Internal Opportunities and Announcements

Dear Colleague Letter on the Ebola Virus (NSF 15-006)
National Science Foundation

post haste: applies to education, social and behavioral sciences, and other disciplines depending on approach.

UPDATE: MSU researchers are actively responding to this call. If you believe your expertise is useful to the following objectives described in this letter, please consider submitting a RAPID proposal. For assistance with a RAPID proposal, please contact the Office of Sponsored programs at 994-2381 and/or the program officer listed in the solicitation.

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October 16, 2014

Dear Colleague,

In light of the recent emergence of the lethal Ebola virus in the US, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting proposals to conduct non-medical, non-clinical care research that can be used immediately to better understand how to model and understand the spread of Ebola, educate about prophylactic behaviors, and encourage the development of products, processes, and learning that can address this global challenge.

I invite researchers to use the Rapid Response Research (RAPID) funding mechanism, which allows NSF to receive and review proposals having a severe urgency with regard to availability of, or access to data, facilities or specialized equipment, as well as quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic disasters and similar unanticipated events.

Complete guidance on submitting a RAPID proposal may be found here:
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf14001/gpg_2.jsp#IID1.

Sincerely,

Dr. France A. Córdova
Director

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Information Regarding Automated Compliance Checking of NSF Proposals: Applications Could Be Returned Without Review
National Science Foundation

Effective July 25, 2016

NSF continues to focus on the automated compliance checks of proposals in order to decrease the burden on both the research community and NSF staff.  Effective July 25, 2016, all proposals will be subject to a new series of automated compliance validation checks to ensure proposals comply with requirements outlined in Chapter II.C.2. of the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG).

The new set of automated compliance checks will trigger error messages for each of the following rules and may result in the return of a proposal without review:

  • Biographical Sketch(es) and Current and Pending Support files are required  for each Senior Personnel associated with a proposal; and

  • Biographical Sketch(es) can only be uploaded as a file, must not exceed two pages and can no longer be entered as text.

Note About Proposal File Update (PFU):  Proposers should be aware should that if a proposal was received prior to July 25 and contained only one Biographical Sketch and/or Current & Pending Support file (rather than individual files for each senior personnel), a PFU addressing any section of the proposal will result in the proposal not being accepted if it does not comply with these new compliance checks.  The checks will be run on all sections of the proposal regardless of which section was updated during the PFU.

Note about Grants.gov:  Proposers should also be aware that Grants.gov will allow a proposal to be submitted, even if it does not comply with these proposal preparation requirements.  Should NSF receive a proposal from Grants.gov that is not compliant, it will be returned without review.

Please note that the new set of compliance checks are in addition to the compliance checks that currently exist in FastLane.  You can view a complete list of FastLane auto-compliance checks, including these checks, by clicking here.  The list specifies which checks are run depending on funding opportunity type (GPG, Program Description, Program Announcement or Program Solicitation) and type of proposal (Research, RAPID, EAGER, Ideas Lab, Conference, Equipment, International Travel, Facility/Center or Fellowship).  It also specifies whether the check triggers a "warning" or "error" message for non-compliant proposals.

We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues. For system-related questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 or Rgov@nsf.gov.  Policy-related questions should be directed to policy@nsf.gov.

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Open Access Author Fund at MSU - Pilot Project
MSU Library

The Open Access Author Fund

The MSU Library will run an author's fund on a two year pilot to judge if we can help remove the barrier between MSU authors and open access publishing. The Library will contribute $50,000 to the fund to be dispersed to authors who are being charged an APC. Authors will receive no more than $2,000 per fiscal year on a rolling basis.

Goals

  • To allow MSU created research to reach the greatest number of potential readers.
  • To remove some of the burden on authors as they work to make an impact in their field of expertise.


The Application Process

Eligible Publications and Data repositories

The publication venue must be an established journal or data repository, either, one that does not charge readers or their institutions for access to peer-reviewed articles or datasets, or an established hybrid journal.

Journals or Data repositories should fit at least one of the following criteria:

  • Be listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (unless the journal is too new for DOAJ eligibility) or similar list of data repositories, OR
  • Be a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association or adhere to its Code of Conduct, OR
  • Be a publicly available data repository, OR
  • Have a publicly available standard fee schedule.

Eligible Articles and Data

Articles/data should:

  • Be a peer-reviewed article submitted to an open access/hybrid journal or the associated data.
  • Have Publication Status of 'accepted-for-publication', funds are not available for articles still in process.
  • Not have been published prior to the authors' request for funds. Already-published articles are ineligible.
  • The library will not reimburse any author fees that have already been paid by an author.

Articles will be considered only if there is no other source of funding available. The fund is a limited resource intended to support open access publishing across the University. We expect researchers to request funding for open access publication from their funding agency if they can do so. For example, the National Institutes of Health will fund open access publications as part of their research grants. If such funds are not available, we welcome your application.

Eligible Authors

Funds are available for faculty, staff, professional and research positions, and students at MSU - Bozeman.

Eligible Fees

Article processing fees may include publication fees (charges levied on articles accepted for publication, including Open Access page charges). Eligible fees must be based on a publication's standard fee schedule that is independent of the author's institution. Reprint fees are not eligible. Reimbursement will cover only direct costs for open access publication (not the cost of reprints, color illustration fees, non-open access page charges, etc.). Requests for funding will be reviewed by the Library's Scholarly Communication Steering Group and a decision for funding support will be communicated to the author.

Fund Limits

The fund for FY15 is $50,000. Each author is limited to $2,000 per FY. Unused fund amounts do not roll over to future years. If the demand for funds exceeds expectations, publication charges will be paid to the publisher on behalf of an author on a first-come, first-served basis.

Institutional Repository

As an added service, the library will deposit a copy of funded articles in the institutional repository, and willingness to deposit here is a requirement of receiving funding. The placement of an article in the repository helps to build the collection of publications, supports the self-archiving arm of the open access movement, and provides institutional preservation and discoverability.

How do I apply?

Complete the online form.

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Meeting Series Announcement: MSU Researchers Collaborating with Indigenous Communities or Populations
College of Education, Health & Human Development

Thursday, Apr. 12, 2:00-3:15 p.m., SUB 233

A network of MSU researchers collaborating or aspiring to collaborate with Indigenous communities or populations to conduct research and/or provide service program support will meet every month through the summer on second Thursdays, 2:00-3:15 p.m. (day/time may change in September for new academic year). Meetings offer networking and a learning community.

MSU increasingly is a leader in partnership work with Indigenous communities. We believe it will help everyone's work if we know more about what each other is doing and are able to share best practices. Indigenous partners appreciate when different faculty and staff at the University are aware of each other's projects and, where appropriate, are collaborating with each other to reduce the burden and increase coordination and benefits for their communities. Near-term, the group will comprise MSU actors but soon will invite community partners to participate in meetings when feasible.

The discussion on Thursday, April 12, 2018 (2:00-3:15 p.m. in SUB 233) will focus on funding sources, travel, and other resource information, and lessons being learned in collaboration with Indigenous communities (including grant proposal processes).

To learn more or to be added to the group's listserv, contact Elizabeth Bird, coordinator/facilitator, at ebird@montana.edu or 994-2520.


Murdock Trust Equipment Use Seed Grants for Cellular Phenotyping
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust and the MSU Department of Microbiology & Immunology

Application due: July 15, 2018

Innovative proposals are sought to expand the user base for the OmniLog® Phenotyping System and the ImageStream® Imaging Flow Cytometer, recently purchased with support from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust and MSU Vice President of Research and Economic Development.

Proposals should explore new research applications for one or both of these instruments. Small seed grants will be made available to new users to enable the development of experimental protocols and generation of results for publications and upcoming external proposals.

Priority will be given to proposals that clearly explain how these funds will lead to these products (publications or proposals). Funds can be used to purchase reagents, supplies, and minor equipment for performing the proposed experiments. Instrument details are included in the full program announcement (click on link below).

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Fellowships

Student Internship Research Participant Program
National Renewable Energy Laboratory/DOE

SYNOPSIS: 

The sponsor provides internships at its facilities for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled full-time in a U.S. college or university. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The applicant may be eligible for round-trip transportation.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Graduate and undergraduate students have the opportunity to participate in the laboratory's research and development programs, initiate new areas of research, and establish a base for ongoing collaborations through NREL's Research Participant Program. Students with new ideas and talents can contribute to research of mutual interest in NREL's research and deployment disciplines, while also contributing to the transfer of the technology resulting from that research.

Applications are accepted as positions become available.

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STEM Science Communication Fellowship Program
National Science Foundation and Montana State University

Application due: June 15, 2018

Become a STEM Storyteller!

 

A team of researchers, led by assistant professor of physics Shannon Willoughby, won nearly $500,000 from the NSF to help doctoral students learn how to better communicate their research through speaking.

 

Students interested in improving their oral communication skills while training to become a STEM professional can apply to this new program. Participants will learn improv skills from a professional actor, practice using less jargon while discussing their research, and get practice talking with the general public.

 

MSU doctoral students in STEM fields who are interested in participating in the program can email Dr. Willoughby for additional information at stemstorytellers@montana.edu.

 

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2019 AHA Predoctoral Fellowship
American Heart Association

Application due: July 11, 2018

The 2019 American Heart Association (AHA) Predoctoral Fellowship is intended to enhance the integrated research and clinical training of promising students who are matriculated in pre-doctoral or clinical health professional degree training programs and who intend careers as scientists, physician-scientists or other clinician-scientists, or related careers aimed at improving global cardiovascular health.

The scientific focus of the fellowship includes all basic, clinical, behavioral, translational and population research broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease and stroke, or to related clinical, basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems.

AHA awards are open to the array of aspiring academic and health professionals. This includes but is not limited to all academic disciplines (biology, chemistry, mathematics, technology, physics, etc.) and all health-related professions (physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, dentists, pharmacists physical and occupational therapists, statisticians, nutritionists, etc.).

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2019 AHA Predoctoral Fellowship*
American Heart Association

Application due: July 11, 2018

The purpose of the AHA Predoctoral Fellowship is to enhance the integrated research and clinical training of promising students who are matriculated in pre-doctoral or clinical health professional degree training programs and who intend careers as scientists, physician-scientists or other clinician-scientists, or related careers aimed at improving global cardiovascular health.

The scientific focus of the fellowship includes all basic, clinical, behavioral, translational and population research broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease and stroke, or to related clinical, basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems.

AHA awards are open to the array of aspiring academic and health professionals. This includes but is not limited to all academic disciplines (biology, chemistry, mathematics, technology, physics, etc.) and all health-related professions (physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, dentists, pharmacists physical and occupational therapists, statisticians, nutritionists, etc.).

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2019 AHA Postdoctoral Fellowship*
American Heart Association

Application due: July 12, 2018

The purpose of the AHA Postdoctoral Fellowship is to enhance the integrated research and clinical training of postdoctoral applicants who are not yet independent. The applicant must be embedded in an appropriate research group with the mentorship, support, and relevant scientific guidance of a research sponsor.

Recognizing the unique challenges that clinicians experience in balancing research and clinical activity, this award mechanism aims to be as flexible as possible to enable applicants to develop academic careers in research alongside fulfilling clinical service commitments.

All basic, clinical, translational, behavioral and population research broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease and stroke, or to related clinical, behavioral, basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems.

AHA awards are open to the array of academic and health professionals. This includes but is not limited to all academic disciplines (biology, chemistry, mathematics, technology, physics, etc.) and all health-related professions (physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, dentists, physical and occupational therapists, statisticians, nutritionists, etc.).

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Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP) Grants for Research Fellowship (GRF)
Department of Transportation

Application due: July 16, 2018

The purpose of the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program is to provide funding for students to pursue master's or doctoral degrees in transportation-related disciplines.

The program objectives are: 1) to attract the Nation's brightest minds to the field of transportation; 2) to enhance the careers of transportation professionals by encouraging them to seek advanced degrees; and 3) to retain top talent in the transportation industry of the United States.  The DDETFP is intended to enhance the breadth and scope of knowledge of the entire transportation community in the United States. The DDETFP GRF encompasses all modes of transportation.

The DDETFP GRF provides funding for the pursuit of advanced degrees in a transportation-related field at an accredited IHE. The grant may cover a combination of the following:

  • Tuition and fees

  • Monthly stipend

  • Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting travel

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2019 Institutional Undergraduate Student Fellowship
American Heart Association

Application due: July 18, 2018

The purpose of the Institutional Undergraduate Student Fellowship is to encourage students from all disciplines to consider research careers. This is an institutional award, made to qualified research institutions that can offer a meaningful research experience that supports the mission of the American Heart Association to undergraduate college students.

The scientific focus of this opportunity includes research that is broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke, and pertinent clinical, translational, population, basic science, bioengineering and biotechnology, public health, and multidisciplinary efforts. The institution must demonstrate the ability to provide a meaningful research experience to students during the allotted 10-week fellowship experience.

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Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: Aug. 8, 2018

The purpose of this Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research award is to enhance the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the research training of predoctoral students from population groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research workforce, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and those with disabilities.

Through this award program, promising predoctoral students will obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting well-defined research projects in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. The proposed mentored research training is expected to clearly enhance the individual's potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientist.

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Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

Application due: Sept. 6, 2018

The Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemical Sciences or Chemical Instrumentation Award Program supports advanced research by postdoctoral scholars within the core areas of fundamental chemistry or the development and build of chemical instrumentation. Research must be innovative in method, speed or process, or represent new instrument technology. This fellowship will be a catalyst from "mentored yet independent" postdocs to outstanding, independent researchers in academic or industry/governmental labs. 

The Fellowships will be in two tracks (applicants will choose one):

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemical Sciences will allow chemists to pursue advanced research within the core areas of fundamental chemistry, such as chemical physics, chemical engineering, and chemistry of materials research. The fellowship is not intended to fund proposals that are supported by traditional NIH mechanisms in the fields of chemistry, chemical biology, biochemistry.

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemical Instrumentation will allow researchers in chemistry to conceptualize, develop and build instrumentation suitable to advanced research in chemistry, chemical physics, chemical engineering, and chemistry of materials science. Instrumentation projects must be suitable to the two-year fellowship timeframe, be driven by a need in the chemical sciences listed above, be innovative in method speed or process or represent a wholly new instrument for technical advancement in chemistry, and may potentially be used for future research in the broader scientific community.

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Individual Fellowship under the Marie Curie Grant Program
Long Long Life and the Microfluidic Innovation Center, Paris

Application due: Sept. 12, 2018

Long Long Life, a biotechnology company specializing in innovative research that is part of the French NBIC Valley, is accepting applications for an Individual Fellowship under the prestigious Marie Curie Grant Program. This EU-funded fellowship is aimed to non-French, experienced researchers (postdocs) willing to perform research in a European structure. The funding will result in a two-year postdoctoral appointment in Long Long Life's headquarters in Paris, where the selected candidate will conduct cutting-edge research and receive training in business and entrepreneurship.

As an innovative company, Long Long Life is looking for new challenges in science. The company proposes to its applications one of their many research topics related to microfluidics, biology, biophysics, and aging research. Nevertheless, they are also open to any new research topic linked to biotechnology that the applicant is willing to pursue.

Click on the program link below for more information about this opportunity, or contact:

Marion Tible, PhD
Scientific Coordinator
ELVESYS - NBIC Valley - Long Long Life
83-85 av. Philippe Auguste
75011 Paris
33686615865

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Limited Submissions

Searle Scholars Program
Searle Scholars Program

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: July 9, 2018
Full Proposal due: Sept. 28, 2018

The Searle Scholars Program supports research of outstanding individuals who have recently begun their appointment at the Assistant Professor level, and whose appointment is their first tenure-track position. Grants are $300,000 for a three-year term with $100,000 payable each year of the grant, subject to the receipt of acceptable progress reports. Generally, the program makes 15 new grants annually.

Applicants for the 2019 competition (awards which will be activated on July 1, 2019) are expected to be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences. Applicants should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2017. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent).

MSU is invited to nominate one (1) individual to apply. If you are interested in being nominated for the 2019 Searle Scholars Program, please submit your whitepaper following the process below. Likewise, Department Heads and Deans may submit nominations for excellent nominees using these same instructions.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "Searle Scholars Program (SEASCH) [P]," and the program, "Searle Scholars Program."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages. The LOI should address the research that will be undertaken with the Searle award as well as how the award will advance your career as an independent scientist. Please carefully review the Searle website (program link below) for program priorities and eligibility.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Monday, July 9, 2018. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select one nomination to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by September 28, 2018. The Office of Sponsored Programs will submit the nomination on behalf of the institution and then provide the nominee with login instructions where the application resides.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu; Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Beckman Scholars Program
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Mar. 15, 2018
Full Application due: June 15, 2018

The purpose of the Beckman Scholars Program is to help stimulate, encourage and support research activities by exceptionally talented, full-time undergraduate students who are pursuing their studies at accredited four-year colleges and universities located in the U.S. These research activities shall be centered in chemistry, biochemistry, the biological and medical sciences, or some interdisciplinary combination of these subjects. Candidates for the Beckman Scholars Award must be full-time students throughout the duration of the award.

The research activities performed by Beckman Scholars shall be conducted under the guidance of a full-time, approved faculty member at the college or university receiving an award. Research activities must be performed part-time (ten hours per week) during one academic year, and full-time over two summers (ten 40-hour weeks each summer) immediately before and after the academic year research experience.

Students will be named as Beckman Scholars in the spring of their freshman through junior years at their university or college. Once selected to be a Beckman Scholar, a student will retain the award for 15 months, as long as he/she continues to excel academically and his/her research work shows satisfactory progress. Beckman Scholar funds provided to any one student may not exceed two summers and one academic year. Beckman Scholar summer funds may extend through the summer following graduation.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation (BECKMAN) [P]," and the program, "Beckman Scholars Program."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Thursday, March 15, 2018. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by June 15, 2018.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu; Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Grants to Support Programs in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS)
Office of the Vice President of Research and Economic Development

Application due: Apr. 30, 2018

The Office of the Vice President of Research and Economic Development is pleased to announce this request for proposals for interdisciplinary, collaborative projects in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. Collaborative grants are intended to be planning grants in anticipation of building programs, initiatives or centers that will enhance the national and international reputation of Montana State University.

The granting process will have two phases:

PHASE 1: We seek to fund up to 10 planning proposals between $2,000 and $10,000 with a maximum duration of 12 months in support of collaborative and/or interdisciplinary scholarship and creativity. A collaborative project must involve at least two full-time faculty members with a terminal degree. Final presentations by the grantees to the campus community and final reports describing the scholarly and creative accomplishments are required.

PHASE 2: At the end of the first year, a subset of awards (1-3) will be selected by a committee comprised of MSU faculty in the arts, humanities and social sciences, who will review collaborative proposals and make recommendations to the VPRED for annual support of $50,000 to $150,000 for up to three years. (A phase 2 grant may be awarded in the first year in cases of exceptional merit.)

Questions about this program may be directed to your OSP fiscal manager.

Please note: These grants are not intended to replace grants in support of individual Scholarship & Creativity (S&C grants). A request for proposals for individual S&C grants will be issued by the Office of the Vice President of Research and Economic Development.

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MSU Research Expansion Funds
Office of the Vice President of Research and Economic Development

Application due: Apr. 30, 2018

To enable growth of our research base, we seek innovative proposals that reflect the best ideas of faculty across the campus. The proposals will provide the foundation for campus research strategies and priorities in FY 2019 and beyond. A subset of proposals will be funded; all will be prioritized for focused fundraising efforts from federal, state and/or private sources, in conjunction with the Office of the Vice President of Research and Economic Development. Please note that this is your opportunity to help determine the University's future research initiatives.

All research and tenure-track faculty of Montana State University are eligible and encouraged to apply. Funding level is up to $100,000 for one year, with a second-year negotiable pending progress as described in the proposal.

Proposals will be evaluated based on innovation, feasibility, scientific/academic merit, expected outcomes, ability to generate funding from federal, state, and/or private sources and anticipated impact with a strong focus on potential to contribute to the growth of the MSU research enterprise.

Questions about this program may be directed to your OSP fiscal manager.

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Scholarship and Creativity Grants for the Advancement of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Office of the Vice President of Research and Economic Development

Application due: Apr. 30, 2018 (Extended Deadline)

The Scholarship and Creativity Grant program supports scholarship and creative activity in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Full-time faculty at Montana State University who have earned terminal degrees are eligible to apply.

Criteria:

A faculty committee representing the arts, humanities and social sciences will evaluate proposals based on the following criteria:

  • The project's intellectual significance or artistic merit and its potential impact and contribution to the field.

  • The appropriateness of the project's methodologies, theories, or strategies, and the feasibility of the plan of work.

  • The qualifications and expertise of the artist or scholar in relation to the project goals and the stage of the applicant's career.

  • The potential for success, including the likelihood that the project will be completed within the projected time frame, and the appropriateness of the budget.

  • The expected outcomes, including past successful outcomes, as well as the impact of the project in achieving extended supportive funding.

Submission Procedure:

  1. Prepare a Full Proposal Form using the electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Select the Sponsor "MSU Vice President for Research (MONVIC001)."

  2. Follow additional instructions listed on the Call for Proposals.

  3. Applications are due at OSP by April 30, 2018. Awards will be announced in May 2018.

  4. Questions about application content may be directed to Michael Reidy, Committee Chair, at mreidy@montana.edu. Questions concerning electronic submissions and budgets may be directed to Peggy Kastella, Office of Sponsored Programs, at peggy.kastella@montana.edu or ext. 5731.

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William T. Grant Scholars Program
William T. Grant Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due: Mar. 9, 2018
Mentor and Reference Letter due: June 27, 2018
Full Application due: July 5, 2018

The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand researchers' expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas.

Applicants should have a track record of conducting high-quality research and an interest in pursuing a significant shift in their trajectories as researchers. We recognize that early-career researchers are rarely given incentives or support to take measured risks in their work, so this award includes a mentoring component, as well as a supportive academic community.

Awards are based on applicants' potential to become influential researchers, as well as their plans to expand their expertise in new and significant ways. The application should make a cohesive argument for how the applicant will expand his or her expertise. The research plan should evolve in conjunction with the development of new expertise, and the mentoring plan should describe how the proposed mentors will support applicants in acquiring that expertise. Proposed research plans must address questions that are relevant to policy and practice in the Foundation's focus areas.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "William T. Grant Foundation (WTGFOU) [P]," and the program, "William T. Grant Scholars Program."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Friday, March 9, 2018.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by July 5, 2018.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu; Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (R25)
National Institutes of Health

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Apr. 30, 2018
Agency LOI due: June 8, 2018
Full Application due: July 9, 2018

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this NIGMS R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation's biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs.

To this end, this funding opportunity announcement encourages the development of innovative educational activities for pre-kindergarten to grade 12 (P-12), pre-service and in-service teachers (Teachers) and students from underserved communities with a focus on Courses for Skills Development, Research Experiences, Mentoring Activities, Curriculum or Methods Development and Outreach.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Institutes of Health (NIH) [F]," and the program, "NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA)."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Monday, April 30, 2018.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by July 9, 2018.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu; Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Art Works
National Endowment for the Arts

Internal MSU LOI due: May 1, 2018
Full Application due: July 12, 2018

Art Works is the National Endowment for the Arts' principal grants program. Through project-based funding, we support public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation, the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. Projects may be large or small, existing or new, and may take place in any part of the nation's 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. 

We encourage applications for artistically excellent projects that:

  • Celebrate America's creativity and cultural heritage.

  • Invite a dialogue that fosters a mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all persons and groups.

  • Enrich our humanity by broadening our understanding of ourselves as individuals and as a society.

Grants generally will range from $10,000 to $100,000. No grants will be made below $10,000. Grants of $100,000 or more will be made only in rare instances, and only for projects that we determine demonstrate exceptional national or regional significance and impact. In the past few years, well over half of the agency's grants have been for amounts less than $25,000.

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Research Fellowships
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: May 25, 2018
Full submission due: Sept. 17, 2018

SYNOPSIS: These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. The 2018 Sloan Research Fellows will receive fellowships in the amount of $65,000. 

ELIGIBILITY: Candidates must hold a tenure track (or equivalent) position at a college, university, or other degree-granting institution in the United States or Canada. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in chemistry, computational or evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences, physics, or a related field. 

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "Alfred P Sloan Foundation (ALFSLO)", and the program, "Research Fellowships".
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is May 25, 2018.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by September 17, 2018.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu, Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist at ebrock@montana.edu, or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA) (K12)
National Institutes of Health

Internal MSU LOI due: Dec. 8, 2017
Full submission due: Sept. 19, 2018

SYNOPSIS: The purpose of the Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) Program is to develop a group of highly trained biomedical scientists to address the Nation's biomedical workforce needs. The strategy is to promote effective partnerships between research-intensive institutions (RII) and partner institutions that have a historical mission or a demonstrated commitment to educating students from backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical research enterprise of the nation. The IRACDA program provides support for a traditional mentored postdoctoral research experience at an RII combined with an opportunity for these fellows to develop critical academic skills, including teaching, through workshops and mentored teaching assignments at a partner institution. The primary goals of the IRACDA program are to (1) develop a group of highly trained biomedical scientists who have the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue independent research and teaching careers in academia; and (2) enhance science educational offerings at partner institutions, and promote links between RII and the partner institution(s) through research and teaching collaborations.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The overall goal of NIH Research Career Development programs is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in appropriate scientific disciplines to address the Nation's biomedical, behavioral, and clinical needs.  More information about Career programs may be found at the NIH Extramural Training Mechanisms website.

The proposed institutional research career development program may complement other, ongoing research training and career development programs at the applicant institution, but the proposed career development experiences must be distinct from those career development programs currently receiving Federal support.

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages applications from research-intensive institutions (RIIs) that propose to develop a pool of highly trained biomedical scientists who have the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue research and teaching careers in academia, and to enhance science educational offerings at partner institutions which, for the purposes of this FOA, are institutions that have a historical mission or a demonstrated commitment to educating students from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical research enterprise of the nation, as described in NOT-OD-15-053.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Institutes of Health", and the program, "Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA)".
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is December 8, 2017.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by September 19, 2018.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu, Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist at ebrock@montana.edu, or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Bridges to the Doctorate (R25)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Internal LOI due: Mar. 2, 2018
Full Agency submission due: Sept. 25, 2018

SYNOPSIS: The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research educational activities that complement other formal training programs in the mission areas of the NIH Institutes and Centers. The over-arching goals of the NIH R25 program are to: (1) complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation's biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs; (2) enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce; (3) help recruit individuals with specific specialty or disciplinary backgrounds to research careers in biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences; and (4) foster a better understanding of biomedical, behavioral and clinical research and its implications.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: The over-arching goal of this National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce.  To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:

1.  Courses for Skills Development: For example, advanced courses in a specific discipline or research area, or specialized research techniques.    

2.  Research Experiences: For example, for graduate and medical, dental, nursing and other health professional students: to provide research experiences and related training not available through formal NIH training mechanisms; for postdoctorates, medical residents and faculty: to extend their skills, experiences, and knowledge base. 

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Institutes of Health (NIH)," and the program, "Bridges to the Doctorate."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is March 2, 2018. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by September 25, 2018.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu, Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist at ebrock@montana.edu, or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Internal MSU LOI due: May 25, 2018
Full submission due: Sept. 27, 2018

SYNOPSIS: The Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative approaches to STEM graduate education training. The program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master's and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.

IGE focuses on projects aimed at piloting, testing, and validating innovative and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education. IGE projects are intended to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption. The program supports testing of novel models or activities with high potential to enrich and extend the knowledge base on effective graduate education approaches.

The program addresses both workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacity building needs in graduate education. Strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academic partners are encouraged.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: IGE projects will generate potentially transformative models for improvements in graduate education that prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers for the full range of possible STEM career paths to advance the nation's STEM enterprise. IGE is dedicated solely to piloting, testing, and validating innovative approaches to graduate education and to generating the knowledge required for the customization and implementation of the most successful, transformative ones. The primary target population for IGE projects must be master's and/or doctoral STEM students in a research-based degree program that requires a thesis or dissertation.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Science Foundation (NSF)", and the program, "Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program".
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is May 25, 2018.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by September 27, 2018.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu, Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist at ebrock@montana.edu, or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science
National Science Foundation

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: June 20, 2018
Full submission due: Sept. 19, 2018

The Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science program supports active long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, Computer and Information Science, and Mathematics (STEM) in-service and pre-service teachers, full-time community college faculty, and university faculty and students to enhance the scientific disciplinary knowledge and capacity of the STEM teachers and/or community college faculty through participation in authentic summer research experiences with engineering and computer science faculty researchers.

The research projects and experiences revolve around a focused research area related to engineering and/or computer science that will provide a common cohort experience to the participating educators. The K-12 STEM teachers and/or full-time community college faculty also translate their research experiences and new scientific knowledge into their classroom activities and curricula. The university team will include faculty, graduate and undergraduate students as well as industrial advisors. Involvement of graduate students in support of academic-year classroom activities is particularly encouraged. Partnerships with inner city, rural or other high needs schools are especially encouraged, as is participation by underrepresented minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

As part of the long-term partnership arrangements, university undergraduate/graduate students will partner with pre-college/community college faculty in their classrooms during the academic year to support the integration of the RET curricular materials into classroom activities.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Science Foundation (NSF) [F]," and the program, "Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Wednesday, June 20, 2018.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by September 19, 2018.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu; Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Summer Stipends (Division of Research Programs)
National Endowment for the Humanities

Internal MSU LOI due: Mar. 26, 2018
Full Application due: Sept. 26, 2018

Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.

Eligible projects usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials and publications, archaeological site reports, translations, or editions. Projects must not result solely in the collection of data; instead they must also incorporate analysis and interpretation.

Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. These Stipends support projects at any stage of development.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "US National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) [F]," and the program, "Division of Research Programs Summer Stipends."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Monday, March 26, 2018.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by September 26, 2018.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu; Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Internal MSU LOI due: June 1, 2018
Full submission due: Nov. 7, 2018

SYNOPSIS: The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments. The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pilots and Feasibility Studies, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-Analyses, and (6) Conferences.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: The AISL program's priorities are: (1) Maximizing Strategic Impact, (2) Enhancing Knowledge-Building, (3) Promoting Innovation, (4) Advancing Collaboration, (5) Strengthening Infrastructure and Building Capacity, and (6) Broadening Participation. Through these priorities, described in more detail throughout the solicitation, the program contributes to STEM engagement and literacy, workforce development, and educational success. It may also narrow the gap between the advancements in scientific discovery and the public's understanding of science.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Science Foundation (NSF)", and the program, "Advancing Informal STEM Learning".
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is June 1, 2018. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by November 7, 2018.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu, Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist at ebrock@montana.edu, or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Internal MSU LOI due: June 1, 2018
Full submission due: Nov. 16, 2018

SYNOPSIS: STEM Pathways Implementation - Only Alliance Projects are five-year implementation projects available to new alliances, reconstituted alliances and existing LSAMP alliances with less than 10 years of support for evidence-based interventions that contribute to increases in STEM baccalaureate-degree production to historically underrepresented minority students.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: STEM Pathways Implementation-Only Alliance projects are mainly focused on a particular STEM pathway, e.g., entry into college, first two years, or preparation for entry into graduate studies. Additionally, the project may focus on activities dedicated to diversifying a particular STEM discipline, e.g., production of mathematicians. These projects are targeted to newly-created alliances, reconstituted alliances or alliances that have received support by the program for less than 10 years. Projects are five years in duration.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Science Foundation (NSF)", and the program, "Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP)".
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is June 1, 2018.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by November 16, 2018.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu, Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist at ebrock@montana.edu, or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Partners in Science Program
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

Internal MSU Pre-Proposal due: Aug. 1, 2018
Full Agency Application due: Dec. 1, 2018

When high school science faculty can grow their skills and experience by participating in advanced research, their students and schools will benefit. The Murdock Trust created the Partners in Science Program to give these teachers this valuable learning opportunity.

This unique program pairs high school science teachers with a mentor doing cutting-edge research in an academic lab. The Trust awards approximately 25 Partners in Science grants each year to fund these teacher-mentor research opportunities in the Pacific Northwest. The goal is to help teachers bring knowledge from the research lab directly into the classroom to promote hands-on science education.

If eligible and awarded, MSU investigators who agree to host a high school science teacher in their lab over the Summer 2019 months will be offered a $2,500 incentive by the Office of the Vice President of Research and Economic Development.

In addition, participation by investigators in this program will be accepted as a Broader Impacts and Outreach strategy that is required to accompany their research.

Deadline and Submission Requirements:

  1. Applicants should complete an OSP Electronic Proposal Clearance Form (ePCF) via the Office of Sponsored Programs website: http://www.montana.edu/research/osp. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" form. Select the Sponsor, "MJ Murdock Charitable Trust (MJMUR) [P]" and the Program, "MJ Murdock Partners in Science Program."

  2. Applicants should include their whitepaper as an attachment on the clearance form. Attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format.

  3. The deadline for submission is August 1, 2018. The Vice President of Research and Economic Development will review the pre-proposals.

  4. Full proposals from selected MSU investigators will be due to the sponsor on December 1, 2018. The MJ Murdock board will review the applications in January 2019 and announce the selections in March for the Summer 2019 partnerships.

Click on the link below for more information about the Partners in Science Program. Questions may also be addressed to Sandy Sward, Director, MSU Office of Sponsored Programs, 994-2381 or ssward@montana.edu.

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M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Equipment Grant and NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust and the National Science Foundation

Whitepaper due to Department Head or Dean: May 30, 2018
Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: June 29, 2018
Agency due date: Jan. 1, 2019 (Murdock grant) and Jan. 22, 2019 (NSF grant)

This announcement is to alert PIs that their deans and department heads have been notified regarding the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Equipment Grant and NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program. Interested PIs should submit a whitepaper outlining their equipment/instrumentation needs to their department head or dean by Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Please note that equipment purchased with these grant funds is intended to be an institutional piece of equipment and should advance the research mission of MSU.

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National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
National Science Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due: Sept. 6, 2018
Agency LOI due: Dec. 6, 2018
Full Application due: Feb. 6, 2019

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master's and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.

The program is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary research areas by using a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs. For FY2018, proposals were requested in any interdisciplinary research theme of national priority, with special emphasis on two high priority areas: (1) Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) and (2) Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS). HDR is expected to continue as a priority research area for FY2019 and FY2020 competitions, along with a new priority area to be announced in 2018.

The NRT program addresses workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacity building needs in graduate education. Strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academic partners are encouraged. NRT especially welcomes proposals that will pair well with the efforts of NSF INCLUDES to develop STEM talent from all sectors and groups in our society. Collaborations are encouraged between NRT proposals and existing NSF INCLUDES projects, provided the collaboration strengthens both projects.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Science Foundation (NSF) [F]," and the program, "NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Thursday, September 6, 2018.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by February 6, 2019.

The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu; Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Dear Colleague Letter: NSF/SBE Partnering in Round 4 of the Digging into Data Challenge
National Science Foundation

Dear Colleagues:

The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter is to announce that the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences is partnering in the Trans-Atlantic Platform 2016 Digging into Data Challenge (T-AP DiD). Digging into Data is a grant competition open to international, collaborative projects that address research questions in humanities and/or social science disciplines by using new, large-scale, digital data analysis techniques.

The Digging into Data Challenge has been funding cutting-edge digital research in the humanities and social sciences since 2009. Now under the auspices of T-AP, the program's fourth round of competition will support collaborative research teams from three continents: Europe (Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal and the United Kingdom); North America (Canada, Mexico, the United States); and South America (Brazil and Argentina).

T-AP is an unprecedented collaboration among key humanities and social science funders and facilitators from South America, North America and Europe. T-AP aims to enhance the ability of funders, research organizations and researchers to engage in transnational dialogue and collaboration. Among other activities, it works to identify common challenges and emerging priorities in social science and humanities research. T-AP also facilitates the formation of networks within the social sciences and humanities and helps connect them with other disciplines.

Sincerely,

Dr. Fay Lomax Cook
Assistant Director
Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences

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Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions
National Historical Publications & Records Commission

Draft due (optional): Apr. 4, 2018
Full Application due: June 13, 2018

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) seeks proposals to publish documentary editions of historical records. Projects may focus on the papers of major figures from American history or cover broad historical movements in politics, social reform, business, military, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience. The historical value of the records and their expected usefulness to broad audiences must justify the costs of the project.

The goal of this program is to provide access to, and editorial context for, the historical documents and records that tell the American story. Applicants should demonstrate familiarity with the best practices recommended by the Association for Documentary Editing or the Modern Language Association Committee on Scholarly Editions.

Grants are awarded for collecting, describing, preserving, compiling, transcribing, annotating, editing, encoding, and publishing documentary source materials online and in print.  Because of the focus on documentary sources, grants do not support preparation of critical editions of published works unless such works are just a small portion of the larger project. All applicants should be aware that the application process is highly competitive.

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Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
National Endowment for the Humanities

Application due: July 19, 2018

The Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR) program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects.

Funding from this program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology. Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation.

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Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities

Application due: Aug. 9, 2018

The mission of this Challenge Grants program is to strengthen the institutional base of the humanities by enabling infrastructure development and capacity building. Awards aim to help institutions secure long-term support for their core activities and expand efforts to preserve and create access to outstanding humanities materials.

Through these awards, organizations can increase their humanities capacity with funds invested in a restricted, short-term endowment or other investment fund (or spend-down funds) that generate expendable earnings to support and enhance ongoing program activities. Eligible activities include the documentation of cultural heritage materials that are lost or imperiled; the preservation and conservation of humanities materials; and the sustaining of digital scholarly infrastructure.

Challenge grants may also support the purchase of equipment and software; the design, purchase, construction, restoration, or renovation of facilities needed for humanities activities; and collections sharing. Such expenditures bring long-term benefits to the institution and to the humanities more broadly. Up to 10 percent of total grant funds (federal matching funds plus certified gifts) may be used for fundraising costs during the period of performance.

Challenge funds (both federal matching funds and required nonfederal gifts) must enhance the humanities in the long term. Challenge grants should not merely replace funds already being expended, but instead should reflect careful strategic planning to strengthen and enrich an institution's humanities activities. Institutions may use challenge funds to meet both ongoing and one-time humanities-related costs, provided that the long-term benefit of the expenditure can be demonstrated.

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NEA Our Town, FY2019
National Endowment for the Arts

Application due: Aug. 9, 2018

Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts' creative placemaking grants program. These grants support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Successful Our Town projects ultimately lay the groundwork for systemic changes that sustain the integration of arts, culture, and design into strategies for strengthening communities.

To apply, choose a program area:

  • Place-Based Projects. Through arts engagement, cultural planning, design, and/or artist/creative industry support, these projects contribute to improved quality of life in local communities. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount.

  • Knowledge Building Projects. These projects build and disseminate knowledge about how to leverage arts, culture, and design as mechanisms for strengthening communities. These grants are available to arts service or design service organizations, and/or other national or regional membership, policy, or university-based organizations. These projects require a partnership that will facilitate the knowledge sharing and/or exchange. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $100,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount.

Through Our Town projects, the National Endowment for the Arts intends to achieve the following objective: Strengthening Communities: Provide opportunities for the arts to be integrated into the fabric of community life.

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David Whitehouse Research Residency for Artists
The Corning Museum of Glass

Application due: Aug. 31, 2018

The David Whitehouse Research Residency for Artists is open to artists who want to utilize the Museum's resources, including the permanent collections and the holdings of the Rakow Research Library, to inform their practice. The residency is named for the former executive director of The Corning Museum of Glass, a highly-regarded scholar who worked to build the resources of the Rakow Library and was a major supporter of artists working in glass today. This residency gives artists the opportunity to deep dive into topics and further their knowledge or to provide research for a project.

The David Whitehouse Research Residency for Artists is not a "making" residency; no provisions will be made for artists to create work at The Studio. Residencies will be up to three weeks in length. Artists will be provided with transportation, and room and board. Residents will have access to the Rakow Research Library, the collection of The Corning Museum of Glass, and the Museum's staff experts. The residency manager will facilitate meetings with Museum experts and other resources.

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Conservation Grant Program
Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Application due: Oct. 1, 2018

The Conservation Grant Program supports the professional practice of art conservation, especially as it relates to European art of the pre-modern era. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, exhibitions and publications focusing on art conservation, scholarly publi­cations, and technical and scientific studies.

Grants are also awarded for activities that permit conservators and conservation sci­entists to share their expertise with both professional colleagues and a broad audi­ence through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, sympo­sia, consultations, the presentation of research, exhibitions that include a prominent focus on materials and techniques, and other professional events.

Support for conservation treatments is generally limited to works from the distrib­uted Kress Collection, and is coordinated through the Kress Program in Paintings Conservation at the Conservation Center of the New York University Institute of Fine Arts.

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History of Art: Institutional Fellowships
Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Application due: Nov. 30, 2018

Advanced training in European art history requires direct exposure to the object of study, prolonged access to key information resources such as libraries and photographic archives, the development of professional relationships with colleagues abroad, and sustained immersion in European cultures. These related needs are often best satisfied by extended engagement with a European art research center. The Kress History of Art: Institutional Fellowships are intended to provide promising young art historians with the opportunity to experience just this kind of immersion.

Six pre-doctoral Kress Institutional Fellowships in the History of European Art will be awarded each year. Each fellowship provides for a two-year research appointment hosted by one of the following European art history research centers:

  • Florence Kunsthistorisches Institut / Institute for Art History
  • Leiden Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS)
  • London Courtauld Institute of Art & Warburg Institute of Art (jointly administered)
  • Munich Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte / Central Institute for Art History
  • Paris Institut national d'histoire de l'art (INHA) / National Institute for the History of Art
  • Rome Bibliotheca Hertziana

The fellowship award is $30,000 per annum.

Please note: Each university is limited to two nominees per academic department. The nominees must be applying for different research centers.

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Department of Defense (DOD)

Advance Notice of Solicitation: DOD To Award More Than $100M to Establish an Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute
Department of Defense

Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is anticipated to be released in early November 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

In celebration of National Manufacturing Day, the Obama Administration announced it will release a new competition to award more than $100 million to launch a new Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IMI) focused on Integrated Photonics. The proposed Integrated Photonics Institute will assist in developing an end-to-end photonics 'ecosystem' in the U.S. and support research and development efforts across the country on domestic foundry access, integrated design tools, automated packaging, assembly and test, and workforce development in the research area related to photonics. Administered by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the formal request for proposal (RFP) should be released in early November.

Click the related link to read more. 

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CDMRP Funding Opportunities
Department of Defense

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS: 

All pre-applications must be submitted electronically to the CDMRP eReceipt System https://ebrap.org. Full applications must be submitted electronically to the Grants.gov website http://grants.gov.

Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Breast Cancer Research Program

Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program

Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Gulf War Illness Research Program

Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Program

Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Peer Reviewed Alzheimer's Research Program

Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury (PH/TBI) Research Program

 

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Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) Bone Marrow Failure Research Program (BMFRP)

Pre-application Deadline: May 13, 2014 5 p.m., EST
Full Proposal Deadline - by invititation only

 

Applications to the Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Bone Marrow Failure Research Program (BMFRP) are being solicited for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Defense Health Program (DHP), by the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisitions Activity (USAMRAA). The BMFRP was established in FY08 to promote innovative research focused on BMF. Appropriations for the BMFRP from FY08 through FY13 totaled $20.15 million (M). The FY14 appropriation is $3.2M.

 

The vision of the BMFRP is to understand and cure BMF diseases. Toward that end, the program challenges the scientific community to design innovative research approaches based on sound scientific evidence that will advance the understanding of inherited and acquired BMF diseases to improve the health of individuals, with the ultimate goals of prevention and cure.

 

FY14 BMFRP Objective: The objective of the FY14 BMFRP is to fund scientifically meritorious research focused on BMF diseases and their long-term sequelae. Investigator-initiated research is encouraged in the areas of congenital or acquired BMF. Studies focused on BMF diseases and their progression to other malignancies such as leukemia are acceptable. However, research primarily focused on myeloproliferative neoplasms, leukemia, or other malignancies is discouraged. Projects including bone marrow transplantation or stem cell biology should address issues unique to BMF diseases.

 

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Department of Defense / CDMRP
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Deadlines: see program pre-announcements

The Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Defense Appropriations Act provides research funding for the peer reviewed programs managed by the Department of Defense (DOD) office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

This e-mail is to notify the research community of the recently released funding opportunities from the following programs: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program (DMDRP), Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP), Neurofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP), Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP).

Detailed descriptions of each of the funding opportunities, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the respective Program Announcements. Each Program Announcement is available electronically for downloading from the Grants.gov website (http://www.grants.gov), the CDMRP website (http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/prgdefault.shtml) and the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) (https://eBRAP.org).

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program (DMDRP)

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

Therapeutic Idea Award

Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP)

Concept Award

Neurofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP)

Clinical Trial Award

Exploration-Hypothesis Development Award

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

New Investigator Award

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

Exploration Hypothesis Development Award

Idea Development Award

Pilot Clinical Trial Award

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Bone Marrow Failure Research Program (BMFRP)

Descriptions of each of the funding opportunities, eligibility, key mechanism elements, and funding can be found in the respective Program pre-announcement.  FY14 pre-announcements can be found in the CDMRP home page features at http://cdmrp.army.mil

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Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP)

Descriptions of each of the funding opportunities, eligibility, key mechanism elements, and funding can be found in the respective Program pre-announcement.  FY14 pre-announcements can be found in the CDMRP home page features at http://cdmrp.army.mil

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Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP)

Descriptions of each of the funding opportunities, eligibility, key mechanism elements, and funding can be found in the respective Program pre-announcement.  FY14 pre-announcements can be found in the CDMRP home page features at http://cdmrp.army.mil

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Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)

Descriptions of each of the funding opportunities, eligibility, key mechanism elements, and funding can be found in the respective Program pre-announcement.  FY14 pre-announcements can be found in the CDMRP home page features at http://cdmrp.army.mil

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Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

Descriptions of each of the funding opportunities, eligibility, key mechanism elements, and funding can be found in the respective Program pre-announcement.  FY14 pre-announcements can be found in the CDMRP home page features at http://cdmrp.army.mil

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Epilepsy Research Program (ERP)
Department of Defense

Letter of Intent due: Sept. 21, 2017
Full Application due: Oct. 5, 2017

The FY17 Epilepsy Research Program (ERP) includes the following two awards:

  • Idea Development Award
  • Epilepsy Risk Factors Award

Click on the link below for details about each award.

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Pre-Announcement / Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP): Era of Hope Scholar Award, Innovator Award and Breakthrough Award
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)

Deadline: see program URL

The BCRP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications. FY14 BCRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions are anticipated to be posted on Grants.gov in late March 2014. Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcements are released. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the government.

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Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences Broad Agency Announcement for Basic Scientific Research (2018)
Department of Defense

White Paper submission due: Apr. 4, 2018
Full Proposal submission due: June 15, 2018

The U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences is the Army's lead agency for the conduct of research, development, and analyses for the improvement of Army readiness and performance via research advances and applications of the behavioral and social sciences that address personnel, organization, training, and leader development issues. The basic research program supports research projects that are designed to expand fundamental knowledge and discover general principles in the behavioral and social sciences.

In addition to looking for proposals that provide for programmatic efforts to develop and evaluate psychological and behavioral theory, we strongly encourage applicants to propose novel, state-of-the-art, and multidisciplinary approaches that address difficult problems. A key consideration in the decision to support a research proposal is that its findings are likely to stimulate new, basic behavioral research which, in turn, will lead to improved performance of Army personnel and their units. Proposals may address both traditional behavioral issues as well as psychophysiological (to include neuroscience) and network science approaches to social phenomena, memory, cognition, and personality.

For the complete announcement, click on the link below to grants.gov and search for Opportunity Number:

W911NF-18-S-0001

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Epilepsy Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application and Full Application deadlines TBA in May 2018

The Epilepsy Research Program includes the following awards:

  • Idea Development Award
  • Longitudinal Risk Factors Award

The Department of Defense is providing the information in this announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications. The Program Announcement and General Application Instructions are anticipated to be posted on Grants.gov in May 2018. Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcement is released. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the Government.

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Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application and Application deadlines TBA in late April/early May 2018

The Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) will include the Career Development Award, the Idea Award with Special Focus, the Translational Team Science Award, and the Impact Award.

FY18 PRCRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanisms are anticipated to be posted on Grants.gov in late April/early May 2018. Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcements are released. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the Government, and funding of research projects received in response to these Program Announcements is contingent on the availability of Federal funds appropriated for the PRCRP.

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Polyplexus Pilot
Department of Defense

Registration due: May 31, 2018
Abstract due: June 1, 2018
Full Proposal due: July 20, 2018

The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking participants for a pilot program designed to utilize modern connectivity to rapidly develop promising basic research pathways and then efficiently develop basic research proposals. DSO's intent is to fund some of the research proposals resulting from this pilot program.

As with other recent DARPA/DSO opportunity announcements, the intent of this program is to deliver research proposals that seek to investigate innovative approaches to enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.

Polyplexus is an online platform being developed under the DARPA Gamifying the Search for Strategic Surprise (GS3) program. The goal of the new Polyplexus platform is to fundamentally reshape the R&D process by reducing the time between concept emergence and worthy proposal submission. The Polyplexus platform aims to achieve this goal via efficiency gains that arise from collaborative activities focused on rigorous evidence collection and hypothesis generation, both of which are facilitated by online conversation.

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Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program
Department of Defense

Letter of Intent due: July 11, 2018
Full Application due: Aug. 2, 2018

The Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP) includes the following award mechanisms:

  • Exploration - Hypothesis Development Award
  • Idea Development Award
  • Clinical Translational Research Award

Click on the program link below for full details about each award.

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Neurofibromatosis Research Program
Department of Defense

Letter of Intent due: July 26, 2018
Full Application due: Aug. 9, 2018

The Neutofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP) includes the following award mechanisms:

  • Exploration-Hypothesis Development Award
  • Investigator-Initiated Research Award
  • New Investigator Award
  • Early Investigator Research Award

Click on the program link below for full details about each award.

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Autism Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: July 5, 2018
Full Application due (by invitation only): Oct. 4, 2018

The Autism Research Program (ARP) will include the following award mechanisms:

  • Idea Development Award
  • Clinical Translational Award

Click on the program link below for full details about each award mechanism.

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Breast Cancer Research Program
Department of Defense

LOI or Pre-Proposal due: May 15 or 16, 2018 (varies by program)
Full Application due (some programs by invitation only): May 30 or Aug. 14, 2018 (varies by program)

The Office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs announces the FY18 Breast Cancer Research Program. Award mechanisms for this opportunity include the following:

  • Breakthrough Award Levels 1 and 2
  • Breakthrough Award Levels 3 and 4
  • Breakthrough Fellowship Award
  • Distinguished Investigator Award
  • Era of Hope Scholar Award
  • Innovator Award

Click on the program link below for details about each mechanism, including due dates for LOIs and full applications.

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Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program Complex TBI Rehabilitation Research
Department of Defense

Pre-Application and Application deadlines TBA later in June 2018

The Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program Complex TBI Rehabilitation Research program includes a Clinical Research Award mechanism.

The Department of Defense is providing the information in this announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications. The Program Announcement and General Application Instructions are anticipated to be posted on Grants.gov later in June 2018. Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcement is released. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the Government.

Click on the program link below for preliminary details about this opportunity.

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Reconstructive Transplant Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application and Application deadlines TBA later in June 2018

The Reconstructive Transplant Research Program includes Concept Award, Investigator-Initiated Research Award, and Qualitative Research Award mechanisms.

The Department of Defense is providing the information in this announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications. The Program Announcement and General Application Instructions are anticipated to be posted on Grants.gov later in June 2018. Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcement is released. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the Government.

Click on the program link below for preliminary details about this opportunity.

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Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program
Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs

Pre-Application and Application deadlines TBA in July 2018

The Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program includes a Long-Term Impact of Military-Relevant Brain Injury Consortium award mechanism.

The Department of Defense is providing the information in this announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications. The Program Announcement and General Application Instructions are anticipated to be posted on Grants.gov in July 2018. Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcement is released. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the Government.

Click on the program link below for complete details about this opportunity.

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Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)
Department of Defense

Agency LOI or Preproposal due: June 12-19, 2018 (varies by award mechanism)
Full Application due: June 28 or Sept. 20, 2018 (varies by award mechanism)

The Department of Defense FY18 Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) includes the following four award mechanisms:

  • Discovery Award
  • Focused Program Award
  • Investigator-Initiated Research Award
  • Technology/Therapeutic Development Award

Click on the program link below for complete details about each mechanism.

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Lung Cancer Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: Varies by award
Full Application due (some awards by invitation only): Varies by award

The DoD Lung Cancer Research Program includes the following award mechanisms:

  • Concept Award
  • Career Development Award
  • Idea Development Award
  • Investigator Initiated Translational Research Award
  • Translational Research Partnership Award

Click on the program link below for complete details about these five awards.

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Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: Varies by award
Full Application due (some awards by invitation only): Sept. 26, 2018

The DoD Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program includes the following award mechanisms:

  • Impact Award
  • Career Development Award
  • Idea Award with Special Focus
  • Translational Team Science Award

Click on the program link below for complete details about each award mechanism.

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Tick-Borne Disease Research Program (TBDRP)
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: June 25, 2018
Full Application due (some awards by invitation only): Sept. 27, 2018

The DoD FY18 Tick-Borne Disease Research Program (TBDRP) includes the following award mechanisms:

  • Career Development Award
  • Idea Award
  • Investigator-Initiated Research Award

Click on the program link below for details about each award.

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StreamlinedML: An Extensible End-to-End Machine Learning System and Advanced Learning Algorithm Development
Department of the Air Force

White Paper/Pre-Proposal due: Sept. 28, 2018
Full Proposal due (by invitation only): TBA

The Information Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Rome Research Site, is seeking innovative research proposals in the development of an open, end-to-end machine learning framework to revolutionize how the AF/DoD designs, develops, trains, evaluates, and deploys machine learning capabilities.

Specifically, this effort is focused on addressing the engineering and research efforts necessary for the realization of a high-performance machine learning (ML) system with emphasis on extensibility, (re)usability, ease of deployment, and scalability. Additionally, this effort seeks to establish an ML ecosystem, built upon the framework, consisting of large-scale data and model repositories, diverse state-of-the-art ML methods, and comprehensive evaluation capabilities to be made available to and built upon by AF/DoD and partners. The Government calls the realization of this framework & ecosystem StreamlinedML, as the goal of this system is to streamline the end-to-end process of practically using machine learning for AF/DoD tasks.

The StreamlinedML program is divided into five technical areas (TAs). Proposers may submit offers on any technical area individually or any combination of technical areas thereof. Proposers who include multiple technical areas in their proposal should describe the work for each technical area separately and clearly identify the applicable TAs. Proposers should indicate their integration strategy for integration of components developed in other TAs when applicable.

The five technical areas are as follows:
TA1: Machine learning framework
TA2: Suite of state-of-the-art (SOTA) machine learning methods
TA3: Data-efficient machine learning methods
TA4: User Interface, machine learning workflows, performance evaluation and visualization
TA5: Data curation and demonstration

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Peer Reviewed Alzheimer's Research Program (PRARP)
Department of Defense

LOI due: Sept. 20, 2018
Full Application due: Oct. 4, 2018

The Peer Reviewed Alzheimer's Research Program (PRARP) includes the following awards:

  • Convergence Science Research Award
  • Quality of Life Research Award
  • New Investigator Research Award
  • Research Partnership Award

Click on the program link below for details about each award.

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Spinal Cord Injury Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: July 9, 2018
Full Application due: Oct. 15, 2018

The Spinal Cord Injury Research Program (SCIRP) includes the following award mechanisms:

  • Investigator-Initiated Research Award
  • Qualitative Research Award
  • Translational Research Award

Click on the program link below for full details about each award mechanism.

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Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative
Department of Defense

White Paper due: June 29, 2018
Full Application due: Oct. 16, 2018

The Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program supports basic research in science and engineering at U.S. institutions of higher education that is of potential interest to the Department of Defense (DoD). The program is focused on multidisciplinary research efforts where more than one traditional discipline interacts to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD.

As defined by the DoD, basic research is systematic study directed toward greater knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts without specific applications towards processes or products in mind. It includes all scientific study and experimentation directed toward increasing fundamental knowledge and understanding in those fields of the physical, engineering, environmental and life sciences related to long-term national security needs. It is farsighted high payoff research that provides the basis for technological progress. DoD's basic research program invests broadly in many fields to ensure that it has early cognizance of new scientific knowledge.

The FY 2019 MURI competition is for the topics listed in the full announcement (click on URL below).

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Multiple Sclerosis Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: June 26, 2018
Full Application due (by invitation only): Oct. 18, 2018

The DoD Multiple Sclerosis Research Program includes the following award mechanisms:

  • Investigator Initiated Research Award
  • Exploration-Hypothesis Development Award

Click on the program link below for complete details about each award mechanism.

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Prostate Cancer Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: Varies by award (July 6-Aug. 16, 2018)
Full Application due: Varies by award (Sept. 6-Oct. 18, 2018)

The Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) will include the following award mechanisms:

  • Impact Award
  • Idea Development Award
  • Physician Research Award
  • Early Investigator Research Award

Click on the program link below for full details about each award mechanism.

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Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program (PRORP)
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: July 30, 2018
Full Application due (by invitation only): Oct. 24, 2018

The Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program (PRORP) includes the following awards:

  • Applied Research Award
  • Clinical Translational Research Award

Click on the program link below for details about each award.

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Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Program (OPORP)
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: Aug. 6, 2018
Full Application due (by invitation only): Oct. 25, 2018

The Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Program (OPORP) includes a Clinical Research Award mechanism. The OPORP was initiated in 2014 to provide support for research of exceptional scientific merit with the potential to make a significant impact on improving the health and well-being of Service members, Veterans, and other individuals living with limb deficit.

Applications to the FY18 OPORP Clinical Research Award (CRA) must address at least one of the Focus Areas listed below:

  • Orthotic or Prosthetic Device Form: Understand patient outcomes through the analysis and characterization of variables related to the form of currently available clinical options such as device size, shape, material, and/or configurations.

  • Orthotic or Prosthetic Device Fit: Understand patient outcomes related to human-device interface and component connection through the analysis of variables in currently available clinical options that facilitate fit-related metrics such as comfort and/or usability.

  • Orthotic or Prosthetic Device Function: Understand patient outcomes through the analysis of variables related to currently available device function such as device control, sensors, and passive or active response with respect to activities of daily living and other real-world activities.

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Bone Marrow Failure Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: July 16, 2018
Full Application due (by invitation only): Nov. 1, 2018

The DoD Bone Marrow Failure Research Program (BMFRP) includes the Idea Development Award.

The vision of the BMFRP is to understand and cure BMF diseases. Toward that end, the program challenges the scientific community to design innovative research approaches based on sound scientific evidence that will advance the understanding and treatment of inherited and acquired BMF diseases to improve the health of affected Service members, Veterans, and the general public, with the ultimate goals of prevention and cure.

The objective of the FY18 BMFRP is to fund scientifically meritorious research focused on BMF diseases. Investigator-initiated research is encouraged in the areas of congenital or acquired BMF. Studies focused on BMF diseases and their progressions to other malignancies, such as leukemia, are acceptable. However, research primarily focused on myeloproliferative neoplasms, leukemia, or other malignancies is discouraged. Stem cell biology studies and translational projects including bone marrow transplantation studies should be clearly related to BMF diseases.

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Gulf War Illness Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: July 13, 2018
Full Application due (by invitation only): Nov. 8, 2018

The DoD Gulf War Illness Research Program includes the following award mechanisms:

  • Investigator-Initiated Focused Research Award
  • Qualitative Research Award

Click on the program link below for complete details about each mechanism.

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Hearing Restoration Research Program
Department of Defense

LOI due: July 17, 2018
Full Application due: Nov. 8, 2018

The Hearing Restoration Research Program includes the following awards:

  • Translational Research Award
  • Focused Applied Research Award

Click on the program link below for full details about each award mechanism.

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AFRL/RXM Manufacturing Technology Open BAA
Department of the Air Force

Whitepaper request
Open until June 2019

A -- AFRL/RXM MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY OPEN BAA - BROAD AGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT (BAA)   SOL BAA-RQKM-2014-0020 POC P. S. Strader, Phone: (937) 713-9895 WE: FBO.gov Permalink https://www.fbo.gov/spg/USAF/AFMC/AFRLWRS/BAA-RQKM-2014-0020/listing.html E-MAIL: pamela.strader@us.af.mil pamela.strader@us.af.mil NAICS: 541712 Contract Data Requirements List (CDRLs) BAA Initial Announcement Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials & Manufacturing Directorate is soliciting whitepapers and potentially technical and cost proposals under this announcement that supports the needs of its Manufacturing and Technology mission. Manufacturing Technologies that focus on strengthening defense manufacturing capabilities and efficiencies and transitioning capability to the factory floor are of interest. Descriptors of Manufacturing Technology interests are presented in two contexts; that of manufacturing technology competencies and that of Air Force application area needs. See BAA for more detailed description. CITE: https://www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=94e2504d133d6f61e67974ab3de4937d&tab=core&_cview=0 Posted 06/24/14 (W-SN03404922). (0175)

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Department of Energy (DOE)

Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science (IDEAS) (DE-FOA-0001002)
Department of Energy

LOI due on September 28, 2014
Full submission due dates are TBD

SYNOPSIS: 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) provides a continuing opportunity for the rapid support of early-stage applied research to explore innovative new concepts with the potential for transformational and disruptive changes in energy technology. IDEAS awards are intended to be flexible and may take the form of analyses or exploratory research that provides the agency with information useful for the subsequent development of focused technology programs. IDEAS awards may also support research to support proof-of-concept projects for a unique technology concept, either in an area not currently supported by the agency or as a potential enhancement to an ongoing focused technology program. This announcement is purposely broad in scope to encourage the submission of the most innovative, out-of-the-box ideas in energy technology.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy) seeks transformative ideas that enable most efficient, economical, sustainable, and environmentally benign conversion of energy while minimizing energy destruction. The broad objective of this FOA is to identify disruptive concepts in energy-related technologies that challenge the status quo and represent a leap beyond today's technology. An innovative concept alone is not enough; the idea must also have the potential to be impactful--meaning that, if successful, it represents a fundamentally new paradigm in energy technology with the potential to make a significant impact on ARPA-E's Mission Areas. Concepts of particular interest have the potential to achieve percentage-level reductions in U.S. energy consumption, energy-related imports, or greenhouse gas emissions.

Applicants may propose any idea that addresses an ARPA-E Mission Area and falls within one or more Areas of Interest selected from the six forms of energy involved in the conversion or interaction of energy. The six forms of energy are Mechanical, Thermal, Chemical, Electrical, Radiant, and Nuclear energy.

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Affordable and Sustainable Energy Crops (ASEC)
Department of Energy

Agency LOI due: May 30, 2018
Full Application due: June 27, 2018

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), announces a notice of availability of funds for financial assistance to accelerate research and development related to the production of affordable and sustainable non-food energy crops that can be used as feedstocks for the production of price-competitive biofuels and bioproducts. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) supports EERE's performance metrics to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, increase the viability and affordability of renewable energy technologies and processes, and spur growth in the domestic bio-economy.

The mission of EERE's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is to research and develop processes that transform renewable biomass resources into high performance biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower through targeted research and development supported via public-private partnerships. Under the statutory authority of the Energy Policy Act, the DOE is encouraged to conduct cross-cutting research and development in feedstocks to promote the development of price-effective biofuels and co-products.

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Process Development for Advanced Biofuels and Biopower
Department of Energy

Agency LOI due: May 30, 2018
Full Application due: June 27, 2018

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to identify, evaluate, and select applications proposing research, development and execution plans to test engineering principles and unit operations for the production and testing of Drop-In Renewable Jet Fuel Blendstocks and Drop-In Renewable Diesel Fuel Blendstocks from eligible feedstocks. In Topic Area 3, the FOA also seeks proposals to convert wet waste feedstocks, including municipal solid wastes and biosolids, into biopower or intermediates used to produce biopower.

Scale-up and verification of these process technologies is essential to enable the industry to design, construct, and operate pilot-scale facilities. This FOA seeks applications for projects to bridge technologies from scientific research to engineering, to integrate unit operations, and to engage in the R&D of integrated processes designed to produce drop-in renewable jet fuel blendstocks, drop-in renewable diesel fuel blendstocks, and biopower. Applicants proposing to produce drop-in renewable jet fuel blendstocks and drop-in renewable diesel fuel blendstocks will be required to verify that resulting fuels meet or exceed industry and market specifications and complete basic engineering packages to enable preliminary cost estimation and technoeconomic analysis.

This funding opportunity contains three topic areas as follows:

  • Topic Area 1: Drop-in Renewable Jet Fuel Blendstocks

  • Topic Area 2: Drop-in Renewable Diesel Fuel Blendstocks

  • Topic Area 3: Biomass, Biosolids, and Municipal Solid Waste to Energy

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Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research
Department of Energy

Concept Paper due: May 29, 2018
Full Application due: July 13, 2018

To support U.S. economic growth and offer consumers and businesses additional transportation choices, the Department of Energy (DOE)'s Vehicle Technologies Office invests in early-stage research to enable future private-sector development and commercialization of affordable, energy-efficient transportation technologies that can strengthen our energy security.

This FOA seeks research projects to address priorities in the following areas: batteries and electrification; materials; technology integration and energy efficient mobility systems; energy-efficient commercial off-road vehicle technologies; and co-optimized advanced engine and fuel technologies to improve fuel economy.

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Department of Health & Human Services

Injury Control Research Centers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Agency LOI due: May 3, 2018
Full Application due: Aug. 6, 2018

The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Extramural Research Program Office (NCIPC) is seeking applications from qualified organizations for Injury Control Research Center (ICRC) grants. These Centers will support NCIPC's priorities and mission through high quality research, training, and outreach, as well as effective translation of scientific discoveries into practice for the prevention and control of fatal and nonfatal injuries, violence, and related disabilities.

The goals of the NCIPC ICRC program are to:

  • Build the scientific base for the prevention and control of fatal and nonfatal injuries and violence

  • Integrate professionals from a wide spectrum of disciplines such as epidemiology, behavioral and social sciences, medicine, biostatistics, public health, health economics, law, criminal justice, and engineering to perform research and provide technical expertise to prevent and control injuries and/or violence more effectively

  • Encourage investigators to conduct research that involves intervention development, evaluation of promising interventions and strategies, or translation of effective programs

  • Engage in active collaboration with other injury and/or violence prevention and control programs, including other researchers; universities; medical institutions; community groups; state and local government agencies, public health agencies; and policy makers

  • Serve as a trusted source of injury and/or violence prevention and control information for their constituents and stakeholders at the local, state, tribal, and national levels, and the public

  • Provide high caliber training to students and injury and violence prevention professionals

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Foundations

Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) supports research, policy analysis and evaluation projects that provide policy leaders timely information on health care policy, financing and organization issues. Supported projects include:

  • examining significant issues and interventions related to health care financing and organization and their effects on health care costs, quality and access; and
  • exploring or testing major new ways to finance and organize health care that have the potential to improve access to more affordable and higher quality health services.

Researchers, as well as practitioners and public and private policy-makers working with researchers, are eligible to submit proposals through their organizations. Projects may be initiated from within many disciplines, including health services research, economics, sociology, political science, public policy, public health, public administration, law and business administration. RWJF encourages proposals from organizations on behalf of researchers who are just beginning their careers, who can serve either individually as principal investigators or as part of a project team comprising researchers or other collaborators with more experience.

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Education Reform - Shape Public Policy
Walton Family Foundation, Inc

LOI's accepted in an ongoing basis
Full submissions are by invitation only

SYNOPSIS:

The Walton Family Foundation seeks to build the capacity of organizations to help enact, strengthen and protect programs that empower parents to choose high-performing schools. The idea being that when all families are empowered to choose from among several quality school options, all schools will be fully motivated to provide the best possible education. Better school performance leads, in turn, to higher student achievement, lower dropout rates and greater numbers of students entering and completing college.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Foundation's Shape Public Policy initiative, focuses on advocacy groups promoting: Public charter school choice; Private school choice; District reforms, particularly open enrollment and district school choice; and, Cross-sector parental choice, parents are empowered to choose across school sectors. The need to continue improving the public policy environment is central to this education reform strategy.

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Environment Program
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

All organizations interested in applying for a grant from the Environment Program should read the Environment Program homepage. Depending on the nature of your organization's work, you may also want to read the Western Conservation page and the Western Conservation grant guidelines; the Energy and Climate page and Energy and Climate grant guidelines; and the Serving Bay Area Communities page before submitting a Letter of Inquiry. 

Our Approach

  • The vast majority of the grants we make are to organizations that work on policy development and advocacy because we think policy change provides the greatest opportunity to reach our goals.
  • We pursue our strategies with a focus on engaging the people and organizations most needed to achieve our goals. An important aspect of this approach is building a broad base of support among those not traditionally involved in environmental protection.
  • We are outcome focused and whenever possible use quantitative metrics to track progress toward goals.
  • Our Western Conservation grantmaking embraces the region west of the Rocky Mountains in the United States and Canada, and includes Alaska, but not Hawaii.
  • Our Energy and Climate grantmaking is global.
  • Our grants for clean transportation mainly support work in China, Mexico, Brazil, and the United States.
  • We fund the vast majority of our Energy and Climate grants though large grants to organizations like the ClimateWorks Foundation and the Energy Foundation, which in turn make smaller grants to a variety of organizations.
  • When there is a high degree of alignment between our goals and those of a grantee, we often will provide general operating support rather than project support.
  • In some cases, we provide support to develop the organizational health and efficiency of our grantees.
  • Our Serving Bay Area Communities grantmaking funds efforts to improve outdoor recreational opportunities, urban parks, and access to transit in the San Francisco Bay Area and to minimize environmental threats in the region's disadvantaged communities.

If you think your project or organization fits within our guidelines, you are invited to submit a Letter of Inquiry for our Western Conservation, Energy and Climate, or Serving Bay Area Communities grantmaking. Please use the online Letter of Inquiry. Letters of Inquiry are accepted at any time. Do not submit full proposals until invited to do so; uninvited proposals will not be read.

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Grants for Organizations
Ford Foundation

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

For grant-seeking organizations, the Ford Foundation grant making focuses on reducing poverty and injustice; promoting democratic values; and advancing human knowledge, creativity and achievement. If your project reflects these priorities, you may submit a grant inquiry using the online form. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The foundation funds projects under the following focal areas: 

  • Democratic and Accountable Government
  • Economic Fairness 
  • Educational Opportunity and Scholarship
  • Freedom of Expression 
  • Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Justice
  • Human Rights 
  • Metropolitan Opportunity 
  • Sustainable Development 

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Grants Program
National Endowment for Financial Education

LOI due on December 2, 2014
Full submissions are by invitation only

SYNOPSIS: 

The NEFE grants program seeks innovative research that can make a profound contribution to the field of financial literacy. Inquiries are encouraged from disciplines in fields as diverse as: behavior, economics, neuroscience, sociology, psychology, marketing, finance, education, change theory, and decision sciences and others.

NEFE seeks projects whose outcomes can improve the public's ability to achieve personal and household financial well-being. Of particular interest are pro-active research projects initiated from one of a broad spectrum of scholarly disciplines whose findings may cultivate critical thinking in the financial literacy community. Also of interest are development projects that put research recommendations into action. Project outcomes must be capable of achieving traction and measurable impact with audiences such as financial education intermediaries, researchers, practitioners, decision makers, and others who can achieve effective outreach to a target population with an unmet financial literacy need or to the general public.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Project outcomes should be actionable in the field of financial literacy, directly relevant to the financial well-being of the public, and able to be applied broadly. Funding requests are assessed within the parameters of the following three key grant themes:

1. Understand Financial Behavior: A fundamental element in all projects is the necessity to address optimal financial behaviors. Projects should include outcomes relevant to understanding or improving financial behaviors of specific segments of the American public or the public in general. NEFE encourages inquiry within the physical, social, and psychological sciences to facilitate the public's ability to improve personal financial well-being. Findings must be presented in a manner that engages educators, policy makers, segments of the public, and/or individuals to adopt policies, practices, attitudes, and skills that result in positive public and personal outcomes.

2. Advance Innovative Thinking: NEFE encourages projects that spawn rigorous, proactive research initiated from a broad spectrum of scholarly disciplines where potential findings indicate strong possibilities to advance critical thinking, cultivate vigorous debate, challenge the status quo, and/or illuminate trends likely to affect the personal financial well-being of the American public.

3. Assure Significance to Society: Projects should provide evidence that outcomes are likely to produce practical benefit for primary stakeholders such as financial education intermediaries, researchers, practitioners, decision makers, and/or entities who can achieve effective educational outreach to a population segment with an unmet financial literacy need or the public in general. Consideration is paid to research that pertains to solutions with traction and scale sufficient to make a measurable difference in financial responsibility, stability, and/or well-being.

Research findings are expected to result in actionable recommendations or make a profound and credible contribution to the financial literacy body of knowledge.

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Grants Program
Dell (Susan & Michael) Foundation

There is no deadline for grant applications.

SYNOPSIS: 

The Foundation provides grants focus on education, health and family economic stability -- the factors essential to ensuring that underprivileged children escape poverty to become healthy, productive adults.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The sponsor focuses on urban education, childhood health, and family economic stability.

Urban Education: Education-related grants make up about two-thirds of the sponsor's global giving. The sponsor focuses on improving student performance, ensuring consistent quality of education and increasing access to schools.

Childhood Health: The sponsor's global health portfolio improves access to quality healthcare services, promotes healthy nutrition and lifestyle behaviors among families and children, and fosters world-class applied research.

Family Economic Stability: The sponsor's economic stability portfolio gives families opportunities to improve their socioeconomic status and break the cycle of poverty so their children have a chance at stable, productive lives.

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Grants Program
Spencer (W.L.S.) Foundation

LOI's accepted on a rolling basis
Full submissions by invitation only

SYNOPSIS: 

The Foundation funds initiatives that embrace and encourage creativity and risk taking. The Foundation likes the leverage that arises from seed grants, challenge grants, and matching grants.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The program areas are:

ARTS - The Foundation funds educational activities, publications and outreach associated with innovative art and/or contemporary art exhibitions, especially those focusing on contemporary Asian Art. The Foundation is interested in projects that encourage knowledge about art and culture, foster international understanding, and are supported by academic scholarship.

EDUCATION - The Foundation funds programs that are innovative and that motivate children to stay in school, do well academically, and continue on in their education beyond high school (to college or other higher education opportunities). In this area, the Foundation may continue to fund programs that it believes in, and the Foundation may fund the replication of a successful program in a new site. The Foundation tends to fund programs that are national or regional in nature, but which have a chapter in San Francisco.

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Grants Program
RGK Foundation

LOI's accepted on a rolling basis
Full submissions by invitation only

SYNOPSIS: 

RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of Education, Community, and Health/Medicine. While RGK Foundation has no geographic restrictions, funding is limited to projects conducted within the United States.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Foundation's primary interests within Education include programs that focus on formal K-12 education (particularly mathematics, science and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education.

Within Community, the Foundation supports a broad range of human services, community improvement, abuse prevention, and youth development programs. Human service programs of particular interest to the Foundation include children and family services, early childhood development, and parenting education. The Foundation supports a variety of Community Improvement programs including those that enhance non-profit management and promote philanthropy and voluntarism. Youth development programs supported by the Foundation typically include after-school educational enrichment programs that supplement and enhance formal education systems to increase the chances for successful outcomes in school and life. The Foundation is also interested in programs that attract female and minority students into the fields of mathematics, science, and technology.

The Foundation's current interests in the area of Health/Medicine include programs that promote the health and well-being of children, programs that promote access to health services, and Foundation-initiated programs focusing on ALS.

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Grants Program
Hearst Foundations

Proposals are accepted year round

SYNOPSIS: 

The Hearst Foundations support well-established nonprofit organizations that address important issues within its major areas of interests - education, health, culture, and social service - and that primarily serve large demographic and/or geographic constituencies. In each area of funding, the Foundations look to identify those organizations achieving truly differentiated results relative to other organizations making similar efforts for similar populations. The Foundations also look for evidence of sustainability beyond their support.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

CULTURE - The Hearst Foundations fund cultural institutions that offer meaningful programs in the arts and sciences, prioritizing those which enable engagement by young people and create a lasting impression. The Foundations also fund select programs nurturing and developing artistic talent.

EDUCATION - The Hearst Foundations fund educational institutions demonstrating uncommon success in preparing students to thrive in a global society. The Foundations' focus is largely on higher education, but they also fund innovative models of early childhood and K-12 education, as well as professional development.

HEALTH - The Hearst Foundations assist leading regional hospitals, medical centers and specialized medical institutions providing access to high-quality healthcare for low-income populations. In response to the shortage of healthcare professionals necessary to meet the country's evolving needs, the Foundations also fund programs designed to enhance skills and increase the number of practitioners and educators across roles in healthcare. Because the Foundations seek to use their funds to create a broad and enduring impact on the nation's health, support for medical research and the development of young investigators is also considered.

SOCIAL SERVICE - The Hearst Foundations fund direct-service organizations that tackle the roots of chronic poverty by applying effective solutions to the most challenging social and economic problems. The Foundations prioritize supporting programs that have proven successful in facilitating economic independence and in strengthening families. Preference is also given to programs with the potential to scale productive practices in order to reach more people in need.

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Grants Program - Human Rights and Social Justice
Blaustein (Morton K and Jane) Foundation

Letters of intent and proposals are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

The goal of this program is to advance fundamental human rights both in the United States and abroad.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The goal of this program is to advance fundamental human rights both in the United States and abroad. Areas of interest include: Equal justice for US citizens, as well as immigrants and asylum seekers in the United States, through legal strategies, advocacy and policy reform; Responses to urgent human rights crises created by natural disasters, civil strife, or war; and Social justice initiatives particularly around impoverished women and children, and vulnerable youth.

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Learning & Leadership Grants
NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis. Next deadline is October 15, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The sponsor provides support to public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes: Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences; or Grants to groups fund collegial study.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Grants support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes: Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; or Grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment.

All professional development must improve practice, curriculum, and student achievement. Decisions regarding the content of the professional growth activities must be based upon an assessment of student work undertaken with colleagues, and must be integrated into the institutional planning process. Recipients are expected to exercise professional leadership by sharing their new learning with their colleagues.

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Media Grantmaking
MacArthur (John D. & Catherine T.) Foundation

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

MacArthur's goal in media grantmaking is to provide the public with high-quality, professionally-produced documentary films, deep and analytical journalism, and well-produced news and public affairs programming. In a media environment characterized by proliferating information sources of varying degrees of reliability, the Foundation seeks to support serious, fact-based journalism for television, radio and the web, the type of original reporting that is likely to be blogged about, linked to, tweeted, and otherwise circulated throughout the Internet. Programs supported by the Foundation inform and educate their viewers about important and under-reported topics, provide balance and accurate information, encourage global conversations, and use technology to tell stories in engaging and interactive ways.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

MacArthur supports the production of social-issue documentary films on important contemporary topics, intended for a broad audience, particularly in the U.S. Over the last 30 years, we have supported over 200 films by some of the most critically acclaimed filmmakers in the country. Their documentary work combines exceptional storytelling with in-depth journalism. Many of these films have had a long life beyond festivals and broadcast, and been used in educational, community, and policymaking settings over many years, sparking conversations and activities that contribute to social and policy change.

Through an open call process, the program seeks to fund documentary projects that address the significant social challenges of our time or explore important but under-reported topics. Domestic and international topics are welcome, and preference will be given to projects that align with one of MacArthur's grantmaking areas. Support will be provided primarily for production and post-production activities, and to experienced filmmakers based in the U.S. with track records of completing excellent feature-length films that have been broadcast nationally and internationally and received critical recognition.

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Program Area Funding
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Letters of inquiry are required and are accepted on a rolling basis
Full submissions are by invitation only

SYNOPSIS: 

The Foundation supports leaders and institutions working to achieve a biologically rich, sustainable world where all families can plan for their children and all children reach their potential. We work on the issues our founders cared about most. 

Program Areas: 

  • Conservation and Science
  • Population and Reproductive Health 
  • Children, Families, and Communities
  • Organizational Effectiveness and Philanthropy 

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Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The Foundation makes grants year-round.

SYNOPSIS: 

This program seeks to bridge the two cultures--the humanities and the sciences--through support of books, radio, film, television, theatre, and new media to reach a wide, non-specialized audience.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The program's primary aim is to build bridges between the two cultures of science and the humanities and to develop a common language so that they can better understand and speak to one another--and ultimately to grasp that they belong to a single common culture. The Foundation has established a nationwide initiative that works through programs in books, theater, film, television, radio, and new media to commission, develop, produce, and distribute new work and new initiatives that focus on science and technology for the lay public.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:

Interested grantseekers with a relevant project idea should e-mail a one page letter of inquiry to Program Director Doron Weber.

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David Wechsler Early Career Grant for Innovative Work in Cognition
American Psychological Foundation

Application due: June 15, 2018

The David Wechsler Early Career Grant for Innovative Work in Cognition supports early career psychologists pursuing innovative work in neuropsychology, intelligence and/or the assessment aspects of cognition. Those who work on positive applied neuropsychology are encouraged to apply. 

The grant is for up to $25,000.

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Research in Sustainable Solid Waste Management
Environmental Research and Education Foundation

Topic Approval due (if required; see full announcement): May 18, 2018
Pre-Proposal due: June 1, 2018
Full Application due (by invitation only): Following review of pre-proposal

The Environmental Research and Education Foundation is accepting pre-proposals for its Research in Sustainable Solid Waste Management grants program.

The program supports research projects related to sustainable solid waste management practices, including waste minimization; recycling; waste conversion to energy, biofuels, chemicals, or other useful products; strategies to promote diversion to higher and better uses (e.g., organics diversion, market analysis, optimized material management, logistics, etc.); and landfilling.

Previously awarded grants have ranged from $15,000 to more than $500,000, with the average grant amount about $160,000.

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Women’s Health Research Award
Foundation for Women's Wellness

Application due: June 20, 2018

The Foundation for Women's Wellness (FWW) Women's Health Research Award targets early funding for small, short-term research in cardiovascular disease, top female cancers, hormones role in disease and/or stage-of-life health concerns like pregnancy and menopause and diseases disproportionately affecting women. This may include disease prevention or treatment; clarification of gender differences; and/or address quality of life concerns.

FWW favors research proposals that have direct clinical application in preventing and/or treating disease; studies with the promise of yielding results that will attract larger sources of funding for advancing study; and influencing long-term research and clinical care directions. FWW favors focused, quality study design.

Research should be related to one of FWW's priority areas:

  • Cardiovascular disease

  • Leading female cancers

  • The role of hormones in disease and stage-of-life health concerns

  • Diseases or health concerns that disproportionately afflict women

  • Exploration of gender differences related to the topics listed above

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Impact Grants (water issues relating to climate change)
Woodard & Curran Foundation

Application due: June 30, 2018

The Impact Grants initiative will fund one innovative project that applies or advances technology by addressing water issues (e.g., water, wastewater, storm water, etc.) relating to climate change. By awarding an Impact Grant, Woodard & Curran Foundation establishes a partnership with a non-profit organization that shares our vision and meets our eligibility, expectations, and evaluation criteria.

The proposed project must:

  • Be an innovative project that applies or advances technology to address water (e.g. water, wastewater, storm water, etc.) issues relating to climate change.
  • Support the public at large (i.e., not a single individual).
  • The project can be located outside the U.S.; however, projects that rely primarily on international staff with little or no U.S. benefit are not likely to fare well during our review process.

When partnering with an organization, we look for:

  • An innovative mindset
  • Practical solutions
  • A focus on action and outcomes
  • Organizations that are committed to maximizing the impact of our investment
  • Projects that will have a sustainable impact on the community
  • Projects that utilize and/or rely on volunteers
  • Projects that are ready for implementation in a real-world setting

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NextGen 2018 Grant - Call for Proposals
Ray C. Anderson Foundation

Application due: July 11, 2018

The Ray C. Anderson Foundation is a grantmaking foundation committed to advancing the legacy of its namesake by supporting environmental sustainability initiatives. Ray's five grandchildren, along with their spouses, comprise the NextGen Committee of the Foundation, which makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees for worthwhile grants and initiatives. In 2018, the NextGen Committee has decided to focus its philanthropic efforts on programs that help to reverse global warming.

The NextGen Committee seeks proposals for currently existing or new programs that would measurably reduce the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, measured by metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), either by preventing the emission of those gases or by sequestering gases presently in the atmosphere. The Foundation intends to award one $90,000 grant to the organization with the best proposal, to fund work during the 2019 calendar year.

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Evidence for Action: Making Health a Shared Value
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Agency LOI due: June 1, 2018
Full Application due: Aug. 31, 2018

The purpose of this call for proposals (CFP) is to improve our understanding of the Action Area 1 drivers* and outcomes related to health, well-being, and equity, particularly with respect to disadvantaged children and families. A current lack of empirical evidence limits our ability to identify strategies with the potential to "drive" this Action Area forward. In addition, although these drivers are strongly correlated with individual health outcomes, we lack compelling evidence of the causal directions and the magnitudes of effects on health, well-being, and equity.

We seek evidence on the extent to which Action Area 1 drivers--mindsets and expectations, sense of community, and civic engagement--can be changed through intervention at the individual or population levels to result in better health, well-being, and equity outcomes.

An ideal study to provide such evidence would experimentally manipulate a driver, measure changes in that driver, and then measure resulting health impacts. However, we recognize that a variety of constraints could preclude such a design within the parameters of this funding opportunity. Thus, we have established two key aims for funding under this CFP:

  • Aim 1: To test the effects of specific interventions on the Action Area 1 drivers, to determine the extent to which they can be changed; and

  • Aim 2: To establish evidence of causal relationships between Action Area 1 drivers and health outcomes.

*See full CFP (using link below) for the descriptions of Action 1 drivers

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Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award
The McKnight Foundation

Agency LOI due: Mar. 26, 2018
Full Application due: Sept. 10, 2018

The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience supports innovative research designed to bring science closer to the day when diseases of the brain can be accurately diagnosed, prevented, and treated. To this end, the McKnight Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award assists scientists working to apply the knowledge achieved through basic research to human brain disorders that affect memory or cognition.

We are interested in proposals that address memory or cognition under normal and pathological conditions. This includes proposals that address mechanisms of memory or cognition at the synaptic, cellular, molecular, genetic or behavioral level in animals, including humans. We are particularly interested in proposals that incorporate fundamentally new approaches, as well as those that involve human experimentation. Collaborative and cross-disciplinary applications are encouraged.

Projects restricted to the creation of conventional mouse knockouts in candidate disease genes identified by association studies, or to broadly overexpress those genes, are discouraged. In addition, projects to perform genetic interaction screens on disease genes in model organisms (yeast, worm, fly, fish) will not be considered, unless the project includes substantive specific aims that investigate the disease relevance of any new genes discovered in human or mammalian model systems.

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The Drs. Rosalee G. and Raymond A. Weiss Research and Program Innovation Grants
American Psychological Foundation

Application due: Sept. 15, 2018

The American Psychological Foundation is accepting applications for the APF Drs. Rosalee G. and Raymond A. Weiss Research and Program Innovation Grants program, which seek to seed innovation through support for research, education, and intervention projects and programs that use psychology to solve social problems.

Grants of up $1,000 will be awarded to projects that foster the connections between behavior and physical health to ensure well-being; reduce stigma and prejudice and promote unity and harmony; improve our understanding of and help prevent violence to create a safer, more humane world; and address the long-term psychological needs of individuals and communities in the aftermath of disaster.

To be eligible, applicants must be a graduate student or early-career researcher (no more than ten years postdoctoral); be affiliated with a nonprofit charitable, educational or scientific institution, or governmental entity operating exclusively for charitable and educational purposes; and have demonstrated the competence and capacity to execute the proposed work.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the American Psychological Foundation website (use link below).

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Trish Greene Pain Assessment and Management Research Grant
Oncology Nursing Society Foundation

Agency LOI due: Sept. 1, 2018
Full Application due: Oct. 1, 2018

The Trish Greene Pain Assessment and Management Research Grant supports oncology nursing research. Research projects may include pilot or feasibility studies, or the development of a new aspect of a program of research. Funding preference is given to research that addresses the Oncology Nursing Society Foundation (ONS) Research Priorities and/or the ONS Research Agenda.

The principal investigator must be actively involved in some aspect of cancer patient care, education or research, and be PhD- or DNSc-prepared. Funding preference is given to projects that involve nurses in the design and conduct of the research activity and that promote theoretically based oncology practice. Membership in ONS is not required for eligibility.

Research grant awards are available for up to $25,000 each. The funding period is for two years.

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Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

Evidence for Action (E4A), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, funds research that expands the evidence base needed to build a Culture of Health.

Our mission is to support rigorously designed quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research that yields convincing findings regarding the population health, well-being, and equity impacts of specific policies, programs and partnerships. We are especially interested in research examining the health impacts of programmatic or policy interventions that address factors outside the domain of health care services or public health practice.

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Lyle Spencer Research Awards
The Spencer Foundation

LOI due: Oct. 2, 2018
Full Application due (by invitation only): TBD

The Spencer Foundation is accepting Letters of Intent from investigators for its Lyle Spencer Research Awards program.

Grants of up to $1 million will be awarded in support of intellectually ambitious, large-scale education research projects. In an effort to create much-needed space for creative and ambitious research projects that promise to advance our understanding of educational practice and its improvement, the program encourages proposals from scholars across a variety of disciplines and fields.

To be eligible, principal investigators and co-PIs must have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. In addition, the PI must be affiliated with a college, university, school district, nonprofit research facility, or nonprofit cultural institution that is willing to serve as the administering organization if the grant is awarded. The foundation does not award grants directly to individuals.

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Transatlantic Networks of Excellence in Cardiovascular and Neurovascular Research
Fondation Leducq

LOI due: Sept. 5, 2018
Application due (by invitation only): Feb. 14, 2019

Fondation Leducq is a private charitable foundation, based in Paris, France, dedicated to improving human health through international efforts to combat cardiovascular and neurovascular disease. In support of this mission the Fondation Leducq has created the Transatlantic Networks of Excellence in Cardiovascular and Neurovascular Research Program,which promotes internationally collaborative basic, translational, and clinical research in cardiovascular and neurovascular disease.

The principal aim of this program is to foster outstanding and innovative scientific research by bringing together international teams of researchers with complementary expertise and resources to work together on a common thematic problem. Proposals should aim to generate new knowledge with the potential to advance the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cardiovascular and neurovascular disease. Early career investigators play a vital role in these networks, which provide an excellent context for training and career development in cardiovascular and neurovascular research.

With the Transatlantic Network of Excellence Program,the Fondation Leducq looks to support original and outstanding research in the areas of the foundation's mission, i.e., cardiovascular and neurovascular disease. Applicants are encouraged to think innovatively and to propose bold ideas. Nevertheless, while the foundation will bear the risks inherent in innovative research, submitted proposals should not be merely speculative, and all applicants should provide a clear rationale for the research plan.

Networks should strive to advance knowledge on a defined theme, which may cover a variety of interrelated topics or subjects, by capitalizing on the resources and multidisciplinary expertise available within the network. Their overarching principal aim might be, for example, to test a specific hypothesis, to seek to understand a fundamental mechanistic question, to attempt a breakthrough on a particularly difficult research problem, or to propose a big new idea in cardiovascular or neurovascular research.

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Advanced Neural Prosthetics Research and Development (U01)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent Deadline: One month prior to application due date
Full Proposal Deadline: Standard Dates apply, by 5 p.m. local time

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage applications to pursue translational and pilot clinical studies for neural prosthetics. The program will utilize the cooperative agreement mechanism to enable support for milestone-driven projects for the development and demonstration of clinically-useful neural prosthetic devices. Activities supported in this program include implementation of clinical prototype devices, preclinical safety and efficacy testing, design verification and validation activities, pursuit of regulatory approval for clinical study, and proof-of-concept or pilot clinical studies.

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Advancing Interventions to Improve Medication Adherence (R01)
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is October 5, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is being issued by the NIH Adherence Network through the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), with participation from multiple NIH Institutes and Centers. This FOA seeks Research Project Grant (R01) applications that propose interventions to significantly improve medication adherence in individuals. Applications may target medication adherence in the context of treatment for a single illness or chronic condition (e.g., hypertension), to stave off a disease recurrence (e.g., cancer) or for multiple comorbid conditions (e.g., hypertension, diabetes, alcohol use disorders and HIV/AIDS). A well-articulated theoretical or conceptual framework is key for applications encouraged under this announcement. Primary outcomes of the research can include a patient self-report of medication adherence, but must also at least one non-self-report measure of medication adherence (e.g., pharmacy refill records, electronic monitoring, etc.). In addition, applications are encouraged to include a relevant health outcome or biomarker (e.g., blood pressure, viral load in HIV-infected individuals, cholesterol levels, HbA1c) that is expected to be affected by changes in the targeted adherence behavior. For diseases without identified biomarkers, inclusion of a clinical assessment (e.g., a medicine blood level, diagnostic interview or an independent clinician rating of the symptoms and behaviors) may be considered. 

 

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AHRQ Health Services Research Projects (R01)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality/DHHS

Standard Due Dates

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) invites applications for discrete, specified health services research projects. The projects will be performed by the named investigator and study team. The R01 research plan proposed by the applicant institution/organization must be related to the mission and portfolio priority research interests of AHRQ. This FOA will use the AHRQ Research Project Grant (R01) award mechanism.

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Avenir Award Program for Research on Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS (DP2)
National Institute on Drug Abuse

Avenir means future in French, and this award looks toward the future by supporting early stage investigators proposing highly innovative studies. The award will support those in an early stage of their career who may lack the preliminary data required for an R01 grant, but who propose high impact research and who show promise of being tomorrow's leaders in the field. NIDA has developed two Avenir Award Programs, one for HIV/AIDS research and the other for genetics or epigenetics studies. The Avenir Award Program for Research on Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS will support creative individuals who wish to pursue innovative research at the nexus of substance abuse and HIV/AIDS. The Avenir Award Program for Research on Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS will support research approaches for substance using populations with or at risk for HIV/AIDS that may lead to improved preventive interventions, improved therapies and/or long term retention in care, and ultimately, eradication of HIV.

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Mechanisms, Models, Measurement and Management in Pain Research (R21)(R01)(R03)
National Institutes of Health

The sponsors invite applications to stimulate and foster a wide range of basic, clinical, and translational studies on pain as they relate to the missions of these ICs. New advances are needed in every area of pain research, from the micro perspective of molecular sciences to the macro perspective of behavioral and social sciences. Although great strides have been made in some areas, such as the identification of neural pathways of pain, the experience of pain and the challenge of treatment have remained uniquely individual and unsolved. Furthermore, our understanding of how and why individuals transition to a chronic pain state after an acute insult is limited. Research to address these issues conducted by interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research teams is strongly encouraged, as is research from underrepresented, minority, disabled, or women investigators.

http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-13-119.html (R21)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/PA-files/PA-13-118.html (RO1)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/PA-files/PA-13-117.html (R03)


Mentored Quantitative Research Development Award (Parent K25)
National Institutes of Health/DHHS

January 7, 2015, February 12, 2015, May 7, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its participating Institutes and Centers invite applications for the Mentored Quantitative Research Development Award. The award is designed to attract to NIH-relevant research those investigators whose quantitative science and engineering research has thus far not been focused primarily on questions of health and disease. The K25 award will provide support and "protected time" for a period of supervised study and research for productive professionals with quantitative (e.g., mathematics, statistics, economics, computer science, imaging science, informatics, physics, chemistry) and engineering backgrounds to integrate their expertise with NIH-relevant research. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The overall goal of the NIH Research Career Development program is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists are available in appropriate scientific disciplines to address the Nation's biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs. Examples of quantitative scientific and technical backgrounds considered appropriate for this award include, but are not limited to: mathematics, statistics, economics, computer science, imaging science, informatics, physics, chemistry, and engineering. The specific objectives of the K25 award are to:

--Encourage research-oriented quantitative scientists and engineers with little or no experience in biomedicine, bioengineering, bioimaging, or behavioral research to gain fundamental knowledge in these areas and develop relevant research skills, and to gain experience in current concepts, advanced methods, and experimental approaches that will allow them to conduct basic or clinical biomedical, behavioral, bioimaging, or bioengineering research, and to become independent investigators or play leading roles in multi-disciplinary research teams.

--Increase the pool of quantitative researchers who can conduct biomedical, behavioral, or bioengineering studies, capitalizing on the quantitative backgrounds of these investigators to inform new directions in biomedical, behavior and bioengineering research.

--Provide a unique opportunity for candidates holding degrees in quantitative science or engineering to embark on three to five years of special study, including course work, seminars, meetings, and mentored research, to achieve the career enhancement goals outlined above.

Because of the focus on a progression toward independence as a quantitative biomedical, behavioral, bioimaging, or bioengineering researcher, the prospective candidate for the Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award will require enhanced skills in the experimental, theoretical and conceptual approaches used in biomedicine, behavioral science, bioimaging or bioengineering. To satisfy this requirement, the candidate should propose a period of study and career development that is complementary to his or her previous research and experience. 

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NIAID Career Transition Award (K22)

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is October 12, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The purpose of the NIAID Career Transition Award (CTA) program is to increase and maintain a strong cohort of new and talented NIH-supported independent investigators that will address the health needs of the Nation. The NIAID CTA is specifically designed to facilitate the transition from a postdoctoral research position to an independent research position.

The overall goal of the NIH Research Career Development program is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in appropriate scientific disciplines to address the Nation's biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs. In addition to this opportunity, NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) support a variety of other mentored career development programs designed to foster the transition of new investigators to research independence. These other programs may be more suitable for particular candidates.  NIH also supports non-mentored career development programs for independent investigators. More information about Career programs may be found at the NIH Extramural Training Mechanisms website.

The objective of the of the NIAID Career Transition Award is to support postdoctoral fellows transitioning to positions of assistant professor or equivalent, and initiate a successful biomedical career as an independent research scientist.

NIH believes that the creativity and innovation of new independent investigators in their early career stages play an integral role in addressing our Nation's biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs. However, the average age of first-time (new) Principal Investigators obtaining R01 research funding from the NIH has risen to 42 years for Ph.D. degree holders and 44 years for M.D./Ph.D. degree holders in 2013. The intent of the NIAID K22 program is to help alleviate this trend and to assist new investigators in transitioning to stable independent research positions at an earlier age and with an enhanced probability of success in obtaining independent NIH or other independent research support.

Nature of the career/research transition opportunity

The K22 award will provide two years of support to conduct biomedical research as an independent scientist at an extramural sponsoring institution/organization to which the individual has been recruited, been offered and has accepted a tenure-track full-time assistant professor position (or equivalent). This support is to allow the individual to continue to work toward establishing his/her own independent research program and prepare an application for regular research grant support (R01).

The postdoctoral fellow, also referred to as a candidate, submits a K22 application from the institution where s/he currently pursues his/her postdoctoral research training.  The application will be peer reviewed and assigned an overall impact score.  Successful candidates (i.e. whose application has received a fundable overall impact score) will receive an approval letter from NIAID that will include the terms and conditions to activate the K22 award. In order to activate the K22 award, the candidate will need to secure a tenure-track full-time assistant professor position within a year of the receipt of the approval letter.  Once the assistant professor position has been secured, the candidate will submit updated information about the K22 application with the support of the sponsoring institution.  The sponsoring institution can be the same as the post-doctoral institution, though it is most likely a different institution from the original submission of the K22 application.  The updated information of the transition to an assistant professor position at the sponsoring institution will be evaluated by senior NIAID staff to ensure that all programmatic requirements are met prior to the activation of the K22 award. The details of the requirements for the activation of the K22 award are described in Section VI of this announcement.

 

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NIAID Research Education Program (R25)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: Nov. 6, 2017
Full Application due: Dec. 6, 2017

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this National Institute of Allergy and infectious Diseases (NIAID) R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation's biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs in NIAID mission areas.

To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skills Development, Research Experiences and Mentoring Activities related to NIAID's mission areas.

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NIAMS Small Grant Program For New Investigators (R03)
National Institute of Arthritis & Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is November 20, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) invites applications to stimulate and facilitate the entry of promising new investigators into research on arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases and injuries. This FOA will provide support for pilot research that is likely to lead to a subsequent individual research project grant (R01). Clinical trials of any phase will not be supported by this FOA. This program will use the NIH Small Research Grant (R03) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The NIAMS Small Grant program (R03) is designed to facilitate the entry of promising new investigators into research on arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases and injuries by providing support for pilot research that is likely to lead to a subsequent individual research project grant (R01).

Division of Musculoskeletal Diseases--supports fundamental research in bone, muscle and connective tissue biology as well as research aimed at improving the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system and its component tissues. Key public health problems addressed by this research include osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, orthopaedic disorders and injuries, including sports medicine and regenerative medicine and the muscular dystrophies.

Division of Skin and Rheumatic Diseases--promotes and supports basic, translational and clinical studies of skin biology; wound healing; autoimmune, inflammatory, and genetic skin disorders; adult as well as pediatric rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, Sjögren's syndrome, and autoimmune myositis. Approaches that could be utilized by this program may include, but are not limited to genetics and genomics research, identification of risk factors, autoimmunity and inflammation research, biopsychosocial/behavioral research, outcomes and health services research, and research leading to prevention, diagnosis and cure of these disorders.

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NIDA Avant-Garde Award Program for HIV/AIDS and Drug Use Research (DP1)
National Institute on Drug Abuse

The NIDA Avant-Garde Award Program for HIV/AIDS Research supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose high-impact research that will open new areas of HIV/AIDS research and/or lead to new avenues for prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS among drug abusers. The term avant-garde is used to describe highly innovative approaches that have the potential to be transformative. The proposed research should reflect approaches and ideas that are substantially different from those already being pursued by the investigator or others. The NIDA Avant-Garde award supports innovative, basic research that may lead to improved preventive interventions or therapies; creative, new strategies to prevent disease transmission; novel approaches to improve disease outcomes; and creative approaches to eradicating HIV or improving the lives of those living with HIV.

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NIDA Avenir Award Program for Genetics or Epigenetics of Substance Abuse (DP2)
National Institute on Drug Abuse

Avenir means future in French, and this award looks toward the future by supporting early stage investigators proposing highly innovative studies. The award will support those in an early stage of their career who may lack the preliminary data required for an R01 grant, but who propose high impact research and who show promise of being tomorrow's leaders in the field. NIDA has developed two Avenir Award Programs, one for HIV/AIDS research and the other for genetics or epigenetics studies.

The Genetic Avenir Award program supports early stage investigators proposing highly innovative studies that open new areas of research for the genetics or epigenetics of addiction. The award will support those in an early stage of their career who may lack the preliminary data required for an R01 grant, but who propose high impact research and who show promise of being tomorrow's leaders in the field of genetics or epigenetics of substance abuse.

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NIH Director's New Innovator Award Program (DP2) SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
National Institutes of Health

Special Announcement $1.5M DP2 Award
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The NIH Director's New Innovator (DP2) Award initiative supports a small number of early stage investigators of exceptional creativity who propose bold and highly innovative new research approaches that have the potential to produce a major impact on broad, important problems in biomedical and behavioral research. The New Innovator Award initiative complements ongoing efforts by NIH and its Institutes and Centers to fund early stage investigators through R01 grants, which continue to be the major sources of NIH support for early stage investigators. The NIH Director's New Innovator Award initiative is a component of the High Risk - High Reward Research Program of the NIH Common Fund.

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NIH Director's Pioneer Award (DP1) SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
National Institutes of Health

Special Announcement $2.5M DPI Award
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The NIH Pioneer Award initiative complements NIH's traditional, investigator-initiated grant programs by supporting individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose pioneering and possibly transforming approaches to addressing major biomedical or behavioral challenges that have the potential to produce an unusually high impact on a broad area of biomedical or behavioral research. To be considered pioneering, the proposed research must reflect substantially different scientific directions from those already being pursued in the investigator's research program or elsewhere.

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NINDS Requirements for Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Development and Resource Sharing

The purpose of this Notice is to alert the research community to the current NINDS best practices guidelines for development and distribution of human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) through the NINDS Repository, also known as the NINDS Human Genetics Resource Center. The iPSC lines available through the NINDS Repository were primarily developed through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and collaborations with government (California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM)) and non-government organizations (the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association, the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, CHDI, the Hereditary Disease Foundation, the Huntington's Disease Society of America, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, and the Parkinson's Disease Foundation).

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NLM Express Research Grants in Biomedical Informatics (R01)
National Library of Medicine (NLM)

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is October 5, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

National Library of Medicine (NLM) offers support for innovative research in biomedical informatics. The scope of NLM's interest in the research domain of informatics is interdisciplinary, encompassing informatics problem areas in the application domains of health care, public health, basic biomedical research, bioinformatics, biological modeling, translational research and health information management in disasters. NLM defines biomedical informatics as the science of optimal organization, management, presentation and utilization of information relevant to human health and biology. Informatics research produces concepts, tools and approaches that advance what is known in the field and have the capacity to improve human health. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) offers support for innovative research in biomedical informatics. The scope of NLM's interest in the research domain of informatics is interdisciplinary, encompassing informatics problem areas in the application domains of health care, public health, basic biomedical research, bioinformatics, biological modeling, translational research and health information management in disasters. NLM defines biomedical informatics as the science of optimal organization, management, presentation and utilization of information relevant to human health and biology. Informatics research produces concepts, tools and approaches that advance what is known in the field and have the capacity to improve human health. Informatics projects of interest to NLM involve the application of computer and information sciences concepts to information problems in a biomedical domain. NLM also supports research projects focused on biomedical (rather than informatics) research questions, but approached exclusively by novel or advanced informatics techniques applied to information and data produced by others.

The following basic informatics problem areas demonstrate the scope of NLM's research interests:

--Information & knowledge processing, including understanding, translation or summarization of natural language in real-time or near real-time, integration of heterogeneous data types.

--Advanced information retrieval, knowledge discovery in databases, discovery mining, and other techniques for in silico discovery and research including approaches for accelerating the linkage of phenomic and genomic information.

--Incorporation of machine intelligence into decision tools and resources for health care providers, scientists and consumers.

--Modeling complex data, simulations, information visualization and presentation approaches to enhance decisions, learning or understanding.

--Innovative approaches for ensuring privacy and security of clinical and biomedical research data.

Examples of application domains for these informatics problem areas include, but are not limited to:

--Health Care; Public Health; Disaster Information Management;

--Biological, Social and Behavioral Research relating to human health;

--Multi-level computational models of biological and clinical processes;

--Translational Research that supports (1) uses of data in electronic health records to support biomedical research and (2) translation of biomedical research outcomes through application to problems in clinical care;

--Information Sciences; Simulation; User customization; Virtual environments; Innovative information techniques.

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Program Announcements

  • Advancing Research in      Voice Disorders (R21), (R01)
         (PA-14-235) , (PA-14-236)
         National Institute on Deafness and Other      Communication Disorders
         Application      Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple      dates, see announcement.  

  • NIOSH Support for      Conferences and Scientific Meetings (U13)
         (PAR-14-229) 
         National Institute for Occupational Safety and      Health
         Application      Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple      dates, see announcement.

Program Notices

  • Notice of Clarification      Regarding the Additional Educational Information Required for PA-14-147,      148, and 149 "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award      (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (Parent F31, F31 - Div, and F32)"
         (NOT-OD-14-094)  (NOT-OD-14-095) (NOT-OD-14-096) National      Institutes of Health

  • Notice of NEI      Participation in Administrative Supplements for Research on Dietary      Supplements (Admin Supp)
         (NOT-EY-14-001)
         National Eye Institute

  • Notice of Clarification      and Correction to PAR-14-207 "Center for Inherited Disease Research      (CIDR) High Throughput Sequencing and Genotyping Resource Access      (X01)"
         (NOT-HG-14-028)
         National Human Genome Research Institute

  • Notice of NHLBI      Participation in PAR-14-201 "Administrative Supplements for Research      on Dietary Supplements (Admin Supp)"
         (NOT-HL-14-224)
         National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

  • Notice to Correct      NOT-NS-13-040 "Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity      Announcement for the NINDS Exploratory Grant Program in Parkinson's      Disease Research (P20)" 
         (NOT-NS-14-033)
         National Institute of Neurological Disorders and      Stroke

Request for Applications

  • Nutrition Obesity      Research Centers (NORCs) (P30) 
         (RFA-DK-14-002)
         National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and      Kidney Diseases
         Application Receipt Date(s): November 25, 2014 and June 18, 2015

  • Development of an      Integrated Mathematical Model for Comparative Characterization of Complex      Molecules (U01)
         (RFA-FD-14-082)
         Food and Drug Administration
         Application Receipt Date(s): June 30, 2014

Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices
National Institutes of Health

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Food Specific Molecular Profiles and Biomarkers of Food and Nutrient Intake, and Dietary Exposure (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: May 11, 2018
Full Application due: June 11, 2018

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to promote research on food specific molecular signatures and biomarkers of dietary consumption and to promote collaborative interactions among NIH and the U.S. Department of Agriculture - National Institute on Food Safety (USDA-NIFA) supported nutrition researchers.

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Innovative Approaches to Studying Cancer Communication in the New Media Environment (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 13, 2018

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) invites applications that seek to apply one or more innovative methodologies in communication research across the cancer control continuum, from prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship, to end of life.

Applications to this FOA should utilize one or more of the following analytic approaches, methods, and data sources, including but not limited to: social media data mining, Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques, online social network analysis, crowdsourcing research tools (e.g., mTurk), online search data, Ecological Momentary Assessment, neuroscience and biobehavioral approaches to communication, and geographic information systems.

Studies should assess outcomes related to cancer prevention and control (e.g., knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, perceived risk, decision making in screening and treatment, information inequalities, social support, shared decision making, persuasion, caregiving, behavioral intentions, preventive behaviors, and policy support, among others).

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Addressing the Challenges of the Opioid Epidemic in Minority Health and Health Disparities Research in the U.S. (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: May 15, 2018
Full Application due: June 14, 2018

This funding opportunity announcement seeks to support investigative and collaborative research focused on determining the mechanisms for the variation in the prevalence of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), and understanding and reducing disparities in opioid care in minority health and health disparity populations in the U.S. This initiative will also seek to identify multi-level intervention strategies at the institutional and systems level for addressing OUD in these populations.

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Exploratory/Developmental Clinical Research Grants in Obesity (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 15, 2018

This funding opportunity announcement encourages research grant applications from institutions/organizations that propose to conduct exploratory/developmental clinical studies that will accelerate the development of effective interventions for prevention or treatment of overweight or obesity in adults and/or children. Exploratory epidemiological research with a goal of informing translational/clinical research will also be supported within this program.

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Pilot and Feasibility Studies in Preparation for Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Trials (R34)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 15, 2018

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for R34 applications seeks to support: (a) pilot and/or feasibility testing of innovative new, revised, or adapted prevention intervention approaches to prevent or delay the initiation and onset of drug and alcohol use, the progression to misuse or problem use or alcohol and other substance use disorder, reduce drinking and driving and deaths related to impaired driving, prevent suicide attempts (nonfatal and fatal), and the drug- or alcohol-related acquisition or transmission of HIV infection and viral hepatitis among diverse populations and settings; and, (b) pre-trial feasibility and acceptability testing for prevention services and systems research.

It is expected that research conducted via this mechanism will consist of studies that are a prerequisite for preparing and submitting subsequent applications for larger scale drug or alcohol abuse prevention and/or drug- or alcohol-related HIV prevention intervention studies. This FOA does not support applications for which the sole focus is development of intervention protocols, manuals, or the standardization of protocols. Any intervention development work must be imbedded within a pilot/feasibility study. Of particular interest is prevention research that addresses current public health priorities and priority settings and systems.

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Age-Related Microbiota Changes and their Implications in Chronic Disease Prevention, Treatment and Progression (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: May 16, 2018
Full Application due: June 15, 2018

The overall purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to assess the role of the microbiome in health and disease during aging. This initiative will support research projects designed to evaluate changes in the microbiota during lifetime and its influence in health and disease status in the elderly, including those from racial/ethnic minority and underserved populations and understand the underlying mechanisms of microbiota interactions in aged subjects as relate to health and disease. This FOA will accept basic mechanistic and preclinical studies in animal models in accordance with the state of the science.

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In Vivo Synaptic Function in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 16, 2018

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to study in vivo synaptic structure and function in Alzheimer's and related dementia; and to advance development of methods to study synapses in animal models and humans.

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Understanding Processes of Recovery in the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 16, 2018

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to encourage applications that seek to examine processes of recovery and relapse in the treatment of Alcohol Use Disorders (AUD). Applications high in innovation and significance are highly encouraged that address the following potential topics: 1) defining recovery; 2) Examining new and innovative methods to examine precipitants of relapse; 3) Understanding mechanisms of mutual help and recovery; 4) Evaluating recovery systems of care; and 5) Examining processes of extended treatment for AUD.

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Basic Research in Cancer Health Disparities (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 19, 2018

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages grant applications from investigators interested in conducting basic, mechanistic research into the biological/genetic causes of cancer health disparities.

These research project grants (R01) will support innovative studies designed to investigate biological/genetic bases of cancer disparities, such as (1) mechanistic studies of biological factors associated with cancer disparities, including those related to basic research in cancer biology or cancer prevention strategies, (2) the development and testing of new methodologies and models, and (3) secondary data analyses.

This FOA is also designed to aid and facilitate the growth of a nationwide cohort of scientists with a high level of basic research expertise in cancer health disparities research who can expand available resources and tools, such as biospecimens, patient derived models, and methods that are necessary to conduct basic research in cancer health disparities.

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Investigator-Initiated Genomic Medicine Research (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: May 18, 2018
Full Application due: June 20, 2018

This opportunity supports research opportunities that will advance our understanding of, and the implementation of, the use of genomic information about an individual to inform clinical care, and the health outcomes of that clinical use.

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NIMH Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (NIMH BRAINS) (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: May 18, 2018
Full Application due: June 20, 2018

The NIMH Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) award is intended to support the research and research career advancement of outstanding, exceptionally productive scientists who are in the early, formative stages of their careers and who plan to make a long-term career commitment to research in specific mission areas of the NIMH.

This award seeks to assist these individuals in launching an innovative clinical, translational, basic or services research program that holds the potential to profoundly transform the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of mental disorders.

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Revolutionizing Innovative, Visionary Environmental Health Research (RIVER) (R35)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: May 18, 2018
Full Application due: June 20, 2018

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Revolutionizing Innovative, Visionary Environmental Health Research (RIVER) program seeks to provide support for the majority of the independent research programs for outstanding investigators in the Environmental Health Sciences, giving them intellectual and administrative freedom, as well as sustained support to pursue their research in novel directions in order to achieve greater impacts.

The program seeks to identify individuals, regardless of career stage, with a potential for continued innovative and impactful research and combine their existing investigator-initiated research into a single award with a duration of up to eight years and direct costs of $600,000 and potentially up to $750,000 based on current NIEHS funding to be consolidated into the award.

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Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices
National Institutes of Health

Posted June 22, 2018

Click on URL for the latest in NIH funding opportunities and notices.

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Novel Nucleic Acid Sequencing Technology Development (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: May 25, 2018
Full Application due: June 27, 2018

This funding opportunity announcement solicits R01 grant applications to develop novel technologies that will enable no less than one order of magnitude improvement in DNA sequencing, and practical methods for direct RNA sequencing. Advances in genomics and more broadly in biomedical research have been greatly facilitated by significant and sustained DNA sequencing throughput increases and cost decreases.

The goal now is to improve the quality and efficiency of DNA sequencing and enable direct RNA sequencing (e.g., longer read lengths, faster turn-around time, greater accuracy, and higher-throughput etc.) at reasonable costs with the anticipation that significant advances in any of these and related areas would make significant contributions to the mission of NHGRI and the field of genomics, including to many of NHGRI's other technology development goals.

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Training Modules to Enhance the Rigor and Reproducibility of Biomedical Research (R25)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 29, 2018

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation's biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs.

To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on developing courses for skills development--specifically, exportable training modules designed to enhance the rigor and reproducibility of biomedical research, targeted to trainees and researchers at any level.

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BRAIN Initiative: Targeted BRAIN Circuits Projects- TargetedBCP (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: June 3, 2018
Full Application due: July 3, 2018

This funding opportunity announcement solicits applications for research projects that use innovative, methodologically-integrated approaches to understand how circuit activity gives rise to mental experience and behavior. The goal is to support projects that can realize a meaningful outcome within five years. Applications should address circuit function in the context of specific neural systems such as sensation, perception, attention, reasoning, intention, decision-making, emotion, navigation, communication or homeostasis.

Projects should link theory and data analysis to experimental design and should produce predictive models as deliverables. Projects should aim to improve the understanding of circuits of the central nervous system by systematically controlling stimuli and/or behavior while actively recording and/or manipulating dynamic patterns of neural activity. Projects can use non-human and human species, and applications should explain how the selected species offers ideal conditions for revealing general principles about the circuit basis of a specific behavior.

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NIOSH Occupational Safety and Health Research (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: July 6, 2018

The purpose of the R01 grant program is (1) to develop an understanding of the risks and conditions associated with occupational diseases and injuries, (2) to explore methods for reducing risks and preventing or minimizing exposure to hazardous conditions in the workplace, and (3) to translate significant scientific findings into prevention practices and products that will effectively reduce work-related illnesses and injuries.

The Research Project Grant (R01) supports a discrete, specified, circumscribed project in scientific areas that represent the investigators' specific interests and competencies and that fall within the mission of NIOSH.

Applicants must concisely describe the occupational health burden addressed in their proposal and must link the need for the proposed research activities to planned outputs that will help alleviate this burden. Applicants should clearly articulate the anticipated impacts of the proposed research, both during the project period and beyond.

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Elucidating the Effect of Glycemic Excursions on Patient Well-Being and Cognitive Status in People with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) (R01)
National Institutes of Health

LOI due: June 10, 2018
Full Application due: July 10, 2018

This funding opportunity announcement encourages applications from institutions/organizations proposing research on the use of current and emerging technologies for monitoring of blood glucose levels to capture the relationship between blood glucose excursions, perception of wellbeing, and cognitive status in people with type 1 diabetes (T1D).

This information will inform the design of more effective interventions that may improve patient reported outcomes (PROs), including quality of life measures, and validate glycemic measures that may serve as outcomes in clinical trials to improve glucose management in T1D.

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Occupational Safety and Health Research (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: July 23, 2018

The purpose of this R01 grant program is: (1) to develop an understanding of the risks and conditions associated with occupational diseases and injuries; (2) to explore methods for reducing risks and preventing or minimizing exposure to hazardous conditions in the workplace; and (3) to translate significant scientific findings into prevention practices and products that will effectively reduce work-related illnesses and injuries.

The Research Project Grant (R01) supports a discrete, specified, circumscribed project in scientific areas that represent the investigators' specific interests and competencies and that fall within the mission of NIOSH.

Applicants must concisely describe the occupational health burden addressed in their proposal and must link the need for the proposed research activities to planned outputs that will help alleviate this burden. Applicants should clearly articulate the anticipated impacts of the proposed research, both during the project period and beyond.

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Cutting-Edge Basic Research Awards (CEBRA) (R21)
National Institutes of Health

LOI due: July 20, 2018
Full Application due: Aug. 20, 2018

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Cutting-Edge Basic Research Award (CEBRA) is designed to foster highly innovative or conceptually creative research related to the etiology, pathophysiology, prevention, or treatment of substance use disorders (SUDs). It supports high-risk and potentially high-impact research that is underrepresented or not included in NIDA's current portfolio.

The proposed research should: (1) test an innovative and significant hypothesis for which there are scant precedent or preliminary data and which, if confirmed, would transform current thinking; and/or (2) develop, and/or adapt, revolutionary techniques or methods for addiction research or that show promising future applicability to SUD research.

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NINDS Research Education Opportunities (R25)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: July 27, 2018
Full Application due: Aug. 27, 2018

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to encourage applications for the initiation or continuation of nationally-available neuroscience research education programs that will significantly advance the mission of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

The primary focus of programs submitted under this FOA should be on intensive hands-on experience that will provide research experience, an in-depth understanding of techniques and analytic approaches, and expertise that is only possible with a nationally-organized program. Within the context of gaining expertise primarily through hands-on experience, programs may include immersive coursework and expert discussion when appropriate. Programs appropriate for this FOA must include participants from a nationally recruited cohort, selected through an application process by a well-balanced leadership committee.

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Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program (Si2/R00)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: Aug. 31, 2018

This funding opportunity announcement encourages applications for the Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program for the purpose of supporting the research activities during the early stage careers of independent clinical researchers. 

The program offers the opportunity for a unique bridge between the NIH intramural and extramural research communities and contains two phases. In the first phase, Lasker scholars will receive appointments for up to five to seven years as tenure-track investigators within the NIH Intramural Research Program with independent research budgets. In the second phase, successful scholars will receive up to three years of NIH support for their research at an extramural research facility; or, the scholar can be considered to remain as an investigator within the intramural program.

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Approaches for Understanding Disease Mechanisms and Improving Outcomes in TB Meningitis (TBM) (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: Sept. 4, 2018

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to invite applications for support of innovative clinical and preclinical/non-clinical research to improve our understanding of disease mechanisms in tuberculosis meningitis (TBM) and to improve therapy in the presence or absence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) co-infection.

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Collaborative Cross (CC) Mouse Model Generation and Discovery of Immunoregulatory Mechanisms (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: Aug. 4, 2018
Full Application due: Sept. 4, 2018

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to support the use of Collaborative Cross (CC) mouse lines to advance understanding of the host genetics involved in immune regulation and function and to further develop CC mouse lines that more faithfully reproduce human immune responses. Applicants may include CC, CC derivatives with reproducible genomes and/or CC-RIX mice to accomplish these goals.

Research areas supported by this FOA include immune system development, function or regulation; mechanisms governing immune response to infectious pathogens, vaccines or adjuvants; host susceptibility factors and mechanisms of pathogen-induced immunopathology; and immune mechanisms involved in the development and progression of immune-mediated diseases, such as allergy/asthma, autoimmunity, primary immunodeficiency, inflammation, and cell/organ/tissue transplant rejection or tolerance.

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Biomarkers Discovery In Parkinsonism (U01)
National Institutes of Health

LOI due: Aug. 6, 2018
Full Application due: Sept. 6, 2018

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to support hypothesis-driven research to discover human biomarkers in Parkinson's disease and other Parkinsonian syndromes, as a component of the NINDS Parkinson's Disease Biomarkers Program (PDBP).

This FOA encourages biomarkers discovery projects in: 1) genetically causal Parkinson's disease, especially for particular sub-types of Parkinson's Disease (PD), including genetic cohorts, biologically defined cohorts of idiopathic PD, or ethnic subgroups of idiopathic PD; 2) the differentiation of synucleinopathies (such as PD and Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) from tauopathies (such as  Progressive Supranuclear Palsy and Corticobasal degeneration); or 3) to improve diagnostic differentiation between idiopathic/subtypes of PD and these disorders, as well as from Essential tremor.

To further advance research in this area, broad sharing of biospecimens and associated data is a critical feature of the PDBP generally and of this FOA specifically. A timeline including milestones, which will be used to evaluate the application not only in peer review but also in consideration of the awarded project for funding of non-competing award years, is required for all studies.

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Harnessing Big Data to Halt HIV (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: Sept. 7, 2018

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to promote research that transforms understanding of HIV transmission, the HIV care continuum, and HIV comorbidities using Big Data Science (BDS). This FOA will support projects to assemble diverse big data sources, conduct robust and reproducible analyses, and create meaningful visualizations of big data, as well as, engage ethical experts where appropriate to ensure the development of this scientific area is guided by ethical principles.

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Short-Term Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research (R25)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Aug. 10, 2018
Full Application due: Sept. 10, 2018

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this NHLBI R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce by providing research experiences and related opportunities that enrich the pool of individuals from nationally underrepresented groups who will be available to compete for research opportunities in the mission areas of importance to NHLBI.

To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on  Research Experiences.

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Novel Genomic Technology Development (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Aug. 31, 2018
Full Application due: Oct. 2, 2018

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeks grant applications to catalyze major advances in genomics through technology development (beyond developing nucleic acid sequencing technologies). The goal is to provide a mechanism for support of very novel and high impact work from across this gamut of genomics technology development. This initiative seeks to support technologies that will have a major impact in the next five to seven years.

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Immune Mechanisms at the Maternal-Fetal Interface (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Sept. 4, 2018
Full Application due: Oct. 4, 2018

This initiative will support research to determine the roles and interactions of immune cells at the maternal-fetal interface throughout pregnancy, including mechanisms of responses to vaccination and infection, or ionizing radiation, that protect or impact the fetus and that may influence fetal immune system development.

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Alzheimer's Drug-Development Program (U01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Sept. 5, 2018
Full Application due: Oct. 5, 2018

The goal of this funding opportunity announcement is to provide funding support for the pre-clinical and early stage clinical (Phase I) development of novel small-molecule and biologic therapeutic agents that prevent Alzheimer's disease (AD), slow its progression or treat its cognitive and behavioral symptoms.

Participants in this program will receive funding for therapy development activities such as medicinal chemistry, pharmacokinetics (PK), Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism, Excretion, Toxicology (ADMET), efficacy in animal models, formulation development, chemical synthesis under Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Investigational New Drug (IND) enabling studies and initial Phase I clinical testing.

This program does not support research on basic mechanisms of disease, mechanisms of drug action, development of biomarkers, devices, non-pharmacological interventions (e.g., exercise, diet, cognitive training), repurposed drugs and combinations therapies, or discovery activities such as high throughput screening and hit optimization.

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Analyses of Adherence Strategies and Data Sets from CALERIE to Explore Behavioral and Psychosocial Aspects of Sustained Caloric Restriction in Humans (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: Oct. 5, 2018

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) invites applications for research projects (R01) involving secondary analyses of data in the Computerized Tracking System (CTS) database from the CALERIE (Comprehensive Assessment of Long-term Effects of Reducing Intake of Energy) trial to explore behavioral and psychosocial aspects of sustained caloric restriction (CR) in humans, including the translation of the CR adherence strategies used in the trial to promote healthy behaviors, especially for the prevention of weight gain with age.

CALERIE was the first trial in humans to specifically focus on the effects of sustained CR. It demonstrated feasibility of sustained human CR (for at least two years) and favorable effects on predictors of longevity, as well as on cardiometabolic risk factors. The sustained weight loss in CALERIE has not been previously attained in any clinical study in non-obese individuals.

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Cancer Tissue Engineering Collaborative: Enabling Biomimetic Tissue-Engineered Technologies for Cancer Research (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Sept. 5, 2018
Full Application due: Oct. 5, 2018

This funding opportunity announcement will support the development and characterization of state-of-the-art biomimetic tissue-engineered technologies for cancer research. Collaborative, multidisciplinary projects that engage the fields of regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, biomaterials, and bioengineering with cancer biology will be essential for generating novel experimental models that mimic cancer pathophysiology. The projects supported by this FOA will establish and collectively participate in the Cancer Tissue Engineering Collaborative (TEC) Research Program.

The Cancer TEC Program will (1) catalyze the advancement of innovative, well characterized in vitro and ex vivo systems available for cancer research, (2) expand the breadth of these systems to several cancer types, and (3) promote the exploration of cancer phenomena with biomimetic tissue-engineered systems.

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Comparative Genomics Research Program (R01)
National Institutes of Health & U.S. Department of Agriculture

Agency LOI due: Sept. 5, 2018
Full Application due: Oct. 5, 2018

The National Human Genome Research Institute and the USDA National Institute of Food & Agriculture invite applications for research developing comparative approaches that can be used to understand genome structure and function and the relationship between genomic features and phenotypes.

This program supports studies that enable the use of a diverse array of species to advance our ability to understand basic biological processes related to human health and disease, as well as studies that develop novel analytical tools and resources for the comparative genomics research community.

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Patient Safety in the Context of Perinatal, Neonatal, and Pediatric Care (R01)
National Institutes of Health

LOI due: Sept. 5, 2018
Full Application due: Oct. 5, 2018

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages a wide range of collaborative research projects related to patient safety in the context of perinatal, neonatal and pediatric care both in routine hospital settings and in intensive care units.

The FOA welcomes applications related to (but not limited to): the epidemiology of various domains of medical errors and consequent patient harm; assessing the factors at various levels that contribute to such errors; and intervention strategies at individual, systems, and institutional-levels to help reduce and eliminate medical errors.

It is anticipated that knowledge gained from these projects will help develop strategies to deliver highest quality of healthcare to all newborn infants and children with utmost safety and effectiveness.

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Interdisciplinary Research Teams to Investigate Reciprocal Basic Behavioral and Social Linkages Between Sleep and Stress (R24)
National Institutes of Health

LOI due: Sept. 29, 2018
Full Application due: Oct. 29, 2018

This funding opportunity announcement encourages applications that develop, strengthen, and evaluate transdisciplinary approaches, methods, and investigative teams in basic behavioral, social, and/or biobehavioral research to generate fundamental knowledge of the reciprocal linkages between sleep and stress.

Stress can result in sleep disruption due to both psychological as well as physiological changes. Sleep disruption can result in physiological changes; however, individuals may not recognize or identify impairment due to sleep disruption. This initiative supports the development of research teams to understand how basic individual, social, biological, and environmental factors interact in a dynamic relationship between sleep patterns and psychosocial stress to influence health, wellness, disease, and/or treatment adherence.

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The Role of Epitranscriptomics in Development and Disease (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: Nov. 7, 2018

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage applications from the scientific community to support outstanding research in the area of epitranscriptomics, i.e., the chemical modifications of RNA. Evidence is accumulating that RNA modifications regulate the function of both coding and noncoding RNAs, suggesting that these modifications are involved in both development, and in health and disease.

Yet the extent and types of these RNA modifications as well as their roles in particular biological processes remain either poorly understood or not known. The goal of the FOA is to promote research into the role of RNA chemical modifications in the initiation and progression of various developmental processes and disease states and conditions relevant to the scientific mission of the participating ICs.

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E)
National Science Foundation (multiple directorates)

Deadlines vary per directorate

SYNOPSIS: 

Advanced computational infrastructure and the ability to perform large-scale simulations and accumulate massive amounts of data have revolutionized scientific and engineering disciplines.  The goal of the CDS&E program is to identify and capitalize on opportunities for major scientific and engineering breakthroughs through new computational and data analysis approaches.  The intellectual drivers may be in an individual discipline or they may cut across more than one discipline in various Directorates.  The key identifying factor is that the outcome relies on the development, adaptation, and utilization of one or more of the capabilities offered by advancement of both research and infrastructure in computation and data, either through cross-cutting or disciplinary programs. 

The CDS&E program welcomes proposals in any area of research supported through the participating divisions that:

·         Promote the creation, development, and application of the next generation of mathematical, computational and statistical theories and tools that are essential for addressing the challenges presented to the scientific and engineering communities by the ever-expanding role of computational modeling and simulation and the explosion and production of digital experimental and observational data.

·         Promote and encourage integrated research projects that create, develop and apply novel computational, mathematical and statistical methods, algorithms, software, data curation, analysis, visualization and mining tools to address major, heretofore intractable questions in core science and engineering disciplines, including large-scale simulations and analysis of large and heterogeneous collections of data.

·         Encourage adventurous ideas that generate new paradigms and that create and apply novel techniques, generating and utilizing digital data in innovative ways to complement or dramatically enhance traditional computational, experimental, observational, and theoretical tools for scientific discovery and application.

·         Encourage ideas at the interface between scientific frameworks, computing capability, measurements and physical systems that enable advances well beyond the expected natural progression of individual activities, including development of science-driven algorithms to address pivotal problems in science and engineering and efficient methods to access, mine, and utilize large data sets.

Supplement requests to existing awards within a program that address one of the points above will also be considered. 

The CDS&E program in MPS explicitly addresses the distinct intellectual and technological discipline lying at the intersection of applied mathematics, statistics, computer science, and the core science disciplines of astronomy, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and materials research.  Proposals are expected to be relevant to mathematical and physical sciences.  The CDS&E program in ENG recognizes the importance of complex and heterogeneous data as well as high fidelity simulations over disparate scales that can be interrogated, analyzed, modeled, optimized or controlled, and even integrated with experiments or physical facilities representing engineering systems.  Proposals are expected to be relevant to engineering and to have cross-cutting and integrative themes.  The Engineering Directorate encourages the effective leveraging of NSF centers and public-private partnerships to realize CDS&E program objectives and accelerate innovation.  The CDS&E program in ACI encourages the development and use of new cyberinfrastructure capabilities that advance complex applications in science and engineering and further the integration of modeling, experiment and observation.  Proposals are expected to be relevant to ACI and are encouraged to leveraging existing or upcoming cyberinfrastructure investments.

Astronomy:  CDS&E encompasses those areas of inquiry where significant progress is critically dependent upon the application of new computational hardware, software, or algorithms, or upon the use of massive data sets. CDS&E encompasses fundamentally new approaches to large-scale simulation and to the analysis of large and heterogeneous collections of data, as well as research into the nature of algorithms and techniques that can be both enabled by data and enable more data-intensive research.

Chemistry: CDS&E encourages innovative and adventurous ideas that generate new paradigms at the algorithmic, software design and data acquisition levels in computational chemistry, simulations, chemical data analysis and cheminformatics, producing new approaches to gaining fundamental chemical knowledge and understanding. 

Materials Research:  CDS&E includes the creation, development, and application of computational tools, or the creation and application of novel techniques that utilize digital data in innovative ways to complement or dramatically enhance traditional computational, experimental, and theoretical methods to discover new materials, new materials-related phenomena, or advance fundamental understanding of materials.

Mathematical Sciences: CDS&E includes the creation, development, and application of the next generation of mathematical and statistical theories and tools that will be essential for addressing the challenges presented to the scientific and engineering communities by the ever expanding role of computational modeling and simulation on the one hand, and the explosion and production of digital and observational data on the other.

Physics:   CDS&E includes ideas at the interface between scientific frameworks and computing capability that enable advances well beyond the expected natural progress of either activity, including development of science-driven algorithms to address pivotal problems in physics and efficient methods to access and mine large data sets.

Directorate of Engineering: The CDS&E program in engineering recognizes the importance of engineering in CDS&E and vice-versa. Many natural and built engineering processes, devices and/or systems require high fidelity simulations over disparate scales that can be interrogated, analyzed, modeled, optimized or controlled, and even integrated with experiments or physical facilities. This program accepts proposals that confront and embrace the host of research challenges presented to the science and engineering communities by the ever-expanding role of computational modeling and simulation on the one hand, and experimental and/or observational data on the other.  The goal of the program is to promote the creation, development, and utilization of the next generation of theories, algorithms, methods, tools, and cyberinfrastructure in science and engineering applications.

Successful research supported by CDS&E in engineering will encompass all engineering and related disciplines that are potentially transformative and multidisciplinary and that address computational and/or data challenges.  Proposals submitted to this program should draw on productive intellectual partnerships that synergistically capitalize upon knowledge and expertise in multiple fields or sub-fields in science or engineering and/or in multiple types of organizations.  Proposals submitted to this program announcement should address the relevance of the proposed project to engineering.

Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport (CBET): CDS&E in CBET includes the use of high performance and emerging computational tools and environments in advancing mathematical modeling, simulation and analysis to describe and analyze with greater fidelity, complexity and scale, engineering processes in chemical, biochemical and biotechnology systems, bioengineering and living systems, sustainable energy and environmental systems, and transport and thermal-fluids systems.

Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI): CDS&E in CMMI encourages the submission of proposals that meet the expectations of the Directorate of Engineering and include advancing mathematic modeling and simulation to describe and analyze, with greater fidelity, complexity and scale, as well as create and apply novel techniques that utilize digital data in innovative ways to complement or dramatically enhance traditional computational, experimental, and theoretical methods. Proposals should advance the frontiers in advanced manufacturing, mechanics and materials, tools for dynamics, monitoring and control of complex systems, resilient and sustainable infrastructures and novel theories, or algorithms and methods in systems engineering and design.

Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI):  CDS&E in ACI addresses research in cyberinfrastructure with the clear potential to impact multiple research disciplines through the development of the paradigms, algorithms and processes needed to provide general CDS&E solutions as part of comprehensive, integrated, sustainable and secure cyberinfrastructure.

The CDS&E program is not intended to replace existing programs that make awards that involve computation and the analysis of large data sets.  Rather, the CDS&E program is meant to fund awards that have a significant component of cyber development or cyber science that goes well beyond what would normally be included in these programs.  PIs should ask for consideration and review as a CDS&E proposal only if the proposal addresses at least one of these additional cyber components.  Any proposal submitted to the CDS&E program that does not satisfy at least one of these additional criteria will be reviewed within the context of the individual program.  A proposal that is requesting consideration within the context of CDS&E should begin the title with the identifying acronym "CDS&E:". 

 

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Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies (Cyberlearning)

Deadline: Various, see program announcement

The purpose of the Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies program is to integrate opportunities offered by emerging technologies with advances in what is known about how people learn to advance three interconnected thrusts:

  • Innovation: inventing and improving next-generation genres (types) of learning technologies, identifying new means of using technology for fostering and assessing learning, and proposing new ways of integrating learning technologies with each other and into learning environments to foster and assess learning;

  • Advancing understanding of how people learn in technology-rich learning environments: enhancing understanding of how people learn and how to better foster and assess learning, especially in technology-rich learning environments that offer new opportunities for learning and through data collection and computational modeling of learners and groups of learners that can be done only in such environments; and

  • Promoting broad use and transferability of new genres: extracting lessons from experiences with these technologies that can inform design and use of new genres across disciplines, populations, and learning environments; advancing understanding of how to foster learning through effective use these new technologies and the environments they are integrated into. 

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Cybermanufacturing Systems (CM)
National Science Foundation

Proposals accepted anytime

The Cybermanufacturing Systems (CM) Program supports fundamental research to enable the evolution of a wide range of network-accessed manufacturing services that:

  • employ applications (or "apps") that reside in the "cloud" and plug into an expansible, interactive architecture;
  • are broadly accessible, guarantee reliable execution and have capabilities that are transparent to users; and
  • are accessible at low cost to innovators and entrepreneurs, including both users and providers.

Current manufacturing software applications are predominantly large, manufacturer-centric, general-purpose programs with the universal applicability needed to justify their development, marketing and acquisition costs.  They usually have broad capabilities, but are cumbersome to learn and often require expert intervention.

There is an opportunity for researchers to pursue research and educational efforts to accelerate the creation of an interoperating, cross-process manufacturing service layer that enables the rapid, bottom-up transformation of access to manufacturing services.  Such a service layer can allow creative entrepreneurs and companies to both furnish and access manufacturing apps that span the full spectrum from ideation to physical realization, giving rise to an era of "cybermanufacturing." 

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Dear Colleague Letter - Support for Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure and Research during FY 2015-FY 2019
NSF - Advance Notice

90 Days after publication date

The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is to inform the natural hazards engineering research community of two forthcoming program solicitations anticipated to be issued by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Engineering, Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation, between April and June 2014, for the following: (1) operations of natural hazards engineering research infrastructure for FY 2015-FY 2019 and (2) research on multi-hazard resilient and sustainable civil infrastructure. NSF does not intend to provide additional information beyond this DCL until the program solicitations and any accompanying Frequently Asked Questions are issued, as those will be the official issuances for these competitions and take precedence over the information in this DCL. The anticipated due dates for full proposals submitted to these solicitations will be 90 days following the publication date.

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Dear Colleague Letter: BRAIN EAGERs to Enable Innovation Neurotechnologies to Reveal the Functional and Emergent Properties of Neural Circuits Underlying Behavior and Cognition

Deadline: This notice does not constitute a solicitation; therefore, no award of any kind will result from this notice.

This Dear Colleague Letter is aimed at identifying opportunities to leverage and synthesize technological and conceptual innovation across disciplines and scales to accelerate progress toward an integrated understanding of neural circuits in behavior and cognition, or more simply "catching circuits in action". The neuroscience research community and specialists in other areas including, but not limited to genetics, physiology, synthetic biology, engineering, physics, mathematics, statistics, behavior and cognition are encouraged to work across disciplines to develop new approaches and neurotechnology focused at understanding the properties of circuits that underlie behavior and/or cognition in any organism. Projects that take advantage of existing DBI investments in informatics, computing and other infrastructure, such as the Neuroscience Gateway, in novel ways are also eligible.

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Dear Colleague Letter: Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP): Supplemental Funding to Current SBIR/STTR Phase II Awards

Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) supplements to Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program Phase II grants are intended to assist the small businesses in their technology commercialization efforts. Specifically, this supplemental funding is aimed at enabling the grantee to secure the services of a third-party service provider that will assist with one or more of the following commercialization activities:

  1. the identification and development of customers for the NSF-funded technology;
  2. providing advice on financing strategy and fundraising from private sector;
  3. establishing strategic partnerships with relevant stakeholders; and/or
  4. the evaluation and protection of intellectual property.

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Dear Colleague Letter: Computing About the Ebola Virus
Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) (National Science Foundation)

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

November 13, 2014

Dear Colleague:

This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) follows a recent National Science Foundation (NSF) DCL (NSF 15-006,http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf15006) that referred to the emergence of the lethal Ebola virus in the US and expressed NSF's interest in proposals to conduct non-medical, non-clinical care research that can be used immediately to better understand how to model and understand the spread of Ebola; educate about prophylactic behaviors; and encourage the development of products, processes, and learning that can address this global challenge.

In that DCL, NSF invited researchers to use the Rapid Response Research (RAPID) funding mechanism, which allows NSF to receive and review proposals having a severe urgency with regard to availability of, or access to, data, facilities or specialized equipment, as well as quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic disasters and similar unanticipated events.

The NSF Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) is particularly interested in proposals that include software development activities, such as those that would be funded by the Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E, http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504813) or Software Structure for Sustained Innovation (SI2, http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf14520) programs, along with the use of petascale computing on Blue Waters, such as that which would be funded by the Petascale Computing Resource Allocations (PRAC, http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf14518) program. ACI encourages such submissions through this DCL.

Complete guidance on submitting a RAPID proposal may be found in the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG):http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf14001/gpg_2.jsp#IID1.

Questions about this specific DCL should be addressed to:

Daniel S. Katz, dkatz@nsf.gov or Rudolf Eigenmann, reigenma@nsf.gov.

Sincerely,

C. Suzanne Iacono
Acting Assistant Director
Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering

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Dear Colleague Letter: Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE)
National Science Foundation

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

The Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) pilot seeks to support bold interdisciplinary projects in all NSF-supported areas of science, engineering, and education research. INSPIRE has no targeted themes and serves as a funding mechanism for proposals that are required both to be interdisciplinary and to exhibit potentially transformative research (IDR and PTR, respectively). Complementing existing NSF efforts, INSPIRE was created to handle proposals whose: scientific advances lie outside the scope of a single program or discipline, such that substantial funding support from more than one program or discipline is necessary; lines of research promise transformational advances; and prospective discoveries reside at the interfaces of disciplinary boundaries that may not be recognized through traditional review or co-review.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The implementation of the INSPIRE pilot is based on two overarching goals:

Goal 1: To emphasize to the science, mathematics, engineering and education research community that NSF is welcoming to bold, unconventional ideas incorporating creative interdisciplinary approaches. INSPIRE seeks to attract unusually creative high-risk/high-reward "out of the box" interdisciplinary proposals.

Goal 2: To provide NSF Program Officers (POs) with additional tools and support to engage in cross-cutting collaboration and risk-taking in managing their awards portfolios.

INSPIRE supports projects that lie at the intersection of traditional disciplines, and is intended to 1) attract unusually creative high-risk / high-reward interdisciplinary proposals; 2) provide substantial funding, not limited to the exploratory stage of the pursuit of novel ideas (unlike NSF's EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research, or EAGER); and 3) be open to all NSF-supported areas of science, mathematics, engineering, and education research. NSF will initiate an external formative assessment to test whether the INSPIRE pilot is achieving program and portfolio-level goals.

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Dear Colleague Letter: Joint NSF/NOAA Agreement regarding the National Centers for Environmental Prediction and related AGS

Deadline: Not Specified

This letter announces opportunities in FY2014 and FY2015 to support the translation of research supported by the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS) to operations at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP). AGS will provide support to enable the AGS research community to transition the basic research in which they are engaged to use in national operational activities at NCEP. This opportunity would support extended visits by AGS-supported investigators and research groups, including students and post-doctoral researchers to NOAA's NCEP. Support would be awarded in the form of a supplement to an existing NSF award. This opportunity provides AGS PIs an opportunity to advance their NSF-supported research by working closely with environmental scientists at NOAA's NCEP and having access to a wealth of real-time and archived datasets and computational facilities.

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Division of Materials Research: Topical Materials Research Programs (DMR-TMRP)
National Science Foundation

Application Window Date: Oct. 1-Nov. 1, 2017

Research supported by the Division of Materials Research (DMR) focuses on advancing fundamental understanding of materials, materials discovery, design, synthesis, characterization, properties, and materials-related phenomena. DMR awards enable understanding of the electronic, atomic, and molecular structures, mechanisms, and processes that govern nanoscale to macroscale morphology and properties; manipulation and control of these properties; discovery of emerging phenomena of matter and materials; and creation of novel design, synthesis, and processing strategies that lead to new materials with unique characteristics.

These discoveries and advancements transcend traditional scientific and engineering disciplines. The Division supports research and education activities in the United States through funding of individual investigators, teams, centers, facilities, and instrumentation. Projects supported by DMR are essential for the development of future technologies and industries that meet societal needs, as well preparation of the next generation of materials researchers.

This solicitation applies to the following six DMR Topical Materials Research Programs that fund research and educational projects by individual investigators or small groups: Biomaterials (BMAT), Condensed Matter Physics (CMP), Electronic and Photonic Materials (EPM), Metals and Metallic Nanostructures (MMN), Polymers (POL), and Solid-State and Materials Chemistry (SSMC). It does not apply to the following two DMR Topical Materials Research Programs, which have their own solicitations: Ceramics (CER) (NSF 16-597) and Condensed Matter and Materials Theory (CMMT) (NSF 16-596).

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Earth Sciences: Instrumentation and Facilities (EAR/IF)
Directorate for Geosciences and Division of Earth Sciences (National Science Foundation)

Proposals accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

The Instrumentation and Facilities Program in the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR/IF) supports meritorious requests for infrastructure that promotes research and education in areas supported by the Division (see http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=EAR). EAR/IF will consider proposals for:

    1. Acquisition or Upgrade of Research Equipment that will advance laboratory and field investigations and student research training opportunities in the Earth sciences. The maximum request is $750,000. The maximum request for upgrade of research group computing facilities is $75,000.
    2. Development of New Instrumentation, Techniques or Software that will extend current research and research training capabilities in the Earth sciences. The maximum request is $750,000.
    3. Support of National or Regional Multi-User Facilities that will make complex and expensive instruments, systems of instruments or services broadly available to the Earth science research and student communities.
    4. Support for Early Career Investigators to facilitate expedient development and operation of new research infrastructure proposed by the next generation of leaders in the Earth Sciences. The Early Career opportunity specifically allows for submission of a proposal for Acquisition or Upgrade of Research Equipment or Development of New Instrumentation, Techniques or Software which may include additional budget line items associated with support of a new full-time technician who will be dedicated to manage, operate and maintain the instrument(s) being requested. Any request for technical support under this opportunity is limited to three years duration. The maximum total request is $1,000,000.

Planned research uses of requested instruments, software, and facilities must include basic research on Earth processes SUPPORTED BY CORE PROGRAMS OR SPECIAL PROGRAMS OF THE DIVISION OF EARTH SCIENCES (see http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=EAR for a current list of programs funded by the Division of Earth Sciences).

Support is available through grants or cooperative agreements awarded in response to investigator-initiated proposals.

Human resource development and education are expected to be an integral part of all proposals submitted to EAR/IF.

Efforts to support participation of underrepresented groups in laboratory and/or field instrument use and training are encouraged.

All proposers to EAR/IF are encouraged to consider Support of Outreach and/or Broadening Participation Activities. Proposals submitted to the EAR/IF Program may request up to $20,000 for such activities (please refer to Sections V.A Proposal Preparation Instructions and V.B Budgetary Information). Proposals for Support of National or Regional Multi-User Facilities are excluded from the $20,000 maximum for outreach and broadening participation activities.

Proposals requesting equipment, infrastructure or personnel that will also serve disciplines outside the Earth sciences may be jointly reviewed with other programs within the Foundation. EAR/IF will consider co-funding of projects with other NSF programs and other agencies. Potential applications who consider joint review a possibility for their proposal are encouraged to contact the relevant program officer to discuss this possibility.

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Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program Directorate for Biological Sciences/NSF

Deadlines: July 21, 2014 (CISE) (BIO) (EHR) July 22, 2014 (ENG) July 23, 2014 (GEO) (MPS) (SBE)

CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from junior faculty members at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.

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Recompetition of the Management of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory

Deadline: TBD

Deadline:  This notice does not constitute a solicitation; therefore, no award of any kind will result from this notice. Although the competition is still in the planning stage, NSF anticipates that a program solicitation will be issued in the second quarter of calendar year 2014.

Consistent with the National Science Board Resolution on Competition and Recompetition of NSF Awards (NSB-08-12), NSF will carry out a competition for the next cooperative agreement to manage and operate the IceCube Neutrino Observatory through an open, merit-based external peer-review process. The Division of Polar Programs (PLR) of the Directorate for Geosciences and the Division of Physics of the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences are currently preparing the program solicitation. This solicitation is expected to lead to the award of a five- to ten-year cooperative agreement for the management and operation of ICNO following the end of the current cooperative agreement on September 30, 2015.

This letter provides general information regarding the upcoming competition and invites potential proposing organizations to contact NSF representatives to identify information they believe is needed for proposal preparation.

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CubeSat-Based Science Missions for Geospace and Atmospheric Research
National Science Foundation

Application due: June 13, 2018

Lack of essential observations from space is currently a major limiting factor in many areas of geospace and atmospheric research. Recent advances in sensor and spacecraft technologies make it feasible to obtain key measurements from low-cost, small satellite missions. A particularly promising aspect of this development is the prospect for obtaining multi-point observations in space that are critical for addressing many outstanding problems in space and atmospheric sciences. Space-based measurements from small satellites also have great potential to advance discovery and understanding in geospace and atmospheric sciences in many other ways. To take full advantage of these developments, NSF is soliciting research proposals centered on small satellite missions.

The overarching goal of the CubeSat-Based Science Missions for Geospace and Atmospheric Research program is to support the development, construction, launch, operation, and data analysis of small satellite science missions to advance geospace and atmospheric research. Equally important, it will provide essential opportunities to train the next generation of experimental space scientists and aerospace engineers.

To facilitate launch of the satellites as secondary payloads on existing missions, the focus of the program is on CubeSat-based satellites. Launch of the satellites will mainly be through the standardized CubeSat deployment system, the Poly Picosatellite Orbital Deployer (P-POD). Launch of the P-PODS will be as auxiliary payloads on DOD, NASA, or commercial launches. This will be arranged after selection and is not part of this solicitation. This solicitation covers proposals for science missions to include satellite development, construction, testing and operation as well as data distribution and scientific analysis.

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Archaeology and Archaeometry
National Science Foundation

Deadlines vary by program

The goal of the Archaeology Program is to fund research which furthers anthropologically relevant archaeological knowledge. In accordance with the National Science Foundation's mission, such research has the potential to provide fundamental scientific insight. While within the broad range of "archaeology" the focus is on projects judged to be significant from an anthropological perspective, the Program sets no priorities based on time period, geographic region or specific research topic.

The Program administers four competitions each of which is described in the complete announcement. It also supports projects submitted under NSF-wide competition guidelines. These include CAREER, EAGER, RAPID and Research Experiences for Undergraduates Supplement requests.

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STEM plus Computing K-12 Education (STEM plus C)
National Science Foundation

Application due: July 2, 2018

The STEM plus C Program focuses on research and development of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to the integration of computing within STEM teaching and learning for preK-12 students in both formal and informal settings. The STEM C program supports research on how students learn to think computationally to solve interdisciplinary problems in science and mathematics.

The program supports research and development that builds on evidence-based teacher preparation or professional development activities that enable teachers to provide excellent instruction on the integration of computation and STEM disciplines. Proposals should describe projects that are grounded in prior evidence and theory, are innovative or potentially transformative, and that will generate and build knowledge about the integration of computing and one or more STEM disciplines at the preK-12 level.   

A proposal submitted to this program description should describe the integration of computing with one or more STEM disciplines. A proposal may focus on studies on the effects of integrating computational thinking with STEM disciplines or the challenges of implementing these potentially disruptive educational interventions. Proposed projects may develop models, assessments, and technological tools to support teaching and learning in this area as well as conduct research on these models, assessments, and tools.

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Science of Learning (SL)
National Science Foundation

Application due: July 11, 2018

The Science of Learning (SL) program supports potentially transformative basic research to advance the science of learning. The goals of the SL Program are to develop basic theoretical insights and fundamental knowledge about learning principles, processes and constraints. Projects that are integrative and/or interdisciplinary may be especially valuable in moving basic understanding of learning forward but research with a single discipline or methodology is also appropriate if it addresses basic scientific questions in learning.

The possibility of developing connections between proposed research and specific scientific, technological, educational, and workforce challenges will be considered as valuable broader impacts, but are not necessarily central to the intellectual merit of proposed research. The program will support research addressing learning in a wide range of domains at one or more levels of analysis including: molecular/cellular mechanisms; brain systems; cognitive affective, and behavioral processes; and social/cultural influences. The program supports a variety of methods including: experiments, field studies, surveys, secondary-data analyses, and modeling.

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Developmental Sciences (DS)
National Science Foundation

Application due: July 16, 2018

Developmental Sciences (DS) supports basic research that increases our understanding of cognitive, linguistic, social, cultural, and biological processes related to human development across the lifespan. Research supported by this program will add to our knowledge of the underlying developmental processes that support social, cognitive, and behavioral functioning, thereby illuminating ways for individuals to live productive lives as members of society.

DS supports research that addresses developmental processes within the domains of cognitive, social, emotional, and motor development across the lifespan by working with any appropriate populations for the topics of interest including infants, children, adolescents, adults, and non-human animals. The program also supports research investigating factors that affect developmental change including family, peers, school, community, culture, media, physical, genetic, and epigenetic influences.

Additional priorities include research that: incorporates multidisciplinary, multi-method, microgenetic, and longitudinal approaches; develops new methods, models, and theories for studying development; includes participants from a range of ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and cultures; and integrates different processes (e.g., memory, emotion, perception, cognition), levels of analysis (e.g., behavioral, social, neural), and time scales.

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Leading Engineering for America's Prosperity, Health, and Infrastructure (LEAP HI)
National Science Foundation

Application due: July 16, 2018

The LEAP HI program challenges the engineering research community to take a leadership role in addressing demanding, urgent, and consequential challenges for advancing America's prosperity, health and infrastructure. LEAP HI proposals confront engineering problems that are too complex to yield to the efforts of a single investigator--problems that require sustained and coordinated effort from interdisciplinary research teams, with goals that are not achievable through a series of smaller, short-term projects. LEAP HI projects perform fundamental research that may lead to disruptive technologies and methods, lay the foundation for new and strengthened industries, enable notable improvements in quality of life, or re-imagine and revitalize the built environment.

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Smart and Autonomous Systems (S&AS)
National Science Foundation

Application due: July 31, 2018

The Smart and Autonomous Systems (S&AS) program focuses on Intelligent Physical Systems (IPS) that are capable of robust, long-term autonomy requiring minimal or no human operator intervention in the face of uncertain, unanticipated, and dynamically changing situations. IPS are systems that combine perception, cognition, communication, and actuation to operate in the physical world. Examples include, but are not limited to, robotic platforms, self-driving vehicles, underwater exploration vehicles, and smart grids.

Most current IPS operate in pre-programmed ways and in a limited variety of contexts. They are largely incapable of handling novel situations, or of even understanding when they are outside their areas of expertise. To achieve robust, long-term autonomy, however, future IPS need to be aware of their capabilities and limitations and to adapt their behaviors to compensate for limitations and/or changing conditions.

To foster such intelligent systems, the S&AS program supports research in four main aspects of IPS: cognizant, taskable, adaptive, and ethical. Cognizant IPS exhibit high-level awareness of their own capabilities and limitations, anticipating potential failures and re-planning accordingly. Taskable IPS can interpret high-level, possibly vague, instructions, planning out and executing concrete actions that are dependent on the particular context in which the system is operating. Adaptive IPS can change their behaviors over time, learning from their own experiences and those of other entities, such as other IPS or humans, and from instruction or observation. Ethical IPS should adhere to a system of societal and legal rules, taking those rules into account when making decisions. Each of these research areas requires the IPS to be knowledge-rich, employing a variety of representation and reasoning mechanisms, such as semantic, probabilistic, commonsense, and meta-reasoning.

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Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)
National Science Foundation

Application due: Aug. 8, 2018

With the goal of encouraging research independence immediately upon obtaining one's first academic position after receipt of the Ph.D., the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) will award grants to initiate the course of one's independent research. Understanding the critical role of establishing that independence early in one's career, it is expected that funds will be used to support untenured faculty or research scientists (or equivalent) in their first three years in a primary academic position after the Ph.D., but not more than a total of five years after completion of their Ph.D.

One may not yet have received any other grants or contracts in the Principal Investigator (PI) role from any department, agency, or institution of the federal government, including from the CAREER program or any other program, post-Ph.D., regardless of the size of the grant or contract, with certain exceptions noted below. Serving as co-PI, Senior Personnel, Postdoctoral Fellow, or other Fellow does not count against this eligibility rule. Grants, contracts, or gifts from private companies or foundations; state, local, or tribal governments; or universities do not count against this eligibility rule.

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GeoPRISMS Program
National Science Foundation

Application due: Aug. 13, 2018

GeoPRISMS (Geodynamic Processes at Rifting and Subducting Margins) Program investigates the coupled geodynamics, earth surface processes, and climate interactions that build and modify continental margins over a wide range of timescales. These interactions cross the shoreline and have applications to margin evolution and dynamics, construction of stratigraphic architecture, accumulation of economic resources, and associated geologic hazards and environmental management.

The GeoPRISMS Program includes two broadly integrated science initiatives (Subduction Cycles and Deformation (SCD) and Rift Initiation and Evolution (RIE)), linked by five overarching scientific topics and themes, where transformative advances are likely to occur in the decade 2011-2020, and where a focused scientific program could be most effective. These overarching science topics include 1) Origin and evolution of continental crust; 2) Fluids, magmas and their interactions; 3) Climate-surface-tectonics feedbacks; 4) Geochemical cycles; and 5) Plate boundary deformation and geodynamics. Each of the initiatives has identified primary sites for focused investigations, as well as thematic studies that will complement primary site studies.

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Cultural Anthropology Program Senior Research Awards (CA-SR)
National Science Foundation

Application due: Aug. 15, 2018

The primary objective of the Cultural Anthropology Program is to support fundamental, systematic anthropological research and training to increase understanding of the causes, consequences, and complexities of human social and cultural variability.

The Cultural Anthropology Program welcomes proposals from researchers in all sub-fields of cultural anthropology and research at any temporal and spatial scale. Methodologies and approaches employed may include ethnographic field research, surveys, remote sensing, the collection of bio-markers, experimental research inside or outside of laboratory settings, archival research, the analysis of materials collections and extant data bases, mathematical and computational modeling, and other research tools as appropriate for the research proposed.

The overarching research goals should be to produce empirically grounded findings that will be generalizable beyond particular case studies and contribute to building a more robust anthropological science of human society and culture.

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Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS)
National Science Foundation

Application due: Full proposal accepted anytime

The Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS) program supports fundamental and innovative research in the design, operation and management of civil infrastructure that contributes to creating smart, sustainable and resilient communities at local, national and international scales. This program focuses on civil infrastructure as a system in which interactions between spatially- and functionally- distributed components and intersystem connections exist. All critical civil infrastructure systems are of interest, including transportation, power, water, pipelines and others.

The CIS program encourages potentially disruptive ideas that will open new frontiers and significantly broaden and transform relevant research communities. The program particularly welcomes research that addresses novel system and service design, system integration, big data analytics, and socio-technological-infrastructure connections. The program values diverse theoretical, scientific, mathematical, or computational contributions from a broad set of disciplines.

While component-level, subject-matter knowledge may be crucial in many research efforts, the program does not support research with a primary contribution pertaining to individual infrastructure components such as materials, sensor technology, extreme event analysis, human factors, climate modeling, structural, geotechnical, hydrologic or environmental engineering.

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Engineering Design and System Engineering (EDSE)
National Science Foundation

Application due: Full proposal accepted anytime

The Engineering Design and Systems Engineering (EDSE) program supports fundamental research into the basic processes and phenomena of engineering design and systems engineering. The program seeks proposals leading to improved understanding about how processes, organizational structure, social interactions, strategic decision making, and other factors impact success in the planning and execution of engineering design and systems engineering projects.

It also supports advances pertaining to engineering design and systems engineering in areas that include, but are not limited to, decision making under uncertainty, including preference and demand modeling; problem decomposition and decision delegation; applications of reverse game theory (mechanism design); computer-aided design; design representation; system performance modeling and prediction; design optimization; uncertainty quantification; domain- or concern-specific design methods; and advanced computational techniques for supporting effective human cognition, decision making, and collaboration. Competitive proposals for novel methods will include a plan to evaluate rigorously the effectiveness and performance of the proposed approach.

The EDSE program encourages multidisciplinary collaborations of experts in design and systems engineering with experts in other domains. Of particular interest is research on the design of engineering material systems that leverages the unique aspects of a particular material system to realize advanced design methods that are driven by performance metrics and incorporate processing/manufacturing considerations.

The EDSE program does not support the development of ad-hoc approaches that lack grounding in theory, nor does it support design activities that do not advance scientific knowledge about engineering design or systems engineering. Prospective investigators are encouraged to discuss research ideas and project scope with the Program Director in advance of proposal preparation and submission.

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Humans, Disasters, and the Built Environment (HDBE)
National Science Foundation

Application due: Full proposal accepted anytime

The Humans, Disasters and the Built Environment (HDBE) program supports fundamental, multidisciplinary research on the interactions between humans and the built environment within and among communities exposed to natural, technological and other types of hazards and disasters.

The program's context is provided by ongoing and emerging changes in three interwoven elements of a community: its population, its built environment (critical infrastructures, physical and virtual spaces, and buildings and related structures) and the hazards and disasters to which it is exposed. The HDBE program seeks research that integrates these elements and that can contribute to theories that hold over a broad range of scales and conditions. Examples include but are not limited to unified frameworks and theoretical models that encompass non-hazard to extreme hazard and disaster conditions, theoretical and empirical studies that consider how interactions between a community's population and its built environment may suppress or amplify hazard exposure or its effects, and studies that seek to inform scholarship through the development of shared data and related resources.

In these and other areas funded through the HDBE program, research that challenges conventional wisdom on the interactions among humans, the built environment and hazards and disasters is particularly encouraged. Given the richness of the phenomena under study, the HDBE program seeks research that advances theories, methods and data within and across diverse disciplines, whether in engineering, the social sciences, computing or other relevant fields. Ultimately, research funded through this program is expected to inform how communities can cultivate and engage a broad range of physical, social and other resources to ensure improved quality of life for their inhabitants.

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NSF/FDA Scholar-in-Residence at FDA
National Science Foundation

Application due: Accepted Anytime

The National Science Foundation (NSF), through the Directorate for Engineering, the Directorate of Computer and Information Science and Engineering Division of Computer and Network Systems, and the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division of Materials Research, along with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), through its Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), have established the NSF/FDA Scholar-in-Residence Program at FDA.

This program comprises an interagency partnership for the investigation of scientific and engineering issues concerning emerging trends in medical device technology. This partnership is designed to enable investigators in science, engineering, and computer science to develop research collaborations within the intramural research environment at the FDA. This solicitation features three flexible mechanisms for support of research at the FDA: 1) Principal Investigators at FDA; 2) Postdoctoral Researchers at FDA; and 3) Graduate Students at FDA.

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Secondary Satellite Network for U. S. Academic Research Vessel Fleet (ARF)
National Science Foundation

Application due: Sept. 10, 2018

This solicitation seeks proposals to support the diverse network-dependent research and operational requirements of vessels in the U.S. Academic Research Fleet (ARF) and associated platforms by providing satellite communication system(s) that can be used as one of multiple options for at-sea access to the Internet.

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Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS)
National Science Foundation

Application due: Sept. 26, 2018

Humanity depends upon the Earth's physical resources and natural systems for food, energy, and water (FEW). However, both the physical resources and the FEW systems are under increasing stress. It is becoming imperative that we determine how society can best integrate social, ecological, physical and built environments to provide for growing demand for food, energy and water in the short term while also maintaining appropriate ecosystem services for the future. Known stressors in FEW systems include governance challenges, population growth and migration, land use change, climate variability, and uneven resource distribution. The interconnections and interdependencies associated with the FEW Nexus pose research grand challenges. To meet these grand challenges, there is a critical need for research that enables new means of adapting societal use of FEW systems.

The INFEWS program seeks to support research that conceptualizes FEW systems broadly and inclusively, incorporating social and behavioral processes (such as decision making and governance), physical processes (such as built infrastructure and new technologies for more efficient resource utilization), natural processes (such as biogeochemical and hydrologic cycles), biological processes (such as agroecosystem structure and productivity), and cyber-components (such as sensing, networking, computation and visualization for decision-making and assessment). Investigations of these complex systems may produce discoveries that cannot emerge from research on food or energy or water systems alone. It is the synergy among these components in the context of sustainability that will open innovative science and engineering pathways to produce new knowledge, novel technologies, and innovative predictive capabilities.

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Disability and Rehabilitation Engineering (DARE)
National Science Foundation

Application due: Oct. 22, 2018

The Disability and Rehabilitation Engineering program supports fundamental engineering research that will improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities through: development of new technologies, devices, or software; advancement of knowledge regarding normal or pathological human motion; or understanding of injury mechanisms.

Research may be supported that is directed toward the characterization, restoration, rehabilitation, and/or substitution of human functional ability or cognition, or to the interaction between persons with disabilities and their environment. Areas of particular interest are neuroengineering and rehabilitation robotics. The program will also consider research in the areas of: new engineering approaches to understand normal or pathological motion, both as a target for rehabilitation and as a means to characterize motion related to disability or injury; or understanding injury at the tissue or system-level such that interventions may be developed to reduce the impact of trauma and subsequent disability.

Emphasis is placed on significant advancement of fundamental engineering knowledge that facilitates transformative outcomes.

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Engineering of Biomedical Systems (EBMS)
National Science Foundation

Application due: Oct. 22, 2018

The Engineering of Biomedical Systems (EBMS) program is part of the Engineering Biology and Health cluster, which also includes 1) Biophotonics; 2) Biosensing; 3) Cellular and Biochemical Engineering; and 4) Disability and Rehabilitation Engineering.

The goal of the EBMS program is to provide research opportunities for creating discovery-level and transformative projects that integrate engineering and life sciences to solve biomedical problems and serve humanity in the long term. EBMS projects must be at the interface of engineering and biomedical sciences. They are expected to use an engineering framework (for example, design or modeling) that supports increased understanding of physiological or pathophysiological processes. The project must include objectives that advance both engineering and biomedical sciences.

EMBS projects should focus on high-impact, transformative methods and technologies--especially those that potentially will have a broad impact on biomedical challenges. Projects may include: methods, models, and enabling tools applied to understand or control living systems; fundamental improvements in deriving information from cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems; or approaches to the design of systems that include both living and non-living components for eventual medical use in the long term.

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Environmental Sustainability
National Science Foundation

Application due: Oct. 22, 2018

The goal of the Environmental Sustainability program is to promote sustainable engineered systems that support human well-being and that are also compatible with sustaining natural (environmental) systems. These systems provide ecological services vital for human survival. Research efforts supported by the program typically consider long time horizons and may incorporate contributions from the social sciences and ethics. The program supports engineering research that seeks to balance society's need to provide ecological protection and maintain stable economic conditions.

There are four principal general research areas that are supported are:

  • Industrial Ecology: Topics of interest in Industrial Ecology include advancements in modeling such as life cycle assessment, materials flow analysis, input/output economic models, and novel metrics for measuring sustainable systems. Innovations in industrial ecology are encouraged.

  • Green Engineering: Research is encouraged to advance the sustainability of manufacturing processes, green buildings, and infrastructure. The Environmental Sustainability program supports research that would affect more than one chemical or manufacturing process or that takes a systems or holistic approach to green engineering for infrastructure or green buildings.

  • Ecological Engineering: Topics should focus on the engineering aspects of restoring ecological function to natural systems. Engineering research in the enhancement of natural capital to foster sustainable development is encouraged.

  • Earth Systems Engineering: Earth systems engineering considers aspects of large scale engineering research that involve mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, adaptation to climate change, and other global scale concerns.

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Division of Chemistry: Disciplinary Research Programs (CHE-DRP)
National Science Foundation

Application due: Varies by program (Oct. 1 or Oct. 31, 2018)

CHE supports a large and vibrant research community engaged in fundamental discovery, invention, and innovation in the chemical sciences. The projects supported by CHE explore the frontiers of chemical science, develop the foundations for future technologies and industries that meet changing societal needs, and prepare the next generation of chemical researchers.

Some of the areas supported by CHE include:

  • designing, synthesizing and characterizing new molecules, surfaces, and nanostructures, especially those with a focus on sustainability;
  • increasing our fundamental understanding of molecules and their chemical transformations;
  • developing new tools for chemical discovery, including those in data discovery science where increasing volumes and varieties of data are harnessed to advance innovation;
  • determining structure-function relationships in biological systems and contributing to our understanding of the fundamental rules of life;
  • observing, manipulating, and controlling the behavior of matter and energy in nanometer dimensions such as the quantum regime;
  • understanding chemical processes in the environment;
  • enabling next-generation technologies in sensing, computing, modeling, and communications; and
  • solving complex chemical problems by the development of new theories, computations, and tools, including the synergistic combination of multiple types of instruments.

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Discoveries to Revolutionize Engineering and Architectural Materials for Buildings (DREAM-B)
National Science Foundation

Application due: Dec. 3, 2018

The vast U.S. building stock has been constructed primarily of conventional materials, such as concrete, masonry, steel, and wood. New waves in building design approaches, such as performance/resilient-based design, as well as rapid evolutions in robotics, additive manufacturing, and computation, create stunning new opportunities to revolutionize engineering and architectural materials for high performance buildings.

With this opportunity, Discoveries to Revolutionize Engineering and Architectural Materials for Buildings, the National Science Foundation (NSF) invites proposals to the Engineering for Civil Infrastructure (ECI) program for EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) for high risk/high reward fundamental research to investigate wholly new materials and radical changes in the design of conventional materials, through the adaptation and integration of advanced technologies, to enable high performance buildings (structural systems, foundation systems, and building envelopes).

Building material designs should be guided by a "closed loop" iterative engineering design process to achieve an optimum balance of building cost, function, performance and constructability that might be attainable within the next few decades. Investigators are urged to begin by imagining materials that can enable buildings to be adaptable to various levels of service and extreme loadings and environmental stresses while balancing occupant health and comfort and other beneficial attributes (such as energy and cost). Investigators should seize opportunities that leverage convergence of knowledge across engineering, computational, and materials science disciplines, especially those outside traditional civil engineering.

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Mathematical Sciences Infrastructure Program
National Science Foundation

Application due: Dec. 17, 2018

The major aim of the Mathematical Sciences Infrastructure Program is to foster the continuing health of the mathematical sciences research community. Hence, the program supports projects that positively influence the entire community, most often those cutting across multiple sub-disciplines. Activities funded include working research sessions, such as conferences and symposia, as well as larger initiatives focused on enhancing and developing the mathematical sciences at the national scale.

In addition, the Infrastructure Program will support a limited number of unsolicited training projects aimed at the undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral levels that include a core mathematical sciences research component for trainees. The Infrastructure Program seeks to fund novel projects that can have an impact by promoting partnerships, broadening participation, and/or serving as models to be replicated.

Proposals must clearly identify:

  • the goals to be achieved;

  • the specific new activities to be conducted, the way in which these address the goals, and the way in which the activities significantly differ from or enhance common practice;

  • measurable proposed outcomes for the project;

  • specific methods for evaluation of the success of the activity and for assessment of progress toward the goals to be achieved, and

  • a budget commensurate with the proposed activity.

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Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program (IUCRC)
National Science Foundation

Preliminary Proposal due: Oct. 17, 2018
Full Proposal due: Dec. 19, 2018

The Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) Program develops long-term partnerships among industry, academe, and government. The Centers are catalyzed by an investment from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and are primarily supported by industry Center members, with NSF taking a supporting role in the development and evolution of the Center.

Each Center is established to conduct research that is of interest to both the industry members and the Center faculty. An IUCRC contributes to the nation's research infrastructure base and enhances the intellectual capacity of the engineering and science workforce through the integration of research and education. As appropriate, an IUCRC uses international collaborations to advance these goals within the global context.

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Expeditions in Computing
National Science Foundation

Preliminary Proposal due: Apr. 25, 2018
Full Proposal due: Jan. 16, 2019

The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) has established the Expeditions in Computing (Expeditions) program to provide the CISE research and education community with the opportunity to pursue ambitious, fundamental research agendas that promise to define the future of computing and information.

Funded at levels up to $2,000,000 per year for five years, Expeditions projects represent some of the largest single investments currently made by the CISE directorate. Together with the Science and Technology Centers that CISE supports, Expeditions projects form the centerpiece of the directorate's center-scale award portfolio.

With awards funded at levels that promote the formation of large research teams, CISE recognizes that concurrent research advances in multiple fields or sub-fields are often necessary to stimulate deep and enduring outcomes. The awards made in this program will complement research areas supported by other CISE programs, which target particular computer and information science and engineering fields.

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Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI): Phase I Awards
National Science Foundation

Preliminary Proposal due: Aug. 14, 2018
Full Proposal due (by invitation only): Feb. 20, 2019

The Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI) Program supports research centers focused on major, long-term fundamental chemical research challenges. CCIs that address these challenges will produce transformative research, lead to innovation, and attract broad scientific and public interest. CCIs are agile structures that can respond rapidly to emerging opportunities through enhanced collaborations. CCIs integrate research, innovation, education, broadening participation, and informal science communication.

The FY 2019 Phase I CCI competition is open to projects in all fields supported by the Division of Chemistry, and must have scientific focus and the potential for transformative impact in chemistry. NSF Chemistry particularly encourages fundamental chemistry projects related to one or more of NSF's 10 Big Ideas.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The Food and Agriculture Education Information System (FAEIS)
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: June 28, 2018

The Food and Agriculture Education Information System (FAEIS) is a comprehensive database that gathers information, on a voluntary basis, from degree granting institutions of higher education on student enrollment in Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Human Sciences (FANH) sciences, degrees awarded, and graduate placement at all degree levels and by gender, race, and other relevant categories. In addition, data is collected on faculty salaries by rank and discipline.

Funding under this authority provides funds to administer the FAEIS database. The applicant will:

  1. Collect and maintain an accurate, verified and validated set of data, with a focus on FANH sciences from institutions of higher education in the United States.

  2. Maintain and enhance an online platform offering user-friendly access to the data for students, institutions, industry, Federal agencies, and the public at large.

  3. Facilitate outreach and dissemination of information on both FAEIS itself and outcomes from FAEIS data to NIFA, contributors of the data, and other users of data.

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Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGERs)
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Summary Letter due: Mar. 14, 2018
Full Application due (by invitation only): July 9, 2018

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Biological Sciences Directorate (BIO), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), and the UK's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have established a joint funding opportunity to support the development of breakthrough technologies that will enable significant advances in crop breeding. This opportunity aims to make high impact changes in the ability to translate basic knowledge of plant genomics to practical outcomes in crops of economic importance to the participating countries.

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Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: July 9, 2018

The primary goals of the Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program are to:

  • Increase capacity for food, garden, and nutrition education within host organizations or entities and school cafeterias and in the classroom;

  • Complement and build on the efforts of the farm to school programs implemented under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act;

  • Complement efforts by the USDA and school food authorities to implement the school lunch programs established under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act and the school breakfast program established by the Child Nutrition Act of 1966;

  • Carry out activities that advance the nutritional health of children and nutrition education in elementary schools and secondary schools; and

  • Foster higher levels of community engagement and support the expansion of national service and volunteer opportunities. 

Food and Agriculture Service Learning Programs are intended to increase the knowledge of agriculture and improve the nutritional health of children and to bring together stakeholders from the distinct parts of the food system to increase the capacity for food, garden, and nutrition education within host organizations or entities, such as school cafeterias and classrooms, while fostering higher levels of community engagement between farms and school systems. The initiative is part of a broader effort to not only increase access to school meals for low-income children, but also to dramatically improve their quality.

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Education and Workforce Development
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: Varies by program (June 28-July 19, 2018)

The purpose of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Education and Workforce Development program is to support research, education, and Extension work by awarding grants to solve key problems of local, regional, national, and global importance in sustaining conventional, organic, and urban agricultural systems. These include farm efficiency, profitability and sustainability, ranching, bioenergy, forestry, aquaculture, rural communities and entrepreneurship, human nutrition, mitigating impacts of biotic and abiotic constraints on food production, food safety, mitigating food waste and food loss, biophysical and social sciences and rural human ecology, biotechnology, and classical breeding.

Through this support, AFRI advances knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. It also allows AFRI to support education and extension activities that deliver science-based knowledge to end users, allowing them to make informed, practical decisions. This AFRI Request for Applications is announcing funding opportunities for research, education, Extension, or integrated research, education, and/or Extension projects addressing the following six priorities:

  • Plant health and production and plant products;

  • Animal health and production and animal products;

  • Food safety, nutrition, and health;

  • Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment;

  • Agriculture systems and technology; and

  • Agriculture economics and rural communities.

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Renewable Resource Extension Act - National Focus Fund Projects (RREA-NFF)
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: July 20, 2018

The goal of the National Focus Fund (NFF) program is to enhance the sustainability of the nation's forest and rangeland resources and to enable landowners and managers to achieve their desired goals and objectives by making resource management decisions based on sound research findings.

Forest and rangeland resources include vegetation, water, fisheries and wildlife, soil, and recreation. These projects must maximize the capacity, reach, and impact of the Cooperative Extension System - Extension Forestry and Rangeland Programs and must work directly across State boundaries to share expertise to address common problems.

The NFF addresses the sustainable use of natural resources by providing funding to the Cooperative Extension System to conduct educational programs for private forestland owners that contribute to well-managed forests and the nation's and world's fiber supply in support of rural economic systems.

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Sustainable Agricultural Systems
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Agency LOI due: June 27, 2018
Full Application due: Oct. 10, 2018

The purpose of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is to support research, education, and Extension work by awarding grants to solve key problems of local, regional, national, and global importance in sustaining conventional, organic, and urban agricultural systems. These include farm efficiency, profitability and sustainability, ranching, bioenergy, forestry, aquaculture, rural communities and entrepreneurship, human nutrition, mitigating impacts of biotic and abiotic constraints on food production, food safety, mitigating food waste and food loss, physical and social sciences, home economics and rural human ecology, biotechnology, and classical breeding.

Through this support, AFRI advances knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. It also allows AFRI to support education and extension activities that deliver science-based knowledge to end users, allowing them to make informed, practical decisions. This AFRI RFA provides funding for integrated research, education, and extension projects, which includes Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) grants.

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) supports global engagement that advances U.S. agricultural goals. To attain the agency's goals for U.S. agriculture, global competence of our nation's agricultural workforce, and safe and nutritious food security in a growing world, NIFA recognizes that collaboration with international partners through AFRI can contribute to advances in U.S. agriculture. In an increasingly interconnected world, these U.S. advances may have global importance.

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Foundational and Applied Science Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture

LOI due: Varies by program area
Full Application due: Varies by program area

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is America's flagship competitive grants program that provides funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences. In this RFA, NIFA requests applications for six AFRI priority areas through the Foundational and Applied Science Program for FY 2018.

The goal of this program is to invest in agricultural production research, education, and extension projects for more sustainable, productive and economically viable plant and animal production systems. The global agricultural output needs to be expanded significantly to meet the food needs of the population expected in 2050; thus, it is imperative to develop innovative, safe and sustainable management strategies for livestock, crops, and critical underlying resources.

In FY 2018, applications are sought in the following priority areas:

  • Plant health and production and plant products;

  • Animal health and production and animal products;

  • Food safety, nutrition, and health;

  • Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment;

  • Agriculture systems and technology; and

  • Agriculture economics and rural communities.

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Miscellaneous Programs and Announcements

American Heart Association: New Topics and Open Science Policies
American Heart Association

LOI due October 30, 2014
Full submission deadline TBA

REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS/NEW TOPICS: 

Network Topic Announcement

The Strategically Focused Research Network will focus on Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease.

The AHA is interested in the science community exploring all aspects of disparities in cardiovascular disease, which can assist the AHA in reaching its 2020 Goals and overall mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

A Network is comprised of three to four institutions, or Centers, working on three projects each that are focused on one strategic area.

To that end, the AHA pursues research from the basic, clinical and population sciences. This RFA will require that each submission have an overall application from the Center Director, as well as three proposals from project Principal Investigators in this specific area:

  • One proposal addressing basic science discovery in Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease
  • One proposal addressing clinical science discovery in Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease
  • One proposal addressing population science discovery in Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease 
A Center application can comprise projects from more than one institution. The sponsoring institution will be determined by where the Center Director is located and will be charged with oversight and financial responsibilities of the Center as a whole. Applications should convey how these different areas of science will be integrated, both in their scientific discoveries and through joint team communication and integration. 

Institutions are limited to one Center application per location, however individuals at said institution who are not participating in said institution's Center application, may indeed participate in another Center's application.

Offered by:
 AHA National Research Program 

More information will be announced with specific deadlines. For now, use this high level timeline as a guide:  
  • March 2014 - Topics announced to the community via AHA Research Website with timelines
  • Jan/Feb 2015 - Applications for Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease SFRN due
  • June 2015 -  Awardees for Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease SFRN Announced
Please come back and visit this page in mid-September for the full Request for Applications for the Strategically Focused Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease Research Network.
 

POLICY UPDATES: 

AHA OPEN SCIENCE POLICIES ARE NOW IN EFFECT
New AHA Open Science policies will go into effect with applications due in July 2014 and new awards beginning January 2015. 

AHA's public access policy
The AHA requires that all journal articles resulting from AHA funding should be made freely available in PubMed Central within 12 months of publication.

AHA's open data policy
The AHA requires grant applicants to include a data sharing plan as part of the application process. Any data that is needed for independent verification of research results must be made freely and publically available within 12 months of the end of the funding period (and any no-cost extension).

Specific early career awards are currently exempt from this requirement (Undergraduate Fellowships, Medical Student Research Fellowships, Predoctoral Fellowships, Mentor/AHA Mentee Awards, Postdoctoral Fellowships, and Mentored Clinical & Population Research Awards).

View more information about AHA Open Science policies and answers to Frequently Asked Questions.  

 

 

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Autism Speaks: Suzanne and Bob Wright Trailblazer Award

Letter of intent Deadline: accepted anytime

The Trailblazer Award mechanism supports highly novel "out of the box" autism-relevant research that open new avenues to understanding the causes, diagnosis, subtyping, prevention, treatments, and cure of autism spectrum disorders. The Trailblazer Award mechanism is designed to fund small investigator-initiated high risk/high impact projects that are potentially transformative, paradigm shifting, and/or will overcome significant roadblocks in autism research within a 12 month period.

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Charitable Giving Program
Community Works

Ongoing

The charitable programs are among the ways that NorthWestern Energy participates as an active participant in the communities where they do business. Donations will generally be made to those non-profit groups that have the greatest opportunity for positively affecting the communities served by NorthWestern Energy and are focused in one of the following categories: 

- Education: Education remains a primary focus of the company. Donations to education will primarily be made through university system foundations, scholarship programs, and employee matching gifts. Donations will also be made in support of local colleges, and special primary and secondary education programs in the fields of math, science and youth leadership. 

- Health and Human Services: Donations will be considered for organizations serving human needs such as the United Way, youth homes and special community health and safety needs. Donations will generally not be made to national health organizations or for medical equipment or research funds. 

- Civic & Community: Donations will be considered for civic improvment, special events, and youth and senior citizen organizations. 

- Culture & The Arts: Donations will be considered for local museums, libraries, cultural centers, and the performing arts. 

- Resource Conservation: Donations will be considered in the areas of habitat preservation, and fish and wildlife protection. 

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Conferences and Workshops in the Mathematical Sciences
National Science Foundation

Proposals accepted anytime

IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND REVISION NOTES

Proposals must be submitted to the appropriate DMS disciplinary program subject to the lead-time requirements specified by that program. For more information about the required lead time, refer to the particular disciplinary program web page listed on the DMS home page.

This revision clarifies the expectations for DMS support of international group travel.

Any proposal submitted in response to this solicitation should be submitted in accordance with the revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), which is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016.

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Department of Defense / CDMRP
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Deadlines: see program pre-announcements

The Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Defense Appropriations Act provides research funding for the peer reviewed programs managed by the Department of Defense (DOD) office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

This e-mail is to notify the research community of the recently released funding opportunities from the following programs: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program (DMDRP), Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP), Neurofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP), Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP).

Detailed descriptions of each of the funding opportunities, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the respective Program Announcements. Each Program Announcement is available electronically for downloading from the Grants.gov website (http://www.grants.gov), the CDMRP website (http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/prgdefault.shtml) and the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) (https://eBRAP.org).

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program (DMDRP)

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

Therapeutic Idea Award

Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP)

Concept Award

Neurofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP)

Clinical Trial Award

Exploration-Hypothesis Development Award

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

New Investigator Award

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

Exploration Hypothesis Development Award

Idea Development Award

Pilot Clinical Trial Award

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Bone Marrow Failure Research Program (BMFRP)

Descriptions of each of the funding opportunities, eligibility, key mechanism elements, and funding can be found in the respective Program pre-announcement.  FY14 pre-announcements can be found in the CDMRP home page features at http://cdmrp.army.mil

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Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP)

Descriptions of each of the funding opportunities, eligibility, key mechanism elements, and funding can be found in the respective Program pre-announcement.  FY14 pre-announcements can be found in the CDMRP home page features at http://cdmrp.army.mil

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Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP)

Descriptions of each of the funding opportunities, eligibility, key mechanism elements, and funding can be found in the respective Program pre-announcement.  FY14 pre-announcements can be found in the CDMRP home page features at http://cdmrp.army.mil

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Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)

Descriptions of each of the funding opportunities, eligibility, key mechanism elements, and funding can be found in the respective Program pre-announcement.  FY14 pre-announcements can be found in the CDMRP home page features at http://cdmrp.army.mil

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Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

Descriptions of each of the funding opportunities, eligibility, key mechanism elements, and funding can be found in the respective Program pre-announcement.  FY14 pre-announcements can be found in the CDMRP home page features at http://cdmrp.army.mil

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Ecological Services Program Fiscal Year 2014 Recovery Implementation Fund
Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Program

July 31, 2014

SYNOPSIS:

The FWS Endangered Species Program provides Federal financial assistance on a competitive basis to States, other Federal agencies, landowners, educators, non-profit organizations, researchers, and other partners to secure information about endangered, threatened or candidate species, to aid in the recovery of these species, to avert listing of species pursuant to the Endangered Species Act, and to help conserve the ecosystems upon which these species depend. The FWS and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), which is part of the Department of Commerce's NOAA Fisheries office, share Endangered Species Act responsibilities for several species such as sea turtles. Projects for NMFS-managed species are not included in this funding opportunity.

OBJECTIVES: 

This Recovery Implementation funding opportunity is intended for projects that will contribute to the recovery of FWS-managed endangered and threatened species in the United States, and is limited to projects carrying out actions described in a species approved recovery plan, in the implementation schedule of a species approved recovery plan, actions recommended in a completed 5-year status review of the species or in a spotlight species action plan, or projects documenting species response to climate change. For example: securing scientific information about endangered or threatened species, implementing restoration actions that will lead to delisting of a species, help prevent extinction of a species, or aid in the recovery of a species. Projects that address species response to climate change will receive additional consideration.

Special Instructions: Applicants must contact their regional FWS office to coordinate the letter of intent and application. 

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General Grants
MJ Murdock Charitable Trust

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

General Grants

The Trust awards grants for projects that are of strategic importance to the organization and consistent with its mission. Awards are made in the following four areas:

Arts and Culture

Performance and visual arts projects that enrich the cultural environment of the region are of interest to the Trust. There is a high value placed on educational outreach efforts.

Education

The Trust considers educational projects offered in both formal and informal settings. Special interest is afforded to private higher education.

Health and Human Services

The Trust is interested in a diverse range of projects to enhance the quality of life in the region. Preventive efforts that address physical, spiritual, social, and psychological needs, especially those focused on youth, are preferred.

Research

Most of the Trust's funding for scientific research is limited to specific organizations and projects. However, the Trust does consider other science-based initiatives.

The Trust makes grants for building the capacity of non-profit groups in these primary ways for the following three types of projects:

Capital

The Trust regularly funds projects that involve construction, renovation, land purchase, and more. Requests for capital projects are preferred once a portion of the funds needed have been secured.

Program

Both new programs and the expansion of existing programs are considered. Requests may be for start-up costs and/or related additional staff members. The Trust prefers to fund these grants on a declining basis over three years (100/67/33 percent).

Equipment

Scientific research instrumentation, technology, and other essential equipment items are often funded. In every case, the Trust requires a cost share of 50 percent or more.

Before proceeding, interested parties should review the Guidelines for Grantseekers to learn more and determine the organization's eligibility and the appropriate nature of the project to the Trust.

 

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MCubed Diamond Program
University of Michigan

SYNOPSIS: 

The MCubed Diamond Program provides an unprecedented opportunity for donors to invest in research projects that align exactly with their interests, from global health to education, and sustainability to social justice.  Funders set the parameters for each project, interact with the University of Michigan to identify faculty experts to lead their project, and receive compelling updates about the work of the team through the MCubed website.

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Media Grantmaking
MacArthur Foundation

Deadline: No fixed deadlines

MacArthur's goal in media grantmaking is to provide the public with high-quality, professionally-produced documentary films, deep and analytical journalism, and well-produced news and public affairs programming. In a media environment characterized by proliferating information sources of varying degrees of reliability, the Foundation seeks to support serious, fact-based journalism for television, radio and the web, the type of original reporting that is likely to be blogged about, linked to, tweeted, and otherwise circulated throughout the Internet. Programs supported by the Foundation inform and educate their viewers about important and under-reported topics, provide balance and accurate information, encourage global conversations, and use technology to tell stories in engaging and interactive ways.

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Michelson Grants in Reproductive Biology
Found Animals Foundation

Deadline: Letters of intent are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis and, if approved, researchers are invited to submit grant proposals for a March, July, or November deadline

Funding for promising proposals in pursuit of non-surgical sterilization products or technologies for use in dogs and cats. The foundation encourages scientists from any and all fields to compete for the Michelson Grants, including but not limited to researchers in disciplines such as biology, biotechnology,cell biology, endocrinology, gene silencing, immunology, materials science, nanotechnology, neuroscience, pharmacology, reproductive biology, theriogenology, and more.

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Michelson Prize in Reproductive Biology

Deadline: none specific

The $25 million Michelson Prize will be offered to the first entity to provide Found Animals Foundation with a single dose, safe and effective non-surgical sterilant for male and female cats and dogs.

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Pioneering Ideas Unsolicited Proposals
Johnson (Robert Wood) Foundation

Deadline: There are no specific submission deadlines for unsolicited proposals

The Pioneer Portfolio is uniquely suited to invest in innovation at many different stages. The sponsor seeks to: Identify and explore new issues and approaches; Accelerate progress on issues and approaches that have significant potential to create breakthroughs in health and health care; and Support projects that use original, unconventional, or cross-sectoral approaches to create transformative change.

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Priority Grantmaking Program
United States Institute of Peace

Deadline is on a rolling basis

The Grant Initiative will focus on the following regions:

Afghanistan--Grantmaking in Afghanistan will support projects designed to promote public understanding of peaceful alternatives to the violent resolution of conflict, the rule of law, transitional justice, and to improve local capacities for dialogue and peacebuilding.

Pakistan--Grantmaking in Pakistan will strengthen civil society capacities for conflict prevention and promote greater understanding of issues related to identity, tolerance, diversity, and sectarian extremism in Pakistan through education, training, research, and the media.

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Promoting International Arts Engagement
Clark (Robert Sterling) Foundation

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Foundation's aim is to strengthen cultural organizations of the highest artistic quality by enabling them to participate in the global marketplace. The Foundation hopes that the Promoting International Arts Engagement program will help leverage new support in this area and introduce American culture to communities around the world, as well as bring diverse world cultures to American audiences.

While the Foundation considers support for projects that bring international artists to the U.S., preference is given to projects that send American arts abroad. While there are no restrictions on countries or regions, the Foundation is more inclined to support activities that involve underserved or underrepresented parts of the world. Favor is given to projects having lasting impact and value, including international tours that lead to new engagements, programs that broaden audiences and attract new sources of income, documentation of work that is disseminated widely, and arts engagement activities that benefit the community.

The objectives of Promoting International Arts Engagement are to: strengthen performing and visual arts organizations by helping to make possible international touring and collaborations that offer broad audience outreach and build lasting partnerships; provide presenting organizations with the opportunity to showcase important international artists from underrepresented regions, and introduce audiences to new artistic perspectives from world cultures; assist organizations that organize significant exchanges or forums bringing together U.S. artists and their international counterparts to inform the creative process; and sustain arts service organizations that advance global arts engagement, through new Internet technologies, program documentation and dissemination, translations, and technical assistance for artists, among other activities. 

Other Information: The Foundation receives and reviews proposals year-round.  The Board of Directors meets four times per year: January, April, July, and October to review submissions. 

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Proposal Deadline: Open

Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) supports investigator-initiated research, policy analysis and evaluation projects that provide policy leaders timely information on health care policy, financing and organization issues. Supported projects include: examining significant issues and interventions related to health care financing and organization and their effects on health care costs, quality and access; and exploring or testing major new ways to finance and organize health care that have the potential to improve access to more affordable and higher quality health services.

This call for proposals is intended to stimulate projects that: examine significant issues and interventions related to health care financing and organization and their effects on health care costs, quality and access; and explore or test major new ways to finance and organize health care that have the potential to improve access to more affordable and higher quality health services.

Grants will be awarded in two categories: Small grants for projects requiring $100,000 or less and projected to take up to 12 months or less; and Large grants for projects requiring more than $100,000 and/or projected to take longer than 12 months. 

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Saudi American Educational and Cultural Initiative Grant
Department of State

June 30, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

Saudi-American Educational and Cultural Initiative Grants support innovative forms of collaboration between Saudi and U.S. non-governmental and community organizations, universities, entrepreneurs, cultural organizations and qualified individuals to expand the diversity of activities in the U.S.-Saudi partnership and develop the next generation of leaders, especially among youth, young professionals and women, to promote mutual understanding and respect through long-term partnership and cooperation between our two countries. The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is now accepting proposals from Saudi and U.S. non-governmental and community organizations, universities, entrepreneurs, cultural organizations or qualified individuals who propose to work together to develop or expand educational, professional and cultural exchange activities and promote dialogue and partnership between the people of the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Embassy is especially interested in identifying and supporting U.S-Saudi partnerships that include a focus on the development of exchanges, projects and partnerships between U.S. and Saudi youth or women; or that involve the development of professional linkages in business, healthcare or media, including social media; or that build on Saudi efforts to modernize and build a knowledge-based economy; or that expand Saudi-U.S. educational partnerships; or that are submitted by or involve alumni of exchange programs sponsored by the U.S. or Saudi governments. Projects may include, but are not limited to:

& Academic and professional lectures, seminars and speaker programs;

& Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances and exhibitions;

& Cultural heritage conservation and preservation projects;

& Cultural, professional and academic exchanges and projects;

& Professional development workshops and training.

Requests for funding provided by the U.S. Embassy should be at least $3000 and not more than $25,000; the most competitive proposals will include significant funding from other sources as cost-share in the project budget. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis from qualified U.S. or Saudi individuals and organizations. Proposals must include a letter of support from the proposed U.S. or Saudi partner, whether a qualified individual or organization. The proposal or letter of support from the Saudi partner must confirm the ability and willingness of the Saudi partner to sponsor the visa(s) for the U.S. partner, if necessary, and to assume responsibility for all travel and logistics within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia is not able to assist with visas or travel arrangements funded through the grant. Proposals will be evaluated for funding by an Embassy committee on a monthly basis. The committee will identify projects with outstanding educational, artistic, or cultural merits for funding. In deciding which projects to support, the committee will give consideration to the full range and diversity of American and Saudi educational and cultural traditions and seek to target geographically and demographically diverse audiences. Projects that involve direct, in-depth professional interaction, with the potential for sustained collaboration and that show evidence of professional accomplishment and innovation will receive priority. The proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

& The proposal demonstrates that the Saudi and U.S. individuals and/or organizations have sufficient expertise, skills and capacity to implement the project.

& The project will make a substantive contribution to the expanding types of partnerships between Saudi and U.S. individuals, organizations and institutions.

& The individuals and/or organizations demonstrate that they have a clear understanding of the topic or issue that the project is aiming to address.

& The individuals and/or organizations have identified appropriate beneficiaries or target groups to maximize project outputs and outcomes and the project has a clear focus and manageable scope.

& The project idea and approach is innovative yet proposed project activities are concrete and detailed and supported by a work plan.

& The project budget is well-organized, detailed and reasonable. There are no budget lines labeled "miscellaneous expenses." The budget demonstrates that the individual or organization has devoted time to plan for and assess actual expenses associated with the project instead of providing rough estimates. No grant funds are proposed for the purchase of food, drink, or entertainment.

& The proposal clearly articulates how the partners will assess and measure performance throughout the project implementation phase using quantitative and qualitative assessment tools.

& The proposal describes clearly the approach that will be used to ensure the sustainability of the project or partnership. The following types of projects are not eligible for funding:

& Requests by organizations and individuals who are neither Saudi nor American;

& those relating to partisan political activity;

& humanitarian or charitable activities;

& conferences and individual trips abroad;

& trade activities;

& fund-raising campaigns;

& commercial projects;

& scientific research;

& projects aiming only at primary institutional development of the organization; or

& projects that duplicate existing projects.

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Simons Foundation for Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)

Deadline: Accepted on a rolling basis

Explorer Awards are intended to provide resources to support exploratory experiments that will strengthen hypotheses and lead to the formulation of competitive applications for subsequent larger-scale funding by SFARI or other organizations. Innovative, high-risk/high-impact proposals are encouraged. We especially encourage applications from investigators who are new to the field of autism, but who have expertise that could be brought to bear on this complex disorder.

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Statistical Consulting Services - Assistance with study design and statistical analysis
MSU

Available Fall 2014

In Fall 2014 formal statistical consulting services will be available to all researchers on campus.  This includes assistance in study design, statistical analysis, and interpretation of results.  The inaugural statistical consultant will serve as the director of statistical consulting services on campus and help guide the future direction and growth of the service.  This position is funded for the first five years through an NIH-INBRE grant.

We encourage researchers to think about the future availability of this service as they are preparing research proposals.  Many funding agencies highly value demonstrated collaboration with statistical consultants in research design, data analysis, and dissemination of results.   The success of the service will depend on demonstrated need and use of its resources.  Therefore, we encourage researchers who anticipate using the service to assist in their research to consider including a budget item for MSU Statistical Consulting Services in their proposals.  A great place to start is with proposals submitted under the recent call from the VPR due May 9.  If you have questions about what to include please contact Megan Higgs (higgs@math.montana.edu) or any other Statistics faculty member (http://www.math.montana.edu/faculty/index.html#statistics).

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Sustainable Development Program
Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc.

Ongoing

SYNOPSIS: 

The Sustainable Development program advances global stewardship that is ecologically based, economically sound, socially just, culturally appropriate, and consistent with intergenerational equity. Human activity is causing global warming, rapid loss of biodiversity, and accelerating degradation of Earth's life support systems. With the recognition that the impact of unchecked climate change threatens all other conservation efforts, the program focuses its grantmaking on advancing solutions to climate change.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Human activity is causing climate change, rapid loss of biodiversity, and accelerating degradation of Earth's life support systems. These developments threaten the livelihoods, health, and security of people in all nations and cultures as well as the well-being of the greater community of life. The RBF's sustainable development grantmaking endeavors to address these challenges by supporting development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The program supports global stewardship that is ecologically based, economically sound, socially just, culturally appropriate, and consistent with intergenerational equity. The Fund encourages government, business, and civil society to work collaboratively on climate change, to acknowledge the moral and ethical consequences of inaction, and to make it an integral part of all development planning and activity. Recognizing the global nature of many environmental problems, the Fund also promotes international cooperation in addressing these challenges.

The Sustainable Development program maintains a significant focus on the United States in light of its disproportionate impact on the global economy, politics, and the environment. The program's work is also advanced in collaboration with the Fund's "pivotal place" programs--New York City, Southern China, and the Western Balkans--and with the Democratic Practice program's Global Governance portfolio. Pivotal place programs support work in specific countries or regions to build the knowledge, policies, organizational capacity, and leadership needed to advance sustainable development in locally appropriate ways. The Fund's Global Governance portfolio supports broad participation in forging the international agreements and institutional arrangements needed to encourage investment in sustainable development. Fund staff work to ensure that global developments inform work in specific places and that locally grounded efforts generate lessons and innovations needed for global impact.

With the recognition that the impact of unchecked climate change threatens all other conservation efforts, the Sustainable Development program focuses its U.S. grantmaking on building a green economy at the federal, state, and local levels.

Grant Inquiries are accepted throughout the year.

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Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMA)

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Nationally, Toyota focuses in three areas: environment, safety and education. National programs in these areas must have a broad reach by impacting several major U.S. cities, communities or groups.

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Vanishing Treasures Sustainability Evaluation and Strategy Project
National Park Service and the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit Network

Statement of Interest due: June 15, 2018

The NPS Vanishing Treasures (VT) Program supports the preservation of traditionally-built architecture in the Western United States, facilitates the perpetuation of traditional skills, and promotes connections between culturally associated communities and places of their heritage. The program's mission areas--expert technical assistance, training, and project management/implementation--merge to serve parks and build a community of practice throughout the NPS Intermountain (IMR), Pacific West, and Alaska Regions. IMR provides organizational support for the program across these regions.

This three-part project will complete research about VT Program operations by conducting interviews with stakeholders and compiling and analyzing responses received, conduct a stakeholder workshop to explore operations alternatives, and conclude with a report recommending at least two program operations alternatives.

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Spinal Cord Research Foundation--Design and Development Grants
Paralyzed Veterans of America

Application due: July 1, 2018

From transplanting cells, to regenerating damaged nerve fibers, to designing adaptive canoe seats, the Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation supports innovative research and fellowships that improve the lives of those with spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D).

The Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, funds the following categories:

  • Laboratory research in the basic sciences to find a cure for SCI/D
  • Clinical and functional studies of the medical, psychosocial and economic effects of SCI/D, and interventions to alleviate these effects
  • Design and development of assistive technology for people with SCI/D, which includes improving the identification, selection and utilization of these devices
  • Fellowships for postdoctoral scientists, clinicians and engineers to encourage training and specialization in the field of spinal cord research

The Research Foundation is focused on funding projects grounded in basic laboratory science and the education of scientists working on breakthroughs directed toward a cure for paralysis or the secondary medical conditions, and technologies associated with spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D). These projects should be designed to find better treatments and cures for paralysis; to support efforts to improve the quality of life of individuals with SCI/D until improved clinical treatments, technologies or cures are discovered; and to train post-doctoral fellow investigators and encourage them to specialize in the area of spinal cord research.

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STTI/ATI Educational Assessment Nursing Research Grant
Sigma Theta Tau International (Honor Society of Nursing)

Application due: July 1, 2018

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is accepting applications for its 2018 Educational Assessment Nursing Research Grant, which is co-sponsored by ATI Nursing Education.

A single grant of up to $6,000 will be awarded for research that demonstrates the use of standardized assessments and curriculum support materials in nursing education. Possible research areas include but are not limited to the admission and retention of nursing students, the assessment of student performance, and simulation.

To be eligible, applicants must be a registered nurse with current license and have a master's or doctoral degree or be enrolled in a doctoral program.

See the STTI website (use link below) for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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STTI/Doris Bloch Research Award
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

Application due: July 1, 2018

The Sigma Theta Tau International/Doris Bloch Research Award encourages nurses to contribute to the advancement of nursing through research.

Allocation of funds is based on the quality of the proposed research, the future promise of the applicant and the applicant's research budget. Applications from novice researchers who have received no other national research funds are encouraged and will receive preference for funding, other aspects being equal. Preference will be given to Sigma Theta Tau International members, other qualifications being equal. Funding is provided by a gift to the honor society's Research Endowment from the Doris Bloch estate.

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MT/DAK's BLM Wildland Urban Interface Community Fire Assistance
Bureau of Land Management - Montana State Office

Application due: July 15, 2018

The National Fire Plan was implemented in 2001 to assist communities at risk from catastrophic wildland fires by providing assistance in the following areas: Provide community programs that develop local capability including; assessment and planning, mitigation activities, community/homeowner education and action plans and implement hazardous fuels reduction activities, including the training, monitoring or maintenance associated with such hazardous fuels reduction activities, on federal land, or on adjacent nonfederal land for activities that mitigate the threat of catastrophic fire to communities and natural resources in high risk areas; and enhance local and small business employment opportunities.

 

BLM has an opportunity to work with a partner organization to assist with Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Community Fire Assistance established by the Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Act to allow the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to enter into financial assistance agreements with local communities to reduce the risk and impact of catastrophic wildfires.

 

All awards under this funding opportunity must benefit the public by reducing the risk and impact of Wildfires on communities through coordination, reducing the amount of hazardous fuels, and furthering the education of landowners about wildfire prevention and mitigation.

 

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2018-19 Research Grant Award Program
Global Lyme Alliance

Application due: Aug. 1, 2018

The Global Lyme Alliance encourages proposals for the 2018-19 Research Grant Award Program that will explore regulation of Lyme disease and other tick-borne disease pathogenesis, with an emphasis on the role of an individual's microbiome as well as genetic and epigenetic factors that might inform a "personalized medicine" approach to treatment.

Proposals in other topical areas related to Lyme and other tick-borne diseases also will be accepted. Small-scale grants for proof-of-concept studies lasting one year may be requested for between $50,000 and $100,000. Full-scale grants may request larger amounts, up to $175,000 per year to be spent over the course of a two- to three-year period of funding. Clearly defined milestones will be required for both one and multi-year proposals.

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ITHS Pilot Award Applications
Institute of Translational Health Sciences

Agency LOI due: June 15, 2018
Full Application due: Aug. 1, 2018

Translational science is a unique part of medical research that focuses on moving ideas and inventions from the lab to patients. Researchers need flexible funding mechanisms to help transition their work along this path. To help fill this gap, ITHS offers four annual funding opportunities to promote novel, innovative, and collaborative translational science:

  • Research Innovation Award

  • Academic/Community Partnership Awards

  • Collaboration Innovation Award

  • Special Emphasis on Diabetes Award

These awards are intended to catalyze promising new research projects and partnerships. As a disease agnostic institute, ITHS is excited to offer funding for a diverse range of ideas and looks forward to seeing the proposed work across multiple research disciplines.

In addition to receiving funds, ITHS pilot awardees become members of a multi-disciplinary community with access to career development, mentorship, and ongoing support for the conduct of quality research projects. Investigators from across the five-state WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho) region are encouraged to apply.

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2018 Applied Research Competition
Organization for Autism Research

Pre-Proposal due: Mar. 26, 2018
Full Application due (by invitation only): Aug. 6, 2018

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) seeks to fund studies that expand the body of knowledge related to autism intervention and treatment, produce practical and clearly objective results, have the potential to impact public policy, and provide outcomes that offer to enhance quality of life for persons with autism and their families. 

While applicants are always free to submit on any relevant area of research or intervention, this year OAR is placing an emphasis on research that addresses the following targeted areas:

  • Healthcare transition

  • Generalization of technology-based intervention

  • Community-based intervention

  • Residential services and supports

  • Literacy

  • Sexuality education

While there is no guarantee of funding, studies that address these topics will receive additional scoring credit during the review process. Studies may range from one to two years.

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Applied Research Competition
Organization for Autism Research

Pre-Proposal due: Mar. 26, 2018
Full Application due (by invitation only): Aug. 6, 2018

The Organization for Autism Research is seeking pre-proposals for its 2018 Applied Research Competition.

The annual program aims to promote innovative research that directly supports the autism community by expanding the body of knowledge related to autism intervention and treatment, producing practical and objective results, and providing outcomes that enhance the quality of life for persons with autism and their families.

Preference will be given to the analysis, evaluation, or comparison of current models of assessment, intervention, or systems of service delivery, including policy analysis; applied aspects of educational, behavioral, or social/communicative intervention; effective intervention across the lifespan for individuals considered to be severely impacted by autism; adult issues such as continuing education, employment, residential supports, sexuality instruction, quality-of-life determinants, and "later intervention"; and issues related to family support, social and community integration, assessment and intervention with challenging behavior, and the use of technology in support of learners with ASD.

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Announcement regarding the 2019 MSU Research Expansion Funds
Office of the Vice President of Research and Economic Development

Due to the successful response to the MSU Research Expansion Funds call for proposals, the review is taking slightly longer than originally expected. The committee is currently evaluating the proposals, and decisions are anticipated by mid-July to early-August.


Lead and Healthy Homes Technical Studies Program
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Preliminary Application due: June 13, 2018
Full Application due (by invitation only): TBA

The goal of the FY2018 Lead and Healthy Homes Technical Studies Program is to gain knowledge to improve the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of methods for evaluation and control of residential lead-based paint hazards. The Healthy Homes Technical Studies program advances the recognition and control of priority residential health and safety hazards and examines the link between housing and health. Following the scoring of preliminary applications, applicants that submitted the highest scoring preliminary applications will be invited to submit full applications.

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White-Nose Syndrome Research Grants
Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Application due: Sept. 30, 2018

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is pleased to announce the availability of research funding in 2018 to investigate issues related directly to the management of white-nose syndrome (WNS).The WNS Program provides financial and technical assistance to non-governmental, university, and private researchers, as well as state and local governments, Native American tribes, and federal agencies, for the management of WNS and conservation of bats. Funded projects will investigate priority questions about WNS to improve our ability to manage the disease and implement management actions that will help to conserve affected bat species.

Funding through WNS Research Grants provides critical information and resources for maximizing the benefits of conservation efforts for bats. These actions are focused on minimizing the impacts of WNS and compounding stressors on already listed species, prioritizing actions to conserve species that may be assessed for listing due to the impacts of WNS and understanding how various species are likely to respond when exposed to the pathogen. Although WNS has decimated several species of bats in eastern North America, efforts taken with support of funding from the Service's WNS program has allowed the management community to focus efforts where there is the greatest need and benefit.

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Sigma Xi Student Science and Engineering Research Grants
Sigma Xi

Application due: Oct. 1, 2018

Sigma Xi, a society of research scientists and engineers that rewards excellence in research and cooperation among scientists in all fields, has been providing undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences and financial support for more than 80 years. By encouraging close working relationships between students and faculty, the society promotes scientific achievement through hands-on learning.

Through the Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research program, the society awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision-related research. Funding can support travel expenses or non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific project.

While membership in Sigma Xi is not a requirement for applying for funding, approximately 75 percent of Grants-in-Aid of Research funds are restricted for use by dues-paying student members or students whose project advisor is a dues-paying member. Students from any country are eligible to receive funding.

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2019 Merit Award*
American Heart Association

LOI due: July 24, 2018
Full Application due (by invitation only): Oct. 11, 2018

The Merit Award will fund highly promising investigators with stellar track records of accomplishment, demonstrated by federal or equivalent funding [NIH, AHRQ, HRSA, etc.] from multiple sources and excellent publication records with accelerating impact, who have the potential to move a field of science forward with creative approaches that are aligned with the mission of the American Heart Association.

This award will support individual scientists with a trajectory of success, who propose novel approaches to major research challenges in the areas of CV and stroke that have the potential to produce unusually high impact. This competition will enable AHA to further develop and strengthen the community of CV and stroke researchers and bring innovative approaches to basic, clinical, population and translational studies through funding a variety of disciplines.

Applications are encouraged from all basic disciplines as well as epidemiological, behavioral, community and clinical investigations that bear on cardiovascular and stroke problems and must describe the capacity of the investigator's work to transform public health policy.

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The AHA/Allen Initiative in Brain Health and Cognitive Impairment*
American Heart Association and Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group

First Phase Application due: July 6, 2018
Second Phase Proposal due (by invitation only): September 2018

The purpose of this research initiative is to discover and fund highly-promising teams of investigators who will expand the frontiers of bioscience, pursuing creative, transformative ideas with the potential to move brain health and cognitive impairment science forward.

The AHA and Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, with additional funding contributors including the Oskar Fischer Project, will grant a competitive basic science research award(s) of up to $43 million over eight years to one or more highly inspiring and innovative integrated team(s). New frontiers of discovery in brain health, and more specifically in cognitive impairment, will be opened when expertise and novel advances are shared and leveraged among basic and clinical cerebrovascular scientists and neuroscientists.

Such integrative studies have the potential to bring truly novel directions of inquiry to the current incremental progress in the field of neurodegeneration and Alzheimer's Disease research, with potentially exponential or transformational new insights.

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