Stimulus Bill Opportunities

As you may know, the recently signed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will provide unprecedented opportunities for support of research and research facilities across several federal agencies.  This page is intended to provide information relevant to the stimulus bill and implications for Penn Engineering research. Please check this site regularly and feel free to email information to be added to this page to

Important Information

April 29, 2009: DOE Recovery Act-Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E)
Department of Energy FOA supporting the nation's need for transformational energy-related technologies to overcome the threats posed by climate change and energy security, arising from its reliance on traditional uses of fossil fuels and the dominant use of oil in transportation.

April 1, 2009: Recovery Act Application Language
From Steven J. Fluharty, Vice Provost for Research. Language to be used in applications for Recovery Act Funds.

March 26, 2009: NSF Stimulus Statement
Summary of how the NSF intends to implement the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, from a speech by Dr. Arden L. Bement, Jr., Director of the National Science Foundation.

March 24, 2009: NIH Grants: Research and Research Infrastructure “Grand Opportunities”
RFA for the NIH "GO" (Grand Opportunities) program to advance research, stimulate future growth and investments, and advance public health and health care delivery.

March 23, 2009: NIST Measurement Science and Engineering Research Grants Program
Synopsis of the grant opportunity for NIST's Recovery Act Measurement Science and Engineering Research Grants Program entitled "Providing the Technology Infrastructure to Address National Priorities"

March 18, 2009: NSF American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Email from NSF Director Arden L. Bement detailing NSF funding prioritites for stimulus dollars.

March 18, 2009: NIH Announces the three calls for proposals for Stimulus funds
Three additional categories of NIH funds have been announced. These are different from the NIH Challenge Grants and other infrastructure grants.

March 17, 2009: Provost’s Council on Research ARRA Presentation
Presentation given by Steven J. Fluharty, Vice Provost for Research, regarding the ARRA agenda and Penn opportunities.

March 4, 2006: RFA for the NIH Challenge Grants Program
NIH has released the RFA for the Challenge Grant Program. Applications are due on April 28, 2009.

March 3, 2009: Shovel-Ready R&D: Agencies Make Available Recovery Site "How To" Information for Your Use
A central page that provides a directory of agency web sites focused upon Recovery funding.  Learn more about how the different R&D agencies and departments are spending the funds allocated to them by the ARRA.

February 25, 2009: Opportunities within the ARRA for Biomedical Research
School of Medicine information from Glen Gaulton regarding biomedical research funds from the ARRA

February 20, 2009: Updated Talking Points on the ARRA and NIH
Overview of the updated numbers for NIH and priorities.

February 19, 2009: NSF to detail $3B in stimulus spending
EE Times article detailing the NSF disbursement of stimulus funds.

February 18, 2009: NIST Stimulus News
An outline of stimulus funds provided to the National Institute of Science and Technology (National Institute of Science and Technology).

February 12, 2009: Stimulus Deal - Research Wins!
An outline of the funds allocated for research by the ARRA.

February 5, 2009: Stimulus Package Advice
Researchers are encouraged to know that the funds available and deadlines are dependent upon which version (House or Senate) of the bill passes.