- Flight Operations
- Applied Research
- Public-Private Partnerships
- Data Exploitation
- Institutional Policy Research and Public Policy Environment
Opportunities for Collaboration RIAS
The DARPA Broad Announcement
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is seeking white papers to structure opportunities for invitations to propose ideas commensurate with the white paper
- DARPA-specific advice
- Deadline: June 12, 2017
The Tactical Technology Office (TTO)... is soliciting executive summaries, white papers and proposals for advanced research, development and demonstration of innovative systems for military missions.
Innovative systems are platforms, weapons, integrated systems or critical systems components that often incorporate emerging advanced technologies and enable revolutionary improvements to the capability, efficiency and effectiveness of the military.
- Ground Systems
- Soldier/Squad Technologies
- Combat Vehicles
- Tactical Operations in Urban and Complex Environments
- Maritime/Undersea Systems
- Expanded Platform Performance and Cross Domain Applications
- Defense of Maritime Forces
- Air Systems
- Novel Air Vehicles
- Hypersonic Platforms
- Space Systems
- Spacecraft Technologies
- Space Situational Awareness
- Systems for Access
- Future Space Operations and Architectures
NSF Smart and Autonomous Systems
The NSF is commissioning full proposals to help improve and develop intelligent physical systems (read: robots)
- Deadline: December 11, 2017
- Award Funding Floor: $350,000
- Award Funding Ceiling: $1,400,000
Foundational projects should propose highly innovative, fundamental techniques, theories, and technologies that contribute to the development of knowledge-rich Intelligent Physical Systems that are cognizant, taskable, reflective, and ethical. Foundational projects may focus on just one of these themes and are not required to utilize a physical test bed.
- Project budgets range from $350,000 to $700,000 in total costs for up to three years. Approximately 15-25 awards will be granted in this area
Integrative proposals focus on innovative integration of two, or more, of the themes and evaluation of the resultant system on a physical test bed. Integrative projects should have longer-term vision, with objectives that could not be attained simply by a collection of smaller projects provided with similar resources, and will preferably involve multiple PIs from different disciplines
- Project budgets range from $500,000 to $1,400,000 in total costs for up to four years. Approximately 10-15 awards will be granted in this area
Army Research Lab (ARL)
Collaborative Research Alliance (CRA) for Internet of Battlefield Things (IoBT)
- Goal is to create a collaborative environment with federal entities, private sector entities (read: defense-related companies), and research universities
- Total funding to the initiative is $70,000,000
- Initial request is for white papers to move to the proposal stage
- Overall Lead Research Organization (LRO) (one award)
- Research Area Lead Research Organization (RALRO) (four awards)
- Participating institutions in consortium as partners
- Research Area Lead Research Organization (RALRO) (four awards)
- Research area leads can act as overall lead, but no institution can receive two research area leadership roles
- This will require letters of support from other institutions and private sector partners
- Discovery, Composition and Adaptation of Goal-Driven Heterogeneous IoBTs
- Novel mathematical theories and scientific insights leading to scalable composition and management of heterogeneous IoBTs enabling secure information sharing to meet multiple dynamic mission goals.
- Autonomic IoBTs to Enable Intelligent Services
- Theoretical foundations, models, and methods of autonomic complex systems that deliver adaptive cyber- physical capabilities and services necessary to enable effective command and control across military (blue), adversary (red), and civilian (gray) domains.
- Distributed Asynchronous Processing and Analytics of Things
- Scientific principles, theories, and methods and enable predictive processing, analytics, and anomaly detection of broadly heterogeneous and varied data, that may be unknown combinations of sparse and voluminous; centralized and distributed; and trusted and suspect for the purposes of augmenting goal-driven decision-making.
- Cyber-Physical Security
- Theoretical and pragmatic cross-cutting methods that address the challenges of the above research areas, while enriching the resiliency of the IoBT, such that it can be hardened against tampering and adversarial compromise, continue operating under attacks, and provide bounded guarantees of performance.
NSF Energy, Power, Control and Networks (EPCN)
The NSF seeks to fund proposals from a broad research environment to analyze cyber-physical systems, including policy and human factors in the energy sector (primarily focused on electricity and related sectors).
This NSF area considers proposals to be “unsolicited” but appears to be the primary vehicle through which it receives proposals.
- Opportunity Open Date: October 1, 2017
- Deadline: November 1, 2017
- Control Theory and Hybrid Dynamical Systems
- Networked Multi-agent Systems
- Cyber Physical Systems Modeling and Control
- System Theory for Biology and Medicine; Modeling of the Brain
- Control and Optimization in Buildings, Transportation, and Robotics
- Adaptive and Intelligent Systems; Neural Networks
- Energy Harvesting, Storage Devices and Systems
- Solar and Wind Energy and Integration of Renewables with Grid
- Monitoring, Protection and Cyber Security of Power Grid
- Advanced Power Electronics and Electric Machines
- Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicles
- Innovative Grid-tied Power Electronic Converters
- Policy, Economics, Consumer Behavior and the Power Grid
DOT - FAA Aviation Research Grants
Broad agency announcement for full proposals related to the FAA’s competencies
- Award ceiling is $5,000,000
- Deadline: December 31, 2019
Note: the FAA is looking to distribute funds to a wide geographical area.
- Capacity and Air Traffic Control Technology
- Communications, Navigation, and Surveillance
- Aviation Weather
- Aircraft Safety Technology
- Human Factors and Aviation Medicine
- Environment and Energy
- Systems Science/Operations Research
- Commercial Space Transportation
Long Term Data Development in Environmental Biology
The NSF seeks preliminary proposals to create long-term time series data in ecology, genetics, and ecosystem science
- Deadline: August 2, 2017
- Funding: estimated at $450,000/award with ten awards/year
Research areas include, but are not limited to, the effects of natural selection or other evolutionary processes on populations, communities, or ecosystems; the effects of interspecific interactions that vary over time and space; population or community dynamics for organisms that have extended life spans and long turnover times; feedbacks between ecological and evolutionary processes; pools of materials such as nutrients in soils that turn over at intermediate to longer time scales; and external forcing functions such as climatic cycles that operate over long return intervals.
Army Research Office
ARO has expressed an interest in basic research pertaining to counter-autonomy.
The primary vehicle through which this counter-autonomy research preference is expressed is through a broad agency announcement.
- Deadline: March 31, 2022
- State of the counter-autonomy industry
Proposals are expected to be for cutting-edge innovative research that could produce discoveries that would have a significant impact on enabling new and improved Army operational capabilities and related technologies. The specific research areas and topics of interest described in this document should be viewed as suggestive, rather than limiting. ARO is always interested in considering new innovative research concepts of relevance to the Army.
Crowd-Driven Opportunities, Policy Fellowships
- Policy and funding challenges.
- Exploring thematic approaches to applying to non-resident fellowships with think tanks.