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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 ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE)
Sponsor National Science Foundation (NSF)
Agency Deadline 01 Oct 2019 – Confirmed / sponsor Institutional Transformation
01 Nov 2019 – Confirmed / sponsor January 2020 Adaptation and Partnership competition
15 Jan 2020 – Confirmed / sponsor Adaptation and Partnership (FY 2020 competition)
02 Mar 2020 – Confirmed / sponsor Institutional Transformation
Amount Amount Upper: $3,000,000 USD
Amount Note: Estimated Number of Awards: 18 to 38The total number of awards to be made under this solicitation is estimated to be between 18 and 38 over the two fiscal years of this solicitation. Approximately two Institutional Transformation awards up to $3,000,000 for five-year projects are expected to be made under this solicitation. In each year, NSF expects to make: approximately six Adaptation awards up to $1,000,000 for three years; approximately six Partnership awards up to $1,000,000 for three to five years; and approximately six Catalyst awards up to $300K for two years. NSF anticipates that up to three of the six Adaptation projects may qualify for an additional $100,000 for collaborating with an NSF funded graduate education project and up to three of the six Partnerships projects may qualify for an additional $250,000 for collaborating with the NSF INCLUDES National Network.Anticipated Funding Amount: $30,000,000Pending availability of funds, NSF anticipates having up to $30,000,000 available over a period of two fiscal years (FY 2019-FY 2020) for support of the NSF ADVANCE portfolio. Up to $15,000,000 will be available for the FY 2019 competition and approximately $15,000,000 will be available for proposals for the FY 2020 competition.</span>
Abstract The NSF ADVANCE program contributes to the National Science Foundation’s goal of a more diverse and capable science and engineering workforce.[1] In this solicitation, the NSF ADVANCE program seeks to build on prior NSF ADVANCE work and other research and literature concerning gender, racial, and ethnic equity. The NSF ADVANCE program goal is to broaden the implementation of evidence-based systemic change strategies that promote equity for STEM [2] faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession. The NSF ADVANCE program provides grants to enhance the systemic factors that support equity and inclusion and to mitigate the systemic factors that create inequities in the academic profession and workplaces. Systemic (or organizational) inequities may exist in areas such as policy and practice as well as in organizational culture and climate. For example, practices in academic departments that result in the inequitable allocation of service or teaching assignments may impede research productivity, delay advancement, and create a culture of differential treatment and rewards. Similarly, policies and procedures that do not mitigate implicit bias in hiring, tenure, and promotion decisions could lead to women and racial and ethnic minorities being evaluated less favorably, perpetuating historical under-participation in STEM academic careers and contributing to an academic climate that is not inclusive.

All NSF ADVANCE proposals are expected to use intersectional approaches in the design of systemic change strategies for STEM faculty in recognition that gender, race and ethnicity do not exist in isolation from each other and from other categories of social identity. The solicitation includes four funding tracks Institutional Transformation (IT), Adaptation, Partnership, and Catalyst, in support of the NSF ADVANCE program goal to broaden the implementation of systemic strategies that promote equity for STEM faculty.

Please note that NSF ADVANCE does not provide fellowships, research, or travel grants to individual students, postdoctoral researchers, or faculty to pursue STEM degrees or research. Undergraduate STEM opportunities can be found at and graduate STEM opportunities at

[1] Building the Future Investing in Innovation and Discovery: NSF Strategic Plan 2018-2022.
[2] All the STEM fields supported by NSF are supported by the ADVANCE program including the learning, social, behavioral, and economic sciences. ADVANCE does not support the clinical science fields.



Title Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Sustainable Agricultural Systems
Sponsor United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
Agency Deadline 26 Sep 2019 – Confirmed / sponsor 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Amount Amount Upper: $10,000,000 USD
Amount Note: The amount available for new grants in this FY 2019 SAS RFA is $90 million, for awards of up to $10 million each.</span>
Abstract The purpose of the SAS Program Area is to promote the sustainable supply of abundant, affordable, safe, nutritious, and accessible food and other agricultural products, while enhancing economic opportunities and improving the long-term health and well-being of all Americans. This RFA solicits applications for projects focused on: (1) increasing profitability in agriculture through reducing input costs, increasing productivity, and reducing losses due to environmental and biological stresses, including pests and diseases; (2) fostering economic development and prosperity in rural America by catalyzing production of high-value bio-based chemicals and other products using agricultural feedstocks; and/or (3) enhancing rural prosperity and health by ensuring access to affordable, safe and nutritious food to sustain healthy lifestyles. This RFA is soliciting creative and visionary project applications developed by transdisciplinar y teams that integrate research, education, and extension activities and effectively use a systems approach to promote convergence of science and technology to solve present and future food and agricultural production system challenges.

Agricultural systems are inclusive of value chains from production to consumption of food and other agricultural products, and from traditional open-field farms, ranches, and managed forests to controlled production in built environments across the rural-urban continuum. Consideration must be given to how new strategies or other technical interventions may alter existing systems and the future implications of unintended effects. Applicants must demonstrate that the changes resulting from the proposed efforts will ensure the viability of the entire food and agricultural value chain. This could include improving profitability, natural resources quality, food safety and quality, and the health and well-being of people and communities. The systems may include approaches that reduce the environmental footprint including, but not limited to, soil and ecosystem health, water and nutrient use, greenhouse gases, and energy use.

Projects must use a systems approach that recognizes and utilizes the convergence of rapidly advancing science and technology platforms including biotechnology, nanotechnology, information science, cognitive science, public engagement and others to address these complex and intertwined problems, and ensure the economic, environmental, and community well-being goals of sustainable agriculture. Projects must include demonstrable efforts that enhance education and training. This includes education of our current and next generation of farmers, workers, and scientists who must be equipped to use new skills, technologies, training, and experiences to find solutions to global food and agricultural challenges. Extension and other engagement must advance strategies for public acceptance of transformative discoveries. The outcomes should produce significant behavioral changes leading to sustainable production and consumption practices, and improving the health and well-being of the public.



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 $8,000,000Pending 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.



Title The Audacious Project
Sponsor Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED)
Agency Deadline Continuous – Confirmed / sponsor We will review every submission on a rolling basis and the link will stay open all year; over time, we may contact a small number of survey responders to submit an application.
Amount $3,000,000 USD
Amount Note: Ideas that are part of The Audacious Project typically have a timeline of three to five years. Past projects have had an annual operating budget of $1 million USD or more. There are no restrictions on the project funding requests. Each budget must be realistic and align with the project activities and proposed timeline.</span>
Abstract Every year, The Audacious Project works with proven change-makers to surface their best, boldest ideas for tackling global problems.

The Audacious Project is an invitation to dream bigger than you ever dared. No idea is too big or too ambitious – we’re looking for ideas that can and must change the world. We believe that the most powerful ideas both inspire and convince.

The big ideas that are part of The Audacious Project vary widely – from global health to ocean exploration to social justice to education. We are currently considering all issue areas, and welcome your thoughts on the pressing problems we should be addressing.