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Large Opportunites


Large opportunities are typically funding opportunities over $1M. Navigating the application process for a large grant proposal is a significant undertaking. You don’t have to do it alone – ORAP’s proposal consultants can help you with:


    • Narrative development, editing, and external reviews
    • Internal and external collaborator commnunication
    • Documents: templates, collection, and editing
    • Planning, organization, and budget support
    • Application package completion and submission

Below are a few of the recently released large opportunities. You can find all of the large opportunities on the Pivot website.


Title Early Career Research Program
Sponsor United States Department of Energy (DOE)
Office of Science (OS)
Agency Deadline 06 Feb 2019 – Confirmed / sponsor 5:00 PM Eastern Time
29 Apr 2019 – Confirmed / sponsor 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Note: Pre-Application Response Date: March 8, 2019
Amount $750,000 USD
Amount Upper: $1,000,000 USD
Amount Note: It is anticipated that up to $49,000,000 will be available under this FOA, contingent on satisfactory peer review and the availability of appropriated funds. Up to 65 awards are anticipated. Applicants should request project support for five years, with the release of out-year support contingent on adequate progress of the research. Awards are expected to begin in FY 2019.

DOE is under no obligation to pay for any costs associated with preparation or submission of applications. DOE reserves the right to fund, in whole or in part, any, all, or none of the applications submitted in response to this FOA.

Historically, the average DOE Early Career Research award has been $750,000 for five years. Larger awards (historic maximum of $960,000) are possible with sufficient justification. The ceiling for an application is $1,000,000 over five years.</span>

Abstract SC hereby invites grant applications for support under the Early Career Research Program in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR); Biological and Environmental Research (BER); Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES); High Energy Physics (HEP), and Nuclear Physics (NP). The purpose of this program is to support the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and to stimulate research careers in the areas supported by SC.


Title Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research BAA
Sponsor United States Department of Defense (DOD)
Department of the Air Force (USAF)
Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
Agency Deadline Varies – Confirmed / sponsor This announcement remains open until superseded. You may submit proposals at any time; however, some specific topic instructions may recommend submission by specific dates that align with funding expectations.
Amount $200,000 USD
Amount Upper: $2,000,000 USD
Amount Note: Approximately $300 million is anticipated to be available for support of actions awarded under this announcement, subject to availability of funds. Research proposals funded between $200,000 and $400,000 per year are encouraged. Most of our awards are three (3) years in duration. Awards may be proposed for not more than five (5) years.</span>
Abstract Focus is on research areas that offer significant and comprehensive benefits to our national warfighting and peacekeeping capabilities. These areas are organized and managed in two scientific branches:

·         Engineering and Information Sciences (RTA)

·         Physical and Biological Sciences (RTB)

Specific research activities below:

·         Engineering and Complex Systems (RTA1) – Space Propulsion and Power

·         Information and Networks (RTA2) – Computational Mathematics

·         Information and Networks (RTA2) – Optimization and Discrete Mathematics

·         Information and Networks (RTA2) – Dynamics and Control

·         Physical Sciences (RTB1) – Quantum Electronic Solids

·         Physical Sciences (RTB1) – Atomic and Molecular Physics

·         Physical Sciences (RTB1) – Laser and Optical Physics

·         Chemistry and Biological Sciences (RTB2) – Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Microsystems

·         Engineering and Complex Systems (RTA1) – GHz-THz Electronics and Materials

·         Engineering and Complex Systems (RTA1) – Dynamic Materials and Interactions



Title FY2019 Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program
Sponsor United States Department of Energy (DOE)
Office of Science (OS)
Agency Deadline 30 Sep 2019 – Confirmed / sponsor A pre-application (also called a white paper) is recommended but optional.
Note: This FOA (DE-FOA-0001968) is our annual, broad, open solicitation that covers all of the research areas in the Office of Science and is open throughout the Fiscal Year.This FOA will remain open until September 30, 2019, 11:59 PM Eastern Time, or until it is succeeded by another issuance, whichever occurs first. This annual FOA (DE-FOA-0001968) succeeds FOA DE-FOA-0001820, which was published May 25, 2018.
Amount $3,000 USD
Amount Upper: $4,000,000 USD
Amount Note: It is anticipated that approximately $250 million will be available for DOE Office of Science new, renewal, and supplemental grant and cooperative agreement awards under this and other, more targeted FOAs in FY 2019, subject to the availability of FY 2019 appropriated funds.The largest award made under the Fiscal Year 2016 version of this FOA received no more than $4,000,000 in annual funding. The smallest award made under the Fiscal Year 2016 version of this FOA received $3,000 in annual funding. The ceiling and floor described in this FOA represent historical experience. Past practice is not an obligation to stay within the historic ceiling and floor for this open solicitation.</span>
Abstract The Office of Science (SC) of the Department of Energy hereby announces its continuing interest in receiving grant applications for support of work in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics.

The SC mission is to deliver scientific discoveries and major scientific tools to transform our understanding of nature and advance the energy, economic and national security of the United States. SC is the Nation’s largest Federal sponsor of basic research in the physical sciences and the lead Federal agency supporting fundamental scientific research for the Nation’s energy future.

SC accomplishes its mission and advances national goals by supporting:
– The frontiers of science – exploring nature’s mysteries from the study of fundamental subatomic particles, atoms, and molecules that are the building blocks of the materials of our universe and everything in it to the DNA, proteins, and cells that are the building blocks of life. Each of the programs in SC supports research probing the most fundamental disciplinary questions.
– The 21st Century tools of science – providing the nation’s researchers with 27 state-of-the-art national scientific user facilities – the most advanced tools of modern science – propelling the U.S. to the forefront of science, technology development and deployment through innovation.
– Science for energy and the environment – paving the knowledge foundation to spur discoveries and innovations for advancing the Department’s mission in energy and environment. SC supports a wide range of funding modalities from single principal investigators to large team-based activities to engage in fundamental research on energy production, conversion, storage, transmission, and use, and on our understanding of the earth systems.

SC manages its research portfolio through six scientific program offices.

1. Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR)
a) Applied Mathematics
b) Computer Science
c) Computational Partnerships
d) Research and Evaluation Prototypes

2. Basic Energy Sciences (BES)
a) Materials Chemistry
b) Biomolecular Materials
c) Synthesis and Processing Science
d) Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
e) Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics
f) Physical Behavior of Materials
g) Mechanical Behavior and Radiation Effects
h) X-ray Scattering
i) Neutron Scattering
j) Electron and Scanning Probe Microscopies

Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences
k) Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Sciences
l) Gas Phase Chemical Physics
m) Computational and Theoretical Chemistry
n) Condensed Phase and Interfacial Molecular Science (CPIMS)
o) Catalysis Science
p) Separation Science
q) Heavy Element Chemistry
r) Geosciences
s) Solar Photochemistry
t) Photosynthetic Systems
u) Physical Biosciences

Scientific User Facilities
v) BES Accelerator and Detector Research

3. Biological and Environmental Research (BER)
a) Biological Systems Science
b) Earth and Environmental Systems Sciences

4. Fusion Energy Sciences (FES)
a) Burning Plasma Science: Foundations – Advanced Tokamak and Spherical Tokamak
b) Burning Plasma Science: Foundations – Theory & Simulation
c) Burning Plasma Science: Long Pulse – Tokamak & Stellarator
d) Burning Plasma Science: Long Pulse – Materials & Fusion Nuclear Science
e) Discovery Plasma Science: Plasma Science Frontiers
f) Discovery Plasma Science: Measurement Innovation

5. High Energy Physics (HEP)
a) Experimental Research at the Energy Frontier in High Energy Physics
b) Experimental Research at the Intensity Frontier in High Energy Physics
c) Experimental Research at the Cosmic Frontier in High Energy Physics
d) Theoretical Research in High Energy Physics
e) Computational Research in High Energy Physics
f) Accelerator Science and Technology Research & Development in High Energy Physics
g) Detector Research and Development in High Energy Physics
h) HEP – Quantum Information Science (QIS)

6. Nuclear Physics (NP)
a) Medium Energy Nuclear Physics
b) Heavy Ion Nuclear Physics
c) Low Energy Nuclear Physics
d) Fundamental Symmetries
e) Nuclear Theory
f) Nuclear Data and Nuclear Theory Computing
g) Isotope Development and Production for Research and Applications
h) Accelerator Research and Development for Current and Future Nuclear Physics Facilities

Full details and program priorities for the six programs are listed in the FOA.



Title Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)
Sponsor National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR)
Division of Human Resource Development (HRD)
Agency Deadline 13 Dec 2019 – Confirmed / sponsor
Amount Amount Upper: $2,000,000 USD
Amount Note: Estimated Number of Awards: 205-6 new AGEP Transformation Alliances per year, with about 3-4 awardee organizations collaborating in each Alliance, are anticipated pending the availability of funds.Anticipated Funding Amount: $6,000,000 to $8,000,000

Pending the availability of funds, a maximum of $2,000,000 for each of 5-6 new AGEP Transformation Alliances is anticipated, with about 3-4 awardee organizations collaborating in each Alliance.</span>

Abstract The Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program seeks to advance knowledge about models to improve pathways to the professoriate and success for historically underrepresented minority doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty, particularly African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders, in specific STEM disciplines and/or STEM education research fields.  New and innovative models are encouraged, as are models that reproduce and/or replicate existing evidence-based alliances in significantly different disciplines, institutions, and participant cohorts.

The AGEP program goal is to increase the number of historically underrepresented minority faculty, in specific STEM disciplines and STEM education research fields, by advancing knowledge about pathways to career success.  The program objectives include: To support the development, implementation and study of innovative models of doctoral education, postdoctoral training, and faculty advancement for historically underrepresented minorities in specific STEM disciplines and/or STEM education research fields; and to advance knowledge about the underlying issues, policies and practices that have an impact on the participation, transitions and advancement of historically underrepresented minorities in the STEM academy.

The AGEP Transformation Alliance projects are collaborative research projects representing new strategic alliances of institutions and organizations to develop, implement, and study evidence-based models to transform doctoral education, postdoctoral training, and faculty advancement for historically underrepresented minorities in specific STEM disciplines and/or STEM education research fields. Embedded social science and education research contributes to the knowledge base about how transformational models eliminate or mitigate negative factors and promote positive policies and practices for historically underrepresented minorities.

AGEP addresses academic workforce development in a broadening participation and institutional capacity building context. Strategic collaborations are encouraged with multiple academic partners, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, professional organizations, government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and other relevant STEM and/or STEM education research organizations.  The AGEP program encourages project leadership by, and partnerships with, all types of minority serving institutions, such as majority minority serving institutions, historically black colleges and universities, high Hispanic enrollment institutions, tribal colleges and universities, and institutions serving native Hawaiians, native Pacific Islanders, and/or Alaskan natives.