Funding Opportunities 25 January 2016

TO:                  Faculty and Staff

FROM:            The Research Office and the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs

SUBJECT:      Funding Opportunities 25 January 2016

All applications developed in response to a funding announcement are to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs (OSRP) for university approval before being released to the external agency. For more information or to inform us of your intent to submit, please contact our office directly at sdudley@uncfsu.edu.

Dr. Daryush Ila, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Tech Transfer Officer & RSO dila@uncfsu.edu x 2417
Dr. Leslie Evelyn, Director of Sponsored Research and  Programs, aevelyn@uncfsu.edu x 1644
Shenetta Dudley, Pre-Award Administrator sdudley@uncfsu.edu x1570
Carolyn Harris, Post Award Administrator charri35@uncfsu.edu x 2612
Dwane Hodges, Budget Officer dhodges1@uncfsu.edu x 1645
Carla Raineri Padilla, Compliance & Export Control Officer, cpadilla@uncfsu.edu x 1569

Secondary Education, 2-Year Postsecondary Education and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Grant Program
USDA-NIFA-SAECP-005616

Synopsis:

The Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants (SPECA) program seeks to: (a) promote and strengthen secondary education and two-year postsecondary education in agriscience and agribusiness in order to help ensure the existence in the United States of a qualified workforce to serve the food and agricultural sciences system; and (b) promote complementary and synergistic linkages among secondary, two-year postsecondary, and higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences in order to advance excellence in education and encourage more young Americans to pursue and complete a baccalaureate or higher degree in the food and agricultural sciences.

Eligible Institutions: U.S. Colleges and Universities
Closing Date:              19 April 2016
Program Funding:       $858,500
Award Ceiling:           none listed
Award Floor:              none listed
Instrument Type:         Grant
Cost Sharing/Matching:  YES

Link to the Solicitation:
http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/secondary-education-two-year-postsecondary-education-and-agriculture-k-12
Agency: National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure
NSF 16-533

Synopsis:

Advancements in data-driven scientific research depend on trustworthy and reliable cyberinfrastructure. Researchers rely on a variety of networked technologies and software tools to achieve their scientific goals. These may include local or remote instruments, wireless sensors, software programs, operating systems, database servers, high-performance computing, large-scale storage, and other critical infrastructure connected by high-speed networking. This complex, distributed, interconnected global cyberinfrastructure ecosystem presents unique cybersecurity challenges. NSF-funded scientific instruments, sensors and equipment are specialized, highly-visible assets that present attractive targets for both unintentional errors and malicious activity; untrustworthy software or a loss of integrity of the data collected by a scientific instrument may mean corrupt, skewed or incomplete results. Furthermore, often data-driven research, e.g., in the medical field or in the social sciences, requires access to private information, and exposure of such data may cause financial, reputational and/or other damage. Therefore, an increasing area of focus for NSF is the development and deployment of hardware and software technologies and techniques to protect research cyberinfrastructure across every stage of the scientific workflow.

Eligible Institutions: Unrestricted
Closing Date:              19 April 2016
Program Funding:       $7,000,000
Award Ceiling:            $1,000,000
Award Floor:               $500,000
Instrument Type:          Grant
Cost Sharing/Matching:  No

Link to the Solicitation:
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16533/nsf16533.htm
Agency: National Science Foundation

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation
NSF 16-532

Synopsis:

The goal of the SI2 program is to create a software ecosystem that includes all levels of the software stack and scales from individual or small groups of software innovators to large hubs of software excellence. The program addresses all aspects of cyberinfrastructure, from embedded sensor systems and instruments, to desktops and high-end data and computing systems, to major instruments and facilities. Thus, SI2 will continue to nurture the interdisciplinary processes required to support the entire software lifecycle, and will successfully integrate software development and support with innovation and research. Furthermore, it will result in the development of sustainable software communities that transcend scientific and geographical boundaries. SI2envisions vibrant partnerships among academia, government laboratories and industry, including international entities, for the development and stewardship of a sustainable software infrastructure that can enhance productivity and accelerate innovation in science and engineering. Furthermore, SI2 recognizes that integrated education activities will play a key role in sustaining the cyberinfrastructure over time and in developing a workforce capable of fully realizing its potential to transform science and engineering.

The SI2 program includes three classes of awards:

  1. Scientific Software Elements (SSE): SSE awards target small groups that will create and deploy robust software elements for which there is a demonstrated; these software elements will in turn advance one or more significant areas of science and engineering.
  2. Scientific Software Integration (SSI): SSI awards target larger, interdisciplinary teams organized around the development and application of common software infrastructure aimed at solving common research problems faced by NSF researchers in one or more areas of science and engineering. SSI awards will result in a sustainable community software framework serving a diverse community or communities.
  3. Scientific Software Innovation Institutes (S2I2): S2I2 awards will focus on the establishment of long-term hubs of excellence in software infrastructure and technologies, which will serve a research community of substantial size and disciplinary breadth.

Eligible Institutions:  U.S. Colleges and Universities
Closing Date:              19 April 2016
Program Funding:       $17,500,000
Award Ceiling:           none listed
Award Floor:              none listed
Instrument Type:         Grant
Cost Sharing/Matching:  No

Link to the Solicitation:
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16532/nsf16532.htm
Agency: National Science Foundation