From teaching machines common sense to "extreme" scalable parallelism, this week's Grant Round Up is filled with tech, engineering and innovation opportunities, many for defense purposes.
The National Science Foundation has opened grants that fund research into robotics engineering, tissue engineering on the International Space Station and geoinformatics. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency opened opportunities in autonomous molecular design and machine common sense, while the Office of Naval Research is soliciting proposals for electronic warfare technology.
Along with the high-tech opportunities, other grants are available to fund breastfeeding advocacy, advanced practice nursing workforce development and a study surrounding the ethics of brain research.
Here are links to three grants of broader general appeal. To see all the new opportunities that opened this week, click here.
National Institutes of Health
Grant Title: NIDDK R25 Program Grants
Grant Info: https://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=309675
Details: The goal of the NIDDK R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation's biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. This funding opportunity announcement will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skills Development and Research Experiences.
Environmental Protection Agency
Grant Title: Targeted Airshed Grant Program
Grant Info: https://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=309633
Details: This program will assist local, state and/or tribal air pollution control agencies to develop plans and conduct projects to reduce air pollution in nonattainment areas that EPA determines are the top five most polluted areas relative to ozone, annual average fine particulate matter, or 24-hour National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The overall goal of the Targeted Airshed Grant Program is to reduce air pollution in the nation’s areas with the highest levels of ozone and PM2.5 ambient air concentrations.
Department of the Interior
Grant Title: Fish and Wildlife Coordination and Assistance
Grant Info: https://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=309719
Details: The project will evaluate cost-effective bioretention depths to provide biologically significant improvements in the water quality of untreated urban stormwater runoff which can adversely impact the health of fish and biological communities. Funds under this award are to be used to answer two important questions that the proposed research will address: 1) How long can the 60:40 bioretention soil media prevent toxic effects to aquatic animals; 2) What soil depths are necessary to provide treatment. Chemical and biological effectiveness will be evaluated using analytical chemistry and the health of two fish species, juvenile salmon and zebrafish embryos.