PD-16-018Y Cybermanufacturing Systems – National Science Foundation

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Cybermanufacturing Systems
National Science Foundation

The Cybermanufacturing Systems (CM) Program supports fundamental research to enable the evolution of a wide range of network-accessed manufacturing services that:

  • employ applications (or “apps”) that reside in the “cloud” and plug into an expansible, interactive architecture;
  • are broadly accessible, guarantee reliable execution and have capabilities that are transparent to users; and
  • are accessible at low cost to innovators and entrepreneurs, including both users and providers.

Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Frameworks for partitioning the mechanical design space to ensure tractability of design-to-manufacturing translation, possibly by part type or application domain;
  • Computer-Aided Design (CAD) engines that facilitate the restriction of design options, possibly by facilitating the creation of generic part designs that can be customized by entering a limited number of dimensional parameters;
  • Product- and domain-focused parametric design apps that connect to manufacturing resources and incorporate process constraints to enable part design and fabrication by users who lack detailed process knowledge;
  • Software systems for generating and verifying machine instructions and providing guidance in design for manufacturability;
  • Model-based process and machine controls that plug-and-play in a strongly integrated and networked environment;
  • Methods for selecting and efficiently allocating networked manufacturing resources;
  • Process and materials selection systems;
  • Methods for establishing and maintaining evidence-based certification and controlled visibility of explicit and implicit assumptions;
  • System architectures that are implementable using existing Internet protocols or that aim to identify the specific changes that are needed to existing Internet protocols to improve their effectiveness;
  • Software and protocols for promoting and accommodating user-developed, interoperating manufacturing apps, including hardware computing platforms, operating systems, and middleware; and
  • Methods for safeguarding the security and trustworthiness of cybermanufacturing system elements and integrating them to support end-to-end assurances.

Collaborations between engineering and computer science faculty are strongly encouraged, as are collaborations with software, networking, internet service and industrial companies, including the partner institutes of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI, http://manufacturing.gov/welcome.html) and their member companies.

General Information

Document Type: Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number: PD-16-018Y
Funding Opportunity Title: Cybermanufacturing Systems
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Category Explanation:
Expected Number of Awards: 10
CFDA Number(s): 47.041 — Engineering Grants
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No
Posted Date: Mar 15, 2016
Last Updated Date: Mar 15, 2016
Original Closing Date for Applications: Proposals accepted anytime
Current Closing Date for Applications: Proposals accepted anytime
Archive Date:
Estimated Total Program Funding: $3,000,000
Award Ceiling: $600,000
Award Floor: $10,000
Link to Additional Information: NSF Program Desccription PD-16-018Y
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GEO Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity National Science Foundation

GEO Opportunities for Leadership in Diversitystem
National Science Foundation

General Information

Document Type: Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number: 16-516
Funding Opportunity Title: GEO Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Category Explanation:
Expected Number of Awards: 5
CFDA Number(s): 47.050 — Geosciences
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No
Posted Date: Dec 5, 2015
Creation Date: Dec 5, 2015
Original Closing Date for Applications: Jun 2, 2016  
Current Closing Date for Applications: Jun 2, 2016  
Archive Date: Jul 2, 2016
Estimated Total Program Funding: $2,000,000
Award Ceiling:
Award Floor: $400,000

Additional Information

Agency Name:  

National Science Foundation

Description:  

The geosciences continue to lag other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines in the engagement, recruitment and retention of traditionally underrepresented and underserved minorities, requiring more focused and strategic efforts to address this problem. Diversity is a vital priority for the geosciences community because it promotes innovation, strengthens the community’s ability to tackle complex geoscience research problems, and engenders widespread public Earth and environmental science literacy. Prior investments made by the National Science Foundation (NSF) related to broadening participation in STEM have identified many effective strategies and model programs for engaging, recruiting, and retaining underrepresented students in the geosciences. These investments also have documented clearly the importance of committed, knowledgeable, and persistent leadership for making local progress in broadening participation in STEM and the geosciences. Achieving diversity at larger and systemic scales requires a network of diversity “champions” who can catalyze widespread adoption of these evidence-based best practices and resources. Although many members of the geoscience community are committed to the ideals of broadening participation, the skills and competencies that empower people who wish to have an impact, and make them effective as leaders in that capacity for sustained periods of time, must be cultivated through professional development. But, it is not sufficient to educate prospective leaders on the issues and resources related to broadening participation in STEM. Research on leadership development has documented the complex interplay of personal traits, motivating factors, and environmental contexts that must also be considered in making such professional development efforts successful. This solicitation describes an Ideas Lab on “GEO Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity.” Ideas Labs are intensive workshops focused on finding innovative solutions to grand challenge problems. The ultimate aim of this Ideas Lab, organized by the NSF Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), is to facilitate the design, pilot implementation, and evaluation of innovative professional development curricula that can unleash the potential of geoscientists with interests in broadening participation to become impactful leaders within the community. The expectation is that mixing geoscientists with experts in broadening participation research, behavioral change, social psychology, institutional change management, leadership development research, and pedagogies for professional development will not only engender fresh thinking and innovative approaches for preparing and empowering geoscientists as change agents for increasing diversity, but will also produce experiments that contribute to the research base regarding leader and leadership development. U.S. scientists and educators may submit preliminary proposals only via FastLane as an application to participate in the Ideas Lab, through which a set of multidisciplinary ideas will be developed. Promising approaches developed through the Ideas Lab process will be submitted as full proposals from invited participants.

Link to Additional Information: NSF Publication 16-516
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Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications

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Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications
National Science Foundation

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Relationship to BD Hub and Associated Support

Proposals submitted in response to this solicitation should be from organizations that have past successful experiences engaging in Big Data innovation activities. Proposals must identify the need to be formally connected to a regional BD Hub and reasons why the proposed activities will not be feasible to accomplish independent of the BD Hubs ecosystem. It is expected that a given BD Spoke proposer would have engaged in serious and in-depth discussions with its corresponding BD Hub principals and Steering Committee prior to proceeding with the proposals.

Both Planning and BD Spoke proposals must seek formal approval from the regional BD Hub Steering Committee in the form of a Letter of Collaboration (see Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions).

Missions and Activities

BD Spokes proposals must articulate a clear focus within a specific Big Data topic or application area, while highlighting their Big Data Innovation theme. All BD Spokes must have clearly defined mission statements with goals and corresponding metrics of success. Some templates illustrating the specificity and level of detail for missions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Use a specific set of analytical tools to improve the lead time for predictions of certain critical regional indicators by a given percentage.
  • Given a specific set of high value data sets that were previously siloed and, therefore, usable only within a single research group or institution, make them available to a broader set of groups, or to the public at large, along with appropriate privacy and access control mechanisms.
  • Adapt specified Big Data technologies to automate previously tedious and manual data collection and curation processes for specific types of data in a given field of science.
  • For a specific genre of data, introduce new types of (automated) analytics—which were previously tedious to perform and manual in nature—that can be performed with minimal human intervention. BD Spokes can initiate many different kinds of activities in support of their mission goals.

The BD Spokes role is meant to convene stakeholders to augment and spawn new research efforts as opposed to directly carrying out traditional research. Potential activities for BD Spokes include, but are not limited to:

  • Accelerating the ideation and development of Big Data solutions relevant to its mission by convening stakeholders across sectors (e.g., academic, industry, non-profits, etc.) to partner in results-driven programs and projects;
  • Driving successful pilot programs by acting as a matchmaker between the various academic, industry, and community stakeholders;
  • Engaging stakeholders across the region—including solution providers and end users—to enable dialogue, share best practices, and/or set standards for data access, data formats, metadata, etc.; and
  • Connecting critical data resources to stakeholders that can best utilize them to fulfill the BD Spoke mission.

General Information

Document Type: Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number: 16-510
Funding Opportunity Title: Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Category Explanation:
Expected Number of Awards:
CFDA Number(s): 47.070 — Computer and Information Science and Engineering
47.075 — Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
47.076 — Education and Human Resources
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No
Posted Date: Oct 31, 2015
Creation Date: Oct 31, 2015
Original Closing Date for Applications: Feb 25, 2016  
Current Closing Date for Applications: Feb 25, 2016  
Archive Date: Mar 26, 2016
Estimated Total Program Funding: $10,000,000
Award Ceiling:
Award Floor:

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants:
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: *Who May Submit Proposals: Proposals may only be submitted by the following: -Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities. -State and Local Governments: State educational offices or organizations and local school districts. -Universities and Colleges – Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the US acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations also are referred to as academic in

Additional Information

Agency Name: National Science Foundation
Description: In 2012, the Administration announced the National Big Data Research and Development Initiative to address some of the Nation’s most pressing R&amp;D challenges in extracting knowledge and insights from large, complex collections of digital data. To this end, NSF’s Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) initiated the National Network of Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs (BD Hubs) program to foster multi-sector collaborations among academia, industry, and government. Four BD Hubs have been established, one each in the Midwest, Northeast, South, and West regions of the country (see Introduction for regional definitions). The BD Hubs are expected to serve a convening and coordinating role&mdash;helping to bring together a wide range of Big Data stakeholders in order to connect solution seekers with solution providers. This Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications (BD Spokes) solicitation extends the BD Hubs network by establishing multi-institutional and multi-sector collaborations (i.e., across academia, industry, government, non-profits, etc.) focused on topics of specific interest to a given region, which build upon the capabilities and strengths of said region. Working in concert with the corresponding regional BD Hub, a BD Spoke would work on a particular topic that requires Big Data approaches and solutions. Each BD Spoke would function similar to a BD Hub&mdash;in that it will take on a convening and coordinating roll as opposed to primarily carrying out research&mdash;but with a narrower and goal-driven scope. The set of activities managed by a BD Spoke would ensure that progress is made toward providing solutions in the chosen topic area, including, for example, gathering important stakeholders via forums, meetings, workshops, etc.; engaging with end users and solution providers via competitions, community challenges, etc.; and forming multi-disciplinary teams to tackle questions no single field can solve alone. The regional BD Hub Steering Committee will provide general guidance to the BD Spoke and assist the BD Spoke in coordinating with the national BD Hub network, other BD Spokes, and the broader innovation ecosystem. The Big Data activities of a BD Spoke will be guided by the following broad themes: <ul> <li>Accelerating progress towards addressing societal grand challenges relevant to regional and national priority areas;</li> <li>Helping automate the Big Data lifecycle; and</li> <li>Enabling access to and increasing use of important and valuable available data assets, also including international data sets, where relevant.</li> </ul> This solicitation covers one aspect of NSF’s overall Big Data R&amp;D portfolio, which includes: research; infrastructure development and provisioning; education and workforce development; and community engagement. Prior to preparing a proposal in response to this or any other Big Data-related solicitation, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the solicitation requirements and consult with cognizant NSF program officers to determine appropriateness of fit. For example, this solicitation funds the formation of BD Spokes, as well as planning grants for future BD Spokes proposals, which will primarily carry out collaboration and partnership building activities, and will require a topical and collaborative linkage with a specific BD Hub. This solicitation is not meant to fund proposals where fundamental research is the primary activity. If research is a substantial portion of the proposed activities, please consult with the cognizant NSF program officer of this solicitation. For example, the NSF Critical Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Science &amp; Engineering (BIGDATA) solicitation may be more relevant for those seeking basic research funding in Foundations and Innovative Applications related to Big Data. Similarly, basic privacy research proposals would be more suited to NSF&rsquo;s Secure And Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program. All proposals to this solicitation must include a letter of collaboration from a BD Hub coordinating institution. Any proposals not including a letter of collaboration from a BD Hub coordinating institution will be returned without review. No exceptions will be made.
Link to Additional Information: NSF Publication 16-510
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Division of Environmental Biology SF 424

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Division of Environmental Biology
National Science Foundation

General Information

Document Type: Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number: 15-609
Funding Opportunity Title: Division of Environmental Biology
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Category Explanation:
Expected Number of Awards:
CFDA Number(s): 47.074 — Biological Sciences
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No
Posted Date: Sep 17, 2015
Creation Date: Sep 17, 2015
Original Closing Date for Applications: Aug 2, 2016  Preliminary Proposal Deadline; Full Proposal Deadline
Current Closing Date for Applications: Aug 2, 2016   Preliminary Proposal Deadline; Full Proposal Deadline
Archive Date: Sep 1, 2029
Estimated Total Program Funding: $72,000,000
Award Ceiling: $5,000,000
Award Floor: $5,000

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants:
Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility”
Additional Information on Eligibility:

Additional Information

Agency Name: National Science Foundation
Description: The Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) supports fundamental research on populations, species, communities, and ecosystems. Scientific emphases range across many evolutionary and ecological patterns and processes at all spatial and temporal scales. Areas of research include biodiversity, phylogenetic systematics, molecular evolution, life history evolution, natural selection, ecology, biogeography, ecosystem structure, function and services, conservation biology, global change, and biogeochemical cycles. Research on organismal origins, functions, relationships, interactions, and evolutionary history may incorporate field, laboratory, or collection-based approaches; observational or manipulative experiments; synthesis activities; as well as theoretical approaches involving analytical, statistical, or computational modeling.
Link to Additional Information: NSF Publication 15-609
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