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Critical Techniques, Technologies and Methodologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data  Sciences and Engineering (BIGDATA)

  • Sponsor: NSF
  • Due: March 22, 2017
  • “The NSF BIGDATA program is focused on techniques, technologies, and methodologies to assist today’s scientists, engineers, educators, citizens and decision makers in dealing with unprecedented amounts and types of data.” Two categories of proposals are invited: Foundations and Innovative Applications. One of the changes in this solicitation is the participation of Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure.  You can budget  cloud resources  that they will provide, if needed, and these will be in addition to the project budget.  Project budgets are expected to be between $200K and $500K for 3-4 years. You can only be on one submitted proposal.

NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S-STEM)

  • Sponsor: NSF
  • Due: March 29, 2017 (last Wednesday in March)
  • The S-STEM program seeks to build a high quality workforce in the STEM disciplines, especially for academically talented, low-income students. In tandem, awards will be made to those proposers who identify factors or develop programs that affect the success, retention, graduation, and career pathways of low-income students. Three tracks are available: Track 1 supports the establishment of collaborative arrangements and infrastructure supporting S-STEM goals; Track 2  build on identified institutional needs; and Track 3 proposals represent multi-institutional consortia. At least 60% of any proposal must be dedicated to scholarships.

Data Science Research: Personal Health Libraries for Consumers and Patients (R01)

  • Sponsor: National Institutes of Health
  • Due: Letter of Intent- March 31, 2017, February 16, 2018; Full proposal – May 1, 2017; March 19, 2018
  • To bring the benefits of big data research to consumers and patients, new biomedical informatics and data science approaches are needed, shaped to meet the needs of consumers and patients, whose health literacy, language skills, technical sophistication, education and cultural traditions affect how they find, understand and use personal health information.  Novel data science approaches are needed to help individuals at every step, from harvesting to storing to using data and information in a personal health library. Of interest are projects that focus on constructing, managing, or using a personal health library or development of a digital assistant.  This is a limited submission – only one proposal/institution is allowed.

Keck Foundation Research Program

  • Sponsor: W. M. Keck Foundation
  • Due: May 1, November 1 (pre-application counseling periods are January–February 15 and July 1–August 15)
  • The Keck Foundation funds high risk, emerging, and important research projects in medicine, science and engineering, and projects in undergraduate education. Concept papers (1-page) can be submitted to the foundation during the pre-application counseling period and a consultation can be scheduled.  Projects are expected to be innovative and transformational, interdisciplinary, outside the mission of public funding agencies, and lead to breakthroughs in technologies, methodologies, and instrumentation.

New Connections

  • Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Due: May 16, 2017
  • This is an early career opportunity for faculty from underrepresented groups. Research should be relevant to RWJF’s mission to build a culture of health. Applicants must have received their PhD within the last ten years, and must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or hold DACA status.

Google Faculty Research Awards

  • Sponsor: Google
  • Due:  Expected: Late summer 2017
  • The intent of the Google Research Awards Program is to support cutting-edge research in Computer Science, Engineering, and related fields. Awards primarily support students, but also will support travel, and some hardware.

Science, Technology, and Society

  • Sponsor: NSF
  • Due Date: August 3, February 2
  • The new solicitation emphasizes that the full range of STEM disciplines (including medicine) can be studies with particular focus on intellectual, material, and social facets. Aspects of interest include ubiquitous computing, drones, crowdsourcing, equity, governance, public engagement, and inclusiveness. Special mention is given to ethics, policy issues and cultural issues surrounding Big Data.

Computer and Information Science and Engineering Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)

  • Sponsor: NSF
  • Due: August 9
  • This program is designed specifically to support the research of early career faculty in a tenure-track position. Grants help support the CISE-relevant research needs (but not academic or summer salary) of faculty who have not yet been awarded a grant as a PI. CRII awards will be given researchers to undertake exploratory investigations, to acquire and test preliminary data, develop collaborations within or across research disciplines, and/or develop new algorithms, approaches, and system designs/prototypes, which together or separately may lead to improved capacity to write successful proposals submitted to other programs in the future.

Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)

  • Sponsor: NSF
  • Due Date: August 9, 2017 (second Wednesday in August)
  • This program is centered on the K-12 population, to increase interest and capabilities in STEM, and the ICT workforce of the future.  There are two project types: Strategies (pilot projects) and SPrEaD (Successful Project Expansion and Dissemination).  Projects can be single-discipline or multidisciplinary. Only 1 proposal per PI is permitted.

Political Science

  • Sponsor: NSF
  • Due: August 15, January 15
  • The Political Science Program supports scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of citizenship, government, and politics. Research proposals are expected to be theoretically motivated, conceptually precise, methodologically rigorous, and empirically oriented. Substantive areas include, but are not limited to, American government and politics, comparative government and politics, international relations, political behavior, political economy, and political institutions. In recent years, program awards have supported research projects on bargaining processes; campaigns and elections, electoral choice, and electoral systems; citizen support in emerging and established democracies; democratization, political change, and regime transitions; domestic and international conflict; international political economy; party activism; political psychology and political tolerance.

Decision, Risk and Management Sciences

  • Sponsor: NSF
  • Due:  August 18, January 18
  • The Decision, Risk and Management Sciences program supports scientific research directed at increasing the understanding and effectiveness of decision making by individuals, groups, organizations, and society. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, doctoral dissertation research, and workshops are funded in the areas of judgment and decision making; decision analysis and decision aids; risk analysis, perception, and communication; societal and public policy decision making; management science and organizational design.


  • Sponsor: NSF
  • Due: August 18, January 18
  • The Economics program supports projects to understand the processes and institutions of the U.S. economy and the world economic context in which it resides. It supports theoretical, empirical and methodological research in a econometrics, economic history, environmental economics, finance, industrial organization, international economics, labor economics, macroeconomics, mathematical economics, and public finance, for example.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

  • Sponsor: NSF
  • Due: August 23, 2017 (fourth Wed in August)
  • An REU sites proposal must build on a research project providing a common focus and cohort experience for 8–10 students per year.  They can be funded in the AY or in the summer.  The experience can be virtual, thus able to support more students. PIs with current grants or proposing new work can also request an REU supplement for their project.

Laura Bush 21st Century Library Program

  • Sponsor: IMLS
  • Due: Preliminary proposals: expected early September
  • The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21) supports professional development, graduate education and continuing education to help libraries and archives develop the human capital capacity they need to meet the changing learning and information needs of the American public. It also supports programs to build institutional capacity and Early Career research (not necessarily research related to librarianship or library education). he program has three project categories: National Digital Platform, Curating Collections, and Community Anchors. The National Digital Platform is focused on developing open source applications to provide content and services to libraries. Community Anchors focuses on the library as a community anchor, and Curating Collections focuses on preservation, and management of digital collections projects with national impact.

National Leadership Grants for Libraries

  • Sponsor: IMLS
  • Due:  Preliminary proposals: expected early September
  • The program seeks to address challenges facing the library and archive field and advance theory and practice.  Program thrusts include: National Digital Platform, Curating Collections, and Community Anchors. The National Digital Platform is focused on developing open source applications to provide content and services to libraries. Community Anchors focuses on the library as a community anchor, and Curating Collections focuses on preservation, and management of digital collections projects with national impact.

Science of Organizations (SoO) (NSF PD 11-8031)

  • Sponsor: NSF
  • Due: September 5, February 2
  • SoO funds research that advances our fundamental understanding of how organizations develop, form and operate. Successful SoO research proposals use scientific methods to develop and refine theories, to empirically test theories and frameworks, and to develop new measures and methods. Funded research is aimed at yielding generalizable insights that are of value to the business practitioner, policy-maker and research communities

Science of Science and Innovation Policy

  • Sponsor: NSF
  • Due:  September 9, February 9
  • This program supports research designed to advance the scientific basis of science and innovation policy. Research funded by the program thus develops, improves and expands models, analytical tools, data and metrics that can be applied in the science policy decision making process. Proposals may also develop methodologies to analyze science and technology data, and to convey the information to a variety of audiences. Researchers are also encouraged to create or improve science and engineering data, metrics and indicators reflecting current discovery, particularly proposals that demonstrate the viability of collecting and analyzing data on knowledge generation and innovation in organizations

EHR Core Research

  • Sponsor: NSF
  • Due: September 14, 2017 (second Thursday in September)
  • EHR seeks theory-driven, theory-generating, theory-testing, and predictive studies of all aspects of STEM learning. Projects funded through this program must make clear contributions to synthesizing, expanding, or building the base of research knowledge and evidence needed to achieve excellence in STEM education and workforce development.  The four areas of interest are broad: STEM Learning, STEM Learning Environments, STEM Workforce Development, Broadening Participation in STEM.

Sloan Research Fellowships

  • Sponsor: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Due: September 15, 2017
  • These are early career fellowships, awarded to tenure-track faculty with a PhD in various sciences, including computer science, economics, and ‘other related fields.’  Application is based on a brief statement by the candidate and letters of nomination.

Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications (BD Spokes)

  • Sponsor: NSF
  • Due: September 18, 2017
  • This is a Limited Submission—just one allowable from an institution – if you’re interested, we should let OSP know now! Small (up to $500K, 3 years) and Medium (up to $1 million; 3 years) proposals are invited. The program has several themes: accelerating progress toward national grand challenge goals; automating the bigdata lifecycle, enabling access to and increasing the use of valuable data sets.  There are also several topic/application areas. A proposal needs a letter of collaboration from, for us, the Northeast Hub.  Proposal preparation for this varies quite a bit from the standard NSF proposal.  You MUST read the solicitation for full information about the program and what is of interest and required.

Training-based Workforce Development for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure

  • Sponsor: National Science Foundation
  • Due: October 9
  • This program’s primary goal is to prepare and grow the workforce that creates, uses, and supports advanced cyberinfrastructure, including Data Science, and contribute to the nation’s economic and security goals. The nature of the training can vary widely, but projects are expected to be multidisciplinary, with strong emphasis on computational and data science and engineering. There are three tracks for submission: Projects aimed at future CI professionals; Projects aimed at disciplinary communities (like LIGO, for example); Computational/data science literacy projects aimed at the user community.

Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS)

  • Sponsor: NSF
  • Due:  Medium,October 19; Large, October 19; Small, November 16
  • This solicitation is made for iSchool research, with 3 tracks: Cyber-Human Systems (formerly HCC), Information Integration and Informatics (III), and Robust Intelligence.  Supports research in: NLP, machine learning, IR, socio-computational research, mobile app research, Big Data research, social media, data analytics, information management, computer graphics and visualization, Cyberinfrastructure, etc.

Computer and Network Systems (CNS)

  • Sponsor: NSF
  • Due: Medium,October 19; Large, October 19; Small, November 16
  • Two tracks – Computer Systems Research, which includes Cloud computing, and Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS).  Only 2 proposals/person permitted for all Core programs in a single FY.

Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)

  • Sponsor: NSF
  • Due: Medium,October 19; Large, October 19; Small, November 16; Cybersecurity education, December 15
  • This program welcomes proposals that address Cybersecurity from a Trustworthy Computing Systems perspective (TWC); and a Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences perspective (SBE). Transition to Practice may be included as a supplement to SBE. PIs may participate in a max of 3 proposals to this program

Computational and Data-Enabled Science & Engineering (CDS&E)

  • Sponsor: NSF
  • Due: Various; for Division of Advanced Cyberstructure – October 31
  • The goal of the CDS&E program is to identify and capitalize on opportunities for major scientific and engineering breakthroughs through new computational and data analysis approaches.  The intellectual drivers may be in an individual discipline or they may cut across more than one discipline in various Directorates.  The program seeks projects that develop and leverage advances in infrastructure, tools, and big data approaches to address major questions in core sciences and engineering. Novel methods, data curation & analysis tools, new paradigms, use of large masses of data in novel ways are all of interest

CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI)

  • Sponsor: NSF
  • Due: Preliminary proposals–14 November 2017 (second Tuesday in November); Full proposals–17 January 2018 (third Wednesday in January)
  • CRI supports the creation and enhancement of world-class research infrastructure that will support focused agendas and push the frontiers of science forward.  Four types of proposals are funded: planning, new, enhancement, and sustainability grants under two major themes: Institutional Infrastructure and Community Infrastructure.

Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)

  • Sponsor: NSF
  • Due: December 8, 2017 (second Friday in December)
  • AGEP supports new models of doctoral education, postdoc training and faculty advancement through strategic collaborations, designed to improve the success of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Smart and Connected Health

  • Sponsor: NSF
  • Due: December 10 (integrative); October 10 (exploratory)
  • The purpose of this program is to develop next generation health care solutions and encourage existing and new research communities to focus on breakthrough ideas in a variety of areas of value to health.  The program is interested in innovative approaches that would support the much needed transformation of healthcare from reactive and hospital-centered to preventive, proactive, evidence-based, person-centered and focused on well-being rather than disease. Both Exploratory and Integrative projects are funded.

Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research

  • Sponsor: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • Due: Nomination period is expected to be November through January
  • Fellowship applications are made through the nomination process.  All tenure-track faculty who have earned their degrees between January 2012 and December 2015 are eligible, regardless of academic rank.

Expeditions in Computing

  • Sponsor: NSF
  • Due: Preliminary proposals–April 25, 2018; Full–January 16, 2019
  • Expeditions awards will be to large teams proposing far-reaching research concerning deep and hard problems. They will build or use novel technologies and develop compelling applications that inspire the future researcher population.  Teams must be well integrated, diverse, and include both computer and information science and engineering researchers.

Open Calls


General and Targeted Research, and Open Source Development

  • Sponsor: Comcast
  • Due: Continuously accepted
  • Three types of grants are funded – General research, Targeted research and Open Source development. Researchers work with a Comcast liaison, and have the opportunity to use Comcast data.Topics of interest fall into the areas of Networking (eg. broadband, IPv6, TCP congestion), Measurement and Data Analysis (eg. Network utilization, data-driven diagnostics, large data stores), Input/User Interface (eg automatic content recognition, semantic analysis, search), Open source development, Security/Privacy (eg. identity management, policy and standards, authentication), and “New” services (eg home security, remote learning, educational technology, immersive telepresence).


  • Sponsor: Alfred A. Sloan Foundation
  • Due: Continuously accepted
  • This program supports authors writing books that increase the public understanding of science.

Data and Computational Research

  • Sponsor: Alfred A. Sloan Foundation
  • Due: Continuously accepted
  • A letter of inquiry is the first step in seeking funding. This program supports  projects that seek to advance science through data—digitization, data manipulation, management access—and train the current and future data workforce. Projects that focus on software development, training, research, and community network building are supported.

Scholarly Communication

  • Sponsor: Alfred A. Sloan Foundation
  • Due: Continuously accepted
  • A letter of inquiry is the first step in seeking funding. This program seeks to develop new resources to manage diverse communication channels; to support discovery of resources by scientists; to establish new forms of scholarly publication. Projects that focus on software development, training, research, and community network building are supported.

Universal Access to Knowledge

  • Sponsor: Alfred A. Sloan Foundation
  • Due: Continuously accepted
  • A letter of inquiry is the first step in seeking funding. The focus is on improving access to collections, information and knowledge.


Cyberinfrastructure for Emerging Science and Engineering Research (CESER)

  • Sponsor: National Science Foundation
  • Due: anytime
  • The goal of this program is to support development of innovative cyberinfrastructure or innovative uses of current cyberinfrastructure to advance science across the STEM areas, especially in national priority areas.  Early-stage efforts and collaboration is of particular interest. Investigators are strongly encouraged (NSF’s emphasis) to discuss their project with the program officer before submitting.

Long Range Broad Agency Announcement for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology

  • Sponsor: Office of Naval Research (ONR)
  • Due: Open through September 2016
  • This BAA outlines funding priorities for basic and applied research, and technology development. Of interest is research that helps to  understand and predict human behavior cross-culturally through development of knowledge bases, models, training capacity in toolsets and information systems; understand human performance and prepare people for a chaotic environment with  a focus on technologies and systems for training, especially in the area of decision making and leadership, and mental resilience and adaptability; and technologies that enhance situational awareness,  decision-making, or are predictive.  Investment areas include data science, data fusion, artificial intelligence, machine learning and sensors.  Several Code areas have similar interests.  The first action is to contact the technical area’s POC.

Research Coordination Networks

  • Sponsor: NSF
  • Due: various; contact the appropriate program
  • The National Science Foundation announces plans to continue its support of research coordination networks designed to foster communication and promote new collaboration among scientists, engineers and educators with diverse expertise and who share a common interest in a new or developing area of science or engineering. By encouraging the formation of new groups and networks, the RCN program will advance fields and create novel directions and opportunities for research and science education. It is anticipated that this program will contribute to further progress in all areas of science, education and engineering, and strengthen collaborative and interdisciplinary research and international partnerships

BAA for Basic and Applied Scientific Research

  • Sponsor: Army Research Laboratory

  • Due: Continuously accepted through 2017
  • Topics of interest in the Information Sciences area include Natural Language Processing, Intelligent agents, Information fusion and visualization, Knowledge discovery, Social network analysis, Network Sciences, Wireless communications, Cyber defense and IA, Data mining, and Image processing.  You are strongly encouraged to discuss your project with the Technical POC prior to submitting a white paper.

BAA for Basic and Applied Scientific Research

  • Sponsor: Army Research Office
  • Due: Continuously accepted through 2017
  • The principal objective of the ARO Computing Science Division is to provide increased performance and capability for processing signals and data, and to extract critical information and actionable intelligence to enhance the warfighters’ situation awareness, decision making, command and control, and weapons systems performance. The division supports research efforts to advance the Army and nation’s knowledge and understanding of the fundamental knowledge, principles, and techniques governing intelligent and trusted computing. Relevant areas of research in this program include Visualization, Information processing (data modeling, information extraction, integration), Multi-modal data analysis, Data fusion, Trusted social computing, Social informatics.  Again, the first step is contacting the Technical POC before submitting a white paper.

Basic, Applied, and Advanced Scientific Research

  • Sponsor: Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Due: Continuously accepted
  • The ARI seeks Applied Research proposals that provide a systematic expansion and application of knowledge to design and develop useful strategies, techniques, methods, tests, or measures that address training in complex environments and with new technologies, leadership, and organizational processes. White papers requested.

Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research

  • Sponsor: AFOSR
  • Due: Continuously accepted
  • Research regarding information systems, trust, computational intelligence, security, and science of information are of interest, among other topics.  White papers requested.


  • Sponsor: Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Due: Mostly continuous; specific to each topical area
  • Needipedia is a portal to current research interests and the needs of the DIA.  Look here often for funding possibilities.

Broad Agency Announcement for Behavioral and Social Science

  • Sponsor: Army Research Institute
  • Due date: continuous; funding decision are made primarily early in the federal fiscal year
  • The Army Research Institute for Behavioral and Social Sciences is interested in basic and applied research in the areas of: Improving Leader and Team Performance, Improving Training in Complex Environments, Understanding Organizational Behavior and Network Science, Including Multi-national and cross-cultural issues, and Identifying, Assessing and Assigning Quality Personnel. The recommended process is to 1) contact the ARI point of contact with your idea, 2) submit an white paper, and 3) submit a full proposal