The Office of Campus Research Development (OCRD) can help with proposal development and grant writing (and their services are free for Duke faculty, staff, postdocs, and students)! Visit their new site to learn more.

Planning Grants Available to Support Collaborative Proposals for External Funding – The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) is pleased to announce a planning-grant program to support planning and development of competitive, large-scale collaborative proposals for significant external funding. Planning grant proposals are accepted on a rolling basis via email to and are reviewed by the Vice Provost for Research and school leaders.

DOE Call for Rapid Access Proposals for COVID-19 Research – the DOE Basic Energy Sciences neutron sources will provide remote rapid access to support research into the COVID-19 virus and the search for effective diagnostics and therapies. Researchers who would like to use these resources should submit a short rapid access proposal outlining experiment aims and scope. A facility scientist will contact you regarding your proposal within 2 days.

Coal-Derived Materials for Building, Infrastructure, and Other Applications – The DOE’s Advanced Coal Processing Program seeks applications to conduct research and development on coal-derived materials for residential/commercial buildings, infrastructure, and high-value products. Apply by July 14, 2020.

Insulating Nanofluids and Solids to Upgrade our Large Aging Transformer Equipment (INSULATE) – ARPA-E seeks applications exploring vital insulating elements in large power transformers (LPTs) in order to increase their resilience. Awards may vary from $100,000 to $3.5 million. Submit full applications by July 22, 2020.

Mining Incinerated Disposal Ash Streams (MIDAS) – ARPA-E seeks applications advancing the recovery and reclamation of critical materials and other valuable elements from municipal solid waste incineration ashes. Awards may vary from $250,000 to $1.5 million. Submit full applications by July 22, 2020.

Waste into X (WiX) – ARPA-E seeks applications advancing the beneficiation of municipal solid waste incineration ash into valuable products. Awards may vary from $250,000 to $1.5 million. Submit full applications by July 22, 2020.

Direct Removal of Carbon Dioxide from Oceanwater – ARPA-E seeks applications advancing the capture of dispersed greenhouse gases. Awards may vary from $250,000 to $1.5 million. Submit full applications by July 22, 2020.

Direct Removal of Carbon Dioxide from Ambient Air – ARPA-E seeks applications advancing the capture of dispersed greenhouse gases. Awards may vary from $250,000 to $1.5 million. Submit full applications by July 22, 2020.

American-Made Challenges: Solar Desalination Prize – The DOE’s Solar Desalination Prize is a four-stage, $9 million prize competition, providing an additional $1 million in support, designed to accelerate the development of low-cost desalination systems that use solar-thermal power to produce clean water from salt water. Apply by July 26, 2020.

Building Technologies Proving Ground – Public Sector Field Validation – DOE seeks projects with the potential to significantly reduce energy use in U.S. commercial buildings, develop new value streams for commercial building owners, and provide the end use flexibility required to dynamically balance the distribution grid. Concept papers are due July 27, 2020.

Integrated University Program (IUP) Nuclear Engineering Consortium for Nonproliferation – The DOE intends to award one or two five-year cooperative agreements to a consortium of institutes of higher education to build expertise in nuclear science and engineering. Apply by July 29, 2020.

NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program – The CAREER Program offers the NSF's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education. NSF encourages submission of proposals from early-career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply. Full proposals are due August 11, 2020.

Design Development and System Integration Design Studies for Coal FIRST Concepts – DOE seeks applications addressing the Coal FIRST power plant concepts. Apply by August 18, 2020.

American-Made Challenges: Geothermal Manufacturing Prize – The DOE seeks proposals for the Geothermal Prize, a series of four progressive competitions designed to spur innovation and address manufacturing challenges fundamental to operating in harsh geothermal environments. Apply by August 26, 2020.

BARD Research Proposals – The United States - Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund seeks proposals addressing agricultural research and development for this 3-year, $310,000 grant. Apply by September 15, 2020.

Innovations in Advanced Manufacturing for Hydropower (I AM Hydro) Prize – The DOE Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) announces this prize to dramatically lower costs of hydropower components and systems designs. Grants of up to $250,000 are available. Apply by September 30, 2020.

Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program – The Office of Science (SC) of the (DOE) announces its continuing interest in receiving grant applications in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics. This FOA will remain open until September 30, 2020 or until replaced by a successor FOA.

Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) – NSF invites proposals for frontier projects. Frontier projects should push the boundaries of CPS well beyond today's systems and capabilities. Funding may be requested for a total of $1,200,001 to $7,000,000 for a period of 4 to 5 years. Apply by December 2, 2020.

Oak Ridge National LaboratoryThe Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) program at ORNL provides for participation in national laboratory research for a select group of university faculty. Applications are accepted year-round with selections made on a rolling basis. 

Critical Aspects of Sustainability (CAS) – This National Science Foundation program seeks to support basic research through core disciplinary programs aimed at improving the sustainability of resources for future generations while maintaining or improving current products in order to offer technologically-advanced, economically competitive, environmentally-benign and useful materials to a global society. The program welcomes proposals supported through these participating divisions: the Division of Chemistry; the Division of Materials Research; the Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems Division; the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation; and the Division of Earth Sciences. Programs have different deadlines; consult the website for specific due dates.

National Science Foundation (Multiple Opportunities) – NSF announces multiple energy-related grants focused on Particulate and Multiphase ProcessesFluid DynamicsCombustion and Fire SystemsProcess Systems, Reaction Engineering and Molecular ThermodynamicsElectrochemical Systems; and Catalysis. NSF will accept proposals for these funds at any time throughout the year.

2030 Climate Challenge – Lever for Change has launched an exciting new competition: the 2030 Climate Challenge, which awards $10 million to the most impactful and durable solution aiming at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the buildings, industry, and/or transportation sectors in the U.S. by 2030. Applicants must assess their fit and eligibility and register by July 23, 2020. After registration, applications are due online by August 20, 2020.

Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement – Call for Nominations – The University of Southern California’s Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement is a $200,000 prize recognizing work in environmental science, environmental health, and energy. Living individuals or public or private institutions of any nation are eligible for nomination. Submit a nomination by September 23, 2020.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Energy & Environment Grant – The program’s goal is to advance understanding about the economic, environmental, security, and policy trade-offs associated with the increased deployment of low- and no-carbon resources and technologies across the energy system and the resulting impacts on the quality of American life. Grants in this program are awarded on a rolling basis and focus on investigating under-explored research questions related to energy sources (supply), transmission and distribution, energy use (demand), new energy technologies, the economics of energy transmission and distribution, big data, energy efficiency, and transportation.


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