Advanced Manufacturing Jobs & Innovation Accelerator

Deadlines:   July 9, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Funding Agency:   Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Department of Commerce (DOC);
Advanced Manufacturing Office, Department of Energy (DOE); Employment and Training
Administration (ETA), Department of Labor (DOL); and, Small Business Administration (SBA).
Total Available:   $26 million
Max Amount:   $2.1 million approximately
Eligibility:   See FFO

The Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge will support regional partnerships across the nation can compete to access complementary Federal resources to support advanced manufacturing activities in order to drive high potential industry clusters.  The Advanced Manufacturing Jobs Accelerator is designed to foster job creation, increase public and private investments, and enhance economic prosperity by harnessing the economic growth and job creation potential
resulting from advanced manufacturing activities within high-growth industry clusters that have
been identified by regional stakeholders.  This initiative is designed to leverage existing financial
and technical resources from five distinct Federal agencies through awards to approximately 12
projects that will be selected through competitive multi-agency grants.

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Gates Vaccine Innovation Awards

Deadlines:   August 31, 2012
Funding Agency:   Gates Foundation
Total Available:   $250,000
Max Amount:   $250,000
Eligibility:   By nomination.  Please note that nominations focused on innovation in research & development are not eligible for consideration. This award is focused only on achieving impact through innovative systems, processes, tools, and technologies leading to better immunization.

Hundreds of thousands of lives each year could be saved by improved access to vaccines. Vaccines are cost-effective, safe, and proven to protect children from disease.  Continued innovation is essential to overcoming persistent challenges in reaching more children with vaccines.

The Gates Vaccine Innovation Award will celebrate revolutionary ways children in the poorest parts of the world are immunized. The winning innovation will be recognized with a US $250,000 prize.

The Gates Vaccine Innovation Award is open to individuals from any discipline. Candidates from academic institutions, governments, health care facilities, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies may be nominated.

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Energy for Sustainability

Deadlines:   01.13.2013
Funding Agency:   National Science Foundation
Total Available:   $9.2 million
Max Amount:   $100,000 (average)
Eligibility:   Unrestricted

This program supports fundamental research and education that will enable innovative processes for the sustainable production of electricity and transportation fuels. Specific areas of interest include: biological, thermochemical, or thermocatalytic conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to biofuels beyond cellulosic ethanol; microbial fuel cells for direct production of electricity from renewable carbon sources; process-based, scalable approaches for the biological or bio-mimetic generation of electricity directly from sunlight; hydrogen production from autotrophic and heterotrophic microorganisms; hydrocarbons and lipids from autotrophic or heterotrophic microorganisms.

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NIMHD Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Initiative in Reducing and Eliminating Health Disparities: Planning Phase (R24)

Deadlines:   06.27.2012
Funding Agency:   NIH:  National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
Total Available:   $10 million
Max Amount:   $250,000 direct costs per year x 3 years
Eligibility:   Domestic entities

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) invites applications for this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to plan the development of effective interventions using community based participatory research (CBPR) approaches.  Support will be provided to develop and strengthen partnerships between researchers and health disparity communities to plan and pilot interventions for a disease or condition to reduce health disparities.

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Plug and Play Photovoltaics

Deadlines:   06.18.2012, 5:00 PM
Funding Agency:   Department of Energy
Total Available:    $25M over 5 years
Max Amount:  The anticipated maximum award is $2.5M per year.
Eligibility:   Universities, industry, utilities, local authorities having jurisdiction, national laboratories, and other stakeholders must send a Letter of Intent due 5.16.12

Through the Plug and Play Photovoltaics Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), the Department of Energy will invest up to $25 million over five years to advance the development of a commercial plug-and-play photovoltaic system, which is envisioned as an off-the-shelf product that is fully inclusive with little need for individual customization. Homeowners can install the system without special training or tools. The homeowner simply plugs the system into a PV-ready circuit and an automatic PV discovery process initiates communication between the system and the utility.

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DOE Small Scale Coal Biomass to Liquids Study

Deadlines:   06.07.2012 8:00 PM
Funding Agency:   Department of Energy
Total Available:   $3 million
Max Amount:   For one area of interest award size ranges from $1,250,000 – $1,562,500; for 2 areas the award sizes are $312,500 - $375,000.
Eligibility:   All domestic entities

A recent National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) study has indicated that addition of moderate amounts of biomass to coal for the production of liquids can substantially reduce Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) CO2 emissions relative to a petroleum diesel baseline. Projects selected under this proposed action will directly support the mission of the Coal Program to ensure the availability of near-zero atmospheric emission, abundant and affordable, domestic energy to fuel economic prosperity, strengthen energy security, and enhance environmental quality.

Area of Interest 1.  Laboratory Scale Liquids Production and Assessment

Applicants shall propose technology R&D to convert coal-biomass feedstocks to liquid transportation fuels, producing at a rate approximating 2 liter/day or higher.  

Area of Interest 2.   Feasibility Study for a Coal-Biomass to Liquids Facility

Applicants shall propose feasibility studies for the development, construction and operation of a U.S. site specific, greenfield, integrated commercial sized CBTL plant.  

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Energy Innovation Hub - Batteries and Energy Storage

Deadlines:   5.31.2012
Funding Agency:   DOE
Total Available:   $20 million in Y1; $25 million/yr for Y2-4, pending Congressional appropriations.
Max Amount:   see above.
Eligibility:   Letter of intent was due 3.1.2012

To accelerate the transformational advances in basic science needed to develop storage technologies capable of reshaping our energy economy, DOE will establish an Energy Innovation Hub for Batteries and Energy Storage (“Hub”).   Batteries and electrical energy storage technologies are pivotal and straddle two major energy sectors: transportation and the grid. Today's electrical energy storage approaches suffer from limited energy and power capacities, lower-than-desired rates of charge and discharge, cycle life limitations, low abuse tolerance, high cost, and poor performance at high or low temperatures.

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