Here are some of the latest updates on NASA opportunities for the Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) community from NASA’s MSI Engagement Team.
|SMD Bridge Program Seed Funding |
Award Amount: Total requests may not exceed $300,000 for a duration of 2 years
Information Site: Check out the SMD Bridge Program Seed Funding website for FAQs
Information Session: Please see the link to the slides
SMD Relevance: Please reference the document here on how to determine relevance to the Science Mission Directorate
Proposal Deadline: Proposals accepted on a rolling basis through March 29, 2024
NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is seeking proposals for seed funding awards to provide support for faculty investigators and their students to carry out NASA-relevant research. The goal of the SMD Bridge Program is to develop sustainable partnerships among institutions historically under-resourced by NASA.
Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program
Award Amount: $3.9-4.4M/year for 5 years
Information Site: Check out the GLOBE Implementation Office site for more information
Proposal Deadline: Step 1 Proposals due in October
Contact: email@example.com (please use subject line: DRAFT A.40 Questions and Comments)
The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is a worldwide science and education program that provides opportunities to better understand, sustain, and improve Earth’s environment at local, regional, and global scales. When it is released in its final form, the Earth Science Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate will solicit proposals through the ROSES-2023 competitive program element A.40 for an organization or a team of multiple organizations to host the GLOBE Implementation Office (GIO) and collaborate with NASA in the implementation of GLOBE, with the objective of strengthening the programmatic support for GLOBE and enhancing the value of GLOBE to its worldwide community of students, educators, scientists, citizen scientists, and partners.
July 12, 2023
As part of President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today launched the Wind Turbine Materials Recycling Prize. This $5.1 million competition funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help the United States develop a cost-effective recycling industry for two important of materials used in wind turbines: fiber-reinforced composites and rare earth elements. By helping to create a circular wind energy economy, this prize will increase the sustainability of wind energy and support President Biden’s goals of achieving a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035 and net-zero emissions by 2050.
“We need sustainable and secure domestic wind energy supply chain to achieve our climate goals,” said Alejandro Moreno, Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. “By creating new cost-effective recycling streams for key wind turbine materials, this prize will help ensure wind energy can continue to rapidly expand across the United States.”
About 85%–90% of the mass of a wind turbine is made of materials that can already be commercially recycled. The bulk of the unrecycled materials is composed of fiber-reinforced composites (carbon fiber and fiberglass). These materials can be found in various forms in wind turbine blades, nacelle covers, and the cover for the hub that connects the blades to the wind turbine. The wind energy industry also depends on critical minerals, such as rare earth elements (including the neodymium and dysprosium magnets used in generators), which do not currently have domestic commercial-scale recycling options.
This prize, which is part of DOE’s American-Made Challenges program, seeks to develop robust domestic recycling options for fiber-reinforced composites and rare earth elements, which can lessen the United States’ need to extract and process raw materials to meet this need. This benefits the environment, makes supply chains more resilient to price volatility and disruption, and reduces dependence on foreign sources of these materials.
Today’s announcement marks the opening of the first of two phases in the Wind Turbine Materials Recycling Prize. In the first phase, Initiate!, DOE invites participants to present innovative technologies that have previously not been applied to recycling of wind energy system materials, as well as technologies that could substantially improve existing wind material recycling processes. During the second phase, Accelerate!, competitors will demonstrate prototypes of their technologies.
The competition is open to private (for-profit and nonprofit) organizations, nonfederal government (such as state, county, tribal, and municipal) entities, academic institutions, and individuals that meet all eligibility requirements listed in the official rules.
Applications for Phase 1 are due on September 29, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. ET. DOE anticipates awarding $75,000 cash prizes to up to 20 applicants in Phase 1.
Learn more about the Wind Turbine Materials Recycling Prize and register for the informational webinar on August. 3, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. ET.
The Wind Turbine Materials Recycling Prize is led by the Wind Energy Technologies Office in DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and managed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
NSF Dear Colleague Letter on Collaborations with Canada on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Competition
June 9, 2023
The National Science Foundation Office of International Science and Engineering is pleased to inform the community that NSF and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) are partners on a new multilateral research initiative on climate change led by Canada’s New Frontiers in Research Fund. The 2023 International Joint Initiative for Research on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Competition represents a collaboration among research funders from Brazil, Canada, Germany, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States to leverage international expertise to tackle the global challenges caused by climate change. Climate change has been recognized as the single most important threat to the future well-being and prosperity of our planet and all who inhabit it.
The program aims to further the design and implementation of co-produced adaptation and mitigation strategies for vulnerable groups―those groups currently most impacted by the effects of climate change owing to both physical vulnerability and socioeconomic vulnerability. The program will support research that is both interdisciplinary and trans-sectoral on participatory contextually and culturally appropriate mitigation and adaptation responses to at least two vulnerabilities stemming from climate change, as identified in the Sixth Assessment Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Projects must respond to the needs of those most impacted by the effects of climate change, such as communities in low- and middle-income countries or indigenous territories, or groups that are vulnerable due to their geographic, social and/or economic circumstances. All projects are required to partner with participating community(ies) in the co-creation, implementation and ownerships of the research and outcomes, and to develop approaches related to policy implementation and knowledge mobilization.
Led by Canada, the program is supported by funding agency partners from the eight countries listed above (consortium partners). The program adopts a consortium approach to funding. Each consortium partner will fund researchers within a project team who are eligible to receive funding from them. NSF intends to fund researchers eligible to receive NSF or NEH funding. A minimum of three countries must be represented among the co-PIs on the project team, and the team must be eligible to receive funding from at least two Consortium Partners. At least one co-PI must be eligible to receive funding from Canada’s New Frontiers in Research Fund.
May 2, 2023 – Notices of Intent submitted to the Convergence Portal (mandatory)
July 15, 2023 – EOI Due to NSF for projects eligible for NSF or NEH funding
September 12, 2023 – Full proposals due
February 2024 – Notice of funding decisions and submission of recommended proposals to NSF
March 2024 – Start of awards
For more information, including proposal submission guideline, continue reading on NSF.gov.
A new NSF solicitation (NSF 23-591) is now available:
Expanding TRIPODS through Partnerships (XTRIPODS)
The XTRIPODS program aims to support the continued growth of a broad and diverse interdisciplinary research community for the advancement of data science, providing a unique opportunity to broadly promote the NSF vision and core values, especially inclusion and collaboration. This program will broaden participation in data science research, education, and workforce development by supporting partnerships between the current TRIPODS Phase II Institutes and Institutions of Higher Education that do not traditionally receive significant amounts of NSF funding. Only institutions that are not classified as Carnegie Research 1 (R1) universities are eligible. Non-R1 Minority-Serving Institutions, women’s colleges, and institutions that primarily serve persons with disabilities, as well as Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions, are especially encouraged to apply.
The first application window is August 2 to August 23, 2023.
A new research cooperation agreement between NSF and the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India has been announced (NSF 23-114):
Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of India Collaborative Research Opportunities
The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of the Government of India have signed an Implementation Arrangement on research cooperation. The Implementation Arrangement provides a framework to encourage collaboration between U.S. and Indian research communities and sets out the principles by which joint activities might be supported. Through this research agency partnership, U.S. researchers may receive funding from NSF and India researchers may receive funding from DST respectively.
This NSF-DST collaborative research opportunity focuses specifically upon discoveries and innovations in areas of mutual interest that develop new knowledge in all aspects of computing, communications, and information science and engineering, advanced cyberinfrastructure, secure and trustworthy computing, and cyber-physical systems. Through a research agency partnership, NSF and DST will allow investigators from both countries to collaborate to write a single proposal that will undergo a single review process at NSF, the Coordinating Agency.
The first target date for U.S. investigators is August 15.
Please visit the the announcement webpage for more details.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are hosting a virtual workshop on June 12-14, 2023 to discuss the state of the art, current challenges, and opportunities for using AI for mathematical reasoning. Speakers will explore the use of AI for mathematical discovery as well as for automated theorem proving. The event will bring together academic, industry, and government stakeholders to discuss emerging research opportunities and ways to collaborate among interdisciplinary research communities.
Attendance is free and open to the public. More information, including registration and the agenda, can be found on the event webpage: