ICS@PSU: Institute for CyberScience

External Funding Opportunities

 NIH Early Independence Awards (for departments looking to make new hires)

NIH Early Independence Awards are intended to support junior scientists who wish to perform independent research, bypassing the traditional post-doctoral training period. Departments may submit applications on behalf of planned faculty hires before the individual is in residence. This year’s program is not yet active but will likely be opened in March. Awards will be for up to $250,000 in direct costs per year for up to five years, plus applicable Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs. More details can be found here: https://commonfund.nih.gov/earlyindependence/index

Human Health and the Environment Seed Grant 2017

Seed grants are available to Penn State faculty and researchers for projects about human health and the environment. Proposals should focus on building collaborations involving new interdisciplinary research teams. Proposals may range in topics such as environmental impacts on human health, cancer linkages, and human behavior. Average awards range from $25,000 to $50,000. Pre-proposals are due March 1. Read more about this opportunity here:http://www.iee.psu.edu/health-environment-seed-grant-2017

Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering

The Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering program invests in future leaders who have the freedom to take risks, explore new frontiers in their fields of study, and follow uncharted paths that may lead to groundbreaking discoveries. Disciplines that will be considered include physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering. Eighteen recipients will receive individual grants of $875,000 distributed over five years. Internal submission deadline is March 1. Read more here: https://psu.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1758172

2017-2018 BDSS-IGERT Traineeship

BDSS-IGERT is an interdisciplinary research and training program for Penn State PhD students interested in data-intensive and computation-intensive research based on large or complex datasets arising from human interaction. BDSS-IGERT trainees receive a $30000 annual stipend and additional resources in order to complete this one-year training program involving the graduate curriculum in Social Data Analytics (SoDA), interdisciplinary research rotations, and externships. Deadline is March 2. Read more here: http://bdss.psu.edu/apply


NSF is accepting applications for its Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS) program. The solicitation has a strong focus on computational modeling and cyber-enabled interfaces for understanding the food-energy-water system. Awards of up to $2.5 million are available. The full proposal is due March 6. Read the full solicitation here: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17530/nsf17530.htm

NSF Cyber-Physical Systems

The NSF Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) program supports research on the integration of computational algorithms and physical components. The program aims to develop the core system science needed to engineer cyber-physical devices. Awards will be made at various scales, with up to $7 million available at the largest scales. Full proposals are due March 6. Read the full solicitation here: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17529/nsf17529.htm


NSF is accepting applications for the Energy-Efficient Computing: from Devices to Architectures (E2CDA) program. The program supports interdisciplinary and collaborative proposals for research in devices, circuit microarchitectures, and system architectures. Awards of up to $1.6 million are available. Applications are due March 7. Read the full solicitation here: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17531/nsf17531.htm

Heinz Endowments: Human Health-Environment Call for Concepts

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations is seeking project concepts at the intersection of Human Health and the Environment in order to better engage program staff at the Heinz Endowments in the work of our faculty. Ideas that reflect Heinz’s stated philanthropic priorities are welcomed. $400,000 is available. Internal submissions are due March 13. Read more about his opportunity here: https://psu.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1757968

NIH CTSA Program Data to Health Coordinating Center

NIH is soliciting applications for a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program Data to Health Coordination Center (CD2H-CC). The CTSA Program supports high quality translational and clinical research locally, regionally, and nationally, and fosters excellence and innovation in research methods, informatics, training, and career development. Applications are limited to $3.5 million per year for a maximum of 5 years. A letter of intent is due March 14; full applications are due April 14. Read more here: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-TR-17-006.html

NIH Cancer Immunologic Data Commons

The National Institutes of Health invite applications to establish a Cancer Immunologic Data Commons (CIDC) to provide bioinformatics support as part of a network for correlative studies in clinical trials involving cancer immunotherapy. $650,000 for up to 5 years is available. A letter of intent is due February 17; full applications are due March 17. Read the full solicitation here: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-17-006.html


NSF’s Critical Techniques, Technologies and Methodologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering (BIGDATA) program is accepting applications. The solicitation supports both the development of fundamentals theories and techniques for big data problems and the application of new big data techniques to specific domains. Up to $500,000 per year for up to 4 years is available. Read more about this opportunity here: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17534/nsf17534.htm

NASA Early Career Faculty

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Early Career Faculty (ECF) awards support assistant professors engaged in space technology research. Proposals should plan to pursue innovative research in the topic areas specifically enumerated in the solicitation. NASA plans to make approximately 6-8 awards; typical awards are $200,000 per year for three years. Notices of Intent are strongly encouraged by March 3, 2017. Proposals are due March 31. Read more here: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=291731

DMCC for the Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Collaborative Research Centers

NIH invites applications for the Data Management and Coordinating Center (DMCC), which supports the Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Collaborative Research Centers (CRC). The DMCC will support the CRCs through data mining, sharing, and analysis across the CRCs, as well as coordinating activities across the CRCs. Up to $750,000 per year for up to 5 years may be requested. Letters of intent are due April 2; full applications are due May 2. Read more here:https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-NS-17-022.html

Early Phase Clinical Trials in Imaging and Image-Guided Interventions

The National Institutes of Health has put out a funding opportunity to support clinical trials conducting preliminary evaluation of the safety and efficacy of imaging agents, as well as an assessment of imaging systems, image processing, image-guided planning and/or execution therapy, contrast kinetic modeling, 3-D reconstruction and other quantitative tools. This opportunity will provide investigators with support for pilot (Phase I and II) cancer imaging clinical trials, including patient monitoring and laboratory studies. Closing date for applications is Feb. 14, 2020. Read more here: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=291811

ORAU-Directed Research and Development (ODRD) Program

Proposal Deadline: March 27, 2017

In March 2016 Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) announced a pilot program for collaborative research projects between ORAU scientists and researchers at ORAU Member universities. The 2017 competition for collaborative awards of up to $75,000 to be shared between the university and ORAU researchers is now open. We anticipate and expect that these seed funds will position the collaborative teams to be more competitive for new, external funding opportunities. We are pleased to announce the topic categories and method to apply. Deadline for proposals is March 27, 2017 and potential university partners are encouraged to submit concepts for discussion with ORAU partners as soon as possible.

The ORAU-Directed Research and Development (ODRD) program is now accepting University concept submissions. Universities may now initiate discussion on a potential ODRD idea through the UPO Value Through Partnerships SharePoint https://upo.orau.org/Partners/default.aspx new “ODRD Ideas” submission button.

Designed to facilitate collaboration between ORAU Programs and University Partners, ODRD competitively funds select innovative research-based approaches/ solutions that fall within the intersection of core capabilities of ORAU and our member universities research interests. Proposed ideas may include any of the following ORAU Core capabilities:

* Radiation detection/survey applications/modeling

* Radiochemistry/mercury analyses

* Health physics/radiation dosimetry

* Beryllium Lymphocyte proliferation tests/worker health

* Data analytics/GPS applications

* Epidemiology/exposure risk assessments

* Safety culture/health communication

* Atmospheric science/CO2 measurements

* Nanotechnology Related to Emergency Response

* Emergency management/community resilience

* Radiation emergency medical response/Cytogenetic biodosimetry techniques

* Assessment and evaluation studies/educational technology

* Energy/small modular reactors

Concept submissions should be very brief and should not include any proprietary or business sensitive information. After the concept is reviewed and a partnership project is deemed viable, non-disclosure agreements will be signed to allow detailed discussion either at the university campus or at ORAU.

Access to the UPO Value Through Partnerships site requires an agreement through the access permission process and a signed MOU. If your school needs access to the site, please let us know. Please remember that information contained in this site is available for ORAU Members only and may not be shared with non-member entities.

For additional information regarding the ODRD Program please see the ORAU Webpage http://www.orau.org/university-partnerships/members-only/default.aspx or contact Jen Garman, jennifer.garman@orau.org or Cathy Fore, cathy.fore@orau.org. For additional information or assistance with SharePoint access, please contact universitypartnerships@orau.org.

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February 2017

  • Feb 10, 201711:00 am - 5:00 pm

    XSEDE HPC Workshop: Big Data

    ICS will be hosting a free XSEDE workshop on Big Data (Hado…

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  • Feb 3, 201712:15 pm - 1:30 pm

    Big Data Social Science Speaker Series: Jay Yonamine (Google)

    “Data Science in Industry” Jay Yonamine is Head …

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  • Feb 3, 2017 - Feb 5, 20173:15 pm - 4:15 pm

    Geospatial Data Science Workshop 2017

    GDS 2017 is an opportunity to learn the skills needed to pro…

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  • Feb 10, 20173:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    “Getting to Know the Institute for CyberScience and Exploring Hurricanes through Computers”: Coffee Hour with Jenni Evans

    Join Jenni Evans, Professor of Meteorology and Director of I…

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  • Feb 3, 2017 - Feb 4, 20179:15 am - 12:00 pm

    City, Energy, Information Symposium and Workshop

    The “City, Energy, Information” symposium will provide n…

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  • Feb 3, 20173:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    “SKOPE: A CyberGIS Approach for Understanding Past Environments,” Geography Coffee Hour with Jonathan Rush

    Jonathan Rush will introduce a cyberGIS-enabled project to b…

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  • Feb 22, 20171:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    ACI User Social: Anne McKenna, “Data: Risks, Responsibilities, and Rights”

    Have you ever considered the legal implications of your rese…

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