RFP and grant opportunities available

April 15, 2020

With many new requests for proposals in this new era of COVID-19, ITS Berkeley is collating a list of funding and research opportunities. To submit proposals for inclusion on this list, please email acairo@berkeley.edu

View a living repository for global resources for ongoing work for COVID 19: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JWeD1AaIGKMPry_EN8GjIqwX4J4KLQIAqP09exZ-ENI/preview

See the Berkeley Research's repository of COVID-19 Funding Opportunities: https://vcresearch.berkeley.edu/funding-opportunities/COVID-19

Last updated May 18, 2020




On April 24, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency Renewable Energy (EERE) announced a notice of intent (NOI) to release a funding opportunity in mid-May on advanced manufacturing.  DOE will likely have $180 million available for this funding opportunity, “Fiscal Year (FY) 20 Advanced Manufacturing Multi-topic FOA.”  The goal is to bolster American leadership in advanced manufacturing through investments in new technologies, materials and processes.  Specifically, the funding opportunity would be issued through the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) and focus on three technical areas:  

  • “Next-generation manufacturing processes that improve energy efficiency in energy-intensive and energy-dependent industries, including steel manufacturing;
  • Modular, hybrid, and/or catalytic processes to improve energy efficiency in chemical manufacturing; and
  • Connected, flexible, and efficient manufacturing facilities, products and energy systems, including the integration of direct air capture at industrial facilities.”


May 15, 2020

Department of Defense

Newton Award for Transformative Ideas During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Intended to “help stimulate scientific thought and encourage efforts and advancements in the spirit of Sir Isaac [Newton].”


May 18, 2020 

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research

Public Interest Technology University Network Challenge – Year 2: The challenge seeks to encourage new ideas, foster collaborations, and incentivize resource- and information-sharing among Network members to foster Career Pipeline/Placement nd Faculty and Institution Building.


May 20, 2020


Economic Impact of Digital Technologies: Facebook is issuing a call for academic research proposals as part of its pledge to contribute $1 million to research that addresses the economic impact of digital technologies, including new tools that enable commercial opportunities. Topics of interest for this request for proposals (RFP) include, but are not limited to, measuring new types of economic impact — for example, assessing the implications of digital technologies for growth, resilience under challenging circumstances, inclusion of marginalized groups, efficiency of payment systems, or other business outcomes.


May 21, 220


Annual Statewide Transportation Research Program RFP: Research priorities included in this RFP were identified in close partnership with the UC ITS’ Board of Advisors prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.


May 25, 2020: White papers are highly encouraged and are due
July 13, 2020: full proposals are due

Office of Naval Research

2020 Global-X Challenge to Advance Science and Technology Capabilities: Seeking novel and revolutionary concepts to advance the Navy’s and Marine Corps’ capabilities with both military and commercial value in several multidisciplinary technical areas that impact maritime security.

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June 1, 2020


Urban Mobility Resilience Challenge: RISE is offering up to $500,000 in funding to create a next generation traffic app that offers drivers real-time flooding and re-routing information.


June 8, 2020


Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) 2020: develop the core research needed to engineer these complex CPS, some of which may also require dependable, high-confidence, or provable behaviors.


June 12, 2020


Explorations of Trust in AR, VR, and Smart Devices: Facebook is soliciting proposals to help accelerate research in these fields with the hope of helping to foster a world of trustworthy mixed-reality and smart device products. Facebook is interested in a broad range of topics relating to applications like AR glasses, VR headsets, other AR or VR form-factors, smart home products, and more. A total of up to four awards are available, up to $75,000 each.


June, 30, 2020


University Leadership Initiative Solicitation: For university teams to exercise technical and organizational leadership in proposing unique technical challenges in aeronautics, defining multi-disciplinary solutions, establishing peer review mechanisms, and applying innovative teaming strategies to strengthen the research impact.


July 1, 2020


Civic Innovation Challenge: A two-stage competition focusing on Communities and Mobility: Offering Better Mobility Options to Solve the Spatial Mismatch Between Housing Affordability and Jobs; and Resilience to Natural Disasters: Equipping Communities for Greater Preparedness and Resilience to Natural Disasters.


September 2, 2020: Letter of Intent Due

October 2, 2020: Preliminary Proposal Due


Gen-4 Engineering Research Centers  (ERC)The ERC program supports convergent research that will lead to strong societal impact. Each ERC has interacting foundational components that go beyond the research project, including engineering workforce development at all participant stages, a culture of diversity and inclusion where all participants gain mutual benefit, and value creation within an innovation ecosystem that will outlast the lifetime of the ERC.