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GERMINATION: Germination of Research Questions for Addressing Critical Societal Challenges

Grants to USA IHEs and Nonprofit, Non-Academic Organizations
for Research to Address the Needs of Society

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

Conf. Date:

08/02/21

LOI Date:

08/27/21

Deadline Date:

10/29/21 5:00 PM submitter's local time

Description:

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Grants to USA institutions of higher education and nonprofit, non-academic organizations for research to address the needs of society. Applicants must submit a letter of intent and are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended to encourage the development of pedagogical frameworks, platforms and/or environments to enable participants to formulate research questions and ideas with potentially transformative outcomes.

Engineers and scientists are capable of making enormous impact when they conceive and conduct fundamental research that addresses societal needs. The world faces many critical challenges engendered in part by the expanding and aging world population, including meeting global needs for food, energy, water, land, and other resources, while respecting and maintaining the balance of the planetary ecosystem. Other notable challenges include addressing climate change; maintaining cybersecurity, privacy, and fairness in the increasingly connected world; and providing, maintaining and protecting infrastructure. All of these represent potentially large and fertile opportunities for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research to serve society.

The extraordinary response of the STEM research community to the COVID-19 pandemic, exemplified by the record-breaking speed of novel vaccine development, highlights the outstanding capabilities at all levels of the research enterprise. The GERMINATION program seeks to harness the immense capacities of academic researchers to similarly address other critical global challenges through supporting the development of new pedagogical approaches that train researchers to formulate and develop key research questions.

The GERMINATION program invites proposals to design, test, evaluate and implement pedagogical frameworks, platforms and/or environments that enable participants to formulate research questions and ideas that have the potential to address critical societal challenges. In order to catalyze development of novel approaches, while simultaneously expanding the reach of pilot approaches which are already exhibiting promise, two tracks will be supported in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022:GERMINATION Innovation and GERMINATION Expansion.

  • GERMINATION Innovation awards will fund projects to design, test and evaluate previously unexplored pedagogical frameworks, platforms and/or environments that have the explicit goal of enabling the participants to formulate research questions with potentially transformative outcomes. Projects submitted to the Innovation track must use the Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposal type (see PAPPG Chapter II).
  • GERMINATION Expansion awards will fund projects that focus on development, implementation and scaling of evidence-based strategies for achieving GERMINATION goals. Projects supported under the Expansion track should focus on scaling previously piloted approaches with demonstrated efficacy to a regional or national sphere of activity, and will likely involve development of new collaborative relationships to establish networks capable of implementation beyond the pilot institution.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197120

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,000,000

Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 10; 4-5 GERMINATION Innovation awards (EAGERs) and 4-5 GERMINATION Expansion awards depending on funding availability and quality of proposals received.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The budget for GERMINATION Innovation proposals is between $100,000 and $300,000 total.

The budget for GERMINATION Expansion proposals is up to $500,000 total.

Term of Contract:

GERMINATION Innovation: One to two years
GERMINATION Expansion: Up to three years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

- Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) - Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members. Special Instructions for International Branch Campuses of US IHEs: If the proposal includes funding to be provided to an international branch campus of a US institution of higher education (including through use of subawards and consultant arrangements), the proposer must explain the benefit(s) to the project of performance at the international branch campus, and justify why the project activities cannot be performed at the US campus.

- Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.

Only 1 proposal may be submitted by a single organization.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Germination Program Webinar

NSF is providing information on GERMINATION: Germination of Research Questions for Addressing Critical Societal Challenges (solicitation NSF 21-594) in a webinar on Monday, August 2, 2021, starting at 1:00 PM Eastern time.

Register and find details here: https://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=303070&org=EFMA

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Letter of Intent Deadline Date: August 27, 2021. For proposals that will be submitted to the GERMINATION Expansion track, LOI submission through FastLane is required. For proposals that will be submitted to the GERMINATION Innovation track, a research concept outline must be submitted by Email.
- Full Proposal Deadline Date: October 29, 2021 due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No

Proposers must provide a Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) DUNS number when applying for a new or renewal award. NSF requires that organizations registering to use NSF's electronic systems have a valid and active SAM registration and have a valid DUNS number. NSF will validate that each proposer's DUNS number and SAM registration are active and valid prior to allowing submission of a proposal to NSF. Any subrecipients named in the proposal also are required to obtain a DUNS number and register in FastLane. Subrecipients named in the proposal, however, do not need to be registered in SAM.

HTML version of NOFO:
https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2021/nsf21594/nsf21594.htm

View this Opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=334325

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

FastLane:
https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/

Louise R. Howe, Program Director
Telephone: (703) 292-2548
Email: lhowe@nsf.gov

CFDA Number:

47.041

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