Funding Opportunities

Future Funding Opportunity: NGA Announces Future BAA for Boosting Innovative Geospatial-Intelligence Research

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Research Directorate anticipates releasing a broad agency announcement (BAA) this summer seeking basic and applied research proposals to advance future Geospatial-Intelligence (GEOINT) capabilities. Proposals should include innovative approaches that enable "revolutionary advances or substantial improvements" in GEOINT capabilities to help solve national defense and intelligence problems. Following-on from NGA's previous Boosting Innovative GEOINT-Research BAA (BIG-R BAA), proposals for the new BAA should address at least one of the following technical domains:

  • Foundational GEOINT
  • Advanced Phenomenologies
  • Analytic Technologies

Specific topic areas of interest for each technical domain can be found in the pre-solicitation and the forthcoming BAA. NGA anticipates publishing the BAA before July 31, 2020. The pre-solicitation for the BIG-R BAA can be found here.

Engagement Opportunity: Air Force Announces Advanced Manufacturing Olympics in October 2020

The U.S. Air Force Rapid Sustainment Office (RSO) announced June 18 it will host its inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Olympics (AMO) as a virtual week-long event in October 2020, to identify cost effective and reliable technological products that can be used by Air Force field units. The Air Force is seeking participation from academia, small businesses, and military organizations to share insights and participate in technical challenges on advanced manufacturing technologies including 3D printing, artificial intelligence, automation and robotics, and supply chain management. The AMO event will feature keynote speakers, break-out sessions, online training, a virtual expo, and an innovation playground to allow participants to highlight and demonstrate technology breakthroughs and advancements.

The Air Force also plans to issue the following technical challenges to teams of participants:

  • Technical Data Package (TDP) Relay recreate a 3D printed part from an existing TDP while demonstrating accuracy, skill, and completeness
  • Box of Parts Challenge – demonstrate 3D scanning and printing to accurately re-engineer a part without an existing plan
  • Material Hurdles – identify and demonstrate new developments in aluminum, polymer and combination or hybrid technologies
  • Approval Sprints – identify creative qualification strategies for new materials, machines, and components to accelerate government approval timelines
  • Supply Chain Challenge – solve an Air Force supply chain problem set using novel advanced manufacturing concepts

The Air Force will host an “Ask Me Anything” webinar with Dr. Will Roper, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, on June 25, 2020 at 12:30 PM ET to share exclusive information and answer participants’ questions on the AMO.  Registration and question submission for the “Ask Me Anything” webinar can be found here.  Additional information on the AMO can be found here

Funding Opportunity: AFRL Releases FOA to Promote STEM Workforce Development

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) recently released its five-year open funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for “Future Scholars for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Workforce Development Programs.”  As previously reported in Lewis-Burke’s analysis of the draft FOA in May (below and attached), proposals should align with the Federal STEM Strategy and the DOD science and technology needs.  Proposals should also support AFRL’s Workforce Development Programs, which include but are not limited to: 

  • “Internships (High School through Doctoral)
  • Fellowship Apprentice/Residency Programs
  • College or University project-based learning programs
  • Formal or informal workforce development programs or project that align with the Federal STEM Strategy and DOD STEM Mission”

Questions about the FOA are due by July 3, 2020.  Initial proposal submissions, which will be prioritized for evaluation, are due by July 21, 2020 at 2:00 PM EST.  The final deadline for proposals is July 22, 2024 at 2:00 PM EST.  AFRL anticipates a total of $50 million in federal funding and intends to award multiple grants and cooperative agreements with a $25,000 minimum and a maximum of $5,000,000 per year for a five-year period.  The anticipated performance period is October 26, 2020 through October 27, 2025.  The full solicitation can be found on under solicitation number “FOA20AFRLRVKE0001.” 



Information will be added soon.

Funding Opportunity: NSF and NIST Release Disaster Resilience Research Grants Opportunity

Lewis-Burke Associates LLC – June 19, 2020

The National Science Foundation (NSF) released a new solicitation for a joint program with the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) to advance research on resilience to natural disasters. This Disaster Resilience Research Grants (DRRG) program looks to support “research to advance fundamental understanding of disaster resilience in support of improved, science-based planning, policy, decisions, design, codes, and standards.” Of note, this competition solicits research that spans the spectrum from fundamental to applied. Given the joint nature of this program, some awards will be funded by NSF while others will be funded by NIST. Participation from NSF is from the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation in the Engineering Directorate.

This solicitation aims to address NSF and NIST’s responsibility to “promote the nation’s resilience to earthquake and windstorm hazards” from the congressionally mandated National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) and National Windstorm Impacts Reduction Program (NWIRP) respectively. This program is designed to advance the agencies’ missions as well as the federal research and development priority on enhancing the nation’s resilience to natural hazards, especially as related to critical infrastructure. This topic has been included in the annual Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) - Office of Management and Budget (OMB) R&D budget priorities memo in recent years1, which provides guidance to federal agencies on R&D priorities for the following fiscal year. The previous iteration of this competition in 2018 was led solely by NIST. This new joint solicitation follows both legislation and the OSTP-OMB memo strongly urging interagency coordination and partnerships.

With this program, NSF and NIST are looking to advance fundamental knowledge as well as “scientific and engineering methods and tools relevant to resilience.” The solicitation lists the following natural hazards as of interest, but states that the solicitation is not limited to these hazards:
• “Windstorm events, including hurricanes and tornadoes;
• Water events, including hurricanes, sustained rain, both coastal and inland flood, and tsunamis;
• Wildland-urban interface fires;
• Earthquakes.”

NSF and NIST state that this opportunity does not cover “terrorism, industrial accidents, and pandemics.” Further information is available in the solicitation on the processes, entities, as well as policies and practices related to disaster resilience that are of interest for this competition. Awardees will be required to attend an annual PI meeting. This meeting is intended not only to foster collaborations, but also to “ensure that findings are shared with Federal scientists and engineers with responsibility to improve resilience policies and standards,” and “encourage discussion of potential new collaborations, including translational opportunities.”

Fiscal Year 2021 Administration Research and Development Budget Priorities memo:

Funding: NSF and NIST anticipate awarding eight to twelve awards between $200,000 and $400,000. The total amount of funding anticipated for the program is $3.1 million.
Important Dates:
• Letters of Intent are required and due August 14, 2020 by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time.
• Full proposals are due September 15, 2020 by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time.
• NSF and NIST will hold a webcast on the program August 3, 2020 that will be archived and available afterwards.

Sources and Additional Information:

• The Disaster Resilience Research Grants solicitation can be found at
• Information on the webcast will be posted at
• Information on the 2018 NIST Notice of Funding Opportunity: Disaster Resilience Research Grants Program is archived at

The Office of Engagement invites applications for the semester-long Spring 2021 Service-Learning Fellows Program

The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted courses and service opportunities to online platforms, and systemic racial injustice is gaining ever more nation-wide attention. In the Spring 2021 semester, instructors in partnership with service-learning staff and community partners, will explore where service-learning fits into this new narrative collaboratively developing the skills and tools needed to deliver effective, mutually beneficial service-learning courses.

Faculty and graduate student instructors are encouraged to apply. Up to $3,000 is available per project ($2,000 instructor discretionary funds and $1,000 community partner project). Applicants without community partners will be matched with one upon acceptance into the program.

Application due October 23, 2020. To apply, click  HERE.


We are pleased to invite you to submit one or more candidates for the 2021 WOLF PRIZE

Candidates can be nominated for the following fields: Physics – Chemistry – Medicine – Music.

Nominations and all additional material should be sent via e-mail to

The nomination deadline is September 30, 2020.

Forms and supplementals documents:

Nominations Letter




Funding Opportunity:The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) released its office-wide broad agency announcement (BAA) for fiscal year 2020 soliciting innovative basic and applied research proposals in science and engineering supporting DSO's mission to foster innovation and scientific discovery that will address and solve current and future national security challenges.Similar to last year, the FY 2020 BAA seeks cutting-edge basic or applied research proposals in the following technical thrust areas:

  • Frontiers in Math, Computation and Design
  • Limits of Sensing and Sensors
  • Complex Social Systems
  • Anticipating Surprise

Proposers are strongly encouraged to submit an executive summary and/or abstract prior to submitting a full proposal.  Executive summaries, abstracts, and proposals may be submitted on a rolling basis until June 11, 2021 at 4:00 PM ET.  DARPA anticipates making multiple awards.  Questions to this BAA should be emailed by June 2, 2021 at 4:00 PM and may be viewed on the DARPA/DSO Opportunities website.  This BAA will also be discussed during DARPA’s Discover DSO Day on June 24-25, 2020, that provides an overview of DSO’s scientific and technical research areas of interest and doing business with DARPA, as previously reported by Lewis-Burke.  The full BAA, which includes additional information on technical thrust areas and eligibility, can be found on under solicitation number “HR001120S0048.” 

Funding Opportunity: NAWCAD Releases BAA Soliciting Basic and Applied Research Projects for Naval Aviation

Lewis-Burke Associates LLC – June 5, 2020

The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) released a broad agency announcement (BAA) seeking basic and applied science and engineering research projects that address the challenges and future technology needs of naval aviation at the Department of the Navy.  This BAA is specifically seeking the following research opportunity areas of interest:

  • Systems Engineering
  • Cost Analysis
  • Air Vehicle
  • Power and Propulsion (P&P)
  • Avionics
  • Human Systems
  • Weapons & Energetics Integration
  • Support Equipment
  • Warfare Analysis
  • Research and Intelligence
  • Test and Evaluation Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Logistics
  • Data Analysis
  • Cyber

NAWCAD may also consider submissions outside these research areas that involve the “development of novel-based capabilities with the potential to enhance naval capabilities.”  Each white paper should only address one research opportunity area of interest. 

Submission Information: White papers are required and must be electronically submitted by June 3, 2021 at 5:00 PM EST.  Full proposals are by invite only.

Total Award Funding: Multiple awards are anticipated, and award amounts depend on the quality of the white paper and funding availability.  Awards may be in the form of contract, grants, cooperative agreements, technology investment agreements, and Other Transaction (OT) agreements.

Eligibility: Members from academia, industry, and the research community are eligible to apply.  Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Institutions (MIs) are also encouraged to apply or join others in submitting proposals.  Federally Funded Research & Development Centers (FFRDCs), Navy laboratories, military universities, and warfare centers are not eligible. 

Sources and Additional Information:


Congressional and Federal Updates

Congress Continues to Address COVID-19 Concerns; Discussions Shift to Need for Long-Term Changes

Agency Updates

  • Department of Education (ED): ED posted its proposed interim final rule outlining which students eligible to receive CARES Act emergency funding, offered under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC): CDC posted consolidated and updated guidance on testing for SARS-CoV-2, based on current knowledge of COVID-19. 
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID):
    • USAID’s Bureau for Management Office of Acquisition and Assistance established a webpage with resources for implementation partners to respond to COVID-19. 
    • Frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 implementing partner guidance are now available.

Research and Funding Opportunities

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): The Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative released the funding opportunity announcements for the RADx – Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) on June 12.
  • Economic Development Administration (EDA): EDA announced its intention to launch a new funding opportunity as a part of their response to COVID-19, which is currently called the Coronavirus Entrepreneurship & Innovation Challenge.
  • USAID:
    • To date, pledged funding from USAID includes more than $227 million in assistance from USAID’s Global Health Emergency Reserve Fund for Contagious Infectious-Disease Outbreaks (ERF-USAID), approximately $200 million in Global Health Programs (GHP-USAID) funds, nearly $463 million in humanitarian assistance from USAID’s International Disaster Assistance (IDA) account, and more than $208 million from the Economic Support Fund (ESF). 
    • USAID established a COVID-19 Learning Lab for sharing of tools, approaches and lessons for monitoring, evaluation, and learning from implementation of programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International News

World Bank Group (WGB): The WBG has published its flagship report Global Economic Prospects for June 2020

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Funding Opportunity: Naval STEM Education and Workforce Program

Lewis-Burke Associates LLC – May 5, 2020

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for the Department of the Navy's (DoN) Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Education and Workforce Program seeking a broad range of applications that improve, and tailor STEM education and experiences with Naval Science and Technology (S&T) workforce needs. ONR desires project plans utilizing active learning approaches to both increase capacity and create impactful STEM educational experiences for students and workers.

The FOA seeks proposals directed towards efforts to engage the spectrum of workforce communities consisting of:

  • Secondary education;
  • Post-secondary;
  • Informal science;
  • Current Naval STEM workforce

In addition, applicants are encouraged to consider under-represented and under-served populations, including women and minorities in project plans. Special audience priorities can be found in the FOA. Projects that have existing funding or established stakeholder partnerships are especially encouraged to consider specific scope areas, as listed in the FOA.

Submission Information: This FOA contains a two-part process with a mandatory white paper submission. Following evaluation of white papers, invited applicants may submit a full application. All submissions must be submitted through FedConnect (PDF). White paper inquiries must be received by June 10, 2020 and the white paper submission period is from May 4, 2020 to June 12, 2020 at 5:00 PM ET. Full applications, upon invitation, are due August 28, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET. Notification of award will be made on or near November 20, 2020.

Total Award Funding: ONR intends to award a maximum of $250,000 per year for up to 3 years, with each year being funded incrementally dependent on applicant performance. Individual awards will not exceed $750,000 over 3 years. Applications for larger amounts will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, contingent on fund availability.

Eligibility: This opportunity is open to "all responsible sources from academia and non-profit organizations." Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), Navy laboratories, military universities, and foreign entities are not eligible. However, teaming arrangements may be allowed under sponsored agreement.

Sources and Additional Information: The FOA can be found on under solicitation number "N00014-20-S-F005."


Annual Showalter Trust Competition 

This is a request for submission of pre-proposal applications for the 2021-22 Showalter Trust awards. The proposals are for one year with a default project period of July 1, 2021 through July 31, 2022. Guidelines, templates and instructions are available on the OVPR website at the following URL: 

The Showalter Trust specifies that the following areas of research have priority for funding. However, keep in mind that preferred topics in Categories 1, 2 and 5 should have relevance to human health and well-being. 

1. Environmental research, including air and water pollution research; 

2. Research in the field of biochemistry and molecular biology; 

3. Research in the area of disease prevention, diagnosis, progression, treatment and control; 

4. Research in the area of new technologies for food production, preservation, distribution and safety; 

5. Research in medical and biophysical instrumentation, including the analysis of large datasets. 

Also specified by the Showalter Trust is a directive that no funds may be used to finance research in psychiatry, sociology or social studies. 

Showalter Trust awards are limited to those who hold the rank of assistant professor (tenure-track or research) at the time of application. Priority is given to projects that have a high potential to compete for or leverage federal funding and to create programs with a life span longer than the Showalter award. Interdisciplinary proposals that establish new research directions and/or new research thrusts are welcome, but it is not necessary to submit a collaborative project or involve an established investigator. Use of funds is limited to the West Lafayette campus of Purdue University, but collaborators need not hold a position at Purdue and faculty collaborators can be of any rank. The project budget is limited to $75,000 total costs. Requests to acquire equipment will only be considered if there is substantial (75 percent or more) cost-share provided. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their research project and intent to submit with their Associate Deans for Research. 

To meet the CoS and EVPRP deadlines, please submit pre-proposals to: 

Kristi Stroud at by 5 PM on Monday, November 2, 2020. 

Information will be added soon.