Grant and Program Announcements

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.

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Announced May 2020:

FY 2020 EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs including CARES Act Funding

Category Explanation of Funding Activity: **This section reflects the availability of financial assistance for CARES Act Recovery Assistance Projects.** The Economic Development Administration’s (EDA’s) mission is to lead the Federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for economic growth and success in the worldwide economy. EDA fulfills this mission through strategic investments and partnerships that create the regional economic ecosystems required to foster globally competitive regions throughout the United States. EDA supports development in economically distressed areas of the United States by fostering job creation and attracting private investment. Under this NOFO, EDA solicits applications from applicants in order to provide investments that support construction, non construction, planning, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works program and EAA program (which includes Assistance to Coal Communities and Nuclear Closure Communities). Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities, including those negatively impacted by changes to the coal economy and nuclear power plant closures. Details about financial assistance for CARES Act Recovery Assistance Projects are located in the addendum released 05/07/2020.

Expected Number of Awards: 3000

Award Ceiling: $30,000,000
Award Floor: $100,000

Deadline for Submission: There are no submission deadlines under this opportunity. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the publication of a new PWEAA NOFO.


Announced April 2020:

The Internet Society Foundation Emergency Response Grant Programme: COVID-19

Objectives: This program will provide funding to organizations working on projects that utilize the Internet to improve lives during or in response to an emergency situation. In 2020, the Foundation’s focus will be on projects that respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, both during the immediate period of the crisis but also looking ahead at responses to the inevitable “second wave” later this year/into 2021.

  • Provide urgent support to produce lasting, positive outcomes in response to a regional or global emergency
  • Help ensure the success of existing Internet-based initiatives and/or help create new ones that encourage long-term resiliency

Funding: Grants of $250,000 to $500,000 USD will be awarded for projects lasting up to 12 months.

2020 Timeframe:

  • Applications accepted: 5 May to 17 May 2020
  • Independent Review Panel evaluation: 18 May to 22 May 2020
  • Decisions shared: Beginning 27 May 2020


Announced March 2020:

Federal Government Invests $50M in Museums, Libraries to Address Digital Divide During COVID-19

Objectives: States and territories will be able to use the funds to expand digital network access, purchase internet accessible devices, and provide technical support services to citizens to address digital includes efforts.
These funds are intended for immediate projects with measurable outcomes in community impact

Awards: This agency is allocating $30M of these funds as grants through State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs). Reference: IMLS State Allotment Table.


Announced March 2018:

NSF 18-547 Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure

NSF has recently announced an update to NSF 17-528, the Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI). The CICI program continues to support the goal of a secure scientific workflow. This current solicitation,

  • Adds two new program areas, Collaborative Security Response Center and Research Data Protection;
  • Removes the Cybersecurity Enhancement Area; and
  • Renames the Resilient Security Architecture for Research Cyberinfrastructure program area to Secure Scientific Cyberinfrastructure.

The objective of the Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI) program is to develop, deploy and integrate security solutions that benefit the scientific community by ensuring the integrity, resilience and reliability of the end-to-end scientific workflow. CICI seeks three categories of projects:

  1. Secure Scientific Cyberinfrastructure: These awards seek to secure the scientific workflow 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;
  2. Collaborative Security Response Center: This single award targets the development of a community resource to provide security monitoring, analysis, expertise, and resources Research & Education (R&E) cyberinfrastructure staff, regardless of physical location or organization; and
  3. Research Data Protection: These awards provide solutions that both ensure the provenance of research data and reduce the complexity of protecting research data sets regardless of funding

Estimated Number of Awards: 6 to 12
Anticipated Funding Amount: $10,000,000 to $12,000,000, subject to the availability of funds.

  • Secure Scientific Cyberinfrastructure awards will be supported at up to $1,000,000 total per award for up to three years.
  • Research Data Protection awards will be supported at up to $1,000,000 total per award for up to three years.
  • A single Collaborative Security Response Center award will be supported at up to $5,000,000 for up to three years.

Deadline for Submission: June 4, 2018

Announced November 2017

NSF 18-508: Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*)
NSF has recently announced an update to NSF 16-567. The Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) program now re-focuses on networking-centric activities. As a result of this re-focusing, the number of program areas in CC* has been reduced to four. Last year’s Network Design program area has been modified this year to provide a more scalable approach in funding groups of under-resourced institutions. All other program areas from last year have been discontinued, except for the Network Integration and Applied Innovation area. A new area has been added this year on Network Performance Engineering and Outreach. An emphasis on wireless innovation and deployment has been added to two of the four areas.

CC* awards will be supported in the following four (4) areas:

  1. Data Driven Networking Infrastructure for the Campus and Researcher is estimated to have 5-10 awards that will be supported at up to $500,000 total for up to 2 years;
  2. Network Design and Implementation for Small Institutions awards is estimated to have 5-10 awards that will be supported at up to $750,000 total for up to 2 years;
  3. Network Integration and Applied Innovation awards is estimated to have 2-5 awards that will be supported at up to $1,000,000 total for up to 2 years; and
  4. Network Performance Engineering and Outreach is estimated to have 1 award that will be supported at up to $3,500,000 total for up to 4 years.

Anticipated Funding Amount Total: $10,000,000-$17,000,000
Estimated Number of Awards: 13-26
Deadline for full proposals: January 30, 2018

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

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