Quilt Resource for Announced Grant and Program Opportunities

In an effort to support our Quilt members in being apprised of national funding and grant opportunities, this announcement board will increase exposure on a variety of funding and grant opportunities that are relevant to our community.

Please email Jennifer Griffin (griffin@thequilt.net) with any updates to this announcement board.

Announced July 2017:

CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) NSF 17-581
This solicitation replaces NSF 15-590 and calls for proposals in two research infrastructure areas: Institutional Infrastructure and Community Infrastructure. The CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) program drives discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines of the three participating CISE divisions by supporting the creation and enhancement of world-class research infrastructure that will support focused research agendas in computer and information science and engineering. This infrastructure will enable CISE researchers to advance the frontiers of CISE research. Further, through the CRI program, CISE seeks to ensure that individuals from a diverse range of academic institutions, including minority-serving and predominantly undergraduate institutions, have access to such infrastructure.
The CRI program supports two classes of awards:

  • Institutional Infrastructure (II) awards support the creation of new (II-NEW) CISE research infrastructure or the enhancement (II-EN) of existing CISE research infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities at the awardee and collaborating institutions.
  • Community Infrastructure (CI) awards support the planning (CI-P) for new CISE community research infrastructure, the creation of new (CI-NEW) CISE research infrastructure, the enhancement (CI-EN) of existing CISE infrastructure, or the sustainment (CI-SUSTAIN) of existing CISE community infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities for broad-based communities of CISE researchers that extend well beyond the awardee institutions. Each CI award may support the operation of such infrastructure, ensuring that the awardee institution(s) is (are) well positioned to provide a high quality of service to CISE community researchers expected to use the infrastructure to realize their research goals.

Total Anticipated Funding Amount: $18,000,000 annually, subject to fund availability

  • Institutional Infrastructure Proposals – up to 15 awards; the majority will be awarded in the range of $200,000 – $750,000; a small number may be awarded in the range of $750,000 – $1,000,000.
  • Community Infrastructure Proposals – up to 15 awards; the majority will be awarded in the range of $500,000-$1,000,000; a small number may be awarded in the range of $1,000,000-$2,000,000.

Estimated Number of Awards: 25-30
Deadline for Preliminary Proposals: November 2, 2017
Deadline for Full Proposals: January 11, 2018
Website:  https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17581/nsf17581.htm

Announced March 2017:

NSF 17-546: Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications (BD Spokes)

This solicitation replaces NSF 16-510 and calls for new BD Spoke proposals to be awarded in FY 2018. Collaborating with BD Hubs, each BD Spoke will focus on a particular topic that requires Big Data approaches and solutions. The set of activities managed by a BD Spoke will promote progress towards solutions in the chosen topic area. The regional BD Hub Steering Committee will provide general guidance to each BD Spoke and will assist the BD Spoke in coordinating with the national BD Hub network, with other BD Spokes, and with the broader innovation ecosystem.

The Big Data activities of a BD Spoke will be guided by the following broad themes:

  • Accelerating progress towards addressing societal grand challenges relevant to the regional and national priority areas defined by the BD Hubs (information on priority areas can be found on each Hub’s website listed in the Introduction section below);
  • Helping automate the Big Data lifecycle; and
  • Enabling access to and spurring the use of important and valuable available data assets, including international data sets where relevant.

There are two proposal categories: Small and Medium BD Spokes. All (SMALL or MEDIUM) BD Spoke proposals submitted in response to this solicitation must include a Letter of Collaboration from a regional BD Hub. Proposals not including a Letter of Collaboration from a BD Hub will be returned without review. No exceptions will be made.

Total Anticipated Funding Amount: 10,000,000
Small BD Spoke Proposals – funded at $100,000 – $500,000 total for up to three years.
Medium BD Spoke Proposals – funded at $500,000-$1,000,000 total for up to three years.
Estimated Number of Awards: 10 to 20
Deadline for full proposals: September 18, 2017
Website:  https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17546/nsf17546.htm

Announced March 2017
NSF Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society (NSF WINS) ChallengesThe National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced the Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society (NSF WINS) Challenges with up to $2 million in cash prizes. These competitions challenge the public to identify and demonstrate solutions to further wireless networks in two scenarios.(1) The Off-the-Grid Internet Challenge aims to find wireless solutions for communication that can be rapidly deployed in post-disaster situations where Internet access is unavailable or compromised.(2) The Smart Community Networks Challenge aims to find wireless solutions for communication that can be built on top of existing infrastructure to enhance Internet connectivity in communities that need greater access.The program will begin accepting submissions in June 2017. The challenges consist of two stages. First is the Design Concept Stage, for ideas that have been thoroughly researched and designed. Second is the Working Prototype Stage, for projects ready to prototype and demo (applicants must complete the Design Concept Stage in order to advance to the Working Prototype Stage). Applicants have opportunities to win prize money during both stages.The Challenges are being run by the Mozilla Foundation and they have scheduled a series of events to foster collaboration and attract applications: March 25 – Raleigh, NC; April 9 – Oakland, CA; April 15 – Boulder, CO; April 22 – New York, NY.To learn more about the program or to register for events pertaining to the challenge, visit https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2017/03/07/2-million-prize-building-accessible-internet/
Announced March 2017
Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research Program
On March 8, 2017, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a $6.1 million, five-year award to accelerate fundamental research on wireless communication and networking technologies through the foundation’s Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program.Through the PAWR Project Office (PPO), award recipients US Ignite, Inc. and Northeastern University will collaborate with NSF and industry partners to establish and oversee multiple city-scale testing platforms across the United States. The PPO will manage nearly $100 million in public and private investments over the next seven years.Within the next four months, the PPO will develop a Request for Proposals (RFP) calling for teams of communities and research universities to propose the design, development, deployment, and initial operations of multiple platforms for advanced wireless research across the country.If your organization is interested in responding to the RFP when it is released, go to the PAWR website and click on “Get Involved”.About the RFP Process:

  • The PPO anticipates re-issuing the RFP annually on an as-needed basis and subject to the availability of funds to reflect the nature of the contributions from the PAWR Industry Consortium and planned investment by NSF. It is anticipated that the PPO will have annual deadlines for submission during each of the first three years (i.e., 2017, 2018, and 2019).
  • Each year, following receipt of proposals in response to the RFP, the PPO will run a merit review process, comparable to that of NSF, to evaluate the submitted proposals.
  • The awardees of the RFP will be selected based on the merit review process, in consultation with NSF and the PAWR Industry Consortium.
  • Selected awardees of the RFP will be sub-awardees of the PPO.
  • The announcement of the subawardees for the first research platforms is anticipated early next year (2018). The location(s) of the platform(s) will be announced at that time.
  • It is anticipated that the first set of platforms for advanced wireless research will be available for use by late 2019 or early 2020.
Announced December 2016
NSF 17-528 – Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastrucure (CICI)
NSF has recently announced an update to NSF 16-533, Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastrucure (CICI). The update includes the following changes:

  1. Adds a new Program Area, Cybersecurity Enhancement;
  2. Removes the Regional Cybersecurity Collaboration Program Area; and
  3. Renames the Secure and Resilient Architecture Program Area to Resilient Security Architecture for Research Cyberinfrastructure.

CICI comprises the following two program areas:

  1. Resilient Security Architecture for Research Cyberinfrastructure – This program area seeks to address the complexity of collaborative scientific experiments by encouraging novel and trustworthy architectural and design approaches, models and frameworks for the creation of a holistic, integrated security environment that spans the entire scientific CI ecosystem. Projects must demonstrate strong security architecture and systems security engineering generalizable across a diverse scientific workflow. Technical solutions must be driven by at least one scientific community, facility or project.
  2. Cybersecurity Enhancements – Proposals submitted to this area should address scientific research and education needs for secure connectivity on campus and/or externally. Proposals may address the need to assess and redesign their campus security architecture to better support scientific and research data flows. Some areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
    1. Activities such as security assessments and security design reviews that lead to a better understanding of the protocols utilized by the science workflows within a campus or site, between campuses and/or sites, within a region and between regional and national resources. Such activities should lead to a baseline of what is accepted as “normal” traffic traversing the cyberinfrastructure, so that anomalies can be more easily identified by security monitoring systems. Activities may include remediation efforts to ensure the cyberinfrastructure is more secure.
    2. Novel means by which to operationally integrate and deploy commercial and open source security tools such as protocol analyzers, intrusion detection systems, event monitoring tools, logging devices and firewalls to protect all aspects of the scientific workflow.
    3. Efforts to add open source federated identity management to existing cyberinfrastructure-related applications in order to streamline user access to resources hosted within an organization or by another federation partner

Total Anticipated Funding Amount: $8,500,000
Resilient Security Architecture for Research Cyberinfrastructure awards will be supported at up to $1,000,000 total per award for up to three years.
Cybersecurity Enhancement awards will be supported at up to $1,000,000 total per award for up to two years.
Deadline for full proposals: March 1, 2017
Website: https://nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17528/nsf17528.htm