External Funding Opportunities for Research

Below are links to funding opportunities that may be of interest to the subsurface biosphere research community. To add information to this list, please email sbi@oregonstate.edu. Below are links to related programs and to comprehensive funding lists and search tools.

Related Programs, Listed by Deadline

Program Description Deadline
NSF: Communicating Research to Public Audiences Communicating Research to Public Audiences is a component of the Informal Science Education program (ISE) in the Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education. ISE projects provide rich and stimulating contexts and experiences for individuals of all ages, interests, and backgrounds to increase their appreciation for, and understanding of, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in out-of-school settings. Requests for up to $75,000 will be considered to support projects that communicate to public audiences the process and results of current research that is being supported by any NSF directorate through informal science education activities, such as media presentations, exhibits, or youth-based activities. The purpose of these efforts is to disseminate research results, research in progress, or research methods. No fixed deadline; 6 months prior to funding start date.
NSF Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) This program aims to synergize university-industry partnerships by making project funds or fellowships/traineeships available to support an eclectic mix of industry-university linkages. This solicitation targets high-risk/high-gain research with a focus on fundamental topics, new approaches to solving generic problems, development of innovative collaborative industry-university educational programs, and direct transfer of new knowledge between academe and industry. GOALI seeks to fund research that lies beyond that which industry would normally fund by themselves. Faculty-in-Industry awards will typically range from $30,000 to $75,000 for up to one year and may include a portion of the faculty salary and fringe benefits during the industrial residency period. Up to 20 percent of the total requested amount may be used for travel and research expenses for the faculty and his/her students, including materials but excluding equipment. No fixed deadline.
Department of Energy
National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)
Unsolicited Proposals
Office of Environmental Management (EM)

During the past nine years of its existence, the Department's Office of Environmental Management (EM) program has made significant progress in meeting the enormous challenge of cleaning up the nuclear weapons complex. In the initial stages of the program, the focus was on characterizing waste, assessing the magnitude of contamination, stabilizing material, addressing urgent risks and achieving regulatory compliance. The current focus is on completing the cleanup mission by establishing an acceleration and closure strategy. EM's mission is realized through the following program areas: waste management; stabilization of nuclear material and spent fuel, deactivation and decommission of facilities, remedial actions to soil and water; infrastructure and support; and national programs focused on activities including science technology development, transportation, emergency management and pollution prevention. Applications may be submitted at any time.
Department of Energy, Office of Science, Biological and Environmental Research Program The program develops the knowledge needed: (1) to identify, understand, and anticipate the long-term health and environmental consequences of energy production, development and use; and (2) to develop biology based solutions that address DOE and National needs. Specific long term goals include:
  • Life Sciences: Characterize the multi protein complexes (or the lack thereof) involving a scientifically significant fraction of a microbe's proteins. Develop computational models to direct the use and design of microbial communities to clean up waste, sequester carbon, or produce hydrogen.
  • Climate Change Research: Deliver improved climate data & models for policy makers to determine safe levels of greenhouse gases for the Earth system. By 2013, substantially reduce differences between observed temperature and model simulations at subcontinental scales using several decades of recent data.
  • Environmental Remediation: Develop science-based solutions for cleanup and long-term monitoring of DOE contaminated sites. By 2013, a significant fraction of DOE's long- term stewardship sites will employ advanced biology-based clean up solutions and science-based monitors.
Applications may be submitted at any time.
NSF-DOE/PNNL Interaction in Environmental Molecular Sciences $20,000 supplements for NSF projects that allows reseachers to use facilities in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at PNNL in Richland, WA. The facilities cover an array of topics including: fundamental research on the chemistry and physics of complex systems; minerals and microbe surfaces; structural biology; proteomics research; the interfacial and nanoscale science of materials; computational studies of physical, chemical, and biological processes.

Applications may be submitted at any time.

Army Research Office, Broad Agency Announcement for Basic and Applied Research

The U.S. Army Research Office (ARO) solicits proposals for basic and scientific research in mechanical sciences, environmental sciences, mathematical and computer sciences, electronics, computational and information sciences, physics, chemistry, life sciences, and materials science. Targeted areas in life sciences include -- 8.3. Microbiology and Biodegradation - biochemical and physiological mechanisms, underlying the biodegradative processes in normal, extreme, and engineered environments and fundamental studies on organisms in these environments. There is also are also special awards for Young Investigators and Short Term Innovative Research. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate technical point of contact.

continuously open announcement
DoD Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP), Core Solicitation, Focus Area on Environmental Restoration Topics identified in the FY2008 Statement of Need include: Reduced Uncertainty and Costs for Managing Large, Dilute Contaminant Groundwater Plumes; Improved Understanding of the Vapor Intrusion Pathway from Chlorinated Solvent-Contaminated Groundwater Plumes; Improved Understanding of the Impact of Environmental Parameters and Sampling Methods on Measured Groundwater Contaminant Concentrations. View the details on topics in the Statement of Need Documents. Preproposals due: January 8, 2008
NSF Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) This competition promotes quantitative, interdisciplinary analyses of relevant human and natural system processes and complex interactions among human and natural systems at diverse scales. Projects usually have three components: an integrated, quantitative systems-level method of inquiry, an education component, and a global perspective. Grants are for up to $1.5M. January 8, 2008
NSF Long Term Research in Environmental Biology Through the LTREB program, the Division of Environmental Biology encourages the submission of proposals aimed at generating extended time series of biological and environmental data that address ecological and evolutionary processes aimed at resolving important issues in environmental biology. Researchers must have collected at least six years of previous data to qualify for funding. The proposal also must present a cohesive conceptual rationale or framework for ten years of research. As part of the requirements for funding, projects must show how collected data will be shared broadly with the scientific community and the interested public. January 9, 2008
NSF - Ecosystem Science Cluster - Ecosystem Studies Supports investigations of whole-system ecological processes and relationships in ecosystems across a diversity of spatial and temporal (including paleo) scales. Proposals may focus on areas such as: biogeochemistry; decomposition of organic matter; belowground nutrient cycling and energy flow; primary productivity; radiatively active gas flux; element budgets on watershed, regional, continental, or global scales; relationships between diversity and ecosystem function; ecosystem services; and landscape dynamics. Proposals will be considered that focus on advancing ecosystem science through either the pursuit of new theoretical paradigms or novel modeling efforts. Inter- and multi-disciplinary proposals that fall across traditional programmatic boundaries are welcomed and encouraged.
January 9, 2008
NSF Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) This program seeks to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all undergraduate students. The program supports efforts to create new learning materials and teaching strategies, develop faculty expertise, implement educational innovations, assess learning and evaluate innovations, and conduct research on STEM teaching and learning. The program supports three types of projects representing three different phases of development, ranging from small, exploratory investigations to large, comprehensive projects. January 10, 2008
NSF Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB) - Cellular Systems Cluster The Cellular Systems Cluster focuses on the structure, function, and regulation of plant, animal and microbial cells, and their interactions with the environment and with one another. Areas supported include studies of the structure, function, and assembly of cellular elements, such as the cytoskeleton, membranes, organelles, intracellular compartments, intranuclear structures, and extracellular matrix, including eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell walls and envelopes. In addition, support is provided for the study of intracellular and transmembrane signal transduction mechanisms and cell-cell signaling processes, including those that occur in biofilms. Research on cellular recognition and self defense mechanisms is included. January 12, 2008; July 12, 2008
NSF Planetary Biodiversity Inventories To accelerate the discovery and study of the world’s biodiversity, proposals are invited from teams of investigators to conduct a worldwide, species-level systematic inventory of a major group of organisms. Each project should conduct fieldwork necessary to fill gaps in existing collections, produce descriptions, taxonomic revisions, web-searchable databases, and interactive keys (or other automated identification tools) for all new and known species in the targeted group, analyze their phylogenetic relationships, and establish predictive classifications for the group. Proposals may target any particular group of organisms, from terrestrial, fresh-water, or marine habitats, at any feasible level in the taxonomic hierarchy, but must be global in scope. January 12, 2008
NSF - Division of Integrative Organismal Systems -Physiological and Structural Systems Cluster This program supports research aimed at furthering the understanding of organisms as integrated units of biological organization.  It considers proposals focused on interacting physiological and structural systems, their environmental and evolutionary contexts, and how these components are constrained by their integration into the whole organism.  Projects that use systems approaches to understand why particular patterns of architecture and regulatory control have emerged as general organismal properties are particularly encouraged. Multidisciplinary approaches to the study of organismal systems including research at the interfaces of biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and engineering are encouraged in each of the following areas: Symbiosis, Defense and Self-recognition; Processes, Structures and Integrity; Organism-Environment Interactions. January 12, 2008; July 12, 2008
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
(NIEHS) Superfund Basic Research and Training Program (SBRP), Individual Research Grants (R01) Development and Application of Nanotechnology-based Tools to Understand Mechanisms of Bioremediation (R01)
The objective of this 2007 RFA is to enhance our understanding of the basic structural and functional properties of biological populations that are involved in the bioremediation of hazardous substances by integrating or adapting innovative nanotechnology based tools for sensing, detecting, and elucidating processes at the molecular and nano-scale. The NIEHS intends to commit a total of $2 million to fund six to eight grants that will be awarded in Fiscal Year 2009. Projects may have a duration of up to three years. Research themes include: nano-sensors, integrating novel microbial ecology methods; atomic force microscope (AFM) cantilevers; microelectronic array technology; microfluidic channels; lab-on-a-chip devices. Letters of intent due: January 16, 2008; Full applications due: February 15, 2008
NSF Division of Earth Sciences - Geobiology and Low-Temperature Geochemistry Program This program encourages studies of 1) the interactions between biological and geological systems at all scales of space and time; 2) geomicrobiology and biomineralization processes; 3) the role of life in the evolution of the Earth’s system; 4) inorganic and organic geochemical processes occurring at or near the earth’s surface now and in the past, and at the broad spectrum of interfaces ranging in scale from planetary and regional to mineral-surface and supramolecular; 5) mineralogy and chemistry of soils and sediments; 6) surficial chemical and biogeochemical systems and cycles and their modification through natural and anthropogenic change; and 7) development of tools, methods, and models for low-temperature geochemistry and geobiological research. GG facilitates cross-disciplinary efforts to harness new bioanalytical tools – such as those emerging from molecular biology – in the study of the terrestrial environment. January 16, 2008
USDA, Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service (CSREES), National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Pgm (NRICGP), 26.0 Water and Watersheds FY 2008 Priorities for Research Projects include: Understand the sources, fate, and transport of pathogens, such as bacteria, protozoa, and viruses in soil, surface and ground water, and irrigation systems of agricultural and rural watersheds to reduce zoonotic pathogens in the environment. Special emphasis is considered for Escherichia coli, Cryptosporidium, and enteric viruses. January 17, 2008
DOE Environmental Remediation Science Program The ERSP portfolio maintains a diverse suite of projects ranging from molecular-scale science to field-scale investigations. The ultimate goal of the ERSP is to provide the DOE with field-scale descriptions of subsurface processes affecting contaminant transport or transformation. Of the major challenges that remain, one of the most important is the linking of molecular-scale processes to larger scale processes and ultimately, to processes occurring at the field-scale. Proposals may request up to $450,000/year for three years. Preapplications strongly encouraged and due: January 22, 2008; Full proposals due: March 26, 2008.
Office of Naval Research (ONR) Environmental and Marine Biotechnology - Bio-Processes in Marine/Estuarine Environments This component of the Environmental Biotechnology research program is interested in: (1) Characterizing and quantifying microbial biodegradative activity, with an emphasis on bioavailability, biotransformation and biogeochemistry of organic pollutants, (2) Environmental effects of specific organic pollutants on estuarine/marine receptors such as benthic organisms and (3) Advancing our understanding of microbial energy harvesting through biogeochemical cycling across the aerobic/anaerobic sea floor interface. "Preproposals should be submitted by 1 February for research efforts starting on 1 October"
NSF Earth Sciences: Instrumentation and Facilities (EAR/IF) Supports meritorious requests within and across Earth science disciplines. 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 of Research Technicians; (5) Development of Cyberinfrastructure for the Earth Sciences (Geoinformatics). Planned research uses of requested instruments must include basic research on solid-Earth and surface-Earth processes. February 13, 2008; July 9, 2008
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
(NIEHS) Superfund Basic Research and Training Program (SBRP), Multiproject Program Grants (P42)
SBRP grants support coordinated, multi-project, multi- and interdisciplinary research programs that have both a biomedical and non-biomedical (engineering, geochemical and ecological sciences) components. Projects need a unifying conceptual theme.  Example topics include: using environmental genetics and genomics to discern the contributions of environmental and genetic factors in relation to disease susceptibility in vulnerable populations or in relation to the impact on microbial communities involved in biodegradation; developing novel computational, statistical, and/or mathematical tools to create risk assessment models that incorporate the complex biological data being generated through high-data content approaches; or employing fate and transport modeling of contaminants in environmental medias as it relates to the development of effective remediation strategies or for predicting exposure risk in humans or ecosystems. The NIEHS intends to commit approximately $8.0 million dollars in FY 2009 to fund three to four new and/or renewal SBRP multi-project grants in response to this FOA. A new applicant may request a budget for direct costs of up to $2.1 million dollars for the first year and a project period of up to 5 years. Letters of intent due: February 15, 2008 Full applications due: April 15, 2008
NSF Biological Oceanography The Biological Oceanography Program supports research in marine ecology broadly defined - relationships among marine organisms and their interactions with the environment of the sea. Projects that fall within the purview of the Program may focus on marine environments ranging from estuarine and coastal systems to the deep sea, and also include studies in the Great Lakes. Areas of research include ecosystem and biogeochemical processes; community and population ecology; behavioral, reproductive and life-history ecology; physiological and chemical ecology; and evolutionary ecology. February 15, 2008
NSF Marine Geology and Geophysics

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
February 15, 2008
National Research Initiative: Microbial Genome Sequencing Program FY 2008 This call invites research proposals (i) to support high-throughput sequencing of the genomes of microorganisms (including viruses, bacteria, archaea, fungi, oomycetes, protists and agriculturally important nematodes) and (ii) to develop and implement strategies, tools and technologies to make currently available genome sequences more valuable to the user community. Example topics: novel aspects of microbial biochemistry, physiology, metabolism, development and cellular biology; the diversity and the roles microorganisms play in complex ecosystems and in global geochemical cycles; the impact that microorganisms have on the productivity and sustainability of agriculture and natural resources (e.g., forestry, soil and water), and on the safety and quality of the nation's food supply; and the organization and evolution of microbial genomes, and the mechanisms of transmission, exchange and reshuffling of genetic information. February 19, 2008
NSF Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) - Environmental Engineering The Environmental Engineering and Sustainability cluster supports engineering research with the goal of reducing adverse effects of solid, liquid, and gaseous discharges into land, fresh and ocean waters, and air that result from human activity and impair the value of those resources in the context of ecological tenets. This cluster focuses on research on innovative biological, chemical, and physical processes used alone or as components of engineered systems to restore the usefulness of polluted land, water, and air resources. Major areas of interest and activity in the program include: developing innovative biological, chemical, and physical treatment processes to remove and degrade pollutants from water and air; measuring, modeling and predicting the movement and fate of pollutants in the environment; and developing and evaluating techniques to clean up polluted sites, such as landfills and contaminated aquifers, restore the quality of polluted water, air, and land resources and rehabilitate degraded ecosystems. March 1, 2008
NSF Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) - Environmental Sustainability This program supports engineering research that seeks to balance society’s need to provide ecological protection and maintain stable economic conditions. Research is encouraged to advance the next generation of water and wastewater treatment that will decrease material and energy use, consider new paradigms for delivery of services, and promote longer life for engineered systems. Other activities of interest include:
  • Advancing engineering methods to promote smart growth strategies,
  • Integrating economic development and protection of natural resources,
  • Regenerating ecological functions of degraded environments,
  • Understanding how large complex environmental systems behave, and
  • Developing effective principles for adaptive management of such systems.
March 1, 2008
Oregon Bioeconomy and Sustainable Technologies Research Center BEST was established by the 2007 Oregon Legislature following the recommendations of the Oregon Innovation Council (OrInC) to promote the commercialization of technologies that support sustainable development in Oregon. The primary objective of BEST is to expand research within the OUS institutions in the areas of clean energy, bio-based products, and green development including buildings and infrastructure. Funding for a one-year, individual project will be limited to $50,000 including indirect costs. March 3, 2008
DOE Basic Research and Modeling to Support Integrated Assessment of Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations Past work of the IARP has emphasized understanding and predicting anthropogenic drivers of climate change. Future work seeks to improve our scientific understanding of the impacts to human and natural systems from climate change and the potential capacity to adapt to such change. Applications are requested that advance the fundamental methodologies for analysis of climate change impacts and adaptations, including innovative models and approaches. Grant applications that approach these elements in the context of a critically important area for DOE - potential climate change impacts on energy systems and their capacity to adapt - are especially encouraged. Preapplications due: March 10, 2008; full applications due: April 14, 2008.
DOE Environmental Remediation Science Program The ERSP portfolio maintains a diverse suite of projects ranging from molecular-scale science to field-scale investigations. The ultimate goal of the ERSP is to provide the DOE with field-scale descriptions of subsurface processes affecting contaminant transport or transformation. Of the major challenges that remain, one of the most important is the linking of molecular-scale processes to larger scale processes and ultimately, to processes occurring at the field-scale. Proposals may request up to $450,000/year for three years. Preapplications strongly encouraged and due: January 22, 2008; Full proposals due: March 26, 2008.
NASA ROSES Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry NASA's Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry program focuses on describing, understanding, and predicting the biological and biogeochemical regimes of the upper ocean, as determined by observation of aquatic optical properties using remote sensing data, including those from space, aircraft, and other suborbital platforms. Areas for research include: multisensor observations of oceanographic phenomena, impacts of a changing climate on biological oceanography, research in support of the international year of the reef, and research providing the scientific basis for next generation ocean biology remote sensing technologies. Awards range from under $100K- $1M per year. Notice of intent due: April 1, 2008; Full proposals due: June 2, 2008
EPA NCER Consequences of Global Change for Water Quality

The goal of this solicitation is to assemble modeling systems capable of capturing important linkages between regional climate drivers and terrestrial hydrologic systems and to apply these modeling systems to improve the overall understanding of the sensitivity of key water quality or aquatic ecosystem management targets to the types of climate changes anticipated over the next several decades. About five regular awards (up to $800k) and two early career awards (up to $250k) will be made. Projects can be for up to two years and request up to $125K per year.

May 08, 2008
Oregon State University College of Engineering, Seeding Collaborative Research, FMI: Chris.A.Bell@oregonstate.edu Faculty are invited to submit proposals for up to $20,000 to seed collaborative research. Proposals should be from faculty in at least 2 departments/schools – departments from other colleges are encouraged, but the lead must be from Engineering. Funding is to be used for proposal development for major research initiatives. Decisions made by June 15th for funds to be expended in Summer & Fall. Subject to satisfactory progress, phase 2 funding will be available for a further 6-months and $20,000 funding. May 16, 2008
NASA ROSES Mars Fundamental Research Program The MFRP includes investigations that use: (i) theoretical and experimental studies, including laboratory studies of analog materials, to investigate the coupled atmospheric and geological systems on Mars; (ii) quantitative terrestrial field experiments that improve understanding of the in situ measurements that have been or that will be made on Mars; and (iii) any other innovative research activities that demonstrate relevance to NASA’s overarching goals for the scientific exploration of Mars. Awards range from under $100K- $1M per year. Notice of intent due: May 16, 2008; Full proposals due: July 18, 2008
DOE National Institute for Climatic Change Research (NICCR) Proposed research is requested that would improve understanding of potential effects of contemporary climatic change on the structure and functioning of important terrestrial ecosystems (including wetland and freshwater ecosystems, but not marine or estuarine ecosystems) within the United States, as well as possible feedbacks from terrestrial ecosystems to climate and atmospheric composition. preproposals: May 16, 2008; Full proposals: August 15, 2008
NSF International Research and Education: Planning Visits and Workshops These awards can support the initial phases of developing and coordinating integrated research and education activities with foreign partners. Support is primarily for travel and subsistence expenses. Individual proposals can be submitted for planning visits to have detailed discussions with prospective foreign partners or joint workshops focused on a specific, well-defined area of research collaboration. Proposals for workshops due: May 20, 2008. Proposals for planning visit can be submitted at any time.
NSF Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) This program seeks to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all undergraduate students. The program supports efforts to create new learning materials and teaching strategies, develop faculty expertise, implement educational innovations, assess learning and evaluate innovations, and conduct research on STEM teaching and learning. The program supports three types of projects representing three different phases of development, ranging from small, exploratory investigations to large, comprehensive projects. Phase 1 projects typically will address one program component and involve a limited number of faculty members at one academic institution. They can have a budget up to $200K. May 21, 2008 for phase 1 proposals; January 10, 2009 for phase 2 and 3 proposals.
NSF Hydrologic Science 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 and chemicals over a wide range of scales, to geolimnology and to interfaces with the landscape, microbial communities, and coastal areas. Studies may also deal with processes in aqueous geochemistry and with the physical, chemical, and biological processes within water bodies. Study of these processes requires expertise from many basic sciences and mathematics, and proposals often require joint review with related programs. June 1, 2008
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Broad Agency Announcement for Conferences, Workshops, and/or Meetings Grants for the planning, arranging, administering and/or conducting of conferences, workshops, and/or meetings that focus on research to protect human health and safeguard the environment. Specifically, EPA is interested in supporting scientific and technical research conferences that address the following research program areas: (1) human health; (2) ecosystems; water and security; (3) economics and sustainability; (4) air and global climate change; and (5) technology. EPA will not consider applications for less than $15,000 or more than $75,000. June 5, 2008 and December 9, 2008
NASA ROSES Planetary Protection Research Planetary protection involves preventing biological contamination on both outbound and sample return missions to other planetary bodies. This program solicits research in the following areas: Characterizing the limits of life in laboratory simulations of planetary environments or in appropriate Earth analogs, and particularly studies of the potential and dynamics of organism survival and reproduction in conditions present on the surface or subsurface of Mars; Modelling of planetary environmental conditions and transport processes that could permit mobilization of spacecraft-associated contaminants to locations in which Earth organisms might thrive; The development or adaptation of modern molecular analytical methods to rapidly detect, classify, and/or enumerate the widest possible spectrum of Earth microbes carried by spacecraft; New or improved methods, technologies, and procedures for spacecraft sterilization, that are compatible with spacecraft materials and assemblies. Total annual program budget: ~ $300-500K, 2-4 new awards expected. Notice of intent due June 26, 2008; full proposals due September 5, 2008.
National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship (NSSEFF) Program see also DoD Press Release

NSSEFF ensures that DoD maintains an active, long-term, and aggressive basic research and engineering portfolio that attracts the foremost creative, innovative, and productive university faculty scientists, engineers and their students. Distinguished faculty, whose PhD was awarded within the past 25 years, and are employed by a U.S. accredited, degree-granting academic institution are invited to pursue relevant basic research ideas for the Department of Defense.  NSSEFF provides an opportunity for researchers to be exposed to extraordinary DoD challenges and to benefit from extensive, long-term financial support for their research. NSSEFF Fellowships are unclassified basic research science and engineering grants of up to $600K/year for up to five years. The Fellowships are open to all science and engineering disciplines.

Letters of intent to nominate due: June 25, 2008; nominee white papers due: July 11, 2008; full proposals (invited) due October 3, 2008
NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences - Research Coordination Networks in Biological Sciences (RCN) The goal of this program is to encourage and foster interactions among scientists to create new research directions or advance a field. Innovative ideas for implementing novel networking strategies are especially encouraged. Groups of investigators will be supported to communicate and coordinate their research, training and educational activities across disciplinary, organizational, institutional, and geographical boundaries. The proposed networking activities should have a theme as a focus of its collaboration. The focus could be on a broad research question, a specific group of organisms, or particular technologies or approaches. June 30, 2008
NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) Research Opportunities for Fundamental Space Biology Investigations in Microbial, Plant and Cell Biology This program solicits ground based research in the fundamental space biology areas of microbial, plant and cell biology. Fundamental space biology addresses basic questions of how life responds to gravity and space environments. The force of gravity plays a major role in shaping life into its myriad forms. Fundamental space biology uses the ground based space environment analogs supplemented with space based investigations to probe the fundamental nature of life in order to enhance our understanding of how life responds to physical phenomena and physical forces on Earth and serves as the basic biological foundation in support of exploration. The microbial and cell biology research emphases of the solicitation are the molecular and the morphological responses of microbes and animal cells (cell culture to small non-rodent animals) to altered and reduced gravity. The plant biology research emphases of this solicitation are plant graviperception and space environmental conditions responses. The NRA calls for ground based research that would eventually lead to experiments on flight platforms. It is anticipated that awards will average $250,000. Notices of intent due: July 7, 2008 (notices of intent are not required); Proposals due September 8, 2008
NSF Ecosystem Science The Ecosystem Science Cluster supports research that advances our understanding of: 1) material and energy transformations within and among ecosystems, 2) the composition and structure of ecological systems, 3) ecosystem dynamics and trajectories of ecosystem development through time, and 4) linkages among ecosystems at different spatial and temporal scales. The Ecosystem Studies Program supports investigations of whole-system ecological processes and relationships in ecosystems across a diversity of spatial and temporal (including paleo) scales.  Proposals may focus on areas such as: biogeochemistry; nutrient cycling; energy flow; primary productivity; stoichiometric relationships; climate-ecosystem feedbacks; radiatively active gas flux; element budgets on watershed, regional, continental, or global scales; relationships between diversity and ecosystem function; ecosystem services; and landscape dynamics.  July 9, 2008; January 9, 2009.
NSF Division of Earth Sciences - Geobiology and Low-Temperature Geochemistry Program This program encourages studies of 1) the interactions between biological and geological systems at all scales of space and time; 2) geomicrobiology and biomineralization processes; 3) the role of life in the evolution of the Earth’s system; 4) inorganic and organic geochemical processes occurring at or near the earth’s surface now and in the past, and at the broad spectrum of interfaces ranging in scale from planetary and regional to mineral-surface and supramolecular; 5) mineralogy and chemistry of soils and sediments; 6) surficial chemical and biogeochemical systems and cycles and their modification through natural and anthropogenic change; and 7) development of tools, methods, and models for low-temperature geochemistry and geobiological research. GG facilitates cross-disciplinary efforts to harness new bioanalytical tools – such as those emerging from molecular biology – in the study of the terrestrial environment. July 16, 2008
NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the NSF's most prestigious awards in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of integrated contributions to research and education. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from junior faculty members at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply. PECASE: Each year NSF selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious new CAREER awardees. July 22-24, 2008
Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) Proposals addressing the research areas of interest for the Air Force Research Laboratory will be considered, see AFOSR-BAA-2008-1. The Natural Materials and Systems program goals are to study, use, mimic, or alter how natural systems accomplish their taskings. Nature has used evolution to build materials and sensors that outperform current sensors (for example, a spider's haircells can detect air flow at low levels even in a noisy background). The research will encompass four general areas: sensory mimics, natural materials, natural/synthetic interfaces, and physical mechanisms of natural systems under environmental distress. Areas of interest include: the mechanisms for survival and protein stability in extremophilic archaea, fundamental studies of bacterial sporulation, and enzymatic engineering for faster catalysis in anti- material designs. AFOSR plans to make approximately 25 $100k/yr 3-yr awards for FY 2009. July 22, 2008
NASA ROSES Exobiology and Evolutionary Biology Program Research in this program is centered on the origin and early evolution of life, the potential of life to adapt to different environments, and the implications for life elsewhere. The areas of research emphasis in this solicitation are as follows: Planetary Conditions for Life, Prebiotic Evolution, Early Evolution of Life and the Biosphere, and Evolution of Advanced Life. Notice of intent due July 28, 2008; full proposals due September 19, 2008
EPA NCER Innovative and Integrative Approaches for Advancing Public Health Protection Through Water Infrastructure Sustainability This program is seeking applications to develop advanced concepts for linking public health protection with water infrastructure sustainability. Innovative and integrative approaches are sought for monitoring, modeling, operation, and management of drinking water distribution and storage systems and wastewater collection systems that can lead to improved water quality and reduced health risks. Potential funding per award of up to a $600,000 for 3 years. July 29, 2008
The United States - Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund This program supports mission-oriented cooperative agricultural research projects of mutual interest to the United States and Israel. Among the six priority research areas is Biotic Protection of Animal and Plant Crops; Water Quality and Quantity; Functional Genomics and Proteomics; and Engineering of Sensors, Robotics. The average BARD grant is $300,000 for a three- year award. September 8, 2008
NSF Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) - Environmental Engineering This cluster focuses on research on innovative biological, chemical, and physical processes used alone or as components of engineered systems to restore the usefulness of polluted land, water, and air resources. Major areas of interest and activity in the program include: developing innovative biological, chemical, and physical treatment processes to remove and degrade pollutants from water and air; measuring, modeling and predicting the movement and fate of pollutants in the environment; and developing and evaluating techniques to clean up polluted sites, such as landfills and contaminated aquifers, restore the quality of polluted water, air, and land resources and rehabilitate degraded ecosystems. September 15, 2008
NSF Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) - Environmental Sustainability This program supports engineering research that seeks to balance society’s need to provide ecological protection and maintain stable economic conditions. Research is encouraged to advance the next generation of water and wastewater treatment that will decrease material and energy use, consider new paradigms for delivery of services, and promote longer life for engineered systems. Other activities of interest include:
  • Advancing engineering methods to promote smart growth strategies,
  • Integrating economic development and protection of natural resources,
  • Regenerating ecological functions of degraded environments,
  • Understanding how large complex environmental systems behave, and
  • Developing effective principles for adaptive management of such systems.
September 15, 2008
Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) - Fluid Dynamics This program supports fundamental research and education on mechanisms and phenomena that govern fluid flow. Topics include: hydrodynamic stability; transitional flows and turbulence; Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluid mechanics; sediment transport, waves and coastal engineering; multi-scale, multi-phenomena models and computations; bio-fluid mechanics, micro and nanoscale flow phenomena, and microfluidics. Proposed research should contribute to the basic understanding of fluid dynamics, thus enabling the better design, predictability, efficiency and control of systems that involve fluids. Proposals addressing innovative uses of fluids in materials development, manufacturing, biotechnology, nanotechnology, clinical diagnostics and drug delivery, sensors development and integration, energy and the environment, are encouraged. September 15, 2008
NSF Undergraduate Research and Mentoring in the Biological Sciences (URM) The goal of this program is to increase the number and diversity of individuals pursuing graduate studies in all areas of biological research supported by the NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences. Support will be provided to academic institutions to establish innovative programs to engage undergraduates in a year-round research and mentoring activity. Particular emphasis will be placed on broadening participation of members of groups historically underrepresented in science and engineering: African Americans, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, Native Pacific Islanders, and persons with disabilities. preliminary proposals: September 16, 2008
NSF Undergraduate Research and Mentoring in the Biological Sciences (URM) The goal of this program is to increase the number and diversity of individuals pursuing graduate studies in all areas of biological research supported by the NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences. Support will be provided to academic institutions to establish innovative programs to engage undergraduates in a year-round research and mentoring activity. Particular emphasis will be placed on broadening participation of members of groups historically underrepresented in science and engineering: African Americans, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, Native Pacific Islanders, and persons with disabilities. preliminary proposals: September 16, 2008
NSF International Research and Education: Planning Visits and Workshops These awards can support the initial phases of developing and coordinating integrated research and education activities with foreign partners. Support is primarily for travel and subsistence expenses. Individual proposals can be submitted for planning visits to have detailed discussions with prospective foreign partners or joint workshops focused on a specific, well-defined area of research collaboration. Proposals for workshops due: September 20, 2008. Proposals for planning visit can be submitted at any time.
DOE Science Financial Assistance Program, Biological and Environmental Research Program

The BER program supports projects that will help it to:

  • Life Sciences: Provide the fundamental scientific understanding of plants and microbes necessary to develop new robust and transformational basic research strategies for producing biofuels, cleaning up waste, and sequestering carbon.
  • Environmental Remediation: Provide sufficient scientific understanding such that DOE sites would be able to incorporate coupled physical, chemical and biological processes into decision making for environmental remediation and long-term stewardship.
  • Climate Change Research: Deliver improved scientific data and models about the potential response of the Earth's climate and terrestrial biosphere to increased greenhouse gas levels for policy makers to determine safe levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
September 30, 2008
NOAA Climate Program Office's Global Carbon Cycle The goal of the Climate Program Office's Global Carbon Cycle (GCC) program is to improve our ability to predict the fate of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) and future atmospheric CO2 concentrations using a combination of atmospheric and oceanic global observations, process-oriented field studies, and modeling. GCC seeks to fund scientifically important research projects that could lead to improved support of the NOAA missions, products and services that relate to the global carbon cycle. Focus areas for 2008: Optimal Carbon Observing Networks, Causes of Variability in Sources and Sinks, Future Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Concentrations. It is anticipated that awards will be up to three years in length and cost between $50,000 and $200,000 per year. letters of intent (not required) due: August 11, 2008; full proposals due October 9, 2008.
NSF Hydrologic Science 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 and chemicals over a wide range of scales, to geolimnology and to interfaces with the landscape, microbial communities, and coastal areas. Studies may also deal with processes in aqueous geochemistry and with the physical, chemical, and biological processes within water bodies. Study of these processes requires expertise from many basic sciences and mathematics, and proposals often require joint review with related programs. December 1, 2008
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Broad Agency Announcement for Conferences, Workshops, and/or Meetings Grants for the planning, arranging, administering and/or conducting of conferences, workshops, and/or meetings that focus on research to protect human health and safeguard the environment. Specifically, EPA is interested in supporting scientific and technical research conferences that address the following research program areas: (1) human health; (2) ecosystems; water and security; (3) economics and sustainability; (4) air and global climate change; and (5) technology. This BAA is open from December 10, 2007 through December 9, 2008. EPA will not consider applications for less than $15,000 or more than $75,000. December 9, 2008
NSF Division of Earth Sciences, Instrumentation and Facilities Program EAR/IF will consider proposals for: acquisition or upgrade of research equipment, development of new instrumentation, support of national or regional multi-user facilities, and support of research technicians. February 11, 2009
NSF International Research and Education: Planning Visits and Workshops These awards can support the initial phases of developing and coordinating integrated research and education activities with foreign partners. Support is primarily for travel and subsistence expenses. Individual proposals can be submitted for planning visits to have detailed discussions with prospective foreign partners or joint workshops focused on a specific, well-defined area of research collaboration. Proposals for workshops due: February 20, 2009. Proposals for planning visit can be submitted at any time.
     
Past Opportunities (some may reoccur)  
NSF Directorate for Geosciences - Carbon and Water in the Earth System This solicitation is aimed at advancing our understanding of interdisciplinary aspects of either the carbon or the water cycles as they pertain to life, the global environment, and climate change. Specifically, proposals should address interdisciplinary gaps in our understanding of these cycles across the interfaces of atmosphere, land, and oceans and which could not be addressed by current core disciplinary programs within NSF. In particular, we are requesting proposals for multidisciplinary studies that cross traditional NSF disciplinary boundaries and those that cannot be supported by core programs because of their scope and cost. Proposals may address processes at a variety of spatial and temporal scales, however proposals that address processes at small spatial scales and short temporal scales must discuss how results can be scaled up for relevance to regional or global scales. Proposals addressing critical feedbacks, couplings, and interactions of the carbon and water cycles are particularly encouraged. Likewise, proposals to study processes in poorly understood yet globally important and challenging environmental systems, such as the oceanic mesopelagic layer, continental margins, and wetlands are also encouraged, as are those addressing poorly understood interactions. Proposals may involve observational, experimental, and/or theoretical studies. March 15, 2006
WateReuse Foundation Unsolicited Research Program The WateReuse Foundation is seeking preproposals for funding consideration under its 2006 Unsolicited Research Program. The Foundation anticipates funding between three and six projects with a maximum funding level for any single project of $175,000; a 25% match is required. The program mission is to promote applied research through projects proposed by researchers. Projects typically address emerging issues and involve original concepts, novel techniques, and other scientific research needs. March 17, 2006
DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research of the Office of Science - Environmental Remediation Sciences Program (ERSP) The goal of the ERSP is to support innovative, fundamental research investigating coupled chemical, biological and physical processes affecting the transport of DOE-relevant contaminants within the subsurface at DOE sites leading to new or improved subsurface remediation techniques and a sound foundation for remedial action decisions important to long-term site stewardship. This solicitation addresses several science elements previously addressed under the Natural and Accelerated Bioremediation Research (NABIR) program and the Environmental Management Science Program (EMSP) and reflects the merger of these two programs into the ERSP. Proposals should address hypothesis-driven research to define biologically-mediated and/or hydrogeochemical processes influencing the form and mobility of DOE contaminants and provide the basis for development of new remediation concepts or strategies for long term stewardship. Specific Science Elements of interest to this solicitation include: 1) Subsurface Biogeochemistry; 2) Subsurface Microbial Ecology and Community Dynamics; 3) Innovative Field-scale Remediation and Long-Term Stewardship Research; 4) Novel Measurement and Monitoring Concepts, and; 5) Exploratory Research. Preproposals - April 14, 2006; Full proposals - June 15, 2006.
OSU Marine and Freshwater Biomedical Sciences Center Pilot Projects The has funds available for 2006 pilot projects. The Center is seeking innovative basic research proposals using aquatic models to investigate problems in environmental sciences related to human health. The aim of the projects is to provide funding for proof-of-concept studies that will potentially lead to successful research grant applications. One-year awards are given in amounts of up to $20,000. Collaborative research projects involving two or more principal investigators may be considered for funding of up to $40,000. Info: David.Williams@oregonstate.edu or 737-3277. April 21, 2006
DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) within the Office of Science (SC) - Integrated Field-Scale Subsurface Research Challenge This program is interested in receiving proposals for the establishment of integrated subsurface research teams under the auspices of the Environmental Remediation Sciences Division (ERSD). The goal is to establish field research site(s) where integrated science teams manage and conduct field-site research over a five year period. These multidisciplinary science teams will be expected to undertake hypothesis-based field research on key processes influencing the subsurface transport, immobilization or remobilization of metal and radionuclide contaminants at DOE sites and to manage the field site(s). The Integrated Field-Scale Subsurface Research Challenge is intended to provide the necessary funding to enable large teams of interdisciplinary scientists to make significant advances in the understanding and simulation of subsurface processes affecting contaminant transport at the field scale as well as to provide short-term access and samples to other ERSD investigators interested in taking advantage of the site. Preproposals - May 11, 2006; Full proposals - July 27, 2006.
NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) This program seeks to catalyze a cultural change in U.S. institutions by establishing innovative models for international collaborative research and education. The program will enable U.S. institutions to establish collaborative relationships with international groups or institutions in order to engender new knowledge and discoveries at the frontier and to promote the development of a globally-engaged, U.S. scientific and engineering workforce. Preprosals due: October 30, 2006; Full proposals due: February 28, 2007
USDA, Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service (CSREES), National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Pgm (NRICGP), Soil Processes FY2007 Priorities for Research:
1) Interdisciplinary studies of the interrelationships among soil physical, chemical, and biological characteristics and processes related to soil quality and sustainability, especially regarding water and nutrients in relation to agricultural quality and productivity and environmental health. Multi-scale research that can help bridge the gap between molecular and mechanistic process studies and field-landscape- and/or watershed-scale studies is encouraged; and 2) Development and or application of new or improved technologies, methodologies, tools or strategies to enhance our understanding of biological, biogeochemical and physical processes. In addition, these methods or tools should be used to enhance our understanding of dynamic properties in soils related to agricultural production as well as soil and environmental health, focusing specifically on water, carbon, and nutrient cycles at multiple scales where appropriate.
Letter of intent due December 6, 2006; Full proposals due: February 14, 2007
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
(NIEHS) Superfund Basic Research and Training Program (SBRP), Innovative Approaches to Remediation of Recalcitrant Hazardous Substances in Sediments
The objective of this program is to encourage research to develop innovative approaches to address the remediation of contaminated sediments, with particular emphasis on in situ remedies. Suggested research approaches appropriate for this initiative include but are not limited to the following:
  • Conducting basic mechanistic research to elucidate the underlying principles of a novel in situ technology,
  • Developing novel agents that can be used to overcome biological, chemical or physical limitations in the treatment of contaminated sediments,
  • Applying knowledge gained from fate and transport models to control movement of sediments during application of a remedy,
  • Engineering effective delivery devices for in situ treatment technologies,
  • Coupling novel remediation approaches to maximize in situ treatment of contaminants
  • Developing control measures to minimize negative side-effects (e.g. re-suspension) encountered when using in situ technologies in the field.
Letters of intent due: December 11, 2006; Full applications due: January 11th, 2007.
USDA, Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service (CSREES), National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Pgm (NRICGP), 51.8 Microbial Biology (B): Biology of Plant-Microbe Associations FY 2007 Priorities for Research:
1) Elucidation of molecular mechanisms of disease and resistance interactions between microbial plant pathogens and their host plants. This priority area will include research applications that focus only on the microorganism and research applications that focus on the association between the microorganism and the plant.
2) Molecular mechanisms of communication among plant-associated microorganisms (e.g. plant pathogens, microbial biological control agents, nitrogen-fixing bacterial endosymbionts) and their plant hosts. This includes microbe-microbe communication and microbe-plant communication; and
3) Mechanisms by which plant pathogens spread over short distances (within a plant host or between neighboring plants).
December 14, 2007
OSU General Research Fund (GRF) The intent of the GRF is to enable OSU faculty to carry out scholarly, creative work that should lead to the pursuit of other funding sources, or promote the development of scholarly activities. Projects funded through the GRF could include: pilot research, emergency funding, emerging research opportunities, new research field or new research field for investigator, developing research laboratories, or centrally-shared research resources. Maximum award is $10,000. February 5, 2007
NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences - Frontiers in Integrative Biological Research (FIBR) The Frontiers in Integrative Biological Research (FIBR) Program supports integrative research that addresses major questions in the biological sciences. FIBR encourages investigators to identify major under-studied or unanswered questions in biology and to use innovative approaches to address them by integrating the scientific concepts and research tools from across disciplines including biology, math and the physical sciences, engineering, social sciences and the information sciences. Proposers are encouraged to focus on the biological significance of the question, to describe the integrative approaches, and to develop a research plan that is not limited by conceptual, disciplinary, or organizational boundaries. Particularly encouraged are the inclusion of young scientists trained in an interdisciplinary environment or in non-biological disciplines, and partnerships with underrepresented minority serving and primarily undergraduate institutions and community colleges. February 16, 2007
2007 Science Theme Call, Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Proposals are for use of EMSL facilities for projects in four environmental molecular science themes: Biological Interactions and Dynamics; Geochemistry/Biogeochemistry and Subsurface Science; Atmospheric Aerosol Chemistry; Science of Interfacial Phenomena. Science Theme proposals are valid for 1 year and can be extended twice for a total period of 3 years.

March 15, 2007
Department of Energy, Environmental Remediation Science Program The goal of the ERSP is to support innovative, fundamental research investigating the coupled physical, chemical, and biological processes affecting the transport of subsurface contaminants at DOE sites. Applications should address the applicability of the proposed research to DOE relevant contaminant transport processes occurring in the field. Specific Science Elements of interest to this Notice include: 1) Subsurface Physical, Chemical and Biological Processes; 2) Subsurface Microbial Ecology and Community Dynamics; 3) Novel Measurement and Monitoring Concepts, and; 4) Exploratory Research. Funds of up to $450,000/year total costs are available. Preproposals due: February 20, 2007; Full proposals due May 3, 2007.
NASA Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) - 2007 Carbon Cycle Science In this solicitation, NASA requests proposals to use satellite observations effectively in studies to address 1) How large and variable are the dynamic reservoirs and fluxes of carbon within the Earth system and how might carbon cycling change and be managed in future years, decades, and centuries? 2) What are our options for managing carbon sources and sinks to achieve an appropriate balance of risk, cost, and benefit to society?. Proposals within four research themes are of interest to NASA: 1. Global carbon cycle modeling and analysis; 2. Regional studies that provide critical understanding of and offer to reduce major
uncertainties about the global carbon cycle; 3. Studies of the carbon cycle implications of ocean acidification; and 4. Decision-support systems for carbon management. The USDA-CSREES requests proposals to conduct regional carbon studies in North America under research themes two and four.
Notice of Intent due April 6, 2007; Full proposal due June 6, 2007
NSF Graduate Research Supplements (GRS) to Current Engineering Awards GRS provides funding to support a Ph.D. student to work on a funded NSF engineering project. The application is made by the Principal Investigator of an existing ENG award.  GRS candidates must be United States citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States. The graduate students must be newly enrolled for the Ph.D. degree in engineering disciplines. Renewal for a second or third year supplement requires a report on the progress of the student toward the Ph.D. degree. The long-term goal of GRS is to increase the number of persons from underrepresented groups in advanced academic and professional careers.  May 15, 2007
NSF International Research and Education in Engineering (IREE) This program was initiated by NSF in 2006 to enable early-career researchers - defined as students, post-docs, and assistant & associate professors - to travel to foreign institutions to engage in collaborative research for periods of 3-6 months. All proposals must be submitted as supplement requests to current awards in the Directorate for Engineering at NSF. Faculty advisors, irrespective of rank, are eligible for short visits for program coordination and supervision. Current awardees with expiration dates falling before October 31, 2008 must contact the cognizant program officers at NSF to request a no-cost extension, before submitting the proposals. May 29, 2007
USDA, Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service (CSREES), National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Pgm (NRICGP), 51.0 Microbial Genomics (B): Functional Genomics of Microorganisms The Functional Genomics program element of the Microbial Genomics Program increases the understanding of the biological role of gene sequences in agriculturally important microorganisms and links these sequences to physiological functions or agricultural and food processes involving microbes. Research activities should characterize, on a large scale, the function of genes or networks of genes in microbe(s) having a completely, or almost completely, sequenced genome. June 5, 2007
NSF Engineering Virtual Organization Grants
The primary purpose of this solicitation is to promote the development of Virtual Organizations (VO's) for the engineering community (EVOs).  A VO is created by a group of individuals whose members and resources may be dispersed globally, yet who function as a coherent unit through the use of cyberinfrastructure (CI). This program solicitation requests proposals for two-year seed awards to establish EVOs.  Proposals must address the EVO organizing principle, structure, shared community resources, and research and learning goals; a vision for organizing the community, including international partners; a vision for preparing the CI components needed to enable those goals; a plan to obtain and document user requirements formally; and a project management plan for developing both a prototype implementation and a conceptual design of a full implementation. Letter of Intent: May 31, 2007; Full Proposals: July 3, 2007
OSU General Research Fund (GRF) The intent of the GRF is to enable OSU faculty to carry out scholarly, creative work that should lead to the pursuit of other funding sources, or promote the development of scholarly activities. Projects funded through the GRF could include: pilot research, emergency funding, emerging research opportunities, new research field or new research field for investigator, developing research laboratories, or centrally-shared research resources. Maximum award is $10,000. October 8, 2007
NSF Microbial Observatories (MO) and Microbial Interactions and Processes (MIP)

The Microbial Observatories activity is a continuation of MO competitions held since 1999 (for a list of prior awards, see http://www.nsf.gov/bio/pubs/awards/mo.htm). The long-term goal of this activity is to develop a network of sites or "microbial observatories" in different habitats to study and understand microbial diversity over time and across environmental gradients. Projects supported are expected to establish or participate in an established, Internet-accessible knowledge network to disseminate information resulting from these activities. In addition, educational and outreach activities such as formal or informal training in microbial biology, and activities that will broaden the participation of underrepresented groups in microbial research and education are expected. Beginning with the October 2005 target date, the USDA/CSREES will partner with NSF to support MO projects relevant to agroecosystems.

Microbial Interactions and Processes (MIP) expands the range of the MO competition to support microbial diversity research projects that need not be site-based, and that are smaller and/or shorter in duration than MO projects. This expanded activity will fund integrative studies that explore novel microorganisms, their interactions in consortia and communities, and aspects of their physiology, biochemistry and genomics in relationship to the processes that they carry out in the environment.

October 8, 2007
FY 2008 Defense Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR) Through this DEPSCoR competition, the DoD intends to award approximately $5.9 million for FY 2008. These funds will be awarded via grants made by the ARO, ONR, and AFOSR. Awards are generally for a period not to exceed three years. Proposals must request a minimum of $250,000 and may not exceed $2 million. All DEPSCoR awards require a minimum, non-federal cost sharing or matching of one-to-two. The Army, Navy, and Air Force publish their specific research areas of interest in
separate Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs). DEPSCoR research projects may
address any of the technical areas listed in the respective BAAs: Army (http://www.aro.army.mil - select “For The Researcher” followed by “Funding Opportunities,” see BAA W911NF-07-R-0003), Navy (http://www.onr.navy.mil - select "ONR Science and Technology Departments"), and Air Force (http://www.afosr.af.mil - select " Broad Agency Announcement BAA 2007-1" on Homepage). ONR's Life Sciences Research Division areas of interest include marine life sciences, biosensors, biomaterials, bioprocesses, environmental and biological effects of directed energy among other areas. ARO's life sciences research areas include -- Microbiology and Biodegradation - biochemical and physiological mechanisms, underlying the biodegradative processes in normal, extreme, and engineered environments and fundamental studies on organisms in these environments.
October 26, 2007
NSF, NIH, USDA, DOE, International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups "International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups" seek to address the interdependence of biodiversity exploration for potential applications in health, agriculture and energy, with investments in research capacity that support sustainable use of these resources, the knowledge to conserve them and equitable partnership frameworks among research and development organizations in the U.S. and low and middle income countries. This competition of the International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups program includes several changes from the previous RFAs, including an increased emphasis on microbial and marine organisms, some changes in target health areas, greater involvement of funded consortia with government contract resources, greater use of molecular and genomic tools, new data dissemination resources, and opportunity to integrate energy- or agriculture-related discovery research into projects. Information on the history of the ICBG program and previous competitions may be found at the following URL: http://www.fic.nih.gov/programs/research_grants/icbg/index.htm. The participating agencies intend to commit approximately $3-4 million dollars in FY 08 to fund four to five new and/or competing continuation grants in response to this RFA. An applicant may request a project period of up to five years and a budget for direct costs up to $600,000 per year.

Letters of Intent Receipt Date: November 6, 2007
Application Receipt Date: December 4, 2007

     

 

Links to Comprehensive Funding Lists and Search Tools

OSU Research Office, Directory of Funding Opportunities - This list includes links to seach tools such as Illinois Researcher Information Service (IRIS) and Community of Science.  
Annotated Directory of NSF Programs Relevant to Microbial Sciences - Includes links to NSF programs in Biology, Engineering, Earth Sciences, and Cross-cutting programs. Very helpful.  
Grants.gov - Search for Federal government-wide grant opportunities and register to receive automatic email notifications of new grant opportunities as they are posted to the site.