A Periodic Federal Science Update

Coastal Resiliency Funding Opportunity Totaling $30 Million Announced -- The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has released a Request for Proposals in which NFWF, in partnership with NOAA, will make investments for the restoration and strengthening of natural systems so they can protect coastal communities from the impacts of storms and floods and enable them to recover more quickly, while also enhancing habitats for important fish and wildlife populations.  NFWF will award up to $30 million in grants to create, expand and restore natural systems in areas that will both increase protection for communities from coastal storms, sea and lake level changes, flooding, and coastal erosion and improve valuable habitats for fish and wildlife species.  The program will be implemented as a national program focused on enhancement of resilience for coastal communities across the U.S., and award decisions will be made based on regional circumstances, needs, and priorities. Project interventions that help reduce regional threats, include, but are not limited to: changes in sea and Great Lakes levels; storm surge; ocean surge and tsunamis; increased flooding, including inland flooding, due to storms; subsidence; erosion; loss of sea ice; sea level rise and high tides, saltwater intrusion into coastal aquifers, or other impacts. Many of these threats are connected (e.g. subsidence exacerbates relative sea level rise leading to increased flooding), and the program anticipates that the proposed projects will address reducing vulnerability to multiple threats.  More information on this funding opportunity can be found here.

NIH Issues RFI for Research under its Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative – The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), is exploring options for conducting a multi-site national research effort in up to three communities to develop and test approaches for the systematic implementation and sustainability of an integrated set of evidence-based interventions across healthcare, behavioral health, justice systems, state and local governments, and community organizations to prevent and treat opioid misuse.  The goals are to decrease fatal and non-fatal overdoses, decrease the incidence of opioid related infectious diseases (e.g. Hepatitis C and HIV), increase the number of individuals receiving medication-assisted treatment, increase the proportion retained in treatment beyond 6 months, and increase the number of individuals receiving needed recovery support services.  More information on this request for information (RFI) can be found here.

NIH launched HEAL with a $500 million appropriation in FY 2018 to provide scientific solutions to the national opioid.  NIH has identified a set of research priorities reflecting needs across the lifespan, areas of promising scientific opportunity, and concrete strategies capable of providing rapid and durable solutions to the opioid crisis.  Under the heading of Improve Treatments for Opioid Misuse and Addiction NIH will emphasize: expansion og therapeutic options for opioid addiction, overdose prevention and reversal; enhanced treatments for infants born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)/Neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome; and optimizing effective treatment strategies for opioid addiction.  Under the heading of Enhance Pain Management NIH will increase support for: understanding the biological underpinnings of chronic pain; acceleration of the discovery and pre-clinical development of non-addictive pain treatments; advancement in new non-addictive pain treatments through the clinical pipeline.  More information on the NIH HEAL Initiative can be found here.  

House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Advances the National Quantum Initiative Act – The House Science Committee has reported out legislation to authorize the establishment of coordinated interagency program to support the research and development of quantum information science and its technology applications.  The bill would also expand the number of researchers, educators, and students with training in quantum information science and technology; improve interagency planning and coordination of Federal research and development related to quantum information science and engineering; and promote collaboration among the Federal Government, national laboratories, industry, and universities.  Roles and responsibilities are designated in the bill for the National Institute for Standards and Technology, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Energy.  An interagency coordination committee chaired by NIST, NSF, and DOE would be established under this bill along with an external advisory committee.  The bill was reported out of committee unanimously on June 27.  A copy of the legislation can be found here.

Office of Naval Research Seeks Applicants for Young Investigator Awards -- The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving proposals for its Young Investigator Program (YIP). ONR's Young Investigator Program (YIP) seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment, who have received their PhD or equivalent degree on or after 01 January 2011, and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. The objectives of this program are to attract outstanding faculty members of Institutions of Higher Education (hereafter also called "universities") to the Department of the Navy's Science and Technology (S&T) research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers.  Individuals who are holding non-profit equivalent positions are encouraged to apply. Proposals addressing research areas (as described in the ONR Science and Technology Department section of ONR's website ) which are of interest to ONR program officers will be considered. Download the solicitation here.

Funding Opportunity for FY2018 Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence (IC CAE) Critical Studies Program – The IC CAE program is a congressionally mandated program designed to promote the acquisition of diverse talent consistent with the U.S. Intelligence Community’s (IC) Human Capital Vision 2020.  One outcome from the program is to increase gender and ethnic diversity in the IC workforce.  The IC CAE program’s purpose is to develop a diverse cadre of qualified intelligence professionals to carry the Nation’s long-term security initiatives by creating a competitive, knowledgeable and diverse workforce via multi-year grants to colleges and universities.  The IC CAE Critical Technology Studies Program (CTSP) is looking for applications that expand capacity, capability, research, and training in the data science of machine learning, artificial intelligence, computer vision and computationally efficient modeling techniques for U.S. students in areas of interest to the IC.  Approximately $10 million is available to make approximately 5 awards.  More information on this funding opportunity is available here.