Funding Opportunities

Internal (UMN) Opportunities

Sponsoring Program

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Title

Comments
UMN Data Science InitiativeAnnually in OctoberData Science Initiative (DSI)-MnDRIVE graduate assistantship program2024 solicitation
UMN Data Science InitiativeAnnually in OctoberSmall and Medium/Large Seed Grants2024 solicitation for Small and Medium/Large seed grant proposals
MnDRIVE Environment Seed GrantsFor 2023 seed grants, letters of intent were due on January 27, 2022, and full proposals were due on March 3, 2023.
Institute on the EnvironmentStatement of Intent: February 12, 2024
Applications: March 12, 2024
Impact Goals Request for ProposalsExpanded set of domains in 2024 including Adaptation, Mitigation, Biodiversity, Clean Energy, Water & Land, Food Systems, Planetary Health, Environmental Justice, Natural Capital., & Decision Support.
Final award selections will be made and announced by June 1, with the projects starting July 1, 2024.
College of Science & Engineering INTER S&E CTIONS Seed GrantsThis program began with the 2022 RFP.

External Opportunities

The CSE Data Science Initiative is constantly searching for funding opportunities that include a data science element. If you are aware of a current solicitation not listed here, please email us at csedsi@umn.edu.

Funding Agency

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Comments
NSFNot listedDear Colleague Letter: Using Long-Term Research Associated Data (ULTRA-Data) (NSF 24-081)NSF seeks to stimulate and encourage the use and reuse of data from environmental time series research to improve generalizable understanding in fields including (but not limited to) ecology, organismal evolution/adaptation, geoscience, and oceanography.
CiscoFunding will be available no sooner than August, when the Cisco fiscal year starts. If you would like to submit a proposal, contact Leza Besemann (besem007@umn.edu) to submit a proposal directly to Cisco.Security for Gen AI (RFP-24-03)
 Provide a 3-5 sentence description of your project idea, contact information and link to your bio page or website. Based on the short description of the project idea, Cisco will decide if they want you to submit a full proposal.
CiscoFunding will be available no sooner than August, when the Cisco fiscal year starts. If you would like to submit a proposal, contact Leza Besemann (besem007@umn.edu) to submit a proposal directly to Cisco.Machine Unlearning: Model-Data Co-Design (RFP-24-04) Provide a 3-5 sentence description of your project idea, contact information and link to your bio page or website. Based on the short description of the project idea, Cisco will decide if they want you to submit a full proposal.
CiscoFunding will be available no sooner than August, when the Cisco fiscal year starts. If you would like to submit a proposal, contact Leza Besemann (besem007@umn.edu) to submit a proposal directly to Cisco.Enhancing Factuality and Reasoning in Generative AI Models (RFP-24-05) Provide a 3-5 sentence description of your project idea, contact information and link to your bio page or website. Based on the short description of the project idea, Cisco will decide if they want you to submit a full proposal.
CiscoFunding will be available no sooner than August, when the Cisco fiscal year starts. If you would like to submit a proposal, contact Leza Besemann (besem007@umn.edu) to submit a proposal directly to Cisco.Distributed Systems (RFP-24-06) Provide a 3-5 sentence description of your project idea, contact information and link to your bio page or website. Based on the short description of the project idea, Cisco will decide if they want you to submit a full proposal.
CiscoFunding will be available no sooner than August, when the Cisco fiscal year starts. If you would like to submit a proposal, contact Leza Besemann (besem007@umn.edu) to submit a proposal directly to Cisco.LLM-Based Autonomous Agents and Agentic Systems (RFP-24-07) Provide a 3-5 sentence description of your project idea, contact information and link to your bio page or website. Based on the short description of the project idea, Cisco will decide if they want you to submit a full proposal.
CiscoFunding will be available no sooner than August, when the Cisco fiscal year starts. If you would like to submit a proposal, contact Leza Besemann (besem007@umn.edu) to submit a proposal directly to Cisco.Gen AI Applications in Security (RFP-24-08) Provide a 3-5 sentence description of your project idea, contact information and link to your bio page or website. Based on the short description of the project idea, Cisco will decide if they want you to submit a full proposal.
NSFProposals submitted after April 30, 2024, will be considered in FY 2025.Dear Colleague Letter: Funding Opportunities for Engineering Research to Achieve Net-Zero Climate Goals by 2050 (NSF 24-045)"With this Dear Colleague Letter, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Engineering (ENG) encourages the submission of research and education proposals related to Net-Zero Climate Goals, including innovations to create a Circular Economy."
NSFVaries with specific program.Dear Colleague Letter: Build a Resilient Planet (NSF 24-022)"Geoscience research is integral to addressing exigent issues facing our Nation and the world. The magnitude of the challenges that underpin this initiative demands an integrated approach to engage scientists and engineers across disciplines..."
NSFProposals accepted anytimePlant Genome Research Program (NSF 24-547) 
NSFSee specific programs listed in DCL.Dear Colleague Letter: Leveraging Innovations From Evolution (LIFE) (NSF 24-049) 
NEHOptional draft due: January 10, 2024
Deadline: February 14, 2024
Humanities Research Centers on Artificial Intelligence 
NSFJuly 17, 2023; July 15 annually thereafter
January 16, 2024 (January 15 annually thereafter)
Arctic Research Opportunities Arctic Natural Sciences; Arctic Social Sciences (NSF 23-572)Recurring
NSFPreliminary: October 31, 2023
Full: February 12, 2024
National AI Institutes (NSF 23-610) - Astronomical Sciences 
NSFPreliminary: January 12, 2024
Full: May 17, 2024
National AI Institutes (NSF 23-610) - AI for Discovery in Materials Research and Strengthening AI 
DODAbstracts due January 23, 2024.
Full proposals due March 4, 2024.
Boosting Innovative GEOINT - Science & Technology Broad Agency Announcement (BIG-ST BAA)See also NGA opens BIG-ST BAA Topic 1
DOEPre-Applications (required): February 29, 2024.
Pre-Application Response Date: March 21, 2024
Final Application: May 2, 2024
EXPRESS: 2024 Exploratory Research for Extreme Scale Science (DE-FOA-0003300) 
NSFMarch 11, 2024Emerging Mathematics in Biology (eMB) (NSF 24-513) 
NSFMarch 14, 2024Mathematical Sciences Research Institutes (NSF 23-606)Next due date is March 4, 2029.
NSFMarch 15, 2024Collaborations in Artificial Intelligence and Geosciences (CAIG) (NSF 24-518)Informational webinar on Monday, January 22, 2024, 12:00-1:30 PM CST. Registration required.
DOEPre-Applications (required): March 19, 2024
Pre-Application Response Date: April 11, 2024
Final Application: May 21, 2024
Advancements in Artificial Intelligence for Science (DE-FOA-0003264)The DOE SC program in Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) hereby announces
its interest in basic computer science and applied mathematics research in the fundamentals of
Artificial Intelligence (AI) for science.
State of MNMarch 27, 2024Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) 
NSFMarch 31, 2024Dear Colleague Letter: Advancing education for the future AI workforce (EducateAI) (NSF 24-025) 
NSF

April 8, 2024: Phase 1: Planning Grants, Translational Research Coordination Networks, Workshops

April 22, 2024: Phase 2: Project proposals

Responsible Design, Development, and Deployment of Technologies (ReDDDoT) (NSF 24-524)The ReDDDoT program invites proposals from multidisciplinary, multi-sector teams that examine and demonstrate the principles, methodologies, implementations, and impacts associated with responsible design, development, and deployment of technologies, focusing especially on key technologies.
NSFApril 10, 2024
February 19, 2025 and annually on the third Wednesday in February thereafter
Algorithms for Threat Detection (ATD) (NSF 24-526)Recurring. Program supports research on new approaches to leveraging massive spatiotemporal datasets to analyze and understand spatiotemporally distributed phenomena.
NSFPre-applications (required): April 23, 2024
Full proposal: August 30, 2024
Ideas Lab: Use-Inspired Acceleration of Protein Design (NSF 24-550)Track I. Use-driven application for small binders.
Track II. The design and use of enzymes and families of enzymes.
"Up to 8 awards are anticipated .... Awards will be funded up to $3,750,000 per year for up to 3 years...."
NSFApril 24, 2024
December 19, 2024 and annually on the third Thursday in December thereafter
Partnership to Advance Conservation Science and Practice (PACSP) (NSF 24-531)Recurring. Partnership between NSF and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.
NSFApril 30, 2024 for consideration in FY 2024Dear Colleague Letter: Funding Opportunities for Engineering Research to Achieve Net-Zero Climate Goals by 2050 (NSF 24-045)Proposals submitted after April 30, 2024, will be considered for fiscal year 2025.
DARPA & ARPA-HApril 30, 2024 for open trackARPA-H joins DARPA’s AI Cyber Challenge to safeguard nation’s health care infrastructure from cyberattacksSee also March 21, 2024 announcement from ARPA-H
NSFApril 30, 2024 for consideration in FY 2024Dear Colleague Letter: Funding Opportunities for Engineering Research in Artificial Intelligence (NSF 24-039)Research and education proposals related to Artificial Intelligence as an Emerging Industry. Proposals submitted after April 30, 2024, will be considered for fiscal year 2025.
NSFMay 13, 2024 (Emerging Ideas Proposals Only)
January 14, 2025 and annually on January 14 thereafter
Discovery Proposals Only in 2025 and 2026
ACED: Accelerating Computing-Enabled Scientific Discovery (ACED) (NSF 24-541)Register for the ACED Webinar on March 12, 2024, 2:00-3:00 PM central time. Recurring.
NSF May 15, 2024Sustainable Regional Systems Research Networks (SRS RNs) (NSF 24-533)Estimated Number of Awards: 1 to 2
Anticipated Funding Amount: $30,000,000, depending upon availability of funds.
NSFMay 16, 2024Enabling Partnerships to Increase Innovation Capacity (EPIIC) (NSF 23-625)Recurring. Also January 21, 2025.
NSFJune 3, 2024Recurring. Future due dates: February 5, 2025 and February 5, 2026
ARPA-HJune 3, 2024Chatbot Accuracy and Reliability Evaluation (CARE) Exploration TopicSAM.gov link to announcement
NIFA-AFRI (USDA)

 

June 6, 2024

For this cycle, the SAS program area will fund projects that significantly advance previously established foundational and applied sciences for the following USDA priority outcomes: Food and Nutrition Security, Strengthening the Bioeconomy, and Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry (CSAF). Recurring.

AFRLApril 15, 2024: White Papers due
June 10, 2024: Proposal Submission Due Date (by invitation only from White Paper Selection notice)
AFRL FY24 Data Assimilation Center of ExcellenceRevised full announcement. Listen to audio of March 21, 2024 webinar.
NSFJune 11, 2024Global Centers: Use-Inspired Research Addressing Global Challenges through the Bioeconomy (NSF 24-556)From RFP: 
“Storing and analyzing huge amounts of genome and phenotype data will require innovations in computing, including artificial intelligence (AI) and mathematical foundations behind these AI approaches.”
NSFJune 20, 2024Mathematical Foundations of Digital Twins (NSF 24-559)Recurring. Next due date: March 17, 2025, and annually on March 15 thereafter.
NSFJune 21, 2024Foundations for Digital Twins as Catalyzers of Biomedical Technological Innovation (NSF 24-561)Recurring. Next due date: May 5, 2025, and annually on the first Monday in May thereafter.
NSFLetter of Intent: September 3, 2024
Preliminary Proposal: September 30, 2024
Full Proposal (by invitation only): May 9, 2025
Gen-4 Engineering Research Centers (NSF 24-576) 
NIHSeptember 3, 2024
(earliest submission date: August 3, 2024)
NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award (R01 - Clinical Trial Optional): RFA RM-24-004Transformative Research Award website. Pre-application webinar on June 26, 2024, from 3:30-5:00 PM ET. Register for the webinar and join on Webex.
NIHSeptember 6, 2024
(earliest submission date: August 6, 2024)
NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (DP5 - Clinical Trial Optional): RFA RM-24-005Early Independence Award website. Pre-application webinar on June 26, 2024, from 1:00-2:30 PM ET.  Register for the webinar and join on Webex.
NIHSeptember 9, 2024 
(earliest submission date: August 9, 2024)
NIH Director’s Pioneer Award Program (DP1 Clinical Trial Optional) (RFA-RM-24-002)NIH Director's Pioneer Award website. Pre-application webinar on June 25, 2024, from 2:00-3:30 PM ET. Register for the webinar and join on Webex.
NSFPhase II full proposals due August 30, 2024. Only Phase I awardees eligible to submit.NSF Convergence Accelerator Phases 1 and 2 for the 2023 Cohort - Tracks K, L, M (NSF 23-590)Letter of intent was due July 11, 2023. Full Phase I proposals were due August 22, 2023.
NSFSeptember 6, 2024 and annually thereafter.NSF Research Traineeship Program (NRT) (NSF 21-536)Recurring
NSFSeptember 13, 2024
Then annually, second Friday in September. 
Community Infrastructure for Research in CISE (CIRC) (NSF 23-589)2023 program solicitation
NASAStep 1: January 23, 2025
Step 2: April 3, 2025
B.16 Heliophysics Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning-Ready DataSpecific proposal opportunity description pdf
NSFAnnually on the second Thursday in SeptemberExperiential Learning for Emerging and Novel Technologies (ExLENT) (NSF 23-507)2023 program solicitation
NSFAnnually on September 6National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program  (NSF 21-536)Recurring
NSFOctober 3, 2024Smart Health and Biomedical Research in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Data Science (SCH) (NSF 23-614)Recurring, next due date is October 3, 2025.
NSFOctober 10, 2024Mathematical Foundations of Artificial Intelligence (NSF 24-569)Recurring. Future due dates are October 10, 2025, and October 9, 2026.
NSFRemaining submission windows:
June 25, 2024 - October 18, 2024
January 06, 2025 - March 10, 2025
March 11, 2025 - June 23, 2025
June 24, 2025 - October 17, 2025
Expanding AI Innovation through Capacity Building and Partnerships (ExpandAI) (NSF 23-506)All proposers must receive an official invitation via the Concept Outline process to submit a full proposal to this solicitation.
NSFTarget dates for Planning Grant preliminary proposals are the second Wednesdays in September and March. Full proposal target dates are the second Wednesdays of December and June. Dear Colleague Letter: NSF (GEO and SBE) Directorates and NOAA Call for IUCRC (Industry-University Cooperative Research Center) Proposals for Modeling of Catastrophic Impacts and Risk Assessment Due to Climate Change (NSF 23-106)See the IUCRC program solicitation for more details.
NSFNot statedDear Colleague Letter: Global Centers Program Competition (NSF 24-023)

Letter to inform people of the next round of the Global Centers Program anticipated to be in FY2024.

NSFNot statedDear Colleague Letter: Future Proofing Plants to a Changing Climate (NSF 23-096) 
NSFDecember 5, 2024: Letters of Intent (required)
January 16, 2025: Full Proposal
Molecular Foundations for Sustainability: Sustainable Polymers Enabled by Emerging Data Analytics (NSF 24-567) 
NSFDecember 1, 2023
December 6, 2024
December 5, 2025
Geoinformatics (NSF 23-594)There are two tracks, Innovative Resources and Sustained Resources. Both were open for 2023. 2024: Sustained Resources only. 2025: Innovative Resources only.
DARPADue date for 2023 was November 30.Advanced Research Concept (ARC) Opportunity: Collaborative Knowledge Curation 
NIFA-AFRI (USDA)Vary from August to October 2024.Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational and Applied Science ProgramRecurring. See especially p. 56 and p. 91.
NSFDue date for 2023 was November 17.Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems (DISES) (NSF 23-609)This has been a recurring program.
USDA-DSFASDue date for 2023 was November 16.Data Science for Food and Agricultural Systems (DSFAS) (Part of AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program) (see p. 91ff)Recurring
NSFNot statedDear Colleague Letter: Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under the U.S. NSF/GEO – DFG/Geosciences Lead Agency Opportunity on collaborative Research on Climate Change (NSF 23-113)DFG is the German Research Foundation.
NSFNot stated.Arctic System Science; Arctic Observing Network; Polar Cyberinfrastructure; Arctic Research Coordination and Policy Support (NSF 23-572)Recurring. 
NSFThe submission window for 2023 was February 27 - March 13.Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF) (NSF 23-530)This has been a recurring opportunity in odd-numbered years, i.e. 2023, 2025, etc.
NSFDue dates for 2023 were May 15, June 20, and December 18.Mid-scale Research Infrastructure-2 (Mid-scale RI-2) (NSF 23-570)This has been a recurring opportunity in odd-numbered years. This is the 2023 solicitation, which required a letter of intent, a preliminary proposal, and a final proposal by invitation only.
NSFNone currently.Regional Innovation EnginesRead the original Broad Agency Announcement for 2022-2023. Read more about REIs. NSF anticipates future calls for proposals, pending availability of funds. To stay in the loop about future funding calls and opportunities to engage, sign up for their newsletter
NSFDue dates for 2023 were August 25 for letter of intent (required) and December 8 (full proposal).Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Prevention Phase II (PIPP Phase II Centers Program) (NSF 23-608)Unclear if this will be a recurring opportunity.
DARPADue date for 2023 was November 30.Foundation Models for Scientific Discovery (DARPA-PA-23-04-01) AI Exploration (AIE) Opportunity