Funding Opportunities and Notices

1. Army Futures Command Releases BAA for Disruptive Applications

The US Army Futures Command’s(AFC) Army Applications Laboratory(ALL) released a Broad Agency Announcement(BAA) for Disruptive Applications, the first funding opportunity to come out of AAL. The AAL brings together government, academia, industry, and other ecosystems to conduct innovative research and development(R&D) of technologies that will revolutionize Army capabilities. This BAA will be continuously open to enable AAL, at its discretion, to fund researchers who propose innovative research in disruptive technologies in relatively short periods of time. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until May 1, 2024. The full solicitation can be found on under solicitation number “W911NF-19-S-0004.” 

2. Department of Defense Releases New FOA for the Minerva Research Initiative

The Department of Defense(DOD) released a new funding opportunity announcement(FOA) for its signature university-led social science research program, the Minerva Research Initiative(Minerva). minerva seeks to fund top-quality social science research that provides DOD with a better understanding of the factors influencing the geopolitical environment in which it operates. A total of $15 million is available for this round of Minerva over the next three years. The FOA states that DOD plans to make between 10 to 12 awards averaging between $150,000 and $ 1 million per year for a period of three to five years. White papers are strongly encouraged and must be submitted via email to no later than June 20, 2019 at 3:00 PM EDT. Full proposals must be submitted no later than September 26, 2019 at 3:00 PM EDT. This Minerva competition is open to all sources from academia, including U.S. universities, DOD institutions of higher education, and foreign universities. The complete FOA and other details are available at under solicitation number “WHS-AD-FOA-19.”

3. DOE Announces $200 Million in Applied Energy Research Funding

The Department if Energy(DOE) applied energy offices have recently released over $200 million in funding for applied energy research and development through three funding opportunity announcements(FOAs):

  • The $79 million fiscal year(FY) 2019 Bioenergy Technologies Office(BETO) Multi-Topic FOA;
  • The 33.5 million Advanced Building Construction with Energy Efficient Technologies and Practices(ABC) FOA; and
  • The $89 million Advanced Manufacturing Office(AMO) Multi-Topic FOA.

Though not all of these opportunities are new programs, these solicitations include a new focus areas or increased participation for universities and are some of the last major FY 2019 DOE funding opportunities. These three FOAs are also the first to apply the cost- share wavier for the universities and non-profit organizations.As part of 2-year pilot enacted into the law last year in H.R. 589, the Department of Energy and Research an Innovation Act, the 20 percent cost share requirements for universities and non-profit entities is waived through September,2020. The purpose of this new policy is to allow institutions and organizations that have innovative research and technology ideas but have been able to meet the cost-share requirements to apply for applied energy funding opportunities. However, Lewis-Burke recommends that universities still provide as close to 20 percent cost-share as possible to increase the likelihood of success.

JWST Master Class Call for Applications Now Open

STScI will host approximately 25 participants for a 4.5-day, in-depth Master Class workshop in Baltimore, MD on November 18-22, 2019.  The MasterClass will include topics related to JWST proposal planning, including user tools, instrument modes, example science cases, documentation, and help resources, as well as guidance with teaching these topics to others.

Graduates of the Master Class are expected to give back to the JWST user community in two ways: by hosting proposal-preparation training activities at their home institution(s) and by serving as a local expert for colleagues in the months before the JWST Cycle 1 General Observer (GO1) proposal deadline in Spring 2020.

This call is open to all potential JWST observers, regardless of career stage or research interests. Advanced graduate students/postdocs and those from geographically-remote areas are especially encouraged to apply. Although not required, we encourage partnered or team applications from geographically-concentrated institutions.

To apply: 

Complete an online application and return it by 5 p.m. (ET) on June 03, 2019.

If you are interested in learning more about the Master Class, please see the  full call for applications.


NSF Releases Dear Colleague Letter on Models for Uncovering Rules and Unexpected Phenomena in Biological Systems (MODULUS)


While the MCB solicitation does not have an application deadline, proposals should be submitted before June 1, 2019 to be considered for fiscal year (FY) 2019 funding and before April 1, 2020 to be considered for FY 2020. Proposals for the Mathematical Biology Program must be submitted between August 20, 2019 and September 5, 2019.

Forms and Information 



DOE Solicits Proposals for AI Research, Research Time at Leadership Computing Facilities

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Data Analytics Co-Design

  • Letters of Intent – May 1, 2019
  • Full Proposals – May 31, 2019
Forms and Information



Scientific Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence: Uncertainty Quantification

  • Letters of Intent – May 8, 2019
  • Full Proposals – May 31, 2019
Forms and Information



Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE)

  • Proposal Writing Seminars – May 9 and June 4, 2019
  • Full Proposals – June 21, 2019
  • Award Announcements – November 2019
Forms and Information


Additional Documents and Notices