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The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to address the problem of HIV persistence in people living with HIV treated with suppressive antiretroviral drug regimens. This FOA will support coordinated basic, clinical, and applied research focused on developing strategies to achieve an HIV cure, defined as either sustained viral remission or eradication of HIV infection. While some aspect of clinical research is required, unlike the previous iteration of this RFA, clinical trials will no longer be supported. The application must include at least one private sector entity to facilitate rapid translation of basic discovery research into therapeutic development and testing. Collaboratory research should be milestone-based and should be focused on specific innovative approaches to characterize and quantify persistent HIV-1 reservoirs and/or understand and predict post-treatment control of viral rebound, identify and test therapeutic strategies to control viral rebound after discontinuation of antiretroviral therapy, and identify and test strategies to eradicate or permanently inactivate rebound-competent HIV.

Please read the full program announcement before preparing your internal application.

Award Amount

  • Application budgets are limited to $3.5 million direct costs per year and should reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.
  • The total project period must be 5 years.

Eligibility

  • Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.
  • Only one application per institution is allowed to be submitted to either this FOA or the companion FOA for the Martin Delaney Collaboratories for Pediatric HIV Cure Research (RFA-AI-20-036). An institution may not submit one application to this FOA and one application to the Pediatric MDC FOA. However, a given institution may receive funds through subawards from more than one application.

Selection Criteria

  • Detailed review criteria can be found here.

Limitation Details

An Institution may submit one proposal to this FOA or the companion FOA for the Martin Delaney Collaboratories for Pediatric HIV Cure Research (RFA-AI-20-036). An institution may not submit one application to this FOA and one application to the Pediatric MDC FOA. However, a given institution may receive funds through subawards from more than one application.

If you are interested in submitting for this program, you must first submit an internal application to limsub@uga.edu according to the required instructions below.

Internal Applications must include the following:

  • A cover page listing
    • The name of this funding opportunity and title of your proposal
    • Your name, UGA position, home department, email, and UGA contact information
    • Collaborator names, positions, and institutions (if any)
    • Indicate whether or not you have submitted to this program in the past. If so, please provide a copy of the review at the end of the internal application.
  • A (maximum two-page) proposal summary that addresses the program’s specific selection criteria.
  • One paragraph describing why this proposal should be UGA’s submission (i.e., why it will be the most competitive for this program)
  • Curriculum vitae

Internal Selection

Limited Submission announcements often generate multiple competing proposals.  UGA reviewers judge proposals as they would in any peer review process, so PIs are urged to put their best foot forward.  Along with typical criteria, reviewers will evaluate internal proposals based on their fit with the sponsor’s articulated goals and criteria.

Internal Submission Instructions

The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to limsub@uga.edu by the internal deadline listed above.

Questions?

Please submit questions regarding the internal competition to limsub@uga.edu.

For questions directly related to this program, please contact the following program officers:

Shimian Zou
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Telephone: 301-827-8301
Email: shimian.zou@nih.gov

Karl Salzwedel, Ph.D.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Telephone: 301-496-5332
Email: karl.salzwedel@nih.gov

Peter J. Perrin, Ph.D.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Telephone: 301-451-3759
Email: Peter.Perrin@nih.go

Vasundhara Varthakavi, D.V.M., Ph.D.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Telephone: 301-443-2146
Email: vasundhara.varthakavi@nih.gov

Jeymohan Joseph, Ph.D.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Telephone: (240)-627-3869
Email: jjeymoha@mail.nih.gov

May Wong, Ph.D.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Telephone: 301-496-1431
Email: wongm@ninds.nih.gov

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This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is soliciting applications to support research on HIV cure in pediatric populations. This FOA will support coordinated basic, clinical, and applied research focused on developing strategies to achieve an HIV cure, defined as either sustained viral remission or eradication of HIV infection. The cure of HIV infection in people living with HIV is one of the highest priorities of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH). The goal of the Martin Delaney Collaboratory program is to accelerate progress towards developing strategies to achieve either eradication of HIV infection from the body or a sustained viral remission, as defined by sustained viral suppression following cessation of antiretroviral therapy. Funded projects under this FOA will be expected to expand the knowledge base on HIV latency and persistence in pediatric populations, design and evaluate innovative cure strategies, develop and evaluate assays and other modalities to accurately characterize HIV reservoirs and translate findings to the clinical settings. This funding opportunity will target perinatally infected children and adolescents and young adults up to 24 years of age with a primary focus on early treated children.

Please read the full program announcement before preparing your internal application.

Award Amount

  • Application budgets are limited to $3.5M in direct costs per year and need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.
  • The total project period must be 5 years.

Eligibility

  • Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.
  • Only one application per institution (normally identified by having a unique DUNS number or NIH IDF number) is allowed to either this FOA or the companion FOA for the adult Martin Delaney Collaboratories for HIV Cure Research (RFA-AI-20-035) . An institution may not submit one application to this FOA and one application to the adult MDC FOA. However, a given institution may receive funds through subawards from more than one application.

Selection Criteria

Detailed review criteria can be found here.

Limitation Details

An Institution may submit one proposal to either this FOA or the companion FOA for the adult Martin Delaney Collaboratories for HIV Cure Research (RFA-AI-20-035) . An institution may not submit one application to this FOA and one application to the adult MDC FOA. However, a given institution may receive funds through subawards from more than one application.

If you are interested in submitting for this program, you must first submit an internal application to limsub@uga.edu according to the required instructions below.

Internal Applications must include the following:

  • A cover page listing
    • The name of this funding opportunity and title of your proposal
    • Your name, UGA position, home department, email, and UGA contact information
    • Collaborator names, positions, and institutions (if any)
    • Indicate whether or not you have submitted to this program in the past. If so, please provide a copy of the review at the end of the internal application.
  • A (maximum two-page) proposal summary that addresses the program’s specific selection criteria.
  • One paragraph describing why this proposal should be UGA’s submission (i.e., why it will be the most competitive for this program)
  • Curriculum vitae

Internal Selection

Limited Submission announcements often generate multiple competing proposals.  UGA reviewers judge proposals as they would in any peer review process, so PIs are urged to put their best foot forward.  Along with typical criteria, reviewers will evaluate internal proposals based on their fit with the sponsor’s articulated goals and criteria.

Internal Submission Instructions

The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to limsub@uga.edu by the internal deadline listed above.

Questions?

Please submit questions regarding the internal competition to limsub@uga.edu.

For questions directly related to this program, please contact the following program officers:

Tania B. Lombo, Ph.D.
National Institute of Allery and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Telephone: 301-761-7612
Email: tania.lombo@nih.gov

Eric Lorenzo, Ph.D.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Telephone: 301-443-4993
Email: eric.lorenzo@nih.gov

Vasundhara Varthakavi, D.V.M., Ph.D.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Telephone: 301-443-2146
Email: vasundhara.varthakavi@nih.gov

Jeymohan Joseph, Ph.D.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Telephone: 240-627-3869
E-mail: jjeymoha@mail.nih.gov

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The Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative approaches to STEM graduate education training. The program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.

IGE focuses on projects aimed at piloting, testing, and validating innovative and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education. IGE projects are intended to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption. The program supports testing of novel models or activities with high potential to enrich and extend the knowledge base on effective graduate education approaches.

The program addresses both workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacity building needs in graduate education. Strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academic partners are encouraged.

As a special emphasis under this solicitation, IGE seeks proposals that will result in a single cooperative agreement for the development and implementation of an IGE Innovation Acceleration Hub. The Hub will facilitate IGE awardee communications about research activities and outcomes and provide a platform for external stakeholder engagement. Only Hub proposals submitted to the October 2020 deadline will be considered for funding.

Please read the full program announcement before preparing your internal application.

Award Amount

  • Estimated Number of Awards:6 to 10
  • IGE Awards (6 to 10 anticipated in FY 2021) are expected to be up to three (3) years in duration with a total budget between $300,000 and $500,000. The estimated number of awards and the anticipated funding amount listed above are for FY 2021. The number of awards and funding level in FY 2022 and FY 2023 are anticipated to be similar to FY 2021. Funding amounts depend on availability of funds.
  • Anticipated Funding Amount:$4,000,000
  • Anticipated Type of Award:Cooperative Agreement (IGE Innovation Acceleration Hub only)
  • Estimated Number of Awards:One award is anticipated.
  • Anticipated Funding Amount:$500,000 in year one; remaining funds disbursed in years 2-5. The maximum award amount is $1,000,000 for five years.

Eligibility

  • An individual may serve as Lead Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI on only one proposal submitted to the IGE program per annual competition. Proposals that exceed the PI/Co-PI eligibility limit (beyond the first submission based on timestamp) will be returned without review regardless of the individual’s role (PI or Co-PI) in the returned proposal.
  • An eligible organization may participate in two Innovations in Graduate Education proposals per competition. Participation includes serving as a lead organization on a non-collaborative proposal or as a lead organization, non-lead organization, or subawardee on a collaborative proposal. Organizations participating solely as evaluators on projects are excluded from this limitation. Proposals that exceed the institutional eligibility limit (beyond the first two submissions based on timestamp) will be returned without review regardless of the institution’s role (lead, non-lead, subawardee) in the returned proposal.

Selection Criteria

  • Intellectual Merit: The Intellectual Merit criterion encompasses the potential to advance knowledge; and
  • Broader Impacts: The Broader Impacts criterion encompasses the potential to benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes.

The following elements should be considered in the review for both criteria:

  1. What is the potential for the proposed activity to
    1. Advance knowledge and understanding within its own field or across different fields (Intellectual Merit); and
    2. Benefit society or advance desired societal outcomes (Broader Impacts)?
  2. To what extent do the proposed activities suggest and explore creative, original, or potentially transformative concepts?
  3. Is the plan for carrying out the proposed activities well-reasoned, well-organized, and based on a sound rationale? Does the plan incorporate a mechanism to assess success?
  4. How well qualified is the individual, team, or organization to conduct the proposed activities?
  5. Are there adequate resources available to the PI (either at the home organization or through collaborations) to carry out the proposed activities?

Broader impacts may be accomplished through the research itself, through the activities that are directly related to specific research projects, or through activities that are supported by, but are complementary to, the project. NSF values the advancement of scientific knowledge and activities that contribute to achievement of societally relevant outcomes. Such outcomes include, but are not limited to: full participation of women, persons with disabilities, and underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); improved STEM education and educator development at any level; increased public scientific literacy and public engagement with science and technology; improved well-being of individuals in society; development of a diverse, globally competitive STEM workforce; increased partnershiween academia, industry, and others; improved national security; increased economic competitiveness of the United States; and enhanced infrastructure for research and education.

Proposers are reminded that reviewers will also be asked to review the Data Management Plan and the Postdoctoral Researcher Mentoring Plan, as appropriate.

Additional Solicitation Specific Review Criteria

Additional solicitation-specific review criteria for IGE Project proposals (Standard and Continuing Grants) include:

  • Knowledge generation to inform improvements in graduate education: Are the research questions, hypotheses, and methodologies clear? Is the proposed research informed by the relevant STEM graduate education literature? To what extent would the project generate the knowledge needed to inform implementation and adaptability of potentially transformative improvements to graduate education? Is the proposal grounded in a theory of change?
  • STEM education, disciplinary/interdisciplinary training, and workforce needs: Does the proposal adequately identify the intended contribution(s) of the IGE project to STEM education, disciplinary/interdisciplinary training and/or workforce needs? For example, is it aimed at a need in a single discipline or is it targeting skillsets in response to interdisciplinary research? Does the proposal ground the identified need in the literature?
  • Evaluation and assessment: Is there a well-conceived plan, including tangible metrics aligned with the goals and timeline, to evaluate the outcomes of the proposed project? Does the assessment plan include the gathering of data needed to test hypotheses? Does the evaluation plan align with the theory of change?

Additional solicitation-specific review criteria for IGE Innovation Acceleration Hub proposals (Cooperative Agreement) include:

  • Communications and Outreach: Does the communication plan include frequent communications to IGE projects to solicit resources and feedback? How will the organization obtain feedback and engagement from multiple populations to identify goals for use and strategies for achieving those goals? (Priority consideration will be given to proposals that demonstrate a plan to make the Hub a useful resource for NSF-supported projects, beyond the IGE program, related to research on innovation in graduate education.)
  • Assessment and Evaluation: Does the plan include a clear timeline and performance metrics to evaluate the outcomes of the proposed project? Is there a plan to obtain regular feedback from stakeholders that will be used to improve the Hub?

Limitation Details

An eligible organization may participate in two Innovations in Graduate Education proposals per competition. Participation includes serving as a lead organization on a non-collaborative proposal or as a lead organization, non-lead organization, or subawardee on a collaborative proposal.

If you are interested in submitting for this program, you must first submit an internal application to limsub@uga.edu according to the required instructions below.

Internal Applications must include the following:

  • A cover page listing
    • The name of this funding opportunity and title of your proposal
    • Your name, UGA position, home department, email, and UGA contact information
    • Collaborator names, positions, and institutions (if any)
    • Indicate whether or not you have submitted to this program in the past. If so, please provide a copy of the review at the end of the internal application.
  • A (maximum two-page) proposal summary that addresses the program’s specific selection criteria.
  • One paragraph describing why this proposal should be UGA’s submission (i.e., why it will be the most competitive for this program)
  • Curriculum vitae

Internal Selection

Limited Submission announcements often generate multiple competing proposals.  UGA reviewers judge proposals as they would in any peer review process, so PIs are urged to put their best foot forward.  Along with typical criteria, reviewers will evaluate internal proposals based on their fit with the sponsor’s articulated goals and criteria.

Internal Submission Instructions

The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to limsub@uga.edu by the internal deadline listed above.

Questions?

Please submit questions regarding the internal competition to limsub@uga.edu.

For questions directly related to this program, please contact the following program officers:

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We’re excited to announce that the NIH has issued a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for Research Training Programs to support the new Common Fund program Harnessing Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa (DS-I Africa). Research training programs will include a strong foundation in rigorous research design, methods and analytic techniques, provide interdisciplinary research experience and enhance trainees’ ability to develop novel data science solutions. The data science training program FOA is open to African and U.S. applicants in strong partnership with African institutions.

Additional funding opportunities are open to African academic and other non-profit organizations in partnership with private sector, government, NGO, and other research partners (from Africa or other parts of the world). In these FOAs, NIH is calling for applications in the following areas: an open data science platform and coordinating center; research hubs; and ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) research. The open data science platform will develop and maintain a data-sharing gateway for existing resources and new data generated by the DS-I Africa research hubs. The coordinating center will provide the organizational framework for the direction and management of the initiative’s common activities. The research hubs are intended to become recognized centers of excellence in data science fields and will advance population-relevant, affordable, acceptable and scalable data science solutions that will improve health in Africa. Finally, the program will support research into key ELSI issues such as data privacy and ownership, cybersecurity and sensitivities concerning the use of geospatial information for research or public health surveillance.

DS-I Africa is intended to encourage partnerships across sectors and engage private, government, nongovernmental organizations and other stakeholders in applications. In addition, interdisciplinary collaborations will bring together data specialists, computer scientists and engineers with biomedical researchers, clinicians and other health experts. The program aims to foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship that will result in new software solutions and technologies, produce start-ups and spinoff companies, and partner with governments and businesses to reach scale and impact.

As a part of the launch of this new program, NIH is hosting a DS-I Africa Virtual Symposium Platform from July through November 2020. This interactive, online resource includes a collection of networking tools and online events that engage participants in robust scientific discussions and facilitate networking across disciplines, sectors, and geographies. The platform includes keynote videos, interactive panels with leading data scientists, and a Virtual Forum that enables participants to interact with each other. Registration is now open and the first virtual interactive session is scheduled for August 10th, 2020. All networking tools and online events are free and open to the public.

Please share this email with your colleagues who may be interested, especially those in Africa, by forwarding this email or using Twitter and Facebook.

DS-I Africa Program Website with access to FOAs: https://commonfund.nih.gov/AfricaData
DS-I Africa Virtual Symposium Platform: https://commonfund.nih.gov/africadatasymposium
DS-I Africa Full Press Release: https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/nih-invest-58m-catalyze-data-science-health-research-innovation-africa
Join the DS-I Africa listserv at https://list.nih.gov/cgi-bin/wa.exe?SUBED1=DSIAFRICA&A=1

Please direct your questions about the program to DSI-Africa@od.nih.gov.

The NIH Common Fund encourages collaboration and supports a series of exceptionally high impact, trans-NIH programs. These programs are supported by the Common Fund and managed by the NIH Office of the Director in partnership with the various NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) – “The Nation’s Medical Research Agency” – includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research, and it investigates the causes, treatments and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about the NIH and its programs, visit the NIH website.”

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The purpose of this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is to support promising epidemiologic and implementation science research in racial/ethnic minority communities disproportionately affected by HIV while strengthening the capacity for conducting such research among investigators working in these communities. The NOFO supports Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) goals to promote health and reduce disease and disability by funding research that has the potential to result in high public health impact.

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The Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL, or the Department), announces the availability of approximately $5,000,000 total costs (subject to the availability of federal funds) for one cooperative agreement to fund a technical assistance project in Ethiopia to reduce child labor in Ethiopia’s agricultural sector, with a focus on the informal sector, using a gender mainstreaming approach.1 The project will focus on vulnerable women and adolescent girls (ages 15-17) working in agriculture. The project will aim to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Outcome 1: Increased capacity of the Government of Ethiopia to address child labor in the agricultural sector, with a focus on the informal sector, using a gender mainstreaming approach.
  • Outcome 2: Improved ability of communities to reduce child labor using a gender mainstreaming approach.
  • Outcome 3: Increased economic stability of households vulnerable to child labor, with a focus on women and girls.
    • Outcome 3.1: Members of vulnerable households have enhanced technical and life skills, and employment services.
    • Outcome 3.2: Members of vulnerable households have diversified income.
    • Outcome 3.3: Members of vulnerable households have increased access to social protections.

Please read the full program announcement before preparing your internal application.

Award Amount

  • Approximately $5,000,000 total costs is expected to be available to fund approximately one award. Applicants may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $5,000,000 total costs.
  • The period of performance is a maximum of 4.5 years (54 months) from the effective date of the award

Eligibility

The following organizations are eligible to apply:

U.S. organizations:

  • Nonprofits, including any faith-based organizations or community-based organizations
  • Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
  • Private Institutions of Higher Education
  • For-Profit Organizations

Non-U.S. organizations:

  • Non-U.S. Entities, including PIOs, as described in 2 CFR 200.46.

Applicants do not need previous experience managing federal awards, but they must speak persuasively about their ability to leverage other previous experience and bring it to scale in support of a large federal investment.

Cost sharing or matching is not required for this program.

Selection Criteria

Application review criteria are on pages 37 – 38 of the FOA. Please refer to the table at the bottom on page 37 for criteria.

Limitation Details

An Institution may submit one proposal.

If you are interested in submitting for this program, you must first submit an internal application to limsub@uga.edu according to the required instructions below.

Internal Applications must include the following:

  • A cover page listing
    • The name of this funding opportunity and title of your proposal
    • Your name, UGA position, home department, email, and UGA contact information
    • Collaborator names, positions, and institutions (if any)
    • Indicate whether or not you have submitted to this program in the past. If so, please provide a copy of the review at the end of the internal application.
  • A (maximum two-page) proposal summary that addresses the program’s specific selection criteria.
  • One paragraph describing why this proposal should be UGA’s submission (i.e., why it will be the most competitive for this program)
  • Curriculum vitae

Internal Selection

Limited Submission announcements often generate multiple competing proposals.  UGA reviewers judge proposals as they would in any peer review process, so PIs are urged to put their best foot forward.  Along with typical criteria, reviewers will evaluate internal proposals based on their fit with the sponsor’s articulated goals and criteria.

Internal Submission Instructions

The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to limsub@uga.edu by the internal deadline listed above.

Questions?

Please submit questions regarding the internal competition to limsub@uga.edu.

For questions directly related to this program, please contact the following program officers:

Sue Levenstein

Grants Management Specialist

levenstein.susan.l@dol.gov

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The National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) Initiative is a Foundation-wide effort to accelerate improvements in the quality and effectiveness of undergraduate education in all STEM fields including the learning, social, behavioral, and economic sciences. Undergraduate STEM education is critical for preparing both a diverse STEM workforce and a STEM-literate public that is ready to support and benefit from the progress of science [Reference 1]. The IUSE initiative provides a Foundation-wide framework of investments to support the agency’s commitment to the highest caliber undergraduate STEM education. By improving the quality and effectiveness of undergraduate education in all STEM fields, IUSE investments enable NSF to lead national progress toward a diverse and innovative workforce and a STEM-literate public.

Through the IUSE framework, NSF coordinates its investments in undergraduate programs and undergraduate STEM education to maximize impact, and to use shared metrics and appropriate program evaluation approaches. These investments are made across all directorates and address both STEM education in general and specific disciplinary needs. IUSE investments support a variety of activities including the inclusion of inquiry-based and active learning approaches in undergraduate STEM instruction, efforts to increase undergraduate STEM research experiences and courses, and research on the persistence and graduation of students in STEM programs. In addition, specific emerging cross-disciplinary needs include data science preparation for students in all majors, recruitment and retention of women and of students from underrepresented groups in STEM degree programs, incorporation of undergraduate research in STEM fields for STEM majors and non-majors, and re-envisioning of introductory courses in light of new research findings and theories. IUSE also seeks to broaden participation in STEM fields from all sectors and groups in society and proposers are encouraged to establish linkages, as appropriate, with components of the national network of NSF INCLUDES projects [Reference 2 in the Program Description section].

The Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) contributes to the IUSE initiative through the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into the Geosciences – Earth, Ocean, Polar and Atmospheric Sciences (IUSE:GEOPAths) funding opportunity. IUSE:GEOPAths invites proposals that specifically address the current needs and opportunities related to education within the geosciences community through the formation of STEM Learning Ecosystems that engage students in the study of the Earth, its oceans, polar regions and atmosphere. The primary goal of the IUSE:GEOPAths funding opportunity is to increase the number of students pursuing undergraduate and/or postgraduate degrees through the design and testing of novel approaches that engage students in authentic, career-relevant experiences in geoscience. In order to broaden participation in the geosciences, engaging students from historically excluded groups or from non-geoscience degree programs is a priority. While maintaining elements from the legacy tracks of GEOPATHS, this solicitation features three new funding tracks that focus on Geoscience Learning Ecosystems (GLEs):

  1. GEOPAths: Informal Networks (IN). Collaborative projects in this track will support geoscience learning and experiences in informal settings for teachers, pre-college (e.g., upper level high school) students, and early undergraduates in the geosciences.
  2. GEOPAths: Undergraduate Preparation (UP). Projects in this track will engage pre-college and undergraduate students in extra-curricular experiences and training in the geosciences with a focus on service learning [Reference 3 in the Program Description section] and workplace skill building.
  3. GEOPAths: Graduate Opportunities (GO). Projects in this track will improve research and career-related pathways into the geosciences for undergraduate and graduate students through institutional collaborations with a focus on service learning and workplace skill building.

Please read the full program announcement before preparing your internal application.

Award Amount

Regardless of which track is selected, the program expects to offer approximately 18 awards, with the average total award size expected to be in the $300,000 to $350,000 range. The duration of awards for all tracks will be up to 36 months. Estimated program budget, number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds.

Eligibility

A Principal Investigator may serve in the role of PI or Co-PI on only one proposal per competition if they are at the sole-submitting organization or the lead organization of a collaborative project, but may serve as the Co-PI for a non-lead organization of a collaborative project more than once per competition.

The limitation on eligible organizations noted above applies only to sole submitting organizations or lead organizations of a collaborative proposal. All other eligible organizations identified in the PAPPG are eligible to participate as the non-lead institution of a collaborative proposal. In addition, the following eligibility limitations apply:

GEOPAths:Informal Network (IN) proposals: The following institutions and organizations are eligible to submit proposals as the sole submitting organization or lead institution in a collaborative proposal:

Institutions of higher education (as defined in section 101 (a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965) in the United States and its territories that grant associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in the disciplines listed in the National Center for Education Statistics’ Classification of Instructional Programs.

Nonprofit, non-academic organizations (independent museums, observatories, research laboratories, professional societies and similar organizations) located in the U.S. that are directly associated with educational or research activities.

GEOPAths:Undergraduate Preparation (UP) proposals: NSF is restricting the eligibility of institutions that may serve as the sole submitting institution or the lead institution in a collaborative proposal in order to increase opportunities for smaller and/or primarily undergraduate institutions that have less access to significant Federal funding for STEM research and related infrastructure. The following institutions are eligible to submit proposals as the sole submitting organization or lead institution in a collaborative proposal:

Only institutions of higher education (as defined in section 101 (a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965) in the United States and its territories that grant associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in the disciplines listed in the National Center for Education Statistics’ Classification of Instructional Programs database are eligible to submit proposals, with the following restrictions: institutions identified by the Carnegie Classification in effect at the time of this solicitation’s submission deadline as “Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity” may not serve as the lead institution and may only submit proposals as the non-lead institution of a collaborative GEOPAths:UP proposal.

GEOPAths:Graduate Opportunities (GO) proposals: The following institutions are eligible to submit proposals as the sole submitting organization or lead institution in a collaborative proposal:

Only institutions of higher education (as defined in section 101 (a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965) in the United States and its territories that grant associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in the disciplines listed in the National Center for Education Statistics’ Classification of Instructional Programs database are eligible to submit proposals as the sole submitting organization or lead institution in a collaborative proposal, with no restrictions on institution type.

Selection Criteria

  • Intellectual Merit: The Intellectual Merit criterion encompasses the potential to advance knowledge; and
  • Broader Impacts: The Broader Impacts criterion encompasses the potential to benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes.

The following elements should be considered in the review for both criteria:

  1. What is the potential for the proposed activity to
    1. Advance knowledge and understanding within its own field or across different fields (Intellectual Merit); and
    2. Benefit society or advance desired societal outcomes (Broader Impacts)?
  2. To what extent do the proposed activities suggest and explore creative, original, or potentially transformative concepts?
  3. Is the plan for carrying out the proposed activities well-reasoned, well-organized, and based on a sound rationale? Does the plan incorporate a mechanism to assess success?
  4. How well qualified is the individual, team, or organization to conduct the proposed activities?
  5. Are there adequate resources available to the PI (either at the home organization or through collaborations) to carry out the proposed activities?

Additional Solicitation Specific Review Criteria

  • Participant Recruitment: Is the recruitment and selection process described with sufficient detail? Is the recruitment plan likely to attract a diverse population of students that would benefit from the proposed activities?
  • PI Team: Does the project team have sufficient experience in supporting students in the types of activities being proposed?
  • Organizational Commitment: Is organizational commitment outlined well in the proposal and is the evidence of support for the project sufficient to achieve the goals and objectives?
  • Connection to Research on Geoscience Education: How well informed are the vision and execution plan by the literature and prior attempts, if applicable, to implement change. Is the expectation of success well-justified?
  • Connection to Careers: Is there a sufficient connection in the proposed project to viable workforce paths in the geosciences?
  • Student Recruitment/Mentoring Plan: Is there a mentoring plan in place for student participants? The plan should emphasize strategies to ensure inclusive environments, programming and experiences with a focus on retention and movement of participants to the next appropriate level of education and research acumen (including but not limited to sufficient training for faculty and staff to successfully undertake their roles as mentors and supervisors of the student participants).
  • Project Evaluation and Reporting: Will the evaluation and monitoring plan provide sufficient documentation that project goals and outcomes have been realized?
  • Potential for Sustainability: What is the potential for sustaining project activities and/or institutional collaborations after funding ends?

Limitation Details

An Institution may serve as sole submitting organization or as lead organization of a collaborative project on only one proposal. Organizations may serve as the non-lead organization of a collaborative project more than once per competition.

If you are interested in submitting for this program, you must first submit an internal application to limsub@uga.edu according to the required instructions below.

Internal Applications must include the following:

  • A cover page listing
    • The name of this funding opportunity and title of your proposal
    • Your name, UGA position, home department, email, and UGA contact information
    • Collaborator names, positions, and institutions (if any)
    • Indicate whether or not you have submitted to this program in the past. If so, please provide a copy of the review at the end of the internal application.
  • A (maximum two-page) proposal summary that addresses the program’s specific selection criteria.
  • One paragraph describing why this proposal should be UGA’s submission (i.e., why it will be the most competitive for this program)
  • Curriculum vitae

Internal Selection

Limited Submission announcements often generate multiple competing proposals.  UGA reviewers judge proposals as they would in any peer review process, so PIs are urged to put their best foot forward.  Along with typical criteria, reviewers will evaluate internal proposals based on their fit with the sponsor’s articulated goals and criteria.

Internal Submission Instructions

The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to limsub@uga.edu by the internal deadline listed above.

Questions?

Please submit questions regarding the internal competition to limsub@uga.edu.

For questions directly related to this program, please contact the following program officers:

  • M. Brandon Jones, GEO/OAD, telephone: (703) 292-4713, email: mbjones@nsf.gov
  • Elizabeth L. Rom, GEO/OCE & GEO/OPP, telephone: (703) 292-7709, email: elrom@nsf.gov
  • Amanda (Manda) S. Adams, GEO/AGS, telephone: (703) 292-8521, email: amadams@nsf.gov
  • Keith A. Sverdrup, EHR/DUE, telephone: (703) 292-4671, email: ksverdru@nsf.gov

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