FY 2019 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship (VBFF)

Eligibility: 

1. Eligible Institutions Only accredited U.S. institutions of higher education (universities) with doctoral degree-granting programs are eligible to apply. DoD institutions are not eligible to apply. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Institutions (MIs) are encouraged to submit proposals and join others in submitting proposals. However, no portion of this FOA will be set aside for HBCU and MI participation, due to the impracticality of reserving discrete or severable items of this research for exclusive competition among such entities. Non-profit and for-profit organizations may collaborate on proposed research and may receive VBFF funds via subaward or subcontract. However, the VBFF program is oriented towards funding research at universities. Universities must perform the majority of the proposed work and receive the majority of funds. Government agencies, DoD laboratories and universities, and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) may collaborate on proposed research but may not receive VBFF funds, directly or via subaward. Grants to a university may be terminated if the principal investigator (PI) severs connections with the university or is unable to continue active participation in the research. Grants to a university may also be terminated if the university severs connections with the PI. Government agencies, DoD laboratories and universities, and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) may collaborate on the research but may not receive VBFF funds, directly or via subaward. 2. Eligible Individuals Faculty with tenure and full-time research staff with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to conduct the proposed research as the principal investigator (PI) are invited to submit an application. Applicants should have a record of substantial scientific contributions. The PI must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. 3. Other Eligibility Criteria Number of Applications: The PI may submit only one (1) application in response to this FOA. There is no limit to the number of applications that an institution may submit. Number of PIs: Only one (1) PI may be designated on the application. While collaborations are encouraged, co- PIs are not permitted. The lead investigator must direct the work. Collaboration may be achieved at the PI’s institution or via a subaward. If there is such collaboration envisioned, the PI must explain how the proposed team fits the single PI structure. Resubmissions: Applicants invited to submit full proposals who have submitted Recommendation Letters for the VBFF program in a prior year must obtain and submit new letters. Previously submitted letters will not be retrieved. Documents dated prior to the posting date of this FOA will not be accepted.

Contact: 

The VBFF is administered by the Office of Naval Research.  For more information, please contact the program manager, Dr. Jiwei Lu (jiwei.lu.civ@mail.mil)

Deadline Details: 

The FY 2019 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship (VBFF) supports innovative basic research within academia, as well as opportunities intended to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers for the defense workforce. This FOA is for single investigator grant proposals for basic research in one or more of the following technical subject categories of interest to the DoD: Engineering Biology, Quantum Information Science, Cognitive Neuroscience, Novel Engineered Materials, Applied Mathematics (theory and experiments) and Statistics, Manufacturing Science. The VBFF is administered by the Office of Naval Research.

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The Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship (VBFF) program is sponsored by the Basic Research Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD (R&E)). VBFF supports innovative basic research within academia, as well as opportunities intended to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers for the defense workforce.

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) manages the VBFF program for USD (R&E). To accomplish this task, ONR is soliciting proposals for the VBFF program through this FOA. This FOA seeks distinguished researchers for the purpose of conducting innovative basic research in areas of interest to the DoD and fostering long-term relationships between the VBFF Fellows and the DoD.

As defined by the DoD, basic research is “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. It includes all scientific study and experimentation directed toward increasing fundamental knowledge and understanding in those fields of the physical, engineering, environmental, and life sciences related to long-term national security needs. It is farsighted high payoff research that provides the basis for technological progress.”  (DoD 7000.14-R, vol. 2B, chap. 5, para. 050105.B) (http://comptroller.defense.gov/Portals/45/documents/fmr/Volume_02b.pdf ) The DoD’s basic research program invests broadly in many scientific fields to ensure that it has early cognizance of new scientific knowledge.

VBFF is oriented towards bold and ambitious “blue sky” research that may lead to extraordinary outcomes such as revolutionizing entire disciplines, creating entirely new fields, or disrupting accepted theories and perspectives.

Objectives of the program are to:

  • Support unclassified basic scientific and engineering research that could be the foundation for future revolutionary new capabilities for DoD
  • Educate and train student and post-doctoral researchers for the defense workforce
  • Foster long-term relationships between university researchers and the DoD
  • Familiarize university researchers and their students with DoD’s current and projected future challenges
  • Increase the number of talented technical experts that DoD can call upon.

All awardees will receive a research grant and the title of VBFF Fellow. VBFF Fellows and their students are provided with opportunities that are designed to enhance their understanding of DoD’s critical research needs and interact with DoD senior Science and Technology (S&T) program leaders.  Fellows and their students are expected to attend VBFF activities scheduled throughout the year.  These activities may include an orientation meeting, site visits to DoD labs, technical workshops, and an annual meeting to report the progress of VBFF–sponsored research. VBFF Fellows may also be encouraged to serve as members of DoD advisory boards, panels, or groups. For a list of current VBFF Fellows, refer to:  http://basicresearch.defense.gov/vannevar-bush/

This FOA is for single investigator grant proposals for basic research in one or more of the following technical subject categories of interest to the DoD.  

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