NSF – Decision, Risk, and Management Sciences (DRMS)

Date Due: 01/18/18, annually thereater; 08/18/18, annually thereafter

Amount: Not Specified

Summary: The Decision, Risk and Management Sciences program supports scientific research directed at increasing the understanding and effectiveness of decision making by individuals, groups, organizations, and society. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, doctoral dissertation research improvement grants (DDRIGs), and workshops are funded in the areas of judgment and decision making; decision analysis and decision aids; risk analysis, perception, and communication; societal and public policy decision making; management science and organizational design. The program also supports small grants that are time-critical (Rapid Response Research – RAPID) and small grants that are high-risk and of a potentially transformative nature (Early-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research – EAGER).

Keywords: decision, resilience, interdisciplinary, student

Solicitation number: PD 98-1321

~Due date is 01/18/18, annually thereafter; 08/18/18, annually thereafter

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NSF – International Research Experiences for Students (IRES)

Date Due: 08/15/17, third Tuesday in August thereafter

Amount: $250,000 for up to 3 years

Summary: The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports development of globally-engaged U.S. science and engineering students capable of performing in an international research environment at the forefront of science and engineering. The IRES program supports active research participation by students enrolled as undergraduates or graduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. IRES projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the IRES program.

Keywords: education, research, students

Limitations: One per year per PI or co-PI including international REU submissions

Solicitation number: 12-551


NSF — Opportunities for Promoting Understanding through Synthesis (OPUS)

Date Due: 08/01/18

Amount: $125,000 -$200,000

Summary: All four clusters within the Division of Environmental Biology (Population and Community Ecology, Ecosystem Science, Evolutionary Processes, and Systematics and Biodiversity Science) encourage the submission of proposals aimed at synthesizing a body of related research projects conducted by a single individual or a group of investigators over an extended period. OPUS proposals will often be appropriately submitted in mid-to-late career, but will also be appropriate early enough in a career to produce unique, integrated insight useful both to the scientific community and to the development of the investigator’s future work. In cases where multiple scientists have worked collaboratively, an OPUS award will provide support for collaboration on a synthesis.

Keywords: environment, biology

Solicitation number: 14-559

~Amount is $125,000 to $200,000 per year over two years

~Due date is 8/1/18, annually thereafter




NSF — Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)

Date Due: 09/05/17, 2nd Wednesday in August annually thereafter

Amount:up to $400,000 (Exploratory, up to 2 years), up to $1.2M (Strategies, up to 3 years), up to $2M (Successful Project Expansion and Dissemination, 3 to 5 years)

Summary: As the nation continues to expand the horizon of opportunities and possibilities through advances in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the need for a more diverse and well-prepared STEM workforce is also expanding1. The challenge of preparing citizens for the expanding workforce and the changing workplace environments calls for new innovations in STEM education2. ITEST is a research and development program that supports projects to promote PreK-12 student interests and capacities to participate in the STEM and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce of the future. The ITEST program supports research on the design, development, implementation, and selective spread of innovative strategies for engaging students in technology-rich experiences that: (1) increase student awareness of STEM occupations; (2) motivate students to pursue appropriate education pathways to STEM occupations; or (3) develop disciplinary-based knowledge and practices, or promote critical thinking, reasoning skills, or communication skills needed for entering STEM workforce sectors. ITEST projects may adopt an interdisciplinary focus that includes multiple STEM disciplines, focus on a single discipline, or focus on one or more sub-disciplines. The ITEST program supports projects that provide evidence for factors, instructional designs, and practices in formal and informal learning environments that broaden participation of students from underrepresented groups in STEM fields and related education and workforce domains. Projects that actively engage business and industry partners to better ensure that PreK-12 experiences foster the knowledge and skill-sets needed for emerging STEM occupations are strongly encouraged.

Keywords: technology, innovation, engineering, STEM, education

Limitations: An individual may serve as the PI for no more than one ITEST proposal during any given funding period.

Solicitation number: 17-565

~Due date is 09/05/17, 2nd Wednesday in August annually thereafter


NSF — Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)

Date Due: 08/08/18 2nd Wednesday in August annually thereafter

Amount: $175,000 for up to 2 years

Summary: CRII awards will be given to researchers to undertake exploratory investigations, to acquire and test preliminary data, develop collaborations within or across research disciplines, and/or develop new algorithms, approaches, and system designs/prototypes, which together or separately may lead to improved capacity to write successful proposals submitted to other programs in the future.

In preparing this proposal, PIs should refer to Section V.A for guidance about the organization of the proposal. PIs should be aware that reviewers will be asked to consider the following: 1) the appropriateness of the research objectives for the relatively short duration of the CRII award; 2) the potential of the research initiation activities to produce sufficient preliminary results to serve as the basis for future competitive research proposals; and 3) whether the activities are seen to be the necessary and critical steps for the PI to achieve research independence.

Keywords: engineering, information, interdisciplinary

Notes: Researchers from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Limitations: PI may submit one proposal per year and may not participate in more than two CRII competitions. These are early career awards. PI must be untenured or research faculty in their first three years in a primary academic position but not more than five years after completion of Ph.D.

Solicitation number: 16-565

~Amount is $175,000 for up to 2 years

~Due date is 08/09/17, 2nd Wednesday in August annually thereafter



NSF—Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB)

Date Due: 01/23/18 (prelim); 08/02/18 (full, invited only)

Amount:$90,000 oer year for up to 5-years, not to exceed $450,000 total

Summary: Many important questions in ecology, ecosystem science, and evolutionary biology require data collected for 10 or more years to be answered.

Research areas include, but are not limited to, the effects of natural selection or other evolutionary processes on populations; the effects of interspecific interactions that vary over time and space; population and community dynamics for organisms that have extended life spans and long turnover times; feedbacks between ecological and evolutionary processes; pools of materials such as nutrients in soils that turn over at intermediate to longer time scales; and external forcing functions such as climatic cycles that operate over long return intervals.

Investigators often are constrained in addressing questions in these areas by the relatively short support periods associated with typical research awards. LTREB awards are designed to provide the funding to maintain an ongoing, long-term research project for a period of a decade or perhaps longer.

Keywords: ecology, environmental biology, climate change

Limitations: An individual may participate as a PI, co-PI or PI of a subaward on no more than two preliminary proposals.

Solicitation number: 17-513

~Amount is $90,000 per year over 5-years, not to exceed $450,000 total

~Due date is 01/23/17 (prelim), 08/02/17 (full)


NSF — Science, Technology, and Society (STS)

Date Due: 08/03/18, annually thereafter; 02/02/18, annually thereafter

Amount: $400,000

Summary: STS research focuses on the intellectual, material, and social facets of STEM. Such research endeavors to understand how scientific knowledge is produced and sanctioned, and how it is challenged and changes. It explores broader societal ramifications and underlying presuppositions. STS research studies how materials, devices, and techniques are designed and developed; how and by whom they are diffused, used, adapted, and rejected; how they are affected by social and cultural environments; and how they influence quality of life, culture, and society. STS research explores how socio-cultural values are embedded in science and technology, and how issues of governance and equity co-evolve with the development and use of scientific knowledge and technological artifacts. The STS program supports proposals across the broad spectrum of STS research areas, topics, and approaches. Examples include, but are by no means limited to:

1. Societal aspects of emerging high-tech technologies and low-tech technologies.

2. Issues relating to equity, ethics, governance, sustainability, public engagement, user-centeredness, and inclusiveness.

3. Integration of traditional STS approaches with innovative perspectives from the arts or humanities.

4. Ethical, policy, and cultural issues regarding big data, surveillance and privacy in an increasingly networked world, and

5. The science of broadening participation in STEM disciplines.

~ Amount is $400,000 (total direct costs) over 2 to 3 years

Keywords: STEM, technology, humanities

Solicitation number: 15-506

Limitations: Pre-proposals: No more than two in a year as PI, co-PI or PI of a subaward