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Office of Research Development and Administration

Events & Deadlines

May 3, 2021


Eastern Michigan University Current Research Phase: 2

EMU Resources for Conducting Research/Scholarship/Creative Activity During the Covid-19 Pandemic


Conferences and Training Courses

National Science Foundation Virtual Grants Conference

June 7-11, 2021

Just like the in-person grants conferences, the NSF Virtual Grants Conference is a must, especially for new faculty, researchers and administrators.

Highlights include:

New programs and initiatives
NSF Directorate sessions
Future directions and strategies for national science policy
Proposal preparation
NSF’s merit review process
Conflict of interest policies
The conference is designed to give new faculty, researchers, and administrators key insights into a wide range of current issues at NSF. NSF program officers will provide up-to-date information about specific funding opportunities and answer attendee questions.

Registration opens May 5 at noon. Free of charge


Spaceflight Technologies, Application and Research, Virtual Space Biosciences Training Course

Spaceflight Technologies, Application and Research (STAR) is a virtual NASA program for space biosciences training. The annual course targets principal investigators, senior research scientists and postdoctoral scholars. The purpose is to facilitate participants’ entry to space biology and to prepare them for conducting spaceflight experiments using NASA and commercial platforms. Course curriculum includes space biology and its practical applications. Participants will have opportunities to interact with principal investigators with prior mission experience, developers of spaceflight technology and flight providers. The 2021 STAR Course will take place virtually between September 2021 and February 2022 and will consist of two two-hour seminars per month on weekday afternoons.

Applications due May 28, 2021


NSF and NCSES release 2021 Women, Minorities, and People with Disabilities in Science and Engineering report

Read the report here.


People-Powered Research: Angling for Data on Michigan Fishes

This new project from the University of Michigan and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources asks volunteers to help transcribe more than a century's worth of fish observation records, captured on a variety of paper cards, from lakes throughout Michigan. Volunteer contributions to the project will allow researchers and resource managers to better understand how factors such as development, invasive species, deforestation, and climate change have affected fish populations over the last hundred years. In addition, we'll utilize the latest in data science to combine data on fish, habitat characteristics and management approaches from a variety of historical surveys in new ways, allowing us to build models that explain how and why fish populations have changed over recent decades, predict what changes are likely to occur in the future, and test which management strategies will improve the resilience of fish populations.



National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Small Research Grant Program (R03, Basic Experimental Studies with Humans)

The NICHD Small Research Grant Program (R03) supports clinical trials that fall within the NICHD mission. The R03 activity code supports small research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources. The R03 program may be used for 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. This FOA is specifically for receipt of applications within the NICHD mission that propose one or more clinical trials.

Next Deadline: June 16, 2021


National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Break the Ice Challenge

Break the Ice Lunar Challenge will offer Teams up to $500,000 in prize purses in Phase 1. The Challenge will have two phases, the initiation of Phase 2 is contingent on the emergence of promising submissions in Phase 1 that demonstrate a viable approach to achieving the Challenge goals. Phase 1 of the Break the Ice Lunar Challenge is focused on incentivizing new ideas and approaches to a system architecture for excavation and movement of icy regolith and water on the lunar surface. For Phase 1, the Challenge describes a hypothetical Mission Scenario and asks Teams to design a system architecture addressing necessary hardware, concept of operations, lunar environmental conditions, and specific performance analyses, as well as supporting materials that address credibility and feasibility of the system architecture.

Registration due June 18, 2021


National Science Foundation, Improving Undergraduate STEM Education

The IUSE: EHR program supports projects designed to contribute to a future in which all undergraduate students are fully engaged in their STEM learning. The IUSE: EHR program promotes (1) Engaged Student Learning: the development, testing, and use of teaching practices and curricular innovations that will engage students and improve learning, persistence, and retention in STEM, and (2) Institutional and Community Transformation: the transformation of colleges and universities to implement and sustain highly effective STEM teaching and learning.

All projects supported by IUSE: EHR must:

Demonstrate a strong rationale for project objectives or incorporate and build on educational practices that are demonstrably effective
Contribute to the development of exemplary undergraduate STEM education
Add to the body of knowledge about what works in undergraduate STEM education and the conditions that lead to improved STEM teaching and learning
Measure project progress and achievement of project goals

Next Deadline: July 21, 2021


National Science Foundation, Disrupting Operations of Illicit Supply Networks

This solicitation supports fundamental research to enable transformative change in our ability to detect, disrupt and disable illicit supply networks that traffic in persons, and tangible and virtual goods. These transformations will require well-coordinated, multi-disciplinary approaches that complement long-standing law-enforcement, victim-centric and trafficking domain-focused research efforts with fundamental, innovative, and high-risk research that draws from multiple domains of engineering, computer and information science, and the social, behavioral and economic sciences. Trafficking networks comprise complex, interconnected collections of entities, sometimes under centralized control but with decentralized information sharing. Research proposals should take a holistic, system-focused approach to understanding the operations and dynamics of illicit supply networks, including such issues as mapping illicit supply chains, characterizing their elements and their use of communications, transportation, financial infrastructures; understanding geospatial data patterns and networks of transactions that provide actionable insight into their activity; understanding how illicit production co-mingles with legal production in commercial supply chains and the underlying value chain that creates wealth through illicit activities; and how individuals are incentivized and/or exploited to participate in these activities.

Next Deadline: July 28, 2021


National Science Foundation, Resilient and Intelligent NextG Systems

The RINGS program seeks to accelerate research in areas that will potentially have significant impact on emerging Next Generation (NextG) wireless and mobile communication, networking, sensing, and computing systems, along with global-scale services, with a focus on greatly improving the resiliency of such networked systems among other performance metrics. Modern communication devices, systems, and networks are expected to support a broad range of critical and essential services, incorporating computation, coordination, and intelligent decision making. Resiliency of such systems, which subsumes security, adaptability, and autonomy, will be a key driving factor for future NextG network systems. Resiliency in both design and operations ensures robust network and computing capabilities that exhibit graceful performance- and service-degradation with rapid adaptability under even extreme operating scenarios. The RINGS program seeks innovations to enhance both resiliency as well as performance across the various aspects of NextG communications, networking and computing systems. This program seeks to go beyond the current research portfolio within the individual participating directorates by simultaneously emphasizing gains in resiliency (through security, adaptability and/or autonomy) across all layers of the networking protocol and computation stacks as well as in throughput, latency, and connection density.

Next Deadline: July 29, 2021


National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Deep Space Food Challenge

In coordination with the Canadian Space Agency, NASA has opened the Deep Space Food Challenge. The goal is to generate novel food production technologies or systems that require minimal resources and produce minimal waste, while providing safe, nutritious, and tasty food for long-duration human exploration missions. Astronauts need hearty nutrients to maintain a healthy diet in space, but like any of us, they want their food to taste good, too! As NASA develops concepts for longer crewed missions to Mars and beyond, the agency will need innovative and sustainable food systems that check all the boxes.  Additionally, advanced food systems will have benefits here on Earth, too. Solutions from this challenge could enable new avenues for food production around the world, especially in extreme environments, resource-scarce regions, and in new places like urban areas and in locations where disasters disrupt critical infrastructure.

Next Deadline: July 30, 2021


National Science Foundation, Racial Equity in STEM Education

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) seeks to support bold, ground-breaking, and potentially transformative projects addressing systemic racism in STEM. Proposals should advance racial equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce development through research (both fundamental and applied) and practice.  Core to this funding opportunity is that proposals are led by, or developed and led in authentic partnership with, individuals and communities most impacted by the inequities caused by systemic racism.  The voices, knowledge, and experiences of those who have been impacted by enduring racial inequities should be at the center of these proposals, including in, for example:   project leadership and research positions, conceptualization of the proposal, decision-making processes, and the interpretation and dissemination of evidence and research results. The proposed work should provide positive outcomes for the individuals and communities engaged and should recognize peoples’ humanity, experiences, and resilience. Proposals need to consider systemic barriers to opportunities and benefits, and how these barriers impact access to, retention in, and success in STEM education, research, and workforce development. Competitive proposals will be clear with respect to how the work advances racial equity and addresses systemic racism, as these constructs may have different meanings in different settings. 

Next Deadline: July 13, 2021


Trans-Atlantic Platform Recovery, Renewal, and Resilience in a Post-Pandemic World & National Science Foundation

The COVID-19 pandemic is a major crisis that touches on all aspects of health, social, economic, political, and cultural life. The T-AP RRR call aims to address key gaps in our understanding of the dynamic and complex interaction of medium and long-term societal effects of COVID-19 pandemic. This understanding, in turn, should advance knowledge of how to mitigate the negative societal effects of COVID-19 pandemic and support recovery and renewal in a post-pandemic world. NSF/SBE is participating in this program. NSF’s Dear Colleague Letter can be found here.


Next Deadline: July 14, 2021


NSF Events

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Internal Funding Program Deadlines

Internal Funding Programs can be found on our website. Listed below are a programs with upcoming deadlines.



Contact ORDA Early When Planning a Proposal Submission

An early meeting with a pre-award specialist will help make sure you are meeting all of the sponsor requirements AND that you are on schedule to submit materials to ORDA in a timely fashion. Our procedures can be found here on ORDA’s website ( An important point to note is that your proposal and related materials must get to ORDA at least 10 business days before the sponsor deadline.

Other than the inability to meet in-person, business continues as usual for us. Please find the following contact information for the ORDA staff. We are reachable by telephone during business hours, Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You may also contact us through email or schedule a time to meet using teleconferencing or video call.

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