Opportunities & Deadlines

Funding Announcements & Upcoming Deadlines


NIH - The Neural Mechanisms of Multi-Dimensional Emotional and Social Representation (R01)*


This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages grant applications that incorporate a multi-dimensional perspective into studies of the neural mechanisms underlying emotional and/or social representations. The ability to integrate a broad array of emotional and social cues is impaired in many mental disorders, yet the neural mechanisms underlying these processes are not well understood. This FOA encourages investigators to take on the challenge of investigating how diverse multi-dimensional emotional and/or social cues are represented across integrated and temporally dynamic brain circuits.  This FOA solicits applications that incorporate innovative approaches designed to move affective and social neuroscience beyond single region-based, modular, and/or static models of brain function and behavior. 

*This program is also accepting applications through the R21 (Exploratory/Developmental Research) Mechanism on the same deadline. 

Deadline: Letter of Intent – May 3, 2016; Full Proposal - June 3, 2016

NIH - Systems Science and Health in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R01, R21)


This FOA is intended to increase the breadth and scope of topics that can be addressed with systems science methodologies. This FOA calls for research projects that are applied and/or basic in nature (including methodological and measurement development), have a human behavioral and/or social science focus, and employ methodologies suited to addressing the complexity inherent in behavioral and social phenomena, referred to as systems science methodologies. Additionally, this FOA seeks to promote interdisciplinary collaboration among health researchers and experts in computational approaches to further the development of modeling- and simulation-based systems science methodologies and their application to important public health challenges.

Deadline: Letters of Intent – May 5, 2016 (R01) or May 16, 2016 (R21); Full Proposals – June 5, 2016 (R01) or June 16, 2016 (R21)

NIH –Research Project Grant (R01)


The Research Project Grant (R01) supports a discrete, specified, circumscribed project to be performed by the named investigator(s) in areas representing the specific interests and competencies of the investigator(s).

Deadline: June 5, 2016 (resubmissions due July 5, 2016)

NIH - Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (R21)


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Exploratory/Developmental Grant supports the development of new research activities in categorical program areas. The program is intended to encourage exploratory and developmental research projects by providing support for the early and conceptual stages of these projects. These studies may involve considerable risk but may lead to a breakthrough in a particular area, or to the development of novel techniques, agents, methodologies, models, or applications that could have a major impact on a field of biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research.

Deadline: June 16, 2016

NIH-Small Research Grant Program (R03)


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Investigator-Initiated Small Research Grant supports small research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources. The program supports different types of projects including pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology.

Deadline: June 16, 2016


NSF – Perception, Action, Cognition


The Perception, Action and Cognition Program supports research on perception, action, and cognition, including the development of these capacities. Emphasis is on research strongly grounded in theory. Research topics include vision, audition, haptics, attention, memory, reasoning, written and spoken discourse, motor control, and developmental issues in all topic areas. The program encompasses a wide range of theoretical perspectives, such as symbolic computation, connectionism, ecological, nonlinear dynamics, and complex systems, and a variety of methodologies including both experimental studies and modeling. Research involving acquired or developmental deficits is appropriate if the results speak to basic issues of perception, action, and cognition. 

Deadline: August 1, 2016

NSF – Science, Technology, and Society (STS)


The Science, Technology, and Society (STS) program supports research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate the intellectual, material, and social facets of the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines. It encompasses a broad spectrum of STS topics including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues that are closely related to STEM disciplines, including medical science. 

Deadline: August 3, 2016

NSF Cognitive Neuroscience


Cognitive neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field of research dedicated to the understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying human cognition. As this field continues to grow, the National Science Foundation intends for cognitive neuroscience emphases to spur the development of highly novel theories, techniques and models directed toward enabling basic scientific understanding of a broad range of issues involving brain, cognition, and behavior. The emphasis at NSF is on the integration of cognitive, social and economic science in service of insights into healthy functions of brain, cognition, and behavior.  Additionally, NSF highly values the exploration of new methodologies, utilization of the latest analytic approaches, and the convergence of cutting edge techniques for addressing basic questions about human cognition.

Deadline: August 15, 2016

NSF – Decision, Risk and Management Sciences (DRMS)


The Decision, Risk and Management Sciences program supports scientific research directed at increasing the understanding and effectiveness of decision making by individuals, groups, organizations, and society. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, doctoral dissertation research improvement grants (ddrigs), and workshops are funded in the areas of judgment and decision making; decision analysis and decision aids; risk analysis, perception, and communication; societal and public policy decision making; management science and organizational design.

Deadline: August 18, 2016

NSF – Science of Organizations (SoO)


The Science of Organizations (SoO) program funds basic research that yields a scientific evidence base for improving the design and emergence, development and deployment, and management and ultimate effectiveness of organizations of all kinds. SoO funds research that advances our fundamental understanding of how organizations develop, form and operate. Successful SoO research proposals use scientific methods to develop and refine theories, to empirically test theories and frameworks, and to develop new measures and methods. Funded research is aimed at yielding generalizable insights that are of value to the business practitioner, policy-maker and research communities.

Deadline: September 6, 2016


DoD- Army Research Office Broad Agency Announcement for Basic and Applied Scientific Research


Research proposals are sought from educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and commercial organizations for scientific research in mechanical sciences, environmental sciences, mathematics, electronics, computing science, physics, chemistry, life sciences, materials science and network science. Proposals will be evaluated only if they are for scientific study and experimentation directed toward advancing the state of the art or increasing knowledge and understanding. Proposals focused on specific devices or components are beyond the scope of this BAA.

Proposals are expected to be for cutting-edge innovative research that could produce discoveries that would have a significant impact on enabling new and improved Army operational capabilities and related technologies. 

Deadline: Rolling, through March 2017

DoD- Methods and Technologies for Personalized Learning, Modeling and Assessment


This effort is an open-ended BAA soliciting innovative research concepts in the development, test, and validation of training approaches to learning and performance. It includes modeling and the design and execution of laboratory and field studies to evaluate alternative live, virtual, and constructive approaches, solutions, and practices in military and civilian mission areas such as autonomous operations, manned and unmanned air and ground operations, command and control, cyber operations, emergency response, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, tactical air combat, and integrated air, land, sea and space operations.

This effort shall include work in any or all of the following technical areas:

Area 1. Competency-Based Approaches for Training and Performance Requirements Analysis

Area 2. Criterion Development and Readiness Standards Definition for Non-Traditional Work Applications

Area 3. Ontology Development for Representing Subject Matter Knowledge and Skills

Area 4. Approaches for Using Real World Performance Data to Improve the Efficiency and Validity of Constructive Models and Agents in Live-Virtual-Constructive (LVC) Environments

Area 5. Modeling for Learning and Agent Development

Area 6. Complimentary Family of Trainer Development and Validation

Deadline: Rolling for white papers; Announcement expires in 2019

DoD - Research Interests of the United States Air Force Academy


USAFA’s Research Laboratory is announcing to business and academia the intent to solicit proposals for USAFA research efforts through this BAA.  This strategy provides USAFA an acquisition tool with the flexibility to solicit proposals and make awards to develop technologies to meet present and future Air Force research needs as technology issues are identified. Additional information regarding USAFA Research Centers, Departments and Institutes may be found at http://www.usafa.edu/df/dfe/dfer/?catname=research.

Deadline: Rolling for white papers, through September 2019