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The Research Development Office helps University of Utah researchers and scholars identify federal funding opportunities, form effective teams, and craft winning proposals, with the ultimate goal of increasing the quality and quantity of externally-funded research and scholarly activity at the University of Utah. Please contact Gay Cookson at 801-581-4168 if you are interested in applying for an opportunity listed below.


HHS/Indian Health Service – American Indians into Nursing
Deadline: June 20, 2019
Application Link:HHS-2019-IHS-NU-0001

The primary objectives of this cooperative agreement grant award are to: (1) recruit and train AI/AN individuals to be baccalaureate prepared nurses; (2) facilitate associate degree registered nurses becoming baccalaureate prepared registered nurses; (3) provide a program that prepares practicing registered nurses for advanced nursing education; (4) provide a program that encourages registered nurses and advanced practice nurses to provide or continue to provide, health care services to AI/AN communities; and (5) provide scholarships to AI/AN individuals that will cover tuition, books, fees, room and board, stipend for living expenses, or other expenses incurred in connection with baccalaureate level nursing or advanced practice nursing programs. This notice of funding opportunity solicits applications that provide a preference to AI/AN students and a curriculum with a rural health and public health focus.

Request for Information on Future Topics for the NSF Convergence Accelerator
Deadline: June 24, 2019
Application Link: NSF 19-065

The goals of the NSF Convergence Accelerator are to accelerate use-inspired convergence research in areas of national importance, and to initiate convergence team-building capacity around exploratory, potentially high-risk proposals within particular topics (tracks).

As a funder of research and education across most fields of science and engineering and with relationships with IHEs and funding agencies around the world, NSF is uniquely positioned to support this approach to accelerating discovery and innovation. The NSF Convergence Accelerator brings teams together to focus on grand challenges of national importance that require a convergence research approach. The teams are multidisciplinary and leverage partnerships; the tracks relate to a grand challenge problem and have a high probability of resulting in research deliverables that will benefit society within a fixed term. The NSF Convergence Accelerator is modeled on acceleration and innovation activities from the most forward-looking companies and institutions of higher education.

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Deadline: July 16, 2019
Application Link:20190716-PW

The Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR) program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects. Funding from this program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology. Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation.

The HCRR program includes two funding categories: Implementation and Foundations.

Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)
Deadline: August 19, 2019
Application Link: Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers

Use of technology to strengthen knowledge and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and information and communication technology (ICT) careers. To achieve this purpose, ITEST supports projects that engage students in technology-rich experiences that: (1) increase awareness and interest of STEM and ICT occupations; (2) motivate students to pursue appropriate education pathways to those occupations; and (3) develop STEM-specific disciplinary content knowledge and practices that promote critical thinking, reasoning, and communication skills needed for entering the STEM and ICT workforce of the future. ITEST seeks proposals that pursue innovative instructional approaches and practices in formal and informal learning environments.

New Research Funding Available Through R&D Propulsion Lab
Deadline: N/A, (Please see links below for more details)
Application Link: Click here to learn more about Polyplexus and Darpa GS3 Project.

Polyplexus is an online platform under development in the Gamifying the Search for Strategic Surprise (GS3) program at DARPA. The goal of Polyplexus is to reshape today’s approaches to science by effectively and efficiently engaging cross-disciplinary researchers and research sponsors to dramatically accelerate the process of non-obvious hypothesis generation. Polyplexus is not about brainstorming, awards, providing immediate solutions, or turning science projects into businesses. Instead, Polyplexus accelerates connections across domain knowledge, allowing experts to assemble evidence and hypotheses from which research plans can quickly evolve and seek funding.

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