Do you have a technology that might be useful in the Gulf Oil Crisis? The National Science Foundation is exploring all options. Even if the leak is capped today, there will be a problem in the Gulf and surrounding areas for months and even years. Solutions related to all facets of impact will be needed.
NSF issued a RAPID (Grants for Rapid Response Research) for the Gulf Crisis at the end of May. RAPIDs are used to enable research on unanticipated events such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, or any event where timely presence is required to enable the research.
NSF is seeking brief proposals (2-5 pages) before September 30th. Research awards will be made up to $200Kif justified. Unlike the standard NSF review process, these proposals will only go through an internal review before the awards are made, reducing the timeline.
PI(s) must contact the NSF program officer(s) whose expertise is most germane to the proposal topic before submitting a RAPID proposal. This will facilitate determining whether the proposed work is appropriate for RAPID funding.
For more details see: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf10_1/gpg_2.jsp#IID1.