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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
Open until supersceded
     Posted 1/23/23     FA9550-23-S-0001
     Posted 4/18/23     FA9550-23-S-0001 Amendment 0001
     Posted 6/27/23     FA9550-23-S-0001 Amendment 0002
  For updates: Go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html  
                        Search KEY WORDS for "Air Force" then select "Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research"
                       Click on RELATED DOCUMENTS tab, download most recent version (shown as an amendment)

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


Early Career Research Program

FY22 DOE Early Career Research Program Overview 9.12.21
FY22 DOE Early Career Research Program FOA
     FY22 DOE Early Career Research Program Research Topics
FY22 DOE Early Career Research Program - Full Application Advice

Open Call

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


NSF Now Requires Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research Training
Effective with proposals submitted on or after July 31, 2023, the National Science Foundation (NSF) requires:

  • Faculty and senior personnel complete Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research (RECR) training.  Since 2011, all undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers supported by NSF to conduct research have been required to complete RECR training; NSF is extending that requirement to faculty and other senior personnel supported on a proposal. Consistent with a similar training requirement from USDA NIFA, faculty and other senior personnel at UNH supported on a proposal will need to complete UNH’s web-based RCR instructional modules (available here). 
  • All personnel supported on a grant receive mentor training and mentorship. REEO is working with other units on campus, including the graduate school and the office of engagement and faculty development, to offer mentoring training that will meet the NSF requirement.

UNH’s plan to meet the existing NSF RCR training requirement is available here . Contact Julie Simpson in Research Integrity Services with questions.

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

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)


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
  • DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) Overview, 11/7/22
  • Department of Defense (DoD) University Instrumentation Program (DURIP), 3/10/23
  • Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career Research Program, 12/2/22
  • 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, 3/3/23
  • Insights into NIH Funding Mechanisms - R01, R03, R15, R21 & R35
  • Interdisciplinary Research in the Age of Zoom, 4/1/21
  • NIH Overview, 9/17/21
  • NSF CAREER Program Overview, 2/16/23
  • NSF CAREER Research & Education Plans, 2/23/23
  • Positioning Oneself to Succeed in Grantseeking, 4/4/23
  • PUSH USDA - Optimizing Your Project's Chances of Funding, 2/24/23
  • SBIR/STTR Grant Opportunities: Faculty Perspectives, 12/12/18



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