ND NASA Research Seed and Travel Grant Funding

North Dakota NASA EPSCoR (Established Program to Simulate Competitive Research)is soliciting research proposals from STEM faculty at North Dakota affiliate institutionsfor Research Seed Grant funding and Travel Grant Funding.

Funding must contribute to the completion of NASA relevant research designed to promote and expand particular NASA research sub disciplines in North Dakota.

Seed research proposals are due at noon on July 13, 2022.

The full RFP, online submission form, and budget sheet can be found on the following web page: http://blogs.und.edu/jdosas/2022/05/nd-nasa-epscor-research-and-travel-rfp-summer-2022/

Defense Established Programs to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR) FOAs

The Department of Defense (DoD) announces the fiscal year 2022 (FY22) Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR). The program is sponsored and managed by the Basic Research Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD [R&E]), awarded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), and administered through the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The DoD plans to award FY22 DEPSCoR appropriations through this announcement. Funding opportunities will open for registration on June 22.

The Research Collaboration (FOA-AFRL-AFOSR-2022-0006) funding opportunity seeks proposals that advance knowledge in basic science involving bold and ambitious research that may lead to extraordinary outcomes such as disrupting accepted theories and perspectives. Proposals must be submitted by a pair of researchers in DEPSCoR States/Territories (Applicant and Collaborator) aimed at introducing potential applicants to the DoD’s unique research challenges and its supportive research ecosystem.

The Capacity Building funding opportunity (FOA-AFRL-AFOSR-2022-0007) aims to support the strategic objectives of IHEs (either individually or in partnership with others) in DEPSCoR States/Territories to achieve basic research excellence in areas of high relevance to the DoD.

The DoD will be hosting a virtual DEPSCoR Webinar on June 22, 1 to 3 pm EDT, which will include overviews of the funding opportunities below. Participants will also have an opportunity to ask questions. To participate in the DEPSCoR Webinar, you must register no later than 5 pm EDT on June 21.

NSF EPSCoR Research Fellows (Track-4) Panelist Recruitment

NSF’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is recruiting reviewers to serve as panelists for the EPSCoR Research Fellows funding opportunity, under solicitation NSF 22-573, which has a deadline of May 12, 2022.  This opportunity provides early career investigators at EPSCoR-eligible institutions support for extended travel to a host site to establish or strengthen research collaborations, learn new techniques and / or access state of the art facilities.

As part of this recruitment effort, we are asking you to complete a reviewer recruitment survey to assist with the process of setting up merit review panels.  The survey should require less than 10 minutes of your time.

To be considered, please complete the survey that can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/76YYRNY.

Please note that panelist selection will be guided by proposal topics and panelists will be asked to write reviews before the panel meeting.  If you are not selected for this year’s competition, you may be contacted for future competitions.

Travel Awards for ND-ACES CCBSE Faculty Participants

ND EPSCoR’s New Discoveries in the Advanced Interface of Computation, Engineering, and Science (ND-ACES) RII Track-1 mission is to support scientific efforts that result in increased STEM faculty capacity and competitiveness.

To underscore the importance of collaborations in the sustainability of the ND-ACES effort, travel seed awards of up to $3,000 are available to ND-ACES Center for Cellular Biointerfaces in Science and Engineering (CCBSE) senior personnel. A collaboration is the extension or development of a research-based engagement (directly aligned with the CCBSE applicant’s ND-ACES activities) with a non-CCBSE researcher affiliated with an academic institution or national laboratory. Travel must be within the domestic U.S. (including within ND) and must be completed by 6/15/22. For details, see the Request for Proposals.

Proposal Submission Deadline: Noon CDT, May 31, 2022

Development of NATURE Sunday Academy STEM Modules

The ND EPSCoR State Office’s mission is to support efforts of participating institutions of higher education across the state that result in increased science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) faculty capacity and competitiveness and a stronger, more diverse STEM pathway that produces our next generation workforce, educators, and researchers.

One of the ND EPSCoR State Office's outreach components is the Nurturing American Tribal Undergraduate Research and Education (NATURE) program. To encourage American Indian middle- and high school students to pursue STEM degrees and STEM careers, ND EPSCoR offers half-day long active-learning STEM modules on the tribal college campuses called NATURE Sunday Academies. 

ND EPSCoR is currently soliciting NATURE Sunday Academy STEM module proposals of up to 500 words from faculty members for the 2022-23 academic year. Successful faculty from ND University System institutions will be required to travel to each Tribal College/University (TCU) in North Dakota on four Sundays during the academic year (in the months of September, October, November, December, and March, specific dates TBD) to deliver their STEM module. The STEM modules developed by successful TCU faculty will be presented during the “non-travel” months of January and February as All-Site STEM modules delivered simultaneously by the NATURE coordinator at each TCU.

For details, see the Request for Proposals.

Proposal submission window remains open. Contact britt.heidinger@ndsu.edu

NSF EPSCoR Research Fellows FY 2022 RII Track-4

The FY 2022 RII Track-4 solicitation has been released. The NSF EPSCoR Research Fellows funding opportunity, under solicitation NSF 22-573, has a deadline of May 12, 2022.  This initiative provides early career investigators the opportunity to travel to a host site to establish or strengthen research collaborations, learn new techniques and / or access state of the art facilities.

RII Track-4:FAST Matching Event

The solicitation also highlights the RII Track-4:FAST track where nontenured PIs from selected institutions can conduct research activities a participating NASA Research center.  These institutions include Minority Serving Institutions, Primarily Undergraduate Institutions, Two-Year Colleges, Women’s Colleges and Institutions Primarily Serving Students with Disabilities.


DEPSCoR Regional DoD Day

Congress recently re-established the Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR) Program. The Department of Defense has asked the University of South Dakota to host a regional DEPSCoR DoD Day, where DoD program managers will provide information about the DEPSCoR program as well as general information about working with the DoD. The regional DEPSCoR Day will be in Spring 2022, in Vermillion, SD. For more information or to register for the event, please see here.

Program officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and other DoD representatives will participate in the meeting, which will cover the following topics:

  • How to work with the DoD, especially ARO, ONR, AFOSR
  • How to make connections with DoD program officers
  • How to pursue funding opportunities specific to DEPSCoR
  • How to pursue other programs within the Basic Research Office

EPSCoR Workshop Opportunities

Deadline: See solicitation from NSF

To promote scientific progress nationwide, NSF EPSCoR establishes partnerships that are designed to effect sustainable improvements in a jurisdiction's research infrastructure, research and development capacity, and hence, its R&D competitiveness. EPSCoR welcomes proposals for workshops from institutions within EPSCoR-eligible jurisdictions (Program Solicitation NSF 19-588). These workshops focus on multi-jurisdictional efforts of regional to national importance related to EPSCoR's goals and NSF's mission. For more information, please see the RFP at https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2019/nsf19588/nsf19588.pdf