REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: NH BioMade Research Seed Funding Opportunity 2020

OVERVIEW OF SEED FUNDING SOLICITATIONS

Request For Proposals issued November 15, 2019

EMAIL INTENT TO APPLY BY JANUARY 3, 2020

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JANUARY 13, 2020

PURPOSE

The purpose of the NH BioMade Research Seed Funding Opportunity is to expand research capacity at the state’s academic institutions by providing support for faculty and post-doctoral associates at universities, four-year colleges, or community colleges to pursue research questions related to the NH BioMade focus areas but the topic does not have to adhere to  NH BioMade’s four research thrusts. Also, New Hampshire companies may collaborate with academic researchers on a research project and/or apply for use of core facilities through these seed funding opportunities. A separate RFP is issued annually for education and workforce development projects.

SYNOPSIS OF OPPORTUNITY

There are three opportunities for research seed funding:

  • Emerging Area Pilot: Support for projects that address an identified technical gap or expand the NH BioMade research portfolio in exciting new directions. High-risk, high-reward research that could transform biomaterial design and manufacturing and projects involving new faculty hired in support of NH BioMade will be prioritized. (Up to $50,000 a year per award; 2, 1-year projects anticipated each year.) MORE INFORMATION: https://unh.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1799624
  • Industry-University Collaboration: Support for projects that promote translation of NH BioMade research or address an identified technical gap through a partnership with industry. Projects must align with NH BioMade goals and involve teams composed of university and industry participants. No funds can be provided to the industrial partner, only the university collaborator. Projects that support NH industry needs or leverage Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) funding and/or partnerships will be prioritized. NH BioMade will also consider co-funding opportunities provided by the NH Innovation Research Center (a statewide program funded by the state of NH) that are targeted at early stage and/or innovation companies partnering with university researchers. (Up to $50,000 a year per award; 3, 1-year projects anticipated each year.) MORE INFORMATION: https://unh.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1800068

  • Utilizing NH BioMade Core Facilities: Support for projects that drive NH and regional academic and industry partners to utilize NH BioMade computational modeling, advanced manufacturing, and materials characterization core facility with possible outreach to primarily undergraduate institutions and community colleges. Funds can be used to support direct or remote access to the facilities, technical support, or consultation related to instrumentation, high performance computing (HPC), including multi-scale modeling software/coding resources, and advanced manufacturing. Email Shawn Banker, Director, University Instrumentation Center, for information on rates and use of instruments, shawn.banker@unh.edu, or Robert Anderson of the Research Computing Center, for information on the use of the HPC cluster, robert.e.anderson@unh.edu.  (Up to $5,000 per award; 5 projects anticipated each year.) MORE INFORMATION: https://unh.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1800069

Eligibility

See specific solicitation for eligibility information.

Limit on number of proposals

An academic investigator may collaborate on any of the solicitations but can be the lead on only one proposal per opportunity. Industry personnel can be the lead only on a proposal for Utilizing Core Facilities but may be a collaborator on other proposals. Funds are distributed only to academic institutions.

Due date

Email intent to apply by January 3, 2020. Proposal submission deadline is January 13, 2020. Awards will be announced in February 2020.

Availability of funds

This funding opportunity is supported by an EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-1 award. Availability of funds is contingent upon continued funding by the National Science Foundation.

Intellectual property rights

For the Industry-University Collaboration solicitation, academic and industry partners should agree in advance as to how intellectual property (IP) rights will be handled during the proposal writing process. A signed university-industry agreement on IP (including publication and patent rights) must be submitted prior to issuance of the award for research projects. Any proprietary or privileged information should be marked as such in the proposal. 

Contacts: Email intent to apply by January 3, 2020

Michelle Gregoire, Program Manager, NH EPSCoR: michelle.gregoire@unh.edu

Brad Kinsey, NH BioMade PI: brad.kinsey@unh.edu

REQUIRED INFORMATION

An InfoReady account is required (instructions below). This may take up to 3 days.

Format: Follow NSF guidelines for proposal preparation.  

Proposals that do not include all the required information will be returned without review.

REVIEW CRITERIA

The NH BioMade Project Management Team (and other designees) will review applications following standard NSF review criteria for Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts, with additional emphasis on innovation, advancement of NH BioMade goals, support of early-career and underrepresented faculty, and sustainability.

AWARD CONDITIONS

See specific solicitation for award conditions.

INFOREADY ACCOUNT ACCESS

To request an account, email Lynnette Hentges at lynnette.hentges@unh.edu with the following information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Competition that you are applying to

When an account has been created for you, you will receive an email from the InfoReady Review system. This may take up to 3 days. Follow the directions to create a password and complete your account set-up.