Research Communication from VPDoR for Chairs and Directors - May 13, 2022

Dear Chairs and Directors, 


We write to remind you of the upcoming deadline for two faculty leadership positions and encourage faculty and researchers to subscribe to receive updates on funding opportunities. 


You are welcome and encouraged to share relevant parts of the updates and reminders in this message with faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students who may find the information and links helpful. 


Faculty leadership nomination deadline approaching 


May 17th is the deadline for nominations and applications for two faculty leadership positions: Senior Associate Vice Provost for Research and Senior Associate Vice Provost for Clinical Research Governance. Both positions will be part-time and based in the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Research. For more information on the position responsibilities, please visit our website


Applications and nominations should be directed to and received by 5:00 pm on May 17, 2022.  Applicants (or nominators) should provide a letter of intent (or recommendation) and a copy of the candidate’s CV.


Stay updated on future limited submission and seed funding opportunities 


Faculty, researchers and staff interested in VPDoR managed Limited Submissions (LS) and Stanford Seed Funding opportunities can now subscribe to mailing lists to receive timely announcements on funding opportunities across disciplines and research areas. The weekly VPDoR LS Announcements Newsletter shares information about internal competitions for external funding opportunities where the sponsor limits the number of proposals Stanford may submit. The Stanford Seed Funding website lists internal funding opportunities to bolster your research or other academic activities such as teaching or community engagement. 


Subscribe to the weekly VPDoR LS Announcements Newsletter here

Subscribe to the Stanford Seed Funding Notifications here


Funding opportunities spotlight


Below are three prominent sponsored research funding opportunities to spotlight this month. The Research Development Office (RDO) curated a longer list available here


NSF Regional Innovation Engines (NSFBAA-ENGINES-2022-05) NEW PROGRAM to carry out an integrated and comprehensive set of activities spanning use-inspired research, translation-to-practice, entrepreneurship, and workforce development to nurture and accelerate regional industries at a scale well beyond typical NSF research centers. Awards Type-1 (planning) up to $1M over 2 years; Type-2 (implementation) up to $160 million over up to 10 years. LIMITED SUBMISSION: Internal applications due 6/30/22 (same as NSF Concept Outlines). NSF Engines info by RDO here


NSF Engineering Research Centers (ERC; NSF 22-580) for convergent research that will lead to strong societal impact and includes engineering workforce development, diversity and a culture of inclusion, and value creation within an innovation ecosystem that will outlast the ERC. Awards up to $5.2M/year for five years; Cost sharing is required. Required LOI due to NSF 09/02/22; pre-application due 10/03/22; invited full application due 5/8/23. ERC info by RDO here


NSF Physics Frontiers Centers (PFC; NSF 22-592) to foster major breakthroughs at the intellectual frontiers of physics in all sub-fields within the purview of the Division of Physics: atomic, molecular, optical, plasma, elementary particle, nuclear, particle astro-, gravitational, and biological physics. Awards up to $5M/year for 6 years. LIMITED SUBMISSION: Internal applications due 6/8/22; required pre-application due 8/1/22; invited full application due 1/27/23. PFC info by RDO here


Stay safe and be well, 

David and Serena 


David Studdert, Acting Vice Provost of Research; Professor of Health Policy and of Law   


Serena Rao, Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Operations, Vice Provost and Dean of Research


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