New Requests for Proposals

Simons Foundation invites applications for targeted grants in mathematics and physical sciences

The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for its Targeted Grants in MPS program. The program is intended to support high-risk theoretical mathematics, physics, and computer science projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis. The program provides flexible funding for up to five years, with the funding level and duration flexible and based on the type of support requested in the proposal. There is no recommended or assumed funding level for this program.

Dear Colleague Letter: Seafloor Geodesy

NSF invites proposals for field campaigns to deploy seafloor transponders from the existing instrument pool for 4 sites at tectonic settings consistent with priorities identified in the 2021 Community Workshop report. The geodetic instruments have a depth limit of 3000 m. A multi-year deployment is envisioned with requisite waveglider surveys. Of particular interest are proposals that target volcanic processes, transform processes, plate motions, or polar regions.

Designing Synthetic Cells Beyond the Bounds of Evolution (Designer Cells)

Because of recent technological advances in synthetic biology and bioengineering, researchers are now able to tailor cells and cell-like systems for a variety of basic and applied research purposes. The goal of this solicitation is to support research that (1) develops cell-like systems to identify the minimal requirements for the processes of life, (2) designs synthetically-modified cells to address fundamental questions in the evolution of life or to explore biological diversity beyond that which currently exists in nature, and (3) leverages basic research in cell design to build novel synthetic cell-like systems and cells for innovative biotechnology applications.

FY25 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)

This announcement seeks proposals from universities to purchase equipment and instrumentation in support of research in areas of interest to the DoD. A central purpose of the DURIP is to provide equipment and instrumentation to enhance research related education in areas of interest and priority to the DoD. Therefore, your proposal must address the impact of the equipment or instrumentation on your institution’s ability to educate students through research in disciplines important to DoD missions.

Fiscal Year 2025 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)

The Department of Defense (DoD) announces the Fiscal Year 2025 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP). DURIP is designed to improve the capabilities of accredited United States (U.S.) institutions of higher education to conduct research and to educate scientists and engineers in areas important to national defense, by providing funds for the acquisition of research equipment or instrumentation. For-profit organizations are not eligible for DURIP funding.

International Research Experiences for Students

The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports international research and research-related activities for U.S. science and engineering students. The IRES program contributes to development of a diverse, globally engaged workforce with world-class skills. IRES focuses on active research participation by undergraduate and/or graduate students in high quality international research, education and professional development experiences in NSF-funded research areas.

Incorporating Human Behavior in Epidemiological Models

The Incorporating Human Behavior in Epidemiological Models (IHBEM) Program supports research that incorporates research on social and behavioral processes in mathematical epidemiological models. The program provides support for projects that involve balanced participation from the mathematical sciences and from the social, behavioral, and economic sciences.

Dear Colleague Letter: Future Proofing Plants to a Changing Climate

Climate change is challenging the sustainability and resilience of our agri-food systems, through long-term changes to temperature and rainfall, increased threats due to extreme weather events and shifts in pests and diseases. Plants overall need to be more resilient and adapt to these threats while crops need to continue meeting the demand for safe and affordable food for a growing population on less land and with greater resource use efficiency, in order to lower the impact on the natural environment. To address this imminent challenge, we need accelerated approaches in plant sciences translating knowledge across different plant and crop species.

GriffinHarte Foundation invites applications for projects promoting civil discourse

With a mission to provide people with the support they need to learn, teach, and explore how civility works in today’s complex world, the GriffinHarte Foundation aims to support conversations, research, and teaching that help us live and work together with civility. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to support the following types of projects: Conversations, research, scholarship, educational practices, and research.