Internal Opportunities and Announcements

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

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

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

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October 16, 2014

Dear Colleague,

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Dr. France A. Córdova
Director

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

Effective July 25, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Open Access Author Fund at MSU - Pilot Project
MSU Library

The Open Access Author Fund

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

Goals

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


The Application Process

Eligible Publications and Data repositories

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

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

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

Eligible Articles and Data

Articles/data should:

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

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

Eligible Authors

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

Eligible Fees

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

Fund Limits

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

Institutional Repository

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

How do I apply?

Complete the online form.

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Montana State University Outreach and Engagement Seed Grants
MSU Office of the President

Submission due: Mar. 10, 2017

The Montana State University Outreach and Engagement Council invites proposals for fiscal year 2018 seed grant funds. Funding for this program is provided by the MSU Office of the President to promote outreach and engagement activities that involve faculty, students, and staff in partnership with local and regional constituents to address the needs of citizens in Montana and beyond. The grants are intended to encourage external and multidisciplinary partnerships and to leverage additional funds for engagement activities when possible.

The Engagement and Integration goals and objectives from the MSU Strategic Plan that align with this grant program include:

Engagement Goal: Members of the Montana State University community will be leaders, scholars and engaged citizens of their local, national and global communities, working together with community partners to exchange and apply knowledge and resources to improve the human prospect.

Integration Goal: By integrating learning, discovery and engagement, and by working across disciplines, the MSU community will improve the world. All members of the MSU community will have the opportunity to transcend the boundaries between learning, discovery, and engagement. This powerful integration will set MSU apart as a fully-formed land grant institution, committed to improving the world through education, research, and outreach, and by working across disciplinary boundaries to address the complex challenges facing the future.

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

Forums to assist potential applicants: Wed., Feb. 8, 3:00 p.m.; Thurs., Feb. 9, 4:00 p.m.
Application due: Mar. 15, 2017

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

Criteria:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submission Procedure:

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

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

  3. Applications are due at OSP by March 15, 2017. Awards will be announced by mid-April 2017.

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

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Faculty Excellence Grants (FEG) Program
Center for Faculty Excellence, MSU Office of the Provost

Application due to Department Head: Varies by department
Application List due from Deans: Mar. 21, 2017

Interim Provost Robert Mokwa, through the Center for Faculty Excellence, invites applications from tenure track and non-tenure track faculty for the Faculty Excellence Grants (FEG) Program. The FEGs will have a maximum award of $5,000 each. The goal of FEGs is to enable faculty to engage in activities that will enhance scholarship. Faculty in all disciplines are eligible to submit proposals.

Proposals will be evaluated by the impact on the individual's scholarly activity and career.

Examples of activities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Short-term (less than one month) visits to other laboratories or institutions for the purposes of acquiring new expertise or critical background knowledge. This program is not intended to provide support for attendance at regularly scheduled discipline-based professional meetings.

  • Preparation and submission of a grant proposal in response to a request for proposals from federal, state or private entities with an emphasis in STEM fields.

  • Completion and submission of a research paper to a peer-reviewed journal, or completion of a creative work with an emphasis in STEM fields.

  • Completion of a book with an emphasis in STEM fields.

  • Research into teaching, assessment, and/or pedagogy with a goal of public dissemination of the results (e.g., the scholarship of teaching and learning)

  • Travel to access specialized or unique resources (e.g., library special collections)

  • Attendance at and/or presenting at relevant workshops or programs (e.g., on pedagogical innovations or on research techniques)

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CAIRHE Pilot Projects and Continuation Projects
MSU Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity (CAIRHE)

Application due: Apr. 3, 2017

CAIRHE requests proposals for Pilot Projects and Continuation Projects that address CAIRHE's mission of reducing health disparities in Montana's tribal and/or nontribal rural communities through community-based participatory research (CBPR) that is considerate of and consistent with their cultural beliefs. Faculty applicants may develop projects within a single discipline (e.g., social sciences), but CAIRHE also encourages collaborative projects between biomedical and social and behavioral health investigators.

Projects that involve tribal college students and/or American Indian students at MSU are highly encouraged. As in all CAIRHE-funded research, projects should have a high likelihood of leading to independent funding from external (non-MSU) sponsors, such as the National Institutes of Health or the National Science Foundation. CAIRHE will award funding for one grant year (September 1, 2017, through August 31, 2018) with the possibility of competitive renewal in the subsequent year.

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Year 2 of the American Indian-Alaska Native Clinical Translational Research Program (AI-AN CTRP)
American Indian-Alaska Native Clinical Translation Research Program

New and Revised Proposals due: Apr. 17, 2017
Competitive Renewals due: May 15, 2017

The AI-AN CTRP is soliciting proposals from investigators and community groups to support and develop research programs relevant to AI-AN health disparities in Montana and Alaska. The AI-AN CTRP has the goal of developing the capacity of several Montana and Alaska institutions to address health disparities that Native communities in these states face.

The AI-AN CTRP seeks to:

  1. Strengthen Montana's and Alaska's clinical and translational research infrastructure through continued development of shared facilities, intellectual resources, research collaborations, focused working groups, and training opportunities;

  2. Increase the numbers of mentors while developing the careers of clinical investigators in Native health disparities research in Montana and Alaska; and

  3. Expand and support sustainable and culturally responsible community-engaged research that will mitigate health disparities in Montana's and Alaska's Native communities.

Award amounts will be up to $80,000, to be spent by 7/31/2018.

We regret that the Request for Proposals is not currently available online. However, for a copy of the RFP in PDF format, please email Daniella McGuire at daniella.mcguire@montana.edu.

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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Predoctoral Fellowship
American Heart Association

Application due: Feb. 9, 2017

This opportunity will provide predoctoral students with individualized, mentored research training to initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research.

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Predoctoral Fellowship
American Heart Association

Application due: Feb. 9, 2017

This Fellowship will provide predoctoral students with individualized, mentored research training to initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research. The focus is on all basic, clinical, and population research broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke. Proposals are encouraged from all basic, behavioral, epidemiological, and community and clinical investigations that bear on cardiovascular and stroke problems.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship
American Heart Association

Application due: Feb. 10, 2017

This opportunity will empower postdoctoral trainees who are not yet independent with individualized, mentored assistance and training to initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship
American Heart Association

Application due: Feb. 10, 2017

This Fellowship will empower postdoctoral trainees who are not yet independent with individualized, mentored assistance and training to initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research. The focus is on research broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease and stroke, or to related clinical, basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems. Proposals are encouraged from all basic, behavioral, epidemiological, and community and clinical investigations that bear on cardiovascular and stroke problems.

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2016-2017 Dannon Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Grant Program
The Dannon Company, Inc.

Application due: Feb. 15, 2017

The Dannon Company is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the recently expanded 2016-2017 Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Dannon Fellowship Grant. The grant offers a unique educational opportunity for two individuals in undergraduate, graduate or post-doctoral studies who show a strong interest in the research of the gut microbiome's impact on human health and well-being and/or the nutritional and functional benefits of yogurt and probiotics. Each winner will receive a grant of $25,000, payable to their educational institutions, for their tuition or research-related projects. Furthermore, Dannon Fellows are connected to each other through this scholarship, encouraging collaboration, communication, and future opportunity in the field. We are proud to support future generations of researchers and scientists.

The Fellowship Grant was established in 2012 to better understand the role of probiotics and yogurt in human health and was expanded to explore the impact the gut microbiome has on the human body. The study of the gut microbiome is an exciting and rapidly emerging area of scientific exploration and there is still much to discover.

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Dannon Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Grant
The Dannon Company, Inc.

Applications due: Feb. 15, 2017

The Dannon Company, Inc. ("Dannon") will award two undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral students a grant of $25,000. The successful candidate should excel in science and have an interest in the field of the gut microbiome's effect on human health and well-being, or in the nutritional and functional benefits of yogurt, fermented dairy products and probiotics on the body (the "Field").

Examples may include the role of calcium, vitamin D or other nutrients from yogurt, or the effects of probiotics, fermented dairy products or yogurt on brain function, digestive health, weight management or heart health. The award will be for tuition or research-related projects or as otherwise allocated at Dannon's sole discretion and will be payable directly to the student's educational institution to support their continued education on related topics during 2017.

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Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Application due: Feb. 15, 2017

The Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community by recruitment and retention of individuals from groups underrepresented in the life sciences. Through their successful careers as academic scientists, Hanna H. Gray Fellows will move science forward and inspire the next generation of scientists from America's diverse talent pool. The Institute will select and support up to 15 Fellows in this first competition, which is now open for applications.

Fellows will receive funding for their postdoctoral training and, if eligible, in their early career years as independent faculty. The program includes opportunities for career development, including mentoring and active involvement in the HHMI scientific community.

Fellows will receive a non-renewable grant of $80,000 annually for up to four years of postdoctoral training support followed by a non-renewable grant of $270,000 annually for up to four years of the faculty phase, if program criteria are met.

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NASA Education 2017 Aeronautics Scholarship and Advanced STEM Training and Research (2017 AS&ASTAR) Fellowship Activity
National Aeronautics and Space Administation (NASA)

Pre-Proposal Teleconference: Dec. 14, 2016
Proposal Phase I due: Feb. 24, 2017

This National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Research Announcement (NRA), titled the NASA Education Aeronautics Scholarship and Advanced STEM Training and Research (AS&ASTAR) Fellowship activity, solicits proposal applications for the academic year 2017-2018. NASA may elect to support some of the proposals submitted under this NRA through the use of internal NASA funding sources such as Minority University Research Education Projects (MUREP); STEM Education and Accountability Projects (SEAP); and the following NASA Mission Directorates: Aeronautics Research, Human Exploration and Operations, Science; and NASA Centers.

Our nation's and its citizens' future prosperity depend on how well we educate today's students. The needs of our nation's future workforce demand that we have workers with advanced thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving skills. The development of a skilled workforce is essential to the future economic success of the nation and is a priority mission for the NASA Education; to advance high-quality Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education by supporting institutions and learners financially and by providing access to NASA-unique assets. Through this solicitation, NASA is strengthening involvement with higher education institutions to ensure that NASA can meet future workforce needs in STEM fields. Participation in NASA projects and research stimulates increasing numbers of students to continue their studies at all levels of the higher education continuum and to earn advanced degrees in these critical fields.

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Fellowships
National Endowment for the Humanities

Application due: Apr. 12, 2017

Fellowships 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 in the humanities.

NEH invites projects related to its initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square. This initiative seeks to connect the study of the humanities to the current conditions of national life. Many of today's challenges require more than ever the forms of understanding and knowledge represented by the humanities. They require the broadest possible engagement of scholars and the public with the resources of the humanities, including but not limited to the study of language, literature, history, philosophy, comparative religion, and ethics. The study of the humanities can help illuminate the complexity of many contemporary challenges while enriching our understanding of the common good.

In response to the destruction of cultural heritage materials worldwide, NEH encourages applications for projects that study, document, or create digital representations of lost or imperiled cultural heritage materials. Proposed projects should be based on scholarly work and follow standards and best practices. Projects must demonstrate the capacity to be sustained and must be widely accessible to the public.

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NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication
National Endowment for the Humanities

Application due: Apr. 12, 2017

Through NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication, the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation jointly support individual scholars pursuing interpretive research projects that require digital expression and digital publication. To be eligible for this special opportunity, an applicant's plans for digital publication must be essential to the project's research goals. That is, the project must be conceived as digital because the nature of the research and the topics being addressed demand presentation beyond traditional print publication. Successful projects will likely incorporate visual, audio, and/or other multimedia materials or flexible reading pathways that could not be included in traditionally published books, as well as an active distribution plan.

All projects must be interpretive. That is, projects must advance a scholarly argument through digital means and tools. Stand-alone databases and other projects that lack an interpretive argument are not eligible.

Applications submitted for this special opportunity will be evaluated separately from other NEH Fellowships applications, but, like applications submitted to the NEH Fellowships program, will be held to the highest standards of scholarship.

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Resident Fellowship Program
Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Application due: Apr. 14, 2017

Each year, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West offers a limited number of research stipends for promising and established visiting western scholars in our fellowship program. Scholars research, write, and develop ideas and manuscripts that expand the horizon of western studies. Fellows may pursue field research in the Cody area (i.e., the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem or the Big Horn Basin and Mountains), or work in the collections of the McCracken Research Library or one of our five museums.

We invite proposals for our 2017-2018 Resident Fellowship Program. Fellowships are intended to fund research advancing knowledge, understanding, and passion about the cultural and natural heritage of the American West and its global relevance. Fellows will be granted a stipend of $5,000.

Fellows may conduct archival collections-based and/or field-based research associated with one or more of the Center's five museums (Buffalo Bill, Cody Firearms, Draper Natural History, Plains Indian and Whitney Western Art) and McCracken Research Library. Research and collection strengths at the Center include but are not limited to: western art and art history; Plains Indian art and cultures; Greater Yellowstone ecology, conservation and wildlife management; firearms history and technology; western history, and the life and times of William F. Cody.

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The Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine Research Fellowship
The Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine

Application due: May 15, 2017

The Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine is pleased to provide one $5,000 grant to support travel, lodging, and incidental expenses for a flexible research period between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Foundation Fellowships are offered for research related to the history of women to be conducted at the Center for the History of Medicine at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. Preference will be given to:

  • projects that engage specifically with the history of women physicians, other health workers or medical scientists; however, proposals on the history of women's health issues will also be considered
  • those who are using collections from the Center's Archives for Women in Medicine, but research on the topic of women in medicine using other material from the Countway Library will be considered
  • applicants who live beyond commuting distance of the Countway; however, all are encouraged to apply, including graduate students

In return, the Foundation requests a one page report on the Fellow's research experience; a copy of the final product (with the ability to post excerpts from the paper/project); and a photo and bio of the Fellow for web and newsletter announcements. The Fellow will also be asked to present a lecture at the Countway Library.

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Upcoming Deadlines

2017 Call for Proposals Timeline Announcement
Montana Healthcare Foundation

Rapid Response Proposals due: Round 1 - Feb. 14, 2017; Round 2 - June 5, 2017; Round 3 - Oct. 6, 2017
Large Grants - Brief Proposal due: Apr. 7, 2017; Full Proposal due (by invitation only): Aug. 4, 2017

The Montana Healthcare Foundation (MTHCF) will be offering two general overview webinars that will cover each focus area and the nuts and bolts of how to apply:

  • General Webinar #1: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, 1:00 p.m.
  • General Webinar #2: Thursday, May 4, 2017, 11:00 a.m.

MTHCF will also offer a conference call to provide more details on the American Indian Health focus area:

  • American Indian Focus Call: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, 1:00 p.m.

Registration is required for the webinars and the conference call; please email info@mthcf.org or call (406) 451-7060 to sign up.

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Limited Submissions

Innovation Corps - National Innovation Network Sites Program (I-Corps Sites)
National Science Foundation

Internal MSU Letter of Intent due: Dec. 15, 2016
Full Proposal due: Feb. 9, 2017

The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem that builds upon research to guide the output of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society.

In order to contribute to a national innovation ecosystem, NSF established the NSF Innovation Corps Sites Program (NSF I-Corps Sites). Sites are funded at academic institutions, having already existing innovation or entrepreneurial units, to enable them to:

  • Nurture students and/or faculty who are engaged in projects having the potential to be transitioned into the marketplace. I-Corps Sites will provide infrastructure, advice, resources, networking opportunities, training and modest funding to enable groups to transition their work into the marketplace or into becoming I-Corps Team applicants.
  • Develop formal, active, local innovation ecosystems that contribute to a larger, national network of mentors, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors. Networking is an essential component of all of NSF's I-Corps activities - local and national networking activities help advance the goals of I-Corps and contribute to local and national ecosystems for innovation.

The purpose of an I-Corps Site is to nurture and support multiple, local teams to transition their ideas, devices, processes or other intellectual activities into the marketplace.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Science Foundation (NSF)", and the program, "Innovation Corps Sites Program (I-Corps Sites)".
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by February 9, 2017.
  4. The deadline for the Internal MSU Submission is Friday, December 15, 2016.  The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII Track-2 FEC)
National Science Foundation

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Nov. 23, 2016
Agency LOI due: Jan. 10, 2017
Full Proposal due: Feb. 10, 2017

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. RII Track-2 FEC builds interjurisdictional collaborative teams of EPSCoR investigators in scientific focus areas consistent with NSF priorities. Projects are investigator-driven and must include researchers from at least two RII-eligible jurisdictions.

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research and education activities should seek to broaden participation through the strategic inclusion and integration of different types of individuals, institutions, and sectors throughout the project. Proposals must describe a comprehensive and integrated vision to drive discovery and build sustainable STEM capacity that exemplifies diversity of all types (individual, institutional, geographic, and disciplinary). The development of diverse early-career faculty is a critical component of this sustainable STEM capacity.

For FY 2017, RII Track-2 FEC proposals are invited on a single topic: Genomes to Phenomes.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Science Foundation (NSF)", and the program, "EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII Track-2 FEC)".
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by Friday, February 10, 2017.
  4. The deadline for the Internal MSU Letter of Intent is Wednesday, November 23, 2016.  The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM)
National Science Foundation

Internal MSU Letter of Intent due: Dec. 2, 2016
Full Proposal due: Feb. 15, 2017

Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) funds research projects that identify factors that are efficacious in the formation of ethical STEM researchers in all the fields of science and engineering supported by NSF. CCE STEM solicits proposals for research that explores the following: What constitutes ethical STEM research and practice, and which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?

Factors one might consider include: honor codes, professional ethics codes and licensing requirements, an ethic of service and/or service learning, life-long learning requirements, curricula or memberships in organizations (e.g., Engineers without Borders) that stress social responsibility and humanitarian goals, institutions that serve under-represented groups, institutions where academic and research integrity are cultivated at multiple levels, institutions that cultivate ethics across the curriculum, or programs that promote group work, or do not grade. Do certain labs have a 'culture of academic integrity'? What practices contribute to the establishment and maintenance of ethical cultures and how can these practices be transferred, extended to, and integrated into other research and learning settings?

Successful proposals typically have a comparative dimension, either between or within institutional settings that differ along these or other factors.

CCE STEM research projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes responsible or irresponsible, just or unjust scientific practices and sociotechnical systems, and how to best instill students with this knowledge.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Science Foundation (NSF)", and the program, "Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM)".
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by Wednesday, February 15, 2017.
  4. The deadline for the Internal MSU Letter of Intent is Friday, December 2, 2016.  The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Macy Faculty Scholars Program
The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation

Internal MSU Letter of Intent due: Dec. 2, 2016
Informational Webinar: Dec. 13, 2016
Full Application due: Feb. 15, 2017

This program is designed to identify and nurture careers of promising educational innovators in medicine and nursing.

There will be five awards of up to $100,000 (plus fringe) per year for two years. In addition, funds will be made available for participation in the Harvard Macy Institute programs, for travel to the Annual Macy Faculty Scholars Meeting, and for other program-related travel.

Program Highlights Include:

  • At least 50% protected time to pursue a mentored educational project at the home institution.

  • Participation in the Annual Macy Faculty Scholars Meeting.

  • Mentoring from National Advisory Committee.

  • Participation in one or more Harvard Macy Institute programs.

  • Access to other Macy grantees and programs.

An informational webinar for interested applicants will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2016. Please RSVP.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "Josiah Macy Foundation (JOSMAC)", and the program, "Macy Jr Foundation Macy Faculty Scholars".
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by Wednesday, February 15, 2017.
  4. The deadline for the Internal MSU Letter of Intent is Friday, December 2, 2016.  The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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The NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00)
National Institutes of Health

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Jan. 6, 2017
Agency LOI due: Jan. 17, 2017
Full Application due: Feb. 17, 2017

The purpose of the NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) is to encourage and retain outstanding graduate students who have demonstrated potential and interest in pursuing careers as independent cancer researchers. The award will facilitate the transition of talented graduate students into successful cancer research postdoctoral appointments, and provide opportunities for career development activities relevant to their long-term career goals of becoming independent cancer researchers.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Institutes of Health (NIH)," and the program, "The NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00)."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by February 17, 2017.
  4. The deadline for the Internal MSU Submission is Friday, January 6, 2017.  The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 4: EPSCoR Research Fellows (RII Track-4)
National Science Foundation

Internal MSU Letter of Intent due: Dec. 2, 2016
Full Proposal due: Feb. 28, 2017

This opportunity is rare because it is available to faculty in non-tenure-track positions as well as those with a pre-tenure status.

The program allows researchers to spend time at other institutions, ideally premier research facilities, where they form deep, long-term collaborative connections.

The PI may use the fellowship to initiate new partnerships, to continue existing ones, or to make use of unique equipment unavailable at his/her home institution. Any of NSF's research topics will be considered for support. The host site may be any academic, governmental, commercial, or non-profit research facility within the U.S. or its territories. In addition to the PI's fellowship, the grant may support a trainee-level researcher, typically a graduate student or postdoc in the PI's group.

The support should contribute to the PI's research capacity and to improving their institution's scientific competitiveness more broadly. Successful proposals will present exciting, vibrant fellowship ideas with the potential to transform the PI's individual career trajectory and more broadly impact his/her research field, institution, and jurisdiction. All proposals should include motivation and context for the proposed work and clearly establish parameters for partnerships. PIs should identify one or more primary collaborators who will work with them at the host site to ensure that the fellowship goals are met.

Webinar Offered November 30:

Please join us for an informational webinar about this opportunity offered by EPSCoR Program Officers on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the President's Conference Room (basement, Montana Hall).

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

  1. Submit Internal MSU Letters of Intent (whitepapers) by Friday, December 2, 2016.
  2. Although agency letter of intent formats may vary, whitepapers 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 (select "National Science Foundation [NSF]" as the Sponsor and "EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 4: EPSCoR Research Fellows (RII Track-4)" as the Program) and upload documents as an attachment.  
  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. For Questions and Assistance: The Office of Sponsored Programs, Proposal Services Office 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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Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Dec. 15, 2016
Agency LOI due: Jan. 28, 2017
Full Proposal due: Feb. 28, 2017

The Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award is intended to identify the most talented Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) who intend to make a long-term commitment to research in the Environmental Health Sciences and assist them in launching an innovative research program focused on the understanding of environmental exposure effects on people's health.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Institutes of Health (NIH)", and the program, "RFA-ES-15-020 - Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01)".
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by February 28, 2017.
  4. The deadline for the Internal MSU Submission is Friday, December 15, 2016.  The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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2016/2017 Health Disparities Pilot Grant Program
Mountain West Research Consortium

Internal MSU Letter of Intent due: Nov. 11, 2016
Full Application due (by invitation only): Mar. 1, 2017

The CTR-IN Pilot Grant Program is a Limited Competition, Mentored Career Development funding opportunity. The mission of the CTR-IN is to build clinical and translational research capacity, and facilitate extramural funding success, among investigators with faculty appointments at the 13 universities in the Mountain West Research Consortium.

CTR-IN has a policy of funding the best science at each partner institution in each application cycle, concordant with the results of scientific peer review. The program provides research funding, and a mentored pathway of milestones leading to publications and expansion of research skills, to help faculty achieve independent investigator status as reflected in the submission of an NIH R-type grant proposal (or equivalent) in clinical or translational research.

The research topic for this round of pilot grant support must be focused on health disparities (or health inequalities) research. Health disparities can have different meanings and interpretations depending on the setting and population being studied. In general, health disparities are considered to be differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, access to care and burden of diseases and other adverse health conditions that exist among specific population groups.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

  1. Submit Internal MSU Letters of Intent (whitepapers) by Friday, November 11, 2016.
  2. Although agency letter of intent formats may vary, whitepapers 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 (select "Mountain West Research Consortium [MOUWES013]" as the Sponsor and "2016/2017 Health Disparities Pilot Grant Program" as the Program) and upload documents as an attachment.  
  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. For Questions and Assistance: The Office of Sponsored Programs, Proposal Services Office 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.
  6. Nominated Packets will be submitted to the sponsor by the Office of Sponsored Programs.

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NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Internal LOI due September 19, 2016
Full submission due April 20, 2017

SYNOPSIS:

A well-educated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce is a significant contributor to maintaining the competitiveness of the U.S. in the global economy. The National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program addresses the need for a high quality STEM workforce in STEM disciplines supported by the program and for the increased 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) [6][16].

Recognizing that financial aid alone cannot increase retention and graduation in STEM, the program provides awards to Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to fund scholarships and to advance the adaptation, implementation, and study of effective evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities that support recruitment, retention, transfer (if appropriate), student success, academic/career pathways, 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 institutional, educational, and social science researchers; and partnerships among institutions of higher education and local business and industry, if appropriate.

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 workforce or graduate programs in STEM; 2) to improve the education of future scientists, engineers, and technicians, with a focus on academically talented low-income students; and 3) to generate knowledge to advance understanding of how factors or evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities affect the success, retention, transfer, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM of low-income students.

The STEM disciplines supported by the S-STEM program include:

  • 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), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), tribal colleges, and urban public and rural institutions.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The S-STEM program provides Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) with funds for 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 existing effective evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities (e.g., evidence-based practices; professional and workforce development activities) featuring: (1) close involvement of STEM faculty, (2) student mentoring, (3) provisions of academic and student support, (4) adaptation of existing high quality evidence-based practices, and (5) recognition of S-STEM Scholars. Successful projects include involvement of the Offices of Financial Aid, Offices of Student Services, Offices of Institutional Research, and business and industry [2][13][18][19].

Proposals with a strong focus on workforce development are encouraged to partner with business, industry, or local community organizations. Proposals with a strong focus on the transfer or advancement of students from one educational level to another should collaborate with appropriate institutional partners (for example proposals focused on the transfer of students from 2-year institutions to 4-year institutions should include 2-year institutions and 4-year institutions or proposals focusing on the advancement of undergraduate students to graduate programs should include institutions with undergraduate programs and institutions with graduate programs).

Proposals should include a literature review that establishes the basis for the proposed project activities along with a description of how the project plans to generate knowledge about student success and degree attainment in STEM. Project activities associated with knowledge generation should be informed by the Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development (https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf13126). Formative evaluation should be used to improve local implementation and outcomes of financial support and academic and student supports. Summative evaluation should assess project outcomes and accomplishments and document lessons learned for accountability purposes.

The goals of the S-STEM program are:

  1. To increase the recruitment, retention, student success, and graduation (including student transfer) of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing associate, baccalaureate, graduate degrees in STEM and enter the STEM workforce or graduate programs in STEM.
  2. To adapt, implement, and study models, effective evidence-based practices, and/or strategies that contribute to understanding how factors or existing high quality evidence-based practices affect recruitment, retention, student success, academic/career pathways, and/or degree attainment (including student transfer) in STEM of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need.
  3. To contribute to the implementation and sustainability of effective evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities (e.g., evidence-based practices; professional and workforce development activities) for low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need, pursuing undergraduate or graduate education, and entry into the workforce or graduate programs in STEM.

IHEs are expected to establish selection criteria for scholarships. To receive scholarships, students must demonstrate academic talent and financial need. They must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, nationals, or refugees. See Section IV.B. Scholarship Recipients for additional details.

IHEs are expected to develop and maintain student cohorts and provide S-STEM Scholars with S-STEM faculty mentors. It is expected that scholarship recipients will achieve at least one of the following outcomes by the end of the scholarship award period:

  • Attain an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degree and enter the workforce or a graduate program in STEM;
  • Transfer from an associate degree program to a baccalaureate degree program or advance from an undergraduate program to a graduate program in STEM: or
  • Successfully overcome one or more of an institution's self-identified attrition points, which have been described in the institution's proposal.

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. Select "National Science Foundation" as the sponsor and "NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)" as the program. Whitepapers and CV's will be routed to the VP Research and Economic Development office (VPRED) for review. 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.
  6. For Questions and Help: The Office of Sponsored Programs, Proposal Services Office 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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Clinical and Translational Research Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN) Multi-Site Research Project Program
National Institutes of Health

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Feb. 10, 2017
Agency LOI due: Feb. 22, 2017
Full Application due (by invitation only): Apr. 17, 2017

The Clinical Translational Research Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN) is supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) under the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program for development of clinical and translational research (CTR) capacity among our partner Mountain West IDeA states. One of the long-term CTR-IN goals is to build collaborative CTR projects engaging multiple researchers and institutions across the Mountain West Region to address critical regional health disparities issues.

Multi-Site Research Projects (MSRP) can be transformative in the Mountain West by overcoming obstacles related to our small and rural populations as well as issues related to institutional infrastructure support for clinical research. The long-term goal is to build extramurally-funded collaborative CTR projects engaging researchers and institutions across the Mountain West Region to address a critical regional health disparities issues.

The purpose of this FOA is to provide pilot project support for a multi-site CTR health disparities project with the expectation that this project will yield the key preliminary data to facilitate a large-scale multi-site extramural grant application.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Institutes of Health (NIH) [F]," and the program, "Clinical and Translational Research Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN) Multi-Site Research Project Program."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by April 17, 2017 (by invitation only).
  4. The deadline for the Internal MSU Submission is Friday, February 10, 2017.  The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)
National Science Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due: July 15, 2016
Preliminary Proposal due: Sept. 14, 2016
Full Submission due: April 24, 2017

Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) is an NSF-wide program that supports international activities across all NSF-supported disciplines. The primary goal of PIRE is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. PIRE seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community.

International partnerships are essential to addressing critical science and engineering problems. In the global context, U.S. researchers and educators must be able to operate effectively in teams with partners from different national environments and cultural backgrounds. PIRE promotes excellence in science and engineering through international collaboration and facilitates development of a diverse, globally-engaged, U.S. science and engineering workforce.

This PIRE competition will be open to all areas of science and engineering research which are supported by the NSF.

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. 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.
  6. For Questions and Help: The Office of Sponsored Programs, Proposal Services Office 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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Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program
The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Mar. 10, 2017
Agency Full Application due: May 18, 2017

SYNOPSIS: The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences at undergraduate institutions. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. The award is based on accomplishment in scholarly research with undergraduates, as well as a compelling commitment to teaching, and provides an unrestricted research grant of $60,000.

ELIGIBILITY: The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program is open to academic institutions in the States, Districts, and Territories of the United States of America that grant a bachelor's or master's degree in the chemical sciences, including biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering. Awardees are typically in departments that do not grant a doctoral degree. Nominees must hold a full-time tenure-track academic appointment, be after the fourth and not after the twelfth years of their independent academic careers, and be engaged in research and teaching primarily with undergraduates. Institutions may submit only one Henry Dreyfus nomination annually. Renominations are accepted.

Internal MSU Procedure: 

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "Dreyfus Foundation Inc Camille & Henry (DREFOU)", and the program, "Henry Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Awards Program".
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by May 18, 2017.
  4. The deadline for the MSU internal submission is March 10, 2017.  The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES): Design and Development Launch Pilots
National Science Foundation

Internal MSU Letter of Intent due: Dec. 9, 2016
Preliminary Proposal due: Feb. 14, 2017
Full Proposal due: May 16, 2017

Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) is a comprehensive national initiative designed to enhance U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) discoveries and innovations focused on NSF's commitment to diversity, inclusion, and broadening participation in these fields. NSF INCLUDES supports efforts to create networked relationships among organizations whose goals include developing talent from all sectors of society to build the STEM workforce.

This initiative seeks to improve collaborative efforts aimed at enhancing the preparation, increasing the participation, and ensuring the contributions of individuals from groups that have traditionally been underrepresented and underserved in the STEM enterprise: women, persons with disabilities, African Americans/Blacks, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Native Pacific Islanders, and persons from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Significant advancement in the inclusion of these groups will result in a new generation of STEM talent and leadership to secure our nation's future and long-term economic competitiveness.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Science Foundation (NSF)", and the program, "Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES): Design and Development Launch Pilots".
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by May 16, 2017.
  4. The deadline for the Internal MSU Submission is Friday, December 9, 2016.  The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Princess Grace Foundation Film Scholarships
Princess Grace Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due: Mar. 1, 2017
Agency Full Application due: June 1, 2017

SYNOPSIS: Scholarships are awarded to help support students' thesis film projects at the undergraduate and graduate level. The category of Film is comprised of (but not limited to) narrative/documentary/experimental/animation/hybrid  work, as well as new work including media installations, transmedia, webisodes, interactive web work and other projects where the moving image is the primary component.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: These grants will be made in accordance with the student's thesis project budget; no administrative charges, overhead or indirect costs incurred by the school may be charged against the grant. Should funding be awarded, acknowledgement of winning a Princess Grace Award, including the Princess Grace Awards logo, must appear in film credits/any related materials, and a copy of the completed film must be sent to the Foundation.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be a full-time student or matriculated but not yet have completed thesis film
  • Have completed at least one film as a director
  • Be the director of the proposed thesis film

Internal MSU Procedure: 

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "Princess Grace Foundation (PRIGRA)", and the program, "Princess Grace Foundation Film Scholarships."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by June 1, 2017.
  4. The deadline for the MSU internal submission is March 1, 2017.  The OSP Proposal Services office is available for 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 Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) (R25)
National Institutes of Health

Internal MSU Letter of Intent due: Jan. 1, 2017
Full Application due: May 25, 2017

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this NIGMS R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce.

To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on research experiences and courses for skills development. Applicants should directly address how the set of activities will enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce by discussing 1) the rationale underlying the balance of effort and resources dedicated to each activity; 2) how the three activities integrate; and 3) objective indicators that can measure the effectiveness of the program.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Institutes of Health (NIH)", and the program, "NIH Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by May 25, 2017.
  4. The deadline for the Internal MSU Submission is Sunday, January 1, 2017. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education (R25)
National Institutes of Health

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Jan. 1, 2017
Agency LOI due: Apr. 28, 2017
Full Application due: May 31, 2017

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

To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skills Development.

This FOA encourages applications from institutions that propose to establish new or to enhance existing team-based design courses or programs in undergraduate Biomedical Engineering departments or other degree-granting programs with Biomedical Engineering tracks/minors. This FOA mainly targets undergraduate students but may also include first-year graduate students. Courses and programs that address innovative and/or ground-breaking development, multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary education, the regulatory pathway and other issues related to the commercialization of medical devices, and clinical immersion are especially encouraged.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Institutes of Health (NIH)", and the program, "Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education (R25)."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by May 31, 2017.
  4. The deadline for the Internal MSU Submission is Sunday, January 1, 2017.  The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Montana Healthcare Foundation 2017 Call for Proposals: Rapid Response Grants
Montana Healthcare Foundation (MHCF)

Internal MSU Letter of Intent due: Mar. 6, 2017
Full Proposal due: June 5, 2017

The MHCF Rapid Response program will offer grants between $10,000 and $75,000 for projects implemented within a 12- to 24-month period. The Rapid Response program is intended to support proposals focused on planning, training, and smaller-scale pilot projects. The minimum request is $10,000. The maximum request is $50,000 for a one-year project and $75,000 for a two-year project.

The Rapid Response program will consider proposals in two areas:

  1. Behavioral Health (Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders)
  2. Partnerships for Better Health

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "Montana Healthcare Foundation [MONHEA012]", and the program, "Montana Healthcare Foundation Rapid Response Grants".
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by June 5, 2017.
  4. The deadline for the Internal MSU Submission is Monday, March 6, 2017.  The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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2018 Beckman Scholars Program
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due: Mar. 15, 2017
Agency Full Application due: June 15, 2017

The purpose of the Beckman Scholars Program is to provide an in-depth, sustained undergraduate research experience in chemistry, biochemistry, biological, and medical sciences, or some interdisciplinary combination of these subjects, for exceptionally talented, full-time undergraduate students at accredited U.S. four-year colleges and universities; young people who ultimately will become prominent leaders in their scientific and professional pursuits. The Program's financial support for a student and mentor over 15 continuous months of research, in conjunction with the Annual Beckman Symposium, offers an academically stimulating and unique educational experience.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation (BECKMAN) [P]," and the program, "Beckman Scholars Program."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by June 15, 2017.
  4. The deadline for the Internal MSU Submission is Wednesday, March 15, 2017.  The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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W.M. Keck Foundation Research and Undergraduate Education Program
W.M. Keck Foundation

Internal LOI due: Feb. 6, 2017
Phase I Applications due: May 1, 2017
Full Application (by invitation only) due: Aug. 15, 2017

Overview

The W.M. Keck Foundation strives to fund endeavors that are distinctive and novel in their approach. It encourages projects that are high-risk with the potential for transformative impact. "High-risk" comprises a number of factors, including questions that push the edge of the field, present unconventional approaches to intractable problems, or challenge the prevailing paradigm. To make grant determinations, the Foundation relies upon a wide range of input, including assessments by its professional staff, site visits (where appropriate), peer reviews, the latest available scientific information, and presentations by experts in scientific, medical and health and human service fields.

Research Program

Supporting pioneering discoveries in science, engineering and medical research has been the Foundation's mandate from the beginning. By funding the high-risk/high-impact work of leading researchers, the Foundation is laying the groundwork for new paradigms, technologies and discoveries that will save lives, provide innovative solutions, and add to our understanding of the world. Both Senior and Early Career investigators are encouraged to apply.

Undergraduate Education Program

The Foundation believes that a high-quality, well-rounded college education is vital for tomorrow's workforce and leaders. The Foundation's undergraduate program promotes distinctive learning and research experiences in science, engineering and the liberal arts at undergraduate colleges only in Foundation designated states, or through national organizations that address undergraduate needs.

New for this Cycle! 

The W.M. Keck Foundation, Undergraduate Education Program strives to promote distinctive learning and research experiences in science, engineering, and the liberal arts at four-year undergraduate colleges in Foundation designated states (of which, MSU is one). MSU is classified as a research university, which means that criteria for funding is more stringent and we must demonstrate a compelling or unique resource to be competitive. For example, the suggested program or approach cannot be fundable elsewhere - Department of Education, National Science Foundation, etc. and must be novel and propose to entirely change a field or create a new one altogether. The Foundation also expects that MSU will in its proposed program, train undergraduates so that they may become highly sought after graduate students. A number of MSU PI's have demonstrated interest in the Undergraduate Education Program and MSU offers excellent resources to undergraduates. Through a creative, facilitated 'think tank' approach, we aim to devise up to four compelling projects to present to the Foundation in the next counseling phase that will take place in February.

Some examples of funded projects include the following:

  • California State University, Fullerton, College of Engineering plans to develop a certificate option on the design and fabrication of biomedical devices. Their goal is to prepare their undergraduate students for careers in biomedical device engineering through an innovative, timely, and multidisciplinary program. The program will provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the hardware, material, electrical, software, anatomical, and regulatory aspects of biomedical engineering.
  • University of Texas at Austin, Building on the successful model of UT-Austin's Freshman Research Initiative, a new team proposes to further transform undergraduate education by integrating research and teaching missions in the form of a new type of class, the Technology Stream, and a new type of educational position, the "technology educator" (TE). Technology Streams will involve undergraduates in working on cutting-edge, technically demanding, authentic projects in fields such as bioinformatics, computational fashion design, and learning analytics. TEs will be postdoctoral-level staff members associated with University facilities or technology centers. Through their Stream experience, students will develop technological knowledge and skills that will prepare them to be competitive in the job market and to pursue a variety of postgraduate career paths.

INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING?

Before OSP officially solicits concept papers, we would like to assemble a multi-disciplinary think tank in order to give PI's time to discuss and vet ideas, receive critical insights about the Foundation, and review one another's concepts for feedback. The think tank will then vote on the four concepts they find most compelling. Applicants who do not make this ranked list are still welcome to submit their idea to the internal call. To participate in this process, we would like to review a preliminary idea of your concept. Please submit a brief abstract or summary to Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, by January 6, 2017 at micaelayoung@montana.edu and we will review your concepts and add you to the think tank roster.

MEETING SCHEDULE:

Kick-off Meeting: January 13, 2017 (10:00 am to 11:00 am)

Idea Formation: January 20, 2017 (1:00 pm to 2:00 pm)

Idea Selection and Vetting: January 27, 2017 (10:00 am to 11:00 am)

Internal LOI's due to OSP: February 6, 2017

Counseling Call with Foundation: February TBD, 2017 (at discretion of VPR) 

APPLICATION PROCESS: In February 2017, The Foundation and Montana State University will engage in the 'counseling phase' of the Phase I application process whereby eligible universities share their best project ideas with a W.M. Keck organizational contact. This contact is made solely by the Vice President for Research and/or designated MSU contact and PI's are discouraged from making direct contact with the Foundation. The concepts of interest will be selected at this time by W.M. Keck and applicants will be notified of their status shortly after the organizational contact occurs. For this stage of the process, interested applicants will submit a pre-proposal following these instructions: 

Internal MSU Procedure: 

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "W.M. Keck Foundation (WMKECK)," and the program, "Grant Programs."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Concept papers selected to proceed will be due to the Sponsor by May 1, 2017. Full applications are due to the Sponsor August 15, 2017 by invitation only.
  4. The deadline for the Internal MSU submission is February 6, 2017.  The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Montana Healthcare Foundation 2017 Call for Proposals: Large Grants
Montana Healthcare Foundation (MHCF)

Internal MSU Letter of Intent due: Feb. 17, 2017
Brief Proposal due: Apr. 7, 2017
Full Proposal due (by invitation only): Aug. 4, 2017

The MHCF Large Grant program will offer grants above $75,000 and up to $150,000 for projects implemented within a 12- to 24-month period. The minimum request is $50,000. The maximum request is $75,000 for a one-year project and $150,000 for a two-year project. MHCF expects to award few grants at the maximum $150,000 level, and encourages applicants to request only what they need for a successful project. Applicants will be asked to present a basic business plan and pro forma budget as part of the full invited proposal.

The Large Grant program will consider proposals in two areas:

  1. Behavioral Health (Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders)
  2. Partnerships for Better Health

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "Montana Healthcare Foundation [MONHEA012]", and the program, "Montana Healthcare Foundation Large Grants".
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by August 4, 2017.
  4. The deadline for the Internal MSU Submission is Friday, February 17, 2017.  The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Centers for Agricultural Safety and Health (U54)
Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Internal MSU LOI due: Mar. 10, 2017
Agency LOI due: Sept. 29, 2017
Agency full application due: Nov. 30, 2017

SYNOPSIS: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invites applications for Centers for Agricultural Safety and Health (Ag Centers). Ag Centers are expected to conduct high quality research and help translate scientific discoveries into practical applications to improve worker safety and health in the areas of agriculture, forestry, and fishing. Center functions should include developing integrated approaches that link basic science with translation and outreach activities. Center structure should take advantage of diverse scientific resources and focus on local, regional, and/or national worker safety and health issues. Centers should place emphasis on the creation and implementation of evidence-based solutions that address important agricultural safety and health problems. Collaborations with other academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and other occupational safety and health focused groups are expected. Applicants must concisely describe the occupational health burden within their service area and directly link research and outreach activities to help alleviate the burden. Applicants should also clearly articulate the anticipated impacts of the proposed work, both during the project period and beyond.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this program is to support existing (and establish new) Centers for Agricultural Safety and Health (Ag Centers) to address the significant and varied morbidity and mortality burden in U.S. AFF occupations. Ag Centers address these burdens through a variety of approaches. Centers are expected to include scientific research in developing (or strengthening) the evidence base for mitigating particular threats or hazards. Centers may need to test these new approaches through the use of intervention studies. Research translation activities are anticipated to move scientific findings into pragmatic efforts aimed at controlling specific hazards, minimizing associated threats, and improving health in the workforce. Finally, outreach programs can facilitate understanding and uptake of the information by the working population, by their supervisors and managers, and at the organizational or company level.

Internal MSU Procedure: 

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "Center for Disease Control and Prevention", and the program, "Centers for Agricultural Safety and Health".
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Agency Letters of Intent will be due at the Sponsor by September 29, 2017.
  4. The deadline for the MSU internal submission is March 10, 2017.  The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

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

Dear Colleagues:

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

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

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

Sincerely,

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

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Creating Humanities Communities
National Endowment for the Humanities

Full Application due: Feb. 15, 2017

The Creating Humanities Communities program provides matching grants to help stimulate and proliferate meaningful humanities activities in states and U.S. territories underserved by NEH's grantmaking divisions and offices. Grantees will use the funds to establish and undertake new humanities programs.

The goal of these grants is to make connections between organizations that will foster community cohesion on a local or regional level. Applicants may define community in a variety of ways (by focusing, for example, on a place such as a village or town, or on a common interest or a common theme), and the programs that the cooperating institutions carry out together must aim to enhance the importance of the humanities in people's lives.

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James H. Bradley Fellowship
Montana Historical Society

Application due: Mar. 1, 2017

The Research Center offers up to two James H. Bradley Fellowships every year to graduate students, faculty, and/or independent scholars pursuing research on Montana history. Each fellowship includes a stipend of $3,000.

Each recipient is expected to be in residence conducting research for the equivalent of three weeks between June 1 and October 31. Fellows are expected to make use of the Montana Historical Society collections and to submit a written report upon completion of the research. Bradley Fellows are also required to submit an article based on the research for possible publication in the Society's quarterly journal, Montana The Magazine of Western History, within one year of their residency.

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NEA FY2018 Literature Fellowships: Prose
National Endowment for the Arts

Application due: Mar. 8, 2017

The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Applications are reviewed through an anonymous process in which the only criteria for review are artistic excellence and artistic merit. To review the applications, the National Endowment for the Arts assembles a different advisory panel every year, each diverse with regard to geography, race and ethnicity, and artistic points of view.

The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. For FY 2018, which is covered by these guidelines, fellowships in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) are available. Fellowships in poetry will be offered in FY 2019 and guidelines will be available in January 2018. You may apply only once each year.

Competition for fellowships is extremely rigorous.  We typically receive more than 1,000 applications each year in this category and award fellowships to fewer than 5% of applicants. You should consider carefully whether your work will be competitive at the national level.

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Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
National Endowment for the Humanities

Application due: Mar. 14, 2017

The Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities program supports national or regional (multistate) training programs for scholars, humanities professionals, and advanced graduate students to broaden and extend their knowledge of digital humanities. Through this program NEH seeks to increase the number of humanities scholars and practitioners using digital technology in their research and to broadly disseminate knowledge about advanced technology tools and methodologies relevant to the humanities.

The projects may be a single opportunity or offered multiple times to different audiences. Institutes may be as short as a few days and held at multiple locations or as long as six weeks at a single site. For example, training opportunities could be offered before or after regularly occurring scholarly meetings, during the summer months, or during appropriate times of the academic year. The duration of a program should allow for full and thorough treatment of the topic.

These professional development programs may focus on a particular computational method, such as network or spatial analysis. They may also target the needs of a particular humanities discipline or audience.

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The Margaret Mead Award
Society for Applied Anthropology

Application due: Mar. 15, 2017

Margaret Mead, for years among the best known women in the world, was also the best known anthropologist, with a particular talent for bringing anthropology fully into the light of public attention. The Margaret Mead Award, initiated by the Society for Applied Anthropology in 1979, and awarded jointly with the American Anthropological Society since 1983, continues to celebrate the tradition of bringing anthropology to bear on wider social and cultural issues.

The Margaret Mead Award is presented to a younger scholar for a particular accomplishment such as a book, film, monograph, or service, which interprets anthropological data and principles in ways that make them meaningful and accessible to a broadly concerned public. The award is designed to recognize a person clearly associated with research and/or practice in anthropology. The awardee's activity will exemplify skills in broadening the impact of anthropology -- skills for which Margaret Mead was admired widely.

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Moving Documentary Films
Catapult Film Fund

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

Catapult Film Fund provides development funding to documentary filmmakers who have a compelling story to tell, have secured access to their story and are ready to shoot and edit a piece for production fundraising purposes.

What We Are Looking For:

  • Creative, artful, compelling and innovative storytelling techniques
  • Strong story narrative at the core of the film
  • A unique perspective or approach; use of humor a plus
  • Contemporary relevance
  • Feasibility of the project with respect to its budget, financing, schedule and scope
  • Demonstrated ability of the creative team to have implemented previous projects
  • Grant amount should have significant impact on development stage of the project
  • Emphasis on the story not the lesson or agenda of the filmmaker
  • Filmmaker must demonstrate credible access and rapport with the proposed subject(s) of the story.
  • Originality of form, approach or content
  • Potential of the project to generate public discourse and social engagement

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Nebraska State Historical Society 2017 Research Grants
Nebraska State Historical Society

Application due: Mar. 31, 2017

In May 2017 the Nebraska State Historical Society will award up to three research grants of $1,000 each to support the work of scholars pursuing original research and interpretive writing on some aspect of history or archeology of Nebraska or the Great Plains.

Applicants from any background, including academic and public historians, graduate students, and independent researchers and writers, are welcome to apply. Preference will be given to applicants proposing to pursue previously neglected topics, or new approaches to and interpretations of previously treated topics. If more than one grant is awarded preference for one will be given to current graduate students, young scholars, or non-academic scholars whose work is not otherwise subsidized.

Grant recipients are expected to spend at least one week during the grant period in residence in Lincoln working with materials from the Nebraska State Historical Society collections. The grants are intended to support research that will lead to submission of a manuscript for possible publication in the NSHS quarterly journal, Nebraska History, or another appropriate venue, by April 1, 2018.

Project Criteria

  1. Suitability for meaningful research in the NSHS library, archives, historic preservation files, museum, or archeological collections.
  2. Potential to make a significant contribution to historical scholarship on a Nebraska-related topic.
  3. Potential to produce a manuscript suitable for publication in Nebraska History or a similar publication.
  4. Applicant's academic training, professional experience, publication record, or other experience suggesting that the research and the resulting article will meet the highest professional standards.

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Michael P. Malone Prize
Western History Association

Submission due: Apr. 1, 2017

The Western History Association offers the Michael P. Malone Award for the best article, essay, or commentary on state, provincial, or territorial history in North America appearing in a periodical publication. Articles should concentrate on events of historical significance centering on a state, province, or territory in North America. A certificate and $500 cash prize will be awarded to the author of the winning essay. The publisher of the winning essay will receive a certificate.

Nominations must be made by the editor of the journal in which the article or essay appeared. Journal editors may consult with their editorial boards when making their nominations but are limited to nominating one article per year.

Michael Peter Malone (1940-1999) was an American historian who served from 1991 to 1999 as the 10th president of Montana State University. One of Montana's preeminent historians and writers, he was named by both The Missoulian and the Great Falls Tribune newspapers as one of the 100 most influential Montanans of the 20th century. His Montana: A History of Two Centuries (co-written with Richard B. Roeder) was called the "definitive history of the state" by the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. His final work, The American West (co-written with Richard W. Etulain), was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Malone served his profession in a wide range of ways. He was a member of the board of directors of the Montana Historical Society, the executive council of the Western History Association, the Montana Committee for the Humanities, and the Montana Bicentennial Commission. He was also a member of the editorial board of Montana, The Magazine of Western History, Pacific Northwest Quarterly, and the Pacific Historical Review.

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Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan
National Endowment for the Humanities

Application due: Apr. 26, 2017

The Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan program is a joint activity of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Awards support research on modern Japanese society and political economy, Japan's international relations, and U.S.-Japan relations. The program encourages innovative research that puts these subjects in wider regional and global contexts and is comparative and contemporary in nature.

Research should contribute to scholarly knowledge or to the general public's understanding of issues of concern to Japan and the United States. Appropriate disciplines for the research include anthropology, economics, geography, history, international relations, linguistics, political science, psychology, public administration, and sociology. Awards usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources.

The fellowships are designed for researchers with advanced Japanese language skills whose research will require use of data, sources, and documents, onsite interviews, or other direct contact in Japanese. Fellows may undertake their projects in Japan, the United States, or both, and may include work in other countries for comparative purposes. Projects may be at any stage of development.

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NEA Challenge America, FY2018
National Endowment for the Arts

Register/Renew by: Mar. 22, 2017
Application due: Apr. 4, 2017

The Challenge America category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations: those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development.

Please note: Submission is a two-step process: 1) Submit materials to Grants.gov by April 4, 2017; and 2) Submit materials to NEA GrantsOnline System (NEA-GO) by April 27, 2017.

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The Music in American Culture Award
American Musicological Society

Submission due: May 1, 2017

The Music in American Culture Award each year honors a book of exceptional merit that both illuminates some important aspect of the music of the United States and places that music in a rich cultural context. The goal of this award is to recognize the best writing on music in American culture, regardless of the source or intended audience of that writing; hence work by a broad range of authors--including performing musicians, journalists, and music critics, as well as academic scholars--will be considered.

Books published in the previous year (2016) in any language and in any country are eligible. "Previous year" refers to the copyright year as found on the copyright page of the book. The author must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada. A book may receive only one AMS award in a given year.

Nominations, including self-nominations, may be submitted by any individual within or outside the AMS. A committee consisting of three scholars will choose a single winner, who will receive a monetary prize and a certificate, conferred by the committee chair, at the Annual Business Meeting and Awards Presentation of the Society.

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Digital Humanities and Advancement Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities

Application due: June 6, 2017

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support digital projects throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and long-term sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this grant category, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities.

This program combines the former Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants and Digital Humanities Implementation Grants programs; the combined program is offered twice per year. Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities.

Through a special partnership, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) anticipates providing additional funding to this program to encourage innovative collaborations between museum or library professionals and humanities professionals to advance preservation of, access to, use of, and engagement with digital collections and services. Through this partnership, IMLS and NEH may jointly fund some DHAG projects that involve collaborations with museums and/or libraries.

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

Optional Draft due: Apr. 7, 2017
Full Application due: June 14, 2017

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

The goal of this program is to provide access to, and editorial context for, the historical documents and records that tell the American story. The NHPRC encourages projects, whenever possible and appropriate, to provide free access to these materials in an open online environment, without precluding other forms of publication. Applicants should demonstrate familiarity with the best practices recommended by the  Association for Documentary Editing or the Modern Language Association Committee on Scholarly Editions .

Projects may also prepare print editions as part of their overall publishing plan.  However, projects that do not have definitive plans for digital dissemination and preservation in place at the time of application will not be considered. It is also expected that the contents of any print volumes produced will be made available online within a reasonable period of time following print publication.

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

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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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Fundamental Research to Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction (C-WMD)
Department of Defense - Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)

Pre-Application White Papers Accepted Anytime
Full Proposals: By Invitation Only

DTRA safeguards America and its allies from weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and provides capabilities to reduce, eliminate, and counter the threat and effects from chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high yield explosives. DTRA seeks to identify, adopt, and adapt emerging, existing and revolutionary sciences that may demonstrate high payoff potential to Counter-WMD (C-WMD) threats. This Broad Agency Announcement is an extramural endeavor that combines the fundamental research, educational program, or other effort needs appropriate for basic or applied research funding of DTRA and other DoD interests.

This announcement solicits ideas and topic-based pre-application white papers for long-term challenges that offer a significant contribution: to the current body of knowledge, to the understanding of phenomena and observable facts, to significantly advance revolutionary technology, to new concepts for technology application, or that may have impact on future C-WMD threat reduction, expertise, or capabilities.

A portion of this effort is expected to be devoted to awards for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education programs with a C-WMD focus; such as, but not limited to postdoctoral fellowships, stipends, degrees, visiting scientist programs, student exchange programs, and development of accredited C-WMD curricula.

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FY16 DoD ALSRP and BCRP Program Announcements
Department of Defense (DOD)

Varies by program area

SYNOPSIS: 

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Precision Trauma Care Research Award
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: Mar. 17, 2017
Full Application due (by invitation only): June 15, 2017

The JPC-6/CCCRP is one of six major research program areas within the Defense Health Program. The JPC-6/ CCCRP is a committee of Department of Defense (DoD) and non-DoD medical and military technical experts in combat casualty care-related program areas. The JPC-6/CCCRP strives to optimize survival and recovery from combat-related or trauma-induced injury in current and future operational scenarios.

This is being accomplished through the development of knowledge and materiel products for the acute and early management of combat-related or trauma-induced injury, including point-of-injury, en route, and forward surgical care. Innovations developed by JPC-6/CCCRP-supported research are applied in-theatre and within the clinical facilities of the Military Health System. These solutions not only minimize the morbidity and mortality of combat-related injuries in Service members, they also are often translatable to the civilian healthcare system.

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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

Upward Bound Math and Science Program
U.S. Department of Education

Application due: Mar. 22, 2017

The Upward Bound (UB) Program is one of the seven programs known as the Federal TRIO Programs. The UB Program is a discretionary grant program that supports projects designed to provide students with the skills and motivation necessary to complete a program of secondary education and to succeed in a program of postsecondary education. There are three types of grants under the UB Program: UB; Veterans UB; and UB Math and Science (UBMS) grants.

In this notice, we invite applications for UBMS grants only. The UBMS Program supports projects designed to prepare high school students for postsecondary education programs that lead to careers in the fields of math and science.

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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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Biosystems Design to Enable Next-Generation Biofuels and Bioproducts
U.S. Department of Energy

Pre-Application due: Dec. 19, 2016
Full Application due: Mar. 20, 2017

Biological and Environmental Research (BER) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) hereby announces its interest in receiving applications for research of interest to the Genomic Science Program (http://genomicscience.energy.gov) in the following research areas:

a) Integrating large-scale systems biology data to model, design, and engineer microbial systems for the production of biofuels and bioproducts: Interdisciplinary approaches to develop innovative, high-throughput modeling, genome-wide design and editing, and engineering technologies for a broad range of microbes relevant for the production of biofuels and bioproducts from biomass.

b) Plant systems design for bioenergy: To develop novel technologies for genome-scale engineering to re-design bioenergy crops that can grow in marginal environments while producing high yield of biomass that can be easily converted to biofuels and bioproducts. Applications should include strategies to address biocontainment, minimizing risks of potential release of engineered organisms into the environment or other unintended outcomes.

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Solar Forecasting II
U.S. Department of Energy

Concept Paper due: Dec. 30, 2016
Full Application due: Mar. 24, 2017

The DOE SunShot Initiative is a collaborative national effort launched in 2011 that aggressively drives innovation to make solar energy cost competitive, without subsidies, with traditional energy sources before the end of the decade. SunShot supports efforts by private companies, universities, non-profit organizations, state and local governments, and national laboratories to drive down the cost of solar electricity to $0.06 per kilowatt-hour, without incentives, by the year 2020, and to $0.03 per kilowatt-hour by 2030.

Within the SunShot Initiative, the Systems Integration (SI) subprogram seeks to enable the widespread deployment of high penetrations of safe, reliable, secure, and cost effective solar energy on the nation's electricity grid by addressing the associated technical and regulatory challenges through targeted technology research, development, and demonstration (RD&D).

Specifically, timely and cost-effective interconnections, optimal system planning, integration of solar forecast, real-time monitoring and control of distributed solar systems, and maintaining grid reliability are all challenges that require engineering innovations and technology breakthroughs.

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Integrated Biorefinery Optimization
U.S. Department of Energy

Concept Paper due: Feb. 6, 2017
Full Application due: Apr. 3, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announce a joint funding opportunity to support Integrated Biorefinery Optimization. DOE has funded biorefinery technology development projects, since 2002, to meet two EERE performance goals: 1) reduce dependence on imported oil, thereby enhancing energy security; and 2) spur the creation of a sustainable domestic bio-industry.

USDA-NIFA has funded programs and projects that target vital topical areas related to the development of regional systems for the sustainable production of biofuels, industrial chemicals, biopower, and biobased products; as well as investing in America's scientific corps and developing workforce in bioenergy, bioproducts, and the bioeconomy.

Robust scale-up of commercially viable biorefinery technologies will help USDA-NIFA meet two important goals: 1) to enhance energy security through the reduction in the dependence on foreign oil; and 2) to spur the creation of a sustainable domestic bioeconomy. This work supports NIFA's mission to accelerate deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies to strengthen U.S. energy security, economic vitality, and environmental quality.

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Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing: Partnership in Nuclear Energy Research
Department of Energy

Letter of Intent due: Feb. 15, 2017
Full Application due: Apr. 5, 2017

The Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program has been a recognized leader for the employment of high-performance computing for scientific discovery. Initiated in 2001, re-competed in 2006, and most recently re-competed in 2011-2012, SciDAC had involved all of the SC programs with a goal to dramatically accelerate progress in scientific computing.

This SciDAC Partnership therefore must demonstrate deep, necessary, and productive collaborations between scientists or engineers on the one hand and applied mathematicians or computer scientists on the other, which overcome the barriers between these disciplines, fully exploit the capabilities of DOE HPC systems, and accelerate scientific discovery. In this way, partnerships enable scientists and engineers to conduct complex computations at a level of fidelity needed to simulate real-world conditions and accelerate advances in nuclear energy research.

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Subsurface Biogeochemical Research
Department of Energy

Pre-Application due: Feb. 7, 2017
Full Application due (by invitation only): Apr. 5, 2017

The Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) hereby announces its interest in receiving applications for research in Subsurface Biogeochemical Research (SBR). The mission of the Climate and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD) within BER is to advance a robust predictive understanding of Earth's climate and environmental systems and to inform the development of sustainable solutions to the Nation's energy and environmental challenges.

The goal of the SBR program is to advance a robust predictive understanding of how watersheds function as complex hydrobiogeochemical systems and how these systems respond to perturbations caused by changes to climate, land use/cover, contaminant loading and compounding disturbances. Using an iterative approach to model-driven experimentation and observation, interdisciplinary teams of scientists work to unravel the coupled physical, chemical and biological processes that control the structure and functioning of terrestrial environments across vast spatial and temporal scales.

State-of-science understanding, captured in conceptual theories and models, is translated into a hierarchy of computational components and used to predict the system dynamics and evolution in response to natural and anthropogenic forcing. Basic understanding of the system structure and function is advanced through this iterative cycle of experimentation and observation by targeting key system components and processes that are suspected to most limit the predictive skill of the models.

Applicants to this FOA must propose either a Standard Project or an Exploratory Project that will focus on measurements, experiments, and modeling to provide improved quantitative and predictive understanding of the hydrobiogeochemical functioning of watershed systems. All projects are required to clearly delineate an integrative, hypothesis-driven approach and clearly describe the existing needs and gaps in state-of-the-art models.

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DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program
U.S. Department of Energy

Application due: May 16, 2017

The goal of the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories.

The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students' overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories.

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Department of Health & Human Services

Research Using Linked Data to Understand Motor Vehicle Injury Among Older Adults
Centers for Disease Control

Letter of Intent due: Jan. 13, 2017
Application due: Feb. 13, 2017

Motor vehicle crashes are the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for adults aged 65 years and older. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) is soliciting investigator-initiated research that will help determine the utility of linked data for identifying risk factors, protective factors, and outcomes of motor vehicle crashes among older adults.

A better knowledge of how motor vehicle crashes affect types of injuries and injury severity can increase the potential public health impact of motor vehicle crash prevention efforts. Effective data linkage models could be integrated into more comprehensive crash risk assessment and management strategies and, when adopted, help to decrease the rates of injuries and deaths among persons involved in motor vehicle crashes.

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Development and Evaluation of Sports Concussion Prevention Strategies
Centers for Disease Control

Letter of Intent due: Jan. 19, 2017
Application due: Feb. 16, 2017

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) acknowledges that we need to build a culture in sports where athletes, parents, coaches, sports officials, and athletic trainers take steps to reduce the likelihood that athletes experience concussions and encourage athletes to recognize and report concussion symptoms so that athletes can obtain appropriate care and take sufficient time to recover (National Academy of Sciences [NAS] study, 2014). The purpose of this research is to develop and pilot test a new intervention, or rigorously evaluate an existing intervention, that aims to advance primary or secondary prevention of concussion among young athletes participating in youth sports programs.

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Frontier Community Health Integration Project Technical Assistance, Tracking, and Analysis Program
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Application due: Mar. 13, 2017

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2017 Frontier Community Health Integration Project (FCHIP) Technical Assistance, Tracking, and Analysis (TA) Program. The purpose of this program is to provide technical assistance to 10 critical access hospitals (CAHs) selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to participate in the FCHIP demonstration to test new approaches to health care delivery, reimbursement, and coordination in sparsely populated rural areas in three states: Montana, Nevada, and North Dakota.

Technical assistance to the CAHs must include support for implementing one or any combination of three specific health care interventions: (1) the waiver of the 35-mile rule for ambulance services, allowing cost-based reimbursement for ambulance services regardless of nearby providers; (2) the waiver of the fixed $25 originating site fee for telehealth services, instead allowing cost-based reimbursement for 101 percent of cost for overhead, salaries, fringe benefits, and the depreciation value of the telehealth equipment; and (3) the waiver of the 25-bed inpatient bed limit, allowing up to 10 additional beds to be used for skilled nursing facility (SNF)/nursing facility (NF) care.

Other technical assistance activities should include support for quality measurement and performance improvement projects, strategic planning to improve patients' access to services, and other tracking, analytic, and administrative tasks as appropriate for the individual needs of the participating CAHs.

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Department of Justice (DOJ)

Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking on Campus Program
U.S. Department of Justice/Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)

Letter of Registration due: Feb. 2, 2017
Full Application due: Feb. 23, 2017

The Campus Program encourages a comprehensive coordinated community approach that enhances victim safety, provides services for victims and supports efforts to hold offenders accountable. The funding supports activities that develop and strengthen trauma informed victim services and strategies to prevent, investigate, respond to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Developing campus-wide coordinated responses involving campus victim service providers, law enforcement/campus safety officers, health providers, housing officials, administrators, student leaders, faith-based leaders, representatives from student organizations, and disciplinary board members is critical.

To be effective, campus responses must also link to local off-campus criminal justice agencies and service providers, including local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors' offices, courts, and nonprofit, nongovernmental victim advocacy and victim services organizations. Campuses are encouraged to create or revitalize large-scale efforts that treat sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking as serious offenses by adopting effective, culturally relevant policies and protocols, developing victim services and advocacy programs, and implementing effective prevention approaches. Colleges and universities should demonstrate to every student that these crimes will not be tolerated, that perpetrators will face serious consequences, and that holistic services are available for victims.

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FY 2017 Comprehensive School Safety Initiative
U.S. Department of Justice

Application due: Mar. 24, 2017

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding under the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative (CSSI). This program furthers the Department's mission by funding rigorous research to produce practical knowledge that can improve the safety of schools and students.

The initiative is carried out through partnerships among researchers, educators, and other stakeholders, including law enforcement and mental health professionals. Projects funded under the CSSI are designed to produce knowledge that can be applied to schools and school districts across the nation for years to come. This solicitation includes five funding categories with different expectations and requirements to accomplish the purposes of the CSSI.

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New Investigator/Early Career Program in the Social and Behavioral Sciences
U.S. Department of Justice

Application due: Mar. 27, 2017

The goal of this solicitation is to broaden the pool of NIJ-sponsored researchers by encouraging new scholars to develop their own research. The objective of the New Investigator/Early Career Program is to provide assistant professors with an opportunity to conduct research that is directly relevant to criminal justice. In the social and behavioral sciences, NIJ encourages applications from diverse disciplines including but not limited to: criminal justice, criminology, economics, law, psychology, public health, and sociology. In the STEM sciences, NIJ encourages applications from diverse disciplines including but not limited to: computer and information sciences, civil and mechanical engineering, physical sciences, mathematics, biostatistics, data science and material sciences.

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Department of Labor

International Research Scientist Development Award (IRSDA) (K01)
National Institutes of Health

Full Application due: Mar. 2, 2017

The purpose of the International Research Scientist Development Award (IRSDA) is to provide support and protected time (three to five years) to advanced postdoctoral U.S. research scientists and recently-appointed U.S. junior faculty (at least two years beyond conferral of doctoral degree) for an intensive, mentored research career development experience in a low- or middle-income country (LMIC) leading to an independently funded research career focused on global health. FIC invites applications from early-career investigators from any health related discipline who propose career development activities and a research project that is relevant to the health priorities of the LMIC.

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Anticipating the Environmental Impacts and Behavioral Drivers of Deep Decarbonization
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Application due: Feb. 10, 2017

Climate change mitigation and adaptation is a high priority for the United States and the EPA. Meeting U.S. and international long-term climate change mitigation goals will require a substantial change in the production and consumption of energy in the United States and elsewhere in the world.

In this solicitation, we adopt the term "deep decarbonization" to refer to the types of changes in the energy system that will be required to meet the carbon emission reduction and related climate policy goals. Various studies have shown that deep decarbonization is possible given technologies and practices that are available currently or expected in the near term. This solicitation seeks research to improve the understanding of the individual, firm (i.e., business), and community decision behaviors that affect the adoption of clean technologies and energy efficiency measures. Better understanding of these behaviors can provide insights into the design of policies and programs to achieve deep decarbonization in the United States.

Furthermore, deep decarbonization, along with climate change and other social, economic, technological, demographic and land use trends, will affect patterns of energy production and consumption between now and 2050. As the patterns of energy production and consumption evolve, the magnitude and distribution of sources of all types of environmental emissions, discharges, and waste will also change. This solicitation seeks research to improve the ability to anticipate, at the local, regional, or national level, the positive and negative multimedia, life-cycle health and environmental impacts of strategies designed to move the country toward deep decarbonization, as well as potential barriers to achievement of this goal.

In addition to regular awards, this solicitation includes the opportunity for early career awards. The purpose of the early career award is to fund research projects smaller in scope and budget by early career PIs.

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National Indoor Environments Program: Reducing Public Exposure to Indoor Pollutants
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Letter of Intent due: Jan. 18, 2017
Full Application due: Feb. 17, 2017

Since the 1980s, EPA has identified and characterized significant risks to public health from indoor environmental contaminants that are commonly found in homes, schools, offices and other large or commercial nonindustrial buildings where Americans spend up to 90 percent of their time. Levels of air pollution indoors are often two to five times higher, and occasionally 100 times higher than outdoor levels. Common indoor air contaminants include radon, environmental asthma triggers, such as secondhand smoke and mold, combustion byproducts and volatile organic compounds.

Indoor contaminants may be of natural origin (e.g., radon, allergens, molds), may derive from products used indoors (e.g., finishes, furnishings, cleaning products), and may result from indoor processes and behaviors (e.g., smoking, use of unvented combustion sources, cleaning, operation and maintenance procedures). Building systems also have a direct influence on the type and amount of exposure that building occupants may experience from environmental contaminants indoors. Indoor air quality (IAQ) can be improved and exposure to unhealthy indoor air in buildings reduced through better design, construction, and operation and maintenance practices; changes in the personal choices and behaviors of occupants; and mitigation of IAQ problems.

The goal of EPA's Indoor Environments Program is to reduce the environmental health risks posed by contaminants in indoor environments. This is achieved first through the use of sound science to gain a better understanding of both environmental health risks and effective prevention and control methods. This knowledge then is used to promote appropriate, evidence-based environmental risk reduction activities through voluntary actions by the general public and key stakeholders to improve IAQ.

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Using a Total Environment Framework (Built, Natural, Social Environments) to Assess Life-Long Health Effects of Chemical Exposures
Environmental Protection Agency

Application due: Mar. 2, 2017

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), through its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, seeks applications for research on how pollution affects human health in the context of the total environment: built, natural, and social environments interacting together with inherent characteristics and interactions.

Proposed research should develop and test innovative models or impact assessment approaches to examine causal relationships of chemical pollutants and health effects with modifying interactions among the variables representing all of the major stressors and factors involved in a person's life. Proposals that integrate a diverse field of disciplines (social science, economics, epidemiology, engineering, environmental science, biology, statistics, toxicology, chemistry, etc.) to address the complexity of the total environment research problem are highly recommended.

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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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Transatlantic Networks of Excellence in Cardiovascular and Neurovascular Research
Fondation Leducq

Letter of Intent due: Sept. 6, 2016
Full Submission due: Feb. 14, 2017

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

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

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Amgen Scholars U.S. Program - Undergraduate Summer Research Program in Science and Biotechnology
Amgen Foundation, Inc.

Application due: Varies by host institution (Feb. 1 or Feb. 15, 2017)

The Amgen Scholars Program provides hundreds of selected undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at many of the world's leading educational institutions. The Program seeks to increase learning and networking opportunities for students committed to pursuing science or engineering careers and to spark the interest and broaden the perspective of students considering scientific careers. Ultimately, the Program aims to increase the number of students pursuing advanced training and careers in the sciences.

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Simons Collaborations in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences
Simons Foundation

Letter of Intent due: Oct. 3, 2016
Full Proposal due (by invitation only): Feb. 28, 2017

The Simons Foundation's Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for the Simons Collaborations in MPS program.

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

A Simons Collaboration in MPS should address a mathematical or theoretical topic of fundamental scientific importance, where a significant new development creates a novel area for exploration or provides a new direction for progress in an established field. The questions addressed by the collaboration may be concrete or conceptual, but there should be little doubt that answering them would constitute a major scientific milestone. The project should have clearly defined initial activities and goals by which their progress and success can be measured. The support from the foundation should be seen as critical for the objectives of the project.

The project should involve outstanding researchers with a range of career stages. Excellence of the scientific leadership is one of the main criteria in the selection process. The project should be organized and managed in a manner engendering a high level of collaboration.

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Targeted Grants in Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Simons Foundation

Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Rolling deadline; submissions accepted at any time
Full Proposal due (by invitation only): Will be noted in LOI notification

The Simons Foundation's Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for its new Targeted Grants in MPS program.

Rationale: The program is intended to support high-risk projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis.

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Seeding Solutions: Addressing Challenges in Food and Agriculture
Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR)

Pre-Proposal due: Jan. 16, 2017
Full Proposal due (by invitation only): Apr. 1, 2017

To kick off FFAR's new direction of embarking on Challenge areas, we are Seeding Solutions, a call to the community to come forward with bold, innovative, and potentially transformative research proposals in our recently launched Challenge Areas.

To be considered, projects must be transformative research that addresses and provide solutions to an intractable problem and/or accelerates innovation within the Challenge Areas. Proposals may be new projects or expansions of ongoing projects. If a request is to expand an ongoing research project, then the request must adequately explain why additional funding for an existing project will enhance innovation or accelerate the project. FFAR will only consider research proposals that:

  • Have the potential for a transformative impact within the Challenge Area. The Challenge Areas are:

  1. Food Waste and Loss

  2. Protein Challenge

  3. Water Scarcity

  4. Innovation Pathway to Sustainability

  5. Healthy Soils, Thriving Farms

  6. Urban Food Systems

  7. Making "My Plate" Your Plate

  • Demonstrate partnerships with different sectors (private, NGOs, governments, academia, end users, etc.), such that research outcomes may be scalable and applicable to working food and agriculture systems.

  • Contribute to the goal of sustainable food and agriculture, defined as practices that, "satisfy human food and fiber needs; enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agricultural economy depends; make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls; sustain the economic viability of farm operation; and enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole." (Food and Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990, Public Law 101-624, Title XVI, Subtitle A, Section 1603).

  • Serve the public good by making data open and accessible to the public, creating unique economic development opportunities, and/or contributing to food and agriculture workforce development.

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Grant Programs: Science and Engineering Research
W.M. Keck Foundation

Application due: May 1, 2017

The Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects in two specific areas, 1) Medical Research and 2) Science and Engineering, that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field. Past grants have been awarded to major universities, independent research institutions, and medical schools to support pioneering biological and physical science research and engineering, including the development of promising new technologies, instrumentation or methodologies. Historically, grants range from $500,000 to $5 million and are typically $2 million or less.

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Research Grant
Brain Aneurysm Foundation

Application due: May 19, 2017

The Brain Aneurysm Foundation invites applications for basic scientific research directed at early detection, improved treatment modalities, and technological advances that will ultimately improve outcomes for patients with brain aneurysms, as well as projects that are translational, clinical/outcome, early detection, imaging, and SAH/SAH complications focused. Any project with the potential to advance basic scientific, translational, and clinical brain aneurysm research will be considered.

The application due date is May 19, 2017. When doing the budget portion of the application, please budget for the highest possible amount to be awarded, $45,000, even though you may receive a lesser amount.

The Brain Aneurysm Foundation also has a $25,000 grant available for a project focused on early detection.

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Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

Application due: July 6, 2017

The Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award is designed to provide support for the next generation of exceptionally creative thinkers with "high-risk/high-reward" ideas that have the potential to significantly impact our understanding of and/or approaches to the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of cancer.

The Innovation Award is specifically designed to provide funding to extraordinary early career researchers who have an innovative new idea but lack sufficient preliminary data to obtain traditional funding. It is not designed to fund incremental advances. The research supported by the award must be novel, exceptionally creative and, if successful, have the strong potential for high impact in the cancer field.

Awards are made to institutions for support of the Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Investigators. All awards are approved by the Board of Directors of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation acting upon the recommendation of the Innovation Award Committee.

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Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA)

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
Montana Department of Agriculture

Online Technical Assistance Session: Feb. 1, 2017
Online Open Question and Answer Session: Feb. 15, 2017
Application due: Feb. 22, 2017

The Montana Department of Agriculture is pleased to present the Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG). The purpose of this program is solely to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in Montana. For purposes of the program, specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, peas and lentils, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).

Program priorities include:

  • Providing farmer education on Specialty Crops
  • Supporting research in the areas of Speciality Crops
  • Planning and supporting infrastructures that create or support Speciality Crops
  • Increasing consumer awareness of the value of Specialty Crops
  • Representing a geographic diversity of projects across the state of Montana

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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 is used to describe highly innovative approaches that have the potential to be transformative. The proposed research should reflect approaches and ideas that are substantially different from those already being pursued by the investigator or others. The NIDA Avant-Garde award supports innovative, basic research that may lead to improved preventive interventions or therapies; creative, new strategies to prevent disease transmission; novel approaches to improve disease outcomes; and creative approaches to eradicating HIV or improving the lives of those living with HIV.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NINDS Requirements for Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Development and Resource Sharing

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

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is October 5, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Program Announcements

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

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

Program Notices

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

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

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

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

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

Request for Applications

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

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

Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices
National Institutes of Health

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Human Cell Biology of Genetic Variants in Alzheimer's Disease (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: Jan. 10, 2017
Full Application due: Feb. 10, 2017

The goal of this FOA is to establish functional genotype-phenotype relationships of genetic variants, suspected of altering the risk of Alzheimer's disease (AD), in neural cells using human induced pluripotent stem cells or other human cell reprogramming approaches. The causal linkage of AD-associated genetic variants identified in genome-wide association studies and genome sequencing studies to molecular and biological cell phenotypes in human neural cells is expected to give greater insight into molecular targets contributing to the etiology of AD.

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Novel Analytical Approaches for Metabolomics Data (R03)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: Jan. 14, 2017
Full Application due: Feb. 14, 2017

The purpose of this small research grant Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to foster collaboration between computational scientists, metabolomics experts, and biomedical researchers in developing, piloting, and/or validating novel bioinformatic approaches that address current analytical hurdles in metabolomics data. A goal of providing powerful approaches that will be useful to biomedical researchers, as well as bioinformaticians, is particularly encouraged. Projects are not intended to supplement ongoing metabolomics analyses, but to provide a tool for broader use by the biomedical research community. Projects are expected to use existing, publicly available metabolomics data and complement the efforts and resources of the Common Fund Metabolomics Program.

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Comparative Biology of Neurodegeneration (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: Feb. 16, 2017

This FOA invites exploratory comparative biology research projects assessing how different animal species respond to challenges and damage to cellular physiology pathways that might influence the onset of Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases as well as resilience to them, such as adaptation to stress, macromolecular damage, proteostasis and stem cell function and regeneration.

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Exploratory Research for Technology Development (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Full Application due: Feb. 16, 2017

This initiative will support exploratory research leading to the development of innovative technologies for biomedical research. The program will recognize and reward high risk approaches with potential for significant impact.  Projects will entail a high degree of risk or novelty, which will be offset by a correspondingly high potential impact. However, the possible impact is likely to be far off.

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Reducing Health Disparities Among Minority and Underserved Children (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 16, 2017

This initiative encourages research that targets the reduction of health disparities among children. Investing in early childhood development is essential. Specific targeted areas of research include bio-behavioral studies that incorporate multiple factors that influence child health disparities such as biological (e.g., genetics, cellular, organ systems), lifestyle factors, environmental (e.g., physical and family environments) social (e.g., peers), economic, institutional, and cultural and family influences; studies that target the specific health promotion needs of children with a known health condition and/or disability; and studies that test, evaluate, translate, and disseminate health promotion prevention and interventions conducted in traditional and non -traditional settings.

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Zika Virus (ZIKV) Complications (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: Feb. 16, 2017

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide support for research on Zika virus (ZIKV) and its complications.

ZIKV is a single-stranded RNA virus of the Flaviviridae family. It is transmitted to humans primarily through the bites of infected Aedes mosquitos, though both perinatal/in utero and sexual transmission have been reported. Initially discovered in 1947, it has been reported in the Americas since 2014, with a major outbreak in Brazil starting in 2015.  Disease is seen in about 20% of infected people and is usually self-limited.

However, an association between ZIKV infection in pregnant women and severe microcephaly in their babies has been very concerning. Additionally the virus has been found in blood, fueling growing concerns about the risk of transfusion-transmission with particular concern over severe outcomes in at risk transfusion recipient populations such as women who are pregnant.

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Improving Individual and Family Outcomes through Continuity and Coordination of Care in Hospice (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Full Application due: Feb. 19, 2017

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) seeks to stimulate research that focuses on reducing negative individual and family outcomes related to unwanted transitions at the end of life and optimizing the individual and family outcomes related to high quality coordination of care of care of individuals who are enrolled in hospice. This FOA emphasizes individuals who are receiving hospice care and their family caregivers, in any setting where hospice care is provided, including their home, a relative's home, a hospice inpatient facility, an assisted living facility, a short- or long-term care facility, or a hospital.

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Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices
National Institutes of Health

Posted Feb. 24, 2017

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

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Innovative Technologies for Cancer-Relevant Biospecimen Science (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: Jan. 27, 2017
Full Application due: Feb. 28, 2017

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits grant applications proposing exploratory research projects focused on the early-stage development of highly innovative technologies that improve the quality of the samples used for cancer research or clinical care. This includes new capabilities to address issues related to pre-analytical degradation of targeted analytes during the collection, processing, handling, and/or storage of cancer-relevant biospecimens. The overall goal is to support the development of highly innovative technologies capable of maximizing or otherwise interrogating the quality and utility of biological samples used for downstream analyses.

This FOA will support the development of tools, devices, instrumentation, and associated methods to preserve or protect sample integrity, or establish verification criteria for quality assessment/quality control and handling under diverse conditions. These technologies are expected to accelerate and/or enhance research in cancer biology, early detection and screening, clinical diagnosis, treatment, epidemiology, or address issues associated with cancer health disparities, by reducing pre-analytical variations that affect biospecimen sample quality.

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Partnerships for Development of Vaccines to Prevent Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection and/or Tuberculosis Disease (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: Feb. 2, 2017
Full Application due: Mar. 2, 2017

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit research applications for milestone-driven projects focused on establishing proof-of-concept for and/or preclinical development of lead candidate vaccines targeting infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) and/or tuberculosis disease (TB).

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NIH-DoD-VA Pain Management Collaboratory - Coordinating Center (U24)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: Feb. 3, 2017
Full Application due: Mar. 3, 2017

The purpose of this FOA is to solicit applications for a Coordinating Center (CC) to provide national leadership for the NIH-DoD-VA Health Care Systems (HCS) Research Collaboratory program on non-pharmacological approaches to pain management and comorbidities in U.S. military personnel, veterans and their families. For brevity, this initiative will be referred to as the "NIH-DoD-VA Pain Management Collaboratory."

Coordinating Center applicants will need to: 1) develop, adapt, and adopt technical and policy guidelines and best practices for the effective conduct of research in partnership with health care systems focused on military personnel, veterans, and their families;  2) work collaboratively with and provide technical, design, and  other support to Demonstration Project teams, to develop and implement a pragmatic trial protocol; and 3) disseminate widely Collaboratory-endorsed policies and best practices and lessons learned in the Demonstration Projects for implementing research within health care settings.

The Coordinating Center will also serve as the central resource for the activities of the NIH-DoD-VA Pain Management Collaboratory program, including providing administrative support for a Steering Committee and its subcommittees.

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Research on the Health of Women of Underrepresented, Understudied and Underreported (U3) Populations: An ORWH FY17 Administrative Supplement (Admin Supp)
National Institutes of Health/Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH)

Application due: Mar. 6, 2017

The Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) announces the availability of administrative supplements to support research highlighting the impact of sex/gender influences at the intersection of race/ethnicity and other social determinants in human health and illness, including preclinical, clinical and behavioral studies. The purpose of this FOA is to provide Administrative Supplements to active NIH parent grants for one year to address health disparities among women of populations in the U.S. who are underrepresented, understudied and/or underreported in biomedical research.

The proposed research must address an area within Objective 3.9 (Goal 3.0) of the NIH Strategic Plan for Research on Women's Health which states:  "Examine health disparities among women stemming from differences in such factors as race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, and urban-rural living, as they influence health, health behaviors, and access to screening and therapeutic interventions."

Projects should include a focus on one or more NIH-designated 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, underserved rural populations, and sexual and gender minorities (SGM).

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Discovery of the Genetic Basis of Childhood Cancers and of Structural Birth Defects: Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Research Program (X01)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: Feb. 7, 2017
Full Application due: Mar. 7, 2017

As part of the Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Research Program (Kids First), the NIH invites applications to use whole genome sequencing at a Kids First-supported sequencing center. Applicants are encouraged to propose sequencing of existing pediatric cancer cohorts to elucidate the genetic contribution to childhood cancers, or to expand the range of disorders included within the Kids First Data Resource to investigate the genetic etiology of structural birth defects.  These data will become part of the Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Data Resource (Kids First Data Resource) for the pediatric research community.

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Systems Biology: The Next Generation for Infectious Diseases (U19)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: Feb. 15, 2017
Application due: Mar. 15, 2017

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits applications to establish Systems Biology Centers that use systems biology approaches to build predictive models for infectious diseases.  These models will be derived from hypotheses related to systems-level host/pathogen molecular interactions during infection or treatment using integrated datasets generated from a combination of high-throughput experimental approaches, including omics technologies and computational approaches. Importantly, the Centers must clearly integrate experimental approaches and computational modeling to test and validate hypotheses of significance to the infectious diseases field.

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Research Program Award (R35)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: Feb. 21 2017
Full Application due: Mar. 21, 2017

The purpose of the NINDS Research Program Award (RPA) is to provide longer-term support and increased flexibility to Program Directors (PDs)/Principal Investigators (PIs) whose outstanding records of research achievement demonstrate their ability to make major contributions to neuroscience. RPAs will support the overall research programs of NINDS-funded investigators for up to eight years, at a level commensurate with a PD/PI's recent NINDS support. This greater funding stability will provide investigators with increased freedom and flexibility which may allow them to be more adventurous in their research, to take greater risks, to embark upon research that breaks new ground, to undertake research projects that require a longer timeframe, and/or to extend previous discoveries in new directions. Research supported through the RPA must be within the scope of the NINDS mission (http://www.ninds.nih.gov/about_ninds/mission.htm). Research activities outside of the NINDS mission, or traditionally supported by another NIH Institute or Center will not be considered through this program.

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Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC): Foundational Peripheral Neuroanatomy and Functional Neurobiology in Under-Studied Organs (U01)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: Mar. 3, 2017
Full Application due: Apr. 3, 2017

This NIH Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is part of the Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC) Common Fund program. This FOA solicits applications for support of research to gather critical data and answer critical questions on functional peripheral neuroanatomy of organs and reveal the organ function controlled by neural circuits. Organs of interest include those where the peripheral neuroanatomy and functional neurobiology of the organ have been understudied, and which are not the subject of existing SPARC funding under RFA-RM-15-018.

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NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award (F99/K00)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: Mar. 8, 2017
Full Application due: Apr. 8, 2017

The purpose of the NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award is to support a defined pathway across career stages for outstanding graduate students who are from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in neuroscience research. This two-phase award will facilitate completion of the doctoral dissertation and transition of talented graduate students to strong neuroscience research postdoctoral positions, and will provide career development opportunities relevant to their long-term career goal of becoming independent neuroscience researchers.

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Innovative Research in Cancer Nanotechnology (IRCN) (U01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: Apr. 14, 2017

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications for the development of innovative research projects in cancer nanotechnology. This initiative, to be known as Innovative Research in Cancer Nanotechnology (IRCN), is an integral component of a broader program: the NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer (The Alliance) IRCN awards are designed to enable multi-disciplinary research and transformative discoveries in cancer biology and/or oncology through the use of nanotechnology. Proposed projects should address major barriers in cancer biology and/or oncology using nanotechnology and should emphasize fundamental understanding of nanomaterial interactions with biological systems and/or mechanisms of their in vivo delivery.

NCI will hold a pre-application informational webinar for this FOA. Date, time, and other details will be posted at http://nano.cancer.gov.

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Research To Address Sleep Disorders in the Context of Medical Rehabilitation (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: Mar. 21, 2017
Full Application due: Apr. 21, 2017

Patients with many disabilities report problems sleeping, but specific sleep disorders are often not diagnosed. Because sleep affects many physiological and behavioral parameters--depression, anxiety, pain, cancer, cardiovascular changes, immune function--sleep disorders should be diagnosed and appropriately treated to maximize benefit of rehabilitation. Research is needed on ways to best approach this complexity in the context of medical rehabilitation for a primary, non-sleep disorder.

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Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (R35)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: May 17, 2017

The Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (MIRA) is a grant to provide support for the program of research in an investigator's laboratory that falls within the mission of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS).  For the purpose of this FOA, a program of research is the collection of projects in the investigator's lab that are relevant to the mission of NIGMS. The goal of MIRA is to increase the efficiency and efficacy of NIGMS funding.  It is anticipated that this mechanism will:

  • Increase the stability of funding for NIGMS-supported investigators, which could enhance their ability to take on ambitious scientific projects and approach problems more creatively;
  • Increase flexibility for investigators to follow important new research directions as opportunities arise, rather than being bound to specific aims proposed in advance of the studies;
  • More widely distribute funding among the nation's highly talented and promising investigators to increase overall scientific productivity and the chances for important breakthroughs;
  • Reduce the time spent by researchers writing and reviewing grant applications, allowing them to spend more time conducting research;
  • Enable investigators to devote more time and energy to mentoring trainees in a more stable research environment.

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Partnerships for the Development of Tools to Advance Therapeutic Discovery for Select Antimicrobial-Resistant Gram-Negative Bacteria (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: Apr. 17, 2017
Application due: May 17, 2017

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support milestone-driven projects focused on developing and utilizing novel predictive assays, models and/or research tools based on penetration and efflux of small molecules to facilitate therapeutic discovery for select Gram-negative bacterial pathogens: carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), MDR Acinetobacter and/or MDR Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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Mechanisms of Disparities in Chronic Liver Diseases and Cancer (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: Apr. 22, 2017
Full Application due: May 22, 2017

The purpose of the initiative is to support multidisciplinary innovative exploratory and developmental research to understand the underlying etiologic factors and the mechanisms that result in disparities in chronic liver diseases and cancer in the U.S. This FOA utilizes the Research Project Grant (R21) mechanism, and is suitable for early phase, pilot, or exploratory/developmental projects. Investigators who are interested in proposing larger scale, later phase projects based upon substantial preliminary data should submit applications to the companion FOA PAR-17-151 of identical scientific scope which uses the NIH (R01) grant mechanism.

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Complex Integrated Multi-Component Projects in Aging Research (U19)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: Apr. 25, 2017
Full Application due: May 25, 2017

This FOA allows for applications that propose large-scale, complex research projects with multiple highly integrated components focused on a common research question relevant to aging. Such projects will likely involve an integrated multidisciplinary team of investigators within a single institution or a consortium of institutions.

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Multilevel Interventions in Cancer Care Delivery: Building from the Problem of Follow-up to Abnormal Screening Tests (U01)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: Apr. 26, 2017
Full Application due: May 26, 2017

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications that develop and test multilevel interventions to improve follow-up to abnormal screening tests for breast, colorectal, cervical and lung cancers. Improving follow-up to abnormal screening tests is dependent on factors at the individual, team, healthcare system or community setting levels. Appropriate applications for this FOA should propose to intervene at one or more levels, and must measure outcomes at three or more levels, while accounting for interactions that occur between levels.

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Cancer Tissue Engineering Collaborative: Enabling Biomimetic Tissue-Engineered Technologies for Cancer Research (U01)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: Apr. 18, 2017
Full Application due: May 30, 2017

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

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

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Perception and Cognition Research to Inform Cancer Image Interpretation (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: Apr. 30. 2017
Full Application due: May 30, 2017

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to facilitate research on the perceptual and cognitive processes underlying the performance of cancer image observers in radiology and pathology, in order to improve the accuracy of cancer detection and diagnosis.

This FOA utilizes the Exploratory/Developmental Grant (R21) mechanism, which supports investigation of novel scientific ideas or new model systems, tools, or technologies that have the potential for significant impact on biomedical or biobehavioral research. An R21 grant application need not have extensive background material or preliminary information.

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High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grant Program (S10)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: May 31, 2017

The High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grant Program encourages applications from groups of NIH-supported investigators to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, specialized, commercially available instruments or integrated systems that cost at least $600,001. The maximum award is $2,000,000. Types of instruments supported include, but are not limited to: X-ray diffraction systems, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and mass spectrometers, DNA and protein sequencers, biosensors, electron and confocal microscopes, cell-sorters, and biomedical imagers.

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Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) Program (S10)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: May 31, 2017

The Shared Instrument Grant (SIG) Program encourages applications from groups of NIH-supported investigators to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, specialized, commercially available instruments or integrated systems that cost at least $50,000. There is no maximum price requirement; however, the maximum award is $600,000. Types of instruments supported include, but are not limited to: X-ray diffractometers, mass and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometers, DNA and protein sequencers, biosensors, electron and light microscopes, cell sorters, and biomedical imagers.

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Phased Innovation Award for Mechanistic Studies to Optimize Mind and Body Interventions in NCCIH High Priority Research Topics (R61/R33)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: May 1, 2017
Full Application due: June 1, 2017

Understanding the mechanisms by which complementary or integrative Mind and Body Interventions exert their clinical effects is critical for the development of optimized interventions that target specific conditions and disorders.

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to establish a phased research approach to investigate and optimize the mechanisms underlying Mind and Body Interventions.  This FOA will support two-phased research applications. The first phase, funded by the R61 mechanism, will provide funding for up to two years to investigate the biological, neurological, physiological, and/or mechanisms or behavioral processes underlying a Mind and Body Intervention (e.g., meditation, spinal manipulation, massage, yoga, tai chi, hypnosis, or acupuncture).

The second phase, funded under the R33 mechanism, will provide up to three years of support to: (1) optimize the mechanisms or processes identified in the R61 phase through further modifications to the intervention, (2) study the integration of approaches that may affect the same underlying mechanisms or processes, or (3) further study the relationship between the intervention and the underlying mechanism of action with a relevant target population.

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

Letter of Intent due: May 5, 2017
Full Application due: June 5, 2017

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

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

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Improving Outcomes for Disorders of Human Communication (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 5, 2017

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to improve the health outcomes for individuals with deafness and other communication disorders through effectiveness and health services research in the NIDCD mission areas of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech and language.

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Discovery of Genetic Basis of Monogenic Heart, Lung, Blood, and Sleep Disorders (X01)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: May 15, 2017
Full Application due: June 15, 2017

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications to use the genome-wide sequencing capacity of the Centers for Mendelian Genomics to carry out studies of the genetic basis of Mendelian or monogenic disorders that significantly affect heart, lung, blood, and sleep (HLBS) systems.

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Advancing Our Understanding of the Brain Epitranscriptome (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 16, 2017

The "epitranscriptome" refers to chemical modifications of RNA molecules.  RNA modifications in the brain have been reported to regulate the fate and function of both coding and noncoding RNAs and are emerging as a critical element of cellular function. The purpose of this initiative is to stimulate research into the functions of modified RNAs in the brain and in the associated modification proteins that act on RNA (readers, writers, and erasers) that play a role in basic neurobiological and behavioral processes implicated in mental and substance use disorders.   

The R21 grant mechanism is intended to encourage exploratory/developmental research by providing support for the early and conceptual stages of project development.

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Public Policy Effects on Alcohol-, Marijuana-, and Other Substance-Related Behaviors and Outcomes (R03)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 16, 2017

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications to conduct research on the effects of public policies on health-related behaviors and outcomes associated with alcohol, marijuana, and other substances. The purpose of the FOA is to advance understanding of how public policy may serve as a tool for improving public health and welfare through its effects on behaviors and outcomes pertaining to alcohol and other drugs. This FOA is intended to support innovative research to examine policy effects that have the potential to lead to meaningful changes in public health.

Research projects that may be supported by this FOA include, but are not necessarily limited to: causal analyses of the effects of one or multiple public policies; evaluations of the effectiveness of specific public policies as tools for improving public health through their effects on alcohol-, marijuana-, and other substance-related behaviors and outcomes; and research to advance methods and measurement used in studying relationships between public policies and alcohol-, marijuana-, and other substance-related behaviors and outcomes.

The R03 Small Research Grant Program supports discrete, well-defined projects that realistically can be completed in two years and that require limited levels of funding. This program supports different types of projects including (but not limited to) pilot or feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; and development of research methodology.

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Center for Inherited Disease Research (CIDR) High Throughput Sequencing and Genotyping Resource Access (X01)
National Human Genome Research Institute/NIH/DHHS

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

SYNOPSIS:

The Center for Inherited Disease Research (CIDR) high-throughput genotyping, sequencing and supporting statistical genetics services are designed to aid the identification of genes or genetic modifications that contribute to human health and disease. The laboratory specializes in genomic services that can't be readily handled by individual investigator laboratories. CIDR provides the most up-to-date platforms, services and statistical genetic support. This is an NIH-wide initiative that is managed by NHGRI. Information about the current services offered can be accessed via: http://www.cidr.jhmi.edu. This FOA will utilize the X01 grant mechanism. There are no funds associated with a resource access award.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This FOA allows investigators to apply for access to high-throughput sequencing and genotyping services carried out by CIDR. The services provided include careful quality control and data cleaning. Some statistical analysis service is also offered. The FOA seeks projects that show promise of identifying genetic or epigenetic elements important to human health and disease. There should be strong evidence that the project proposed will have sufficient power to detect genetic or epigenetic factors affecting the trait under study. Appropriate projects would include but not be limited to: whole-genome, whole exome and custom-targeted next-generation sequencing; human genome wide association studies (GWAS), high-throughput custom SNP genotyping and analyses of DNA methylation. Although the main focus of this FOA is on human studies, some model organism studies are also appropriate.

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

Letter of Intent due: May 20, 2017
Full Application due: June 20, 2017

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

This award seeks to assist these individuals in launching an innovative clinical, translational, basic or services research program that holds the potential to profoundly transform the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of mental disorders. The NIMH BRAINS program will focus on the research priorities and gap areas identified in the NIMH Strategic Plan and the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) project.

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Environmental Influences on Placental Origins of Development (ePOD) R01
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: May 30, 2017
Full Application due: June 30, 2017

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to stimulate multidisciplinary research projects from the scientific community that use a combination of animal/cell models and non-invasive human placenta tissues or biomarkers to investigate how early life exposures affect placental growth, development, and function, and the subsequent health of the offspring.

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National Centers for Cryoelectron Microscopy (U24)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: May 30, 2017
Full Application due: June 30, 2017

This NIH Common Fund initiative will establish national service centers to increase research capacity for molecular structure determination by high resolution cryoelectron microscopy (cryoEM).  The centers will address Common Fund infrastructure and workforce goals for cryoEM by providing access to state-of-the-art equipment, technical support, and cross-training for the production and analysis of high-resolution data.  The centers will offer equal-opportunity nationwide access to services through an open application process.

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NINDS CREATE Bio Discovery Track: Optimization in Preparation for Development of Biotechnology Products and Biologics (U01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: July 18, 2017

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is dedicated to the discovery of therapeutic Biotechnology Products and Biologics (e.g., peptides, proteins, oligonucleotides, gene therapies, and cell therapies) for disorders that fall under the NINDS mission. It supports the optimization of therapeutic lead(s) showing convincing proof-of-concept. At the end of the funding period, projects that successfully advance through support from this program will have identified an optimized candidate, which has sufficient bioactivity, stability, manufacturability, bioavailability, in vivo efficacy and/or target engagement, and other favorable properties that are consistent with the desired clinical application, and will be ready for entry into the CREATE Bio Development track for further development to enable filing for an Investigational New Drug (IND).

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Research Education Program Grants for CryoEM Curriculum Development (R25)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: June 25, 2017
Full Application due: July 25, 2017

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

To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Curriculum or Methods Development in cryoelectron microscopy (cryoEM) for structural biology research.

Recent technical advances in cryoEM have resulted in its expanded use in generating reliable atomic models of complete and fully functional macromolecular complexes and providing high resolution images of components within cells. Currently, demand for existing training opportunities exceeds capacity. Moreover, this demand is expected to rise as adoption of cryoEM technology continues to increase.

This FOA will help address instructional needs for new users of cryoEM methods by supporting the development of online and computer-based instructional materials in cryoEM technology.

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Cellular Therapies for Treatment of Radiation Injuries (U01)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: July 1, 2017
Full Application due: Aug. 1, 2017

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support studies to evaluate candidate cellular therapies to treat radiation-induced injuries in appropriate in vivo models when administered 24 hours or more post-irradiation. The research should be aimed toward the eventual approval of candidate cellular therapies under the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Animal Rule licensure pathway.

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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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NeuroNEXT Infrastructure Resource Access (X01)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke/NIH/DHHS

Applications accepted until November 13, 2017

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) invites applications for exploratory clinical trials of investigational agents (drugs, biologics, surgical therapies or devices) that may contribute to the justification for and provide the data required for designing a future trial, for biomarker validation studies, or for proof of mechanism clinical studies. Diseases chosen for study should be based on the NINDS' strategic plan and clinical research interests (www.ninds.nih.gov/funding/areas/index.htm). Successful applicants will be given access to the NeuroNEXT infrastructure. Following peer review, NINDS will prioritize and order trials that are given access to the NeuroNEXT infrastructure. The NeuroNEXT Clinical Coordinating Center (CCC) will work with the successful applicant to efficiently implement the proposed study. The NeuroNEXT Data Coordinating Center (DCC) will provide statistical and data management support. The NeuroNEXT clinical sites will provide recruitment/retention support as well as on-site implementation of the clinical protocol. Applicants do not need to be part of the existing NeuroNEXT infrastructure. This FOA will utilize the NIH X01 Resource Access Award mechanism. NOTE: This is an infrastructure access award, not a grant.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This FOA encourages applications for exploratory clinical trials of investigational agents (drugs, biologics, surgical therapies or devices) that may contribute to the justification for and provide the data required for designing a future trial, for biomarker validation studies, or for proof of mechanism clinical studies. Applications for drugs or biologics should provide compelling scientific evidence that the investigational agent proposed for study will reach/act upon the designated target or that its mechanism of action is such that it is expected to be of benefit in ameliorating a specific aspect of the disease. Neurologic diseases chosen for study must fall within the primary responsibility of NINDS (www.ninds.nih.gov/funding/areas/index.htm).

Applications in rare diseases are encouraged while recognizing that available patient pools may not be adequate to meet the sample size requirements normally required to establish the efficacy of an intervention. NINDS acknowledges that innovative, non-traditional trial designs including adaptive designs may be appropriate in rare disease studies. While NeuroNEXT is primarily intended for exploratory trials, the network will consider Phase2/3 trials in diseases with a US prevalence of under 5,000 persons. 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 the target population.

--Evaluate whether an intervention produces sufficient evidence of short-term activity (e.g., biomarker activity, pharmacodynamic response, target engagement, dose-response trends) 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, safety data, biological activity, or preliminary clinical efficacy (e.g., futility trials).

--Evaluate biological activity relative to clinical endpoints.

--Applications seeking to obtain data needed for pharmacometric modeling are encouraged, with the ultimate aim of enabling the optimal design of a future efficacy trial of an intervention.

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

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

Deadlines vary per directorate

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies (Cyberlearning)

Deadline: Various, see program announcement

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

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

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

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

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Cybermanufacturing Systems (CM)
National Science Foundation

Proposals accepted anytime

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

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

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

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

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

90 Days after publication date

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

November 13, 2014

Dear Colleague:

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

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

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

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

Questions about this specific DCL should be addressed to:

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

Sincerely,

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

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

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

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

Deadline: Not Specified

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

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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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Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies (Cyberlearning)
National Science Foundation

Full Proposal due: Feb. 10, 2017

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:

  • Cyber innovation: Developing next-generation cyberlearning approaches through high-risk, high-reward advances in computer and information science and engineering;
  • Learning 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; and
  • 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.

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EarthScope
National Science Foundation

Full Proposal due: Feb. 10, 2017

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.

This Solicitation primarily encourages submission of proposals that integrate and synthesize major outcomes of EarthScope research and education and outreach efforts with the goal of elucidating and documenting the advances the EarthScope program has made since its inception.

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Algorithms for Modern Power Systems (AMPS)
National Science Foundation

Full Proposal due: Feb. 13, 2017

The Algorithms for Modern Power Systems (AMPS) program will support research projects to develop the next generation of mathematical and statistical algorithms for improvement of the security, reliability, and efficiency of the modern power grid. The program is a partnership between the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability (OE) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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Cyberinfrastructure for Emerging Science and Engineering Research (CESER)
National Science Foundation

Full Proposal Accepted Anytime

The overall goal of the Cyberinfrastructure for Emerging Science and Engineering Research (CESER) program is to foster the development of innovative cyberinfrastructure (CI) technologies and new means of leveraging existing CI resources to catalyze emerging areas of potentially transformative science and engineering research, including NSF priority areas, national strategic initiatives, and international collaborative research.

A key programmatic objective of CESER is to support early-stage efforts by collaborative teams of domain scientists and cyberinfrastructure developers/implementers to identify and address cyberinfrastructure needs in new research areas through the development and deployment of pilot, experimental, and innovative hardware or software systems or other unique cyberinfrastructure activities that enable new pathways to discovery. 

Another program objective is to encourage holistic, systematic, and multidisciplinary CI approaches to address new opportunities to enable science and engineering research. Projects that integrate multiple cyberinfrastructure disciplines - such as computing, data infrastructure, software, workflow systems, and networking - to address an emerging scientific challenge are particularly welcomed. CESER will also support projects that aim to expand the spectrum of research disciplines that, and users who, engage and contribute to a dynamic and enduring national research cyberinfrastructure ecosystem.

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Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology (SGP)
National Science Foundation

Proposals Accepted Anytime

Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology supports innovative research that addresses the deep-time sedimentary crust and advances our understanding of environmental and evolutionary change. The program seeks to fund projects that focus on: (1) the changing aspects of life, ecology, environments, and biogeography in geologic time based on fossil organisms and/or sedimentological data; (2) all aspects of the Earth's sedimentary lithosphere - 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 deep-time (pre-Holocene) sedimentary and biological (fossil) record; and (4) the geologic record of the production, transportation, and deposition of modern and ancient physical and chemical sediments.

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Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC)
National Science Foundation

Preliminary Proposal due: Nov. 30, 2016
Full Proposal due: Feb. 16, 2017

Cities and communities in the U.S. and around the world are entering a new era of transformational change, in which their inhabitants and the surrounding built and natural environments are increasingly connected by smart technologies, leading to new opportunities for innovation, improved services, and enhanced quality of life. The goal of this Smart & Connected Communities (S&CC) solicitation is to support strongly interdisciplinary, integrative research and research capacity-building activities that will improve understanding of smart and connected communities and lead to discoveries that enable sustainable change to enhance community functioning.

Successful S&CC projects are expected to pursue research and research capacity-building activities that integrate multiple disciplinary perspectives and undertake meaningful community engagement, and to include appropriate and robust evaluation plans for assessing activities and outcomes. To meet the multidisciplinary criterion, proposals must meaningfully integrate across both social and technological research dimensions. In this solicitation, the social dimensions reflect areas typically included in the portfolios of the NSF's Directorates for Social, Behavior, and Economic Sciences (SBE) and Education and Human Resources (EHR), while the technological dimensions reflect disciplinary areas typically included in the portfolios of the Directorates for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and Engineering (ENG). Proposals may also pursue integration with other disciplines as needed, including but not limited to those typically encompassed in the portfolio of the NSF's Directorate for Geosciences (GEO). Successful proposals are also expected to include appropriate community engagement as defined further in the solicitation.

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Dear Colleague Letter: National Brain Observatory: A Phased Approach for Developing a National Research Infrastructure for Neuroscience
National Science Foundation (multiple directorates)

SYNOPSIS:

February 19, 2016

Dear Colleagues:

With this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing the intention to foster the development of a national research infrastructure for neuroscience (National Brain Observatory) to support collaborative and team science for achieving a comprehensive understanding of the brain in action and context. Understanding the brain is one of the grand scientific challenges at the intersection of experimental, theoretical, and computational investigation in the biological, physical, social and behavioral sciences, education research, and engineering. Achieving a comprehensive understanding of the brain requires increased emphasis on systematic, multidisciplinary collaboration and team science to establish quantitative and predictive theories of brain structure and function that span levels of organization, spatial scales of study, and the diversity of species. This challenge necessitates the development of innovative, accessible, and shared capabilities, resources and cyberinfrastructure, along with the eventual organizing of these into a coherent national infrastructure for neuroscience research.

Large-scale collaborative efforts facilitated by shared instrumentation, communication, data representation, and workflow systems, and advanced computational and data resources have enabled transformative discoveries across the spectrum of scientific disciplines. In neuroscience, rapid proliferation of advanced measurement instrumentation and techniques has allowed researchers to study the brain, nervous system, cognition, and behavior at ever-finer physical and temporal scales, and generate very large datasets. However, integrative efforts in neuroscience research are hampered by a lack of systematic means for encouraging maximal utilization of existing resources, and for developing and disseminating new resources that can serve whole disciplines in collecting, managing, and analyzing large-scale data, and comparing those data to theoretical and computational models.

This multi-directorate effort is part of the NSF's Understanding the Brain activity, including NSF's participation in the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative (http://www.nsf.gov/brain/) and the National Brain Observatory (NBO) effort.

This effort will be realized through a phased approach that:

  • Fosters development and dissemination/deployment of innovative research resources and instrumentation, neurotechnologies and behavioral paradigms that can be applied across the phylogenetic spectrum, theoretical and computational frameworks, and data infrastructure resources while providing greater access to existing resources where possible and serving broad communities within the brain sciences;
  • Supports collaborative networks composed of neuroscientists, behavioral scientists, and theorists working in concert with technology and cyberinfrastructure developers on a common question or theme from a variety of perspectives; and
  • Facilitates the emergence of a coherent national infrastructure comprising the above shared and accessible tools, resources and networks that will allow rapid integration, analysis, and modeling of brain data associated with behaviors from multi-disciplinary projects and enable large-scale collaborative research efforts nationally and internationally that will advance our understanding of brain structure and function.

NSF plans to continue to release Dear Colleague Letters and Solicitations with refined guidance and specific funding opportunities aligned with each of the three phases described above, as this campaign continues into the future. NSF anticipates that this initiative will usher in a new frontier of brain exploration by empowering research communities to cooperatively collect, share, analyze, and model data across molecular, cellular, organismal, developmental, behavioral and evolutionary levels in order to reveal the fundamental principles of nervous system function and complex behavior. If you have questions concerning this DCL, please contact a program officer representing the program or solicitation of interest.

Sincerely,

James L. Olds
Assistant Director for Biological Sciences

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Algorithms for Threat Detection (ATD)
National Science Foundation

Full Proposal due: Feb. 21, 2017

The Algorithms for Threat Detection (ATD) program will support research projects to develop the next generation of mathematical and statistical algorithms for analysis of large spatiotemporal datasets with application to quantitative models of human dynamics. The program is a partnership between the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).

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Dimensions of Biodiversity FY2017
National Science Foundation

Full Proposal due: Feb. 21, 2017

Despite centuries of discovery, most of our planet's biodiversity remains unknown. The scale of the unknown diversity on Earth is especially troubling given the rapid and permanent loss of biodiversity across the globe. The goal of the Dimensions of Biodiversity campaign is to transform, by 2020, how we describe and understand the scope and role of life on Earth.

This campaign promotes novel integrative approaches to fill the most substantial gaps in our understanding of the diversity of life on Earth. It takes a broad view of biodiversity, and focuses on the intersection of genetic, phylogenetic, and functional dimensions of biodiversity. Successful proposals must integrate these three dimensions to understand interactions and feedbacks between and among them.

While this focus complements several core programs in BIO, it differs by requiring that multiple dimensions of biodiversity be addressed simultaneously, in novel ways, to understand their synergistic roles in critical ecological and evolutionary processes, especially pertaining to the mechanisms driving the origin, maintenance, and functional roles of biodiversity.

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PFE: Research Initiation in Engineering Formation (PFE: RIEF)
National Science Foundation

Full Proposal due: Feb. 23, 2017

The PFE: Research Initiation in Engineering Formation (PFE: RIEF) program has two goals: 1) Support research in the Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE), and 2) Increase the community of researchers conducting PFE research. PIs are expected to have little or no experience conducting social science research.

Engineering faculty possess both deep technical expertise in their engineering discipline and the primary responsibility for the process of professional formation of future engineers. As such, engineering faculty are in a unique position to help address critical challenges in engineering formation. The Professional Formation of Engineers: Research Initiation in Engineering Formation (PFE: RIEF) program enables engineering faculty who are renowned for teaching, mentoring, or leading educational reform efforts on their campus to develop expertise in conducting engineering education research.

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Computer Science for All: Researcher Practitioner Partnerships (CS for All: RPP)
National Science Foundation

Full Proposal due: Feb. 28, 2017

This program aims to provide all U.S. students the opportunity to participate in computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) education in their schools at the K-12 levels. With this solicitation, the National Science Foundation (NSF) focuses on researcher-practitioner partnerships (RPPs) that foster the research and development needed to bring CS/CT to all schools. Specifically, this solicitation aims to provide high school teachers with the preparation, professional development (PD) and ongoing support that they need to teach rigorous computer science courses, and K-8 teachers with the instructional materials and preparation they need to integrate CS/CT into their teaching.

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Data-Driven Discovery Science in Chemistry (D3SC)
National Science Foundation

Proposals and Supplemental Funding Requests encouraged by: Mar. 1, 2017

Dear Colleagues:

The amount and variety of data generated in the chemical sciences, and the rate at which it is being produced, are rapidly increasing, so there is a need for corresponding growth in our ability to extract useful insight from interrelated sources. A similar need is recognized across the National Science Foundation (NSF). One example is the "Harnessing the Data Revolution" component in the recently-released document, 10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investment, which sets the goal of developing "a cohesive, national-scale approach to research data infrastructure and a 21st-century workforce capable of working effectively with data". This creates an opportunity to enable the chemistry community to effectively share, mine, and repurpose its rapidly-growing chemical datasets and to apply state-of-the-art data analytics tools to expand chemical understanding.

Through this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the Division of Chemistry (CHE) invites submission of requests for supplements and EAGER (EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research) and RAISE (Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering) proposals that seek to capitalize on the data revolution. Successful proposals will emphasize what new information can be obtained from better utilization of data (including data from multiple laboratories, techniques, and/or chemical systems), and how this can lead to new research directions. Proposals that foster and strengthen interactions among chemists -- particularly experimentalists and data scientists -- to advance research goals, are strongly encouraged. Examples of possible projects include (but are not limited to) using tools of data visualization, data mining, machine learning, or other data analytics to:

  • Accelerate the discovery of more efficient or selective catalysts;
  • Advance the predictive design of new chemical species and/or synthetic reactions;
  • Forecast synthetic conditions and predict structure/property relations based on existing chemical datasets;
  • Enable real-time chemical data collection and processing for rapid identification and correlation of key events during chemical measurements;
  • Identify novel ways of sharing and utilizing chemical data derived from multiple instruments, datatypes, and locations; and
  • Develop innovative approaches for integrating, correlating, and analyzing chemical simulation or measurement data to provide new chemical insights.

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Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship Program
National Science Foundation

Application due: Mar. 1, 2017

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) aims to provide opportunities to enrich the training of graduate students in the Mathematical Sciences through the provision of an NSF Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship Program. This program will provide an opportunity for mathematical sciences doctoral students to participate in internships at federal national laboratories, industry and other approved facilities.

Participation in an internship will provide first-hand experience of the use of mathematics in a nonacademic setting. The internships are aimed at students who are interested in understanding the application of advanced mathematical and statistical techniques to "real world" problems, regardless of whether the student plans to pursue an academic or nonacademic career.

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Research Experience for Undergraduates in Engineering
National Science Foundation/Milwaukee School of Engineering

Application due: Mar. 1, 2017

This research experience will take place at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, WI, over a 10-week period during the Summer of 2017.

As part of MSOE's Research Experience for Undergraduates program, students will research projects advancing state-of-the-art applications in the biomedical, aerospace, architectural, manufacturing, composite, biomolecular, electro-optical, and fluid power industries.

Student research will be guided by a faculty advisor with expertise in a particular research field. The interdisciplinary nature of this work opens minds and promotes creative solutions to problem solving.

Hands-on access to additive manufacturing devices and fluid power laboratories, close partnerships with advisors, industry mentors and other educational institutions, paired with a creative learning environment, provides students with a high probability of success in research focused on solving industrial problems through advanced manufacturing technology.

Student research capabilities will increase as research topics are explored through:

  • learning new software
  • designing and completing experiments
  • group discussions
  • building models
  • field trips
  • problem solving with advisors and teammates
  • written and oral communication
  • library and Internet research

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Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)
National Science Foundation

Full Proposal due: Mar. 6, 2017

Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are engineered systems that are built from, and depend upon, the seamless integration of computational algorithms and physical components. Advances in CPS will enable capability, adaptability, scalability, resiliency, safety, security, and usability that will far exceed the simple embedded systems of today. CPS technology will transform the way people interact with engineered systems--just as the Internet has transformed the way people interact with information. New smart CPS will drive innovation and competition in sectors such as agriculture, energy, transportation, building design and automation, healthcare, and manufacturing.

The goal of the CPS program is to develop the core system science needed to engineer complex cyber-physical systems that people can use or interact with and depend upon. Some of these may require high-confidence or provable behaviors. The program aims to foster a research community committed to advancing research and education in CPS and to transitioning CPS science and technology into engineering practice. By abstracting from the particulars of specific systems and application domains, the CPS program seeks to reveal cross-cutting fundamental scientific and engineering principles that underpin the integration of cyber and physical elements across all application sectors.

To expedite and accelerate the realization of cyber-physical systems in a wide range of applications, the CPS program also supports the development of methods, tools, and hardware and software components based upon these cross-cutting principles, along with validation of the principles via prototypes and testbeds. We have also seen a convergence of CPS technologies and research thrusts that underpin Smart & Connected Communities (S&CC) and the Internet of Things (IoT). These domains offer new and exciting challenges for foundational research and provide opportunities for maturation at multiple time horizons.

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

Full Proposal due: Mar. 6, 2017

Humanity is reliant upon the physical resources and natural systems of the Earth for the provision of food, energy, and water. It is becoming imperative that we determine how society can best integrate across the natural and built environments to provide for a growing demand for food, water and energy while maintaining appropriate ecosystem services.

The overarching goal of INFEWS is to catalyze well-integrated interdisciplinary and convergent research to transform scientific understanding of the FEW nexus (integrating all three components rather than addressing them separately), in order to improve system function and management, address system stress, increase resilience, and ensure sustainability.

The NSF INFEWS initiative is designed specifically to attain the following goals:

  1. Significantly advance our understanding of the food-energy-water system through quantitative, predictive and computational modeling, including support for relevant cyberinfrastructure;

  2. Develop real-time, cyber-enabled interfaces that improve understanding of the behavior of FEW systems and increase decision support capability;

  3. Enable research that will lead to innovative solutions to critical FEW systems problems; and

  4. Grow the scientific workforce capable of studying and managing the FEW system, through education and other professional development opportunities.

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Energy-Efficient Computing: From Devices to Architectures (E2CDA): A Joint Initiative Between NSF and SRC
National Science Foundation and Semiconductor Research Corporation

Full Proposal due: Mar. 7, 2017

There is a consensus across the many industries touched by our ubiquitous computing infrastructure that future performance improvements across the board are now severely limited by the amount of energy it takes to manipulate, store, and critically, transport data. While the limits and tradeoffs for this performance-energy crisis vary across the full range of application platforms, they have all reached a point at which evolutionary approaches to addressing this challenge are no longer adequate.

Truly disruptive breakthroughs are now required, and not just from any one segment of the technology stack. Rather, due to the complexity of the challenges, revolutionary new approaches are needed at each level in the hierarchy. Furthermore, simultaneous co-optimization across all levels is essential for the creation of new, sustainable computing platforms.

Therefore, a comprehensive and collaborative approach must be undertaken to maximize the potential for successfully identifying and implementing revolutionary solutions to break through the bottleneck of energy-constrained computational performance. Programmers, system architects, circuit designers, chip processing engineers, material scientists, and computational chemists must all explore these new paths together to co-design an optimal solution path.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) recognize this need, and agree to embark on a new collaborative research program to support compelling research that is of paramount importance to industry, academia and society at large. This partnership will specifically support new research to minimize the energy impacts of processing, storing, and moving data within future computing systems, and will be synergistic with other research activities that address other aspects of this overarching energy-constrained computing performance challenge.

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Combustion and Thermal Transport Processes Research at the International Space Station to Benefit Life on Earth (NSF-ISS)
National Science Foundation

Full Proposal due: Mar. 10, 2017

The Division of Chemical, Bioengineering and Environmental Transport (CBET) in the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) is partnering with The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to solicit research projects in the general field of combustion and thermal transport processes that can utilize the International Space Station (ISS) National Lab to conduct research that will benefit life on Earth. U.S. entities including academic investigators, non-profit independent research labs and academic-commercial teams are eligible to apply.

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Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI) Phase I Centers and Phase II Renewal
National Science Foundation

Preliminary Proposal due: Sept. 15, 2016 (Phase I Preliminary Proposals)
Full Proposal due: Oct. 11, 2016 (Phase II Renewals); Mar. 14, 2017 (Phase I Full Proposals, by invitation only)

The Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI) Program supports research centers focused on major, long-term fundamental chemical research challenges. CCIs that address these challenges will produce transformative research, lead to innovation, and attract broad scientific and public interest. CCIs are agile structures that can respond rapidly to emerging opportunities and make full use of data infrastructure and other approaches to enhance collaborations. CCIs may partner with researchers from industry, government laboratories and international organizations. CCIs integrate research, innovation, education, broadening participation, and informal science communication.

The CCI Program is a two-phase program. Both phases are described in this solicitation. Phase I CCIs receive significant resources to develop the science, management and broader impacts of a major research center before requesting Phase II funding. Satisfactory progress in Phase I is required for Phase II applications; Phase I proposals funded in FY 2017 will seek Phase II funding in FY 2020.

The FY 2017 Phase I CCI competition is open to projects in all fields supported by the Division of Chemistry, and must have focus and impact in chemistry. This solicitation also covers the renewal application of the Phase II CCI initiated in FY 2012: the Center for Selective C-H Functionalization (CCHF).

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EarthCube: Developing a Community-Driven Data and Knowledge Environment for the Geosciences
National Science Foundation

Full Proposal due: Mar. 14, 2017

EarthCube is a community-driven activity sponsored through a partnership between the NSF Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) and the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering's (CISE) Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) to transform research in the academic geosciences community. EarthCube aims to create a well-connected and facile environment to share data and knowledge in an open, transparent, and inclusive manner, thus accelerating our ability to understand and predict the Earth system.

Achieving EarthCube will require a long-term dialog between NSF and the interested scientific communities to develop cyberinfrastructure that is thoughtfully and systematically built to meet the current and future requirements of geoscientists. New avenues will be supported to gather community requirements and priorities for the elements of EarthCube, and to capture the best technologies to meet these current and future needs. The EarthCube portfolio will consist of interconnected projects and activities that engage the geosciences, cyberinfrastructure, computer science, and associated communities. The portfolio of activities and funding opportunities will evolve over time depending on the status of the EarthCube effort and the scientific and cultural needs of the geosciences community.

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Building Community and Capacity in Data Intensive Research in Education (BCC-EHR)
National Science Foundation

Full Proposal due: Mar. 15, 2017

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 areas of research covered by EHR programs. 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, areas of research funded by EHR.

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Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science Phase I (TRIPODS)
National Science Foundation

Letter of Intent due: Jan. 19, 2017
Full Proposal due: Mar. 15, 2017

Transdisciplinary Research In Principles Of Data Science (TRIPODS) aims to bring together the statistics, mathematics, and theoretical computer science communities to develop the theoretical foundations of data science through integrated research and training activities. Phase I, described in this solicitation, will support the development of small collaborative Institutes. Phase II (to be described in an anticipated future solicitation, subject to availability of funds) will support a smaller number of larger Institutes, selected from the Phase I Institutes via a second competitive proposal process. All TRIPODS Institutes must involve significant and integral participation by all three of the aforementioned communities.

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Climate and Large-Scale Dynamics (CLD)
National Science Foundation

Full Proposal Accepted Anytime

The goals of the Program are to: (i) advance knowledge about the processes that force and regulate the atmosphere's synoptic and planetary circulation, weather and climate, and (ii) sustain the pool of human resources required for excellence in synoptic and global atmospheric dynamics and climate research.

Research topics include theoretical, observational and modeling studies of the general circulation of the stratosphere and troposphere; synoptic scale weather phenomena; processes that govern climate; the causes of climate variability and change; methods to predict climate variations; extended weather and climate predictability; development and testing of parameterization of physical processes; numerical methods for use in large-scale weather and climate models; the assembly and analysis of instrumental and/or modeled weather and climate data; data assimilation studies; development and use of climate models to diagnose and simulate climate and its variations and change.

Some Climate and Large Scale Dynamics (CLD) proposals address multidisciplinary problems and are often co-reviewed with other NSF programs, some of which, unlike CLD, use panels in addition to mail reviewers, and thus have target dates or deadlines.  Proposed research that spans in substantive ways topics appropriate to programs in other divisions at NSF, e.g., ocean sciences, ecological sciences, hydrological sciences, geography and regional sciences, applied math and statistics, etc., must be submitted at times consistent with target dates or deadlines established by those programs.

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Geotechnical Engineering and Materials (GEM)
National Science Foundation

Full Proposal Accepted Anytime

The Geotechnical Engineering and Materials Program (GEM) supports fundamental research in soil and rock mechanics and dynamics in support of physical civil infrastructure systems. Also supported is research on improvement of the engineering properties of geologic materials for infrastructure use by mechanical, biological, thermal, chemical, and electrical processes. The Program supports the traditional areas of foundation engineering, earth structures, underground construction, tunneling, geoenvironmental engineering, and site characterization, as well as the emerging area of bio-geo engineering, for civil engineering applications, with emphasis on sustainable geosystems. Research related to the geotechnical engineering aspects of geothermal energy and geothermal heat pump systems is also supported.

The GEM program encourages knowledge dissemination and technology transfer activities that can lead to broader societal benefit and implementation for provision of physical civil infrastructure. The Program also encourages research that explores and builds upon advanced computing techniques and tools to enable major advances in Geotechnical Engineering. The program supports relevant research topics that address the emerging areas of geotechnical engineering and the Grand Challenges to "restore and improve urban infrastructure" and "provide access to clean water."

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Critical Techniques, Technologies and Methodologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering (BIGDATA)
National Science Foundation

Full Application due: Mar. 22, 2017

The BIGDATA program seeks novel approaches in computer science, statistics, computational science, and mathematics, along with innovative applications in domain science, including social and behavioral sciences, education, biology, the physical sciences, and engineering that lead towards the further development of the interdisciplinary field of data science.

The solicitation invites two categories of proposals:

  • Foundations (F): those developing or studying fundamental theories, techniques, methodologies, and technologies of broad applicability to big data problems, motivated by specific data challenges and requirements; and
  • Innovative Applications (IA): those engaged in translational activities that employ new big data techniques, methodologies, and technologies to address and solve problems in specific application domains. Projects in this category must be collaborative, involving researchers from domain disciplines and one or more methodological disciplines, e.g., computer science, statistics, mathematics, simulation and modeling, etc.

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Critical Techniques, Technologies and Methodologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering (BIGDATA)
National Science Foundation

Full Proposal due: Mar. 22, 2017

The BIGDATA program seeks novel approaches in computer science, statistics, computational science and mathematics, along with innovative applications in domain science, including social and behavioral sciences, education, biology, the physical sciences and engineering that lead toward the further development of the interdisciplinary field of data science.

The solicitation invites two categories of proposals:

  • Foundations (F): Those developing or studying fundamental theories, techniques, methodologies, and technologies of broad applicability to big data problems, motivated by specific data challenges and requirements; and
  • Innovative Applications (IA): Those engaged in translational activities that employ new big data techniques, methodologies, and technologies to address and solve problems in specific application domains. Projects in this category must be collaborative, involving researchers from domain disciplines and one or more methodological disciplines, e.g., computer science, statistics, mathematics, simulation and modeling, etc.

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Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation 2017 (EFRI-2017)
National Science Foundation

Letter of Intent due: Oct. 24, 2016
Preliminary Proposal due: Dec. 21, 2016
Full Proposal due: Mar. 24, 2017

The Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) program of the NSF Directorate for Engineering (ENG) serves a critical role in helping ENG focus on important emerging areas in a timely manner. This solicitation is a funding opportunity for interdisciplinary teams of researchers to embark on rapidly advancing frontiers of fundamental engineering research. For this solicitation, we will consider proposals that aim to investigate emerging frontiers in the following two research areas:

  • Advancing Communication Quantum Information Research in Engineering (ACQUIRE)
  • New Light, EM (Electronic) and Acoustic Wave Propagation: Breaking Reciprocity and Time-Reversal Symmetry (NewLAW)

This solicitation will be coordinated with the Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS) and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), within NSF.

EFRI seeks proposals with transformative ideas that represent an opportunity for a significant shift in fundamental engineering knowledge with a strong potential for long term impact on national needs or a grand challenge. The proposals must also meet the detailed requirements delineated in this solicitation.

INFORMATION WEBCAST: The Emerging Frontiers and Multidisciplinary Activities (EFMA) Office held an informational workshop on October 23, 2015 to discuss the EFRI program and answer questions about the FY 2016 ACQUIRE and NewLAW solicitation.

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STEM plus Computing Partnerships (STEM plus C)
National Science Foundation

Full Proposal due: Mar. 29, 2017

As computing has become an integral part of the practice of modern science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the STEM plus Computing Partnerships program seeks to address the urgent need to prepare students from the early grades through high school in the essential skills, competencies, and dispositions needed to succeed in a computationally-dependent world. Thus, STEM plus C advances the integration of computational thinking and computing activities in early childhood education through high school (pre-K-12) to provide a strong and developmental foundation in computing and computational thinking through the integration of computing in STEM teaching and learning, and/or the applied integration of STEM content in pre-K-12 computer science education.

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Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Supplemental Funding
National Science Foundation

Priority given to requests submitted before Mar. 30, 2017

Dear Colleagues:

The NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) invites grantees with active CISE awards to submit requests for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Supplemental funding, following the guidelines in the NSF REU solicitation (see Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): Sites and Supplements; NSF 13-542). Awards under no cost extension (NCE) are not eligible for this supplement. A student must be a U.S. citizen, or a permanent resident of the U.S.

The duration for new requests is typically one year. The proposed start date for a supplement must be after the conclusion of all existing REU supplements on the corresponding active CISE award. Priority will be given to requests submitted before March 30, 2017; the potential for funding requests after this date will be limited. If requests for REU supplemental support exceed funds available in CISE, requests will be considered in the order received. REU supplement funds can be used at any time during the year.

Sincerely,

James Kurose
Assistant Director, CISE

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Enabling New Collaborations Between Computer and Information Science & Engineering (CISE) and Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) Research Communities
National Science Foundation

Submission of EAGER proposal due (first round): Dec. 1, 2016
Submission of EAGER proposal due (second round): Apr. 1, 2017

Dear Colleagues:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing its intention to build upon the success of previous EArly-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGERs) in the areas supported by the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program (see NSF 16-580, https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf16580&org=NSF) and to encourage the submission of additional EAGER proposals that foster novel interdisciplinary research carried out in new collaborations between one or more Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) researchers and one or more Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) researchers. Note that this DCL is focused on new collaborations; research teams with a history of collaborating together should instead submit directly to the SaTC solicitation, pursuant to the proposal preparation guidelines specified therein.

Many scientific and practical challenges of security, privacy, and trust have sociotechnical dimensions, and thus it is important to encourage interdisciplinary collaborations among researchers from the disciplines represented in NSF's CISE and SBE directorates, and on topics that draw on the strengths of each researcher.

Sincerely,
Jim Kurose
Assistant Director, CISE

Fay Lomax Cook
Assistant Director, SBE

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Request for Information on Future Needs for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure to Support Science and Engineering Research (NSF CI 2030)
National Science Foundation

Contributions due: Apr. 5, 2017

NSF has launched an effort to refresh the Foundation's vision and strategy for advanced cyberinfrastructure. Through this Request for Information (RFI), NSF invites contributions from the whole science, engineering, education, and CI research community to inform this planning effort. NSF seeks input on scientific challenges, associated cyberinfrastructure needs, and bold forward-looking ideas to advance science and engineering frontiers over the next decade and beyond.

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Public Participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Research: Capacity-Building, Community-Building, and Direction-Setting
National Science Foundation

Proposal due: Apr. 11, 2017

With this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorates for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Education and Human Resources (EHR), Geosciences (GEO), Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE), Engineering (ENG), Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) (Divisions of Physics and Materials Research, only) and the Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) announce their intention to support proposals aimed at capacity-building, community-building, and direction-setting for Public Participation in STEM Research (PPSR), in alignment with the Foundation's PPSR Agency Priority Goal for fiscal years (FY) 2016-2017.

In PPSR, members of the public partner with scientists and engineers to solve complex problems through participating in some or all of the formulation of questions and experiments; collection and analysis of data; and interpretation, use, and publication of results. Encompassing citizen science, citizen sensing, crowdsourcing, community science, and related approaches, PPSR also benefits public participants by providing opportunities to learn, addressing questions of concern to the participants and their communities, and contributing to science and engineering.

To help researchers, practitioners, and participants in PPSR learn from each other's experiences, collaboratively pursue PPSR challenges, and plan future PPSR efforts, NSF encourages through this DCL proposals to coordinate PPSR efforts at large, medium, and small scale. Specifically, NSF encourages proposals for (a) Research Coordination Networks (RCN) to build PPSR capacity and community; (b) conference proposals to bring together specific communities and to envision future directions for PPSR activities; and (c) PPSR-focused supplements to existing NSF-funded awards that enhance existing research activities through the introduction of PPSR components.

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Advanced Biomanufacturing of Therapeutic Cells (ABTC)
National Science Foundation

Preliminary Proposal due: Jan. 4, 2017
Full Proposal due: Apr. 17, 2017

In recent years, somatic cells as therapeutic agents have provided new treatment approaches for a number of pathological conditions that were deemed untreatable, or difficult to treat. Several successful cell therapies using T cells have been demonstrated for cancer and autoimmune diseases, while stem cell therapies have given relief for heart disease and stroke. Hundreds of clinical trials are ongoing to examine efficacy of cell therapies for a variety of other diseases including diabetes, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Crohn's disease. Production of therapeutic cells is currently expensive and, therefore, cost prohibitive for the large number of people who might benefit from these treatments.

The overarching goal of this Advanced Biomanufacturing of Therapeutic Cells (ABTC) solicitation is to catalyze well-integrated interdisciplinary research to understand, design, and control cell manufacturing systems and processes that will enable reproducible, cost-effective, and high-quality production of cells with predictable performance for the identified therapeutic function.

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Biological and Environmental Interactions of Nanoscale Materials
National Science Foundation

Full Proposal Accepted Anytime

The Biological and Environmental Interactions of Nanoscale Materials program is part of the Environmental Engineering and Sustainability cluster, which includes also 1) Environmental Engineering; and 2) Environmental Sustainability.

The goal of the Biological and Environmental Interactions of Nanoscale Materials program is to support research to advance fundamental and quantitative understanding of the interactions of biological and environmental media with nanomaterials and nanosystems. Materials of interest include one- to three-dimensional nanostructures, heterogeneous nano-bio hybrid assemblies, and other nanoparticles. Such nanomaterials and systems frequently exhibit novel physical, chemical, and biological behavior in living systems and environmental matrices as compared to the bulk scale. This program supports research that explores the interaction of nanomaterials in biological and environmental media.

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Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)
National Science Foundation

Full Proposal due: July 19-21, 2017 (varies by Directorate)

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 early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from early-career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.

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Division of Environmental Biology (Core Programs) (DEB)
National Science Foundation

Preliminary Proposal due: Jan. 23, 2017
Full Proposal due: Aug. 2, 2017

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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Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB)
National Science Foundation

Preliminary Proposal due: Jan. 23, 2017
Full Proposal due: Aug. 2, 2017

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 a ten-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.

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Division of Integrative Organismal Systems
National Science Foundation

Preliminary Proposal due: Jan. 19, 2017
Full Proposal due: Aug. 4, 2017

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.

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Division of Integrative Organismal Systems Core Programs
National Science Foundation

Preliminary Proposal due: Jan. 19, 2017
Full Proposal due: Aug. 4, 2017

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.

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Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program
National Science Foundation

Full Proposal due: Aug. 29, 2017

The National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science (including engineering and computer science) teachers. The program invites creative and innovative proposals that address the critical need for recruiting and preparing highly effective elementary and secondary science and mathematics teachers in high-need local educational agencies.

The program offers four tracks: Track 1: The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarships and Stipends Track, Track 2: The NSF Teaching Fellowships Track, Track 3: The NSF Master Teaching Fellowships Track, and Track 4: Noyce Research Track. In addition, Capacity Building proposals are accepted from proposers intending to develop a future Track 1, 2, or 3 proposal.

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Mind, Machine and Motor Nexus (M3X)
National Science Foundation

Full Proposal due: Sept. 15, 2017

The Mind, Machine and Motor Nexus (M3X) program supports fundamental research at the intersection of mind, machine and motor. A distinguishing characteristic of the program is an integrated treatment of human intent, perception, and behavior in interaction with embodied and intelligent engineered systems and as mediated by motor manipulation. M3X projects should advance the holistic analysis of cognition and of embodiment as present in both human and machine elements. This work will encompass not only how mind interacts with motor function in the manipulation of machines, but also how, in turn, machine response and function may shape and influence both mind and motor function.

The M3X program seeks to support the development of theories, representations, and working models that draw upon and contribute to fundamental understanding within and across diverse fields, including but not limited to systems science and engineering; mechatronics; cognitive, behavioral and perceptual sciences; and applied computing. Research funded through this program is expected to lead to new computable theories and to the physical manifestation of these theories.

Application areas supported by the M3X program span the full breadth of the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation. Methodological innovation is emphasized, as is a focus on engaging new and emerging thematic areas.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

AgrAbility - Assistive Technology Program for Farmers with Disabilities
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: Feb. 15, 2017

The AgrAbility program supports the United States rural communities by encompassing the USDA/NIFA's agricultural, social and human sciences.

AgrAbility increases the likelihood that individuals with disabilities and their families engaged in production agriculture (AgrAbility customers) will become more successful. The program supports cooperative projects in which State Cooperative Extension based at either 1862 or 1890 Land-Grant universities subcontract to private, non-profit community-based direct service disability organizations with capacity to provide service at a state, regional or national level. Measures of success may include improved access to agricultural and life activities, improvements in the financial stability of customers and increased capacity of the states and regions to deliver services this population requires in a timely and satisfying manner.

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Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program WebNEERS
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: Feb. 28, 2017

The purpose of the EFNEP-WebNEERS cooperative agreement is to fund the maintenance of security and ease of use of the current system and to refine the functionality of the Web-based Nutrition Education Evaluation and Reporting System for EFNEP (WebNEERS). The project will 1) continuously update EFNEP reporting and evaluation functionality, as needed and appropriate, and 2) synchronize EFNEP with other Agency and University data collection systems; and 3) further develop WebNEERS to align with advances in program direction. This may include, but is not limited to:

  • Analyzing system requirements
  • Migrating system data, while ensuring minimal disruption to users
  • Maintaining program code and documentation of all project development components and system maintenance procedures
  • Leading and co-leading ad hoc workgroups, and engaging with leaders of the respective program initiatives, to consider their application into WebNEERS, where appropriate
  • Innovating and continuing development and testing of new features to meet federal and partner needs for ongoing EFNEP evaluation, reporting, and technical support
  • Maintaining user manuals
  • Creating/offering training opportunities for users

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Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) (Joint NSF) Competitive Grants Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture/National Science Foundation

Application due: Mar. 6, 2017

Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are engineered systems that are built from, and depend upon, the seamless integration of computational algorithms and physical components. Advances in CPS will enable capability, adaptability, scalability, resiliency, safety, security, reliability, and usability that will far exceed the simple embedded systems of today. CPS technology will transform the way people interact with engineered systems -- just as the Internet has transformed the way people interact with information. New smart CPS will drive innovation and competition in sectors such as agriculture, energy, transportation, building design and automation, healthcare, and manufacturing.

Despite significant inroads into CPS technology in recent years, we do not yet have a mature science to support systems engineering of high-confidence CPS, and the consequences are profound. For example, as the Internet of Things (IoT) scales to billions of connected devices -- with the capacity to sense, control, and otherwise interact with the human and physical world -- the requirements for dependability, security, safety, and privacy grow immensely. The challenges and opportunities for CPS are thus significant and far-reaching. The goal of the CPS program is to develop the core system science needed to engineer complex cyber-physical systems that people can use or interact with and depend upon.

In 2017, NSF is working closely with multiple agencies of the federal government, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to identify basic research needs in CPS common across multiple application domains, along with opportunities for accelerated transition to practice.

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Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program - Organic Transitions (ORG)
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: Mar. 9, 2017

The goal of the ORG program is to support the development and implementation of research, extension, and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers, as well as those who are adopting organic practices.

Practices and systems to be addressed include those associated with organic crops, organic animal production (including dairy), and organic systems that integrate plant and animal production.

Applications are expected to contain descriptions of stakeholder involvement in problem identification, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Applicants are strongly encouraged to assemble project teams that include those with expertise in research, education, extension, and evaluation and to utilize a systems approach. Projects should plan to deliver applied production information to producers, students, or their information providers, such as extension agents/educators, agricultural consultants, or college teaching faculty.

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Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: Mar. 10, 2017

The SPECA Challenge Grants Program is a NIFA-administered competitive grants program focused on improving formal, K-14 food, agricultural, natural resource, and human (FANH) sciences education. SPECA-funded projects ensure a competent and qualified workforce will exist to serve the FANH sciences system. At the same time, SPECA-funded projects improve the economic health and viability of communities through the development of degree programs emphasizing new and emerging employment opportunities. Finally, SPECA projects address the national challenge to increase the number and diversity of students entering the FANH sciences (i.e., having a FANH sciences workforce representative of the Nation's population).

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Special Research Grants Program: Potato Breeding Research
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: Mar. 10, 2017

This grant program supports potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) research that focuses on the development and testing of superior commercial potato varieties using classical breeding and advanced molecular and biotechnological approaches, and high-throughput methods that address significant or emergent issues of importance to the U.S. potato industry. Aspects of evaluation, screening, and testing must support commercial variety development and transfer of superior materials to users as soon as possible.

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Federal State Marketing Improvement Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: Mar. 27, 2017

The Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) provides matching funds to State Departments of Agriculture, State agricultural experiment stations, and other appropriate State agencies to assist in exploring new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products, and to encourage research and innovation aimed at improving the efficiency and performance of the marketing system.

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Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program (BRAG)
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Letter of Intent due: Jan. 26, 2017
Full Application due: Mar. 30, 2017

The purpose of the BRAG program is to support the generation of new information that will assist Federal regulatory agencies in making science-based decisions about the effects of introducing into the environment genetically engineered organisms (GE), including plants, microorganisms (including fungi, bacteria, and viruses), arthropods, fish, birds, mammals and other animals, excluding humans. Investigations of effects on both managed and natural environments are relevant. The BRAG program accomplishes its purpose by providing Federal regulatory agencies with relevant scientific information.

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Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational: Exploratory Research
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Letter of Intent due: Varies by program area
Full Submission due: Varies by program area

This program area encourages continuous development of innovative ideas that will position U.S. 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 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.

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National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: May 24, 2017

The U.S. Forest Service anticipates that the statutory authority for the Fiscal Year 2017 Urban and Community Forestry (U&CF) Program may provide, approximately $500,000-$900,000 in grant funds to be awarded through the 2018 National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program. Funds are to support national urban forestry studies or projects on nonfederal public land that have a national, regional or multi-state coverage and/or application. All awards are based on the availability of funding, which may be subject to change.

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Miscellaneous Programs and Announcements

American Heart Association: New Topics and Open Science Policies
American Heart Association

LOI due October 30, 2014
Full submission deadline TBA

REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS/NEW TOPICS: 

Network Topic Announcement

The Strategically Focused Research Network will focus on Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease.

The AHA is interested in the science community exploring all aspects of disparities in cardiovascular disease, which can assist the AHA in reaching its 2020 Goals and overall mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

A Network is comprised of three to four institutions, or Centers, working on three projects each that are focused on one strategic area.

To that end, the AHA pursues research from the basic, clinical and population sciences. This RFA will require that each submission have an overall application from the Center Director, as well as three proposals from project Principal Investigators in this specific area:

  • One proposal addressing basic science discovery in Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease
  • One proposal addressing clinical science discovery in Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease
  • One proposal addressing population science discovery in Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease 
A Center application can comprise projects from more than one institution. The sponsoring institution will be determined by where the Center Director is located and will be charged with oversight and financial responsibilities of the Center as a whole. Applications should convey how these different areas of science will be integrated, both in their scientific discoveries and through joint team communication and integration. 

Institutions are limited to one Center application per location, however individuals at said institution who are not participating in said institution's Center application, may indeed participate in another Center's application.

Offered by:
 AHA National Research Program 

More information will be announced with specific deadlines. For now, use this high level timeline as a guide:  
  • March 2014 - Topics announced to the community via AHA Research Website with timelines
  • Jan/Feb 2015 - Applications for Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease SFRN due
  • June 2015 -  Awardees for Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease SFRN Announced
Please come back and visit this page in mid-September for the full Request for Applications for the Strategically Focused Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease Research Network.
 

POLICY UPDATES: 

AHA OPEN SCIENCE POLICIES ARE NOW IN EFFECT
New AHA Open Science policies will go into effect with applications due in July 2014 and new awards beginning January 2015. 

AHA's public access policy
The AHA requires that all journal articles resulting from AHA funding should be made freely available in PubMed Central within 12 months of publication.

AHA's open data policy
The AHA requires grant applicants to include a data sharing plan as part of the application process. Any data that is needed for independent verification of research results must be made freely and publically available within 12 months of the end of the funding period (and any no-cost extension).

Specific early career awards are currently exempt from this requirement (Undergraduate Fellowships, Medical Student Research Fellowships, Predoctoral Fellowships, Mentor/AHA Mentee Awards, Postdoctoral Fellowships, and Mentored Clinical & Population Research Awards).

View more information about AHA Open Science policies and answers to Frequently Asked Questions.  

 

 

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Autism Speaks: Suzanne and Bob Wright Trailblazer Award

Letter of intent Deadline: accepted anytime

The Trailblazer Award mechanism supports highly novel "out of the box" autism-relevant research that open new avenues to understanding the causes, diagnosis, subtyping, prevention, treatments, and cure of autism spectrum disorders. The Trailblazer Award mechanism is designed to fund small investigator-initiated high risk/high impact projects that are potentially transformative, paradigm shifting, and/or will overcome significant roadblocks in autism research within a 12 month period.

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Charitable Giving Program
Community Works

Ongoing

The charitable programs are among the ways that NorthWestern Energy participates as an active participant in the communities where they do business. Donations will generally be made to those non-profit groups that have the greatest opportunity for positively affecting the communities served by NorthWestern Energy and are focused in one of the following categories: 

- Education: Education remains a primary focus of the company. Donations to education will primarily be made through university system foundations, scholarship programs, and employee matching gifts. Donations will also be made in support of local colleges, and special primary and secondary education programs in the fields of math, science and youth leadership. 

- Health and Human Services: Donations will be considered for organizations serving human needs such as the United Way, youth homes and special community health and safety needs. Donations will generally not be made to national health organizations or for medical equipment or research funds. 

- Civic & Community: Donations will be considered for civic improvment, special events, and youth and senior citizen organizations. 

- Culture & The Arts: Donations will be considered for local museums, libraries, cultural centers, and the performing arts. 

- Resource Conservation: Donations will be considered in the areas of habitat preservation, and fish and wildlife protection. 

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Conferences and Workshops in the Mathematical Sciences
National Science Foundation

Proposals accepted anytime

IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND REVISION NOTES

Proposals must be submitted to the appropriate DMS disciplinary program subject to the lead-time requirements specified by that program. For more information about the required lead time, refer to the particular disciplinary program web page listed on the DMS home page.

This revision clarifies the expectations for DMS support of international group travel.

Any proposal submitted in response to this solicitation should be submitted in accordance with the revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), which is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016.

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Department of Defense / CDMRP
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Deadlines: see program pre-announcements

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

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

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

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program (DMDRP)

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

Therapeutic Idea Award

Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP)

Concept Award

Neurofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP)

Clinical Trial Award

Exploration-Hypothesis Development Award

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

New Investigator Award

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

Exploration Hypothesis Development Award

Idea Development Award

Pilot Clinical Trial Award

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Bone Marrow Failure Research Program (BMFRP)

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

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Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP)

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

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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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Collaborative Sciences Award
American Heart Association

Letter of Intent due: Nov. 3, 2016
Full Application due (by invitation only): Feb. 9, 2017

Objective

To foster innovative, new collaborative approaches to research projects which propose novel pairings of investigators from at least two broad disciplines. The proposal must focus on the collaborative  relationship, such that the scientific objectives could not be achieved without the efforts of at least two co-principal investigators and their respective disciplines. The combination and integration of studies may be inclusive of basic, clinical, population and/or translational research.

Applications by existing collaborators are permitted, provided that the proposal is for a new idea or new approach that has not been funded before.

Science Focus

Research broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease and stroke, or to related clinical, basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems, including multidisciplinary efforts.

Disciplines

Proposals are encouraged from all basic disciplines as well as epidemiological, behavioral, community and clinical investigations that bear on cardiovascular and stroke problems.

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Fellow-to-Faculty Transition Award
American Heart Association

Application due: Feb. 14, 2017

This program provides funding for trainees with outstanding potential for careers as physician-scientists in cardiovascular or stroke research during the crucial period of career development that spans the completion of research training through the early years of the first faculty/staff position. The award provides a supportive mentored experience during this period of transition. The award will (1) greatly enhance the awardee's chances of obtaining a high-quality faculty/staff appointment; (2) improve the awardee's success and retention in an investigative career in cardiovascular science; and (3) develop the mentoring skills of the awardee as a potential future sponsor.

The award will provide support for beginning physician-scientists for a minimum of one year and a maximum of three years of research training and the first years of the first faculty/staff (or equivalent) appointment, for a maximum of five years of support. It is strongly encouraged that the five years of the award run consecutively, but the applicant and sponsor may propose and justify an alternative plan for peer review consideration.

Individual awardees may take the award from the institution providing the research training component to another institution for the career development component (first faculty/staff appointment). The intent is to make the awardee a "free agent" who is empowered to stay at or move from the training institution while retaining the award. The sponsor during the faculty stage of the award may or may not be the same person who was the sponsor during the training phase.

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Mentor/AHA Mentee
American Heart Association

Application due: Feb. 14, 2017

This opportunity will provide enhanced mentoring opportunities for early-career faculty from experts within fields of study important to their career development. Some mentoring may be accomplished face-to-face, but this funding mechanism is designed to include virtual channels (teleconferences, virtual rooms, etc.), and should also include journal clubs, discussions, etc. Creativity is encouraged, and mentoring of researchers from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in science, or from smaller universities and academic institutions, or working in a particularly difficult or emerging area of science will be particularly encouraged.

Objectives:

  • To provide protected time for mentoring activities for investigators who have an established record of accomplishments in mentoring.
    Mentor candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to cardiovascular or cerebrovascular science, as indicated by publication history and scientific accomplishments.

  • To support early-career AHA-funded investigators by providing supportive mentoring relationships which, in addition to supporting the pursuit of the research in question, also facilitate expansion of investigator skills.
    Mentees must be current awardees of the AHA Scientist Development Grant (SDG) program, and will be identified as potential candidates by AHA if they are from an underrepresented racial and ethnic groups or an institution that is included in the NIH AREA definition, or if the scientific area they are pursuing does not have sufficient mentoring at their own institution.

Awarded mentors will be "matched" by AHA, to be paired with two or three current SDG or BGIA awardees.

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Mentor/AHA Mentee
American Heart Association

Application due: Feb. 14, 2017

This award will provide enhanced mentoring opportunities for early-career faculty from experts within fields of study important to their career development. Some mentoring may be accomplished face-to-face, but this funding mechanism is designed to include virtual channels (teleconferences, virtual rooms, etc.) and also should include journal clubs, discussions, etc. Creativity is encouraged, and mentoring of researchers from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in science, or from smaller universities and academic institutions, or working in a particularly difficult or emerging area of science will be particularly encouraged.

  • To provide protected time for mentoring activities for investigators who have an established record of accomplishments in mentoring.
    • Mentor candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to cardiovascular or cerebrovascular science, as indicated by publication history and scientific accomplishments.
       
  • To support early-career AHA funded investigators by providing supportive mentoring relationships which, in addition to supporting the pursuit of the research in question, also facilitate expansion of investigator skills.
    • Mentees must be current awardees of the AHA Scientist Development Grant (SDG) program, and will be identified as potential candidates by AHA if they are from an underrepresented racial and ethnic groups or an institution that is included in the NIH AREA definition, or if the scientific area they are pursuing does not have sufficient mentoring at their own institution.

Awarded mentors will be "matched" by AHA, to be paired with two or three current SDG or BGIA awardees.

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Pilot and Feasibility Research Awards, Stroum Endowed Graduate Fellowship, and McAbee Endowed Postdoctoral Fellowship
Institute of Translational Health Sciences

Letter of Intent due: Jan. 3, 2017
Application due: Feb. 14, 2017

The Diabetes Research Center at the University of Washington is soliciting applications for the following opportunities:

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Scientist Development Grant
American Heart Association

Application due: Feb. 14, 2017

This opportunity will support highly promising beginning scientists in cardiovascular and stroke research between their initial research training and their complete independence.

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Scientist Development Grant
American Heart Association

Application due: Feb. 14, 2017

This grant will support highly promising beginning scientists in cardiovascular and stroke research between their initial research training and their complete independence. The focus is on all basic, clinical, and population research broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke. Proposals are encouraged from all basic, behavioral, epidemiological, and community and clinical investigations that bear on cardiovascular and stroke problems.

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2017 Pacific Islands Region Marine Turtle Management and Conservation Program
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce

Proposal due: Feb. 15, 2017

NOAA/NMFS is soliciting competitive proposals for grants and cooperative agreements that will support NMFS' mission for stewardship of living marine resources through activities for the conservation, protection, and recovery of ESA-listed sea turtle species located on Oahu (Hawaii) (Priority 1) or international locations (Priority 2) including Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and Southeast Asia. International-based projects are intended to benefit aggregations of sea turtles that have documented linkages to the Pacific Islands Region (PIR), are impacted by PIR federally managed activities, or projects that are applicable to NOAA/NMFS management and ESA recovery obligations.

NOAA Pacific Islands Region Marine Turtle Management and Conservation Program (MTMCP) seeks projects that enhance, inform, build capacity for conservation, protection, or implement management actions in support of ESA-listed sea turtle species. Projects must use standardized monitoring, research, or conservation approaches consistent with published literature and NOAA directed methodologies (to be confirmed or revised if needed prior to onset of award). Project-generated data will be provided to NOAA/NMFS for archiving and for use in conservation initiatives, agency assessments, and ESA Biological Opinions for the conservation of sea turtles and management of federal activities. Projects must strive to provide a high conservation value for low expenditure of resources.

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New NIH Policies on Appendices to Grant Applications
National Institutes of Health

Now in effect for applications submitted after Jan. 25, 2017

The new NIH Policy on Appendices to grant applications (NOT-OD-16-129) is now in effect for applications submitted after January 25, 2017. The new policy eliminates most appendix material for applications submitted to the NIH, AHRQ or NIOSH. Elimination of most appendix materials is intended to rectify inequities in the peer review process that can arise from submission of inappropriate or excessive appendix materials by some applicants and consideration of appendix materials in peer review by some, but not all reviewers. 

Failure to comply with the new policy will result in the grant being withdrawn and returned to the applicant without review.

For complete information, please read https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-17-035.html carefully.

Inquiries may be directed to:

Division of Receipt and Referral
Center for Scientific Review (CSR)
National Institutes of Health
Telephone: 301-435-0715 
Email: csrdrr@mail.nih.gov

Sally A. Amero, Ph.D.
NIH Review Policy Officer
Email: ReviewPolicyOfficer@mail.nih.gov

Francis D. Chesley, Jr., M.D.
Director, Office of Extramural Research, Education, and Priority Populations
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Telephone: 301-427-1521
Email: Francis.Chesley@ahrq.hhs.gov

Viji Potula, Ph.D.
Office of Extramural Programs
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Telephone: 404-498-2551
Email: VPotula@cdc.gov


Sustainable Development Program
Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Grant inquiries accepted throughout the year

The Sustainable Development 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.

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Boots to Business (B2B)
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Webinar for additional information: Feb. 1, 2017
Application due: Feb. 17, 2017

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announces the release of Program Announcement No.B2B-2017-01, a funding opportunity for U.S.-based organizations providing business ownership training and assistance to service members, military spouses, and veterans.

The funding opportunity, offered by SBA's Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD), will enable delivery of the global Boots to Business Program: an entrepreneurial development program that provides introductory and follow-on small business ownership education and training to U.S. military service members and spouses (including members of the Reserve and National Guard) via the U.S. Department of Defense's Transition Assistance Program (TAP).

"More than 50,000 active duty service members and military spouses have completed Boots to Business and are leading the charge to create the next great generation of veteran entrepreneurs," said Barbara Carson, Associate Administrator, SBA Office of Veterans Business Development. "I look forward to working with SBA grant awardees to introduce service members and military spouses to the vocation of small business ownership."

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Grant-in-Aid
American Heart Association

Application due: Feb. 17, 2017

This opportunity will support independent investigators with innovative and advanced projects related to cardiovascular disease and stroke.

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Grant-in-Aid
American Heart Association

Application due: Feb. 17, 2017

The objective of this funding opportunity is to support independent investigators with innovative and advanced projects related to cardiovascular disease and stroke. The science focus will include all basic, clinical, and population research broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke.

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Translational Research Scholars Program
Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS)

Application due: Feb. 17, 2017

The Translational Research Scholars Program (formerly known as the Rising Stars Program) is a faculty career-development program that provides promising early stage investigators from the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) region with a high-quality, targeted and structured career development package for one year. The package includes components such as research funding up to $10,000, mentoring, peer-to-peer feedback and expert review services.

The Translational Research Scholars Program seeks to:

  • Increase the number of early stage investigators who are successful in submitting and obtaining K- or R-series funding from the NIH

  • Promote retention of scholars in translational research

Potential scholars will be nominated by Department Chairs/Division Heads/Deans (or equivalent position). The cohort will be 10 awardees representing a diversity of translational and clinical research within the WWAMI region.

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FY 2017 Day of Service Grants
Corporation for National and Community Service

Letter of Intent due: Feb . 8, 2017
Full Application due: Feb. 22, 2017

The mission of CNCS is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. Through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, CNCS has helped to engage millions of citizens in meeting community and national challenges through service and volunteer action.

The Day of Service grant competition includes funding for both September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance (September 11th) and Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service (MLK). Applicant organizations may apply for either September 11th, MLK, or both. Applicants may not submit more than one application for each Day of Service.

The purpose of the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance grant funding is to mobilize more Americans to engage in service activities that meet vital community needs and honor the sacrifice of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, or who rose in service as a result of that tragedy.

The purpose of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service grant funding is to mobilize more Americans to observe the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday as a day of service in communities, to encourage those who serve on this holiday to make a long-term commitment to community service, and to bring people together to focus on service to others.

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Research and Commercialization Projects
Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology

Application due at MSU Office of Sponsored Programs: Feb. 24, 2017
Application due at Helena office: Mar. 1, 2017, 5:00 p.m. (MSU OSP will submit on applicant's behalf)

The Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology encourages economic development through investment in research and commercialization projects. The board has about $650,000 available to grant in fiscal year 2018 (7/1/17 - 6/30/18) for such projects. The emphasis of the program is on projects that lead to marketable products or processes. Projects must be matched with non-Montana state government funds at an amount equal to at least 25% of the total project cost.

Please note: Applicants must complete an ePCF for this opportunity in the usual manner.

Applicants must also submit their proposal in PDF format on a CD.  The Office of Sponsored Programs will mail the CD to the Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology office in Helena on behalf of the applicant.

Applicants are asked to complete the ePCF and submit their proposal to OSP by Friday, February 24, 2017.

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Career Guidance for Trainees
Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Conference Call for general information: Feb. 1, 2017
Application due: Mar. 6, 2017

Moving from training to satisfying employment, whether within academe or in other realms, can require skills not always learned at the bench. Surveys show that what employers want from potential Ph.D. job applicants is what graduate education means to provide: deep knowledge, hands-on experience, ability to ask meaningful questions and find answers to them, experience managing projects, capacity to work independently, initiative, entrepreneurialism, and an advanced ability to communicate clearly about complex things. Helping trainees understand, acquire, and demonstrate skills that make them ready for complex careers should be the goal of submitted projects.

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund will support pilot projects that demonstrate practical approaches to readying scientists for career transitions. Projects may be meant to enhance trainees' understanding of jobs beyond the Academy, or of career trajectories within academe, or of the flexibility of scientists' intellectual skill set. This fourth call for proposals has a different requirement than earlier rounds. Work proposed in this round MUST involve substantial partnerships that bring together complementary strengths from groups that are considerably separate from one another. Academic institutions, professional societies, and advocacy organizations are among the appropriate drivers of proposals.

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2017 Student Research Grant Program
Montana Academy of Sciences

Application due: Mar. 10, 2017

This year the Montana Academy of Sciences will again award research grants to undergraduate and graduate students. These grants (up to $1,500.00) are intended to assist and enhance undergraduate and graduate students with conducting research projects at any of the Montana Universities, four-year Colleges, or Tribal Colleges.

Undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines are welcome to submit a research proposal application to this competitively funded program. Disciplines of students that have been funded in the past include: biology (all sub-disciplines), biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, environmental and climate sciences, geology, physic, and mathematics; as well as several interdisciplinary fields. Each applicant of reviewed grant proposal will receive scores, ranking and summaries of reviewers.

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Innovation in Regulatory Science Awards (IRSA)
Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Application due: Mar. 15, 2017

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund identified Innovation in Regulatory Science as an important underfunded area and with this initiative has chosen to provide financial support to stimulate research efforts in this area.

The process of translating biomedical discoveries into new therapies has become increasingly complex in light of evolving science and technology, and requires that the science of regulation keep up with the advances in biomedical science and technology. As new technologies produce new types of preclinical models, innovation is needed in the evaluation of these models to justify movement into clinical studies. Over the last decade, numerous reports1 have documented the importance of this area of research to the future of the biomedical enterprise; however, it remains inadequately supported.

Regulatory science has been defined as the "development and use of new tools, standards, and approaches to more efficiently develop products and to more effectively evaluate product safety, efficacy, and quality." Regulatory science has become a centerpiece of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) strategy for fostering innovation, and the academic and foundation communities have been called to take an active role in building this emerging field. We therefore strongly encourage investigators to address regulatory science in areas of the FDA's strategic priorities including product manufacturing & quality, and food safety & applied nutrition.

BWF's Innovation in Regulatory Science Awards provides $500,000 over five years to academic researchers developing new methodologies or innovative approaches in regulatory science that will ultimately inform the regulatory decisions FDA and others make. This would necessarily draw upon the talents of individuals trained in mathematics, computer science, applied physics, medicine, engineering, toxicology, epidemiology, biostatistics, systems pharmacology, and food safety and nutrition to name a few.

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Technology Impact Award
Cancer Research Institute

Letter of Intent due: Nov. 15, 2016
Full Proposal due (by invitation only): Mar. 15, 2017

The Cancer Research Institute is proud to announce its Technology Impact Award, a new program designed to challenge the world's leading scientists and out-of-the box thinkers to create a research plan and assemble a research team that will develop a new technology platform with the potential to transform the field of cancer immunotherapy.

The grant aims to support the development of highly innovative technologies that can ultimately be adopted by the research community at large and that will enable researchers to develop the next generation cancer immunotherapies that can be effective and personalized for each patient. Technologies may facilitate our understanding of the antigenic profile, cellular interplay, and mechanistic pathways within the tumor microenvironment that are essential for an effective anti-tumor response.

To that end, CRI is seeking letters of intent from single investigators for projects that address the technological barriers currently faced in the field of cancer immunotherapy.

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Learning & Leadership Grants
National Education Association

Applications accepted at any time; reviewed three times per year

Our Learning & Leadership Grants support National Education Association (NEA) members who are 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 to fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes, conferences, or action research; and
  • Grants to groups to fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff.

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AMS Math in Moscow Scholarship Program
American Mathematical Society

Application due: Mar. 30, 2017

About the Math in Moscow Program

  • The Math in Moscow program was created in 2001 to provide foreign students (primarily from the U.S., Canada and Europe) with a semester-long, mathematically intensive program of study in the Russian tradition. The main feature of the Russian tradition of teaching mathematics has always been the development of a creative approach to studying mathematics from the outset, the emphasis being on problem solving rather than memorizing theorems.  Indeed, discovering mathematics under the guidance of an experienced teacher is a central principle of the program and so the Math in Moscow program emphasizes in-depth understanding of carefully selected material rather than broad surveys of large quantities of material. Even in the treatment of the most traditional subjects, students are helped to explore significant connections with contemporary research topics.
  • The program's instructors are internationally recognized research mathematicians with experience teaching in English, typically in the U.S. or Canada.
  • All instruction is in English.
  • Classes are small, offering individual attention to all students.
  • Students have the opportunity to take directed study courses outside of the normal list of course offerings.

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The Climate Adaptation Fund
Wildlife Conservation Society

Pre-Proposal Application due: Apr. 7, 2017
Full Proposal due: Applicants invited and given due date within eight weeks of Pre-Proposal submission

The program seeks to support actions that anticipate and respond to potential climate change impacts and maximize long-term conservation success. To achieve these ends, the program prioritizes projects that manage for dynamic ecological processes, landscape functionality, and species assemblages, rather than those aimed at maintaining historical conditions or individual species. Applicants must specify the sources of science and analyses upon which their adaptation project is based, and articulate how that climate adaptation science informs the proposed conservation goals and actions. The program also prioritizes projects that will use strategic communications activities to scale up their conservation impact.

The Climate Adaptation Fund is focused on a narrow range of wildlife conservation projects: 1) those projects conducting applied, on-the-ground management for climate change adaptation and; 2) projects that are able to achieve tangible outcomes over a two-year time frame. We acknowledge that there are other types of important adaptation projects underway for wildlife and ecosystems, including research and planning efforts, but emphasize that this grant program aims to fill a specific niche.

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BLM-MT, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota Noxious Weed Control
Bureau of Land Management-Montana

Application due: Apr. 11, 2017

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and several counties in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota have long standing relationships to control noxious weeds on public lands. These cooperative working relationships have resulted in more efficient management and control of noxious weeds and invasive species that destroy wildlife habitat, reduce livestock forage, degrade riparian zones and watersheds, displace native plant and animal species, including threatened, endangered, and sensitive species, create fire hazards in forests and rangelands, poison and injure livestock and humans, degrade recreation sites from use, and increase soil erosion.

The objectives of this funding opportunity are to control, reduce the spread of, and prevent the further invasion and establishment of noxious weeds using the most economical, appropriate and effective weed control methods available. These agreements provide the basis for the BLM, with the overall authority to carry out weed management actions on public lands, adjacent cooperators lands, and private and State lands within multiple counties in the three-state area to work together in order to eradicate and manage undesirable plant species.

The funding recipients and BLM will work together with private and non-federal landowners to prevent, contain and control the spread of noxious weeds. Because these plants move rapidly from one owner's land to another, joint efforts to eradicate, contain or control noxious weeds will reduce adverse impacts on public and private lands. As the recipients treat weeds on private lands in an area, the ability to reimburse the recipients for weed control efforts on adjacent public lands makes for more efficient and effective control of noxious weeds in an area. Additionally, the recipients will assist the BLM with weed education and bio-control efforts.

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The USAID Global Health Challenge BAA
Agency for International Development

Application due: Apr. 13, 2017

This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) seeks opportunities to co-create, co-design, co-invest, and collaborate in the development, testing, and scaling of innovative approaches that address critical global health challenges. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) invites organizations and companies to participate with USAID, in cooperation with its partners, in response to a Global Health Challenge Addenda issued under this BAA, as described below, to provide innovative interventions and technologies that further the U.S. Government's commitment to prevent and manage critical global health challenges.

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The Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine Data Grants
American Heart Association

Application due: Jan. 31, 2017 or June 1, 2017 (varies with grant)

Through these grants and fellowships, the American Heart Association (AHA) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) hope to enable the scientific, mathematics and technology community to discover solutions to overcome the current obstacles in accessing and utilizing cardiovascular data.

The AHA will supply the funding for salaries, travel, and supplies. AWS has provided service credits to be used toward computational storage and analysis. AHA will offer four grant mechanisms to investigators:

  • Innovative Development Grants (deadline January 31, 2017)
  • Data Mining Grants (deadline January 31, 2017)
  • Methods Validation Grants (deadline June 1, 2017)
  • Fellowships (deadline June 1, 2017)

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Global Infectious Disease Research Training Program (D43)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: June 27, 2017
Full Application due: July 27, 2017

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications for the Global Infectious Disease (GID) Research Training Program from U.S. and low- and middle-income country (LMIC) institutions. The application should propose a collaborative training program that will strengthen the capacity of an LMIC institution to conduct infectious disease research. FIC will support research-training programs that focus on major endemic or life-threatening emerging infectious diseases, neglected tropical diseases, infections that frequently occur as co-infections in HIV infected individuals or infections associated with non-communicable disease conditions of public health importance in LMICs.

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2017 Advanced Research Training Courses
Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA

Dates vary by course

Participants in the 2017 Advanced Research Training Courses on Cape Cod in Woods Hole, MA, will investigate contemporary research problems and learn cutting-edge approaches from an internationally renowned faculty.

Each year, these Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) courses from the University of Chicago attract a diverse population of over 500 of the best and brightest students in the world, from more than 300 institutions and over 30 countries. Applicants must be in training for, or possess, a Ph.D. or equivalent degree.

Discover Courses are six- to eight-week full immersion courses for those who seek advanced, hands-on training in pioneering research fields.

Special Topics Courses are one- to four-week long courses that provide intense training in specialized research areas.

Substantial financial assistance is available.

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