New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF)- Exploration 2020

The goal of the NFRF Exploration stream is to inspire high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research.

Amount: Up to $125,000 per year (including $25,000 indirect costs) for up to 2 years

Western Research: August 12, 2020, 5 pm ET – Email to a complete PDF copy of your NOI downloaded from the Convergence Portal (complete PDF drafts accepted) for administrative review.
Notice of Intent: August 18, 2020**, 2:00 pm ET
Faculty Research Office: One week prior to agency deadline (for internal review allow 2-3 weeks)
Western Research: October 9, 2020, 2 pm ET – Email to a complete PDF copy of your downloaded application from the Convergence Portal (complete PDF drafts accepted) for administrative review/approval. ROLA required.
Full Application: October 20, 2020**, 2:00 pm ET
**Applications at each stage must be submitted by Western Research.

Description: NFRF Exploration grants support research that pushes boundaries into exciting new areas. Researchers are encouraged to think “outside of the box,” undertake research that would defy current paradigms, and bring disciplines together in unexpected ways and from bold, innovative perspectives. With the Exploration stream, there is recognition that innovation often carries risk; proposals for high-risk research projects that have the potential to deliver game-changing impacts are strongly encouraged.

Exploration stream grants support projects that:

  • bring disciplines together beyond traditional disciplinary or common interdisciplinary approaches;
  • propose to explore something new, which might fail; and
  • have the potential for significant impact.

More Information (website) and applications (Convergence Portal)

Western’s Internal Deadlines and Information…

New this year, the competition has only 2 stages

Information Webinar (NOI):
July 7th – 2020 Exploration NOI – English
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Meeting link – Event password: SWrPUuX93C8

photo credit: @CarShowShooter The North Carolina Arboretum (Asheville, North Carolina) via photopin (license) 

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Kueneman, Karen
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