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

ONR Immersive Sciences for Training, Education, Mission Rehearsal, and Operations

The Office of Naval Research seeks research proposals in Immersive Sciences for Training, Education, Mission Rehearsal, and Operations. The Navy and Marine Corps looks to use Augmented Reality (AR) technology for training and operations purposes. This research program supports basic research for addressing various AR related challenges. Proposals are due March 30. ONR expects to award 3–5 grants of approximately $3 million. Read more here:


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

ORAU Intelligence Community Research Fellowship Program

The Oak Ridge Associated Universities Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program is accepting applications for postdoc opportunities to conduct research in a wide range of topics. Postdocs will work in partnership with a research advisor and collaborate with an advisor from the Intelligence community. Applications are due March 31. Read more here: http://orau.org/icpostdoc/current-opportunities.aspx 

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

High-memory Allocations on PSC’s Bridges Supercomputer

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center has recently expanded and has many large-memory nodes available; researchers are currently experiencing zero wait time for Bridges large-memory resources. If you have large-memory resource needs, consider applying for a Bridges allocation by April 15. Contact Philip Blood (blood@psc.edu) for help with applying. Read more about Bridges here: https://www.psc.edu/index.php/resources/computing/bridges  

ONR Late-Stage Software Customization and Complexity Reduction

The Office of Naval Research seeks applications for research focused on reducing the complexity of software in Naval systems and allowing late-stage software customization without requiring cooperation from the original developer. ONR anticipates multiple awards of up to $1.5 million for a period of up to 3 years. Applications are due May 1. Read more here: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=292109 

ARL Internet of Battlefield Things Collaborative Research Alliance

The Army Research Lab intends to create a Collaborative Research Alliance (CRA) focused on the challenges that Internet of Things (IoT) technologies pose to Army operations. This Internet of Battlefield Things (IoBT) CRA will create collaboration between private-sector and government researchers to solve complex problems. White papers are due May 8. Read more about this opportunity here: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=292214 

NCNR Comprehensive Grant Program

The National Institute of Standards and Technology Center for Neuron Research is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants to support research involving neutron research and spectroscopy. Proposals should be aimed at providing technical assistance to visiting researchers at NCNR, developing new instrumentation and measurement capabilities for neutron research, conducting collaborative research with NIST scientists, and conducting other outreach and educational activities that advance the use of neutrons by U.S. academia and industrial scientists. The closing date for applications is May 8. Read more here: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=292319

Accelerating the Pace of Drug Abuse Research Using Existing Data

National Institutes of Health invites applications proposing the innovative analysis of existing social science, behavioral, administrative, and neuroimaging data to study the etiology and epidemiology of drug using behaviors (defined as alcohol, tobacco, prescription and other drug) and related disorders, prevention of drug use and HIV, and health service utilization. Budgets are limited to under $500,000 direct costs per year and must reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The closing date for applications is May 10. Read more here: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-16-234.html

ROSES 2017: Heliophysics Data Environment Enhancements

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration seeks proposals for Heliophysics Data Environment Enhancements. This ROSES NRA (NNH17ZDA001N) solicits basic and applied research in support of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD). The NRA covers all aspects of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences. Awards range from under $100K per year for focused, limited efforts (e.g., data analysis) to more than $1M per year for extensive activities (e.g., development of science experiment hardware). Proposals are due May 17. Read more here: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=292688

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. Letters of Intent are due May 28. Read more here: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=291811

 DoD Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)

The Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, and Air Force Office of Scientific Research seek proposals from universities to purchase equipment and instrumentation in support of research in areas of interest to the DoD. Approximately $47 million will be awarded through this competition in 2018; awards generally cannot exceed $1.5 million. Computing equipment for DoD-relevant research is eligible for funding. Apply by July 7. Read more here: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=292172 

NIDA Avant-Garde Award Program for HIV/AIDS and Drug Use Research

The NIDA Avant-Garde Award Program for HIV/AIDS Research supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose high-impact research that will open new areas of HIV/AIDS research relevant to drug abuse and/or lead to new avenues for prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS among drug abusers. The NIDA Avant-Garde award supports innovative, basic research that may lead to improved preventive interventions or therapies; creative, new strategies to prevent disease transmission; novel approaches to improve disease outcomes; and creative approaches to eradicating HIV or improving the lives of those living with HIV. Applications are due July 31. Read more here: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DA-18-001.html

Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications

The National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) initiated the National Network of Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs (BD Hubs) program in FY 2015. This solicitation calls for new BD Spoke proposals to be awarded in FY 2018. Collaborating with BD Hubs, each BD Spoke will focus on a particular topic that requires Big Data approaches and solutions. Applications are due September 18. Read more here: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=292470

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 

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March 2017

  • Mar 16, 20174:40 pm - 5:30 pm

    Global Risks 2035: The Search for a New Normal

    Dr. Mathew Burrows of the Atlantic Council will present on h…

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  • Mar 23, 20173:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Workshop on NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards

    Antoinette WinklerPrins, the NSF Program Director of Geograp…

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  • Mar 22, 20172:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    ICS-ACI User Social: Conrad Tucker on Virtually Merged Clinics

    How can humans and robots learn from each other in service o…

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  • Mar 30, 201711:00 am - 5:00 pm

    XSEDE HPC Workshop: GPU Programming using OpenACC

    ICS will be hosting a free XSEDE workshop on compiling GPU-c…

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  • Apr 18, 2017 - Mar 19, 201711:00 am

    XSEDE HPC Monthly Workshop: MPI

    ICS will be hosting a free XSEDE workshop on MPI programming…

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