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**Added as of 9/24/2021

Water Research Foundation Development of Innovative Predictive Control Strategies for Nutrient Removal

Organization: Water Research Foundation

Award amount: Up to $200,000. The applicant must contribute additional resources equivalent to at least 33 percent of the project award.

Deadline: 9/28/2021

Description: Project Objectives:

  • Develop one or more artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML) predictive tools for nutrient removal.
  • Demonstrate testing of new predictive control strategies, with a focus on Technology Development Level 2 or 3 (Technology Readiness Level 6-8), with field testing at one utility. This field testing will be complemented by desktop analysis comparing predictive and reactive control strategies.

The Advisory Committee (AC) for WRF’s Nutrients Treatment: Intensification, Reliability, and Efficiency research area recently held a Virtual Research Summit with WRF subscribers, including utilities, consultants, and academics, to identify key research needs and develop project concepts for potential WRF funding. This project is one of the top project concepts that resulted from the summit. 

Implementation of online monitoring and automated control strategies is an integral part of achieving process efficiency and intensification at water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs). Many control strategies currently in place at WRRFs are based on reactive approaches that require large design safety factors to ensure reliability in the absence of more advanced, precise controls. Implementation of modern data-driven, predictive control tools has shown promise to improve reliability of operations, with better overall process performance, and with an immediate return on investment (ROI). 

This project will focus on innovative predictive control tools for nutrient removal, as well as provide guidance related to applications and comparison to more reactive control strategies including:

  • Demonstration of novel predictive control concepts in pilot/full-scale systems.
  • Comparison of predictive and reactive control strategies based on application, benefits, and drivers.
  • Assessment of the impacts of control strategies on the ability to achieve efficient and reliable reduction of nutrients in the effluent.
  • Evaluation of the feasibility of using process modeling in advanced process control.
  • Identification of a few specific control strategies that could be implemented based on effluent requirements.
  • Description of gaps and considerations that would need to be identified as the tool is used/refined in the future (e.g., long-term reliability, accuracy, and dependency). 

This research aims to fill these knowledge gaps and provide a resource for WRF subscribers who are looking to utilize predictive tools to improve and optimize their control systems to not only achieve stringent effluent nutrient limits, but also to operate their systems more reliably and cost-effectively. 

Eligibility: Proposals will be accepted from domestic or international entities, including educational institutions, research organizations, governmental agencies, and consultants or other for-profit entities. 

WRF’s Board of Directors has established a Timeliness Policy that addresses researcher adherence to the project schedule. The policy can be reviewed at https://www.waterrf.org/policies. Researchers who are late on any ongoing WRF-sponsored studies without approved no-cost extensions are not eligible to be named participants in any proposals. Direct any questions about eligibility to the WRF project contact listed at the top of the RFP.

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Facebook People’s Expectations and Experiences with Digital Privacy

Organization: Facebook

Award amount: $100,000

Deadline: 9/30/2021

Description: Facebook is deeply committed to honoring people’s privacy in our products, policies, and services. Since we serve a diverse global community of users, living up to this commitment necessitates understanding people’s unique privacy needs around the world. This initiative seeks to establish a practical and scalable understanding of how to honor people’s privacy with consideration to the different contexts in which people experience and/or use our products. As such, we want to empower academic experts to broaden and deepen our collective knowledge of global privacy expectations and experiences.

Last year, we launched a similar research award opportunity in this space and received 147 proposals from 34 countries and 120 universities — awarding five winners. We are keen to continue this support for academics from across the social sciences and technical disciplines, including but not limited to disciplines such as anthropology, communications, computer science, economics, engineering, human-computer interaction, human factors, political science, social psychology, and sociology. Most notably, applications that are interdisciplinary and seek collaboration across fields are particularly welcome. Applicants from diverse backgrounds and those with expertise in specific countries, cultures, or vulnerable populations, including those that have not previously been examined in relation to privacy, are especially encouraged to apply. Research methodologies that use qualitative, quantitative, ethnographic, and/or mixed method approaches are all welcome.

We aspire to use this increased understanding, in addition to separate advances in privacy-enhancing technologies and building tools to enhance transparency in fairness and privacy, to develop privacy-first products, inform inclusive privacy policies, and advance internal privacy practices with our diverse user base at the core of our work.

To foster further innovation in this area and to deepen our collaboration with academia, Facebook is pleased to invite faculty to respond to this call for research proposals pertaining to the aforementioned topics. We anticipate awarding a total of four to five awards, each in the $100,000 range. Payment will be made to the proposer’s host university as an unrestricted gift.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Improving understanding of users’ privacy attitudes, concerns, preferences, needs, behaviors, and outcomes
    • Rigorous development of new scales to more precisely and inclusively measure user self-reported privacy constructs that…
      • Examine specific aspects of users’ privacy attitudes, concerns, and preferences (i.e., beyond high-level privacy-related sentiment)
      • Are psychometrically sound, reliable, and valid, as well as sensitive enough to detect small changes
      • Are validated using representative samples so that the resulting scales are globally relevant and/or globally adaptable
      • Consider different contexts, including but not limited to civil, political, health, and social well-being
    • Broadening or enhancing the knowledge between self-reported attitudes and related observed behaviors
    • Broadening and deepening the understanding of privacy phenomena that might exist between and within countries or sub-cultures aimed at more inclusive privacy policy adoption and product design
  • Novel assessments of digital transparency and control that are meaningful for diverse populations, context, and data types
    • Interventions aimed at plausible incremental improvements (e.g., increasing knowledge, feelings of efficacy, safety, etc.) for people across current digital platforms should be examined. Research should aim to practically answer one or more of the following questions:
      • What forms of transparency (e.g., in-the-moment, text and non-text, etc.) and which specific types of information can improve digital experiences for people?
      • How specifically should transparency be delivered and evaluated for users of varying degrees of digital skill and/or across different cultural contexts? What does meaningful digital privacy education look like for users with varying degrees of digital skill?
      • How can meaningful privacy education be delivered, managed, and evaluated at scale?
      • How should increased controls be balanced with sensible defaults, accounting for varying degrees of digital skill, need, and motivation to use privacy controls?
      • How should controls be organized to optimize for usability, accounting for varying degrees of digital skill, need, and motivation to use privacy controls?

Eligibility: 

  • Proposals must comply with applicable U.S. and international laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Applicants must be current full-time faculty at an accredited academic institution that awards research degrees to PhD students.
  • Applicants must be the Principal Investigator on any resulting award.
  • Facebook cannot consider proposals submitted, prepared, or to be carried out by individuals residing in, or affiliated with, an academic institution located in a country or territory subject to comprehensive U.S. trade sanctions.
  • Government officials (excluding faculty and staff of public universities, to the extent they may be considered government officials), political figures, and politically affiliated businesses (all as determined by Facebook in its sole discretion) are not eligible.

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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Foundation Richard E. Merwin Student Scholarship

Organization: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Foundation

Award amount: up to $40,000

Deadline: 9/30/2021; 4/30/2022

Description: IEEE Computer Society is offering $40,000 in student scholarships from $1,000 and up to recognize and reward active student volunteer leaders in student branches or chapters who show promise in their academic and professional efforts. This scholarship was created in honor of the late Richard E. Merwin, past president of the IEEE Computer Society, to recognize and reward student leadership.

The selected winners of this award will have the opportunity to serve as IEEE Computer Society Student Ambassadors for the particular IEEE region to which they belong. Duties as Student Ambassadors will include collecting and disseminating information to student branches or chapters in their region and serving as a liaison between the IEEE Computer Society Member and Geographic Activities Board (MGAB) and student members in their region. Over a dozen scholarships of $1,000 and up are available, for one academic year (approximately 9 months).

Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students in electrical or computer engineering, computer science, or a well-defined computer related field of engineering who are active members of a student branch or chapter are eligible. Undergraduate students must be in the final two years of an undergraduate program.

IEEE Computer Society membership for at least three (3) months prior to the application deadline is required. (Note: Students applying for the award should have a minimum one year in which to complete their degree, or be considering or enrolled to immediately start further study upon completion.)

Applicants are required to have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 / 4.0 (or exam marks of at least 60%), and be a full-time student as defined by his or her academic institution during the course of the award. Student winners of the Computer Society’s Richard Merwin or UPE/CS award for the previous year (13 months) are not eligible.

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Intel Neuromorphic Research Community RFP

**Contact Todd Cleland, tcleland@uw.edu, if you are interested in applying for this RFP.

Organization: Intel Neuromorphic Computing Lab

Award amount: Undisclosed

Deadline: 10/1/2021

Description: Intel’s Neuromorphic Computing Lab (NCL) seeks proposals for research projects that will help advance neuromorphic technology to real-world state-of-the-art applications. In this call, we are especially interested in foundational software contributions to the open source Lava framework as well as general algorithms and application demonstrations targeting Intel’s latest Loihi 2 chip. We encourage all research findings to be published openly, with the goal of expanding the neuromorphic research community and accelerating the commercial adoption of neuromorphic technology.

Funding is available for eligible and suitably compelling proposals for up to three years in duration. We anticipate additional corporate and government sponsors (TBA) to consider funding projects relevant for their application domains based on their independent assessment of proposals submitted to this RFP.

Eligibility: See the complete RFP for eligibility criteria.

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National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science

Organization: National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM)

Award amount: Full tuition and fees plus a stipend

Deadline: 10/1/2021 for early consideration. 11/13/2021 program deadline.

Description: The National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Miniorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM) fellowship programs span the entire recruitment, retention, and professional development spectrum. GEM’s principal activity is the provision of graduate fellowships at the MS and Ph.D. levels coupled with paid summer internships. GEM also offers informational publications for graduate and undergraduate students. GEM is devoted to increasing access and success in engineering and science graduate education and practice. GEM’s program activities go beyond financial support by engendering student success in academic and professional environments. GEM has a solid success record in implementing effective programs to increase the recruitment, retention, and graduation of minority students.

GEM provides three Fellowship Programs:

  • MS Science and Engineering – The objective of this program is to promote the benefits of a masters degree within industry. GEM Fellows are provided practical engineering summer work experiences through an employer sponsor and a portable academic year fellowship of tuition, fees, and a stipend which may be used at any participating GEM Member University where the GEM Fellow is admitted. 
  • Ph.D. Science and Engineering – The objective of this program is to offer doctoral fellowships to underrepresented minority students who have either completed, are currently enrolled in a master’s in engineering program, or received admittance into a PhD program directly from a bachelor’s degree program. Fellowships may be used at any participating GEM Member University where the GEM Fellow is admitted.

Eligibility: Applicant must be an engineering, physical science or natural science major and be from one of the following underrepresented minority groups: Native American, African American, Latino, Puerto Rican, or other Hispanic American.

Eligible Disciplines: Aeronautical Engineering, Aerospace, Agricultural Engineering, Analytical Chemistry, Anatomy, Automotive, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Genetics, Industrial Engineering, Information Systems, Inorganic Chemistry, Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Operations Research, Organic Chemistry, Petroleum Engineering, Pharmacology, Physics, Physiology, Research and Development, Structural Engineering, Systems Engineering

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Sigma Xi Student Science and Engineering Research Grants

Organization: Sigma Xi 

Award amount: Up to $5,000

Deadline: 10/1/2021

Description: Sigma Xi, a society of research scientists and engineers that rewards excellence in research and cooperation among scientists in all fields, has been providing undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences and financial support since 1922. By encouraging close working relationships between students and faculty, the society promotes scientific achievement through hands-on learning.

The society awards grants of up to $1,000 to undergraduate and graduate students from most areas of the sciences and engineering through its Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research program. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences provide grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision-related research. Funding may support travel expenses or nonstandard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project.

Eligibility: While membership in Sigma Xi is not a requirement to apply for a grant, applicants are strongly encouraged to consider becoming a member prior to the grant application deadline. In addition, Sigma Xi strongly encourages applications from women and underrepresented minorities, including Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos/Latinx, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, or Native Hawaiians.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Sigma Xi website.

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Amazon AI for Information Security CFP

Organization: Amazon

Award amount: 

  • Unrestricted funds, no more than $80,000 USD on average
  • AWS Promotional Credits, no more than $20,000 USD on average
  • Training resources, including AWS tutorials and hands-on sessions with Amazon scientists and engineers

Deadline: 10/8/2021

Description: AWS is committed to helping you achieve the highest levels of security in the cloud. Our security services use cutting edge machine learning algorithms to improve the security posture of AWS accounts. We aim to continue advancing the state of the art in some of the most challenging problems in information security. We are seeking to fund machine learning research on the following topics in information security:

  • Threat, intrusion and anomaly detection for cloud security
  • ML for malware analysis and detection
  • Finding security vulnerabilities using ML
  • Protecting and preserving data privacy in the cloud
  • Learning with limited/noisy labels and weakly supervised learning
  • Causal inference for information security
  • Graph modeling and anomaly detection on graphs
  • Zero/One-shot learning for information security

Eligibility: Researchers from around the world are encouraged to apply. Please refer to the ARA Program Rules for eligibility.

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Amazon AWS AI CFP

Organization: Amazon

Award amount: 

  • Unrestricted funds, no more than $70,000 USD on average
  • AWS Promotional Credits, no more than $100,000 USD on average
  • Training resources, including AWS tutorials and hands-on sessions with Amazon scientists and engineers

Deadline: 10/8/2021

Description: AWS offers the broadest and deepest set of tools for businesses to create impactful machine learning solutions faster. Our mission is to share our learnings and ML capabilities as fully managed services, and put them into the hands of every scientist and developer.

We welcome proposals from all research topics related to machine learning, including but not limited to ML algorithms and theory, fairness in AI, computer vision, NLP, medical research, neuroscience, social science, and physics.

AWS AI aims to advance machine learning research by funding:

Eligibility: Researchers from around the world are encouraged to apply. Please refer to the ARA Program Rules for eligibility.

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Amazon AWS Automated Reasoning CFP

Organization: Amazon

Award amount: 

  • Unrestricted funds, no more than $80,000 USD on average
  • AWS Promotional Credits, no more than $20,000 USD on average
  • Training resources, including AWS tutorials and hands-on sessions with Amazon scientists and engineers

Deadline: 10/8/2021

Description: AWS is committed to helping you achieve the highest levels of security, availability, and robustness in the cloud. Using automated reasoning technology, the application of mathematical logic to help answer critical questions about your infrastructure, AWS is able to detect previously missed misconfigurations, or show their absence, and to prove that protocols and programs work as intended. Our work in provable security provides higher assurance for customers—both of the cloud and in the cloud. We are looking to fund research in these subcategories:

  • Automated reasoning, including model checking
  • Theorem proving
  • Invariant discovery
  • Improvements to SAT/SMT solvers
  • Correct-by-construction software
  • Abstract interpretation
  • Static analysis

Eligibility: Researchers from around the world are encouraged to apply. Please refer to the ARA Program Rules for eligibility.

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Amazon Data for Social Sustainability CFP

Organization: Amazon

Award amount: 

  • Unrestricted funds, no more than $80,000 USD on average
  • AWS Promotional Credits, no more than $20,000 USD on average

Deadline: 10/8/2021

Description: The Sustainability Science and Innovation (SSI) team at Amazon advances sustainability through mapping, modelling, measuring, and developing insights into the environmental and social impacts of Amazon, both today and into the future. Our north star is to create science-based and data-informed decision tools that have the greatest long-term impact for Amazon and our customers.

SSI works together with the Social Responsibility team to ensure people, workers, and communities throughout Amazon’s value chain are treated with dignity and respect.

New technologies and AI provide the ability to collect and process large amounts of data and brings the promise that we can leverage that data to improve social conditions. However, experiences in this field are still limited and research is needed to determine the best ways to extract signals from a variety of data that will help strengthen human rights and improve livelihoods around the world.

Under this call for proposals, we are seeking to fund research projects on the following topics:

  • How can data be used to strengthen human rights protections in communities around the world at scale?
  • What data is the most promising to use, what techniques to analyze them and what safeguards are needed?
  • Can we assess the impacts of these data on expanded economic opportunities and welfare? If so, how?

Eligibility: Researchers from around the world are encouraged to apply. Please refer to the ARA Program Rules for eligibility.

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Amazon Device Security and Privacy CFP

Organization: Amazon

Award amount: Up to $80,000 unrestricted funds and $20,000 AWS promotional credits

Deadline: 10/8/2021

Description: Amazon Devices & Services is committed to offering the highest levels of security and privacy to customers from edge to cloud. Our security and privacy services use state-of-the-art machine learning and automated reasoning techniques in order to improve the trustworthiness of our service offerings for both the edge devices and the cloud. Our north star is to provide a higher assurance in terms of security and privacy from edge devices to cloud services. As such, we are looking to fund research in both machine learning and automated reasoning that targets security and privacy of edge devices and cloud. We are looking to fund research proposals that target the following topics:

  1. Automated security attack vector analysis for i) Embedded systems software, e.g., Trusted Execution Environment (TEE), Small OS Core, and ii) Device and Cloud Application software.
    1. Methods for generating labeled data to apply ML-based approaches to perform attack vector surface.
    2. Modeling a relationship between attack vectors and security complexity of a deployed software environment, potentially using the complexity metric to predict a likelihood that the software environment will experience a potential security incident.
  2. Development of automated reasoning tools or methodologies for formally proving the security properties in Embedded systems software (TEE, Small OS Core) and security protocols.
    1. Analysis of TEEs available in the market for formal verification applicability with formal verification results.
    2. Bridging the gap between formal specification and implementation of TEE or small OS core (i.e. how to automatically synthesize code monitors from formal specification).
    3. Development of automated reasoning tools for security protocols, TEE or small OS core, which can meet Common Criteria Certification.
  3. Offensive and defensive privacy for machine learning.
    1. Novel privacy attacks, either opaque (outputs only) or transparent (full access to model internals) attacks.
    2. Comprehensive survey of privacy attacks and/or novel work to consider how various parameters influence model vulnerabilities
      1. Model size.
      2. Model family (e.g. CNN, RNN, random forests).
      3. Model task (e.g. classification, regression, clustering, feature learning).
      4. Access to model internals (transparent-box attacks versus opaque box).
      5. Ability to inject training data (e.g. privacy attacks through poisoning).
    3. Research focusing on privacy attacks and defenses for commonly used commercial models other than text and computer vision. Examples include collaborative filtering/recommender systems, ranking models, audio models, autoencoders and more.

Eligibility: Researchers from around the world are encouraged to apply. Please refer to the ARA Program Rules for eligibility.

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Amazon Payments CFP

Organization: Amazon

Award amount: 

  • Unrestricted funds, no more than $80,000 USD on average
  • AWS Promotional Credits, no more than $20,000 USD on average
  • Training resources, including AWS tutorials and hands-on sessions with Amazon scientists and engineers

Deadline: 10/8/2021

Description: Amazon Payments builds foundational systems that allow Amazon to accept payment for all goods, content, and services that people buy from Amazon around the world. In Amazon Payments, we invest in innovative and scalable security solutions that maintain customer trust in Amazon.

We welcome proposals related to securing payments infrastructure, especially in the following areas:

  1. Automatic data classification – Data sensitivity classification is an essential part of application security reviews. It guides where attention is focused and what controls are applied. We are interested in funding work that automatically infers data classification based on system design, system infrastructure, source code, and data classification policy.
  2. Automatic privacy – Ever growing privacy concerns, along with rules and regulations promulgated by multiple entities, require increased amounts of metadata to track which rules apply to what data. We are interested in funding research towards automating any stage of the process. For example, automating the ingestion of natural language rules and regulations, automating the augmentation of records with new metadata to comply with a machine-readable policy, or automating the generation of controls from machine-readable policies.
  3. Multi-tenancy code verification – Multi-tenant code achieves performance wins by using shared compute resources to operate on data belonging to different data owners. Security of multi-tenant systems requires strong data separation guarantees between tenants. This separation is ensured by the application code that acts on behalf of clients on a per-request basis. We are interested funding the development tools and techniques to enable lightweight verification of tenant separation (ex: non-interference) for multi-tenant code.
  4. Verifiable computation – In microservice-based architectures, a single customer transaction may be processed by several different services. The final result depends on correct computations by each of the intermediate services. We are interested in funding the development of techniques to independently verify computations.
  5. Correlated alarming – In microservice-based architectures, the actions of one service are often closely correlated with actions of another service. This allows us to detect anomalies by comparing metrics between these services. We are interested funding the development of techniques to identify correlated metrics, to propose correlation-based alarms, and to make correlated alarms robust to the noise associated with production systems.

Eligibility: Researchers from around the world are encouraged to apply. Please refer to the ARA Program Rules for eligibility.

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Amazon Prime Video - Automating Quality Analysis & Delivery CFP

Organization: Amazon

Award amount: 

  • Unrestricted funds, no more than $80,000 USD on average
  • AWS Promotional Credits, no more than $40,000 USD on average
  • Training resources, including AWS tutorials and hands-on sessions with Amazon scientists and engineers

Deadline: 10/8/2021

Description: Prime Video wants to deliver the best video watching experience for our customers. Our mission is to provide a flawless, high quality, engaging streaming content, while using the fewest bits possible across all content types (VOD, Live, Linear). It is challenging to deliver high-quality video streaming globally across a wide range of device models, different network technologies, and varying home network conditions. Our scientists apply machine learning to optimise the video quality for our customers and automate video analysis so we can operate at scale.

  • Theme 1: Video Analysis: we want to detect issues that may spoil the experience that customers see or hear in the content they consume. Machine learning allows us to extend monitoring beyond signal processing techniques. We welcome proposals on the following topics:
    • In Prime Video content audiovisual synchronization errors happen very rarely. Therefore we are working in a domain with extreme class imbalance. How can we detect audiovisual synchronization errors with high recall and high precision under this extreme class imbalance?
    • In live sport content talking heads are sparse making lip-synchronization algorithms of limited benefit. Instead can we identify audiovisual synchronization errors from the context of the content?
    • Live sport video is usually accompanied by an audio commentary track. This can lead to false correspondence between talking heads in the video and speech in the audio. How can we distinguish speakers in shot from voice-over content (commentary) for Lip Sync detection?
  • Theme 2: Adaptive Bitrate Streaming (ABR): the algorithms we use, whether for VOD or Live, have a significant impact on the quality of streaming experience delivered to Prime Video customers. While we have made much progress on developing and deploying new ABR algorithms, there is an outstanding opportunity to innovate in this space by leveraging modern ML methods. We welcome proposals on the following topics:
    • Design and implementation of new ABR algorithms using smoothed online convex optimization (SOCO) approaches
    • Understanding Quality of Experience (QoE) from the customers’ perspective using quasi-experimental design (QED)
    • ML driven auto-tuning and self-learning of ABR algorithms to maximize QoE

Eligibility: Researchers from around the world are encouraged to apply. Please refer to the ARA Program Rules for eligibility.

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Amazon Robotics CFP

Organization: Amazon

Award amount: 

  • Unrestricted funds, no more than $80,000 USD on average
  • AWS Promotional Credits, no more than $20,000 USD on average
  • Training resources, including AWS tutorials and hands-on sessions with Amazon scientists and engineers

Deadline: 10/8/2021

Description: Amazon is advancing the robotics technology in many application areas. Amazon Robotics designs, codes, builds, and manufactures game-changing software applications, control systems, robotics and related hardware that is revolutionizing Amazon’s operations across the globe. We welcome proposals in these research topics related to robotics:

  • Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) – including human machine interaction and collaboration, learning from human preferences, affective and social interactions, and ergonomic or cognitive load support;
  • Autonomous Navigation and Mobility – including field robotics, SLAM, long-term autonomy, trajectory planning, autonomous calibration, methods for ground and aerial applications, sim-to-real transfer, real-to-sim digital twin creation, sensor simulators, wireless communication, localization systems, proximity sensors, low power devices, and motion and behavior prediction;
  • Manipulation – including grasping, dexterous manipulation, gripper design, motion and grasp planning, tactile sensing, compliant control, manipulation learning, assembly, multi-step task planning, sim-to-real transfer, real-to-sim digital twin creation, simulation of deformable objects, and sensor simulators;
  • Multi-robot systems – including multi-agent pathfinding, task assignment, planning and scheduling, distributed algorithms, and multi-agent reinforcement learning;
  • Artificial Intelligence for Robotics – including computer vision, semantic scene understanding, pose estimation, object tracking, multi-modal sensing, calibration-less operation, few-shot learning, reinforcement learning for robotics, sample-efficiency, deep learning, hierarchical RL, and vision and sensing for transparent and specular objects.

Theoretical advances, creative new ideas, and practical applications are all welcome.

Eligibility: Researchers from around the world are encouraged to apply. Please refer to the ARA Program Rules for eligibility.

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Johnson & Johnson Innovation Packaging Design QuickFire Challenge: Unit Dose Technologies

Organization: Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Award amount: Up to $100,000

Deadline: 10/15/2021

Description: Johnson & Johnson Innovation is inviting applications for its Packaging Design QuickFire Challenge: Unit Dose Technologies.

According to the company, in the U.S., the broader adoption of non-reclosable unit dose packaging has been limited due to concerns about user-friendly access and design, non-recyclable packaging waste, manufacturability, and speed at which packaging lines can operate. In addition to preventing accidental unsupervised ingestions (AUIs) of medications by children, some unit dose packaging configurations have also been shown to increase medication adherence, improve monitoring, and reduce the risk of contamination. While strides have been made in packaging safety, AUIs — when young children self-ingest medicines that are not appropriately kept high and out of sight and reach — can lead to overdose and preventable injury.

Grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded in support of efforts to bring potentially groundbreaking unit dose packaging options to the market — with a focus on child-resistant, user-friendly, non-reclosable designs. Potential innovations may include both solids (tablets, capsules, and powders) and liquids (solutions and suspensions) in unit-dose formats (e.g., blisters, sachets and stick packs). Primary and secondary packaging or a combination of the two is in the scope of the challenge.

The innovator(s) with the best idea, potential technology, or solution will receive grant funding from a total pool of up to $100,000, access to the global Johnson & Johnson Innovation — JLABS network, and mentorship from experts across the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies.

Main criteria include child-resistant and user-friendly packaging that covers the range of F1 through the F9; provides unit-dose non-reclosable formats; and provides greater user experience. Examples include ease of use/opening, frustration-free opening, portability, attractiveness, and novelty of the idea. Additional criteria include sustainability; easy integration into existing packaging lines with minimal modification; support to patients’ adherence; cost-effectiveness, scalability and manufacturability; tamper evidence; barrier needs of pharmaceuticals; and safety of opening and ingestion (e.g., preventing users from getting cut due to sharp edges of packaging).

Eligibility: For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Johnson & Johnson Innovation website

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VMware Systems Research Award in Computer Science for Early-Career Faculty

Organization: VMware

Award amount: $125,000

Deadline: Nominations due 10/22/2021

Description: The VMware academic team is pleased to offer an annual award in support of the computer science research community. The objective of this award is to call attention to a valuable and promising body of emerging computer science systems research, and provide support for continued advances by an emerging research leader.

Nominations may be submitted by the department chair (one per department chair). Each submission should include a proposed citation of at most 20 words, contact information for three references, and a one-page summary statement concerning the originality, impact, and future potential of the nominee’s research.

Eligibility: 

  • Early-career university faculty worldwide (within 5 years of their first tenure-track appointment).
  • Former full-time VMware employees are not eligible; previous interns are eligible.

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American Concrete Institute Fellowships & Scholarships

Organization: American Concrete Institute

Award amount: Undisclosed

Deadline: 11/2/2021

Description: The ACI Foundation promotes progress, innovation, and collaboration in the concrete industry through strategic investments in research, scholarships, and ideas.

The Fellowships & Scholarships program serves the industry by establishing and distributing fellowships and scholarships to high potential students in concrete-related graduate and undergraduate degree programs.

Based on essays, submitted data, and endorsements, the Scholarship Council of the ACI Foundation will select student recipients who appear to have the strongest combination of interest and potential for professional success in the concrete industry.

Eligibility: To be eligible for an award, you must be a full-time student for the entire award/school term (fall semester 2022 through spring semester 2023).

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Zonta International Foundation Amelia Earhart Graduate Fellowship for Aerospace-related Sciences and Engineering

Organization: Zonta International Foundation

Award amount: $10,000

Deadline: 11/15/2021

Description: Globally, women make up around 25 percent of the workforce in the aerospace industry. In an effort to carry out its mission that women have access to all resources and are represented in decision-making positions on an equal basis with men, Zonta International offers the Amelia Earhart Fellowship.

The Amelia Earhart Fellowship was established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart. The US$10,000 Fellowship is awarded annually to up to 30 women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-applied sciences or aerospace-applied engineering. It may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields.

Since the program’s inception in 1938, Zonta has awarded 1,603 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, totaling more than US$10.3 million, to 1,174 women representing 73 countries.

Eligibility: Women of any nationality pursuing a Ph.D./doctoral degree who demonstrate a superior academic record conducting research applied to aerospace engineering or space sciences are eligible. It is imperative that students be registered in a full-time Ph.D./doctoral program and have completed at least one year of that program or have received a master’s degree in an aerospace-applied field at the time the application is submitted. Applicants must not graduate from their Ph.D. or doctoral program before April 2023. Please note that post-doctoral research programs are not eligible for the Fellowship. Classified members (club members and individuals with direct membership with Zonta International) and employees of Zonta International and the Zonta Foundation for Women, and their family members (ancestors, descendants, adoptees, siblings, nieces or cousins, and those of their spouse or cohabiting partner), are not eligible to apply for the Fellowship. Note that previous Amelia Earhart Fellows are not eligible to apply to renew the Fellowship for a second year. 

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U.S. – Israel Binational Science Foundation Start-Up Research Grants

Organization: U.S. – Israel Binational Science Foundation

Award amount: $75,000

Deadline: 11/17/2021

Description: The Start-Up Grant Program is meant to help newly appointed researchers who are beginning their independent research careers and may not yet have initial results to substantiate their application. Grants are for two years, in order to enable the grantees to submit a standard application to the next competition in their area of research. It is implemented within the framework of the regular BSF Research Grants program, i.e., it must exhibit scientific excellence, have a strong element of cooperation between Israeli and American scientists, and fall within the areas of research supported in that year by the BSF. In addition, at least one of the principal investigators should have attained his/her Ph.D., M.D. degree or equivalent, no more than ten years prior to submitting his/her proposal. To allay any doubts, we use the terms ‘Senior PI’ and ‘Junior PI’, referring to the established scientist and the one in the first stages of his/her independent career.

Start-Up proposals are submitted in the same manner as applications for the BSF Research Grant Program, and undergo the standard BSF evaluation process.

Start-Up Grant applications compete for funding together with the standard BSF Research Grant applications. The BSF has no special funds set aside for these grants. Nevertheless, Start-Up applications traditionally have a higher rate of success as compared with standard applications.

Finally, if you are qualified to submit a start-up application, it does not mean that you are required to. You are certainly permitted to submit an application for a regular four year grant, and many young scientists choose to do so.

Eligibility:

  • At the time the application is submitted, the junior PI may be no more than 10 years since the completion of his Ph.D/M.D studies (earliest of the two).
  • A typical start-up application is by a junior PI together with a senior one. The senior PI on a start-up application cannot be funded.
  • Only up to two junior PIs may apply together for a start-up grant, one Israeli and one American, and they can apply with or without an unfunded senior scientist.
  • A junior PI on a start-up grant may not simultaneously submit another grant application to the BSF, or currently hold another grant from the BSF, other than NSF-BSF grants. A senior PI on a start-up application may submit a second application in the same round.
  • A start-up application can be awarded only once.

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American Association of University Women Research Publication Grant in Engineering, Medicine and Science

Organization: American Association of University Women

Award amount: $10,000-$35,000

Deadline: 12/1/2021

Description: Having a strong publication record is a key to receiving promotions and tenure in engineering, medicine and science. Yet persistent gender stereotypes and bias in these fields can make it difficult for women to find the time and institutional support needed to publish their research. These grants help women overcome these barriers by funding research projects that will culminate in scholarly publications.

They are open to women scholars conducting basic research in engineering, medicine or the physical or biological sciences and who have a doctorate degree in one of those fields. The grantee must publish their research in a scholarly publication and be listed as a primary author.

Eligibility: 

  • Grants are not open to previous recipients of any AAUW national fellowship or grant (not including branch or local awards or Community Action Grants).
  • Members of the AAUW Board of Directors, committees, panels, task forces, and staff, including current interns, are not eligible to apply for AAUW’s fellowships and grants. A person holding a current award is eligible for election or appointment to boards, committees, panels, and task forces.
  • Grant candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Grants are open to scholars who identify as women and who are conducting basic research in engineering, medicine, or physical or biological sciences at an accredited institution of higher education or research. AAUW will make final decisions about what constitutes eligible institutions.
  • AAUW follows guidance from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institute of Health (NIH) in determining what qualifies as basic research:
    • NSF: “Activity aimed at acquiring new knowledge or understanding without specific immediate commercial application or use.” The NSF Definitions of Research and Development provides additional guidance.
    • NIH: “The systematic study directed toward greater knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts without specific applications towards processes or products in mind.” (32 CFR 272.3) The NIH Basic Research – Digital Media Kit and Basic Research: Building a First Foundation for Biomedicine provide additional guidance.
  • The grantee must plan to have this research accepted to a scholarly scientific publication within six months of the end of the grant year and be listed as the sole author, senior author, first author, or author of equivalent significance.
  • Applicants must hold a doctorate degree in engineering, medicine, or the physical or biological sciences.
  • Tenured professors are not eligible.
  • The grants are for tenure track, part-time and temporary faculty, as well as new and established researchers at universities.
  • Applicants may not apply for another AAUW national fellowship or grant in the same year.

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Link Foundation Energy Fellowship Program

Organization: Link Foundation

Award amount: 2-year fellowships of $32,500 / year

Deadline: 12/1/2021

Description: In an effort to foster education and innovation in the area of societal production and utilization of energy, the Link Foundation invites applications for two-year fellowships for students working toward a Ph.D. degree.

Eligibility: 

  • The applicant must be working toward a Ph.D. in an academic institution. (Please note that the applicant must be accepted in a Ph.D. program.)
  • No limitations have been placed on citizenship.
  • Fellowships are only tenable at U.S. and Canadian Universities.

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Link Foundation Modeling, Simulation & Training Doctoral Fellowships

Organization: Link Foundation

Award amount: $30,500

Deadline: 1/15/2022

Description: The Link Trainer, invented by Mr. Link in 1929, was the first successful flight simulator and truly a pioneer engineering effort that started a whole new field of endeavor. Simulation is on the brink of further major developments in many new fields where operators use complex systems.

Today, The Link Foundation is proud of its record of supporting doctoral fellowships in these areas of endeavor pursued by Edwin A. Link and also supporting educational institutions in the communities where its founders, Edwin and Marion Link lived. Since its inception, the Link Foundation has provided more than $14 Million in grants to support worthy programs consistent with its mission.

The Link Foundation supports programs to foster the theoretical basis, practical knowledge, and application of energy, simulation, and ocean engineering and instrumentation research, and to disseminate the results of that research through lectures, seminars and publications.

The Modeling, Simulation, and Training Fellowship Program was put in place by the foundation in 1990 and the first awards made in 1991. Grants are awarded by a selection committee to qualifying doctoral students. Through 2016 the Foundation has made approximately $14.8 million worth—to qualifying doctoral students studying in the simulation and training field at U.S. and Canadian universities. The Foundation intends to continue the program as the simulation and training field continues to develop.

Eligibility: 

  • The applicant must be working toward a Ph.D. in an established doctoral degree program. (Please note: the applicant must have already been accepted into a Ph.D. program.)
  • No limitations are placed on citizenship.
  • Fellows must be enrolled as full-time students during the fellowship year
  • Fellowships are awarded to students who devote full-time to their research projects for the entire Fellowship period ( e.g. they are not actively working elsewhere in addition to their proposed research). Those working full time may be considered if they are taking a leave of absence during the fellowship year in order to devote full time to their research.
  • Fellowships are only available to students enrolled at U.S. or Canadian Universities.

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Charles Pankow Foundation Design and Construction Research Grants

Organization: Charles Pankow Foundation

Award amount: Varies

Deadline: Rolling

Description: The Charles Pankow Foundation is an independent, private, grant-making research foundation delivering better ways to design and build. They invest catalytic capital in leaders and organizations working to drive industry change. Their ambitions are large-scale and require collective action and significant levels of investment, know-how and influence. They collaborate with many, leveraging their collective resources. All work products are publicly shared for collective use and industry change.

The current investment priorities enable design and construction of buildings to reliably attain desired construction, post-hazard, and environmental performance including cost, schedule, safety, protection of occupancy usage, post-hazard repair costs and embodied carbon.

The Foundation supports research in the following areas:

  • Building structure: Rethinking how buildings are designed and built
  • Collaborative project delivery: Integrating the design and construction processes
  • Environmental transparency: Enabling evidence-based design and procurement decisions to reduce impacts

Our number one criteria is IMPACT. The Foundation’s funding and leadership participation must lead to timely and meaningful results. It must provide practical and immediate benefits to U.S. building and facility design and construction teams.

The first formal step is to develop and submit a Research Need Statement for a project that aligns well with their vision and mission statements.

Eligibility: See the funding opportunity’s FAQs for eligibility information.

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CISCO Research Cybersecurity in Emerging Tech Areas

Organization: CISCO Research

Award amount: Undisclosed

Deadline: As soon as possible

Description: In our highly interconnected technology-dependent world, there is a tremendous need for cybersecurity at every aspect of our cyberinfrastructure, that comprises software, hardware, networking, and data storage, in addition to how people integrate with this infrastructure. Bad actors are always looking for vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure to exploit and hold people, companies and even governments hostage for personal gain. The rapid pace at which technology is evolving constantly exposes new attack vectors and zero-day exploits that need to be quickly detected and responded to, without which serious damage can be inflicted on people, data and society at large.

The goal of this RFP is to solicit proposals that aim to conduct cybersecurity research in emerging technology verticals such as Healthcare, IOT, and manufacturing in addition to the traditional areas such as perimeter defenses (e.g., firewalls) where Cisco has been a long-established leader. Specific areas of research include but are not limited to the following.

Healthcare Security and Privacy:

  • Techniques for securing electronic health records (EHRs) and ensuring appropriate controls around who gets access to them to preserve privacy
  • Solutions for securing legacy medical devices that are not as well maintained and software not upgraded properly
  • Detecting data breaches and alerting quickly
  • Zero trust approaches for securing largely inter-connected healthcare industry
  • Simplifying security solutions for non-tech savvy patients and caregivers

IOT Security and Privacy:

  • Prevent hijacking of IoT devices and ransomware
  • Security in smart home environments
  • Hardening IoT devices that are intermittently connected to the Internet
  • Securing Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Security in Manufacturing sector:

  • Managing insider threats
  • Securing cyber-physical systems such as smart doors, locks/alarms, security cameras
  • Use of computer vision techniques for securing manufacturing floors
  • False positive reduction and prioritization of alerts
  • Counterfeit detection and provenance
  • Supply chain security

Security in Hybrid Environments:

  • Managing security and privacy across heterogeneous devices with different home/work personas
  • Preventing unauthorized access to secure and confidential data
  • Observability, access tracking and control of data and resources

Other:

  • Advanced AI/ML techniques for Cybersecurity (e.g., anomaly detection)
  • Applications of Knowledge Graphs and Causal Modeling for cybersecurity use cases
  • AI/ML techniques for automated detection of Zero-Day vulnerabilities
  • Managing (observability and controls) security aperture of software, hardware, device architectures, and systems
  • Exfiltration of confidential data and information
  • Privacy-Preserving Computation and Data sharing
  • Honeypots for detecting bad actors
  • Scalable and automated penetration testing techniques
  • Zero-trust service mesh architectures
  • Post-quantum cryptography solutions for securing data and communications against quantum computers

Eligibility: See the funding opportunity for eligibility criteria

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CISCO Research Grant for Contactless Supply Chain

Organization: CISCO Research

Award amount: Undisclosed

Deadline: As soon as possible

Description: Recent events such as the COVID-19 pandemic, trade wars, new regulation as well as disruptions in working practices have contributed to make it even more evident that supply chains require a profound transformation. Indeed, innovations capable of endowing supply chains with new levels of automation, efficiency and resiliency are now critical.

To address some of these challenges and support supply chains in their continuous evolution, Cisco Research is soliciting novel ideas and proposals for designing and building future technologies and architectures with focus on the supply chain. Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

Technical topics:

  • New smart labels and next generation of connected tags for identifying and tracking goods throughout the supply chain
  • New indoor/outdoor location techniques
  • Cost-effective satellite-based sensor/location
  • Digital bill of materials (DBOMs), digital bill of lading (DBOL), stack of attestations and channels among supply chain members
  • Blockchain applied to supply chains, interoperability & integration between supply chains, smart contracts rules across supply chains
  • Techniques to analyze and predict anomalous or erroneous situations in the supply chain and automatic adaption resulting from the analysis
  • Demand planning optimization (including, e.g., machine learning)
  • New optimized infrastructure and processes required to implement efficient data collection at key points of the supply chain
  • Security as a service for supply chains & logistics
  • New communication mechanisms for automated mobile robots (AMR) and elements in their environment

Business-oriented topics:

  • New ways to collect supply chain members’ data and new models for risks assessment
  • New ROI models after integrating new technology in supply chain and logistics
  • New models allowing brands to increase customers’ engagement while preserving their privacy
  • Partnerships perspective in supply chain management, cooperative vs individual supply chain problems resolution
  • Quantification of the performances of a supply chain in relation with its supply chain management practices
  • Impact on companies’ global performances of the following practices: supply chain management practices, global quality management practices, and unexpected events management

Eligibility: See the funding opportunity for eligibility criteria

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CISCO Research Grant for Edge Computing

Organization: CISCO Research

Award amount: Undisclosed

Deadline: As soon as possible.

Description: As the number of connected devices that enterprises need to manage is continuing to explode, with an estimated 150 Billion devices by 2025, edge computing has emerged as the primary architectural paradigm for managing applications on these devices. It fundamentally leverages the management and computational efficiencies of cloud computing, while reducing the dependence on an always-on and highly performant network infrastructure allowing enterprises to manage these devices in a cost-efficient manner. The wide-spread adoption of 5G cellular technology will only turbo-charge this trend further, as bandwidth and latency characteristics of the last mile improve significantly.

Cisco is soliciting research ideas and proposals toward building the next-generation edge computing platforms. Specific topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • Managing large scale and diversity of devices
  • Security (e.g., ensuring tamper proof software on devices, data protection in motion and rest)
  • Domain-specific architectures and applications
    • Autonomous driving (Augmented driving, connected cars)
    • Manufacturing environments
    • Brick-and-mortar retail shopping
    • Other domains
  • Impact of 5G on edge computing
  • Data protection and backup
  • Data privacy/compliance
  • Performance and data management (between edge, public/private cloud instances)
  • Resource and Capacity planning to optimize for workloads (Continuous optimization)

After a preliminary review, we may ask you to revise and resubmit your proposal. RFPs may be withdrawn as research proposals are funded, or interest in the specific topic is satisfied.

Researchers should plan to submit their proposals as soon as possible.

Eligibility: See the funding opportunity for eligibility criteria.

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CISCO Research Grant for Ethics in AI

Organization: CISCO Research

Award amount: Undisclosed

Deadline: As soon as possible.

Description: Artificial Intelligence powers a lot of decisions in the modern world. For example, it powers what searches bubble to the top at Google and allows Facebook to determine whether a particular message is violating their policies. It has also been used by Police Departments toward predictive policing where crime is likely to take place and by whom. These kinds of applications of AI in powering critical and socially important technologies raise important ethical questions that need to be addressed.

Cisco is interested in several critical areas of research surrounding ethics in AI, including but not limited to the following:

  • Ensuring AI applications preserve privacy of individuals and their civil rights
  • Preventing AI systems from exhibiting and amplifying systemic biases
  • Providing a rational framework for reviewing how and why decisions are made
  • Ensuring AI systems (e.g., robots) maintain a healthy respect for humans
  • Providing guard-rails around Autonomous AI systems (e.g., self-driving cars)
  • Other potential ethical and societal concerns not covered by the above topics

After a preliminary review, we may ask you to revise and resubmit your proposal. RFPs may be withdrawn as research proposals are funded, or interest in the specific topic is satisfied.

Researchers should plan to submit their proposals as soon as possible.

Eligibility: See the funding opportunity for eligibility criteria.

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CISCO Research Grant for Low Orbit Satellite Networking and Infrastructure

Organization: CISCO Research

Award amount: Undisclosed

Deadline: As soon as possible.

Description: Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites are a new infrastructure for global communication and a key sector of the emerging space industry. A fleet of satellites of various sizes and weights can now be deployed into the space with a single launch of a commercial rocket. Such a transformative technology has created vast commercial and civil use cases, e.g., earth monitoring systems and Internet access to suburban areas, while it has defined new technological challenges that need to be addressed over the next decade. The LEO satellite’s stack of technology that requires innovation goes from ground stations and laser communication on the hardware side to security and application of the software side.

The goal of this RFP is to solicit proposals that aim to conduct research in LEO networking, infrastructure, and applications. Specific areas of research include but are not limited to the following:

  • Networking and Communication:
    • Design of broadband satellite constellation
      • Routing
      • Congestion control
      • Topology
      • Simulator
    • Novel inter-satellite communication methods
    • Protocols for inter-satellite communication
    • Protocols for links between ground station and LEO satellite
    • Efficient uplink/downlink scheduling for imaging satellites
    • Cost-efficient ground station architecture and planning
    • Disruption-tolerant networking systems
    • Role of 5G for LEO satellite and ground station
  • Cybersecurity & Trust:
    • Attacks, Vulnerabilities and Weaknesses due to Radiation, Cosmic Rays
    • Cyber monitoring, mitigation
    • Vulnerability and Risk Assessment of Space and Ground Infrastructure
    • Jamming Attack, Denial-of-Service attack detection and mitigation
    • Cyber-physical attack detection and mitigation
    • Cryptography, Access Control for space communications
    • Space Governance and Trust
  • Applications
    • Earth and Space data collection/Monitoring
    • Broadband Internet
    • Defense Applications
    • LEO-IoT Communications
  • Computing and Software:
    • Machine learning / analytics
    • Data management and storage
    • In-orbit computing
    • Edge computing in ground station
    • Smart Satellite
    • Programming models and tools
    • Analyzing and debugging space-software

After a preliminary review, we may ask you to revise and resubmit your proposal.

Researchers should plan to submit their proposals as soon as possible.

Eligibility: The Applicant and Principal Investigator listed on a proposal must each be a full-time faculty or research staff member at a university or other research institution. Students, adjunct faculty, or part-time faculty/staff may participate in the research and be listed on the proposal but may not be a Principal Investigator. To be eligible to receive an award, an institution subject to U.S. tax law must qualify as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Non-U.S. institutions must provide proof of non-profit equivalency. If a PI is approved for funding, Cisco Research will only fund a PI one proposal at a time and you will not be eligible to resubmit another proposal request until your funding has ended and your impact report is completed.

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CISCO Research Grant for Quantum Information

Organization: CISCO Research

Award amount: Undisclosed

Deadline: As soon as possible.

Description: Future large-scale quantum computing systems will be able to accelerate conventionally hard problems resolution, bringing computing power we have never seen before. From molecular simulations for pharmaceutical and materials discovery to artificial intelligence applications, cybersecurity improvements or financial modeling, quantum computers and algorithms will have broad applicability. Therefore, it is fundamental to explore how such computers will communicate so that the full potential of quantum computation can be realized.

Cisco is actively soliciting proposals that aim to conduct research in quantum computing and networking. Specific areas of research include but are not limited to the following.

  • Distributed/modular quantum computing architectures
  • Hybrid-classical quantum architectures
  • Quantum transducers
  • Quantum memory
  • Quantum network end-to-end transport integrity & improved reliability
  • Operation models for quantum networks
  • Quantum networks management & operations
  • Optimized protocols for quantum communications
  • Quantum algorithms

After a preliminary review, we may ask you to revise and resubmit your proposal. RFPs may be withdrawn as research proposals are funded, or interest in the specific topic is satisfied.

Researchers should plan to submit their proposals as soon as possible.

Eligibility: See the funding opportunity for eligibility criteria.

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CISCO Research Grant for Tech Healthcare

Organization: CISCO Research

Award amount: Undisclosed

Deadline: As soon as possible.

Description: Technology has already started to make significant inroads into improving healthcare for one and all. This is especially true in this post-pandemic world, where the dependence on technology has only grown more significantly, especially in areas such as remote monitoring, diagnosis, and other forms of administering healthcare to patients that cannot be reached physically easily. In addition, technology has the potential to provide timely and more efficient healthcare at reduced cost that can benefit patients, hospitals, employers, employees and other stakeholders.

Cisco is actively soliciting proposals that aim to conduct research in many applications of technology for healthcare applications. Specific areas of research include but are not limited to the following.

  • Techniques for early detection of several acute or chronic diseases (e.g., Alzheimers), including mental and psychological disorders (e.g., bipolar)
  • Sensor technologies for continuous monitoring of vitals or other bio-markers for early detection and diagnosis of diseases and issues
  • Privacy-preserving techniques for monitoring and prioritizing patient healthcare in hospitals and public health environments
  • Applications of AI/ML techniques for improving healthcare
  • Novel applications of smartphone sensors towards healthcare
  • Systems for minimizing errors and dangerous mistakes in healthcare processes
  • Scalable monitoring of public health protocols (e.g., mask wearing) across large campuses, cities, companies, and other settings
  • Systems for scalable contact tracing and other mechanisms for targeted alerts around critical health warnings and exposure notices
  • Protection of patient privacy especially when actively using always-on and always-connected technology
  • Smart and seamless healthcare facilities where information flows in a contact-less manner minimizing risks to doctors and patients
  • Tech for empowering people to manage their conditions through chronic care management and remote patient monitoring

After a preliminary review, we may ask you to revise and resubmit your proposal. RFPs may be withdrawn as research proposals are funded, or interest in the specific topic is satisfied.

Researchers should plan to submit their proposals as soon as possible.

Eligibility: See the funding opportunity for eligibility criteria.

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IEEE Microwave Theory & Techniques Society Graduate Fellowships

Organization: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Foundation Microwave Theory & Techniques Society

Award amount: $6000

Deadline: Annually Oct 15. 

Description: 

Microwave Engineering Fellowship

  • Up to 12 Fellowships in the amount of $6000 may be granted each year to assist graduate students pursuing a graduate degree in microwave engineering. A description of the fellowship program and eligibility requirements can be examined in the Graduate Fellowship form. An Application Form is included in this document.

Microwave Engineering for Medical Applications Fellowship

  • Up to two Fellowships in the amount of $6000 may be granted each year to assist graduate students pursuing a graduate degree focused on applying microwave engineering to medical applications. A description of the Medical Applications fellowship program and eligibility requirements can be examined in the Medical Applications Graduate Fellowship form. An Application Form is included in this document.

The submission system will open approximately one month before the deadline.

Eligibility: 

  • Applicants must have a B.S./B.A. in engineering, applied physics, computer science or other appropriate field from an accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in an MS or Ph.D. program as a full‐time student in an accredited, degree granting institution of higher learning.
  • Applicants must be engaged in research necessary for the degree program, not just course work.
  • Research work must clearly be in the microwave area, supervised by a full‐time faculty member.
  • Applicants must be a member of MTT‐S.
  • Faculty supervisor must be a member of MTT‐S.
  • There are no restrictions as to citizenship or location of the institution. This award is open to students from across the world.
  • An applicant can apply for either type of the MTT‐S Graduate Fellowships, but not both in the same year.

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IEEE Microwave Theory & Techniques Society Undergraduate/Pre-graduate Scholarships

Organization: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Foundation Microwave Theory & Techniques Society

Award amount: $1500

Deadline: Biannual on April 15 and October 15

Description: Up to 10 Undergraduate/Pre-Graduate Scholarships in the amount of $1500 may be granted semi-annually to assist BS and MS students in electrical engineering. A description of the scholarship program and eligibility requirements can be examined in the Undergraduate/Pre-Graduate Scholarships form.

Applications due April 15 and October 15. The submission system will open for submissions approximately one month before the deadline.

Eligibility: 

  • Applicants must be a BS, BS/MS or MS student in electrical engineering (or related field). The time of application (Fall or Spring) should not coincide with the semester in which the student graduates. The student must identify a faculty mentor who will supervise the applicant’s project or thesis work in the microwave/RF area and verify that the student will not graduate during the semester of application submission. Alternatively, project work may be conducted in conjunction with industry, but a faculty mentor must still be identified.
  • The faculty mentor must be an IEEE MTT-S member.
  • At the application time, the applicant is not requested to be an IEEE member. However, if selected, the applicant must join the IEEE (if not a member at the application time) and provide their IEEE membership number to receive the award.  
  • There are no citizenship requirements.
  • There is no limit to the number of applicants from an institution. However, awards are limited to one per faculty mentor.
  • Applicants are permitted to compete for the award more than once. A given student will be awarded this scholarship only once. 

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Internet Society Foundation Research Grant Programme

Organization: Internet Society Foundation

Award amount: Up to $200,000 for research last up to two years

Deadline: Rolling

Description: The Internet Society Foundation’s Research Programme supports global research collaborations that advance understanding of the Internet and its value for all.

Programme Objectives

  • Promote novel methodologies that generate solutions to Internet-related challenges
  • Identify and support a diverse and collaborative group of researchers and research institutions
  • Facilitate access to intersectional research that can be applied to decision-making in government and industry

This programme is intended for research that is applied and open, meaning the research seeks to answer a real-world question and should be openly published and made available to the scientific community at no cost. The Foundation supports research involving human or animal subjects when the project has been certified by a responsible body to be ethical and in compliance with local law. It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator of the project to obtain these certifications.

Areas of Focus

Statements of interest and subsequent proposals should address topics related to one of the following thematic areas:

  • Greening the Internet
    • The Internet both affects and is affected by the environment and climate change. Having a critical awareness of this impact is key to the Internet’s resilience and ensures its sustainability for generations to come. This awareness may include an assessment of energy consumption by the Internet, or the toxins and waste generated by its use.  It may consider the enabling effect the Internet has on other sectors to limit greenhouse gas emissions. It may examine the ways in which climate change and extreme weather threatens Internet infrastructure and limits connectivity. Research focusing on Greening the Internet should promote an awareness of these and other issues concerning the Internet’s environmental footprint and the sustainability measures needed for it and the planet to thrive.
  • The Internet Economy
    • New and emerging Internet-based activities have the power to disrupt our economic landscapes and lead to unpredictable economic futures. Having a firm grasp of the interactions that create the Internet Economy has the potential to reshape this uncertainty. Unpacking how the Internet transforms traditional ideas about competition, production, and consumption of goods and services could be useful in allowing for equitable and gainful participation of everyone in a rapidly digitizing global economy. Research proposals focusing on the Internet Economy should present an analysis of past or present ecosystems that yields insight into the future of the Internet and its dependent market(s).
  • Future thematic areas to be launched in 2021 include The Digital Divide and A Trustworthy Internet.

Eligibility:

  • Independent researchers should have a postgraduate research degree (PhD, Masters) and publications/patents in the relevant area
  • Research institutions should be 501c3 or equivalent and should have a mission that is aligned to that of the Foundation

Additional eligibility requirements for all Foundation grants are outlined here. All applicants must ensure that they meet these basic requirements. Underrepresented groups in the research world are highly encouraged to apply.

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IonQ Rsearch Credits Program: Call for Proposals

Organization: IonQ

Award amount: up to $10,000

Deadline: Rolling

Description: IonQ, with the help of our cloud partners, is offering teams and individuals from qualified research institutions free credits for time on our quantum computers. Quantum computing has the potential to be one of the most impactful technologies of the 21st century, and IonQ is dedicated to democratizing access to this world-changing technology.

Researchers and teachers across the globe are already hard at work accelerating the state of the art in quantum information science and training the next generation of quantum computing experts. To support this mission, we’re excited to offer up to $10,000 in credits per accepted proposal.

Eligibility: The program is open to any verifiable graduate student or faculty member from an accredited academic institution in the countries that IonQ or its cloud partners serves.

A team at IonQ will review applications, evaluating proposals on the following criteria:

  • Does the work clearly have research goals related to quantum computing, quantum information science, or an adjacent field?
  • OR, does the work have clear pedagogical goals related to the teaching of quantum computing, quantum information science, or an adjacent subject?
  • Is the work feasible?
  • Is there a clear, articulated need for quantum compute time?

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Microsoft AI for Earth Azure Credit Grants

Organization: Microsoft

Award amount: $5,000-$15,000

Deadline: Rolling. Next deadline is Oct 4, 2021.

Description: AI for Earth awards grants to support projects that use AI to change the way people and organizations monitor, model, and manage Earth’s natural systems. To date, we have awarded over 700 grants to projects with impact in over 80 countries, and we are committed to growing this community of grantees.

AI for Earth grants provide access to Microsoft resources to support projects that change the way people and organizations monitor, model, and manage Earth’s natural systems.

Azure compute credit grants provide you with Azure credits worth $5,000, $10,000, or $15,000, depending on your project scope, to start using Azure AI tools and cloud computing with your existing labeled dataset. By being a member of the AI for Earth grantee community, you also have access to additional resources – technical advice and support, online Azure training materials, and invitations to the AI for Earth Summit for networking and education opportunities.

Eligibility: Applicants can be affiliated with an academic institution, nonprofit organization, government entity, environmental startup, or innovative project within a company. For the Azure compute grants, we recommend that the main applicant has a demonstrated background in environmental science and/or technology, and that at least one member of the team has strong enough technical skills to complete the project successfully. Applicants should be close to or done with their data collection and ready to start with computation and model building.

Esri will also consider AI for Earth grant recipients who are affiliated with academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and startups for a sponsored subscription to Esri ArcGIS Pro. ArcGIS Pro is a leading geospatial software for creating maps, performing spatial analysis, and managing data.

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National Academies Transportation Research Board -- Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Programs

Organization: National Academies

Award amount: $15,000

Deadline: Varies. Info in the description.

Description: IDEA programs fund research into promising but unproven innovations for highways, transportation safety, and transit.

The following three IDEA programs are active and receiving proposals:

  • The NCHRP Highway IDEA program reviews proposals for funding twice a year. The deadlines for submitting proposals to these review cycles are March 1 and September 1 every year.
  • The Transit IDEA program reviews proposals for funding once a year.   The annual deadline for submitting proposals is May 1.
  • Rail Safety IDEA proposals for the next cycle are due September 15.

Note the current focus of the Rail Safety IDEA Program is only on innovative ways to improve railroad safety or performance.

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Open Technology Fund Projects for Internet Freedom

Organization: Open Technology Fund

Award amount: Minimum of $10,000 and maximum of $900,000 for a year-long contract. Note, however, that OTF’s target support ceiling is $300,000; most supported efforts receive between $50,000 and $200,000 for the Internet Freedom Fund.

Deadline: Rolling

Description: An initiative of the Open Technology Fund, the Internet Freedom Fund supports technologists and activists working bring to life ideas that advance inclusive and safe access to global communications networks, counteract censorship and surveillance, and mitigate digital security threats to Internet freedom specifically for at-risk users, journalists, human-rights defenders, civil society activists, and others living in repressive environments.

To that end, ITF welcomes applications in support of projects and people working on open and accessible technology-focused projects that promote human rights, Internet freedom, and open societies. OTF prioritizes projects coming from individuals or organizations who are applying for the first time, identify as underrepresented within the field, and address areas that are underfunded. Projects must fall within one of the following areas:

  • Technology Development — The development of innovative Internet freedom technology, prototypes, and projects as well as core infrastructure projects that serve the Internet freedom and human rights communities will be supported. OTF seeks to support technology-focused interventions with clear human-centered benefits for Internet freedom.
  • Applied Research — Research may include identifying how, why, or where censorship is happening, studying specific Internet freedom tools and ways to improve them, advancing knowledge around what types of content censors target, or assessing threats to Internet freedom in a specific geographic context.
  • Digital Security — OTF aims to fill missing digital security capacity needs for on-the-ground organizations promoting human rights, focusing on those fighting to increase free expression and Internet freedom. OTF also seeks to support efforts that increase the developer communities’ understanding of the challenges that organizations and users are facing on the ground when maintaining digital security strategies or using their tools.
  • Community Convenings — Funding will be provided to empower Internet freedom communities to become stronger and vibrant by focusing on cultivating deeper trust relationships, improving knowledge share and collaboration, and supporting and diversifying the next generation of leaders. The efforts supported by the fund are intended to bring in new voices not well represented in current conversations and help create collaboration and intersectionality.

Eligibility: OTF does not have any requirements regarding an applicant’s status — whether for-profit, nonprofit, or a single individual, or located inside or outside the United States — so long as the proposed effort fits within OTF’s mission, goals, and focus areas.

See the Open Technology Fund website for complete program guidelines, eligibility criteria, information about previous recipients, and application instructions.

**OTF places high priority on funding tools that are open-source and freely available to download and use, ensuring a low barrier to user adoption and use. Please contact Lauren Honaker if you have questions about what this could mean for your research.**

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