Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts Challenge Area

Funding Opportunity ID: 293251
Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-AFRI-006352
Opportunity Title: Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts Challenge Area
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Agriculture
Energy
Natural Resources
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 10.310
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: See Part III., A. Eligible Applicants in the RFA for details. Applications may only be submitted by eligible entities. Eligibility is linked to the project type. All project types are described beginning in Part II, C. in the RFA.
Agency Code: USDA-NIFA
Agency Name: Department of Agriculture
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Posted Date: Apr 17, 2017
Close Date: Jun 28, 2017
Last Updated Date: Apr 17, 2017
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Estimated Total Program Funding: $9,600,000
Expected Number of Awards:
Description: In FY 2017 NIFA invites applications for the SBEBP Challenge Area Program, and specific program areas are designed to achieve the long term outcome of reducing our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and help meet the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 goal of 36 billion gallons/year of biofuels by 2022. In FY2017, the SBEBP is soliciting applications in the following priority areas: (1) Lignin or nano-cellulosic co-products from biomass feedstocks; and (2) Biomass feedstock genetic development and evaluation.
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NIST MEP Competitive Awards Program

Funding Opportunity ID: 293254
Opportunity Number: 2017-NIST-MEP-CAP-01
Opportunity Title: NIST MEP Competitive Awards Program
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Other (see text field entitled “Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity” for clarification)
Category Explanation: Manufacturing Extension Partnership
CFDA Number(s): 11.611
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: Eligible applicants for this funding opportunity are MEP Centers receiving current cooperative agreement funding from NIST AND that, for the two consecutive quarters immediately prior to application, meet or exceed a “Cooperative Agreement Recipient (CAR) Current Quarter Performance” score of 70 as found in the quarterly release of the “CAR Operations Performance Management CARD.” See Section III.1. of the Full Announcement/NOFO for more information. An MEP Center may work individually or may include proposed subawards to eligible organizations or proposed contracts with any other organization as part of the applicant’s proposal, effectively forming a team or consortium. NIST encourages project proposals involving participation from multiple MEP Centers as well as other collaborating entities such as local economic development organizations, universities, community colleges and other organizations.
Agency Code: DOC-NIST
Agency Name: Department of Commerce
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Posted Date: Apr 17, 2017
Close Date: Jun 15, 2017
Last Updated Date: Apr 17, 2017
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Description: NIST invites applications from current MEP Centers to add capabilities to the MEP Program, including the development of projects to solve new or emerging manufacturing problems, that are not already provided for under an applicant’s and its collaborating Center’s base MEP award. Themes for FY 17 include new manufacturing technologies of relevance to small and mid-size manufacturers, particularly those related to Industry/Manufacturing 4.0 (these technologies are described more fully in Section I.1. below); supply chain management technologies and practices; and workforce intermediary and business services. However, so long as an application addresses the program priorities listed in Section I.2. of the Full Announcement/NOFO, it need not focus upon any of the identified thematic areas to be considered for funding under this Full Announcement/NOFO.
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Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, Rocky Mountain CESU

Funding Opportunity ID: 292818
Opportunity Number: G17AS00049
Opportunity Title: Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, Rocky Mountain CESU
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 15.808
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: This financial assistance opportunity is being issued under a Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) Program. CESUâ¿¿s are partnerships that provide research, technical assistance, and education. Eligible recipients must be a participating partner of the Rocky Mountain Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) Program.
Agency Code: DOI-USGS1
Agency Name: Department of the Interior
Geological Survey
Posted Date: Mar 29, 2017
Close Date: Apr 14, 2017
Last Updated Date: Mar 29, 2017
Award Ceiling: $40,118
Award Floor: $0
Estimated Total Program Funding: $40,118
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: The US Geological Survey, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK) is offering a funding opportunity to a CESU partner to review the integration of heterogeneous data as this topic has been identified as a pressing challenge. Applications in ecology dealing with multiple data sources and/or species types need further study and methodological developments. Typically, ecological settings and problems require spatial and temporal dependencies. With this opportunity, the Center would like to conduct a review of Bayesian methods for integrating multi-type and multi-species ecology data with an emphasis on spatial and spatiotemporal settings. Upon completion, this review should serve as a bridge for the submission of additional proposals to other partners focusing on integrated population models (IPMs) and Bayesian hierarchical models for multi-species data. IPMs provide a way to combine heterogeneous data sources for combined inferences. These models are necessary in many ecological settings where data collection can be expensive and difficult, therefore requiring the combination of data sets of different types and spatial domains. Many times in ecological settings, multi-species data sources are often incorrectly handled by failing to account for differences between species, which leads to inaccurate inferences and unidentified uncertainties. Conventional IPMs make strong assumptions about the independence of the different data sets, which may not always be reasonable. Additionally, analyzing data with spatial and spatiotemporal structures can present challenges in IPMs.
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Development of Appropriate Pediatric Formulations and Pediatric Drug Delivery Systems (R21)

Funding Opportunity ID: 292830
Opportunity Number: PAR-17-192
Opportunity Title: Development of Appropriate Pediatric Formulations and Pediatric Drug Delivery Systems (R21)
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Health
Income Security and Social Services
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 93.865
Eligible Applicants: State governments
County governments
City or township governments
Special district governments
Independent school districts
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Small businesses
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: Other Eligible Applicants include the following: Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions; Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISISs); Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government; Faith-based or Community-based Organizations; Hispanic-serving Institutions; Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized); Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Organizations); Regional Organizations; Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs) ; U.S. Territory or Possession.
Agency Code: HHS-NIH11
Agency Name: Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Posted Date: Mar 29, 2017
Close Date: May 07, 2020
Last Updated Date: Mar 29, 2017
Award Ceiling: $200,000
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Description: The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to address different and complementary research needs for the development and acceptability of pediatric drug formulations in different age groups. This FOA also encourages the development of novel drug delivery systems in the pediatric population. Investigators are encouraged to explore approaches and concepts new to the area of pediatric formulation development and testing and use newly developed techniques superior to the ones currently used in the field. Applications submitted under this mechanism should be exploratory and novel.
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Genetic Susceptibility and Variability of Human Structural Birth Defects (R01)

Funding Opportunity ID: 292854
Opportunity Number: PAR-17-236
Opportunity Title: Genetic Susceptibility and Variability of Human Structural Birth Defects (R01)
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Environment
Health
Income Security and Social Services
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 93.113
93.121
93.865
Eligible Applicants: State governments
County governments
City or township governments
Special district governments
Independent school districts
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Small businesses
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: Other Eligible Applicants include the following: Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions; Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISISs); Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government; Faith-based or Community-based Organizations; Hispanic-serving Institutions; Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized); Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Organizations); Regional Organizations; Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs) ; U.S. Territory or Possession.
Agency Code: HHS-NIH11
Agency Name: Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Posted Date: Mar 29, 2017
Close Date: Nov 05, 2019
Last Updated Date: Mar 29, 2017
Award Ceiling: $499,999
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Description: The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to support innovative applications that will inform our understanding of structural birth defects through the use of animal models in conjunction with translational/clinical approaches. Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of advances in genetics, biochemistry, molecular, and developmental biology to identify specific genetic, epigenetic, environmental, or gene/environment interactions associated with the susceptibility to and variability of structural birth defects in human populations. Applicants funded through this FOA will join the NICHD Birth Defects Working Group and participate in annual meetings designed to provide a forum to discuss research progress, exchange ideas, share resources, and foster collaborations relevant to the goals of the NICHD’s Birth Defects Initiative.
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Good news: CIOs have stopped fighting the cloud

I call them the “folded-arm gang”: those CIOs who invite the “cloud guy” into a meeting and then push back on everything you say and do so for no good technical reason. It’s frustrating.

But things are changing. CIOs who once pushed back on cloud computing have either changed their minds or have been fired. Either reason is fine with me.

You can see that shift in a study by Trustmarque that shows more than nine in ten U.K. CIOs and IT decision-makers polled said they plan to migrate their organizations on-premises workloads to the cloud within five years. The study polled 200 CIOs and senior IT decision-makers in enterprises with more than 1,000 employees.

Most surprising is that public-sector U.K. CIOs were more likely to move quickly compared to their private-sector counterparts. That’s not the case in the U.S., where public-sector CIOs are way behind the private sector.

The stated driver for the shift was mostly cost savings, cited by 61 percent. A close second was scalability, at 60 percent. Solving that pesky business agility problem came in at 51 percent. A bit less than half (49 percent) said that outplacing existing infrastructure (such as storage and compute) was the primary driver for migrating to the cloud. Indeed, more than half of CIOs said the complexity of their existing IT infrastructure was causing too much latency.

When it comes to technology deployments, the U.S. tends to be a bit more aggressive than the U.K., so add 10 percent to these numbers to get American CIOs’ take on cloud computing.

For the last decade, CIOs have a big barrier to cloud adoption. That’s partly because maintaining the status quo meant being employed another year; deployment disasters rivaled security breaches as a sure path to the exit door. So avoiding a risk was considered a victory.

These days, CEOs and boards of directors are wise to the value of IT, and thus the value of cloud computing, as a strategic business advantage. They ask much more of their CIOs than they did in the past. This forces everyone from the top down to understand more about cloud, and for CIOs to actually do the work. I’ll take it.

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