Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure Opportunities

National Science Foundation

Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure (Mid-scale RI) is an NSF-wide Big Idea designed to address the research community's growing needs for contemporary research infrastructure to support the advancement of science and engineering research, as well as science, technology, engineering and mathematics education research. Mid-scale RI will fund the implementation of experimental research capabilities in the mid-scale range (i.e., with a total project cost of between $20million and $70 million). The overall objective of Mid-scale RI is to transform scientific and engineering research fields by making available new capabilities, while simultaneously training researchers in the acquisition, implementation, development, design, and/or construction of cutting-edge infrastructure.

Mid-scale research infrastructure has been identified as critical for scientific advances in many research areas. In recognition of this scientific importance, the 2017 American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA) directed NSF to "evaluate the existing and future needs, across all disciplines supported by the Foundation, for mid-scale projects" and to "develop a strategy to address the needs identified." NSF issued a Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 18-0131) and received responses whose execution would require $8 billion to $10 billion in funding for projects in the $20 million to $100 million range.

Letters of Intent are due February 8, 2019.

Thursday, October 18, 2018
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Call for Applications: Innovation Lab: Learning the Power of Data in Chemistry

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation CHE: DCL invites chemists, chemical engineers, statisticians, applied mathematicians, and computer scientists to apply for the

NSF CHE/DMS Innovation Lab: Learning the Power of Data in Chemistry

A host of new opportunities for chemists and data scientists is envisioned for data science and chemistry to interchange ideas, develop new methods, and address long-standing problems. Chemistry has always been a data-driven science, but recent advances in chemical analysis, synthesis, and modeling are providing a deluge of new data that are multimodal, multi-scale, and heterogeneous. Effective collection, analysis, and interpretation of this data has the potential to catalyze new directions and provide transformative solutions to some of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. In this Innovation Lab, 20 chemists and 20 data science researchers will meet face to face, learn to speak each others languages, and begin collaborative projects on site. A mini-bootcamp will be organized to provide a training ground for participants to familiarize them with chemical and data-science challenges and approaches.

Thursday, October 18, 2018
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NOAA RESTORE Funding Competition on Long Term Trends

NOAA RESTORE Science Program

The priority for this competition is identifying, tracking, understanding, and/or predicting trends and variability in the Gulf of Mexico’s living coastal and marine resources and the processes driving them.

Applicants must propose work that addresses this priority in one or more of these areas of emphasis: 1) exploring trends in multiple species, 2) investigating the link between weather and/or climate and trends, and 3) examining the relationship between trends and economic activity.

To receive funding, applicants will need to directly address the needs of resource managers and have a clear plan for how their research findings or products will be used by resource managers. Applicants are encouraged to include resource managers on their project teams.

This competition is the Science Program’s first dedicated to supporting integrated, long-term projects. Pre-proposals, which are required, are due by July 30, 2018and the deadline for submitting a full application is October 29, 2018. Please see the full announcement for complete instructions on how to submit a pre-proposal and full application. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
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MIT Sea Grant Annual Request for Pre-Proposals

MIT Sea Grant

In 2019 MIT Sea Grant will focus our funding resources on the following specific areas of marine research:

(1)   Aquaculture Technologies: Based on data gathered in our constituent meeting on November 30, 2017, MIT Sea Grant created a new focus area for research on novel technologies to enable offshore aquaculture.
(2)   Ocean Acidification: MIT Sea Grant will focus funding research on ocean monitoring using physics-based data inference, buoy data, and fusing diverse sources of data, e.g. at least two of satellite data, data from drifters.  The target is to demonstrate such a computer monitoring system for the Boston Harbor or the Gulf of Maine.
(3)   Underwater Wireless Power Transmission and Data Communication:  MIT Sea Grant will focus funding on research that delivers a laboratory prototype for wireless energy transfer to exceed 1 kW, and/or a prototype for data transmission underwater in highly stratified environment targeting distances of the order of 100m.

An informational meeting for year’s RFP was held at MIT Sea Grant on Thursday, January 25 2018 to provide guidance for interested applicants. A recording of that meeting can be found on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvRUt6lkYKw

For more information, important dates, and eligibility requirements, see the MIT Sea Grant RFP website.

Monday, February 12, 2018
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Funding Opportunity Through California Ocean Protection Council's Proposition 84 Competitive Grant Program

University of Southern California Sea Grant Program, California Sea Grant Program, and California Ocean Protection Council

This announcement invites the submission of brief, preliminary proposals from Principal Investigators (PI) at eligible organizations who wish to pursue research relating to the priority research topic areas identified below. Eligible proposing institutions are welcome to propose research lasting up to three years in duration, and requesting a total budget from $80,000 to $250,000 (sum of total direct costs plus 25% indirect costs). Applicants must submit a pre-proposal by March 15, 2018, to one of the Sea Grant programs, depending on the focus area and priority research topic(s) that the proposed research addresses. For more information visit the [EasyDNNnewsLink|86]

California Ocean Protection Council has identified six broad focus areas that include all the priority research topic areas identified in this call.  They are:

  1. Ocean acidification and hypoxia, and other changes in ocean conditions from a changing climate

  2. Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture

  3. Sea-level rise adaptation and coastal resilience

  4. Coastal sediment management

  5. Marine pollution

  6. Marine renewable energy 

Thursday, January 11, 2018
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