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OCTOBER 19, 2022 | 9:00a - 10:00a |
International Coordination Group (ICG)

Join the International Coordination Group (ICG) meeting for a monthly opportunity to engage virtually with your colleagues across UArizona about global engagement and international research. ICG meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month of the academic year, 9:00-10:00a (except for December and May). UArizona faculty, staff, postdocs, and students are welcome and encouraged to register for the monthly Zoom ICG meeting. You only need to register once to receive a link to attend any/all of the ICG meetings.
  • October 19 - International Indigenous Data Sovereignty: Stephanie Russo Carroll, Assistant Professor, Public Health and American Indian Studies & Assistant Research Professor, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy

OCTOBER 28, 2022 | 8:30a - 4:00p | In-Person | ENR2 S225
HSI Grants Development Institute

Participants of this free in-person institute will learn about HSI-related funding opportunities, strengthen their understanding of HSI models and frameworks, and cultivate potential networks for pursuing HSI-related funding opportunities. You must be able to attend the entire day in person to register. The Institute is open to faculty, staff and post-docs. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Co-sponsored by HSI Initiatives, Faculty Affairs and Research, Innovation and Impact. Questions? Please contact Riley McIsaac, Associate Director, HSI Grants Development at rmcisaac@arizona.eduRegistration and Full Details

NOVEMBER 1-5, 2022 | 5:00p | In-Person | Tucson Convention Center
TENWEST Impact Festival

TENWEST Impact Festival in Tucson, Arizona helps the curious and the impassioned solve the great economic, social, cultural and environmental challenges facing our communities. TENWEST Festival is co-led by Startup Tucson and the University of Arizona Center for Innovation. Through immersive exhibitions, talks, and interactive experiences, national experts and local heroes will inspire the ideas and facilitate the connections that will empower us to act. Full Details

NOVEMBER 2, 2022 | 2:00 - 2:30p | 
NEH Fellowship Writing Group Information Meeting

Marie Teemant, Research Development Associate, is coordinating a Writing Group to prepare applications for the 2022 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships. During the five-month program, with bi-weekly meetings, faculty will be able to explore approaches to develop competitive proposals. This will be an accountable, participatory program where faculty provide feedback to one another. There is a maximum of six faculty in the writing group that will begin in early December, depending on faculty availability. Application materials consist of a one-page description of the project that NEH Fellowship funding will be sought for, a statement of support from your department head (email OK), in addition to a brief CV (no more than five pages). The application should be submitted by November 28, 2022, through UA Competition Space. Meeting Registration and Application Submission

NOVEMBER 8, 2022 | 7:30a - 5:00p | In-Person | Student Union Memorial Center
Air Force Office of Scientific Research Symposium

The University of Arizona and The University of Arizona Applied Research Corporation (UA-ARC) are hosting the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to present on funding opportunities through AFOSR. Program officers and program managers from AFOSR/AFRL will participate in the symposium.

The symposium will cover the following topics:

  • How to work with AFOSR
  • Life-Cycle of AFOSR Special Programs (funding opportunities)
  • How to make connections with AFOSR/AFRL program managers
  • How to pursue funding opportunities specific to AFOSR/AFRL
  • Engagement and brainstorming ideas with program managers

There will be a poster networking session, attendees are welcome to bring their posters, but must sign up in advance. Easels and foam backing boards will be provided. This is a free event. Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be provided. Space is filling quickly - please register soon to attend. Registration and Full Details

NOVEMBER 16, 2022 | 8:30a - 5:00p | In-Person | Pivot Point Convention Center
Desert Agriculture Research Symposium

This symposium, funded by the NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative program, is an opportunity to learn about the research needs of the desert agriculture industry, current research, and to develop partnerships with this community. Scientists will learn how to best engage with industry from experienced researchers and have opportunities to engage with potential industry partners. Funding for travel may be available, more details to follow.Pre-Symposium Yuma Agriculture Tour-November 15 (afternoon): This afternoon tour will introduce participants to various aspects of agricultural production and processing including planting, harvesting, food safety, water use, and product processing. Participants will meet with industry members and observe and discuss agriculture in Yuma. Registration and Full Details

NOVEMBER 18, 2022 | 9:00a - 5:30p | ENR2 | In-Person 
Covid, Climate Change, and Preparedness: Lessons Learned

Social and environmental systems are threatened by multiple stressors, including climate change. This workshop will address lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic that can be applied in managing future climate-driven events. Join public health and health practitioners and climate experts in identifying strategies and solutions to inform public health, climate preparedness, and resilience. Lunch will be provided. For questions please contact Amanda Leinberger. Registration and Full Details

Responses are due NOVEMBER 14, 2022
NIH Request for Information (RFI) on the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research Strategic Plan 2023-2028

OBSSR is seeking input on scientific priorities and cross-cutting themes for the OBSSR Strategic Plan 2023-2028. OBSSR’s mission is to enhance the impact of health related behavioral and social sciences research (BSSR); coordinate BSSR conducted or supported by the NIH and integrate these sciences within the larger NIH research enterprise; and communicate health related BSSR findings to interested parties within and outside the federal government. The purpose of this recently released Request for Information is to obtain input on cross-cutting themes and scientific priorities that will help inform OBSSR’s Strategic Plan 2023-2028. The proposed scientific priorities and themes for the OBSSR Strategic Plan 2023-2028 include: 

Scientific priorities:

  • Improve the synergy between basic BSSR and research testing approaches to improve health outcomes
  • Enhance and promote research measures, methods, and infrastructure needed to support an integrated and more cumulative approach to BSSR
  • Accelerate sustained adoption of BSSR findings in practice
Cross-cutting themes:
  1. Integration of BSSR across NIH research
  2. Science of science
  3. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA)
  4. Training and capacity building
Full Details

Application due NOVEMBER 16, 2022
NSF Engines Program Director Opportunity

The U.S. National Science Foundation's Regional Innovation Engines (NSF Engines) program seeks candidates to apply for the role of a program director to lead the program’s evaluation efforts. The program director in this role will design evaluation methodologies and support a range of studies using innovative evaluation designs to assess short- and long-term progress on individual NSF Engines awards and the program overall. The NSF Engines program seeks to catalyze and foster innovation ecosystems across the U.S. to advance critical technologies, address national and societal challenges, stimulate economic growth and job creation, spur regional innovation and talent development, and foster partnerships across industry, academia, government, nonprofits, civil society, and communities of practice.
Full Details

Department of Navy Releases Two Long Range Broad Agency Announcements

Navy Research Lab Long Range Broad BAA for Basic and Applied Research: 

  • As the Navy’s corporate laboratory, the Navy Research Lab (NRL) conducts multidisciplinary scientific research and advanced development in furtherance of maritime, oceanic and space related materials, techniques, equipment systems and technologies. While mostly unchanged since last year’s solicitation, NRL has made updates to its Mathematical Foundations of High Assurance Computing areas and has added directed energy to its Electromagnetic Techniques and Technology Research and Development area. All responsible sources from academia, industry and the research community worldwide may submit proposals under this BAA. White papers may be submitted through October 2, 2023, whereas formal proposals are by invitation only. The full announcement can be viewed here.

Long Range BAA for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology:

  • The Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR), in conjunction with the ONR Global (ONRG) and the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab (MCWL), released their Initial Announcement for the annual Long Range Broad Agency Announcement for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology projects. Specifically, ONR is seeking S&T proposals with potential for advancing and improving Navy and Marine Corps operations. This announcement also seeks to incorporate the missions of ONRG and MCWL in the selection of meritorious research investments across a spectrum of science and engineering disciplines. Proposals may be submitted through September 30, 2023. The full announcement can be viewed here.

 For more information, please contact:

Concept Papers are due OCTOBER 28, 2022
Enhancing Readiness of Biomanufacturing Technologies for Decarbonization

The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO)-funded Agile BioFoundry (ABF) consortium is partnering with the MSI STEM Research & Development Consortium (MSRDC) to support promising research and build new connections and future collaborations. This solicitation provides funding to MSRDC-associated investigators to conduct R&D activities at their home institution, to increase the readiness of their technologies. This solicitation aims to advance these technologies to the stage where they could utilize ABF’s capabilities in future research. These capabilities include the development of novel microbial hosts, augmentations of titer, rate, and yield of bioproducts, and the creation of new capabilities & approaches to improve the Design-Build-Test-Learn biomanufacturing cycle. Proposers should identify how their project could at its conclusion proceed to leverage and contribute to the ABF’s capabilities. Submissions should also clearly identify how the work addresses BETO's goals of supporting the decarbonization of various industrial sectors, including the development of sustainable bio-based products, sustainable aviation fuels, or other impacts in transportation. Submissions should also clearly identify how the work addresses BETO's goals of supporting the decarbonization of various industrial sectors, including the development of sustainable bio-based products, sustainable aviation fuels, or other impacts in transportation. Full Details

Responses are due OCTOBER 31, 2022
Dear Colleague Letter: EFRI Topic Ideas Request

The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is to invite the research community to submit suggestions for Topic Ideas to be considered for the FY 2024/25 Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) Program Solicitation. Suggestions for EFRI Topic Ideas are currently solicited and vetted every two years. Selected Topic(s) become the focus of research supported by the EFRI Program. Research proposals that address the specified Topic area(s) are invited via the EFRI solicitation. This DCL is not a request for submission of a single research proposal idea; rather, it is designed to solicit submission of emerging topic areas of potentially transformative research and innovation. Candidate topic ideas, including a 500-word description, may be submitted online. The deadline for topic idea submission is October 31, 2022. Full Details

Webform due OCTOBER 31, 2022
Request to Report your Community Engagement Projects

The University of Arizona is applying for recognition as a Carnegie Foundation Community Engaged University. This elective classification will help us to systematically identify and make visible our community-engaged teaching, research, outreach, and service. The first-time application process includes a self-study, which will allow us to identify and recognize community-engaged programs across the university.

The deadline to submit your community engagement projects has been extended through Monday, October 31. It should take no more than five to 10 minutes of your time to complete this webform. This data collection is part of a self-study to help us understand the breadth and depth of our community engagement, develop more effective and equitable engagement practices, and recognize individuals and programs across the University that make a difference in our communities. We are seeking information about your community-engaged teaching, research, outreach and service at the University. Examples may include:

  • Collaborating with a community partner on a course you are teaching.
  • Offering a community-based internship.
  • Helping your department or unit with a community service project.
  • Participating in any number of other forms of community engagement. 

This information is being conducted by a diverse working group leading an initiative to advance the University's community engagement efforts and receive the Carnegie Foundation's Elective Classification for Community Engagement. Full Details

Application due NOVEMBER 30, 2022
Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program

The Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program offers hands-on exposure to Air Force research challenges through 8-to-12-week research residencies at participating Air Force research facilities for full-time science, mathematics, and engineering faculty from U.S. Colleges and Universities. This program is sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) who makes decision on all fellowship awards. The program is administered by Systems Plus to support oversight and administration for the selection and appointment of applicants. The objectives of the U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program are as follows:

  • To stimulate professional relationships among U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program participants and the scientists and engineers at Air Force research facilities
  • To enhance the research interests and capabilities of faculty (both new and experienced researchers) in the U.S. academic community
  • To elevate the awareness in the U.S. academic community of Air Force research needs and foster continued research at U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program fellows' institutions
  • To provide the U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program participant opportunities to perform high-quality and meaningful research at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Directorates, Air Force Test Center, the United States Air Force Academy, or the Air Force Institute of Technology
  • To provide nationally accredited mentoring of academic researchers at technical directorates of the AFRL, Air Force Test Center, the United States Air Force Academy, and the Air Force Institute of Technology.
Please contact the program office for more information, or visit the AFRL website for Full Details.

Energy Research Snapshot: DOE Funding and Engagement Update

Over the last two weeks, DOE released over a dozen new funding opportunities related to fusion energy, industrial decarbonization, marine energy, solar energy, Regional Hydrogen Hubs, carbon capture and storage demonstration projects, a university-led critical minerals refinery, and direct air and ocean carbon dioxide capture research and development. ARPA-E plans to host a workshop on ultra-fast triggered devices and DOE released a request for information on a new battery recycling research and development program. DOE is also still seeking applications for the Office of Science graduate student research program and expanded its Marine Energy Graduate Student Research Program to all graduate-level students. Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC has prepared an Energy Research Snapshot with additional details. The UArizona research community may download the Research Snapshot with a free UArizona Box account (NetID login). 

September 2022 Federal Policy and Budget Memo Digest

Policy Update: Congress Prepares Continuing Resolution to Fund Government Operations Through December 16

On September 26, the Senate released a Continuing Resolution to avoid a government shutdown and fund federal agencies at fiscal year (FY) 2022 funding levels through December 16. Congress has until the evening of September 30, when the current fiscal year ends, to pass the stopgap funding bill. While Congress is still debating the final scope of the funding package, it is still expected to pass by this weekend. Both Republicans and Democrats want to avoid a government shutdown so close to the mid-term elections as well as provide additional aid to Ukraine, disaster relief, and home heating assistance, which has strong bipartisan support. The Continuing Resolution gives Congress time to negotiate final FY 2023 appropriations by the end of the year.

Policy Update: Senate Passes Three-Year SBIR/STTR Reauthorization

On September 20, the Senate unanimously voted to pass a three-year reauthorization of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs that are set to expire at the end of the fiscal year (September 30). Also reauthorized were popular pilot programs at federal agencies to stimulate innovation and commercialization activities, such as the National Institutes of Health Phase 0 Proof of Concept Partnership Pilot. The fate of the government’s longstanding research development and commercialization seed funding initiatives had been unknown in the face of opposition from the Senate Small Business Committee’s Ranking Member, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who has now dropped his opposition to reauthorization after months of negotiations due to the inclusion of reforms in the bill. The House is expected to pass the bill and it will likely become law before the expiration of the SBIR and STTR programs at the end of the month. 

Policy Update: PCAST Highlights Recommendations to Maintain U.S. Innovation Leadership in Semiconductors

On September 7, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) met to approve a report to President Biden with recommendations on how best to implement $11 billion of research and development funding for innovation and workforce development in semiconductors appropriated in the CHIPS and Science Act. The recommendations are primarily directed at the Secretary of Commerce, who will be responsible for managing the $11 billion in funding, and focused on research, workforce development, research infrastructure, and support for new startups. These recommendations are also intended to complement and provide further direction to the Department of Commerce’s initial CHIPS for America Implementation Strategy, which provides a brief overview of plans related to research and development activities.

Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC has prepared a Federal Policy and Budget Memo with additional details. The UArizona research community may download the memo with a free UArizona Box account (NetID login).

Proposals due OCTOBER 19, 2022 | 12:00p
Provost's Investment Fund

The Provost Investment Fund (PIF) has $1 million available to be awarded for the fall 2022 competitive cycle. The Office of the Provost is seeking proposals from faculty and staff that are innovative and aspirational, and have goals that are explicitly aligned with the University's Strategic Plan and the following institutional priorities:
  • Increasing students’ success, graduation, and retention, especially for groups underrepresented within the relevant disciplines.
  • Promoting growth and opportunities to generate new revenue for the institution.
  • Expanding student experiential learning.
  • Enhancing research capacity.
  • Promoting diversity and inclusion.
Funding requests can range from $15,000 to $100,000 per year for a maximum of two years. The initiative is expected to be financially sustainable through the generation of new resources or the reallocation of other resources after the PIF funding period. Please submit proposals online through Arizona Cultivate no later than noon, Wednesday, Oct. 19. The system will not accept applications after the deadline.

Proposals due OCTOBER 21, 2022 | 5:00p
University of Arizona @ SXSW 2023 - Immersive, 3D, VR/AR/XR Project Proposal

For four days at the beginning of the biggest creative, tech, social conference and festival in the U.S., March 11-14, 2023, the University of Arizona will turn Café Blue, directly across the street from the main SXSW registration entrance of the Austin Convention Center, into a place of “Wonder.” Immersive experiences at the Wonder House will inspire audiences with stories and experiences from the University of Arizona and Tucson. For more information, visit SXSW Wonder House. We will transform the restaurant to create a fully immersive mini-festival within SXSW, transporting the festival-goer to the beauty of Tucson, focusing on resilience and sustainable systems in an interconnected world. Attendees will be guided through a variety of interactive experiences lighting up all five senses, in a way that is authentic to the University of Arizona-Tucson experience. The University of Arizona seeks ideas and proposals to help activate the space and highlight the innovative work with the purpose of creating moments of Wonder to surprise and delight all audiences. Proposals must meet the following parameters:
  • Be able to be produced and supported financially by your unit/school/college/grants
  • Showcase interdisciplinary collaboration, ideally, across University departments and/or schools
  • Be fresh. Work/project yet to be exhibited, experienced, or seen will be prioritized
  • Be relevant to the general public within the past year
  • Be reflective of the university’s purpose and values
Application and Full Details

Proposals due OCTOBER 21, 2022 | 5:00p
University of Arizona @ SXSW 2023 Speaker/Panel/Workshop Proposal

For four days at the beginning of the biggest creative, tech, social conference and festival in the U.S., March 11-14, 2023, the University of Arizona will turn Café Blue, directly across the street from the main SXSW registration entrance of the Austin Convention Center, into a place of “Wonder.” Engaging talks at the Wonder House will inspire audiences with stories and insights from the University of Arizona and Tucson. For more information, visit SXSW Wonder House. We will transform the restaurant to create a fully immersive mini-festival within SXSW, transporting the festival-goer to the beauty of Tucson and the brilliance of the University of Arizona, focusing on resilience and sustainable systems in an interconnected world. A key part of the SXSW experience is the talks, panel discussions, interviews and workshops that enlighten conference attendees, and change the national conversation. We are excited to host three time slots per day, for a total of 12 available speaker times on the Wonder House immersive stage. Our goal is to create moments of Wonder to surprise and delight all audiences. We want your speaker, panel discussion and workshop ideas that will
  • Appeal to a broad, educated, forward-looking audience
  • Showcase collaboration, ideally, between the University and our private and/or government partners
  • Be fresh. Talks about ideas yet to be seen/heard will be prioritized
  • Be relevant to the general public within the past year
  • Be reflective of the university’s purpose and values
 Application and Full Details

Proposals due OCTOBER 28, 2022 | 5:00p
FY23 Understanding the 4IR Scientific Enterprise

The aim of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to pursue new approaches that can generate deeper understanding and capture the socially embedded dynamic nature of science by focusing on science not as only a local team-driven or organizationally specific phenomena, but also investigate science as a macro institutionally-motivated enterprise. A macro perspective on science will provide new insights on factors that enable both discovery and inventions that improve lives and capabilities. This RFP seeks to support projects that use research and workshops to understand whether and how university research and intellectual property (IP) policy affects the nature of science, technology, and innovation that faculty and other university researchers conduct. Outcomes including comparisons between the UA and peer institutions, policy briefs that can be used by decision makers, recommendations for future workshops that support increased translational research and technology transfer activities, and more generally, support of the growth of the science of science activities across campus, are especially sought. 4IR-related research is broadly defined and includes the following Focus Areas:
  • Internet of Things
  • Data Sciences
  • Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Artificial Intelligence.
Application and Full Details

Applications due OCTOBER 31, 2022
UACC Within Reach Program Pilot 2022

The University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC) is soliciting applications for its Within Reach Program competition. These one-year grants are to support cancer-focused grants that have received a grant score close to the funding range with the end goal of resubmission of a highly responsive and competitive application. Funds will be awarded to PIs who are productive, based on years in rank, have a strong plan for addressing reviewer concerns and a timeline for submission of the revised application no later than October 2022. These awards are intended to enable investigator(s) to resubmit an application to achieve external funding, preferably from NCI. Application and Full Details

Proposals due NOVEMBER 1, 2022 | 5:00p
RII - George H. Davis Travel Fellowship Fall 2022

This is a stand-alone solicitation, the RII Proposal Preparation Guide does not apply to this opportunity. The application contains the following required sections:

  • Proposal request under 1,000 words (text box upload)
  • Updated short CV (maximum of five-pages, PDF upload)
  • Budget and justification (Excel upload)
  • Documentation of invitation (PDF upload), letter from the organizer preferred
  • Letter of recommendation, preferred from department head (PDF upload)

In 2009, the University of Arizona Foundation established this fellowship in honor of George H. Davis, Executive Vice President and Provost at the University of Arizona from 2000 to 2007. The fellowship defrays costs associated with invited participation in prestigious national or international conferences, lectureships, exhibitions, and the like. It is intended to increase visibility and networking opportunities and to provide timely recognition in research, scholarship, and creative activities. Up to $2,500 may be requested. Funds can be used for travel, accommodations, and scholarly preparation of products emanating from the experience. The fellowship is open to tenure-eligible faculty within their first four years at the University of Arizona, in any field. Within one month of the award's end date, the PI must submit a final report via UA Competition Space. This report will describe the proposed activity and any outcomes associated with the investigator's research, scholarship, and creative activities. Reports will be entered into text-boxes. Application and Full Details

Proposals due NOVEMBER 2, 2022 | 5:00p
FY23 RII Core Facilities Pilot Program - November 2022 Deadline

The RII Core Facilities Pilot Program is designed to support three key types of activity within the RII-managed core facilities. Each CFPP proposal will be evaluated on scientific merit and feasibility, and should focus on one or more of the following activity types:

  1. The development of new methods or techniques that would extend the standard operating procedures and capabilities of RII-managed core facilities and potentially impact multiple UA researchers. 
  2. The acquisition of preliminary data needed for extramural proposals. Successful projects will result in at least one new extramural research proposal. 
  3. The technical training of students conducting research under existing extramural funding. Successful projects will result in student researchers with the technical skills to safely, efficiently and independently operate equipment within the core facility(ies). 

PIs should request funding commensurate with the resources necessary to complete the aims of their proposal and the rates for those resources within the relevant core facility(ies). Most awards will be capped at approximately $10,000, although well-justified projects may be awarded funding above this level. It is required that CFPP proposals and their budgets be developed with the assistance of the relevant core facility manager(s). Funding provided under the CFPP may only be spent within RII-managed core facilities. Application and Full Details.
Application and Full Details

Proposals due NOVEMBER 10, 2022 | 5:00p
UArizona Fulbright Association Institutional Membership Application

The University of Arizona is an institutional member of the Fulbright Association and is allotted a number of spots for Fulbrighters who would like to be members and participate in alumni events. Applicants must have previously completed a Fulbright and be affiliated with the University of Arizona (as faculty, staff, postdoctoral associates/fellows, or students) at the time of application, and for the duration of their institutional membership. If you would like to be a part of the association at no cost to you, please apply here by Thursday, November 10, 2022, 5:00p MST.
 Application and Full Details

Proposals due NOVEMBER 15, 2022 | 5:00p
2022 CAPLA Grassroots Research Innovation Seed Grants

Awarded once per year, CAPLA Research Innovation Seed Grants are given to faculty proposals for scholarly work that addresses one or more of the following criteria:

  • Progresses scholarly work in the Built Environment
  • Constitutes a multi-discipline approach to the proposed work
  • Includes multiple colleges within the proposed activities
  • Includes international partners
  • Directs the research or scholarly work toward a major grant funding agency focus area
  • Directs the research or scholarly toward a corporate partner

Permitted expenditures will include travel, conferences, GAs, site visits/field trips, materials, equipment, or other expenses related to scholarly work. It is not intended this fund should replace start-up funds.A university-level peer-review committee will review all proposals and recommend funding to the Dean. The committee shall be coordinated by the Associate Dean for Research. CAPLA Research Innovation Seed Grants awardees must demonstrate a grant has resulted in at least one proposal submitted to an external funding agency before the candidate is eligible for another seed grant for another project.
Application and Full Details

Application due DECEMBER 1, 2022 | 5:00p
Fund to Unequivocally Recover Research Careers after COVID-19 at the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine (FUTURRE-Careers@UArizonaCOM) Round 2

The goal of FUTURRE-Careers@UArizonaCOM is to provide support for early-stage faculty (physician-scientists and non-clinician scientists) at both the University of Arizona College of Medicine Tucson (COM-T) and University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix (COM-P). This program is initiated through a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation through its COVID-19 Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists initiative (which excludes animal research), and expanded to include additional lines of research as described below (Track 2) with matching institutional support from COM-T, COM-P, UAHS and RII.

  • Track 1: For early-career physician-researchers (assistant professors or associate professors with <1 year at the higher rank) who hold an MD, DO, or foreign equivalent degree with a minimum of 50% effort allocated to research. The recipient must conduct clinical research (see definition below). Animal research will not be funded as part of this track as per Doris Duke Charitable Foundation requirements.

  • Track 2: For all early-career researchers (assistant professors or associate professors with <4 years at the higher rank) who hold an MD, DO, PhD or foreign equivalent degree with a minimum of 30% effort allocated to research. The recipient may conduct clinical, translational or basic research. Animal research may be funded as part of this track.

Application and Full Details

Application due DECEMBER 1, 2022 | 5:00p
Making Action Possible Dashboard White Paper Grants

The Economic and Business Research Center in the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management is pleased to announce a call for proposals for Making Action Possible (MAP) Dashboard White Paper grants. The funding will be $7,500 per grant. Proposals are welcome from all University of Arizona faculty. The Making Action Possible Dashboard stems from a partnership between the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, Pima Association of Governments, Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Sun Corridor Inc., and the University of Arizona. The Dashboard website is intended to provide the Southern Arizona community with a trusted source of information on 36 social and economic indicators that the community can use to measure progress and inspire action. As part of this effort, the Making Action Possible Dashboard Advisory Board seeks proposals from University of Arizona faculty to prepare white papers on topics relevant to one of the six categories currently featured on the website:

  • Economy
  • Education
  • Health and Social Well‐Being
  • Infrastructure
  • Quality of Place
  • Workforce and Demographics

White papers are expected to provide residents of Southern Arizona with insight into critical social and economic issues from an academic perspective. Proposals relating to the availability of low-income housing, growth of startup companies (with demographic analysis of founders), and the accessibility and equity of solar power in Tucson would be especially welcome.

Application and Full Details

Proposals due APRIL 3, 2023 | 5:00p 
FY23 Mineral Resources Research and Innovation Initiatives - Request for Proposals

The Mineral Resources Research and Innovation Initiative is a new program from the School of Mining and Mineral Resources that provides both seed funding and strategic investments toward fundamental and/or collaborative, interdisciplinary team research and education related to significant or interdisciplinary problems in mineral resources. A total of $0.4 million is anticipated to be committed to 10-20 projects over the course of the fiscal year 2023. Funding for future years is contingent upon available funding. The program seeks to support initiatives that align with the School mission to “transform the way students, professionals, and communities work across boundaries to meet the complex challenges of economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable mineral resources.” Successful proposals will align with the School’s scope to “use education, training, research, and community outreach and engagement to encompass responsible and sustainable production and use of mineral resources including one or more of the following:

  • The entire scope of mineral resources from their natural occurrence to primary production to circular economy, including the life cycle of mining from exploration and discovery through development and production, to closure, reclamation, and repurposing,
  • And the associated technical, economic, social, and environmental aspects including public health, policy, law, supply security, and sustainability throughout the entire mining and mineral resources lifecycles.”

Initiatives proposed may be to support research, university or K-12 educational programs, or outreach activities, or a combination of these. Eligibility: University of Arizona faculty and staff; students must have faculty co-PIs. Proposals will be reviewed monthly on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. Application and Full Details

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Application due NOVEMBER 16, 2022
Research Infrastructure Development for Interdisciplinary Aging Studies (R21/R33 - Clinical Trial Optional)

This FOA invites applications that propose to develop novel research infrastructure that will advance the science of aging in specific areas requiring interdisciplinary partnerships or collaborations. This FOA will use the NIH Phased Innovation Award (R21/R33) mechanism to provide up to 2 years of R21 support for initial developmental activities and up to 3 years of R33 support for expanded activities. Through this award, investigators will develop a sustainable research infrastructure to support projects that address key interdisciplinary aging research questions.
Full Details

Application due DECEMBER 15, 2022
Dual Purpose with Dual Benefit: Research in Biomedicine and Agriculture Using Agriculturally Important Domestic Animal Species (R01)

The objective of this FOA is to encourage optimal utilization of large domestic animals in high-priority areas of biomedical and agricultural research. This initiative is designed to facilitate and encourage carefully designed research studies through meticulous selection of farm animals that mimic human developmental, physiological, and etiological processes to better understand the biology of normal reproduction and reproductive pathophysiology, normal and abnormal metabolism, developmental origin of diseases, precision nutrition, and improve prevention and treatment of diseases in both human and agriculturally important domestic farm animals. The anticipated outcomes include both the elucidation of fundamental information relevant for the improvement of human health and an increase in the quality of healthy animal products. It is envisioned that each application will address mission-relevant areas of both agencies.
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Application due JANUARY 15, 2023
Administrative Supplements for Research on Dietary Supplements (Admin Supp - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) announces the availability of administrative supplements to support research in which the supplemental funding would investigate the role of dietary supplements and/or their ingredients in health maintenance and disease prevention. Parent awards need not be focused on dietary supplements; this FOA may provide support to include dietary supplements within the scope of relevant research projects. Research interests of ODS are not limited to specific health conditions, organ systems or population groups. ODS supports all types of research, including pre-clinical, clinical, behavioral, and epidemiological. Additionally, ODS supports research and training programs that build future research capacity for studying the role of dietary supplements in health and disease prevention. Primary consideration for support will be given to applications that stimulate dietary supplement research where it is lacking or lagging, clarify gaps, opportunities and balance between benefits and risks where data are in conflict, target special population groups where additional science on dietary supplements is needed, and focus on the use of dietary supplements in improving or maintaining health and reducing the risk of chronic disease. This FOA will not support new clinical trials.
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Application due JANUARY 25, 2023
AHRQ Health Services Research Demonstration and Dissemination Grants (R18)

The Research Demonstration and Dissemination Grant (R18) is an award made by AHRQ to an institution/organization to support a discrete, specified health services research project. The project will be performed by the named investigator and study team. The AHRQ mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more ac­cessible, equitable and affordable, and to work with HHS and other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used. Within the mission, AHRQ’s specific priority areas of focus are:

  • Research to improve health care patient safety.
  • Harnessing data and technology to improve health care quality and patient outcomes and to provide a 360-degree view of the patient.
  • Research to increase accessibility and affordability of health care by examining innovative market approaches to care delivery and financing.

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Application due FEBRUARY 14, 2023
Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Faculty Diversity in Biomedical Research (K01 Independent Clinical Trial Required)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications to enhance the pool of highly trained investigators from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in research areas of interest to the NHLBI. The career development will take place under the guidance of an experienced mentor in the biomedical, behavioral or clinical sciences leading to research independence. It is targeted toward individuals whose basic, clinical, and translational research interests are grounded in the advanced methods and experimental approaches needed to solve problems related to cardiovascular, pulmonary, and hematologic diseases and sleep disorders in the general and health disparities populations.
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Application due FEBRUARY 28, 2023
Arecibo Center for STEM Education and Research (ACSER)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) hereby solicits proposals for the establishment of the Arecibo Center for STEM Education and Research (ACSER) at the original site of the Arecibo Observatory (AO). NSF seeks to evaluate proposals that would transition the existing AO site to the new ACSER, shifting the disciplinary focus from primarily on the astronomical sciences to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and research more broadly. ACSER would serve as a hub for STEM discovery and exploration by building upon existing programs and opportunities currently in place at the AO site, while also creating and implementing new STEM education, research, and outreach programs and initiatives.The goals of ACSER would be to:

  • Promote STEM education, learning, and teaching
  • Support fundamental and applied STEM and STEM education research
  • Broaden participation in STEM
  • Build and leverage existing and new collaborations and partnerships

The re-imagined Center would have a significant role in modeling and advancing equitable and inclusive STEM education and research, especially in Puerto Rico and for individuals and communities underrepresented in STEM. ACSER would be poised to serve as a catalyst for increased and inclusive engagement in a broad range of STEM disciplines, cutting-edge research, and workforce development initiatives by students, teachers, researchers, local communities, and the public within and outside of Puerto Rico.
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Limited Submissions are advertised to campus through a separate newsletter. Please see the RDS Limited Submissions Table for all UPCOMING and OPEN limited submissions, deadlines, and submission process. Unless otherwise noted, internal pre-proposals are due by 5:00p AZ on the RII deadline date. Pre-proposals for all limited submissions are through UA Competition SpaceContact Research Development Services with questions.
RDS curates ongoing lists of Pivot funding opportunities based on the broad categories below. These opportunities are anticipated to have broad interest on campus or were featured opportunities in The Current
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