Research Development: Select Funding Opportunities and Announcements x:2

Oct 18, 2021 | Awards & Funding, Research

To: All Divisional Faculty and Researchers
From: The Office of Research & Office of Corporate and Foundations Relations
Subject: Research Development: Select Funding Opportunities and Announcements

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.

Hardeep Obhi, PhD;

Exploratory Grant Award to Promote Workforce Diversity in Basic Cancer Research (R21) – November 17

Provides support for New Investigators and Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) from diverse backgrounds, including those from nationally underrepresented groups, who have entered the research pipeline and are interested in developing innovative studies in cancer biology.

NIH Blueprint and BRAIN Initiative Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award (F99/K00) – December 15

Funding for up to 5 years of support (predoc and postdoc stages) so awardees are better positioned to become independent neuroscience researchers.

NIA Postdoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Translational Research for AD/ADRD (F32) – December 8

Funding to enhance the research training of promising postdoctoral candidates from diverse backgrounds to help them gain critical translational skills in data science and drug discovery for various aspects of AD/ADRD research.

Heather Bell, PhD;

NSF DEB Virtual Office Hour: Intro to DEB – October 18

NOAA Sea Grant Early Stage Propagation Strategies for Aquaculture Species (through California Sea Grant) – Required Partnership Form due October 19; NOI due November 16; Full proposal due February 3, 2022

Funds research projects and programs that will advance development and refinement of early stage propagation strategies, such as reproduction, hatchery, and/or nursery strategies, for aquaculture species including microalgae and macroalgae (seaweed); molluscs; crustaceans; ornamental finfish; baitfish; misc. Invertebrates; and some finfish species. Up to $250K for individual projects and up to $750K for multi-partner projects over 3 years. 50% non-federal cost share required.

USDA NIFA Hispanic-serving Institutions Listening Session – October 19

NSF Office of Polar Programs Antarctic Section Virtual Office Hours – October 29

NSF Research and Mentoring for Postbaccalaureates in Biological Sciences (RaMP) – 

Funding to establish networks supporting full-time research, mentoring, and training for recent college graduates who have had few or no research or training opportunities during college. Networks are expected to involve mentors and mentees from different organizations, institutions, and/or departments. Proposals submitted under this solicitation should focus on research-based inquiry projects that include analytical and technical training and professional development opportunities. Each award is expected to support a total of approximately 30 postbaccalaureate participants over the course of 3 years, plus up to 12 months of upfront work.

Elif Demir-Hilton, PhD;

NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering – November 15

The goal of the Partnership is to enhance basic plasma science research and education by coordinating efforts and combining resources of the two agencies. This  solicitation also encourages proposals to perform basic plasma experiments at NSF and/or DOE supported user facilities, including facilities located at DOE national laboratories, designed to serve the needs of the broader plasma science and engineering community. $50K – $250K, 3 yrs.

NSF Investigator-Initiated Research Projects – multiple deadlines

AMO – Theory and Experiment; Gravitational Physics – Theory and Experiment; LIGO Research Support; Integrative Activities in Physics deadline – November 24 

Nuclear Physics – Theory and Experiment; Elementary Particle Physics – Experiment; Particle Astrophysics – Experiment deadline –  December 7

Elementary Particle Physics – Theory; Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology – Theory; Quantum Information Science; Physics of Living Systems deadline –  December 14

NSF MPS – LEAPS  New Deadline January 7, 2022

Early-Career Academic Pathways in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences (LEAPS-MPS) call has an emphasis to help launch the careers of pre-tenure faculty in Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) fields at institutions that do not traditionally receive significant amounts of NSF-MPS funding, such as some minority-serving institutions (MSIs), LEAPS-MPS has the additional goal of achieving excellence through diversity and aims to broaden participation to include members from groups underrepresented in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences, including Blacks and African Americans, Hispanics, Latinos, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Native Pacific Islanders. 2 years, $250K

Contact if you need to discuss your eligibility and application strategy 

Other Opportunities and Announcements

New Deadline: Internal competition for the NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program is now November 5.

Reminder: Office of Research Seed Funding for Early-Stage Initiatives – Required NOI via google form due October 22; full proposal due November 12

The Office of Research is launching a new Seed Funding program to facilitate new collaborations, research projects, and creative works. Up to $30,000 may be requested to support early-stage, developmental activities. Up to an additional $10,000 may be requested if a summer GSR is included for three months at 50% time. 

Virtual SJSU-UCSC UAV/UAG Flash Talks – November 3

The RD teams at SJSU and UCSC invite researchers working in the UAV/UAG space to virtually connect with colleagues on November 3rd between 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM. We will facilitate very short, very informal “Flash Talks” (3-5 minutes), followed by informal breakout discussion over lunch about potential collaborations and possible future use of the UCSC MBEST Research Park in Marina, CA. Researchers interested in giving a Flash Talk should RSVP here. If you would like to attend, but not present, please contact

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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