NSF EPSCoR Track-2-FEC: Food, Energy, Water, and the Brain

Solicitation of UM Pre-Proposals
for NSF’s EPSCoR Track-2-FEC 2016 Funding Opportunity for Research in
Sustainable Food, Energy, and Water Systems or
Understanding the Brain

E-mail pre-proposals to Jason Hale ( by 5 p.m. December 9th.

SEC Faculty Travel Grants 2016-17

University of Mississippi faculty may apply for grants to visit other SEC universities through a program sponsored by the SECU academic initiative, and administered at UM for the Provost by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP). The program is intended to enhance faculty collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities. It gives faculty members at UM and other SEC universities the opportunity to travel to any another SEC campus to exchange ideas, develop grant proposals, and conduct research.

NSF Major Research Instrumentation 2016

NSF MRI seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering by providing shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments.

ORSP will conduct a review process to select up to three pre-proposals for advancement into full proposals to NSF for this limited funding opportunity. Pre-proposals are due to ORSP on November 20, 2015.

ORSP Investment Grants Round 2 or Other R&D Program Coming Fall 2015

The original Round 1 RFP for the ORSP-IG pilot program anticipated that there would be a Round 2 competition with a pre-porposal due date of September 15. While we are still looking at the possibility of a ORSP-IG Round 2, or perhaps an alternative pilot research and development program, we are not ready to issue a call for proposals at this point, and so nothing is due September 15. Please watch UMToday in starting in October for announcements about a Round 2 or other possible internal grants opportunity. 

Indo-U.S. 21st Century Knowledge Initiative

Call for UM Pre-Proposals

United States-India Educational Foundation:

Indo-U.S. 21st Century Knowledge Initiative

Purpose: to strengthen collaboration and build partnerships between American and Indian institutions of higher education.

HHMI Faculty Scholars Competition 2016

2016 Faculty Scholars Competition
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, & the Simons Foundation

ORSP-IG Grant Reviewers Needed

ORSP is seeking reviewers for ORSP-IG proposals for 2015-16, starting this summer.  63 pre-proposals were received for Round 1 (due date was May 8). A subset of these will be invited as full proposals. Reviewers are needed for both pre-proposals and full proposals in the 3 anticipated rounds of funding in 2015-16. The estimated time commitment is 10-20 hours per round, depending on the volume of pre-proposals and the number of full proposals invited.

ORSP Investment Grants Pre-Proposals Due May 8, 2015

ORSP will pilot a new internal grants program (ORSP Investment Grants) to stimulate sustainable, competitive research and scholarship. Pre-proposals for the first round of awards are due May 8.

See for details.

NSF CAREER Solicitation and Information Session

NSF Faculty Career Early Development Program (CAREER)
NSF Program Solicitation NSF 15-555

The NSF CAREER program provides stable support at a sufficient level and duration to enable awardees to develop careers as outstanding researchers and educators who effectively integrate teaching, learning, and discovery.

Proposal Deadlines

FastScan AFM Workshop March 25 at CME


Bruker Senior Application Scientist John Thornton will preset some of the latest advances in AFM microscopy, give hands-on demonstrations, and answer questions. Please see the Flyer for more details. Activites will occur between 9am and 3pm at the Center for Manufacturing Excellence. 


NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program 2015

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development of bold, new, potentially transformative, and scalable models for STEM graduate training that ensure that graduate students develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.

Lunch and Learn: NSF STEM + Computing Partnerships (STEM+C)

On Wednesday, February 18, from noon until 1:30 pm, ORSP will facilitate a Lunch and Learn and networking session at the Triplett Alumni Center Auditorium for those interested in learning more about, or finding on-campus collaborators for proposals to, the NSF STEM + Computing Partnerships program. A current solicitation is out for this program, with proposals due to NSF on April 14, 2015. NSF 15-537, replaces and NSF 14-522, NSF 14-523.

NEH Regional Application Writing Workshop

National Endowment for the Humanities Regional Application Writing Workshop

L’Oreal USA For Women in Science Fellowship Program

The L’Oreal USA For Women in Science fellowship program annually recognizes and rewards five U.S.-based women researchers for their outstanding contributions in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Recipients receive up to $60,000 each for their postdoctoral research.


NIH Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards - FY2015

The NIH Fiscal Operations for fiscal year 2015 was signed by President Obama on December 16, 2014.  The act provides NIH with $30.31 billion in new budget authority or equivalent (program level), an increase of approximately $240 million over the FY 2014 final budget allocations totaling $30.07 billion. For more information, go to:

NASA EPSCoR Research White Papers Sought by 12/15/14

Solicitation of White Papers
from researchers at any of the institutions of higher learning within the
Mississippi NASA EPSCoR Jurisdiction
issued by the
Mississippi NASA EPSCoR/ Space Grant Director
in anticipation of the
FY 2015 NASA EPSCoR Research Announcement/Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN)


The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) has released the GoMRI Request for Proposals for Individual Investigators or Small Collaborative Teams for 2016-2018. The purpose of the RFP is to select the research activities for GoMRI Years 6–8 (1 January 2016 – 31 December 2018) involving individual investigators or collaborative efforts comprising a principal investigator and up to three co-principal investigators.

NSF Daylong HBCU-UP Workshop at JSU 11/20

NSF HBCU-UP Outreach Workshop
November 20, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
at Jackson State University

William T. Grant Foundation Research Grants on Inequality or Use of Research Evidence in Policy and Pratice

This program provides research grants ranging from $100K to $600K over 2-3 years to support theory-building and empirical research projects on reducing inequality or the use of research evidence in policy and practice.

USAID Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge

USAID has issued a call for short (2-7 page) expressions of interest on ideas to develop new practical and cost-effective solutions to improve infection treatment and control that can be rapidly deployed (1) to help health care workers provide better care and (2) transform our ability to combat Ebola. 2nd round submissions are due 12/1/2014, but there will be future rounds as well.

For more information, see:



Webinar 12/14 on NINDS CREATE Bio Program

  Event Information: GUIRR Webinar: NINDS CREATE Bio Program     Registration is required to join this event. If you have not registered, please do so now.