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New Funding Opportunity: Expanding TRIPODS through Partnerships (XTRIPODS)

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.

New US-India Collaborative Funding Opportunity

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.

NASA MSI Engagement Newsletter

Here are some of the latest updates on NASA opportunities for the Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) community from NASA’s MSI Engagement Team. 

Support for Planetary Sample Science (SPSS) Cooperative Agreement

Award Amount: $5 million/year for 5 years
Information Site: Check out the SPSS site for more information
Proposal Deadline: Step 1 Proposals due June 12
NASA seeks an institution to facilitate cooperation between NASA and the planetary science community and support for analysis of NASA’s extraterrestrial samples. This support is critical for enabling community-driven scientific investigations. Proposals may include any elements that are deemed appropriate, but there are several core elements that are programmatically desirable. The inclusion and quality of such elements will be considered as part of the peer evaluation of proposals. For a list of elements, please refer to section A.3. here.
Request for Info: Space Weather and Science Agile Platforms (SWAPs)

Information Site: Check out the SWAPs site for more information
Deadline: June 12
Contact: bradley.d.williams@nasa.gov

NASA is seeking responses under this Request for Information (RFI) to assess commercial interest in and opportunities for the in-space hosting of science instruments that will directly address science and/or applications needs for space weather and other NASA science disciplines (astrophysics, Earth science, heliophysics, planetary science). Information collected through this RFI will support programmatic decisions regarding approaches for hosted payload opportunities on commercial or Other Government Agencies (OGA) missions.
NASA Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) Pilot

Award Amount: Up to $10,000
Information Site: Check out theInnovation Corps sitefor more information
Information Session: Recording available here
Proposal Deadline: Applications will be reviewed if received by: (a) September 8 (b) January 26 (c) March 29
Contact: margaret.a.yancey@nasa.gov
In an exciting, expanded partnership with the National Science Foundation, NASA’s Science and Space Technology Mission Directorates offer a new pathway to participate in Innovation Corps (I-Corps)™. The NASA I-Corps™ Pilot is aimed to accelerate the transition of promising ideas from the lab to the marketplace, while encouraging collaboration between academia and industry. Eligible teams must include at least 2 members from higher education (2 to 4-year institutions) or non-profit institutions with a NASA-relevant research focus.
Space Apps Challenge

NASA International Space Apps Challengeis in search of Local Leads for its 2023 global hackathon! Local Leads work with NASA and the Space Apps Global Organizing Team to organize and host virtual or hybrid Space Apps Challenge events in their community. Local Leads are inclusive leaders of their local space and science communities who bring problem solvers and innovative thinkers together in 160+ countries/territories to solve real challenges on Earth and space. Learn more about how to become a Local Lead and applyhere. Applications are due June 1
Future Aviation Maintenance Technical Challenges

Award Amount: up to $300K/year for 2 years
Information Site: Check out the Future Aviation Maintenance Technical Challenges site for more information
Information Session: Presentation slides posted here | FAQ posted here
Proposal Deadline: June 30 @ 5:00 PM EST
Contact: HQ-UnivPartnerships@mail.nasa.gov      

NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate’s vision includes the safe and widespread use of piloted, remote-controlled, and fully autonomous aircraft of all sizes to move people and packages wherever they need to go – perhaps within a dense urban environment, out to a nearby international airport, or to a rural town on the prairie. With government, industry and academic partners, NASA Aeronautics is working to make real these new forms of air transportation with their new concepts of operations, vehicle designs, airframes, and propulsion systems – whether powered by electric, hydrogen, hybrid power, or other energy source. This program element focuses on these new forms of aviation.

Grant Announcement Letter from ORSP

The May 2023 issue of the Grant Announcement Letter (GAL) from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP), , as well as the recent issues, are available below


For other recent editions, check Grant Announcement Letter under Categories.

NASEM Virtual workshop “AI to Assist Mathematical Reasoning” June 12-14, 2023

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:


Grant Announcement Letter

The April 2023 issue of the Grant Announcement Letter (GAL) from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP), , as well as the recent issues, are available below, or you check Grant Announcement Letter under Categories.









GAL AUG 22.pdf

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Research Collaboration Opportunity in Europe for NSF Awardees

Excerpt from the Dear Colleague Letter

This letter invites current NSF grantees to submit supplemental funding requests for research visits to any identified, appropriate ERC-funded European research group. NSF particularly encourages requests from NSF grantees who are early in their careers or who are still actively building their careers…

It is expected that the amount requested will not exceed $20,000 …

Requests must be received at NSF at least 3 months prior to the proposed visit, but no later than May 26, 2023, for consideration using Fiscal Year 2023 funds….

Full details can be found on NSF website at

Dear Colleague Letter: Research Collaboration Opportunity in Europe for NSF Awardees


NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Planning Proposals for Partnerships for Research and Education in Chemistry (PREC) Program

April 3, 2023

Dear Colleague:

In line with the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) efforts to increase diversity in the STEM workforce, the Division of Chemistry’s (CHE) PREC program (Partnerships for Research and Education in Chemistry, https://beta.nsf.gov/funding/opportunities/partnerships-research-education-chemistry-prec) supports research and education partnership endeavors between minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and CHE-supported centers, institutes, and facilities. Through the PREC grants, CHE aims to increase recruitment, retention, and degree attainment of those members of groups that are most underrepresented in chemistry research, as defined in the PREC Solicitation (NSF 21-620, https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf21620).

Establishing meaningful collaborations to support a competitive PREC proposal requires time and resources, which may impose unnecessary barriers to some. Through this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), CHE seeks to catalyze collaborative partnerships with a CHE center, institute, or facility (see list below) by encouraging submission of Planning Proposals which could help to mitigate barriers for the proposing institutions and PIs.

A planning grant can be used to support initial conceptualization, planning and collaboration activities to facilitate the formulation of new and sound plans for future submission to PREC. Anticipated planning activities could include, but are not limited to: planning visits/meetings with partnering institutions to discuss potential collaborations, exchanges to launch/initiate scientific collaboration, strategic planning (including development of a collaborative research plan), and development of evaluation strategies.


Proposals must be prepared in accordance with the guidance for Planning Proposals specified in the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) Chapter II.F.1. They must be submitted through Research.gov. Proposers should select the current PAPPG as the funding opportunity and direct proposals to the CHE Broadening Participation program.

Interested proposers should consider the following guidance carefully:

  1. The proposal must include a clear statement as to why this project is appropriate for a PREC planning proposal, including how the funds will be used to formulate a sound approach for future submission to the PREC program.
  2. The proposed research should be aligned with research supported by the relevant CHE center, institute, or facility. The planning proposal is encouraged to outline a vision for a partnership that simultaneously promotes inclusiveness and research excellence.
  3. The Principal Investigator (PI) must hold a faculty appointment at an eligible MSI that awards degrees in Chemistry and must be eligible to submit a future PREC proposal as defined in the recent PREC solicitation.
  4. A letter of collaboration from the prospective partner (limit of 1 page) must be included in the supplementary document section. It should include information from the Director of the partnering CHE center, institute or facility outlining their role in and commitment to the planning process.
  5. Proposals may request up to $100,000/year and up to two years in duration.

Prospective PIs must send an initial concept outline by email no later than June 1, 2023, to one of the Program Officers listed below. An approval from at least one NSF Program Officer to submit a full planning proposal must be uploaded by the PI as a document entitled “Planning – Program Officer Concurrence Email” in the Supplementary Documentation section in Research.gov. Full proposals submitted in response to this DCL for consideration in FY 2023 are welcome through July 1, 2023, but earlier submission is strongly encouraged.

Eligible partners include the following CHE-supported Phase II Centers for Chemical Innovations (CCI), institutes, or facilities, listed below with their preferred contacts for the purposes of this DCL.

Please contact the following Program Officers for concept outline submission or any question regarding this DCL:


Sean L. Jones,
Assistant Director
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS)

ASRC Communicating Your Science Event Series

Meet the Reporter:
Shaping STEM Research for the General Media

Join us on Friday, April 21, 2023 at 2 p.m. for a media-skills building session that includes an opportunity to talk about your research with working science reporters from Scientific American, Science Friday, PBS and more.

Now more than ever it’s critical for science to be accessible and understandable to the public. In this Communicating Your Science Workshop, hosted in partnership with CUNY’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, we will cover how to distill your complex science into compelling talking points for the public and communicate your work to science reporters. 

All are welcome, but you must reserve an interview slot and complete a short talking points worksheet as part of your registration if you want to meet with a reporter. One-on-one interviews are available to 21 registrants on a first come, first serve basis. Activities include:

  • A briefing from science journalist (New York Times, Newsweek and Scientific American) and Craig Newmark School of Journalism Director of Health and Science Reporting Emily Laber-Warren
  • Help perfecting your elevator pitch for different audiences
  • A one-on-one interview with a working journalist
  • A feedback and wrap-up session

Registration for this event is now open. Once registered, you will receive a link that will allow you to sign up for a one-on-one reporter interview.

For more information, contact Josephine Peterson at jpeterson@gc.cuny.edu.

FAQ for NSF ExpanAI Program

The Expanding AI Innovation through Capacity Building and Partnerships (ExpandAI) program is a multi-year program that aims to significantly diversify participation in AI research, education, and workforce development through capacity development and partnerships within the National AI Research Institutes ecosystem. Proposals may be submitted only by a minority-serving college or university meeting the criteria listed under ‘Eligible Institutions of Higher Education’ in this program solicitation.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Expanding AI Innovation through Capacity Building and Partnerships (ExpandAI) Program (NSF 23-506) 


FAQ for NSF ART (Accelerating Research Translation) Program

The Accelerating Research Translation (ART) program is a new NSF-wide endeavor that welcomes proposals from all scientific, technological, and engineering fields. It supports institutions of higher education that seek to build capacity and infrastructure for translation of fundamental academic research into tangible solutions that benefit the public.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for ART – Accelerating Research Translation (NSF 23-558)