Center Grants

The information provided on this page is intended to help with the long-range planning necessary to pursue large center grants.  Please be aware that the priorities and timing of these programs can change.

This is a work in progress and will continue to develop in the coming months. 

Center Grants 

Alphabetical by Agency, then Program

 

SPONSOR: DOE

PROGRAM: Energy Frontiers Research Centers (EFRC)

AMOUNT: $2M - 4M / year

PERIOD: 5 years

DEADLINE: September

LIMIT: 3

FREQUENCY: Every five years.  Next 2019.

Energy Frontiers Research Centers (EFRC) are integrated, multi-investigator centers which involve various combinations of researchers at universities, national laboratories, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit firms. The EFRCs have conducted fundamental research focused on one or more "grand challenges" and use-inspired "basic research needs" identified in major strategic planning efforts by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) and the scientific community. These centers bring together the skills and talents of teams of investigators to perform energy-relevant basic research with a scope and complexity beyond that possible in standard single-investigator or small-group projects. The multi-investigator, multi-disciplinary nature of these centers fosters an environment in which innovations are encouraged and scientific breakthroughs accelerated to provide the basis for transformative energy technologies.

 

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SPONSOR: NIH

PROGRAM: Biomedical Technology Resource Center (P41)

AMOUNT: $750K / Year

PERIOD: 5 years

DEADLINE: Standard NIH deadlines - January, May and September

LIMIT: None

FREQUENCY: 3 times / Year

This FOA issued by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), National Institutes of Health (NIH), encourages grant applications for national Biomedical Technology Research Centers. These Centers conduct research and development on new technologies and new/improved instruments driven by the needs of basic, translational, and clinical researchers. The Centers are charged to make their technologies available, to train members of the research community in the use of the technologies, and to disseminate these technologies and the Center's experimental results broadly.

 

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SPONSOR: NIH

PROGRAM: NIGMS National Centers for Systems Biology (P50)

AMOUNT: $2M / Year

PERIOD: 5 Years

DEADLINE:  September

LIMIT:  None

FREQUENCY: Annual

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) invites grant applications from institutions/organizations proposing to establish Centers of Excellence in Systems Biology.  The goal of this initiative is to promote pioneering research, research training, education, and outreach programs focused on systems-level inquiries of biomedical phenomena within the NIGMS mission.  The description of the NIGMS mission can be found on the website, www.nigms.nih.gov

 

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SPONSOR: NSF

PROGRAM: Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI)

AMOUNT: $4M / Year

PERIOD: 5 Years

DEADLINE: November

LIMIT: None

FREQUENCY: Annual

The Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI) Program supports research centers focused on major, long-term fundamental chemical research challenges. CCIs that address these challenges will produce transformative research, lead to innovation, and attract broad scientific and public interest. CCIs are agile structures that can respond rapidly to emerging opportunities and make full use of cyberinfrastructure to enhance collaborations. CCIs may partner with researchers from industry, government laboratories and international organizations.

 

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SPONSOR: NSF

PROGRAM: Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID)

AMOUNT: $2.5M / Year

PERIOD: 5 Years

DEADLINE: November

LIMIT:  None

FREQUENCY: Annual

The Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases program supports research on the ecological, evolutionary, and socio-ecological principles and processes that influence the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. The central theme of submitted projects must be quantitative or computational understanding of pathogen transmission dynamics. The intent is discovery of principles of infectious disease transmission and on testing mathematical or computational models that elucidate infectious disease systems. Projects should be broad, interdisciplinary efforts that go beyond the scope of typical studies. They should focus on the determinants and interactions of transmission among humans, non-human animals, and/or plants. Research may be on zoonotic, environmentally-borne, vector-borne, or enteric diseases of either terrestrial or freshwater systems and organisms, including diseases of animals and plants, at any scale from specific pathogens to inclusive environmental systems.

 

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SPONSOR: NSF

PROGRAM: Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (ERFI)

AMOUNT: $2M total

PERIOD: 4 Years

DEADLINE: September

LIMIT: 1

FREQUENCY: Annual

The Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation has established the Office of Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) to serve a critical role in focusing on important emerging areas in a timely manner. This solicitation is a funding opportunity for interdisciplinary teams of researchers to embark on rapidly advancing frontiers of fundamental engineering research.  Specific focus changes annually.

 

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SPONSOR: NSF

PROGRAM:  Engineering Research Centers (ERC)

AMOUNT: ~$3M / Year

PERIOD: 5 Years

DEADLINE:  July

LIMIT: None

FREQUENCY: Every other year.  Next 2015.

The goal of the Engineering Research Centers (ERC) Program is to create a culture in engineering research and education that links discovery to technological innovation through transformational fundamental and engineered systems research in order to advance technology and produce engineering graduates who will be creative U.S. innovators in a globally competitive economy.

 

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SPONSOR: NSF

PROGRAM: Expeditions in Computing

AMOUNT: $2M / Year

PERIOD: 5 Years

DEADLINE: March

LIMIT: None

FREQUENCY: Every other year.  Next 2016.

The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) has created the Expeditions in Computing (Expeditions) program to provide the CISE research and education community with the opportunity to pursue ambitious, fundamental research agendas that promise to define the future of computing and information.   In planning Expeditions, investigators are encouraged to come together within or across departments or institutions to combine their creative talents in the identification of compelling, transformative research agendas that promise disruptive innovations in computing and information for many years to come.

 

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SPONSOR: NSF

PROGRAM: Material Research Science and Engineering Centers

AMOUNT: $2M - 5M / Year

PERIOD: 6 Years

DEADLINE: January

LIMIT: 1

FREQUENCY: Every 3 years. Next 2016.

Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs) provide sustained support of interdisciplinary materials research and education of the highest quality while addressing fundamental problems in science and engineering. MRSECs address research of a scope and complexity requiring the scale, synergy, and interdisciplinarity provided by a campus-based research center. They support materials research infrastructure in the United States, promote active collaboration between universities and other sectors, including industry and international institutions, and contribute to the development of a national network of university-based centers in materials research, education, and facilities. A MRSEC may be located at a single institution, or may involve multiple institutions in partnership.

 

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SPONSOR: NSF

PROGRAM: Physics Frontiers Centers

AMOUNT: $1M - 5M / Year

PERIOD: 5 Years

DEADLINE: August

LIMIT: 3

FREQUENCY: Every 3 years.  Next 2016.

The Physics Frontiers Centers (PFC) program supports university-based centers and institutes where the collective efforts of a larger group of individuals can enable transformational advances in the most promising research areas.  The program is designed to foster major breakthroughs at the intellectual frontiers of physics by providing needed resources such as combinations of talents, skills, disciplines, and/or specialized infrastructure, not usually available to individual investigators or small groups, in an environment in which the collective efforts of the larger group can be shown to be seminal to promoting significant progress in the science and the education of students.

 

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SPONSOR: NSF

PROGRAM:  Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM)

AMOUNT: $250K - 375K / Year

PERIOD: 4 Years

DEADLINE: June

LIMIT: 1

FREQUENCY: Annual

 

The SNM program focuses on five high-risk/high-reward research and education themes, four focusing on nanomanufacturing and the fifth on societal issues associated with continuing advances in nanomanufacturing and the associated increasing use of nanoscale materials, devices and systems. All proposals, regardless of the theme or themes under which they are submitted, should clearly state what roadblocks to scale-up exist and what new approach or approaches will be investigated to overcome those obstacles. The scientific and technical barriers to commercialization, in terms of production rate, throughput, quality, reproducibility, and yield should be addressed in the proposal.