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Please note:  Grant applications must follow the Office of Research protocols.  An Intent to Submit must be completed, and the Proposal Endorsement Form must be routed to our office to receive permission to submit.  

  • Grand Challenges:  Solving Global Health and Development Problems for Those Most in Need

  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) Mid-scale Research Infrastructure (Mid-scale RI) Big Idea is intended to provide an agile, Foundation-wide process to fund experimental research capabilities in the mid-scale range ($6 million to $100 million), between the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) and Major Facilities thresholds.  Recently, the solicitation (NSF 21-505) for the Mid-scale RI-1 program (total project cost of $6 million up to but not including $20 million), one of two funding opportunities that span the mid-scale range, was published with a deadline of January 7, 2021 for preliminary proposals. 

    On Wed., Nov. 4, and Thursday, Nov. 5, NSF will host outreach webinars with information about the Mid-Scale RI-1 funding opportunity.  Each session will begin at 1 p.m. EST and have two parts:  a general Mid-Scale RI-1 information session (1 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. EST) with Q&A followed by Directorate-specific breakouts (1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST) where more technical questions will be addressed.  Information on Day 1 will be repeated on Day 2.  

  • Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards:  Preliminary application materials are due to the Office of Research by noon, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, via email to  Full-time assistant professors at ORAU member institutions within two years of their initial tenure track appointment (01/01/2019-01/06/2021) are eligible for these $5,000, one-year grants.  The Office of Research typically covers the required $5,000 match.  Research projects must fall within one of the following five disciplines:

    1.  Engineering and Applied Science
    2.  Life Sciences
    3.  Mathematics/Computer Sciences
    4.  Physical Sciences
    5.  Policy, Management, or Education
    For your submission, please follow the instructions listed at this link:

  • Solar Energy Innovators Program Opportunity
    The purpose of the Solar Energy Innovators Program is to enable selected applicants to conduct practical research on innovative solutions to the challenges faced by electric utilities, energy service providers, and electric public utility commissions as the levels of solar energy, as well as other distributed energy resources (DERs), increase on the electrical grid.  Please see the link above for more information.  

  • Call for Rapid Access Proposals for COVID-19 Research Using Neutron Scattering Resources (

    With the continuing spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences neutron sources will provide remote rapid access to support research into the COVID-19 virus and the search for effective diagnostics and therapies. Beamlines that will be made available at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, include neutron macromolecular crystallography, small angle scattering, reflectometry, spectroscopy and imaging beamlines.

    Researchers who would like to use these resources should submit a short rapid access proposal, outlining experiment aims and scope, at A facility scientist will contact you regarding your proposal within 2 days. Scientific and technical questions should be sent to Dean Myles at

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