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Department of Defense (DOD) - Specific Requirements & Advice >>>

NEW:    FY24 DARPA Young Faculty Award           
              FY25 DURIP Award

2022 National Defense Strategy
2023 National Defense Science & Technology Strategy (Released 5/9/23)

DoD Critical Technology Areas: Seed Areas of Emerging Opportunity

National Defense Strategy


DEPSCoR Day  |  October 24, 2023  |  Portland, ME
1) Opportunities to Engage in Basic Research at the DoD
2) Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR) Overview
3) Air Force Research Laboratory Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Overview
4) Army Research Office (ARO) /Army Research Lab (ARL) Overview
5) Office of Naval Research Overview
6) Working with DoD Basic Research Program Officers

7) DoD STEM Outreach

8) ARL Educational Outreach Opportunities and Programs
9) ONR STEM Outreach and Workforce Development

Research Interests
Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
Army Research Lab (ARL)
Office of Naval Research (ONR)

Common Research Themes across AFOSR, ARL & ONR

Long-term Funding Opportunities

DARPA: Defense Sciences Office (DSO) Office-wide BAA
Open until 9/26/2024
DARPA: Information Innovation Office (I2O) Office-wide BAA
Open until 10/29/2024
DARPA: Strategic Technology Office (STO) Office-wide BAA
Open until 10/31/2024

Air Force: Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research
FA9550-23-S-0001    Open until supersceded
     Posted 1/23/23     Original
     Posted 4/18/23     Amendment 0001
     Posted 6/27/23     Amendment 0002
     Posted 12/7/23     Amendment 0003
           ▶ Added research area of interest, Space Biosciences
           ▶ Changed the research area of interest from Space Science to Space Physics
           ▶ Added a new section called "Equipment Vesting" to section D.9.f


Army: DEVCOM ARL Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)
Open until 11/20/2027
     Posted 12/1/22     W911NF-23-S-0001
     Posted 2/15/23     W911NF-23-S-0001 Amend 01
     Posted 7/12/23     W911NF-23-S-0001 Amend 02

AND TECHNOLOGY: N00014-24-S-B001

Open until 9/30/2024

Tools for Creating Summaries to Share with Program Officers

Basic Research:    DOD Pasteur's Quandrant     
   Research Menu (Use for White Paper/contact with Program Manager)

Applied Research:   DARPA Heilmeier Catechism
   Quad Chart (Use for White Paper/contact with Program Manager)

DoD White Paper template (Use to follow-up after intial contact)


Targeted Funding Opportunities

DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) -- FY24
> Full solicitation, required attachment templates & application package
> FY24 Topic Areas
> Additional information about the YFA program, including FAQs and previous awards
> More information about DARPA
> Heilmeier Catechism

Air Force Young Investigator Program (AFOSR YIP) -- FY24
> Overview & Hints for Success - FY2024 Air Force YIP  [5.4.23]
> AFOSR Research Interests: FA9550-23-S-0001 Amendment 0001  [4.18.23]
YIP FOA: FOA-AFRL-AFOSR-2023-0011  [5.1.23]
> YIP FOA FAQs:  [available after 5.29.23]

Army Early Career Research Program (ECR)
> Broad Agency Announcement for Foundational Research W911NF-23-S-000 --- See pages 8-9
> More information about the Army Research Lab and the ECR

Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) -- FY25
> Overview & Hints for Success
> UNH DURIP Interest Form

> 2022 National Defense Strategy
2023 National Defense Science & Technology Strategy
> DURIP Awards, FY11 - Present

DEPSCoR Research Collaborations -- FY23


Department of Energy (DOE) - Specific Requirements & Advice >>>



Introduction to DOE Research and Funding Priorities  1.19.23

Presentation by Griffin Reinecke of Lewis-Burke Associates
     Slides     Recording


DOE Office of Science Initiatives and Programs    12.15.22

An overview of the research supported and a description of DOE SC efforts in the following initiatives and programs:

     Slides     Recording


Promoting Inclusive and Equitable Research (PIER) Plans

DOE-Specific information
DEIA & Belonging


Early Career Research Program

Program Page: https://science.osti.gov/early-career

FY24 FOA and FAQs (if available): https://science.osti.gov/grants/FOAs/Open
    FY24 DOE Early Career Research Program Research Topics

Open Call

Announcement Number: DE-FOA-0003177
Post Date: Friday, September 29, 2023
Close Date:Monday, September 30, 2024


A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 24-1) has been issued. You are encouraged to review the by-chapter Summary of Changes provided in PAPPG NSF-24.

PAPPG NSF-24-1 will be effective for proposals submitted or due on or after May 20, 2024
PAPPG NSF 23-1 remains in effective for proposals submitted or due before then

Highlights related to proposal preparation in PAPPG NSF 24-1:

  • Chapter II.C.2, Proposal Font, Spacing, and Margin Requirements, has been modified to allow for submission of proposal documents in landscape format.
  • Chapter II.D.2.h(i), Biographical Sketch(es), the updated guidance serves as NSF’s implementation of the biographical sketch common form developed by the National Science and Technology Council’s Research Security Subcommittee.

This section has been revised to remove the 3-page limitation for the biographical sketch. There is no page limitation for this section of the proposal.

The Synergistic Activities section has been removed from the biographical sketch. This information must now be submitted by individuals designated as senior/key persons as part of the senior/key personnel documents in Research.gov.

  • Chapter II.D.2.h(ii), Current and Pending (Other) Support, the updated guidance serves as NSF’s implementation of the biographical sketch common form developed by the National Science and Technology Council's Research Security Subcommittee.
  • Chapter II.D.2.i(i), Mentoring Plan, has been expanded to address the revision to Section 7008(a) of the America COMPETES Act of 2022 (42 U.S.C. § 1862o(a)) requiring a mentoring plan for postdoctoral researchers or graduate students supported on the project. This page limitation for the Mentoring Plan remains one page.
  • Chapter VII.B.7, Individual Development Plans for Postdoctoral Scholars or Graduate Students, implements Section 10313 (42 U.S.C. § 18993) of the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 requirement for postdoctoral scholars or graduate students who receive substantial NSF support must have an Individual Development Plan which is required to be updated annually.


SciENcv is now the only option for preparing NSF biosketch and Current & Pending (Other) Support documents.
  Using SciENcv Frquently Asked Questions (FAQs)



NSF Proposal Components - Tips & Hints -- NSF PAPPG 23-1
Effective for proposals submitted or due on or after January 30, 2023

Proposal Components at a Glance

UNH Template - NSF Collaboration Letter

Safe and Inclusive Working Environments for Off-Campus or Off-Site Research
NSF-specific info
DEIA & Belonging

From Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA):

NSF Safe and Inclusive Work Environment Plan Resources

UNH Template - NSF Conference, Workshop, Symposium Participant Notice

UNH Statement - NSF Policies and Requirements re: Sexual Harassment for Conferences



NSF CAREER Program Overview   2/16/23

Merit Review Criteria for Proposals to NSF

NSF Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures Relating to the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support - January 2023

NSF Abstracts and Titles Policy

Misc. Federal Agencies - Specific Requirements & Advice

Click on the link above for sponsor' information for:

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

  • Department of Energy (DOE)

  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

  • U.S. Agency for International Development (US AID)

  • U.S. Dept. Health and Human Services (DHHS)

  • U.S. Dept. of Justice (DOJ)


COMMON FUNDING SCENARIOS for Early Career Researchers and Scholars





Federal Agencies

& Nonprofit Sponsors

Defense, Energy, and Security



Humanities and the Arts



National Institutes of Health



Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)



Social Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, and Economics (SBE)





Air Force Young Investigator Program Overview and Hints for Success    3/23/22

Army Research Office Young Investigator Program Information Session     2/8/19

Funding Scenarios and Search Strategies for Early Career Researchers and Scholars    2/2/24

Insights into NIH/NIGMS's MIRA Award (R35)     3/29/19

NSF CAREER Program Overview   1/14/22

How To Find It, Fund It, Get It
lides from a presentation that discusses funding scenarios, search strategies and other resources for graduate students 

Ways to Search for FOs - Grad-Version
Resources for finding funding opportunities specifically for graduate students

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
The NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The five-year fellowship includes three years of financial support including an annual stipend of $34,000 and a cost of education allowance of $12,000 to the institution.

Students apply as seniors or at the beginning of their graduate program.

Infographic about NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program


UNH hosts a half-term course every fall to help applicants prepare their GRFP proposals: Details

Presentation resources (slides, recordings, and handouts) for the programs shown below can be found here.

  • Air Force Young Investigator Program Overview and Hints for Success, 3/23/22
  • Broadening Participation in Research, Fall 2021
  • Department of Defense (DoD) University Instrumentation Program (DURIP), 3/10/23
  • Developing the Broader Impacts Component for National Science Foundation (NSF) Projects, 3/9/23
  • Evaluation and Assessment for Education and Outreach Activities, 3/23/23
  • Focus on Fulbright - Programs to Foster International Scholarship, 4/13/23
  • Funding Scenarios and Strategies for Early Career Researchers and Scholars, 2/2/24
  • Interacting with Federal Agencies to Increase Your Chance of Funding Success, 3/30/23
  • Interdisciplinary Research in the Age of Zoom, 4/1/21
  • NSF CAREER Program Overview, 2/16/23
  • NSF CAREER Research & Education Plans, 2/23/23
  • NSF Overview, Research Priorities, and Funding Opportunities, 11/7/23
  • PUSH USDA - Optimizing Your Project's Chances of Funding, 2/24/23



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