDs and their risk factors and research addressing NCDs as comorbidities for/with infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS is encouraged. Scientists in the US or upper middle income countries (UMICs) are eligible to partner with scientists in LMIC institutions. Pilot activities and research are expected to inform the development of more comprehensive research programs that contribute to the long-term goals of building sustainable research capacity in LMICs to address NCDs and injury throughout life and to lead to diagnostics, prevention, treatment and implementation strategies. The proposed work may also contribute to developing a base for research networking and evidence-based policy beyond the specific research project. For applications on any research topic related to the brain, nervous system, mental health and substance abuse please see: PAR-14-331 "Global brain and nervous system disorders research across the lifespan (R21)." Applications on those topics are not appropriate for this FOA. Income categories used are defined by the World Bank at
http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-classifications/country-and-lending-groups.

Deadlines: Letter of Interest (optional): January 23, 2017; Application: February 22, 2017.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-16-052.html

Advanced Development & Validation of Emerging Biospecimen Science Technologies for Basic & Clinical Cancer Research (R33): This Opportunity solicits grant applications proposing exploratory research projects focused on further development and validation of emerging technologies that improve the quality of the samples used for cancer research or clinical care. This includes new capabilities to address issues related to pre-analytical degradation of targeted analytes during the collection, processing, handling, and/or storage of cancer- relevant biospecimens. This opportunity solicits R33 applications where major feasibility gaps for the technology or methodology have been overcome, as demonstrated with supportive preliminary data, but still requires further development and rigorous validation to encourage adoption by the research community. The overall goal is to support the development of highly innovative technologies capable of maximizing or otherwise interrogating the quality and utility of biological samples used for downstream analyses. This FOA will support the development of tools, devices, instrumentation, and associated methods to preserve or protect sample integrity, or establish verification criteria for quality assessment/quality control and handling under diverse conditions. These technologies are expected to accelerate and/or enhance research in cancer biology, early detection and screening, clinical diagnosis, treatment, epidemiology, or address issues associated with cancer health disparities, by reducing pre-analytical variations that affect biospecimen sample quality. Deadlines: Letter of Interest (optional): April 26, 2017: Application: May 26, 2017.
https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-17-013.html

Data & Resource Generation Centers for Illuminating the Druggable Genome (U24): The overarching goal of this opportunity and its companion announcements is to generate a research consortium to facilitate the unveiling of the functions of selected understudied proteins in the Druggable Genome, using experimental and informatics approaches. This research consortium will be a part of the Implementation Phase of the Common Fund program, "Illuminating the Druggable Genome" (IDG; https://commonfund.nih.gov/idg/index) and will be composed of multiple Data and Resource Generation Centers (DRGCs; RFA-RM-16-026), a Knowledge Management Center (KMC; RFA-RM-16-024), and a Resource Dissemination and Outreach Center (RDOC; RFA-RM-16- 025). Pending availability of funds, a future initiative may be issued to focus on Cutting Edge Informatics Tools (CEITs).

This opportunity calls for utilization of ensembles of scalable technology platforms to characterize functions of understudied non-olfactory G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), protein kinases, and ion channels at molecular and cellular levels in medium- to high-throughput fashion, rather than by a "one at a time" approach. The objective is to establish a set of integrated technology platforms and generate novel data and tools revealing the molecular, cellular, and/or physiological role of understudied proteins in these three families. Each DRGC should incorporate scalable technology platforms via streamlined experimental workflows, with an emphasis on reproducibility in analyses of protein functions in cellular models, complex biological tissues, living organisms, or another physiologically relevant system. Deadlines: Letter of Intent: February 14, 2017; Application: March 14, 2017.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-16-026.html

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

Energy, Power, Control & Networks (EPCN): The EPCN Program invests in systems and control methods for analysis and design of cyber-physical systems to ensure stability, performance, robustness, and security. Topics of interest include modeling, optimization, learning, and control of networked multi-agent systems, higher-level decision making, and dynamic resource allocation as well as risk management in the presence of uncertainty, sub-system failures and stochastic disturbances. EPCN also invests in adaptive dynamic programing, brain-like networked architectures performing real-time learning, and neuromorphic engineering. EPCN supports innovative proposals dealing with systems research in such areas as energy, transportation, and nanotechnology. EPCN places emphasis on electric power systems, including generation, transmission, storage, and integration of renewables; power electronics and drives; battery management systems; hybrid and electric vehicles; and understanding of the interplay of power systems with associated regulatory and economic structures and with consumer behavior. Also of interest are interdependencies of power and energy systems with other critical infrastructures. Topics of interest include energy scavenging and alternate energy technologies such as solar, wind, and hydrokinetic. The program also supports innovative tools and test beds, as well as curriculum development integrating research and education. Deadline: November 01, 2017
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505249

Macromolecular, Supramolecular & Nanochemistry (MSN): The MSN Program focuses on basic research that addresses fundamental questions regarding the chemistry of macromolecular, supramolecular and nanoscopic species and other organized structures and that advances chemistry knowledge in these areas. Research of interest to this program will explore novel chemistry concepts in the following topics: 1) The development of novel synthetic approaches to clusters, nanoparticles, polymers, and supramolecular architectures; innovative surface functionalization methodologies; surface monolayer chemistry; and template-directed synthesis. 2) The study of molecular scale interactions that give rise to macromolecular, supramolecular or nanoparticulate self-assembly into discrete structures; and the study of chemical forces and dynamics that are responsible for spatial organization in discrete organic, inorganic or hybrid systems (excluding extended solids). 3) Investigations that utilize advanced experimental or computational methods to understand or to predict the chemical structure, unique chemical and physicochemical properties, and chemical reactivities that result from the organized or nanoscopic structures. Research in which theory advances experiment and experiment advances theory synergistically is of special interest. Deadline: October 31, 2017.
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503422

Communications, Circuits & Sensing-Systems (CCSS): The CCSS program is intended to spur visionary systems-oriented activities in collaborative, multidisciplinary, and integrative research. CCSS supports systems research in hardware, signal processing techniques, and architectures to enable the next generation of cyber-physical systems (CPS) that leverage computation, communication, and algorithms integrated with physical domains. CCSS offers new challenges at all levels of systems integration to address future societal needs. CCSS supports innovative research and integrated educational activities in micro- and nano-systems, communications systems, and cyber-physical systems. The goal is to design, develop, and implement new complex and hybrid systems at all scales, including nano, micro, and macro, that lead to innovative engineering principles and solutions for a variety of application domains including, but not limited to, healthcare, medicine, environmental monitoring, communications, disaster mitigation, homeland security, transportation, manufacturing, energy, and smart buildings. CCSS also supports integration technologies at both intra-and inter-chip levels, new and advanced radio frequency (RF), millimeter wave and optical wireless and hybrid communications systems architectures, and sensing and imaging at terahertz (THz) frequencies.


Hao Ling


  • RF, Analog, and Mixed Signal Integrated Circuits and Systems
  • RF, Microwave, Millimeter-Wave and THz Technology
  • Energy-Efficient, Low-Noise, Reconfigurable Electronics
  • Antennas and Wave Propagation for Communications and Sensing
  • High-Fidelity Modeling & Simulation of Electronic, Photonic and Electromagnetic Systems

Chengshan Xiao

  • RF/Wireless, Optical, and Hybrid Communications and Networking
  • Integrated Sensing, Communication, and Computational Systems
  • Spectrum Access and Spectrum Sharing, Cognitive Radio
  • Signal Processing and Compressive Sampling
  • Cyber Physical Systems and Security

Mona Zaghloul

  • Micro, Nano, and Bio Systems (MEMS/NEMS)
  • Chemical, Biological, and Physical Sensors, Sensors & Actuators, & Electronic Interfaces
  • Ultra-Low Power Wearable and Implantable Sensing and Imaging Systems
  • Real-Time Monitoring/Stimulation of Brain/Other Body Functions, Natural Environments.

Deadline: October 01, 2017.
https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp? pims_id=505248&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

U.S. DEPT. OF DEFENSE

Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program (PH/TBIRP)— Cognitive Resilience & Readiness Research Award: This opportunity solicits research that will increase our understanding of what and how key scientific and biomedical elements influence and correlate with cognitive skills assessment, enhancement, and training for Service members, and related specialty occupations. This is focused on delivering solutions for Service member performance sustainment and health protection and should demonstrate broader potential public use benefit of the research. Novel approaches which contribute to cognitive resilience and readiness are encouraged. Solutions that can be translated from laboratory environments and integrated into existing military training and practice with minimal disruption (noninvasive) to existing routine operations are encouraged. Both applied (preclinical) research and clinical trials within specific topic areas addressing the prevention of military-relevant psychological health issues and enhancement of operational performance are allowed.

The general focus of this opportunity is to build and sustain cognitive resilience in service members and to ensure short- and long-term readiness of the force. The expectations of a successful project will be to demonstrate utility of cognitive resilience tools and promote Service member readiness. These expectations will be met through the discovery and transition/translation of scientific findings for performance sustainment and health protection in training and operational environments.

The application must address one or more of the following topics: 1 Cognitive resilience: Tools and strategies to confer robustness and adaptability in cognitive performance; 2) Cognitive readiness: Translating cognitive resilience to military operational performance and Service member health; 3) Cognitive readiness measures to validate cognitive readiness assessment tools and strategies for relevant military training and/or in operational environments; and to set and validate standards of cognitive resilience in individuals and small (e.g., operational) groups; and 4) Cognitive resilience and readiness training program implementation. Deadlines: Pre-Application: June 27, 2017; Application: Sept. 07, 2017. http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/phtbi.shtml

CANCER RESEARCH UK (CRUK)

Grand Challenge Awards: These awards are the most ambitious cancer research grants in the world. They're intended to catalyze a revolution in how we prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer by providing the freedom to undertake innovative, game-changing research. CRUK are looking for applications from interdisciplinary teams with novel, exciting ways of solving one of seven Grand Challenges, which together encompass some of the most important unanswered questions in cancer research. If applicants can convince CRUK they're on to something extraordinary, CRUK will give the team up to $15M to prove it. Cancer Research UK is seeking scientific adventurers.

The Grand Challenges are: 1) Develop vaccines to prevent non-viral cancers, 2) Eradicate EBV-induced cancers, 3) Discover how unusual mutation patterns are induced by cancer-causing events, 4) Distinguish between lethal cancers that need treatment and non-lethal ones that don't, 5) Find a way of mapping tumors at the molecular and cellular levels, 6) Develop innovative approaches to target the cancer super-controller MYC, and 7) Deliver biologically active macromolecules to any and all cells. Deadlines: Letter of Intent: Feb. 12, 2017; Application: July 31, 2017.
Grand Challenge Awards

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH

Advancing the Science of Geriatric Palliative Care (R21): This opportunity encourages applications focused on palliative care in geriatric populations and emphasizes studies in a variety of settings that include ambulatory care hospitals (and specific sites within hospitals facilities, and short- and long-term care facilities. However, hospice and end-of-life settings are not included within the scope of this opportunity. Rather, this vehicle highlights research on palliative care in settings and at time points earlier in geriatric patients' disease or disability trajectories. Types of studies may include observational, quasi-experimental, or interventional studies using primary data collection and/or secondary analyses. Leveraging on-going cohorts, intervention studies, networks, data and specimen repositories, and other existing resources and infrastructure are encouraged. Deadline: February16, 2017.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-13-355.html

Implementation Science Research to Improve Dental, Oral & Craniofacial Health (UO1): This Opportunity encourages investigators to submit research grant applications on the use of implementation science strategies aimed at reducing the time between establishment of the evidence-base of interventions/policies/practices and widespread uptake and adoption for dental/oral/craniofacial health. This vehicle requires applications be designed to address implementation of dental/oral/craniofacial evidence-based interventions at multiple levels. This includes, but is not limited to, research to understand the behavior of dental/oral/craniofacial health professionals and support staff, dental/oral/craniofacial health organizations, dental/oral/craniofacial health consumers and family members, and policymakers in context as key variables in the adoption, implementation and sustainability of evidence-based interventions and guidelines. Examples of evidence-based interventions include those from the Institute of Medicine, Community Guide to Preventive Services, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, American Dental Association, American Association of Public Health Dentistry, American Academy of Periodontology, and other clinical and professional societies. Deadlines: Letter of Intent: Jan. 21, 2017; Application: February 21, 2017.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-D...

Development and/or Validation of Devices or Electronic Systems to Monitor or Enhance Mind & Body Interventions (R43/R44): This opportunity supports Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications from small business concerns (SBCs) that will develop and/or validate devices or electronic systems that can: 1) monitor biologically- or behaviorally-based processes applicable to mind and body interventions or 2) be used to assist in optimizing the practice or increasing the efficacy of mind and body interventions. The applications should: 1) lead to the development of new technologies, 2) adapt existing innovative technologies, devices and/or electronic systems, 3) repurpose existing devices and electronic systems, or 4) conduct testing of single or combined components of an integrated, long term, automated, wearable monitoring, stimulation device or electronic system in order to monitor or enhance the mechanistic processes or functional outcomes of mind and body interventions. For the purposes of this vehicle, mind and body interventions are defined as non-pharmacological approaches that include mind/brain focused interventions (e.g., meditation, hypnosis), body-based approaches (e.g., acupuncture, massage, spinal manipulation/mobilization), or combined mind and body meditative movement approaches (e.g., yoga, tai-chi, qigong). Deadline: April 5, 2017.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAS-17-022.html

Elucidation of Mechanisms of Radiation-Induced Endovascular Injury and Development of Treatments/Mitigators for Radiation-Induced Endothelial Cell and Vascular Dysfuction (UO1): The NIAID Radiation/Nuclear Countermeasures Development Program supports extramural research to develop safe and effective radiological/nuclear medical countermeasures for clinical use under emergency situations. This program spans basic through applied research. The role of the endovascular network in radiation injury pathogenesis is not well understood; however, the importance of this biological system in the observed multi-organ dysfunction and failure that occurs following radiation exposure has recently been established. This opportunity provides an opportunity for academic, industry and government laboratory researchers to address gaps in the understanding of the pathophysiology of radiation injury in the vasculature, and how this damage contributes to overall mortality following radiation exposure. Deadlines: Letter of Intent: October 10, 2016; Application: November 10, 2016. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AI-16-053.html

Exploratory Clinical Trials-Arthritis & Musculoskeletal/Skin Diseases (R21): The purpose of this opportunity is to support and accelerate human epigenomic investigations focused on identifying and characterizing the mechanisms by which social experiences at various stages in life, both positive and negative, affect gene function and thereby influence health trajectories or modify disease risk in racial/ethnic minority and health disparity populations. Deadline: March 01, 2017. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-192.html

Pre-Application: Research Innovation for Scientific Knowledge (RISK) for Skin & Rheumatic Diseases (X02): This initiative focuses on innovative research within the NIAMS mission by encouraging applicants to pursue unusual observations, test imaginative hypotheses, investigate creative concepts, and build ground-breaking paradigms, all of which deviate significantly from prevailing theories or practice. The RISK program is designed to encourage the submission of projects that are considered too risky, premature, controversial, or unconventional for other NIH mechanisms. RISK intends to support disease-focused translational studies, up to, but not including, human studies. RISK R61/R33s are not intended to support clinical trials. RISK will support either musculoskeletal or skin/rheumatic diseases, but skin/rheumatic proposals are encouraged.

This pre-application is the recommended (not required) first step in the application process for the companion R61/R33. Potential applicants need to read both. Pre-applications evaluated as highly innovative and most relevant to the RISK program will be invited to submit an R61/R33 application. Deadlines: Letter of Intent: Sept. 04, 2016; Application: October 04, 2016.
X02:
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-16-381.html
R61/R33: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AR-17-008.html

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science (TRIPODS): This opportunity aims to bring together the statistics, mathematics, and theoretical computer science communities to develop the theoretical foundations of data science through integrated research and training activities. Phase I, described in this solicitation, will support the development of small collaborative Institutes. Phase II (to be described in an anticipated future solicitation, subject to availability of funds) will support a smaller number of larger Institutes, selected from the Phase I Institutes via a second competitive proposal process. All TRIPODS Institutes must involve significant and integral participation by all three of the aforementioned communities. Deadlines: Letter of Intent: January 19, 2017; Application: March 15, 2017
https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505347

Innovative Technology Experiences for Students & Teachers (ITEST): ITEST is a program that promotes PreK-12 student interests and capacities to participate in the STEM and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce of the future. To achieve this objective, ITEST supports the development, implementation, and selective spread of innovative strategies for engaging students in experiences that: 1) increase student awareness of STEM and ICT careers; 2) motivate students to pursue the education necessary to participate in those careers; and/or 3) provide students with technology-rich experiences that develop their knowledge of related content and skills needed for the STEM workforce. ITEST projects may adopt an interdisciplinary focus on multiple STEM domains, focus on a single domain, or focus on one or more sub-disciplines within a domain. ITEST projects must involve students, and may also include teachers. The ITEST program is especially interested in broadening participation of students from traditionally underrepresented groups in STEM fields and related education and workforce domains. ITEST supports two project types: Strategies projects and SPrEaD (Successful Project Expansion and Dissemination) projects. Strategies projects support the design, implementation, and testing of innovative educational experiences that support the objectives of the ITEST program. SPrEaD projects support the wider and broader testing and dissemination of promising strategies to generate evidence and greater understanding of contextual factors that operate to enhance, moderate, or constrain anticipated project impacts. Deadline: August 9, 2017.
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5467

Expeditions in Computing: This program was created to provide the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) community with the opportunity to pursue ambitious, fundamental research agendas that promise to define the future of computing and information. In planning Expeditions projects, investigators are encouraged to come together within or across departments or institutions to combine their creative talents in the identification of compelling, transformative research agendas that promise disruptive innovations for years to come. Expeditions represent some of the largest single investments currently made by the directorate. With awards funded at levels that promote the formation of research teams, CISE recognizes that concurrent research advances in multiple fields or sub-fields are often necessary to stimulate deep and enduring outcomes. The Expeditions program has three goals: 1)To catalyze far-reaching research explorations motivated by deep scientific questions or hard problems in the computing and information fields and/or by compelling applications that promise significant societal benefits; these explorations may exploit advanced cyberinfrastructure to enable and accelerate discovery and innovation across disciplines; they should be ambitious and potentially transformative, but also focused toward achieving concrete progress given the anticipated duration and funding levels; 2) To inspire current and future generations of Americans, especially those from under-represented groups, to pursue rewarding careers in computer and information science and engineering; and 3) To stimulate significant research and education outcomes that, through effective knowledge transfer mechanisms, promise scientific, economic and/or other societal benefits. Deadlines: Preliminary Proposal: April 25, 2018; Full Proposal: Jan. 16, 2019. March 22, 2017.
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503169

Elementary Particle Physics – Experiment (EPP): At the NSF, particle physics is supported by four programs within the Division of Physics: (1) the Theory program, which includes fundamental research on the forces of nature and the early history of the universe as well as support for the experimental program by providing guidance and analysis for high energy experiments; (2) the Elementary Particle Physics (EPP) program, which supports particle physics at accelerators; (3) the Particle Astrophysics (PA) program, which supports non-accelerator experiments; and (4) the new Accelerator Science program which supports research at universities into the educational and discovery potential of basic accelerator physics.

EPP also supports advances in detector development and new methods of utilizing distributed computing in support of collaborative research, for example, grid development, both nationally and internationally. The program also engages K-12 educators, who participate in experiments with university scientists, staff and students. Deadline: October 26, 2017
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5624

Developmental and Learning Sciences (DLS): DLS supports fundamental research that increases our understanding of cognitive, linguistic, social, cultural, and biological processes related to children's and adolescents' development and learning. Research supported by this program will add to our basic knowledge of how people learn and the underlying developmental processes that support learning, social functioning, and productive lives as members of society.

DLS supports research that addresses developmental processes within the domains of cognitive, social, emotional, and motor development using any appropriate populations for the topics. The program also supports research investigating factors that impact development change including family, peers, school, community, culture, media, physical, genetic, and epigenetic influences. Additional priorities include research that: incorporates multidisciplinary, multi-method, microgenetic, and longitudinal approaches; develops new methods, models, and theories for studying learning and development; includes participants from a range of ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and cultures; and integrates different processes (e.g., learning, memory, emotion), levels of analysis (e.g., behavioral, social, neural), and time scales (e.g. infancy, middle childhood, adolescence). Deadline: January 7, 2017. https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=8671

High-Risk Research in Biological Anthropology & Archeology (HRRBAA): Anthropological research may be conducted under unusual circumstances, often in distant locations. As a result the ability to conduct potentially important research may hinge on factors that are impossible to assess from a distance and some projects with potentially great payoffs may face difficulties in securing funding. This program gives small awards that provide investigators with the opportunity to assess the feasibility of an anthropological research project. The information gathered may then be used as the basis for preparing a more fully developed research program. Projects which face severe time constraints because of transient phenomena or access to materials may also be considered. Deadline: Continuous. http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5319

U.S. DEPT. OF DEFENSE

INTERfering and Co-Evolving Prevention & Therapy (INTERCEPT): The goal of the INTERfering and Co-Evolving Prevention and Therapy (INTERCEPT) program is to explore and evaluate virus-based therapeutic interfering particles (TIPs) that parasitize, interfere, and co-evolve with viral targets as a means of adaptively preventing, controlling, and eliminating acute or chronic infection.

The novel path explored in this program is based upon previously reported Defective Interfering Particles (DIPs), viral-derived particles with partially deleted genomes that arise during a natural infection. DIPs lack genes encoding replication enzymes and capsid proteins, and thus require co-infection with the wildtype parent virus to replicate and mobilize. 1) DIPs have been isolated from numerous viral infections and shown to interfere with the replication and packaging processes through stoichiometric competition for essential viral components. 2) It has been suggested that DIPs may have therapeutic and protective potential and may serve as a broad range treatment approach to combat respiratory infections. For example, a cloned Influenza-A DIP was effective in protecting from infection by Influenza-A, as well as by heterologous respiratory viruses in small animal models. 3) In addition, given their transmission potential, it has been proposed that interfering viral particles may serve as anti-viral therapies to reduce disease incidence and thus control epidemics.

The INTERCEPT program aims to explore and evaluate the potential of TIPs as a therapeutic and/or preventive approach for the long term control of a broad range of fast-evolving viruses. The program will address the key technical challenges and risks of TIP safety, efficacy, long-term co-evolution, and generalizability, by leveraging novel molecular and genetic design tools, high throughput genomic technologies, and advanced computational methods in a multidisciplinary, multi-team effort.

To explore the TIP concept as a potential therapeutic and/or preventive platform that can keep pace with fast-evolving pathogens, INTERCEPT will address four fundamental questions: 1) Safety & efficacy: Can TIPs be built that are safe and out-compete the pathogen to control infections short-term? 2) Co-evolution: Can TIPs evolve and keep pace with evolving pathogens to control an infection long-term? 3) Population-scale efficacy: Can TIPs co-transmit alongside pathogen to help control the spread of infectious disease across populations? 4) Generalizability: Can the TIP concept be extended across multiple viruses and for multiple acute and chronic infectious diseases? Deadline: July 7, 2017.
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=283354

Data-Driven Discovery of Models (D3M): This opportunity solicits innovative research proposals in the area of automated model discovery systems that create empirical models of real, complex processes from data. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.

D3M aims to develop automated model discovery systems that enable users with subject matter expertise but no data science background to create empirical models of real, complex processes. This capability will enable subject matter experts to create empirical models without the need for data scientists, and will increase the productivity of expert data scientists via automation. The automated model discovery systems developed by the D3M Program will be tested on real-world problems that will progressively get harder during the course of the program.

The D3M program is divided into three technical areas (TAs): TA1: A library of selectable primitives. A discoverable archive of data modeling primitives will be developed to serve as the basic building blocks for complex modeling pipelines. TA2: Automated composition of complex models. Techniques will be developed for automatically selecting model primitives and for composing selected primitives into complex modeling pipelines based on user-specified data and outcome(s) of interest. TA3: Human-model interaction that enables curation of models by subject matter experts. A method and interface will be developed to facilitate human-model interaction that enables formal definition of modeling problems and curation of automatically constructed models by users who are not data scientists. Deadlines: Abstract Submission: June 24, 2017; Proposal: Aug. 12, 2017.
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=284657

Young Investigator Program (YIP): The Office of Naval Research announces its Young Investigator Program to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who have recently received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. The objectives of this program are to attract outstanding faculty members of institutions of higher education to the Navy's research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. Deadline: November 04, 2016.
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=286980

Minerva Research Initiative: The Minerva Research Initiative emphasizes questions of strategic importance to U.S. national security policy. It seeks to increase the Department's intellectual capital in the social sciences and improve its ability to address future challenges and build bridges between the Department and the social science community. Minerva brings together universities and other research institutions around the world and supports multidisciplinary and cross-institutional projects addressing specific topic areas determined by the Department of Defense. The Minerva program aims to promote research in specific areas of social science and to promote a candid and constructive relationship between DOD and the social science academic community.

The Minerva Research Initiative competition is for research related to the following 5 topics and associated subtopic: 1) Identity, Influence, and Mobilization; 2) Contributors to Societal Resilience and Change; 3) Power and Deterrence; 4) Analytical methods and metrics for security research; and 5) Innovations in National Security, Conflict, and Cooperation. Deadlines: White Paper: February 27, 2017; Application: June 17, 2017.
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=280923

NOTE: All faculty, researchers, and scientists on continuing contracts at IU interested in applying for Department of Defense funding are eligible for assistance by the consulting firm--Cornerstone Government Affairs-arranged by the Vice President for Research. Those interested in securing assistance from Cornerstone must submit a 2 page summary of their research project and a CV or biosketch to the VP for Research Office at vpr@iu.edu. Prior to submission, the IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research is offering assistance with the 2 page summaries. For more information, contact Ann Kratz akratz@iupui.edu.