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Title Due Date Maximum Award Amount Description
Building the Capacity to Support Legal and Evidence-Based Pretrial Decisions at the State and Local Level $150,000.00

Nationally, about 65% of jails are filled with pretrial defendants who are charged with but not convicted of a crime. Many of these pretrial detainees, if released, have a high probability to appear at all of their scheduled court hearings and have a low probability of being re-arrested during the pretrial phase of their case. However, our current system also allows defendants who have a high probability of flight or of being re-arrested to be released from custody, thus compromising public safety and confidence of the criminal justice system.The National Institute of Corrections recognizes the necessity for state and local criminal justice systems to develop pretrial justice systems and agencies with established structures based on the law and evidence-based practices that help practitioners make consistent pretrial release and detention decisions. The pretrial release or detention decision is critical and is known to affect future criminal justice decisions and outcomes for a defendant. Because of the potential of this decision has to influence future criminal justices outcomes, NIC has made significant investments in the development of sound and fundamental information and tools that will support fair, just, and consistent pretrial release and detention decisions that increase public safety and court appearance during the pretrial phase of a case.NIC’s strategy to meet its mission and goals is to provide the the pretrial services field with a series of responsive trainings, individualized onsite pretrial system and agency assessments, and publications. Individually and collectively these interventions are intended to build the capacity of pretrial decision makers to make legal and evidence-based decisions supported by effective pretrial justice system and agency practices. The result should be the overarching goals of maximizing public safety, maximizing court appearance, and maximizing release.

Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, Fire Prevention and Safety Grants $1,500,000.00

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Grants Programs Directorate is responsible for the implementation and administrations of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Programs. The purpose of the AFG Program is to enhancethe safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards. The Grants Programs Directorate administers the Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grants as part of the AFG Program. FP&S offers grants to support activities in two categories: (1) activities designed to reach high-risk target groups and mitigate incidences of death and injuries caused by fire and fire-related hazards ("Fire Prevention and Safety Activity") and (2) research and development activities aimed at improving firefighter safety ("Firefighter Safety Research and Development Activity"). The program guidance document provides potential applicants with the details of the requirements, processing, and evaluation of an application for financial assistance for both of these activity areas. Grant applications are processed in FEMA GO, not Grants.gov; refer to the NOFO document in the “Related Documents” section of this posting for details on how to apply.

Addressing Environment Protection and Climate Change to Promote Tourism $40,000.00

The U.S. Consulate General Peshawar’s Public Affairs Section (PAS) is pleased to announce funding availability through the Public Diplomacy Grants Program to further Mission Pakistan’s goal to increase environmental awareness among people in northern areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), especially youth, enabling them to identify and address threats to the local environment and the impact that those threats may have on the economic development of the region. Citizen activism and participation, important components of governance in the United States, hold the potential to bring together a wide range of actors to foster creative and sustainable solutions to address environmental degradation and climate change. Through this project, PAS Peshawar aims to better equip citizens in the northern areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with strategies to protect the environment and make the area more attractive to regional and international tourists. Participants will gain a better appreciation of the importance of community engagement to promote environmental protection in the United States.

Findable Accessible Interoperable Reusable Open Science Research Coordination Networks Varies

The FAIROS RCN program seeks to create three-year Research Coordination Networks (RCNs) which will foster catalytic improvements in scientific communities focusing on the FAIR (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reuse, see Program Description for more information)guiding principles and Open Science best practices (inclusively summarized by the combined phrase FAIROS for purposes of this program). This program will support a broad range of activities by these new RCNs to advance the means by which investigators can share information and ideas, coordinate ongoing or planned research activities, foster synthesis and new collaborations, develop community standards, and in other ways advance science and education through communication and sharing of research products through FAIROS strategies. FAIROS RCN proposals must select one of two tracks to focus on, either: 1) Disciplinary Improvements to targeted scientific communities, or 2) Cross-Cutting Improvements that apply to many or most scientific disciplines. In the case of proposals focused on Disciplinary Improvements, it is strongly recommended that prospective PIs contact a program officer from the list of Cognizant Program Officers in the directorate closest to the major disciplinary impact of the proposed work to ascertain that the scientific focus and budget of the proposed work are appropriate for this solicitation. In the case of proposals focused on Cross-Cutting Improvements, it is strongly recommended that prospective PIs contact a program officer from the list of Cognizant Program Officers from the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure. For more on the NSF Public Access Initiative and Office of Integrative Activities, see the Program Description section below. This program is undertaken in support of the NSF Public Access Initiative as described in the 2015 NSF Public Access Plan entitled "Today's Data, Tomorrow's Discoveries", an agency-wide response to the need for publicly funded research products to be made publicly accessible. This national priority was first broadly articulated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy in 2013, and is of ongoing importance to NSF as a whole.In addition, this program advances the priorities of NSF’s Office of Integrative Activities, which supports work across disciplinary boundaries that: advances research excellence and innovation; develops human and infrastructure capacity critical to the U.S. science and engineering enterprise; and promotes engagement of scientists and engineers at all career stages.

Developing Organizational Resources to Support Behavioral Change $150,000.00

THIS IS NOT A REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS. This announcement is to provide notice of the continuation of funding for cooperative agreement award 20CS09GLE0

Signals in the Soil $1,200,000.00

In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated, “A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself." This statement remains true to this day. Soils form over hundreds of years, and yet can be destroyed in a single event. They are an often-overlooked natural asset despite being the foundation of terrestrial ecosystems that support food production, economic prosperity, and many other services that are essential for humanity. Soils are complex ecosystems composed of organic matter, minerals, water, air, and billions of organisms. Such ecosystems interact with the flora and fauna they support to mediate myriad biological, chemical, and physical processes essential for plant growth, food and fiber production, and contaminant removal. Soils are also the foundation material for all structures not supported on rock, and, by orders of magnitude, are the most widely-used construction material in the world. Soils are the source of most of the antibiotics used to fight human diseases, control the movement of water and chemical substances between the Earth and atmosphere, and act as source and storage media for gases such as oxygen, carbon dioxide, and methane.  As a result of their essential importance, soils are also part of our cultural heritage. Furthermore, soils serve as major storage media for carbon, a role that is potentially exploitable in climate change mitigation and adaption strategies. Thus, as the Earth’s population grows, we need a better understanding of soil ecosystems that will continue to play a critical role in supporting societies around the world. The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorates for Engineering (ENG) and Geosciences (GEO), the Divisions of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) and  Environmental Biology (DEB), in the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO), the Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS) in the Directorate Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), the Division of Chemistry (CHE) in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE), in collaboration with the US Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA) encourage convergent research that transforms existing capabilities in understanding dynamic soil processes, including soil formation, through advances in sensor systems and modeling.  The Signals in the Soil (SitS) program fosters collaboration among the two partner agencies and the researchers they support by combining resources and funding for the most innovative and high-impact projects that address their respective missions. To make transformative advances in our understanding of soils, multiple disciplines must converge to produce environmentally-benign novel sensing systems with multiple modalities that can adapt to different environments and collect and transmit data for a wide range of biological, chemical, and physical parameters. Effective integration of sensor data will be key for achieving a better understanding of signaling interactions among plants, animals, microbes, the soil matrix, and aqueous and gaseous components. New sensor networks have the potential to inform models in novel ways, to radically change how data is obtained from various natural and managed (both urban and rural) ecosystems, and to better inform the communities that directly rely on soils for sustenance and livelihood.

Cooperative Agreement for CESU-affiliated Partner with Gulf Coast Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit $180,000.00

The US Geological Survey’s National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers (NRCASC) is offering a funding opportunity to a CESU partner for research into hydroclimatic events across upland watersheds and coastal ecosystems of the Northern Gulf of Mexico that advances the inclusion of historically underrepresented voices in climate adaptation science.

Flood Resilience Program $50,000.00

Based on the funding availability, this project will build the capacity of 20 mid- to senior-level representatives from Pakistani non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the Punjab provincial government to mitigate the effects of climate change, specifically severe flooding. The project will consist of a multi-day series of short workshops with U.S. subject matter experts and include both female and male NGO and government respresentatives. The project output will be a practical flood resilience and mitigation action plan to support provincial efforts in combatting flooding and its effects. Increasing the capacity of Pakistani NGOs and the Punjab provincial government to mitigate the effects of flooding will contribute the building community-level resilience to climate change and enhance the ability of NGOs and the government to bring out positive change in governmental policies to address this issue. The project can be online, hybrid, or in-person.

Funding Opportunity Announcement of Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program Varies

The Department of Defense seeks innovative applications to cooperatively partner with eligible entities in the implementation and execution of its Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Program. The Department intends to award ONE (1) cooperative agreement award, with a maximum award of up to $450M over a five-year period of performance.SMART is a highly competitive STEM-focused scholarship-for-service program, empowered to make full-tuition awards during any phase of a scholar’s education in a regionally accredited U.S. university or college. The program sponsors undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral study in 21 academic disciplines that the Department has identified as critical to national security and DoD’s future. Established by Congress in 2006, the program has awarded more than 3,700 scholarships, and aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at Department of Defense (DoD) laboratories and facilities.“We are very proud of all the 416 recipients of this prestigious scholarship,” said Mr. Louie Lopez, DoD STEM Director. “I look to forward to seeing these next generation of STEM leaders’ contributions to the Department and the Nation.”The DOD develops STEM talent through its K-20 STEM education and talent development efforts called DoD STEM. DoD STEM aims to inspire, cultivate, and develop talent to address the Nation’s technological challenges, now and into the future.The largest program under DoD STEM is the National Defense Education Program (NDEP). It fosters and enhances the DoD’s ability to develop and access high-quality STEM talent vital to national defense.NDEP activities support the DoD STEM effort in providing authentic learning experiences through a variety of education and outreach initiatives in the form of scholarships, internships, enrichment activities, competitions, and mentorships by leveraging partners from industry, academia, and other government organizations with a shared STEM mission. One of the main NDEP efforts in addressing talent development and recruitment is through the SMART Program.SMART is empowered to make full-tuition awards during any phase of a scholar’s education in a regionally accredited U.S. university or college. The program sponsors undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral study in 21 academic disciplines critical to national security and DoD’s future. Upon graduation, students move directly into employment at DoD facilities. Awards can be made during any phase of a scholar’s education and vary in length from a minimum of one to a maximum of five years. The service commitment is one year of DoD employment for each academic year of SMART funding.The funding announcement will be available in early January 2022 on Grants.gov (www.grants.gov), SAM.GOV (https://sam.gov/) and the U.S. Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory website.The SMART Program will also hold a virtual Opportunity Day on 09 February 2022 from 1300 to 1600 Eastern Standard Time (EST). To register, email osd.smart@mail.mil. More details will be provided prior to the event. To learn more about the SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program and the participating DoD sponsoring facilities, visit www.smartscholarship.org.

Partnerships for International Research and Education Varies

This PIRE competition invites visionary, ambitious, interdisciplinary, use-inspired research proposals that address scientific challenges related to climate change and/or clean energy. Many cutting-edge research questions require international collaboration to achieve important advances. They also require insights from diverse disciplines to address the full complexity of the research, as well as active participation of stakeholders outside of academia to ensure research findings connect to real-world solutions to societal challenges related to climate change and/or clean energy. Climate change and clean energy research teams that incorporate some of these characteristics are increasingly common, but many have not had the opportunity to fully integrate all elements into their research agenda. This PIRE program invites PIs to develop these partnerships to exploit their full potential in the future. The projects will utilize multi-stakeholder and international partnerships that are essential to address these challenges of critical societal importance at a regional or global scale. The research areas may include any combination of the natural and physical sciences, engineering, and the social sciences.Proposals that advance understanding of the human and behavioral aspects of climate change and/or clean energy challenges are encouraged.Educational activities should be integral to the project. Only high caliber research proposals that require international collaborations and show a clear potential for rapid scale-up and growth will be considered. Proposals that could be submitted to regular disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs at NSF will be returned without review. Proposals must clearly and succinctly address the following requirements. Note that reviewers will be asked to comment on how well these points are addressed in the submitted proposals. · What is the societal challenge of global importance to be addressed? · What is the novel scientific challenge of the proposed research? How will the proposed project utilize inter-, multi-, trans-disciplinary approaches and/or convergence approaches to address the science challenge? · What is the proposed use-inspired nature of the research? · Why is the international partnership required, who are the partners, what are their contributions and roles in the project? · What is the role of multi-sector and multi-stakeholder partners included (including but not limited to academia, private sector, public sector, philanthropies, etc.) in the proposed PIRE project? · How will diversity, equity and inclusion be integrated into the research and education effort? · What is your vision and strategy for growth, scaling up and expanding the research beyond the PIRE project period? The PIRE projects are expected to be driven by a bold vision for high-impact use-inspired basic research along with a strategy to leverage the PIRE opportunity to integrate diverse perspectives from different disciplines, international partners, and stakeholder groups into the research. It is expected that this effort will enhance societal benefits and increase potential to scale up and expand the partnerships beyond the PIRE funding period, catalyzing center-level activities in the future. Awards are intended to support a combination of research and readiness-building that fully integrates a diverse set of partners into the research agenda, regularly engages relevant stakeholders and adapts the research to incorporate relevant insights. Education efforts are expected to play an integral role in this effort, and both research and education plans are expected to reflect intentional effort to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in science and engineering. It is envisioned that PIRE funded projects will demonstrate readiness to scale-up and expand their partnerships to compete successfully for support to undertake center-scale activities and to serve as enduring international hubs of research excellence that advance knowledge, empower communities, and generate discovery and innovative technological solutions at a regional or global scale. U.S. PIs are encouraged to work with their foreign collaborators to secure additional funding from the foreign agencies and build partnerships with other potential donors, including but not limited to private parties, foundations, industry, etc.