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DOD Center of Excellence: Efficient and Robust Machine Learning (ERML)

The DOD and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) seek proposals for basic and applied machine learning (ML) research. Desirable proposals will seek to develop novel ML techniques that support software/hardware implementation, as well as theoretic contributions that support these techniques.The proposal should move beyond simple learning to examine the theory, dynamics, and mechanisms that make ML techniques efficient in practical learning settings. Three grants will be awarded and funded at $1 million per year. White Papers are due October 30. Read more here: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=297697

NIH BRAIN Initiative: Theories, Models and Methods for Analysis of Complex Data from the Brain

The broad goal of The BRAIN Initiative is to understand the circuits and patterns of neural activity that give rise to mental experience and behavior. The basis of proposals should be rooted soliciting new theories, ideas, and conceptual frameworks; computational models; and mathematical and statistical methods for driving experimental data collection and analyzing complex data from the nervous system. Applications must focus on tool building and dissemination in the domain of theories about neural circuit mechanisms, models of circuit structure and function, and/or computational methods of analysis spanning the scale of neurons and firing rates. Awards range between $150,000 to $250,000 per year. Due December 15. Read more here: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-EB-17-005.html

CDC Secure Data Sharing Tool to Support De-duplication of Cases in the National HIV Surveillance System (NHSS)

The CDC seeks proposals to support an efficient method to de-duplicate cases reported to the National HIV Surveillance System. Proposed tools should allow for secure, encrypted submission and matching of person-level HIV surveillance data; ensure data security, confidentiality, and privacy. Short term outcomes of this grant include: enhanced HIV case information sharing among participants, improved security of data sharing between HIV surveillance jurisdictions, improved resolution of duplicate reports, increased knowledge of the duplicate review process, and improved efficiency of matching process. Awards may be granted for $400,000 per year for five years. LOI due October 30. Read more here: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=29286

NSF Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience

Through the CRCNS program, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the French National Research Agency (ANR), the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF), and Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) support collaborative activities that will advance the understanding of nervous system structure and function, mechanisms underlying nervous system disorders, and computational strategies used by the nervous system. Two classes of proposals will be considered: Research Proposals describing collaborative research projects, and Data Sharing Proposals to enable sharing of data and other resources. Due January 5, 2018. Read more here: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?from=fund&orgAbbr=SBE&pims_id=5147

 ARL Basic and Applied Scientific Research Proposal

The Army Research Lab is seeking proposals for research based on the following S&T (Science and Technology) campaigns: Computational Sciences, Materials Research, Sciences for Maneuver, Information Sciences, Sciences for Lethality and Protection, Human Sciences, and Assessment and Analysis. It is structured around Key Campaign Initiatives (KCIs), and Core Campaign Enablers (CCEs) for this proposal include: in-house technical programs focused on pursuing scientific discoveries, innovations, and knowledge product transitions that are expected to lead to greatly enhanced capabilities for the operational Army of 2030 and beyond. Read more here: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=292896

Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) Seed Grant Proposals

Penn State’s Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) is seeking Seed Grant Proposals that fit under five research themes: climate and ecosystem change; future energy supply; smart energy system; health and the environment; and water and biogeochemical cycles.The preferred activities for funding under the Seed Grant Program is to develop new interdisciplinary research teams to position them for substantial external funding success, find novel research in theme areas, especially high risk proof of concept projects and collaboration between junior and senior faculty to promote research development and mentorship. Due October 4. Read more here: http://www.iee.psu.edu/seedgrant/2017

IBM Ph.D Fellowship Nominations

The IBM PhD Fellowship Program supports exceptional PhD students who want to make their mark in promising and disruptive technologies. In 2018, the Fellowship Program is focusing on: AI, security, blockchain and quantum computing. Fellowship recipients while in school will receive a stipend for living expenses, travel, and to attend conferences (US$35,000 for 2018-2019 and US$35,000 for 2019-2020). US fellowship recipients will also receive $25,000 toward their education in 2018-2019. (Due October 26). Read more here: http://www.research.ibm.com/university/awards/phdfellowship.shtml

NSF Cyberlearning for Work at the Human-Technology Frontier

The purpose of the Cyberlearning for Work at the Human-Technology Frontier program is to fund exploratory and synergistic research in learning technologies to prepare learners to excel in work at the human-technology frontier.This program responds to the pressing societal need to educate and re-educate learners of all ages (students,teachers and workers) in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) content areas to ultimately function in highly technological environments, including in collaboration with intelligent systems. Learning technology research in this program should be informed by the convergence of multiple disciplines: education and learning sciences, computer and information science and engineering, and cognitive, behavioral and social sciences. Awards of up to $750,000 available. Due January 8, 2018. Read more here: https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf17598

NSF Scalable Parallelism in the Extreme (SPX)

NSF seeking proposals that aim to support transformative projects that re-evaluate the traditional computer hardware and software stack. Thus, SPX seeks proposals combining a deep understanding in parallel programming with expertise in software tools; experience in heterogeneous parallel architectures with algorithm design expertise; experience in emerging substrate technologies with architecture and systems design; knowledge in an application domain with expertise in energy-efficient memory hierarchies; hardware design know-how 4 with human factors expertise; experience in runtime platforms and virtualization tools with knowledge in reliable and distributed computing; and knowledge of parallel linear algebra or statistical algorithms. Due January 9, 2018. Read more here: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17600/nsf17600.htm

Simons Foundation: Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians competition

The Simons Foundation is inviting applications for 2018 Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians to stimulate collaboration in the field primarily through the funding of travel and related expenditures.The goal of the program, which is an initiative of the foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences division, is to support the “mathematical marketplace” by substantially increasing collaborative contacts between mathematicians. Each collaboration grant provides $8,400 per year for five years. Read more here: https://psu.infoready4.com/CompetitionSpace/#competitionDetail/1764064

 HHS Short-term Mentored Career Enhancement Awards for Mid-Career Investigators to Integrate Basic Behavioral and Social Sciences

The objective of the Career Enhancement Award for Experienced Investigators (K18) is to provide investigators with support for an intensive period of mentored research experience to acquire new research capabilities in research areas supported by the sponsoring NIH Institute(s)/Center(s). Such experiences will afford candidate investigators protected time to: 1) enrich and expand their expertise and research programs through retooling in new techniques, emerging technologies, and/or scientific areas; and/or 2) redirect their research programs in new trajectories; and/or 3) catalyze research collaborations in new research directions. It is expected that this initiative will lead to new and/or augmented research programs competitive for NIH funding. Funding will be given up to $100,000. Due March 6, 2018. Read more here: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-17-486.html

NIH Sequencing Core(s) for the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) Phase II

The NIH is seeking proposals that will help the development of the UDN Sequencing Core specifically the genomic sequencing plan and genomic sequence analysis for undiagnosed diseases. Part of the proposals must include plans for how bioinformatics infrastructure and capabilities and computational resources will be leveraged. LOI due October 2. Read more here: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-17-016.html

NIH Model Organisms Screening Center for the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) Phase II

The NIH Model Organisms Screening Center plans to evaluate the pathogenicity and function of approximately 200 gene variants per year. The center is looking for proposals to establish a screening strategy for selecting the most informative variants for analysis, and a research platform involving at a minimum Drosophila and zebrafish models.Part of the proposal must include plans for how bioinformatics infrastructure, capabilities and computational resources will be leveraged to assist in developing a tailored screening and analysis plan for specific variants. LOI due October 2. Read more here: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-17-017.html

NIH Coordinating Center for the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) Phase II

The NIH Coordinating Center for UDN will serve as a resource to assist in infrastructure support and maintenance, internal and external UDN communications, facilitating collaboration, data sharing and protocol development. The Center seeks proposals that include bioinformatics plans for how bioinformatics infrastructure capabilities and computation resources will be leveraged. The center is also looking for proposals that articulate plans for collaboration with other UDN investigators in the design, modification, and assessment of sustainability for data collection and management. LOI due October 2. Read more here: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-17-018.html NSF Computer and Network Systems (CNS) Core Programs

The NSF Division of Computer and Network Systems seeks proposals for two core programs: Computer Systems Research (CSR) and Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS). These programs support research leading to the development of the next generation of highly performant, heterogeneous, power-efficient, environmentally sustainable, and secure computer systems and network technologies. Proposals may combine sub-research categories of CSR and NeTS. Proposals may be granted up to $3,000,000 for up to five years. Medium and large proposals due September 27; small proposals due November 15. Read more here: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=295161

nCORE Research Program for Fundamental Research in Nanoelectronics

The nanoelectronic COmputing REsearch (nCORE) program funds collaborative university research in the U.S. to develop key technologies to enable novel computing and storage paradigms with long-term impact on the semiconductor, electronics, computing, and defense industries. The nCORE program supports the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) through government-industry-academia collaborations. It will be driven by fundamental research on emerging materials and devices with the potential to achieve significantly improved efficiency, enhanced performance, and new functionalities, beyond the capability of conventional CMOS technologies. Due September 29. Read more here: https://www.src.org/compete/ncore/

NSF Petascale Computing Resource Allocations (PRAC)

NSF seeks applications for allocations of resources on the National Center for Supercomputing Applications Blue Waters supercomputer. Proposers must show compelling science or engineering challenges that require petascale computing resources. Proposals from or including junior researchers are encouraged. Applications are due November 6. Read more here: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17542/nsf17542.htm 

NIH NHGRI Genomic Data Science Analysis, Visualization, and Informatics Lab-space

The National Human Genome Research Institute seeks proposals to establish a Genomic Data Science Analysis, Visualization, Informatics Lab-space (“AnVIL”) in support of genomic research. The AnVIL will use a cloud-based data storage and compute environment to address challenges in storing, transfering and working with genomic sequence data. NHGRI will fund one award for up to $5 million. Read more here: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HG-17-011.html

 NSF Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) Core Programs

The Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) supports transformative research and education projects that explore the foundations of computing and communication. The Division seeks advances in computing and communication theory, algorithm design and analysis, and the architecture and design of computers and software. Proposals could fall under one of three programs: Algorithmic Foundations, Communications and Information Foundations, and Software and Hardware Foundations. Proposals may be awarded up $1,200,000 for up to four years. Medium proposals due September 27; small proposals due November 15. Read more here: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=295162

Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS): Core Programs 

The Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) studies the roles of people, computers, and information. IIS supports activities that develop knowledge about the use of information technology, increase our capability to create, manage, and understand data and information in circumstances ranging from personal remote devices to globally-distributed systems, and advance our understanding of how computational systems can exhibit of intelligence. Proposals could fall under one of three programs: Cyber-Human Systems, Information Integration and Informatics, and Robust Intelligence. Proposals may be awarded up to $3,000,000 for up to five years. Medium and large proposals due September 27; small proposals due November 15. Read more here: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=295163

NIH Integration of Individual Residential Histories into Cancer Research

NIH seeks applications that support substantive investigation of the role of individual residential histories in cancer etiology and outcomes, and that encourage the development of complex analytical strategies in support of substantive investigation. NIH would like to engage scientists from a range of disciplines, including computer science, in order to to ensure more precise matching of residential information and geocoding. Due October 5. Read more here: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-17-298.html

NSF Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)

NSF is looking for proposals that address cybersecurity and privacy, drawing on expertise in computing, communication and information sciences, engineering, economics, education, mathematics, statistics, and social behavioral sciences. The program aims to protect and preserve growing social and economic benefits of cyber systems while ensuring security and privacy. Small projects may be granted up $500,000 for up to three years. Medium projects may be granted $500,001 to $1,200,000 for up to four years. Frontier and bigger projects will be granted $5,000,000 to $10,000,000 for up to five years. Medium projects due October 10; Frontier projects due October 20; Small projects due November 15; Cybersecurity Education projects due December 13. Read more here: https://nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504709&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund

Japan-US Network Opportunity

NSF seeks joint Japan-US trustworthy networking projects that investigate novel protocols and architectures to realize a future resilient edge cloud/network system for the Internet of Things (IoT) and cyber-physical systems (CPS). The importance of IoT/CPS drives the need for end-to-end system architectures robust against real-world events such as disasters, network or node failures, traffic surges and other disruptions while ensuring the stringent Quality of Service (QoS) required to realize interactive services and applications. Each award may be up to $2,250,000. Due November 30. Read more here: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17586/nsf17586.htm

NSF Data-Driven Discovery in Chemistry

NSF invites research proposals to promote Data-Driven Discovery Science in Chemistry (D3SC). Successful D3SC proposals will emphasize new information that can be obtained from better utilization of data (including data from multiple laboratories, techniques, and/or chemical systems), and how this can lead to new research directions. Proposals in response to this Dear Colleague Letter should be submitted to existing programs of interest in the Division of Chemistry. Read more here: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17112/nsf17112.jsp

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October 2017

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    Materials Day 2017: Hot Topics in Materials

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    COMPASS Science Communication Seminars

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    ICS-ACI Training Series – Intro to HPC

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    ICS-ACI Training Series – Intro to HPC

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  • Oct 5, 20171:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    CyberScience Seminar: Using Machine Learning to Forecast Student Outcomes

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    COMPASS Science Communication Plenary

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    XSEDE HPC Workshop: MPI

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    Social Data Analytics Workshop Series: Data Structures and Subsetting in R

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    Stochastic Computations Working Group: “Parameter estimation using linear response statistics: Theory and numerical scheme”

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