Funding opportunity from the Department of Defense (DOD) for the FY 2017 National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship (NSSEFF) program, which has been renamed the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship (VBFF):
The VBFF program seeks the best and brightest in academia to conduct research in a range of basic research areas of interest to DOD to familiarize outstanding university researchers and their students with DOD’s current and future challenges; educate and train outstanding student and post-doctoral researchers for the defense and national security workforce; and ultimately foster long-term relationships between outstanding university researchers and the DOD. The program is regarded by DOD as one of their most prestigious awards.
Of particular interest to SIAM will be the Applied Mathematics and Statistics research area, where DOD is seeking novel methods and scientific concepts to overcome technical hurdles and drive new developments in areas such as compressive sensing, network analysis, and image processing.
The objectives of the program are to:
- Support scientific research that may lead to extraordinary outcomes.
- Educate and train outstanding student and post-doctoral researchers for the defense and national security workforce.
- Foster long-term relationships between outstanding university researchers and the DOD.
- Familiarize select university researchers and their students with DOD’s current and future challenges.
- Increase the number of exceptionally talented technical experts that can advise DOD.
Total Funding and Award Size: DOD anticipates that awards will be made in the form of grants to U.S. institutions of higher education at a maximum award of $3 million total over five years. The solicitation does not indicate how many awards DOD intends to make and notes that DOD may not allocate fellowships equally among the topics. Previously, 15 awards were made in FY 2016 – four each in applied mathematics and materials, three in quantum, and one each in oceanography, manufacturing, neuroscience, and optics. Seven awards were made in FY 2015 – four in functional materials, two in quantum, and one in mathematics.