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Funding Opportunities
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Funding Opportunities


An non-exhaustive list of funding opportunities can be found below.

Visit the following agencies website for more info and new opportunities release or grants.gov :

National Science Foundation (NSF)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Department of Energy (DOE)
Department of Defense (DOD)
Office of Naval Research (ONR)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Enviromental Protection Agency (EPA)
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)


Open Opportunities

Title: Earth Sciences: Instrumentation and Facilities
Solicitation: NSF 11-544
Synopsis: The Instrumentation and Facilities Program in the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR/IF) supports meritorious requests for infrastructure that promotes research and education in areas supported by the Division.EAR/IF will consider proposals for 1) Acquisition or Upgrade of Research Equipment; 2) Development of New Instrumentation, Analytical Techniques or Software; 3) Support of National or Regional Multi-User Facilities; 4) Support for Early Career Investigators.
Due Dates: Full Proposal Accepted Anytime
More Info: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=6186&org=EAR&from=home
Title: Financial Assistance Funding Opportunity Announcement
Solicitation: DE-FOA-00000600
Synopsis: The Office of Science of the Department of Energy hereby announces its continuing interest in receiving grant applications for support of work in the following program
areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, Nuclear Physics, and Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists.
Due Dates: Full Proposal Accepted Anytime
More Info: http://science.doe.gov/grants/pdf/SC_FOA_0000600.pdf
Title: Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Unsolicited Research proposal
Solicitation: N/A
Synopsis: BSEE accepts unsolicited research proposals that fit their mission of enforcing safely and environmental regulations for offshore energy development.
The Bureau has suggested guidelines that you may follow if your white paper results in a future request for a full proposal or you submit an unsolicited proposal. The purpose is to provide consistency in proposals to expedite the review process.
Due Dates: Anytime
More Info: http://www.bsee.gov/Research-and-Training/Submitting-Research-Proposals.aspx


Semi-annual and annual opportunities

Title: Tectonics
Solicitation: NSF 09-542
Synopsis: The Tectonics Program supports a broad range of field, laboratory, computational, and theoretical investigations aimed at understanding the formation, evolution, and deformation of continental lithosphere through time. Proposals to elucidate the processes that act on the lithosphere at various time-scales and length-scales, either at depth or the surface, are encouraged. Because understanding such large-scale phenomena commonly requires a variety of expertise and methods, the Tectonics Program supports integrated research involving the disciplines of structural geology, petrology, geochronology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, geomorphology, rock mechanics, paleomagnetics, geodesy, and other geophysical techniques.
Due Dates: Januray 6, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
July 6, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
More Info: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13673
Title: Petrology and Geochemistry
Solicitation: NSF 09-543
Synopsis: The Petrology and Geochemistry Program supports basic research that address the formation and evolution of our planet using petrological and geochemical characteristics of Earth materials in the crust, mantle, and core. Proposals in this program generally address the petrology and high-temperature geochemistry of igneous and metamorphic rocks (including mantle samples), mineral physics, economic geology, and volcanology. Proposals that bridge disciplinary boundaries or that include development of analytical tools for potential use by the broad community are also encouraged.
Due Dates: Januray 6, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
July 6, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
More Info: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13683
Title: Major Research Instrumentation Program
Solicitation: NSF 11-503
Synopsis: The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) catalyzes new knowledge and discoveries by empowering the Nation’s scientists and engineers with state-of-the-art research instrumentation. The MRI Program enables research-intensive learning environments that promote the development of a diverse workforce and next generation instrumentation, as well as facilitates academic/private sector partnerships.
Due Dates: Januray 26, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
More Info: http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/programs/mri/
Title: Geotechnical Engineering
Solicitation: NSF 12-1636
Synopsis: The GTE program supports fundamental research on geotechnical engineering aspects of civil infrastructure, such as site characterization, foundations, earth retaining systems, underground construction, excavations, tunneling, and drilling. Also included in the program scope is research on geoenvironmental engineering; geotechnical engineering aspects of geothermal energy; life-cycle analysis of geostructures; geotechnical earthquake engineering that does not involve the use of George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) facilities; scour and erosion; and geohazards such as tsunamis, landslides, mudslides and debris flows. The program does not support research related to natural resource exploration or recovery. Emphasis is on issues of sustainability and resilience of civil infrastructure. Cross-disciplinary and international collaborations are encouraged.
Due Dates: February 15, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
October 1, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
More Info: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13351
Title: Hazard Mitigation and Structural Engineering
Solicitation: NSF 10-1637
Synopsis: The HMSE program supports fundamental research on the design and performance of structural systems and on new technologies for improving the behavior, safety, and reliability of structural systems and their resistance to natural hazards such as earthquakes and technological hazards (such as bombs). Also supported by the program are innovations in analysis and model-based simulation of structural behavior and response, design concepts that improve structural performance, reliability, resilience and sustainability, structural health monitoring, and applications of new control techniques for structural systems.
Due Dates: February 15, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
October 1, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
More Info: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13358
Title: Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events
Solicitation: NSF 10-1638
Synopsis: The IMEE program focuses on the impact of large-scale hazards on civil infrastructure and society and on related issues of preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery. The program supports research to integrate multiple issues from engineering, social, behavioral, political, and economic sciences. It supports fundamental research on the interdependence of civil infrastructure and society, development of sustainable infrastructures, and civil infrastructure vulnerability and risk reduction.
Due Dates: February 15, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
October 1, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
More Info: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13353
Title: Sensors and Sensing Systems
Solicitation: NSF 10-1639
Synopsis: The SSS program supports research on methods to acquire and use sensor data on civil, mechanical, and manufacturing systems. The program supports fundamental research on advanced actuators, sensors, wireless sensor networks, new materials and concepts for sensing applications, power generation and energy supply for sensors and sensing systems. Also of interest is research on the strategic incorporation of sensors into both natural and engineered systems to achieve effective data acquisition and on processing and transmission of sensor data.
Due Dates: February 15, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
October 1, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
More Info: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13349
Title: NanoManufacturing
Solicitation: NSF 10-1788
Synopsis: The Nanomanufacturing program supports fundamental research and education on design and manufacturing at the nanoscale. Emphasis of the program is on advancing manufacturing technology using production systems based on thermal, electrical, chemical and mechanical processes as well as biological actors (viruses, cells and bacteria) to fabricate nanostructures and to integrate these into micro-devices and meso- and macroscale systems. Examples include carbon, polymeric and bio-molecular architectures that exploit nanoscale features for nanomotors, nanorobots, and other nanomachinery. A goal of the program is to enable manufacturing scalability leading to commercial production, including improvements in component reliability, yield, efficiency and affordability. The program also targets environmental health and safety in nanomanufacturing.
Due Dates: February 15, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
October 1, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
More Info: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13347
Title: Physical Oceanography
Solicitation: NSF 98-1610
Synopsis: The Physical Oceanography Program supports research on a wide range of topics associated with the structure and movement of the ocean, with the way in which it transports various quantities, with the way the ocean’s physical structure interacts with the biological and chemical processes within it, and with interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere, solid earth and ice that surround it.
Due Dates: February 15, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
August 15, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
More Info: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12729
Title: Marine Geology and Geophysics
Solicitation: NSF 98-1620
Synopsis: The Marine Geology and Geophysics program supports research on all aspects of geology and geophysics of the ocean basins and margins, as well as the Great Lakes.
The Program includes:
Structure, tectonic evolution and volcanic activity of the ocean basins, the continental margins, the mid-ocean ridges, and island arc systems
Processes controlling exchange of heat and chemical species between seawater and ocean rocks
Genesis, chemistry, and mineralogic evolution of marine sediments
Processes controlling deposition, erosion and transport of marine sediments
Past ocean circulation patterns and climates and
Interactions of continental and marine geologic processes
Due Dates: February 15, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
October 1, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
More Info: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=11726
Title: Biological Oceanography
Solicitation: NSF 98-1650
Synopsis: The Biological Oceanography Program supports research in marine ecology broadly defined: relationships among aquatic organisms and their interactions with the environments of the oceans or Great Lakes. Projects submitted to the program for consideration are often interdisciplinary efforts that may include participation by other OCE Programs.
Due Dates: February 15, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
August 15, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
More Info: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=11696
Title: Chemical Oceanography
Solicitation: NSF 98-1670
Synopsis: The Chemical Oceanography Program supports research into the chemical components, reaction mechanisms, and geochemical pathways within the ocean and at its interfaces with the solid earth and the atmosphere. Major emphases include: studies of material inputs to and outputs from marine waters; orthochemical and biological production and transformation of chemical compounds and phases within the marine system; and the determination of reaction rates and study of equilibria. The Program encourages research into the chemistry, distribution, and fate of inorganic and organic substances introduced into or produced within marine environments including those from estuarine waters to the deep sea.
Due Dates: February 15, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
October 1, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
More Info: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=11698
Title: Ocean Technology and Interdiscipinary Coordination
Solicitation: NSF 98-1680
Synopsis: The Oceanographic Technology and Interdisciplinary Coordination (OTIC) Program supports a broad range of research and technology development activities. Unsolicited proposals are accepted for instrumentation development that has broad applicability to ocean science research projects and that enhance observational, experimental or analytical capabilities of the ocean science research community.
Due Dates: February 15, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
August 15, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
More Info: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12724
Title: Hydrologic Sciences
Solicitation: NSF 09-538
Synopsis: Hydrologic Sciences focuses on the flow of water and transport processes within streams, soils, and aquifers. Particular attention is given to spatial and temporal heterogeneity of fluxes and storages of water, particles, and chemicals coupling across interfaces with the landscape, microbial communities, and coastal environments, to upscaling and downscaling given these heterogeneities and interfaces and how these processes are altered by climate and land use changes. Studies may address aqueous geochemistry as well as physical, chemical, and biological processes within water bodies. These studies commonly involve expertise from many basic sciences and mathematics, and proposals often require joint review with related programs.
Due Dates: June 1, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
December 05, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
More Info: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13684
Title: Geophysics
Solicitation: NSF 09-539
Synopsis: The Geophysics Program supports basic research in the physics of the solid earth to explore its composition, structure, and processes. Laboratory, field, theoretical, and computational studies are supported. Topics include seismicity, seismic wave propagation, and the nature and occurrence of earthquakes; the earth’s magnetic, gravity, and electrical fields; the earth’s thermal structure; and geodynamics. Supported research also includes geophysical studies of active deformation, including geodesy, and studies of the properties and behavior of earth materials in support of geophysical observation and theory.
Due Dates: June 5, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
December 5, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
More Info: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13682
Title: Environmental Chemistry Sciences
Solicitation: NSF 09-6882
Synopsis: The Environmental Chemical Sciences (ECS) Program supports basic research in chemistry that promotes the understanding of natural and anthropogenic chemical processes in our environment. Projects supported by this program enable fundamentally new avenues of basic research and transformative technologies. The program is particularly interested in studying molecular phenomena on surfaces and interfaces in order to understand the inherently complex and heterogeneous environment. Projects utilize advanced experimental, modeling and computational approaches, as well as developing new approaches. Topics include studies of environmental surfaces and interfaces under laboratory conditions, the fundamental properties of water and water solutions important in environmental processes, dissolution, composition, origin and behavior of molecular scale systems under a variety of naturally occurring environmental conditions, chemical reactivity of synthetic nanoparticles and their molecular level interactions with the environment, and application of theoretical models and computational approaches to discover and predict environmental phenomena at the molecular scale. The ECS program supports research in basic chemical aspects of our environment. Programs in the Biological Sciences, Engineering and Geosciences Directorates as well as other federal agencies address other aspects such as field studies.
Due Dates: July 31, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
November 30, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
More Info: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503416
Title: Cooperative Studies of the Earth’s Deep Interior (CSEDI)
Solicitation: NSF 11-548
Synopsis: The Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) invites the submission of proposals for collaborative, interdisciplinary studies of the Earth’s interior within the framework of the community-based initiative known as Cooperative Studies of the Earth’s Deep Interior (CSEDI). Funding will support basic research on the character and dynamics of the Earth’s mantle and core, their influence on the evolution of the Earth as a whole, and on processes operating within the deep interior that affect or are expressed on the Earth’s surface.
Projects may employ any combination of field, laboratory, and computational studies with observational, theoretical, or experimental approaches. Support is available for research and research infrastructure through grants and cooperative agreements awarded in response to investigator-initiated proposals from U.S. universities and other eligible institutions. Multidisciplinary work is required. EAR will consider co-funding of projects with other agencies and supports international work and collaborations.
Due Dates: September 24, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
More Info: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=11702&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Title: NASA Unsolicited program
Solicitation: N/A
Synopsis: Be innovative and unique; Be independently originated and developed by the offeror; Be prepared without Government supervision, endorsement, direction, or direct Government involvement; Include sufficient technical and cost detail to permit a determination that Government support could be worthwhile and the proposed work could benefit the agency’s research and development or other mission responsibilities; and not be an advance proposal for a known agency requirement that can be acquired by competitive methods.
Due Dates: October 1, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
More Info: http://prod.nais.nasa.gov/pub/pub_library/unSol-Prop.html
Title: Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP)
Solicitation: DoD Core and seed solicitation
Synopsis: The Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) addresses high-priority environmental needs of the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Energy (DOE). SERDP invests across the broad spectrum of basic and applied research, as well as advanced development. Through a competitive process, SERDP funds both Federal and private sector organizations to perform environmental research and development. A Call for Proposals (CFP) is issued to the Federal sector. A Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is available to the non-Federal sector (industry and academia) via the Federal Business Opportunities. Proposals from the private sector do not require a DoD partner. There are two solicitations annually—a “Core” solicitation and a SERDP Exploratory Development (SEED) solicitation. Both solicitations are released in late October or early November and request proposals that address focused research and development topics called Statements of Need (SON).
Due Dates: Preproposal : January 5, 2012 and Proposal: March 8, 2012 (Annually Thereafter)
More Info: http://www.serdp-estcp.org/Funding-Opportunities/SERDP-Solicitations