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External Funding Opportunities

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Last updated November 4, 2016

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Foundation Funding
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Evidence for Action - Investigator Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Pioneering Ideas Brief Proposal

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Freshwater Harmful Algal Blooms

Bureau of Reclamation
Desalination and Water Purification Research Program Fiscal Year 2017 Research & Laboratory Scale Projects

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Young Faculty Award (YFA)

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NOTICE: CHANGED APPLICATION GUIDES
Restructured and Streamlined Application Guides
and Supplemental Instructions Available for Applications
Due Dates On or After May 25, 2016 - (NOT-OD-16-084)

Basic Biopsychosocial Mechanisms and Processes in the Management of Chronic Conditions (R21)
Encouraging Appropriate Care Using Behavioral Economics through Electronic Health Records (R21/R33)

National Science Foundation (NSF)
Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR)
Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions: Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) and Research Opportunity Awards (ROA)
Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12)
Smart and Connected Health
Science of Learning
STEM + Computing Partnerships
Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)

Opportunity Details

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Evidence for Action - Investigator Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health
If interested in applying for this opportunity, contact osp@pacific.edu to discuss your targeted submit date, to receive your personalized submission timeline, and to be placed on the OSP submission schedule.

  • 2 business days before your targeted submit date: all application materials due to OSP
  • Closing date for application: Open, rolling submission date

Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health is a national program of RWJF that supports the Foundation’s commitment to building a Culture of Health in the United States. The program aims to provide individuals, organizations, communities, policymakers, and researchers with the empirical evidence needed to address the key determinants of health encompassed in the Culture of Health Action Framework. In addition, Evidence for Action will also support efforts to assess outcomes and set priorities for action. It will do this by encouraging and supporting creative, rigorous research on the impact of innovative programs, policies and partnerships on health and well-being, and on novel approaches to measuring health determinants and outcomes. Letter of Intent required, full proposals invited.
Program announcement: https://anr.rwjf.org/viewCfp.do?cfpId=1224&cfpOverviewId

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Pioneering Ideas Brief Proposal
If interested in applying for this opportunity, contact osp@pacific.edu to discuss your targeted submit date, to receive your personalized submission timeline, and to be placed on the OSP submission schedule.

  • 2 business days before your targeted submit date: all application materials due to OSP
  • Closing date for application: Open, rolling submission date

The goal of the Pioneering Ideas Brief Proposal funding opportunity is to explore; to look into the future and put health first as we design for changes in how we live, learn, work and play; to wade into uncharted territory in order to better understand what new trends, opportunities and breakthrough ideas can enable everyone in America to live the healthiest life possible. While improving the status quo is vital to the health and well-being of millions of Americans now, the Pioneering Ideas Brief Proposal opportunity reaches beyond incremental changes to explore the ideas and trends that will influence the trajectory and future of health.
Program announcement: http://www.rwjf.org/en/how-we-work/submit-a-proposal.html?rid=CFB_D3yqR5MZU0gLjCmmmS1dJ4qR3hrf&et_cid=620867

EPA: Freshwater Harmful Algal Blooms
If interested in applying for this opportunity, contact osp@pacific.edu to receive your personalized submission timeline and to be placed on the OSP submission schedule.

  • Pacific submit date: 2 business days before closing date: December 22, 2016 [early due to holiday closure]
  • Closing date for application: January 4, 2017

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking regular and early career applications proposing innovative research on the prediction, prevention, control and mitigation of freshwater Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) as well as the drivers, life cycle patterns, and fate of and effects from less-common, less-studied, and emerging freshwater HAB species and toxins. This opportunity has two application options, regular and early career.
Program announcement: https://www.epa.gov/research-grants/freshwater-harmful-algal-blooms

Bureau of Reclamation: Desalination and Water Purification Research Program Fiscal Year 2017 Research & Laboratory Scale Projects
If interested in applying for this opportunity, contact osp@pacific.edu to receive your personalized submission timeline and to be placed on the OSP submission schedule.

  • Pacific submit date: 2 business days before closing date: January 16, 2017
  • Closing date for application: January 18, 2017

Through DWPR, research sponsors partner with Reclamation to address a broad range of desalting and water purification needs. Reclamation is interested in research where the benefits are widespread but where private-sector entities are not able to make the full investment and assume all the risks. Reclamation is also interested in research that has a national significance – where the issues are of large-scale concern and the benefits accrue to a large sector of the public. The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite private industry, universities, water utilities, and other research sponsors to submit proposals to cost share (cost sharing not required for institutions of higher education) research and laboratory scale projects that address DWPR program goals and objectives. Research & laboratory scale projects are typically bench scale studies involving small flow rates less than 2 gallons per minute. They are used to determine the viability of a novel process, new materials, or process modifications. Research at this stage often involves a high degree of risk and uncertainty.
Program announcement: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=289865

DARPA: Young Faculty Award (YFA)
If interested in applying for this opportunity, contact osp@pacific.edu to receive your personalized submission timeline and to be placed on the OSP submission schedule.

  • Pacific submit date: 2 business days before closing date: January 16, 2017
  • Closing date for application: January 18, 2017

DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the areas of physical sciences, engineering, materials, mathematics, biology, computing, informatics, social science, and manufacturing of interest to DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office (DSO), Microsystems Technology Office (MTO), and Biological Technologies Office (BTO). Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. See solicitation for description of 22 Topic Areas (TAs). Review eligibility information.
Program announcement: https://www.fbo.gov/spg/ODA/DARPA/CMO/DARPA-RA-16-63/listing.html

NEH: Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
If interested in applying for this opportunity, contact osp@pacific.edu to receive your personalized submission timeline, and to be placed on the OSP submission schedule.

  • Pacific submit date: 2 business days before closing date: January 9, 2017
  • Closing date for application: January 11, 2017

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support digital projects throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and long-term sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this grant category, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. This program combines the former Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants and Digital Humanities Implementation Grants programs; the combined program is offered twice per year. Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. Through a special partnership, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) anticipates providing additional funding to this program to encourage innovative collaborations between museum or library professionals and humanities professionals to advance preservation of, access to, use of, and engagement with digital collections and services. Through this partnership, IMLS and NEH may jointly fund some DHAG projects that involve collaborations with museums and/or libraries.
Program announcement: http://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/digital-humanities-advancement-grants

NIH: Basic Biopsychosocial Mechanisms and Processes in the Management of Chronic Conditions (R21)
If interested in applying for this opportunity, contact osp@pacific.edu to receive your personalized submission timeline, and to be placed on the OSP submission schedule.

  • Pacific submit date: 2 business days before closing date: December 4, 2016
  • Closing date for application: December 6, 2016

This FOA seeks to stimulate basic inquiry into the mechanisms that influence people within their larger social contexts to manage one or multiple conditions over the life-course. Long-term goals are to increase knowledge of the individual and group processes that inform thought and behaviors that reinforce health and optimal wellbeing to enhance overall human health, reduce illness and disability, and lengthen life. This FOA encourages research projects dedicated to elucidating this constellation of mechanisms and processes that include, and are not limited to, cognitive, cultural, emotional, physical, psychological, religious, sociological, and spiritual, and their individual and collective biopsychosocial effects on self-management.
Program announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-16-095.html

NIH: Encouraging Appropriate Care Using Behavioral Economics through Electronic Health Records (R21/R33)
If interested in applying for this opportunity, contact osp@pacific.edu to receive your personalized submission timeline, and to be placed on the OSP submission schedule.

  • Pacific submit date: 2 business days before closing date: January 26, 2016
  • Closing date for application: January 30, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite applications proposing to apply behavioral economics principles to build interventions into electronic health records (EHRs) for the purpose of improving physician compliance with recommended treatment guidelines, thereby improving quality of care, health outcomes and reducing health disparities. This FOA will support pilot research to test the feasibility of implementing and integrating EHR-based behavioral economics interventions (R21 phase) that, if successful, can transition to an R33 phase for implementation of large pragmatic trials.
The transition from the R21 to the R33 phase of the award will be administratively reviewed and determined by successful completion of the Go/No-Go Criteria that are specified for the R21 phase.
Program announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-17-013.html

NSF: Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR)
If interested in applying for this opportunity, contact osp@pacific.edu to receive your personalized submission timeline, and to be placed on the OSP submission schedule.

  • Pacific submit date: 2 business days before closing date: January 9, 2017
  • Closing date for application: January 11, 2017

The Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE: EHR) program invites proposals that address immediate challenges and opportunities that are facing undergraduate STEM education, as well as those that anticipate new structures (e.g. organizational changes, new methods for certification or credentialing, course re-conception, cyberlearning, etc.) and new functions of the undergraduate learning and teaching enterprise. The program features two tracks: (1) Engaged Student Learning and (2) Institutional and Community Transformation. 
Program announcement: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15585/nsf15585.htm

NSF: Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions: Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) and Research Opportunity Awards (ROA)
If interested in applying for this opportunity, contact osp@pacific.edu to discuss your targeted submit date, to receive your personalized submission timeline, and to be placed on the OSP submission schedule.

  • 2 business days before your targeted submit date: all application materials due to OSP
  • Closing date for application: Open, rolling submission date

Proposals Accepted Anytime: Prospective principal investigators (PIs) should contact disciplinary program officers to identify specific NSF programs and determine the feasibility and timing of a Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) or Research Opportunity Awards (ROA) request.

Predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs) play a critically important role in U.S. science, engineering, and technology through their substantial contributions to education and to research. NSF encourages research by faculty members of these institutions to ensure a broad national base for research and to help faculty members stay at the cutting edge of their disciplines. Such research not only contributes to basic knowledge in science and engineering but also provides an opportunity for integration of scientific discovery into undergraduate education. As the ultimate in inquiry-based learning, undergraduate research is a critical component of high-quality education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Undergraduate research experiences provide a strong foundation for careers in science and engineering and for graduate study. A significant number of STEM professionals receive bachelor degrees from predominantly undergraduate institutions.
Program announcement: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14579/nsf14579.htm

NSF: Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12)
If interested in applying for this opportunity, contact osp@pacific.edu to receive your personalized submission timeline, and to be placed on the OSP submission schedule.

  • Pacific submit date: 2 business days before closing date: December 1, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time
  • Closing date for application: December 5, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time

The Discovery Research PreK-12 program (DRK-12) seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by PreK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of STEM education innovations and approaches. Projects in the DRK-12 program build on fundamental research in STEM education and prior research and development efforts that provide theoretical and empirical justification for proposed projects. Projects should result in research-informed and field-tested outcomes and products that inform teaching and learning. Teachers and students who participate in DRK-12 studies are expected to enhance their understanding and use of STEM content, practices and skills. DRK-12 invites proposals that address immediate challenges that are facing preK-12 STEM education as well as those that anticipate radically different structures and functions of preK-12 teaching and learning. The DRK-12 program has three major research and development strands: (1) Assessment; (2) Learning; and (3) Teaching. The program recognizes the synergy among the three strands and that there is some overlap among them. However, PIs should identify a clear focus of the proposed research efforts (i.e., assessment, learning, or teaching) consistent with the proposal’s main objectives and research questions. The program supports five types of projects: (1) Exploratory, (2) Design and Development, (3) Impact, (4) Implementation and Improvement, and (5) Conferences and Syntheses. All five types of projects apply to each of the three DRK-12 strands.
Program announcement: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15592/nsf15592.pdf

NSF (with NIH): Smart and Connected Health
If interested in applying for this opportunity, contact osp@pacific.edu to receive your personalized submission timeline, and to be placed on the OSP submission schedule.

  • Pacific submit date: 2 business days before closing date: December 6, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time
  • Closing date for application: December 8, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time

The goal of the Smart and Connected Health (SCH) Program is to accelerate the development and use of innovative approaches that would support the much needed transformation of healthcare from reactive and hospital-centered to preventive, proactive, evidence-based, person-centered and focused on well-being rather than disease. Approaches that partner technology-based solutions with bio-behavioral health research are supported by multiple agencies of the federal government including the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The purpose of this program is to develop next generation health care solutions and encourage existing and new research communities to focus on breakthrough ideas in a variety of areas of value to health, such as sensor technology, networking, information and machine learning technology, decision support systems, modeling of behavioral and cognitive processes, as well as system and process modeling. Effective solutions must satisfy a multitude of constraints arising from clinical/medical needs, social interactions, cognitive limitations, barriers to behavioral change, heterogeneity of data, semantic mismatch and limitations of current cyberphysical systems. Such solutions demand multidisciplinary teams ready to address technical, behavioral and clinical issues ranging from fundamental science to clinical practice. The purpose of this interagency program solicitation is the development of next generation health and healthcare research through high-risk, high-reward advances in the understanding of and applications in information science, technology, behavior, cognition, sensors, robotics, bio-imaging, and engineering. Realizing the promise of disruptive transformation in health and healthcare will require well-coordinated, multi-disciplinary approaches that draw from the social, behavioral, and economic sciences, engineering, medicine, biology, and computer and information sciences. One class of proposals will be considered in response to this solicitation, Integrative Projects (INT), with multi-disciplinary teams spanning 1 to 4 years.
Program announcement: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16601/nsf16601.htm

NSF: Science of Learning
If interested in applying for this opportunity, contact osp@pacific.edu to receive your personalized submission timeline, and to be placed on the OSP submission schedule.

  • Pacific submit date: 2 business days before closing date: January 13, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time
  • Closing date for application: January 18, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time

The Science of Learning program supports potentially transformative basic research to advance the science of learning. The goals of the SL Program are to develop basic theoretical insights and fundamental knowledge about learning principles, processes and constraints. Projects that are integrative and/or interdisciplinary may be especially valuable in moving basic understanding of learning forward but research with a single discipline or methodology is also appropriate if it addresses basic scientific questions in learning. The possibility of developing connections between proposed research and specific scientific, technological, educational, and workforce challenges will be considered as valuable broader impacts, but are not necessarily central to the intellectual merit of proposed research. The program will support research addressing learning in a wide range of domains at one or more levels of analysis including: molecular/cellular mechanisms; brain systems; cognitive affective, and behavioral processes; and social/cultural influences. The program supports a variety of methods including: experiments, field studies, surveys, secondary-data analyses, and modeling.
Program announcement: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5567

NSF: STEM + Computing Partnerships
If interested in applying for this opportunity, contact osp@pacific.edu to receive your personalized submission timeline, and to be placed on the OSP submission schedule.

  • Pacific submit date: 2 business days before closing date: March 10, 2017
  • Closing date for application: March 14, 2017

The STEM + Computing 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, models, or pedagogical environments that innovatively integrate computing into one or more other 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 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. STEM+C invites creative and innovative proposals that address emerging challenges in the learning and teaching of STEM and computing. The program offers proposers two tracks: (1) Integration of Computing in STEM Education and (2) Computing Education Knowledge and Capacity Building. The second track is discipline-specific and may be expanded to include additional disciplines in future releases of the solicitation.
Program announcement: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16527/nsf16527.htm

NSF: Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)
If interested in applying for this opportunity, contact osp@pacific.edu to receive your personalized submission timeline, and to be placed on the OSP submission schedule.

  • Pacific submit date: 2 business days before closing date: April 18, 2017
  • Closing date for application: April 20, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time

Recognizing that financial aid alone cannot increase retention and graduation in STEM, the program provides awards to Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to fund scholarships and to advance the adaptation, implementation, and study of effective evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities that support recruitment, retention, transfer (if appropriate), student success, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM. The S-STEM program encourages collaborations among different types of partners: Partnerships among different types of institutions; collaborations of STEM faculty and institutional, educational, and social science researchers; and partnerships among institutions of higher education and local business and industry, if appropriate.
The program seeks: 1) to increase the number of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need obtaining degrees in STEM and entering the workforce or graduate programs in STEM; 2) to improve the education of future scientists, engineers, and technicians, with a focus on academically talented low-income students; and 3) to generate knowledge to advance understanding of how factors or evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities affect the success, retention, transfer, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM of low-income students.
Program announcement: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16540/nsf16540.pdf