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National Science Foundation Agency

Dear Colleague Letter: ENG/CMMI Call for NSF Big Ideas Proposals
Funding Opportunity Number: NSF 18-029
Application Submission Window: 1/10/2018 – 1/24/2018
Synopsis
On April 3, 2017, NSF initiated a growing convergence research at NSF to catalyze new research directions and advance scientific discovery and innovation across the 10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments. The Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) invites organizations to submit proposals relevant to the following four Big Ideas, as they intersect with core CMMI topics defined in CMMI program descriptions: 1) Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Shaping the Future; 2) Navigating the New Arctic; 3) Harnessing the Data Revolution for 21st Century Science and Engineering; and 4) Understanding the Rules of Life: Predicting Phenotype.
Link: NSF 18-029

National Science Foundation
Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes

Funding Opportunity Number: NSF 18-523
Application Due Date: 3/7/2018
Estimated Maximum Total Value: $13,400,000
Maximum Value Per Award: Type Smaller-scale Projects: $750,000; Type 2 Larger-scale Projects: $750,001 to $2,000,000
Estimated Contract Duration: Type 1 Awards: 2-3 years; Type 2 Awards: 3-4 years
Expected Number of Awards: 8-18
Summary
The goals of the CRISP 2.0 solicitation are twofold: 1) to significantly enhance the understanding, design and operation of interdependent critical infrastructure systems and processes in support of continued flow of essential goods and services despite disruptions and failures from natural, technological or human-induced causes; and 2) to provide opportunities to innovate in the new science of integrative system design in ICIs with emphasis on the essential role of humans in the system.
Link: 18-523

National Science Foundation
Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Funding Opportunity Number: 18-524
Application Due Date: 3/6/2018
Estimated Maximum Total Value: $30,000,000
Range of Maximum Total Values Per Award: Track 1: Building Capacity: $500,000 - $1,500,000 open to all institutions; Track 2: HSIs New to NSF: $250,000 and one Resource Hub project up to $3,000,000
Estimated Contract Duration: Track 1: Building Capacity: 5 years; Track 2: HSIs New to NSF: 3 years
Expected Number of Awards: Unspecified
Summary
The Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI Program) seeks to enhance the quality of undergraduate STEM education at HSIs and to increase retention and graduation rates of undergraduate students pursuing degrees in STEM fields at HSIs. The HSI Program seeks to build capacity at HSIs that typically do not receive high levels of NSF grant funding.
Link: 18-524

National Science Foundation
Re-entry to Active Research Program

Funding Opportunity Number: 18-525
Application Due Date: No deadline date
Estimated Maximum Total Value: $1,200,000
Maximum Annual Value Per Award: $100,000
Estimated Contract Duration: 3 years
Expected Number of Awards: 4
Summary
The primary objective of the RARE program is to re-engage highly meritorious individuals who have experienced a decrease in active research productivity after a hiatus, and catalyze their promotion or advancement on the academic tenure-track. By providing re-entry points to active academic research, the RARE program will reinvest in the nation's most highly trained scientists and engineers, while broadening participation and increasing diversity of experience.
Link: 18-525

Department of Energy - Office of Science/Office of Science
FY 2018 Research and Development for Next Generation Nuclear Physics Accelerator Facilities

Funding Opportunity Number: DE-FOA-0001848
Application Due Date: 1/19/2018
Estimated Maximum Total Value: $14,000,000
Maximum Total Value Per Award: $2,000,000
Estimated Contract Duration: 2 years
Expected Number of Awards: 10
Summary
Interest in receiving applications for Research and Development (R&D) efforts directed at accelerator R&D for next generation NP accelerator facilities. A companion Program Announcement to DOE National Laboratories (LAB 18-1848) will be posted on the SC Grants and Contracts web site at: http://www.science.energy.gov/grants.
Link: DE-FOA-0001848

National Aeronautics and Space Administration/Stennis Space Center
Dual Use Technology Development Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) 2018

Funding Opportunity Number: 80SSC017Z0001
Application Due Date: 9/30/2018
Estimated Maximum Total Value: Unspecified
Estimated Contract Duration: 12 months
Expected Number of Awards: Unspecified
Summary
This CAN supports identification and implementation of cost-sharing partnerships to develop technology to meet a specific NASA need at SSC. Scope: This notice seeks responses from potential partners interested in entering into a Cooperative Agreement with NASA for the joint development of technologies to meet SSC needs. These technology development projects are managed by the Chief of the Advanced Technology & Technology Transfer branch at the John C. Stennis Space Center, Stennis Space Center, MS.
Link: 80SSC017Z0001

Department of Commerce
Climate and Societal Interactions

Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-CPO-2018-2005445
Application Due Date: 3/16/2018
Estimated Maximum Total Value: RISA Award: : RISA: $2,000,000; COCA/RISA Pilot: $800,000; IRAP: $350,000
Maximum Annual Value Per Award: Unspecified
Estimated Contract Duration: RISA: 4 years; COCA/RISA Pilot: 2 years; IRAPs: 2 years
Expected Number of Awards: Multiple
Summary
The objectives are: 1. Support innovative, applicable, and transferable approaches for decision making, especially for risk characterization in the context of a variable and changing climate; 2. Establish a network of regionally scoped, long-term efforts to inform climate risk management and decision making; and 3. Promote transfer of climate knowledge, tools, products, and services within NOAA, across the federal government, nationally, and internationally. Objectives are pursued through four interdisciplinary research programs: Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment (RISA) Program; International Research and Applications Project (IRAP); Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP); and Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications program (COCA).
Link: NOAA-OAR-CPO-2018-2005445

Law and Justice
Department of Justice/Office on Violence Against Women
OVW FY 2018 Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program Solicitation

Funding Opportunity Number: OVW-2018-13828
Letter of Registration: 1/11/2018
Application Due Date: 2/1/2018
Estimated Maximum Total Value: $35,000,000
Range of Total Values Per Award: $600,000 - $800,000
Estimated Contract Duration: 36 months
Expected Number of Awards: 60
Summary
The program is intended to increase the availability of civil and criminal legal assistance needed to effectively aid adult and youth victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking who are seeking relief in legal matters relating to or arising out of that abuse or violence, at minimum or no cost to the victims. The objective of the LAV Grant Program is to develop innovative, collaborative projects that provide quality representation to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
Link: OVW-2018-13828

INTERNATIONAL
U.S. Agency for International Development/South Africa USAID-Pretoria
Advancing the South African HIV Response for Key Populations

Funding Opportunity Number: 72067418RFA00003
Application Due Date: 2/5/2018
Range of Estimated Maximum Total Values: MSM: $14,000,000 - $15,500,000; SW: $14,000,000 - $15,500,000; TG: $2,000,000 - $4,000,000$
Estimated Contract Duration: 5 years
Expected Number of Awards: 3
Summary
The purpose of this activity is to reduce HIV incidence and mitigate the impact of HIV in South Africa through the advancement of HIV prevention, care, and treatment services and interventions for key populations, namely sex workers (SW), men who have sex with men (MSM), and transgender (TG) individuals.
Link: 72067418RFA00003

U.S. Agency for International Development
Long-term Assistance and SErvices for Research (LASER)

Funding Opportunity Number: 7200AA18RFA00004
Application Due Date: 1/24/2018
Estimated Maximum Total Value: $70,000,000
Maximum Annual Value Per Award: $14,000,000
Estimated Contract Duration: 5 years
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Summary
Seeking to leverage and support international university networks, inclusive of universities from both the United States and lower-middle income countries (LMIC), to improve development research opportunities, evidence generation, and uptake by development actors and policy makers. As part of the Cooperative Agreement, USAID will support a recipient to identify new research questions, fund research activities, translate research results into development impact, and build capacity of local higher education institutions and researchers.
Link: 7200AA18RFA00004

Department of State/U.S. Mission to Japan
U.S. Embassy Tokyo PAS Annual Program Statement

Funding Opportunity Number: PAS-TOKYO-FY18-01
Application Deadline: 8/1/2018
Estimated Maximum Total Value: $200,000
Maximum Total Value Per Award: $100,000
Estimated Contract Duration: 24 months
Expected Number of Awards: 5
Summary
The U.S. Embassy Tokyo Public Affairs Section is pleased to announce its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. The Annual Program Statement outlines funding priorities, the strategic themes, and the procedures for submitting requests for funding.
Link: PAS-TOKYO-FY18-01

Department of State/U.S. Mission to Sri Lanka
U.S. Dept. of State U.S. Embassy Colombo Public Affairs Section Grants Program for Maldives

Funding Opportunity Number: PAS-COL-FY18-02
Application Due Date: 2/16/2018
Estimated Maximum Total Value: Unspecified
Average Total Value Per Award: $24,000
Estimated Contract Duration: 12 months
Expected Number of Awards: Unspecified
Summary
Grants are intended for local representatives of civil society including non-governmental organizations, cultural institutions, universities, schools, and individuals. To receive funding, grants must support one of the following goals: 1) Promote tolerance, by funding proposals that combat hate and build community cohesion; engage at-risk youth; promote digital literacy; and engage communities on respect for diversity. 2) Improve respect for human rights, through programs which strengthen democratic values; enhance awareness and protection of human rights principles; and encourage gender equality. 3) Improve respect for and application of freedom of expression, through programs that promote a free and open media; strengthen understanding of social media; empower journalists through training.
Link: PAS-COL-FY18-02

Education, Community, and Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
NEA Art Works I, FY2019

Funding Opportunity Number: 2018NEA01AW1
Application Due Date: 2/15/2018
Estimated Maximum Total Value: Unspecified
Average Total Value Per Award: $25,000
Estimated Contract Duration: 2 years
Expected Number of Awards: Unspecified
Summary
An organization may submit only one application through one of the following FY 2019 categories: Art Works or Challenge America. If an organization applies to the Challenge America category, it may not submit another application to the Art Works category. The Arts Endowment's support of a project may start on or after January 1, 2019. Art Works Program Description To support artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity. A minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount is required.
Link: 2018NEA01AW1

National Endowment for the Humanities
Public Scholar Program

Funding Opportunity Number: 20180207-FZ
Application Due Date: 2/7/2018
Estimated Maximum Total Value: Unspecified
Maximum Value Per Award: $50,400
Estimated Contract Duration: 12 months
Average Number of Awards: 25
Summary
The Program supports well-researched books in the humanities intended to reach a broad readership. Books supported by this program must be grounded in humanities research and scholarship, making appropriate use of primary and/or secondary sources. They must also be written in a readily accessible style, addressing significant humanities themes in a way that will appeal to a large audience of general readers. The program is open to both individuals affiliated with scholarly institutions and to independent scholars, researchers, and writers. Projects may be at any stage of development.
Link: 20180207-FZ

NOTICES
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Protected Forward Communications (PFC)

Solicitation Number: HR001118S0009
Response Date: February 14, 2018
DARPA is soliciting innovative proposals for the design, development, and testing of a system that will enable small unit tactical operations to persist in electronic warfare (EW) conditions by developing an integrated communication system protecting local, airborne, and reachback communications from exploitation and denial. The Protected Forward Communications (PFC) program will demonstrate maturity of technical elements and produce a qualified system design that reduces the risk of system integration through a structured system engineering approach. The result of PFC is a qualified design with experiential support ready for full development and user trial (DUT) activity.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency/Defense Sciences Office (DSO)
Gamma Request for Information (RFI)

Solicitation Number: DARPA-SN-18-13
Response Date: Jan 12, 2018
DARPA is requesting information on proposed and current research and techniques supporting the production of monoenergetic or quasi-monoenergetic photons in the range of 3 to 15 MeV with very high intensity.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Hallmark Tools and Capabilities 2 (Hallmark-TC2)

Solicitation Number: HR001118S0008
Response Date: February 21, 2018
The objective of the Tools and Capabilities 2 portion of the Hallmark program is to develop and validate additional technologies for enabling the full spectrum of military space enterprise command and control capabilities

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Ocean of Things Proposers Day

Solicitation Number: DARPA-SN-18-14
DARPA will host a Proposers Day in support of an upcoming DARPA BAA HR001118S0013, Ocean of
Things, on Thursday, January 4 2018. The purpose of this meeting is to provide information on the Ocean of Things program, promote additional discussion on this topic, address questions from potential proposers, and provide an opportunity for potential proposers to share their capabilities and ideas for teaming arrangements. Participants must register for the Ocean of Things Proposers
Day through the registration website by December 27, 2017 . The BAA is expected to be released prior to the Proposers Day.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency/Microsystems Technology Office (MTO)
Computing Hardware for Lifelong Learning Request for Information (RFI)

Solicitation Number: DARPA-SN-18-08
Responses due: December 22, 2017
DARPA seeks information on identifying pathways and obstacles to the effective implementation of lifelong machine learning. This Request for Information (RFI) specifically requests feedback on assessing the state of the art in hardware for lifelong machine learning and determining next steps. DARPA is inviting interested parties with capabilities, methodologies, and approaches related to computing hardware for lifelong learning to provide white papers defining a position on an issue of importance to this research direction. Responses to this RFI will be used to identify participants for a workshop. Participation in this RFI and the Computing Hardware for Lifelong Learning workshop are on a voluntary basis and entities will not be funded or reimbursed for response preparation or workshop participation.

National Science Foundation Agency
Dear Colleague Letter: Division Human Resource Development (HRD) Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) Employment Opportunity
Funding Opportunity Number: NSF 18-030
Application Due Date: Unspecified
Synopsis
NSF announces a nationwide search for a rotator program director who will work with HRD programs. Formal consideration of applications will begin mid-December. HRD serves as a focal point for NSF's agency-wide commitment to enhancing the quality and excellence of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and research through broadening participation of historically underrepresented groups - minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a STEM discipline or STEM education supported by NSF, plus, after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position.
Link: NSF 18-030