NSF 10 Big Ideas Programs

From the CISE NSF Directorate

Funding Opportunity: Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Core Research

The FW-HTF: Core Research program aims to support convergent research to understand and develop the human-technology partnership, design new technologies to augment human performance, illuminate the emerging socio-technological landscape, understand the risks and benefits of new technologies, understand and influence the impact of artificial intelligence on workers and work, and foster lifelong and pervasive learning.

Proposal deadline: March 9, 2020

  • Growing Convergence Research (GCR)
    Convergence research is a means for solving vexing research problems addressing societal needs. It entails integrating knowledge, methods, and expertise from different disciplines and forming novel frameworks to catalyze scientific discovery and innovation. Convergence research has two characteristics: (i) it is driven by a specific and compelling problem, and (ii) it features deep integration across disciplines.
    • Funding Opportunity: Growing Convergence Research (GCR)
      • The GCR program supports multi-disciplinary team research that crosses NSF directorate or division boundaries and is currently not supported by NSF programs and initiatives, including the other Big Ideas. 
      • The GCR program is hosting a webinar today (!), Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST to provide general information and answer questions about the upcoming funding opportunity. All interested researchers are welcome to join the webinar. Register here to receive joining instructions.
      • Proposal Deadline: February 3, 2020
  • Understanding the Rules of Life (URoL)
    The URoL Big Idea aims to advance understanding of life across levels of organization and across scales of time and space. It also aims to develop research tools and infrastructure to approach ever more complex questions; to train the next generation of researchers to tackle questions that cross scales and disciplines; and to foster collaboration and convergent research in the life sciences.
  • Funding Opportunity: Microbiome Theory and Mechanisms (URoL:MTM)
    • The objective of the URoL:MTM program is to understand and establish the theory and mechanisms that govern the structure and function of microbiomes, a collection of microbes in a specific habitat/environment. Topics of interest could include development of new artificial intelligence approaches that can be constrained by mechanisms, models, and/or theories to reveal the underlying principles governing the microbiome and its association with a host or habitat, where applicable.
      • Letter of Intent: January 17, 2020
      • Full proposal deadline: March 2, 2020
    • Funding Opportunity: Epigenetics (URoL:Epigenetics)
      • The URoL:Epigenetics program supports the use of complementary, interdisciplinary approaches to investigate how epigenetic phenomena lead to emergent properties that explain the fundamental behavior of living systems. It encourages collaborations among computer and information science, biology, and engineering researchers to assimilate information on genomic data into causal, mechanistic, and/or predictive relationships (e.g., using machine learning tools) to explain and predict the characteristics of living systems.
        • Proposal deadline: Feb 6, 2020
  • Navigating the New Arctic (NNA)
    NNA seeks innovations in fundamental convergent research across the social, natural, environmental, and computing and information sciences as well as engineering that address the interactions or connections between natural and built environments and social systems and how these connections inform our understanding of Arctic change and its local and global effects. Sensing and data analytics are critical to furthering this understanding.
    • Funding Opportunity: Navigating the New Arctic (NNA)
      • The NNA program invites proposals in two tracks: (i) research grants, which tackle convergent scientific and engineering challenges related to the rapidly changing Arctic; and (ii) planning grants, which develop convergence research team to tackle projects of larger scope in the future.
      • Proposal deadline: February 11, 2020
    NSF INCLUDES aims to transform education and career pathways to help broaden participation in science and engineering. Projects span a number of broadening participation activities from STEM engagement and preparatory experiences for students and other community members to educator training to new academic programs that expand access to STEM education.
    • Funding Opportunity: INCLUDES Planning Grants
      • INCLUDES Planning Grants are intended to build capacity in the community to undertake the activities necessary to establish future centers, alliances, or other large-scale networks to address a broadening participation challenge at scale.
      • Proposal deadline: July 13, 2020
  • Quantum Leap (QL)
    QL aims to stimulate innovation and accelerate development of new quantum-based technologies by answering fundamental questions relating to quantum entanglement, coherence, quantum systems engineering, algorithms, and quantum computing and communication architectures. 
    • Open Funding Opportunity: Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes (QLCI), Round II
      • The QLCI are large-scale, interdisciplinary research projects that aim to advance the frontiers of quantum information science and engineering. Research at these institutes will span the focus areas of quantum computation, quantum communication, quantum simulation, and/or quantum sensing. The institutes are expected to be foster multidisciplinary approaches to specific scientific, technological, and educational workforce development goals in these fields.
      • Letter of Intent: August 3, 2020
      • Preliminary proposal deadline: September 1, 2020
      • Full Proposal deadline: February 1, 2021

CISE actively participates in several other Big Ideas, such as Harnessing the Data Revolution and Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure. While FY 2020 funding opportunities for these Big Ideas have already passed, we encourage you to stay tuned for additional opportunities in the future.

Biomedical Research Core Facilities Awareness Day

PNW Center for Translational Environmental Health Research
and the

Oregon State University Research Office

Invites you to the Medical Research Core Facilities Awareness Day

November 25th 2019 | Pharmacy Building 305 | 3 – 5:30 PM

Researchers and students at Oregon State University have access to a multitude of specialized instruments and services that support a wide diversity of biomedical research. Learn about the available state-of-the art capabilities designed to support and stimulate research productivity.

Twelve facility core directors will present short informational presentations highlighting capabilities, applications, and access. There will be ample time for questions and answers.

Facility Cores

  • Mass Spectrometry Center | C. Maier
  • Chemical Exposure Core | K. Anderson
  • Electron Microscopy Facility | P. Eschbach 
  • Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory | M. Ackermann 
  • Sinnhuber Aquatic Research Laboratory | R. Tanguay; L.Truong 
  • Keck Collaboratory for Plasma Spectrometry | A. Kent; C. Russo 
  • Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing | B. Tyler 
  • High Throughput Screening Services Lab | D. Nelson 
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility | P. Reardon
  • LPI Professional Services | R. van Breemen 
  • Integrated Health Sciences Facility | E. Ho
  • Electrophysiology Facility Core Kenton Hokanson

Contact Shawn Tucker at Shawn.tucker@oregonstate.edu

Come see what you’ve been missing | All are welcome to attend

RO Faculty Orientation

  • Faculty Orientation Connecting Faculty to Research Resources.
  • Wednesday, October 23 from 9 am – Noon MU Horizon Room

Research Office Faculty Orientation RSVP

9:00 am – 9:35 am:  Arrival and welcome (Tuba Özkan-Haller, Staci Simonich, Brian Wall)

The focus is to highlight the resources with the Research Office
Identify research resources as a whole for the university
Engage and build relations with faculty with OSRAA

Introductions from the Key Research Offices

  • OSRAA  Office for Sponsored Research Award Administration Tuba Özkan-Haller
  • ORD       Office for Research Development-Tuba Özkan-Haller
  • ORI         Office of Research Integrity-Staci Simonich
  • OCCD     Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development- Brian Wall

9:40 – 10:45 Panel discussion

  • Belinda Batten – Executive Associate Dean, College of Engineering
  • Peter Ruggiero – Professor and Interim Director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute
  • Greg Rorrer – Professor, Chemical Engineering and former NSF Program Director
  • Selina Heppell – Department Head of Fisheries and Wildlife, College of Agricultural Sciences
  • Aaron Shonk – Senior Director of Development for Foundation Relations
  • Maude David – Asst. Professor Dept. of Microbiology, CAS & College of Science
  • Perry Hystad – Associate Professor, Spatial Health Lab, College of Public Health and Human Sciences
  • Christopher Nichols – Director of the Oregon State University Center for the Humanities

10:45 – 10:55 – small break

11:00 – Noon – Meet and Greet Café – This will be a “timed” rotation event – 10 minutes for each rotation.  

  1. Office for Sponsored Research Award Administration – Aedra McCarthy, Zach Gill
  2. Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development – Berry Treat, Karl Mundorff
  3. OSU Office of Foundation Relations – Aaron Shonk and Paul Dubois
  4. Office of Research Integrity – Lisa Leventhal, Cathleen Gal
  5. Diving and Small Boat Safety Officer –  Kevin Buch, Taylor Eaton
  6. College Pre-Award Staff – CARE Representatives- Liz Etherington, Robert Kokenyesi, Melora Park
  7. Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, & the Arts – Sophie Pierszalowski, Associate Director of Undergraduate Research
  8. Broader Impact and Outreach for Grant Proposals – Susan Rowe, SueAnn Bottoms
  9. Research Data Services –  Data Management – Clara Llebot
  10. Oregon State Productions/OSU News and Research Communication– David Baker, Sean Nealon

Research Office Faculty Orientation RSVP

Discover Defense Sciences Office (DSO) Day.

On Tuesday, June 18, the Defense Advanced Research Agency (DARPA) is holding a Discover Defense Sciences Office (DSO) Day.   The OSU Research Office is hosting a Webcast of the live event in Covell Hall 117.  Topics and agenda are at https://events.sa-meetings.com/ehome/419586/879577/.

If there is a need, we are willing to be available for the 6:45 am-7:45 am PT session on Limits of Sensing and Sensors – please let us know.

Otherwise, we will start the day Tuesday, June 18th at 8am according to the attached schedule in Covell 117.

Attached schedule with times adjusted to Pacific Time.  OSU – Discover DARPA Defense Sciences Office flyer

RSVP Susan.Emerson@oregonstate.edu or  Robert.Kokenyesi@oregonstate.edu

100&Change MacArthur Foundation competition

100&Change –

Interesting Opportunity from the MacArthur Foundation – 100&Change  –

100&Change is a MacArthur Foundation competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that will make measurable progress toward solving a significant problem.  Proposals focused on any critical issue are welcome. “We’re ready to fund a single proposal that promises real and measurable progress in solving a critical problem of our time.”  https://www.100andchange.org/

Please review the 100&Change-Organization-Readiness-Tool

Email questions to research.development@oregonstate.edu

Connection Session on NSF’s Coasts and People Initiative

In response to an NSF Dear Colleague Letter recently published

on NSF’s “Coasts and People” initiative. 

Monday, May 13   3:30-5:00 pm

Hallie E. Ford Center, Bray Conference Room, HFC 115

with reception following



  • Give potential PIs a chance to understand expertise on campus across the various disciplines.
  • Provide the opportunity to hear from various groups through 2-minute “ignite” talks.
  • Enable networking and interactions across disciplines.

Further info:

  • The RSVP page contains a quick set of questions about the research expertise and approach of each potential participants.
  • This information will be made available to all participants ahead of the session to allow participants time to plan how they can best use the networking time during the reception.
  • Interested faculty are asked to fill out the information on the RSVP form even if you are not able to attend to allow for a complete database.