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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 - Stimulus Funding
New details are emerging quickly about federal agency funding priorities and application processes. This webpage has been created as a central clearinghouse to assist SF State University research community to find straightforward information about stimulus funding. Please continue to check this page for updates. Our office will continuously refresh and update this page as information becomes available or is revised.
Help and Information from ORSP
  • Stimulus Related Grant Workshops
  • Stimulus Bill Overview (pdf)
  • Administrative Salary Charges on ARRA Grants
  • Please allow ORSP to submit your final proposal to NIH one day to two days earlyGrants.gov is expecting very high volumes and tends to jam up or run slowly.  Because of this, ORSP cannot  guarantee that your proposal will be submitted before the 5:00pm deadline should you wait to give ORSP permission to submit until the final submission day.
  • Principal Investigators: First thing is to contact your Program Officer at all agencies if you have research that would fall under AmericanRecovery and Reinvestment Act criteria since much of this funding will be distributed quickly.
    You may request supplements, if appropriate, for existing awards from NIH. For the NIH, less than $100,000 supplements will be awarded through a non-competitive process. You may not request a supplement of either type if you are in the final year of your grant award.
    To date, the NIH has announced the following funding for Competitive Revisions and Supplements: Administrative Supplements, Supplements to Provide Summer Research Experiences for Students and Science Educators, and Funds for Competitive Revisions.
    Currently NSF is not offering supplements.
    One reminder, progress and final reports must be current.
  • Proposals Under Review or Just Short of Funding: Program Officers are making calls to many researchers about revisions or updates to proposals. So a call to the program officer is important. Most agencies are adjusting paylines back to October of 2008.
Jump to Agency-Specific Information Related to the Recovery Act
Department of Health and Human Services

Centers for Disease Control

Health Resources and Services Administration
National Institutes of Health
  • Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA)
  • Recovery Act Limited Competition: Academic Research Enhancement Award (R15) - 9/24/09 deadline
    This is a special mechanism for universities that don’t normally compete well for NIH R01s - SF State faculty are eligible and COSE faculty are newly eligible under this ARRA RFA.
    Note that:
    • The “S” mechanism is excluded from the eligibility criteria, so SCORE grants don’t count against eligibility ceiling
    • Because this is Stimulus (ARRA)-related, there is a one-time deadline, no resubs, and NO renewals (normally the AREA awards are renewable)
    • The total award amount (direct costs up to 3 years) has been increased to $300K, but only 50 will be awarded
    • Money will be apportioned to the NIH Institutes and Centers (I/Cs) which means that the usual Institutes will get the most awards to hand out (e.g., NCI, NHLBI).

      Thursday June 4th - “AREA R Us” Workshop for NIH AREA awards. Leti Marquez-Magana and Laura Burrus from COSE will talk about their AREA awards.
      The Collaboratory, Burk Hall Room 229 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM.


National Science Foundation

(March 18) NSF has posted two criteria for funding under ARRA and has announced that much of the ARRA funding has already been targeted for proposals already submitted. If you have not contacted your Program Officer, it is important to do so right away. NSF also has announced that they plan to make awards for five years not two years. However, if the funding level is not sufficient after the first year, the funds may be rescinded. NSF expects to have their FAQ’s posted soon.

  • All grants issued with Recovery Act funds will be standard grants with durations of up to 5 years. This approach will allow NSF to structure a sustainable portfolio.
  • Funding of new Principal Investigators and high-risk, high-return research will be top priorities.

More information: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/issuances/in131.jsp

(March 25) NSF Program Invites Studies of Federal Stimulus Funding Impacts.  In anticipation of questions about the impacts of federal economic stimulus funding, the National Science Foundation’s Science of Science & Innovation Policy (SciSIP) Program  announced recently that it “will take advantage of NSF’s Rapid Response Research (RAPID) funding mechanism to accept short (2-5 pages) RAPID proposals that attempt to answer many of the outcome questions that will be asked about the impact of the stimulus package as well as to advance the scientific understanding of science policy.” Prospective applicants should contact SciSIP program director, Julia Lane (jlane@nsf.gov ), for assistance and advice prior to proposal submission, which can be made electronically at any time.

(March 12) National Science Foundation:  NSF has announced that their funds will be allocated with $2.5 Billion for Research, $100 Million for Education and Human Development and $400 Million for Major Research and Equipment.

NSF does not plan to use recovery funds to award supplements.

Department of Commerce

(March 12) Department of Commerce and US Dept of Agriculture have announced a new joint Broadband initiative under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and stated that “President Obama’s commitment to expanding broadband service to rural areas will provide rural communities with access to worldwide markets and the education, first responder, and health care resources they need to prosper and compete.” The program announcement and notice of public meetings is available at www.ntia.doc.gov/broadbandgrants .

Department of Defense
  • U.S. Army Research Laboratory - Recovery Act ARL-Photovoltaics - The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Contracting Center, Research Triangle Park Contracting Division on behalf of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate (SEDD) is soliciting white papers for Novel Materials and Device Development for High Efficiency Solar Photovoltaics and intends to award no more than two assistance instruments or contracts under topic areas 2.48 Directed Energy, Paragraph 7 Photovoltaic (PV) Power Sources and/or; 2.52 Infrared Detectors and Power Sources through Army Research Laboratory and Army Research Office Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) Number W911NF-07-R-0001-03 effective from 01 October 2007 through 30 September 2011. 6/30/09 deadline

(March 12) Department of Defense:  Much of the DOD funds will be going for facilities improvements and construction. However, there should be extensive opportunity for collaboration with DOD contractors. Especially in energy related projects. The DOD plan can be found at www.defenselink.mil/recovery  

Department of Education

(March 12) Department of Education: States will soon be applying for Recovery funds which can open up opportunities for universities to partner with the state department of Education. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that $44 billion in stimulus funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will be available to states in the next 30 to 45 days. The first round of funding will help avert hundreds of thousands of estimated teacher layoffs in schools and school districts while driving crucial education improvements, reforms, and results for students. www.ed.gov/recovery

California Department of Education
  • The State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) is intended to avert layoffs of teachers, professors, and other personnel and to further education reform in the key areas of teacher quality, standards and assessments, using longitudinal data to improve instruction, and supporting struggling schools. Public Institutions of Higher Education are eligible to receive funding to offset budget reductions. 5/4/09 Deadline - CLOSED
Department of Energy

(March 12) Department of Energy:  The DOE has provided a link to funds that will be distributed to the State of Washington. This information is at www.energy.gov/washington.htm

National Energy Technology Laboratory
Department of Labor
Environmental Protection Agency
Department of the Interior
US Fish and Wildlife Service
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Endowment for the Arts
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