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

Find these new RFAs in "Targeted Funding Opportunities" below

  •  FY25 Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI)
  •  FY24 DEPSCoR Research Collaborations


Basic Research at the DoD

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

DoD Critical Technology Areas -- Seed Areas of Emerging Opportunity
FY25 DoD S&T Budget Priorities


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

Long-term Funding Opportunities

Defense Sciences Office (DSO) Office-wide BAA                  Open until 9/26/2024
Information Innovation Office (I2O) Office-wide BAA      Open until 10/29/2024
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Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research      Open until superseded
     Posted 1/23/2023        FA9550-23-S-0001
     Posted 1/29/2024        Amendment 0004

DEVCOM ARL Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)      Open until 11/20/2027
     Posted 12/1/2022     W911NF-23-S-0001
     Posted 7/12/2023     Amendment 02

Open until 9/30/2024
     Posted 10/2/2023      N00014-24-S-B001
     Posted  4/30/2024     Amendment 03


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 initial 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  [3.14.24]
> AFOSR Research Interests: FA9550-23-S-0001 Amendment 0004  [1.29.24]
YIP FOA:  FOA-AFRL-AFOSR-2024-0004  [3.11.24]
> YIP FOA: FAQs  [5.9.24]

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

Department of Defense (DOD) Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) -- FY25
> Overview with links to RFAs

DEPSCoR Research Collaborations -- FY24
> Overview with links to RFA and Connect and Collaborate portal
> Webinar slides and Q&A

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

Programs & Funding Priorities

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

DEIA and Belonging >> Federal Agency Requirements and Resources >> DOE


Funding Opportunities

Early Career Research Program


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
Posted: September 29, 2023
Closes: September 30, 2024

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) - Specific Requirements & Advice >>>

Inclusion Plans

DEIA and Belonging >> Federal Agency Requirements and Resources >> NASA

National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Specific Requirements & Advice >>>

Funding Opportunities

How to Find Your "Fit" at NIH
Comparison of Selected NIH Research Funding Mechanisms
Identifying the NIH Component Relevant to Your Research Project


Application Components

Formatting for NIH Attachments
NIH Research Application Checklist

NIH Biosketch Requirements (required as of 1/25/22)
Annotated NIH Biosketch Sample (required as of 1/25/22)

UNH Hints and Text for NIH Facilities and Other Resources Section (updated 3/4/24)

Hints for Developing NIH "Other" Components
Specific Aims Page rubric

Data Management and Sharing Plan
  DMSP Overview
  DMSP Tips
  Data Management and Sharing Plan Format Page (optional)
  UNH Library Data Management Toolkit: Data Management Plans

Plan for Enhancing Diverse Perspectives (PEDP)
  DEIA and Belonging >> Federal Agency Requirements and Resources >> NIH

Cover Letter
When to Include in Application & UNH Template


Other Info


  Sign-in Page

Working with NIH
  NIH Contacts and Roles
  Whom to Talk to During the NIH Application Process

Application Review
  NIH Review Criteria vs. Applicable Application Section
  NIH Application Scoring System

  Simplified Review Framework for Research Project Grants (RPGs) - Effective 1/25/2025
    Applicant Guidance for Simplifying the Review Framework for Most Research Project Grants
    Implementation and Impact on New and Existing Funding Opportunities - webinar 4/16/2024

National Science Foundation (NSF) - Specific Requirements & Advice  >>>

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

PAPPG NSF-24-1 is effective for proposals submitted or due on or after May 20, 2024

Proposal Components

NSF Proposal Components - Tips & Hints -- NSF PAPPG 24-1
Effective for proposals submitted or due on or after May 20, 2024

NSF Collaboration Letter - UNH Template

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

NSF Abstracts and Titles Policy

Safe and Inclusive Working Environments for Off-Campus or Off-Site Research
DEIA and Belonging >> Federal Agency Requirements and Resources >> NSF


Other Info

SciENcv Overview (flyer)
NSF  Webinar and SciENcv Demo
  Using SciENcv - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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

Research Office Resources for New Faculty and Postdoctoral Research Associates


Funding Opportunities Specifically for UNH Early Career Investigators and Scholars





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)



Other Info

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

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

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

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

NSF CAREER Program Overview   2/16/23

NSF CAREER Research and Education Plans   2/13/24

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 these programs can be found in Workshop Resources:

  • Air Force Young Investigator Program Overview and Hints for Success -- 5/4/2023
  • Broadening Participation in Research -- Fall 2021
  • Department of Defense (DoD) University Instrumentation Program (DURIP) -- 3/10/2023
  • Developing the Broader Impacts Component for National Science Foundation (NSF) Projects -- 3/9/2023
  • Evaluation and Assessment for Education and Outreach Activities -- 3/23/2023
  • Focus on Fulbright - Programs to Foster International Scholarship -- 4/11/2024
  • Funding Scenarios and Strategies for Early Career Researchers and Scholars -- 2/2/2024
  • Interacting with Federal Agencies to Increase Your Chance of Funding Success -- 3/30/2023
  • Interdisciplinary Research in the Age of Zoom -- 4/1/2021
  • NSF CAREER Program Overview -- 2/16/2023
  • NSF CAREER Research & Education Plans -- 2/23/2023
  • NSF Overview, Research Priorities, and Funding Opportunities -- 11/7/2023
  • PUSH USDA - Optimizing Your Project's Chances of Funding -- 2/24/2023

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