Funding Opportunities | NSF Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering

Sponsor: NSF: National Science Foundation
Title Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering  (CDS&E), 12-8084
Deadline: Various deadlines. Engineering Directorate’s CBET systems proposals may be submitted between Sept. 01- Sept 15, 2018
Funding range: not listed
Topics: Advanced computational infrastructure and the ability to perform large-scale simulations and accumulate massive amounts of data have revolutionized scientific and engineering disciplines.  The goal of the CDS&E program is to identify and capitalize on opportunities for major scientific and engineering breakthroughs through new computational and data analysis approaches.  The intellectual drivers may be in an individual discipline or they may cut across more than one discipline in various Directorates.  The key identifying factor is that the outcome relies on the development, adaptation, and utilization of one or more of the capabilities offered by advancement of both research and infrastructure in computation and data, either through cross-cutting or disciplinary programs.
Directorate for Engineering: CDS&E in Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, & Transport Systems (CBET) includes the use of high performance and emerging computational tools and environments – beyond that supported by core programs – in advancing mathematical modeling, simulation and analysis to describe and analyze with greater fidelity, complexity and scale, engineering processes in chemical, biochemical and biotechnology systems, bioengineering and living systems, sustainable energy and environmental systems, and transport and thermal-fluids systems. Topics of special interest:  1) Advanced modeling and analysis for water resources, earth systems, built environments, sustainable manufacturing, energy systems, food systems, and regional, national and/or global material flows, 2) Innovative modeling methodologies for turbulent flows and for flows of complex fluids and suspensions, 3) Developing advanced modeling capabilities for thermal fluids and combustion, 4) Extending validated molecular and/or macro-molecular models to the prediction of applications-level engineering problems, 5) Molecular modeling approaches for protein-protein interactions in native states, estimating rates of fundamental biomolecular reactions, biomolecular recognition phenomena and others, 6) Developing modeling strategies to simulate protein folding and native state protein-protein interactions, and to analyze multi-level regulatory metabolic structures containing spatio-temporal variability, and 7) Molecular and multiscale modeling, model-predictive control and optimization of complex chemical processes.

Funding Opportunities | BCFN YES! (Young Earth Solutions 2018) Research Grant Competition

Sponsor: Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN)
Title BCFN YES! (Young Earth Solutions 2018) Research Grant Competition
Pre-Proposal/LOI: n/a
Deadline: June 13, 2018 (11:59am June 14 CEST)
Funding range: € 20,000
Topics: Requirements: Early-Career scientists who enrolled in a PhD program since January 01, 2012, and will  be under the age of 35 as of November 28, 2018.

This opportunity will put into action concrete proposals with the objective of making more sustainable the agri-food system (in terms of environmental, social, health, and/or economic aspects)…Proposals may focus on one of the following:

  • Sustainable and healthy dietary patterns. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: Healthy and sustainable diet promotion; nutritional education (individuals, schools, university, workplace); consumer behavior change; food, environmental and agricultural policy analysis; food policies and initiatives (national and urban level).
  • Sustainable agriculture. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: Women in agriculture; youth in agriculture; climate change mitigation and adaptation; urban agriculture; sustainable value chains; food waste and food losses prevention and reduction; agroecology, conservation agriculture and traditional knowledge; sustainable intensification; assessments of environmental impacts; large scale land acquisitions and displacement; land rights and rural development;
  • Food security. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: Energy, nutrient and micronutrient deficiencies; food access; food utilization (feeding practices, food preparation, diversity of the diet and intra-household distribution of food); food security and migrations; smallholder livelihoods, right to food.

Funding Opportunities | USAID: Mitigating Environmental Impacts of Infrastructure Development in the Mekong Region

Sponsor: USAID: United States Agency for International Development: Asia
Title Mitigating Environmental Impacts of Infrastructure Development in the Mekong Region, 72048618RFA00003
Pre-Proposal/LOI: n/a
Deadline: April 18, 2018
Funding range: $4,360,000 (3-years)
Topics: This Activity aims to expand U.S. engagement with China specific to the Mekong region, increase the application of environmental safeguards, and level the playing field for influence and investment by holding all investors accountable to the same standards for environmental protection. Enhancing environmental safeguards in China and the Mekong countries will provide a path to improved environmental governance with respect to infrastructure projects, which is critical to sustaining the social and economic development gains attributed to investments in the region. Social and environmental safeguards and compliance are the primary means of managing the risks associated with development projects, while ensuring that they will sustainably contribute  to broader development goals. Without sound safeguards in place, large-scale infrastructure activities in the Mekong region could irreversibly damage natural resources, vital ecosystems, food production systems, and the livelihoods of millions of people. National-level environmental policies are fairly well developed in Mekong countries, but are often not effectively applied to major infrastructure projects. To address the gap between environmental policies and their application, environmental governance needs to improve throughout the Mekong region…In addition to demand from the Mekong countries for improved tools and data to better understand and advocate for their interests, China itself is now seeking assistance in conducting quality environmental impact assessments. This provides an opportunity to improve compliance with international environmental standards. This Activity is designed to take advantage of this new window of opportunity.

Funding Opportunities | DOE Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Core Technology Research

Sponsor: DOE: National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)
Title Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Core Technology Research, DE-FOA-0001853
Website: , solicitation available on FedConnect
Pre-Proposal/LOI: n/a
Deadline: April 30, 2018
Funding range: $500,000 – $2,000,000
Topics: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is soliciting applications to develop Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Technology in order to support fuel cells system manufacturers in addressing issues related to cost and reliability of fuel cells systems. Applications are sought in two areas of interest (AOI) that include AOI 1 – Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) Core Technology Research and AOI 2 – Core Technology Research and Development (R&D) in Support of Near-Term SOFC Power Systems Prototype Tests. AOI 1 is supporting transformational technologies that are focused on early-stage laboratory-scale R&D. Successful projects will result in validation of concepts at a laboratory-scale. Collaboration with a fuel cell system manufacturer is encouraged. AOI 2 will seek projects that address reliability issues facing 2nd Generation SOFC power systems in an operational environment. This AOI will require a team approach where the participation of at least one fuel cell system manufacturer as a prime or a sub-recipient in the team is required. Teams should be able to take the technology developed during the award to the point that it can be validated in an operational system. Fuel cell technology other than SOFC will be considered non-responsive to both AOIs.

Funding Opportunities | DOE Preliminary Design and Techno-Economic Analysis of MWe-Class Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Systems

Sponsor: DOE: National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)
Title Preliminary Design and Techno-Economic Analysis of MWe-Class Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Systems, DE-FOA-0001850
Pre-Proposal/LOI: n/a
Deadline: May 7, 2018
Funding range: Phase 1: $1,500,000,  Phase 2: $6,167,000; 20% cost-share required
Topics: The mission of the DOE FE Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) program is to enable the efficient generation of low-cost electricity for (a) 2nd Generation natural gas-fueled SOFC DG systems and modular, coal-fueled systems and (b) Transformational coal or natural gas-fueled utility-scale systems with carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). The program supports the overarching goals of the Clean Coal and Carbon Management Research Program (CCCMRP) through the collaboration between the R&D that addresses the technical and economic barriers to commercial viability and the development and deployment of SOFC power systems that validate those solutions.

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