Research Development: Select Funding Opportunities and Announcements – I:2

Feb 25, 2021 | Awards & Funding, Research

To: All Divisional Faculty and Researchers
From: Research Development
Subject: Select Funding Opportunities

Research Development is a unit within the Office of Research. Research Development Specialists collaborate with researchers and assist with developing concepts, building strategies and teams, finding relevant funding opportunities, and preparing competitive proposals.

 From NSF Broader Impacts to Your Lab

Register Here – This follow-up event will allow participants to debrief Dr. Jones’s talk and discuss how to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM research at UCSC. Brought to you by CITL and Research Development Office, this roundtable, moderated by AVPTL Jody Greene, features: Needhi Bhalla, Professor of MCD Biology, Yulianna Ortega, STEM Diversity Programs Director, Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, Professor and Vera Rubin Chair of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Heather Savage, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Hardeep Obhi, PhD;

Novel Synthetic Nucleic Acid Technology Development (R21) (Clinical Trial not allowed) – March 9, 2021

R21 level funding to improve the quality, capabilities and efficiency of nucleic acid synthesis and synthetic constructs at reasonable and decreased costs.

Novel Synthetic Nucleic Acid Technology Development (R01 Clinical Trial not allowed) – March 9, 2021

R01 level funding to improve the quality, capabilities and efficiency of nucleic acid synthesis and synthetic constructs at reasonable and decreased costs.

BRAIN Initiative Cell Census Network (BICCN) Scalable Technologies and Tools for Brain Cell Census (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – March 10, 2021

Funding to accelerate the use of scalable technologies and tools to enhance brain cell census research, including the development of technology platforms and/or resources and the generation of spatiotemporal cell census data and/or resources.

NSF Enabling Discovery through GEnomics (EDGE) – March 16, 2021 

Funding for the development of innovative tools, technologies, resources, and infrastructure that advance biological research focused on the identification of the causal mechanisms connecting genes and phenotypes.

Regulation of Brain Regional and Cell Type Specific Proteome Dynamics in Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – March 18, 2021

Funding for collaborative approaches to design and implement novel, single-cell-based proteomic platforms to comprehensively characterize the dynamics of neuronal proteomes during the course of aging and AD.

Heather Bell, PhD;

EPA Challenge Launch Webinar: Cleaner Indoor Air during Wildfires – March 4, 2021

Learn more about the Challenge that encourages the development of affordable and sustainable approaches, technologies, or technology combinations for keeping indoor air as clean as possible during periods when outdoor PM2.5 concentrations are elevated, such as during smoke events from fires. Winning submissions will receive up to $10K.

California Sea Grant 2022 Aquaculture Awards – Required pre-proposal due March 9; Full proposal due June 8, 2021

Funds projects at up to $150K per year for up to 2 years. 25% non-federal match required and must include a partnership with an aquaculture practitioner.

California Sea Grant 2022 Graduate Research Fellowship – Required pre-proposal due March 9; Full proposal due June 8, 2021

Provides up to $40K per year for up to two years. 25% non-federal match required and indirects are not allowed. Must include research and community mentors.

NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity FY2021 – March 26, 2021

Funds collaborations with researchers in China, Brazil and/or South Africa that integrates research on functional, genetic, and phylogenetic dimensions of biodiversity. Provides up to $2M total for the U.S. component for up to 5 years.

Elif Demir-Hilton, PhD;

The Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) – Dear Colleague Letter  – No deadline

Encourages Principal Investigators (PIs) of current MPS awards to support one (additional) Ph.D. student per award. Please contact the Research Development Office in UCSC directly to help with AGEP related paperwork in order to apply for this opportunity. 

NSF Future Manufacturing NSF 21-564 – May 14, 2021

The goal of the Future Manufacturing program is to support fundamental research and education that will enable new manufacturing approaches to eliminate scientific technological, educational, economic and social barriers that limit current manufacturing. Two tracks: 1.Research Grants for $3M over 4 years 2. Seed Grants for $500K over 2yrs.

Stimulating Collaborative Advances Leveraging Expertise in the Mathematical and Scientific Foundations of Deep Learning (SCALE MoDL) NSF 21-561 – May 14, 2021

A wide range of scientific themes on theoretical foundations of deep learning may be addressed in these proposals. Likely topics include but are not limited to geometric, topological, Bayesian, or game-theoretic formulations, to analysis approaches exploiting optimal transport theory, optimization theory, approximation theory, information theory, dynamical systems, partial differential equations, or mean field theory, to application-inspired viewpoints exploring efficient training with small data sets, adversarial learning, and closing the decision-action loop, not to mention foundational work on understanding success metrics, privacy safeguards, causal inference, and algorithmic fairness. Grants for up to $1,200,000 over three years, collaborative proposals anticipated, award size depends on the scope, scale and complexity. 

Dear Colleague Letter: Request for Expression of Interest Regarding Provision of a Drilling Vessel to Support Future International Scientific Ocean Discovery NSF 21-043 – May 1, 2021

Request for expression of interest regarding provision of a drilling vessel to support future international scientific ocean discovery. Program Officer: James F. Allan, Program Director, Division of Ocean Sciences, email:

Other Opportunities and Announcements

The UC Global Health Institute is hosting a webinar on NIH Diversity Supplements. It’ll be on March 3, 2021 from 12:00-1:00 PM, PST with a panel of NIH Program Officers to provide an overview of NIH Diversity Supplements. Here’s a link to the event overview and here’s where you could register.

Ocean Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Office Hour – February 24, 2021
Office hours to answer questions about the solicitation (NSF 21-538). 

Submitting a proposal intake form will help streamline the proposal process. This initiates a proposal in Cayuse, notifies OSP, and enables Research Development Specialists to connect with you. For best support, contact us early and ensure you meet institutional deadlines.  

Feel free to reach out to us with questions; we look forward to working with you!

Hardeep, Heather, and Elif

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