Research Funding Opportunities



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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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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2015 Call for Proposals
The Montana Healthcare Foundation (MHCF)

LOIs due June 30, 2015
Full submission due September 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Montana Healthcare Foundation (MHCF) is pleased to announce our 2015 Call for Proposals. We will consider proposals in three areas:

  • Behavioral Health (mental illness and drug and alcohol use) (Page 3-5)
  • American Indian Health (Page 6-8)
  • Partnerships for Better Health (Page 9-12)

If you have questions, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page on our website. If you do not find an answer, please email info@mthcf.org.

Key Dates and Deadlines MHCF will accept letters of interest from eligible organizations through June 30, 2015. Please read the following information carefully to understand the timeline, eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and focus areas for this Call for Proposals:

  • June 30, 2015 Letters of Interest due
  • July 15, 2015 Decisions on Letters of Interest (full proposals invited)
  • September 15, 2015 Full proposals due
  • October 15, 2015 Applicants notified of final funding decisions
  • November 2015 Anticipated start of funded projects

Eligibility MHCF will only fund Montana-based organizations. Montana-based organizations that are eligible to apply for funding include:

  • Tax-exempt organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (excluding those classified as private foundations under section 509(a) of the Code.)
  • Tax-exempt educational institutions
  • State, tribal, or local government agencies For the American Indian focus area, additional eligibility requirements apply (pg. 6) *Under rare circumstances, MHCF may choose to fund organizations based outside of Montana. Such proposals must be invited by MHCF. See online CFP for details.

 

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Strategic Plans

Reading and understanding a funding agency's strategic plan well in advance of responding to a request for applications can increase chances of funding by providing lead time on proposals and direction in approaches. It is advised that applicants demonstrate familiarity with strategic plans and alignment with agency objectives. For this purpose, the following links are provided for direct access to strategic plans: 

National Science Foundation

National Institutes of Health

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Environmental Protection Agency

Patient Centered Research Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

U.S. Department of Energy

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Endowment for the Arts

U.S. Geological Survey

For assistance locating other strategic plans, email proposals@montana.edu 

 

 


Research Publications at Montana State University
Research and Economic Development, MSU Library, MSU Web Communications, and Office of Sponsored Programs

Through a collaboration between the Office of Research and Economic Development, MSU Library, MSU Web Communications, and Office of Sponsored Programs, a new web platform has been developed that features the good work of MSU Researchers. This platform is designed to feature one to four special publications at a time and also offers a searchable database of publications that have emerged from MSU. The campus community will continue to receive email notifications with a complete list of publications for every month, and they may visit the website at any time to see what is new. 

If you have any questions, ideas for improvement, or publications you think should be featured, we would love to hear from you. Email Leila Sterman, Scholarly Communication Librarian at leila.sterman@montana.edu if your publication is not present in the list or database, and email Leila Sterman and Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist at micaelayoung@montana.edu if you have ideas, questions, or anything else you would like to discuss about this web feature. 

 

 

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MSU Publications Update
Office of Research and Economic Development and the Library

SYNOPSIS:

A new feature, "Current Publications from Montana State", that was previously available via email updates is now live on the web. This new feature includes a searchable database of publications that were produced by MSU researchers and their colleagues. It is anticipated that this database will have numerous applications, and we look forward to hearing feedback from the faculty community on any suggested future evolutions.

ABOUT THE PAGE:

MSU Web Communications developed the web platform and the Montana State-authored publications are collected by the Library to highlight the achievements of Montana State researchers and more fully understand the research output of the University. They use a number of resources to pull together as complete a list as possible and understand that there may be publications that are missed. If you note the omission of a current publication or want to know more about the collection and display of this information email Leila Sterman.

 

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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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Foundation Past Presidents' Research Fellow Scholarship
American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation

August 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The sponsor provides a $5,000 scholarship for AAEP members beginning careers in equine research.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The sponsor provides funding for graduates of an AVMA-accredited school/college of veterinary medicine who have experience conducting equine research and are nearing completion of a residency or doctorate degree, or who have recently completed a residency or doctoral program, to conduct equine research projects.

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Sabbatical & Research Fellowships
National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center

Rolling submission deadline

SYNOPSIS: 

Sabbatical & Research Fellowships are awarded to established scholars who will be in residence at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) or the Resources for the Future facility for 2-12 months to undertake activities that will advance socio-environmental synthesis research. Applicants propose synthesis activities consistent with the mission of SESYNC and are also expected to participate in collaborative Center activities as part of their efforts while in residence. SESYNC provides a stipend based on time in residence (not to exceed 50% of the fellow's home institution salary) and a small housing allowance (up to $1000/month). Sabbatical Fellows are considered Visiting Scientists at the University of Maryland and therefore are not eligible for benefits under the USM system; benefits would continue through the fellow's home institution.

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Abe Fellowship
The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP)

September 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Abe Fellowship is designed to encourage international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern. The program seeks to foster the development of a new generation of researchers who are interested in policy-relevant topics of long-range importance and who are willing to become key members of a bilateral and global research network built around such topics. It strives especially to promote a new level of intellectual cooperation between the Japanese and American academic and professional communities committed to and trained for advancing global understanding and problem solving.

Research support to individuals is at the core of the Abe Fellowship Program. Applications are welcome from scholars and nonacademic research professionals. The objectives of the program are to foster high quality research in the social sciences and related disciplines, to build new collaborative networks of researchers around the four thematic foci of the program, to bring new data and new data resources to the attention of those researchers, and to obtain from them a commitment to a comparative or transnational line of inquiry.

Successful applicants will be those individuals whose work and interests match these program goals. Abe Fellows are expected to demonstrate a long-term commitment to these goals by participating in program activities over the course of their careers.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Applicants are invited to submit proposals for research in the social sciences and related disciplines relevant to any one or any combination of the four themes below. The themes are:

1) Threats to Personal, Societal, and International Security
Especially welcome topics include food, water, and energy insecurity; pandemics; climate change; disaster preparedness, prevention, and recovery; conflict, terrorism, and cyber security. 

2) Growth and Sustainable Development
Especially welcome topics include global financial stability, trade imbalances and agreements, adjustment to globalization, climate change and adaptation, and poverty and inequality.

3) Social, Scientific, and Cultural Trends and Transformations
Especially welcome topics include aging and other demographic change, benefits and dangers of reproductive genetics, gender and social exclusion, expansion of STEM education among women and under-represented populations, migration, rural depopulation and urbanization, impacts of automation on jobs, poverty and inequality, and community resilience.

4) Governance, Empowerment, and Participation
Especially welcome topics include challenges to democratic institutions, participatory governance, human rights, the changing role of NGO/NPOs, the rise of new media, and government roles in fostering innovation.

Across the Program's four dominant themes, projects should demonstrate important contributions to intellectual and/or policy debates and break new theoretical or empirical ground. Within this framework, priority is given to research projects that help formulate solutions that promote a more peaceful, stable, and equitable global society or ameliorate the challenges faced by communities worldwide. Applicants are expected to show how the proposed project goes beyond previous work on the topic and builds on prior skills to move into new intellectual terrain.

Please note that the purpose of this Fellowship is to support research activities. Therefore, projects whose sole aim is travel, cultural exchange, and/or language training will not be considered. However, funds for language tutoring or refresher courses in the service of research goals will be included in the award if the proposal includes explicit justification for such activities.

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Abe Fellowship Program
Social Science Research Council

September 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Abe Fellowship is designed to encourage international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern. The program seeks to foster the development of a new generation of researchers who are interested in policy-relevant topics of long-range importance and who are willing to become key members of a bilateral and global research network built around such topics. It strives especially to promote a new level of intellectual cooperation between the Japanese and American academic and professional communities committed to and trained for advancing global understanding and problem solving.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Research support to individuals is at the core of the Abe Fellowship Program. Applications are welcome from scholars and nonacademic research professionals. The objectives of the program are to foster high quality research in the social sciences and related disciplines, to build new collaborative networks of researchers around the four thematic foci of the program, to bring new data and new data resources to the attention of those researchers, and to obtain from them a commitment to a comparative or transnational line of inquiry.

Successful applicants will be those individuals whose work and interests match these program goals. Abe Fellows are expected to demonstrate a long-term commitment to these goals by participating in program activities over the course of their careers.

The themes are:

Threats to Personal, Societal, and International Security Especially welcome topics include food, water, and energy insecurity; pandemics; climate change; disaster preparedness, prevention, and recovery; conflict, terrorism, and cyber security.

Growth and Sustainable Development Especially welcome topics include global financial stability, trade imbalances and agreements, adjustment to globalization, climate change and adaptation, and poverty and inequality.

Social, Scientific, and Cultural Trends and Transformations Especially welcome topics include aging and other demographic change, benefits and dangers of reproductive genetics, gender and social exclusion, expansion of STEM education among women and under-represented populations, migration, rural depopulation and urbanization, impacts of automation on jobs, poverty and inequality, and community resilience.

Governance, Empowerment, and Participation Especially welcome topics include challenges to democratic institutions, participatory governance, human rights, the changing role of NGO/NPOs, the rise of new media, and government roles in fostering innovation.

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ACLS Fellowships
American Council of Learned Societies

September 23, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The ACLS Fellowship program invites research applications in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The ACLS Fellowships are intended as salary replacement to help scholars devote six to twelve continuous months to full-time research and writing. ACLS Fellowships are portable and are tenable at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for research. (1) An ACLS Fellowship may be held concurrently with other fellowships and grants and any sabbatical pay, up to an amount equal to the candidate's current academic year salary. Tenure of the fellowship may begin no earlier than July 1, 2016 and no later than February 1, 2017.

The fellowship stipend is set at three levels based on academic rank: up to $35,000 for Assistant Professor and career equivalent; up to $45,000 for Associate Professor and career equivalent; and up to $70,000 for full Professor and career equivalent. ACLS will determine the level based on the candidate's rank or career status as of the application deadline date. Approximately 25 fellowships will be available at the Assistant Professor level, approximately 25 at the Associate Professor level, and approximately 20 at the full Professor level.

Institutions and individuals contribute to the ACLS Fellowship Program and its endowment, including The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Council's college and university Associates, and former Fellows and individual friends of the ACLS. ACLS is fortunate to have special funds available to support research in particular areas:  the Oscar Handlin Fund supports archival research in US history; the Frederic Wakeman Fund aids research in modern Chinese history; and the Donald Munro Fund is dedicated to work that exhibits high quality in sinology and in critical analysis of Chinese philosophical traditions and ethical systems. 

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ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships
American Council of Learned Societies

September 23, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

ACLS invites applications for the eighth annual competition for theACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships for collaborative research in the humanities and related social sciences. The program is funded by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The aim of this fellowship program is to offer small teams of two or more scholars the opportunity to collaborate intensively on a single, substantive project. The fellowship supports projects that produce a tangible research product (such as joint print or web publications) for which two or more collaborators will take credit.

The fellowships are for a total period of up to 24 months, to be initiated between July 1, 2016 and September 1, 2018, and provide up to $60,000 in salary replacement for each collaborator as well as up to $20,000 in collaboration funds (which may be used for such purposes as travel, materials, or research assistance). The amount of the ACLS fellowship for any collaborative project will vary depending on the number of collaborators and the duration of the research leave, but will not exceed $200,000 for any one project. Collaborations need not be interdisciplinary or inter-institutional. Applicants at the same institution, however, must demonstrate why local funding is insufficient to support the project. Collaborations that involve the participation of assistant and associate faculty members are particularly encouraged. Up to eight awards will be made in the 2015-16 competition.

A collaborative project is constituted of at least two scholars who are each seeking salary-replacement stipends for six to twelve continuous months of supported research leave to pursue full-time collaborative research during the fellowship tenure.

  1. The Project Coordinator must have an appointment at a US-based institution of higher education; other project members may be at institutions outside the United States or may be independent scholars.
  2. All project collaborators must hold a PhD degree or its equivalent in publications and professional experience at the time of application.

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Academic Achievement Award
American Water Works Association

October 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Academic Achievement Award encourages academic excellence by recognizing contributions to the field of public water supply.

 

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Anne Wexler Australian-American Studies Scholarship in Public Policy
Australian-American Fulbright Commission

October 13, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

Two Wexler Scholarships will be awarded annually. One for an Australian citizen to enroll in and complete a full U.S. Masters degree in Public Policy while in receipt of the Anne Wexler Scholarship and one for an American (U.S.) citizen to enroll in and complete a full Australian Masters degree in Public Policy while in receipt of the Anne Wexler Scholarship.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The aim of the Anne Wexler Scholarships is to grow Australian-American educational linkages by building the network of public policy experts and to encourage ongoing policy exchange between both countries. The scholarship will enable Australian and U.S. postgraduate students with strong academic credentials and leadership potential to undertake a Master's degree in Australia or the United States in an area that supports Mrs Wexler's binational interests in the field of public policy. These may include key areas such as health, sustainability, energy, climate change, regional security, political science, history or governmental relations.

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Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study - Individual Fellowship Program
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

September 23, 2015 for arts, humanities, and social sciences; October 15, 2015 for natural sciences and math

SYNOPSIS: 

The Radcliffe Institute announces the more than 50 scholars, scientists, and artists who will be Radcliffe fellows during the 2015-2016 year, each one pursuing an ambitious individual project within the Institute's multidisciplinary community.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Radcliffe Institute has supported the work of 50 fellows annually in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences.

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DEED Scholarship Program
American Public Power Association

February 15, 2015 and October 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

DEED student research grants/internships support students studying in energy-related disciplines, increase awareness of career opportunities in public power, and provide assistance to DEED member utility sponsors.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

DEED student research grants/internships support students studying in energy-related disciplines, increase awareness of career opportunities in public power, and provide assistance to DEED member utility sponsors.

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory Post-Master's Research Participation Program
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS:

The ORNL Post-Master's Research Participation Program is highly selective and offer schallenging opportunities to recent recipients of doctoral and master's degrees to conduct research in areas that support ORNL missions in the basic and applied sciences, energy, and environment. Appointments are available in all current research and development programs at the laboratory.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The program's goals are to: advance scientific and technical training in areas of critical national need; provide research opportunities for outstanding scientists; promote the influx of new ideas and skills into the laboratory; and enhance interactions with the wider academic and research communities.

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Faculty Research Participation (Short-Term Appointments)
Argonne National Laboratory

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

The Argonne National Laboratory provides support for ten- to twelve-week appointments (usually during the summer) for faculty members to collaborate with an Argonne staff scientist or engineer on an existing Argonne project of interest to the faculty member.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Faculty participants in this program typically spend a maximum of six months collaborating with an Argonne staff scientist or engineer on an existing Argonne project of interest to the faculty member. The applicant's objectives for the Argonne appointment should be clearly specified and the applicant's department head or dean must endorse these objectives.

Argonne is a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center, where researchers work alongside experts from industry, academia and other government laboratories to address vital national challenges in clean energy, environment, technology and national security.

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Graduate Fellowships
Property and Environment Research Center

March 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

PERC'S fellowships for graduate students and law students offer the ideal opportunity for those who are interested in researching issues related to natural resources and the environment.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Graduate fellows spend three months at PERC in Bozeman, Montana, researching and writing a paper under the supervision of a PERC senior fellow. While there, fellows are required to present two to three seminars to outline, report on, and summarize their research findings. A paper of publishable quality is the expected result.

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Julian Simon Fellowship
Property and Environment Research Center

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

The Julian Simon Fellowship is one of the nation's most prestigious opportunities for scholars to develop policy-oriented research on natural resource and environmental conservation. The in-residence fellowship is intended to continue the legacy of the late Julian Simon, whose research led to a massive re-evaluation by scholars and policy makers of their views on the interplay between population, natural resources, and the environment.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Each Julian Simon Fellow is expected to spend at least two months in residence at PERC developing a paper of publishable quality, one that has significant policy implications. During their stay at PERC, Julian Simon Fellows are expected to present a seminar on their work.

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Lone Mountain Fellowship
Property and Environment Research Center

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

Lone Mountain Fellowships offer a unique opportunity for scholars, journalists, policy-makers, and environmentalists to advance our understanding of the role of markets and property rights in protecting and enhancing environmental resources. Lone Mountain Fellows are resident at PERC in Bozeman, Montana, for periods ranging from a week to a year, depending on the nature of their projects.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Here is a small sample of the types of projects that a Lone Mountain Fellow might undertake: Completion of a book or other large-scale research project while on sabbatical; Initial development of a dataset or other source materials to be used for subsequent research; Writing a policy study, magazine article, or newspaper series; Initiation or completion of a scholarly paper for a major academic journal.

The project focus must be on natural resources and environmental issues, including the study of property rights. Whatever the nature of the projects, all Fellows are expected to give at least one seminar at PERC. Lone Mountain Fellows are expected to interact with other PERC scholars and fellows while in residence, and it is intended that the fellowship period be thought of as an opportunity to either establish or strengthen a continuing relationship with PERC.

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Ramanujan Fellowship
Department of Science & Technology (DST) - New Delhi

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS:

The Government of India's Department of Science & Technology invited nominations for the for brilliant scientists and engineers from all over the world to take up scientific research positions in India.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The fellowship is meant for brilliant scientists and engineers from all over the world to take up scientific research positions in India, especially those scientists who want to return to India from abroad. The fellowships are scientist-specific and very selective. The Ramanujan Fellows could work in any of the scientific institutions and universities in the country and they would be eligible for receiving regular research grants through the extramural funding schemes of various S&T agencies of the Government of India. All areas of science (in the broadest terms) will be covered by this fellowship.

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Research Participation/Internship Program for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education / EPA

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) offers opportunities to participate in research in environmental areas through internships at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at various locations in the U.S.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Disciplines of interest include: life, health, and medical sciences; physical sciences; earth, environmental, and marine sciences; engineering; and related scientific disciplines.

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Limited Submissions

Mallinckrodt Grants
Mallinckrodt (Edward Jr.) Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due July 1, 2015
Full submission due August 1, 2015 by invitation only

SYNOPSIS:

Any domestic biomedical institution, whether solely research or educational,  is invited to submit two candidates for the Mallinckrodt Board's consideration.

As of June 10, 2013, there will be only one competition per year.  The deadline to submit a proposal is August 1.  Each institution is allowed to submit two proposals.  Applicants should be in the first to fourth year of their tenure track faculty position and not have current R01 funding.   Grants are usually $60,000 and funding commences on October 1.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

  1. Submit Internal MSU Letters of Intent by the internal due date published in the opportunity announcement.
  2. Although agency letter of intent formats may vary, white papers shall be no more than two pages long and be submitted along with a CV (also two page maximum). (digital format: Microsoft Word .DOC or .DOCX format). 
  3. Submit whitepapers and CV's via ePCF (available from the MSU OSP webpage: http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/) by selecting "limited submission pre-proposal" in the ePCF screen and upload documents as an attachment. Whitepapers and CV's will be routed to the VP Research and Economic Development office (VPRED) for review. Please also email whitepaper to research@montana.edu. It is critical that PI's select the agency in the ePCF screen. Submissions that do not follow this format are at risk of not being reviewed.
  4. If more than the allowed applications are received, the MSU Research Council (or subcommittee) will select the project(s) to be put forth on behalf of the university. Evaluation criteria will include, but not be limited to quality of the proposal, key deliverables, what makes the project competitive, and eligibility of the investigator. Other key considerations include probability of successful funding and support of the mission of the University.
  1. For Questions and Help: The Office of Sponsored Programs, Pre-Award Program will be available for whitepaper questions and assistance with full proposal development including proposal review and edit, budget development, broader impacts, evaluation, sustainability, compliance, and other assistance as needed. For questions related to the internal submission process (ePCF, etc.) or to receive proposal assistance contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director at ssward@montana.edu.   

 

 

 

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Advancing Health Disparities Interventions Through Community-Based Participatory Research (U01)
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities/NIH/DHHS

Internal MSU LOI due July 7, 2015
LOI due July 18, 2015
Full submission due August 18, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) invites applications to support promising community interventions using Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) principles and approaches aimed at reducing and eventually eliminating health disparities. This program will use the NIH U01 Research Project Cooperative Agreements award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The goal of the NIMHD Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Program is to promote and support collaborative interventions that involve all relevant partners in the translational research process - planning, implementing, evaluating and disseminating community level interventions aimed at improving health and addressing health disparities. In the health disparities framework, this includes partnership approaches that focus on changing the determinants of health or the community conditions and environments, in which their members are born, mature, play, study, work and age. The research approach may begin with a needs assessment to identify a health-related issue for action, or a community-led proposal on an identified need or issue of importance to the community. The participatory research process is such that community members, persons affected or impacted, public health and policy professionals, and other key stakeholders in the community's health have the opportunity to be full participants in each phase of the research (from conception-design-conduct-analysis-interpretation-conclusions-communication of results). CBPR benefits are numerous and include the creation of bridges between the community, scientists and policy professionals to facilitate the bidirectional transfer of knowledge and skills, improved community research literacy and creation of appropriate and effective interventions.

This FOA invites applications for intervention studies using CBPR principles and methods. For the purpose of this FOA, 'community' refers to a population that may be defined by geography, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, illness or other health condition, or to groups that have a common health-related interest or cause. Communities must include significant representation of one or more NIH-designated US health disparity populations, which include Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations and rural populations.

The rationale for this program is two-fold: (1) To address the need for improved transdisciplinary and intervention research methods and approaches addressing health disparities; and (2) To strengthen the science of community engagement in addressing health disparities in socially disadvantaged population groups. Effective research intervention science approaches require a comprehensive framework for planning, developing conceptual models, identifying theory-based or evidence-based measures and implementing strategies for change. It also requires an iterative participatory process in all phases of the intervention. There is a relative paucity of effective intervention research methods and participatory approaches addressing population health and disparities. Given current understanding of the determinants of health, (e.g. social, environmental and behavioral) and the biological mechanisms that these determinants operate to influence health status, an elaborate intervention research framework and phased structure are being sought to accomplish the goals of this CBPR Intervention Phase program.

Projects are required to involve at least one community-based organization, either as the applicant organization or a partner organization. The individual or representative of the community organization will be named as key personnel in the Notice of Grant award. Projects that involve American Indian Tribal Governments instead of or in addition to community-based organizations are also acceptable. Additional collaborations with other types of partners, including but not limited to academic organizations, healthcare providers, school districts, and Federal or local government agencies, are strongly encouraged.

For the purposes of this FOA, interventions include health promotion programs, policies, services or resource provision that have the potential to impact a population group by changing the underlying conditions of increased risk or vulnerability. Examples of interventions include the implementation of organizational policies to support wellness and workplace safety, school-based policies to encourage physical activity, implementation of prevention programs, and environmental change approaches that address health disparities. It involves the use of current scientific data to inform interventions that may operate within or outside the health sector, but have the potential to impact health at the population level.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

  1. Submit Internal MSU Letters of Intent by the internal due date published in the opportunity announcement.
  2. Although agency letter of intent formats may vary, white papers shall be no more than two pages long, shall consist of a project summary, and be submitted along with a CV (also two page maximum). (digital format: Microsoft Word .DOC or .DOCX format). 
  3. Submit whitepapers and CV's via ePCF (available from the MSU OSP webpage: http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/) by selecting "limited submission pre-proposal" in the ePCF screen and upload documents as an attachment. Whitepapers and CV's will be routed to the VP Research and Economic Development office (VPRED) for review. Please also email whitepaper to research@montana.edu. It is critical that PI's select the agency in the ePCF screen. Submissions that do not follow this format are at risk of not being reviewed.
  4. If more than the allowed applications are received, the MSU Research Council (or subcommittee) will select the project(s) to be put forth on behalf of the university. Evaluation criteria will include, but not be limited to quality of the proposal, key deliverables, what makes the project competitive, and eligibility of the investigator. Other key considerations include probability of successful funding and support of the mission of the University.
  5. In the event that the opportunity requires a nomination from the chair of the PI's division, a letter of support shall also be attached to the application. The content of these letters may follow the criteria specified in the agency announcement.
  1. For Questions and Help: The Office of Sponsored Programs, Pre-Award Program will be available for whitepaper questions and assistance with full proposal development including proposal review and edit, budget development, broader impacts, evaluation, sustainability, compliance, and other assistance as needed. For questions related to the internal submission process (ePCF, etc.) or to receive proposal assistance contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director at ssward@montana.edu.        

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Faculty Development in the Space Sciences (FDSS)
Directorate for Geosciences

August 31, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Geospace Section of the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, to ensure the health and vitality of solar and space sciences on university teaching faculties, is pleased to offer awards for the creation of new tenure-track faculty positions within the intellectual disciplines which comprise the space sciences. The aim of these awards is to integrate research topics in solar and space physics into basic physics, astronomy, electrical engineering, geoscience, meteorology, computer science, and applied mathematics programs, and to develop space physics graduate programs capable of training the next generation of leaders in this field. Space Science is interdisciplinary in nature and the Faculty Development in the Space Sciences awardees will be expected to establish partnerships within the university community.

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Montana Healthcare Foundation 2015 Call for Proposals
Montana Healthcare Foundation (MHCF)

Internal MSU LOI due June 15, 2015
Agency LOI's due June 30, 2015 (MSU will submit on behalf of applicant)
Full submission due September 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Montana Healthcare Foundation (MHCF) is pleased to announce our 2015 Call for Proposals in three areas:

  • Behavioral Health (mental illness and drug and alcohol use) 
  • American Indian Health 
  • Partnerships for Better Health 

If you have questions, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page on our website. If you do not find an answer, please email info@mthcf.org. For questions related to MSU's internal submission process, please email Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandra Sward, Director of OSP at ssward@montana.edu. 

Eligibility

MHCF will only fund Montana-based organizations. Montana-based organizations that are eligible to apply for funding include:

  • Tax-exempt organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (excluding those classified as private foundations under section 509(a) of the Code.
  • Tax-exempt educational institutions
  • State, tribal, or local government agencies
  • For the American Indian focus area, additional eligibility requirements apply

Total Awards

Grants awarded under this CFP will fund projects that must be completed in between 12 and 24 months. The minimum grant request is $10,000. The typical grant award is expected to be between $10,000 and $25,000 for a 12-24 month period. The maximum request is $25,000 for a one-year project, and $100,000 for a two-year project. The Foundation expects to award only a small number of grants between $50,000 and $100,000.
For grantees that are awarded a one-year grant award term, MHCF will consider making a limited amount of competitive funding available to grantees that successfully complete all year one deliverables, to allow these grantees to develop and implement a sustainability plan in year two.

Selection Criteria

Complete selection criteria can be found under each focus area.
What We Do Not Fund
The Montana Healthcare Foundation does not fund:

  • Individuals
  • Capital campaigns
  • Operating deficits or retirement of debt
  • Construction projects, real estate acquisitions, or endowments unless part of a MHCF-invited proposal
  • Fundraising events
  • Organizations that discriminate by reason of race, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, or political orientation
  • Lobbying as defined by the U.S. Internal Revenue Code (IRC), section 4945(d)(1)
  • Activities supporting political candidates or voter registrations drives, as defined in IRC section 4945(d)(2)
  • Large equipment purchases (for example: medical equipment, vans)
  • Medical research or research lacking a direct, targeted, and practical benefit to Montanan's health
  • Organizations or foundations for redistribution of funds via sub-grants

In addition, please note that Montana Healthcare Foundation funds may not be used in any way that might supplant government funding of existing programs. All applicants must read our guidelines on supplanting, found at http://www.mthcf.org/resource/mhcf-guidance-on-supplanting-government-funds/.

Focus: Behavioral Health (Mental Illness and Drug & Alcohol Use)

Background

Behavioral health disorders (including mental illness and drug and alcohol use) are common, serious problems in Montana. In surveys of health needs carried out by Montana's rural hospitals, both hospitals and community members ranked these issues among the most important health challenges in their communities. A recent national survey examined the prevalence of behavioral health problems and access to services for treatment in each U.S. state: Montana ranked 44th among 50 states, and 49th for youth. Specific challenges include:

  • A high suicide rate. Montana consistently ranks in the top 5 states for the number of suicides per capita.
  • Montana ranks among the top three states nationally for exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Robust research shows that ACEs create a high risk of health and social problems later in life.
  • High rates of traffic injury and death related to driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
  • A shortage of behavioral health providers in remote rural communities.
  • Binge drinking and drug use among youth. Data suggest that children in "alternative high schools" and urban American Indian high school students are at particularly high risk.
  • Returning veterans are at high risk for traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder and other behavioral health issues. Montana has the nation's second highest per capita population of veterans.

In addition to the costs, in terms of suffering and loss of life, the economic costs of untreated mental illness and substance abuse are high. For example, among people who frequently use emergency department and hospital services, many have behavioral health issues. For youth, untreated mental illness and substance abuse are common causes of school failure and criminal justice problems.

Call for Proposals

Under this call for proposals, MHCF will support collaborative, systems-based solutions to behavioral health disorders in Montana. MHCF will emphasize interventions that are likely to become financially self-supporting through creating new partnerships between and among organizations, and through using existing resources more efficiently and effectively.

Examples of Types of Projects That Will Be Considered for Funding Under This Portfolio:

  • Collaboration between mental health centers, local health departments, rural hospitals, and community health centers: Rural communities face dual challenges of limited funding and difficulty recruiting professional staff. Creative programs that share staff, physical space, and financial resources among organizations can lead to savings and improved mental and physical health outcomes.
  • Jail diversion pilot projects: Evidence-based jail diversion programs can reduce arrest, incarceration, and recidivism rates at the same time as improving health outcomes. Several Montana counties have implemented such programs and are now funding them through the reductions in corrections costs. See a brief case study on jail diversion on our website.
  • Prevention and treatment for drug and alcohol use among pregnant women and parents: Programs that use evidence-based approaches to prevent or treat substance abuse during pregnancy and for parenthood, and can demonstrate a clear, feasible plan for sustainable funding beyond the grant period.
  • Treatment and care coordination for patients with dual diagnoses: The co-occurrence of mental illness, addiction, and chronic medical problems, such as diabetes, asthma, and heart disease presents a difficult and common problem, and patients with untreated behavioral health disorders are at risk for worse outcomes from chronic illnesses. Programs that address the needs of patients with complex, co-occurring behavioral and chronic illness--through, for example, collaboration among primary care, behavioral health, and hospitals, and through providing high-quality, evidence based care coordination and case management--can improve both mental health and chronic illness outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.
  • Providing behavioral health services to alternative high school students: Read MHCF's recent report on Alternative Schools on our website. Data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey suggests that urban Indian students and students in alternative high school programs are at extremely high risk for behavioral health disorders and suicide. MHCF will support pilot projects that address the needs of these students and demonstrate an impact that will endure beyond the grant funding. For example, schools that provide behavioral health services for these students on site may be able to sustain funding for counselors by billing Medicaid.
  • Partnerships outside the health sector to address the upstream risk factors for mental illness: Programs that provide supportive housing (e.g. "Housing First") to people with chronic mental illness through partnerships with community developers, banks, and others; programs that address other community-level risk factors, such as poverty, unemployment, and poor educational outcomes.

Selection Criteria for Proposals in Behavioral Health:

Proposals for funding in this portfolio should meet the following selection criteria:

  • Importance of health issue to be addressed: The proposed project will address an important health issue, as defined by the burden of suffering it creates in terms of prevalence in the population, severity of the outcomes, and costs to families and communities.
  • Potential for lasting change: A short-term grant investment will catalyze improvements that endure long after the grant funding runs out. The strongest plans will rely primarily on resources available to the project partners, as opposed to depending on future grant funding that has not yet been secured. For brief case studies on initiatives that have become self-sustaining, please visit our website.
  • Strength of Partnerships: The proposed project will create or advance strong partnerships between organizations, such as healthcare providers (hospitals, clinics, behavioral health treatment centers), public health (local or tribal health departments), and other organizations (such as community developers, county Sheriffs, or schools).
  • Focus on at-risk populations and health disparities: The proposed project will serve a region or population of high need, as measured by the existence of health disparities, poor access to healthcare, health professional staffing shortages, geographic remoteness, or other factors clearly described in the proposal. Health disparities are defined as the higher rates of illness experienced by certain populations, including socially or economically disadvantaged families, racial and ethnic minorities, children, and older adults. In all of our initiatives, MHCF seeks to decrease health disparities--and to improve health and wellbeing among those at greatest risk.
  • Solutions exist: Effective, evidence-based interventions exist to address the problem, but are not already being implemented.
  • Workable in Montana and culturally appropriate: Infrastructure, community support, and strong partners exist to implement the intervention here; the intervention is tailored to work well within the community(ies) that will be served.
  • Feasibility and Scale: There is a high probability that this MHCF investment will lead to success. The strongest proposals will also have a high potential for being replicated successfully in other communities.
  • Contribution to a diverse grantee portfolio: MHCF seeks to support a range of projects across Montana. We recognize that preparing a high-quality grant application may be more difficult for smaller communities that lack staff and resources. We may, therefore, also give preference to proposals based on their contribution to the overall diversity and balance of our portfolio, and in particular, to proposals from communities with the greatest demonstrated need.
  • Best Practices: Follow evidence-based guidelines and best practices, such as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's guidelines for Recovery and Integrated Care.

Focus: American Indian Health

Background

Montana is home to federally-recognized Tribes on seven reservations, one state-recognized Tribe, and a large and diverse urban American Indian population. In a 2014 report on the health of Montanans, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services documented severe health disparities among American Indians living in Montana. The report found that American Indian people in Montana die at a median age of 50 years (more than 20 years earlier than white Montanans); death rates for specific illnesses including heart disease, cancer, respiratory illnesses, injuries, and suicide were all found to be substantially higher as well.

Statistics such as these are only a starting point for understanding the health challenges facing American Indians in Montana. Specific issues that MHCF has identified through additional data review and conversations with community leaders and health professionals include:

  • Inadequate funding of health services and disease prevention programs
  • Limited availability of treatment for drug and alcohol addiction
  • The challenges for young families, including lack of economic opportunity, smoking and drug and alcohol use, and adverse childhood experiences perpetuated by historical trauma
  • Traffic injury, with risk factors including DUIs and low rates of seatbelt and child safety seat use
  • Diabetes mellitus, obesity, and risks including limited access to healthy foods, dietary preferences, and lack of culturally-relevant dietary information
  • Suicide, and underlying problems of historical trauma, mental illness, and drug and alcohol use

These health disparities are rooted in longstanding challenges including poverty and unemployment, racial discrimination and historical trauma, inadequate housing, food insecurity, among others.

Eligibility Requirements

Special eligibility requirements apply to this focus area:

MHCF will only fund Montana-based organizations. Montana-based organizations that are eligible to apply for funding include: 

  • American Indian non-profit organizations and Urban Indian Centers based in Montana (organizations with an American Indian-controlled Board and a primary focus on programming serving Montana's American Indian communities), and tax exempt as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (excluding those classified as private foundations under section 509(a) of the Code).
  • Montana-based federally or state-recognized Tribal government agencies.

Call for Proposals

The Montana Healthcare Foundation is committed to working in partnership with Montana's American Indian people to help address these challenges and support healthy, vibrant communities. In our initial year of grantmaking, we will focus on establishing partnerships with Tribal organizations and agencies and identifying promising opportunities for longer-term investments in future grant cycles. We will also fund pilot projects to strengthen the funding and administration of Tribal health systems and services, and other projects that seek to address specific health needs.

Projects in this portfolio will strengthen the healthcare systems serving these communities, and address the upstream social, economic, and educational challenges that drive health disparities. MHCF places a priority on proposals that have a high potential for becoming financially self-sustaining.

Examples of Types of Projects That Will Be Considered for Funding Under This Portfolio:

  • Strengthening the funding and administration of health services and prevention programs: Proposals that seek to strengthen the financing and administration of Tribal health services by implementing specific changes to improve billing, coding, and reimbursement for services; proposals that would allow a Tribe to take advantage of Public Law 638 to assume responsibility for providing IHS services.
  • Health system planning: One-year planning grants that will result in a plan that outlines specific programming and policy changes that could be implemented with future grant funding.
  • Partnerships outside the health sector: Proposals that seek to build partnerships with organizations beyond the health sector (for example, schools, local businesses, community and economic developers, or departments of planning and transportation) to build strong, resilient communities and address issues, such as poor housing, limited opportunities for youth engagement, community support for seniors, unemployment, or access to healthful foods.
  • Improving maternal-child health outcomes: Proposals for programming to improve maternal-infant outcomes, and offer effective drug and alcohol treatment options to pregnant women and mothers. Proposals can include programs that would build on or strengthen existing services, or those that would develop a plan for a future program that could be implemented in the other sources of funding.
  • Injury prevention: Proposals for effective, culturally-relevant programming or policy changes intended to reduce injuries.
  • Addressing the needs of urban American Indian people: Proposals that focus on urban American Indian health, particularly those that seek to plan or pilot initiatives that involve collaboration between Urban Indian Centers, hospitals, community health centers, mental health centers, schools, and other organizations that serve this population.

Selection Criteria for Proposals in American Indian Health

The following general selection criteria apply to all proposals for funding from MHCF. However, for smaller projects and proposals, MHCF recognizes that applicants may not be able to meet each of these criteria. Although we suggest that applicants use these criteria as a guide, we will consider proposals that do not meet every requirement stated here.

  • Importance of health issue to be addressed: The proposed project will address an important health issue, as defined by the burden of suffering it creates in terms of prevalence in the population, severity of the outcomes, and costs to families and communities.
  • Lasting change and financial sustainability: For proposals that seek to create a new program or service, the proposal should show how a short-term grant investment will catalyze improvements that endure long after the grant funding runs out. The strongest proposals will rely primarily on resources available to the project partners, as opposed to depending on future grant funding that has not yet been secured.
  • Focus on at-risk populations and health disparities: The proposed project will serve a region or population of high need, as measured by the existence of health disparities, poor access to healthcare, health professional staffing shortages, geographic remoteness, or other factors clearly described in the proposal. Health disparities are defined as the higher rates of illness experienced by certain populations, including socially or economically disadvantaged families, racial and ethnic minorities, children, and older adults. In all of our initiatives, MHCF seeks to decrease health disparities--and to improve health and wellbeing among those at greatest risk.
  • Solutions exist: Effective, evidence-based interventions exist to address the problem, but are not already being implemented.
  • Workable in Montana and culturally appropriate: Infrastructure, community support, and strong partners exist to implement the intervention here; the intervention is tailored to work well within the community(ies) that will be served.
  • Feasibility and scale: There is a high probability that this MHCF investment will lead to success. The strongest proposals will also have a high potential for being replicated successfully in other communities.
  • Contribution to a diverse grantee portfolio: MHCF seeks to support a range of projects across Montana. We recognize that preparing a high-quality grant application may be more difficult for smaller communities that lack staff and resources. We may, therefore, also give preference to proposals based on their contribution to the overall diversity and balance of our portfolio, and in particular, to proposals from communities with the greatest demonstrated need.
  • Involving stakeholders and community members: The proposed project includes a strong plan to ensure that community members and other stakeholders are engaged and included in the work.

Focus: Partnerships for Better Health

Background

"A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members," said Mahatma Gandhi. MHCF is dedicated to improving the health status of Montanans and to increasing the quality and accessibility of healthcare services for people across the state. Health disparities--defined as the higher rates of illness experienced by certain populations, including socially or economically disadvantaged families, racial and ethnic minorities, children, and older adults--are a particular focus of this portfolio.

Many communities, particularly in rural Montana, have limited access to some health services, and staffing and funding are often extremely limited. This portfolio supports collaborative, systems-based solutions to the most challenging health problems facing Montanans. In particular, we will emphasize new partnerships among the organizations and agencies that serve a given community that have a high potential to become financially self-supporting through using existing resources more efficiently and effectively.

Call for Proposals

Under this call for proposals, MHCF will support innovative pilot projects or community-based initiatives that demonstrate how collaboration between hospitals, community health centers, public health departments, and other community-based organizations, such as community developers, can yield synergistic improvements in health as well as a more efficient use of resources.

Projects in this portfolio will include those that focus on strengthening the healthcare system, and those that address the upstream social, cultural, economic, and educational challenges that drive health disparities. 

Examples of Types of Projects That Will Be Considered for Funding Under This Focus Area:

  • Care coordination: Nurse care coordination and community health worker programs. By helping patients understand and follow medical recommendations and keep appointments, and by identifying and helping to address the many the many social, economic, and educational barriers that patients face in their daily lives, these programs can improve health outcomes and reduce the costs associated with frequent emergency department visits and hospitalizations. For an example of successful care navigation programs in Montana, please visit our website.
  • Collaboration between local health departments, rural hospitals, and community health centers to address a major health issue: Initiatives that seek to address an important health challenge--such as serving the needs of the aging population, reducing childhood injuries, or improving diabetes outcomes--through new inter-agency collaborations. Given the challenges of recruiting health professionals and the limited funding available in many rural communities, health outcomes could be improved if the region's health-focused organizations sought ways to collaborate and share resources. For an example of a successful multi-agency collaboration, please see the Partnerships Case Study on our website.
  • Identifying and improving outcomes among patients with high needs: Projects focused on identifying people who utilize emergency department and hospital services frequently (often referred to as "super-utilizers"), and implementing evidence-based programs to improve health outcomes and address underlying problems such as complex chronic conditions and co-occurring substance abuse and mental health issues.
  • Partnerships outside the health sector (for example, with schools, community developers, departments of planning and transportation) to improve upstream risk factors for health disparities: Projects that will address health determinants--such as poor housing, limited opportunities for youth engagement, inadequate community support for seniors, unemployment, or lack of access to healthful foods--through partnerships with organizations outside the health sector.

Selection Criteria for Proposals in Partnerships for Better Health

MHCF will consider the following selection criteria in evaluating grant proposals under this focus area:

  • Importance of health issue to be addressed: The proposed project will address an important health issue, as defined by the burden of suffering it creates in terms of prevalence in the population, severity of the outcomes, and costs to families and communities.
  • Lasting change and financial sustainability: A short-term grant investment will catalyze improvements that endure long after the grant funding runs out. The strongest plans will rely primarily on resources available to the project partners, as opposed to depending on future grant funding that has not yet been secured.
  • Partnerships: The proposed project will create or advance strong partnerships between organizations, such as healthcare providers (hospitals, clinics, behavioral health treatment centers), public health (local or tribal health departments), and other organizations (such as community developers, county Sheriffs, or schools).
  • Focus on at-risk populations and health disparities: The proposed project will serve a region or population of high need, as measured by the existence of health disparities, poor access to healthcare, health professional staffing shortages, geographic remoteness, or other factors clearly described in the proposal. Health disparities are defined as the higher rates of illness experienced by certain populations, including socially or economically disadvantaged families, racial and ethnic minorities, children, and older adults. In all of our initiatives, MHCF seeks to decrease health disparities--and to improve health and wellbeing among those at greatest risk.
  • Solutions exist: Effective, evidence-based interventions exist to address the problem, but are not already being implemented.
  • Workable in Montana and culturally appropriate: Infrastructure, community support, and strong partners exist to implement the intervention here; the intervention is tailored to work well within the community(ies) that will be served.
  • Feasibility and Scale: There is a high probability that this MHCF investment will lead to success. The strongest proposals will also have a high potential for being replicated successfully in other communities.
  • Contribution to a diverse grantee portfolio: MHCF seeks to support a range of projects across Montana. We recognize that preparing a high-quality grant application may be more difficult for smaller communities that lack staff and resources. We may, therefore, also give preference to proposals based on their contribution to the overall diversity and balance of our portfolio, and in particular, to proposals from communities with the greatest demonstrated need.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

  1. Submit Internal MSU Letters of Intent by the internal due date published in the opportunity announcement.
  2. Although agency letter of intent formats may vary, white papers shall be no more than two pages long and be submitted along with a CV (also two page maximum). (digital format: Microsoft Word .DOC or .DOCX format). 
  3. Submit whitepapers and CV's via ePCF (available from the MSU OSP webpage: http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/) by selecting "limited submission pre-proposal" in the ePCF screen and upload documents as an attachment. Whitepapers and CV's will be routed to the VP Research and Economic Development office (VPRED) for review. Please also email whitepaper to research@montana.edu. It is critical that PI's select the agency in the ePCF screen. Submissions that do not follow this format are at risk of not being reviewed.
  4. If more than the allowed applications are received, the MSU Research Council (or subcommittee) will select the project(s) to be put forth on behalf of the university. Evaluation criteria will include, but not be limited to quality of the proposal, key deliverables, what makes the project competitive, and eligibility of the investigator. Other key considerations include probability of successful funding and support of the mission of the University.
  1. For Questions and Help: The Office of Sponsored Programs, Proposal Servivces staff will be available for whitepaper questions and assistance with full proposal development including proposal review and edit, budget development, broader impacts, evaluation, sustainability, compliance, and other assistance as needed. For questions related to the internal submission process (ePCF, etc.) or to receive proposal assistance contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director at ssward@montana.edu.   

 

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Research Fellowships
Alfred P Sloan Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due August 1, 2015
All nomination materials must be submitted no later than September 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.  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.

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.  Tenure track faculty positions at the candidate's institution must include a yearly teaching requirement.
  • 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;
  • Candidates' most recent Ph.D. (or equivalent) must have been awarded on or after September 1, 2009.  Exceptions may apply.  See footnote **, below.

For more detailed information on these eligibility guidelines, please consult our FAQ page.

While Fellows are expected to be at an early stage of their research careers, there should be strong evidence of independent research accomplishments. Candidates in all fields are normally below the rank of associate professor and do not hold tenure, but these are not strict requirements.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation welcomes nominations of all candidates who meet the traditional high standards of this program, and strongly encourages the participation of women and members of underrepresented minority groups.

**The Selection Committees may make exceptions for candidates who were awarded their Ph.D. prior to September 1, 2009 if their careers were disrupted due to military service, child-rearing, or a change of field.  The Committees may also make exceptions for candidates who are currently serving in their first faculty position and who were appointed to that position on or after September 1, 2013.

Nomination Process

Candidates must be nominated by a department head or other senior researcher. Submissions unaccompanied by a nomination from a senior researcher are not accepted. More than one candidate from a department may be nominated, but no more than three.

Candidates must submit the following materials to be considered for a Sloan Research Fellowship.

  • *A letter from a department head or other senior researcher officially nominating the candidate and describing his or her qualifications, initiative, and research (Note: Nominators must upload their letters of nomination through Interfolio.com.  Click here for more information); 
     
  • The candidate's curriculum vitae (including a list of the candidates scientific publications;
     
  • Two representative articles by the candidate;
     
  • A brief (one-page) statement by the candidate describing his or her significant scientific work and immediate research plans.
     
  • Three letters from other researchers (preferably not all from the same institution) written in support of the candidate's nomination. (Note: Letter writers must upload their letters of support through Interfolio.com.  Click here for more information.)

Nominated candidates are normally below the rank of associate professor and do not hold tenure, but these are not strict requirements.

In keeping with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's longstanding support of underrepresented minorities in the sciences, the Foundation strongly encourages the nomination of qualified women and minority candidates.

Materials are submitted electronically through Interfolio.com. To be considered, candidates must submit all required materials, including nomination letters and all letters of support, no later than September 15, 2015.

Nominations are reviewed and candidates selected by a selection committee of three distinguished scientists in each eligible field.  The committees review more than 700 nominations each year.  Fellows are selected on the basis of their independent research accomplishments, creativity, and potential to become leaders in the scientific community through their contributions to their field.

*Internal MSU Limited Submissions Process 

Before materials can go to the foundation submission portal, MSU must undergo the limited submission process to select candidates, and all materials described above must be submitted as follows: 

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

1.  Submit Internal MSU Letters of Intent by the internal due date published in the opportunity announcement.

2.  Submit whitepapers and CV's via ePCF (available from the MSU OSP webpage: http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/) by selecting "limited submission pre-proposal" in the ePCF screen and upload documents as an attachment. Whitepapers and CV's will be routed to the VP Research and Economic Development office (VPRED) for review. Please also email whitepaper to research@montana.edu. It is critical that PI's select the agency in the ePCF screen. Submissions that do not follow this format are at risk of not being reviewed.

3.  If more than the allowed applications are received, the MSU Research Council (or subcommittee) will select the project(s) to be put forth on behalf of the university. Evaluation criteria will include, but not be limited to quality of the proposal, key deliverables, what makes the project competitive, and eligibility of the investigator. Other key considerations include probability of successful funding and support of the mission of the University

4.  For Questions and Help: The Office of Sponsored Programs, Pre-Award Program will be available for whitepaper questions and assistance with full proposal development including proposal review and edit, budget development, broader impacts, evaluation, sustainability, compliance, and other assistance as needed. For questions related to the internal submission process (ePCF, etc.) or to receive proposal assistance contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director at ssward@montana.edu.   

 

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NIMHD Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers for Health Disparities Research Focused on Precision Medicine (U54)
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities/NIH/DHHS

Internal MSU LOI due July 31, 2015
LOI due August 17, 2015
Full submission due September 17, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) invites applications for ransdisciplinary Collaborative Centers (TCCs) for health disparities research exploring the potential for precision medicine - an emerging approach that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle - to promote health equity and reduce health disparities. Priorities include: 1) development of new tools and analytic methods for integrating patient data with information about contextual factors acting at the community or population level to influence health; 2) development of pharmacogenomic and other precision medicine tools to identify critical biomarkers for disease progression and drug responses in diverse populations; 3) translation of pharmacogenomic discoveries into effective treatment or clinical practice; and 4) investigation of facilitators and barriers to implementing precision medicine approaches in disadvantaged populations. This FOA will use the NIH U54 Specialized Center- Cooperative Agreements award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

TCCs supported through this initiative are expected to focus on at least one priority research area outlined below, each combining expertise in precision medicine, population health disparities, and the science of translation, implementation and dissemination to address one or more documented health disparities. The proposed work must focus on one or more health disparities populations, which include Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations and rural populations.

Each center will support 2-3 multidisciplinary research projects examining complementary aspects of precision medicine, focusing on interactions between biological, behavioral, and contextual predictors of disease vulnerability, resilience, and response to therapies in patients from disadvantaged communities. For the purposes of this FOA, biological predictors can include but are not limited to genomic, epigenomic, proteomic, metabolomic, and microbiomic variations as well as standard clinical laboratory markers (e.g., blood lipids, inflammatory markers, HbA1c, vitamin D3, etc.), behavioral measures, and other quantitative or qualitative indicators of health status in the study population(s).

Applications are expected to demonstrate substantive community input into the identification of research questions to be addressed by the proposed TCC and relevant contextual predictors to be examined in conjunction with biological predictors. For the purpose of this FOA, 'community' refers to a group or population that may be defined by geography, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, disease or other health condition, or a common health-related interest or concern.

In addition to the required collaborative research projects, each TCC award will support an Administrative Core, a Consortium Core, and an Implementation Core. The Administrative Core will manage and coordinate implementation of proposed TCC activities, including project evaluation; ensure that component plans are implemented according to proposed timelines; coordinate TCC Steering Committee activities and submission of annual progress reports; monitor progress on research sub-projects and ensure that TCC-supported research, including pilot projects, is carried out in compliance with applicable federal regulations and policies. Applications may propose additional (optional) technical cores to help support the proposed research projects. Examples include but are not limited to clinical research cores, bioinformatics cores, genomics cores, biostatistics/study design cores, bioethics and regulatory knowledge cores, biospecimen repositories, data warehouses, etc.

Priority Research Areas include:

--Data Integration: A top priority for this initiative is the development of better tools and analytic methods for integrating different types of data obtained from individuals ("omics" data, clinical data, behavioral survey data, etc.) with structured information about key contextual factors (social stratification, racism and discrimination, community ecological context, cultural factors, environmental factors, health-related policies, etc.) that act at the community or population level to influence the health of individuals. Approaches that leverage public and private-sector investments in health information technology, public health reporting systems, clinical data research networks, and informatics tools to identify patients from diverse populations with specific clinical characteristics for cohort studies are strongly encouraged.

--Population differences in pharmaceutical therapy outcomes: Striking differences in health outcomes related to obesity, infant mortality, cancer, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, asthma, diabetes and HIV infection in disparity populations are well established. Significant differences also exist among various health disparity populations in responses to therapeutic drugs. This initiative will support research examining population differences in pharmaceutical therapy outcomes and correlations with biological and contextual predictors (see examples above) to better understand variability in drug responses and identify effective patient-specific treatments that enhance therapeutic outcomes in patients from health disparity populations.

--Translating pharmacogenomic discoveries to health disparity populations: A major limitation of existing pharmacogenomic-based therapies is that most of the data informing clinical guidelines are derived from populations of European descent. This initiative encourages clinical and translational research to study genomic variations that impact the specificity and response of drugs in patients from diverse racial/ethnic populations and evaluate other factors that may contribute to variability of responses across different populations.

--Implementation research: Research on potential facilitators and barriers to implementation and adoption of precision medicine approaches in health disparity populations is also encouraged.

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Searle Scholars Program
The Kinship Foundation (Searle Scholars Program)

Internal MSU LOI due June 22, 2015
Agency nominations due July (TBD) (MSU will submit on behalf of applicant)
Full submissions will be due late September, 2015 (TBD)

SYNOPSIS:

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 at a participating academic or research institution. Today, 158 institutions are invited to participate in the Program, of which MSU is one.

The Program was established at The Chicago Community Trust in 1980 and has been administered by Kinship Foundation since 1996. The Program is funded from the estates of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Searle. Mr. Searle was the grandson of the founder of the world-wide pharmaceutical company, G.D. Searle & Company. It was Mr. Searle's wish that certain funds be used to support "...research in medicine, chemistry, and the biological sciences."

Each year 15 new individuals are named Searle Scholars. Awards are currently set at $100,000 per year for three years. Since its inception, 542 Scholars have been named and over $115 million has been awarded.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: 

The Searle Scholars Program is currently moving to an online application platform. Online application forms and application instructions for awards are expected to be activated around July 1, 2015 will be available to participating institutions. Selected applicants should obtain the online application username and password from the appropriate administrative office at their institution. Applications are to be submitted by the institution on behalf of the individual candidate. MSU candidates should contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist at micaelayoung@montana.edu and Sandra Sward, Director of OSP at ssward@montana.edu to indicate interest and receive application instructions. 

The full application materials for the current competition are expected to be available to nominated applicants in early September, 2015. Permission will be required to access online application materials. Selected applicants from participating institutions will receive information directly from our program on how to apply after official nominations have been submitted in September. Potential candidates should check with the institutional contact for further information on the nomination process.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

  1. Submit Internal MSU Letters of Intent by the internal due date published in the opportunity announcement.
  2. Although agency letter of intent formats may vary, white papers shall be no more than two pages long and be submitted along with a CV (also two page maximum). (digital format: Microsoft Word .DOC or .DOCX format). 
  3. Submit whitepapers and CV's via ePCF (available from the MSU OSP webpage: http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/) by selecting "limited submission pre-proposal" in the ePCF screen and upload documents as an attachment. Whitepapers and CV's will be routed to the VP Research and Economic Development office (VPRED) for review. Please also email whitepaper to research@montana.edu. It is critical that PI's select the agency in the ePCF screen. Submissions that do not follow this format are at risk of not being reviewed.
  4. If more than the allowed applications are received, the MSU Research Council (or subcommittee) will select the project(s) to be put forth on behalf of the university. Evaluation criteria will include, but not be limited to quality of the proposal, key deliverables, what makes the project competitive, and eligibility of the investigator. Other key considerations include probability of successful funding and support of the mission of the University.
  1. For Questions and Help: The Office of Sponsored Programs, Proposal Services staff will be available for whitepaper questions and assistance with full proposal development including proposal review and edit, budget development, broader impacts, evaluation, sustainability, compliance, and other assistance as needed. For questions related to the internal submission process (ePCF, etc.) or to receive proposal assistance contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director at ssward@montana.edu.   

 

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Bridges to Baccalaureate Program (R25)
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Internal MSU LOI due July 14, 2015
Full submission due September 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages Research Education Grant (R25) applications that propose research education programs intended to enhance the pool of community college students from diverse backgrounds nationally underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences who go on to research careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, and will be available to participate in NIH-funded research. Key strategies are to increase transfer and increase retention to BA/BS graduation in biomedical and behavioral sciences. This initiative promotes partnerships/consortia between community colleges or other two-year post-secondary educational institutions granting the associate degree with colleges or universities that offer the baccalaureate degree.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The long-term goal of the Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program is to enhance the pool of

community college students from groups underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences who go on to research careers in these fields. The short-term goal of the program is to enhance the pool of students who transition from a two-year institution to a four-year institution, with subsequent baccalaureate degree completion. The specific objective of this program is to develop and

implement an integrated plan of individual and institutional activities that will increase students' preparation and skills as they advance academically in the pursuit of the baccalaureate and subsequently more advanced degrees in biomedical and behavioral sciences.

In recent years, at least 70% of Bridges-supported students, upon or before graduation from the associate degree program, transfer to baccalaureate degree programs in biomedical and behavioral sciences, and at least 50% of transferring Bridges students successfully completed their baccalaureate degrees in biomedical and behavioral sciences. NIGMS anticipates that Bridges grantees will improve on these outcomes. NIGMS also anticipates that institutional transfer rates and degree completion will improve over baseline.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

  1. Submit Internal MSU Letters of Intent by the internal due date published in the opportunity announcement.
  2. Although agency letter of intent formats may vary, white papers shall be no more than two pages long and be submitted along with a CV (also two page maximum). (digital format: Microsoft Word .DOC or .DOCX format). 
  3. Submit whitepapers and CV's via ePCF (available from the MSU OSP webpage: http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/) by selecting "limited submission pre-proposal" in the ePCF screen and upload documents as an attachment. Whitepapers and CV's will be routed to the VP Research and Economic Development office (VPRED) for review. Please also email whitepaper to research@montana.edu. It is critical that PI's select the agency in the ePCF screen. Submissions that do not follow this format are at risk of not being reviewed.
  4. If more than the allowed applications are received, the MSU Research Council (or subcommittee) will select the project(s) to be put forth on behalf of the university. Evaluation criteria will include, but not be limited to quality of the proposal, key deliverables, what makes the project competitive, and eligibility of the investigator. Other key considerations include probability of successful funding and support of the mission of the University.
  1. For Questions and Help: The Office of Sponsored Programs, Pre-Award Program will be available for whitepaper questions and assistance with full proposal development including proposal review and edit, budget development, broader impacts, evaluation, sustainability, compliance, and other assistance as needed. For questions related to the internal submission process (ePCF, etc.) or to receive proposal assistance contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director at ssward@montana.edu.   

 

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NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)
Directorate for Education & Human Resources - Division of Undergraduate Education / NSF

Internal MSU LOI due July 15, 2015
Full submission due September 22, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program (S-STEM) addresses the need for a high quality STEM workforce in areas of national priorities. The program seeks to increase the success of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The program provides awards to Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to fund scholarships, and to enhance and study effective curricular and co-curricular activities that support recruitment, retention, student success, and graduation in STEM. The S-STEM program encourages collaborations among different types of partners: Partnerships among different types of institutions, collaborations of STEM faculty and educational and social science researchers, or partnerships among institutions of higher education and business and industry. The program seeks: 1) to increase the number of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need obtaining degrees in STEM and entering the STEM workforce or graduate study; 2) improve the education of future scientists, engineers, and technicians, with a focus on academically talented low-income students; and 3) advance understanding of the factors or curricular and co-curricular activities affecting the success of low-income students.

In this solicitation, the acronym STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics that includes biological sciences (except medicine and other clinical fields); physical sciences (including physics, chemistry, astronomy, and materials science); mathematical sciences; computer and information sciences; geosciences; engineering; and technology areas associated with the preceding disciplines (for example, biotechnology, chemical technology, engineering technology, information technology, etc.)

The S-STEM program particularly encourages proposals from 2-year institutions, Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), and urban public and rural institutions.

Students who are interested in scholarships should contact their Institution's Office of Financial Aid to inquire about this and other scholarship opportunities. Students who are awarded S-STEM scholarships must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, nationals, or refugees.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The S-STEM program provides Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) with funds for student scholarships to encourage and enable low income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need to enter the workforce or graduate study following completion of associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in STEM. Recognizing that scholarships alone cannot address low retention and graduation rates in STEM, the program also supports the implementation and testing of effective curricular and co-curricular activities (e.g., curriculum, professional, and workforce development activities) featuring: i) close involvement of faculty, ii) student mentoring, iii) provisions of academic and student support, iv) adaptation of evidence-based practices, and v) recognition of S-STEM Scholars. Successful projects include involvement of the Offices of Financial Aid, Student Services, and Offices of Institutional Research.

Proposers are strongly encouraged, but not required, to implement and adapt evidence-based practices and student supports that have been developed and/or promoted by NSF awardees and to utilize research on undergraduate or graduate STEM education conducted by NSF-supported educational, social science, or discipline-based educational researchers. Proposals with a strong focus on workforce development are encouraged to partner with business, industry, and local community organizations. Proposals with a strong focus on the transfer of students from one educational level to another are encouraged to collaborate with appropriate institutional partners (for, example proposals supporting and investigating the transfer of students from 2-year institutions to 4-year institutions should include 2-year institutions and 4-year institutions or universities).

Proposals must include a literature review that establishes the basis for the proposed projects and should be informed by the Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

  1. Submit Internal MSU Letters of Intent by the internal due date published in the opportunity announcement.
  2. Although agency letter of intent formats may vary, white papers shall be no more than two pages long, shall consist of a project summary, and be submitted along with a CV (also two page maximum). (digital format: Microsoft Word .DOC or .DOCX format). 
  3. Submit whitepapers and CV's via ePCF (available from the MSU OSP webpage: http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/) by selecting "limited submission pre-proposal" in the ePCF screen and upload documents as an attachment. Whitepapers and CV's will be routed to the VP Research and Economic Development office (VPRED) for review. Please also email whitepaper to research@montana.edu. It is critical that PI's select the agency in the ePCF screen. Submissions that do not follow this format are at risk of not being reviewed.
  4. If more than the allowed applications are received, the MSU Research Council (or subcommittee) will select the project(s) to be put forth on behalf of the university. Evaluation criteria will include, but not be limited to quality of the proposal, key deliverables, what makes the project competitive, and eligibility of the investigator. Other key considerations include probability of successful funding and support of the mission of the University.
  5. In the event that the opportunity requires a nomination from the chair of the PI's division, a letter of support shall also be attached to the application. The content of these letters may follow the criteria specified in the agency announcement.
  1. For Questions and Help: The Office of Sponsored Programs, Pre-Award Program will be available for whitepaper questions and assistance with full proposal development including proposal review and edit, budget development, broader impacts, evaluation, sustainability, compliance, and other assistance as needed. For questions related to the internal submission process (ePCF, etc.) or to receive proposal assistance contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director at ssward@montana.edu.        

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NEH Summer Stipends
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Internal MSU LOI due August 15, 2015
Full submission due October 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development.

ELIGIBILITY:

Summer Stipends are awarded to individual scholars. Organizations are not eligible to apply. Applicants with college or university affiliations must, however, be nominated by their institutions. Only two faculty may be nominated from MSU, so applicants must use the internal limited submission application process. 

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

  1. Submit Internal MSU Letters of Intent by the internal due date published in the opportunity announcement.
  2. Although agency letter of intent formats may vary, white papers shall be no more than two pages long, shall consist of a project summary, and be submitted along with a CV (also two page maximum). (digital format: Microsoft Word .DOC or .DOCX format). 
  3. Submit whitepapers and CV's via ePCF (available from the MSU OSP webpage: http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/) by selecting "limited submission pre-proposal" in the ePCF screen and upload documents as an attachment. Whitepapers and CV's will be routed to the VP Research and Economic Development office (VPRED) for review. Please also email whitepaper to research@montana.edu. It is critical that PI's select the agency in the ePCF screen. Submissions that do not follow this format are at risk of not being reviewed.
  4. If more than the allowed applications are received, the MSU Research Council (or subcommittee) will select the project(s) to be put forth on behalf of the university. Evaluation criteria will include, but not be limited to quality of the proposal, key deliverables, what makes the project competitive, and eligibility of the investigator. Other key considerations include probability of successful funding and support of the mission of the University.
  5. In the event that the opportunity requires a nomination from the chair of the PI's division, a letter of support shall also be attached to the application. The content of these letters may follow the criteria specified in the agency announcement.
  1. For Questions and Help: The Office of Sponsored Programs, Pre-Award Program will be available for whitepaper questions and assistance with full proposal development including proposal review and edit, budget development, broader impacts, evaluation, sustainability, compliance, and other assistance as needed. For questions related to the internal submission process (ePCF, etc.) or to receive proposal assistance contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director at ssward@montana.edu.   

 

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Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC)
Directorate for Biological Sciences and Division of Biological Infrastructure / NSF

Internal MSU LOI due July 31, 2015
Full submission due October 9, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

This program seeks to enhance and expand the national resource of digital data documenting existing vouchered biological and paleontological collections and to advance scientific knowledge by improving access to digitized information (including images) residing in vouchered scientific collections across the United States. The information associated with various collections of organisms, such as geographic, paleogeographic and stratigraphic distribution, environmental habitat data, phenology, information about associated organisms, collector field notes, and tissues and molecular data extracted from the specimens, is a rich resource providing the baseline from which to further biodiversity research and provide critical information about existing gaps in our knowledge of life on earth. The national resource is structured at three levels: a central coordinating organization, a series of thematic networks based on an important research theme, and the physical collections. The national resource builds upon a sizable existing national investment in curation of the physical objects in scientific collections and contributes vitally to scientific research and technology interests in the United States. It will become an invaluable tool in understanding contemporary biological issues and challenges.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Digitizing and mobilizing the Nation's biological and paleontological collections represents a grand challenge and will require development of both technical and human resources to support the creation of an enduring digital alliance of collections and institutions. In 2011 Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio) at the University of Florida was established as a national resource to integrate all resulting data and make them widely accessible. In addition, iDigBio provides training opportunities, disseminates best practices and workflows, hosts workshops, virtual meetings and integrates education and outreach activities from the Thematic Networks. Collections digitization is defined broadly for the purpose of this solicitation to include the capture of digital images of specimens, transcription into electronic format of various types of data associated with specimens, linking ancillary data already stored in an electronic format apart from the voucher specimens, the georeferencing of specimen-collection localities, and mobilization of all the data together online. In all cases the primary focus of the digitization effort should be the physical specimens owned by the collection. Ancillary material may be included as appropriate through links to the specimens. Paleontological collections are included and may be integrated with biological collections if relevant to a research theme, or may be digitized around a research theme unique to the past. This program will create an organizational structure and processes inclusive of the broad biological and paleontological collections community, provide open data access, and empower biological and paleobiological researchers.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

  1. Submit Internal MSU Letters of Intent by the internal due date published in the opportunity announcement.
  2. Although agency letter of intent formats may vary, white papers shall be no more than two pages long and be submitted along with a CV (also two page maximum). (digital format: Microsoft Word .DOC or .DOCX format). 
  3. Submit whitepapers and CV's via ePCF (available from the MSU OSP webpage: http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/) by selecting "limited submission pre-proposal" in the ePCF screen and upload documents as an attachment. Whitepapers and CV's will be routed to the VP Research and Economic Development office (VPRED) for review. Please also email whitepaper to research@montana.edu. It is critical that PI's select the agency in the ePCF screen. Submissions that do not follow this format are at risk of not being reviewed.
  4. If more than the allowed applications are received, the MSU Research Council (or subcommittee) will select the project(s) to be put forth on behalf of the university. Evaluation criteria will include, but not be limited to quality of the proposal, key deliverables, what makes the project competitive, and eligibility of the investigator. Other key considerations include probability of successful funding and support of the mission of the University.
  1. For Questions and Help: The Office of Sponsored Programs, Pre-Award Program will be available for whitepaper questions and assistance with full proposal development including proposal review and edit, budget development, broader impacts, evaluation, sustainability, compliance, and other assistance as needed. For questions related to the internal submission process (ePCF, etc.) or to receive proposal assistance contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director at ssward@montana.edu.   

 

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U.S.- India Institutional Partnership Grants
United States-India Educational Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due August 31, 2015
Full submission due November 2, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) announces an open competition for the support of projects through the Indo-U.S. 21st Century Knowledge Initiative awards (formerly known as the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative). Announced by the U.S. and Indian governments, Knowledge Initiative aims to strengthen collaboration and build partnerships between American and Indian institutions of higher education. Accredited U.S. post-secondary educational institutions meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 U.S.C. 501c(3) may submit proposals to support the program's goals of encouraging mutual understanding, facilitating educational reform, fostering economic development, and engaging civil society through academic cooperation with Indian post-secondary educational institutions.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Exchange activities may include but are not limited to curriculum design, research collaboration, team teaching, focused series of exchanges, seminars, among other activities. Activities should be designed to develop expertise, advance scholarship and teaching, and promote long-term ties between partner institutions. Proposals in the following fields are eligible: Energy, Climate Change & Environmental Studies; Education & Educational Reform; Public Health; Sustainable Development & Community Development; and International Relations & Strategic Studies.

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NIH Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series (R13)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Internal MSU LOI due September 15, 2015
Full submission due November 17, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages Research Conference Grant (R13) applications to conduct health disparities-related meetings, workshops, and symposia. The purpose of the Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series is to bring together academic institutions and community organizations to identify opportunities for reducing health disparities through the use of Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). The objectives of meetings conducted as part of this award will be to: (1) establish and/or enhance existing academic-community partnerships; (2) identify community-driven research priorities; and (3) develop long-term collaborative CBPR research agendas. Thus, it is expected these partnerships will lead to grant applications for the support of CBPR projects designed to meet identified community needs. The areas of focus for these partnerships may include one or more of the following community-health issues: preterm birth; infant mortality; sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS); maternal mortality; reproductive health; uterine fibroid tumors; childhood, adolescent, and/or adult obesity; violence prevention; perinatal HBV and HIV/AIDS prevention; HIV/AIDS prevention; asthma; intellectual and developmental disabilities; pediatric injury prevention; and medical rehabilitation. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages Research Conference Grant (R13) applications to conduct health disparities-related meetings, workshops, and symposia. The purpose of the Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series is to bring together academic institutions/organizations and community organizations to identify opportunities for reducing health disparities through the use of Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). The objectives of meetings conducted as part of this award will be to: (1) establish and/or enhance existing academic-community partnerships; (2) identify community-driven research priorities; and (3) develop long-term collaborative CBPR research agendas. Thus, it is expected these partnerships will lead to grant applications for the support of CBPR projects designed to meet identified community needs. The areas of focus for these partnerships should include one or more of the following community-health issues: preterm birth; infant mortality; sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS); maternal mortality; reproductive health; uterine fibroid tumors; childhood, adolescent, and/or adult obesity; violence prevention; perinatal HBV and HIV/AIDS prevention; HIV/AIDS prevention; asthma; intellectual and developmental disabilities; pediatric injury prevention; and medical rehabilitation.

Support of conferences is contingent on the fiscal and programmatic interests and priorities of the individual NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs). Therefore, a conference grant application is required to contain a permission-to-submit letter from the Scientific/Research Contact listed in Section VII. Agency Contacts. Applicants are urged to initiate contact well in advance of the application due date and no later than 6 weeks before that date. Please note that agreement to accept an application does not guarantee funding.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

  1. Submit Internal MSU Letters of Intent by the internal due date published in the opportunity announcement.
  2. Although agency letter of intent formats may vary, white papers shall be no more than two pages long and be submitted along with a CV (also two page maximum). (digital format: Microsoft Word .DOC or .DOCX format). 
  3. Submit whitepapers and CV's via ePCF (available from the MSU OSP webpage: http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/) by selecting "limited submission pre-proposal" in the ePCF screen and upload documents as an attachment. Whitepapers and CV's will be routed to the VP Research and Economic Development office (VPRED) for review. Please also email whitepaper to research@montana.edu. It is critical that PI's select the agency in the ePCF screen. Submissions that do not follow this format are at risk of not being reviewed.
  4. If more than the allowed applications are received, the MSU Research Council (or subcommittee) will select the project(s) to be put forth on behalf of the university. Evaluation criteria will include, but not be limited to quality of the proposal, key deliverables, what makes the project competitive, and eligibility of the investigator. Other key considerations include probability of successful funding and support of the mission of the University.
  1. For Questions and Help: The Office of Sponsored Programs, Pre-Award Program will be available for whitepaper questions and assistance with full proposal development including proposal review and edit, budget development, broader impacts, evaluation, sustainability, compliance, and other assistance as needed. For questions related to the internal submission process (ePCF, etc.) or to receive proposal assistance contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director at ssward@montana.edu.   

 

 

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NIH Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series (R13)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Internal MSU LOI due September 15, 2015
Full submission due November 17, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages Research Conference Grant (R13) applications to conduct health disparities-related meetings, workshops, and symposia. The purpose of the Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series is to bring together academic institutions and community organizations to identify opportunities for reducing health disparities through the use of Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). The objectives of meetings conducted as part of this award will be to: (1) establish and/or enhance existing academic-community partnerships; (2) identify community-driven research priorities; and (3) develop long-term collaborative CBPR research agendas. Thus, it is expected these partnerships will lead to grant applications for the support of CBPR projects designed to meet identified community needs. The areas of focus for these partnerships may include one or more of the following community-health issues: preterm birth; infant mortality; sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS); maternal mortality; reproductive health; uterine fibroid tumors; childhood, adolescent, and/or adult obesity; violence prevention; perinatal HBV and HIV/AIDS prevention; HIV/AIDS prevention; asthma; intellectual and developmental disabilities; pediatric injury prevention; and medical rehabilitation. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of the Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series is to bring together academic institutions and community organizations to identify opportunities for reducing health disparities through the use of Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). The objective of meetings conducted as part of this award will be to:

  • Establish and/or enhance existing partnerships between academic institutions and relevant community organizations;
  • Identify, document, and highlight local priority health disparity conditions and the community's view of its own health problems; and
  • Form an alignment between academic and community organizations to develop long-term collaborative CBPR research agendas

For purposes of this award, community organizations may include organizations that have a history (3 years or more) of (1) providing health services and/or improving the health of members of the relevant community (e.g., health departments); and/or (2) serving the interests of the relevant community or population of focus (e.g., faith-based organizations, schools, violence prevention centers, cooperative extension centers, tribal organizations, youth organizations).

While multiple PD/PI applications comprised of academic and community partners are strongly encouraged, partnerships between academic and community organizations/leaders do not have to be in place to qualify an institution to apply for these awards. Applicants that seek to strengthen existing relationships with community stakeholders are encouraged to apply. When appropriate, the award should be used to support the formative stages of such partnerships.

Anticipated outcomes of the Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series grant award include, but are not limited to: (1) providing a forum for the development of a community partnership structure that will support the conduct of an eventual CBPR project in one of the identified areas of emphasis; and (2) facilitating culturally centered community partnerships with a focus on reducing and eliminating health disparities.

Partnerships Between Academic and Community Organizations

Specific examples of collaborative meetings include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Workshops to identify issues and research objectives that are important to the community;
  • Meetings to strengthen and enhance the collaborative/multidisciplinary research efforts between grantee institutions/organizations and communities of interest;
  • Workshops among researchers, and community leaders to identify the health and resource needs of the community;
  • Seminars led by community partners and academic researchers highlighting research findings on the prevalence and incidence of relevant health disparities in the community; and

Expected Timeline

Year 1

  • Convene three to six opportunities (e.g. meetings, presentations) to introduce community partnership plans to various relevant community organizations;
  • Identify members of the Advisory Board for the Academic-Community Partnership Series award;
  • Convene at least two (2) Advisory Board meetings with the goal of planning community partnership activities; and
  • Hold two to four open community forums to disseminate information on relevant community, regional, and/or state health disparities.

Year 2

  • Convene two to three meetings to introduce community partnership plans to relevant community stakeholders;
  • Hold two to four open community forums to disseminate information on relevant community, regional, and/or state health disparities;
  • Hold quarterly (4) Advisory Board meetings to discuss details related to the progress of the Academic-Community Partnership Series;
  • If CBPR expertise is not available as part of the original application, at least one partnership, as evidenced through the development of a specific Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), with an institution or organization (e.g. academic institutions, community-based organization) that has evidence of CPBR expertise should be developed.
  • Guidance that can inform the development of an Academic-Community Partnership MOU can be found in several places, including but not limited to the University of Kansas Community Tool Box
  • The MOU should describe details related to the exact nature of the relationship, number of meetings per year, and clear outcomes that will benefit both partners. The individual identified as having CBPR expertise as part of the MOU should be named to the Advisory Board. Additional representatives with CBPR expertise may be named to the Advisory Board when deemed necessary.

Year 3

  • Convene quarterly (4) Advisory Board meetings to discuss details related to the progress of the Academic-Community Partnership Series;
  • Organize during the first quarter of the year, representatives from a select group of academic and community organization representatives that have been actively working during the first two years of the award;
  • Develop at least one partnership, as evidenced through the specific development of an MOU. This MOU should describe details related to the exact nature of a relationship between the academic and community organization representatives, which may include (but not limited to):
    • Purpose of the partnership
    • Frequency of meetings
    • Designation of leadership roles
    • Bylaws or governing policies
    • Short- and long-term CBPR intervention development goals
    • Intended post Academic-Community Partnership Series award outcomes/benefits for the community of interest

Areas of Research Focus

An ongoing series of conferences, meetings, seminars, and workshops, where academic and community partners work together to develop a strong working relationship and a set of research goals focused on community priorities may be focused in one or more of the following areas:

  • Preterm birth
  • Infant mortality
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Maternal mortality
  • Reproductive health
  • Uterine fibroid tumors
  • Childhood, adolescent, and/or adult obesity
  • Violence prevention
  • Perinatal HBV and HIV/AIDS prevention
  • HIV/AIDS prevention
  • Asthma
  • Intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Pediatric injury prevention
  • Medical rehabilitation (e.g., spinal cord injury, TBI, stroke)

More than one area of research focus should be addressed only when scientifically appropriate. Health literacy and techniques for outreach and information dissemination should only be addressed in conjunction with one of the identified areas of research focus.

Additionally, consideration for support will be given to relevant topics where research is lacking or nascent and where stimulation of such research will meet the expressed needs of the community (e.g., role of paternal involvement in child health outcomes).

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Scientific/Research Contact listed in Section VII. Agency Contacts of the FOA regarding the appropriateness of research focus for proposed projects. This may be done as part of the required process for requesting advanced permission to submit an application no later than six weeks before the receipt date.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

  1. Submit Internal MSU Letters of Intent by the internal due date published in the opportunity announcement.
  2. Although agency letter of intent formats may vary, white papers shall be no more than two pages long, shall consist of a project summary, and be submitted along with a CV (also two page maximum). (digital format: Microsoft Word .DOC or .DOCX format). 
  3. Submit whitepapers and CV's via ePCF (available from the MSU OSP webpage: http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/) by selecting "limited submission pre-proposal" in the ePCF screen and upload documents as an attachment. Whitepapers and CV's will be routed to the VP Research and Economic Development office (VPRED) for review. Please also email whitepaper to research@montana.edu. It is critical that PI's select the agency in the ePCF screen. Submissions that do not follow this format are at risk of not being reviewed.
  4. If more than the allowed applications are received, the MSU Research Council (or subcommittee) will select the project(s) to be put forth on behalf of the university. Evaluation criteria will include, but not be limited to quality of the proposal, key deliverables, what makes the project competitive, and eligibility of the investigator. Other key considerations include probability of successful funding and support of the mission of the University.
  5. In the event that the opportunity requires a nomination from the chair of the PI's division, a letter of support shall also be attached to the application. The content of these letters may follow the criteria specified in the agency announcement.
  1. For Questions and Help: The Office of Sponsored Programs, Pre-Award Program will be available for whitepaper questions and assistance with full proposal development including proposal review and edit, budget development, broader impacts, evaluation, sustainability, compliance, and other assistance as needed. For questions related to the internal submission process (ePCF, etc.) or to receive proposal assistance contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director at ssward@montana.edu.        

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Pew Biomedical Scholars
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Internal MSU LOI due June 1, 2015
Agency nomination due July 15, 2015 (MSU will submit on behalf of applicant)
Full submission due November 16, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Pew scholars program supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The award provides $240,000 in flexible support - $60,000 per year for four years. 

The current grant level is $240,000; $60,000 per year for a four-year period. In 2016, Pew will name the next Class of Pew Scholars. For the 32nd series of awards, to be made in 2016, one nomination will be invited from each of the participating institutions. Participating institutions have been selected on the basis of the scope of their work in biomedical research and recommended to The Pew Charitable Trusts by the National Advisory Committee of the Program. The application for the 2016 awards will open on August 3, 2015.

Eligibility

  • Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine or a related field.
  • As of November 16, 2015, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor. (Appointments such as Research Assistant Professor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor Research Track, Visiting Professor or Instructor are not eligible.)
  • On July 16, 2015, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before July 16, 2012), whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, or in work toward board certification does not count as part of this three-year limit
  • Candidates may be nominated by their institution two times in total. ALL applicants must be nominated by their institution and must complete the 2016 online application.
  • If an applicant's university has more than one eligible nominating institution or campus, that applicant may only apply from one institution; they may not reapply in a subsequent year from a different one.

Based on their performance during their education and training, candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and innovative approaches. Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles, but brings in concepts and theories from more diverse fields, are encouraged to apply. Risk-taking is encouraged. Selection of the successful candidates will be based on a detailed description of the work that the applicant proposes to undertake, evaluations of the candidate's performance, and notable past accomplishments, including honors, awards and publications. In evaluating the candidates, the National Advisory Committee gives considerable weight to evidence that the candidate is a successful independent investigator and has published significant work.

Funding from the NIH, other government sources, and project grants from non-profit associations do not pose a conflict with the Pew Scholars Program. If you have questions concerning eligibility, please contact Anita Pepper, Program Director, Pew Biomedical Programs at 215-531-8135 in advance of applying.

Terms of the Award

An award of $60,000 per year will be provided to the sponsoring institution for use by the Scholar over the four-year period, subject to annual review of the Scholar's progress. Grant agreements will be issued in August 2016. Annual progress reports are required, describing research accomplishments, project status, and future directions. In addition, financial reports are required annually accounting for grant expenditures. Funding for the second, third and fourth years is contingent upon timely submission of acceptable financial and narrative progress reports and attendance at the annual meeting in March during the four-year term.

The awarded funds may be used at the discretion of the Pew scholar, for personnel, equipment, supplies, or travel directly related to the Scholar's research and as to best advance his or her research and career. Not more than $10,000 of the annual award may be used for the scholar's salary (including benefits). Should the funds not be immediately required, they may be accumulated (up to a maximum of $100,000 in any given year) and carried over through the four years of the grant period, and, with written approval of the program office, the grant may extended for one additional (fifth) year (without additional funds). Not more than 8 percent of the total award may be allocated for overhead costs. It is expected that Pew Scholars will spend at least 80 percent of their time in work related to the accomplishment of their overall research goals. However, Pew provides flexible support to the overall research aims of the Scholar and does not monitor or restrict percentage of effort or time of Pew scholars.

During the four-year scholarship term, program participants are required to attend an annual meeting held in March. All expenses for attendees' travel, lodging, and meals are paid by The Pew Trusts. The meeting provides Pew scholars with an opportunity to present their research and for scientific collaboration and exchange with other scholars and members of the National Advisory Committee.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

  1. Submit Internal MSU Letters of Intent by the internal due date published in the opportunity announcement.
  2. Although agency letter of intent formats may vary, white papers shall be no more than two pages long and be submitted along with a CV (also two page maximum). (digital format: Microsoft Word .DOC or .DOCX format). 
  3. Submit whitepapers and CV's via ePCF (available from the MSU OSP webpage: http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/) by selecting "limited submission pre-proposal" in the ePCF screen and upload documents as an attachment. Whitepapers and CV's will be routed to the VP Research and Economic Development office (VPRED) for review. Please also email whitepaper to research@montana.edu. It is critical that PI's select the agency in the ePCF screen. Submissions that do not follow this format are at risk of not being reviewed.
  4. If more than the allowed applications are received, the MSU Research Council (or subcommittee) will select the project(s) to be put forth on behalf of the university. Evaluation criteria will include, but not be limited to quality of the proposal, key deliverables, what makes the project competitive, and eligibility of the investigator. Other key considerations include probability of successful funding and support of the mission of the University.
  1. For Questions and Help: The Office of Sponsored Programs, Proposal Services staff will be available for whitepaper questions and assistance with full proposal development including proposal review and edit, budget development, broader impacts, evaluation, sustainability, compliance, and other assistance as needed. For questions related to the internal submission process (ePCF, etc.) or to receive proposal assistance contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director at ssward@montana.edu.        

 

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Beckman Young Investigators Program
Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due August 1, 2015
Agency LOI due September 2, 2015
Full submission by invitation only (deadline late November 2015)

SYNOPSIS:

The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program is intended to provide research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of academic careers in the chemical and life sciences particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.

  • The BYI program funds promising young scientists early in their careers who have not yet received a major award from another organization. Proposals that already have substantial funding will not be considered for the BYI award.
  • Projects proposed for this program should be truly innovative, high-risk, and show promise for contributing to significant advances in chemistry and the life sciences. They should represent a departure from current research directions rather than an extension or expansion of existing programs. Proposed research that cuts across traditional boundaries of scientific disciplines is encouraged. Proposals that open up new avenues of research in chemistry and the life sciences by fostering the invention of methods, instruments and materials will be given additional consideration.
  • Projects are normally funded for a period of four years. Grants are in the range of $750,000 over the term of the project, contingent upon demonstrated progress after the second year of the award.
  • The Foundation does not provide for overhead or for indirect costs.

ELIGIBILITY: 

  • The BYI program is open to those within the first three years of a tenure-track position, or an equivalent independent research appointment, in an academic or non-profit institution that conducts research in the chemical and life sciences.
  • Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States at the time of application. Persons who have applied for permanent residency but have not received their government documentation by the time of application are not eligible.
  • No individual may apply for a Beckman Young Investigator award more than two times.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

  1. Submit Internal MSU Letters of Intent by the internal due date published in the opportunity announcement.
  2. Although agency letter of intent formats may vary, white papers shall be no more than two pages long, shall consist of a project summary, and be submitted along with a CV (also two page maximum). (digital format: Microsoft Word .DOC or .DOCX format). 
  3. Submit whitepapers and CV's via ePCF (available from the MSU OSP webpage: http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/) by selecting "limited submission pre-proposal" in the ePCF screen and upload documents as an attachment. Whitepapers and CV's will be routed to the VP Research and Economic Development office (VPRED) for review. Please also email whitepaper to research@montana.edu. It is critical that PI's select the agency in the ePCF screen. Submissions that do not follow this format are at risk of not being reviewed.
  4. If more than the allowed applications are received, the MSU Research Council (or subcommittee) will select the project(s) to be put forth on behalf of the university. Evaluation criteria will include, but not be limited to quality of the proposal, key deliverables, what makes the project competitive, and eligibility of the investigator. Other key considerations include probability of successful funding and support of the mission of the University.
  5. In the event that the opportunity requires a nomination from the chair of the PI's division, a letter of support shall also be attached to the application. The content of these letters may follow the criteria specified in the agency announcement.
  1. For Questions and Help: The Office of Sponsored Programs, Pre-Award Program will be available for whitepaper questions and assistance with full proposal development including proposal review and edit, budget development, broader impacts, evaluation, sustainability, compliance, and other assistance as needed. For questions related to the internal submission process (ePCF, etc.) or to receive proposal assistance contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director at ssward@montana.edu.   

BECKMAN APPLICATION PROCEDURES: http://www.beckman-foundation.org/byi-procedure

 

 

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Mid-Scale Innovations Program in Astronomical Sciences (MSIP)
Directorate for Mathematics and Physical Sciences / NSF

Internal MSU LOI due July 15, 2015
LOI due September 16, 2015
Full submission due February 22, 2016 by invitation only

SYNOPSIS:

A vigorous Mid-Scale Innovations Program (MSIP) was recommended by the 2010 Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey, citing "many highly promising projects for achieving diverse and timely science." As described in this solicitation, the Division of Astronomical Sciences has established a mid-scale program to support a variety of astronomical activities within a cost range up to $30M. This program will be formally divided into four subcategories: 1) limited term, self-contained science projects; 2) longer term mid-scale facilities; 3) development investments for future mid-scale and large-scale projects; and 4) community open access capabilities. The MSIP will emphasize both strong scientific merit and a well-developed plan for student training and involvement of a diverse workforce in instrumentation, facility development, or data management.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Mid-Scale Innovations Program (MSIP) is designed to fill the need for a well-defined budgetary and competitive selection process to support astronomical projects of intermediate to large cost (but below the MREFC threshold). This solicitation fills part of the mid-scale gap, from $4M to $30M. (The current, limited budget does not allow individual project costs greater than $30M.) The demand in this funding range covers a wide variety of activities, from highly focused short-term science experiments to long-term multi-use facilities. Other opportunities for support include major new instruments for existing telescopes, laboratory astrophysics experiments, and design and development programs for possible future mid-scale and MREFC initiatives. The makeup of MSIP includes "Open Access Capabilities", an addition to the decadal survey definition that was recommended by the 2012 MPS/AST Portfolio Review because of realized budgets for the Division of Astronomical Sciences that are far below those envisioned by the decadal survey.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

  1. Submit Internal MSU Letters of Intent by the internal due date published in the opportunity announcement.
  2. Although agency letter of intent formats may vary, white papers shall be no more than two pages long, shall consist of a project summary, and be submitted along with a CV (also two page maximum). (digital format: Microsoft Word .DOC or .DOCX format). 
  3. Submit whitepapers and CV's via ePCF (available from the MSU OSP webpage: http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/) by selecting "limited submission pre-proposal" in the ePCF screen and upload documents as an attachment. Whitepapers and CV's will be routed to the VP Research and Economic Development office (VPRED) for review. Please also email whitepaper to research@montana.edu. It is critical that PI's select the agency in the ePCF screen. Submissions that do not follow this format are at risk of not being reviewed.
  4. If more than the allowed applications are received, the MSU Research Council (or subcommittee) will select the project(s) to be put forth on behalf of the university. Evaluation criteria will include, but not be limited to quality of the proposal, key deliverables, what makes the project competitive, and eligibility of the investigator. Other key considerations include probability of successful funding and support of the mission of the University.
  5. In the event that the opportunity requires a nomination from the chair of the PI's division, a letter of support shall also be attached to the application. The content of these letters may follow the criteria specified in the agency announcement.
  1. For Questions and Help: The Office of Sponsored Programs, Pre-Award Program will be available for whitepaper questions and assistance with full proposal development including proposal review and edit, budget development, broader impacts, evaluation, sustainability, compliance, and other assistance as needed. For questions related to the internal submission process (ePCF, etc.) or to receive proposal assistance contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director at ssward@montana.edu.        

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MSU Limited Submissions Process
Office of Research and Economic Development


The Basics

Many funding agencies place limits on the number of pre-proposals, proposals, or applications that any one university may submit in response to a request for proposals. In order to prevent any potential disqualification of submissions by Montana State University, the following policies and procedures have been established. These policies and procedures apply to all grants and contracts including awards made directly to faculty members.

Identifying a Limited Submission

In the request for proposals document, organizations will specify whether or not the opportunity is a limited submission. They will typically indicate the number of proposals allowed per institution and the process by which they must be submitted. The Office of Sponsored Programs has developed an internal process that aids the institution in processing limited submission applications. These policies and procedures must be followed carefully and are detailed below. 

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

  1. Submit Internal MSU Letters of Intent by the internal due date published in the opportunity announcement.
  2. Although agency letter of intent formats may vary, white papers shall be no more than two pages long and be submitted along with a CV (also two page maximum). (digital format: Microsoft Word .DOC or .DOCX format). 
  3. Submit whitepapers and CV's via ePCF (available from the MSU OSP webpage: http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/) by selecting "limited submission pre-proposal" in the ePCF screen and upload documents as an attachment. Whitepapers and CV's will be routed to the VP Research and Economic Development office (VPRED) for review. Please also email whitepaper to research@montana.edu. It is critical that PI's select the agency in the ePCF screen. Submissions that do not follow this format are at risk of not being reviewed.
  1. If more than the allowed applications are received, the MSU Research Council (or subcommittee) will select the project(s) to be put forth on behalf of the university. Evaluation criteria will include, but not be limited to quality of the proposal, key deliverables, what makes the project competitive, and eligibility of the investigator. Other key considerations include probability of successful funding and support of the mission of the University.
  1. For Questions and Help: The Office of Sponsored Programs, Proposal Services staff will be available for whitepaper questions and assistance with full proposal development including proposal review and edit, budget development, broader impacts, evaluation, sustainability, compliance, and other assistance as needed. For questions related to the internal submission process (ePCF, etc.) or to receive proposal assistance contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director at ssward@montana.edu.   

 


Inclusive Excellence: 2017 Undergraduate Science Education Grants
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Internal MSU LOI due June 10, 2015
Intent to apply due July 14, 2015
Pre-proposals accepted starting July 16, 2015; Full submission due October 2016 (date TBD)

SYNOPSIS:

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute announces a new competition for science education grants to colleges and universities. The goal of this initiative is to help institutions build their capacity to effectively engage all students in science throughout their undergraduate years, especially those who come to college via nontraditional pathways. HHMI expects to make up to 60 awards of up to $1 million each over five years.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The objective of this initiative is to increase institutional capacity for inclusion of students from all backgrounds in science. Institutions of higher education that aspire to lead in the 21st century must effectively engage all students, especially the increasing number of students who come to college through "nontraditional" pathways. Through this initiative, HHMI will support colleges and universities that commit to measurably increasing their infrastructure, resources, and expertise to involve undergraduate students in science, resulting in expanded access to excellence for all students and especially those who belong to the "new majority" in American higher education. Our long-term aim is for successful strategies pioneered by the grantee institutions to serve as models to be adapted and adopted by other institutions. We seek to catalyze the creation of lasting institutional capacity that will benefit all students well beyond the lifetime of the HHMI grant. By establishing practices and policies that ensure that students from nontraditional pathways can be successful, all students will benefit. An HHMI grant awarded through this competition will help the grantee institution achieve the following outcomes:

  • The institution clearly demonstrates that it values efforts to expand access to and achievement in science by all students.
  • The institution applies effective evidence-based teaching and learning practices across its science curriculum and for all students.
  • All students, especially students from the "new majority," have the opportunity to excel, complete the baccalaureate degree, and continue in science beyond the baccalaureate degree.
  • During the lifetime of the grant, the institution expands the project leadership team by increasing participation of faculty, including tenure-track and tenured faculty.
  • The institution provides faculty with opportunities to develop the skills needed to work effectively with nontraditional students and to contribute to the program.
  • The institution effectively uses program assessment that is systematic, ongoing, and informs improvements.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

  1. Submit Internal MSU Letters of Intent by the internal due date published in the opportunity announcement.
  2. Although agency letter of intent formats may vary, white papers shall be no more than two pages long and be submitted along with a CV (also two page maximum). (digital format: Microsoft Word .DOC or .DOCX format). 
  3. Submit whitepapers and CV's via ePCF (available from the MSU OSP webpage: http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/) by selecting "limited submission pre-proposal" in the ePCF screen and upload documents as an attachment. Whitepapers and CV's will be routed to the VP Research and Economic Development office (VPRED) for review. Please also email whitepaper to research@montana.edu. It is critical that PI's select the agency in the ePCF screen. Submissions that do not follow this format are at risk of not being reviewed.
  4. If more than the allowed applications are received, the MSU Research Council (or subcommittee) will select the project(s) to be put forth on behalf of the university. Evaluation criteria will include, but not be limited to quality of the proposal, key deliverables, what makes the project competitive, and eligibility of the investigator. Other key considerations include probability of successful funding and support of the mission of the University.
  1. For Questions and Help: The Office of Sponsored Programs, Pre-Award Program will be available for whitepaper questions and assistance with full proposal development including proposal review and edit, budget development, broader impacts, evaluation, sustainability, compliance, and other assistance as needed. For questions related to the internal submission process (ePCF, etc.) or to receive proposal assistance contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director at ssward@montana.edu.   

 

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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.

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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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Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP)

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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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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Department of Defense LCRP and CRMRP Program Announcements
Department of Defense

Deadlines vary per program

Lung Cancer Research Program

Concept Award

Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program

Vision Prosthesis Pilot Study Award

Detailed descriptions of the funding opportunity, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the Program Announcements. The Program Announcements are 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).

All CDMRP funding opportunities, both recently and previously released, are available on the CDMRP website (http://cdmrp.army.mil).

Subsequent notifications will be sent when additional funding opportunities are released. A listing of all open CDMRP funding opportunities can be obtained on the Grants.gov website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.

Submission is a two-step process requiring both (1) pre-application submission through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) (https://eBRAP.org/) and (2) application submission through Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov/). Refer to the General Application Instructions, Section II.A. for registration and submission requirements for eBRAP and Grants.gov.

eBRAP is a multifunctional web-based system that allows PIs to submit their pre-applications electronically through a secure connection, to view and edit the content of their pre-applications and full applications, to receive communications from the CDMRP, and to submit documentation during award negotiations and period of performance. A key feature of eBRAP is the ability of an organization's representatives and PIs to view and modify the Grants.gov application submissions associated with them. eBRAP will validate Grants.gov application files against the specific Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity requirements and discrepancies will be noted in an email to the PI and in the Full Application Files tab in eBRAP. It is the applicant's responsibility to review all application components for accuracy as well as ensure proper ordering as specified in this Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity. 

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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Academic Research Program

Deadline: September 30, 2017

NGA welcomes all innovative ideas for path-breaking research that may advance the GEOINT mission. The NGA mission is to provide timely, relevant, and accurate geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) in support of national security objectives. GEOINT is the exploitation and analysis of imagery and geospatial information to describe, assess, and visually depict physical features and geographically referenced activities on the Earth. GEOINT consists of imagery, imagery intelligence, and geospatial information. NGA offers a variety of critical GEOINT products in support of U.S. national security objectives and Federal disaster relief, including aeronautical, geodesy, hydrographic, imagery, geospatial and topographical information. The NGA Academic Research Program (NARP) is focused on innovative, far-reaching basic and applied research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics having the potential to advance the GEOINT mission. The objective of the NARP is to support innovative, high-payoff research that provides the basis for revolutionary progress in areas of science and technology affecting the needs and mission of NGA. This research also supports the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG), which is the combination of technology, systems and organizations that gather, produce, distribute and consume geospatial data and information. This research is aimed at advancing GEOINT capabilities by improving analytical methods, enhancing and expanding systems capabilities, and leveraging resources for common NSG goals. The NARP also seeks to improve education in scientific, mathematics, and engineering skills necessary to advance GEOINT capabilities. It is NGA's intent to solicit fundamental research under this BAA. Fundamental research means basic and applied research in science and engineering, the results of which ordinarily are published and shared broadly within the scientific community, as distinguished from proprietary research and from Industrial development, design, production, and product utilization, the results of which ordinarily are restricted for proprietary or national security reason. NGA seeks proposals from eligible U.S. institutions for path-breaking GEOINT research in areas of potential interest to NGA, the DoD, and the Intelligence Community (IC).

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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 Education

Coordinating Center for Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities into Higher Education
Office of Postsecondary Education/Department of Education

August 10, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The purpose of this program is to support a national coordinating center (Coordinating Center) charged with conducting and disseminating research on strategies to promote positive academic, social, employment, and independent living outcomes for students with intellectual disabilities. The Coordinating Center will establish a comprehensive research and evaluation protocol for TPSID programs; administer a mentoring program matching current and new TPSID grantees based on areas of expertise; and coordinate longitudinal follow-up data collection and technical assistance to TPSID grantees on programmatic components and evidence-based practices. The Coordinating Center will also provide technical assistance to build the capacity of kindergarten through grade 12 transition services and support postsecondary education inclusive practices, among other activities.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The absolute priority is: A grant recipient must use grant funds to establish and maintain a national coordinating center for institutions of higher education (IHEs) that offer inclusive comprehensive transition and postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities. The Coordinating Center must provide such programs recommendations related to the development of standards for such programs, technical assistance for such programs, and evaluations for such programs.

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Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities into Higher Education (TPSID)
Office of Postsecondary Education/Department of Education

August 10, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The purpose of the TPSID Program is to support model demonstration programs that promote the successful transition of students with intellectual disabilities into higher education and to enable institutions of higher education (IHEs), or consortia of IHEs, to create or expand high-quality inclusive model comprehensive transition and postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This notice contains one absolute priority, three competitive preference priorities, and one invitational priority.

Absolute Priority: A grant recipient must use grant funds to establish a model comprehensive transition and postsecondary program for students with intellectual disabilities that: (1) Serves students with intellectual disabilities; (2) Provides individual supports and services for the academic and social inclusion of students with intellectual disabilities in academic courses, extracurricular activities, and other aspects of the IHE's regular postsecondary program; (3) Provides a focus on academic enrichment, socialization, independent living skills, including self-advocacy, and integrated work experiences and career skills that lead to gainful employment; (4) Integrates person-centered planning in the development of the course of study for each student with an intellectual disability participating in the model program; (5) Participates with the coordinating center established under section 777(b) of the HEA in the evaluation of the components of the model program; (6) Partners with one or more local educational agencies to support students with intellectual disabilities participating in the model program who are still eligible for special education and related services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); (7) Plans for the sustainability of the model program after the end of the grant period; and (8) Creates and offers a meaningful credential for students with intellectual disabilities upon the completion of the model program.

Competitive Priority 1: Applicants that propose to form a sustained and meaningful partnership with any relevant agency serving students with intellectual disabilities, such as a vocational rehabilitation agency.

Competitive Priority 2: Applicants that provide institutionally owned or operated housing for students attending the institution that integrates students with intellectual disabilities into the housing offered to all students.

Competitive Priority 3: Applicants that propose to involve undergraduate or graduate students attending the IHE who are studying special education, general education, vocational rehabilitation, assistive technology, or related fields.

Invitational Priority: Applicants that propose to use TPSID funds to build, extend, or enhance an existing program, rather than to build a new program from other non-Federal resources that are allocated to the program. Applicants responding to this priority should describe any existing programs at their institutions, including the number and characteristics of the students served, how well integrated students with intellectual disabilities are in regard to academic courses, extracurricular activities, and other aspects of the IHE's regular postsecondary program, and describe how the TPSID grant will build upon current efforts.

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Improved Reentry Education (ED-GRANTS-071315-001)
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education/Department of Education

August 12, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The purpose of the IRE program is to support demonstration projects in prisoner reentry education that develop evidence of reentry education's effectiveness. IRE seeks to demonstrate that high-quality, appropriately designed, integrated, and well-implemented educational and related services provided in institutional and community settings are critical in supporting educational attainment and reentry success for individuals who have been incarcerated.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The absolute priorities are:

Absolute Priority 1 -- Supporting High-Need Students. To meet this priority, an applicant must propose a project designed to improve academic outcomes or learning environments for low-skilled adults (as defined in this notice).

Absolute Priority 2 -- Improving Supports and Correctional Education. To meet this priority, an applicant must propose a project that: (1) Improves the quality of education programs in adult correctional facilities and community settings, and (2) Links correctional education students to education or job training programs post-release.

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Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Education Research (CFDA Number 84.305A)
Department of Education

Applications Available: May 21, 2015. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: August 6, 2015.

SYNOPSIS: 

The Acting Director of the Institute of Education Sciences (Institute) announces the Institute's FY 2016 competitions for grants to support education research and special education research. The Acting Director takes this action under the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002. The Institute's purpose in awarding these grants is to provide national leadership in expanding fundamental knowledge and understanding of (1) developmental and school readiness outcomes for infants and toddlers with or at risk for disability, and (2) education outcomes for all students from early childhood education through postsecondary and adult education.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The central purpose of the Institute's research grant programs is to provide interested individuals and the general public with reliable and valid information about education practices that support learning and improve academic achievement and access to education opportunities for all students. These interested individuals include parents, educators, students, researchers, and policymakers. In carrying out its grant programs, the Institute provides support for programs of research in areas of demonstrated national need.

The Institute's National Center for Education Research (NCER) will hold six competitions: one competition for education research, one competition for education research training, one competition for education research and development centers, one competition for statistical and research methodology in education, one competition for partnerships and collaborations focused on problems of practice or policy, and one competition for research networks. The Institute's National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) will hold two competitions: one competition for special education research and one competition for special education research training.

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SBSA - Improving Career and Technical Education (ED-VAE-15-R-0025)
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education/Department of Education

August 19, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

Improving Career and Technical Education SOL ED-VAE-15-R-0025 DUE 081915 POC Dayna Trotter, Contract Specialist, Phone 2022456838, Email Dayna.Trotter@ed.gov - Ryan Battad, Contracting Officer, Phone 2022456527, Email ryan.battad@ed.gov

The U.S. Department of Education's (Department's) Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) is planning to issue a Solicitation that will result in a multiple-award Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) focused on improving Career and Technical Education (CTE) with at least one of the awards being made to a qualified small business. The initial award will be both for the ID/IQ contracts and the first three (3) task orders. All taskorders will be awarded on a firm-fixed-price basis.D/IQ) contract with all workbeing issued through fixed-price task orders. Interested parties are reminded that this notice is a Pre-Solicitation Notice and NOT a request for proposal.

The Department anticipates awarding multiple ID/IQ contracts from the solicitation. The solicitation will be issued as a partial small business set-aside with at least one of the awards issued to a qualified small business. The Department anticipates issuing the solicitation on or about July 24, 2015 with an expected response date of August 19, 2015. The Department will award three (3) task orders along with the awards of the ID/IQ contracts. Interested parties will be required to submit responses for the three (3) task orders in addition to submitting a proposal for the ID/IQ contract. The initial three (3) orders will be competed among the companies selected to receive ID/IQ contracts.

Requirement Overview: The contractors selected to receive ID/IQ contracts shall provide OCTAE with the subject matter expertise to build the capacity of secondary and postsecondary CTE programs so they can actively engage in the development and expansion of comprehensive career pathways systems. Each ID/IQ contract awarded will have an ordering period of 60 months. Task orders may range from urgent requests for short durations to multi-year strategic technical assistance projects. Work may be required to be performed under tight deadlines.The tasks addressed in the Performance Work Statement (PWS) include: (1) logistical and administrative support for technical assistance projects involving professional development and capacity building; (2) creation and implementation of resources and tools in both virtual and print format; (3) development and implementation of national outreach and communication strategies; (4) research and analyses of noteworthy practices, policies and standards,; and, (5) data and evaluation compilation.

In addition, the contract may include logistical, technical and administrative support for conferences and meetings for training, information dissemination, and other purposes that will be more specifically addressed in the individualtask orders.. The term "conference" as used in the PWS includes, but is not limited to: a convening, meeting, retreat, seminar, symposium, trainingsession, webinar, and/or workshop that may conducted as a face-to-face meeting or as a virtual meeting via the Internet, where individuals assemble (or meet virtually) to exchange information and views or explore or clarify a defined subject, problem, or area of knowledge and any event that includes attendee travel.

This contract shall provide support to OCTAE across a range of tasks related to capacity building in CTE and the expansion of comprehensive career pathways systems, including the following key issues of interest to the Department: & Professional and leadershipdevelopment for CTE state and local leaders; & Technical assistance to support successful implementation of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins Act); & Increased alignment of secondary and postsecondary educational systems using strategies such as dual credit, concurrent enrollment, stackable credentials, apprenticeship, and articulationagreements. & Increased knowledge of industry-relevant certifications and technical skills assessments; & Development, dissemination, and implementation of innovative web-based and print technical assistance toolsand solutions; CITE: https://www.fbo.gov/spg/ED/OCFO/CPO/ED-VAE-15-R-0025/listing.html SET-ASIDE: Partial Small Business

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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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Generators for Small Electrical and Thermal Systems (GENSETS) (SBIR/STTR) (DE-FOA-0001380)
Department of Energy

August 17, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

This program seeks to fund the development of potentially disruptive generator technologies that will enable widespread deployment of residential Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems. The GENSETS Program seeks transformative generators/engines with 1 kW of electrical output (kWe) that have high efficiency (40% fuel to electricity), long life (10 years), low cost ($3,000 per system), and low emissions.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The ARPA-E GENSETS program is seeking fundamentally disruptive technologies that can markedly improve the fuel to electricity efficiency to 40% while delivering 1 kWe electrical power at low cost. The total system cost should not exceed $3,000 at high volume (e.g., 1 million unit scale) (excluding $1,400 installation and balance of plant costs). These technologies must meet the stated emissions requirements.

The ARPA-E GENSETS program will fund transformational technologies that can create a paradigm shift in the residential heat and power generation process. ARPA-E expects GENSETS to open pathways for high-efficiency, low-emissions, long-life, cost-effective, 1-kWe generators that can enable significant energy savings and CO2 emissions reduction.

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Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) (DE-FOA-0001329)
Golden Field Office/Department of Energy

LOI due June 26, 2015
Full submission due August 14, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

This program will support many activities in solar training and education. Firstly, it will support coordination among the Solar Training Network (STN), military bases, and the solar industry. This will ensure that solar instructors are well connected to solar employers, the STN materials are up-to-date, and veterans are connected to solar training institutions. Secondly, it will establish new credentials in solar operations & maintenance and mid-scale installations. Next, this FOA will enable solar training and education for professionals in indirect and related fields such as real estate, finance, insurance, fire and code enforcement, and state regulations. Finally, it will support the expansion of the GEARED initiative.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

STEP will help drive down solar soft costs, and increase solar deployment by accomplishing the following objectives: 1. Enable a strong, diverse, and well trained solar workforce; 2. Ensure professionals involved with solar transactions have access to the up-to-date and credible information they need to do their jobs; 3. Ensure demand for power systems engineers is met with well trained and well educated candidates with expertise in Distributed Energy Resources.

This FOA will address pressing needs within three (3) Topics to fill gaps in solar training, credentialing, and education with the ultimate goal of further reducing solar soft costs.

Topic 1 - Solar Workforce Training: Topic 1 seeks to support 2-3 awards that will: 1.) establish an employment coordinator for the STN, 2.) establish a program to coordinate the training of veterans in solar jobs skills, and/or 3.) identify and create new solar credentials.

Topic 2 - Solar Training for Indirect and Related Professions: This topic area seeks to support 2-8 awards that will: 1.) support the development and dissemination of solar reference materials and training to professionals in related fields, and/or 2.) support the development and dissemination of solar reference materials and training to state regulators and policy makers.

Topic 3 - Power Systems Engineering Capacity Building (GEARED): Topic 3 seeks to support 1-3 awards to allow Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment (GEARED) Topic 1 awardees to expand their power systems engineering training activities and stakeholder services to additional utility, industry, and university partners, in order to ensure nationwide impacts, and provide training and workforce development resources where there is demand and interest.

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Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Procurement Aggregating Initiatives (DE-FOA-0001237)
National Energy Technology Laboratory/Department of Energy

LOI due June 29, 2015
Full submission due August 21, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

This funding opportunity aligns with the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Strategic Plan that aims to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, increase the viability and deployment of renewable energy technologies, and increase energy efficiency.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The program's objective is to develop and implement an effective purchasing/procurement process designed to coordinate and consolidate bulk orders of alternative fuel vehicles, sub-components, advanced vehicle technologies, alternative fuels, and refueling/charging infrastructure to significantly reduce the incremental cost of commercially available vehicles and/or critical components in markets nationwide. The process will result in increased deployment of efficient alternative fuel vehicles and an associated reduction in reduced U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

Applications may address: Proactive, innovative and customer-focused management and administration of the vehicle procurement/purchasing program. Integration with existing group purchasing initiatives or organizations such as a buyers' consortia or cooperatives where potential members/users have a mutual interest to procure alternative fuel vehicles and advanced vehicles based on vocation, fleet type, geography, vehicle class, configuration, or classification. Projected vehicle orders as well as acquisition, delivery, and deployment timelines. Analysis of projected volume price reduction when compared to current commercially available singular alternative fuel vehicle and advanced vehicle prices. Approaches and plans for coordination/consolidation of standardized vehicle specifications to streamline manufacturing and reduce unnecessary product variations while allowing for some customization. Working with vehicle OEMs and others to support the integrated purchasing of key, high value sub-components (such as batteries, power electronics, high pressure storage tanks), enabling market success of advanced vehicles. Approaches and plans for coordination of order and delivery schedules that complement and integrate OEM manufacturing windows and end-user procurement cycles as well as regional, state, federal and related procurement rules and requirements. Criteria used to determine competitive and/or sole source approaches. Innovative purchasing/procurement strategies for alternative fuel vehicles, subcomponents, alternative fuels, and refueling/charging infrastructure. (For example: innovative contracting, financing, payment/escrow strategies, service bundling, etc.) Identification and recording of best practices and lessons learned.

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DOE Traineeship in Power Engineering (Leveraging Wide Bandgap Power Electronics) (DE-FOA-0001378)
Golden Field Office/Department of Energy

LOI due August 7, 2015
Full submission September 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The purpose of this FOA is to create a DOE funded Graduate Power Engineering Traineeship Program that supports university‚Äled traineeships that strategically addresses workforce training needs in the area of power engineering (leveraging wide bandgap power electronics). 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The high priority topic identified to be piloted in this traineeship program is power engineering (leveraging wide bandgap power electronics).  Power Engineering is a critical enabling workforce gap that must be addressed.  Power engineers are needed to enable the design, manufacturing, and deployment of advanced new high‚Äefficiency electrical equipment such as motors, inverters, and grid equipment, as well as high‚Äefficiency electrical systems. Power engineers are needed in all advanced manufacturing industries and energy intensive industries including the automotive, aerospace, chemical and clean energy industries. 

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Intermediate Neutrino Research Program (DE-FOA-0001381)
Office of Science/Department of Energy

LOI due July 29, 2015
Full submission due September 2, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The sponsor invites new grant applications for support of innovative research in neutrino physics. The Office of Science is interested in research that would align with the goals of the Intensity Frontier Program (http://science.energy.gov/hep/research/intensity-frontier/) in investigating the properties and interactions of the known neutrinos and in searching for new types of neutrinos, as part of its implementation of the strategic plan for the HEP program.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Proposed experiments that are scientifically compelling, competitive within the world program, modest in cost and time-scale, and technically ready, will be considered. Overall programmatic priority and optimization will be evaluated using the criteria spelled out in the HEP strategic plan. In exceptionally strong cases, directed R&D work in support of technology needed for larger scale future neutrino experiments, and theoretical studies that can address some systematic limitations of these experiments may also be considered. Priority will be given to those efforts that can provide publishable results within a five-year time frame.

Scientific topics of interest include: 1. The number and types of neutrinos - Do the various anomalous results of short--‚Äbaseline accelerator, reactor and radioactive source experiments indicate the presence of new types of neutrinos? 2. The parameters describing the neutrinos - What are the values of the mixing parameters, mass differences, and CP violating phase for the known three neutrino species? 3. The nature of the neutrino-nucleus interaction - What additional information is required for experimental studies of neutrinos and their properties? 4. The most promising new technologies for detecting neutrinos - What R&D is necessary to develop them fully?

A key goal of this funding opportunity is to identify new experiments that are modest in scale and ready for fabrication with only minimal additional research and development. Proposals should include a technically-limited schedule that allows for fabrication, installation, commissioning, and sufficient data-taking and analysis to produce publishable results no later than five years from the award date. Proposals which only study astrophysical or geophysical neutrino sources and properties will not be considered. Proposals requesting support for direct measurements of neutrino masses or neutrino-less double beta decay research and development will not be considered.

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Research Opportunities in High Energy Physics (DE-FOA-0001358)
Office of Science/Department of Energy

LOI due August 13, 2015
Full submission due September 17, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The sponsor invites new grant applications for support of research programs in high-energy physics. Applications are sought in six subprogram areas as shown below.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The mission of the High Energy Physics (HEP) program is to understand how the universe works at its most fundamental level, which is done by discovering the elementary constituents of matter and energy, probing the interactions between them, and exploring the basic nature of space and time.

The HEP program focuses on three scientific frontiers: The Energy Frontier, where powerful accelerators are used to create new particles, reveal their interactions, and investigate fundamental forces; The Intensity Frontier, where intense particle beams and highly sensitive detectors are used to pursue alternate pathways to investigate fundamental forces and particle interactions by studying events that occur rarely in nature; and The Cosmic Frontier, where non-accelerator-based experiments and telescopes are used to make measurements of naturally occurring phenomena that will offer new insight and information about the nature of dark matter, dark energy, and other phenomena to understand fundamental properties of matter and energy.

The three frontiers and the three cross-cutting research areas are collectively the six research subprograms supported by HEP, and along which HEP staff are organized. All grant applications should address specific research goals in one or more of the six research subprograms (as in the examples given below), and explain how the proposed research or technology development supports the broad scientific objectives and mission of the HEP program. Applications where the investigator is proposing to conduct research across multiple HEP research subprograms during the project period will be considered.

1. Experimental Research at the Energy Frontier in High Energy Physics - This research area seeks to support studies of fundamental particles and their interactions using proton-(anti)proton collisions at the highest possible energies.

2. Experimental Research at the Intensity Frontier in High Energy Physics - This research area seeks to support precision studies that are sensitive to new physics at very high energy scales, beyond what can be directly probed with energy frontier colliders.

3. Experimental Research at the Cosmic Frontier in High Energy Physics - This research area includes efforts in direct support of experimental HEP using naturally occurring cosmic particles and observations of the cosmos.

4. Theoretical Research in High Energy Physics - This research area supports activities that range from detailed calculations of the predictions of the Standard Model, to the extrapolation of current knowledge to a new level of understanding, and the identification of the means to experimentally verify such predictions.

5. Accelerator Science and Technology Research & Development in High Energy Physics - The accelerator technology R&D subprogram develops the next generation of particle accelerators and related technologies that are essential for discoveries in HEP. This research area supports world-leading research in the physics of particle beams and long-range, exploratory research aimed at developing new concepts.

6. Detector Research and Development in High Energy Physics - The detector R&D subprogram develops the next generation of instrumentation for HEP. It supports research leading to fundamental advances in the science of particle and radiation detection, and the development of new experimental techniques.

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

September 28, 2015

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. Applications must propose concepts that are not covered by current ARPA-E FOAs and RFIs (Requests for Information) and that also do not represent incremental improvements over existing technology. IDEAS awards are defined as single-phase efforts of durations less than 12 months and cost less than $500,000 and will be issued through Grants.

This FOA is a continuation of the OPEN IDEAS Program announced as a one-year pilot in September 2013. ARPA-E has determined that that the OPEN IDEAS pilot program was a success and, therefore, intends to continue this FOA and has extended the closing date to September 28, 2015. Therefore, the original close date for this FOA - September 26, 2014 - is no longer applicable. Applications will be accepted through the new close date - September 28, 2015. Applications are accepted throughout the duration of this and any subsequent modifications of the IDEAS FOA. In addition ARPA-E has revised the name of this program and removed "OPEN" from the name to differentiate this continuous FOA intended to support proof-of-concept research from the periodic fully open solicitations issued by ARPA-E that support larger technology development projects (up to 36 months and $10,000,000).

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FY 2015 Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program (DE-FOA-0001204)
Department of Energy - Office of Science

September 30, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Office of Science of the Department of Energy hereby announces its continuing interest in receiving grant applications for support of work in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics. On September 3, 1992, DOE published in the Federal Register the Office of Energy Research Financial Assistance Program (now called the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program), 10 CFR 605, as a Final Rule, which contained a solicitation for this program. Information about submission of applications, eligibility, limitations, evaluation and selection processes and other policies and procedures are specified in 10 CFR 605. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), DE-FOA-0001204, is our annual, broad, open solicitation that covers all of the research areas in the Office of Science and is open throughout the Fiscal Year. This FOA will remain open until September 30, 2015, 11:59 PM Eastern Time, or until it is succeeded by another issuance, whichever occurs first. This annual FOA DE-FOA-0001204 succeeds FOA DE-FOA-0000995, which was published October 1, 2013.

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Wave Energy Prize
U.S. Department of Energy

Registration closes June 15, 2015; Design submission deadline is July 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Wave Energy Prize is a public prize challenge sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Water Power Program. The prize is designed to increase the diversity of organizations involved in Wave Energy Converter (WEC) technology development, while motivating and inspiring existing stakeholders. DOE envisions this competition will achieve game-changing performance enhancements to WEC devices, establishing a pathway to sweeping cost reductions on a commercial scale.

The wave energy industry is young and is experiencing many new innovations as evidenced by a sustained growth in patent activity. While the private industry is developing these early-concept WEC devices through design and benchtop prototype testing, funding is hard to secure for performance testing and evaluation of WEC devices in wave tanks at a meaningful scale. This is a problem for the industry since scaled WEC prototype tank testing, validation, and evaluation are key steps in the advancement of WEC technologies through the technical readiness levels to reach commercialization.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Wave Energy Prize will encourage the development of more efficient WEC devices that double the energy captured from ocean waves, which in turn will reduce the cost of wave energy, making it more competitive with traditional energy solutions. 

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Department of Health & Human Services

FDA Scientific Conference Grant Program (R13/U13)
Department of Health and Human Services / U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

June 15, 2015 and January 15, 2016

SYNOPSIS: 

The purpose of the FDA (R13) Conference Grant and (U13) Cooperative Agreement is to facilitate the provision of federal financial assistance in support of small conferences and scientific meetings clearly aligned with the FDA mission. Prior approval (advance permission) is required before submission of an application for conference support. Advance permission to submit an application must be requested early in the process and no later than 8 weeks before the application submission date. Permission to submit a conference grant application does not assure funding or funding at the level requested. FDA will not issue a conference grant award unless it can be issued before the conference start date.  

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The FDA recognizes the value of supporting high quality, small conferences and scientific meetings relevant to its mission and to the public health.  A small conference or scientific meeting is defined as a symposium, seminar, workshop, or any formal meeting, whether conducted face-to-face or virtually to exchange information and explore a defined subject, issue, or area of concern impacting the public's health within the scope of the FDA's mission.  Support of such meetings is contingent upon the fiscal and programmatic interests and priorities of the FDA's respective Offices and Centers. 

Therefore, a conference grant application is required to contain a permission-to-submit letter from one of the participating FDA Centers listed under Components of Participating Organizations.

Advance Permission to Submit an Application:

A letter requesting advance permission-to-submit a conference application is required and must be received via e-mail no later than eight (8) weeks prior to the selected application receipt date. The application receipt dates for conference grants are January 15 and June 15.

To request an advance permission to submit letter from one of the participating FDA Centers/Offices, applicants must submit the following information on applicant organizational letterhead:

  • FOA Number and Title;
  • FDA Center/Office that the application is seeking advance permission to apply to; 
  • Meeting/conference title;
  • Location and date of proposed meeting/conference;
  • Names, Address, Telephone number and email address of Institution(s) participating in the application;
  • Name, Address, Telephone number and email address of the Principal Investigator/Project Director;
  • Names of other key personnel (if any) and points of contact;
  • Number of anticipated attendees;
  • Purpose, benefit, objectives and/or justification of the meeting/conference  and how it aligns with the mission and program priorities of the targeted FDA Office/Center;
  • Estimated budget that will be requested for the meeting/conference and purpose; and
  • List other sources of funding (secured and planned) if applicable.

All advance permission to submit an application requests must be submitted via email to Martin.Bernard@fda.hhs.gov.   Applicants are urged to initiate contact well in advance of the chosen application receipt date and no later than 8 weeks before that date. Please note that agreement to accept an application does not guarantee funding.  Late applications will not be accepted.

 

 

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Department of Transportation (DOT)

Broad Agency Announcement (BAA): Advancing Travel Behavior Information Gathering Through Public Domain Data
Federal Highway Administration

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS:

Broad Agency Announcement (BAA): ADVANCING TRAVEL BEHAVIOR INFORMATION GATHERING THROUGH PUBLIC DOMAIN DATA SOL DTFH6115R00038 POC Samantha A Reizes, Phone (202) 366-4227, Fax (202) 366-3705, Email samantha.reizes@dot.gov - Matthew M. Carr, Contract Specialist, Phone 2023668404, Emailmatthew.carr@dot.govThis is a pre-solicitation notice (synopsis) for a broad agency announcement (BAA).

The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Office of Highway Policy Information has the responsibility to collect, analyze, and publish a wide range of data covering roadway inventory, performance and conditions, finance, vehicle, fuel, driver, travel behavior and future outlooks. The FHWA, through the Office of Highway Policy Information, is seeking proposals for research and development projects that could lead to innovative changes and revolutionary advances for travel behavior data and information-gathering through using public domain data rather than the traditional "survey" approach (for example through the National Household Travel Survey).

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The selected research projects would explore new methods and approaches in deciphering travel behavior data and information in metropolitan areas in the United States covering public transportation usages, private vehicles, for hire vehicles, bicycles and pedestrian movements. The research shall be in the area of travel behavior data and information acquisition methods. Research work in this area is considered foundational and therefore not all metropolitan areas in the United States need to be tested out. It is recommended that two to three metropolitan areas are to be selected by contractors for methods exploration and development.

The FHWA may award either contracts or cooperative agreements as a result of this BAA. The BAA will be released electronically only via this Government Point of Entry (GPE) otherwise known as Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) or www.fbo.gov. As such, no written, telephonic or other type of request for an advance copy of the solicitation will be entertained at this time. Potential offerors are encouraged to register on www.fbo.gov to receive any further information in reference to the subject action inclusive of any announcements, and/or amendments to the BAA after its release. CITE: https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DOT/FHWA/OAM/DTFH6115R00038/listing.html

 

 

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Environmental Governance Capacity Building Program (EPA-OITA-2015-002)
Environmental Protection Agency

August 14, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

EPA is soliciting proposals for a collaborative program that would enhance environmental governance capacity of institutions-environmental and/or related functions-in support of United States Government Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) in several regions-Central America and Caribbean, South Americas, and the Middle East and North Africa-and/or other bilateral initiatives, including but not limited to, EPA's collaboration with China, Indonesia, Taiwan, Sub-Sahara Africa, and Brazil. The overall objective of this cooperative agreement is to assist institutions in strengthening their legal, technical, research, analytical, program implementation capacity, and policies and procedures for more effective governance through the exchange of expert knowledge, information, strategies, and tools. The proposed program will provide capacity building through the development and implementation of projects in areas, including but not limited to: water resource management--surface and groundwater, drinking water, and wastewater management-- solid waste management, air quality management, greenhouse gases (GHG), black carbon, climate adaptation and resiliency, emergency response capacity, environmental impact assessments (EIA), public participation/social inclusion, and environmental enforcement and compliance.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this solicitation is to improve environmental governance in regions/countries - that are engaged in an FTA with the U.S. or cooperate with the U.S. through other bilateral environmental initiative(s). Improving environmental governance may be accomplished through the exchange of expert knowledge of environmental quality management strategies, tools, information, and programs. The overarching component under this cooperative agreement is good environmental governance. The spectrum of the capacity building activities expected to be performed supports the following environmental areas: water resource management--surface and groundwater, drinking water, and wastewater management; solid waste management; air quality management, greenhouse gases (GHG), black carbon, climate adaptation and resiliency; emergency response capacity; environmental impact assessments (EIA); public participation/social inclusion; and environmental enforcement and compliance.

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Using Educational Networks to Increase Schools' Adoption of Integrated Pest Management (EPA-OPP-2015-006)
Environmental Protection Agency

August 10, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) is soliciting proposals from eligible parties for an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cooperative agreement to provide financial assistance to an eligible organization to provide education, training, resources, and technical assistance to increase Integrated Pest Management (IPM) implementation in kindergarten to 12th grade (K-12) public and tribal schools nationwide. IPM is a sustainable approach to managing pests that combines biological, cultural, physical, and chemical tools in a way that minimizes economic, health, and environmental risks. The grantee will conduct a national program, using their existing organizational structure and established relationships with school districts throughout the US, to further IPM adoption by schools. EPA encourages projects that utilize consortia, partnerships, and other collaborative means of conducting the project. However, the project must not propose to engage pest management firms as primary collaborators. The grantee may utilize existing EPA approved school IPM educational materials. Proposed projects must conform to applicable state and/or tribal pesticide requirements and regulations.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The cooperative agreement awarded under this program is intended to provide financial assistance to: increase IPM adoption in school districts nationwide through education, training, promotion, and technical support; and assess and report on the increased use of IPM practices that come about as a result of the project.

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Strengthening Environmental Impact Assessment in the Lower Mekong Region (EPA-OITA01)
Environmental Protection Agency

August 19, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

EPA is soliciting proposals for a project to provide assistance in strengthening environmental impact assessment (EIA) processes in the Lower Mekong Region. EPA anticipates awarding one Cooperative Agreement from this announcement, subject to availability of funds and the quality of proposals received. The award amount is $600,000 provided incrementally over the four-year period of performance. Under this agreement, the recipient will work with EPA to help conceptualize, develop, and deliver capacity building programs and provide technical assistance to enhance key functions of environmental regulatory agencies, promote social and environmental safeguards, and strengthen the environmental impacts assessment and enforcement with particular emphasis on robust public participation in the processes that form the foundation for enhanced environmental protection in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Proposals for this project should focus on the provision of technical expertise, project management, stakeholder coordination, and development and logistical management of workshops and training designed for cooperating countries in the Lower Mekong region, including Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Thailand and Vietnam. Through direct engagement with governments, civil society, and private sector stakeholders, the recipient, in cooperation with US EPA and other partners, will promote rigorous implementation and enforcement of EIA laws and processes that lead to more socially equitable, environmentally sustainable economic growth in the region. The awarding instrument will be a cooperative agreement. There is no cost share or matching requirement for these funds. Selection of the recipient will be based on the evaluation of the eligible proposals; once selected, the applicant will receive instructions to submit a full application package. EPA reserves the right to reject all applicants and make no award from this competition.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

To provide technical assistance to governments and regional institutions in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Burma on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) processes and enforcement, including related permitting and an emphasis on public participation.

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Gulf of Mexico Program Cooperative Agreements 2015
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

September 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Gulf of Mexico Program (GMP) is a non-regulatory program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) founded to facilitate collaborative actions to protect, maintain, and restore the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico in ways consistent with the economic well-being of the Region. To carry out the GMP mission, EPA continues to maintain and expand partnerships with State and Federal agencies, Federally recognized Tribes, local governments and authorities, academia, regional business and industry, agricultural and environmental organizations, and individual citizens and communities. For more information, please see: http://www.epa.gov/gmpo/.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Under this solicitation, the EPA will only consider funding projects that support one of the following four priority areas: Water Quality Improvement; Protect, Enhance or Restore Habitat; Environmental Education and Outreach; and Strengthen Community Resilience. On the title page, the applicant must declare which priority area the project should be evaluated under. The project must include one or more of the activities listed below and demonstrate that the project will result in meeting at least one of the outputs (also listed below). In addition, the projects place of performance must be in the Gulf of Mexico region (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida) and its watersheds, including their outof-geographic region contributory watersheds.

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The Economics of School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) (EPA-OPP-2015-007)
Environmental Protection Agency

September 9, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) is soliciting proposals from eligible parties for an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cooperative agreement to provide financial assistance to an eligible organization to research and analyze the economics of implementing integrated pest management (IPM) in K-12 public and Tribal schools in the United States. IPM is a sustainable approach to managing pests that combines biological, cultural, physical, and chemical tools in a way that minimizes economic, health, and environmental risks. The grantee will conduct an analysis of the short- and long-term economics of implementing an IPM program in a school district. This will include highlighting such issues as the costs and/or savings associated with transitioning from calendar-based pesticide applications to an IPM program, the economics of reduced pesticide applications, the economic impacts on school districts from absenteeism related to asthma incidences at school and, if feasible, energy savings realized from pest exclusion activities. Other deliverables should include documents crafted for school administrators that includes key findings from the assessment, and may include other material such as webinars and articles in journals and newsletters. The current literature on the economics of school IPM contains only anecdotal examples rather than a comprehensive economic assessment. The lack of scientifically robust economic information creates uncertainty within school districts over the costs/benefits associated with establishing and sustaining IPM programs. This project aims to remove this uncertainty by providing an unbiased assessment, supported by robust data, of the economics of IPM program implementation in several different school settings.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

EPA expects that the recipient will use funding provided under this announcement to develop a robust economic assessment of implementing an IPM program in several school settings. through research, data collection, analysis, and presentation. The main deliverable from the project must be an economic assessment of school IPM implementation. Other deliverables should include documents crafted for school administrators (superintendents, principals, business officials, facility managers) that includes key findings from the assessment, and may include other material such as webinars and articles in journals and newsletters. In order to gather robust data representative of schools across the U.S., the economic assessment should be based on multiple school districts that are beginning or have already implemented IPM programs.

Participating school districts should vary in size (as determined by student population) and contain geographic diversity (rural/urban and northern/southern) in order to provide a solid basis for comparison and to account for differences in relative pest pressures. The analysis should be detailed and include comparable measures, such as cost per square foot and/or cost per student. To the extent possible, the analysis should identify the itemized costs associated with the districts' implementation of different IPM practices, as described in Section I. A. above. For example, the analysis should differentiate the costs associated with pest identification, pest monitoring, correcting pest conducive conditions, pest control measures (such as pesticide applications), staff training, and pest reporting. Such an assessment would be valuable to school districts as they decide which IPM program elements to implement based on their available resources. To the extent possible, the analysis should also identify and separate out one-time costs and recurring costs, to allow school districts to identify whether or not costs will decrease over time once an IPM program has been implemented. EPA encourages projects to utilize national consortia, national partnerships, and other collaborative means in carrying out this projects.

The economic impacts on several school districts of varying sizes and geographic locations that implemented IPM programs should be highlighted in the project deliverables Projects must present accurate, well-documented information. Submissions must contain the specific measures of school IPM impacts that will be used to support the economic assessment, such as the changes in costs when transitioning from a calendar-based pesticide application program to an IPM program, changes in costs for specific pest management activities (pest exclusion, monitoring), changes in energy costs resulting from pest management activities, and the changes in pest-related school absenteeism rates in relation to attendance-based funding. Anecdotal reports of costs and/or savings associated with IPM can be incorporated into the deliverables, but alone are insufficient. The project must only assess school IPM programs that are in compliance with their respective state and tribal pesticide and IPM regulations.

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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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Research Program
Vasculitis Foundation

August 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The purpose of the Vasculitis Foundation Research Program is to provide one or two year seed grants to support pilot studies in researching the: etiology; epidemiology; diagnosis; and treatment, including approaches that would prevent complications, and development of coping skills for living with this disease.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The goals of the Research Program are to improve the quality of life for patients with vasculitis and ultimately find the cause/s and cure for vasculitis. The purpose of the Vasculitis Foundation Research Program is to provide one- or two-year seed grants to support pilot studies in researching:

--Etiology/Pathogenesis (could include a broad range of studies of immunity, inflammation, or vascular biology. Relevance to human vasculitis will be taken into account by the reviewers.)

--Epidemiology, including genetics.

--Diagnosis, including identification of disease subtypes.

--Treatment/Management, including therapeutics to treat vasculitis or prevent complications, biomarkers, and psychosocial outcomes.

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Human Rights and International Justice Grants
MacArthur Foundation

The program receives and considers submissions on a rolling basis throughout the year.

SYNOPSIS: 

The Human Rights and International Justice Program seeks to strengthen human rights protections, advance government accountability, and improve the reach and quality of justice. Grantmaking aims to defend freedom of expression and enhance criminal justice globally, with a special focus on Mexico, Nigeria, and Russia.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The sponsor's new strategy is as follows: increasing threats to freedom of speech and association, ranging from intensified attacks on frontline human rights defenders to the rise of national laws that restrict the ability for civil society to operate; assertive citizen movements calling for greater government accountability and demanding more protection of basic rights; growing demands for localizing accountability for atrocity crimes and expanding access to justice; and rapid advancement in communications media that is altering the way human rights advocates monitor violations, collect and manage data, and communicate with colleagues and the public.

Grantmaking takes account of these trends through a strategy that is framed by two pillars: defending freedom of expression and enhancing criminal justice. There is an emphasis on accountability as essential to securing human rights and a focus on leveraging technology to advance the work. 

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Grants Program
Arca Foundation

August 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Arca Foundation is dedicated to advancing social equity and justice, particularly given the growing disparities in our world. The Foundation supports innovative and strategic efforts that work to advance equity, accountability, social justice and participatory democracy in the US and abroad.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Foundation believes that access to knowledge, vigorous public education and citizen engagement are essential to democracy. However, there exist structures and private interests that serve to limit the transparency of the government, stifle public debate on critical issues, and foster an environment where government is not effectively serving the interests of its citizens.

Domestically, the Foundation is concerned about the promotion of a more equitable, accountable, and transparent economic recovery, and believes that the increasingly dominant role of corporations in our Democracy is serving as a barrier to that recovery. Proposals that engage citizens in the promotion of greater corporate accountability, and that work to build a movement to advance a more just economy and Democracy will be considered. The scope of the Foundation's work is national, therefore it will only consider local and state-based efforts that are part of a national campaign or project.

Internationally, the Foundation has a long history of supporting policy advocacy that advances more just US foreign policies and human rights.

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Research Grants
Guggenheim (Harry Frank) Foundation

August 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world. Awards normally range from $15,000 to $40,000 per year for one or two years.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Questions that interest the foundation concern violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships, among other subjects. Research with no relevance to understanding human problems will not be supported, nor will proposals to investigate urgent social problems where the foundation cannot be assured that useful, sound research can be done. Priority will also be given to areas and methodologies not receiving adequate attention and support from other funding sources.

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Request for Proposals
American Meat Institute Foundation (AMIF)

August 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The North American Meat Institute's Foundation invites pre-proposals on applied and fundamental research that will improve the control of microbial pathogens in meat and poultry products.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Foundation invites pre-proposals on applied and fundamental research that will improve the control of microbial pathogens in meat and poultry products, specifically, addressing: Salmonella in meat and poultry products; Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli in fresh beef products; Listeria monocytogenes on ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and poultry products; and Other Food Safety issues. Proposals that fall outside the scope of the topics listed will not be accepted at this time.

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Documentary Film Grants
MacArthur (John D. & Catherine T.) Foundation

September 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

MacArthur funds the production of documentary films and participatory web-based documentaries that combine exceptional storytelling with in-depth journalism. We look for projects that challenge preconceptions and examine underreported social issues. These documentaries are intended to reach a large U.S. broadcast audience and, often, a targeted audience of educators, community leaders, advocates, and policymakers. We look for projects that have the potential to spark dialogue, create understanding, and contribute to social and policy change.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The sponsor seeks to fund documentary projects that address the significant social challenges of our time or explore important but under-reported topics in a journalistic manner. Domestic and international topics are welcome. Support will be provided primarily for production and post-production activities. MacArthur-supported documentaries address important, contemporary social topics - international or domestic - illustrating the human impacts of public policy; follow an issue over time, providing in-depth reporting that goes beyond conventional news coverage; utilize compelling personal stories to engage viewers and create empathy; appeal to a broad audience because they treat different points of view with respect; are factually accurate and follow best practices in documentary ethics; are led by experienced filmmaking teams that have past success in bringing a documentary project to successful completion and reaching broad U.S. audiences; and are in production or post-production phase (on a very limited basis, we may consider projects seeking research and development funding).

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Grants Program
Conservation, Food and Health Foundation

LOI due July 1, 2015
Full submission due September 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation seeks to promote the conservation of natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and improve health in the developing world. The foundation helps build capacity within developing countries in its three areas of interest with grants that support research or projects that solve specific problems. The foundation supports projects that demonstrate strong local leadership, promote professional development in the conservation, agricultural, and health sciences; develop the capacity of local organizations; and address a particular problem in the field. It prefers to support projects addressing underfunded issues and geographic areas.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The foundation's geographic focus is the developing world. It prefers to support organizations located in developing countries or to developed country organizations whose activities are of direct and immediate benefit to developing countries. The foundation does not consider the states of the former Soviet Union or former Eastern Bloc countries as within its geographic focus.

The Conservation, Food & Health Foundation supports special projects and programs of nongovernmental organizations in three primary fields of interest: conservation, food, and health.

Conservation grants help improve ecological and environmental conditions in the developing world. The foundation supports field research and related research activities, training, and technical assistance efforts that: help conserve viable ecosystems and protect biological diversity in developing countries; and train local leaders in conservation and protection of resources, with an emphasis on technical and scientific training.

Food grants support focused efforts to improve access to food for consumption in developing countries. Areas of interest include projects that: promote or develop specific sustainable agriculture practices with potential to advance science and practice in other countries; develop new approaches that address fuel and resource problems related to food production and preparation in developing countries; explore and refine innovative education and training interventions for small scale food producers and farmers; and advance new approaches to control pests and diseases affecting important food crops of developing countries.

Health grants support public health programs that are preventive rather than curative in nature. It supports research, technical assistance, and training projects that: improve public health through community-based efforts that address health promotion, disease prevention, family planning, and reproductive health; and increase the understanding and treatment of tropical diseases.

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Grants Program
Ittleson Foundation, Inc.

September 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Ittleson Foundation supports innovative pilot, model and demonstration projects that will help move individuals, communities, and organizations from environmental awareness to environmental activism by changing attitudes and behaviors.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The sponsor particularly seeks to encourage and nurture environmental action through: supporting the present generation of environmental activists, whether professionals or volunteers through education, training and other activities; educating and engaging the next generation of environmentalists with a special interest in supporting the training of those who are teaching that generation; strengthening the infrastructure of the environmental movement with a particular focus on efforts at the grassroots and statewide levels; and activating new constituencies, particularly those focused on environmental equity issues.

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Pilot and Feasibility Awards
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

LOI due April 1, 2015
Full submission due September 9, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

These grants are for developing and testing new hypotheses and/or new methods, and to support promising new investigators as they establish themselves in research areas relevant to cystic fibrosis (CF).

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Proposed work must be hypothesis driven and must reflect innovative approaches to critical questions in CF research. The award is not meant to support continuation of programs begun under other granting mechanisms. Funding priority will be placed on those projects proposing to better understand the mechanisms behind disease pathophysiology and to develop strategies to prevent or treat it.

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Post Doctoral Fellowship Awards
LAM Foundation

LOI due July 15, 2015
Full submission due September 15, 2015 by invitation only

SYNOPSIS:

The LAM Foundation provides support for researchers at the post-doctoral level to conduct studies in a field pertinent to lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), a rare lung disease that affects almost exclusively women and strikes in the prime of their lives. Awards are in the amount of $50,000 per year maximum, renewable for two additional years.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Foundation provides support for researchers at the post-doctoral level to conduct studies in a field pertinent to LAM. The goal of this award is to enable investigators to gather sufficient preliminary data to apply for more substantial funding from federal agencies. The sponsor or scientific mentor should be a recognized authority in a field of research pertinent to LAM and possess the adequate laboratory and training resources.

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2016 Call for Proposals - Future of Nursing Scholars
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

September 17, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Future of Nursing Scholars program is part of the Foundation's Advancing Change Leadership team, which aims to ensure that the nation has a diverse, well-trained leadership and workforce to build a Culture of Health across this country, in which good health flourishes across all demographics, where being as healthy as possible and staying that way are esteemed social values, and where everyone has access to affordable, quality health care. Building a well-prepared cadre of researchers, innovators, policy makers, nurse leaders, and faculty is key to meeting these goals. The program advances the recommendation in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, the Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, to double the number of nurses in the U.S. with doctoral degrees. Program funds should be used to increase the number of PhD nursing students who are admitted to the selected schools.

Schools with research-focused PhD programs in nursing are eligible to apply for the program. As described by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the US Council of Graduate Schools, "the purposes of the research-focused doctoral degree are to prepare for a lifetime of intellectual inquiry, creative scholarship, and research; provide preparation that leads to careers in government, business, and industry as well as academia; and result in extension of knowledge." Selected schools will choose the PhD students to be designated as Future of Nursing Scholars.

  • The school must be committed to facilitating the student's completion of the PhD in three years.
  • The scholars selected by the school must also be committed to completing their PhD program in three years.
  • Program alumni who plan to enter faculty roles after graduation will be eligible to apply for a one-year post-doctoral award selected on a competitive basis.

The Future of Nursing Scholars will form long-lasting relationships and networks with other scholars in the program and with scholars and fellows in other RWJF programs that will situate them as a formidable group of health care leaders.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The goal of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars program is to develop the next generation of PhD-prepared nurse leaders who are committed to long-term careers that advance science and discovery, strengthen nursing education, and bring transformational change to nursing and health care. 

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Accelerating Drug Discovery for Frontotemporal Dementias
Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation

September 22, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) and The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) seek to accelerate and support drug discovery for frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) and related dementias through this request for proposals.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Priority areas for this program include development and testing of novel high throughput screening assays; preclinical testing of novel or repurposed drug candidates; proteomics/transcriptomics/metabolomics for FTD biomarkers; development/validation of CSF biomarker assays to distinguish TDP-43 or tau-based FTD; functional imaging methods that correlate to FTD disease symptoms; neurodegeneration and differential connectivity patterns (white and grey matter) in FTD disorders; innovate software, algorithm-based approaches to improve quantitative image analysis for FTD; and innovative pilot clinical trials.

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Simons Fellows Program
Simons Foundation

September 30, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Simons Foundation is proud to announce the 2015 Simons Fellows in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.

The Simons Foundation Division for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences invites applications for the Simons Fellows Programs in both Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. The Fellows Programs provide funds to faculty for up to a semester long research leave from classroom teaching and administrative obligations. Such leaves can increase creativity and provide intellectual stimulation. The goal of the Simons Fellows Program is to make it easier to take such leaves, or to extend sabbatical leaves by an extra half year.

Grants awarded will be restricted to sabbatical-eligible faculty who wish to use the grant for the purpose of extending a single term sabbatical leave to a full academic year.

Simons Fellows in Mathematics RFA (Application Deadline: September 30, 2015)
Simons Fellows in Theoretical Physics RFA (Application Deadline: September 30, 2015)

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Research Grant
Nakatomi Foundation

September 30, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

This grant promotes the following researches: medical and pharmaceutical researches on the sustainment and promotion of health; and, scientific researches on the promotion of health in terms of physical exercise.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The research subjects are as follows:

Medical and pharmaceutical researches on health promotion and maintenance - Subject No. 1: Research on sustainment of functions of the musculo-skeletal system and connective tissue; Subject No. 2: Basic research on health of the skin and on prevention of the aging thereof; Subject No. 3: Research on the in vivo kinetics of drugs and other substances due to decreased function, interindividual differences, etc.; and Subject No. 4: Research on pain therapy.

Research on the science on health promotion, predominantly involving exercise - Subject No. 5: Research on health promotion, chiefly involving exercise.

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Research Grants
Frick (Bruno and Ilse) Foundation for ALS Research

September 30, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Bruno and Ilse Frick Foundation for Research on ALS invites applications for basic biomedical research related to understanding the cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The goal of the foundation is to provide research grants for the study of the understanding of the basic causes of the disease.

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BIRD Awards
BIRD Foundation

LOI due September 7, 2015
Full submission due October 14, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The sponsor provides support for projects between U.S. and Israeli companies.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

To be considered, a project should include: R&D cooperation between two, unrelated companies, one registered in Israel and the other in the U.S. The companies should jointly apply for BIRD support; Research and development topics within the scope of this call include but are not limited to: Agrotechnology, Cleantech and Environment, Communications, Electronics, FinTech, Gas, Homeland Security and Cyber Security, Life Sciences, Software, etc.; The jointly developed technology or product(s) must have considerable innovation; and Significant commercial potential.

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Funding Opportunities: Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Simons Foundation

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS: 

Simons Fellows Program

Application Deadline: September 30, 2015

The Fellows Programs provide funds to faculty for up to a semester long research leave from classroom teaching and administrative obligations. Such leaves can increase creativity and provide intellectual stimulation.

Targeted Grants in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems

LOI Deadline: September 30, 2015

The Targeted Grants in MMLS program is intended to foster a culture of theory-experiment collaboration similar to that prevailing in the physical sciences by supporting the development of mathematical models that explain classes of experimental results and suggest new directions for experiment, as well as research aimed at testing theoretical ideas and expanding their reach.

Targeted Grants to Institutes

Application Deadline: October 15, 2015

The Targeted Grants to Institutes program is intended to support institutions in the mathematics and physical sciences through funding to centers of excellence, to help establish scientific culture and strengthen contacts within the international scientific community.

Simons Symposia Program

Application Deadline: November 6, 2015

The Simons Foundation will fund several Simons Symposia series, which brings together mathematicians, theoretical physicists, and theoretical computer scientists to interact and collaborate in symposium series that focus on one topic or tightly connected group of topics.

Simons Collaborations in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences

The aim of the Simons Collaborations in MPS program is to stimulate progress on fundamental scientific questions of major importance in the broad area of mathematics, theoretical physics, and theoretical computer science.

Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians

The goal of the program is to support the "mathematical marketplace" by substantially increasing collaborative contacts in the community of mathematicians working in the United States. The foundation will make a large number of grants to accomplished, active researchers who do not otherwise have access to substantial research funding that supports travel and visitors.

 

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Funding Opportunities: Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)
Simons Foundation

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS: 

Clinical Site Network for the National Autism Cohort Request for Applications

Application Deadline: 21 August, 2015

Grants awarded through this request for applications (RFA) are intended to support a network of U.S.-based clinical sites to recruit individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to participate in a national autism cohort. The overall goals of the national autism cohort initiative are to recruit, engage and retain a community of 50,000 individuals with ASD, along with their family members in the United States. Selected clinical sites will receive funding of up to $125,000 per year for a maximum of three years.

Whole-Genome Analysis for Autism Risk Variants Request for Applications

Proposals Due: 14 August 2015

Grants awarded through this request for applications (RFA) are intended to advance our understanding of the genetic basis of autism, and in particular, to begin to assess genetic variants conferring risk in non-coding regions and in coding regions of the genome that may be less accessible to whole-exome sequencing.  Investigators who are interested in developing innovative and efficient ways to analyze whole-genome sequencing data from 500 Simons Simplex Collection (SSC) families are encouraged to apply.  The maximum budget is $250,000, including indirect costs, for eighteen months, non-renewable.

Bridge to Independence Award Request for Applications

First-stage Proposals Due: 28 August 2015

Grants awarded through the Bridge to Independence Award program are intended to invest in the next generation of top autism investigators by identifying talented early-career scientists interested in autism research and facilitating their transition to an independent research career. This request for applications (RFA) is aimed at senior postdoctoral fellows who intend to seek tenure-track faculty positions during the 2015-16 academic year.  Successful applicants will receive a commitment of $150,000 per year for three years, to be used for an autism-relevant project, activated upon assumption of a tenure-track professorship.

SFARI Explorer Award

RFA Open / Rolling

A deeper understanding of the mechanisms underlying autism spectrum disorders or potential therapeutic approaches will require investigation at multiple levels, including but not limited to studies focused on gene discovery, molecular mechanisms, circuits, anatomy, and cognition and behavior. We will consider proposals at all of these levels.

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CFF/NIH-unfunded Grant Award
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

October 31, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The CF Foundation has developed the overall research grant program to complement the awarding mechanism of the NIH. Support from CFF, through various mechanisms, is intended to provide for the development of sufficient preliminary data to make CF-related grant applications highly competitive in the NIH review process. However, as a result of funding constraints on the NIH, coupled with the growing interest in CF research, occasions arise in which highly meritorious grant applications are submitted to the NIH but are not funded.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The objective of this award is to support excellent CF-related research projects that have been submitted to and approved by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), but cannot be supported by available NIH funds.

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Society for Human Resource Managment Foundation Research Grants
SHRM Foundation

April 1, 2015 and October 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The SHRM Foundation is a leading funder of HR research, having awarded more than $3.8 million in research grants since 2007. We fund original, rigorous, empirical research studies that are aimed at an academic audience but also have direct, actionable implications for HR practice. More than 85% of our projects result in significant impact including articles published in top-tier, peer-reviewed journals--including Human Resource Management, the Journal of Applied Psychology and Personnel Psychology-- and presentations at national academic conferences.  Our grant program features two open calls for proposals annually, plus periodic special research calls. 

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Advancing Parkinson's Therapies Conference Award
Parkinson's Disease Foundation

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS:

The Conference Awards support gatherings of experts in the field in order to address emerging clinical or basic science questions about Parkinson's. This award is part of PDF's Advancing Parkinson's Therapies Program.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Conference Awards support gathering of experts in the field looking to address unsolved clinical or basic science problems relevant to Parkinson's disease.

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Mini Projects
Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

SYNOPSIS: 

The sponsor provides grants for small scale projects to promote and support industrial R&D of mutual benefit to the U.S. and Israel. Research and development topics within the scope of this call include but are not limited to: Life Sciences, Cleantech, Communications, Electronics, Software, Homeland Security (HLS), etc.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation offers grants for relatively small but meaningful product developments of a cutting edge technology. Any pair of companies, one Israeli and one U.S.-based, may apply jointly. The jointly developed technology or product(s) must have considerable innovation and show significant commercial potential.

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Clinical Neuroscience Research Grant Program
Dana (Charles A.) Foundation, Inc.

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

SYNOPSIS: 

Translational researchers may apply for support to test promising therapies from animal model research in a small number of patients with devastating, currently untreatable, brain diseases. Also supported are studies to develop ethical guidelines for clinical brain research, and prognostic data based on treatment outcomes in patients with severe brain injuries or disorders.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Clinical Neuroscience Research program focuses on patient research. Funded researchers set up "controlled clinical studies" in a small number of patients with a specific brain disease, based on promising animal studies suggesting that a specific therapy either treated the condition or prevented it from getting worse. In these controlled clinical studies, the new therapy is tested in some of the patients while the other patients continue to receive currently available treatment. Through this process, clinical researchers determine whether the tested new therapy shows initial promise beyond currently available treatment.

 

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Research Grants: 2015 Opportunities
Whitehall Foundation, Inc.

LOI due January 15, 2015, April 15, 2015, and October 1, 2015
Full submissions due June 1, 2015, September 1, 2015, and February 15, 2016

SYNOPSIS: 

The sponsor will provide awards ranging from $30,000 to $75,000 annually for scholarly research in the life sciences. Consideration is given to applicants of all ages.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Foundation is currently interested in basic research in neurobiology, defined as follows: Invertebrate and vertebrate (excluding clinical) neurobiology, specifically investigations of neural mechanisms involved in sensory, motor, and other complex functions of the whole organism as these relate to behavior. The overall goal should be to better understand behavioral output or brain mechanisms of behavior.

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Grants Program
Toyota USA Foundation

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

SYNOPSIS:

The Toyota U.S.A. Foundation provides funding to improve the quality of K-12 education, with a primary interest in mathematics and science. Organizations must be located within and serve the people of the United States.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Toyota USA Foundation is committed to enhancing the quality of K-12 education by supporting innovative programs and building partnerships with organizations dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of mathematics, science and environmental science. A high priority is placed on the following: creative and innovative programs which develop the potential of students and/or teachers; programs which are broad in scope and incorporate systemic approach; and cost-effective programs that possess a high potential for success with relatively low duplication of effort.

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Domestic Public Policy Program
Richardson (Smith) Foundation, Inc.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS:

The Domestic Public Policy Program supports projects that will help the public and policymakers understand and address critical challenges facing the United States. An overarching goal of the Foundation's grant making is to support projects that help stimulate and inform important public policy debates. To that end, the Foundation supports research on and evaluation of existing public policies and programs, as well as projects that inject new ideas into public debates.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Foundation believes that policy makers face a series of challenges that need to be met if the United States is going to continue to prosper and provide opportunity to all of its citizens. Even as public finances begin to recover in the wake of the financial crisis and recession, officials are confronting difficult choices that will have to be made in order to restore long-term fiscal balances while maintaining essential public services. These choices will include decisions regarding how best to raise revenues while also creating an environment conducive to economic growth. Policy makers are also looking for strategies that can deliver key public services, such as education and criminal justice, in an effective and efficient manner. There is also a need to develop strategies to improve the long-term growth rate of the U.S. economy and strengthen economic opportunity. Doing so will require a combination of more effective strategies to develop human capital and establishing an economic climate hospitable to entrepreneurship and growth.

To meet these broad objectives, the Foundation has developed a number of grant making portfolios. A group of grants is focused on the challenges of identifying mechanisms that can inform thinking on fiscal practices at the national, state, and municipal levels. In terms of human capital development, the Foundation has been supporting work to identify how schools can become more productive by, for example, increasing the quality of the teacher workforce or adopting more effective curricula. Because success in the contemporary economy requires individuals to acquire education and training beyond high school, the Foundation is building a portfolio of projects on post-secondary education. Finally, the Foundation is supporting work on the criminal justice system that will examine whether costs can be lowered while still protecting public safety.

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Support for Advanced Scientific Research
Eppley Foundation for Research, Inc.

LOI due September 15, 2015 or March 15, 2016
Full submission by invitation only and will be due October 15, 2015 or April 15, 2106

SYNOPSIS: 

The Eppley Foundation for Research is a small, family foundation that disburses up to $250,000 a year. The Eppley Foundation funds projects in medicine, life sciences and the physical sciences. Particular areas of interest include innovative medical investigations and applications, endangered animals and ecosystems, and climate change.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Grants are provided with the aim of increasing knowledge in pure or applied science...in chemistry, physics and biology through study, research and publication. It is important to the Foundation that the work proposed be novel in its insights and unlikely to be underway elsewhere. The Foundation is prepared to take risks. The Foundation does not fund work that can qualify for funding from conventional sources such as the National Science Foundation or the National Institutes of Health, or similar agencies at the state level.

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Colleges and Universities Grant Programs
Alavi Foundation

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS:

The Alavi Foundation has been giving grants to colleges and universities since 1984. These grants were made in support of Shia studies, Iranian studies and the teaching of Persian language. In the past twenty five years, Alavi Foundation has distributed over several millions of dollars in the form of grants to over thirty colleges and universities in North America.

Among the academic institutions that have received grants are: Harvard University, Princeton University, Columbia University, University of California, McGill University, Rutgers University, Catholic University of America, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Arizona, Portland State University, Binghamton State University, San Diego State University, Sacred Heart University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin, Boston University, Georgia State University, Ohio State University, University of Virginia, University of Texas, Carleton University, University of Alberta, University of Southern California, California State University, Kutztown University, Hunter College, Bard College, Lake Forest College, and Hartford Seminary.

The absence of diplomatic relations between Iran and the United States has resulted in a substantially diminished exchange of scholars and students between the two countries. As a result, Shia studies, Iranian studies, and especially the teaching of Persian language have all drastically been reduced or even eliminated from many university programs. Therefore, the Alavi Foundation's academic grant program has been vital to the community and toward the preservation of Shia studies, Iranian studies, and the teaching of persian language.

The Alavi Foundation encourages universities in North America to offer courses on Persian language, Iranian studies and the Islamic culture with a focus on Shi'ite studies. Alavi Foundation grants are instrumental in building the continuity and quality of such higher education programs.

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National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)

Utilizing Public-Private Partnerships to Advance Tipping Point Technologies (NNH15ZOA001N-15STMD_001)
National Aeronautics & Space Administration

August 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

This NASA Research Announcement (NRA), entitled "Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion-2015 (SpaceTechREDDI-2015)" is NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate's (STMD) annual umbrella solicitation. The following STMD programs will be included in the solicitation: NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC), Space Technology Research Grants (STRG), Game Changing Development (GCD), Small Spacecraft Technology (SST), Technology Demonstration Missions (TDM) and Flight Opportunities Program (FOP) The Space Technology portfolio supports a combination of early stage studies, for assessing the feasibility of entirely new technologies (which corresponds to a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) range from 1 to 3); maturing feasible technologies through rapid competitive development and ground based testing (TRL 3-5); and flight demonstrations in a relevant environment to complete the final step to mission infusion (TRL 5-7) (Attachment 2 "Technology Readiness Level Descriptions"). This technological diversity results in a sustainable pipeline of revolutionary concepts. STMD seeks aggressive technology development efforts that may require undertaking significant technical challenges and risk to achieve a higher potential payoff.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The focus of this solicitation is to bring the best ideas and talents from all sectors of the aerospace enterprise to solve future technology needs while maximizing the value of the Nation's investment. Investing in space technology invests in the future of NASA, the U.S. space program, and the Nation.

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ROSES 2015: Heliophysics Technology and Instrument Development for Science
National Aeronautics & Space Administration

Step 1 proposals are due June 26, 2015. Step 2 proposals are due August 14, 2015.

SYNOPSIS:

The H-TIDeS program combines technology elements previously separated within the old Solar, Heliosphere, and Geospace (Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere-Mesosphere Mag-ITM) Science Supporting Research and Technology programs.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

H-TIDeS seeks to investigate key Heliophysics science questions through three separate subelements. These subelements are also established for the purpose of organizing the evaluation and peer review process.

Low-Cost Access to Space (LCAS): science and/or technology investigations that can be carried out with instruments flown on suborbital sounding rockets, stratospheric balloons, CubeSats, suborbital reusable launch vehicles, or other platforms, collectively referred to as Low-Cost Access to Space.

Instrument and Technology Development (ITD): state-of-the-art instrument technology development for instruments that may be proposed as candidate experiments for future space flight opportunities, called Instrument and Technology Development which may be carried out in the laboratory and/or observatory.

Laboratory Nuclear, Atomic, and Plasma Physics (LNAPP): laboratory research designated as enabling Laboratory Nuclear, Atomic, and Plasma Physics studies.

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SPACETECH-REDDI 15 NRA Appendix Utilizing Public-Private Partnerships to Advance Tipping Point Technologies (NNH15ZOA001N-15STMD-001)
National Aeronautics & Space Administration

August 20, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

NASA continues to embrace public-private partnerships to achieve its strategic goals for expanding capabilities and opportunities in space. With the recent increase of U.S. private sector companies interested in space applications, NASA is seeking commercial space technologies that are at a "tipping point" in their development.For the purpose of this Appendix, a space technology is at a tipping point if an investment in a ground development / demonstration or a flight demonstration will result in a significant advancement of the technology's maturation, a high likelihood for utilization of the technology in a commercially fielded space application, and a significant improvement in the offerors' ability to successfully bring the space technology to market. NASA is interested in advancing these new capabilities to a point that industry would develop and qualify them for market without further government investments.

These technologies should have a substantial benefit to both the commercial and government sectors once the validation/demonstration project completes. NASA does not envision supporting the final qualification and acceptance of operational systems, but instead views STMD's role as providing support for key system-level development and demonstration beyond which industry could proceed without additional government investments.

The following topics are anticipated: Topic 1: Robotic In-Space Manufacturing andAssembly of Spacecraft and Space Structures Topic 2: Low Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) Instruments for Remote Sensing Applications Topic 3: Small Spacecraft Attitude Determination and Control (ADC) Sensors and Actuators Topic 4: Small Spacecraft Propulsion Systems Proposed efforts to this Appendix must be led by U.S. industry. The offeror may propose any teaming arrangement (e.g. academia, non-profit, FFRDC, NASA civil servants, JPL) that optimizes the potential for rapid development and infusion of the space technology. Partnerships with NASA civil servants and Jet Propulsion Laboratory employees are highly encouraged.

It is anticipated the resultant awards will be firm fixed price contracts that will require a minimum 25 percent corporate or customer contribution. All proposals must be submitted electronically through NSPIRES by an authorizedorganizational representative (AOR). Detailed submission instructions are provided in the SpaceTech-REDDI-2015 NRA, as well as the Guidebook for Proposers Responding to a NASA Research Announcement (NRA) or Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) (Edition January 2015). Potential proposers and their proposing organizationsare urged to familiarize themselves with the submission system, ensure they areregistered in NSPIRES, and submit the required proposal materials well in advance of the deadline. Interested proposers should monitor the NSPIRES website or subscribe to the electronic notification system for release of the SpaceTech-REDDI-2015 Appendices.

Technical, programmatic, and procurement comments and questions may be addressed by e-mail to HQ-STMD-TippingPointAppendix@nasaprs.com. Responses to inquiries will be answered by e-mail and may also be included in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document located on the NSPIRES page associated with the Appendix; anonymity of persons/institutions who submit questions will be preserved. CITE: https://www.fbo.gov/spg/NASA/HQ/OPHQDC/NNH15ZOA001N-15STMD-001/listing.html

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ROSES 2015: New (Early Career) Investigator Program in Earth Science
National Aeronautics & Space Administration

LOI due June 30, 2015
Full submission due August 31, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The New (Early Career) Investigator Program (NIP) in Earth Science is designed to support outstanding scientific research and career development of scientists and engineers at the early stage of their professional careers.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The program aims to encourage innovative research initiatives and cultivate scientific leadership in Earth system science. The Earth Science Division (ESD) places particular emphasis on the investigators' ability to promote and increase the use of space-based remote sensing through the proposed research. The NIP supports all aspects of scientific and technological research aimed to advance NASA's mission in Earth system science (http://science.nasa.gov/about-us/science-strategy/). In basic research and analysis, the Focus Areas include: Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems, Climate Variability and Change, Water and Energy Cycle, Atmospheric Composition, Weather, and Earth Surface and Interior.

In applied scientific research, the ESD encourages efforts to discover and demonstrate practical uses of NASA Earth science data, knowledge, and technology (see http://appliedsciences.nasa.gov). In technological research, the ESD aims to foster the creation and infusion of new technologies into space missions in order to enable new scientific observations of the Earth system or reduce the cost of current observations (see http://esto.nasa.gov). The ESD also promotes innovative development in computing and information science and engineering of direct relevance to ESD.

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SOFIA Third Generation Science Instrument (NNH15ZDA001N-S3GSI)
National Aeronautics & Space Administration

LOI (Step-1 Proposals) due August 19, 2015
Full submission (Step-2 Proposals) due October 7, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) consists of a German-built 2.7 meter (2.5-meter useable aperture) telescope mounted in a Boeing 747SP aircraft supplied and modified by NASA. Operations costs and observing time are shared by the United States (80%) and Germany (20%). Flying at altitudes up to 45,000 feet, SOFIA observes from above more than 99 percent of Earth's atmospheric water vapor, thereby providing wavelengths for astrophysical observations not available from the ground. SOFIA plans to offer international science teams approximately 800 or more cloud free, high altitude science observing hours per year. More than 50 science observing programs, selected through a competitive peer review process, are expected to be undertaken each year. The primary impact of SOFIA is its science return, but other benefits are also provided. Compelling discoveries follow the development of new technologies, which can be more easily and inexpensively demonstrated on SOFIA than with other NASA space missions. Young scientists in training, educators, and journalists also fly on SOFIA, allowing the observatory to serve as both a valuable training platform and as a public ambassador for science.

Six first-generation science instruments have already been commissioned, and two additional second-generation instruments are scheduled to complete their development by mid CY 2016. The associated instrument development teams are from institutions in both the U.S. and Germany, and the instruments include imaging, spectroscopy, and polarimetry capabilities (see http://www.sofia.usra.edu/Science/instruments/). The SOFIA observatory has been designed to support observations at wavelengths from 0.3 μm to 1.6 mm. The observatory is capable of high resolution spectroscopy (R > 107 ) in discrete wavelength bands at wavelengths between 5 and 600 μm with its existing instruments. SOFIA's diffraction limited imaging longward of 45 μm can produce the sharpest images of any current or planned IR telescope operating in the 30 to 330 μm region. Additional information on SOFIA may be found at http://www.sofia.usra.edu/ and in the SOFIA Program Library available under "Other Documents" on the NSPIRES page for this ROSES program element.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This solicitation specifically requests the successful proposer to:

  • Identify a specific scientific goal and/or objective for SOFIA (either included in or beyond that which is already defined) that clearly and succinctly presents a substantial, compelling scientific case for developing new capabilities on SOFIA, that can be realized by a third generation instrument, and is consistent with the science recommendations of the 2010 decadal survey in astronomy and astrophysics and NASA's overall scientific goals and objectives (see Section 2.3 and 2.4); and,
  • Propose a specific scientific investigation that addresses the above scientific goal and/or objective and requires the development of a new, third generation SOFIA science instrument; and,
  • Design, build, and deliver to NASA the third generation SOFIA science instrument that will enable the proposed specific scientific investigation, as well as a set of future Guest Investigations (GI) that are not possible or feasible with the existing suite of first and second generation SOFIA instruments. This call is specifically not intended to solicit:
  • Proposals for individual scientific research and development projects;
  • Proposals for technology development or demonstration projects; and
  • Proposals for ground-based technology test beds. Proposals submitted in response to this solicitation should address all aspects of instrument delivery, including, but not limited, to:
  • Instrument design and fabrication, including a high-level preliminary schedule and cost estimate;
  • Development of instrument control software and data reduction and analysis pipeline software;
  • Expected instrument performance;
  • Both Concept Study and Implementation/Delivery phases; and
  • Commissioning and delivery (through acceptance review) and any required post delivery support. This solicitation also provides an opportunity for NASA to inform potential partners that they are invited to submit proposals that make use of SOFIA as a platform for other than astronomical observations. This opportunity is discussed in more detail in Section 5.10 below.

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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Student Achievement Grants
NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education

June 1, 2015 and October 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The NEA Foundation provides grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s).

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students' habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection.

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations--Implementation Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities/Natl. Fndn. on the Arts & Humanities

August 12, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations grants provide support for museums, libraries, historic places, and other organizations that produce public programs in the humanities.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Grants support the following formats: exhibitions at museums, libraries, and other venues; interpretations of historic places, sites, or regions; book/film discussion programs; living history presentations; other face-to-face programs at libraries, community centers, and other public venues; and interpretive websites and other digital formats.

Implementation grants support final scholarly research and consultation, design development, production, and installation of a project for presentation to the public.

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Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions
National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Research Programs (NEH)

August 13, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

Grants for Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI) support fellowships at institutions devoted to advanced study and research in the humanities. Recognizing that at times scholars need to work away from their homes and institutions, the FPIRI program sponsors fellowships that provide scholars with research time, a stimulating intellectual environment, and access to resources that might otherwise not be available to them.

Fellowship programs may be administered by independent centers for advanced study, libraries, and museums in the United States; American overseas research centers; and American organizations that have expertise in promoting research in foreign countries. Individual scholars apply directly to the institutions for fellowships. A list of currently funded institutions is available.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

In evaluating applications consideration is given to the library holdings, archives, special collections, and other resources--either on site or nearby--that institutions make available to fellows.

FPIRI grants provide funding for humanities fellowships of four to twelve months. The fellowships are held at the U.S. grantee institutions or--in the case of overseas research centers and organizations--abroad.

FPIRI grants support fellowship stipends at a rate of $4,200 per month and a portion of the costs of selecting the fellows, up to $7,000. Indirect costs are not allowed in this program.

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Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations--Planning Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities/Natl. Fndn. on the Arts & Humanities

August 12, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations grants provide support for museums, libraries, historic places, and other organizations that produce public programs in the humanities.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Grants support the following formats: exhibitions at museums, libraries, and other venues; interpretations of historic places, sites, or regions; book/film discussion programs; living history presentations; other face-to-face programs at libraries, community centers, and other public venues; and interpretive websites and other digital formats.

Planning grants support the early stages of project development, including consultation with scholars, refinement of humanities themes, preliminary design, testing, and audience evaluation.

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Enduring Questions
National Endowment for the Humanities/Natl. Fndn. on the Arts & Humanities

September 10, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The NEH Enduring Questions grant program supports faculty members in the teaching and development of a new course that will foster intellectual community through the study of an enduring question. This question-driven course will encourage undergraduates and teachers to grapple with a fundamental concern of human life addressed by the humanities, and to join together in a deep and sustained program of reading in order to encounter influential thinkers over the centuries and into the present day.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Enduring questions are questions to which no discipline, field, or professions can lay an exclusive claim. In many cases they predate the formation of the academic disciplines themselves. Enduring questions can be tackled by reflective individuals regardless of their chosen vocations, areas of expertise, or personal backgrounds. They are questions that have more than one plausible or compelling answer. They have long held interest for young people, and they allow for a special, intense dialogue across generations. The Enduring Questions grant program will help promote such dialogue in today's undergraduate environment.

The course is to be developed by one or more (up to four) faculty members, but not team taught. Enduring Questions courses must be taught from a common syllabus and must be offered during the grant period at least twice by each faculty member involved in developing the course. The grant supports the work of a faculty member in designing, preparing, and assessing the course. It may also be used for ancillary activities that enhance faculty-student intellectual community, such as visits to museums and artistic or cultural events. An Enduring Questions course may be taught by faculty from any department or discipline in the humanities or by faculty outside the humanities (e.g., astronomy, biology, economics, law, mathematics, medicine, psychology), so long as humanities sources are central to the course.

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Dialogues on the Experience of War
National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Education Programs (NEH)

September 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

As a part of its current initiative, Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War, the National Endowment for the Humanities offers a new grant opportunity: the Dialogues on the Experience of War program. The program supports the study and discussion of important humanities sources about war, in the belief that these sources can help U.S. military veterans and others to think more deeply about the issues raised by war and military service. The humanities sources can be drawn from history, philosophy, literature, and film--and they may and should be supplemented by testimonials from those who have served. The discussions are intended to promote serious exploration of important questions about the nature of duty, heroism, suffering, loyalty, and patriotism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The program awards grants of up to $100,000 that will support

1.    the recruitment and training of discussion leaders; and

2.    following the training program, the convening of at least two discussion programs.

The discussion groups can take place on college and university campuses, in veterans' centers, at public libraries and museums, and at other community venues. Most of the participants in the discussion groups should be military veterans; others, such as men and women in active service, military families, and interested members of the public, may participate as well.

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Documenting Endangered Languages
National Endowment for the Humanities and National Science Foundation

September 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) program is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop and advance knowledge concerning endangered human languages. Made urgent by the imminent death of an estimated half of the 6000-7000 currently used languages, this effort aims also to exploit advances in information technology. Awards support fieldwork and other activities relevant to recording, documenting, and archiving endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases. DEL funding is available in the form of one- to three-year project grants as well as fellowships for six to twelve months. At least half the available funding will be awarded to projects involving fieldwork.

All DEL applications are submitted to NSF for review. Upon completion of the review process, the administration of awards is conducted separately by NEH or NSF.

Application materials are available on the National Science Foundation's website.

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

October 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

Summer Stipends are opportunities for individuals to pursue advanced scholarly work in the humanities. Projects may contribute to scholarly knowledge or to the general public's understanding of the humanities.  Recipients might eventually produce scholarly articles, a monograph on a specialized subject, a book on a broad topic, an archaeological site report, a translation, an edition, or other projects that are scholarly in nature.  The NEH Summer Stipends support projects that can be completed during the tenure of an award or those that are part of a long-term endeavor.  The stipends are awarded to individual scholars, not to UTC. NEH Summer Stipends do not support projects to study teaching methods or theories.  Neither do they support surveys of courses and programs, the preparation of institutional curricula, works in the creative or performing arts, or the publishing of textbooks. Each institution may only nominate two individuals, so UTC has an internal competition to identify the two most qualified proposals. Stipends of $6,000 are awarded to support two consecutive and uninterrupted months of full-time study or research.

  • Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.
  • Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources.
  • Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months.
  • Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development.
  • Summer Stipends are awarded to individual scholars. Organizations are not eligible to apply.

 

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Collaborative Research Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

December 9, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

Collaborative Research Grants support interpretive humanities research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars, for full-time or part-time activities for periods of one to three years. Support is available for various combinations of scholars, consultants, and research assistants; project-related travel; field work; applications of information technology; and technical support and services. All grantees are expected to communicate the results of their work to the appropriate scholarly and public audiences.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Eligible projects include

  • research that significantly adds to knowledge and understanding of the humanities;
  • conferences on topics of major importance in the humanities that will benefit scholarly research;
  • archaeological projects that include the interpretation and communication of results (projects may encompass excavation, materials analysis, laboratory work, field reports, and preparation of interpretive monographs); and
  • research that uses the knowledge and perspectives of the humanities and historical or philosophical methods to enhance understanding of science, technology, medicine, and the social sciences.

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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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mHealth Tools to Promote Effective Patient - "Provider Communication, Adherence to Treatment and Self Management of Chronic Diseases In Underserved Populations (R01)

The sponsors invite applications to stimulate research utilizing Mobile Health (mHealth) tools aimed at the improvement of effective patient-provider communication, adherence to treatment and self-management of chronic diseases in underserved populations. With the rapid expansion of cellular networks and substantial advancements in Smartphone technologies, it is now possible - and affordable - to transmit patient data digitally from remote areas to specialists in urban areas, receive real-time feedback, and capture that consultation in a database. mHealth tools, therefore, may facilitate more timely and effective patient-provider communication through education communication around goal setting, treatment reminders, feedback on patient progress and may improve health outcomes. This announcement encourages the development, testing and comparative effective analysis of interventions utilizing mHealth technologies in underserved populations. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) (R03) and (R21) award mechanisms.

http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-330.html (R01)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-331.html (R03)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-332.html (R21)


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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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¬Ě 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

NINDS Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research (K01)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke/NIH/DHHS

August 4, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) invites applications for the Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research. This award provides junior faculty with research cost support, protected research time and career stage appropriate professional development mentorship in neuroscience research. Individuals from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research are eligible for support under this award if they have doctoral research degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent) and are in the first 3 years of a faculty tenure track or equivalent position at the time of award. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will utilize the NIH K01 Research Scientist Development Award - Research & Training mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of the Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research is to support an intensive, supervised career development and scientific mentoring experience for promising junior investigators (defined as = 3 years of a first time tenure track or equivalent faculty position) from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research. The proposed career development experience is expected to substantially contribute to the research capabilities of the applicant, provide protected time from teaching/other duties and provide resources to hone skills in grant writing and publication of high impact research. The expectation is that through this sustained period of protected research time and career development exposure, awardees will be able to accelerate their independent research careers and become competitive for new research project grant (R01) funding. Applicants must justify the need for this award and provide a convincing case that the proposed period of support will substantially enhance their careers as independent investigators in neuroscience research. Mentoring is expected to be appropriate for this stage of career and should focus on enhancing tenure track (or equivalent) activities or metrics (i.e., helping the junior faculty member to navigate institutional expectations, scientific networks, and practices that are relevant to productivity and advancement at the institution). The sponsoring Institution must also be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the development of the candidate as a productive, independent investigator by providing protected research time and space needed to perform the proposed research.

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Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices
NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts / July 31, 2015

Requests for Applications

Program Announcements
 
Notices

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Partnerships for the Development of Host-Targeted Therapeutics to Limit Antibacterial Resistance (R01) (RFA-AI-15-024)
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH/DHHS

LOI due August 17, 2015
Full submission due September 17, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) invites applications for milestone-driven projects focused on preclinical development of candidate therapeutics that target host-encoded functions required for infection, replication, virulence, proliferation and/or pathogenesis of select bacterial pathogens for which drug resistance poses a significant public health concern. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) supports extramural research focused on understanding, controlling and preventing diseases caused by virtually all infectious agents. In response to the threat presented by increasing antibacterial resistance, the NIAID Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID) has established research programs to facilitate development of therapeutics for certain pathogens. The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite research applications for projects focused on preclinical development of candidate therapeutics that target host-encoded functions required for infection, replication, virulence, proliferation and/or pathogenesis of select bacterial pathogens. For the purpose of this FOA, "candidate therapeutic" is defined as a product, or a collection of optimized products (e.g. lead candidate series), for which proof-of-concept data have been obtained, and "preclinical development" is defined as all activities beyond candidate therapeutic identification through IND-enabling activities required for initiation of Phase I clinical trials.

The objective of this FOA is to support milestone-driven projects focused on advancement of candidate host-targeted therapeutics through the product development pathway. These milestones include standard IND-enabling activities required for therapeutic products, such as medicinal chemistry, structure/activity relationships, Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) production of active pharmaceutical ingredient (API), identification of an acceptable drug product formulation, successful execution of GMP toxicology studies, completion of proof-of-concept efficacy studies in appropriate models of disease, and preparation of IND and design of future clinical plans. This initiative focuses on the development of novel therapeutics that target host-encoded functions required for infection, replication, virulence, proliferation and/or pathogenesis of bacterial pathogens for which drug resistance poses a significant public health concern. Responsive applications must target at least one bacterial pathogen listed in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013 report (http://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/pdf/ar-threats-2013-508.pdf). Projects focused on drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis are limited to development and/or evaluation of therapeutic entities that are not currently licensed for another indication (repurposed drugs).

This initiative will support preclinical development of a single candidate therapeutic or lead candidate series. For projects initiating with a lead series, down-selection to a single lead candidate must be accomplished within the first two years of the project period. Of particular importance for novel host-targeted therapeutics is consideration of the most appropriate clinical and regulatory path to product registration and potential hurdles such as demonstration of pathogen susceptibility and therapeutic efficacy using non-standard in vitro assays and in vivo disease models, as well as potential toxicity issues. Participation of industrial laboratories is expected to facilitate appropriate and validated product development activities. Proposed projects are not required to result in a "final" product, nor is it necessary to propose completion of the product development process up to the point of readiness for clinical trials or validation within the time frame of the project. Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) are strongly encouraged to obtain expertise in the areas of product development planning and target product profile development in general, and regulatory matters in particular. Expertise needed to fulfill project objectives may be retained as defined effort or may be included as periodic consultation on specific issues.

Therapeutics of interest include small molecules or biopharmaceuticals, such as monoclonal antibodies, nucleic acids, or peptides to be used as monotherapy or in combination, or as adjunctive therapy, with other drugs. Therapeutic candidates that act primarily by stimulating the host immune response through direct regulation of interferon expression are excluded. Examples of host-targeted approaches to be supported by this initiative include, but are not limited to:

--Reducing/eliminating the availability/activity of host molecules (proteins/enzymes, carbohydrates, lipids, fatty acids, nucleic acids, etc.) critical for pathogen infection or replication.

--Inhibition of host functions required for pathogen virulence or pathogenicity.

--Modulation of host immune response to combat infection and/or reduce disease pathology.

--Novel approaches that exploit the immunomodulatory functions of host defensins.

--Modulation of host metabolism to reduce availability of nutrients/metabolites critical to pathogen survival.

All projects submitted to this FOA must demonstrate substantive investment by at least one industry participant. For the purpose of this FOA, "industry" is defined as a large or small, domestic or foreign, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, bioengineering, or chemical company, or a related non-profit entity with an established track record in product development. "Substantive investment" is defined as a significant commitment of one or more resources to the project including, but not limited to: product development support/guidance, personnel, in kind contributions of materials and/or reagents (i.e. chemical libraries, innovative biotechnology platforms, scale up of CGMP chemical synthesis or production, etc.), provision of animal or other laboratory models for evaluation, subcontracts, data management resources, regulatory support, or alterations/renovations of facilities or provision of equipment to address biohazard concerns.

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Partnerships for the Development of Novel Assays to Predict Vaccine Efficacy (R01)
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH/DHHS

LOI due August 30, 2015
Full submission due September 30, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) invites applications for projects focused on development, or improvement, of preclinical assays to predict human efficacy for specific investigational vaccines. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The objective of this FOA is to solicit applications for research projects to develop and qualify new or improved assays to facilitate prediction of human efficacy for specific investigational vaccines. Given the complex challenges of this objective, this initiative encourages applications from multi-disciplinary teams composed of relevant infectious disease experts, clinical experts with access to appropriate clinical samples, and experts in assay development, qualification, and validation. Examples of research areas supported by this initiative include, but are not limited to: development of immunological assays to measure novel structural epitopes implicated in protection; development of assays to measure promising markers of protection (e.g. cytokines, metabolites, glycosylation level, etc.) identified with systems biology approaches; development of assays using in vitro-reconstituted immune systems; development of organoid-based assays; refinement of existing assays to measure a predictive marker of protection; and evaluation of assays to determine predicted protection from disease using well-documented clinical samples.

Responsive applications must focus on a single, well-characterized investigational (or licensed) vaccine against a NIAID Emerging Infectious Diseases priority pathogen (http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/BiodefenseRelated/Biodefense/Pages/CatA.aspx) and for which promising predictive markers of protection have been identified in human clinical studies (vaccine efficacy trials, challenge studies, or natural infection studies). Examples of supported assay development activities include, but are not limited to:

--Development and/or optimization of assays using new and/or novel targets (biomarkers, antigens epitopes, etc.).

--Application of an existing qualified assay to a new candidate vaccine, biomarker, or antigen.

--Development of assay technologies such as nanotechnology and microfluidic-based systems, multiplex systems, robotics, and/or point of use technologies.

--Development and/or optimization of next generation assay technologies.

Supported projects must evaluate the predictive capacity of the developed assays using existing, well-characterized human clinical samples (from vaccinated, naturally-infected or experimentally infected volunteers) to correlate assay results to known disease, vaccination or protection status. For the purpose of this FOA, "well-characterized" clinical samples are defined as sample sets with corresponding demographical data and detailed information pertinent to sampling times (pre-exposure, exposure, post-exposure) and disease and/or vaccination status for each sample. The consent under which the samples were collected must allow for the proposed use under the project.

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Development of Therapeutic Products for Biodefense & Emerging Infectious Diseases
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases / NIH

August 31, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

Research supported and conducted by NIAID, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), strives to understand, treat and ultimately prevent the myriad of infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases that threaten millions of human lives. The NIAID Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID) supports extramural research to control and prevent diseases caused by virtually all infectious agents, with the exception of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This includes basic and applied research to develop and evaluate therapeutics, vaccines, and diagnostics, which are funded through a variety of research grants and contracts. NIAID also has a mission to advance the development of new medical countermeasures (MCM) against the biological agents that are most likely to be used in a terror attack on civilian populations as well as emerging and reemerging infectious diseases such as MERS, Ebola Virus Disease, antibiotic resistant bacterial infections and pandemic influenza.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The objective of this solicitation is the development of therapeutic products for use in postevent settings following the intentional release of a NIAID Category A, B, or C Priority Pathogen or in response to naturally occurring outbreaks of infectious diseases caused by the NIAID Category A, B, and C Priority Pathogens. Only agents identified as NIAID Category A, B and C Priority Pathogens are eligible as proposed candidates/products for this solicitation. Organizations responding to this BAA must have documented expertise in drug discovery and development, including demonstrated knowledge of regulatory guidelines and submission processes for candidate products directed against biological threats identified as NIAID Category A, B and C Priority Pathogens or 2012 HHS PHEMCE Strategy and Implementation Plan
(http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/mcm/phemce/Pages/strategy.aspx) 

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Research on Children in Military Families: The Impact of Parental Military Deployment and Reintegration on Child and Family Functioning (R13)
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is April 12, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The sponsors invite applications for support of interdisciplinary conferences and meetings to examine critical questions regarding the impact of parental military deployment, combat-related stress and reintegration with the family on child social and affective development outcomes as well as on family functioning. This FOA will utilize the NIH R13 Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support high quality conferences/scientific meetings that are relevant to its scientific mission and to the public health. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is interested in applications which focus on behavioral, cognitive and neurobiological factors as antecedents to, or impacting on, consequences of drug abuse. Of particular interest are studies aimed at reducing drug abuse and addiction and its associated adverse social, behavioral, and health consequences. There are few research studies targeting particular concerns of military families, especially the effect of military life on neurodevelopment and substance use outcomes for children. NIDA co-sponsorship of this PA would encourage scientific meetings on parental military deployment, combat-related stress and reintegration with the family which is likely to affect cognitive, behavioral, social and affective processes that are known to influence substance use, abuse, and addiction in the children within these families. This knowledge may also inform novel treatments that are sensitive to the effects of stress and trauma from military deployment on child development outcomes and risk for drug abuse. Relevant questions include but are not limited to the following:

--What is known about the impact of parental military deployment on child outcomes? Are there specific impacts on child adjustment when the mother or female head of household is deployed?

--How do parenting practices change when the military parent returns home from combat? Are there gender differences? Are there differences among racial/ethnic groups? How do these changes in parenting practices affect child adjustment and mental health outcomes?

--To what extent do combat related PTSD and co-morbid conditions such as substance use disorders, depression, sleep disturbance, and other anxiety disorders interfere with parenting?

--What is known about the ways in which combat exposure affects marital relations, family roles and responsibilities, and family dynamics? Are there gender differences in the ways in which combat-related stress and PTSD affect family functioning and child adjustment outcomes?

--What is the process of adjustment when military personnel return home and the long-term consequences of separation and reintegration on children's development?

--What effect does the anticipation of deployment or multiple deployments have on family functioning and child adjustment?

--What is known about the health and adjustment of children and families in National Guard and Reserves versus Active Duty military?

--Are there particular family/child vulnerabilities or risk factors that are exacerbated by parental military service and combat related PTSD? Are there particular protective factors that may buffer against challenges associated with combat related PTSD?

--To what extent do parental military deployment, combat-related stress and reintegration with the family affect cognitive, behavioral, social and affective processes that are known to influence substance use, abuse, and addiction in the children within these families?

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HIV Vaccine Vector-Host Interactions: Understanding the Biology and Immunology (R01)
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH/DHHS

September 7, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) invites applications for increased understanding of the biology and immunology of natural viral infections and HIV vaccine vectors. Applications should focus on four vaccine viral vector platforms developed from Adenoviridae, Poxviridae, Herpesviridae, or Adeno-associated viruses in humans or non-human primates (NHPs). Goals of the research include the development of improved safety models to assess the potential vaccine-related effects such as increased HIV infection rates due to immune activated vector-specific HIV target cells (e.g. CD4 T-cells). This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to develop an increased understanding of the biology and immunology of natural viral infections and HIV vaccine vectors derived from these viruses. Applications should focus on four types of vaccine viral vector platforms developed from Adenoviridae, Poxviridae, Herpesviridae, and Adeno-associated viruses in humans or non-human primates (NHPs). It is anticipated that this research may lead to clearer understanding of vector-host interactions and therefore, a reduction in unanticipated adverse events associated with uncharacterized host-vector interactions. Goals of the research can also include the development of improved safety models to assess the potential vaccine-related effects such as increased HIV infection rates due to immune activated vector-specific HIV target cells (e.g. CD4 T-cells, etc.). Such animal models (e.g., NHP, humanized mouse models, etc.) must be capable of quantitatively assessing the potential for increased HIV acquisition following vaccination to permit better preclinical assessment of future vaccines candidates. This research would inform earlier decisions on safety related to potential vaccine-related effects.

This initiative is intended to advance understanding of 1) the biology and immune response to live attenuated or replication-defective viral vectors developed from Adenoviridae, Poxviridae, Adeno-associated viruses, and Herpesviridae families in humans and NHPs, and 2) the development of animal models (e.g., NHP, humanized mouse models, etc.) that could better evaluate the potential for increased HIV acquisition following vaccination.

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NINDS Exploratory Clinical Trials for Small Business (R42)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke/NIH/DHHS

LOI due August 5, 2015
Full submission due September 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) invites applications for Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants from small business concerns (SBCs) for investigator-initiated exploratory clinical trials to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). The projects must focus on products related to the mission and goals of the NINDS and may evaluate drugs, biologics, devices, or diagnostics, as well as surgical, behavioral or rehabilitation therapies. Only STTR Phase II and Fast-Track applications are supported under this program. STTR Phase I applications are only accepted as part of a Fast-track application. This FOA will utilize the R42 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grant - Phase II, and Fast-Track only.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This FOA supports applications from Small Business Concerns (SBCs) for exploratory clinical trials that contribute to the justification for a future trial to establish definitive efficacy (such as a Phase 3 clinical trial or a Pivotal device trial). This includes Phase 1 and 2 clinical studies of drugs, biologics and biotechnology products, feasibility studies of devices, as well as preliminary studies of surgical, behavioral or rehabilitation therapies. A wide range of trials at different stages of development are allowed, including first-in-human (as defined by the Food and Drug Administration), Phase 1 and 2 single-site clinical studies, and Phase 2b multicenter clinical studies. Applications should aim to generate data that inform further clinical development of the proposed intervention or diagnostic. The earliest studies should be designed to provide important initial information regarding the intervention (e.g., safety, tolerability, dosing). Later-stage studies will generally include randomization and blinding and should yield data that allow a clear go/no-go decision regarding whether the intervention should proceed to a definitive efficacy trial.

For this funding opportunity announcement, Phase 1 and 2 clinical studies or trials refer to the common phases of a clinical trial. SBIR or STTR Phase I and II refer to the project phases of the SBIR/STTR programs. Examples of appropriate studies under this FOA include, but are not limited to, those designed to:

--Evaluate and optimize the dose, formulation, safety, tolerability or pharmacokinetics of an intervention in healthy volunteers or the target population.

--Evaluate whether an intervention produces sufficient evidence of short-term activity (e.g., target engagement, dose-response trends, pharmacodynamic response) in a human "proof of concept" trial.

--Select or rank the best of two or more potential interventions or dosing regimens to be evaluated in a subsequent trial, based on tolerability, biological activity, or preliminary clinical efficacy (e.g., futility trials).

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NINDS Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research (K01)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is February 12, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) provides the Career Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research to provide junior faculty support and protected time (up to three years) for an intensive, supervised career development experience in neuroscience research. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will utilize the NIH Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The purpose of the Career Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research is to support an intensive, supervised career development and scientific mentoring experience for promising senior postdoctoral or junior investigators to obtain research independence during the performance period of the award. The proposed career development experience is expected to substantially contribute to the research capabilities of the applicant, and research should be in a mission related area of interest to the NINDS. The Career Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research will support an intensive, supervised research career development experience for underrepresented career neuroscientists that will provide them with the skills necessary to develop competitively funded and independent research programs. The expectation is that through this sustained period of protected research career development and training, awardees will launch independent research careers and become competitive for new research project grant (R01) funding.

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Small Business Technology Transfer Program--Grant
National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS

September 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Cancer Institute (NCI) invites eligible United States small business concerns (SBCs) to submit Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant applications. United States SBCs that have the research capabilities and technological expertise to contribute to the R&D mission(s) of the NIH awarding components identified in this FOA are encouraged to submit SBIR grant applications in response to identified topics (see: https://sbir.nih.gov/sites/default/files/2015-2_SBIR-STTR-topics.pdf). This FOA will utilize the NIH R41/R42 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grant - Phase I, Phase II, and Fast award mechanisms.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The STTR program, as established by law, is intended to stimulate a partnership of ideas and technologies between innovative small business concerns (SBCs) and non-profit research institutions through Federally-funded research or research and development (R/R&D). By providing awards to SBCs for cooperative R/R&D efforts with non-profit research institutions, the STTR program assists the small business and research communities by commercializing innovative technologies. The objective of Phase I is to establish the technical/scientific merit and feasibility of the proposed R/R&D efforts. The objective of Phase II is to continue the research or R&D efforts initiated in Phase I. An objective of the STTR program is to increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from Federal R/R&D. The objective of Phase III, where appropriate, is for the SBC to pursue with non-STTR funds (either Federal or non-Federal) the commercialization objectives resulting from the results of the R/R&D funded in Phases I and II. In some Federal agencies, Phase III may involve follow-on, non-STTR funded R&D, or production contracts for products or processes intended for use by the U.S. Government.

Research programs are:

--Therapeutics (e.g., Small Molecules, Biologics, Radiomodulators, and Cell-based Therapies)

--In Vitro and In Vivo Diagnostics (e.g., Companion Diagnostics and Prognostic Technologies)

--Imaging Technologies (e.g., Agents, Devices, and Image-Guided Interventions)

--Devices for Cancer Therapy (e.g., Interventional Devices, Surgical, and Radiation and Ablative Therapies)

--Tools for Cancer Biology Research

--Technologies and Agents for Cancer Prevention

--Technologies for Cancer Control (e.g., Behavioral Health Interventions, Tools for Genetic, Epidemiologic, Behavioral, Social, and/or Surveillance Cancer Research)

--Digital Health (e.g., Mobile Health, Health Information Technology, and Bioinformatics)

--In addition to the specified research topics, grant applications will be considered in any area within the mission of the sponsor.

NCI particularly encourages applications in the following current research topics of interest:

--Development of Low Cost Technologies for Global Health

--Development of Companion Diagnostics

--Vaccine Development for Cancer Prevention

--Novel Technologies to Address "Undruggable" Drug Targets

--New Technologies to Assess Tissue-Based Markers of Tumor Death and Mitochondrial Stress in Response to Therapy

--Advances in Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) Vector Engineering to Improve CARs Functionality and Safety

--Natural Language Processing (NLP) Applications to Electronic Health Records (EHR) to advance cancer prevention and control

--Automated Methods for Extraction and Consolidation of Cancer Registry Data

--Development of Novel Cancer Therapeutics Targeting Epigenetic Alterations

--Image-Guided Biopsy Platforms for Assessing Tumor Tissue Teterogeneity

--Cloud Computing Based Sharing, Integration and Analysis of Imaging Data for Cancer Diagnosis, Prognosis and Monitoring

--New Technologies for Ultrasensitive Molecular Histopathology

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NIAID Investigator Initiated Program Project Applications (P01)
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH/DHHS

September 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The sponsor invites applications for Program Project Grants. The proposed programs may address scientific areas relevant to the NIAID mission including the biology, pathogenesis, and host response to microbes, including HIV; the mechanisms of normal immune function and immune dysfunction resulting in autoimmunity, immunodeficiency, allergy, asthma, and transplant rejection; and translational research to develop vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics to prevent and treat infectious, immune-mediated, and allergic diseases. Each P01 application submitted in response to this FOA must include at least two related research projects that share a common central theme, focus, and/or overall objective. This FOA will utilize the NIH Program Project (P01) grant mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) issued by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) invites Program Project applications (P01) that address the mission of NIAID as outlined in the Background section above. Investigators are encouraged to visit the NIAID website for additional information about the research mission and high-priority research areas of the NIAID http://www3.niaid.nih.gov/about/whoWeAre/planningPriorities/.) The purpose of Program Project (P01) grants is to support integrated, multiproject research programs that have a well-defined, central research focus or objective. The P01 is a confederation of interrelated research projects, each capable of standing on its own scientific merit but complementing one another. The P01 application must include a minimum of two individual research projects that contribute to the program objective. Each individual research project should reflect a distinct, separate, scientifically meritorious research effort led by an independent investigator, the project leader. In addition, the individual projects should be clearly interrelated and synergistic so that the research ideas, efforts, and outcomes of the program as a whole will offer a distinct advantage over pursuing the individual projects separately.

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Research to Characterize and Reduce Stigma to Improve Health (R01)
National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS

Standard deadlines apply. Next deadline is September 7, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

NIH invites applications to characterize the role of stigma in health, life course development, and aging, both in the U.S. and globally, and to test interventions to prevent or reduce the impact of stigma at the individual, community, health care system, and policy levels. The goal of this FOA is to promote research addressing the health-related aspects of stigma, including the etiology and perpetuation of stigma; its impact on physical and mental health, well-being, life course development, and aging; its influence on health behaviors and on use, access to, and quality of received healthcare services; its contribution to health disparities affecting vulnerable demographic groups; and intervention strategies to reduce health-related stigma and/or the negative health and life course developmental impacts of stigma. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This FOA encourages research on stigma, particularly in health conditions, settings, and populations where it is not well characterized although the burden is high, and/or where the development and implementation of interventions to reduce its detrimental effects are now possible. The goal of this FOA is to promote research addressing the health-related aspects of stigma, including the etiology and perpetuation of stigma; its impact on physical and mental health and well-being, life course development, and aging; its influence on health behaviors and use, access to, and quality of healthcare services; its contribution to health disparities affecting vulnerable demographic groups; and intervention strategies to reduce health-related stigma and/or the negative health and life course developmental impacts of stigma.

Stigma refers to the process by which certain human characteristics are labeled as socially undesirable and linked with negative stereotypes about a class of individuals, resulting in social distance from or discrimination towards labeled individuals. Stigma can be differentiated into enacted stigma, in which labeled individuals are treated differently from or denied opportunities available to non-labeled individuals, and felt or internalized stigma, in which labeled individuals avoid particular situations, interactions, or roles to prevent anticipated stigmatization, and/or endorse negative stereotypes about the group to which they belong. Stigmatized statuses include those related to certain broadly based or rare health conditions with the potential for depersonalization, physical or mental disabilities, or to demographic characteristics such as race/ethnicity, gender, age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religion or nativity. Individuals from stigmatized demographic groups who have a stigmatized health condition may face the particular challenges of compound stigma. For racial/ethnic minorities, the nature and intensity of stigma surrounding particular health conditions may be greater due to cultural differences in health beliefs and behaviors.

With respect to specific conditions or populations, individual institutes and centers at the NIH may have distinct research priorities, such as those listed below:

NIA--encourages research focused on the health and life course developmental impact of ageism, including self- and other stereotypes of aging, and on how health disparities are exacerbated or perpetuated by stigma. It also encourages research on the health and economic impact of other forms of discrimination, including racial or ethnic discrimination or discrimination arising from lower socioeconomic status, as well as stigma associated with age-related diseases, including dementia. Some of this work may well be served by cross-national research on stigma related to aging and its intersection with other forms of stigma, stereotyping and discrimination.

NCI--encourages research focused on associations between experienced stigma and biological cancer outcomes; associations between stigma and stress, negative affectivity, and/ or social isolation; ways in which health disparities are exacerbated or perpetuated by stigma. It also encourages research on the health and economic impact of other forms of discrimination, including racial or ethnic discrimination or discrimination arising from lower socioeconomic status, as well as stigma associated with cancer. Another area of interest concerns the influence of stigma on process of care behaviors and medical decisions (e.g., willingness to seek preventive services), particularly among cultures with cancer-related stigma convictions (e.g., Vietnamese and other Asian American populations). Other areas of research include but are not limited to factors that contribute to the internalization of a stigmatized identity; studies that address the role of compounding or interactive stigmatized identities; and, factors that may attenuate or buffer against stigma or stigma-related consequences (e.g., positive affectivity, social support). Of particular interest are intervention or health communication studies aimed at targeting cancer-related stigma and methodological studies aimed at improving detection of cancer-related stigmas.

NHGRI-- encourages research related to the impact of concerns about stigma on participation in genetic or genomic research and testing, including differences in the degree of perceived or feared stigma across communities or groups. Such research may include, but not be limited to, assessing the impact of perceived or feared stigma on decisions about participation in carrier testing, prenatal testing, newborn screening, and predictive testing for adult onset genetic disorders. NHGRI is also interested in research related to how the genetic attribution of disease affects the degree of stigma perceived by patients, health care professionals, and the public, including any resultant differences in patient care, patient behavior or outcomes, or public perceptions about health and disease. NHGRI encourages the development and evaluation of interventions to reduce stigma based on genetic information or misperceptions about genetics at multiple levels, including individual, community, and/or institutional.

NIDCD--encourages research focused on how social stigma affects access to and utilization of prevention measures and treatments for disorders of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech and language. Specific NIDCD research interests include: 1) the role that stigma plays in the reticence of many working age and older individuals with mild to moderate/severe hearing loss to use amplification devices unless their hearing loss progresses to present marked communication handicaps; 2) how stigma and misconceptions that lead to negative attitudes and erroneous assumptions affect the well-being of individuals with communication disorders, such as those with aphasia, stuttering, or high-functioning autism; and 3) understanding and minimizing stigma as a contributor to health disparities affecting vulnerable demographic groups, including those individuals with deafness who use American Sign Language. NIDCD is interested in the development and evaluation of prospective interventions to reduce stigma at the individual and societal level, and improving quality of life for individuals with deafness and other communication disorders.

NIMH--encourages two specific areas of research focused on reducing stigma: AIDS-related and suicide prevention-related research. AIDS-related research should focus on how HIV-associated stigma, and stigma associated with being a member of a high-risk group (men who have sex with men, minority women) impact access to and uptake of HIV prevention, care and treatment. Research on the health and economic impact of other forms of HIV-associated discrimination, including the combination of HIV-associated stigma/discrimination and racial or ethnic discrimination or other forms of discrimination is also of interest.

NINDS--encourages research focused on the development and evaluation of programs that reduce stigma and lead to increased access to care, minimize health disparities, and improve health and quality of life for individuals with neurological disorders across the lifespan.

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Harnessing Big Data to Halt HIV (R01)
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH/DHHS

September 7, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its participating Institutes and Centers invite applications for research that transforms understanding of HIV transmission, the HIV care continuum, and HIV comorbidities using Big Data Science (BDS). These approaches should include projects to assemble big data sources, conduct robust and reproducible analyses, and create meaningful visualization of big data. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of the FOA is to promote innovative research using Big Data Science (BDS) to understand the complex and substantially interrelated factors that place persons at risk of HIV infection and that influence their HIV treatment course. BDS approaches have the potential to bring together data on populations such that the epidemiology of risk and care can take into account the complexity of contextual factors in individual's lives. Further, because this field is able to reveal unexpected correlations through analysis of diverse data, BDS approaches may reveal events that are rare, unseen in traditional datasets, and transient. Discovery and epidemiologic analysis of these events will considerably advance research on HIV networks of transmission and the care continuum.

This initiative is intended to promote collaborations among investigators with expertise in epidemiology, bioinformatics, mathematical modeling, statistics, social and behavioral sciences, HIV prevention and care, and bioethics, among others, to address both of the following objectives:

--Improve our understanding of HIV risk and health seeking behaviors and the complex contextual environment in which they occur.

--Develop and advance the ethical framework to evaluate Big Data methods in the constantly changing environment of available digital data. Projects should explore and address relevant ethical challenges in conducting big data research including privacy concerns, questions regarding access to specific types of data, communication among users of data and the research community.

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Smoking Cessation within the Context of Lung Cancer Screening (R01) (RFA-CA-15-011)
National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS

LOI due September 8, 2015
Full submission due October 8, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Cancer Institute (NCI) invites applications for to improve the effectiveness and/or implementation of smoking cessation interventions delivered to current smokers who undergo low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung cancer screening. The proposed projects must be aimed at determining: a) the key components and characteristics of an effective smoking cessation intervention delivered in the LDCT setting; and/or b) characteristics of an implementation strategy to optimally incorporate existing evidence-based smoking cessation intervention(s) into the LDCT setting. The projects must include prospective, comparative evaluation of the intervention(s) in terms of the rates of cessation and sustained abstinence (6-12 months after cessation) among current smokers undergoing screening. The LDCT screening site must be the essential context for the delivery of the cessation intervention, although interventions may also include services provided outside the site before or after screening. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This FOA is designed to stimulate research on optimal cigarette smoking cessation approaches delivered in conjunction with LDCT lung cancer screening visits in a variety of LDCT screening settings. Research responsive tor this FOA is limited to well-developed intervention-based projects focused on one the two areas described below or their combination:

(Area 1) Design of new smoking cessation interventions or substantial modifications of evidence-based interventions to be delivered in conjunction with LDCT visits. Such projects may compare different counseling components and pharmacotherapy approaches. Research may examine the timing of the intervention (e.g., number and schedule of treatment contacts, when they are delivered relative to the actual screening test), phases of smoking treatment (e.g., interventions to motivate smokers to quit, prepare them for quitting, support cessation, prevent relapse), and treatment intensity (e.g., the number and/or duration of interventions offered). Research questions may include the following: How can cessation interventions best take advantage of shared decision-making and counseling visits that precede LDCT screening covered by Medicare? How should screening results be integrated with or inform the smoking cessation intervention? Are there risk communication/physiologic feedback approaches that maximize the rates of successful smoking cessation and minimize possible adverse effects of screening on cessation motivation? Studies that incorporate state-of-the-science health communication theory and knowledge are encouraged.

(Area 2) Implementation: testing approaches for implementing existing effective interventions in the LDCT setting. Projects of this type may address the following questions: What are the barriers and what implementation strategies are effective in increasing the uptake of smoking cessation interventions within LDCT sites? What training and supervision models of clinical and front-line staff lead to higher quality delivery of these interventions? Are there specific clinic-level strategies that lead to higher sustainability of interventions over time? Do improved information systems or decision support applications promote the use of smoking cessation interventions that are appropriate for the patients' preferences? What resources would be needed to scale up the intervention to other LDCT screening settings? What systemic approaches improve scale-up of cessation interventions across LDCT sites within large health care systems or networks?

(Combination of Areas1 and 2) Hybrid efficacy-implementation trials. Some studies may seek to test both novel cessation interventions and implementation strategies jointly under one project. These hybrid trials may combine, as appropriate, key questions from both sections above.

All projects must include traditional randomized clinical trials, pragmatic trials, or other comparative designs. Additional requirements are listed below.

--Projects must include rigorous testing to identify the key characteristics that are essential for the cessation interventions to be clinically effective.

--The following endpoints/characteristics are required for all studies: rates of cessation and sustained abstinence (6-12 months), cessation intervention fidelity, patient acceptance and engagement, patient reach (i.e., the absolute number, proportion, and representativeness of individuals who are willing to participate), cost, and the ease of delivery and feasibility (e.g., effects on clinic workflow).

--The LDCT screening site must be an essential site for the delivery of the cessation intervention, although interventions may also include services provided outside the site before or after screening.

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Biophysical and Biomechanical Aspects of Embryonic Development (R01)
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS

LOI due August 17, 2015
Full submission due September 17, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

NICHD, NHLBI and NIGMS invite applications that propose to advance our knowledge in the area of the physics and mechanics of embryonic development. Applicants must propose hypothesis-driven developmental research with the prospect of gaining new and critical information about tissue mechanics relevant to vertebrate development and understanding the basis for developmental disorders. Investigators are encouraged to explore approaches and concepts new to the area of developmental tissue mechanics, and use newly developed techniques superior to the ones currently used in the field. It should be noted that applications using the NIH R01 grant mechanism will require sufficient preliminary data to substantiate the validity of the proposed research and feasibility of new technologies or tools. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The objective of this research program is to advance our knowledge of the contributions of biophysical and biomechanical processes during normal and abnormal embryonic development. This will be achieved by encouraging applications with innovative concepts and approaches for studying developmental tissue mechanics in living organisms. While achieving this goal will depend on the availability of reliable non-invasive measuring devices, developing such tools is not the focus of this initiative.

Research projects proposed for this FOA are intended to advance our knowledge of the biophysical and biomechanical aspects of embryonic development. Studies can be focused at any level from the molecular and cellular, to tissue and organ level. However, it is important to note that the goal of this FOA is to promote studies conducted in vivo, as emphasized below:

--The research activities must be confined to embryonic development

--In vivo experimental systems to be used are confined to multicellular vertebrate or invertebrate animal models.

--Theoretical model- or hypotheses-driven studies conducted in tissue explants and/or cell culture-based in vitro experimental systems must be extended to include in vivo systems.

For the purposes of this FOA, research on morphogenesis during embryonic development may include fetal and perinatal development. Developmental processes that are not completed until shortly after birth or hatching are appropriate for this FOA.

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CTSA Network - Trial Innovation Centers (TICs) (U24) (RFA-TR-15-002)
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences/NIH/DHHS

LOI due August 15, 2015
Full submission due September 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and National Institute on Aging (NIA) invite applications to establish Trial Innovation Centers (TICs) for the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program. The TICs will be lead centers of excellence in clinical trials and will facilitate the implementation of multi-site clinical studies by the CTSA Network. This FOA will use the NIH U24 Resource-Related Research Projects - Cooperative Agreements award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to invite applications to establish Trial Innovation Centers (TICs) for the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program. The TICs will be lead centers of an innovative expert network that will accelerate the implementation of multi-site studies by the CTSA Network. National Institutes of Health (NIH) supported studies are the focus of this initiative; however, the capacity created might also be of interest and useful for trials conducted by other federal agencies, as well as by the private and non-profit sectors.

The TICs will transform the CTSA network's ability to implement multi-site studies by adding innovative network capacity to the existing strength at the CTSA Hubs. The TICs will not be specific to one disease, but have the capacity to identify and coordinate a cadre of specialist investigators from across the CTSA network to implement studies efficiently in response to a broad range of disease specific opportunities. Select TICs, however, will have particular expertise to conduct multi-site studies with special populations, such as pediatric or geriatric subjects.

The primary objective of the TICs and the integration of CTSA Hubs into a network is to develop, demonstrate and disseminate innovative ways to increase the quality and efficiency of multi-site clinical research. The TICs will provide support for a broad range of CTSA Network multi-site clinical studies: trials across the human life span; trials for diagnostic testing or development of therapeutics, such as drugs, biologics, and devices, as well as behavioral interventions, added to and compared with standard approaches. This might include studies intended to be used in pursuit of regulatory (FDA) approval, precision medicine studies or observational cohort studies The TICs are intended to expedite large, multi-site clinical studies such as trials or complex observational and comparative effectiveness studies, so that the terms "study" and "trial" are used interchangeably in this FOA.

The TICs will provide an innovative infrastructure that at a minimum establishes reliance IRB agreements to allow for the designation of their IRB as the single IRB of record for a given trial, and standing Master Clinical Trial Agreements (MCTAs) to facilitate contractual agreements and clinical site financial support. To accomplish this, the TIC will execute standing IRB Authorization Agreements (IAAs) and MCTAs with each CTSA Hub and its partners in the network, as well as with ad hoc sites should they be needed in a given study due to special expertise or access to patient populations. As their name implies, TICs will be also be encouraged to explore innovative approaches aimed at streamlining trial implementation, promoting high quality multi-site trials, or dissemination of successful advances in process and approach.

Translational science is the field of investigation focused on understanding the scientific and operational principles underlying each step of the translational process. As such, the TICs are expected to support research by effectively fostering collaboration, implementing standardization, demonstrating and disseminating innovation, tracking performance and developing best practices for future CTSA network clinical trials. Following TIC funding, each CTSA Hub will be invited to identify TIC liaisons. The TICs and TIC liaisons will jointly develop a set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and implement Information Technology (IT) solutions to harmonize processes and provide user-friendly TIC access for the participating Hubs so that multi-site trials may be better implemented. The TICs will provide the leadership of a given multi-site study with innovative resources for efficient trial completion, and to ensure high quality operations and oversight of research projects.

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Global Omics Approaches Targeting Adverse Pregnancy and Neonatal Outcomes Utilizing Existing Cohorts (R01)
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS

Submission Window: September 7, 2015 to October 7, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) invites applications utilizing state of the science "Omics" technologies (such as genomics epigenomics, proteomics, and metabolomics), coupled to powerful bioinformatics tools, to target important pregnancy and neonatal health problems by using existing cohorts. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this FOA is to encourage the research community to develop applications for applying the state of the science "Omics" technologies to address important pregnancy and neonatal health issues by using existing cohorts that are of sufficient size to obtain meaningful results using these technologies. "Omics" approaches will be used to delineate the molecular mechanisms as well as to identify new biomarkers that predict adverse pregnancy or neonatal outcomes. The goal of this initiative is to hasten the discovery of the pathophysiology of adverse health pregnancy outcomes, discover novel target molecules and diagnostic biomarkers, and ultimately aid in formulating more effective interventional strategies for their management and prevention. It is anticipated that this initiative will help discoveries concerning major maternal and neonatal health problems by using state of the science technologies by analyzing archived materials from existing, well-characterized cohorts. The FOA encourages applicants to propose how they will utilize such existing cohorts, and how they will comply with the data sharing policies so that the resulting outcomes will further maximize our return on our research investment.

This FOA invites research projects that utilize large, existing, well-phenotyped cohorts in conjunction with global "Omics" approaches. The scope of the FOA includes, but is not limited to, the following areas:

--Adverse pregnancy outcomes to include preterm birth, preeclampsia, stillbirth and fetal growth restriction.

--Neonatal topics to develop biomarkers for predicting the development and short-and long-term outcomes of major neonatal conditions, such as sepsis, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, intracranial hemorrhage, periventricular leukomalacia and neonatal encephalopathy, necrotizing enterocolitis, and retinopathy of prematurity. Studies with neurodevelopmental follow up are desirable.

--Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

--The study of biologic processes and their trajectories that determine a healthy pregnancy and infant outcome that would provide a foundation to better understand the pathophysiology of adverse outcomes. Cohorts addressing this topic should have longitudinal measures to serve as basis for understanding disease processes.

In the interest of stimulating research that will lead to new breakthroughs in maternal, fetal and infant health, the following types of studies are highly encouraged:

--"Omic" approaches that encompass an initial unbiased discovery phase in one cohort followed up with a validation phase of the identified candidate markers in an alternate cohort(s).

--System biology approaches that integrate multiple "Omic" analyses from the genome, transcriptome, proteome, and/or the metabolome.

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NICHD Research Short Courses (R25)
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS

LOI's are due 30 days before the full application date
Full submissions are due January 25, 2015, May 25, 2015 and September 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) invites applications for grants to develop and conduct short-term research education programs to improve the knowledge and skills of a broad-based community of biomedical and behavioral researchers conducting research on reproductive, developmental, behavioral, social, and rehabilitative processes that determine the health and well-being of newborns, infants, children, adults, families, and populations. The program should include both didactic and hands-on experiences. If appropriate, the program may include activities to disseminate course materials and instructional experience to the scientific community. Programs focusing on uses of model organisms are encouraged. This FOA will utilize the NIH R25 Education Projects award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The NICHD Research Education Grants (R25) are designed to assist institutions to establish, expand, or improve programs of continuing professional education, especially for programs dealing with new developments in the science or technology of the profession. The mechanism is intended for the support of short, advanced-level courses, to emphasize new techniques and enhance skills of scientists. Depending on the goals of the proposed training programs, the duration of the short courses can vary from one week or less to a maximum of 12 weeks. Recurring courses are welcome. Although research education grants are not typical research instruments, they do involve experiments in education and/or dissemination of research knowledge that require an evaluation plan in order to determine their effectiveness. As such, each application must include a plan to evaluate the activities proposed. For some types of projects, a plan for disseminating results may also be appropriate and may be required as well. The NICHD invites R25 applications in any research area relevant to the mission of the Institute as represented by its program areas:

--Developmental Biology and Perinatal Medicine.

--Maternal and Child Health.

--Contraception, Reproduction, and Population Research.

--Medical Rehabilitation Research.

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NICHD Research Short Courses (R25)
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) / NIH

September 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) invites applications for grants to develop and conduct short-term research education programs to improve the knowledge and skills of a broad-based community of biomedical and behavioral researchers conducting research on reproductive, developmental, behavioral, social, and rehabilitative processes that determine the health and well-being of newborns, infants, children, adults, families, and populations. The program should include both didactic and hands-on experiences. If appropriate, the program may include activities to disseminate course materials and instructional experience to the scientific community. Programs focusing on uses of model organisms are encouraged. This FOA will utilize the NIH R25 Education Projects award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The NICHD Research Education Grants (R25) are designed to assist institutions to establish, expand, or improve programs of continuing professional education, especially for programs dealing with new developments in the science or technology of the profession. The mechanism is intended for the support of short, advanced-level courses, to emphasize new techniques and enhance skills of scientists. Depending on the goals of the proposed training programs, the duration of the short courses can vary from one week or less to a maximum of 12 weeks. Recurring courses are welcome. Although research education grants are not typical research instruments, they do involve experiments in education and/or dissemination of research knowledge that require an evaluation plan in order to determine their effectiveness. As such, each application must include a plan to evaluate the activities proposed. For some types of projects, a plan for disseminating results may also be appropriate and may be required as well. The NICHD invites R25 applications in any research area relevant to the mission of the Institute as represented by its program areas:

--Developmental Biology and Perinatal Medicine.

--Maternal and Child Health.

--Contraception, Reproduction, and Population Research.

--Medical Rehabilitation Research.

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NINDS Research Education Opportunities (R25)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke/NIH/DHHS

January 25, 2015; May 25, 2015; September 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) invites applications for the initiation or continuation of nationally-available neuroscience research education programs that will significantly advance the mission of NINDS. This FOA will utilize the NIH R25 Education Projects award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) supports applications from organizations that propose neuroscience research education programs that will significantly advance the mission of the NINDS. The NIH Research Education (R25) grant mechanism is designed to support the development and implementation of creative and innovative neuroscience research education programs for biomedical, behavioral, and clinical researchers. Educational programs in all areas of research (basic, clinical and translational) are eligible. Programs must provide a critical educational experience not already available at a local or national level. Such research education programs might include courses that bring together national and international leaders in a field, or multiple fields, to provide intellectual, technical, theoretical and/or practical knowledge to trainees, to promote the conduct of cutting edge scientific inquiry. Alternatively, research education programs might include narrowly focused courses that provide an in-depth understanding of, and practical experience with, a research process, such as that required for a technology-driven research area, clinical trial design or pre-clinical, translational research. Regardless of focus, it is anticipated that programs submitted to this FOA will involve a practicum as a significant part of the experience.

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Synergizing Omic and Symptom Science (R01)
National Institute of Nursing Research/NIH/DHHS

Standard deadlines apply. Next deadline is September 7, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is intended to promote integration of diverse information from molecular and biological processes with patient-reported outcomes (i.e. symptoms, functional status, health-related quality of life).

This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is intended to promote integration of diverse information from molecular and biological processes with patient-reported outcomes. Current breakthroughs in omic research have led to an increased awareness that diseases are complex disorders arising in response to the interaction among multiple genes, cellular metabolites, environmental factors, and clinical factors. In addition, there is growing speculation that how persons experience their symptoms may be genetically predisposed. Hence, a new era is signaled that suggests scientific progress towards innovations in health will require integration of diverse information from biologic processes, physiologic pathways, and behavioral models to predict and treat disease, improve survival, manage symptoms and enhance quality of life. This symbiosis of disparate knowledge is necessary to ensure biomedical science improves health through its translation into practical clinical applications. Therefore, fostering synergy between omics (i.e., transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, microbiomics) and symptom science may promote new pathways for reducing the burdens associated with chronic illness and enhancement of personalized health.

Discoveries at the "bench" must be translated to the practical application at the clinical level, the patient's "bedside." Collaborative teams of diverse, interdisciplinary investigators are necessary to tackle the complex health and research challenges posed by chronic illness and to turn their discoveries into practical solutions for patients.

Synergy of omic profiling with its practical application to patients will allow new pathways for improving treatment outcomes to emerge and ultimately reduce the burden of chronic illness and enhance personalized health across the lifespan.

Examples of research in this area may include but are not limited to the following: Identify biomarkers and other classifiers to assess individual susceptibilities to variations in patient-reported outcomes; Use novel methods to include modeling approaches and use of emerging technologies to measure and predict associations among omic variants and patient-reported outcomes; Design and test tailored interventions to improve treatment outcomes.

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Systems Science and Health in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R21)
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research/NIH/DHHS

LOI due 30 days prior to application due date
Standard dates apply. Next deadline is February 16, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its participating Institutes and Centers invite applications to increase the breadth and scope of topics that can be addressed with systems science methodologies. This FOA calls for research projects that are applied and/or basic in nature (including methodological and measurement development), have a human behavioral and/or social science focus, and employ methodologies suited to addressing the complexity inherent in behavioral and social phenomena, referred to as systems science methodologies. Additionally, this FOA seeks to promote interdisciplinary collaboration among health researchers and experts in computational approaches to further the development of modeling- and simulation-based systems science methodologies and their application to important public health challenges. This FOA will use the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) grant mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This FOA encourages R01 applications that apply system science approaches such as system dynamic modeling, agent-based modeling, social network analysis, discrete event analysis, and Markov modeling to better understand complex and dynamic behavioral and social sciences processes and problems relevant to health. Research projects applicable to this FOA are those that are either applied or basic in nature (including methodological development), have a human behavioral and/or social science focus, and employ systems science methodologies, a suite of methods suited to addressing the complexity inherent in behavioral and social phenomena.

This FOA is intended to increase the breadth and scope of topics that can be addressed with systems science methodologies. This FOA calls for research projects that are applied and/or basic in nature (including methodological and measurement development), have a human behavioral and/or social science focus, and employ methodologies suited to addressing the complexity inherent in behavioral and social phenomena, referred to as systems science methodologies. Additionally, this FOA seeks to promote interdisciplinary collaboration among health researchers and experts in computational approaches to further the development of modeling- and simulation-based systems science methodologies and their application to important public health challenges.

Systems science methodologies are specific methodological approaches that have been developed to understand connections between a system's structure and its behavior over time. "Systems science methodologies" is an umbrella term that refers to a variety of such methodologies including, but not limited to, agent-based modeling, microsimulation, system dynamics modeling, network analysis, discrete event analysis, Markov modeling, control systems engineering and related engineering methods, and a variety of other dynamic and computational modeling and simulation approaches.

A system, in this context, refers to the particular configuration of all relevant entities, resources, and processes that together adequately characterize the problem space under study (i.e., a system is defined by the boundaries that stakeholders use to determine which acts/observations are relevant for their inquiry as well as the interpretations/judgments that they use to guide decisions or actions). Systems science methodologies are valued for their ability to address the complexity inherent in behavioral and social phenomena. For example, these approaches excel at identifying non-linear relationships, bi-directional feedback loops, time delayed effects, emergent properties of the system, and oscillating system behavior. Examples of research topics encouraged under this FOA include, but are not limited to, those listed below:

NCI is interested in research projects that address the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.

NIA supports genetic, biological, clinical, behavioral, social, and economic research related to the aging process and the life course, diseases and conditions associated with aging, and other special problems and needs of older Americans.

NIAAA conducts and supports research in a wide range of scientific areas including genetics, neuroscience, epidemiology, health risks and benefits of alcohol consumption, prevention, and treatment.

NIBIB is dedicated to improving health by leading the development and accelerating the application of biomedical technologies http://www.nibib.nih.gov/About. The Institute is committed to integrating the physical and engineering sciences with the life sciences to advance basic research and medical care. This is achieved through: research and development of new biomedical imaging and bioengineering techniques and devices to fundamentally improve the detection, treatment, and prevention of disease; enhancing existing imaging and bioengineering modalities; supporting related research in the physical and mathematical sciences; encouraging research and development in multidisciplinary areas; supporting studies to assess the effectiveness and outcomes of new biologics, materials, processes, devices, and procedures; developing technologies for early disease detection and assessment of health status; and developing advanced imaging and engineering techniques for conducting biomedical research at multiple analytic scales.

NICHD is interested in basic and applied research on models of behavioral and social processes associated with health, disability, and developmental outcomes from pre-conception to adulthood.

NIDCR supports research that examines community characteristics, the organization of health care systems, and the social contexts that contribute to oral health. Many of the opportunities for improving oral health lie in achieving behavioral, lifestyle and social changes--objectives that are shared with many other scientific areas. The NIDCR supports systems science projects that explain the determinants of and/or methodologies to improve dental, oral, and craniofacial health.

NIEHS supports research that spans the range from basic mechanistic research, research involving laboratory animal models and systems, to clinical and epidemiologic studies using human subjects (see http://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/supported/index.cfm). NIEHS is particularly interested in projects that address complex, multi-faceted problems related to how environmental pollutants impact human health. Projects should involve environmental scientists and test scientific questions and/or develop simulations models to examine how environmental exposures (physical, chemical, and biological) interact with social and behavioral conditions to influence the development and progression of human disease. The ultimate goal of this research should be to generate knowledge that can inform the development and prioritization of environmental policies, interventions, and programs that are designed to promote healthier lives.

NIMH supports research to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic, translational, clinical, and services research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

NINR is interested in research projects that promote and improve the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations. The Institute supports and conducts clinical and basic research and research training on health and illness across the lifespan to build the scientific foundation for clinical practice, prevent disease and disability, manage and eliminate symptoms caused by illness, and improve palliative and end-of-life care.

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Development of Measures of Fatigability in Older Adults (R21)
National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS

LOI due September 1, 2015
Full submission due October 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute on Aging (NIA) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) invite applications to develop and evaluate measures of fatigability. This FOA is not intended to support the addition of one more instrument to the extensive assortment of existing fatigue measures. Rather, this FOA is intended to substantially advance the science of disability measurement through development of a qualitatively different construct -- fatigability -- by addressing the inherent problem of self-pacing that confounds most measures of fatigue. This FOA will use the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) grant mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Fatigue is a symptom, defined in this FOA as "a subjective lack of physical and/or mental energy that is perceived by the individual or caregiver to interfere with usual or desired activities". The mainstay of fatigue measurement has been self-report; more than 25 self-report measures of fatigue are in use. Such tools capture individual perceptions (severity, distress, interference, or bother) of the sensation of fatigue; however they neglect the important context of physical and functional performance demands in daily life.

Fatigability, however, is not a symptom; rather, fatigability is defined in this FOA as a characteristic describing an individual's susceptibility to experiencing fatigue for a given quantifiable demand. Fatigability is an attribute reflecting the magnitude of fatigue that an individual experiences as a function of the magnitude of demand he/she undertakes. Fatigability in this FOA is operationally defined at the individual or "whole person" level; that is, in relation to functional limitations or disabilities as articulated in Nagi's disablement model. Functional limitations refer to restrictions in basic physical or cognitive actions, such as walking, climbing stairs, or speaking, and disabilities refer to inability to perform these actions in specific contexts of daily life (e.g., home, work, recreation). In contrast, measurements below the whole person level, such as organ system, tissue, or cellular levels (e.g., decline in muscle force with repeated contractions), lie outside the scope of this FOA.

This FOA invites applications to develop and evaluate measures of fatigability. This FOA is not intended to support the addition of one more instrument to the extensive assortment of existing fatigue measures. Rather, this FOA is intended to substantially advance the science of disability measurement through development of a qualitatively different construct -- fatigability -- by addressing the inherent problem of self-pacing that confounds most measures of fatigue.

Target populations include: (a) individuals with fatigue attributable to one or more underlying diseases or conditions, (b) individuals with fatigue without any apparent underlying cause or subclinical conditions (idiopathic fatigue), and (c) healthy individuals (as comparators). This FOA includes populations across the lifespan, particularly older adults.

Measures developed for this FOA may be adaptations of existing tools or de novo instruments. Both quantitative and qualitative methodologies may be appropriate depending on the type of study proposed. In general, new data collection is expected, though secondary analyses of existing data may be performed where appropriate.

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The Health of Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Populations (R01)
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS

Standard deadlines apply. Next deadline is October 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its participating Institutes and Centers invite applications for research that will increase scientific understanding of the health status of diverse population groups and thereby improve the effectiveness of health interventions and services for individuals within those groups. Priority is placed on understudied populations with distinctive health risk profiles. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) focuses on sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex populations. Basic, social, behavioral, clinical, and services research relevant to the missions of the sponsoring Institutes and Centers may be proposed. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This FOA calls for research on the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and related populations. This FOA encourages research that describes the biological, clinical, behavioral, and social processes that affect the health and development of SGM populations and individuals and their families, and that leads to the development of acceptable and appropriate health interventions and health service delivery methods that will enhance health and development of these populations. Research submitted to this FOA should focus on clearly defined health outcomes, rather than on general measures of "well-being" or "adjustment." This FOA encourages researchers to investigate new research questions related to the health and development of SGM populations and individuals and their families and to develop and/or apply innovative methodologies to improve understanding of mechanisms affecting their health and development.

This FOA encourages four main types of research:

--Basic social and behavioral science studies addressing the processes involved as individuals discover, uncover, address and/or adapt to their sexual orientation and claim or do not claim identity as SGM, and how these processes affect the mental and physical health of the individual.

--Research leading to interventions to ameliorate health disparities in SGM populations. Formative research may be necessary because evidence-based preventive and treatment interventions for SGM individuals, particularly for adolescents and young adults, are scarce.

--Large-scale design, implementation and evaluation of preventive and/or treatment interventions addressing health issues in SGM populations.

--Research on how family structures and processes-including both families of origin and families of choice-affect the health of SGM individuals and their family members, including whether and how being raised in a family headed by SGM individuals affects the health, development, and well-being of children.

Research should be designed so that it is readily discernable whether the findings from the study sample can be generalized to other populations. Applicants should provide a precise description of the target population and of the sampling methods to be employed, paying attention not only to sexual behavior, identity, orientation, and gender characteristics, but to such variables as age, generational cohort, race/ethnicity, culture, geography, socioeconomic status, and physical and psychological qualities. Given the diversity of SGM populations, and their unknown distribution in the general population, it is expected that most projects will focus on one or a few well-defined groups.

Proposed research may draw from the full range of approaches within biological, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences, including both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Applicants are encouraged to build on and/or incorporate approaches and findings from research on other types of health disparities and from research on the influences of sex and gender in biological and behavioral functioning. Proposed research projects must consider the potential risks to and vulnerability of research participants and must ensure their confidentiality and protection. The ethical and legal implications of the proposed research on SGM populations must be considered. While the primary domain of interest is populations within the United States, research with non-U.S. populations is acceptable if the applicant can demonstrate the proposed work will contribute to scientific understanding of U.S. SGM populations.

Examples of research areas include but are not limited to the following and combinations of these approaches:

--Epidemiology and Epidemiological Methods;

--Socio-Demographic Characteristics and Human Development, cross-sectional and longitudinal ;

--Health Concerns and Conditions;

--Biological and Clinical Factors;

--Intervention and Services Research.

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Spatial Uncertainty: Data, Modeling, and Communication (R01)
National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS

Standard deadlines apply. Next deadline is October 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) invite applications for innovative research that identifies sources of spatial uncertainty (i.e., inaccuracy or instability of spatial or geographic information) in public health data, incorporates the inaccuracy or instability into statistical methods, and develops novel tools to visualize the nature and consequences of spatial uncertainty. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The goal of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to facilitate multidisciplinary collaborations among researchers to promote research in identifying, quantifying, and communicating spatial uncertainty in health research to improve disease control and prevention. An additional goal of this reissuance is to facilitate integration of data collection, information technology, visualization tools, statistical models, and health communication to reduce spatial uncertainty in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of disease control programs.

Spatial uncertainty is the lack of, or the error in, knowledge about an object's geographic position (i.e., longitude, latitude, and altitude), which leads to uncertainty about the spatial relationship among its neighbors. For example, an error in a patient's residential address will introduce spatial uncertainty about where the patient lives and this error will further bias any association between the patient's health status and specific environmental exposure. Spatial uncertainty in public health information is ever-present -- from data collection and model specification to interpretation, visualization, and communication. Estimates of disease patterns or trends contain a certain degree of uncertainty. Bias may be introduced if the uncertainty is ignored or misunderstood.

This FOA encourages a team of epidemiologists, statisticians, and experts in data visualization or health communication to attack the spatial uncertainty issue thoroughly. This FOA will facilitate multidisciplinary collaborations among scientists to promote research in identifying, quantifying, reducing, and communicating spatial uncertainty in health research to improve disease control and prevention. The FOA also facilitates integration of data collection, information technology, visualization tools, statistical models, and health communication to reduce spatial uncertainty in planning, implementing and evaluating disease control programs.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is interested in general methodology of spatial statistical models and visualization tools that are applicable to disease control and prevention especially as related to cancer and cancer patients.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is interested in the general methodological issues of spatial uncertainty that are relevant in the research into environmental exposures and the health impacts.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is interested in the development of spatial and temporal statistical/mathematical models to predict the spread and transmission of infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and other emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. The prediction will be used to guide local prevention efforts to ensure care relevance to the local population. The spread of infectious agent (spore release, infected vector, infected host) exhibits spatial and temporal patterns. Estimates of disease patterns or trends contain a certain degree of uncertainty that makes the identification of the source of exposure and the calculation of the amount of exposure difficult. Bias may be introduced if the uncertainty is ignored or misunderstood.

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Building Evidence: Effective Palliative/End of Life Care Interventions (R01)
National Institute of Nursing Research/NIH/DHHS

October 8, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) seeks to stimulate research that develops and tests optimal palliative and end-of-life care interventions (models of care) based on measurable outcomes. Palliative Care and End-of-Life (PCEOL) interventions are increasingly needed for all individuals with Life Limiting Illnesses (LLI's) in some form or other, including those who are culturally diverse or aging. Adverse impacts have been shown to extend to the caregivers and families of patients with LLI's. Many individuals with LLI's also may concurrently be suffering from multiple complex comorbidities (MCC's), placing an increasing burden on health, health systems and costs.

Few prospective interventions/models of care, especially those utilizing a randomized trial design, are testing the effectiveness of palliative and end-of-life care interventions. A wide variability exists among interventions delivered under the umbrella of "palliative or end-of-life care". In addition, a variety of outcomes are being (or have been) assessed by different studies, when increasingly, the scientific need in this area is to examine and test a finite number of key outcomes (i.e., health, morbidity, quality of life, satisfaction with care) that are comparable across trials, studies, and programs.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Overarching areas of interest include, but are not limited to research that:

(a) Develops and tests care interventions and models of palliative and end-of-life care that take into account ethnoculturally diverse and medically underserved groups, are gender-sensitive, and improve the management of life limiting illnesses; and

(b) Expands the body of knowledge regarding methodologically rigorous and evidence based PCEOL interventions that are effective in decreasing care fragmentation; comparable; introduced earlier in the course of disease or concurrently with acute treatment for advanced disease, and enhance the quality of care.    

Specific Research Objectives include but are not limited to studies that:

  • Develop and test models of care interventions that include a finite number of comparable outcomes such as: (i) physical and psychosocial symptoms; (ii) quality of life; (iii) function; (iv) satisfaction with the quality of care provided and ways to increase satisfaction (e.g., optimal communication and advance care planning); (v) distress (e.g, family, physical and psychosocial); (vi) minimization of aggressive care at the end of life including location of death and pre and post bereavement issues; and (vii) costs of care
  • Examine ways to enhance comparability across interventions
  • Establish standards for palliative care programs, interventions, and outcomes that are acceptable and effective especially across gender and ethno culturally diverse settings
  • Gather empirical evidence regarding characteristics of quality of palliative and end-of-life care
  • Test models of care that incorporate features of quality care such as: interdisciplinary teams; comprehensive symptom assessments encompassing physical, psychosocial, and spiritual domains; optimal communication across providers, patients and families to enhance coordinated care and advance care planning
  • Test integrated models of care, including those that span the palliative and end-of-life care spectrum, or are introduced early in the course of a life limiting disease or concurrently with disease related care, and those which address the impact of multiple or complex comorbidities on palliative care
  • Assess models of care that include caregiver health or the impact of caregiver health issues (such as depression and bereavement) on palliative care

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Short Courses in High Priority Domains of Behavioral and Social Research on Aging (R25) (RFA-AG-16-010)
National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS

LOI due September 7, 2015
Full submission due October 7, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute on Aging (NIA) invites applications for research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this National Insitute on Aging (NIA) 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 interdisciplinary areas of science relevant to behavioral and social research on aging. To accomplish this goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skills Development aimed at enhancing the development of interdisciplinary scientists and of common languages and sharing of tools and analytic approaches across disciplines. Applications that propose to integrate education in economics, neuroscience, and/or genetics with psychology, demography, or sociology are particularly encouraged. This FOA will support short term education programs such as intensive summer institutes and advanced workshops on methodology. Applications may propose courses for skills development at the following levels of professional career development: medical/graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, medical resident, and/or independent scientist. Priority areas of focus are: Genetics/Genomics Methodologies for the Behavioral and Social Sciences; Neuroeconomics and Social Neuroscience; Developing Partnerships for Research in Private-Sector Settings, Cross-Training in Economics and Psychology. This FOA will use the NIH R25 Education Projects award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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.

The over-arching goal of this National Institute on Aging (NIA) 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 interdisciplinary areas of science relevant to behavioral and social research on aging. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:

Short-term Intensive Courses or Summer Institutes for Skills Development aimed at enhancing the development of interdisciplinary scientists and advancing the development of common languages and sharing of tools and methodologies across disciplines. This FOA will support short-term education programs such as intensive summer institutes and advanced workshops on methodology. Such courses typically bring together researchers from different disciplines centered on a common research question or methodology. They can be effective at seeding collaboration and communication in ways that are not typically possible at a single institution or in standard training curricula. They offer participants extended access to leaders in the field and allow for intensive bursts of education where questions about terminology, theory, data resources, analytic approaches, and common or overlapping frameworks can be deliberated and addressed. Priority areas of focus are:

--Genetics/Genomics Methodologies for the Behavioral and Social Sciences;

--Neuroeconomics and Social Neuroscience;

--Developing Partnerships for Research in Private-sector Settings;

--Cross-training in Economics and Psychology.

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NINDS Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research (K01)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke/NIH/DHHS

October 12, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) invites applications for the Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research. This award provides junior faculty with research cost support, protected research time and career stage appropriate professional development mentorship in neuroscience research. Individuals from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research are eligible for support under this award if they have doctoral research degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent) and are in the first 3 years of a faculty tenure track or equivalent position at the time of award. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will utilize the NIH K01 Research Scientist Development Award - Research & Training mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of the Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research is to support an intensive, supervised career development and scientific mentoring experience for promising junior investigators (defined as = 3 years of a first time tenure track or equivalent faculty position) from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research. The proposed career development experience is expected to substantially contribute to the research capabilities of the applicant, provide protected time from teaching/other duties and provide resources to hone skills in grant writing and publication of high impact research. The expectation is that through this sustained period of protected research time and career development exposure, awardees will be able to accelerate their independent research careers and become competitive for new research project grant (R01) funding. Applicants must justify the need for this award and provide a convincing case that the proposed period of support will substantially enhance their careers as independent investigators in neuroscience research. Mentoring is expected to be appropriate for this stage of career and should focus on enhancing tenure track (or equivalent) activities or metrics (i.e., helping the junior faculty member to navigate institutional expectations, scientific networks, and practices that are relevant to productivity and advancement at the institution). The sponsoring Institution must also be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the development of the candidate as a productive, independent investigator by providing protected research time and space needed to perform the proposed research.

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Research On Ethical Issues In Human Subjects Research (R03)
National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply: February 16, June 16, and October 16

SYNOPSIS: 

The sponsors invite applications that propose to study high priority bioethical challenges and issues associated with the types of biomedical, social, and behavioral research supported by the participating NIH Institutes/Centers. The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) joins this FOA as part of its efforts to promote research on the behavioral and social aspects of health and illness. However, only participating ICs will provide direct grant support under this FOA. This program will use the NIH Small Research Grant (R03) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This FOA seeks applications for research projects that propose to analyze and address ethical challenges and issues related to the conduct and output of biomedical, clinical, social and behavioral research within the NIH mission. The results of projects funded under this program announcement should enhance the ethical conduct and social value of research within the NIH mission, optimize the protection of human research participants, ensure research burdens and benefits are equitably distributed across populations, and contribute to policy development regarding the implementation and oversight of new research discoveries and methods. Proposals to conduct empirical research as well as those that propose to develop new theoretical and conceptual ethical frameworks will be considered. Interdisciplinary and collaborative projects utilizing multiple approaches are strongly encouraged. 

Applications should address bioethical challenges and ethical issues relevant to the research mission area(s) of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs). The participating ICs have identified specific bioethics topics below as the highest priority for consideration. These are organized into seven categories: 1) ethical considerations of new and emerging technologies; 2) research study design issues; 3) issues associated with therapeutic misconception and the interface between treatment and research; 4) research involving vulnerable populations and urgent situations; 5) research with existing specimens, data, and health information; 6) dissemination and translation of research findings; and 7) oversight of research. In addition, a description of the research mission areas of the participating ICs is also provided below. Applications that address other bioethical issues directly related to these mission areas will also be considered.

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NIMH Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (NIMH BRAINS) (R01)
National Institute of Mental Health/NIH/DHHS

October 23, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) invites applications for the Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) award. The award is intended to support the research and research career development of outstanding 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. The NIMH BRAINS program will focus on the research priorities and gap areas identified in the NIMH Strategic Plan (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/strategic-planning-reports/index.shtml) and the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) project (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/research-funding/rdoc/index.shtml). This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The mission of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for recovery, prevention, and cure. An essential element of this mission is the support and career promotion of the future generation of exceptionally talented and creative new scientists who will transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses and enable NIMH to fulfill its vision of a world in which mental illnesses are prevented and cured. To support its mission, NIMH has formulated a Strategic Plan with the following four overarching objectives:

1. Promote discovery in the brain and behavioral sciences to fuel research on the causes of mental disorders: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/strategic-planning-reports/index.shtml#strategic-objective1

2. Chart mental illness trajectories to determine when, where, and how to intervene: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/strategic-planning-reports/index.shtml#strategic-objective2

3. Develop new and better interventions that incorporate the diverse needs and circumstances of people with mental illnesses: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/strategic-planning-reports/index.shtml#strategic-objective3

4. Strengthen the public health impact of NIMH-supported research: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/strategic-planning-reports/index.shtml#strategic-objective4

Applications proposing clinical trials will be allowed if they respond to the experimental medicine approach to intervention development and testing described in the NIMH Policy for Submission of Applications Containing Clinical Trials NOT-MH-14-007. Under this approach, throughout all phases of intervention development and testing (i.e., from the development of novel interventions through effectiveness testing) projects should be designed to assess the relationship between underlying disease processes and the mechanisms of action through which an intervention produces therapeutic change. Accordingly, applicants that plan to utilize a clinical trial design, are required to propose studies that test 1) whether the intervention's intended targets were engaged and 2) a specific mechanism of action. Thus, intervention trials should be designed so that results, whether positive or negative, will provide information of high scientific utility and will inform decisions about whether further development or testing of the intervention is indicated.

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Superfund Research Program Occupational and Safety Education Programs on Emerging Technologies (R25) (RFA-ES-15-014)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences/NIH/DHHS

LOI due September 20, 2015
Full submission due October 20, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) invites applications for the Superfund Research Program (SRP) Occupational and Safety Training Education Programs on Emerging Technologies. The over-arching goal of this Superfund Research Program (SRP) Occupational and Safety Education Programs on Emerging Technologies 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 goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skill Development and Curriculum or Methods Development.

The intent is to provide Higher Education Institutions the opportunity to develop continuing education and academic curricula on the occupational health and safety management practices in the areas of emerging technologies (e.g., emerging hazardous waste products, green chemistry, sustainable remediation, and detection technologies) to industrial hygienists and graduate students involved in the research, evaluation, management, and handling of hazardous substances. The SRP also expects that such programs will provide a unique educational opportunity to those professionals involved in the training of other personnel for careers in these new industries. These programs are also meant to expand and complement existing educational programs in occupational and safety and health and industrial hygiene. This FOA will use the NIH R25 Education Projects award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The over-arching goal of this National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Superfund Research Program 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. NIEHS supports research education actvities which includes: (1) short courses and continuing education for State and local health and environment agency personnel engaged in handling hazardous substances and other professionals involved in evaluating, managing and handling hazardous substances; and (2) advanced educational opportunities in environmental and occupational health and safety and in the public health and engineering aspects of hazardous waste control. Through the R25 mechanism, the Superfund Research Program (SRP) is offering Higher Education Institutions the opportunity to develop and implement the use of educational programs on the occupational health and safety management practices for emerging technologies (e.g., emerging hazardous waste products, green chemistry, sustainable remediation, and detection technologies). The education programs are designed to provide a unique educational opportunity to graduate students, industrial hygeniests, other professionals, and those involved in the training of other personnel using these technologies and associated hazardous substances (e.g., Train-the-trainer). To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:

--Courses for Skills Development: Applicant institutions should propose a comprehensive description of courses for skills development for their educational program on the occupational health and safety management practices for emerging technologies (e.g., emerging hazardous waste products, green chemistry, sustainable remediation, and detection technologies). Descriptions should include course objectives, course descriptions, course content, any field experiences, a timeline for implementation, accreditation by recognized accrediting organizations, and a plan to evaluate the overall effectiveness of the education program. Courses may include web-based modules, short courses, continuing education, and full academic graduate courses. Other activities may include workshops, symposia, or a seminar series in health and safety management practices for emerging technologies. The format of the courses may involve a traditional in-person approach, online activities, or a hybrid of both approaches.

--Curriculum or Methods Development: Proposed curriculum or methods development activities on the occupational health and safety management practices for emerging technologies should include providing a foundation for new courses or be integrated into the existing curricula in the grantee institution and the development of novel instructional approaches (e.g. computer-based tools). It is also expected that the curriculum or methods developed be readily adaptable by researchers and professionals in the field of occupational and safety and health and industrial hygiene.

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Rapid Assessment Post-Impact of Disaster (R03)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Within six weeks of the identified disaster - opportunity expires October 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) provides support for a rapid funding mechanism for research n the aftermath of disasters and mass casualty events. RAPID grants described in this FOA may be used to facilitate initial research for investigators who intend to follow up with a full research application, using the preliminary time sensitive data from a RAPID grant as the basis for their subsequent application. This program will use the NIH Small Research Grant (R03) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide an expedited funding mechanism for research in the aftermath of disasters The regular grant submission, review, and funding process is lengthy, such that it requires investigators who would conduct such studies to wait eight months or more after the submission of the application to obtain the research funds, during which time important scientific opportunities may be lost. An emergency event of potential significance for mental health may occur with little or no warning (e.g., hurricanes, earthquakes, bombings, terrorist attacks, or industrial accidents) and therefore modified procedures are required to expedite the funding consideration of research applications focused on obtaining time sensitive data in the wake of such events. Applications for research support may include, but are not limited to, a substantive emphasis in any one or more of the following areas:

--Early assessment of dimensions of psychological, biological, and behavioral reactions to injury, loss of life, contaminated facilities, loss of social and economic resources and other stressors to lay the foundation for translational research on trauma related mental disorders.

--Research on the mechanisms underlying impaired functioning.

--Research on the settings in which survivors present for care, including the impact of co-locating mental health services into non-traditional mental health settings (e.g., shelters, churches, community centers, work settings, health clinics, schools, etc) on access, referral, acceptability, use and outcome of services

--Research to identify optimal screening approaches for identifying those at greatest risk for adverse outcomes in culturally diverse localities/settings

--Research to identify factors that promote or impede effective health provider training in screening, assessment, referral and treatment.

--Research on the recruitment, training, deployment, and supervision of "psychiatric extenders" such as the Medical Reserve Corps to provide emotional support, screening and referral for acute anxiety disorders, major depression, suicidality, and serious mental illness.

--Research on the organization, delivery and outcome (intended and unintended) of individual and public-health level interventions by mental health and non-mental health providers.

--Research on prevention/intervention and treatment to reduce the risk of psychopathology, symptom severity, and disability.

--Research on minimizing exacerbation and/or recurrence and improving access to care for survivors with pre-existing serious conditions.

--Research on technology enabled registries of services/resources (e.g., in-patient behavioral health, pharmacies, antipsychotic medications, community mental health providers, web-based and other self-care resources, telephone-based therapy, etc) for use by personnel who screen survivors.

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Family and Interpersonal Relationships in an Aging Context (R01)
National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is February 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages innovative, hypothesis-driven R01 research grant applications that can expand understanding of the role and impact of families and interpersonal relationships on health and well-being in midlife and older age. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is issue to encourage innovative, hypothesis-driven R01 research grant applications that can expand understanding of the role and impact of families and interpersonal relationships on health and well-being in midlife and older age. The FOA encourages research that evaluates rigorous, quantifiable predictive models for estimating the causal pathways by which family process and structure and intimate relationships might mediate or moderate well-documented social determinants of health, above and beyond other established risk or protective health factors, and that can increase knowledge of the independent and unique contributions of family and intimate relationship variables to healthy aging. Following from the above, the FOA seeks to support research into both the origins and the amelioration of family and intimate relationship factors that have adverse consequences for health, as well as the origins and promotion of factors that have protective or beneficial health consequences. To these ends, the FOA encourages research that takes a life span perspective, including studies which focus on early life influences on later life outcomes and on processes in midlife that impact subsequent trajectories of health and function. NIA is particularly interested in research that can inform the design of interventions that target the maintenance and improvement of aging-relevant outcomes for the following: satisfying, high quality intimate relationships, compliance and adherence to healthy behaviors; adaptive caregiving relationships, shared decision-making, and economic security. 

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Academic Research Enhancement Award (Parent R15)
National Institutes of Health/DHHS

The deadlines for receipt of standard AREA applications are: February 25, June 25 and October 25 annually.

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institutes of Health (NIH) participating Institutes and Centers invite applications for the Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) program. The purpose of the program is to stimulate research in educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees for a significant number of the Nation's research scientists, but that have not been major recipients of NIH support. AREA grants create opportunities for scientists and institutions, otherwise unlikely to participate extensively in NIH research programs, to contribute to the Nation's biomedical and behavioral research effort. AREA grants are intended to support small-scale research projects proposed by faculty members of eligible, domestic institutions, to expose students to meritorious research projects, and to strengthen the research environment of the applicant institution. This FOA will utilize the R15 grant mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

AREA funds are intended to support new and renewal biomedical and behavioral research projects proposed by faculty members of eligible colleges, universities, schools, and components of domestic institutions. The AREA program will enable qualified scientists to receive support for small-scale research projects. These grants are intended to create a research opportunity for scientists and institutions otherwise unlikely to participate extensively in NIH programs that support the Nation's biomedical and behavioral research effort. It is anticipated that investigators supported under the AREA program will benefit from the opportunity to conduct independent research; that the grantee institution will benefit from a research environment strengthened through AREA grants and furthered by participation in the diverse extramural programs of the NIH; and that students at recipient institutions will benefit from exposure to and participation in scientific research in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. The application should include plans to involve undergraduate or graduate students in the proposed research. However, the AREA program is a research grant program, not a training or fellowship program. The application should include plans to expose students to hands-on research and should not include training plans.

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NINDS Exploratory/Developmental Projects in Translational Research (R21)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply: February 16, June 16, and October 16 annually

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) invites applications for research activities required to advance candidate therapeutics through Investigational New Drug (IND), Investigational Device Exemption (IDE), or 510(K) submission to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and ready them for clinical testing for neurological disorders. Projects should include a strong biological rationale for the intended approach, supporting data from rigorously designed experiments, and proposed studies that exhibit methodological rigor. Such projects, if successful, should lead directly to or support another project (e.g. cooperative agreement in translational research) that will include all remaining activities for submission of an IND, IDE, or 510(k) application to the FDA. The scope includes only preclinical development activities for therapeutic drugs, devices, and biologics; development of diagnostics or rehabilitation strategies cannot be supported. Clinical research, basic research, and studies of disease mechanism are outside the program scope. This program will use the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) grant mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The goal of the NINDS Exploratory/Developmental Projects in Translational Research (R21) program is to support any research activities required to advance candidate therapeutics through Investigational New Drug (IND), Investigational Device Exemption (IDE), or 510(K) submission to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and ready them for clinical testing for neurological disorders. Translational R21 projects, if successful, should lead directly to or support another project (e.g. cooperative agreement in translational research) that will include all remaining activities for submission of an IND, IDE, or 510(k) application to the FDA. The program will facilitate therapy-directed projects to accelerate the translation of basic research discoveries into therapeutic candidates for clinical testing. Translational R21 projects should include a strong biological rationale for the intended approach, supporting data from rigorously designed experiments, and proposed studies that exhibit methodological rigor. In order to assess the predictive value of preclinical research, sufficient information should be available about study design, execution, analysis, and interpretation.

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Tools for Monitoring and Manipulating Modified RNAs in the Nervous System (R43/R44)
National Institute on Drug Abuse/NIH/DHHS

LOI due October 18, 2015
Full submission due November 18, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) invites applications for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) from small business concerns (SBCs) to incentivize small businesses to generate tools and products specifically for monitoring and manipulating covalently modified eukaryotic RNA. This FOA will utilize the SBIR (R43/R44) grant mechanisms for Phase I, Phase II, and Fast-Track applications.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this initiative is to incentivize small businesses to generate tools, technologies, and products for monitoring and manipulating covalently modified eukaryotic RNA, including messenger RNA and regulatory RNA. In the long term, it is hoped that these tools and products will serve as the foundation for NIDA-relevant research into the potential roles of RNA modifications in both HIV/AIDS infection and progression as well as into the molecular mechanisms of substance abuse disorders and co-occurring psychiatric disorders.

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Physical Sciences-Oncology Network (PS-ON): Physical Sciences-Oncology Centers (PS-OC) (U54)
National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS

The deadlines for receipt of optional letters of intent are: January 15, 2015; and October 14, 2015
Full submissions will be due February 26, 2015; and November 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Cancer Institute (NCI) invites applications for Physical Science-Oncology Centers (PS-OCs). The PS-OCs will serve as hubs for the collaborative Physical Sciences-Oncology Network (PS-ON). The goal of the PS-OC Program and broader Network is to promote a physical sciences perspective of cancer and foster the convergence of physical science and cancer research by, forming transdisciplinary teams of physical scientists (e.g., engineers, chemists, computer scientists, mathematicians, physicists) and cancer researchers (e.g., cancer biologists, oncologists, pathologists) to work closely together to advance our understanding of cancer biology and oncology. The PS-OCs, individually and as a Network, will support transdisciplinary research that: (1) establishes a physical sciences perspective within the cancer research community; (2) facilitates team science and field convergence at the intersection of physical sciences and cancer research; and (3) collectively tests physical sciences-based experimental and theoretical concepts of cancer and promotes innovative solutions to address outstanding questions in cancer research. This FOA will use the NIH U54 Specialized Center- Cooperative Agreements award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to build a cadre of Physical Science-Oncology Centers (PS-OCs, or Centers) to serve as hubs for the collaborative Physical Sciences-Oncology Network (PS-ON, or Network). The PS-OCs will conduct transdisciplinary research integrating the perspectives of physical scientists (e.g., engineers, chemists, computer scientists, mathematicians, physicists) and cancer researchers (e.g., cancer biologists, oncologists, pathologists) to study cancer using approaches and theories from the physical sciences. The PS-OCs are expected to assemble and develop transdisciplinary teams, research and training programs, and infrastructure organized around a physical sciences-based framework to address fundamental questions in cancer research. These transdisciplinary Centers will develop and test, individually and through collaborative Network activities, physical sciences-based experimental and theoretical concepts that complement and advance our current understanding of cancer biology and oncology. The initiative is expected to further develop emerging fields of study in cancer research that are based on physical sciences principles and approaches. Potential areas of investigation include but are not limited to:

--The Physical Dynamics of Cancer: Traditionally, cancer is thought of primarily as a genetic disease that is modulated by biochemical cues from the tumor and microenvironment. However, physical properties across many length-scales (e.g., subcellular, cell, tissue, organ, whole organism) also play an important but poorly understood role. This physical perspective can be integrated with the molecular and genetic understanding of cancer to generate a more comprehensive view of the complex and dynamic multiscale interactions of the tumor-host system. Physical properties such as mechanical cues, transport phenomena, bioelectric signals, and thermal fluctuations can modulate the behavior of cancer cells, the microenvironment, tumors, and the host. In developmental biology, studying how these physical factors regulate embryogenesis and tissue patterning has augmented existing approaches and knowledge. Techniques from the physical sciences can be used to measure physical properties of single-cells, discrete multicellular structures, and tissues. These measurements can be integrated with orthogonal data using high-dimensional analysis and computational physics models to complement current approaches and potentially identify new physical properties that could be exploited for cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, prognosis, and therapy.

--Spatio-Temporal Organization and Information Transfer in Cancer: Appropriate spatial and temporal organization of structures across many length scales (e.g., subcellular, cell, tissue, organ, whole organism) and time scales is required for managing the transfer of information that is critical for regulated growth. For example, cells must position billions of molecules in the right place and time to facilitate the proper function of signaling pathways and complexes. Additionally, cells regulate the size, number, and spatial distribution of organelles, and the three-dimensional architecture of the genome and nucleus. Intrinsic and extrinsic factors in turn regulate the size, shape, and heterogeneity of tissues. Metastasis occurs on a system level and the dispersion and dissemination of tumor cells depends in part on the architecture of both primary and metastatic sites. Disruption of spatial and temporal organization at each of these scales is associated with the development and progression of cancer and may influence the evoultion of therapeutic resistance. Techniques and perspectives from the physical sciences are particularly well-suited to exploring the complexity of these multiscale processes. For instance, advanced imaging and analysis techniques facilitate measurements at length scales ranging from subcellular to tissue-level with a high degree of spatial and temporal precision. These data can be complemented using tissue mimetics or three-dimensional tissue engineering tools; and, computational physics models or evolutionary theories can be used to integrate data across scales and iteratively inform subsequent studies.

Each Center will consist of the following components: administrative core; research projects; shared resources cores; and education and outreach unit.

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

October 17, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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. This FOA will utilize the DP2 NIH Director's New Innovator Awards mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The NIH Director's New Innovator Award addresses two important goals: stimulating highly innovative research and supporting promising new investigators. New investigators may have exceptionally innovative research ideas, but not the preliminary data required to fare well in the traditional NIH peer review system. As part of NIH's commitment to increasing opportunities for new scientists, it has created the NIH Director's New Innovator Award to support exceptionally creative new investigators who propose highly innovative research projects that have the potential for unusually high impact. This award complements ongoing efforts by NIH and its Institutes and Centers to fund new investigators through R01 grants and other mechanisms.

The NIH Director's New Innovator Award program is different from traditional NIH grants in several ways. It is designed specifically to support unusually creative investigators with highly innovative research ideas at an early stage of their career when they may lack the preliminary data required for an R01 grant application. The emphasis is on innovation and creativity; preliminary data are not required, but may be included. No detailed, annual budget is requested in the application. The review process emphasizes the individual's creativity, the innovativeness of the research approaches, and the potential of the project, if successful, to have a significant impact on an important biomedical or behavioral research problem.

The research proposed for a New Innovator Award may be in any scientific area relevant to the mission of NIH (biological, behavioral, clinical, social, physical, chemical, computational, engineering, and mathematical sciences). Investigators who were not selected for an award in prior years may submit applications this year as long as they retain their ESI (early stage investigator) eligibility; however, all applications must be submitted as "new" applications regardless of any previous submission to the program.

 

 

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Collaborative Interdisciplinary Team Science in NIDDK Research Areas (R24)
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

November 13, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) invites applications that assemble an interdisciplinary, collaborative team of creative, independent, and funded investigators to address a complex and important problem relevant to the mission of NIDDK. The team should be able to provide an integrative plan of working together to effectively address the complex challenge at hand. The team science approach encouraged by this FOA could be used to generate a research resource, which may include discovery-based or hypothesis-generative approaches, to advance the relevant area of biomedical research. This FOA will use the NIH Research Resource Grant Mechanism (R24).

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

In this FOA, the R24 is will be used to provide a mechanism by which interdisciplinary expertise is brought together to focus on a single complex problem in biomedical research relevant to the mission of NIDDK. The purpose of this FOA is to provide support for interdisciplinary research teams focused on innovative approaches to answer a single critically important research question or problem relevant to the mission of NIDDK. An R24 project is expected to support discovery or hypothesis-generating research or to develop unique resources or technologies that are needed to move a particular field forward. Collectively, the team should bring together the necessary, and appropriate, expertise to answer one complex problem, or challenge. Formation of the team of investigators should result in a greater contribution to meeting the challenge than would occur if each team member worked individually, and submission of a multi-PD/PI application is encouraged if it facilitates the team aspect of the approach. R24s can support basic, translational, or clinical science. Teams may also support integrated basic and clinical studies with the intent of accelerating translation of basic science to the clinic. NIDDK expects investigators forming collaborative teams to be funded and productive investigators who now wish to integrate their interests and efforts to facilitate a synergistic approach to the challenge not possible through other grants mechanisms. Support for resource development, generation, or utilization can be included to enhance the catalytic and transformative nature of the proposed studies. However, individual projects and cores are not allowed.

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Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices - New NIH Biosketch Format
NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts / November 28, 2014

IMPORTANT NOTICE: 

New Biographical Sketch Format Required for NIH and AHRQ Grant Applications Submitted for Due Dates on or After January 25, 2015 (NOT-OD-15-024) Office of the Director, NIH. 

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RFA-HL-14-024--Basic Research in the Pathogenesis of HIV-Related Heart, Lung, and Blood (HLB) Diseases in Adults and Children (R01)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute/NIH/DHHS

January 8, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) invites basic research project grant (R01) applications to investigate the fundamental mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of HIV-related heart, lung, and/or blood (HLB) diseases alone and in the context of antiretroviral therapy (ART). Investigations may be conducted on various primary cell types, biospecimens, computational models, and animal models, particularly those used for HIV research. The goal is to provide the critical basic science foundation and guide the design of new therapeutic approaches for HIV-related HLB conditions in adults and children. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to encourage basic research to investigate the fundamental mechanisms of HIV-related heart, lung, and/or blood (HLB) diseases alone and in the context of antiretroviral therapy (ART). Investigations may be conducted on various primary cell types (e.g., hematopoietic stem cells and the surrounding niche), biospecimens, computational models, and animal models, particularly those used for HIV research. The use of HIV specimens in existing biorepositories and other human samples is highly encouraged, and their analyses should be directed towards basic research questions. The goal is to provide the critical basic science foundation and guide the design of new therapeutic approaches for HIV-related HLB conditions.

The primary goal of this FOA is to support research that will provide the critical basic science foundation to understand the mechanisms and pathogenesis underlying the development of HLB conditions in patients with HIV who are or are not receiving ART. A secondary goal is to enhance understanding of HLB disease processes in the general population. Basic research is defined as research that will answer fundamental mechanistic questions focused on the impact of HIV and ART on HLB disease progression, such as, but not limited to, alterations in metabolism, biomarkers, and tissue/cellular pathology. Investigations may be conducted on various cell types (e.g., hematopoietic stem cells as well as other cells involved in HLB diseases), biospecimens, computational models, and animal models, particularly those used for HIV research. The use of HIV specimens in existing biorepositories (e.g., NHLBI BioLINCC Biorepository https://biolincc.nhlbi.nih.gov/home/) and other human samples is highly encouraged, and their analyses should be directed towards basic research questions rather than epidemiological/clinical studies evaluating incidence, prevalence, risk assessment, and patterns/outcomes of care. Applications proposing to conduct clinical trials or epidemiological research will be deemed non-responsive to this announcement.

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Administrative Supplements for Research on Dietary Supplements (Admin Supp)
Office of Dietary Supplements/NIH/DHHS

October 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its participating Institutes and Centers invite applications for administrative supplements to support research in which the supplemental funding would investigate the role of dietary supplements and/or their ingredients in health maintenance and disease prevention. Parent awards need not be focused on dietary supplements; this FOA may provide support to include dietary supplements within the scope of relevant research projects. Research interests of ODS are not limited to specific health conditions, organ systems or population groups. ODS supports all types of research, including pre-clinical, clinical, behavioral, and epidemiological. Additionally, ODS supports research and training programs that build future research capacity for studying the role of dietary supplements in health and disease prevention. Primary consideration for support will be given to applications that stimulate dietary supplement research where it is lacking or lagging, clarify gaps, opportunities and balance between benefits and risks where data are in conflict, target special population groups where additional science on dietary supplements is needed, and focus on the use of dietary supplements in improving or maintaining health and reducing the risk of chronic disease. This FOA will use the NIH Administrative Supplement award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This FY 2016 Administrative Supplement program is designed to provide supplemental funds to relevant, active, NIH-supported research projects to incorporate dietary supplement research that is within the scope of the parent project. Research interests of ODS are not limited to specific health conditions, organ systems or populations groups. ODS supports all types of research, including pre-clinical, clinical, behavioral, and epidemiological. Additionally, ODS supports research that builds future research capacity for studying the role of dietary supplements in health and disease prevention. Primary consideration for support will be given to applications that stimulate dietary supplement research where it is lacking or lagging, clarify gaps, opportunities and balance between benefits and risks where data are in conflict, target special population groups where additional science on supplements is needed, and focus on the use of dietary supplements in improving or maintaining health and reducing the risk of chronic disease.

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Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp)
National Institutes of Health/DHHS

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS:

National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces the availability of administrative supplements to meet increased costs that are within the scope of the approved award, but were unforeseen when the new or renewal application or grant progress report for non-competing continuation support was submitted. Although requests for administrative supplements may be submitted through this FOA, there is no guarantee that funds are available from the awarding IC or for any specific grant. All applicants are encouraged to discuss potential requests with the awarding IC. Additionally, prior to submission, applicants must review the awarding IC's web site to ensure they meet the IC's requirements.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) hereby notify Principal Investigators holding specific types of NIH research grants, listed in the full Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) that funds may be available for administrative supplements to meet increased costs that are within the scope of the approved award, but that were unforeseen when the new or renewal application or grant progress report for non-competing continuation support was submitted. Additional funds may be awarded as supplements to parent awards using the following Activity Code(s):

Administrative supplement requests must be submitted on paper for the following activity codes:

G12 Research Centers in Minority Institutions Award

P01 Research Program Projects

P20 Exploratory Grants

P30 Center Core Grants

P40 Animal (Mammalian and Nonmammalian) Model, and Animal and Biological Material Resource Grants

P41 Biotechnology Resource Grants

P50 Specialized Center

P51 Primate Research Center Grants

P60 Comprehensive Center

P2C Resource-Related Research Multi-Component Projects and Centers

PM1 Program Project or Center with Complex Structure

PN2 Research Development Center

S06 Research-Related Programs

U10 Cooperative Clinical Research - Cooperative Agreements

U19 Research Program - Cooperative Agreements

U41 Biotechnology Resource Cooperative Agreements

U42 Animal (Mammalian and Nonmammalian) Model, and Animal and Biological Materials Resource Cooperative Agreements

U45 Hazardous Waste Worker Health and Safety Training Cooperative Agreements

U54 Specialized Center- Cooperative Agreements

U56 Exploratory Grants - Cooperative Agreements

UC2 High Impact Research and Research Infrastructure Cooperative Agreement Programs

UC3 Biomedical Research, Development, and Growth to Spur the Acceleration of New Technologies (BRDG-SPAN) Cooperative Agreement Program

UC7 National Biocontainment Laboratory Operation Cooperative Agreement

UM1 Research Project with Complex Structure Cooperative Agreement

UM2 Program Project or Center with Complex Structure Cooperative Agreement

Administrative supplement requests may be submitted electronically for the following activity codes:

C06 Research Facilities Construction Grant

D43 International Training Grants in Epidemiology

D71 International Training Program Planning Grant

DP1 NIH Director's Pioneer Award (NDPA)

DP2 NIH Director's New Innovator Awards

DP3 Type 1 Diabetes Targeted Research Award

DP4 NIH Director's Pathfinder Award- Multi-Yr Funding

DP5 Early Independence Award

DP7 NIH Director's Workforce Innovation Award

F05 International Research Fellowships

F30 Individual Predoctoral NRSA for MD/PhD Fellowships

F31 Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Grant Award

F32 Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award

F33 National Research Service Awards for Senior Fellows

G08 Resources Project Grant (NLM)

G13 Health Sciences Publication Support Awards (NLM)

G20 Grants for Repair, Renovation and Modernization of Existing Research Facilities

K01 Research Scientist Development Award - Research & Training

K02 Research Scientist Development Award - Research

K05 Research Scientist Award

K06 Research Career Awards

K07 Academic/Teacher Award (ATA)

K08 Clinical Investigator Award (CIA)

K12 Physician Scientist Award (Program) (PSA)

K18 Career Enhancement Award

K22 Career Transition Award

K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award

K24 Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research

K25 Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award

K26 Midcareer Investigator Award in Biomedical and Behavioral Research

K99/R00 Career Transition Award/Research Transition Award

KL2 Mentored Career Development Award

KM1 Institutional Career Enhancement Awards

R01 Research Project Grant

R03 Small Grant Program

R13 Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings

R15 Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA)

R18 Research Demonstration and Disseminations Projects

R21 Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award

R21/R33 Phased Innovation Award

R24 Resource-Related Research Projects

R25 Education Projects

R33 Exploratory/Developmental Grants Phase II

R34 Clinical Trial Planning Grant Program

R36 Dissertation Award

R37 Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) Award

R41 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grant - Phase I only

R41/R42 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grant - Phase I, Phase II, and Fast-Track

R41/R42 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grant - Phase I and Phase II

R42 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grant - Phase II only

R43 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant - Phase I only

R43/R44 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant - Phase I, Phase II, and Fast-Track

R43/R44 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant - Phase I and Phase II

R44 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant - Phase II only

RC1 NIH Challenge Grants and Partnerships Program - Phase I

RC2 High Impact Research and Research Infrastructure Programs

RC3 Biomedical Research, Development, and Growth to Spur the Acceleration of New Technologies (BRDG-SPAN) Program

RC4 High Impact Research and Research Infrastructure Programs - Multi-Yr Funding

RM1 Research Project with Complex Structure

S07 Biomedical Research Support Grants

S10 Biomedical Research Support Shared Instrumentation Grants

S11 Minority Biomedical Research Support Thematic Project Grants

S21 Research and Institutional Resources Health Disparities Endowment Grants - Capacity Building

SC1 Research-Enhancement Award

SC2 Pilot Research Project

SC3 Research Continuance Award

T14 Conferences

T15 Continuing Education Training Grants

T32 Institutional National Research Service Award (NRSA)

T34 MARC Undergraduate NRSA Institutional Grants

T35 National Research Service Award (NRSA) Short -Term Research Training

T36 MARC Ancillary Training Activities Grant

T37 Minority International Research Training Grants

T42 Educational Resource Center Training Grants

T90/R90 Interdisciplinary Research Training Award/Interdisciplinary Regular Research Training Award

TL1 Linked Training Award

U01 Research Project - Cooperative Agreements

U13 Conferences Cooperative Agreements

U18 Research Demonstration - Cooperative Agreements

U2R International Training Cooperative Agreement

U24 Resource-Related Research Projects - Cooperative Agreements

U34 Clinical Planning Grant Cooperative Agreement

U44 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Cooperative Agreements - Phase II

UC4 High Impact Research and Research Infrastructure - Cooperative Agreement Programs

UH2 Exploratory/Developmental Cooperative Agreement Phase I

UH2/UH3 Phase Innovation Awards Cooperative Agreement

UH3 Exploratory/Developmental Cooperative Agreement Phase II

UL1 Linked Specialized Center Cooperative Agreement

UP5 Early Independence Award/Cooperative Agreement

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Innovation Grants to Nurture Initial Translational Efforts (IGNITE): Pharmacodynamics and In vivo Efficacy Studies for Small Molecules and Biologics/Biotechnology Products (R21/R33)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is June 16, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) invites applications to conduct pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and in vivo efficacy studies to demonstrate that proposed therapeutic agent(s) have sufficient biological activity to warrant further development to treat neurological disorders. Therapeutic agents may include but are not limited to small molecules, biologics or biotechnology-derived products. This FOA is part of a suite of Innovation Grants to Nurture Initial Translational Efforts (IGNITE) to advance projects to the point where they can meet the entry criteria for NINDS Cooperative Research to Enable and Advance Translational Enterprises program (CREATE) for biologics, biotechnology products, the Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network (BPN) for small molecules, or other translational program. This program will use the NIH R21/R33 Phased Innovation Award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This FOA is part of a suite of Innovation Grants to Nurture Initial Translational Efforts (IGNITE) to encourage the translation of research discoveries into new treatments for disorders that fall under the NINDS mission. This FOA provides funding to conduct pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and in vivo efficacy studies to demonstrate that proposed therapeutic agent(s) have sufficient biological activity to warrant further development to treat neurological disorders. Therapeutic agents may include but are not limited to small molecules, biologics or biotechnology-derived products. It is expected that upon completion, investigators will have strong evidence of target engagement and/or in vivo efficacy for selected therapeutic agent(s) that meet the entry criteria for the NINDS Cooperative Research to Enable or Advance Translational Enterprises program (CREATE) or the Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network (BPN).

This funding opportunity is intended to support projects with a strong biological rationale that includes: 1) evidence that the therapeutic agent(s) has the potential to be therapeutically viable, 2) evidence to support the robustness of the pharmacodynamic measures and/or efficacy models, 3) a description of the unmet need for the therapeutic agent(s), and 4) a clear justification for how the findings from these studies are relevant to treatments for disorders that are within the NINDS mission. Studies proposed must be part of a well-thought out and clearly defined therapeutic development plan.

This FOA uses the R21/R33 Phased Innovation Award mechanism. The R21 phase will support planning and preparation and the R33 phase will support execution of the pharmacodynamics and/or in vivo efficacy studies. Transition from the R21 to the R33 phase is contingent upon the successful completion of one set of proposed milestones. The specific milestones proposed in the application will depend on the entry stage, prior information on the therapeutic agent(s), and the goals of the application. The milestones should be clearly defined, quantifiable, and scientifically justified to allow the investigator and program staff to assess progress in the R21 phase.

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Novel Tools for Investigating Brain-derived GPCRs in Mental Health Research (R41/R42)
National Institute of Mental Health/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is April 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) invites applications for Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant applications from small business concerns (SBCs) that propose to develop technologies and approaches (i.e., novel ways to use new or existing technologies) that will enable researchers to study the structure and/or function of brain localized G-protein coupled receptor proteins (GPCRs) and/or potentially identify novel selective and specific agonists/antagonists to these receptor subtypes, with a focus on mental health function or dysfunction, including HIV-related neurocognitive disorders. Technologies and approaches aimed at known receptor subtypes or orphan receptors would be of potential interest to NIMH. This FOA will utilize the R41/R42 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grant - Phase I, Phase II, and Fast-Track applications.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to encourage small businesses to develop technologies and approaches (i.e., novel ways to use new or existing technologies) that will enable researchers to better study the dynamic structure and/or function of brain localized GPCRs and/or potentially identify novel selective and specific agonists/antagonists to these receptor subtypes, with a focus on mental health function or dysfunction. Technologies and approaches aimed at either known receptor subtypes or orphan receptors would be of potential interest to NIMH. Examples include, but are not limited to:

--Novel technologies and approaches to further elucidate the function of GPCRs and/or to identify selective agonists/antagonists may include one or more of the following: computational models, high throughput molecular or cell-based assays, behavioral models, high resolution molecular imaging techniques, novel crystallization strategies, novel technologies and/or approaches to increase the yield of GPCR protein, etc.

--Specific tool applications to: define structural relationships of GPCRs with small molecules, identify orphan GPCRs with mental health relevance, identify conformational changes in GPCRs, measure cell signaling, receptor purification, crystallization and/or 3-D structure identification, etc.

--Studies that may address a variety of mental health disorders including: schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, Tourette's syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder, autism spectrum disorders, HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders, etc.

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NIA Revision and Resubmission Program Project Applications (P01)
National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is May 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute on Aging (NIA) invites revision applications to ongoing NIA-supported program project (P01) awards and resubmissions of unfunded program project applications (including unfunded revision requests). The applications should address scientific areas relevant to the NIA mission. Revision applications should include expansion of (an) existing, or proposal of (a) new project or projects within a program project. Revision applications may not request support beyond the end date of the parent P01 award. This FOA will use the Program Project P01 award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

National Institute on Aging (NIA) invites (i) resubmitted applications for Program Project Grant (P01) awards and (ii) revision requests to active P01 awards in areas relevant to its mission. These include: genetic, biological, neuroscientific, clinical, behavioral, social, and economic research related to the aging process, diseases and conditions associated with aging, and other special problems and needs of older Americans. The proposed topic must both be related to the current focus of the funded research and be relevant to the mission of NIA. The revision may propose to expand existing projects or create new projects within the existing P01. However, NIA will not accept applications that are proposed to expand existing cores or to create new cores, with no changes to projects.

Program project awards represent synergistic research programs that are designed to achieve results that cannot be attained by investigators working independently. They consist of at least three projects and an administrative core all of which are active through all years of the program project. The Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) of the program project t must serve as the lead of at least one project and the Administrative Core.

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NIH NIAID Indo-U.S. Vaccine Action Program (VAP) Small Research Grant Program (R03) PA-13-179
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Standard R03 small grant deadlines: June 16, Oct. 16; Standard AIDS-related deadlines: May 7, Sept. 7, Jan. 7; Expiration date: May 8, 2016

Applications are encouraged from organizations/institutions that propose to conduct vaccine-related research through U.S.-Indo collaborations on the following: dengue, influenza (including avian influenza), malaria, enteric diseases, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis. Basic, translational, clinical, or epidemiological vaccine research may be proposed. 

Only U.S. and India Organizations are eligible to apply. 

Eligibility: faculty with PI eligibility and CE faculty (with an approved CE Faculty PI waiver)

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NIH NIAID International Research in Infectious Diseases, including AIDS (R01) (PAR-14-080)

Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): May 22, 2014; May 22, 2015; May 20, 2016 AIDS Date: August 22, 2014; August 21, 2015; August 19, 2016

Eligibility:  This FOA will accept applications from organizations/institutions in eligible foreign countries that propose research related to infectious diseases that are of interest/importance to that country. 

Collaborative projects involving investigators and institutions from international sites and the U.S. are particularly encouraged; however, a U.S. partner is not required. 

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Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities (R21)
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is January 7, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

NIH participating Institutes and Centers invite applications for behavioral and social science research on the causes and solutions to health and disabilities disparities in the U. S. population. Health disparities between, on the one hand, racial/ethnic populations, lower socioeconomic classes, and rural residents and, on the other hand, the overall U.S. population are major public health concerns. Emphasis is placed on research in and among three broad areas of action: 1) public policy, 2) health care, and 3) disease/disability prevention. Particular attention is given to reducing "health gaps" among groups. Applications that utilize an interdisciplinary approach, investigate multiple levels of analysis, incorporate a life-course perspective, and/or employ innovative methods such as systems science or community-based participatory research are particularly encouraged. This program will use the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) grant mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

NIH issues this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to encourage research project grant applications (R21) employing behavioral and social science theories, concepts, and methods (1) to improve understanding of the causes of disparities in health and disability among the various populations of the United States and (2) to develop and test interventions for reducing and eventually eliminating health disparities. The goal is to move beyond documenting the existence of health and disability disparities to addressing causes and solutions.

This announcement calls for research to address and to improve understanding of the causes of health disparities. In so doing, the announcement stresses the explicit employment of concepts and models from the behavioral and social sciences to guide applications in basic social and behavioral, and applied social and behavioral research by focusing on three action areas: public policy, health care, and disease/disability prevention. It emphasizes (1) basic social and behavioral research -- acting with or through biological -- pathways that give rise to disparities in health and (2) applied or translational research on the development, testing, adaptation, and delivery of interventions to reduce disparities. It encourages a multi-level analytic framework (i.e., ranging from individuals to societies) in investigating public health issues and their interactions (e.g., multiple morbidities rather than single illnesses) as well as attention to risk factors or causal processes common to various health conditions (e.g., smoking, diet, exercise, environmental risk, and access to health care).

Moreover, this announcement encourages research on the causes of and solutions to the "health differences" between a focus-population group and a reference-population group. By definition, health disparities refer to the health of a group in comparison to that of other groups. Although improving the absolute level of a group's health is a laudable goal, it may not result in changing the group's relative level of health. The reference population's health might also improve, thereby maintaining or widening the gap. The study of a single population group, in order to elucidate the circumstances that may contribute to health disparities or to test an intervention targeting a particular group, may be included under this announcement; however, the relevance to disparities must be addressed explicitly.

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Systems Science and Health in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R01)
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research/NIH/DHHS

LOI due 30 days prior to application due date
Standard dates apply. Next deadline is February 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its participating Institutes and Centers invite applications to increase the breadth and scope of topics that can be addressed with systems science methodologies. This FOA calls for research projects that are applied and/or basic in nature (including methodological and measurement development), have a human behavioral and/or social science focus, and employ methodologies suited to addressing the complexity inherent in behavioral and social phenomena, referred to as systems science methodologies. Additionally, this FOA seeks to promote interdisciplinary collaboration among health researchers and experts in computational approaches to further the development of modeling- and simulation-based systems science methodologies and their application to important public health challenges. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This FOA encourages R01 applications that apply system science approaches such as system dynamic modeling, agent-based modeling, social network analysis, discrete event analysis, and Markov modeling to better understand complex and dynamic behavioral and social sciences processes and problems relevant to health. Research projects applicable to this FOA are those that are either applied or basic in nature (including methodological development), have a human behavioral and/or social science focus, and employ systems science methodologies, a suite of methods suited to addressing the complexity inherent in behavioral and social phenomena.

This FOA is intended to increase the breadth and scope of topics that can be addressed with systems science methodologies. This FOA calls for research projects that are applied and/or basic in nature (including methodological and measurement development), have a human behavioral and/or social science focus, and employ methodologies suited to addressing the complexity inherent in behavioral and social phenomena, referred to as systems science methodologies. Additionally, this FOA seeks to promote interdisciplinary collaboration among health researchers and experts in computational approaches to further the development of modeling- and simulation-based systems science methodologies and their application to important public health challenges.

Systems science methodologies are specific methodological approaches that have been developed to understand connections between a system's structure and its behavior over time. "Systems science methodologies" is an umbrella term that refers to a variety of such methodologies including, but not limited to, agent-based modeling, microsimulation, system dynamics modeling, network analysis, discrete event analysis, Markov modeling, control systems engineering and related engineering methods, and a variety of other dynamic and computational modeling and simulation approaches.

A system, in this context, refers to the particular configuration of all relevant entities, resources, and processes that together adequately characterize the problem space under study (i.e., a system is defined by the boundaries that stakeholders use to determine which acts/observations are relevant for their inquiry as well as the interpretations/judgments that they use to guide decisions or actions). Systems science methodologies are valued for their ability to address the complexity inherent in behavioral and social phenomena. For example, these approaches excel at identifying non-linear relationships, bi-directional feedback loops, time delayed effects, emergent properties of the system, and oscillating system behavior. Examples of research topics encouraged under this FOA include, but are not limited to, those listed below:

NCI is interested in research projects that address the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.

NIA supports genetic, biological, clinical, behavioral, social, and economic research related to the aging process and the life course, diseases and conditions associated with aging, and other special problems and needs of older Americans.

NIAAA conducts and supports research in a wide range of scientific areas including genetics, neuroscience, epidemiology, health risks and benefits of alcohol consumption, prevention, and treatment.

NIBIB is dedicated to improving health by leading the development and accelerating the application of biomedical technologies http://www.nibib.nih.gov/About. The Institute is committed to integrating the physical and engineering sciences with the life sciences to advance basic research and medical care. This is achieved through: research and development of new biomedical imaging and bioengineering techniques and devices to fundamentally improve the detection, treatment, and prevention of disease; enhancing existing imaging and bioengineering modalities; supporting related research in the physical and mathematical sciences; encouraging research and development in multidisciplinary areas; supporting studies to assess the effectiveness and outcomes of new biologics, materials, processes, devices, and procedures; developing technologies for early disease detection and assessment of health status; and developing advanced imaging and engineering techniques for conducting biomedical research at multiple analytic scales.

NICHD is interested in basic and applied research on models of behavioral and social processes associated with health, disability, and developmental outcomes from pre-conception to adulthood.

NIDCR supports research that examines community characteristics, the organization of health care systems, and the social contexts that contribute to oral health. Many of the opportunities for improving oral health lie in achieving behavioral, lifestyle and social changes--objectives that are shared with many other scientific areas. The NIDCR supports systems science projects that explain the determinants of and/or methodologies to improve dental, oral, and craniofacial health.

NIEHS supports research that spans the range from basic mechanistic research, research involving laboratory animal models and systems, to clinical and epidemiologic studies using human subjects (see http://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/supported/index.cfm). NIEHS is particularly interested in projects that address complex, multi-faceted problems related to how environmental pollutants impact human health. Projects should involve environmental scientists and test scientific questions and/or develop simulations models to examine how environmental exposures (physical, chemical, and biological) interact with social and behavioral conditions to influence the development and progression of human disease. The ultimate goal of this research should be to generate knowledge that can inform the development and prioritization of environmental policies, interventions, and programs that are designed to promote healthier lives.

NIMH supports research to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic, translational, clinical, and services research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

NINR is interested in research projects that promote and improve the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations. The Institute supports and conducts clinical and basic research and research training on health and illness across the lifespan to build the scientific foundation for clinical practice, prevent disease and disability, manage and eliminate symptoms caused by illness, and improve palliative and end-of-life care.

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Exploratory Clinical Trials of Mind and Body Interventions for NCCAM High Priority Research Topics (R34)
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is February 10, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) invites applications for early phase clinical trials of mind and body approaches for conditions that have been identified by NCCAM as high priority research topics. This funding opportunity is intended to support exploratory clinical trials, which will provide data that are critical for the planning and design of a subsequent controlled cohort study, clinical efficacy or effectiveness study, or a pragmatic trial. The data collected should be used to fill gaps in scientific knowledge necessary to develop a competitive full-scale clinical trial. This FOA is not appropriate for support of randomized clinical trials to test or determine efficacy or effectiveness. Applications that propose solely to write a protocol or manual of operations or to develop infrastructure for a clinical trial are not appropriate for this announcement. The subsequent larger trial should have the potential to make a significant impact on public health. This FOA will use the NIH R34 Planning Grant award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The goal of this FOA is to provide support to investigators for such early phase clinical trials on mind and body approaches that have been identified as priority areas of research for NCCAM (see below). Applicants are encouraged to submit R34 grant applications that focus on exploratory clinical trials of mind and body approaches, using a variety of study designs (e.g., intervention refinement, feasibility testing, or assessing acceptability and adherence to various doses of the intervention).

Mind and body interventions are widely used by the public. They are increasingly recognized to meet the need for non-pharmacological approaches to the management of common troublesome symptoms refractory to standard care such as pain. Since its establishment as a Center at the National Institutes of Health, NCCAM has supported a strong portfolio of meritorious investigator-initiated projects on mind and body interventions for specific indications. These studies have yielded evidence that, for certain indications, mind and body approaches show promise and a beneficial risk/benefit ratio. Nevertheless, although a number of systematic reviews support the inference of benefit, the small size and variability of these studies has limited the ability to combine data for meta-analyses and to develop the definitive evidence-base.

There is a critical need for research studies to evaluate these practices as they are used and delivered to determine whether or not they provide benefit, as the public believes, or if they have any deleterious side effects. For larger trials to be impactful, they must be well designed and test hypotheses that will guide decisions about their inclusion into the delivery of health care. A series of early-phase clinical trials can be conducted to gather the multiple types of preliminary data needed to design large and rigorous efficacy and effectiveness studies. This FOA will support early-phase clinical trials in the area of mind and body research.

As NCCAM's mind and body clinical research portfolio matures, NCCAM is identifying targeted areas of investigation for complementary health approaches as part of the clinical research program. There are many areas of research with scientific promise and potential. However, for this funding opportunity applications will be considered of high programmatic priority if they meet the following two criteria:

The mind and body or integrated approach must include one or more of the following: spinal manipulation, mobilization, massage, tai chi, qi gong, yoga, acupuncture, hypnosis, guided imagery, light therapy, breathing activity, progressive relaxation, meditation, biofeedback, or mindfulness techniques. Integrated approaches to care could include one or more of these complementary health approaches added to standard care or other interventions such as a natural product, pharmacological approach, and/or another conventional behavioral approach (e.g. health coaching, physical activity or nutritional recommendations).

In addition, proposed projects must study a mind and body or integrated approach for one of the following high priority topic areas: symptom management, particularly for chronic pain syndromes; reduction of prescription drug (opioid) use or abuse in patients with chronic pain; medication adherence; post-traumatic stress (disorder); traumatic brain injury; sleep disorders or disturbances; anxiety; depression; promotion of psychological resilience; weight loss and weight loss maintenance; smoking cessation; and promotion of healthy eating and physical activity.

In view of the preliminary work required to initiate research activity for exploratory clinical testing of mind and body interventions, this NCCAM R34 can provide support for an early administrative period of the award, prior to implementation of the preliminary clinical trial. This early administrative period of the award can be up to 12 months in length and could include support for, but is not limited to, developing tools for data management and clinical safety oversight (including the Data and Safety Monitoring Plan [DSMP]), finalizing the clinical protocol and informed consent documents, developing the manual of operations/procedures, and obtaining appropriate regulatory approvals (e.g., IRB, FDA). Investigators are encouraged to review the NCCAM Clinical Research Toolbox (http://nccam.nih.gov/grants/toolbox) to learn more about NCCAM's requirements for clinical trials. Successful achievement during the early administrative period will be a requirement for initiating clinical testing and continued support of the project.

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Cutting-Edge Basic Research Awards (CEBRA) (R21)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

August 20, 2015; December 18, 2015; August 19, 2016; December 20, 2016; August 18, 2017; and December 20, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization

SYNOPSIS: 

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 drug abuse and addiction and how to prevent and treat them. It supports research that is high-risk and potentially high-impact that is underrepresented or not included in NIDA's current portfolio. The proposed research should: (1) test a highly novel and significant hypothesis for which there are scant precedent or preliminary data and which, if confirmed, would have a substantial impact on current thinking; and/or (2) develop or adapt innovative techniques or methods for addiction research, or that have promising future applicability to drug abuse research.  

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Basic science discoveries have consistently been the basis for many major advances in both clinical and applied drug abuse research and have contributed to the development and implementation of successful treatment strategies for drug addiction and pain. Pharmacological, neurobiological, behavioral, cell biological and genetic research has provided insight into questions such as how drugs of abuse exert their actions on the brain and other organs to produce addiction. Systems neurobiological, behavioral and cognitive studies have shown how drugs of abuse affect behavior and information processing in the brain, and they have elucidated the normal behavioral and neurobiological processes that are "hijacked" by drugs of abuse.  They have also helped us understand motivational aspects of drug use and other behaviors, emotional regulation, and decision-making processes. Basic research has also led to the discovery of new targets for medications, non-addictive treatments for pain, the development of new technologies that enhance prevention and treatment programs for drug addiction, and new approaches for statistical analysis of epidemiological and clinical trials data. Basic research to establish new animal models and new methods to synthesize small molecules and immunotherapies has supported the development of new medications to treat addiction. Basic research has also addressed how abused substances interact with viral infections such as HIV, HBV, and HCV. In addition, new technologies and approaches, such as nanobiology, bioengineering, epigenetics, computational science, and imaging methods, have had a significant impact on cutting-edge research as they have emerged. However, there is still a need to increase our understanding of drug abuse and related disorders through basic research in all these areas in order to develop effective treatment and prevention interventions to alleviate the pain and devastation of addiction.

The goal of NIDA's CEBRA program is to accelerate the pace of discoveries that can advance addiction research by encouraging scientifically sound applications that focus on innovation. The CEBRA seeks to encourage researchers to explore new approaches, test imaginative new ideas, and challenge existing paradigms in drug addiction research in both humans and animal models. The CEBRA program will support high-risk, high impact research that either: (1) tests a highly novel and significant hypothesis for which there are scant precedent or preliminary data and which, if confirmed, would have a substantial impact on current thinking; or (2) develops or adapts innovative techniques or methods for addiction research, or of potential future use in addiction research.

 

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Arts-Based Approaches in Palliative Care for Symptom Management (R01)
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is February 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its participating Institutes and Centers invite applications for mechanistic clinical studies aimed at understanding the impact of arts-based approaches in palliative care for symptom management. This FOA is intended to support mechanistic clinical studies to provide an evidence base for the use of the arts in palliative care for symptom management. The objective is to understand the biological, physiological, neurological, psychological, and/or sociological mechanisms by which the arts exert their effects on symptom management during and throughout the palliative care continuum. The goal is for the research supported under this FOA to develop an evidence-base that could be used as a basis for the uptake of arts-based therapies in palliative care settings, among individuals across the lifespan, with a wide variety of serious chronic conditions and their accompanying symptoms. This FOA is not intended to determine efficacy or the comparative effectiveness of interventions, or to assess interventions designed to treat the underlying cause of a particular disease state. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

This FOA is intended to foster research on the potential for arts-based approaches to enhance palliative care for individuals living with multiple symptoms related to serious chronic or terminal illness. The objective is to encourage research to determine how the specific arts intervention might be working mechanistically in managing or ameliorating patients' serious chronic symptoms related to quality of life (QoL). Mechanism refers to the biological, physiological, neurological, psychological, and/or sociological manner by which the arts exert its purported effect(s) on selected outcomes. Also of interest is the comparison of differences in mechanisms in male and female sample populations. The term "arts" refers not only to artistic activities, but also to creative activities, such as literature, rituals, oral histories, storytelling, etc. The intent of palliative care is multifaceted and includes relieving the myriad of disease-related symptoms (such as pain), mitigating the impact of co-morbidities, and enabling a positive influence on the course of illness. Palliative care integrates and coordinates the emotional, psychological, social, and physical aspects of care with a focus on enhanced QoL. Throughout the course of illness, a team approach composed of a variety of practitioners is used to achieve this end - to prevent suffering by managing stressful clinical complications and improving the patient's sense of well-being.

NIH encourages applications to this FOA that also address health disparities, symptom management in patients with HIV/AIDS, evaluate the use of the arts in under-represented individuals/groups, focus on the caregivers of individuals who receive palliative care, and utilize special populations such as older adults, children, women, individuals in the military, or veterans. Also of interest is the comparison of male and female sample populations with respect to mechanistic outcomes. Of particular interest is research which will increase the understanding of sex and gender differences, as well as sex and gender factors in health and disease, to support implementation of the NIH Strategic Plan for Women's Health Research (http://orwh.od.nih.gov/research/strategicplan/index.asp).

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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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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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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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Perception, Action & Cognition
Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences / NSF

Full proposal window: July 15, 2015 - August 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

Supports research on perception, action and cognition. Emphasis is on research strongly grounded in theory. Central research topics for consideration by the Perception, Action, and Cognition panel include vision, audition, haptics, attention, memory, reasoning, written and spoken discourse, and motor control. The program encompasses a wide range of theoretical perspectives, such as symbolic computation, connectionism, ecological, nonlinear dynamics, and complex systems, and a variety of methodologies including both experimental studies and modeling. The PAC program is open to co-review of proposals submitted to other programs (e.g., Linguistics, Developmental and Learning Sciences, Cognitive Neuroscience, etc). Proposals may involve clinical populations, animals, or computational modeling only if the work has direct impact on basic issues of human perception, action, or cognition.

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Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences, Division of Social and Economic Sciences / NSF

August 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Science, Technology, and Society (STS) program supports research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate the intellectual, material, and social facets of the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines. It encompasses a broad spectrum of STS topics including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues that are closely related to STEM disciplines, including medical science.

The program's review process is approximately six months. It includes appraisal of proposals by ad hoc reviewers selected for their expertise and by an advisory panel that meets twice a year. The deadlines for the submission of proposals are February 2nd for proposals to be funded as early as July, and August 3rd for proposals to be funded in or after January. There is one exception: Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant proposals will have only one deadline per year, August 3rd.

The Program encourages potential investigators with questions as to whether their proposal fits the goals of the program to contact one of the program officers.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

STS is an interdisciplinary field that investigates topics relating to the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines, including medical science. STS research uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate STEM theory and practice with regards to history and socio-cultural formation, philosophical underpinnings, and impacts of science and technology on quality of life, culture, and society. STS researchers strive to understand how STEM fields contribute to the development and use of systems of knowledge, the production and use of materials and devices, the co-evolution of socio-technical systems and their governance, and the place of science and technology in the modern world.

STS research focuses on the intellectual, material, and social facets of STEM. Such research endeavors to understand how scientific knowledge is produced and sanctioned, and how it is challenged and changes. It explores broader societal ramifications and underlying presuppositions. STS research studies how materials, devices, and techniques are designed and developed; how and by whom they are diffused, used, adapted, and rejected; how they are affected by social and cultural environments; and how they influence quality of life, culture, and society. STS research explores how socio-cultural values are embedded in science and technology, and how issues of governance and equity co-evolve with the development and use of scientific knowledge and technological artifacts.

STS researchers make use of methods from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, communication studies, history, philosophy, political science, and sociology. STS research includes interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues. STS studies may be empirical or conceptual.

The STS program supports proposals across the broad spectrum of STS research areas, topics, and approaches. Examples include, but are by no means limited to:

  1. Societal aspects of emerging high-tech technologies (e.g., nanotechnology, synthetic biology, neuroscience, robotics, drones, ubiquitous computing, crowd sourcing, remote-sensing)
  2. Societal aspects of emerging low-tech technologies (e.g., paper microscopes; whirlwind wheel chairs)
  3. Issues relating to equity, ethics, governance, sustainability, public engagement, user-centeredness, and inclusiveness.
  4. Integration of traditional STS approaches with innovative perspectives from the arts or humanities.
  5. Ethical, policy, and cultural issues regarding big data, surveillance and privacy in an increasingly networked world, and
  6. The science of broadening participation in STEM disciplines.

Effective STS proposals will clearly present the research questions, describe and explain the suitability of the methods to be used to address those questions, and provide a detailed work plan with a timeline that demonstrates adequate resources and access to any required data. If the plan involves research at archives, working in specific labs, or engaging with pertinent community groups, it is important to provide evidence of access and to indicate the specific questions to be asked or addressed. If the plan involves surveys, the proposal should discuss sample selection and survey design and content. Similar advice pertains for other modes of STS research involving focus groups, ethnographies, modeling, conceptual analysis, and so forth. Effective proposals suitably situate the proposed project in pertinent STS literatures, issues, and conceptual or theoretical frameworks, and articulate how the results of the proposed project would serve to advance STS, or subfields thereof.

Finally, successful proposals make a strong case for broader impacts. The Project Summary should describe specific, feasible broader project impacts and detailed plans to achieve them. A work plan for maximizing potential broader impacts and dissemination of results to multiple audiences including stakeholders and the public should be included in the Project Description. PIs are encouraged to engage in new modes of disseminating results broadly, not just to academics, but to stakeholders and the general public.

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Dear Colleague Letter: Recompetition of Operations and Management of NSF-supported Facilities to Succeed the GAGE and SAGE Facilities
The Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) / NSF

August 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

Dear Colleague:

The Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) in the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) currently supports two large multi-user facilities -- the Geodesy Advancing Geosciences and EarthScope (GAGE) Facilityand the Seismological Facilities for the Advancement of Geosciences and EarthScope (SAGE) -- that provide geodetic, seismic, and related geophysical instrumentation, data, and educational capabilities to a wide range of EAR-supported communities. NSF is preparing for a competition for future Cooperative Agreement(s) to support management and operations of one or more facilities to provide geodetic, seismic, and/or related geophysical capabilities following expiration of the current GAGE and SAGE cooperative agreements. The planned competition is the second stage in a two-stage integration and recompetition process that NSF developed, presented to the National Science Board (NSB), and described to the community in 2009 (Dear Colleague Letter NSF 10-021).

The planned competition will be held via an open, merit-based, external peer-review process consistent with the NSF Grant Proposal Guide and the NSB Resolution on Competition and Recompetition of NSF Awards (NSB-08-12). EAR is currently preparing the program solicitation for this competition, which is expected to lead to one or more cooperative agreement(s) for one or more facilities following the end of the current GAGE and SAGE cooperative agreements on 30 September 2018.

This letter provides general information regarding the upcoming competition and invites interested members of the community to contact designated NSF representatives to provide information those community members believe is important for the planned competition.

The competition for management and operation of a facility or facilities to provide geodetic, seismic, and/or related geophysical capabilities will be open to U.S. universities, colleges, and other non-profit, non-academic organizations, and any industrial firm operating as an autonomous organization or as an identifiable, separately operating unit of a parent organization. Consortia may include international partnerships; NSF would expect the U.S. organization to be the lead organization.

Any facility or facilities resulting from the planned competition must be managed in the public interest with objectivity and independence, free from organizational conflicts of interest, and with full disclosure of its affairs to NSF. The NSF will have overall responsibility for oversight of award(s), including technical, programmatic, financial, and administrative performance. NSF anticipates that periodic programmatic and business systems reviews would be conducted.

The range of geodetic, seismic, and/or related geophysical capabilities for which proposals will be requested has not yet been fully defined, and will depend partially on community input. However, the current capabilities comprising GAGE and SAGE may serve as a preliminary guide for the possible range of facility capabilities for which proposals may be sought via the planned competition.

GAGE comprises a distributed, multi-user, national facility for the development, deployment, and operational support of modern geodetic and related geophysical instrumentation to serve national goals in basic research and education in the Earth sciences. GAGE also plays a significant role in providing geodetic infrastructure support to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) investigators, the international community, and commercial surveyors and engineering firms, all of whom use geodetic data from GAGE to support precise positioning for an increasingly wide range of uses.

SAGE comprises a distributed, multi-user, national facility for the development, deployment, and operational support of modern digital seismic and related geophysical instrumentation to serve national goals in basic research and education in the Earth sciences, global real-time earthquake monitoring, and nuclear test ban verification. SAGE also supports activities undertaken by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in global earthquake, volcano, and tsunami monitoring and warning.

In summary, GAGE and SAGE currently provide:

  • Global and regional networks of continuously operating geodetic, seismic, and related geophysical instrumentation;
  • Pools of portable seismic, geodetic, and related geophysical instrumentation primarily for use by NSF-funded investigators for targeted research projects;
  • Systems for archiving, managing, and distributing large volumes of diverse geophysical data; and
  • Education and outreach materials and capabilities for a wide range of audiences.

GAGE is currently managed by UNAVCO (www.unavco.org), and SAGE is currently managed by the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS; www.iris.edu). Each facility is managed under a cooperative agreement with NSF that began 1 October 2013 and is anticipated to end 30 September 2018. NSB has authorized maximum five-year total funding of $92M for GAGE and $152M for SAGE.

NSF anticipates that the awardee organization(s) will work closely with stakeholders to ensure that, within available resources, any facility or facilities resulting from the planned competition would support, sustain, and advance frontier world-class research and education. Those stakeholders include NSF; researchers and educators that can benefit from geodetic, seismic, and/or related geophysical capabilities currently provided via GAGE and SAGE; and our Federal agency partners. Awardee(s) would be expected to meet the highest standards for service to the scientific community and to demonstrate proactive and effective approaches to performance management. Awardee(s) would be expected to ensure that such a facility operates/such facilities operate with integrity and transparency while maintaining high-quality and responsive administration and management.

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 intends to follow this general schedule:

  • 1 August 2015: Deadline for submission to NSF of written comments on desired capabilities for future facility or facilities resulting from the planned competition. NSF will consider comments received by this date when developing the final solicitation for this anticipated competition. Comments should be submitted as a PDF document not to exceed 2 pages in length, sent as an attachment to an email to the Primary Contacts listed below. NSF does not intend to respond directly to any specific written submission. NSF will also consider community input from workshop reports and other relevant documents.
  • First quarter of calendar year 2016: Release of program solicitation. The solicitation will specify program guidelines and proposal requirements, including eligibility and budgetary information, review criteria, exceptions to NSF Grant Proposal Guide proposal preparation instructions, and other information that may be useful to proposing organizations. Also provided as part of the solicitation will be descriptions of the scope of the program, the physical and intellectual property, the expected level of service and expertise, and the nature of international agreements, property arrangements and leases, labor agreements, etc. This information will be provided in a fashion designed to ensure equal access by all proposers.
  • December 2016: Anticipated due date for full proposals in response to the planned solicitation.

NSF anticipates that any award recommendation(s) made following the merit review of proposals submitted under the expected solicitation would require NSB approval. NSF further anticipates that successful proposer(s), if any, would be contacted for award negotiation beginning within the first half of calendar year 2018, and that any resulting award(s) would commence on or before 1 October 2018.

All inquiries regarding this Dear Colleague Letter and the anticipated competition should be directed in email to the Primary Contacts listed below. NSF will consider requests for individual meetings with NSF from eligible organizations interested in this anticipated competition. At such meetings, interested organizations may request clarification of general aspects of the competition or identify to NSF any information needed for proposal preparation; however, the program solicitation and any accompanying Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) shall serve as the ultimate reference. Any such requests should be submitted via email to the Primary Contacts.

Greg Anderson, Program Director, EAR-Instrumentation and Facilities/SAGE, greander@nsf.gov
Russell Kelz, Program Director, EAR-Instrumentation and Facilities/GAGE, rkelz@nsf.gov

Sincerely,

Carol D. Frost
Director
Division of Earth Sciences
National Science Foundation

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Division of Environmental Biology (core programs) (DEB)
Directorate for Biological Sciences & Division of Environmental Biology

LOI due January 23, 2015
Full submission due August 2, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) supports fundamental research on populations, species, communities, and ecosystems. Scientific emphases range across many evolutionary and ecological patterns and processes at all spatial and temporal scales. Areas of research include biodiversity, phylogenetic systematics, molecular evolution, life history evolution, natural selection, ecology, biogeography, ecosystem structure, function and services, conservation biology, global change, and biogeochemical cycles. Research on organismal origins, functions, relationships, interactions, and evolutionary history may incorporate field, laboratory, or collection-based approaches; observational or manipulative experiments; synthesis activities; as well as theoretical approaches involving analytical, statistical, or computational modeling.

 

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Division of Environmental Biology (core programs) (DEB)
Division of Environmental Biology / NSF

August 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) supports fundamental research on populations, species, communities, and ecosystems. Scientific emphases range across many evolutionary and ecological patterns and processes at all spatial and temporal scales. Areas of research include biodiversity, phylogenetic systematics, molecular evolution, life history evolution, natural selection, ecology, biogeography, ecosystem structure, function and services, conservation biology, global change, and biogeochemical cycles. Research on organismal origins, functions, relationships, interactions, and evolutionary history may incorporate field, laboratory, or collection-based approaches; observational or manipulative experiments; synthesis activities; as well as theoretical approaches involving analytical, statistical, or computational modeling.

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Law & Social Sciences (LSS)
Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences, Division of Social and Economic Sciences / NSF

August 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Law & Social Sciences Program considers proposals that address social scientific studies of law and law-like systems of rules. The Program is inherently interdisciplinary and multi-methodological. Successful proposals describe research that advances scientific theory and understanding of the connections between law or legal processes and human behavior. Social scientific studies of law often approach law as dynamic, made in multiple arenas, with the participation of multiple actors. Fields of study include many disciplines, and often address problems including though not limited to:

  1. Crime, Violence and Punishment
  2. Economic Issues
  3. Governance
  4. Legal Decision Making
  5. Legal Mobilization and Conceptions of Justice
  6. Litigation and the Legal Profession

LSS provides the following modes of support:

  1. Standard Research Grants and Grants for Collaborative Research
  2. Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
  3. Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowships
  4. Workshop and Conference Awards

LSS also participates in a number of specialized funding opportunities through NSF's crosscutting and cross-directorate activities, including, for example:

  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
  • Research at Undergraduate Institutions (RUI)
  • Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID)
  • Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER)

For information about these and other programs, please visit the Cross-cutting and NSF-wide Active Funding Opportunities homepage.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Law & Social Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation supports social scientific studies of law and law-like systems of rules. Successful proposals describe research that advances scientific theory and understanding of the connections between law or legal processes and human behavior. The Law & Social Sciences Program funds the best proposals submitted within the field broadly defined, regardless of specific subfield, and strives to support an interdisciplinary community of scholars studying relevant topics.

Social scientific studies of law often approach law as dynamic, made in multiple arenas, with the participation of multiple actors. Scholars study mobilization, the creation and implementation of law, and the meanings of rules or laws to both individuals and institutions. The Program considers proposals that examine historical, social, cultural and policy-related questions that arise concerning law, and invites proposals relying upon qualitative and/or quantitative methods. The Program also considers and funds proposals from many different disciplines, including anthropology, communication, criminology, economics, legal scholarship, political science, public policy, psychology, and sociology. The sites for the study of law are multiple and may include appellate and trial courts; domestic and international regulatory offices; federal, state, and local law enforcement; and the variety of settings in which organizations deploy law. Proposals are welcome that address legal processes that extend beyond any single nation, as well as about how local and national legal institutions, systems, and cultures engage transnational or international phenomena.

The Law & Social Sciences Program has funded research on a wide variety of topics relevant to social science and legal scholars. The themes identified below are representative of previous awards from the Law & Social Sciences Program, but do not constitute an exclusive listing of relevant topics. Scholars conducting research in social science related to law (broadly defined) that are outside or beyond these major themes are also encouraged to apply for funding.

Crime, Violence, and Punishment: Research develops theories of crime and methods of crime control based upon social science theories. It examines the etiology of violence in the context of domestic criminal behavior, terrorism, and cross-national conflict.

Economic Issues: Research explores the significance of property rules or contracts in legal disputes, claims in social welfare states, and the role of law in labor and migration policies.

Governance: Research examines the deployment of law, including conceptions of what counts as law both cross-nationally and over time. Inquiry in this area addresses how rules have been understood, and the varying format that governing takes in local, regional, national and transnational settings.

Legal Decision Making: Research examines how people and institutions make decisions in the context of particular rules or statutes, and the values revealed in those decisions concerning pressing public issues or criminal justice processes. Research also examines how law is interpreted and reinterpreted by individuals, and how expectations concerning the law influence how people claim rights and responsibilities.

Legal Mobilization and Conceptions of Justice: Research assesses how and when people understand their challenges as legal problems, how individuals choose among systems to pursue justice (e.g., family, communities, non-profit organizations, or state actors), how individuals or groups access justice systems (as well as various equity issues that arise in mobilizing justice), and how well individuals and groups understand justice.

Litigation and Legal Professions: Research addresses the mutual constitution of the legal professions and the world in which they work, and assesses the influence of these professions on public policies and practices. Research also investigates the various forms of litigation and legal services available to people, professionals' understanding of their ethics and responsibility, and issues regarding equity in participation in the profession.

These topics are meant to be illustrative. The Law & Social Sciences Program welcomes all scholarship that advances social scientific understandings of law.

Research can use a variety of methods, including ethnography, analysis of documents, interviews, case studies, surveys, quasi-experimental and experimental approaches, network analysis, and content analysis, or a combination thereof. The methods should be appropriate to the research questions.

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Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB)
Division of Environmental Biology / NSF

August 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) Program supports the generation of extended time series of data to address important questions in evolutionary biology, ecology, and ecosystem science. Research areas include, but are not limited to, the effects of natural selection or other evolutionary processes on populations, communities, or ecosystems; the effects of interspecific interactions that vary over time and space; population or community dynamics for organisms that have extended life spans and long turnover times; feedbacks between ecological and evolutionary processes; pools of materials such as nutrients in soils that turn over at intermediate to longer time scales; and external forcing functions such as climatic cycles that operate over long return intervals.

The Program intends to support decadal projects. Funding for an initial, 5-year period requires submission of a preliminary proposal and, if invited, submission of a full proposal that includes a 15-page project description. Proposals for the second five years of support (renewal proposals) are limited to an eight-page project description and do not require a preliminary proposal.

Continuation of an LTREB project beyond an initial ten year award will require submission of a new preliminary proposal that presents a new decadal research plan.

Successful LTREB proposals address three essential components:

A Decadal Research Plan that clearly articulates important questions that cannot be addressed with data that have already been collected, but could be answered if ten additional years of data were collected. This plan is not a research timeline or management plan. It is a concise justification for ten additional years of support in order to advance understanding of key concepts, questions, or theories in environmental biology.

Core Data: LTREB proposals require that the author has studied a particular phenomenon or process for at least six years up to the present or for long enough to generate a contemporary time series that contains six data points. These data constitute Core Data on which the new project should be based, and analysis of these data should generate new questions, on the same phenomenon or process, that provide the focus of the LTREB project.

A Plan for Data Management and Dissemination that details information management and plans for data sharing with the broader research community and the interested public. Data from long-term research projects have value beyond the peer-reviewed and other publications generated by the investigators collecting the data.

Specific review criteria for LTREB proposals and renewals are explained in Section VI of the current program solicitation. Prospective applicants are advised to read this solicitation carefully.

All proposals submitted to the LTREB program are co-reviewed by participating Clusters in the Division of Environmental Biology: Ecosystem Science, Population and Community Ecology, and Evolutionary Processes. Proposals must address topics supported by these programs. Researchers who are uncertain about the suitability of their project for the LTREB Program are encouraged to contact the cognizant program director.

Beginning in January 2014, the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) will no longer accept proposals submitted to the LTREB solicitation. Long-term projects that address questions of a) development, mechanisms, adaptive value, or evolutionary history of behavior, b) mechanisms and processes mediating antagonistic and beneficial symbioses, c) growth, development, stress adaptation mechanisms, energetics and metabolism, or other physiological processes, and d) structural and physiological traits that underlie organisms' capacities to live in various environments will no longer be supported through LTREB. Core IOS programs supporting all of these areas will entertain proposals based on long-term data http://nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503623&org=IOS&from=home.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Long Term Research in Environmental Biology Program intends to support decadal projects. Funding for an initial, 5-year period requires submission of a preliminary proposal and, if invited, submission of a full proposal following the guidelines described in Section V and the additional review criteria in Section VI, below.

Essential components of an LTREB proposal include:

Decadal Research Plan: Proposals must address questions that require long-term data collection to be answered. Investigators must present a research plan that spans at least ten years. This plan should clearly articulate important questions that cannot be addressed with data that have already been collected, but could be answered if ten additional years of data were collected. It is not a research timeline or management plan, but rather is a concise justification for ten additional years of support in order to advance understanding of key concepts, questions, or theories in environmental biology. The decadal plan is a critical component of an initial 5-year proposal, and questions or hypotheses outlined in this framework must guide any subsequent renewal.

Core Data: LTREB proposals require that the author has studied a particular phenomenon or process for at least six, recent years, or for long enough to generate a contemporary time series that contains six data points. Analysis of these data should generate new questions, focusing on the same phenomena or processes, that provide the justification for LTREB support.

Plan for Data Management and Dissemination: Data from long-term research projects have value beyond the peer-reviewed and other publications generated by the investigators collecting the data. Other researchers may develop new perspectives on the same long-term data or new ideas may arise from a combination of long-term data sets. Also, long-term data are expected to be of special interest to the public. Therefore, all proposals must describe details of information management and plans for data sharing with the broader research community and the interested public. This plan should be submitted as a Supplementary Document, following guidelines in the NSF Grant Proposal Guide.

LTREB Renewals: To implement the decadal time frame intended for LTREB projects, proposals for renewed support during a second, five-year period do not require submission of a preliminary proposal. Instructions for writing a renewal proposal are provided in Section V, below. Renewal proposals will be evaluated using review criteria described in Section VI of this solicitation. Renewal proposals should be submitted to the August full proposal deadline in the fourth year of the existing award.

Continuation of LTREB projects beyond the initial ten years of support will require submission of a new preliminary proposal, based on a new decadal research plan. If a full proposal is invited, it will follow the same sequence of an initial proposal and a subsequent renewal.

All proposals submitted to the LTREB Program are co-reviewed by participating Clusters in the Division of Environmental Biology (Ecosystem Science, Population and Community Ecology, and Evolutionary Processes). Proposals must address topics supported by these core programs. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact cognizant program officers to ensure that their projects are appropriate for the LTREB program.

Ecological research on marine populations, communities and ecosystems is not supported by LTREB and should be directed to the Biological Oceanography Program: (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=11696&org=OCE). However, research that examines the evolutionary dynamics of marine populations or communities will be accepted. Investigators who are uncertain about the suitability of their research for LTREB are strongly encouraged to contact the managing program director listed in this solicitation.

Beginning in January 2014, the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) will no longer accept LTREB proposals. Long-term research that addresses questions of a) development, mechanisms, adaptive value, or evolutionary history of animal behavior, b) mechanisms and processes mediating symbiotic interactions, c) growth, development, stress adaptation, energetics, metabolism, or other physiological processes, and d) structural and physiological traits that underlie organisms' abilities to live in various environments should be submitted to appropriate core IOS programs, as noted above.

Examples of current LTREB awards can be viewed at http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/ by including 'LTREB' in a title search.

Special Categories

Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI): Preliminary proposals for RUIs must be submitted to the core programs via this DEB solicitation by the listed deadlines. Invited full RUI proposals should comply with the instructions in this solicitation, include the required RUI documentation and be submitted to the current RUI solicitation. If the invited full proposal is a collaborative, only the undergraduate institution(s) should submit to the RUI solicitation, other institutions should submit to this DEB solicitation. Additional information on the scope of RUI projects and the format of those proposals can be found at (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5518&org=NSF&sel_org=NSFW&from=fund).

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Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research: Workshop Opportunities (EPS-WO)
National Science Foundation

Rolling submission deadline

SYNOPSIS: 

The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is designed to fulfill the mandate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote scientific progress nationwide. The EPSCoR program is directed at those jurisdictions that have historically received lesser amounts of NSF Research and Development (R&D) funding. Thirty jurisdictions, including twenty-eight states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U. S. Virgin Islands, currently participate in EPSCoR. Through this program, NSF establishes partnerships with government, higher education and industry that are designed to effect sustainable improvements in a jurisdiction's research infrastructure, R&D capacity, and hence, its national R&D competitiveness. The EPSCoR Office welcomes unsolicited proposals from EPSCoR jurisdictions for workshops involving the EPSCoR community. These workshops will focus on innovative ways to address multi-jurisdictional efforts on themes of regional to national importance with relevance to EPSCoR's goals/objectives and NSF's mission.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Workshops should address multi-jurisdictional efforts that need collaboration for optimal success. Speakers from non-EPSCoR institutions can be involved in the workshop, and funding for their travel expenses can be provided by the workshop award, but funding cannot go to non-EPSCoR institutions. Workshops should address major regional or national themes of relevance to EPSCoR's goals/objectives and NSF's mission. Workshops may have as their goal the development of high quality collaborations that are capable of competing for major funding from non-EPSCoR programs. Workshops should address multi/interdisciplinary perspectives common to major initiatives in science and engineering. Workshops should have appropriate representation of underrepresented groups. Workshops are not intended solely for within-jurisdiction or single institution planning activities. Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) planning efforts by EPSCoR jurisdictional committees accomplish these types of activities. Workshops are not to be used for new RII proposal development by a single jurisdiction. However, in those cases where multiple jurisdictions have similar thematic plans and there is value in collaboration among jurisdictions on a common theme, then a workshop might be appropriate. Jurisdictions considering such collaborative projects should contact the NSF EPSCoR Office to outline their plan and to obtain advice on the suitability of a potential workshop proposal. A successful workshop proposal will demonstrate a compelling rationale, with clear goals, a committed leadership team, institutional support, leveraged resources, and strategic planning. Inclusivity of groups underrepresented in STEM must be evident at all levels, from the planning committee to the final participants. The level of inclusivity, and measures of workshop programmatic success, must be obtained through evaluation and feedback. A plan for long-term and widespread dissemination of results must also be included.

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Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)
Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering/NSF

Deadlines vary depending on project size, see announcement

SYNOPSIS: 

The Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program welcomes proposals that address Cybersecurity from a Trustworthy Computing Systems (TWC) perspective and/or a Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) perspective, or from the Secure, Trustworthy, Assured and Resilient Semiconductors and Systems (STARSS) perspective. In addition, the sponsor welcomes proposals that integrate research addressing all of these perspectives.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

With the exception of Cybersecurity Education proposals described below, any proposal submitted to this solicitation must be consistent with one of three project classes defined below. Proposals will be considered for funding within their project classes.

Small Projects are well suited to one or two investigators (PI and one co-PI or other Senior Personnel) and at least one student and/or postdoc.

Medium Projects are well-suited to one or more investigators (PI, co-PI and/or other Senior Personnel) and several students and/or postdocs. Medium project descriptions must be comprehensive and well-integrated, and should make a convincing case that the collaborative contributions of the project team will be greater than the sum of each of their individual contributions. Rationale must be provided to explain why a budget of this size is required to carry out the proposed work. Since the success of collaborative research efforts is known to depend on thoughtful coordination mechanisms that regularly bring together the various participants of the project, a separate Collaboration Plan is required for all Medium proposals with more than one investigator. Up to 2 pages are allowed for Collaboration Plans. The length of and level of detail provided in the Collaboration Plan should be commensurate with the complexity of the proposed project. Medium projects may be submitted to the Trustworthy Computing Systems (TWC) and/or the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) perspectives.

Large Projects are well suited to two or more investigators (PI, co-PI and/or other Senior Personnel), and a team of students and/or postdocs. They should be large, multi-disciplinary, multi-organizational, and/or multi-institution projects that provide high-level visibility to grand challenge research areas in cybersecurity. Project descriptions must be comprehensive and well-integrated, and should make a convincing case that the collaborative contributions of the project team will be greater than the sum of each of the individual participants' contributions. Rationale must be provided to explain why a budget of this size is required to carry out the proposed work. Since the success of collaborative research efforts is known to depend on thoughtful coordination mechanisms that regularly bring together the various participants of the project, a separate Collaboration Plan is required for all Large proposals. Large projects may be submitted to the Trustworthy Computing Systems (TWC) and/or the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) perspectives. A Large proposal should have a long-term vision, with objectives that could not be attained simply by a collection of small or medium proposals provided similar resources. Such research may or may not be multidisciplinary. A successful Large project could also be a deep, intensively focused effort on a single cybersecurity problem in a single discipline.

Proposals addressing Cybersecurity with a Trustworthy Computing Systems perspective aim to provide the basis for designing, building, and operating a cyberinfrastructure with improved resistance and resilience to attack that can be tailored to meet a wide range of technical and policy requirements, including both privacy and accountability. Within its scope, the program supports all research approaches from theoretical to experimental, including human factors aspects of systems. Theories, models, cryptography, algorithms, methods, architectures, languages, software, tools, systems and evaluation frameworks are all of interest. Of particular interest is research addressing how better to design into components and systems desired security and privacy properties, as well as principled techniques for composing security mechanisms. Methods for raising attacker costs by incorporating diversity, misdirection/confusion, and change or self-adaptation into systems, while preserving system manageability, are also relevant. Approaches and methods for securing cyber-physical systems (CPS) are also welcome, including, but not limited to, critical infrastructure such as power and water, health care, transportation, and manufacturing. Submissions relating to CPS should be specific about the threat model, in particular addressing the sophistication of expected adversaries. Research that studies the tradeoffs among trustworthy computing properties, e.g., security and usability, or accountability and privacy, as well as work that examines the tension between security and human values such as openness and transparency is also welcomed. Also, methods to assess, reason about, and predict system trustworthiness, including observable metrics, analytical methods, simulation, experimental deployment and, where possible, deployment on live testbeds for experimentation at scale are considered. Statistical, mathematical and computational methods in the area of cryptographic methods, new algorithms, risk assessments and statistical methods in cybersecurity are also welcome.

Proposals addressing the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) perspective of Cybersecurity may include research at the individual, group, organizational, market, and societal levels, identifying cybersecurity risks and exploring the feasibility of potential solutions. All research approaches, including (but not limited to) theoretical, experimental, observational, statistical, survey, and simulation-based are of interest. A variety of methods can be used in research from the SBE perspective, including field data, laboratory experiments, observational studies, simulations, and theoretical development, among others. Not all proposals that examine aspects involving people are from the SBE perspective. Proposals in which such aspects are not the primary focus of the proposal or that merely apply rather than make contributions to the SBE sciences might fit under "Trustworthy Computing Systems" as human factors research. A proposal with SBE as its primary perspective must have SBE science as its main focus and must involve theoretical or methodological contributions to the SBE sciences. Contributions to the SBE sciences include identifying generalizable theories and regularities and "pushing the boundaries" of our understanding of social, behavioral, or economic phenomena in cybersecurity and beyond. We seek research that is generalizable, identifies scope conditions, or provides an advance in SBE science methods. We seek research that holds the promise of constructing new SBE theories that would apply to a variety of domains, or new generalizations of existing theory which clarify the conditions under which such generalizations hold (scope conditions). More inductive or interpretative approaches may contribute to the SBE sciences as well, especially if they set the groundwork for generalizable research or reveal broad connections that forward SBE science understandings. SBE / SaTC proposals should clearly state and elaborate how the proposed research will contribute to SBE sciences. A proposal that involves SBE, but not as its primary perspective, must include at least an application of the SBE sciences, but need not involve a theoretical or methodological contribution. All SBE primary or non-primary proposals must, like all SaTC proposals, also contribute toward the goal of creating a secure and trustworthy cyberspace. The SBE science contribution of any SBE / SaTC proposal must be related to bringing about that goal. It is not sufficient for a proposal submitted under SBE / SaTC to have an SBE science contribution alone or one that is not related to bringing about a secure and trustworthy cyberspace. Such proposals are perhaps best submitted to a standing (core) SBE program. Strong proposals will demonstrate the capabilities of the research team to bring to bear state-of-the-art research in the human sciences. In particular, they will seek to understand, predict and explain prevention, attack and/or defense behaviors and contribute to developing strategies for remediation. Proposals that contribute to the design of incentives, markets or institutions to reduce either the likelihood of cyber attack or the negative consequences of cyber attack are especially welcome, as are proposals that examine incentives and motivations of individuals.

The STARSS perspective is a joint effort of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC). A STARSS proposal is similar to other Small proposals submitted to the TWC and/or SBE perspective except that it must include a statement of consent authorizing NSF to share the proposal and any reviews and ancillary documents with SRC. As noted previously, STARSS proposals may not include the TWC or SBE perspective, but may include a TTP Option. Trends in semiconductors and their application pose challenges to security and trustworthiness. On one hand, leading edge processors are the "brains" behind critically-important systems and infrastructure, including networking and communications, electric power grids, finance, military and aerospace systems. On the other hand, smaller embedded processors, sensors and other electronic components provide "smart" functionality and connectivity in a variety of applications, such as automotive braking and airbag systems, personal healthcare, industrial controls, and the rapidly growing list of other connected devices often referred to as the Internet of Things. The wide range of devices and applications and the exponential growth in the number of connected "things" has made security and trustworthiness a prime concern. Design and manufacture of today's complex semiconductor circuits and systems requires many steps and involves the work of hundreds of engineers, typically distributed across multiple locations and organizations worldwide. Moreover, today's semiconductor chip is likely to include design modules or blocks (also referred to as intellectual property, or IP, blocks) from multiple sources. Detailed specifications are converted into schematic and then physical designs that may include billions of transistors. Many processes have been developed, and considerable resources are invested along the design and manufacture path to verify, test and validate that the product performs as intended. However, to date, these processes do not provide confidence about whether the chip is altered such that it provides unauthorized access or control. Such undesirable behavior can be due to a weakness in the design that results in an unintentional side channel or due to maliciously inserted functionality or "Trojan" hardware.

Proposals for Small, Medium or Large projects may include a Transition to Practice (TTP) option. Proposed activities under the TTP option MUST NOT be described in the project description, and instead MUST be described in a supplementary document of no more than five pages. The objective of the TTP program is to support the proposed research activities and ideas whose outcomes at the end of the award are capable of being implemented, applied, experimentally useable, or deployed in an operational environment. The TTP option supplementary document should specifically describe how the successful research results will be further developed and experimentally deployed in organizations or industries, including in networks and end systems.

On occasion, the results of SaTC funded research lead to widespread changes in our understanding of the fundamentals of cybersecurity that can, in turn, lead to fundamentally new ways to motivate and educate students about cybersecurity. Proposals submitted to this perspective leverage successful results from previous and current basic research in cybersecurity and research on student learning, both in terms of intellectual merit and broader impact, to address the challenge of expanding existing educational opportunities and resources in cybersecurity.

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Cognitive Neuroscience (Cog Neuro)
Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences/NSF

August 13, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The National Science Foundation announces the area of Cognitive Neuroscience within the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences. Cognitive neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field of research dedicated to the understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying human cognition. As this field continues to grow, the National Science Foundation intends for cognitive neuroscience emphases to spur the development of highly novel theories, techniques and models directed toward enabling basic scientific understanding of a broad range of issues involving brain, cognition, and behavior. The emphasis at NSF is on the integration of cognitive, social and economic science in service of insights into healthy functions of brain, cognition, and behavior. Additionally, NSF highly values the exploration of new methodologies, utilization of the latest analytic approaches, and the convergence of cutting edge techniques for addressing basic questions about human cognition.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Cognitive Neuroscience program seeks highly innovative proposals aimed at advancing a rigorous understanding of human cognition, including how the human brain mediates action, affect, creativity, decision making, intentionality, perception, social processes, and thought. Topics may bear on core functions such as attention, emotion, empathy, executive processes, language, learning, memory, music, sensory processing, sleep, representation of self and other, reasoning and rhythm. Topics may also include how human cognition develops and changes in the brain across the lifespan.

The program is particularly interested in supporting the development of new techniques and technologies for recording, analyzing, and modeling complex brain activity and human brain mapping. Such projects should include a plan for sharing new software and other technologies with the research community at large. Additionally, the program is interested in supporting projects addressing the growing amount of data collected across disparate lab environments, which may require new standardization, curation, and sharing solutions. 

Studies of disease states (e.g., Alzheimer's disease, Autism, brain damaged patients, Parkinson's disease and Schizophrenia) may be components of projects supported by this program. However, the emphasis in such projects must be to advance basic scientific understanding of healthy neural mechanisms, and not on disease etiology, diagnosis, or treatment.

The program also intends to foster projects that integrate perspectives across disciplines, e.g., from the cognitive sciences, psychology, developmental sciences, biology, computer science, engineering, education, anthropology, physics, mathematics and statistics. For example, projects that involve collaborations among individuals with expertise in one of the cognitive sciences, neuroimaging, neural microcircuitry, and modeling complex systems are strongly encouraged.

Examples of appropriate grant proposals include, but are not be limited to, the following. It is to be expected that scientific advances will overtake many of the following issues, and that other research and development matters will emerge as key enablers to progress in basic cognitive neuroscience: proposals related to the development of new, or integration of, existing methodologies to address cognitive questions involving human or non-human primates; application of computational techniques or models for addressing cognitive questions or issues of data analysis; connectivity and network-based examinations to characterize distinct or overlapping cognitive processes; proposals examining non-stationary effects across different time windows spanning several orders of magnitude, such as learning and developmental paradigms in young, aging, healthy or impaired groups; development and utilization of brain stimulation or symptom-mapping methods in conjunction with advanced behavioral analysis for determining causal linkages between neural networks and cognitive functions; and comparative gene expression studies in humans or non-human primates of neural regions governing higher cognitive functions within a biological framework.

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Law and Social Sciences
Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences/NSF

Deadlines vary - please see full announcement

SYNOPSIS: 

The Law & Social Sciences Program considers proposals that address social scientific studies of law and law-like systems of rules. The program is inherently interdisciplinary and multi-methodological. Successful proposals describe research that advances scientific theory and understanding of the connections between law or legal processes and human behavior. Social scientific studies of law often approach law as dynamic, made in multiple arenas, with the participation of multiple actors.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Fields of study include many disciplines, and often address problems including though not limited to: Crime, Violence and Punishment; Economic Issues; Governance; Legal Decisionmaking; Legal Mobilization and Conceptions of Justice; and Litigation and the Legal Profession. LSS provides the following modes of support: Standard Research Grants and Grants for Collaborative Research; Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants; Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowships; and Workshop and Conference Proposals.

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Decision, Risk and Management Sciences
Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences/NSF

August 18, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Decision, Risk and Management Sciences program supports scientific research directed at increasing the understanding and effectiveness of decision making by individuals, groups, organizations, and society. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, doctoral dissertation research improvement grants (ddrigs), and workshops are funded in the areas of judgment and decision making; decision analysis and decision aids; risk analysis, perception, and communication; societal and public policy decision making; management science and organizational design. The program also supports small grants that are time-critical (Rapid Response Research - RAPID) and small grants that are high-risk and of a potentially transformative nature (EArly-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research - EAGER).

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Decision, Risk and Management Sciences program supports scientific research directed at increasing the understanding and effectiveness of decision making by individuals, groups, organizations, and society. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, doctoral dissertation research improvement grants (ddrigs), and workshops are funded in the areas of judgment and decision making; decision analysis and decision aids; risk analysis, perception, and communication; societal and public policy decision making; management science and organizational design.

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Division of Integrative Organismal Systems
Directorate for Biological Sciences and Division of Integrative Organismal Systems

LOI due January 16, 2015
Full submission due August 7, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) supports research aimed at understanding why organisms are structured the way they are and function as they do. Proposals should focus on organisms as a fundamental unit of biological organization. Principal Investigators (PIs) are encouraged to apply systems approaches that will lead to conceptual and theoretical insights and predictions about emergent organismal properties. Areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to, developmental biology and the evolution of developmental processes, nervous system development, structure, and function, physiological processes, functional morphology, symbioses, interactions of organisms with biotic and abiotic environments, and animal behavior.

Proposals are welcomed in all areas of science supported by the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems. All investigator-initiated proposals to the core programs in the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems must now be invited based on merit review of preliminary proposals. There is a single submission deadline with a limit of 2 preliminary proposals per investigator per year as PI or Co-PI in response to this solicitation. Please see the GPG for definition of roles for PI and Co-PI. There are no limits on the number of proposals you can participate on as collaborator. The PI/Co-PI limits apply only to this solicitation and do not pertain to proposals submitted in response to other NSF solicitations.

Unsolicited full research proposals are no longer accepted into the IOS Core Programs.


PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Proposals are welcomed in all areas of science supported by the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems, including projects that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. Please read the cluster descriptions below and then discuss any questions about the potential fit of a project to one of the clusters with the Program Director you believe is most closely associated to your field of interest.

Please consult the IOS web page (http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=IOS) for information about Program Directors associated with each programmatic area. This interaction can be a critical aspect for ensuring that your proposal is assigned to the most appropriate program for review.

The core scientific programs in IOS are organized into four Clusters:

Behavioral Systems Cluster

The Behavioral Systems Cluster consists of the Animal Behavior Program which supports research in the area of integrative animal behavior to understand how and why individuals and groups of animals do what they do in nature. Research in this area occurs in field, laboratory and captive environments and covers a wide range of scientific fields and levels of analysis to study the development, mechanisms, adaptive value, and evolutionary history of behavior. The Cluster encourages species specific and comparative studies as well as modeling and theoretical approaches that use animal systems to discover and explore overarching principles of the biology of behavior and to advance a fully integrated understanding of the behavioral phenotype from genes to ecosystems.

The Cluster supports these goals through the core program in Animal Behavior and the Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant program (DDIG).

Developmental Systems Cluster

The Developmental Systems Cluster supports research aimed at understanding how interacting developmental processes give rise to the emergent properties of organisms. Systems level approaches to understanding these processes at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels of organization, combining the use of molecular, genetic, biochemical, and physiological techniques as well as techniques from outside biology are encouraged. The Developmental Systems Cluster is also particularly interested in understanding how emergent properties result in the development of complex phenotypes and lead to the evolution of developmental mechanisms.

Proposals should be submitted to one of the three programs below:

The Plant, Fungal and Microbial Developmental Mechanisms Program supports research that addresses developmental processes in plants from algae to angiosperms, microbes and fungi.

The Animal Developmental Mechanisms Program supports research that seeks to understand the processes that result in the complex phenotypes of animals. Because different organisms may be more amenable to certain approaches than others, analyses of development in a wide range of different species are encouraged. Proposals directed to study the development of the Nervous System should be submitted to the Organization Program of the Neural Systems Cluster (see below).

The Evolution of Developmental Mechanisms Program supports research to discover the developmental processes that are shared by all organisms, and also those processes that produce diversity (phenotypic variation within a species and/or between species). For example, the program is interested in elucidating how gene networks are modified to generate different phenotypic outcomes. Understanding these processes will likely require inter-disciplinary and collaborative approaches using a wide range of organisms.

Neural Systems Cluster

The Neural Systems Cluster focuses on the basic functions of the nervous system and its interactions with the physical and social environments. The neuronal mechanisms underlying organismal responses and adaptation to an ever-changing biosphere are also of interest. The Cluster encourages the use of comparative species approaches to better understand how organisms perceive their environment, transduce that information in the nervous system and respond appropriately. Projects supported by the Neural Systems Cluster span multiple levels of analysis ranging from the molecular and cellular to the complex behavioral aspects of organisms functioning in their natural environments. The use of comparative and evolutionary studies, as well as the development of novel theoretical, computational, and transdisciplinary approaches to guide and instruct experimental design, are particularly encouraged. Interdisciplinary research in neuroscience at the interfaces of biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and engineering is also supported.

Proposals should be submitted to one of the three programs below, each of which reflects one of three conceptual domains in neurobiology:

The Organization Program supports research focused on how the nervous system is organized along developmental, genetic, molecular and cellular lines; exploring developmental mechanisms and determining how experiential/environmental interactions affect the basic structural and functional characteristics of the nervous system.

The Activation Program supports research focused on how signals from the external environment activate the nervous system to produce motor responses; investigating how the internal state of the organism reaches a decision threshold, integrates sensorimotor responses, and triggers an action.

The Modulation Program supports research focused on how various factors modulatethe nervous system to produce complex behavior, and how that complex behavior, in turn, feeds back to have an impact on the nervous system; examining basic neural mechanisms underlying neuroendocrine and neuroimmune function, learning and memory, biological rhythms, and other complex behavior.

Physiological and Structural Systems Cluster

The Physiological and Structural Systems (PSS) Cluster supports research to advance understanding of physiological mechanisms and functional morphology. PSS supports hypothesis- and discovery-based research encompassing a wide range of approaches at levels of organization from molecules to populations. The Cluster encourages submission of proposals aimed at identifying fundamental design principles of physiological and structural systems and at understanding why particular patterns of morphology and physiological mechanisms have evolved and how they are integrated at the level of the whole organism. The Cluster encourages modeling and theoretical approaches to augment experimental approaches. Multidisciplinary research at the interfaces of biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and engineering is encouraged. Normally, the PSS Cluster will not consider projects that are primarily focused on environmental toxicology or endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Proposals should be directed to one of the three programs described below:

The Symbiosis, Defense and Self-recognition Program (SDS) supports research on processes mediating both antagonistic and beneficial symbiotic interactions, as well as mechanisms of self/non-self recognition within and between species. The program welcomes proposals on the dynamics of initiation, transmission, maintenance and dissolution of these complex associations, including studies of metabolic interactions, immune defenses (especially involving comparative studies, new systems or novel mechanisms), host-symbiont regulation, and recognition, signaling, communication, and reciprocal responses among interacting species. Integrative approaches and attention to emergent effects of symbiotic interactions are encouraged. All aspects of symbiosis are supported, including commensalism, mutualism, parasitism, host-pathogen interactions, and mechanisms of foreign organelle acquisition.

The Physiological Mechanisms and Biomechanics Program (PMB) supports research on the physiological and structural features that contribute to life processes in plants, animals, microbes, and other organisms. Broad thematic areas include, but are not limited to sensing and signaling mechanisms, transport, energetics and metabolism, growth and development, stress adaptation mechanisms, biomaterials, muscle physiology, endocrinology, biomechanics, functional morphology, coordination of reproductive processes, gas exchange, circulation and osmoregulation. Systems approaches that predict or reveal the nature of coordination among functional processes and/or structural components as a means to further the understanding of organismal integrity are particularly encouraged.

The Integrative Ecological Physiology Program (IEP) supports research on the structural and physiological traits of organisms that underlie their capacities to live in various ecological settings. A central focus of the program is research on physiological mechanisms underlying organism responses to biotic and abiotic components of their environments. The program seeks proposals framed in explicit ecological or evolutionary contexts, and therefore projects may address time scales ranging from the short-term to evolutionary. Projects focused on understanding how genetic, biochemical, morphological and physiological processes integratively result in the capacities of organisms to live in dynamic environments are encouraged. The IEP Program particularly encourages proposals focused on using physiological traits to improve predictive models of organismal responses to global change.

OTHER SOLICITATIONS THAT USE THE IOS CORE CLUSTER DEADLINES

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Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB)
Directorate for Biological Sciences and Division of Environmental Biology

LOI due on January 30, 2015
Full submission due August 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) Program supports the generation of extended time series of data to address important questions in evolutionary biology, ecology, and ecosystem science. Research areas include, but are not limited to, the effects of natural selection or other evolutionary processes on populations, communities, or ecosystems; the effects of interspecific interactions that vary over time and space; population or community dynamics for organisms that have extended life spans and long turnover times; feedbacks between ecological and evolutionary processes; pools of materials such as nutrients in soils that turn over at intermediate to longer time scales; and external forcing functions such as climatic cycles that operate over long return intervals.

The Program intends to support decadal projects. Funding for an initial, 5-year period requires submission of a preliminary proposal and, if invited, submission of a full proposal that includes a 15-page project description. Proposals for the second five years of support (renewal proposals) are limited to an eight-page project description and do not require a preliminary proposal.

Continuation of an LTREB project beyond an initial ten year award will require submission of a new preliminary proposal that presents a new decadal research plan.

Successful LTREB proposals address three essential components:

A Decadal Research Plan that clearly articulates important questions that cannot be addressed with data that have already been collected, but could be answered if ten additional years of data were collected. This plan is not a research timeline or management plan. It is a concise justification for ten additional years of support in order to advance understanding of key concepts, questions, or theories in environmental biology.

Core Data: LTREB proposals require that the author has studied a particular phenomenon or process for at least six years up to the present or for long enough to generate a contemporary time series that contains six data points. These data constitute Core Data on which the new project should be based, and analysis of these data should generate new questions, on the same phenomenon or process, that provide the focus of the LTREB project.

A Plan for Data Management and Dissemination that details information management and plans for data sharing with the broader research community and the interested public. Data from long-term research projects have value beyond the peer-reviewed and other publications generated by the investigators collecting the data.

Specific review criteria for LTREB proposals and renewals are explained in Section VI of the current program solicitation. Prospective applicants are advised to read this solicitation carefully.

All proposals submitted to the LTREB program are co-reviewed by participating Clusters in the Division of Environmental Biology: Ecosystem Science, Population and Community Ecology, and Evolutionary Processes. Proposals must address topics supported by these programs. Researchers who are uncertain about the suitability of their project for the LTREB Program are encouraged to contact the cognizant program director.

Beginning in January 2014, the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) will no longer accept proposals submitted to the LTREB solicitation. Long-term projects that address questions of a) development, mechanisms, adaptive value, or evolutionary history of behavior, b) mechanisms and processes mediating antagonistic and beneficial symbioses, c) growth, development, stress adaptation mechanisms, energetics and metabolism, or other physiological processes, and d) structural and physiological traits that underlie organisms' capacities to live in various environments will no longer be supported through LTREB. Core IOS programs supporting all of these areas will entertain proposals based on long-term data http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503623&org=IOS&from=home.

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Building Community and Capacity in Data Intensive Research in Education (BCC-EHR)
Directorate for Education & Human Resources / NSF

September 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

As part of NSF's Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) activity, the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) seeks to enable research communities to develop visions, teams, and capabilities dedicated to creating new, large-scale, next-generation data resources and relevant analytic techniques to advance fundamental research for EHR areas of research. Successful proposals will outline activities that will have significant impacts across multiple fields by enabling new types of data-intensive research. Investigators should think broadly and create a vision that extends intellectually across multiple disciplines and that includes--but is not necessarily limited to--EHR areas of research.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

For information about EHR fields to which proposals might be relevant, investigators should consult EHR's main home page. Prospective PIs are encouraged to consult the list of previously funded awards (available on the BCC-EHR Program web site) to better understand the topics that have been funded and to evaluate the innovativeness of their own proposed project.

The purpose of this solicitation is to encourage submission of proposals for activities that will enable communities to develop visions for data-intensive EHR areas of research. In some cases large scale data repositories may already exist, but the infrastructure such as tools and communities to utilize the data may be in need of development. In other cases appropriate activities may include the design of large scale data repositories and/or associated analytic tools.

Data repositories could include traditional relational data, collections of interactions data, video data, or one of many other forms of structured sets of data. The primary objectives of proposals under this solicitation are to organize a research community or engage an existing research community to design and, perhaps, prototype data-intensive research infrastructure for EHR areas of research. The BCC-EHR program will not support implementation of such infrastructure. For the purpose of this competition, data-intensive research is defined as research involving data resources that are well beyond the storage requirements, computational intensiveness or complexity that is currently typical of the EHR areas of research. Proposals should make clear how the proposed activities will enable promising EHR research that would not otherwise be possible.

Submitted proposals for FY 2015 should focus on the development of communities, or the utilization of existing communities, to develop plans for data repository design or utilization, and to develop infrastructure (including analytic tools) within which identified research may effectively proceed. The NSF's Research Coordination Network (RCN) solicitation and past RCN awards may provide helpful examples of ways to structure community building activities. RCN solicitation requirements, however, do not apply to BCC proposals. While the development of a prototype is permissible, the focus of FY 2015 projects should NOT be the implementation of a full-scale data resource, but rather building a broader community and/or capacity to design and eventually use a resource.

This will be the final BCC-EHR solicitation. Established research communities in EHR that have already identified the need for specific large scale data resources and/or associated analytics may also consider submitting to the Data Infrastructure Building Blocks area of the Campus Cyberinfrastructure - Data, Networking, and Innovation Program, NSF 15-534, or to submit a research proposal to EHR Core Research, NSF 15-509.

Successful proposals will outline activities that will have significant impacts across multiple fields by enabling new types of data-intensive research. Investigators should think broadly and create a vision that extends intellectually across multiple disciplines and that includes--but is not necessarily limited to--the EHR areas of research. Proposals will need to describe the bodies of data and other resources that will be involved in the infrastructure. Infrastructure includes data, data structures, metadata, analytics and those tools needed to facilitate research in EHR areas of research. Investigators should think creatively about data and consider new data collections, repurposed existing data, and new approaches to data as appropriate for the research questions of interest. Novel approaches are encouraged. Proposals should have a well-defined work plan with steps sufficiently detailed.

An explicit goal of this competition is to focus on building the community and capacity to enable broad and large scale infrastructure which extends well beyond a single discipline and which will be utilized by a large number and wide range of researchers. While it is acceptable, for example, to focus data collection on a single city or geographic region, the relevance of the proposed work should be of interest to a national or international community.

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Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
Directorate for Biological Sciences/NSF

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS:

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

REU projects offer an opportunity to tap the nation's diverse student talent pool and broaden participation in science and engineering. NSF is particularly interested in increasing the numbers of women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities in research. REU projects are strongly encouraged to involve students who are members of these groups. (Underrepresented minorities are African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders.) When designing recruitment plans, REU projects are also encouraged to consider students who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Services. Historically, the vast majority of REU participants have been junior- or senior-level undergraduates--students who have typically already committed to a major in science or engineering. So that the REU program can succeed in attracting students into science and engineering who might not otherwise consider those majors and careers, projects are also encouraged to involve students at earlier stages in their college experience. Some REU projects effectively engage first-year and second-year undergraduates by developing partnerships with community colleges. REU projects may be carried out during the summer months, during the academic year, or both. Three years is the typical duration for REU Site awards in most NSF directorates; however, a duration of up to five years may be allowed in some cases. The term of REU Supplements may not exceed that of the underlying research project.

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Cultural Anthropology
Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS: 

The primary objective of the Cultural Anthropology Program is to support basic scientific research on the causes, consequences, and complexities of human social and cultural variability. Anthropological research spans a wide gamut, and contemporary cultural anthropology is an arena in which diverse research traditions and methodologies are valid. Recognizing the breadth of the field's contributions to science, the Cultural Anthropology Program welcomes proposals for empirically grounded, theoretically engaged, and methodologically sophisticated research in all sub-fields of cultural anthropology. Because the National Science Foundation's mandate is to support basic research, the NSF Cultural Anthropology Program does not fund research that takes as its primary goal improved clinical practice or applied policy. Program research priorities include, but are not limited to, research that increases our understanding of:

  • Socio-cultural drivers of critical anthropogenic processes such as deforestation, desertification, land cover change, urbanization, and poverty
  • Resilience and robustness of socio-cultural systems
  • Conflict, cooperation, and altruism
  • Economy, culture, migration, and globalization
  • Variability and change in kinship and family norms and practices
  • Cultural and social contexts of health and disease
  • Social regulation, governmentality, and violence
  • Origins of complexity in socio-cultural systems
  • Language and culture: orality and literacy, sociolinguistics, and cognition
  • Human variation through empirically grounded ethnographic descriptions
  • Mathematical and computational models of sociocultural systems such as social network analysis, agent-based models, and integration of agent-based models with geographic information systems (GIS)

A. General Research The Cultural Anthropology Program supports a broad portfolio of research by both senior scholars and by graduate students. Information on recent awards can be found at the bottom of this page via the "What Has Been Funded" link. All proposals must be submitted using either Fastlane (as described in the Grant Proposal Guide) or Grants.gov. All proposals must explicitly address both the Intellectual Merit and the Broader Impacts of the research in the one-page project summary.

  1. The Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIG) Program (see Solicitation 14-560) supports doctoral dissertation research by anthropology graduate students enrolled at U.S. institutions. Proposals are accepted for both the January 15 and the August 15 target dates. Grants are intended to support the extraordinary expenses of conducting research, not the normal daily expenses of graduate education. 

  2. Senior proposals support individual, team, or collaborative research by scholars who hold a PhD, or other equivalent or appropriate credential. Proposals are accepted for both the January 15 and the August 15 target dates. Senior proposal project descriptions may be up to 15, single-spaced pages. There is no ceiling on senior proposal budgets, but a typical award rarely exceeds $100,000 per year of the award, including indirect costs. Researchers may propose empirically grounded and theoretically engaged projects in any sub-field and theoretical area of cultural anthropology.

  3. General guidelines. All researchers should take care to explain very clearly why the research is needed; what it will contribute to the scientific understanding of human society and culture; and how it will lead to the development of theory extending beyond the particular cases to be investigated. They should be clear about the question or questions that the research is addressing; how the research design will address those questions; what information or data will be collected, how, and why; and how the information or data will be analyzed to address the research questions. Finally, researchers should also explain why they are able to conduct the research successfully. A good research proposal is interesting, clear, explicit, tightly integrated, and confidence inspiring.

B. Other Programs

  1. The Faculty Scholars Program (see Solicitation 07-544) supports methodological training for cultural anthropologists who wish to learn new skills that are needed as part of an ongoing research program. For example, support may be requested to learn new methods of cross-cultural research, demography, remote sensing and GIS, ecological field survey, linguistics, or modeling. Support may be requested to learn any methodological skill that is necessary to advance the scholar's research agenda, as justified in the proposal with reference to published results from prior work. Proposals are accepted for both the January 16 and the August 16 target dates. Normal proposal guidelines apply. Awards are for up to 12 months and for a maximum of $50,000.

  2. Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID) and EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER). The RAPID funding mechanism is used for proposals having a severe urgency with regard to availability of, or access to data, facilities or specialized equipment, including quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic disasters and similar unanticipated events. The EAGER funding mechanism may be used to support exploratory work in its early stages on untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas or approaches. This work may be considered especially "high risk-high payoff" in the sense that it, for example, involves radically different approaches, applies new expertise, or engages novel disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives. For detailed information concerning these two types of grants, please review Chapter II.D of the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (http://nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?gpg). There are no deadlines or target dates associated with these types of awards and the Cultural Anthropology program funding limit for them is $25,000 including direct costs.

  3. Research Experience for Graduate Students (REG) and Reserch Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Supplements. (see Dear Colleague Letter NSF 14-031). Senior PIs with current NSF awards, may request supplements to support closely mentored but independent research projects by undergraduates intending to pursue graduate work in anthropology or graduate students at the pre-dissertation phase of their education. The supplement request should include a two to three-page description of the project to be undertaken, the qualifications of the student, and the plan for mentoring. PIs are encouraged to submit proposals by March 1, each spring, although they will be considered at other times, as well. Awards are limited to $5000 for REGs and $4000 for REUs.

  4. Workshops. Workshops are sometimes needed to allow researchers to work together. Proposals for workshops with research goals may be submitted in the normal grant cycle (target dates: January 15 and August 15). Under exceptional circumstances and with prior permission from the Program Officer, workshop proposals may be considered out of cycle, as well.

  5. Training Programs. The Cultural Anthropology Program supports the dissemination of the most current research tools available for social science research. Consequently, as budget permits, the Cultural Anthropology Program funds a limited number of proposals for training workshops, short courses, and fieldwork programs, through the regular proposal review cycle. For more information, please contact the Program Officer.

  6. Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Grants. The Cultural Anthropology Program participates in this NSF-wide activity offering prestigious awards in support of the early development of academic faculty as both educators and researchers. Consult the CAREER solicitation for more information

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NSF 13-570 Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences

Deadlines: September 15, 2014 and September 15, 2015

The Division of Mathematical Sciences in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the National Institutes of Health plan to support research in mathematics and statistics on questions in the biological and biomedical sciences. Both agencies recognize the need and urgency for promoting research at the interface between the mathematical sciences and the life sciences. This competition is designed to encourage new collaborations, as well as to support existing ones.

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Structural and Architectural Engineering (SAE)
Directorate for Engineering/NSF

September 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The overall goal of the Structural and Architectural Engineering (SAE) program is to evolve sustainable structures, such as buildings, that can be continuously occupied and /or operational during the structure's useful life. The SAE program supports fundamental research for advancing knowledge and innovation in structural and architectural engineering that enables holistic approach to design, construction, operation, maintenance, retrofit, repair and end-of-life disposal of structures. For buildings, holistic approach incorporates the foundation-structure-envelope-nonstructural system, as well as the façade and roofing. Research topics of interest for sustainable structures include the following: strategies for structures that over their lifecycle are cost-effective, make efficient use of resources and energy, and incorporate sustainable structural and architectural materials; deterioration due to fatigue and corrosion; serviceability concerns due to large deflections and vibrations; and advances in physics-based computational modeling and simulation.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Research is encouraged that integrates discoveries from other science and engineering fields, such as materials science, building science, mechanics of materials, dynamic systems and control, reliability, risk analysis, architecture, economics and human factors. The program also supports research in sustainable and holistic foundation-structure-envelope-nonstructural systems and materials as described in the following reports: National Science and Technology Council, High Performance Buildings; Final Report: Federal R & D Agenda for Net Zero Energy, High-Performance Green Buildings. Building Technology Research and Development (BTRD) Subcommittee, OSTP, U.S. Government, September 2008. http://www.whitehouse.gov/files/documents/ostp/NSTC Reports/Federal RD Agenda for Net Zero Energy High Performance Green Buildings Oct2008.pdf; and Ochsendorf, John, Challenges and Opportunities for Low-Carbon Buildings, The Bridge; National Academy of Engineering, Vol. 42, No. 1; Spring 2012 http://www.nae.edu/Publications/Bridge/57865/58544.aspx.

Structural health monitoring that focuses on decision-making systems for civil structures is of interest; however, research for new sensor technologies and data collection should be submitted to other programs. Proposals that focus on the performance and mitigation of structures subjected to natural hazards, such as earthquakes, windstorms (tornadoes and hurricanes), tsunamis, and landslides, should be submitted to the Engineering for Natural Hazards Program. Research addressing blast loads and fire effects on building systems, and computational modeling and simulation supported by the multi-Directorate Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering, program are not supported by SAE.

The SAE program encourages knowledge dissemination and technology transfer activities that can lead to broader societal benefit and implementation for provision of sustainable structures. 

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Service, Manufacturing and Operations Research (SMOR)
Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation / NSF

Full Proposal Window: September 1, 2015 - September 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Service, Manufacturing and Operations Research (SMOR) program supports fundamental research leading to the creation of innovative mathematical models, analysis, and algorithms for decision-making related to design, planning, and operation of service, manufacturing, and other complex systems. Specifically, the program supports two main types of research: (i) innovations in general-purpose methodology related to optimization, stochastic modeling, and decision and game theory; and (ii) research grounded in relevant applications that require the development of novel and customized analytical and computational methodologies. Application areas of interest include supply chains and logistics; risk management; healthcare; environment; energy production and distribution; mechanism design and incentives; production planning, maintenance, process monitoring and quality control; and national security. Of particular interest are methods that incorporate increasingly rich and diverse sources of data to support decision-making.

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Advances in Biological Informatics
Directorate for Biological Sciences / NSF

September 22, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Advances in Biological Informatics (ABI) program seeks to encourage new approaches to the analysis and dissemination of biological knowledge for the benefit of both the scientific community and the broader public. The ABI program is especially interested in the development of informatics tools and resources that have the potential to advance- or transform- research in biology supported by the Directorate for Biological Sciences at the National Science Foundation. The ABI program accepts three major types of proposals: Innovation awards that seek to pioneer new approaches to the application of informatics to biological problems, Development awards that seek to provide robust cyberinfrastructure that will enable transformative biological research, and Sustaining awards that seek to support ongoing operations and maintenance of existing cyberinfrastructure that is critical for continued advancement of priority biological research.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Scope of the ABI Program

The Advances in Biological Informatics program seeks to support research that enables investigators to make use of biological data and information for the discovery of new knowledge and the advancement of the field of biology. Examples include new tools that scale well to complex biological data; theoretical research on data structures; design of easy-to-use interfaces and tools for data input, manipulation, analysis and extraction; and planning and prototype development of new types of biological data- or knowledge-bases. Proposals supported by ABI must lead to the solution of significant problems in biology. Multidisciplinary research is encouraged.

The ABI program encourages innovation, development, or sustained availability in areas that may include (but are not limited to):

  • New data types, algorithms, and methods for recognizing and understanding complexity and connectivity in biological systems across multiple scales of organization from molecules to ecosystems
  • Algorithms, software or ontologies related to the retrieval, integration, and use of heterogeneous biological information, for example, data-mining, search, portals, semantic integration or visualization
  • Tools that facilitate biological research workflows, analytic pathways, or integration between the field and the laboratory, or between observation, experiments and models
  • Software and methods for making use of new technologies for the acquisition, communication or visualization of biological data
  • New methods and tools for the construction, operation, and utilization of biological databases, including research into database architectures and infrastructures, data standards designed to be extendable to different biological domains, and data structures for new types of biological information
  • Informatics tools and approaches that bridge interdisciplinary differences in concepts and data between biology and other sciences

Types of Awards

The provision of cyberinfrastructure for scientific research often follows a trajectory from exploratory research on new methods and approaches; through development of robust, production quality databases and software tools; to the long term maintenance and operation of those resources. Complexity, effort required, and merit criteria can vary through this continuum, so the ABI program has defined three types of awards in order to appropriately align funding levels and review criteria.

Innovation awards. These awards are distinguished by a high degree of novelty and potential impact. The scope of the proposal should be focused on one discrete, or several very tightly coupled, problem(s) in biological informatics. Outcomes will typically be publication of new methodologies, proof of concept, or production of a prototype for further development. Innovation awards enable a team to solve challenging, high risk problems with relatively shorter timelines and less complex management plans. Innovation proposals focus on research into new methods and are assessed on their individual merits and their potential to advance bioinformatics approaches.

Development awards. These awards involve the development of a finished product that will have demonstrable impact in advancing biological research. Development awards convey their likelihood of success through greater attention to user engagement, design quality, engineering practices, management plan, and dissemination. Budgets and award durations should accommodate the iterative process of bringing a proof of concept into a robust, broadly-adopted cyberinfrastructure. Development proposals are more outcome-driven than Innovation awards and are typically assessed on their perceived contribution to a broad portfolio of cyberinfrastructure resources. Synergies with, and leveraging of, other existing and ongoing resources are taken into consideration.

Sustaining awards. These awards provide limited support for the cost of ongoing operations and maintenance of existing cyberinfrastructure that is critical for the continued advance of priority biological research. Requests for Sustaining awards may not include funds for research or development leading to new capabilities or features, but must be limited to activities and materials essential for maintaining the current level of functionality. Budgets must describe only those expenses to be covered with the NSF funds and may not reference expenses covered by other sources of funding. The merit of Sustaining awards will be assessed by the science impacts of the proposed resource to date and by the justification for projected impacts during the award period.

Other Program Considerations

The ABI program encourages proposals that conduct collaborative and planning activities such as conferences, network retreats, exchange visits, and the development of virtual organization frameworks. Those activities that promote interaction between the computational sciences and biology communities, as well as innovative networking strategies that foster research collaborations or enable new research directions, are especially encouraged. ABI does not provide support for, or travel to, recurring conferences, but may consider proposals to support student participation in specific training activities or networking opportunities which will broaden participation and human resource development in priority research areas. Activities that foster participation of colleagues at small institutions, minority-serving institutions, community colleges, and secondary school teachers are also recommended. Investigators are expected to incorporate undergraduate training into their research and make provisions in their budget accordingly. Supplements for Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) will be considered only for unanticipated opportunities for broadening participation.

The ABI program will place a higher priority on proposals to create computational/informatics tools and database architectures that are applicable to a broad range of biological research questions. Proposals to develop tools or databases that are limited to a specific research project, laboratory, or institution should be submitted to the relevant BIO programs that would normally support that research.

Other Related Sources of Support

Biological informatics activities that address a specific biological research question or involve the generation or curation of data for use with existing computational methods or data resources may find support from those programs within the BIO Directorate that fund that particular area of biological research.

The Information and Intelligent Systems Division (IIS) of the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) supports computer science research on integration of information and informatics applications in all sciences, including biology.

The Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) of the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, in conjunction with BIO and other Directorates, offers funding opportunities closely related to ABI including advanced computing infrastructure, long-term data preservation, data interoperability, software development, and other topics.

Finally, prospective PIs are encouraged to regularly review recent Dear Colleague LettersCross-cutting program announcements, and other communications that may identify potential funding opportunities for informatics-related projects or insights into initiatives that have relevance to informatics research.

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Dear Colleague Letter: US-South Korea Collaborative Research in Advanced Manufacturing
Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation and Directorate for Engineering

Proposal window: February 1st through February 15th, 2015 and September 1st through September 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

Dear Colleagues:

In May, 2013, in Pohang, Korea, and August, 2014, in Reno, Nevada, the U.S. National Science Foundation and the National Research Foundation of Korea hosted workshops to identify areas of mutual interest for research in advanced manufacturing. The final report of these workshops is forthcoming and will be posted on the NSF Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) web site. As a result of these workshops, the NSF Engineering Directorate (ENG) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Korea Division of Engineering are partnering to encourage joint research by U.S. - Korean teams collaborating on fundamental research in advanced manufacturing. The workshops identified opportunities potentially beneficial to both countries for collaborative research in the following areas:

  1. Robotics for manufacturing
  2. Materials Processing
  3. Manufacturing Mathematics and Smart Manufacturing
  4. Micro/nano Manufacturing
  5. Additive Manufacturing

U.S.-based researchers, through their U.S. institutions, may submit unsolicited proposals to collaborate with Korea-based researchers on any of the topics listed above to appropriate programs in CMMI. All unsolicited proposals directed to CMMI must be submitted during one of two annual unsolicited proposal submission windows, February 1-15 and September 1-15, and they must be submitted in accordance with the current version of the NSF Grant Proposal Guide. Each of these proposal submission windows opens at 12:01 AM on the first day of the window, and closes at 5 PM submitter's local time on the last day of the window. In the event that the last day of the window is a Saturday, Sunday, or Federal holiday, the window closes at 5 PM submitter's local time on the following Federal government work day. Unsolicited proposals submitted at any other time will be returned without review.

Questions concerning this opportunity may be emailed to the CMMI Manufacturing Machines and Equipment program director, ZJ Pei (zpei@nsf.gov) or the CMMI Nanomanufacturing program director, Khershed Cooper (khcooper@nsf.gov).

Sincerely,

George Hazelrigg
Acting Division Director
Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation
Directorate for Engineering

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Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events (IMEE)
Directorate for Engineering/NSF

September 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The IMEE program supports fundamental, multidisciplinary research on the impact of hazards and extreme events upon civil infrastructure and society. The program is focused upon research on the mitigation of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from multi-hazard disasters. Community and societal resilience and sustainability are important topics within the research portfolio of IMEE. The program is deeply multidisciplinary and attempts to integrate multiple issues from civil, mechanical, transportation, and system engineering, sociology, psychology, economics, geography, political science, urban planning, epidemiology, natural and physical science, and computer science. With regard to the four core emphasis areas of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery, a variety of topics are supported.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The following list provides examples of the kinds of topics and issues that may be supported, though the list is not exhaustive and other, innovative topics may be proposed. Mitigation research may focus upon issues such as the analysis of structural and non-structural mitigation effectiveness, local capacity building for risk reduction, and social and physical vulnerability analyses. Preparedness research may involve studies on warning and risk communication, evacuation, multi-hazard emergency planning, and the effectiveness of pre-disaster planning. Response research may examine such issues as infrastructure interdependencies and cascading disasters, innovation and improvisation in emergency management, and the use of new communication technology and social media in emergency management. Recovery research may examine linking disaster recovery to the mitigation of future disasters, resilience metrics and models, resilience of interdependent infrastructure processes and systems, and social factors related to economic recovery and resilience.

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Restricted-Access Research Data Centers (RDCs)
Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences / NSF

September 30, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

This solicitation invites proposals for the establishment of new Research Data Centers (RDCs). RDCs are secure Census Bureau facilities within which external researchers are given access to confidential micro data in accordance with specific statutory requirements.  NSF will provide start-up costs for new RDC facilities. Potential investigators first must contact Census regarding the feasibility of sponsoring an RDC prior to submitting a proposal to NSF.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

NSF expects to support a limited number of new RDCs that complement the existing RDCs by expanding access to secure data to a broader segment of the social, behavioral, and economic sciences research community. RDC proposals should address the following topics:

(1) The cross-disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary potential of the proposed RDC. Which social, behavioral, and economic science communities will benefit or have the potential to benefit from the proposed RDC? How does the proposed RDC plan to conduct outreach to bring into the center a broad and diverse range of scholars?

(2) The fit of the proposed RDC within the existing system. What is the geographic proximity of the proposed RDC to other RDCs? Are there ease of access issues that would make the proposed RDC particularly attractive? Does the proposed RDC have unique elements not available at the existing RDCs?

(3) Readiness of the proposed RDC. What is the demand for an RDC in the proposed site? Are there institutions in the surrounding area whose researchers would make use of the proposed RDC? Are there projects currently in the planning stages or in process that could make immediate use of the proposed RDC? Would these projects meet the Census Bureau's requirement of providing benefit to Census Bureau and other Federal statistical agency programs?

(4) Governance. How will the proposed RDC be governed?  Does the proposed RDC leadership have the qualifications to ensure a well-managed RDC? Is the proposed staffing adequate to handle the work of the RDC?

(5) Resources available to the RDC. Where will the RDC be housed? Is the physical space adequate, accessible, and secure? Is adequate institutional commitment to the RDC demonstrated? Although this topic may be alluded to in the Project Description, the bulk of this information should be included under Facilities, Equipment, and Other Resources. The description should be narrative in nature and must not include any quantifiable financial information.

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Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE: GEOPATHS)
Directorate for Geosciences / NSF

LOI due August 14, 2015
Full submission due October 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

A well-prepared, innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce is crucial to the Nation's health and economy. Indeed, recent policy actions and reports have drawn attention to the opportunities and challenges inherent in increasing the number of highly qualified STEM graduates, including STEM teachers. Priorities include educating students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields as well as educating a scientifically literate populace. Both of these priorities depend on the nature and quality of the undergraduate education experience. In addressing these STEM challenges and priorities, the National Science Foundation invests in evidence-based and evidence-generating approaches to understanding STEM learning; to designing, testing, and studying instruction and curricular change; to wide dissemination and implementation of best practices; and to broadening participation of individuals and institutions in STEM fields. The goals of these investments include: increasing the number and diversity of STEM students, preparing students well to participate in science for tomorrow, and improving students' STEM learning outcomes.

NSF's Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) initiative, launched in Fiscal Year 2014, supports a coherent set of investments to address immediate challenges and opportunities that are facing undergraduate STEM education, as well as those that anticipate new structures (e.g. organizational changes, new methods for certification or credentialing, course re-conception, cyberlearning, etc.) and new functions of the undergraduate learning and teaching enterprise. The NSF-wide IUSE initiative acknowledges the variety of discipline-specific challenges and opportunities facing STEM faculty as they strive to incorporate results from educational research into classroom practice and work with education research colleagues and social science learning scholars to advance our understanding of effective teaching and learning.

The Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) contributes to the IUSE initiative through theImproving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE: GEOPATHS) funding opportunity. IUSE: GEOPATHS invites proposals that specifically address the current needs and opportunities related to undergraduate education within the geosciences community. The primary goal of the IUSE: GEOPATHS funding opportunity is to increase the number of undergraduate students interested in pursuing undergraduate degrees and/or post-graduate degrees in geoscience through the design and testing of novel approaches for engaging students in authentic, career-relevant experiences in geoscience. In order to broaden participation in the geosciences, engaging undergraduate students from traditionally underrepresented groups or from non-geoscience degree programs is a priority. The IUSE: GEOPATHS solicitation features two funding Tracks: (1) Engaging students in the geosciences through extra-curricular experiences and training activities (GEOPATHS-EXTRA), and (2) Improving pathways into the geosciences through institutional collaborations and transfer (GEOPATHS-IMPACT).

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The IUSE: GEOPATHS funding opportunity invites creative proposals to broaden and strengthen the pathways that will engage and retain undergraduate students in geoscience education and career pathways, and help prepare them for a variety of careers. The long-term goal of this program is to dramatically increase the number and diversity of students earning undergraduate degrees or enrolling in graduate programs in geoscience fields, as well as ensure that they have the necessary skills and competencies to succeed as next generation professionals in a variety of employment sectors. IUSE: GEOPATHS projects are expected to utilize effective, evidence-based strategies for improving student engagement and retention, and to expose students to meaningful experiences in the geosciences through leveraging of academic and/or non-academic research and instrumentation infrastructure. The underlying "theory of change" for this solicitation is that using novel ways of engaging a larger population of students and exposing them to authentic, career-relevant geoscience experiences that augment the formal curriculum will increase their desire to earn degrees and pursue careers in the field.

The overarching questions being address through this solicitation are:

  • Which strategies are most effective for increasing the number and diversity of students entering the geoscience workforce pipeline?
  • Which approaches are most effective in retaining undergraduate students in the geoscience pipeline?
  • Which activities are most effective in preparing undergraduate geoscience majors for the workforce, and smoothing their transition post-graduation?
  • Which strategies are most effective for increasing the number and diversity of non-geoscience undergraduate majors that pursue post-baccalaureate degrees in geoscience?

IUSE: GEOPATHS projects also offer an opportunity to tap the nation's diverse student talent pool and broaden participation in science and engineering. NSF is particularly interested in increasing the numbers of women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities in professional experiences related to the geosciences. IUSE: GEOPATHS projects are strongly encouraged to involve students who are members of these groups. (Underrepresented minorities are African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders.) When designing recruitment plans, IUSE: GEOPATHS projects are also encouraged to consider students who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Services.

The IUSE: GEOPATHS solicitation offers two distinct funding Tracks: (1) Engaging students in the geosciences through extra-curricular experiences and training (GEOPATHS-EXTRA) and (2) Improving pathways into the geosciences through institutional collaborations (GEOPATHS-IMPACT).

GEOPATHS-EXTRA Projects

GEOPATHS-EXTRA projects are focused on providing individual undergraduate students with sustained or catalytic experiences that develop their expertise in geoscience, enhance their professional skills, increase their access to professional networks, and demonstrably deepen their interest in, and knowledge of, geoscience career pathways. Introducing students to the geosciences through extra-curricular experiential learning, internships, field trips, and culturally-relevant or problem-based learning scenarios, are well-documented as successful approaches for recruitment. More than a decade of empirical research has demonstrated the benefits to students from participating in undergraduate research, in particular, because it not only socializes undergraduates into scientific thinking and practices, it may also play a significant role in students' educational and career trajectories, especially among Hispanic/Latino students (e.g., References 19 to 22). AGI reports that more than 80% of Bachelor's and Master's graduates in the geosciences who participated in some form of internship during their education felt it was very important for their academic and professional development; yet, less than half of undergraduate geoscience majors participated in an internship-like experience. Increasing the number and types of opportunities that provide individual undergraduate students with authentic, career-relevant experiences - across all employment sectors - may increase both student engagement and retention in the pipeline. Many academic, private sector and government-managed facilities within the geosciences community could be leveraged to provide such experiences.

GEOPATHS-EXTRA proposals can be submitted by institutions of higher education that offer undergraduate courses or bachelor's degrees in any of the geoscience fields, with some restrictions (see eligibility criteria). GEOPATHS-EXTRA projects are expected to focus on the needs of individual students, primarily by offering cohort-based, extra- or co-curricular experiences that complement the submitting institution's existing Bachelor's degree curriculum. Each cohort should involve a minimum of 6 students per institution. Collaborations with other academic and non-academic institutions that create opportunities to expose participating students to a variety of working environments are strongly encouraged, as are collaborations that engage diverse undergraduate students from local community colleges and MSI's. While requests to support academic year undergraduate research as one component of a GEOPATHS-EXTRA project will be considered, they must not duplicate the types of undergraduate research experiences that can be supported through the REU Site and Supplement program solicitation.

Specific activities that might be supported through the GEOPATHS-EXTRA track include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Establishing new multi-year, academic-year geoscience research opportunities for cohorts of undergraduate students at the awardee institution
  • Partnering with large research facilities, to provide students with hands-on training and experience using sophisticated geoscience instrumentation, large data sets, and/or models
  • Creating mentored geoscience-related internships, externships, or apprenticeship programs in collaboration with the private sector
  • Engaging students in large, ongoing, and separately funded field-based research campaigns and subsequent data analysis and synthesis
  • Providing students with service-learning or community-based opportunities related to the geosciences
  • Creating competitions and prizes that offer capstone experiences at large or unique geoscience research facilities
  • Engaging pre-service science teachers in activities that foster their interest in becoming secondary Earth science teachers
  • Providing experiences that help pre-college students transition more successfully into undergraduate geoscience programs
  • Conducting novel outreach programs aimed at recruiting more diverse students into undergraduate and graduate geoscience pathways

Proposals submitted to this Track should be designed to build on the evidence-base for effective strategies for undergraduate engagement, recruitment and retention, particularly among underrepresented student populations. Similarly, they should be designed to contribute to the evidence base through formative and summative assessment and documenting the impacts of the experiences on student attitudes, learning outcomes, and persistence in the pipeline. Competitive proposals will clearly articulate how the proposed activities scaffold to, and integrate with, the instructional program(s); carefully describe methods for recruitment and selection of students; and, discuss professional development activities that better prepare faculty and other professional participants for their role as mentor/supervisor.

GEOPATHS-IMPACT Projects

GEOPATHS-IMPACT projects are expected to establish new, or strengthen existing, institutional partnerships and collaborations that provide sustainable pathways and support mechanisms for facilitating transitions of undergraduate students at critical junctions: between high school and undergraduate geoscience programs; between two-year undergraduate institutions and four-year institution geoscience degree programs; between baccalaureate degrees in geoscience and the geoscience workforce; or, between baccalaureate degrees (in any field) and post-baccalaureate geoscience programs. GEOPATHS-IMPACT projects are expected to focus less on the engagement of individual students in the geosciences and focus more on implementing systemic and sustainable approaches that can increase access to geoscience education and research opportunities and open doors to education and career pathways over time. The emphasis is on using NSF funding to establish programs, structures, and collaborations that can have lasting impact. For example, formal articulation agreements, e.g., between four-year and two-year institutions, can ease student transfers into geoscience Bachelor's degree programs. Education and research collaborations between institutions may also help first and second year students, who might otherwise not encounter geoscience before deciding on a major, explore the possibilities within the field. Providing reliable and current information about career paths and opportunities, as well as sustained mentoring, networking, and professional development, are also important strategies, especially in helping students make the transition from undergraduate to graduate study and beyond.

Specific activities that might be supported through the GEOPATHS-IMPACT track include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Creating mechanisms to engage upper level high school or community college students in experiences that demonstrate the geosciences as a viable career path before applying for college admission or transfer to a 4-year program
  • Creating summer bridge programs that expose incoming undergraduate freshmen to the geosciences
  • Leveraging large research infrastructure (e.g., ships, Critical Zone Observatories) to expose non-geoscience and pre-service teacher majors to geoscience content and opportunities
  • Cross-listing and/or co-teaching introductory geosciences classes between 2-year and 4 year institutions
  • Creation of enrichment programs that develop undergraduate skills required by the evolving job market for geoscientists and increase their matriculation into jobs classified as geoscientists
  • Formalizing collaborations between geoscience departments and education schools that strengthen the preparation of pre-service geoscience teachers
  • Developing career-aligned collaborations between academia and the local private sector or state/local government that facilitate transitions between undergraduate programs and the geoscience workforce
  • Convening small workshops or strategic planning activities to establish new institutional collaborations
  • Designing and testing novel bridge programs that help post-undergraduate students from non-geoscience fields transition into geoscience graduate programs

Proposers seeking to engage community college students through this track are reminded of some of the specific barriers to attainment that these students must confront (e.g., References 16, 21, 22). These include: limited knowledge about college navigation; financial concerns; insufficient academic preparation, especially in math; misalignment of core courses across community colleges and four-year schools; limited advising, orientation, and mentoring; constraints affecting the academic and social integration of working students; and lack of self-efficacy.

Competitive proposals submitted to the GEOPATHS-IMPACT track will show evidence that all institutional partners are committed and have been engaged intellectually in the design and execution of the proposed work. A management plan, a sustainability plan, and a plan for tracking students should be described. Proposals seeking funds to support an existing institutional collaboration must clearly demonstrate the effectiveness of current activities being implemented through the partnership and identify the gaps that would be addressed if additional resources are made available.

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Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research- Technology Translation National Science Foundation
Directorate for Engineering, Industrial Innovation and Partnerships / NSF

LOI due September 8, 2015
Full submission due October 9, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) is an umbrella for two complementary subprograms, Accelerating Innovation Research (AIR) and Building Innovation Capacity (BIC). Overall, the PFI program offers opportunities to connect new knowledge to societal benefit through translational research efforts and/or partnerships that encourage, enhance and accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship. The subject of this solicitation is PFI: AIR-Technology Translation (PFI: AIR-TT). The PFI: AIR-TT solicitation serves as an early opportunity to move previously NSF-funded research results with promising commercial potential along the path toward commercialization. Projects are supported to demonstrate proof-of-concept, prototype, or scale-up while engaging faculty and students in entrepreneurial/innovative thinking.

WEBINAR: A webinar will be held within 6 weeks of the release date of this solicitation to answer any questions about this solicitation. Details will be posted on the IIP website (http://www.nsf.gov/eng/iip/pfi/air-tt.jsp) as they become available.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Directorate for Engineering (ENG) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) invites requests for funding under the Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research- Technology Translation (PFI: AIR-TT) solicitation. This PFI: AIR-TT solicitation is designed to support innovative ideas and partnerships in the translation of NSF-funded fundamental science and engineering discoveries toward market-valued solutions. The program outcomes will be more research discoveries translated onto a path toward commercial reality, more connections between faculty and persons knowledgeable about market need (e.g., potential customers, individuals with business experience, potential investors, etc.) and the engagement of faculty and students in entrepreneurial/innovative thinking.

The development of basic research into deployed technology is often depicted as a sequence of steps from basic research through proof-of-concept, prototype, product development and finally commercialization. While the sequence of events may not occur in a straightforward linear fashion, the knowledge associated with each step is necessary for the transition to occur. This PFI: AIR-TT solicitation is aimed at advancing knowledge along this continuum for projects with technology innovation(s) that has already passed the basic research phase. The proposed project should be into the proof-of concept or early prototype phase with promising results and an identified potential market need or application. The proposed research should address the next stage technology/knowledge gap(s) or barrier(s) that must be solved/demonstrated as part of the path from the basic research discovery to eventual successful commercialization. The work proposed should move the technology to a higher level of maturity and readiness and result in a higher fidelity proof-of-concept or prototype/ scale-up demonstration. In other words, there should be new knowledge at the end of the award that has moved the technology closer toward commercialization.

Another dimension of the path from basic discovery to successful commercialization involves an understanding of various business aspects of the innovation such as intellectual property (freedom to operate, licensing, etc.), regulatory issues, market need, etc. It is expected that the submitting team writes the proposal with an initial, basic understanding of the relevant issues as described in Section V.A.D. Project Description, below. The expectation is that over the course of the project, the "participant with explicit business experience" will lead the effort to advance the team's understanding of the business aspects of the project alongside the team's technical advances.

This solicitation is not intended to fund efforts directed toward only market research or commercialization activities; the commercial development of existing products or proven concepts; straightforward engineering design for packaging; incremental product or process improvements; the evolutionary optimization of existing products; or evolutionary modifications to broaden the scope of an existing product or application.

NSF plans to offer awardees one opportunity during the course of an award to attend a grantee meeting held in conjunction with a technology showcase to connect with potential industry collaborators and/or private-sector investors. The showcase would be an opportunity to demonstrate a prototype and/or present a poster about the work supported under the AIR award. Applicants should budget travel for the PI and one student or post-doc to attend (approximately $2,500 per person).

 

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Combustion and Fire Systems
Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems / NSF

Proposal Window: October 1, 2015 - October 20, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The goal of the Combustion and Fire Systems program is to generate cleaner global and local environments, enhance public safety, improve energy and homeland security, manufacture new materials, and enable more energy-efficient manufacturing. 

The program endeavors to create basic engineering knowledge and solutions that are needed to develop useful combustion applications (such as flame-assisted synthesis of novel materials) and for mitigating the effects of fire.  Additional outcomes of interest for this program include: broad-based tools - experimental, diagnostic, and computational - that can be applied to a variety of problems in combustion and fire systems; science & technology for clean and efficient generation of power, both stationary and mobile; combustion science and technology for energy-efficient manufacturing; research that enables clean global and local environments (reduction in combustion generated pollutants - GHGs, NOx, Soot, etc.); enhanced public safety and homeland security through research on fire growth, inhibition and suppression; and, educate and train an innovative workforce for power, transportation, and manufacturing industries.

Research areas of interest for this program include:

  • Basic Combustion Science: Laminar and turbulent combustion of gas, liquid, and solid fuels in premixed, non-premixed, partially premixed, and homogeneous modes over a broad range of temperatures, pressures and length scales; burning of novel and synthetic fuels; development of models and diagnostic tools.
  • Combustion Science related to Climate-change: Increasing efficiency and reducing pollutants; production and use of renewable fuels; technologies such as oxy-fuel combustion and chemical looping combustion for carbon sequestration.
  • Fire Prevention: Improved understanding of fires to prevent their spread, inhibit their growth, and suppress them.

Innovative proposals outside of these specific interest areas may be considered.  However, prior to submission, it is recommended that the PI contact the Program Director to avoid the possibility of the proposal being returned without review.

The duration of unsolicited awards is generally one to three years.  The typical award size for the program is $100,000 per year.  Proposals requesting a substantially higher amount than this, without prior consultation with the Program Director, may be returned without review. 

 

 

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Nano-Bio Phenomena and Processes in the Environment
Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems / NSF

Proposal Window: October 1, 2015 - October 20, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The goal of the Nano-Bio Phenomena and Processes in the Environment (NPPE) program is to support research to further fundamental and quantitative understanding of the interactions of biological and ecological media with nanostructured materials and nanosystems, which include one- to three-dimensional nanostructured materials and heterogeneous nano-bio hybrid assemblies.  Such nanostructured materials and systems frequently exhibit novel physical, chemical and biological behavior in living systems and ecological matrices as compared to the bulk scale. This program supports research that explores the interaction of nanoscale materials and systems with both macro and nano-scale systems in biological and environmental media, as well as remediation solutions.    

Proposals submitted to NPPE should address one or more of the following research areas:

  • Characterization and exploration of interactions at the interfaces  between nanostructure materials and nanosystems with surrounding biological and ecological media, including  complex and heterogeneous composites;
  • Development of predictive tools that are based on fundamental behavior of nanostructures within biological and ecological matrices to advance cost-effective and environmentally benign processing and engineering solutions over full life cycles;
  • Examining the transport, interaction, and impact of nanostructured materials and nanosystems on biological systems;
  • Complex simulations of molecular systems at interfaces, with these simulations done in conjunction with experimental comparisons, and new theories and complex simulation approaches for determining the transport and transformation of nanoparticles in various media.

The design of optimal chemical, electronic, photonic, biological, and mechanical properties of nanostructured materials and heterogeneous nanosystems for their safe handling, management, and utilization will require elucidation of these topics.  It is expected that the research will support safe manufacturing, handling and utilization of nanostructures, development of measurement tools and predictive simulation approaches, improved assessment of transport and transformations of environmental nanomaterials (ENMs) in various environmental media and over full life cycles in various media, and development of principles for establishing robust risk assessment and management for nanostructured materials and nanosystems.

Innovative proposals outside of these specific interest areas may be considered. However, prior to submission, it is recommended that the PI contact the Program Director to avoid the possibility of the proposal being returned without review.

NOTE: For NPPE proposals involving aspects of sustainable chemistry, consider making proposal submissions to this program (1179) with the Proposal Title as: 'SusChEM: Title of Your Proposal'.  For more information on SusChEM-related proposals please click here.  The same applies for proposals involving sustainable engineering.

The duration of unsolicited awards is generally one to three years.  The typical award size for the program is $100,000 per year.  Proposals requesting a substantially higher amount than this, without prior consultation with the Program Director, may be returned without review.

 

 

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Environmental Sustainability
Directorate for Engineering/NSF

October 20, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

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.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

There are four principal general research areas that are supported: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. Many programs in the Engineering Directorate support research in environmentally benign manufacturing or chemical processes. 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. Improvements in distribution and collection systems that will advance smart growth strategies and ameliorate effects of growth are research areas that are supported by Environmental Sustainability.

Innovations in management of storm water, recycling and reuse of drinking water, and other green engineering techniques to support sustainability may also be fruitful areas for research. NOTE: Water treatment proposals are to be submitted to the CBET Environmental Engineering program (1440), NOT the Environmental Sustainability program (7643). Ecological Engineering: Topics should focus on the engineering aspects of restoring ecological function to natural systems. Engineering research in 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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Thermal Transport Processes
Directorate for Engineering/NSF

October 20, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Thermal Transport Processes (TTP) program supports engineering research aimed at gaining a basic understanding of the thermal transport phenomena and processes that are driven by thermal gradients and manipulating of these processes to achieve engineering goals. Of specific interest is research that explores active and passive control of the dynamics of thermal processes, and simulations and experiments that bridge and model information across multiple scales.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Application areas of interest include: cooling and heating of components, devices and equipment; and thermal transport processes in: energy conversion & storage; power generation; physiologic systems; and propulsion.

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Biomedical Engineering (BME)
Directorate for Engineering/NSF

Proposal window: October 1, 2015 - October 20, 2015.

SYNOPSIS:

The goal of the Biomedical Engineering (BME) program is to provide opportunities to develop novel ideas into discovery-level and transformative projects that integrate engineering and life sciences in solving biomedical problems that serve humanity in the long-term. BME projects must be at the interface of engineering and life sciences, and advance both engineering and life sciences. The projects should focus on high impact transformative methods and technologies. Projects should include methods, models and enabling tools of understanding and controlling living systems; fundamental improvements in deriving information from cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems; new approaches to the design of structures and materials for eventual medical use in the long-term; and novel methods for reducing health care costs through new technologies.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The long-term impact of the projects can be related to fundamental understanding of cell and tissue function, effective disease diagnosis and/or treatment, improved health care delivery, or product development. The BME program does not support clinical studies, or proposals having as their central theme drug design and delivery or the development of biomedical devices that do not include a living biological component. Furthermore, although research on biomaterials or cellular biomechanics may constitute a part of the proposed studies, such research cannot be the central theme or key focus area of the proposed work.

The BME program supports fundamental and transformative research in the following themes:

Molecular, cellular and tissue approaches for advanced biomanufacturing: three-dimensional structures of biomolecules, cells, scaffolds/matrices by bioprinting or other technologies for fundamental studies on cells, disease modeling and drug testing, and for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications; fundamental studies of cell-cell, cell-matrix interactions, self-assembly; systems integration between biological components and electromechanical assemblies; cellular biomanufacturing, including stem cell engineering and reprogramming technologies, and cellular immunotherapies.

Neural engineering and brain mapping: technologies and tools to interrogate and monitor neuron activity at the molecular, cellular and neural network levels; new experimental methodologies and computational approaches to investigate brain structure and function, especially at the sub-cellular, cellular, and tissue levels, and to understand the interactions of the neural component of the brain with proximal and distant tissues; and to repair and renew deteriorated, damaged, or diseased neurons and neural circuits, especially of the central nervous system.

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Biophotonics
Directorate for Engineering/NSF

Proposal window: October 1, 2015 - October 20, 2015.

SYNOPSIS:

The goal of the Biophotonics program is to explore the research frontiers in photonics principles, engineering and technology that are relevant for critical problems in fields of medicine, biology and biotechnology. Fundamental engineering research and innovation in photonics is required to lay the foundations for new technologies beyond those that are mature and ready for application in medical diagnostics and therapies. Advances are needed in nanophotonics, optogenetics, contrast and targeting agents, ultra-thin probes, wide field imaging, and rapid biomarker screening. Low cost and minimally invasive medical diagnostics and therapies are key motivating application goals.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Research topics in this program include: Macromolecule Markers: Innovative methods for labeling of macromolecules. Novel compositions of matter. Methods of fabrication of multicolor probes that could be used for marking and detection of specific pathological cells. Pushing the envelope of optical sensing to the limits of detection, resolution, and identification; Low Coherence Sensing at the Nanoscale: Low coherence enhanced backscattering (LEBS). N-dimensional elastic light scattering. Angle-resolved low coherence interferometry for early cancer detection (dysplasia); Neurophotonics: Studies of photon activation of neurons at the interface of nanomaterials attached to cells. Development and application of biocompatible photonic tools such as parallel interfaces and interconnects for communicating and control of neural networks. Micro- & Nano-photonics: Development and application of novel nanoparticle fluorescent quantum-dots. Sensitive, multiplexed, high-throughput characterization of macromolecular properties of cells. Nanomaterials and nanodevices for biomedicine; and Optogenetics: Novel research in employing light-activated channels and enzymes for manipulation of neural activity with temporal precision. Utilizing nanophotonics, nanofibers, and genetic techniques for mapping and studying in real-time physiological processes in organs such as the brain and heart.

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Catalysis and Biocatalysis
Directorate for Engineering/NSF

Proposal window: October 1, 2015 to October 20, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The goal of the Catalysis and Biocatalysis program is to advance research in catalytic engineering science and promote the development of catalytic materials and reactions that are of benefit to society. Research in this program should focus on new basic understanding of catalytic materials and reactions, utilizing synthetic, theoretical, and experimental approaches. Target applications include fuels, specialty and bulk chemicals, environmental catalysis, biomass conversion to fuels and chemicals, conversion of greenhouse gases, and generation of solar hydrogen, as well as efficient routes to energy utilization.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Heterogeneous catalysis and biocatalysis represent the main thrusts of the program. Proposals related to both gas-solid and liquid-solid heterogeneous catalysis are welcome, as are proposals that incorporate concepts from homogeneous catalysis. Biocatalysis proposals should focus on enzymatic catalysis involving engineering of the active site involved in substrate conversion.

Topic areas that are of particular interest include: renewable energy-related catalysis (including applications related to biocatalysis, biomass refining, electrocatalysis, and photocatalysis); catalysis aimed at closing the carbon cycle (especially conversion of CO2, methane, and natural gas to fuels and chemical intermediates); catalytic alternatives to traditionally non-catalytic reaction processes, as well as new catalyst designs for established catalytic processes; environmental catalysis (including energy-efficient and green routes to fuels and chemicals); catalytic remediation of feedstocks, process streams, products, or effluents; commercially scalable methods of catalyst synthesis. New catalytic materials and architectures (especially those substituting earth-abundant materials for precious and noble metal catalysts); basic understanding of catalytic materials, reaction pathways, kinetics, and surface mechanisms; durable, poison-resistant, and easily regenerable catalyst formulations and designs; and advances in tools for catalyst characterization and theoretical/computational catalysis.

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Energy for Sustainability
Directorate for Engineering/NSF

Proposal window: October 1, 2015 - October 20, 2015.

SYNOPSIS:

The goal of the Energy for Sustainability program is to support fundamental engineering research that will enable innovative processes for the sustainable production of electricity and fuels. Processes for sustainable energy production must be environmentally benign, reduce greenhouse gas production, and utilize renewable resources.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Current topics of interest include:

Biomass Conversion, Biofuels & Bioenergy: Fundamental research on innovative approaches that lead to the intensification of biofuel and bioenergy processes is an emphasis area of this program. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to: biological, thermochemical, or thermocatalytic routes for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to advanced biofuels beyond cellulosic ethanol; microbial fuel cells for direct production of electricity from renewable carbon sources; hydrogen production from autotrophic or heterotrophic microorganisms; hydrocarbons and lipids from phototrophic or heterotrophic microorganisms. Proposals that focus primarily on chemical reactor analysis related to biomass conversion should be submitted to Process Systems, Reaction Engineering and Molecular Thermodynamics (CBET 1403), and proposals related to the combustion of biomass should be sent to Combustion and Fire Systems (CBET 1407). Proposals that focus on the fundamentals of catalysis or biocatalysis should be submitted to Catalysis and Biocatalysis (CBET 1401).

Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Energy: Fundamental research on innovative processes for the fabrication and theory-based characterization of future PV devices is an emphasis area of this program. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to: nano-enabled PV devices containing nanostructured semiconductors, plasmonic materials, photonic structures, or conducting polymers; earth-abundant and environmentally benign materials for photovoltaic devices; photocatalytic or photoelectrochemical processes for the splitting of water into H2 gas, or for the reduction of CO2 to liquid or gaseous fuels. Proposals that focus on the fundamentals of photocatalysis should be submitted to Catalysis and Biocatalysis (CBET 1401). The generation of thermal energy by solar radiation is not an area supported by this program, but may be considered by Thermal Transport Processes (CBET 1406).

Advanced Batteries for Transportation and Renewable Energy Storage: Radically new battery systems or breakthroughs based on existing systems can move the US more rapidly toward a more sustainable transportation future. The focus is on high-energy density and high-power density batteries suitable for transportation and renewable energy storage applications. Advanced systems such as lithium-air, sodium-ion, as well as lithium-ion electrochemical energy storage are appropriate. Work on commercially available systems such as lead-acid and nickel-metal hydride batteries will not be considered by this program. Fuel-cell related proposals should be directed to other CBET programs, depending on emphasis: electrocatalysis (Catalysis and Biocatalysis, CBET 1401); membranes (Chemical and Biological Separations, CBET 1417); systems (Process Systems, Reaction Engineering and Molecular Thermodynamics, CBET 1403).

Wind Energy: This program no longer supports wind, wave, tidal, or hydrokinetic energy research. The proposer is encouraged to contact the program director for suggestions on a possible program for proposal submission.

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NSF 14-504 Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS)
Innovative Approaches to Science and Engineering Research on Brain Function

Deadlines: Oct. 28, 2014, Oct. 29, 2015

Co-sponsors: 

-NSF Directorates of : Computer & Information Science & Engineering, Biological Sciences, Social, Behavioral and Economic Scienes, Mathematical & Physical Sciences, Engineering, International and Integrative Services; -NIH NINDS, NIMH, NIDA, NEI, NIDCD, NIBIB, NAAA, NICHD, NCCAM; Federal MInistry of Education and Research Germany; French National Research Agency; United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation

Two classes of proposals will be considered in response to this solicitation: Research Proposals describing collaborative research projects, and Data Sharing Proposals to enable sharing of data and other resources.

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Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE)
Engineering Education and Centers / NSF

October 29, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The NSF Engineering (ENG) Directorate has launched a multi-year initiative, the Professional Formation of Engineers, to create and support an innovative and inclusive engineering profession for the 21st Century. Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE) refers to the formal and informal processes and value systems by which people become engineers. It also includes the ethical responsibility of practicing engineers to sustain and grow the profession in order to improve quality of life for all peoples. The engineering profession must be responsive to national priorities, grand challenges, and dynamic workforce needs; it must be equally open and accessible to all.

According to Michel Fabre, "To form is more ontological than to instruct or educate, for one's entire being is at stake" (trans. G. Downey).[i]  Processes of formation should be holistic and carefully attend to how knowledge and personhood interrelate in the larger context of one's life.[ii]

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Professional Formation includes, but is not limited, to:

  • Introductions to the profession at any age;
  • Acquisition of deep technical and professional skills, knowledge, and abilities in both formal and informal settings/domains;
  • Development of outlooks, perspectives, ways of thinking, knowing, and doing;
  • Development of identity as an engineer and its intersection with other identities; and
  • Acculturation to the profession, its standards, and norms.

As part of this initiative, the Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE) program welcomes proposals that consider the construction of engineering knowledge, engineering identity, and the engineering profession, as well as interventions that expand the boundaries of each of these.

Ultimately RFE aims to transform the engineering formation system, and thus the impact of proposed projects on this system must be described. PIs should provide a roadmap detailing how they envision the proposed research will eventually broadly impact practice within the engineering formation system, even if these activities are not within the scope of the submitted proposal.

 

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Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
Directorate for Education & Human Resources, Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings / NSF

November 4, 2015

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; and advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments.

The AISL program supports seven types of projects: (1) Collaborative Planning, (2) Exploratory Pathways, (3) Research in Service to Practice, (4) Innovations in Development, (5) Broad Implementation, (6) Conferences, and (7) Informal STEM Learning Resource Center (FY 2016 only).

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

AISL program investments should be of interest and utility to public audiences, informal STEM practitioners, and decision-makers. All proposals must articulate clear rationales describing why a project is primarily informal and how it adds value to the informal STEM learning community.

The products of AISL investments may include, but are not limited to, exhibitions and programs in museums, zoos, aquaria, planetariums, nature centers, parks, libraries, and other environments; science communication; after-school and out-of-school time (OST) programs; radio, television, film, or media programs or series; Do-It-Yourself (DIY)/maker initiatives, research-related experiences such as citizen science, and on-line experiences (e.g., games, simulations, social media, mobile computing, distributed networks, and massive online open courses); and research findings that articulate what works, why, and in what contexts.

Given that almost any environment can support informal science learning, an opportunity exists to understand how learners can be supported to make bridges between what they learn in one setting and what they learn in another setting. Thus projects may choose to include how informal learning practices connect with STEM-related frameworks and curricula, college and career readiness standards, or other educational settings, for example.

Audiences for AISL Projects

AISL projects engage participants drawn from both public and professional audiences.

Public audiences may include learners of any age, educational level, geographic, or cultural background, including those from groups underrepresented in STEM or underserved in STEM, including geographic regions and economically challenged communities. The AISL program is keenly interested in projects that support understanding issues of access to informal STEM learning opportunities for individuals/groups from populations typically underrepresented in STEM, people in rural as well as urban communities, adults across the lifespan, early childhood, and intergenerational and family groups.

Professional audiences are individuals involved in any aspect of research or development of STEM learning by the public in informal environments. Target audiences could include STEM educators, evaluators, education and learning researchers, technologists, media professionals, or STEM professionals doing outreach in informal settings.

Proposals may focus on public audiences, professional audiences or both. Proposals should be clear with respect to how the project design and STEM learning component are relevant and appropriate for the proposed target audiences and age levels.

STEM content areas

Content may focus on any areas of STEM that NSF supports, including interdisciplinary learning and learning that positions STEM within meaningful personal, cultural or societal frameworks. The STEM content area(s) should be discussed in sufficient depth to provide a clear understanding of concepts, topics, processes, and associated skills that are conveyed to the target audience. Topics should be relevant to the age levels of proposed target audience(s). Projects may integrate STEM and art or the humanities, as long as the goal is to enhance STEM learning.

Priorities

AISL proposals should be clear about how they address the priorities of knowledge-building, innovation, strategic impact, and collaboration. These four priorities should be addressed at the level appropriate to the proposal type and amount of funding requested.

    1. Knowledge-building. AISL projects are expected to build knowledge with respect to informal STEM education. As such projects must describe and make a strong case for how a project advances the knowledge base of the informal STEM learning field through research, evaluation, or a combination of research and evaluation processes. The theoretical and empirical justification for the proposed project must be clearly articulated. Knowledge generation may focus on developing, testing, and implementing innovative research, models, resources, and tools for informal learning environments. Foci of investigations may include, for example, "what is happening," "to what extent," "why," "how," "what works for whom," and "under what circumstances."

Projects should consider building from or critiquing relevant research agendas or literatures about informal STEM learning that have been developed in recent years. This may be one way projects can contribute to the development of the field. Some current frameworks are available at http://www.informalscience.org.

Definitions of research and evaluation vary across the field of informal STEM education. It is not the goal of this solicitation to set definitions for these approaches. Instead, the AISL program seeks to advance the collective understanding of learning STEM in informal environments and to provide appropriate means for communicating what has been learned. Thus, each proposal should identify how it builds knowledge. It should make a case for the means by which it is doing so, using appropriate resources from research and evaluation (Friedman, 2008).

With respect to learning, proposals must describe measures of learning outcomes for the target audiences, including how the chosen measures are appropriate for the proposed work and of practical interest and utility to practitioners and decision makers. Recent reports encourage measuring learning outcomes in such terms as interest, engagement, attitude, motivation, behavior, identity, persistence and 21st century skills (National Research Council 2009, 2012, 2015). The AISL program recognizes the complexities of measuring STEM learning in informal environments. As such, the program welcomes innovative and exploratory assessment methods that draw from knowledge and practice of learning across environments.

    1. Innovation. In a manner similar to NSF programs that fund the frontiers of STEM research, AISL seeks to fund projects at the frontiers of informal STEM learning that will advance the state-of-the-art. Depending on the discipline or sector, innovation may be framed in different ways and serve different purposes. Innovation may build on or extend current work or it might take that work in a totally different direction. In the informal education field, innovation might address immediate challenges and opportunities; anticipate different structures, functions, and purposes of informal STEM education; challenge existing assumptions about learning and learning environments; or envision the future needs of diverse learners, educators, and STEM professionals in the U.S. In addition, personalized learning options and participatory learning environments are expanding and broadening participation in STEM. The pervasiveness and accessibility of digital technologies raises interesting questions for understanding learning across contexts (e.g., home, work, school, etc.) and learning ecosystems.

Projects can demonstrate innovation in many ways, including new types or combinations of deliverables, improvements in the deliverables, or their deployment in a different manner. Research might help articulate the underlying processes of practice or build consensus in the field around a particular innovation. Since innovation often carries risk, the PI must be able to demonstrate an understanding of possible risks entailed and how they will be managed. It is important to specify the proposed project's innovation as determined by the PI team.

  1. Strategic Impact. Strategic Impact refers to how the project addresses important areas for continued development and advances the informal STEM learning field overall (not simply project impact for the target audiences or communities). Strategic suggests planned intent or focus and should address the question: What strategy do these changes offer for advancing the field? Note that strategic impact can be achieved regardless of the size of the organization (or the population of the communities that they serve) or the size of the target audience.
  2. Collaboration. AISL values projects that leverage resources of partners to achieve more significant outcomes than would otherwise be possible. Organizations should seek to extend project impacts by taking advantage of the synergies generated by the competencies and resources of carefully chosen partners.

Collaborations among practitioners, STEM researchers, and STEM education or learning researchers and evaluators should be an integral component of all projects. Projects are encouraged to include, when appropriate, collaborators who are not typically involved in informal STEM learning.

PIs must demonstrate an understanding of the challenges of collaboration and propose means for addressing them. Collaborators should be involved in the development of the proposed project and preparation of the proposal.

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EarthScope
Directorate for Geosciences/NSF

November 13, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

EarthScope is an Earth science program to explore the 4-dimensional structure of the North American continent. The EarthScope Program provides a framework for broad, integrated studies across the Earth sciences, including research on fault properties and the earthquake process, strain transfer, magmatic and hydrous fluids in the crust and mantle, plate boundary processes, large-scale continental deformation, continental structure and evolution, and composition and structure of the deep Earth. In addition, EarthScope offers a centralized forum for Earth science education at all levels and an excellent opportunity to develop cyberinfrastructure to integrate, distribute, and analyze diverse data sets.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The rich fabric of tectonic provinces in North America provides a solid scientific framework for a major program to investigate the relationships among processes and structures over a wide range of scales within the crust, lithosphere, and mantle, with the goal of understanding the tectonic and geologic processes that have constructed the continents. The North American continent is also ideally located with respect to global seismicity to provide unprecedented views of the deep Earth.

EarthScope addresses fundamental questions about the evolution of continents and the processes responsible for earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Through the integration of scientific information derived from geology, geochemistry, geophysics, and geodesy, the EarthScope program is yielding a comprehensive time-dependent picture of the continent far beyond that which any single discipline or technology can achieve. EarthScope provides a framework for broad, integrated studies across the Earth sciences, including research on active deformation of the North American continent; continental evolution through geologic time; deep Earth structure and dynamics; earthquakes, faults, and the rheology of the lithosphere; magma, water, and volatiles in the crust and mantle; topography and tectonics; aspects of studies of the hydrosphere, cryosphere, and atmosphere that EarthScope can illuminate; and associated educational topics.

EarthScope is committed to supporting the most meritorious research in any relevant area, including interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research, as well as research involving international collaboration. The program will support proposals to conduct scientific research and/or education and outreach activities within North America that: make use of capabilities provided through, and/or data and/or models derived from, GAGE, SAGE, and/or SAFOD; and further the scientific and educational goals of EarthScope. Such data and/or models include raw and processed data, as well as data products and modeled data (e.g., surface velocity field derived from PBO data; tomographic models derived from USArray data).

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Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF): Core Programs
Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering/NSF

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS:

CISE's Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in three core programs: the Algorithmic Foundations (AF) program; the Communications and Information Foundations (CIF) program; and the Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF) program.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

CCF supports three core programs as described below - Algorithmic Foundations (AF), Communications and Information Foundations (CIF), and Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF).

Algorithmic Foundations (AF) -- The Algorithmic Foundations (AF) program supports potentially transformative research and education projects advancing design and analysis of algorithms and characterized by algorithmic thinking accompanied by rigorous analysis. Research on algorithms for problems that are central to computer science and engineering as well as new techniques for the rigorous analysis of algorithms are of interest. AF supports theoretical research that bounds the intrinsic difficulty of problems to determine the measures of complexity in formal models of computation, classical or new. The goal is to understand the fundamental limits of resource-bounded computation and to obtain efficient solutions within those limits. Specifically, the time and space complexity of finding exact and approximate solutions in deterministic and randomized models of computation is a central concern of the program. Research on resources other than time and space, such as communication and energy, is also encouraged. In addition to the traditional, sequential computing paradigm, AF supports research on the design and analysis of novel algorithms in parallel and distributed models, in particular, in heterogeneous multi-core and many-core machines; the computational models and algorithms that capture essential aspects of computing over massive data sets; game theory and social networks; and alternative forms of computation and information processing, including quantum computing and biological models of computation. The program supports research in algorithms needed in all areas, both within and outside computer science. Algorithmic research with applications in databases, machine learning, data mining, networks, communications, operating systems, languages, compilers, and machine abstractions is supported. New techniques for the design and analysis of algorithms in areas such as cryptography, computational geometry, computational biology, game theory, social networks and numerical, symbolic, and algebraic computing are appropriate for this program. Relevance to application areas is important and collaborations with researchers in those areas are encouraged. However, research funded by this program must advance the study of algorithms.

Communications and Information Foundations (CIF) -- The Communications and Information Foundations (CIF) program supports potentially transformative research that addresses the theoretical underpinnings and current and future enabling technologies for information acquisition, transmission, and processing in communications and information processing systems. As a result, CIF research and education projects strengthen the intellectual foundations of communications and information theory and signal processing in a variety of types of networks such as sensor networks, wireless and multimedia networks, biological networks, and networks of quantum devices. Research outcomes are expected to lead to more secure and reliable communications and advanced mathematical capabilities that are applicable throughout science and engineering. The program supports basic research in wireless communications, information theory and coding. Included in the CIF program is the reliable transmission of information, in both analog and digital form, in the presence of a variety of channel impairments (noise, multipath, eavesdroppers, interference, etc.). A number of channel architectures are of interest, including multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) channels, feedback channels, optical channels, quantum channels, and biological channels. CIF has a strong interest in the theoretical performance limits for various communication systems architectures and in the presence of various channel impairments. Also of interest are performance metrics and tradeoffs. An important example is the tradeoff between error probability and latency resulting from coding/decoding algorithms, diversity techniques, interference management, and other types of signal processing. The CIF program also supports fundamental research in networking including network information theory, network coding, and cross-layer research at the lower layers. The CIF research program in networking focuses on the MAC layer and below and emphasizes research in which the physical-layer attributes play an important role in overall network design and performance such as the impact of physical-layer characteristics on higher network layers. CIF supports research at the intersection of communications and information theory, signal processing, and networking. Examples include sensor networks with applications to environmental monitoring, civil infrastructure monitoring, data communications system monitoring, and power grid monitoring. A further example is network tomography, which involves detecting and classifying spatially distributed anomalies within complex large-scale systems from multiple monitoring (sensor) sites. In addition to the contemporary signal processing topics that have enabled the IT revolution, there is growing interest within the CIF program in new paradigms that enlarge the scope of signal and information processing from the domain of the linear to the realm of the nonlinear - from linear algebra to algebra, from Euclidean to curved spaces, from uniform to highly non-uniform time and space sampling, to signal processing on graphs. Research that will develop efficient power aware and hardware-friendly algorithms and research on signal/information processing algorithms for the new network science of distributed, decentralized, and cooperative algorithms that avoid global communications is encouraged. The exploration of new approaches to manage massive datasets, such as compressive sampling/sensing, also promises advances in the field.

Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF) -- All fields of science and engineering - and society at large - depend on fundamental advances in scientific foundations and engineering methods for computer hardware and software. The SHF program supports research and education projects on the design, verification, operation, utilization, and evaluation of computer hardware and software through novel approaches, robust theories, high-leverage tools, and lasting principles. Such advances may offer formal methods, languages, logics, novel software and/or hardware artifacts, or algorithms to enable new or enhanced functionality, verification, usability, and scale. Proposals should clearly describe a plan for evaluating the research. The SHF program supports all aspects of the science and engineering of software, seeking transformative ideas that reformulate the relationships between requirements, design and evolution of software, and software-intensive systems. SHF supports research projects focusing on program analysis and synthesis, compositionality, verifiability and adaptability of software, as well as research on software analysis and testing techniques for all stages of the software life cycle. SHF also seeks research to increase the automation of software engineering capabilities to attain significant advances in quality and sustainability of software, which may require new representations and processes. Empirical research that increases understanding of software and software creation is also in scope. SHF supports fundamental research on formal and semi-formal methods for the specification, development and verification of software and hardware systems. This includes, but is not limited to, abstraction, compositional, refinement-based, and probabilistic methods for the modeling and validation of systems involving discrete and continuous behavior. SHF seeks proposals that enhance the applicability, usability, and efficiency of techniques such as abstract interpretation, model checking, theorem proving, automated decision procedures, and constraint solving. Research topics involving the semantics, logics, verification, and analysis of concurrent systems are in scope. SHF supports foundations, algorithms, and tools for software and hardware synthesis. SHF supports the entire range of programming languages research, from foundations to design to implementation. Fundamental research in both science and engineering of programming languages is highly encouraged. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, language semantics and type theory, design and implementation of advanced languages and language features, compilers and runtime systems for advanced languages, program analysis and optimization, design and implementation of domain-specific languages, and implementation issues related to locality, synchronization and communication. Research in programming languages and models that go beyond mainstream practice, such as concurrent, functional, logic programming and probabilistic languages, are particularly encouraged. Foundational research that exposes novel synergies between programming languages and other areas of computing is also encouraged. SHF seeks proposals that address foundational issues in computer architecture and the key challenges in computer hardware and systems design, including, but not limited to, performance, energy efficiency, reliability, scalability, concurrency, and heterogeneity. The program supports fundamental and transformative research in processors, interconnects, memory and storage architectures. SHF seeks research that takes holistic and cross-layer approaches to fully harness the promises and address the challenges of new and emerging substrate technologies and materials as well as considering emerging trends in application environments including computation-intensive, data-intensive, and I/O-intensive applications. SHF supports foundational research in high-performance computing that is aware of, driven by, and inspired by applications, as well as heterogeneity-aware and architecture-aware. SHF does not support research in domain applications. SHF seeks novel research on enabling technologies and tools to balance and optimize performance goals including scalability, power, productivity, repeatability, reliability, and validity. SHF supports all topics in design automation including, but not limited to logical, physical, behavioral, and high level synthesis methods, interplay between synthesis and verification, design methodologies for scalable, low power and energy efficient circuits, and physical design in silicon technologies. Also of interest is pre- and post-silicon validation, possibly by using a blend of techniques from testing and verification. SHF seeks research in emerging technologies, including optical interconnects, quantum computing, optical computing, bio-computing, bio-inspired devices, nanotubes and nanophotonics, which have the potential to take computation beyond Moore's Law.

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Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research (IBSS)
Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences/NSF

December 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research (IBSS) competition promotes the conduct of interdisciplinary research by teams of investigators in the social and behavioral sciences. Emphasis is placed on support for research that involves researchers from multiple SBE disciplinary fields and that integrates scientific theoretical approaches and methodologies from multiple SBE disciplinary fields. Emphasis also is placed on the significance of expected intellectual contributions that are likely to yield generalizable insights and information that will enhance theoretical perspectives and advance basic knowledge and capabilities across multiple SBE disciplinary fields. Although the IBSS competition will consider any proposal that addresses a topic for which the proposal makes a compelling case that the research will enhance broader theoretical understanding across multiple social and behavioral science fields, social and behavioral science researchers are especially encouraged to submit proposals for research on one of the following three broadly defined topics: Population Change; Sources and Consequences of Disparities; and Technology, New Media, and Social Networks.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The NSF Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences established the IBSS competition in 2013 to facilitate interdisciplinary research that integrates insights and approaches from multiple SBE disciplines in order to make significant advances in fundamental knowledge across multiple fields. This solicitation outlines plans to continue the IBSS competition in Fiscal Year 2016 and future years.

The IBSS competition seeks to support research conducted by SBE scientists from multiple disciplines as collaborating members of teams that engage in integrated research employing methods and techniques from multiple disciplines and whose results are likely to enhance theories and/or methodological approaches or have other stimulating and/or catalytic impacts across a range of disciplinary fields.

There are a broad range of topics for which compelling interdisciplinary research might be conducted in the social and behavioral sciences. While willing to accept proposals for any topic, the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences especially encourages IBSS research on one of the following three general topics:

Population Change. The number of people in the world continues to grow, but the changing character and distribution of people calls for research that expands far beyond traditional demography. Examples of possible issues related to population change for which interdisciplinary research in the social and behavioral sciences might be pursued are the dynamics of aging; gender roles within households, communities, and societies; implications of population change for current and future resource use and availability; migration and other factors related to the changing spatial distribution of people; and interactions among economic, social, and demographic change.

Sources and Consequences of Disparities. Disparities among individuals, groups, and other organizational units long have been recognized as important lines of inquiry in the social and behavioral sciences. New perspectives may be obtained from explicitly interdisciplinary research on problems related to disparities, variability, and inequality. Examples of possible issues related to sources and consequences of disparity for which interdisciplinary research in the social and behavioral sciences might be pursued are the dynamics of economic, social, and cultural disparity within and across populations; the causes and consequences of disparity in health, education, wages, and other factors at levels ranging from the macro to the micro; the role of disparities in the processes of conflict, dissent, cooperation, or decision making; psychological, cognitive, and biological factors that affect the emergence and persistence of disparity; and geographic and temporal factors that influence the development and persistence of disparity as well as efforts to alleviate problems associated with disparities.

Technology, New Media, and Social Networks. Recently developed forms of information and computational technologies have dramatically altered the ways in which people interact with each other in contemporary society. These dramatic shifts in the media used for interpersonal communication have led social and behavioral scientists to consider major new lines of inquiry that range across a diverse set of topics. Examples of possible issues related to technology, new media, and social networks for which interdisciplinary research in the social and behavioral sciences might be pursued are the processes through which new technologies are envisioned, developed, implemented, evaluated, and refined; the impacts of new forms of interpersonal communication on the ways that people and organizations function internally and with others; the ways in which cultural, social, and/or economic forces may influence the willingness of communities to adopt and use new technologies; the varying impacts of new technologies on people and organizations with capabilities as well as to different access to resources; and approaches to facilitate greater access and use of data regarding human activity that do not impinge on the confidentiality or privacy of human subjects.

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Energy for Sustainability
Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems

November 5, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The goal of the Energy for Sustainability program is to support fundamental engineering research and education that will enable innovative processes for the sustainable production of electricity and transportation fuels. Processes for sustainable energy production must be environmentally benign, reduce greenhouse gas production, and utilize renewable resources. 

Current topics of interest in sustainable energy technologies are:

  • Biomass Conversion, Biofuels & Bioenergy: Fundamental research on innovative approaches that lead to the intensification of biofuel and bioenergy processes is an emphasis area of this program. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to: biological, thermochemical, or thermocatalytic routes for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to advanced biofuels beyond cellulosic ethanol; microbial fuel cells for direct production of electricity from renewable carbon sources; hydrogen production from autotrophic or heterotrophic microorganisms; hydrocarbons and lipids from phototrophic or heterotrophic microorganisms.  Proposals that focus primarily on chemical reactor analysis related to biomass conversion should be submitted to Process and Reaction Engineering (CBET 1403), and proposals related to the combustion of biomass should be sent to Combustion and Fire Systems (CBET 1407).  Proposals that focus on the fundamentals of catalysis or biocatalysis should be submitted to Catalysis and Biocatalysis (CBET 1401).
  • Photovoltaic Solar Energy: Fundamental research on innovative processes for the fabrication and theory-based characterization of future PV devices is an emphasis area of this program. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to: nano-enabled PV devices containing nanostructured semiconductors, plasmonic materials, photonic structures, or conducting polymers; earth-abundant and environmentally benign materials for photovoltaic devices; photocatalytic or photoelectrochemical processes for the splitting of water into H2gas, or for the reduction of CO2 to liquid or gaseous fuels.  Proposals that focus on the fundamentals of photocatalysis should be submitted to Catalysis and Biocatalysis (CBET 1401). The generation of thermal energy by solar radiation is not an area supported by this program, but may be considered by Thermal Transport Processes (CBET 1406).
  • Advanced Batteries for Transportation and Renewable Energy Storage: Radically new battery systems or breakthroughs based on existing systems can move the US more rapidly toward a more sustainable transportation future. The focus is on high-energy density and high-power density batteries suitable for transportation and renewable energy storage applications.  Advanced systems such as lithium-air, sodium-ion, as well as lithium-ion electrochemical energy storage are appropriate. Work on commercially available systems such as lead-acid and nickel-metal hydride batteries will not be considered by this program.  Fuel-cell related proposals should be directed to other CBET programs, depending on emphasis:  electrocatalysis (Catalysis and Biocatalysis, CBET 1401); membranes (Chemical and Biological Separations, CBET 1417); systems (Process and Reaction Engineering, CBET 1403).
  • Wind Energy: This program no longer supports wind, wave, tidal, or hydrokinetic energy research.  The proposer is encouraged to contact the program director for suggestions on a possible program home for proposal submission.

NOTE: For proposals involving any aspect of chemistry, including but not limited to biochemistry or physical chemistry, consider making proposal submissions to this program (7644) with the Proposal Title as: 'SusChEM: Name of Your Proposal'.  For more information on SusChEM-related proposals visit this link.  The same applies for proposals involving sustainable engineering.

The duration of unsolicited awards is typically three years.  The typical award size for the program is $100,000 per year. Proposals requesting a substantially higher amount than this, without prior consultation with the Program Director, may be returned without review.

Innovative proposals outside of these specific interest areas can be considered. However, prior to submission, it is recommended that the PI contact the Program Director to avoid the possibility of the proposal being returned without review or transferred to another program.

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Computational Physics
Division of Physics / NSF

December 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

Computational Physics (CP) supports research for computational and data-enabled science. The program emphasizes novel methods for high-performance computing that require significant code development. Priority will be given to proposals that, in addition to compelling scientific goals, have a computational advance or new enabling capability. Proposals should include either innovation in computing, such as algorithm development and efficient use of novel architectures, or provide significant improvement to community codes.

Computational Physics is the program through which the Physics Division participates in the Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E) program. 
The computational physics program is focused on investigations relevant to disciplines supported by the Physics Division, while encouraging broader impacts on other disciplines. Disciplines within the purview of the Physics Division include: atomic, molecular, optical, plasma, elementary particle, nuclear, gravitational and biological physics, particle astrophysics, and accelerator science.
Proposals with intellectual focus in areas supported by other NSF Divisions should be submitted to those divisions directly. Proposals that cross Divisional lines are welcome, but the Physics Division encourages PIs to request a co-review by naming other Divisional programs on the cover sheet. This facilitates the co-review and participation of other programs in the review process.

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Quantum Information Science
Division of Physics / NSF

December 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

Quantum Information Science (QIS) supports theoretical and experimental proposals that explore quantum applications to new computing paradigms or that foster interactions between physicists, mathematicians, and computer scientists that push the frontiers of quantum-based information, transmission, and manipulation.

The quantum information science program is focused on investigations relevant to disciplines supported by the Physics Division, while encouraging broader impacts on other disciplines. Disciplines within the purview of the Physics Division include: atomic, molecular, optical, plasma, elementary particle, nuclear, gravitational and biological physics, particle astrophysics, and accelerator science.

Proposals with intellectual focus in areas supported by other NSF Divisions should be submitted to those divisions directly. Proposals that cross Divisional lines are welcome, but the Physics Division encourages PIs to request a co-review by naming other Divisional programs on the cover sheet. This facilitates the co-review and participation of other programs in the review process.

 

 

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Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12)
Directorate for Education & Human Resources, Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings / NSF

December 7, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Discovery Research PreK-12 program (DRK-12) seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by PreK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of STEM education innovations and approaches. Projects in the DRK-12 program build on fundamental research in STEM education and prior research and development efforts that provide theoretical and empirical justification for proposed projects. Projects should result in research-informed and field-tested outcomes and products that inform teaching and learning. Teachers and students who participate in DRK-12 studies are expected to enhance their understanding and use of STEM content, practices and skills.

DRK-12 invites proposals that address immediate challenges that are facing preK-12 STEM education as well as those that anticipate radically different structures and functions of preK 12 teaching and learning. The DRK-12 program has three major research and development strands: (1) Assessment; (2) Learning; and (3) Teaching. The program recognizes the synergy among the three strands and that there is some overlap among them. However, PIs should identify a clear focus of the proposed research efforts (i.e., assessment, learning, or teaching) consistent with the proposal's main objectives and research questions. The program supports five types of projects: (1) Exploratory, (2) Design and Development, (3) Impact, (4) Implementation and Improvement, and (5) Conferences and Syntheses. All five types of projects apply to each of the three DRK-12 strands.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

For DPK-12 proposals, a wide range of potential STEM education innovations and approaches are possible including policies, instructional or professional development programs, interventions, practices, curriculum, professional development models, assessment systems, technologies, and combinations of approaches to improve STEM learning and learning environments for students in preK-12 formal education.

As a research and development program, DRK-12 contributes to knowledge of how STEM education innovations or approaches are designed, engineered and tested. The emphasis is on what works, for whom, and under what conditions. The DRK-12 program not only contributes to the development of innovations or approaches that are useable and useful for PreK-12 students and teachers, but also to the generation of new knowledge about the nature of STEM learning and learning environments. Research and development plans are integral to every project description.

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The term is used as shorthand for referring to all four of these domains. The DRK-12 program is receptive to proposals that focus on any of the four domains. STEM does not imply that proposals must address all four domains. However, proposals that have an interdisciplinary focus on two, three, or all four of these domains are welcome as well. DRK-12's contributions to the knowledge base in education differ from the EHR Core Research program (ECR). The focus of DRK-12 research is on the translation of foundational and early stage research into research and designs of STEM education innovations or approaches, studies of their efficacy or effectiveness, and implementation research that allows for understanding of adaptation and use. DRK-12 differs from the ECR in its focus on the research and development of products and processes that have ultimate use in PreK-12 schools and pre- and in-service teacher preparation and professional development settings.

The DRK-12 program is primarily concerned with the goals and effectiveness of formal education, but recognizes that learning is not limited to formal school environments and regular school schedules or populations. The program encourages proposals to draw from knowledge and practice of learning in out-of-school and informal settings to enhance learning and teaching in formal settings. Also, DRK-12 has a focus on PreK through the end of high school, but the connection to college and career-readiness standards ties the work of many projects to post-secondary or adult basic education.

The DRK-12 program has three research and development strands: (1) Assessment; (2) Learning; and (3) Teaching. The DRK-12 program recognizes that there is some overlap among the strands in the activities involved in a project, but there should be a clear focus of the research and development efforts. Collectively, the three strands foster the creation of a new generation of STEM education innovations or approaches. These innovations or approaches take full advantage of the rich research base on STEM learning, the capabilities of modern technologies to enhance the education of PreK-12 learners and teachers, and emerging scientific and mathematical discoveries.

The DRK-12 program seeks to maintain a balanced portfolio by supporting projects ranging from those with immediate applicability to those that anticipate and provide the foundation for PreK-12 STEM education as it could be in future decades. Proposals that envision changes in education in future decades need to describe ideas, concepts, theories, practices and research and development that challenge existing assumptions about STEM learning, teaching, and assessment. Such proposals could, for example, offer the promise of being dramatically more effective with the diversity of learners that are represented in our nation. Proposals that address immediate and pressing challenges typically develop and study STEM education innovations and approaches that could be implemented and used by educators in the relatively near term, albeit in highly innovative ways.

The program supports five types of projects: (1) Exploratory, (2) Design and Development, (3) Impact, (4) Implementation and Improvement, and (5) Conferences and Syntheses. All five types of projects apply to each of the three DRK-12 strands.

Information on current DRK-12 projects can be found at http://www.cadrek12.org and at NSF Award Search.

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Dear Colleague Letter: FY 2015 Clean Energy Technologies Funding Opportunities
Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO), Engineering (ENG), Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS)

Deadlines vary per directorate

SYNOPSIS: 

Dear Colleagues:

It is critical to provide sustainable and economical energy systems on a scale sufficient to power all of society's needs. The development of clean energy technologies is an important step in that direction as it addresses the interrelated challenges of producing safe and responsible energy sources while reducing our dependence on foreign oil and minimizing the impact on the environment.

All of the Divisions in the following Directorates are participating in clean energy technology research and education through ongoing funding opportunities: Biological Sciences (BIO)Engineering (ENG), and Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS).

For BIO: fundamental research topics of interest in clean energy technology include, but are not limited to: systems and synthetic biology to streamline and scale the metabolic and energetic potential of living organisms such as microbes, fungi, algae and plants to produce non-petroleum based sources of important chemicals/materials, feedstocks and fuels. Investigations to assess the impact of fuel and/or bio-renewable chemical production on genome stability, fitness, and phenotype of the production organisms are of interest, as are studies to assess the potential environmental impacts of these technologies.

For ENG and MPS: examples of fundamental research topics of interest in clean energy technologies include, but are not limited to: hydrogen generation and storage; biological, chemical, and catalytic conversion of renewable carbon sources (such as biomass, methane, and carbon dioxide); the development of methods and materials that increase energy efficiency, such as the replacement of stoichiometric with catalytic processes; energy storage, transmission, or distribution (e.g. smart grid); power-electronic and energy-conversion devices; fuel cells; solar energy capture and conversion (including biological and bio-inspired processes for the conversion of sunlight to fuels, electricity, or thermal energy); wind/wave/tidal energy; nuclear energy; studies of energy efficiency and use; and carbon dioxide sequestration and storage.

Within these general guidelines, the Directorates encourage the submission of proposals in the areas of clean energy research. Proposals should be submitted to the NSF program appropriate to the disciplinary area of the proposed research in accordance with the submission window and conditions of that program.

Proposals are welcome from either single or multiple investigators. Interdisciplinary proposals that involve principal investigators traditionally supported by different participating divisions are encouraged. Please follow the guidelines and program descriptions located on the NSF website.

Proposals may be submitted in combination with other solicitations. For example, if there are strong collaborations with industry, the Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) solicitation can be used in conjunction with this effort. Similarly, proposals may be submitted in combination with the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) or the Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) solicitation. Other NSF funding mechanisms such as Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) and Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) may also be appropriate. Principal investigators are urged to consult with the cognizant program officers for additional guidance.

To see examples of awards made in this area visit the NSF Award Abstracts Database and perform a key word search. Alternatively, please visit the webpages of the disciplinary programs of interest in the participating divisions.

We are excited by the opportunities in the clean energy technologies area and encourage our communities to contribute to our sustainable and secure energy future.

Fleming Crim
Assistant Director
Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Pramod Khargoneker
Assistant Director
Directorate for Engineering

John Wingfield
Assistant Director
Directorate for Biological Sciences

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CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI)
Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering / NSF

LOI due November 10, 2015
Full submission due January 20, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) program drives discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines of the three participating CISE divisions by supporting the creation and enhancement of world-class research infrastructure that will support focused research agendas in computer and information science and engineering. This infrastructure will enable CISE researchers to advance the frontiers of CISE research. Further, through the CRI program CISE seeks to ensure that individuals from a diverse range of academic institutions, including minority-serving and predominantly undergraduate institutions, have access to such infrastructure.

The CRI program supports two classes of awards:

  • Institutional Infrastructure (II) awards support the creation of new (II-NEW) CISE research infrastructure or the enhancement (II-EN) of existing CISE research infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities at the awardee and collaborating institutions.
  • Community Infrastructure (CI) awards support the planning (CI-P) for new CISE community research infrastructure, the creation of new (CI-NEW) CISE research infrastructure, the enhancement (CI-EN) of existing CISE infrastructure, or thesustainment (CI-SUSTAIN) of existing CISE community infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities for broad-based communities of CISE researchers that extend well beyond the awardee institutions. Each CI award may support the operation of such infrastructure, ensuring that the awardee institution(s) is (are) well positioned to provide a high quality of service to CISE community researchers expected to use the infrastructure to realize their research goals.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

With its CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) program, CISE drives discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines covered by the three participating CISE divisions through support for the creation and enhancement of world-class research infrastructure that will enable focused research agendas in computer science. Further, through the CRI program, CISE seeks to ensure that individuals from a diverse range of academic institutions, including minority-serving and predominantly undergraduate institutions, have access to such infrastructure.

Examples of research infrastructure of interest to the program include, but are not limited to: systems of security and monitoring devices, linguistically annotated electronic language and vision corpora, spectrum and protocol analyzers, system testbeds, suites of robots, clusters of graphic processing units, software libraries and tools, networks of wireless and mobile devices, programmable network components, integrated systems of sensors, data repositories and visualization capabilities. These computing infrastructure resources (and others not listed here) are expected to enable unique and compelling research opportunities otherwise inaccessible to the core CISE research community.

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Ideas Lab: Measuring "Big G" Challenge
Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences, Division of Physics / NSF

LOI due September 21, 2015
Full submission due January 14, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The gravitational constant, G, describes the strength of gravitation, the weakest of the four fundamental interactions in nature. Although several hundred measurements of this constant have been performed over the last two and a quarter centuries, recent experiments differ by as much as 0.05%, about 40 times the uncertainty of the most precise experiment.

Motivations to resolve the current discrepancy with better measurements are two-fold. First, the search for a theory that unifies gravitation with quantum electrodynamics is an active area of research. Such a theory may be able to predict the value of G, and an experimental result may become important to test such theories. Second, understanding the subtleties involved in precisely and absolutely measuring a small force is important for many fields of physics and metrology, including the Casimir effect, spring constants of atomic force microscopy (AFM) cantilever, intermolecular forces in DNA.

This solicitation describes an Ideas Lab on "Measuring Big G" Ideas Labs are intensive meetings focused on finding innovative solutions to grand challenge problems. The ultimate aim of this Ideas Lab organized by the Physics Division of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF), in collaboration with experts in the field, is to facilitate the development of new experiments designed to measure Newton's gravitational constant G with relative uncertainties approaching or surpassing one part in 100,000. The aspiration is that mixing researchers from diverse scientific backgrounds will engender fresh thinking and innovative approaches that will provide a fertile ground for new ideas on how to measure G that can be used to validate and extend current calculations.US researchers may submit preliminary proposals for participation in the Ideas Lab only via FastLane. The goal is to develop multidisciplinary ideas that eventually will be submitted as full proposals.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Ideas Lab is an interactive gathering on a focused problem and typically involves up to 30 participants. This Ideas Lab aims to stimulate thinking in promising new techniques to measure G with emphasis in experimental setups that have not been attempted before.

Participants will be expected to engage constructively in dialogue with one another, the facilitators, and the Director(s) and mentors to develop collaborative research proposals. Collaboration is an integral aspect of the activity.

The Ideas Lab is sponsored by the NSF. As such, only those eligible to apply for funding from the NSF will be eligible to apply to attend the Ideas Lab.

How will the Ideas Lab Work? The Ideas Lab is an intensive, interactive and free-thinking environment, where a diverse group of participants from a range of disciplines and backgrounds gets together for five days - away from their everyday worlds - to immerse themselves in collaborative thinking processes in order to construct innovative approaches. The Ideas Lab will run over five days starting mid-morning on Day One and finishing mid-afternoon on Day Five. At the outset, the participants will work collaboratively to identify and define the scope of the research challenges relating to measuring G. As the Ideas Lab progresses, participants will dynamically develop and hone novel ideas about how the identified challenges may be addressed, and then use these ideas and approaches to develop research projects, which should contain genuinely innovative and potentially risk-taking investigations. The Ideas Lab will include inputs from a variety of sources and will aim to develop collaborative research projects. Following the Ideas Lab, proposals may be submitted by teams selected to submit a full proposal. Those selected teams will receive further instructions.

The nature of the Ideas Lab requires a high degree of trust between participants in order to make the required breakthroughs in scientific thinking. This trust extends to allowing the free and frank exchange of scientific ideas, some being in the very early stages of development. The aim of the Ideas Lab is not to discuss ideas that are already well-developed but not yet published. Rather, the goal is to bring individuals from different disciplines together to interact and engage in free thinking on first principles, to learn from one another and create an integrated vision for future research projects. It is expected that the sharing of these ideas would be encouraged within the Ideas Lab but their confidentiality would be respected outside the Ideas Lab.

The Ideas Lab will be led by Director(s) whose role will be to assist in defining the topics and help facilitate discussions at the event. The Director(s) will be joined by a small number of mentors. The mentors will be selected by NSF based on their intellectual standing, their impartiality and objectivity, and their broad understanding of, and enthusiasm for, the subject area. The Director(s) and mentors will take full part in the Ideas Lab, but will not be eligible to receive research funding under this collaborative activity. They will therefore act as impartial peer reviewers in the process, providing a function analogous to that of an NSF review panel.

The process can be broken down into several stages:

* Defining the scope of the challenges 
* Evolving common languages and terminologies amongst people from a diverse range of backgrounds and disciplines 
* Sharing perspectives and understanding of the scientific challenges, as well as the diverse expertise brought by the participants to the Ideas Lab 
* Taking part in break-out sessions focused on the challenges, using creative thinking techniques 
* Capturing the outputs in the form of highly innovative research projects 
* Using "real-time" peer review to develop projects at the Ideas Lab

The Ideas Lab will be an intensive event. For the well-being of participants, the venue offers opportunities for relaxation, and the timetable will include networking and other activities as a break from the detailed technical discussions.

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National Science Foundation Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects (PHY)
Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences - Division of Physics / NSF

Varies by program

SYNOPSIS:

The Division of Physics (PHY) supports physics research and education in the nation's colleges and universities across a broad range of physics disciplines that span scales of space and time from the largest to the smallest and the oldest to the youngest. The Division is comprised of disciplinary programs covering experimental and theoretical research in the following major subfields of physics: Accelerator Science; Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics; Computational Physics; Elementary Particle Physics; Gravitational Physics; Integrative Activities in Physics; Nuclear Physics; Particle Astrophysics; Physics of Living Systems; Plasma Physics (supported under a separate solicitation); and Quantum Information Science.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Division of Physics (PHY) supports physics research and education in the nation's colleges and universities across a broad range of physics disciplines that span scales of space and time from the largest to the smallest and the oldest to the youngest. The Division is comprised of disciplinary programs covering experimental and theoretical research in the following major subfields of physics: Accelerator Science; Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics; Computational Physics; Elementary Particle Physics; Gravitational Physics; Integrative Activities in Physics; Nuclear Physics; Particle Astrophysics; Physics of Living Systems; Plasma Physics (supported under a separate solicitation); and Quantum Information Science.

PHY Mission: To support fundamental research across the intellectual frontiers of physics, to support research that has broader impacts on other fields of science and on the health, economic strength, and defense of society, to enhance education at all levels and share the excitement of science with the public through integration of education and research, and to steward the physics community so as to maintain the intellectual capital essential for future advances. Modes of support include single investigator awards, group awards, centers and institutes, some interdisciplinary in nature, and several national user facilities, as well as research equipment/instrumentation development grants.

PHY Science: Physics research probes the properties of matter at its most fundamental level, the interactions between particles, and the organization of constituents and symmetry principles that lead to the rich structure and phenomena that we observe in the world around us. Physics seeks a deep understanding of processes that led to the formation of the cosmos, to the structure of matter at the very shortest distance scales where quantum effects dominate, and to the structure of atomic and molecular systems that shape and control the everyday world of chemistry and biological systems. Because of the breadth and scope of physics, it forms part of the core educational curriculum in most sciences and in engineering.

Physics research encompasses both theoretical and experimental studies, has very profound connections with fundamental mathematics, and underlies most of the other physical sciences. Collaboration with the other scientific disciplines is very important to the continued health and excitement of physics, some examples being in biological physics at the molecular and cellular levels, in quantum information science at the physics-computer science interface, and in the large-scale structure and evolution of the universe (cosmology). PHY will continue to emphasize the importance of interdisciplinary research.

Physics also supports the development of new tools and techniques needed to expand and refine our understanding of physical systems - from particle accelerators to probe physics at the energy and short-distance frontier, to femtosecond lasers to probe and control atomic and molecular systems, to LIGO, a new window on cosmological events ranging from the birth of the universe to the death throes of stars. The extraordinary sensitivity required for some of the instrumentation demands new technology development. For example, LIGO requires a displacement sensitivity of one thousandth of the diameter of the proton to observe gravitational waves from explosive cosmological processes! Such development is clearly a very high-risk endeavor. The payoff for such investments can also be very high, both scientifically and to the economic and technological future of the nation. For example, the development and application of femtosecond lasers now permits radically improved laser surgery and microelectronics fabrication, and points the way towards full quantum control of physical and chemical processes. PHY encourages research that pushes the envelope of technology as well as the reach of science and sees this also as an investment in developing the scientific leaders of the future.

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Atmospheric Chemistry
Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences

Full proposals accepted anytime

SYNOPSIS:

Supports research to measure and model the concentration and distribution of gases and aerosols in the lower and middle atmosphere. Also supports research on the chemical reactions among atmospheric species; the sources and sinks of important trace gases and aerosols; the aqueous-phase atmospheric chemistry; the transport of gases and aerosols throughout the atmosphere; and the improved methods for measuring the concentrations of trace species and their fluxes into and out of the atmosphere.

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Paleoclimate
Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences

Full Proposal Accepted Anytime

SYNOPSIS:

Supports research on the natural evolution of Earth's climate with the goal of providing a baseline for present variability and future trends through improved understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological processes that influence climate over the long-term.

Competitive proposals will address specific aspects of scientific uncertainty for their proposed research.

All four Divisions in the Geosciences Directorate have joined in creating the annual Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (P2C2) competition in paleoclimate global change research.  Researchers are encouraged to consider the P2C2 competition as a possible source of support for their global change research. 

Since proposals eligible for funding in the P2C2 competition are not eligible for funding in the Paleoclimate Program, researchers are strongly advised to contact the Director of the Paleoclimate Program for guidance as to the suitability of their proposed research for either program.

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Geomorphology and Land Use Dynamics
Directorate for Geosciences (Division of Earth Sciences) / NSF

Proposals accepted anytime

SYNOPSIS:

The Geomorphology and Land-use Dynamics Program supports innovative research into processes that shape and modify landscapes over a variety of length and time scales. The program encourages research that quantitatively investigates the coupling and feedback among such processes, their rates, and their relative roles, especially in the contexts of variation in climatic, biologic, and tectonic influences and in light of changes due to human impacts. Such research may involve fieldwork, modeling, experimentation, theoretical development, or combinations thereof.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Geomorphology and Land-use Dynamics Program is committed to supporting the most meritorious research in any area relevant to the Program Description, including interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research, as well as research involving international collaborations. The Program is especially interested in proposals from emerging fields. Where appropriate, proposals may be considered for joint support with other programs in The Division of Earth Sciences and/or with other Divisions at the National Science Foundation. In some cases, proposals may be transferred to other programs within EAR or to other Divisions within the National Science Foundation when it is deemed appropriate by Program Officers from the respective programs or divisions. Principal Investigators are encouraged to contact the cognizant program officers regarding proposals that may cross disciplinary boundaries before submission.

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Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology (SGP)
Directorate for Geosciences (Division of Earth Sciences) / NSF

Proposals accepted anytime

SYNOPSIS:

Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology supports studies of: (1) the changing aspects of life, ecology, environments, and biogeography in geologic time based on fossil plants, animals, and microbes; (2) all aspects of the Earth's sedimentary lithosphere - its insights into the geological processes and rich organic and inorganic resources locked in rock sequences; (3) the science of dating and measuring the sequence of events and rates of geological processes as manifested in Earth's past sedimentary and biological (fossil) record; (4) the geologic record of the production, transportation, and deposition of modern and ancient physical and chemical sediments; and (5) understanding Earth's deep-time (pre-Holocene) climate systems.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

General Description: The Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology Program (SGP) supports studies of: (1) the changing aspects of life, ecology, environments, and biogeography in geologic time based on fossil plants, animals, and microbes; (2) all aspects of the Earth's sedimentary lithosphere - its insights into the geological processes and rich organic and inorganic resources locked in rock sequences; (3) the science of dating and measuring the sequence of events and rates of geological processes as manifested in Earth's past sedimentary and biological (fossil) record; (4) the geologic record of the production, transportation, and deposition of modern and ancient physical and chemical sediments; and (5) Earth's deep-time (pre-Holocene) climate system.

Track 1: General Program (annual): Please refer to the general description above for research areas supported by SGP. Examples of projects supported by the SGP Program can be found using the NSF Award Search (Program Information) engine by entering Element Code 7459. This track is competed annually.

Track 2: Earth-Life Transitions: The Earth-Life Transitions (ELT) track will be held bienniallybeginning in FY 2016. Projects should involve collaborations among investigators from different geoscience disciplinary specialties and PIs are encouraged to include a modeling component. Collaboration with other science fields is welcome and encouraged. ELT also strongly encourages the involvement of early-career investigators. ELT awards will be made for projects that bring together interdisciplinary teams of researchers to address a specific earth-life transitions research problem. Activities should address the research challenges identified in the program solicitation. In addition to research awards, activities, such as initial data collection, creation of coordinated working groups and workshops to organize groups around a central ELT theme will be considered for support.

All SGP projects are expected to meet NSF's broader impacts review criteria by fostering integration of research and education, broadening participation of underrepresented groups, enhancing infrastructure for research and education and/or disseminating scientific results to the broader scientific community and to the general public. All SGP projects (Track 1 and Track 2) should attempt to attract students and involve early career researchers. Successful projects from both tracks will include creative, integrative, and effective broader impact activities developed within the context of the mission, goals, and resources of the organizations involved. Partnerships with institutions serving students under-represented in the Geosciences are especially encouraged. Broader impacts activities must be an integral part of the proposed research and this should be reflected in the expertise of collaborators, the proposal budget, and budget justification.

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Gen-3 Engineering Research Centers (ERC)
Directorate for Engineering, Engineering Education and Centers / NSF

LOI due October 3, 2015
Full submission due June 16, 2016 by invitation only

SYNOPSIS:

The goal of the ERC Program is to integrate engineering research and education with technological innovation to transform national prosperity, health, and security. ERCs create an innovative, inclusive culture in engineering to cultivate new ideas and pursue engineering discovery that achieves a significant science, technology, and societal outcome within the 10-year timeframe of NSF support. For information on individual ERCs and their achievements, go to:http://www.ERC-assoc.org.

Those who submit proposals in response to this solicitation will need to address the following questions:

  1. What is the compelling new idea and how does it relate to national needs?
  2. Why is a center necessary to tackle the idea?
  3. How will the ERC's infrastructure integrate and implement research, workforce development and innovation ecosystem development efforts to achieve its vision?

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The goal of the ERC Program is to integrate engineering research and education with technological innovation to transform national prosperity, health, and security. It links scientific discovery to technological innovation and supports engineering graduates who can be leaders in industrial practice and creative pioneers in a global economy. The ERCs awarded through this solicitation shall have an infrastructure that integrates and implements the key features (research, workforce development, and innovation ecosystem development) to address the following gaps/barriers:

  • Research
    • To conduct an interdisciplinary research program that aligns systems-motivated fundamental and applied research with enabling and systems technologies to demonstrate proofs-of-principle of the engineered systems developed in test beds
    • To translate interdisciplinary advances from research in fundamental knowledge, enabling technology, and transformational engineered systems to innovation
  • Workforce Development
    • To implement research-based education programs that produce a diverse, globally competitive, and team-oriented engineering workforce that has experience in research, industrial practice, technology advancement, entrepreneurship, and innovation
    • To broaden pathways to engineering for underrepresented students
  • Innovation Ecosystem Development
    • To create an innovation ecosystem that brings industrial/practitioner perspectives in research and workforce development to the ERC by leveraging industry resources and research capacity
    • To accelerate transfer of ERC advances in knowledge, technology, and systems to impact key sectors of industry and professional engineering practices and academic curricula

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Regional Conservation Partnership Program (USDA-NRCS-NHQ-RCPP-15-01)
Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service

LOI due July 8, 2015
Full submission due upon invitation only (date TBD)

SYNOPSIS:

NRCS is the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) conservation agency working with farmers,ranchers, and private forest landowners nationwide to identify and address natural resource objectives in balance with operational goals in order to benefit soil, water, wildlife, and related natural resources locally, regionally, and nationally. NRCS works in partnership with other entities to accelerate getting conservation on the ground. Through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), NRCS seeks to co-invest with partners in innovative, workable and cost-effective approaches to benefit farming, ranching, and forest operations, local economies, and the communities and resources in a watershed or othergeographic area. RCPP partners develop project applications, as described in this notice, to address specificnatural resource objectives in a proposed area or region. Partnering organizations design,promote, implement, and evaluate the project outcomes. NRCS will select final RCPP projects following a two-phase application process that includes:(1) a pre-proposal application; and (2) a full proposal application. NRCS will assess andevaluate RCPP project applications against four criteria--solutions, contributions, innovation,and participation.

The full proposal process is only open to applicants whose pre-proposalapplications are selected by the agency to go forward from the pre-proposal stage. All RCPPapplications become the property of NRCS for use in the administration of the program and willnot be returned to the applicant.RCPP federal assistance is delivered in accordance with the authorities of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), and Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP), and in certain geographic areas, the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention program. NRCS and partners implement RCPP projects by working with agricultural producers and owners of agricultural and forestland.The purpose of this notice is to announce the availability of CCC funding for RCPP and to solicit applications from potential partners.

Subject to fiscal year (FY) 2016 appropriations, NRCS anticipates the availability of about $225 million in funding for RCPP. If the Sequester were not in effect in FY 2016, as proposed in the President's FY 2016 Budget, available funding would be about $235 million. The FY 2015 proposal process offered up to $394 million in funding, reflecting two years of funding (FY2014 and FY2015), not a higher level of annual funding.Applications will be accepted from all 50 States, the Caribbean Area (Puerto Rico and U.S.Virgin Islands), and U.S. territories in the Pacific Island Areas (Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands).

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Specialty Crop Research Initiative/Citrus Disease Research and Extension
United States Department of Agriculture, NIFA

LOI due June 1, 2015
Full submission due August 14, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

NIFA requests applications for the Specialty Crop Research Initiative/Citrus Disease Research and Extension (SCRI/CDRE) program for fiscal year 2015 to solve critical United States specialty crop issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research and extension activities that use systems-based, trans-disciplinary approaches. The intent of the SCRI program is to solve the needs of the various specialty crop industries through the promotion of collaboration, open communication, the exchange of information, and the development of resources that accelerate application of scientific discovery and technology. The total amount available for support of the SCRI program in FY 2015 will be approximately $23 million.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

SCRI/CDRE supports Goals 1, 3 and 4 of the USDA Strategic Plan; Goal 1 of the REE Action Plan; and NIFA science goals 1.1, 1.3, 1.5, 1.6 and 1.7. Based on consultation with the Citrus Disease Sub-committee (CDS) of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board (NAREEEAB), which occurred on December 9 and 10, 2014, only applications that deal with the huanglongbing (HLB, citrus greening) complex or its management will be considered in FY 2015. Pre-applications proposing research and extension on other citrus diseases or citrus disease vectors will be returned without review. The CDS has further identified 4 areas of particular interest, which are presented in order of importance to the industry: 1. Bacterial therapy systems that either kill or suppress Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus (CLas) 2. Development of techniques and substrates that allow for CLas to be cultured in artificial media 3. Development of methodologies that allow for the early detection of CLas in nonsymptomatic citrus plants and in Diaphorina citri, the insect vector of the pathogen 4. Development of rootstocks resistant to, or tolerant of, CLas that are suitable for a wide range of growing environments. 6 The four priorities listed above are not intended to be exclusive but represent those areas that the CDS considers to be of highest priority for fiscal year 2015. Applications that deal with other areas of HLB/vector management will also be considered.

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Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship (NNF) Grants Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture

August 19, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

NIFA requests applications for the Food and Agricultural National Needs Fellowship (NNF) Grants Program for fiscal year (FY) 2015 to provide traineeship programs to eligible institutions for meeting the national need to develop scientific and professional expertise in the Food, Agricultural, Natural Resources, and Human Sciences, through graduate level training programs. The amount available for support of this program in FY 2015 is approximately $3.24 million.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The purpose of the NNF Grants Program is to provide funding to support students' training and completion of Master's and/or doctoral degree programs in identified national need areas within the Food, Agricultural, Natural Resources, and Human Sciences. Awards made under NNF are specifically intended to support traineeship programs that engage outstanding students to pursue and complete their degrees in areas where there is a national need for the development of scientific and professional expertise in the food and agricultural sciences. NNF awards invest in graduate training and relevant international experiential learning for a cadre of diverse individuals who demonstrate their potential to successfully complete graduate degree programs in disciplines relevant to the mission of the USDA.

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Exploratory Research
U.S. Department of Agriculture

LOI due August 31, 2015
Full submission due September 30, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

This program area encourages development of innovative ideas that will position US Agriculture at the global forefront. These developments will lead to quantum leaps in the agricultural fields. They will address the challenges that have never been addressed before or challenges that have been addressed, but where a novel approach with new ideas could promise high potential impact. This program area priority provides support for research projects that develop proof of concept for untested novel ideas that will lead to a significant change in the areas of food security, climate change, environmental quality and natural resources, nutrition, obesity, food safety, strong families and vibrant communities, and thriving youth.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Exploratory Program Area addresses the following priorities of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill): A. Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; B. Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; C. Food Safety, Nutrition and Health; D. Renewable Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment; E. Agriculture, Systems and Technology; and F. Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. The AFRI Exploratory Research Program Area also directly aligns with the Research, Education, and Economics Action Plan (www.ree.usda.gov/ree/news/USDA_REE_Action_Plan_02-2012_2.pd and specifically addresses: Goal 1 - Local and Global Food Supply and Security; Goal 2 - Responding to Climate and Energy Needs; Goal 3 - Sustainable Use of Natural Resources; Goal 4 - Nutrition and Childhood Obesity; Goal 5 - Food Safety; Goal 6 - Education and Science Literacy; and Goal 7 - Rural Prosperity/ Rural-Urban Interdependence.
In FY 2015, AFRI invites Research Project applications for Standard Grant type relevant to the priority of the Exploratory Program Area described below.

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Small Business Innovation Research Program - Phase I
U.S. Department of Agriculture

October 8, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) invites science-based small business firms to submit research applications under this program solicitation entitled "Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) - Phase I, Fiscal Year 2016." Firms with strong scientific research capabilities in any of the topic areas described in section 8.0 are encouraged to participate. USDA will support highquality research or research and development (R/R&D) applications containing advanced concepts related to important scientific problems and opportunitiesthat could lead to significant public benefit. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Objectives of the SBIR program include stimulating technological innovation in the private sector, strengthening the role of small businesses in meeting Federal research and development needs, increasing private sector commercialization of innovations derived from USDA-supported research and development efforts, and fostering and encouraging participation by women-owned and socially and economically disadvantaged small business firms in technological innovation.

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Food for Progress Program
Foreign Agricultural Services/Department of Agriculture

October 14, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Food for Progress program helps developing countries and emerging democracies modernize and strengthen their agricultural sectors. U.S. agricultural commodities donated to recipient countries are sold on the local market and the proceeds are used to support agricultural, economic, or infrastructure development programs. Applications for cooperative agreements will be accepted in the following priority countries: Angola, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Malawi, Mozambique, Pakistan, and Haiti. In addition, applications will be accepted for cooperative agreements in the following two regions: Cote d' Ivoire and Liberia regional program and The Republic of Senegal, The Gambia, and Guinea Bissau regional program. The FFPr program aims to improve agricultural production and expand trade of agricultural products in developing countries.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

For this announcement, the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is concentrating FFPr resources toward developing the agricultural value chain. Food for Progress has two principal objectives: to improve agricultural productivity and to expand trade of agricultural products.

FAS will give priority consideration to otherwise acceptable applications that align with its established FFPr priority countries, regions, and sectors. In addition, FAS will give priority consideration to proposed projects that (1) expand domestic, regional, or international markets and trade through private sector participation and (2) leverage public or private sector resources in order to achieve lasting impact. In addition, FAS considers the participation of the private sector important and will therefore give priority consideration to proposed projects that (1) expand domestic, regional, or international markets and trade through private sector participation, and (2) leverage public or private sector resources in order to achieve lasting impact.

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FY 2015 Foundational Program
USDA - AFRI

LOIs must be received by 5:00 EST on the deadline indicated in the program area description
Varies by program area

SYNOPSIS: 

AFRI is a competitive grant program to provide funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in food and agricultural sciences. In this RFA, NIFA requests applications for six AFRI priority areas through the Foundational Program for FY 2015. Because the global agricultural output needs to expand by at least 70 percent to meet the food needs of the population expected in 2050, it is imperative to 3 develop innovative, safe and sustainable management strategies for livestock, crops, and critical underlying resources. 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. In FY 2015, applications are sought in the following US agriculture priority areas: 1. Plant health and production and plant products; 2. Animal health and production and animal products; 3. Food safety, nutrition, and health; 4. Renewable energy, natural resources, and environment; 5. Agriculture systems and technology; and 6. Agriculture economics and rural communities. The amount available for support of this program in FY 2015 is approximately $116 million. This notice identifies the objectives for AFRI Foundational Area projects, the eligibility criteria for projects and applicants, and the application forms and associated instructions needed to apply for an AFRI Foundational Area grant.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of AFRI is to support research, education, and extension work by awarding grants that address key problems of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including farm efficiency and profitability, ranching, renewable energy, forestry (both urban and agroforestry), aquaculture, rural communities and entrepreneurship, human nutrition, food safety, physical and social sciences, home economics and rural human ecology, biotechnology, and conventional breeding. Through this support, AFRI advances knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences that is important to agriculture. It also allows AFRI to support education and extension activities that deliver science-based knowledge to people, allowing them to make informed practical decisions. This AFRI RFA is announcing funding opportunities for research only projects and integrated research, education, and/or extension projects.

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2015 USDA AFRI Grants Update
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

SYNOPSIS: 

AFRI will solicit its core program through seven separate RFAs. Applicants are encouraged to review each RFA to explore all the opportunities available to them. Additional AFRI information is available on the AFRI More Information Page.

FY 2015 Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative
Request for Application 
Text Version | PDF

FY 2015 Foundational Program
Anticipated publication date January 2015

FY 2015 Agricultural and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change 
Anticipated publication date January 2015

FY 2015 Food Security 
Anticipated publication date January 2015

FY 2015 Food Safety 
Anticipated publication date January 2015

FY 2015 Childhood Obesity Prevention
Anticipated publication date January 2015

FY 2015 Water for Agriculture 
Anticipated publication date January 2015

FY 2015 Sustainable Bioenergy 
No FY 2015 RFA for new awards (Link for more information)

The Funding Opportunity will publish these Request for Applications as they become available. 

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Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement: AFRI FASE & EPSCoR Program
USDA - NIFA

TBA

SYNOPSIS: 

The Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) grants are designed to help institutions develop competitive projects, and to attract new scientists and educators into careers in high-priority areas of national need in agriculture, food, and environmental sciences. FASE Grants consist of New Investigator Grants, Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants, and Strengthening Grants. Strengthening Grants are further divided into Sabbatical Grants, Equipment Grants, Seed Grants, Strengthening Standard Grants, Strengthening CAP (Coordinated Agricultural Project) Grants and Strengthening Conference Grants. Ten percent of AFRI funding is set aside for Strengthening Grants and Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants.

Webinars

NIFA periodically offers webinars to EPSCoR states on funding opportunities and other programmatic information.

NOTE: To keep up to date on the AFRI FASE & EPSCoR Programs, you may subscribe for notifications: 

& http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/notification.html
& http://www.grants.gov/search/subscribeAdvanced.do

The VPRED office will also update MSU via the Funding Opportunity Announcement. 

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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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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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Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP)

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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Fulbright Programs--Europe--Finland--Fulbright-VTT Grant in Science, Technology and Innovation
Council for International Exchange of Scholars

August 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Fulbright Center and VTT Technical Research Center of Finland offer a unique opportunity for international research collaboration on a broad range of current issues in science, technology and innovation. The Fulbright-VTT Grant in Science, Technology and Innovation is available for research visits of four to six months at VTT in Finland.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Applications are sought in all appropriate disciplines, but applications in the following disciplines are preferred: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Communications, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Information Sciences.

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Fulbright Programs--Europe-Finland-Fulbright-Aalto University Distinguished Chair
Council for International Exchange of Scholars

August 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The sponsor provides a distinguished lecturing/research award at any or all of the six schools at Aalto University, Helsinki. A PhD (or equivalent terminal degree such as MFA, JD, or MD) is required. This program is open to academics and appropriately qualified professionals outside of academia. Candidates should have a prominent record of scholarly accomplishment. All teaching will be in English. The duration of the grant is three to nine months.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Applications are sought in all appropriate disciplines.

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Fulbright Programs--South and Central Asia--Regional Research Program
Council for International Exchange of Scholars

August 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

Approximately two awards for research in any academic or professional area in two or three of the participating countries of South and Central Asia will be provided. A PhD (or equivalent terminal degree such as MFA, JD, or MD) is not required. This program is open to academics and appropriately qualified professionals outside of academia. An M.A., M.S. or higher degree is required; the degree must have been awarded by the start of the proposed grant period. At least five years of relevant professional experience; and high level of academic or professional achievement are required. For professionals and artists, recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishments are required. Awards will be for three to nine months.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The South and Central Asia Regional Research award provides support for multi-country research in the region. Grantees will conduct research in the area of specialization in two to three countries. Applicants may incorporate other activities as time permits, such as conducting guest lectures and faculty and curriculum development. Research projects may be of historical or contemporary focus, comparative or regional in scope or where data must be collected in several countries. Projects involving collaboration with host country colleagues and institutions are particularly encouraged. Applications are sought in all appropriate specializations. Research must be conducted in two or more countries in the region: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Pakistan, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

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Measurement Science and Engineering (MSE) Research Grant Programs
Department of Commerce and National Institute of Standards and Technology

Applications will be considered on a continuing/rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

The OSP Grant Program provides financial assistance consistent with the OSP mission to support research in the broad areas of greenhouse gas and climate science measurements.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The GHG and Climate Science Measurements Grant Program provides financial assistance consistent with the program objective of supporting measurement science research to develop or extend internationally-recognized measurement standards, methodologies, and technologies that enhance science-based GHG emissions data and inventories and measurement capabilities to advance capabilities to quantify GHG emissions and improved measurement capabilities for observing Earth systems. Specific areas of interest include methodologies that: increase accuracy and confidence in GHG stationary source emissions determinations, develop and/or validate advanced measurement tools for area GHG sources and sinks, particularly for application to megacities, cities, and metropolitan areas, and increase the accuracy of climate science measurements, and develop and demonstrate measurement methodologies supporting reconciliation of U.S. GHG inventories with atmospheric GHG observing methodologies as a technical means of addressing requirements for measurable, reportable, and verifiable GHG emissions at local and regional scales. Advancing measurement capabilities that further understanding of greenhouse gas transport in the atmosphere is a primary area of interest.

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory Advanced Short-Term Research Opportunity
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

Receipt. Applications received on a year-round basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

The sponsor provides opportunities to conduct research in areas that support ORNL missions in the basic and applied sciences, energy, and the environment.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Areas of interest include: computer science; earth, environmental, and marine sciences; engineering; life, health, and medical sciences; mathematics; and physical sciences.

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CooperVision Translational Research Award
CooperVision

LOI due May 22, 2015
Full submission due August 14, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The CooperVision Translational Research Award is a multi-year award for a substantive translational research project with funding over two years, totaling up to $400,000.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The CooperVision Translational Research Award is a multi-year award for a substantive translational research project.

The key focus areas for FY2016 are: Approaches to improve contact lens discomfort including intervention and management strategies; Technologies to enhance the functionality of contact lenses beyond conventional vision correction.

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Mordecai Y.T. Globus New Investigator Award
American Heart Association

August 11, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The American Heart Association provides an award to a member who has submitted an abstract for the International Stroke Conference. The award recipient will receive support in attending the conference.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Mordecai Y.T. Globus New Investigator Award provides support for attending the International Stroke Conference.

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Robert G. Siekert New Investigator Award
American Heart Association

August 11, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The American Heart Association provides an award to encourage new investigators to undertake or continue stroke-related research.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This award encourages new investigators to undertake or continue stroke-related research. To be eligible, the applicant must be an AHA/ASA member and submit an abstract to the International Stroke Conference.

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Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Achievement Award
Society for Social Work and Research

August 18, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Achievement Award recognizes individuals who in their early careers have done innovative work and are making a notable influence in their field and in the profession.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The accomplishments should reflect innovative scholarship, a rigorous approach to social work research, scholarship which is attracting the interest of other scholars, work that exhibits an emerging influence in the field, and a contribution to advance the profession that is noteworthy.

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Major Grants
Humanities Montana

August 20, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

All Humanities Montana-funded projects must have: a central focus in the humanities; a clearly defined theme; professional humanists involved in planning/executing; no political advocacy; a public program; publicity and evaluation plans where appropriate; and 1:1 cost-share of in-kind or other fund.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Types of projects supported: Book festivals; Conferences; Exhibits; Lectures; Media projects; Museum assistance; Oral histories; Panel discussions; Planning for humanities programs; Public debates; Reading and discussion programs; Workshops; and "Other" (to encourage innovation).

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Humanities Montana Grants
Humanities Montana

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS: 

Regular and Major Grants:

Regular and major grants have different award amounts and different application deadlines:

  • Regular Grants
    Award up to $5,000. Application deadlines are Feb. 20Aug. 20Nov. 20.
  • Major Grants 
    Award more than $5,000. Application deadlines are Aug. 20Dec. 20.
  • Three Year Sustaining Grants
    Applicants must receive approval from Humanities Montana staff to apply.
    Application deadline is Dec. 20.

Before submitting an application, please read the grant guidelines. They contain important details about the application process and requirements. Then discuss your project with Humanities Montana staff. We will confirm whether your proposal meets the basic criteria, and will help ensure you submit a competitive application. Humanities Montana staff can guide you through the online application process, answer questions, review drafts, offer recommendations, and generally help you develop the strongest application possible.

Applications can be submitted online any time. However, the Humanities Montana board reviews applications and awards grants only periodically following each deadline.

The board reviews applications and awards grants on a competitive basis. It assesses proposals based on humanities content and participation by humanities scholars in planning and/or implementation of projects.

We encourage proposals that stimulate statewide dialogue on humanities topics, foster discussion between humanities scholars and the public, strengthen cooperative relationships among communities and cultural organizations (museums, libraries, schools, tribal organizations, etc.), and enrich civic discourse among the state's diverse cultures and across its geographical distances.

Humanities Montana only awards regular and major grants to organizations, not individuals. Eligible sponsoring organizations are listed in the grant guidelines.

Film and Media Grants:

Film and digital media grants award $8,000 - $10,000. Applications are due Aug. 20.

Before submitting an application, please read the grant guidelines. They contain important details about the application process and requirements. Then discuss your project with Humanities Montana staff. We will confirm whether your proposal meets the basic criteria, and will help ensure you submit a competitive application. Humanities Montana staff can guide you through the online application process, answer questions, review drafts, offer recommendations, and generally help you develop the strongest application possible. Consultation is required for film and digital media grants.

Applications can be submitted online any time. However, the Humanities Montana board reviews film and digital media applications and awards grants only once each year at the board meeting following the August 20 deadline. Funds are not available until November 1.

The board reviews applications and awards grants on a competitive basis. It assesses proposals based on humanities content and participation by humanities scholars in planning and/or implementation of projects.

We encourage proposals that stimulate statewide dialogue on humanities topics, foster discussion between humanities scholars and the public, strengthen cooperative relationships among communities and cultural organizations (museums, libraries, schools, tribal organizations, etc.), and enrich civic discourse among the state's diverse cultures and across its geographical distances.

Humanities Montana only awards film and digital media grants to organizations, not individuals. Eligible sponsoring organizations are listed in the grant guidelines.

 

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Humanities Montana Grants: Film and Digital Media
Humanities Montana

August 20, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

Film and Digital Production Grants are intended to provide multi-year support, or one-time only funding for major projects in film, video, television, web-based or other digital media. Major projects are those requiring multiple stages of research and development, production, and post-production and which generally require a script, and a year or more to complete. The Film and Digital Production Grant has funds available for projects in three different stages. Applicants may elect to apply for each stage sequentially, or may apply for one-time funding at any of the stages. At the completion of each stage, the applicant must submit evidence of progressive and satisfactory development in order to be considered for funding at the next stage.

Stage One: Research and Script development. Grants for up to $8,000. Expected outcome: shooting script or equivalent (required to progress to Stage Two funding). Applicants must submit an example of previous work.

Stage Two: Principal photography, source material acquisition, rights clearance. Grants for up to $10,000. Expected outcome: rough cut of film /video or equivalent (required to progress to Stage Three funding). Applicant must submit completed script or detailed narrative treatment.

Stage Three: Completion of product, including post-production. Grants for up to $10,000. Applicant must submit a rough cut of the project. No one project can receive more than $28,000 in total Film and Digital Production Grants. Humanities Montana will fund up to $32,000 in any calendar year. All grants are awarded subject to the availability of funds.

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Improved Biomarkers and Clinical Outcome Measures Program
Fox (Michael J.) Foundation for Parkinson's Research

LOI due May 27, 2015
Full submission due August 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF) seeks to support research that will develop improved biomarker tools and clinical outcome measures to assist in clinical trial design, execution and interpretation of results. Funding will focus on projects that improve the ability to enrich subject populations in clinical trials and/or determine whether experimental treatments are modifying the course of the disease, its symptoms, or its progression.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The program's goal is to facilitate the development of biomarker and clinical outcome measures that enable objective decisions for advancing therapies through various stages of clinical development. MJFF is also interested in supporting projects to determine target engagement/target modulation and pharmacodynamic response, especially for high priority therapeutic targets like alpha synuclein, LRRK2, parkin, and glucocerebrosidase.

The following types of biomarkers/assays/outcome measures are encouraged:

Imaging studies - Development of novel imaging ligands for disease modifying or symptomatic targets of interest that would assist in dose selection and efficacy studies; Comparison of existing imaging ligands to develop more standardized or sensitive recommendations for imaging modalities; Validation of an imaging end-point that identifies a specific stage of the disease or enables quantitative assessment of pathology/pathophysiology.

Clinical/physiological studies - Development or refinement of practical outcome measures (e.g.,physiologic biomarkers such as magnetoencephalography, functional magnetic resonance imaging, electroencephalogram, optical coherence tomography, heart rate variability, sleep quality, etc.); Improvement of functional scales (e.g., activities of daily living, health related quality of life, psychiatric/cognitive) that could demonstrate impact of symptoms or progression of disease.

Biochemical Assays/outcome measures - Development of target-based, biochemical or genetic assays; Develop new assays or assay platforms to analyze tissues or biofluids; and Refine and validate existing assays.

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The Cottrell Scholar Award
Research Corporation for Science Advancement

LOI due May 15, 2015
Full submission due August 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Cottrell Scholar Award develops outstanding teacher-scholars who are recognized by their scientific communities for the quality and innovation of their research programs and their academic leadership skills. The Cottrell Scholar Award provides entry into a national community of outstanding scholar-educators who produce significant research and educational outcomes.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

CSA proposals contain a research plan, an educational plan and a clear statement on how the CSA will help applicants become truly outstanding teacher-scholars and future academic leaders. The project plans must be for a period of three years. The ability of applicants to mount a strong and innovative research program and achieve excellence in education and their potential leadership skills are key criteria in the selection of the awards.

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Caring for Children and Empowering Young People (C2EYP)
U.S. Agency for International Development

August 31, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

USAID seeks to enable more Tanzanian Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC, defined as children, adolescents and young people orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV and other adversities) to utilize age-appropriate HIV/AIDS-related and other services for improved care, health, nutrition, education, protection, livelihoods and psychosocial well-being. This activity is funded by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

PEPFAR's primary targeted beneficiaries include "children who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS, who are otherwise infected or affected by the disease; live in areas of high HIV prevalence and may be vulnerable to the disease or its socioeconomic effects." The PEPFAR/USAID definition is operationalized as follows.

Orphan: Has lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS; Vulnerable: Is more vulnerable because of any or all of the following factors that result from HIV/AIDS: is HIV-positive; lives without adequate adult support (e.g., in a household with chronically ill parents, a household that has experienced a recent death from chronic illness, a household headed by a grandparent, and/or a household headed by a child); lives outside of family care (e.g., in residential care or on the streets); or is marginalized, stigmatized, or discriminated against.

OVC fit within the GOT's broader definition of most vulnerable children (MVC) that includes orphans, children with disabilities, HIV infected/affected, victims of abuse, neglected children, children from poor families and others. USAID uses the term OVC throughout this document in line with the target group defined by the PEPFAR definition, and MVC when referring to GOT programs, but would like to note that most MVC are also OVC.

Under this activity, USAID seeks to enable one million HIV-impacted OVC (which is almost 1/3 of the actual national total of 3.2 million OVC between the ages of 0-18) and young people (ages 18-19) to access comprehensive HIV/AIDS related and other services for improving health, nutrition, education, protection, livelihoods and psychosocial well-being. In order to achieve this purpose, the activity will build the capacity of the OVCs' caregivers (an estimated 350,000) to provide care and access to services for their children and young people through the integration of family economic strengthening and parenting skills. A particular focus will be to expand essential age-appropriate service utilization by children and young people age 15-18, including those living outside of families, who are HIV positive and other hard-to-reach populations; these groups are often underserved by OVC programs. C2EYP includes an operational research component to pilot a model for reaching one of the most hard to reach groups. Moreover, gender considerations are of primary importance, and C2EYP must ensure that differences affecting girls' and women's effective utilization of services are addressed in activity planning and implementation.

This activity will support the PEPFAR continuum of care in Tanzania and be implemented in regions where USAID and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are supporting clinical HIV care and treatment services such as Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) and HIV pediatric care and treatment. C2EYP is intended to leverage and closely coordinate with existing ongoing USAID, USG, GOT and donor partner programs already operating in the target regions across the range of service areas, and to work toward sustainability by transitioning children and families out of activity support during the course of the program. The activity will build upon past OVC program successes in Tanzania, and include a strong learning component where lessons learned are documented and shared, and rigorous monitoring and evaluation are implemented.

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Indo-US Knowledge R & D Networked Joint Centres
Indo-US Science & Technology Forum

August 31, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) provides funding for Knowledge R & D Networked Centres which aim to encourage joint project implementation on focal areas of thematic and knowledge research through networking thus, paving way to sustainable interactions by promoting excellence and developing long term relationship based on synergy of activities. Networked Centre may also provide opportunities for integrating research with education.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Aims of Indo-US Knowledge R & D Networked Joint Centers include:

To encourage joint project implementation on focal areas of thematic and knowledge research through networking thus, paving way to sustainable interactions by promoting excellence and developing long term relationship based on synergy of activities; and,

To provide opportunities for integrating research with education.

This program requires a research topic of high scientific quality, originality and relevance, as well as a research topic to cover thematic and basic science areas of topical and mutual interest.

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School-Community Partnerships for Education (SCOPE)
U.S. Agency for International Development

August 17, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The primary purpose of the School-Community Partnerships for Education (SCOPE) is to improve literacy outcomes for children in primary grades. SCOPE will consist of three interrelated core activities: strengthen the capacity of school leadership t improve student literacy through school-community partnerships; increase effective community and parental involvement to improve literacy skills; and foster a culture of reading. SCOPE activity design will ensure that Rwandans nationwide, including females, people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, are included in activities in ways that bring about empowerment and equitably shared benefits.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

SCOPE is designed to improve early-grade reading skills by creating school0community partnerships to support high-quality reading instruction in school, and opportunities for reading practice outside of school. Teachers and educational leaders have the most direct influence on instructional events, but are also well-positioned to encouraged school0community partnerships and promote literacy. The community is well-positioned not only to advocate for quality instruction, but also to create an environment beyond the school walls that is conducive to student reading the achievement. Key challenges include the following:

-- A widespread feeling among parents that involvement in schools is not their business;

-- Among parents and community members, lack of time and/or lack of confidence in their ability to contribute to schooling and student learning (partially because of low levels of literacy and lack of educational attainment);

-- Difficulty recruiting qualified people to serve on school committees. Community participation in school governance has been characterized by low capacity and high turnover;

-- Exclusive association of school involvement with financial contribution. Even with the elimination of tuition fees, other schooling costs including financial contributions collected through School General Assemblies, strain the budgets of people living in poverty. This association is at the expense of a more open discussion on the mutual accountability of parents and teachers to achieve learning outcomes;

-- Reluctance of management and leadership within schools to involve parents in two-sided dialogue and exchange;

-- Inadequate communication and collaboration among educational stakeholders (i.e. parents, teachers, school leadership, local officials) to advance pupils' learning;

-- Competing/conflicting demands on the time of head teachers, such that building school-community partnerships and promoting high-quality reading instruction are not given priority;

-- Lack of evidence regarding strategies for effective school-community partnerships for improving reading skills in Rwandan context;

-- Lack of access to relevant, high-quality Kinyarwanda-language reading material associated with the lack of capacity of the local publishing industry; and

-- Lack of a nationwide culture of reading.

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Broad Agency Announcement for Extramural Biomedical Research and Development
Special Operations Command

LOI due July 23, 2015
Full submission due September 1, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The USSOCOM seeks novel biomedical solutions to preserve the high level of performance and save the lives of Special Operations Forces (SOF) in field environments. Any projects proposed must be unique to the requirements of SOF who typically conduct combat operations in austere, remote locations without timely access to medical evacuation or elevated levels of medical care. It is these far-forward and/or isolated operations that make SOF medicine unique and result in material solutions characterized by ruggedness, light weight, small volume, and low power requirements. USSOCOM is also interested in research that will lead to improved techniques and procedures that do not necessarily require new material.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

SOF medical personnel place a premium on medical equipment that is small, lightweight, ruggedized, modular, multi-use, and designed for operation in extreme environments. The equipment must be easy to use, require minimum maintenance, and have low power consumption. Drugs and biologics should not require refrigeration or other special handling. All materiel and related techniques must be simple and effective. Research projects may apply existing scientific and technical knowledge for which concept and/or patient care efficacy have already been demonstrated to meet SOF requirements.

1. Medical Simulation and Training Technologies - The proposed project must research, apply and/or develop improved pre-hospital combat casualty training with an emphasis on the SOF pre-hospital providers. Research involves technology based approaches and advanced generation trauma task trainers and robotic training systems to include validation of system and training metrics / evaluation outcomes compared to currently used models. The effort includes research into best practices and new technologies for improved critical lifesaving skills and a cognitive behavioral approach to maximize training effectiveness. Priority will be given to proposals that result in a working prototype that can be field tested in cooperation with SOF training sites.

2. Prolonged Field Care - SOF medical personnel require capabilities for far-forward medical care to reduce the mortality and morbidity associated with major battlefield wounds, injuries and diseases. Prolonged Field Care should focus on novel treatments that support the ability to manage 3-5 patients across the spectrum of illness to multi system injury for a minimum of 5-7 days. The primary emphasis is to research, apply and/or develop medical techniques, pharmaceuticals, biologics and field sustainable, rapidly deployable medical devices for extended care beyond initial trauma resuscitation, to include austere/forward surgery and in disease endemic areas where casualty evacuation is delayed or unavailable. Significant consideration will be given to proposals focused on Prolonged Field Care proposals that may also relate to Sections 3 (a-d) and 4(a-b) of this BAA.

3. Damage Control Resuscitation. SOF medical personnel require capabilities for far-forward medical care to reduce the mortality and morbidity associated with major battlefield wounds and injuries. The primary emphasis is to research, apply and/or develop medical techniques and materiel (medical devices and biologics) for optimal triage and early intervention in life-threatening battle injuries when casualty evacuation is not possible. The project areas under "Damage Control Resuscitation" to which SOF will give highest consideration are:

--a. Global Treatment Strategies. The proposed project must research, apply and/or develop effective treatment strategies that address the following elements: hypotensive resuscitation, optimal fluid(s), uncomplicated shock, non-compressible hemorrhaging, traumatic brain injuries, and austere damage control surgery. These strategies must be optimized for patients in austere, far-forward areas who must be treated for extended periods (days, not hours).

--b. Analgesia. The proposed project must research, apply and/or develop novel peripherally and centrally acting analgesia that provide easy administration in the field, tolerance of extreme environments, and effectiveness at the point of injury for a prolonged period of field care (days, not hours) and does not sensitize the patient to topical analgesia. Maximum analgesia with minimal sedation is preferred.

--c. Far Forward Blood, Blood Components, & Injectable Hemostatics. The proposed project must research novel strategies to increase the ease, efficacy, and safety of blood transfusion (i.e. person to person, pre-hospital blood banking, blood substitutes) forward of normal logistics support; (e.g., evaluating blood for type/cross matching and for the presence of pathogens to include point of injury AB antibody titer). Projects that will be considered also include other blood components such as freeze dried plasma and platelets, cryoprecipitate, fibrinogen, prothrombin complex concentrate and injectable medications to address the coagulopathy of trauma such as Tranexamic acid. Strategies to find the delivery of these prototypes individually or in concert will also be considered. Priority will be given towards projects that are oriented towards final solutions or prototypes that are shelf stable requiring minimal to no refrigeration as well as those that are capable of carrying oxygen.

--d. Austere Surgical Stabilization - Future theatres where SOF personnel will operate will likely be much less medically robust than our past decade of fighting in our current theatres. Rather than sitting at hardened structures waiting on patients, surgical personnel may be increasingly asked to go to the patient. Research should focus on mobility/portability of medical and surgical equipment, with emphasis on equipment with low power demands and flexibility in power supplies. Research may also include a human systems approach to define limitations and mitigation strategies of surgical capability in austere environments (i.e. low light, temperature variability, surgery in-flight).

4. Portable Lab Diagnostics. The proposed project must research, apply and/or develop novel concepts for portable and environmentally stable far forward laboratory diagnostics. Equipment should be extremely portable, ruggedized, use limited or no external power and any reagents should be self-contained and stable in extreme environmental conditions. Preference will be given to proposals that are field oriented, rugged, low weight/cube space and have little to no refrigeration requirements.

--a. Biological. The proposed project should research, apply and/or develop sensitive and specific methods of identifying and diagnosing antigens, antibodies, viruses, and bacteria in biological materials, including the development of sensitive and specific immunologic, chemical or biological assays suitable for use by first responders for rapid and reliable diagnostics of potential biological threats both from environmental or patient sample and identification of toxins in biological samples. In addition, there is interest in the research and development of therapeutic measures for treatment of infectious diseases of military importance. Current focus areas include rapid and accurate identification of diseases of operational significance (Malaria, Typhoid, Dengue Fever, etc.) as well as the ability to assess normal infectious processes (i.e. gram -/ , fungal, and viral infections) to include the ability to do blood panels to properly assess a multi system trauma in a long term care setting (CBC, Chem 11, LFT, lactate, VBG/ABG, Coag Panel).

--b. Occupational and Environmental Health (OEH) Hazards - The proposed project must focus on development of novel methods and devices for rapid identification and analysis of exposures to OEH hazards. Research must support the development and analysis of hand held field hardened and environmentally stable monitoring devices, dosimetry, and assays for rapid on site identification, and analysis of media that could pose an OEH hazard to SOF personnel such as industrial contaminants, food borne pathogens, lead exposure, toxins, agents, and biological material exposures.

5. Force Health Protection and Environmental Medicine. SOF personnel must often operate for extended periods of time in austere environments that expose them to extremes in altitude, temperature, humidity, wind, kinetosis, infectious diseases, toxic industrial compounds, toxic industrial materials, and environmental hazards (including envenomation in marine environment). In addition, the environment may be compromised due to chemical, biological, and radiological contamination. The primary emphasis of this research area is to research, apply and develop techniques, therapeutic measures, and materiel (personal protective equipment (PPE), medical devices, drugs, and biologics) to ensure sustained human performance and effectiveness while operating in harsh environmental conditions and/or wearing appropriate PPE. Additional research opportunities include identification and characterization of specific risk profiles/threats associated with SOF unique mission sets.

--a. Optimal Acclimatization Strategy. The proposed project must research, apply and/or develop novel approaches that provide rapid and sustainable human acclimatization for extremes in temperature, altitude and time-zone change (circadian acclimatization).

--b. Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) Rapid Diagnostics, Treatment, and Prophylaxis. The proposed projects must research and apply and/or develop novel approaches that will diagnose, treat and protect human exposure to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high yield explosives in near real time.

--c. Chelation solution. The proposed project must research and provide solutions for acute lead exposure in training environments (Live Fire CQB/Breaching Training Environments and Shoothouses).

6. Canine Medicine - SOF personnel rely on canines' exceptional detection capabilities as combat multipliers. This research area explores alternatives and/or new approaches to preserve and enhance SOF canine combat performance. SOF medical personnel place a premium on canine-specific approaches that are effective in extreme environments and do not require significant additional logistical support (i.e. maximize use of available SOF Medic materiel). The five "Canine Medicine" project areas, to which SOF will give consideration, in priority order, are:

--a. Environmental Extremes. Project proposals must research and apply and/or develop novel strategies that address acclimatization to acute extremes in temperature, altitude, and/or time zone change (circadian acclimatization), and/or prolonged marine environmental exposure in SOF canines. Proposals may address alternative therapeutic or pharmaceutical interventions for high-altitude pulmonary and/or cerebral edema syndromes.

--b. Sensory Optimization and Protection. Research must be oriented toward innovative methods that enhance or conserve SOF canine olfactory and/or auditory performance during combat operations.

--c. Trauma Resuscitation. Research must support development of innovative techniques/strategies for canine trauma resuscitation (e.g. hypotensive resuscitation, whole blood/blood component replacement, non-compressible hemorrhaging), particularly ballistic projectile injuries, in diverse/austere environments that lack immediately available medical evacuation or restorative surgical capacity.

--d. Non-Traditional Anesthesia Protocols. Project proposals must seek to develop novel approaches for routine and emergency/post-traumatic canine field sedation and/or anesthesia in diverse environments and utilizing pharmaceuticals available to SOF Medics.

--e. Pre and Post Trauma Training / Behavioral Issues. Research should address unique approaches to diagnosing and treating SOF-peculiar training and post-traumatic canine behavioral issues, in order to optimize pre-purchase selection and post-purchase training strategies across the enterprise and restore performance in canines with behavioral and/or post-trauma issues.

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Beyond the Box Digitization Competition
American Institute of Biological Sciences

September 4, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Beyond the Box Digitization Competition will award up to $1 million to the person or team who creates an automated technology that increases the speed and accuracy of digitization of a drawer of insect specimens and their associated data.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Entrants will use a standardized drawer of insect surrogates (referred to as "specimens" within this document) and related surrogate objects, pinned in multiple unit trays with labels stacked and arranged in several "typical" and challenging configurations. The drawer's specimens must be imaged with no human intervention, and label data must be automatically captured and translated into digital format using automated methods such as optical character recognition (OCR) and natural language processing (NLP). The Competition encompasses visualization of obscured objects, digitization of labels, digitization of specimens, and OCR. Data dictionaries may be utilized to assist the OCR translation. The solution may tap into existing natural history collections data dictionaries, create comprehensive new data dictionaries, or leverage a combination of the two resources.

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Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award
Archaeological Institute of America

September 2, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The AIA Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award may be awarded to up to one individual every year and includes a certificate of award. Individuals worthy of this award must have demonstrated excellence in the teaching of archaeology; developed innovative teaching methods or interdisciplinary curricula; have a minimum of five years of teaching experience prior to being nominated; currently be engaged in teaching; and must be members of the AIA in good standing.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Individuals worthy of this award must have demonstrated excellence in the teaching of archaeology; developed innovative teaching methods or interdisciplinary curricula; have a minimum of five years of teaching experience prior to being nominated; currently be engaged in teaching; and must be members of the AIA in good standing.

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Founders Award
Society for Biomaterials

September 11, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Founders Award is based on long-term, landmark contributions to the discipline of biomaterials.

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Translational Research Grant Program--HeART Award (Help Accelerate RTT Therapeutics)
Rettsyndrome.org

LOI due July 17, 2015
Full submission due September 11, 2015 by invitation only

SYNOPSIS:

HeART (Help Accelerate RTT Therapeutics) grant awards are designed to promote the development and testing of therapeutics to treat and reverse Rett syndrome (RTT). Awards will be provided for cell-based assay development, early-stage drug discovery and development, early stage medicinal chemistry efforts on high value candidate therapeutics, cell-based screening of candidate therapeutics and follow-on early-stage in vivo testing. Grant applications for exploratory studies towards development of biomarkers or objective clinical outcome measures will also be considered. The goal of this award mechanism is to provide seed funding for early stage drug discovery and development efforts.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The sponsor encourages novel research programs that broadly encompass the following areas of unmet need: design, synthesis and testing of potential disease modifying therapeutics to treat or reverse RTT; testing of existing therapeutics both in vitro and in vivo to repurpose their use in RTT; development and/or validation of in vitro and in vivo models of RTT for therapeutic testing; and development and/or validation of novel biomarkers for objective clinical trials outcome measures.

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Clemson Award for Basic Research
Society for Biomaterials

September 11, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The awardee will have contributed to the basic knowledge and understanding of the interaction of materials with tissue. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The contribution may employ a new theoretical concept, new material development or original study of the functioning or interactions of a material in the biological environment. The contribution will be evidenced by significant research, important original publications in the literature and/or frequent reference to and reliance on this work by subsequent researchers.

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Young Investigator Award
Society for Biomaterials

September 11, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Young Investigator Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievements in the field of biomaterials research.

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Shared Spectrum Access for Radar and Communications (SSPARC) Codesign Phase 2 (DARPA-BAA-15-42)
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

September 10, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

Shared Spectrum Access for Radar and Communications (SSPARC) Codesign Phase 2 SOL DARPA-BAA-15-42 DUE 091015BAA CoordinatorDARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of spectrum sharing between radar and communications systems, following on prior work carried outin Phase 1 of the Shared Spectrum Access for Radar and Communications (SSPARC) program. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enablerevolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice. This BAA solicits work on codesigned radar and communication systems. Multiple awards are anticipated. The anticipated duration of projects awarded under this BAA is 12 months. CITE: https://www.fbo.gov/spg/ODA/DARPA/CMO/DARPA-BAA-15-42/listing.html

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Accelerating DRUG DISCOVERY for Frontotemporal Degeneration
Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration

LOI due September 8, 2015
Full submission due September 22, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) and The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) seek to accelerate and support drug discovery for FTD and related dementias through this Request for Proposals (RFP).

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Priority areas for this program include: Development and testing of novel high throughput screening assays; Preclinical testing of novel or repurposed drug candidates; Proteomics/transcriptomics/metabolomics for FTD biomarkers; Development/validation of CSF biomarker assays to distinguish TDP-43 or tau-based FTD; Functional imaging methods that correlate to FTD disease symptoms; Neurodegeneration and differential connectivity patterns (white and grey matter) in FTD disorders; Innovate software, algorithm-based approaches to improve quantitative image analysis for FTD; and Innovative pilot clinical trials.

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FY 2014 - 2015 Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

September 30, 2015

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The purpose of this notice is to request applications for special projects and programs associated with NOAA's strategic plan and mission goals, as well as to provide the general public with information and guidelines on how NOAA will select applications and administer discretionary Federal assistance under this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). This BAA is a mechanism to encourage research, education and outreach, innovative projects, or sponsorships that are not addressed through our competitive discretionary programs. Funding for activities described in this notice is contingent upon the availability of Fiscal Year 2014 and Fiscal Year 2015 appropriations. Applicants are hereby given notice that funds have not yet been appropriated for any activities described in this notice. Publication of this announcement does not oblige NOAA to review an application beyond an initial administrative review, or to award any specific project, or to obligate any available funds.

FUNDING PRIORITIES: 

As an agency with responsibilities for maintaining and improving the viability of marine and coastal ecosystems, for delivering valuable weather, climate, and water information and services, for understanding the science and consequences of climate change, and for supporting the global commerce and transportation upon which we all depend, NOAA must remain current and responsive in an ever-changing world. We do this in concert with our partners and stakeholders in federal, state, and local governments and private organizations,
applying a systematic approach that links our strategic goals through multi-year plans to the daily activities of our employees. Every year we are committed to re-evaluate our progress and priorities, look for efficiencies, and take advantage of new opportunities to improve our information, products, and services. In furtherance of this objective, NOAA issues this BAA for extramural research, innovative projects, and sponsorships (e.g., conferences, newsletters, etc.) that address one or more of the following four mission goal descriptions
contained in the NOAA Strategic Plan. Please see the program link for details of the Strategic Plan. 

SUBMISSION DATES: Full applications can be submitted on a rolling basis starting from the publication date of this Broad Agency Announcement up to 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on September 30, 2015. Applications received after this time will not be reviewed or considered for funding. 

 

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory Innovations in Buildings Crowdsourcing
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Varies by program area

SYNOPSIS:

As part of the Energy Department's efforts to improve the energy efficiency of the nation's homes and buildings, lower energy costs, and enhance U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing, the Energy Department today launched the new Buildings Crowdsourcing Community website. Administered by the Department's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the new site, buildings.ideascale.com, will help technology innovators collect, share and evaluate input from customers and other stakeholders about next-generation building technologies.

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Established Investigators Seed Grant Program
American Epilepsy Society

June 26, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The American Epilepsy Society (AES) offers support for established investigators in the form of Seed Grants. A maximum of five one-year grants in the amount of $20,000 each will be awarded annually.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This program is intended to foster collaborative interactions between two or more established investigators to make future grants related to epilepsy more competitive for larger awards, and to fuel multi-investigator projects. These small awards are designed to enable information exchange/technology transfer, travel of postdoctoral fellows between laboratories, and modest supplies for the project.

Support will only be provided for new initiatives that will add value to the field or fill a gap in knowledge. The project must involve two or more established investigators, at least one of which is an epilepsy-focused investigator. Although not required, trans-disciplinary projects, projects integrating clinical and basic research, and research directions with translational relevance are encouraged. Also encouraged are collaborations between geographically separated laboratories, or between laboratories in highly disparate scientific disciplines (e.g. neuroscience and engineering).

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Stockholm Water Prize
Stockholm International Water Institute

September 26, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Stockholm Water Prize honours individuals, organizations and institutions whose work contributes to the conservation and protection of water resources, and to the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants. All who have made extraordinary water-related achievements are eligible.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

A candidate for the Stockholm Water Prize should have attained outstanding achievements of lasting significance for sustainable use and protection of the world's water resources. The results achieved by the candidate should have proven impact or great potential and provide stimulation for further important contributions to the conservation and protection of water resources and to improved health and well-being of the planet's inhabitants and ecosystems.

The main achievements of the candidate should be within one or both of the following categories:

--Policy and Practices - This broad category covers achievements in the continuum from political initiatives to practical implementation that has improved the governance and management of water, as a natural and economic resource and/or as a human right and basic service. The category includes: human rights, conflict resolution, influence on policies, international cooperation with application in the water sector; sustainable and safe management of water resources; provision of water supply and sanitation services; development and application of appropriate technologies.

--Research - This category includes both basic and applied research to develop new knowledge of and scientific leadership in: natural, physical, and/or technological processes; the functioning of complex systems; development or improvement of economical, legislative, institutional or administrative principles for efficient, equitable and sustainable water management and service provision.

For both categories, great achievements in outreach and awareness raising are considered merits. This includes education and training of students, water professionals or communities as well as dissemination of information to and awareness raising of decision-makers and the general public.

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AHRQ Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality/DHHS

February 12, 2015; June 12, 2015; October 12, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) invites individual Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development (K08) grant applications from applicant organizations. The overall goal of AHRQ-supported career development programs is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained health services researchers are available in adequate numbers and in appropriate research areas to address the mission and priorities of AHRQ. This FOA will utilize the AHRQ Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08).

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The primary purpose of the AHRQ Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Awards (K08) program is to prepare qualified individuals for careers that have a significant impact on the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. This program represents the continuation of an AHRQ program that provides support and "protected time" to individuals with a clinical doctoral degree for an intensive, supervised research career development experience in health services research. The award can be used both by individuals who propose to newly embark in health services research training and those who had a hiatus in their research careers because of illness or family circumstances. The award is also available to promote research workforce diversity by providing enhanced research career development opportunities.

The award may be used by candidates with different levels of prior research training and at different stages in their career development. For example, a candidate with limited experience in health services research may use an award to support a career development experience that includes a designated period of didactic training followed by a period of closely supervised research experience. A candidate with previous health services research experience and training may not require extensive additional didactic preparation, and may use an award to support a career development experience that focuses on an intensive, supervised research experience.

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Psychosocial: Family Impact Grant
Alex's Lemonade Stand

October 16, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The ALSF Psychosocial Family Impact Grant will fund $300,000 over three years for studies that aim to explain and/or improve psychosocial outcomes of those affected by childhood cancer.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

ALSF is committed to addressing the psychosocial and behavioral health outcomes for children diagnosed with cancer and their families. ALSF's Psychosocial Grants will fill a direct need for research funding by supporting studies that aim to explain and/or improve psychosocial outcomes of those affected by childhood cancer. These grants are designed to fund researchers who have novel approaches to understanding the psychosocial aspects of pediatric cancer whose proposals will have clinically significant impact.

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Professional Development Program Grant
Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

October 28, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

Professional Development Program (PDP) Grants are aimed at helping Cooperative Extension Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service and other agricultural professionals in the Western Region increase their understanding and proficiency in sustainable agriculture. PDP projects should: increase agricultural professionals' sustainable agriculture knowledge, skills and action; and, have outreach plans that demonstrate how the project will effectively deliver this knowledge.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Professional Development Program Grants are designed to educate agricultural professionals about sustainable agriculture so that they, in turn, can help educate and train farmers and ranchers. Funded PDP grants must help achieve this long-term outcome: Cooperative Extension, Natural Resource Conservation Service and other agricultural professionals are conversant in sustainable agriculture principles and systems. They have ready access to resources that can help producers make informed decisions about adopting sustainable approaches with greater certainty and less risk.

Projects must improve the ability of agricultural professionals to conduct educational programs and activities in sustainable agriculture principles and systems and to respond to inquiries on the subject from farmers, ranchers and the public. Approaches can include: workshops; conferences; development of materials; demonstrations; web-based courses; tours. Multi-faceted proposals are