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Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Core Research (FW-HTF) 
Deadline: March 6, 2019 

The Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier (FW-HTF), one of the Big Ideas, is one mechanism by which NSF is responding to the challenges and opportunities for the future of jobs and work. The overarching vision is to support convergent research to understand and develop the human-technology partnership, design new technologies to augment human performance, illuminate the emerging socio-technological landscape, understand the risks and benefits of new technologies, understand and influence the impact of artificial intelligence on workers and work, and foster lifelong and pervasive learning. 

The specific objectives of the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier program are: 

1. To facilitate convergent research that employs the joint perspectives, methods, and knowledge of computer science, engineering, learning sciences, research on education and workforce training, and social, behavioral, and economic sciences; 

2. To encourage the development of a research community dedicated to designing intelligent technologies and work organization and modes inspired by their positive impact on individual workers, the work at hand, the way people learn and adapt to technological change, creative and supportive workplaces (including remote locations, homes, classrooms, or virtual spaces), and benefits for social, economic, and environmental systems at different scales; 

3. To promote deeper basic understanding of the interdependent human-technology partnership to advance societal needs by advancing design of intelligent work technologies that operate in harmony with human workers, including consideration of how adults learn the new skills needed to interact with these technologies in the workplace, and by enabling broad workforce participation, including improving accessibility for those challenged by physical or cognitive impairment; and 

4. To understand, anticipate, and explore ways of mitigating potential risks arising from future work at the human-technology frontier. 

A proposal for a research grant in this program must focus on advancing fundamental understanding of future work, and potential improvements to work, workplaces, workforce preparation, or work outcomes for workers and society. It must be convergent research that addresses the technological as well as the human and societal dimensions and potential impact of future work, and in doing so, make significant contributions to both intellectual merit and broader impact. Achieving this goal requires integration and convergence of disciplines across computer science, engineering, learning sciences, research on education and workforce training, and social, behavioral, and economic sciences. 

Young Investigator Grant for Probiotics Research 
Deadline: March 6, 2019 

The Global Probiotics Council (GPC), a committee established in 2004 by DANONE NUTRICIA RESEARCH and YAKULT HONSHA CO., LTD., has announced the twelfth annual Young Investigator Grant for Probiotics Research (YIGPRO).  The Council is offering two grants in the amount of $50,000 each for 2019. The purpose of these grants is to support new research on probiotics and gastrointestinal microbiota in the United States.  Young Investigators committed to basic research on gastrointestinal microbiota, probiotics and their role in health and wellness should apply. 

For more information visit the program details.

PhRMA Foundation’s 3rd Annual Challenge Awards RFP 
Deadline: March 15, 2019

The PhRMA Foundation’s 3rd Annual Challenge Awards have kicked off, and the top prize for the winning paper is $50,000. The deadline is submitting your intent is March 15th. The PhRMA Foundation is seeking concept papers on new or underused techniques to improve healthcare decision making. The Challenge Awards are open to individuals, teams, and organizations from all fields and backgrounds. Please note that the Foundation has specifically encouraged the health economics and research community (who would typically be candidates for this award) to reach out to innovative thinkers in non-traditional health fields.  

The 2019 Challenge Question is:  

“What are innovative, patient-centered approaches to contribute to health care value assessment that move beyond the inherent limitations of analyses based on the quality-adjusted life year (QALY) metric?” 

Have a great idea? The submission process is easy. The first step is writing a letter of intent (600 words or less) by March 15th to If your letter of intent is accepted, you will be asked to write and submit a full proposal due May 1, 2019. 

For more information, download our brochure here. 

Please contact the PhRMA Foundation at 202-572-7756 with any questions.  

Clinical and Biological Measures of TBI-related dementia including Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) 

HHS/National Institutes of Health 

Letter of Interest Deadline:  30 days prior to application deadline 
Application Deadline:  April 15, 2019 

Funding Opportunity Number:  RFA-NS-19-026  
Application Link:  RFA-NS-19-026 

Estimated Total FY 2019 Value:  $2,700,000 
Maximum Annual Direct Costs Per Award:  $1,000,000 
Estimated Contract Duration:  5 years 

Estimated Number of Awards:  4 


The purpose is to support the investigation of biological and clinical measures of TBI-related progressive neurodegeneration and neurocognitive decline associated with increased risk for dementia and /or traumatic encephalopathy syndrome (TES). The overall goal is to advance knowledge of the underlying pathophysiology and clinical characterization of the chronic effects of TBI that distinguish static-chronic TBI cognitive impairment from those that lead to progressive neurodegeneration associated with TES and dementia. Investigations should be conducted in existing, well-characterized populations of patients with a history of TBI, enriched for increased risk of cognitive impairment or dementia, that have been and can continue to be followed longitudinally. A critical feature of this FOA includes the broad sharing of clinical, neuroimaging, physiological, and biospecimen data to further advance research in this area. 

Neuropathological Assessment of TBI-related Neurodegeneration and Neurocognitive decline - Center Without Walls (NATBI CWOW) (U54 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) 

HHS/National Institutes of Health 

Letter of Interest Deadline:  March 15, 2019 
Application Deadline:  April 15, 2019 
Funding Opportunity Number:  RFA-NS-19-030 
Link:  RFA-NS-19-030 

Estimated Maximum Total Value:  Unspecified 
Maximum Annual Direct Costs Per Award:  $1,250,000 
Estimated Contract Duration:  5 years 

Estimated Number of Awards:  1 


The purpose is to support a multisite study to comprehensively characterize the neuropathological features associated with neurodegeneration and neurocognitive decline in persons with a history of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Investigations should elucidate the contribution of key individual and injury characteristics to describe associations between neuropathological burden and antemortem clinicopathologic symptoms, and outline the prevalence of TBI-related parkinsonism, TBI-related Alzheimers, and CTE in the participating brain banks.  

Department of Defense Advanced Computing Initiative (ACI) Fiscal Year 2019  

Department of Defense/Dept of the Army—Materiel Command 

Concept Paper Deadline:  March 25, 2019 
Application Deadline:  March 31, 2019 
Funding Opportunity Number:  W911NF-19-S-0007 
Application Link:  W911NF-19-S-0007 

Estimated Annual Maximum Total Value:  $5,000,000 
Range of Annual Values Per Award Type:  Short Term Awards: $5,000 - $50,000; Full Single investigator small team awards: $30,000 - $500,000; Full Large team awards: $500,000 - $2,000,000 

Estimated Contract Duration:  3 years 

Estimated Number of Awards:  Multiple 


The ACI is a computing systems research program that focuses on areas of strategic importance to U.S. national security policy. It seeks to increase the Department's intellectual capital in computing systems and improve its ability to address future challenges and build bridges between the Department and the computing research community. The end of CMOS transistor scaling, and the emergence of non-von Neumann architectures, portends an explosion of potentially valuable computing ideas across a wide range of applications, technologies, and system concepts. The ACI competition should target research related to one or more of the four thrust areas: a. Novel Methods of Computing, b. Hardware and Software Systems Components, c. Exploration of System Concepts, and d. Algorithms and Architectures. 

Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR): Exploring New Aquaculture Opportunities 

Department of Commerce/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 

Letter of Interest Deadline:  March 26, 2019 
Application Deadline:  April 24, 2019 
Funding Opportunity Number:  NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005960 
Application Link:  NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005960 

Estimated Maximum Total Value:  $1,500,000 
Maximum Total Value Per Award:  $100,000 
Estimated Contract Duration:  1 – 2 years 

Estimated Number of Awards:  16 


Sea Grant anticipates support for Sea Grant-led aquaculture projects to catalyze work in a range of topics or geographies. This competition will fund diverse, and at times, high-risk, developmental projects that will envision, explore and advance aquaculture opportunities where a minimal foundation currently exists. Projects may focus on diverse topics and/or geographies that are innovative, under-explored or would otherwise benefit from a focused developmental effort. 

Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research Needs in Aquaculture - 2019  

Department of Commerce/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) 

Letter of Interest Deadline:  April 2, 2019 
Application Deadline:  May 1, 2019 
Funding Opportunity Number:  NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005953 
Link:  NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005953 

Estimated Maximum Total Value:  $3,000,000 
Maximum Total Value Per Award:  $250,000 
Estimated Contract Duration:  2 years 

Estimated Number of Awards:  13 


The National Sea Grant Office will fund research to address critical gaps in social, behavioral, and economic knowledge as it relates to U.S. aquaculture and the communities impacted and served by it. The initiative is informed by the National Strategic Plan for Federal Aquaculture Research; the Sea Grant 10-Year NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Vision; and previous research from federal, state, and university scientists. 

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Fellowship for Students at Institutions with NIH-Funded Institutional Predoctoral Dual-Degree Training Programs (Parent F30) 

HHS/National Institutes of Health 

Application Deadline:  April 8, 2019 
Funding Opportunity Number:  PA-19-191 
Application Link:  PA-19-191 

Estimated Maximum Total Value:  Unspecified 
Maximum Total Value Per Award:  Unspecified 
Estimated Contract Duration:  6 years 

Estimated Number of Awards:  Unspecified 


The purpose is to support students at institutions with NIH-funded institutional predoctoral dual-degree training programs. The purpose of the Kirschstein-NRSA, dual-doctoral degree, predoctoral fellowship (F30) is to enhance the integrated research and clinical training of promising predoctoral students, who are matriculated in a combined MD/PhD or other dual-doctoral degree training program, and who intend careers as physician/clinician-scientists. Applicants must propose an integrated research and clinical training plan and a dissertation research project in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. 


Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (Parent F31), Link:  PA-19-195 

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (Parent F32), Link:  PA-19-188 

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Fellowship for Students at Institutions Without NIH-Funded Institutional Predoctoral Dual-Degree Training Programs (Parent F30), Link:  PA-19-192 

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31), Link:  PA-19-196 

Growing Convergence Research (GCR) 
Deadline: May 8, 2019 

In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) unveiled a set of"Big Ideas", 10 bold, long-term research and process ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering. The Big Ideas represent unique opportunities to position our Nation at the cutting edge of global science and engineering leadership by bringing together diverse disciplinary perspectives to support convergence research. As such, when responding to this solicitation, even though proposals must be submitted to the Office of Integrative Activities, once received, the proposals will be managed by a cross-disciplinary team of NSF Program Directors. 

Growing Convergence Research(GCR)at the National Science Foundation was identified as one of 10 Big Ideas. Convergence research is a means for solving vexing research problems, in particular, complex problems focusing on societal needs. It entails integrating knowledge, methods, and expertise from different disciplines and forming novel frameworks to catalyze scientific discovery and innovation. 

GCR identifiesConvergence Researchas having two primary characteristics: 

  • Research driven by a specific and compelling problem.Convergence Research is generally inspired by the need to address a specific challenge or opportunity, whether it arises from deep scientific questions or pressing societal needs. 
  • Deep integration across disciplines.As experts from different disciplines pursue common research challenges, their knowledge, theories, methods, data, research communities and languages become increasingly intermingled or integrated. New frameworks, paradigms or even disciplines can form sustained interactions across multiple communities. 

A distinct characteristic of convergence research, in contrast to other forms of multidisciplinary research, is that from the inception, the convergence paradigmintentionallybrings together intellectually diverse researchers and stakeholders to frame the research questions, develop effective ways of communicating across disciplines and sectors, adopt common frameworks for their solution, and, when appropriate, develop a new scientific vocabulary.Research teams practicing convergence aim at developing sustainable relationships that may not only create solutions to the problem that engendered the collaboration, but also develop novel ways of framing related research questions and open new research vistas. 

This GCR solicitation targets multi-disciplinary team research that crosses directorate or division boundaries and is currently not supported by NSF programs, initiatives and research-focused Big Ideas. Proposers must make a convincing case that the research to be conducted is within NSF’s purview and cannot be supported by existing NSF programs and multidisciplinary initiatives. Proposals involving convergence in areas covered by existing programs and solicitations will be returned without review. 

The proposers should outline a five-year research plan delineated in two phases, Phase I: years 1-2, and Phase II: years 3-5.  Successful proposals will be funded initially for two years and then each team’s progress will be evaluated based on a report and presentation that the team will make to a panel of reviewers at NSF.  Teams that show significant progress during the first two years will receive funding for an additional three years. Interested researchers may request up to $1,200,000 total for the first two years and $2,400,000 for the last three years. 

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