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Title Due Date Maximum Award Amount Description
NOAA SBIR FY 2023 Phase I $175,000.00

The Department of Commerce (DOC) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) invites small businesses to submit research proposals under this NOFO. Firms with the capability to conduct research and development (R&D) in any of the research topic areas listed in Section 9.0 of this announcement and to commercialize the results of that R&D are encouraged to participate. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program is not a substitute for existing unsolicited proposal mechanisms. Unsolicited proposals are not accepted under the SBIR program. Only FY 2023 Phase I applications may be submitted in response to this NOFO. Phase II applications are not being accepted at this time. NOAA will publish a Phase II NOFO approximately 30 days prior to the end of the previous year’s Phase I period of performance to request Phase II applications. That NOFO will provide instructions for Phase I awardees to prepare a Phase II application and the closing date for submission of applications; only the previous year’s Phase I awardees are eligible to submit a Phase II application. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program was originally established in 1982 by the Small Business Innovation Development Act (P.L. 97-219), codified at 15 U.S.C. § 638. It was then expanded and extended by the Small Business Research and Development Enhancement Act of 1992 (P.L. 102-564), and received subsequent reauthorization and extensions, the most recent of which extends the SBIR program through 2025. (P.L. 117-183). Each Federal agency with an extramural budget for research/research and Development (R/R&D) in excess of $100,000,000 must participate in the SBIR program and spend (obligate) a minimum percentage of their extramural R/R&D budgets (obligations) of not less than 3.2% of such budget in fiscal year 2017 and for the percentage required by statute for each fiscal year after for awards to small business concerns (SBCs) for R/R&D under the SBIR program. The objectives of the SBIR program are to: stimulate technological innovation in the private sector; strengthen the role of small business in meeting Federal R&D needs; foster and encourage participation by businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged persons and women-owned SBCs in technological innovation; and increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from federal R&D funding. Fostering diversity by encouraging the participation of individuals from nationally underrepresented groups in the scientific research workforce is longstanding interest of Congress, and a key component of NOAA’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (e.g., Public Law 114-329, American Innovation and Competitiveness Act of 2017, and Increasing participation by socially and economically disadvantaged and women-owned small businesses is critical to the success of the SBIR program.
Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) 2023 $35,000.00

AEIF provides alumni of U.S. government-sponsored and -facilitated exchange programs with funding to expand on skills gained during their exchange experience to design and implement innovative solutions to global challenges facing their community. Since its inception in 2011, AEIF has funded nearly 500 alumni-led projects around the world through a competitive global competition. This year, AEIF 2023 will support the United States’ commitment to improve good governance and help Guatemala become more prosperous and more secure.The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala will review public service projects proposed and managed by teams composed of at least two (2) alumni that support themes such as:· Promoting free and credible elections· Promoting the rule of law and ethics, transparency and anticorruption· Protecting and supporting human rights· Improving equitable access to education for youth, especially from regions marked by high rates of irregular migration· Promoting greater, more equitable access to justice· Promoting business knowledge and training for entrepreneurs
Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants $1,000,000.00

Authorized by 7 U.S.C. 950aaa, the DLT Program provides financial assistance to enable and improve distance learning and telemedicine services in rural areas. DLT grant funds support the use of telecommunications-enabled information, audio and video equipment, and related advanced technologies by students, teachers, medical professionals, and rural residents. These grants are intended to increase rural access to education, training, and health care resources that are otherwise unavailable or limited in scope.The regulation for the DLT Program can be found at 7 CFR part 1734. All applicants should carefully review and prepare their applications according to instructions in the FY 2023 DLT Grant Program Application Guide (Application Guide) and program resources. This Application Guide will be made available here and on the program website at…. Expenses incurred in developing applications will be at the applicant’s own risk.
Ambassador's Special Self-Help Program - SSH Fund $15,000.00

The U.S. Department of State, through the U.S. Embassy in Harare, announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a small, community-based development program. Please follow all instructions below:Priority Region: Zimbabwe (all 10 provinces)Program Objectives:The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) Program awards grants to registered non-governmental, non-profit, community-based organizations to implement short-term (12-month), small-scale (between $8,000 and $15,000) development projects that include significant community involvement.Priority consideration is given to income generating projects that improve basic economic or social conditions at the village level. Project activities and spending should be completed within 12 months with an anticipated start date between September 1 and September 30, 2023, depending on when funding is made available.The SSH Program receives hundreds of applications for funding each year. All submissions are reviewed in a competitive and transparent manner. However, given the limited funding available through the SSH Program, we can only fund a small number of projects each year. BACKGROUND Started in 1964 in Togo, the SSH Program spread across Africa as a grassroots program that allows U.S. embassies to respond quickly to local requests for small, community-based development projects that have an immediate impact. In 1980, the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program started in Zimbabwe. SPECIFIC PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONSThe SSH Program in Zimbabwe has several funding sources, each with a specific mandate. When applying for funding, clearly identify which fund you are applying to.1. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) FundThe Ambassador’s SSH Fund focuses on community-initiated income generating projects. These projects can support access to healthy food, natural resource management, wildlife conservation, water/sanitation initiatives, and other community projects.• Examples of previous projects: Grinding mills, carpentry, weaving, boreholes, drip irrigation, water storage, fish farming, chicken rearing, and market gardens.
Fiscal Year 2023 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics $175,000.00

The National Sea Grant College Program was enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1966 (amended in 2020, Public Law 116-221) to support leveraged federal and state partnerships that harness the intellectual capacity of the nation’s universities and research institutions to solve problems and generate opportunities in coastal communities.This notice announces that applications may be submitted for the 2023 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics. When an interested student is applying, be sure to specify your project’s focus area in your title page: either Population and Ecosystem Dynamics (PED), or Marine Resource Economics (MRE). See Section IV.B, Content and Form of Application, for more information.Population and Ecosystem Dynamics: Sea Grant anticipates funding at least four new Ph.D. fellowships in 2023 to students who are interested in careers related to marine ecosystem and population dynamics, with a focus on modeling and managing systems of living marine resources. The emphasis will be on the development and implementation of quantitative methods for evaluating marine ecosystems for assessing the status of fish, invertebrate, and other targeted species stocks and for assessing the status of marine mammals, seabirds, and other protected species.
Marine Carbon Dioxide Removal (mCDR): Research and Development for Assessing Large Scale Carbon Removal and Local Scale Ocean Acidification Mitigation $2,000,000.00

The purpose of this document is to advise the public that the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program on behalf of the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) is soliciting proposals focused on expanding understanding of various aspects of marine Carbon Dioxide Removal (mCDR) to reduce uncertainty about the extent and durability of carbon removal, associated co-benefits/risks, and contribute to regulatory frameworks needed for both testing and implementation of approaches. This knowledge will assist in the verification or invalidation of hypotheses regarding mCDR, in order to make informed decisions regarding a potential scaled negative carbon ocean industry. The agencies and entities participating in this multi-agency request for proposals include: NOAA (Ocean Acidification Program, Global Ocean Monitoring and Observing Program, US Integrated Ocean Observing System/US IOOS), the Department of Energy (Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, Water Power Technologies Office), Department of Navy (Office of Naval Research), the National Science Foundation (Chemical Oceanography Program) and philanthropies including ClimateWorks. Other agencies, sub-entities and philanthropies may also join after the NOFO release.This NOFO is focused on various aspects of mCDR implementation and the research required to successfully execute and understand the impacts of mCDR. A separate and complimentary Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) focused on Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) technology development will be issued by ARPA-E in the near future. Applicants are encouraged to consider how responses to this NOFO could dovetail with a more focused program on transformative MRV technology development that may run in parallel with research toward mCDR implementation. More information on the ARPA-E MRV program will be available on the ARPA-E opportunities website, Access: Proposals should be submitted through Sign up to receiveany potential amendments to this Announcement via
Affordable Connectivity Outreach Grant Program - Pilot Program Grants $1,000,000.00

The FCC issues this NOFO to describe the requirements under which it will award grants for YHYI and NPP participants (collectively, Pilot Program Outreach Grants). A separate NOFO has been issued for NCOP and TCOP. The ACP Outreach Grant Program is one tool among a comprehensive set of measures authorized by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (Infrastructure Act) and implemented by the FCC to help bridge the digital divide. The ACP Outreach Grant Program will help increase awareness of and participation in the ACP among eligible households. The Pilot Program Outreach Grants provide new federal funding for the FCC to grant eligible governmental entities and third-party organizations with the funding and resources needed to increase awareness of and participation in the ACP among those households most in need of affordable connectivity. See Section IV - Program Description of this NOFO for the full program description.
Countering Stigma and Prejudice Against the Transgender Community $50,000.00

In the immediate term, this exercise should lead to the setting up of Pride/Rainbow groups within corporations that actively create awareness about TG persons and their rights. In the medium term, a concrete objective will be to have the participating corporations make changes to current policies, demonstrate the activities they have executed to foster a more inclusive work environment, and develop active transgender employee recruitment plans. This should be done by organizing workshops and information sessions for employees (at all levels within the organization), human resources professionals, and leadership of 15-25 different business corporations (with 500 employees or more) in Hyderabad and Chennai over a period of one year, focused on creating awareness about and countering stigma and prejudice against transgender persons. The grantee will organize workshops for employees and leadership of corporations of a minimum of 15-25 different corporations (with 500 employees or more) in Hyderabad and Chennai to sensitize them towards the rights of the LGBTQI+ community broadly, and the transgender (TG) community specifically. These workshops will aim to help corporations and businesses to better understand the needs of the TG community and encourage them to adopt policies and carry out activities that foster a work environment that is safe, nurturing, accepting, and inclusive for members of the TG community. A longer-term outcome is that these corporations and businesses increase their hiring of members of the TG community and help their employees and the general public be more accepting.
HUD FY2022 Healthy Homes and Weatherization Cooperation Demonstration $1,000,000.00

To fund Healthy Homes and Weatherization Cooperation Demonstration grants in up to 5 communities that provide housing interventions in lower-income households that are served by both HUD’s Healthy Homes Production (HHP) program and DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) to determine whether coordination between the programs concerning the implementation of healthy homes remediation activities and energy conservation measures achieves cost-effectiveness and better outcomes in improving the safety and quality of homes. The following are the major goals and objectives of this NOFO: (1) Demonstrate effective strategies for coordination between HUD’s HHP and DOE’s WAP programs that maximize program efficiencies and benefits to occupants (2) Reduce WAP deferrals through coordination with HHP programs. (3) Demonstrate sustainable models of inter-program cooperation, including data sharing, reporting, and targeting/recruiting clients. (4) Demonstrate effective models for the sustainable financing of coordinated healthy homes/weatherization interventions. (5) Support the collection of data to evaluate the housing interventions conducted through inter-program coordination (e.g., program cost efficiencies that can be achieved, improvements in indoor environmental quality, improved health outcomes, and additional safety benefits to households).
2023 International Marine Turtle Management and Conservation Program $120,000.00

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA/NMFS) Pacific Islands Regional Office (hereinafter, "PIRO") is soliciting competitive applications for the FY2023 International Marine Turtle Management and Conservation Program. This program supports conservation, protection, or management actions supporting recovery of Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed sea turtle species occurring within the Pacific Islands Region (PIR) or of aggregations (or species) with international linkages to the PIR. Such internationally-shared species may migrate through, forage within, or be impacted by PIR federally managed activities and are relevant to NOAA/NMFS management and recovery obligations. For the FY2023 funding competition, we are soliciting internationally-based projects to 1) monitor, protect and conserve western Pacific leatherback sea turtles occurring in Indonesia and Solomon Islands, and 2) sea turtle management and conservation projects within Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Philippines, or Indonesia) and Japan with focus on fishery bycatch, nesting beach monitoring, poaching reduction, and/or the illegal sea turtle wildlife trade.