Research Development: Select Funding Opportunities and Announcements V:1

May 4, 2022 | Awards & Funding, Research

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

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.

BioMedical Sciences (

NIH-Molecular Imaging of Inflammation in Cancer – June 5

Funding for the development and use of current and emerging molecular imaging methods to gain fundamental insights into cancer inflammation in vivo.

NIH-Investigator Initiated Research in Computational Genomics and Data Science – June 5

Funding for computational genomics, data science, statistics, and bioinformatics relevant to one or both of basic or clinical genomic science, and broadly applicable to human health and disease.

Stimulating Hematology Investigation: New Endeavors (SHINE) (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – Jun 5

Support for basic and early translational hematology research that supports growth in the nonmalignant hematology research domain.

Research on Current Topics in Alzheimer’s Disease and Its Related Dementias – R21 due July 8 | R01 due July 8

Support for new tests, animal models, techniques, etc, that need additional preliminary data with broader dissemination to establish them for more general use.

NIH – Imaging, Biomarkers and Digital Pathomics for the Early Detection of Pre Metastatic Cancer and Precancerous Lesions Associated with Lethal Phenotypes – October 5

Support for state-of-the-art projects that integrate imaging, biomarkers, digital pathomics, glycomics, metabolomics, other omic information and/or meta data obtained from platforms.

NSF DCL Sentinel Systems that Detect, Recognize, Actuate, and Mitigate Emergent Biological Threats (DREAM Sentinels)

Proposals should include biosensing and bioactuation elements that address a biological threat and be submitted to either the Biosensing Program (CBET/ENG) or the Systems and Synthetic Biology cluster (MCB/BIO).

NIH has a new website on scientific data sharing with policies for scientific data, genomic data, research tools, model organisms, clinical trials, and more. An NIH blog post has more information.

Heather Bell, PhD;

RNPN Resilience Exchange: Tribal Perspectives on Resilience – May 25

Register for the session (1-2:15 PM EDT) here.

SOA EDF Leadership for Climate-Resilient Fisheries Fellowship – May 22

Provides early-career professionals up to $15,000, leadership and technical training, and mentorship to further projects that benefit U.S. fisheries and promote their ecological, socioeconomic, and community resilience to climate change.

AgMIP National Conference on Making Climate Smart Agriculture Work – May 24-26

Virtual online conference Integrating science, modeling and economics to help farmers, ranchers and foresters mitigate and adapt to the challenges of climate change.

USDA NRCS Pacific Islands Area Fiscal Year 2022 Conservation Solutions Through Strategic Partnerships – May 27

$60K to $500K for 1 to 5 years.

USDA Special Research Grants for Aquaculture Research – June 3

Supports environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture in the US by generating new, science-based information and technology to address industry constraints. Up to $300K over 2 years.

USDA Equipment Grants Program – June 15

Supports acquisition of one shared-use, well-integrated piece of equipment/instrument that may be too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NIFA grant programs. Between $25K and $500K over up to 48 months. UCSC can submit up to 2 proposals. Contact Heather Bell ( if planning to submit.

NSF Opportunities for Promoting Understanding through Synthesis (OPUS) – rolling

Provides $200K-$350K over up to 2 years for researchers to revisit and synthesize a significant body of their prior research to enable new understanding. Encouraged by all four clusters within the Division of Environmental Biology.

EPA draft Health and Environmental Risk Assessment Strategic Research Action Plan (StRAP) for fiscal years 2023-2026 now available for external review and public comment.

NSF BIO Directorate MOU with the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to provide a framework for discussing actions that can accelerate biological research and data collection in support of conservation efforts.

Elif Demir-Hilton, PhD;

DOE EXPRESS: 2022 Exploratory Research for Extreme-Scale Science – Pre-app May 12, full June 23

Proposed research should focus on creating the body of knowledge and understanding that will inform future advances in extreme-scale science. Topics include Machine Learning, AI, Quantum Algorithms and Mathematical Methods, Quantum Computing, see full rfp for specific details. $200K/yr for 2yrs.

Sloan Foundation – Matter To Life –  May 20 (internal deadline)

*Send LOI to Sarah Carle ( and Heather Bell (*

Basic research at the intersection of: biology, physics, chemistry and engineering not supported by federal funders. Specifically, physical principles and mechanisms that distinguish living systems from inanimate matter, and to explore the conditions under which physical principles and mechanisms guide the complexification of matter towards life. Multiple tracks, $100K-2.5M for 2-5 years.

NSF DCL Quantum Manufacturing (standard and EAGER proposals) – EAGER Research Concept Outline June 1; submit standard proposals any time

Support for innovations enabling and accelerating the manufacturing of quantum devices. Proposals may be submitted through programs in CMMI and ECCS.

NSF DCL Geoscience Research Experiences for Post-Baccalaureate Students (GEO-REPS) Supplemental Funding Opportunity – July 1

NSF GEO will consider supplemental funding requests for up to 12 months of participant support on active GEO-supported grants for post-baccalaureate students who could not begin or complete a research experience as an undergraduate student due to pandemic-related interruptions. 

NASA – A.13 Ocean Vector Winds Science Team – NOI September 8

Specific focus on research themes: 1.Winds couple the moving ocean and the atmosphere, 2.Compound ocean extreme events in a warming climate, 3.New applications of ocean and land scatterometer data in Earth science and 4.Ocean wind climate data records for climate research. Up to $1M, max 4 years.

NSF – Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants (AAG) – November 15

To support astronomical sciences for observational, theoretical, laboratory, and archival data studies. Program also considers proposals for projects and tools that enable or enhance astronomical research

Simons Foundation – Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians – Fall 2022

To stimulate collaboration in the field primarily through the funding of travel and related expenditures.

Important Note: Awardees may not hold any other external PI or co-PI grants (Co-Investigator roles are eligible to apply). $8,400/year up to 5 years.

Other Opportunities and Announcements

NSF and SACNAS Grant Writing and Peer Review Workshop – Apply by May 6

In-person 2.5 day event for early career scientists interested in submitting grant proposals to NSF under BIO or EHR directorates. To be held in Los Angeles June 12-15. Airfare and lodging will be provided to all participants.

NIH – Enhancing Science, Technology, EnginEering, and Math Educational Diversity (ESTEEMED) Research Education Experiences (R25)  – LOI May 24

To support creative educational activities for Courses for Skills Development and Research Experiences for undergraduate freshmen and sophomores from diverse backgrounds in bioengineering or STEM fields relevant to bioengineering, such as the physical/computational sciences. Up to 4 years.

NSF Convergence Accelerator (three tracks) – LOI May 31, full proposal July 20

$750K/12mo (Phase I); $5M/24mo (Phase 2). Track H: Enhancing opportunities for persons with disabilities. Track I: Sustainable Materials for Global Challenges. Track J: Food & Nutrition Security.

Expedition 400 NW Greenland Glaciated Margin – June 1

U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP) for the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) is accepting applications for the referenced expedition. See website for additional information.

NSF 2022-26 Strategic Plan

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!

Heather and Elif

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