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Science & Technology for Advanced Manufacturing Projects (STAMP)

Department of Defense

Office of Naval Research

Deadline: November 30th, 2022


The Department of Defense Manufacturing Technology Program (ManTech) is the Defense Department's investment mechanism for staying at the forefront of defense-essential manufacturing capability. The Program develops technologies and processes for the affordable and timely production and sustainment of defense systems. The Program impacts all phases of acquisition. It aids in achieving reduced acquisition and total ownership costs by developing, maturing, and transitioning key manufacturing technologies. ONR will focus investments on those that have the most benefit to the warfighter and include quick-hitting, rapid response projects to address immediate manufacturing needs.

 The ManTech Program targets the needs of our warfighters and weapon system programs by helping to find and implement affordable low-risk solutions. The ManTech Program:

 

Provides the crucial link between technology invention and development and industrial applications;

Matures and validates emerging manufacturing technologies to support low-risk implementation in industry and DoD facilities, for example depots and shipyards;

Addresses production issues from system development through transition to production and sustainment;

Disseminates information concerning improved manufacturing improvement concepts, including information on such matters as best manufacturing practices, product data exchange specifications, computer-aided acquisition and logistics support, and rapid acquisition of manufactured parts; and

Sustains and enhances the skills and capabilities of the manufacturing work force

 

Using the authority of the Manufacturing Technology Program codified at 10 U.S.C. §2521, the Department of Defense (DoD) established a group of manufacturing innovation institutes in technology areas with relevance to military systems. These institutes are executed and managed by the services (Army, Air Force, and Navy). Each institute consists of members, including private companies, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, federal laboratories, and state and local governments. These DoD-managed institutes are also involved in the Department of Commerce Manufacturing USA network as part of a longterm collaborative partnership-of- choice in light of a common purpose.

 The overall goal of this effort is to continue to support Manufacturing Technology projects that offer potential for advancement and improvement of military operations in areas that address the focus areas of the ManTech Program, as noted in the above paragraphs, and the Manufacturing Innovation Institutes (MIIs), as described in Appendix 3. The long-term goals of this BAA are to create market expansion; and components and systems utilizing new optimized high performing material systems across defense, aerospace, automotive, energy, and consumer products industries.

 The focus of this BAA is primarily on projects that continue to advance the systems engineering approach needed for the design, fabrication, and manufacture of structural components to address challenges in system weight, performance, affordability, and/or survivability. The foundation of this approach should include the integration of materials information, captured in computational tools, with engineering product performance analysis and manufacturing-process simulation termed commonly as Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME). From this foundation it is expected the integration of manufacturing process information and product performance information utilizing the full range of engineering and analytical tools, processes, and principles to improve efficiency and effectiveness of their integrated approach. The intent is to bring together materials designers, materials suppliers, product designers, and manufacturers to collaborate on the design, production, and commercialization of novel affordable, manufacturable systems. Projects may include basic and applied research, technology and component development, and prototyping; but may also focus on manufacturing supply-chain technical support and integration, workforce development, and manufacturing education.

 Prior to preparing proposals, potential offerors are encouraged strongly to contact the ONR technical point of contact (POC) identified for this program.


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Smart and Connected Communities

National Science Foundation

Deadline: Ongoing

Communities in the United States (US) and around the world are entering a new era of transformation in which residents and their surrounding environments are increasingly connected through rapidly-changing intelligent technologies. This transformation offers great promise for improved wellbeing and prosperity but poses significant challenges at the complex intersection of technology and society. The goal of the NSF Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) program solicitation is to accelerate the creation of the scientific and engineering foundations that will enable smart and connected communities to bring about new levels of economic opportunity and growth, safety and security, health and wellness, accessibility and inclusivity, and overall quality of life.

 For the purposes of this solicitation, communities are defined as having geographically-delineated boundaries—such as towns, cities, counties, neighborhoods, community districts, rural areas, and tribal regions—consisting of various populations, with the structure and ability to engage in meaningful ways with proposed research activities. A 'smart and connected community' is, in turn, defined as a community that synergistically integrates intelligent technologies with the natural and built environments, including infrastructure, to improve the social, economic, and environmental well-being of those who live, work, learn, or travel within it.

 The S&CC program encourages researchers to work with community stakeholders to identify and define challenges they are facing, enabling those challenges to motivate use-inspired research questions. For this solicitation, community stakeholders may include some or all of the following: residents, neighborhood or community groups, nonprofit or philanthropic organizations, businesses, as well as municipal organizations such as libraries, museums, educational institutions, public works departments, and health and social services agencies. The S&CC program supports integrative research that addresses fundamental technological and social science dimensions of smart and connected communities and pilots solutions together with communities. Importantly, this program is interested in projects that consider the sustainability of the research outcomes beyond the life of the project, including the scalability and transferability of the proposed solutions.

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NSF Convergence Accelerator Phases 1 and 2 for the 2022 Cohort, Track I: Sustainable Materials for Global Challenges

National Science Foundation

Deadline: July 20th, 2022

 

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Convergence Accelerator program addresses national-scale societal challenges through use-inspired convergence research. Using a convergence approach and innovation processes like human-centered design, user discovery, and team science and integration of multidisciplinary research, the Convergence Accelerator program seeks to transition basic research and discovery into practice—to solve high-impact societal challenges aligned with specific research themes (tracks).

The objective of the NSF Convergence Accelerator's Track I: Sustainable Materials for Global Challenges will be to converge advances in fundamental materials science with materials design and manufacturing methods in an effort to couple their end-use and full life-cycle considerations for environmentally- and economically-sustainable materials and products.

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Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences

Division of Mathematical Sciences, National Science Foundation

National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health

Deadline: September 19th, 2022

The Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS)in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF)and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)plan to support fundamental research in mathematics and statistics necessary to answer questions in the biological and biomedical sciences. Both agencies recognize the need to promote research at the interface between mathematical and life sciences. This program is designed to encourage new collaborations, as well as to support innovative activities by existing teams. The joint DMS/NIGMS initiative offers two submission tracks: Track 1 - for projects with a total budget of up to $600,000 and an award duration of 3 years, and Track 2 - for projects with a total budget of up to $1,200,000 and award duration of 3-4 years.

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NSF Mid-Career Advancement

National Science Foundation

Deadline: March 1st, 2023

Please contact OFR if you wish to pursue this opportunity

 

The MCA program offers an opportunity for scientists and engineers at the mid-career stage (see restrictions under Additional Eligibility Information) to substantively enhance and advance their research program and career trajectory. Mid-career scientists are at a critical career transition stage where they need to advance their research programs to ensure long-term productivity and creativity but are often constrained by service, teaching, or other activities that limit the amount of time devoted to research. MCA support is expected to help lift these constraints to reduce workload inequities and enable a more diverse scientific workforce (more women, persons with disabilities, and individuals from groups that have been underrepresented) at high academic ranks.  

The MCA program provides protected time, resources, and the means to gain new skills through synergistic and mutually beneficial partnerships, typically at an institution other than the candidate's home institution. Partners from outside the Principal Investigator's (PI) own subdiscipline or discipline are encouraged, but not required, to enhance interdisciplinary networking and convergence across science and engineering fields. Research projects that envision new insights on existing problems or identify new problems made accessible with cutting-edge methodology or expertise from other fields are encouraged.  

A key component of a successful MCA will be the demonstration that the PI's current research program could substantively benefit from the protected time, mentored partnership(s), and resources provided through this program, such that there is a substantial enhancement to the PI's research and career trajectory, enabling scientific and academic advancement not likely without this support.  

The MCA is the only cross-directorate NSF program specifically aimed at providing protected time and resources to established scientists and engineers targeted at the mid-career stage. Participating programs in the Directorates for Biological Sciences (BIO), Geosciences (GEO), Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), and Education and Human Resources (EHR) will accept MCA proposals. To help identify the disciplinary program in which the MCA should be reviewed, PIs are urged to investigate the research areas supported by the different directorates and participating programs.

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Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act  

Summary of Select Provisions  

   

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act promises a number of relevant funding opportunities in the coming years. The attached list outlines the federal programs established in or amended by the IIJA that will be soliciting funded partnerships, and researchers with an interest in one or more of these highlighted areas may wish to begin preparing proposal materials.  For more information on any of these programs or federal opportunities, please contact the Office of Government Relations.    


 

Foundation Funding Opportunities

Please contact the Office of Foundation Relations. for additional information about these opportunities. Our team is also available to advise and assist with proposal development.

PLEASE NOTE: Many foundations are extending application deadlines due to the COVID-19 situation. Please check the foundation’s website or email foundationrelations@northwestern.edu for more information.


 

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

Beckman Young Investigator Program

Amount: $600,000

Deadline: August 1st, 2022 (LOI)

OFR Contact: Heidi Jurgens

 

The Beckman Young Investigator Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science. Projects should represent a departure from current research directions rather than an extension or expansion of existing programs. Proposed research that cuts across traditional boundaries of scientific disciplines is encouraged. The program is open to those within the first four years of a tenure-track position starting after 1/1/18 and before 8/1/22.

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John Templeton Foundation

Templeton Foundation Research Grants

Deadline: August 19th, 2022 (Online Funding Inquiry)

OFR Contact: Sarah Fodor

 

The Foundation invests in bold ideas from contrarian thinkers — ideas that cross disciplinary boundaries and challenge conventional assumptions. Further, the Foundation funds innovative programs that engage the public with these ideas, in an effort to open minds, deepen understanding, and inspire curiosity. The Foundation is accepting proposals aligned with the Foundation’s 2019-23 strategic priorities in Character Virtue Development, Human Sciences, Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, Philosophy & Theology, and Public Engagement. It will also accept submissions in its Open Funding Track.

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Freeman Hrabowski Scholars Program

Deadline: September 28th, 2022

OFR Contact: Sarah Fodor
 

This new program seeks creative and innovative early career basic researchers, including physician scientists, who have strong potential to become leaders in their fields and to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion through their mentorship and understanding of the experiences of trainees from races and ethnicities underrepresented in U.S. science. Eligible research areas include all areas of basic biomedical science, such as biochemistry, cell biology, physiology, immunology, neurobiology, etc., as well as plant biology, evolutionary biology, biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and/or computational biology. Individuals must have begun their first post-training position and begun a tenure-track faculty position on or after 7/1/18 or have accepted an offer for a tenure-track position that will begin no later than 7/1/23.

Freeman Hrabowski Scholars will be employed by HHMI and will maintain an academic appointment and lab at their research institutions, like HHMI Investigators. Scholars will be appointed to a five-year term with the possibility of renewal for an additional five-year term. Scholars will receive a ~$2 million research budget, salary and benefits, and eligibility to participate in capital equipment purchasing programs in the initial term.

Info sessions will be held on Tuesday, June 14 at 2pm CT and Wednesday, June 22 at 3pm CT.

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Corporate Funding Opportunities

Collaboration Engagement facilitates any connections between Northwestern faculty, students, and staff seeking support from corporations for the purposes of research, scholarship, and strategic engagement. Contact Jim Bray, Director of Corporate Engagement, for more information.


 

 

 

 

 

Bayer  

Bayer Crop Science: Grants4Ag- Enabling Technologies for Plant Transformation

Deadline: July 31st, 2022

 

Plant transformation is a key step in introducing novel traits that can improve our ability to provide sustainable food sources, particularly in row crops. Introducing new traits and gene-editing technology adds complexity to the transformation system and requires extensive research and innovation. We are looking to collaborate and support innovative scientists that can help us feed a growing planet. The intent of this project is to enable research towards developing new plant transformation technologies for row crops, particularly monocots.

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Bayer

Bayer Crop Science: Grants4Ag- Climate Solutions Through Plant Modifications

Deadline: 7/31/22

 

Our goal is to identify and create new trait products to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Through this program, selected proposals will be enabled through transformation work performed at the University of Wisconsin Crop Innovation Center (WCIC), resulting in transgenic or edited materials suitable for further study. Bayer Crop Science is seeking innovative trait approaches to mitigate the impacts of rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide on climate change using technologies that enable on-the-farm carbon sequestration or carbon removal. We seek to fund transformation experiments that enable carbon sequestration or removal in cereals, legumes and pulses relying on the use of gene editing or transgenes.

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Georgia-Pacific

Georgia-Pacific has an open call for proposals for a compostable foam packaging replacement. They also have stated interests in:

  • IoT: People sensing, power and range improvements and product sensing
  • Hygiene Solutions: Personal hygiene and surface sanitization
  • Bioplastics and coatings

Faculty:  Learn more and apply

Contact Maggie Waldron in Corporate Engagement to support the development of the one-page pre-proposal for anyone that’s interested.


 

 

 

 

Pepsico

Materials and Technologies for Greenhouse Gas Reduction in Packaging

Deadline: July 31st, 2022

 

PepsiCo has set out to achieve 100% RCBR (recyclable, compostable, biodegradable or reusable) compliance in packaging by 2025 and a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030. Many of our packaging types are already considered recyclable (e.g., PET bottles, aluminum cans, glass packaging). But to reach our goals we must reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the course of the packaging’s entire lifecycle. We are seeking technologies that will reduce GHG emissions during packaging production or over the entire lifecycle of PET bottles, aluminum cans, and glass packaging (and other types of packaging) without sacrificing packaging quality. Solutions of interest include:  

Highly functional materials, additives, or coatings that improve packaging properties (e.g., barrier, mechanical properties) and therefore can enable light weighting
Additives or coatings that reduce energy usage during packaging production resulting in lower GHG emissions
Packaging production processes with reduced energy usage

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Rolex

2023 Rolex Awards for Enterprise

Deadline: October 17th, 2022

 

The Rolex Awards for Enterprise identify and invest in exceptional people seeking solutions to humankind’s most pressing challenges. These visionary individuals are united by a commitment to improve life and protect our planet. They have in common the ability to embrace projects that require creativity and determination in the face of considerable odds.
Rolex is seeking innovative projects in the five following areas: science and health; the environment; applied technology; exploration; cultural heritage. The five Laureates will receive substantial funding and worldwide publicity to assist with their projects. They will also be granted access to the Rolex community of Laureates for advice and guidance.

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CONTACT AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Fruma Yehiely, Associate Vice President for Research

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