Funding Opportunities and Notices

DARPA Small Business Programs Office (SBPO) – SBIR/STTR Opportunities (SBOs)

“Holistic Object Tracking”, FBO Solicitation Number HR001119S0035-13, published at:

“Patterned, Responsive Cellular Therapies Using Novel Mammalian Cellular Regulator Systems”, FBO Solicitation Number HR001119S0035-16, published at:

“Sparse Information Orbit Estimation for Proliferated LEO”, FBO Solicitation Number HR001119S0035-22, published at:

“Self-Reconfigurable Modular Ground Robots”, FBO Solicitation Number HR001119S0035-23, published at:

“Fabrication and Testing of Large Aperture Achromatic Visible Metalens for Imaging Applications”, FBO Solicitation Number HR001119S0035-24, published at:

These SBOs will open for proposals on September 27, 2019 and close on October 28, 2019.

The agencies designate R&D topics and accept proposal, including:

  1. DoD:
  2. DoE:
  3. DHHS:
  4. NASA:
  5. NSF:

Board of Regents Support Fund (BoRSF) Meetings

BoRSF staff will be conducting six meetings in late August/early September to provide a brief overview of Support Fund and meet one-on-one with faculty, staff, administrators, and others. Meetings will consist of a 30-minute overview of the Support Fund and opportunities for general questions in a group setting, followed by one-on-one sessions with staff.

Anyone interested in meeting individually with a program manager should sign up for a time at Dates, times, and locations for all meetings are listed below (links to campus maps are at the bottom of this email and on the scheduling page). Please distribute this information to anyone on campus you think might be interested; note that any individual – potential or past applicants, sponsored programs/contract staff, fiscal agents, foundation and development officers, etc. – is welcome to schedule a session.

  • NORTH LA: August 26, 2:30-5:00 pm – University of Louisiana at Monroe, University Library, Seventh Floor, 700 University Avenue, Monroe, LA
  • CENTRAL LA: August 27, 8:30-11:00 am – LSU Alexandria, Student Services Building – Caffey Annex, 8100 U.S. 71, Alexandria, LA (parking in lot 7)
  • SOUTHWEST LA: August 27, 2:00-4:30 pm – South Louisiana Community College, Devalcourt Auditorium, 1101 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, LA
  • BATON ROUGE METRO: August 29, 9:00-11:30 am – Claiborne Building, Conference Center (first floor), Iowa Room (1-153), 1201 North Third Street, Baton Rouge, LA
  • NEW ORLEANS METRO: September 4, 9:30 am-12:00 pm – University of New Orleans, Earl K. Long Library, Room 407, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA
  • NORTHSHORE: September 4, 2:30-5:00 pm – Southeastern Louisiana University, Student Union, 303 Union Avenue, Hammond, LA

We will accept walk-ins for one-on-one sessions, but only if slots are unclaimed and only during the time frame noted above. Because of the tight schedule, we are not able to stay late or arrive early. To be certain of the opportunity to speak with the appropriate program manager, individuals should schedule a slot. Please inform interested individuals, as well, that if they are unable to attend a regional session, program managers will available to speak with them by phone or email throughout the Q&A period.

Since individual Q&A sessions are brief, we strongly advise individuals to familiarize themselves with relevant BoRSF RFPs prior to the session to avoid spending time gathering basic knowledge or recapping published information. RFPs, policies, and forms are available on our website:

Availability of FY 2019-20 Board of Regents Support Fund Requests for Proposals

Requests for proposals (RFPs) for FY 2019-20 are now available on the Sponsored Programs website ( for the following Board of Regents Support Fund (BoRSF) competitive grant programs and subprograms: (1) Departmental Enhancement; (2) Research Competitiveness Subprogram (RCS), including One-Year RCS; (3) Industrial Ties Research Subprogram (ITRS), including Proof-ofConcept/Prototyping (PoC/P) Initiative; (4) Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars (ATLAS); (5) BoR/SREB Doctoral Support Initiative to Promote Student and Faculty Diversity; (6) Endowed Chairs for Eminent Scholars; (7) Endowed Superior Graduate Student Scholarships; and (8) Endowed TwoYear Student Workforce Scholarships. The current policy for non-competitive Endowed Professorships is also available on our website.

DOE announces FY 2020 SBIR/STTR topics

The Department of Energy has released a list of topics for the FY 2020 SBIR/STTR Phase I program ahead of the anticipated Aug. 13 issuance of the full funding opportunity announcement (FOA). DOE will hold two 90-minute webinars to discuss these topics and respond to registered parties’ submitted questions. Session One will be held July 22 and will cover the topics from the offices for nuclear physics and for biological and environmental research (register here). The second session will be held on July 23 to discuss topics from the offices for advanced scientific computing research and basic energy science (register here). A webinar addressing the full FOA and application process will be held Aug. 16.

Federal SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunities

DARPA invites Direct to Phase 2 (DP2) applications for its Composable Embedded Software program seeking innovative research concepts in the technical domain(s) of: software composability, virtual machines, software-defined networks, machine learning, and unmanned platforms. Multiple DP2 awards of up to $1,750,000 each may be made. Applications are due Aug. 23. More information available at:

The Department of Health and Human Services invites applications for its SBIR Program Contract solicitation. Multiple Phase 1 & Phase 2 awards with a combined total of up to $1 billion may be made. Applications are due Oct. 23. More information available at:

The Environmental Protection Agency invites applications for its 2019-2020 SBIR Phase 1solicitation. Accepted research topics include clean and safe water, air quality, land revitalization, homeland security, sustainable materials management, and safer chemicals. Up to 20 Phase 1 awards of up to $100,000 each may be made. Applications are due July 31. More information available at:


NASA has developed programming for a special 2.5 hour live broadcast in honor of the Apollo 50th Anniversary. The broadcast will be live on NASA TV from 12:00 – 2:30 pm (CDT) on Friday, July 19th. The first two hours are suitable to space science enthusiasts of all ages. The final half-hour is produced by the NASA Office of STEM Engagement (OSTEM) and will focus on middle school science activities being conducted live from several science centers around the country. The activities are meant to be adaptable to at home kitchen-science style activities, as well as a formal science classrooms. If you are teaching this summer, working with students in your lab, or assisting with any STEM summer camps or K-12 teacher workshops you might want to host a watch party. More information about this broadcast can be found here and additional resources and anniversary events can be found here. Please share this announcement with people in your network.

Endowed Professorships: FY2019-20 Cycle

The revised program policies for the BoRSF Endowed Professorships program, incorporating the option of seeking match for first-generation undergraduate scholarships and dividing pre- and post-match provisions into separate documents, are now available on our website ( These policies went into effect on July 1 and will be operative during the FY 2019-20 funding cycle.

In addition, be reminded that in FY 2018-19 the Board of Regents approved a new online component in Endowed Professorships submission process, requiring campuses submitting annual requests to upload the rank-order list of match requests to LOGAN in addition to submitting hard copies of original establishing documents. Since this requirement was new in the last cycle, staff processed and submitted to the BoR for approval match requests submitted without the online component; in FY 2019-20, applications missing the LOGAN component will not be accepted. We ask that all campus staff involved in the submission of Endowed Professorships applications be notified of this, to ensure we can provide matching for eligible contributions in accordance with policy requirements.

QUESTIONS: please contact me at or (225) 219-7169.