An Update from the Office of Research, August 2021

August 2, 2021

See whose work is getting funded, learn about helpful resources and workshops for faculty, and browse the latest funding opportunities in the August update from the Office of Research.

External Awards Received

The Office of Research would like to congratulate the following faculty members on receiving external funding:

Samir Rawashdeh, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received $50,000 from MOBIS Technical Center for his project “Detection and tracking of vehicles using Lidar point clouds for autonomous lane-changing system.” This project will explore how vehicles rapidly approaching from the rear or in blind spots can be safely and easily identified.

Youngki Kim, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, received funding of $88,564 from the Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. for his project entitled “Development of Intelligent Regenerative Braking Algorithm for Electric Vehicles.” This work will help to develop regenerative braking, which allows vehicles to capture and store kinetic energy produced during deceleration so it can be used to power the motor.

Resources & Tools for Researchers

Every month, the Office of Research will be featuring a resource and/or tool that is available for researchers! This month we are featuring the Consulting for Statistics, Computing & Analytics Research (CSCAR):

CSCAR provides individualized support and training to U-M researchers in a variety of areas relating to the management, collection and analysis of data. The team at CSCAR also supports the use of technical software and advanced computing in research, supporting researchers across campus to overcome challenges that arise in their investigations. The scope of expertise is broad, including formal statistical analysis, management of large data sets, development and optimization of computing code, data visualization, predictive modeling, geographic information systems, and text analysis, among other areas.  See the areas of expertise page for more details.

The free CSCAR consulting services are currently completely remote (via email and videoconference), but even pre-pandemic were available both in-person and virtually, so are easily accessible for researchers in Dearborn, and will continue to be accessible virtually even when we return to campus. For consulting appointments, help via email, and workshop information, see below:

  • Please usethis form or email to set up an appointment with a CSCAR staff consultant.
  •  Sign up for a remote "walk-in" appointment with a Graduate student consultant. Please use your UM account when using this calendar.
  • Email research questions to
  • Workshops continue to be held via Zoom.
  • Email administrative questions and requests for collaborations on research projects to
  • All CSCAR office phones are currently untended due to COVID.

The most up-to-date information about CSCAR can always be found at


Deb Schneider to Retire from IRB

Deb Schneider, with whom many of our campus researchers have worked, will be retiring from the university effective September 1, 2021.  Deb started her career in human research protections as a part time staff member with the UM-Dearborn IRB in 2006. She subsequently became the Dearborn full board administrator. In 2012, Deb accepted a split appointment as a Research Compliance Specialist with IRB-HSBS while continuing to serve as the full board administrator for IRB-Dearborn. In January 2019, the Dearborn IRB merged with IRB-HSBS and Deb became a full time member of the IRB-HSBS staff, where she serves as the primary liaison for UM-Dearborn in addition to several Ann Arbor campus units. Deb is looking forward to spending more time with her grandchildren, traveling, and cheering on UM Women’s sports.  We know our research community will miss Deb--please join us in wishing her a happy and enjoyable retirement!

IRB-HSBS is currently seeking candidates to fill Deb's position and investigators are encouraged to allow extra time for IRB review during this time. The IRB office line is 734-936-0933 and their email is

Apply Now for MICHR $100,000 Accelerating Synergy Award hosted by the Michigan Institute of Clinical & Health Research

Are you interested in positioning your interdisciplinary research team to be competitive for an external large-scale grant (e.g., NIH U- and P-series mechanisms)? Do you need funds to pursue final data collection/analysis, to publish with your collaborators or to support resources for grant development?

If so, you’re encouraged to apply for $100,000 in funding and tailored research support available through the Accelerating Synergy Award. Hosted by the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research, in partnership with the Medical School Office of Research, we are pleased to offer two award mechanisms: 1) Basic Research and 2) Translational Research. Awardees will receive up to $100,000 to tackle significant and complex research questions. This funding, coupled with tailored MICHR support, will provide the foundation for future large-scale grant submissions. Full details can be found on the MICHR website

Pre-applications are due Wednesday, August 18 through UMMS Competition Space.

More events and announcements can be found on the UM-Dearborn Office of Research website.


Mandatory Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship Training

By June 30, faculty, employees and students engaged in research and scholarship across all three U-M campuses were required to complete an expanded training course that outlines important guidance about responsible conduct in research and scholarship. Anyone who has not yet taken this course, and who is engaged in any aspect of research and scholarship, should login to MyLINC to complete the training. New researchers are required to complete the training within 30 days of hire. Researchers will be ineligible to receive external funding if they have not completed this requirement. Learn more about RCRS training.

Human Research: Face Coverings Still Required For In-Person Interactions with Study Participants

All researchers are expected to continue wearing a face covering when interacting with study participants, regardless of whether the in-person activity is health related or occurs in a healthcare setting. However, researchers who lead studies that involve human participants are no longer required to submit a Human Research Activation Checklist and/or seek approval from the Human Research Activation Committee. For the most up-to-date information, see the UMOR Research Re-engagement website.

Free Proposal Review and Copy Edit Services for UM-Dearborn Faculty

Through our continued partnership with McAlister & Quinn (M&Q), a grants and government relations company, the Office of Research provides free of charge the following services to UM-Dearborn faculty:

Proposal Review
A McAllister and Quinn reviewer will provide feedback on the content of the application with specific emphasis on the alignment with the funding opportunity and agency priorities.  The feedback will identify strengths, weaknesses and areas for clarification.

Copy Edit
A McAllister and Quinn editor will do a final review of the documents to ensure there are no typos or errors and looks ready for submission.  The editor does not review the content or science of the documents.  The edit should take place near the end of the writing process.  The service is available for research & planning proposals, journal articles, book chapters, etc.

For more information and to request an M&Q service, fill out the M&Q Intake Form.

Questions? Email:


Campus Grants

The Campus Grants program is an important part of research development efforts at UM-Dearborn, and supports a wide range of research and scholarly activities for tenured/tenure-track faculty. Campus Grants funds also provide support for interdisciplinary research and proposal planning activities. The next round of grants will feature:

  • Open Invitation Programs are available to all UM-Dearborn tenured/tenure-track faculty; applications will be accepted any time during the current fiscal year starting August 2, 2021.
  • Competitive Program grants are available to all UM-Dearborn tenured/tenure-track faculty; next deadline will be in October, 2021. Further deadlines will be announced no later than September 2021.

More information about the Campus Grants Programs, including types of grants, requirements and how to apply can be found on our website.

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

Please contact the UM-Dearborn Office of Research if you would like more information about submitting a proposal to any of the following programs.

Funding Entity

Program Title & Links




GERMINATION: Germination of Research Questions for Addressing Critical Societal Challenges

The NSF/Engineering GERMINATION program invites proposals to design, test, evaluate and implement pedagogical frameworks, platforms and/or environments that enable participants to formulate research questions and ideas with potentially transformative outcomes. Since FY 2016, the NSF Directorate for Engineering has funded several pilot projects as part of the GERMINATION program; pilot approaches ranged from prototyping of faculty development programs aimed at research transformation to training graduate students in the skill of question formulation itself. In order to continue to catalyze exploration and development of new frameworks, while simultaneously expanding the reach of pilot approaches which have exhibited promise, two tracks will be supported in FY 2022:

  • GERMINATION Innovation projects will design, test and evaluate novel pedagogical approaches with the goal of enabling the participants to formulate research questions with
    potentially transformative outcomes.
  • GERMINATION Expansion projects will focus on development, implementation and scaling of evidence-based strategies for achieving GERMINATION goals.

Letter of Intent: August 27, 2021

Full Proposal Due:
October 29, 2021

! Limited Submissions Opportunity !


Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace Frontiers (SaTC)

In today’s increasingly networked, distributed, and asynchronous world, cybersecurity and privacy involve hardware, software, networks, data, people, and integration with the physical world. Society’s overwhelming reliance on this complex cyberspace, however, has exposed its fragility and vulnerabilities that defy existing cyber-defense measures; corporations, agencies, national infrastructure and individuals continue to suffer cyber-attacks. Achieving a truly secure cyberspace requires addressing both challenging scientific and engineering problems involving many components of a system, interactions among systems/components, and vulnerabilities that stem from human behaviors and choices. Examining the fundamentals of cybersecurity and privacy as a multidisciplinary subject can lead to fundamentally new ways to design, build and operate cyber systems, protect existing infrastructure, and motivate and educate individuals about cybersecurity and privacy.

The Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program welcomes proposals that advance the field of cybersecurity and privacy within a single discipline or interdisciplinary efforts that span multiple disciplines. This solicitation—under the SaTC umbrella—specifically seeks ambitious and potentially transformative center-scale projects in the topic areas described in the SaTC program solicitation. SaTC Frontiers projects are expected to (1) catalyze far-reaching research explorations motivated by deep scientific questions or grand challenges and/or compelling applications and novel technologies that promise significant scientific advancements and societal benefits, and (2) stimulate significant research and education outcomes that, through effective knowledge transfer mechanisms, promise scientific, economic and/or other societal benefits.

Letter of Intent Due:
September 7, 2021

Proposal Due:
November 17, 2021


Mechanistic studies on the impact of social inequality on the substance use trajectory (R21 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) invites mechanistic studies on the impact of social inequality on the brain and on the substance use trajectory. Applications investigating relevant mechanisms at the behavioral, cognitive, neurocircuitry, cellular, genetics, and epigenetics levels are encouraged.

Exploratory and high-risk research projects are appropriate for this FOA.

Through mechanistic studies in human and animal models, we expect to arrive at a deeper understanding of the impact of objective and subjective markers of social inequality on the brain and on the substance use trajectory. Applications investigating relevant mechanisms at the behavioral, cognitive, neurocircuitry, cellular, genetics, and epigenetics levels are encouraged.

Letter of Intent Due:
September 14, 2021

Proposal Due:
October 14, 2021


Mechanistic Studies on the Impact of Social Inequality on the Substance Use Trajectory (R21 - Basic Experimental Studies with Humans Required)

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) invites mechanistic studies on the impact of social inequality on the brain and on the substance use trajectory. Applications investigating relevant mechanisms at the behavioral, cognitive, neurocircuitry, cellular, genetics, and epigenetics levels are encouraged.

Exploratory and high-risk research projects are appropriate for this FOA.

Through mechanistic studies in human and animal models, we expect to arrive at a deeper understanding of the impact of objective and subjective markers of social inequality on the brain and on the substance use trajectory. Applications investigating relevant mechanisms at the behavioral, cognitive, neurocircuitry, cellular, genetics, and epigenetics levels are encouraged.

Letter of Intent Due:
September 14, 2021

Proposal Due:
October 14, 2021


Computationally-Defined Behaviors in Psychiatry (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits applications for research projects that will apply computational approaches to develop parametrically detailed behavioral assays across mental-health relevant domains of function. These projects should focus on behavior in humans and test computational models in healthy, trans-diagnostic, unselected, or community samples. NIMH is particularly interested in the study of behavioral measures, models, and parameters that have the potential for back-translation from humans to animals, especially for pre-clinical therapeutics development, and in models that have the potential to be extended to clinical populations. To maximize prospects of back-translation and to provide a neurobiological foundation for future research, studies will need to consider behavioral models and parameters that are linked to the underlying neural processes that may be involved in their computation. Finally, in order to ensure ecological validity of behavioral assays, models derived from lab-based behavioral tasks will need to be tested for generalizability to behavioral data collected in a real-world setting.

Letter of Intent Due:
October 1, 2021

October 1, 2022

October 1, 2023

Proposal Due:
November 1, 2021

November 1, 2022

November 1, 2023


Environmental Convergence Opportunities in Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (ECO-CBET)

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), in their report "Environmental Engineering for the 21st Century: Addressing Grand Challenges," identified five critical challenges we must address as a society: sustainably supply food, water, and energy; curb climate change and adapt to its impacts; design a future without pollution and waste; create efficient, healthy, and resilient cities; and foster informed decisions and actions.

This solicitation will support projects that tackle these grand challenges using a convergent research model that seamlessly integrates fundamental knowledge and expertise from the fields of chemical process, transport, and biological science and engineering with that of the sustainability and environmental engineering fields. A brief review of convergence research concepts and models can be found on the NSF website - Convergence Reports and References.

Accordingly, the Environmental Convergence Opportunities in Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (ECO-CBET) solicitation will support fundamental research activities that confront vexing environmental engineering and sustainability problems by developing foundational knowledge underlying processes and mechanisms such that the design of innovative new materials, processes, and systems is possible. Projects should be compelling and reflect sustained, coordinated efforts from highly interdisciplinary research teams. A key objective of the solicitation is to encourage dialogue and tightly integrated collaborations wherein members of the chemical process systems, transport phenomena, and bioengineering research communities engage with environmental engineering and sustainability experts to spark innovation and arrive at unanticipated solutions. Furthermore, training the future workforce to successfully engage in discipline-transcending research will support continued innovation toward surmounting the complex environmental and sustainability challenges facing our global community.

Preliminary Proposal Due: October 01, 2021

September 19, 2022

September 17, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Due:
January 31, 2022

January 31, Annually Thereafter






Elucidating the Roles of Transposable Elements in AD/ADRD and Aging (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support hypothesis-driven research to gain an understanding of the dysregulation of transposable elements (TE) and their contributions to Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Alzheimer's disease-related dementias (ADRD) and aging. This FOA encourages applications that investigate causal effects of TE activation in disease and aging and applications that model therapeutic interventions to facilitate the transition of the field from observational discovery towards a deeper mechanistic understanding of the function and regulation of TEs.

Letter of Intent Due:
October 2, 2021

Proposal Due:
November 2, 2021



The Role of Work in Health Disparities in the U.S. (R01 Clinical Trials Optional)

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support innovative population-based research that can contribute to identifying and characterizing pathways and mechanisms through which work or occupation influences health outcomes and health status among populations with health and/or health care disparities, and how work functions as a social determinant of health.

The main objective of this initiative is to determine the extent and mechanisms by which work as a SDOH both contributes to, and helps ameliorate, health and health care disparities. A recent workshop on September 28-29, 2020 organized by NIMHD ( highlighted key ideas for furthering research on work as a SDOH that include conceptualizing work as a social class marker, as a source of “exposures and risk factors,” and as a source of beneficial social and economic resources such as income and wealth, neighborhood conditions, health care access, education, and social networks. Some key questions include: What are the specific and modifiable mechanisms by which work explains health disparities? To what extent does work as a social class marker, source of “exposures and risk factors” and/or source of beneficial social and economic resources explain health disparities? Which health disparities does work as a SDOH explain?

Of particular interest are projects designed to examine pathways and mechanisms using conceptual model(s) grounded in minority health and health disparities theories that recognize that health disparities arise by multiple and overlapping contributing factors acting at multiple levels of influence (See the NIMHD Research Framework,

Studies must examine NIH-designated U.S. health disparity populations, e.g. racial and ethnic minority populations, sexual and gender minority groups, underserved rural populations, and socioeconomically disadvantaged populations of any race or ethnicity (

October 5, 2021

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This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits applications that will demonstrate means of accelerating the development of new or enhance/increase existing anaerobic digestion capacity and infrastructure in the United States from food waste. This funding announcement supports the priorities detailed in President Biden’s Executive Order 13985 titled Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government and Executive Order 14008 titled Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. Anaerobic digestion (AD) is the natural process in which microorganisms break down organic (plant and animal) materials. Food waste diverted from landfills and incinerators can be managed at AD facilities. The AD process generates renewable energy (biogas) and a product that can improve soil health (digestate). Food waste AD reduces landfill methane emissions. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas 28 to 36 times more effective than CO2 at trapping heat in the atmosphere over a 100-year period.

October 7, 2021



EHR Core Research (ECR: Core)

The EHR Core Research (ECR) program offers this ECR:Core solicitation and invites proposals for fundamental research (curiosity-driven basic research and use-inspired basic research) that contributes to the general, explanatory knowledge that underlies STEM education in one or more of the three broadly conceived Research Areas: Research on STEM Learning and Learning Environments, Research on Broadening Participation in STEM fields, and Research on STEM Workforce Development. Within this framework, the ECR program supports a wide range of fundamental STEM education research activities, aimed at learners of all groups and ages in formal and informal settings.

October 07, 2021


Algebra and Number Theory

The Algebra and Number Theory program supports research in algebra, algebraic and arithmetic geometry, number theory, and representation theory.

October 8, 2021


Racial Equity in STEM Education

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) seeks to support bold,ground-breaking,and potentially transformative projects addressing systemic racism in STEM.Proposals should advance racial equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce development through research(both fundamental and applied) and practice. Core to this funding opportunity is that proposals are led by, or developed and led in authentic partnership with, individuals and communities most impacted by the inequities caused by systemic racism.

October 12, 2021



Research on Interventions that Promote the Careers of Individuals in the Biomedical Research Enterprise (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications that propose research designed to test interventions to enhance research-oriented individuals' interest, motivation, persistence and preparedness for careers in the biomedical research workforce. Funded projects are expected to produce research findings that will guide the implementation of interventions in a variety of academic settings and career levels to enhance the diversity of the biomedical research workforce.

Projects are expected to include the use of robust experimental designs, including randomized control trial approaches, case controls, matched pair design or other rigorous designs appropriate to the research questions. The research results are expected to move beyond participant satisfaction, self-reporting of perceived skills gained, or self-reporting of effectiveness. Accordingly, the interventions are to be centered not only on psychosocial factors, but also on outcomes so that the results will inform the biomedical community regarding the factors that are most likely to influence and foster a sustained career in the biomedical research workforce.

The following are possible areas for focused research; however, applications describing other areas are also encouraged:

  • Training, Mentoring and Networking
  • Psychosocial factors
  • Navigation of critical transition points
  • Institutional factors that influence persistence
  • Harassment
  • Structural Racism and Discrimination

October 13, 2021

October 13, 2022

October 13, 2023


Dialogues on the Experience of War

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Education Programs is accepting applications for the Dialogues on the Experience of War program, as part of its Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War initiative. The purpose of the program is to support the study and discussion of important humanities sources about war, in the belief that these sources can help U.S. military veterans and others think more deeply about the issues raised by war and military service. Dialogues is designed to reach military veterans; however, men and women in active service, military families, and interested members of the public may also participate.

Awards of up to $100,000 will support:

  • Discussion programs: The convening of at least two sustained discussion series focused on humanities resources and themes that address the experiences of war and military service. Each series should convene approximately fifteen participants who will attend all sessions of the series. Discussions may be held in person or virtually, but they must provide enough time to build intellectual community among all of the participants.
  • Preparatory programs: The creation of an in person or virtual preparatory program to recruit, train, and mentor a sufficient number of individuals to serve as discussion leaders for the series.

October 14, 2021


Advanced Technological Education (ATE)

With a focus on two-year Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program supports the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy. The program involves partnerships between academic institutions (grades 7-12, IHEs), industry, and economic development agencies to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary institution school levels. The ATE program supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways; and other activities. The program invites applied research proposals that advance the knowledge base related to technician education. It is required that projects be faculty driven and that courses and programs are credit bearing, although materials developed may also be used for incumbent worker education.

The ATE program encourages partnerships with other entities that may impact technician education. For example, with

October 14, 2021

October 06, 2022

October 05, 2023


Division of Materials Research: Topical Materials Research Programs (DMR:TMRP)

Materials Research is the field of science where physics, chemistry, materials science, and engineering naturally converge in the pursuit of the fundamental understanding of the properties of materials and the phenomena they host. Materials are abundant and pervasive, serving as critical building blocks in technology and innovation. Materials Research impacts life and society, as it shapes our understanding of the material world and enables significant advances spanning the range from nanoelectronics to health-related fields. The development and deployment of advanced materials are major drivers of U.S. economic growth.


Research supported by the Division of Materials Research (DMR) focuses on advancing the fundamental understanding of materials, materials discovery, design, synthesis, characterization, properties, and materials-related phenomena. DMR awards enable understanding of the electronic, atomic, and molecular structures, mechanisms, and processes that govern nanoscale to macroscale morphology and properties; manipulation and control of these properties; discovery of emerging phenomena of matter and materials; and creation of novel design, synthesis, and processing strategies that lead to new materials with unique characteristics. These discoveries and advancements transcend traditional scientific and engineering disciplines. DMR supports research and education activities in the United States through funding of individual investigators, teams, centers, facilities, and instrumentation. Projects supported by DMR are not only essential for the development of future technologies and industries that address societal needs, but also for the preparation of the next generation of materials researchers.


This solicitation applies to seven DMR Topical Materials Research Programs (TMRPs): Biomaterials (BMAT), Ceramics (CER), Condensed Matter Physics (CMP), Electronic and Photonic Materials (EPM), Metals and Metallic Nanostructures (MMN), Polymers (POL), and Solid State and Materials Chemistry (SSMC).

Proposals accepted anytime after October 15, 2021


NIH Small Research Grant Program (Parent R03 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The NIH Small Research Grant Program supports discrete, well-defined projects that realistically can be completed in two years and that require limited levels of funding. This program supports different types of projects including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Pilot or feasibility studies;
  • Secondary analysis of existing data;
  • Small, self-contained research projects;
  • Development of research methodology; and
  • Development of new research technology.

Applications are assigned to participating Institutes and Centers (ICs) based on receipt and referral guidelines and applications may be assigned to multiple participating ICs with related research interests. Applicants are encouraged to identify a participating IC that supports their area of research via the R03 IC-Specific Scientific Interests and Contact website and contact Scientific/Research staff from relevant ICs to inquire about their interest in supporting the proposed research project.

October 16, 2021


Academic Research Enhancement Award for Undergraduate-Focused Institutions

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is continuing to make a special effort to stimulate research at educational institutions that provide baccalaureate and/or advanced degrees for a significant number of the Nation's research scientists, but that have not been major recipients of NIH support. This funding opportunity announcement aims to support AREA grants to undergraduate-focused institutions that do not receive substantial funding from the NIH, in order to provide biomedical research experiences for undergraduate students and enhance the research environment at these institutions. AREA funds are intended to support new and renewal biomedical research projects proposed by faculty members of eligible institutions.

October 25, 2021


Academic Research Enhancement Award for Undergraduate-Focused Institutions (R15 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The three objectives of this FOA are: (1) provide support for meritorious research at undergraduate-focused institutions or institutional components; (2) strengthen the research environment at these institutions/components; and (3) give undergraduate students an opportunity to gain significant biomedical research experience through active involvement in the research.  For the purpose of this announcement, an undergraduate-focused institution/component is one in which the undergraduate enrollment is greater than the graduate enrollment.

The AREA program will enable qualified scientists to receive support for small-scale research projects.  It is anticipated that investigators supported under the AREA program will benefit from the opportunity to conduct independent research; that the grantee institution will benefit from a research environment strengthened through AREA grants; and that students at recipient institutions will benefit from exposure to and participation in scientific research in the biomedical sciences so that they consider careers in biomedical research. This AREA FOA emphasizes the engagement and inclusion of undergraduates in research.

October 25, 2021


Smart Health and Biomedical Research in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Data Science (SCH)

The purpose of this interagency program solicitation is to support the development of transformative high-risk, high-reward advances in computer and information science, engineering, mathematics, statistics, behavioral and/or cognitive research to address pressing questions in the biomedical and public health communities. Transformations hinge on scientific and engineering innovations by interdisciplinary teams that develop novel methods to intuitively and intelligently collect, sense, connect, analyze and interpret data from individuals, devices and systems to enable discovery and optimize health. Solutions to these complex biomedical or public health problems demand the formation of interdisciplinary teams that are ready to address these issues, while advancing fundamental science and engineering.

November 10, 2021


AHRQ Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award (K01)

The primary purpose of the AHRQ Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Awards (K01) program is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in appropriate scientific disciplines to address the Nation's health services research needs. This AHRQ program provides support and protected time to individuals with a research doctoral degree for an intensive, supervised research career development experience in health services research.  The K01 award can be used both by individuals who propose to newly embark in health services research training and those who had a hiatus in their research careers because of illness or family circumstances.

November 12, 2021


Independent Research Scientist Development Award (K02)

The purpose of this program is to foster the development of newly independent, outstanding scientists who can demonstrate the need for a period of intensive research, to enable them to expand their potential to make significant contributions to their field of research.

November 12, 2021


Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (Parent K01 - Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The purpose of the NIH Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) is to provide support and “protected time” (three to five years) for an intensive, supervised career development experience in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences leading to research independence. Although all of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) use this support mechanism to support career development experiences that lead to research independence, some ICs use the K01 award for individuals who propose to train in a new field or for individuals who have had a hiatus in their research career because of illness or pressing family circumstances.

November 12, 2021


Cyber-Physical Systems

Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are engineered systems that are built from, and depend upon, the seamless integration of computation and physical components. Advances in CPS will enable capability, adaptability, scalability, resiliency, safety, security, and usability that will expand the horizons of these critical systems. CPS technologies are transforming the way people interact with engineered systems, just as the Internet has transformed the way people interact with information.

New, smart CPS drive innovation and competition in a range of application domains including agriculture, aeronautics, building design, civil infrastructure, energy, environmental quality, healthcare and personalized medicine, manufacturing, and transportation. CPS are becoming data-rich enabling new and higher degrees of automation and autonomy. Traditional ideas in CPS research are being challenged by new concepts emerging from artificial intelligence and machine learning. The integration of artificial intelligence with CPS especially for real-time operation creates new research opportunities with major societal implications.

While tremendous progress has been made in advancing CPS technologies, the demand for innovation across application domains is driving the need to accelerate fundamental research to keep pace. At the same time, the CPS program seeks to open new vistas for the research community to think beyond the usual cyber-physical paradigms and structures and propose creative ideas to address the myriad challenges of today's systems as well as those of the future that have not yet been designed or fielded.

The CPS program aims to develop the core research needed to engineer these complex CPS, some of which may also require dependable, high-confidence, or provable behaviors. Core research areas of the program include control, data analytics, and machine learning including real-time learning for control, autonomy, design, Internet of Things (IoT), mixed initiatives including human-in- or human-on-the-loop, networking, privacy, real-time systems, safety, security, and verification. By abstracting from the particulars of specific systems and application domains, the CPS program seeks to reveal cross-cutting, fundamental scientific and engineering principles that underpin the integration of cyber and physical elements across all application domains. The program additionally supports the development of methods, tools, and hardware and software components based upon these cross-cutting principles, along with validation of the principles via prototypes and testbeds. This program also fosters a research community that is committed to advancing education and outreach in CPS and accelerating the transition of CPS research into the real world.

December 31, 2021


Smart and Connected Communities

The S&CC program encourages researchers to work with community stakeholders to identify and define challenges they are facing, enabling those challenges to motivate use-inspired research questions. For this solicitation, community stakeholders may include some or all of the following: residents, neighborhood or community groups, nonprofit or philanthropic organizations, businesses, as well as municipal organizations such as libraries, museums, educational institutions, public works departments, and health and social services agencies. The S&CC program supports integrative research that addresses fundamental technological and social science dimensions of smart and connected communities and pilots solutions together with communities. Importantly, the program is interested in projects that consider the sustainability of the research outcomes beyond the life of the project, including the scalability and transferability of the proposed solutions.

Anticipated solicitation in fall 2021


Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)


The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments.


The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pilots and Feasibility Studies, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-Analyses, and (6) Conferences.

January 18, 2022


Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC)

The Broadening Participation in Computing program (BPC) aims to significantly increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents receiving post-secondary degrees in the computing disciplines, and to encourage participation of other underrepresented groups in the discipline. These groups may include women, persons with disabilities, Blacks and African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. With this solicitation, the BPC program seeks to engage the computing community to develop and implement innovative methods, frameworks, and strategies to improve recruitment and retention of these students through undergraduate and graduate degrees. Projects that target stages of the academic pipeline through faculty ranks are encouraged. All BPC projects must have the potential for widespread, national impact. That is, they should either develop an effective practice that could be widely deployed, or they should deploy existing effective practices to reach larger audiences.

January 20, 2022


NIAID Research Education Program Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH.  The overarching goal of this R25 program is to support educational activities that encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, to pursue further studies or careers in research.

To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:

  • Courses for Skills Development
  • Research Experiences
  • Mentoring Activities

Letter of Intent due 30 days prior to submission date

Proposal Due:
January 25, 2022

May 25, 2022

January 25, 2023

May 25, 2023


Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program

The Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative approaches to STEM graduate education training. The program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.

IGE focuses on projects aimed at piloting, testing, and validating innovative and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education.  IGE projects are intended to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption. The program supports testing of novel models or activities with high potential to enrich and extend the knowledge base on effective graduate education approaches.

March 25, 2022


Defense Sciences Office

The mission of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is to identify and create the next generation of scientific discovery by pursuing high-risk, high-payoff research initiatives across a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines and transforming these initiatives into disruptive technologies for U.S. national security. As part of this mission, DSO makes high-risk, high-reward investments in science and technology that have the potential to disrupt current understanding and/or approaches. The pace of discovery in both science and technology is accelerating worldwide, resulting in new fields of study and the identification of scientific areas ripe for disruption. In order to capitalize on these new opportunities, DSO looks to include rapid, targeted and limited scope investments as part of an overall balanced portfolio. DSO solicits these accelerated investments through our Disruptioneering program. Disruptioneering enables DARPA to initiate a new investment in less than 90 days from idea inception.

June 21, 2022


Chronic, Non-Communicable Diseases and Disorders Across the Lifespan: Fogarty International Research Training Award (NCD-LIFESPAN) (D43 Clinical Trial Optional)

The Fogarty International Center (FIC), together with the participating Institutes Centers and Offices: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), Office of Womens Health Research (ORWH), and Office of Disease Prevention (ODP), encourages applications for the Chronic, Non-Communicable Diseases and Disorders Across the Lifespan: Fogarty International Research Training Award (NCD-LIFESPAN) D43 program for institutional research training programs in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs, as defined by the World Bank classification system). The application must propose a collaborative research training program in an LMIC involving either a U.S. institution and institution(s) in an LMIC or applications developed and submitted directly by LMIC institutions with substantial research and research training program experience to work with LMIC institutions with less capacity.

July 13, 2022

July 13, 2023

Letter of Intent Due 30 days before receipt date



The topics in section I.A are intended to help execute manufacturing technology (ManTech) programs to address the highest priority needs of the US Army. The goal of these programs is to demonstrate and ultimately transition improved and cost-effective manufacturing solutions for Army platforms and Warfighter systems.

September 30, 2023


Strategic Trends Division Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)

Per priorities identified by the 2018 National Defense Strategy, SI-STT seeks white papers and proposals for research studies, strategic dialogues, and tabletop exercises.

March 2, 2025


Future Scholars for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Workforce Development Programs

This FOA supports STEM Workforce Development programs or projects that align with the Federal STEM Strategy and the DoD STEM Mission. This announcement encourages programs or projects that improve the capacity of education systems and communities to create impactful STEM educational experiences for students and teachers, and prepare the 21st century STEM workforce.

Open until 6/17/2025


Environmental Sustainability

The Environmental Sustainability program is part of the Environmental Engineering and Sustainability cluster together with 1) the Environmental Engineering program and 2) the Nanoscale Interactions program.

The goal of the Environmental Sustainability program is to promote sustainable engineered systems that support human well-being and that are also compatible with sustaining natural (environmental) systems. These systems provide ecological services vital for human survival. Research efforts supported by the program typically consider long time horizons and may incorporate contributions from the social sciences and ethics. The program supports engineering research that seeks to balance society's need to provide ecological protection and maintain stable economic conditions.

There are four principal general research areas that are supported:

  • Industrial ecology
  • Green engineering
  • Ecological engineering:
  • Earth systems engineering

Proposals Accepted Anytime


Cyberinfrastructure for Emerging Science and Engineering Research

The Cyberinfrastructure for Emerging Science and Engineering Research (CESER) program aims to catalyze new science and engineering discovery pathways through early-stage collaborative activities between disciplinary scientists and engineers as well as developers/implementers of innovative cyberinfrastructure (CI) capabilities, services, and approaches.

Proposals accepted anytime


Sustaining Infrastructure for Biological Research

The Sustaining Infrastructure for Biological Research (Sustaining) Program supports the continued operation of existing research infrastructure that advances contemporary biology in any research area supported by the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) at NSF. The Sustaining Program focuses primarily on sustaining critical research infrastructure that is cyberinfrastructure or biological living stocks and that is broadly applicable to a wide range of researchers. Projects are expected to ensure continued availability of existing, mature resources that will enable important science outcomes achieved by users representing a broad range of research supported by BIO and its collaborating organizations.

Proposals accepted anytime


Foundational Research in Robotics

The focus of the Robotics program is on foundational advances in robotics.

Proposals accepted anytime


Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences: Investigator-initiated research projects

The Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB) supports quantitative, mechanistic, predictive, and theory-driven fundamental research designed to promote understanding of complex living systems at the molecular, subcellular, and cellular levels. While recognizing the need for thorough and accurate descriptions of biological complexes and pathways, the priority of the Division is to support work that advances the field by capturing the predictive power of mechanistic, quantitative, and evolutionary approaches.

Proposals are solicited to support research relevant to the four MCB core clusters:

  • Cellular Dynamics and Function
  • Genetic Mechanisms
  • Molecular Biophysics
  • Systems and Synthetic Biology

Proposals accepted anytime


Geomorphology and Land-use Dynamics (GLD)

The GLD Program supports innovative fundamental research into processes that shape and modify earth's landscapes over a variety of length and time scales, with a focus on the Holocene. The program encourages research that quantitatively investigates the coupling and feedback among such processes, their rates, and their relative roles, especially in the contexts of variation in biologic, climatic, and tectonic influences and in light of changes due to human impacts. Such research may involve fieldwork, modeling, experimentation, theoretical development, or combinations thereof. GLD is particularly interested in increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in research and education such as women, persons with disabilities, and underrepresented minorities [1] [2], and those from geographically underrepresented areas in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Proposals accepted anytime


Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE)

NSF seeks to strengthen the future U.S. Engineering workforce by enabling the participation of all citizens through the support of research in the science of Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE). The BPE program is dedicated to supporting the development of a diverse and well-prepared engineering workforce. BPE focuses on enhancing the diversity and inclusion of all underrepresented populations in engineering, including gender identity and expression, race and ethnicity (African Americans/Blacks, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders), disability, LGBTQ+, first generation college and socio-economic status.

BPE research activities will provide scientific evidence that engineering educators, employers, and policy makers need to make informed decisions to design effective programs that broaden the participation of persons from historically underrepresented groups in the engineering workforce. BPE is interested in funding research that spans K-12 to workforce and offers the greatest return on investment.



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