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Limited Submission: NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program, Track 4

December 6, 2018

Limited Submission:
National Science Foundation: EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program, Track 4

Funding Opportunity:
EPSCoR Research Fellows (RII Track-4), NSF 18-526
Link to solicitation:

White paper due to by January 19, 2019.

NSF Deadline:
March 12, 2019

RII Track-4 provides opportunities for non-tenured investigators to further develop their individual research potential through extended collaborative visits to the nation’s premier private, governmental, or academic research centers. During these visits, the EPSCoR Research Fellows will be able to learn new techniques, develop new collaborations or advance existing partnerships, benefit from access to unique equipment and facilities, and/or shift their research toward potentially transformative new directions. The experiences gained through the fellowships are intended to have lasting impacts that will enhance the Fellows’ research trajectories well beyond the award period. These benefits to the Fellows are also expected to in turn improve the research capacity of their institutions and jurisdictions more broadly. Those submitting proposals must either hold a non-tenured faculty appointment at an institution of higher education or an early-career career-track appointment at an eligible non-degree-granting institution.

Please note:
Limit on number of proposals per organization: 3
Limit on number of proposals per PI: 1

Highlights of Program Requirements (please read the full solicitation carefully):

  • Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.
  • PIs employed by degree-granting institutions of higher education must hold a non-tenured faculty appointment. This may be in the form of a pre-tenure tenure-track position or a long-term non-tenure-track position. Persons holding non-faculty research staff positions or transitional (< 3 years) fixed-term post-doctoral appointments are not eligible.
  • Only single-PI proposals will be considered. No co-PIs should be included on the proposal.
  • No PI who has received an award in any previous RII Track-4 competition may submit a proposal under this solicitation.
  • Funding requests should have a total duration of 24 months and not exceed $300,000.
  • Budgets may include up to six months of salary and fringe benefit support for the PI (six months total, not per year).
  • Up to six months of salary and fringe benefit support (including tuition at the home institution, if appropriate) is also allowed for one additional trainee-level participant (six months total, not per year).
  • Collaborators at the host institutions are not eligible to receive salary or fringe benefit support under this award.

If interested, please email a white paper, not to exceed 3 pages, to by January 19, 2019.

White Paper Requirements:

  • What is your appointment at Boise State?
  • What department are you in at Boise State?
  • What will be your host site and where is it located?
  • Who is your primary collaborator?
  • Project Activities: Describe the proposed activities and how they will lead to long-lasting impacts for your career and for Boise State University. Articulate the motivation and context for the proposed work. State the goals and objectives for the fellowship project, as well as how you will benefit from the unique opportunities provided by the fellowship. Describe the role of the host site in achieving the research goals and objectives.
  • Sustainability: Describe how the benefits gained from the fellowship will be sustained for both the PI and the home institution beyond the award period. This should include a plan for submission of proposals to NSF and/or other external sources of funding.

Link to solicitation:

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UPDATE: Department of Energy EPSCoR Implementation Grant

November 19, 2018

Please see additional information for DOE EPSCoR Implementation Grant Pre-proposals:
• Pre-application instructions: content
• Pre-application instructions: submission
• PAMS registration instructions

There is no limit on the number of pre-proposals that can be submitted by a state or an institution


Pre-applications will be reviewed as outlined below. DOE will send a response by email to each applicant encouraging or discouraging the submission of an application by the specified date. Applicants who have not received a response regarding the status of their pre-application by this date are responsible for contacting the program to confirm this status. Only those applicants that receive notification from DOE encouraging an application may submit applications. No other applications will be considered.
The pre-application attachment must include, at the top of the first page, the following information:

1) A cover sheet containing:

  • the planned title of the research application
  • the name, e-mail address, and telephone number of the Project Director (PD);
  • the name, e-mail address, and telephone number of the principal investigator (PI);
  • the name, e-mail address, and telephone number of the administrative point of contact;
  • the name and mailing address of the sponsoring institution;
  • the Funding Opportunity Announcement Number: DE-FOA-0002023
  • DOE Office Sponsoring this FOA: DOE EPSCoR;
  • DOE EPSCoR Point of Contact: Tim Fitzsimmons;
  • DOE Program Office(s) of interest (this is in addition to the EPSCoR program); and,
  • DOE Program Office Scientific/Technical Contact(s) (this is in addition to the DOE EPSCoR program manager and may not be a DOE National Laboratory staff member other than Fossil Energy Program Managers from the National Energy Technology Laboratory); and,
  • the topical research area(s) (discussed in Section I of this FOA)

2) A narrative of up to four pages (excluding the cover page). The narrative must present the scientific and technical objectives and the research plan. The narrative must reference the jurisdiction’s strategy to develop and utilize the scientific and technical resources (this is the jurisdiction’s science and technology plan referred to in NSF EPSCoR literature) and place the research in context of that jurisdiction’s strategy. The pre-application may not exceed four pages, with a minimum text font size of 11 point and margins no smaller than one inch on all sides. Figures and references, if included, must fit within the four-page limit. Pre-applications that exceed the four-page limit for the technical narrative may be discouraged without additional review.

3) The pre-application must also include a list of the names and institutional affiliations of all participating investigators, including collaborators and consultants on the proposed project. This information is not included in the four-page limit. For each funded investigator, provide a list of collaborative co-investigators including co-authors of the past 48 months, co-editors of the past 24 months, graduate and postdoctoral advisors/advisees, and close associations. This list of participants and collaborators will not count toward the page limit for the pre-application. This information must be submitted in the tables, whose format is shown below. If these tables are not included, the pre-application will be discouraged without additional review.

Table 1: PI and Co-Is on the application and institutional affiliations

PI and Co-Is Institution
Last Name First Name Title Institution Name

Table 2: Collaborators for PI and Co-Is*, **

Collaborator Institution
Last Name First Name Title Institution Name

* For the PI and Co-Is, Table 2 must include co-authors over the past 48 months, graduate and postdoctoral advisors, graduate students and postdoctoral associates that have been supervised during the past 60 months, and any other current close associations. Table 2 must exclude all personnel at any of the institutions listed in Table 1.
** Applicants are strongly encouraged to follow the exact format of the sample table since the tabular information will be compiled across all applications. This includes the following elements:

  • Include grid lines around each cell.
  • Do not merge name or institution cells, even if individuals share the same institution.
  • Do not change the order of the columns.
  • Do not include any additional information (e.g. “PI”, “Co-PI”, or footnote symbols) under “Last Name” and “First Name”.
  • Do not include departmental affiliations under Institutions.
  • If an individual has a joint appointment, separate the institutions with a “/” (i.e. “Univ of X / National Lab Y”).


The Pre-Award team in the Office of Sponsored Programs will submit the pre-proposal on your behalf via the PAMS system because we must report the number of pre-proposals submitted and provide information about collaborating universities.

Please notify as soon as possible if you intend to submit a pre-proposal and a Research Administrator will be assigned to assist you with the submission.

Please note:

  1. The pre-application document must be a single file with extension .pdf, .docx, or .doc.
  2. The filename must not exceed 50 characters.
  3. The PI must register for an account in PAMS before it will be possible to submit a pre-application. Please establish PAMS accounts as soon as possible to avoid submission delays. (see below)
  4. Upon submission, the PI will receive an email from the PAMS system <> acknowledging receipt of the pre-proposal


Note: there is a supplementary document related to Fossil Energy topics (see Full Announcement).

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Department of Energy EPSCoR Implementation Grant

November 19, 2018

Department of Energy

EPSCoR Implementation Grant:

Program Objectives
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DOE EPSCoR) is a federal-state partnership program designed to:

  • Enhance the capabilities of designated jurisdictions to conduct sustainable and nationally competitive energy-related research through increased human and technical resources, including training of scientists and engineers
  • Advance DOE’s overarching mission by supporting early stage research and development for a wide range of topical areas across the Department:
    • Office of Science: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences,
      Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy
      Physics, and Nuclear Physics
    • Technology Offices: Electricity, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy,
      Environmental Management, Fossil Energy, Nuclear Energy, and the National Nuclear
      Security Administration

Please review the Funding Opportunity Announcement here.

Pre-Proposals are REQUIRED. Pre-Proposals are due December 20th, 2018.

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American Heart Association and Glacier National Park Conservancy

November 5, 2018

American Heart Association:

Transformational Project Award

The Transformational Project Award supports highly innovative, high-impact projects that build on work in progress that could ultimately lead to critical discoveries or major advancements that will accelerate the field of cardiovascular and stroke research.

  • Research deemed innovative may be built around an emerging paradigm, approaching an existing problem from a new perspective, or exhibit other uniquely creative qualities.
  • The Transformational Project Award (TPA) represents the second phase of a successful exploratory study that is already showing a high probability of revealing new avenues of investigation; proposals should include preliminary data.
  • This program aims to provide pilot or seed funding that should lead to successful competition for additional funding beyond the pilot period.
  • The principal investigator is responsible for clearly and explicitly articulating the project’s innovation and the potential impact on cardiovascular and stroke research.

AHA awards are open to the array of academic and health professionals. This includes but is not limited to all academic disciplines (biology, chemistry, mathematics, technology, physics, engineering, etc.) and all health-related professions (physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists, statisticians, nutritionists, etc.).

The AHA strongly encourages applications by women, underrepresented minorities in the sciences, and those who have experienced varied and non-traditional career trajectories.

Applications are due January 23rd, 2019.

Arrhythmias and Sudden Cardiac Death Strategically Focused Research Network

Letters of Intent are being accepted through Tuesday, December 4, for applications to the Arrhythmias and Sudden Cardiac Death Strategically Focused Research Network. Letters of Intent are not required but are strongly encouraged. The full application deadline is Thursday, Feb 7, 2019, at 5 p.m. Central Standard Time. The awards will begin on July 1, 2019.

This initiative is to support a collaboration of basic, clinical and population researchers from different disciplines whose collective efforts will lead to new approaches to study arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death (SCD). Visit the SFRN General Application Information page for details.

Letters of Intent (not required) are due December 4th, 2018. Full applications are due February 7th, 2019.

Glacier National Park Conservancy:

Jerry O’Neal Research Fellowship 2019

Thanks to generous support from the Glacier National Park Conservancy, the Jerry O’Neal NPS Student Fellowship has merged to become the Glacier National Park Conservancy – Jerry O’Neal Research Fellowship

Applications are now being accepted for the Glacier National Park Conservancy – Jerry O’Neal Student Research Fellowship for work in Glacier National Park, Grant-Kohrs Ranch NHS, and Little Bighorn Battlefield NM. The fellowship aims to provide educational assistance for students seeking to understand natural and cultural resources issues and how these interact with human values. Special consideration will be given to proposals that address the following:

  • Natural resource issues such as aquatic ecology, terrestrial ecology, fire ecology, invasive plants, and climate change
  • Cultural resource issues, such as history and architectural studies, cultural landscape reports, ethnographic research and archaeology
  • Social science that informs resource management about a natural or cultural topic and/or that addresses visitor impacts to park resources

Competition is open to graduate students or superior upper division undergraduate students at RM-CESU universities and colleges only. Awards range from $1000-5000.

For details on the application process please click here.

Applications are due February 15th, 2019.

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NIH HEAL Initiative Funding Opportunities

November 5, 2018

The HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative is an aggressive, trans-agency effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis. This Initiative will build on extensive, well-established NIH research, including basic science of the complex neurological pathways involved in pain and addiction, implementation science to develop and test treatment models, and research to integrate behavioral interventions with Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD).

The NIH HEAL Initiative will bolster research across NIH to:

Improve Treatments for Opioid Misuse Addiction and Enhance Pain Management

Link to funding opportunities webpage:

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