OSU Venture Development Fund

For the past several months, we’ve been working with our advisory council to improve OSU’s University Venture Development Fund grant program. The program will move from once per year to now, twice per year, and we will be releasing the spring 2017 RFP this Friday – the submission deadline will be May 19th. Additional information:  Click this LINK to download the RFP/

Program Aims: The purpose of the funding is to facilitate development and commercialization of research inventions, tools, prototypes, software, digital content or other intellectual property (IP) created by OSU faculty and students. The funding plan should address one, or at most, two key obstacles or opportunities that if successfully addressed within a six-month or less timeframe, would significantly increase the likelihood of out-licensing of intellectual property for commercial development either through a new OSU startup or an existing Oregon company.

Funding Levels: Anticipated funding levels from the UVDF are up to $60,000 per proposal. Departments, schools, and/or colleges are highly encouraged to cash match funding up to $15,000 in addition to the requirement that they provide graduate student tuition support for their participating students. Approximately $250,000 is available for funding in this round of proposals.


NSF 16-542 Antarctic Artists and Writers Program (AAW)

The Office of Polar Programs at NSF has for many years run a program for writers and artists to do work in the Antarctic.  Details are below.
Who’s been funded:
It would be valuable to have a successful proposal from an OSU faculty on a project that would help OSU’s mission.  The NSF program supports all of the logistics of going to/from Antarctica, but doesn’t provide any salary or supplies. 
If a faculty member applies to NSF and is successful, the Research Office will help support them with $3000 of salary and supplies.
The Research Office would support a successful proposal for art or writing that would meaningfully promote OSU research already occurring in Antarctica.  To be successful at NSF, the proposal must also be broadly supportive of science and not just focused on OSU, so the ideal proposal will satisfy NSF while, at the same time, involve OSU science.  Please read the RFP, but NSF says the following: “The Antarctic Artists and Writers Program supports writing and artistic projects specifically designed to increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of the Antarctic and human endeavors on the southernmost continent. Priority will be given to projects that focus on interpreting and representing the scientific activities being conducted in and/or about the unique Antarctic region. Resulting projects must target audiences in the U.S. and be distributed/exhibited in the U.S.”
The global activity database lists a number of individuals doing work in Antarctica.
I may also be able to suggest individuals, or you could check with the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development in CEOAS, Tuba Ozkan-Haller.
Painting that would be displayed publicly? Story published? Video, podcasts, or other media that publicizes our work?  Details are up to you as long as it falls within the NSF guidelines.
Submit your concept to by Fri., Apr. 22, 5 pm.  The concept should be less than 250 words (could include a figure).  Please attach an email of support from a faculty member working in Antarctica whose research this would help promote (not included in the 250 words).
Eligibility: Any tenure-track or non-tenure-track professorial faculty at OSU.  Fixed-term instructors are eligible if their position description includes scholarly and creative activity. 
I’ll ask an ad-hoc committee to select the proposal or proposals to support and let the faculty know no later than Fri., Apr. 29, 5 pm.   The proposal for NSF would then need to be prepared and submitted to NSF by June 1.
Roy Haggerty, PhD, RG
Associate Vice President for Research
A312 Kerr Admin Bldg
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-2140

National Geographic Society

National Geographic Society
Program: National Geographic Society / Waitt Grants Program
Synopsis: Interested in three areas: The Human Journey funds impact-oriented projects within the fields of anthropology, archaeology, paleoanthropology, psychology, human health, and human geography; Wildlife and Wild Places funds impact-oriented projects within the fields of biology, ecology, and conservation; andOur Changing Planet supports projects that explore and document Earth and ocean systems in the present, past, and future to better understand and protect the evolving environment. Projects can be within the fields of geology, geochemistry, physical geography, marine ecology, oceanography, paleontology, and observational astronomy. 
Award details: Early Career ~$5K; Standard Grant (for established investigators $30K 
Announcement on website:
Application due date: Early career grants are typically notified within 2 months of submission; Standard grant applicants are notified within 6 months.

Due dates are 4 times a year with the next three being: April 1, July 1, and November 1, 2017.


NSF 16-553:  US Ignite – Agency Deadline: To Be Announced




NSF 16-552: Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)
Agency deadline 6/14/16; 12/9/16; Second Friday in December, Annually Thereafter


Antarctic Research NSF 16-541 –

April 17, 2017     - April 15, Annually Thereafter

Antarctic fieldwork will be supported for research that can only be performed or is best performed in Antarctica. The Antarctic Sciences Section strongly encourages research using existing samples, models, and data as well as research at the intersection between disciplines



Antarctic Artists and Writers Program - NSF 16542

Full Proposal Deadline - June 1, Annually Thereafter


Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research-Technology Translation (PFI:AIR:TT)

LOI due to Agency: September 8, 2016;   March 1, 2017

Agency Deadline:   October 11, 2016;     April 3, 2017


NSF 16-535Expeditions in Computing  -

Preliminary Proposal Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time):

          April 25, 2018

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time):

        January 16, 2019


NSF 16-514: EarthCube: Developing a Community-Driven Data and Knowledge Environment for the Geosciences - Proposals Accepted Anytime for the EARTHCUBE Research Coordination Networks (RCN) program in this solicitation.


I/UCRC – Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program

MRSEC – Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers

ERC – Engineering Research Centers

PFC – Physics Frontier Centers

CCI – Centers for Chemical Innovation

CREST – Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology

 EEC – Engineering Education and Centers STC – Science and Technology Centers

RCN – Research Coordination Networks