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National Science Foundation

Title: Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) 
Description: Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) is an NSF-wide program that supports international activities across all NSF supported disciplines. The primary goal of PIRE is to support high-quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. PIRE seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community. International partnerships are essential to addressing critical science and engineering problems. In the global context, U.S. researchers and educators must be able to operate effectively in teams with partners from different national environments and cultural backgrounds. PIRE promotes excellence in science and engineering through international collaboration and facilitates development of a diverse, globally-engaged, U.S. science and engineering workforce. This PIRE competition will be open to all areas of science and engineering research which are supported by the NSF.  All prospective PIRE applicants are encouraged to attend the webcast scheduled for 2:30 - 5:00 pm EDT on July 29, 2014, to obtain additional information on the PIRE competition. Viewers will be able to submit questions to the NSF PIRE program officers. The PIRE webcast can be accessed at
Preposal Due:  October 21, 2014
Full Proposal Due:  May 15, 2015

Title: Small Business Technology Transfer Program Phase I
Description: The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program stimulates technological innovation in the private sector by strengthening the role of small business concerns in meeting federal research and development needs, increasing the commercial application of federally supported research results, and fostering and encouraging participation by socially and economically disadvantaged and women-owned small businesses. The STTR Program requires researchers at universities and other nonprofit research institutions to play a significant intellectual role in the conduct of each STTR project. These researchers, by joining forces with a small company, can spin-off their commercially promising ideas while they remain primarily employed at the research institution. This STTR Phase I solicitation aims at encouraging the commercialization of previously NSF-funded fundamental research (NSF funding lineage). It is highly desirable that the core innovation described in the submitted proposals can in some manner be linked to fundamental research funded by the NSF. The proposals submitted should fall into one the four broad topic areas: Biological and Chemical Technologies (BC); Education Applications (EA); Electronics, Information and Communication Technologies (EI); and Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials, and Manufacturing (NM).
Due: Ongoing

Current National Science Foundation grant information can be found at



Title: Environmental Frontier Grants Program
Agency: DENIN
Description:  DENIN invites applications from UD faculty for the Environmental Frontier Grants Program (EFGP). The purpose of the EFGP is to help build research teams who will be competitive for larger, follow-on competitions for federal, state, foundation or industry funding of environmentally focused research. EFGP grants will be awarded to teams of interdisciplinary environmental researchers to collect preliminary data, to formulate and confirm hypotheses, and to develop and validate methodology, as precursors to submitting multi-investigator, environmentally focused funding applications. EFGP grants may focus on interdisciplinary environmental science and engineering, integrated natural and social science projects with an environmental focus, and/or projects including environmental humanities linked to a project’s science/engineering research focus. Environmental research areas of particular interest in this solicitation include: climate, sea level rise, water quality, land use, soil contamination/remediation, sensing/monitoring, economics, ethics, environmental justice, history or policy. Proposals should make a clear and convincing argument for the future fundability and significance of the topic. Within the proposal, applicants should identify funding targets as part of a project timeline. EFGP grants allow interdisciplinary teams to address gaps in knowledge that constitute a barrier to competitive funding applications. It is expected that teams will identify a crucial research focus that will strengthen a key area and will position the team well for the future. It is also expected that a team collaboration be sufficiently mature such that an EFGP grant is likely to be effective. EFGP applicants may include collaborators from academia, government, non-profits or industry. Applicants may request up to $50,000 in direct costs to be spent grant funds over a one-year or two-year period. DENIN anticipates selecting up to five projects for funding this year. 
Due: 5:00 p.m., Friday, November 15, 2013. Because of the government shutdown, this deadline has been extended to December 13.

In conjunction with the Environmental Frontier Grants Program, we recommend the following links for those investigating potential federal programs that sponsor environmental research:

National Science Foundation

U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

U.S. Department of Agriculture

National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Environmental Protection Agency

Title: National Center for Environmental Research
Agency:  EPA
Description:  Requests for applications (RFAs) currently planned for the coming months can be found at this site. Please be aware that this list is tentative and may change due to changes in agency priorities, congressional direction, and/or budgetary constraints. The list may change periodically and should only be used as a guide to assist potential applicants. Please check back for updates or sign up for the agency's RFA email list to get announcements when RFAs are posted.

Individuals can sign up for the EPA listserver to be notified when new grant or funding opportunities are available at